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  1. Comparison of the Roche Cobas® 4800 HPV assay to Roche Amplicor for detection of high-risk human papillomavirus.

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    Phillips, S; Cornall, A M; Machalek, D A; Garland, S M; Bateson, D; Garefalakis, M; Tabrizi, S N

    2016-08-01

    Roche Amplicor HPV (AMP) had previously been used for detection of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) in epidemiological and clinical studies. As this assay is no longer available, we compared its performance using PreservCyt samples from women aged of 18-24 years attending for routine cervical cytology screening to Roche Cobas® 4800 (Cobas) to determine if subsequent studies could continue using the Cobas assay. Overall 507 samples were tested on Cobas and compared to previous AMP results, with discrepant samples tested on Roche Linear Array. Overall, agreement between the Cobas and AMP for the presence of HR HPV types was very high (κ = 0.81) (95 % CI: 0.76 - 0.87) with percentage agreement of 91.57 %. Cobas is comparable to AMP for the detection of HR-HPV types in a community recruited cohort of healthy women.

  2. Comparison of the Roche Cobas(®) 4800 HPV assay to Digene Hybrid Capture 2, Roche Linear Array and Roche Amplicor for Detection of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genotypes in Women undergoing treatment for cervical dysplasia.

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    Phillips, Samuel; Garland, Suzanne M; Tan, Jeffery H; Quinn, Michael A; Tabrizi, Sepehr N

    2015-01-01

    The recently FDA (U.S. food and drug administration) approved Roche Cobas(®) 4800 (Cobas) human papillomavirus (HPV) has limited performance data compared to current HPV detection methods for test of cure in women undergoing treatment for high grade lesions. Evaluation of Cobas HPV assay using historical samples from women undergoing treatment for cervical dysplasia. A selection of 407 samples was tested on the Cobas assay and compared to previous results from Hybrid Capture 2, HPV Amplicor and Roche Linear Array. Overall, a correlation between high-risk HPV positivity and high grade histological diagnosis was 90.6% by the Cobas, 86.1% by Hybrid Capture 2, 92.9% by HPV Amplicor and 91.8% by Roche Linear Array. The Cobas HPV assay is comparative to both the HPV Amplicor and Roche Linear Array assays and better than Hybrid capture 2 assay in the detection of High-Risk HPV in women undergoing treatment for cervical dysplasia. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Evaluation of the NucliSens EasyQ v2.0 assay in comparison with the Roche Amplicor v1.5 and the Roche CAP/CTM HIV-1 Test v2.0 in quantification of C-clade HIV-1 in plasma.

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    Maximilian Muenchhoff

    Full Text Available Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1 genetic diversity poses a challenge to reliable viral load monitoring. Discrepancies between different testing platforms have been observed, especially for non-clade-B virus. Therefore we compare, in antiretroviral therapy (ART-naïve South African subjects predominantly infected with HIV-1 clade-C, three commercially available assays: the COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 by Roche (CAP/CTM v2.0, the BioMérieux NucliSens Version 2.0 Easy Q/Easy Mag (NucliSens v2.0 and the Roche COBAS Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test Version 1.5 (Amplicor v1.5. Strong linear correlation was observed and Bland-Altman analyses showed overall good agreement between the assays with mean viral load differences of 0.078 log cp/ml (NucliSens v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5, 0.260 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5 and 0.164 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - NucliSens v2.0, indicating lower mean viral load results for the Amplicor v1.5 and higher mean readings for the CAP/CTM v2.0. Consistent with observations following previous comparisons of CAP/CTM v2.0 versus Amplicor v1.5, the CAP/CTM v2.0 assay detected low-level viremia (median 65 cp/ml in more than one-third of those in whom viremia had been undetectable (<20 cp/ml in assays using the NucliSens platform. These levels of viremia are of uncertain clinical significance but may be of importance in early detection of ART resistance in those on treatment. Overall the three assays showed good comparability of results but with consistent, albeit relatively small, discrepancies for HIV-1 clade-C samples, especially in the low-viremic range that should be taken into account when interpreting viral load data.

  4. Comparison of the COBAS AMPLICOR MTB and BDProbeTec ET assays for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in respiratory specimens.

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    W.H.F. Goessens (Wil); P. de Man (Peter); J.G. Koeleman; A. Luijendijk (Ad); R. te Witt (René); H.P. Endtz (Hubert); A.F. van Belkum (Alex)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractThe performances of the BDProbeTec ET (Becton Dickinson) and COBAS AMPLICOR MTB (Roche) were retrospectively evaluated for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in various respiratory specimens. The BACTEC and MGIT liquid culture system (Becton Dickinson) was used as a reference

  5. Viral load: Roche applies for marketing approval for ultrasensitive test.

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    1998-08-07

    Roche Molecular Systems has applied for FDA permission to market a more sensitive viral load test. The Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor UltraSensitive Method tests viral load as low as 50 copies; current tests are only accurate to 400 copies. There is a widespread consensus among physicians that testing below 400 copies would be a valuable treatment tool.

  6. Homage to Jean Roche

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    2010-01-01

    It was with deep sadness that we learnt that Jean Roche had died. Jean was one of those quietly efficient and conscientious pillars of our community who beaver away unobtrusively for decades and make such a contribution to building CERN. An expert in thermal engineering, he left his mark on many buildings on the Meyrin and Prévessin sites. At the time of the LEP project at the beginning of the 1980s he was in charge of defining the principles of the ventilation systems for the new accelerator. Through his design studies and the calls for tenders that he launched, he developed these high-performance state-of-the-art installations which not only made LEP’s successes possible but also served as benchmarks for the fundamental principles underpinning the design of the LHC ventilation system. Jean always liked to surround himself with young people and during the years of his stewardship the design office was a splendid training ground. Despite his responsibilities, Jean was always keen t...

  7. Comparative evaluation of Amplicor HIV-1 DNA test, version 1.5, by ...

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    DNA extractions by manual procedure and MP were performed each on cell pellet, venous blood and DBS samples and tested by Amplicor HIV-1 DNA assay. Of 325 samples included, 60 (18.5%) were confirmed HIV-infected by manual extraction performed on cell pellets. Sensitivity of the assay following MP processing of ...

  8. PRODUCTOS ROCHE S.A.

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    Academia Nacional de Medicina

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    Gracias a un formidable esfuerzo iniciado en el seno de la entidad de salud más prestigiosa del país, la Academia Nacional de Medicina, se ha producido una unión multidisciplinaria con el Ministerio de Salud del país.


    El objetivo fundamental es el de llevar a usted las ideas y conocimientos que se generan y obtienen en la base misma de la entidad rectora de salud en Colombia.
    Conscientes de la importancia de esta acción, como también convencidos de que el pilar principal del desarrollo científico es el profesional de la salud, continuando la línea histórica que nos ha caracterizado a nivel mundial, desde el punto de vista investigativo, gracias a la cual miembros de nuestra institución han obtenido premios Nobel, es un honor para Productos Roche S. A. el formar parte de esta asociación multidisciplinaria, colaborando con la Academia Nacional de Medicina y el gobierno en la producción de esta revista.


    Productos Roche ha considerado un compromiso desde el punto de vista filosófico, apoyar las iniciativas en salud de las instituciones colombianas, y especialmente dar apoyo a las inquietudes de nuestros amigos, los profesionales de la salud.


    Con orgullo nos permitimos presentar a usted, estimado colega este número de la Revista de la Academia Nacional de Medicina.

    CAMILO DELGADO ARJONA

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  9. Linnugripp tõi ravimifirmale Roche magusa kasumi / Erik Aru

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    Aru, Erik

    2005-01-01

    Šveitsi ravimitootja Roche'i viiruseravimi Tamiflu müük on kasvanud. Roche kavatseb järgmiseks suveks suurendada toodangut võrreldes 2004. aastaga kaheksa korda, kuid seda ei peeta piisavaks. ÜRO ja WHO nõuavad, et firma loobuks patentidest või annaks koopiaravimite valmistajatele tootmise litsentsi. Tabel: F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Lisa: Linnugripi vaktsiini võib loota kuue kuu pärast

  10. Ice cream and orbifold Riemann-Roch

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    Buckley, Anita; Reid, Miles; Zhou, Shengtian

    2013-06-01

    We give an orbifold Riemann-Roch formula in closed form for the Hilbert series of a quasismooth polarized n-fold (X,D), under the assumption that X is projectively Gorenstein with only isolated orbifold points. Our formula is a sum of parts each of which is integral and Gorenstein symmetric of the same canonical weight; the orbifold parts are called ice cream functions. This form of the Hilbert series is particularly useful for computer algebra, and we illustrate it on examples of {K3} surfaces and Calabi-Yau 3-folds. These results apply also with higher dimensional orbifold strata (see [1] and [2]), although the precise statements are considerably trickier. We expect to return to this in future publications.

  11. An integral Riemann-Roch theorem for surface bundles

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    Madsen, Ib Henning

    2010-01-01

    This paper is a response to a conjecture by T. Akita about an integral Riemann–Roch theorem for surface bundles.......This paper is a response to a conjecture by T. Akita about an integral Riemann–Roch theorem for surface bundles....

  12. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neissefia gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N-gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

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    Luijt, DS; Bos, PAJ; van Zwet, AA; Vader, PCV; Schirm, J

    A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased

  13. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem for group scheme actions

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    Koeck, B.

    1998-01-01

    Let G be a group or a group scheme. We establish formulas for the equivariant Euler characteristic of locally free G-modules on a projective G-scheme X: We prove an Adams- Riemann-Roch theorem and, under a certain continuity assumption for the push-forward map, a Grothendieck-Riemann- Roch theorem in (higher) equivariant algebraic K-theory. Furthermore, we present the following applications: The Adams-Riemann-Roch theorem specializes to an interchanging rule between Adams operations and induc...

  14. Comparison of two commercial assays for detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical scrape specimens: validation of the Roche AMPLICOR HPV test as a means to screen for HPV genotypes associated with a higher risk of cervical disorders.

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    Ham, M.A. van; Bakkers, J.M.J.E.; Harbers, G.; Quint, W.G.V.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Melchers, W.J.G.

    2005-01-01

    Certain high-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) types are a necessary cause for the development of cervical disorders. Women with persistent HR HPV infections have an increased risk of developing high-grade cervical lesions, compared with those who have no or low-risk HPV infections. Therefore,

  15. ["Wetlands". Charles Bukowski and Charlotte Roche on hemorrhoids].

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    Bahmer, F A; Bahmer, J A

    2010-08-01

    More than 40 years ago Charles Bukowski described his experiences with coloscopy and the ensuing surgery on his hemorrhoids, both performed by a doctor pictured as sadistic. Bukowski not only depicts these procedures but also characterizes his compassionate inpatients as well as the nursing staff. In her bestseller published in 2008 Charlotte Roche's protagonist Helen needs surgical inpatient treatment because of hemorrhoidal bleeding. Her stay in the hospital, prolonged by a postoperative self-inflicted bleeding, provides the basis not only for strategies to bring her divorced parents together but also for thoughts on genitalia, manifold sexual practices, as well as on rules of hygiene. From a psychodynamic viewpoint the protagonists in both stories suffer from a depressive basic conflict, compensated in Bukowski's work by a dependent, self-destructive, philobatic form of coping and in Roche's alter ego Helen by an impulsive, sexualized behaviour.

  16. Submaximal Riemann-Roch expected curves and symplectic packing.

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    Wioletta Syzdek

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available We study Riemann-Roch expected curves on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ in the context of the Nagata-Biran conjecture. This conjecture predicts that for sufficiently large number of points multiple points Seshadri constants of an ample line bundle on algebraic surface are maximal. Biran gives an effective lower bound $N_0$. We construct examples verifying to the effect that the assertions of the Nagata-Biran conjecture can not hold for small number of points. We discuss cases where our construction fails. We observe also that there exists a strong relation between Riemann-Roch expected curves on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ and the symplectic packing problem. Biran relates the packing problem to the existence of solutions of certain Diophantine equations. We construct such solutions for any ample line bundle on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ and a relatively smallnumber of points. The solutions geometrically correspond to Riemann-Roch expected curves. Finally we discuss in how far the Biran number $N_0$ is optimal in the case of mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1. In fact we conjecture that it can be replaced by a lower number and we provide evidence justifying this conjecture.

  17. Mécanique des sols et des roches

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    Vullier, Laurent; Zhao, Jian

    2016-01-01

    La mécanique des sols et la mécanique des roches sont des disciplines généralement traitées séparément dans la littérature. Pour la première fois, un traité réunit ces deux spécialités, en intégrant également les connaissances en lien avec les écoulements souterrains et les transferts thermiques. A la fois théorique et pratique, cet ouvrage propose tout d'abord une description détaillée de la nature et de la composition des sols et des roches, puis s'attache à la modélisation de problèmes aux conditions limites et présente les essais permettant de caractériser les sols et les roches, tant d'un point de vue mécanique qu'hydraulique et thermique. La problématique des sols non saturés et des écoulements multiphasiques est également abordée. Une attention particulière est portée aux lois de comportement mécanique et à la détermination de leurs paramètres par des essais in situ et en laboratoire, et l'ouvrage offre également une présentation détaillée des systèmes de classi...

  18. ACCIONES DE GRUPOS SOBRE EL ESPACIO DE RIEMANN-ROCH

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    VASQUEZ LATORRE, DANIELA

    2013-01-01

    Sea G un grupo finito de automorfismos de una curva proyectiva suave X, sobre el cuerpo de los números complejos, y D un divisor no especial de X invariante bajo la acción de G. En este trabajo estudiaremos el problema de descomposición de la representación natural del grupo G en el espacio de Riemann-Roch L(D), asociado al divisor D. Presentaremos fórmulas explícitas para la multiplicidad de cada factor irreducible, en términos de la multiplicidad de estos factores en la descompo...

  19. Elevated ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) in nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept?, Roche): overview

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    Jones Judith K; Salgo Miklos; Müller Lutz; Pozniak Anton; Larson Peter; Tweats David

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Roche's protease inhibitor nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®) produced between March 2007-June 2007 was found to contain elevated levels of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), a known mutagen (alkylator) – leading to a global recall of the drug. EMS levels in a daily dose (2,500 mg Viracept/day) were predicted not to exceed a dose of ~2.75 mg/day (~0.055 mg/kg/day based on 50 kg patient). As existing toxicology data on EMS did not permit an adequate patient risk assessment, a comprehensive an...

  20. Riemann-Roch Spaces and Linear Network Codes

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    Hansen, Johan P.

    a metric on the set of vector spaces and showed that a minimal distance decoder for this metric achieves correct decoding if the dimension of the intersection of the transmitted and received vector space is sufficiently large. The vector spaces in our construction have minimal distance bounded from below......We construct linear network codes utilizing algebraic curves over finite fields and certain associated Riemann-Roch spaces and present methods to obtain their parameters. In particular we treat the Hermitian curve and the curves associated with the Suzuki and Ree groups all having the maximal...... number of points for curves of their respective genera. Linear network coding transmits information in terms of a basis of a vector space and the information is received as a basis of a possibly altered vector space. Ralf Koetter and Frank R. Kschischang %\\cite{DBLP:journals/tit/KoetterK08} introduced...

  1. Small-scale hydro-electric scheme in Roches, Switzerland; Projet de concession. Petite centrale hydroelectrique de Roches

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    Hausmann, M.

    2006-07-01

    The small hydropower plant (SHPP) project 'PCH Roches' is planned to be built in Roches, a small village located in the Jura region of the canton of Bern. The goal of this undertaking is to reactivate a site with hydro potential of the river Birs on a section that was already well exploited by some ancient SHPP (since 1953 or probably even earlier). Several modifications were performed on this plant over the years; not all contributed positively on its production figures. Following a transfer of the water rights in 1987, claims became loud against the owner to perform maintenance on the river banks and to modify the weir such that a free passage for the fishes will be granted. Those issues contributed to inflate a conflict which ended in the repeal of the water rights and a total plant shut down in 2001. The new project plans to reuse the existing pen stock and to carry out some refurbishing activities to grant security and better performance. The weir and the intake structure are also redesigned such that the water storage can be somewhat raised for normal operation; a weir gate will however allow to better discharge the river in flood situations. A new turbine house will be erected at the current location where the tail water pen stock rejoins the river. Hence, the existing old turbine house will be obsolete and the upper and lower pen stock sections are to be linked with each other. Limited by the existing pen stock size, the new plant is expected to produce some 50 kW power and 362,000 kWh/year. This represents an increase in energy generation of around 200% compared with the ancient SHPP. Gross head is 5.38 m, net head 4.12 m with a turbine flow of at least 1.6 m{sup 3}/s. The expected energy sales price applicable to this project reaches about 0.17 CHF/kWh as per the current tariffs set by the grid owner. This project calls for the building of a state-of-the-art SHPP. It will avoid the total dismantling of the existing works to take place and allow

  2. Disainmööbel Roche Bobois, kokteil sarmist ja romantikast / Reet Krause

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    Krause, Reet, 1967-

    2004-01-01

    Luksuslikku kodumööblit tootvast prantsuse firmast. Firma disainerid itaallased Paola Navone ja Massimo Iosa Ghini, Vladimir Kagan, Hans Hopper ja prantslased Jean Claude Magirard ja Sylvain Joly. Philippe Roche ja disainer Hans Hopperi kommentaar

  3. Unstable Roche-Lobe Overflow of Gaseous Planets

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    Jackson, Brian

    The discoveries of more than 100 roughly Earth-sized bodies with orbital periods less than 1 day, ultra-short-period planets or candidates (USPs), have challenged planet formation theories, and evidence suggests USPs may be the remnants of gaseous planets that shed their atmospheres. Indeed, many hot Jupiters are near Roche-Lobe overflow (RLO), and tidal decay can push them the rest of the way in. Recent work has shown stable RLO (atmospheres lost via a steady outflow and thin accretion disk) probably cannot produce USPs on its own but suggested unstable RLO (atmospheres quickly shed on dynamical timescales) may. In fact, stable RLO may drive overflowing hot Jupiters into unstable RLO, and by analogy with the common-envelope binaries, the core that remains can drive off the gaseous envelope at the cost of its orbital energy. Wellestablished mass-radius relations for gaseous planets, coupled to simple energy and angular momentum considerations, provide a connection between the observed masses and periods for USPs and their putative progenitor gaseous planets, with few free parameters. We propose to investigate the hypothesis that USPs originate through tidal decay and a combination of stable and unstable Roche-lobe overflow of short-period gaseous planets through the following studies: -We will explore the planetary masses, orbital periods, etc. that produce unstable RLO using the Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA) suite. -We will relate the observed periods and masses of USPs to their putative progenitor masses and periods to see whether they are consistent with the unstable RLO hypothesis. This proposal is directly relevant to the Exoplanets Research Program since it seeks to "understand the ... physical processes of exoplanets" and "improve understanding of [their] origins" through "theoretical studies ... and modeling'". We also expect that it will have broad impacts on a variety of astrophysical topics: -Ultra-short period planets could

  4. Elevated ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) in nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept, Roche): overview.

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    Pozniak, Anton; Müller, Lutz; Salgo, Miklos; Jones, Judith K; Larson, Peter; Tweats, David

    2009-08-06

    Roche's protease inhibitor nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept) produced between March 2007-June 2007 was found to contain elevated levels of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), a known mutagen (alkylator) - leading to a global recall of the drug. EMS levels in a daily dose (2,500 mg Viracept/day) were predicted not to exceed a dose of approximately 2.75 mg/day (approximately 0.055 mg/kg/day based on 50 kg patient). As existing toxicology data on EMS did not permit an adequate patient risk assessment, a comprehensive animal toxicology evaluation of EMS was conducted. General toxicity of EMS was investigated in rats over 28 days. Two studies for DNA damage were performed in mice; chromosomal damage was assessed using a micronucleus assay and gene mutations were detected using the MutaMouse transgenic model. In addition, experiments designed to extrapolate animal exposure to humans were undertaken. A general toxicity study showed that the toxicity of EMS occurred only at doses >or= 60 mg/kg/day, which is far above that received by patients. Studies for chromosomal damage and mutations in mice demonstrated a clear threshold effect with EMS at 25 mg/kg/day, under chronic dosing conditions. Exposure analysis (Cmax) demonstrated that approximately 370-fold higher levels of EMS than that ingested by patients, are needed to saturate known, highly conserved, error-free, mammalian DNA repair mechanisms for alkylation. In summary, animal studies suggested that patients who took nelfinavir mesylate with elevated levels of EMS are at no increased risk for carcinogenicity or teratogenicity over their background risk, since mutations are prerequisites for such downstream events. These findings are potentially relevant to >40 marketed drugs that are mesylate salts.

  5. COMPOSITIONS AND ORIGINS OF OUTER PLANET SYSTEMS: INSIGHTS FROM THE ROCHE CRITICAL DENSITY

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    Tiscareno, Matthew S.; Hedman, Matthew M. [Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States); Burns, Joseph A. [Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States); Castillo-Rogez, Julie [Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA 91109 (United States)

    2013-03-10

    We consider the Roche critical density ({rho}{sub Roche}), the minimum density of an orbiting object that, at a given distance from its planet, is able to hold itself together by self-gravity. It is directly related to the more familiar ''Roche limit,'' the distance from a planet at which a strengthless orbiting object of given density is pulled apart by tides. The presence of a substantial ring requires that transient clumps have an internal density less than {rho}{sub Roche}. Conversely, in the presence of abundant material for accretion, an orbiting object with density greater than {rho}{sub Roche} will grow. Comparing the {rho}{sub Roche} values at which the Saturn and Uranus systems transition rapidly from disruption-dominated (rings) to accretion-dominated (moons), we infer that the material composing Uranus' rings is likely more rocky, as well as less porous, than that composing Saturn's rings. From the high values of {rho}{sub Roche} at the innermost ring moons of Jupiter and Neptune, we infer that those moons may be composed of denser material than expected, or more likely that they are interlopers that formed farther from their planets and have since migrated inward, now being held together by internal material strength. Finally, the ''Portia group'' of eight closely packed Uranian moons has an overall surface density similar to that of Saturn's A ring. Thus, it can be seen as an accretion-dominated ring system, of similar character to the standard ring systems except that its material has a characteristic density greater than the local {rho}{sub Roche}.

  6. Thermal waters as cosmeceuticals: La Roche-Posay thermal spring water example

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    2013-01-01

    Sophie SeiteLa Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Asnières, FranceAbstract: The curative use of thermal spring water is well known, but further investigation of its biological properties and therapeutic benefits is necessary. This present article reports all available scientific data concerning La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and provides a better understanding of the biological mechanism of action of this water in regard to its composition and physicochemical properties ...

  7. Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in an STI population: performances of the Presto CT-NG assay, the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG and the COBAS Amplicor with urine specimens and urethral/cervicovaginal samples

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    Schuurs, T A; Verweij, S P; Weel, J F L; Ouburg, S; Morré, S A

    2013-01-01

    Objectives This study assessed the performances of the Presto CT-NG assay, the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG and the COBAS Amplicor for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae detection. Design A cross-sectional study design. Setting Izore, Centre for Diagnosing Infectious Diseases in Friesland, the Netherlands, tested samples sent from regional sexually transmitted infection (STI) outpatient clinics and regional hospitals from the province Friesland, the Netherlands. Participants Samples were collected from 292 men and 835 women. These samples included 560 urine samples and 567 urethral/cervicovaginal samples. Primary and secondary outcome measures The primary outcome measure is C trachomatis infection. No secondary outcome measures are available. Results The sensitivity, specificity, positive predicative value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) for C trachomatis detection in urine samples using the Presto CT-NG assay were 100%, 99.8%, 98.1% and 100%, respectively; for the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG: 94.2%, 99.8%, 96.1% and 99.4%, respectively; for the COBAS Amplicor: 92.3%, 99.6%, 96% and 99.2%, respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for C trachomatis detection in urethral/cervicovaginal swabs using the Presto CT-NG assay and the COBAS Amplicor were 100%, 99.8%, 97.7% and 100%, respectively; for the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG: 100%, 99.6%, 97.7% and 100%, respectively. Calculations for N gonorrhoeae could not be made due to a low prevalence. Conclusions All three assays had a high sensitivity, specificity, PPV and NPV for C trachomatis, with best performance for the Presto CT-NG assay. PMID:24381252

  8. Quantitation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) RNA in Cell-Free Cervicovaginal Secretions: Comparison of Reverse Transcription-PCR Amplification (AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR 1.5) with Enhanced-Sensitivity Branched-DNA Assay (Quantiplex 3.0)

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    Si-Mohamed, Ali; Andreoletti, Laurent; Colombet, Isabelle; Carreno, Marie-Paule; Lopez, Gladys; Chatelier, Gilles; Kazatchkine, Michel D.; Belec, Laurent

    2001-01-01

    Two commercially available hypersensitive assays for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA quantitation, AMPLICOR HIV-1 Monitor Test 1.5 and Quantiplex HIV RNA 3.0, were compared to detect and quantify HIV-1 RNA in the cell-free fraction of cervicovaginal secretions collected by vaginal washing. Three panel specimens were used: pooled cervicovaginal secretions spiked with HIV-1 subtype A or HIV-1 subtype B and cervicovaginal lavages from HIV-positive and HIV-negative women. Compared to the AMPLICOR HIV-1 Monitor Test 1.5 assay, the Quantiplex HIV-1 3.0 assay yielded higher estimates of HIV-1 RNA concentrations in several tested samples spiked with HIV-1 RNA subtype A, as well as subtype B, particularly samples containing low amounts of HIV-1 RNA. The sensitivity and specificity of the AMPLICOR HIV-1 Monitor Test 1.5 assay were 93 and 100%, respectively; the sensitivity and specificity of the Quantiplex HIV RNA 3.0 assay were 97 and 50%, respectively. In conclusion, in quantifying HIV-1 RNA in cervicovaginal secretions, the Quantiplex HIV RNA 3.0 may lack specificity, and the AMPLICOR HIV-1 Monitor Test 1.5 assay, although highly specific, may lack sensitivity. PMID:11376034

  9. Thermal waters as cosmeceuticals: La Roche-Posay thermal spring water example

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sophie SeiteLa Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Asnières, FranceAbstract: The curative use of thermal spring water is well known, but further investigation of its biological properties and therapeutic benefits is necessary. This present article reports all available scientific data concerning La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and provides a better understanding of the biological mechanism of action of this water in regard to its composition and physicochemical properties and its clinical benefits for patients. These data justify the use of this selenium-rich water as an active or “cosmeceutical” ingredient in topical formulations to increase quality of life and compliance in patients with chronic disease.Keywords: thermal spring water, selenium, biological properties, curative use

  10. A new primate assemblage from La Verrerie de Roches (Middle Eocene, Switzerland).

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    Minwer-Barakat, Raef; Marigó, Judit; Becker, Damien; Costeur, Loïc

    2017-12-01

    Primates reached a great abundance and diversity during the Eocene, favored by warm temperatures and by the development of dense forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Here we describe new primate material from La Verrerie de Roches, a Middle Eocene karstic infill situated in the Jura Region (Switzerland), consisting of more than 80 dental remains. The primate assemblage from La Verrerie de Roches includes five different taxa. The best represented primate is Necrolemur aff. anadoni, similar in size and overall morphology to Necrolemur anadoni but resembling in some features the younger species Necrolemur antiquus. Microchoerines are also represented by two species of Pseudoloris, P. pyrenaicus and Pseudoloris parvulus, constituting the unique joint record of these two species known up to now. Remains of Adapiformes are limited to one isolated tooth of a large anchomomyin and another tooth belonging to the small adapine Microadapis cf. sciureus. The studied primate association allows assigning La Verrerie de Roches to the Robiacian Land Mammal Age. More specifically, this site can be confidently situated between the MP15 and MP16 reference levels, although the primate assemblage probably indicates some degree of temporal mixing. This is the first record of P. pyrenaicus and a form closely related to N. anadoni out of the Iberian Peninsula. The identification of these microchoerines in Switzerland gives further support to the connection of NE Spain and Central Europe during the Middle Eocene. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. TIDALLY DRIVEN ROCHE-LOBE OVERFLOW OF HOT JUPITERS WITH MESA

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    Valsecchi, Francesca; Rasio, Frederic A. [Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), and Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Rappaport, Saul [Department of Physics, and Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Marchant, Pablo [Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hgel 71, D-53121 Bonn (Germany); Rogers, Leslie A., E-mail: francesca@u.northwestern.edu, E-mail: rasio@northwestern.edu, E-mail: sar@mit.edu, E-mail: pablo@astro.uni-bonn.de, E-mail: larogers@caltech.edu [Department of Astronomy and Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

    2015-11-10

    Many exoplanets have now been detected in orbits with ultra-short periods very close to the Roche limit. Building upon our previous work, we study the possibility that mass loss through Roche lobe overflow (RLO) may affect the evolution of these planets, and could possibly transform a hot Jupiter into a lower-mass planet (hot Neptune or super-Earth). We focus here on systems in which the mass loss occurs slowly (“stable mass transfer” in the language of binary star evolution) and we compute their evolution in detail with the binary evolution code Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics. We include the effects of tides, RLO, irradiation, and photo-evaporation (PE) of the planet, as well as the stellar wind and magnetic braking. Our calculations all start with a hot Jupiter close to its Roche limit, in orbit around a Sun-like star. The initial orbital decay and onset of RLO are driven by tidal dissipation in the star. We confirm that such a system can indeed evolve to produce lower-mass planets in orbits of a few days. The RLO phase eventually ends and, depending on the details of the mass transfer and on the planetary core mass, the orbital period can remain around a few days for several Gyr. The remnant planets have rocky cores and some amount of envelope material, which is slowly removed via PE at a nearly constant orbital period; these have properties resembling many of the observed super-Earths and sub-Neptunes. For these remnant planets, we also predict an anti-correlation between mass and orbital period; very low-mass planets (M{sub pl} ≲ 5 M{sub ⊕}) in ultra-short periods (P{sub orb} < 1 day) cannot be produced through this type of evolution.

  12. Self-sustained strong mass transfer without Roche lobe overflow - Cygnus X-3

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    Tavani, Marco; Ruderman, Malvin; Shaham, Jacob

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    It is proposed that the binary evolution of Cyg X-3 is driven by a self-excited wind from a solar composition companion star sustained by radiation from a neutron star primary. Observations would then imply that the companion is a white dwarf underfilling its Roche lobe, with mass between 0.01 and 0.03 solar masses. Cyg X-3 could then be in the late stage of very low mass X-ray binary evolution expected to result in a millisecond pulsar binary similar to the eclipsing system PSR 1957 + 20.

  13. Optimisation des procès logistiques de l'équipe La Roche-Posay

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    Gil Ferrer, Ana

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    Le présent rapport est consacré aux processus logistiques réalisés au sein du service « Market Supply Logistics » (MSL) de la Division Cosmétique Active de L’Oréal. Ces processus s’analysent d’un point de vue des Responsables d’Axes du service logistique marque La Roche-Posay de la MSL CAI, pour faciliter l’identification des points les plus critiques. L’optimisation de ces points a pour but d’augmenter la productivité au sein du service. En concentrant l’action des responsable...

  14. Roche tomography of cataclysmic variables - VIII. The irradiated and spotted dwarf nova, SS Cygni

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    Hill, C. A.; Smith, Robert Connon; Hebb, L.; Szkody, P.

    2017-12-01

    We present the results of our spectroscopic study of the dwarf nova SS Cygni, using Roche tomography to map the stellar surface and derive the system parameters. Given that this technique takes into account the inhomogeneous brightness distribution on the surface of the secondary star, our derived parameters are (in principle) the most robust yet found for this system. Furthermore, our surface maps reveal that the secondary star is highly spotted, with strongly asymmetric irradiation on the inner hemisphere. Moreover, by constructing Doppler tomograms of several Balmer emission lines, we find strong asymmetric emission from the irradiated secondary star, and an asymmetric accretion disc that exhibits spiral structures.

  15. Self-sustained strong mass transfer without Roche lobe overflow - Cygnus X-3

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    Tavani, M.; Ruderman, M.; Shaham, J. (Columbia Univ., New York, NY (USA))

    1989-07-01

    It is proposed that the binary evolution of Cyg X-3 is driven by a self-excited wind from a solar composition companion star sustained by radiation from a neutron star primary. Observations would then imply that the companion is a white dwarf underfilling its Roche lobe, with mass between 0.01 and 0.03 solar masses. Cyg X-3 could then be in the late stage of very low mass X-ray binary evolution expected to result in a millisecond pulsar binary similar to the eclipsing system PSR 1957 + 20. 27 refs.

  16. The roche vault performed by elite gymnasts: somersaulting technique, deterministic model, and judges' scores.

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    Takei, Yoshiaki

    2007-02-01

    The purpose of the study was to determine the mechanical variables that are related to successful post-flight somersaulting performance of the Roche vault. The 23 Roche vaults performed during the 2000 Olympic Games were filmed by a 16-mm camera operating at 100 Hz. The 2-D direct linear transformation technique was used for spatial calibration. Approximately 60 frames were digitized per vault. The method of Hay and Reid (1988) was used to develop a deterministic model to identify the mechanical variables that govern linear and angular motions of the vault. Correlational analysis was used to establish the strength of the relationship between the mechanical variables identified and the judges' scores. Significant correlations indicated that the higher judges' scores were negatively related to five mechanical variables and positively related to seventeen variables in the model. The normalized horizontal displacement of body center of mass (CM) from the knee grasp to the peak of post-flight was the best single predictor of the judges' score and accounted for 50% of variation in the judges' score. Finally, the landing point deductions and the official horizontal distance of post-flight collectively accounted for 86% of the variance in the judges' scores.

  17. [Evaluation of the Unicel DXC 600 (Beckman Coulter) and comparison with Integra 800 (Roche Diagnostics)].

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    Servonnet, A; Théfenne, H; Boukhira, A; Vest, P; Renard, C

    2007-01-01

    The Unicel DXC 600 is an automated analytical system from Beckman Coulter for measuring usual biochemistry parameters (electrolytes, substrates and enzymatic activities), therapeutic drugs, drugs of abuse and specific proteins. According to the "Société française de biologie clinique (SFBC)" validation protocol, we tested the following parameters: electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, total CO2), substrates (uric acid, calcium, phosphate, glucose, creatinine, urea, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, bilirubin, iron, triglycerides), enzymes (ALAT, ASAT, amylase, CK, GGT, LDH, lipase, ALP), total proteins and specific proteins (albumin, CRP, haptoglobin). The results confirm the excellent analytical performances regarding imprecision. The comparison study shows differences between values obtained with Unicel DXC 600 and Integra 800 (Roche diagnostics), leading to the use of correcting factors for some parameters.

  18. Racialized Spaces in Teacher Discourse: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Place-Based Identities in Roche Bois, Mauritius

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    Wiehe, Elsa M.

    2013-01-01

    This eleven-month ethnographic study puts critical discourse analysis in dialogue with postmodern conceptualizations of space and place to explore how eight educators talk about space and in the process, produce racialized spaces in Roche Bois, Mauritius. The macro-historical context of racialization of this urban marginalized community informs…

  19. Analytical validation of the Roche 25-OH Vitamin D Total assay

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    Knudsen, Cindy Soendersoe; Nexo, Ebba; Højskov, Carsten Schriver

    2012-01-01

    ) showed Vitamin D Total nmol/L=1.07×(LC-MS/MS) nmol/L+4.7 nmol/L, whereas comparison of 25OHD2 using 23 patient samples showed Vitamin D Total nmol/L=0.55×(LC-MS/MS) nmol/L–2.38 nmol/L (Demings regression). Conclusions: The Roche Vitamin D Total assay is judged suitable for measurement of 25OHD in serum...... evaluated the 25-OH Vitamin D Total assay in comparison to our in-house liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method [194 patient samples without 25-hydroxy vitamin D2 (25OHD2) and 23 patient samples containing 25OHD2]. Results: At concentrations of 34 and 56 nmol/L within-run CVs were 4.......8% and 1.9% and total CVs were 8.3% and 6.1%. We verified that the limit of quantification was 22.5 nmol/L, as stated by the manufacturer. No significant difference was observed between serum and plasma samples (Li-heparin). Comparison with LC-MS/MS using 194 samples containing 25OHD3 only (no 25OHD2...

  20. The evolution of triples with a Roche lobe filling outer star

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    de Vries, N.; Portegies Zwart, S.; Figueira, J.

    2014-03-01

    The evolution of triples has not attracted much attention in the literature, although their evolution can be dramatically different from binaries and single stars. Triples are quite common, and we find that for about 1 per cent of the triples in the Tokovinin catalogue of multiple stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood, the tertiary star will overflow its Roche lobe at some time in its evolution, before any of the inner stars leave the main sequence. For two of these systems, ξ Tau and HD 97131, we simulate in detail this phase of mass transfer, during which stellar evolution, gravitational dynamics and hydrodynamics all play an important role. We have used AMUSE to solve these physical processes in a self-consistent way. The resulting evolution, mass transfer and the effects on the inner as well as on the outer orbit are profound, although it is not trivial to predict the eventual consequence of the phase of mass transfer and the appearance of the resulting system.

  1. Pharmacological promiscuity: dependence on compound properties and target specificity in a set of recent Roche compounds.

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    Peters, Jens-Uwe; Schnider, Patrick; Mattei, Patrizio; Kansy, Manfred

    2009-04-01

    The term "pharmacological promiscuity" describes a compound's pharmacological activity at multiple targets. Pharmacological promiscuity is undesired in typical drug discovery projects, which focus on the "one drug-one target" paradigm. Off-target activity can lead to adverse drug reactions, or can obscure pharmacodynamic effects in animal models. Therefore, advanced lead compounds, pharmacological tool compounds, and drug candidates are usually screened against panels of safety-relevant targets to detect unwanted pharmacological activities. To identify determinants of pharmacological promiscuity, we compared the panel screening outcomes of 213 recent Roche compounds with their molecular properties. Pronounced promiscuity was not observed below a threshold Clog P value of 2. For basic compounds, the propensity for weak off-target activity was found to increase with calculated basicities, whereas the potential for strong off-target activity depends more qualitatively on the presence of a positive charge at physiological pH. Compounds originating from projects with an aminergic receptor or transporter as a therapeutic target are particularly prone to promiscuity; the promiscuity of such compounds is mainly caused by their activity at other aminergic targets in the screening panel.

  2. El concepto de límite en el B-Mu de François Roche

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    2012-12-01

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    Algunos proyectos, como el Dusty relief/B‐mu (2002 de François Roche demuestran como edificios complejos, que toman distancia desde los modelos mecanicistas para referirse a nuevos paradigmas, se pueden interpretar y comprenderse  mejor gracias a un análisis perceptivo que acerca el proyecto de arquitectura a cuestiones como la relación psicológica del hombre con la arquitectura, el miedo al espacio, y las  patologías  vinculadas a la percepción y a las neurosis modernas.
    En este caso, aparte de las repercusiones que la fachada de  polvo podría tener en el ámbito de la ecología urbana, es interesante analizar algunos aspectos ligados a la dicotomía  entre forma externa y volúmenes internos para la que François Roche cita como referencia el raumplan de Adolf Loos, pero que presenta motivos para una reflexión vinculada a los aspectos  perceptivos.
    El artículo trata de analizar como François Roche proyecta sus edificios extremando la dicotomía entre interior/visual y  exterior/táctil, desarrollando así una nueva relación con el lugar. Roche diseña la fachada exterior del B‐mu autoimponiéndose  una limitación del sentido de la vista, a favor de una dimensión háptica del proyecto y lo hace envolviendo los ámbitos arquitectónicos más familiares de una interfaz abstracta y táctil.

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    edificio, percepción, entorno, envolvente, límite

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    Some projects such as Dusty relief/B‐mu (2002 by François  Roche demonstrate how complex buildings, which distance themselves from the mechanicist models in order to refer  themselves to new paradigms, can be better understood and interpreted thanks to a perceptive analysis.
    This analysis brings the architectural project closer to matters  such as man’s psychological relationship to Architecture, the fear of space

  3. Polyphony and counterpoint: Mechanisms of seduction in the diaries of Helen Hessel and Henri Pierre Roché

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    Catherine du Toit

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    Full Text Available Henri Pierre Roché (1879–1959, the author of Jules et Jim, has been called a general introducer, an exemplary amateur, a collector of women and art and one of the most prolific diarists and active lovers in recorded history. Author of a collection of vignettes about Don Juan, Roché was fascinated with the figure of the seducer and in his twenties planned to devote his life to the creation of a body of work which would examine moral, intellectual, social and sexual relations between women and men. To this end, he would transform his life into a laboratory where real-life experiences would become the main source of reference. Roché’s diary spans sixty years and abounds in tales of seduction. However, the most intense and captivating intrigue of seduction and betrayal in his diary, is his relationship with Helen Hessel. At the start of their affair, Roché suggested that she too should keep a diary of the maelstrom of passion into which they were plunged. Written in French, German and English, Helen Hessel’s diary captures the drama of seduction and functions on several levels: realistic, visionary, absorbed in her thoughts and emotions and yet critical of herself and others. A juxtaposed reading of the two diaries generates a fascinatingly dense texture, revealing the mechanisms of seduction at play. The counterpoint created by these two interdependent voices becomes ever more complex as one becomes aware of the intertextual references that contribute to the emerging polyphony of recorded life and love.Polifonie en kontrapunt: Meganismes van verleiding in die dagboeke van Helen Hessel en Henri Pierre Roché. Henri Pierre Roché (1879–1959, outeur van Jules et Jim, word beskryf as ‘n sosiale koppelaar, ‘n model-liefhebber van alles en nog wat, ‘n versamelaar van vroue en kuns en een van die mees produktiewe dagboekskrywers en aktiewe minnaars in die opgetekende geskiedenis. Roché het ‘n reeks sketse oor Don Juan gepubliseer en

  4. Somersaulting techniques used in high-scoring and low-scoring Roche vaults performed by male Olympic gymnasts.

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    Takei, Yoshiaki; Dunn, J Hubert; Blucker, Erik P

    2007-04-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the somersaulting techniques used in the 16 highest-scoring and 16 lowest-scoring Roche vaults. Our hypothesis was that the gymnasts performing the highest-scoring Roche vaults would demonstrate a better technique than those performing the lowest-scoring Roche vaults while on the horse (pushing off the horse more effectively), somersaulting (executing most of the required somersaults higher in flight), and landing (showing a greater control). A 16-mm motion picture camera, operating at 100 Hz, recorded the vaults during the official competition. The two-dimensional direct linear transformation was used for spatial reconstruction. The results of t-tests (P gymnasts, the high-scoring gymnasts had: (1) greater height of body centre of mass and a more fully extended body position at the horse take-off; (2) greater height of body centre of mass at the peak of post-flight, knee release, and touchdown on the mat; (3) greater horizontal and vertical displacements of body centre of mass, greater somersaulting rotation, and longer time from the knee release to mat touchdown; and (d) markedly smaller landing point deductions. In conclusion, a successful Roche vault is likely when the focus is on: (a) leaving the horse with a large vertical velocity in an extended body position to achieve a high trajectory of centre of mass by first extending the legs, then immediately pushing off the horse vigorously, using the muscles of the upper extremity; (b) grasping the knees immediately after the take-off from the horse, achieving the tightly tucked body position early during the ascent to the peak, and completing two-thirds of the required somersaults at a great height; (c) releasing the knees and extending the body above the top level of the horse; and (d) contacting the mat with a high body centre of mass position.

  5. Collaborative feasibility study of a biphasic system (Roche Septi-Chek AFB) for rapid detection and isolation of mycobacteria.

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    ISENBERG, H.D.; D'Amato, R F; Heifets, L; Murray, P R; Scardamaglia, M; Jacobs, M C; Alperstein, P; Niles, A

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    A study to delineate the feasibility of a biphasic-culture approach for detection and isolation of mycobacteria from clinical specimens except blood was conducted in four medical centers. The biphasic system (Septi-Chek AFB, Roche Diagnostic Systems, Nutley, N.J.) was compared with conventional mycobacterial isolation media and the BACTEC system. Septi-Chek AFB showed the highest degree of mycobacterial recovery. In addition, Septi-Chek AFB consistently shortened the time required for recover...

  6. Numerical Simulations of Gaseous Disks Generated from Collisional Cascades at the Roche Limits of White Dwarf Stars

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    Kenyon, Scott J.; Bromley, Benjamin C.

    2017-11-01

    We consider the long-term evolution of gaseous disks fed by the vaporization of small particles produced in a collisional cascade inside the Roche limit of a 0.6 {M}⊙ white dwarf. Adding solids with radius {r}0 at a constant rate {\\dot{M}}0 into a narrow annulus leads to two distinct types of evolution. When {\\dot{M}}0≳ {\\dot{M}}0,{crit}≈ 3× {10}4 {({r}0/1{km})}3.92 {{g}} {{{s}}}-1, the cascade generates a fairly steady accretion disk where the mass transfer rate of gas onto the white dwarf is roughly {\\dot{M}}0 and the mass in gas is {M}g≈ 2.3× {10}22 ({\\dot{M}}0/{10}10 {{g}} {{{s}}}-1) (1500 {{K}}/{T}0) ({10}-3/α ) g, where T 0 is the temperature of the gas near the Roche limit and α is the dimensionless viscosity parameter. If {\\dot{M}}0≲ {\\dot{M}}0,{crit}, the system alternates between high states with large mass transfer rates and low states with negligible accretion. Although either mode of evolution adds significant amounts of metals to the white dwarf photosphere, none of our calculations yield a vertically thin ensemble of solids inside the Roche limit. X-ray observations can place limits on the mass transfer rate and test this model for metallic line white dwarfs.

  7. A Comparison of the Roche Cobas HPV Test With the Hybrid Capture 2 Test for the Detection of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genotypes

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    Levi, Angelique W; Bernstein, Jane I; Hui, Pei; Duch, Kara; Schofield, Kevin; Chhieng, David C

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    .... To compare the performance of the Roche cobas and Hybrid Capture 2 tests for the detection of high-risk human papillomavirus using both ThinPrep and SurePath preparations as part of a validation study...

  8. Some physiological changes in Waldsteinia trifolia (Roch. leaves in different months of the year

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    Renata Wojciechowska

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The study concerned an evergreen herbal plant Waldsteinia trifolia Roch. This species can be found more and more often in garden plantings in Poland. The aim of the study was to estimate the content of photosynthetic pigments, anthocyanins and dry matter as well as the permeability of cytoplasmatic membranes of Waldsteinia leaves. Plants grew in an ornamental plant collection at the premises of the Faculty of Horticulture of the Agricultural University in Kraków. The study was conducted in 2006 and 2007 in the following months: March, May, June, September, October and November. The permeability of cytoplasmatic membranes was estimated based on electrolyte leakage from leaf discs at 20°C in relation to total electrolytes in the tissue after unfreezing. The first days with temperature drops down to around 0°C in autumn resulted in a decrease in chlorophyll a, b and carotenoid content, but significantly increased anthocyanin content. The ratio of chlorophyll a to b and the ratio of total chlorophylls to carotenoids did not change in particular months. In both years of study, similar changes in dry matter content of the Waldsteinia leaves were observed. Dry matter content significantly increased in June and November and decreased in May and October. In June and in autumn, after first slight frosts, an increase of electrolyte leakage from the leaf discs was observed. However, high dry matter content (40.3% was accompanied by lower permeability of the cytoplasmatic membranes of the leaves after winter during March. These results have shown good adaptation of Waldsteinia trifolia plants to the climatic conditions in Poland.

  9. Elevated ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) in nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®, Roche): overview

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    Pozniak, Anton; Müller, Lutz; Salgo, Miklos; Jones, Judith K; Larson, Peter; Tweats, David

    2009-01-01

    Roche's protease inhibitor nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®) produced between March 2007-June 2007 was found to contain elevated levels of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), a known mutagen (alkylator) – leading to a global recall of the drug. EMS levels in a daily dose (2,500 mg Viracept/day) were predicted not to exceed a dose of ~2.75 mg/day (~0.055 mg/kg/day based on 50 kg patient). As existing toxicology data on EMS did not permit an adequate patient risk assessment, a comprehensive animal toxicology evaluation of EMS was conducted. General toxicity of EMS was investigated in rats over 28 days. Two studies for DNA damage were performed in mice; chromosomal damage was assessed using a micronucleus assay and gene mutations were detected using the MutaMouse transgenic model. In addition, experiments designed to extrapolate animal exposure to humans were undertaken. A general toxicity study showed that the toxicity of EMS occurred only at doses ≥ 60 mg/kg/day, which is far above that received by patients. Studies for chromosomal damage and mutations in mice demonstrated a clear threshold effect with EMS at 25 mg/kg/day, under chronic dosing conditions. Exposure analysis (Cmax) demonstrated that ~370-fold higher levels of EMS than that ingested by patients, are needed to saturate known, highly conserved, error-free, mammalian DNA repair mechanisms for alkylation. In summary, animal studies suggested that patients who took nelfinavir mesylate with elevated levels of EMS are at no increased risk for carcinogenicity or teratogenicity over their background risk, since mutations are prerequisites for such downstream events. These findings are potentially relevant to >40 marketed drugs that are mesylate salts. PMID:19660105

  10. Elevated ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS in nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®, Roche: overview

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Roche's protease inhibitor nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept® produced between March 2007-June 2007 was found to contain elevated levels of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS, a known mutagen (alkylator – leading to a global recall of the drug. EMS levels in a daily dose (2,500 mg Viracept/day were predicted not to exceed a dose of ~2.75 mg/day (~0.055 mg/kg/day based on 50 kg patient. As existing toxicology data on EMS did not permit an adequate patient risk assessment, a comprehensive animal toxicology evaluation of EMS was conducted. General toxicity of EMS was investigated in rats over 28 days. Two studies for DNA damage were performed in mice; chromosomal damage was assessed using a micronucleus assay and gene mutations were detected using the MutaMouse transgenic model. In addition, experiments designed to extrapolate animal exposure to humans were undertaken. A general toxicity study showed that the toxicity of EMS occurred only at doses ≥ 60 mg/kg/day, which is far above that received by patients. Studies for chromosomal damage and mutations in mice demonstrated a clear threshold effect with EMS at 25 mg/kg/day, under chronic dosing conditions. Exposure analysis (Cmax demonstrated that ~370-fold higher levels of EMS than that ingested by patients, are needed to saturate known, highly conserved, error-free, mammalian DNA repair mechanisms for alkylation. In summary, animal studies suggested that patients who took nelfinavir mesylate with elevated levels of EMS are at no increased risk for carcinogenicity or teratogenicity over their background risk, since mutations are prerequisites for such downstream events. These findings are potentially relevant to >40 marketed drugs that are mesylate salts.

  11. A Comparison of the Roche Cobas HPV Test With the Hybrid Capture 2 Test for the Detection of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genotypes.

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    Levi, Angelique W; Bernstein, Jane I; Hui, Pei; Duch, Kara; Schofield, Kevin; Chhieng, David C

    2016-02-01

    All Food and Drug Administration-approved methods in the United States for human papillomavirus testing including the Hybrid Capture 2 human papillomavirus assay and the Roche cobas human papillomavirus test are approved for cytology specimens collected into ThinPrep media but not for specimens collected into SurePath solution. To compare the performance of the Roche cobas and Hybrid Capture 2 tests for the detection of high-risk human papillomavirus using both ThinPrep and SurePath preparations as part of a validation study. One thousand three hundred seventy-one liquid-based cytology samples, including 1122 SurePath and 249 ThinPrep specimens, were tested for high-risk human papillomavirus DNA using the Roche cobas human papillomavirus test and the Hybrid Capture 2 human papillomavirus assay. For cases with discrepant results, confirmatory testing was performed using Linear Array human papillomavirus testing. One hundred and fifty-six (11.38%) and 184 (13.42%) of the 1371 specimens tested positive for high-risk human papillomavirus DNA using the Hybrid Capture 2 human papillomavirus assay and Roche cobas human papillomavirus assay, respectively. In addition, 1289 (94.0%) of 1371 specimens demonstrated concordant high-risk human papillomavirus results with a κ value of 0.72 (95% confidence interval, 065-0.78). There was no statistically significant difference in the percentage of positive high-risk human papillomavirus results between the 2 liquid-based preparations with either assay. Discordant results between the 2 assays were noted in 82 of 1371 cases (6%). Twenty-seven of 82 cases (32.9%) were Hybrid Capture 2 positive/Roche cobas negative and 55 of 82 cases (67.1%) were Roche cobas positive/Hybrid Capture 2 negative. Two of 20 Hybrid Capture 2-positive/Roche cobas-negative cases (10%) and 26 of 37 Roche cobas-positive/Hybrid Capture 2-negative cases (70%) tested positive for high-risk human papillomavirus by Linear Array. Both assays showed good agreement

  12. Meticulous plasma isolation is essential to avoid false low-level viraemia in Roche Cobas HIV-1 viral load assays.

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    Mortier, Virginie; Vancoillie, Leen; Dauwe, Kenny; Staelens, Delfien; Demecheleer, Els; Schauvliege, Marlies; Dinakis, Sylvie; Van Maerken, Tom; Dessilly, Géraldine; Ruelle, Jean; Verhofstede, Chris

    2017-10-24

    Pre-analytical sample processing is often overlooked as a potential cause of inaccurate assay results. Here we demonstrate how plasma, extracted from standard EDTA- containing blood collection tubes, may contain traces of blood cells consequently resulting in a false low-level HIV-1 viral load when using Roche Cobas HIV-1 assays. The presence of human DNA in Roche Cobas 4800 RNA extracts and in RNA extracts from the Abbott HIV-1 RealTime assay was assessed by quantifying the human albumin gene by means of qPCR. RNA was extracted from plasma samples before and after an additional centrifugation and tested for viral load and DNA contamination. The relation between total DNA content and viral load was defined. Elevated concentrations of genomic DNA were detected in 28 out of 100 Cobas 4800 extracts and were significantly more frequent in samples processed outside of the Aids Reference Laboratory. An association between genomic DNA presence and spurious low-level viremia results was demonstrated. Supplementary centrifugation of plasma before RNA extraction eliminated the contamination and the false viremia. Plasma isolated from standard EDTA-containing blood collection tubes may contain traces of HIV DNA leading to false viral load results above the clinical cut-off. Supplementary centrifugation of plasma before viral load analysis may eliminate the occurrence of this spurious low-level viremia.

  13. Comparison of clinical performances among Roche Cobas HPV, RFMP HPV PapilloTyper and Hybrid Capture 2 assays for detection of high-risk types of human papillomavirus.

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    Yu, Shinae; Kwon, Min-Jung; Lee, Eun Hee; Park, Hyosoon; Woo, Hee-Yeon

    2015-09-01

    The cervical cancer screening guidelines suggest that early detection of HPV16 and HPV18 is helpful for identifying women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade two or higher. We comparatively evaluated three HPV DNA assays, Roche Cobas HPV, RFMP HPV PapilloTyper, and Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2). A total of 861 cervical swab samples from women over 30 years of age were classified into two groups, that is, high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) and non-HSIL, according to cervical cytology results and analyzed by three assays. The results of direct sequencing or Linear array HPV genotyping test were considered true when the three assays presented discrepancies. The concordance rates between Roche Cobas HPV versus RFMP HPV PapilloTyper, RFMP HPV PapilloTyper versus HC2, and Roche Cobas versus HC2 were 94.5%, 94.3%, and 95.9%, respectively. For detection of HPV16 and HPV18, Roche Cobas HPV showed the concordance rates of 98.3% (κ = 0.73) and 99.4% (κ = 0.40) with the confirmation tests, respectively; and RFMP HPV PapilloTyper showed the concordance rates of 99.5% (κ = 0.92) and 100.0% (κ = 1.00), respectively. In conclusion, Roche Cobas HPV, RFMP HPV PapilloTyper, and HC2 showed high agreement rates. Roche Cobas HPV and RFMP HPV PapilloTyper are particularly useful, since both provide HPV specific genotypes, HPV16 and HPV18. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  14. Comparison of the Abbott RealTime High Risk HPV test and the Roche cobas 4800 HPV test using urine samples.

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    Lim, Myong Cheol; Lee, Do-Hoon; Hwang, Sang-Hyun; Hwang, Na Rae; Lee, Bomyee; Shin, Hye Young; Jun, Jae Kwan; Yoo, Chong Woo; Lee, Dong Ock; Seo, Sang-Soo; Park, Sang-Yoon; Joo, Jungnam

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    Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing based on cervical samples is important for use in cervical cancer screening. However, cervical sampling is invasive. Therefore, non-invasive methods for detecting HPV, such as urine samples, are needed. For HPV detection in urine samples, two real-time PCR (RQ-PCR) tests, Roche cobas 4800 test (Roche_HPV; Roche Molecular Diagnostics) and Abbott RealTime High Risk HPV test (Abbott_HPV; Abbott Laboratories) were compared to standard cervical samples. The performance of Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV for HPV detection was evaluated at the National Cancer Center using 100 paired cervical and urine samples. The tests were also compared using urine samples stored at various temperatures and for a range of durations. The overall agreement between the Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV tests using urine samples for any hrHPV type was substantial (86.0% with a kappa value of 0.7173), and that for HPV 16/18 was nearly perfect (99.0% with a kappa value of 0.9668). The relative sensitivities (based on cervical samples) for HPV 16/18 detection using Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV with urine samples were 79.2% (95% CI; 57.9-92.9%) and 81.8% (95% CI; 59.7-94.8%), respectively. When the cut-off CT value for Abbott_HPV was extended to 40 for urine samples, the relative sensitivity of Abbott_HPV increased to 91.7% from 81.8% for HPV16/18 detection and to 87.0% from 68.5% for other hrHPV detection. The specificity was not affected by the change in the CT threshold. Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV showed high concordance. However, HPV DNA detection using urine samples was inferior to HPV DNA detection using cervical samples. Interestingly, when the cut-off CT value was set to 40, Abbott_HPV using urine samples showed high sensitivity and specificity, comparable to those obtained using cervical samples. Fully automated DNA extraction and detection systems, such as Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV, could reduce the variability in HPV detection and accelerate the standardization of HPV

  15. Testing single-grain quartz OSL methods using sediment samples with independent age control from the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter (Roches d'Abilly site, Central France)

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    Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov; Murray, Andrew Sean; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter

    2016-01-01

    We present quartz single-grain dose distributions for four well-bleached and unmixed sediment samples with independent age control (22–48 ka), from the archaeologically important Bordes-Fitte rockshelter at Roches d'Abilly, France. This site has previously been dated using 14C AMS dating and stan......We present quartz single-grain dose distributions for four well-bleached and unmixed sediment samples with independent age control (22–48 ka), from the archaeologically important Bordes-Fitte rockshelter at Roches d'Abilly, France. This site has previously been dated using 14C AMS dating...

  16. David Roche, Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s: Why Don’t They Do It Like They Used To?

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    2015-01-01

    In his latest book, David Roche compares the horror films of the 1970s with their remakes of the 2000s to answer the question which features as the book’s subtitle: Why don’t they do it like they used to? With disarming honesty as well as a rigorous theoretical framework, David Roche sets out to investigate why the remakes seemed to him less “disturbing” than the originals, using the criteria delineated by Laurent Jullier in Qu’est ce qu’un bon film? (15), especially that of cohesion. His ana...

  17. Near-complete genome sequencing of swine vesicular disease virus using the Roche GS FLX sequencing platform

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    Nielsen, Sandra Cathrine Abel; Bruhn, Christian Anders Wathne; Samaniego Castruita, Jose Alfredo

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    that is suitable for sequencing the complete protein-encoding sequences of SVDV isolates in which the RNA is relatively intact. The approach couples a single PCR amplification reaction, using only a single PCR primer set to amplify the near-complete SVDV genome, with deep-sequencing using a small fraction...... with significant genetic distances within the same species of viruses. All reference mappings used an iterative method to avoid bias. Further verification was achieved through phylogenetic analysis against published SVDV genomes and additional Enterovirus B sequences. This approach allows high confidence...... of the capacity of a Roche GS FLX sequencing platform. Sequences were initially verified through one of two criteria; either a match between a de novo assembly and a reference mapping, or a match between all of five different reference mappings performed against a fixed set of starting reference genomes...

  18. Testing single-grain quartz OSL methods using sediment samples with independent age control from the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter (Roches d'Abilly site, Central France)

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    Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov; Murray, Andrew Sean; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter

    2016-01-01

    We present quartz single-grain dose distributions for four well-bleached and unmixed sediment samples with independent age control (22–48 ka), from the archaeologically important Bordes-Fitte rockshelter at Roches d'Abilly, France. This site has previously been dated using 14C AMS dating and stan...

  19. Utility of the Roche Cobas 4800 for detection of high-risk human papillomavirus in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Pettus, Jason R; Wilson, Terri L; Steinmetz, Heather B; Lefferts, Joel A; Tafe, Laura J

    2017-02-01

    Clinical laboratories are expected to reliably identify human papilloma virus (HPV) associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) for prognostic and potential therapeutic applications. In addition to surrogate p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing, DNA-based HPV-specific testing strategies are widely utilized. Recognizing the efficiency of the Roche Cobas 4800 platform for testing gynecological cytology specimens for high-risk HPV, we elected to evaluate the potential utility of this platform for testing formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) OPSCC tissue. Using the Roche Linear Array assay for comparison, we tested twenty-eight samples (16 primary OPSCC, 2 lymph node metastases from primary OPSCC, 1 oral tongue carcinoma, 3 benign squamous papillomas, and 3 non-oropharyngeal carcinoma tissues). Excluding two invalid results, the Roche Cobas 4800 testing resulted in excellent inter-assay concordance (25/26, 96.2%) and 100% concordance for HPV-16/HPV-18 positive samples. This data suggests that the Roche Cobas 4800 platform may be a cost-effective method for testing OPSCC FFPE tissues in a clinical molecular pathology laboratory setting. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Comparison of DRY and WET vaginal swabs with cervical specimens in Roche Cobas 4800 HPV and Abbott RealTime High Risk HPV tests.

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    Jun, Jae Kwan; Lim, Myong Cheol; Hwang, Sang-Hyun; Shin, Hye Young; Hwang, Na Rae; Kim, Yeon-Jin; Yoo, Chong Woo; Lee, Dong Ock; Joo, Jungnam; Park, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Do-Hoon

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    Self-collected vaginal swab samples have been proposed as an alternative specimen collection method for human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA detection. Two vaginal swabs (a cone-shaped flocked swab (DRY) and a L-shape FLOQSwab with 2mL eNAT transport medium (WET)) were compared to standard cervical samples for HPV DNA testing. Additionally, they were also compared by using Roche Cobas 4800 HPV (Roche_HPV) and Abbott Real-time High Risk HPV (Abbott_HPV) tests. Ninety-six women were prospectively enrolled from the National Cancer Center in Korea between June and August 2015. WET and DRY vaginal swabs and cervical specimens were collected. Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV tests were performed. The Roche_HPV test on cervical specimens was used as reference. The observed agreements (kappa) of Roche_HPV and Abbott_HPV between WET and DRY swabs were 89.6% (0.790, 95% confidence interval (95% CI): 0.667-0.913) and 91.7% (0.833, 95%CI: 0.723-0.943), respectively. No statistical difference was observed between WET and DRY swabs (p>0.05 for all comparisons). For HPV16/18, the sensitivity/specificity of Roche_HPV on the DRY and WET samples presented 93.8%/96.3% and 87.5%/97.5%, respectively. For other High Risk HPV (hrHPV), the sensitivity/specificity of Roche_HPV on the DRY and WET swabs presented 91.9%/91.5% and 97.3%/98.3, respectively. The sensitivity/specificity of the Abbott_HPV on the DRY and WET swabs were 93.8%/98.8%, 87.5%/98.8% for HPV16/18, and 91.9%/93.2%, 100.0%/93.2% for other hrHPV, respectively. HPV tests performed similarly when using vaginal DRY and WET swab samples. Using DRY and WET swabs to collect vaginal specimens could be an alternative to collecting cervical samples for HPV DNA testing. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Evaluation of metagenetic community analysis of planktonic copepods using Illumina MiSeq: Comparisons with morphological classification and metagenetic analysis using Roche 454.

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    Hirai, Junya; Nagai, Satoshi; Hidaka, Kiyotaka

    2017-01-01

    Metagenetics is a rapid and taxonomically comprehensive method for revealing community structures within environmental samples, based on large amounts of sequence data produced by high-throughput sequencers. Because community structures of planktonic copepods are important in the ocean owing to their high diversity and abundance, a metagenetic analysis of the 28S D2 region using Roche 454 was previously developed. However, the Illumina MiSeq platform with a high sequence output is being used more frequently in metagenetics, and non-calanoid copepods have not previously been fully evaluated. Here, we evaluated an Illumina MiSeq-based metagenetic analysis using a mock community and field-collected samples that were examined in a previous study using Roche 454, and the community structure, including non-calanoid copepods, was compared among morphological and metagenetic analyses. We removed a singleton read and applied an appropriate abundance threshold to remove erroneous Molecular Operational Taxonomic Units (MOTUs) with low-abundance sequences in the MiSeq-based analysis. Results showed that the copepod community was successfully characterized using Illumina MiSeq. Higher-quality sequences were obtained using MiSeq than by Roche 454, which reduced the overestimation of diversity, especially at a strict 99% similarity threshold for MOTU clustering. Taxonomic compositions in terms of both biomass and presence/absence of species, including non-calanoids, were more appropriately represented in the MiSeq- than in Roche 454-based analysis. Our data showed that metagenetic analysis using Illumina MiSeq is more useful for revealing copepod communities than Roche 454, owing to the lower cost and higher quality.

  2. Beyond Skinner? A review of relational frame theory: A post-skinnerian account of human language and cognition by Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, and Roche

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    Osborne, J. Grayson

    2003-01-01

    In their book, Relational Frame Theory: A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition (2001), Hayes, Barnes-Holmes and Roche challenge behavior analysts to put aside Skinner and Verbal Behavior in favor of relational frame theory's approach to human language and cognition. However, when viewed from the contexts of behavior analysis, the principles of behavior analysis, and the principles of the founder of behavior analysis, Relational Frame Theory fits squarely in the Skinnerian, ...

  3. Analysis of 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing options on the Roche/454 next-generation titanium sequencing platform.

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    Hideyuki Tamaki

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing approach has revolutionized studies in microbial ecology. While primer selection and short read length can affect the resulting microbial community profile, little is known about the influence of pyrosequencing methods on the sequencing throughput and the outcome of microbial community analyses. The aim of this study is to compare differences in output, ease, and cost among three different amplicon pyrosequencing methods for the Roche/454 Titanium platform METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The following three pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes were selected in this study: Method-1 (standard method is the recommended method for bi-directional sequencing using the LIB-A kit; Method-2 is a new option designed in this study for unidirectional sequencing with the LIB-A kit; and Method-3 uses the LIB-L kit for unidirectional sequencing. In our comparison among these three methods using 10 different environmental samples, Method-2 and Method-3 produced 1.5-1.6 times more useable reads than the standard method (Method-1, after quality-based trimming, and did not compromise the outcome of microbial community analyses. Specifically, Method-3 is the most cost-effective unidirectional amplicon sequencing method as it provided the most reads and required the least effort in consumables management. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings clearly demonstrated that alternative pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes could drastically affect sequencing output (e.g. number of reads before and after trimming but have little effect on the outcomes of microbial community analysis. This finding is important for both researchers and sequencing facilities utilizing 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing for microbial ecological studies.

  4. Performance Evaluation of Siemens ADVIA Centaur and Roche MODULAR Analytics E170 Total 25-OH Vitamin D Assays

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    Chen, Yu; Kinney, Lois; Božović, Andrea; Smith, Hilary; Tarr, Heather; Diamandis, Eleftherios P.; LeBlanc, Adrien

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    Objectives To evaluate the newly developed Roche MODULAR Analytics E170 Total Vitamin D and the Siemens ADVIA Centaur® Vitamin D Total assays. Materials and Methods Assays were evaluated using the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute protocols. Split patient samples were compared with LC-MS/MS and DiaSorin LIAISON assays (n=79 including 15 specimens with detectable endogenous 25-OH vitamin D2). Assay accuracy was also evaluated using the Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme samples. Results The ADVIA Centaur and E170 assays demonstrated maximum total CVs of 14.1% and 5.9%, respectively. Both showed excellent linearity (R2 >0.99). The ADVIA Centaur assay demonstrated interference with bilirubin at 800 μmol/L, hemolysis at 1.25 g/L, and triglycerides at 2.8 mmol/L. Compared to LC-MS/MS, the ADVIA Centaur assay demonstrated a R2 value of 0.893, average bias of −8.8%; the E170 assay an R2 value of 0.872, average bias of 14.3% with underestimation of 25-OH vitamin D2. Compared to the LIAISON assay, the ADVIA Centaur assay demonstrated an R2 value of 0.781, average bias of −17.3%; the E170 assay an R2 value of 0.823, average bias of 11.4%. The ADVIA Centaur and E170 assays demonstrated a biases of <20% in 10/10 and 8/10 samples, respectively. Conclusions The ADVIA Centaur and E170 vitamin D assays demonstrated acceptable linearity, imprecision, and accuracy. The E170 assay demonstrated consistent underestimation of 25-OH vitamin D2 levels. Compared with LC-MS/MS, the ADVIA Centaur assay demonstrated a higher R2 value and a smaller average bias than the E170 assay. PMID:22705028

  5. Analysis of 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing options on the Roche/454 next-generation titanium sequencing platform.

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    Tamaki, Hideyuki; Wright, Chris L; Li, Xiangzhen; Lin, Qiaoyan; Hwang, Chiachi; Wang, Shiping; Thimmapuram, Jyothi; Kamagata, Yoichi; Liu, Wen-Tso

    2011-01-01

    16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing approach has revolutionized studies in microbial ecology. While primer selection and short read length can affect the resulting microbial community profile, little is known about the influence of pyrosequencing methods on the sequencing throughput and the outcome of microbial community analyses. The aim of this study is to compare differences in output, ease, and cost among three different amplicon pyrosequencing methods for the Roche/454 Titanium platform The following three pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes were selected in this study: Method-1 (standard method) is the recommended method for bi-directional sequencing using the LIB-A kit; Method-2 is a new option designed in this study for unidirectional sequencing with the LIB-A kit; and Method-3 uses the LIB-L kit for unidirectional sequencing. In our comparison among these three methods using 10 different environmental samples, Method-2 and Method-3 produced 1.5-1.6 times more useable reads than the standard method (Method-1), after quality-based trimming, and did not compromise the outcome of microbial community analyses. Specifically, Method-3 is the most cost-effective unidirectional amplicon sequencing method as it provided the most reads and required the least effort in consumables management. Our findings clearly demonstrated that alternative pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes could drastically affect sequencing output (e.g. number of reads before and after trimming) but have little effect on the outcomes of microbial community analysis. This finding is important for both researchers and sequencing facilities utilizing 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing for microbial ecological studies.

  6. Contribution à l'étude de la "taille" des roches Contribution to the Study of Rock Cutting

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    Nguyenminh D.

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    Full Text Available Une étude expérimentale détaillée du processus local de destruction des roches par un outil de forage pétrolier a été faite par une méthode de similitude utilisant des matériaux équivalents tendres. On examine l'influence de la forme de l'outil, de la rugosité du contact et de la ductilité e globale » du matériau. Les résultats obtenus sont ensuite comparés à ceux de l'analyse plastique par la théorie des charges limites. Cette étude met en évidence l'existence de deux modes de rupture, l'action différente du frottement superficiel selon le sens de l'écoulement relatif du matériau en contact, le phénomène de la ductilité apparente qui dépend de la forme de l'outil ; elle précise les paramètres mécaniques importants du forage. A detailed experimental investigation of the local process of rock cutting by a drill bit was carried out on soft equivalent materials simulating rock under borehole conditions. Different factors were analyzed : the shape of the bit tooth, the roughness of ifs contact area, the average ductility of the materiat. The results obtained are then compared with those from a plastic analysis based on the peak lood theory. This investigation shows that there are two different modes of rock destruction, that the Coulomb friction has a different effect depending on the relative direction of flow of the materiat in contact with the bit, and that an apparent ductility of the materiat is linked to the shape of the bit teeth. Finally, the basic mechanical variables for drilling are described

  7. Multicenter evaluation of the new Abbott RealTime assays for quantitative detection of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and hepatitis C virus RNA

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    Schutten, Martin; Peters, D; Back, N K T; Beld, M; Beuselinck, K; Foulongne, V; Geretti, A-M; Pandiani, L; Tiemann, C; Niesters, H G M

    The analytical performances of the new Abbott RealTime hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 viral load assays were compared at nine laboratories with different competitor assays. These included the Abbott LcX, Bayer Versant bDNA, Roche COBAS Amplicor, and Roche COBAS

  8. Gyrotropy and Anisotropy of Rocks: Similarities and Differences Gyrotropie et anisotropie des roches : similitudes et différences

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    Chichinina T. I.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The main features of wave propagation in gyrotropic media are compared with wave propagation in anisotropic media. The results of numerical modelling are presented for three typical seismic exploration models. The first two models are azimuthally anisotropic media (of orthorombic symmetry system, group 2m without and with gyration. The third model is a gyrotropic transversely isotropic medium with a vertical symmetry axis. The computations have been made for propagation of shear waves along the vertical symmetry axis. For sufficiently short wave paths (in our models less than 400 m the two-component (x, y seismograms are similar for all three models. For longer paths both signal shape and signal duration for the first and the third model differ noticeably. Some evidence (experimental data and a micromodel is given to show that the gyrotropy of rocks does exist or, at least, can exist. Les principales caractéristiques de la propagation des ondes dans les milieux gyrotropes sont comparées avec la propagation des ondes dans les milieux azimutalement anisotropes. Les résultats d'une modélisation numérique sont présentés pour trois modèles caractéristiques d'exploration sismique. Les deux premiers modèles sont des milieux anisotropes (de symétrie orthorhombique, groupe 2m avec et sans gyrotropie. Le troisième modèle est un milieu gyrotrope transverse isotrope avec un axe de symétrie vertical. Ces calculs ont été réalisés pour la propagation des ondes transversales le long de l'axe de symétrie vertical. Pour des trajets sismiques suffisamment courts (pour nos modèles, moins de 400 m, les sismogrammes à deux composantes (x, y sont similaires pour les trois modèles. Pour des trajets plus longs, la forme et la durée du signal diffèrent sensiblement pour les modèles 1 et 3. Ceci a pour but de montrer (à l'aide des données expérimentales et d'un micromodèle que la gyrotropie dans les roches existe, ou, tout au moins, peut

  9. Method of chemical analysis of silicate rocks (1962); Methode d'analyse chimique des roches silicatees (1962)

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

    1962-07-01

    A rapid method of analysis for the physical and chemical determination of the major constituents of silicate rocks is described. Water losses at 100 deg. C and losses of volatile elements at 1000 deg. C are estimated after staying in oven for these temperatures, or by mean of a thermo-balance. The determination of silica is made by a double insolubilization with hydrochloric acid on attack solution with sodium carbonate; total iron and aluminium, both with calcium and magnesium, after ammoniacal precipitation of Fe and Al, are determined on the filtration product of silica by titrimetry-photometry of their complexes with EDTA. The alkalis Na and K by flame spectrophotometry, Mn by colorimetry of the permanganate, and Ti by mean of his complex with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, are determined on fluosulfuric attack solution. Phosphorus is determined by his complex with 'molybdenum blue' on a fluoro-nitro-boric attack solution; iron is estimated by potentiometry, with the help of bichromate on hydrofluoric solution. (author) [French] Une methode d'analyse rapide est decrite pour la determination physico-chimique des constituants principaux des roches silicatees. Les pertes en eau a 100 deg. C et en matieres volatiles a 1000 deg. C sont evaluees apres passage au four a ces temperatures, ou a l'aide d'une thermobalance. La determination de la silice se fait par double insolubilisation a l'acide chlorhydrique, sur une attaque au carbonate de sodium; le fer total et l'aluminium ainsi que le calcium et le magnesium, apres precipitation a l'ammoniaque des deux premiers metaux, sont determines sur le filtrat de la silice par titrimetrie-photometrie de leurs complexes avec l'E.D.T.A. Les alcalins sodium et potassium par spectrophotometrie de flamme, le manganese par colorimetrie du permanganate, le titane a l'aide de son complexe avec l'eau oxygenee, sont determines sur une attaque fluosulfurique. Le phosphore est determine par son

  10. Retrospective evaluation of the accuracy of Roche AccuChek Inform and Nova StatStrip glucose meters when used on critically ill patients.

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    Karon, Brad S; Blanshan, Chanse T; Deobald, Gayle R; Wockenfus, Amy M

    2014-12-01

    More stringent accuracy guidelines for hospital-use glucose meters have recently been published, but it remains unclear whether glucose meters can meet these accuracy guidelines when measurement is performed on critically ill patients with fresh whole blood samples. We performed a retrospective evaluation of a conventional (Roche Diagnostics [Indianapolis, IN] AccuChek® Inform) and a newer-generation (Nova Biomedical [Waltham, MA] StatStrip®) glucose system by comparing paired (drawn within 5 min of each other) whole blood glucose meter and laboratory serum glucose values obtained from intensive care unit (ICU) patients. We also performed a prospective evaluation of the accuracy of the Nova StatStrip. The median (interquartile range) bias between Roche AccuChek Inform and serum laboratory glucose measurements was 11 (6-18) mg/dL, compared with a median bias between the Nova StatStrip and serum glucose measurements of 1 (-5 to 5) mg/dL. StatStrip met International Organization for Standardization 15197 and Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) POCT12-A3 accuracy guidelines using both retrospective and prospective datasets. The newer-generation (StatStrip) glucose meter met more stringent CLSI POCT12-A3 accuracy criteria because of reduced bias compared with the previous-generation device. Reduced glucose meter bias led to fewer insulin dosing discrepancies when the insulin dose determined from serum glucose was compared with that determined from the glucose meter value using the institutional glycemic control protocol.

  11. Aprovechamiento del salto de Bourg-Lés-Valence. La Presa de la Roche de Glun-Drôme – Francia

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    Française d´Enterprise, Compagnie

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    Full Text Available To take the fullest advantage of the hydroelectric and agricultural usefulness of the Rhône, the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône has divided the river into a number of sections, and these have been separately developed. The hydraulic gradient at La Roche de Glun, at the end of the central section, involves a hydraulic system consisting of a reservoir, a dam and dykes, a canal, a power station, an overflow canal and drainage works in the , surrounding zones. This project has been carried out by the Compagnie Française d'Enterprises.Para explotar al máximo las posibilidades hidroeléctricas y agrícolas del Ródano, la Compagnie Nationale du Rhône ha dividido dicho río en una serie de tramos para proceder a su distribución. El salto de La Roche de Glun, último del tramo central, forma un complejo hidráulico que consta de: un embalse cerrado por diques, una presa, un canal de alimentación, una central, una esclusa, un canal de descarga y unas obras anejas de drenaje para evitar inundaciones en las ciudades próximas. Las obras han sido realizadas por la Compagnie Française d'Entreprises.

  12. Comparative study of the serum measurement of PTH on Roche Cobas e411® versus the Abbott Architect ci8200®.

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    Bensalah, Mohammed; Bouayadi, Ouardia; Rahmani, Nawal; Lyagoubi, Amina; Lamrabat, Somiya; Choukri, Mohammed

    2017-12-15

    Parathormone (PTH) is the main hormone of phosphocalcic homeostasis. It is synthesized and secreted by the parathyroid glands. PTH has become a routine test in the medical biology laboratory. However, its measurement presents analytical difficulties with the various marketed kits. The aim of this work is to present the results of a comparative study between the PTH measurment on Abbott architect ci8200 and on Roche's Cobas e411 automaton. It is a prospective study carried out for 252 hospitalized patients in the various departments of the University Hospital Center Mohammed VI of Oujda. The "intact" PTH tests were performed on two automata: Abbott Architect ci8200 and Roche Cobas e411. The first uses chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay. The second uses electrochemiluminiscence sandwich enzyme immunoassay. The agreement of the results between the different techniques was evaluated using the Bland-Altman difference diagram and the Passing-Bablok and Deming regression line (MedCalc software version 14.8.1.0®). By analyzing the diagram of Bland-Altman, we note that the average bias between both methods is of the order of 193.9 pg/mL. As for the equation of the right of Passing-Bablok, it is: Y(Architect) = 3.11 X (Cobas) - 12.26. In conclusion, our study shows a great discrepancy between the results of the PTH assay on the Architect ci8200 versus the Cobas e411, hence the biologist's indisputable role in the control and evaluation of the kits marketed through the various validation tests.

  13. Diagnostic accuracy of the ROCHE Septifast PCR system for the rapid detection of blood pathogens in neonatal sepsis-A prospective clinical trial.

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    Straub, Julia; Paula, Helga; Mayr, Michaela; Kasper, David; Assadian, Ojan; Berger, Angelika; Rittenschober-Böhm, Judith

    2017-01-01

    Diagnosis of neonatal sepsis remains a major challenge in neonatology. Most molecular-based methods are not customized for neonatal requirements. The aim of the present study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of a modified multiplex PCR protocol for the detection of neonatal sepsis using small blood volumes. 212 episodes of suspected neonatal late onset sepsis were analyzed prospectively using the Roche SeptiFast® MGRADE PCR with a modified DNA extraction protocol and software-handling tool. Results were compared to blood culture, laboratory biomarkers and clinical signs of sepsis. Of 212 episodes, 85 (40.1%) were categorized as "not infected". Among these episodes, 1 was false positive by blood culture (1.2%) and 23 were false positive by PCR (27.1%). Of 51 (24.1%) episodes diagnosed as "culture proven sepsis", the same pathogen was detected by blood culture and PCR in 39 episodes (76.5%). In 8 episodes, more pathogens were detected by PCR compared to blood culture, and in 4 episodes the pathogen detected by blood culture was not found by PCR. One of these episodes was caused by Bacillus cereus, a pathogen not included in the PCR panel. In 76/212 (35.8%) episodes, clinical sepsis was diagnosed. Among these, PCR yielded positive results in 39.5% of episodes (30/76 episodes). For culture-positive sepsis, PCR showed a sensitivity of 90.2% (95%CI 86.2-94.2%) and a specificity of 72.9% (95%CI 67.0-79.0%). The Roche SeptiFast® MGRADE PCR using a modified DNA extraction protocol showed acceptable results for rapid detection of neonatal sepsis in addition to conventional blood culture. The benefit of rapid pathogen detection has to be balanced against the considerable risk of contamination, loss of information on antibiotic sensitivity pattern and increased costs.

  14. Performance evaluation of the new Roche Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test version 2.0 for quantification of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA

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    Pas, Suzan; Rossen, John W. A.; Schoener, Daniel; Thamke, Diana; Pettersson, Annika; Babiel, Reiner; Schutten, Martin

    Despite FDA approval and CE marking of commercial tests, manufacturer-independent testing of the technical aspects of newly developed tests is important. To evaluate the analytical performance and explore the clinical applicability of the new Roche COBAS AmpliPrep COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 test, version

  15. A comparative evaluation of the analytical performances of Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing, Tosoh HLC-723 G8, Premier Hb9210, and Roche Cobas c501 Tina-quant Gen 2 analyzers for HbA1c determination.

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    Wu, Xiaobin; Chao, Yan; Wan, Zemin; Wang, Yunxiu; Ma, Yan; Ke, Peifeng; Wu, Xinzhong; Xu, Jianhua; Zhuang, Junhua; Huang, Xianzhang

    2016-10-15

    Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is widely used in the management of diabetes. Therefore, the reliability and comparability among different analytical methods for its detection have become very important. A comparative evaluation of the analytical performances (precision, linearity, accuracy, method comparison, and interferences including bilirubin, triglyceride, cholesterol, labile HbA1c (LA1c), vitamin C, aspirin, fetal haemoglobin (HbF), and haemoglobin E (Hb E)) were performed on Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing (Capillarys 2FP) (Sebia, France), Tosoh HLC-723 G8 (Tosoh G8) (Tosoh, Japan), Premier Hb9210 (Trinity Biotech, Ireland) and Roche Cobas c501 (Roche c501) (Roche Diagnostics, Germany). A good precision was shown at both low and high HbA1c levels on all four systems, with all individual CVs below 2% (IFCC units) or 1.5% (NGSP units). Linearity analysis for each analyzer had achieved a good correlation coefficient (R2 > 0.99) over the entire range tested. The analytical bias of the four systems against the IFCC targets was less than ± 6% (NGSP units), indicating a good accuracy. Method comparison showed a great correlation and agreement between methods. Very high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol (≥ 15.28 and ≥ 8.72 mmol/L, respectively) led to falsely low HbA1c concentrations on Roche c501. Elevated HbF induced false HbA1c detection on Capillarys 2FP (> 10%), Tosoh G8 (> 30%), Premier Hb9210 (> 15%), and Roche c501 (> 5%). On Tosoh G8, HbE induced an extra peak on chromatogram, and significantly lower results were reported. The four HbA1c methods commonly used with commercial analyzers showed a good reliability and comparability, although some interference may falsely alter the result.

  16. Apport des expériences de mécaniques des roches à la géologie structurale des bassins sédimentaires Contribution of Rock-Mechanics Experiments to the Stuctural Geology of Sedimentary Basins

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    Full Text Available Dans le but de préciser le domaine d'application des expériences de Mécanique des Roches à la Géologie Structurale, l'auteur définit d'abord les ordres de grandeur des différents facteurs qui contrôlent, dans la nature, les relations contrainte déformation : contraintes mises en leu, vitesse de déformation, température, anisotropie des roches. Sont ensuite passés en revue les résultats des essais de laboratoire de type uniaxial (conditions de surface puis de type triaxial (conditions de fond en distinguant dans chaque cas la nature des contraintes intervenant : tension, compression, cisaillement. Le comportement des roches dans les essais en compression permet de les classer en trois catégories : les roches dites élastiques (roches sédimentaires compactes, métamorphiques et cristallines, les roches dites élastoplastiques possédant une certaine porosité (grés, calcaires, les roches dites plastiques (sel, gypse. Sur chaque type ainsi défini les expériences de laboratoire permettent d'étudier l'influence des paramètres suivants : la pression de confinement qui augmente avec la profondeur et permet une déformation permanente importante des roches élasto-plastiques, la pression des fluides qui les rend au contraire plus fragiles, la température dont l'influence est prédominante pour les roches plastiques, le temps qui seul permet des déformations continues importantes sous de faibles contraintes, l'anisotropie liée soit au dépôt (stratification, soit aux déformations antérieures. Bien que les caractéristiques mécaniques mesurées en laboratoire ne soient pas transposables directement dans la nature, les résultats des essais fournissent au géologue une clef pour l'interprétation qualitative de nombreuses observations à petite et grande échelle : relations socle-couverture sédimentaire, conditions de rejeu des accidents anciens, formation des plis, répartition et nature de la tracturation. In on attempt ta

  17. Diffusion Properties of Carbonated Caprocks from the Paris Basin Propriétés diffusives de roches de couverture carbonatées du Bassin de Paris

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    carbonated caprocks (regardless of the problem of alteration by acidified water, not addressed here. Lastly, a few simple rules for extending the results presented here to other experimental conditions are proposed. L’efficacite d’un stockage geologique de CO2 repose sur les proprietes de confinement des roches de couverture. Parmi ces proprietes, les caracteristiques diffusives jouent un role important qui est parfois sous-estime. En effet, la diffusion est un processus lent mais qui peut s’averer non negligeable sur le long terme. De plus, les caracteristiques recherchees pour une roche de couverture, principalement une forte pression d’entree et une faible permeabilite, ne sont pas incompatibles avec des coefficients de diffusion relativement eleves, puisque ces grandeurs sont liees a des caracteristiques geometriques differentes (schematiquement, les tailles de pore pour les unes et la tortuosite pour les autres. Dans le cadre du projet Geocarbone–INTEGRITE, finance par l’ANR de 2006 a 2008, on a donc mesure les coefficients de diffusion de l’eau et de l’ion bicarbonate dans des echantillons de roche de couvertures carbonatees provenant de trois niveaux (formations des Calcaires du Comblanchien et de la Dalle Nacree. Ces deux especes permettent en effet de couvrir, en premiere approximation, les situations rencontrees en conditions de stockage (espece neutre/espece chargee, interagissant ou non avec la matrice solide. Dans un premier temps, on presente le modele simple de diffusion utilise pour le depouillement des experiences, ce qui permet de passer en revue les differentes grandeurs utiles : coefficient de diffusion effectif, coefficient de diffusion de pore, coefficient de diffusion apparent, porosite accessible, facteur de retard. Le coefficient d’autodiffusion de l’eau est mesure par deux techniques differentes (Resonance Magnetique Nucleaire et tracage radioactif a l’eau tritiee 1H3HO dans deux echantillons. Les resultats obtenus sont

  18. The Bolivian Source Rocks. Sub Andean Zone. Madre de Dios. Chaco Les roches mères de Bolivie. Subandin. Madre de Dios. Chaco

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    connaissances sur les roches mères de Bolivie. Ce travail a été fait dans le cadre de la convention de coopération qui lie depuis 1987 YPFB et l'ORSTOM - Institut Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement en Coopération. L'établissement de cette base de données a permis une synthèse du potentiel pétrolier du pays, la partie concernant le bassin de Madre de Dios, la zone subandine et le Chaco, c'est-à-dire toute la zone potentiellement pétrolière du pays, hors Altiplano, est ici présentée. La base contient actuellement les analyses d'un peu plus de 3000 échantillons. Les roches mères sont Paléozoïques et se sont déposées dans un contexte de bassin d'avant-pays; celui ci s'étendait sur la cordillère ainsi que sur l'avant-pays actuel du Silurien au Permien. Le bassin, restreint initialement à la zone sud-ouest, s'est ensuite étendu vers le nord. La bordure ouest n'est pas connue, elle devait se situer au niveau de l'Altiplano actuel. La bordure est correspond au bouclier Brésilien affleurant actuellement à l'est du pays et sur laquelle se biseaute le Paléozoique. La sédimentation est marine, il s'agit d'une plate-forme carbonatée s'approfondissant au Carbonifère. De nombreuses évidences de diamectites et de figures de resédimentation ont été notées à partir de la fin du Dévonien. Le Trias marque la fin de ces dépôts et se caractérise par une érosion, sans doute due à une phase de rifting avortée. La sédimentation Jurassique et Crétacée est presque toujours continentale et souvent éolienne, il n'y a pas de structuration marquée. Au nord, dans la zone de Madidi, les dépôts du Crétacé terminal (Maestrichian montrent des intercalations marines riches en matière organique (Fm Flora, alors que son équivalent au centre et au Sud (Fm Cajones est purement gréseux. Le soulèvement de la cordillère orientale démarre à la fin de l'Oligocène (27 Ma, Sempere et al. , 1990 et le front de compression se déplace ensuite

  19. 10Be dating of the Main Terrace level in the Amblève valley (Ardennes, Belgium): new age constraint on the archaeological and palaeontological filling of the Belle-Roche palaeokarst

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    Rixhon, Gilles; Bourlès, Didier L.; Braucher, Régis; Siame, Lionel; Cordy, Jean-Marie; Demoulin, Alain

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    It is still disputed whether very old archaeological and palaeontological remains found in the Belle-Roche palaeocave (eastern Belgium) pertain to the Early (˜1 Ma) or Middle (˜0.5 Ma) Pleistocene. Here, in situ-produced cosmogenic 10Be concentrations from a depth profile in nearby sediments of the Belle-Roche terrace (Amblève Main Terrace level) are used as an indirect solution of this chronological issue. The distribution of 10Be concentrations in the upper 3 m of this profile displays the theoretically expected exponential decrease with depth. Assuming a single exposure episode, we obtain a best fit age of 222.5±31 ka for the time of terrace abandonment. However, below 3 m, the 10Be concentrations show a marked progressive increase with depth. This distinctive cosmogenic signal is interpreted as the result of slow aggradation of the fluvial deposits over a lengthy interval. Modelling of the whole profile thus suggests that the onset of the terrace formation occurred at around 550 ka, with a sediment accumulation rate of ˜20 mm/ka. Based on two slightly different reconstructions of the geomorphic evolution of the area and a discussion of the temporal link between the cave and Main Terrace levels, we conclude that the fossil-bearing layers in the palaeokarst pertain most probably to MIS 14-13 (or possibly MIS 12-11) and the artifact-bearing layer to MIS 13 (or possibly MIS 11). This age estimate for the large mammal association identified in the Belle-Roche palaeokarst and the attribution to MIS 14-13 of a similar fauna found in the lowermost fossiliferous layers of the Caune de l'Arago (Tautavel) are in mutual support. Our results therefore confirm the status of the Belle-Roche site as a reference site for the Cromerian mammal association and the Early Palaeolithic industry in NW Europe.

  20. Laboratory blood analysis in Strigiformes-Part II: plasma biochemistry reference intervals and agreement between the Abaxis Vetscan V2 and the Roche Cobas c501.

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    Ammersbach, Mélanie; Beaufrère, Hugues; Gionet Rollick, Annick; Tully, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Limited plasma biochemical information is available in Strigiformes. Only one study investigated the agreement between a point-of-care with a reference laboratory analyzer for biochemistry variables in birds. The objective was to report reference intervals (RI) for plasma biochemistry variables in Strigiformes, and to assess agreement between the Abaxis Vetscan V2 and Roche Cobas c501. A prospective study was designed to assess plasma biochemistry RI for concentration of calcium, phosphorus, total protein, albumin, globulin, glucose, bilirubin, uric acid, bile acids, sodium, potassium, and chloride, and activities of AST, GGT, CK, amylase, lipase, LDH, and GLDH. In addition, the agreement between the Vetscan and the Cobas in owl species was assessed. A total of 190 individuals were sampled belonging to 12 Strigiformes species including Barn Owls, Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Spectacled Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Long-Eared Owls, Short-Eared Owls, Great Gray Owls, Snowy Owls, Northern Saw-Whet Owls, and Northern Hawk-Owls. Order-, species-, and method-specific RI were determined on both analyzers. Although Vetscan data were not equivalent to the Cobas, 4 analytes (glucose, AST, CK, and total protein, with correction for bias) were within acceptable agreement, 3 analytes (uric acid, calcium, and phosphorus) were within close agreement, and the remaining analytes were in strong disagreement. Species-specific differences were observed notably for the concentration of glucose in Barn Owls and electrolytes in Northern Saw-Whet Owls. Overall, this study suggests that the Vetscan has acceptable clinical performance in Strigiformes for some analytes and highlights discrepancies for several analytes. © 2015 American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

  1. GLM-based optimization of NGS data analysis: A case study of Roche 454, Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina NextSeq sequencing data.

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    Sandmann, Sarah; de Graaf, Aniek O; van der Reijden, Bert A; Jansen, Joop H; Dugas, Martin

    2017-01-01

    There are various next-generation sequencing techniques, all of them striving to replace Sanger sequencing as the gold standard. However, false positive calls of single nucleotide variants and especially indels are a widely known problem of basically all sequencing platforms. We considered three common next-generation sequencers-Roche 454, Ion Torrent PGM and Illumina NextSeq-and applied standard as well as optimized variant calling pipelines. Optimization was achieved by combining information of 23 diverse parameters characterizing the reported variants and generating individually calibrated generalized linear models. Models were calibrated using amplicon-based targeted sequencing data (19 genes, 28,775 bp) from seven to 12 myelodysplastic syndrome patients. Evaluation of the optimized pipelines and platforms was performed using sequencing data from three additional myelodysplastic syndrome patients. Using standard analysis methods, true mutations were missed and the obtained results contained many artifacts-no matter which platform was considered. Analysis of the parameters characterizing the true and false positive calls revealed significant platform- and variant specific differences. Application of optimized variant calling pipelines considerably improved results. 76% of all false positive single nucleotide variants and 97% of all false positive indels could be filtered out. Positive predictive values could be increased by factors of 1.07 to 1.27 in case of single nucleotide variant calling and by factors of 3.33 to 53.87 in case of indel calling. Application of the optimized variant calling pipelines leads to comparable results for all next-generation sequencing platforms analyzed. However, regarding clinical diagnostics it needs to be considered that even the optimized results still contained false positive as well as false negative calls.

  2. Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics LightCycler foodproof L. monocytogenes detection kit in combination with ShortPrep foodproof II Kit. Performance-Tested Method 070401.

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    Junge, Benjamin; Berghof-Jäger, Kornelia

    2006-01-01

    A method was developed for the detection of L. monocytogenes in food based on real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This advanced PCR method was designed to reduce the time needed to achieve results from PCR reactions and to enable the user to monitor the amplification of the PCR product simultaneously, in real-time. After DNA isolation using the Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics ShortPrep foodproof II Kit (formerly called Listeria ShortPrep Kit) designed for the rapid preparation of L. monocytogenes DNA for direct use in PCR, the real-time detection of L. monocytogenes DNA is performed by using the Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics LightCycler foodproof L. monocytogenes Detection Kit. This kit provides primers and hybridization probes for sequence-specific detection, convenient premixed reagents, and different controls for reliable interpretation of results. For repeatability studies, 20 different foods, covering the 15 food groups recommended from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) for L. monocytogenes detection were analyzed: raw meats, fresh produce/vegetables, processed meats, seafood, egg and egg products, dairy (cultured/noncultured), spices, dry foods, fruit/juices, uncooked pasta, nuts, confectionery, pet food, food dyes and colorings, and miscellaneous. From each food 20, samples were inoculated with a low level (1-10 colony-forming units (CFU)/25 g) and 20 samples with a high level (10-50 CFU/25 g) of L. monocytogenes. Additionally, 5 uninoculated samples were prepared from each food. The food samples were examined with the test kits and in correlation with the cultural methods according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook. After 48 h of incubation, the PCR method in all cases showed equal or better results than the reference cultural FDA/BAM or USDA/FSIS methods. Fifteen out of 20 tested food types

  3. Apports de l’archéobotanique à la compréhension de la Source des Roches, Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme The archaeobotanic contribution to the understanding of la Source des Roches, Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme

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    Full Text Available Au tout début de la période romaine, un taux d’arbres inhabituellement élevé a été mis en évidence par la palynologie sur le site de la Source des Roches à Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme, gisement qui a livré plus de 3500 ex-voto en bois au début des années 70. Durant le second âge du Fer et l’époque romaine, un tel niveau de boisement n’est observé nulle part ailleurs, ni en plaine de Limagne, ni sur le plateau des Dômes. L’hypothèse d’un sanctuaire de plein air, soutenue par Anne-Marie Romeuf qui a dirigé la fouille, se trouve ainsi confortée par l’analyse pollinique, qui permet d’envisager la possibilité de la présence d’un « bois sacré » composé principalement de chênes. La combinaison des données archéobotaniques issues de la palynologie et de la carpologie contribue à renforcer la compréhension du site d’un point de vue paysager et nous renseigne également sur les types d’offrandes végétales associées au dépôt des ex-voto.Unusually high levels of tree pollen were revealed by palynology on the site of the Source des Roches in Chamalières (Puy-de-Dôme for the very beginning of the Roman period. The site had yielded more than 3500 wooden offerings in the early 70s. Such a high density of woodland can be found nowhere else for the Second Iron Age and the Roman period, neither in the plain of Limagne, nor on the plateau of Les Dômes. The hypothesis of an open air sanctuary, first advanced by Anne-Marie Romeuf, director of excavation, is therefore reinforced by the pollen analysis which leads us to consider the possibility that a “sacred grove” made up principally of oaks was present. The correlation of the archaeobotanic data from palynology and paleœthnobotany contributes to the strengthening of the site’s knowledge from the landscape’s point of view. We also have a better understanding of the vegetal offerings associated with the wooden statues.

  4. Is measurement of TT3 by immunoassay reliable at low concentrations? A comparison of the Roche Cobas 6000 vs. LC-MSMS.

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    Masika, Likhona Siphe; Zhao, Zhen; Soldin, Steven John

    2016-08-01

    Thyroid dysfunction is a common medical condition affecting an estimated 30 million people in the US alone. Employing gold standard Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) methods we have examined the extent of inaccuracy of immunoassay (IA) measurement for total T3 (TT3) at low, normal and high concentrations. 268 TT3 Roche Cobas 6000 immunoassay TT3 values (covering the low, normal, and high ranges) were compared with LC-MSMS results. At TT3 concentrations between 50 and 113ng/dL (conversion factor for TT3 to SI Units is ng/dL×0.0154=nmol/L), n=122, LC-MSMS values were lower than immunoassay with 72% found to be below the 2.5th percentile by LC-MSMS compared to 27% for immunoassay. Strikingly 45% of the patients classified as normal TT3 by immunoassay were defined as lower than the 2.5th percentile by LC-MSMS. Only 38 of the 122 patients with low T3's were not receiving T4. In this latter group all of whom had TSH's>3.7mIU/L, 74% of results by LC-MSMS were below the 2.5th percentile while only 21% were below the 2.5th percentile by IA. The clinical consequences of these inaccuracies may affect whether dosing with T4 or combination of T4 with T3 is selected for treatment. Finally the correlation of TT3 with TSH was far superior when TT3 was measured by LC-MSMS. A typical case which demonstrates our message is included. T3 being the active hormone needs to be reliably measured and if the patient has low TT3 and hypothyroid symptoms persist; treatment with T3 should be considered. A typical case report is included to illustrate the problems of inaccurate immunoassay results for TT3. Measurement of TT3 by immunoassay at low concentrations is less than optimal and often provides the clinician with a normal result when the LC-MSMS method and the patient's clinical condition suggests that supplementation with T3 (as in combination therapy) may be required to optimize patient care. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  5. Performance verification and comparison of TianLong automatic hypersensitive hepatitis B virus DNA quantification system with Roche CAP/CTM system.

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    Li, Ming; Chen, Lin; Liu, Li-Ming; Li, Yong-Li; Li, Bo-An; Li, Bo; Mao, Yuan-Li; Xia, Li-Fang; Wang, Tong; Liu, Ya-Nan; Li, Zheng; Guo, Tong-Sheng

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    To investigate and compare the analytical and clinical performance of TianLong automatic hypersensitive hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA quantification system and Roche CAP/CTM system. Two hundred blood samples for HBV DNA testing, HBV-DNA negative samples and high-titer HBV-DNA mixture samples were collected and prepared. National standard materials for serum HBV and a worldwide HBV DNA panel were employed for performance verification. The analytical performance, such as limit of detection, limit of quantification, accuracy, precision, reproducibility, linearity, genotype coverage and cross-contamination, was determined using the TianLong automatic hypersensitive HBV DNA quantification system (TL system). Correlation and Bland-Altman plot analyses were carried out to compare the clinical performance of the TL system assay and the CAP/CTM system. The detection limit of the TL system was 10 IU/mL, and its limit of quantification was 30 IU/mL. The differences between the expected and tested concentrations of the national standards were less than ± 0.4 Log10 IU/mL, which showed high accuracy of the system. Results of the precision, reproducibility and linearity tests showed that the multiple test coefficient of variation (CV) of the same sample was less than 5% for 102-106 IU/mL; and for 30-108 IU/mL, the linear correlation coefficient r2 = 0.99. The TL system detected HBV DNA (A-H) genotypes and there was no cross-contamination during the "checkerboard" test. When compared with the CAP/CTM assay, the two assays showed 100% consistency in both negative and positive sample results (15 negative samples and 185 positive samples). No statistical differences between the two assays in the HBV DNA quantification values were observed (P > 0.05). Correlation analysis indicated a significant correlation between the two assays, r2 = 0.9774. The Bland-Altman plot analysis showed that 98.9% of the positive data were within the 95% acceptable range, and the maximum difference was -0

  6. Comparison of the Abbott RealTime High-Risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Roche Cobas HPV, and Hybrid Capture 2 Assays to Direct Sequencing and Genotyping of HPV DNA

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    Infection with high-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes is an important risk factor for cervical cancers. We evaluated the clinical performances of two new real-time PCR assays for detecting HR HPVs compared to that of the Hybrid Capture 2 test (HC2). A total of 356 cervical swab specimens, which had been examined for cervical cytology, were assayed by Abbott RealTime HR and Roche Cobas HPV as well as HC2. Sensitivities and specificities of these assays were determined based on the...

  7. Analyse géochimique de la matiére organique extraite des roches sédimentaires. IV. Extraction des roches en faible quantités Geochemical Analysis of Organic Matter Extracted from Sedimentary Rocks Iv. Exraction from Small Amounts of Rock

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    Monin J. C.

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    Full Text Available L'extraction en Soxhlet est inappllcable lorsque les échantillons de roche sont de trop petite taille. A l'occasion de la mise au point du protocole d'extraction correspondant, on examine l'influence d'un certain nombre de conditions opératoires sur le rendement d'extraction : température, durée nature et quantité du solvant, présence de lumière, présence d'air, procédé d'extraction. Pour les hydrocarbures, tant saturés qu'aromatiques, le facteur essentiel est l'agitation du milieu d'extraction ; la nature du solvant n'est pas critique, à condition de ne pas choisir un très mauvais solvant des hydrocarbures : l'extractibilité est en effet plus fonction du pouvoir désorbant vis-à-vis de la roche que du pouvoir solvant proprement dit. Pour les résines et asphalténes, l'interprétation des résultats est délicate, car la frontière n'est pas nette entre produits simplement dissous, produits de solvolyse et, produits de néoformation par interaction solvant-matière organique-matière minérale. II n'existe donc pas de protocole d'extraction recommandable dans l'absolu. Tout dépend des exigences analytiques et aussi pratiques du laboratoire; à l'Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP le protocole retenu est l'extraction en bécher avec agitation magnétique pendant 20 min dans le chroroforme à 50 °C (approximativement; on donne aussi le protocole d'évaporation du solvant et de récupération de l'extrait, qui doit être étudié soigneusement étant donné les faibles quantités mises en jeu. A Soxhlet extractor cannot be used with rock samples that are too small in size. With the development of on extraction procédure for such cases, this article examines the influence of various operating conditions on extraction yield, i. e. temperature, duration, nature and amount of solvent, presence of light, présence of air and extraction process. For both saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons, the essential factor is the stirring of the

  8. Case report: When measured free T4 and free T3 may be misleading. Interference with free thyroid hormones measurements on Roche® and Siemens® platforms

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A 59-year old female patient presented with apathy and 6 kg weight gain. Investigations revealed severe primary hypothyroidism (TSH>100 μIU/ml. L-thyroxine (L-T4 was started and titrated up to 75 μg, once daily, with clinical improvement. Other investigations revealed very high titres of anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO and anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg antibodies. After three months, there was a fall in TSH to 12.74 μIU/ml, however, with unexpectedly high free T4 (FT4 - 6.8 ng/ml and free T3 (FT3 - 6.7 pg/ml concentrations [reference range (rr: 0.8-1.9 ng/ml and 1.5-4.1 pg/ml (Siemens®, respectively]. At this stage L-T4 was stopped, and this was followed by a rapid increase in TSH (to 77.76 μIU/ml and some decrease in FT4 and FT3, however FT4 concentration remained elevated (2.1 ng/ml. Following this, L-T4 was restarted. On admission to our Department, she was clinically euthyroid on L-T4, 88 μg, once daily. Investigations on Roche® platform confirmed mildly elevated TSH - 5.14 (rr: 0.27-4.2 μIU/ml with high FT4 [4.59 (rr: 0.93-1.7 ng/ml] and FT3 [4.98 (rr: 2.6-4.4 pg/ml] concentrations. Other tests revealed hypoechogenic ultrasound pattern typical for Hashimoto thyroiditis. There was no discrepancy in calculated TSH value following TSH dilution (101% recovery. Concentrations of FT4 and FT3 were assessed on the day of discontinuation of L-T4 and after four days by the means of Abbott® Architect I 1000SR platform. These revealed FT4 and FT3 concentrations within the reference range [e.g., FT4 - 1.08 ng/ml (rr: 0.7-1.48] vs 4.59 ng/ml (rr: 0.93-1.7, Roche®, FT3 - 3.70 pg/ml (rr: 1.71-3.71 vs 4.98 (rr: 2.6-4.4, Roche®], confirming assay interference. Concentrations of ferritin and SHBG were normal. Conclusions Clinicians must be aware of possible assay interference, including the measurements of FT4 and FT3 in the differential diagnosis of abnormal results of thyroid function tests that do not fit the patient clinical

  9. Etude de l’activité pouzzolanique d’une roche andésitique en Algérie Study of the pozzolanic activity of an andesitic rock in Algeria

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    Clastres P.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Ce travail s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’accord programme Tassili N° 09 MDU 773 entre le Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Matériaux, USTO-Oran et le Laboratoire des Matériaux et Durabilité des Constructions (LMDC, INSA-UPS-Toulouse, France. La présente étude est une contribution aux travaux de la recherche de nouvelles sources d’approvisionnement en ajouts et en matières premières et la valorisation des matériaux naturels locaux utilisés dans la fabrication du ciment. Cette étude porte sur l’activité pouzzolanique des roches volcaniques, elle a pour but de comparer les caractéristiques physiques et mécaniques d’un mortier témoin à ciment de type CEMI 52,5R fourni par la firme Lafarge et d’un mortier à ciment du même type avec ajout dont les taux de substitution de la roche Andésitique est de 0- 40%. Dans notre travail, nous avons utilisé des roches volcaniques appartenant à la famille des Andésites, provenant de la région de Tipaza, Nord Ouest Algérois. L’étude des caractéristiques mécaniques et de l’indice de pouzzolanicité ont montré que les ciments fabriqués sont capables de remplacer certains ciments Portland pour une éventuelle utilisation dans le domaine de construction. This work is a part of the agreement programs Tassili N° 09 MDU 773 between Laboratory of Physic-chemistry Materials, USTO-Oran and Laboratory of Materials and Durability of Constructions (LMDC, INSA-UPS-Toulouse, France. The present study is an attempt to the research of new supply sources in admixtures and raw materials and the evaluation of local natural materials used in the manufacture of cement. It deals with the pozzolanic activity of the volcanic rocks and aims to compare the physical and mechanical characteristics of a mortar control made with cement CEMI 52,5R provided by Lafarge firm and of a mortar made with the same cement incorporated by different replacement rate of andesitic rock in a range of 0 – 40

  10. Mechanical Properties of Rocks: Pore Pressure and Scale Effects Propriétés mécaniques des roches : pression de pore et effets d'échelle

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    Gueguen Y.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Pore pressure plays a major role when considering rocks mechanical properties. In that field, the concept of effective pressure is a key one to deal with fluids mechanical effects. However, its frequent use has been the source of frequent confusing statements. Because of the various meanings which have been attached to that concept, an attempt is made in this paper to clarify it and examine the validity of its various uses relative to rock mechanical behaviour or rock properties. At a macroscopic scale, thermodynamics provides a powerful tool to investigate this. Reversible or irreversible thermodynamics provide general relationships of great interest. But because real rocks are non homogeneous systems, a microscopic approach is also required in order to analyze the mechanical properties from a description of the small scale processes. The microscopic approach is complementary of the macroscopic thermodynamic one as it leads to the calculation of the effective properties of the medium. In this last approach, effective medium theory is a powerful tool. The effective properties as derived from the microscale can be nicely combined to thermodynamic relations to interpret pore fluid pressure effects and scale effects. The example of elastic properties of porous rocks is more specifically emphasized to illustrate this because of both its intrinsic interest and importance as far as applications are concerned. La pression de pore joue un rôle de première importance dans la considération des propriétés mécaniques des roches. Dans ce domaine, le concept de contrainte effective est essentiel pour aborder les effets mécaniques. Toutefois, son utilisation fréquente a conduit à de nombreuses affirmations trompeuses. Compte tenu des significations diverses accordées à ce concept, nous tentons ici de le clarifier et examinons le domaine d'application de ses divers emplois dans le cadre du comportement mécanique ou des propriétés des roches. À l

  11. The Cretaceous Source Rocks in the Zagros Foothills of Iran Les roches mères Crétacé de l'avant-pays du Zagros en Iran : un exemple de bassin intracratonique de grande dimension

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    Bordenave M. L.

    2006-11-01

    Zagros, constituée par les 40 000 km2 du Dezful Embayment , une zone déprimée située dans la province du Khuzistan. Les accumulations d'huile sont associées à un système pétrolier d'âge Crétacé/Tertiaire comprenant six niveaux roches mères d'importance inégale : la partie inférieure de la formation Garau (Néocomien et les formations Gadvan (Barrémien, Ahmadi (Cénomanien inférieur, Gurpi (Sénonien et Pabdeh (Eocène. Ces intervalles sont à l'origine de 99 % des réserves d'huile découvertes à terre en Iran et produites dans deux réservoirs principaux : les calcaires de l'Asmari (Miocène inférieur et du Bangestan (Cénomanien. Ces réservoirs contiennent 330 milliards de barils en places, soit plus de 7 % des réserves mondiales actuelles. Cet article aborde le problème de la distribution des roches mères de l'avant pays iranien et de la partie iranienne du golfe Arabo-Persique. Les facteurs géologiques, océanologiques et climatiques favorisant la mise en place des conditions dysaérobiques et anaérobiques et le dépôt de sédiments riches en matière organique sont discutés. Le rôle de chacune de ces roches mères dans l'approvisionnement des accumulations d'huile est rapidement évoqué. Deux des roches mères Crétacé : la formation Garau déposée au Néocomien dans la région du Luristan, du nord-est du Khuzistan et de la partie nord-est du golfe Arabo-Persique et la formation Kazhdumi, déposée à l'Albien dans la partie centrale du Dezful Embayment, présentent un excellent potentiel pétrolier avec des valeurs initiales (avant maturation thermique de carbone organique pouvant parfois dépasser 10%, des Index d'Hydrogène (IH de l'ordre de 600 mg HC/g C et une épaisseur maximum supérieure à 300 m. La matière organique sédimentaire, d'origine algaire, contient de fortes teneurs en soufre, ce qui la qualifie comme un kérogène de type IIS. Ces roches mères se sont déposées dans les dépressions bien marquées faisant partie

  12. Une méthode précise pour la mise en évidence et l'étude de l'anisotropie dans les roches An Accurate Method for Detecting and Analyzing Anisotropy in Rocks

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    Talebi S.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available L'objectif essentiel de cette recherche était de mettre au point une méthode expérimentale pour étudier l'anisotropie de la vitesse des ondes longitudinales (P dans les roches. Cette anisotropie aurait deux causes principales : d'une part, l'existence d'un réseau de pores, de fissures ou de microfissures, distribué de façon anisotrope dans la roche et d'autre part, la structure elle-même, dont l'anisotropie résulte de la nature des minéraux et de leur disposition. Dans un premier temps, nous avons commencé les essais sur des échantillons de carotte, forés dans trois directions perpendiculaires X, Y et Z d'un bloc de deux types de grès : grès des Vosges et grès de Fontainebleau. La vitesse du son a été mesurée sur 3 à 4 sections de carotte avec des intervalles de 30° (6 directions. Elles se distribuent nettement selon une ellipse, appelée l'ellipse d'anisotropie. Ces ellipses ont été tracées par mini-ordinateur et ont permis de mettre en évidence l'état d'anisotropie et l'homogénéité des carottes. La méthode est tellement précise qu'une erreur de repérage des axes sur un échantillon (Y de grès des Vosges a été détectée et certifiée à l'aide de direction des micas. Nous avons effectué le même essai sur les mêmes échantillons saturés sous vide. Une tendance générale à l'augmentation des vitesses, la diminution du degré d'anisotropie (le rapport de Vmax/Vmin et le changement de position de l'axe d'anisotropie a été observée. La comparaison des résultats secs et saturés permet d'avoir une idée de la nature des vides et de leur rôle dans l'anisotropie globale. Dans l'étape suivante de l'étude, nous avons mis au point une méthode de mesure sur les cubes à faces tronquées (66 faces au maximum de différents types de roches (2 grès, 2 marbres, 1 andésite, 1 balsate, et 1 calcaire. Les valeurs de vitesses des ondes (P ont été mesurées et reportées sur un diagramme de Schmidt. Ensuite

  13. [Detection of Staphylococcus aureus resistant to methicillin (MRSA) by molecular biology (Cepheid GeneXpert IL, GeneOhm BD, Roche LightCycler, Hyplex Evigene I2A) versus screening by culture: Economic and practical strategy for the laboratory].

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    Laudat, P; Demondion, E; Jouannet, C; Charron, J; Chillou, C; Salaun, V; Mankikian, B

    2012-06-01

    Patients admitted in cardiac surgery and cardiac ICU at the Clinic Saint-Gatien (Tours) are screened for MRSA at the entrance by nasal swab and culture on blood agar and selective chromogenic medium made by addition of cefoxitin: BBL CHROMagar MRSA-II BD (result obtained at Day +1). We wanted to assess the molecular biology techniques available to obtain a result at day 0 for the majority of patients and to define an economic and practical strategy for the laboratory. We studied four molecular biology techniques: Cepheid GeneXpert (Cepheid) GeneOhm (BD), LightCycler (Roche) and Hyplex (I2A). Upon reception, nasal swabs were treated by culture, considered as reference, and one of the techniques of molecular biology, according to the manufacturer's notice. We conducted four studies between April 2008 and February 2009 to obtain a significant sample for each of them. By screening we mean a method that allows us to exclude MRSA carriage for patients waiting for surgery, and not to change patient management: for example, lack of isolation measures specific to entrance, no modification of antibiotic prophylaxis during surgery and no isolation measures in the immediate postoperative period. The criteria we considered for this evaluation were: (1) technician time: time to perform one or a series of sample(s) n=10 or more (about 2h for all techniques except GeneXpert 75min), level of skilled competences (no specific training for GeneXpert); (2) results: turnaround time (all molecular biology techniques), ease of reading and results interpretations (no specialized training required for GeneXpert), failure or not (12% of failure of internal controls for GeneOhm); (3) economic: cost for one or a series of sample(s) (n=10 or more), if we considered X as the reference culture cost (10 X Hyplex and LightCycler, 20 X and 40 X for GeneXpert GeneOhm); (4) NPV: 100% for GeneXpert and LightCycler. At same sensitivity, no technique, including culture, can solve alone our problem, which

  14. Comparison of the Abbott RealTime High-Risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Roche Cobas HPV, and Hybrid Capture 2 assays to direct sequencing and genotyping of HPV DNA.

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    Park, Yongjung; Lee, Eunhee; Choi, Jonghyeon; Jeong, Seri; Kim, Hyon-Suk

    2012-07-01

    Infection with high-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes is an important risk factor for cervical cancers. We evaluated the clinical performances of two new real-time PCR assays for detecting HR HPVs compared to that of the Hybrid Capture 2 test (HC2). A total of 356 cervical swab specimens, which had been examined for cervical cytology, were assayed by Abbott RealTime HR and Roche Cobas HPV as well as HC2. Sensitivities and specificities of these assays were determined based on the criteria that concordant results among the three assays were regarded as true-positive or -negative and that the results of genotyping and sequencing were considered true findings when the HPV assays presented discrepant results. The overall concordance rate among the results for the three assays was 82.6%, and RealTime HR and Cobas HPV assays agreed with HC2 in 86.1% and 89.9% of cases, respectively. The two real-time PCR assays agreed with each other for 89.6% of the samples, and the concordance rate between them was equal to or greater than 98.0% for detecting HPV type 16 or 18. HC2 demonstrated a sensitivity of 96.6% with a specificity of 89.1% for detecting HR HPVs, while RealTime HR presented a sensitivity of 78.3% with a specificity of 99.2%. The sensitivity and specificity of Cobas HPV for detecting HR HPVs were 91.7% and 97.0%. The new real-time PCR assays exhibited lower sensitivities for detecting HR HPVs than that of HC2. Nevertheless, the newly introduced assays have an advantage of simultaneously identifying HPV types 16 and 18 from clinical samples.

  15. CLSI-based transference of the CALIPER database of pediatric reference intervals from Abbott to Beckman, Ortho, Roche and Siemens Clinical Chemistry Assays: direct validation using reference samples from the CALIPER cohort.

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    Estey, Mathew P; Cohen, Ashley H; Colantonio, David A; Chan, Man Khun; Marvasti, Tina Binesh; Randell, Edward; Delvin, Edgard; Cousineau, Jocelyne; Grey, Vijaylaxmi; Greenway, Donald; Meng, Qing H; Jung, Benjamin; Bhuiyan, Jalaluddin; Seccombe, David; Adeli, Khosrow

    2013-09-01

    The CALIPER program recently established a comprehensive database of age- and sex-stratified pediatric reference intervals for 40 biochemical markers. However, this database was only directly applicable for Abbott ARCHITECT assays. We therefore sought to expand the scope of this database to biochemical assays from other major manufacturers, allowing for a much wider application of the CALIPER database. Based on CLSI C28-A3 and EP9-A2 guidelines, CALIPER reference intervals were transferred (using specific statistical criteria) to assays performed on four other commonly used clinical chemistry platforms including Beckman Coulter DxC800, Ortho Vitros 5600, Roche Cobas 6000, and Siemens Vista 1500. The resulting reference intervals were subjected to a thorough validation using 100 reference specimens (healthy community children and adolescents) from the CALIPER bio-bank, and all testing centers participated in an external quality assessment (EQA) evaluation. In general, the transferred pediatric reference intervals were similar to those established in our previous study. However, assay-specific differences in reference limits were observed for many analytes, and in some instances were considerable. The results of the EQA evaluation generally mimicked the similarities and differences in reference limits among the five manufacturers' assays. In addition, the majority of transferred reference intervals were validated through the analysis of CALIPER reference samples. This study greatly extends the utility of the CALIPER reference interval database which is now directly applicable for assays performed on five major analytical platforms in clinical use, and should permit the worldwide application of CALIPER pediatric reference intervals. Copyright © 2013 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Grouped frequent sequential patterns derived from terrestrial image time series to monitor landslide behaviour - Application to the dynamics of the Sanières/Roche Plombée rockslide.

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    Péricault, Youen; Pothier, Catherine; Méger, Nicolas; Trouvé, Emmanuel; Vernier, Flavien; Rigotti, Christophe; Malet, Jean-Philippe

    2016-04-01

    Image time series acquired with remote sensing methods based on optical terrestrial photogrammetry have great potential for understanding and monitoring the Earth surface dynamics at local scale, and are particularly interesting for landslide monitoring. Image correlation techniques can be applied to calculate the displacement fields, in either the image geometry or the terrain geometry if orthorectification procedures are applied. The resulting products are times series of displacement vectors for each epoch in which knowledge extraction techniques can be applied to discover relevant movement patterns in space and time. We used an unsupervised method (Grouped Frequent Sequential patterns / GFS-patterns) based on the mining of the displacement field. The method was originally developed for the analysis of time series of satellite images. It involves the extraction of trends / sub-trends affecting each pixel covering at least a minimum surface area and sufficiently connected to each other. The results of the mining are presented in spatio-temporal location maps (STL-map) of each GFS-pattern. In these maps, the spatial information is given by the pixel locations and the time information is displayed using a color ramp. The method is tested on a time series of 36 optical terrestrial images of the Sanières/Roche Plombée rockslide (South East French Alps) from 28 of July to 1 September 2014. From this series 35 2D displacement fields were calculated for epochs of three days, and the time series of vector magnitude and direction were analysed with GFS-patterns / STL-map. The method allowed identifying several patterns corresponding to different kinematical behaviour of the rockslide (long-term creep at the top of the slope, surficial movement of the debris at the base of the slope). The unsupervised knowledge extraction method GFS-pattern / STL-map, originally developed to analyse time series of satellite images showed in this study real possibilities of use for

  17. Diagraphies et roches-mères. Estimation des teneurs en carbone organique par la méthode CARBOLOG Well Logs and Source Rocks Assessing Organic Carbon Content by the Carbolog Technique

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    Carpentier B.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available La prise en compte des teneurs en matière organique des roches-mères joue un rôle important dans l'évaluation du potentiel pétrolier des bassins sédimentaires. CARBOLOG est une nouvelle méthode d'estimation du contenu organique des roches-mères développée à l'Institut Français du Pétrole (lFP. Cette méthode tire partie des propriétés physiques de la matière organique qui se caractérise par une faible vitesse de propagation du son ainsi que par une résistivité élevée. Ces propriétés physiques peuvent être combinées de manière à permettre une estimation in situ du contenu en matière organique du sédiment. Dans un puits donné, la teneur en carbone organique est estimée par un traitement prenant conjointement en compte les valeurs fournies par deux types de diagraphies couramment disponibles dans les forages pétroliers : le Soniqueet la Résistivité . Pour mettre en oeuvre CARBOLOG à l'échelle d'un bassin sédimentaire il est nécessaire de procéder à une calibration basée sur le traitement de puits pour lesquels des données analytiques de teneur en carbone organique existent. Afin d'être validé, CARBOLOG a été testé avec succès sur des exemples appartenant à des bassins différents et présentant des faciès variés. Les résultats obtenus indiquent clairement la capacité de la méthode à estimer les teneurs en carbone organique et à rendre compte en continu de leurs évolutions verticales, pour des roches-mères marines, immatures ou faiblement matures. D'autres tests sont actuellement en cours sur des environnements de dépôt différents et des formations plus matures de manière à définir les possibilités et les limites de CARBOLOG dans l'ensemble des contextes géologiques généralement rencontrés. For assessing the petroleum potential of sedimentary basins, it is very important to take the organic matter contained in source rocks into consideration. CARBOLOG is a new method developed by

  18. (Roche) as a tranquilliser in wild ungulates

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    Anxiolysis without muscle relaxation or ataxia, was produced in the third wildebeest with a dose of 1· 3 mg./kg. and the effect wore off within six hours. The same animal later received a dose of 1·1 mg./kg. and was then transported for a period of three hours. In this instance muscle relaxation as well as anxiolysis was evident ...

  19. Observations sur les microfaciès des roches sédimentaires prélevées sur la marge armoricaine Observations on the Microfacies of Sedimentary Rock Samples from the Armorican Margin

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    Pastouret L.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available L'étude des dragages de roches et de sédiments effectués sur la marge armoricaine entre 47 et 48, de latitude Nord permet d'en préciser l'évolution paléogéographique et tectonique et de l'intégrer à celle du golfe de Gascogne. L'analyse de mi crofaciès des échantillons rocheux dont l'âge varie du Jurassique supérieur au Néogène met en évidence - d'une part, l'appartenance de la bordure nord de la marge armoricaine au domaine mésogéen au moins jusqu'au Crétacé moyen; - d'autre part, la permanence d'un régime de plate-forme carbonatée qui paraît fonctionner du Tithonique au Tertiaire inférieur, sur laquelle ont pu s'installer des édifices récifaux notamment au Crétacé moyen. Pendant toute cette période la sédimentation a compensé la subsidence; - enfin, l'accentuation de la subsidence à partir de l'Éocène (accompagnée d'une diminution de la production de calcium $ qui est vraisemblablement en relation avec les phénomènes tectoniques majeurs qui ont affecté à ce moment la bordure sud de la plaque européenne. A study of rock samples and sedimenis obtained by dredging from the Armorican Margin (47 ta 48° N brings new data on the paleogeographic and tectonic evolution of this ares in relation ta the formation of the Bay of Biscay. Microfacies ranging from the Upper Jurassic ta the Neogene show - the Armorican Margin until al least the Middle Cretaceous belongs to the Mesogean realm ; - carbonate platform regime prevails from the Tithonian to the Lower Tertiory with reef building occurring in the Middle Cretaceous. During this whole period in the area under consideration, sedimentation accounts for or even exceeds subsidence ; - the subsidence rate increases (and/or carbonate production decreases toward the end of the Eocene, and this may be related ta first order tectonic events offecting the southern part of the European plate.

  20. Smallpox and pan-orthopox virus detection by real-time 3'-minor groove binder TaqMan assays on the roche LightCycler and the Cepheid smart Cycler platforms.

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    Kulesh, David A; Baker, Robert O; Loveless, Bonnie M; Norwood, David; Zwiers, Susan H; Mucker, Eric; Hartmann, Chris; Herrera, Rafael; Miller, David; Christensen, Deanna; Wasieloski, Leonard P; Huggins, John; Jahrling, Peter B

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    We designed, optimized, and extensively tested several sensitive and specific real-time PCR assays for rapid detection of both smallpox and pan-orthopox virus DNAs. The assays are based on TaqMan 3'-minor groove binder chemistry and were performed on both the rapid-cycling Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler platforms. The hemagglutinin (HA) J7R, B9R, and B10R genes were used as targets for the variola virus-specific assays, and the HA and DNA polymerase-E9L genes were used as targets for the pan-orthopox virus assays. The five orthopox virus assays were tested against a panel of orthopox virus DNAs (both genomic and cloned) at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The results indicated that each assay was capable of detecting both the appropriate cloned gene and genomic DNA. The assays showed no cross-reactivity to the 78 DNAs in the USAMRIID bacterial cross-reactivity panel. The limit of detection (LOD) of each assay was determined to be between 12 and 25 copies of target DNA. The assays were also run against a blind panel of DNAs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on both the LightCycler and the Smart Cycler. The panel consisted of eight different variola virus isolates, five non-variola virus orthopox virus isolates, two varicella-zoster virus isolates, and one herpes simplex virus isolate. Each sample was tested in triplicate at 2.5 ng, 25 pg, 250 fg, and 2.5 fg, which represent 1.24 x 10(7), 1.24 x 10(5), 1.24 x 10(3), and 1.24 x 10(1) genome equivalents, respectively. The results indicated that each of the five assays was 100% specific (no false positives) when tested against both the USAMRIID panels and the CDC blind panel. With the CDC blind panel, the LightCycler was capable of detecting 96.2% of the orthopox virus DNAs and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. The Smart Cycler was capable of detecting 92.3% of the orthopox virus DNAs and between 75 and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs

  1. Smallpox and pan-Orthopox Virus Detection by Real-Time 3′-Minor Groove Binder TaqMan Assays on the Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler Platforms

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    Kulesh, David A.; Baker, Robert O.; Loveless, Bonnie M.; Norwood, David; Zwiers, Susan H.; Mucker, Eric; Hartmann, Chris; Herrera, Rafael; Miller, David; Christensen, Deanna; Wasieloski, Leonard P.; Huggins, John; Jahrling, Peter B.

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    We designed, optimized, and extensively tested several sensitive and specific real-time PCR assays for rapid detection of both smallpox and pan-orthopox virus DNAs. The assays are based on TaqMan 3′-minor groove binder chemistry and were performed on both the rapid-cycling Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler platforms. The hemagglutinin (HA) J7R, B9R, and B10R genes were used as targets for the variola virus-specific assays, and the HA and DNA polymerase-E9L genes were used as targets for the pan-orthopox virus assays. The five orthopox virus assays were tested against a panel of orthopox virus DNAs (both genomic and cloned) at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The results indicated that each assay was capable of detecting both the appropriate cloned gene and genomic DNA. The assays showed no cross-reactivity to the 78 DNAs in the USAMRIID bacterial cross-reactivity panel. The limit of detection (LOD) of each assay was determined to be between 12 and 25 copies of target DNA. The assays were also run against a blind panel of DNAs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on both the LightCycler and the Smart Cycler. The panel consisted of eight different variola virus isolates, five non-variola virus orthopox virus isolates, two varicella-zoster virus isolates, and one herpes simplex virus isolate. Each sample was tested in triplicate at 2.5 ng, 25 pg, 250 fg, and 2.5 fg, which represent 1.24 × 107, 1.24 × 105, 1.24 × 103, and 1.24 × 101 genome equivalents, respectively. The results indicated that each of the five assays was 100% specific (no false positives) when tested against both the USAMRIID panels and the CDC blind panel. With the CDC blind panel, the LightCycler was capable of detecting 96.2% of the orthopox virus DNAs and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. The Smart Cycler was capable of detecting 92.3% of the orthopox virus DNAs and between 75 and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. However

  2. EUROarray human papillomavirus (HPV) assay is highly concordant with other commercial assays for detection of high-risk HPV genotypes in women with high grade cervical abnormalities.

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    Cornall, A M; Poljak, M; Garland, S M; Phillips, S; Machalek, D A; Tan, J H; Quinn, M A; Tabrizi, S N

    2016-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of the EUROIMMUN EUROArray HPV genotyping assay against the Roche Cobas 4800, Roche HPV Amplicor, Roche Linear Array and Qiagen Hybrid Capture 2 assays in the detection of high-risk HPV (HR-HPV) from liquid based cervical cytology samples collected from women undergoing follow-up for abnormal cervical cytology results. Cervical specimens from 404 women undergoing management of high-grade cytological abnormality were evaluated by EUROarray HPV for detection of HR-HPV genotypes and prediction of histologically-confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or higher (≥CIN2). The results were compared to Hybrid Capture 2, Cobas 4800 HPV, Amplicor and Linear Array HPV. Positivity for 14 HR-HPV types was 80.0 % for EUROarray (95 % CI; 75.7-83.8 %). Agreement (κ, 95 % CI) between the EUROarray and other HPV tests for detection of HR-HPV was good to very good [Hybrid Capture κ = 0.62 (0.54-0.71); Cobas κ = 0.81 (0.74-0.88); Amplicor κ = 0.68 (0.60-0.77); Linear Array κ = 0.77 (0.70-0.85)]. For detection of HR-HPV, agreement with EUROarray was 87.90 % (Hybrid Capture), 93.58 % (Cobas), 92.84 % (Amplicor) and 92.59 % (Linear Array). Detection of HR-HPV was not significantly different between EUROarray and any other test (p detection of high-risk HPV and showed sensitivity and specificity for detection of ≥ CIN2 of 86 % and 71 %, respectively.

  3. Observations on the Primary Migration of Oil in the la Luna Source Rocks of the Maracaibo Basin, Venezuela Observations de la migration primaire de l'huile dans les roches mères de la Formation de La Luna dans le bassin de Maracaïbo, Venezuela

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    Talukdar S.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, an integrated approach has been made to understand the primary migration of oil in the organic-rich, oil prone, predominantly carbonate source rocks of the La Luna Formation of the Maracaibo Basin. Geochemical data on source rock extracts and the simulation of oil generation by hydrous-pyrolysis experiments indicate that the primary migration and expulsion of oil began at an early stage of thermal maturity and that the bulk oil expulsion at peak generation could have been as high as 75%. Fluorescence and transmitted light petrography of the source rocks at different maturity levels show the dominant mode of oil expulsion through microfractures. It is interpreted from the geochemical and geological data that the primary migration of oil in the La Luna source rocks took place as a separate oil phase through microfractures caused by the excess fluid pressure due to hydrocarbon generation. The oils expelled from the La Luna source are enriched in saturated hydrocarbons and depleted in resins + asphaltenes compared to the La Luna rock extracts. However the distributions of n-alkanes, in the oils and the rock extracts are very similar, which suggest that fractionation of the n-alkanes did not occur during the primary migration. In the Maracaibo Basin, updip lateral primary migration of oil within the La Luna source system seem to have occurred for a considerable distance. Local internal migration has been observed at a relatively early stage of maturity. Cette étude consiste en une approche intégrée cherchant à comprendre la migration primaire de l'huile dans les roches mères de la Formation de La Luna dans le bassin de Maracaïbo, riches en matière organique, génératrices d'huile et à dominante carbonatée. Les données géochimiques sur des extraits de roches mères et la simulation de genèse d'huile par des expériences de pyrolyse en présence d'eau indiquent que la migration primaire et l'expulsion de l'huile ont

  4. Méthode rapide de caractérisation des roches mètres, de leur potentiel pétrolier et de leur degré d'évolution Rapid Method for Source Rocks Characrerysation and for Determination of Petroleum Potential and Degree of Evolution

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    Espitalié J.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Les études fondamentales réalisées sur les kérogènes à l'aide de diverses méthodes physico-chimiques d'analyse ont permis de mettre au point une méthode et un appareillage adaptés à l'exploration pétrolière. On expose dans cet article la mise au point de cette méthode et on montre, à l'aide des paramètres qu'elle permet d'obtenir, ses applications dans le domaine de l'exploration pétrolière - reconnaissance des différents types de roche mère et de leur potentiel pétrolier; - caractérisation de leur degré d'évolution (zone à huile - zone à gaz. On montre aussi que cette méthode convient particulièrement bien à l'estimation du rendement en huile des roches bitumineuses et à l'étude de la qualité et du rang des charbons. Fundamental research on kerogens by different physico-chemical analysis methods have led to the development of a method and equipment suited for petroleum exploration. This article describes the development of this method and, by means of the parameters it determines, shows how it con be applied in the field of petroleum exploration - exploring different types of source rock and their petroleum potential ; - characterizing their degree of evolution (ail zone/gas zone. This method is also shown ta be particularly suited for estimating the oil yield of cil shales and investigating the quality and classification of cool.

  5. Evaluation of Six Commercial Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Other Neisseria Species▿

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    Tabrizi, Sepehr N.; Unemo, Magnus; Limnios, Athena E.; Hogan, Tiffany R.; Hjelmevoll, Stig-Ove; Garland, Susanne M.; Tapsall, John

    2011-01-01

    Molecular detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in extragenital samples may result in false-positive results due to cross-reaction with commensal Neisseria species or Neisseria meningitidis. This study examined 450 characterized clinical culture isolates, comprising 216 N. gonorrhoeae isolates and 234 isolates of nongonococcal Neisseria species (n = 218) and 16 isolates of other closely related bacteria, with six commercial nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). The six NAATs tested were Gen-Probe APTIMA COMBO 2 and APTIMA GC, Roche COBAS Amplicor CT/NG and COBAS 4800 CT/NG tests, BD ProbeTec GC Qx amplified DNA assay, and Abbott RealTime CT/NG test. All assays except COBAS Amplicor CT/NG test where four (1.9%) isolates were not detected showed a positive result with all N. gonorrhoeae isolates (n = 216). Among the 234 nongonococcal isolates examined, initial results from all assays displayed some false-positive results due to cross-reactions. Specifically, the COBAS Amplicor and ProbeTec tests showed the highest number of false-positive results, detecting 33 (14.1%) and 26 (11%) nongonococcal Neisseria isolates, respectively. On the first testing, APTIMA COMBO 2, APTIMA GC, Abbott RealTime, and Roche COBAS 4800 showed lower level of cross-reactions with five (2.1%), four (1.7%), two (1%), and two (1%) of the isolates showing low-level positivity, respectively. Upon retesting of these nine nongonococcal isolates using freshly cultured colonies, none were positive by the APTIMA COMBO 2, Abbott RealTime, or COBAS 4800 test. In conclusion, the COBAS Amplicor and ProbeTec tests displayed high number of false-positive results, while the remaining NAATs showed only sporadic low-level false-positive results. Supplementary testing for confirmation of N. gonorrhoeae NAATs remains recommended with all samples tested, in particular those from extragenital sites. PMID:21813721

  6. Étude de la mouillabilité des roches réservoir à l'échelle du pore par cryomicroscopie électronique à balayage Wettability of Reservoir Rock At the Pore Scale: Contribution of Cryo-Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Fassi-Fihri O.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Le but de cette étude est de caractériser, à l'échelle du pore, la mouillabilité des roches réservoir, en relation avec leur géométrie et/ou leur minéralogie. Cette caractérisation se fait, après congélation des échantillons, par l'observation de la distribution des fluides au sein du milieu poreux (saumure et huile brute, en microscopie électronique à balayage. Les expériences ont d'abord été effectuées sur des roches modèles parfaitement mouillables à l'eau, verre fritté et grès naturels. Certains de ces minéraux ont été rendus hydrophobes par greffage de silane. L'étude de ces systèmes a mis en évidence une corrélation entre la mouillabilité et la distribution des fluides. Puis, une roche réservoir (grès argileux de la formation de Brent, de mer du Nord connue comme étant de mouillabilité intermédiaire a été étudiée. Un travail précédent (étude de déplacements eau/huile par tomographie X avait abouti à la conclusion que si ces roches présentaient des hétérogénéités de mouillabilité, l'échelle de ces hétérogénéités devait être inférieure au millimètre. Les études de cryomicroscopie ont montré le caractère hydrophobe de la kaolinite, tandis que les illites, le quartz et les feldspaths sont préférentiellement mouillables à l'eau. L'imbibition spontanée d'huile pourrait ainsi être attribuée à l'existence au sein de la roche d'un réseau de kaolinite, tandis que l'imbibition spontanée de saumure serait due à l'existence d'un second réseau plus ou moins imbriqué avec le premier et constitué des autres minéraux. Un autre cas de roche réservoir a été étudié, à savoir un carbonate du Moyen-Orient. Les mésopores intergranulaires y ont été observés comme étant mouillables à l'huile tandis que les micropores restaient mouillables à l'eau. Dans ce cas, la mouillabilité intermédiaire de ces échantillons s'explique par la géométrie plutôt que par la min

  7. Étude numérique du couplage thermohydromécanique dans les roches. Influence des termes de couplage non linéaires pour un matériau isotrope linéaire Numerical Analysis of a Thermohydromechanical Coupling in Rocks. Influence of Nonlinear Coupling Terms on a Linear Isotropic Material

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    Henry J. P.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Nous présentons dans ce travail une étude numérique basée sur la méthode des éléments finis, du comportement thermoporoélastique de certaines roches. Les trois effets de couplage : déformabilité de la roche, pression interstitielle et température sont pris en compte simultanément dans la résolution numérique. Une application simple sur un puits pétrolier en conditions axisymétriques est finalement présentée afin de dégager en particulier l'influence du terme de couplage convectif non linéaire, obtenu dans l'équation de diffusivité thermique, sur l'évolution de la température et de la pression interstitielle autour du forage. This article describes a finite-element method for solving the problem of nonlinear coupling between interstitial pressure and temperature during stress on a poroelastic rock. Such coupling phenomena occur during massive injection of cold water into a petroleum borehole for example. The implementation of such a numerical solution, used here with the assumption of small deformations, first requires a review of the behavior law of the material (Eq. 2. 2 and of the equations for hydraulic diffusivity (Eq. 2. 3 and thermal diffusivity (Eq. 2. 4. This last equation (2. 4 is the one containing the nonlinear coupling terms in Grad P Grad P and Grad T. Grad P. During simulation of flow at a high flow rate, these products can no longer be neglected as shown by the results in Fig. 2. The variational formulation of the problem is then determined in relation to the three equations for equilibrium, thermal diffusivity and hydraulic diffusivity. After geometric and temporal discretizations, this formulation leads to a finite-element calculating scheme resulting in the simultaneous solving of all three equations. This solution, based on the inversion of the system of equations (2. 15, requires the updating of the rigidity matrix at each time step to take nonlinear coupling into consideration. Calculations with an

  8. Duplex detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and medically important non-tuberculosis mycobacteria by real-time PCR based on the rnpB gene.

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    Abdeldaim, Guma; Svensson, Erik; Blomberg, Jonas; Herrmann, Björn

    2016-11-01

    A duplex real-time PCR based on the rnpB gene was developed for Mycobacterium spp. The assay was specific for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB) and also detected all 19 tested species of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The assay was evaluated on 404 clinical samples: 290 respiratory samples and 114 from tissue and other non-respiratory body sites. M. tuberculosis was detected by culture in 40 samples and in 30 samples by the assay. The MTB assay showed a sensitivity similar to Roche Cobas Amplicor MTB-PCR (Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA, USA). There were only nine samples with non-tuberculous mycobacteria detected by culture. Six of them were detected by the PCR assay. © 2016 APMIS. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Combination therapy containing ritonavir plus saquinavir has superior short-term antiretroviral efficacy: a randomized trial

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    Kirk, O; Katzenstein, T L; Gerstoft, J

    1999-01-01

    trial. Two hundred and eighty-four patients started randomized treatment. The primary end-point was the proportion of patients with HIV RNA of 200 copies/ml or less (Roche Amplicor) and HIV RNA of 20 copies/ml or less (Roche ultradirect assay) at 6 months. Analysis was performed as intent......-to-treat, and missing values were accounted for as failures. RESULTS: As of 1 May 1998, 269 patients should have completed 24 weeks of treatment. The proportion of patients with HIV RNA of 200 copies/ml or less was 71% (indinavir), 67% (ritonavir), and 82% (ritonavir + saquinavir), P = 0.07. In antiretroviral drug...... is generally safe, and has superior short-term antiviral efficacy compared with indinavir and ritonavir also combined with two nucleoside analogues in antiretroviral drug-naive patients. Further follow-up is needed to determine the durability of the viral response....

  10. Combination therapy containing ritonavir plus saquinavir has superior short-term antiretroviral efficacy: a randomized trial

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    Kirk, O; Katzenstein, T L; Gerstoft, J

    1999-01-01

    trial. Two hundred and eighty-four patients started randomized treatment. The primary end-point was the proportion of patients with HIV RNA of 200 copies/ml or less (Roche Amplicor) and HIV RNA of 20 copies/ml or less (Roche ultradirect assay) at 6 months. Analysis was performed as intent......-to-treat, and missing values were accounted for as failures. RESULTS: As of 1 May 1998, 269 patients should have completed 24 weeks of treatment. The proportion of patients with HIV RNA of 200 copies/ml or less was 71% (indinavir), 67% (ritonavir), and 82% (ritonavir + saquinavir), P = 0.07. In antiretroviral drug......-naive patients (n = 119), the corresponding figures were 63, 57, and 89% (P RNA of 200 copies/ml or less (P = 0.90). The same pattern was observed in the ultradirect analysis. All three regimens were generally safe...

  11. In the heart of rock; Au coeur de la roche

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    This educational document gives a presentation of the Andra underground research laboratory of Bure (Haute-Marne and Meuse, France) devoted to the study of the underground disposal of radioactive wastes. The document is presented in the form of a comics. It describes the geological setting of the laboratory, located in the eastern edge of the Paris basin, the properties of the Callovian-Oxfordian clay layer, the digging of the boreholes and galleries, the mine-by test and its instrumentation, the backfilling and sealing of the galleries and the reversibility of the burial of radioactive waste containers. (J.S.)

  12. Nourrir le sol : la roche comme engrais phosphate | CRDI - Centre ...

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    15 juil. 2011 ... Les partenaires du CRDI pour le financement du projet regroupent le Conseil international pour la recherche en agroforesterie, la Fondation Rockefeller et Afrique 2000, une organisation non gouvernementale. L'Université du Zimbabwe y a également participé. Das le cadre du projet, une équipe de ...

  13. Riemann-Roch Spaces and Linear Network Codes

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    Hansen, Johan P.

    number of points for curves of their respective genera. Linear network coding transmits information in terms of a basis of a vector space and the information is received as a basis of a possibly altered vector space. Ralf Koetter and Frank R. Kschischang %\\cite{DBLP:journals/tit/KoetterK08} introduced...

  14. Mida roheline tarbija tahab / Catherine Roche ; intervjueerinud Michael S. Hopkins

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    Roche, Catherine, 1977-

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    2008. a. tehtud uuringust, mille abil selgitati välja, mis põhjustel inimesed eelistavad tarbimisel rohelist tootevalikut. Skeemid: Valmisolek maksta rohelise eest rohkem sõltub tootekategooriast ja tajutavatest eelistest; Teadlikkus ja valik

  15. A Riemann-Roch Theoremfor One-Dimensional Complex Groupoids

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    Perrot, Denis

    We consider a smooth groupoid of the form Σ⋊Γ, where Σ is a Riemann surface and Γ a discrete pseudogroup acting on Σ by local conformal diffeomorphisms. After defining a K-cycle on the crossed product C0(Σ)⋊Γ generalising the classical Dolbeault complex, we compute its Chern character in cyclic cohomology, using the index theorem of Connes and Moscovici. This involves in particular a generalisation of the Euler class constructed from the modular automorphism group of the von Neumann algebra L∞(Σ)⋊Γ.

  16. Regards Croises sur l\\'Alteration Supergene des Roches ...

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    The normative alterology, through which the evolution of rocks is quantified referring to the final stage of the evolution, starts from the constitution of a virtual ... These two characterization methods or these two crossed considerations concerning the same reality, the first one being turned towards the origin and the second ...

  17. Le souffre thiophénique dans les pétroles et les extraits de roche. Analyse par spectrométrie de masse et chromatographie en phase gazeuse Mass-Spectrometry and Gas-Chromatography Analysis of Thiophene Sulfur in Oil and Rock Extracts

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    Castex H.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available On étudie par spectrométrie de masse à haute résolution la répartition du soufre thiophénique par coupe de distillation et par nombre de carbone dans la fraction > C10 d'un pétrole brut. Parallèlement on chromatographie à l'aide d'un détecteur sélectif à photométrie de flamme les diverses fractions thiophéniques. L'examen des chromatogrammes permet de déterminer les zones dé réponse et l'allure générale des différentes coupes thiophéniques. Les applications sont variées : on vérifie le bien-fondé de l'utilisation d'un spectromètre de masse à basse résolution pour les analyses en routine d'huiles brutes et on peut, par la connaissance des différents profils de type thiophénique prévoir des analogies ou des différences au sein d'huiles brutes et d'extraits de roche d'un même bassin pétrolier, ce qui limite le nombre d'échantillons à analyser en détail. High-resolution mass spectrometry is used to analyze the distribution of thiophenic sulfur per distillation cut and per carbon number in the > C10 fraction of a crude oil. At the same time, a selective flame-photometry sensor is used to chromatograph the different thiophenic fractions. An analysis of the chromatograms serves to determine the response zones and the general aspect of the different thiophenic cuts. There are various applications of this process. The validity of using a low-resolution mass spectrometer is checked for routine crude-cil analyses. By determining the different profiles of the thiophenic type, similarities or differences can be predicted in the crude cils and rock extracts from the saure cil basin. This limits the number of samples having to be analyzed in detail.

  18. Proposition d'explication de la formation d'hydrogène sulfuré dans les stockages souterrains de gaz naturel par réduction des sulfures minéraux de la roche magasin Proposed Explanation of Hydrogen-Sulfide Formation in Underground Natural-Gas Storage Structures by Reduction of Mineral Sulfides in the Reservoir Rock.

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    Bourgeois J. P.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available La formation d'hydrogène sulfuré dans les structures de stockage peu expliquer autrement que par l'action de bactéries sulfato-réductrices. La contenue dans la roche magasin constitue une source de sulfures capable d'alimenter en H2S le gaz naturel. La réduction de la pyrite en sulfures du type Fe 1-x S et l'équilibre de dissolution précipitation, lié principalement à la pression de CO2, dans les structures stockages, constituent un processus de formation d'H2S capable d'expliquer tativement et quantitativement les phénomènes observés sur le terrain. Un modèle simplifié de stockage reprend ce schéma et teste la sensibililté de la teneur en H2S à la valeur des paramètres physiques et chimiques définissant le stockage. Cette étude permet de proposer un certain nombre d'actions susceptibles de limiter la formation d'H2S et d'orienter les choix futurs du couple gaz naturel - structures de stockage. The formation of hydrogen sulfide in storage structures can be explained otherwise thon by the action of sulfate-reducing bacteria. The pyrite contained in the reservoir rock makes up a source of sulfides capable of supplying the natural gas with H2S.Reduction of pyrite ta sulfides of the Fe,-,S type and the dissolution precipitation equilibrium, linked mainly ta C02 pressure in storage structures, make up an H2S for-mation process capable of qualitatively and quantitatively explained phenomena observed in the field.A simplified storage model reflects this scheme and can be used ta test the sensi-tivity of the H2S content ta the value of the physical and chemical parameters defining the storage structure.This investigation can be used to propose various means of action (sable ta "mit H2S formation and ta guide future choices of natural gas/storage-structure pairs.

  19. Approche numérique et quantitative de l'étude sur clichés aériens de la fracturation des réservoirs en roches fissurées Numerical and Quantitative Approach to Investigating Fracture Maps of Fissured Reservoirs from Airphotos

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    Razack M.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Dans le cadre de la détermination de la structure des réservoirs en roches fissurées, une méthodologie de traitement numérique et quantitative de la fractu-ration relevée sur clichés aériens a été mise au point. La numérisation du relevé est obtenue par digitalisation sur un lecteur de courbes. Cette information est ensuite traitée à l'aide d'un algorithme (programme RAFRAC qui permet d'identifier numériquement la fracturation par un ensemble de para-mètres élémentaires (orientation, longueur , densité... à partir desquels il devient possible de procéder à une analyse approfondie du champ de fractures considéré. Un exemple d'application est présenté à propos de l'étude de la fracturation d'une zone à structure tabulaire (Causse du Larzac. Ces premiers résultats tendent à mettre en évidence une double nature mathématique de l'information analysée aléatoire d'une part, déterministe d'autre part. On montre également, à partir de la théorie desvariables régionalisées, que la fracturation suit une certaine logique dans sa répartition spatiale. Par ailleurs une organisation des familles de fractures a pu être mise en évidence, sur laquelle la structure géométrique du réservoir sous-jacent s'ajuste de façon très proche. As part of efforts ta determine the structure of reservoirs in fissured rocks, a numerical and quantitative processing methodology has been developed for mapping fractures with airphotos. The survey is digitized on a curve reader. This data is then processed by means of an algorithm (RAFRAC program sa as ta numerically identify fracturing by a set of elementary parameters (direction, length, density, etc. which con be used ta make an in-depth analysis of the fracture field being considered. A sample application is described having ta do with the surveying of the fracturing in a tabular structure (Causse plateau of Larzac. These initial results tend to reveol a dual mathematical nature

  20. Rock Permeability and Fluid Pressure At the Ktb. Implications from Laboratory-And Drill Hole-Measurements Perméabilité des roches et pression dans le KTB : enseignements tirés des mesures de laboratoire et des mesures en puits

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    Zimmermann G.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Rock permeability and the fluid pressure were investigated at different scales at the two drill holes of the Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB. Drill hole tests and fluid inclusion investigations both implicate the existence of hydrostatic fluid pressure in situ with respect to salinity of the formation fluid. Matrix permeability and in situ values from hydraulic tests differ up to three decades with higher values in situ. Further on, the pressure dependence of core permeability and in situ determined values differ significantly. All these observed effects support the well known theory of scale variance. This conclusion is supported by observations of hydraulic communications between both drill holes. These scale effects implicate a pronounced hydraulic heterogeneity of the KTB surroundings. Therefore, stochastic network modelling with parameters derived from structural borehole measurements and under the consideration of the observed permeabilities were performed. Under the presumption of existing driving forces fluid transport takes place dominantly on discrete connected pathways characterised by fracture width, fracture length and fracture orientation and is subordinate in the rock matrix. La perméabilité des roches et la pression des fluides ont été étudiées à différentes échelles sur les deux forages du Programme continental de forage profond - Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB. Les essais de puits et les recherches d'inclusions de fluides impliquent l'existence d'une pression de fluide fonction de la salinité du fluide de formation. Les valeurs déduites des essais de puits dépassent largement les perméabilités matricielles, l'écart allant jusqu'à trois ordres de grandeur. De plus, l'évolution de la perméabilité mesurée sur échantillon en fonction de la pression et celle déterminée in situ diffèrent largement. Ces observations renforcent la théorie bien connue des effets d'échelle. Cette conclusion est

  1. Propagation des ondes élastiques dans les matériaux non linéaires Aperçu des résultats de laboratoire obtenus sur les roches et des applications possibles en géophysique Propagation of Elastic Waves in Nonlinear Materials Survey of Laboratory Results on Rock and Geophysical Applications

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    Rasolofosaon P.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Les roches présentent souvent un comportement élastique nettement non linéaire, entraînant des conséquences importantes sur la propagation des ondes. Cette non-linéarité élastique est surtout causée par les microdéfauts mécaniques ubiquistes (microfissures, joints de grains, macles, etc. dont la rigidité varie sous l'effet de la contrainte. Ce sujet fait l'objet d'études de plus en plus nombreuses. Nous nous proposons de présenter très sommairement les bases théoriques et les résultats expérimentaux permettant d'avoir un ordre de grandeur des effets caractéristiques observés dans les roches afin de pouvoir proposer une approche critique des possibilités d'applications en géophysique. Deux disciplines se sont développées en parallèle à partir du même principe physique et avec des formalismes très proches : - L'acousto-élasticité étudie l'effet des précontraintes statiques sur les vitesses de propagation des ondes élastiques. On dispose d'un formalisme mécanique élaboré permettant de relier quantitativement variation de contrainte et variation de vitesse élastique (par exemple pour ce qui concerne l'anisotropie acoustique induite par un état de contrainte et d'une méthode expérimentale de mesure des coefficients de non-linéarité. - L'acoustique non linéaire s'intéresse aux conséquences de la variation des modules élastiques au passage d'une onde qui ne peut plus être considérée comme une petite perturbation, mais qui induit localement des modifications mesurables du milieu de propagation ; modifications entraînant l'apparition de phénomènes inconnus en acoustique linéaire tels que la génération d'harmoniques et l'interaction onde-onde. Les applications à la sismique pétrolière semblent fort lointaines puisque, avec les méthodes classiques de surface ou de puits, il y a peu d'espoir de réussir à faire propager jusqu'aux couches profondes des ondes dont l'amplitude dépasserait le seuil de

  2. Evolution of the Petrophysical and Mineralogical Properties of Two Reservoir Rocks Under Thermodynamic Conditions Relevant for CO2 Geological Storage at 3 km Depth Évolution des propriétés physiques et minéralogiques de deux roches réservoirs dans des conditions thermodynamiques correspondant à un stockage géologique de CO2 à 3 km de profondeur

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    Rimmelé G.

    2009-11-01

    est considérée comme une solution pour contribuer à la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère. Les interactions entre le CO2 supercritique et la roche-réservoir potentielle doivent être étudiées en détail en conditions de stockage géologique. Quarante échantillons de calcaire de Lavoux et de grès d’Adamswiller, provenant de roches réservoirs du bassin parisien, ont été expérimentalement exposés au CO2 dans un autoclave spécialement construit pour reproduire les conditions thermodynamiques d’un réservoir de stockage de CO2. Les deux types de roches ont été exposés pendant un mois à du CO2 supercritique humide et à de l’eau saturée en CO2, à 28 MPa et 90 °C, ce qui correspond à des conditions d’enfouissement de 3 km de profondeur. L’évolution de leurs propriétés minéralogiques a été suivie par des analyses par diffraction des rayons X, par spectroscopie Raman et par microscopie électronique couplée à un système de microanalyses X. Leurs propriétés physiques et microtexturales ont été estimées en mesurant, avant et après les expériences, le poids, la densité, les propriétés mécaniques, la perméabilité, la porosité globale et la présence d’éventuels gradients de porosité de chaque échantillon. Les résultats montrent que les deux roches ont préservé leurs propriétés mécaniques et minéralogiques, malgré une augmentation de la porosité et de la perméabilité. Des zones microscopiques de dissolution de la calcite observées dans le calcaire sont vraisemblablement responsables de cette augmentation de la perméabilité et de la porosité. Dans le grès, une altération de la pétro-fabrique est supposée se produire due à la réaction des minéraux argileux avec le CO2. Tous les échantillons du calcaire de Lavoux et du grès d’Adamswiller ont montré une altération mesurable dans le CO2 humide et dans l’eau chargée en CO2. Ces expériences en autoclave sont

  3. Impact of Diagenetic Alterations on the Petrophysical and Multiphase Flow Properties of Carbonate Rocks Using a Reactive Pore Network Modeling Approach Impact des altérations diagénétiques sur les propriétés pétrophysiques et d’écoulement polyphasique de roches carbonates en utilisant une modélisation par l’approche réseau de pores

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    Algive L.

    2012-02-01

    replacing the original complex pore structure of real porous media by a conceptual network. The second step consists of resolving the governing equations of the precipitation and dissolution phenomena (i.e. reactive convection diffusion equation in the conceptual 3D pore network and deducing the local reactive fluxes and the motion of the fluid-solid interface. The third step consists of updating the new pore structure and calculating the new petrophysical properties of the modified porous media. Those steps are repeated in order to mimic a given diagenetic scenario. Finally, the multiphase flow properties of the current porous media are calculated. The impact of one diagenetic cycle of dissolution and precipitation on the pore networks’ heterogeneity and consequently on the petrophysical properties (i.e. porosity and permeability and multiphase flow properties (i.e. relative permeability and capillary pressure have been investigated. The permeability and porosity evolution during a given diagenetic cycle are calculated and analyzed as a function of the relevant dimensionless numbers (Peclet and Damköhler numbers that characterize the flow and reaction regime. The correlation between these numbers and the dissolved/precipitated layer thickness distribution is investigated. This work contributes to improve the understanding of the impact of dissolution and precipitation on permeability and porosity modification. Using the PNM approach, multiphase flow properties and permeability-porosity relationship have been determined for different reactive flow regimes. These relationships are relevant input data to improve the quality of reservoir simulation predictions. Les roches sédimentaires présentent souvent une structure porale hétérogène qui est intrinsèquement liée à la texture de la roche d’origine et aux modifications diagénétiques subies. Ces altérations sont régies par la texture de la roche d’origine, les fluides impliqués (et les interactions rock

  4. Strategy for the maximization of clinically relevant information from hepatitis C virus, RT-PCR quantification.

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    Levis, J

    2012-02-03

    BACKGROUND: The increasing clinical application of viral load assays for monitoring viral infections has been an incentive for the development of standardized tests for the hepatitis C virus. OBJECTIVE: To develop a simple model for the prediction of baseline viral load in individuals infected with the hepatitis C virus. METHODOLOGY: Viral load quantification of each patient\\'s first sample was assessed by RT-PCR-ELISA using the Roche MONITOR assay in triplicate. Genotype of the infecting virus was identified by reverse line probe hybridization, using amplicons resulting from the qualitative HCV Roche AMPLICOR assay. RESULTS: Retrospective evaluation of first quantitative values suggested that 82.4% (n=168\\/204) of individuals had a viral load between 4.3 and 6.7 log(10) viral copies per ml. A few patients (3.4%; n=7\\/204) have a serum viremia less than the lower limit of the linear range of the RT-PCR assay. Subsequent, prospective evaluation of hepatitis C viral load of all new patients using a model based on the dynamic range of viral load in the retrospective group correctly predicted the dynamic range in 75.9% (n=33\\/54). CONCLUSION: The dynamic range of hepatitis C viremia extends beyond the linear range of the Roche MONITOR assay. Accurate determination of serum viremia is substantially improved by dilution of specimens prior to quantification.

  5. Comparison of predictors for high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in women with abnormal smears.

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    Szarewski, Anne; Ambroisine, Laurence; Cadman, Louise; Austin, Janet; Ho, Linda; Terry, George; Liddle, Stuart; Dina, Roberto; McCarthy, Julie; Buckley, Hilary; Bergeron, Christine; Soutter, Pat; Lyons, Deirdre; Cuzick, Jack

    2008-11-01

    The detection of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA provides higher sensitivity but lower specificity than cytology for the identification of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). This study compared the sensitivity and specificity of several adjunctive tests for the detection of high-grade CIN in a population referred to colposcopy because of abnormal cytology. 953 women participated in the study. Up to seven tests were carried out on a liquid PreservCyt sample: Hybrid Capture II (Digene), Amplicor (Roche), PreTect HPV-Proofer (NorChip), APTIMA HPV assay (Gen-Probe), Linear Array (Roche), Clinical-Arrays (Genomica), and CINtec p16INK4a Cytology (mtm Laboratories) immunocytochemistry. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (PPV) were based on the worst histology seen on either the biopsy or the treatment specimen after central review. 273 (28.6%) women had high-grade disease (CIN2+) on worst histology, with 193 (20.2%) having CIN3+. For the detection of CIN2+, Hybrid Capture II had a sensitivity of 99.6%, specificity of 28.4%, and PPV of 36.1%. Amplicor had a sensitivity of 98.9%, specificity of 21.7%, and PPV of 33.5%. PreTect HPV-Proofer had a sensitivity of 73.6%, specificity of 73.1%, and PPV of 52.0%. APTIMA had a sensitivity of 95.2%, specificity of 42.2%, and PPV of 39.9%. CINtec p16INK4a Cytology had a sensitivity of 83.0%, specificity of 68.7%, and PPV of 52.3%. Linear Array had a sensitivity of 98.2%, specificity of 32.8%, and PPV of 37.7%. Clinical-Arrays had a sensitivity of 80.9%, specificity of 37.1%, and PPV of 33.0%.

  6. PCR for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis in endocervical, urethral, rectal, and pharyngeal swab samples obtained from patients attending an STD clinic.

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    Ostergaard, L; Agner, T; Krarup, E; Johansen, U B; Weismann, K; Gutschik, E

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate, by use of the Amplicor PCR in a routine setting, the recovery rate of Chlamydia trachomatis in ano-rectal and pharyngeal swab samples obtained from males and females attending an STD clinic in relation to sexual practices, symptoms, and signs. DESIGN: Data regarding sexual practices, and symptoms and signs related to the rectum and pharynx, were obtained from 196 females and 208 males, including 31 homosexuals and eight bisexuals. Swab samples were obtained from the urethra, rectum, and pharynx from all the patients. An additional endocervical swab sample was obtained from the females. METHODS: All samples were analysed by the Amplicor PCR (Roche). SETTING: Rudolph Bergh's Hospital, a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases situated in the centre of Copenhagen, Denmark. RESULTS: The overall prevalence of urogenital C trachomatis infection was 9.2% (37/404). The specificity of the Amplicor PCR was 100% for both ano-rectal and pharyngeal swab samples. In females three (13%) of the 23 infections were detected only by testing an ano-rectal or throat swab sample. In homosexual males two (67%) of three infections were detected only by the anorectal swab sample. Ano-rectal intercourse without use of condom was reported by 44% of females and by 52% of homosexual males. Fellatio without condom use was reported by 91% of females, and 80% of heterosexual males practised cunnilingus. Pharyngeal infection, however, occurred only in females, and the presence of pharyngeal symptoms or signs seemed predictive for pharyngeal C trachomatis infection, for which the time of incubation or colonisation exceeded 3 months. The presence of ano-rectal signs or symptoms was not predictive for an ano-rectal C trachomatis infection. CONCLUSION: The Amplicor PCR can be used on ano-rectal and pharyngeal swab samples. Ano-rectal swab samples should be obtained in females and homosexual males at high risk of being infected. Pharyngeal samples should be taken in females

  7. Defending the Freedom to Innovate: Faculty Intellectual Property Rights after "Stanford v. Roche"

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    2014-01-01

    Tensions over faculty control of the fruits of their scholarship have been slowly building since the 1980s, but they have also intensified since late 2011. There have long been differences of opinion over ownership of patentable inventions, but over the last two years a number of universities have categorically asserted that they own these…

  8. 'n Onderwysregtelike perspektief op regsaanspreeklikheid van onderwyser-afrigters in skolerugby / Roché Marx.

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    2013-01-01

    School rugby is one of the most popular sports within numerous South-African public schools. Each year competition gets tougher as a result of the increase in tournaments during school holidays and the nationwide promotion of interschool tournaments. Educators as coaches of school teams carry the responsibility to not only pursue competitiveness, but also care for the safety of the school rugby players. Between 2001 and 2010, 13 of 36 players that obtained spinal related injuries ended up...

  9. Roche genome sequencer FLX based high-throughput sequencing of ancient DNA

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    Alquezar-Planas, David E; Fordyce, Sarah Louise

    2012-01-01

    Since the development of so-called "next generation" high-throughput sequencing in 2005, this technology has been applied to a variety of fields. Such applications include disease studies, evolutionary investigations, and ancient DNA. Each application requires a specialized protocol to ensure tha...

  10. Assessment of HPV infection among female university students in Honduras via Roche linear array

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    Ferrera, A.; Tabora, N.; Flores, Y.; Zelaya, A.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Melchers, W.J.G.

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of specific types of human papillomavirus (HPV), and the association with possible risk factors, among female university students at university in Honduras. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, cervical samples from 400 women aged 18-35years were tested using a

  11. "Der Bleistift roch nach Rosmarin": the art of foraging in Stifter, Handke, and Beuys.

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    Brady, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Taking as its starting point the notion of ‘reading’ as ‘gathering’, implied by the word Lesen, this essay examines some correspondences between foraging, naming, writing, drawing, and reading to establish a clear distinction between foraging and collecting more generally. By way of example, three kinds of foraging are addressed: berry picking, in Adalbert Stifter's short story Der Waldsteig; mushroom collecting, in Peter Handke's fairy-tale Lucie im Wald mit den Dingsda; gathering medicinal herbs, in particular rosemary, in the drawings, performances, and social sculptures of Joseph Beuys (including Manresa, Barraque D’dull Odde, Geruchsplastik, Blitzschlag mit Lichtschein auf Hirsch). In the literary and visual works discussed here, foraging and its products are therapeutic both physically and spiritually, what Handke terms ‘traumerweiternd’. Moreover, in the case of Beuys in particular this healing process has explicitly social and political implications. The essay also examines foraging as an analogy for the construction of meaning and concludes with a discussion of the clearing as a privileged space in which foraging and gathering, both literally and figuratively, can take place.

  12. On the Use of Roche Equipotentials in Analysing the Problems of ...

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    1School of Mathematics and Computer Applications, Thapar University, Patiala 147 004,. India. 2Ambala College ... on the equilibrium structures of rotating stars and stars in binary systems is quite complex. Therefore ... the potential of the primary component of a binary system to account for the effects of rotational and tidal ...

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    Since January 2016, the Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy has moved to Continuous Article Publishing (CAP) mode. This means that each accepted article is being published immediately online with DOI and article citation ID with starting page number 1. Articles are also visible in Web of Science immediately.

  14. Genotype 3 is the predominant hepatitis C genotype in a multi-ethnic Asian population in Malaysia.

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    Ho, Shiaw-Hooi; Ng, Kee-Peng; Kaur, Harvinder; Goh, Khean-Lee

    2015-06-01

    Genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) are distributed differently across the world. There is a paucity of such data in a multi-ethnic Asian population like Malaysia. The objectives of this study were to determine the distribution of HCV genotypes between major ethnic groups and to ascertain their association with basic demographic variables like age and gender. This was a cross-sectional prospective study conducted from September 2007 to September 2013. Consecutive patients who were detected to have anti-HCV antibodies in the University of Malaya Medical Centre were included and tested for the presence of HCV RNA using Roche Cobas Amplicor Analyzer and HCV genotype using Roche single Linear Array HCV Genotyping strip. Five hundred and ninety-six subjects were found to have positive anti-HCV antibodies during this period of time. However, only 396 (66.4%) were HCV RNA positive and included in the final analysis. Our results showed that HCV genotype 3 was the predominant genotype with overall frequency of 61.9% followed by genotypes 1 (35.9%), 2 (1.8%) and 6 (0.5%). There was a slightly higher prevalence of HCV genotype 3 among the Malays when compared to the Chinese (P=0.043). No other statistical significant differences were observed in the distribution of HCV genotypes among the major ethnic groups. There was also no association between the predominant genotypes and basic demographic variables. In a multi-ethnic Asian society in Malaysia, genotype 3 is the predominant genotype among all the major ethnic groups with genotype 1 as the second commonest genotype. Both genotypes 2 and 6 are uncommon. Neither genotype 4 nor 5 was detected. There is no identification of HCV genotype according to ethnic origin, age and gender.

  15. Seroreversion in children born to HIV-positive and AIDS mothers from Central West Brazil.

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    Alcântara, Keila C; Pereira, Gisner A S; Albuquerque, Maly; Stefani, Mariane M A

    2009-06-01

    The spread of HIV-1 infection among women of childbearing age has led to increasing numbers of children at risk of vertical transmission. This study aimed to assess child outcomes among HIV-positive (n=19) and AIDS (n=22) mothers from Central West Brazil. CD4(+) T-cell counts (FACScount, BD) and viral loads (HIV-1 RT-PCR, Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Roche) were assessed at delivery and during the first 6 months of life. Heteroduplex mobility assay identified env and gag HIV-1 subtypes. Frequencies and medians were calculated. HIV-positive and AIDS mothers did not differ with regard to age, antiretroviral prophylaxis, parity and viral load. AIDS mothers had lower CD4(+) T-cell counts. One vertical transmission and a neonatal death were observed. Gestational age, gender and oral zidovudine prophylaxis were similar regardless of maternal clinical status. Infants born to AIDS mothers had lower birthweight and shorter time to seroreversion. Eight infants were lost to follow-up, and two were breastfed due to delayed maternal diagnosis. HIV-1 B(env)/B(gag) subtype were 75.6%; discordant B(env)/F(gag) were 12.2%. Exposed uninfected infants born to AIDS mothers with lower CD4(+) T-cell counts seroreverted earlier than infants born to asymptomatic HIV-positive mothers. It is possible that maternal immunological status may impact on the time to seroreversion.

  16. Persistence of hepatitis C virus in a white population: associations with human leukocyte antigen class 1.

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    Fanning, Liam J

    2012-02-03

    The aim of this study was to define novel associations between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class 1 alleles and persistence or clearance of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a white population. All individuals in the study were seropositive for anti-HCV antibodies. Viral status was determined by the Roche HCV Amplicor test. HLA-A, -B, -C allelic group profile was molecularly defined by reverse line probe hybridization. The strongest individual allelic group associations with persistent HCV infection were HLA A*11 (p = 0.044) and Cw*04 (p = 0.006). However, only the HLA C*04 association survived correction for multiple comparisons. Further analysis of alleles in linkage with HLA Cw*04 revealed that the haplotype HLA A*11, Cw*04 was present in 11 individuals, 10 of whom were viremic (p = 0.05). No gene dosage effect was observed. No association between HLA class 1 allelic groups and aviremia and virus load was evident in this white population. HLA B*44 is associated with low virus load in human immunodeficiency virus disease, but this association was not evident in this HCV-infected population. Novel HLA class 1 alleles associated with persistence of HCV have been identified.

  17. The Usefulness of Defining Rapid Virological Response by a Very Sensitive Assay (TMA) during Treatment of HCV Genotype 2/3 Infection

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    Dalgard, Olav; Martinot-Peignoux, Michelle; Verbaan, Hans

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine in patients with HCV genotype 2 or 3 the performance at week 4 of two assays with different sensitivities for HCV RNA detection, for the prediction of SVR and stratification for treatment duration (14 and 24 weeks). Recruitment was from two trials comparing ...... measured with COBAS Amplicor V2, Roche (CA) (lower detection limit 50 IU/ml) and retrospectively assessed with VERSANT HCV-RNA Qualitative Assay, Siemens (TMA) (lower limit detection 10 IU/ml). Genotype 3 was present in 80% and genotype 2 in 20%. A SVR was achieved in 82%. At week 4 HCV....../TMA positive (p = 0.006). In patients allocated to 14 weeks treatment a relapse was observed in 11% of TMA undetectable patients and 26% of TMA positive (p = 0.031). In genotype 2 patients treated for 14 weeks relapse was observed in 6% of the patients with both CA and TMA undetectable week 4. Assays with high...

  18. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and associated risk factors in a low-income marginalized urban population in coastal Peru.

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    León, Segundo R; Konda, Kelika A; Klausner, Jeffrey D; Jones, Franca R; Cáceres, Carlos F; Coates, Thomas J

    2009-07-01

    To estimate Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection prevalence and associated risk factors among a low-income marginalized urban population in Peru. Between April 2003 and April 2005, men and women at high-risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were recruited from low-income urban areas in three coastal cities in Peru (Chiclayo, Lima, and Trujillo). Consenting participants were studied using a sero-epidemiologic survey. Urine and vaginal swabs collected from men and women were evaluated using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (COBAS AMPLICOR (CT/NG) Test, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Branchburg, NJ, USA) for CT. Among the 2 440 participants recruited for the study (2 145 men and 295 women), overall prevalence of CT infection was 6.6% (95% CI, 5.6-7.6%): 5.5% (95% CI, 4.5-6.5%) in men and 14.9% (95% CI, 11.7-27.1%) in women. Chlamydial infection was inversely associated with age and positively associated with HIV infection and dysuria in men. Among women, chlamydial infection was inversely associated with age and positively associated with number of sex partners. CT infection was common among high-risk men and women in urban coastal Peru. Because chlamydial infection is associated with complications related to female reproduction, including infertility and ectopic pregnancy, interventions to prevent and treat infection and studies to determine the feasibility of population-based screening for CT should be conducted among the high-risk female population.

  19. A comparison of rumen microbial profiles in dairy cows as retrieved by 454 Roche and Ion Torrent (PGM sequencing platforms

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    Nagaraju Indugu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Next generation sequencing (NGS technology is a widely accepted tool used by microbial ecologists to explore complex microbial communities in different ecosystems. As new NGS platforms continue to become available, it becomes imperative to compare data obtained from different platforms and analyze their effect on microbial community structure. In the present study, we compared sequencing data from both the 454 and Ion Torrent (PGM platforms on the same DNA samples obtained from the rumen of dairy cows during their transition period. Despite the substantial difference in the number of reads, error rate and length of reads among both platforms, we identified similar community composition between the two data sets. Procrustes analysis revealed similar correlations (M2 = 0.319; P = 0.001 in the microbial community composition between the two platforms. Both platforms revealed the abundance of the same bacterial phyla which were Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes; however, PGM recovered an additional four phyla. Comparisons made at the genus level by each platforms revealed differences in only a few genera such as Prevotella, Ruminococcus, Succiniclasticum and Treponema (p < 0.05; chi square test. Collectively, we conclude that the output generated from PGM and 454 yielded concurrent results, provided stringent bioinformatics pipelines are employed.

  20. Les roches basiques et ultrabasiques des Lacs Robert et le Trias de Chamrousse (Massif de Belledonne) Etude petrologique et geologique

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    Tex, den E.

    1950-01-01

    La région que j’ai étudiée et relevée est située dans les Alpes françaises, à environ 4° longitude est et 50°15’ latitude nord, et à environ 2000 mètres d’altitude. Elle fait partie de la chaîne dite „chaîne de Belledonne” qui s’étend des massifs de Beaufort et du Grand Mont dans le N N E jusqu’à

  1. About Jules et Jim: Some Figures of Matriarchy from Bachofen to Truffaut via Benjamin, Roché and Hessel

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    Michael Hollington

    2013-01-01

    Cet article essaie de relever quelques aspects d'un mouvement de pensée « matriarcale » du XXe siècle, parfois plutôt souterrain, et de montrer dans quelle mesure cette pensée fait partie du contexte du grand film des années soixante de François Truffaut. Il s'agit des hypothèses de Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887), juriste et archéologue suisse, qui proposait la théorie d'un matriarcat primitif à l'origine de la société humaine. Dans un premier temps, en Méditerranée par exemple, existait s...

  2. About Jules et Jim: Some Figures of Matriarchy from Bachofen to Truffaut via Benjamin, Roché and Hessel

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    Michael Hollington

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    Full Text Available Cet article essaie de relever quelques aspects d'un mouvement de pensée « matriarcale » du XXe siècle, parfois plutôt souterrain, et de montrer dans quelle mesure cette pensée fait partie du contexte du grand film des années soixante de François Truffaut. Il s'agit des hypothèses de Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, juriste et archéologue suisse, qui proposait la théorie d'un matriarcat primitif à l'origine de la société humaine. Dans un premier temps, en Méditerranée par exemple, existait selon lui un système communiste où l'idée de propriété privée était absente, fondé sur l'« hétaïrisme », où les rapports sexuels, organisés selon les vœux des femmes, étaient complètement libres.The purpose of this paper is, first, to provide a brief sketch map of a comparative nature of some linked, formative appropriations in Germany and elsewhere in the early part of this century of the Swiss jurist and archaeologist Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, famous for his influential but controversial theory of the precedence of primitive matriarchy over patriarchy in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.Este artίculo trata de señalar algunos aspectos de una corriente de pensamiento "matriarcal" del siglo veinte, a veces más bien subterránea, y muestra en qué medida dicho pensamiento forma parte del contexto de la famosa película de los años sesenta de François Truffaut. Se trata de las hipótesis de Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, jurista y arqueólogo suizo, quien propuso la teoría de un matriarcado primitivo en el origen de la sociedad humana. En un primer momento, en la región mediterránea, por ejemplo, dice que existía un sistema comunista carente de la idea de propiedad privada, y basado en el "hetaerismo", en el que las relaciones sexuales, organizadas según el voto de las mujeres, eran completamente libres.

  3. Analysis of heavy oils flows in saturated rocks; Analyse des ecoulements d'huiles lourdes dans les roches saturees

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    Luc Dormieux; Denis Garnier [Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, 6 et 8 avenue Blaise Pascal Cite Descartes - Champs/Marne, 77455 Marne la Vallee Cedex 2, (France); Thierry Yalamas; Elisabeth Bemer; Jean-Francois Nauroy [Institut Francais du Petrole 1 et 4 avenue de Bois-Preau, 92852 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, (France)

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    In heavy oil reservoirs, the fluid is a viscous material, possibly nonlinear. In order to describe the flow of such oils in the rock, an extension of Darcy law to non Newtonian fluids is presented. Besides, oil production in this type of reservoir is responsible for rock erosion and the formation of a paste (slurry) made up of a mixture of oil and sand grains is observed. Based on a non linear homogenization technique, a modelling of the constitutive behavior of this slurry is proposed. (authors)

  4. High-throughput sequencing of core STR loci for forensic genetic investigations using the Roche Genome Sequencer FLX platform

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    Fordyce, Sarah Louise; Avila Arcos, Maria del Carmen; Rockenbauer, Eszter

    2011-01-01

    The analysis and profiling of short tandem repeat (STR) loci is routinely used in forensic genetics. Current methods to investigate STR loci, including PCR-based standard fragment analyses and capillary electrophoresis, only provide amplicon lengths that are used to estimate the number of STR...

  5. A comparison of rumen microbial profiles in dairy cows as retrieved by 454 Roche and Ion Torrent (PGM) sequencing platforms.

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    Indugu, Nagaraju; Bittinger, Kyle; Kumar, Sanjay; Vecchiarelli, Bonnie; Pitta, Dipti

    2016-01-01

    Next generation sequencing (NGS) technology is a widely accepted tool used by microbial ecologists to explore complex microbial communities in different ecosystems. As new NGS platforms continue to become available, it becomes imperative to compare data obtained from different platforms and analyze their effect on microbial community structure. In the present study, we compared sequencing data from both the 454 and Ion Torrent (PGM) platforms on the same DNA samples obtained from the rumen of dairy cows during their transition period. Despite the substantial difference in the number of reads, error rate and length of reads among both platforms, we identified similar community composition between the two data sets. Procrustes analysis revealed similar correlations (M (2) = 0.319; P = 0.001) in the microbial community composition between the two platforms. Both platforms revealed the abundance of the same bacterial phyla which were Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes; however, PGM recovered an additional four phyla. Comparisons made at the genus level by each platforms revealed differences in only a few genera such as Prevotella, Ruminococcus, Succiniclasticum and Treponema (p < 0.05; chi square test). Collectively, we conclude that the output generated from PGM and 454 yielded concurrent results, provided stringent bioinformatics pipelines are employed.

  6. Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Testing 6 to 12 Months after ASCUS or LSIL Cytology in Organized Screening To Predict High-Grade Cervical Neoplasia between Screening Rounds

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    Sjøborg, Katrine D.; Nygård, Mari; Røysland, Kjetil; Campbell, Suzanne; Alfsen, G. Cecilie; Jonassen, Christine M.

    2012-01-01

    We carried out a prospective study comparing the performance of human papillomavirus (HPV) E6/E7 mRNA (PreTect HPV-Proofer; NorChip, Klokkarstua, Norway) and DNA (Amplicor HPV test; Roche Diagnostics, Basel, Switzerland) triage testing of women 6 to 12 months after atypical-squamous-cells-of-undetermined-significance (ASCUS) or low-grade-squamous-intraepithelial-lesion (LSIL) cytology in organized screening to predict high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia of grade 2 or worse (CIN2+) between screening rounds. Between January 2005 and April 2008, 692 study women with screening-detected ASCUS/LSIL cytology 6 to 12 months earlier returned for HPV mRNA and DNA testing and repeat cytology. The median follow-up time was 3 years, using existing health care facilities. Follow-up test results were available for 625 women. Of the 145 CIN2+ cases detected during the study period, 95 (65.5%) were HPV mRNA positive 6 to 12 months after screening-detected ASCUS/LSIL, 44 (30.4%) were HPV mRNA negative, and 6 (4.1%) were invalid. The corresponding HPV DNA results were 139 (95.9%), 5 (3.4%), and 1 (0.7%), respectively. The cumulative incidences of CIN2+ 3 years after a negative HPV mRNA and DNA test were 10.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.2 to 13.3%) and 1.8% (95% CI, 0.0 to 3.6%), respectively. The cumulative incidences of CIN2+ 3 years after positive HPV mRNA and DNA tests were 52.8% (95% CI, 40.1 to 60.1%) and 41.3% (95% CI, 35.5 to 46.6%), respectively. In conclusion, both positive HPV mRNA and DNA test results have a high enough long-term prediction of CIN2+ risk to consider referral to colposcopy as good practice when performed in delayed triage of women with ASCUS/LSIL cytology. In addition, the low CIN2+ risk among women with a negative Amplicor HPV test in our study confirms its safe use in a clinical setting. PMID:22518869

  7. Treatment seeking behaviors related to gonorrhea among female sex workers in 7 cities in Indonesia

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    Full Text Available Abstrak Latar belakang:Gonore merupakan salah satu infeksi menular seksual yang menjadi permasalahan besar kesehatan terutama pada wanita penjaja seks (WPS di Indonesia. Tujuan dari artikel ini adalah untuk melihat hubungan antara pola pencarian pengobatan gonore. Metode:Data berasal dari studi potong lintang dengan responden WPS yang dipilih secara cluster random sampling dari 7 kota (Timika, Yogyakarta, Kupang, Samarinda, Pontianak, Makassar dan Tangerang di Indonesia pada tahun 2007. Diagnosis gonore berdasarkan hasil pemeriksaan Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR menggunakan Amplicor CT/NG dari Roche yang telah disetujui oleh World Health Orgazation (WHO sebagai alat skrining gonore. Hasil:Proporsi responden yang menderita gonore sebesar 26.1% (404/1750. Persentase penderita gonore yang melakukan upaya pengobatan terdistribusi hampir sama dengan yang mengunjungi fasilitas kesehatan / dokter dengan yang membeli obat sendiri. Subyek yeng melakukan pengobatan tradisional memiliki risiko 44% lebih tinggi menderita gonore dibandingkan dengan subyek yang melakukan pengobatan di fasilitas kesehatan / dokter [risiko relatif suaian (RRa = 1,44; P = 0.044]. Sedangkan subyek yang tidak diobati dibandingkan dengan yang berobat ke fasilitas kesehatan / dokter lebih berisiko 55% menderita gonore (RRa = 1.55; P = 0.002.Kesimpulan: Wanita penjaja seks yang melakukan maupun yang tidak pengobatan tradisional dibandingkan dengan yang mengunjungi fasilitas kesehatan/dokter memiliki risiko yang lebih tinggi menderita gonore. (Health Science Indones 2013;2:87-92Kata kunci:gonore, wanita penjaja seks, IndonesiaAbstractBackground:Gonorrhea is one of sexually transmitted infections that have become a major health problem especially among female sex workers (FSW in Indonesia. The objective of this article is to identify the relationship between treatment seeking behaviors, the sites of study and gonorrhea among FSW. Methods: The data that analyzed derived from cross

  8. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and associated risk factors in a low-income marginalized urban population in coastal Peru Infección por Chlamydia trachomatis y factores de riesgo asociados en una población marginal urbana de bajos ingresos de la costa peruana

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To estimate Chlamydia trachomatis (CT infection prevalence and associated risk factors among a low-income marginalized urban population in Peru. METHODS: Between April 2003 and April 2005, men and women at high-risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs were recruited from low-income urban areas in three coastal cities in Peru (Chiclayo, Lima, and Trujillo. Consenting participants were studied using a sero-epidemiologic survey. Urine and vaginal swabs collected from men and women were evaluated using polymerase chain reaction (PCR (COBAS® AMPLICOR (CT/NG Test, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Branchburg, NJ, USA for CT. RESULTS: Among the 2 440 participants recruited for the study (2 145 men and 295 women, overall prevalence of CT infection was 6.6% (95% CI, 5.6-7.6%: 5.5% (95% CI, 4.5-6.5% in men and 14.9% (95% CI, 11.7-27.1% in women. Chlamydial infection was inversely associated with age and positively associated with HIV infection and dysuria in men. Among women, chlamydial infection was inversely associated with age and positively associated with number of sex partners. CONCLUSIONS: CT infection was common among high-risk men and women in urban coastal Peru. Because chlamydial infection is associated with complications related to female reproduction, including infertility and ectopic pregnancy, interventions to prevent and treat infection and studies to determine the feasibility of population-based screening for CT should be conducted among the high-risk female population.OBJETIVOS: Estimar la prevalencia de la infección por Chlamydia trachomatis y los factores de riesgo asociados en una población marginal urbana de bajos ingresos de Perú. MÉTODOS: Entre abril de 2003 y abril de 2005 se captaron hombres y mujeres con alto riesgo de contraer infecciones de transmisión sexual, en áreas urbanas de bajos ingresos de tres ciudades costeras de Perú (Chiclayo, Lima y Trujillo. Los participantes que aceptaron colaborar

  9. Prevalence of oral lesions in HIV patients related to CD4 cell count and viral load in a Venezuelan population.

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    Bravo, Inés María; Correnti, María; Escalona, Laura; Perrone, Marianella; Brito, Aubert; Tovar, Vilma; Rivera, Helen

    2006-01-01

    To determine the prevalence of oral lesions in a HIV+ group of patients, related to CD4 cell count and viral load in a Venezuelan population. In the present study, we evaluated 75 HIV+ adult patients, attended at the Center of Infectious Diseases, at the Faculty of Dentistry, Central University of Venezuela. Each patient was clinically examined for detection of oral mucosal lesions. In addition, CD4 cell count was determined by flow cytometry, as well as viral load by RT-PCR (Amplicor HIV-RNA, TM test 1.5, Roche). 85% (64/75) of HIV/AIDS patients showed associated HIV lesions. Oral Candidiasis constituted the most common lesion representing a 61% (39/64), followed by Oral Hairy Leukoplakia 53% (34/64); Oral Leukoplakia 34% (22/64), Melanic Hyperpigmentation 38% (18/64); Papilloma 13 (6/64), Lineal Gingival Erythema 8% (5/64); Aphtous Recurrent Stomatitis 5% (4/64) and Kaposi's Sarcoma 5% (3/64). Only one case of the following lesions were represented by Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, Multifocal Epithelial Hyperplasia, Recurrent Herpes, Histoplasmosis and Molluscum Contagiosum. The patients with a viral load of 30.000 copies/mm3 exhibited oral lesions related with HIV, independent of CD4 cell count, although patients with CD4+ levels of 200 cel/mm3 were more susceptible to develop these lesions. The most common oral lesion was Oral Candidiasis followed by Oral Hairy Leukoplakia, Oral Leukoplakia and Melanic Hyperpigmentation. A high viral load was strongly associated to the oral lesions occurrence independently of CD4+ cell count.

  10. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and sexual behaviour among female students attending higher education in the Republic of Ireland.

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    O'Connell, Emer

    2009-10-29

    BACKGROUND: There are no prevalence data on Chlamydia trachomatis relating to female students attending higher education available for the Republic of Ireland. This information is required to guide on the necessity for Chlamydia screening programmes in higher education settings. This research aimed to determine the prevalence of and predictive risk factors for Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection among female higher education students in Ireland. METHODS: All females presenting during one-day periods at Student Health Units in three higher education institutions in two cities in the Republic of Ireland were invited to participate. Participants completed a questionnaire on lifestyle and socio-demographic factors and provided a urine sample. Samples were tested for C. trachomatis DNA by a PCR based technique (Cobas Amplicor, Roche). To examine possible associations between a positive test and demographic and lifestyle risk factors, a univariate analysis was performed. All associations with a p value < 0.05 were included in a multivariate logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Of the 460 sexually active participants 22 tested positive (prevalence 4.8%; 95% CI 3.0 to 7.1%). Variables associated with significantly increased risk were current suggestive symptoms, two or more one-night stands and three or more lifetime sexual partners. The students displayed high-risk sexual behaviour. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of C. trachomatis infection and the lack of awareness of the significance of suggestive symptoms among sexually experienced female students demonstrate the need for a programme to test asymptomatic or non-presenting higher education students. The risk factors identified by multivariate analysis may be useful in identifying those who are most likely to benefit from screening. Alcohol abuse, condom use, sexual behaviour (at home and abroad) and, knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (including asymptomatic nature or relevant symptoms) were

  11. Development and implementation challenges of a quality assured HIV infant diagnosis program in Nigeria using dried blood spots and DNA polymerase chain reaction.

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    Audu, Rosemary; Onwuamah, Chika; Salu, Olumuyiwa; Okwuraiwe, Azuka; Ou, Chin-Yih; Bolu, Omotayo; Bond, Kyle B; Diallo, Karidia; Lu, Lydia; Jelpe, Tapdiyel; Okoye, McPaul; Ngige, Evelyn; Vertefeuille, John

    2015-04-01

    Nigeria has one of the highest HIV burdens as well as mother-to-infant transmission rates in the world. A pilot program using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based testing of dried blood spot (DBS) specimens was implemented to enable early identification of HIV-infected infants and timely referral and linkage to care. From February 2007 to October 2008, whole blood was collected by finger prick to prepare DBS from infants tested using the Roche Amplicor HIV-1 DNA Test, v1.5. To monitor laboratory testing quality, all of the PCR-positive and 10% of the PCR-negative DBS were retested by the same method at another reference laboratory. Three hundred and sixty-five randomly selected infants were screened using HIV rapid tests (RT) according to the national algorithm and RT-negative and PCR-positive specimens were also tested using Genscreen enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (EIA) (Bio-Rad, France). The turnaround time (TAT) from sample collection, testing, and dispatching of results from each health facility was monitored. A total of 1,273 infants with a median age of 12.6 weeks (1 day to 71.6 weeks) participated in the program and 280 (22.0%) were PCR positive. HIV transmission levels varied greatly in the different health facilities ranging from 7.1% to 38.4%. Infants aged 48 to 72 weeks had the highest level of PCR positivity (41.1%). All PCR-positive specimens were confirmed by retesting. The mean turnaround time from DBS collection to returning of the laboratory result to the health facilities was 25 days. Three infants were found to be HIV antibody negative by rapid tests but were positive by both PCR and the fourth generation EIA. The DBS-based PCR program accurately identified all of the HIV-infected infants. However, many programmatic challenges related to the laboratory and TAT were identified.

  12. Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infection in Teenage Pregnancy in Rajavithi Hospital, Thailand.

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    Asavapiriyanont, Suvanna; Chaovarindr, Udom; Kaoien, Surasak; Chotigeat, Uraiwan; Kovavisarach, Ekachai

    2016-02-01

    Behavioral and social changes in the modern era have triggered an increase in the incidence of early sexual contact and teenage pregnancy. Since there is no routine Gonococcal & Chlamydial (GC & CT) screening in teens in antenatal clinics in Thailand, the present study was performed to find the prevalence of STI, especially Chlamydial infection, in teenage pregnancy. To evaluate the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), especially Chlamydial infection (CT), in teenage pregnancy and its related factors. One hundred and twenty-one teenage pregnancies were recruited at the ANC in Rajavithi Hospital from October 2006 to May 2007. After signing informed consent forms, they were asked to answer questionnaires about baseline data, sexual information and risk factors, after which urine specimens were collected for screening for GC and CT using the PCR technique (AMPLICOR by Roche). Later, pelvic examination was per formed by the gynecologist at the STD (sexually transmitted disease) clinic. All the data and LAB results were recorded and analyzed by the SPSS program. Numbers, percentages, means with SD, Chi-squared test, Fisher's exact test and odds ratio were used. Potential risk factors were analyzed using binary logistic regression. The prevalence of STI in pregnant teenagers was 28.1% (CT = 19.8%, GC = 1.7%, hepatitis B = 3.3%, trichomoniasis 1.7%, Herpes simplex = 0.8% and condyloma acuminata = 0.8%). No Syphilis, chancroid or HIV were found in the present study Other non-STI like candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis were found in 45.5% of participants (candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis at 19.0% and 24.8%, respectively). The risk of CT infection was significantly related (6.9 times higher) to having previous sexual contact before the current partner (95% CI, 1.8-27.0). STI, especially Chlamydial infection, was found in a significant number of teenage pregnancies. Measures should be taken to prevent this resulting in complicated outcomes in the future.

  13. Variables that influence HIV-1 cerebrospinal fluid viral load in cryptococcal meningitis: a linear regression analysis

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    Cecchini Diego M

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The central nervous system is considered a sanctuary site for HIV-1 replication. Variables associated with HIV cerebrospinal fluid (CSF viral load in the context of opportunistic CNS infections are poorly understood. Our objective was to evaluate the relation between: (1 CSF HIV-1 viral load and CSF cytological and biochemical characteristics (leukocyte count, protein concentration, cryptococcal antigen titer; (2 CSF HIV-1 viral load and HIV-1 plasma viral load; and (3 CSF leukocyte count and the peripheral blood CD4+ T lymphocyte count. Methods Our approach was to use a prospective collection and analysis of pre-treatment, paired CSF and plasma samples from antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive patients with cryptococcal meningitis and assisted at the Francisco J Muñiz Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina (period: 2004 to 2006. We measured HIV CSF and plasma levels by polymerase chain reaction using the Cobas Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test version 1.5 (Roche. Data were processed with Statistix 7.0 software (linear regression analysis. Results Samples from 34 patients were analyzed. CSF leukocyte count showed statistically significant correlation with CSF HIV-1 viral load (r = 0.4, 95% CI = 0.13-0.63, p = 0.01. No correlation was found with the plasma viral load, CSF protein concentration and cryptococcal antigen titer. A positive correlation was found between peripheral blood CD4+ T lymphocyte count and the CSF leukocyte count (r = 0.44, 95% CI = 0.125-0.674, p = 0.0123. Conclusion Our study suggests that CSF leukocyte count influences CSF HIV-1 viral load in patients with meningitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans.

  14. Characterization of hepatitis B virus genotypes and quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen titres in North American tertiary referral liver centres.

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    Congly, Stephen E; Wong, Philip; Al-Busafi, Said A; Doucette, Karen; Fung, Scott K; Ghali, Peter; Fonseca, Kevin; Myers, Robert P; Osiowy, Carla; Coffin, Carla S

    2013-10-01

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genotype and quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen (qHBsAg) have been related to clinical outcome. In this nationwide cross-sectional study, we aimed to investigate the epidemiology and clinical significance of HBV genotype and qHBsAg in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Six hundred and thirty patients with CHB were seen in four urban tertiary referral centres in Canada. HBV genotype was determined by line probe assay (INNO-LIPA) and HBV DNA quantified by commercial PCR (Roche TaqMan, sensitivity <55 IU/ml or AMPLICOR, sensitivity <60 IU/ml). Titres of qHBsAg were determined by an in-house assay based on the WHO standard (calibration range 0.24-62.5 IU/ml). In 630 patients (57% male, 69% Asian, median age 42 years), 21% were hepatitis B e antigen positive and the median alanine aminotransferase was 29 U/L. The HBV genotype distribution was A (16%), B (29%), C (31%), D (16%), E (6%). HBV genotype was strongly associated with ethnicity, but neither genotype nor qHBsAg correlated with the degree of fibrosis. In the treatment-naïve patients, the baseline qHBsAg levels correlated with HBV DNA (r = 0.2517, P < 0.0008). The median qHBsAg levels were lowest in patients with genotype B (P < 0.0001), but no significant correlation was noted with all other HBV genotypes. In this large North American HBV epidemiological study, genotypes B and C were the most common; however, all genotypes (A-E) were observed with varied distribution nationwide. Baseline qHBsAg significantly correlated with HBV DNA and with HBV genotype B, but not with liver fibrosis. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Nucleic acid amplification tests for diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae oropharyngeal infections.

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    Bachmann, Laura H; Johnson, Robert E; Cheng, Hong; Markowitz, Lauri E; Papp, John R; Hook, Edward W

    2009-04-01

    The optimal methods for the diagnosis of pharyngeal Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection are uncertain. The objective of this study was to define the performance of culture and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for the diagnosis of pharyngeal N. gonorrhoeae. In this cross-sectional study, males and females >15 years old who acknowledged performing fellatio or cunnilingus (in the previous 2 months) were recruited from three clinics (two human immunodeficiency virus clinics and one sexually transmitted diseases clinic) located in Birmingham, AL. The test performance of culture for N. gonorrhoeae, the Gen-Probe Aptima Combo 2 transcription-mediated amplification assay (TMA), the BD ProbeTec ET amplified DNA strand displacement assay (SDA), and the Roche Cobas Amplicor PCR was defined by using a rotating "gold standard" of any positive results by two or three of the three tests that excluded the test being evaluated. A total of 961 evaluable test sets were collected. On the basis of a rotating gold standard of positive results by two of three comparator tests, the sensitivity and the specificity were as follows: culture for N. gonorrhoeae, 50.0% and 99.4%, respectively; PCR, 80.3% and 73.0%, respectively; TMA, 83.6% and 98.6%, respectively; and SDA, 93.2% and 96.3%, respectively. On the basis of a rotating gold standard of positive results by three of three comparator tests, the sensitivity and specificity were as follows: culture for N. gonorrhoeae, 65.4% and 99.0%, respectively; PCR, 91.9% and 71.8%, respectively; TMA, 100% and 96.2%, respectively; and SDA, 97.1% and 94.2%, respectively. In conclusion, currently available NAATs are more sensitive than culture for the detection of pharyngeal gonorrhea in at-risk patients. PCR is substantially less specific than culture, TMA, or SDA and should not be used for the detection of pharyngeal gonorrhea.

  16. Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Oropharyngeal Infections▿

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    Bachmann, Laura H.; Johnson, Robert E.; Cheng, Hong; Markowitz, Lauri E.; Papp, John R.; Hook, Edward W.

    2009-01-01

    The optimal methods for the diagnosis of pharyngeal Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection are uncertain. The objective of this study was to define the performance of culture and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for the diagnosis of pharyngeal N. gonorrhoeae. In this cross-sectional study, males and females >15 years old who acknowledged performing fellatio or cunnilingus (in the previous 2 months) were recruited from three clinics (two human immunodeficiency virus clinics and one sexually transmitted diseases clinic) located in Birmingham, AL. The test performance of culture for N. gonorrhoeae, the Gen-Probe Aptima Combo 2 transcription-mediated amplification assay (TMA), the BD ProbeTec ET amplified DNA strand displacement assay (SDA), and the Roche Cobas Amplicor PCR was defined by using a rotating “gold standard” of any positive results by two or three of the three tests that excluded the test being evaluated. A total of 961 evaluable test sets were collected. On the basis of a rotating gold standard of positive results by two of three comparator tests, the sensitivity and the specificity were as follows: culture for N. gonorrhoeae, 50.0% and 99.4%, respectively; PCR, 80.3% and 73.0%, respectively; TMA, 83.6% and 98.6%, respectively; and SDA, 93.2% and 96.3%, respectively. On the basis of a rotating gold standard of positive results by three of three comparator tests, the sensitivity and specificity were as follows: culture for N. gonorrhoeae, 65.4% and 99.0%, respectively; PCR, 91.9% and 71.8%, respectively; TMA, 100% and 96.2%, respectively; and SDA, 97.1% and 94.2%, respectively. In conclusion, currently available NAATs are more sensitive than culture for the detection of pharyngeal gonorrhea in at-risk patients. PCR is substantially less specific than culture, TMA, or SDA and should not be used for the detection of pharyngeal gonorrhea. PMID:19193848

  17. Quantitative real-time PCR with automated sample preparation for diagnosis and monitoring of cytomegalovirus infection in bone marrow transplant patients.

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    Hong, Kyeong Man; Najjar, Hazim; Hawley, Mary; Press, Richard D

    2004-05-01

    In bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients, the widespread use of preemptive cytomegalovirus (CMV) antiviral therapy necessitates faster, more precise, and more sensitive quantitative laboratory methods for serial viral load monitoring. We developed a novel CMV viral load assay using real-time PCR of plasma DNA prepared by an automated robotic workstation. Fluorescent hybridization probes directed at the glycoprotein B (gB) gene (or EcoRI D region) of CMV were used to detect and quantify PCR products. The beta-globin gene was amplified in parallel to control for the efficiency of the extraction and PCR steps. The assay was linear (R = 0.999) from a lower detection limit of 125 copies/mL to 5 x 10(9) copies/mL with a PCR efficiency of 1.975 (gB) or 2.02 (EcoRI D). The viral loads determined by PCRs directed at these two different viral targets were no different (n = 53; R = 0.928). The interassay CV was 3.5%, and the intraassay CV was 1-4%. Compared with a commercially available quantitative competitive PCR assay (Roche MONITOR; R = 0.59), the mean CMV viral load by real-time PCR was 3.1 times higher (mean ratio; P = 0.002). The diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of the real-time assay were 96% and 100%, respectively (n = 147), compared with 74% and 98% for a qualitative PCR assay (Roche AMPLICOR). On a subset of samples, the diagnostic sensitivity of viral culture was no greater than 50% (n = 44). Of 1115 clinical referral samples from 252 patients, 10% of the samples and 18% of the patients had low-level CMV viremia (median, 500 copies/mL). In this predominantly (85%) bone marrow transplant testing cohort, serial CMV viral load results were the predominant clinical trigger for the initiation, monitoring, and cessation of preemptive antiviral therapy. The combination of automated DNA preparation and semiautomated real-time fluorescent PCR detection allows for a sensitive, precise, and accurate high-throughput assay of CMV viral load that can be used as

  18. A ambos lados del Atlántico: dos fábricas de Kevin Roche y John Dinkeloo para Cummins Engine Company

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    Laura Sánchez Carrasco

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Dentro de la trayectoria del estudio KRJDA, ambos edificios se plantearon como nuevas oportunidades para investigar la arquitectura de los espacios industriales. Representarían la búsqueda del style for the job heredado de su maestro, Eero Saarinen, quien ya había colaborado con anterioridad con el cliente de las fábricas, J. Irwin MillerEn , en varios proyectos en  Columbus, Ohio. El objetivo es revisar y comparar los conceptos que definen estos dos proyectos construidos para el mismo cliente pero en países diferentes y con requerimientos funcionales distintos. En la planta de Darlington la cuestión se centrará fundamentalmente en sus soluciones constructivas, mientras que en la de Walesboro se reformuló la tipología y el planteamiento funcional de un edificio industrial. Darlington posee grado II de protección desde 1993 y Walesboro ha sido remodelada respetando el espíritu inicial, mereciendo ambas un lugar destacado en el patrimonio industrial del siglo XX.

  19. Spectrometry gamma well logging system for rock geologic parameter determination. Systeme de diagraphie gamma spectrometrique pour la determination des parametres geologiques d'une roche

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    Umiastowski, K.; Chenin, B.

    1986-10-03

    This device includes mean to standardize the detected gamma spectrum and to process it by a reference one. Lithology and/or mineral nature are found, by processing, by comparison between the standardized recorded spectrum and models of lithology and/or minerals spectra registered in a library. Mineral composition, density and porosity can equally be found without any other measurements from lithology and mineral nature.

  20. Creep and damage in argillaceous rocks: microstructural change and phenomenological modeling; Fluage et endommagement des roches argileuses: evolution de la microstructure et modelisation phenomenologique

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    Fabre, G

    2005-06-15

    The underground radioactive waste disposal far exceeds the period of exploitation of common civil engineering works. These specific projects require to predict the irreversible deformations over a large time scale (several centuries) in order to assess the extension and to forecast the evolution of the EDZ (Excavation Damage Zone) around the cavity. In this study, the viscosity of three sedimentary argillaceous rocks has been studied under different conditions of uniaxial compression: static or cyclic creep tests, monotonic and quasistatic tests, performed across various strata orientations. Argillaceous rocks are studied as a possible host layer for radioactive waste disposals. Indeed, they present some of the physical characteristics and mechanical properties, which are essential for being a natural barrier: low permeability, high creep potential and important holding capacity of radioactive elements. The purpose of the experimental study was to shed some light over the mechanisms governing the development of delayed deformations and damage of argillaceous rocks. It relates three rocks: an argillite from East of France, a Tournemire argillite and a marl from Jurassic Mountains. On atomic scale, viscoplastic deformations are due to irreversible displacements of crystalline defects, called dislocations. The experimental study was also supplemented with observations on thin sections extracted from the argillite and marl samples using a SEM. The aim was to identify the mechanisms responsible for the time-dependent behaviour on a microstructural scale. Analytical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of the three rocks gave parameters used in different viscoplastic models. The best modeling was obtained with the viscoplastic model which takes account of the development of volumetric strains and of the damage anisotropy. (author)

  1. El outsourcing de sistemas de información de recursos humanos en España: el caso de Roche Diagnostics

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    Claver Cortés, Enrique; González Ramírez, María Reyes; Gascó Gascó, José Luis

    1999-01-01

    No existen muchos estudios españoles acerca del outsourcing de Sistemas de Información; Norteamérica y Reino Unido son los países dónde más ha proliferado la investigación en este ámbito. Proponemos el uso del método del caso para analizar el outsourcing de Sistemas de Información en nuestro país por dos motivos fundamentalmente: en primer lugar, porque muchos estudios sobre outsourcing han usado este mismo método; en segundo, ya que esta metodología es adecuada cuando el área que va a ser in...

  2. Stratigraphic and technological evidence from the middle palaeolithic-Châtelperronian-Aurignacian record at the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter (Roches d’Abilly site, Central France)

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    Aubry, Thierry; Dimuccio, Luca Antonio; Almeida, Miguel

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a geoarchaeological study of Middle and Upper Palaeolithic (Châtelperronian, Aurignacian and Solutrean) occupations preserved at the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter in Central France. The lithostratigraphic sequence is composed of near-surface sedimentary facies with vertical and lat...

  3. Cicatrization of the damaged zone around a tunnel in low permeable rocks; Cicatrisation de la zone endommagee autour du tunnel dans des roches peu permeables

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    Hamza, R.O

    2005-12-15

    Three types of clays have been studied in this work: the Mol clay (plastic clay), the Mont Terri clay (opalinus clay) and the East clay (stiff clay). This work is divided into three parts: an experimental part which has allowed to identify the cicatrization phenomenon and the cracks closing. Through several tests has been determined the evolution of the permeability of the clayey samples which are undamaged or damaged with time and according to the different applied hydro-mechanical loadings. In order to describe the cicatrization phenomenon, a rheological law has been developed from the experimental observations and under some hypotheses. The parameters of the cicatrization model have been determined by numerical simulation. In order to take into account the structures effects at a large scale, the modelling of a tunnel has allowed to better identify the cicatrization phenomenon and to analyze the long term stability of this work. (O.M.)

  4. Fractures inside crystalline rocks. Effects of deformations on fluid circulations; Fractures dans les roches cristallines. Effets des deformations sur les circulations de fluides

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    Gentier, S

    2005-07-01

    The modeling of fluid flows inside granite massifs is an important task for the evaluation of the feasibility of radioactive waste storage inside such formations. This document makes a synthesis of the works carried out since about 15 years, in particular by the French bureau of geological and mining research (BRGM), about the hydro-mechanical behaviour of a fracture and about the hydrodynamical characterization of fracture networks inside crystalline rocks: 1 - introduction; 2 - hydro-mechanical behaviour under normal stress: experimental results (hydro-mechanical behaviour, flow regimes, mechanical behaviour, test protocol, complementary tests, influence of samples size), geometrical interpretation of experimental results (relation with walls geometry, relation with voids geometry, relation with contacts geometry), hydro-mechanical modeling (hydraulic modeling, mechanical modeling); 3 - from the hydro-mechanical behaviour under normal stress to the coupling with heat transfers and chemistry: experiment for the study of the chemo-thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling (experimental results, relation with walls morphology), thermo-hydro-mechanical experiments, thermo-hydro-chemical experiments with fractures, conclusions; 4 - hydro-mechanical behaviour during shear: experimental results, geometrical interpretation (relation with the geometry of damaged zones, relation with voids geometry, relation with walls geometry), hydro-mechanical modeling (mechanical modeling, hydro-mechanical modeling of the behaviour during shear). (J.S.)

  5. Can Measurement of Progesterone, Estradiol, and Prolactin by Immunoassay be Interchanged? A Comparison of the Roche Cobas e601 vs. Abbott Architect i2000sr.

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    Yin, Lianli; Chen, Xiang; Tang, Yinghua; Sun, Yifan

    2017-03-01

    Progesterone is a reliable indicator of either natural or induced ovulation, and it plays an important role in preparing for implantation in the uterus and maintaining pregnancy. Estradiol is the most powerful natural estrogen in humans. It adjusts reproductive function in females and, with progesterone, maintains a pregnancy. Prolactin is also an important indicator, and its major physiological action is the initiation and maintenance of lactation in women. Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601 are automated immunoassay systems that are widely used to measure progesterone, estradiol, and prolactin concentrations in the blood. However, there is a dearth of confidence in these methods for comparative research. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the correlation of serum progesterone, estradiol, and prolactin results measured with Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601. Two hundred venous blood samples from routine serum progesterone, estradiol, and prolactin tests were analyzed on the Cobas e601 and the Architect i2000sr in our laboratory within the same day. Passing-Bablok regression analysis and a Bland-Altman plot were used to compare methods. According to the concordance correlation coefficient, the correlation was strong in estradiol, but the correlation of prolactin and progesterone was poor between the two systems. The Bland-Altman plots showed that the measured value of progesterone, estradiol, and prolactin detected by Cobas e601 were about 1.30, 1.24, and 1.10 times higher, respectively, than that measured using Architect i2000sr. The results of progesterone, estradiol, and prolactin of one method should not be directly transferable to the other.

  6. About the identification of behaviour law parameters of clayey rocks; Sur l'identification des parametres des lois de comportement des roches argileuses

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    Lecampion, B

    2002-09-15

    This work aims at developing identification methods for clayey rock parameters. These methods are necessary for the interpretation of the numerous data obtained at the ANDRA's Meuse/Haute-Marne underground laboratory. Two main rheological aspects have been considered: the poro-elastic behaviour and the elasto-visco-plastic behaviour. The first part of the study focusses on the poro-elastic parameters. Chapter 2 recalls the direct problem and discusses some important points of the identification inverse problem. Chapter 3 deals with the formulation of gradient calculation techniques for the linear poro-elastic case. The resolution using the finite-element method is discussed. The direct and associated state differentiation methods are validated for a 2D numerical example using the finite-element code Cast3M. The identification of poro-elastic coefficients of the Meuse/Haute-Marne argillaceous rocks is discussed in detail in chapter 4. The use of approximate semi-explicit solutions of the direct problems allows to obtain a fast identification method. The second part deals with the identification of elasto-visco-plastic parameters. The visco-plastic behaviour of Meuse/Haute-Marne rocks is discussed in chapter 5 and a visco-plastic model with nonlinear isotropic cold-drawing is proposed which allows to reproduce the tests. The parameters of this behaviour law are identified on a 1D creep test in drained conditions. Thus, the delayed deformations come from the poro-elastic and visco-plastic behaviour of the rock. It is shown that both phenomena can be separated. All poro-elasto-visco-plastic parameters are identified and a semi-explicit solution of the creep test is used. Chapter 6 presents an identification method of the elasto-visco-plastic parameters for the general case. The identification is equivalent to the minimization of a cost functional. The gradient of the functional is calculated by direct differentiation. The direct differentiation method is developed in Cast3M for the Norton-Hoff elasto-visco-plastic law. The identification of the parameters of this law on 1D and 2D configurations of underground facilities is then presented. Measurements are simulated using a direct calculation, eventually disturbed. The unicity and stability of this identification problem are discussed. In chapter 7, the method is applied to a real case: the Chamoise tunnel. 1D and 2D flat deformation modeling is used to solve the direct problem. The modeling hypotheses are justified and the obtained parameters allow to correctly reproduce the data. (J.S.)

  7. Approach to underground characterization of a disposal vault in granite; Methode de caracterisation souterraine d`une enceinte de stockage dans la roche granitique

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    Everitt, R.A.; Martin, C.D.; Thompson, P.M.

    1994-12-01

    The concept of disposing of nuclear fuel waste by sealing it in a disposal vault in the Canadian Shield is being investigated as part of the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. Engineered and natural barriers would isolate the waste from the biosphere. Underground characterization and testing have been under way since 1983 at the Underground Research Laboratory in support of this program. This report draws on experience gained at the URL to recommend an approach to underground characterization to obtain information to optimize the design of the excavation and the engineered barriers, and to provide a baseline against which to monitor the performance of the facility during and following its operation.

  8. Prevalence of human papillomavirus in 5,072 consecutive cervical SurePath samples evaluated with the Roche cobas HPV real-time PCR assay

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    Preisler, Sarah; Rebolj, Matejka; Untermann, Anette

    2013-01-01

    New commercially available Human Papillomavirus (HPV) assays need to be evaluated in a variety of cervical screening settings. Cobas HPV Test (cobas) is a real-time PCR-based assay allowing for separate detection of HPV genotypes 16 and 18 and a bulk of 12 other high-risk genotypes. The aim...... of the present study, Horizon, was to assess the prevalence of high-risk HPV infections in an area with a high background risk of cervical cancer, where women aged 23-65 years are targeted for cervical screening. We collected 6,258 consecutive cervical samples from the largest cervical screening laboratory...... in Denmark serving the whole of Copenhagen. All samples were stored in SurePath media. In total, 5,072 samples were tested with cobas, Hybrid Capture 2 High Risk HPV DNA test (HC2) and liquid-based cytology. Of these, 27% tested positive on cobas. This proportion decreased by age, being 43% in women aged 23...

  9. “Knaller-Sex für alle”: Popfeminist Body Politics in Lady Bitch Ray, Charlotte Roche, and Sarah Kuttner

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    Carrie Smith-Prei

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Germany has seen a recent upsurge in publications proclaiming that feminism is again an urgent matter for a new generation of women. Faced with the reactionary demography debate and the hegemony of second-wave feminism, young writers, musicians, journalists, and critics call for new models of feminism relevant to women today. As one of these viable models, popfeminism draws on dominant trends in mass culture, on pop’s forty-year history as a cultural prefix in Germany, and on traditional feminism in order to create a new, ostensibly apolitical, feminist subculture based in self-stylization and individual autonomy. Shared by many popfeminist sources is the depiction of negatively coded female corporeality. This article begins with a theoretical analysis of writings on sexuality and the body in recent (popfeminist nonfiction. It then examines the negative corporeal self-stylizations in Turkish-German rapper Lady Bitch Ray’s performances since 2006, in former music video host Charlotte Roche’s novel Feuchtgebiete (2008, and in media personality Sarah Kuttner’s novel Mängelexemplar (2009. Ultimately, these negatively coded bodies are shown to uncover popfeminism’s political intent.

  10. “Knaller-Sex für alle”: Popfeminist Body Politics in Lady Bitch Ray, Charlotte Roche, and Sarah Kuttner

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    Carrie Smith-Prei

    2011-01-01

    Germany has seen a recent upsurge in publications proclaiming that feminism is again an urgent matter for a new generation of women. Faced with the reactionary demography debate and the hegemony of second-wave feminism, young writers, musicians, journalists, and critics call for new models of feminism relevant to women today. As one of these viable models, popfeminism draws on dominant trends in mass culture, on pop’s forty-year history as a cultural prefix in Germany, and on traditional femi...

  11. Analytical and clinical comparison of Elecsys syphilis (Roche®) - Architect syphilis TP and reformulated Architect syphilis TP (Abbott®) assay.

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    De Keukeleire, Steven; Desmet, Stefanie; Lagrou, Katrien; Oosterlynck, Julie; Verhulst, Manon; Van Besien, Jessica; Saegeman, Veroniek; Reynders, Marijke

    2017-03-01

    The performance of Elecsys Syphilis was compared to Architect Syphilis TP and Reformulated Architect Syphilis TP. The overall sensitivity and specificity were 98.4% and 99.5%, 97.7% and 97.1%, and 99.2% and 99.7% respectively. The assays are comparable and considered adequate for syphilis screening. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Influence aqueous solutions on the mechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks; Influence des solutions aqueuses sur le comportement mecanique des roches argileuses

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    Wakim, J

    2005-12-15

    The hydration of the shale with an aqueous solution induces a swelling deformation which plays an important role in the behaviour of the structures excavated in this type of grounds. This deformation is marked by a three-dimensional and anisotropic character and involves several mechanisms like adsorption, osmosis or capillarity. Several researches were dedicated to swelling and were often much debated due to the complexity of the implied phenomena. The goal of this thesis is therefore to contribute to a better understanding of shale swelling when the rock is confined and hydrated with an aqueous solution. The main part of the work accomplished was related to the Lorraine shale and to the Tournemire shale. To characterize swelling and to identify the main governing parameters, it was necessary to start the issue with an experimental approach. Many apparatus were then developed to carry out tests under various conditions of swelling. In order to facilitate the interpretation of the tests and thereafter the modelling of the behaviour, the experimental procedure adopted consisted of studying first the mechanical aspect and then the chemical aspect of swelling. In the mechanical part, swelling was studied by imposing on the sample a mechanical loading while maintaining during the tests the same aqueous solution. The principal parameters which were studied are the effect of the lateral conditions on axial swelling (impeded strain or constant stress) as well as the influence of the axial stress on radial swelling. The anisotropy of swelling was studied by carrying out, for different orientations of the sample, tests of free swelling, impeded swelling and uniaxial swelling. These various mechanical tests allowed to study the three-dimensional anisotropic swelling in all the conditions and to select the most appropriate test to be used in the second phase of the research. The precise analysis performed to explain the mechanisms behind the swelling of an argillaceous rock when it is in contact of water showed that the mechanical response is ruled mainly by electrochemical phenomena which operate between the solution elements and the clay layers. This important result oriented the research to develop better the role of the chemistry in the behaviour. Swelling was therefore analysed by imposing on the sample a chemical loading while maintaining constant the axial stress. Monovalent and divalent salts which were used with various concentrations are the sodium chloride (NaCl), the potassium chloride (KCl) and the calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}). The foreseen objective was to analyze the effect of the chemical path with decreasing or cyclic concentrations and to highlight the role of the solution normality, the type of salt and the anisotropy on the axial swelling. The experimental results obtained allowed the development of a new rheological model which takes into account the time, the anisotropy, the applied loading and the chemistry of the solution. This model was implemented in a finite element code to simulate simple cases and to prove its validity. (author)

  13. Damage-induced permeability changes around underground excavations; Endommagement des roches argileuses et permeabilite induite au voisinage d'ouvrages souterrains

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    Coll, C

    2005-07-15

    The storage of nuclear waste in deep geological formations is now considered more and more as a potential solution. During excavation, a disturbed zone develops in which damaging can be important and which can lead eventually to the failure of the rock. Fluid flow and permeability in the rock mass can be significantly modified producing a possible security risk. Our work consisted in an experimental study of the hydro-mechanical coupling of two argillaceous rocks: Boom clay (Mol, Belgium) and Opalinus clay (Mont-Terri, Switzerland). Triaxial tests were performed in a saturated state to study the permeability evolution of both clays with isotropic and deviatoric stresses. Argillaceous rocks are geo-materials with complex behaviour governed by numerous coupled processes. Strong physico-chemical interactions between the fluid and the solid particles and their very low permeability required the modification of the experimental set up. Moreover, specific procedures were developed to measure permeability and to detect strain localisation in shear bands. We show that for Boom Clay, permeability is not significantly influenced by strain localisation. For Opalinus clay, fracturing can induce an increase of the permeability at low confining pressure. (author)

  14. Prevalence of human papillomavirus in 5,072 consecutive cervical SurePath samples evaluated with the Roche cobas HPV real-time PCR assay.

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    Sarah Preisler

    Full Text Available New commercially available Human Papillomavirus (HPV assays need to be evaluated in a variety of cervical screening settings. Cobas HPV Test (cobas is a real-time PCR-based assay allowing for separate detection of HPV genotypes 16 and 18 and a bulk of 12 other high-risk genotypes. The aim of the present study, Horizon, was to assess the prevalence of high-risk HPV infections in an area with a high background risk of cervical cancer, where women aged 23-65 years are targeted for cervical screening. We collected 6,258 consecutive cervical samples from the largest cervical screening laboratory in Denmark serving the whole of Copenhagen. All samples were stored in SurePath media. In total, 5,072 samples were tested with cobas, Hybrid Capture 2 High Risk HPV DNA test (HC2 and liquid-based cytology. Of these, 27% tested positive on cobas. This proportion decreased by age, being 43% in women aged 23-29 years and 10% in women aged 60-65 years. HC2 assay was positive in 20% of samples, and cytology was abnormal (≥ atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance for 7% samples. When only samples without recent abnormalities were taken into account, 24% tested positive on cobas, 19% on HC2, and 5% had abnormal cytology. The proportion of positive cobas samples was higher than in the ATHENA trial. The age-standardized cobas positivity vs. cytology abnormality was 3.9 in our study and 1.7 in ATHENA. If in Copenhagen the presently used cytology would be replaced by cobas in women above age 30 years, an extra 11% of women would based on historical data be expected to have a positive cobas test without an underlying cervical intraepithelial lesion grade 3 or worse. Countries with a high prevalence of HPV infections should therefore proceed to primary HPV-based cervical screening with caution.

  15. Natural fracturing of rocks: application to the Ahnet basin (Algeria); Fracturation naturelle des roches: application au bassin de l`Ahnet (Algerie)

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    Badsi, M.

    1998-07-06

    In the Ahnet basin, the production seems to be unrelated to lithological variations in the reservoirs. In these large anticline structures, located in the central Ahnet basin, the presence of gas has been proven, but only a few production wells have been moderately successful. This inconsistency is probably related to the spatial distribution of fracturing throughout the reservoir. In order to investigate several hypothesis, we used several approach to solve problems posed by the interpreter: namely understanding the deformation process, predicting the fractured zones and building the discrete model of fracture network. This approach combines several methods, including sand box modelling, numerical modelling and Statistics rules, often related with fractal behaviour of faults families, have been used for extrapolating observations from seismic or from wells. The numerical tools and sand box analysis have allowed us to answer to the questions related to the formation of this large anticlines in the Ahnet basin and suggest a probable origin of the variation in the spatial distribution of natural fractures. The deterministic predictions of small-scale faults use probabilistic approaches for spatial interpolation assuming implicitly relationship between detected large faults and unresolved small faults. The statistical modelling is used to carry out analysis of the spatial variation of mean fracture attributes at the global scale (a few kilometers) and a 3D stochastic modelling of the fracture system at the local scale (a few ten of meters). (author) 139 refs.

  16. Characterization of Rock Wettability Though Dielectric Measurements Caractérisation de la mouillabilité des roches au moyen de mesures diélectriques

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    Bona N.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The wettability of glass filters and Berea sandstone was investigated using the electric response in the interval 10² - 10 (to the power of 8 Hz. The natural wettability of the materials was modified to get two different sets of samples, one with strong water and the other with strong oil wettability. The samples were saturated to various degrees up to 40% with deionized water or brine. Measurements showed that the electric responses of water-wet and oil-wet samples were markedly different and more complex than those predicted by two standard models. The dispersivity and the loss tangent were found to be the most suitable parameters to check the wettability of the samples. La mouillabilité de filtres de verre et de grès de Béréa a été caractérisée par leur réponse électrique dans l'intervalle 10² - 10 puissance 8 Hz. Au moyen de traitements appropriés, la mouillabilité naturelle des matériaux a été modifiée afin d'obtenir deux séries différentes d'échantillons ayant respectivement de fortes mouillabilités à l'eau et à l'huile. Les échantillons ont été saturés à des degrés variés (pas plus de 40 % avec de l'eau permutée ou de la saumure. Les mesures ont montré que les réponses électriques des échantillons mouillables à l'eau ou mouillables à l'huile étaient nettement différentes et plus compliquées que celles prédites par deux modèles standard. En outre, on a pu constater que la dispersivité et la tangente de pertes constituent les paramètres les plus pertinents pour caractériser la mouillabilité des échantillons.

  17. Visualisation des propriétés capillaires des roches réservoir Visualizing the Capillary Properties of Reservoir Rocks

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    Zinszner B.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Cet article décrit des expériences de drainage par centrifugation et d'imbibition par ascension capillaire réalisées avec des résines époxy colorées. Après polymérisation, l'observation des lames minces permet de localiser les fluides mouillants et non mouillants. Après avoir décrit les modes opératoires en insistant sur l'analyse des paramètres expérimentaux, on donne des exemples d'applications à la géologie de réservoir. Deux points sont développés : les études de perméabilités et les modèles de réservoir qui permettent d'étudier la répartition du fluide mouillant et des fractions déplaçables ou piégées du fluide non mouillant. This article describes drainage experiments by centrifuge method and imbibition by capillary rise performed with colored epoxy resins. After polymerization, analysis of thin sections serves to situate the wetting and nonwetting fluids. After describing the operating methods with em-phasis on the analysis of experimental parameters, the article gives examples of applications to reservoir geology. The following two points are developed : (i permeability investigations and (ii reservoir modelswhich can be used to analyze the distribution of the wetting fluid and the movable or trapped fractions of the nonwetting fluid

  18. Survival of infants born to HIV-positive mothers, by feeding modality, in Rakai, Uganda.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Data comparing survival of formula-fed to breast-fed infants in programmatic settings are limited. We compared mortality and HIV-free of breast and formula-fed infants born to HIV-positive mothers in a program in rural, Rakai District Uganda. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: One hundred eighty two infants born to HIV-positive mothers were followed at one, six and twelve months postpartum. Mothers were given infant-feeding counseling and allowed to make informed choices as to whether to formula-feed or breast-feed. Eligible mothers and infants received antiretroviral therapy (ART if indicated. Mothers and their newborns received prophylaxis for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (pMTCT if they were not receiving ART. Infant HIV infection was detected by PCR (Roche Amplicor 1.5 during the follow-up visits. Kaplan Meier time-to-event methods were used to compare mortality and HIV-free survival. The adjusted hazard ratio (Adjusted HR of infant HIV-free survival was estimated by Cox regression. Seventy-five infants (41% were formula-fed while 107 (59% were breast-fed. Exclusive breast-feeding was practiced by only 25% of breast-feeding women at one month postpartum. The cumulative 12-month probability of infant mortality was 18% (95% CI = 11%-29% among the formula-fed compared to 3% (95% CI = 1%-9% among the breast-fed infants (unadjusted hazard ratio (HR = 6.1(95% CI = 1.7-21.4, P-value < 0.01. There were no statistically significant differentials in HIV-free survival by feeding choice (86% in the formula-fed compared to 96% in breast-fed group (Adjusted RH = 2.8[95%CI = 0.67-11.7, P-value = 0.16] CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Formula-feeding was associated with a higher risk of infant mortality than breastfeeding in this rural population. Our findings suggest that formula-feeding should be discouraged in similar African settings.

  19. Simulation of anions diffusion in Callovo-Oxfordian argillite by description of the rock microstructure; Modelisation de la diffusion des anions dans l'argilite du Callovo-oxfordien par description de la microstructure de la roche

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    Diaz, N. [CEA Saclay, Dept. de Physico-Chimie (DEN/DANS/DPC/SECR), 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France)

    2008-07-01

    The Callovo-Oxfordian argillite has been proposed as host rock for deep underground radioactive wastes storage. The aim of this study is to determine the report of effective diffusion coefficients De(anion)/De(water) at the micrometer scale considering the spatial distribution of minerals in the rock. (A.L.B.)

  20. NMR studies of the molecules dynamics to the solid-liquid interfaces: from graded porous materials to oil rocks; Etudes RMN de la dynamique des molecules aux interfaces solide-liquide: des materiaux poreux calibres aux roches petroliferes

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    Godefroy, S.

    2001-11-01

    Low field NMR relaxation for laboratory or in-situ applications provides critical information for oil recovery such as porosity, saturation, and permeability of rocks. In addition, pore size distribution and wettability can also be obtained in some cases. The technique relies on the measurement of proton longitudinal (T{sub 1}) or transverse (T{sub 2}) nuclear relaxation times. For better predictions, the surface micro-dynamics and the chemical properties of the liquids entrapped in the pore space are important and must be characterized. It is well known that the NMR relaxation is enhanced by the paramagnetic impurities at the pore surface but many other parameters influence the relaxation time distributions. These parameters are used to derive the petrophysical properties of the rocks. We propose here an original method to probe the dynamics of water and oil at the pore surface. In the present study, we used both nuclear relaxation at 2.2 MHz and field cycling Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion (NMRD) techniques. We applied these two techniques to different kinds of water or oil saturated macroporous media (grain packings, outcrop and reservoir rocks with SiO{sub 2} or CaCO{sub 3} surfaces). We studied the dependence of NMR relaxation on pore size, magnetic field and temperature. Varying the pore size and the surface density of paramagnetic impurities of water saturated grain packings allowed experimental evidence for the two limiting regimes of the water relaxation in pores (surface- and diffusion-limited regimes). NMRD technique (evolution of 1/T{sub 1} with the magnetic field) allowed us to probe liquid surface dynamics in water or oil fully saturated grain packing, outcrop rocks or reservoir rocks (water- and oil-wet surfaces). We evidenced a two-dimensional molecular surface diffusion and directly estimated important parameters such as correlation times, residence times and molecular self-diffusion on the surface. Finally, we proved that the temperature dependence of T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} is directly related to the surface chemistry of the rocks. Such a dependence is clearly important for oil field in-situ measurements (well logging). (author)

  1. Comparison of the Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay to the Roche COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test v2.0 for the quantification of HIV-1 RNA in plasma samples

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    Schønning, Kristian; Johansen, Kim; Landt, Bodil

    2017-01-01

    of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay (Aptima) and the COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test v2.0 (CAPCTMv2) for the quantification of HIV-1 RNA in plasma samples. Study design The performance of the two tests was compared on 216 clinical plasma samples, on dilutions series in seven replicates of five clinical......), but differed for the Low control (CV: 17.9% vs. 7.1%; Aptima assay vs. CAPCTMv2 test, respectively). However, this did not impact clinical categorization of clinical samples at neither the 50 cp/mL nor 200 cp/mL level. Conclusion The Aptima assay and the CAPCTMv2 test are highly correlated and are useful...

  2. Les politiques publiques de paysage et de patrimoine : un outil de gestion des territoires. Le cas du marais Vernier (Eure) et des coteaux de La Roche-Guyon (Val d'Oise)

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    DUMONT-FILLON, Nathalie

    2002-01-01

    Dans des territoires français en mutation pris en charge par les pouvoirs publics, des politiques publiques de paysage et de patrimoine voient le jour afin de réduire le décalage entre l'évolution du territoire passée ou prévisible et les paysages souhaités. Elles s'appuient sur des textes juridiques et sur la compétence d'architectes-paysagistes pour encourager ou décourager des dynamiques en cours et certains acteurs jugés nuisibles ou utiles. Cette étude pluridisplinaire analyse les politi...

  3. A European multicientre study on the comparison of HIV-1 viral loads between VERIS HIV-1 Assay and Roche COBAS® TAQMAN® HIV-1 test, Abbott RealTime HIV-1 Assay, and Siemens VERSANT HIV-1 Assay.

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    Braun, Patrick; Delgado, Rafael; Drago, Monica; Fanti, Diana; Fleury, Hervé; Hofmann, Jörg; Izopet, Jacques; Kühn, Sebastian; Lombardi, Alessandra; Mancon, Alessandro; Marcos, Mª Angeles; Mileto, Davide; Sauné, Karine; O'Shea, Siobhan; Pérez-Rivilla, Alfredo; Ramble, John; Trimoulet, Pascale; Vila, Jordi; Whittaker, Duncan; Artus, Alain; Rhodes, Daniel

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    Viral load monitoring is essential for patients under treatment for HIV. Beckman Coulter has developed the VERIS HIV-1 Assay for use on the novel, automated DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System. ¥ OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of the clinical performance of the new quantitative VERIS HIV-1 Assay at multiple EU laboratories. Method comparison with the VERIS HIV-1 Assay was performed with 415 specimens at 5 sites tested with COBAS ® AmpliPrep/COBAS ® TaqMan ® HIV-1 Test, v2.0, 169 specimens at 3 sites tested with RealTime HIV-1 Assay, and 202 specimens from 2 sites tested with VERSANT HIV-1 Assay. Patient monitoring sample results from 4 sites were also compared. Bland-Altman analysis showed the average bias between VERIS HIV-1 Assay and COBAS HIV-1 Test, RealTime HIV-1 Assay, and VERSANT HIV-1 Assay to be 0.28, 0.39, and 0.61 log 10 cp/mL, respectively. Bias at low end levels below 1000cp/mL showed predicted bias to be HIV-1 Assay versus COBAS HIV-1 Test and RealTime HIV-1 Assay, and HIV-1 Assay. Analysis on 174 specimens tested with the 0.175mL volume VERIS HIV-1 Assay and COBAS HIV-1 Test showed average bias of 0.39 log 10 cp/mL. Patient monitoring results using VERIS HIV-1 Assay demonstrated similar viral load trends over time to all comparators. The VERIS HIV-1 Assay for use on the DxN VERIS System demonstrated comparable clinical performance to COBAS ® HIV-1 Test, RealTime HIV-1 Assay, and VERSANT HIV-1 Assay. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Composite microstructural anisotropies in reservoir rocks: consequences on elastic properties and relation with deformation; Anisotropies microstructurales composites dans les roches reservoir: consequences sur les proprietes elastiques et relation a la deformation

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    Louis, L.

    2003-10-15

    From diagenesis to tectonic stress induced deformation, rock microstructures always present some anisotropy associated with a preferential orientation, shape or spatial arrangement of its constituents. Considering the consequences anisotropy has on directional transport properties and compliance, as the geological history it carries, this approach has received a particular attention in numerous works. In this work, the microstructural features of various sedimentary rocks were investigated through direct observations and laboratory measurements in naturally deformed and undeformed blocks, samples being considered as effective media. All investigated samples were found to be anisotropic with respect to the physical properties we measured (i.e. ultrasonic P-wave velocity, magnetic susceptibility, electrical conductivity). Considering that P-wave velocities can be described by a second order tensor, we applied to the velocity data the same inversion procedure as the one routinely used in magnetic studies, which provided an efficient tool to estimate and compare these 3D anisotropies with respect to the original sample geographical position. In each case, we tried to identify as thoroughly as possible the microstructural source of the observed anisotropies, first by the mean of existing models, then through direct observations (optic and electronic microscopy). Depending on the rock investigated, anisotropy was found to be controlled by pore shape, intergranular contact distribution, preferentially oriented microcracks interacting with compaction pattern or pressure solution cleavages interacting with each other. The net result of this work is that P-wave velocity anisotropy can express the interaction between different microstructural features as well as their evolution during deformation. (author)

  5. Känslor och tankar : En kvalitativ undersökning kring vad någramusikhögskolestudenter känner införoch vid framträdanden

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    Tobin, Jonas

    2009-01-01

    Denna uppsats syftar till att få insikt i hur några högskolestuderande på klassisk gitarr och klassiskt piano som spelar solo upplever en konsertsituation. Huvudfrågorna har varit: Vad känner de? Har de några problem/svårigheter och i så fall hur beskriver de upplevelsen av detta? Detta har undersökts genom kvalitativa intervjuer med fem musikhögskolestudenter. Resultatet visar på att samtliga informanter upplever att de delvis påverkas negativt av nervositet i samband med en konsert. Nervosi...

  6. Efficacité de la roche phosphatée de Matongo au travers d'un compostage sur une culture de pomme de terre sur un sol acide de Rabiro (Burundi

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    Van den Berghe, C.

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Efficiency of phosphatic rock from Matongo applied in the composting process on potatoes on an acid soil of Rabiro. In the frame of the Cooperation between the CVHA (Cultures Vivrieres de Haute Altitute Project and the Program of Fertilisation of the Agro-systems on Altitude (FAVA of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in Burundi, the local phosphatic rock from Matongo has been compared to diammonium-phosphate when added in the composting process. The field trials with potatoes have shown that both phosphate sources have the same fertilizing value when the enriched compost was applied at the dose of 20 t/ha. It is very interesting from agricultural and economical viewpoint to use this phosphatic rock in combination with compost.

  7. Interaction entre le fumier enrichi, le calcaire et les différentes sources de phosphore issues de la roche phosphatée de Matongo sur un ferralsol de la région du Bututsi (Burundi)

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    Rwigema, JB.; Van den Berghe, CH.; Mujawayezu, AM.; Sota, P.

    1993-01-01

    Interaction between enriched farmyard manure with fertilizers, lime and different phosphorus sources obtained from the phosphatic rock from Matongo on a ferralitic soil from the region of Bututsi (Burundi). This study on maize growing in pots shows that (i) in combination with other inputs (farmyard manure and lime), the most soluble phosphorus sources (triple and simple superphosphate) can be replaced by partially acidulated rock phosphate (50 %) obtained by mixing simple superphosphate and ...

  8. Différenciation précoce de la terre silicatée enregistrée dans les roches archéennes d'Isua (Groenland) : implications sur la dynamique du manteau au cours du temps

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    Rizo Garza, Hanika

    2012-01-01

    The composition and the evolution of the silicate Earth during the Hadean-Eoarchean is widely debated and largely unknown due to the limited geological record. The first undisputable evidence for a very early differentiation of the mantle came from the extinct 146Sm-142Nd chronometer. The 142Nd excesses measured in 3.7 billion year (Ga) old rocks from Isua (Southwest Greenland) relative to modern terrestrial samples imply their derivation from a depleted mantle formed in the Hadean. We have s...

  9. Interaction entre le fumier enrichi, le calcaire et les différentes sources de phosphore issues de la roche phosphatée de Matongo sur un ferralsol de la région du Bututsi (Burundi

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    Rwigema, JB.

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Interaction between enriched farmyard manure with fertilizers, lime and different phosphorus sources obtained from the phosphatic rock from Matongo on a ferralitic soil from the region of Bututsi (Burundi. This study on maize growing in pots shows that (i in combination with other inputs (farmyard manure and lime, the most soluble phosphorus sources (triple and simple superphosphate can be replaced by partially acidulated rock phosphate (50 % obtained by mixing simple superphosphate and rock phosphate both originating from the rock phosphate deposits in Matongo (Burundi, (ii the exchangeable Al can be reduced by both the addition of farmyard manure and lime, but the action of the different phosphorus 'source leave the most Bray-1 extractable phosphorus in the soil, the largest quantifies correspond to the highest doses of farmyard manure.

  10. Geochemical modeling of water-gas-rock interactions. Application to mineral diagenesis in geologic reservoirs; Modelisation geochimique des interactions eau-gaz-roche. Application a la diagenese minerale dans les reservoirs geologiques

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    Bildstein, O.

    1998-03-13

    The Ph.D. report describes a conceptual and numerical model for simulating gas-water-rock interaction during mineral diagenesis of sediments. The main specific features of this model are the following: applicable to open systems, half-implicit resolution numerical method, feedback on the texture evolution (grain model), existence of a gas phase, oxido-reduction phenomena. (author) 217 refs.

  11. Brine migrations in the Athabasca Basin platform, alteration and associated fluid-rock exchanges; Migrations de saumures dans le socle du bassin de l'Athabasca, alteration et echanges fluide-roche associes

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    Mercadier, J.; Cathelineau, M.; Richard, A.; Boiron, M.Ch.; Cuney, M. [G2R, Nancy-Universite, CNRS, CREGU, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy (France); Milesi, J.P. [AREVA, BU Mines, Tour Areva, 92 - Paris La Defense (France)

    2009-07-01

    Uranium deposits of Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan, Canada) are considered as the richest in the world. They result from massive percolation of basin brines in the underlying platform. The authors describe the brine movements and how structures and micro-fractures promoted this percolation until very important depths (hundreds of meters under the discordance), and their chemical modifications as they interacted with platform rocks, thus promoting the transformation of an initially sodic brine into a uranium-enriched calcic brine which is essential to the formation of discordance-type deposit

  12. Smallpox and pan-Orthodox Virus Detection by Real-Time 3’-Minor Groove Binder TaqMan Assays Oil the Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler Platforms

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    2003-11-08

    Bacillus polymyxa Bacillus sphaericus Bacillus stearothermophilus Bacillus subtilis subsp. niger Bacillus thuringiensis Bacillus popilliae...xylosoxydans Bacillus anthracis BA0068 Ames Sterne SPS 97.13.213 Bacillus cereus Bacillus coagulans Bacillus licheniformis Bacillus macerans Bacillus ...varicella- zoster virus, and Bacillus anthracis DNA by LightCycler polymerase chain reaction after autoclaving:

  13. Florence Roche et Frédéric Saby (dir.), L’avenir des bibliothèques : l’exemple des bibliothèques universitaires

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    Caraco, Benjamin

    2013-01-01

    Le développement de la sphère numérique et le relatif échec de la démocratisation culturelle ont engendré une littérature abondante concernant la disparition du livre, à la fois comme objet imprimé et comme construction intellectuelle. Tous les acteurs du circuit du livre y vont de leur contribution à partir de leur positionnement : auteurs, éditeurs, libraires et bibliothécaires. L’avenir des bibliothèques : l’exemple des bibliothèques universitaires ne déroge pas à la règle quand il pose, e...

  14. Mechanical behaviour and rupture in clayey rocks studied by x-ray micro tomography; Comportement mecanique et rupture dans les roches argileuses etudies par micro tomographie a rayons X

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    Lenoir, N

    2006-03-15

    Within the framework of feasibility studies of underground repositories for radioactive waste, the study of permeability evolution with damage of the host layer is crucial. The goals of this work were: (i) to characterize experimentally the damage of two clayey rocks (BEAUCAIRE MARL and EAST SHALE) with x-ray micro tomography, (ii) to develop a high pressure triaxial set-up adapted to permeability measurement on very low permeability rocks.A number of original triaxial devices have been realised to characterize damage of clayey rocks, under deviatoric loading, with x-ray micro tomography on a synchrotron beamline at the ESRF (Grenoble). Localized damage and its evolution have been characterized at a fine scale (of order of ten microns). Digital image correlation techniques, extended to 3d images, have been used to measure incremental strain fields from tomographic images. we demonstrated that these techniques are very useful in the study of the localized damage of geo-materials and especially for the initiation. A high pressure triaxial device has been realised to measure permeability evolution of the east shale as a function of applied stress (isotropic and deviatoric). The particularity of this set-up is the small size of the test specimen (cylinder of 10 mm in diameter and 20 mm in height) which allows significant reduction of test duration. (author)

  15. Feasibility study for the installation of a small hydro electric power plant; Etude de faisabilite. Petite centrale hydro-electrique au lieu dit 'Sous les Roches' a Sonceboz

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    Tissot, N. [MHyLab, Mini-Hydraulics Laboratory, Montcherand (Switzerland); Hausmann, H. [Hans Hausmann, Bevilard (Switzerland)

    2003-07-01

    This report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy presents a technical, economical and ecological analysis of the feasibility of a small hydroelectric power plant at Sonceboz, in the Swiss Jura mountains. The power of the planed plant would typically be 500 kW for a water head of about 10 m. The study shows that, compared to one single turbine, a pair of Kaplan type turbines would be operational over a larger range of the river's water flow rate. This solution would be a little bit more costly but offer more flexibility for maintenance. Two maximum water flow rates are considered, 4.5 and 6 m{sup 3}/s respectively. According to the economical study, done with current electric kWh prices, both configurations are viable while the largest flow rate leads to a larger profit. The report is rounded up by a sensitivity analysis considering variations in annual power generation, electro-mechanical and construction cost as well as turbine efficiency. It indicates that this last factor could be crucial for the overall profitability. [French] Ce rapport est le resultat detaille de l'analyse technico-economique et ecologique de faisabilite de la realisation d'une petite centrale hydroelectrique basse chute qui pourrait exploiter une denivellation d'environ 10 m pour une puissance de l'ordre de 500 kW pres de Sonceboz dans le Jura suisse. L'etude montre que le couplage de deux turbines Kaplan offrirait une possibilite de fonctionnement sur une plus grande plage de flux ainsi qu'une plus grande flexibilite de maintenance, ceci pour un cout legerement superieur a l'option a une seule turbine. Les debits de 4.5 et 6 m{sup 3}/s sont consideres. L'etude economique montre que le debit de 6 m{sup 3}/s est plus rentable au prix de vente actuel du kWh. L'article se termine par une analyse de sensibilite sur les incertitudes concernant la production annuelle, les prix de l'electromecanique et du genie civil et le rendement des turbines.

  16. An experimental study on mineral sequestration of CO{sub 2} in basics and ultra basics rocks; Etude experimentale des reactions de carbonatation minerale du CO{sub 2} dans les roches basiques et ultrabasiques

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    Dufaud, F

    2006-11-15

    The first part of the thesis is dedicated to dissolution data of siderite FeCO{sub 3} and magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} which have been monitored in situ on the FAME beamline of the european synchrotron radiation facility in Grenoble. Iron in solution close to siderite single crystals is shown to be divalent hydrated. The small size of the experimentally investigated volume of solution (200 *400 micrometer and 3 mm height) allowed to work with single crystals in well defined geometries. No specific interaction was observed between iron (II) and dissolved inorganic carbon, suggesting that modelling siderite evolution under high CO{sub 2} pressures by using CO{sub 2}-less very acidic (pH 1-2) solutions is adequate. Using initial reaction rates, we get an activation energy for siderite dissolution of 62 kJ.mol{sup -1}, consistent with existing literature data. Such a value is suggestive of a mineral/solution interface mechanism.. Data from this study and from literature are consistent over a temperature range 25 C - 125 C and a pH range pH 1-7 with an empirical law: pk = pH + E{sub a}/(ln(10)*RT(K)) - log(S/V) - 10,5 where E{sub a} = 62 kJ.mol{sup -1} and S/V is the ratio between solid surface S and fluid volume V. A value of activation energy of 73.5 kJ.mol{sup -1} is obtained in the case of magnetite, also consistent with mineral/solution processes. The second and major part of the thesis work is the realization of analogical experiments for simulating carbonation of basic and ultra basic minerals. Experiments were carried out on consolidated rock cores at 90 C and 280 bar of CO{sub 2} (low temperature experiments) and on powders contained in metallic capsules at 400-500 C and 1000-1700 bars of CO{sub 2} (high temperature experiments). The rate of mineral storage of CO{sub 2} was defined as the molar ratio of solid carbonate formed over total CO{sub 2} injected. It is of about 1% in three months in low temperature experiments whereas it reaches several tens of percents per hour in high temperature experiments. In all cases, carbonation is shown to proceed according to dissolution/precipitation mechanisms. A quasi stoichiometric coupling is evidenced between carbonation and (proto) serpentinization in high-temperature experiments. Newly formed carbonates are mostly magnesite MgCO{sub 3} with Fe and Ca in solid solution. In low temperature samples, the silicates are covered with a thin silica layer and with carbonate spherules consisting of ankerite CaFe(CO{sub 3}){sub 2} - dolomite CaMg(CO{sub 3}){sub 2} - siderite cores surrounded by magnesite overgrowth. In CO{sub 2}-saturated water, peridotites are more reactive than serpentinite and basalts, in accordance with thermodynamic modelling whereas serpentinites are the most reactive in the supercritical CO{sub 2} phase, showing stronger reactivities in this latter phase than in CO{sub 2}-saturated water. In high temperature experiments, the rate of mineral storage is larger at 400 C than at 500 C, in agreement with thermodynamic modelling of the system. High water fugacities and high fluid salinities are shown to have a positive effect on mineral storage rates. Isotopic mass balance of carbon have evidenced that about 15% of the mineral storage consist of a reduced carbon phase, also identified by transmission electron microscopy as an ill-organized graphite phase. (author)

  17. Detecção do DNA de Chlamydia trachomatis em espondiloartropatias e artrite reumatóide Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA in spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis

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    Rafael Navarrete Fernandez

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Chlamydia trachomatis é a bactéria responsável pela doença sexualmente transmissível mais prevalente no mundo. A maioria das infecções em homens e mulheres é assintomática e, quando não diagnosticada e tratada, pode causar artrite e complicações relacionadas ao aparelho reprodutor feminino. OBJETIVO: pesquisar o DNA de C. trachomatis no líquido sinovial e urina de pacientes com espondiloartropatias e artrite reumatóide (AR, avaliar a presença de anticorpos séricos IgG e IgM anti-C. trachomatis nesses dois grupos de doenças e identificar o antígeno HLA-B27 em pacientes com espondiloartropatias. MÉTODOS: a população do estudo consistiu em 15 pacientes com espondiloartropatias: nove com espondiloartropatia indiferenciada (EI e seis com artrite reativa (ARe (grupo I e 15 pacientes com AR (grupo II. O DNA clamidial foi pesquisado em amostras de líquido sinovial e urina de todos os pacientes, empregando-se a PCR (Amplicor Roche, Suíça. Os anticorpos IgG e IgM anticlamidiais foram quantificados por imunofluorescência indireta (IFI, enquanto o HLA-B27 foi tipado em 15 pacientes do grupo I por citometria de fluxo. RESULTADOS: o DNA da C. trachomatis foi evidenciado apenas em uma amostra de líquido sinovial do grupo I (6,7%, sendo o paciente portador de ARe. Em dois pacientes com AR, o DNA clamidial foi identificado na urina (13,3%. Os anticorpos IgG anticlamidiais estavam presentes em oito pacientes da população estudada, três do grupo I (20% e cinco do grupo II (33,3%. O maior título desse anticorpo (1/256 associou-se com a presença do DNA clamidial na urina de um paciente do grupo II. O anticorpo IgM não foi detectado em nenhuma amostra dos dois grupos. O antígeno HLA-B27 foi positivo em quatro indivíduos do grupo II (26,7% e sua presença relacionou-se com sacroileíte. CONCLUSÕES: os resultados deste estudo indicam que em pacientes com diagnóstico de espondiloartropatias e artrite reumatóide, com quadro articular

  18. Carga viral vaginal de HIV em mulheres brasileiras infectadas pelo HIV HIV vaginal viral load in Brazilian HIV-infected women

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    Angela Campos

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os fatores associados à presença de RNA-HIV na vagina. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte transversal, em mulheres infectadas por HIV, excluindo-se aquelas com antecedente de histerectomia, as em uso de medicações vaginais nas últimas 48 horas, as que se referiram à relação sexual desprotegida há menos de 72 horas, as gestantes e aquelas com sangramento genital. Após consentimento, coletou-se amostra sanguínea para contagem de linfócitos T CD4 e carga viral plasmática de HIV, além de lavado vaginal com 10mL de solução salina, que foi centrifugado, aliquotado e armazenado em freezer -70°C para posterior quantificação de RNA-HIV livre. A mensuração de carga viral de RNA-HIV livre plasmática e vaginal foi realizada utilizando-se o kit HIV Monitor v1.5 Cobas Amplicor®, Roche. Pesquisou-se a presença de HPV de alto e baixo risco, clamídia e gonococo por Captura Híbrida II®, Digene, em amostra endocervical. Colheu-se amostra vaginal para bacterioscopia com coloração de Gram, utilizando-se os critérios de Nugent. RESULTADOS: Entre as 200 mulheres estudadas, 73,5% usavam terapia anti-retroviral (TARV com drogas múltiplas. O RNA-HIV foi detectável no lavado vaginal de 18 delas (9%, mas em apenas uma daquelas que tinham carga viral plasmática indetectável (0,5%. A prevalência de HIV vaginal foi 24 vezes maior naquelas em que HIV plasmático era detectável. Carga viral plasmática de HIV, não usar TARV, CD4 reduzido e vaginose bacteriana aumentaram a prevalência de RNA-HIV vaginal, mas apenas a carga viral plasmática se manteve significativa na análise ajustada. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de RNA-HIV vaginal foi baixa (9%. A carga viral acima de 1.500 cópias/mL foi a única variável que permaneceu como fator de risco para RNA-HIV vaginal livre.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors associated to presence of free RNA-HIV in the vagina. METHODS: Cross-sectional study with HIV-infected women, excluding those who had

  19. 101 . experience with hepatitis b viral load testing in nigeria

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  20. HBV and neurological impairment in HIV-infected patients

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    L Manolescu

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective: HIV can affect CNS in early stages of disease and determine neurological impairment. HBV DNA was found in CSF of HIV co-infected patients, but little is known about the neurotropic character of this virus. Here we assessed the degree of association between HBV infection and neurological impairment in a large cohort of long-term survivors, HIV-infected patients that experienced multiple therapeutic schemes over time. Methods: A total of 462 HIV-1-infected patients were retrospectively followed up for 10 years for HBV infection and neurological impairment. The patients were tested for immune (flow cytometry and virological parameters of HIV infection (Roche Amplicor, version 1.5/ COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 test and for HBV infection markers (HBsAg, anti HBc: Murex Biotech ELISA tests. Many of these patients have experienced between one and six regimens such as: 2 NRTIs, 3 NRTIs, 2 NRTIs+1 NNRTI, 1 NRTI+1 NNRTI+1 PI, 2 NRTIs+2 PIs. Results: After 10 years 29.87% of the patients presented neurological impairment. Out of them 56.52% were HBV-infected. The prevalence of HIV encephalopathy (HE in our studied cohort was 22.7% and 50.4% of these patients were HBV-infected. The median HIV diagnosis age was 7 and the median age of HE diagnosis was 10. In order to establish a possible correlation between HBV infection and HE we first reviewed and excluded the main risk factors associated with HE at the moment of diagnosis: low weight, anemia, constitutional symptoms, low CD4+count, high plasma HIV-RNA load. No patient was infected with HCV. The groups of patients that presented HE and HBsAg and HE without HBsAg were balanced regarding sex, number of deceased patients, number of class C3 patients, but the patients in first group presented lower CD4 values at HE diagnosis vs patients from second group 2: 44.5 vs 95 cells/µL, p=0.3; lower nadir CD4 count: 38 vs 51 cell/µL, p=0.1; and slightly higher HIV viral load: 5.2 vs 5 log10 copies

  1. Experimental study of chemical-mechanical coupling during percolation of reactive fluid through rocks under stress, in the context of the CO{sub 2} geological sequestration; Etude experimentale du couplage chimie-mecanique lors de la percolation d'un fluide reactif dans des roches sous contrainte, dans le contexte de la sequestration geologique du CO{sub 2}

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    Le Guen, Y

    2006-10-15

    CO{sub 2} injection into geological repositories will induce chemical and mechanical instabilities. The study of these instabilities is based on experimental deformation of natural rock samples under stress, in the presence of fluids containing, or not, dissolved CO{sub 2}. Triaxial cells used for the experiments permitted an independent control and measurement of stress, temperature, fluid pressure and composition. Vertical strains were measured during several months, with a resolution of 1.10{sup -12} s{sup -1} on the strain rate. Simultaneously, fluids were analysed in order to quantify fluid-rock interactions. For limestone samples, percolation of CO{sub 2}-rich fluids increases strain rate by a factor 1.7 up to 5; on the other hand, sandstone deformation remained almost the same. Increase in strain rate with limestone samples was explained by injected water acidification by the CO{sub 2} which increases rock solubility and reaction kinetics. On the opposite, small effect of CO{sub 2} on quartz explains the absence of deformation. X-ray observations confirmed the importance of rock composition and structure on the porosity evolution. Numerical simulations of rock elastic properties showed increasing shear stress into the sample. Measured deformation showed an evolution of reservoir rocks mechanical properties. It was interpreted as the consequence of pressure solution mechanisms both at grains contacts and on grain free surfaces. (author)

  2. Reduction of the greenhouse effect by geological mineral in-situ sequestration of CO{sub 2} in basic rocks: bibliographic synthesis and possibilities in France. Final report; Reduction de l'effet de serre par sequestration geologique minerale in-situ de CO{sub 2} au sein de roches basiques: synthese bibliographique et revue des potentialites en France. Rapport final

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    Marechal, J.C.; Lachassagne, P

    2004-07-01

    The report constitutes a first bibliographic study defining the environments the most adapted to the geological mineral in-situ sequestration of CO{sub 2}. For each environment the lithology and the rocks permeability and porosity are analyzed. Thus the possible rocks and deposits in France are presented. (A.L.B.)

  3. A European multicientre study on the comparison of HBV viral loads between VERIS HBV assay and Roche COBAS(®) TAQMAN(®) HBV test, Abbott RealTime HBV assay, Siemens VERSANT HBV assay, and Qiagen artus HBV RG kit.

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    Braun, Patrick; Delgado, Rafael; Drago, Monica; Fanti, Diana; Fleury, Hervé; Izopet, Jacques; Lombardi, Alessandra; Marcos, MaAngeles; Sauné, Karine; O'Shea, Siobhan; Pérez-Rivilla, Alfredo; Ramble, John; Trimoulet, Pascale; Vila, Jordi; Whittaker, Duncan; Artus, Alain; Rhodes, Daniel

    2017-10-01

    Hepatitis B viral load testing is essential to treatment and monitoring decisions in patients with chronic Hepatitis B. Beckman Coulter has developed the VERIS HBV Assay (Veris) for use on the fully automated DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System.(1) OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical performance of the Veris HBV Assay at multiple EU laboratories STUDY DESIGN: Method comparison was performed with a total of 344 plasma specimens from HBV infected patients tested with Veris and COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HBV Test (Cobas), 207 specimens tested with Veris and RealTime HBV Assay (RealTime), 86 specimens tested with Veris and VERSANT(®) HBV Assay (Versant), and 74 specimens tested with Veris and artus(®) HBV RG PCR kit (artus). Bland-Altman analysis showed average bias of -0.46 log10 IU/mL between Veris and Cobas, -0.46 log10IU/mL between Veris and RealTime, -0.36 log10IU/mL between Veris and Versant, and -0.12 log10IU/mL between Veris and artus. Bias was consistent across the assay range. Patient monitoring results using Veris demonstrated similar viral load trends over time to Cobas, RealTime, and artus. The VERIS HBV Assay demonstrated comparable clinical performance, with varying degrees of negative bias, compared to other currently marketed assays for HBV DNA monitoring. This negative bias should be taken into consideration if switching monitoring methods to Veris. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Numerical modeling of damage and permeability interaction in rocks. Application for the radioactive waste storage in deep galleries; Modelisation numerique du couplage entre l'endommagement et la permeabilite des roches. Application a l'etude des ouvrages de stockage souterrain

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    Maleki, K

    2004-03-15

    The relation between damage and permeability in rocks is a very important subject in industrial applications. It is for example the case of cracks around the radioactive waste storage galleries (EDZ) which can rise considerably the permeability and so make a serious problem for the sealing and the safety of these structures. The same phenomena can occur in the surrounding concrete wall of the nuclear power stations and also in the cracking of the oil-bearing rocks reservoirs. The experimental research on this subject, specially in laboratory G.3S-LMS in Ecole Polytechnique made it possible to determine the orders of damage effect on the permeability change. But a numerical modeling of these phenomena for setting a constitutive behavior law was to be done. This is the principal objective of this thesis. In this project, at first the notion of crack damage is defined. This type of damage is modeled by the disc shaped crack distribution in the 3D space. The disc's geometrical characteristics (radius, direction and opening) obey the statistical distribution laws, depending on the type of loading (compression or extension). The upper and lower limits of the characteristics are fixed according to actual observations, carried out on clay-stone (host rock selected for the realization of an underground research laboratory in Bure). In order to modeling the damage in the porous media, the double porosity concept is considered. A method of homogenization is used to simulate the flow through the network of cracks and porosity. It allows to derive the equivalent permeability of the fractured porous media. The study of the correlations between permeability and damage, obtained by this method for various values of fracture density, made it possible to obtain a relation between permeability and crack damage, for classical types of loading as simple extension and simple compression. To generalize this relation in the case of any specified triaxial loading, the crack damage is put in relation with the notion of mechanical damage, resulting from a mechanical model connecting the damage to stress and strain. Finally, the poro-mechanical behavior law with damage is implemented to the finite elements computer program ESAR-LCPC The modeling of an underground gallery proved that damage calculation by this method is feasible and allows to compute the evolution of the permeability and the variation of the flow entering the gallery as a function of this damage. (author)

  5. Contribution to the experimental determination and to the modelling of the different processes controlling the geochemical, structural and hydrodynamical evolution of carbonated fractured rocks; Contribution a la determination experimentale et a la modelisation des differents processus controlant l'evolution geochimique, structurale et hydrodynamique des roches fissurees carbonatees

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    Noiriel, C.

    2005-11-15

    This work consisted in the application of X-ray microtomography to the geometry characterisation of fractures subject to dissolution. The aim was to better understand the relationship between geometry changes and flow and transport evolution. The structural observations permitted to highlight the unstable dissolution in fractured medium, which can lead quickly to preferential flow pathway formation associated with a very fast increase in the permeability. The implication of the natural rocks mineralogy and texture also appears to be determining in the evolution of the surface roughness, the transport of the elements towards the water-mineral interface, and the dissolution patterns. Afterwards, the reactive transport software HYTEC was used to highlight the role of the geometry, of the porosity - diffusivity relationship, and of the Damkohler and Peclet numbers in the dissolution pattern evolution and the transport of the species in solution. (author)

  6. From Injectivity to Integrity Studies of CO{sub 2} Geological Storage Chemical Alteration Effects on Carbonates Petrophysical and Geomechanical Properties; Caracterisation de l'injectivite et de l'integrite d'un stockage geologique de CO{sub 2}: Effets d'une alteration chimique sur les proprietes petrophysiques et geomecaniques des roches carbonatees

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    Bemer, E.; Lombard, J.M. [Institut francais du petrole, IFP, 92 - Rueil-Malmaison (France)

    2010-05-15

    The technical and economical success of a CO{sub 2} geological storage project requires the preservation of the site injectivity and integrity properties over its lifetime. Unlike conventional hydrocarbon gas injection, CO{sub 2} injection implies geochemical reactions between the reactive brine and the in situ formations (reservoir and cap rock) leading to modifications of their petrophysical and geomechanical properties. This paper underlines the experimental difficulties raised by the low permeability of samples representative either of the cap rock itself or at least of transition zones between the reservoir and the effective cap rock. Acidification effects induced by CO{sub 2} injection have been studied using an experimental procedure of chemical alteration, which ensures a homogeneous dissolution pattern throughout the rock sample and especially avoids any worm-holing process that would lead to erroneous measurements at the core scale. Porosity, permeability and geomechanical properties of outcrop and field carbonate samples of various permeability levels have been measured under their native state and different levels of alteration. The present work has been conducted within the framework of ANR GeoCarbone-INJECTIVITY and GeoCarbone-INTEGRITY projects. Each experimental step: chemical alteration, petrophysical measurements and geomechanical testing, is considered from the point of view of injectivity and integrity issues. The obtained experimental data show clear trends of chemically induced mechanical weakening. (authors)

  7. Relations entre les types de dépôts évaporitiques et la présence de couches riches en matière organique (roches-mères potentielles Relationship Between Different Types of Evaporitic Deposits and the Occurrence of Organic-Rich Layers (Potential Source Rocks

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    Busson G.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available La fertilité exceptionnelle des eaux salées est confirmée par des études récentes sur l'Actuel (marais salants de Méditerranée occidentale. Le benthos est représenté par des mollusques, foraminifères, ostracodes et surtout des cyanophycées et des populations bactériennes ; le plancton par le microphytoplancton (Dunaliella, diatomées, etc, par le zooplancton (flagellés, Arternia salina et par de très nombreuses bactéries hétérotrophes. Si les espèces sont d'autant plus rares que la salinité est élevée, la prolifération des formes adaptées peut atteindre des valeurs supérieures à celles réalisées dans la plupart des autres milieux. On rappelle ensuite l'efficacité des systèmes d'eaux stratifiées pour la conservation de la matière organique originellement élaborée dans l'eau photique et oxygénée. Ces systèmes peuvent s'accompagner de proliférations bactériennes photosynthétiques exposées à des mortalités en masse pouvant être responsables de véritables lamines organiques. Dans les évaporites de plates-formes où la ségrégation des salinités et des dépôts a été synchrone et latérale, la tranche d'eau a dû être faible et, de ce fait, peu favorable à l'établissement de systèmes d'eaux stratifiées et surtout à leur pérennité géologique. Ces accumulations s'avèrent donc en général pauvres en matière organique, de même qu'elles ne s'accompagnent pas d'appareils récifaux abondants. Dans les évaporites de centre de cuvette, les dépôts sont imputables à une succession de phases de salinité croissante dans le temps : calcaires sur les zones hautes, contemporains de minces couches à matière organique dans les dépressions ; sulfate de calcium sur les aires d'épaisseur moyenne pouvant être encore contemporain de couche à matière organique dans les aires déprimées ; enfin, remplissage par la halite des zones centrales profondes et déprimées. A ces phases successives, se superposent - au moins au cours de la formation des carbonates, puis des sulfates - des gradients de salinité verticaux (système d'eaux stratifiées. Cartographiquement, ces dépôts ont une polarité salin croissant centripète . Quand elles sont situées en contexte carbonaté, ces évaporites de centre de cuvette s'accompagnent fréquemment d'appareils récifaux pouvant fourmiller dans toute une ceinture annulaire (cf. Salina du Silurien du Michigan. Grâce aux minces couches à matière organique des zones déprimées, grâce aux appareils récifaux et grâce à la couverture salifère, ces bassins ont souvent une certaine prolificité en hydrocarbures. Le troisième type correspond aux évaporites de marge de bassin. Dans ce dispositif, le centre du bassin est resté affamé - voire insatiable - pendant de longues périodes. La sédimentation y est restée marine, souvent caractérisée par la seule présence du plancton et du necton et par une richesse plus ou moins permanente en matière organique. Autour de la cuvette s'organisent, sur des plates-formes marginales parfois fort étendues, des appareils construits (bancs ou récifs, puis des faciès lagunaires, carbonatés et évaporitiques et enfin des détritiques continentaux. Les dépôts montrent une polarité salin croissant centrifuge irréductiblement opposée à la polarité inverse des dépôts de centre de cuvette. Le déficit en les sels les plus solubles est remarquable voire considérable, impliquant le reflux de saumures en profondeur à partir de ces annexes évaporatoires qu'ont dû constituer ces plates-formes d'arrière-récifs. L'appel d'eau à partir de ces annexes évaporatoires n'a pu qu'amener un afflux permanent de nutriments dans tout le bassin. Le reflux des saumures quant à lui a favorisé la pérennité d'un système à deux corps d'eau. Grâce à cet ajustement et à la pérennité du système, la prolificité de tels bassins en matière organique a pu être extrêmement importante. Les évaporites de marge de bassin avec couches à matière organique au centre correspondent à une période prolongée. C'est l'essentiel de la vie du bassin. Le remplissage de la cuvette centrale par des évaporites de centre de bassin peut être un épisode bref et qui peut entraîner la disparition même du bassin. Les évaporites de plate-forme s'étalant indifféremment sur l'ancien domaine du bassin comme sur celui des anciennes plates-formes marginales peuvent être l'aube d'un nouveau cycle sédimentaire, indifférent au passé. The extraordinary fertility of saline waters has been confirmed by recent studies of salterns in the western Mediterranean. The benthos contains mollusks, foraminifers, ostracodes and especially Cyanophyceae and bacterial populations. Plankton includes microphytoplankton (Dunaliella, diatoms, etc. , zooplankton (flagellates, Artemia salina and numerous heterotrophic bacteria. Where diversity is low when salinity is high, the proliferation of well adapted forms can be greater than the productivity levels observed in most other environments. The effectiveness of stratified water bodies for the preservation of organic matter originally produced in photic and oxygenated water is brought out. Such stratified systems may be accompanied by the proliferation of photosynthetic bacteria that are exposed to sporadic mass mortality, resulting in the formation of organic laminae at the bottom. In shelf (or epeiric evaporites, where the segregation of salinities and deposits has been synchronous and lateral, the water depth must have been shallow and hence unsuitable for the formation of stratified water bodies and especially for their geological duration. Such accumulations thus generally have a low organic content, and they also do not have abundant reef systems. In basin-center evaporites, the deposits are attributed to a succession of phases of increasing salinity in time, i. e. limestone in high areas, contemporaneous with thin organic-rich layers in low areas (hollows, calcium sulfate in medium-thickness areas which may also be contemporaneous with organicrich layers in low areas, followed by infilling by halite in deep and low-lying central areas. Superposed on these successive phases - at least during the formation of carbonates then sulfates - are vertical salinity gradients (stratified water system. When mapped, such deposits have a centripetal increasing saline polarity. When they are situated in a carbonate context, such basin-center evaporites are often associated with reef systems that may have thrived as a ring-like belt (cf. Silurian Salina, Michigan. Because of the thin organic-rich layers in low-lying areas, reef systems and the salt overburden, such basins are often prolific with hydrocarbons. The third type of evaporitic deposits is represented by basin-margin evaporites. In such a system, the basin center remains starved - even insatiable - for long periods of time. Sedimentation remains marine, often characterized by the presence of plankton and nekton alone and by a more or less constantly high organic content. Around the basin, marginal shelves are built and are even sometimes quite wide, accompagnied by built-up systems (banks or reefs, then by lagoonal, carbonate and evaporitic facies, and finally by continental detritals. The deposits have a centrifugal increasing saline polarity that is irreducibly opposed to the reverse polarity of the basin-center deposits. The deficit in the most soluble salts is significant, even considerable, involving brine outflow downward from these evaporitic appendages that must have been formed by the back-reef shelves. The inflow of water from these evaporitic appendages can only be constantly accompanied by nutrients throughout the entire basin. The outflow of brines enhances the continuing existence of a system with two water bodies. Because of this adjustment and the durable nature of the system, the prolificity of such basins in organic matter may have been extremely high. The basin margin evaporites with organic-rich in the center indicate that the process was a long one. This is the main life of the basin. The filling of the central part by basin-center evaporites may be a brief episode and may even result in the very disappearance of the basin. The shelf evaporites spreading on both the former basin area and the former marginal shelves may be the start of new sedimentary cycle without any connection to the past.

  8. The natural seismic hazard and induced seismicity of the european HDR (hot dry rock) geothermal energy project at Soultz-sous-Forets (Bas-Rhin, France); Alea sismique naturel et sismicite induite du projet geothermique europeen RCS (roche chaude seche) de Soultz-sous-Forets (Bas-Rhin, France)

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    1996-06-07

    Development of the Soultz-sous-Forets HDR (Hot Dry Rock) geothermal energy project will involve important fluid injections which will induce micro-seismic events. This thesis discusses the natural seismicity of the region and induced seismicity associated with fluid injections. A catalogue of all historical and instrument seismicity of the Soultz-sous-Forets (SSF) region has been compiled. This seismicity does not correspond to movements along the major tectonic features of the region. The area around SSF has been identified as being one where high heat flow corresponds to low seismicity. The largest well documented seismic event in the region which took place in 1952 had an epicentral intensity of VI. All important data pertaining to the series of seismic events which took place in the region from August to October 1952 have been collected and are presented. This work details the installation and operation of a permanent 3 station network of accelerometers and seismometers around the HDR site. Also the installation and operation of a mobile network of vertical seismometers during fluid injections. 167 micro-seismic events were recorded on the surface network, with magnitudes from -0.5 to 1.9. The preferential alignment of the micro-seismic cloud is N160 deg. Individual focal mechanisms of the larger seismic events correspond to an extensional tectonic regime. Stress inversion of P wave polarities indicates that the maximum stress is vertical and the intermediate and minimum stress axes horizontal. The largest of the horizontal stresses is orientated N124 deg and the smallest N34 deg. Induced seismic movement is taking place on pre-existing fractures controlled by the in situ stress seismic movement is taking place on pre-existing tectonic fractures controlled by the in situ stress field, and the largest of the induced events had a magnitude 1.9. This level of seismicity does not pose any environmental hazard to the region around Soultz-sous-Forets. (author) 151 refs.

  9. Evaluation of the human papillomavirus mRNA test for the detection of cervical lesions in Japan.

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    Nakayama, Y; Yamada, M; Kurata, A; Kiseki, H; Isaka, K; Kuroda, M

    2015-01-01

    For the screening of cervical abnormalities, human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing is widely used along with Papanicolaou (Pap) testing. Although the sensitivity of the HPV DNA testing is good, its specificity is relatively low. In the present study, the authors evaluated the use of the Gen-Probe APTIMA HPV Assay for the detection of HPV mRNA and compared it with HPV DNA testing. Liquid cervical Pap specimens collected from 410 women were assessed using the APTIMA test, the Qiagen Hybrid Capture 2 HPV DNA (HC2) Test, and the AMPLICOR HPV Test. The sensitivity and specificity for the detection of high-risk HPV were 85.6% and 99.2% for the APTIMA test, 94.1% and 98.4% for the HC2 test, and 90.2% and 95.7% for the AMPLICOR test, respectively. As the severity of the cervical lesion progressed, the positive rate of the three tests indicated a similar increase. The clinical sensitivity and specificity for the detection of squamous intraepithelial lesion (SIL) were 91.2% and 84.2% for the APTIMA test, 94.5% and 80.4% for the HC2 test, and 87.9% and 78.2% for the AMPLICOR test, respectively. The APTIMA is sensitive and specific for the detection of high-risk HPV. In the specimens with SIL, the APTIMA test is more specific than the HC2 and the AMPLICOR tests. This indicates that the APTIMA test may improve patient management and reduce the cost of screening.

  10. Shaping the Future: Integrating Cutting Edge Equipment to Enhance Research, Education and Outreach at Nova Southeastern University

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    research The Light Cycler 96 was received from Roche on June 19, 2014. This date coincided with the beginning of A. Tartar’s sabbatical leave and...therefore the installation and training by the Roche technicians were delayed until January 2015 (end of Tartar’s sabbatical ). The technicians were very

  11. ELi eesistujamaa Iirimaa ei tee Moskvale järeleandmisi / Erkki Bahovski

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    Iiri euroministri Dick Roche'i sõnul laieneb EL-i partnerlus- ja koostööleping Venemaaga kõigile uutele liikmesriikidele ning on oluline jõuda EL-i põhiseadusliku leppe osas üksmeelele. Vt. samas: Dick Roche'ile antakse Maarjamaa Risti I klass

  12. [The plague and the art of painting: some examples].

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    Dequeker, J

    1999-01-01

    The author gives four examples of pictures representing the plague: "The Plague of Asdod" by Nicolas Poussin, a picture of Saint Roch by the Master of Frankfort, "Saint Roch Interceding for the Plague-stricken" by Peter Paul Rubens and "The Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Hospital in Antwerp and the Works of Mercy" by Jacob Jordaens.

  13. Genome analysis methods: Fragaria x ananassa [PGDBj Registered plant list, Marker list, QTL list, Plant DB link and Genome analysis methods[Archive

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    Full Text Available Fragaria x ananassa Finished 2n=8x=56 708 Mb–720 Mb 2013 Roche 454 GS FLX+ and Ill...7598 (Roche) and 4.6M (Illumina) ... Augustus 2.7 with a training set from A. thaliana 45,377 KDRI; http://stra

  14. Performance of carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and HPV16 or HPV18 genotyping for cervical cancer screening of women aged 25 years and older: a subanalysis of the ATHENA study.

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    Castle, Philip E; Stoler, Mark H; Wright, Thomas C; Sharma, Abha; Wright, Teresa L; Behrens, Catherine M

    2011-09-01

    The ATHENA study was designed to assess the performance of carcinogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and HPV16 or HPV18 genotyping compared with liquid-based cytology for cervical cancer screening in a large US population aged 21 years and older. We did a subanalysis of this population to compare the screening performance of the cobas HPV test versus liquid-based cytology in women aged 25 years and older, and assess management strategies for HPV-positive women. Women aged 25 years or older who were attending routine cervical screening were enrolled from 61 clinical centres in 23 US states. Cervical specimens were obtained for liquid-based cytology and HPV DNA testing with two first-generation assays (Amplicor HPV test and Linear Array HPV genotyping test) and the second-generation cobas HPV test (with individual HPV16 and HPV18 detection). Colposcopy and diagnostic biopsies were done on women with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US) or worse cytology, those who tested positive with either first-generation HPV test, and a random sample of women who tested negative for HPV and cytology. All women not selected for colposcopy received their results and exited the study. Participants and colposcopists were masked to cytology and HPV test results until the colposcopy visit was completed. The primary endpoint for this substudy was histologically confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 (CIN3) or worse. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00709891; the study is in the follow-up phase, which is due to be completed in December, 2012. From May 27, 2008, to Aug 27, 2009, 47,208 women were enrolled, of whom 41,955 met our eligibility criteria. Valid cobas HPV and liquid-based cytology test results were available for 40,901 women (97%), who were included in this analysis. Of these, 4275 women (10%) tested cobas HPV positive and 2617 (6%) had abnormal cytology. 431 women were diagnosed with CIN2 or worse and 274

  15. Integrative Modeling of Caprock Integrity in the Context of CO2 Storage: Evolution of Transport and Geochemical Properties and Impact on Performance and Safety Assessment Modélisation intégrée de l’intégrité des roches de couverture dans le contexte du stockage du CO2 : évolution des propriétés de transport et impact sur les performances et la sûreté du stockage

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the “Géocarbone-Intégrité” project (2005-2008 was to develop a methodology to assess the integrity of the caprock involved in the geological storage of CO2. A specific work package of the project (WP5 was dedicated to the integration of (1 the phenomenology describing the evolution of the storage system with a focus on the mechanisms occurring in the caprock and at the interface with the caprock, and (2 the data obtained from the investigation of petrographical, geomechanical, and geochemical properties, before and after reaction with CO2-rich solutions, performed in the other work packages (WP1 to WP4. This knowledge was introduced in numerical models and specific safety scenarios were defined in order to assess the performance of the CO2 storage system. The results of the modeling show that the injection of CO2 can potentially have a significant effect on the caprock by changing the porosity due to the dissolution and precipitation of minerals, but that the impact is limited to a zone from several decimeters to several meters of the caprock close to the interface with the reservoir depending on whether the supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2 plume enters into the caprock and if fractures are present at this location. The methodology used in this project can be applied to a pilot site for the injection of CO2 in the Paris Basin. A key aspect of the safety of such a facility will be to look at the coupling of geochemical alteration and the evolution of geomechanical properties in the short and medium terms (several hundreds of years. The challenge for the future will be to structure and apply the safety assessment methodology with an operational finality, in order to support the robustness of the transition step to CGS projects at the industrial scale. Le Volet 5 du projet « Géocarbone-Intégrité » visait à intégrer l’ensemble des mécanismes étudiés dans les quatre premiers volets du projet pour une évaluation de performance des couvertures et une étude de sûreté afin de s’assurer de leur préservation et de leur intégrité sur le long terme (de l’ordre du millénaire. L’objectif est, d’une part, d’aboutir à la construction d’un modèle phénoménologique multi-échelle global, puis à un modèle numérique décrivant le confinement du CO2 par les couvertures, et, d’autre part, de déterminer les performances du confinement en identifiant les processus clés et les paramètres les plus influents. Une première partie du programme a consisté en une intégration spatiale de l’ensemble des données phénoménologiques et structurales disponibles à la suite des travaux réalisés dans les différents volets (WP1 à WP4 et à la définition des scénarios types d’évolution du site de stockage (niveaux réservoirs et encaissants. Ce travail a permis de définir les cas tests à prendre en compte et de réaliser les calculs de performance par rapport aux scénarios d’injection et par rapport aux hétérogénéités majeures identifiées dans les niveaux de confinement (notamment les fractures. Les résultats montrent que l’injection de CO2 peut avoir un effet significatif, en altérant la porosité par dissolution et précipitation de minéraux, mais que l’impact est limité dans l’espace, de quelques décimètres à quelques mètres de l’interface réservoir-couverture, selon que la bulle de CO2 supercritique pénètre ou non dans la couverture et selon la présence ou l’absence de fractures. La prise en compte des résultats issus de l’analyse de sensibilité et l’analyse des incertitudes permettra de conduire des calculs de sûreté plus précis. Appliqués au futur site d’injection, ces calculs permettront d’évaluer la pérennité des propriétés de confinement des couvertures et de valider la qualité de confinement du site de stockage de CO2. Il conviendra notamment d’évaluer l’impact du couplage entre les phénomènes géochimiques et géomécaniques sur le court et moyen terme (de l’ordre de la centaine d’années. Le défi pour l’avenir est de structurer et d’appliquer la méthodologie de l’analyse de sûreté, en mettant en avant la finalité opérationnelle, de manière à assurer la robustesse de la transition vers les projets de CGS à l’échelle industrielle.

  16. Clinical Evaluation of COBAS TaqMan PCR for the Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. avium Complex

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    Ikegame, Satoshi; Sakoda, Yoritake; Fujino, Nao; Taguchi, Kazuhito; Kawasaki, Masayuki; Kajiki, Akira

    2012-01-01

    A retrospective observational study was performed to determine the sensitivity and limitation of PCR test for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. avium complex. We obtained clinical specimens collected from the respiratory tract, cultured M. tuberculosis or M. avium complex, and performed PCR analysis. A total of 299 samples (M. tuberculosis, 177; M. avium, 35; M. intracellulare, 87) were analyzed by COBAS TaqMan PCR from April 2007 to March 2011. The PCR positivity rates were 50–55%, 70–100%, 88–98%, and 100% in smear-negative, smear 1+, 2+, and 3+ groups, respectively. The PCR positivity of tuberculosis in smear 1+ was 80.6%, which was statistically significantly (P avium, 21; M. intracellulare, 43), which were analyzed by COBAS Amplicor PCR. The PCR positivity rates obtained using COBAS TaqMan PCR and COBAS Amplicor PCR were not significantly different. The sensitivity of PCR test for mycobacteria is not sufficient in case of smear 1+. Careful consideration must be given to the interpretation of negative PCR test results in smear 1+, because smear-positive tuberculosis is the criterion for isolation. PMID:23029612

  17. Clinical Evaluation of COBAS TaqMan PCR for the Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. avium Complex

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A retrospective observational study was performed to determine the sensitivity and limitation of PCR test for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. avium complex. We obtained clinical specimens collected from the respiratory tract, cultured M. tuberculosis or M. avium complex, and performed PCR analysis. A total of 299 samples (M. tuberculosis, 177; M. avium, 35; M. intracellulare, 87 were analyzed by COBAS TaqMan PCR from April 2007 to March 2011. The PCR positivity rates were 50–55%, 70–100%, 88–98%, and 100% in smear-negative, smear 1+, 2+, and 3+ groups, respectively. The PCR positivity of tuberculosis in smear 1+ was 80.6%, which was statistically significantly (P<0.001 lower than that of smear 2+ (97.3%. From January 2005 to March 2007, we collected an additional 138 samples (M. tuberculosis, 74; M. avium, 21; M. intracellulare, 43, which were analyzed by COBAS Amplicor PCR. The PCR positivity rates obtained using COBAS TaqMan PCR and COBAS Amplicor PCR were not significantly different. The sensitivity of PCR test for mycobacteria is not sufficient in case of smear 1+. Careful consideration must be given to the interpretation of negative PCR test results in smear 1+, because smear-positive tuberculosis is the criterion for isolation.

  18. Supplementary data: Materials and methods RNA expression ...

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    - sensitive restriction enzymes, namely MspI/HpaII (Roche Diagnostics, Germany) (Singh et al. 2007) to cleave sites with unmodified cytosines and not those with 5- methylcytosines. About, 100 ng of genomic DNA samples were digested ...

  19. Book Reviews

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    Full Text Available Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. By James M. Olson. The Corporate Spy: Industrial Espionage and Counterintelligence in the Multinational Enterprise with Case Studies (Abridged Version by Edward M. Roche.

  20. The Report of the Working Group Concerning the Deterrence of and Response to Incidents of Sexual Assault at the U.S. Air Force Academy

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    On January 2, 2003, Dr. James G. Roche, the Secretary of the Air Force, received an e-mail directed initially to female cadets, which asserted that there was a significant sexual assault problem at the United States Air Force...

  1. 159 MOLECULAR EVALUATION OF GLYPICAN 3 GENE ...

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    Department, National Liver Institute, Menoufiya University , Shebin. El-Kom, 3 Microbiology ... Glypican-3 (GPC3) is a member of the glypican family of heparin- sulphate ... (Roche Molecular Biochemicals, Mannheium, Germany), 0.2 mM.

  2. ORIGINAL ARTICLES PMTCT from research to reality - results from ...

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    Roche Molecular Systems, Basel, Switzerland) at 6 weeks and 3 months .... Table II. Comparison of MTCT rates achieved using NVP in populations with variable rates of breast-feeding. Increase in MTCT. %Women rate attributed to. Study breast- ...

  3. Collisional Fragmentation Is Not a Barrier to Close-in Planet Formation

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    Wallace, Joshua; Tremaine, Scott [Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States); Chambers, John, E-mail: joshuajw@princeton.edu [Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC 20015 (United States)

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    Collisional fragmentation is shown to not be a barrier to rocky planet formation at small distances from the host star. Simple analytic arguments demonstrate that rocky planet formation via collisions of homogeneous gravity-dominated bodies is possible down to distances of order the Roche radius ( r {sub Roche}). Extensive N -body simulations with initial bodies ≳1700 km that include plausible models for fragmentation and merging of gravity-dominated bodies confirm this conclusion and demonstrate that rocky planet formation is possible down to ∼1.1 r {sub Roche}. At smaller distances, tidal effects cause collisions to be too fragmenting to allow mass buildup to a final, dynamically stable planetary system. We argue that even differentiated bodies can accumulate to form planets at distances that are not much larger than r {sub Roche}.

  4. Tere tulemast tagasi, uue põlvkonna utopistid! / Veronika Valk

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    Valk, Veronika, 1976-

    2011-01-01

    Francois Roche ja Eva Castro tulevikuarhitektuuri käsitlevatest ettekannetest Tallinna arhitektuuribiennaali raames toimunud sümpoosionil. Maketinäitus "Viini eksiilid. Helisev arhitektuur" Heliose kinos. Eksponeeritakse Viini Die Angewandte arhitektuurikoolis (juht Hani Rashid) õppivate eestlaste loomingut

  5. An Optimized Real-Time PCR to Avoid Species-/Tissue-Associated Inhibition for H5N1 Detection in Ferret and Monkey Tissues

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    Zhan, LingJun; Bao, LinLin; Li, FengDi; Lv, Qi; Xu, LiLi; Qin, Chuan

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    ... RNA yield and quality by comparing Ct values obtained from the standard Trizol method, and four commonly used RNA isolation kits with small modifications, including Roche High Pure, Ambion RNAqueous...

  6. An optimized real-time PCR to avoid species-/tissue-associated inhibition for H5N1 detection in ferret and monkey tissues

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    Zhan, LingJun; Bao, LinLin; Li, FengDi; Lv, Qi; Xu, LiLi; Qin, Chuan

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    ... RNA yield and quality by comparing Ct values obtained from the standard Trizol method, and four commonly used RNA isolation kits with small modifications, including Roche High Pure, Ambion RNAqueous...

  7. NELFINAVIR IN CHILDREN

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    . The cost is exacerbated by the relatively high doses needed in children. The standard dose recommended by. Roche is 20 - 30 mg/kg/dose 8-hourly.' However, recent studies have suggested that this dosage results in inadequate levels.

  8. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 2000 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 2000 award winner, Roche Colorado, developed a greener synthesis for gancyclovir (Cytovene, a potent antiviral drug) that uses a second-generation Guanine Triester (GTE) process.

  9. Sequence Read Archive (SRA)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Sequence Read Archive (SRA) stores raw sequencing data from the next generation of sequencing platforms including Roche 454 GS System®, Illumina Genome...

  10. Multicenter Evaluation of Seegene Anyplex TB PCR for the Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Respiratory Specimens

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    Jin Sook Lim; ; Jim Yung Kim; Jong Wan Kim; Chun Hwa Ihm; Yong Hak Sohn; Hyun Jung Cho; Ja Young Kim; Sun Hoe Koo

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    .... In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Seegene Anyplex TB PCR to assess its diagnostic sensitivity and specificity, and compared its results with the Roche Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR, one...

  11. 1642-IJBCS-Article-Adebukola Adedeji

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    Roche KF, Rocha O. 2005. Aspectos de predação por peixes e, lagos e represas, com enfoque na planctivoria. In Ecologia Trófica de Peixes com ênfase na Planctivoria em Ambientes Lênticos de. Água Doce no Brasil, Roche KF, Rocha O (eds). São Carlos: Rima; 1-24. Segers H, Ajayi A0, Chiambeng GY, Chuah HP, Del.

  12. De geologie van den Cimone di Margno en den Monte di Muggio

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    Le terrain étudié (fig. 1) est formé de roches métamorphiques pour plus de la moitié; le reste est formé de sédiments variant du Permien au Trias Inférieur, et de roches appartenant à la culmination éruptivocristalline du Cimone di Margno. Le relief du paysage présente en général des pentes douces.

  13. 1216-IJBCS-Article-Michel Amani Kouassi

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    A ces phases, on associe le métamorphisme et la migmatisation des roches antécinématiques accompagnés du rubanement des migmatites, de la schistosité de l'ensemble schisteux et de la foliation des amphibolites. Outre ces phases de tectonique souple, une phase cassante a participé à la déformation des roches du.

  14. 748-IJBCS-Article-Dr François Pallo

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    soudanien septentrional secteur subsahélien secteur sahélien strict. Substratum géologique. +migmatites et granites indifférenciés. + roches volcano sédimentaires et métavolcanites. +formations sédimentaires à dominante gréseuse. +migmatites et granites indifférenciés. + roches volcano sédimentaires et méta volcanites.

  15. B-Carotene-a long road to commercial implementation

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    Full Text Available ) • Animal feed supplements • Food supplements – colorant, Vitamin A supplement • OTC pharmaceuticals (health supplements) – anti-oxidant, Vitamin A supplement © CSIR 2006 www.csir.co.zaSlide 4 Production • Chemical synthesis... • BASF, DSM (formerly Roche) • Algal production (Dunaliella salina) • Betatene (Cognis), Koor Foods, NCSA • Extraction from natural sources (carrots, palm oil) • DSM (formerly Roche), Hanson and Darius • Fungal production (Blakeslea trispora) • DSM...

  16. Hydrocarbons in mother rock in France. Initial report and complementary report (further to the law of the 13 July 2011 creating the national commission for orientation, follow-up and assessment of techniques of exploration and exploitation of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons); Les hydrocarbures de roche-mere en France. Rapport initial et Rapport complementaire (suite a la loi du 13 juillet 2011 creant la Commission nationale d'orientation, de suivi et d'evaluation des techniques d'exploration et d'exploitation des hydrocarbures liquides et gazeux)

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    Leteurtrois, Jean-Pierre; Durville, Jean-Louis; Pillet, Didier; Gazeau, Jean-Claude; Bellec, Gilles; Catoire, Serge

    2012-02-15

    These reports aimed at studying the opportunities of development of mother-rock hydrocarbons as well as the associated economic opportunities and geopolitical challenges, exploitation techniques (efficiency, capacity of the French industry, impacts, costs, perspectives), their social and environmental challenges (notably with respect to such a development in France), and legal, regulatory and tax framework. These issues are addressed in the first report whereas the complementary report gives an overview of the evolution of the energy context, of hydrocarbon resources and technologies, of the main actors in the world, and of experiments in France

  17. Systematic Review of the Performance of HIV Viral Load Technologies on Plasma Samples

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    Sollis, Kimberly A.; Smit, Pieter W.; Fiscus, Susan; Ford, Nathan; Vitoria, Marco; Essajee, Shaffiq; Barnett, David; Cheng, Ben; Crowe, Suzanne M.; Denny, Thomas; Landay, Alan; Stevens, Wendy; Habiyambere, Vincent; Perrins, Jos; Peeling, Rosanna W.

    2014-01-01

    Background Viral load (VL) monitoring is the standard of care in developing country settings for detecting HIV treatment failure. Since 2010 the World Health Organization has recommended a phase-in approach to VL monitoring in resource-limited settings. We conducted a systematic review of the accuracy and precision of HIV VL technologies for treatment monitoring. Methods and Findings A search of Medline and Embase was conducted for studies evaluating the accuracy or reproducibility of commercially available HIV VL assays. 37 studies were included for review including evaluations of the Amplicor Monitor HIV-1 v1.5 (n = 25), Cobas TaqMan v2.0 (n = 11), Abbott RealTime HIV-1 (n = 23), Versant HIV-1 RNA bDNA 3.0 (n = 15), Versant HIV-1 RNA kPCR 1.0 (n = 2), ExaVir Load v3 (n = 2), and NucliSens EasyQ v2.0 (n = 1). All currently available HIV VL assays are of sufficient sensitivity to detect plasma virus levels at a lower detection limit of 1,000 copies/mL. Bias data comparing the Abbott RealTime HIV-1, TaqMan v2.0 to the Amplicor Monitor v1.5 showed a tendency of the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 to under-estimate results while the TaqMan v2.0 overestimated VL counts. Compared to the Amplicor Monitor v1.5, 2–26% and 9–70% of results from the Versant bDNA 3.0 and Abbott RealTime HIV-1 differed by greater than 0.5log10. The average intra and inter-assay variation of the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 were 2.95% (range 2.0–5.1%) and 5.44% (range 1.17–30.00%) across the range of VL counts (2log10–7log10). Conclusions This review found that all currently available HIV VL assays are of sufficient sensitivity to detect plasma VL of 1,000 copies/mL as a threshold to initiate investigations of treatment adherence or possible treatment failure. Sources of variability between VL assays include differences in technology platform, plasma input volume, and ability to detect HIV-1 subtypes. Monitoring of individual patients should be performed on the same

  18. [Low rate of oropharyngeal human papillomavirus infection among women with cervical lesion. Preliminary results from the South-Eastern Hungarian population].

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    Vanya, Melinda; Jakó, Mária; Terhes, Gabriella; Szakács, László; Kaiser, László; Deák, Judit; Bártfai, György

    2016-01-10

    Although the natural history of cervical and oral human papillomavirus infection has been intensively investigated in the past years, the ability of this virus to infect oral and genital mucosae in the same individual and its potential to co-infect both cervical and oral mucosa are still unclear. The aim of the authors was to assess the presence of oropharyngeal human papillomavirus infection in women with cervical lesions in the South-Eastern Hungarian population. The total of 103 women have been included in the study between March 1, 2013 and January 1, 2015. Brushing was used to collect cells from the oropharyngeal mucosa. Human papillomavirus DNA was detected using polymerase chain reaction, and Amplicor line blot test was used for genotyping. Oropharyngeal human papillomavirus infection was detected in 2 cases (3%). The detected genotypes were 31, 40/61 and 73 in the oropharyngeal region. The results indicate that in women with cervical lesions oropharyngeal human papillomavirus infection rarely occurs.

  19. Development of a TaqMan assay for the six major genotypes of hepatitis C virus: Comparison with commercial assays

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    Engle, Ronald E; Russell, Rodney S; Purcell, Robert H

    2008-01-01

    international (WHO 96/790) HCV standard preparation and has a linear dynamic range of 10(2.6)-10(6.5) IU/ml. In addition, the inter- and intra-assay precision were approximately 3% CV and commercially available HCV RNA Nucleic Acid Technology kits...... (Versant HCV RNA 3.0 b-DNA and Amplicor HCV Monitor), that also employ the WHO standard, allowed validation of the TaqMan assay against all major HCV genotypes. Both commercial methods detected HCV RNA over a wide dynamic range, but showed a consistent difference of about 0.3 log10 when evaluating samples...... of different HCV genotypes. The genome titers obtained with the three methods correlated with the infectivity titers previously determined for the HCV reference strains. TaqMan assays have become an essential tool to follow viral load in clinical samples and cell culture-based experiments and this technology...

  20. Evaluating HPV-negative CIN2+ in the ATHENA trial.

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    Petry, Karl Ulrich; Cox, J Thomas; Johnson, Kristin; Quint, Wim; Ridder, Ruediger; Sideri, Mario; Wright, Thomas C; Behrens, Catherine M

    2016-06-15

    A post hoc analysis of the ATHENA study was performed to determine whether true HPV-negative cervical lesions occur and whether they have clinical relevance. The ATHENA database was searched for all CIN2 or worse (CIN2+) cases with cobas HPV-negative results and comparison was made with Linear Array (LA) and Amplicor to detect true false-negative HPV results. Immunostaining with p16 was performed on these cases to identify false-positive histology results. H&E slides were re-reviewed by the study pathologists with knowledge of patient age, HPV test results and p16 immunostaining. Those with positive p16 immunostaining and/or a positive histopathology review underwent whole tissue section HPV PCR by the SPF10/LiPA/RHA system. Among 46,887 eligible women, 497 cases of CIN2+ were detected, 55 of which tested negative by the cobas(®) HPV Test (32 CIN2, 23 CIN3/ACIS). By LA and/or Amplicor, 32 CIN2+ (20 CIN2, 12 CIN3/ACIS) were HPV positive and categorized as false-negatives by cobas HPV; nine of 12 false-negative CIN3/ACIS cases were p16+. There were 23 cases (12 CIN2, 11 CIN3/ACIS) negative by all HPV tests; seven of 11 CIN3/ACIS cases were p16+. H&E slides were available for six cases for re-review and all were confirmed as CIN3/ACIS. Tissue PCR was performed on the six confirmed CIN3/ACIS cases (and one without confirmation): four were positive for HPV types not considered oncogenic, two were positive for oncogenic genotypes and one was indeterminate. In summary, subanalysis of a large cervical cancer screening study did not identify any true CIN3/ACIS not attributable to HPV. © 2016 The Authors International Journal of Cancer published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of UICC.

  1. Comparison of DNA extraction protocols for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis by real-time polymerase chain reaction

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Several nucleic acid amplification techniques are available for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB in pulmonary and extrapulmonary samples, but insufficient data are available on the diagnostic utility of these techniques in tubercular meningitis where bacilli load is less. The success of final amplification and detection of nucleic acid depends on successful extraction of DNA from the organism. Aims: We performed this study to compare four methods of extraction of MTB DNA from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF samples so as to select one method of DNA extraction for amplification of nucleic acid from clinical samples. Materials and Methods: Four methods of extracting MTB DNA from CSF samples for testing by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR were compared: QIAGEN R protocol for DNA purification using QIAamp spin procedure (manual, AMPLICOR R respiratory specimen preparation kit, MagNA Pure R kit extraction, combined manual DNA extraction with automated extraction by MagNA Pure R . Real-time PCR was performed on COBAS TaqMan 48 Analyzer R with known positive and negative controls. Results: The detection limit for the combined manual and MagNA Pure R extraction protocol was found to be 100 copies of MTB DNA per reaction as against 1,000 copies of MTB DNA per reaction by the QIAGEN R , AMPLICOR R , and the MagNA Pure R extraction protocol. Conclusion: The real-time PCR assay employing the combination of manual extraction steps with MagNA Pure R extraction protocol for extraction of MTB DNA proved to be better than other extraction methods in analytical sensitivity, but could not detect less than 10 2 bacilli /ml.

  2. Analytical and clinical comparison of anti-CCP assays with rheumatoid factor for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Block, Darci R; Jenkins, Sarah M; Dalenberg, Daniel A; Balsanek, Joseph G; Snyder, Melissa R; Saenger, Amy K

    2012-06-14

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease characterized by chronic joint inflammation and extra-articular manifestations, eventually leading to permanent disability without early therapeutic interventions. The analytical and clinical performance of an electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA) (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN) were determined for cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP) in the diagnostic assessment of rheumatoid arthritis compared to a plate-based anti-CCP enzyme immunoassay (EIA) (Inova Diagnostics, Inc.). Imprecision studies on the automated Roche ECLIA demonstrated intra-assay CV's of <3% and inter-assay CV's of <7%. The Inova EIA had intra-assay CV's of <15% and inter-assay CV's of <12%. The limit of quantitation of both assays was acceptable, and both assays showed similar linearity within the manufacturer's defined reportable ranges. Overall, analytical concordance was 62%, with 95.2% positive and 53.2% negative concordance. The clinical specificity in a normal population (n=91) was 98.9% and 100% for Roche ECLIA and Inova EIA, respectively. The clinical specificity in a connective tissue disease population (n=98) was 91.9% (95%CI, 86.0 to 96.5%) and 88.8% (95% CI, 81.0 to 93.6%) for Roche ECLIA and Inova EIA, respectively. The Roche ECLIA demonstrated similar analytical performance, although with improved intra-assay precision, in comparison to the Inova EIA. The two methods also demonstrated similar clinical sensitivity and specificity. The Roche automated immunoassay is a viable alternative to the plate-based EIAs with the advantage of being performed on an automated platform. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Different Approach for Introductory Physics Courses

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    Cho, Shinil

    2010-04-01

    A different approach of blending various methodologies has been adapted to introductory physics courses at La Roche College. For over 15 years, students come to La Roche College with significantly different levels of physics and mathematics, reflecting students' under-preparedness at K12 schools although the knowledge and the technology required for science majors are increasing each year. The change inevitably challenges the students to learn and the instructor to teach the courses. This presentation describes the academic trend at the College, and discusses how the introductory physics courses have been tailored to motivate students while minimizing administrative restrictions.

  4. Transportation Energy Conservation Data Book: A Selected Bibliography. Edition 3,

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    003-003-01799-0 > Roberts, P.O. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for > Transportation Studies Roche, G.;. Lago , A.M. ADDPSSS...Transportation Studies ADDRESS: Cambridge, MA 02139 TITLE* Developing Freight Origin-Destination Data for ’Yoe in Freight Planning > Roche, G.: Lago , &.Kf...iatiottn~t, I56’.- 1?S*0 01.1 lit #The Chasnging Demographic Anti Ec~ontomic Struc-ture I f aN,,m. It ,oI tota n Art ah it tI, Ito 1ita 110 At00 fal 4kirline

  5. New patterns in dust off the edge of Saturn’s main rings

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    Chancia, Robert Ormal; Hedman, Matthew M.; Ye, Shengyi; Kurth, William S.

    2017-10-01

    The Roche Division is a 3000-km-span of diffuse dust located at the outer edge of Saturn’s main ring system between the A and F rings. Several high-resolution images from Cassini’s orbit insertion revealed two regions with higher concentrations of dust within the Roche Division. These proposed dusty ringlets R/2004 S1 (radius=137,630 km) and R/2004 S2 (radius=138,900 km) lie coincident with the orbit of Atlas and slightly interior to the orbit of Prometheus respectively (Porco et al. 2005a Science). Using several image sequences later obtained by Cassini Hedman et al. 2009 (Icarus) found that these concentrations of dusty ring material are not simple ringlets, but are in fact organized into canted azimuthal brightness variations with a periodicity akin to a 3:4 resonance with Saturn’s rotation rate. The presumed perturbing phenomenon is Saturn’s kilometric radiation (SKR), a strong low wavelength component of the planet’s radio emissions, whose power oscillates near the planet’s rotation rate at a frequency matching the Roche Division structures. However, over the course of the Cassini mission the SKR period has varied by at least 7 minutes. As a result, the location of the resonance moved interior to the edge of the A ring and out of the Roche Division around the time of Saturn’s equinox. Subsequent observations of the Roche Division in the this time period show no evidence of the prominent structures previously observed during the first few years of the Cassini mission. Recently, the 3:4 resonant structures have reappeared in the Roche Division as one of the SKR periods has increased. Here we show that the these dusty Roche Division structures are present in sync with the varying SKR period using images sequences spanning the entire Cassini mission. We also highlight some particularly optimal observations, obtained during Cassini’s F-ring proximal and grand finale orbits, which reveal the dusty structure of the Roche Division in unprecedented

  6. Inhibition of Ovarian Cancer by microRNA-mediated Regulation of Telomerase

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    progression, ovarian cancer 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON USAMRMC a...studies charac- terizing the 13q14 deletion in human chronic lymphocytic leukemia , which revealed two miRNAs, miR-15a and miR-16-1 (3). Subsequently...Roche) for 1 h and incubated with anti-DIG-AP Fab fragments (Roche) for 12 h. Following wash for three times in 1 maleic acid and 0.3% Tween 20 buffer

  7. Model of contract of purchase of the electric power produced by facilities that use the energy of aquifers or of underground rocks and benefiting from the electricity purchase obligation. Established after enforcement of the article 5 of the decree from May 10, 2001 and approved by the minister attended to electricity; Modele de contrat d'achat de l'energie electrique produite par les installations utilisant l'energie des nappes aquiferes ou des roches souterraines et beneficiant de l'obligation d'achat d'electricite. Etablie en application de l'article 5 du decret du 10 mai 2001 et approuve par le Ministre charge de l'electricite

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    This model of contract comprises 2 parts. The first part describes the general conditions of electric power purchase: aim of the contract, connection to the grid and delivery point, producer's facility, reciprocal commitments and stoppages for maintenance purpose, energy and power metering and control, energy delivery, payment for the purchased power (payment and payment indexing), taxes, payments, contract enforcement, date line, suspension, modification or cancellation, conciliation in case of dispute. A recall of the tariffs mentioned in the by-law from March 13, 2002, of the approximation rules and a model of certificate are given in appendixes. The second part gives some complements to the general conditions (purchaser and producer corporate, characteristics of the facility, details about the connection and delivery point, description of the metering system, tariffs of purchase and indexing, payment of bills, contract characteristics, subscription for a power supply contract). (J.S.)

  8. ParA encoded on chromosome II of Deinococcus radiodurans binds ...

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    2013-07-22

    Jul 22, 2013 ... detected using NBT/BCIP (Roche Biochemical) colour reagent using the manufacturer's protocol. 2.6 Measurements of ATPase and GTPase activities. ATPase activity of recombinant ParA2 was checked using a modified protocol as described in (Kota et al. 2010). In brief, the increasing concentrations of ...

  9. PAX6 can substitute for LHX2 and override NFIA-induced ...

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    Veena Kinare

    2018-01-24

    Jan 24, 2018 ... colour reaction was performed using NBT/BCIP (Roche,. 4-nitroblue tetrazolium chloride, cat no. 70210625;. 5-Bromo-4-chloro-3-idolyl phosphate, cat no. 70251721) as per manufacturer's instructions. Slides were counterstained with Fast Red (Sigma N3020), coverslipped using DPX mountant and imaged ...

  10. An Intertextual Analysis of Jími Ṣólańke ̣́'s Ò.nà Là (In The Path) via ...

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    overflow occurs when the mass of a star escapes from its gravitational sphere of influence and this mass is pulled into the Roche ... it begins the nuclear reaction that births a star. As this happens, the .... Armah juxtaposes that image of the stream with a road to destruction where the masses are running headlong to a city of ...

  11. Research

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    raoul

    2012-04-11

    Apr 11, 2012 ... For every patients, urine protein was screened in non-timed middle stream urine samples with the use of a dipstick (Combur10 Test®, Roche. Diagnostics .... In the Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel) cohort of older individuals with .... memory task [see comments]. Nature. 1997 ...

  12. Oral midazolam in paediatric premedication | Payne | South African ...

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    In a premedication study involving 135 children, aged 1 - 10 years, four regimens were investigated: (I) no premedication; (il) oral trimeprazine tartrate 2 mg/kg, methadone 0,1 mg/kg, droperidol 0,15 mg/kg (TMD); (iil) intramuscular midazolam . (Dormicum; Roche) 0,15 mg/kg; and (iv) oral midazolam 0,45 mg/kg.

  13. Étude hydrochimique et microbiologique des eaux de source de l ...

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    Escherichia coli (400 à 500 ufc/100 ml) et de Clostridium perfringens (100 ufc/20 ml à 1500 ufc/20 ml). La minéralisation des eaux est contrôlée par les phénomènes tels que le pluviolessivage des sols, l'hydrolyse acide des roches et l'apport lié ...

  14. Dual function of the hemagglutinin H5 fused to chicken CD154 in a ...

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    Dual function of the hemagglutinin H5 fused to chicken CD154 in a potential strategy of DIVA against avian influenza disease: preliminary study. AG Pose, ES Rodriguez, AC Mendez, JN Gomez, AV Redondo, ER Rodriguez, EMG Ramos, AA Gutierrez, MPR Molto, DG Roche, YS Ugalde, AM Lopez ...

  15. Journal of Applied Biosciences - Vol 106 (2016)

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    Roch Christian Johnson, Eustache Enock Houéto, Gratien Boni, Wilfrid Hinnoutondji Kpètèhoto, Victorien Dougnon, Elias Pognon, Fidèle Assogba, Frédéric Loko, Michel Boko, Joachim ... Ibrahim Djibo, Mani Mamman, Amy Bakhoum, Oumar Sarr, Hamani Marichatou, Léonard E. Akpo, Moussa Assane, 10266-10273.

  16. Formation of Janus and Epimetheus from Saturn's rings as coorbitals, thanks to Mimas' 2:3 inner Mean Motion Resonances

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    Crida, A.; El Moutamid, M.

    2017-09-01

    We show that the past confinement of Saturn's rings by Mimas' 2:3 mean motion resonances leads to the formation of two equivalent mass seeds to Janus and Epimetheus on the same orbit. This could explain the origin of their fascinating mutual horseshoe orbits configuration, in the frame of satellite formation from the spreading of the rings beyond the Roche radius.

  17. Journal of Chemical Sciences | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences. Cédric Charrier. Articles written in Journal of Chemical Sciences. Volume 121 Issue 4 July 2009 pp 471-479. Biological activities of substituted trichostatic acid derivatives · Cédric Charrier Joëlle Roche Jean-Pierre Gesson Philippe Bertrand · More Details Abstract Fulltext ...

  18. 54 Évaluation de la qualité des eaux souterraines pour l'utilisation ...

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    16].Le diagramme de Gibbs des données de la région d'étude (Figure 4) indique que la roche est le processus dominant contrôlant la composition chimique principale des eaux souterraines [16]. Figure 4 : Mécanismes gouvernant la chimie ...

  19. Programme intégré de lutte contre le paludisme en Afrique ...

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    Institution. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. Institution Country. Kenya. Institution Website. http://nbo.icipe.org/. Project Leader. Roch Dabiré. Institution. Centre national de la recherche scientifique et technologique. Institution Country. Burkina Faso. Project Leader. Kato Jonas Njunwa. Project Leader.

  20. Pharmaceutical lobbying and pandemic stockpiling of Tamiflu: a qualitative study of arguments and tactics.

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    Vilhelmsson, Andreas; Mulinari, Shai

    2017-08-09

    Little is known about how pharmaceutical companies lobby authorities or experts regarding procurement or the use of vaccines and antivirals. This paper investigates how members of Denmark's pandemic planning committee experienced lobbying efforts by Roche, manufacturer of Tamiflu, the antiviral that was stockpiled before the 2009 A(H1N1) pandemic. Analysis of interviews with six of seven members of the Danish core pandemic committee, supplemented with documentary analysis. We sought to identify (1) arguments and (2) tactics used in lobbying, and to characterize interviewees' views on the impact of (3) lobbying and (4) scientific evidence on the decision to stockpile Tamiflu. Roche lobbied directly (in its own name) and through a seemingly independent third party. Roche used two arguments: (1) the procurement agreement had to be signed quickly because the drug would be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis and (2) Denmark was especially vulnerable to an influenza crisis because it had smaller Tamiflu stocks than other countries. Most interviewees suspected that lobbying had an impact on Tamiflu procurement. Our study highlights risks posed by pharmaceutical lobbying. Arguments and tactics deployed by Roche are likely to be repeated whenever many countries are negotiating drug procurements in a monopolistic market.

  1. Mass transfer, transiting stream, and magnetopause in close-in exoplanetary systems with applications to WASP-12

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    Lai, D.; Helling, C.; van den Heuvel, E.P.J.

    2010-01-01

    We study mass transfer by Roche lobe overflow in close-in exoplanetary systems. The planet's atmospheric gas passes through the inner Lagrangian point and flows along a narrow stream, accelerating to 100-200 km s(-1) velocity before forming an accretion disk. We show that the cylinder-shaped

  2. Development of an oral dosage form of capecitabine with modified release characteristics

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    Meulenaar, J

    2013-01-01

    Capecitabine is an orally-administered chemotherapeutic agent used in the treatment of a.o. metastatic breast, gastric and colorectal cancer and is commercially available as an immediate release tablet (Xeloda®, Roche). Capecitabine is a pre-pro-drug that is enzymatically converted into

  3. Swedish Defence Research Abstracts 82/83-2 (Froe Foersvars Forsknings Referat 82/83-2).

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    1983-08-01

    alarm (78) Carbon dioxide retention inside motorcycle helmets (79) Vibration and decompression gas bubbles (80) No effects of nootropic drugs on memory... nootropic drugs on memory and psychomotor performance during reduced air pressure (in English) S. Levander and others Report I from the Roche Clinical Unit

  4. taenia coli de cobaye

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    Bridelia ferruginea est utilisée dans la Pharmacopée traditionnelle africaine comme ... dans un extrait aqueux de cette plante sur la motricité de Taenia coli de Cobaye et de ..... Afrique de l'ouest, Editions Roche Basel, Switzerland, (1991) 151. ... physiopathologie vasculaire : intérêt des stocks mobilisables de no et des.

  5. Real-Time PCR Method for Detection of Encephalitozoon intestinalis from Stool Specimens

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    Wolk, D. M.; Schneider, S. K.; Wengenack, N. L.; Sloan, L. M.; Rosenblatt, J. E.

    2002-01-01

    The prevalence of microsporidiosis is likely underestimated due to the labor-intensive, insensitive, and nonspecific clinical laboratory methods used for the diagnosis of this disease. A real-time PCR assay was designed to assess DNA extraction methods and to detect three Encephalitozoon species in feces. Modifications of the MagNA Pure LC DNA isolation kit protocol (Roche Applied Sciences, Indianapolis, Ind.) were compared by using the automated MagNA Pure LC instrument (Roche) and fecal specimens spiked with Encephalitozoon intestinalis spores. Extracted DNA was amplified by the LightCycler (Roche) PCR assay. Assay sensitivity, reproducibility, and efficiency were assessed by comparing threshold crossover values achieved with different extraction and storage conditions (fresh, refrigerated, frozen, and preserved specimens). Optimal extraction conditions were achieved by using a commercial buffer, tissue lysis buffer (Roche), as the specimen diluent. LightCycler PCR results were compared to those obtained from routine stool microscopy with trichrome blue stain. The lower limit of detection for the LightCycler PCR assay varied by storage conditions from 102 to 104 spores/ml of feces, a value which represented a significant improvement over that achieved by staining (≥1.0 × 106 spores/ml). Melting temperature analysis of the amplicons allowed for the differentiation of three Encephalitozoon species (E. intestinalis, E. cuniculi, and E. hellem). The assay is readily adaptable to the clinical laboratory and represents the first real-time PCR assay designed to detect Encephalitozoon species. PMID:12409353

  6. Shoulder instability

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    2011-09-02

    Sep 2, 2011 ... Honorary Consultant, Shoulder and Elbow Unit, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cape Town. Basil Vrettos is a shoulder ... Head, Shoulder and Elbow Unit, Princess Alice Orthopaedic Unit, Groote Schuur Hospital. Steve Roche heads ..... tidirectional instability is physiotherapy. • Surgery for ...

  7. Studies to distinguish between human and animal faecal pollution ...

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    Roche Diagnostics, Germany) nylon membranes. The first membrane was adsorbed to the top layer for 1 min. Up to four subsequent transfers could be obtained from one plate by increasing the time of adsorption to 2 min, 3.5 min and 5 min.

  8. Genotyping of F-RNA coliphages isolated from wastewater and river ...

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    2006-01-01

    Jan 1, 2006 ... to facilitate the transfer of phages by making the agar more solid and damp. Following recommendations by Uys (1999) who tested a range of suitable membranes, the phages were trans- ferred onto Boehringer Mannheim (Roche Diagnostics) nylon membranes. The first membrane was adsorbed to the top ...

  9. Notes on G-theory of Deligne-Mumford stacks

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    Toen, B.

    1999-01-01

    Based on the methods used by the author to prove the Riemann-Roch formula for algebraic stacks, this paper contains a description of the rationnal G-theory of Deligne-Mumford stacks over general bases. We will use these results to study equivariant K-theory, and also to define new filtrations on K-theory of algebraic stacks.

  10. Distinguishing Plasmodium falciparum treatment failures from re-infections by using polymerase chain reaction genotyping in a holoendemic area in northeastern Tanzania

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    Magesa, S M; Mdira, K Y; Farnert, A

    2001-01-01

    susceptibility to a combination of sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine (Fansidar; F. Hoffmann La Roche, Basel, Switzerland). Blood samples were collected before treatment and on days 7, 14, or 28 post-treatment in 51 asymptomatic children, of which 26 could not clear parasitemia within seven days post-treatment. Among...

  11. Genome analysis methods: Cucumis melo [PGDBj Registered plant list, Marker list, QTL list, Plant DB link and Genome analysis methods[Archive

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    Full Text Available Cucumis melo ... 2n=24 450 Mb 2012 Roche GS FLX ... 375 Mb 13.52x Newbler version 2.5 1,...594 29,865 Geneid, SGP2, GlimmerHMM and Augustus 27,427 MELONOMICS; https://melonomics.net CM3.5 CM3.5 10.1073/pnas.1205415109 22753475 ...

  12. Efficacy of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide and synergism with ...

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    Spectrophotometer (Thermo Scientific, MA,. USA). Reverse-transcription was performed with. TakaRa RT kits (Dalian, China). Real-time PCR (RT-PCR). A Light Cycler (Roche) and SYBR RT-PCR kit. (Takara) were used for quantitative real-time RT-. PCR analysis. Data were normalized to GAPDH expression. Western blot.

  13. RESEARCH High prevalence of diabetes mellitus and metabolic ...

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    Diagnostics. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) and triglycerides (TG) were estimated by enzymatic colorimetric methods (Cobas 6000, Roche Diagnostics). Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) was calculated using Friedewald's formula. Serum cotinine was measured by chemiluminescent assay (Immulite.

  14. The American cranberry mitochondrial genome reveals the presence of selenocysteine (tRNA-Sec and SECIS) insertion machinery in land plants

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    The American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) mitochondrial genome was assembled and reconstructed from whole genome 454 Roche GS-FLX and Illumina shotgun sequences. Compared with other Asterids, the reconstruction of the genome revealed an average size mitochondrion (459,678 nt) with comparat...

  15. Recommended Nordic paediatric reference intervals for 21 common biochemical properties

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    Hilsted, Linda; Rustad, Pål; Aksglæde, Lise

    2013-01-01

    - Cholesterol, Magnesium, Phosphate, Potassium, Protein, Sodium, Transferrin, Triglycerides and Urate). Samples were analyzed on a Roche-Modular-P/ISE-system. The NORIP reference material (NFKK Reference Serum X) was included in all the analytical runs. Reference values were recalculated according to the target...

  16. Two new species of Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) from New Caledonia: dual characterisation with morphology and nrDNA sequence variation

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    Dawson, John W.; Whitaker, Anthony H.; Whitaker, Vivienne A.; Gardner, Richard C.; Wright, Shane D.

    2000-01-01

    We have identified two new species of Metrosideros subg. Mearnsia (Myrtaceae) growing on, and apparently endemic to, the massif known as the Roches d’Ouaïème in New Caledonia. Of these two species, we include M. whitakeri in sect. Mearnsia and M. rotundifolia in sect. Calyptropelala. Both

  17. Disease: H01221 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available the epithelium are the hallmarks of EBMD. Most patients are asymptomatic before ...roche L, Abitbol M, Schorderet DF A subset of patients with epithelial basement membrane corneal dystrophy have mutations in TGFBI/BIGH3. Hum Mutat 27:553-7 (2006) ...

  18. Cloning and expression analysis of zygote arrest 1 (Zar1) in New ...

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    DAN WANG

    College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Henan Agricultural University, No. 63 Agricultural Road,. Zhengzhou 450002, People's Republic of China. Abstract .... Real-time RT-PCR was performed on a Roche Lightcycler. 480, in a final reaction .... Real-time PCR analysis of Zar1 gene in rabbit's differ- ent tissues of ...

  19. Estrogen regulates the expression of cathepsin E-A-like gene via ...

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    徐春林

    1College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Henan Agricultural University,. Zhengzhou 450002, P. R. ... 3International Joint Research Laboratory for Poultry Breeding of Henan, Henan Agricultural. University ..... The qPCR was performed on the LightCycler® 96 real time PCR system (Roche Applied. Science ...

  20. Performance of cobas® 4800 and m2000 real-time™ assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in rectal and self-collected vaginal specimen

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    Geelen, Tanja H; Rossen, John W; Beerens, Antoine M; Poort, Linda; Morré, Servaas A; Ritmeester, Wilma S; van Kruchten, Harry E; van de Pas, Masja M; Savelkoul, Paul H M

    2013-01-01

    A prospective, multicenter trial was designed to compare the performance characteristics of the cobas® 4800 (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN, USA) and m2000 real-time™ (Abbott Molecular Inc., Des Plaines, IL, USA) assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG)

  1. Determination of the parameters of the eclipsing binary system V367 CYG by the light-curve synthesis method

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    Antokhina, E. A.; Menchenkova, E. V.

    1990-06-01

    Fresa's (1966) blue light curve of V367 Cyg is analyzed by the synthesis method in the framework of the Roche model and a model with a geometrically thick disk. The new spectroscopic mass ratio q = M2//M1 = 1.57 was used. The fundamental parameters and the absolute dimensions of the system were determined.

  2. The determination of the parameters of the W Ser type-eclipsing binary system V367 Cyg.

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    Antokhina, Eh. A.; Menchenkova, E. V.

    Fresa's blue light curve of V367 Cyg was analyzed by the synthesis method in the Roche model and in the model with a geometrically thick disk. The new spectroscopic mass ratio q = M2/M1 = 1.57 was used. The basic parameters and the absolute dimensions of the system were obtained.

  3. Sarkodie et al., Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2013) 10(5 ...

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    Rats were injected intraperitoneally with a single dose of 70 mg/kg body weight streptozotocin after 12 hours fast. After injection, rats were given free access to feed and water. After a rest period of 48 hours, diabetes ... Blood samples were collected from tail vein using Accu-Chek® glucometer. (Roche Diagnostics GmbH ...

  4. Les Basaltes de l’Atlas de Béni-Mellal (Haut Atlas Central, Maroc : un Volcanisme Transitionnel Intraplaque Associé aux Stades de L’évolution Géodynamique du Domaine Atlasique

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    Full Text Available Les roches basaltiques de l’Atlas de Béni-Mellal (Haut-Atlas Central, Maroc, mises en place, dans les différents bassins synclinaux de la région, se manifestent en deux horizons volcaniques B1 et B2. Les deux événements éruptifs sont d’âge Jurassique moyen pour les coulées de l’horizon B1 et d’âge Crétacé inférieur pour celles de l’horizon B2. Les roches sont caractérisées par un faciès des basaltes à olivines. La composition de leurs clinopyroxènes est marquée par deux tendances : augite au niveau des basaltes à olivine du B1 et diopside au niveau de ceux du B2. La composition géochimique sur roche totale dévoile le caractère transitionnel de ces roches. La relative dissimilitude géochimique signalée au niveau des basaltes des deux horizons peut être expliquée par un début du changement de la nature du magmatisme de la région en relation avec l’évolution géodynamique du domaine atlasique.

  5. The Advantage of Reading over Listening Text Comprehension in Down Syndrome: What Is the Role of Verbal Memory?

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    Roch, Maja; Florit, Elena; Levorato, M. Chiara

    2012-01-01

    The current study was designed to investigate the role played by verbal memory in the advantage shown by individuals with Down syndrome in reading over listening text comprehension (Roch & Levorato, 2009). Two different aspects of verbal memory were analyzed: processing load and coding modality. Participants were 20 individuals with Down syndrome,…

  6. Toxin MqsR Cleaves Single-Stranded mRNA with Various 5 Ends

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    2016-08-24

    purified by the mini quick spin column for RNA as per manufacturer’s protocol (Roche, Indianapolis, IN). The RNA concentration was determined from the CPM...were visu- alized with a Typhoon 9410 phosphorimager (GE Healthcare , Tyrone, PA). Results To explore how toxin MqsR degrades mRNA, we designed four in

  7. Identification and Targeting of Candidate Preexisting Lurker Cells That Give Rise to Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

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    2016-10-01

    USA 9VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA 10Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los...HCl [pH 8.0], 0.5% sodium deoxycholate, and 0.1%SDS) with pro- tease inhibitor cocktail tablet (Complete, Roche) on ice 15min followed by spin at

  8. Blocking dephosphorylation at Serine 120 residue in t-SNARE ...

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    Pieu Naskar

    2018-02-17

    Feb 17, 2018 ... 2.1 Cell culture. Rat basophilic leukemia (RBL)-2H3 cells are taken as mast cell model, (kind gift from Dr. Paul A Roche, National. Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA). Cell culture ... DNP IgE (TIB 142 tissue culture supernatant at required .... indicate that Syntaxin-4 and VAMP-8 are bound to SNAP-23.

  9. Validation of a norovirus multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of norovirus GI and GII from faeces samples.

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    Jones, S

    2011-01-01

    Norovirus is a leading cause of infectious non-bacterial gastroenteritis. The virus is highly contagious and has multiple modes of transmission, presenting a growing challenge to hospital-based healthcare. In this study, a total of 120 stool samples are tested for the presence of norovirus GI and GII by the Roche two-step Lightcycler 2.0 assay incorporating primers and probes produced by TIB Molbiol, and the results are compared with results from the National Virus Reference Laboratory. The Roche\\/TIB Molbiol assay produced 51 positive results and 69 negative results. Discrepancy analysis was performed for six conflicting results using a second real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay (Roche\\/TIB Molbiol) and this confirmed that four of the five discrepant positive results were true positives. A single discrepant negative result generated by the Roche assay remained negative using the second assay. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) were calculated to be 98%, 98.6%, 98.0% and 98.6%, respectively. Melting curve analysis was used to differentiate genogroups I and II and this showed that 92% of strains belonged to genogroup II.

  10. Efficacy of various single-dose regimens of ceftriaxone in ...

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    The therapeutic efficacy of single intramuscular doses of ceftriaxone (Rocephin; Roche) (62,S, 125 and 250 mg), administered without probenecid, was evaluated in 167 adult males with uncomplicated acute gonococcal urethritis. Cure rates of 100% were achieved at 62,5 mg and 250 mg. In the 125 mg dose group, ...

  11. Efficacy of various single-dose regimens of ceftriaxone in ...

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    1990-08-18

    Aug 18, 1990 ... The therapeutic efficacy of single intramuscular doses of ceftriaxone (Rocephin; Roche) (62,S, 125 and 250 mg), admini- stered without probenecid, was evaluated in 167 adult males with uncomplicated acute gonococcal urethritis. Cure rates of 100% were achieved at 62,5 mg and 250 mg. In the 125 mg.

  12. Development of Antidepressants as Novel Agents To Treat Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    2014-08-01

    obtained from the National Disease Research Inter- change program at the NIH. The tumor was digested with colla- genase and dispase (Roche). Cells were... Invitro - gen). Briefl y, trypsinized cells treated with the drugs in 2% serum at different time points were stained with 2.5 μmol/L Fluo-3AM for 30

  13. Comparison of commercial kits for the detection of antibody to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) in Nigeria.

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    Chikwem, J O; Mohammed, I; Ola, T O

    1990-03-01

    Four commercial kits for the detection of antibodies to HIV-1 were compared with regard to their sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value. The Wellcozyme competitive enzyme immunoassay was the least sensitive (62.5%), while Roche EIA, was the most sensitive (100%). All the commercial kits gave false negative results except the Roche EIA system. The Serodia particle agglutination test had the least positive predictive value of 26.9% while Roche EIA had the highest (88.9%). Our results show that commercial HIV-I antibody test kits are not equally sensitive in detecting positive sera. The practice of using Wellcozyme EIA alone for screening blood meant for transfusion should be discouraged because it does not detect all positive sera and might therefore increase the chances of transfusing HIV-I positive blood. The Roche EIA system appears to be the most reliable for screening blood. Test systems which detect HIV-2 should also be used for screening blood meant for transfusion.

  14. [Specificity of a new test for detection of antibodies to HIV-1/-2 in blood donors].

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    Saadé, C; Wüst, T

    1996-06-01

    The aim of the continuous development of anti-HIV-ELISA tests is the improvement of their specificity and sensitivity. With this study the precision and the specificity of the Cobas Core Anti-HIV-1/HIV-2 DAGS, a 3rd-generation anti-HIV assay, were evaluated. 1,557 frozen and 1,654 fresh sera from blood donors were tested with the Cobas Core Anti-HIV-1/HIV-2 DAGS (Roche Diagnostic Systems, Basel, Switzerland) and the Abbott Recombinant HIV-1/HIV-2 3rd Generation EIA (Abbott GmbH Diagnostika, Wiesbaden, Germany), which was used as a reference assay. Positive sera were tested with a Westernblot. 34 sera, previously not negative in the Abbott test, were retested with the two anti-HIV assays and with a Westernblot. The intra- and inter-assay precision was evaluated with the positive and negative controls of the test kits and with control sera. The intra- and inter-assay precision of the Roche test was very good. The specificity of the Roche test is 99.91%. Out of 3,211 tested sera those of three blood donors were false positive in the Roche test and one sample false positive in the Abbott test. The precision and specificity of the new anti-HIV test fulfil the demands of transfusion medicine.

  15. [Comparison of efficiency and cytotoxicity of different transfection reagents in transfecting RIP140-siRNA into Kupffer cells].

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    Li, Ji; Liu, Zuojin

    2015-12-01

    To compare the efficiency and cytotoxicity of different transfection reagents used in transfection of RIP140-siRNA into Kupffer cells to optimize the transfection conditions. Kupffer cells were transfected with RIP140-siRNA labeled with GFP as the reporter gene using lipofectamine 2000, Roche reagent (X-treme GENE siRNA Transfection Reagent) and puro screening lentivirus (1.0×10(8) TU/mL) as the transfection reagents. The transfection effect was observed under a fluorescent inverted microscope, and laser scanning confocal microscopy was used to analyze RIP140 expression in trasnfected Kupffer cells. Flow cytometry was performed to detect cell apoptosis, and CCK-8 test was used to evaluate the cell proliferation inhibition. RT-RCR and Western blotting were performed to detect the expressions of RIP140 mRNA and protein in the trasnfected cells. Puro screening lentivirus yielded the highest cell transfection efficiency, which exceeded 90%, followed by Roche reagent and then by lipofectamine 2000. Flow cytometry and CCK-8 test showed that the cytotoxicity was the mildest with Roche reagent, moderate with lentivirus, and severe with lipofectamine 2000. The cells trasnfected with lentivirus showed a significantly lower RIP140 expression than cells trasnfected with lipofectamine 2000 and Roche reagent (Ptransfection, as compared with the other two trasnfection reagents, can achieve good transfection efficiency with a relativelty low cytotoxicity, and allows for better controllability and stability of the trasnfectiion conditions.

  16. 77 FR 51935 - Adjustment of the Amount for the Optional Bond Rider for Proof of NVOCC Financial Responsibility...

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    2012-08-28

    ... of the bond '' Mohawk Global Logistics: Richard J. Roche submitted comments on behalf of Mohawk Global Logistics. Mohawk believes that the optional rider method of conducting business is ``a fair and... province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government or the State...

  17. Multimorbidity in a large district hospital: A descriptive cross ...

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    A descriptive cross-sectional study. S Roche ... The study included specific exploration into the HIV/tuberculosis (TB) syndemic, the acuity of HIV ..... increased length of stay in hospital. Patients with multiple diseases may have more complex management and require more resources. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. 6.0. Smoking. A.

  18. Reconnaissance Report for Hydropower Redevelopment at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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    1981-01-01

    Chairman Sugarman regarding the feasibility study on hydropower redevelopment at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan The Commission would appreciate being...United States Government in a timely fashion. Sincerely, David A. LaRoche Secretary United States Section cc: Wingate Lloyd, Department of State F-II-8

  19. False high level in total bilirubin estimation in nonicteric serum

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    reagents in next three days. Repeated estimations by Roche reagents showed falsely very high level of total bilirubin. However, estimation by DiaSys and Randox reagents showed acceptable normal levels as per visual estimation. There was interference, most probably due to paraprotein in the estimation of total bilirubin ...

  20. Association of NFKB1A and microRNAs variations and the ...

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    2017-06-20

    Jun 20, 2017 ... bul University. The exclusion criteria included cancer, autoimmune diseases, severe kidney / hepatic disease and pregnancy. DNA isolation. For DNA isolation the blood was collected into EDTA- containing tubes and the DNA was extracted from periph- eral blood leukocytes using a commercial kit (Roche.

  1. A Phase I/II Study of Combination Neoadjuvant Hormone Therapy and Weekly OGX-011 Prior to Radical Prostatectomy in Patients with Localized Prostate Cancer

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    2006-08-01

    15. SUBJECT TERMS Prostate Cancer, Clusterin, Antisense Oligonucleotide, Mthoxyethyl Gapmer 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF...alkaline phosphatase- Fab fragment (Roche Ap- plied Science, Penzberg, Germany) diluted 1:100 was applied, and after two 10-minute washes and...PerkinElmer Applied Biosystems, Branchburg, NJ) and 20 units of Moloney murine leukemia virus reverse transcriptase (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA). The

  2. Attitudes to organ donation among some urban South African ...

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    To repeat the 1993 survey as far as possible and determine whether public attitudes to organ donation in some South African ... Generally attitudes to organ donation have not changed since 1993, remaining positive among the study population. ..... with field work, as well as Astellas Transplant and Roche for unrestricted.

  3. Detection and genotype of high-risk human papillomavirus in fine-needle aspirates of patients with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma is helpful in determining tumor origin.

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    Baldassarri, Rebecca; Aronberg, Ryan; Levi, Angelique W; Yarbrough, Wendell G; Kowalski, Diane; Chhieng, David

    2015-05-01

    Recent studies have shown that human papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with a certain subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC)-namely, those arising in the oropharynx. The objective of this study is to determine the efficacy, detection, and genotype of high-risk (HR) HPV using the Roche cobas 4800 system (Roche Molecular System, Pleasanton, CA). Forty-two fine-needle aspirate (FNA) specimens from 37 patients with cervical (n = 36) or mediastinal (n = 5) lymphadenopathy or a left parapharyngeal mass (n =1) were included in this prospective study. HR-HPV testing was performed on residual FNA material after direct smear preparation and, if positive, was further delineated into HPV 16/18 genotypes using the Roche cobas 4800 system. Follow-up included review of histologic material and/or electronic health records. Among those HNSCCs that were positive for HR-HPV, 18 (100%) of 18 originated from the oropharynx, whereas only two (13%) of 15 HR-HPV-negative HNSCCs originated from the oropharynx (χ(2) test, P detection and genotyping can be performed on lymph node FNAs with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma using the Roche cobas 4800 system. The presence of HR-HPV and/or HPV 16 is a reliable indicator of the metastatic squamous cell carcinoma originating from the oropharynx. Copyright© by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

  4. Antid aq iabetic queous c activ s leaf e ity and extract d acute t of Ve ...

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    CHEK, Roche, USA). Food consumption, water intake and urine volume were similarly evaluated daily. The rats were considered diabetic when the blood glucose level was raised above 200 mg/100 mL of blood (Cetto et al., 2000) after 3 days post-alloxan administration. All of the animal experiments adhered to the Ethical.

  5. Original Researc Original Research

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    Monsanto tablet hardness tester. Friability was determined on ten tablets in a Roche friabilator for 4 min at 25 rpm (Veerareddy and Vemula, 2012). For estimation of drug content, ten tablets were crushed, and the aliquot of powder equivalent to 50 mg of drug was dissolved in suitable quantity of methanol/0.1 N HCl solution.

  6. First-line chemoimmunotherapy with bendamustine and rituximab versus fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab in patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL10)

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    Eichhorst, Barbara; Fink, Anna-Maria; Bahlo, Jasmin

    2016-01-01

    pronounced in patients older than 65 years. INTERPRETATION: The combination of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab remains the standard front-line therapy in fit patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, but bendamustine and rituximab is associated with less toxic effects. FUNDING: Roche Pharma...

  7. An Indicator of Informal Empire: Patterns of U.S. Navy Cruising on Overseas Stations, 1869-1897.

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    1980-09-01

    only if they constantly developed new markets for their surplus products and venture capi- tal. Their industrial sectors also needed reliable sources of...Review 01 01 Roche tor and the Canter for Naval Anlys liasamsim asd $ sutilities , Vol. LXI. No. 3, Augus -Te Graduat Schism of Msame. Unnerstsy of im p

  8. Nonlinear Time Series Analysis via Neural Networks

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    Volná, Eva; Janošek, Michal; Kocian, Václav; Kotyrba, Martin

    This article deals with a time series analysis based on neural networks in order to make an effective forex market [Moore and Roche, J. Int. Econ. 58, 387-411 (2002)] pattern recognition. Our goal is to find and recognize important patterns which repeatedly appear in the market history to adapt our trading system behaviour based on them.

  9. Short Communication: The effect of feed presentation on the ...

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    Yolk colour was read using the Roche Yolk Colour Fan (R). The shells were washed and sun dried for three days before the weight and shell thickness were measured. Results obtained indicated that feed presentation has a significant effect on the performance, litter quality, economic analysis and egg quality parameters of ...

  10. Evaluation of NGAL TestTM on Cobas 6000

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    Hansen, Young B L; Damgaard, Anette; Poulsen, Jørgen H

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) is a promising biomarker for acute kidney injury (AKI). Our objectives were to evaluate the NGAL Test(TM) from Bioporto for both urine NGAL and plasma NGAL on the Cobas 6000 c501 (Roche Diagnostics, Rotkreuz, Switzerland) with matched...

  11. Evaluation of a radioimmunoassay (/sup 125/I) kit for cannabinoid metabolites in urine and whole blood

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    Childs, P.S.; McCurdy, H.H.

    The Abuscreen kit (Roche Diagnostics) for the analysis of 11-nor-..delta../sup 9/-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid and other cannabinoids in urine was evaluated in terms of its accuracy, reproducibility, and sensitivity. A procedure is also presented for the analysis of total cannabinoids in whole blood using the RIA kit.

  12. Glass and Ethnicity in the Struggle for Power——The Failure of ...

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    smoking marihuana,14 dn'nking beer and using 'Roche' .(a very strong sedative). At night they walk around the neighbourhood, le quartier, look for some place to go, often une veillée or wake, where they start to. ' harass people. They dance and they urinate and defecate in front of everybody, a provocatively obscene act.

  13. Bos taurus indicus (Nelore) hybrid assembly improvement using PacBio reads

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    A de novo genome assembly of Bos taurus indicus sub-species, specifically a Nelore bull, has been developed using a multi-platform sequencing strategy. Genome sequence data for assembly (>120 Gb) was produced from Roche FLX454 and Illumina GAIIx platforms using paired-end reads from long (5 and 20 ...

  14. Reference Intervals of Serum Sodium, Potassium, and Chlorine in Chinese Han Population and Comparison of Two ISE Methods.

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    Jia, Keke; Zhang, Chuanbao; Huang, Xianzhang; Wang, Lanlan; Hao, Xiaoke; Mu, Runqing; Pan, Baishen; Zhang, Jie; Chen, Wenxiang; Xu, Ning; Li, Guixing; Ma, Yueyun; Ma, Ming; Guo, Wei; Shang, Hong

    2015-05-01

    Currently there are no reference intervals (RIs) of sodium (Na), potassium (K), and chlorine (Cl) on Chinese population. Two kinds of ion-selective electrode (ISE) methods were commonly used to determine K, Na, and Cl levels in China, the difference between these two methods needs to be evaluated. A total of 4,524 healthy participants (1,916 males and 2,608 females) between 20-79 years old from six cities in China were selected by strict criteria. Serum K, Na, and CL were tested on Roche Modular analyzers in six assigned laboratories. According to EP-9A2, using Roche Modular analyzer (indirect ISE) as comparative method, Olympus AU 5400 analyzer (indirect ISE) and Johnson&Johnson Fusion 5.1 analyzer (direct ISE) were evaluated. In Chinese population, the RIs for K, Na, and CL are 3.6-5.2, 136-146, and 99-110 mmol/l, respectively. Compared to the Roche indirect ISE method, Johnson direct ISE method showed a positive bias; and Olympus indirect ISE method just showed a very slight bias. The RIs of K, Na, and Cl of Han Chinese healthy adult population were found to be smaller than those provided by the manufacturer. By a criteria of biological variations for CV, the differences of Na and K between Roche analyzer and Johnson analyzer were not acceptable for clinical application, while the differences of Na, K, and Cl between Roche and Olympus analyzers were acceptable for clinical application. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Cystatin C- and creatinine-based estimates of renal function and their value for risk prediction in patients with acute coronary syndrome: results from the PLATelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) study.

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    Åkerblom, Axel; Wallentin, Lars; Larsson, Anders; Siegbahn, Agneta; Becker, Richard C; Budaj, Andrzej; Himmelmann, Anders; Horrow, Jay; Husted, Steen; Storey, Robert F; Asenblad, Nils; James, Stefan K

    2013-09-01

    The estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) independently predicts cardiovascular death or myocardial infarction (MI) and can be estimated by creatinine and cystatin C concentrations. We evaluated 2 different cystatin C assays, alone or combined with creatinine, in patients with acute coronary syndrome. We analyzed plasma cystatin C, measured with assays from Gentian and Roche, and serum creatinine in 16 279 patients from the PLATelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial. We evaluated Pearson correlation and agreement (Bland-Altman) between methods, as well as prognostic value in relation to cardiovascular death or MI during 1 year of follow up by multivariable logistic regression analysis including clinical variables, biomarkers, c-statistics, and relative integrated discrimination improvement (IDI). Median cystatin C concentrations (interquartile intervals) were 0.83 (0.68-1.01) mg/L (Gentian) and 0.94 (0.80-1.14) mg/L (Roche). Overall correlation was 0.86 (95% CI 0.85-0.86). The level of agreement was within 0.39 mg/L (2 SD) (n = 16 279). The areas under the curve (AUCs) in the multivariable risk prediction model with cystatin C (Gentian, Roche) or Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration eGFR (CKD-EPI) added were 0.6914, 0.6913, and 0.6932. Corresponding relative IDI values were 2.96%, 3.86%, and 4.68% (n = 13 050). Addition of eGFR by the combined creatinine-cystatin C equation yielded AUCs of 0.6923 (Gentian) and 0.6924 (Roche) with relative IDI values of 3.54% and 3.24%. Despite differences in cystatin C concentrations, overall correlation between the Gentian and Roche assays was good, while agreement was moderate. The combined creatinine-cystatin C equation did not outperform risk prediction by CKD-EPI.

  16. Organizing some very tenuous things: Resonant structures in Saturn's faint rings

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    Hedman, M. M.; Burns, J. A.; Tiscareno, M. S.; Porco, C. C.

    2009-07-01

    Images of the dusty rings obtained by the Cassini spacecraft in late 2006 and early 2007 reveal unusual structures composed of alternating canted bright and dark streaks in the outer G ring (∼170,000 km from Saturn center), the inner Roche Division (∼138,000 km) and the middle D ring (70,000-73,000 km). The morphology, locations and pattern speeds of these features indicate that they are generated by Lindblad resonances. The structure in the G ring appears to be generated by the 8:7 Inner Lindblad Resonance with Mimas. Based in part on the morphology of the G ring structure, we develop a phenomenological model of Lindblad-resonance-induced structures in faint rings, where the observed variations in the rings' optical depth and brightness are due to alignments and trends in the particles' orbital parameters with semi-major axis. To reproduce the canted character of these structures, this model requires a term in the equations of motion that damps eccentricities. Using this model to interpret the structures in the D ring and Roche Division, we find that the D-ring patterns mimic those predicted at 2:1 Inner Lindblad Resonances and the Roche Division patterns look like those expected at 3:4 Outer Lindblad Resonances. As in the G ring, the effective eccentricity-damping timescale is of order 10-100 days, suggesting that free eccentricities are strongly damped by some mechanism that operates throughout all these regions. However, unlike in the G ring, perturbation forces with multiple periods are required to explain the observed patterns in the D ring and Roche Division. The strongest perturbation periods occur at 10.53, 10.56 and 10.74 hours (only detectable in the D ring) and 10.82 hours (detectable in both the D ring and Roche division). These periods are comparable to the rotation periods of Saturn's atmosphere and magnetosphere. The inferred strength of the perturbation forces required to produce these patterns (and the absence of evidence for other resonances

  17. Population-based evaluation of type-specific HPV prevalence among women in British Columbia, Canada.

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    Ogilvie, G S; Cook, D A; Taylor, D L; Rank, C; Kan, L; Yu, A; Mei, W; van Niekerk, D J; Coldman, A J; Krajden, M

    2013-02-04

    British Columbia (BC) introduced a school-based HPV vaccine program in September 2008. As part of the HPV vaccine program evaluation, we determined the type-specific HPV prevalence in a population-based sample of women presenting for routine cervical cancer screening in the province. From June 2010 to February 2011, a total of 1100 physicians from all health regions in BC were invited to return ten sequential cytobrushes used during routine office-based Pap screening to the Provincial Health Services Authority Laboratories for HPV type-specific testing. Client age was the only identifier provided. Specimens were screened by the Digene Hybrid Capture(®) 2 High-Risk (hr) HPV DNA Test (HC2). HC2 positive specimens were then genotyped using the Roche cobas(®) 4800 HPV Test, the Roche Linear Array (LA) HPV Genotyping Test and the Digene(®) HPV Genotyping LQ Test. Overall, 12.2% of the 4330 specimens with valid HC2 results were hrHPV positive. Age range was 15-69 (median 39.0). By age group, the proportion HC2 hrHPV positive was: 15-19, 25.7%; 20-24, 33.2%; 25-29, 21.9%; 30-34, 12.6%; 35-39, 9.5%; 40-44, 8.4%; ≥45, 3.4%. Overall hrHPV prevalence was 10.1% by Roche cobas(®) 4800, 10.5% by Roche LA and 10.3% by Digene LQ. For HPV 16/18, rates by age group by Roche LA were: 15-19, 5.1%/2.8%; 20-24, 9.5%/3.9%; 25-29, 6.2%/1.0%; 30-34, 2.4%/1.7%; 35-39, 1.2%/1.0%; 40-44, 1.6%/0.2%; ≥45, 0.3%/0.2%. Similar HPV 16/18 rates were obtained with the Digene LQ and Roche cobas(®) 4800 methods. Agreement between the three genotyping methods for HPV 16 and 18 was high. Comparable to other evaluations, hrHPV positivity was highest among younger women and HPV 16 was the most frequent genotype detected. These baseline estimates will be useful for monitoring the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine in BC. Type-specific analyses repeated at regular intervals over time may determine whether the use of HPV vaccine results in hrHPV genotype replacement in the province. Copyright © 2012

  18. [Prevalence of hepatitis C virus and excessive consumption of alcohol in a nonhospital worker population].

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    Prieto Domingo, J J; Carrión Bolaños, J A; Bandrés Moya, F

    1997-12-01

    The aim of the study was to know the prevalence of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a non hospital work population by ELISA 3.0 and PCR-Amplicor, as well as its relationship with excessive alcohol intake (more than 280 g/week in men and 168 g/week in women). A transversal seroepidemiologic study was carried out in 1,109 workers of the Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, S.A. (ENDESA). During the annual medical examinations (April 1993-October 1994) the amount of alcoholic beverages each worker had consumed over the 7 days prior to the medical examination was obtained by anamnesis together with a blood sample for different laboratory tests. Sixteen percent of the workers had had excessive alcohol intake. The prevalence of anti HCV antibodies in the study population was 2.4% being up to 4.6% in the workers declaring excessive alcohol consumption and 10.4% if they also presented an elevation in any of the transaminases. The prevalence of the potentially ineffective workers was 1.46%. The prevalence of anti C antibodies by ELISA 3.0 was greater than expected (2.4%) significantly increasing in the population group which declared excessive alcohol intake, thereby demonstrating the relationship between alcohol and hepatitis C.

  19. Rapid assessment of sexually transmitted diseases in a sentinel population in Thailand: prevalence of chlamydial infection, gonorrhoea, and syphilis among pregnant women--1996.

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    Kilmarx, P H; Black, C M; Limpakarnjanarat, K; Shaffer, N; Yanpaisarn, S; Chaisilwattana, P; Siriwasin, W; Young, N L; Farshy, C E; Mastro, T D; St Louis, M E

    1998-06-01

    To determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among pregnant women in Thailand, where case reporting suggests a marked decrease in STDs following a campaign promoting condom use during commercial sex. Cross sectional study of women at their first visit to the study hospitals' antenatal clinics in Chiang Rai (n = 500) and Bangkok (n = 521). First catch urine specimens were tested for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae using the Amplicor CT/NG polymerase chain reaction assay. Syphilis and HIV serological testing were performed in the study hospitals' laboratories. The prevalence of chlamydial infection was 5.7%, gonorrhoea 0.2%, and syphilis 0.5% (all VDRL or RPR titres were gestational age at first antenatal clinic visit, but was not associated with marital status, gravidity, city of enrollment, or HIV infection status. There was a low prevalence of gonorrhoea and syphilis among these pregnant women in Thailand. Chlamydial infection was detected at a higher prevalence, especially among younger women and women registering later for antenatal care. Testing of pregnant women using easily collected urine specimens and a sensitive nucleic acid amplification assay is a feasible method of rapidly assessing chlamydial and gonococcal prevalence.

  20. Isotretinoin: controversies, facts, and recommendations.

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    Bauer, Lindsey B; Ornelas, Jennifer N; Elston, Dirk M; Alikhan, Ali

    2016-11-01

    Since it was introduced to the market by Hoffman-La Roche (Roche) in 1982, isotretinoin has remained the most effective treatment for severe and recalcitrant acne. However, it has also been surrounded by controversy due to its teratogenicity and inconsistent associations with depression, suicidality, inflammatory bowel disease, increases in lipid levels, and elevated transaminases. Areas covered: In this article, we reviewed data regarding safety of isotretinoin and its association with these conditions. A thorough and comprehensive search on the topics was performed using pubmed and google scholar. Expert commentary: Despite common misperceptions, there is weak evidence for increased incidence of depression, suicidality, or inflammatory bowel disease with isotretinoin use. Furthermore, data indicates that transient increases in transaminases and lipid levels do not typically necessitate discontinuation of therapy. We hope to provide clinicians with information necessary to have meaningful discussions with patients regarding the safety and efficacy of isotretinoin.

  1. Le grès ferrugineux de Puisaye : provenance et utilisation architecturale

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    Lucile Subtil

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available L’objectif de cette étude était de définir le faciès du grès ferrugineux de Puisaye ainsi que ses zones d’exploitation, puis de déterminer l’utilisation architecturale de cette roche dans les édifices monumentaux (XIe au XVIe siècle et d’en définir les aires de diffusion.Cette roche est issue d’intercalations gréseuses et locales à l’intérieur de l’importante formation détritique de l’Albien (Crétacé inférieur. Cet ensemble forme une écharpe, d’orientation sud-ouest - nord-est entre l’Yonne...

  2. Biosimilars lining up to compete with Herceptin--opportunity knocks.

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    Nelson, Kevin M; Gallagher, Patrick C

    2014-11-01

    Trastuzumab is a monoclonal antibody developed by Genentech as a treatment for breast cancer and gastric cancer when the cancer cells overexpress HER2, a membrane-bound receptor activated by epidermal growth factor. Now marketed by Roche under the trade name Herceptin, trastuzumab has been readily adopted as treatment for some of the most invasive types of breast cancer. The cost for Herceptin is over $50,000 for a full course of treatment. With the development of regulatory pathways for biosimilar products, and the imminent expiry of patents covering Herceptin, several companies have developed biosimilar trastuzumab products. As biosimilar manufacturers look for opportunities to market biosimilar trastuzumab products, Roche has positioned itself to protect its market by developing additional anti-HER2 products complementary to Herceptin. The advent of competition from biosimilars should bring some opportunity for cost savings for patients, as well as incentive for continued advancement in development of better treatments to fight breast cancer.

  3. Les Basaltes de l’Atlas de Béni-Mellal (Haut Atlas Central, Maroc) : un Volcanisme Transitionnel Intraplaque Associé aux Stades de L’évolution Géodynamique du Domaine Atlasique

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    Jaouad Guezal; Mohamed El Baghdadi; Ahmed Barakat

    2013-01-01

    Les roches basaltiques de l’Atlas de Béni-Mellal (Haut-Atlas Central, Maroc), mises en place, dans les différents bassins synclinaux de la région, se manifestent en deux horizons volcaniques B1 et B2. Les deux événements éruptifs sont d’âge Jurassique moyen pour les coulées de l’horizon B1 et d’âge Crétacé inférieur pour celles de l’horizon B2. Les roches sont caractérisées par un faciès des basaltes à olivines. La composition de leurs clinopyroxènes est marquée par deux tendances...

  4. Singular Reduction and Quantization

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    Meinrenken, E; Meinrenken, Eckhard; Sjamaar, Reyer

    1997-01-01

    Consider a compact prequantizable symplectic manifold M on which a compact Lie group G acts in a Hamiltonian fashion. The ``quantization commutes with reduction'' theorem asserts that the G-invariant part of the equivariant index of M is equal to the Riemann-Roch number of the symplectic quotient of M, provided the quotient is nonsingular. We extend this result to singular symplectic quotients, using partial desingularizations of the symplectic quotient to define its Riemann-Roch number. By similar methods we also compute multiplicities for the equivariant index of the dual of a prequantum bundle, and furthermore show that the arithmetic genus of a Hamiltonian G-manifold is invariant under symplectic reduction.

  5. Trace determination of ethyl methanesulfonate in Viracept 250 mg tablets by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Rebiere, H; Maggio, A-F; Gimeno, P; Levaillant, D; Civade, C; Bonnet, P-A; Tissier, M-H

    2008-02-01

    Ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) is a potential human mutagenic and carcinogenic compound which has been found by Roche laboratories in nelfinavir mesylate, the active pharmaceutical ingredient of Viracept. In order to verify the quality of the medicinal product, a gas chromatographic method using mass spectrometry detection was developed for the trace analysis of EMS in Viracept 250 mg tablets from Roche laboratories. Combined with suitable sample preparation including a liquid/liquid extraction this method allows the EMS quantification with a reporting limit of 5 ppm. The extract is injected on a gas chromatographic system with a CP624-CB capillary column. Selected Ion Monitoring mode was used for the EMS quantification. Some validation elements of the method are reported. The validation study was performed over a range from 5 ppm to 100 ppm.

  6. The orbital light curve of PSR 1957 + 20

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    Callanan, Paul J.; van Paradijs, Jan; Rengelink, Roeland

    1995-02-01

    We make a detailed study of the optical light curve of PSR 1957 + 20. We show that the deep, smooth, and symmetrical modulation can be successfully modeled by a higl irradiated secondary. Two types of models are consistent with the data: (] a secondary close to filling its Rochhe lobe with 10%-20% of the incident flux converted to optical emission, and (2) a secondary considerably underfilling its Roche lobe, with a high degree of beaming of the neutron star flux. however, the second model canbe rejected on the basis of current estimates of the extinction toward 1957 + 20. The proximity of the photosphere of the secondary to its Roche lobe facilitates mass loss by irradiation. Our ignorance of the (nonirradiated) luminosity of the secondary allows us to place only weak constraints on the inclination -50-80 deg. There is no evidence in the light curve for optical emission from any source in PSR 1957 + 20 other than the secondary itself.

  7. Functional and Celluar Assessment of Limited Remyelination in the Cuprizone Model

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    2012-01-01

    usually  amount  of                          animals  in  analysis)     Nes  –  nestin   NBT /BCIP...antibody  (Roche,  Indianapolis,  IN),  and  a  subsequent  reaction  with   NBT /BCIP   substrate  (DAKO,  Carpinteria

  8. Étude hydrogéochimique des eaux des aquifères de fractures du ...

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    Les eaux souterraines de la région sont bicarbonatées calciques (93,75%) et chlorurées calciques (6,25%). On note dans l'ensemble que les eaux des aquifères de fractures sont sous-saturées en calcite et en dolomite. La minéralisation des eaux souterraines de la région a pour origine, l'altération des roches, l'hydrolyse ...

  9. Compound 49b Reduces Inflammatory Markers and Apoptosis after Ocular Blast Injury

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    2015-11-01

    100L to block FcRII/III (clone 93; BioLegend), which minimizes non-specific binding of the primary antibodies and in turn inhibits endocytosis ...between gene expression measurements from our samples for the primers we validated, and a standard curve. In this study, we used CT values ranging from...Plates were analyzed on a Roche LightCycler ® 480. All measurements were made in replicates of 3. Relative quantification was performed using CT

  10. Development and Evaluation of Up-Converting Phosphor Technology-Based Lateral Flow Assay for Quantitative Detection of NT-proBNP in Blood.

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    Yang, Xiaoli; Liu, Liping; Hao, Qingfang; Zou, Deyong; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zhang, Liping; Li, Hongmei; Qiao, Yong; Zhao, Huansheng; Zhou, Lei

    2017-01-01

    A newly assay, up-converting phosphor technology-based lateral flow (UPT-LF) assay, was developed for rapid and quantitative detection of N-terminal fragment of B-type natriuretic peptide precursor (NT-proBNP), one of the most important serum molecular maker of heat failure, in plasma samples as a point of care testing (POCT) method for diagnosis of acute heart failure. Human plasma from 197 patients with acute heart failure and 200 healthy controls was assessed using the UPT-LF assay, in a comparison with a Roche Elecsys assay. The limit of detection of the UPT-LF assay, with a coefficient of variation (CV) of less than 15%, was 116 ng/L, which is lower than the clinical diagnosis cutoff (150 ng/mL). The linear range was 50-35,000 ng/L. The CVs were less than 10% for both UPT-LF and Roche Elecsys assays for plasma samples under different storages, demonstrating the good stability and reproducibility. There are certain linear correlations between the results of UPT-LF and Roche Elecsys assay for EDTA-K2 and heparin-anticoagulated plasma, as well as for serum samples. For UPT-LF assay, there is a significant correlation between the values derived from analysis of EDTA-K2 and heparin-anticoagulated plasma samples (R = 0.995). No statistically significant difference was found between serum and plasma samples for UPT-LF assay. Our results demonstrate that NT-proBNP levels in healthy adults are elevated with age and had a relationship with sex, and with the age increase the NT-proBNP levels of females are significantly higher than those of males (pstability, sensitivity, specificity, and is consistent with Roche Elecsys assay, and therefore it could be used as a POCT method for the quantitative detection of NT-proBNP in blood for clinical diagnosis and research of acute heart failure.

  11. Leadership skills for nursing unit managers to decrease intention to leave

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    2015-01-01

    Michael A Roche,1 Christine Duffield,1,2 Sofia Dimitrelis,1 Belinda Frew1 1Centre for Health Services Management, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, 2Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia Aim: To examine specific elements of nursing leadership linked to intention to leave, in public acute care hospitals. Background: Nurse turnover is a global issue receiving widespread attention...

  12. The very short-period extreme mass ratio binary 75 Pegasi - Photometry and model

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    Martin, B.E.; Hube, D.P.; Brown, C. (King' s College, Edmonton (Canada) Alberta, University, Edmonton (Canada) Glenlea Astronomical Observatory (Canda) Manitoba, University, Winnipeg (Canada))

    1991-05-01

    The bright star 75 Peg is a close binary ellipsoidal variable with a short period (0.5021035-day) and an extreme mass ratio of 0.104 B, V, and R photometric data, along with previously published radial-velocity data, are analyzed; they suggest that the primary of the 75 Peg system may be, or is very close to, filling its critical Roche lobe. 11 refs.

  13. Microarray-based optimization to detect genomic deletion mutations

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We performed array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH analyses of five Arabidopsis thaliana mutants with genomic deletions ranging in size from 4 bp to >5 kb. We used the Roche NimbleGen Arabidopsis CGH 3 × 720 K whole genome custom tiling array to optimize deletion detection. Details of the microarray design and hybridization data have been deposited at the NCBI GEO repository with accession number GSE55327.

  14. Microarray-based optimization to detect genomic deletion mutations.

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    Belfield, Eric J; Brown, Carly; Gan, Xiangchao; Jiang, Caifu; Baban, Dilair; Mithani, Aziz; Mott, Richard; Ragoussis, Jiannis; Harberd, Nicholas P

    2014-12-01

    We performed array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) analyses of five Arabidopsis thaliana mutants with genomic deletions ranging in size from 4 bp to > 5 kb. We used the Roche NimbleGen Arabidopsis CGH 3 × 720 K whole genome custom tiling array to optimize deletion detection. Details of the microarray design and hybridization data have been deposited at the NCBI GEO repository with accession number GSE55327.

  15. 700-IJBCS-Article-Kouassi Koffi Dongo

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    Laboratoire d'Evaluation des Stocks(LES) et Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur- mer.30 p. N'da K., Christian DL, et Yao K. 2006. Croissance du rouget de roche Mullus surmuletus dans le nord du golfe de. Gascogne. Cybium, 30(1): 57-63. N'da K., Kouassi KD, N'goran Y. 2006. Pêche artisanale maritime et.

  16. ETUDE DE LA DISTRIBUTION DES CATIONS ECHANGEABLES

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    ces formations, la nature des phases minérales, les différentes phases de métamorphisme ayant affecté les corps minéralisés et les roches encaissantes, ainsi qu'une mise en évidence des différentes paragenèses entrant dans la composition des corps minéralisés [2,3]. Dans cette note, nous proposons la discussion de.

  17. 51 Étude hydrogéochimique des eaux des aquifères de fractures du ...

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    Sciences de la terre et des Ressources Minières (STRM) ; Laboratoire des Sciences et Techniques de l'Eau et ... dans l'ensemble que les eaux des aquifères de fractures sont sous-saturées en calcite et en dolomite. La minéralisation des eaux souterraines de la région a pour origine, l'altération des roches, l'hydrolyse des.

  18. 435-IJBCS-Article-Prof E D Fiogbe

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    de. Base, respectivement pour la physico-chimie et la bactériologie. Roche International (2000) a utilisé plusieurs méthodes pour mesurer les paramètres .... Tableau 1: Quantités de déchets solides et liquides recueillies. Lieu de provenance des déchets. Ordures ménagères. Eaux usées. % eaux usées déversées dans le.

  19. Vergennes: The Man Behind the Yorktown Victory,

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    Frenchmen to seek fame, and hopefully fortune, in Washington’s army. Some, such as the energetic Marie- Jean-Paul-Roch-Yves-Gilbert du Mothier, the Marquis de... LaFayette , made a valuable contribution. Many others were considerably less useful. 5 Regard- less of their individual merit, collectively they were...the futility of fleet action alone. Young LaFayette , returning to Paris in February 1779 obstensibly to prepare an expedition against Canada, was a

  20. Introductory note on Emergent Unconscious Knowledge Networks (Asygnodic Networks

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    Full Text Available This note introduces the following paper on the concept of Emergent Unconscious Knowledge Networks (Asygnodic Networks created by E. Roche and M. Blaine. The concept of asyngnosis explains a large number of diverse phenomena involving organizations, groups and decision making. It will present the genesis and definition of Asygnodic Networks and will focus on how they raise challenges to traditional theories of decision making and emerging social networks.

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    O157 is usually arisen during outbreak situations which are mostly finised tº consumptiºn of food of bovine origin ... Lane M, 1}Roche, Indianapolis U.S.A.); lanes 1-5, strains of E. coli O157 from food; lanes 6-8 isolates from the boy's stool ... This study was and TRUCK, M. (1966): Antibiotic supported in part ...

  2. Severe experimental folate deficiency in a human subject - a longitudinal investigation of red-cell folate immunoassay errors as megaloblastic anaemia develops.

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    Golding, Paul Henry

    2014-01-01

    The few published studies comparing results between commercial red-cell folate immunoassays have found significant differences. None have provided longitudinal data during the development of megaloblastic anaemia from severe folate deficiency. The objective was to produce longitudinal data, comparing results between three commercial immunoassays for red-cell folate, generated by means of severe experimental folate deficiency. This 58 year old male, initially replete in folate, used a folate-deficient diet to severely deplete himself of folate until overt megaloblastic anaemia developed. The Siemens Advia Centaur, Roche Elecsys 2010 and Beckman UniCel DxI 800 Access immunoassay systems were used, by different clinical pathology laboratories, to perform weekly assays for red-cell folate throughout the depletion stage. The results were analysed graphically four ways: comparison with lines of equality; number of standard deviations difference against the means; number of standard deviations difference over time; variation over time. There were very significant differences, varying with time and folate concentration, between the results reported by the three laboratories. The differences were greatest, up to 17 standard deviations, between the Siemens Advia Centaur and each of the other two systems. Of the 85 results comparing the Siemens Advia Centaur and the Roche Elecsys 2010, two were within the 99.9% confidence interval. Of the 91 results comparing the Siemens Advia Centaur and the Beckman UniCel DxI 800 Access, 22 were within the 99.9% confidence interval. Of the 83 results comparing the Beckman UniCel DxI 800 Access and the Roche Elecsys 2010, 37 were within the 99.9% confidence interval. Comparative longitudinal data from clinical pathology laboratories, produced during experimental folate deficiency, have exposed very significant differences in results between commercial red-cell folate immunoassays. One immunoassay, the Roche Elecsys 2010, failed to detect

  3. Discordant Diagnoses of Acute Myocardial Infarction due to the Different Use of Assays and Cut-Off Points of Cardiac Troponins

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    Lyck Hansen, Maria; Saaby, Lotte; Nybo, Mads

    2012-01-01

    receiving patients with suspected acute MI to gather information about the assay and cut-off value used. cTn was measured in blood samples from 574 patients enrolled into the Odense Chest Pain Biobank with 3 different assays: the 4th generation cTnT (cTnT(4th)), high-sensitivity cTnT (cTnT(hs); Roche...

  4. Identification of Early Response Genes in Human Peripheral Leukocytes Infected with Orientia tsutsugamushi: The Emergent of a Unique Gene Expression Profile for Diagnosis of O. tsutsugamush Infection

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    2010-01-01

    master SYBR green I kit (Roche Diagnostics , Indianapolis, Indiana). The 18S rRNA was used as control (house keeping gene, HKG) to normalize the raw real...2333 GDS 2362 GDS 2749 GDS 2756 GDS 2833 Leishmania major, Leishmania donovani, Toxoplasma gondii, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Burgia malyi...tsutaugamushi infection from other infections. It is thus plausible to construct a diagnostic platform based on these 22 genes along with necessary control

  5. Comportement différé des marnes du tunnel d'Arbus (France ...

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    to creep and swelling tests. Chafia Merah1* & Jean François Mathier2. 1Département de Génie Minier, Université de Tébessa, B.P. 12002, Tébessa, Algérie. 2Laboratoire de Mécanique des Roches, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Suisse. Soumis le : 26.03.2013. Révisé le : 26.01.2014. Accepté le : 09.04.

  6. Le Carrousel du temps : l'aventure du LHC est un voyage à travers le temps ....

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    1998-01-01

    Les découvertes archéologiques sur l'un des sites du LHC nous ramènent quelques 1700 ans en arrière. Les ingénieurs ont creusé la roche d'environ 208 à 144 millions d'années, et avec les collisions du LHC, le voyage aboutira à l'origine du temps lui même.

  7. Evidence for Two Hot-Jupiter Formation Paths

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    Nelson, Benjamin E.; Ford, Eric B.; Rasio, Frederic A.

    2017-09-01

    Disk migration and high-eccentricity migration are two well-studied theories to explain the formation of hot Jupiters. The former predicts that these planets can migrate up until the planet-star Roche separation ({a}{Roche}) and the latter predicts they will tidally circularize at a minimum distance of 2 {a}{Roche}. Considering long-running radial velocity and transit surveys have identified a couple hundred hot Jupiters to date, we can revisit the classic question of hot-Jupiter formation in a data-driven manner. We approach this problem using data from several exoplanet surveys (radial velocity, Kepler, HAT, and WASP) allowing for either a single population or a mixture of populations associated with these formation channels, and applying a hierarchical Bayesian mixture model of truncated power laws of the form {x}γ -1 to constrain the population-level parameters of interest (e.g., location of inner edges, γ, mixture fractions). Within the limitations of our chosen models, we find that the current radial velocity and Kepler sample of hot Jupiters can be well explained with a single truncated power-law distribution with a lower cutoff near 2 {a}{Roche}, a result that still holds after a decade, and γ =-0.51{+/- }0.200.19. However, the HAT and WASP data show evidence for multiple populations (Bayes factor ≈ {10}21). We find that 15{+/- }69 % reside in a component consistent with disk migration (γ =-0.04{+/- }1.270.53) and 85{+/- }96 % in one consistent with high-eccentricity migration (γ =-1.38{+/- }0.470.32). We find no immediately strong connections with some observed host star properties and speculate on how future exoplanet surveys could improve upon hot-Jupiter population inference.

  8. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Detection in Cytologic Specimens: Similarities and Differences of Available Methodology

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    Bihl, Michel P.; Tornillo, Luigi; Kind, Andr? B.; Obermann, Ellen; Noppen, Christoph; Chaffard, Rosemarie; Wynne, Patricia; Grilli, Bruno; Foerster, Anja; Terracciano, Luigi M.; Hoeller, Sylvia

    2017-01-01

    Accumulating evidence regarding the causative role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in a wide range of malignant and nonmalignant diseases highlights the importance of HPV testing. This study describes and discusses the efficacy and characteristics of 4 well-established and commercially available tests. Here, 181 cytologic specimens from cervical smears were analyzed using the HPV SIGN PQ (Diatech) and the Linear Array (Roche) method. Discrepant results were further studied with the Real Time Hi...

  9. Note sur un Lepidocyclina nouveau de Bornéo

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    Schlumberger, C.

    1899-01-01

    Les travaux des géologues hollandais et de quelques savants anglais nous ont déjà fait connaître un bon nombre de foraminifères fossiles de Java et de Borneo, mais il reste encore à glaner après eux. Je viens de trouver dans une roche calcaire de Borneo que Mons. MARTIN, professeur à Leiden, a bien

  10. Note sur deux espèces de Lepidocyclina des Indes Néerlandaises

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    Schlumberger, C.

    1899-01-01

    Je dois à l’obligeance de Monsieur K. MARTIN professeur de Géologie à l’Université de Leiden l’envoi pour ma collection de foraminifères de quelques doubles des roches rapportées de Java par Monsieur VERBEEK et j’ai eu la bonne fortune d’y rencontrer deux espèces d’Orbitoïdes du sous-genre

  11. 2567-IJBCS-Article-Amani Michel Kouassi

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    est qu'on y trouve à la fois des roches issues de l'orogenèse libérienne et des orogenèses les plus récentes (Burkinienne et Eburnéenne). Les formations rencontrées dans le domaine. Sassandra-Cavally (SASCA) sont les schistes, les micaschistes, les arkoses, les quartzites, les tufs métamorphiques, les metarhyolites, les.

  12. 42 Déformation et métamorphisme dans la partie centrale de la ...

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    La remontée diapirique de ces plutons cause la déformation et le métamorphisme des roches plus anciennes. Le second modèle montre que la convergence des blocs crustaux est à l'origine des forces qui donnent naissance à la déformation éburnéenne. L'analyse structurale a été menée au sein des formations ...

  13. 93 Occurrence et composition chimique de l'huile essentielle des ...

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    multiflora M. (thé de savane) selon le pH, les teneurs en Carbone, en Azote et. Phosphore du sol en ... Pour améliorer les productions quantitative et qualitative de l'huile essentielle de Lippia multiflora, plante adventice ..... 25,3 à 28,6 °C, et un bilan hydrique climatique déficitaire (-631 mm) sur 8 mois [29]. Les roches, à des.

  14. Hepatitis B and HIV co-infection is still treated using lamivudine-only ...

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    (RT PCR) using COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan. HBV Test, v2.0 by Roche, with a lower limit of quanti- fication (LLOQ) of 20 IU/mL. Patients were requested ... two arms, except for a trend to higher total Bilirubin in the HBsAg negative individuals and this is shown on. Table 3. Table 3. Comparison of liver panel among ...

  15. Feasibility Analysis For Heating Tribal Buildings with Biomass

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    Steve Clairmont; Micky Bourdon; Tom Roche; Colene Frye

    2009-03-03

    This report provides a feasibility study for the heating of Tribal buildings using woody biomass. The study was conducted for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. S&K Holding Company and TP Roche Company completed the study and worked together to provide the final report. This project was funded by the DOE's Tribal Energy Program.

  16. Exoplanet recycling in massive white-dwarf debris discs

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    Van Lieshout, Rik

    2017-06-01

    When a star evolves into a white dwarf, the planetary system it hosts can become unstable. Planets in such systems may then be scattered onto star-grazing orbits, leading to their tidal disruption as they pass within the white dwarf’s Roche limit. We study the massive, compact debris discs that may arrise from this process using a combination of analytical estimates and numerical modelling. The discs are gravitationally unstable, resulting in an enhanced effective viscosity due to angular momentum transport associated with self-gravity wakes. For disc masses greater than ~1026 g (corresponding to progenitor objects comparable to the Galilean moons), viscous spreading dominates over Poynting-Robertson drag in the outer parts of the disc. In such massive discs, mass is transported both in- and outwards. When the outward-flowing material spreads beyond the Roche limit, it coagulates into new (minor) planets in a process analogous to the ongoing formation of Saturn’s innermost moonlets. This process recycles a substantial fraction of the original disc mass (tens of percents), with the bulk of the mass locked in a single large body orbitting in a 2:1 mean-motion resonance with the Roche limit. As such, the recycling of a tidally disrupted super-Earth could yield an Earth-mass planet on a 10--20 hr orbit. For white dwarfs with a temperature below 6000-7000 K (corresponding to a cooling age of >1--2 Gyr), this orbit is located in the white dwarf’s habitable zone. The recycling process also creates a string of smaller bodies just outside the Roche limit. These may account for the collection of minor planets postulated to orbit white dwarf WD 1145+017.

  17. A Novel Approach to Assay DNA Methylation in Prostate Cancer

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    2016-10-01

    subsequently released by DTT treatment. The enriched DNA fragments were first purified by Micro Bio- Spin 6 spin columns (Bio- Rad) followed by MinElute...solution. Membranes were again washed 3 with TBST and ECL (GE Healthcare ) was added to the membrane and the signal was detected on film (GE Healthcare ...Roche) for 10min. Nuclei pellets were spinned down at 5,000 g for 5min, resuspended in nuclear lysis buffer and then incubated for another 10min

  18. Genetic Characterization of Zika Virus Strains: Geographic Expansion of the Asian Lineage

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    2012-02-28

    Unit, No. 6, Lima, Peru Introduction Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Spondweni serocomplex within the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae [1...Tube PT- PCR System (ROCHE, Mannheim, Germany) and primers designed against conserved sequences to produce overlapping genome segments using African...number EU545988). Purified DNA was then sequenced using the PCR primers and additional internal sequencing primers. The Applied Biosystems BigDye

  19. Whole genome sequencing of peach (Prunus persica L.) for SNP identification and selection.

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    Ahmad, Riaz; Parfitt, Dan E; Fass, Joseph; Ogundiwin, Ebenezer; Dhingra, Amit; Gradziel, Thomas M; Lin, Dawei; Joshi, Nikhil A; Martinez-Garcia, Pedro J; Crisosto, Carlos H

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    The application of next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatic scripts to identify high frequency SNPs distributed throughout the peach genome is described. Three peach genomes were sequenced using Roche 454 and Illumina/Solexa technologies to obtain long contigs for alignment to the draft 'Lovell' peach sequence as well as sufficient depth of coverage for 'in silico' SNP discovery. The sequences were aligned to the 'Lovell' peach genome released April 01, 2010 by the International Peach Genome Initiative (IPGI). 'Dr. Davis', 'F8, 1-42' and 'Georgia Belle' were sequenced to add SNPs segregating in two breeding populations, Pop DF ('Dr. Davis' × 'F8, 1-42') and Pop DG ('Dr. Davis' × 'Georgia Belle'). Roche 454 sequencing produced 980,000 total reads with 236 Mb sequence for 'Dr. Davis' and 735,000 total reads with 172 Mb sequence for 'F8, 1-42'. 84 bp × 84 bp paired end Illumina/Solexa sequences yielded 25.5, 21.4, 25.5 million sequences for 'Dr. Davis', 'F8, 1-42' and 'Georgia Belle', respectively. BWA/SAMtools were used for alignment of raw reads and SNP detection, with custom PERL scripts for SNP filtering. Velvet's Columbus module was used for sequence assembly. Comparison of aligned and overlapping sequences from both Roche 454 and Illumina/Solexa resulted in the selection of 6654 high quality SNPs for 'Dr. Davis' vs. 'F8, 1-42' and 'Georgia Belle', distributed on eight major peach genome scaffolds as defined from the 'Lovell' assembly. The eight scaffolds contained about 215-225 Mb of peach genomic sequences with one SNP/~ 40,000 bases. All sequences from Roche 454 and Illumina/Solexa have been submitted to NCBI for public use in the Short Read Archive database. SNPs have been deposited in the NCBI SNP database.

  20. Realization of High-temperature Superconductivity in Nano-carbon Materials and Its Application

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    in peer-reviewed journals, 1. T. Hashimoto , S. Kamikawa, J. Haruyama, D. Soriano, J. G. Pedersen, S. Roche “Tunneling magnetoresistance phenomena...Singapore 2014/10/21) ISBN-10: 9814303305 4. T. Hashimoto , S. Kamikawa, Y. Yagi, J. Haruyama, “Electronic Properties of Nanopore Edges of...narrow graphene nanoribbons”, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology 4:12 | doi: 10.5772/58466 (2014) 6. T. Hashimoto , S. Kamikawa, Y. Yagi, J. Haruyama

  1. Clinical implications for biochemical diagnostic thresholds of adrenal sufficiency using a highly specific cortisol immunoassay.

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    Kline, G A; Buse, J; Krause, R D

    2017-06-01

    Recent guidelines recommend a diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency when a stimulated peak cortisol level falls below 500nmol/L. This may not be valid using a highly specific cortisol immunoassay or liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LCMS/MS). We sought to determine the diagnostic threshold for adrenal insufficiency using a new and widely available, highly specific cortisol immunoassay. All patients having a dynamic test of adrenal reserve had results measured using the historical cortisol assay (Roche Cortisol) and the newer assay (Roche Cortisol II). Subjects were categorized according to the traditional assay (normal>500nmol/L) with clinical case adjudication where necessary. Results from Cortisol II assay were concomitantly measured along with cortisol levels measured by LCMS/MS. ROC curve analysis was performed to generate new diagnostic thresholds. The Roche Cortisol II compared favourably with measures by LCMS/MS, generating cortisol levels approximately 30% lower than the older immunoassay. Many normal subjects had peak cortisols as low as 300nmol/L with Cortisol II. The optimized diagnostic threshold for adrenal insufficiency was 350nmol/L with a sensitivity of 91% and specificity 97%. Use of the old diagnostic threshold with the Cortisol II assay would have inappropriately doubled the rate of patient-classification as adrenal insufficient. Transition to a more specific cortisol assay requires revision of diagnostic thresholds for dynamic tests of adrenal insufficiency. With the Roche Cortisol II assay, a cut-off of 350nmol/L should replace the traditional 500nmol/L although some healthy subjects may be very close to this level. Copyright © 2017 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. All rights reserved.

  2. A Search for Gene Fusions/Translocations in Breast Cancer

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    2013-11-01

    Expand High Fidelity protocol (Roche). PCR prod- ucts were digested with restriction endonuclease and ligated into the pcDNA3.1 vector (Invitrogen...proliferative activity. ATP8A2-Ψ expression found to be restricted to breast samples, the highest levels seen in a subset of breast cancer tissues and cell...overexpression was restricted to estrogen receptor- positive tumors and was mutually exclusive with ERBB2 overex- pression across all samples. Ectopic

  3. 1881-IJBCS-Article-Yao Woegan

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    L'Atakora, ensemble tectonisé et plissé, marqué par un épiderme quartzitique ;. - Le Dahoméen, ancien plateau enrasé par l'érosion différentielle, formé de roches métamorphiques (micaschistes et gneiss). Le climat est de type tropical humide en altitude et soudanien dans les plaines à saison pluvieuse d'avril à octobre et ...

  4. Caractéristiques pétrologiques et indices de minéralisation associés ...

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    Les microgranites sont formés de phénocristaux de feldspaths alcalins dans une matrice finement grenue de quartz, de feldspaths alcalins et de biotite. Ces microgranites renferment des septas d'orthogneiss de Dassa et sont recoupés par des filons de roches mafiques et de rhyolite d'épaisseur décimétrique à métrique.

  5. Un champ de cratères d'impact au sommet du Nkol Nyara à Leboudi ...

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    L'importance des fontes représentées par une couche et des veinules de verre de couleur noire recouvrant ou affectant des gneiss clairs à grenat et disthène la roche trame hébergeant ces cratères, rend compte d'un processus thermique lié à l'arrivée au sommet du Nkol Nyara, d'un essaim ou d'une pluie de minuscules ...

  6. Pulmão profundo – Reacção celular ao VIH

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    sido instituída terapêutica anti-retroviral, primeiro grupo, enquanto o segundo grupo incluía doentes com doença mais prolongada, com vários episódios infecciosos oportunistas e tratamento anti-retroviral, para além de outros esquemas terapêuticos. Métodos: Todos os doentes após, consentimento informado, foram submetidos a exame broncoendoscó-pico e LBA, após anestesia local da orofaringe e cordas vocais com lidocaína a 2%, sob monitorização cárdio-respiratória. O LBA foi efectuado com base nas alterações evidenciadas pela telerradiografia do tórax: lobo médio nas lesões difusas, ou outro brônquio segmentar correspondente a alterações radiológicas localizadas A determinação das cargas virais no líquido de lavagem broncoalveolar (LLBA, em 9 doentes, foi efectuada pela quantificação do ARN-VIH1, através de PCR-RT, nas primeiras 4horas após a colheita (sendo cada amostra centrifugada, procedendose posteriomente nas aliquo-tas do sobrenadante à congelação a menos 80 º C, até à extracção e amplificação dos ácidos nucleicos. Realizou-se igualmente, na totalidade da amostra, a determinação das viremias plasmáticas (14 doentes, a partir de amostras de sangue colhido em EDTA, com processa-mento ulterior (separação do plasma e congelamento a menos 80 ºC. A extração e amplificação dos ácidos nucleicos foi efectuada por um método automatizado Cobas Ampliprep/Cobas Amplicor HIV1 Monitor TM Test, version 1.5 Roche Diagnostic Systems. Este método permite a obtenção duma sequência de 155 nucleótidos situada numa região altamente conservada do gene gag. Os resultados foram observados numa escala numérica com uma variação dinâmica situada entre as 50 e 750 000 cópias de ARN VIH1/cm3, procedendo-se posterior-mente à sua conversão logarítmica. No LLBA (10 doentes e no sangue

  7. Heat Redistribution and Misaligned Orbit Models in PHOEBE

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    Horvat, Martin; Prsa, Andrej; Conroy, Kyle E.

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    Reflection and aligned Roche geometry have been long supported in modeling codes that synthesize light and radial velocity curves of eclipsing binary stars. However, recent advances in observational data, mostly in terms of precision and temporal baseline, demonstrated that the assumptions of these two effects are frequently violated. Reflection treatment neglected the energy absorbed by the irradiated star, and Roche geometry assumed aligned vectors of spin and orbital angular momentum. Observations of night- and day-side brightness variation of cooler stellar and substellar companions point to a clear deficiency in treating heat redistribution, and the break in symmetry of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect points to misaligned stellar spins w.r.t. orbital plane. The framework of existing codes did not allow for revising these effects while keeping the rest of the logic intact, which prompted a complete rewrite of the modeling code PHOEBE (PHysics Of Eclipsing BinariEs). Here we present the basic considerations and proof-of-concept examples of the revised reflection effect and misaligned spin-orbit support. Reflection has been extended with heat absorption and consequent redistribution, which can be local, longitudinal or global. Misaligned spin-orbit vectors are supported by deriving the equation of the Roche potential that allows misaligned rotational axes and are provided by the corresponding Euler angles. This research is supported by the NSF grant #1517474.

  8. A new Vitreoscilla filiformis extract grown on spa water-enriched medium activates endogenous cutaneous antioxidant and antimicrobial defenses through a potential Toll-like receptor 2/protein kinase C, zeta transduction pathway

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    Full Text Available Yann F Mahe,1 Marie-Jesus Perez,1 Charlotte Tacheau,1 Chantal Fanchon,2 Richard Martin,3 Françoise Rousset,1 Sophie Seite4 1L’Oreal Research and Innovation, Clichy, 2L’Oréal Research and Innovation, Chevilly Larue, 3L’Oréal Research and Innovation Tours, 4La Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Asnières, France Abstract: Vitreoscilla filiformis (VF biomass (VFB has been widely used in cosmetic preparations and shown to modulate the major inducible free-radical scavenger mitochondrial superoxide dismutase in skin cells. By adding La Roche-Posay (LRP thermal spring water to the VF culture medium, we obtained a biomass (LRP-VFB with a similar mitochondrial superoxide dismutase activation capacity to VF. Also, the new biomass more powerfully stimulated mRNA expression and antimicrobial peptides in reconstructed epidermis. Interestingly, a predictive computer model that analyzed transducing events within skin epidermal cells suggested that this protective activity may involve the Toll-like receptor 2/protein kinase C, zeta transduction pathway. Protein kinase C, zeta inhibition was effectively shown to abolish VFB-induced gene stimulation and confirmed this hypothesis. This thus opens new avenues for investigation into the improvement of skin homeostatic defense in relation to the control of its physiological microbiota and innate immunity. Keywords: innate skin defenses, TLR2, PKCz, La Roche-Posay, mitochondrial superoxide dismutase, SOD2

  9. AHP 37: ETHNICITY AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY ON THE NORTHEAST TIBETAN PLATEAU - SANCHUAN'S WEATHER MANAGEMENT RITUALS IN COMPARATIVE CONTEXT

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    Full Text Available What is the relationship between ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity? This paper is part of a broader project to investigate this question in the context of a region of supposed ethno-cultural rupture – the Sino-Tibetan Frontier. My investigations of ethnicity, culture, and language in this region (Roche 2011, 2014, 2015, Roche and Lcag mo tshe ring 2013, Roche and Stuart 2015 have focused on a population referred to as the Monguor or Tu. My work also aims to contribute to broader trends in the study of Tibet and ethnic minorities in China that look at the complex relations between ethnicity and diversity (Jinba Tenzin 2013, Chao 2012, Merriam 2012, Hayes 2014. My research has been inspired by Barth's (1969 critique of the 'Herderian trinity' of community, culture, and identity (Wimmer 2013. In contrast to the Romantic notion of bounded communities professing a common identity based on shared culture, Barth suggested that the landscape of cultural difference is frequently divided arbitrarily, with ethnic boundaries often placed between culturally similar groups. He therefore advises placing emphasis on boundary marking and maintenance over the 'cultural stuff' contained within ethnic bounds. Within this 'boundary paradigm', "Researchers would no longer study 'the culture' of ethnic group A or B, but rather how the ethnic boundary between A and B was inscribed onto a landscape of continuous cultural transitions" (Wimmer 2013:22-23. ...

  10. Evaluation of the new restandardized Abbott Architect 25-OH Vitamin D assay in vitamin D-insufficient and vitamin D-supplemented individuals.

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    Annema, Wijtske; Nowak, Albina; von Eckardstein, Arnold; Saleh, Lanja

    2017-09-19

    Recently, Abbott Diagnostics has restandardized the Architect 25(OH)D assay against the NIST SRM 2972. We have evaluated the analytical and clinical performance of the restandardized Architect 25(OH)D assay and compared its performance with a NIST-traceable liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method and the Roche total 25(OH)D assay in vitamin D-insufficient individuals before and after vitamin D3 supplementation. Frozen serum samples were obtained from 88 healthy subjects with self-perceived fatigue and vitamin D-insufficiency Architect 25(OH)D assay, LC-MS/MS, and Roche assay. The Architect 25(OH)D assay showed an intra- and inter-assay imprecision of Architect assay with the LC-MS/MS method showed a good correlation in both vitamin D-insufficient and vitamin D-supplemented subjects, however, with a negative mean bias of 17.4% and 8.9%, respectively. As compared to the Roche assay, the Abbott assay underestimated 25(OH)D results in insufficient subjects (Architect 25(OH)D method and LC-MS/MS. The routine use of the restandardized Architect 25(OH)D results in a slight underestimation of circulating total 25(OH)D levels at lower concentrations and thus potential misclassification of vitamin D status. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Evaluation of a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay using analyte-specific reagents for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage.

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    Fodrie, Tina Y; Allen, Stephen D; Blue, Deborah E; Gary, Patty; Cheng, Liang

    2009-12-01

    To validate a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that is capable of accommodating 30 patient samples in a single batch without compromising the level of sensitivity and specificity associated with PCR testing. A real-time PCR analyte-specific reagent (ASR) assay was compared to conventional culture methods using dual swab samples collected from the nares of 151 patients. Of the 151 specimens, 49 (32%) were positive for MRSA by PCR, whereas 40 (26%) were positive by culture methods. The Roche LightCycler 2.0 (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.) and its associated ASRs were capable of analyzing 30 patient samples and 2 controls in data suggest that 4-10% of our patient specimens harbor both coagulase negative Staphylococcus and S aureus in the same sample. Samples such as this are reflexed to culture, only 24% of which contain MRSA. Efficiency in the laborato-ry was greatly improved. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 100%, 92%, 82% and 100%, respectively. The Roche LightCycler 2.0 PCR platform is a sensitive and efficient screening method for determining the nasal carriage of MRSA with a rapid turnaround time in the clinical laboratory.

  12. The history of benzodiazepines.

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    Wick, Jeannette Y

    2013-09-01

    After more than 50 years of experience with benzodiazepines, the American health care system has a love-hate relationship with them. In 1955, Hoffmann-La Roche chemist Leo Sternbach serendipitously identified the first benzodiazepine, chlordiazepoxide (Librium). By 1960, Hoffmann-La Roche marketed it as Librium, and it pursued molecular modifications for enhanced activity. Valium (diazepam) followed in 1963. Hoffmann-La Roche's competitors also began looking for analogues. Initially, benzodiazepines appeared to be less toxic and less likely to cause dependence than older drugs. A specific improvement was their lack of respiratory depression, a safety concern with barbiturates. Medical professionals greeted benzodiazepines enthusiastically at first, skyrocketing their popularity and patient demand. In the mid-to-late 1970s, benzodiazepines topped all "most frequently prescribed" lists. It took 15 years for researchers to associate benzodiazepines and their effect on gamma-aminobutyric acid as a mechanism of action. By the 1980s, clinicians' earlier enthusiasm and propensity to prescribe created a new concern: the specter of abuse and dependence. As information about benzodiazepines, both raising and damning, accumulated, medical leaders and legislators began to take action. The result: individual benzodiazepines and the entire class began to appear on guidelines and in legislation giving guidance on their use. Concurrently, clinicians began to raise concerns about benzodiazepine use by elderly patients, indicating that elders'lesser therapeutic response and heightened sensitivity to side effects demanded prescriber caution. The benzodiazepine story continues to evolve and includes modern-day issues and concerns beyond those ever anticipated.

  13. VOLUME 1: ASIAN HIGHLANDS PERSPECTIVES

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    Full Text Available Amdo Tibetan Tongue Twisters Blo rtan rdo rje, Charles Kevin Stuart, and Gerald Roche……....7 An Amdo Tibetan Village New Year Trance Medium Ritual Dpal ldan bkra shis and Charles Kevin Stuart …..…...........…53 Calling Back the Lost na53 mʑi53 Tibetan Soul Libu Lakhi, Charles Kevin Stuart, and Gerald Roche ..…........65 Dying Hunters, Poison Plants, and Mute Slaves: Nature and Tradition in Contemporary Nuosu Yi Poetry Mark Bender........................................................................117 The Ĕrsū Shābā Pictographic Writing System Sūn Hóngkāi [translated by Mtsho mo skyid and Gerald Roche with an introduction by Thomas Roche and Gerald Roche] ………............……………………........……..…..159 The Fourth Belmang: Bodhisattva, Estate Lord, Tibetan Militia Leader, and Chinese Government Official Paul K Nietupski …………….….…….….…….…………187 The Horse With Two Saddles: Tamxhwe in Modern Golok Fernanda Pirie ….………........……………………..…………..213 Seating, Money, and Food at an Amdo Village Funeral Rin chen rdo rje and Charles Kevin Stuart ..….…....….…..….237 The Seng ze Village Ma Ni Dkon mchog dge legs and Charles Kevin Stuart ……..….….295 Tibetan Life and Tibetological Discourse: Differences and Recommendations Gerald Roche, Nag tshang grub rgyal, and Mtsho mo skyid…313 A Response to Ways and the Syntax of Noun Phrases in Qīnghăi Chinese Dialects Keith Dede .……..….….….…..……..…..….….…………331 Photo Essay Photo Essayto Essay to Essay Lazi (Lab rtse Construction in Karmatang (Skar ma thang Village Tshe mdo ………………..……..….…….………………..349 Review Wutun. By J Janhunen, M Peltomaa, E Sandman, and Xiawudongzhuo. Keith Slater ….….….……..………...….…..….….….…...367 Story God-door Tshe dpag rnam rgyal ………….….….….…..….….….….373

  14. Performance of HBsAg quantification assays for detection of Hepatitis B virus genotypes and diagnostic escape-variants in clinical samples.

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    Thibault, Vincent; Servant-Delmas, Annabelle; Ly, Thoai Duong; Roque-Afonso, Anne-Marie; Laperche, Syria

    2017-04-01

    The impact of hepatitis B virus (HBV) genomic variability on the measurement of HBsAg level has been poorly evaluated. This study was designed to compare the performance of all the available assays measuring HBsAg level in this setting. A large selection of wild type HBV genotypes (n=184) and HBsAg strains harboring mutations in the S gene (n=81) from clinical samples was studied with three HBsAg quantification assays: Architect HBsAg (Abbott), LiaisonXL Murex HBsAg Quant (DiaSorin) and the Elecsys HBsAgII (Roche). The overall percentage of positive results was 99.2% for Abbott, 98.9% for DiaSorin and 98.1% for Roche. Abbott and Roche assays provided an excellent concordance in HBsAg quantification (global mean bias of -0.006 logIU/mL). By contrast, DiaSorin underestimated HBsAg level with values 0.112 logIU/ml and 0.103 logIU/ml lower than Abbott and Roche, respectively. By contrast, DiaSorin slightly over quantified gtC (2.5% over the expected value) while Abbott provided values 6.2% lower than expected and 16.2% lower than what observed for the other genotypes. HBsAg quantitative assays were influenced by HBs protein substitutions irrespective to the genotype but no specific protein pattern that would particularly impair the quantification by one technique has been identified. However, Roche seemed to be particularly impacted by substitutions at 145 residue: 75% of under quantified samples carried a substituted 145 residue. This head-to-head comparison indicates a good correlation between all current systems used to quantify HBsAg but clearly shows an influence of both the genotype and the presence of "a" determinant variants in the absolute quantification of HBsAg. While these discrepancies may not translate into major clinical consequence, they may explain an absence of detection of weak concentration of HBsAg on some systems. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Hepatitis B virus DNA in patients with HBsAg in south western Nigeria.

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    Odaibo, Georgina N; Ola, S O; Olaleye, O D

    2013-02-01

    There are about 400 million people with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection worldwide with a potential of adverse sequelae including hepatocellular carcinoma. Recent data have shown that the level of HBV DNA in serum or plasma of an infected person probably reflects more accurately the replicative activity of the virus and therefore may serve as a better maker for management of the infection. This study was designed to determine the rate of detection of HBV DNA in blood samples of patients with HBsAg positive in Nigeria in comparison with the HBe and anti-HBe used widely as serological markers of infectivity. Plasma samples from 105 patients with HBsAg positive were tested for the presence of HBeAg and anti-HBe using a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay while plasma HBV DNA was quantified using the COBAS Amplicor HBV Monitor assay. Of the 105 HBsAg samples, 17 (16.2%) and 85 (81%) were positive for HBeAg and anti-HBe, respectively, while 8 (7.6%) were negative for both HBeAg and anti-HBe. HBV DNA was detected in 86 (81.9%) of the samples, out of which 15 (18.1%) and 67 (80.7%) were positive for HBeAg and anti-HBe, respectively. HBV DNA was detected in 78.4% of the HBeAg negative samples and in all the eight samples that were negative for both HBeAg and anti-HBe. The implication of these findings in the management of patients with HBV infection is compelling. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Performance characteristics of the TRUGENE HIV-1 Genotyping Kit and the Opengene DNA Sequencing System.

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    Kuritzkes, Daniel R; Grant, Robert M; Feorino, Paul; Griswold, Marshal; Hoover, Marie; Young, Russell; Day, Stephen; Lloyd Jr, Robert M; Reid, Caroline; Morgan, Gillian F; Winslow, Dean L

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    The TRUGENE HIV-1 Genotyping Kit and OpenGene DNA Sequencing System are designed to sequence the protease (PR)- and reverse transcriptase (RT)-coding regions of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) pol. Studies were undertaken to determine the accuracy of this assay system in detecting resistance-associated mutations and to determine the effects of RNA extraction methods, anticoagulants, specimen handling, and potentially interfering substances. Samples were plasma obtained from HIV-infected subjects or seronegative plasma to which viruses derived from wild-type and mutant infectious molecular clones (IMC) of HIV-1 were added. Extraction methods tested included standard and UltraSensitive AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR, QIAGEN viral RNA extraction mini kit, and QIAGEN Ultra HIV extraction kit, and NASBA manual HIV-1 quantitative NucliSens. Sequence data from test sites were compared to a "gold standard" reference sequence to determine the percent agreement. Comparisons between test and reference sequences at the nucleotide level showed 97.5 to 100% agreement. Similar results were obtained regardless of extraction method, regardless of use of EDTA or acid citrate dextrose as anticoagulant, and despite the presence of triglycerides, bilirubin, hemoglobin, antiretroviral drugs, HIV-2, hepatitis C virus (HCV), HBV, cytomegalovirus, human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), or HTLV-2. Samples with HIV-1 RNA titers of >or=1,000 copies/ml gave consistent results. The TRUGENE HIV-1 Genotyping Kit and OpenGene DNA Sequencing System consistently generate highly accurate sequence data when tested with IMC-derived HIV and patient samples.

  17. Human papillomavirus prevalence among indigenous and non-indigenous Australian women prior to a national HPV vaccination program

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    Condon John R

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Indigenous women in Australia have a disproportionate burden of cervical cancer despite a national cervical screening program. Prior to introduction of a national human papilloma virus (HPV vaccination program, we determined HPV genotype prevalence by Indigenous status and residence in remote areas. Methods We recruited women aged 17 to 40 years presenting to community-based primary health services for routine Pap screening across Australia. A liquid-based cytology (LBC cervical specimen was tested for HPV DNA using the AMPLICOR HPV-DNA test and a PGMY09/11-based HPV consensus PCR; positive specimens were typed by reverse hybridization. We calculated age-adjusted prevalence by weighting to relevant population data, and determined predictors of HPV-DNA positivity by age, Indigenous status and area of residence using logistic regression. Results Of 2152 women (655 Indigenous, prevalence of the high-risk HPV genotypes was similar for Indigenous and non-Indigenous women (HPV 16 was 9.4% and 10.5%, respectively; HPV 18 was 4.1% and 3.8%, respectively, and did not differ by age group. In younger age groups, the prevalence of other genotypes also did not differ, but in those aged 31 to 40 years, HPV prevalence was higher for Indigenous women (35% versus 22.5%; P Conclusion Although we found no difference in the prevalence of HPV16/18 among Australian women by Indigenous status or, for Indigenous women, residence in remote regions, differences were found in the prevalence of risk factors and some other HPV genotypes. This reinforces the importance of cervical screening as a complement to vaccination for all women, and the value of baseline data on HPV genotype prevalence by Indigenous status and residence for the monitoring of vaccine impact.

  18. Association between ocular bacterial carriage and follicular trachoma following mass azithromycin distribution in The Gambia.

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    Sarah E Burr

    Full Text Available Trachoma, caused by ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection, is the leading infectious cause of blindness, but its prevalence is now falling in many countries. As the prevalence falls, an increasing proportion of individuals with clinical signs of follicular trachoma (TF is not infected with C. trachomatis. A recent study in Tanzania suggested that other bacteria may play a role in the persistence of these clinical signs.We examined associations between clinical signs of TF and ocular colonization with four pathogens commonly found in the nasopharnyx, three years after the initiation of mass azithromycin distribution. Children aged 0 to 5 years were randomly selected from 16 Gambian communities. Both eyes of each child were examined and graded for trachoma according to the World Health Organization (WHO simplified system. Two swabs were taken from the right eye: one swab was processed for polymerase chain reaction (PCR using the Amplicor test for detection of C. trachomatis DNA and the second swab was processed by routine bacteriology to assay for the presence of viable Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus and Moraxella catarrhalis. Prevalence of TF was 6.2% (96/1538 while prevalence of ocular C. trachomatis infection was 1.0% (16/1538. After adjustment, increased odds of TF were observed in the presence of C. trachomatis (OR = 10.4, 95%CI 1.32-81.2, p = 0.03, S. pneumoniae (OR = 2.14, 95%CI 1.03-4.44, p = 0.04 and H. influenzae (OR = 4.72, 95% CI 1.53-14.5, p = 0.01.Clinical signs of TF can persist in communities even when ocular C. trachomatis infection has been controlled through mass azithromycin distribution. In these settings, TF may be associated with ocular colonization with bacteria commonly carried in the nasopharnyx. This may affect the interpretation of impact surveys and the determinations of thresholds for discontinuing mass drug administration.

  19. Trichomonas vaginalis treatment reduces vaginal HIV-1 shedding.

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    Kissinger, Patricia; Amedee, Angela; Clark, Rebecca A; Dumestre, Jeanne; Theall, Katherine P; Myers, Leann; Hagensee, Michael E; Farley, Thomas A; Martin, David H

    2009-01-01

    Vaginal HIV-1 shedding has been associated with Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) infection and could play a role in HIV transmission. The purpose of the study was to examine if effective TV treatment reduces the presence of vaginal HIV-1 RNA. TV+ women attending an HIV outpatient clinic in New Orleans, LA, who resolved infection (n = 58) and TV-negative controls (n = 92), matched on antiretroviral therapy (ART) were examined and interviewed at baseline, 1, and 3 months. TV status was tested by culture and the amount of cell free HIV-1 RNA in the vaginal fluids was determined by the Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor ultrasensitive assay. : Most women (81.3%) were black and the mean age was 37.5 (SD 8.7). At baseline, 46.0% had plasma HIV-1 RNA >/=10,000 copies/mL, 26.4% had CD4<200 cells/muL, 54.7% were taking ART, and only 26.0% had detectable HIV-1 RNA in their vaginal fluids. TV-positive women who were effectively treated for TV were less likely to shed HIV vaginally at 3-months post-treatment compared to baseline (R.R. 0.34, 95% CI: 0.12-0.92, P = 0.03), whereas there was no change for TV-negative women. This study provides additional support that reducing TV infection among HIV-positive women may have an impact on the prevention of HIV transmission. Reasons for the delayed treatment effect and the effect on cervical shedding need further investigation.

  20. HCV clearance patterns in saliva and serum of patients with chronic HCV infection under interferon plus ribavirin therapy.

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    Diz Dios, P; Castro, A; Rodríguez, I; Reforma, N G; Castro, M; Eirea, M; Hermida, M

    2005-05-01

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-RNA is often present in saliva of HCV-infected patients, with plasma viral load being the only known predictable factor. Interferon plus ribavirin therapy yields a sustained reduction in HCV viremia. This study aimed to assess the presence of HCV in saliva and serum specimens from patients undergoing this combination therapy (CT). Paired serum and saliva specimens were collected from 44 chronic HCV-infected patients at basal time, 4 and 12 weeks after CT onset, at the end of treatment and 6 months latter. Serum HCV-RNA levels were determined by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Amplicor system. Presence of HCV-RNA in saliva was tested by a highly sensitive non-commercialized nested-PCR. The HCV-RNA was detected in 26 saliva specimens at basal time (59.1%). In 34.1% of cases, a concordance viral clearance pattern in serum and saliva was observed in both responders (pattern 1a) and non-responders (pattern 1b). In pattern 2 (13.6% of cases), HCV was detected longer during CT in serum than in saliva (pattern 2a) or in saliva than in serum (pattern 2b). In 11.3% of patients, viral clearance was corroborated either in their serum (pattern 3a) or in their saliva (pattern 3b), but not in both fluids. Of the eight primary responders with 1a clearance pattern, seven were sustained responders. None of the patients with 2a clearance pattern was a sustained responder. Of the two primary responders showing the 3b salivary pattern, one had already relapsed in the first 6 months of follow up. The present results suggest that the monitoring of salivary levels of HCV would be a helpful means of determining sustained antiviral effects of interferon and ribavirin in the treatment of HCV disease.

  1. FORMATION OF CENTAURS’ RINGS THROUGH THEIR PARTIAL TIDAL DISRUPTION DURING PLANETARY ENCOUNTERS

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    Hyodo, Ryuki; Charnoz, Sébastien [Institut de Physique du Globe, F-75005 Paris, France (France); Genda, Hidenori [Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8550 (Japan); Ohtsuki, Keiji [Department of Planetology, Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501 (Japan)

    2016-09-01

    Centaurs are minor planets orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune that have or had crossing orbits with one or more giant planets. Recent observations and reinterpretation of previous observations have revealed the existence of ring systems around 10199 Chariklo and 2060 Chiron. However, the origin of the ring systems around such a minor planet is still an open question. Here, we propose that the tidal disruption of a differentiated object that experiences a close encounter with a giant planet could naturally form diverse ring–satellite systems around the Centaurs. During the close encounter, the icy mantle of the passing object is preferentially ripped off by the planet's tidal force and the debris is distributed mostly within the Roche limit of the largest remnant body. Assuming the existence of a 20−50 wt% silicate core below the icy mantle, a disk of particles is formed when the objects pass within 0.4–0.8 of the planet's Roche limit with the relative velocity at infinity 3−6 km s{sup −1} and 8 hr initial spin period of the body. The resultant ring mass is 0.1%–10% of the central object's mass. Such particle disks are expected to spread radially, and materials spreading beyond the Roche limit would accrete into satellites. Our numerical results suggest that ring formation would be a natural outcome of such extreme close encounters, and Centaurs can naturally have such ring systems because they cross the orbits of the giant planets.

  2. Chronological constraints on the Holocene glacier dynamics of the Argentière Glacier (Mont Blanc massif, France) based on cosmogenic nuclide dating

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    Protin, Marie; Schimmelpfennig, Irene; Mugnier, Jean-Louis; Ravanel, Ludovic; Deline, Philip; Le Roy, Melaine; Moreau, Luc; Aster Team

    2017-04-01

    While reconstruction of glacier fluctuations during the Holocene provides important information about the glacier response to natural climate change, it is still a challenge to accurately constrain chronologies of past glacier advances and retreats. Moraine deposits and roches moutonnées represent valuable geomorphic markers of advanced glacier extensions, while the currently ongoing glacier melt uncovers proglacial bedrock that can be used as a new archive to investigate the durations when a glacier was in retreated position during the Holocene. Our study focuses on the Mont-Blanc massif (MBM), located in the Western Alps and hosting some of the largest glaciers of Europe. Chronologies of Holocene glacier fluctuations in this area are still sparse, even if recent studies considerably improved the temporal reconstruction of Holocene advances of some glaciers in the MBM and locations near-by (e.g. Le Roy et al., 2015). Here we present preliminary 10Be exposure ages obtained from moraine boulders, roches moutonnées and pro- and subglacial bedrock in the area of the Argentière Glacier, located on the north-western flank of the MBM. The ages of moraine boulders and roche moutonnée surfaces outboard of the investigated moraines suggest that the Early Holocene deglaciation of this area started around 11 ka ago. Also, 10Be measurements of recently deglaciated bedrock surfaces indicate that the glacier was at a position at least as retracted as today for a minimum duration of 7 ka throughout the Holocene. The 10Be measurement of one sample from a surface that is currently still covered by 60 m of ice suggests that the glacier was shorter than today for at least a duration of 3 ka. These first results will soon be completed with in situ 14C measurements, which will allow us to quantify and take into account subglacial erosion rates and thus to more accurately determine the cumulative duration of pro- and subglacial bedrock exposure during the Holocene.

  3. Comparative evaluation of three automated systems for DNA extraction in conjunction with three commercially available real-time PCR assays for quantitation of plasma Cytomegalovirus DNAemia in allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Bravo, Dayana; Clari, María Ángeles; Costa, Elisa; Muñoz-Cobo, Beatriz; Solano, Carlos; José Remigia, María; Navarro, David

    2011-08-01

    Limited data are available on the performance of different automated extraction platforms and commercially available quantitative real-time PCR (QRT-PCR) methods for the quantitation of cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in plasma. We compared the performance characteristics of the Abbott mSample preparation system DNA kit on the m24 SP instrument (Abbott), the High Pure viral nucleic acid kit on the COBAS AmpliPrep system (Roche), and the EZ1 Virus 2.0 kit on the BioRobot EZ1 extraction platform (Qiagen) coupled with the Abbott CMV PCR kit, the LightCycler CMV Quant kit (Roche), and the Q-CMV complete kit (Nanogen), for both plasma specimens from allogeneic stem cell transplant (Allo-SCT) recipients (n = 42) and the OptiQuant CMV DNA panel (AcroMetrix). The EZ1 system displayed the highest extraction efficiency over a wide range of CMV plasma DNA loads, followed by the m24 and the AmpliPrep methods. The Nanogen PCR assay yielded higher mean CMV plasma DNA values than the Abbott and the Roche PCR assays, regardless of the platform used for DNA extraction. Overall, the effects of the extraction method and the QRT-PCR used on CMV plasma DNA load measurements were less pronounced for specimens with high CMV DNA content (>10,000 copies/ml). The performance characteristics of the extraction methods and QRT-PCR assays evaluated herein for clinical samples were extensible at cell-based standards from AcroMetrix. In conclusion, different automated systems are not equally efficient for CMV DNA extraction from plasma specimens, and the plasma CMV DNA loads measured by commercially available QRT-PCRs can differ significantly. The above findings should be taken into consideration for the establishment of cutoff values for the initiation or cessation of preemptive antiviral therapies and for the interpretation of data from clinical studies in the Allo-SCT setting.

  4. Survey of the Applications of NGS to Whole-Genome Sequencing and Expression Profiling

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    Jong-Sung Lim

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the technologies of DNA sequence variation and gene expression profiling have been used widely as approaches in the expertise of genome biology and genetics. The application to genome study has been particularly developed with the introduction of the next-generation DNA sequencer (NGS Roche/454 and Illumina/Solexa systems, along with bioinformation analysis technologies of whole-genome de novo assembly, expression profiling, DNA variation discovery, and genotyping. Both massive whole-genome shotgun paired-end sequencing and mate paired-end sequencing data are important steps for constructing de novo assembly of novel genome sequencing data. It is necessary to have DNA sequence information from a multiplatform NGS with at least 2× and 30× depth sequence of genome coverage using Roche/454 and Illumina/Solexa, respectively, for effective an way of de novo assembly. Massive short-length reading data from the Illumina/Solexa system is enough to discover DNA variation, resulting in reducing the cost of DNA sequencing. Whole-genome expression profile data are useful to approach genome system biology with quantification of expressed RNAs from a whole-genome transcriptome, depending on the tissue samples. The hybrid mRNA sequences from Rohce/454 and Illumina/Solexa are more powerful to find novel genes through de novo assembly in any whole-genome sequenced species. The 20× and 50× coverage of the estimated transcriptome sequences using Roche/454 and Illumina/Solexa, respectively, is effective to create novel expressed reference sequences. However, only an average 30× coverage of a transcriptome with short read sequences of Illumina/Solexa is enough to check expression quantification, compared to the reference expressed sequence tag sequence.

  5. Traceability Assessment and Performance Evaluation of Results for Measurement of Abbott Clinical Chemistry Assays on 4 Chemistry Analyzers.

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    Lim, Jinsook; Song, Kyung Eun; Song, Sang Hoon; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Koo, Sun Hoe; Kwon, Gye Choel

    2016-05-01

    -The traceability of clinical results to internationally recognized and accepted reference materials and reference measurement procedures has become increasingly important. Therefore, the establishment of traceability has become a mandatory requirement for all in vitro diagnostics devices. -To evaluate the traceability of the Abbott Architect c8000 system (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, Illinois), consisting of calibrators and reagents, across 4 different chemistry analyzers, and to evaluate its general performance on the Toshiba 2000FR NEO (Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Otawara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Japan). -For assessment of traceability, secondary reference materials were evaluated 5 times, and then bias was calculated. Precision, linearity, and carryover were determined according to the guidelines of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (Wayne, Pennsylvania). -The biases from 4 different analyzers ranged from -2.33% to 2.70% on the Toshiba 2000FR NEO, -2.33% to 5.12% on the Roche Hitachi 7600 (Roche Diagnostics International, Basel, Switzerland), -0.93% to 2.87% on the Roche Modular, and -2.16% to 2.86% on the Abbott Architect c16000. The total coefficients of variance of all analytes were less than 5%. The coefficients of determination (R(2)) were more than 0.9900. The carryover rate ranged from -0.54% to 0.17%. -Abbott clinical chemistry assays met the performance criteria based on desirable biological variation for precision, bias, and total error. They also showed excellent linearity and carryover. Therefore, these clinical chemistry assays were found to be accurate and reliable and are readily applicable on the various platforms used in this study.

  6. A spectroscopic study of anomalous stellar populations in M67

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    McGahee, Courtney Elizabeth

    A population of stars exists in the old, open cluster M67, whose photometry, color magnitude diagram locations and associated evolutionary states cannot be explained by current, standard single star evolution theory. These stars are often referred to as "yellow straggler" stars. Yellow stragglers have been identified in multiple star clusters suggesting that these stars constitute a real population. Additionally, according to independent studies, at least some of the yellow straggler stars in M67 are likely cluster members. Therefore, cluster non-membership is not a sufficient explanation for the observed anomalous photometry of these stars. It is possible that the yellow stragglers occupy their precarious color magnitude diagram positions as a result of the evolution of mass transfer blue straggler stars. These are stars which have been formed by Roche Lobe overflow mass transfer in close binary systems. If this the case for the yellow stragglers, it is hypothesized that they could potentially exhibit two spectroscopic characteristics that can be indicative of this type of mass transfer system. Specifically, variable radial velocities can be used to indicate that the yellow stragglers exist in binary systems and enhancements of s-process elements in yellow stragglers can indicate Roche Lobe overflow mass transfer from a once asymptotic giant branch star which has since evolved into a white dwarf. This dissertation details the radial velocity survey and the chemical abundance analysis that have been conducted to investigate the yellow stragglers with regard to this hypothesis. The radial velocity survey revealed that eight of the ten yellow stragglers studied exhibit variable radial velocities indicating that the yellow straggler population of M67 possess a high binary frequency. However, the chemical abundance analysis revealed that none of the yellow stragglers exhibited enhancements of the s-process elements Y and Ba. Therefore, a history which involves Roche

  7. Comparison of the elecsys HBsAg II assay and the architect assay for quantification of hepatitis B surface antigen in chronic hepatitis B patients.

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    Liao, Chen-Chih; Hsu, Chao-Wei; Gu, Po-Wen; Yeh, Chau-Ting; Lin, Shi-Ming; Chiu, Cheng-Tang

    2015-01-01

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the infections with a highest prevalence in Taiwan. The most important marker is hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Using the new generation of HBsAg quantitative assay, HBsAg level may have good correlation with viral activity during different phases of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. This study was conducted to compare two assays of HBsAg level to find if the same results are obtained in HBsAg quantification in treatment-naïve and on-treatment chronic hepatitis B patients. Between March 2012 and June 2012, 90 patients with chronic hepatitis B (68 males and 22 females) were assessed using Abbott Architect HBsAg QT and Roche Elecsys HBsAg II assay. HBV DNA was detected by Roche COBAS TaqMan instrument. HBsAg level measured with Elecsys and Architect assays correlated well in untreated patients (n = 53, γs = 0.997) and on-treatment patients (n = 37, γs = 0.988). Bland-Altman analyses of the discrepancies in HBsAg levels showed a bias of -4.2% in untreated patients and -6.2% in on-treatment patients. Patients with HBeAg-postive chronic hepatitis B had higher HBsAg level than the ones who were HBeAg negative, and both showed statistical differences. Further, HBV DNA concentration analysis also showed higher viral concentration in HBeAg-positive patients, but it revealed no statistical difference. There is a significant correlation between Abbott Architect HBsAg QT assay and Roche Elecsys HBsAg II assay. Moreover, HBsAg quantification may potentially provide complementary information about the deduction of the natural course in chronic hepatitis B infection.

  8. Performance of an Early Infant Diagnostic Test, AmpliSens DNA-HIV-FRT, Using Dried Blood Spots Collected from Children Born to Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Mothers in Ukraine.

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    Chang, Joy; Tarasova, Tetyana; Shanmugam, Vedapuri; Azarskova, Marianna; Nguyen, Shon; Hurlston, Mackenzie; Sabatier, Jennifer; Zhang, Guoqing; Osmanov, Saladin; Ellenberger, Dennis; Yang, Chunfu; Vitek, Charles; Liulchuk, Maria; Nizova, Natalya

    2015-12-01

    An accurate accessible test for early infant diagnosis (EID) is crucial for identifying HIV-infected infants and linking them to treatment. To improve EID services in Ukraine, dried blood spot (DBS) samples obtained from 237 HIV-exposed children (≤18 months of age) in six regions in Ukraine in 2012 to 2013 were tested with the AmpliSens DNA-HIV-FRT assay, the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan (CAP/CTM) HIV-1 Qual test, and the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 Qualitative assay. In comparison with the paired whole-blood results generated from AmpliSens testing at the oblast HIV reference laboratories in Ukraine, the sensitivity was 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.95 to 1.00) for the AmpliSens and Roche CAP/CTM Qual assays and 0.96 (95% CI, 0.90 to 0.98) for the Abbott Qualitative assay. The specificity was 1.00 (95% CI, 0.97 to 1.00) for the AmpliSens and Abbott Qualitative assays and 0.99 (95% CI, 0.96 to 1.00) for the Roche CAP/CTM Qual assay. McNemar analysis indicated that the proportions of positive results for the tests were not significantly different (P > 0.05). Cohen's kappa (0.97 to 0.99) indicated almost perfect agreement among the three tests. These results indicated that the AmpliSens DBS and whole-blood tests performed equally well and were comparable to the two commercially available EID tests. More importantly, the performance characteristics of the AmpliSens DBS test meets the World Health Organization EID test requirements; implementing AmpliSens DBS testing might improve EID services in resource-limited settings. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  9. Evaluating new HbA1c methods for adoption by the IFCC and NGSP reference networks using international quality targets.

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    Lenters-Westra, Erna; English, Emma

    2017-08-28

    As a reference laboratory for HbA1c, it is essential to have accurate and precise HbA1c methods covering a range of measurement principles. We report an evaluation of the Abbott Enzymatic (Architect c4000), Roche Gen.3 HbA1c (Cobas c513) and Tosoh G11 using different quality targets. The effect of hemoglobin variants, other potential interferences and the performance in comparison to both the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) reference systems was assessed using certified evaluation protocols. Each of the evaluated HbA1c methods had CVs <3% in SI units and <2% in NGSP units at 46 mmol/mol (6.4%) and 72 mmol/mol (8.7%) and passed the NGSP criteria when compared with six secondary reference measurement procedures (SRMPs). Sigma was 8.6 for Abbott Enzymatic, 3.3 for Roche Cobas c513 and 6.9 for Tosoh G11. No clinically significant interference was detected for the common Hb variants for the three methods. All three methods performed well and are suitable for clinical application in the analysis of HbA1c. Partly based on the result of this study, the Abbott Enzymatic method on the Architect c4000 and the Roche Gen.3 HbA1c on the Cobas c513 are now official, certified IFCC and NGSP SRMPs in the IFCC and NGSP networks. Sigma metrics quality criteria presented in a graph distinguish between good and excellent performance.

  10. Tidal stripping of stars near supermassive black holes

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    Blandford R.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In a binary system composed of a supermassive black hole and a star orbiting the hole in an equatorial, circular orbit, the stellar orbit will shrink due to the action of gravitational radiation, until the star fills its Roche lobe outside the Innermost Stable Circular Orbit (ISCO of the hole or plunges into the hole. In the former case, gas will flow through the inner Lagrange point (L1 to the hole. If this tidal stripping process happens on a time scale faster than the thermal time scale but slower than the dynamical time scale, the entropy as a function of the interior mass is conserved. The star will evolve adiabatically, and, in most cases, will recede from the hole while filling its Roche lobe. We calculate how the stellar equilibrium properties change, which determines how the stellar orbital period and mass-transfer rate change through the “Roche evolution” for various types of stars in the relativistic regime. We envisage that the mass stream eventually hits the accretion disc, where it forms a hot spot orbiting the hole and may ultimately modulate the luminosity with the stellar orbital frequency. The ultimate goal is to probe the mass and spin of the hole and provide a test of general relativity in the strong-field regime from the resultant quasi-periodic signals. The observability of such a modulation is discussed along with a possible interpretation of an intermittent 1 hour period in the X-ray emission of RE J1034+ 396.

  11. Multicenter evaluation of Seegene Anyplex TB PCR for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in respiratory specimens.

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    Lim, Jinsook; Kim, Jimyung; Kim, Jong Wan; Ihm, Chunhwa; Sohn, Yong-Hak; Cho, Hyun-Jung; Kim, Jayoung; Koo, Sun Hoe

    2014-07-01

    Culture is the gold standard for diagnosis of tuberculosis, but it takes 6 to 8 weeks to confirm the result. This issue is complemented by the detection method using polymerase chain reaction, which is now widely used in a routine microbiology laboratory. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Seegene Anyplex TB PCR to assess its diagnostic sensitivity and specificity, and compared its results with the Roche Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR, one of the most widely used assays in the world. Five university hospitals located in the Chungcheong area in South Korea participated in the study. A total of 1,167 respiratory specimens ordered for acid-fast bacilli staining and culture were collected for four months, analyzed via the Seegene Anyplex TB PCR, and its results were compared with the Roche Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR. For detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of the Anyplex TB PCR were 87.5% and 98.2% respectively, whereas those of the Cobas TaqMan were 92.0% and 98.0% respectively (p value > 0.05). For smear-positive specimens, the sensitivity of the Anyplex TB PCR was 95.2%, which was exactly the same as that of the Cobas TaqMan. For smear-negative specimens, the sensitivity of the Anyplex TB PCR was 69.2%, whereas that of the Cobas TaqMan TB PCR was 84.6%. For detection of MTB, the Seegene Anyplex TB PCR showed excellent diagnostic performance, and high sensitivity and specificity, which were comparable to the Roche Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR. In conclusion, the Anyplex TB PCR can be a useful diagnostic tool for the early detection of tuberculosis in clinical laboratories.

  12. Numerical calculations of mass transfer flow in semi-detached binary systems. [of stars

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    Edwards, D. A.; Pringle, J. E.

    1987-01-01

    The details of the mass transfer flow near the inner Lagrangian point in a semidetached binary system are numerically calculated. A polytropic equation of state with n = 3/2 is used. The dependence of the mass transfer rate on the degree to which the star overfills its Roche lobe is calculated, and good agreement with previous analytic estimates is found. The variation of mass transfer rate which occurs if the binary system has a small eccentricity is calculated and is used to cast doubt on the model for superhumps in dwarf novae proposed by Papaloizou and Pringle (1979).

  13. Molecular diet analysis of two African free-tailed bats (Molossidae) using high throughput sequencing

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    Bohmann, Kristine; Monadjem, Ara; Noer, Christina Lehmkuhl

    2011-01-01

    Given the diversity of prey consumed by insectivorous bats, it is difficult to discern the composition of their diet using morphological or conventional PCR-based analyses of their faeces. We demonstrate the use of a powerful alternate tool, the use of the Roche FLX sequencing platform to deep......-sequence uniquely 5′ tagged insect-generic barcode cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) fragments, that were PCR amplified from faecal pellets of two free-tailed bat species Chaerephon pumilus and Mops condylurus (family: Molossidae). Although the analyses were challenged by the paucity of southern African insect COI...

  14. Cholesterol biosynthesis inhibitor RO 48-8071 suppresses growth of hormone-dependent and castration-resistant prostate cancer cells

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    Full Text Available Yayun Liang,1 Benford Mafuvadze,1 Johannes D Aebi,2 Salman M Hyder1 1Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA; 2Medicinal Chemistry, Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED, Roche Innovation Center Basel, F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel, Switzerland Abstract: Standard treatment for primary prostate cancer includes systemic exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs that target androgen receptor or antihormone therapy (chemical castration; however, drug-resistant cancer cells generally emerge during treatment, limiting the continued use of systemic chemotherapy. Patients are then treated with more toxic standard therapies. Therefore, there is an urgent need for novel and more effective treatments for prostate cancer. The cholesterol biosynthetic pathway is an attractive therapeutic target for treating endocrine-dependent cancers because cholesterol is an essential structural and functional component of cell membranes as well as the metabolic precursor of endogenous steroid hormones. In this study, we have examined the effects of RO 48-8071 (4'-[6-(allylmethylaminohexyloxy]-4-bromo-2'-fluorobenzophenone fumarate; Roche Pharmaceuticals internal reference: RO0488071 (RO, which is an inhibitor of 2, 3-oxidosqualene cyclase (a key enzyme in the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway, on prostate cancer cells. Exposure of both hormone-dependent and castration-resistant human prostate cancer cells to RO reduced prostate cancer cell viability and induced apoptosis in vitro. RO treatment reduced androgen receptor protein expression in hormone-dependent prostate cancer cells and increased estrogen receptor β (ERβ protein expression in both hormone-dependent and castration-resistant prostate cancer cell lines. Combining RO with an ERβ agonist increased its ability to reduce castration-resistant prostate cancer cell viability. In addition, RO effectively suppressed the

  15. Quantitative proteomics identifies central players in erlotinib resistance of the non-small cell lung cancer cell line HCC827

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    Jacobsen, Kirstine; Lund, Rikke Raaen; Beck, Hans Christian

    Background: Erlotinib (Tarceva®, Roche) has significantly changed the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as 70% of patients show significant tumor regression when treated. However, all patients relapse due to development of acquired resistance, which in 43-50% of cases are caused......, but surprisingly not of AKT and FOXO1/3a, indicating that AKT is the main signaling hub for survival. Also Erk1/2 phsphorylation is pertained although at decreased levels. Conclusions: In conclusion, cancer-related networks such as proliferation and apoptosis were found to be regulated, supporting the validity...

  16. Interacting binary stars

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    Sahade, Jorge; Ter Haar, D

    1978-01-01

    Interacting Binary Stars deals with the development, ideas, and problems in the study of interacting binary stars. The book consolidates the information that is scattered over many publications and papers and gives an account of important discoveries with relevant historical background. Chapters are devoted to the presentation and discussion of the different facets of the field, such as historical account of the development in the field of study of binary stars; the Roche equipotential surfaces; methods and techniques in space astronomy; and enumeration of binary star systems that are studied

  17. Bioaccumulation des métaux chez le mytilidae hydrothermal Bathymodiolus sp. de la ride médio-atlantique

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    Rousse, N.; Boulegue, J.; Cosson, Rp; Fiala-medioni, A

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    L'environnement hydrothermal est caractérisé, entre autres, par une concentration élevée en métaux, due à la circulation convective de l'eau de mer dans la croûte océanique et à son interaction avec les roches volcaniques. Les organismes vivant à proximité des sources chaudes s'adaptent à cette richesse en métaux sous forme d'ions ou de sels en suspension, soit en maintenant constante leur teneur interne par des processus d'excrétion, soit en les accumulant sous des formes non toxiques. Diffé...

  18. Private visit to the CMS assembly site of Dr. Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart from the Superior Institute of Sciences and Nuclear Technologies, Havana, accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Emilio Caballero, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Cuba in Paris.

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    Photo 01: Left to right: His Excellency Mr Emilio Caballero; Prof. Tejinder Virdee, Deputy Spokesman of the CMS experiment; Dr Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart; Dr Matthias Schroeder, physicist, Experimental Physics division; Mrs Noëlle Levy, Casa del Habano, Geneva; Dr John Ellis, Adviser for Non-Member State relations; Dr Christian Roche, Senior Advisor to the Director-General. Photo 02: Left to right: His Excellency Mr Emilio Caballero, Prof. Tejinder Virdee, Dr Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart; Dr Matthias Schroeder; Mrs Noëlle Levy, Prof. Juan Antonio Rubio, Head of the Education and Technology Transfer division; Dr John Ellis.

  19. Del liderazgo transformacional al liderazgo prosocial evidencias obtenidas en la dirección de organizaciones sanitarias catalanas = From leadership transformational to prosocial leadership: evidences obtained in the direction of catalan health organizations /

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    Les investigacions en el camp de lideratge, independentment de les diferents escoles, enfocaments o teories, coincideixen en que no hi pot haver una empresa, centre, equip o organització amb èxit, sense un bon lideratge. A més aquest és també essencial per al manteniment i l'eficàcia de les organitzacions. Aquest estudi intenta basar-se en el Lideratge Transformacional per fer una aproximació empírica al Lideratge Prosocial, (Roche, 2015), centrat en el sector sanitari català des d'una perspe...

  20. L'atténuation intrinsèque des ondes sismiques. Troisième partie : Mécanismes régissant l'atténuation. Intrinsic Attenuation of Seismic Waves. Part Three: Mechanisms Governing Attenuation

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    Full Text Available Les mécanismes qui régissent l'atténuation sont très complexes et encore mal compris actuellement. Certains mécanismes ont pu être éliminés comme le phénomène de frottement grain à grain du fait des amplitudes de déformation usuelles en sismique. Il. semble que les mécanismes responsables soient différents dans le cas de roches sèches (aux conditions de laboratoire et dans le cas de roches plus ou moins saturées. Dans le cas de roches sèchesl'atténuation semble provenir à la fois d'un hystérésis microcapillaire et d'une rupture des liaisons hydrogènes entre les hydroxyles de la surface et les molécules d'eau. Dans le cas de roches saturées, les candidats les plus probables au phénomène d'atténuation sont les mécanismes de Biot et de squirt flow . Le mécanisme de Biot est la possibilité d'avoir des mouvements différentiels globaux (ou plutôt moyennés à l'échelle de l'échantillon entre la matière solide et le fluide. Le squirt flowconsiste en un phénomène de relaxation visqueuse dont l'excitateur est extérieur : le liquide à l'intérieur de la cavité poreuse jaillit sous l'effet d'une pression de pore locale. The mechanisms governing attenuation are highly complex and still poorly understood at present. Some mechanisms have been eliminated, such as the grain-to-grain friction, due to the usual deformation amplitudes in seismic exploration. The mechanisms responsible for attenuation seem to be different for dry rocks (under laboratory conditions and more or less saturated rocks. For dryrocks, attenuation seems to come from both a microcapillary hysteresis and a break of the hydrogen bonds between the surface hydroxyls and water molecules. For saturated rocks, the most probable causes of attenuation are Biot mechanisms and squirt flow. The Biot mechanism Is the possibility of having overall differential movements (or rather averaged ones on the scale of the sample between the solid matrix and the fluid

  1. Development and Evaluation of Up-Converting Phosphor Technology-Based Lateral Flow Assay for Quantitative Detection of NT-proBNP in Blood.

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    Full Text Available A newly assay, up-converting phosphor technology-based lateral flow (UPT-LF assay, was developed for rapid and quantitative detection of N-terminal fragment of B-type natriuretic peptide precursor (NT-proBNP, one of the most important serum molecular maker of heat failure, in plasma samples as a point of care testing (POCT method for diagnosis of acute heart failure. Human plasma from 197 patients with acute heart failure and 200 healthy controls was assessed using the UPT-LF assay, in a comparison with a Roche Elecsys assay. The limit of detection of the UPT-LF assay, with a coefficient of variation (CV of less than 15%, was 116 ng/L, which is lower than the clinical diagnosis cutoff (150 ng/mL. The linear range was 50-35,000 ng/L. The CVs were less than 10% for both UPT-LF and Roche Elecsys assays for plasma samples under different storages, demonstrating the good stability and reproducibility. There are certain linear correlations between the results of UPT-LF and Roche Elecsys assay for EDTA-K2 and heparin-anticoagulated plasma, as well as for serum samples. For UPT-LF assay, there is a significant correlation between the values derived from analysis of EDTA-K2 and heparin-anticoagulated plasma samples (R = 0.995. No statistically significant difference was found between serum and plasma samples for UPT-LF assay. Our results demonstrate that NT-proBNP levels in healthy adults are elevated with age and had a relationship with sex, and with the age increase the NT-proBNP levels of females are significantly higher than those of males (p<0.01. The UPT-LF assay has a high reproducibility, stability, sensitivity, specificity, and is consistent with Roche Elecsys assay, and therefore it could be used as a POCT method for the quantitative detection of NT-proBNP in blood for clinical diagnosis and research of acute heart failure.

  2. Development of Conventional and Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Assays to Detect Tembusu Virus in Culex tarsalis Mosquitoes

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    2014-08-11

    reaction buffer, additional 3 mMMgSO4, 5 mg bovine serum albumin (Roche, Pleasanton, CA), 1 mL each 18 mM forward and reverse primers, and 1 mL 5 mM...Lamballerie X, Qin CF, Gould EA, Su J, Gao GF, 2012. Genomic and antigenic characterization of the newly emerging Chinese duck egg -drop syndrome...Mok NS, Wang P, Wang M, Tian K, Gao GF, 2011. Duck egg -drop syndrome caused by BYD virus, a new Tembusu-related flavivirus. PLoS One 6: e18106. 10

  3. Improved performance of the PacBio SMRT technology for 16S rDNA sequencing.

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    Mosher, Jennifer J; Bowman, Brett; Bernberg, Erin L; Shevchenko, Olga; Kan, Jinjun; Korlach, Jonas; Kaplan, Louis A

    2014-09-01

    Improved sequencing accuracy was obtained with 16S amplicons from environmental samples and a known pure culture when upgraded Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) hardware and enzymes were used for the single molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing platform. The new PacBio RS II system with P4/C2 chemistry, when used with previously constructed libraries (Mosher et al., 2013) surpassed the accuracy of Roche/454 pyrosequencing platform. With accurate read lengths of >1400 base pairs, the PacBio system opens up the possibility of identifying microorganisms to the species level in environmental samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Surfaces de del Pezzo sans point rationnel sur un corps de dimension cohomologique un

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    Colliot-Thelene, Jean-Louis; Madore, David A.

    2003-01-01

    For each integer d=2,3,4, there exists a field F with cohomological dimension 1 and a del Pezzo surface of degree d over F having no rational point. Proofs use the theorem of Merkur'ev and Suslin, the Riemann-Roch theorem on a surface and Rost's degree formula. ----- Pour chaque entier d=2,3,4, il existe un corps F de dimension cohomologique 1 et une surface de del Pezzo de degre d sur F sans point rationnel. Les demonstrations utilisent le theoreme de Merkur'ev et Suslin, le theoreme de Riem...

  5. Quasi-quantum groups, knots, three-manifolds, and topological field theory

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    Altschüler, D R; Altschuler, Daniel; Coste, Antoine

    1992-01-01

    We show how to construct, starting from a quasi-Hopf algebra, or quasi-quantum group, invariants of knots and links. In some cases, these invariants give rise to invariants of the three-manifolds obtained by surgery along these links. This happens for a finite-dimensional quasi-quantum group, whose definition involves a finite group $G$, and a 3-cocycle $\\om$, which was first studied by Dijkgraaf, Pasquier and Roche. We treat this example in more detail, and argue that in this case the invariants agree with the partition function of the topological field theory of Dijkgraaf and Witten depending on the same data $G, \\,\\om$.

  6. Specificity of the Linear Array HPV Genotyping Test for detecting human papillomavirus genotype 52 (HPV-52)

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    Kocjan, Boštjan; Poljak, Mario; Oštrbenk, Anja

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: HPV-52 is one of the most frequent human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes causing significant cervical pathology. The most widely used HPV genotyping assay, the Roche Linear Array HPV Genotyping Test (Linear Array), is unable to identify HPV- 52 status in samples containing HPV-33, HPV-35, and/or HPV-58. Methods: Linear Array HPV-52 analytical specificity was established by testing 100 specimens reactive with the Linear Array HPV- 33/35/52/58 cross-reactive probe, but not with the...

  7. High-precision photometry by telescope defocusing - VII. The ultrashort period planet WASP-103

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    Southworth, John; Mancini, L.; Ciceri, S.

    2015-01-01

    for these calculations. The planet has a Roche lobe filling factor of 0.58, leading to a significant asphericity; we correct its measured mass and mean density for this phenomenon. A high-resolution Lucky Imaging observation shows no evidence for faint stars close enough to contaminate the point spread function of WASP......-103. Our data were obtained in the Bessell $RI$ and the SDSS $griz$ passbands and yield a larger planet radius at bluer optical wavelengths, to a confidence level of 7.3 sigma. Interpreting this as an effect of Rayleigh scattering in the planetary atmosphere leads to a measurement of the planetary...

  8. Effect of estimated glomerular filtration rate on plasma concentrations of B-type natriuretic peptides measured with multiple immunoassays in elderly individuals

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    Schou, M.; Alehagen, U.; Goetze, J.P.

    2009-01-01

    linear regression models. RESULTS: In univariate analyses the effect of a 10% decrease in eGFR on proBNP concentrations was a 15% (95% confidence interval 11% to 18%), 9% (5% to 13%) and 21% (14% to 28%) increase. In multivariate models the effect was a 7% (3% to 11%), 4% (2% to 6%) and 13% (4% to 20....... SETTING: 474 elderly outpatients with suspected heart failure (prevalence 13%) from the primary care. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The effects of eGFR on proBNP, measured with three different immunoassays (Roche Diagnostics, Oslo and Copenhagen), and BNP (Shionogi) concentrations were evaluated by multiple...

  9. Comparação da glicemia em cães utilizando o glicosímetro portátil e o método de referência laboratorial.

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    Grazielle Anahy de Sousa Aleixo

    2006-01-01

    O aumento ou a diminuição da taxa de glicose no sangue é uma alteração endócrina comum em seres humanos e animais, e que pode ocasionar graves conseqüências ao estado de saúde dos mesmos. Dosar a glicose sangüínea de pacientes portadores de hipo ou hiperglicemia permite que eles recebam adequado tratamento, propiciando uma melhor qualidade de vida. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo determinar os valores glicêmicos em cães utilizando um glicosímetro portátil (Accu-Chek Advantage / Roche D...

  10. Algebraic curves and one-dimensional fields

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    Bogomolov, Fedor

    2002-01-01

    Algebraic curves have many special properties that make their study particularly rewarding. As a result, curves provide a natural introduction to algebraic geometry. In this book, the authors also bring out aspects of curves that are unique to them and emphasize connections with algebra. This text covers the essential topics in the geometry of algebraic curves, such as line and vector bundles, the Riemann-Roch Theorem, divisors, coherent sheaves, and zeroth and first cohomology groups. The authors make a point of using concrete examples and explicit methods to ensure that the style is clear an

  11. Cold-water coral microbiomes (Paramuricea placomus) from Baltimore Canyon: raw and processed data

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    Kellogg, Christina A.

    2015-01-01

    The files in this data release are the raw and processed DNA sequence files referenced in the submitted journal article by Kellogg et. al. titled "Bacterial Community Diversity of the Deep-Sea Octocoral Paramuricea placomus." They represent a 16S rRNA gene amplicon survey of the coral's microbiome completed using Roche 454 pyrosequencing with titanium reagents. Baltimore Canyon is in the Atlantic Ocean and the samples were collected in 2012-2013. The raw data files associated with this study have also been submitted to the NCBI Sequence Read Archive under Bioproject number PRJNA297333. For more information, please see the README file.

  12. New observations and analysis of the bright semidetached eclipsing binary μ1 Sco

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    van Antwerpen, C.; Moon, T.

    2010-01-01

    Using new and published photometric observations of μ1 Sco (HR 6247), spanning 70 years, a period of 1.4462700(5) days was determined. It was found that the epoch of primary minimum suggested by Shobbrook at HJD 2449534.178 requires an adjustment to HJD 2449534.17700(9) to align all the available photometric data sets. Using the resulting combined data light curve, radial velocities derived from International Ultraviolet Explorer data and the modelling software PHOEBE, a new system solution for this binary was obtained. It appears that the secondary is close to, or just filling, its Roche lobe.

  13. A CCD Photometric Study and Search for Pulsations in RZ Dra and EG Cep

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    Pazhouhesh, R.; Liakos, A.; Niarchos, P.

    2010-12-01

    This paper presents CCD observations of the Algol-type eclipsing binaries RZ Dra and EG Cep. The light curves have been analyzed with the PHOEBE software and Wilson-Devinney code (2003 version). A detailed photometric analysis, based on these observations, is presented for both binarity and pulsation. The results indicate semidetached systems where the secondary component fills its Roche lobe. After the subtraction of the theoretical light curve, a frequency analysis was performed in order to check for pulsations of the primary component of each system. Moreover, a period analysis was performed for each case in order to search for additional components around the eclipsing pairs.

  14. Advances in astronomy and astrophysics 9

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    Kopal, Zdenek

    1972-01-01

    Advances in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 9 covers reviews on the advances in astronomy and astrophysics. The book presents reviews on the Roche model and its applications to close binary systems. The text then describes the part played by lunar eclipses in the evolution of astronomy; the classical theory of lunar eclipses; deviations from geometrical theory; and the methods of photometric observations of eclipses. The problems of other phenomena related in one way or another to lunar eclipses are also considered. The book further tackles the infrared observation on the eclipsed moon, as

  15. Del liderazgo transformacional al liderazgo prosocial: evidencias obtenidas en la dirección de organizaciones sanitarias catalanas

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    Bedoya Rodríguez, Ana Esther

    2016-01-01

    Les investigacions en el camp de lideratge, independentment de les diferents escoles, enfocaments o teories, coincideixen en que no hi pot haver una empresa, centre, equip o organització amb èxit, sense un bon lideratge. A més aquest és també essencial per al manteniment i l'eficàcia de les organitzacions. Aquest estudi intenta basar-se en el Lideratge Transformacional per fer una aproximació empírica al Lideratge Prosocial, (Roche, 2015), centrat en el sector sanitari català des d’una pe...

  16. The gravitational wave signature of young and dense star clusters

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    Zwart, Simon Portegies

    2004-01-01

    Young star clusters are often born with such high stellar densities that stellar collisions play an important role in their further evolution. In such environments the same star may participate in several tens to hundreds of collisions ultimately leading to the collapse of the star to a black hole of intermediate mass. At later time the black hole may acquire a companion star by tidal capture or by dynamical --3-body-- capture. When this companion star evolves it will fill its Roche-lobe and ...

  17. Essai préliminaire de corrélations entre paramètres altérologiques ...

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    Cette dernière a été appliquée à l'étude des roches schisteuses et à celle des produits dérivés de leur altération dans le sud du Cameroun. ... Le présent travail a pour but de lier clairement les données génétiques fondamentales des matériaux étudiés à quelques unes de leurs propriétés physiques et mécaniques et de ...

  18. [Diabetes Infobus 1999. General facts].

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    Zauner, W

    2002-01-01

    In Austria in 1999, a Diabetes screening program was carried out by the Austrian Diabetes Association and by Novo Nordisk and Roche Diagnostics with a special equipped bus touring through more than 90 cities. The population was invited to a screening of blood glucose (random), blood pressure, body weight und serum-cholesterol. The diabetes risk was evaluated by history and familiar burden with a questionnaire. The results were handed over to the visitors and their general practitioners, and a copy was used for anonymously analysis.

  19. [Tests for early diagnosis of pregnancy].

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    Garcia Brandao, L

    1976-05-01

    Kits for pregnancy tests available on the market and their prices in Brazil are listed. Those based on the agglutination inhibition reactions can be used 8-10 days after determining the absence of menstruation, when the levels of chorionic gonadotropin range from 1500 to 3500 IU/1. A colorimetric test based on a chemical reaction is also available, and can be used 15 days after determining the absence of menstruation. The kits and their manufacturers are: Gravindex (Johnson), Teste de Gravidez (Roche), Pregnosticon Planoteste (Organon), Pregnosticon All-in (Organon), and Uni-test (Novaquimica) (colorimetric test).

  20. [Lipemia and bilirubin influences for twenty-four biochemical parameters measurement].

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    Ali, Damien; Sacchetto, Émilie; Reigner, Arnaud; Le Carrer, Didier; Orsonneau, Jean-Luc; Delaroche, Odile; Bigot-Corbel, Édith

    2015-01-01

    The study of the influence of the lipemia and icterus was performed experimentally for twenty-four biochemistry parameters on the Roche Cobas 6000 CE analyzer. Overloads in Intralipid(®) or ditaurate of bilirubin were performed on several plasma pools. The limit of 10% was chosen to define interference on the measurement. The parameters studied were classified into different categories depending on their measurement is affected or not. Knowledge of these data allows the biologist to adapt its reporting procedures in the case of lactescent and/or icteric samples.

  1. Maximum mass ratio of AM CVn-type binary systems and maximum white dwarf mass in ultra-compact X-ray binaries

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    Arbutina Bojan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available AM CVn-type stars and ultra-compact X-ray binaries are extremely interesting semi-detached close binary systems in which the Roche lobe filling component is a white dwarf transferring mass to another white dwarf, neutron star or a black hole. Earlier theoretical considerations show that there is a maximum mass ratio of AM CVn-type binary systems (qmax ≈ 2/3 below which the mass transfer is stable. In this paper we derive slightly different value for qmax and more interestingly, by applying the same procedure, we find the maximum expected white dwarf mass in ultra-compact X-ray binaries.

  2. Violencia de los usuarios hacia el personal de enfermería : evaluación del riesgo laboral y análisis de las consecuencias psicológicas

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    Galián Muñoz, Inmaculada

    2015-01-01

    La presente tesis doctoral se centra en el estudio de la exposición a la violencia de los usuarios del personal de enfermería de los hospitales públicos de la Región de Murcia, ya que el riesgo de violencia laboral presenta una especial importancia en el ámbito sanitario, siendo el colectivo de enfermería uno de los más afectados tal y como se refleja en distintos estudios (Franz, Zeh, Schablon, Kuhnert y Nienhaus, 2010; Kling, Yassi, Smailes, Lovato y Koehoorn, 2009; Roche, Diers, Duffield y...

  3. [Epidermic chalone receptors in psoriasis treated with retinoid:Ro 10-9359].

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    Vignale, R A; Lasalvia, E; Espasandín, J; Borras, A

    1983-01-01

    The epidermic chalone receptor of skin with lesion and without lesion are studied on 20 patients with active psoriasis. The testlest were performed before and two month after oral treatment with RO 10-9359. Roche. The results show significant variation with an increased a the number of receptors after treatment. As these receptors are in the cell membrane, the authors consider that RO 10-9359 action in on the membrane and its surrounding, making in possible to the epithelial cell to begin its autoregulation, autocontrol and differentiation when the specific activity of the chalones become normal.

  4. UCLA1 aptamer inhibition of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 subtype C primary isolates in macrophages and selection of resistance

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    Mufhandu, Hazel T

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available HIV-seronegative blood donors using the Ficoll-Hypaque method [10] and re-suspended in Lonza X-VIVO-10 culture media (Whitehead Scientific, S.A), supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS, Gibco Invitrogen, South Africa). Cells were incubated...-suspended monocytes were cultured in Rosewell Park Memorial Institute (RPMI) medium supplemented with 10% FBS (10% RPMI growth media) and 5 ng/ml human granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (hGM- 5 CSF) (Roche Diagnostics, Mannheim, Germany) for 5...

  5. Analysis of conditional gene deletion using probe based Real-Time PCR

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    Lyko Frank

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Following publication of this article 1 the authors noticed that an incorrect probe reference was cited on page 3, 4, 5 and 6 ("UP #69, Roche Applied Science". The correct probe that was used for the 1lox/2lox allele ratio analysis in the paper is as follows Probe for 1lox/2lox allele quantification: 5'-6-FAM-atAaCtTCgtatagCATaCattatac-BHQ-1 -3' (uppercase letters = LNA bases Manufacturer: EUROGENTEC, Seraing, Belgium All other information and reaction conditions in the paper are correct as stated.

  6. Early Biochemical Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy in the First Trimester

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    Tørring, Niels

    2013-01-01

    8+0 to 14+0 weeks, and clinical test performance of risk assesment was conducted. Results The in-between day imprecision of the Elecsys® free βhCG and PAPP-A assays were between 1.0 and 2.8%. Comparison (Passing/Bablok regression) of free βhCG and PAPP-A from Roche Elecsys® and the Brahms Kryptor...... with the standards for biochemical assays for prenatal screening set by the Fetal Medicine Foundation, with low assay imprecision, and a high clinical performance of prenatal screening for fetal trisomy in the first trimester....

  7. Transcriptome analysis of gill tissue of Atlantic cod Gadus morhua L. from the Baltic Sea.

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    Małachowicz, Magdalena; Kijewska, Agnieszka; Wenne, Roman

    2015-10-01

    The Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) is one of the most ecologically and economically important marine fish species in the North Atlantic Ocean. Using Roche GS-FLX 454 pyrosequencing technique 962,516 reads, representing 379Mbp of the Baltic cod transcriptome, were obtained. Data was assembled into 14,029 contigs of which 100% displayed homology to the Atlantic cod transcriptome. Despite a high similarity between transcripts, evidence for significant differences between Baltic and Atlantic cod was found. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. [Ionic calcium and magnesium from pharmaceutical product BEROCCA effects on neuromuscular excitability].

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    Stratone, Ana; Stratone, Carmen; Chiruţă, Roxana; Zaharia, D; Căruntu, Lidia; Diaconu, Mariana; Stefancu, Oana; Topoliceanu, Fl

    2005-01-01

    The important physiological role of calcium and magnesium ions is all over recognised, about a lot of enzymatic reactions. Magnesium deficit produce neuromuscular hyper-reactivity, psychic reactions, functional hypoparathyroidism, increase of K+ channels membranes permeability, while hypermagnesemia decrease Ach release from neuromuscular synapsis, with post-synaptic excitability decreasing. Using BEROCCA (Hoffman la Roche) 1 cp/day, 30 days at the teenagers with behaviour troubles and at a goup of pregnant women (trimester I-III) with paresthesia, irritability, sleeplessness, we observed an improve of clinical signs, increasing plasma Ca2+ and Mg2+. EEG and EMG prove the beneficial effects of pharmaceutical product BEROCCA.

  9. [Cutaneous melanoma - "black death" of modern times? Traces in contemporary literature].

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    Bahmer, F A; Bahmer, J A

    2013-11-01

    Cutaneous melanoma, sometimes labeled as "black skin cancer", is increasing in frequency and becoming a more common literary motive. In US literature, Sylvia Plath and Charles Bukowski depicted melanoma more than 50 years ago, later Stephen King and Thomas C. Boyle. In German literature, Charlotte Roche shortly mentioned this tumor. Jörg Pönnighaus, both poet and dermatologist, intensively deals in his poems with the effects melanoma has on patients and doctors alike. Melanoma definitely is not the "Black Death" of modern times. However, the perception of this tumor as extremely malignant and as life-threatening makes melanoma a metaphor of the deadly danger of cancer.

  10. Spacecraft Charging Modeling -- Nascap-2k 2014 Annual Report

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    2014-09-19

    Unclassified Unlimited 52 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include area code) Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std. 239.18 This page is...EWB [3] (Environment WorkBench ). In this approximation, each component is surrounded by a sheath of radius ~"s< where r_,c is the solution to the...AIAA 2001-0956, 200 I. [3] B.M. Gardner, G. Jongeward, B. Kuharski, K. Wilcox, T. Rankin, J . Roche. The Environment Workbench : A Design Tool fo r

  11. SNP Discovery In Marine Fish Species By 454 Sequencing

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    Panitz, Frank; Nielsen, Rasmus Ory; van Houdt, Jeroen K J

    2011-01-01

    Based on the 454 Next-Generation-Sequencing technology (Roche) a high throughput screening method was devised in order to generate novel genetic markers (SNPs). SNP discovery was performed for three target species of marine fish: hake (Merluccius merluccius), herring (Clupea harengus) and sole...... (lllumina Golden Gate platform). Successfully genotyped SNPs will be used for studying genetic population structures, with special focus on detecting signatures of divergent selection at functionally important genomic regions. An aim is to compile the most informative markers into a cost-effective tool...... for monitoring fish populations and tracing fish samples...

  12. Performance of a commercial assay for the diagnosis of influenza A (H1N1 infection in comparison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol of real time RT-PCR

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    María G Barbás

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available At the time of influenza A (H1N1 emergency, the WHO responded with remarkable speed by releasing guidelines and a protocol for a real-time RT-PCR assay (rRT-PCR. The aim of the present study was to evalúate the performance of the "Real Time Ready Influenza A/H1N1 Detection Set" (June 2009-Roche kit in comparison to the CDC reference rRT-PCR protocol. The overall sensitivity of the Roche assay for detection of the Inf A gene in the presence or absence of the H1 gene was 74.5 %. The sensitivity for detecting samples that were only positive for the Inf A gene (absence of the H1 gene was 53.3 % whereas the sensitivity for H1N1-positive samples (presence of the Inf A gene and any other swine gene was 76.4 %. The specificity of the assay was 97.1 %. A new version of the kit (November 2009 is now available, and a recent evaluation of its performance showed good sensitivity to detect pandemic H1N1 compared to other molecular assays.Durante la pandemia de influenza A (H1N1, la OMS recomendó algoritmos y protocolos de detección del virus mediante RT-PCR en tiempo real. El objetivo del presente estudio fue evaluar el desempeño del equipo que comercializa la empresa Roche, Real Time Ready Influenza A/H1N1 Detection Set (junio de 2009, en comparación con el protocolo de RT-PCR en tiempo real de los CDC. La sensibilidad global del ensayo de Roche para la detección del gen Inf A en presencia o ausencia del gen H1 fue 74,5 %. La sensibilidad para la detección de muestras positivas solo para el gen Inf A (ausencia del gen H1 fue 53,3 % y la sensibilidad para la detección de muestras positivas para H1N1 (presencia del gen Inf A y cualquier otro gen porcino fue 76,4 %. La especificidad fue 97,1 %. Existe una nueva versión del equipo (noviembre 2009 que, según se ha descrito, presenta buena sensibilidad en comparación con otros ensayos moleculares para detectar H1N1 pandémica.

  13. Contribution à l'étude de la salinisation de la nappe côtière de Foum ...

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    La combinaison des outils, géologiques, hydrogéologiques, piézométriques et hydro chimiques a montré que les fortes salinités des eaux souterraines sont liées au phénomène d'intrusion marine (dans les premiers kilomètres de la côte), à celui du lessivage de la roche réservoir et de l'infiltration des eaux de retour.

  14. RNA extraction method is crucial for human papillomavirus E6/E7 oncogenes detection.

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    Fontecha, Nerea; Nieto, Maria Carmen; Andía, Daniel; Cisterna, Ramón; Basaras, Miren

    2017-03-09

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing plays a main role in the management of cervical cancer, however to improve the specificity in cervical screening, there is a need to develop and validate different approaches that can identify women at risk for progressive disease. Nowadays, mRNA expression of viral E6 and E7 HPV oncogenes stands up as a potential biomarker to improve cervical screening. We aimed to validate a method for RNA extraction, detect HPV mRNA expression and, assess the relationship between E6/E7 mRNA expression and pathology of patients' lesions and progression. This study included 50 specimens that had been previously genotyped as HPV16, 18, 31, 33 and/or 45. Cervical swabs were extracted with three different RNA extraction methods -Nuclisens manual extraction kit (bioMérieux), High Pure Viral RNA Kit (Roche) and RNeasy Plus Mini kit (Qiagen)-, and mRNA was detected with NucliSens EasyQ HPV version 1 test (bioMérieux) afterwards. Association of oncogene expression with pathology and lesion progression was analyzed for each extraction method. E6/E7 mRNA positivity rate was higher in samples analyzed with bioMérieux (62%), followed by Roche (24%) and Qiagen (6%). Women with lesions and lesion progression showed a higher prevalence of viral RNA expression than women that had not lesions or with lesion persistence. While bioMérieux revealed a higher sensitivity (77.27%), Roche presented a higher PPV (75%) and an increased specificity (89.28%). Extraction methods based on magnetic beads provided better RNA yield than those based in columns. Both Nuclisens manual extraction kit (bioMérieux) and High Pure Viral RNA Kit (Roche) seemed to be adequate for E6/E7 mRNA detection. However, none of them revealed both high sensitivity and specificity values. Further studies are needed to obtain and validate a standard gold method for RNA expression detection, to be included as part of the routine cervical screening program.

  15. Searches for Optical Counterparts to Fermi Unassociated Sources with the Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory

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    Bellm, Eric Christopher; Prince, Thomas A.; Kaplan, David L. A.; Kupfer, Thomas; DeCesar, Megan E.; Laher, Russ; Masci, Frank J.; Shupe, David L.; Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory Collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF) has accumulated an extensive optical variability dataset across the Northern Sky, including at low Galactic latitudes (|b| pulsars. So-called redback binary millisecond pulsars are a key evolutionary stage in the recycling process that spins up millisecond pulsars. The Roche-distorted and irradiated pulsar companion produces a periodic signature at the orbital period that may be readily identified with iPTF. We report on the progress of this search and present interesting candidates found.

  16. Specification of Limits of Possible Existence of Satellites in the Gravitational Field of Planets

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    Yasenev, S. O.; Radchenko, K. O.

    2016-12-01

    It is known that the satellites of the planets may exist in the area, which is bounded on one side by Rocha limit, on the other - Hill sphere. The article deals with the determination of the Rocha limits and Hill sphere of satellites of some planets in the solar system. This analysis revealed some features and identified the main factors influencing the setting of these parameters. Roche limits and Hill sphere parameters of the largest satellites of the planets of the solar system have been specified.

  17. Evaluation of the fully automated Cobas Core enzyme immunoassay for the quantitation of antibodies against hepatitis B virus surface antigen.

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    Doche, C; Thomé, M; Dimet, I; Bienvenu, J

    1996-04-01

    The Roche Cobas Core automated enzyme immunoassay of antibodies against hepatitis B virus surface antigen (anti-HBs) was evaluated using a protocol complying with the Société Française de Biologie Clinique guidelines. Results showed good precision (CV below 6 and 9% for intra- and inter-assay precision) and accuracy (according to the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute standard); the detection limit of the test was 2 IU/l. The manufacturer's specifications were confirmed and a satisfactory correlation (r = 0.901) was found with an automated method (IMx, Abbott) used for comparison.

  18. Evolutionary Processes in Multiple Systems

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    Eggleton, P P; Kisseleva-Eggleton, L

    2006-02-14

    There are several ways in which triple stars can evolve in somewhat unusual ways. They discuss two situations where Case A Roche-lobe overflow, followed by a merger, can produce anomalous wide binaries such as {gamma} Per; and Kozai cycles in triples with non-parallel orbits, which can produce merged rapidly-rotating stars like AB Dor, and which can also lead to the delayed ejection of one component of a multiple, as may have been observed in T Tau in 1998.

  19. Active and realistic passive marijuana exposure tested by three immunoassays and GC/MS in urine

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    Mule, S.J.; Lomax, P.; Gross, S.J.

    1988-05-01

    Human urine samples obtained before and after active and passive exposure to marijuana were analyzed by immune kits (Roche, Amersham, and Syva) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Seven of eight subjects were positive for the entire five-day test period with one immune kit. The latter correlated with GC/MS in 98% of the samples. Passive inhalation experiments under conditions likely to reflect realistic exposure resulted consistently in less than 10 ng/mL of cannabinoids. The 10-100-ng/mL cannabinoid concentration range essential for detection of occasional and moderate marijuana users is thus unaffected by realistic passive inhalation.

  20. CLINICAL PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ELECSYS® FREE-ΒHCG AND PAPP-A FOR FIRST TRIMESTER TRISOMY 21 RISK ASSESSMENT IN GESTATIONAL WEEKS 8+0 TO 14+0

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    Tørring, Niels; aulesa, C; Eiben, Bernd

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    their clinical and analytical performance. Patients and Methods We conducted a multicenter study in 5397 pregnancies including 108 cases with verified fetal T21 at 8 to 14 weeks of gestation. A technical validation of the Roche Elecsys® free βhCG and PAPP-A assays were performed, including method comparisons...... with the Brahms Kryptor®, PerkinElmer AutoDELFIA® and Siemens IMMULITE® assays. Furthermore a clinical validation including generation of assay specific medians from gestational age 8+0 to 14+0 weeks, and clinical test performance of risk assessment was performed. Results The imprecision of the Elecsys free βh...... translucency reached 94% for a 3% false positive rate. In gestational weeks 8 and 9 the sensitivity was 95% for a 2% false positive rate, and in gestational weeks 10 to 14 the sensitivity was 94% for a 3% false positive rate. Conclusions The technical and clinical validation of the Roche Elecsys free βh...

  1. Immunoassay analysis of lysergic acid diethylamide.

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    Cody, J T; Valtier, S

    1997-10-01

    Screening large numbers of urine samples for drugs of abuse is typically accomplished using immunoassays that allow for processing large numbers of samples without the requirement of sample preparation before analysis. Until fairly recently, screening of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in urine samples could only be accomplished by the use of radioimmunoassays (RIA). Recently, new nonisotopic immunoassays have been developed for the screening of samples for LSD. These assays lend themselves to rapid, high-volume, automated analysis compared with RIA procedures. In order to evaluate the current commercially available assays, samples prepared at known concentrations were tested by each of the assays. In addition, samples from known use of LSD were tested and the performance of each of the assays compared. The assays examined in this study included RIA assays from Roche Diagnostics (Abuscreen) and Diagnostic Products (coat-a-count) and nonisotopic assays from Roche (OnLine), Behring (EMIT), Boehringer Mannheim (CEDIA), and STC (Microplate EIA). Assays that could readily be carried out in a semiquantitative mode (determining concentration based on a calibration curve) were evaluated as to their relative response to the samples tested. All of the assays evaluated identified all of the samples which confirmed positive by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Likewise, each of the assays identified some samples which did not confirm as positive by GC-MS.

  2. Performances of four fourth-generation human immunodeficiency virus-1 screening assays.

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    Song, Eun Young; Hur, Mina; Roh, Eun Youn; Park, Myoung Hee; Moon, Hee-Won; Yun, Yeo Min

    2012-12-01

    Fourth-generation human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) screening assays have improved sensitivity, but vary in performance characteristics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate four different fourth-generation HIV-1 assays. These assays included the AxSYM HIV Ag/Ab Combo (Abbott diagnostics, Delkenheim, Germany), ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo (Abbott), Elecsys 2010 HIV Combi (Roche Diagnostics GmbH, Mannheim, Germany), and Elecsys HIV Combi PT (Roche). A total of 1,306 samples that included 1,225 clinical samples and 81 samples consisting of seroconversion panels, an HIV-1 p24 antigen sensitivity panel, and dilution series of HIV-1 lysates and HIV-1 antibodies were tested. All of the assays had sensitivities of 100% on clinical samples. The specificities of the AxSYM, ARCHITECT, Elecsys 2010 HIV Combi, and Elecsys HIV Combi PT were 99.6, 99.6, 99.0, and 99.5%, respectively. Of the 81 samples with different levels of HIV antigen or antibody and/or subtypes, Elecsys HIV Combi PT and ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo showed better analytical sensitivities than the other two assays. In summary, the performance characteristics of AxSYM, ARCHITECT, and Elecsys HIV Combi PT were comparable and satisfactory for clinical samples. ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo and Elecsys HIV Combi PT have the higher analytical sensitivities, and would be preferable for reducing the window period. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Influence of blood collection systems on the prothrombin time and international sensitivity index determined with human and rabbit thromboplastin reagents.

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    van den Besselaar, Anton M H P; Hoekstra, Martha M C L; Witteveen, Evelina; Didden, Jan H; van der Meer, Felix J M

    2007-05-01

    Three brands of blood collection tubes were studied for their influence on the prothrombin time (PT) and international sensitivity index (ISI) for 5 commercial thromboplastin reagents. With all reagents, PTs were shorter in Vacutainer (Becton Dickinson Vacutainer Systems, Plymouth, England) samples than in S-Monovette (Sarstedt, Nümbrecht, Germany) or Venosafe (Terumo Europe, Leuven, Belgium) samples. ISI values were higher with Vacutainer samples than with S-Monovette or Venosafe samples. The ISI differences between the tubes were small for Thromborel-S (2.1%; Dade Behring, Marburg, Germany) and Hepato Quick (1.1%; Diagnostica Stago, Asnières, France; Roche Diagnostics Nederland, Almere, the Netherlands) but greater for Neoplastin Plus (5.5%; Diagnostica Stago; Roche Diagnostics Nederland), Simplastin HTF (8.3%; bioMérieux, Durham, NC), and Innovin (8.8%; Dade Behring). The PT and ISI differences between the tubes could be explained mostly by the effect of magnesium ion contamination in the sodium citrate solutions. When PT ratios were transformed into international normalized ratios (INRs) using crossover ISI (ie, samples collected with one type of tube and ISI determined with another collection system for the PT reagent), the differences in mean INRs could be approximately 10%. For ISI calibration of reference thromboplastins, blood collection tubes should be used with minimal divalent metal ion contamination of the citrate solution.

  4. [Establishment of confirmatory test for suspicious hepatitis B surface antigen positive samples].

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    Chen, Lin; Rong, Yang; Liu, Jia; Xu, Jun; Guo, Jing-Xia; Song, Yong-Ji; Zhao, Jing; Liu, Ai-Xia; Yang, Li-Hua; Li, Bo-An; Mao, Yuan-Li

    2012-08-01

    Establish a confirmatory test based on ELISA, and use to verify the authenticity of HBsAg weak positive samples, pick and get rid of the false result, and avoid the mistake diagnosis. The particles (reagent A) coated by streptavidin and biotinylated HBsAb (reagent B) were mixed in different proportions, then neutralized with serum whose the COI of HBsAg > 20 by ELISA in order to identify the activity of HBsAb in confirmatory reagent. 30 pieces of HBsAg weak positive serum neutralized with the confirmatory reagent, the serum were considered to be positive if rate of decline of HBsAg COI > 50%. The results were compared to Roche confirmatory Kit. Confirmatory reagent was able to neutralized with HBsAg. 24 of 30 pieces of HBsAg weak positive samples were judged to be positive, while 6 poeces were negative. The ELISA comfirm method is fully consistent with Roche confirmatory Kit. The ELISA confirmatory test for suspicious HBsAg positive samples is a simple, accurate and low cost initial validation method, After further clinical trials, should be widely applied.

  5. THE HABITABILITY AND DETECTION OF EARTH-LIKE PLANETS ORBITING COOL WHITE DWARFS

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    Fossati, L.; Haswell, C. A.; Patel, M. R.; Busuttil, R. [Department of Physical Sciences, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Bagnulo, S. [Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG (United Kingdom); Kowalski, P. M. [GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Telegrafenberg, D-14473 Potsdam (Germany); Shulyak, D. V. [Institute of Astrophysics, Georg-August-University, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, D-37077 Goettingen (Germany); Sterzik, M. F., E-mail: l.fossati@open.ac.uk, E-mail: C.A.Haswell@open.ac.uk, E-mail: M.R.Patel@open.ac.uk, E-mail: r.busuttil@open.ac.uk, E-mail: sba@arm.ac.uk, E-mail: kowalski@gfz-potsdam.de, E-mail: denis.shulyak@gmail.com, E-mail: msterzik@eso.org [European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19 (Chile)

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    Since there are several ways planets can survive the giant phase of the host star, we examine the habitability and detection of planets orbiting white dwarfs. As a white dwarf cools from 6000 K to 4000 K, a planet orbiting at 0.01 AU would remain in the continuous habitable zone (CHZ) for {approx}8 Gyr. We show that photosynthetic processes can be sustained on such planets. The DNA-weighted UV radiation dose for an Earth-like planet in the CHZ is less than the maxima encountered on Earth, and hence non-magnetic white dwarfs are compatible with the persistence of complex life. Polarization due to a terrestrial planet in the CHZ of a cool white dwarf (CWD) is 10{sup 2} (10{sup 4}) times larger than it would be in the habitable zone of a typical M-dwarf (Sun-like star). Polarimetry is thus a viable way to detect close-in rocky planets around white dwarfs. Multi-band polarimetry would also allow us to reveal the presence of a planet atmosphere, providing a first characterization. Planets in the CHZ of a 0.6 M{sub Sun} white dwarf will be distorted by Roche geometry, and a Kepler-11d analog would overfill its Roche lobe. With current facilities a super-Earth-sized atmosphereless planet is detectable with polarimetry around the brightest known CWD. Planned future facilities render smaller planets detectable, in particular by increasing the instrumental sensitivity in the blue.

  6. Evaluation of DNA extraction kits for molecular diagnosis of human Blastocystis subtypes from fecal samples.

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    Yoshikawa, Hisao; Dogruman-Al, Funda; Dogruman-Ai, Funda; Turk, Songul; Kustimur, Semra; Balaban, Neriman; Sultan, Nedim

    2011-10-01

    Blastocystis sp. is now recognized as one of the most common intestinal parasite in human fecal examinations. Recently, PCR-based diagnostic methods of Blastocystis infection using direct DNA extraction from fresh fecal samples with commercially available kits are reported. Several kits have been developed, but little has been done in comparing the detective sensitivity between PCR methods using the commercial kits. In this study, we compared the detective sensitivity among five commercially available kits (MagNA Pure LC DNA Isolation Kit I, Roche; QuickGene SP Kit DNA, FujiFilm; NucleoSpin Plant II, Macherey-Nagel; QIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit, Qiagen; ZR Fecal DNA Kit, Zymo Research) and fecal culture method. In a preliminary test, the DNA isolated with two kits (FujiFilm and Macherey-Nagel) showed negative PCR, while the other three kits showed positive PCR. Then, DNA from 50 clinical samples that was Blastocystis-positive in the examination of fecal culture method were isolated with the three kits and 1.1 kbp SSU rRNA gene was detected with PCR. The positive rates of the three kits (Roche, Qiagen, and Zymo Research) were 10, 48 and 94%, respectively. The present study indicated that there is different detective sensitivity among the commercial kits, and fecal culture method is superior in detection rate and cost performance than DNA-elution kits for diagnosis of Blastocystis sp. subtypes.

  7. Analysing 454 amplicon resequencing experiments using the modular and database oriented Variant Identification Pipeline

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    Deforce Dieter

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Next-generation amplicon sequencing enables high-throughput genetic diagnostics, sequencing multiple genes in several patients together in one sequencing run. Currently, no open-source out-of-the-box software solution exists that reliably reports detected genetic variations and that can be used to improve future sequencing effectiveness by analyzing the PCR reactions. Results We developed an integrated database oriented software pipeline for analysis of 454/Roche GS-FLX amplicon resequencing experiments using Perl and a relational database. The pipeline enables variation detection, variation detection validation, and advanced data analysis, which provides information that can be used to optimize PCR efficiency using traditional means. The modular approach enables customization of the pipeline where needed and allows researchers to adopt their analysis pipeline to their experiments. Clear documentation and training data is available to test and validate the pipeline prior to using it on real sequencing data. Conclusions We designed an open-source database oriented pipeline that enables advanced analysis of 454/Roche GS-FLX amplicon resequencing experiments using SQL-statements. This modular database approach allows easy coupling with other pipeline modules such as variant interpretation or a LIMS system. There is also a set of standard reporting scripts available.

  8. Analysing 454 amplicon resequencing experiments using the modular and database oriented Variant Identification Pipeline.

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    De Schrijver, Joachim M; De Leeneer, Kim; Lefever, Steve; Sabbe, Nick; Pattyn, Filip; Van Nieuwerburgh, Filip; Coucke, Paul; Deforce, Dieter; Vandesompele, Jo; Bekaert, Sofie; Hellemans, Jan; Van Criekinge, Wim

    2010-05-20

    Next-generation amplicon sequencing enables high-throughput genetic diagnostics, sequencing multiple genes in several patients together in one sequencing run. Currently, no open-source out-of-the-box software solution exists that reliably reports detected genetic variations and that can be used to improve future sequencing effectiveness by analyzing the PCR reactions. We developed an integrated database oriented software pipeline for analysis of 454/Roche GS-FLX amplicon resequencing experiments using Perl and a relational database. The pipeline enables variation detection, variation detection validation, and advanced data analysis, which provides information that can be used to optimize PCR efficiency using traditional means. The modular approach enables customization of the pipeline where needed and allows researchers to adopt their analysis pipeline to their experiments. Clear documentation and training data is available to test and validate the pipeline prior to using it on real sequencing data. We designed an open-source database oriented pipeline that enables advanced analysis of 454/Roche GS-FLX amplicon resequencing experiments using SQL-statements. This modular database approach allows easy coupling with other pipeline modules such as variant interpretation or a LIMS system. There is also a set of standard reporting scripts available.

  9. Wobbling and Precessing Jets from Warped Disks in Binary Systems

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    Sheikhnezami, Somayeh; Fendt, Christian

    2015-12-01

    We present results of the first ever three-dimensional (3D) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations of the accretion-ejection structure. We investigate the 3D evolution of jets launched symmetrically from single stars but also jets from warped disks in binary systems. We have applied various model setups and tested them by simulating a stable and bipolar symmetric 3D structure from a single star-disk-jet system. Our reference simulation maintains a good axial symmetry and also a bipolar symmetry for more than 500 rotations of the inner disk, confirming the quality of our model setup. We have then implemented a 3D gravitational potential (Roche potential) due by a companion star and run a variety of simulations with different binary separations and mass ratios. These simulations show typical 3D deviations from axial symmetry, such as jet bending outside the Roche lobe or spiral arms forming in the accretion disk. In order to find indications of precession effects, we have also run an exemplary parameter setup, essentially governed by a small binary separation of only ≃200 inner disk radii. This simulation shows a strong indication that we observe the onset of a jet precession caused by the wobbling of the jet-launching disk. We estimate the opening angle of the precession cone defined by the lateral motion of the jet axis to be about 4° after about 5000 dynamical time steps.

  10. GW170817: a neutron star merger in a mass-transferring triple system

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    Chang, Philip; Murray, Norman

    2018-02-01

    The light curve of GW170817 is surprisingly blue and bright. Assuming that the event is a binary neutron star merger, we argue that blueness and brightness of the light curve is the result of ejecta that contains an substantial amount of thermal energy. To achieve this, the ejecta must be reheated at a substantial distance (1-2000 solar radii) from the merger to avoid losing the energy to adiabatic cooling. We show that this reheating can occur if the merger occurs in a hierarchical triple system where the outer star has evolved and filled its Roche lobe. The outer star feeds mass to the inner binary, forming a circumbinary disc, driving the inner binary to merge. Because the outer star fills its Roche lobe, a substantial fraction of the dynamical ejecta collides with the evolved star, reheating the ejecta in the process. We suggest that the process of mass transfer in hierarchical triples tends to form coplanar triple systems such as PSR J0337+1715, and may provide electromagnetic counterparts to binary black hole mergers.

  11. Dissection of the octoploid strawberry genome by deep sequencing of the genomes of Fragaria species.

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    Hirakawa, Hideki; Shirasawa, Kenta; Kosugi, Shunichi; Tashiro, Kosuke; Nakayama, Shinobu; Yamada, Manabu; Kohara, Mistuyo; Watanabe, Akiko; Kishida, Yoshie; Fujishiro, Tsunakazu; Tsuruoka, Hisano; Minami, Chiharu; Sasamoto, Shigemi; Kato, Midori; Nanri, Keiko; Komaki, Akiko; Yanagi, Tomohiro; Guoxin, Qin; Maeda, Fumi; Ishikawa, Masami; Kuhara, Satoru; Sato, Shusei; Tabata, Satoshi; Isobe, Sachiko N

    2014-01-01

    Cultivated strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) is octoploid and shows allogamous behaviour. The present study aims at dissecting this octoploid genome through comparison with its wild relatives, F. iinumae, F. nipponica, F. nubicola, and F. orientalis by de novo whole-genome sequencing on an Illumina and Roche 454 platforms. The total length of the assembled Illumina genome sequences obtained was 698 Mb for F. x ananassa, and ∼200 Mb each for the four wild species. Subsequently, a virtual reference genome termed FANhybrid_r1.2 was constructed by integrating the sequences of the four homoeologous subgenomes of F. x ananassa, from which heterozygous regions in the Roche 454 and Illumina genome sequences were eliminated. The total length of FANhybrid_r1.2 thus created was 173.2 Mb with the N50 length of 5137 bp. The Illumina-assembled genome sequences of F. x ananassa and the four wild species were then mapped onto the reference genome, along with the previously published F. vesca genome sequence to establish the subgenomic structure of F. x ananassa. The strategy adopted in this study has turned out to be successful in dissecting the genome of octoploid F. x ananassa and appears promising when applied to the analysis of other polyploid plant species.

  12. An efficient simulator of 454 data using configurable statistical models

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    Persson Bengt

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Roche 454 is one of the major 2nd generation sequencing platforms. The particular characteristics of 454 sequence data pose new challenges for bioinformatic analyses, e.g. assembly and alignment search algorithms. Simulation of these data is therefore useful, in order to further assess how bioinformatic applications and algorithms handle 454 data. Findings We developed a new application named 454sim for simulation of 454 data at high speed and accuracy. The program is multi-thread capable and is available as C++ source code or pre-compiled binaries. Sequence reads are simulated by 454sim using a set of statistical models for each chemistry. 454sim simulates recorded peak intensities, peak quality deterioration and it calculates quality values. All three generations of the Roche 454 chemistry ('GS20', 'GS FLX' and 'Titanium' are supported and defined in external text files for easy access and tweaking. Conclusions We present a new platform independent application named 454sim. 454sim is generally 200 times faster compared to previous programs and it allows for simple adjustments of the statistical models. These improvements make it possible to carry out more complex and rigorous algorithm evaluations in a reasonable time scale.

  13. Improved Efficiency and Reliability of NGS Amplicon Sequencing Data Analysis for Genetic Diagnostic Procedures Using AGSA Software

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    Axel Poulet

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    Full Text Available Screening for BRCA mutations in women with familial risk of breast or ovarian cancer is an ideal situation for high-throughput sequencing, providing large amounts of low cost data. However, 454, Roche, and Ion Torrent, Thermo Fisher, technologies produce homopolymer-associated indel errors, complicating their use in routine diagnostics. We developed software, named AGSA, which helps to detect false positive mutations in homopolymeric sequences. Seventy-two familial breast cancer cases were analysed in parallel by amplicon 454 pyrosequencing and Sanger dideoxy sequencing for genetic variations of the BRCA genes. All 565 variants detected by dideoxy sequencing were also detected by pyrosequencing. Furthermore, pyrosequencing detected 42 variants that were missed with Sanger technique. Six amplicons contained homopolymer tracts in the coding sequence that were systematically misread by the software supplied by Roche. Read data plotted as histograms by AGSA software aided the analysis considerably and allowed validation of the majority of homopolymers. As an optimisation, additional 250 patients were analysed using microfluidic amplification of regions of interest (Access Array Fluidigm of the BRCA genes, followed by 454 sequencing and AGSA analysis. AGSA complements a complete line of high-throughput diagnostic sequence analysis, reducing time and costs while increasing reliability, notably for homopolymer tracts.

  14. Biomineral proteins from Mytilus edulis mantle tissue transcriptome.

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    Freer, Andy; Bridgett, Stephen; Jiang, Jiahong; Cusack, Maggie

    2014-02-01

    The common blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, has a bimineralic shell composed of approximately equal proportions of the two major polymorphs of calcium carbonate: calcite and aragonite. The exquisite biological control of polymorph production is the focus of research interest in terms of understanding the details of biomineralisation and the proteins involved in the process of complex shell formation. Recent advances in ease and availability of pyrosequencing and assembly have resulted in a sharp increase in transcriptome data for invertebrate biominerals. We have applied Roche 454 pyrosequencing technology to profile the transcriptome for the mantle tissue of the bivalve M. edulis. A comparison was made between the results of several assembly programs: Roche Newbler assembler versions 2.3, 2.5.2 and 2.6 and MIRA 3.2.1 and 3.4.0. The Newbler and MIRA assemblies were subsequently merged using the CAP3 assembler to give a higher consensus in alignments and a more accurate estimate of the true size of the M. edulis transcriptome. Comparison sequence searches show that the mantle transcripts for M. edulis encode putative proteins exhibiting sequence similarities with previously characterised shell proteins of other species of Mytilus, the Bivalvia Pinctada and haliotid gastropods. Importantly, this enhanced transcriptome has detected several transcripts that encode proteins with sequence similarity with previously described shell biomineral proteins including Shematrins and lysine-rich matrix proteins (KRMPs) not previously found in Mytilus.

  15. Obinutuzumab: first global approval.

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    Cameron, Fiona; McCormack, Paul L

    2014-01-01

    Obinutuzumab (Gazyva™) is an intravenously administered, humanized and glycoengineered, type II anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of B-cell malignancies. It is approved in the US for use in combination with chlorambucil for the first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), and has been filed for approval in the EU in this indication. The antibody is based on GlycArt Biotechnology's (later Roche Glycart AG) proprietary GlycoMAb® technology, which uses glycoengineered antibodies that specifically increase antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and thereby increase immune-mediated target cell death. Obinutuzumab is a type II anti-CD20 antibody that induces enhanced direct cell death. The monoclonal antibody is in worldwide phase III development with Roche and its subsidiaries, Genentech and Chugai Pharmaceutical, as well as Biogen Idec, for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma generally, and is also in phase III development in countries outside of the US and EU for CLL.

  16. Evaluation of four commercial virological assays for early infant HIV-1 diagnosis using dried blood specimens.

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    Alvarez, Patricia; Prieto, Luis; Martín, Leticia; Obiang, Jacinta; Avedillo, Pedro; Vargas, Antonio; Rojo, Pablo; Fernández McPhee, Carolina; Sanz Canalejas, Leticia; Benito, Agustín; Ramos, José Tomás; Holguín, África

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    Early infant diagnosis (EID) of HIV-1 is necessary to reduce HIV-related mortality. As maternal antibodies transferred across the placenta may persist up to 18 mo, commercial virological assays (CVAs) are needed. This study compares four CVAs for EID using dried blood specimens (DBS) from HIV-1-exposed infants. DBS from 68 infants born to HIV-1-infected women were collected from November 2012 to December 2013 in Equatorial Guinea. Four CVAs were performed: Siemens VERSANT HIV-1 RNA 1.0 kPCR assay, Roche CAP/CTM Quantitative Test v2.0, CAP/CTM Qualitative Tests v1.0 and v2.0. Definitive diagnosis was established following World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. Two HIV-1-infected infants (2.9%) were detected by the four CVAs while 49 (72%) resulted negative. Discordant results were observed in 17 (25%) infants and HIV-1 infection was excluded in 14 patients when virological and serological testing was performed in additional DBS. Different false-positive rates HIV-1 were observed with Roche assays. CVAs using DBS were useful for EID, although discrepant results were common. Further research is required to reduce false-positive results that could result in wrong diagnosis and unneeded treatment. We propose caution with low viral load (VL) values when using VL assays. Clear guidelines are required for EID of HIV-exposed infants with discrepant virological results.

  17. Application of the characteristic function to evaluate and compare analytical variability in an external quality assessment scheme for serum ethanol.

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    Coucke, Wim; Charlier, Corine; Lambert, Willy; Martens, Frank; Neels, Hugo; Tytgat, Jan; Van de Walle, Philippe; Vanescote, André; Wallemacq, Pierre; Wille, Sarah; Verstraete, Alain G

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    As a cornerstone of quality management in the laboratory, External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes are used to assess laboratory and analytical method performance. The characteristic function is used to describe the relation between the target concentration and the EQA standard deviation, which is an essential part of the evaluation process. The characteristic function is also used to compare the variability of different analytical methods. We fitted the characteristic function to data from the Belgian External Quality Assessment program for serum ethanol. Data included results from headspace gas chromatography and the enzymatic methods of Abbott, Roche, Siemens, and Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics. We estimated the characteristic function with weighted nonlinear regression. By introducing dummy variables, we rewrote the original formula of the characteristic function to assess statistical inference for comparing the variability of the different analytical methods. The characteristic function fitted the data precisely. Comparison between methods showed that there was little difference between the estimated variability for low concentrations, and that the increase in SD with increasing target concentration was slower for Abbott and Roche than for the other methods. The characteristic function can successfully be introduced in clinical schemes, although its applicability to fit the data should always be assessed. Because of its easy parameterization, it can be used to assess differences in performance between analytical methods and to assess laboratory performance. The characteristic function also offers an alternative framework for coefficients of variation to describe variability of analytical methods. © 2015 American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

  18. Strong negative interference of ethamsylate (Dicynone®) in serum creatinine quantification via enzymatic assay using Trinder reaction.

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    Wiewiorka, Ondrej; Dastych, Milan; Čermáková, Zdenka

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    With discrepancies encountered as early as the verification of enzymatic method for quantification of serum creatinine, our research pointed to a later confirmed interference caused by a compound called ethamsylate present in the commonly used antihemorrhagic drug Dicynone. We measured concentrations of creatinine of 10 patients with blood taken before and 15 minutes after the intravenous administration of a 500 mg dose of Dicynone. The creatinine concentration was determined using Jaffe method and enzymatic method that utilize Trinder reaction (Roche) in analyzer Cobas c 501 (Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland). We also monitored concentration of blood creatinine in three patients before and 15 minutes after application of Dicynone (500 mg i.v.) and in the following 6th, 12th, 18th, and 24th hours. We discovered a significant negative bias in creatinine results using enzymatic assay with Trinder reaction in blood taken 15 min after i.v. application of 500 mg Dicynone to patients compared to their pre-application values (average decrease of 47%). Unlike this, the results of compensated Jaffe method yielded steady results in all samples (average deviation 0.6% from original values). However, 12 h after the drug administration comparable results were seen as before the administration. Considering the strong negative interference of ethamsylate in enzymatic assay using Trinder reaction for creatinine quantification, blood from patients with prescribed Dicynone should be taken at least 12 h after the last application of the drug for obtaining the correct creatinine values.

  19. Second-generation sequencing of forensic STRs using the Ion Torrent™ HID STR 10-plex and the Ion PGM™

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    Fordyce, Sarah L; Mogensen, Helle Smidt; Børsting, Claus

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    platforms, such as the MiSeq (Illumina) and the Ion Personal Genome Machine (Ion PGM™; Thermo Fisher). There are currently several challenges faced with amplicon-based SGS STR typing in forensic genetics, including current lengths of amplicons for CE-typing and lack of uniform data analysis between......Second-generation sequencing (SGS) using Roche/454 and Illumina platforms has proved capable of sequencing the majority of the key forensic genetic STR systems. Given that Roche has announced that the 454 platforms will no longer be supported from 2015, focus should now be shifted to competing SGS...... laboratories. Thermo Fisher has designed a human identification (HID) short tandem repeat (STR) 10-plex panel including amelogenin, CSF1PO, D16S539, D3S1358, D5S818, D7S820, D8S1179, TH01, TPOX and vWA, where the primers have been designed specifically for the purpose of SGS and the data analysis is supported...

  20. Explaining the variability of WD 1145+017 with simulations of asteroid tidal disruption

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    Veras, Dimitri; Carter, Philip J.; Leinhardt, Zoë M.; Gänsicke, Boris T.

    2017-02-01

    Post-main-sequence planetary science has been galvanized by the striking variability, depth and shape of the photometric transit curves due to objects orbiting white dwarf WD 1145+017, a star which also hosts a dusty debris disc and circumstellar gas, and displays strong metal atmospheric pollution. However, the physical properties of the likely asteroid which is discharging disintegrating fragments remain largely unconstrained from the observations. This process has not yet been modelled numerically. Here, we use the N-body code PKDGRAV to compute dissipation properties for asteroids of different spins, densities, masses and eccentricities. We simulate both homogeneous and differentiated asteroids, for up to 2 yr, and find that the disruption time-scale is strongly dependent on density and eccentricity, but weakly dependent on mass and spin. We find that primarily rocky differentiated bodies with moderate (˜3-4 g cm-3) bulk densities on near-circular (e ≲ 0.1) orbits can remain intact while occasionally shedding mass from their mantles. These results suggest that the asteroid orbiting WD 1145+017 is differentiated, resides just outside of the Roche radius for bulk density but just inside the Roche radius for mantle density, and is more akin physically to an asteroid like Vesta instead of one like Itokawa.

  1. Simulating the tidal disruption of the asteroid orbiting white dwarf WD 1145+017

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    Veras, Dimitri; Carter, Philip; Leinhardt, Zoe; Gänsicke, Boris

    2017-06-01

    Post-main-sequence planetary science has been galvanised by the striking variability, depth and shape of the photometric transit curves due to objects orbiting white dwarf WD 1145+017, a star which also hosts a dusty debris disc and circumstellar gas, and displays strong metal atmospheric pollution. However, the physical properties of the likely asteroid which is discharging disintegrating fragments remain largely unconstrained from the observations. This process has not yet been modelled numerically. Here, we use the N-body code PKDGRAV to compute dissipation properties for asteroids of different spins, densities, masses, and eccentricities. We simulate both homogeneous and differentiated asteroids, for up to two years, and find that the disruption timescale is strongly dependent on density and eccentricity, but weakly dependent on mass and spin. We find that primarily rocky differentiated bodies with moderate (~3-4 g/cm^3) bulk densities on near-circular (e <~ 0.1) orbits can remain intact while occasionally shedding mass from their mantles. These results suggest that the asteroid orbiting WD 1145+017 is differentiated, resides just outside of the Roche radius for bulk density but just inside the Roche radius for mantle density, and is more akin physically to an asteroid like Vesta instead of one like Itokawa.

  2. The implications of a companion enhanced wind on millisecond pulsar production

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    Smedley, Sarah L.; Tout, Christopher A.; Ferrario, Lilia; Wickramasinghe, Dayal T.

    2017-01-01

    The most frequently seen binary companions to millisecond pulsars (MSPs) are helium white dwarfs. The standard rejuvenation mechanism, in which a low- to intermediate-mass companion to a neutron star fills its Roche lobe between central hydrogen exhaustion and core helium ignition, is the most plausible formation mechanism. We have investigated whether the observed population can realistically be formed via this mechanism. We used the Cambridge STARS code to make models of Case B Roche-lobe overflow with Reimers' mass-loss from the donor. We find that the range of initial orbital periods required to produce the currently observed range of orbital periods of MSPs is extremely narrow. To reduce this fine tuning, we introduce a companion enhanced wind (CEW) that strips the donor of its envelope more quickly so that systems can detach at shorter periods. Our models indicate that the fine tuning can be significantly reduced if a CEW is active. Because significant mass is lost owing to a CEW, we expect some binary pulsars to accrete less than the 0.1 M⊙ needed to spin them up to millisecond periods. This can account for mildly recycled pulsars present along the entire Mc-Porb relation. Systems with Pspin > 30 ms are consistent with this, but too few of these mildly recycled pulsars have yet been observed to make a significant comparison.

  3. Formation of the Double Neutron Star System PSR J1930-1852

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    Shao, Yong; Li, Xiang-Dong

    2016-01-01

    The spin period (185 ms) and period derivative (1.8× {10}-17 {{s}} {{{s}}}-1) of the recently discovered double neutron star (DNS) system PSR J1930-1852 indicate that the pulsar was mildly recycled through the process of Roche-lobe overflow. This system has the longest orbital period (45 days) of the known DNS systems, and can be formed from a helium star-NS binary if the initial mass of the helium star was ≲ 4.0{M}⊙ ; otherwise, the helium star would never fill its Roche-lobe. At the moment of the supernova explosion, the mass of the helium star was ≲ 3.0{M}⊙ . We find that the probability distribution of the velocity kick imparted to the new-born neutron star has a maximum at about 30 {km} {{{s}}}-1 (and a tail up to 260 {km} {{{s}}}-1), indicating that this NS probably received a low kick velocity at birth.

  4. AN X-RAY AND OPTICAL LIGHT CURVE MODEL OF THE ECLIPSING SYMBIOTIC BINARY SMC3

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    Kato, Mariko [Department of Astronomy, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama 223-8521 (Japan); Hachisu, Izumi [Department of Earth Science and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8902 (Japan); Mikolajewska, Joanna, E-mail: mariko@educ.cc.keio.ac.jp [Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center, Bartycka 18, 00-716 Warszawa (Poland)

    2013-01-20

    Some binary evolution scenarios for Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) include long-period binaries that evolve to symbiotic supersoft X-ray sources in their late stage of evolution. However, symbiotic stars with steady hydrogen burning on the white dwarf's (WD) surface are very rare, and the X-ray characteristics are not well known. SMC3 is one such rare example and a key object for understanding the evolution of symbiotic stars to SNe Ia. SMC3 is an eclipsing symbiotic binary, consisting of a massive WD and red giant (RG), with an orbital period of 4.5 years in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The long-term V light curve variations are reproduced as orbital variations in the irradiated RG, whose atmosphere fills its Roche lobe, thus supporting the idea that the RG supplies matter to the WD at rates high enough to maintain steady hydrogen burning on the WD. We also present an eclipse model in which an X-ray-emitting region around the WD is almost totally occulted by the RG swelling over the Roche lobe on the trailing side, although it is always partly obscured by a long spiral tail of neutral hydrogen surrounding the binary in the orbital plane.

  5. Sensibilidad del equipo Cobas AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, v1.5, para la detección de HIV-1

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    Lucía P Gomez

    Full Text Available Las técnicas de amplificación de ácidos nucleicos (NAT se incorporaron en los bancos de sangre para reducir el riesgo residual de transmisión de infecciones por vía transfusional. La cocirculación de distintas variantes del HIV-1 en Argentina indica la necesidad de evaluar la sensibilidad de los ensayos serológicos y moleculares disponibles para su detección. En este trabajo se evaluó la sensibilidad del equipo COBAS AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, versión 1.5 (Roche, para detectar ARN viral en plasmas de individuos infectados con HIV-1 de Argentina. Los resultados demuestran que esta técnica tiene una alta sensibilidad para detectar ARN de HIV-1 en las condiciones ensayadas: para ensayo de mini-pooles (pooles = 50 copias de ARN/ml, la sensibilidad fue = 92 %, y para procedimiento estándar (plasmas = 207 copias de ARN/ml, la sensibilidad fue 100 %. Además, la técnica COBAS AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, versión 1.5 (Roche, es adecuada para la detección de las variantes de HIV-1 prevalentes.

  6. Elements of Poro-Elasticity for Reservoir Engineering Éléments de poro-élasticité pour l'ingénierie de réservoirs

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    Bouteca M.

    2006-11-01

    -élasticité utiles à l'ingénieur de réservoir. La poro-élasticité permet de calculer les déformations du solide liées au mouvement du fluide. C'est donc le cadre théorique qui permet de définir la compressibilité de la roche. Nous montrons ainsi, dans un premier temps, comment les variables mécaniques précédemment introduites sont reliées à la compressibilité de la roche mesurée expérimentalement. Deux hypothèses sont retenues : a mesure en condition isotrope (définie par une pression de confinement et une pression de pore, b mesure en condition oedométrique (définie par un chargement vertical, un déplacement radial nul et une pression de pore. Les principaux résultats sont illustrés dans le tableau 6. On montre en outre qu'en condition isotrope, la compressibilité du volume poreux peut être mesurée indifféremment à pression de pore variable et pression de confinement constante ou à pression de pore constante et pression de confinement variable (tableau 5. Dans un deuxième temps nous examinons sous quelles conditions l'équation de diffusivité définie dans la première partie peut être découplée de l'équation d'équilibre du solide. On montre que la contribution de la déformation de la roche à l'écoulement peut être exprimée à l'aide d'un coefficient de compressibilité à condition que l'on fasse des hypothèses sur le mode de déformation local de la roche. Rappelons que, par opposition à des conditions aux limites qui sont vraies sur le contour du domaine, les conditions locales sont vraies en tout point et constituent une simplification du problème réel. En conclusion, on souligne l'importance du choix des conditions locales retenues pour la mesure de la compressibilité de la roche. La compressibilité de la roche étant définie, l'équation de diffusivité prend sa forme classique : la contribution de la roche est introduite en définissant une compressibilité totale somme de la compressibilité du fluide et de celle de la roche.

  7. The Influence of Coronal Mass Ejections on the Mass-loss Rates of Hot-Jupiters

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    Cherenkov, A.; Bisikalo, D.; Fossati, L.; Möstl, C.

    2017-09-01

    Hot-Jupiters are subject to extreme radiation and plasma flows coming from their host stars. Past ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope observations, supported by hydrodynamic models, confirmed that these factors lead to the formation of an extended envelope, part of which lies beyond the Roche lobe. We use gas-dynamic simulations to study the impact of time variations in the parameters of the stellar wind, namely that of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), on the envelope of the typical hot-Jupiter HD 209458b. We consider three CMEs characterized by different velocities and densities, taking their parameters from typical CMEs observed for the Sun. The perturbations in the ram-pressure of the stellar wind during the passage of each CME tear off most of the envelope that is located beyond the Roche lobe. This leads to a substantial increase of the mass-loss rates during the interaction with the CME. We find that the mass lost by the planet during the whole crossing of a CME is of ≈1015 g, regardless of the CME taken into consideration. We also find that over the course of 1 Gyr, the mass lost by the planet because of CME impacts is comparable to that lost because of high-energy stellar irradiation.

  8. Real-time ed end-point Polymerase Chain Reaction per la quantizzazione del DNA di Citomegalovirus: confronto tra metodi e con il test per l’antigene pp65

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    Tiziano Allice

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Quantitave Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR for Cytomegalovirus (CMV DNA provides highly sensitive and specific data for detecting CMV as well as monitoring the infection and determining the appropriate antiviral strategy.To determine the clinical application of a recently introduced real-time (RT PCR assay for CMV DNA quantitation in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs and defining its correlation with the commercial quantitative end-point (EP PCR method COBAS AMPLICOR CMV Monitor and pp65 antigen test. Sequential PBL samples (n=158 from 32 liver transplanted patients with CMV asymptomatic infection and positive for CMV DNA by EP-PCR were retrospectively analysed with RT-PCR and studied according to pp65 antigen levels. A good correlation was found between RT-PCR and pp65 antigen test (r=0.691 and between the two PCR assays (r=0.761. RT-PCR data were significantly higher in pre-emptive treated patients (those with >20 pp65+positive cells, median value: 3.8 log10 copies/500,000 PBLs than in not-treated ones (2.9 logs.According to pp65 levels of 0, 1-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100 and >100 positive cells/200,000 PBLs, median CMV DNA load by RT-PCR was 2.6, 3.0, 3.6, 4.0. 4.2 and 4.8, log10 copies/ 500,000 PBLs, respectively (EP-PCR CMV DNA levels: 2. 8, 2.9, 3.8, 3.7, 3.9 and 4.0 logs. For samples with >20 pp65+cells, that is above the level at which pre-emptive therapy was started, RT-PCR values were significantly higher than in groups with less than 20 pp65+cells, whereas EP-PCR values did not significantly differ and showed a slower progression rate. Dilutions of DNA from CMV AD169 strain were used to probe RT-PCR reproducibility (between and intra-assay variability < 2% and sensitivity (100% detection rate at 10 copies/reaction, 28.5% with EP-PCR. A significant improvement is coming from the introduction of RT-PCR to the study of CMV DNA dynamics in differently CMV infected patients due to a more reliable quantitation of CMV DNA for moderate and high

  9. Community risk factors for ocular Chlamydia infection in Niger: pre-treatment results from a cluster-randomized trachoma trial.

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    Abdou Amza

    Full Text Available Trachoma control programs utilize mass azithromycin distributions to treat ocular Chlamydia trachomatis as part of an effort to eliminate this disease world-wide. But it remains unclear what the community-level risk factors are for infection.This cluster-randomized, controlled trial entered 48 randomly selected communities in a 2×2 factorial design evaluating the effect of different treatment frequencies and treatment coverage levels. A pretreatment census and examination established the prevalence of risk factors for clinical trachoma and ocular chlamydia infection including years of education of household head, distance to primary water source, presence of household latrine, and facial cleanliness (ocular discharge, nasal discharge, and presence of facial flies. Univariate and multivariate associations were tested using linear regression and Bayes model averaging.There were a total of 24,536 participants (4,484 children aged 0-5 years in 6,235 households in the study. Before treatment in May to July 2010, the community-level prevalence of active trachoma (TF or TI utilizing the World Health Organization [WHO] grading system was 26.0% (95% CI: 21.9% to 30.0% and the mean community-level prevalence of chlamydia infection by Amplicor PCR was 20.7% (95% CI: 16.5% to 24.9% in children aged 0-5 years. Univariate analysis showed that nasal discharge (0.29, 95% CI: 0.04 to 0.54; P = 0.03, presence of flies on the face (0.40, 95% CI: 0.17 to 0.64; P = 0.001, and years of formal education completed by the head of household (0.07, 95% CI: 0.07 to 0.13; P = 0.03 were independent risk factors for chlamydia infection. In multivariate analysis, facial flies (0.26, 95% CI: 0.02 to 0.49; P = 0.03 and years of formal education completed by the head of household (0.06, 95% CI: 0.008 to 0.11; P = 0.02 were associated risk factors for ocular chlamydial infection.We have found that the presence of facial flies and years of education of the head

  10. Diagnostic Accuracy of Quantitative PCR (Xpert MTB/RIF) for Tuberculous Meningitis in a High Burden Setting: A Prospective Study

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    Patel, Vinod B.; Theron, Grant; Lenders, Laura; Matinyena, Brian; Connolly, Cathy; Singh, Ravesh; Coovadia, Yacoob; Ndung'u, Thumbi; Dheda, Keertan

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    Background Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is difficult to diagnose promptly. The utility of the Xpert MTB/RIF test for the diagnosis of TBM remains unclear, and the effect of host- and sample-related factors on test performance is unknown. This study sought to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of Xpert MTB/RIF for the diagnosis of TBM. Methods and Findings 235 South-African patients with a meningeal-like illness were categorised as having definite (culture or Amplicor PCR positive), probable (anti-TBM treatment initiated but microbiological confirmation lacking), or non-TBM. Xpert MTB/RIF accuracy was evaluated using 1 ml of uncentrifuged and, when available, 3 ml of centrifuged cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). To evaluate the incremental value of MTB/RIF over a clinically based diagnosis, test accuracy was compared to a clinical score (CS) derived using basic clinical and laboratory information. Of 204 evaluable patients (of whom 87% were HIV-infected), 59 had definite TBM, 64 probable TBM, and 81 non-TBM. Overall sensitivity and specificity (95% CI) were 62% (48%–75%) and 95% (87%–99%), respectively. The sensitivity of Xpert MTB/RIF was significantly better than that of smear microscopy (62% versus 12%; p = 0.001) and significantly better than that of the CS (62% versus 30%; p = 0.001; C statistic 85% [79%–92%]). Xpert MTB/RIF sensitivity was higher when centrifuged versus uncentrifuged samples were used (82% [62%–94%] versus 47% [31%–61%]; p = 0.004). The combination of CS and Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert MTB/RIF performed if CSMTB/RIF alone but with a ∼10% reduction in test usage. This overall pattern of results remained unchanged when the definite and probable TBM groups were combined. Xpert MTB/RIF was not useful in identifying TBM among HIV-uninfected individuals, although the sample was small. There was no evidence of PCR inhibition, and the limit of detection was ∼80 colony forming units per millilitre. Study limitations included a

  11. Shear-Wave Splitting in a Critical Crust: the Next Step Biréfringence des ondes transversales dans les croûtes critiques : la prochaine étape

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    Crampin S.

    2006-12-01

    -organized criticality. The next step is to employ these techniques to model, monitor, and predict the effects of changing conditions on the deformation of the rockmass. On pourrait avancer que l'anisotropie dans la biréfringence des ondes transversales n'a pas répondu à ses promesses initiales, à savoir ouvrir une nouvelle voie dans la compréhension des phénomènes de fissures et de contraintes dans la croûte terrestre. Dans cet article sont présentés deux développements révélés récemment, qui paraissent raviver ces premiers espoirs et apportent des opportunités nouvelles pour le contrôle, la modélisation et même la prévision des déformations (avant fracture dans les roches microfracturées et saturées de fluides. Ainsi, un modèle de poroélasticité (APE développé récemment concerne l'évolution sous contraintes des roches microfracturées et saturées en fluide et reproduit une large gamme de phénomènes, qui seraient autrement inexpliqués ou dissociés, et semble être une bonne approximation au premier ordre de l'évolution des roches microfracturées et saturées en fluide. Puisque les paramètres qui contrôlent à petite échelle la déformation (avant fracture contrôlent aussi la biréfringence des ondes transversales, il apparaît que l'évolution des roches microfracturées et saturées peut être aussi directement contrôlée par cette biréfringence et que la réponse à des changements futurs peut être prédite par l'APE. Le bon usage de la modélisation de l'APE et des observations de la biréfringence des ondes transversales implique que la plupart des roches soient proches d'un stade de fracturation critique associé à une percolation limite, situation où la résistance aux contraintes transversales disparaît et où les fractures transversales peuvent se propager. Ceci corrobore une autre hypothèse concernant la mise en situation critique spontanée des roches in situ. La conséquence de cette identification est que la physique à petite

  12. Performance of an Optimized Paper-Based Test for Rapid Visual Measurement of Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT in Fingerstick and Venipuncture Samples.

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    Full Text Available A paper-based, multiplexed, microfluidic assay has been developed to visually measure alanine aminotransferase (ALT in a fingerstick sample, generating rapid, semi-quantitative results. Prior studies indicated a need for improved accuracy; the device was subsequently optimized using an FDA-approved automated platform (Abaxis Piccolo Xpress as a comparator. Here, we evaluated the performance of the optimized paper test for measurement of ALT in fingerstick blood and serum, as compared to Abaxis and Roche/Hitachi platforms. To evaluate feasibility of remote results interpretation, we also compared reading cell phone camera images of completed tests to reading the device in real time.96 ambulatory patients with varied baseline ALT concentration underwent fingerstick testing using the paper device; cell phone images of completed devices were taken and texted to a blinded off-site reader. Venipuncture serum was obtained from 93/96 participants for routine clinical testing (Roche/Hitachi; subsequently, 88/93 serum samples were captured and applied to paper and Abaxis platforms. Paper test and reference standard results were compared by Bland-Altman analysis.For serum, there was excellent agreement between paper test and Abaxis results, with negligible bias (+4.5 U/L. Abaxis results were systematically 8.6% lower than Roche/Hitachi results. ALT values in fingerstick samples tested on paper were systematically lower than values in paired serum tested on paper (bias -23.6 U/L or Abaxis (bias -18.4 U/L; a correction factor was developed for the paper device to match fingerstick blood to serum. Visual reads of cell phone images closely matched reads made in real time (bias +5.5 U/L.The paper ALT test is highly accurate for serum testing, matching the reference method against which it was optimized better than the reference methods matched each other. A systematic difference exists between ALT values in fingerstick and paired serum samples, and can be

  13. Evolution of the Northeastern Arabian Plate Margin and Shelf: Hydrocarbon Habitat and Conceptual Future Potential L'évolution géologique de la plate-forme arabe et de sa marge : répartition des hydrocarbures et concepts pour son potentiel futur

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    Beydoun Z. R.

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    Full Text Available About 98% of the huge recoverable hydrocarbon reserves of the Arabian Plate are concentrated in the Northeastern Margin Shelf extending from NW Iraq through the Gulf to Central Oman. The plate tectonic evolution of this region is reviewed as background for its enormous hydrocarbon productivity. This is intimately linked to a near-continuous passive margin history and gentle subsidence of an extraordinarily wide epeiric shelf, which allowed repeated regional development of source rocks in large intra-shelf basins frequently in optimal juxtapositional relationships with good regional reservoirs and seals; these events are discussed. Although currently reported reserve figures relate to Mesozoic and Tertiary reservoirs, it is concluded that several pre-Mesozoic regional sources have generated enormous volumes of hydrocarbons, the bulk of which still await discovery in up-dip Paleozoic reservoirs, and that future ultimate recoverable reserves could conceivably double. Près de 98 % des énormes réserves récupérables d'hydrocarbures de la plaque arabique sont concentrés dans la marge nord-est qui s'étend du nord-ouest de l'Irak au centre d'Oman, à travers le Golfe. L'auteur passe en revue l'évolution tectonique de cette région, origine de son énorme productivité pétrolière. La passivité presque continue de cette marge, combinée à l'affaissement progressif d'un plateau épicontinental particulièrement large, a permis le développement local répété de roches mères, au sein du plateau, dans de vastes bassins bénéficiant souvent d'une juxtaposition optimale avec les roches réservoir et roche-couvertures. L'article étudie ces évènements. Si les réserves actuellement prises en compte sont essentiellement d'origine mésozoïque et tertiaire, l'auteur conclut que de nombreuses sources régionales pré-mésozoïques ont généré d'énormes volumes d'hydrocarbures, dont la majeur partie reste à découvrir dans des réservoirs pal

  14. Pharmaceutical quality of seven generic Levodopa/Benserazide products compared with original Madopar® / Prolopa®.

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    Gasser, Urs E; Fischer, Anton; Timmermans, Jan P; Arnet, Isabelle

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    By definition, a generic product is considered interchangeable with the innovator brand product. Controversy exists about interchangeability, and attention is predominantly directed to contaminants. In particular for chronic, degenerative conditions such as in Parkinson's disease (PD) generic substitution remains debated among physicians, patients and pharmacists. The objective of this study was to compare the pharmaceutical quality of seven generic levodopa/benserazide hydrochloride combination products marketed in Germany with the original product (Madopar® / Prolopa® 125, Roche, Switzerland) in order to evaluate the potential impact of Madopar® generics versus branded products for PD patients and clinicians. Madopar® / Prolopa® 125 tablets and capsules were used as reference material. The generic products tested (all 100 mg/25 mg formulations) included four tablet and three capsule formulations. Colour, appearance of powder (capsules), disintegration and dissolution, mass of tablets and fill mass of capsules, content, identity and amounts of impurities were assessed along with standard physical and chemical laboratory tests developed and routinely practiced at Roche facilities. Results were compared to the original "shelf-life" specifications in use by Roche. Each of the seven generic products had one or two parameters outside the specifications. Deviations for the active ingredients ranged from +8.4% (benserazide) to -7.6% (levodopa) in two tablet formulations. Degradation products were measured in marked excess (+26.5%) in one capsule formulation. Disintegration time and dissolution for levodopa and benserazide hydrochloride at 30 min were within specifications for all seven generic samples analysed, however with some outliers. Deviations for the active ingredients may go unnoticed by a new user of the generic product, but may entail clinical consequences when switching from original to generic during a long-term therapy. Degradation products may pose

  15. [Serologic prevalence of HCV antibodies in health personnel in Peru].

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    Colichon Yerosh, Alejandro; Figueroa, Rolando; Moreno, Armando; Zumaeta, Eduardo; Ferrandíz, Jorge; Busalleu, Alejandro; Prado, William; Candella, Ricardo; Colichón, Alejandro; Rodriguez, Wilson; Espinoza, Julio; Kianman, Wilfredo; Amaya, Nelly; García Pérez, Segundo A; Tello Rodriguez, José; Valdez, Jesús; Paucar Sotomayor, Héctor; Sanchez, César

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    In Peru, new cases of asymptomatic HCV infection are reported with certain frequency in patients with or without antecedents of blood transfusion. Although serologic screening has improved notoriously in the last years, there is still a population of polytransfused patients with high HCV risk (e.g. hemodialyzed patients), making up a major reservoir. Based on this premise, we decided to study the risk of the health worker population in Peru as another major HCV risk group. A total of 2,769 health workers from 7 Public Hospitals and 2 Private Hospitals in the City of Lima and from 7 Public Hospitals in 4 major/main cities of Peru (Chiclayo, Trujillo, Arequipa, and Cusco) were studied. All those workers, who due to their area of work had higher contact with blood and/or blood derivatives (Surgery, ICU, Traumatology, Gynecology, Gastroenterology, Hemodialysis and Laboratories-Blood Banks) were studied. The studied population accounts for 30% of the total health worker population in these services. All serums underwent the EIA-3 test (HCV-Cobas-Core, Lab. Roche, USA). The positive results were confirmed by RT-HCV (Ampiclor, Roche). The positive serums were confirmed by PCR and the positive results with high viral load underwent HCV genotyping (AMPICLOR-Roche Diagnostic, IGEN Diagnostic USA). Of the 2,769 health workers studied in Peru, 32 were positive for HCV antibodies (1.16% of the total number). Lima showed a prevalence slightly higher than the provinces: 26 out of 2,112 vs. 6 out of 657, or 1.23% vs. 0.91%, respectively. The higher risk is assumed by professional with higher level of contact with blood: 2 physicians (Hemodialysis), 5 nurses (HD) and Lab-Blood Bank technicians. The physicians and nurses share the same risk. If we segregate Lima from provinces, it can be seen that the highest risk is in Lima (1.34% compared to 1.07% in provinces). There is a major risk in health workers and the figures are slightly above those that were suspected for Peru (between 0

  16. Population-level transcriptome sequencing of nonmodel organisms Erynnis propertius and Papilio zelicaon

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several recent studies have demonstrated the use of Roche 454 sequencing technology for de novo transcriptome analysis. Low error rates and high coverage also allow for effective SNP discovery and genetic diversity estimates. However, genetically diverse datasets, such as those sourced from natural populations, pose challenges for assembly programs and subsequent analysis. Further, estimating the effectiveness of transcript discovery using Roche 454 transcriptome data is still a difficult task. Results Using the Roche 454 FLX Titanium platform, we sequenced and assembled larval transcriptomes for two butterfly species: the Propertius duskywing, Erynnis propertius (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae and the Anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae. The Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs generated represent a diverse sample drawn from multiple populations, developmental stages, and stress treatments. Despite this diversity, > 95% of the ESTs assembled into long (> 714 bp on average and highly covered (> 9.6× on average contigs. To estimate the effectiveness of transcript discovery, we compared the number of bases in the hit region of unigenes (contigs and singletons to the length of the best match silkworm (Bombyx mori protein--this "ortholog hit ratio" gives a close estimate on the amount of the transcript discovered relative to a model lepidopteran genome. For each species, we tested two assembly programs and two parameter sets; although CAP3 is commonly used for such data, the assemblies produced by Celera Assembler with modified parameters were chosen over those produced by CAP3 based on contig and singleton counts as well as ortholog hit ratio analysis. In the final assemblies, 1,413 E. propertius and 1,940 P. zelicaon unigenes had a ratio > 0.8; 2,866 E. propertius and 4,015 P. zelicaon unigenes had a ratio > 0.5. Conclusions Ultimately, these assemblies and SNP data will be used to generate microarrays for

  17. Population-level transcriptome sequencing of nonmodel organisms Erynnis propertius and Papilio zelicaon

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    Background Several recent studies have demonstrated the use of Roche 454 sequencing technology for de novo transcriptome analysis. Low error rates and high coverage also allow for effective SNP discovery and genetic diversity estimates. However, genetically diverse datasets, such as those sourced from natural populations, pose challenges for assembly programs and subsequent analysis. Further, estimating the effectiveness of transcript discovery using Roche 454 transcriptome data is still a difficult task. Results Using the Roche 454 FLX Titanium platform, we sequenced and assembled larval transcriptomes for two butterfly species: the Propertius duskywing, Erynnis propertius (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) and the Anise swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) generated represent a diverse sample drawn from multiple populations, developmental stages, and stress treatments. Despite this diversity, > 95% of the ESTs assembled into long (> 714 bp on average) and highly covered (> 9.6× on average) contigs. To estimate the effectiveness of transcript discovery, we compared the number of bases in the hit region of unigenes (contigs and singletons) to the length of the best match silkworm (Bombyx mori) protein--this "ortholog hit ratio" gives a close estimate on the amount of the transcript discovered relative to a model lepidopteran genome. For each species, we tested two assembly programs and two parameter sets; although CAP3 is commonly used for such data, the assemblies produced by Celera Assembler with modified parameters were chosen over those produced by CAP3 based on contig and singleton counts as well as ortholog hit ratio analysis. In the final assemblies, 1,413 E. propertius and 1,940 P. zelicaon unigenes had a ratio > 0.8; 2,866 E. propertius and 4,015 P. zelicaon unigenes had a ratio > 0.5. Conclusions Ultimately, these assemblies and SNP data will be used to generate microarrays for ecoinformatics examining

  18. Effect of Clay Mineralogy and Exchangeable Cations on Permeability of Saudi Sandstone Reservoirs Effet de la minéralogie des argiles et des cations échangeables sur la perméabilité des réservoirs gréseux d'Arabie Saoudite

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    Dahab A. S.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Reservoir rocks are susceptible to formation damage during secondary recovery operations due to the particular mineralogical, textural and electrochemical properties of the clay minerals they contain. This damage can be explained by the swelling of indigeneous clays present, resulting in the constricting of pores, or by the dispersion of indigeneous nonswelling particle rearrangements during fluid flow, resulting in the plugging of the pore system, or by a combination of the two. This article describes a laboratory study showing the effect of clay mineralogy on the permeability of actual Saudi sandstone reservoirs during water flooding operations. The study shows that the permeability damage of Saudi sandstone reservoirs depends upon the amount of swelling clays and exchangeable ions as well as on the nature of these ions. Monovalent cations cause more damage than multivalent ones but within the same group of metals, those with smaller atomic mass cause more damage. Les roches réservoirs peuvent être endommagées pendant les opérations de récupération secondaire à cause des propriétés minéralogiques, texturales et électrochimiques particulières des minéraux argileux qu'elles contiennent. Cet endommagement peut s'expliquer, soit par le gonflement des argiles qui conduit à un rétrécissement des pores, soit par la migration de particules non gonflantes pendant l'écoulement des fluides qui entraîne le colmatage des milieux poreux, soit par une combinaison des deux mécanismes. Cet article présente une étude de laboratoire montrant l'effet de la minéralogie des argiles sur la perméabilité des roches réservoirs réelles d'Arabie Saoudite pendant des opérations d'injection d'eau. L'étude montre que l'endommagement de la perméabilité des roches réservoirs d'Arabie Saoudite dépend de la quantité d'argiles gonflantes et d'ions échangeables, ainsi que de la nature de ces ions. Les cations monovalents provoquent plus d

  19. EMS in Viracept--the course of events in 2007 and 2008 from the non-clinical safety point of view.

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    Müller, Lutz; Singer, Thomas

    2009-11-12

    Viracept (nelfinavir) is an HIV protease inhibitor supplied by Roche outside the US, Canada and Japan. Viracept was first introduced by Roche in 1998. Although newer protease inhibitors have become available for the treatment of HIV, it is viewed as a useful medicine for patients who are intolerant to ritonavir (since it does not require ritonavir boosting), pregnant women, and patients in resource-limited settings, since the formulation is heat-stable and does not require refrigeration. The relatively high prevalence of HIV in some of the third world countries means that it was also a product of choice for young women of childbearing age, pregnant and nursing women and young children. On 18 May 2007 F. Hoffmann-La Roche received first reports of a "bad smell" of blisterpacked Viracept tablets and one adverse drug report of nausea and vomiting from patients in Spain. Subsequently, ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), an established mutagen, carcinogen and teratogen was identified as the potential source of the bad smell. On 6 June 2007, Viracept was globally recalled as the extent of the contamination exceeded the guidances for permissible levels set by regulatory authorities by more than 1000-fold and hence human risk was not readily assessable. In the following, a compilation of the course of events from a non-clinical point of view is presented. This compilation only partially reflects the complexity of the case and the interactions between all parties between May/June 2007 and September 2008 and hence necessarily remains partly a subjective compilation of the authors of this article. This compilation serves also as an introduction into this Special Issue of Toxicology Letters. The data on the cause and levels of contamination, likely duration of intake and affected patient population can be found in the subsequent contributions. Most importantly, we share in other parts of this Special Issue with the scientific community the data and risk assessment arguments that

  20. Comparison of serum HBsAg quantitation by four immunoassays, and relationships of HBsAg level with HBV replication and HBV genotypes.

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    Edouard Tuaillon

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The decline in hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg may be an early predictor of the viral efficacy of Hepatitis B virus (HBV therapy. The HBsAg levels obtained by different immunoassays now need comparing and the relationships between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA alongside HBsAg and genotype must be evaluated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: HBsAg levels were compared among 80 patients using the Abbott Architect assay, a commercial immunoassay approved for HBsAg detection and quantitation, and three other assays derived from immunoassays approved for HBsAg detection (manufactured by Diasorin, Bio-Rad and Roche. Good correlation was found between the Abbot vs. Diasorin, Bio-Rad and Roche assays with narrow 95% limits of agreement and small mean differences: -0.06 to 0.11, -0.09 log(10 IU/mL; -0.57 to 0.64, -0.04 log(10 IU/mL; -0.09 to 0.45, -0.27 log(10 IU/mL, respectively. These agreements were not affected by genotypes A or D. HBsAg was weakly correlated with HBV DNA, whatever the HBsAg assay used: Abbott, ρ = 0.36 p = 0.001, Diasorin ρ = 0.34, p = 0.002; Bio-Rad ρ = 0.37, p<0.001; or Roche ρ = 0.41, p<0.001. This relationship between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA seemed to depend on genotypes. Whereas HBsAg (Abbott assay tended to correlate with HBV DNA for genotype A (ρ = 0.44, p = 0.02, no such correlation was significant for genotypes D (ρ = 0.29, p = 0.15. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The quantitation of HBsAg in routine clinical samples is comparable between the reference assay and the adapted assays with acceptable accuracy limits, low levels of variability and minimum discrepancy. While HBsAg quantitation is not affected by HBV genotype, the observed association between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA seems genotype dependent.

  1. Service impact of a change in HIV-1 viral load quantification assay

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    Craig Tipple

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Due to discontinuation of the Siemens Versant HIV-1 RNA (bDNA assay in the UK, our laboratory switched to the Roche Cobas Ampliprep/Taqman HIV-1 viral load (VL assay (Roche in April 2013. This assay has a lower cut-off of 20 RNA copies/mL (compared with <50 for the Siemens assay. Our laboratory demonstrated previously that a significant proportion (18% of patients undetectable using bDNA HIV-1 RNA quantification exhibited low level viraemia (LLV using the new assay. Local guidelines recommend that patients stable on therapy receive twice-yearly VLs. We evaluated the impact of the introduction of the new assay on our clinical service. Methods: A retrospective cohort analysis of treated patients with stable undetectable VL by bDNA (<50 copies/mL followed by ≥ one low-level (<400 copies/mL VL with the Roche assay. Demographic data were collected in addition to frequency of VL testing and genotypic resistance assays. Referrals to virtual clinic (VC were recorded. Patients were identified using laboratory data and information collected from electronic patient records. Results were analyzed with SPSS v18. Results: One hundred and ninety patients were included. Demographics: 79.5% male; 60.6% homosexual; mean age of 46 years. Duration on stable treatment was 46.35 (std. dev. 38.15 months. Current treatment regimens were 43.3% PI-based; 43.3% NNRTI-based and 13.7% other. Patients were stratified into VL 20–49 copies/mL (n=109; VL 50–199 copies/mL (n=71 and VL 200–399 copies/mL (n=10. In total, there were 471 VLs measured of which 274 were additional as a result of the assay switch. This resulted in six HIV-1 genotype requests and 16 VC discussions (Table 1. Longer duration on HAART was associated with reduced frequency of VL testing. The relative risk of ongoing detectability according to drug class are: PI 1.62 (95% CI 1.18–2.21; NNRTI 0.507 (95% CI 0.30–0.85 and other 1.09 (95% CI 0.48–2.43. Conclusions: Changes in assay

  2. Rock-Eval 6 Applications in Hydrocarbon Exploration, Production, and Soil Contamination Studies Les applications de Rock-Eval 6 dans l'exploration et la production des hydrocarbures, et dans les études de contamination des sols

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    Lafargue E.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Successful petroleum exploration relies on detailed analysis of the petroleum system in a given area. Identification of potential source rocks, their maturity and kinetic parameters, and their regional distribution are best accomplished by rapid screening of rock samples (cores and/or cuttings using the Rock-Eval apparatus. The technique has been routinely used for about fifteen years and has become a standard tool for hydrocarbon exploration. This paper describes how the new functions of the latest version of Rock-Eval (Rock-Eval 6 have expanded applications of the method in petroleum geoscience. Examples of new applications are illustrated for source rock characterization, reservoir geochemistry, and environmental studies, including quantification. Le succès d'une exploration pétrolière repose sur l'analyse détaillée du système pétrolier dans une zone donnée. L'identification des roches mères potentielles, la détermination de leur maturité, de leurs paramètres cinétiques et de leur répartition sont réalisées au mieux à partir d'examens rapides d'échantillons de roches (carottes ou déblais au moyen de la pyrolyse Rock-Eval. Cette technique a été utilisée en routine pendant une quinzaine d'années et elle est devenue un outil standard pour l'exploration des hydrocarbures. Cet article décrit comment les nouvelles fonctionnalités de la dernière version de l'appareil Rock-Eval (Rock-Eval 6 ont permis une expansion des applications de la méthode en géosciences pétrolières. Des exemples d'applications nouvelles sont illustrés dans les domaines de la caractérisation des roches mères, de la géochimie de réservoir et des études environnementales incluant la quantification et la description des hydrocarbures dans des sols contaminés.

  3. Formation and early evolution of narrow planetary rings following the tidal disruption of satellites

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    Ogilvie, G. I.; Leinhardt, Z. M.; Latter, H. N.; Kokubo, E.

    2012-09-01

    Satellites that are formed inside the corotation radius of a planet migrate slowly inwards as a result of tidal dissipation in the central body. Eventually they are tidally disrupted and form planetary rings. We use N-body simulations of gravitational aggregates (rubble piles) to study the tidal disruption of both homogeneous satellites and differentiated bodies containing a denser core. These bodies are initially placed in synchronous rotation on circular orbits at different distances from the planet. In cases where tidal disruption occurs, we analyse the disruption process and the properties of the rings that are formed. We find that the Roche limit for a rubble pile is closer to the planet than for a fluid body of the same mean density, and this effect is enhanced if the satellite is differentiated. Significant zones exist around Uranus and Neptune in which inward migration and tidal disruption may occur; similar zones may have existed around the early Jupiter and Saturn. Within its Roche limit, a homogeneous satellite is totally disrupted and forms a narrow ring. The initial stages of the disruption are similar to the evolution of a viscous fluid ellipsoid, which can be computed semianalytically. Later, however, gravitational instability produces irregular structure and dynamics within the ring. On the other hand, a differentiated satellite tends to undergo a disruption of its mantle only. This process is similar to Roche-lobe overflow in interacting binary stars, although proceeding simultaneously through both Lagrange points L1 and L2, and produces streams of ejected particles whose trajectories are initially well described by solutions of the restricted three-body problem. Again, however, gravitational instability affects the streams near nodes where the particles comes almost to rest in the corotating frame and the density is enhanced. This type of disruption process produces two narrow rings on either side of a remnant satellite. If a differentiated

  4. Modeling of Multiphase with Respect to Low Interfacial Tension by Pseudo-Two-Phase Relative Permeability Functions Modélisation d'un écoulement polyphasique à faible tension interfaciale par des fonctions pseudo-biphasiques de perméabilité relative

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    Pusch G.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available A new 2-parameter desaturation function is introduced which offers a broader range of applicability to reservoir rock. Based on this function two-phase relative permeabilities are derived for oil phase and microemulsion flow. These functions are used to match a laboratory experiment by using surfactant flooding for a single surfactant system. Les auteurs présentent une nouvelle fonction de désaturation à deux paramètres qui offre une plus large gamme de possibilités d'application aux roches réservoir. On tire de cette fonction des perméabilités relatives biphasiques pour l'écoulement de la phase pétrole et d'une microémulsion. Ces fonctions sont utilisées pour reproduire une expérience de laboratoire avec injection de surfactant pour un seul système surfactant.

  5. Methods for generating shotgun and mixed shotgun/paired-end libraries for the 454 DNA sequencer.

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    Wiley, Graham; Macmil, Simone; Qu, Chunmei; Wang, Ping; Xing, Yanbo; White, Doug; Li, Jianfeng; White, James D; Domingo, Alexander; Roe, Bruce A

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    With the introduction of massively parallel, microminiature-based instrumentation for DNA sequencing, robust, reproducible, optimized methods are needed to prepare the target DNA for analysis using these high-throughput approaches because the cost per instrument run is orders of magnitude more than for typical Sanger dideoxynucleotide sequencing on fluorescence-based capillary systems. The methods provided by the manufacturer for genome sequencing using the 454/Roche GS-20 and GS-FLX instruments are robust. However, in an effort to streamline them for automation, we have incorporated several novel changes and deleted several extraneous steps. As a result of modifying these sample preparation protocols, the number of manual manipulations has also been minimized, and the overall yields have been improved for both shotgun and mixed shotgun/paired-end libraries. (c) 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  6. Quantitative proteomics as a tool to identify resistance mechanisms in erlotinib-resistant subclones of the non-small cell lung cancer cell line HCC827

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    Jacobsen, Kirstine

    Background: Erlotinib (Tarceva®, Roche) has significantly changed the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as approximately 70% of patients show significant tumor regression when treated (Santarpia et. al., 2013). However, all patients relapse due to development of acquired resistance......, which in 43-50% of cases are caused by a secondary mutation (T790M) in EGFR. Importantly, a majority of resistance cases are still unexplained (Lin & Bivona, 2012). Our aim is to identify novel resistance mechanisms – and potentially new drug targets - in erlotinib-resistant subclones of the NSCLC cell...... was downregulated, indicating a bypass signaling mechanism to achieve resistance. More specifically, mitogen-activated protein kinase 1 (MAPK1) and synovial apoptosis inhibitor 1 (SYNV1) were upregulated. Conclusions: In conclusion, cancer-related networks such as proliferation and apoptosis were found...

  7. Premature ventricular contractions associated with isotretinoin use.

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    Alan, Sevil; Ünal, Betül; Yildirim, Aytül

    2016-01-01

    Isotretinoin has been considered a unique drug for acne treatment. However, it is associated with numerous adverse effects. Isotretinoin can trigger premature ventricular contractions. This report describes a 33-year-old-woman who presented with palpitations for 1 week while undergoing 1-month isotretinoin treatment for mild-moderate facial acne. An electrocardiogram and Holter monitoring showed premature ventricular contractions during isotretinoin (Roaccutane, Roche) treatment. Isotretinoin-related premature ventricular contractions were strongly suggested in this case due to the existence of documented premature ventricular contractions on electrocardiograms and the disappearance of these premature ventricular contractions two weeks after termination of the treatment To the authors' knowledge, there has been 1 reported case of premature ventricular contractions linked to isotretinoin use; this report describes a second such case.

  8. Preliminary report for analysis of genome wide mutations from four ciprofloxacin resistant B. anthracis Sterne isolates generated by Illumina, 454 sequencing and microarrays for DHS

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    Jaing, Crystal [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Vergez, Lisa [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hinckley, Aubree [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Thissen, James [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Gardner, Shea [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); McLoughlin, Kevin [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jackson, Paul [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Ellingson, Sally [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hauser, Loren [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Brettin, Tom [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Fofanov, Viacheslav [Eureka Genomics, Hercules, CA (United States); Koshinsky, Heather [Eureka Genomics, Hercules, CA (United States); Fofanov, Yuriy [Univ. of Houston, TX (United States)

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    The objective of this project is to provide DHS a comprehensive evaluation of the current genomic technologies including genotyping, Taqman PCR, multiple locus variable tandem repeat analysis (MLVA), microarray and high-throughput DNA sequencing in the analysis of biothreat agents from complex environmental samples. As the result of a different DHS project, we have selected for and isolated a large number of ciprofloxacin resistant B. anthracis Sterne isolates. These isolates vary in the concentrations of ciprofloxacin that they can tolerate, suggesting multiple mutations in the samples. In collaboration with University of Houston, Eureka Genomics and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we analyzed the ciprofloxacin resistant B. anthracis Sterne isolates by microarray hybridization, Illumina and Roche 454 sequencing to understand the error rates and sensitivity of the different methods. The report provides an assessment of the results and a complete set of all protocols used and all data generated along with information to interpret the protocols and data sets.

  9. The Jurassic-early Cretaceous arc of the Chilean Coastal Cordillera near Taltal : an assemblage of crustal slivers

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    Kurth, D; E. Scheuber; Reutter, K.J.

    1996-01-01

    Au sud de Taltal, la Cordillère de la côte est séparée en deux blocs par le système de faille d'Atacama : à l'ouest, le bloc Cifuncho est composé de trois sous-blocs, limités par des failles, et constitués respectivement de sédiments paléozoïques, de sédiments triasiques à jurassiques, et de volcanites d'arc d'âge jurassique; à l'est, le bloc Pingo est constitué de roches paléozoïques surmontées par des volcanites du Crétacé inférieur. Cet assemblage de blocs est attribué à la subduction obli...

  10. The socioeconomic burden of cancer in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)--stakeholder meeting report.

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    Jan, Stephen; Kimman, Merel; Kingston, David; Woodward, Mark

    2012-01-01

    The ACTION (Asean CosTs In ONcology) Study will be one of the largest observational studies of the burden of cancer ever conducted in Asia. The study will involve 10,000 newly diagnosed patients with cancer and will be carried out across eight low- and middle income countries within the ASEAN region (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Laos and the Philippines). Patients will be interviewed three times over 12 months to assess their health, use of health care services, out of pocket costs related to their illness, social and quality of life issues. The project is a collaboration between the George Institute for Global Health, the ASEAN Foundation and Roche. The aim of the study is to assess the health and socioeconomic impact of cancer on patients in ASEAN communities, and the factors that may impact on these outcomes.

  11. Spin-down of radio millisecond pulsars at genesis.

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    Tauris, Thomas M

    2012-02-03

    Millisecond pulsars are old neutron stars that have been spun up to high rotational frequencies via accretion of mass from a binary companion star. An important issue for understanding the physics of the early spin evolution of millisecond pulsars is the impact of the expanding magnetosphere during the terminal stages of the mass-transfer process. Here, I report binary stellar evolution calculations that show that the braking torque acting on a neutron star, when the companion star decouples from its Roche lobe, is able to dissipate >50% of the rotational energy of the pulsar. This effect may explain the apparent difference in observed spin distributions between x-ray and radio millisecond pulsars and help account for the noticeable age discrepancy with their young white dwarf companions.

  12. Évaluation des bénéfices procurés par le démantèlement de barrages hydroélectriques : le cas de la pêche au saumon sur la Sélune

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    Salanié, Julien; Le Goffe, Philippe; Surry, Yves

    2004-01-01

    Ce travail présente l'évaluation des bénéfices récréatifs attendus, pour la pêche au saumon, de l'effacement des barrages de la Roche-qui-Boit et de Vezins, sur la Sélune. Sans prendre parti pour ou contre le maintien des barrages et sans prendre en compte le coût de leur éventuel effacement, nous proposons une méthodologie basée sur la notion de « transfert direct de bénéfices ». La variation de l'effort de pêche est déterminée par des modèles statistiques et nous utilisons des valeurs unita...

  13. Linearity analysis and comparison study on the epoc(®) point-of-care blood analysis system in cardiopulmonary bypass patients.

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    Chen, Jianing; Gorman, Monique; O'Reilly, Bill; Chen, Yu

    2016-03-01

    The epoc(®) blood analysis system (Epocal Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a newly developed in vitro diagnostic hand-held analyzer for testing whole blood samples at point-of-care, which provides blood gas, electrolytes, ionized calcium, glucose, lactate, and hematocrit/calculated hemoglobin rapidly. The analytical performance of the epoc(®) system was evaluated in a tertiary hospital, see related research article "Analytical evaluation of the epoc(®) point-of-care blood analysis system in cardiopulmonary bypass patients" [1]. Data presented are the linearity analysis for 9 parameters and the comparison study in 40 cardiopulmonary bypass patients on 3 epoc(®) meters, Instrumentation Laboratory GEM4000, Abbott iSTAT, Nova CCX, and Roche Accu-Chek Inform II and Performa glucose meters.

  14. Linearity analysis and comparison study on the epoc® point-of-care blood analysis system in cardiopulmonary bypass patients

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    Chen, Jianing; Gorman, Monique; O’Reilly, Bill; Chen, Yu

    2016-01-01

    The epoc® blood analysis system (Epocal Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a newly developed in vitro diagnostic hand-held analyzer for testing whole blood samples at point-of-care, which provides blood gas, electrolytes, ionized calcium, glucose, lactate, and hematocrit/calculated hemoglobin rapidly. The analytical performance of the epoc® system was evaluated in a tertiary hospital, see related research article “Analytical evaluation of the epoc® point-of-care blood analysis system in cardiopulmonary bypass patients” [1]. Data presented are the linearity analysis for 9 parameters and the comparison study in 40 cardiopulmonary bypass patients on 3 epoc® meters, Instrumentation Laboratory GEM4000, Abbott iSTAT, Nova CCX, and Roche Accu-Chek Inform II and Performa glucose meters. PMID:26937460

  15. Development of twelve microsatellite loci in the red tree corals Primnoa resedaeformis and Primnoa pacifica

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    Morrison, Cheryl; Springmann, Marcus J.; Shroades, Kelsey; Stone, Robert P.

    2015-01-01

    A suite of tetra-, penta-, and hexa-nucleotide microsatellite loci were developed from Roche 454 pyrosequencing data for the cold-water octocorals Primnoa resedaeformis and P. pacifica. Twelve of 98 primer sets tested consistently amplified in 30 P. resedaeformis samples from Baltimore Canyon (western North Atlantic Ocean) and in 24 P. pacifica samples (Shutter Ridge, eastern Gulf of Alaska). The loci displayed moderate levels of allelic diversity (average 7.5 alleles/locus) and heterozygosity (average 47 %). Levels of genetic diversity were sufficient to produce unique multi-locus genotypes and to distinguish species. These common species are long-lived (hundreds of years) and provide essential fish habitat (P. pacifica), yet populations are provided little protection from human activities. These loci will be used to determine regional patterns of population connectivity to inform effective marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based fisheries management.

  16. Size distribution of particles in planetary rings. [applied to Saturn and terrestrial planets

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    Greenberg, R.; Davis, D. R.; Hartmann, W. K.; Chapman, C. R.

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    Harris (1975) has suggested that the maximum size of particles in a planetary ring is controlled by collisional fragmentation rather than tidal stress. While this conclusion is probably true, estimated radius limits must be revised upward from Harris' values of a few kilometers by at least an order of magnitude. Accretion of particles within the Roche limit is also possible. These considerations affect theories concerning the evolution of Saturn's rings, of the moon, and of possible former satellites of Mercury and Venus. In the case of Saturn's rings, comparison of various theoretical scenarios with available observational evidence suggests that the rings formed from the breakup of larger particles rather than from original condensation as small particles. This process implies a distribution of particle sizes in Saturn's rings possibly ranging up to about 100 km but with most of the cross section in centimeter-scale particles.

  17. Progression des marais salés à l'ouest du Mont-Saint-Michel entre 1984 et 1994

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    Full Text Available Les aménagements réalisés par l'homme en baie du Mont-Saint-Michel depuis des siècles ont accéléré le processus naturel de sédimentation au voisinage du Mont. Une carte du marais salé (ou herbu le plus menaçant pour l'insularité du Mont a été réalisée en 1984, juste avant la destruction de la digue de la Roche-Torin, opération qui devait limiter la progression de cet herbu. Une nouvelle analyse cartographique indique aujourd'hui que sa croissance vers le large se poursuit.

  18. Glucagon-like peptide-1: effect on pro-atrial natriuretic peptide in healthy males

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    Skov, Jeppe; Holst, Jens Juul; Goetze, Jens Peter

    2013-01-01

    The antihypertensive actions of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists have been linked to release of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) in mice. Whether a GLP-1 - ANP axis exists in humans is unknown. We examined twelve healthy young males in a randomised, controlled, double......-blinded, single-day, cross-over study to evaluate the effects of a two-hour native GLP-1 infusion. Plasma proANP concentrations were measured by an automated mid-region-directed proANP immunoassay and N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) on Roche Modular E170. Urine was collected for measurements...... of sodium excretion. Although GLP-1 infusion increased the urinary sodium excretion markedly there were no significant changes in either proANP or proBNP concentrations. When GLP-1 infusion was stopped, sodium excretion rapidly declined. Since proANP concentration reflects ANP secretion our data cannot...

  19. Lisuride for levodopa-induced complications in Parkinson's disease.

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    Clarke, C E; Speller, J M

    2000-01-01

    To compare the efficacy and safety of adjuvant lisuride therapy versus placebo in patients with Parkinson's disease, already established on levodopa and suffering from motor complications. Electronic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register. Handsearching of the neurology literature as part of the Cochrane Movement Disorders Group's strategy. Examination of the reference lists of identified studies and other reviews. Contact with Cambridge Laboratories and Roche Products Limited. Randomised controlled trials of lisuride versus placebo in patients with a clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease and long-term complications of levodopa therapy. Data was to be abstracted independently by each author and differences settled by discussion. No randomised controlled trials comparing lisuride with placebo in advanced Parkinson's disease with motor complications were found. Well designed randomised controlled trials demonstrating efficacy and safety are required before the use of lisuride in later Parkinson's disease can be supported.

  20. Présentation : réflexions sur le miroir

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    Pomel, Fabienne

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    L’objet Si le Moyen Âge connaît comme l’Antiquité les miroirs métalliques généralement petits et bon marché, il voit le développement des miroirs de cristal de roche et de verre, parallèlement à l’essor de l’optique au xiiie siècle dans le sillage des travaux de l’Arabe Alhazen, de Robert Grossetête, Guillaume Peckam ou Vitellion. Le miroir métallique, rarement sans taches à cause de l’oxydation, est généralement de qualité médiocre. De plus, ses formes varient : le miroir peut être s...