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  1. Problems with the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in Mexico; Problematica de los bifenilos policlorados (BPC) en Mexico

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    Valle, Esteban; Cruz, Maria Guadalupe [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1997-12-31

    A general overview is presented of the problems with the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) (askarels) in Mexico, which are mainly associated with the use of these substances in electric equipment; also, a profile of the causes why the PCBs have been classified as environmental toxic substances and a potential hazard for the health of human beings. [Espanol] Se presenta un panorama general de la problematica de bifenilos policlorados (BPC) (askareles) en Mexico, la cual esta asociada principalmente con el uso de estos compuestos en equipos electricos; asimismo, se describe una semblanza de las causas por las cuales se han catalogado a los BPC como sustancias toxicas ambientales y un peligro potencial para la salud de los seres humanos.

  2. Influencia del solvente en el espectro ultravioleta de nitro y amino bifenilos

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    María Cristina B. de Gómez; Amira Arciniegas; Evaristo Ayuso

    2009-01-01

    Los nitro y amino bifenilos fueron sintetizados, caracterizados y usados como solutos, para determinarles su espectro U.V. Los solventes empleados corresponden a la serie de los alcoholes, como son: Metanol, Etanol, n- e iso-Propanol, n-, iso- y sec-Butanol. Se encontró que la posición de la banda de máxima absorción de cada una de las soluciones se relaciona tanto con las características del soluto como del solvente. Estos efectos se resumen en la ecuación de Rao (12), cuya aplicabilidad que...

  3. Determinação de bifenilos policlorados em soro de cordão umbilical através de extração por hidrólise ácida seguida de cromatografia a gás acoplada a um microdetector de captura de elétrons

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    Susana Mohr

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work describes the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls in 123 umbilical cord serum samples by liquid-liquid extraction method with acid hydrolyze step and analysis by GC-mECD. The analytical method was evaluated with following figures of merit for all PCBs: linearity (>0.997; precision (<12.55%; recoveries (73-119%; limit of detection (0.1 ng mL-1; limit of quantification (0.25-0.5 ng mL-1. The results showed high contamination in the analyzed samples. PCB more frequent was 138 (66.7%, followed by 180 (55.3% and 52 (51.3%.

  4. BPC 157: The counteraction of succinylcholine, hyperkalemia, and arrhythmias.

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    Stambolija, Vasilije; Stambolija, Tamara Perleta; Holjevac, Jadranka Katancic; Murselovic, Tamara; Radonic, Jelena; Duzel, Viktor; Duplancic, Bozidar; Uzun, Sandra; Zivanovic-Posilovic, Gordana; Kolenc, Danijela; Drmic, Domagoj; Romic, Zeljko; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag

    2016-06-15

    After the demonstration of its life-saving effect in severe hyperkalemia and the recovery of skeletal muscle after injury, pentadecapeptide BPC 157 has been shown to attenuate the local paralytic effect induced by succinylcholine, in addition to systemic muscle disability (and consequent muscle damage). Hyperkalemia, arrhythmias and a rise in serum enzyme values, were counteracted in rats. Assessments were made at 3 and 30min and 1, 3, 5, and 7 days after succinylcholine administration (1.0mg/kg into the right anterior tibial muscle). BPC 157 (10µg/kg, 10ng/kg) (given intraperitoneally 30min before or immediately after succinylcholine or per-orally in drinking water through 24h until succinylcholine administration) mitigated both local and systemic disturbances. BPC 157 completely eliminated hyperkalemia and arrhythmias, markedly attenuated or erradicated behavioral agitation, muscle twitches, motionless resting and completely eliminated post-succinylcholine hyperalgesia. BPC 157 immediately eliminated leg contractures and counteracted both edema and the decrease in muscle fibers in the diaphragm and injected/non-injected anterior tibial muscles. Therefore, the depolarizing neuromuscular blocker effects of succinylcholine were successfully antagonized. PMID:27060013

  5. Stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 heals rat colovesical fistula.

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    Grgic, Tihomir; Grgic, Dora; Drmic, Domagoj; Sever, Anita Zenko; Petrovic, Igor; Sucic, Mario; Kokot, Antonio; Klicek, Robert; Sever, Marko; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag

    2016-06-01

    To establish the effects of BPC 157 on the healing of rat colovesical fistulas, Wistar Albino male rats were randomly assigned to different groups. BPC 157, a stable gastric pentadecapeptide, has been used in clinical applications-specifically, in ulcerative colitis-and was successful in treating both external and internal fistulas. BPC 157 was provided daily, perorally, in drinking water (10µg/kg, 12ml/rat/day) until sacrifice or, alternatively, 10µg/kg or 10ng/kg intraperitoneally, with the first application at 30min after surgery and the last at 24h before sacrifice. Controls simultaneously received an equivolume of saline (5.0ml/kg ip) or water only (12ml/rat/day). Assessment (i.e., colon and vesical defects, fistula leaking, fecaluria and defecation through the fistula, adhesions and intestinal obstruction as healing processes) took place on days 7, 14 and 28. Control colovesical fistulas regularly exhibited poor healing, with both of the defects persisting; continuous fistula leakage; fecaluria and defecation through the fistula; advanced adhesion formation; and intestinal obstruction. By contrast, BPC 157 given perorally or intraperitoneally and in µg- and ng-regimens rapidly improved the whole presentation, with both colon and vesical defects simultaneously ameliorated and eventually healed. The maximal instilled volume was continuously raised until it reached the values of healthy rats, there were no signs of fecaluria and no defecation through the fistula, there was counteraction of advanced adhesion formation or there was an intestinal obstruction. In conclusion, BPC 157 effects appear to be suited to inducing full healing of colocutaneous fistulas in rats. PMID:26875638

  6. Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 Enhances the Growth Hormone Receptor Expression in Tendon Fibroblasts

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    Chung-Hsun Chang

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available BPC 157, a pentadecapeptide derived from human gastric juice, has been demonstrated to promote the healing of different tissues, including skin, muscle, bone, ligament and tendon in many animal studies. However, the underlying mechanism has not been fully clarified. The present study aimed to explore the effect of BPC 157 on tendon fibroblasts isolated from Achilles tendon of male Sprague-Dawley rat. From the result of cDNA microarray analysis, growth hormone receptor was revealed as one of the most abundantly up-regulated genes in tendon fibroblasts by BPC 157. BPC 157 dose- and time-dependently increased the expression of growth hormone receptor in tendon fibroblasts at both the mRNA and protein levels as measured by RT/real-time PCR and Western blot, respectively. The addition of growth hormone to BPC 157-treated tendon fibroblasts dose- and time-dependently increased the cell proliferation as determined by MTT assay and PCNA expression by RT/real-time PCR. Janus kinase 2, the downstream signal pathway of growth hormone receptor, was activated time-dependently by stimulating the BPC 157-treated tendon fibroblasts with growth hormone. In conclusion, the BPC 157-induced increase of growth hormone receptor in tendon fibroblasts may potentiate the proliferation-promoting effect of growth hormone and contribute to the healing of tendon.

  7. Protective effects of pentadecapeptide BPC 157 on gastric ulcer in rats

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    Xiao-Chang Xue; Yong-Jie Wu; Ming-Tang Gao; Wen-Guang Li; Ning Zhao; Zeng-Lu Wang; Chun-Jie Bao; Zhen Yan; Ying-Qi Zhang

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the protective effects of gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 on acute and chronic gastric ulcers in rats and to compare the results in therapy of human gastric ulcers by different administration methods.METHODS: Gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 was administered (initial single or continuous administration) into rats either intragastrically or intramuscularly before (induced acute gastric ulcer) or after (induced chronic gastric ulcer) the applications of inducing agents, and each animal was sacrificed to observe the protective effects of BPC 157 on gastric ulcers.RESULTS: Both intramuscular (im) and intragastric (ig) administration of BPC 157 could apparently reduce the ulcer area and accelerate the healing of induced ulcer in different models and the effect of im administered BPC 157 was better than that of ig. The rats treated with higher dosages (400 ng/kg, 800 ng/kg) of BPC 157 (im and ig) showed significantly less lesion (P<0.01 vs excipient or saline control), the inhibition ratio of ulcer formation varied between 45.7% and 65.6%, from all measurements except 400 ng/kg BPC 157 in pylorus ligation induced model (P<0.05),in which the inhibition rate was 54.2%. When im administered (800 ng/kg BPC 157) in three models, the inhibition ratio of ulcer formation was 65.5%, 65.6% and 59.9%, respectively, which was better than that of famotidine (its inhibition rate was 60.8%, 57.2% and 34.3%,respectively). Continuous application of BPC 157 (in chronic acetate induced gastric ulcer) could accelerate rebuilding of glandular epithelium and formation of granulation tissue (P<0.05 at 200 ng/kg and P<0.01 at 400 ng/kg and 800 ng/kg vs excipient or saline control).CONCLUSION: Both im and ig administered gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 can apparently ameliorate acute gastric ulcer in rats and antagonize the protracted effect of acetate challenge on chronic ulcer. The effect of im administration of BPC 157 is better than that of ig, and the effective

  8. Deficiência e BPC: o que muda na vida das pessoas atendidas? Deficiency and BPC: what changes in the lives of people assisted?

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    Wederson Rufino dos Santos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo analisar o impacto de bem-estar provocado na vida das pessoas deficientes após o acesso ao Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC. O BPC é um benefício da assistência social e consiste na transferência incondicional e mensal de renda, equivalente a um salário mínimo, destinado também às pessoas pobres idosas acima de 65 anos. A metodologia do estudo teve técnicas qualitativas e quantitativas de coleta e análise de dados. Foram realizadas entrevistas orientadas por um questionário semi-estruturado com trinta pessoas com deficiência atendidas pelo BPC. Os principais resultados. Os principais resultados da pesquisa mostraram que: (1 o BPC se configura como mecanismo de segurança de renda, proporcionando consumo de bens básicos de alimentação, tratamentos de saúde e gastos com moradia dos deficientes e suas famílias; (2 as pessoas deficientes relacionaram a concessão do benefício com o aumento da independência social e financeira delas em relação as suas famílias, contribuindo para a ampliação das noções de autonomia e cidadania; (3 o BPC é um instrumento capaz de proteger os beneficiados e suas famílias da situação de vulnerabilidade social resultante da pobreza ou desemprego, muito embora as mães das crianças deficientes saiam do mercado de trabalho para exercer o cuidado diário dos filhos e não recebam nenhum tipo de proteção social por parte do Estado.The aim of this article is to analyze the impact of well-being provoked in the life of the disabled people after the Cash Benefit to Disabled People (BPC. The BPC is a social assistance benefit consisting in an unconditional and monthly transference of the equivalent of a minimum wage, to poor people with deficiency and elders with more than 65 years. The methodology used was a case study with qualitative and quantitative techniques of data collection and analysis. BPC performed interviews guided by a semi

  9. [Deficiency and BPC: what changes in the lives of people assisted?].

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    dos Santos, Wederson Rufino

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this article is to analyze the impact of well-being provoked in the life of the disabled people after the Cash Benefit to Disabled People (BPC). The BPC is a social assistance benefit consisting in an unconditional and monthly transference of the equivalent of a minimum wage, to poor people with deficiency and elders with more than 65 years. The methodology used was a case study with qualitative and quantitative techniques of data collection and analysis. BPC performed interviews guided by a semi-structuralized questionnaire with 30 people with deficiency. The results showed that: (1) BPC is an important mechanism of security of income in the consumption of basic goods of feeding, health treatments and expenses with housing of deficient and its families; (2) disabled people had related the concession of the benefit to the increase of social and financial independence in relation to their families, contributing to expand the idea of autonomy and citizenship; (3) it is an instrument capable of protecting the benefited ones and their families of the situation of social vulnerability result of the poverty, although the mothers of the deficient children leave the work market to take care of their children and do not receive any kind of social protection from the State. PMID:21503425

  10. Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 attenuates chronic amphetamineinduced behavior disturbances%十五肽BPC 157减弱慢性苯丙胺诱导的行为障碍

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    Predrag SIKIRIC; Gorana ARALICA; Gojko BULJAT; Ingrid PRKACIN; Martina LOVRIC-BENCIC; Jadranka SEPAROVIC; Sven SEIWERTH; Rudolf RUCMAN; Marijan PETEK; Branko TURKOVIC; Tihomil ZIGER; Nikola JELOVAC; Alenka BOBAN-BLAGAIC; Vlado BEDEKOVIC; Ante TONKIC; Slaven BABIC; Andjelka JELOVAC-GJELDUM; Goran DODIG; Mario STARESINIC; Tomislav ANIC; Ivan ZORICIC; Davor RAK; Darko PEROVIC

    2002-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the effect of pentadecapeptide BPC 157 on chronic exposure to amphetamine in rats,particularly the changes commonly referred in chronic amphetamine studies as tolerance (lesser grade of stereotyped behavior, without increased excitability) and reverse tolerance (ie, prominent stereotyped behavior and heightened startle response upon late amphetamine challenges ). METHODS: After initial application (initial single dose-regimen), amphetamine (10 mg/kg,ip) was given once daily till d 5 (continuous administration-regimen ), and thereafter on d 8, 16, and 46(intermittent administration regimen). For stereotyped behavior and heightened startle response the observation period was 120 min after amphetamine application, and each animal was observed for 10 s in 5 min intervals.Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 (10 μg/kg or 10 ng/kg, ip)or saline (5.0 mL/kg, ip) were given only at the beginning of the experiment, simultaneously with the initial dose of amphetamine. RESULTS: In relation to applied initial-single/continuous/intermittent amphetamine applications regimen, the control amphetamine rats throughout the experiment showed the changes in stereotyped behavior and heightened startle response,increment or decrement, commonly explained in chronic amphetamine studies as tolerance and reverse tolerance.After the initial application of the amphetamine, the higher BPC 157 dosage apparently attenuated the stereotyped behavior, while the lower dosage of BPC 157 did not reach a statistical significance. Considering the forthcoming amphetamine challenges, in the rats initially treated with pentadecapeptide BPC 157, either 10 μg- or 10 ng-dose, at the time of the first application of amphetamine, the stereotyped behavior remains to be attenuated after all additional amphetamine challenges (on d 2- 5, 8, 16, and 46). This attenuation was not limited to stereotyped behavior only. After the initial application of the amphetamine the heightened startle response was also

  11. Pentadecapeptide BPC 157 and anaphylactoid reaction in rats and mice after intravenous dextran and white egg administration.

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    Duplancic, Bozidar; Stambolija, Vasilije; Holjevac, Jadranka; Zemba, Mladen; Balenovic, Igor; Drmic, Domagoj; Suran, Jelena; Radic, Bozo; Filipovic, Marinko; Blagaic, Alenka Boban; Brcic, Luka; Kolenc, Danijela; Grabarevic, Zeljko; Seiwerth, Sven; Sikiric, Predrag

    2014-03-15

    Anesthetized mice or rats received intravenously 6%, 10%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 90% dextran and/or white egg (1ml/rat or 0.15ml/mouse) into their tails. Medication (/kg b.w., 5ml/kg) was given intraperitoneally (BPC 157 10µg, 1µg, 10ng, and 10pg/kg, chloropyramine 20mg/kg, and cimetidine 10mg/kg intraperitoneally, alone or in combination while controls received an equivolume of saline), immediately after challenge or, alternatively, at 5min after or 24 or 48h before challenge. The effect was assessed at 5, 10, 20 and 30min after dextran and/or white egg challenge. We commonly noted prominent edema involving the face, upper and lower lip, snout, paws and scrotum (presented with extreme cyanosis), poor respiration and the number of fatalities after dextran and/or white egg application. Contrary, BPC 157 regimens (10µg, 1µg, 10ng, and 10pg/kg) effectively, may both prevent anaphylactoid reactions that may arise from dextran and/or white egg application and furthermore, rescue already advanced reactions when given after the challenge. Chloropyramine and cimetidine given alone were only moderately effective. When given together with BPC 157, the observed effect correlates with the strong effect of BPC 157 given alone. PMID:24486708

  12. Incidencia de la dieta y factores socio-demográficos sobre los niveles de contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs) en leche materna de poblaciones urbanas y rurales de Argentina

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    Della Ceca, Lara

    2013-01-01

    En esta tesis se estudia la distribución y composición de los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes incluídos en el Convenio de Estocolmo (DDT: diclorodifeniltricloroetano y sus metabolitos DDE y TDE); α-, β- y γ-HCH: hexaclorociclohexanos; CHLDs: heptacloro y su epóxido, trans- y cis- clordanos y nonaclors; PCBs: bifenilos policlorados y PBDEs: éteres de bifenilos polibromados) en leche materna (n=189) obtenida en distintos centros de salud de la provincia de Buenos Aires (Ciudad Autónoma de ...

  13. Positive effects on hematological and biochemical imbalances in patients with metastatic breast cancer stage IV, of BP-C1, a new anticancer substance

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    Lindkær-Jensen S

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Steen Lindkær-Jensen,1 Stig Larsen,2 Nina Habib-Lindkær-Jensen,1 Hans E Fagertun3 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, Imperial College, London, UK; 2Center of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Science, Oslo, Norway; 3Meddoc Research AS, Skjetten, Norway Abstract: A benzene-poly-carboxylic acid complex with cis-diammineplatinum(II dihydrocholride, BP-C1 is currently used in clinical trials in treating metastatic breast cancer. BP-C1 controls tumor growth with a few mild side-effects, improving quality of life.Methods: The data consisted of prospectively collected laboratory results from 47 patients in two controlled clinical trials of daily intramuscular injections of BP-C1 for 32 days. Study I was performed as an open, nonrandomized, Phase I dose–response, multicenter study with a three-level, between-patient, response surface pathway design. The second study was a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled, multicenter study with a stratified semi-crossover design.Results: Hemoglobin (Hb and hematocrit (Hct increased significantly (P<0.01 during BP-C1 treatment, while red blood cell (RBC count increased but not significantly. The most pronounced increase in Hb, RBC, Hct, and white blood cell (WBC was in anemic patients (P≤0.01. WBC count and neutrophils increased significantly (P=0.01 in the overall data. WBCs and neutrophils (P<0.01, eosinophils (P=0.05 and monocytes (P<0.01 increased significantly and markedly in patients with lowest baseline levels. Additionally, low levels of thrombocytes significantly increased. No changes in liver parameters, amylase, glucose, creatinine, or albumin, were detected except for albumin in the subgroup with low baseline levels, where levels increased significantly (P=0.04. An increase in K+, Ca2+, and PO43- was most pronounced in patients with low baseline levels (P≤0.02. A similar pattern detected for Mg2+, prothrombin

  14. Positive effects on hematological and biochemical imbalances in patients with metastatic breast cancer stage IV, of BP-C1, a new anticancer substance

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    Lindkær-Jensen, Steen; Larsen, Stig; Habib-Lindkær-Jensen, Nina; Fagertun, Hans E

    2015-01-01

    A benzene-poly-carboxylic acid complex with cis-diammineplatinum(II) dihydrocholride, BP-C1 is currently used in clinical trials in treating metastatic breast cancer. BP-C1 controls tumor growth with a few mild side-effects, improving quality of life. Methods The data consisted of prospectively collected laboratory results from 47 patients in two controlled clinical trials of daily intramuscular injections of BP-C1 for 32 days. Study I was performed as an open, nonrandomized, Phase I dose–response, multicenter study with a three-level, between-patient, response surface pathway design. The second study was a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled, multicenter study with a stratified semi-crossover design. Results Hemoglobin (Hb) and hematocrit (Hct) increased significantly (P<0.01) during BP-C1 treatment, while red blood cell (RBC) count increased but not significantly. The most pronounced increase in Hb, RBC, Hct, and white blood cell (WBC) was in anemic patients (P≤0.01). WBC count and neutrophils increased significantly (P=0.01) in the overall data. WBCs and neutrophils (P<0.01), eosinophils (P=0.05) and monocytes (P<0.01) increased significantly and markedly in patients with lowest baseline levels. Additionally, low levels of thrombocytes significantly increased. No changes in liver parameters, amylase, glucose, creatinine, or albumin, were detected except for albumin in the subgroup with low baseline levels, where levels increased significantly (P=0.04). An increase in K+, Ca2+, and PO43− was most pronounced in patients with low baseline levels (P≤0.02). A similar pattern detected for Mg2+, prothrombin time (PT), coagulation factors II, VII, X (KFNT), and C-reactive protein (CRP), which increased significantly (P≤0.05) in the groups with the lowest values. Conclusion Our findings support the safety profile of BP-C1 use in cancer patients. BP-C1 did not induce anemia, infection, bleeding, hepatic insufficiency or electrolyte imbalances. In

  15. BP-C1 in the treatment of patients with stage IV breast cancer: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study and an additional open-label treatment phase

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    Larsen, Stig; Butthongkomvong, Kritiya; Manikhas, Alexey; Trishkina, Ekaterina; Poddubuskaya, Elena; Matrosova, Marina; Srimuninnimit, Vichien; Lindkær-Jensen, Steen

    2014-01-01

    The aims were to compare the efficacy and tolerability of a new benzene-poly-carboxylic acids complex with cis-diammineplatinum (II) dichloride (BP-C1) versus placebo and to investigate the long-term tolerability of BP-C1 in the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Material and methods A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study was performed with a semi-crossover design. Patients allocated to placebo switched to BP-C1 after 32 days of treatment. Patients who completed 32 days of BP-C1 treatment were offered the opportunity to continue on BP-C1 for an additional 32 days in an open-label extension. Patients were then followed up for another 28 days. Thirty patients were given daily intramuscular injections of 0.035 mg/kg of body weight BP-C1 or placebo for 32 days. Biochemistry, hematology, National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTC-NCI), European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaire (QOL-C30 and the breast-cancer–specific BR23) data were recorded at screening and after every 16 days of treatment. Computed tomography was performed at screening and every 32 days. Results The sum of target lesions increased 2.4% in the BP-C1 group and 14.3% in the placebo group. Only the increase in the placebo group was significant (P=0.013). The difference between the groups was significant in favor of BP-C1 (P=0.04). There was a significant difference (P=0.026) in favor of BP-C1 regarding Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors (RECIST) classification. The sum of lesions increased slightly in the patients receiving 64 days of continuous BP-C1 treatment, of whom 68.4% were classified as responders. The sum CTC-NCI toxicity score increased nonsignificantly in the BP-C1 group but significantly in the placebo group (P=0.05). The difference in increase between groups did not meet the level of significance (P=0.12). The sum toxicity score was reduced in the patients

  16. Characterizing associations and SNP-environment interactions for GWAS-identified prostate cancer risk markers--results from BPC3.

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    Full Text Available Genome-wide association studies (GWAS have identified multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs associated with prostate cancer risk. However, whether these associations can be consistently replicated, vary with disease aggressiveness (tumor stage and grade and/or interact with non-genetic potential risk factors or other SNPs is unknown. We therefore genotyped 39 SNPs from regions identified by several prostate cancer GWAS in 10,501 prostate cancer cases and 10,831 controls from the NCI Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3. We replicated 36 out of 39 SNPs (P-values ranging from 0.01 to 10⁻²⁸. Two SNPs located near KLK3 associated with PSA levels showed differential association with Gleason grade (rs2735839, P = 0.0001 and rs266849, P = 0.0004; case-only test, where the alleles associated with decreasing PSA levels were inversely associated with low-grade (as defined by Gleason grade < 8 tumors but positively associated with high-grade tumors. No other SNP showed differential associations according to disease stage or grade. We observed no effect modification by SNP for association with age at diagnosis, family history of prostate cancer, diabetes, BMI, height, smoking or alcohol intake. Moreover, we found no evidence of pair-wise SNP-SNP interactions. While these SNPs represent new independent risk factors for prostate cancer, we saw little evidence for effect modification by other SNPs or by the environmental factors examined.

  17. Positive effects on hematological and biochemical imbalances in patients with metastatic breast cancer stage IV, of BP-C1, a new anticancer substance

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    Lindkær-Jensen S; Larsen S; Habib-Lindkær-Jensen N; Fagertun HE

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    Steen Lindkær-Jensen,1 Stig Larsen,2 Nina Habib-Lindkær-Jensen,1 Hans E Fagertun3 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, Imperial College, London, UK; 2Center of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Science, Oslo, Norway; 3Meddoc Research AS, Skjetten, Norway Abstract: A benzene-poly-carboxylic acid complex with cis-diammineplatinum(II) dihydrocholride, BP-C1 is currently used in clinical trials in treating met...

  18. BP-C1 in the treatment of patients with stage IV breast cancer: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study and an additional open-label treatment phase

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    Larsen S

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Stig Larsen,1 Kritiya Butthongkomvong,2 Alexey Manikhas,3 Ekaterina Trishkina,4 Elena Poddubuskaya,5 Marina Matrosova,6 Vichien Srimuninnimit,7 Steen Lindkær-Jensen81Department of Controlled Clinical Trials and Biostatistics, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Life Science, Oslo, Norway; 2Udonthani Cancer Hospital, Udonthani, Thailand; 3Department of Oncology, City Clinical Oncology, Dispensary, St Petersburg, Russia; 4Department of Oncology, Leningrad Regional Oncology Centre, St Petersburg, Russia; 5Department of Oncology, Unit of Russian Academy of Medical Science, Moscow, Russia; 6Department of Oncology, N Novgorod Regional Oncology Dispensary, Novgorod, Russia; 7Division of Medical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 8Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UKAbstract: The aims were to compare the efficacy and tolerability of a new benzene-poly-carboxylic acids complex with cis-diammineplatinum (II dichloride (BP-C1 versus placebo and to investigate the long-term tolerability of BP-C1 in the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer.Material and methods: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study was performed with a semi-crossover design. Patients allocated to placebo switched to BP-C1 after 32 days of treatment. Patients who completed 32 days of BP-C1 treatment were offered the opportunity to continue on BP-C1 for an additional 32 days in an open-label extension. Patients were then followed up for another 28 days. Thirty patients were given daily intramuscular injections of 0.035 mg/kg of body weight BP-C1 or placebo for 32 days. Biochemistry, hematology, National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTC-NCI, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaire (QOL-C30 and the breast-cancer–specific BR23 data were recorded at

  19. Degradación biológica de contaminantes orgánicos persistentes por hongos de la podredumbre blanca

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    Osmel Luis Domínguez-Guilarte; Miguel Ramos-Leal; Ayixon Sánchez-Reyes; Ana Margarita Manzano -León; Juan Argüelles-Álvarez; María Isabel Sánchez-López; Gilda Guerra-Rivera

    2011-01-01

    Una de las causas más importantes que han alterado el medio ambiente de manera significativa es la acumulación en varios ecosistemas de sustancias de difícil degradación, entre las que destacan los compuestos orgánicos persistentes (bifenilos policlorados, plaguicidas, pesticidas y compuestos no intencionales). Estos son compuestos químicos extremadamente estables, propensos a viajar distancias considerables y resistentes a los procesos de degradación natural. La mayoría de ellos se utilizan ...

  20. EVALUACIÓN DE RIESGO AMBIENTAL EN UN TIRADERO CON QUEMA DE BASURA

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    Ryan Michael ATENCIO PÉREZ; Jaime Alonso REYES-LÓPEZ; Guevara-García, José Antonio

    2013-01-01

    Los impactos ambientales de los sitios de residuos sólidos urbanos están, en su ma- yoría, relacionados con la migración de contaminantes ya sea en forma de gas y/o lixiviados. De estos sitios, resultan por demás peligrosos aquellos en donde se realiza la quema a cielo abierto de basura, en los cuales los contaminantes liberados (en la ceniza, en el suelo y en el aire) pueden incluir: metales pesados, hidrocarburos del petróleo, compuestos orgánicos semivolátiles (SVOC), bifenilos policlorado...

  1. Abordagem integrada na análise química de amostras ambientais

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    Antunes, Pedro Manuel da Fonseca

    2013-01-01

    Esta Dissertação de Doutoramento resulta de um protocolo de colaboração estabelecido entre a Agência Portuguesa do ambiente, I.P. (APA, IP) e a Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL), tendo como objetivo o entendimento e a resolução de problemas ambientais, envolvendo as Policlorodibenzo-p-dioxinas (PCDDs), os Policlorodibenzofuranos (PCDFs) e os Compostos Bifenilos Policlorados com atividade de dioxina (dioxin-like PCBs). Trata-se do primeiro estudo ef...

  2. Efectos de la exposición prenatal a contaminantes presentes en los alimentos (PCBs y metilmercurio) sobre la capacidad de aprendizaje en ratas. Papel de las alteraciones en la función de la via glutamato-oxido nitrito-GMP cíclico en el cerebelo.

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    Piedrafita Baudín, Blanca

    2007-01-01

    RESUMEN Estudiamos los efectos que la exposición Metilmercurio (MeHg) y los bifenilos policlorados PCB153 y PCB126, durante la gestación y lactancia, a tiene sobre la capacidad de aprendizaje en ratas adultas y la relación de las alteraciones causadas con la función de la vía glutamato-óxido nítrico-GMP cíclico en el cerebro. Tanto el MeHg como los PCBs (de la familia de los hidrocarburos aromáticos halogenados) son contaminantes de gran persistencia en el medio ambiente. Se incorporan a l...

  3. El papel de la membrana corioalantoídea en la retención de contaminantes organoclorados (plaguicidas) y su relación con otras variables ambientales: sedimentos y plasma de tortuga marina golfina (Lepidochelys olivacea) de Baja California Sur, México.

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    Sergio Rosales Ledezma; Orlando Lugo Lugo; Tania Zenteno Zavín; Lia Celina Méndez Rodríguez

    2011-01-01

    Se ha sugerido que las tortugas al consumir sus alimentos, como algas, sargazo y vegetación marina pueden ingerir agua y sedimentos contaminados por compuestos órganoclorados (OCs). También se considera que la exposición a los bifenilos policlorados (PCBs) por parte de las tortugas marinas es de manera directa y la transferencia de estos contaminantes se daría desde la madre hacia los huevos y posiblemente perturbar el nacimiento de las crías. La acumulación de los OCs en los huevos de aves y...

  4. Evaluación de la distribución de contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs) en aire en la zona de la cuenca del Plata mediante muestreadores pasivos artificiales

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    Astoviza, Malena J.

    2014-01-01

    Esta tesis presenta los resultados del estudio de Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (HAPs: Hidrocarburos Aromáticos Policíclicos; PCBs: Bifenilos Policlorados y POCLs: Pesticidas Organoclorados incluyendo Endos: Endosulfanos; DDTs: diclorodifeniltricloroetano y sus metabolitos DDE y DDD; α- β- y γ-HCHs: hexaclorociclohexanos; y CLDs: heptacloro y su epóxido, trans- y cis- clordanos y nonaclors) en el aire de 23 localidades del sur de la cuenca del Plata (Litoral: Entre Rios y Santa Fe; y B...

  5. Bioacumulación de contaminantes y sus efectos sobre moluscos dek Mar Menor

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    Campillo-González, J.A. (Juan Antonio); Moreno-González, R.; Albentosa-Verdú, M. (Marina); León-León, V.M. (Víctor Manuel)

    2015-01-01

    Resumen Este trabajo resume las investigaciones realizadas por el IEO sobre el estudio de la presencia ambiental de contaminantes persistentes y de sus efectos biológicos en bivalvos del Mar Menor. La bioacumulación de hidrocarburos aromáticos policíclicos (PAHs), pesticidas organoclorados (POCs) y bifenilos policlorados (PCBs) se caracterizó en berberechos, ostras y nacra de nueve zonas de la laguna del Mar Menor, con diferentes fuentes de contaminación y condiciones hidrodinámicas. Tenie...

  6. Estudio de los efectos causados por la introducción de sistemas de rizorremediación en las poblaciones bacterianas nativas de un suelo contaminado por PCBs

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    Aguirre de Cárcer, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Los diferentes análisis llevados a cabo en este estudio sostienen que la comunidad bacteriana de la rizosfera, que evolucionó de la población nativa de un suelo con un historial de contaminación por bifenilos policlorados, durante el desarrollo de las raíces de Salix vimminalis, fue diferente de la comunidad parental tanto a niveles funcionales como estructurales. La rizosfera estuvo enriquecida en especies de Proteobacteria, y en genes de ISP altamente relacionados con el grupo de las bacte...

  7. Contaminantes orgánicos persistentes en leche materna de centros urbanos de la provincia de Buenos Aires

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    Della Ceca, Lara; Migoya, Carolina; Capelletti, Natalia; Gómez, Graciela; Arozamena, Diego; Sobral, Madelón; Piñero, Julia H.; Soimer, Marisa; Bosco, Nerisa; Pérez, Elvira; Gluzman, Osvaldo; Rosa, María A.; López, Mariela; Colombo, Juan Carlos

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    Los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs) se acumulan en matrices ricas en materia grasa como la leche materna, que es un buen indicador de sus niveles en poblaciones humanas debido a su fácil y no invasiva extracción. Con el objeto de evaluar la exposición a COPs en la provincia de Buenos Aires y compararla con otras áreas, se analizaron bifenilos policlorados (PCBs), diclorodifeniltricloroetano (DDT) y sus metabolitos (DDT, TDE), hexaclorociclohexanos (α, β y γ-HCH) y clordanos (CHLDs...

  8. Contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs) en leche materna de centros urbanos de la provincia de Buenos Aires

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    Lara Sofia Della Ceca; Carolina Migoya; Natalia Capelletti; Graciela Gómez; Diego Arozamena; Madelón Sobral; Piñero, Julia H.; Marisa Soimer; Nerisa Bosco; Elvira Perez; Osvaldo Gluzman; Rosa, María A.; Mariela López; Colombo, Juan C.

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    Los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs) se acumulan en matrices ricas en materia grasa como la leche materna, que es un buen indicador de sus niveles en poblaciones humanas debido a su fácil y no invasiva extracción. Con el objeto de evaluar la exposición a COPs en la provincia de Buenos Aires y compararla con otras  áreas, se analizaron bifenilos policlorados (PCBs), diclorodifeniltricloroetano (DDT) y sus metabolitos (DDT, TDE), hexaclorociclohexanos (?, ? y ?-HCH) y clordanos (CHLD...

  9. Contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPS) en leche materna de centros urbanos de la provincia de Buenos Aires

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    Migoya, Carolina; Capelletti, Natalia; Gómez, Graciela; Arozamena, Diego; Sobral, Madelón; Piñero, Julia H.; Soimer, Marisa; Bosco, Nerisa; Pérez, Elvira; Gluzman, Osvaldo; Rosa, María A.; López, Mariela; Ceca, Lara S. Della; Colombo, Juan C.

    2012-01-01

    Los COPs se acumulan en matrices ricas en materia grasa como la leche materna, que es un buen indicador de sus niveles en poblaciones humanas debido a su fácil y no invasiva extracción. Con el objeto de evaluar la exposición a COPs en la provincia de Buenos Aires y compararla con otras áreas, se analizaron bifenilos policlorados (PCBs), diclorodifeniltricloroetano (DDT) y sus metabolitos (DDT, TDE), hexaclorociclohexanos (α, β y γ-HCH) y clordanos (CHLDs: heptaclor y su epóxido, trans y cis c...

  10. Genetic polymorphisms of the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes and risk of breast cancer in the National Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3

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    Lund Eiliv

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GNRH1 triggers the release of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone from the pituitary. Genetic variants in the gene encoding GNRH1 or its receptor may influence breast cancer risk by modulating production of ovarian steroid hormones. We studied the association between breast cancer risk and polymorphisms in genes that code for GNRH1 and its receptor (GNRHR in the large National Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (NCI-BPC3. Methods We sequenced exons of GNRH1 and GNRHR in 95 invasive breast cancer cases. Resulting single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs were genotyped and used to identify haplotype-tagging SNPs (htSNPS in a panel of 349 healthy women. The htSNPs were genotyped in 5,603 invasive breast cancer cases and 7,480 controls from the Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS-II, European Prospective Investigation on Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC, Multiethnic Cohort (MEC, Nurses' Health Study (NHS, and Women's Health Study (WHS. Circulating levels of sex steroids (androstenedione, estradiol, estrone and testosterone were also measured in 4713 study subjects. Results Breast cancer risk was not associated with any polymorphism or haplotype in the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes, nor were there any statistically significant interactions with known breast cancer risk factors. Polymorphisms in these two genes were not strongly associated with circulating hormone levels. Conclusion Common variants of the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes are not associated with risk of invasive breast cancer in Caucasians.

  11. Genetic polymorphisms of the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes and risk of breast cancer in the National Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3)

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    Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GNRH1) triggers the release of follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone from the pituitary. Genetic variants in the gene encoding GNRH1 or its receptor may influence breast cancer risk by modulating production of ovarian steroid hormones. We studied the association between breast cancer risk and polymorphisms in genes that code for GNRH1 and its receptor (GNRHR) in the large National Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (NCI-BPC3). We sequenced exons of GNRH1 and GNRHR in 95 invasive breast cancer cases. Resulting single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped and used to identify haplotype-tagging SNPs (htSNPS) in a panel of 349 healthy women. The htSNPs were genotyped in 5,603 invasive breast cancer cases and 7,480 controls from the Cancer Prevention Study-II (CPS-II), European Prospective Investigation on Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), Multiethnic Cohort (MEC), Nurses' Health Study (NHS), and Women's Health Study (WHS). Circulating levels of sex steroids (androstenedione, estradiol, estrone and testosterone) were also measured in 4713 study subjects. Breast cancer risk was not associated with any polymorphism or haplotype in the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes, nor were there any statistically significant interactions with known breast cancer risk factors. Polymorphisms in these two genes were not strongly associated with circulating hormone levels. Common variants of the GNRH1 and GNRHR genes are not associated with risk of invasive breast cancer in Caucasians

  12. IGF-1, IGFBP-1, and IGFBP-3 polymorphisms predict circulating IGF levels but not breast cancer risk: findings from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3.

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    Alpa V Patel

    Full Text Available IGF-1 has been shown to promote proliferation of normal epithelial breast cells, and the IGF pathway has also been linked to mammary carcinogenesis in animal models. We comprehensively examined the association between common genetic variation in the IGF1, IGFBP1, and IGFBP3 genes in relation to circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels and breast cancer risk within the NCI Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3. This analysis included 6,912 breast cancer cases and 8,891 matched controls (n = 6,410 for circulating IGF-I and 6,275 for circulating IGFBP-3 analyses comprised primarily of Caucasian women drawn from six large cohorts. Linkage disequilibrium and haplotype patterns were characterized in the regions surrounding IGF1 and the genes coding for two of its binding proteins, IGFBP1 and IGFBP3. In total, thirty haplotype-tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (htSNP were selected to provide high coverage of common haplotypes; the haplotype structure was defined across four haplotype blocks for IGF1 and three for IGFBP1 and IGFBP3. Specific IGF1 SNPs individually accounted for up to 5% change in circulating IGF-I levels and individual IGFBP3 SNPs were associated up to 12% change in circulating IGFBP-3 levels, but no associations were observed between these polymorphisms and breast cancer risk. Logistic regression analyses found no associations between breast cancer and any htSNPs or haplotypes in IGF1, IGFBP1, or IGFBP3. No effect modification was observed in analyses stratified by menopausal status, family history of breast cancer, body mass index, or postmenopausal hormone therapy, or for analyses stratified by stage at diagnosis or hormone receptor status. In summary, the impact of genetic variation in IGF1 and IGFBP3 on circulating IGF levels does not appear to substantially influence breast cancer risk substantially among primarily Caucasian postmenopausal women.

  13. Quality of Cuban shark liver oil. Comparison with Icelandic cod liver oil (Calidad del aceite de hígado de tiburón cubano. Comparación con el aceite de hígado de bacalao Islandés

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    Cruz-Nuñez, Giselle

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available ResumenA través del contenido de vitaminas A, D y E, dioxinas, metales pesados y escualeno, se estudió la calidad del aceite de hígado de tiburón obtenido a partir de un pool de hígados de tres especies de tiburones (Ginglimostoma cirratum, Carcharhinus longimanus, y Carcharhinus falciformiscapturados en costas cubanas. Se evalúan los contenidos de hierro y cobre como indicadores de posible oxidación en el aceite. Se determinan los niveles de rancidez del aceite mediante análisis sensoriales. Las dioxinas y los bifenilos policlorados (BPC son químicos muy persistentes responsables de la contaminación en los aceites de pescado, cuyo contenido es también evaluado. También se estudió el aceite de hígado de bacalao de la especie Gadus morhua y otras especies de Gadus del suroeste de Islandia, con el fin de comparar ambos aceites en términos de sucalidad. En el aceite de hígado de tiburón cubano se detectó un bajocontenido de escualeno. Su contenido de vitaminas E y A indica que puede ser potencialmente utilizado como suplemento nutricional, contribuyendo a una completa utilización de los hígados de tiburones cubanos. No se detectó vitamina D. El contenido de hierro y cobre indica que el aceite constituye una buena fuente de estos minerales. Los análisis sensoriales revelaron niveles ligeramente más elevados de rancidez en el aceite de bacalao islandés que en el aceite de hígado de tiburón cubano. No se detectó un alto contenido de dioxinas en el aceite de hígado de tiburón cubano (3.69 ngkg-1, menor que los limites permisibles para aceites crudos, (Food Standard Agency, 2002. Las dioxinas como PCBs detectadas en el aceite (14.3 ngkg-1 pueden ser removidas durante los procesos de purificación en la producción.SummaryThe quality of shark liver oil obtained from a pool of livers of three sharks species (Ginglimostoma cirratum, Carcharhinus longimanus, and Carcharhinus falciformis caught in the Cuban coast was studied by

  14. Especies transitorias en sistemas bioorgánicos modelo conteniendo cromóforos de tipo bifenilo, naftaleno o benzofenona.

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    Bonancía Roca, Paula

    2013-01-01

    La espectroscopía de absorción transitoria ha resultado ser una herramienta útil para investigar la formación y desaparición de estados excitados singlete formados por aniquilación triplete-triplete, tras sensibilización. De este modo, tras excitar selectivamente BZP a 355 nm en presencia de NPT, se detectó mediante espectroscopía de absorción transitoria una banda negativa centrada a 340 nm, cuya formación y desaparición ocurría en la escala de los microsegundos. Esta ...

  15. Síntesis y evaluación de la capacidad complejante de ligandos nitrogenados derivados de bifenilos sustituidos.

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    Sanchis Martínez, Joaquín

    2006-01-01

    RESUMEN El diseño y preparación de moléculas sensoras de cationes, aniones o moléculas neutras constituye un atractivo reto dentro de la Química Supramolecular. Una molécula sensora es capaz de reconocer al sustrato para la que ha sido diseñada y está encargada de poner de manifiesto, de alguna manera, que este reconocimiento ha tenido lugar mediante la modificación de una propiedad fisico-química medible macroscópicamente. En el presente trabajo se han desarrollado quince nuevas mol...

  16. Tóxicos ambientales y su efecto sobre el neurodesarrollo

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    Hugo A. Arroyo

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Los trastornos del neurodesarrollo son consecuencia de un disturbio de la función cerebral. Son frecuentes, se manifiestan con sintomatología variada, en distintos momentos de la vida y suelen ser persistentes con repercusión a nivel individual, familiar y social. La asociación de estos trastornos del desarrollo con entidades genéticas neurológicas es baja. Aunque las investigaciones apoyan un modo de herencia genética los factores epigenéticos y ambientales pueden jugar un rol importante. En los últimos años hubo un llamativo incremento de estos trastornos, especialmente del trastorno por déficit de atención con hiperactividad y del trastorno generalizado del desarrollo y se comenzó a comprender y profundizar que la exposición a sustancias tóxicas ambientales puede provocar alteraciones en el neurodesarrollo y en la salud. Dentro de los factores ambientales se reconocen que la intoxicación del feto por metales pesados, especialmente plomo y mercurio, son los responsables en algunos niños de estos trastornos. Otras sustancias de amplio uso, escasa degradación y mantenimiento en la cadena alimenticia como los pesticidas, los bifenilos policlorados y ahora el reciclado de residuos electrónicos pone especialmente a lactantes y niños a riesgo y aún más en los países subdesarrollados.

  17. Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3)

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    Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium collaborates with three genomic facilities, epidemiologists, population geneticists, and biostatisticians from multiple institutions to study hormone-related gene variants and environmental factors in breast and prostate cancers.

  18. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: BPC Green Builders, New Fairfield, Connecticut

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    This LEED Platinum home was built on the site of a 60-year-old bungalow that was demolished. It boasts views of Candlewood Lake, a great deal of daylight, and projected annual energy savings of almost $3,000. This home was awarded a 2013 Housing Innovation Award in the custom builder category.

  19. DOE ZERH Case Study: BPC Green Builders, Taft School, Watertown, CT

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    Case study of a DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winning custom home in the cold climate that got a HERS 33 without PV or HERS -14 with PV, with 8.5” double 2x4 walls with 8.5” (R-32) blown cellulose plus R-6 rigid foam, basement with 3” ccsf on interior plus 2x4 stud walls with R-13 blown cellulose, with R-20 around slab, R-38 under slab; a vented attic with R-100 blown cellulose; a central heat pump; HRV; heat pump water heater; 100% LED; and Passive House Institute U.S.+, LEED platinum, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

  20. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: BPC Green Builders — Trolle Residence, Danbury, CT

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    The builder of this 1,650-ft2 cabin won a Custom Home honor in the 2014 Housing Innovations Awards. The home meets Passive House Standards with 5.5-in. of foil-faced polysiocyanurate foam boards lining the outside walls, R-55 of rigid EPS foam under the slab, R-86 of blown cellulose in the attic, triple-pane windows, and a single ductless heat pump to heat and cool the entire home.

  1. Testing the role of contaminants in depressing avian numbers Evaluando el rol de los contaminantes sobre la disminución del número de aves

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    WILLIAM H. KARASOV

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Environmental contaminants are ubiquitous and so are often key suspects in cases of lagging wildlife populations. How do we test hypotheses about cause-effect linkages between contaminants and wildlife health? We present three case studies in which different approaches were used to test hypotheses about effects of contaminants on wildlife. The cases involve the possible impacts of (1 polychlorinated biphenyl on Lake Superior bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus; (2 dioxin on osprey (Pandion halieatus; and (3 methyl mercury on common loons (Gavia immer. The different approaches were dictated by legal, logistic, and financial limitations, but the relative strengths of experimental and mechanistic approaches over correlative approaches is underscored. For all three species, the simple correlation between a single contaminant and performance was confounded by covariation with other types of contaminants and/or natural ecological factors such as food availability and predationLos contaminantes ambientales son ubicuos y a menudo los principales sospechosos en los casos de disminución en las poblaciones de fauna silvestre. ¿Cómo probamos las hipótesis sobre las relaciones causa - efecto entre los contaminantes y la salud de la fauna silvestre? Presentamos tres estudios de caso en que se usaron diferentes aproximaciones para someter a prueba las hipótesis sobre los efectos de los contaminantes sobre la fauna silvestre. Los casos involucran los posibles impactos de (1 el bifenilos policlorados en el águila calva (Haliaeetus leucocephalus en el Lago Superior; (2 las dioxinas sobre el águila pescadora (Pandion halieatus; y (3 el mercurio de metilo en colimbo grande (Gavia immer. Las limitaciones legales, logísticas y financieras, determinaron diferentes aproximaciones en estos estudios, pero se destaca que la fuerza relativa de las aproximaciones experimentales y mecanicistas es superior a la de un acercamiento correlacional. Se demuestra que, en

  2. Degradación biológica de contaminantes orgánicos persistentes por hongos de la podredumbre blanca

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    Osmel Luis Domínguez-Guilarte

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Una de las causas más importantes que han alterado el medio ambiente de manera significativa es la acumulación en varios ecosistemas de sustancias de difícil degradación, entre las que destacan los compuestos orgánicos persistentes (bifenilos policlorados, plaguicidas, pesticidas y compuestos no intencionales. Estos son compuestos químicos extremadamente estables, propensos a viajar distancias considerables y resistentes a los procesos de degradación natural. La mayoría de ellos se utilizan como plaguicidas y como productos químicos en procesos industriales o como subproductos que se generan de manera no intencional a partir de ciertas actividades humanas, tales como los procesos de combustión o generación de energía. En el caso del dicloro-difenil-tricloroetano (DDT, se ha encontrado en lugares donde no ha sido aplicado, tal y como ocurre en las zonas árticas. Los hongos de la podredumbre blanca son un grupo de microorganismos que desempeñan un papel clave como reguladores del ciclo del carbono. Son activos transformadores de la lignina. Sus enzimas ligninolíticas están directamente involucradas no solo en la degradación de la lignina, sino también, en la biotrasformación de una diversidad de polímeros orgánicos complejos de los cuales algunos constituyen contaminantes ambientales, con una estructura química similar a la lignina. Esto se debe a la inespecificidad de su sistema multienzimático, lo que abre el espacio para su incorporación en procesos de biorremediación. En este trabajo, se presentan resultados preliminares de la inducción de las enzimas ligninolíticas lacasa y MnP con la utilización del DDT como inductor de las actividades enzimáticas mediante cepas nativas de hongos de la podredumbre blanca.

  3. Contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs en leche materna de centros urbanos de la provincia de Buenos Aires

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    Lara Sofia Della Ceca

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COPs se acumulan en matrices ricas en materia grasa como la leche materna, que es un buen indicador de sus niveles en poblaciones humanas debido a su fácil y no invasiva extracción. Con el objeto de evaluar la exposición a COPs en la provincia de Buenos Aires y compararla con otras  áreas, se analizaron bifenilos policlorados (PCBs, diclorodifeniltricloroetano (DDT y sus metabolitos (DDT, TDE, hexaclorociclohexanos (?, ? y ?-HCH y clordanos (CHLDs: heptaclor y su epóxido, trans y cis clordanos y nonaclors en muestras de leche materna colectadas durante 2010 y 2011 en Punta Lara, Ensenada, Florencio Varela y Capital Federal.Las  muestras fueron colectadas con sacaleches manuales, centrifugadas para separar la crema que fue liofilizada y extraída con éter de petróleo y ultrasonido. Los extractos previamente tratados con ácido para eliminación parcial de lípidos, fueron purificados por cromatografía en gel de sílice y analizados por cromatografía gaseosa.Las concentraciones de COPs en ng.g-1 lípido decrecieron en el orden DDTs (76±91 ? PCBs (67±64 > HCHs (33±36 ³ CHLDs (22±24.  Los DDTs oscilaron entre 7.7-510 ng.g-1 lípido y  los PCBs entre 5-247 ng.g-1 lípido, estos valores son comparables al rango más bajo reportado en la literatura (DDTs Noruega: 39-292 ng.g-1 lípido; PCBs Vietnam: 26-210 ng.g-1, Japón: 23-370 ng.g-1. En cambio, las concentraciones de HCHs y CHLDs, que oscilaron entre 5.8-197 ng.g-1 lípido y  1.3-124 ng.g-1 lípido respectivamente, corresponden al rango medio reportado para otras áreas (HCHs Indonesia 1.6-120 ng.g-1; CHLDs 3.4-92 ng.g-1. La composición de residuos en la leche materna es relativamente conservativa para cada clase de COPs, así se observa uniforme predominancia de productos de degradación (p.ej. DDE: 90±17% de SDDTs; epóxido de heptaclor: 50±18% y t-nonaclordano: 34±13% de SCHLDs y los isómeros y congéneres más persistentes (?-HCH

  4. BPC216全自动生化分析仪速率法检测血清CK-MB酶海力

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    詹伦琴

    1994-01-01

    肌酸激酶(Creatine Kinase,CK)是由B和M两条亚基组成的二聚体,有三种同工酶。存在于脑和前列腺等非肌组织者为CK-BB,存在于骨骼肌及心肌中为CK-MM,心肌除以CK-MM型为主外,尚有CK-MB型。正常血清中绝大部分为CK-MM型,

  5. CYP17 genetic variation and risk of breast and prostate cancer from the national Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3)

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    Setiawan, Veronica Wendy; Schumacher, Fredrick R.; Haiman, Christopher A.; Stram, Daniel O.; Albanes, Demetrius; Altshuler, David; Berglund, Gran; Buring, Julie; Calle, Eugenia E.; Clavel-Chapelon, Francoise; Cox, David G.; Gaziano, J. Michael; Hankinson, Susan E.; Hayes, Richard B.; Henderson, Brian E.; Hirschhorn, Joel; Hoover, Robert; Hunter, David J.; Kaaks, Rudolf; Kolonel, Laurence N.; Kraft, Peter; Ma, Jing; Le Marchand, Loic; Linseisen, Jakob; Lund, Eiliv; Navarro, Carmen; Overvad, Kim; Palli, Domenico; Peeters, Petra H. M.; Pike, Malcolm C.; Riboli, Elio; Stampfer, Meir J.; Thun, Michael J.; Travis, Ruth; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios; Yeager, Meredith; Ziegler, Regina G.; Feigelson, Heather Spencer; Chanock, Stephen J.

    2007-01-01

    CYP17 encodes cytochrome p450c17 alpha, which mediates activities essential for the production of sex steroids. Common germ line variation in the CYP17 gene has been related to inconsistent results in breast and prostate cancer, with most studies focusing on the nonsynonymous single nucleotide polym

  6. Prevalence of aging male sexual dysfunction in Beijing: the result from a community-based cross-sectional survey of BPC-BPH stndy group%北京市社区中老年男性性功能调查报告:BPC-BPH研究结果

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    邵强; 宋健; 孙少鹏; 田野; BPC-BPH研究小组

    2010-01-01

    目的 调查北京市社区中老年男性性欲低下、勃起功能障碍(ED)、射精障碍的患病情况.方法 采用分层多阶段整群不等比例随机抽样方法选择北京市15个社区1656名年龄≥50岁男性作为调查对象,分别记录国际勃起功能问卷(IIEF-5)评分及男性性功能问卷(O'Leary 1995),应用χ~2检验分析结果.结果 符合标准的调查对象共1644人.年龄50~93(64.5±9.8)岁.平均IIEF-5(9.4±8.6)分.以IIEF-5评分0~21诊断为ED,总ED患病率90.45%,性欲低下60.04%,射精障碍38.81%.各年龄组(10岁/组)间ED、性欲低下、射精障碍患病率差异有统计学意义(P<0.0001),各年龄组间不同程度ED患病率差异有统计学意义(P<0.0001).趋势检验表明随年龄增加,ED、性欲低下、射精障碍患病率逐渐增加(Z=10.1,P<0.0001),与年龄呈正相关性.结论 随年龄增加ED、性欲低下、射精障碍的患病率逐渐增加.ED患病率最高.%Objective To investigate the prevalence of aging male sexual dysfunction in Beijing.Methods A cross-sectional study was performed based on community of Beijing in men aged over 50 years old.The International Index of Erectile Function-5(IIEF-5),Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory for Urology(Orleary 1995)were recorded and analyzed.Results 1644 subjects were enrolled and the mean age was 64.5 years(range 50-93 years).The mean score of IIEF-5 was 9.4±8.6.The prevalence of erectile dysfunction(ED),defined as IIEF-5 between 0-21,was 90.45%.The incidence of reduction of sexual desire and defective ejaculation was 60.04%and 38.81%,respectively.There was positive correlation between the prevalence of ED,reduction of sexual desire,defective ejaculation and age.Conclusions The incidence of ED,reduction of sexual desire and defective ejaculation are positively correlated with age.Compared with high prevalence of ED,the incidences of sexual desire and defective ejaculation are lower.

  7. Composite scaffolds of mesoporous bioactive glass and polyamide for bone repair.

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    Su, Jiacan; Cao, Liehu; Yu, Baoqing; Song, Shaojun; Liu, Xinwei; Wang, Zhiwei; Li, Ming

    2012-01-01

    A bone-implanted porous scaffold of mesoporous bioglass/polyamide composite (m-BPC) was fabricated, and its biological properties were investigated. The results indicate that the m-BPC scaffold contained open and interconnected macropores ranging 400-500 μm, and exhibited a porosity of 76%. The attachment ratio of MG-63 cells on m-BPC was higher than polyamide scaffolds at 4 hours, and the cells with normal phenotype extended well when cultured with m-BPC and polyamide scaffolds. When the m-BPC scaffolds were implanted into bone defects of rabbit thighbone, histological evaluation confirmed that the m-BPC scaffolds exhibited excellent biocompatibility and osteoconductivity, and more effective osteogenesis than the polyamide scaffolds in vivo. The results indicate that the m-BPC scaffolds improved the efficiency of new bone regeneration and, thus, have clinical potential for bone repair. PMID:22679367

  8. Insumos utilizados en la preparación de alimentos en producción porcina y su potencial de contaminación por dioxinas en la carne Feed materials used in the preparation of food in pork production and its potential for dioxin contamination in the meat

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    F Samsing

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente estudio se evaluó la contribución de los diversos insumos utilizados en la alimentación de los cerdos, como fuente de contaminación de dioxinas, furanos y bifenilos policlorados similares a dioxinas (DL-PCBs de la carne, considerando las variaciones dietarias durante la recría, crianza y engorda. Las materias primas o insumos fueron separadas en diferentes categorías, elaborándose un conjunto de datos con los resultados de análisis mediante el bioensayo EROD/H4IIE (determinación de la actividad de 7-Etoxiresorufina -O-detilasa en la línea celular de hepatoma de rata H4IIE. Además se establecieron dos dietas tipo utilizadas en Chile, considerando los porcentajes de incorporación de materias primas, los cuales varían a lo largo del ciclo productivo del cerdo. Se realizó un análisis descriptivo de la información contenida en el conjunto de datos, caracterizándose el comportamiento de las observaciones. Se propuso un modelo de transferencia, en que la carga corporal de dioxinas aumenta en forma proporcional al consumo de alimentos contaminados. Como resultados se obtuvo la media de contaminación más alta, expresada como equivalentes tóxicos de 2,3,7,8-tetraclorodibenzo-p-dioxina derivados del bioensayo EROD/H4IIE (TCDD-EQ/g, en las materias primas de origen mineral, con 16,21 pg TCDD-EQ/g, seguido por las mezclas de ácidos grasos (2,03 pg TCDD-EQ/g. Las concentraciones medias más bajas de contaminación se presentaron en las premezclas (0,29 pg TCDD-EQ/g y los aceites vegetales (0,35 pg TCDD-EQ/g. Respecto del modelo de transferencia, al evaluar la contribución de los diferentes insumos al total de contaminación de la ración, las materias primas de origen vegetal fueron las que más aportaron, debido al alto porcentaje en que éstas se incorporan en las dietas tipo. El segundo mayor aporte fue el de las materias primas de origen mineral.This study assessed the contribution of various feed ingredients used in

  9. BP-C1 in the treatment of patients with stage IV breast cancer: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multicenter study and an additional open-label treatment phase

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    Larsen S; Butthongkomvong K; Manikhas A; Trishkina E; Poddubuskaya E; Matrosova M; Srimuninnimit V; Lindkær-Jensen S

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    Stig Larsen,1 Kritiya Butthongkomvong,2 Alexey Manikhas,3 Ekaterina Trishkina,4 Elena Poddubuskaya,5 Marina Matrosova,6 Vichien Srimuninnimit,7 Steen Lindkær-Jensen81Department of Controlled Clinical Trials and Biostatistics, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Life Science, Oslo, Norway; 2Udonthani Cancer Hospital, Udonthani, Thailand; 3Department of Oncology, City Clinical Oncology, Dispensary, St Petersburg, Russia; 4Department of Oncology, Leningrad Regional Onc...

  10. Comprehensive Analysis of Hormone and Genetic Variation in 36 Genes Related to Steroid Hormone Metabolism in Pre- and Postmenopausal Women from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3)

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    Beckmann, L.; Husing, A.; Setiawan, V. W.; Amiano, P.; Clavel-Chapelon, F.; Chanock, S. J.; Cox, D. G.; Diver, R.; Dossus, L.; Feigelson, H. S.; Haiman, C.; Hallmans, G.; Hayes, R. B.; Henderson, B. E.; Hoover, R. N.; Hunter, D. J.; Khaw, K.; Kolonel, L. N.; Kraft, P.; Lund, E.; Le Marchand, L.; Peeters, P. H. M.; Riboli, E.; Stram, D.; Thomas, G.; Thun, M. J.; Tumino, R.; Trichopoulos, D.; Vogel, Ulla Birgitte; Willett, W. C.; Yeager, M.; Ziegler, R.; Hankinson, S. E.; Kaaks, R.

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    existing hormone assays and data on breast cancer incidence, within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) and the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) cohorts; significant findings were reanalyzed in the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC).Setting and Participants: We analyzed data from a......Context: Sex steroids play a central role in breast cancer development.Objective: This study aimed to relate polymorphic variants in 36 candidate genes in the sex steroid pathway to serum concentrations of sex steroid hormones and SHBG.Design: Data on 700 genetic polymorphisms were combined with...... pooled sample of 3852 pre- and postmenopausal Caucasian women from EPIC and NHS and 454 postmenopausal women from MEC.Main Outcome Measures: Outcome measures were SHBG, testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS), androstenedione, estrone (E1), and estradiol (E2) as well as breast cancer risk...

  11. Biomarcadores moleculares en la medicina moderna

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    Elso Manuel Cruz Cruz

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available La medicina del siglo XXI se caracteriza por el enfoque molecular, tanto en el diagnóstico, como en el tratamiento. En este sentido, abundan en la literatura científica los trabajos relacionados con el empleo de biomarcadores o marcadores biológicos. El término biomarcador se utiliza para medir una interacción entre un sistema biológico y un agente de tipo químico, físico o biológico, evaluando así una respuesta funcional o fisiológica, a nivel celular o molecular, asociada con la probabilidad del desarrollo de una enfermedad. Los biomarcadores pueden diferenciarse en tres tipos: biomarcadores de exposición, los que evalúan en un organismo la presencia de sustancias exógenas, metabolitos o el producto de la interacción entre el agente xenobiótico (compuestos naturales o sintéticos del ambiente que el organismo metaboliza y acumula y una molécula o célula diana; biomarcadores de efecto, que evalúan la alteración bioquímica, fisiológica o de comportamiento producida en el organismo y que puede ser asociada con una enfermedad; biomarcadores de susceptibilidad, indicador de la capacidad heredada o adquirida de un organismo para responder a la exposición a una sustancia xenobiótica. (1 En el campo de la salud humana, el desarrollo, validación y uso de biomarcadores se incrementa cada día por la necesidad de conocer acerca de los efectos adversos, generados por estilos de vida y, en general, por la interacción del hombre con diferentes entornos. Muchos son los ejemplos actuales del empleo de biomarcadores en la medicina. Pueden ser usados para evaluar la presencia de cáncer y la progresión y monitoreo de los tratamientos. Técnicas físico-químicas o inmunoquímicas de alta sensibilidad han sido desarrolladas para la detección de concentraciones de carcinógenos en sangre u orina, tales como: arsénico, cadmio, cromo, níquel, benceno, bifenilos policlorados, tetracloroetileno, estireno. Otros ejemplos de biomarcadores

  12. Composite scaffolds of mesoporous bioactive glass and polyamide for bone repair

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Jiacan Su, Liehu Cao, Baoqing Yu, Shaojun Song, Xinwei Liu, Zhiwei Wang, Ming LiDepartment of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, ChinaAbstract: A bone-implanted porous scaffold of mesoporous bioglass/polyamide composite (m-BPC was fabricated, and its biological properties were investigated. The results indicate that the m-BPC scaffold contained open and interconnected macropores ranging 400–500 µm, and exhibited a porosity of 76%. The attachment ratio of MG-63 cells on m-BPC was higher than polyamide scaffolds at 4 hours, and the cells with normal phenotype extended well when cultured with m-BPC and polyamide scaffolds. When the m-BPC scaffolds were implanted into bone defects of rabbit thighbone, histological evaluation confirmed that the m-BPC scaffolds exhibited excellent biocompatibility and osteoconductivity, and more effective osteogenesis than the polyamide scaffolds in vivo. The results indicate that the m-BPC scaffolds improved the efficiency of new bone regeneration and, thus, have clinical potential for bone repair.Keywords: mesoporous bioglass, polyamide, composite scaffolds, biocompatibility, bone repair

  13. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy is a safe and effective procedure for the treatment of Blake's pouch cyst

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    Carlos Vicente Brusius

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Blake's pouch cyst (BPC is a midline cystic malformation of the posterior fossa, within Dandy-Walker's complex (DWC, often associated with hydrocephalus. Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV has been an alternative to conventional methods for BPC treatment. This study aimed at reporting our experience with ETV in a series of patients with BPC. METHODS: Of 33 patients diagnosed with midline posterior fossa cyst, 26 met the protocol criteria for DWC, and eight subjects with BPC were selected (aged one month to two years old. All cases were treated with ETV. RESULTS: Five patients were male; and three were prenatally diagnosed. They had hydrocephalus and motor deficiencies. Motor assessment at a five-year follow-up yielded normal findings. All patients improved, and only one had residual cognitive dysfunction, despite overall neurological improvement. There were no complications. CONCLUSIONS: ETV was a safe and effective procedure, reducing risks and morbidity associated with open surgery and shunt-related problems.

  14. Change in the fouling propensity of sludge in membrane bioreactors (MBR) in relation to the accumulation of biopolymer clusters

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    Wang, XM; Li, XY; Sun, FY

    2011-01-01

    A membrane bioreactor (MBR) and an activated sludge process (ASP) were operated side by side to evaluate the change of sludge supernatant characteristics and the evolution of the sludge fouling propensity. The MBR sludge had a higher organic concentration and more biopolymer clusters (BPC) in the supernatant compared with ASP. BPC increased in both concentration and size in the MBR. The results show that the change in the liquid-phase property had a profound effect on the sludge fouling prope...

  15. Composite scaffolds of mesoporous bioactive glass and polyamide for bone repair

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    Jiacan Su, Liehu Cao, Baoqing Yu, Shaojun Song, Xinwei Liu, Zhiwei Wang, Ming LiDepartment of Orthopedics, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, ChinaAbstract: A bone-implanted porous scaffold of mesoporous bioglass/polyamide composite (m-BPC) was fabricated, and its biological properties were investigated. The results indicate that the m-BPC scaffold contained open and interconnected macropores ranging 400–500 µm, and exhibited a porosity of 76%...

  16. A simple method for determining split renal function from dynamic {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 scintigraphic data

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    Wesolowski, Michal J.; Watson, Gage; Wanasundara, Surajith N.; Babyn, Paul [University of Saskatchewan, Department of Medical Imaging, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Conrad, Gary R. [University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Lexington, KY (United States); Samal, Martin [Charles University Prague and the General University Hospital in Prague, Department of Nuclear Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Praha 2 (Czech Republic); Wesolowski, Carl A. [University of Saskatchewan, Department of Medical Imaging, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Radiology, St. John' s, NL (Canada)

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    Commonly used methods for determining split renal function (SRF) from dynamic scintigraphic data require extrarenal background subtraction and additional correction for intrarenal vascular activity. The use of these additional regions of interest (ROIs) can produce inaccurate results and be challenging, e.g. if the heart is out of the camera field of view. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new method for determining SRF called the blood pool compensation (BPC) technique, which is simple to implement, does not require extrarenal background correction and intrinsically corrects for intrarenal vascular activity. In the BPC method SRF is derived from a parametric plot of the curves generated by one blood-pool and two renal ROIs. Data from 107 patients who underwent {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 scintigraphy were used to determine SRF values. Values calculated using the BPC method were compared to those obtained with the integral (IN) and Patlak-Rutland (PR) techniques using Bland-Altman plotting and Passing-Bablok regression. The interobserver variability of the BPC technique was also assessed for two observers. The SRF values obtained with the BPC method did not differ significantly from those obtained with the PR method and showed no consistent bias, while SRF values obtained with the IN method showed significant differences with some bias in comparison to those obtained with either the PR or BPC method. No significant interobserver variability was found between two observers calculating SRF using the BPC method. The BPC method requires only three ROIs to produce reliable estimates of SRF, was simple to implement, and in this study yielded statistically equivalent results to the PR method with appreciable interobserver agreement. As such, it adds a new reliable method for quality control of monitoring relative kidney function. (orig.)

  17. An MSK Waveform for Radar Applications

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    Quirk, Kevin J.; Srinivasan, Meera

    2009-01-01

    We introduce a minimum shift keying (MSK) waveform developed for use in radar applications. This waveform is characterized in terms of its spectrum, autocorrelation, and ambiguity function, and is compared with the conventionally used bi-phase coded (BPC) radar signal. It is shown that the MSK waveform has several advantages when compared with the BPC waveform, and is a better candidate for deep-space radar imaging systems such as NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar.

  18. Ocorrência de Candida albicans em intestinos de bovinos

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    Souza W.A.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram realizadas a identificação e a sorotipagem de C. albicans isoladas de fezes de bovinos em amamentação natural. Para o isolamento, utilizou-se o meio seletivo e diferencial de Pagano Levin, adicionado de bifenilo na concentração final de 0,1%. De 210 bovinos inicialmente considerados, 70 adultos, 68 bezerros após o desmame e 72 bezerros em fase de amamentação natural, observou-se positividade para C. albicans somente em nove amostras de fezes de bezerros em fase de amamentação (12,5%. A determinação do sorotipo por meio de provas de aglutinação direta em lâmina, com soros monoespecíficos, revelou que a totalidade das amostras isoladas pertencia ao sorotipo A. O bifenilo na concentração de 0,1% mostrou-se inibitório para a maioria dos bolores sem, aparentemente, afetar a viabilidade de C. albicans. O isolamento de C. albicans somente a partir de fezes de bezerros em amamentação, provavelmente, está relacionado à dieta láctea.

  19. Body protective compound-157 enhances alkali-burn wound healing in vivo and promotes proliferation, migration, and angiogenesis in vitro

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    Full Text Available Tonglie Huang,1,* Kuo Zhang,2,* Lijuan Sun,3 Xiaochang Xue,1 Cun Zhang,1 Zhen Shu,1 Nan Mu,1 Jintao Gu,1 Wangqian Zhang,1 Yukun Wang,1 Yingqi Zhang,1 Wei Zhang1 1State Key Laboratory of Cancer Biology, Department of Biopharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy, The Fourth Military Medical University, 2National Engineering Research Center for Miniaturized Detection Systems, School of Life Sciences, Northwest University, 3Department of Ophthalmology, Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Chemical burns take up a high proportion of burns admissions and can penetrate deep into tissues. Various reagents have been applied in the treatment of skin chemical burns; however, no optimal reagent for skin chemical burns currently exists. The present study investigated the effect of topical body protective compound (BPC-157 treatment on skin wound healing, using an alkali burn rat model. Topical treatment with BPC-157 was shown to accelerate wound closure following an alkali burn. Histological examination of skin sections with hematoxylin–eosin and Masson staining showed better granulation tissue formation, reepithelialization, dermal remodeling, and a higher extent of collagen deposition when compared to the model control group on the 18th day postwounding. BPC-157 could promote vascular endothelial growth factor expression in wounded skin tissues. Furthermore, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and cell cycle analysis demonstrated that BPC-157 enhanced the proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs. Transwell assay and wound healing assay showed that BPC-157 significantly promoted migration of HUVECs. We also observed that BPC-157 upregulated the expression of VEGF-a and accelerated vascular tube formation in vitro. Moreover, further studies suggested that BPC-157 regulated the phosphorylation level of

  20. Alanine zipper-like coiled-coil domains are necessary for homotypic dimerization of plant GAGA-factors in the nucleus and nucleolus.

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    Dierk Wanke

    Full Text Available GAGA-motif binding proteins control transcriptional activation or repression of homeotic genes. Interestingly, there are no sequence similarities between animal and plant proteins. Plant BBR/BPC-proteins can be classified into two distinct groups: Previous studies have elaborated on group I members only and so little is known about group II proteins. Here, we focused on the initial characterization of AtBPC6, a group II protein from Arabidopsis thaliana. Comparison of orthologous BBR/BPC sequences disclosed two conserved signatures besides the DNA binding domain. A first peptide signature is essential and sufficient to target AtBPC6-GFP to the nucleus and nucleolus. A second domain is predicted to form a zipper-like coiled-coil structure. This novel type of domain is similar to Leucine zippers, but contains invariant alanine residues with a heptad spacing of 7 amino acids. By yeast-2-hybrid and BiFC-assays we could show that this Alanine zipper domain is essential for homotypic dimerization of group II proteins in vivo. Interhelical salt bridges and charge-stabilized hydrogen bonds between acidic and basic residues of the two monomers are predicted to form an interaction domain, which does not follow the classical knobs-into-holes zipper model. FRET-FLIM analysis of GFP/RFP-hybrid fusion proteins validates the formation of parallel dimers in planta. Sequence comparison uncovered that this type of domain is not restricted to BBR/BPC proteins, but is found in all kingdoms.

  1. Benzene-Poly-Carboxylic Acid Complex, a Novel Anti-Cancer Agent Induces Apoptosis in Human Breast Cancer Cells

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    Fares, Fuad; Azzam, Naiel; Fares, Basem; Larsen, Stig; Lindkaer-Jensen, Steen

    2014-01-01

    Some cases of breast cancer are composed of clones of hormonal-independent growing cells, which do not respond to therapy. In the present study, the effect of Benzene-Poly-Carboxylic Acid Complex (BP-C1) on growth of human breast-cancer cells was tested. BP-C1 is a novel anti-cancer complex of benzene-poly-carboxylic acids with a very low concentration of cis-diammineplatinum (II) dichloride. Human breast cancer cells, MCF-7 and T47D, were used. Cell viability was detected by XTT assay and apoptosis was detected by Flow Cytometry and by annexin V/FITC/PI assay. Caspases were detected by western blot analysis and gene expression was measured by using the Applied Biosystems® TaqMan® Array Plates. The results showed that exposure of the cells to BP-C1 for 48 h, significantly (P<0.001) reduced cell viability, induced apoptosis and activated caspase 8 and caspace 9. Moreover, gene expression experiments indicated that BP-C1 increased the expression of pro-apoptotic genes (CASP8AP1, TNFRSF21, NFkB2, FADD, BCL10 and CASP8) and lowered the level of mRNA transcripts of inhibitory apoptotic genes (BCL2L11, BCL2L2 and XIAP. These findings may lead to the development of new therapeutic strategies for treatment of human cancer using BP-C1 analog. PMID:24523856

  2. Alanine Zipper-Like Coiled-Coil Domains Are Necessary for Homotypic Dimerization of Plant GAGA-Factors in the Nucleus and Nucleolus

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    Bloss, Ulrich; Hecker, Andreas; Elgass, Kirstin; Hummel, Sabine; Hahn, Achim; Caesar, Katharina; Schleifenbaum, Frank; Harter, Klaus; Berendzen, Kenneth W.

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    GAGA-motif binding proteins control transcriptional activation or repression of homeotic genes. Interestingly, there are no sequence similarities between animal and plant proteins. Plant BBR/BPC-proteins can be classified into two distinct groups: Previous studies have elaborated on group I members only and so little is known about group II proteins. Here, we focused on the initial characterization of AtBPC6, a group II protein from Arabidopsis thaliana. Comparison of orthologous BBR/BPC sequences disclosed two conserved signatures besides the DNA binding domain. A first peptide signature is essential and sufficient to target AtBPC6-GFP to the nucleus and nucleolus. A second domain is predicted to form a zipper-like coiled-coil structure. This novel type of domain is similar to Leucine zippers, but contains invariant alanine residues with a heptad spacing of 7 amino acids. By yeast-2-hybrid and BiFC-assays we could show that this Alanine zipper domain is essential for homotypic dimerization of group II proteins in vivo. Interhelical salt bridges and charge-stabilized hydrogen bonds between acidic and basic residues of the two monomers are predicted to form an interaction domain, which does not follow the classical knobs-into-holes zipper model. FRET-FLIM analysis of GFP/RFP-hybrid fusion proteins validates the formation of parallel dimers in planta. Sequence comparison uncovered that this type of domain is not restricted to BBR/BPC proteins, but is found in all kingdoms. PMID:21347358

  3. Synthesis and photopolymerization kinetics of benzophenone sesamol one-component photoinitiator.

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    Yang, Jinliang; Shi, Suqing; Xu, Fei; Nie, Jun

    2013-02-01

    A benzodioxole derivative, 4-(2-(benzodioxol-5-yloxy)ethoxy)benzophenone (BPC2BDO), based on 4-hydroxybenzophenone and sesamol was synthesized, and used as a one-component Type II photoinitiator. The structure of BPC2BDO was characterized by elementary analysis, APCI-MS, (1)H NMR, and (13)C NMR. The rate of decomposition (R(d)) of BPC2BDO in acetonitrile was studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy and found that R(d) was proportional to light intensity. Real-time near-IR was used to study the kinetics of photopolymerization of the photoinitiator. As the benzophenone (BP) moiety and hydrogen donor were introduced into one molecule in BPC2BDO, radicals could be generated through intra-molecular reaction due to the close vicinity of the hydrogen donor and BP, which might be faster than inter-molecular reaction. The results also showed that the rate of polymerization of acrylates was significantly higher than that of methacrylates at the same polymerization conditions; the functionality of acrylates, concentration of BPC2BDO, and light intensity affected the polymerization rate and the final conversion. PMID:23047776

  4. MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF WASTE BIO-POLYMER COMPOUND BY HOT COMPRESSION MOLDING TECHNIQUE

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    M. Khairul Zaimy A. G.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The demand for bio-polymer compound (BPC has attracted attention in various applications from industrial to medical. Therefore, the mechanical and thermal stability properties of recycling industrial waste BPC are very important to investigate. The waste BPC for this study is based on a mixture of hydroxylated waste cooking oil with hardeners to produce waste bio-polymer foam (WBF. The granulate of WBF was cast into the mold until all spaces were evenly filled and compacted into a homogeneous shape and thickness at 30–45 bar for 2 hours using hot compression molding. This method of BPC fabrication results in a tensile and flexural strength of 4.89 MPa and 18.08 MPa respectively. Meanwhile, the thermal stability of laminated BPC was conducted using a thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA, and the first degradation of the soft segment occurred at 263°C, then subsequently the second degradation occurred at 351°C and the last at 416°C.

  5. Effect of banana peel cellulose as a dietary fiber supplement on baking and sensory qualities of butter cake

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    Chiraporn Sodchit

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Banana peels are a waste product of the banana industry that have caused an environmental problem. Conversion of banana peels to a food ingredient might be an alternative way of value-adding to this waste. This study aimed to extract cellulose from banana peels and use it as an ingredient in butter cake to increase dietary fiber content and to improve cake quality. The selection and optimization of extraction conditions of cellulose from banana peels employed chemical extractions. Banana peel cellulose (BPC was added to butter cake at 3 levels; 1.5, 3.0 and 4.5% w/w of flour compared with 3.0% commercial cellulose (CC and the control (no cellulose added. The sensory, chemical, physical and microbiological properties of the butter cakes were then determined. The odor, tenderness and moistness acceptance scores of the butter cake by 50 panelists ranged from “like moderately” to “like very much”, indicating that addition of BPC improved the sensory quality of the cake. The butter cake with added CC and BPC had significantly higher (pd”0.05 moisture and fiber contents than those of the control. Microorganism levels found in the butter cake conformed to the butter cake standard (OTOP standard product of Thailand 459/2549. The optimum concentration of added BPC was 1.5%. Thus, the addition of BPC extracted from banana peels to butter cake increased the fiber content and improve the cake quality.

  6. Fractal characteristics for binary noise radar waveform

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    Li, Bing C.

    2016-05-01

    Noise radars have many advantages over conventional radars and receive great attentions recently. The performance of a noise radar is determined by its waveforms. Investigating characteristics of noise radar waveforms has significant value for evaluating noise radar performance. In this paper, we use binomial distribution theory to analyze general characteristics of binary phase coded (BPC) noise waveforms. Focusing on aperiodic autocorrelation function, we demonstrate that the probability distributions of sidelobes for a BPC noise waveform depend on the distances of these sidelobes to the mainlobe. The closer a sidelobe to the mainlobe, the higher the probability for this sidelobe to be a maximum sidelobe. We also develop Monte Carlo framework to explore the characteristics that are difficult to investigate analytically. Through Monte Carlo experiments, we reveal the Fractal relationship between the code length and the maximum sidelobe value for BPC waveforms, and propose using fractal dimension to measure noise waveform performance.

  7. Social assistance and disability in Brazil: the reflection of the international debate of the rights of people with disability

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    Wederson Rufino dos Santos

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the debate on the social model of disability has influenced conceptions of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health adopted by the World Health Organization in 2001 and adopted in Brazil in 2007, through the law of the Continuous Cash Benefit. The BPC is a major social policy of income transfer to poor disabled people, affecting over one million and half disabled people in the country. Since 2009, the evaluation of persons with disabilities for the BPC will make by medical and social skills targeted by ICF. Will be demonstrated that, although the adoption of the ICF maybe to represent regard to how to understand disability as social inequality, the adoption of the ICF by the law of the BPC will face challenges in ensuring the right to dignity of disabled people.

  8. Declining trends in prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection by birth-year in a Japanese population.

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    Watanabe, Miki; Ito, Hidemi; Hosono, Satoyo; Oze, Isao; Ashida, Chieko; Tajima, Kazuo; Katoh, Hisato; Matsuo, Keitaro; Tanaka, Hideo

    2015-12-01

    Gastric cancer incidence and mortality have been decreasing in Japan. These decreases are likely due to a decrease in prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection. Our aim was to characterize the trends in prevalence of H. pylori infection focused on birth-year. We carried out a cross-sectional study that included 4285 subjects who were born from 1926 to 1989. We defined H. pylori infection by the serum H. pylori antibody titer. Individuals having H. pylori infection and those with negative H. pylori antibody titer and positive pepsinogen test were defined as high-risk individuals for gastric cancer. We estimated the birth-year percent change (BPC) of the prevalence by Joinpoint regression analysis. The prevalence of H. pylori infection among the subjects born from 1927 to 1949 decreased from 54.0% to 42.0% with a BPC of -1.2%. It was followed by a rapid decline in those born between 1949 (42.0%) and 1961 (24.0%) with a BPC of -4.5%, which was followed by those born between 1961 (24.0%) and 1988 (14.0%) with a BPC of -2.1%. The proportion of high-risk individuals for gastric cancer among the subjects born from 1927 to 1942 decreased from 62.0% to 55.0% with a BPC of -0.8%. A subsequent rapid declining trend was observed in those born between 1942 (55.0%) and 1972 (18.0%) with a BPC of -3.6%, and then it became stable. These remarkable declining trends in the prevalence of H. pylori infection by birth-year would be useful to predict the future trend in gastric cancer incidence in Japan. PMID:26395018

  9. Benzene-Poly-Carboxylic Acid Complex, a Novel Anti-Cancer Agent Induces Apoptosis in Human Breast Cancer Cells

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    Fares, Fuad; Azzam, Naiel; Fares, Basem; Larsen, Stig; Lindkaer-Jensen, Steen

    2014-01-01

    Some cases of breast cancer are composed of clones of hormonal-independent growing cells, which do not respond to therapy. In the present study, the effect of Benzene-Poly-Carboxylic Acid Complex (BP-C1) on growth of human breast-cancer cells was tested. BP-C1 is a novel anti-cancer complex of benzene-poly-carboxylic acids with a very low concentration of cis-diammineplatinum (II) dichloride. Human breast cancer cells, MCF-7 and T47D, were used. Cell viability was detected by XTT assay and ap...

  10. CORRESPONDENCIA

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    Maykel Pérez; Migdalia Rodríguez

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    Señor Editor:Un editorial publicado en Colombia Médica aborda el tema de las Buenas Prácticas Clínicas (BPC) en la investigación con seres humanos en Colombia1. La presente nota va dirigida a ofrecer una panorámica sobre el cumplimiento de estas normas en Cuba y en especial su implementación en los ensayos clínicos desarrollados en la provincia de Villa Clara.La guía de BPC aprobada por la Junta Directiva de la Conferencia Internacional de Armonización, conocida por las siglas ICH (Internacio...

  11. Neutron diffraction studies of a high resolution double crystal (+n,-m) setting containing Si(220) and Si(311) bent perfect crystals in symmetric and fully asymmetric diffraction geometry, respectively

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    In this paper studies of neutron diffraction properties of the double crystal (+n,-m) setting containing Si(220) and Si(311) bent perfect crystals (BPC) in symmetric and fully asymmetric diffraction (FAD) geometry with the output beam expansion (OBE), respectively, are presented. Namely, our attention was focused on the properties of the FAD geometry of the BPC Si(311) crystal slab. It has been found that after a beam expansion this FAD geometry can provide a monochromatic beam of a rather large cross-section and of very small divergence with some possible application use.

  12. Use of inedible wheat residues from the KSC-CELSS breadboard facility for production of fungal cellulase

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    Strayer, R. F.; Brannon, M. A.; Garland, J. L.

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    Cellulose and xylan (a hemicellulose) comprise 50 percent of inedible wheat residue (which is 60 percent of total wheat biomass) produced in the Kennedy Space Center Closed Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Breadboard Biomass Production Chamber (BPC). These polysaccharides can be converted by enzymatic hydrolysis into useful monosaccharides, thus maximizing the use of BPC volume and energy, and minimizing waste material to be treated. The evaluation of CELSS-derived wheat residues for production for cellulase enzyme complex by Trichoderma reesei and supplemental beta-glucosidase by Aspergillus phoenicis is in progress. Results to date are given.

  13. 48 CFR 1416.405 - Contract clauses.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Contract clauses. 1416.405 Section 1416.405 Federal Acquisition Regulations System DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CONTRACTING METHODS AND CONTRACT TYPES TYPES OF CONTRACTS Incentive Contracts 1416.405 Contract clauses. The BPC, without the...

  14. In-vivo Validation of Fast Spectral Velocity Estimation Techniques

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Lindskov; Gran, Fredrik; Pedersen, Mads Møller; Holfort, Iben Kraglund; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt; Nielsen, Michael Bachmann

    2010-01-01

    at OW 4 and 2. The intra-observer variability tested for three radiologist showed on average good agreement (90%, κ = 0.79) and inter-observer variability showed moderate agreement (78%, κ = 0.56). The results indicated that BPC and BAPES had better resolution and BAPES better contrast than WM, and...

  15. Degree of quantization and spatial addressability trade-offs in the perceived quality of color images

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    Vaysman, Alexander A.; Fairchild, Mark D.

    1998-01-01

    Investigation of the tradeoffs between the number of quantization levels and spatial addressability of printed color images was performed. Error diffusion in CMYK color space was used to quantize the images. Quantized images were printed on a single color printer simulating different spatial addressabilities. A psychophysical experiment was conducted to evaluate the perceived image quality (IQ) of the prints. The conclusions on the tradeoffs were drawn based on the results of the consequent statistical analysis. It was determined that the tradeoffs were scene dependent with pictorial scenes being able to sustain greater reduction in addressability without perceived IQ being decreased than graphics. The results of the experiment demonstrated that pictorial scenes were sufficient to be printed with 5 bits per color (bpc) per pixel at 100 dots per inch (dpi), and graphics -- 3 bits per color per pixel at 300 dpi in order to match the perceived IQ of the best possible, 8 bpc - 300 dpi, combination for the given system at normal viewing distance. If a single bpc-dpi combination was to be named as the optimum, it would have to be 3 bpc - 300 dpi.

  16. Leveraging Effectual Means through Business Plan Competition Participation

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    Watson, Kayleigh; McGowan, Pauric; Smith, Paul

    2015-01-01

    This paper explores whether the business plan competition (BPC), as a classically causational mechanism for extracurricular entrepreneurship education, can facilitate the development of the means that underpin an effectual approach to new venture creation. In-depth, open-ended qualitative interviews were conducted with participants in a regional…

  17. Emergy Analysis of Biogas Systems Based on Different Raw Materials

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental pollution and energy crisis restrict the development of China, and the utilization of renewable technology is an effective strategy to alleviate the damage. Biogas engineering has rapidly developed attributes to solve environmental problems and create a renewable energy product biogas. In this paper, two different biogas plants’ materials were analyzed by emergy method. One of them is a biogas project whose degraded material is feces (BPF system, and the other is the one whose degraded material is corn straw (BPC system. As a result, the ecological-economic values of BPF and BPC are $28,300/yr and $8,100/yr, respectively. Considering currency, environment, and human inputs, both of the biogas projects have the ability of disposing waste and potential for development. The proportion of biogas output is much more than fertilizer output; so, fertilizer utilization should be emphasized in the future. In comparison, BPF is better than BPC in the aspects of ecological-economic benefits, environmental benefits, and sustainability. The reason is the difficulty of corn straw seasonal collection and degradation. Thus it is proposed that BPC should be combined with the other raw materials.

  18. 48 CFR 2832.114 - Unusual contract financing.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 true Unusual contract financing... Contracting Requirements CONTRACT FINANCING Non-Commercial Item Purchase Financing 2832.114 Unusual contract financing. The HCA, or designee at a level not lower than the BPC, is the official authorized to...

  19. Degradability, cytocompatibility, and osteogenesis of porous scaffolds of nanobredigite and PCL–PEG–PCL composite

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    Hou, Jun; Fan, Donghui; Zhao, Lingming; Yu, Baoqin; Su, Jiacan; Wei, Jie; Shin, Jung-Woog

    2016-01-01

    Biocomposite scaffolds were fabricated by incorporation of nanobredigite (n-BD) into the polymer of poly(ε-caprolactone)–poly(ethyleneglycol)–poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL–PEG–PCL). The results revealed that the addition of n-BD into PCL–PEG–PCL significantly improved water absorption, compressive strength, and degradability of the scaffolds of n-BD/PCL–PEG–PCL composite (n-BPC) compared with PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds alone. In addition, the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of MG63 cells cultured on n-BPC scaffolds were obviously higher than that cultured on PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds. Moreover, the results of the histological evaluation from the animal model revealed that the n-BPC scaffolds significantly improved new bone formation compared with the PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds, indicating good osteogenesis. The n-BPC scaffolds with good biocompatibility could stimulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and bone tissue regeneration and would be an excellent candidate for bone defect repair. PMID:27555774

  20. Evaluation of the Brief Problem Checklist: Child and Caregiver Interviews to Measure Clinical Progress

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    Chorpita, Bruce F.; Reise, Steven; Weisz, John R.; Grubbs, Kathleen; Becker, Kimberly D.; Krull, Jennifer L.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To support ongoing monitoring of child response during treatment, we sought to develop a brief, easily administered, clinically relevant, and psychometrically sound measure. Method: We first developed child and caregiver forms of a 12-item Brief Problem Checklist (BPC) interview by applying item response theory and factor analysis to…

  1. Limestone surfaces in built-up environment as indicators of atmospheric pollution.

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    Vella, A J; Camilleri, A; Tabone Adami, J P

    1996-12-01

    The concentration of sulphate on limestone surfaces of the external walls of churches in Malta is shown to be related to their position and distance from a power station, the main local point source of sulphur dioxide pollution. Limestone powder collected from these surfaces was examined for the presence of particles which, under low-power optical microscopy, appear as shiny black amorphous bodies which were interpreted as soot particles; the abundance of these bodies was expressed as a 'black particle count' (BPC). The degree of sulphation and BPC were shown to be correlated with each other and both appeared to be strongly dependent on the prevailing wind. The BPC contour map indicated an important contribution to the parameter from vehicular traffic. It is suggested that the degree of sulphation and BPC of limestone surfaces from the built environment should function as environmental indicators of the relative air quality with respect to SO2 and soot pollution. This data is possibly more accurately representative of the relative long-term air-quality status of different areas of habitation than that deduced from single or episodic measurements of atmospheric pollutant levels. PMID:24194411

  2. Evaluation of preferred lightness rescaling methods for colour reproduction

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    Chang, Yerin

    2012-01-01

    In cross-media colour reproduction, it is common goal achieving media-relative reproduction. From the ICC specification, this often accomplished by linearly scaling XYZ data so that the media white of the source data matches that of the destination data. However, in this approach the media black points are not explicitly aligned. To compensate this problem, it is common to apply a black point compensation (BPC) procedure to improve the mapping of the black points. First, three lightness rescaling methods were chosen: linear, sigmoidal and spline. CIECAM02 was also implemented in an approach of a lightness rescaling method; simply, lightness values from results produced by CIECAM02 handle as if reproduced lightness values of an output image. With a chosen image set, above five different methods were implemented. A paired-comparison psychophysical experiment was performed to evaluate performances of the lightness rescaling methods. In most images, the Adobe's BPC, linear and Spline lightness rescaling methods are preferred over the CIECAM02 and sigmoidal lightness rescaling methods. The confidence interval for the single image set is +/-0.36. With this confidence interval, it is difficult to conclude the Adobe BPC' method works better, but not significantly so. However, for the overall results, as every single observation is independent to each other, the result was presented with the confidence interval of +/-0.0763. Based on the overall result, the Adobe's BPC method performs best.

  3. Applying Service Learning to Computer Science: Attracting and Engaging Under-Represented Students

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    Dahlberg, Teresa; Barnes, Tiffany; Buch, Kim; Bean, Karen

    2010-01-01

    This article describes a computer science course that uses service learning as a vehicle to accomplish a range of pedagogical and BPC (broadening participation in computing) goals: (1) to attract a diverse group of students and engage them in outreach to younger students to help build a diverse computer science pipeline, (2) to develop leadership…

  4. Myomegalin is a novel A-kinase anchoring protein involved in the phosphorylation of cardiac myosin binding protein C

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    Riedemann Johann

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiac contractility is regulated by dynamic phosphorylation of sarcomeric proteins by kinases such as cAMP-activated protein kinase A (PKA. Efficient phosphorylation requires that PKA be anchored close to its targets by A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs. Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C (cMyBPC and cardiac troponin I (cTNI are hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM-causing sarcomeric proteins which regulate contractility in response to PKA phosphorylation. Results During a yeast 2-hybrid (Y2H library screen using a trisphosphorylation mimic of the C1-C2 region of cMyBPC, we identified isoform 4 of myomegalin (MMGL as an interactor of this N-terminal cMyBPC region. As MMGL has previously been shown to interact with phosphodiesterase 4D, we speculated that it may be a PKA-anchoring protein (AKAP. To investigate this possibility, we assessed the ability of MMGL isoform 4 to interact with PKA regulatory subunits R1A and R2A using Y2H-based direct protein-protein interaction assays. Additionally, to further elucidate the function of MMGL, we used it as bait to screen a cardiac cDNA library. Other PKA targets, viz. CARP, COMMD4, ENO1, ENO3 and cTNI were identified as putative interactors, with cTNI being the most frequent interactor. We further assessed and confirmed these interactions by fluorescent 3D-co-localization in differentiated H9C2 cells as well as by in vivo co-immunoprecipitation. We also showed that quantitatively more interaction occurs between MMGL and cTNI under β-adrenergic stress. Moreover, siRNA-mediated knockdown of MMGL leads to reduction of cMyBPC levels under conditions of adrenergic stress, indicating that MMGL-assisted phosphorylation is requisite for protection of cMyBPC against proteolytic cleavage. Conclusions This study ascribes a novel function to MMGL isoform 4: it meets all criteria for classification as an AKAP, and we show that is involved in the phosphorylation of cMyBPC as well as cTNI, hence MMGL

  5. Can benthic community structure be used to predict the process of bioturbation in real ecosystems?

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    Queirós, Ana M.; Stephens, Nicholas; Cook, Richard; Ravaglioli, Chiara; Nunes, Joana; Dashfield, Sarah; Harris, Carolyn; Tilstone, Gavin H.; Fishwick, James; Braeckman, Ulrike; Somerfield, Paul J.; Widdicombe, Stephen

    2015-09-01

    Disentangling the roles of environmental change and natural environmental variability on biologically mediated ecosystem processes is paramount to predict future marine ecosystem functioning. Bioturbation, the biogenic mixing of sediments, has a regulating role in marine biogeochemical processes. However, our understanding of bioturbation as a community level process and of its environmental drivers is still limited by loose use of terminology, and a lack of consensus about what bioturbation is. To help resolve these challenges, this empirical study investigated the links between four different attributes of bioturbation (bioturbation depth, activity and distance, and biodiffusive transport); the ability of an index of bioturbation (BPc) to predict each of them; and their relation to seasonality, in a shallow coastal system - the Western Channel Observatory, UK. Bioturbation distance depended on changes in benthic community structure, while the other three attributes were more directly influenced by seasonality in food availability. In parallel, BPc successfully predicted bioturbation distance but not the other attributes of bioturbation. This study therefore highlights that community bioturbation results from this combination of processes responding to environmental variability at different time-scales. However, community level measurements of bioturbation across environmental variability are still scarce, and BPc is calculated using commonly available data on benthic community structure and the functional classification of invertebrates. Therefore, BPc could be used to support the growth of landscape scale bioturbation research, but future uses of the index need to consider which bioturbation attributes the index actually predicts. As BPc predicts bioturbation distance, estimated here using a random-walk model applicable to community settings, studies using either of the metrics should be directly comparable and contribute to a more integrated future for

  6. The influence of hydrolysis induced biopolymers from recycled aerobic sludge on specific methanogenic activity and sludge filterability in an anaerobic membrane bioreactor.

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    Buntner, D; Spanjers, H; van Lier, J B

    2014-03-15

    The objective of the present study was to evaluate the impact of excess aerobic sludge on the specific methanogenic activity (SMA), in order to establish the maximum allowable aerobic sludge loading. In batch tests, different ratios of aerobic sludge to anaerobic inoculum were used, i.e. 0.03, 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15, showing that low ratios led to an increased SMA. However, the ratio 0.15 caused more than 20% SMA decrease. In addition to the SMA tests, the potential influence of biopolymers and extracellular substances, that are generated as a result of excess aerobic sludge hydrolysis, on membrane performance was determined by assessing the fouling potential of the liquid broth, taking into account parameters such as specific resistance to filtration (SRF) and supernatant filterability (SF). Addition of aerobic sludge to the anaerobic biomass resulted in a high membrane fouling potential. The increase in biopolymers could be ascribed to aerobic sludge hydrolysis. A clear positive correlation between the concentration of the colloidal fraction of biopolymer clusters (cBPC) and the SRF was observed and a negative correlation between the cBPC and the SF measured at the end of the above described SMA tests. The latter implies that sludge filtration resistance increases when more aerobic sludge is hydrolyzed, and thus more cBPC is released. During AnMBR operation, proteins significantly contributed to sludge filterability decrease expressed as SRF and SF, whereas the carbohydrate fraction of SMP was of less importance due to low concentrations. On the contrary, carbohydrates seemed to improve filterability and diminish SRF of the sludge. Albeit, cBPC increase caused an increase in mean TMP during the AnMBR operation, confirming that cBPC is positively correlated to membrane fouling. PMID:24284260

  7. Bare platinum coils vs. HydroCoil in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms—A single center randomized controlled study

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    Poncyljusz, Wojciech, E-mail: wponcyl@poczta.onet.pl [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Zarzycki, Artur, E-mail: arturzarzycki@o2.pl [Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pomeranian Medical University, Unii Lubelskiej 1, 71-242 Szczecin Poland (Poland); Zwarzany, Łukasz, E-mail: zwarzany@gmail.com [Departament of Interventional Radiology, Pomeranian Medical University, Neurointerventional Cath Lab MSW Hospital, Al. Powst. Wielkopolskich 72, 70-111 Szczecin (Poland); Burke, Thomas H., E-mail: tom.burke@microvention.com [Microvention–Terumo, Tustin, CA (United States)

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    Highlights: • The use of HydroCoil tends to improve immediate angiographic outcome. • Less total number of coils is needed when using HydroCoil. • HydroCoil is equivocal to bare platinum coil. - Abstract: Purpose: The HydroCoil Embolic System (HES) was developed to improve aneurysm filling to provide superior occlusion efficacy, reduce retreatment rates and enhance long-term durability. We performed a randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bare platinum coils (BPC) vs. HES for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Methods: Ninety-six patients underwent endovascular coiling of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The aneurysms were randomized equally to receive BPC or HES. Immediate angiographic results, number of coils used and complications were evaluated and all cases had 12-month follow-up angiography. Results: Immediate angiographic results demonstrated that 84.0% of aneurysms treated with HES were completely occluded compared to 76.1% of aneurysms treated with BPC (p = 0.3310). The mean number of coils utilized to fill the aneurysm was significantly lower in the HES arm (5.04 vs. 6.93). Additional adjunctive techniques were performed in 51.1% of all cases. There were seven patients (7.3%) with postoperative complications during the study period. The coil type used during the treatment did not demonstrate any significant differences on the overall recurrence rate (HES – 18.0%, BPC – 17.4%, p = 0.9712). There was a statistically significant difference in the aneurysm size and the neck width between completely occluded aneurysms and aneurysms with residual flow in both immediate angiographic and mid-term follow-up. Conclusions: Overall, aneurysm size and neck width are the main risk factors associated with aneurysm recurrence. HES compared to BPC required less total number of coils to provide a denser aneurysm filling. However, there were equivocal results with both devices, at the mid-term angiographic follow-up.

  8. Bare platinum coils vs. HydroCoil in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms—A single center randomized controlled study

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    Highlights: • The use of HydroCoil tends to improve immediate angiographic outcome. • Less total number of coils is needed when using HydroCoil. • HydroCoil is equivocal to bare platinum coil. - Abstract: Purpose: The HydroCoil Embolic System (HES) was developed to improve aneurysm filling to provide superior occlusion efficacy, reduce retreatment rates and enhance long-term durability. We performed a randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of bare platinum coils (BPC) vs. HES for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. Methods: Ninety-six patients underwent endovascular coiling of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The aneurysms were randomized equally to receive BPC or HES. Immediate angiographic results, number of coils used and complications were evaluated and all cases had 12-month follow-up angiography. Results: Immediate angiographic results demonstrated that 84.0% of aneurysms treated with HES were completely occluded compared to 76.1% of aneurysms treated with BPC (p = 0.3310). The mean number of coils utilized to fill the aneurysm was significantly lower in the HES arm (5.04 vs. 6.93). Additional adjunctive techniques were performed in 51.1% of all cases. There were seven patients (7.3%) with postoperative complications during the study period. The coil type used during the treatment did not demonstrate any significant differences on the overall recurrence rate (HES – 18.0%, BPC – 17.4%, p = 0.9712). There was a statistically significant difference in the aneurysm size and the neck width between completely occluded aneurysms and aneurysms with residual flow in both immediate angiographic and mid-term follow-up. Conclusions: Overall, aneurysm size and neck width are the main risk factors associated with aneurysm recurrence. HES compared to BPC required less total number of coils to provide a denser aneurysm filling. However, there were equivocal results with both devices, at the mid-term angiographic follow-up

  9. Effect of abscisic acid and blue radiation on photosynthesis and growth of pea plants

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    The effect of abscisic acid (ABA) on the net photosynthetic rate (PN), the ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RuBPC) and the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) activities, the chlorophyll (Chl) content and growth of pea plants (Pisum sativum) grown under ''white'' (WR) or blue radiation (BR), were investigated. BR as compared to WR enhanced PN, the activities of examined enzymes, and Chl content. In spite of higher PN of the plants grown under BR, dry matter of their shoots was lower in comparison with WR. ABA-treated plants grown under both WR and BR showed reduction in PN. ABA had no effect on the activities of both RuBPC and PEPC and the Chl content. Independent on the radiation quality, ABA reduced stem elongation, but did not affect the biomass of whole shoots

  10. Effect of Soil Drought on C4 Photosynthetic Enzyme Activities of Flag Leaf and Ear in Wheat

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    WEI Ai-li; WANG Zhi-min; ZHAI Zhi-xi; GONG Yuan-shi

    2003-01-01

    The activities of RuBPC and C4 photosynthetic enzymes in ear and flag leaf blade were examinedin wheat. The results showed that photosynthesis of ear was less sensitive to soil drought than that of flag leaf,and decrease of CO2 assimilation in flag leaf blade with water stress was more than that in ear. Compared withflag leaf, ear organs(awn, glume and lemma) had higher C4 enzyme activities and lower RuBPC activity. Un-der moderate water-stress, the increase of C4 enzyme activities was induced, and the increase was higher in earthan in flag leaf. Under severe water-stress, relatively higher C4 enzyme activities were still maintained in ear,rather than that in flag leaf. It suggests that high activities of C4 enzymes in ear may contribute to its high tol-erance of photosynthesis to water-stress.

  11. Black point compensation and its influence on image appearance

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Black point compensation (BPC is a feature developed by the Adobe company in order to address the problem causedby differences between the darkest level of black achievable on input and output devices and it’s not a part of ICCspecifications. If it’s turned on – black colour of input device will be mapped into the black colour of an output device;if it’s not – mapping will be performed regarding the rendering intents. By default this option is turned on, which isa good solution in most cases. The aim of the work is to accurately define when black point compensation should beactivated, and when not, and also to investigate influence of different colour management modules on colours allocationafter conversions, in accordance to their psychophysical values. Regarding theoretical background and results ofexperimental part of this work conclusions about BPC usability are carried out.

  12. Effect of low temperature stress on the transcription of ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase in rice seedlings

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    The seeds of ri e (oryza sativa. cv. IR 8) were grown in the growth chambers having 14 hours day length and temperature 25 deg. C) under same photo period to observe low temperature effect. After 10 days the fourth leaf of each plant was excised and immediately killed in liquid nitrogen and then used for the extraction of total RNA by GTC method. This RNA was used to estimate the amount of mRNAs responsible for the transcription of lage subunit (LSU) and small subunit (|SSU) of the Ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RuPBC) by northern blot and dot blot hybridization using cDNA probes labeled with /sup 32/P. It was observed that amount of mRNAs (LSU and SSU mRNAs) or RuBPC decreased under low temperature stress indicating that transcription of RuBPC was affected. (author)

  13. Dithiocarbamate Anchoring in Molecular Wire Junctions: A First Principles Study

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    Li, Zhenyu; Kosov, D. S.

    2007-01-01

    Recent experimental realization [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005) 7328] of various dithiocarbamate self assembly on gold surface opens the possibility for use of dithiocarbamate linkers to anchor molecular wires to gold electrodes. In this paper, we explore this hypothesis computationally. We computed the electron transport properties of 4,4'-bipyridine (BP), 4,4'-bipyridinium-1,1'-bis(carbodithioate) (BPBC), 4-(4'-pyridyl)-peridium-1-carbodithioate (BPC) molecule junctions based on the density ...

  14. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LIQUID CRYSTALLINE MULTI-BLOCK COPOLYMERS,POLY[1,6-BIS(4-OXYBENZOYL-OXY)HEXANE TEREPHTHALATE]-b-BISPHENOL A POLYCARBONATE

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    Hui-qing Zhang; Xiong-yan Zhao; De-shan Liu; Qi-xiang Zhou

    1999-01-01

    A series of liquid crystalline multi-block copolymers poly[1,6-bis(4-oxybenzoyl-oxy)hexane terephthalate]-b-bisphenol A polycarbonate (PHTH-6-b-PC) with different segment lengths were synthesized in tetrachloroethane by solution polycondensation in which hydroxyl terminated PC and acyl chloride terminated PHTH-6 were used. It is found that block copolymers with high molecular weight and welldefined structures were obtained. All the block copolymers exhibit a nematic liquid crystalline texture.

  15. Uranium recovery from acid leach liquors: Ix or Sx?

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    Various technologies for uranium recovery from sulphuric acid leach solutions were compared. Although the main consideration was the economics (Capex, recovery and Opex) of the various technologies and associated unit operations, other factors, such as flexibility, reliability, ease of operation, fire risk, stability with regards to feed flow variations, and feed solids content, would also need to be considered in the overall analysis. The design basis used for the comparison was a production rate or 200 kg/h U3O8 over a solution concentration range of 40 to 1500 mg/L U3O8. The technologies to be compared included Resin-in-pulp (RIP), Fixed-bed Ion Exchange (FBIX), Continuous Countercurrent Ion Exchange (CCIX, e.g. NIMCIX), and Solvent Extraction (Sx) using Bateman Pulsed Columns (BPC) and Bateman Settlers. Countercurrent Decantation (CCD) and clarification would be required for the Sx and FBIX technologies. The preliminary economic evaluation indicated that a flowsheet, comprising RIP for bulk uranium extraction and upgrade, followed by Sx, employing the BPC for purification of the RIP eluate stream, was the most economic option at leach liquor concentrations below 900 mg/L. Above 900 mg/L the economic evaluation suggested that CCDs followed by Sx in the BPC was the most economical processing option. For applications where the ore is abrasive and not amenable to RIP, due to the rate of resin consumption, Paste Thickeners to remove the bulk of the solids, followed by RIP, was found to be the most economic processing option at leach liquor concentrations below 200 mg/L. However, for leach liquor concentrations above 200 mg/L, a CCD-circuit followed by Sx using BPC was again the most economic favourable route

  16. Controlled ecological life support system breadboard project, 1988

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    Knott, W. M.

    1990-01-01

    The Closed Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Breadboard Project, NASA's effort to develop the technology required to produce a functioning bioregenerative system, is discussed. The different phases of the project and its current status are described. The relationship between the project components are shown, and major project activities for fiscal years 1989 to 1993 are listed. The Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) became operational and tests of wheat as a single crop are nearing completion.

  17. A Singular Miquel Configuration and the Miquel Direct Similarity

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    Bradley, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    Let ABC be a triangle with P on AB, and let circle APC meet BC at Q and circle BPC meet CA at R, then the special Miquel configuration is when P, Q, R are the operative points on the sides. We show that in this case if S is the Miquel point then ASQ and BSR are straight lines. In the last part we investigate the direct similarity between ABC and DEF the triangle formed by the centres of the Miquel circles.

  18. The response to isoniazid of action tremor in multiple sclerosis and its assessment using polarised light goniometry.

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    D. A. Francis; Grundy, D; Heron, J R

    1986-01-01

    Isonicotinic acid hydrazide (isoniazid) was evaluated in five patients as a treatment for the control of severe cerebellar action tremor occurring in multiple sclerosis. Oral doses of isoniazid BPC were increased every 2 weeks from 300 mg to 1200 mg daily over an 8 week period. Four patients reported considerable symptomatic benefit at doses ranging from 600 mg to 900 mg daily. Polarised light goniometry demonstrated a two to three-fold reduction of tremor in these patients when standard meth...

  19. Balancing Study and Paid Work: The Experiences of Construction Undergraduates in an Australian University

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    Helen Lingard

    2012-01-01

    A questionnaire survey was undertaken among third year studentsenrolled in the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Property andConstruction (BPC) programme. The survey explored students’experiences in balancing paid work with study. Hours spent in paidemployment were at least as long and, in many cases, were inexcess of hours spent at university. While work was not perceivedby students to pose a difficulty for attending lectures and tutorials,students indicated that their paid work made it ...

  20. Doxorubicin-induced carbonylation and degradation of cardiac myosin binding protein C promote cardiotoxicity

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    Aryal, Baikuntha; Jeong, Jinsook; Rao, V. Ashutosh

    2014-01-01

    Doxorubicin is one of the most successful anticancer agents. However, 10–30% of all treated patients experience a dose-limiting cardiac adverse event. Oxidative stress is partly responsible for the cardiotoxicity because the heart does not possess required antioxidant mechanisms. Protein oxidation by carbonylation is irreversible and marks proteins for loss of function and degradation. Using proteomics and MS, we identified and investigated cardiac myosin binding protein (MyBPC) as being sele...

  1. Degradability, cytocompatibility, and osteogenesis of porous scaffolds of nanobredigite and PCL–PEG–PCL composite

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Jun Hou,1 Donghui Fan,2 Lingming Zhao,2 Baoqin Yu,3 Jiacan Su,3 Jie Wei,2 Jung-Woog Shin4 1The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Hefei, 2Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education and The State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, 3Department of Orthopaedics Trauma, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Inje University, Gimhae, Republic of Korea Abstract: Biocomposite scaffolds were fabricated by incorporation of nanobredigite (n-BD into the polymer of poly(ε-caprolactone–poly(ethyleneglycol–poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL–PEG–PCL. The results revealed that the addition of n-BD into PCL–PEG–PCL significantly improved water absorption, compressive strength, and degradability of the scaffolds of n-BD/PCL–PEG–PCL composite (n-BPC compared with PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds alone. In addition, the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity of MG63 cells cultured on n-BPC scaffolds were obviously higher than that cultured on PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds. Moreover, the results of the histological evaluation from the animal model revealed that the n-BPC scaffolds significantly improved new bone formation compared with the PCL–PEG–PCL scaffolds, indicating good osteogenesis. The n-BPC scaffolds with good biocompatibility could stimulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and bone tissue regeneration and would be an excellent candidate for bone defect repair. Keywords: nanobredigite, PCL–PEG–PCL, biocomposite scaffolds, degradability, osteo­genesis

  2. Post-GWAS gene–environment interplay in breast cancer: results from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium and a meta-analysis on 79 000 women

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    Barrdahl, Myrto; Canzian, Federico; Joshi, Amit D.; Ruth C Travis; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Auer, Paul L.; Gapstur, Susan M.; Gaudet, Mia; Diver, W Ryan; Brian E Henderson; Haiman, Christopher A.; Fredrick R Schumacher; Le Marchand, Loïc; Berg, Christine D; Chanock, Stephen J.

    2014-01-01

    We studied the interplay between 39 breast cancer (BC) risk SNPs and established BC risk (body mass index, height, age at menarche, parity, age at menopause, smoking, alcohol and family history of BC) and prognostic factors (TNM stage, tumor grade, tumor size, age at diagnosis, estrogen receptor status and progesterone receptor status) as joint determinants of BC risk. We used a nested case–control design within the National Cancer Institute's Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC...

  3. Crop Production for Advanced Life Support Systems - Observations From the Kennedy Space Center Breadboard Project

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    Wheeler, R. M.; Sager, J. C.; Prince, R. P.; Knott, W. M.; Mackowiak, C. L.; Stutte, G. W.; Yorio, N. C.; Ruffe, L. M.; Peterson, B. V.; Goins, G. D.

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    The use of plants for bioregenerative life support for space missions was first studied by the US Air Force in the 1950s and 1960s. Extensive testing was also conducted from the 1960s through the 1980s by Russian researchers located at the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, and the Institute for Biomedical Problems in Moscow. NASA initiated bioregenerative research in the 1960s (e.g., Hydrogenomonas) but this research did not include testing with plants until about 1980, with the start of the Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Program. The NASA CELSS research was carried out at universities, private corporations, and NASA field centers, including Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The project at KSC began in 1985 and was called the CELSS Breadboard Project to indicate the capability for plugging in and testing various life support technologies; this name has since been dropped but bioregenerative testing at KSC has continued to the present under the NASA s Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program. A primary objective of the KSC testing was to conduct pre-integration tests with plants (crops) in a large, atmospherically closed test chamber called the Biomass Production Chamber (BPC). Test protocols for the BPC were based on observations and growing procedures developed by university investigators, as well as procedures developed in plant growth chamber studies at KSC. Growth chamber studies to support BPC testing focused on plant responses to different carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, different spectral qualities from various electric lamps, and nutrient film hydroponic culture techniques.

  4. ОСОБЛИВОСТІ СПІВПРАЦІ КОРПУСУ ОХОРОНИ ПРИКОРДОННЯ З ОРГАНАМИ ДЕРЖАВНОЇ ВЛАДИ РЕЧІ ПОСПОЛИТОЇ НА ТЕРИТОРІЇ ВОЛИНСЬКОГО ВОЄВОДСТВА у 1924 –1939 рр.

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    Л. В. Бортник

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The features of cooperation between Border Protection Corps (BPC and state authorities on the territory of Volhynian Voivodeship are analyzed in this article. This cooperation embraces a brigade of BPC «Wolhyn», the public administrations authorities of the first and the second instance, security services. It concerns border protection issues, security and public order protection on the territory of boundary. The most effective form of cooperation were the conferences deal with the border security between Border Protection Corps and public administration. The purpose of conferences was the mutual coordination activities, the installation of general principles of cooperation. The maim subjects of conferences were: border zone placing (building telecommunicatios networks and organization of cooperation programs of general government administration with Border Protection Corps in this regard; confusions in jurisdiction between the administrative authorities, State Police and BPC; strengthening of the border control at the appropriate border areas ; mutual exchange of information and observations about the situation in the border; activity coordination in the areas of border patrols, criminality fighting with border crimes etc.

  5. Precision measurement of proton structure function F2 at low Q2 and very low x at HERA

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    The kinematic region covered by the two HERA experiments H1 and ZEUS in the measurement of the total virtual photon-proton (γ*p) cross section σtotγ*p and the proton structure function F2 has been significantly extended since the start of data taking in 1992. In 1995 the two experiments extended their kinematic acceptance to probe the transition region between the regime of perturbative QCD (pQCD, Q2 ≥ 1.5 GeV2) and the photoproduction region (Q2 ∼ 0 GeV2). By shifting the interaction point in both experiments the lower limit in Q2 was extended down to 0.6 GeV2. To access even lower values of Q2 (0.11-0.65 GeV2), the ZEUS beam pipe calorimeter (BPC) was installed in 1995. To further extend the kinematic acceptance of the BPC and decrease the systematic uncertainties, a new detector, the beam pipe tracker (BPT), was installed in front of the BPC in 1997. It consists of two silicon microstrip detectors and is located between the BPC and the interaction point. By making use of the BPT, the main systematic uncertainties related to the BPC (energy calibration and alignment), to photoproduction background, and to the uncertainty of the interaction point position, were reduced significantly. The total systematic error was reduced by roughly a factor of two to three. The kinematic region was extended towards lower values of Q2 and towards lower and higher values of x. At very low values of Q2 and very low values of x the measurement was extended into previously unexplored areas, while the new data at high x allows for the first time a comparison with the data from the fixed-target experiment E665. σtotγ*p and F2 have been measured in inelastic neutral current scattering, e+ p → e+ X, using the ZEUS detector at HERA

  6. GC-MS study of Artabotrys odoratissimus fatty oil (leaves

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    Mehta, B. K.

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available GC-MS study of two fatty oil fractions from Artabotrys odoratissimus (leaves indicated the presence of fifteen compounds namely, nonanoic acid; methyl phenyl propanoate; decanoic acid; diethyl phthalate; dibutyl phthalate; 2-amino-3-ethyl biphenyl; 5-methyl-9-phenylnonan-3-ol; hexadeca-2,7,11-triene; 2,6-dimethyl-1-phenylhepta-1-one; 2,5-dimethyltetradecahydrophenenthrene; 1-phenylundecane; 1-isopropyl-4,6-dimethyl naphthalene; 5-(2-butyl phenylpent-3-en-2-ol; 1-phenyldeca-1-one and 1-phenylundecan-1-one. Some of the compounds are rare occurring and biologically activeEl estudio por GC-MS de dos fracciones del aceite de la hoja de Artabotrys odoratissimus indicó la presencia de quince compuestos tales como: ácido nonanoico; fenil propanoato de metilo; ácido decanoico; ftalato de dietilo; ftalato de dibutilo; 2-amino-3-etil bifenilo; 5-metil-9-fenilnonan-3-ol; hexadeca-2,7,11-trieno; 2,6-dimetil-1-fenilheptan-1-ona; 2,5-dimetiltetradecahidrofenantreno; 1-fenilundecano; 1-isopropil-4,6-dimetil naftaleno; 5-(2-butilfenil-3-penten-2-ol; 1-fenildecan-1-ona y 1-fenilundecan-1-ona. Algunos de estos compuestos son poco frecuentes y activos biológicamente.

  7. Degradability, bioactivity, and osteogenesis of biocomposite scaffolds of lithium-containing mesoporous bioglass and mPEG-PLGA-b-PLL copolymer

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Yanrong Cai,1 Lieping Guo,2 Hongxing Shen,2 Xiaofei An,2 Hong Jiang,3 Fang Ji,2 Yunfei Niu21The College of Basic Science of Medicine, Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Changsha, 2Department of Orthopaedics, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, 3School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: Biocomposite scaffolds of lithium (Li-containing mesoporous bioglass and monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol-poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide-poly(L-lysine (mPEG-PLGA-b-PLL copolymer were fabricated in this study. The results showed that the water absorption and degradability of Li-containing mesoporous bioglass/mPEG-PLGA-b-PLL composite (l-MBPC scaffolds were obviously higher than Li-containing bioglass/mPEG-PLGA-b-PLL composite (l-BPC scaffolds. Moreover, the apatite-formation ability of l-MBPC scaffolds was markedly enhanced as compared with l-BPC scaffolds, indicating that l-MBPC scaffolds containing mesoporous bioglass exhibited good bioactivity. The cell experimental results showed that cell attachment, proliferation, and alkaline phosphatase activity of MC3T3-E1 cells on l-MBPC scaffolds were remarkably improved as compared to l-BPC scaffolds. In animal experiments, the histological elevation results revealed that l-MBPC scaffolds significantly promoted new bone formation, indicating good osteogenesis. l-MBPC scaffolds with improved properties would be an excellent candidate for bone tissue repair.Keywords: MBG, copolymer, degradability, bioactivity, osteogenesis, cell proliferation, bone repair

  8. Post-GWAS gene-environment interplay in breast cancer: results from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium and a meta-analysis on 79,000 women.

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    Barrdahl, Myrto; Canzian, Federico; Joshi, Amit D; Travis, Ruth C; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Auer, Paul L; Gapstur, Susan M; Gaudet, Mia; Diver, W Ryan; Henderson, Brian E; Haiman, Christopher A; Schumacher, Fredrick R; Le Marchand, Loïc; Berg, Christine D; Chanock, Stephen J; Hoover, Robert N; Rudolph, Anja; Ziegler, Regina G; Giles, Graham G; Baglietto, Laura; Severi, Gianluca; Hankinson, Susan E; Lindström, Sara; Willet, Walter; Hunter, David J; Buring, Julie E; Lee, I-Min; Zhang, Shumin; Dossus, Laure; Cox, David G; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Lund, Eiliv; Naccarati, Alessio; Peeters, Petra H; Quirós, J Ramón; Riboli, Elio; Sund, Malin; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios; Prentice, Ross L; Kraft, Peter; Kaaks, Rudolf; Campa, Daniele

    2014-10-01

    We studied the interplay between 39 breast cancer (BC) risk SNPs and established BC risk (body mass index, height, age at menarche, parity, age at menopause, smoking, alcohol and family history of BC) and prognostic factors (TNM stage, tumor grade, tumor size, age at diagnosis, estrogen receptor status and progesterone receptor status) as joint determinants of BC risk. We used a nested case-control design within the National Cancer Institute's Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3), with 16 285 BC cases and 19 376 controls. We performed stratified analyses for both the risk and prognostic factors, testing for heterogeneity for the risk factors, and case-case comparisons for differential associations of polymorphisms by subgroups of the prognostic factors. We analyzed multiplicative interactions between the SNPs and the risk factors. Finally, we also performed a meta-analysis of the interaction ORs from BPC3 and the Breast Cancer Association Consortium. After correction for multiple testing, no significant interaction between the SNPs and the established risk factors in the BPC3 study was found. The meta-analysis showed a suggestive interaction between smoking status and SLC4A7-rs4973768 (Pinteraction = 8.84 × 10(-4)) which, although not significant after considering multiple comparison, has a plausible biological explanation. In conclusion, in this study of up to almost 79 000 women we can conclusively exclude any novel major interactions between genome-wide association studies hits and the epidemiologic risk factors taken into consideration, but we propose a suggestive interaction between smoking status and SLC4A7-rs4973768 that if further replicated could help our understanding in the etiology of BC. PMID:24895409

  9. PHASE STRUCTURE AND THERMAL BEHAVIOR OF LIQUID CRYSTALLINE MULTI-BLOCK COPOLYMERS,POLY[1,6-BIS(4-OXYBENZOYL-OXY)HEXANE TEREPHTHALATE]-b-BISPHENOL A POLYCARBONATE

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    Hui-qing Zhang; Xiong-yan Zhao; De-shan Liu; Qi-xiang Zhou

    1999-01-01

    Liquid crystalline multi-block copolymers poly[1,6-bis(4-oxybenzoyl-oxy)hexane terephthalate]-b-bisphenol A polycarbonate (PHTH-6-b-PC) with different segments of polycarbonate (PC) and thermotropic polyester PHTH-6 were synthesized in tetrachloroethane at 144~146℃. The influence of segment length on the resulting phase structure and thermal behavior of block copolymers was also discussed. It is demonstrated by TEM and DMA that the resulting block copolymers show a considerable microphase separation. The degree of phase separation and the thermal behavior of the block copolymers are strongly dependent on the molecular weight of the segments incorporated.

  10. Integration, design, and construction of a CELSS breadboard facility for bioregenerative life support system research

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    Prince, R.; Knott, W.; Buchanan, Paul

    1987-01-01

    Design criteria for the Biomass Production Chamber (BPC), preliminary operating procedures, and requirements for the future development of the Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) are discussed. CELSS, which uses a bioregenerative system, includes the following three major units: (1) a biomass production component to grow plants under controlled conditions; (2) food processing components to derive maximum edible content from all plant parts; and (3) waste management components to recover and recycle all solids, liquids, and gases necessary to support life. The current status of the CELSS breadboard facility is reviewed; a block diagram of a simplified version of CELSS and schematic diagrams of the BPS are included.

  11. Effect of Composite Salvia Injection on Platelet Parameters in Children with Anaphylactoid Purpura

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    谢雪兰; 寇素茹; 许月红; 李朝英

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To explore the effect of composite salvia injection(CSI) on platelet parameters in children with anaphylactoid purpura(AP) and its clinical significance.Methods:One hundred and fifty children with AP were assigned to two groups,80 in Group A and 70 in Group B.They were treated,respectively,with conventional therapy only or conventional therapy combined with CSI.Their platelet parameters,including blood platelet count(BPC),mean platelet volume(MPV),platelet distribution width(PDW) and plateletcr...

  12. Influence of metabolites from the glycolate on the intensity of photosynthesis in C3 and C4-plants

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    The experiments described are the result of the influence of photorespiratory metabolites on the intensity of photosynthesis in leaf discs from pisum (C3) and maize (C4) plants. Pisum protoplasts are also used. The discs are dried and exposed in a closed system in an atmosphere of 14CO2. Fixation of 14CO2 is determined in the reaction medium. The total radioactivity is measured. The inhibition of glycolate synthesis, photorespiration is accompanied by a rise in net photosynthesis. The positive effect of glycolic acid on photosynthesis is undoubtedly determined by the established stimulating action on the enzyme RuBPC (ribulosediphosphate carboxylase). (author)

  13. BIODEGRADACIÓN DE COMPUESTOS ORGÁNICOSPERSISTENTES (COP: I. EL CASO DE LOS BIFENILOSPOLICLORADOS (PCB

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    2009-04-01

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    RESUMEN

    Los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes poseen propiedades tóxicas, son resistentes a la degradación, se bioacumulan y son transportados por el aire, el agua y las especies migratorias a través de las fronteras internacionales; en consecuencia se depositan lejos del lugar de su liberación, acumulándose en ecosistemas terrestres y acuáticos. Para atender a esta problemática a nivel mundial se firmó el 23 de mayo de 2001 el Convenio de Estocolmo. Aunque por ahora los COP estan prohibidos en la mayoria de los países, todavía existen en el mundo muchos sitios contaminados con estas sustancias. La remediación de sitios que presentan contaminantes orgánicos persistentes requiere consideraciones distintas a las contempladas en la recupe-ración por contaminación de hidrocarburos. El siguiente texto revisa la literatura sobre la biodegradación anaeróbica y aeróbica de los bifeniles policlorados (PCB y las posibles estrategias para estimular dicha biodegradación. La degradación de los demás COP será descritas en textos adicionales.

    Palabras clave: contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COP; bifeniles policlorados (PCB; biodegradación; biorremediación.


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    Persistent organic pollutants are chemicals that are toxic to humans and wildlife, remain intact in the environment for long periods, accumulate in living organisms and can become widely distributed geographically by air, water or migrating species. As a result, these contaminants have been found all over the world including in places, such as the Polar Regions, which are very far from their application site. The Stockholm Convention was signed

  14. Biorremediación de suelo contaminado con pesticidas: caso DDT

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    Full Text Available El 1,1,1-tricloro-2,2'bis(p-clorofeniletano (DDT ha sido usado desde la segunda guerra mundial para controlar enfermedades transmitidas por insectos en humanos y animales domésticos. El uso de estos insecticidas organoclorados se ha prohibido en la mayoría de los países, debido a su persistencia en el ambiente, susceptibilidad de biomagnificación y potencial toxicidad a animales superiores. La biorremediación involucra el uso de microorganismos para degradar contaminantes orgánicos presentes en el ambiente, transformándolos en compuestos más simples y de menor peligrosidad, inclusive inocuos. Esta estrategia de descontaminación tiene bajos costos, una amplia aceptación pública y puede llevarse a cabo en el sitio. Comparado con otros métodos, la biorremediación es una forma más promisoria y menos costosa de eliminar los contaminantes presentes en suelos y agua. En suelo los compuestos bifenilos clorados como el DDT, pueden ser parcialmente biodegradados por un grupo de bacterias aerobias que cometabolizan el contaminante. La biodisponibilidad de los contaminantes puede ser mejorada, tratando los suelos en presencia de agentes movilizadores del contaminante como los surfactantes. En esta revisión se discuten las diferentes estrategias de biorremediación de suelo contaminado con DDT, incluyendo mecanismos y rutas de degradación. Se describe la aplicación de estas técnicas en suelo contaminado y se discute cuál es la mejor estrategia para remediación de DDT. 

  15. High performance word level sequential and parallel coding methods and architectures for bit plane coding

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    XIONG ChengYi; TIAN JinWen; LIU Jian

    2008-01-01

    This paper introduced a novel high performance algorithm and VLSI architectures for achieving bit plane coding (BPC) in word level sequential and parallel mode. The proposed BPC algorithm adopts the techniques of coding pass prediction and par-allel & pipeline to reduce the number of accessing memory and to increase the ability of concurrently processing of the system, where all the coefficient bits of a code block could be coded by only one scan. A new parallel bit plane architecture (PA) was proposed to achieve word-level sequential coding. Moreover, an efficient high-speed architecture (HA) was presented to achieve multi-word parallel coding. Compared to the state of the art, the proposed PA could reduce the hardware cost more efficiently, though the throughput retains one coefficient coded per clock. While the proposed HA could perform coding for 4 coefficients belonging to a stripe column at one intra-clock cycle, so that coding for an N×N code-block could be completed in approximate N2/4 intra-clock cycles. Theoretical analysis and ex-perimental results demonstrate that the proposed designs have high throughput rate with good performance in terms of speedup to cost, which can be good alter-natives for low power applications.

  16. Dithiocarbamate anchoring in molecular wire junctions: a first principles study.

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    Li, Zhenyu; Kosov, Daniel S

    2006-05-25

    Recent experimental realization [J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127 (2005) 7328] of various dithiocarbamate self-assembly on gold surface opens the possibility for use of dithiocarbamate linkers to anchor molecular wires to gold electrodes. In this paper, we explore this hypothesis computationally. We computed the electron transport properties of 4,4'-bipyridine (BP), 4,4'-bipyridinium-1,1'-bis(carbodithioate) (BPBC), 4-(4'-pyridyl)-peridium-1-carbodithioate (BPC) molecule junctions based on the density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's functions. We demonstrated that the stronger molecule-electrode coupling associated with the conjugated dithiocarbamate linker broadens transmission resonances near the Fermi energy. The broadening effect along with the extension of the pi conjugation from the molecule to the gold electrodes lead to enhanced electrical conductance for BPBC molecule. The conductance enhancement factor is as large as 25 at applied voltage bias 1.0 V. Rectification behavior is predicted for BPC molecular wire junction, which has the asymmetric anchoring groups. PMID:16706444

  17. Effect of sludge characteristics on membrane fouling during start-up of a tertiary submerged membrane bioreactor.

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    Díaz, Oliver; Vera, Luisa; González, Enrique; García, Elisa; Rodríguez-Sevilla, Juan

    2016-05-01

    In membrane bioreactors applied to wastewater treatment, fouling is typically a complex function of sludge characteristics. A pilot-scale tertiary submerged membrane bioreactor (tMBR) was continuously operated for over 200 days to assess the effect of biomass physiological state and environmental stress on process performance. Sludge characteristics were evaluated in terms of suspended solid concentration (MLSS and MLVSS), apparent viscosity, bioflocculation state, filterability, bioactivity, biopolymeric clusters (BPCs) and soluble microbial products. During the initial period of the tMBR start-up, when MLSS was below 3000 mg/L, the biomass was found to be very sensitive to environmental stress by sudden oxygen increase or organic shock loading, resulting in temporary biomass deflocculation and BPC release, and consequently, severe induced membrane fouling. However, at higher MLSS values, low stable biomass growth (0.04 ± 0.002 kg MLVSS/kg COD) was measured, regardless of organic overloading shocks or feeding failures. This period was also characterised by low bioactivity, BPC content and membrane fouling. Statistical analysis showed that BPCs have an important role when compared with other sludge properties as indicators of its fouling potential. PMID:26822213

  18. Nanostructured Black Phosphorus/Ketjenblack-Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes Composite as High Performance Anode Material for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xu, Gui-Liang; Chen, Zonghai; Zhong, Gui-Ming; Liu, Yuzi; Yang, Yong; Ma, Tianyuan; Ren, Yang; Zuo, Xiaobing; Wu, Xue-Hang; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Amine, Khalil

    2016-06-01

    Sodium-ion batteries are promising alternatives to lithium-ion batteries for large-scale applications. However, the low capacity and poor rate capability of existing anodes for sodium-ion batteries are bottlenecks for future developments. Here, we report a high performance nanostructured anode material for sodium-ion batteries that is fabricated by high energy ball milling to form black phosphorus/Ketjenblack-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (BPC) composite. With this strategy, the BPC composite with a high phosphorus content (70 wt %) could deliver a very high initial Coulombic efficiency (>90%) and high specific capacity with excellent cyclability at high rate of charge/discharge (∼1700 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 1.3 A g(-1) based on the mass of P). In situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, synchrotron high energy X-ray diffraction, ex situ small/wide-angle X-ray scattering, high resolution transmission electronic microscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance were further used to unravel its superior sodium storage performance. The scientific findings gained in this work are expected to serve as a guide for future design on high performance anode material for sodium-ion batteries. PMID:27222911

  19. Metal-organic frameworks based on rigid ligands as separator membranes in supercapacitor.

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    Meng, Jiang-Ping; Gong, Yun; Lin, Qiang; Zhang, Miao-Miao; Zhang, Pan; Shi, Hui-Fang; Lin, Jian-Hua

    2015-03-28

    Two thermally stable MOFs formulated as CoL(1,4-bdc)·2DMF (L = 3,5-bis(5-(pyridin-4-yl)-4H-1,2,4-triazol-3-yl)pyridine), 1,4-H2bdc = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid) (1) and CdL(4,4'-bpc)·3DMF (4,4'-H2bpc = 4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylic acid) (2) have been solvothermally synthesized and exhibit a similar uninodal 6-connected 3D architecture with {4(12)·6(3)}-pcu topology. MOF1 shows a non-interpenetrated network with larger channel, whereas MOF 2 exhibits a 3-fold interpenetrating framework with smaller pore size. When the two MOFs are used as separator membranes in a supercapacitor, the equivalent series resistance (Res) is larger than the Res in the blank supercapacitor, and the smaller the current density, the more the Res. After being charged and discharged at the low current density, the supercapacitor with MOF 1 as separator membrane (denoted as 1a) possesses a much larger specific capacitance (SC) than the blank supercapacitor, and the amorphous separator membrane 1a shows a more porous morphology than the original MOF membrane 1. PMID:25689346

  20. Comparative in Vivo Assessment of Some Adverse Bioeffects of Equidimensional Gold and Silver Nanoparticles and the Attenuation of Nanosilver’s Effects with a Complex of Innocuous Bioprotectors

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    Boris A. Katsnelson

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Stable suspensions of nanogold (NG and nanosilver (NS with mean particle diameter 50 and 49 nm, respectively, were prepared by laser ablation of metals in water. To assess rat’s pulmonary phagocytosis response to a single intratracheal instillation of these suspensions, we used optical, transmission electron, and semi-contact atomic force microscopy. NG and NS were also repeatedly injected intraperitoneally into rats at a dose of 10 mg/kg (0.5 mg per mL of deionized water three times a week, up to 20 injections. A group of rats was thus injected with NS after oral administration of a “bioprotective complex” (BPC comprised of pectin, multivitamins, some amino acids, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 PUFA. After the termination of the injections, many functional and biochemical indices and histopathological features of the spleen, kidneys and liver were evaluated for signs of toxicity, and accumulation of NG or NS in these organs was measured. From the same rats, we obtained cell suspensions of different tissues for performing the RAPD test. It was demonstrated that, although both nanometals were adversely bioactive in all respects considered in this study, NS was more noxious as compared with NG, and that the BPC tested by us attenuated both the toxicity and genotoxicity of NS.

  1. 18F - fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and broncho-pulmonary cancer. Preliminary results

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    The metabolic imaging allowed by emission positron tomography (EPT) represents a new approach in the cancer diagnosis. The augmentation of glycoprotein metabolism in malignant lesions can be evidenced by FDG. The broncho-pulmonary cancer (BPC) poses clinical problems of tissue characterization which are not solved optimally by radiological imaging, so that the new technique presents a major interest. The authors report the first data obtained in France with a positron chamber in 12 patients studied since June 1996, namely 10 cases of pulmonary nodules and two of mediastinal ganglionic extension of BPC. Cross sections from skull to pelvis were achieved 45 minutes after the IV injection of 37 MBq of FDG per 10 kg of weight. The anatomical-pathological examination was systematic and the agreement with EPT was good in 10 cases of 12 (9 positive trues and 1 negative true), in addition, new sites were evidenced, 3 times of 12. They were overlooked by the radiological technique and thus, susceptible of modifying the treatment. These preliminary results are coherent with those reported in the international literature. They incited starting a prospective large-scale study of measuring the diagnosis performances of FDG in EPT in determining the malignity of solitary nodules and mediastinal extension of primary tumors

  2. Effects of hydraulic retention time and bioflocculant addition on membrane fouling in a sponge-submerged membrane bioreactor.

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    Deng, Lijuan; Guo, Wenshan; Ngo, Huu Hao; Du, Bing; Wei, Qin; Tran, Ngoc Han; Nguyen, Nguyen Cong; Chen, Shiao-Shing; Li, Jianxin

    2016-06-01

    The characteristics of activated sludge and membrane fouling were evaluated in a sponge-submerged membrane bioreactor (SSMBR) at different hydraulic retention times (HRTs) (6.67, 5.33 and 4.00h). At shorter HRT, more obvious membrane fouling was caused by exacerbated cake layer formation and aggravated pore blocking. Activated sludge possessed more extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) due to excessive growth of biomass and lower protein to polysaccharide ratio in soluble microbial products (SMP). The cake layer resistance was aggravated by increased sludge viscosity together with the accumulated EPS and biopolymer clusters (BPC) on membrane surface. However, SMP showed marginal effect on membrane fouling when SSMBRs were operated at all HRTs. The SSMBR with Gemfloc® addition at the optimum HRT of 6.67h demonstrated superior sludge characteristics such as larger floc size, less SMP in mixed liquor with higher protein/polysaccharide ratio, less SMP and BPC in cake layer, thereby further preventing membrane fouling. PMID:26852274

  3. Comparative in vivo assessment of some adverse bioeffects of equidimensional gold and silver nanoparticles and the attenuation of nanosilver's effects with a complex of innocuous bioprotectors.

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    Katsnelson, Boris A; Privalova, Larisa I; Gurvich, Vladimir B; Makeyev, Oleg H; Shur, Vladimir Ya; Beikin, Yakov B; Sutunkova, Marina P; Kireyeva, Ekaterina P; Minigalieva, Ilzira A; Loginova, Nadezhda V; Vasilyeva, Marina S; Korotkov, Artem V; Shuman, Eugene A; Vlasova, Larisa A; Shishkina, Ekaterina V; Tyurnina, Anastasia E; Kozin, Roman V; Valamina, Irene E; Pichugova, Svetlana V; Tulakina, Ludmila G

    2013-01-01

    Stable suspensions of nanogold (NG) and nanosilver (NS) with mean particle diameter 50 and 49 nm, respectively, were prepared by laser ablation of metals in water. To assess rat's pulmonary phagocytosis response to a single intratracheal instillation of these suspensions, we used optical, transmission electron, and semi-contact atomic force microscopy. NG and NS were also repeatedly injected intraperitoneally into rats at a dose of 10 mg/kg (0.5 mg per mL of deionized water) three times a week, up to 20 injections. A group of rats was thus injected with NS after oral administration of a "bioprotective complex" (BPC) comprised of pectin, multivitamins, some amino acids, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 PUFA. After the termination of the injections, many functional and biochemical indices and histopathological features of the spleen, kidneys and liver were evaluated for signs of toxicity, and accumulation of NG or NS in these organs was measured. From the same rats, we obtained cell suspensions of different tissues for performing the RAPD test. It was demonstrated that, although both nanometals were adversely bioactive in all respects considered in this study, NS was more noxious as compared with NG, and that the BPC tested by us attenuated both the toxicity and genotoxicity of NS. PMID:23354478

  4. Comparative in Vivo Assessment of Some Adverse Bioeffects of Equidimensional Gold and Silver Nanoparticles and the Attenuation of Nanosilver’s Effects with a Complex of Innocuous Bioprotectors

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    Katsnelson, Boris A.; Privalova, Larisa I.; Gurvich, Vladimir B.; Makeyev, Oleg H.; Shur, Vladimir Ya.; Beikin, Yakov B.; Sutunkova, Marina P.; Kireyeva, Ekaterina P.; Minigalieva, Ilzira A.; Loginova, Nadezhda V.; Vasilyeva, Marina S.; Korotkov, Artem V.; Shuman, Eugene A.; Vlasova, Larisa A.; Shishkina, Ekaterina V.; Tyurnina, Anastasia E.; Kozin, Roman V.; Valamina, Irene E.; Pichugova, Svetlana V.; Tulakina, Ludmila G.

    2013-01-01

    Stable suspensions of nanogold (NG) and nanosilver (NS) with mean particle diameter 50 and 49 nm, respectively, were prepared by laser ablation of metals in water. To assess rat’s pulmonary phagocytosis response to a single intratracheal instillation of these suspensions, we used optical, transmission electron, and semi-contact atomic force microscopy. NG and NS were also repeatedly injected intraperitoneally into rats at a dose of 10 mg/kg (0.5 mg per mL of deionized water) three times a week, up to 20 injections. A group of rats was thus injected with NS after oral administration of a “bioprotective complex” (BPC) comprised of pectin, multivitamins, some amino acids, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 PUFA. After the termination of the injections, many functional and biochemical indices and histopathological features of the spleen, kidneys and liver were evaluated for signs of toxicity, and accumulation of NG or NS in these organs was measured. From the same rats, we obtained cell suspensions of different tissues for performing the RAPD test. It was demonstrated that, although both nanometals were adversely bioactive in all respects considered in this study, NS was more noxious as compared with NG, and that the BPC tested by us attenuated both the toxicity and genotoxicity of NS. PMID:23354478

  5. Bitplane Image Coding With Parallel Coefficient Processing.

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    Auli-Llinas, Francesc; Enfedaque, Pablo; Moure, Juan C; Sanchez, Victor

    2016-01-01

    Image coding systems have been traditionally tailored for multiple instruction, multiple data (MIMD) computing. In general, they partition the (transformed) image in codeblocks that can be coded in the cores of MIMD-based processors. Each core executes a sequential flow of instructions to process the coefficients in the codeblock, independently and asynchronously from the others cores. Bitplane coding is a common strategy to code such data. Most of its mechanisms require sequential processing of the coefficients. The last years have seen the upraising of processing accelerators with enhanced computational performance and power efficiency whose architecture is mainly based on the single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) principle. SIMD computing refers to the execution of the same instruction to multiple data in a lockstep synchronous way. Unfortunately, current bitplane coding strategies cannot fully profit from such processors due to inherently sequential coding task. This paper presents bitplane image coding with parallel coefficient (BPC-PaCo) processing, a coding method that can process many coefficients within a codeblock in parallel and synchronously. To this end, the scanning order, the context formation, the probability model, and the arithmetic coder of the coding engine have been re-formulated. The experimental results suggest that the penalization in coding performance of BPC-PaCo with respect to the traditional strategies is almost negligible. PMID:26441420

  6. Slingshot Mechanism in Orion: Kinematic Evidence For Ejection of Protostars by Filaments

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    Stutz, Amelia M

    2015-01-01

    By comparing 3 constituents of Orion A (gas, protostars, and pre-main-sequence stars), both morhologically and kinematically, we derive the following. The gas surface density near the integral-shaped filament (ISF) is well represented by a power law, Sigma(b)=72 Msun/pc^2(b/pc)^{-5/8} for our entire range, 0.05<b/pc<8.5, of distance from the filament ridge. Essentially all protostars lie on the ISF or other filament ridges, while almost all pre-main-sequence stars do not. Combined with the fact that protostars move <1 kms relative to the filaments while stars move several times faster, this implies that protostellar accretion is terminated by a slingshot ejection from the filaments. The ISF is the 3rd in a series of star bursts that are progressively moving south, with separations of a few Myr in time and 3 pc in space. This, combined with the filament's observed undulations (spatial and velocity), suggests that repeated propagation of transverse waves thru the filament is progressively digesting the...

  7. O Benefício de Prestação Continuada no Supremo Tribunal Federal

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    Janaína Penalva

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa um conjunto de decisões do Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF relativas ao Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC, um benefício assistencial de transferência de renda para idosos ou pessoas com deficiência incapacitadas para o trabalho e a vida independente, cuja renda familiar per capita seja inferior a um quarto do salário mínimo. A judicialização das políticas sociais é um fenômeno crescente à Suprema Corte brasileira e o caso do BPC é paradigmático. O artigo discute os argumentos de cunho orçamentário que prevaleceram nas recentes decisões do STF e contesta a adequação do recorte de renda estabelecido pela Lei Orgânica de Assistência Social (Loas como critério de elegibilidade ao benefício. Por fim, o artigo avalia os impactos orçamentários de uma elevação do critério de elegibilidade para meio salário mínimo. A principal conclusão do artigo é de que uma elevação do critério de renda será acompanhada por um aumento da população legalmente elegível para o BPC, mas, devido a atuais erros de focalização da política, a expansão de custos será inferior ao aumento no tamanho da população legalmente elegível.This paper analyses decisions of the Brazilian Supreme Court regarding the Beneficio de Prestacao Continuada (BPC, Continuous Cash Benefit, a regular income transfer to the elderly and persons with disability not capable of working or living an independent life whose family per capita income is lower than a quarter of the minimum wage. The litigation of social policies before the Brazilian Supreme Court is a growing phenomena and the case of BPC is paradigmatic. The paper examines the budgetary arguments prevailing in recent Supreme Court decisions, and challenges the appropriateness of the income eligibility threshold set by the Lei Organica da Assistencia Social (Social Assistance Act. In addition, the paper evaluates the fiscal impact of raising the threshold to half minimum

  8. Long-term results of PRRT in advanced bronchopulmonary carcinoid

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    Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours (NET) has been explored for almost two decades, but there are still few trials that have exclusively investigated well-differentiated and moderately differentiated NET arising from the respiratory tree. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the outcome in patients affected by bronchopulmonary carcinoid (BPC) following PRRT. We retrospectively analysed 114 patients with advanced stage BPC consecutively treated with PRRT at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, from 1997 to 2012 and followed until October 2014. The objective responses, overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were rated, and three different PRRT protocols (90Y-DOTATOC vs. 177Lu-DOTATATE vs. 90Y-DOTATOC + 177Lu-DOTATATE) were compared with regard to their efficacy and tolerability. The median OS (evaluated in 94 of the 114 patients) was 58.8 months. The median PFS was 28.0 months. The 177Lu-DOTATATE protocol resulted in the highest 5-year OS (61.4 %). Morphological responses (partial responses + minor responses) were obtained in 26.5 % of the cohort and were associated with longer OS and PFS. The 90Y-DOTATOC + 177Lu-DOTATATE protocol provided the highest response rate (38.1 %). Adverse events were mild in the majority of patients. However, haematological toxicity negatively affected survival. No severe (grade 3/4) serum creatinine increase was observed. Patients treated with 90Y-DOTATOC alone more frequently showed a mild/moderate decrease in renal function. In patients treated with chemotherapy before PRRT had a shorter OS and PFS, and a higher risk of developing nephrotoxicity. In a large cohort of patients with advanced BPC treated in a ''real-world'' scenario and followed up for a median of 45.1 months (range 2 - 191 months), PRRT proved to be promising in prolonging survival and delaying disease progression. Despite the potential selection biases, considering the

  9. Subchronic Toxicity of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles and Its Attenuation with the Help of a Combination of Bioprotectors

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    Larisa I. Privalova

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In the copper metallurgy workplace air is polluted with condensation aerosols, which a significant fraction of is presented by copper oxide particles <100 nm. In the scientific literature, there is a lack of their in vivo toxicity characterization and virtually no attempts of enhancing organism’s resistance to their impact. A stable suspension of copper oxide particles with mean (±SD diameter 20 ± 10 nm was prepared by laser ablation of pure copper in water. It was being injected intraperitoneally to rats at a dose of 10 mg/kg (0.5 mg per mL of deionized water three times a week up to 19 injections. In parallel, another group of rats was so injected with the same suspension against the background of oral administration of a “bio-protective complex” (BPC comprising pectin, a multivitamin-multimineral preparation, some amino acids and fish oil rich in ω-3 PUFA. After the termination of injections, many functional and biochemical indices for the organism’s status, as well as pathological changes of liver, spleen, kidneys, and brain microscopic structure were evaluated for signs of toxicity. In the same organs we have measured accumulation of copper while their cells were used for performing the Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA (RAPD test for DNA fragmentation. The same features were assessed in control rats infected intraperitoneally with water with or without administration of the BPC. The copper oxide nanoparticles proved adversely bio-active in all respects considered in this study, their active in vivo solubilization in biological fluids playing presumably an important role in both toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics. The BPC proposed and tested by us attenuated systemic and target organs toxicity, as well as genotoxicity of this substance. Judging by experimental data obtained in this investigation, occupational exposures to nano-scale copper oxide particles can present a significant health risk while the further search for its

  10. Long-term results of PRRT in advanced bronchopulmonary carcinoid

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    Mariniello, Annapaola; Bodei, Lisa; Baio, Silvia Melania; Gilardi, Laura; Colandrea, Marzia; Papi, Stefano; Grana, Chiara Maria [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Milan (Italy); Tinelli, Carmine [IRCCS Foundation Policlinico San Matteo, Epidemiology and Biometric Unit, Pavia (Italy); Valmadre, Giuseppe [Presidio Ospedaliero E. Morelli AOVV, Sondalo (Italy); Fazio, Nicola [European Institute of Oncology, Unit of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Neuroendocrine Tumors, Milan (Italy); Galetta, Domenico [European Institute of Oncology, Thoracic Surgery Division, Milan (Italy); Paganelli, Giovanni [Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori (IRST) IRCCS, Nuclear Medicine and Radiometabolic Units, Meldola (Italy)

    2016-03-15

    Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours (NET) has been explored for almost two decades, but there are still few trials that have exclusively investigated well-differentiated and moderately differentiated NET arising from the respiratory tree. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the outcome in patients affected by bronchopulmonary carcinoid (BPC) following PRRT. We retrospectively analysed 114 patients with advanced stage BPC consecutively treated with PRRT at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, from 1997 to 2012 and followed until October 2014. The objective responses, overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were rated, and three different PRRT protocols ({sup 90}Y-DOTATOC vs. {sup 177}Lu-DOTATATE vs. {sup 90}Y-DOTATOC + {sup 177}Lu-DOTATATE) were compared with regard to their efficacy and tolerability. The median OS (evaluated in 94 of the 114 patients) was 58.8 months. The median PFS was 28.0 months. The {sup 177}Lu-DOTATATE protocol resulted in the highest 5-year OS (61.4 %). Morphological responses (partial responses + minor responses) were obtained in 26.5 % of the cohort and were associated with longer OS and PFS. The {sup 90}Y-DOTATOC + {sup 177}Lu-DOTATATE protocol provided the highest response rate (38.1 %). Adverse events were mild in the majority of patients. However, haematological toxicity negatively affected survival. No severe (grade 3/4) serum creatinine increase was observed. Patients treated with {sup 90}Y-DOTATOC alone more frequently showed a mild/moderate decrease in renal function. In patients treated with chemotherapy before PRRT had a shorter OS and PFS, and a higher risk of developing nephrotoxicity. In a large cohort of patients with advanced BPC treated in a ''real-world'' scenario and followed up for a median of 45.1 months (range 2 - 191 months), PRRT proved to be promising in prolonging survival and delaying disease progression. Despite

  11. The inclusion of disabled persons in the labor market in Belo horizonte, Brazil: scenario and perspective.

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    Neves-Silva, Priscila; Prais, Fabiana Gomes; Silveira, Andréa Maria

    2015-08-01

    Even after the publication of Law 8213 in 1991, which established quotas for employing disabled persons, their inclusion in the workplace still presents a challenge for Brazilian society. In order to understand the main barriers that hamper this process a qualitative research study was conducted in the municipality of Belo Horizon-te. This study included interviews with important actors involved in the process of inclusion; and focus groups including disabled persons and members of their families. The main barriers encountered were: preconceived ideas and discrimination; family relationships; the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC) program; the low level of qualifi-cation among disabled person; lack of access; and the unpreparedness of companies. It was concluded that drafting laws is not sufficient to guarantee inclusion in the labor market and that governments should implement public policies to assist in this process. PMID:26221820

  12. Cool covered sky-splitting spectrum-splitting FK

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    Mohedano, Rubén; Chaves, Julio; Falicoff, Waqidi; Hernandez, Maikel; Sorgato, Simone [LPI, Altadena, CA, USA and Madrid (Spain); Miñano, Juan C.; Benitez, Pablo [LPI, Altadena, CA, USA and Madrid, Spain and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid (Spain); Buljan, Marina [Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid (Spain)

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    Placing a plane mirror between the primary lens and the receiver in a Fresnel Köhler (FK) concentrator gives birth to a quite different CPV system where all the high-tech components sit on a common plane, that of the primary lens panels. The idea enables not only a thinner device (a half of the original) but also a low cost 1-step manufacturing process for the optics, automatic alignment of primary and secondary lenses, and cell/wiring protection. The concept is also compatible with two different techniques to increase the module efficiency: spectrum splitting between a 3J and a BPC Silicon cell for better usage of Direct Normal Irradiance DNI, and sky splitting to harvest the energy of the diffuse radiation and higher energy production throughout the year. Simple calculations forecast the module would convert 45% of the DNI into electricity.

  13. A comparative evaluation of different types of microbial electrolysis desalination cells for malic acid production.

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    Liu, Guangli; Zhou, Ying; Luo, Haiping; Cheng, Xing; Zhang, Renduo; Teng, Wenkai

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate different microbial electrolysis desalination cells for malic acid production. The systems included microbial electrolysis desalination and chemical-production cell (MEDCC), microbial electrolysis desalination cell (MEDC) with bipolar membrane and anion exchange membrane (BP-A MEDC), MEDC with bipolar membrane and cation exchange membrane (BP-C MEDC), and modified microbial desalination cell (M-MDC). The microbial electrolysis desalination cells performed differently in terms of malic acid production and energy consumption. The MEDCC performed best with the highest malic acid production rate (18.4 ± 0.6 mmol/Lh) and the lowest energy consumption (0.35 ± 0.14 kWh/kg). The best performance of MEDCC was attributable to the neutral pH condition in the anode chamber, the lowest internal resistance, and the highest Geobacter percentage of the anode biofilm population among all the reactors. PMID:26367771

  14. Differential responses of photosynthetic parameters of pigeonpea and amaranth leaf discs to SO{sub 2}

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    Saraswathi, J.; Rao, K.V.M. [Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (India). Dept. of Botany

    1995-08-01

    The reduction in chlorophyll (Chl) and protein contents and the increase in amino acid content in leaf discs in response to aqueous SO{sub 2} exposure under continuous irradiance were more expressed in Amaranthus paniculatus (C-4 plant) than in Cajantus cajan (C-3 plant). The content of SH-compounds increased more in pigenonpea than in amaranth leaf discs in response to SO{sub 2}. Aqueous SO{sub 2} exposure also reduced the CO{sub 2} fixation and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RuBPC) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) activities in leaf discs of both plant species. The differences in sensitivity of these plants to SO{sub 2} were related to their conversion efficiency of SO{sub 2} to less toxic substances and sulphydryl compounds.

  15. Fast Spectral Velocity Estimation Using Adaptive Techniques: In-Vivo Results

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    Gran, Fredrik; Jakobsson, Andreas; Udesen, Jesper; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    Adaptive spectral estimation techniques are known to provide good spectral resolution and contrast even when the observation window(OW) is very sbort. In this paper two adaptive techniques are tested and compared to the averaged perlodogram (Welch) for blood velocity estimation. The Blood Power...... spectral Capon (BPC) method is based on a standard minimum variance technique adapted to account for both averaging over slowtime and depth. The Blood Amplitude and Phase Estimation technique (BAPES) is based on finding a set of matched filters (one for each velocity component of interest) and filtering...... the blood process over slow-time and averaging over depth to find the power spectral density estimate. In this paper, the two adaptive methods are explained, and performance Is assessed in controlled steady How experiments and in-vivo measurements. The three methods were tested on a circulating How...

  16. Safety Message Power Transmission Control for Vehicular Ad hoc Networks

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    Samara, Ghassan; Al-Salihy, Wafaa A H

    2010-01-01

    Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANET) is one of the most challenging research area in the field of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. In this research we proposed a dynamic power adjustment protocol that will be used for sending the periodical safety message. (Beacon)based on the analysis of the channel status depending on the channel congestion and the power used for transmission. The Beacon Power Control (BPC) protocol first sensed and examined the percentage of the channel congestion, the result obtained was used to adjust the transmission power for the safety message to reach the optimal power. This will lead to decrease the congestion in the channel and achieve good channel performance and beacon dissemination.

  17. On ASGS framework: general requirements and an example of implementation

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    KULESZA Kamil; KOTULSKI Zbigniew

    2007-01-01

    In the paper we propose a general, abstract framework for Automatic Secret Generation and Sharing (ASGS) that should be independent of underlying Secret Sharing Scheme (SSS). ASGS allows to prevent the Dealer from knowing the secret.The Basic Property Conjecture (BPC) forms the base of the framework. Due to the level of abstraction, results are portable into the realm of quantum computing.Two situations are discussed. First concerns simultaneous generation and sharing of the random, prior nonexistent secret.Such a secret remains unknown until it is reconstructed. Next, we propose the framework for automatic sharing of a known secret.In this case the Dealer does not know the secret and the secret Owner does not know the shares. We present opportunities for joining ASGS with other extended capabilities, with special emphasis on PVSS and pre-positioned secret sharing. Finally, we illustrate framework with practical implementation.

  18. Measurement of D*± production at low Q2 with the beam-pipe calorimeter of ZEUS at HERA

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    The production of D* mesons in deep-inelastic ep-scattering has been studied using the ZEUS detector at HERA. The total D* production cross-section and the differential cross-sections as functions of Q2, y, pt(D*) and η(D*) have been measured at low Q2. The data sample used was collected during the period 1998-2000 and amounts to an integrated luminosity of 82.2 pb-1. The low Q2 region could be reached using the beam-pipe calorimeter which measures the scattered electron at very small angles. Therefore special emphasis was put on the calibration of the BPC in order to reconstruct events in the kinematic range 0.05 2 2 and 0.02 *+→K-π+π- and the charged conjugated decay in the kinematic region 1.5t(D*)2 in agreement with the corresponding perturbative QCD predictions. (orig.)

  19. Breast Cancer Risk From Modifiable and Nonmodifiable Risk Factors Among White Women in the United States

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    Maas, Paige; Barrdahl, Myrto; Joshi, Amit D;

    2016-01-01

    Importance: An improved model for risk stratification can be useful for guiding public health strategies of breast cancer prevention. Objective: To evaluate combined risk stratification utility of common low penetrant single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and epidemiologic risk factors. Design...... information on individual level data on epidemiologic risk factors and 24 genotyped SNPs from prospective cohort studies, published estimate of odds ratios for 68 additional SNPs, population incidence rate from the National Cancer Institute-Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program cancer registry......, Setting, and Participants: Using a total of 17 171 cases and 19 862 controls sampled from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3) and 5879 women participating in the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, a model for predicting absolute risk of breast cancer was developed combining...

  20. Cool covered sky-splitting spectrum-splitting FK

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    Placing a plane mirror between the primary lens and the receiver in a Fresnel Köhler (FK) concentrator gives birth to a quite different CPV system where all the high-tech components sit on a common plane, that of the primary lens panels. The idea enables not only a thinner device (a half of the original) but also a low cost 1-step manufacturing process for the optics, automatic alignment of primary and secondary lenses, and cell/wiring protection. The concept is also compatible with two different techniques to increase the module efficiency: spectrum splitting between a 3J and a BPC Silicon cell for better usage of Direct Normal Irradiance DNI, and sky splitting to harvest the energy of the diffuse radiation and higher energy production throughout the year. Simple calculations forecast the module would convert 45% of the DNI into electricity

  1. In-vivo studies of new vector velocity and adaptive spectral estimators in medical ultrasound

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    Hansen, Kristoffer Lindskov

    In this PhD project new ultrasound techniques for blood flow measurements have been investigated in-vivo. The focus has mainly been on vector velocity techniques and four different approaches have been examined: Transverse Oscillation, Synthetic Transmit Aperture, Directional Beamforming and Plane...... Wave Excitation. Furthermore two different adaptive spectral estimators have been investigated: Blood spectral Power Capon method (BPC) and Blood Amplitude and Phase Estimation method (BAPES). The novel techniques investigated in this thesis are developed to circumvent some of the main limitations in...... conventional Doppler ultrasound. That is angle dependency, reduced temporal resolution and low frame rate. Transverse Oscillation, Synthetic Transmit Aperture and Directional Beamforming can estimate the blood velocity angle independently. The three methods were validated in-vivo against magnetic resonance...

  2. Substances that disrupt thyroid hormone biosynthesis (in Romanian

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    Pap, Andreea

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Endocrine disrupters are natural or synthetic chemical substances that have the possibility to alter the endocrine functions leading to serious metabolic changes especially in newborns. The accumulation and persistence over long periods of time became a priority in terms of health and environment. The mechanism of action is represented by blocking, mimicking or modifying the effects of thyroid hormones. In this review, the main purpose was to determine what effects have the endocrine disruptors on the thyroid gland, especially on the thyroid hormone biosynthesis and setting the stage involved by it. We focused on the action of perchlorates, phthalates, BPC, PDPEs, soy, isoflavones, nitrates, thiocyanates, bisphenol A and triclorsan and came to the conclusion that their intervention can result in either hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

  3. Effect of Nitrogen and Potassium Nutrition on Carbon and Nitrogen Metabolism at Late Growing Stage and Grain Yield Formation in Spring Maize

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    2000-01-01

    Study on the relationship between grain yield formation and metabolism of carbon and nitrogen as influenced by N and K nutrition level during maturation was carried out through field experiments and biochemistry analyses. The results confirmed that it was necessary to maintain a higher photosynthetic capacity of leaves and abundant N supplies for root at late growing stages. The soluble protein content, RuBPC and PEPC activities in leaves, harvest index(HI) and harvest index of nitrogen (HIN)increased obviously with appropriate N and K application rate, which accelerated C and N translocation from vegetative parts to grain, enhanced photosynthetic capacity of leaves and abundant(but not excessive)N supply for root during late growing period.

  4. A possibility of parallel and anti-parallel diffraction measurements on neutron diffractometer employing bent perfect crystal monochromator at the monochromatic focusing condition

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    Yong Nam Choi; Shin Ae Kim; Sung Kyu Kim; Sung Baek Kim; Chang-Hee Lee; Pivel Mikula

    2004-07-01

    In a conventional diffractometer having single monochromator, only one position, parallel position, is used for the diffraction experiment (i.e. detection) because the resolution property of the other one, anti-parallel position, is very poor. However, a bent perfect crystal (BPC) monochromator at monochromatic focusing condition can provide a quite flat and equal resolution property at both parallel and anti-parallel positions and thus one can have a chance to use both sides for the diffraction experiment. From the data of the FWHM and the / measured on three diffraction geometries (symmetric, asymmetric compression and asymmetric expansion), we can conclude that the simultaneous diffraction measurement in both parallel and anti-parallel positions can be achieved.

  5. Adaptive Spectral Doppler Estimation

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    Gran, Fredrik; Jakobsson, Andreas; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, 2 adaptive spectral estimation techniques are analyzed for spectral Doppler ultrasound. The purpose is to minimize the observation window needed to estimate the spectrogram to provide a better temporal resolution and gain more flexibility when designing the data acquisition sequence....... The methods can also provide better quality of the estimated power spectral density (PSD) of the blood signal. Adaptive spectral estimation techniques are known to pro- vide good spectral resolution and contrast even when the ob- servation window is very short. The 2 adaptive techniques are tested and...... compared with the averaged periodogram (Welch’s method). The blood power spectral capon (BPC) method is based on a standard minimum variance technique adapted to account for both averaging over slow-time and depth. The blood amplitude and phase estimation technique (BAPES) is based on finding a set of...

  6. Bioregenerative life support systems for microgravity

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    Nevill, Gail E., Jr.; Hessel, Michael I., Jr.; Rodriguez, Jose; Morgan, Steve (Editor)

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    NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) project centers on growing plants and recycling wastes in space. The current version of the biomass production chamber (BPC) uses a hydroponic system for nutrient delivery. To optimize plant growth and conserve system resources, the content of the nutrient solution which feeds the plants must be constantly monitored. The macro-nutrients (greater than ten ppm) in the solution include nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulphur; the micro-nutrients (less than ten ppm) include iron, copper, manganese, zinc, and boron. The goal of this project is to construct a computer-controlled system of ion detectors that will accurately measure the concentrations of several necessary ions in solution. The project focuses on the use of a sensor array to eliminate problems of interference and temperature dependence.

  7. Action d'energies lumineuses elevees sur la photosynthese et la photorespiration chez le ble

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    Katkat, A.V.; Ferron, F.; Coudret, A; Costes, Christiane

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    L’ouverture stomatique, les échanges gazeux de la photosynthèse nette, les activités RuBPC et PEPC et les métabolismes photosynthétique - photorespiratoire ont été étudiés chez le blé sous un éclairement croissant de 40 à 2 000 μmoles. m2 . s - 1 Les trois premières études apportent, dans le cas du blé, une confirmation de résultats généralement admis. Les variations relatives des flux métaboliques conduisent à supposer que la photorespiration interviendrait dans la production tout autant...

  8. Preferências, Instituições e Política na Formulação e Implementação do Benefício de Prestação Continuada

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    de Miranda, Geralda Luiza

    2012-01-01

    Neste trabalho é analisada a influência das preferências sociais e políticas e das instituições sobre a formulação e a implementação da política brasileira de garantia de renda não contributiva para pessoas com deficiência e idosas, denominada Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC). O argumento que orienta a análise é o de que os avanços e os recuos na evolução dessa política relacionam-se com o grau de convergência entre as preferências dos atores sociais e as dos atores políticos e com o t...

  9. The effect of mixed infusion of bone marrow cells and bone marrow stromal cells on hematopoietic reconstitution in lethally irradiated mice

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    To observe the effect of mixed infusion of bone marrow and bone marrow stromal cells on hematopoietic reconstitution in lethally irradiated mice, Balb/c mice irradiated lethally received 1 x 107 syngeneic bone marrow cells and 2 x 105 syngeneic bone marrow stromal cells via the intravenous route. As compared with the simple BMT group, the WBC and the BPC in peripheral blood in mixed infusion group recover more quickly on day 14 after BMT and BMSCT. The numbers of CFU-GM, BFU-E, CFU-E, CFU-S in mixed infusion group are higher than that of the simple BMT group on day 15 and day 20 after BMT and BMSCT. Conclusion: Primary cultured bone marrow stromal cells not only is transplantable , but also can accelerate hematopoietic reconstitution

  10. Quantitative phosphoproteomics using acetone-based peptide labeling: method evaluation and application to a cardiac ischemia/reperfusion model.

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    Wijeratne, Aruna B; Manning, Janet R; Schultz, Jo El J; Greis, Kenneth D

    2013-10-01

    Mass spectrometry (MS) techniques to globally profile protein phosphorylation in cellular systems that are relevant to physiological or pathological changes have been of significant interest in biological research. An MS-based strategy utilizing an inexpensive acetone-based peptide-labeling technique known as reductive alkylation by acetone (RABA) for quantitative phosphoproteomics was explored to evaluate its capacity. Because the chemistry for RABA labeling for phosphorylation profiling had not been previously reported, it was first validated using a standard phosphoprotein and identical phosphoproteomes from cardiac tissue extracts. A workflow was then utilized to compare cardiac tissue phosphoproteomes from mouse hearts not expressing FGF2 versus hearts expressing low-molecular-weight fibroblast growth factor-2 (LMW FGF2) to relate low-molecular-weight fibroblast growth factor-2 (LMW FGF2)-mediated cardioprotective phenomena induced by ischemia/reperfusion injury of hearts, with downstream phosphorylation changes in LMW FGF2 signaling cascades. Statistically significant phosphorylation changes were identified at 14 different sites on 10 distinct proteins, including some with mechanisms already established for LMW FGF2-mediated cardioprotective signaling (e.g., connexin-43), some with new details linking LMW FGF2 to the cardioprotective mechanisms (e.g., cardiac myosin binding protein C or cMyBPC), and also several new downstream effectors not previously recognized for cardio-protective signaling by LMW FGF2. Additionally, one of the phosphopeptides, cMyBPC/pSer-282, identified was further verified with site-specific quantification using an SRM (selected reaction monitoring)-based approach that also relies on isotope labeling of a synthetic phosphopeptide with deuterated acetone as an internal standard. Overall, this study confirms that the inexpensive acetone-based peptide labeling can be used in both exploratory and targeted quantification phosphoproteomic

  11. Population genetic variation in the tree fern Alsophila spinulosa (Cyatheaceae: effects of reproductive strategy.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Essentially all ferns can perform both sexual and asexual reproduction. Their populations represent suitable study objects to test the population genetic effects of different reproductive systems. Using the diploid homosporous fern Alsophila spinulosa as an example species, the main purpose of this study was to assess the relative impact of sexual and asexual reproduction on the level and structure of population genetic variation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Inter-simple sequence repeats analysis was conducted on 140 individuals collected from seven populations (HSG, LCH, BPC, MPG, GX, LD, and ZHG in China. Seventy-four polymorphic bands discriminated a total of 127 multilocus genotypes. Character compatibility analysis revealed that 50.0 to 70.0% of the genotypes had to be deleted in order to obtain a tree-like structure in the data set from populations HSG, LCH, MPG, BPC, GX, and LD; and there was a gradual decrease of conflict in the data set when genotypes with the highest incompatibility counts were successively deleted. In contrast, in population ZHG, only 33.3% of genotypes had to be removed to achieve complete compatibility in the data set, which showed a sharp decline in incompatibility upon the deletion of those genotypes. All populations examined possessed similar levels of genetic variation. Population ZHG was not found to be more differentiated than the other populations. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Sexual recombination is the predominant source of genetic variation in most of the examined populations of A. spinulosa. However, somatic mutation contributes most to the genetic variation in population ZHG. This change of the primary mode of reproduction does not cause a significant difference in the population genetic composition. Character compatibility analysis represents an effective approach to separate the role of sexual and asexual components in shaping the genetic pattern of fern populations.

  12. Attenuation of Combined Nickel(II Oxide and Manganese(II, III Oxide Nanoparticles’ Adverse Effects with a Complex of Bioprotectors

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    Ilzira A. Minigalieva

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    Full Text Available Stable suspensions of NiO and Mn3O4 nanoparticles (NPs with a mean (±s.d. diameter of 16.7 ± 8.2 and 18.4 ± 5.4 nm, respectively, purposefully prepared by laser ablation of 99.99% pure nickel or manganese in de-ionized water, were repeatedly injected intraperitoneally (IP to rats at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg 3 times a week up to 18 injections, either alone or in combination. A group of rats was injected with this combination with the background oral administration of a “bio-protective complex” (BPC comprising pectin, vitamins A, C, E, glutamate, glycine, N-acetylcysteine, selenium, iodide and omega-3 PUFA, this composition having been chosen based on mechanistic considerations and previous experience. After the termination of injections, many functional and biochemical indices and histopathological features (with morphometric assessment of the liver, spleen, kidneys and brain were evaluated for signs of toxicity. The Ni and Mn content of these organs was measured with the help of the atomic emission and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopies. We obtained blood leukocytes for performing the RAPD (Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA test. Although both metallic NPs proved adversely bio-active in many respects considered in this study, Mn3O4-NPs were somewhat more noxious than NiO-NPs as concerns most of the non-specific toxicity manifestations and they induced more marked damage to neurons in the striatum and the hippocampus, which may be considered an experimental correlate of the manganese-induced Parkinsonism. The comparative solubility of the Mn3O4-NPs and NiO-NPs in a biological medium is discussed as one of the factors underlying the difference in their toxicokinetics and toxicities. The BPC has attenuated both the organ-systemic toxicity and the genotoxicity of Mn3O4-NPs in combination with NiO-NPs.

  13. Optical and acoustic properties at 1064 nm of polyvinyl chloride-plastisol for use as a tissue phantom in biomedical optoacoustics

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    A novel optoacoustic phantom made of polyvinyl chloride-plastisol (PVCP) for optoacoustic studies is described. The optical and acoustic properties of PVCP were measured. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) powder and black plastic colour (BPC) were used to introduce scattering and absorption, respectively, in the phantoms. The optical absorption coefficient (μa) at 1064 nm was determined using an optoacoustic method, while diffuse reflectance measurements were used to obtain the optical reduced scattering coefficient (μ's). These optical properties were calculated to be μa = (12.818 ? 0.001)ABPC cm-1 and μ's = (2.6 ? 0.2)STiO2 + (1.4 ? 0.1) cm-1, where ABPC is the BPC per cent volume concentration, and STiO2 is the TiO2 volume concentration (mg mL-1). The speed of sound in PVCP was measured to be (1.40 ? 0.02) ? 103 m s-1 using the pulse echo transmit receive method, with an acoustic attenuation of (0.56 ? 1.01) f(1.51?0.06)MHz (dB cm-1) in the frequency range of 0.61-1.25 MHz, and a density, calculated by measuring the displacement of water, of 1.00 ? 0.04 g cm-3. The speed of sound and density of PVCP are similar to tissue, and together with the user-adjustable optical properties, make this material well suited for developing tissue-equivalent phantoms for biomedical optoacoustics. (note)

  14. A genome-wide "pleiotropy scan" does not identify new susceptibility loci for estrogen receptor negative breast cancer.

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    Daniele Campa

    Full Text Available Approximately 15-30% of all breast cancer tumors are estrogen receptor negative (ER-. Compared with ER-positive (ER+ disease they have an earlier age at onset and worse prognosis. Despite the vast number of risk variants identified for numerous cancer types, only seven loci have been unambiguously identified for ER-negative breast cancer. With the aim of identifying new susceptibility SNPs for this disease we performed a pleiotropic genome-wide association study (GWAS. We selected 3079 SNPs associated with a human complex trait or disease at genome-wide significance level (P<5 × 10(-8 to perform a secondary analysis of an ER-negative GWAS from the National Cancer Institute's Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3, including 1998 cases and 2305 controls from prospective studies. We then tested the top ten associations (i.e. with the lowest P-values using three additional populations with a total sample size of 3509 ER+ cases, 2543 ER- cases and 7031 healthy controls. None of the 3079 selected variants in the BPC3 ER-GWAS were significant at the adjusted threshold. 186 variants were associated with ER- breast cancer risk at a conventional threshold of P<0.05, with P-values ranging from 0.049 to 2.3 × 10(-4. None of the variants reached statistical significance in the replication phase. In conclusion, this study did not identify any novel susceptibility loci for ER-breast cancer using a "pleiotropic approach".

  15. CYP19A1 genetic variation in relation to prostate cancer risk and circulating sex hormone concentrations in men from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium.

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    Travis, Ruth C; Schumacher, Fredrick; Hirschhorn, Joel N; Kraft, Peter; Allen, Naomi E; Albanes, Demetrius; Berglund, Goran; Berndt, Sonja I; Boeing, Heiner; Bueno-de-Mesquita, H Bas; Calle, Eugenia E; Chanock, Stephen; Dunning, Alison M; Hayes, Richard; Feigelson, Heather Spencer; Gaziano, J Michael; Giovannucci, Edward; Haiman, Christopher A; Henderson, Brian E; Kaaks, Rudolf; Kolonel, Laurence N; Ma, Jing; Rodriguez, Laudina; Riboli, Elio; Stampfer, Meir; Stram, Daniel O; Thun, Michael J; Tjønneland, Anne; Trichopoulos, Dimitrios; Vineis, Paolo; Virtamo, Jarmo; Le Marchand, Loïc; Hunter, David J

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    Sex hormones, particularly the androgens, are important for the growth of the prostate gland and have been implicated in prostate cancer carcinogenesis, yet the determinants of endogenous steroid hormone levels remain poorly understood. Twin studies suggest a heritable component for circulating concentrations of sex hormones, although epidemiologic evidence linking steroid hormone gene variants to prostate cancer is limited. Here we report on findings from a comprehensive study of genetic variation at the CYP19A1 locus in relation to prostate cancer risk and to circulating steroid hormone concentrations in men by the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3), a large collaborative prospective study. The BPC3 systematically characterized variation in CYP19A1 by targeted resequencing and dense genotyping; selected haplotype-tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (htSNP) that efficiently predict common variants in U.S. and European whites, Latinos, Japanese Americans, and Native Hawaiians; and genotyped these htSNPs in 8,166 prostate cancer cases and 9,079 study-, age-, and ethnicity-matched controls. CYP19A1 htSNPs, two common missense variants and common haplotypes were not significantly associated with risk of prostate cancer. However, several htSNPs in linkage disequilibrium blocks 3 and 4 were significantly associated with a 5% to 10% difference in estradiol concentrations in men [association per copy of the two-SNP haplotype rs749292-rs727479 (A-A) versus noncarriers; P = 1 x 10(-5)], and with inverse, although less marked changes, in free testosterone concentrations. These results suggest that although germline variation in CYP19A1 characterized by the htSNPs produces measurable differences in sex hormone concentrations in men, they do not substantially influence risk of prostate cancer. PMID:19789370

  16. BIODEGRADACIÓN DE COMPUESTOS ORGÁNICOSPERSISTENTES (COP: I. EL CASO DE LOS BIFENILOSPOLICLORADOS (PCB Biodegradation Of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs: I The Case Of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB

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    Full Text Available Los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes poseen propiedades tóxicas, son resistentes a la degradación, se bioacumulan y son transportados por el aire, el agua y las especies migratorias a través de las fronteras internacionales; en consecuencia se depositan lejos del lugar de su liberación, acumulándose en ecosistemas terrestres y acuáticos. Para atender a esta problemática a nivel mundial se firmó el 23 de mayo de 2001 el Convenio de Estocolmo. Aunque por ahora los COP estan prohibidos en la mayoria de los países, todavía existen en el mundo muchos sitios contaminados con estas sustancias. La remediación de sitios que presentan contaminantes orgánicos persistentes requiere consideraciones distintas a las contempladas en la recupe-ración por contaminación de hidrocarburos. El siguiente texto revisa la literatura sobre la biodegradación anaeróbica y aeróbica de los bifeniles policlorados (PCB y las posibles estrategias para estimular dicha biodegradación. La degradación de los demás COP será descritas en textos adicionales.Persistent organic pollutants are chemicals that are toxic to humans and wildlife, remain intact in the environment for long periods, accumulate in living organisms and can become widely distributed geographically by air, water or migrating species. As a result, these contaminants have been found all over the world including in places, such as the Polar Regions, which are very far from their application site. The Stockholm Convention was signed in 23/5/01 in order to cope with this international environmental problem. Although POPs were banned by most countries, there are still a lot of sites contaminated with these substances. The remediation of these sites is problematic and requires distinct considerations from those which are established for hydrocarbon remediation. This manuscript reviews the literature about anaerobic and aerobic biodegradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB and possible

  17. Organic micropollutants on river sediments from Rio de Janeiro State, Southeast Brazil Micro-poluentes orgânicos em sedimentos fluviais no Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Sudeste do Brasil

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    organoclorados (OCs, bifenis policlorados (PCBs e outros hidrocarbonetos polinucleares (PAHs. Os organoclorados, inclusive os PCBs, estavam presentes em quantidades muito reduzidas nas amostras, provavelmente refletindo as restrições contra o uso dessa classe de compostos no mercado brasileiro. Entretanto, os PAHs mostravam níveis elevados ao redor de uma grande indústria siderúrgica na cidade de Volta Redonda. Tal contaminação deve-se, provavelmente, ao uso maciço de carvão nesta fábrica.

  18. Disruptores endocrinos. El caso particular de los xenobióticos estrogénicos. II Estrógenos sintéticos Endocrine disrupters. The case of oestrogenic xenobiotics II: synthetic oestrogens

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    Full Text Available En los últimos años se ha puesto en evidencia que muchas sustancias químicas de origen antropogénico son capaces de alterar el sistema endocrino de los seres vivos y se ha acuñado el nombre de disruptores endocrinos para definirlas. El número de disruptores endocrinos es una preocupación creciente si se añade a la inclusión de nuevos compuestos químicos, hasta ahora insospechados, la información generada sobre sus precursores, metabolitos y productos de degradación que tan solo ahora empiezan a conocerse. No se ha podido definir una estructura química única que permita clasificar a un compuesto químico como mimetizador de las hormonas sexuales femeninas, de tal manera que estructuras químicas similares a los estrógenos naturales, basados en el ciclopentanoperhidrofenantreno, comparten con los estilbenos, bisfenoles, bifenilos, alquilfenoles, dioxinas, furanos y parabenes su efecto hormonal estrogénico. El reconocimiento de la actividad estrogénica en diferentes modelos biológicos se ha utilizado para actualizar el censo de xenoestrógenos y poner de manifiesto fuentes de exposición humana hasta el momento insospechadas.In recent years, it has been demonstrated that endocrine systems of living beings can be altered by many chemical substances of anthropogenic origin, designated as endocrine disrupters. There are growing concerns about the number of these endocrine disrupters. It has not been possible to define a single chemical structure that allows the classification of a chemical compound as a mimic of female sex hormones, so that chemical structures similar to natural estrogens, based on cyclopentanoperhydrophenanthrene, share their hormonal effect with stilbenes, bisphenols, alkylphenols, dioxins, furans and parabenes. The recognition of estrogenic activity in different biological models has been used to update the list of xenoestrogens and reveal sources of human exposure that were previously unknown. New previously

  19. CORRESPONDENCIA

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    Full Text Available Señor Editor:Un editorial publicado en Colombia Médica aborda el tema de las Buenas Prácticas Clínicas (BPC en la investigación con seres humanos en Colombia1. La presente nota va dirigida a ofrecer una panorámica sobre el cumplimiento de estas normas en Cuba y en especial su implementación en los ensayos clínicos desarrollados en la provincia de Villa Clara.La guía de BPC aprobada por la Junta Directiva de la Conferencia Internacional de Armonización, conocida por las siglas ICH (Internacional Conference Harmonization en la que han participado países de la Comunidad Europea, Japón y Estados Unidos, así como Australia, Canadá, los países nórdicos y la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS, promueve una norma unificada entre estos países, para facilitar así la aceptación mutua de los datos clínicos por las autoridades reguladoras de estas jurisdicciones2.Los países que apliquen las normas internacionales de calidad científica y ética en la investigación clínica, aseguran la credibilidad y veracidad en los resultados de sus investigaciones, lo que favorece el proceso de solicitud y registro sanitario de nuevos productos farmacéuticos en los grandes mercados.Como han sido varios los acontecimientos que ponen en duda la seguridad de los sujetos que participan en la investigación clínica, se hace necesario que la sociedad disponga de medicamentos verdaderamente seguros y eficaces. Para asegurar esto, las agencias reguladoras del mundo han aumentado las exigencias que debe cumplir un nuevo fármaco para su registro y comercialización, y establecen que durante todo el proceso de investigación-desarrollo se asegure el cumplimento de las Normas de Buena Práctica de Laboratorio (BPL, de Manufactura (BPM y Clínicas (BPC.Los países de latinoamérica que desarrollan investigación clínica han acogido muy bien el cumplimiento de estas normas internacionales, y las sometieron a discusión en el llamado Documento de las Am

  20. Human Brain Model of Smile,Calmness,Honesty and Lying:Chua’s Circuit%微笑、平静、说谎和诚实的人脑蔡氏电路模型

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    李雷; 李文石

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    Based on the similarity of chaos in human brain and Chua′s circuit ,we propose the methods to model human brain with Chua′s circuit .With the simulation of Multisim 10® ,we set voltages across resistor R1 as original signals .Also ,Analogous def-inite integral ,Lyapunov ,Micro-segmented windows and P values are applied to gain data window .Then ,minimum mean power of R1(PR1min :1.56×10-4W) is discovered after tuning inductance L and nonlinear-resistor parameter R5 .Furthermore ,we suppose PR1min as log-base ,and calculate the new indexes for each power of R1 as reference values .After compared with previous indexes of brain power consumption (BPC )in frontal lobe at cognitive states of calmness ,honesty ,or lying (BPC at smile as base ) ,two-set in-dexes equal to each other .According to actual BPC ,and with Chua′s circuit corresponding to minimum mean power PR1min ,we ac-complish human brain model in frontal lobe at cognitive states of calmness ,honesty ,lying and smile .This work will provide novel thinking for nonlinear modeling of human brain .%基于人脑和蔡氏电路都能表现复杂的混沌特征,本文利用蔡氏电路为人脑建立电路模型.文中利用Multisim10®仿真蔡氏电路,提取纯阻 R1两端电压,作为原始待分析数据.类积分法、李亚普若夫指数、微窗口法和 P分数等四种方法顺次应用于选取数据分析窗口.基于数据窗口,分别调整电感 L和非线性电阻参数R5,得到纯阻 R1的平均功率及其最小值 PR1min (1.56×10-4W).同时以 PR1min为底数,利用Log函数计算 R1的平均功率对应的指数值.对比最近几年人脑近红外耳穴信号研究成果,R1平均功率指数与以微笑时人脑额区消耗功率为底数的人脑平静、诚实和说谎的功率消耗指数分布相同.结合人脑实际消耗功率,我们选取纯阻 R1最小平均功率对应的蔡氏电路并联,实现平静、微笑、诚实和说谎的人脑额区

  1. Response to temperature and light and thermal property of reversibly thermochromic bamboo/plastic composite%可逆热致变色竹塑复合材料的温度与光响应及热学性能

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    吴秋宁; 宋剑斌; 余方兵; 陈丽红; 杨文斌※

    2013-01-01

      为更进一步了解可逆热致变色竹塑复合材料所具有的特性,该论文对可逆变色竹塑复合材的温度与光响应及热学性能进行研究,主要包括:环境温度对变色时间的影响、变色复合材料的曝晒试验(测试环境温度与曝晒装置内的温度)、试样表面的反射率、导热系数等。研究结果表明:变色竹塑复合材料在较高的环境温度下竹塑复合材料的变色响应时间较短,如WTB1在45、50、55、60、65℃的变色时间分别为256.11、146.18、82.78、69.16、45.06 s;曝晒试验的结果表明颜色影响试验箱内温度,添加钛白粉可降低曝晒装置内的温度;在12:00时,WTB1、WTB2、WTB3、WTB4、WTR1、WTR2与环境的温差分别为14.3、12.8、15.3、11.3、15.3、11.3℃。可逆变色竹塑材料的导热系数随着温度的升高而增大,WTB2在15、30、45、60℃下的导热系数分别为0.098、0.099、0.103、0.107 W/(m K),WTB1(未添加钛白粉)表面自由能和接触角分别为67.3°、41.50 MJ/m2,而WTB2(添加钛白粉)的表面自由能和接触角分别为74.6°、37.52 MJ/m2;各种试样的反射率存在差异,添加钛白粉提高了材料的表面反射率,颜色是影响太阳反射率的重要因素之一。研究结果为该材料的实际应用提供数据支持。%  In order to understand more features about reversibly thermochromic bamboo/plastic composites(BPC), we focused on its response to the temperature, light and thermal property, which included that, the effect of environment temperature on discoloration time, insolation experiment (test temperature of outside environment and inside of insolation device), reflectance and thermal conductivity of reversibly thermochromic bamboo/plastic composites and so on. The results showed that, the higher the environment temperature was, the shorter the discoloration time of the reversibly thermochromic BPC was. Taking WTB1 (BPC and

  2. A System for Managing Replenishment of a Nutrient Solution Using an Electrical Conductivity Controller

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    Davis, D.; Dogan, N.; Aglan, H.; Mortley, D.; Loretan, P.

    1998-01-01

    Control of nutrient solution parameters is very important for the growth and development of plants grown hydroponically. Protocols involving different nutrient solution replenishment times (e.g. one-week, two-week, or two-day replenishment) provide manual periodic control of the nutrient solution's electrical conductivity (EC). Since plants take-up nutrients as they grow, manual control has a drawback in that EC is not held constant between replenishments. In an effort to correct this problem the Center for Food and Environmental Systems for Human Exploration of Space at Tuskegee University has developed a system for managing and controlling levels of EC over a plant's entire growing cycle. A prototype system is being tested on sweetpotato production using the nutrient film technique (NFT), and it is being compared to a system in which sweetpotatoes are grown using NFT with manual control. NASA has played an important role in the development of environmental control systems. They have become a forerunner in growing plants hydroponically with some control systems through the use of networked data acquisition and control using environmental growth chambers. Data acquisition systems which involve the use of real-time, calibration, set points, user panel, and graphical representation programming provide a good method of controlling nutrient solution parameters such as EC and pH [Bledsoe, 19931]. In NASA's Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) at Kennedy Space Center, control is provided by a programmable logic controller (PLC). This is an industrial controller which combines ladder computer logic which has the ability to handle various levels of electrical power. The controller controls temperature, light and other parameters that affect the plant's environment, in the BPC, the Nutrient Delivery System (NIX), a sub-system of the PLC, controls nutrient solution parameters such as EC, pH, and solution levels. When the nutrient EC measurement goes outside a preset range (120

  3. Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Correlation of Cefquinome against Experimental Catheter-associated Biofilm Infection due to Staphylococcus aureus

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    Full Text Available Biofilm formations play an important role in Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis and contribute to antibiotic treatment failures in biofilm-associated infections. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD profiles of cefquinome against an experimental catheter-related biofilm model due to S. aureus, including three clinical isolates and one non-clinical isolate. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC, minimal biofilm inhibitory concentration (MBIC, biofilm bactericidal concentration (BBC, minimal biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC and biofilm prevention concentration (BPC and in vitro time-kill curves of cefquinome were studied in both planktonic and biofilm cells of study S. aureus strains. The in vivo post-antibiotic effects (PAEs, PK profiles and efficacy of cefquinome were performed in the catheter-related biofilm infection model in murine. A sigmoid Emax model was utilized to determine the PK/PD index that best described the dose-response profiles in the model.The MICs and MBICs of cefquinome for the four S. aureus strains were 0.5 and 16μg/mL, respectively. The BBCs (32-64 μg/mL and MBECs (64-256 μg/mL of these study strains were much higher than their corresponding BPC values (1-2 μg/mL. Cefquinome showed time-dependent killing both on planktonic and biofilm cells, but produced much shorter PAEs in biofilm infections. The best-correlated PK/PD parameters of cefquinome for planktonic and biofilm cells were the duration of time that the free drug level exceeded the MIC (fT>MIC, R2=96.2% and the MBIC (fT>MBIC, R2=94.7%, respectively. In addition, the AUC24h/MBIC of cefquinome also significantly correlated with the anti-biofilm outcome in this model (R2=93.1%. The values of AUC24h/MBIC for biofilm-static and 1-log10-unit biofilm-cidal activity were 22.8 h and 35.6 h; respectively. These results indicate that the PK/PD profiles of cefquinome could be used as valuable guidance for effective

  4. Between- and within-patient n-level response surface pathway design in dose-finding studies

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    Full Text Available Sagita Dewi,1 Veronica Kristiansen,2 Steen Lindkær-Jensen,3,4 Stig Larsen1 1Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway; 2Department of Companion Animal Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway; 3Department of Surgery and Cancer, Hammersmith Hospital Campus, Imperial College, Du Cane Road, London, UK; 4Meabco A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark Background: The most commonly used escalation methods in dose-finding studies have obvious weaknesses, and the Bayesian approach is difficult for clinicians to understand and to apply. The study aims were to introduce and assess the performance of clinically based response surface pathway (RSP design for dose-finding studies, exemplified by one between-patient study, one within-patient study, and simulation studies. Methods: The between-patient study consisted of 15 women suffering from stage IV breast cancer, while the within-patient study consisted of seven female dogs with metastatic mammary cancer. The studies were conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD of a new anticancer agent named BP-C1 using three-level RSP designs. Adjustment of the dose from one design level to the next was based on a k-adjustment factor estimated to ensure coverage of the entire predefined dose window. Patient sequences with an equal number of patients as design levels were included in the between-patient design, whereas the same patients were included in all the design levels in the within-patient design. Results: Four of the five patient sequences in the between-patient study and all seven dogs in the within-patient study reached the upper limit of the dose windows without any increase in toxicity. The MTD of BP-C1 was thus found to be higher than the predefined cumulative dose window for both patient groups. In all three scenarios, the RSP design

  5. An assessment of ozone levels, UV radiation and their occupational health hazard estimation during photocopying operation

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    Highlights: • First quantitative report of ozone level and UV radiation emission from photocopier. • Ozone production is directly proportional with intensity of photocopy operation. • Ozone level from ground floor is significantly higher than basement photocopier. • Ozone production and UV radiation studied has less correlation during photocopy. • Health hazard issue has been evaluated for effect of UV radiation in terms of SED. - Abstract: This study investigates the levels of ozone concentration along with an ultraviolet (UV) and visible spectral radiation at eight photocopy centers in an academic institute, Delhi. Sampling was done in two types of locations, i.e., basement photocopy centers (BPC) and ground floor photocopy centers (GPC) for 8 h. Measurements of levels of ozone, UV and visible radiation were done by ozone analyzer, UV radiometer and Field spectra instrument, respectively. Results show that the hourly mean concentration of ozone was observed to be in the range of 1.8–10.0 ppb and 5.3–45.8 ppb for BPC and GPC, respectively. In terms UV radiations, energy lies between 5.0 × 10−3 and 7.0 × 10−3 mW/cm2 for ultraviolet A (UVA), 1.0 × 10−3 and 2.0 × 10−3 mW/cm2 for ultraviolet B (UVB) and 6.0 × 10−3 and 8.0 × 10−3 mW/cm2 for ultraviolet C (UVC). Correlation between the UV radiations and ozone production observed was statistically insignificant. To know the health hazard occurred to the workers, the standard erythema dose (SED) value was calculated for emitting UV radiation. The SED was estimated to be in the range of 0.02–0.04 and 0.02–0.32 for direct and indirect methods which is less than the guideline prescribed by Commission Internationale del’ Eclairage (CIE). In nutshell, person involved in photocopy operation for their livelihood must be trained and should have knowledge for the long term gradual build up health problems due to ozone and UV production from photocopier. The manufactures should be ultimated

  6. An assessment of ozone levels, UV radiation and their occupational health hazard estimation during photocopying operation

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    Singh, Bhupendra Pratap, E-mail: bpsingh0783@gmail.com; Kumar, Amit; Singh, Deepak; Punia, Monika; Kumar, Krishan; Jain, Vinod Kumar

    2014-06-30

    Highlights: • First quantitative report of ozone level and UV radiation emission from photocopier. • Ozone production is directly proportional with intensity of photocopy operation. • Ozone level from ground floor is significantly higher than basement photocopier. • Ozone production and UV radiation studied has less correlation during photocopy. • Health hazard issue has been evaluated for effect of UV radiation in terms of SED. - Abstract: This study investigates the levels of ozone concentration along with an ultraviolet (UV) and visible spectral radiation at eight photocopy centers in an academic institute, Delhi. Sampling was done in two types of locations, i.e., basement photocopy centers (BPC) and ground floor photocopy centers (GPC) for 8 h. Measurements of levels of ozone, UV and visible radiation were done by ozone analyzer, UV radiometer and Field spectra instrument, respectively. Results show that the hourly mean concentration of ozone was observed to be in the range of 1.8–10.0 ppb and 5.3–45.8 ppb for BPC and GPC, respectively. In terms UV radiations, energy lies between 5.0 × 10{sup −3} and 7.0 × 10{sup −3} mW/cm{sup 2} for ultraviolet A (UVA), 1.0 × 10{sup −3} and 2.0 × 10{sup −3} mW/cm{sup 2} for ultraviolet B (UVB) and 6.0 × 10{sup −3} and 8.0 × 10{sup −3} mW/cm{sup 2} for ultraviolet C (UVC). Correlation between the UV radiations and ozone production observed was statistically insignificant. To know the health hazard occurred to the workers, the standard erythema dose (SED) value was calculated for emitting UV radiation. The SED was estimated to be in the range of 0.02–0.04 and 0.02–0.32 for direct and indirect methods which is less than the guideline prescribed by Commission Internationale del’ Eclairage (CIE). In nutshell, person involved in photocopy operation for their livelihood must be trained and should have knowledge for the long term gradual build up health problems due to ozone and UV production from

  7. Phytoremediation of Indoor Air: NASA, Bill Wolverton, and the Development of an Industry

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    Stutte, Gary W.

    2012-01-01

    It was during this period of the early 1970's and 1980's when the issues associated with Sick Building Syndrome were gaining attention that the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) became an unlikely leader in identifying biological solutions to the problem of poor indoor air quality. NASA had been supporting work using biological systems for atmospheric regeneration since the 1950's, with the emphasis on using photosynthetic systems for the removal of carbon dioxide and regeneration of oxygen as part of a life support system. The then Soviet Union was conducting tests using algae systems in the BIO-1 program (1964-1968) to regenerate the air at the Siberian Branch of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Krasnoyarsk (Later renamed the Institute of Biophysics). These tests were expanded to include the use of higher plants in the BIOS-2 testing in the 1970's, and humans during BIO-3 in the 1980'SI3. Within NASA, large scale testing of bioregenerative life support systems was conducted in the Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida as part of the Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) Breadboard project.

  8. Autism spectrum conditions in individuals with Möbius sequence, CHARGE syndrome and oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum: diagnostic aspects.

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    Johansson, Maria; Gillberg, Christopher; Råstam, Maria

    2010-01-01

    As part of multidisciplinary surveys of three Behavioural Phenotype Conditions (BPCs); Möbius sequence (Möbius), CHARGE syndrome (CHARGE) and oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAV), autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) was diagnosed in 45%, 68% and 42% of the individuals, respectively. Diagnostic difficulties due to additional dysfunctions such as mental retardation (MR), impaired vision, reduced hearing and cranial nerve dysfunction, were experienced in all three BPC groups. The applicability of current autism diagnostic instruments, such as the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R), the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and the Autistic Behaviour Checklist (ABC), in individuals with ASCs and Möbius/CHARGE/OAV was analysed. Use of an extensive battery of diagnostic instruments, including both observational schedules and parent interviews, and, if possible, independent judgements from two clinicians, is essential in the diagnostics of ASCs in these individuals. Further, in individuals who are deaf and blind the applicability of current autism diagnostic instruments is highly questionable. PMID:19709852

  9. Hybrid biofilm-membrane bioreactor (Bf-MBR) for minimization of bulk liquid-phase organic substances and its positive effect on membrane permeability.

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    Sun, F Y; Li, P; Li, J; Li, H J; Ou, Q M; Sun, T T; Dong, Z J

    2015-12-01

    Four biofilm membrane bioreactors (Bf-MBRs) with various fixed carrier volumes (C:M) were operated in parallel to investigate the effect of attached-growth mode biomass involvement to the change of liquid-phase organics characteristics and membrane permeability, by comparing with conventional MBR. The experiments displayed that C:M and co-existence of biofilm with suspended solids in Bf-MBRs resulted in slight difference in pollutants removal effectiveness, and in rather distinct biomass properties and bacterial activities. The membrane permeability and specific resistance of bulk suspension of Bf-MBRs related closely with the liquid-phase organic substance, including soluble microbial products (SMP) and biopolymer cluster (BPC). Compared with conventional MBR, Bf-MBR with proper C:M had a low total biomass content and food-chain, where biofilm formation and its dominance affected liquid-phase organics, especially through reducing their content and minimizing strongly and weakly hydrophobic components with small molecular weight, and thus to mitigate membrane fouling significantly. PMID:26454042

  10. Green Development Performance in China: A Metafrontier Non-Radial Approach

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    Ke Li

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a green development growth index (GDGI for measuring the changes in sustainable development over time. This index considers a wide range of pollutants, and allows for the incorporation of group heterogeneity and non-radial slack in the conventional green development index. The GDGI is calculated based on a non-radial directional distance function derived by several data envelopment analysis (DEA models, and was decomposed into an efficiency change (EC index, a best-practice gap change (BPC index and a technology gap change (TGC index. The proposed indices are employed to measure green development performance in 30 provinces in China from 2000 to 2012. The empirical results show that China has a low level of green development, with a 2.58% increase per year driven by an innovation effect. China’s green development is mainly led by the eastern region, and the technology gaps between the eastern region and the other two regions (the central and western regions have become wider over the years. The group innovative provinces have set a target for resource utilization of non-innovative provinces in order to catch-up with the corresponding groups, while the metafrontier innovative provinces provide targets for the technology levels of other provinces to improve their green development performance.

  11. Integration of waste processing and biomass production systems as part of the KSC Breadboard project.

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    Garland, J L; Mackowiak, C L; Strayer, R F; Finger, B W

    1997-01-01

    After initial emphasis on large-scale baseline crop tests, the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Breadboard project has begun to evaluate long-term operation of the biomass production system with increasing material closure. Our goal is to define the minimum biological processing necessary to make waste streams compatible with plant growth in hydroponic systems, thereby recycling nutrients into plant biomass and recovering water via atmospheric condensate. Initial small and intermediate-scale studies focused on the recycling of nutrients contained in inedible plant biomass. Studies conducted between 1989-1992 indicated that the majority of nutrients could be rapidly solubilized in water, but the direct use of this crop "leachate" was deleterious to plant growth due to the presence of soluble organic compounds. Subsequent studies at both the intermediate scale and in the large-scale Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) have indicated that aerobic microbiological processing of crop residue prior to incorporation into recirculating hydroponic solutions eliminated any phytotoxic effect, even when the majority of the plant nutrient demand was provided from recycled biomass during long term studies (i.e. up to 418 days). Current and future studies are focused on optimizing biological processing of both plant and human waste streams. PMID:11542556

  12. Natural polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanocomposite based biosensor for detection of antimalarial drug artemisinin

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    The worrisome trend of antimalarial resistance has already highlighted the importance of artemisinin as a potent antimalarial agent. The current investigation aimed at fabricating a biosensor based on natural polymer polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanoparticle composite mounting on an indium-tin oxide glass plate for the analysis of artemisinin. The biosensor was fabricated using an adsorbing horse-radish peroxidase enzyme on the electrode surface for which cyclic voltammetry was used to monitor the electro-catalytic reduction of artemisinin under diffusion controlled conditions. Electrochemical interfacial properties and immobilization of enzyme onto a polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanoparticle film were evaluated, and confirmed by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The differential pulse voltammetric peak current for artemisinin was increased linearly (concentration range of 0.01–0.08 μg mL−1) with sensitivity of 0.26 μA μg mL−1. The greater sensitivity of the fabricated biosensor to artemisinin (optimum limits of detection were 0.0035 μg mL−1 and 0.0036 μg mL−1 in bulk and spiked human serum, respectively) could be of much aid in medical diagnosis. - Highlights: • Extraction of PHA from indigenously isolated Pseudomonas aeruginosa BPC2 • Developed PHA/AuNPs/HRP/ITO based biosensor without the use of chemical cross linker • Detection of antimalarial drug artemisinin using the nanocomposite based biosensor

  13. Field tests of stress measurement techniques in rock salt

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    Three underground field tests were performed in southeastern New Mexico as part of the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Research and Development Program. These tests, one in potash-rich halite and two in relatively pure halite (rock salt), investigated the feasibility of using borehole inclusion stressmeters to measure in situ stress and stress changes in salt. The tests provided a comparison of inclusion stressmeters and demonstrated various qualities of gage response, including time-dependent characteristics, repeatability, and the effects of preload. Three gage types comprising five gages were used: (1) the strain-gaged stressmeter (SGS); (2) two US Bureau of Mines (USBM) hydraulic pressure cells called the borehole pressure cell (BPC) and the cylindrical pressure cell (CPC); and (3) two development pressure cells called the USBMX and the Sandia Pressure Cell (SPC). Gage response has been reasonably consistent. However, further study is required of the correlations between gage types and between gage output and the in situ state of stress. 13 references, 16 figures, 2 tables

  14. Hydrogel membrane electrolyte for electrochemical capacitors

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    S Sampath; N A Choudhury; A K Shukla

    2009-09-01

    Polymer electrolytes are known to possess excellent physicochemical properties that are very useful for electrochemical energy systems. The mobility in polymer electrolytes is understood to be mainly due to the segmental motion of polymer chains and the ion transport is generally restricted to the amorphous phase of the polymer. Gel polymer electrolytes (GPE) that are formed using plastizicers and polymers along with ionic salts are known to exhibit liquid-like ionic conductivity while maintaining the dimensional stability of a solid matrix. In the present study, the preparation and characterization of poly(vinyl alcohol)-based hydrogel membranes (PHMEs) as electrolytes for electrochemical capacitors have been reported. Varying HClO4 dopant concentration leads to different characteristics of the capacitors. The EC comprising PHME doped with 2 M HClO4 and black pearl carbon (BPC) electrodes has been found to exhibit a maximum specific capacitance value of 97 F g-1, a phase angle value of 78°, and a maximum charge-discharge coulombic efficiency of 88%.

  15. Slingshot mechanism in Orion: Kinematic evidence for ejection of protostars by filaments

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    Stutz, Amelia M.; Gould, Andrew

    2016-05-01

    By comparing three constituents of Orion A (gas, protostars, and pre-main-sequence stars), both morphologically and kinematically, we derive the following conclusions. The gas surface density near the integral-shaped filament (ISF) is very well represented by a power law, Σ(b) = 37 M⊙ pc-2(b/pc)-5/8, for the entire range to which we are sensitive, 0.05 pc Orion A and B into stars in discrete episodes. We construct a simple, circularly symmetric gas density profile ρ(r) = 17 M⊙ pc-3(r/pc)-13/8 consistent with the two-dimensional data. The model implies that the observed magnetic fields in this region are subcritical on spatial scales of the observed undulations, suggesting that the transverse waves propagating through the filament are magnetically induced. Because the magnetic fields are supercritical on scales of the filament as a whole (as traced by the power law), the system as a whole is relatively stable and long lived. Protostellar "ejection" (i.e., the slingshot) occurs because the gas accelerates away from the protostars, not the other way around. The model also implies that the ISF is kinematically young, which is consistent with several other lines of evidence. In contrast to the ISF, the southern filament (L1641) has a broken power law, which matches the ISF profile for 2.5 pc < b < 8.5 pc, but is shallower closer in. L1641 is kinematically older than the ISF.

  16. Measurement of D{sup *{+-}} production at low Q{sup 2} with the beam-pipe calorimeter of ZEUS at HERA

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    Irrgang, P.

    2004-12-01

    The production of D* mesons in deep-inelastic ep-scattering has been studied using the ZEUS detector at HERA. The total D* production cross-section and the differential cross-sections as functions of Q{sup 2}, y, p{sub t}(D*) and {eta}(D*) have been measured at low Q{sup 2}. The data sample used was collected during the period 1998-2000 and amounts to an integrated luminosity of 82.2 pb{sup -1}. The low Q{sup 2} region could be reached using the beam-pipe calorimeter which measures the scattered electron at very small angles. Therefore special emphasis was put on the calibration of the BPC in order to reconstruct events in the kinematic range 0.05 < Q{sup 2} < 0.7 GeV{sup 2} and 0.02 < y < 0.85. The D* mesons have been identified via the decay into lighter mesons D{sup *}+{yields}K{sup -}{pi}{sup +}{pi}{sup -} and the charged conjugated decay in the kinematic region 1.5

  17. Stable phantoms for characterization of photoacoustic tomography (PAT) systems

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    Bohndiek, Sarah E.; Van de Sompel, Dominique; Bodapati, Sandhya; Kothapalli, Sri Rajasekhar; Gambhir, Sanjiv S.

    2013-02-01

    Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is an emerging modality that combines the high contrast of optical imaging, with the spatial resolution and penetration depth of ultrasound, by exploiting the photoacoustic effect. As with any new imaging modality, reliable physical phantoms are needed to: calibrate instruments; validate performance; optimize signal-to-noise; perform routine quality control; and compare systems. Phantom materials for testing small animal PAT systems should also mimic both the optical and acoustic properties of soft tissue, while for calibration purposes should be resistant to degradation over long time periods. We show here that polyvinyl chloride plastisol (PVCP) phantoms enable calibration and performance validation using two PAT systems with distinct designs (Visualsonics Vevo LAZR and Endra Nexus 128) across a wavelength range of 680 nm - 950 nm. Inclusions between 2 and 3.2 mm in diameter were fabricated from PVCP using a range of dye concentrations (0 % to 0.256 % Black Plastic Color, BPC) in a custom mold. A calibration phantom was imaged repeatedly on both systems, over time scales of minutes, hours and days, to assess system stability. Both systems demonstrated good reproducibility over time, with the coefficient of variation in the measured signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) being less than 15% over the course of 30 days. Imaging performance was optimized by plotting SNR as a function of different system parameters. The visualization of objects embedded in optically absorbing and scattering backgrounds was also assessed. PVCP is easy to work with and provides stable phantoms for assessing PAT system performance.

  18. Controlling ferrofluid permeability across the blood–brain barrier model

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    In the present study, an in vitro blood–brain barrier model was developed using murine brain endothelioma cells (b.End3 cells). Confirmation of the blood–brain barrier model was completed by examining the permeability of FITC-Dextran at increasing exposure times up to 96 h in serum-free medium and comparing such values with values from the literature. After such confirmation, the permeability of five novel ferrofluid (FF) nanoparticle samples, GGB (ferrofluids synthesized using glycine, glutamic acid and BSA), GGC (glycine, glutamic acid and collagen), GGP (glycine, glutamic acid and PVA), BPC (BSA, PEG and collagen) and CPB (collagen, PVA and BSA), was determined using this blood–brain barrier model. All of the five FF samples were characterized by zeta potential to determine their charge as well as TEM and dynamic light scattering for determining their hydrodynamic diameter. Results showed that FF coated with collagen passed more easily through the blood–brain barrier than FF coated with glycine and glutamic acid based on an increase of 4.5% in permeability. Through such experiments, diverse magnetic nanomaterials (such as FF) were identified for: (1) MRI use since they were less permeable to penetrate the blood–brain barrier to avoid neural tissue toxicity (e.g. GGB) or (2) brain drug delivery since they were more permeable to the blood–brain barrier (e.g. CPB). (paper)

  19. Break preclusion: an overview

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    This paper is the result of an attempt to understand the frequently referred terms 'Break Preclusion' (BP) and 'Leak Before Break' (LBB) criteria in the safety literature and available relevant information on internet. Break Preclusion means exclusion of assumption of double ended guillotine rupture of pipelines and instead assuming leak before break which allows to use a reliable system for leak detection signal to shutdown the reactor before the pipe rupture occurs. In other words it means discovery of leak before fracture may occur in service. Pressure vessels and Piping of main steam lines are the areas of application of LBB. Early detection of leak enables shutdown of the reactor of the nuclear power plant. The information used for review are based on abstracts and/or concise form of papers available on internet. As early as in 1982 preclusion of double ended circumferential rupture of the main coolant line was attempted. Break preclusion concept, BPC and LBB both are based on high level knowledge of fracture mechanics. (author)

  20. A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies to identify prostate cancer susceptibility loci associated with aggressive and non-aggressive disease

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    Amin Al Olama, Ali; Kote-Jarai, Zsofia; Schumacher, Fredrick R.; Wiklund, Fredrik; Berndt, Sonja I.; Benlloch, Sara; Giles, Graham G.; Severi, Gianluca; Neal, David E.; Hamdy, Freddie C.; Donovan, Jenny L.; Hunter, David J.; Henderson, Brian E.; Thun, Michael J.; Gaziano, Michael; Giovannucci, Edward L.; Siddiq, Afshan; Travis, Ruth C.; Cox, David G.; Canzian, Federico; Riboli, Elio; Key, Timothy J.; Andriole, Gerald; Albanes, Demetrius; Hayes, Richard B.; Schleutker, Johanna; Auvinen, Anssi; Tammela, Teuvo L.J.; Weischer, Maren; Stanford, Janet L.; Ostrander, Elaine A.; Cybulski, Cezary; Lubinski, Jan; Thibodeau, Stephen N.; Schaid, Daniel J.; Sorensen, Karina D.; Batra, Jyotsna; Clements, Judith A.; Chambers, Suzanne; Aitken, Joanne; Gardiner, Robert A.; Maier, Christiane; Vogel, Walther; Dörk, Thilo; Brenner, Hermann; Habuchi, Tomonori; Ingles, Sue; John, Esther M.; Dickinson, Joanne L.; Cannon-Albright, Lisa; Teixeira, Manuel R.; Kaneva, Radka; Zhang, Hong-Wei; Lu, Yong-Jie; Park, Jong Y.; Cooney, Kathleen A.; Muir, Kenneth R.; Leongamornlert, Daniel A.; Saunders, Edward; Tymrakiewicz, Malgorzata; Mahmud, Nadiya; Guy, Michelle; Govindasami, Koveela; O'Brien, Lynne T.; Wilkinson, Rosemary A.; Hall, Amanda L.; Sawyer, Emma J.; Dadaev, Tokhir; Morrison, Jonathan; Dearnaley, David P.; Horwich, Alan; Huddart, Robert A.; Khoo, Vincent S.; Parker, Christopher C.; Van As, Nicholas; Woodhouse, Christopher J.; Thompson, Alan; Dudderidge, Tim; Ogden, Chris; Cooper, Colin S.; Lophatonanon, Artitaya; Southey, Melissa C.; Hopper, John L.; English, Dallas; Virtamo, Jarmo; Le Marchand, Loic; Campa, Daniele; Kaaks, Rudolf; Lindstrom, Sara; Diver, W. Ryan; Gapstur, Susan; Yeager, Meredith; Cox, Angela; Stern, Mariana C.; Corral, Roman; Aly, Markus; Isaacs, William; Adolfsson, Jan; Xu, Jianfeng; Zheng, S. Lilly; Wahlfors, Tiina; Taari, Kimmo; Kujala, Paula; Klarskov, Peter; Nordestgaard, Børge G.; Røder, M. Andreas; Frikke-Schmidt, Ruth; Bojesen, Stig E.; FitzGerald, Liesel M.; Kolb, Suzanne; Kwon, Erika M.; Karyadi, Danielle M.; Orntoft, Torben Falck; Borre, Michael; Rinckleb, Antje; Luedeke, Manuel; Herkommer, Kathleen; Meyer, Andreas; Serth, Jürgen; Marthick, James R.; Patterson, Briony; Wokolorczyk, Dominika; Spurdle, Amanda; Lose, Felicity; McDonnell, Shannon K.; Joshi, Amit D.; Shahabi, Ahva; Pinto, Pedro; Santos, Joana; Ray, Ana; Sellers, Thomas A.; Lin, Hui-Yi; Stephenson, Robert A.; Teerlink, Craig; Muller, Heiko; Rothenbacher, Dietrich; Tsuchiya, Norihiko; Narita, Shintaro; Cao, Guang-Wen; Slavov, Chavdar; Mitev, Vanio; Chanock, Stephen; Gronberg, Henrik; Haiman, Christopher A.; Kraft, Peter; Easton, Douglas F.; Eeles, Rosalind A.

    2013-01-01

    Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified multiple common genetic variants associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer (PrCa), but these explain less than one-third of the heritability. To identify further susceptibility alleles, we conducted a meta-analysis of four GWAS including 5953 cases of aggressive PrCa and 11 463 controls (men without PrCa). We computed association tests for approximately 2.6 million SNPs and followed up the most significant SNPs by genotyping 49 121 samples in 29 studies through the international PRACTICAL and BPC3 consortia. We not only confirmed the association of a PrCa susceptibility locus, rs11672691 on chromosome 19, but also showed an association with aggressive PrCa [odds ratio = 1.12 (95% confidence interval 1.03–1.21), P = 1.4 × 10−8]. This report describes a genetic variant which is associated with aggressive PrCa, which is a type of PrCa associated with a poorer prognosis. PMID:23065704

  1. Synthetic Cyclolipopeptides Selective against Microbial, Plant and Animal Cell Targets by Incorporation of D-Amino Acids or Histidine

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    Vilà, Sílvia; Badosa, Esther; Montesinos, Emilio; Planas, Marta; Feliu, Lidia

    2016-01-01

    Cyclolipopeptides derived from the antimicrobial peptide c(Lys-Lys-Leu-Lys-Lys-Phe-Lys-Lys-Leu-Gln) (BPC194) were prepared on solid-phase and screened against four plant pathogens. The incorporation at Lys5 of fatty acids of 4 to 9 carbon atoms led to active cyclolipopeptides. The influence on the antimicrobial activity of the Lys residue that is derivatized was also evaluated. In general, acylation of Lys1, Lys2 or Lys5 rendered the sequences with the highest activity. Incorporation of a D-amino acid maintained the antimicrobial activity while significantly reduced the hemolysis. Replacement of Phe with a His also yielded cyclolipopeptides with low hemolytic activity. Derivatives exhibiting low phytotoxicity in tobacco leaves were also found. Interestingly, sequences with or without significant activity against phytopathogenic bacteria and fungi, but with differential hemolysis and phytotoxicity were identified. Therefore, this study represents an approach to the development of bioactive peptides with selective activity against microbial, plant and animal cell targets. These selective cyclolipopeptides are candidates useful not only to combat plant pathogens but also to be applied in other fields. PMID:27008420

  2. Top-Down Visual Saliency Detection in Optical Satellite Images Based on Local Adaptive Regression Kernel

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    Xiaoguang Cui

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel top-down visual saliency detection method for optical satellite images using local adaptive regression kernels. This method provides a saliency map by measuring the likeness of image patches to a given single template image. The local adaptive regression kernel (LARK is used as a descriptor to extract feature and compare against analogous feature from the target image. A multi-scale pyramid of the target image is constructed to cope with large-scale variations. In addition, accounting for rotation variations, the histogram of kernel orientation is employed to estimate the rotation angle of image patch, and then comparison is performed after rotating the patch by the estimated angle. Moreover, we use the bounded partial correlation (BPC to compare features between image patches and the template so as to rapidly generate the saliency map. Experiments were performed in optical satellite images to find airplanes, and experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method is effective and robust in complex scenes.

  3. Controlling ferrofluid permeability across the blood–brain barrier model.

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    Shi, Di; Sun, Linlin; Mi, Gujie; Sheikh, Lubna; Bhattacharya, Soumya; Nayar, Suprabha; Webster, Thomas J

    2014-02-21

    In the present study, an in vitro blood–brain barrier model was developed using murine brain endothelioma cells (b.End3 cells). Confirmation of the blood–brain barrier model was completed by examining the permeability of FITCDextran at increasing exposure times up to 96 h in serum-free medium and comparing such values with values from the literature. After such confirmation, the permeability of five novel ferrofluid (FF) nanoparticle samples, GGB (ferrofluids synthesized using glycine, glutamic acid and BSA), GGC (glycine, glutamic acid and collagen), GGP (glycine, glutamic acid and PVA), BPC (BSA, PEG and collagen) and CPB (collagen, PVA and BSA), was determined using this blood–brain barrier model. All of the five FF samples were characterized by zeta potential to determine their charge as well as TEM and dynamic light scattering for determining their hydrodynamic diameter. Results showed that FF coated with collagen passed more easily through the blood–brain barrier than FF coated with glycine and glutamic acid based on an increase of 4.5% in permeability. Through such experiments, diverse magnetic nanomaterials (such as FF) were identified for: (1) MRI use since they were less permeable to penetrate the blood–brain barrier to avoid neural tissue toxicity (e.g. GGB) or (2) brain drug delivery since they were more permeable to the blood–brain barrier (e.g. CPB). PMID:24457539

  4. Balancing Study and Paid Work: The Experiences of Construction Undergraduates in an Australian University

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    Helen Lingard

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available A questionnaire survey was undertaken among third year studentsenrolled in the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Property andConstruction (BPC programme. The survey explored students’experiences in balancing paid work with study. Hours spent in paidemployment were at least as long and, in many cases, were inexcess of hours spent at university. While work was not perceivedby students to pose a difficulty for attending lectures and tutorials,students indicated that their paid work made it difficult for them toengage in independent learning activities, such as using libraryresources or preparing for classes by reading beforehand. Twoscales, previously used in other countries to measure students’burnout and engagement, were tested. Both scales were foundto be valid and reliable in that the factorial structures foundin previous studies were confirmed and acceptable internalconsistency reliability coefficients were generated for each of thescales’ component factors. This opens the way for more in-depthmultivariate analysis to determine the linkages between workhours, work-study conflict and students’ burnout or engagementwith university life.

  5. Response of soybean rhizosphere communities to human hygiene water addition as determined by community level physiological profiling (CLPP) and terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (TRFLP) analysis

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    Kerkhof, L.; Santoro, M.; Garland, J.

    2000-01-01

    In this report, we describe an experiment conducted at Kennedy Space Center in the biomass production chamber (BPC) using soybean plants for purification and processing of human hygiene water. Specifically, we tested whether it was possible to detect changes in the root-associated bacterial assemblage of the plants and ultimately to identify the specific microorganism(s) which differed when plants were exposed to hygiene water and other hydroponic media. Plants were grown in hydroponics media corresponding to four different treatments: control (Hoagland's solution), artificial gray water (Hoagland's+surfactant), filtered gray water collected from human subjects on site, and unfiltered gray water. Differences in rhizosphere microbial populations in all experimental treatments were observed when compared to the control treatment using both community level physiological profiles (BIOLOG) and molecular fingerprinting of 16S rRNA genes by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis (TRFLP). Furthermore, screening of a clonal library of 16S rRNA genes by TRFLP yielded nearly full length SSU genes associated with the various treatments. Most 16S rRNA genes were affiliated with the Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Variovorax, Burkholderia, Bordetella and Isosphaera groups. This molecular approach demonstrated the ability to rapidly detect and identify microorganisms unique to experimental treatments and provides a means to fingerprint microbial communities in the biosystems being developed at NASA for optimizing advanced life support operations.

  6. Ecological literacy through critical/place-based pedagogy in the environmental studies program at a small liberal arts college

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    Beeman-Cadwallader, Nicole

    In 2007 Pioneer High School, a public school in Whittier, California changed the sequence of its science courses from the Traditional Biology-Chemistry-Physics (B-C-P) to Biology-Physics-Chemistry (B-P-C), or "Physics Second." The California Standards Tests (CSTs) scores in Physics and Chemistry from 2004-2012 were used to determine if there were any effects of the Physics Second sequencing on student achievement in those courses. The data was also used to determine whether the Physics Second sequence had an effect on performance in Physics and Chemistry based on gender. Independent t tests and chi-square analysis of the data determined an improvement in student performance in Chemistry but not Physics. The 2x2 Factorial ANOVA analysis revealed that in Physics male students performed better on the CSTs than their female peers. In Chemistry, it was noted that male and female students performed equally well. Neither finding was a result ofthe change to the "Physics Second" sequencing.

  7. Natural polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanocomposite based biosensor for detection of antimalarial drug artemisinin

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    Phukon, Pinkee [Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University, Tezpur 784028, Assam (India); Radhapyari, Keisham [Analytical Chemistry Division, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat 785006, Assam (India); Konwar, Bolin Kumar [Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University, Tezpur 784028, Assam (India); Nagaland University (Central), Lumami, Zunheboto, Nagaland 798627 (India); Khan, Raju, E-mail: khan.raju@gmail.com [Analytical Chemistry Division, CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat 785006, Assam (India)

    2014-04-01

    The worrisome trend of antimalarial resistance has already highlighted the importance of artemisinin as a potent antimalarial agent. The current investigation aimed at fabricating a biosensor based on natural polymer polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanoparticle composite mounting on an indium-tin oxide glass plate for the analysis of artemisinin. The biosensor was fabricated using an adsorbing horse-radish peroxidase enzyme on the electrode surface for which cyclic voltammetry was used to monitor the electro-catalytic reduction of artemisinin under diffusion controlled conditions. Electrochemical interfacial properties and immobilization of enzyme onto a polyhydroxyalkanoate–gold nanoparticle film were evaluated, and confirmed by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The differential pulse voltammetric peak current for artemisinin was increased linearly (concentration range of 0.01–0.08 μg mL{sup −1}) with sensitivity of 0.26 μA μg mL{sup −1}. The greater sensitivity of the fabricated biosensor to artemisinin (optimum limits of detection were 0.0035 μg mL{sup −1} and 0.0036 μg mL{sup −1} in bulk and spiked human serum, respectively) could be of much aid in medical diagnosis. - Highlights: • Extraction of PHA from indigenously isolated Pseudomonas aeruginosa BPC2 • Developed PHA/AuNPs/HRP/ITO based biosensor without the use of chemical cross linker • Detection of antimalarial drug artemisinin using the nanocomposite based biosensor.

  8. Challenges to implementing of development plans at local-level government in Papua New Guinea

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    Benjamin Saimbel Barcson

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The 1995 local-level government reforms undertaken in Papua New Guinea (PNG were largely in response to increasing concern that the public service was failing in its responsibility towards the people.  As a result, the 1995 Organic Law on Provincial and Local Governments (OLPLLG was established.  The prime purpose of this was to address this issue through deeper engagement of the lower levels of government, particularly local-level governments (LLGs. Almost two decades on, poor socio-economic conditions and deterioration in infrastructure/services suggest that the proposed change has not materialised.  The purpose of this paper is to address the question of whether the lower tiers of government are capable of implementing the development plans under the reforms.  The paper finds that the 1995 reforms have made LLGs dependent upon their Joint District Planning and Budget Priorities Committee (JDP & BPC and their district administration, which have become the main impediment to local government effectiveness.  This in turn has greatly hindered LLG capacity and has reinforced unequal relations, rather than assisting service delivery in PNG.  There is therefore a need to make LLGs more effective players.

  9. Um estudo sobre o perfil dos empregados com deficiência em uma organização A study on the profile of disabled employees in an organization

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    Ana Cristina Cypriano Pereira

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Baseado na premissa de que todo processo inclusivo, seja este educacional, social ou laboral, precisa partir de uma apropriação do contexto sociocultural dos diferentes atores envolvidos - no caso desta pesquisa: empregadores, pessoas com deficiência e empresa, o presente estudo tem como objetivo identificar o perfil dos empregados com deficiência em uma organização de grande porte do ramo da alimentação. Procuramos discutir o contexto social no qual os trabalhadores com deficiência estão inseridos através de um recorte quantitativo dos resultados de uma pesquisa desenvolvida sobre o processo de inclusão em uma organização. O estudo foi desenvolvido por meio dos documentos disponibilizados pela empresa, bem como de documentos nacionais. Os resultados revelam uma cartografia das pessoas com deficiência inseridas na organização através de informações sobre escolaridade, idade, salário, funções e tipos de deficiência, comparando-os aos dados nacionais disponíveis sobre as pessoas com deficiência. Por fim, discutimos alguns resultados obtidos com o estudo. Em que pese a importância das políticas públicas, propomos uma reflexão acerca de mecanismos como o Benefício da Prestação Continuada (BPC, para o favorecimento desta relação entre trabalho e deficiência. Entendemos, finalmente, que é urgente educar e qualificar as pessoas com deficiência, mas não é suficiente, pois também são necessárias ações estruturantes da sociedade para o sucesso do processo de inclusão.based on the premise that all inclusive processes, be they educational, social or occupational, require an appropriation of the sociocultural context of the different actors involved - in the case of this research: employers, disabled people and company, the aim of this study is to identify the profile of employees with disabilities in a large food industry company. We attempted to discuss the social context in which workers with disabilities are

  10. Synthesis and structural evaluation of five coordination complexes of benzenepentacarboxylic acid with aza-donor ligands

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    Shimpi, Manishkumar R.; Biswas, Sharmita Nandy; Sarkar, Sohini; Pedireddi, V. R.

    2016-06-01

    Synthesis and structural features of five new coordination assemblies, [Co(bpyH)(H2O)5](BPCH)·(bpyH2)0.5·(H2O) (1a), [{Cu(H2O)3}·{Cu0.5(bpy)0.5(H2O)0.5}2(μ-BPCH)] (1b), [{Cd0.5(BPCH)}2·{Cd0.5(bpy)(H2O)2}2]·6(H2O) (1c), [Cu(BPCH2)(bpyeaH)]·2(H2O) (1d) and [Cd2 (bpyea)0.5(oxalate)0.5(μ-BPC) (H2O)]·(bpyeaH2)·2(H2O) (1e), have been reported. All the assemblies were prepared by co-crystallization of benzenepentacarboxylic acid (BPCH5) either with 4,4‧-bipyridine (bpy) or 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane (bpyea) in the presence of a transition metal ion (either Co(II), Cu(II) or Cd(II)) as the case may be. All the five compounds were synthesized by hydrothermal method and structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. All the obtained compounds, 1a-1e, exhibit distinct 3-D polymeric architectures either in the form of stacked layers or host-guest networks in which water molecules play a pivotal role providing additional stabilization by coordinate bonds as well as hydrogen bonds. Other non-covalent interactions such as C-H … π and π … π stacking also participate in the formation of exotic 3-D structures of these complexes.

  11. A Crewed Mission to Apophis Using a Hybrid Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Electric Propulsion (BNTEP) System

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    Mccurdy, David R.; Borowski, Stanley K.; Burke, Laura M.; Packard, Thomas W.

    2014-01-01

    A BNTEP system is a dual propellant, hybrid propulsion concept that utilizes Bimodal Nuclear Thermal Rocket (BNTR) propulsion during high thrust operations, providing 10's of kilo-Newtons of thrust per engine at a high specific impulse (Isp) of 900 s, and an Electric Propulsion (EP) system during low thrust operations at even higher Isp of around 3000 s. Electrical power for the EP system is provided by the BNTR engines in combination with a Brayton Power Conversion (BPC) closed loop system, which can provide electrical power on the order of 100's of kWe. High thrust BNTR operation uses liquid hydrogen (LH2) as reactor coolant propellant expelled out a nozzle, while low thrust EP uses high pressure xenon expelled by an electric grid. By utilizing an optimized combination of low and high thrust propulsion, significant mass savings over a conventional NTR vehicle can be realized. Low thrust mission events, such as midcourse corrections (MCC), tank settling burns, some reaction control system (RCS) burns, and even a small portion at the end of the departure burn can be performed with EP. Crewed and robotic deep space missions to a near Earth asteroid (NEA) are best suited for this hybrid propulsion approach. For these mission scenarios, the Earth return V is typically small enough that EP alone is sufficient. A crewed mission to the NEA Apophis in the year 2028 with an expendable BNTEP transfer vehicle is presented. Assembly operations, launch element masses, and other key characteristics of the vehicle are described. A comparison with a conventional NTR vehicle performing the same mission is also provided. Finally, reusability of the BNTEP transfer vehicle is explored.

  12. Crop production data for bioregenerative life support: Observations from testing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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    Wheeler, R. M.; Mackowiak, C. L.; Stutte, G. W.; Yorio, N. C.; Ruffe, L. M.; Sager, J. C.; Knott, W. M.

    NASA s Biomass Production Chamber BPC at Kennedy Space Center was decommissioned ca 1998 but in the preceding decade several crop tests were conducted that have not been reported in the open literature These included monoculture studies with wheat soybean potato and tomato For each of these studies 20 m 2 of crops were grown in an atmospherically closed chamber 113 m 3 vol using a nutrient film hydroponic technique along with elevated CO 2 1000 or 1200 mu mol mol -1 Canopy light PAR levels ranged from 30 to 85 mol m -2 d -1 depending on the crop and selected photoperiod Total biomass DM productivities reached 40 g m -2 d -1 for wheat 16 g m -2 d -1 for soybean 33 g m -2 d -1 for potato and 20 g m -2 d -1 for tomato Edible biomass DM productivities reached 13 g m -2 d -1 for wheat 6 g m -2 d -1 for soybean 20 g m -2 d -1 for potato and 10 g m -2 d -1 for tomato The highest radiation use efficiencies for biomass were 0 60 g DM mol -1 PAR for wheat 0 50 g mol -1 for soybean 0 95 g mol -1 for potato and 0 51 g mol -1 for tomato The highest radiation use efficiencies for edible biomass were 0 22 g DM mol -1 for wheat 0 18 g mol -1 for soybean 0 58 g mol -1 for potato and 0 25 g mol -1 for tomato Use of transplanting cycles or spacing techniques to reduce open gaps between plants early in growth would have improved productivities and radiation use efficiencies for soybeans potatoes and

  13. A comparative study of dynamic changes in CO2 emission performance of fossil fuel power plants in China and Korea

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    This paper aims to conduct a comparative study of the changes in CO2 emission performance of state-owned fossil fuel power plants between China and Korea. For this purpose, we combine the concept of the metafrontier Malmquist productivity index and the non-radial directional distance function to develop a new index called the non-radial metafrontier Malmquist CO2 emission performance index (NMMCPI). This new methodology allows for the incorporation of technological heterogeneities and slack variables into the previously introduced Malmquist CO2 emission performance index (MCPI). The NMMCPI can be derived by solving several non-radial data envelopment analysis (DEA) models. The NMMCPI can be decomposed into an efficiency change (EC) index, a best-practice gap change (BPC) index, and a technology gap change (TGC) index. By fixing the non-energy inputs, we measure the pure CO2 emission performance change. Based on the proposed indices, the comparative study between Chinese and Korean fossil fuel power industries is conducted for the 2005–2010 period. Empirical results indicate significant differences in terms of various decomposed CO2 emission performance changes between China and Korea. Korean power plants demonstrate improvements in innovation, while Chinese power plants demonstrate a higher ability for technological leadership. Some related policy implications are also proposed based on the empirical results. -- Highlights: •The non-radial metafrontier Malmquist CO2 emission performance index (NMMCPI) is proposed. •It allows for the incorporation of group heterogeneity and non-radial slack. •The changes in CO2 emission performance and its decomposition of fossil fuel power plants in China and Korea are compared

  14. Investigating the performance of neural network backpropagation algorithms for TEC estimations using South African GPS data

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    J. B. Habarulema

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this work, results obtained by investigating the application of different neural network backpropagation training algorithms are presented. This was done to assess the performance accuracy of each training algorithm in total electron content (TEC estimations using identical datasets in models development and verification processes. Investigated training algorithms are standard backpropagation (SBP, backpropagation with weight delay (BPWD, backpropagation with momentum (BPM term, backpropagation with chunkwise weight update (BPC and backpropagation for batch (BPB training. These five algorithms are inbuilt functions within the Stuttgart Neural Network Simulator (SNNS and the main objective was to find out the training algorithm that generates the minimum error between the TEC derived from Global Positioning System (GPS observations and the modelled TEC data. Another investigated algorithm is the MatLab based Levenberg-Marquardt backpropagation (L-MBP, which achieves convergence after the least number of iterations during training. In this paper, neural network (NN models were developed using hourly TEC data (for 8 years: 2000–2007 derived from GPS observations over a receiver station located at Sutherland (SUTH (32.38° S, 20.81° E, South Africa. Verification of the NN models for all algorithms considered was performed on both "seen" and "unseen" data. Hourly TEC values over SUTH for 2003 formed the "seen" dataset. The "unseen" dataset consisted of hourly TEC data for 2002 and 2008 over Cape Town (CPTN (33.95° S, 18.47° E and SUTH, respectively. The models' verification showed that all algorithms investigated provide comparable results statistically, but differ significantly in terms of time required to achieve convergence during input-output data training/learning. This paper therefore provides a guide to neural network users for choosing appropriate algorithms based on the availability of computation capabilities used for research.

  15. Chlor-alkali plant contamination of Aussa River sediments induced a large Hg-resistant bacterial community

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    Baldi, Franco; Marchetto, Davide; Gallo, Michele; Fani, Renato; Maida, Isabel; Covelli, Stefano; Fajon, Vesna; Zizek, Suzana; Hines, Mark; Horvat, Milena

    2012-11-01

    A closed chlor-alkali plant (CAP) discharged Hg for decades into the Aussa River, which flows into Marano Lagoon, resulting in the large-scale pollution of the lagoon. In order to get information on the role of bacteria as mercury detoxifying agents, analyses of anions in the superficial part (0-1 cm) of sediments were conducted at four stations in the Aussa River. In addition, measurements of biopolymeric carbon (BPC) as a sum of the carbon equivalent of proteins (PRT), lipids (LIP), and carbohydrates (CHO) were performed to correlate with bacterial biomass such as the number of aerobic heterotrophic cultivable bacteria and their percentage of Hg-resistant bacteria. All these parameters were used to assess the bioavailable Hg fraction in sediments and the potential detoxification activity of bacteria. In addition, fifteen isolates were characterized by a combination of molecular techniques, which permitted their assignment into six different genera. Four out of fifteen were Gram negative with two strains of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, one Enterobacter sp., and one strain of Brevibacterium frigoritolerans. The remaining strains (11) were Gram positive belonging to the genera Bacillus and Staphylococcus. We found merA genes in only a few isolates. Mercury volatilization from added HgCl2 and the presence of plasmids with the merA gene were also used to confirm Hg reductase activity. We found the highest number of aerobic heterotrophic Hg-resistant bacteria (one order magnitude higher) and the highest number of Hg-resistant species (11 species out of 15) at the confluence of the River Aussa and Banduzzi's channel, which transport Hg from the CAP, suggesting that Hg is strongly detoxified [reduced to Hg(0)] at this location.

  16. Automated pH Control of Nutrient Solution in a Hydroponic Plant Growth System

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    Smith, B.; Dogan, N.; Aglan, H.; Mortley, D.; Loretan, P.

    1998-01-01

    Over, the years, NASA has played an important role in providing to and the development of automated nutrient delivery and monitoring, systems for growing crops hydroponically for long term space missions. One example are the systems used in the Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The current KSC monitoring system is based on an engineering workstation using standard analog/digital input/output hardware and custom written software. The monitoring system uses completely separate sensors to provide a check of control sensor accuracy and has the ability to graphically display and store data form past experiment so that they are available for data analysis [Fortson, 1992]. In many cases, growing systems have not been fitted with the kind of automated control systems as used at KSC. The Center for Food and Environmental Systems for Human Exploration of Space (CFESH) located on the campus of Tuskegee University, has effectively grown sweetpotatoes and peanuts hydroponically for the past five years. However they have adjusted the pH electrical conductivity and volume of the hydroponic nutrient solution only manually at times when the solution was to be replenished or changed out according to its protocol (e.g. one-week, two-week, or two-day cycle). But the pH of the nutrient solution flowing through the channel is neither known nor controlled between the update, change out, or replenishment period. Thus, the pH of the nutrient solution is not held at an optimum level over the span of the plant's growth cycle. To solve this dilemma, an automated system for the control and data logging of pH data relative to sweetpotato production using the nutrient film technique (NFT) has been developed, This paper discusses a microprocessor-based system, which was designed to monitor, control, and record the pH of a nutrient solution used for growing sweetpotatoes using NFT.

  17. Loss of DDB1 Leads to Transcriptional p53 Pathway Activation in Proliferating Cells, Cell Cycle Deregulation, and Apoptosis in Zebrafish Embryos

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    Hu, Zhilian; Holzschuh, Jochen; Driever, Wolfgang

    2015-01-01

    DNA damage-binding protein 1 (DDB1) is a large subunit of the heterodimeric DDB complex that recognizes DNA lesions and initiates the nucleotide excision repair process. DDB1 is also a component of the CUL4 E3 ligase complex involved in a broad spectrum of cellular processes by targeted ubiquitination of key regulators. Functions of DDB1 in development have been addressed in several model organisms, however, are not fully understood so far. Here we report an ENU induced mutant ddb1 allele (ddb1m863) identified in zebrafish (Danio rerio), and analyze its effects on development. Zebrafish ddb1 is expressed broadly, both maternally and zygotically, with enhanced expression in proliferation zones. The (ddb1m863 mutant allele affects the splice acceptor site of exon 20, causing a splicing defect that results in truncation of the 1140 amino acid protein after residue 800, lacking part of the β-propeller domain BPC and the C-terminal helical domain CTD. ddb1m863 zygotic mutant embryos have a pleiotropic phenotype, including smaller and abnormally shaped brain, head skeleton, eyes, jaw, and branchial arches, as well as reduced dopaminergic neuron groups. However, early forming tissues develop normally in zygotic ddb1m863 mutant embryos, which may be due to maternal rescue. In ddb1m863 mutant embryos, pcna-expressing proliferating cell populations were reduced, concurrent with increased apoptosis. We also observed a concomitant strong up-regulation of transcripts of the tumor suppressor p53 (tp53) and the cell cycle inhibitor cdkn1a (p21a/bCIP1/WAF1) in proliferating tissues. In addition, transcription of cyclin genes ccna2 and ccnd1 was deregulated in ddb1m863 mutants. Reduction of p53 activity by anti-sense morpholinos alleviated the apoptotic phenotype in ddb1m863 mutants. These results imply that Ddb1 may be involved in maintaining proper cell cycle progression and viability of dividing cells during development through transcriptional mechanisms regulating genes

  18. D-D dimer levels in patients with sickle cell disease during bone pain crises and in the steady state

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    Fakunle EE

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Eyitayo Emmanuel Fakunle,1 Kapoona Iwara Ibiang Eteng,2 Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi21Department of Pathology, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Bermuda; 2Department of Hematology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, NigeriaObjective: To determine the presence of ongoing thrombosis by measuring the D-D dimer levels in bone pain crises (BPCs and in the steady state of patients with sickle cell disease, comparing these levels with those in individuals with normal hemoglobin (HbAA in southwest Nigeria.Study design, patients, and methods: The study design involved 38 patients with homozygous sickle cell anemia (HbSS and 78 adults with the HbAA phenotype, seen at the Hematology Day Care and Accident and Emergency units of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. The TintElize kit was used to quantitatively determine human D-D dimer levels in the plasma with enzyme immunoassay.Results: The mean D-D dimer level measured of the 78 individuals with HbAA was 73.59 ng/mL. The mean D-D dimer level of the patients with HbSS during BPCs was 4002.40 ng/mL, while the mean level in the same patients in the steady state measured 6 weeks after their BPCs, with no other painful crisis episode before the sample was collected, was 1320.00 ng/mL.Conclusion: This study demonstrated a significant increase in the D-D dimer levels of patients with HbSS in the steady state, when compared with those of individuals with HbAA of the same age and sex distribution. There was also an approximate threefold increase in the D-D dimer levels in the same patients with HbSS during BPCs. This confirms the activation of coagulation and fibrinolytic systems in patients with HbSS in the steady state, which is further escalated during BPCs. A multicenter study on the use of anticoagulants in BPCs in patients with sickle cell disease is required.Keywords: anticoagulant, dimer, sickle cell disease, BPC, Nigeria, chronic hemolytic anemia

  19. Mechanical Behavior and Thermal Stability of Acid-Base Phosphate Cements and Composites Fabricated at Ambient Temperature

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    Colorado Lopera, Henry Alonso

    C. This is a significant result since phosphates typically show strength degradation at temperatures over 500°C. In addition, other PCs materials were developed during this research with their current and potential applications. These include a new PC based on fly ash (Fly ash-PC) as raw material; and PC-based on boron (B-PC), which can be used in shielding neutron irradiation and infrastructure for nuclear facilities.

  20. Heterotrophic plate count methodology in the United States.

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    Reasoner, Donald J

    2004-05-01

    In the United States (US), the history of bacterial plate counting (BPC) methods used for water can be traced largely through Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (Standard Methods). The bacterial count method has evolved from the original Standard Methods (1st edition, 1905) plate count which used nutrient gelatin and incubation at 20 degrees C for 48 h, to the HPC method options in the latest edition of Standard Methods that provide greater flexibility of application, depending on the data needs of the water analyst. The use of agar-agar as a gelling agent, replacing gelatin, allowed the use of higher incubation temperatures and resulted in the "body temperature count" (37 degrees C) found in the 3rd through the 8th edition of Standard Methods. The change from 37 degrees C incubation to 35+/-0.5 degrees C accommodated laboratories that did both milk and water analyses. By using a single temperature, fewer incubators were needed. The term "standard plate count" (SPC) first appeared in 1960 (11th edition) along with plate count agar. Incubation at 20 degrees C for the plate count was dropped from the 13th to 15th editions and few changes were made in the SPC method from the 11th edition through the 13th editions. Plate count analysis of bottled waters was included in the 14th edition (1975), calling for incubation at 35+/-0.5 degrees C for 72+/-4 h. Perhaps the most significant changes in plate count methods occurred with the 16th edition (1985). The term heterotrophic plate count replaced the standard plate count, and the spread plate (SP) and membrane filter (MF) methods were added along with new media for pour and spread plates (R2A agar and NWRI agar, both low nutrient) and for the membrane filter method (mHPC medium). The use of low nutrient media, lower incubation temperature, and longer incubation times, results in higher plate count results for most water samples. The options currently available, including low and high nutrient media

  1. 缺血预处理的次数对兔缺血心肌电生理活动的影响%Study on effect of various dose of ischemia preconditioning on rabbit cardiac electrophysiological activity

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    王蓉; 曾晓荣; 陈连璧

    2003-01-01

    目的:观察缺血预处理(IPC)的次数对缺血-再灌流过程中兔心脏电生理活动的影响,探讨IPC的抗心律失常作用机制.方法:家兔24只,随机分为对照组(C)、缺血组(IR)、一次预处理组(SPC)和两次预处理组(BPC).应用心外膜单相动作电位(MAP)探针记录技术检测缺血-再灌流过程中MAP幅度(MAPA)、复极50%时程(MAPD5o)、零相最大上升速度(Vmax)及心律失常发生率.结果:各预处理组中缺血后5 min时的MAPD5o、MAPA、Vmax迅速缩短或降低(P<0.05).SPC组与IR组相比,促进了缺血20min之后MAPA、Vmax的恢复,改善了缺血20 min MAPD50的过度缩短,限制了复灌时MAPD50的过度延长(P<0.05).SPC完全抑制了缺血-再灌中室颤的发生率(0%,P<0.05).BPC组中,缺血-再灌注中室颤发生率及在缺血30 min末及再灌注末上述参数与缺血组比较均无显著差异.结论:①SPC在在体家兔心脏上具有最好的抗心律失常作用,随IPC次数增加,其抗心律失常作并不增强;②缺血早期sPC迅速缩短MAPD,抗早期心律失常的机制可能是缩小了造成单向阻滞的窗口;③改善缺血晚期电生理参数,抗晚期心律失常的机制可能是减小不应期离散度;④限制复灌时MAPD过度延长,抗再灌注心律失常可能与减少内向离子流及触发活性有关.

  2. Native Geosciences: Strengthening the Future Through Tribal Traditions

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    Bolman, J. R.; Quigley, I.; Douville, V.; Hollow Horn Bear, D.

    2008-12-01

    communities and a return to traditional ways of supporting the development of our "story" or purpose for being. The opportunities include residential summer field experiences, interdisciplinary curriculums and development of Tribally-driven Native research experiences. The National Science Foundation, University of North Dakota's Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), and Tribes have provided funding to support the development of Native geosciences. The presentation will focus on current projects: NSF OEDG "He Sapa Bloketu Woecun; Geosciences at the Heart of Everything That Is", NSF S-STEM "Scientific Leadership Scholars" and the NSF BPC "Coalition of American Indians in Computing". The expressed goal of future initiatives is to connect Tribal communities across the Midwest and West in developing a Native Geosciences Pathway. This pathway supports the identification and support of Tribal students with an interest or "story" connected to geosciences ensuring a future Native geosciences workforce.

  3. 组合型人工肾治疗肾性骨病的前瞻性研究%Prospective study of combinative artificial kidney treatment on renal osteopathy

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    林永明; 伍艳萍; 李妙玲; 陈英华

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨组合型人工肾对尿毒症患者肾性骨病的治疗作用.方法 我院于2008年6月至2009年2月采用血液透析(HD)+血液灌流(HP)方法 治疗30例尿毒症患者(HD+HP组),并与单纯HD治疗尿毒症患者31例(HD组)进行对比研究,通过比较治疗前与治疗后3个月时2组患者的骨痛、皮肤瘙痒、血压、食欲、睡眠等临床症状及尿素氮(BUN)、肌酐(SXr)、血红蛋白(Hb)、血小板(BPC)、钙(Ca)、磷(P)、全段甲状旁腺素(iPTH)等生化指标的变化,客观评价两种方法 治疗尿毒症患者肾性骨病的疗效.结果 HD组、HD+HP组治疗后骨痛的缓解率分别为67.7%(21/31)、96.7%(29/30),皮肤瘙痒的缓解率分别为71.0%(22/31)、96.7%(29/30),HD+HP在缓解维持性透析患者的骨痛与皮肤瘙痒中显著优于单纯HD(P均<0.01);HD组治疗前后iPTH分别为(65.5±34.4)pmol/L和(57.1±21.4)pmol/L,HD+HP组治疗前后iPTH分别为(73.5±44.4)pmol/L和(19.1±17.4)pmol/L,单纯HD未能很好地清除iPTH(P>0.05),而HD+HP则可(P<0.05).结论 对于iPTH水平较高的维持性HD患者,可通过增加HP,达到更好地清除这些患者血中大、中、小分子毒素物质,从而降低肾性骨病发生率,提高其生存质量.%Objective To explore therapeutic effects of combinative artificial kidney treatment on renal osteopathy.Methods HD + HP Group composed by 30 urinaemia was treated with hemodialysis and hemoperfusion,and the HD Group was treated only with hemodialysis.Clinical symptoms and lab indicators including osteodynia,itch of skin,blood pressure,appetite,sleep,as well as BUN,SCr,Hb,BPC,Ca,P and iPTH,were compared between the two groups.Results Osteodynia decreased by 67.7% (21/31),and itch of skin by 71.0% (22/31)in HD group.Osteodynia decreased by 96.7% (29/30) ,and itch of skin by 96.7% (29/30) in HD + HP group (P <0.01 ).iPTH were (65.5 ± 34.4) pmol/L before treatment and (57.1 ± 21.4) pmol/L after treatment in HD group,and (73.5 ± 44.4)pmol

  4. Crop productivities and radiation use efficiencies for bioregenerative life support

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    Wheeler, R. M.; Mackowiak, C. L.; Stutte, G. W.; Yorio, N. C.; Ruffe, L. M.; Sager, J. C.; Prince, R. P.; Knott, W. M.

    NASA’s Biomass Production Chamber (BPC) at Kennedy Space Center was decommissioned in 1998, but several crop tests were conducted that have not been reported in the open literature. These include several monoculture studies with wheat, soybean, potato, lettuce, and tomato. For all of these studies, either 10 or 20 m2 of plants were grown in an atmospherically closed chamber (113 m3 vol.) using a hydroponic nutrient film technique along with elevated CO2 (1000 or 1200 μmol mol-1). Canopy light (PAR) levels ranged from 17 to 85 mol m-2 d-1 depending on the species and photoperiod. Total biomass (DM) productivities reached 39.6 g m-2 d-1 for wheat, 27.2 g m-2 d-1 for potato, 19.6 g m-2 d-1 for tomato, 15.7 g m-2 d-1 for soybean, and 7.7 g m-2 d-1 for lettuce. Edible biomass (DM) productivities reached 18.4 g m-2 d-1 for potato, 11.3 g m-2 d-1 for wheat, 9.8 g m-2 d-1 for tomato, 7.1 g m-2 d-1 for lettuce, and 6.0 g m-2 d-1 for soybean. The corresponding radiation (light) use efficiencies for total biomass were 0.64 g mol-1 PAR for potato, 0.59 g DM mol-1 for wheat, 0.51 g mol-1 for tomato, 0.46 g mol-1 for lettuce, and 0.43 g mol-1 for soybean. Radiation use efficiencies for edible biomass were 0.44 g mol-1 for potato, 0.42 g mol-1 for lettuce, 0.25 g mol-1 for tomato, 0.17 g DM mol-1 for wheat, and 0.16 g mol-1 for soybean. By initially growing seedlings at a dense spacing and then transplanting them to the final production area could have saved about 12 d in each production cycle, and hence improved edible biomass productivities and radiation use efficiencies by 66% for lettuce (to 11.8 g m-2 d-1 and 0.70 g mol-1), 16% for tomato (to 11.4 g m-2 d-1and 0.29 g mol-1), 13% for soybean (to 6.9 g m-2 d-1 and 0.19 g mol-1), and 13% for potato (to 20.8 g m-2 d-1 and 0.50 g mol-1). Since wheat was grown at higher densities, transplanting seedlings would not have improved yields. Tests with wheat resulted in a relatively low harvest index of 29%, which may have been

  5. Clinical observation of postoperative intravenous analgesia with flurbiprofen axetil injection combined with low-dose fentanyl in patients with abnormal liver function for low-segment cesarean section%氟比洛芬酯复合小剂量芬太尼用于肝功能不全产妇术后自控镇痛的观察

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    张维峰; 廖建梅; 殷国平; 王佳; 张建

    2011-01-01

    Objective To assess analgesic efficacy and adverse reactions of postoperative analgesia with flurbiprofen axetil combined with low-dose fentanyl in patients with abnormal liver function for low-segment cesarean sectioa Methods Ninety patients with ASA class Ⅱor Ⅲ and Child-Pugh class A for low-segment cesarean section were randomly divided into groups A, B, C and 30 cases in each group. For postoperative FCIA, the patients in group A received fentanyl 1.0 mg+0. 9% NaCl solution to 100 ml, group B, flurbiprofen 100 mg+fentanyl 1.0 mg+0.9% NaCl solution to 100 ml, and group C, flurbiprofen 100 mg +fentanyl 0.5 mg+0. 9% NaCl solution to 100 ml The evaluation of VAS score at 6, 12, 24 and 48 h after operation, the number of button-pressing during FCIA and incidence rate of side effects were recorded. Results There were no statistical differences in the VAS score and the number of button-pressing among three groups. The incidences of nausea and vomiting, lethargy in group C were significantly lower than those of in group A and B(P0.05). There were no complication of abnormal bleeding and respiratory depression. There were no statistical differences in the blood clotting function among three groups. Conclusion Flurbiprofen axetil injection combined with low-dose fentanyl has satisfying analgesia effects and no significant effects on liver function in patients with abnormal liver function for low-segment cesarean.%目的 评估氟比洛芬酯复合小剂量芬太尼在肝功能不全产妇术后静脉自控镇痛(PCIA)的效果与不良反应.方法 90例乙型肝炎肝功能不全行子宫下段剖宫产术患者,ASA分级Ⅱ或Ⅲ级,Child-Pugh分级A级,术中应用腰-硬联合麻醉,术后行PCIA,根据不同用药方法随机均分为A、B、C三组.A组:芬太尼1.0 mg+生理盐水至100 ml;B组:氟比洛芬酯100 mg+芬太尼1.0 mg+生理盐水至100 ml;C组:氟比洛芬酯100 mg+芬太尼0.5 mg+生理盐水至100ml.分别于术后6、12、24和48 h用视

  6. Treatment of childhood aplastic anemia with antithymocyte globulin, management of side effects and long-term follow-up%抗胸腺细胞球蛋白治疗儿童再生障碍性贫血的临床研究

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    傅晓燕; 谢晓恬; 蒋莎义; 石苇; 邵越霞

    2011-01-01

    . Comprehensive measures are needed to prevent and handle the side effects to avoid treatment-related death. Long-term supportive therapy and proper follow up contribute to the favourable outcomes of the patients.%目的 总结以抗胸腺细胞球蛋白(ATG)为主的免疫抑制疗法治疗儿童再生障碍性贫血时,ATG的实施方法、不良反应防治和长期随访措施等与远期疗效的相关性.方法 儿童再生障碍性贫血35例,其中极重型再生障碍性贫血(VSAA)6例,急性再生障碍性贫血(SAA)11例,慢性重型SAA8例,中型再生障碍性贫血(MAA)10例.ATG治疗期间措施包括:治疗前清除感染灶;积极防治过敏反应;密切观察和处理因ATG相关血小板减少所致严重出血和免疫抑制所致严重感染;积极防治血清病;重视长期随访中的治疗措施与质量.结果 ATG治疗后,所有病例均出现60%以上的淋巴细胞绝对计数下降.平均随访28个月,总有效率为77.14%(27/35),显效率为57.14%(20/35).VSAA、SAA和MAA间疗效无明显差异.ATG不良反应观察结果:①48.6%出现轻度类过敏反应;②血清病发生率42.9%,平均病程3.6 d;③9例(25.7%)外周血小板(BPC)计数<10×109/L;④8例(22.9%)在ATG治疗后1个月内发生感染;⑤未发生ATG治疗相关死亡.Genzyme和Fresenius两种不同ATG制剂,在疗效和ATG相关不良反应发生率方面差异均无统计学意义.结论 ATG治疗儿童SAA和MAA疗效显著,但需积极预防和控制ATG不良反应,避免治疗相关死亡.长期辅助治疗和提高随访质量,也是确保疗效的重要环节.

  7. Impact of heparin on coagulation index during the therapy of molecular adsorbent recirculating system in patients with liver failure%肝素在分子吸附再循环治疗肝衰竭中的应用及对凝血指标的影响

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    袁素娥; 周阳; 谭德明; 李丹; 周涛; 谢群英; 范娟

    2011-01-01

    randomly divided into 2 groups:92 MARS treatment sessions in the heparin-free group and 82in the low-dose heparin group. Time points of 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 h were selected to observe the coagulation changes of prothrombin time (PT) , PTA, thrombin time (TT) , activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) and international normalized ratio (INR) dynamically. Adverse e-vents such as line / filter coagulation, rupture and bleeding were also investigated and compared due to frequency and severity between the 2 groups. Results There was no difference in PT, PTA, INR between the 2 groups, but significant differences were observed in APTT and TT and fibrinogen ( Fbg). APTT and TT levels in the low-dose heparin group was increased rapidly after the first given dose of anticoagulant heparin and reached the peak within 30 min. The levels at each time point was statistically different between the 2 groups ( P <0.05 ). A significant difference in the Fbg level was obtained between the 2 groups. In the low-dose heparin group it was stabilized and increased slightly at the end of the treatment. While in the heparin-free group it was decreased gradually and reached a ravine at the end of the treatment. A curve was observed after 2. 5 h treatment between the 2 groups (P =0.001). There were 2 cases of severe bleeding after MARS was finished in the heparin group, and 1 was terminated because of degree III clotting in the heparin-free group. Conclusion Fibrinogen should be adsorbed while the blood touches the MARS circuit path and anticoagulants can prevent it. Comprehensive analysis of blood platelet count ( BPC ) , fibrin degradation products (FDP) , D-dimer and clinical symptoms is critical and required to determine the coagulation status to select an anticoagulation system before MARS. The use of low dose heparin in MARS improves the disorder of hypercoagulable state during the high coaguation period, while heparin-free during low coagulation period can effectively prevent the