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  1. Blisters, First Aid

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    ... and rashes clinical tools newsletter | contact Share | Blisters, First Aid A A A Blisters on the feet are ... can also be found via the Disease List. First Aid Guide Blisters often go away on their own ...

  2. Decontamination Data - Blister Agents

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Decontamination efficacy data for blister agents on various building materials using various decontamination solutions This dataset is associated with the following...

  3. A model for blister exfoliation

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    We describe a mechanism for exfoliation of blisters by taking into account the temperature rise of the blister cover due to the incident beam heating. The rise in temperature is calculated by solving the time dependent heat conduction equation. The exfoliation is initiated either by a local melting or by the reduction of material strength due to the temperature rise leading to rupture of the blister skin by the pressure of the gas in the blister cavity. We propose two types of exfoliation: peripheral and non-peripheral, depending on the blister size. This model agrees well with the various experimental results reported on blister exfoliation. It is argued that this thermally assisted exfoliation of blisters may render the first wall erosion by high energy helium flux more serious than considered hitherto, in an actual fusion reactor system. (author)

  4. Skin friction blistering: computer model.

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    Xing, Malcolm; Pan, Ning; Zhong, Wen; Maibach, Howard

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Friction blisters, a common injury in sports and military operations, can adversely effect or even halt performance. Given its frequency and hazardous nature, recent research efforts appear limited. Blistering can be treated as a delamination phenomenon; similar issues in materials science have been extensively investigated in theory and experiment. An obstacle in studying blistering is the difficulty of conducting experiment on humans and animals. Computer modeling thus b...

  5. Blistering of viscoelastic filaments

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    Sattler, R; Wagner, C

    2007-01-01

    When a dilute polymer solution experiences capillary thinning, it forms an almost uniformly cylindrical thread, which we study experimentally. In the last stages of thinning, when polymers have become fully stretched, the filament becomes prone to instabilities, of which we describe two: A novel "breathing" instability, originating from the edge of the filament, and a sinusoidal instability in the interior, which ultimately gives rise to a "blistering" pattern of beads on the filament. We describe the linear instability with a spatial resolution of 80 nm in the disturbance amplitude. For sufficiently high polymer concentrations, the filament eventually separates out into a "solid" phase of entangled polymers, connected by fluid beads. A solid polymer fiber of about 100 nanometer thickness remains, which is essentially permanent.

  6. AUTOIMMUNE EPIDERMAL BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Autoimmune bullous skin diseases (ABDs are uncommon, potentially fatal diseases of skin and mucous membranes which are associated with deposits of autoantibodies and complement against distinct molecules of the epidermis and dermal/epidermal basement membrane zone (BMZ. These autoantibodies lead to a loss in skin molecular integrity, which manifests clinically as formation of blisters or erosions. In pemphigus vulgaris, loss of adhesion occurs within the epidermis. The pioneering work of Ernst H. Beutner, Ph.D. and Robert E. Jordon, M.D. confirmed the autoimmune nature of these diseases. Walter F. Lever, M.D. contributed significantly to our understanding of the histopathologic features of these diseases. Walter Lever, M.D. and Ken Hashimoto, M.D. contributed electron microscopic studies of these diseases, especially in pemphigus vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid. In bullous pemphigoid (BP, linear IgA bullous dermatosis, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH, loss of adhesion takes place within or underneath the BMZ. Classic EBA demonstrates extensive skin fragility; DH is commonly associated with gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and manifests clinically with pruritic papulovesicles on the extensor surfaces of the extremities and the lumbosacral area. The clinical spectrum of bullous pemphigoid includes tense blisters, urticarial plaques, and prurigo-like eczematous lesions. Pemphigoid gestationis mostly occurs during the last trimester of pregnancy, and mucous membrane pemphigoid primarily involves the oral mucosa and conjunctivae and leads to scarring. Linear IgA bullous dermatosis manifests with tense blisters in a „cluster of jewels”-like pattern in childhood (chronic bullous disease of childhood and is more clinically heterogeneous in adulthood. Many of the autoantigens in these disorders are known and have been well characterized. ABDs may be influenced by both genetic and exogenous factors. The diagnoses of

  7. Initiating, growing and cracking of hydrogen blisters

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    REN Xuechong; SHAN Guangbin; CHU Wuyang; SU Yanjing; GAO Kewei; QIAO Lijie; JIANG Bo; CHEN Gang; CUI Yinhui

    2005-01-01

    The growing process of a hydrogen blister in a wheel steel was observed in situ with an optical microscope, and the fracture surfaces formed from broken blisters on a wheel steel and bulk metallic glass were investigated. The initiating, growing, cracking and breaking of hydrogen blisters are as follows. Supersaturated vacancies can increase greatly during charging and gather together into a vacancy cluster (small cavity). Hydrogen atoms become hydrogen molecules in the vacancy cluster and hydrogen molecules can stabilize the vacancy cluster. The small cavity becomes the nucleus of hydrogen blister. The blister will grow with entering of vacancies and hydrogen atoms. With increasing hydrogen pressure, plastic deformation occurs first, the hydrogen blister near the surface extrudes, and then cracks initiate along the wall of the blister with further increasing hydrogen pressure. A cracked blister can grow further through propagating of cracks until it breaks.

  8. He blisters on welded austenitic stainless steel

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    Surface blisters of single-crystal and polycrystalline metals induced by He-ion irradiation have been investigated by many researchers and several blister-formation mechanisms have been proposed. But there is no report on what blister densities and blister sizes are to be expected on a welded 316 austenitic stainless steel in use as a fusion reactor material. An experiment was carried out, and details are given. The exfoliation of blisters was almost not observed until the total dose of 2 x 1022 ions m-2 was reached. A figure shows the blister densities for every increment in blister diameter of 0.5 μm on the base and weld metals. A second figure shows the corresponding blister densities on the base and weld metals annealed at 653 K for 4.5 ksec after He-ion irradiation. The total blister densities of the base metals decrease to 4.3 to 5.5 x 1010 blisters m-2 and the average blister sizes increase to 2.8 to 3.2 μm. This phenomenon indicates that the implanted He ions diffuse in the weld and base metals. The blister sizes on the weld metals are smaller than those on the base metals and the densities on the weld metals are greater than those on the base metals. (author)

  9. Friction blisters. Pathophysiology, prevention and treatment.

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    Knapik, J J; Reynolds, K L; Duplantis, K L; Jones, B H

    1995-09-01

    Blisters occur frequently, especially in vigorously active populations. Studies using respective rubbing techniques show that blisters result from frictional forces that mechanically separate epidermal cells at level of the stratum spinosum. Hydrostatic pressure causes the area of the separation to fill with a fluid that is similar in composition to plasma but has a lower protein level. About 6 hours after formation of the blister, cells in the blister base begin to take amino acids and nucleosides; at 24 hours, there is high mitotic activity in the basal cells; at 48 and 120 hours, new stratum granulosum and stratum corneum, respectively, can be seen. The magnitude of frictional forces (Ff) and the number of times that an object cycles across the skin determine the probability of blister development - the higher the Ff, the fewer the cycles necessary to produce a blister. Moist skin increases Ff, but very dry or very wet skin necessary to produce a blister. Moist skin increases Ff, but very dry or very wet skin decreases Ff. Blisters are more likely in skin areas that have a thick horny layer held tightly to underlying structures (e.g. palms of the hands or soles of the feet). More vigorous activity and the carrying of heavy loads during locomotion both appear to increase the likelihood of foot blisters. Antiperspirants with emollients and drying powders applied to the foot do not appear to decrease the probability of friction blisters. There is some evidence that foot blister incidence can be reduced by closed cell neoprene insoles. Wearing foot socks composed of acrylic results in fewer foot blisters in runners. A thin polyester sock, combined with a thick wool or polypropylene sock that maintains its bulk when exposed to sweat and compression reduces blister incidence in Marine recruits. Recent exposure of the skin to repeated low intensity Ff results in a number of adaptations including cellular proliferation and epidermal thickening, which may reduce the

  10. Formation of hydrides blisters in zirconium alloys

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    The formation of zirconium hydrides blisters in zirconium alloys due to the presence of a thermal gradient is a possible phenomenon which may occur in structural components of a reactor (pressure tubes), thus resulting a very important matter for the nuclear industry. For this reason, a series of experiments were initiated in the Hydrogen Damage Laboratory so as to obtain blisters of zirconium alloys and to study the aspects related to them. Zry-4 and Zr-2.5% Nb blisters were obtained. The propagation of a fissure present in a blister and the fracture surface were observed. The fissure propagated weakly in the blister and stopped in the Zry-4 matrix. (Author)

  11. Fracture Blisters After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty.

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    Halawi, Mohamad J

    2015-08-01

    Fracture blisters are tense vesicles that arise on markedly swollen skin overlying traumatized soft tissue. While this relatively uncommon complication has been well described in the trauma literature, this article reports for the first time a case of fracture blisters after primary total knee arthroplasty. The fracture blisters developed within 36 hours of surgery and were associated with profound swelling and erythema. There was no evidence of vascular injury, compartment syndrome, iatrogenic fracture, or deep venous thrombosis. The patient was treated with leg elevation, loosely applied nonadhesive dressings, and a short course of oral antibiotics after skin desquamation. Blood-filled blisters required longer time to reepithelialization than fluid-filled blisters. Knee stiffness developed because of pain and fear of participation with physical therapy, but the patient was able to resume intensive rehabilitation after resolution of the blisters. Patient factors, surgical factors, and review of the literature are discussed. PMID:26251947

  12. WHITE BLISTER SPECIES (Albuginaceae ON WEEDS

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    Karolina Vrandečić

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The obligate fungi inside the family Albuginaceae are widespread world wide and cause white rust or white blister disease. Mycopopulation of weeds has been researched within the project „The role of weeds in epidemiology of row-crop diseases“. The aim of this research was to identify white blister species occurring on weeds in Eastern Croatia. Weed plants with disease symptoms characteristic for white blister species have been collected since 2001 on location Slavonia and Baranja country. Determination of white blister species was based on morphological characters of pathogen and the host. Wilsoniana bliti was determined on Amaranthus retroflexus and Amaranthus hybridus leaves. Capsella bursa pastoris is a host for Albugo candida. Ambrosia artemisiifolia is a host for Pustula sp. and Cirsium arvense was found to be host for Pustula spinulosa. Wilsoniana portulaceae was determined on Portulaca oleracea.

  13. Serological Diagnosis of Autoimmune Blistering Diseases

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    Birgül Özkesici; Ayşe Akman Karakaş

    2016-01-01

    Autoimmune blistering diseases are a rare diseases, characterized by development of autoantibodies against the structural proteins of the epidermis or dermoepidermal junction, and blisters and erosions on skin and/or mucous membranes clinically. Clinical features are important guiding findings for suspicious of this group of diseases. The diagnosis is achieved by the evaluation together of clinical features, histological and immunological findings. The gold standard in the diagnosis of this g...

  14. Cheap Tape May Keep Blisters Off Runners' Feet

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    ... news/fullstory_158250.html Cheap Tape May Keep Blisters Off Runners' Feet Researchers find an easy, effective ... 11, 2016 MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Blisters are the bane of every runner, but a ...

  15. Blistering on tungsten surface exposed to high flux deuterium plasma

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    Xu, H. Y.; Liu, W.; Luo, G. N.; Yuan, Y.; Jia, Y. Z.; Fu, B. Q.; De Temmerman, G.

    2016-04-01

    The blistering behaviour of tungsten surfaces exposed to very high fluxes (1-2 × 1024/m2/s) of low energy (38 eV) deuterium plasmas was investigated as a function of ion fluence (0.2-7 × 1026 D/m2) and surface temperature (423-873 K). Blisters were observed under all conditions, especially up to temperatures of 873 K. The blister parameters are evaluated with blister size, blister density and surface coverage. The blister size always peaked at less than 0.5 μm and no blister larger than 10 μm is observed even at high fluence. The blister densities are found in high magnitude of 106 blisters/m2, with the surface coverages lower than 2%. The formation of cracks in the sub-surface region was observed by cross-section imaging. Changes in blister size and shape with fluence and temperature suggest processes of predominantly nucleation and subsequent growth of blisters. The smaller blister size is considered to be caused by a combination of flux-related effects such as enhanced defect formation in the near surface region, reduced deuterium diffusivity and relatively short exposure times.

  16. A progressive pruritic rash with blisters.

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    Overcash, Michael D; Ewald, Matt

    2016-05-01

    This article describes a patient with a progressive pruritic rash and fluid-filled blisters. A punch biopsy later confirmed the diagnosis of bullous pemphigoid, an inflammatory condition that most commonly occurs in older adults and is treated with corticosteroids. PMID:27124233

  17. Subarachnoid hemorrhage with blister aneurysms: Endovascular management

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    Swati Dayanand Chinchure

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Blister aneurysms of are rare lesions representing a real challenge for diagnosis and management. They typically show small size, hemispherical shape, fragile wall, broad neck, and are arising from non-branching sites of intracranial arteries. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all aneurysms treated at our institution. Seventeen patients (6 male, 11 female with 17 blister aneurysms were identified (mean age 53.3, range 41-63 years. Clinical, procedural, angiographic data as well as follow up data were evaluated. Results: All patients presented with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Majority of the blister aneurysms were located in ICA while 1 was located at posterior cerebral artery, 1 at vertebral and 1 involving basilar artery. All patients were treated using single or overlapping stents and if possible additional coiling. There was no intra-operative rupture. Good outcome (mrs 0-2 was seen in 14 patients. Poor clinical outcome (mrs 3-5 was seen in 2 patients due to vasospasm induced ischemic deficits at discharge, both of them improved on follow up (mrs 1 on follow up. There were 3 mortalities, One patient died of rebleeding while other 2 died due to SAH induced complications. Follow-up angiography was available in 16 patients (one patient died before follow up angiogram and revealed complete or near complete aneurysm occlusion in 11, incomplete obliteration in 1 and no change in 2 cases. Two cases showed post-treatment angiographic aneurysm recurrence. Both cases were managed with repeat coiling and overlapping stent placement. Conclusion: Endovascular management using single/overlapping stent and if possible coil placement is technically safe and feasible in blister aneurysms. Overlapping stents lead to better aneurysm occlusion than a single stent. Blister aneurysm in dorso-medial ICA showed higher tendency of continued growth/recurrence, higher incidence of clinical vasospasm and in these cases early angiographic follow

  18. The mechanism of nucleation of hydrogen blister in metals

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    REN XueChong; ZHOU QingJun; CHU WuYang; LI JinXu; SU YanJing; QIAO LiJie

    2007-01-01

    The nucleating, growing and cracking of hydrogen blister have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. The results show that atomic hydrogen induces superabundant vacancies in metals. The superabundant vacancies and hydrogen aggregate into a hydrogen-vacancy cluster (microcavity). The hydrogen atoms in the microcavity become hydrogen molecules which can stabilize the cluster. And the hydrogen blister nucleates. With the entry of vacancies and hydrogen atoms, the blister nucleus grows and the pressure in the cavity increases. When the stress induced by hydrogen pressure on the blister is up to the cohesive strength, cracks will initiate from the wall of the blister.

  19. Blistering and flaking of amorphous alloys bombarded with He ions

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    The blistering and flaking behavior of many kinds of amorphous alloys under helium ion bombardment at room temperature was investigated. Helium ions with energies of 40 keV and 60 keV was implanted within the fluence range (1.0-4.0) x 1018 ions/cm2. The surface topography of samples after irradiation was observed by using a scanning electron microscope. The diameter of blister and the thickness of exfoliated blister lids were measured. The results showed that many kinds of surface topography characteristics appeared for different fluences, energies and amorphous alloys, such as flaking, blistering, exfoliation, blister rupture, second generation blistering and porous structure. The dependence of surface damage modes and the critical fluence for the onset of blistering and flaking on the sort of materials and ion energy was discussed

  20. Blistering during the atomic layer deposition of iridium

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    The authors report on the formation of blisters during the atomic layer deposition of iridium using iridium acetylacetonate and oxygen precursors. Films deposited on fused silica substrates led to sparsely distributed large blisters while in the case of silicon with native oxide additional small blisters with a high density was observed. It is found that the formation of blisters is favored by a higher deposition temperature and a larger layer thickness. Postdeposition annealing did not have a significant effect on the formation of blisters. Finally, changing purge duration during the film growth allowed us to avoid blistering and evidenced that impurities released from the film in gas phase were responsible for the formation of blisters

  1. Blistering during the atomic layer deposition of iridium

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    Genevée, Pascal, E-mail: pascal-genevee@chimie-paristech.fr, E-mail: a.szeghalmi@uni-jena.de; Ahiavi, Ernest; Janunts, Norik; Pertsch, Thomas; Kley, Ernst-Bernhard; Szeghalmi, Adriana, E-mail: pascal-genevee@chimie-paristech.fr, E-mail: a.szeghalmi@uni-jena.de [Institut für Angewandte Physik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Oliva, Maria [Fraunhofer IOF, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7, 07743 Jena (Germany)

    2016-01-15

    The authors report on the formation of blisters during the atomic layer deposition of iridium using iridium acetylacetonate and oxygen precursors. Films deposited on fused silica substrates led to sparsely distributed large blisters while in the case of silicon with native oxide additional small blisters with a high density was observed. It is found that the formation of blisters is favored by a higher deposition temperature and a larger layer thickness. Postdeposition annealing did not have a significant effect on the formation of blisters. Finally, changing purge duration during the film growth allowed us to avoid blistering and evidenced that impurities released from the film in gas phase were responsible for the formation of blisters.

  2. Serological Diagnosis of Autoimmune Blistering Diseases

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    Birgül Özkesici

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Autoimmune blistering diseases are a rare diseases, characterized by development of autoantibodies against the structural proteins of the epidermis or dermoepidermal junction, and blisters and erosions on skin and/or mucous membranes clinically. Clinical features are important guiding findings for suspicious of this group of diseases. The diagnosis is achieved by the evaluation together of clinical features, histological and immunological findings. The gold standard in the diagnosis of this group diseases are demonstration of tissue bound and/or circulating autoantibodies. Methods for this purpose are; direct and indirect immunofluorescence, Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA, immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting. The aim of this paper is to review serological diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of autoimmune bullous diseases and to present developments in recent years.

  3. Hydrogen-induced blistering mechanisms in thin film coatings

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    We report on the mechanisms of hydrogen-induced blistering of multilayer coatings. Blister formation is a result of highly localized delamination occurring at the two outermost metal-on-silicon interfaces. The number, size, and type of blisters formed varied depending on the composition and ion energy of the incident flux. The results are explained in terms of the multilayer structure being simultaneously susceptible to blistering via two independent mechanisms. A high density of small blisters developed when relatively energetic (several 100 eV) ions were present. Independently, a hydrogenation process that was facilitated by the presence of a small flux of low energy ions (≤50 eV) induced a low density of large blisters. (fast track communication)

  4. Ion implantation induced blistering of rutile single crystals

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    Xiang, Bing-Xi [School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Jiao, Yang [College of Physics and Electronics, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Guan, Jing [School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Wang, Lei [School of Physics, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100 (China); Key Laboratory of Nanodevices and Applications, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)

    2015-07-01

    The rutile single crystals were implanted by 200 keV He{sup +} ions with a series fluence and annealed at different temperatures to investigate the blistering behavior. The Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, optical microscope and X-ray diffraction were employed to characterize the implantation induced lattice damage and blistering. It was found that the blistering on rutile surface region can be realized by He{sup +} ion implantation with appropriate fluence and the following thermal annealing.

  5. Inhibition of Rho A activity causes pemphigus skin blistering

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    Waschke, Jens; Spindler, Volker; Bruggeman, Paola; Zillikens, Detlef; Schmidt, Gudula; Drenckhahn, Detlev

    2006-01-01

    The autoimmune blistering skin diseases pemphigus vulgaris (PV) and pemphigus foliaceus (PF) are mainly caused by autoantibodies against desmosomal cadherins. In this study, we provide evidence that PV–immunoglobulin G (IgG) and PF-IgG induce skin blistering by interference with Rho A signaling. In vitro, pemphigus IgG caused typical hallmarks of pemphigus pathogenesis such as epidermal blistering in human skin, cell dissociation, and loss of desmoglein 1 (Dsg 1)–mediated binding probed by la...

  6. Ion implantation induced blistering of rutile single crystals

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    Xiang, Bing-Xi; Jiao, Yang; Guan, Jing; Wang, Lei

    2015-07-01

    The rutile single crystals were implanted by 200 keV He+ ions with a series fluence and annealed at different temperatures to investigate the blistering behavior. The Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, optical microscope and X-ray diffraction were employed to characterize the implantation induced lattice damage and blistering. It was found that the blistering on rutile surface region can be realized by He+ ion implantation with appropriate fluence and the following thermal annealing.

  7. Blister formation in alumina thin films bombarded with xenon ions

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    Blisters have been observed in evaporated alumina thin films after xenon irradiation. The aim of this study is to further understand the mechanisms responsible for such a process. Surface blistering dependence on the thickness of the alumina films as well as irradiation fluence, temperature and post-irradiation thermal annealing have been investigated. From our experimental results, it has been proved that the substrate-alumina interface is not responsible for blistering. The application of a gas pressure model and a lateral compressive stress model shows that the latter seems to be more adequate in explaining blister formation. (author)

  8. Reliable site for suction blister induction and harvesting

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    Laxmisha Chandrashekar

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Suction blister grafting is a useful modality of treatment of patients with resistant and stable vitiligo. However, there have been no detailed studies to find out the best donor site for blister formation. Methods: The study was conducted between the period of October 2004 and February 2005 in the dermatology department at a tertiary care center. Nine patients with vitiligo (focal vitiligo, 3; mucosal vitiligo, 2; acrofacial vitiligo, 2; vitiligo vulgaris, 1; and segmental vitiligo, 1 were selected for blister harvesting and grafting. The blisters were raised using the method described by Gupta et al. Results: Suction blisters were attempted to be raised at 52 sites, but only 38 blisters could be raised, 24 complete and 14 incomplete. Blisters were raised in all the three cases on the flexor aspect of the arm (100%, 15 of 17 cases (88.2% on the flexor aspect of the forearm, 4 of 5 cases (80% on the abdomen, 11 of 16 cases (68.7% on the anterolateral thigh, and less frequently over leg or foot. Complete blisters were formed in 13/15 cases (86.6% on the flexor aspect of the forearm, 6/11 cases (54.5% on the anterolateral thigh, and in all cases over leg. Conclusion: The flexor aspect of the forearm is a good site for suction blister harvesting.

  9. Line emission from H II blister models

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    Rubin, R. H.

    1984-01-01

    Numerical techniques to calculate the thermal and geometric properties of line emission from H II 'blister' regions are presented. It is assumed that the density distributions of the H II regions are a function of two dimensions, with rotational symmetry specifying the shape in three-dimensions. The thermal and ionization equilibrium equations of the problem are solved by spherical modeling, and a spherical sector approximation is used to simplify the three-dimensional treatment of diffuse ionizing radiation. The global properties of H II 'blister' regions near the edges of a molecular cloud are simulated by means of the geometry/density distribution, and the results are compared with observational data. It is shown that there is a monotonic increase of peak surface brightness from the i = 0 deg (pole-on) observational position to the i = 90 deg (edge-on) position. The enhancement of the line peak intensity from the edge-on to the pole-on positions is found to depend on the density, stratification, ionization, and electron temperature weighting. It is found that as i increases, the position of peak line brightness of the lower excitation species is displaced to the high-density side of the high excitation species.

  10. Rituximab for autoimmune blistering diseases: recent studies, new insights

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    Lunardon, Luisa; Payne, Aimee S.

    2012-01-01

    Rituximab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been successfully used off-label for treatment of autoimmune blistering diseases. We discuss rituximab mechanisms of action, host factors that may affect response to rituximab, and the efficacy and safety of rituximab in autoimmune blistering diseases, incorporating recent data on the use of rituximab in other autoimmune disease patients.

  11. Inspection procedures for assessment of blister formation/cracking

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    There are various types of inspection that can provide information about a pressure tube's condition with respect to blister formation and cracking. These include spacer location, pressure tube/calandria tube (PT/CT) gap measurement, detection of PT/CT contact, detection of cracked blisters, detection of uncracked blisters, measurement of hydrogen by taking scrape samples and measurement of hydrogen using non-destructive methods. Detection of PT/CT contact and detection of cracked and uncracked blisters are performed using ultrasonic methods. India has developed an ultrasonic inspection capability,/1/, but it has been operated at what we believe is too low a sensitivity,/2/. Current ultrasonic methods and experience related to contact and blister detection are described. 13 refs., 11 figs

  12. Formation of hydride blisters in zirconium alloy pressure tubes

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    The fracture of the Zircaloy-2 pressure tube in the Pickering Unit 2 power reactor was associated with the growth of hydride blisters at points of contact between the pressure tube and the cooler calandria tube surrounding it. Similar blisters have been observed in a Zr-2.5 wt% Nb pressure tube in WR-1, an organic-cooled research reactor. These hydride blisters were formed and grew as a result of the thermal diffusion of hydrogen in the zirconium, a mechanism whereby hydrogen diffuses down a temperature gradient. If the terminal solid solubility of hydrogen is exceeded in the cooler regions, hydride will precipitate. In this paper, the time required to grow these hydride blisters will be estimated from the blister size and the hydrogen distribution in its neighborhood, by using simple equations derived from thermal diffusion theory

  13. Temperature dependence of blistering and deuterium retention in tungsten

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    Tungsten has been selected as the plasma facing material (PFM) at the divertor baffles and dome in the ITER design, because tungsten has a very high threshold energy for sputtering, a high melting point and a very low tritium inventory. However, blistering can occur at tungsten surface, even if the ion energy is too low to create displacement damage such as vacancies. Tungsten blistering could lead to instability of the plasma due to high-Z impurity release into the core plasma and sudden gas recycling. In addition, an increasing tritium inventory in the near surface region of PFCs could become a significant safety issue during the exchange process of the PFCs. Therefore, blistering and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to high fluences (up to 1E27 D/m2) of high flux (1E22 D+/m2/s) and low energy (38 eV) deuterium plasma were examined in the temperature range of 315 K to 1000 K with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). At 315 K, only sparse low-dome blisters with a chord of a few microns or less appeared even the fluence was increased to 1E27 D/m2. At around 400 K, the blisters became much denser and the dome of blisters became a little higher. Peculiar change occurred around 500 K, where two kinds of blisters appeared. One is the large blisters with sizes of a few tens of microns and varying ratios of height against chord (up to 0.6), and the other is the small blisters with chords of less than a few microns and large ratio of height against chord (about 0.7). In high temperature region (higher than 600 K), the blisters became much sparser with the increasing temperature and disappeared at 1000 K. In addition, the phenomenon of blister bursting with a tail, or partially-opened or fully-opened lid was found on some grains after plasma exposure or TDS experiments. During TDS experiments, bursting release with sadden peaks was observed, suggesting the bursts of blisters. Deuterium retention showed

  14. Stress field computation for hydride blister forming in Zr alloys

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    Hydrogen migration under thermal gradient in zirconium alloys results in formation of hydride blisters. An array of blisters makes Zirconium alloy components of nuclear reactors susceptible to fracture. The whole process of hydride blister formation and fracture of these components is very complex and involves hydrogen migration under thermal gradient, hydride precipitation, straining of the matrix, setting up of hydrostatic stress gradient, enhanced hydrogen migration under the combined influence of thermal and stress gradients, stress reorientation of hydrides, cracking of hydrides, crack growth by delayed hydride cracking mechanism, interlinking of blisters and spontaneous fracture of the component. In this work we estimate the stress components in hydride blisters and the surrounding matrix for certain assumed blister depth as a function of hydride matrix yield strength ratio. The simulation was carried out for a semi ellipsoidal blister using ABAQUS finite element package. The blister formation was simulated by single step and multiple step transformation of the matrix to hydride. It is felt that the same methodology can be used to estimate the stress field around semi constrained inclusion such as hydride blister(s) in hydride forming metals like uranium, zirconium, titanium etc. and of localized corrosion products in metals and alloys. A matrix of dimension in the ratio 5 (along direction 1):1 (along direction 2) was considered for the computations. The Zr matrix having hexagonal crystal structure and faced centered cubic zirconium hydride was modeled as elastically isotropic. Both matrix and hydride was modeled to undergo linear work hardening up to ultimate tensile strength (=1.25Xyield strength), corresponding to a plastic strain of 10 percent. A small strain small displacement theory was adopted. Computations were made for an axisymmetric case with the symmetry axis along the 2 direction. Transformation of zirconium hydrogen solid solution into hydride

  15. Blister formation and erosion due to blister fracture of SiC or Si

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    For silicon wafer and silicon carbide, helium ion irradiation followed by annealing was repeated, and the weight loss was measured. The blister formation and its fracture processes were also examined. For Si, many blisters were observed at the surface after the first ion irradiation. After the annealing at 1173 K after the irradiation, small pores formed by helium desorption were observed. With the increase of the cycle number, surface roughness gradually increased. The weight loss due to annealing was about a half of that by ion sputtering. The sputtering yield due to the ion irradiation was approximately twice the reference value in the present experiment, perhaps due to the bubble fracture during the irradiation. For SiC, small blisters were observed on SiC crystals after the ion irradiation. The erosion amount due to only the process of annealing at 1323 K was several times larger than that of ion sputtering, although the sputtering yield due to the ion irradiation was roughly the same as the reference value. The present erosion was significantly large, so that this erosion has to be taken into account regarding the wall lifetime and impurity level of the core plasma

  16. Blister formation of tungsten due to ion bombardment

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    Blisters formed at tungsten surfaces due to deuterium ion bombardment have been studied systematically in the energy range 100 eV to 1 keV. The bombardment with 1 keV D+ at room temperature (RT) shows that the blister size increases and the number decreases with the deuterium fluence from 1x1019 to 1x1021 D+/cm2. No blisters are found at elevated temperatures between 600 and 800 deg. C. For bombardment with an energy as low as 100 eV, blisters are observed at the high fluence of 1x1021 D+/cm2. The blister size increases and the number decreases with the bombardment energy. Combined with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) ion beam depth profiling measurements have been used to investigate the effect of blister formation on the trapping behavior of deuterium in tungsten. Double implantations, where 4 keV He+ and 100 eV D+, respectively, were injected in W prior to the bombardment of 1 keV D+ show a pronounced increase of deuterium retention and blister disappearance. Possible mechanisms are proposed to describe the observed phenomena

  17. Mechanics of tungsten blistering: A finite element study

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    Tungsten exhibits a pronounced blistering behavior under severe hydrogen implantation to approximately 50 μm. The growth of a blister is controlled by the interplay between the gas pressure in the blister and the deformation of the blister cap. The stress concentration on the cap apex and at the boundary causes burst of a blister. Thus, blistering is affected by mechanics as well as by physics. In this paper, the mechanics of blistering is discussed focusing on the effect of plastic yield. A comprehensive parametric study was conducted by means of finite element analysis in order to investigate the impact of plastic yield on the bulging deformation for a wide range of gas pressure, yield stress and dilatation strain. The effect of cap thickness was also estimated. A general trend was found as follows: when yield stress is below 700 MPa, plastic yield plays a dominant role already at lower gas pressures (∼100 MPa) leading to a rapid increase of bulge height. In the case of large yield stress (>800 MPa), the bulging is governed by elastic strains, and its development is insignificant. The cap thickness proves to be a critical factor for bulge deformation. Concomitant cap dilatation shows a considerable impact on bulging only when the gas pressure is low (∼100 MPa)

  18. Graphene blisters with switchable shapes controlled by pressure and adhesion.

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    Boddeti, Narasimha G; Liu, Xinghui; Long, Rong; Xiao, Jianliang; Bunch, J Scott; Dunn, Martin L

    2013-01-01

    We created graphene blisters that cover and seal an annular cylinder-shaped microcavity in a SiO2 substrate filled with a gas. By controlling the pressure difference between the gas inside and outside of the microcavity, we switch the graphene membrane between multiple stable equilibrium configurations. We carried out experiments starting from the situation where the pressure of the gas inside and outside of the microcavity is set equal to a prescribed charging pressure, p0 and the graphene membrane covers the cavity like an annular drum, adhered to the central post and the surrounding substrate due to van der Waals forces. We decrease the outside pressure to a value, pe which causes it to bulge into an annular blister. We systematically increase the charging pressure by repeating this procedure causing the annular blister to continue to bulge until a critical charging pressure pc(i) is reached. At this point the graphene membrane delaminates from the post in an unstable manner, resulting in a switch of graphene membrane shape from an annular to a spherical blister. Continued increase of the charging pressure results in the spherical blister growing with its height increasing, but maintaining a constant radius until a second critical charging pressure pc(o) is reached at which point the blister begins to delaminate from the periphery of the cavity in a stable manner. Here, we report a series of experiments as well as a mechanics and thermodynamic model that demonstrate how the interplay among system parameters (geometry, graphene stiffness (number of layers), pressure, and adhesion energy) results in the ability to controllably switch graphene blisters among different shapes. Arrays of these blisters can be envisioned to create pressure-switchable surface properties where the difference between patterns of annular versus spherical blisters will impact functionalities such as wettability, friction, adhesion, and surface wave characteristics. PMID:24224793

  19. Blister formation on tungsten damaged by high energy particle irradiation

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    In order to investigate the effect of radiation damage on hydrogen behavior in tungsten, tungsten samples with radiation damage of up to 3.5 dpa were irradiated by a mixed hydrogen-carbon ion beam. The radiation damage was produced with 700 keV negative hydrogen ion beam irradiation. The number density of blisters produced by the mixed ion beam irradiation decreased with increasing radiation damage. This was especially observed for blisters with diameters of 20 μm or less. This result showed that radiation damage produced by high-energy particle irradiation suppresses blister formation on tungsten surfaces

  20. Application of the Blister Test in Study of Epoxy Adhesive

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    Fei Xiong; Ingegerd Annergren

    2000-01-01

    Shaft-loaded blister test technique is used as an effective quantitative tool to measure adhesion strength. Investigation on conductive adhesive was done by modified blister test. It is found that shaftloaded blister test can be a good solution for the debonding of thin film adhesion. The intrinsic stable interface debonding process has been proved an attractive alternative to the conventional adhesion measurement techniques. In our study, epoxy matrix adhesive was studied using blister test technique in comparison with the traditional test-lap shear test. Adhesion strength was studied as a function of surface treatment and the metallization of substrate. It was found that surface conditions of substrate have significant impact on adhesion behaviour. The oxidation of surface is responsible for the poor adhesion. Activating chemical treatment and Plasma cleaning on substrate surface has been found to be a way of dreamatically improving adhesion strength of electronic conductive adhesive.

  1. Suction blister grafting - Modifications for easy harvesting and grafting

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    Full Text Available Suction blister grafting is a simple modality of treatment of patients with resistant and stable vitiligo. But raising the blisters may be time consuming and transferring to the recipient site may be difficult as the graft is ultrathin. By doing some modifications we can make the technique simpler and easier. We can decrease the blister induction time by intradermal injection of saline, exposure to Wood′s lamp, intrablister injection of saline. By these methods we can decrease the blister induction time from 2-3 hrs to 45-90 minutes. After harvesting the graft, it can be transferred to the recipient area by taking the graft on a sterile glass slide, on the gloved finger, rolling the graft over a sterile syringe and then spreading on the recipient area, or taking on the sterile wrapper of paraffin dressing and then placing over the recipient area.

  2. The ‘Sticky Elastica’: delamination blisters beyond small deformations

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    Wagner, Till J. W.

    2013-01-01

    We consider the form of an elastic loop adhered to a rigid substrate: the \\'Sticky Elastica\\'. In contrast to previous studies of the shape of delamination \\'blisters\\', the theory developed accounts for deflections with large slope (i.e. geometrically nonlinear). Starting from the classical Euler Elastica we provide numerical results for the dimensions of such blisters for a variety of end-end confinements and develop asymptotic expressions that reproduce these results well, even up to the point of self-contact. Interestingly, we find that the width of such blisters does not grow monotonically with increased confinement. Our theoretical predictions are confirmed by simple desktop experiments and suggest a new method for the measurement of the elastocapillary length for deformations that cannot be considered small. We discuss the implications of our results for applications such as flexible electronics. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  3. U-Mo Plate Blister Anneal Interim Report

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    Francine J. Rice; Daniel M. Wachs; Adam B. Robinson; Dennis D. Keiser Jr.; Jan-Fong Jue; Danielle M. Perez; Ross Finlay

    2010-10-01

    Blister thresholds in fuel elements have been a longstanding performance parameter for fuel elements of all types. This behavior has yet to be fully defined for the RERTR U-Mo fuel types. Blister anneal studies that began in 2007 have been expanded to include plates from more recent RERTR experiments. Preliminary data presented in this report encompasses the early generations of the U-Mo fuel systems and the most recent but still developing fuel system. Included is an overview of relevant dispersion fuel systems for the purposes of comparison.

  4. U-Mo Plate Blister Anneal Interim Report

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    Blister thresholds in fuel elements have been a longstanding performance parameter for fuel elements of all types. This behavior has yet to be fully defined for the RERTR U-Mo fuel types. Blister anneal studies that began in 2007 have been expanded to include plates from more recent RERTR experiments. Preliminary data presented in this report encompasses the early generations of the U-Mo fuel systems and the most recent but still developing fuel system. Included is an overview of relevant dispersion fuel systems for the purposes of comparison.

  5. Mechanism for orientation dependence of blisters on W surface exposed to D plasma at low temperature

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    Jia, Y. Z.; Liu, W.; Xu, B.; Luo, G.-N.; Qu, S. L.; Morgan, T. W.; De Temmerman, G.

    2016-08-01

    The orientation dependence of blister formation induced by D plasma exposure at low temperature (about 523 K) on rolled tungsten and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) W samples was studied by scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. Severe blistering was observed on grains with surface normal directions close to [111], while the [001] surfaces are the most resistant to blister formation. Cavities induced by D2 gas were observed beneath [111], [110] and [001] surfaces, independently on whether blisters were observed on the surface or not. The [111] surface is more prone to blister formation, because it is easily plastically deformed by the D2 gas pressure. Some blister edges and steps were perpendicular to [110] directions, which may be induced by the slipping of dislocations on {110} planes. The blister morphology induced by D plasma can be well explained by the blister model based on plastic deformation mechanism.

  6. A study of hydrogen blistering mechanism for Molybdenum by Tritium radio-luminography

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    In order to study blistering mechanisms of Molybdenum (Mo), hydrogen distributions at and around blisters formed on Mo surfaces are examined by Tritium (T) radio-luminography or autoradiography (TARG). TARG shows that large amount of hydrogen (T) is accumulated at and near grain boundaries and some blisters are covered with Ag precipitates representing T under the blister skins. Two independent types of blistering mechanisms seem to occur on Mo surface simultaneously. One is typical blistering due to bubble coalescence accompanying plastic deformation of the blister skins and only very thin blister skins allow T detection by TARG. Another is exfoliation or cracking of a grain caused by mechanical fracturing of the grain boundaries and/or defect clusters due to brittle nature of Mo, remaining tritium on the fractured surface.

  7. Immunofluorescence testing in the diagnosis of autoimmune blistering diseases: overview of 10-year experience*

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    Arbache, Samia Trigo; Nogueira, Tarsila Gasparotto; Delgado, Lívia; Miyamoto, Denise; Aoki, Valéria

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Immunofluorescence testing is an important tool for diagnosing blistering diseases. OBJECTIVE To characterize the immunofluorescence findings in patients diagnosed with autoimmune blistering skin diseases. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed immunofluorescence results encompassing a 10-year period. RESULTS 421 patients were included and divided into 2 groups: group 1- intraepidermal blistering diseases (n=277) and 2- subepidermal blistering diseases (n=144). For group 1, positive D...

  8. Investigation of blistering kinetics in hydrogen implanted aluminium nitride

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    Epitaxial layers of aluminium nitride (AlN) grown on sapphire by hydride vapour phase epitaxy (HVPE) were implanted with 100 keV hydrogen, H+2, ions with doses in the range of 5 × 1016–2.5 × 1017 cm−2 and subsequently annealed in ambient air at temperatures between 450 and 750 °C in order to determine the kinetics of surface blister formation in AlN. The Arrhenius plot of the blistering time versus temperature shows two different activation energies for the formation of surface blisters: 0.44 eV in the higher temperature regime of 550–750 °C and 1.16 eV in the lower temperature regime of 450–550 °C. The implantation-induced damage was analyzed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, which revealed a band of defects extending from 330 to 550 nm from the surface of AlN. The XTEM image of the implanted and annealed AlN displayed clearly the formation of microcracks that ultimately lead to the formation of surface blisters

  9. Investigation of helium implantation induced blistering in InP

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    Four-inch InP wafers were implanted with 100 keV helium ions with a dose of 5x1016 cm-2 and subsequently annealed in air in the temperature range of 225-400deg. C in order to determine the blistering kinetics of these wafers. An Arrhenius plot of the blistering time as a function of reciprocal temperature revealed two different activation energies for the formation of surface blisters in InP. The activation energy was found to be 0.30 eV in the higher temperature regime of 300-400 deg. C and 0.74 eV in the lower temperature regime of 225-300 deg. C. The implantation induced damage was analyzed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, which revealed a band of defects extending from 400-700 nm from the surface of InP. The damage band was found to be decorated with a large number of nanovoids having diameters between 2 and 5 nm. These nanovoids served as precursors for the formation of microcracks inside InP upon annealing, which led to the formation of surface blisters

  10. Hydride blister formation simulation in Candu type reactors

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    We have developed a computer code for the probability study of hydride blister formation in pressure tubes named BLIFO. The basic hypothesis of the model are: the pressure tube is divided into five areas according to the existence of four garter springs. For each area the probability of blister formation is the probability of the hydrogen content exceeding a critical threshold when contact tube is present; the probability of a blister in a tube is the OR combination of the probabilities of a blister in each area; the tube contact is a function of the garter springs location, and the time; the critical hydrogen threshold is sorted over the areas within the pressure tube; hydrogen pick-up rate was sorted with a Gaussian distribution; the initial hydrogen content values for each tube were measured before the ensamble and they are used in the code. For Embalse evaluation, we build up a subroutine that simulate Gaussian distribution using the parameters of a typical nuclear power Candu reactor garter spring distribution. (author)

  11. Helium-induced blistering and volume swelling in nickel

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    The results of an experimental investigation of He-induced blistering are presented. The mechanisms involved in blistering were examined by observing the microstructure of the implanted region using TEM. The volume swelling was measured as a function of the implant depth. The investigation revealed factors important in understanding the mechanisms involved in blister formation. First, a direct comparison of measured skin-thicknesses with the location of the maximum volume swelling demonstrated that the skin separates at the peak swelling depth, not at the end of the swelling profile. Second, an examination of the assumptions that have been used to predict skin-thicknesses revealed that the differences between predicted and measured skin thicknesses at low energies can be attributed to: failure to account for volume swelling in the skin, using a Gaussian approximation to the range profile, or one generated with a Monte-Carlo code, and uncertainties in the electronic stopping powers. Beyond a certain dose, the density of cavities in the peak-swelling region decreased with increasing dose; indicating that cavity coalescence does occur. A calculation of the He concentration required to fracture the load-bearing cross section between the cavities revealed that a sufficient quantity of He was available to generate the required gas pressures. These observations indicate that models based on coalescence followed by gas-driven deformation provide an accurate description of the mechanisms involved in blistering; and they can accurately predict skin thicknesses at low energies

  12. Overview of blister phenomena in relation to pressure tube integrity

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    Unstable pressure tube rupture in a pressure tube PHWR has potentially serious economic and safety consequences. Reactor operation under conditions which entail the risk of such failure should be avoided. Mostly, failure mechanisms in zirconium alloy pressure tubes involve hydrogen either in the initiation process or the propagation process. The slow propagation of such cracks by delayed hydride cracking (dhc) are well characterized experimentally and by post service observation allowing a reasonable prediction of the time for a crack to grow to an unstable length after leaking. Action can then be taken to shutdown the reactor before the crack grows to an unstable length. If there is evidence that the above sequence can be met, the design is commonly described as meeting a leak-before-break criterion. For one mode of failure, i.e. a crack originating from a hydride blister on the outside of the pressure tube, leak-before-break cannot be relied upon because the conditions in the pressure tube that led to the formation of the hydride blister, inhibit crack growth through the wall, and crack growth in the axial direction to a partial thickness unstable length is possible. The root cause of a ruptured pressure tube at Pickering unit 2 in August 1983 was the significantly displaced outlet end spacer in that channel exacerbated by the high rate of hydriding of the Zircaloy-2 pressure tube. It was imperative that the conditions which can cause blister induced failure be adequately quantified so that operation can continue with no risk of rupture. The Canadian nuclear industry has thus made a large investment in research and development related to hydrogen in pressure tubes to determine the criterion for initiation, growth and crack propagation from blisters, so as to ensure satisfactory and safe performance of the reactors. It is important to describe the essential features of blister behaviour as researchers and analysts in Canada understand them, and how the phenomenon

  13. D2 gas-filled blisters on deuterium-bombarded tungsten

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    Most of spherical blisters formed by deuterium (D) bombardment (38 eV/D) up to 3 x 1024 D/m2 at 300 K on polycrystalline tungsten are fully elastic deformations. This has been proven by opening individual blisters with a focused ion beam and in situ observation of their complete relaxation by scanning electron microscopy. The D2 gas filling is confirmed by observing simultaneously the D2 puff. The gas pressure is causal for the stability of such spherical blisters after implantation and the gas release leads to sudden relaxation. The dilatation of the blister cap by trapped D can be excluded as cause for the blisters.

  14. Radiation blistering in Inconel-625 due to 100 KeV helium ion irradiation

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    The objective of this study was to determine whether the change of angle of incidence of an ion beam impinging on surface blisters during their growth phase (before exfoliation) could influence the blister skin thickness and the blister crater depth. Polished, polycrystalline Inconel-625 samples were irradiated at room temperature and at normal incidence to the major sample surface with 100 keV helium ions to a total dose of 6.24x1018 ions/cm2. The results revealed that many exfoliated blisters leave craters which have two or three concentric pits. The blister skin thickness near the center of the blister was found to agree well with the calculated projected range of 100 keV He ions in nickel. However, the blister skin thickness of some exfoliated blisters along the edge of the fracture surface showed different thicknesses. A model is proposed to explain the observed blister crater/blister fracture features in terms of a change of angle of incidence of the incident ions to the surface during the growth phase of surface blisters. (orig.)

  15. Visualization of hydrogen distribution around blisters by tritium radio-luminography

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    Hydrogen distribution around blisters on aluminum (Al) and molybdenum (Mo) was examined by tritium radio-luminography, i.e. tritium autoradiography (TARG) and an imaging plate technique. Tritium accumulated in the blisters on Al surface was successfully visualized at the first time. The tritium density in the blisters was found to increase with their radius to the power of 2.3. This supports the blister mechanism of bubble coalescence but the blister shape was flattened along the surface with increasing their size. For Mo, tritium distribution was not well correlated with blisters, and the bubbles coalescence was not clearly observed, too. But the erosion or exfoliation of thick layers with wider area than blisters were observed and hydrogen was released by the exfoliation of the thick surface layers, remaining not tritium on the exfoliated surface. Such exfoliation is very likely caused by mechanical stress given by accumulated hydrogen at trapping site such as grain boundaries, intrinsic defect, or self trapping.

  16. Hydride distribution around a blister in Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes

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    Blisters were grown in Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube sections by a thermal gradient without applying external stress. The surrounding hydride distribution was analyzed. Hydride platelets were observed in the radial direction of the blister. The precipitation of these hydrides was found to be favored by low temperature of blister growth and slow cooling rate after blister formation. The misfit strain produced by hydride blister growth provides the stress necessary to promote radial precipitation. During the subsequent tensile test at 200 C (delayed hydride cracking test) the radial hydride length and thickness are increased. This increase is explained by a stress concentrator effect of the blister. When this effect vanishes, the increase of radial hydrides continues by an autocatalytic effect and stress concentrator effect of the hydride platelet. If a crack originated in the blister reaches the matrix it could propagate along a radial hydride previously precipitated. (orig.)

  17. Ultrasonic C-Scan Parameters for Detection of Hydride Blisters in Zirconium Pressure Tube

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    EMAT Since Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes have a high risk for the formation of blisters during their operation in pressurized heavy water reactors, there has been a strong incentive to develop a method for the non-destructive detection of blisters grown on the tube surfaces. However, because there is little mismatch in acoustic impedance between the hydride blisters and zirconium matrix, it is not easy to distinguish the boundary between the blister and zirconium matrix wit h the conventional methods. This study focused on the development of the ultrasonic method to detect the hydride blisters formed on Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes. Hydride blisters were grown on the outer surface of the zirconium pressure tubes using a cold finger attached to steady state thermal diffusion equipment. An ultrasonic velocity ratio method as well as conventional ultrasonic parameters with immersion technique was developed to detect smaller hydride blisters on the zirconium pressure tube.

  18. Effect of initial tension on mechanics of adhered graphene blisters

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    Liao, Pinzhen; Xu, Pei

    2015-09-01

    The effect of initial tension on mechanics of adhered graphene blisters is investigated by extending Hencky's solution to cases with an initial tension. The system parameters including maximum blister deflection, pressure difference across the membrane, and critical delamination pressure under various initial tensions are modeled and calculated. The dependences of critical pressure on the radius and depth of etched microcavity are also demonstrated and compared with the previous work which does not consider the initial tension. The results show that the added adhesion energy between monolayer graphene membrane and SiO2 substrate can reach 0.0954 J/m2 with a reported maximum initial tension of 2.4 N/m taken into account, which accounts for 21.2 % of the measured average value 0.45 J/m2. Thus, the initial tension should be considered in further adhesion energy measurements of graphene/substrate interfaces.

  19. Simulation of hydrogen migration and blisters formation in zirconium alloys

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    The phenomenon of hydrogen migration and hydride blister growth after pressure tube/calandria tube contact in CANDU reactors is addressed. This phenomenon is by now regarded as an important factor limiting reactors lifetime, since it originated Pickering incident in 1983. Numerical results of thermally-assisted diffusion in excellent agreement with quasi-analytical solutions of the mathematical model were obtained. A sensitivity analysis was performed to assess the accuracy of these results. Some two-dimensional calculations are also included to demonstrate the capabilities of the numerical methods. The main outcomes of the work are the following: a through understanding of the mathematics and physics involved in hydrogen migration under thermal gradients. The validation of a numerical procedure based on a regularization of the constitutive equations. Blister growth rates in slab geometries for initial concentrations that span the full range of technological interest. Some preliminary two-dimensional results allow the design of future developments. (Author)

  20. Pharmacokinetics of cefetamet in plasma and skin blister fluid.

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    Zimmerli, W; Sansano, S; Wittke, B

    1996-01-01

    Cefetamet pivoxil is an oral cephalosporin with enhanced affinity for the target penicillin-binding proteins 1 and 3 and an increased stability to beta-lactamases compared with older cephalosporins, such as cefalexin or cefaclor. The pharmacokinetics of cefetamet pivoxil was determined after the seventh and final dose of 500 mg of cefetamet pivoxil in eight healthy volunteers. Concentrations in plasma and cantharidin-induced skin blister fluid were determined by a high-performance liquid chro...

  1. Inhibition of Rho A activity causes pemphigus skin blistering

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    Waschke, Jens; Spindler, Volker; Bruggeman, Paola; Zillikens, Detlef; Schmidt, Gudula; Drenckhahn, Detlev

    2006-01-01

    The autoimmune blistering skin diseases pemphigus vulgaris (PV) and pemphigus foliaceus (PF) are mainly caused by autoantibodies against desmosomal cadherins. In this study, we provide evidence that PV–immunoglobulin G (IgG) and PF-IgG induce skin blistering by interference with Rho A signaling. In vitro, pemphigus IgG caused typical hallmarks of pemphigus pathogenesis such as epidermal blistering in human skin, cell dissociation, and loss of desmoglein 1 (Dsg 1)–mediated binding probed by laser tweezers. These changes were accompanied by interference with Rho A activation and reduction of Rho A activity. Pemphigus IgG–triggered keratinocyte dissociation and Rho A inactivation were p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase dependent. Specific activation of Rho A by cytotoxic necrotizing factor-y abolished all pemphigus-triggered effects, including keratin retraction and release of Dsg 3 from the cytoskeleton. These data demonstrate that Rho A is involved in the regulation of desmosomal adhesion, at least in part by maintaining the cytoskeletal anchorage of desmosomal proteins. This may open the possibility of pemphigus treatment with the epidermal application of Rho A agonists. PMID:17130286

  2. Blister growth in zirconium alloys: experimentation and modeling

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    Hydrogen redistribution in the presence of a cold spot is considered, with hydrogen concentrations above the solid-solubility limit and thus with hydrogen flowing through a hydride-matrix mixture. Fully-hydrided regions (frequently called blisters) grow in the samples, beginning at the cold spot. Under equivalent conditions, the experiment is carried out on several Zr-2.5% Nb samples, allowing for the hydrogen migration times to vary from 1.105 to 6.105 s, so as to construct a blister-growth curve. Metallographic examination of the samples is performed before and after the imposition of the thermal gradient. A mathematical model is then presented, and the corresponding equations are numerically solved by means of a finite element method, refining the discretization so as to render approximation errors unimportant. Agreement between model and experiment is shown to be quite good for migration times greater than 3.105 s. For shorter times, implying small blisters around the cold spot, discrepancies arise between model and experiment, which are attributed to errors in estimating the local temperature field near the sample surface. (orig.)

  3. Mechanics of tungsten blistering II: Analytical treatment and fracture mechanical assessment

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    Li, Muyuan; You, Jeong-Ha

    2015-10-01

    Since a decade the blistering of pure tungsten under hydrogen implantation has been one of the major research topics in relation to the plasma-wall interaction of tungsten-armored first wall. Overall blistering may reduce the erosion lifetime of the wall. Mature blisters grown by high internal pressure are likely to burst leading to exfoliation of the surface. Therefore, the control and suppression of blistering is an important concern for sustainable operation of the tungsten-armored plasma-facing components. In this context, a quantitative assessment of the mechanical conditions for blister bulging and growth is an important concern. In this article a theoretical framework is presented to describe the bulging deformation of tungsten blisters and to estimate the mechanical driving force of blister growth. The validity of the analytical formulations based on the theory of elastic plates is evaluated with the help of finite element analysis. Plastic strains and J-integral values at the blister boundary edge are assessed by means of numerical simulation. Extensive parametric studies were performed for a range of blister geometry (cap aspect ratio), gas pressure, yield stress and hardening rate. The characteristic features of the blistering mechanics are discussed and the cracking energy is quantitatively estimated for the various combinations of parameters.

  4. Cantilever beam test of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes with hydride blisters

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    The hydride blisters can be formed by the temperature gradient in the Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube if the pressure tubes contact to the calandria tubes. A volume expansion due to hydride blister causes steep stress gradient in the region of blister-matrix interface, possibly develops to delayed hydride cracking (DHC). After the rupture of pressure tubes due to hydride blisters in Pickering unit 2, many investigations concluded that the probability of blister to DHC may be low because the numerical analysis shows high compressive stresses are developed in the region of blister-matrix interface. This paper investigated fracture behavior of blister and possibility of DHC through cantilever beam test of blistered specimen produced by thermal diffusion processes in laboratory. The fractured surface after cantilever beam test shows a brittle fracture in the region of blister, typical DHC behavior in the region of Zr-2.5Nb matrix, and brittle fracture of crowded circumferential hydrides in the region of blister-matrix interface, where a steep stress gradient is expected

  5. Delayed hydride cracking in Zr-2.5 % Nb: effect of hydride blisters

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    In the zirconium base alloys subjected to a local thermal gradient, in presence of hydrogen, fully hydride region (frequently called blisters) can be formed. Due to the brittle character of the zirconium hydride, cracks are usually found inside the blisters. These cracks are prone to growing, under stress and temperature, by successive hydride precipitation at the crack tip. This process is called hydride induced delayed cracking (HIDC). In a previous work, hydride platelets were observed in the radial direction of the blister. In the present one, blisters were grown on Zr-2.5 wt % Nb pressure tubes. Then, tensile specimens were submitted to HIDC tests. During the test, the radial hydrides length increase due to stress concentrator effect of the blister. If a crack, that was initiated into the blister, reaches the Zr matrix therefore can propagate through the radial hydrides. (author)

  6. Study on the low-temperature metal blistering by desorption mass spectroscopy

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    Results of complex study on kinetics of forming the low-temperature (T=78 K) blistering during poly- and monocrystalline metal irradiation with E=30 keV H+ and He+ ions are presented. Using a high-sensitive mass-spectrometry of partial gas pressure pulsations, evoluted from blisters and microscopic study of targets critical radiation doses are determined, gas pressures in blisters at the stage of their destruction are estimated, a good correlation between the channelled ion path length, blister sizes, pulsation amplitude of partial pressures of evoluted from blisters hydrogen and helium is established. It is shown that sizes, form and density of blisters are much dependent on the type of bombarding ions and irradiated metals

  7. Formation and growth of hydride blisters in Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes

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    Hydride blisters were formed on the outer surface of Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube by a nonuniform steady thermal diffusion process. A thermal gradient was applied to the pressure tube with a heat bath kept at a temperature of 415 .deg. C and an aluminum cold finger cooled with flowing water of 15 .deg. C. Optical microscopy and three-dimensional laser profilometry were used to characterize the hydride blisters with different hydrogen concentrations and thermal diffusion time. Hydride blisters were expected to start at a hydrogen concentration of 30 - 70 ppm and a thermal diffusion time of 4 - 6x105 sec. The hydride blister size increases with higher hydrogen concentrations and longer thermal diffusion time. Some of the samples revealed cracks on the hydride blisters. The ratio of hydride blister depth to height was estimated as approximately 8:1

  8. Formation of blisters in tantalum by 30 MeV alpha particle bombardment

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    The phenomenon of radiation blistering by helium ion bombardment has been the subject of extensive studies in recent years because of its technological importance in thermonuclear fusion devices and reactors. However, the mechanism of radiation blistering is still not well understood. There are two different models of blister formation: the gas-pressure model and the lateral stress model. The former model is, however, supported by many experimental observations, the prominent one is that of Evans and Eyre who observed blisters appearing on the front and rear surfaces of a thin wedge-shaped molybdenum foil irradiated by helium ions. Their experiment also indicates that the thickness of the irradiated specimen could be important in affecting the characteristics of blisters. With this in view, we have studied the development of blisters in thin foils of tantalum by 30 MeV α-particle bombardment. (orig.)

  9. SEM investigation of surface blistering for argon ion bombarded amorphous alloys

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    Surface blistering of the amorphous alloys Co70.2Fe3.9Nb3.9Si14B8 and Co66Fe4.5V2.25Ni2.25Si10B15 due to argon ion bombardment at energies of 150, 195 and 300 keV has been observed with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The critical dose for onset of blistering and the blister diameter are determined and found to increase with increasing projectile energy. Above about 195 keV, blisters and rupture of blisters are the predominant surface damage phenomena. However, at 150 keV, there is no evidence of cracked blisters. The effects are interpreted in terms of argon agglomeration, building-up of the critical argon pressure, and argon releasing from near-surface regions

  10. Blister formation on tungsten surface by irradiating hydrogen and carbon mixed ion beam

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    A mixed carbon and hydrogen beam was irradiated on to tungsten materials. In the case in which the carbon concentration and sample temperature were 0.95% and 653 K, respectively, large numbers and blisters of various sizes were formed. But in a low carbon concentration or high temperature case, no significant blisters were formed. It was found that carbon impurities in the beam play an important role in blister formation. (author)

  11. Tungsten dust nanoparticles generation from blistering bursts under hydrogen environment in microwave ECR discharge

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    Ouaras, K.; Hassouni, K.; Delacqua, L. Colina; Lombardi, G.; Vrel, D.; Bonnin, X.

    2015-11-01

    Blistering burst induced tungsten dust nanoparticles were observed for the first time when a tungsten sample is submitted to a hydrogen low-temperature discharge under low flux and low incident energy values (20, 120 and 220 eV) at a surface temperature of 500 K. Tungsten nanoparticles (˜50 nm) were organized in 2D domains with diameter that is well correlated to the blister volume losses by burst. These observations suggest that dust nanoparticles were generated from blistering burst.

  12. Ion effects in hydrogen-induced blistering of Mo/Si multilayers

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    Kuznetsov, A. S.; Gleeson, M. A. [FOM Institute DIFFER—Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Bijkerk, F. [FOM Institute DIFFER—Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Postbus 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

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    The role that energetic (>800 eV) hydrogen ions play in inducing and modifying the formation of blisters in nanoscale Mo/Si multilayer samples is investigated. Such samples are confirmed to be susceptible to blistering by two separate mechanisms. The first is attributed to the segregation of H atoms to voids and vacancies associated with the outermost Mo layer, driving blister formation in the form of H{sub 2} filled bubbles. This process can occur in the absence of ions. A second blister distribution emerges when energetic ions are present in the irradiating flux. This is attributed to an ion-induced vacancy clustering mechanism that produces void blisters. The defects and strained states associated with the Mo-on-Si interfaces provide the preferred nucleation points for blistering in both cases. The effects of ions are ascribed to promotion of hydrogen uptake and mobility, in particular through the Si layers; to the generation of additional mobile species in the Si and Mo layers; and to the creation of new blister nucleation points. In addition to directly stimulating blistering via vacancy clustering, ions modify the development of H{sub 2}-filled blisters. This is most evident in the formation of multi-component structures due to overlapping delaminations at different layer interfaces. This affect is attributed to the introduction of active transport of hydrogen from the H{sub 2} filled blisters across the outermost Mo-on-Si interface to the underlying layers. Ion-induced variations in hydrogen uptake and distribution and in the rates of blister nucleation and growth produce lateral differences in blister size and areal number density that create a macroscopic concentric pattern across the surface.

  13. Ion effects in hydrogen-induced blistering of Mo/Si multilayers

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    The role that energetic (>800 eV) hydrogen ions play in inducing and modifying the formation of blisters in nanoscale Mo/Si multilayer samples is investigated. Such samples are confirmed to be susceptible to blistering by two separate mechanisms. The first is attributed to the segregation of H atoms to voids and vacancies associated with the outermost Mo layer, driving blister formation in the form of H2 filled bubbles. This process can occur in the absence of ions. A second blister distribution emerges when energetic ions are present in the irradiating flux. This is attributed to an ion-induced vacancy clustering mechanism that produces void blisters. The defects and strained states associated with the Mo-on-Si interfaces provide the preferred nucleation points for blistering in both cases. The effects of ions are ascribed to promotion of hydrogen uptake and mobility, in particular through the Si layers; to the generation of additional mobile species in the Si and Mo layers; and to the creation of new blister nucleation points. In addition to directly stimulating blistering via vacancy clustering, ions modify the development of H2-filled blisters. This is most evident in the formation of multi-component structures due to overlapping delaminations at different layer interfaces. This affect is attributed to the introduction of active transport of hydrogen from the H2 filled blisters across the outermost Mo-on-Si interface to the underlying layers. Ion-induced variations in hydrogen uptake and distribution and in the rates of blister nucleation and growth produce lateral differences in blister size and areal number density that create a macroscopic concentric pattern across the surface

  14. Multi-scale characterization of surface blistering morphology of helium irradiated W thin films

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    Yang, J.J., E-mail: jjyang@scu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Zhu, H.L. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Wan, Q. [Institute of Structural Mechanics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Peng, M.J. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China); Ran, G., E-mail: gran@xmu.edu.cn [School of Energy Research, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005 (China); Tang, J.; Yang, Y.Y.; Liao, J.L.; Liu, N. [Key Laboratory of Radiation Physics and Technology of Ministry of Education, Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610064 (China)

    2015-09-01

    Highlights: • Multi-scale blistering morphology of He irradiated W film was studied. • This complex morphology was first characterized by wavelet transform approach. - Abstract: Surface blistering morphologies of W thin films irradiated by 30 keV He ion beam were studied quantitatively. It was found that the blistering morphology strongly depends on He fluence. For lower He fluence, the accumulation and growth of He bubbles induce the intrinsic surface blisters with mono-modal size distribution feature. When the He fluence is higher, the film surface morphology exhibits a multi-scale property, including two kinds of surface blisters with different characteristic sizes. In addition to the intrinsic He blisters, film/substrate interface delamination also induces large-sized surface blisters. A strategy based on wavelet transform approach was proposed to distinguish and extract the multi-scale surface blistering morphologies. Then the density, the lateral size and the height of these different blisters were estimated quantitatively, and the effect of He fluence on these geometrical parameters was investigated. Our method could provide a potential tool to describe the irradiation induced surface damage morphology with a multi-scale property.

  15. Real-time imaging of suction blistering in human skin using optical coherence tomography.

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    Carvalho, Joana C O; Palero, Jonathan A; Jurna, Martin

    2015-12-01

    Separation of skin epidermis from the dermis by suction blistering has been used with high success rate for autologous skin epidermal grafting in burns, chronic wounds and vitiligo transplantation treatment. Although commercial products that achieve epidermal grafting by suction blistering are presently available, there is still limited knowledge and understanding on the dynamic process of epidermal-dermal separation during suction blistering. In this report we integrated a suction system to an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) which allowed for the first time, real-time imaging of the suction blistering process in human skin. We describe in this report the evolution of a suction blister where the growth is modeled with a Boltzmann sigmoid function. We further investigated the relationship between onset and steady-state blister times, blister growth rate, applied suction pressure and applied local skin temperature. Our results show that while the blister time is inversely proportional to the applied suction pressure, the relationship between the blister time and the applied temperature is described by an exponential decay. PMID:26713194

  16. Thermal shock behaviour of blisters on W surface during combined steady-state/pulsed plasma loading

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    Jia, Y. Z.; Liu, W.; Xu, B.; Luo, G.-N.; Li, C.; Qu, S. L.; Morgan, T. W.; De Temmerman, G.

    2015-09-01

    The thermal shock behaviour of blister-covered W surfaces during combined steady-state/pulsed plasma loading was studied by scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. The W samples were first exposed to steady-state D plasma to induce blisters on the surface, and then the blistered surfaces were exposed to steady-state/pulsed plasma. Growth and cracking of blisters were observed after the exposure to the steady-state/pulsed plasma, while no obvious damage occurred on the surface area not covered with blisters. The results confirm that blisters induced by D plasma might represent weak spots on the W surface when exposed to transient heat load of ELMs. The cracks on blisters were different from the cracks due to the transient heat loads reported before, and they were assumed to be caused by stress and strain due to the gas expansion inside the blisters during the plasma pulses. Moreover, most of cracks were found to appear on the blisters formed on grains with surface orientation near [1 1 1].

  17. Surface blistering of ion irradiated SiC studied by grazing incidence electron microscopy

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    We present the structural analysis of surface blisters on SiC crystals heavily irradiated by He+ and H+ ions using grazing incidence electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The shapes of the blisters were similar to those observed in silicon as the target, but the critical fluence and skin structure of the H-blisters were considerably different from those in silicon, while the He-blisters had features very similar to the case of silicon. The differences between silicon and SiC can be tentatively explained by the differences of binding energies of Si-Si, Si-C, Si-H and C-H

  18. Recent findings on blistering and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to high-fluence deuterium plasma

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    Blistering and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to high-fluence (up to 1027 D/m2) of high-flux (1022 D+/m2/s) and low-energy (38 eV) deuterium plasma were examined in the temperature range of 315-1000 K with scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam, thermal desorption spectroscopy and positron annihilation. There were cavities inside small blisters with the maximum ratio of height against diameter of about 0.7, whereas there were voids/holes along the grain boundary beneath most large blisters but no hollow lid formed. Blistering and deuterium retention showed a significant dependence upon fluence and exposure temperature.

  19. Characterisation of hydride blister in reactor operated zircaloy-2 pressure tube

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    Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes pickup Hydrogen species (H and D) during in-reactor service. The hydrogen pickup leads to hydride precipitation and in the event of a contact between the pressure tube and the calandria tube, hydrogen migrates to the cold spot leading to the formation of hydride blister. One such hydride blister location in an operated Zircaloy-2 pressure tube of RAPS-2 was subjected to metallographic studies and mapping of the microstructure across the tube thickness. Mapping of the hydrogen concentration across the tube thickness was carried out by careful sampling and H estimation by DSC technique. The H profile across the tube thickness, up to the blister boundary, was generated. The hydride blister region was found to be made up of microstructurally different regions starting from dense massive hydride at the outer surface and followed in sequence by a region with dense and thick platelets oriented parallel to the blister boundary and radial platelet region, which subsequently merged with the background platelet distribution appropriate for the average hydrogen content of the pressure tube. The equivalent blister depth corresponding to H content of 16,000 w/ppm has been estimated from the H profile at the blister location. In the case of a hydride blister with measured thickness of 0.4mm the equivalent blister thickness was found to be 0.414mm. Mapping of the hardness of the massive hydride and the adjoining microstructurally different regions was carried out by microhardness measurements at room temperature. (author)

  20. Multi-scale characterization of surface blistering morphology of helium irradiated W thin films

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    Highlights: • Multi-scale blistering morphology of He irradiated W film was studied. • This complex morphology was first characterized by wavelet transform approach. - Abstract: Surface blistering morphologies of W thin films irradiated by 30 keV He ion beam were studied quantitatively. It was found that the blistering morphology strongly depends on He fluence. For lower He fluence, the accumulation and growth of He bubbles induce the intrinsic surface blisters with mono-modal size distribution feature. When the He fluence is higher, the film surface morphology exhibits a multi-scale property, including two kinds of surface blisters with different characteristic sizes. In addition to the intrinsic He blisters, film/substrate interface delamination also induces large-sized surface blisters. A strategy based on wavelet transform approach was proposed to distinguish and extract the multi-scale surface blistering morphologies. Then the density, the lateral size and the height of these different blisters were estimated quantitatively, and the effect of He fluence on these geometrical parameters was investigated. Our method could provide a potential tool to describe the irradiation induced surface damage morphology with a multi-scale property

  1. Order and temperature dependence of surface blistering in H and He co-implanted Ge

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    Dai, J.Y.; Wei, X.; Xue, Z.Y.; Di, Z.F., E-mail: zfdi@mail.sim.ac.cn; Zhang, M.

    2014-04-30

    The effect of implantation order and post-annealing temperature on surface blistering of H and He co-implanted germanium was investigated in the samples implanted with H and He in different orders (H first then He or He first then H). It was found that blisters were easily formed in H-alone sample after annealing at 350 °C. However, with the increasing annealing temperature, the blistering phenomena were inclined to occur in the co-implanted samples, especially in He-first sample. The different behaviors of blister formation were closely correlated with the thermal stability of He implantation-induced damage. For low temperature annealing, most of the implanted He atoms were localized at the original site as implanted and the diffusion of He was efficiently suppressed, thus the blistering mainly originated from the platelets which were pressurized by implanted H. In consequence, blisters were more easily formed in H-alone sample in which the implantation dose of H was relatively higher than the co-implanted samples. However, for higher temperature annealing, the enhanced blistering behavior of co-implanted samples was attributed to an increasing contribution of He to the internal pressure of H-platelets. Compared to the He-first sample, the formation of large defect clusters with high vacancy/hydrogen ratio in the H-first sample may retard the blistering phenomenon. - Highlights: • The effect of order and annealing temperature on blistering was investigated. • Changes in the blistering phenomena of all the samples were studied. • The evolutions of strain and implantation induced-defects were analyzed. • The platelet forming tendency is responsible for the difference in blistering. • The contribution of He depends strongly on the temperature and implantation order.

  2. Order and temperature dependence of surface blistering in H and He co-implanted Ge

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    The effect of implantation order and post-annealing temperature on surface blistering of H and He co-implanted germanium was investigated in the samples implanted with H and He in different orders (H first then He or He first then H). It was found that blisters were easily formed in H-alone sample after annealing at 350 °C. However, with the increasing annealing temperature, the blistering phenomena were inclined to occur in the co-implanted samples, especially in He-first sample. The different behaviors of blister formation were closely correlated with the thermal stability of He implantation-induced damage. For low temperature annealing, most of the implanted He atoms were localized at the original site as implanted and the diffusion of He was efficiently suppressed, thus the blistering mainly originated from the platelets which were pressurized by implanted H. In consequence, blisters were more easily formed in H-alone sample in which the implantation dose of H was relatively higher than the co-implanted samples. However, for higher temperature annealing, the enhanced blistering behavior of co-implanted samples was attributed to an increasing contribution of He to the internal pressure of H-platelets. Compared to the He-first sample, the formation of large defect clusters with high vacancy/hydrogen ratio in the H-first sample may retard the blistering phenomenon. - Highlights: • The effect of order and annealing temperature on blistering was investigated. • Changes in the blistering phenomena of all the samples were studied. • The evolutions of strain and implantation induced-defects were analyzed. • The platelet forming tendency is responsible for the difference in blistering. • The contribution of He depends strongly on the temperature and implantation order

  3. The role of skin nociceptive afferent nerves in blister healing.

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    Westerman, R A; Carr, R W; Delaney, C A; Morris, M J; Roberts, R G

    1993-01-01

    Because sensory neuropeptides improve survival of critical skin and muscle flaps in rats, skin nociceptive sensory nerve function in blister healing was examined. Sensory nerve ablation by unilateral hindlimb denervation or cutaneous axon reflex enhancement by 14 days systemic nicotine treatment (5 mg kg-1 day-1) decreased and increased, respectively, peripheral motor functions of nociceptive (peptidergic) skin nerves. Effects on nociception were measured by a radiant heat tail-flick test. Axon reflex flares were evoked by transdermal iontophoresis of acetylcholine or noxious electrical stimulation under pentobarbitone 40 mg kg-1 anaesthesia. Resultant changes in cutaneous microvascular blood flux were measured non-invasively by laser Doppler flowmetry. In nicotine-treated rats compared with placebo-treated controls, acetylcholine-evoked axon reflex flare was enhanced by 240% (p skin using a constant weight and diameter of compressed dry ice pellet applied for 30 secs at constant force. Dry-ice blisters raised on the hindpaw 14 days post-denervation were significantly slower to heal completely (42 days) than controls (30 days: P skin. The data signal a possible important role for neuropeptides in these processes and question the function of nicotinic receptors on sensory nerves. PMID:7712628

  4. Modeling the Photoionized Interface in Blister HII Regions

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    Sankrit, R; Sankrit, Ravi

    2000-01-01

    We present a grid of photoionization models for the emission from photoevaporative interfaces between the ionized gas and molecular cloud in blister HII regions. For the density profiles of the emitting gas in the models, we use a general power law form calculated for photoionized, photoevaporative flows by Bertoldi (1989). We find that the spatial emission line profiles are dependent on the incident flux, the shape of the ionizing continuum and the elemental abundances. In particular, we find that the peak emissivity of the [SII] and [NII] lines are more sensitive to the elemental abundances than are the total line intensities. The diagnostics obtained from the grid of models can be used in conjunction with high spatial resolution data to infer the properties of ionized interfaces in blister HII regions. As an example, we consider a location at the tip of an ``elephant trunk'' structure in M16 (the Eagle Nebula) and show how narrow band HST-WFPC2 images constrain the HII region properties. We present a photo...

  5. Temperature dependencies of hydrogen-induced blistering of thin film multilayers

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    We report on the influence of sample temperature on the development of hydrogen-induced blisters in Mo/Si thin-film multilayers. In general, the areal number density of blisters decreases with increasing exposure temperature, whereas individual blister size increases with exposure temperatures up to ∼200 °C but decreases thereafter. Comparison as a function of sample temperature is made between exposures to a flux containing both hydrogen ions and neutrals and one containing only neutrals. In the case of the neutral-only flux, blistering is observed for exposure temperatures ≥90 °C. The inclusion of ions promotes blister formation at <90 °C, while retarding their growth at higher temperatures. In general, ion-induced effects become less evident with increasing exposure temperature. At 200 °C, the main effect discernable is reduced blister size as compared with the equivalent neutral-only exposure. The temperature during exposure is a much stronger determinant of the blistering outcome than either pre- or post-annealing of the sample. The trends observed for neutral-only exposures are attributed to competing effects of defect density thermal equilibration and H-atom induced modification of the Si layers. Energetic ions modify the blistering via (temperature dependent) enhancement of H-mobility and re-crystallization of amorphous Si

  6. Hydride blister formation in Zr-2.5wt%Nb pressure tube alloy

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    Hydride blisters were grown over a period of 5-91 days under controlled thermal boundary condition using Zr-2.5wt%Nb pressure tube sections. Rectangular plate type specimens were hydrided to hydrogen concentration in the range of 20-250 ppm by weight and homogenized at 400 deg. C. These specimens were held in a specially fabricated jig capable of producing the required thermal gradients. The bulk specimen and the cold spot temperatures were maintained in the range of 270-400 deg. C and 40-100 deg. C respectively. Depending on the thermal gradients employed, two types of blister morphology were identified. The type I blister was single, round and located at the cold spot region whereas the type II blister consisted of several small blisters along a ring around the cold spot. Microstructural examination of the blister cross-section revealed three regions; a single-phase region consisting of hydrides, a region consisting of matrix containing both radial and circumferential hydrides, and another region consisting of matrix and circumferential hydrides. An attempt was made to rationalize the observed radial-circumferential hydride platelet orientation. Hydride blister growth rates were found to vary strongly with hydrogen concentration and bulk specimen temperature. The observed time for blister growth was found to be in agreement with the Sawatzky's model

  7. Detection of Hydride Blisters in Zirconium Pressure Tubes using Ultrasonic Mode Conversion and Velocity Ratio Method

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    When the pressure tubes(f are in contact with the calandria tube(CT) in the pressurized heavy water reactor(PHWR), the temperature difference between inner and outer wall of W results in a thermal diffusion of hydrogen (deuterium) and hydride blisters are formed on the outer surface of PT. Because the hydride blisters and zirconium matrix are acoustically continuous, it is not easy to distinguish the blisters from the matrix with conventional ultrasonic method. An ultrasonic velocity ratio method was developed to detect small hydride blisters on the zirconium pressure tube. Hydride blisters were grown in the PT specimen using a steady state thermal diffusion device. The flight times of longitudinal echo and reflected shear echo from the outer surface were measured accurately. The velocity ratio of the longitudinal wave to the shear wave was calculated and displayed using contour plot. Compared to the conventional flight time method of longitudinal wave, the velocity ratio method shows superior sensitivity to detect smaller blisters as well as better images for the blister shapes. Detectable limit of the outer shape of the hydride blisters was conservatively estimated as 50μm, with the same specifications of ultrasonic transducer used in the actual PHWR pressure tube inspection

  8. Temperature dependencies of hydrogen-induced blistering of thin film multilayers

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    Kuznetsov, A. S.; Gleeson, M. A., E-mail: M.A.Gleeson@differ.nl [DIFFER—Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Bijkerk, F. [DIFFER—Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); MESA Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Postbus 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2014-05-07

    We report on the influence of sample temperature on the development of hydrogen-induced blisters in Mo/Si thin-film multilayers. In general, the areal number density of blisters decreases with increasing exposure temperature, whereas individual blister size increases with exposure temperatures up to ∼200 °C but decreases thereafter. Comparison as a function of sample temperature is made between exposures to a flux containing both hydrogen ions and neutrals and one containing only neutrals. In the case of the neutral-only flux, blistering is observed for exposure temperatures ≥90 °C. The inclusion of ions promotes blister formation at <90 °C, while retarding their growth at higher temperatures. In general, ion-induced effects become less evident with increasing exposure temperature. At 200 °C, the main effect discernable is reduced blister size as compared with the equivalent neutral-only exposure. The temperature during exposure is a much stronger determinant of the blistering outcome than either pre- or post-annealing of the sample. The trends observed for neutral-only exposures are attributed to competing effects of defect density thermal equilibration and H-atom induced modification of the Si layers. Energetic ions modify the blistering via (temperature dependent) enhancement of H-mobility and re-crystallization of amorphous Si.

  9. Multi-scale characterization of surface blistering morphology of helium irradiated W thin films

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    Yang, J. J.; Zhu, H. L.; Wan, Q.; Peng, M. J.; Ran, G.; Tang, J.; Yang, Y. Y.; Liao, J. L.; Liu, N.

    2015-09-01

    Surface blistering morphologies of W thin films irradiated by 30 keV He ion beam were studied quantitatively. It was found that the blistering morphology strongly depends on He fluence. For lower He fluence, the accumulation and growth of He bubbles induce the intrinsic surface blisters with mono-modal size distribution feature. When the He fluence is higher, the film surface morphology exhibits a multi-scale property, including two kinds of surface blisters with different characteristic sizes. In addition to the intrinsic He blisters, film/substrate interface delamination also induces large-sized surface blisters. A strategy based on wavelet transform approach was proposed to distinguish and extract the multi-scale surface blistering morphologies. Then the density, the lateral size and the height of these different blisters were estimated quantitatively, and the effect of He fluence on these geometrical parameters was investigated. Our method could provide a potential tool to describe the irradiation induced surface damage morphology with a multi-scale property.

  10. Suppression of hydrogen-induced blistering of tungsten by pre-irradiation at low temperature

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    Blistering of tungsten (W) surfaces due to deuterium (D) implantation was investigated by a sequence of exposures at two different temperatures—230 and 450 K—and by the reversed sequence. A single exposure at 230 K leads to a high areal density of small dome-shaped blisters (up to 3 µm in diameter) together with much smaller flat-topped structures, while a single 450-K exposure produces large dome-shaped blisters up to 40 µm in diameter without the flat-topped structures. Most of the small dome-shaped blisters from 230 K exposure disappeared after annealing at 450 K for 17 h, but survived and even grew in size if the surface was exposed to D plasma during annealing. Sequential exposure at the two temperatures reveals a non-commutative behaviour: after a first exposure at 450 K the second exposure at 230 K leads to superposition of the observed blister structures without changing the large blisters from the first exposure. By contrast, a first exposure at 230 K almost completely suppresses the formation of large blisters during a second exposure at 450 K. Obviously, the presence of the small blisters strongly influences the penetration of D into the W bulk. (letter)

  11. Blister formation in tungsten by hydrogen and carbon mixed ion beam irradiation

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    Blister formation in tungsten has been studied by mixed carbon and hydrogen ion beam irradiation. The beam ion energies were 1.0 keV and 300 eV, and the fluence was in the range of 1024-1025 ions m-2. It was found that a little amount of carbon impurity in the beam affected blister formation. A large number of blisters with various sizes were observed on the surface of tungsten at 653 K when the carbon concentration was more than 0.35%. When the carbon concentration was 0.11%, no blisters larger than 1.0 μm were observed. When the carbon concentration was 2.35%, a carbon layer developed on the tungsten surface, and again, no blisters were observed. The effect of target temperature on blister formation was also investigated: the sizes and numbers of the blisters were the largest when the tungsten was irradiated at 653 K; when the sample was irradiated at 388 or 873 K, no blisters larger than 1.0 μm were observed

  12. Hydrides blister formation and induced embrittlement on zircaloy-4 cladding tubes in reactivity initiated conditions

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    Our aim is to study the cladding fracture with mechanical tests more representative of RIA conditions, taking into account the hydrides blisters, representative strain rates and stress states. To obtain hydride blisters, we developed a thermodiffusion setup that reproduces blister growth in reactor conditions. By metallography, nano-hardness, XRD and ERDA, we showed that they are constituted by 80% to 100% of δ hydrides in a Zircaloy-4 matrix, and that the zirconium beneath has some radially oriented hydrides. We modeled the blister growth kinetics taking into account the hysteresis of the hydrogen solubility limit and defined the thermal gradient threshold for blister growth. The modeling of the dilatometric behavior of hydrided zirconium indicates the important role of the material crystallographic texture, which could explain differences in the blister shape. Mechanical tests monitored with an infrared camera showed that significant local heating occurred at strain rates higher than 0.1/s. In parallel, the Expansion Due to Compression test was optimized to increase the bi-axiality level from uniaxial stress to plane strain (HB-EDC and VHB-EDC tests). This increase in loading bi-axiality lowers greatly the fracture strain at 25 C and 350 C only in homogeneous material without blister. Eventually, the ductility decrease of unirradiated Zircaloy-4 cladding tube in function of the blister depth was quantified. (author)

  13. Blister formation by 30 MeV helium ion irradiation in Ni-1% Cu

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    Helium ion irradiation studies of metals and alloy surfaces have been carried out because of their technological importance in fusion reactors. The irradiation may cause sputtering, blistering or exfolation. When irradiation is carried out above a critical dose, blisters are formed. This depends upon many factors e.g. energy of ions, temperature of the irradiation, metallurgical state of the sample, etc. There are different theories explaining blistering behaviour, notable among them are those based on a gas pressure model and lateral stress model. The study of blistering has been carried out in pure nickel by some workers, but the presence of alloying elements may affect the blistering formation, depending upon the nature of additives. This will depend upon whether the additive acts as a trap of helium atoms or vacancies

  14. The effects of inclusions and second phase particles on hydrogen-induced blistering in iron

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    The relationship between the second phase and inclusion particles and the hydrogen-induced blisters of an industrial iron has been investigated through direct observation of opened blisters by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with an energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) system and statistical analysis. The results show that every blister has a nucleation site and can propagate discontinuously or continuously under the pressure of hydrogen. Most of the nucleation sites (88%) are inclusion or second phase particles. The compositions of the inclusion or second phase particles are mainly Ti, Al, Si, Mn and S. The formation of blister is analyzed and a new mechanism for the initiating, growing and cracking of hydrogen blister is proposed

  15. Blistering and trapping characteristics of aluminum during Ar ion implantation and post-irradiation annealing

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    High dose Ar implantation of pure aluminum samples with different energies resulted in blisters on the implanted area with mean diameters of dm=9.5Rp. At RT implantation the critical doses for the onset of blistering correspond to 23 at% Ar peak concentration, independent of the applied bombarding energies (300-700 keV). During vacuum isochronic annealing of pre-implanted samples, it is found that the critical peak concentration of He decreases with increasing sample temperature, according to the weakening of the host material yield strength. The Rutherford back scattering (RBS) analyses performed during annealing show that the Ar release initiates at the blister formation and increases drastically (50% of implanted Ar) at the blister ruptures around 570 K, where channel network of interbubble cracks has interconnected laterally the cavities under all blisters including the unopened ones. The Ar escapes completely at temperatures higher than 750 K. (orig.)

  16. The influence of preferred crystallographic orientation on blister size distribution in helium implanted surfaces

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    Blister formation by ion implantation has been recently attributed to the near surface gas concentration and the mechanical properties of the metal. At a critical level of near surface concentration blisters are created with a typical range of diameter size for the specific material and specific implantation ion energy. Single crystal implantation with high near surface He concentration has shown different typical blister sizes due to the crystallographic directions. In the present work the authors report studies of blister formation in rolled and annealed aluminum and a Cu-Be alloy. It was observed that, as a consequence of the reflective stopping powers, there is a correlation between crystallographic orientation and resultant blister size distribution

  17. Recent findings on blistering and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to high-fluence deuterium plasma

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    Full text of publication follows: Blistering occurs at tungsten exposed to high-fluence deuterium plasma, even if the ion energy is too low to create displacement damage [1, 2]. In this study, blistering and deuterium retention in various tungsten exposed to high-fluence (up to 1027 D/m2 ) of high flux (1022 D+/m2/s) and low-energy (38 eV) deuterium plasma were examined in the temperature range of 315 K to 1000 K with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focused ion beam (FIB), thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) and positron annihilation (PA). At the exposure temperature of 315 K, only low-dome blisters with sizes of less than a few microns appeared even if the fluence reached 1027 D/m2. At around 400 K, the blisters became much denser and the dome of blisters became a little higher. Peculiar change occurred around 500 K, where two kinds of blisters appeared. One is the large blisters with sizes of a few tens of microns and varying ratios of height against chord (up to 0.6), and the other is the high-dome small blisters with chords of less than a few microns and large ratio of height against chord (about 0.7). Blisters became much sparser as the temperature increased to above 600 K and disappeared at 1000 K. In addition, the phenomenon of blister bursting with a tail, or partially-opened or fully-opened lid was found after plasma exposure or TDS experiments . During TDS experiments, bursting release with numerous sadden peaks was newly observed by setting the time resolution of quadrupole mass spectrometer to about 0.3 s. Deuterium retention showed the maximum around 500 K, corresponding to the appearance of two kinds of high-dome blisters. furthermore, the amount of deuterium retained in tungsten increased with the increasing fluence, roughly following the proportional relationship with the root of the exposure time. Besides the strong dependence upon the exposure temperature, blistering and deuterium retention also showed significant dependence upon the

  18. Modeling the Orion nebula as an axisymmetric blister

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    Rubin, R. H.; Simpson, J. P.; Haas, M. R.; Erickson, E. F.

    1991-01-01

    The ionized gas in the Orion nebula is examined by means of axisymmetric modeling that is based on observational data from the ionized, neutral, and molecular regions. Nonsymmetrical features are omitted, radial dependence from the Trapezium is assumed, and azimuthal symmetry in the plane of the sky is used. Stellar properties and abundances of certain elements are described, and these data are used to compare the present axisymmetric-blister model to a previous spherical model. Strong singly-ionized emission that are visible near the Trapezium are found to originate in the ionization-bounded region in the dense Trapezium zone. The model can be more tightly constrained by adding near-IR data on noncentral zones for (Ar II), (AR III), (Ne II), and (S IV). The quadrant with the 'bar' creates an nonsymmetry that influences the observational data, and the model can therefore be improved with the additional data.

  19. Influence of hydrogen fluence on surface blistering of H and He co-implanted Ge

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    Dai, Jiayun; Xue, Zhongying; Zhang, Miao; Wei, Xing; Wang, Gang; Di, Zengfeng

    2016-02-01

    The effect of hydrogen fluence on surface blistering of H and He co-implanted Ge is investigated using atom force microscope, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. With a fixed He, we find that for 1 × 1016 cm-2 H implantation fluence, only a few small dome-shaped blisters appear, for 3 × 1016 cm-2 H implantation fluence, large blisters as well as craters are formed, while for 5 × 1016 cm-2 H implantation fluence, no blisters can be observed. The strain evolution and platelet forming tendency are found to be relevant for the different blistering phenomenon. The weak blistering phenomenon for 1 × 1016 cm-2 H implantation fluence may be attributed to less "free" H for the building up of internal pressure of platelets and the sustained growth of platelets. While the absence of blistering phenomenon for 5 × 1016 cm-2 H implantation fluence is likely due to the retarded relief of the decreased uniform compressive stress throughout the damage region.

  20. A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium Echinopora lamellosa.

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    Full Text Available This study investigates potential causes of a novel blister-like syndrome in the plating coral Echinopora lamellosa. Visual inspections of this novel coral syndrome showed no obvious signs of macroparasites and the blisters themselves manifested as fluid-filled sacs on the surface of the coral, which rose from the coenosarc between the coral polyps. Histological analysis of the blisters showed that there was no associated necrosis with the epidermal or gastrodermal tissues. The only difference between blistered areas and apparently healthy tissues was the presence of proliferated growth (possible mucosal cell hyperplasia directly at the blister interface (area between where the edge of the blister joined apparently healthy tissue. No bacterial aggregates were identified in any histological samples, nor any sign of tissue necrosis identified. We conclude, that the blister formations are not apparently caused by a specific microbial infection, but instead may be the result of irritation following growth anomalies of the epidermis. However, future work should be conducted to search for other potential casual agents, including viruses.

  1. Effect of solute elements in Ni alloys on blistering under He+ and D+ ion irradiation

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    Effects of solute atoms on microstructural evolution and blister formation have been investigated using Ni alloys under 25 keV He+ and 20 keV D+ irradiation at 500 oC to a dose of about 4 x 1021 ions/m2. The specimens used were pure Ni, Ni-Si, Ni-Co, Ni-Cu, Ni-Mn and Ni-Pd alloys. The volume size factors of solute elements for the Ni alloys range from -5.8% to +63.6%. The formations of blisters were observed in the helium-irradiated specimens, but not in the deuteron-irradiated specimens. The areal number densities of blisters increased with volume size difference of solute atoms. The dependence of volume size on the areal number densities of blisters was very similar to that of the number densities of bubbles on solute atoms. The size of the blisters inversely decreased with increasing size of solute atoms. The formation of blisters was intimately related to the bubble growth, and the gas pressure model for the formation of blisters was supported by this study

  2. Formation and characterization of hydride blisters in Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes

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    Hellouin de Menibus, Arthur, E-mail: arthur.hellouin-de-menibus@cea.fr [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mines ParisTech/Centre des matériaux, CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France); Auzoux, Quentin; Dieye, Ousmane [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Berger, Pascal [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); CNRS UMR 3299, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Bosonnet, Sophie [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Foy, Eddy [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); CNRS UMR 3299, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Macdonald, Vincent [French Atomic Energy Comission - CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Besson, Jacques; Crépin, Jerome [Mines ParisTech/Centre des matériaux, CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France)

    2014-06-01

    This article is focused on the formation of hydride blisters in zirconium alloys an experimental and theoretical standpoint, and their characterization in terms of morphology, hydrides crystallographic phases, hardness and hydrogen concentration. An experimental setup was developed to grow hydride blisters on pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes by thermo-diffusion. The thermal conditions were optimized based on thermo-diffusion calculations, that take into account the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit, to obtain a high blister growth rate. Micro-X-ray Diffraction (XRD), nano-hardness and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) showed that the blisters contain a hydrogen gradient, with pure δ-hydride phase close to the external surface over one third of the blister depth. Thermo-diffusion calculations showed these half thickness blisters should grow in only a few days in PWR conditions. Eventually, the Diffusion Equilibrium Threshold (DET) was defined as a criterion that limits the blister growth, and emphasizes that the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit in zirconium must be taken into account to model hydrogen thermo-diffusion in zirconium alloys.

  3. Detection of hydride blister in PHWR pressure tubes using ultrasonic velocity ratio method

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    When the pressure tubes(PT) contact to the calandria tube(CT) in the pressurized heavy water reactor(PHWR), the temperature difference between inner and outer wall of PT results in a thermal diffusion of hydrogen (deuterium) and hydride blisters are formed on the outer surface of PT. Because the hydride blisters are acoustically continued to zirconium matrix, it is not easy to detect the blisters with conventional ultrasonic method. An ultrasonic velocity ratio method was developed to detect small hydride blisters on the zirconium pressure tube. Hydride blisters were grown in the PT specimen with a steady state thermal diffusion device. Ultrasonic velocity ratio method were developed for detection of hydride blisters. The flight time of longitudinal echo and reflected shear echo from the outer surface were measured and calculated to the parameter of velocity ratio of longitudinal wave to shear wave. The velocity ratio was plotted to modified c-scan display and converted to contour plot. The plots shows the capability that the blisters could be detected as well as imaged the shapes.

  4. TEM and SEM studies of radiation blistering in helium-implanted copper

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    Nanoporous layers produced in metal surfaces by He implantation are of special interest for applications such as catalysis. At high doses nanoporous layer formation can be limited by the onset of radiation blistering. Research into the blistering of metals was stimulated originally by the need to find materials resistant to blistering for use in the first-wall of future nuclear fusion reactors. Blistering was the subject of intensive international study in the two decades centred on 1977. Despite this effort the bubble structures associated with blistering were never determined. In the present work TEM sections have been successfully prepared, by ultramicrotomy, perpendicular to the surface of high dose copper targets. For the first time, in any case of radiation blistering, the bubble structures directly associated with blistering are identified and their depth dependence determined. Local swellings, caused by a bimodal distribution of nanoscale bubbles, are estimated to exceed 150%. Probable answers can now be provided for some longstanding questions from earlier studies. (orig.)

  5. Formation and characterization of hydride blisters in Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes

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    This article is focused on the formation of hydride blisters in zirconium alloys an experimental and theoretical standpoint, and their characterization in terms of morphology, hydrides crystallographic phases, hardness and hydrogen concentration. An experimental setup was developed to grow hydride blisters on pre-hydrided Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes by thermo-diffusion. The thermal conditions were optimized based on thermo-diffusion calculations, that take into account the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit, to obtain a high blister growth rate. Micro-X-ray Diffraction (XRD), nano-hardness and Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis (ERDA) showed that the blisters contain a hydrogen gradient, with pure δ-hydride phase close to the external surface over one third of the blister depth. Thermo-diffusion calculations showed these half thickness blisters should grow in only a few days in PWR conditions. Eventually, the Diffusion Equilibrium Threshold (DET) was defined as a criterion that limits the blister growth, and emphasizes that the hysteresis in the hydrogen solubility limit in zirconium must be taken into account to model hydrogen thermo-diffusion in zirconium alloys

  6. Combined effects of crystallography, heat treatment and surface polishing on blistering in tungsten exposed to high-flux deuterium plasma

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    Zayachuk, Y.; Tanyeli, I.; Van Boxel, S.; Bystrov, K.; Morgan, T. W.; Roberts, S. G.

    2016-08-01

    For tungsten exposed to low-energy hydrogen-plasmas, it has been thought that grains with surface normal are most susceptible to blistering while those with surface normal are virtually impervious to it. Here, we report results showing that non-uniformity of blister distribution depends on the state of the surface due to polishing. In electrochemically polished material blisters appear on the grains with all orientations, while in mechanically polished material blister-free areas associated with particular orientations emerge. On the other hand, blistering is shown to have a strong dependence on the level of deformation within particular grains in partially recrystallized material.

  7. On the blister formation in copper alloys due to the helium ion implantation

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    Structural materials in fusion reactors will be exposed to alpha radiation and helium implantation over a broad range of energies. A new approach to the blister-formation phenomenon is discussed by means of the mathematical solution on a uniformly loaded circular plate with clamped edges (circular diaphragm). In the present investigation, it was found that blister formation depends on the mechanical properties of the alloys and the near-surface concentration of the implanted gas, which itself is contingent on the crystallographic orientation by means of the stopping power of the implanted atoms. The reported model is based on the fact that at certain depths from the surface, the pressure in the cavities approaches the yield stress of the metal and blistering starts. The thickness of this thin film depends on the mechanical properties of the specific metal. Once a blister cavity is formed, the deformation of the thin film to form a blister cap depends on the buildup of pressure in the cavity contingent on the implanted dose. For the present model, it is sufficient to say that the thickness of the blister's cap cannot be correlated with the projected range of the implantation, as assumed by other authors. The implanted helium concentration needed to build up enough gas pressure to create a blister at a depth which is close to the projected range is higher by 50 times than the gas helium concentration in the cavity. Experimental results, such as the fact that the blisters have burst at the edge of the circular skin, where the maximum stresses are developed, and the fact that at high implantation energy (large projected range), the bursting of the blisters occurs by multilayer caps, support the present model

  8. Investigation of blister formation in sputtered Cu2ZnSnS4 absorbers for thin film solar cells

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    Blister formation in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films sputtered from a quaternary compound target is investigated. While the thin film structure, composition, and substrate material are not correlated to the blister formation, a strong link between sputtering gas entrapment, in this case argon, and blistering effect is found. It is shown that argon is trapped in the film during sputtering and migrates to locally form blisters during the high temperature annealing. Blister formation in CZTS absorbers is detrimental for thin film solar cell fabrication causing partial peeling of the absorber layer and potential shunt paths in the complete device. Reduced sputtering gas entrapment, and blister formation, is seen for higher sputtering pressure, higher substrate temperature, and change of sputtering gas to larger atoms. This is all in accordance with previous publications on blister formation caused by sputtering gas entrapment in other materials

  9. Non-destructive Quality control of tablets and blister packs by UV imaging

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    Klukkert, Marten; Wu, Jian Xiong; Rantanen, Jukka;

    2016-01-01

    multivariate image analysis for verification of blister pack filling, differentiation of tablets of varying composition therein, as well as detection of imprint defects and surface cracks of bulk tablets. Moreover, the influence of polymer sealing foils on tablet characterization within blister cavities was......Quality control of tablets and its primary packing material within the manufacturing line requires analytical routines that allow monitoring of the desired product attributes with high efficiency. The aim of this study was to evaluate the suitability of multispectral UV imaging combined with...... investigated. Several tablets of different composition were imaged either as bulk, within unsealed blister packs, or within blister packs that were manually sealed with three different types of either PVC or PCTFE foils. It was demonstrated that UV imaging is a fast and reliable technique for counting and...

  10. Non-destructive structural analysis of surface blistering by TEM and EELS in a reflection configuration

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    We present a non-destructive structural analysis of blistering on silicon surfaces heavily irradiated by D+ and He+ ions using grazing incidence electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The images and their electron diffraction indicate that the blister wall consists of a mixture of amorphous and nano-crystalline silicon in the D+ implanted sample, whereas the He+ implanted blister shows an amorphous wall containing a high density of bubbles. The presented method enables us to delineate the cross-sectional view of the blister structure. The thickness of the top skin was found to be much less than the projected range of D+ or He+. The presented results suggest that surface diffusion is enhanced by the local stress concentration as well as a chemical effect

  11. Evaluation of hydride blisters in zirconium pressure tube in CANDU reactor

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    When the garter springs for maintaining the gap between the pressure tube and the calandria tube are displaced in the CANDU reactor, the sagging of pressure tube results in a contact to the calandria tube. This causes a temperature difference between the inner and outer surface of the pressure tube. The hydride can be formed at the cold spot of outer surface and the volume expansion by hydride dormation causes the blistering in the zirconium alloys. An incident of pressure tube rupture due to the hydride blisters had happened in the Canadian CANDU reactor. This report describes the theoretical development and models on the formation and growth of hydride blister and some experimental results. The evaluation methodology and non-destructive testing for hydride blister in operating reactors are also described

  12. Experience of detecting blisters in irradiated coolant channels of Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors

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    A number of irradiated pressure tubes which were in contact with calandria tube during reactor operation have been subjected to detailed examination. In case of contact, calandria tube/ pressure tube (CT/PT) contact hydrogen absorbed in the pressure tube migrates and keeps accumulating in the contact region cold spot under thermal gradient. Over a length of time, accumulated hydrogen at the contact zone forms localized massive concentration of δ-phase zirconium hydride, which is termed as Blister. Blister grows in size with time in the reactor and reaches a critical size when it can crack. Presence of a cracked blister is a matter of concern for the safety of pressure tubes. Ultrasonic velocity ratio measurement technique has been developed and applied to evaluate formation of hydride blisters in irradiated pressure tube during the course of post irradiation examination. (author)

  13. Effects of cold work and niobium on the blistering of zirconium by helium atoms

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    Zr-2.5 wt% Nb and high purity zirconium, in either the fully annealed or 40% cold-worked conditions, were irradiated with 50 keV helium ions at temperatures between 100 K and 773 K to doses up to 2 x 1022 ions/m2. Above 300 K, blisters were not observed in annealed zirconium whereas at lower temperatures, extensive surface damage was produced. In Zr-2.5 wt% Nb, blisters were found in both the annealed and cold-worked alloys at all temperatures. The blistering behaviour in zirconium is related to the trapping of the implanted helium ions and the mechanical properties of these materials. Two zirconium single crystals were irradiated at 573 K and 773 K for comparison. Extensive blistering was observed in both single crystals even though no surface damage was found in the polycrystalline material irradiated under the same conditions. (orig.)

  14. Effect of Immunomodulator Pyrimethamine and Cimetidine on Immunosuppression Induced by Burn Blister Fluid

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    Behnaz Gharegozloo

    2004-09-01

    This finding represents evidence of a host defense defect within the burn wound and also indicates the blister fluid exhibit immunosuppressor factor that can modulate with immunomadulatory drugs like cimetidine and pyrimethamine.

  15. Localized coating failure of epoxy-coated aluminium alloy 2024-T3 in 0.5 M NaCl solutions: Correlation between coating degradation, blister formation and local chemistry within blisters

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    The role of pH on the nature and rate of the degradation of epoxy coatings on AA2024-T3 panels and subsequent corrosion of the substrate during immersion in NaCl solutions was investigated. In acidic solutions both blister formation and growth are rapid. Blisters become very large (∼1 cm) and new blisters appear to form for a certain time after exposure. Often very small (∼0.1 mm) clear blisters surround these large blisters. Enhanced blister formation is due to irreversibly increased permeability of the coating for chloride ions and protons, the formation of more defect sites within the coating, and the weakening/dissolution of the oxide layer in low pH environments. In neutral pH solutions, coatings fail by forming one, or at most two, active blisters (red in color) within a few days of immersion with the time-to-failure dependent upon coating quality and thickness. Blister growth is a very slow process, and blister diameters rarely exceed a few millimeters even after several weeks. The accumulation of corrosion product within the blister slows down the corrosion rate and blister growth. The chloride concentration in the occluded solutions within the blister is significantly increased over the bulk concentration, and the pH is often in the acidic range. From electrochemical measurements it can be concluded that the anodic and cathodic reactions are confined to the blister and its immediate surroundings, rather than involving more of the surface over which the coating is intact. Based on corrosion morphology it is concluded that replated copper contributes to the overall cathodic reaction

  16. Hydrogen-induced blistering of Mo/Si multilayers: Uptake and distribution

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    Kuznetsov, A.S. [FOM Institute DIFFER — Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Gleeson, M.A., E-mail: M.A.Gleeson@differ.nl [FOM Institute DIFFER — Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Bijkerk, F. [FOM Institute DIFFER — Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Postbus 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); MESA" + Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Postbus 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

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    We report on the uptake of deuterium by thin-film Mo/Si multilayer samples as a result of exposure to fluxes of predominantly thermal atomic and molecular species, but also containing a small fraction of energetic (800–1000 eV) ions. These exposures result in blister formation characterized by layer detachment occurring exclusively in the vicinity of the Mo-on-Si interfaces. This localization is attributed to strained centers introduced within the interfacial region during silicide formation and subsequent Mo crystallization. The correlation between D-content and blistering was studied. After an initial uptake period the D-content stabilized at ∼ 1.3 × 10{sup 16} at./cm{sup 2}. Blister development is not simply a function of the content. Different blistering processes are simultaneously operative, with three distinct distributions being observed. The areal number densities of the initial two blister distributions to appear are established before the content stabilizes, while the multilayer is susceptible to successive stages of blistering associated with the effects of energetic ions. H-atom depth profiling of hydrogen-exposed samples by resonant nuclear reaction analysis shows preferential accumulation in the Mo layers. A distinct local maximum with a remarkably high hydrogen concentration (∼ 19 at.%) develops in the outermost Mo layer. This is attributed to enhanced accommodation of hydrogen in voids and vacancies within the layer as a consequence of its polycrystalline structure and its highly-constrained state. - Highlights: • Correlation of hydrogen uptake with blistering of a thin film multilayer structure • Discrete, multi-stage ion-induced blistering of a layered structure • Layer-resolved hydrogen concentration profile • Material-dependent preferential accumulation of hydrogen.

  17. Hydrogen-induced blistering of Mo/Si multilayers: Uptake and distribution

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    We report on the uptake of deuterium by thin-film Mo/Si multilayer samples as a result of exposure to fluxes of predominantly thermal atomic and molecular species, but also containing a small fraction of energetic (800–1000 eV) ions. These exposures result in blister formation characterized by layer detachment occurring exclusively in the vicinity of the Mo-on-Si interfaces. This localization is attributed to strained centers introduced within the interfacial region during silicide formation and subsequent Mo crystallization. The correlation between D-content and blistering was studied. After an initial uptake period the D-content stabilized at ∼ 1.3 × 1016 at./cm2. Blister development is not simply a function of the content. Different blistering processes are simultaneously operative, with three distinct distributions being observed. The areal number densities of the initial two blister distributions to appear are established before the content stabilizes, while the multilayer is susceptible to successive stages of blistering associated with the effects of energetic ions. H-atom depth profiling of hydrogen-exposed samples by resonant nuclear reaction analysis shows preferential accumulation in the Mo layers. A distinct local maximum with a remarkably high hydrogen concentration (∼ 19 at.%) develops in the outermost Mo layer. This is attributed to enhanced accommodation of hydrogen in voids and vacancies within the layer as a consequence of its polycrystalline structure and its highly-constrained state. - Highlights: • Correlation of hydrogen uptake with blistering of a thin film multilayer structure • Discrete, multi-stage ion-induced blistering of a layered structure • Layer-resolved hydrogen concentration profile • Material-dependent preferential accumulation of hydrogen

  18. The formation and characteristics of hydride blisters in c.w. Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes

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    Under the auspices of the IAEA, a consultants' meeting was arranged in Vienna, 1994 July 25-29, at which a Canadian delegation, consisting of AECL and Ontario Hydro Technologies personnel, presented information on their knowledge of the behaviour of hydride blisters in Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes. This document contains the 10 papers presented by the Canadian delegation to the meeting. It is believed that they represent a good reference document on hydride blister phenomena

  19. A patient with multiple blisters in the skin and mucous membranes

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    A case is presented of a patient who was referred to the rheumatology department with symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus and bullous disease. A 55-year-old woman with 2 year history of blistering involving the hands and face, presented with new lesions on the thorax, feet, toes, inferior lip, and tongue accompanied by pruritus. The patient also had joint pain without inflammation of the knees, ankles, and hands. After the investigations the patient was diagnosed with a blistering disord...

  20. Study on blister of the coating on solid cantilevers of hydraulic supports for coal mining

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    2010-01-01

    In this work, blister of the Cu-Sn plus Cr coating on solid cantilevers of hydraulic supports for coal mining was investigated by hydrogen-charging, Devanathan-Stachurski method and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement. It was found that the permeation hydrogen during the pickling process and the electroplating process was responsible for the blisters. The residual tensile stress due to the machining process would increase the permeation hydrogen amount during pickling and electroplating processes.

  1. Sulfonamide and trimethoprim concentrations in human serum and skin blister fluid.

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    Bruun, J N; Ostby, N; Bredesen, J E; Kierulf, P; Lunde, P K

    1981-01-01

    Various sulfonamides and trimethoprim were given orally twice a day to healthy volunteers. The drug concentrations in serum and tissue fluid from skin blisters were determined concomitantly. Maximal serum concentrations were obtained after 1 to 3 h. Absorption of sulfacarbamide and sulfadimidine was more rapid than for sulfadiazine, sulfamethoxazole, and trimethoprim. The penetration to blister fluid was delayed and maximal concentrations were usually reached after 4 to 8 h. The highest penet...

  2. Numerical analysis of zirconium hydride blisters in CANDU reactor pressure tubes

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    CANDU nuclear reactors use zirconium alloy pressure tubes for primary containment of fuel and coolant. The 1983 failure of a pressure tube in Unit 2 of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was attributed to the formation of large precipitates of zirconium hydride, referred to as blisters. These blisters formed at localized cold spots on the pressure tube surface where it had come into contact with the colder calandria tube. The high hydrogen concentrations in the Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes used only in the first two Pickering Units were a major contributing factor to blister formation and the ultimate failure. In an effort to better understand the mechanism of crack initiation at a blister, a program was undertaken to use finite element methods to model the stresses generated by the formation of a blister in a tube. The preliminary results in this work have been published elsewhere. This paper summarizes the recent refinements to the model and our present understanding of the development of stresses in and around hydride blisters. (orig./GL)

  3. Grazing-incidence electron microscopy of surface blisters in single- and polycrystalline tungsten formed by H+, D+ and He+ irradiation

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    Blisters on single- and polycrystalline tungsten surfaces formed by hydrogen and helium ion irradiation were investigated by grazing-incidence electron microscopy (GIEM) with an ultra-high-voltage transmission electron microscope. It was found that the blister skin thickness formed by D+ irradiation of polycrystalline tungsten (PCW) was considerably larger than the calculated ion range of the implants; however, this skin thickness (or blister depth) is not related to the pre-existing grain boundaries in the PCW. Blister formation was also observed with GIEM for single crystal tungsten (SCW) irradiated with H+, D+, and He+. The critical ion fluence for blister formation in SCW is estimated to be ∼1023 H+(D+)/m2 for H(D) and ∼1021 He+/m2 for He. The size of the blisters and their skin structure depends on the irradiating conditions. Typical skin thickness was about 50-150 nm. Based on the assumption that gas particles (H2, D2, and He) accumulate within the blisters during H+, D+, and He+ irradiation, the GIEM measurements provide a means to derive an estimate of the amount of gas so accumulated, by reproducing the observed blister shapes with finite element method (FEM) calculations. From the GIEM images and FEM calculations we have estimated the number of implanted ions being retained in the blisters, and compared these amounts with published retention measurements. A mechanism for the blister formation is proposed based on the present results.

  4. Synergistic helium and deuterium blistering in tungsten–tantalum composites

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    Dias, M., E-mail: marta.dias@itn.pt [Associação Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Mateus, R.; Catarino, N.; Franco, N. [Associação Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Nunes, D. [CENIMAT-I3N, Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, FCT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Correia, J.B. [LNEG, Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, Estrada do Paço do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Carvalho, P.A. [Associação Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); ICEMS, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Hanada, K. [AIST, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-2-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, 305-8564 Ibaraki (Japan); Sârbu, C. [National Institute of Materials and Physics, 105bis Atomistilor street, 077125 Magurele-Ilfov (Romania); and others

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    Abstruct: Tungsten–tantalum composites with 10 and 20 at.% Ta were prepared by ball milling W powder with Ta fibers and by consolidating the milled materials with spark plasma sintering. The composites were implanted at room temperature with He{sup +} (30 keV with a fluence 5 × 10{sup 21} at/m{sup 2}) and/or D{sup +} (15 keV with a fluence 5 × 10{sup 21} at/m{sup 2}) ion beams. The materials were studied by scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, both coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and by X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and nuclear reaction analysis. The microstructure observations revealed that the milling operation resulted in severe fragmentation of the Ta fibers. Furthermore, during the consolidation process the Ta phase acted as oxygen getter and reduced the W oxide present in the original material. The surface of the tungsten–tantalum composites implanted with D{sup +} remained essentially unaltered, while the materials implanted with He{sup +} evidenced blisters on the Ta-rich regions. D retention in the composites increased with He{sup +} pre-implantation.

  5. Blister formation in rutile TiO2(1 0 0) films by helium irradiation

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    Incident energy, fluence of helium ion and temperature for blister formation in rutile TiO2(1 0 0) films were investigated. Epitaxial rutile TiO2(1 0 0) films were grown on α-Al2O3(0 0 0 1) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films were irradiated at room temperature and 95 K with 4 keV helium ions up to fluence range from 1.0 x 1016 to 2.3 x 1017 ions/cm2. The surface morphology of TiO2 films was observed by scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy with channeling was used to determine the depth profile of radiation-induced damage. In the case of room temperature irradiation with fluences higher than 2 x 1016 ions/cm2, helium blisters with 100-200 nm sizes in TiO2 films were observed. Furthermore, helium irradiation at 95 K resulted in smaller size blisters (∼50 nm). It is suggested that the size of blisters in TiO2(1 0 0) films is strongly affected by the temperature during the helium irradiation. The photo-induced superhydrophilicity of TiO2 films was improved by high fluence helium irradiation, which caused blister growth

  6. Evolution of Blister-Type HII Regions in a Magnetized Medium

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    Gendelev, Leo

    2011-01-01

    We use the three-dimensional Athena ionizing radiation-magnetohydrodynamics (IRMHD) code to simulate blister-type HII regions driven by stars on the edge of magnetized gas clouds. We compare these to simulations of spherical HII regions where the star is embedded deep within a cloud, and to non-magnetized simulations of both types, in order to compare their ability to drive turbulence and influence star formation. We find that magnetized blister HII regions can be very efficient at injecting energy into clouds. This is partly a magnetic effect: the magnetic energy added to a cloud by an HII region is comparable to or larger than the kinetic energy, and magnetic fields can also help collimate the ejected gas, increasing its energy yield. As a result of these effects, a blister HII region expanding into a cloud with a magnetic field perpendicular to its edge injects twice as much energy by 5 Myr as a non-magnetized blister HII region driven by a star of the same luminosity. Blister HII regions are also more eff...

  7. Nitrogen segregation and blister formation of 316LN austenitic steels during electron beam welding

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    Full text of publication follows: High nitrogen austenitic stainless steel (316LN) has been selected as the structure material in shield blanket and the gravity support system in ITER due to its excellent erosion/corrosion resistance, high strength and toughness. However, most of nitrogen in this steel exists in the form of solid solution. The nitrogen can segregate from the matrix material and form small blisters or defects in the welding area, resulting in mechanical property reduction, which should be considered in the design and manufacture processing. In this study, we have investigated the blister and defect formation processing during electron beam welding. Focused electron beam with 100-150 kV high voltage, 300-500 mA beam current has been applied to weld the 316LN austenitic stainless steel components under vacuum condition. The blister formation in the welding area has been observed by both SEM and TEM directly, and was further confirmed by the micro-area composition analysis. The size and density distribution of blisters and defects with the welding depth, the vacuum condition and electron beam parameters has been investigated. At the same time, the tensile strength of the welded components was examined and compared with that of the matrix material. In this report, the mechanism of nitrogen blisters formation and its effects on the mechanical property of the welding components has also been discussed. (authors)

  8. Cracking in hydride blisters in Zr-2.5Nb pressure tubes

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    When the pressure tubes contact to the calandria tubes in the CANDU reactor, temperature gradient in the Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube causes the thermal diffusion of hydrogen and formation of hydride blisters. This surface shape change is a result of the volume expansion associated with the transformation from pressure tube matrix to δ-phase hydride. Cracking in the hydride blisters may cause a direct failure of pressure tubes or develope to the delayed hydride cracking. The Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube specimen are hydrided by an electrolytic method and homogenized considering the temperature and time of hydrogen diffusion. The hydride blisters are formed on the outer surface of the specimen by a thermal diffusion between a heat bath maintained at the temperature of 415 deg C and an aluminum cold finger cooled with the flowing water of 15 deg C. An optical microscopy and 3-dimensional profilometry were used to characterize the hydride blisters with different hydrogen concentrations and thermal diffusion times. It reveals higher possibility of cracking for higher hydrogen concentration and longer time for thermal diffusion. The mechanism of cracking in the hydride blister is discussed

  9. EVOLUTION OF BLISTER-TYPE H II REGIONS IN A MAGNETIZED MEDIUM

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    We use the three-dimensional Athena ionizing radiation-magnetohydrodynamics code to simulate blister-type H II regions driven by stars on the edge of magnetized gas clouds. We compare these to simulations of spherical H II regions where the star is embedded deep within a cloud, and to non-magnetized simulations of both types, in order to compare their ability to drive turbulence and influence star formation. We find that magnetized blister H II regions can be very efficient at injecting energy into clouds. This is partly a magnetic effect: the magnetic energy added to a cloud by an H II region is comparable to or larger than the kinetic energy, and magnetic fields can also help collimate the ejected gas, increasing its energy yield. As a result of these effects, a blister H II region expanding into a cloud with a magnetic field perpendicular to its edge injects twice as much energy by 5 Myr as a non-magnetized blister H II region driven by a star of the same luminosity. Blister H II regions are also more efficient at injecting kinetic energy than spherical H II regions, due to the recoil provided by escaping gas, but not as much as predicted by some analytic approximations.

  10. Zirconium hydride blister modelling and the application to the P2-G16 failure

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    A CANDU pressure tube failure in Pickering GS 'A', Unit 2, occurred in August, 1983, during reactor operation. It resulted from the propagation of a crack which initiated at solid zirconium hydride concentrations (or blisters) on the outer surface of the pressure tube where there was contact with the much cooler surrounding calandria tube. Numerical modelling capabilities have been developed [1-5] to predict the history of the pressure tube/calandria tube contact, the redistribution of temperature due to contact, the hydrogen migration, precipitation and hydride blister formation and the changes in geometry, thermal boundary conditions and material properties during the growth of blisters. This paper shows the application of these capabilities to simulate the conditions that led to the P2-G16 pressure tube failure. Best estimates for boundary conditions, controlling parameters and deuterium ingress rates are applied and the results are compared with measurements from the failed pressure tube. The excellent correlation between predicted and observed blisters confirms the predictive capability of the model. The effect of variations in boundary conditions on blister growth rates is also shown. (author)

  11. Internal Carotid Artery Blister-Like Aneurysm Caused by Aspergillus – Case Report

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    Blister-like aneurysm of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA) is a well-documented cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Generally, this type of aneurysm is associated with various conditions such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and ICA dissection. Although Aspergillus is the most common organism causing intracranial fungal aneurysmal formation, there is no report of a blister-like aneurysm caused by Aspergillus infection. An 83-year-old man received corticosteroid pulse therapy followed by oral steroid therapy for an inflammatory pseudotumor of the clivus. Two months later, the patient was transported to an emergency department due to the diffuse subarachnoid hemorrhage, classified as Fisher group 4. Subsequent 3D computed tomography angiogram revealed a blister-like aneurysm at the superior wall of the left ICA. Six days later, the patient died of subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by the left ICA aneurysm rerupture. Autopsy revealed proliferation of Aspergillus hyphae in the wall of the aneurysm. Notably, that change was present more densely in the inner membrane than in the outer one. Thus, it was considered that Aspergillus hyphae caused infectious aneurysm formation in the left ICA via hematogenous seeding rather than direct invasion. The blister-like aneurysm is a rare but important cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. This case report documents another cause of blister-like aneurysms, that is an infectious aneurysm associated with Aspergillus infection

  12. Reduction of surface erosion caused by helium blistering in sintered beryllium and sintered aluminum powder

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    Studies have been conducted to find materials with microstructures which minimize the formation of blisters. A promising class of materials appears to be sintered metal powder with small average grain sizes and low atomic number Z. Studies of the surface erosion of sintered aluminum powder (SAP 895) and of aluminum held at 4000C due to blistering by 100 keV helium ions have been conducted and the results are compared to those obtained earlier for room temperature irradiation. A significant reduction of the erosion rate in SAP 895 in comparison to annealed aluminum and SAP 930 is observed. In addition results on the blistering of sintered beryllium powder (type I) irradiated at room temperature and 6000C by 100 keV helium ions are given. These results will be compared with those reported recently for vacuum cast beryllium foil and a foil of sintered beryllium powder (type II) which was fabricated differently, than type I. For room temperature irradiation only a few blisters could be observed in sintered beryllium powder type I and type II and they are smaller in size and in number than in vacuum cast beryllium. For irradiation at 6000C large scale exfoliation of blisters was observed for vacuum cast beryllium but much less exfoliation was seen for sintered beryllium powder, type I, and type II. The results show a reduction in erosion rate cast beryllium, for both room temperature and 6000C

  13. IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY VERSUS IMMUNOFLUORESENCE IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In patients with autoimmune skin blistering diseases (ABDs, the diagnostic gold standard has classically been direct and indirect immunofluorescence (DIF and IIF, despite inherent technical problems of autofluorescence. Aim: We sought to overcome autofluorescence issues and compare the reliability of immunofluorescence versus immunohistochemistry (IHC staining in the diagnoses of these diseases. Methods: We tested via IHC for anti-human IgG, IgM, IgA, IgD, IgE, Kappa light chains, Lambda light chains, Complement/C3c, Complement/C1q, Complement/C3d, albumin and fibrinogen in 30 patients affected by a new variant of endemic pemphigus foliaceus in El Bagre, Colombia (El Bagre-EPF, and 30 control biopsies from the endemic area. We also tested archival biopsies from patients with ABDs whose diagnoses were made clinically, histopathologically and by DIF/IIF studies from 2 independent dermatopathology laboratories in the USA. Specifically, we tested 34 patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP, 18 with pemphigus vulgaris (PV, 8 with pemphigus foliaceus (PF, 14 with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH and 30 control skin samples from plastic esthetic surgery reduction surgeries. Results: The diagnostic correlation between IHC and DIF-IIF was almost 98% in most cases. IHC revealed evidence of autofluorescence around dermal blood vessels, dermal eccrine glands and neurovascular packages feeding skin appendices in ABDs; this autofluorescence may represent a non-specific immune response. Strong patterns of positivity were seen also in endothelial-mesenchymal cell junction-like structures, as well as between dermal fibrohistiocytic cells. In PV, we noted strong reactivity to neurovascular packages supplying sebaceous glands, as well as apocrine glands with edematous changes. Conclusions: We suggest that IHC is as reliable as DIF or IIF for the diagnosis of ABDs; our findings further suggest that what has previously been considered DIF/IIF autofluorescence

  14. Denervation impairs cutaneous microvascular function and blister healing in the rat hindlimb.

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    Carr, R W; Delaney, C A; Westerman, R A; Roberts, R G

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    Skin sensory nerve nocifensor functions were investigated non-invasively in rats by measuring neurogenic inflammation and blister healing-rate after unilateral hindlimb denervation. Axon reflexes were evoked by transdermal iontophoresis of acetylcholine (ACh) or noxious electrical stimulation (TNS). Sodium nitroprusside (SNP) evoked direct dilator responses. Resultant changes in skin microvascular blood flux were measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. Compared with their sham-operated control limbs, denervation reduced inflammatory responses (ACh or TNS) by more than 85% and SNP responses by 28% (p < 0.05). Healing of dry-ice blisters raised on the hindpaw 14d post-denervation was significantly slower to complete healing (42d) than controls (26d) and initial inflammation was attenuated, confirming that innervation is important for inflammation and blister-healing. PMID:8513120

  15. The biochemistry of blister fluid from pediatric burn injuries: proteomics and metabolomics aspects.

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    Zang, Tuo; Broszczak, Daniel A; Broadbent, James A; Cuttle, Leila; Lu, Haitao; Parker, Tony J

    2016-01-01

    Burn injury is a prevalent and traumatic event for pediatric patients. At present, the diagnosis of burn injury severity is subjective and lacks a clinically relevant quantitative measure. This is due in part to a lack of knowledge surrounding the biochemistry of burn injuries and that of blister fluid. A more complete understanding of the blister fluid biochemistry may open new avenues for diagnostic and prognostic development. Burn insult induces a highly complex network of signaling processes and numerous changes within various biochemical systems, which can ultimately be examined using proteome and metabolome measurements. This review reports on the current understanding of burn wound biochemistry and outlines a technical approach for 'omics' profiling of blister fluid from burn wounds of differing severity. PMID:26581649

  16. Hydrogen blisters on beta-NbD after laser pulse heating

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    Schober, T.; Bechthold, P. S.

    1994-08-01

    Plates of beta-NbD(0.7) were irradiated with single pulses of a KrF excimer laser having a wavelength of 248.4 nm. The power level was varied from roughly 0.1 to 1 GW/sq cm. The pulse length was about 15 ns. The irradiated areas at low and medium power displayed individual hydrogen (deuterium) blisters which started overlapping at higher power levels. Calculation of the thermal diffusivity showed that a surface layer roughly 0.6 micrometers thick was heated during the pulse. Applying Bechtel's formula for the temperature increase in the heated layer demonstrated that melting of the heated layer must have occurred during the pulse. The formation of hydrogen (deuterium) blisters is understandable in terms of the very high equilibrium vapor pressure of the hydrides near the melting temperature. A model for the formation of the blisters is presented.

  17. Study of hydride blisters in Zr-alloy using neutron tomography

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    Highlights: ► We have established neutron tomography as a potential tool for the study of blister formation. ► Location, size and hydride distribution in the vicinity of blisters has been imaged. ► Hydrogen concentration up to 25 wppm in the reconstructed images has been detected. ► Linear relation between mode of image histogram and hydrogen concentration has been found. ► Spatial in-homogeneity of hydride distribution has also been identified in tomographic images. - Abstract: Formation of hydride blisters in Zircaloy pressure tubes of pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) is a major life limiting factor which hinders the safe and uninterrupted operation of the reactor. Nondestructive detection and evaluation of location and size of these blisters as well as hydride distribution in the matrix surrounding them may help in damage quantification and residual life extension. In this article we present the neutron tomography studies carried out on simulated hydride blister samples grown on Zircaloy tubes. Characterization on samples having various levels of hydrogen concentrations were also carried out for quantification of the detectability of our neutron tomography system. We could identify the spatial in-homogeneity of hydride concentration present in the samples. Quantitatively hydrogen concentration difference up to 25 wppm has been observed experimentally and calibrated against image intensity in the reconstructed image. This study establishes neutron tomography as a potential non-destructive evaluation tool for the estimation of the severity of damage in the integrity of the pressure tubes and provides valuable information about kinetics of blister formation.

  18. Comparative morphological analysis of apple blister mite, Eriophyes mali Nal., a new pest in Serbia

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The apple blister mite, Eriophyes mali Nalepa, 1926 (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea, has been recently found in Serbia as a new pest of apple. The history of its research, the results of a morphological analysis and degree of infestation are presented. A comparison of the main morphological features of mites from different populations of remote geographical origin has shown that the apple blister mite from Serbia is most similar to another European population (Bulgarian [or Austrian?] while it differs from E. mali originating from the USA and New Zealand. The percentage of infestation varied from 1.6% to 87.6%, with an average of 22.4%.

  19. Self-Sealing Shells: Blowouts and Blisters on the Surfaces of Leaky Wind-Blown-Bubbles and Supernova Remnants

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    2013-01-01

    Blowouts can occur when a dense shell confining hot, high pressure, gas ruptures. The venting gas inflates a blister on the surface of the shell. Here we examine the growth of such blisters on the surfaces of wind-blown-bubbles (WBBs) and supernova remnants (SNRs) due to shell rupture caused by the Vishniac instability. On WBBs the maximum relative size of the blister (R_bstall/R) is found to grow linearly with time, but in many cases the blister radius will not exceed 20 per cent of the bubble radius. Thus blowouts initiated by the Vishniac instability are unlikely to have a major effect on the global dynamics and properties of the bubble. The relative size of blisters on SNRs is even smaller than on WBBs, with blisters only growing to a radius comparable to the thickness of the cold shell of SNRs. The small size of the SNR blowouts is, however, in good agreement with observations of blisters in the Vela SNR. The difference in relative size between WBB and SNR blisters is due to the much higher speed at whic...

  20. Blister formation on tungsten surface under low energy and high flux hydrogen plasma irradiation in NAGDIS-I

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    This study presents experimental results on hydrogen blister formation on powder metallurgy tungsten (PM-W) surface under low energy (1021 m-2 s-1) hydrogen plasma irradiation in a divertor plasma simulator-NAGDIS-I. The tungsten samples were exposed to steady-state hydrogen plasma at various sample temperatures and fluences. Hydrogen blister formations are clearly observed on tungsten surface at the surface temperature below 950 K. The blister size is from a few 10 μm to a few 100 μm. It was found that the blister formations obviously depend on the surface temperature and the incident hydrogen ion fluence. No blisters are observed on tungsten surface at the surface temperature above 950 K even if the fluence is high enough

  1. Laser pulse duration dependence of blister formation on back-radiated Ti thin films for BB-LIFT

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    Goodfriend, N. T.; Starinskiy, S. V.; Nerushev, O. A.; Bulgakova, N. M.; Bulgakov, A. V.; Campbell, E. E. B.

    2016-03-01

    The influence of the laser pulse duration on the mechanism of blister formation in the particle transfer technique, blister-based laser-induced forward transfer, was investigated. Pulses from a fs Ti:Sapphire laser (120 fs, 800 nm) and from a ns Nd:YAG laser (7 ns, 532 nm) were used to directly compare blister formation on thin titanium films of ca. 300 nm thickness, deposited on glass. The different blister morphologies were compared and contrasted by using optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The results provide evidence for different blister formation mechanisms: for fs pulses the mechanism is predominantly ablation at the metal-glass interface accompanied by confined plasma expansion and deformation of the remaining metal film; for ns pulses it is heating accompanied by thermal expansion of the metal film.

  2. Wound healing in a suction blister model:an experimental study with special reference to healing in patients with diabetes and patients with obstructive jaundice

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    2004-01-01

    Abstract The expression intensities of cytokeratins and tight junction proteins were determined on re-epithelization. Experimental blister wound healing was studied in patients with diabetes mellitus and in patients with obstructive jaundice. Suction blisters were induced on healthy volunteers, and the healing blisters were biopsied at different time points. Cytokeratin expression and the tight junction proteins ZO-1 and occludin were studied immunohistochemically. Blisters were ...

  3. Blister Threshold Based Thermal Limits for the U-Mo Monolithic Fuel System

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    D. M. Wachs; I. Glagolenko; F. J. Rice; A. B. Robinson; B. H. Rabin; M. K. Meyer

    2012-10-01

    Fuel failure is most commonly induced in research and test reactor fuel elements by exposure to an under-cooled or over-power condition that results in the fuel temperature exceeding a critical threshold above which blisters form on the plate. These conditions can be triggered by normal operational transients (i.e. temperature overshoots that may occur during reactor startup or power shifts) or mild upset events (e.g., pump coastdown, small blockages, mis-loading of fuel elements into higher-than-planned power positions, etc.). The rise in temperature has a number of general impacts on the state of a fuel plate that include, for example, stress relaxation in the cladding (due to differential thermal expansion), softening of the cladding, increased mobility of fission gases, and increased fission-gas pressure in pores, all of which can encourage the formation of blisters on the fuel-plate surface. These blisters consist of raised regions on the surface of fuel plates that occur when the cladding plastically deforms in response to fission-gas pressure in large pores in the fuel meat and/or mechanical buckling of the cladding over damaged regions in the fuel meat. The blister temperature threshold decreases with irradiation because the mechanical properties of the fuel plate degrade while under irradiation (due to irradiation damage and fission-product accumulation) and because the fission-gas inventory progressively increases (and, thus, so does the gas pressure in pores).

  4. Neutron reflectivity of supported membranes incorporating terminally anchored polymers: Protrusions vs. blisters

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    Fragneto, Giovanna; Halperin, Avraham; Klösgen-Buchkremer, Beate Maria; Sferrazza, Michele

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    The effect of terminally anchored chains on the structure of lipid bilayers adsorbed at the solid/water interface was characterized by neutron reflectivity. In the studied system, the inner leaflet, closer to the substrate, consisted of head-deuterated 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphorylcholin...... blister-like membrane deformations....

  5. Characterization of Pear Blister Canker Viroid Isolates from Australian Pome Fruit Orchards

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    Pear blister canker viroid (PBCVd) was detected in pear (Pyrus sp.), nashi (Pyrus serotina) and quince (Cydonia oblonga) trees from various pome fruit growing regions of Australia using dot-blot hybridization and RT-PCR techniques. Characteristic symptoms of PBCVd infection were not observed on the...

  6. The blistering of a viscoelastic filament of a droplet of saliva

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    Wagner, Christian; Eggers, Jens

    2009-01-01

    A fluid dynamics video of the break up of a droplet of saliva is shown. First a viscoelastic filament is formed and than the blistering of this filament is shown. Finally, a flow induced phase separation takes place nanometer sized solid fiber remains that consist out of the biopolymers.

  7. Blister Threshold Based Thermal Limits for the U-Mo Monolithic Fuel System

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    Fuel failure is most commonly induced in research and test reactor fuel elements by exposure to an under-cooled or over-power condition that results in the fuel temperature exceeding a critical threshold above which blisters form on the plate. These conditions can be triggered by normal operational transients (i.e. temperature overshoots that may occur during reactor startup or power shifts) or mild upset events (e.g., pump coastdown, small blockages, mis-loading of fuel elements into higher-than-planned power positions, etc.). The rise in temperature has a number of general impacts on the state of a fuel plate that include, for example, stress relaxation in the cladding (due to differential thermal expansion), softening of the cladding, increased mobility of fission gases, and increased fission-gas pressure in pores, all of which can encourage the formation of blisters on the fuel-plate surface. These blisters consist of raised regions on the surface of fuel plates that occur when the cladding plastically deforms in response to fission-gas pressure in large pores in the fuel meat and/or mechanical buckling of the cladding over damaged regions in the fuel meat. The blister temperature threshold decreases with irradiation because the mechanical properties of the fuel plate degrade while under irradiation (due to irradiation damage and fission-product accumulation) and because the fission-gas inventory progressively increases (and, thus, so does the gas pressure in pores).

  8. Helium irradiation of Ni-(Zr or Nb) metallic glasses: Blistering, flaking and bubble formation

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    Ni-Zr and Ni-Nb are potential metallic glasses for nuclear applications. We have studied blistering, flaking and bubble formation in Ni64Zr36, Ni33Zr67 and Ni60Nb40 glasses under helium ion bombardment at room temperature. The effect of projectile energy (50-150 keV), total dose (0.01-10 . 1018 ions/cm2), dose rate (10-100 μA/cm2) and thermal crystallization on critical dose for blistering and/or flaking, average blister diameter and development of surface topography was examined. The surface damage effects in metallic glasses were in general similar to those for crystalline materials with the notable exception that the critical dose values are higher by about 50-100% for metallic glasses. TEM investigations revealed irradiation induced partial crystallization of Ni33Zr67 glass. Metallic glasses Ni64Zr36 and Ni60Nb40 were stable under helium irradiation and have also shown very high resistance against blistering and/or flaking. The possible mechanisms of helium trapping in metallic glasses are also discussed. (orig.)

  9. Comparison of radiation-induced helium blistering on thin films and bulk nickel specimens

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    To compare helium blistering appearance on thin monocrystalline films and bulk nickel specimens, both specimen types were irradiated by He+ ions with 10 keV energy and current density of about 8 μA/cm at room temperature. It is found that on the films and bulk specimens blisters appear approximately at the same dose of about 5.5x1017 cm-2. In case of films blisters have an average diameter (0.31±0.05) μm and density (1.92±0.2)x108 cm-2 and an average diameter and density of blisters for bulk nickel constitute (0.33±0.08) μm and (1.76±0.2)x108 cm-2, accordingly. Conclusion of identity of the final stage of helium porosity development in the films and bulk materials, on which basisan assumption is said, that processes in the films and bulk specimens preceding the final stage of helium porosity development must proceed in the sae manner, has been drawn. In connection with this the conclusion of the possibility of thin film usage for investigating physical nature of phenomena related to helium porosity development and representation of results obtained during such investigations for the bulk material has been drawn as well

  10. The formation of hydrogen induced blisters and their growth in nickel pre-implaned with helium

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    The applications of the fusion reactor raise new and exciting difficulties regarding helium behavior in metals. There are several ways that helium will be formed in the first wall of these reactors. The main ones are severe α bombardment, tritium decay and (n, α) reactions, which originate from the high flux of very energetic neutrons (14 MeV). High near-surface concentrations of implanted helium ions induce build-up blisters on the surface, or deform the surface in other ways. The first wall surfaces are also subject to high hydrogen ion and atom fluxes. Hydrogen and helium react synergistically on metal surfaces. The simultaneous reactions of helium and hydrogen under these conditions lead to interesting phenomena. The purpose of this work is to determine the effects of simultaneous helium implantation and hydrogen charging on the surface behavior of polycrystralline nickel. The severe hydrogen charging and high helium concentration develops damaged zones, and blister growth in these zones. A schematic description in the form of the 'synergistic model' is suggested, which illustrates the formation of these blisters, and the effects of hydrogen charging on their development in pre-implanted metals. In this model, hydrogen recombines into its molecular state within the interbubble fracture, caused by the helium implantation. This increases the pressure of the trapped gas and induces blistering. ((orig.))

  11. Comparison of radiation-induced helium blistering on thin films and in massive nickel samples

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    To compare appearance of helium blistering on thin monocrystalline films and bulk nickel specimens, both types of specimens are irradiated by 10 keV He+ ions with current density of about 8 μA/cm at room temperature. It is found that on the films and bulk specimens blisters appear at approximately one and the same dose of 5.5x1017 cm-2. In case of films blisters have the average diameter (0.31±0.05) μm and density (1.92±0.2)x108 cm-2, and for bulk nickel the average diameter and density of blisters is (0.33±0.08) μm and (1.76±0.2)x108 cm-2, respectively. The conclusion is made about identity of the final stage of development of helium porosity in films and bulk materials, on the basis of which an assumption is made that the processes in films and bulk specimens foregoing the final stage of development of helium porosity should proceed in like manner. In this connection the conclusion is made about the possible use of thin films for studying the physical character of phenomena, related with development of helium porosity, and representativity of the results obtained for the bulk material

  12. 46 CFR 59.15-10 - Bagged or blistered shell plates.

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    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Bagged or blistered shell plates. 59.15-10 Section 59.15... shell plates. (a) When the shell plates of cylindrical boilers which are exposed to the radiant heat of... boiler. (b) Where the shell plate is bagged due to overheating, the Officer in Charge, Marine...

  13. Analysis of Heavy Metals in Blister Pack and Medical Gloves Samples

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    Monika Martišiūtė

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Incineration is a common method to treat medical wastes. Whereas pathogens and environmentally problematic organic compounds are destroyed, toxic heavy metals cannot be ruined. In this study heavy metal concentrations of two types of medical wastes were analyzed. Four different blister pack layers (polyvinyl chloride (PVC, polyvinyl chloride/polyvinylidiene chloride with pigment (PVC/PVdCp, polyvinyl chloride/polyvinylidiene chloride transparent (PVC/PVdCt and polyethylene (PE and blister pack as a unit, and three types of medical gloves (latex powdered and powder-free medical gloves, nitrile powder-free medical gloves and vinyl powdered and powder-free medical gloves were digested using high pressure digestion methods. Different acid mixtures were used to digest the samples. Heavy metal concentrations were analyzed by the inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES. As, Fe, Na, P, Sn, Sr and Zn were detected in blister pack and different blister pack layers. Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Na, P, Sr and Zn were detected in three different types of medical gloves. No environmentally relevant elemental concentrations were detected except for Sn and Zn.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.erem.65.3.4157

  14. Determining the feasibility of objective adherence measurement with blister packaging smart technology

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    Onzenoort, H.A. van; Neef, C.; Verberk, W.W.; Iperen, H.P. van; Leeuw, P.W. de; Kuy, P.H. van der

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: The results of a feasibility study of blister-pack smart technology for monitoring medication adherence are reported. METHODS: Research in the area of objective therapy compliance measurement has led to the development of microprocessor-driven systems that record the time a unit dose is rem

  15. Visualization of hydrogen distribution around blisters by tritium radio-luminography

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    Full text of publication follows: It is well known that energetic hydrogen ion irradiation results in blistering and grains exfoliation of materials surface. However, the process and mechanism of these phenomena have not been well understood. Therefore we have been applied tritium radio-luminography, TIP (Tritium Imaging Plate) and TARG (Tritium Auto Radiography) techniques to observe hydrogen distribution and/or accumulation in blisters and surrounding area. TIP is a two-dimensional radiation detector having 50 μm resolution and a high sensitivity for tritium detection. TARG has much higher areal resolution of about 1 μm and can show even tritium accumulation around grain boundary, precipitates, dislocations, and so on. A sample used here was a Mo sheet. Tritium was loaded by an AC glow discharge method with hydrogen (H) containing tritium (T) with 5x10-6 in T/H ratio. The sample covered with a stainless plate with a hole of 3 mm in diameter was exposed to the glow discharge for long time to appear blisters and their exfoliation on the surface. The irradiated surface was examined by an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope as well as TIP and TARG. Because of inhomogeneity of the glow discharge, the surface appearance was divided into two regions, heavily damaged and slightly damaged ones. In the former, not only the flaking of blister skins but also the exfoliation of grains was appreciable, while only blistering accumulated on particular grains in the latter. Correspondingly, tritium distribution given by TIP was separated into two regions. The heavily damaged region contained less tritium compared to the slightly damaged region, indicating hydrogen was released during the flaking of the blister skins and the exfoliation of die grains. By the film insertion method [1], in which energy of beta-electron was discriminated using thin film, the depth profile of tritium up to a few μm was obtained. It was found that tritium retained near surface area

  16. The blister phenomena in relation to pressure tube integrity in CANDU reactor

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    Zirconium alloy pressure tubes in CANDU type PHWR reactors are exposed to aqueous conditions embracing high temperature, fast neutron flux and high pressure. Two properties, dimension and hydrogen concentration, represent the main properties where changes are important to the life of a pressure tube. Rupture of a cold worked Zircaloy-2 pressure tube in Pickering Unit 2 in 1983 occurred when a crack developed from an array of hydride blisters. These have been observed on the outside surface of the pressure tube where it contacted the surrounding calandria tube. The contact of the pressure tube with the calandria tube can occur during the operation time and produces in the pressure tube a localized cooling. The consequence of the local heating of the calandria tube is some localized hydride precipitation. Under certain conditions, hydrogen will migrate down the temperature gradient and accumulate in the coldest region. Such precipitation, when it occurs under operating conditions, is considered to be the start of blister formation. When the blister cracking threshold is reached, the blister cracking can initiate a crack on the tube body. The failure mechanisms in zirconium alloy pressure tubes involve the presence of hydrogen in the initiation process and then a propagation process. If crack, originating from a hydride blister on the outside of the pressure tube, is developed then crack growth is possible in the axial direction to a partial thickness unstable length. Unstable pressure tube rupture is an event in a CANDU reactor that has potentially serious economic and safety consequences and reactor operation under conditions which entail the risk of such failure should be avoided. (authors)

  17. Ribosomal protein s6-ps240 is expressed in lesional skin from patients with autoimmune skin blistering diseases

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The in situ signaling transduction within skin biopsies from patients affected by autoimmune skin blistering diseases is not well-characterized. Aim : In autoimmune skin blistering diseases, autoantibodies seem to trigger several intracellular signaling pathways and we investigated the presence of the phosphorylated form of ribosomal protein S6-pS240 within autoimmune skin blistering diseases biopsies. Materials and Methods: We utilized immunohistochemistry to evaluate the presence of S6-pS240 in lesional skin biopsies of patients affected by autoimmune skin blistering diseases including patients with an endemic and nonendemic pemphigus foliaceus (non EPF, with bullous pemphigoid (BP, pemphigus vulgaris (PV, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH, and the respective controls. Results: Most autoimmune bullous skin diseases biopsies stained positive for S6-pS240 around lesional blisters, including adjacent areas of the epidermis; and within upper dermal inflammatory infiltrates, and/or mesenchymal-endothelial cell junctions within the dermis. Conclusions: We document that S6-pS240 is expressed in lesional areas of skin biopsies from patients with autoimmune skin blistering diseases, as well as on eccrine glands and piloerector muscles. Thus, the role of this molecule in autoimmune skin blistering diseases warrants further study.

  18. Study of the effect of H implantation and annealing on LiTaO{sub 3} surface blistering

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    Ma, Changdong; Lu, Fei, E-mail: lufei@sdu.edu.cn; Ma, Yujie

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • The effect of hydrogen ion implantation fluence on modification of the Z-cut LiTaO{sub 3} surface morphology and the evolution of blistering during annealing were experimentally analyzed. • RBS/Channeling and ERD were used to examine ion-induced structural and compositional changes in the samples. • The Föoppl-von Karman theory was introduced to calculate the critical internal pressure and stress to induce surface blistering. • Gibbs free energy and critical radius are introduced to explain the blister shrink and rupture observed in the experiment. - Abstract: LiTaO{sub 3} samples are implanted by 120 keV hydrogen ion with different fluences at room temperature. H{sup +} concentration and distribution is detected using Elastic recoil detection. Experimental results show that the threshold fluence for blistering in LiTaO{sub 3} surface is 6 × 10{sup 16} ion/cm{sup 2}. Surface blistering phenomenon is studied by using optical microscopy, Rutherford back scattering spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Bubble growing and surface blister’s dependence on annealing process is observed and analyzed. The critical internal pressure and stress of surface blistering in H{sup +}-implanted LiTaO{sub 3} is derived based on theoretical model and experimental results. Gibbs free energy and cavity critical radius are introduced to explain the blister shrink and rupture observed in the experiment.

  19. Dependence of implantation sequence on surface blistering characteristics due to H and He ions co-implanted in silicon

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    Liang, J. H.; Hsieh, H. Y.; Wu, C. W.; Lin, C. M.

    2015-12-01

    This study investigated surface blistering characteristics due to H and He ions co-implanted in silicon at room temperature. The H and He ion energies were 40 and 50 keV, respectively, so that their depth profiles were similar. The total implantation fluence for the H and He ions was 5 × 1016 cm-2 under various fluence fractions in the H ions. The implantation sequences under investigation were He + H and H + He. Dynamic optical microscopy (DOM) was employed in order to dynamically analyze surface blistering characteristics. This study used DOM data to construct so-called time-temperature-transformation (T-T-T) curves to easily predict blistering and crater transformation at specific annealing times and temperatures. The results revealed that the curves of blister initialization, crater initialization, and crater completion in the He + H implant occurred at a lower annealing temperature but with a longer annealing time compared to those in the H + He implant. Furthermore, the threshold annealing temperatures for blister and crater formation in the He + H implant were lower than they were in the H + He implant. The size distributions of the blisters and craters in the He + H implant extended wider than those in the H + He implant. In addition, the He + H implant exhibited larger blisters and craters compared to the ones in the H + He implant. Since the former has a higher percentage of exfoliation area than the latter, it is regarded as the more optimal implantation sequence.

  20. Blister bursting and deuterium bursting release from tungsten exposed to high fluences of high flux and low energy deuterium plasma

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    Deuterium retention and blistering in the near-surface region of tungsten exposed to high fluences (up to 1027 D m-2) of high flux (1022D+ m-2 s-1) and low energy (38 eV) deuterium plasma were examined with scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). Two kinds of blisters appeared at the recrystallized tungsten exposed to the plasma at 520 K. One is the large blisters with sizes of a few tens of micrometres and varying ratios of height against width (up to 0.6), and the other is the small blisters with sizes of less than a few micrometres and a large ratio of height against diameter (about 0.7). A peculiar phenomenon of blister bursting with a tail, or partially opened or fully opened lid was found on some grains after plasma exposure or TDS experiment. In addition, bursting release of deuterium with sudden peaks was observed in the TDS curve below 700 K at a heating rate of 0.5 K s-1. A new model named 'step-cascade model' was proposed to explain the blister bursting. Furthermore, the origin of deuterium retention and blistering as well as future work on high-Z materials were discussed

  1. Crystallite formation and the enhancement and inhibition of blistering in D+ irradiated Cu: Effects of irradiation induced stresses

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    A striking feature of the blistering of Cu at 300 K following D+ (120-600 keV) or H+ (100-200 keV) irradiation at 120 K is a ring of blisters around the periphery of the beam spot. The ring is separated from the central blistered region by a wide zone free from blisters. Outside the ring, for D+ energies in the range 120-300 keV, is a band decorated by crystallites. The dose dependence of this pattern of blistering has been investigated and the onset temperatures for the various artifacts determined. The lack of blistering in the zone is attributed to an inhibition of bubble growth by high levels of compressional stress. At the periphery bubble growth and blister formation is enhanced. This is attributed to the following, acting either individually or in concert: the absence of high levels of compressive stress; tensile stresses normal to the surface; and the lateral gradients of the tensile and compressive stresses. (orig.)

  2. Study of the effect of H implantation and annealing on LiTaO3 surface blistering

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    Highlights: • The effect of hydrogen ion implantation fluence on modification of the Z-cut LiTaO3 surface morphology and the evolution of blistering during annealing were experimentally analyzed. • RBS/Channeling and ERD were used to examine ion-induced structural and compositional changes in the samples. • The Föoppl-von Karman theory was introduced to calculate the critical internal pressure and stress to induce surface blistering. • Gibbs free energy and critical radius are introduced to explain the blister shrink and rupture observed in the experiment. - Abstract: LiTaO3 samples are implanted by 120 keV hydrogen ion with different fluences at room temperature. H+ concentration and distribution is detected using Elastic recoil detection. Experimental results show that the threshold fluence for blistering in LiTaO3 surface is 6 × 1016 ion/cm2. Surface blistering phenomenon is studied by using optical microscopy, Rutherford back scattering spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Bubble growing and surface blister’s dependence on annealing process is observed and analyzed. The critical internal pressure and stress of surface blistering in H+-implanted LiTaO3 is derived based on theoretical model and experimental results. Gibbs free energy and cavity critical radius are introduced to explain the blister shrink and rupture observed in the experiment

  3. Cracks and blisters formed close to a silicon wafer surface by He-H co-implantation at low energy

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    Cherkashin, N.; Daghbouj, N.; Darras, F.-X.; Fnaiech, M.; Claverie, A.

    2015-12-01

    We have studied the effect of reducing the implantation energy towards low keV values on the areal density of He and H atoms stored within populations of blister cavities formed by co-implantation of the same fluence of He then H ions into Si(001) wafers and annealing. Using a variety of experimental techniques, we have measured blister heights and depth from the surface, diameter, areal density of the cracks from which they originate as functions of implantation energy and fluence. We show that there is a direct correlation between the diameters of the cracks and the heights of the associated blisters. This correlation only depends on the implantation energy, i.e., only on the depth at which the cracks are located. Using finite element method modeling, we infer the pressure inside the blister cavities from the elastic deformations they generate, i.e., from the height of the blisters. From this, we demonstrate that the gas pressure within a blister only depends on the diameter of the associated crack and not on its depth position and derive an analytical expression relating these parameters. Relating the pressure inside a blister to the respective concentrations of gas molecules it contains, we deduce the areal densities of He and H atoms contained within the populations of blisters. After low-energy implantations (8 keV He+, 3 keV H+), all the implanted He and H atoms contribute to the formation of the blisters. There is no measurable exo-diffusion of any of the implanted gases, in contrast to what was assumed at the state of the art to explain the failure of the Smart-Cut technology when using very low energy ion implantation for the fabrication of ultra-thin layers. Alternative explanations must be investigated.

  4. Cracks and blisters formed close to a silicon wafer surface by He-H co-implantation at low energy

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    We have studied the effect of reducing the implantation energy towards low keV values on the areal density of He and H atoms stored within populations of blister cavities formed by co-implantation of the same fluence of He then H ions into Si(001) wafers and annealing. Using a variety of experimental techniques, we have measured blister heights and depth from the surface, diameter, areal density of the cracks from which they originate as functions of implantation energy and fluence. We show that there is a direct correlation between the diameters of the cracks and the heights of the associated blisters. This correlation only depends on the implantation energy, i.e., only on the depth at which the cracks are located. Using finite element method modeling, we infer the pressure inside the blister cavities from the elastic deformations they generate, i.e., from the height of the blisters. From this, we demonstrate that the gas pressure within a blister only depends on the diameter of the associated crack and not on its depth position and derive an analytical expression relating these parameters. Relating the pressure inside a blister to the respective concentrations of gas molecules it contains, we deduce the areal densities of He and H atoms contained within the populations of blisters. After low-energy implantations (8 keV He+, 3 keV H+), all the implanted He and H atoms contribute to the formation of the blisters. There is no measurable exo-diffusion of any of the implanted gases, in contrast to what was assumed at the state of the art to explain the failure of the Smart-Cut technology when using very low energy ion implantation for the fabrication of ultra-thin layers. Alternative explanations must be investigated

  5. Investigation of blister formation in sputtered Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} absorbers for thin film solar cells

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    Bras, Patrice, E-mail: patrice.bras@angstrom.uu.se [Midsummer AB, Elektronikhöjden 6, SE-17543 Järfälla, Sweden and Solid State Electronics, Angström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Box 534, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden); Sterner, Jan [Midsummer AB, Elektronikhöjden 6, SE-17543 Järfälla (Sweden); Platzer-Björkman, Charlotte [Solid State Electronics, Angström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Box 534, SE-75121 Uppsala (Sweden)

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    Blister formation in Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films sputtered from a quaternary compound target is investigated. While the thin film structure, composition, and substrate material are not correlated to the blister formation, a strong link between sputtering gas entrapment, in this case argon, and blistering effect is found. It is shown that argon is trapped in the film during sputtering and migrates to locally form blisters during the high temperature annealing. Blister formation in CZTS absorbers is detrimental for thin film solar cell fabrication causing partial peeling of the absorber layer and potential shunt paths in the complete device. Reduced sputtering gas entrapment, and blister formation, is seen for higher sputtering pressure, higher substrate temperature, and change of sputtering gas to larger atoms. This is all in accordance with previous publications on blister formation caused by sputtering gas entrapment in other materials.

  6. The influence of boron ion implantation on hydrogen blister formation in n-type silicon

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    We have studied the formation of surface blisters in left-angle 100 right-angle n-type silicon following co-implantation with boron and hydrogen. The silicon substrates had four different n-type dopant levels, ranging from 1014 to 1019 and h;cm-3. These substrates were implanted with 240 keV B+ ions to a dose of 1015 and h;cm-2, followed by a rapid thermal anneal at 900 and h;degree C for 30 - 60 s to force the boron atoms into substitutional lattice positions (activation). The samples were then implanted with 40 keV H+ to a dose of 5x1016 and h;cm-2. The implanted H+ distribution peaks at a depth of about 475 nm, whereas the distribution in the implanted B+ is broader and peaks at about 705 nm. To evaluate the role of the B+ implantation, control samples were prepared by implanting with H+ only. Following the H+ implantation, all the samples were vacuum annealed at 390 and h;degree C for 10 min. Blisters resulting from subsurface cracking at depths of about 400 nm, were observed in most of the B+ implanted samples, but not in the samples implanted with H+ only. This study indicates that the blistering results from the coalescence of implanted H into bubbles. The doping with B facilitates the short-range migration of the H interstitials and the formation of bubbles. A comparison of the observed crack depth with the depth of the damage peak resulting from the H+ implantation (evaluated by the computer code TRIM) suggests that the nucleation of H bubbles occurs at the regions of maximum radiation damage, and not at the regions of maximum H concentration. For given values of B+ and H+ doping, the blister density was found to decrease with increasing n-type doping, when the boron is activated. Blister formation was also observed in B+ implanted samples which had not been activated. In this case, the blister density was found to increase with increasing value of n-type doping. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  7. Reproduction in Laboratory and characterization of Blister of Hydride of zirconium in nuclear fuel pods; Reproduccion en laboratorio y caracterizacion de Blisters de hidroduro de circonio en muestras de vaina de combustible nuclear

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    Martin Rengel, M. A.; Ruiz-Hervias, J.; Munoz, P.

    2014-07-01

    This paper have replicated in laboratory blisters of different size in samples of pod of ZIRLO pre-hydrided evenly with 500 ppm of hydrogen. For these samples was used a technique of cathodic charging in basic medium. To produce the blister was heated up to about 350 degree centigrade in its outer surface sample. With the aim of producing a point cold on the surface of the sheath contacted the surface with a piece of aluminum water-cooled (cold finger). Was held a morphological characterization of the blisters by means of optical microscopy and found that the size of the produced blister is function of the contact time between fuel pod and cold finger. (Author)

  8. Ion irradiation of graphene on Ir(111): From trapping to blistering

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    Herbig, Charlotte; Åhlgren, E. Harriet; Valerius, Philipp; Schröder, Ulrike A.; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Arman, Mohammad A.; Kotakoski, Jani; Knudsen, Jan; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Michely, Thomas

    Graphene grown epitaxially on Ir(111) is irradiated with low energy noble gas ions and the processes induced by atomic collision and subsequent annealing are analyzed using scanning tunneling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron diffraction and thermal desorption spectroscopy. Upon room temperature ion irradiation graphene amorphizes and recovers its crystalline structure during annealing. The energetic noble gas projectiles are trapped with surprisingly high efficiency under the graphene cover up to extremely high temperatures beyond 1300K. The energy, angle, and ion species dependence of trapping are quantified. At elevated temperatures the trapped gas forms well developed and highly pressurized blisters under the graphene cover. We use molecular dynamics simulations and ab initio calculations to elucidate the trapping mechanism and its thermal robustness. Similar trapping and blistering are observed after ion irradiation of a single layer of hexagonal boron nitride on Ir(111) and we speculate on the generality of the observed phenomena.

  9. Triglyceride Blisters in Lipid Bilayers: Implications for Lipid Droplet Biogenesis and the Mobile Lipid Signal in Cancer Cell Membranes

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    Khandelia, Himanshu; Duelund, Lars; Pakkanen, Kirsi Inkeri; Ipsen, John Hjort

    2010-01-01

    aggregates of unknown function present in malignant cells, and to the early biogenesis of lipid droplets accommodated between the two leaflets of the endoplasmic reticulum membrane. The TO aggregates give the bilayer a blister-like appearance, and will hinder the formation of multi-lamellar phases in model......, and possibly living membranes. The blisters will result in anomalous membrane probe partitioning, which should be accounted for in the interpretation of probe-related measurements....

  10. The effect of adhesive layer elasticity on the fracture mechanics of a blister test specimen

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    1975-01-01

    An analytical model of a blister type specimen for evaluating adhesive bond strength was developed. Plate theory with shear deformation was used to model the deformation of the plate, and elastic deformation of the adhesive layer is taken into account. It is shown that the inclusion of the elastic deformation of the adhesive layer can have a significant influence in the energy balance calculations of fracture mechanics.

  11. Study of the porous medium equation and of a blister model

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    2014-01-01

    In this thesis, we study two completely independent problems. The first one focuses on a simple mathematical model of thin films delamination and blistering analysis. In the second one, we are interested in the study of the porous medium equation motivated by seawater intrusion problems. In the first part of this work, we consider a simple one-dimensional variational model, describing the delamination of thin films under cooling. We characterize the global minimizers, which correspond to film...

  12. Modeling Blister Rust Incidence in Whitebark Pine at Northern Rocky Mountain Alpine Treelines: A Geospatial Approach

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    Smith, Emily Katherine

    2009-01-01

    The status of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), a foundation and keystone species and a pioneer establisher at alpine treeline, is threatened by the invasive and exotic fungal pathogen (Cronartium ribicola) that causes white pine blister rust in five-needled pines. Originally thought to be limited to moderate environments, the disease is now found extensively throughout colder and dryer regions east of the Continental Divide, including alpine treeline. My research objective was to determine ...

  13. Kinetics and leaching behaviors of aluminum from pharmaceutical blisters in sodium hydroxide solution

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    王重庆; 王晖; 顾帼华; 符剑刚; 刘又年

    2015-01-01

    A hydrometallurgical process was developed for recycling pharmaceutical blisters. Leaching aluminum from pharmaceutical blisters using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solutions was investigated with respect to leaching behaviors and kinetics. A L9(34) orthogonal design of experiments suggests that the most significant factor is NaOH concentration followed by temperature and leaching time. Factorial experiments demonstrate that the leaching rate of aluminum increases with increasing of the factors. The optimum conditions are temperature of 70 °C, leaching time of 20 min, NaOH concentration of 1.25 mol/L, liquid-to-solid mass ratio of 15:1 and agitation speed of 400 r/min. Under optimum conditions, the leaching rate is up to 100%, implying that aluminum and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic in pharmaceutical blisters are separated completely. Kinetics of leaching aluminum is best described by the product layer diffusion control model, and the activation energy is calculated to be 19.26 kJ/mol.

  14. The blistering of 316L stainless steel irradiated with energetic alpha particles at 500 degrees C

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    The physical process of blistering is investigated in the 316L stainless steel in both the solid solution and 20% cold-worked states. The material was irradiated with 1.8 MeV alpha particles to various fluences at 500deg C. There is a threshold fluence for blistering in the range of (0.869-1.346)x 1018 α/cm2. The microstructure, determined by TEM observation in the cross-section of irradiated samples, shows that the bubbles are accumulated at the surface layer. There is a bubble size and density distribution along the direction of depth. The bubble size and swelling increase progressively from the edge of the specimen to the damage peak region (DPR), then decrease. After 3 μm there are no bubbles. Due to bubble formation the thermal conductivity of the surface layer becomes lower and the temperature increases due to the irradiation energy deposited. Beyond the threshold fluence, the temperature of the surface layer is high, bubble coalescence at DPR becomes more serious and the bubble pressure becomes high enough that blistering occurs. (orig.)

  15. Helium trapping in aluminium near the critical dose on blister formation

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    Blistering and flaking caused by energetic He ions emitted from the plasma in fusion reactors possibly contribute to first-wall erosion. In order to study their characteristics, the numbers of He atoms trapped in He-ion-irradiated Al samples have been measured by a He atom measurement system and every sample has been observed by a scanning electron microscope. The samples have been prepared from a polycrystalline plate and irradiated with 20 keV He ions at room temperature. The saw-tooth like variation of the trapped He atoms with the dose has three edges corresponding to the blistering, flaking and double flaking, respectively. The critical doses for the three events are found to be 4 x 1021, 7 x 1021, 12 x 1021 He atoms m-2, respectively. The average number of He atoms included in an event is 5.4 x 1010 He atoms in the case of the blistering and 2.1 x 1011 He atoms in the case of flaking. (orig.)

  16. Xe irradiation of graphene on Ir(111): From trapping to blistering

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    Herbig, Charlotte; Ã hlgren, E. Harriet; Schröder, Ulrike A.; Martínez-Galera, Antonio J.; Arman, Mohammad A.; Kotakoski, Jani; Knudsen, Jan; Krasheninnikov, Arkady V.; Michely, Thomas

    2015-08-01

    Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal desorption spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy, we show that upon keV Xe+ irradiation of graphene on Ir(111), Xe atoms are trapped under the graphene. Upon annealing, aggregation of Xe leads to graphene bulges and blisters. The efficient trapping is an unexpected and remarkable phenomenon given the absence of chemical binding of Xe to Ir and to graphene, the weak interaction of a perfect graphene layer with Ir(111), as well as the substantial damage to graphene due to irradiation. By combining molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory calculations with our experiments, we uncover the mechanism of trapping. We describe ways to avoid blister formation during graphene growth, and also demonstrate how ion implantation can be used to intentionally create blisters without introducing damage to the graphene layer. Our approach may provide a pathway to synthesize new materials at a substrate—2D material interface or to enable confined reactions at high pressures and temperatures.

  17. Blister formation on polycrystalline tungsten due to low-energy deuterium plasma loading

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    When polycrystalline tungsten is loaded with deuterium due to plasma implantation with ion energies well below the sputtering threshold but with a high ion flux, the surface morphology of a well-polished specimen can change dramatically. This can be attributed to the supersaturation of the material with deuterium during plasma implantation. Depending on tungsten microstructure, ion flux and specimen temperature, various surface structures such as blisters and other protrusions appear. Their size ranges from microns to tens of microns and each one features a subsurface cavity. These cavities are typically located orders of magnitude deeper than the stopping range of the implanted ions. This presentation focuses on the formation of blisters on rolled and subsequently polished and stress-relieved tungsten. The abundance and size distribution of the blisters is discussed depending on the specimen temperature. The influence of the initial surface morphology such as, e.g., surface roughness is also addressed. The influence of the tungsten microstructure is examined by investigating recrystallized and subsequently implanted tungsten specimens. In this context, the formation of different types of protrusions which appear on the surface of recrystallized tungsten for very high ion fluxes is also discussed.

  18. Three-dimensional imaging of hydrogen blister in iron with neutron tomography

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    We investigated hydrogen embrittlement and blistering in electrochemically hydrogen-charged technical iron samples at room temperature. Hydrogen-stimulated cracks and blisters and the corresponding hydrogen distributions were observed by neutron tomography. Cold neutrons were provided by the research reactor BER II to picture the sample with a spatial resolution in the reconstructed three-dimensional model of ∼25 μm. We made the unique observation that cracks were filled with molecular hydrogen and that cracks were surrounded by a 50 μm wide zone with a high hydrogen concentration. The zone contains up to ten times more hydrogen than the bulk material. The hydrogen enriched zone can be ascribed to a region of increased local defect density. Hydrogen also accumulated at the sample surface having the highest concentration at blistered areas. The surfaces of the brittle fractured cracks showed micropores visualized by scanning electron microscopy. The micropores were located at grain boundaries and were surrounded by stress fields detected by electron backscattered diffraction. The cracks clearly originated from the micropores

  19. SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OF MULTIDRUG-RESISTANT ACINETOBACTOR BAUMANII BLISTERS ON THE KNEE.

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    Afridi, Sikandar Aziz; Alvi, Hamid Fazeel; Lodhi, Fahad Saqib; Muhammad, Gul; Qureshi, Zaheer Uddin; Ullah, Raffat; Muhammad, Taj; Afridi, Bakhtiar Ullah

    2015-01-01

    Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii), nosocomial infections, especially those due to multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains, are increasingly detected. This study reports the case of a 50-year-old man with blisters on the right knee for 8 months, first admitted through the outpatient department for incisional biopsy. Microbiological and histo-pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of blisters extending deeply up to the knee joint caused by MDR- A. baumannii. A broad spectrum antibiotic therapy was administered and later readjusted according to the results of microbiological culture and biopsy report. Intensive hemodynamic support was required. An extensive surgical debridement was promptly performed and repeated until complete control of the infection with intravenous colistins. Blisters were excised; wounds were dressed daily with chlorhexidine dressings and polymyxine-impregnated dressing. Wounds were finally covered with split-thickness skin grafts. The infection was overcome 120 days after admission. The graft take was 40%. Postoperative rehabilitation was required because of the functional limitation of lower limb movements at the knee joint. Follow-up at 8 months showed no functional deficit and an acceptable aesthetic result. AB-MDR affecting soft tissues is a life-threatening disease, especially in patients with poor immunity and limited access to health facilities, whose clinical diagnosis may sometimes be challenging. Early recognition and treatment represent the most important factors influencing survival. PMID:26411144

  20. Hydride blister features in Zircaloy-2 pressure tubes removed from Pickering units 1 and 2: A selection of micrographs

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    Following the failure of the pressure tubes in channel G16 in Pickering Unit 2 (P2G16) sections of it and other pressure tubes removed from Pickering Units 1 and 2 were examined to study the blisters that led to the failure. Several tubes were removed for examination before the decision was made to replace all of the Zircaloy-2 tubes with Zr-2.5Nb tubes. Additional work on the Zircaloy-2 tubes was stopped at this time. The examination carried out on the tubes at AECL CRL included a visual inspection of the outside surface looking for blisters, followed by optical metallography of the transverse and axial sections that contained the blisters. The micrographs are of blisters found in pressure tubes removed from Pickering units 1 and 2. The micrographs document principal features found associated with the blisters in the pressure tubes not to cover all the details of blister growth and of crack initiation and growth. The pictures found within the report were to give an appreciation of the different stages that happen after the pressure tubes come into contact with the calandria tubes. 32 figs

  1. Effect of microstructure on blister formation and deuterium retention in tungsten materials exposed to high flux low energy deuterium plasmas

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    Full text of publication follows: Four kinds of tungsten (W) materials, i.e., (1) foil of 50 mm thick, (2) polycrystalline (poly-W) with grain size of ∼3 mm, (3) recrystallized (re-W) with grain size of ∼50 mm, and (4) vacuum plasma spraying (VPS-W) coatings, were irradiated at different temperatures employing a linear plasma generator with a flux of 1 x 1022 D/m2/s and energies lower than 100 eV. For 98 eV/D irradiation at near room temperature, the foil shows blisters growing up with fluence up to tens of mm in diameter till 1 x 1026 /m2. Rare blisters appear at the poly-W at 24/m2, and then grow up to some mm even at 1 x 1026 /m2. The re-W shows sparse and very small blisters (∼1 mm) even at 1 x 1025 /m2. However, at elevated substrate temperatures till ∼550 K, blisters appear earlier at the three materials and becomes much larger at the re-W; with further increasing the temperature to ∼700 K, blisters become smaller at the foil and the poly-W, but continuously larger at the re-W (up to tens of mm). Blisters were hardly observed at the surfaces at the temperatures higher than 850 K. The cross section observation indicates that blister formation is related to the lamellar structure in the foil. In the poly-Wand the re- W, blister growth is predominantly limited within the grains, and shows mainly dome and terrace shapes, respectively, implying origins at near surface region and within grains. Irradiations at lower energies of 38 eV and 7 eV lead to later formation of smaller blisters. Rough surfaces prepared by scratching the surfaces show hindering effect to blister formation. Trapping and deuterium retention in the samples and the latest results from the VPS-W coatings will be reported also. (authors)

  2. Investigation of the Cause of Low Blister Threshold Temperatures in the RERTR-12 and AFIP-4 Experiments

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    Blister-threshold testing of fuel plates is a standard method through which the safety margin for operation of plate-type in research and test reactors is assessed. The blister-threshold temperature is indicative of the ability of fuel to operate at high temperatures for short periods of time (transient conditions) without failure. This method of testing was applied to the newly developed U-Mo monolithic fuel system. Blister annealing studies on the U-Mo monolithic fuel plates began in 2007, with the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR)-6 experiment, and they have continued as the U-Mo fuel system has evolved through the research and development process. Blister anneal threshold temperatures from early irradiation experiments (RERTR-6 through RERTR-10) ranged from 400 to 500 deg C. These temperatures were projected to be acceptable for NRC-licensed research reactors and the high-power Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) based on current safety-analysis reports (SARs). Initial blister testing results from the RERTR-12 experiment capsules X1 and X2 showed a decrease in the blister-threshold temperatures. Blister threshold temperatures from this experiment ranged from 300 to 400 deg C. Selected plates from the AFIP-4 experiment, which was fabricated using a process similar to that used to fabricate the RERTR-12 experiment, also underwent blister testing to determine whether results would be similar. The measured blister-threshold temperatures from the AFIP-4 plates fell within the same blister-threshold temperature range measured in the RERTR-12 plates. Investigation of the cause of this decrease in bister threshold temperature is being conducted under the guidance of Idaho National Laboratory PLN-4155, ''Analysis of Low Blister Threshold Temperatures in the RERTR-12 and AFIP-4 Experiments,'' and is driven by hypotheses. The main focus of the investigation is in the following areas: 1. Fabrication variables 2. Pre

  3. Investigation of the Cause of Low Blister Threshold Temperatures in the RERTR-12 and AFIP-4 Experiments

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    Mitchell K Meyer

    2012-06-01

    Blister–threshold testing of fuel plates is a standard method through which the safety margin for operation of plate-type in research and test reactors is assessed. The blister-threshold temperature is indicative of the ability of fuel to operate at high temperatures for short periods of time (transient conditions) without failure. This method of testing was applied to the newly developed U-Mo monolithic fuel system. Blister annealing studies on the U-Mo monolithic fuel plates began in 2007, with the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR)-6 experiment, and they have continued as the U-Mo fuel system has evolved through the research and development process. Blister anneal threshold temperatures from early irradiation experiments (RERTR-6 through RERTR-10) ranged from 400 to 500°C. These temperatures were projected to be acceptable for NRC-licensed research reactors and the high-power Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) based on current safety-analysis reports (SARs). Initial blister testing results from the RERTR-12 experiment capsules X1 and X2 showed a decrease in the blister-threshold temperatures. Blister threshold temperatures from this experiment ranged from 300 to 400°C. Selected plates from the AFIP-4 experiment, which was fabricated using a process similar to that used to fabricate the RERTR-12 experiment, also underwent blister testing to determine whether results would be similar. The measured blister-threshold temperatures from the AFIP-4 plates fell within the same blister-threshold temperature range measured in the RERTR-12 plates. Investigation of the cause of this decrease in bister threshold temperature is being conducted under the guidance of Idaho National Laboratory PLN-4155, “Analysis of Low Blister Threshold Temperatures in the RERTR-12 and AFIP-4 Experiments,” and is driven by hypotheses. The main focus of the investigation is in the following areas: 1. Fabrication variables 2. Pre

  4. The optimization of Blister Disk geometry for mixing performance in co-rotating twin-screw extruder

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    Matsumoto, Koki; Kayamori, Natsuki; Tanaka, Tatsuya; Arao, Yoshihiko

    2015-05-01

    Extensional flow has been taken notice as the more efficient solution for improving the dispersion of nanocomposites than shear flow. One of the production processes of nanocomposites is melt extrusion with co-rotating twin-screw extruder (TSE) which is superior in terms of productivity and mixing performance. Then, we focused on "Blister Disk" which had many small holes for generating the extensional flow. However, the influences on the mixing performance by changing the geometry of Blister Disk have not been investigated as far as we know. Therefore, the objective of this study is the optimization of Blister Disk geometry (e.g. hole numbers, hole diameter and disk length) for improving the dispersion of nanocomposites. Primary, the extensional flow state was investigated at the Blister Disk with FEM analysis. Secondly, to validate the simulation results experimentally, the polypropylene reinforced multi-walled carbon nanotube (PP/CNT nanocomposite) was used as the model of nanocomposite, and the dispersion state of CNT was investigated by morphological observation. As the result of these experiments, the better dispersion state of CNT was obtained as total permeation area and shorter hole length of Blister Disk was smaller because extensional and shear stress were increased.

  5. Reduction of surface erosion caused by helium blistering: comparison between vacuum-cast and sintered-beryllium

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    The blister formation and the erosion associated with blistering in a vacuum cast beryllium foil and in a foil of sintered beryllium powder have been investigated for irradiation at room temperature and at 6000C with 100 keV 4He+ ions for total doses of 0.5 to 1.0 C cm-2. For room temperature irradiation the blisters in sintered beryllium powder are smaller in size than in vacuum cast beryllium. For irradiation at 6000C large scale exfoliation of blisters was observed for vacuum cast beryllium but only small amount of exfoliation was seen for sintered beryllium powder. The results show a reduction in erosion rate in sintered beryllium as compared to the erosion rate in vacuum cast beryllium. For room temperature irradiation no erosion rate could be determined for the sintered beryllium foil since no blister exfoliation was observed. For 6000C irradiation the erosion rate for sintered beryllium foil is more than an order of magnitude smaller than for vacuum cast beryllium

  6. Management of rheumatic and autoimmune blistering disease in pregnancy and postpartum.

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    Wan, Joy; Imadojemu, Sotonye; Werth, Victoria P

    2016-01-01

    The treatment of rheumatic and autoimmune skin disease in women who are pregnant or of childbearing potential can present challenges to the dermatologist. We discuss the current approaches to treating lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, dermatomyositis, morphea and systemic sclerosis, mixed connective tissue disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune blistering disease in such patients. In the appropriate setting, topical and systemic corticosteroids, hydroxychloroquine, dapsone, azathioprine, and ultraviolet B phototherapy may be safely and cautiously used during pregnancy. Considerations about contraception, planned conception, therapeutic options, and disease control are paramount in optimizing pregnancy outcomes and minimizing risks to both mother and fetus. PMID:27265072

  7. Effect of H and He irradiation on cavity formation and blistering in ceramics

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    Single- or poly-crystalline specimens of SiC, Si3N4, MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 were implanted with 0.4–1 MeV H+ or He+ ion beams at room temperature and 650 °C up to fluences of ∼1 × 1022/m2. This produced peak implanted gas and displacement damage levels as high as ∼50 at.% and 34 displacements per atom (dpa). The specimens were subsequently examined optically, and in cross-section using transmission electron microscopy. Subsurface blistering occurred for specimens irradiated to H or He fluences greater than about 3 × 1021/m2 (∼15 at.% peak implanted gas concentration), and surface exfoliation occurred for fluences above ∼1 × 1022/m2 (∼40 at.% implanted gas). Both helium and hydrogen had comparable effectiveness for inducing blistering and exfoliation on an atomic basis. The threshold blistering and exfoliation fluences for both ions were weakly dependent on temperature between 25 and 650 °C. Both H and He were found to be very effective in inducing matrix cavity formation, due to their low solubility in these ceramics. The implanted gas concentrations that resulted in visible cavity formation generally ranged from 1 to 5 at.%. Visible cavity formation was readily induced during room temperature irradiation despite the limited vacancy mobility in these ceramics at room temperature. Three general types of cavity morphologies were observed: isolated cavities, clusters of small cavities (typically associated with dislocation loops), and two-dimensional platelets. Cavity formation was observed to initiate at the periphery of dislocation loops in some cases. During elevated temperature irradiation, cavity formation was often observed to be preferentially associated with certain low-index habit planes, particularly if the habit plane was oriented nearly parallel to the irradiated surface: (0 0 0 1) and {11¯00} for Al2O3, (0 0 0 1) for α–SiC, {0 0 1} and {1 1 0} for MgO, and {1 1 0} and {1 1 1} for MgAl2O4. The bubble formation and blistering behavior

  8. Effect of H and He Irradiation on Cavity Formation and Blistering in Ceramics

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    Single- or poly-crystalline specimens of SiC, Si3N4, MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 were implanted with 0.4-1 MeV H+ or He+ ion beams at room temperature and 650 C up to fluences of ∼1 x 1022/m2. This produced peak implanted gas and displacement damage levels as high as ∼50 at.% and 34 displacements per atom (dpa). The specimens were subsequently examined optically, and in cross-section using transmission electron microscopy. Subsurface blistering occurred for specimens irradiated to H or He fluences greater than about 3 x 1021/m2 (∼15 at.% peak implanted gas concentration), and surface exfoliation occurred for fluences above ∼1 x 1022/m2 (∼40 at.% implanted gas). Both helium and hydrogen had comparable effectiveness for inducing blistering and exfoliation on an atomic basis. The threshold blistering and exfoliation fluences for both ions were weakly dependent on temperature between 25 and 650 C. Both H and He were found to be very effective in inducing matrix cavity formation, due to their low solubility in these ceramics. The implanted gas concentrations that resulted in visible cavity formation generally ranged from 1 to 5 at.%. Visible cavity formation was readily induced during room temperature irradiation despite the limited vacancy mobility in these ceramics at room temperature. Three general types of cavity morphologies were observed: isolated cavities, clusters of small cavities (typically associated with dislocation loops), and two-dimensional platelets. Cavity formation was observed to initiate at the periphery of dislocation loops in some cases. During elevated temperature irradiation, cavity formation was often observed to be preferentially associated with certain low-index habit planes, particularly if the habit plane was oriented nearly parallel to the irradiated surface: (0001) and {1(bar 1)00} for Al2O3, (0001) for a-SiC, {001} and {110} for MgO, and {110} and {111} for MgAl2O4. The bubble formation and blistering behavior of the ceramics was

  9. Effect of inelastic and elastic energy losses of Xe ions on the evolution of hydrogen blisters in silicon

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    Reutov, V. F.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Sokhatskii, A. S.; Zaluzhnyi, A. G.

    2016-01-01

    We analyze the effect of irradiation by heavy ions on the formation of blisters on the silicon surface preliminarily ion-doped with hydrogen. An attempt is made at differentiating inelastic and elastic processes of interaction between ions and Si atoms using bombardment of the sample with high-energy charged particles through a bent absorbing filter by varying the radiation doses and the energy of bombarding Xe ions. It is found that irrespective of specific ionization energy losses of heavy ions, the blister formation is completely suppressed in the zone of the inelastic interaction during postradiation annealing. Conversely, stimulated development of hydrogen porosity takes place at the same time in the zone of elastic interaction, which is manifested in the form of blisters and flaking.

  10. Influence of post-annealing time on blistering evolution in Si implanted with high-fluence H ions

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    The influence of post-annealing time on blistering characteristics induced by 5 x 1016 cm-2 ion-implanted H in Si was studied in terms of the formation and growth of blisters. Ion energies consisted of 40 and 100 keV. Post-annealing treatments were carried out using furnace annealing (FA) at 400 and 500 deg. C for a duration of 0.25-3 h in a nitrogen ambient. Raman scattering spectroscopy (RSS), optical microscopy (OM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) were utilized to analyze the defect complex phases, the appearance of optically-detectable blisters and craters, the average depth of craters, and the hydrogen and oxygen depth profiles in the implanted layer, respectively. Furthermore, a characteristic time for the growth of optically-detectable blisters which was determined from the blister-covered fractions for various post-annealing times is proposed and used as a criterion to identify the effectiveness in the formation and growth of optically-detectable blisters. The results revealed that the characteristic time for the 400 deg. C-annealed specimens in the 40 keV implant is much shorter than it is in the 100 keV one. However, the characteristic time for the 500 deg. C-annealed specimens in the 40 keV implant is slightly longer than it is in the 100 keV implant. In addition, both the characteristic times for the 500 deg. C-annealed specimens are much shorter than those for the 400 deg. C ones. The above-mentioned phenomena hold true for craters

  11. Effect of Hydrogen induced Blisters on Surface and Structural Properties of Zirconium

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    Energetic particle produce ionization, dislocation loops and cavities in the surface of Zr, it may alter the structural characteristics of the material. Therefore, it is very important to investigate the hydrogen ion irradiation effects on the surface and structural properties of zirconium. The effect of hydrogen ions blisters on surface and structural properties of Zr has been investigated. Low dose of ions cause blisters on the surface of Zr. At the maximum dose, cavity/cracks formed on the surface. XRD analysis illustrates that induced stresses have been generated due to the hydrogen ions irradiation. However, new phases are not introduced in the Zr due to irradiation. The decreasing trend of crystalline size shows that the hydrogen ions diffusivity increases into the interstitial sites and causes peak broadening with the increase of radiation fluence. It is also evident that anomaly in crystalline size due to the recombination of vacancy process by increasing radiation fluence. Decrease in elastic modulus indicates the transformation of crystalline structure to partial amorphization, but there is no significant was observed in the structure of the material due to irradiation

  12. The influence of microstructure on blistering and bubble formation by He ion irradiation in Al alloys

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    Soria, S. R.; Tolley, A.; Sánchez, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    The influence of microstructure and composition on the effects of ion irradiation in Al alloys was studied combining Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. For this purpose, irradiation experiments with 20 keV He+ ions at room temperature were carried out in Al, an Al-4Cu (wt%) supersaturated solid solution, and an Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge (wt.%) alloy with a very high density of precipitates, and the results were compared. In Al and Al-4Cu, He bubbles were found with an average size in between 1 nm and 2 nm that was independent of fluence. The critical fluence for bubble formation was higher in Al-4Cu than in Al. He bubbles were also observed below the critical fluence after post irradiation annealing in Al-4Cu. The incoherent interfaces between the equilibrium θ phase and the Al matrix were found to be favorable sites for the formation of He bubbles. Instead, no bubbles were observed in the precipitate rich Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy. In all alloys, blistering was observed, leading to surface erosion by exfoliation. The blistering effects were more severe in the Al-5.6Cu-0.5Si-0.5Ge alloy, and they were enhanced by increasing the fluence rate.

  13. Size determinations, by ultrasonic techniques, of cracks in hydride blisters formed in Zr-2.5 % Nb pressure tubes

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    Non destructive techniques (NDT) are very useful in the detection of flaws produced in structural components in service. During the service of CANDU nuclear power reactors, it is possible that pressure tubes (PT) may contact calandria tubes (CT). After the PT/CT contact, zirconium hydride blisters may form at the point of contact depending on the concentration of hydrogen/deuterium. Zirconium hydride is brittle and is therefore prone to cracking under stress. Ultrasonic NDT is routinely use during PT in service inspection. In order to be able of detecting cracked blisters, it is of great importance the development of standards to calibrate the employed equipment. On this purpose, hydride blisters were grown, in laboratory, on sections of pressure tube. The cracks in the blisters were detected and measured by ultrasonic techniques. The obtained results were compared with measurements carried out in optic microscope, on successive sections of the samples. The crack tip diffraction technique was found to be the more effective for the mentioned ends. (author)

  14. Purification of antifungal protein against blister bark pathogen of Casuarina equisetifolia J. R. Forster et G. Forster

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    Ghosh, M.; Thangamani, D.; Thapliyal, M.; Yasodha, R.; Gurumurthi, K.

    2004-01-01

    Aprotein extract from the leaves of Andrographis paniculata (Acanthaceae) was found to inhibit the spore germination and hyphal extension of Trichosporium vesiculosum, the blister bark pathogen of Casuarina equisetifolia. The antifungal protein component was further purified from the crude extract and the molecular mass of the toxic protein was estimated to be 39.5 kDa.

  15. A new genus and species of Cecidomyiidae (Diptera) from leaf blister galls on Ribes (Grosulariaceae)in North America

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    Ribesia sarae Gagné, new genus, new species(Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), is described from simple leaf blister galls on Ribes aureum(Grossulariaceae) from Montana. The female abdomen is superficially similar to that of CystiphoraKieffer and SackenomyiaFelt. The three genera are compared. Because of stro...

  16. Activated charcoal and baking soda to reduce odor associated with extensive blistering disorders

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Skin disease leading to extensive blistering and loss of skin is associated with a characteristic smell. Odor can cause physiologic disturbances such as increase in heart rate and respiratory rate. It can also cause nausea and vomiting and is disturbing to bystanders. Aims: To test odor reducing capability of activated charcoal. Methods: In this blinded experimental study we used putrefied amniotic membrane to produce odor and studied the effectiveness of activated charcoal and soda-bi-carbonate to reduce odor. Results: Statistical analysis with Kruskal Wall′s Chi Square Test and Man Whitney U test showed significant reduction of odor using activated charcoal by itself or along with soda-bi-carbonate. Conclusion: We recommend the usage of activated charcoal with/without soda bicarbonate as an inexpensive practical measure to reduce foul odor associated with extensive skin loss.

  17. Study of surface blistering in GaN by hydrogen implantation at elevated temperatures

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    Li, B.S., E-mail: b.s.li@impcas.ac.cn; Wang, Z.G.; Zhang, H.P.

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated mechanisms of ion-cut in H{sub 2}{sup +}-implanted GaN by analyzing microstructural features of H{sub 2}{sup +}-implanted GaN at room temperature, 573 K and 723 K. Using optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, it was found that the in-plane compressive stress induced by the H-implantation was necessary for H-platelet nucleation and growth. The control of implantation temperature is crucial for creating sufficient in-plane compressive stress to induce surface blistering. - Highlights: • Mechanisms of ion-cut in H{sub 2}{sup +} implanted GaN were investigated. • The implantation-induced dislocation loops are correlated with implantation temperature. • The dislocation loops decide the direction of in-plane stress.

  18. Study of surface blistering in GaN by hydrogen implantation at elevated temperatures

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    We have investigated mechanisms of ion-cut in H2+-implanted GaN by analyzing microstructural features of H2+-implanted GaN at room temperature, 573 K and 723 K. Using optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, it was found that the in-plane compressive stress induced by the H-implantation was necessary for H-platelet nucleation and growth. The control of implantation temperature is crucial for creating sufficient in-plane compressive stress to induce surface blistering. - Highlights: • Mechanisms of ion-cut in H2+ implanted GaN were investigated. • The implantation-induced dislocation loops are correlated with implantation temperature. • The dislocation loops decide the direction of in-plane stress

  19. Genetic transformation with the gfp gene of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides isolates from coffee with blister spot

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    Cecilia Armesto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Blister spot (Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is now widespread in most coffee producing states of Brazil, becoming a limiting factor for production. The lack of data relating to the reproduction of typical symptoms (light green, oily patches leaves a gap within the pathosystem, forcing the search for new methodologies for monitoring the disease. Monitoring of genetically modified organisms has proven to be an effective tool in understanding the host x pathogen interactions. Thus, the present study was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of two systems of genetic transformation in obtaining mutants using the gfp reporter gene. Using the two transformation systems (PEG and electroporation revealed the efficiency of both, confirmed by fluorescence microscopy and resistance to the antibiotic hygromycin-B, when incorporated into the culture medium. The fungus maintained its cultural and morphological characteristics when compared to wild strains. When inoculated on coffee seedlings, it was found that the pathogenicity of the processed isolates had not changed.

  20. White blister rusts and downy mildews from bajaur agency fata, with some new records from pakistan

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    In a species diversity study of Oomycyctes of Bajaur Agency FATA, Pakistan, infection of white blister rusts and downy mildews recorded on three cultivated and four wild plants. Capsella bursa-pastoris showed mixed infection of Albugo candida and Hyaloperonospora parasitica (syn: Peronospora parasitica). Similarly, A. candida and H. brassicae (syn: P. brassicae) parasitized Brassica campestris. Wilsoniana portulacae (syn: Albugo portulacae) and W. occidentalis com. nov. (syn: Albugo occidentalis) recovered from Portulaca oleracea and Spinacia oleracea, respectively. Bremia taraxaci, B. sonchicola and B. saussureae recorded on Taraxicum officinale, Sonchus sp., and Saussurea sp., respectively. All these obligate parasites are new records from Bajaur Agency, while H. parasitica, W. occidentalis, B. taraxaci, and B. saussureae on the mentioned hosts are new records from Pakistan. (author)

  1. [Diffusion of lipid fractions through the barrier of cantharidin blisters in hyperlipidemias under conditions of clofibrate and rutinosid interaction].

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    Szamer, B

    1993-01-01

    Diffusion of lipid fractions from blood to fluid in blister induced by cantharidal ointment, applied on the forearm skin, was studied in 54 patients, thereof 18 with normlipidemia, 13 having type II hyperlipidemia, 23 with type IV hyperlipidemia. Concentrations of triglycerides, phospholipids, free fatty acids, total cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and LDL--cholesterol were studied in blood and fluid before treatment, 10 days after applying clofibrate, 20 days after clofibrate application, and 10 days following the application of rutinosid, i.e. upon completion of therapy. After the treatment it was observed that in all the patients the concentration of lipid fractions in blood was lowered, except for HDL-cholesterol, the level of which was elevated, as was the concentration of all the fractions in the blister fluid. Lipid concentration in serum, with the exception of free fatty acids, was invariably higher than in blister fluid. Free fatty acids, LDL-cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol diffused from blood to fluid in a greater percentage. Lipid fraction concentration in fluid depended mainly on the concentration of HDL-cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. In normlipidemia, the highest percentage of lipid fractions was diffused to blister fluid; the percentage was lower in type IV hyperlipidemia, the lowest being in type II hyperlipidemia. Clofibrate hypolipemia action correlated best with with HDL-cholesterol and triglyceride activity. After the treatment, the elevated diffusion of all the fractions from blood to blister fluid was, in my opinion, consistent with lipid metabolism, venoruton, as vessel tightening drug, may play a protective role in relation to endothelia in hyperlipidemia. PMID:8154625

  2. Autoantibodies to Multiple Epitopes on the Non-Collagenous-1 Domain of Type VII Collagen Induce Blisters

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    Vorobyev, Artem; Ujiie, Hideyuki; Recke, Andreas; Buijsrogge, Jacqueline J. A.; Jonkman, Marcel F.; Pas, Hendrikus; Iwata, Hiroaki; HASHIMOTO, TAKASHI; Kim, Soo-Chan; Kim, Jong Hoon; Groves, Richard; Samavedam, Unni; Gupta, Yask; Schmidt, Enno; Zillikens, Detlef

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    Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) is an autoimmune blistering disease of the skin and mucous membranes, characterized by autoantibodies against type VII collagen (COL7), a major component of anchoring fibrils. Different clinical EBA phenotypes are described, including mechanobullous and inflammatory variants. Most EBA patients' sera react with epitopes located within the non-collagenous 1 (NC1) domain of human COL7. However, it has remained unclear whether antibody binding to these differ...

  3. IN SITU IMMUNE RESPONSE EVALUATION VIA IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY IN SKIN BIOPSIES FROM PATIENTS AFFECTED BY AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez; Paul B. Googe, Jr.; Howard, Michael S.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The in situ immune response in skin biopsies from patients affected by autoimmune skin blistering diseases (ABD) is not well characterized. Aim: Our investigation attempts to immunophenotype cells in lesional skin in several ABD, utilizing immunohistochemistry (ICH). Methods: We tested by IHC for CD4, CD8, CD19, CD20, CD45, CD56/NCAM, PAX-5, granzyme B, myeloperoxidase, neutrophil elastase, LAT and ZAP-70 in patients affected by ABD. We tested 30 patients with endemic pemphigus ...

  4. The measurement of the deuterium concentration distributions in deuteride blisters on zirconium-alloy pressure tube material

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    Deuterium concentrations in deuteride blisters on zirconium-alloy pressure tube material have been measured as a function of depth with a lateral resolution of a few tens of μm using a nuclear reaction technique with a ≅ 1300 keV 3He-ion probe. These measurements were carried out in air and results are presented for three types of blisters. The first was on a Zircaloy-2 pressure tube which had failed in a CANDU nuclear reactor. The second was formed in the laboratory on a Zr-2.5 wt% Nb pressure tube by producing cold spots on the outside of an internally heated tube (constant temperature at 3500C). Type 3 is similar to type 2 except that the internal temperature was cycled between 3500 and 1000C. A comparison is given with measurements carried out in vacuum, which show that except when deuterium concentrations are small - where count rates are low and surface concentrations are significant - the external-beam method provides a reliable analysis. This microbeam technique is at present the only procedure available with a lateral resolution better than 100 μm for measuring deuterium distributions which extend over several millimeters. The external beam is advantageous since radioactive specimens from reactors are much easier to handle outside a vacuum chamber. The measurement of an average deuteride composition of ZrD1.5 in the centre of a blister suggests that this region consists of mainly δ-phase deuterides. (orig.)

  5. Helium retention and surface blistering characteristics of tungsten with regard to first wall conditions in an inertial fusion energy reactor

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    The first wall of an inertial fusion energy reactor may suffer from surface blistering and exfoliation due to helium ion fluxes and extreme temperatures. Tungsten is a candidate for the first wall material. A study of helium retention and surface blistering with regard to helium dose, temperature and tungsten microstructure was conducted to learn how the damaging effects of helium may be diminished. Single crystal and polycrystalline tungsten samples were implanted with 1.3 MeV 3He in doses ranging from 1019/m2 to 1022/m2. Implanted samples were analyzed by 3He(d, p)4He nuclear reaction analysis and neutron depth profiling techniques. Surface blistering occurred for doses greater than 1021 He/m2 and was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. Repeated cycles of implantation and flash annealing indicated that helium retention was reduced with decreasing implant dose per cycle. A carbon foil energy degrader, currently in development, will allow a continuous spectrum of helium implantation energy matching the theoretical models of He ion fluxes within the IFE reactor

  6. A novel blister test to evaluate the interface strength between nickel coating and low carbon steel substrate

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    A novel blister test theory model was developed based on the bending theory of beams for assessing the interface strength of the nickel coating/low carbon steel substrate material system. The strain energy of the debonded nickel coating was calculated analytically and by finite element analysis, respectively. The analytic solutions agree well with the FE calculation results. Some blister tests were carried out on the WII-5 Computer Controlled Material Mechanical Properties Testing Machine, using four nickel-coated specimens type-A, -B, -C and -D which were electrodeposited on low carbon steel substrate. Here, types A, B, C and D correspond to the nickel coating thickness of 5 μm, 10 μm, 15μm and 25μm, respectively. The interface strength, evaluated by this blister test method, is 196.86 J/m2 and 269.40 J/m2 for type-C and -D specimens, respectively. However the tests demonstrate that the type-A and -B specimens were cut through by the spindle and no delaminations between the coating and the substrate could be found

  7. Phase and texture analysis of a hydride blister in a Zr-2.5%Nb tube by synchrotron x-ray diffraction

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    This paper presents a detailed phase and texture study within and around a hydride blister grown on the surface of a Zr-2.5%Nb pressure tube. The analysis is based on synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments using an 80 keV photon beam and a high-speed area detector placed in transmission geometry. It was found that the blister is composed of two main phases, α-Zr and (delta)-ZrH, with a composition which changes locally across the blister. No location within the blister presents pure (delta) zirconium hydride, with a maximum of 80% for the volume fraction of (delta) hydride at the center of the blister. The texture observed for both phases in the original pressure tube remains essentially unaltered across the hydride blister. A detailed analysis of this texture using well-known parent-precipitate relationships shows that some selective precipitation occurs at α-Zr grains with their c-axis under a tensile stress, and on grains with grain boundaries favorably aligned for hydride nucleation.

  8. Characterization of Five Novel Mitoviruses in the White Pine Blister Rust Fungus Cronartium ribicola

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    Liu, Jun-Jun; Chan, Danelle; Xiang, Yu; Williams, Holly; Li, Xiao-Rui; Sniezko, Richard A.; Sturrock, Rona N.

    2016-01-01

    The white pine blister rust (WPBR) fungus Cronartium ribicola (J.C. Fisch.) is an exotic invasive forest pathogen causing severe stem canker disease of native white pine trees (subgenus Strobus) in North America. The present study reports discovery of five novel mitoviruses in C. ribicola by deep RNA sequencing. The complete genome of each mitovirus was determined by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). A single open reading frame (ORF) encoding a putative RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) was detected in each of the viral genomes using mitochondrial genetic codes. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the C. ribicola mitoviruses (CrMV1 to CrMV5) are new putative species of the genus Mitovirus. qRT-PCR and RNA-Seq analyses revealed that viral RNAs were significantly increased in fungal mycelia in cankered pine stems compared to expression during two different stages of spore development, suggesting that viral genome replication and transcription benefit from active growth of the host fungus. CrMVs were widespread with relatively high levels of minor allele frequency (MAF) in western North America. As the first report of mitoviruses in the Class Pucciniomycetes, this work allows further investigation of the dynamics of a viral community in the WPBR pathosystem, including potential impacts that may affect pathogenicity and virulence of the host fungus. PMID:27196406

  9. Elevated homocysteine levels in suction-induced blister fluid of active vitiligo lesions.

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    Anbar, Tag; Zuel-Fakkar, Nehal Mohamed; Matta, Mary Fikry; Arbab, Mai Mohammed Ibrahim

    2016-02-01

    Vitiligo is the most prevalent acquired pigmentary disorder as a result of destruction of melanocytes. Several studies have reported increased serum levels of homocysteine (Hcy) in vitiligo patients which may be the result of decreased Vitamin B12 and folic acid levels. In addition, homocystinuria is associated with pigmentary dilution. On the other hand, other studies reported normal serum homocysteine levels. Our aim was to study the Hcy level in active vitiligo patients both in serum and in suction blister fluid obtained from the lesional skin. A total of 30 patients with active vitiligo of both sexes and 30 healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. Sera from the blood and from lesional induced bullae were obtained from the patients and controls and were assayed for Hcy by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The collected data were analyzed by SPSS version 17. There were no significant differences in the serum levels of Hcy between patients and healthy controls, however, the increase in Hcy level was highly statistically significant in the patients' lesional induced bulla compared to the healthy controls. There was no significant difference in Hcy levels between males and females and between patients with negative or positive family histories of vitiligo. The presence of a high homocysteine level in active vitiligo lesions points to a local event occurring in this lesion, which is not reflected as an increase in the patient's serum level. PMID:26678812

  10. Metamodeling and Optimization of a Blister Copper Two-Stage Production Process

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    Jarosz, Piotr; Kusiak, Jan; Małecki, Stanisław; Morkisz, Paweł; Oprocha, Piotr; Pietrucha, Wojciech; Sztangret, Łukasz

    2016-04-01

    It is often difficult to estimate parameters for a two-stage production process of blister copper (containing 99.4 wt.% of Cu metal) as well as those for most industrial processes with high accuracy, which leads to problems related to process modeling and control. The first objective of this study was to model flash smelting and converting of Cu matte stages using three different techniques: artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and random forests, which utilized noisy technological data. Subsequently, more advanced models were applied to optimize the entire process (which was the second goal of this research). The obtained optimal solution was a Pareto-optimal one because the process consisted of two stages, making the optimization problem a multi-criteria one. A sequential optimization strategy was employed, which aimed for optimal control parameters consecutively for both stages. The obtained optimal output parameters for the first smelting stage were used as input parameters for the second converting stage. Finally, a search for another optimal set of control parameters for the second stage of a Kennecott-Outokumpu process was performed. The optimization process was modeled using a Monte-Carlo method, and both modeling parameters and computed optimal solutions are discussed.

  11. Metamodeling and Optimization of a Blister Copper Two-Stage Production Process

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    Jarosz, Piotr; Kusiak, Jan; Małecki, Stanisław; Morkisz, Paweł; Oprocha, Piotr; Pietrucha, Wojciech; Sztangret, Łukasz

    2016-06-01

    It is often difficult to estimate parameters for a two-stage production process of blister copper (containing 99.4 wt.% of Cu metal) as well as those for most industrial processes with high accuracy, which leads to problems related to process modeling and control. The first objective of this study was to model flash smelting and converting of Cu matte stages using three different techniques: artificial neural networks, support vector machines, and random forests, which utilized noisy technological data. Subsequently, more advanced models were applied to optimize the entire process (which was the second goal of this research). The obtained optimal solution was a Pareto-optimal one because the process consisted of two stages, making the optimization problem a multi-criteria one. A sequential optimization strategy was employed, which aimed for optimal control parameters consecutively for both stages. The obtained optimal output parameters for the first smelting stage were used as input parameters for the second converting stage. Finally, a search for another optimal set of control parameters for the second stage of a Kennecott-Outokumpu process was performed. The optimization process was modeled using a Monte-Carlo method, and both modeling parameters and computed optimal solutions are discussed.

  12. Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Candidate Genes involved in Blister Blight defense in Tea (Camellia sinensis (L) Kuntze).

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    Jayaswall, Kuldip; Mahajan, Pallavi; Singh, Gagandeep; Parmar, Rajni; Seth, Romit; Raina, Aparnashree; Swarnkar, Mohit Kumar; Singh, Anil Kumar; Shankar, Ravi; Sharma, Ram Kumar

    2016-01-01

    To unravel the molecular mechanism of defense against blister blight (BB) disease caused by an obligate biotrophic fungus, Exobasidium vexans, transcriptome of BB interaction with resistance and susceptible tea genotypes was analysed through RNA-seq using Illumina GAIIx at four different stages during ~20-day disease cycle. Approximately 69 million high quality reads were assembled de novo, yielding 37,790 unique transcripts with more than 55% being functionally annotated. Differentially expressed, 149 defense related transcripts/genes, namely defense related enzymes, resistance genes, multidrug resistant transporters, transcription factors, retrotransposons, metacaspases and chaperons were observed in RG, suggesting their role in defending against BB. Being present in the major hub, putative master regulators among these candidates were identified from predetermined protein-protein interaction network of Arabidopsis thaliana. Further, confirmation of abundant expression of well-known RPM1, RPS2 and RPP13 in quantitative Real Time PCR indicates salicylic acid and jasmonic acid, possibly induce synthesis of antimicrobial compounds, required to overcome the virulence of E. vexans. Compendiously, the current study provides a comprehensive gene expression and insights into the molecular mechanism of tea defense against BB to serve as a resource for unravelling the possible regulatory mechanism of immunity against various biotic stresses in tea and other crops. PMID:27465480

  13. Characterization of Five Novel Mitoviruses in the White Pine Blister Rust Fungus Cronartium ribicola.

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    Liu, Jun-Jun; Chan, Danelle; Xiang, Yu; Williams, Holly; Li, Xiao-Rui; Sniezko, Richard A; Sturrock, Rona N

    2016-01-01

    The white pine blister rust (WPBR) fungus Cronartium ribicola (J.C. Fisch.) is an exotic invasive forest pathogen causing severe stem canker disease of native white pine trees (subgenus Strobus) in North America. The present study reports discovery of five novel mitoviruses in C. ribicola by deep RNA sequencing. The complete genome of each mitovirus was determined by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). A single open reading frame (ORF) encoding a putative RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) was detected in each of the viral genomes using mitochondrial genetic codes. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the C. ribicola mitoviruses (CrMV1 to CrMV5) are new putative species of the genus Mitovirus. qRT-PCR and RNA-Seq analyses revealed that viral RNAs were significantly increased in fungal mycelia in cankered pine stems compared to expression during two different stages of spore development, suggesting that viral genome replication and transcription benefit from active growth of the host fungus. CrMVs were widespread with relatively high levels of minor allele frequency (MAF) in western North America. As the first report of mitoviruses in the Class Pucciniomycetes, this work allows further investigation of the dynamics of a viral community in the WPBR pathosystem, including potential impacts that may affect pathogenicity and virulence of the host fungus. PMID:27196406

  14. Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Candidate Genes involved in Blister Blight defense in Tea (Camellia sinensis (L) Kuntze)

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    Jayaswall, Kuldip; Mahajan, Pallavi; Singh, Gagandeep; Parmar, Rajni; Seth, Romit; Raina, Aparnashree; Swarnkar, Mohit Kumar; Singh, Anil Kumar; Shankar, Ravi; Sharma, Ram Kumar

    2016-07-01

    To unravel the molecular mechanism of defense against blister blight (BB) disease caused by an obligate biotrophic fungus, Exobasidium vexans, transcriptome of BB interaction with resistance and susceptible tea genotypes was analysed through RNA-seq using Illumina GAIIx at four different stages during ~20-day disease cycle. Approximately 69 million high quality reads were assembled de novo, yielding 37,790 unique transcripts with more than 55% being functionally annotated. Differentially expressed, 149 defense related transcripts/genes, namely defense related enzymes, resistance genes, multidrug resistant transporters, transcription factors, retrotransposons, metacaspases and chaperons were observed in RG, suggesting their role in defending against BB. Being present in the major hub, putative master regulators among these candidates were identified from predetermined protein-protein interaction network of Arabidopsis thaliana. Further, confirmation of abundant expression of well-known RPM1, RPS2 and RPP13 in quantitative Real Time PCR indicates salicylic acid and jasmonic acid, possibly induce synthesis of antimicrobial compounds, required to overcome the virulence of E. vexans. Compendiously, the current study provides a comprehensive gene expression and insights into the molecular mechanism of tea defense against BB to serve as a resource for unravelling the possible regulatory mechanism of immunity against various biotic stresses in tea and other crops.

  15. Blood blister-like aneurysms: Single center experience and systematic literature review

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    Gonzalez, Ana Marcos; Narata, Ana Paula; Yilmaz, Hasan [Interventional Neuroradiology Unit, Service of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland); Bijlenga, Philippe; Radovanovic, Ivan; Schaller, Karl [Service of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland); Lovblad, Karl-Olof [Interventional Neuroradiology Unit, Service of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland); Pereira, Vitor Mendes, E-mail: vitormpbr@hotmail.com [Interventional Neuroradiology Unit, Service of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Geneva (Switzerland)

    2014-01-15

    Blood blister-like aneurysms (BBAs) are a controversial entity. They arise from non-branching sites on the supraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA) and are suspected to originate from a dissection. Our aim is to describe the BBA cases seen in our center and to present a systematic review of the literature on BBAs. We analyzed the eleven cases of BBA admitted to our center from 2003 to 2012. We assessed the medical history, treatment modality (endovascular and/or surgery), complications and clinical outcome. The cohort included 8 women and 4 men with a mean age of 53.16 years. Treatment of the BBA consisted of stenting and coiling in 5 patients, stenting only in 4 patients, coiling and clipping in 1 patient, clipping only in 1 patient, and conservative treatment in 1 patient. A good outcome was found in 10 patients, as defined by a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) less than or equal to two at three months. A systematic review of the literature was performed, and 314 reported patients were found: 221 patients were treated with a primarily surgical approach, and 87 patients were treated with a primarily endovascular approach. A rescue or second treatment was required in 46 patients (21%). The overall estimated treatment morbidity rate was 17%, and the mortality rate was 15%. BBAs exhibit more aggressive behavior compared to saccular aneurysms, and more intra-operative complications occur with BBAs, independent of the treatment type offered. They are also significantly more likely to relapse and rebleed after treatment. Endovascular treatment offers a lower morbidity–mortality compared with surgical approaches. Multilayer flow-diverting stents appear to be a promising strategy.

  16. Experimental study of changes of skin blister fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF levels in patients with vitiligo in progressive stage

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    Objective: To explore the significance of changes of skin blister fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF levels in patients with vitiligo in progressive stage. Methods: 80 patients with vitiligo in progressive stage were divided into two groups (vulgaris vitiligo groups : n=54, segmental vitiligo groups : n=26) Their blister fluid levels of NPY and GM-CSF were determined by radioimmunoassay(RIA), and IL-12 and sICAM-1 were determined by enzyme immunoassay. Results: The levels of skin blister fluid NPY were definitely higher in vitiliginous skin than those in non-vitiliginous patches in segmental vitiligo groups (P0.05). The levels of skin blister fluid IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF were all obviously higher in vitiliginous skin than that in non-vitiliginous patches in vulgaris vitiligo groups (P0.05). Conclusion: The changes of skin blister fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF levels in vitiliginous skin may be closely related to development of difference type vitiligo patients with vitiligo, determination of 4 indexes might be helpful for studying the pathogenesis and clinical diagnosis of vitiligo. (authors)

  17. Fracture of Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes with or without hydride blisters in uniaxial to plane strain conditions with standard and optimized expansion due to compression tests

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    Hellouin de Menibus, Arthur, E-mail: arthur.hellouin-de-menibus@cea.fr [CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mines ParisTech/Centre des materiaux CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France); Auzoux, Quentin [CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mongabure, Philippe [CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Macdonald, Vincent [CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mines ParisTech/Centre des materiaux CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France); Le Jolu, Thomas [CEA Saclay/DEN/DANS/DMN/SEMI, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Besson, Jacques; Crepin, Jerome [Mines ParisTech/Centre des materiaux CNRS UMR 7633, 91003 Evry (France)

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    Two optimizations of the Expansion Due to Compression (EDC) test, which induces a near uniaxial loading, were proposed and developed to reach higher biaxiality ratios (ratio between mechanical quantities in axial and in circumferential direction). The first optimization, named HB-EDC for High-Biaxiality EDC, allowed to reach transverse plane strain conditions. The second optimization, named VHB-EDC for Very High Biaxiality EDC, was designed to reach higher loading biaxiality ratios. These optimized EDC tests were performed at 25 °C, 350 °C and 480 °C on unirradiated hydrided Cold Worked Stress Relieved (CWSR) Zircaloy-4 samples. First, samples unhydrided or uniformly hydrided up to 1130 wppm were tested. Second, samples hydrided at 310 wppm with a hydride blister were tested. A large ductility reduction is induced by the increase in biaxiality level in the absence of a hydride blister or with small blisters (<50μm deep). The fracture strain decreases quickly with the blister depth at 25 °C, but more progressively at higher temperature. An equation that quantifies the fracture strain reduction with the blister depth is proposed. Eventually, one of the tests developed in the present study, the HB-EDC test, was proven to be a good compromise between the test complexity and the stress state reached. It is a good candidate to characterize the mechanical behaviour of irradiated cladding.

  18. Fracture of Zircaloy-4 cladding tubes with or without hydride blisters in uniaxial to plane strain conditions with standard and optimized expansion due to compression tests

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    Two optimizations of the Expansion Due to Compression (EDC) test, which induces a near uniaxial loading, were proposed and developed to reach higher biaxiality ratios (ratio between mechanical quantities in axial and in circumferential direction). The first optimization, named HB-EDC for High-Biaxiality EDC, allowed to reach transverse plane strain conditions. The second optimization, named VHB-EDC for Very High Biaxiality EDC, was designed to reach higher loading biaxiality ratios. These optimized EDC tests were performed at 25 °C, 350 °C and 480 °C on unirradiated hydrided Cold Worked Stress Relieved (CWSR) Zircaloy-4 samples. First, samples unhydrided or uniformly hydrided up to 1130 wppm were tested. Second, samples hydrided at 310 wppm with a hydride blister were tested. A large ductility reduction is induced by the increase in biaxiality level in the absence of a hydride blister or with small blisters (<50μm deep). The fracture strain decreases quickly with the blister depth at 25 °C, but more progressively at higher temperature. An equation that quantifies the fracture strain reduction with the blister depth is proposed. Eventually, one of the tests developed in the present study, the HB-EDC test, was proven to be a good compromise between the test complexity and the stress state reached. It is a good candidate to characterize the mechanical behaviour of irradiated cladding

  19. The Effect of the Holding Time on Roll Bonded AA6061 Plates During The Blister Test In MTR-Type Fuel Plates Manufacturing

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    Roll bonding process is applied to clad nuclear fuel core (U3O8+Al) with medium strength aluminum alloys during fabrication of plate type nuclear fuel elements for research reactors, or to produce new constructions which have special uses in industrial applications. In the present work, the effect of holding time at heating temperature during the blister test on the roll bonding of 6061 aluminum alloy plates was studied using both mechanical testing and microscopic examination. The present results showed that, the holding time during the blister test plays an important role in the criteria of bonding not only in the blister phenomena, but also in the bond strength. The specific bond strength increases with increasing the holding time. The results showed that the increase in the specific bond strength depends also on the degree of reduction in thickness during the rolling process. It varies from 4 % to 25 % for the cases of 40 % and 89 % reduction in thickness, respectively. On the other hand, It was found that more than 60 % of blistering area was formed during the first 15 minutes at 500 degree C. The remaining blistering area was formed during the next 30 minutes. (author)

  20. Detection of blister formation and evaluation of pressure tube/calandria tube contact location by ultrasonic velocity ratio measurement technique

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    Presence of hydrogen in zircaloy pressure tube affects the velocity of ultrasound propagation. Both longitudinal wave velocity (VL) and shear wave velocity (VS) are affected depending on the concentration of hydrogen. Velocity ratio (VL/VS) changes as per the concentrations of hydrogen in different locations along the length of pressure tube. A hydride blister which forms at the pressure tube and calandria tube contact point is a distinct zone containing hydrogen 2-3 order of magnitude more than the parent matrix and hence, can be detected by sharp change in velocity ratio. (author)

  1. Blister pouches for effective reagent storage and release for low cost point-of-care diagnostic applications

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    Smith, Suzanne; Sewart, Rene; Land, Kevin; Roux, Pieter; Gärtner, Claudia; Becker, Holger

    2016-03-01

    Lab-on-a-chip devices are often applied to point-of-care diagnostic solutions as they are low-cost, compact, disposable, and require only small sample volumes. For such devices, various reagents are required for sample preparation and analysis and, for an integrated solution to be realized, on-chip reagent storage and automated introduction are required. This work describes the implementation and characterization of effective liquid reagent storage and release mechanisms utilizing blister pouches applied to various point-of-care diagnostic device applications. The manufacturing aspects as well as performance parameters are evaluated.

  2. The viability of PVC/Al blister reuse and PVC property studies after ionizing radiation processing

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    The objective of this research was to separate, by means of a process of dissolution, the PVC and the aluminum that compose blister packs, generally used for pharmaceutical pills. We also studied the effect of the ionizing radiation on the PVC, and, finally, the mechanical recycling of the separated PVC, by a process of extrusion. The material we used in this work is the surplus of the pharmaceutical industry, i.e., packs with defects or burrs. We ground the material to facilitate the handling and the homogenization of the system. After that, we chose two bases for the dissolution of the aluminum: the sodium hydroxide and the potassium hydroxide. We used a system with two concentrations (1 and 2M) for each base, and for every solution we had also an agitated and a non-agitated process. From this method resulted eight experiments. After the dissolution, the samples of the material were submitted to ionizing radiation with doses of 50, 100, 150 and 200 kGy in the Dynamitron II electron accelerator of the CTR-IPEN/CNEN-SP. In the following, these samples were submitted to traction resistance tests to analyze which modifications the irradiation caused. The last step of the research was the recycling of the PVC separated from the Aluminum. We made the recycling in industrial equipment, a PVC tube extruder. The material was combined with lubricants, heat stabilizers and pigment in an intensive mixer and processed into the form of rigid PVC electrical conduits. After the eight experiments, the system with potassium hydroxide base, concentration of 2M and agitation presented the best relation between time of dissolution and characteristics of the resulting material, without degradation of the PVC. In the irradiated samples, the color of the material changed as well as its extension that was as larger as the dose of irradiation they received, indicating the dissociation of the PVC molecules. The extrusion of the PVC was successfully realized: about 200 kg (440 pounds) of

  3. Case with Brunsting-Perry-like localized subepidermal blister formations and immunoglobulin G antibodies against unidentified basement membrane zone antigen.

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    Sato-Shibuya, Mami; Dainichi, Teruki; Egawa, Gyohei; Honda, Tetsuya; Otsuka, Atsushi; Ishii, Norito; Hashimoto, Takashi; Miyachi, Yoshiki; Kabashima, Kenji

    2016-04-01

    Brunsting-Perry type bullous pemphigoid is defined by the blister formation limited to the head and neck, and autoantibodies to type VII collagen are detected in several cases. However, the pathomechanisms and autoantigens in this condition remain unknown. We report a 20-year-old female patient with a more than 2-year history of recurrent tense blisters localized on the face with no distinct atrophic scar formation. The patient had neither extensive sun exposure nor a history suggestive of contact dermatitis. Oral betamethasone was effective on the skin lesions. Histopathology revealed subepidermal blister formation with dermal infiltrates of neutrophils. Although direct and indirect immunofluorescence tests detected immunoglobulin G antibodies to the basement membrane zone (BMZ), no known dermal or epidermal autoantigens were detected in immunoblot analyses. Therefore, this case may be a rare variant of Brunsting-Perry type localized bullous pemphigoid with autoantibodies to an undetermined BMZ antigen. PMID:26362108

  4. Hydrogen blistering and bubble formation in metallic glasses Fe40Ni40P14B6 and Fe40Ni38Mo4B18

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    Metallic glasses Fe40Ni40P14B6 and Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 were irradiated with 100 keV hydrogen ions at room temperature. Irradiated specimens were examined for surface blistering and gas bubbles using scanning and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The critical dose for blister formation in metallic glasses is determined to be 1.5x1019 ions/cm2. A comparative study of the alloy Fe40Ni40P14B6 in amorphous and thermally crystallized states showed that the critical dose for blistering in the amorphous state is nearly three times higher relative to that in the crystallized state. TEM investigations revealed the precipitation of implanted hydrogen into gas bubbles in metallic glasses as well as the crystallized alloy. (orig.)

  5. White pine blister rust resistance in North American, Asian and european species - results from artificial inoculartion trials in Oregon

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Dorena Genetic Resource Center (DGRC has used artificial inoculation trials to evaluate progenies of thousands of Pinus monticola and P. lambertiana selections from Oregon and Washington for resistance to white pine blister rust caused by Cronartium ribicola. In addition, early results are now available for P. albicaulis and P. strobiformis. DGRC has also recently evaluated seed orchard progenies of P. strobus, as well as bulked seedlots from P. armandii and P. peuce. The majority of P. monticola, P. lambertiana, P. albicaulis, and P. strobus progenies are very susceptible to blister rust. However, resistance exists in all these species. P. strobiformis showed relatively high levels of resistance for the eight progenies tested. Resistance in P. armandii was mainly reflected in the very low percentage of cankered seedlings; for P. peuce, the high percentage of cankered seedlings alive three years after inoculation was notable. R-genes are present in some of the North American five-needle pine species, but partial resistance traits (e.g. bark reaction will play a major role in breeding activities for P. monticola and P. lambertiana and will likely be the key to developing durable resistance.

  6. INFLUENCE OF PLANT DENSITIES AND PLANTING DATES ON THE POPULATION OF PIGEONPEA FLOWER BLISTER BEETLES IN OWERRI, IMO STATE, NIGERIA

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    SA DIALOKE

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The early maturing pigeonpea cultivar (ICPL 84023 was evaluated to ascertain the extent of protection to which plant densities and dates of planting will have on the population of blister beetles (Mylabris pustulata Thunberg (Coleoptera: Meloidae. Field trial was carried out at the Postgraduate Teaching and Research Farm, Department of Crop Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri Imo State in April, July and October 2009 and repeated in 2010. Experiment was laid out in a 3 x 4 factorial and treatments consisted of four plant populations namely: 190,474 plants ha-1, 125,000 plants ha-1, and 80,000 plants ha-1, 55,556 plants ha-1 with three planting dates, April, July, and October. The result showed high population of M. pustulata on higher plant densities than at lower plant densities. Also April planting season recorded very high population of the M. pustulata on the pigeonpea while there was absence of the blister beetles during July and October planting seasons. Appropriate plant density and time of sowing may be an important integrated management of M. pustulata population in this locality.

  7. CYCLO-OXYGENASE 2 IS PRESENT IN THE MAJORITY OF LESIONAL SKIN FROM PATIENTS WITH AUTOINMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The in situ immune response within skin biopsies from patients affected by autoimmune skin blistering diseases (ABDs is not well characterized. Aim: Based on the fact that the ABD immune response is considered an adaptive immune response, both an innate immune response and inflammation would be expected in these diseases. Our investigation investigates the presence of cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2, since this enzyme is commonly involved in innate immune responses. Methods: We utilized immunohistochemistry (IHC to evaluate the presence of COX-2 in lesional skin biopsies of patients affected by ABDs. We tested 30 patients with endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF, 15 controls from the endemic area, and 15 biopsies from healthy controls from the USA. We also tested archival biopsies from patients with selected ABDs, including 20 patients with bullous pemphigoid, 20 with pemphigus vulgaris, 8 with pemphigus foliaceus and 12 with dermatitis herpetiformis. Results: Most ABD biopsies stained positive for COX-2 in the lesional blister and/or the dermal inflammatory infiltrate, accentuated in the upper neurovascular plexus. In BP and EPF, the COX-2 staining was also seen in the sweat glands. All controls were negative. Conclusions: We document that COX-2 is expressed in lesional skin of patients with ABDs.

  8. Influence of MeV H+ ion beam flux on cross-linking and blister formation in PMMA resist

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    Somrit Unai

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In soft lithography, a pattern is produced in poly(dimethylsiloxane (PDMS elastomer by casting from a master mould. The mould can be made of poly(methylmethacrylate (PMMA resist by utilising either its positive or negative tone induced by an ion beam. Here we have investigated the irradiation conditions for achieving complete cross-linking and absence of blister formation in PMMA so that its negative characteristic can be used in making master moulds. PMMA thin films approximately 9 µm thick on Si were deposited by spin coating. The 2-MeV H+ ion beam was generated using a 1.7-MV tandem Tandetron accelerator. The beam was collimated to a 500×500 µm2 cross section using programmable proximity aperture lithography system with a real-time ion beam monitoring system and a high precision current integrator. The irradiated areas were investigated by a standard scanning electron microscope and a profilometer. It was found that both the ion beam flux and the stopping power of the ions in the polymer have a critical influence on the blister formation.

  9. Study of hydride blisters grown on Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube spool piece under simulated condition of in-reactor pressure and temperature

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    Indian Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) have pressure tubes, made from zirconium alloy. These pressure tubes undergo corrosion with the high temperature (300 deg C) heavy water coolant under the reactor environment and pick up a part of hydrogen generated as result of this corrosion reaction. This hydrogen affects the integrity of pressure tubes in many ways; nucleation and growth of hydride blisters being one of them. The present study has been carried out to understand the mechanisms of nucleation and growth of hydride blisters and their effect on the serviceability of the component in the reactor environment. (author)

  10. CD1a, HAM56, CD68 and S-100 are present in lesional skin biopsies from patients affected by autoimmune blistering diseases

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Previous research on autoimmune skin blistering diseases (ABD has primarily focused on the humoral immune response; moreover, little attention has been given to the potential role of the antigen presenting cells (APCs in lesional skin. Aim: The purpose of our study was to immunophenotype selected APC in the lesional skin of ABDs, utilizing immunohistochemistry (IHC stains. Materials and Methods: We utilized IHC to stain for dendritic cells (DC, staining with CD1a, CD68, HAM56, and S-100 in lesional skin from 30 patients with endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF, 15 controls from the EPF endemic area, and 15 healthy controls from the USA. We also tested archival biopsies from patients with selected ABD, including 30 patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP, 20 with pemphigus vulgaris (PV, 8 with pemphigus foliaceus (PF and 14 with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH and 2 with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA. Results: Cells stained by CD68, HAM56 and S-100 were present in the majority of the ABD skin biopsies; these cells were located primarily in perivascular infiltrates surrounding dermal vessels subjacent to the blisters. However, these cells were also noted within the blisters, in vessels supplying dermal eccrine glands and ducts, and in areas of dermal endothelial-mesenchymal cell junction-like structures, especially in BP cases. In our CD1a staining, the number and location of positive staining cells varied with each disease, being abundant in most ABD in the epidermis suprajacent to the blisters, or in the epidermis surrounding the blister site if the blister site epidermis was missing. In the control biopsies, most did not display positive IHC staining, with the exception of a few CD1a positive cells in the epidermis Conclusion: Our findings confirm positive IHC staining for APCs in areas of the skin besides the disease blisters. Our findings suggest that the antigen presentation in ABD proceeds in areas distant from the blister site

  11. Blistering and exfoliation during annealing of a-axis oriented α-Al2O3 single crystals implanted with oxygen ions

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    During a study of damage accumulation and its annealing in α-Al2O3 implanted with oxygen self ions, blister formation has been observed beyond a critical dose. Damage-free α-axis oriented single crystals of Al2O3 were implanted at liquid-nitrogen temperature with 55 keV oxygen ions to doses of (0.1-6)x1016 ions/cm2. Annealing was performed in argon ambient at 700, 800 and 900degC. At the highest dose, the as-implanted samples were amorphous and exhibited blistering and exfoliation effects after annealing at all temperatures. The threshold critical doses for amorphisation and for thermal blistering at 700degC have been evaluated and are both found to be (3-4)x1016 ions/cm2. This similarity and the absence of blistering without annealing indicates that excess implanted oxygen behaves like an inert gas in Al2O3 which does not permit any deviations from stoichiometry. Negligibly small solubility or reactivity of excess oxygen is thus demonstrated. (orig.)

  12. "Blister Beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae in Nahavand County (Hamedan Province, Iran and Their Ecological Relationship to Other Coleopteran Families"

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    MR Nikbakhtzadeh

    2002-08-01

    Full Text Available Field collection in Nahavand county (Hamedan Province, Iran revealed 9 blister beetle (Col: Meloidae species from three different tribes of subfamily Meloinae. In tribe Mylabrini, Mylabris impressa Chevrolat 1837, Mylabris schreibersi Reiche 1865, Mylabris variabilis (Pallas, 1781, Mylabris guerini Chevrolat 1837, Lydoceras bilineatus Thomas 1897 and Croscherichia spp. Pardo Alcaide identified; whereas in tribe Lyttini Alosimus smyrnensis (Maran 1942 and Muzimes iranicus (Maran 1942 found. Another species was Calydos alloushei Kaszab 1960 of tribe Eupomphini. Two records of Mylabris impressa and Mylabris schreibersi are quite new for Iranian fauna. There are some interesting mimicry rings between meloid species and 8 species of other coleopteran families which indicates a remarkable Müllerian mimicry. Mimics of the following families have taken advantage of Meloid aposematism towards a better natural fitness: Cerambycidae, Cleridae, Pedilidae, Melyridae, Chrysomelidae, Cantharidae and Cicindelidae. Canthariphily of families Chrysomelidae, Cantharidae and Cerambycidae are new reports which have never been shown elsewhere.

  13. Intercomparison of techniques for inspection and diagnostics of heavy water reactor pressure tubes. Determination of hydrogen concentration and blister characterization

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    Heavy water reactors (HWRs) comprise significant numbers of today's operating nuclear power plants, and more are under construction. Efficient and accurate inspection and diagnostic techniques for various reactor components and systems, especially pressure tubes, are an important factor in ensuring reliable and safe plant operation. To foster international collaboration in the efficient and safe use of nuclear power, the IAEA conducted a Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on Intercomparison of Techniques for HWR Pressure Tube Inspection and Diagnostics. This CRP was carried out within the framework of the IAEA's Technical Working Group on Advanced Technologies for HWRs (the TWG-HWR). The TWG-HWR is a group of experts nominated by their governments and designated by the IAEA to provide advice and to support implementation of IAEA's project on advanced technologies for HWRs. The objective of the CRP was to compare non-destructive inspection and diagnostic techniques, in use and being developed, for structural integrity assessment of HWR pressure tubes. During the first phase of this CRP participants investigated the capability of different techniques to detect and characterize flaws. During the second phase participants collaborated to detect and characterize hydride blisters and to determine the hydrogen concentration in zirconium alloys. The intention was to identify the most effective pressure tube inspection and diagnostic methods and to identify further development needs. The organizations which participated in phase 2 of this CRP are: - Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), Argentina; - Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories (CRL), Canada; - Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India; - Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Republic of Korea; - National Institute for Research and Development for Technical Physics (NIRDTP), Romania; - Nuclear Non-Destructive Testing Research and Services (NNDT), Romania. IAEA-TECDOC-1499

  14. Microstructure dependence of deuterium retention and blistering in the near-surface region of tungsten exposed to high flux deuterium plasmas of 38 eV at 315 K

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    Four kinds of tungsten samples were exposed to 76 eV D2+ ions (38 eV D-1) at a flux of 1022 D m-2s-1. For plasma exposure at 315 K, blistering occurred more significantly on the unrecrystallized and single crystal W samples than the partially and fully recrystallized W samples. The un-recrystallized W sample showed the largest retention ratio at the same fluence. For samples exposed to higher fluences (up to 1027 D m-2), the phenomena of bursting release of deuterium and blister bursting were clearly observed. Preliminary positron annihilation measurements indicated that the vacancy concentration in the near-surface region of tungsten increased after the deuterium plasma exposure. The results of electron back-scattering diffraction showed a strong dependence of blistering upon grain orientation, suggesting the possibility of alleviating blistering by selective texturing of tungsten for future fusion reactors

  15. Study of the mechanical behavior of the hydride blister/rim structure in Zircaloy-4 using in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction

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    Lin, Jun-li; Han, Xiaochun; Heuser, Brent J.; Almer, Jonathan D.

    2016-04-01

    High-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction was utilized to study the mechanical response of the f.c.c δ hydride phase, the intermetallic precipitation with hexagonal C14 lave phase and the α-Zr phase in the Zircaloy-4 materials with a hydride rim/blister structure near one surface of the material during in-situ uniaxial tension experiment at 200 °C. The f.c.c δ was the only hydride phase observed in the rim/blister structure. The conventional Rietveld refinement was applied to measure the macro-strain equivalent response of the three phases. Two regions were delineated in the applied load versus lattice strain measurement: a linear elastic strain region and region that exhibited load partitioning. Load partitioning was quantified by von Mises analysis. The three phases were observed to have similar elastic modulus at 200 °C.

  16. Influence Of Temperature On The Rate Of Copper Recovery From The Slag Of The Flash Direct-To-Blister Process By A Solid Carbon Reducer

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    Madej P.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work was to investigate the influence of temperature on the rate of copper removal from the obtained slag from the flash direct-to-blister process by means of a carbon reducer. The slag used in this work was taken from the direct-to-blister Outokumpu flash furnace at the smelter in Głogów, and graphite penetrators were used as the slag reducers. The experiment was carried out at 1573 K, 1623 K and 1673 K. It was found that the rate of the de-coppering process of the “Głogów” slag increased with the increase of temperature.

  17. Landscape pattern and blister rust infection in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) at alpine treeline, Northern Rocky Mountains, U.S.A.

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    Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a foundation and keystone species at alpine treelines of the northern Rocky Mountains and is threatened by the fungus white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola). This disease affects all five-needled white pines, but has caused particularly widespread mortality in whitebark pine. Objectives of this research were: 1) to characterize the landscape structure of the treeline study sites at Divide Mountain in Glacier National Park and at Wyoming Creek in th...

  18. Direct clipping of a blister-like aneurysm in the supraclinoid segment of the internal carotid artery: a clinical analysis of nine cases

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    Yu, Jinlu; Xu, Baofeng; Guo, Yunbao; Xu, Kan

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the method and outcome from direct clipping of a blister-like aneurysm (BBA) of the internal carotid artery supraclinoid segment. This study featured nine BBA patients, including eight females and one male. The patients presented subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) as the initial symptom and were diagnosed with BBA in the supraclinoid segment through a vascular exam and imaging. During the exam, the internal carotid artery was pressed to block the blood flow, and a transcranial Doppl...

  19. Three-dimensional morphology of blister-like structures and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to low-energy, high-flux D plasma

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    Three dimensional morphology of blister-like structures and deuterium retention in recrystallized tungsten have been examined after exposure to a low-energy (38 eV/D), high-flux (1022 D/m2s) deuterium plasma at ion fluences in the range from 1026 to 1027 D/m2 and various temperatures. The methods used were scanning electron microscopy equipped with focused ion beam, thermal desorption spectroscopy, and the D(3He,p)4He nuclear reaction at 3He energies varied from 0.69 to 4.0 MeV. Blister-like structures with various shapes and sizes depending on the exposure fluence and temperature are formed on the W surface. In doing so, cracks with distorted areas (3) at grain boundaries (≥500 K) were observed beneath the surface. The surface blister-like structures and the defects underneath are correlated along crystallographic orientation of the W grains in accordance to the low-indexed sliding systems. The defects are mobile and accumulate under D plasma exposure. Samples exposed near room temperature do not form such large cavities even by subsequent heating up to 1300 K. The D plasma exposure at temperature above 700 K dose not lead to formation of blister-like structures. At ion fluences of 1026-1027 D/m2, the D retention increase with the exposure temperature, reaching its maximum value of about 1022 D/m2 at 480-530 K, and then decreases to about 1019 D/m2 at 800 K. (author)

  20. Effect of 800 keV argon ions pre-damage on the helium blister formation of tungsten exposed to 60 keV helium ions

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    Chen, Zhe; Han, Wenjia; Yu, Jiangang; Zhu, Kaigui

    2016-04-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of Ar8+ ions pre-damage on the following He2+ irradiation behavior of polycrystalline tungsten. We compared the irradiation resistance performance against 60 keV He2+ ions of undamaged tungsten samples with that of pre-damaged samples which were preliminarily exposed to 800 keV Ar8+ ions at a fluence of 4 × 1019 ions m-2. The experimental results indicate that the helium blistering of tungsten could be effectively relieved by the Ar8+ ions pre-damage, while the retention of helium around low energy desorption sites in the pre-damaged tungsten was larger than that of the undamaged samples. A strong orientation dependence of blistering had been observed, with the blister occurred preferentially on the surface of grains with normal direction close to . The Ar8+ ions irradiation-induced damage altered the morphology of helium bubbles in tungsten exposed to the following He2+ irradiation significantly. The intensity of helium release peaks at relatively low temperatures (<600 K) was enhanced due to Ar8+ ions pre-damage.

  1. Severe White Pine Blister Rust Infection in Whitebark Pine Alters Mountain Pine Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Attack Density, Emergence Rate, and Body Size.

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    Dooley, Edith M; Six, Diana L

    2015-10-01

    Exotic tree pathogens can cause devastating ecological effects on forests that can be exacerbated when infections increase the likelihood of attack by insects. Current high rates of mortality of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) are due to white pine blister rust caused by the exotic fungus, Cronartium ribicola J.C. Fisch, and the native mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins). These two mortality agents interact in whitebark pine; mountain pine beetle preferentially selects white pine blister rust-infected whitebark pine over healthy trees, and likelihood of attack has been observed to increase with infection severity. We examined attack and emergence rates, and size and sex ratio of mountain pine beetle in whitebark pines exhibiting varying white pine blister rust infection severities. Mountain pine beetle attack density was lowest on the most severely infected trees, but emergence rates and size of beetles from these trees were greater than those from uninfected and less severely infected trees. Low attack rates on severely infected whitebark pine may indicate these trees have lower defenses and that fewer beetle attacks are needed to kill them. Higher beetle emergence rates from severely infected trees may be due to low intraspecific competition resulting from low attack rates or differences in nutrient quality. PMID:26314009

  2. TISSUE INHIBITOR OF METALLOPROTEINASE 1, MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASE 9, ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN, METALLOTHIONEIN AND UROKINASE TYPE PLASMINOGEN ACTIVATOR RECEPTOR IN SKIN BIOPSIES FROM PATIENTS AFFECTED BY AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Proteinases and proteinase inhibitors have been described to play a role in autoimmune skin blistering diseases. We studied skin lesional biopsies from patients affected by several autoimmune skin blistering diseases for proteinases and proteinase inhibitors. Methods: We utilized immunohistochemistry to evaluate biopsies for alpha-1-antitrypsin, human matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9, human tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1, metallothionein and urokinase type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR. We tested 30 patients affected by endemic pemphigus, 30 controls from the endemic area, and 15 normal controls. We also tested 30 biopsies from patients with bullous pemphigoid (BP, 20 with pemphigus vulgaris (PV, 8 with pemphigus foliaceus, and 14 with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH. Results: Contrary to findings in the current literature, most autoimmune skin blistering disease biopsies were negative for uPAR and MMP9. Only some chronic patients with El Bagre-EPF were positive to MMP9 in the dermis, in proximity to telocytes. TIMP-1 and metallothionein were positive in half of the biopsies from BP patients at the basement membrane of the skin, within several skin appendices, in areas of dermal blood vessel inflammation and within dermal mesenchymal-epithelial cell junctions.

  3. Allelic and copy-number variations of FcγRs affect granulocyte function and susceptibility for autoimmune blistering diseases.

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    Recke, Andreas; Vidarsson, Gestur; Ludwig, Ralf J; Freitag, Miriam; Möller, Steffen; Vonthein, Reinhard; Schellenberger, Julia; Haase, Ozan; Görg, Siegfried; Nebel, Almut; Flachsbart, Friederike; Schreiber, Stefan; Lieb, Wolfgang; Gläser, Regine; Benoit, Sandrine; Sárdy, Miklós; Eming, Rüdiger; Hertl, Michael; Zillikens, Detlef; König, Inke R; Schmidt, Enno; Ibrahim, Saleh

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    Low-affinity Fcγ receptors (FcγR) bridge innate and adaptive immune responses. In many autoimmune diseases, these receptors act as key mediators of the pathogenic effects of autoantibodies. Genes encoding FcγR exhibit frequent variations in sequence and gene copy number that influence their functional properties. FcγR variations also affect the susceptibility to systemic autoimmunity, e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. This raises the question whether FcγR variations are also associated with organ-specific autoimmunity, particularly autoantibody-mediated diseases, such as subepidermal autoimmune blistering diseases (AIBD). A multitude of evidence suggests a pathogenic role of neutrophil granulocyte interaction with autoantibodies via FcγR. In a two-stage study, we analyzed whether the FcγR genotype affects neutrophil function and mRNA expression, and consequently, bullous pemphigoid (BP) disease risk. We compared this to findings in pemphigus vulgaris/foliaceus (PV/PF), two Fc-independent AIBDs. Our results indicate that both allele and copy number variation of FcγR genes affect FcγR mRNA expression and reactive oxygen species (ROS) release by granulocytes. Susceptibility of BP was associated with FcγR genotypes that led to a decreased ROS release by neutrophils, indicating an unexpected protective role for these cells. BP and PV/PF differed substantially regarding the FcγR genotype association patterns, pointing towards different disease etiologies. PMID:26032265

  4. Endovascular internal carotid artery trapping for ruptured blood blister-like aneurysms: long-term results from a single centre

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    Kim, Byong-Cheol [Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Goyang (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, O-Ki; Oh, Chang Wan; Bang, Jae Seung; Hwang, Gyojun [Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Seongnam, Gyeonggi (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Sung-Chul [Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyun [Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Gyeongsangnam-do (Korea, Republic of)

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    Endovascular internal carotid artery (ICA) trapping was performed to treat ruptured blood blister-like aneurysms (BBAs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the procedural risks and long-term follow-up results. The records of 11 consecutive patients with BBAs who underwent endovascular ICA trapping between 2005 and 2010 were reviewed. Clinical outcomes were assessed with modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores. Endovascular ICA trapping was performed in 11 patients as either the primary treatment (7 patients) or the secondary treatment (4 patients) after the patient underwent other treatments. Three patients underwent superficial temporal artery (STA)-middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass when balloon test occlusion (BTO) revealed inadequate collateral circulation. In the primary ICA trapping group (seven patients), six patients had good outcomes (mRS 0 in five, mRS 1 in one), and one patient had a poor outcome (mRS 6: dead). In the secondary ICA trapping group (four patients), two patients had good outcomes (mRS 0), and two patients had poor outcomes (mRS 4, 5). All ten of the surviving patients were clinically stable during the follow-up period (mean 39 months). A radiological follow-up of nine patients (mean 22 months) demonstrated stable occlusion, with the exception of one reopening of the ICA because of coil migration. Perfusion studies of nine patients (mean: 23 months) demonstrated no perfusion decrease. Endovascular ICA trapping is an effective and durable treatment for BBAs. (orig.)

  5. Identification and Biochemical Characterization of Protein Phosphatase 5 from the Cantharidin-Producing Blister Beetle, Epicauta chinensis

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    Full Text Available Protein phosphatase 5 (PP5 is a unique member of serine/threonine phosphatases which has been recognized in regulation of diverse cellular processes. A cDNA fragment encoding PP5 (EcPP5 was cloned and characterized from the cantharidin-producing blister beetle, E. chinensis. EcPP5 contains an open reading frame of 1500 bp that encodes a protein of 56.89 kDa. The deduced amino acid sequence shares 88% and 68% identities to the PP5 of Tribolium castaneum and humans, respectively. Analysis of the primary sequence shows that EcPP5 has three TPR (tetratricopeptide repeat motifs at its N-terminal region and contains a highly conserved C-terminal catalytic domain. RT-PCR reveals that EcPP5 is expressed in all developmental stages and in different tissues. The recombinant EcPP5 (rEcPP5 was produced in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity. The purified protein exhibited phosphatase activity towards pNPP (p-nitrophenyl phosphate and phosphopeptides, and its activity can be enhanced by arachidonic acid. In vitro inhibition study revealed that protein phosphatase inhibitors, okadaic acid, cantharidin, norcantharidin and endothall, inhibited its activity. Further, protein phosphatase activity of total soluble protein extract from E. chinensis adults could be impeded by these inhibitors suggesting there might be some mechanism to protect this beetle from being damaged by its self-produced cantharidin.

  6. Surface decontamination for blister agents Lewisite, sulfur mustard and agent yellow, a Lewisite and sulfur mustard mixture.

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    Stone, Harry; See, David; Smiley, Autumn; Ellingson, Anthony; Schimmoeller, Jessica; Oudejans, Lukas

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    Sulfur mustard (HD) and Lewisite (L) are blister agents that have a high potential for terrorist use; Agent Yellow (HL) is the eutectic mixture of HD and L. Bench-scale testing was used to determine the residual amount of these chemical warfare agents remaining on three building materials (wood, metal and glass) after application of various decontaminants (household bleach, full strength and dilute; hydrogen peroxide 3% solution; and EasyDECON(®) DF200). All decontaminants reduced the amount of L recovered from coupons. Application of dilute bleach showed little or no difference compared to natural attenuation in the amount of HD recovered from coupons. Full-strength bleach was the most effective of four decontaminants at reducing the amount of HD from coupons. Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and DF200 did decrease the amount of HD recovered from coupons more than natural attenuation (except DF200 against HD on metal), but substantial amounts of HD remained on some materials. Toxic HD by-products were generated by hydrogen peroxide treatment. The effectiveness of decontaminants was found to depend on agent, material, and decontaminant. Increased decontaminant reaction time (60min rather than 30min) did not significantly increase effectiveness. PMID:27107236

  7. Endovascular internal carotid artery trapping for ruptured blood blister-like aneurysms: long-term results from a single centre

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    Endovascular internal carotid artery (ICA) trapping was performed to treat ruptured blood blister-like aneurysms (BBAs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the procedural risks and long-term follow-up results. The records of 11 consecutive patients with BBAs who underwent endovascular ICA trapping between 2005 and 2010 were reviewed. Clinical outcomes were assessed with modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores. Endovascular ICA trapping was performed in 11 patients as either the primary treatment (7 patients) or the secondary treatment (4 patients) after the patient underwent other treatments. Three patients underwent superficial temporal artery (STA)-middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass when balloon test occlusion (BTO) revealed inadequate collateral circulation. In the primary ICA trapping group (seven patients), six patients had good outcomes (mRS 0 in five, mRS 1 in one), and one patient had a poor outcome (mRS 6: dead). In the secondary ICA trapping group (four patients), two patients had good outcomes (mRS 0), and two patients had poor outcomes (mRS 4, 5). All ten of the surviving patients were clinically stable during the follow-up period (mean 39 months). A radiological follow-up of nine patients (mean 22 months) demonstrated stable occlusion, with the exception of one reopening of the ICA because of coil migration. Perfusion studies of nine patients (mean: 23 months) demonstrated no perfusion decrease. Endovascular ICA trapping is an effective and durable treatment for BBAs. (orig.)

  8. Thermal evolution of surface blistering and exfoliation due to ion-implanted hydrogen monomers into Si〈1 1 1〉

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    This study investigated the dependence of surface blistering and exfoliation phenomena on post-annealing time in H+-implanted Si〈1 1 1〉. Czochralski-grown n-type Si〈1 1 1〉 wafers were room-temperature ion-implanted with 40 keV hydrogen monomers to a fluence of 5×1016 cm-2, and followed by furnace annealing treatments at 400 and 500 °C for various durations ranging from 0.25 to 3 h. The corresponding analysis results for Si〈1 0 0〉 (Liang et al., 2008); (Bai, 2007) were adopted in order to make comparisons. The evolution of blister formation and growth for Si〈1 1 1〉 at 400 °C has a shorter characteristic time compared to Si〈1 0 0〉. However, there is a longer characteristic time when annealing takes place at 500 °C. In addition, no craters were observed for Si〈1 1 1〉 annealed at 400 °C while the opposite is true for Si〈1 0 0〉. The evolution of crater development for Si〈1 1 1〉 annealed at 500 °C has a longer characteristic time compared to Si〈1 0 0〉. These results are attributed to the fact that compared to Si〈1 0 0〉, Si〈1 1 1〉 has a smaller surface binding energy of silicon atoms and a larger areal number density of silicon atoms on the plane perpendicular to the incident-ion axis. Furthermore, Si〈1 1 1〉 has a greater areal number density, smaller diameter, and a similar covered-area fraction of optically-detectable blisters compared to Si〈1 0 0〉. However, Si〈1 1 1〉 has a lower areal number density and a smaller covered-area fraction of craters than does Si〈1 0 0〉. Increasing post-annealing temperature from low (e.g. 400 °C) to high (e.g. 500 °C) revealed that Si〈1 1 1〉 tends to create more blisters while Si〈1 0 0〉 tends to develop larger blisters as well as create more craters.

  9. Blister Test for Measurements of Adhesion and Adhesion Degradation of Organic Polymers on AA2024-T3

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    Rincon Troconis, Brendy Carolina

    A key parameter for the performance of corrosion protective coatings applied to metals is adhesion. Surface preparation prior to coating application is known to be critical, but there is a lack of understanding of what controls adhesion. Numerous techniques have been developed in the last decades to measure the adhesion strength of coatings to metals. Nonetheless, they are generally non-quantitative, non-reproducible, performed in dry conditions, or overestimate adhesion. In this study, a quantitative and reproducible technique, the Blister Test (BT), is used. The BT offers the ability to study the effects of a range of parameters, including the presence or absence of a wetting liquid, and simulates the stress situation in the coating/substrate interface. The effects of roughness and surface topography were studied by the BT and Optical Profilometry, using AA2024-T3 substrates coated with polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Random abrasion generated a surface with lower average roughness than aligned abrasion due to the continual cross abrasion of the grooves. The BT could discern the effects of different mechanical treatments. An adhesion strength indicator was defined and found to be a useful parameter. The effectiveness of standard adhesion techniques such as ASTM D4541 (Pull-off Test) and ASTM D3359 (Tape Test) was compared to the BT. Also, different attempts to measure adhesion and adhesion degradation of organic polymers to AA2024-T3 were tested. The pull-off test does not produce adhesive failure across the entire interface, while the tape test is a very qualitative technique and does not discern between the effects of different coating systems on the adhesion performance. The BT produces adhesive failure of the primer studied, is very reproducible, and is able to rank different coating systems. Therefore, it was found to be superior to the others. The approaches tested for adhesion degradation were not aggressive enough to have a measurable effect. The effects of

  10. IN SITU IMMUNE RESPONSE EVALUATION VIA IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY IN SKIN BIOPSIES FROM PATIENTS AFFECTED BY AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The in situ immune response in skin biopsies from patients affected by autoimmune skin blistering diseases (ABD is not well characterized. Aim: Our investigation attempts to immunophenotype cells in lesional skin in several ABD, utilizing immunohistochemistry (ICH. Methods: We tested by IHC for CD4, CD8, CD19, CD20, CD45, CD56/NCAM, PAX-5, granzyme B, myeloperoxidase, neutrophil elastase, LAT and ZAP-70 in patients affected by ABD. We tested 30 patients with endemic pemphigus foliaceus (EPF, 15 controls from the EPF endemic area, and 15 biopsies from healthy controls from the USA. We also tested archival biopsies from patients with selected ABD, including 30 patients with bullous pemphigoid, 20 with pemphigus vulgaris, 8 with pemphigus foliaceus and 14 with dermatitis herpetiformis. Results: We found a predominantly CD8 positive/CD45 positive T cell infiltrate in all ABD. Our skin biopsies demonstrated consistently positive staining for myeloperoxidase, but negative staining for neutrophil elastase. Most ABD biopsies displayed negative staining for CD4 and B cell markers; natural killer cell markers were also rarely seen. ZAP-70 and LAT were frequently detected. In El Bagre-EPF, a significant fragmentation of T cells in lesional skin was noted, as well as autoreactivity to lymph nodes. Conclusions: The documented T cell and myeloperoxidase staining are indicative of the role of T lymphocytes and neutrophils in lesional biopsies in patients with ABD, in addition to previously documented deposition of B cells, immunoglobulins and complement in situ. In El Bagre-EPF, T cells could also target lymph nodes; however, further studies are needed to confirm this possibility.

  11. Composição, proteólise, capacidade de derretimento e formação de "blisters" do queijo mussarela obtido pelos métodos tradicional e de ultrafiltração: composition, proteolysis, melting capacity and blisters formation Mozzarella by ultrafiltration

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    Patrícia D. Pizaia

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar a composição, a proteólise, a capacidade de derretimento e a formação de "blisters" (bolhas em queijos tipo Mussarela fabricados com retentado de leite (MR de fator de concentração volumétrica (FCV de 2,34:1, com um queijo Mussarela padrão (MP fabricado com leite não ultrafiltrado. Foi realizado um ensaio de produção com 3 lotes de MR e um lote de MP. Determinou-se a composição do leite, retentado, soro, água de filagem e queijos e a proteólise, a capacidade de derretimento e a formação de "blisters" nos queijos com 7, 15, 30 e 60 dias de armazenamento refrigerado. MRs apresentaram maiores valores de pH e de porcentagem de cinzas e de proteína total e menores porcentagens de acidez titulável, gordura, gordura no extrato seco e sal quando comparadas a MP. Durante o tempo de estocagem, as MRs apresentaram menor proteólise e capacidade de derretimento, em todas as datas analisadas. A porcentagem de área coberta por 'blisters" na pizza e o diâmetro médio dos mesmos foram maiores na MP durante o primeiro mês de estocagem e depois ambos os tipos de queijos apresentaram comportamentos similares para estes 2 parâmetros.The objective of this research was to compare the composition, proteolysis, melting capacity and blisters formation in Mozzarella cheese manufactured with milk retentate (MR of a volumetric concentration factor (FCV of 2.34:1, with a standard Mozzarella cheese (MP manufactured with non ultrafiltrated milk. It was realized one production assay with 3 batches of MRs and one of MP. It was evaluated the milk, retentate, whey, stretching water and cheeses composition and the proteolysis, melting capacity and the blisters formation on cheeses with 7, 15, 30 and 60 days of refrigerates storage. MRs presented larger pH, ash and total protein contents and lower titratable acidity and fat, fat on dry matter and salt contents when compared to MP. Along the storage time the MRs

  12. 3-hydroxy-3-methyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase: an essential actor in the biosynthesis of cantharidin in the blister beetle Epicauta chinensis Laporte.

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    Lü, S; Jiang, M; Huo, T; Li, X; Zhang, Y

    2016-02-01

    Cantharidin (C(10)H(12)O(4)) is a monoterpene defensive toxin in insects involved in chemical defence as well as in courtship and mating behaviours. It is relatively well known in the medical literature because of its high anticancer activity and as an effective therapy for molluscum contagiosum. However, little is known about its biosynthesis pathway in vivo, and no enzyme involved in cantharidin biosynthesis has been identified. The purpose of this study was to identify the crucial enzyme that is involved in the biosynthesis of cantharidin. Using the homology cloning method, a 3-hydroxy-3-methyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGR) gene, the rate-limiting enzyme in the mevalonate pathway, was cloned from the blister beetle Epicauta chinensis. Quantitative reverse transcription PCR and gas chromatography methods revealed that the HMGR transcripts had a positive correlation with cantharidin production in the beetles (R = 0.891). RNA interference (RNAi) knockdown of HMGR mRNA expression was achieved by microinjection of a specific double-stranded RNA with more than 90% RNAi efficiency, and an apparent decrease of cantharidin production was observed. Furthermore, the HMGR mRNA was greatly upregulated by exogenous juvenile hormone III (JH III), and cantharidin production was also raised in males; however, when injecting the JH III with RNAi of HMGR mRNA at the same time, cantharidin production did not rise. These results demonstrate that HMGR is an essential enzyme in cantharidin biosynthesis in the blister beetle E. chinensis, which further verifies previous research results demonstrating that cantharidin is synthesized de novo by the mevalonate pathway in blister beetles. PMID:26566751

  13. High-separation efficiency micro-fabricated multi-capillary gas chromatographic columns for simulants of the nerve agents and blister agents

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    Li, Yi; Du, Xiaosong; Wang, Yang; Tai, Huiling; Qiu, Dong; Lin, Qinghao; Jiang, Yadong

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    To achieve both high speed and separation efficiency in the separation of a mixture of nerve and blister agent simulants, a high-aspect-ratio micro-fabricated multi-capillary column (MCC, a 50-cm-long, 450-μm-deep, and 60-μm-wide four-capillary column) was fabricated by the application of the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) techniques. Mixtures of chemical warfare agent (CWA) simulants - dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), triethyl phosphate (TEP), and methyl salicylate - were used as sam...

  14. Influence of the ionization-energy losses of high-energy bismuth ions on the development of helium blisters in silicon

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    Understanding the behavior of helium in solids under conditions of intense ionizing radiation is of particular interest in solving many problems of nuclear, fusion, and space materials science and also in microelectronics. The observed effect of suppressing the formation of helium blisters on the surface of helium ion-doped silicon as a result of irradiation with high-energy bismuth ions is reported in this publication. It is suggested that a possible decrease in the concentration of helium atoms in silicon is due to their radiationinduced desorption from the area of doping in terms of the high-impact ionization of bismuth ions

  15. Influence of the ionization-energy losses of high-energy bismuth ions on the development of helium blisters in silicon

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    Reutov, V. F., E-mail: reutov@jinr.ru; Dmitriev, S. N.; Sohatsky, A. S. [Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Zaluzhnyi, A. G. [National Research Nuclear University “MEPhi” (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-15

    Understanding the behavior of helium in solids under conditions of intense ionizing radiation is of particular interest in solving many problems of nuclear, fusion, and space materials science and also in microelectronics. The observed effect of suppressing the formation of helium blisters on the surface of helium ion-doped silicon as a result of irradiation with high-energy bismuth ions is reported in this publication. It is suggested that a possible decrease in the concentration of helium atoms in silicon is due to their radiationinduced desorption from the area of doping in terms of the high-impact ionization of bismuth ions.

  16. Blisters, Calluses, and Corns

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    ... their hands, which take a lot of abuse. Guitar players also get calluses — on their fingers — from ... to swing around the bars or play the guitar. Calluses on the feet, however, can be painful ...

  17. Bubbles, blisters, and exfoliation

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    Ion bombardment gives rise to modifications of the topography of the bombarded solid surfaces. Inhomogeneous erosion by sputtering is one major reason. A second mechanism is due to the implantation of unsoluble gas ions especially He, but also Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe, H, and N into the subsurface layers of a solid. This paper is concerned with the phenomena observed during gas ion implantation. (Auth.)

  18. Increased endothelin-1 and diminished nitric oxide levels in blister fluids of patients with intermediate cold type complex regional pain syndrome type 1

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    Niehof Sjoerd

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS1 pro-inflammatory mediators and vascular changes play an important role in the sustained development and outcome of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine the involvement of vasoactive substances endothelin-1 (ET-1 and nitric oxide (NO during early chronic CRPS1. Methods Included were 29 patients with CRPS 1 who were diagnosed during the acute stage of their disease and observed during follow-up visits. Disease activity and impairment were determined and artificial suction blisters were made on the CRPS1 and the contralateral extremities for measurements of IL-6, TNF-α, ET-1 and nitrate/nitrite (NOx. Results The levels of IL-6, TNF-α and ET-1 in blister fluid in the CRPS1 extremity versus the contralateral extremity were significantly increased and correlated with each other, whereas NOx levels were decreased. Conclusion The NOx/ET-1 ratio appears to be disturbed in the intermediate stage of CRPS, resulting in vasoconstriction and consequently in a diminished tissue blood distribution.

  19. In situ electrochemical Scanning Kelvin Probe Blister-Test studies of the de-adhesion kinetics at polymer/zinc oxide/zinc interfaces

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    Fundamental investigations of the polymer/zinc oxide/zinc interface corrosion stability were performed in situ by means of the electrochemical Height Regulated Scanning Kelvin Probe Blister-Test (HR-SKP-BT) under controlled atmospheric conditions. A hole under an adhesive layer film served as electrolyte reservoir to initiate cathodic de-adhesion processes. Then a combinatorial approach was undertaken to simultaneously study the influence of electrolyte pressure at constant defect polarisation and of relative atmospheric humidity on the de-adhesion rate. The time resolved blister growth and the propagation of the three phase boundary polymer/oxide covered zinc/interfacial electrolyte layer could be detected. It could be proven that the oxygen reduction induced electrochemical damage of the interface precedes the subsequent mechanical de-adhesion process. By variation of the relative atmospheric humidity the water concentration within the bulk adhesive and its interphase adjacent to the metal substrate could be adjusted. These processes were further analysed by peel-tests and in situ Attenuated-Total-Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-IR) studies of water diffusion. A decrease of the interphasial water concentration led to a deceleration of the de-adhesion kinetics for constant defect conditions and to smaller interfacial ion transport rates. This could be assigned to an inhibition of the electron transfer reactions at the front of de-adhesion and an increased adhesion force between polymer film and oxide covered metal preventing the formation of an extended interfacial electrolyte layer.

  20. Climate Change Effects on Multiple Disturbance Interactions: Wildland Fire, Mountain Pine Beetles, and Blister Rust Simulations on a Yellowstone National Park Landscape

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    Keane, R. E.; Loehman, R.; Smithwick, E. A.

    2011-12-01

    Complex interactions between disturbance, climate, and vegetation will dramatically alter spatial patterns and ecosystem processes in the future, but the interactions between multiple disturbances may ultimately determine vegetation response and landscape dynamics. The frequency and extent of wildland fire, mountain pine beetles, and blister rust are predicted to increase with global warming, but the interactions and reciprocal feedbacks between these three disturbances could also alter landscape trajectories. We used the mechanistic, spatially explicit, landscape FireBGCv2 model parameterized for Yellowstone National Park to determine the extent to which climate altered ecosystem carbon storage, landscape composition and structure, and interacting disturbance regimes that include wildland fire, mountain pine beetles, and white pine blister rust for lodgepole and whitebark pine forests. Under two simulated future climate scenarios (B2 and A2) and three disturbance scenarios (fire only, fire and beetles/rust, beetles/rust only), it appears fire and bark beetle disturbance events interacted to moderate burn area and decrease insect/disease mortality. Landscape composition and structure was roughly the same across disturbance scenarios except whitebark pine disappears when rust is present in the simulation. Overall, we conclude that disturbance interactions are important to landscape dynamics under future climates and these interactions may overwhelm the direct effects of climate or single disturbances.

  1. Coma blisters after poisoning caused by central nervous system depressants: case report including histopathological findings Bolhas do coma pós-intoxicação por depressores do sistema nervoso central: relato de caso incluindo achados histopatológicos

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    Maira Migliari Branco; Eduardo Mello De Capitani; Maria Letícia Cintra; Stephen Hyslop; Adriana Camargo Carvalho; Fabio Bucaretchi

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    Blister formation and eccrine sweat gland necrosis is a cutaneous manifestation associated with states of impaired consciousness, most frequently reported after overdoses of central nervous system depressants, particularly phenobarbital. The case of a 45-year-old woman who developed "coma blisters" at six distinct anatomic sites after confirmed (laboratory) phenobarbital poisoning, associated with other central nervous system depressants (clonazepam, promethazine, oxcarbazepine and quetiapine...

  2. Chromatographic separation of simulants of nerve and blister agents by combining one- and two-channel columns with different stationary phases.

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    Yuan, Huan; Du, Xiaosong; Li, Yi; Zhao, Xulan; Xu, Ming

    2016-04-01

    A two-channel gas chromatography column and a single-channel column were made by deep reactive-ion etching technology. The two short columns were coated with different stationary phases, and then linked without a modulator. This is to aim at increasing the sample capacity and achieving a higher separation efficiency in complex environments. The results show that the capacity of the connected column is approximately 4 and 1.5 times larger than that of the single- and two-channel columns, respectively. The linked column was utilized to separate a six-component mixture, composed of three simulants of nerve and blister agents and three interfering vapors. The results demonstrate that the combined column has a remarkably higher separation efficiency than the individual columns, and an acceptable resolution is achieved although the total length of the linked column is only 1.5 m. PMID:26843525

  3. Evaluating the time and temperature dependent biaxial strength of Gore-Select {sup registered} series 57 proton exchange membrane using a pressure loaded blister test

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    Grohs, Jacob R.; Dillard, David A.; Case, Scott W. [Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0219 (United States); Li, Yongqiang; Lai, Yeh-Hung; Gittleman, Craig S. [Electrochemical Energy Research Lab, GM R and D, General Motors Corporation, 10 Carriage Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472-0603 (United States); Ellis, Michael W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0238 (United States)

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    Temperature and humidity fluctuations in operating fuel cells impose significant biaxial stresses in the constrained proton exchange membranes (PEMs) of a fuel cell stack. The strength of the PEM, and its ability to withstand cyclic environment-induced stresses, plays an important role in membrane integrity and consequently, fuel cell durability. In this study, a pressure loaded blister test is used to characterize the biaxial strength of Gore-Select {sup registered} series 57 over a range of times and temperatures. Hencky's classical solution for a pressurized circular membrane is used to estimate biaxial strength values from burst pressure measurements. A hereditary integral is employed to construct the linear viscoelastic analog to Hencky's linear elastic exact solution. Biaxial strength master curves are constructed using traditional time-temperature superposition principle techniques and the associated temperature shift factors show good agreement with shift factors obtained from constitutive (stress relaxation) and fracture (knife slit) tests of the material. (author)

  4. Effectiveness and side effects of anti-CD20 therapy for autoantibody-mediated blistering skin diseases: A comprehensive survey of 71 consecutive patients from the Initial use to 2007

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    Peterson, Jennifer D; Chan, Lawrence S

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    Jennifer D Peterson1, Lawrence S Chan2,3,41Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA; 2Department of Dermatology; 3Department of Microbiology/Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; 4Medicine Service, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USAAbstract: In order to examine the efficacy and side effects of the monoclonal antibody anti-CD20 (rituximab) on autoimmune blistering skin diseases, we performed a c...

  5. Exfoliation of oxide in bar: estimation of the geometry of HZ{sub r} blister; Exfoliacion de oxido en barra: estimacion de la geometria de la ampolla de HZ{sub r}

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    Ramos Calvo, A.; Munoz-Reja, C.; Nicolas Garcia, E.

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    This paper presents a method to model the formation of a blister of HZ{sub r}. The method consists of two distinct parts. First is a study of the temperature distribution in the pod different configurations of loss of thickness of oxide fuel to define the likely distribution of hydrides geometry. Second is an engineering approach to solving the equation of precipitation of hydrides in the sheath.

  6. Composição, proteólise, capacidade de derretimento e formação de "blisters" do queijo mussarela obtido pelos métodos tradicional e de ultrafiltração: composition, proteolysis, melting capacity and blisters formation Mozzarella by ultrafiltration

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    Patrícia D. Pizaia; Leila M. Spadoti; Agnes Narimatsu; José Raimundo F. Dornellas; Salvador M. Roig

    2003-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar a composição, a proteólise, a capacidade de derretimento e a formação de "blisters" (bolhas) em queijos tipo Mussarela fabricados com retentado de leite (MR) de fator de concentração volumétrica (FCV) de 2,34:1, com um queijo Mussarela padrão (MP) fabricado com leite não ultrafiltrado. Foi realizado um ensaio de produção com 3 lotes de MR e um lote de MP. Determinou-se a composição do leite, retentado, soro, água de filagem e queijos e a proteólise, a ca...

  7. A case of subepidermal blistering disease with autoantibodies to multiple laminin subunits who developed later autoantibodies to alpha-5 chain of type IV collagen associated with membranous glomerulonephropathy.

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    Sueki, Hirohiko; Sato, Yoshinori; Ohtoshi, Shinpei; Nakada, Tokio; Yoshimura, Ashio; Tateishi, Chiharu; Borza, Dorin-Bogdan; Fader, William; Ghohestani, Reza F; Hirako, Yoshiaki; Koga, Hiroshi; Ishii, Norito; Tsuchisaka, Atsunari; Qian, Hua; Li, Xiaoguang; Hashimoto, Takashi

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    We report a 68-year-old Japanese female patient with subepidermal blistering disease with autoantibodies to multiple laminins, who subsequently developed membranous glomerulonephropathy. At skin disease stage, immunofluorescence demonstrated IgG anti-basement membrane zone antibodies reactive with dermal side of NaCl-split skin. Immunoblotting of human dermal extract, purified laminin-332, hemidesmosome-rich fraction and laminin-521 trimer recombinant protein (RP) detected laminin γ-1 and α-3 and γ-2 subunits of laminin-332. Three years after skin lesions disappeared, nephrotic symptoms developed. Antibodies to α-3 chain of type IV collagen (COL4A3) were negative, thus excluding the diagnosis of Goodpasture syndrome. All anti-laminin antibodies disappeared. Additional IB and ELISA studies of RPs of various COL4 chains revealed reactivity with COL4A5, but not with COL4A6 or COL4A3. Although diagnosis of anti-laminin γ-1 (p200) pemphigoid or anti-laminin-332-type mucous membrane pemphigoid could not be made, this case was similar to previous cases with autoantibodies to COL4A5 and/or COL4A6. PMID:25633161

  8. Targeted proteolysis of plectin isoform 1a accounts for hemidesmosome dysfunction in mice mimicking the dominant skin blistering disease EBS-Ogna.

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    Gernot Walko

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Autosomal recessive mutations in the cytolinker protein plectin account for the multisystem disorders epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS associated with muscular dystrophy (EBS-MD, pyloric atresia (EBS-PA, and congenital myasthenia (EBS-CMS. In contrast, a dominant missense mutation leads to the disease EBS-Ogna, manifesting exclusively as skin fragility. We have exploited this trait to study the molecular basis of hemidesmosome failure in EBS-Ogna and to reveal the contribution of plectin to hemidesmosome homeostasis. We generated EBS-Ogna knock-in mice mimicking the human phenotype and show that blistering reflects insufficient protein levels of the hemidesmosome-associated plectin isoform 1a. We found that plectin 1a, in contrast to plectin 1c, the major isoform expressed in epidermal keratinocytes, is proteolytically degraded, supporting the notion that degradation of hemidesmosome-anchored plectin is spatially controlled. Using recombinant proteins, we show that the mutation renders plectin's 190-nm-long coiled-coil rod domain more vulnerable to cleavage by calpains and other proteases activated in the epidermis but not in skeletal muscle. Accordingly, treatment of cultured EBS-Ogna keratinocytes as well as of EBS-Ogna mouse skin with calpain inhibitors resulted in increased plectin 1a protein expression levels. Moreover, we report that plectin's rod domain forms dimeric structures that can further associate laterally into remarkably stable (paracrystalline polymers. We propose focal self-association of plectin molecules as a novel mechanism contributing to hemidesmosome homeostasis and stabilization.

  9. De Novo Transcriptome and Expression Profile Analysis to Reveal Genes and Pathways Potentially Involved in Cantharidin Biosynthesis in the Blister Beetle Mylabris cichorii.

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    Huang, Yi; Wang, Zhongkang; Zha, Shenfang; Wang, Yu; Jiang, Wei; Liao, Yufeng; Song, Zhangyong; Qi, Zhaoran; Yin, Youping

    2016-01-01

    The dried body of Mylabris cichorii is well-known Chinese traditional medicine. The sesquiterpenoid cantharidin, which is secreted mostly by adult male beetles, has recently been used as an anti-cancer drug. However, little is known about the mechanisms of cantharidin biosynthesis. Furthermore, there is currently no genomic or transcriptomic information for M. cichorii. In this study, we performed de novo assembly transcriptome of M. cichorii using the Illumina Hiseq2000. A single run produced 9.19 Gb of clean nucleotides comprising 29,247 sequences, including 23,739 annotated sequences (about 81%). We also constructed two expression profile libraries (20-25 day-old adult males and 20-25 day-old adult females) and discovered 2,465 significantly differentially-expressed genes. Putative genes and pathways involved in the biosynthesis of cantharidin were then characterized. We also found that cantharidin biosynthesis in M. cichorii might only occur via the mevalonate (MVA) pathway, not via the methylerythritol 4-phosphate/deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate (MEP/DOXP) pathway or a mixture of these. Besides, we considered that cantharidin biosynthesis might be related to the juvenile hormone (JH) biosynthesis or degradation. The results of transcriptome and expression profiling analysis provide a comprehensive sequence resource for M. cichorii that could facilitate the in-depth study of candidate genes and pathways involved in cantharidin biosynthesis, and may thus help to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of cantharidin biosynthesis in blister beetles. PMID:26752526

  10. Effect of the order of He+ and H+ ion co-implantation on damage generation and thermal evolution of complexes, platelets, and blisters in silicon

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    Daghbouj, N.; Cherkashin, N.; Darras, F.-X.; Paillard, V.; Fnaiech, M.; Claverie, A.

    2016-04-01

    Hydrogen and helium co-implantation is nowadays used to efficiently transfer thin Si layers and fabricate silicon on insulator wafers for the microelectronic industry. The synergy between the two implants which is reflected through the dramatic reduction of the total fluence needed to fracture silicon has been reported to be strongly influenced by the implantation order. Contradictory conclusions on the mechanisms involved in the formation and thermal evolution of defects and complexes have been drawn. In this work, we have experimentally studied in detail the characteristics of Si samples co-implanted with He and H, comparing the defects which are formed following each implantation and after annealing. We show that the second implant always ballistically destroys the stable defects and complexes formed after the first implant and that the redistribution of these point defects among new complexes drives the final difference observed in the samples after annealing. When H is implanted first, He precipitates in the form of nano-bubbles and agglomerates within H-related platelets and nano-cracks. When He is implanted first, the whole He fluence is ultimately used to pressurize H-related platelets which quickly evolve into micro-cracks and surface blisters. We provide detailed scenarios describing the atomic mechanisms involved during and after co-implantation and annealing which well-explain our results and the reasons for the apparent contradictions reported at the state of the art.

  11. 颈内动脉血泡样动脉瘤的CTA诊断%CT angiography in the diagnosis of internal carotid artery blister-like aneuryms

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    陈状; 李林; 崔静; 公方和; 王伟民

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the utility ofCT angiography (CTA) in the identification and characterization of internal carotid artery (ICA) blood blister-like aneuryms (BBA). Methods All the 143 patients with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) who had been managed in our department from January 2008 to December 2009 were analyzed retrospectively.All of them underwent CTA prior to digital subtraction angiography (DSA) for evaluation of spontaneous SAH.The reports from the CTA and DSA were reviewed to determine whether the ICA BBA had been correctly and prospectively diagnosed. A retrospective review of the CTA and DSA images was also performed.Results All patients were diagnosed with spontaneous SAH by plain scan CT.We identified 6 cases of ICA BBA on initial DSA imaging.Of the 6 blister-like aneurysms,4 (67%) were identified prospectively and 5 (86%) retrospectively on CTA.In one case that had been confirmed by DSA as ICA BBA,the retrospective CTA failed to find the abnormity.All the 6 patients underwent endovascular treatment with stent placement.All patients were followed up for an average of 8.3 months (range,6-18 months) simply by DSA after treatment. Conclusion If CTA identifies a spontaneous SAH but fails to identify the cause,a careful DSA should be performed to detect a possible presence of ICA BBA.%目的 分析颈内动脉血泡样动脉瘤(BBA)CT三维血管重建(CTA)的诊断价值及形态特征. 方法 回顾性分析广州军区广州总医院神经外科自2008年1月至2009年12月收治的143例自发性蛛网膜下腔出血(SAH)患者资料.所有患者均先后行CTA及DSA检查,并对结果进行对比分析. 结果 所有患者经平扫CT诊断为自发性SAH,其中6例经DSA确诊为颈内动脉BBA.该6例患者中4例在DSA检查之前即经CTA确诊,未经CTA确诊的2例患者中1例后虽经DSA检查明确,但回顾分析CTA仍未发现明确病变.全部6例患者均经血管内支架治疗,术后均单

  12. Keratinocyte-targeted expression of human laminin γ2 rescues skin blistering and early lethality of laminin γ2 deficient mice.

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    Tracy L Adair-Kirk

    Full Text Available Laminin-332 is a heterotrimeric basement membrane component comprised of the α3, ß3, and γ2 laminin chains. Laminin-332 modulates epithelial cell processes, such as adhesion, migration, and differentiation and is prominent in many embryonic and adult tissues. In skin, laminin-332 is secreted by keratinocytes and is a key component of hemidesmosomes connecting the keratinocytes to the underlying dermis. In mice, lack of expression of any of the three Laminin-332 chains result in impaired anchorage and detachment of the epidermis, similar to that seen in human junctional epidermolysis bullosa, and death occurs within a few days after birth. To bypass the early lethality of laminin-332 deficiency caused by the knockout of the mouse laminin γ2 chain, we expressed a dox-controllable human laminin γ2 transgene under a keratinocyte-specific promoter on the laminin γ2 (Lamc2 knockout background. These mice appear similar to their wild-type littermates, do not develop skin blisters, are fertile, and survive >1.5 years. Immunofluorescence analyses of the skin showed that human laminin γ2 colocalized with mouse laminin α3 and ß3 in the basement membrane zone underlying the epidermis. Furthermore, the presence of "humanized" laminin-332 in the epidermal basement membrane zone rescued the alterations in the deposition of hemidesmosomal components, such as plectin, collagen type XVII/BP180, and integrin α6 and ß4 chains, seen in conventional Lamc2 knockout mice, leading to restored formation of hemidesmosomes. These mice will be a valuable tool for studies of organs deficient in laminin-332 and the role of laminin-332 in skin, including wound healing.

  13. Caspase-1-independent IL-1 release mediates blister formation in autoantibody-induced tissue injury through modulation of endothelial adhesion molecules.

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    Sadeghi, Hengameh; Lockmann, Anike; Hund, Anna-Carina; Samavedam, Unni K S R L; Pipi, Elena; Vafia, Katerina; Hauenschild, Eva; Kalies, Kathrin; Pas, Hendri H; Jonkman, Marcel F; Iwata, Hiroaki; Recke, Andreas; Schön, Michael P; Zillikens, Detlef; Schmidt, Enno; Ludwig, Ralf J

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    Although reports documented aberrant cytokine expression in autoimmune bullous dermatoses (AIBDs), cytokine-targeting therapies have not been established in these disorders. We showed previously that IL-6 treatment protected against tissue destruction in experimental epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA), an AIBD caused by autoantibodies to type VII collagen (COL7). The anti-inflammatory effects of IL-6 were mediated by induction of IL-1ra, and prophylactic IL-1ra administration prevented blistering. In this article, we demonstrate elevated serum concentrations of IL-1β in both mice with experimental EBA induced by injection of anti-COL7 IgG and in EBA patients. Increased IL-1α and IL-1β expression also was observed in the skin of anti-COL7 IgG-injected wild-type mice compared with the significantly less diseased IL-1R-deficient or wild-type mice treated with the IL-1R antagonist anakinra or anti-IL-1β. These findings suggested that IL-1 contributed to recruitment of inflammatory cells into the skin. Accordingly, the expression of ICAM-1 was decreased in IL-1R-deficient and anakinra-treated mice injected with anti-COL7. This effect appeared to be specifically attributable to IL-1 because anakinra blocked the upregulation of different endothelial adhesion molecules on IL-1-stimulated, but not on TNF-α-stimulated, cultured endothelial cells. Interestingly, injection of caspase-1/11-deficient mice with anti-COL7 IgG led to the same extent of skin lesions as in wild-type mice. Collectively, our data suggest that IL-1, independently of caspase-1, contributes to the pathogenesis of EBA. Because anti-IL-1β in a prophylactic setting and anakinra in a quasi-therapeutic setting (i.e., when skin lesions had already developed) improved experimental EBA, IL-1 appears to be a potential therapeutic target for EBA and related AIBDs. PMID:25795756

  14. Direct clipping of a blister-like aneurysm in the supraclinoid segment of the internal carotid artery: a clinical analysis of nine cases.

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    Yu, Jinlu; Xu, Baofeng; Guo, Yunbao; Xu, Kan

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the method and outcome from direct clipping of a blister-like aneurysm (BBA) of the internal carotid artery supraclinoid segment. This study featured nine BBA patients, including eight females and one male. The patients presented subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) as the initial symptom and were diagnosed with BBA in the supraclinoid segment through a vascular exam and imaging. During the exam, the internal carotid artery was pressed to block the blood flow, and a transcranial Doppler (TCD) was performed to examine the blood flow in the (BBA) ipsilateral middle cerebral artery. The results showed that the blood flow was reduced by less than 40% in all nine patients. During surgery, a pterional craniotomy was used to fully expose the aneurysm for clipping. While clipping the aneurysm, the arterial wall at the root of the aneurysm was also clipped to improve stability. Intraoperative ultrasonography was performed before and after clipping to examine the blood flow in the parent artery, middle cerebral artery and anterior cerebral artery. Moreover, a TCD was performed within one week after surgery to monitor intracranial blood flow. During BBA clipping, four patients exhibited stenosis of the parent artery, but intraoperative ultrasonography showed adequate blood flow in the anterior cerebral artery and middle cerebral artery. TCD was performed within one week after surgery to examine the blood flow in the middle cerebral artery on the operative side; the TCD showed adequate blood flow. The patients recovered well after surgery and were discharged. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) or computed tomography angiography (CTA) was performed six to 12 months after the surgery and showed no aneurysm relapse. Moreover, six patients exhibited no stenosis of the parent artery, 20% stenosis was observed in one patient, 30% stenosis was observed in one patient, and 50% stenosis was observed in one patient; none of the patients showed clinical symptoms, and all

  15. Effectiveness and side effects of anti-CD20 therapy for autoantibody-mediated blistering skin diseases: A comprehensive survey of 71 consecutive patients from the Initial use to 2007

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    Jennifer D Peterson

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Jennifer D Peterson1, Lawrence S Chan2,3,41Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock, Lubbock, TX, USA; 2Department of Dermatology; 3Department of Microbiology/Immunology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; 4Medicine Service, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USAAbstract: In order to examine the efficacy and side effects of the monoclonal antibody anti-CD20 (rituximab on autoimmune blistering skin diseases, we performed a comprehensive survey of 71 consecutive patients from initial use up to 2007, using the PubMed database. A heterogeneous group of patients, including 51 patients with pemphigus vulgaris, one with pemphigus vegetans, nine with pemphigus foliaceus, five with paraneoplastic pemphigus, four with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, and one with both bullous pemphigoid and graft vs host disease was included in this survey. Overall the monoclonal antibody seems to be effective in that 69% of patients showed complete response, 25% of patients showed partial response, whereas 6% of patients showed progressive disease. Six deaths occurred in association with the treatment, with four of these deaths in patients with paraneoplastic pemphigus, a disease characteristically resistant to conventional medication and with a high mortality rate. Of note, 11 patients who received combined rituximab and intravenous immune globulin treatments had the best outcome: complete response without any serious side effects. Therefore further investigation on rituximab with controlled clinical trial is a worthy pursuit.Keywords: blistering diseases, skin, anti-CD20, pemphigus, epidermolysis bullosa acquisita

  16. Simultaneous determination of gold and silver in blister copper by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry%电感耦合等离子体发射光谱法同时测定粗铜中金和银

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    刘益锋; 冯俊汉; 李展江; 史亚晓

    2012-01-01

    Blister copper sample were dissolved in mixed acid of hydrochloric acid and nitric acid. Gold and silver content was determined directly by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICPOES) by using 242. 794 nm and 328. 068 nm as analyzing spectral line. Investigation of the effects of matrix and co-existing ions were studied. It was shown that copper had certain effect on the determination, but can be removed by matrix-matching, while other impurity elements had no influence. The method has been applied to the blister copper and the results are consistent with the results by the method of YS/T521. 2-2009, with the relative standard deviations of gold and silver (RSD, n = 12) smaller than 1. 9 % and 1.1% respectively. In addition, the recoveries of testing elements were between 95 % and 105 %.%粗铜样品用盐酸和硝酸混合酸溶解,选择242.794 nm和328.068 nm的光谱线分别作为金和银的分析线,直接用电感耦合等离子体发射光谱法(ICP-AES)同时测定了粗铜中金和银含量.考察了基体效应和共存离子等因素对测定的影响.实验表明,铜存在基体效应对测定有影响,但可以采用基体匹配的方法消除,粗铜中的其他杂质元素对测定没有影响.用本法测定了粗铜中的金和银含量,测定值与行业标准方法(YS/T521.2- 2009)的测定值相符,金、银测定结果的相对标准偏差分别小于1.9%和1.1%(n=12),加标回收率在95%~105%之间.

  17. Análise da dinâmica, estrutura de focos e arranjo espacial da mancha manteigosa em campo Analysis of the dynamics, foci structure and spatial arrangement of the blister spot in the field

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    Josimar Batista Ferreira

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se estudar a dispersão espacial da mancha manteigosa em cafeeiro, por meio de arranjos espaciais e da análise da dinâmica e estruturas de focos da doença durante três anos consecutivos. Nesse período, não houve progresso da doença no campo. Sob plantas doentes, surgiam mudas com sintomas da doença, um indício da transmissibilidade via semente. Constatou-se um total de 10 focos, com média de 2,5 plantas/focos e com tendência desses focos (maior número de plantas sintomáticas na direção das linhas de plantios, tendo disposição de forma elíptica. Observou-se número elevado de focos unitários, correspondendo a 52% das plantas doentes. Pelas análises de seqüências ordinárias runs e doublet verificou-se padrão espacial aleatório. Tal fato indica que a mancha manteigosa ocorre a partir de plantas isoladas (focos unitários e que a principal via de transmissão é a semente (semente/planta/semente.The aim of this study was to analyze the spatial dispersion pattern of the blister spot on coffee trees, through spatial arrangements and the analysis of the dynamics and foci structure of the disease during three consecutive years. No disease progress was observed in this area during the period of study. Seedlings showing disease symptoms were found under the canopy of diseased trees, strongly indicating that the disease may be transmitted through the seeds. Ten foci with 2.5 trees per focus were observed in the studied area. The foci were distributed following the plant rows with elliptical shape. Unitary foci predominated in the area in 52% of the diseased trees. Analyses of runs and doublets showed a random spatial pattern of the disease. These results evidenced that the blister spot occurs from isolated plants (unitary foci and this characteristic may possibly be explained if the seeds are the main disease transmission agent (seed-plant-seed.

  18. Aspectos morfológicos da colonização de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides em órgãos de plantas de cafeeiros e com sintomas da mancha manteigosa Morphologic aspects of colonization of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on organs of coffee plants with blister spot

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    Josimar Batista Ferreira

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, no presente trabalho, analisar microscopicamente a colonização de C. gloeosporioides, agente da mancha manteigosa (MM, em condições naturais da doença, sobre os diferentes órgãos e tecidos da cultivar Catucaí Vermelho: folhas, pecíolos, nervuras, ramos, frutos e pedúnculos. Todas as amostras foram processadas, obtendo-se imagens em microscópico eletrônico de varredura. Os ramos e as nervuras de folhas de cafeeiros com mancha manteigosa apresentando morte descendente e hipocótilos oriundos de sementes têm os vasos do xilema, floema e células do córtex colonizados por C. gloeosporioides, já os frutos com sintoma da mancha manteigosa apresentaram colonização nos tecidos do exocarpo, mesocarpo, endocarpo e endosperma.The aim of this work was to study the colonization of leaves, petioles, veins, branches, fruits, and peduncles by C. gloeosporioides, the causal agent of blister spot, under natural infections of cultivar Catucaí Vermelho in field conditions. All materials were analyzed through scanning electron microscopy. The branches and veins of coffee leaves affected by blister spot with descending death as well as hypocotyls from seedlings had their xylem, phloem and cortical cells colonized by C. gloeosporioides while fruits showing blister spot symptoms had their exocarp, mesocarp, endocarp, and endosperm tissues colonized by C. gloeosporioides.

  19. Experimental Study of Changes of Skin Blister Fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF Levels in Patients with Vitiligo in Progressive Stage%白癜风进展期患者皮肤疱液中NPY、sICAM-1、IL-12和GM-CSF水平变化的实验研究

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    毕鸣晔; 黄海峰

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨白癜风病患者的发病、进展与免疫学机制的关系.方法:将确诊为进展期白癜风的80例患者分为寻常型(54例),节段型(26例)组.各以白斑处和非白斑处2组的疱液中的研究指标水平进行比较.疱液NPY和GM-CSF采用RIA;IL-12、sICAM-1水平均采用ELISA.结果:本文测定的患者疱液NPY水平显示,寻常型白癜风患者白斑处与非白斑处无显著差异(P>0.05),节段型白癜风患者白斑处与非白斑处比较则呈显著性差异(P0.05).结论:白癜风病患者的发病及病情进展与疱液NPY、IL-12、sICAM-1和GM-CSF四项指标的变化关系密切,其测定有助于了解其病因及病理学机制.%Objective To explore the significance of changes of skin blister fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF levels in patients with vitiligo in progressive stage. Methods 80 patients with vitiligo in progressive stage were divided into two groups (vulgar-is vitiligo groups; n = 54, segmental vitiligo groups: n = 26) Their blister fluid levels of NPY and GM-CSF were determined by radioim-munoassay (RIA ) , and IL-12 and sICAM-1 were determined by enzyme immunoassay . Results The levels of skin blister fluid NPY were definitely higher in vitilignous skin than those in non- vitilignous patches in segmental vitiligo groups (P 0. 05) . The levels of skin blister fluid IL-12,sICAM-1 and GM-CSF were all obviously higher in vitilignous skin than that in non- vitilignous patches in vulgaris vitiligo groups (P 0. 05) . Conclusion The changes of skin blister fluid NPY, IL-12, sICAM-1 and GM-CSF levels in vitilignous skin may be closely related to development of difference type vitiligo patients with vitiligo, determination of 4 indexes might be helpful for studying the pathogenesis and clinical diagnosis of vitiligo.

  20. Coma blisters after poisoning caused by central nervous system depressants: case report including histopathological findings Bolhas do coma pós-intoxicação por depressores do sistema nervoso central: relato de caso incluindo achados histopatológicos

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    Maira Migliari Branco

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Blister formation and eccrine sweat gland necrosis is a cutaneous manifestation associated with states of impaired consciousness, most frequently reported after overdoses of central nervous system depressants, particularly phenobarbital. The case of a 45-year-old woman who developed "coma blisters" at six distinct anatomic sites after confirmed (laboratory phenobarbital poisoning, associated with other central nervous system depressants (clonazepam, promethazine, oxcarbazepine and quetiapine, is presented. A biopsy from the left thumb blister taken on day 4 revealed focal necrosis of the epidermis and necrosis of sweat gland epithelial cells; direct immunofluorescence was strongly positive for IgG in superficial blood vessel walls but negative for IgM, IgA, C3 and C1q. The patient was discharged on day 21 with no sequelae.Formação de bolhas e necrose de glândula sudoríparas écrinas é uma manifestação cutânea associada com estados de diminuição da consciência, mais frequentemente relatada após superdosagens de depressores do sistema nervoso central, particularmente fenobabital. Relatamos o caso de uma paciente de 45 anos que desenvolveu "bolhas do coma" após tentativa de suicídio por fenobarbital (confirmada laboratorialmente, associada a outros depressores do sistema nervoso central (clonazepam, prometazina, oxcarbazepina e quetiapina. Biópsia da bolha do 1o quirodáctilo esquerdo no 4o dia de internação revelou necrose focal da epiderme e necrose de células epiteliais de glândula sudorípara; a imunofluorescência direta foi fortemente positiva para IgG na parede superficial dos vasos sanguíneos, mas negativa para IgM, IgA, C3 e C1q. A paciente teve alta no 21o dia, sem seqüelas.

  1. Molecular diagnosis of autoimmune blistering diseases.

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    Tsuruta, Daisuke; Dainichi, Teruki; Hamada, Takahiro; Ishii, Norito; Hashimoto, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    Autoimmune bullous diseases are the best-characterized autoimmune skin diseases. Molecular diagnosis of these diseases has become possible due to the identification of their target autoantigens over the past three decades. In this review, we summarize methodology for categorizing autoimmune bullous diseases by means of combinations of direct and indirect immunofluorescence techniques using normal human skin sections, rat bladder sections and COS7 cells transfected with desmocollins 1-3 encoded vectors, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and immunoblotting with normal human epidermal extracts, dermal extracts, purified proteins from cell cultures and recombinant proteins. PMID:23325635

  2. 华山松疱锈病的重寄生真菌(深绿木霉)中几丁质酶基因cDNA片段的克隆%Cloning of cDNA Fragment of Chitinase Gene from the Mycoparasite Trichoderma atroviride on Armandii Pine Blister Rust

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    马长乐; 李靖; 陈玉惠; 刘小烛

    2008-01-01

    [Objective] The aim of this study was to isolate chitinase gene from Trichoderma atroviride strain SS003. [Method] With the aeciospore wall of armandii pine blister rust as inducer, chitinase gene was induced to express in Trichoderma atroviride cells. The cDNA fragment of chitinase gene was cloned by RT-PCR approach. [Result] The activity of chitinase induced reached 40.17 μg/10 min; and the specific fragment amplified was 834 bp in length and proved to be the fragment of chitinase gene by sequencing and sequence analysis. [Conclusion] The result showed the feasibility of isolating the full length of chitinase gene and its transformation, and further producing chitinase.

  3. 穴位贴敷与电针治疗支气管哮喘疗效对照观察%Controlled observation of non-blister acupoint sticking and electroacupuncture for bronchial asthma

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    田海燕; 胡佳; 王琳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To compare the differences of clinical efficacy for bronchial asthma between acupoint sticking combined with ginger-separated moxibustion and electroacupuncture combined with ginger-separated moxibustion.Methods With a randomized and controlled method,one hundred cases were divided into an acupoint sticking + ginger-separated moxibustion group (group A) and an electroacupuncture + ginger-separated moxibustion group (group E),50 cases in each one.The Dazhui (GV 14),Feishu (BL 13),Tiantu (CV 22) and so on were selected in both groups.The treatment was given on the 1st day of each dog day period and each nine-day period after the winter solstice separately.The ginger-separated moxibustion was applied in the group A,which was followed by plaster sticking that was made with Chinese herbs (including white mustard seed,rhizoma corydalis,euphorbia kansui,asarum),glycerin and warm ginger juice.The regular acupuncture,electroacupuncture and ginger-separated moxibustion were applied in the group E.The scores of recovery cough,control asthma,respiratory frequency,stuffiness chest,wheezing and markedly and cured effective rate were compared in two groups before and after the treatment.Results The markedly and cured effective rate was 72.0% (36/50) in the group A,which was superior to 46.0%(23/50) in the group E (P<0.05).All the symptom scores in two groups were obviously improved after the treatment,in which group A was superior to group E (all P<0.05).Conclusion The acupoint sticking and ginger separated moxibustion could obviously improve clinical symptoms in patients with bronchial asthma,and reduce skin irritation of medicine to avoid the blister and relive patients' suffer,which has superior effect to electroacupuncture combined with ginger-separated moxibustion.%目的:比较穴位贴敷加隔姜灸与电针加隔姜灸治疗支气管哮喘的临床疗效差异.方法:采用随机、对照的方法,将100例患者分为穴位贴敷加隔姜灸组(穴位

  4. Analysis of clinical efifcacy of famciclovir combined with genital herpes blister lfuid auto-inoculation in the treatment of genital herpes%泛昔洛韦联合生殖器疱疹疱液自体接种治疗生殖器疱疹的临床疗效分析

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    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨泛昔洛韦联合生殖器疱疹疱液自体接种治疗生殖器疱疹的临床疗效。方法:将我院收治的86例生殖器疱疹患者随机分为试验组和对照组,对试验组患者给予泛昔洛韦联合生殖器疱疹疱液自体接种治疗,对对照组患者仅给予泛昔洛韦治疗,比较两治疗组患者的临床疗效、至临床症状改善的时间和不良反应的发生情况。结果:试验组患者的治愈率为83.72%、总有效率为100.00%,均显著高于对照组(分别为39.53%和93.02%,P均<0.05);试验组患者的复发率为16.28%,显著低于对照组的60.47%(P<0.05);试验组患者的至皮损愈合平均时间、自觉疼痛和瘙痒平均持续时间也均显著短于对照组(P均<0.05)。试验组中有2例患者发生轻度的乏力和发热,但这些不良反应均在2d内自行消失;对照组中未见明显不良反应发生。结论:泛昔洛韦联合生殖器疱疹疱液自体接种治疗能够显著提高生殖器疱疹的治疗效果、降低复发率,具有临床应用价值。%Objective: To explore the clinical efficacy of the autologous vaccination of genital herpes blister fluid in the treatment of genital herpes. Methods: Eighty-six cases of patients with genital herpes were randomly divided into an experimental group and a control group, in which famciclovir combined with the autologous vaccination of genital herpes blister lfuid were given in the experimental group while only famciclovir in the control group. Clinical efifcacy, time for the appearance of the improvement of clinical symptoms and incidence of adverse reaction were compared between two groups. Results:The rates of the cure and the total effectiveness were 83.72%and 100%in the experimental group, which were signiifcantly higher than those in the control group (39.53%and 93.02%, P<0.05);the recurrence rate was 16.28%in the experiment group, which was signiifcantly lower than that in the

  5. 细纹豆芫菁3-羟甲基戊二酰辅酶A-还原酶基因全长cDNA克隆及生物信息学分析%Cloning and bioinformatical analysis of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase gene from the blister beetle Epicauta mannerheimi ( Coleoptera: Meloidae)

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    姜鸣; 霍棠; 吕淑敏; 张雅林

    2012-01-01

    3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase ( HMGR) is a key enzyme of the mevalonate pathway. Obtaining HMGR gene information is the basis of studying the relationship between cantharidin biosynthesis and the mevalonate pathway. In this study, a full-length cDNA of the HMGR gene was cloned from the blister beetle Epicauta mannerheimi ( Maklin) by RACE technology, which was named EmHMGR (GeneBank accession no. JQ690539). The full-length of EmHMGR is 3 118 bp with an ORF of 2 526 bp, containing a 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) of 178 bp and a 3'UTR of 414 bp. It encodes a deduced protein of 842-amino acid residues, with a predicted molecular mass of 92.8 kDa and isoeletric point (pI) of 6.0. Its predicted molecular formula is C4135H6604N1098O1216S50. Bioinformatical analysis showed that its instability index is 43. 37 and the GRAVY 0.091, suggesting that EmHMGR is an unstable hydrophobic protein. The deduced protein EmHMGR has the conserved functional domain of HMGR_Class I and the sterol-sensing domain, and shares more than 50% amino acid identity with HMGRs from other insects. Phylogenetic analysis showed that EmHMGR has the closest relationship with HMGRs of chrysomelids. This study provides the basis for further research on the biosynthetic pathway of cantharidin in the blister beetles.%3-羟甲基戊二酰辅酶A-还原酶(3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme Areductase,HMGR)是甲羟戊酸途径的关键酶.获得芫菁体内HMGR基因信息是确定甲羟戊酸途径与斑蝥素合成相关性的基础.本研究利用RACE技术从细纹豆芫菁Epicauta mannerheimi(M(a)klin)体内克隆获得HMGR基因全长cDNA序列,命名为EmHMGR(GenBank登录号为JQ690539).该基因全长3118 bp,其中5’端非翻译区178 bp,3’端非翻译区414 bp,开放阅读框2 526 bp,编码842个氨基酸.推测的蛋白质分子量为92.8 kDa,理论等电点为6.0,预测分子式为C4135H6604N1098O1216S50,不稳定系数为43.37,总亲水性系数为0.091,为疏水性不

  6. Kinetics of the conversion of copper sulfide to blister copper

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    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available The desulfurization of copper sulfide by air and oxygen has been studied in two laboratory reactors where the gas is blown onto the melt surface. Rates of oxidation in a vertical resistance furnace may be explained by the mass transfer control in the gas phase. However, results for a horizontal tube suggest that the chemical resistance is controlling.

    La desulfuración del sulfuro cuproso con aire y oxígeno se ha estudiado en dos reactores de laboratorio, en los cuales el gas se sopla sobre la superficie del fundido. La velocidad de reacción en un horno de resistencias verticales se puede explicar considerando como controlante la resistencia a la transferencia de materia de la fase gas. Sin embargo, los resultados del horno horizontal indican que la resistencia química es la controlante.

  7. Hand, foot and scrotal blisters in a patient with cancer receiving oral chemotherapy

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    Guerra, Jose Rodolfo; Suelves, Ana M; Bella, Archie; Lolo, Delatre

    2014-01-01

    Tyrosine kinase inhibitors are novel antineoplastic drugs that make use of the molecular abnormalities that have been discovered in certain types of tumours. These agents are associated with important dermatological side effects. This case report discusses an atypical presentation of the hand–foot syndrome in one patient treated with sorafenib. A 78-year-old man, recently started on sorafenib for the treatment of hepatocarcinoma with lung metastasis, presented to the emergency room with painf...

  8. Photoevaporation Flows in Blister HII Regions: I. Smooth Ionization Fronts and Application to the Orion Nebula

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    Henney, W J; Garcia-Diaz, M T; Garcia-Diaz, Ma. T.

    2005-01-01

    We present hydrodynamical simulations of the photoevaporation of a cloud with large-scale density gradients, giving rise to an ionized, photoevaporation flow. The flow is found to be approximately steady during the large part of its evolution, during which it can resemble a "champagne flow" or a "globule flow" depending on the curvature of the ionization front. The distance from source to ionization front and the front curvature uniquely determine the structure of the flow, with the curvature depending on the steepness of the lateral density gradient in the neutral cloud. We compare these simulations with both new and existing observations of the Orion nebula and find that a model with a mildly convex ionization front can reproduce the profiles of emission measure, electron density, and mean line velocity for a variety of emitting ions on scales of 10^{17} to 10^{18} cm. The principal failure of our model is that we cannot explain the large observed widths of the [O I] 6300 Angstrom line that forms at the ion...

  9. Genome-wide mapping of gene–microbiota interactions in susceptibility to autoimmune skin blistering

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    Srinivas, Girish; Möller, Steffen; Wang, Jun; Künzel, Sven; Zillikens, Detlef; Baines, John F.; Ibrahim, Saleh M.

    2013-01-01

    Susceptibility to chronic inflammatory diseases is determined by immunogenetic and environmental risk factors. Resident microbial communities often differ between healthy and diseased states, but whether these differences are of primary aetiological importance or secondary to the altered inflammatory environment remains largely unknown. Here we provide evidence for host gene–microbiota interactions contributing to disease risk in a mouse model of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, an autoantibo...

  10. Blistering in alloy Ti–6Al–4V from H+ ion implantation

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    B K Singh; V Singh

    2010-04-01

    The effect of H+ ion implantation on surface morphology of the titanium alloy, Ti–6Al–4V, was studied, following H+ ion implantation of 150 keV and 250 keV energy to fluence of 2.6 × 1018 cm-2 and 2.5 × 1019 cm-2, respectively at ambient temperature. No detectable change was observed in surface features of either of the above specimen immediately after the implantation. However, vein like features (VLF) were observed to appear on the surface of the sample, implanted at 150 keV to a fluence of 2.6 × 1018 cm-2, following natural ageing at room temperature for 150 days. Subsequent annealing of the above naturally aged sample, at 423 K for 150 min under vacuum (10-3 torr), led to development of a macroblister. In sharp contrast in the other sample, implanted by H+ ions of higher energy (250 keV) to higher fluence of 2.5 × 1019 cm-2, neither there was any effect of natural ageing following the implantation nor that of subsequent annealing at 423 K and ageing on its surface morphology.

  11. Effect of aqueous vitamin B on the growth of blister blight pathogen, Exobasidium vexans

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    Hideyuki Nagao

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of three aqueous solution of biotin, thiamine and calcium pantothenate, on the growth of Exobasidiumvexans was examined in vitro. The germination process of basidiospores of E. vexans differed from those of the otherExobasidium species. Basidiospore germination commenced after 19.5 hr incubation and chlamydospore-like bodies wereformed after 96 hr of incubation. Addition of biotin, calcium pantothenate, and thiamine to Difco PDA and Czapek’s mediumdid not affect the proportion of germinating basidiospores. The length of germ tubes was enhanced only by addition ofthiamine in the media. Larger size germ tubes (thick germ tubes were occasionally observed among the ordinary hyphae.Most germlings of basidiospores developed chlamydospore-like bodies or autolysed on the media. Thick germ tubesfrequently appeared on the calcium pantothenate amended media and developed into a colony when these hyphae weretransferred to new calcium pantothenate amended media. However, further transfer of colonies did not successfully bring anew colony to grow on the calcium pantothenate amended media. Vitamin B5, calcium pantothenate, was only partially effective in generating the thick germ tubes and to induce the initial colony formation, whereas amendment of biotin and thiamineto the media did not induce visible colony growth.

  12. Influence of sulphur content and inclusion distribution on the hydrogen induced blister cracking in pressure vessel and pipeline steels

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    Domizzi, G.; Anteri, G.; Ovejero-Garcia, J. [Comision de Energia Atomica, Beunos Aires (Argentina). Depto. Materiales Gerencia Desarollo

    2001-07-01

    In previous works, extensive desulphurisation, including shape control and low hardness in segregation zones, were pointed out as effective ways for increasing resistance to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) in steels exposed to wet H{sub 2}S environment. In this study, the behaviour of eight plates was evaluated by immersing samples in H{sub 2}S-saturated NACE solution. HIC susceptibility was assessed by an ultrasonic method and correlated with the elongated MnS inclusion distribution. The results allow us to remark that an extremely low sulphur level is not necessary to reach good HIC resistance, provided that no hard bands are present in the steel. Under this condition, a relationship to calculate the minimum average sulphide length which provides low HIC susceptibility was found. (author)

  13. Nitrogen segregation and blister formation of 316LN austenitic steel during electron beam welding tests for ITER gravity supports

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    316LN has been widely applied in the design of ITER components, such as shield blanket and gravity supports, due to its excellent corrosion resistance and high strength. The behavior of nitrogen in this steel during welding is important for the mechanical properties of the components. In this study, a focused 150 kv high voltage electron beam with 300 mA beam current has been used to weld 316LN steel under vacuum condition. The microstructure and composition of the welding area were observed and analyzed. The influence of welding on the shock resistance and tensile strength at both room temperature and low temperature were examined. It was found that the mechanical properties are strongly related to the defects formed in the welding process.

  14. ROULEAUX AND AUTOAGGLUTINATION OF ERYTHROCYTES ASSOCIATED WITH FIBRIN-LIKE MATERIAL IN SKIN BIOPSIES FORM PATIENTS WITH AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Autoimmune bullous skin diseases (ABDs represent a heterogeneous group of disorders of the skin and mucosa; these disorders are commonly associated with deposits of immunoglobulins, complement, and fibrinogen, usually directed against distinct adhesion molecules. Methods: We utilized hematoxylin and eosin (H & E stained tissues sections to evaluate for the presence of rouleaux in lesional skin biopsies of patients affected by ABDs including patients with endemic and nonendemic pemphigus foliaceus, bullous pemphigoid (BP, pemphigus vulgaris (PV, dermatitis herpetiformis (DH, and a group of controls taken from routine biopsies seen in our practice. Results: Most autoimmune bullous skin diseases biopsies showed rouleaux formation within and around post-capillary venules in the superficial vascular plexus in association with a pinkish brush-like material that resembles fibrin or other amorphous eosinophilic material. Discussion: We document that rouleaux and the pinkish aggregates are present in within biopsies taken from lesional skin in the majority of patients with ABDs and speculate that this maybe as result of the exocytosis of inflammatory cells, antibodies that form when exposed to the extracellular matrix which is already edematous in most ABDs. In addition red blood cells in the presence of plasma proteins or other macromolecules may form aggregates. Further studies are needed.

  15. ROULEAUX AND AUTOAGGLUTINATION OF ERYTHROCYTES ASSOCIATED WITH FIBRIN-LIKE MATERIAL IN SKIN BIOPSIES FORM PATIENTS WITH AUTOIMMUNE BLISTERING DISEASES

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    Ana Maria Abreu Velez; Smoller, Bruce R.; Howard, Michael S.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Autoimmune bullous skin diseases (ABDs) represent a heterogeneous group of disorders of the skin and mucosa; these disorders are commonly associated with deposits of immunoglobulins, complement, and fibrinogen, usually directed against distinct adhesion molecules. Methods: We utilized hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) stained tissues sections to evaluate for the presence of rouleaux in lesional skin biopsies of patients affected by ABDs including patients with endemic and nonendemic...

  16. Correlation between blister skin thickness, the maximum in the damage-energy distribution, and projected ranges of He+ ions in metals: V

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    In these experiments a systematic study of the correlation of the skin thickness measured directly by scanning electron microscopy with both the calculated projected-range values and the maximum in the damage-energy distribution has been conducted for a broad helium-ion energy range (100 keV-1000 keV in polycrystalline vanadium. (Auth.)

  17. Apoptolysis: a novel mechanism of skin blistering in pemphigus vulgaris linking the apoptotic pathways to basal cell shrinkage and suprabasal acantholysis

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    Grando, S.A.; Bystryn, J.C.; Chernyavsky, A.I.;

    2009-01-01

    EGF receptor, Src, mTOR, p38 MAPK and other signalling elements downstream of ligated antigens, elevation of intracellular calcium and launching of the cell death cascades. (3) Basal cell shrinkage due to: (i) collapse and retraction of the tonofilaments cleaved by executioner caspases; and (ii...

  18. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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  19. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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  20. What Is Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... severe pain or tingling, possibly itchy rash and blisters that look like chicken pox but unlike chicken ... of dots, red dots, that then will become blisters. Announcer: Erwin Cohen's case of shingles followed this ...

  1. Sunburn: Treatment and Prevention

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    ... painful. In severe cases it may cause blistering, fever , chills, headache, and a general feeling of illness. Your ... age and weight.) If the sunburn causes blisters, fever, chills, headache, or a general feeling of illness, call ...

  2. Floating Carpets and the Delamination of Elastic Sheets

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    2011-07-22

    We investigate the deformation of a thin elastic sheet floating on a liquid surface and subject to a uniaxial compression. We show that at a critical compression the sheet delaminates from the liquid over a finite region forming a delamination "blister." This blistering regime adds to the wrinkling and localized folding regimes that have been studied previously. The transition from wrinkled to blistered states occurs when delamination becomes energetically favorable compared with wrinkling. We determine the initial blister size and the evolution of blister size with continuing compression before verifying our theoretical results with experiments at a macroscopic scale. © 2011 American Physical Society.

  3. Surface morphology and deuterium retention in tungsten exposed to high flux D plasma at high temperatures

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    Jia, Y.Z. [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); De Temmerman, G. [FOM Institute DIFFER-Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Edisonbaan 14, 3439 MN Nieuwegein (Netherlands); ITER Organization, Route de Vinon-sur-Verdon-CS90046, 13067 St Paul Lez Durance Cedex (France); Luo, G.-N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Xu, H.Y. [Science and Technology on Surface Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, Mianyang, Sichuan 621907 (China); Li, C.; Fu, B.Q. [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, W., E-mail: liuw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Surface modifications and deuterium retention induced in tungsten by high fluxes (10{sup 24} m{sup −2} s{sup −1}) low energy (38 eV) deuterium ions were studied as a function of surface temperature. Blister formation was studied by scanning electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction, while deuterium retention was measured by thermal desorption spectroscopy. Blisters are observed on the surface exposed at different temperatures, ranging from 493 K to 1273 K. The blister density and D retention decrease with the increasing exposure temperature. The formation of blisters at high temperatures is attributed to the high flux of D plasma. At 943 K, with the increasing fluence, there is trend to the saturation of D retention and blister density. The defects caused by plasma exposure have an important effect on the D trapping and blistering behavior. The formation of blisters has a strong relationship with slipping system of tungsten.

  4. Apparatus Tests Peeling Of Bonded Rubbery Material

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    Crook, Russell A.; Graham, Robert

    1996-01-01

    Instrumented hydraulic constrained blister-peel apparatus obtains data on degree of bonding between specimen of rubbery material and rigid plate. Growth of blister tracked by video camera, digital clock, pressure transducer, and piston-displacement sensor. Cylinder pressure controlled by hydraulic actuator system. Linear variable-differential transformer (LVDT) and float provide second, independent measure of change in blister volume used as more precise volume feedback in low-growth-rate test.

  5. Freestanding single-crystalline magnetic structures fabricated by ion bombardment

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    Schoenherr, P.; Bischof, A.; Boehm, B.; Eib, P.; Grimm, S.; Gross, L.; Allenspach, R., E-mail: ral@zurich.ibm.com [IBM Research – Zurich, 8803 Rüschlikon (Switzerland); Alvarado, S. F. [Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, 8093 Zürich (Switzerland)

    2015-01-19

    Starting from an ultrathin Fe film grown epitaxially on top of a GaAs(001) substrate, we show that freestanding structures can be created by ion-beam treatment. These structures are single-crystalline blisters and only a few nanometers thick. Anisotropic stress in the rim of a blister induces magnetic domain states magnetized in the direction normal to the blister edge. Experimental evidence is provided that the lateral size can be confined by starting from a nanostructured template.

  6. Human autoantibodies against a desmosomal core protein in pemphigus foliaceus

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    Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is a human autoimmune disease in which antibodies are directed against the cell surface of epidermal cells with resultant blister formation. The histopathology of these blisters indicates that cells have detached from each other, and electron microscopy of early blisters shows diminished numbers, to complete loss, of desmosomes as well as abnormalities of the tonofilament- desmosome complex. In this study we demonstrate that autoantibodies from certain PF patients bin...

  7. Epidermolysis bullosa, dystrophic (image)

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    This picture shows skin lesions (epidermolysis bullosa) over the joints on the hands and feet (interphalangeal joints). Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is an inherited condition that causes red, blisters ( ...

  8. Epidermolysis bullosa, dominant dystrophic (image)

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    This picture shows skin lesions (epidermolysis bullosa) over the joints on the hands and feet (interphalangeal joints). Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is an inherited condition that causes red blisters ( ...

  9. Aspectos morfológicos da colonização de Colletotrichum gloeosporioides em órgãos de plantas de cafeeiros e com sintomas da mancha manteigosa Morphologic aspects of colonization of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides on organs of coffee plants with blister spot

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    Josimar Batista Ferreira; Mario Sobral de Abreu; Eduardo Alves; Igor Souza Pereira

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    Objetivou-se, no presente trabalho, analisar microscopicamente a colonização de C. gloeosporioides, agente da mancha manteigosa (MM), em condições naturais da doença, sobre os diferentes órgãos e tecidos da cultivar Catucaí Vermelho: folhas, pecíolos, nervuras, ramos, frutos e pedúnculos. Todas as amostras foram processadas, obtendo-se imagens em microscópico eletrônico de varredura. Os ramos e as nervuras de folhas de cafeeiros com mancha manteigosa apresentando morte descendente e hipocótil...

  10. Release of fission products from miniature fuel plates at elevated temperature

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    Three miniature fuel plates were tested at progressively higher temperatures. A U3Si filled plate blistered and released fission gases at 500 deg. C. Two U3O8 filled plates blistered and released fission gases at 550 deg. C. (author)

  11. Pre and post garter spring repositioning ultrasonic inspection of pressure tubes

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    This paper present a description of the ultrasonic cracked hydride blister detections system used for pre and post inspection of pressure tubes during garter spring repositioning in CNE (Embalse Nuclear Power Station). Ultrasonic system setup configuration, transducers characteristics, blister detection head, calibration of parameters, operating procedure, records of ultrasonic inspections and evaluation. (author)

  12. MONITORING EPIDERMAL WOUND HEALING IN HUMANS BY OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

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    Ahlstrom, M.; Larsen, H. F.; Gjerdrum, Lise Mette Rahbek; Sørensen, A L; Forman, J. L.; Jorgensen, L. N.; Mogensen, M.; Agren, M. S.

    2015-01-01

    -smoking healthy volunteers aged18 –49 yea rs were enrolled (NCT02116725). Suction blisters were raised on each but-tock by applying chambers with a 10 mm opening at 2380 mmHg and surface tem-perature of 408C. The blister roofs comprising the entire epidermis were excised. The60 wounds were scanned by OCT on day 0...

  13. Gclust Server: 191579 [Gclust Server

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    Full Text Available 191579 DME_CG15288_24584296 Cluster Sequences - 3375 wb: wing blister CG15288-PB, i...Link to cluster sequences Cluster Sequences Link to related sequences - Sequence length 3375 Representative annotation wb: wing blist...er CG15288-PB, isoform B Number of Sequences 1 Homologs

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    Full Text Available 203470 DME_CG15288_24584298 Cluster Sequences - 2731 wb: wing blister CG15288-PA, i...Link to cluster sequences Cluster Sequences Link to related sequences - Sequence length 2731 Representative annotation wb: wing blist...er CG15288-PA, isoform A Number of Sequences 1 Homologs

  15. The needs of parents with children suffering from lethal epidermolysis bullosa

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    Yuen, W. Y.; Duipmans, J. C.; Jonkman, M. F.

    2012-01-01

    Background Some subtypes of the heterogeneous genetic blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa (EB) lead to lethality in childhood. The severity and extent of blistering leaves these patients living in excruciating pain and distress their entire lives. Parents of these patients experience some speci

  16. Increased Levels of Type I and III Collagen and Hyaluronan in Scleroderma Skin

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    Søndergaard, Klaus; Heickendorff, Lene; L, Risteli;

    1997-01-01

    The aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP) and the carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP) and hyaluronan (HA) were measured in plasma and suction blister fluid from 13 systemic sclerosis patients and 11 healthy volunteers. Suction blisters and skin biopsies were...

  17. Surface damage of 316 stainless steel irradiated with 4He+ to high doses

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    Surface blistering of niobium by implantation with helium ions in the 9 to 15 keV range was investigated. The apparent disappearance of blisters at sufficiently high doses was believed to be an equilibrium effect. To determine whether high temperature annealing causes the equilibrium condition, stainless steel-316 samples were irradiated at a constant 4500C. Results are presented

  18. Hydrogen desorption from austenitic steel specimens irradiated by high temperature pulse plasma fluxes

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    Hydrogen desorption from the 12Kh18N10T austenitic steel specimens electrolytically saturated by hydrogen by interaction with deuterium plasma (energy content in the pulse 40-60 kJ) is studied. Formation of anomalously great blisters with the cap of ∼ 1 μm thick containing hydrocarbons in particular methane is identified. Three peaks were observed on the curve of the hydrogen thermodesorption from the specimens containing blisters. It is shown that the low-temperature peak (∼ 500 K) corresponds to the desorption of hydrogen over saturated from the blisters wherein it was present in the molecular form. The peak of the hydrogen desorption at ∼ 700 K corresponds to the hydrogen desorption from a solid solution. The high-temperature peak corresponds to the hydrogen desorption from the blisters, containing hydrocarbons by their dissociation. The mechanism of anomalous blisters formation is proposed

  19. A special type of scald caused by prolonged exposure to slowly heated water.

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    Pircher, R; Pollak, S; Vogt, S; Epting, T; Kramer, L; Geisenberger, D

    2016-06-01

    When skin is subjected to water temperatures gradually rising from moderate to critical ranges for a prolonged period of time, the resulting scalds will initially present as reddening, followed by blistering and at last by full-thickness burns. On changing from second- to third-degree burn, the blisters stop to become enlarged and solidify due to heat-induced coagulation necrosis. Such gradually intensifying tissue damage results in multiple firm skin blisters together with third-degree burn of the affected area. The initially serous blister fluid assumes a jelly-like consistency as the proteins undergo denaturation. Scalds of this special type may occur in persons taking a bath and becoming incapable to act so that the warm water tap remains turned on or a hairdryer continues to work after having been dropped into the bath water. On the basis of two relevant fatalities (suicidal electrocutions in bathtubs by means of hairdryers), the macroscopic and histological appearance of blisters which only secondarily turned into a full-thickness scald is compared with blisters in genuine second-degree scalds. The blister fluid of the latter ones was also investigated as to their protein composition and hemoglobin concentration. PMID:27129143

  20. UV aging characterization of epoxy varnish coated steel upon exposure to artificial weathering environment

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    Epoxy varnish coating was exposed to artificial weathering environment produced by fluorescent UV/condensation weathering equipment for different time periods. The degradation process of epoxy varnish coating was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and adhesion test. The results showed that the electrochemical behavior of aged coating was closely related to the formation and development of blisters on the surface due to coating degradation. The coating resistance, Rp, decreased to a lower value after 28 days of exposure, which indicated significant deterioration of barrier properties. Small blisters were observed on coating surface after 21 days of exposure. With increasing aging time, blisters grow up and subsequently broke. The mechanism of blisters formation and subsequent breakage were suggested. The soluble degradation products penetrate into the coating along with water to form osmotic cells leading to the form of blisters on the coating surface under the alternating wet and UV irradiation condition. The spread of degradation areas caused the growth and development of blisters. With the loss of coating material and embrittlement, cracks appear on the surface and the blisters break, which may result in the significant deterioration of bulk properties of the coatings

  1. Measuring Patient Adherence to Malaria Treatment: A Comparison of Results from Self-Report and a Customised Electronic Monitoring Device.

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    Katia Bruxvoort

    Full Text Available Self-report is the most common and feasible method for assessing patient adherence to medication, but can be prone to recall bias and social desirability bias. Most studies assessing adherence to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs have relied on self-report. In this study, we use a novel customised electronic monitoring device--termed smart blister packs--to examine the validity of self-reported adherence to artemether-lumefantrine (AL in southern Tanzania.Smart blister packs were designed to look identical to locally available AL blister packs and to record the date and time each tablet was removed from packaging. Patients obtaining AL at randomly selected health facilities and drug stores were followed up at home three days later and interviewed about each dose of AL taken. Blister packs were requested for pill count and extraction of smart blister pack data.Data on adherence from both self-report verified by pill count and smart blister packs were available for 696 of 1,204 patients. There was no difference between methods in the proportion of patients assessed to have completed treatment (64% and 67%, respectively. However, the percentage taking the correct number of pills for each dose at the correct times (timely completion was higher by self-report than smart blister packs (37% vs. 24%; p<0.0001. By smart blister packs, 64% of patients completing treatment did not take the correct number of pills per dose or did not take each dose at the correct time interval.Smart blister packs resulted in lower estimates of timely completion of AL and may be less prone to recall and social desirability bias. They may be useful when data on patterns of adherence are desirable to evaluate treatment outcomes. Improved methods of collecting self-reported data are needed to minimise bias and maximise comparability between studies.

  2. The use of serologic markers for collagen synthesis and degradation in systemic sclerosis

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    Heickendorff, Lene; Zachariae, Hugh; Bjerring, Peter; Halkier-Sørensen, Lars; Søndergaard, Klaus

    1995-01-01

    crosslinked telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), can be measured. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to investigate these markers in different subgroups of untreated patients with systemic sclerosis and in patients before and after various types of therapy. PIIINP and PICP were also investigated in blister fluid...... from involved and uninvolved skin. METHODS: Sera from 97 patients and suction blister fluid from 13 patients were radioimmunoassayed. RESULTS: The highest levels of PIIINP and PICP were found in blister fluid from involved skin. Patients with systemic sclerosis had higher serum levels of PIIINP than...

  3. Case report of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa confirmed by genetic analysis

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    Danielius Serapinas

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is an inherited disease presenting with blistering of the skin in the subdermal layer caused by gene COL7A1 mutations. The authors reviewed a case of this disease determined by two mutations: dominant and recessive. The disease presented with blisters all over the patient’s body, mostly on the neck, back, and inguinal area, as well as on the hands and feet. The symptom that most affected the patient’s quality of life was severe blistering and ulceration in the pharynx, mucous membrane of the mouth, and perianal area. There is no effective treatment today, only procedures to relieve complications like oesophageal obstructions.

  4. Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa - Report of three cases

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    Sengupta Sujata

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa, a genetic mechanobullous disease, is characterized by pruritus, lichenified or nodular prurigo-like lesions, occasional trauma-induced blistering, excoriations, milia, nail dystrophy and albopapuloid lesions, appearing at birth or later. Scarring and prurigo are most prominent on the shins. Treatment is unsatisfactory. We report three such cases: two of them first cousins, are described with history of blisters since childhood, followed by intensely pruritic lesions predominantly on the shins, and dystrophy of toenails, but no albopapuloid lesions or milia. Intact blisters were present in one case, and excoriations were seen in the other two. All of them showed encouraging response to cryotherapy.

  5. Case report of dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa confirmed by genetic analysis

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    Danielius Serapinas; Egle Aukstuoliene; Marius Sukys

    2015-01-01

    Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is an inherited disease presenting with blistering of the skin in the subdermal layer caused by gene COL7A1 mutations. The authors reviewed a case of this disease determined by two mutations: dominant and recessive. The disease presented with blisters all over the patient’s body, mostly on the neck, back, and inguinal area, as well as on the hands and feet. The symptom that most affected the patient’s quality of life was severe blistering and ulceration in the...

  6. Lionfish envenomation of the hand.

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    Patel, M R; Wells, S

    1993-05-01

    Lionfish (Pterois volitans) envenomation of the hand causes excruciating pain and occurs in three grades: (1) erythematous reaction, (2) blister formation, and (3) dermal necrosis. The initial treatment in all cases is to soak the hand in nonscalding water (45 degrees C) until the pain subsides by denaturing the thermolabile venom proteins. The blisters should be immediately excised to prevent dermal necrosis, inasmuch as the blister fluid contains residual active venom. To prevent a hypersensitivity reaction, any further contact with the fish should be avoided. PMID:8515029

  7. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... have had a bout of shingles, a skin disease that causes blisters and pain. Dr. Marques: Shingles ... shingles, that can help the resolution of the disease. Announcer: Shingles can cause great discomfort and disruption ...

  8. 7 CFR 51.1323 - Serious damage.

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    ... which seriously affects the appearance, or the edible or shipping quality. (a) Russeting which in the... insect stings affecting the appearance to an equal extent. 2 (ii) Blister mite or canker worm...

  9. Problems with Legs and Feet

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    ... ON THIS TOPIC Arthritis Why Does My Foot Fall Asleep? Word! Gait Abnormality Why Do Feet Stink? Blisters, Calluses, and Corns Going to a Physical Therapist Athlete's Foot Scoliosis Cool Cast Facts Osgood-Schlatter ...

  10. Current Treatments Available for Scleroderma Patients

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    ... drugs have caused malformations in fetal development of rodents and rabbits. For more information, see the product ... Cyclophosphamide in Immunosuppressants). Side effects: Thinned or brittle hair, darkened and thickened skin, blistering skin or acne, ...

  11. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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  12. Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Skin Manifestation of Celiac Disease

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    ... list of Celiac Disease Organizations​​ . Alternate Language URL Dermatitis Herpetiformis: Skin Manifestation of Celiac Disease (For Health ... this page: Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment Clinical Trials Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is a chronic, intensely itchy, blistering ...

  13. What Is Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... three stages -- severe pain or tingling, possibly itchy rash and blisters that look like chicken pox but ... Adriana Marques M.D.: The location of the rash is a clue if the rash is shingles ...

  14. What Is Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... Announcer: Shingles usually develops in three stages -- severe pain or tingling, possibly itchy rash and blisters that ... not have complications almost everyone with shingles experiences pain. Stephen Straus, M.D.: Most individuals over age ...

  15. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... treat the pain and the blisters from shingles, doctors currently prescribe antiviral and pain medication. It is ... as a diagnosis of shingles has been made. Doctor: If they think they have shingles, the person ...

  16. Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis caused by morphine, confirmed by positive patch test and lymphocyte transformation test

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    Kardaun, Sylvia H.; de Monchy, Jan G.

    2006-01-01

    Morphine, an opium alkaloid, frequently causes side effects such as hyperhidrosis and facial flushing, but serious cutaneous adverse drug reactions are seldom observed. Best known are Urticaria, erythema, and pruritus; sometimes pseudoallergic anaphylactoid reactions, and blisters are reported.

  17. Soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and soluble interleukin-2 receptors (sIL-2R) in scleroderma skin

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    Søndergaard, Klaus; Deleuran, Mette; Heickendorff, Lene; Zachariae, Hugh; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian; Deleuran, Bent Winding

    1998-01-01

    In order to investigate whether soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and soluble interleukin-2 receptors (sIL-2R) were present in scleroderma skin, and to compare their levels to concentrations measured in plasma and clinical parameters, we examined suction blister fluid and plasma...... from 13 patients with systemic sclerosis and 11 healthy volunteers. Suction blisters and biopsies were from the transition zone between normal skin and scleroderma, and uninvolved abdominal skin. The levels of sICAM-1 and sIL-2R were significantly increased in both plasma and suction blister fluid from...... systemic sclerosis patients compared with healthy volunteers. ICAM-1 was localized to vessels and perivascular mononuclear infiltrates by immunohistochemical methods. IL-2R was expressed by CD3-positive cells. The elevated levels of sICAM-1 and sIL-2R in suction blister fluid point towards activation of...

  18. Angina bullosa hemorrhagica: report of 11 cases

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    Julieta Ruiz Beguerie

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Angina bullosa hemorrhagica is a rare and benign disorder, usually localized in the subepithelial layer of the oral, pharyngeal and esophageal mucosa. The lesions are characterized by their sudden onset. They appear as a painless, tense, dark red and blood-filled blister in the mouth that rapidly expand and rupture spontaneously in 24-48 hours. The underlying etiopathology remains ill defined, although it may be a multifactorial phenomenon including diabetes, and steroid inhalers. The condition is not attributable to blood dyscrasias, nor other vesicular-bullous disorders. In this study, eleven patients with such blisters are described. Physical examination of the patients revealed a single blister with hemorrhagic content localized in the oral mucosa. Biopsy of the lesions showed sub epithelial blisters with a mild infiltrate. In general practice, dermatologists could face a blood-filled bullous lesion of the oral mucosa. Recognition is, therefore, of great importance for dermatologists.

  19. Effect of crystal orientation on low flux helium and hydrogen ion irradiation in polycrystalline tungsten

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    Liu, Fangshu [Department of Physics, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); School of Material Engineering, Panzhihua University, Panzhihua 617000 (China); Ren, Haitao; Peng, Shixiang [State Key Laboratory of Nuclear Physics and Technology, Institute of Heavy Ion Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhu, Kaigui, E-mail: kgzhu@buaa.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2014-08-15

    Blistering behavior in polycrystalline tungsten is investigated under low flux helium and hydrogen ion irradiation. Subsequent to irradiation, the grain orientations near (0 1 1), (1 0 1) and (1 1 1) planes on the surface are analyzed by SEM and EBSD. It is found that blister density is the greatest on the grain orientation near (1 1 1) plane, and the smallest on the grain orientation near (0 0 1) plane. Experiments suggest that blistering degree highly depends upon the grain orientation, blisters are easily formed on the grain orientation near (1 1 1) plane, and medium on the grain orientation near (1 0 1) plane, and the most rare on the grain orientation near (0 1 1) plane. The surface resistant orientation of tungsten is orientation near (0 0 1) plane. The atom binding energy in the crystal plane in combination with the channeling effect of adjacent crystal planes may play an important role for the difference of the surface morphology.

  20. Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa

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    Yesudia P; Krishnan SGS; Jayaraman M; Janaki V; Yesudian Patrick

    2000-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa is a recently described variant of epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica. It is characterised by pruritic nodular prurigo like lesions, milia and with a histopathology of a subepidermal blister. We report 3 cases of this new variant.

  1. Epidermolysis Bullosa with Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis in a Newborn

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    Mahdi Ben Dhaou; Saloua Ammar; Hamdi Louati; Hayet Zitouni; Mohamed Jallouli; Riadh Mhiri

    2015-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is an inherited blistering disorder characterized by the fragility of the skin and mucous membranes. Extracutaneous manifestations can be associated. We report a unique concomitant occurrence of EB and hypertrophic pyloric stenosis in a newborn.

  2. Genital sores - male

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    Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals ... A common cause of male genital sores are infections that are spread through sexual contact, such as: Genital herpes (small, painful blisters filled with clear ...

  3. Failure behavior of protective organic coatings under corrosive conditions

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    ZHANG Xian-cheng; XU Bin-shi; WANG Hai-dou; WU Yi-xiong

    2004-01-01

    Recent research activities on the formation of micro-defects and porosity in organic coatings were reviewed. The mechanisms of aggressive ionic conduction through organic coatings were analyzed. The micro-mechanisms for the failure behavior of coatings under corrosive environments were discussed in detail. These mechanisms included blistering (i. e. osmotic blistering, anodic blistering and cathodic blistering) in the coating, wet-adhesion loss at the substrate/coating interface, cathodic delamination of coating from the substrate. Based on these researches, it was found that the failure behavior of organic coatings is closely related to the micro-defects in coatings, regardless of the failure mode. Additionally, the general failure mode of a coating system was proposed to interpret the failure behavior of organic in corrosion environments. The topics discussed can provide some insights into the development of a methodology for designing fail-safe coating systems.

  4. Diabetic Neuropathy (Beyond the Basics)

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    ... lipoic acid — Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an antioxidant medication. Several short-term trials showed that it ... find any: Redness Cuts or cracks in the skin Blisters Swelling Graphic 77032 Version 3.0 Shoe ...

  5. Chickenpox

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    Varicella; Chicken pox ... from a chickenpox blister If someone with the disease coughs or sneezes near you Most cases of ... occur in children younger than age 10. The disease is most often mild, although serious complications may ...

  6. Partial genome sequence of currant latent virus, a new chera-like virus related to Apple latent spherical virus

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    Petrzik, Karel; Přibylová, Jaroslava; Špak, Josef; Havelka, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 81, č. 2 (2015), s. 142-145. ISSN 1345-2630 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Picornaviridae * Red currant blister aphid * Ribes Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 0.966, year: 2014

  7. Cold Sores (Orofacial Herpes)

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    ... rash and rashes clinical tools newsletter | contact Share | Cold Sores (Orofacial Herpes) Information for adults A A ... face, known as orofacial herpes simplex, herpes labialis, cold sores, or fever blisters, is a common, recurrent ...

  8. Coping with Cold Sores

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    ... Here's Help White House Lunch Recipes Coping With Cold Sores KidsHealth > For Kids > Coping With Cold Sores ... sore." What's that? Adam wondered. What Is a Cold Sore? Cold sores are small blisters that is ...

  9. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... a bout of shingles, a skin disease that causes blisters and pain. Dr. Marques: Shingles appears as ... the resolution of the disease. Announcer: Shingles can cause great discomfort and disruption in a person's life. ...

  10. Impetigo: A Common Skin Infection among Children

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    ... rashes consist of red spots or blisters that rupture, discharge and become encrusted. People with impetigo should ... can be easily treated. The most important way parents can prevent impetigo is by keeping their child’s ...

  11. Mastocytosis, diffuse cutaneous (image)

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    This is a picture of diffuse, cutaneous mastocytosis. Abnormal collections of cells in the skin (mast cells) produce this rash. Unlike bullous mastocytosis, rubbing will not lead to formation of blisters ( ...

  12. Thermodynamic model of hydrogen-induced silicon surface layer cleavage

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    A thermodynamic model of hydrogen-induced silicon surface layer splitting with the help of a bonded silicon wafer is proposed in this article. Wafer splitting is the result of lateral growth of hydrogen blisters in the entire hydrogen-implanted region during annealing. The blister growth rate depends on the effective activation energies of both hydrogen complex dissociation and hydrogen diffusion. The hydrogen blister radius was studied as a function of annealing time, annealing temperature, and implantation dose. The critical radius was obtained according to the Griffith energy condition. The time required for wafer splitting at the cut temperature was calculated in accordance with the growth of hydrogen blisters. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics

  13. Dielectric Coating Thermal Stabilization During GaAs-Based Laser Fabrication for Improved Device Yield

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    Connors, Michael K.; Millsapp, Jamal E.; Turner, George W.

    2016-03-01

    The quality and yield of GaAs-based ridge waveguide devices fabricated at MIT Lincoln Laboratory were negatively impacted by the random lot-to-lot appearance of blisters in the front-side contact metal. The blisters signaled compromised adhesion between the front-side contact metal, underlying SiO2 dielectric coating, and semiconductor surface. A thermal-anneal procedure developed for the fabrication of GaAs slab coupled optical waveguide (SCOW) ridge waveguide devices stabilizes the SiO2 dielectric coating by means of outgassing and stress reduction. This process eliminates a primary source of adhesion loss, as well as blister generation, and thereby significantly improves device yield. Stoney's equation was used to analyze stress-induced bow in device wafers fabricated using this stabilization procedure. This analysis suggests that changes in wafer bow contribute to the incidence of metal blisters in SCOW devices.

  14. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... reach 80, 50% of Americans will have had a bout of shingles, a skin disease that causes blisters and pain. Dr. Marques: Shingles appears as a rash and usually starts with red dots ...

  15. Sunburn

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    ... peel away the top part of the blisters. Creams with vitamins C and E may help limit damage to skin cells. Over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen or ... creams may help reduce the inflammation. Loose cotton clothing ...

  16. The Nonlinear Structure of the Desmoplakin Plakin Domain and the Effects of Cardiomyopathy-Linked Mutations

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    C. Al-Jassar; T. Knowles; M. Jeeves; K. Kami; E. Behr; H. Bikker; M. Overduin; M. Chidgey

    2011-01-01

    Desmoplakin is a cytoplasmic desmosomal protein that plays a vital role in normal intercellular adhesion. Mutations in desmoplakin can result in devastating skin blistering diseases and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disorder associated with ventricular arrhythmias,

  17. Bug bites and stings: When to see a dermatologist

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    Full Text Available ... hair, and nail care Skin care Hair care / hair loss Injured skin Nail care Younger skin Kids’ zone ... hair, and nail care Skin care Hair care / hair loss Injured skin Blisters Bug bites and stings Frostbite ...

  18. Norfloxacin

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    ... norfloxacin; other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  19. Levofloxacin Injection

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    ... any other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  20. Levofloxacin

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    ... any other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  1. Ofloxacin

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    ... ofloxacin; other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the United ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  2. Moxifloxacin Injection

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    ... moxifloxacin, other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  3. Moxifloxacin

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    ... moxifloxacin, other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  4. Gemifloxacin

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    ... any other quinolone or fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), gatifloxacin (Tequin) (not available in the U.S.), ... your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  5. Radiation damage studies in fusion reactor materials. Part of a coordinated programme on energetic particle interactions with materials of importance for fusion reactors

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    This paper constitutes the final report (IAEA Research Contract No. 1882/RB) on Radiation Damage Studies in Fusion Reactor Materials (Sputtering and Blistering) performed at the Research Centre of Bhabha, India

  6. Saccharomyces boulardii

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    ... bowel syndrome. Some people use Saccharomyces boulardii for lactose intolerance, urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginal yeast infections, high ... cholesterol. Lyme disease. Hives. Fever blisters. Canker sores. Lactose intolerance. Other conditions. More evidence is needed to rate ...

  7. Proposal for a Coordinated Research Project: Prediction of Axial and Radial Creep in Pressure Tubes

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    Participation of Argentina: • hydrogen charge of 90 samples for hydrogen determination: IGF, HVEMS, DSC, Resistivity, DTA; • 17 samples for non destructive techniques; • 6 blisters in CANDU pressure tube sections for NDT evaluation

  8. Ciprofloxacin Injection

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    ... described in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, stop using ciprofloxacin injection and call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help: rash hives itching peeling or blistering of the skin ...

  9. Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)

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    ... Pennsaid, Voltaren) may cause swelling, ulcers, bleeding, or holes in the stomach or intestine. These problems may ... right part of the stomach flu-like symptoms dark-colored urine rash blisters on skin fever pale ...

  10. Diclofenac Transdermal Patch

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    ... transdermal diclofenac may cause swelling, ulcers, bleeding, or holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems may ... right part of the stomach flu-like symptoms dark-colored urine rash blisters on skin fever pale ...

  11. Human autoantibodies against desmosomes: possible causative factors in pemphigus.

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    Jones, J. C.; Arnn, J; Staehelin, L A; Goldman, R D

    1984-01-01

    Pemphigus is a human disease that causes extensive blistering of the skin. This blistering is related to a loss of epidermal cell cohesion and is accompanied by circulating autoantibodies that stain epidermal cell surfaces, as shown by immunofluorescence microscopy. One of the major components involved in epidermal cell cohesion is the desmosome. The pathological changes that accompany pemphigus led us to determine whether the autoantibodies are specific for desmosomes. Incubation of cultured...

  12. Simulation of neutron irradiation damage in Al-A5 alloy by ion implantation

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    Ion implantation was used to simulate neutron irradiation damage in Al-A5 alloys. The damage was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. H+ and He+ ions were implanted up to a dose of 2x104 microcuri. It was found, that H+ ions caused the appearacnce of blisters and holes on the surface. The density of the blisters and holes is a function of implanted dose. The He+ ions caused sputtering of surface via flanking. (author)

  13. Kindler syndrome: report of two cases Síndrome de Kindler: relato de dois casos

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    Luciana Mendes; Lisiane Nogueira; Virginia Vilasboas; Carolina Talhari; Sinésio Talhari; Mônica Santos

    2012-01-01

    Kindler syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive genodermatosis characterized by trauma-induced blisters, progressive poikiloderma and varying degrees of photosensitivity. In 2003, loss-of-function mutations were identified in the gene KIND1 mapped to chromosome 20p12.3. In this paper, we report Kindler syndrome in two children born to consanguineous parents presenting acral blistering, photosensitivity, poikiloderma, cutaneous atrophy and periodontitis.A síndrome de Kindler é uma genodermatose...

  14. Prevalence of pemphigus and pemphigoid autoantibodies in the general population

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    Prüßmann, Wiebke; Prüßmann, Jasper; Koga, Hiroshi; Recke, Andreas; Iwata, Hiroaki; Juhl, David; Görg, Siegfried; Henschler, Reinhard; HASHIMOTO, TAKASHI; Schmidt, Enno; Zillikens, Detlef; Ibrahim, Saleh M.; Ludwig, Ralf J

    2015-01-01

    Background Mucocutaneous blistering is characteristic of autoimmune bullous dermatoses (AIBD). Blisters are caused by autoantibodies directed against structural components of the skin. Hence, detection of specific autoantibodies has become a hallmark for AIBD diagnosis. Studies on prevalence of AIBD autoantibodies in healthy individuals yielded contradictory results. Methods To clarify this, samples from 7063 blood donors were tested for presence of anti-BP180-NC16A, anti-BP230 and anti-Dsg1/...

  15. Kindler syndrome

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    Kaviarasan P; Prasad P; Shradda; Viswanathan P

    2005-01-01

    Kindler syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disorder associated with skin fragility. It is characterized by blistering in infancy, photosensitivity and progressive poikiloderma. The syndrome involves the skin and mucous membrane with radiological changes. The genetic defect has been identified on the short arm of chromosome 20. This report describes an 18-year-old patient with classical features like blistering and photosensitivity in childhood and the subsequent development of poikiloderm...

  16. The value of the pragmatic-explanatory continuum indicator summary wheel in an ongoing study: the bullous pemphigoid steroids and tetracyclines study

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    Bratton Daniel J; Nunn Andrew J; Wojnarowska Fenella; Kirtschig Gudula; Sandell Anna; Williams Hywel C

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background The Pragmatic-Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary (PRECIS) tool is intended to be used in the design phase of trials to help investigative teams design trials in-line with their purpose. Our team applied this tool to an ongoing trial (BLISTER) to determine whether the initial suggestion among some team members that the trial could be described as largely pragmatic was the consensus. Methods Each of the six members of the BLISTER trial team was sent a blank PRECIS wheel...

  17. [Scarring linear IgA dermatosis in the adult].

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    Kurz, K; Mahrle, G

    1986-10-15

    A 54-year-old woman had a six-months history of a scarring blistering disease with clinical signs of dermatitis herpetiformis and bullous pemphigoid. Direct immunofluorescence examination showed homogeneously linear deposits of IgA along the dermo-epidermal junction. Electron microscopic studies revealed blistering above and beneath the lamina densa. Referring to this new case of a scarring linear IgA disease we discuss some other forms of scarring bullous diseases in adults. PMID:3541412

  18. Protease inhibitors prevent plasminogen-mediated, but not pemphigus vulgaris-induced, acantholysis in human epidermis

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    Schuh, T.; Besch, R; Braungart, E.; Flaig, M. J.; Douwes, K.; Sander, C. A.; Magdolen, V; Probst, C.; Wosikowski, K.; Degitz, K.

    2003-01-01

    Pemphigus is an autoimmune blistering disease of the skin and mucous membranes. It is caused by autoantibodies directed against desmosomes, which are the principal adhesion structures between epidermal keratinocytes. Binding of autoantibodies leads to the destruction of desmosomes resulting in the loss of cell-cell adhesion (acantholysis) and epidermal blisters. The plasminogen activator system has been implicated as a proteolytic effector in pemphigus. We have tested inhibitors of the plasmi...

  19. Bullous Mastocytosis Mimicking Congenital Epidermolysis Bullosa

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    Salas-Alanis, Julio Cesar; Rosales-Mendoza, Cesar Eduardo; Ocampo-Candiani, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    A 2-month-old female infant was referred to DebRA Mexico from the Regional Children's Hospital because of a generalized dermatosis from birth characterized by multiple blisters and erosions on the trunk, face and limbs, associated with minor trauma. A skin biopsy showing subepidermal blisters associated with a dermal infiltrate of Giemsa-positive cells and CD117-positive antibody was consistent with the diagnosis of bullous mastocytosis. Treatment with oral antihistamines, topical steroids, a...

  20. CLINICAL MANAGEMENT FOR EPIDERMOLYSIS BULLOSA DYSTROPHICA

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    Oliveira, Thais M.; Sakai, Vivien T.; Candido, Liliani A.; SILVA, SALETE M. B.; Machado, Maria Aparecida A. M.

    2008-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) consists of a group of genetic hereditary disorders in which patients frequently present fragile skin and mucosa that form blisters following minor trauma. More than 20 subtypes of EB have been recognized in the literature. Specific genetic mutations are well characterized for most the different EB subtypes and variants. The most common oral manifestations of EB are painful blisters affecting all the oral surfaces. Dental treatment for patients with EB consists of p...

  1. The Use of Cultured Allogenic Keratinocyte Grafting in a Patient with Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex

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    Shin, Kee Cheol; Park, Bo Young; Kim, Han Koo; Kim, Woo Seob; Bae, Tae Hui

    2011-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a rare genetic disease that is known for continuous skin blistering caused by minor trauma. The skin blisters and bullae that develop often cause skin defects. There is no definitive treatment for EB, only symptomatic relief. We report our experience with cultured allogenic keratinocyte grafting in a newborn patient with EB simplex who had unhealed raw surfaces and was not a skin grafting candidate. The skin lesions of the patient were covered with cultured allog...

  2. Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa - Report of three cases

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    Sengupta Sujata; Gangopadhyay Asok; Das Jayanta

    2005-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa, a genetic mechanobullous disease, is characterized by pruritus, lichenified or nodular prurigo-like lesions, occasional trauma-induced blistering, excoriations, milia, nail dystrophy and albopapuloid lesions, appearing at birth or later. Scarring and prurigo are most prominent on the shins. Treatment is unsatisfactory. We report three such cases: two of them first cousins, are described with history of blisters since childhood, followed by intensely pruritic...

  3. Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa: a review

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    Shinkuma S

    2015-01-01

    Satoru Shinkuma Department of Dermatology, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan Abstract: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is a rare inherited blistering disorder caused by mutations in the COL7A1 gene encoding type VII collagen. The deficiency and/or dysfunction of type VII collagen leads to subepidermal blistering immediately below the lamina densa, resulting in mucocutaneous fragility and disease complications such as intractable ulcers, extensive scarring, maln...

  4. Efficient KRT14 Targeting and Functional Characterization of Transplanted Human Keratinocytes for the Treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex

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    Petek, Lisa M; Fleckman, Philip; Miller, Daniel G.

    2010-01-01

    Inherited skin blistering conditions collectively named epidermolysis bullosa (EB) cause significant morbidity and mortality due to the compromise of the skin's barrier function, the pain of blisters, inflammation, and in some cases scaring and cancer. The simplex form of EB is usually caused by dominantly inherited mutations in KRT5 or KRT14. These mutations result in the production of proteins with dominant-negative activity that disrupt polymerization of intermediate filaments in the basal...

  5. Treatment of subepidermal immunobullous diseases

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    Culton, Donna A.; Diaz, Luis A.

    2012-01-01

    The subepidermal immunobullous diseases are a group of autoimmune blistering disorders of the skin and mucous membranes that share the common features of autoantibody deposition and blister formation at the dermal-epidermal junction or basement membrane. This group includes bullous pemphigoid, linear IgA disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, among others. Although these disorders share some common features, each disease is unique in its clinical presentation,...

  6. Oral Manifestations and Dental Management of Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex

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    Scheidt, Lisa; Sanabe, Mariane Emi; Diniz, Michele Baffi

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of hereditary chronic disorders, characterized by fragility of the skin and mucous membranes in response to minor mechanical trauma. The objective of this study was to report the case of a young girl diagnosed with epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS), transmitted by an autosomal dominant gene. Cutaneous findings included blisters and dystrophy following minimal friction. Recurrent blisters and vesicle formation on the hard palate were the main or...

  7. Viability and susceptibility of propagation material from coffee plants to Colletotrichum sp.

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    Cláudio Ogoshi; Felipe Augusto Moretti Ferreira Pinto; Helon Santos Neto; Bruno Marques da Silva; Mário Sobral de Abreu; Mario Lúcio Vilela Resende

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to verify the viability of propagation material from coffee plants descended from germplasm susceptible to blister spot disease as well as its susceptibility to Colletotrichum sp. relative to commercial coffee cultivars. In the first experiment, fruits were harvested from plants with and without symptoms of blister spot and sowed in trays containing a commercial sterilized substrate. The percentages of germinated seeds, viable plantlets and seedlings were evaluated. In diseas...

  8. Understanding effective management of postoperative wounds

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    Ousey, Karen; Roberts, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Acute surgical wounds generally heal with no problems. However, some wounds blister around the periwound area and surgical site infection postoperatively, partly due to inappropriate choice of wound dressing. These complications can cause pain, discomfort, persistent wound leakage, and possible risk of surgical site infection (Jester et al, 2000; Bhattacharyya et al, 2005; Cosker et al, 2005). Postoperative blistering and infection have been identified as the main problems in hip and knee rep...

  9. Efficacy of combined therapy with tetracycline and nicotinamide for bullous pemphigoid Skuteczność tetracykliny i nikotynamidu w leczeniu pemfigoidu pęcherzowego

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    Monika Kałowska; Beata Jakubowska; Katarzyna Woźniak

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a blistering skin disease which usually affects older individuals, who infrequently have different medical problems. Aim of the study: Evaluation of the efficacy of tetracycline 1.5 g/d with nicotynamide 0.6 g/d and topical 0.05% clobetasol cream in four female patients with bullous pemphigoid. Results: In all four female patients cessation of blister and urticarial lesion formation was noticed within 7-12 days, whereas reepithelization finished within...

  10. Coexisting Morphea and Bullous Lichen Sclerosus Et Atrophicus: A Case Report

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    Nurcan Metin; Mahizer Yaldız; Teoman Erdem; Şahin Erdem

    2015-01-01

    Morphea and lichen skleroatrofikans (LSA)are localized fibrosing diseases characterized by well-defined fibrotic plaques. Blisters rarely occur on morphea plaque, and these blisters are mostly considered as bullous morphea which is a rare type of morphea. The cases of bullous LSA growing on plaque morphea are rarer. In this case report, we presented a patient has bullous lesions compatible with of lichen skleroatrofikans clinically and histopathologically on morphea lesions, to draw attention...

  11. Patterned PPy Polymer and PPy/Ag Nanocomposites Thin Films by Photo-DLICVD

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    Manole, Claudiu Constantin; Maury, Francis; Demetrescu, Ioana

    2013-01-01

    This work deals with the deposition of both undoped (insulator) and extrinsically Ag-doped (conductive) polypyrrole (PPy) coatings by an original Photo-DLICVD process. The uniform and conformal coverage of PPy thin films on both Si(100) wafer and liquid micro-droplets forming blisters is investigated. A self-ordered surface patterning of the blisters is achieved and discussed in relation with the substrate nature. By changing the precursor chemistry in this CVD process, conductive PPy/Ag nano...

  12. Effects of temperature on surface modification of W exposed to He particles

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    Li, C. [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Greuner, H. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Boltzmannstr. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Yuan, Y. [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Luo, G.N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Böswirth, B. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Boltzmannstr. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Fu, B.Q.; Xu, H.Y.; Jia, Y.Z. [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, W., E-mail: liuw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Blisters were observed on W surface under He beam heating at ∼950 °C. • He-induced blistering shows a clear grain orientation dependence. • An evolution to a coral-like structure was observed under loading at ∼2700 °C. • A texture with 〈0 0 1〉 parallel to the surface normal direction will be beneficial. - Abstract: The effect of combined heating and helium particle flux on annealed tungsten samples has been studied in the neutral beam facility GLADIS. He beams with power densities of 2.4 MW/m{sup 2} and 9.5 MW/m{sup 2} were used to adiabatically load the samples to peak surface temperatures from ∼950 °C (1223 K) to ∼2700 °C (2973 K). Changes in the surface morphology resulting from combined heat and the flux exposure were studied for He fluences up to 3 × 10{sup 22}/m{sup 2}. Typical structures for the sample loaded at ∼950 °C (1223 K) were blisters with a clear grain orientation dependence and the largest blisters formed on grains with 〈0 0 1〉 surface normal. However at higher temperatures, blistering was more easily suppressed for grains near this orientation because the growth of larger blister takes place more slowly. An evolution from a “porous structure” to a “coral-like structure” with increasing fluence was observed on the samples loaded at the highest temperature. Based on these results mechanisms for surface modification at different temperatures are discussed and a texture with 〈0 0 1〉 parallel to the normal direction of the grains is suggested to optimize the plasma facing material due to their stronger resistance to early stage blistering.

  13. An ecosystem-scale model for the spread of a host-specific forest pathogen in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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    Hatala, J.A.; Dietze, M.C.; Crabtree, R.L.; Kendall, K.; Six, D.; Moorcroft, P.R.

    2011-01-01

    The introduction of nonnative pathogens is altering the scale, magnitude, and persistence of forest disturbance regimes in the western United States. In the high-altitude whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) is an introduced fungal pathogen that is now the principal cause of tree mortality in many locations. Although blister rust eradication has failed in the past, there is nonetheless substantial interest in monitoring the disease and its rate of progression in order to predict the future impact of forest disturbances within this critical ecosystem. This study integrates data from five different field-monitoring campaigns from 1968 to 2008 to create a blister rust infection model for sites located throughout the GYE. Our model parameterizes the past rates of blister rust spread in order to project its future impact on highaltitude whitebark pine forests. Because the process of blister rust infection and mortality of individuals occurs over the time frame of many years, the model in this paper operates on a yearly time step and defines a series of whitebark pine infection classes: susceptible, slightly infected, moderately infected, and dead. In our analysis, we evaluate four different infection models that compare local vs. global density dependence on the dynamics of blister rust infection. We compare models in which blister rust infection is: (1) independent of the density of infected trees, (2) locally density-dependent, (3) locally density-dependent with a static global infection rate among all sites, and (4) both locally and globally density-dependent. Model evaluation through the predictive loss criterion for Bayesian analysis supports the model that is both locally and globally density-dependent. Using this best-fit model, we predicted the average residence times for the four stages of blister rust infection in our model, and we found that, on average, whitebark

  14. Is it lucio phenomenon or necrotic erythema nodosum leprosum?

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    PSS Ranugha

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Lucio phenomenon (LP or erythema necroticans is a relatively rare, peculiar reaction pattern occurring in untreated lepromatous (LL or borderline lepromatous (BL leprosy cases. A 38-year-old male, a cook by occupation, was referred to the dermatology clinic from otolaryngology department with blistering over both the hands and feet of 2 days duration. He had been admitted 1 week back with epistaxis and nasopharyngeal myiasis in otolaryngology department. He was started on systemic antibiotics gentamycin, crystalline penicillin, and metronidazole with nasal instillation of turpentine oil 2 drops 6 times a day. Two days later, he had developed edema with painless hemorrhagic blistering over the dorsum of left hand followed by involvement of the right hand, dorsa of both feet, and both the earlobes within a day. Histopathology of the blister showed sub-epidermal blister, with necrotizing leukocytoclastic vasculitis of papillary dermal vessels with thrombosis, numerous acid-fast bacilli in macrophages, and macrophage granulomas extending up to subcutis. In view of the absent fever or constitutional symptoms, and the classical angular infarcts and hemorrhagic blisters evolving into ulcers with angulated margins, we considered LP as the most likely diagnosis. The patient was started on a combination of WHO recommended multibacillary anti-leprosy therapy and prednisolone (40 mg/day.

  15. Surface and internal microstructure damage of He-ion-irradiated CLAM steel studied by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy

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    Good understanding of blistering and embrittlement mechanism depends on good investigation of surface and internal microstructure damage of gas-ion-irradiated materials. Internal and surface microstructure of He+ ion irradiated CLAM steel were examined by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy combining focused ion beam. Variation of helium bubble density and size distribution versus depth in CLAM steel after high dose helium irradiation at room temperature was investigated. The average size of helium bubble increased within 100–400 nm but decreased near the non-irradiated matrix with the increase of depth, while the density followed a reverse trend. The formation and growth mechanism of helium bubble is different at different irradiation depth. The formation of a zone of large bubbles under the surface is the main reason of surface blistering and flaking. Helium induced irradiation swelling and surface blistering at low temperature were also discussed. - Highlights: • Microstructure of helium irradiated CLAM steel was investigated by FIB and TEM. • The nucleation of helium bubble was controlled by both different mechanisms. • The substructure of surface blisters has been analyzed in detail by XTEM. • Helium induced surface blistering and irradiation swelling have been discussed

  16. Surface and internal microstructure damage of He-ion-irradiated CLAM steel studied by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy

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    Liu, P.P. [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhan, Q., E-mail: qzhan@mater.ustb.edu.cn [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Fu, Z.Y.; Wei, Y.P. [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, Y.M. [Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Wang, F.M. [School of Metallurgical and Ecological Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Ohnuki, S. [Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Wan, F.R. [School of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Good understanding of blistering and embrittlement mechanism depends on good investigation of surface and internal microstructure damage of gas-ion-irradiated materials. Internal and surface microstructure of He{sup +} ion irradiated CLAM steel were examined by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy combining focused ion beam. Variation of helium bubble density and size distribution versus depth in CLAM steel after high dose helium irradiation at room temperature was investigated. The average size of helium bubble increased within 100–400 nm but decreased near the non-irradiated matrix with the increase of depth, while the density followed a reverse trend. The formation and growth mechanism of helium bubble is different at different irradiation depth. The formation of a zone of large bubbles under the surface is the main reason of surface blistering and flaking. Helium induced irradiation swelling and surface blistering at low temperature were also discussed. - Highlights: • Microstructure of helium irradiated CLAM steel was investigated by FIB and TEM. • The nucleation of helium bubble was controlled by both different mechanisms. • The substructure of surface blisters has been analyzed in detail by XTEM. • Helium induced surface blistering and irradiation swelling have been discussed.

  17. Application of clean laser transfer for porphyrin micropatterning

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    Blister-based laser-induced forward transfer is proposed as a promising tool for clean, cold and liquid-free local transfer of various organic substances. The feature of the given technique is non-destructive local deformation of an absorbing metal film on a transparent support avoiding the metal sputtering. Application of the blister-based laser transfer of a Langmuir film to fabricate mesotetraphenylporphyrin micropatterns on a silica substrate has been demonstrated. The metal film thickness is found to be a key parameter, which determines the laser fluence range allowing the clean transfer, predominant mechanism of the blister formation and laser-induced heating of the transferred material. According to the numerical modelling confirmed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, the target with 1.5 μm thick titanium film provides negligible heating of the porphyrin transferred by 5 ns laser pulses.

  18. Diagnosis and classification of pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid.

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    Kershenovich, Ruben; Hodak, Emmilia; Mimouni, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid represent the two major groups of autoimmune blistering diseases. Pemphigus has three major variants: pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceus and paraneoplastic pemphigus and is characterized by autoantibodies directed against the cell surface of keratinocytes, producing acantholysis that in turn leads to intraepithelial blisters in the skin and/or mucous membranes. In bullous pemphigoid, the autoantibodies are present at the dermo-epidermal junction and attack the hemidesmosomes, causing subepidermal blister formation. The classification of the major variants of both the pemphigus group and bullous pemphigoid can be based on the combination of clinical, histopathological and immunopathological criteria. Many tools are available for the diagnosis of these entities including biopsy, direct and indirect immunofluorescence, immunoprecipitation, immunoblotting and ELISA. However, currently there are no generally accepted criteria for the diagnosis of these disorders. The present review provides a proposal for diagnostic criteria. PMID:24424192

  19. Thermodynamic Study on Process in Copper Converters (The Copper-making Stage)

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    2000-01-01

    Theoretical calculations were based on thermodynamic equilibrium in the multi-component and multi-phase system with heat and mass balance as well as the oxygen efficiency to take account for the effects of process kinetics. The variations of temperature, mass fractions of dissolved oxygen and sulfur in blister copper, partial pressures for O2, S2, SO2 in gas phase for the copper-making stage were calculated. The model predicted temperature, time of blowing as well as mass of the blister copper at end points for 6 heats showed a fairly good agreements with corresponding plant data. The calculated content of 0.065% and content of 0.87% in blister copper were both at reasonable levels. Compared with the so called Goto model, the present model has very much improved process description of copper-making stage as well as the prediction of end points for a copper converter by introducing the oxygen efficiency.

  20. Effect of smoking, abstention, and nicotine patch on epidermal healing and collagenase in skin transudate

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    Sørensen, Lars Tue; Zillmer, Rikke; Agren, Magnus; Ladelund, Steen; Karlsmark, Tonny; Gottrup, Finn

    2009-01-01

    Delayed wound healing may explain postoperative tissue and wound dehiscence in smokers, but the effects of smoking and smoking cessation on the cellular mechanisms remain unclear. Suction blisters were raised in 48 smokers and 30 never smokers. The fluid was retrieved and the epidermal roof was...... in 6 never smokers. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-8 and MMP-1 levels in suction blister fluid were assessed by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Random-effects models for repeated measurements were applied and p< or =0.05 was considered significant. One week after wounding the TEWL was 17.20 (14...... of abstinence from smoking does not restore epidermal healing, whereas 4 weeks of abstinence normalizes suction blister MMP-8 levels. These findings suggest sustained impaired wound healing in smokers and potential reversibility of extracellular matrix degradation....

  1. In vivo UVB irradiation induces clustering of Fas (CD95) on human epidermal cells

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    Bang, Bo; Gniadecki, Robert; Larsen, Jørgen K; Baadsgaard, Ole; Skov, Lone

    2003-01-01

    single dose of UVB irradiation. Normal healthy individuals were irradiated with three minimal erythema doses (MED) of UVB on forearm or buttock skin. Suction blisters from unirradiated and irradiated skin were raised, and Fas, FasL, and apoptosis of epidermal cells quantified by flow cytometry....... Clustering of Fas was from skin biopsied. Soluble FasL in suction blister fluid was quantified by ELISA. Flow cytometric analysis demonstrated increased expression intensity of Fas after irradiation, with 1.6-,2.2- and 2.7-fold increased median expression at 24, 48 and 72 h after irradiation, respectively (n...... of soluble FasL in suction blister fluid from UVB-irradiated skin did not differ from those in unirradiated skin (n=5). Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed a rapid clustering of Fas within 30 min after irradiation. A simultaneous clustering of the adapter signalling protein FADD suggested that...

  2. Alternative Use of an Oral Endotracheal Tube Fastener in a Patient with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa.

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    Mummert, Lauren; Jones, James; Christopher, John

    2015-10-01

    This case report describes the alternative use of an oral endotracheal tube fastener in a pediatric patient with junctional epidermolysis bullosa. The patient underwent dental treatment in the operating room under general anesthesia and had a medical history of junctional epidermolysis bullosa, prior secondary anemia, clubbed feet, and past methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection secondary to blistering. The oral endotracheal tube fastener was used in a nontraditional manner to avoid contact of the oral tube and tape with the epidermis and thus prevent blistering. Lubricated gauze was applied to the patient's eyes for protection, and lubricant was applied to the lips and perioral skin before intubation and during dental treatment. Postoperatively the patient exhibited minimal blistering secondary to intubation and dental treatment. PMID:26638453

  3. Some recent observations on the radiation behavior of uranium silicide dispersion fuel

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    Hofman, G.L.

    1988-01-01

    Addition of B{sub 4}C burnable poison results in higher plate swelling in both U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} and U{sub 3}Si-Al dispersion fuel plates and also decreases the blister threshold temperature of these plates. Prolonged annealing of U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}-Al fuel plates produced no blister after 696 hours at 400{degrees}C. Blister formation started between 257 hours and 327 hours at 425{degrees}C and between 115 hours and 210 hours at 450{degrees}C. Operation with breached cladding resulted in pillowing of an U{sub 3}Si-Al fuel plate due to reaction of the fuel core with coolant water. 4 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Surface modifications of W divertor components for EAST during exposure to high heat loads with He

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    Li, C., E-mail: lichun10@mails.tsinghua.edu.cn [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Greuner, H. [Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Boltzmannstr. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Yuan, Y. [School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhao, S.X.; Luo, G.N. [Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); Böswirth, B. [Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Boltzmannstr. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Fu, B.Q.; Jia, Y.Z. [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, X. [Southwestern Institute of Physics, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041 (China); Liu, W., E-mail: liuw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Flat-type W/Cu plasma-facing components have been developed for the new generation divertor of the Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak. Surface modifications of such actively water-cooled W components following short and long pulse high heat loading coupled with He particle loads with fluence of 3 × 10{sup 22} m{sup −2} have been investigated. An adiabatically loaded W block was investigated as a comparison and exposed to short pulse loads. Blistering was observed on all sample surfaces, but was less pronounced on the components than on the W block, due to the significant lower surface temperature caused by active cooling. For components, longer pulse loads gave rise to a rougher surface. Furthermore, most blisters on components are found to be less than 1 μm in diameter, with just a very few blisters larger than 1 μm, observed only in some near 〈1 1 1〉 grains.

  5. Surface mechanical attrition treatment of tungsten and its behavior under low energy deuterium plasma implantation relevant to ITER divertor conditions

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    In the light of a foreseen application for tungsten (W) as an ITER divertor material samples have been plastically deformed by a surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) and by cold rolling. The resistance to blister formation by low energy deuterium implantation in these samples has been examined, with the result that the structure is significantly improved as the structural scale is reduced to the nanometer range in the SMAT sample. The distribution of blisters in this sample is however bimodal, due to the formation of several very large blisters, which are heterogeneously distributed. The observations suggest that process optimization must be a next step in the development with a view to the application of plastically deformed W in a fusion reactor. (Author)

  6. Surface mechanical attrition treatment of tungsten and its behavior under low energy deuterium plasma implantation relevant to ITER divertor conditions

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    Xu, H.Y.; Yuan, Y.; Fu, B.Q.; Godfrey, A.; Liu, W. [Tsinghua Univ.. Lab. of Advanced Materials, Beijing (China); Zhang, Y.B. [Technical Univ. og Denmark. DTU Risoe Campus, Roskilde (Denmark); Tao, N.R. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang (China)

    2012-11-01

    In the light of a foreseen application for tungsten (W) as an ITER divertor material samples have been plastically deformed by a surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) and by cold rolling. The resistance to blister formation by low energy deuterium implantation in these samples has been examined, with the result that the structure is significantly improved as the structural scale is reduced to the nanometer range in the SMAT sample. The distribution of blisters in this sample is however bimodal, due to the formation of several very large blisters, which are heterogeneously distributed. The observations suggest that process optimization must be a next step in the development with a view to the application of plastically deformed W in a fusion reactor. (Author)

  7. IgG/IgE bullous pemphigoid with CD45 lymphocytic reactivity to dermal blood vessels, nerves and eccrine sweat glands

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    Ana Maria Abreu-Velez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Bullous pemphigoid (BP, the most common autoimmune blistering disease, is mediated by autoantibodies. BP primarily affects the elderly and is characterized by the development of urticarial plaques surmounted by subepidermal blisters, and the deposition of immunoglobulins and complement at the basement membrane zone (BMZ of the skin. BP is immunologically characterized by the development of autoantibodies targeting two structural proteins of the hemidesmosomes, BP180 (collagen XVII and BP230 (BPAG1. Case Report: A 63 -year-old Caucasian female patient was evaluated for a 4 day history of several itching, erythematous blisters on her extremities. Biopsies for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E examination, as well as Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS, immunohistochemistry (IHC and direct immunofluorescence (DIF analysis were performed. Results: H&E demonstrated a subepidermal blister, with partial re-epithelialization of the blister floor. Within the blister lumen, numerous neutrophils were present, with occasional eosinophils and lymphocytes also noted. Within the dermis, a mild, superficial, perivascular and periadnexal infiltrate of lymphocytes, histiocytes and occasional eosinophils was identified, with mild perivascular leukocytoclastic debris. The PAS stain was positive at the BMZ, and around selected blood vessels, nerves and sweat glands. DIF revealed linear deposits of IgG and Complement/C3 and fibrinogen at the BMZ, and around selected dermal nerves, blood vessels and sweat glands. Strong granular deposits of IgE were also observed, colocalizing with monoclonal antibodies to Collagen IV (CIV. By IHC, positive CD45 staining of lymphocytes was seen surrounding selected dermal blood vessels, eccrine sweat glands, and nerves. Conclusion : The patient displayed IgG, IgE, and fibrinogen autoantibodies against the BMZ, as well as around some dermal nerves and sweat glands; their binding in the skin could trigger complement activation. In addition, the

  8. Green tea catechins and their metabolites in human skin before and after exposure to ultraviolet radiation☆☆☆★

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    Clarke, Kayleigh A.; Dew, Tristan P.; Watson, Rachel E.B.; Farrar, Mark D.; Osman, Joanne E.; Nicolaou, Anna; Rhodes, Lesley E.; Williamson, Gary

    2016-01-01

    Dietary flavonoids may protect against sunburn inflammation in skin. Preliminary reports using less complete analysis suggest that certain catechins and their metabolites are found in skin biopsies and blister fluid after consumption of green tea; however, it is not known if they are affected by solar-simulated ultraviolet radiation (UVR) or whether conjugated forms, with consequently altered bioactivity, are present. The present study tested the hypothesis that UVR affects the catechin levels in the skin of healthy volunteers after consumption of green tea and how catechins in the plasma are related to their presence in skin tissue samples. In an open oral intervention study, 11 subjects consumed green tea and vitamin C supplements daily for 3 months. Presupplementation and postsupplementation plasma samples, suction blister fluid and skin biopsies were collected; the latter two samples were collected both before and after UVR. A sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometric assay was used to measure the intact catechin metabolites, conjugates and free forms. Seven green tea catechins and their corresponding metabolites were identified postsupplementation in skin biopsies, 20 in blister fluid and 26 in plasma, with 15 green tea catechin metabolites present in both blister fluid and plasma. The valerolactone, O-methyl-M4-O-sulfate, a gut microbiota metabolite of catechins, was significantly increased 1.6-fold by UVR in blister fluid samples. In conclusion, there were some common catechin metabolites in the plasma and blister fluid, and the concentration was always higher in plasma. The results suggest that green tea catechins and metabolites are bioavailable in skin and provide a novel link between catechin metabolites derived from the skin and gut microbiota. PMID:26454512

  9. Green tea catechins and their metabolites in human skin before and after exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

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    Clarke, Kayleigh A; Dew, Tristan P; Watson, Rachel E B; Farrar, Mark D; Osman, Joanne E; Nicolaou, Anna; Rhodes, Lesley E; Williamson, Gary

    2016-01-01

    Dietary flavonoids may protect against sunburn inflammation in skin. Preliminary reports using less complete analysis suggest that certain catechins and their metabolites are found in skin biopsies and blister fluid after consumption of green tea; however, it is not known if they are affected by solar-simulated ultraviolet radiation (UVR) or whether conjugated forms, with consequently altered bioactivity, are present. The present study tested the hypothesis that UVR affects the catechin levels in the skin of healthy volunteers after consumption of green tea and how catechins in the plasma are related to their presence in skin tissue samples. In an open oral intervention study, 11 subjects consumed green tea and vitamin C supplements daily for 3months. Presupplementation and postsupplementation plasma samples, suction blister fluid and skin biopsies were collected; the latter two samples were collected both before and after UVR. A sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometric assay was used to measure the intact catechin metabolites, conjugates and free forms. Seven green tea catechins and their corresponding metabolites were identified postsupplementation in skin biopsies, 20 in blister fluid and 26 in plasma, with 15 green tea catechin metabolites present in both blister fluid and plasma. The valerolactone, O-methyl-M4-O-sulfate, a gut microbiota metabolite of catechins, was significantly increased 1.6-fold by UVR in blister fluid samples. In conclusion, there were some common catechin metabolites in the plasma and blister fluid, and the concentration was always higher in plasma. The results suggest that green tea catechins and metabolites are bioavailable in skin and provide a novel link between catechin metabolites derived from the skin and gut microbiota. PMID:26454512

  10. Growth, straightness and survival at age 32 in a Pinus strobus x P. wallichiana F1 hybrid population (Experiment 1)

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    Ioan Blada; Cristiana Dinu; Ştefan Tănasie; Iulian Bratu

    2013-01-01

    An interspecific factorial hybridization was made, where seven P. strobus female parent trees were mated to four P. wallichiana male trees, in order to transfer genes for resistance to blister-rust from the blue pine to the F1 hybrids. The hybrid seedlings and the open pollinated families of the two parents were three times consecutively inoculated with blister-rust. The six years old seedlings were transplanted in the fi eld in the so called Valiug Experiment 1. The experimental design consi...

  11. Kindler syndrome

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    Kaviarasan P

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Kindler syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive disorder associated with skin fragility. It is characterized by blistering in infancy, photosensitivity and progressive poikiloderma. The syndrome involves the skin and mucous membrane with radiological changes. The genetic defect has been identified on the short arm of chromosome 20. This report describes an 18-year-old patient with classical features like blistering and photosensitivity in childhood and the subsequent development of poikiloderma. The differential diagnosis of Kindler syndrome includes diseases like Bloom syndrome, Cockayne syndrome, dyskeratosis congenita, epidermolysis bullosa, Rothmund-Thomson syndrome and xeroderma pigmentosum. Our patient had classical cutaneous features of Kindler syndrome with phimosis as a complication.

  12. Cicatricial Pemphigoid in Accompany with Rheumatoid Arthritis: a Case Report

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    Di Wu; Li-ming Zhang; Ying Jiang

    2010-01-01

    @@ CICATRICIAL pemphigoid (CP, also known as benign mucous membrane pemphigoid) is a rare chronic autoimmune subepithelial blister-ing disease, with an incidence of 1 per million, characterized by erosive lesions of mucous membranes and skin that result in scarring.1,2 Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a symmetric inflammatory arthritis that mainly affects the small joints of hands and feet, with a prevalence of 0.3% in China. In this case report we described the diagnosis of and treatment for a patient developing CP 18 years after the onset of RA, a combination rarely en-countered or reported so far.

  13. Beschreibung neuer Faktoren mit Einfluss auf das spontane Überlesen von Stopcodon-Mutationen

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    Pacho, Frederic

    2010-01-01

    Origin of this work was a patient with junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB). This patient, JEB-NRT, suffered from generalized blistering of skin and mucosae after birth and had dystrophic finger- and toenails, symptoms characteristic for JEB. Today, JEB-NRT is six years old and shows only occasionally localized blistering of the skin, a characteristic feature of non-Herlitz JEB. Genotype analysis of the patient JEB-NRT revealed two premature termination codons in the LAMA3 gene, R943X and R...

  14. "Nurse's cramp"

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    Jepsen, Jørgen Riis

    2015-01-01

    . Three patients with “nurse’s cramp” related to this task are presented. The patients were referred to a department of occupational medicine due to volar forearm and hand pain related to tablet-dosing from blister packs. A detailed physical examination including a neurological assessment was performed......Calculating the number of tablets or capsules to administer to patients is one of the most common tasks that a nurse is required to make. Home care and nursing home staff may dose tablets for clients for up to two hours per day. An increasing proportion of tablets are dispensed in blister packs...

  15. "EB, or Not EB?" Neonatal Desquamative Impetigo in a Degloving Pattern.

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    Nguyen, Tuyet A; Wang, Audrey S; Eichenfield, Lawrence F; Barrio, Victoria

    2016-03-01

    We present the case of a 7-day-old boy with significant, rapidly spreading blistering and desquamation in a "degloving" pattern on the hands that mimicked epidermolysis bullosa but was ultimately diagnosed as bullous impetigo caused by a clinically aggressive strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Bullous impetigo is a desquamating condition caused by local release of S. aureus exfoliative toxin A and is more commonly seen in children. This case highlights the fragility of newborn skin and reviews the major diagnoses that should be considered in an infant with significant blistering. PMID:26821848

  16. Congenital erythropoietic porphyria in three siblings.

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    Bari, Arfan Ul

    2007-01-01

    Congenital erythropoietic porphyria is a rare autosomal recessive disorder that usually presents with marked skin photosensitivity, hypertrichosis, blistering, scarring, milia formation and dyspigmentation of the photo-exposed areas. Three adult siblings (two sisters and one brother) are presented here with variable degree of skin manifestations. During early childhood, all the siblings started showing signs of photosensitivity with darkening of urine color followed by skin blistering over the face and hands. The oldest showed severe sclerodermiform mutilation and the youngest exhibited an initial involvement with hypertrichosis. None of them had any history of convulsions, acute abdominal pain or joint pain. Woods lamp examination and laboratory investigations confirmed the diagnosis. PMID:17921617

  17. The influence of the ion implantation temperature and the dose rate on smart-cut in GaAs

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    The temperature and dose rate dependence of the smart-cut process in GaAs have been investigated in this paper. The distribution of hydrogen and the implantation damage in the samples were studied by ion beam analysis and X-ray diffraction. It was found that at higher temperatures, hydrogen is mobile in the lattice and can rearrange into the platelets, microcracks and bubbles which are present in blistered material, thus relieving the strain in the lattice. The dose rate was also found to be significant for the smart-cut process, as blistering and exfoliation are inhibited at low dose rates

  18. Congenital erythropoietic porphyria: Two case reports

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    Sankha Koley

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Porphyrias form a group of disorders caused due to defects in the haem synthetic pathway. Congenital erythropoietic porphyia (CEP is the rarest of the bullous porphyrias (less than 200 cases have been reported till recent times and a clinician may not see a case during his professional life. We present two cases of CEP. One child with CEP presented with typical infancy-onset blistering, photosensitivity, red urine, and erythrodontia, with hypertrichosis of the upper arms and back. The other child of CEP presented with childhood-onset blistering, mutilation, and hypertrichosis on the face.

  19. Congenital erythropoietic porphyria in three siblings

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    Bari Arfan Ul

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Congenital erythropoietic porphyria is a rare autosomal recessive disorder that usually presents with marked skin photosensitivity, hypertrichosis, blistering, scarring, milia formation and dyspigmentation of the photo-exposed areas. Three adult siblings (two sisters and one brother are presented here with variable degree of skin manifestations. During early childhood, all the siblings started showing signs of photosensitivity with darkening of urine color followed by skin blistering over the face and hands. The oldest showed severe sclerodermiform mutilation and the youngest exhibited an initial involvement with hypertrichosis. None of them had any history of convulsions, acute abdominal pain or joint pain. Woods lamp examination and laboratory investigations confirmed the diagnosis.

  20. Observations of orientation dependence of surface morphology in tungsten implanted by low energy and high flux D plasma

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    Xu, H.Y.; Zhang, Yubin; Yuan, Y.; Fu, B.Q.; Godfrey, A.; De Temmerman, G.; Liu, W.; Huang, Xiaoxu

    Surface modification by formation of blistering and nanostructures with pronounced orientation dependence has been observed on surfaces of rolled tungsten and recrystallized tungsten after exposure to a low energy (38 eV) deuterium (D) plasma with a high flux of 1024 m-2 s -1. The correlation bet...... near the 〈0 1 1〉 corner, and spongy structures for grains near the 〈0 0 1〉 corner. Possible reasons for the orientation dependence of both the blisters and nanostructures are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  1. Bullous Mastocytosis Mimicking Congenital Epidermolysis Bullosa

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    Julio Cesar Salas-Alanis

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A 2-month-old female infant was referred to DebRA Mexico from the Regional Children's Hospital because of a generalized dermatosis from birth characterized by multiple blisters and erosions on the trunk, face and limbs, associated with minor trauma. A skin biopsy showing subepidermal blisters associated with a dermal infiltrate of Giemsa-positive cells and CD117-positive antibody was consistent with the diagnosis of bullous mastocytosis. Treatment with oral antihistamines, topical steroids, and antibiotics was initiated, leading to a remission of the lesions.

  2. Coexisting Morphea and Bullous Lichen Sclerosus Et Atrophicus: A Case Report

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    Nurcan Metin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Morphea and lichen skleroatrofikans (LSAare localized fibrosing diseases characterized by well-defined fibrotic plaques. Blisters rarely occur on morphea plaque, and these blisters are mostly considered as bullous morphea which is a rare type of morphea. The cases of bullous LSA growing on plaque morphea are rarer. In this case report, we presented a patient has bullous lesions compatible with of lichen skleroatrofikans clinically and histopathologically on morphea lesions, to draw attention to rare association of bullous morphea and LSA.

  3. Analysis of vesicle fluid following the sting of the lionfish Pterois volitans.

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    Auerbach, P S; McKinney, H E; Rees, R S; Heggers, J P

    1987-01-01

    Fluid aspirated from blisters following a lionfish (Pterois volitans) sting was analyzed utilizing combined capillary column gas chromatography and negative ion chemical ionization mass spectrometry. Analysis for prostaglandin F2 alpha demonstrated 16.91 ng/ml, for prostaglandin E2 0.143 ng/ml, for 6-keto-prostaglandin F1 alpha less than 0.1 ng/ml (nondetectable) and for thromboxane B2 1.65 ng/ml. Platelet aggregation studies showed that blister fluid caused aggregation of isolated platelets only, which was inhibited by heat treatment or by the presence of normal donor plasma. PMID:3438924

  4. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available [ music ] Announcer: By the time they reach 80, 50% of Americans will have had a bout of shingles, a skin disease that causes blisters and ... vaccine. Irvin: The discomfort is so intense at times that you almost wish that you don't ...

  5. Staying Up in a Down Economy

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    Pulley, John

    2009-01-01

    The fundraising landscape has been blistered by stock-market meltdowns and a financial sector that has repeatedly erupted in flames. In turn, the environment for development has turned icy, cooled by frozen credit markets and chilly consumer confidence. It is ragged, unstable terrain. Fundraisers, the ground moving beneath them, are unsure of…

  6. Chinese Scientists Starting Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine

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    2013-01-01

    <正>The infection causes a rash and painful blisters(水疱),but in some cases results in brain infections which can be fatal.A trial involving 10,000 children,published in the Lancet,showed the vaccine was 90% effective against one virus which causes the disease.

  7. Automatic differentiation of u- and n-serrated patterns in direct immunofluorescence images

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    Shi, Chenyu; Guo, Jiapan; Azzopardi, George; Meijer, Joost; Jonkman, Marcel F.; Petkov, Nicolai

    2015-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) is a subepidermal autoimmune blistering disease of the skin. Manual u- and n-serrated patterns analysis in direct immunofluorescence (DIF) images is used in medical practice to differentiate EBA from other forms of pemphigoid. The manual analysis of serration pa

  8. Automatic Classification of Serrated Patterns in Direct Immunofluorescence Images

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    Shi, Chenyu; Meijer, Joost; Guo, Jiapan; Azzopardi, George; Jonkman, Marcel F.; Petkov, Nicolai

    2015-01-01

    Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) images are used by clinical experts for the diagnosis of autoimmune blistering diseases. The analysis of serration patterns in DIF images concerns two types of patterns, namely n- and u-serrated. Manual analysis is time-consuming and challenging due to noise. We propo

  9. What Can Be Done about Shingles?

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    Full Text Available [ music ] Announcer: By the time they reach 80, 50% of Americans will have had a bout of shingles, a skin disease that causes ... on a band or belt pattern, and then the dots will become blisters. There's one side of ...

  10. Semi-continuous high speed gas analysis of generated vapors of chemical warfare agents

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    Trap, H.C.; Langenberg, J.P.

    1999-01-01

    A method is presented for the continuous analysis of generated vapors of the nerve agents soman and satin and the blistering agent sulfur mustard. By using a gas sampling valve and a very short (15 cm) column connected to an on-column injector with a 'standard length' column, the system can either b

  11. What Is Shingles?

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    ... It's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. About four million of us get chicken pox every year and that virus stays in the ... possibly itchy rash and blisters that look like chicken pox but unlike chicken pox shingles only affects one ...

  12. What Is Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... It's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. About four million of us get chicken pox every year and that virus stays in the ... possibly itchy rash and blisters that look like chicken pox but unlike chicken pox shingles only affects one ...

  13. On Micromechanisms of Hydrogen Plastification and Embrittlement of Some Technological Materials

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    Yu. S. Nechaev

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Some fundamental problems of revealing micromechanisms of hydrogen plastification, superplasticity, embrittlement, cracking, blistering and delayed fracture of some technologically important industrial metallic materials are formulated. The ways are considered of these problems' solution and optimizing the technological processes and materials, particularly in the hydrogen and gas-petroleum industries, some aircraft, aerospace and automobile systems.

  14. On Micromechanisms of Hydrogen Plastification and Embrittlement of Some Technological Materials

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    Yu. S. Nechaev; T. N. Veziroglu

    2005-01-01

    Some fundamental problems of revealing micromechanisms of hydrogen plastification, superplasticity, embrittlement, cracking, blistering and delayed fracture of some technologically important industrial metallic materials are formulated. The ways are considered of these problems' solution and optimizing the technological processes and materials, particularly in the hydrogen and gas-petroleum industries, some aircraft, aerospace and automobile systems.

  15. Diaper Rash

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    ... Use a diaper ointment or paste that contains zinc oxide with each diaper change. Seek Medical Care If: the diaper rash doesn't improve after several days pimples, blisters, or open sores appear in the diaper area your baby has diarrhea with fever or appears dehydrated Think Prevention! The ...

  16. Erythema elevatum diutinum in association with dermatitis herpetiformis

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    Shanmuga Sekar Chandrasekaran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Erythema elevatum diutinum (EED is a rare skin disease that initially presents as leucocytoclastic vasculitis and later resolves with fibrosis. Dermatitis herpetiformis is an autoimmune blistering disease characterized by granular deposits of immunoglobulin A (IgA in dermal papillae. We report a rare association of these two disorders.

  17. Laboratory Diagnosis and Clinical Profile of Anti-p200 Pemphigoid

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    Meijer, Joost M; Diercks, Gilles F H; Schmidt, Enno; Pas, Hendri H; Jonkman, Marcel F

    2016-01-01

    Importance: Anti-p200 pemphigoid is a rare subepidermal autoimmune blistering disease characterized by autoantibodies against a 200-kDa protein in the basement membrane zone. Anti-p200 pemphigoid is probably often misdiagnosed because of low availability of diagnostic assays and expertise and classi

  18. Cantharidin toxicosis in 2 alpacas

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    Simpson, Katharine M.; Streeter, Robert N.; de Souza, Patricia; Genova, Suzanne G.; Morgan, Sandra E.

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    Two adult alpacas were presented for recumbency and reluctance to rise. Cantharidin toxicosis was suspected based on clinical and ancillary diagnostic findings. The diagnosis was confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of gastric contents and urine. Despite medical treatment, neither alpaca survived. Blister beetle toxicosis has not been previously described in camelids. Challenges in treatment of affected ruminants or pseudoruminants are noted.

  19. Herlitz junctional epidermolysis bullosa : diagnostic features, mutational profile, incidence and population carrier frequency in the Netherlands

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    Yuen, W. Y.; Lemmink, H. H.; van Dijk-Bos, K. K.; Sinke, R. J.; Jonkman, M. F.

    2011-01-01

    Background Junctional epidermolysis bullosa, type Herlitz (JEB-H) is a lethal, autosomal recessive blistering disease caused by null mutations in the genes coding for the lamina lucida/densa adhesion protein laminin-332 (LAMB3, LAMA3 and LAMC2). Objectives To present the diagnostic features and mole

  20. Manzinellaforgiftning kompliceret med streptokokpharyngitis og impetigo

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    Bygbjerg, Ib Christian; Johansen, H K

    1991-01-01

    A Danish tourist to Antigua in the West Indies, ate a fruit of Hippomane mancinella and developed acute poisoning with blistering of the oral mucosa and diarrhoea and a streptococcal superinfection. Ignorant tourists and their travel advisers are warned against this potentially deadly apple-tree-...

  1. Liposuction sepsis – be alert

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    Bell, Michael SG; Doherty, Geoffrey P; Gutauskas, Andrea

    2009-01-01

    Postoperative infection in liposuction patients may be exceedingly difficult to clinically appreciate because of the skin edema, colour changes and even blistering that can occur. The authors outline such a case with practical advice about establishing an accurate and precise diagnosis of an early septic process.

  2. Audio 2008--Alternative Rock: Forced Exposure Is Good for You

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    Pasteur, Eric

    2008-01-01

    According to this author, alternative rock did not deserve what it became in the post-Nirvana 1990s. Reduced to a marketing catch-phrase--effectively rendering it meaningless--major label co-optation helped blur the line between artistic expression and cloned sounds. Before Nirvana broke through to the mainstream with the blistering sarcasm of its…

  3. Foot-and-Mouth Disease

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    Belsham, Graham; Charleston, Bryan; Jackson, Terry;

    2015-01-01

    Foot‐and‐mouth disease (FMD) is an economically important, highly contagious disease of cloven‐hoofed animals characterised by the appearance of vesicles (blisters) on the feet and in, and around, the mouth. The causative agent, foot‐and‐mouth disease virus (FMDV), was the first mammalian virus...

  4. Sacral Herpes

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    ... to her newborn baby. HSV-2 is often spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with active lesions on another person. However, people who have ... important to take the following steps to prevent spread (transmission) of the virus ... or itching) and active phase (presence of blisters or sores) of HSV- ...

  5. Surface morphology changes and deuterium retention in Toughened, Fine-grained Recrystallized Tungsten under high-flux irradiation conditions

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    Oya, M.; Lee, H. T.; Ueda, Y.; Kurishita, H.; Oyaidzu, M.; Hayashi, T.; Yoshida, N.; Morgan, T. W.; De Temmerman, G.

    2015-08-01

    Surface morphology changes and deuterium (D) retention in Toughened, Fine-Grained Recrystallized Tungsten (TFGR W) with TaC dispersoids (W-TaC) and pure tungsten exposed to D plasmas to a fluence of 1026 D/m2 s were studied as a function of the D ion flux (1022-1024 D/m2 s). As the flux increased from 1022 D/m2 s to 1024 D/m2 s, the numbers of blisters increased for both materials. However, smaller blisters were observed on W-TaC compared to pure W. In W-TaC, cracks beneath the surface along grain boundaries were observed, which were comparable to the blister sizes. The reason for the smaller blister sizes may arise from smaller grain sizes of W-TaC. In addition, reduction of the D retention in W-TaC was observed for higher flux exposures. D depth profiles indicate this reduction arises due to decrease in trapping in the bulk.

  6. No antiinflammatory effect of short-term topical and subcutaneous administration of local anesthetics on postburn inflammation

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    Møiniche, S; Dahl, J B; Brennum, J; Kehlet, H

    1993-01-01

    , development of blister and ulcerations, or the intensity of inflammation after burn injury between the control legs and EMLA- or bupivacaine-treated legs, respectively. CONCLUSION. No antiinflammatory effect of short-term preinjury and postinjury topical 5% EMLA or subcutaneous 0.5% bupivacaine could be...

  7. Cdc42 expression in keratinocytes is required for the maintenance of the basement membrane in skin

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    Wu, Xunwei; Quondamatteo, Fabio; Brakebusch, Cord

    2006-01-01

    , structure and number of hemidesomosomes were not significantly changed in the Cdc42 mutant skin compared with the control mice and no blister formation was observed in mutant skin. These data indicate that Cdc42 in keratinocytes is important for maintenance of the basement membrane of skin....

  8. Two courses of rituximab (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody) for recalcitrant pemphigus vulgaris

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    Faurschou, A.; Gniadecki, R.

    2008-01-01

    Background Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) is a severe autoimmune blistering disease involving the skin and mucous membranes. The response to therapy varies greatly amongst patients and treatment may be challenging. Rituximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody that selectively targets cell surface antigen...

  9. Treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Reconstruction of the parent artery with flow-diverting (Silk) stent

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    Wagner, Aase; Cortsen, Marie; Hauerberg, John; Romner, Bertil; Wagner, Mathias Pedersen

    2011-01-01

    periprocedural complications, immediate result, late complications, imaging follow-up at 6 and 12 months and clinical follow-up at 2-23 months. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with 26 wide-necked or blister-like aneurysms had 23 treatments with implantation of a Silk stent. Eleven patients had re-canalizations, and...

  10. Surgical treatment in acrofacial vitiligo

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    Shah Bharat

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available A total 18 patients of stationary acrofacial vitiligo, relatively resistant to medical treatment, of various age were selected for blister grafting. Duration of their disease varied from 3 to 10 years. The autografts were taken up and cosmetically acceptable result were seen in approximately 90% of the cases during the follow up period varying from 6 months to 2 years.

  11. Studies of phase transitions in the aripiprazole solid dosage form.

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    Łaszcz, Marta; Witkowska, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Studies of the phase transitions in an active substance contained in a solid dosage form are very complicated but essential, especially if an active substance is classified as a BCS Class IV drug. The purpose of this work was the development of sensitive methods for the detection of the phase transitions in the aripiprazole tablets containing initially its form III. Aripiprazole exhibits polymorphism and pseudopolymorphism. Powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry methods were developed for the detection of the polymorphic transition between forms III and I as well as the phase transition of form III into aripiprazole monohydrate in tablets. The study involved the initial 10 mg and 30 mg tablets, as well as those stored in Al/Al blisters, a triplex blister pack and HDPE bottles (with and without desiccant) under accelerated and long term conditions. The polymorphic transition was not observed in the initial and stored tablets but it was visible on the DSC curve of the Abilify(®) 10 mg reference tablets. The formation of the monohydrate was observed in the diffractograms and Raman spectra in the tablets stored under accelerated conditions. The monohydrate phase was not detected in the tablets stored in the Al/Al blisters under long term conditions. The results showed that the Al/Al blisters can be recommended as the packaging of the aripiprazole tablets containing form III. PMID:26397209

  12. Caloplaca alstrupii, a new lichen species from Denmark

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    Søchting, Ulrik

    Caloplaca alstrupii Søchting is described from an old Platanus in Denmark. The sorediate species has a greyish smooth thallus with very characteristic globose to subglobose blister-like areoles that rupture at maturity exposing pale yellowish green soredia. Apothecia sparse, orange, differing from...

  13. Generaliseret epidermolysis bullosa dystrophicans og udvikling af spinocellulært karcinom

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    Petersen, Rikke Børthy; Bonde, Christian T; Schmidt, Grethe

    2010-01-01

    Severe generalized dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa is described via a clinical case in an adult male. From the time of birth his skin was characterized by extensive blistering, slowly developing into chronic wounds with the formation of pseudosyndactyly. As he grew older extracutaneous involvement...

  14. Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa

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    Yesudia P

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa is a recently described variant of epidermolysis bullosa dystrophica. It is characterised by pruritic nodular prurigo like lesions, milia and with a histopathology of a subepidermal blister. We report 3 cases of this new variant.

  15. Children with Rare Chronic Skin Diseases: Hemangiomas and Epidermolysis Bullosa.

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    Jones, Sheila Dove; Miller, Cynthia Dieterich

    The paper reports on studies involving children having the rare chronic skin diseases of hemangiomas and epidermolysis bullosa (characterized by easy blistering). One study compared the self-concept and psychosocial development of young (mean age 46 months) children (N=19) with hemangiomas with 19 children without hemangiomas. Findings indicated…

  16. Functional testing of keratin 14 mutant proteins associated with the three major subtypes of epidermolysis bullosa simplex

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    Sørensen, Charlotte B; Andresen, Brage S; Jensen, Uffe B; Jensen, Thomas G; Jensen, Peter K A; Gregersen, Niels; Bolund, Lars

    2003-01-01

    Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) is a group of autosomal dominantly inherited skin disorders characterized by the development of intra-epidermal skin blisters on mild mechanical trauma. The three major clinical subtypes (Weber-Cockayne, Koebner and Dowling-Meara) are all caused by mutations in...

  17. A Sporadic Neonatal Case of Epidermolysis Bullosa Simplex Generalized Intermediate with KRT5 and KRT14 Gene Mutations.

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    Wakiguchi, Hiroyuki; Hasegawa, Shunji; Maeba, Shinji; Kimura, Sasagu; Ito, Satoko; Tateishi, Hiroshi; Ueda, Kazuhiro; Ohga, Shouichi

    2016-03-01

    Background Epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) is a rare genodermatosis resulting from multiple gene mutations, including KRT5 and KRT14. The clinical expression of the mechanobullous skin fragility disease has not been fully explained by the genotype. Case Description An 11-day-old Japanese newborn infant was hospitalized because of herpetiform skin blistering on the feet, which expanded systemically after birth. There was no evidence of virus infection. The biopsied skin lesion showed a blister on the lamina densa without keratin clumps, indicating a diagnosis of EBS-generalized intermediate. We punctured the blisters to remove the contents daily, which led to no exacerbation or infection. The genetic study determined that the patient carried double substitutions of KRT5 c.1424A > G (p.E475G) and KRT14 c.1237G > A (p.A413T). The asymptomatic mother and sister carried the KRT14 substitution, but the healthy father had no substitution of the KRT gene. Conclusion This is the first report of EBS-generalized intermediate in a newborn with de novo KRT5 gene mutation and KRT14 gene polymorphism, and no familial history of epidermolysis. Neonatal blistering due to EBS requires optimal skin management after excluding infectious and immunobullous diseases. PMID:26929861

  18. The Higgs Boson: Is the End in Sight?

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    2012-01-01

    This summer, perhaps while you were lounging around the pool in the blistering heat, the blogosphere was buzzing about data taken at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The buzz reached a crescendo in the first week of July when both Fermilab and CERN announced the results of their searches for the Higgs boson. Hard data confronted a theory nearly…

  19. 75 FR 42033 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List Pinus albicaulis

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    2010-07-20

    ... that in the Rocky Mountains, the highest mortality from white pine blister rust generally occurs in...-caused landscape fragmentation. As a high-elevation, long-lived species with limited mobility, P... published in the Federal Register on January 27, 1994 (59 FR 3824). Species Information Pinus albicaulis...

  20. Oral purpura as the first manifestation of primary systemic amyloidosis.

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    McCormick, Robert Stuart; Sloan, Philip; Farr, David; Carrozzo, Marco

    2016-07-01

    Oral blood blisters and purpura are rare features of primary systemic amyloidosis (amyloid light-chain (AL) amyloidosis). We report a case in which these unusual presentations led to a diagnosis of amyloidosis, which enabled effective treatment before organ failure. PMID:26708800

  1. Surface morphology changes and deuterium retention in Toughened, Fine-grained Recrystallized Tungsten under high-flux irradiation conditions

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    Oya, M., E-mail: ohya@st.eie.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Lee, H.T.; Ueda, Y. [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Kurishita, H. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Oyaidzu, M.; Hayashi, T. [Fusion Research and Development Directorate, International Fusion Energy Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho-mura, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan); Yoshida, N. [Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan); Morgan, T.W.; De Temmerman, G. [FOM Institute DIFFER Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Nieuwegein 3439 MN (Netherlands)

    2015-08-15

    Surface morphology changes and deuterium (D) retention in Toughened, Fine-Grained Recrystallized Tungsten (TFGR W) with TaC dispersoids (W-TaC) and pure tungsten exposed to D plasmas to a fluence of 10{sup 26} D/m{sup 2} s were studied as a function of the D ion flux (10{sup 22}–10{sup 24} D/m{sup 2} s). As the flux increased from 10{sup 22} D/m{sup 2} s to 10{sup 24} D/m{sup 2} s, the numbers of blisters increased for both materials. However, smaller blisters were observed on W-TaC compared to pure W. In W-TaC, cracks beneath the surface along grain boundaries were observed, which were comparable to the blister sizes. The reason for the smaller blister sizes may arise from smaller grain sizes of W-TaC. In addition, reduction of the D retention in W-TaC was observed for higher flux exposures. D depth profiles indicate this reduction arises due to decrease in trapping in the bulk.

  2. Somatic mosaicism for the COL7A1 mutation p.Gly2034Arg in the unaffected mother of a patient with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa pruriginosa

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    van den Akker, P. C.; Pasmooij, A. M. G.; Meijer, R.; Scheffer, H.; Jonkman, M. F.

    2015-01-01

    Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) is a heritable blistering disorder caused by mutations in the type VII collagen gene, COL7A1. Although revertant mosaicism is well known in DEB, 'forward' somatic mosaicism, in which a pathogenic mutation arises on a wild-type (WT) background, extending beyond

  3. Degradation mechanisms of organic rubber and glass flake/vinyl ester linings in flue gas desulphurization plants

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    Weber, R. [Allianz-Centre for Technology GmbH, Ismaning (Germany)

    1996-12-01

    In recent years, there have been reports in numerous publications about damage to rubber and glass flake coatings in flue gas desulphurization plants. The pattern of damage has been described and attempts have frequently been made to determine and explain the cause of the damage. Oxidation/hydrolytic changes were generally observed as the damage mechanisms. In addition, blistering occurs in both the chloroprene coatings in the absorbers and in the glass flake coatings in clean gas ducts. This blistering may be considered as the end of the useful life and leads to cost-intensive and time-intensive repair and restoration measures. The present state of knowledge suggests that the blistering is mainly due to osmotic processes preceded by permeation processes and with permeation processes superimposed on them. Among other things, the reports describe the permeation behaviour of water and other flue gas constituents; the blistering in chloroprene rubber coatings and glass flake coatings is explained by means of the knowledge gained. (au) 16 refs.

  4. Follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with refractory paraneoplastic pemphigus : Case report with review of novel treatment modalities

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    Van Rossum, MM; Verhaegen, NTM; Jonkman, MF; Mackenzie, MA; Koster, A; Van der Valk, PGM; Span, LFR

    2004-01-01

    In this paper a patient with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP) is described. PNP is a very rare, painful mucocutaneous intraepithelial blistering disease associated with occult or confirmed malignancy. Patients with PNP show severe, progressive mucocutaneous disease w

  5. Follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with refractory paraneoplastic pemphigus: case report with review of novel treatment modalities.

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    Rossum, M.M. van; Verhaegen, N.T.; Jonkman, M.F.; MacKenzie, M.A.; Koster, A.; Valk, P.G.M. van der; Span, L.

    2004-01-01

    In this paper a patient with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP) is described. PNP is a very rare, painful mucocutaneous intraepithelial blistering disease associated with occult or confirmed malignancy. Patients with PNP show severe, progressive mucocutaneous disease w

  6. What Is Shingles?

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    Full Text Available ... It's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. About four million of us get chicken pox every year and that virus stays in ... possibly itchy rash and blisters that look like chicken pox but unlike chicken pox shingles only affects ...

  7. Urticaria pigmentosa

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    Ritambhra

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A 2-year- old child with multiple brownish papules over trunk and limbs for one year having history of occasional blister formation is described. Histopathology revealed perivascular mast cell infiltration. Symptomatic treatment with topical corticosteroids and oral antihistaminics was effective.

  8. Solitary mastocytoma in an adult

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    Jain V

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available A 24-year old female developed late onset solitary mastocytoma on the left forearm. She complained of intense pruritus off and on which was not associated with flushing of face and blister formation over the nodule. Darier′s sign was positive. Excisional biopsy was done and histopathology confirmed the diagnosis.

  9. Elaboration and behavior under extreme irradiation conditions of nano- and micro-structured TiC

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    Titanium carbide samples were prepared by spark plasma sintering. Three different microstructures were prepared with average grain sizes of about 0.3, 1.3 and 25.0 μm. Each microstructure was irradiated with either 500 keV 40Ar+ ions or 800 keV 129Xe++ ions. The irradiation fluence varied from 6 × 1016 to 3.2 × 1017 at.cm−2. Irradiation was carried out at room temperature (RT) or at 1000 °C. Post-irradiation annealing was performed on some samples to follow the surface modification. In fact, clusters and nanocracks were observed at depth in the nanometric grains (<100 nm) whereas more extended cracks were found in larger grains (>1 μm). Microcracks can induce localized surface blistering after irradiation at RT and for the highest fluencies. The size, shape and density of the blisters were proposed to depend on the crystallographic orientation of each grain. The microstructure with sub-micrometric grains exhibited increased surface roughness after irradiation, with grain removal and grain boundary abrasion but no blistering. Surface blistering is not observed after irradiation at 1000 °C but the complete delamination of extended areas containing large grains occurs. In this article, we highlight the role played by gastight grain boundaries and porosity to explain the distinct behavior of microstructures

  10. Restrictions in oral functions caused by oral manifestations of epidermolysis bullosa

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    Stellingsma, Cornelis; Dijkstra, Pieter; Dijkstra, Janke; Duipmans, Jose C.; Jonkman, Marcel F.; Dekker, Rienk

    2011-01-01

    Several forms of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) present oral manifestations. Blistering of the (peri) oral mucosa affects the opening of the mouth, the mobility of the tongue and lips, thereby restricting oral functions. We describe the prevalence and characteristics of oral manifestations of EB in rela

  11. Porphyria cutanea tarda

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    Bygum, A; Brandrup, F; Christiansen, L; Petersen, N E

    2000-01-01

    Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT), the most common porphyria disease, is characterized by blistering and skin fragility of sun-exposed skin. The symptoms are caused by lowered activity of uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase (URO-D) resulting in accumulation of water-soluble porphyrins in the skin. Most PCT...

  12. Effect of smoking, abstention, and nicotine patch on epidermal healing and collagenase in skin transudate

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    Sorensen, L.T.; Zillmer, R.; Agren, M.;

    2009-01-01

    Delayed wound healing may explain postoperative tissue and wound dehiscence in smokers, but the effects of smoking and smoking cessation on the cellular mechanisms remain unclear. Suction blisters were raised in 48 smokers and 30 never smokers. The fluid was retrieved and the epidermal roof was e...

  13. First case of mirtazepine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome from India

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    Amit Bhasin; Anil Gurtoo; Latika Gupta; Gunjan Aggarwal

    2012-01-01

    A 28-year-old woman, a known case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), was admitted with mucocutaneous ulceroerosive lesions with blisters and thrombocytopenia after taking antidepressant mirtazepine. Exacerbation of SLE and drug-induced eruption was diagnosed. Clinical and laboratory markers were suggestive of Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This is a rare adverse effect of the newer generation antidepressant mirtazepine.

  14. Ultraviolet-B-driven pigmentation and genetic diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates from high-altitude Andean streams

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    R.A. Loayza Muro; J.K. Marticorena-Ruíz; E.J. Palomino; C Merrit; J.A.J. Breeuwer; P. Kuperus; M.H.S. Kraak; W. Admiraal

    2013-01-01

    Photoprotective pigments in benthic macroinvertebrates may reduce the damage caused by the blistering UV-B radiation in Andean high-altitude streams above 3500 m. The aim of this study was therefore to determine whether melanisation in macroinvertebrates inhabiting high-altitude Andean streams is an

  15. A study on reduction of copper slag from the flash furnace with the use of anthracite dust

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    G. Siwiec

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, results of a study on reduction of blister copper flash smelting slag with the use of anthracite dust are presented. The material, following proper preparation, can be used for slag processing as a substitute for currently applied coke breeze.

  16. Provenance study through analysis of microstructural characteristics using an optical microscope and scanning electron microscopy for Goryeo celadon excavated from the seabed.

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    Min-su, Han

    2013-08-01

    This paper aims at identifying the provenance of Goryeo celadons by understanding its microstructural characteristics, such as particles, blisters, forms and amount of pores, and the presence of crystal formation, bodies, and glazes and its boundary, using an optical microscope and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The analysis of the reproduced samples shows that the glazed layer of the sherd fired at higher temperatures has lower viscosity and therefore it encourages the blisters to be combined together and the layer to become more transparent. In addition, the result showed that the vitrification and melting process of clay minerals such as feldspars and quartzs on the bodies was accelerated for those samples. To factor such characteristics of the microstructure and apply it to the sherds, the samples could be divided into six categories based on status, such as small particles with many small pores or mainly large and small circular pores in the bodies, only a limited number of varied sized blisters in the glazes, and a few blisters and needle-shaped crystals on the boundary surface. In conclusion, the analysis of the microstructural characteristics using an optical microscope and SEM have proven to be useful as a categorizing reference factor in a provenance study on Goryeo celadons. PMID:23920196

  17. Kindler′s syndrome: A rare case report

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    Neelam Suman

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Kindler syndrome is a rare hereditary disorder, associated with skin fragility. The syndrome involves the skin and mucous membrane with radiological changes. The genetic defect has been identified on the short arm of chromosome 20. This report describes a 16-year-old patient with classical features like blistering and photosensitivity in childhood and the subsequent development of poikiloderma.

  18. Damage phenomena of thin hard coatings submitted to repeated impacts: Influence of the substrate and film properties

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    Lamri, S. [IRTES-LERMPS, EA 7274, UTBM, 90 010 Belfort Cedex (France); ICD-LASMIS, UTT antenne de Nogent, Rue Lavoisier, 52800 Nogent (France); Langlade, C., E-mail: cecile.langlade@utbm.fr [IRTES-LERMPS, EA 7274, UTBM, 90 010 Belfort Cedex (France); Kermouche, G. [LTDS Laboratory, UMR CNRS 5513, ENI St Etienne (France); UMR CNRS 5146, Ecole des Mines de St-Etienne, Centre SMS, 158 Cours Fauriel, 42100 St-Etienne (France)

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    To evaluate the surface fatigue resistance of some thin nitride films obtained by Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) techniques, repeated impact tests have been performed under controlled impact conditions. Short and long duration tests have revealed the occurrence of an original damage phenomenon likely linked to a mechanical blistering of the films. As these blisters appear to be the first damage step, their formation has to be understood in order to be avoided in industrial applications. In particular, the role of the mechanical properties of the substrate has to be clarified as thin protective coatings may be used on pieces prepared using various heat treatments. finite element method (FEM) analysis has been conducted in order to better understand the specific mechanical conditions in the substrate and at the film-substrate interface that could lead to such blistering phenomena. Correlations with the experimental results have been evidenced. From the modelling results the substrate properties have been shown to be of significant influence on the blister formation. However as they do not fully explain the origin of this phenomenon, the influence of the substrate microstructure has also been studied and the presence of vanadium carbides appears to be of major effect.

  19. Spider Bites (For Parents)

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    ... brown recluse spider bite: red blister in the center with surrounding bluish discoloration around the bite swelling or redness around the bite development of pain around the bite within 2 to 8 hours joint stiffness or pain nausea, vomiting body rash fever and ...

  20. Interaction of implanted deuterium and helium with beryllium: radiation enhanced oxidation

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    Langley, R.A.

    1979-01-01

    The interaction of implanted deuterium and helium with beryllium is of significant interest in the application of first wall coatings and other components of fusion reactors. Electropolished polycrystalline beryllium was first implanted with an Xe backscatter marker at 1.98 MeV followed by either implantation with 5 keV diatomic deuterium or helium. A 2.0 MeV He beam was used to analyze for impurity buildup; namely oxygen. The oxide layer thickness was found to increase linearly with increasing implant fluence. A 2.5 MeV H/sup +/ beam was used to depth profile the D and He by ion backscattering. In addition the retention of the implant was measured as a function of the implant fluence. The mean depth of the implant was found to agree with theoretical range calculations. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe blister formation. No blisters were observed for implanted D but for implanted He blisters occurred at approx. 1.75 x 10/sup 17/ He cm/sup -2/. The blister diameter increased with increasing implant fluence from about 0.8 ..mu..m at 10/sup 18/ He cm/sup -2/ to 5.5 ..mu..m at 3 x 10/sup 18/ He cm/sup -2/.

  1. The examination of the ruptured Zircaloy-2 pressure tube from Pickering NGS Unit 2

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    On 1983 August 01 a Zircaloy-2 pressure tube in Pickering NGS Unit 2 ruptured. All the fuel channel components, the fuel bundles, pressure tube, end fittings, garter springs and calandria tubes were shipped to Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories for examination to determine the cause of the rupture. The examination showed that the rupture initiated at a series of hydride blisters on the outside surface of the pressure tube. The blisters formed because of the garter spring spacers between the pressure tube and calandria tube was about one metre out of position. This allowed the horizontal pressure tube to sag by creep and touch the cool calandria tube. The resulting thermal gradients in the pressure tube concentrated the hydrogen and deuterium at the cool zones and blisters of solid hydride formed. Cracks initiated at several of the blisters and linked together to form a partial through wall critical crack which initiated the final rupture. The video presentation shows how the examination of the fuel channel components was conducted in underwater bays and shielded cells and explains the sequence of events that caused the rupture

  2. Herpetic Whitlow

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    ... the hibernating (latent) virus to wake up, become active, and travel back to the skin. These recurrent herpes simplex ... the prodrome phase (burning, tingling, or itching) and active phase (presence of blisters or ... gloves if you are a health care provider Don't pop any blisters—it ...

  3. Observations of orientation dependence of surface morphology in tungsten implanted by low energy and high flux D plasma

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    Surface modification by formation of blistering and nanostructures with pronounced orientation dependence has been observed on surfaces of rolled tungsten and recrystallized tungsten after exposure to a low energy (38 eV) deuterium (D) plasma with a high flux of 1024 m−2 s−1. The correlation between blisters and nanostructures with grain orientation was examined on recrystallized tungsten to exclude the influence of defects introduced during plastic deformation on the pattern of surface modification. The amount of blistering changed from the most in grains oriented close to 〈1 1 1〉 to the least in grains oriented close to 〈0 0 1〉. Three kinds of typical nanostructures were observed, with a clear dependence on grain orientation. Triangular structures were observed on grains oriented near the 〈1 1 1〉 corner of the inverse pole figure, with lamellar structures formed for grains oriented near the 〈0 1 1〉 corner, and spongy structures for grains near the 〈0 0 1〉 corner. Possible reasons for the orientation dependence of both the blisters and nanostructures are discussed

  4. Observations of orientation dependence of surface morphology in tungsten implanted by low energy and high flux D plasma

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    Xu, H.Y. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhang, Y.B. [Danish–Chinese Center for Nanometals, Section for Material Science and Advanced Characterization, Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Risø Campus, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Yuan, Y.; Fu, B.Q.; Godfrey, A. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); De Temmerman, G. [FOM Institute DIFFER–Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Trilateral Euregio Cluster, Edisonbaan 14, 3439 MN Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Liu, W., E-mail: liuw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Huang, X., E-mail: xihu@dtu.dk [Danish–Chinese Center for Nanometals, Section for Material Science and Advanced Characterization, Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Risø Campus, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2013-11-15

    Surface modification by formation of blistering and nanostructures with pronounced orientation dependence has been observed on surfaces of rolled tungsten and recrystallized tungsten after exposure to a low energy (38 eV) deuterium (D) plasma with a high flux of 10{sup 24} m{sup −2} s{sup −1}. The correlation between blisters and nanostructures with grain orientation was examined on recrystallized tungsten to exclude the influence of defects introduced during plastic deformation on the pattern of surface modification. The amount of blistering changed from the most in grains oriented close to 〈1 1 1〉 to the least in grains oriented close to 〈0 0 1〉. Three kinds of typical nanostructures were observed, with a clear dependence on grain orientation. Triangular structures were observed on grains oriented near the 〈1 1 1〉 corner of the inverse pole figure, with lamellar structures formed for grains oriented near the 〈0 1 1〉 corner, and spongy structures for grains near the 〈0 0 1〉 corner. Possible reasons for the orientation dependence of both the blisters and nanostructures are discussed.

  5. One-Step Multiplex RT-PCR for Simultaneous Detection of Four Pome Tree Viroids

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    Apple scar skin viroid (ASSVd), Apple dimple fruit viroid (ADFVd), Apple fruit crinkle viroid (AFCVd), and Pear blister canker viroid (PBCVd) cause natural infections in pome (apple, pear, quince) fruit trees. These viroids are found worldwide and are important quarantine pathogens for the internati...

  6. HLA-A*3101 and carbamazepine-induced hypersensitivity reactions in Europeans.

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    McCormack, Mark

    2011-03-24

    Carbamazepine causes various forms of hypersensitivity reactions, ranging from maculopapular exanthema to severe blistering reactions. The HLA-B*1502 allele has been shown to be strongly correlated with carbamazepine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS-TEN) in the Han Chinese and other Asian populations but not in European populations.

  7. Bullous reaction to a Mantoux test; a case report and review of the literature

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    Daifullah Al Aboud2

    2016-01-01

    The tuberculin skin test is widely used in the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection Blistering skin lesion from the test is rarely observed. In this manuscript, I report a patient who develops a bullous lesion from the test and I review the related literature.

  8. The EGF repeat-specific O-GlcNAc-transferase Eogt interacts with notch signaling and pyrimidine metabolism pathways in Drosophila.

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    Reto Müller

    Full Text Available The O-GlcNAc transferase Eogt modifies EGF repeats in proteins that transit the secretory pathway, including Dumpy and Notch. In this paper, we show that the Notch ligands Delta and Serrate are also substrates of Eogt, that mutation of a putative UDP-GlcNAc binding DXD motif greatly reduces enzyme activity, and that Eogt and the cytoplasmic O-GlcNAc transferase Ogt have distinct substrates in Drosophila larvae. Loss of Eogt is larval lethal and disrupts Dumpy functions, but does not obviously perturb Notch signaling. To identify novel genetic interactions with eogt, we investigated dominant modification of wing blister formation caused by knock-down of eogt. Unexpectedly, heterozygosity for several members of the canonical Notch signaling pathway suppressed wing blister formation. And importantly, extensive genetic interactions with mutants in pyrimidine metabolism were identified. Removal of pyrimidine synthesis alleles suppressed wing blister formation, while removal of uracil catabolism alleles was synthetic lethal with eogt knock-down. Therefore, Eogt may regulate protein functions by O-GlcNAc modification of their EGF repeats, and cellular metabolism by affecting pyrimidine synthesis and catabolism. We propose that eogt knock-down in the wing leads to metabolic and signaling perturbations that increase cytosolic uracil levels, thereby causing wing blister formation.

  9. Foot-and-mouth disease

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    Belsham, Graham; Charleston, Bryan; Jackson, Terry;

    2009-01-01

    Foot-and-mouth disease is an economically important, highly contagious, disease of cloven-hoofed animals characterized by the appearance of vesicles (blisters) on the feet and in and around the mouth. The causative agent, foot-and-mouth disease virus, was the first mammalian virus to be discovered...

  10. Stability of freeze-dried tablets at different relative humidities.

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    Corveleyn, S; Remon, J P

    1999-09-01

    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the stability of two different freeze-dried tablet formulations at different relative humidities (RHs). The tablets contained 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) as a model drug and were prepared by freeze-drying a suspension and an oil-in-water (o/w) emulsion. Formulation A was a rapidly disintegrating tablet and consisted of 80 mg of maltodextrine DE38; 8 mg of polyethyleneglycol (PEG 6000), 8 mg of xanthan gum, and 25 mg of HCT. Formulation B was a lyophilized dry emulsion tablet that consisted of 160 mg of Miglyol 812, 80 mg of maltodextrin DE38, 16 mg of methylcellulose (Methocel) A15LV, and 25 mg of HCT. Tablets were packaged in different packing materials: polyvinylchloride (PVC)/aluminum blister packs, PVC-polyvinylidenechloride (PVDC)/aluminum blister packs, closed containers with a dessicant tablet, and open containers. The tablets were stored at three relative humidities (45%, 60%, and 85% RH) and were characterized on mechanical strength, residual moisture, porosity, content uniformity, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) during a period of 6 months. After 1 month at 60% and 85% RH, a strong increase in moisture content (from 2.7% to 6.8%) was seen for the tablets packed in the open and closed containers and for the PVC/aluminum blistered tablets. This increase was higher for formulation A compared to formulation B since B contained 160 mg of triglycerides and was more hydrophobic. This increase in water content was correlated with a decrease in mechanical strength. The tablets also showed a change in microstructure and porosity. At a moisture content of 7.2%, formulation A showed a structural "collapse" since water acts as a plasticizer for the amorphous glass, lowering the glass transition temperature Tg. This phenomenon even occurred in PVC/aluminum blister packs at 85% RH. The structural collapse was associated with a complete loss of microstructure as detected by porosimetric analysis and SEM. For the PVC

  11. Studies on modification of some first wall materials using 3-6.8 MeV He ions

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    Because very few results are reported in the MeV region, we have started a systematic investigation concerning the fluence and energy dependence of blistering induced in some useful materials for the first wall (stainless steels, Ni, Cu, Mo). They have been irradiated with 3.0, 4.7 and 6.8 MeV He ions. The irradiation effects have been investigated by means of a TEMSCAN-200-CX electron microscope and two metallographic microscopes. Irradiation phenomena as sponge- and wave-like structures, submicronic cracks, multilayer flaking, micro-conglomerates, secondary blisters, microcraters were observed. An interesting effect is the amorphous phase in the Ti-modified austenitic steel 12KH18N10T, phase formatted during irradiation with 6.8 MeV He+ ions up to a dose of crater occurrence (7x1018 ions per cm2), the temperature of specimens (100 μm thick) being maintained during irradiation in the range 30-60 deg. C. The X-ray microanalysis shows the presence of the major alloy elements in the amorphous area, whereas in that embedding a microcrystallite it is to be noticed the Ni depletion and the presence of Si and Mo. A potential explanation of the energy dependence of average blisters diameter d and blister critical dose could be stressed-induced model, because, in our cases (medium energy He ions), d-tm, where t is the blister skin thickness. For our high energy data, an m=1.8 value is relatively convenient, except Mo, where m=1.5 is more suitable

  12. Origin of microplasma instabilities during DC operation of silicon based microhollow cathode devices

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    Felix, Valentin; Lefaucheux, Philippe; Aubry, Olivier; Golda, Judith; Schulz-von der Gathen, Volker; Overzet, Lawrence J.; Dussart, Rémi

    2016-04-01

    The failure mechanisms of micro hollow cathode discharges (MHCD) in silicon have been investigated using their I-V characteristics, high speed photography and scanning electron microscopy. Experiments were carried out in helium. We observed I-V instabilities in the form of rapid voltage decreases associated with current spikes. The current spikes can reach values more than 100 times greater than the average MHCD current. (The peaks can be more than 1 Ampere for a few 10’s of nanoseconds.) These current spikes are correlated in time with 3-10 μm diameter optical flashes that occur inside the cavities. The SEM characterizations indicated that blister-like structures form on the Si surface during plasma operation. Thin Si layers detach from the surface in localized regions. We theorize that shallow helium implantation occurs and forms the ‘blisters’ whenever the Si is biased as the cathode. These blisters ‘explode’ when the helium pressure inside them becomes too large leading to the transient micro-arcs seen in both the optical emission and the I-V characteristics. We noted that blisters were never found on the metal counter electrode, even when it was biased as the cathode (and the Si as the anode). This observation led to a few suggestions for delaying the failure of Si MHCDs. One may coat the Si cathode (cavities) with blister resistant material; design the MHCD array to operate with the Si as the anode rather than as the cathode; or use a gas additive to prevent surface damage. Regarding the latter, tests using SF6 as the gas additive successfully prevented blister formation through rapid etching. The result was an enhanced MHCD lifetime.

  13. Computational evaluation for the mechanical behavior of U10Mo fuel mini plates subject to thermal cycling

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    Highlights: ► The foil has a specific stress reversal temperature. ► A tensile state in the foil is a contributing factor for blister migrations. ► The presence of a higher compressive stress field increases blister temperature. ► The corners and the long transverse edges of the foil are possible blister locations. ► Each thermal cycle reduces the compressive foil stresses incrementally. - Abstract: Mechanical behavior of the monolithic mini-plates during a post-fabrication furnace annealing was investigated. Monolithic fuel is a proposed fuel form to accomplish higher uranium densities in the reactor core and thermal cycling is a standard performance evaluation procedure for these fuel elements. To evaluate the mechanical performance of the plate under a thermal loading, a thermo-mechanical finite element simulation was performed. All three stages of the thermal cycling process were considered: (1) heating of a newly fabricated plate to 500 °C, (2) holding at a constant temperature of 500 °C for 60 min, and finally (3) cooling the plate to room temperature. Fabrication induced residual stress fields were implemented as the initial state for the thermal cycle model. It was shown that the fuel foil remains in the elastic regime during the entire process, while the cladding material exhibits additional plasticity. In particular, simulations have revealed the existence of a critical temperature at which the net stress fields on the fuel foils change directions. This stress reversal occurs between 400 and 450 °C which matches the experimental blister temperature of irradiated plates. It was shown that the fuel foil would be in fully tensile state above this transition temperature, facilitating the initiation of blisters. Long transverse edges and the regions around the corners of the fuel foil were identified as possible blister locations. The results have implied that a higher post-fabrication compressive stress field of the foil yields higher threshold

  14. Degradation process in organic thin film devices fabricated using P3HT

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    Rashmi; Ashok K Kapoor; Upendra Kumar; V R Balakrishnan; P K Basu

    2007-03-01

    The stability of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene 2,5-diyl) (P3HT) thin films sandwiched between indium tin oxide (ITO) and aluminium (Al) electrodes have been investigated under normal environmental conditions (25°C and RH ∼ 45-50%). Electrical and optical properties of ITO/P3HT/Al devices have been studied over a period of 30 days. Mobility of the order of 10-4 cm2/V-s has been obtained from the 2 law in the as- deposited P3HT films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigations show blistering of Al contacts in devices with a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) interlayer on application of voltage whereas no blistering is seen in devices without PEDOT. The results have been explained in terms of trap generation and propagation and the moisture-absorbing nature of PEDOT.

  15. Emergency management of chemical weapons injuries.

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    Anderson, Peter D

    2012-02-01

    The potential for chemical weapons to be used in terrorism is a real possibility. Classes of chemical weapons include nerve agents, vesicants (blister agents), choking agents, incapacitating agents, riot control agents, blood agents, and toxic industrial chemicals. The nerve agents work by blocking the actions of acetylcholinesterase leading to a cholinergic syndrome. Nerve agents include sarin, tabun, VX, cyclosarin, and soman. The vesicants include sulfur mustard and lewisite. The vesicants produce blisters and also damage the upper airways. Choking agents include phosgene and chlorine gas. Choking agents cause pulmonary edema. Incapacitating agents include fentanyl and its derivatives and adamsite. Riot control agents include Mace and pepper spray. Blood agents include cyanide. The mechanism of toxicity for cyanide is blocking oxidative phosphorylation. Toxic industrial chemicals include agents such as formaldehyde, hydrofluoric acid, and ammonia. PMID:22080590

  16. Adhesion and degradation of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic light-emitting devices

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    This paper presents the results of a combined analytical, computational, and experimental study of adhesion and degradation of Organic Light Emitting Devices (OLEDs). The adhesion between layers that are relevant to OLEDs is studied using an atomic force microscopy technique. The interfacial failure mechanisms associated with blister formation in OLEDs and those due to the addition of TiO2 nanoparticles into the active regions are then elucidated using a combination of fracture mechanics, finite element modeling and experiments. The blisters observed in the models are shown to be consistent with the results from adhesion, interfacial fracture mechanics models, and prior reports of diffusion-assisted phenomena. The implications of the work are then discussed for the design of OLED structures with improved lifetimes and robustness

  17. Radioimmunoassay of total IgE and allergen-specific IgE antibodies with a uniform indicator system in allergies of childhood

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    Solid-phase radioimmunoassays for the determination of allergen-specific and total IgE have been developed. In an indirect solid-phase radioimmunoassay for the measurement of allergen-specific antibodies PVC blisters coated with allergens and in a sandwich solid-phase radioimmunoassay blisters coated with antihuman IgE antibodies are incubated sequentially with patient serum, unlabelled antihuman IgE from rabbits purified by affinity chromatography, and finally with antirabbitglobulin from sheep. Antirabbitglobuline was purified by immunoadsorption. The 125I-labelled antibody with a specific activity of 30 kBq/μg antibody protein could be used universally for the determination of antibodies of each immunoglobulin class. In 160 patients mostly with seasonal asthma these assays supported RAST and PRIST kits and were helpful in the diagnosis of atopic diseases. (author)

  18. Simultaneous and continuous observations of helium bombarded surfaces of polycrystalline molybdenum

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    Simultaneous and continuous observations of 100 keV helium bombarded surfaces of polycrystalline molybdenum were made using a scanning electron microscope positioned on a beam line of the 400 kV Cockcroft-Walton type ion accelerator to study surface phenomena on the first wall of fusion reactors. In the pre-implanted target (to a fluence of 4.4 x 1017 He+/cm2 at ambient room temperature) annealed, the transition from blistering to exfoliation evidently appears in 100 keV helium bombardment at ambient room temperature. Exfoliation of the surface layer occurs in a moment and blisters grow with irradiation dose in a short time. The process of exfoliation is discussed. (author)

  19. Novel compound heterozygous mutation in LAMC2 genes (c.79G>A and 382insT) in Herlitz junctional epidermolysis bullosa.

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    Jeon, In Kyung; Kim, Song-Ee; Kim, Soo-Chan

    2014-04-01

    Junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) is a heritable blistering skin disease characterized by separation within the lamina lucida. It is caused by mutations in the LAMA3, LAMB3 and LAMC2 genes encoding the α3-, β3- and γ2-chains, respectively, of laminin-332. JEB Herlitz type (JEB-H) is a lethal blistering disease with severe cutaneous and extracutaneous involvements caused by null mutations in the gene encoding laminin-332. Here, we report a proband with JEB-H who is a compound heterozygote for two novel mutations in LAMC2; a missense mutation (c.79G>A) and an insertion mutation (382insT) leading to a premature termination codon. PMID:24533970

  20. In situ study of the initiation of hydrogen bubbles at the aluminium metal/oxide interface

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    Xie, De-Gang; Wang, Zhang-Jie; Sun, Jun; Li, Ju; Ma, Evan; Shan, Zhi-Wei

    2015-09-01

    The presence of excess hydrogen at the interface between a metal substrate and a protective oxide can cause blistering and spallation of the scale. However, it remains unclear how nanoscale bubbles manage to reach the critical size in the first place. Here, we perform in situ environmental transmission electron microscopy experiments of the aluminium metal/oxide interface under hydrogen exposure. It is found that once the interface is weakened by hydrogen segregation, surface diffusion of Al atoms initiates the formation of faceted cavities on the metal side, driven by Wulff reconstruction. The morphology and growth rate of these cavities are highly sensitive to the crystallographic orientation of the aluminium substrate. Once the cavities grow to a critical size, the internal gas pressure can become great enough to blister the oxide layer. Our findings have implications for understanding hydrogen damage of interfaces.