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  1. Combined determination of CEA, Fer, NSE and SCC levels in serum and chest effusion fluid for diagnosis of pulmonary cancer

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    Objective: To study the clinical value of combined determination of CEA, Fer, NSE and SCC levels in serum and chest effusion fluid for dignosis of lung cancer. Methods: These four tumor markers were determined in serum and chest effusion fluid with RIA (NSE and SCC) or chemiluminescence method (CEA and Fer) in 52 patients with lung cancer, 48 patients with benign lung disease and 51 controls. Results: The serum and chest effusion fluid levels of CEA, Fer, NSE and SCC in patients with lung cancer were significantly higher than those in patients with benign lung diseases (all P<0.01) and 51 controls (P<0.001, <0.001, <0. 01 and <0.01 respectively). The positive rate of combined determination of CEA, Fer, NSE and SCC for lung cancer could be above 92.7%. Conclusion: Combined determination of CEA, Fer, NSE and SCC were a useful method for lung cancer diagnosis. (authors)

  2. Diagnostic value of combined determination of serum tumor markers (NSE, CA-242, TPA, CEA) levels in patients with lung cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of combined determination of serum NSE, CA242, tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) and CEA levels in patients with primary lung cancer. Methods: Serum NSE, CA242, TPA and CEA levels were determined with ELISA in (1) 102 patients with various types of primary lung carcinoma (adenocarcinoma 38, squamous cell carcinoma 32, small cell lung carcinoma 32) (2) 33 patients with open lung T. B. and (3) 30 controls. Results: (1) In patients with lung cancer, serum levels of all the four markers were increased and significantly higher than their respective values in patients with open lung T.B. and controls. (2) Positive rate of combined any two markers were 75% for adenocarcinoma, 50% for squamous cell carcinoma and 65% for small cell lung carcinoma, while false positive rate was only 9% for T.B patients and none for the controls. (3) The most appropriate single marker for each specific type of lung cancer was: NSE for SCLC (sensitivity 72%, specificity 97%, CA242 for adenocarcinoma sensitivity 62%, specificity 90%). Conclusion: Combined determination of these tumor markers would improve the sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of primary lung carcinoma. (authors)

  3. Preoperative serum levels of CEA and CA 242 in colorectal cancer.

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    Carpelan-Holmström, M; Haglund, C.; Kuusela, P.; Järvinen, H; Roberts, P. J.

    1995-01-01

    Preoperative serum levels of CEA and CA 242 were determined in 260 patients with colorectal cancer and in 92 patients with benign colorectal diseases. The overall sensitivity of the CEA test was 43% and of the CA 242 test 39%. The corresponding specificities were 90% and 87% respectively, using 5 ng ml-1 as cut-off level for CEA and 20 U ml-1 for CA 242. The sensitivity of CEA was 26%, 32%, 38% and 77% for Dukes A, B, C and D colorectal cancer, and the sensitivity of CA 242 was 26%, 26%, 40% ...

  4. Blood CEA levels for detecting recurrent colorectal cancer: A Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review.

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    Nicholson, BD; Shinkins, B.; Pathiraja, I; Roberts, NW; James, T; Mallett, S.; Perera, R; Primrose, JN; Mant, D

    2015-01-01

    Background Testing for carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) in the blood is a recommended part of follow-up to detect recurrence of colorectal cancer following primary curative treatment. There is substantial clinical variation in the cut-off level applied to trigger further investigation. Objectives To determine the diagnostic performance of different blood CEA levels in identifying people with colorectal cancer recurrence in order to inform clinical practice. Search methods W...

  5. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level, CEA ratio, and treatment outcome of rectal cancer patients receiving pre-operative chemoradiation and surgery

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    To investigate serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a prognostic factor for rectal cancer patients receiving pre-operative chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Between 2000 and 2009, 138 patients with advanced rectal cancer receiving CRT before surgery at our hospital were retrospectively classified into 3 groups: pre-CRT CEA <6 ng/ml (group L; n = 87); pre-CRT CEA ≥ 6 ng/ml and post-CRT CEA <6 ng/ml (group H-L; n = 32); and both pre- and post-CRT CEA ≥ 6 ng/ml (group H-H; n = 19). CEA ratio (defined as post-CRT CEA divided by pre-CRT CEA), post-CRT CEA level and other factors were reviewed for prediction of pathologic complete response (pCR). Five-year disease-free survival (DFS) was better in groups L (69.0%) and H-L (74.5%) than in group H-H (44.9%) (p = 0.024). Pathologic complete response was observed in 19.5%, 21.9% and 5.3% of groups L, H-L and H-H respectively (p = 0.281). Multivariate analysis showed that ypN stage and pCR were independent prognostic factors for DFS and that post-CRT CEA level was independently predictive of pCR. As a whole, post-CRT CEA <2.61 ng/ml predicted pCR (sensitivity 76.0%; specificity 58.4%). For those with pre-CRT CEA ≥6 ng/ml, post-CRT CEA and CEA ratio both predicted pCR (sensitivity 87.5%, specificity 76.7%). In patients with pre-CRT serum CEA ≥6 ng/ml, those with “normalized” CEA levels after CRT may have similar DFS to those with “normal” (<6 ng/ml) pre-CRT values. Post-CRT CEA level is a predictor for pCR, especially in those with pre-CRT CEA ≥6 ng/ml

  6. Reagents for radioimmunological determination of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)

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    The work was undertaken to prepare the reagents for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) radioimmunoassay with double antibody method. The CEA standard of high immunoreactivity was prepared and purified. The purified CEA was used for immunozation of goats. The goat anti - CEA sera were received. IgG fraction from normal goat serum was purified and used for the production of horse anti-goat IgG serum which was then used in the radioimmunoassay of CEA. The labelling of CEA with iodine-125 has been carried out be means of the enzymatic method.(Z.R.)

  7. CEA contribution to power plant operation with high burnup level

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    High level burnup in PWR leads to investigate again the choices carried out in the field of fuel management. French CEA has studied the economic importance of reshuffling technique, cycle length, discharge burnup, and non-operation period between two cycles. Power plants operators wish to work with increased length cycles of 18 months instead of 12. That leads to control problems because the core reactivity cannot be controlled with the only soluble boron: moderator temperature coefficient must be negative. With such cycles, it is necessary to use burnable poisons and for economic reasons with a low penalty in end of cycle. CEA has studied the use of Gd2O3 mixed with fuel or with inert element like Al2O3. Parametric studies of specific weights, efficacities relatively to the fuel burnup and the fuel enrichment have been carried out. Particular studies of 1 month cycles with Gd2O3 have shown the possibility to control power distribution with a very low reactivity penalty in EOC. In the same time, in the 100 MW PWR-CAP, control reactivity has been made with large use of gadolinia in parallel with soluble boron for the two first cycles

  8. Protein expression levels of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in Danish ovarian cancer patients: from the Danish 'MALOVA'ovarian cancer study

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    Hogdall, E.V.; Christensen, L.; Blaakaer, J.; Jarle, Christensen,I; Gayther, S.; Jacobs, I.J.; Hogdall, C.K.; Kjær, Susanne Krüger

    2008-01-01

    from 189 women diagnosed with low malignant potential ovarian tumours (LMP, borderline ovarian tumours) and 571 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer (OC). RESULTS: Using 30% as the cut-off level for CEA over-expression, 18% of LMPs and 4% of OCs were positive. A higher proportion of mucinous tumours......AIMS: To determine the variation in expression of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in 760 epithelial ovarian tumours from Denmark, and to correlate expression with clinicopathological parameters and prognosis for the disease. METHODS: Using tissue arrays (TA), we analysed CEA expression in tissues...

  9. Hookah smoking and cancer: carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels in exclusive/ever hookah smokers

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    Chaouachi Kamal; Sajid Khan; Mahmood Rubaida

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background We have recently published some work on CEA levels in hookah (also called narghile, shisha elsewhere) and cigarette smokers. Hookah smokers had higher levels of CEA than non-smokers although mean levels were low compared to cigarette smokers. However some of them were also users of other tobacco products (cigarettes, bidis, etc.). Objectives To find serum CEA levels in ever/exclusive hookah smokers, i.e. those who smoked only hookah (no cigarettes, bidis, etc.), prepared b...

  10. Elevated Level of Serum Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) and Search for a Malignancy: A Case Report.

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    Asad-Ur-Rahman, Fnu; Saif, Muhammad W

    2016-01-01

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been shown to be associated with tumor burden in patients with colorectal cancer. However, it is also elevated to a significant degree in a number of other malignant and non-malignant conditions. We report a case of reversible CEA elevation in a patient using lithium for bipolar disorder. A 58-year-old female with a longstanding smoking history and a past medical history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bipolar illness, hypothyroidism, and obesity was found to have an elevated CEA level of 11.2 ng/ml (normal level studies to evaluate for colorectal, breast, ovarian, and lung cancer; however, it did not reveal any evidence of malignancy. Upon review of her medications, she reported that she had recently started lithium for her bipolar illness. We followed up her CEA level while her dose of lithium was reduced from 450 to 300 mg per day. Her CEA level decreased from 25 mg/dl to 6.1 mg/dl and remained stable over the course of the next eight months. Our case is the first case report that identifies lithium as a potential cause of reversible CEA elevation. The underlying mechanism is yet to be elucidated, but it underscores the importance of investigating the medications as part of the workup. PMID:27446768

  11. High Plasma TIMP-1 and Serum CEA Levels during Combination Chemotherapy for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Are Significantly Associated with Poor Outcome

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    Aldulaymi, Bahir; Byström, Per; Berglund, Ake; Christensen, Ib J; Brünner, Nils; Nielsen, Hans Jørgen; Glimelius, Bengt

    overall survival. Materials and Methods: Eighty-eight patients with mCRC were included. Blood samples were collected before initiation and after 2, 4 and 6 weeks of treatment with an irinotecan-5-fluorouracil combination. Plasma TIMP-1 and serum CEA levels were determined by validated ELISA platforms. The...... associated with poor overall survival; p <0.0001 in all 4 determinations. A similar association between serum CEA and overall survival could only be demonstrated before treatment. Conclusion: Median plasma TIMP-1 or serum CEA levels do not change significantly during the first 6 weeks of chemotherapy for m......Objective: To evaluate whether combination chemotherapy leads to early changes in plasma TIMP-1 and serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and whether such changes relate to subsequent objective response, time to progression (TTP) and...

  12. A combination of preoperative CT findings and postoperative serum CEA levels improves recurrence prediction for stage I lung adenocarcinoma

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    Objectives: To assess the prognostic value of combined evaluation of preoperative CT findings and pre/postoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels for pathological stage I lung adenocarcinoma. Methods: This retrospective study included 250 consecutive patients who underwent complete resection for ≤3-cm pathological stage I (T1–2aN0M0) adenocarcinomas (132 men, 118 women; mean age, 67.8 years). Radiologists evaluated following CT findings: maximum tumor diameter, percentage of solid component (%solid), air bronchogram, spiculation, adjacency of bullae or interstitial pneumonia (IP) around the tumor, notch, and pleural indent. These CT findings, pre/postoperative CEA levels, age, gender, and Brinkman index were assessed by Cox proportional hazards model to determine the best prognostic model. Prognostic accuracy was examined using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Results: Median follow-up period was 73.2 months. In multivariate analysis, high %solid, adjacency of bullae or IP around the tumor, and high postoperative CEA levels comprised the best combination for predicting recurrence (P < 0.05). A combination of these three findings had a greater accuracy in predicting 5-year disease-free survival than did %solid alone (AUC = 0.853 versus 0.792; P = 0.023), with a sensitivity of 85.7% and a specificity of 74.3% at the optimal threshold. The best cut-off values of %solid and postoperative CEA levels for predicting high-risk patients were ≥48% and ≥3.7 ng/mL, respectively. Conclusion: Compared to %solid alone, combined evaluation of %solid, adjacency of bullae or IP change around the tumor, and postoperative CEA levels improves recurrence prediction for stage I lung adenocarcinoma

  13. A combination of preoperative CT findings and postoperative serum CEA levels improves recurrence prediction for stage I lung adenocarcinoma

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    Yamazaki, Motohiko, E-mail: xackey2001@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan); Ishikawa, Hiroyuki [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan); Kunii, Ryosuke [Division of Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan); Tasaki, Akiko; Sato, Suguru; Ikeda, Yohei; Yoshimura, Norihiko [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan); Hashimoto, Takehisa; Tsuchida, Masanori [Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan); Aoyama, Hidefumi [Department of Radiology, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    Objectives: To assess the prognostic value of combined evaluation of preoperative CT findings and pre/postoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels for pathological stage I lung adenocarcinoma. Methods: This retrospective study included 250 consecutive patients who underwent complete resection for ≤3-cm pathological stage I (T1–2aN0M0) adenocarcinomas (132 men, 118 women; mean age, 67.8 years). Radiologists evaluated following CT findings: maximum tumor diameter, percentage of solid component (%solid), air bronchogram, spiculation, adjacency of bullae or interstitial pneumonia (IP) around the tumor, notch, and pleural indent. These CT findings, pre/postoperative CEA levels, age, gender, and Brinkman index were assessed by Cox proportional hazards model to determine the best prognostic model. Prognostic accuracy was examined using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Results: Median follow-up period was 73.2 months. In multivariate analysis, high %solid, adjacency of bullae or IP around the tumor, and high postoperative CEA levels comprised the best combination for predicting recurrence (P < 0.05). A combination of these three findings had a greater accuracy in predicting 5-year disease-free survival than did %solid alone (AUC = 0.853 versus 0.792; P = 0.023), with a sensitivity of 85.7% and a specificity of 74.3% at the optimal threshold. The best cut-off values of %solid and postoperative CEA levels for predicting high-risk patients were ≥48% and ≥3.7 ng/mL, respectively. Conclusion: Compared to %solid alone, combined evaluation of %solid, adjacency of bullae or IP change around the tumor, and postoperative CEA levels improves recurrence prediction for stage I lung adenocarcinoma.

  14. Metastatic prostate cancer with elevated serum levels of CEA and CA19-9

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    Guang-Dar Juang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Prostate-specific antigen (PSA is well known as a specific tumor marker for prostate cancer, but carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA- and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9-elevating adenocarcinomas originating in the prostate gland are rare. We report a case of metastatic adenocarcinoma of the prostate gland with a high serum level of CEA and CA19-9 in a 78-year-old man in whom prostate cancer (T3N1M1 had been diagnosed 2 years ago and who was treated with androgen deprivation therapy. He visited the emergency department because of a loss of appetite and abdominal pain. The serum CEA and CA19-9 levels were increased to 218.9 ng/mL (normal, <5 ng/mL and 212 ng/mL (normal, <27 ng/mL, respectively. The serum PSA level was slightly elevated (4.41 ng/mL. Computed tomography demonstrated multiple liver metastases, para-aortic lymph node enlargement, and lung metastases. A liver biopsy was performed and the specimen showed high-grade adenocarcinoma with focal positive staining for PSA. Despite chemotherapy with docetaxel, the patient died 3 months after treatment. Based on this case and a review of the literature, an aggressive variant of prostatic carcinoma with a high serum level of CEA and CA19-9 and a low PSA level was shown to progress rapidly with a poor prognosis.

  15. Hookah smoking and cancer: carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA levels in exclusive/ever hookah smokers

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    Chaouachi Kamal

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We have recently published some work on CEA levels in hookah (also called narghile, shisha elsewhere and cigarette smokers. Hookah smokers had higher levels of CEA than non-smokers although mean levels were low compared to cigarette smokers. However some of them were also users of other tobacco products (cigarettes, bidis, etc.. Objectives To find serum CEA levels in ever/exclusive hookah smokers, i.e. those who smoked only hookah (no cigarettes, bidis, etc., prepared between 1 and 4 times a day with a quantity of up to 120 g of a tobacco-molasses mixture each (i.e. the tobacco weight equivalent of up to 60 cigarettes of 1 g each and consumed in 1 to 8 sessions. Methods Enhanced chemiluminescent immunometric technique was applied to measure CEA levels in serum samples from 59 exclusive male smokers with age ranging from 20–80 years (mean = 58.8 ± 14.7 years and 8–65 years of smoking (mean = 37.7 ± 16.8. 36 non-smokers served as controls. Subjects were divided into 3 groups according to the number of preparations; the number of sessions and the total daily smoking time: Light (1; 1; ≤ 20 minutes; Medium (1–3; 1–3; >20 min to ≤ 2 hrs and Heavy smokers (2–4; 3–8; >2 hrs to ≤ 6 hrs. Because of the nature of distribution of CEA levels among our individuals, Wilcoxon's rank sum two-sample test was applied to compare the variables. Results The overall CEA levels in exclusive hookah smokers (mean: 3.58 ± 2.61 ng/ml; n = 59 were not significantly different (p ≤ 0.0937 from the levels in non-smokers (2.35 ± 0.71 ng/ml. Mean levels in light, medium and heavy smokers were: 1.06 ± 0.492 ng/ml (n = 5; 2.52 ± 1.15 ng/ml (n = 28 and 5.11 ± 3.08 ng/ml (n = 26 respectively. The levels in medium smokers and non-smokers were also not significantly different (p ≤ 0.9138. In heavy smokers, the CEA levels were significantly higher than in non-smokers (p ≤ 0.0001567. Conclusion Overall CEA levels in exclusive hookah

  16. Changes in soluble CEA and TIMP-1 levels during adjuvant chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer

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    Aldulaymi, Bahir; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Sölétormos, György; Jess, Per; Nielsen, Svend Erik; Brünner, Nils; Nielsen, Hans J.

    2010-01-01

    Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) has been suggested to be a valuable marker in colorectal cancer (CRC), but the effects of chemotherapy on TIMP-1 levels are unknown. The present study evaluated the effect of chemotherapy on TIMP-1 levels in comparison with carcinoembryonic antige...... (CEA) levels in patients with stage III colon cancer.......Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) has been suggested to be a valuable marker in colorectal cancer (CRC), but the effects of chemotherapy on TIMP-1 levels are unknown. The present study evaluated the effect of chemotherapy on TIMP-1 levels in comparison with carcinoembryonic antigen...

  17. 血清CEA,CA125,NSE,CYFRA21-1联合检测对肺癌的诊断价值%Diagnostic Value of Combined Determination of Serum Tumor Markers (CEA, CA 125, NSE, CYFRA 21-1 ) Levels in Patients with Lung Cancer

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    黄芳; 耿燕; 李婷婷; 张西英

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨血清癌胚抗原(CEA)、糖类抗原125(CA125)、细胞角蛋白片段21-1(CYFRA21-1)、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(NSE)联合检测对肺癌的诊断价值.方法 采用电化学发光法对78例肺癌(其中鳞癌30例,腺癌28例,小细胞癌20例)、45例肺部良性病患者和36例健康人血清进行分析.结果 肺癌患者血清4种肿瘤标志物含量明显高于肺部良性疾病组(P<0.05)和健康对照组(P<0.01).肺癌组经病理分型后,NSE在小细胞肺癌中的水平明显高于其他类型的肺癌(P<0.05);CYFRA21-1的水平在鳞癌中升高尤为明显(P<0.05);CEA的水平在腺癌中显著升高(P<0.05).4种肿瘤标志物单项检测时,特异度较高(82.22%~95.56%),但敏感度不是很高(38.46%~56.41%).联合检测后,可提高肺癌的阳性检出率(64.10%).结论 CEA,CA125,NSE和CYFRA21-1对肺癌有一定的辅助诊断价值,且CEA,NSE和CYFRA21-1对不同组织类型肺癌均有一定诊断价值,联合检测可提高对肺癌的阳性诊断.

  18. CEA serum level as early predictive marker of outcome during EGFR-TKI therapy in advanced NSCLC patients.

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    Facchinetti, Francesco; Aldigeri, Raffaella; Aloe, Rosalia; Bortesi, Beatrice; Ardizzoni, Andrea; Tiseo, Marcello

    2015-08-01

    Considering the role of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) serum levels as potential useful predictive marker during chemotherapy treatment, we studied its applicability in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Our retrospective cohort consists of 79 patients (33 EGFR mutated and 46 EGFR wild type or unknown) affected by advanced NSCLC, for whom CEA serum values at the beginning of TKI therapy and after the first month of treatment were available, regardless of treatment line. Baseline CEA value, percentage of CEA reduction after 1 month, and percentage of patients with ≥20 % CEA decrease after 1 month (CEA response) were correlated with disease control rate (DCR), progression-free (PFS), and overall (OS) survival, according to EGFR mutational status. Median baseline CEA levels were significantly higher in EGFR mutated (40.9 ng/ml; interquartile range (IQR) 8.9-197.6) than in wild-type cases (6.2 ng/ml; IQR 2.8-12.8; p = 0.003). Both percentage reduction in CEA levels (-10.7 vs. +13.4 %) and percentage of cases with CEA response (42 vs. 20 %) were significantly higher in mutated vs. wild-type/unknown patients (p = 0.007 and p = 0.027, respectively). In wild-type/unknown patients, CEA response was significantly correlated with DCR (p = 0.001) and resulted as a significant predictor of PFS both in univariate (p = 0.002) and in multivariate analyses (hazard ratio (HR) 0.27; 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.11-0.66; p = 0.004); only a trend was found for OS prediction (p = 0.082). In EGFR-mutated group, CEA reduction did not show any correlation either with PFS or OS. CEA response after 1 month of EGFR-TKI therapy could be a useful marker, worthy to further studies, as early predictor of treatment outcome in EGFR wild-type/unknown unselected NSCLC cases for which no molecular predictor is yet available. PMID:25731731

  19. Diagnostic value of combined measurement of serum CEA, AFP, CA19-9 and SA levels in patients with primary hepatic cancer

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    Objective: To study the diagnostic value of combined measurement of serum CEA, AFP, CA19-9 and SA levels for primary hepatic cancer. Methods: Serum CEA, AFP, CA19-9 (with RIA) SA (with biochemistry) levels were measured in 36 patients with primary hepatic cancer and 35 controls. Results: As a single tumor marker for diagnosis, the sensitivity of CEA, AFP, CA19-9, SA was 33.3%, 69.4%, 58.5% and 61.1% respectively, the specificity was 60.4%, 81.3% 68.8%, 64.4% respectively. With combined detection of the four markers and assuming two or more markers positive as positive, the sensitivity would be 94.4% and specificity would be 95.8%. Conclusion: Combined measurement of serum CEA, AFP, CA19-9 and SA levels is of clinical usefulness for diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer. (authors)

  20. Avaliação dos valores sérico e pleural dos marcadores tumorais CEA, CYFRA21-1 e CA 15-3 em portadores de derrame pleural Evaluation of serum and pleural levels of the tumor markers CEA, CYFRA21-1 and CA 15-3 in patients with pleural effusion

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    Isabella Coimbra Wagner

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Dosar os marcadores tumorais antígeno carcinoembrionário (CEA, fragmento da citoqueratina 19 (CYFRA21-1 e antígeno glicosídico associado a tumor 15-3 (CA 15-3 em sangue e líquido pleural de portadores de derrames pleurais benignos e malignos, avaliando a sensibilidade de cada um deles nesses fluidos. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos prospectivamente 85 pacientes com derrame pleural. O estudo do líquido pleural obedeceu a critérios determinados pela literatura. A dosagem dos marcadores foi realizada por eletroquimioluminescência. A sensibilidade foi determinada sob a condição de que a especificidade fosse > 90%. RESULTADOS: Foram diagnosticados 36 casos malignos (42,4%, 30 benignos (35,3%; em 19 pacientes (22,3%, o diagnóstico foi inconclusivo. Nos casos malignos, os valores de CEA e CYFRA21-1 foram maiores no líquido pleural do que no sangue, fato não observado para o CA 15-3. Nos casos benignos, os valores do CYFRA21-1 foram maiores no líquido pleural do que no soro, enquanto que para o CEA e o CA 15-3, ocorreu o oposto. Todos os marcadores apresentaram diferença significativa entre os casos malignos e benignos, em líquido pleural e soro. Foi encontrada sensibilidade para CEA, CYFRA21-1 e CA 15-3 no líquido pleural de 69,4%, 69,4% e 66,7%, respectivamente e quando associados, foi 80,6%. No soro, a sensibilidade foi 57,1, 71,4 e 48,6% para CEA, CYFRA21-1 e CA 15-3, respectivamente, e quando associados, foi 77%. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados sugerem que a utilização desses marcadores pode ser útil na diferenciação entre derrames pleurais malignos e benignos.OBJECTIVE: To determine the levels of the tumor markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1 and carbohydrate antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3 in the blood and pleural fluid of patients with benign or malignant pleural effusion, evaluating the sensitivity of each marker in these fluids. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 85 patients with pleural effusion. The

  1. The effect of high level natural ionizing radiation on expression of PSA, CA19-9 and CEA tumor markers in blood serum of inhabitants of Ramsar, Iran

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    Since several high level natural radiation areas (HLNRAs) exist on our planet, considerable attention has been drawn to health issues that may develop as the result of visiting or living in such places. City of Ramsar in Iran is an HNLRA, and is a tourist attraction mainly due to its hot spas. However, the growing awareness over its natural radiation sources has prompted widespread scientific investigation at national level. In this study, using an ELISA method, the level of expression of three tumor markers known as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and carcino antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) in blood serum of 40 local men of Ramsar (subject group) was investigated and compared to 40 men from the city of Noshahr (control group). Noshahr was previously identified as a normal level natural radiation area (NLNRA) that is some 85 km far from Ramsar. According to statistical analysis, there was a significant difference in the levels of PSA and CA19-9 markers between the two groups (p < 0.001) with those of Ramsar being considerably higher. CEA level did not show any difference. Although some of the volunteers tested positive to the markers, they were in good health as confirmed by the physician. Moreover, the high number of positive markers in Noshahr was considerable. Therefore, future study is needed to further validate this result and to determine the level of positivity to tumor markers in both cities. -- Highlights: • Expression of three tumor markers was examined in 80 volunteers from Ramsar. • There was a significant difference in the levels of PSA and CA19-9 markers. • Some of the volunteers from the control city of Noshahr also tested positive. • Radiation might have caused an adaptive response in people of Ramsar. • Further study is necessary to re-confirm the positivity to tumor marker

  2. High Plasma TIMP-1 and Serum CEA Levels during Combination Chemotherapy for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Are Significantly Associated with Poor Outcome

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    Aldulaymi, Bahir; Byström, Per; Berglund, Ake;

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate whether combination chemotherapy leads to early changes in plasma TIMP-1 and serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), and whether such changes relate to subsequent objective response, time to progression (TTP) and...... response. Moreover, high levels of plasma TIMP-1 before treatment and at weeks 2 and 4 were significantly associated with short TTP, while high levels of serum CEA at week 4 were significantly associated with short TTP. Finally, high levels of plasma TIMP-1 before and during treatment were significantly...

  3. Nomograms for Predicting the Prognostic Value of Pre-Therapeutic CA15-3 and CEA Serum Levels in TNBC Patients.

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    Dai, Danian; Chen, Bo; Tang, Hailin; Wang, Bin; Zhao, Zhiping; Xie, Xiaoming; Wei, Weidong

    2016-01-01

    Previous studies have indicated that carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and cancer antigen 15-3 (CA15-3) levels are both independent prognostic factors in breast cancer. However, the utility of CEA and CA15-3 levels as conventional cancer biomarkers in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) remains controversial. The current study was performed to explore the predictive value of pre-therapeutic serum CEA and CA15-3 levels, and nomograms were developed including these serum cancer biomarkers to improve the prognostic evaluation of TNBC patients. Pre-therapeutic CA15-3 and CEA concentrations were measured in 247 patients with stage I-IV TNBC. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that TNBC patients with high levels of both CEA and CA15-3 had shorter overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates than those in the low-level groups (ppersonal forecasts of OS and DFS for patients with TNBC. These novel nomograms may help physicians to select the optimal treatment plans to ensure the best outcomes for TNBC patients. PMID:27561099

  4. Clinical significance of combined determination of several tumor markers (including CYFRA21-1, NSE, CA-50 and CEA) in patients with pulmonary cancer

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    Objective: To enhance the diagnosis of pulmonary cancer by determination of optimal combinations of various tumor markers. Methods: Serum CYFRA21-1, NSE, CA-50 (with RIA) and CEA (with CLIA) contents were determined in 107 patients with various types of pulmonary cancers, 66 patients with various benign pulmonary diseases and 59 controls. Results: It was revealed that CYFRA21-1 determination was most sensitive for detection of squamous cell carcinoma. The same was true for CEA in the detection of adenocarcinoma. NSE determination was very specific for small cell carcinoma. Combined determinations of either CYFRA21-l + NSE or CYFRA21-1 + NSE + CEA were excellent for general screening. Conclusion: Combined determination of these tumor markers could be applied expediently as supplementary diagnostic measure for pulmonary malignancies. (authors)

  5. The importance of preoperative elevated serum levels of CEA and CA15-3 in patients with breast cancer in predicting its histological type.

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available It is not known whether in patients with breast cancer the occurrence of elevated serum tumour markers depends on its histological type. The aim of the study was to assess relationship between breast cancer histological type and the presence of increased serum levels of CEA and CA 15-3. The study population was 428 patients (all women, mean age 52.5 years, treated at The Department of Surgery of Wroclaw Medical University from 2005 to 2008 due to breast cancer. All of them had their preoperative CA 15-3 and CEA serum concentrations measured. According to the TNM system, 21% of patients were in stage I, 32.5% in stage II, 46.5% in stage III of the disease. In patients with ductal type of the cancer the elevated serum levels of CEA and CA 15-3 were observed in 48.7% and 42.2%, in lobular type in 42.4% and 52.5%, and in non-ductal/tubular types in 48.1% and 40.4% (p=N/S. Stepwise logistic regression analyses showed that ductal breast cancer is related to elevated CEA and normal CA 15-3 serum levels. The histological types of breast cancer are not significantly related to elevated serum levels of CEA and/or CA 15-3.

  6. Improvements on Low Level Activity Gamma Measurements and X-ray Spectrometry at the CEA-MADERE Measurement Platform

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    Sergeyeva, Victoria; Domergue, Christophe; Destouches, Christophe; Girard, Jean Michel; Philibert, Hervé; Bonora, Jonathan; Thiollay, Nicolas; Lyoussi, Abdallah

    2016-02-01

    The CEA MADERE platform (Measurement Applied to DosimEtry in REactors) is a part of the Instrumentation Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory (LDCI). This facility is dedicated to the specific activity measurements of solid and radioactive samples using Gamma and X-ray spectrometry. MADERE is a high-performance facility devoted to neutron dosimetry for experimental programs performed in CEA and for the irradiation surveillance programmes of PWR vessels. The MADERE platform is engaged in a continuous improvement process. Recently, two High Efficiency diodes have been integrated to the MADERE platform in order to manage the accurate low level activity measurements (few Bq per sample). This new equipment provides a good level of efficiency over the energy range from 60 keV to 2 MeV. The background continuum is reduced due to the use of a Ultra Low Background (ULB) lead shielding. Relative and absolute X-ray measurement techniques have been improved in order to facilitate absolute rhodium activity measurement (Rh103m) on solid samples. Additional efforts have been made to increase the accuracy of the relative niobium (Nb93m) activity measurement technique. The way of setting up an absolute measurement method for niobium is under investigation. After a presentation of the MADERE's measurement devices, this paper focuses on the technological options taken into account for the design of high efficiency measurement devices. Then, studies performed on X-ray measurement techniques are presented. Some details about the calculation of uncertainties and correction factors are also mentioned. Finally, future research and development axes are exposed.

  7. Improvements on Low Level Activity Gamma Measurements and X-ray Spectrometry at the CEA-MADERE Measurement Platform

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The CEA MADERE platform (Measurement Applied to DosimEtry in REactors is a part of the Instrumentation Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory (LDCI. This facility is dedicated to the specific activity measurements of solid and radioactive samples using Gamma and X-ray spectrometry. MADERE is a high-performance facility devoted to neutron dosimetry for experimental programs performed in CEA and for the irradiation surveillance programmes of PWR vessels. The MADERE platform is engaged in a continuous improvement process. Recently, two High Efficiency diodes have been integrated to the MADERE platform in order to manage the accurate low level activity measurements (few Bq per sample. This new equipment provides a good level of efficiency over the energy range from 60 keV to 2 MeV. The background continuum is reduced due to the use of a Ultra Low Background (ULB lead shielding. Relative and absolute X-ray measurement techniques have been improved in order to facilitate absolute rhodium activity measurement (Rh103m on solid samples. Additional efforts have been made to increase the accuracy of the relative niobium (Nb93m activity measurement technique. The way of setting up an absolute measurement method for niobium is under investigation. After a presentation of the MADERE's measurement devices, this paper focuses on the technological options taken into account for the design of high efficiency measurement devices. Then, studies performed on X-ray measurement techniques are presented. Some details about the calculation of uncertainties and correction factors are also mentioned. Finally, future research and development axes are exposed.

  8. Value of {sup 18}F-FDG uptake on PET/CT and CEA level to predict epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in pulmonary adenocarcinoma

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    Ko, Kai-Hsiung; Hsu, Hsian-He; Chang, Wei-Chou; Hsu, Yi-Chih; Chang, Tsun-Hou [Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Taipei 114 (China); Huang, Tsai-Wang; Chang, Hung [Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Taipei (China); Gao, Hong-Wei [Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Taipei (China); Shen, Daniel H.Y. [Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Department of Nuclear medicine, Taipei (China); Chu, Chi-Ming [Institute of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center and University, Section of Health Informatics, Taipei (China); Ho, Ching-Liang [Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taipei (China)

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    The identification of the mutation status of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is important for the optimization of treatment in patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma. The acquisition of adequate tissues for EGFR mutational analysis is sometimes not feasible, especially in advanced-stage patients. The aim of this study was to predict EGFR mutation status in patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma based on {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake and imaging features in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), as well as on the serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level. We retrospectively reviewed 132 pulmonary adenocarcinoma patients who underwent EGFR mutation testing, pretreatment FDG PET/CT and serum CEA analysis. The associations between EGFR mutations and patient characteristics, maximal standard uptake value (SUVmax) of primary tumors, serum CEA level and CT imaging features were analyzed. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis was performed to quantify the predictive value of these factors. EGFR mutations were identified in 69 patients (52.2 %). Patients with SUVmax ≥6 (p = 0.002) and CEA level ≥5 (p = 0.013) were more likely to have EGFR mutations. The CT characteristics of larger tumors (≥3 cm) (p = 0.023) and tumors with a nonspiculated margin (p = 0.026) were also associated with EGFR mutations. Multivariate analysis showed that higher SUVmax and CEA level, never smoking and a nonspiculated tumor margin were the most significant predictors of EGFR mutation. The combined use of these four criteria yielded a higher area under the ROC curve (0.82), suggesting a good discrimination. The combined evaluation of FDG uptake, CEA level, smoking status and tumor margins may be helpful in predicting EGFR mutation status in patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma, especially when the tumor sample is inadequate for genetic analysis or genetic testing is not available. Further large-scale prospective studies are

  9. Relationship between peripheral and mesenteric serum levels of CEA and CA 242 with staging and histopathological variables in colorectal adenocarcinoma Níveis séricos periféricos e mesentéricos de CEA e CA 242, estadiamento e variáveis histopatológicas no adenocarcinoma colorretal

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To compare histopathological variables and staging in colorectal adenocarcinoma cases with CEA and CA 242 in peripheral and mesenteric blood. METHODS: In 169 individuals underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, CEA and CA 242 were analyzed and compared to mesenteric and peripheral blood and correlated with macroscopic tumor's morphology and size, degree of cell differentiation, venous, neural and lymphatic involvement and TNM classification. RESULTS: There was a difference between the mesenteric (M and peripheral (P serum levels of CEA (p=0.020. Higher levels of markers were correlated with venous invasion CEA (P p=0.013, CEA (M p=0.05, CA 242 (M p=0.005 and CA 242 (P p=0.038; with advanced staging CEA (P OBJETIVO: Comparar variáveis histopatológicas e graus de estadiamento do adenocarcinoma colorretal com níveis sanguíneos periféricos e mesentéricos de CEA e CA-242. MÉTODOS: Em 169 doentes submetidos ao tratamento cirúrgico por adenocarcinoma colorretal, CEA e CA-242 foram analisados e comparados quanto aos níveis sanguíneos periféricos e mesentéricos e correlacionados com o tamanho e a morfologia macroscópica do tumor, grau de diferenciação celular, invasões venosa, linfática, neural e a classificação TNM. RESULTADOS: Verificou-se diferença significante entre o nível sérico mesentérico e periférico de CEA (p= 0,02. Níveis séricos mais elevados dos marcadores foram observados e correlacionados com invasão venosa, CEA (P p=0,013, CEA(M, p=0,05, CA-242 (M p=0,005 e CA-242 (P p=0,038. Grau de estadiamento TNM avançado foi associado com CEA(P < CEA(M p<0,05, CA-242(P < CA-242(M p<0,05. Nas maiores dimensões tumorais constatou-se CEA(P < CEA(M p=0,001 e CA 242 (P < CA 242 (M (p < 0.001. O CA 242 periférico e mesentérico aumentados associaram-se com a invasão neural, p=0.014 e p=0.003, respectivamente. CONCLUSÕES: O nível sérico mesentérico de CEA é superior ao nível sérico periférico. Os níveis s

  10. CEA Level, Radical Surgery, CD56 and CgA Expression Are Prognostic Factors for Patients With Locoregional Gastrin-Independent GNET

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    Li, Yuan; Bi, Xinyu; Zhao, Jianjun; Huang, Zhen; Zhou, Jianguo; Li, Zhiyu; Zhang, Yefan; Li, Muxing; Chen, Xiao; Hu, Xuhui; Chi, Yihebali; Zhao, Dongbing; Zhao, Hong; Cai, Jianqiang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Gastrin-independent gastric neuroendocrine tumors (GNETs) are highly malignant. Radical resections and lymphadenectomy are considered to be the only possible curative treatment for these tumors. However, the prognosis of gastrin-independent GNETs is not well defined. In this study, we identified prognostic factors of locoregional gastrin-independent GNETs. All patients diagnosed with locoregional gastrin-independent GNETs between 2000 and 2014 were included in this retrospective study. Clinical characteristics, blood tests, pathological characteristics, treatments, and follow-up data of the patients were collected and analyzed. Of the 66 patients diagnosed with locoregional gastrin-independent GNETs, 57 (86.4%) received radical resections, 7 (10.6%) with palliative resection, 1 (1.5%) with gastrojejunostomy, and 1 (1.5%) with exploration surgeries. The median survival time for these patients was 19.0 months (interquartile range, 11.0–38.0). The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates were 72%, 34%, and 28%, respectively. Multivariate analysis indicated that carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level (P = 0.04), radical resection (P = 0.04), and positive Cluster of Differentiation 56 (CD56) expression (P = 0.016) were significant prognostic factors on overall survival rate. Further univariate and multivariate analysis of 57 patients who received radical resections found that CgA expression (P = 0.35) and CEA level (P = 0.33) are independent prognostic factors. Gastrin-independent GNETs had poor prognosis. Serum CEA level, radical surgery, CD56 and CgA expression are markers to evaluate the survival of patients with locoregional gastrin-independent GNETs. PMID:27149478

  11. The great Cea actors

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    With the Claude Frejacques life it is a Cea passage that we find. He began the studies on uranium isotope separation. He developed and saw to a successful conclusion these researches at Cea during twenty five years and extended his sphere of operations to the whole fuel cycle, from upstream to downstream. Director of research at the Cea, he was also D.G.R.S.T. director and during eight years President of the C.N.R.S. (N.C.)

  12. Clinical Value of Serum HMGB1 Levels in Early Detection of Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Uterine Cervix: Comparison with Serum SCCA, CYFRA21-1, and CEA Levels

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    Sheng, Xiugui; Du, Xuelian; Zhang, Xiaoling; Li, Dapeng; Lu, Chunhua; Li, Qinshui; Ma, Zhifang; Song, Quqing; Wang, Cong

    2009-01-01

    Aim To evaluate the clinical value of serum high mobility group box chromosomal protein 1 (HMGB1) levels in making the early diagnosis of recurrent cervical squamous cell carcinomas (CSCC) and compare it with the value of serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA), cytokeratin fragment (CYFRA) 21-1, and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels. Methods Immunohistochemical staining of tissue from 64 patients with recurrent CSCCs, 72 patients with non-recurrent carcinoma,...

  13. Clinical evaluation of radioassays for calcitonin, CEA-S, AFP and ferritin as tumor markers

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    Clinical usefulness of the radioassays for serum calcitonin, isometric species of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA-S), alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and ferritin as the specific tumor markers was evaluated. The calcitonin assay was found to be extremely useful in detecting the cases of familial medullary carcinoma of the thyroid and in monitoring the patients after surgery. The CEA-S assay was proved more specific in titers and positivity for malignancies, especially GI tract carcinomas than CEA assay. The diagnosis of hepatoma could be performed precisely with a combination of 67Ga scintigraphy and assays of CEA and AFP. The serum ferritin levels in malignancies overlapped widely with those of non-malignancies. However, the estimation of ferritin-iron ratio was thought to be a useful means for screening patients with suspicious lesions. (author)

  14. CEA Annual report 2007

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    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in three main domains: energy, health care and information technology, defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activities for the year 2007 in these three main areas: science and technology working for nuclear deterrence and global security, the energies without greenhouse effect gases emission against the climatic change, researches in the information sciences and technologies for a better communication and health. The CEA safety, organization, communication and international relations are also presented. (A.L.B.)

  15. CEA financial report 2007

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    This document provides financial data on the CEA for the year 2007. The management report (budget, resources, expenditures) and the accounting are detailed. The main management events of the year 2007 are presented. (A.L.B.)

  16. INIS, CEA and nuclear terminology; INIS, CEA et terminologie nucleaire

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    Surmont, J.; Brulet, C.; Constant, A.; Guille, N.; Le Blanc, A.; Mouffron, O.; Anguise, P.; Jouve, J.J

    2007-07-01

    This poster, prepared for the fifth edition of the meetings of scientific and technical information professionals (RPIST, Nancy (France)), presents, first, the INIS information system, its content and coverage, the French participation to this system and the role of the CEA-Saclay as France's official representative for this system. Then it presents the INIS thesaurus with its different levels as a terminological tool for the indexing of documents and for searching documents inside the database. Finally, the very first electronic version of the multilingual thesaurus is introduced. Several national INIS centres, including the CEA-Saclay, have contributed to the translation of lists of new terms and of forbidden terms (synonyms). (J.S.)

  17. The CT Findings and the Peak SUV on PET/CT according to the Levels of Cyfra 21-1 and CEA in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma

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    We wanted to evaluate the CT findings and the peak SUV according to the levels of cyfra 21-1 and CEA in patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). We evaluated the TNM staging, cell types, the CT findings and peak SUV of the NSCLC in 234 patients with NSCLC according to the tumor marker levels. The correlations of the CT findings and the peak SUV with the tumor markers were evaluated in 35 patients with stage I disease. The sensitivities of the combined tumor markers cyfra 21-1 and CEA in the NSCLC for each TNM staging (I-IV) were 48.5%, 66.7%, 78.3% and 84.3%, respectively (p<0.05). Cyfra 21-1 was more sensitive for squamous cell carcinoma and CEA was more sensitive for adenocarcinoma. The tumor size, tumor necrosis and peak SUV were greater in the NSCLC with an elevated cyfra 21-1 level than that in the NSCLC without an elevated cyfra 21-1 level (p<0.05). For stage I disease, the level of cyfra 21-1 was linearly correlated with the tumor size (r=0.54) and the peak SUV (r=0.46), and the level of CEA was high in the spiculated masses (p<0.05). The NSCLC with an elevated cyfra 21-1 level shows larger, more frequently necrosis and a higher peak SUV than the NSCLC without an elevated Cyfra 21-1 level. For stage 1 disease, the tumor size and peak SUV correlate with the level of cyfra 21-1, and spiculated masses show an elevated level of CEA

  18. INIS, CEA and nuclear terminology

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    This poster, prepared for the fifth edition of the meetings of scientific and technical information professionals (RPIST, Nancy (France)), presents, first, the INIS information system, its content and coverage, the French participation to this system and the role of the CEA-Saclay as France's official representative for this system. Then it presents the INIS thesaurus with its different levels as a terminological tool for the indexing of documents and for searching documents inside the database. Finally, the very first electronic version of the multilingual thesaurus is introduced. Several national INIS centres, including the CEA-Saclay, have contributed to the translation of lists of new terms and of forbidden terms (synonyms). (J.S.)

  19. The influence of CA 125 and CEA levels on the results of 18F-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography in suspected recurrence of epithelial ovarian cancer

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    Background and Purpose: The follow-up of epithelial ovarian cancer (OCA) consists of clinical investigation, sonography, and tumor markers (TMs), especially CA 125. If tumor recurrence is suspected, other imaging modalities including positron emission tomography (PET) with 18F-deoxyglucose (FDG) are often used. While there is still no consensus about the method of choice and the timing of its application, this study aims to find a TM threshold at which a PET would be appropriate. Material and Methods: A total of 90 PET studies and the associated CA 125 values (normal value <35 U/ml) were available in 71 patients during the follow-up afte primary therapy for OCA. In 48 studies a CEA value (normal value <3 ng/ml) was also available. The results of PET imaging were related to the level of TM increase. Results: In 23/90 studies the PET scan was normal. These patients had a median CA 125 of 13.3 U/ml (range 4.2-168 U/ml). In 67/90 studies the PET indicated a potential recurrence of OCA and the median CA 125 was 166.7 U/ml (range 13.3-4,060 U/ml). The TM levels were significantly different (p<0.001, U-test). With one exception, there were no normal PET scans above CA 125 levels of 30 U/ml; between 20 and 30 U/ml PET was positive in 4/7 studies. Conclusion: In suspected recurrence of OCA, if imaging modalities are to be used, an FDG PET may be considered. Since the costs of this investigation are high, it should be restricted to clinical situations where it is likely to be most effective. In this study a PET indication is worthwhile at CA 125 levels of approximately 30 U/ml. (orig.)

  20. CEA 2005 annual report

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    This document is the 2005 activity report of the French atomic energy commission (CEA). The CEA is a main actor of nuclear research, development and innovation and is involved in three main domains: energy, defense/security, and information/health technologies thanks to high quality research works. With a manpower of 15000 researchers and collaborators with internationally acknowledged competences, the CEA is a driving force of industrial innovation and develops partnerships with French and European industries. It also warrants the perenniality of nuclear dissuasion. This report presents these different aspects of the CEA activities: 1 - defense-security: simulation program, opening to the scientific community, nuclear warheads, nuclear propulsion, cleansing of Rhone valley facilities, permanent monitoring of treaties respect, fight against terrorism; 2 - energy: optimization of the industrial park, advances in long lived radioactive wastes management, future nuclear systems, cleansing and dismantling integration, European nuclear energy research, new energy technologies; 3 - information and health technologies: major challenge of micro- and nano-technologies, key role of software technologies and complex systems; 4 - big research facilities opened to the scientific and industrial communities; 5 - scientific status: scientific evaluation process, prices and honors; 6 - programs support: revisited strategic control, confirmed simplification, active employment and training policy, teaching and training, technological valorization, international relations, communication, continuous quality approach, mastery of facilities safety, security, environmental control, a key-year for information systems. A financial report is attached to the document. (J.S.)

  1. Porous platinum nanoparticles and PdPt nanocages for use in an ultrasensitive immunoelectrode for the simultaneous determination of the tumor markers CEA and AFP

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    We describe the use of porous platinum nanoparticles (pPt NPs) and PdPt nanocages (PdPt NCs) in an electrochemical immunoassay for two tumor markers (CEA and AFP) directly in serum and with enhanced detection performance. The pPt NPs possess a high specific surface area and electrical conductivity, while the PdPt NCs display excellent catalytic property and high loading capacity. The PdPt NCs were labeled with anti-CEA and thionine, and the PdPt NCs were labeled with anti-AFP and ferrocene. The resulting electrode displayed a large decrease of the anodic peak current and an increase of cathodic peak current for hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The dual square wave voltammetric immunoassay was performed at −0.1 V (for CEA) and +0.6 V (for AFP) after exposure to a sample containing CEA and AFP and in the presence of H2O2. CEA can be detected in the 0.05 to 200 ng mL−1 concentration range and AFP between 0.03 and 100 ng mL−1. The limits of detection are 1.4 pg mL−1 for CEA and 1 pg mL−1 for AFP (at an SNR of 3). The sensitivity of the method (expressed as slope vs. concentration) is better by a factor of 4.6 to 100 compared to conventional electrochemical immunoassays. Analytical data obtained with diluted serum samples were in good agreement with reference values obtained via a standard ELISA. Negligible cross-reactivity is found between CEA and AFP. In our opinion, this approach paves the way for developing other kinds of electrochemical immunosensors based on the use of pPt NPs and PdPt NCs as materials for designing new electrode interfaces. (author)

  2. CEA 2009 annual report

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    After an indication of several key figures about the activity of the CEA (Centre d'Etudes Atomiques) and its relationship with the academic as well as the industrial field, in France and worldwide, this 2009 annual report presents its various research programs in the field of defence and of global security: basic research (nuclear weapons and propulsion, struggle against proliferation and terrorism) and applied research (nuclear deterrence, national and international security). Then, it presents the programs in the field of de-carbonated energy: basic research (in material science and in life sciences) and applied research (fission energy, fusion energy, new energy technologies). A last group of research programs deals with information and health technologies and concerns life and material sciences, micro- and nano-technologies, software technologies. Interaction with other research institutions and bodies is also evoked. A brief scientific assessment is proposed. Finally, the different structures building the CEA are presented

  3. CEA - Annual report 2006

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    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in 3 main areas: energy, health care and information technology and defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activity for the year 2006 in these three main areas: Science and technology working for nuclear deterrence and global security (the simulation programs, the nuclear warheads, the nuclear propulsion, the decommissioning, the fighting against nuclear proliferation and monitoring international treaties, the global security); health and information technology (micro and nano technologies and systems); energy from nuclear fission and fusion and other technologies that do not emit greenhouse gases (progress for the nuclear industry, sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste, nuclear systems of the future, new energy technologies). (A.L.B.)

  4. CEA and mining industry

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    The French atomic energy commission (CEA) is involved in the mining industry in several ways: - in the front-end of the nuclear industry through its daughter companies and participations in the exploration and exploitation of uranium ores, but also of gold and alloy metals with a 26% participation in Eramet company, the world leader of manganese and nickel. This activity is the main occupation of Cogema daughter company, via the Areva holding; - in the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle with the delicate problem of the management of radioactive wastes; - in parallel with the nuclear industry through an important activity in semiconductor materials (FCI and SMTElectronics); - and finally through various research works on several mineral compounds. This article focusses on the fuel cycle aspects of the CEA activities and concludes with the research works carried out today on thermonuclear fusion. (J.S.)

  5. Plasma TIMP-1 and CEA as markers for detection of primary colorectal cancer

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    Christensen, Ib Jarle; Brünner, Nils; Dowell, Barry;

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    endoscopy were prospectively included (N=1965). Baseline data and co-morbidity were recorded. The primary end-point was the detection of CRC. Plasma was obtained before endoscopy and TIMP-1 and CEA levels were determined using an automated analysis platform when all samples were collected. RESULTS: CRC was...

  6. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as tumor marker in lung cancer

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    Knudsen, Mie Grunnet; Sorensen, J B

    2012-01-01

    The use of CEA as a prognostic and predictive marker in patients with lung cancer is widely debated. The aim of this review was to evaluate the results from studies made on this subject. Using the search words "CEA", "tumor markers in lung cancer", "prognostic significance", "diagnostic...... significance" and "predictive significance", a search was carried out on PubMed. Exclusion criteria was articles never published in English, articles before 1981 and articles evaluating tumor markers in lung cancer not involving CEA. Initially 217 articles were found, and 34 were left after selecting those...... relevant for the present study. Four of these included both Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) and Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) patients, and 31 dealt solely with NSCLC patients. Regarding SCLC no studies showed that serum level of CEA was a prognostic marker for overall survival (OS). The use of CEA...

  7. CEA sustainable development report 2007; CEA rapport developpement durable 2007

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    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in three main domains: energy, health care and information technology, defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activities in the domain of the sustainable development. The first part is devoted to the environment preservation policy (energy, water, air, chemistry, wastes, transport, buildings). The second part shows the dynamic governance in the domain of the risks management. The last part presents the CEA activities of research for the sustainable development. (A.L.B.)

  8. CEA Annual report 2007; CEA rapport annuel 2007

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    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in three main domains: energy, health care and information technology, defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activities for the year 2007 in these three main areas: science and technology working for nuclear deterrence and global security, the energies without greenhouse effect gases emission against the climatic change, researches in the information sciences and technologies for a better communication and health. The CEA safety, organization, communication and international relations are also presented. (A.L.B.)

  9. Prognostic value of monitoring tumour markers CA 15-3 and CEA during fulvestrant treatment

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    At many centres tumour markers are used to detect disease recurrence and to monitor response to therapy in patients with advanced disease, although the real value of serial observation of marker levels remains disputed. In this study, we evaluated the prognostic value of tumour markers for predicting response (partial response [PR], stable disease [SD] ≥ 6 months), de novo disease progression (PD) and secondary PD in patients receiving fulvestrant ('Faslodex') 250 mg/month for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Changes in cancer antigen 15–3 (CA 15-3) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) were prospectively monitored (monthly) and were also evaluated for the 3 months preceding secondary PD. Data from 67 patients with previously treated MBC participating in a Compassionate Use Programme were analysed. In patients with a PR (n = 7 [10.4%]), a non-significant increase in CA 15-3 occurred during the first 6 months of treatment; CEA was significantly reduced (P = 0.0165). In patients with SD ≥ 6 months (n = 28 [41.8%]), both CA 15-3 (P < 0.0001) and CEA (P = 0.0399) levels increased significantly after 6 months treatment. In those experiencing de novo PD (n = 32 [47.8%]), CA 15-3 increased significantly (P < 0.0001) after 4 months; CEA also increased significantly (P = 0.0002) during the same time period. Both CA 15-3 (P < 0.0001) and CEA (P < 0.0001) increased significantly in the 3 months preceding secondary PD. CA 15-3 increases in patients progressing on fulvestrant but may also increase in those experiencing clinical benefit; this should not be taken as a sign of PD without verification. Overall, both CA 15-3 and CEA appear to be poor prognostic markers for determining progression in patients receiving fulvestrant

  10. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) dynamics in stomach cancer patients receiving cryotherapy

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    Radioimmunologic assays of blood serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level were conducted at major stages of treatment of gastric cancer by subtotal stomach resection and gastrectomy with preliminary cryotreatment and thawing of tumor. A short-term rise in CEA level occurred in 53.9 % of cases 3-4 days after combined therapy. A decrease in CEA concentration at discharge from hospital as compared with preoperative level and that registered 3-4 days after operation was observed in 50 and 75 % of cases of combined therapy, respectively, and 47.5 and 37.5 % of controls (surgery without cryotreatment). There was nocorrelation between cryotreatment and changes in CEA level in gastric ulcer patients

  11. CEA financial report 2007; CEA rapport financier 2007

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    This document provides financial data on the CEA for the year 2007. The management report (budget, resources, expenditures) and the accounting are detailed. The main management events of the year 2007 are presented. (A.L.B.)

  12. CEA - 2014 risk management assessment

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    After introducing presentations of CEA managers in charge of risk management and controls, this document presents and comments the actions undertaken by the CEA and the obtained results in terms of risk management in different fields: protection and control of the environment, installation safety, health, safety and radiation protection, transport of hazardous materials, waste management, protection of sites, installations and heritage, management of emergency situations, management of legal risks, internal audits and controls. Other topics are addressed like the presentation of the risk management department, and the role of the CEA in the relationship between research and industry

  13. CEA sustainable development report 2007

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    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in three main domains: energy, health care and information technology, defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activities in the domain of the sustainable development. The first part is devoted to the environment preservation policy (energy, water, air, chemistry, wastes, transport, buildings). The second part shows the dynamic governance in the domain of the risks management. The last part presents the CEA activities of research for the sustainable development. (A.L.B.)

  14. The organisation of criticality hazard prevention at the CEA

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    This paper deals with the organisation of criticality hazard prevention at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This new organization has been experimented since the end of year 2000. During the first semester of year 2002, the CEA nuclear inspection team, who is in charge of the control function at the CEA general administration level, has performed an inquiry to check the effectiveness of the new organization. The conclusions of this inquiry are very positive; a few recommendations are now taken in to account to further improve the efficiency of this organization. (J.P.N.)

  15. Ecotoxicological monitoring at CEA - Centro Experimental Aramar

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    The environmental preservation has been one of the major targets of the Centro Experimental Aramar (CEA), since its foundation. The research center is located near Ipero, SP, and is maintained by Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo - CTMSP. An Environmental Monitoring Program is developed with many types of matrices being periodically collected and analysed, including all the gaseous and liquids emissions liberated by the facilities. Besides radiometric and chemical analysis we have been testing bioassays for the effluents to accomplish the new recommendations from governmental agencies. The microcrustacean Daphnia similis has been tested in toxicity assays on liquid effluents and the garden plant Tradescantia pallida has been used to assess the genotoxicity effects from gaseous emissions. The results show that liquid and gaseous emissions from CEA are bellow the regulatory levels. (author)

  16. Relationship between peripheral and mesenteric serum levels of CEA and CA 242 with staging and histopathological variables in colorectal adenocarcinoma Níveis séricos periféricos e mesentéricos de CEA e CA 242, estadiamento e variáveis histopatológicas no adenocarcinoma colorretal

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    Mauro Lamelas Cardoso; Luís Cesar Fernandes; Su Bong Kim; Delcio Matos

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare histopathological variables and staging in colorectal adenocarcinoma cases with CEA and CA 242 in peripheral and mesenteric blood. METHODS: In 169 individuals underwent surgery for colorectal cancer, CEA and CA 242 were analyzed and compared to mesenteric and peripheral blood and correlated with macroscopic tumor's morphology and size, degree of cell differentiation, venous, neural and lymphatic involvement and TNM classification. RESULTS: There was a difference between th...

  17. Scientific evaluation at the CEA; Evaluation scientifique au CEA

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    1999-11-01

    This report presents a statement of the scientific and technical activity of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) for the year 1998. This evaluation is made by external and independent experts and requires some specific dispositions for the nuclear protection and safety institute (IPSN) and for the direction of military applications (DAM). The report is divided into 5 parts dealing successively with: part 1 - the CEA, a public research organization (civil nuclear research, technology research and transfers, defence activities); the scientific and technical evaluation at the CEA (general framework, evaluation of the IPSN and DAM); part 2 - the scientific and technical councils (directions of fuel cycle, of nuclear reactors, and of advanced technologies); part 3 - the scientific councils (directions of matter and of life sciences); the nuclear protection and safety institute; the direction of military applications; part 4 - the corresponding members of the evaluation; part 5 - the list of scientific and technical councils and members. (J.S.)

  18. Bivalent fragment of the ior-CEA1 antibody. A challenge to the positive CEA tumors radioimmunotherapy

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    The directed radiotherapy of the solid tumors with fragments recombinants of radiolabelled antibodies is a topic of current investigation, so much at preclinical level as clinical. This work describes the preclinical characterization of a new fragment type diabody of the AcMo ior CEA1 that has been labelled with 131 I for their use in the diagnosis and the therapy of CEA positive tumors. The radiolabelling methodology used allows the incorporation of more than 90% of the radio iodine to the molecule without committing the capacity of recognition of its antigen significantly. The combination of the favourable properties pharmacy kinetic and high selective accumulation in the tumor, they make of the diabody anti CEA an appropriate candidate for the radioimmunodiagnosis and the radioimmunotherapy of tumors that expresses CEA (Author)

  19. CEA Annual progress report 1986

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    This annual report presents the general organization of the CEA, the international relations and politics in nuclear field, the activities (military application, nuclear applied research, ANDRA (National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management), nuclear safety and protection, fundamental research, applied research other than nuclear), the industrial group; among topics about men and means, the budget execution of the public establishment of research. In annex, the nuclear power plants around the world and the principal legislative texts related to CEA or atomic energy published in 1986

  20. CEA 2005 annual report; CEA rapport annuel 2005

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    2006-07-01

    This document is the 2005 activity report of the French atomic energy commission (CEA). The CEA is a main actor of nuclear research, development and innovation and is involved in three main domains: energy, defense/security, and information/health technologies thanks to high quality research works. With a manpower of 15000 researchers and collaborators with internationally acknowledged competences, the CEA is a driving force of industrial innovation and develops partnerships with French and European industries. It also warrants the perenniality of nuclear dissuasion. This report presents these different aspects of the CEA activities: 1 - defense-security: simulation program, opening to the scientific community, nuclear warheads, nuclear propulsion, cleansing of Rhone valley facilities, permanent monitoring of treaties respect, fight against terrorism; 2 - energy: optimization of the industrial park, advances in long lived radioactive wastes management, future nuclear systems, cleansing and dismantling integration, European nuclear energy research, new energy technologies; 3 - information and health technologies: major challenge of micro- and nano-technologies, key role of software technologies and complex systems; 4 - big research facilities opened to the scientific and industrial communities; 5 - scientific status: scientific evaluation process, prices and honors; 6 - programs support: revisited strategic control, confirmed simplification, active employment and training policy, teaching and training, technological valorization, international relations, communication, continuous quality approach, mastery of facilities safety, security, environmental control, a key-year for information systems. A financial report is attached to the document. (J.S.)

  1. Clinical significant of combined determination of serum CEA and carbohydrate antigen tumor markers in 85 patients with lung adenocarcinoma%肺腺癌患者血清CEA和糖链抗原肿瘤标记物联合测定的临床意义

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    沈粉秧

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical significant of combined determination of serum CEA and car-bohydrate antigen (CA125, CA199, CA153) tumor markers in patients with lung adenocarcinoma. Methods The serum CEA and carbohydrate antigen (CA125, CA199 and CA153) levels were determined with chemilumescence immunoassay in 85 patients with lung adenocarcinoma, 35 patients with lung squanous carcinoma, 42 patients with small cell lung cancer and 49 patients with benign lung disease. Results In 162 patients with lung cancer, the ser-um CEA and carbohydrate antigen levels were significantly higher in 85 patients with lung adenocarcinoma, 35 pa-tients with lung squanous carcinoma and 42 patients with small cell lung cancer than those in 49 patients with benign lung disease (P<0. 001) and the level of 85 patients with lung adenocarcinoma was the highest. So did the serum carbohydrate antigen levels. The sensitivity (95. 29%) and accuracy (83. 76%) in the four tumor markers combined determination were significantly higher than those in single item ( P all<0. 01 ) , and the specificity was 75. 23%. Conclusion The combined detection of serum CEA and carbohydrate antigen levels is helpful for the diagnosis of lung adenocarcinoma, with higher sensitivity and accuracy.%目的:为了探讨85例肺腺癌患者血清CEA和糖链抗原肿瘤标记物水平联合测定的临床意义。方法化学发光免疫分析测定85例肺腺癌、35例肺鳞癌、42例小细胞肺癌和49例良性肺部疾病血清CEA和糖链抗原(CA125、CA199和CA153)水平,并进行了比较性研究。结果162例肺癌患者中,85例肺腺癌、35例肺鳞癌、42例小细胞肺癌患者血清CEA水平较之49例良性肺部疾病明显增高( P<0.001、P<0.01和P<0.001),以肺腺癌增高最为明显。血清糖链抗原(CA125、CA199和 CA153)水平亦然,也以肺腺癌血清CA125、CA199和CA153水平增高最为显著。四项肿瘤标记物的联合测定对85例肺腺癌的敏感性为95.29

  2. CEA - Annual report 2006; CEA - Rapport annuel 2006

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    2006-07-01

    The CEA, a prominent player in research development and innovation, is active in 3 main areas: energy, health care and information technology and defense and security. This annual report presents the CEA activity for the year 2006 in these three main areas: Science and technology working for nuclear deterrence and global security (the simulation programs, the nuclear warheads, the nuclear propulsion, the decommissioning, the fighting against nuclear proliferation and monitoring international treaties, the global security); health and information technology (micro and nano technologies and systems); energy from nuclear fission and fusion and other technologies that do not emit greenhouse gases (progress for the nuclear industry, sustainable management of radioactive materials and waste, nuclear systems of the future, new energy technologies). (A.L.B.)

  3. Ecotoxicological monitoring at CEA - Centro Experimental Aramar; Monitoramento ecotoxicologico no CEA - Centro Experimental Aramar

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    Mattiolo, Sandra Regina; Machado, Alessandra Carla Fattori Ergesse [Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo (CTMSP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail: sandra@ctmsp.mar.mil.br; alessan@ctmsp.mar.mil.br

    2005-07-01

    The environmental preservation has been one of the major targets of the Centro Experimental Aramar (CEA), since its foundation. The research center is located near Ipero, SP, and is maintained by Centro Tecnologico da Marinha em Sao Paulo - CTMSP. An Environmental Monitoring Program is developed with many types of matrices being periodically collected and analysed, including all the gaseous and liquids emissions liberated by the facilities. Besides radiometric and chemical analysis we have been testing bioassays for the effluents to accomplish the new recommendations from governmental agencies. The microcrustacean Daphnia similis has been tested in toxicity assays on liquid effluents and the garden plant Tradescantia pallida has been used to assess the genotoxicity effects from gaseous emissions. The results show that liquid and gaseous emissions from CEA are bellow the regulatory levels. (author)

  4. CEA: risk management assessment 2011

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    This report proposes a qualitative and quantitative overview of CEA activities in the field of risk management during 2011. These activities concerned the impact on the environment, the safety of installations, the management of professional risks (safety and health at work), the radiological protection of workers, the transports of hazardous materials, waste management, protection of sites, installations and heritage, the management of emergency situations, the management of law risks, controls and audits

  5. Concomitant hepatic radiation and intraarterial fluorinated pyrimidine therapy: correlation of liver scan, liver function tests, and plasma CEA with tumor response

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    Sixteen patients with metastatic disease to the liver (12 colorectal and four unknown primary tumors) were treated in a pilot study of hepatic irradiation (2500-3000 rads in 10-12 fractions) delivered concomitantly with continuous short-term intraarterial infusion of 5-fluorouracil (1 g/d) or FUDR (0.5 mg/kg/d) via a percutaneously placed hepatic artery catheter. Abnormal liver function tests, including SGOT, LDH, and alkaline phosphatase, decreased in all patients by day 7-10 of treatment, and other metabolic factors, including serum cholesterol, calcium, albumin, phosphorous, and uric acid, also decreased, often to subnormal levels by termination of treatment (day 15-20). These chemical alterations did not correlate with tumor response in that the identical pattern was observed in responders (ten patients) as well as nonresponders (six patients). Objective determinants of response were assessed by serial monitoring of the plasma carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and liver scan. In 14 patients with elevated CEA levels, tumor response (nine patients), nonresponse (four patients), and relapse (five patients) was predicted and confirmed by sequential monitoring of CEA. In one patient, a paradoxical decrease in plasma CEA was associated with progressive disease. The liver scan identified all responding patients but was difficult to quantitate and was delayed for months following subjective clinical response and changes in plasma CEA levels

  6. The relationship between chemotherapy tolerance and CA125、CEA levels of patients with advanced NSCLC%晚期NSCLC患者血清CA125、CEA水平与化疗耐受的关系及意义

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    张秀萍; 熊新华; 瞿少刚

    2011-01-01

    目的:糖类抗原125(carbohydrate antigen,CAl25)、癌胚抗原(carcinoembryonic antigen,CEA)是最早被应用于临床的肿瘤标志物.对于肺癌患者,监测它们主要用于早期诊断和疗效评价,且两者联合其他指标具有较高的灵敏度和准确性,但其对疗效的具体影响目前还不清楚.为此我们研究了晚期非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)患者血清CA125、CEA水平及其与化疗耐受次数的关系,从化疗耐受的角度初步探讨其对化疗的影响.方法:应用回顾性分析,观察274例晚期NSCLC患者化疗前血清CA125水平、化疗耐受次数和其中110例患者血清CEA水平,计算患者CA125和CEA阳性率,并将化疗耐受次数与化疗前血清CA125、CEA水平用SPAA10.0软件进行统计学处理.结果:部分晚期NSCLC患者CA125、CEA水平升高,且CA125阳性率(62.4%)高于CEA阳性率(40%);化疗前CA125水平对NSCLC化疗的耐受次数有统计学意义(P0.05).结论:对于晚期NSCLC患者,CA125具有更高的灵敏度,且其化疗前水平在一定程度上可预测患者的化疗耐受,监测CA125比CEA更有利于对患者进行化疗耐受评估,指导临床选择治疗手段.%Objective CA125 and CEA are the first tumor markers to be used for clinical purpose. For patients with lung cancer, These markers are mainly used for early diagnosis and monitoring the efficacy of therapy, and there be high sensitivity and accuracy in combination with other tumor markers ,but their detailed therapeutic effects are unclear. So we study the relationship between chemotherapy tolerance and CA125、CEA levels of patients with advanced NSCLC to find how their impact on chemotherapy from a chemotherapeutic tolerance perspective. Methods By retrospective analysis, we observe the serum CA125 level of 274 advanced NSCLC patients before chemotherapy, tracking the number of their tolerance of chemotherapy, and gather the level of serum CEA of 110 cases among them. Then we calculated the positive rate of CA

  7. Clinical significance of joint detection of serum CEA, SCCA, and bFGF in the diagnosis of lung cancer

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    Zhao, Wei; Yu, Haixiang; Han, Zhifeng; Gao, Nan; Xue, Jinru; Wang, Yan

    2015-01-01

    Lung cancer is a type of malignant tumor with highest morbidity and mortality. This study tested three tumor marker levels including CEA, SCCA, and bFGF to explore their value in lung cancer diagnosis and pathological type judgment. Venous blood was extracted from lung cancer patients, lung benign lesion patients and healthy control. Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay was applied to detect serum CEA and SCCA content. ELISA was used to test serum bFGF level. Serum CEA, SCCA, and bFGF levels ...

  8. CEA - Assessment of risk management 2013

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    After some introducing texts by CEA managers, this report proposes a rather detailed overview and presentation of CEA activities, objectives and obtained results in different fields: protection and control of the environment, installation safety, health, safety and radiation protection, transports of hazardous materials, waste management, protection of sites, installations and heritage, management of emergency situations, management of legal risks, internal controls and audits, activity of the risk management department, CEA activities from research to industry

  9. Las Gramináceas

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    1939-08-01

    Full Text Available Las gramináceas son plantas conocidas desde la antigüedad más remota. Tan importantes son las gramináceas desde el punto de vista bromatológico, que los hombres pueden ser clasificados en comedores de trigo, de arroz, de maíz, de mijo, de sorgo, de tocusso, de tef, etc. El área de distribución de las gramíneas es inmensa: se las encuentra desde las orillas del mar y en las aguas dulces, hasta las nieves perpetuas; sólo en las aguas saladas desconocidas. En punto de tamaño, las hay desde unos centímetros hasta nuestra guadua gigantesca, de treinta y más metros de altura. Dicha distribución se halla en relación con el clima, pero también es influida por los hábitos de los pueblos, por la civilización, por el comercio o por otras circunstancias.

  10. Application of monoclonal antibodies to purified CEA in clinical radioimmunoassay of human serum

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    Double-antibody radioimmunoassay using a mouse monoclonal anti- CEA (MA/1) has been used to measure CEA in human serum. Low levels of MA/1-binding CEA have been found in serum from normal individuals and moderately raised levels are sometimes associated with certain non-malignant diseases. As with conventional anti-CEA, the MA/1 antibodies can recognize significant amounts of CEA in serum from patients with a variety of solid tumours. However they appear to recognize a different immunodeterminant and possibly a different population of CEA molecules to, or a subset of, those measured by two routine assays. Studies in which the MA/1 assay was directly compared with the results of the Charing Cross routine and Abbott EIA assays have indicated that different immunological forms of CEA may be expressed in the course of tumour progression but no prognostic value was evident in this study. The results stress the need to resolve immunological specificities expressed by CEA-like molecules and evaluate their clinical importance. (author)

  11. The opening of the CEA to the general public

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    . The organization of this high-scale communication operation and the first results achieved will be presented, along with the objectives the CEA determines for the coming years. (author)

  12. Avaliação dos valores sérico e pleural dos marcadores tumorais CEA, CYFRA21-1 e CA 15-3 em portadores de derrame pleural Evaluation of serum and pleural levels of the tumor markers CEA, CYFRA21-1 and CA 15-3 in patients with pleural effusion

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    Isabella Coimbra Wagner; Murilo José de Barros Guimarães; Lilian Karine Neves da Silva; Francisco Montenegro de Melo; Maria Tereza Cartaxo Muniz

    2007-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Dosar os marcadores tumorais antígeno carcinoembrionário (CEA), fragmento da citoqueratina 19 (CYFRA21-1) e antígeno glicosídico associado a tumor 15-3 (CA 15-3) em sangue e líquido pleural de portadores de derrames pleurais benignos e malignos, avaliando a sensibilidade de cada um deles nesses fluidos. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos prospectivamente 85 pacientes com derrame pleural. O estudo do líquido pleural obedeceu a critérios determinados pela literatura. A dosagem dos marcadores foi real...

  13. Saclay CEA Centre. Environmental assessment 2009

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    This report presents the environmental control organization (sampling places and frequencies) about the Saclay CEA centre, and indicates the authorized levels for liquid and gaseous effluent releases by its installations. It comments the obtained results concerning air quality, water quality (surface and underground waters), bio-indicators (sampling and measurements performed in grasses, fruits, vegetables, milk, and so on, with notably the presence of Tritium of K40), and the assessment of the radiological impact due to annual radioactive releases. The report discusses the evolution of Tritium releases since 1968, and gives an assessment of these releases before 1968 (i.e. before it has been systematically controlled). It comments the new regulation regarding releases and gives a comparison with the releases limits defined in 1978. A brief presentation of the Saclay center environmental policy is given

  14. DOE–CEA Benchmark on SFR ASTRID Innovative Core: Neutronic and Safety Transients Simulation

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    ASTRID is a fast reactor being designed by the CEA to achieve a level of safety that exceeds that of conventional fast reactors. In particular, an axially heterogeneous core with an upper sodium plenum is employed to achieve a non-positive sodium void reactivity worth. In order to address the simulation challenges for this innovative concept, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory) and the CEA are performing neutronic and transient benchmark calculations for an ASTRID model based on design specifications provided by the CEA. The blind comparison of the initial DOE and CEA results are found to be in good agreement, enhancing confidence in CEA predictions of key ASTRID safety relevant parameters and transient behaviour. For several parameters, compared uncertainties in computed values are significant and further studies are needed to reduce them. (author)

  15. Decontamination and dismantling at the CEA

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    This document presents the dismantling policy at the CEA (French Research Center on the atomic energy), the financing of the decontamination and the dismantling, the regulatory framework, the knowledge and the technology developed at the CEA, the radiation protection, the environment monitoring and the installations. (A.L.B.)

  16. Memoirs of a Cea veteran

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    A brief account is given of the way in which nuclear energy has developed in France and elsewhere over the last fifty years: options developed by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), naval propulsion, development of pressurised water reactors, MOX and thorium fuels. Afterwards, the prospectives for the 21. century will be discussed. Considering that natural resources are depleting while releases of both greenhouse gases and world population are increasing, an active energy policy will have to be implemented with due consideration for social equity and solidarity. It is in this context that the developed countries will have to give preference, beyond savings, to renewable sources of energy, including of course, nuclear energy. Nuclear energy can continue to develop in the long term, provided fast breeder technology is developed at some point. As far as transport is concerned, hydrogen technology, which is clean and renewable, is promising, provided it is generated by nuclear energy. (author)

  17. CEA - 2012 Annual Report, 2012 Financial Statements

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    In its first part, this report proposes an overview of activities within the CEA. They concern the CEA's programs on low on carbon energies and associated fundamental researches, on defence and global security and associated fundamental researches, on information technologies and associated fundamental researches, on health technologies and associated fundamental researches, and on very large research infrastructures and associated fundamental researches. The second part addresses the scientific assessment, activities related to teaching and training, to innovation towards enterprises, and to support to valorization. It also indicates prices awarded to the CEA. The third part addresses CEA management and institutional relationships, human resources, international relationships, activities related to communication and information diffusion, and risk management. The fourth part describes the CEA organization, its governance and its various bodies. The second volume contains the financial statements for 2012

  18. Construction of CEA siRNA expression vector and its inhibitory effects on the expression of CEA in EC9706 cells%CEA siRNA载体的构建和转染人食管癌EC9706细胞的沉默作用

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    Guoqiang Zhao; Sajia Sun; Hong Zheng; Long Feng; Hongyan Yang; Ziming Dong

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To construct the small interfering RNA (siRNA) expression vector of carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA) and inhibit the expression of CEA in EC9706 cells by RNA interference. Methods: Two pairs of oligonucleotide sequences were designed and synthesized according to the encoding sequence of mRNA of CEA. The annealed oligonucleotide fragments were cloned into pRNAT-U6.2 expression vector and identified by sequencing. The recombinant plasmid pRNAT-U6.2-CEA was transfected into EC9706 cells. The expression of CEA in the stable transfected cells was assayed by real time PCR and Western blot. Results: DNA sequencing showed that the oligonucleotide fragments were correctly inserted into pRNAT-U6.2 vector, and CEA expression in the transfected cells was down-regulated significantly by pRNAT-U6.2-CEA at both the mRNA and protein levels. Conclusion: The siRNA expression vector of CEA is successfully constructed and inhibits CEA expression in EC9706 cells. This facilitates further studies of the function of CEA at the molecular level.

  19. Sensitivity and specificity of the GAMMACOAT-M CEA-RIA from Travenol-Genentech Diagnostics compared to the ABBOTT CEA-RIA monoclonal

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    A new monoclonal radioimmunoassay from Travenol-Genentech Diagnostics was investigated with respect to its sensitivity and specificity and compared to the established monoclonal antibody assay of ABBOTT. Both tests revealed increased CEA plasma values in healthy smokers, whereby the elevation was dependent on the number of cigarettes smoked per day. The sensitivities as well as the cut-off levels for CEA at 90% specificity were coincident in both tests. (orig.)

  20. Application of VLLW management principles to the CEA research centers

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    This document describes the content of a CEA policy relating to very low level waste management elaborated in application of the waste management principles defined in France. The policy deals with very low level waste, subject to recycling, incineration or landfill disposal. It does not deal with reuse. The following principles are applicable to waste streams produced by CEA nuclear installations either during operating or dismantling activities. The policy deals only with very low level wastes (VLLW) (order of magnitude: <100 Bq/g for high energy emitters). It does not deal with low, intermediate or high level waste, which are either recycled or incinerated in nuclear industry or disposed of in the Aube surface disposal (CSA) or kept in intermediate storage, before geological disposal or any alternative final solution

  1. Determination of radon levels in Mexico City

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    The study of the determination of radon levels in the houses room in Mexico City is part of the project Emanometry of the radon. To carry out this study, the passive method was used, which consists of: thin film dosemeter of cellulose nitrate, container of the same one and spark accountant. The method is based on the mensurations of exhibition of the number of marks of alpha track is of the open type and it allows to average the radon activity along several weeks and it presents low concentrations. This study was carried out in 4 periods of exhibition of 3 months each one. (Author)

  2. CEA - 2011 annual report, 2011 financial statement

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    The first report, available both in French and English, presents the different current programs: low carbon energies and associated fundamental researches, global defence and safety and associated researches, information technologies and associated researches, technologies for health and associated fundamental researches, very large research infrastructures and associated fundamental researches. It then addresses the CEA openness: assessment, teaching and training, research valorisation, awards, and the support to various programs: steering activity by the CEA, human resources, international relationships, communication, risk management, information systems. The last part describes the CEA organisation. The second report presents the different financial and accounting data and tables

  3. CEA contribution to advanced robotics

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    Due to development of nuclear energy in France, CEA has a long experience in nuclear robotics. It started from remote handling in hot cells and extended to inspections in nuclear reactors, intervention with vehicles, decommissioning of experimental plants, maintenance and intervention in reactors and reprocessing plants. Existing equipments, which are briefly described, show present status of performances for these applications. Research activities are going-on to develop this potential. Main aspects of recent advances in nuclear robotics are detailed to show that each application has some relevance with fusion remote handling needs. In this panel of activities, fusion would profit more directly from reprocessing and reactor maintenance studies, Computer Aided Teleoperation and advanced manipulators developments. But all the projects in nuclear and servicing robotics may have spin-offs for fusion and mention to Eureka projects will underline the necessity for European cooperation in this field. Finally, honor will be rendered to Jean Vertut who had from the first moment a real passion for fusion. (author). 3 refs, 4 figs, 2 tabs

  4. Preparation of 99mTc-Anti CEA MAb and biodistribution test in mice

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    99mTc-antiCEA MAb radiopharmaceutical has been commercially used under the brand name of Zevalin which is used to detect colorectal cancer. Although human MAb is preferred but commercial product is still using murine originated MAb. This antibody binds specifically to carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) which is overexpressed in colorectal cancer cells. AntiCEA MAb was reduced with diluted 2-mercaptoethanol (1:2000) prior to labelling with 99mTc, and MDP was used as transchelating agent. Labeling efficiency was analysed with chromatography using HSA impregnated ITLC-SG as stationary phase and mixture of ammona-ethanol-water (1:2:5) as eluants to determine polar 99mTc impurities, and ITLC-SG eluted with salin to determine 99mTc-colloid. Stability study was carried out on radio labeled antiCEA MAb stored at room temperature within several hours and on reduced antiCEA MAb stored at -40°C for several weeks. Biodistribution of 99mTc-antiCEA MAb in normal mice was observed 1 hour and 4 hours post injection. Labeling efficiency of antiCEA MAb was 98,53% ± 0.21 % and decreasing to less than 90% after 9 weeks. Radiolabeled anti CEA MAb kept at room temperature was stable within 5 hours post injection, and the frozen kits were stable up to 9 weeks. Biodistribution of 99mTc-antiCEA MAb in normal mice at 1 hour and 4 hours post injection showed high uptake in various organs. (author)

  5. CEA - Assessment of risk management for 2012

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    This report proposes an overview of the main events, actions performed by the CEA, and facts for 2012 regarding protection and monitoring of the environment, installation safety, occupational health and safety, radiological protection of workers, transportation of hazardous materials, waste management, protection of sites, installations and heritage, emergency situation management, legal risk management, internal controls and audits. It also presents the organisation and action of the risk management department within the CEA

  6. The CEA-Industrie Group of Companies

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    The 1988 financial and technological status of the CEA-Industry Group of Companies is summarized. The activities, technological innovations, and areas of development perspectives of the CEA-Industry Group of Companies, chiefly concentrated in fields relating to nuclear energy, are described. The principal business sectors of the group involve nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear plants and maintenance, computer applications and life science. Some activities of the group are extended to management, construction and financial fields

  7. Tumor marker utility and prognostic relevance of cathepsin B, cathepsin L, urokinase-type plasminogen activator, plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1, CEA and CA 19-9 in colorectal cancer

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    Cathepsin B and L (CATB, CATL), urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and its inhibitor PAI-1 play an important role in colorectal cancer invasion. The tumor marker utility and prognostic relevance of these proteases have not been evaluated in the same experimental setting and compared with that of CEA and CA-19-9. Protease, CEA and CA 19-9 serum or plasma levels were determined in 56 patients with colorectal cancer, 25 patients with ulcerative colitis, 26 patients with colorectal adenomas and 35 tumor-free control patients. Protease, CEA, CA 19-9 levels have been determined by ELISA and electrochemiluminescence immunoassay, respectively; their sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic accuracy have been calculated and correlated with clinicopathological staging. The protease antigen levels were significantly higher in colorectal cancer compared with other groups. Sensitivity of PAI-1 (94%), CATB (82%), uPA (69%), CATL (41%) were higher than those of CEA or CA 19-9 (30% and 18%, respectively). PAI-1, CATB and uPA demonstrated a better accuracy than CEA or CA 19-9. A combination of PAI-1 with CATB or uPA exhibited the highest sensitivity value (98%). High CATB, PAI-1, CEA and CA 19-9 levels correlated with advanced Dukes stages. CATB (P = 0.0004), CATL (P = 0.02), PAI-1 (P = 0.01) and CA 19-9 (P = 0.004) had a significant prognostic impact. PAI-1 (P = 0.001), CATB (P = 0.04) and CA 19-9 (P = 0.02) proved as independent prognostic variables. At the time of clinical detection proteases are more sensitive indicators for colorectal cancer than the commonly used tumor markers. Determinations of CATB, CATL and PAI-1 have a major prognostic impact in patients with colorectal cancer

  8. 1999 scientific evaluation at the CEA

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    This report presents a statement of the scientific and technical activity of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) for the year 1999. This evaluation is made by external and independent experts and requires some specific dispositions for the nuclear protection and safety institute (IPSN) and for the direction of military applications (DAM). The report is divided into 4 parts dealing successively with: 1)the CEA, a public research organization (strategy, research programs, new organization of the CEA activities, civil nuclear research, technology research and transfer, defence activities, transfer of knowledge) 2)the scientific evaluation at the CEA (evaluations of the civil applications of the CEA, IPSN, DAM, INSTN (national institute for nuclear sciences and techniques) 3)synthesis of the 1999 scientific and technical evaluation for each operational directions of the CEA (directions of fuel cycle, of nuclear reactors, of advanced technologies, of materials sciences, of life sciences, of military applications, of the nuclear protection and safety institute and of the national institute for nuclear sciences and techniques) 4)the corresponding members of the evaluation and the list of scientific and technical councils and members

  9. Prognostic value of monitoring tumour markers CA 15-3 and CEA during fulvestrant treatment

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background At many centres tumour markers are used to detect disease recurrence and to monitor response to therapy in patients with advanced disease, although the real value of serial observation of marker levels remains disputed. In this study, we evaluated the prognostic value of tumour markers for predicting response (partial response [PR], stable disease [SD] ≥ 6 months, de novo disease progression (PD and secondary PD in patients receiving fulvestrant ('Faslodex' 250 mg/month for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer (MBC. Methods Changes in cancer antigen 15–3 (CA 15-3 and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA were prospectively monitored (monthly and were also evaluated for the 3 months preceding secondary PD. Data from 67 patients with previously treated MBC participating in a Compassionate Use Programme were analysed. Results In patients with a PR (n = 7 [10.4%], a non-significant increase in CA 15-3 occurred during the first 6 months of treatment; CEA was significantly reduced (P = 0.0165. In patients with SD ≥ 6 months (n = 28 [41.8%], both CA 15-3 (P P = 0.0399 levels increased significantly after 6 months treatment. In those experiencing de novo PD (n = 32 [47.8%], CA 15-3 increased significantly (P P = 0.0002 during the same time period. Both CA 15-3 (P P Conclusion CA 15-3 increases in patients progressing on fulvestrant but may also increase in those experiencing clinical benefit; this should not be taken as a sign of PD without verification. Overall, both CA 15-3 and CEA appear to be poor prognostic markers for determining progression in patients receiving fulvestrant.

  10. Summary 1998. Releases control and environment monitoring for the CEA Centers

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    In the framework of its environmental policy, the CEA aims at reduce as weak as possible, in regards to the technological and economic needs, its activities impacts on the people and the environment. This paper contributes to the public information on the radioactive gaseous and liquid releases during the year 1998. It presents data on the releases and the radioactivity levels around the CEA sites and gathers the associated regulation and monitoring methods. (A.L.B.)

  11. CEA nuclear energy Directorate - Activity report 2012

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    After an overview of the activities of the Directorate at the international level, of its scientific activities, and of the consideration given to quality, and a presentation of the transverse program on advanced materials, this report proposes presentations of activities in different domains: future nuclear industrial systems (reactors of 4. generation, back-end of the future cycle, sustainable management of nuclear materials, fundamental scientific and technological research), optimization of the present industrial nuclear activity (reactors of 2. and 3. generation, front-end and back-end of the fuel cycle), the main tools for nuclear development (numerical simulation, the Jules Horowitz reactor), valorisation, economic support of Haute-Marne and Meuse territories (the Syndiese project), nuclear dismantling and decontamination (dismantling projects, projects and works in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Grenoble and Saclay, waste and material flow management, nuclear service facilities, transports). It also presents the activities of some specific CEA centres like Marcoule (R and D in fuel cycle), Cadarache (future energies) and Saclay (nuclear sciences and simulation of reactors and fuel cycle)

  12. Decontamination and dismantling at the CEA; L'assainissement et le demantelement au CEA

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    This document presents the dismantling policy at the CEA (French Research Center on the atomic energy), the financing of the decontamination and the dismantling, the regulatory framework, the knowledge and the technology developed at the CEA, the radiation protection, the environment monitoring and the installations. (A.L.B.)

  13. Determining Students' Conceptual Understanding Level of Thermodynamics

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    Saricayir, Hakan; Ay, Selahattin; Comek, Arif; Cansiz, Gokhan; Uce, Musa

    2016-01-01

    Science students find heat, temperature, enthalpy and energy in chemical reactions to be some of the most difficult subjects. It is crucial to define their conceptual understanding level in these subjects so that educators can build upon this knowledge and introduce new thermodynamics concepts. This paper reports conceptual understanding levels of…

  14. Presentation of CEA Marcoule laboratory department

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    The CEA Marcoule Laboratory Department initially dedicated to production support, has recently been renovated to perform a wide range of analyses to support dismantling of plant operation and process development units. It provides services to the operators of the CEA Marcoule Research Center in the fields of analytical chemistry, metallographic examinations, radioactivity measurements, in situ or online nuclear measurements, decontamination processes and industrial chemistry studies. The facilities are designed to analyze all types of nuclear industrial and research samples both under inactive conditions and in glove box and hot cell environments. The Marcoule Laboratory today combines the skills of CEA researchers and AREVA NC analysts in support of production and R and D, process development and dismantling activities at Marcoule or other nuclear sites. (authors)

  15. Radioimmunoscintigraphy of non-small cell lung cancer using Tc-99m ANTI-CEA FAB` (immuRAID CEA)

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    Fig, L.M. [DVA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Hughes, L.; Pinsky, C.M. [Immunomedics Inc., Morris Plains, NJ (United States)] [and others

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    We conducted a Phase II prospective multicenter clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy of Tc-99M anti-CEA Fab`(ImmuRAID-CEA) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Fifty four patients (42 male; 12 female; age range 40-93 yr) had primary operable (19), primary inoperable (7), occult (9), metastatic (15) or recurrent (4) disease. Patients were injected with 1 mg ImmuRAID-CEA radiolabeled with 20-30 mCi Tc-99m pertechnetate and imaged at 4-8 and 18-24 hr by planar and SPECT techniques; ten were imaged at 15-18 hr only. Despite prominent blood pool activity at 4-8 hr. overall imaging statistics on a per patient basis revealed a sensitivity of tumor detection of 90%, accuracy 85% and positive predictive value 94%. The later images had lower count rates but target to background ratios were improved. On a per lesion basis, sensitivity in the chest was 69% and in liver 88%. Twenty four patients had additional foci of antibody uptake at sites previously believed to be uninvolved; cancer was confirmed in 11, not confirmed in 2 and currently indeterminate in 11. Furthermore, a negative scan confirmed equivocal radiographic studies as true negative in 5 patients. With respect to safety, there were no adverse clinical reactions and four minor, transient changes in hematologic and/or biochemical parameters. Human anti-mouse antibody (HAMA) determinations on 27 patients using ImmuSTRIP{reg_sign} HAMA Fragment assay were negative at 4-6 weeks or 3 months post-infusion. We conclude that imaging with ImmuRAID-CEA is safe and potentially useful for the evaluation and staging of lung cancer patients.

  16. Hypermnesia as Determined by Level of Recall.

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    Roediger, Henry L., III; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Discusses three experiments which provide evidence for the conclusions that hypermnesia (increased recall with repeated testing) does not depend on the encoding of material in an imaginal format but is related to the level of recall across conditions within an experiment. (EKN)

  17. Radiometric determinations of linear mass, resin levels and density of composite materials

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    A description is given of the principle, characteristics and performances of a gamma back-scattering gauge developed in cooperation between the CEA and SNPE. This instrument allows for on-line inspection of the linear mass and resin level of strips of composite materials whilst being produced. The industrial application involved boron, carbon and 'Kevlar' fibres. The performance of beta and gamma transmission gauges are also given for inspecting the density of panels and dense composite materials

  18. Does educational level determine screening participation?

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    von Euler-Chelpin, My; Olsen, Anne Helene; Njor, Sisse;

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that nonparticipation in organized mammography screening is due to insufficient understanding of the information in the invitation letter by relating educational level to user pattern. Data from two Danish mammography screening programmes in...... Copenhagen, 1991-1999, and Funen, 1993-2001 were taken for this study. The Danish Central Population Register was used to define target groups; screened participation data were provided by the health authority, and data on highest obtained education came from Statistics Denmark. Data on all breast imaging in...... this study. Main outcome measures were age-adjusted relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of 'never use' versus 'always use' of screening by educational level, using women with secretarial/sales education as baseline. The RR of 'never use' was 1.65 (95% CI: 1.37-1.99) in Copenhagen and...

  19. Combined effects of protein kinase inhibitors and 5-fluorouracil on CEA expression in human colon cancer cells.

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    Prete, Salvatore Pasquale; Rossi, Lorena; Correale, Pier Paolo; Turriziani, Mario; Baier, Susanne; Tamburrelli, Giuliana; De Vecchis, Liana; Bonmassar, Enzo; Aquino, Angelo

    2005-08-01

    Previous studies showed that 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and Staurosporine (ST), a protein kinase inhibitor (PKI), were able to increase the expression of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in human colon cancer cells. In the present study, we examined the in vitro effects of five PKIs, i.e. ST, 1-5-isoquinolinyl-sulfonyl-2-methylpiperazine (H-7), bisindolylmaleimide-I (BIS), Genistein (GEN), and Herbimycin A (HERB) alone or in combination with 5-FU on CEA expression. C22-20, a clonal subline, derived from colon cancer HT-29 line, selected for low expression of CEA, was used in our experimental model. Among the PKIs tested, only ST, at non-toxic concentrations of 5 nM, was capable of increasing the level of CEA. The other PKIs did not modify CEA expression when used either alone or in combination with 5-FU. Flow cytometric analysis showed that treatment of cells with 5-FU + ST resulted in a synergistic increase of CEA expression, being higher than that obtainable with both agents alone. Moreover, the increase of CEA expression occurred not only in membrane fractions but also in cytosolic compartments, as indicated by Western blot analysis. The present study suggests that ST-mediated induction of CEA expression in cancer cells is PKC independent and could be of potential clinical interest for the development of new diagnostic and/or immunotherapeutic approaches. PMID:15967383

  20. Press tour Siloe CEA/GRENOBLE

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    The experimental reactor, Siloe, has been stopped the 23 december 1997. This paper of the Cea Grenoble, presents the historical aspects of this reactor and its missions. It gives then a global description of the stopping and dismantling procedure, with the planning, the financing and the human impacts of the operation. The wastes management is also takes into account. (A.L.B.)

  1. 1999 scientific evaluation at the CEA; L'evaluation scientifique 1999 au CEA

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    This report presents a statement of the scientific and technical activity of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) for the year 1999. This evaluation is made by external and independent experts and requires some specific dispositions for the nuclear protection and safety institute (IPSN) and for the direction of military applications (DAM). The report is divided into 4 parts dealing successively with: 1)the CEA, a public research organization (strategy, research programs, new organization of the CEA activities, civil nuclear research, technology research and transfer, defence activities, transfer of knowledge) 2)the scientific evaluation at the CEA (evaluations of the civil applications of the CEA, IPSN, DAM, INSTN (national institute for nuclear sciences and techniques) 3)synthesis of the 1999 scientific and technical evaluation for each operational directions of the CEA (directions of fuel cycle, of nuclear reactors, of advanced technologies, of materials sciences, of life sciences, of military applications, of the nuclear protection and safety institute and of the national institute for nuclear sciences and techniques) 4)the corresponding members of the evaluation and the list of scientific and technical councils and members.

  2. CEA: place and role in national science and industry

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    The data on the main trends in CEA activity are given. The role, which CEA plays in French scientific and engineering spheres, is estimated. Examples of CEA international links are discussed, and its contribution into the World scientific and technical progress is shown

  3. Technical Aspect of Shielded SIMS Installation in CEA Cadarache

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    A shielded IMS 6f has been installed in the LECA facility, CEA Cadarache France. The nuclearization was performed by CAMECA Company, which sells the standard IMS 6f. Working on nuclear materials requires in depth modifications of the apparatus itself. Despite these modifications, the shielded SIMS has the same level of performance as the standard apparatus. The design of the modified apparatus is presented and the safety aspects are emphasised. The shielded SIMS should be allowed to handle irradiated samples at the end of 2001. (Author)

  4. Situation 2002: release monitoring and surveillance of environment of Cea centers; Bilan 2002: controle des rejets et surveillance de l'environnement des centres CEA

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    This publication renders an account of the situation of the releases of liquid and gaseous radioactive effluents, for the year 2002, as well as the radioactivity levels measured in the vicinity of Cea centers through the systematic surveillance of atmosphere, waters, vegetation and milk. An analysis on five years allows to follow their evolution. (N.C.)

  5. Serum tetranectin is an independent prognostic marker in colorectal cancer and weakly correlated with plasma suPAR, plasma PAI-1 and serum CEA

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    Høgdall, Claus K; Christensen, Ib J; Stephens, Ross W;

    2002-01-01

    activator (uPAR) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Significantly shorter survival was found for patients with TN levels below a cut-off point of 7.5 mg/l compared to patients with levels above, as illustrated by Kaplan-Meier curves. By Cox analyses, log TN, log soluble uPAR as well as log CEA were found...

  6. Observation on CEA and IL-6 contents in gastric juice

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    Objective: To study the changes of CEA and IL-6 contents in blood and gastric juice in patients with gastric cancer and gastritis. Methods: CEA and IL-6 contents in blood and gastric juice were measured with RIA in 60 patients and 30 controls. Results: Gastric juice CEA and IL-6 contents in patients with gastric carcinoma were significantly higher than those in the controls (p < 0.001), however, CEA and IL-6 contents in patients with gastritis and controls were not much different. Conclusion: Gastric juice CEA and IL-6 assay is of diagnostic significance in patients with gastric malignant tumor

  7. CEA/Valduc Plutonium Recycling Facility Project

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    Pu recycling activities are operated in the 118 facility on Valduc CEA/DAM center. This facility, built in 1963, does not meet modern safety requirements especially for fire and earthquake hazards. The last safety review commission in 2000 gave the authorization to continue recycling operations in the 118 facility until the end of 2010 with the obligation of the achievement, of a safety upgrade program in 2005. At the same time, CEA/DAM has decided to launch the project for the building of a new facility for Pu recycling and legacy residues stabilization. In addition to specific requirements for Pu metal preparation, the processes retained for this facility have to optimize safety, wastes, costs and dosimetry. Moreover, all wastes have to be suitable for discard or of for a safe long term storage in nuclear vault. First conceptual design elements and important basic safety requirements will be presented in this communication. (authors)

  8. The CEA contribution to quality control

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    The Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique has developed original methods and techniques for testing delicate components of the primary circuit of pressure water reactors. These techniques make use of a very wide range of non destructive testing methods: Eddy currents, particularly multiple frequencies, for testing steam generator tubes, gudgeon and other pins focused ultrasonics for testing all the welds of the reactor vessel and its cover plate, mixed welds of steam vessels and generators, low welds of the pressurizer and gudgeon pins from the inside. On site use is effected with specific machines intended either for inspecting the tube bundles of steam generators under the responsibility of INTERCONTROLE Co., or for the complete examination of the reactor vessel by mixed CEA/INTERCONTROLE crews under the responsibility of the CEA. All these operations are subjected to a programme of quality assurance that provides the guaranty of execution complying with the procedures in force

  9. When environment specialists meet the CEA

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    The Afite, the French association of environment engineers and technicians, has organized in May 26 and 27, 1997 a visit of the Cadarache and Marcoule CEA's laboratories devoted to environmental research. The CEA (the French Atomic Energy Commission) and its associated companies represent about ten research centres in which original techniques are developed in order to solve some environmental problems related to nuclear and non-nuclear activities. This paper presents the main environmental research activities carried out at the Cadarache and Marcoule centres: climate evolution and global environment, seismic risks, industrial risks, plants/environment interactions (removal of pollutants, hydrocarbons and heavy metals from the soil), radioactive wastes characterization and processing, cycles of pollutants, nuclear fuels enrichment (SILVA process), remote handling techniques, spent fuels reprocessing, confinement of nuclear wastes and dismantling of nuclear installations. (J.S.)

  10. Determination of degree of oncologic disease spreading with the use of radioimmunoassay

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    An effort to evaluate the possibility of applying tumor morkers to determine the degree of oncologic desease propagation is made. Radioimmunoassay of 431 patients with tumors with different localization is performed. In patients with lung, esophagus, stomach, rectum cancer the level of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the blood serum is studied, with mammary gland cancer - the CEA, ferritin and prolactin levels. An increase of CEA level is detected under wide-spread forms of lung, esophagus, stomach and rectum cancer, and an increase of CEA, ferritin and prolactin levels-under mammary gland cancer. It is shown that radioimmunoassay of tumor marker level is quite information content as to the evaluation of tumor process propagation under digestive tract, lung and mammary gland cancer. 12 refs.; 5 tabs

  11. Do Institutions or Culture Determine the Level of Social Trust?

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    Nannestad, Peter; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard; Dinesen, Peter Thisted; Sønderskov, Kim Mannemar

    2014-01-01

    Do institutions or culture determine levels of social trust in society? If quality of institutions determines levels of social trust, migrants from countries with lower-quality institutions should enhance their level of social trust in countries with higher-quality institutions. If, on the other...... hand, the migrants’ level of social trust is determined by their culture, it should not be affected by a different institutional setting. Furthermore, culturally diverse immigrant groups should have different levels of social trust in the same host country. Analysing migration from several non......-western countries to Denmark, this paper demonstrates that institutions rather than culture matter for social trust....

  12. CEA: assessment of risk management 2011

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    This report proposes an overview of CEA activities in the field of risk management in different areas: impact on the environment, installation safety, management of occupational risks (occupational health and safety), radiological protection of workers, transportation of hazardous materials, waste management, protection of sites, installations and heritage, management of emergency situations, management of law risks, controls and audits. It finally presents the risk management department

  13. Structural Integrity Analysis of CEA Change Platform

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    The Control Element Assembly Change Platform (CEA CP) is similar to a gantry crane. The CEA CP for Shin-Kori units 3 and 4 (SKN 3 and 4) consists of a bridge, which spans the reactor cavity pool and a gantry superstructure mounted on the bridge. The structure is approximately 8.8 m wide, 4.9 m long and 10.6 m high. The gantry superstructure supports one ton capacity hoist trolley and the bridge supports the In Core Instrumentation (ICI) retrieval cart which moves along the bridge. This paper presents the dynamic and structural analysis of CEA CP which is greater than that of the previous nuclear power plants to verify the structural integrity under the application of the earthquake spectrum. The analysis have been performed using the three orthogonal SSE response spectrum for SKN 3 and 4 which shows much higher acceleration value than OPR- 1000 Plants. In addition, the analyses are performed by 3-dimensional finite element analysis using ANSYS software

  14. 5 CFR 531.409 - Acceptable level of competence determinations.

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Acceptable level of competence... REGULATIONS PAY UNDER THE GENERAL SCHEDULE Within-Grade Increases § 531.409 Acceptable level of competence... delegated shall determine which employees are performing at an acceptable level of competence. (b) Basis...

  15. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Grenoble; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Grenoble

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Grenoble for the year 2007. Since 2002 the Passage project aims to realize the decontamination and the dismantling of old nuclear installations of the CEA Grenoble. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the year 2007 saw two main steps of the Passage project: the decommissioning of the Siloette reactor, a public consultation about the Lama laboratory dismantling. (A.L.B.)

  16. Updated on effluents releases of the CEA nuclear fuel cycle facilities - 1995 to 2010 period

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    2011-07-01

    The environmental impact assessment of the Centro Experimental Aramar (CEA) facilities has been presented in a former work, based on the measured effluent releases data, for the period from 1995 to 2007. This work shows the update up to 2010. The effluents releases to the environment result from the routine operation of CEA nuclear fuel cycle facilities (LEI - Isotopic Enrichment Laboratory, USIDE - Pilot Plant for Industrial Verification of Uranium Enrichment and LABMAT - Nuclear Materials Laboratory). Basically, this work presents the radioactive release source terms, as described at the CEA Effluent Report sent to the National Commission for Nuclear Energy (CNEN) each semester, and a historical assessment of the critical group annual doses from 1995 up to 2010. The assessed doses are compared to the maximum dose constraint as well as to the exemption level specified by CNEN. (author)

  17. Radioiodination of monoclonal antibody intact anti-CEA

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    The purpose of this study is to examine a convenient system that can be used to iodinate monoclonal antibodies which is rapid, simple, efficient and reproducible, and which can be accomplished in radiopharmaceutical laboratories. It is important to remember that antibodies are sensitive biochemicals, subject to losses of the activity that is essential to their mode of action, namely the ability to bind specific antigen. The advent of solid phase iodination agents has greatly expanded the range of gentle iodination techniques available for iodinating sensitive biological materials. The agent most widely used is the Iodogen (1,3,4,6 tetrachloro-3a-6a diphenylglycoluril) method. Anti-CEA 4C sub(11) IgG sub(2a,k) (prepared in the Ludwig Institute-Sao Paulo-Brazil ) is used as model to evaluate the Iodogen methodology. The miniature chromatographic system, also rapid, accurate, simple, efficient was elaborated to determine the labelling efficiency incorporation of iodine into immunoglobulin, and the radiochemical purity of sup(131)I-anti-CEA. (author)

  18. The releases control and the environment survey of the Cea Centers

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    The Cea sets the environment protection in the heart of its security policy, which is based on the mastership of risks resulting from the researches activities and installations development. This policy aims to reduce as small as possible compared with the technical and economical necessities, the impact of its activities on the human and the environment. This document, takes stock for the year 2002, of the liquid and gas radioactive effluents releases as also of the radioactivity level around the Cea Centers, by a systematic monitoring of the atmosphere, the waters, the vegetation and the milk. (A.L.B.)

  19. Development of radiopharmaceuticals based on aptamers: selection and characterization of DNA aptamers for CEA

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    Correa, C.R.; Andrade, A.S.R., E-mail: antero@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Augusto-Pinto, L. [BioAptus, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Goes, A.M., E-mail: goes@icb.ufmg.br [Departamento de Imunologia e Bioquimica. Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Colorectal cancer is among the top four causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a complex intracellular glycoprotein produced by about 90% of colorectal cancers. CEA has been identified as an attractive target for cancer research because of its pattern of expression in the surface cell and its likely functional role in tumorigenesis. Research on the rapid selection of ligands based on the SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment) forms the basis for the development of high affinity and high specificity molecules, which can bind to surface determinants of tumour cells, like CEA. The oligonucleotides ligands generated in this technique are called aptamers. Aptamers can potentially find applications as therapeutic or diagnostic tools for many kind of diseases, like a tumor. Aptamers offer low immunogenicity, good tumour penetration, rapid uptake and fast systemic clearance, which favour their application as effective vehicles for radiotherapy. In addition aptamers can be labeled with different radioactive isotopes. The aim of this work was select aptamers binding to the CEA tumor marker. The aptamers are obtained through by SELEX, in which aptamers are selected from a library of random sequences of synthetic DNA by repetitive binding of the oligonucleotides to target molecule (CEA). Analyses of the secondary structure of the aptamers were determined using the m fold toll. Three aptamers were selected to binding assay with target cells. These aptamers were confirmed to have affinity and specific binding for T84 cell line (target cell), showed by confocal imaging. We are currently studying the potential efficacy of these aptamers as targeted radiopharmaceuticals, for use as imaging agents or therapeutic applications. The development of aptamers specific to CEA open new perspectives for colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment. Acknowledgments: This investigation was supported by the Centro de Desenvolvimento da

  20. Development of radiopharmaceuticals based on aptamers: selection and characterization of DNA aptamers for CEA

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    Colorectal cancer is among the top four causes of cancer deaths worldwide. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a complex intracellular glycoprotein produced by about 90% of colorectal cancers. CEA has been identified as an attractive target for cancer research because of its pattern of expression in the surface cell and its likely functional role in tumorigenesis. Research on the rapid selection of ligands based on the SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment) forms the basis for the development of high affinity and high specificity molecules, which can bind to surface determinants of tumour cells, like CEA. The oligonucleotides ligands generated in this technique are called aptamers. Aptamers can potentially find applications as therapeutic or diagnostic tools for many kind of diseases, like a tumor. Aptamers offer low immunogenicity, good tumour penetration, rapid uptake and fast systemic clearance, which favour their application as effective vehicles for radiotherapy. In addition aptamers can be labeled with different radioactive isotopes. The aim of this work was select aptamers binding to the CEA tumor marker. The aptamers are obtained through by SELEX, in which aptamers are selected from a library of random sequences of synthetic DNA by repetitive binding of the oligonucleotides to target molecule (CEA). Analyses of the secondary structure of the aptamers were determined using the m fold toll. Three aptamers were selected to binding assay with target cells. These aptamers were confirmed to have affinity and specific binding for T84 cell line (target cell), showed by confocal imaging. We are currently studying the potential efficacy of these aptamers as targeted radiopharmaceuticals, for use as imaging agents or therapeutic applications. The development of aptamers specific to CEA open new perspectives for colorectal cancer diagnosis and treatment. Acknowledgments: This investigation was supported by the Centro de Desenvolvimento da

  1. Status of Cea spallation modules for ads

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    In the framework of CEA studies on ADS dedicated to waste transmutation, a liquid metal reference concept and an alternative solid target have been evaluated to produce neutrons inside the spallation module. This work examines the design (neutronic, thermohydraulic and mechanical aspects) and the performances of both options. It is shown that a liquid Pb-Bi target offers more possibilities regarding to high protons current densities (possible industrial extrapolation) but that a solid target made with tungsten particles offers also interesting ability to create a neutrons flux appropriated (strong spectrum and flat axial distribution) to an sub-critical core dedicated to incineration. (author)

  2. Algunas orquidáceas americanas

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    Williams, Louis O.

    2012-01-01

    La presente contribución al conocimiento de las Orquidáceas americanas trata de algunas especies de México, América Central, Sur América y las Antillas. Estas notas son el resultado de determinaciones de varios ejemplares colectados en tales regiones, y que se hallan depositados en el Ames Herbarium, Cambridge, Mass., el United States National Museum, Washington, D. C., el New York Botanical Garden Herbarium, Nueva York, o en el Herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden, St.Louis, Missouri....

  3. Situation 2002: release monitoring and surveillance of environment of Cea centers

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    This publication renders an account of the situation of the releases of liquid and gaseous radioactive effluents, for the year 2002, as well as the radioactivity levels measured in the vicinity of Cea centers through the systematic surveillance of atmosphere, waters, vegetation and milk. An analysis on five years allows to follow their evolution. (N.C.)

  4. An Information Building on Radioactivity and Nuclear Energy for the French CEA Cadarache Research Center - 13492

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    The CEA Cadarache research center is one of the 10 research centers of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). Distributed throughout various research platforms, it focuses on nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, new energy technologies (hydrogen, solar, biomass) and fundamental research in the field of vegetal biology. It is the most important technological research and development centers for energy in Europe. Considering the sensitive nature of nuclear activities, the questions surrounding the issue of radioactive waste, the nuclear energy and the social, economic and environmental concerns for present and future generations, the French Government asked nuclear actors to open communication and to give all the information asked by the Local Information Commission (CLI) and the public [1]. In this context, the CEA Cadarache has decided to better show and explain its expertise and experience in the area of nuclear energy and nuclear power plant design, and to make it available to stakeholders and to the public. CEA Cadarache receives each year more than 9000 visitors. To complete technical visits of the research facilities and laboratories, a scientific cultural center has been built in 2011 to inform the public on CEA Cadarache research activities and to facilitate the acceptance of nuclear energy in a way suited to the level of knowledge of the visitors. A modern interactive exhibition of 150 m2 allows visitors to find out more about energy, CEA Cadarache research programs, radioactive waste management and radiological impact on the research center activities. It also offers an auditorium for group discussions and for school groups to discover science through enjoyment. This communication center has received several thousand visitors since its opening on October 2011; the initial results of this experience are now available. It's possible to explain the design of this exhibition, to give some statistics on the number of the visitors, their

  5. Combination of IGF-1 with CEA, CYFRA21-1, NSE for the diagnosis and prediction of treatment response in lung cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate four tumor markers of insulin-like growth factor 1((IGF-1), CEA, cytokeratin fragment antigen 21-1 (CYFRA21-1), neuron-specific enolase (NSE) for the diagnosis and prediction of treatment response in human lung cancer. Methods: Serum samples were taken from three groups: 91 patients with lung cancer, 30 healthy adults and 15 patients with benign pulmonary diseases. Serum IGF-1 was assayed by radioimmunoassay and CEA, CYFRA21-1, and NSE by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. The differences among the three groups were determined by Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and with Mann-Whitney rank-sum test. Diagnostic efficacy was evaluated by ROC curves. Results: The four serum tumor marker levels were significantly higher in lung cancer group, as compared with the benign and the healthy (IGF-1: χ2=26.95, P2=49.11, P2=40.63, P2=14.76; P2=5.99, P=0.014; CYFRA21-1: χ2=4.99, P=0.025) in cancer group. Conclusions: Serum IGF-1, CEA, CYFRA21-1 and NSE are all valuable for lung cancer diagnosis and the combination of those parameters can enhance the diagnostic efficiency. Serum IGF-1 and CYFRA21-1 may also be useful for evaluating the treatment response in lung cancer. (authors)

  6. Market orientation at the value chain level: Concept and determinants

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    Grunert, Klaus G.; Hansen, Kåre; Jeppesen, Lisbeth Fruensgaard;

    The term market orientation, defined as sets of activities dealing with the generation and dissemination of market intelligence as well as with responding to it, is extended from the organisation level to the value chain level. By drawing on theories from industrial economics, neo......-institutional theory, transaction cost economics, network theory and the political-economic approach to the analysis of marketing channels, potential determinants of market orientation at value chain levels are identified. These determinants and their possible interaction may serve as guiding principles for empirical...

  7. Market orientation at the value chain level: Concept and determinants

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    Grunert, Klaus G.; Hansen, Kåre; Jeppesen, Lisbeth Fruensgaard;

    -institutional theory, transaction cost economics, network theory and the political-economic approach to the analysis of marketing channels, potential determinants of market orientation at value chain levels are identified. These determinants and their possible interaction may serve as guiding principles for empirical......The term market orientation, defined as sets of activities dealing with the generation and dissemination of market intelligence as well as with responding to it, is extended from the organisation level to the value chain level. By drawing on theories from industrial economics, neo...

  8. Firm Level Determinants of Investment in the Kenyan Manufacturing Firm

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    Augustus S. Muluvi

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This study uses firm level data to investigate the investment behavior in the Kenyan manufacturing firms. Using Probit and Tobit regression models the results shows that factors determining the decision to invest are different from those determining the share invested. Overall the results shows low levels of investment by Kenyan manufacturing firms and the importance of firm level data in explaining the investment behavior. On the policy front the paper observes the role of government in the provision of stable macroeconomic policies, affordable credit and basic infrastructure in order to attract investment in this sector.

  9. An approach for determining the acceptable levels of nuclear risk

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    The objective of this study was to develop a methodology for determining the acceptable levels of risk with respect to nuclear energy. It was concluded that the Atomic Energy Control Board should identify the interest groups that affect its choice of an acceptable level of risk, determine their expectations, and balance the expectations of the various groups such that the resulting acceptable level of risk is still acceptable to the Board. This would be done by interviewing experts on the subject of nuclear safety, developing and pretesting a public questionnaire, and surveying the public on acceptable cost-risk combinations

  10. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, and the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1 % and a narrow breeder temperature range (470 +- 30 0C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  11. Simplifying CEA through Excel, VBA, and Subeq

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    Foster, Ryan

    2004-01-01

    Many people use compound equilibrium programs for very different reasons, varying from refrigerators to light bulbs to rockets. A commonly used equilibrium program is CEA. CEA can take various inputs such as pressure, temperature, and volume along with numerous reactants and run them through equilibrium equations to obtain valuable output information, including products formed and their relative amounts. A little over a year ago, Bonnie McBride created the program subeq with the goal to simplify the calling of CEA. Subeq was also designed to be called by other programs, including Excel, through the use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The largest advantage of using Excel is that it allows the user to input the information in a colorful and user-friendly environment while allowing VBA to run subeq, which is in the form of a FORTRAN DLL (Dynamic Link Library). Calling subeq in this form makes it much faster than if it were converted to VBA. Since subeq requires such large lists of reactant and product names, all of which can't be passed in as an array, subeq had to be changed to accept very long strings of reactants and products. To pass this string and adjust the transfer of input and output parameters, the subeq DLL had to be changed. One program that does this is Compaq Visual FORTRAN, which allows DLLs to be edited, debugged, and compiled. Compaq Visual FORTRAN uses FORTRAN 90/95, which has additional features to that of FORTRAN 77. My goals this summer include finishing up the excel spreadsheet of subeq, which I started last summer, and putting it on the Internet so that others can use it without having to download my spreadsheet. To finish up the spreadsheet I will need to work on debugging current options and problems. I will also work on making it as robust as possible, so that all errors that may arise will be clearly communicated to the user. New features will be added old ones will be changed as I receive comments from people using the spreadsheet

  12. Carboxyhaemoglobin levels and their determinants in older British men

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    Lennon Lucy

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although there has been concern about the levels of carbon monoxide exposure, particularly among older people, little is known about COHb levels and their determinants in the general population. We examined these issues in a study of older British men. Methods Cross-sectional study of 4252 men aged 60–79 years selected from one socially representative general practice in each of 24 British towns and who attended for examination between 1998 and 2000. Blood samples were measured for COHb and information on social, household and individual factors assessed by questionnaire. Analyses were based on 3603 men measured in or close to ( Results The COHb distribution was positively skewed. Geometric mean COHb level was 0.46% and the median 0.50%; 9.2% of men had a COHb level of 2.5% or more and 0.1% of subjects had a level of 7.5% or more. Factors which were independently related to mean COHb level included season (highest in autumn and winter, region (highest in Northern England, gas cooking (slight increase and central heating (slight decrease and active smoking, the strongest determinant. Mean COHb levels were more than ten times greater in men smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day (3.29% compared with non-smokers (0.32%; almost all subjects with COHb levels of 2.5% and above were smokers (93%. Pipe and cigar smoking was associated with more modest increases in COHb level. Passive cigarette smoking exposure had no independent association with COHb after adjustment for other factors. Active smoking accounted for 41% of variance in COHb level and all factors together for 47%. Conclusion An appreciable proportion of men have COHb levels of 2.5% or more at which symptomatic effects may occur, though very high levels are uncommon. The results confirm that smoking (particularly cigarette smoking is the dominant influence on COHb levels.

  13. Superconducting quadrupoles for LHC : CERN/CEA-CEN Saclay Collaboration

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    1994-01-01

    Agreement has been signed between CERN and CEA Saclay, concerning the construction of two prototypes of the LHC latest quadrupoles. CEA Saclay was interested with the study, the design, the construction and the testing of this magnet. The fabrication took place at the CEN Laboratory at Saclay in Paris.

  14. Low carbon energies: action by the CEA

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    In future decades we can expect the situation regarding energy and climate change to become more and more difficult. On one hand, population growth and essential development in emerging economies will increase the demand for energy; on the other, the depletion of fossil fuel reserves, procurement difficulties due to geopolitical tension, and global warming are all making the search for viable and competitive alternatives to hydrocarbons all the more urgent. In the 2007 edition of its World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) made the position clear. CEA is one of the major European research institutes working in the field of energy, he is part of European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). (authors)

  15. The Grenoble CEA Center: dismantled and rehabilitated

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    The denuclearization program of the CEA center in Grenoble was launched in 2001. It involves 6 nuclear facilities (3 research reactors: Melusine, Siloette, and Siloe, and 1 laboratory (LAMA) and 2 units for processing wastes). The dismantling works were finished at the end of 2012 and the 2013 program concerns: the demolition of the buildings homing Melusine and Siloe reactors, the final rehabilitation of the Siloe raft, and the final rehabilitation of the laboratory and of the waste processing units. The budget is 117*106 euros for Siloe, 28*106 euros for Melusine, 6*106 euros for Siloette, 70*106 euros for the LAMA, and 90*106 euros for the 2 waste processing units. (A.C.)

  16. The complementary safety assessments of CEA's facilities

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    The safety assessments of CEA's facilities was made in 2 steps. The first step that was performed end 2011 involved facilities that had priority according to the French Safety Authority among them the Jules Horowitz reactor being built in Cadarache, the Masurca reactor (being upgraded in Cadarache), the Plutonium workshop (being dismantled in Cadarache), the Osiris reactor (that operates in Saclay) and the Phenix reactor (decommissioned at Marcoule). The second step was performed in 2012. The main conclusion is the setting of a hard core of measures concerning equipment and organization that is able to sustain the vital functions of each facility in any accidental situation. Another consequence is the reinforcement of the emergency means (equipment and organization) in the Cadarache site. (A.C.)

  17. CEA programme on gas cooled reactors

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    Future nuclear energy systems studies conducted by the CEA aim at investigating and developing promising technologies for future reactors, fuels and fuel cycles, for nuclear power to play a major part in sustainable energy policies. Reactors and fuel cycles are considered as integral parts of a nuclear system to be optimised as a whole. Major goals assigned to future nuclear energy systems are the following: reinforced economic competitiveness with other electricity generation means, with a special emphasis on reducing the investment cost; enhanced reliability and safety, through an improved management of reactor operation in normal and abnormal plant conditions; minimum production of long lived radioactive waste; resource saving through an effective and flexible use of the available resources of fissile and fertile materials; enhanced resistance to proliferation risks. The three latter goals are essential for the sustainability of nuclear energy in the long term. Additional considerations such as the potentialities for other applications than electricity generation (co-generation, production of hydrogen, sea water desalination) take on an increasing importance. Sustainability goals call for fast neutron spectra (to transmute nuclear waste and to breed fertile fuel) and for recycling actinides from the spent fuel (plutonium and minor actinides). New applications and economic competitiveness call for high temperature technologies (850 deg C), that afford high conversion efficiencies and hence less radioactive waste production and discharged heat. These orientations call for breakthroughs beyond light water reactors. Therefore, as a result of a screening review of candidate technologies, the CEA has selected an innovative concept of high temperature gas cooled reactor with a fast neutron spectrum, robust refractory fuel, direct conversion with a gas turbine, and integrated on-site fuel cycle as a promising system for a sustainable energy development. This objective

  18. CEA experimental feedback on sodium loop decommissioning

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    The aim of this paper is to present experimental feedback on sodium loop dismantling techniques at the CEA (The French Atomic Energy Commission) and to offer recommendations for the decommissioning of Fast Reactor secondary sodium loops. This study is based on acquired CEA decommissioning experience which primarily concerns the following: the decommissioning of RAPSODIE (France's first Fast Reactor), the PHENIX reactor secondary loop replacement, the sodium loop decommissioning carried out by the Laboratory of Sodium Technologies and Treatment, and several technical documents. This paper deals with the main results of this survey. First, a comparison of 8 pipe-cutting techniques is made, taking into account speed in cutting, reliability, dissemination, fire risk due to the presence of sodium, cutting depth, and different types of waste (empty pipes, sodium-filled pipes, tanks...). This comparison has led us to recommend the use of an alternative saw or a chain saw rather than the use of the plasma torch or grinder. Different techniques are recommended depending on if they are on-site, initial cuttings or if they are to be carried out in a specially-designed facility referred to hereafter as 'the cutting building'. After the cutting stage, the sodium waste must be processed with water to become an ultimate stable waste. Four treatment processes are compared with different standards : speed, cost, low activity adaptability and 'large sodium quantity' adaptability. Recommendations are also made for reliable storage, and for the general dismantling system organization. Last, calculations are presented concerning a complete dismantling facility prototype capable of treating large amounts and volume of sodium wastes. (author)

  19. Overview of the long-lived radionuclide separation processes developed in connection with the CEA`s spin programme

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    Madic, C.; Bourges, J.; Dozol, J.F.

    1994-12-31

    One possible strategy for eliminating the long-term potential hazards associated with the storage of vitrified high level waste produced by the processing of irradiated nuclear fuels, is the transmutation of the long-life radionuclides in these wastes into short-life radionuclides by nuclear means, which requires the prior chemical separation of these long-life radionuclides from the nuclear waste mixture. To do this, the French CEA (Atomic Energy Commissionership) launched the SPIN (Separation-Incineration) research programme in 1991, under the law passed by the parliament on december 30, 1991. Research currently under way to develop separation processes for some long-life radionuclides concerns modifications of the Purex process, and the development of new solvent extraction processes. The research directions are briefly summarized here. (authors). 17 refs., 3 tabs.

  20. Determination of vibrational levels in the TOF-PEPECO spectrum

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    Fitting procedures has been achieved to determine the vibrational levels in the TOF-PEPECO spectrum of the doubly ionized ion N2++. Gauss function has been used to fit the peaks of the spectrum, and also the formula relating (by the molecular constants) the vibrational peaks issued from the same electronic state. Vibrations of many electronic stats were determined. The fitting shows no presence of vibrations from stats located out side of Frank-Condon region. (author)

  1. Carboxyhaemoglobin levels and their determinants in older British men

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    Lennon Lucy; Papacosta Olia; Whincup Peter; Haines Andrew

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Although there has been concern about the levels of carbon monoxide exposure, particularly among older people, little is known about COHb levels and their determinants in the general population. We examined these issues in a study of older British men. Methods Cross-sectional study of 4252 men aged 60–79 years selected from one socially representative general practice in each of 24 British towns and who attended for examination between 1998 and 2000. Blood samples were mea...

  2. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Saclay; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Saclay

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    2007-07-01

    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Saclay for the year 2007. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially two public consultation on release authorizations and the Neurospin installations, the dismantling of the 49 nuclear installation, the shutdown of the learning reactor ULYSSE are detailed. (A.L.B.)

  3. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Marcoule; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Marcoule

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    2007-07-01

    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Marcoule for the year 2007. Since its creation in 1955 the center realizes industrial and scientific activities relative to the civil and military applications of the radioactivity. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the following two base activities are detailed: Atalante and Phenix. (A.L.B.)

  4. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Cadarache; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Cadarache

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    2007-07-01

    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Cadarache for the year 2007. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the report discusses the beginning of the RJH reactor construction, the fourth generation reactors research programs, the implementing of la Rotonde the new radioactive wastes management installation, the renovation of the LECA. (A.L.B.)

  5. Mutational Profiles Reveal an Aberrant TGF-β-CEA Regulated Pathway in Colon Adenomas

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    Jogunoori, Wilma; Menon, Vipin; Majumdar, Avijit; Chen, Jiun-Sheng; Gi, Young Jin; Jeong, Yun Seong; Phan, Liem; Belkin, Mitchell; Gu, Shoujun; Kundra, Suchin; Mistry, Nipun A.; Zhang, Jianping; Su, Xiaoping; Li, Shulin; Lin, Sue-Hwa; Javle, Milind; McMurray, John S.; Rahlfs, Thomas F.; Mishra, Bibhuti; White, Jon; Rashid, Asif; Beauchemin, Nicole; Weston, Brian R.; Shafi, Mehnaz A.; Stroehlein, John R.; Davila, Marta; Akbani, Rehan; Weinstein, John N.; Wu, Xifeng; Mishra, Lopa

    2016-01-01

    Mutational processes and signatures that drive early tumorigenesis are centrally important for early cancer prevention. Yet, to date, biomarkers and risk factors for polyps (adenomas) that inordinately and rapidly develop into colon cancer remain poorly defined. Here, we describe surprisingly high mutational profiles through whole-genome sequence (WGS) analysis in 2 of 4 pairs of benign colorectal adenoma tissue samples. Unsupervised hierarchical clustered transcriptomic analysis of a further 7 pairs of adenomas reveals distinct mutational signatures regardless of adenoma size. Transitional single nucleotide substitutions of C:G>T:A predominate in the adenoma mutational spectrum. Strikingly, we observe mutations in the TGF-β pathway and CEA-associated genes in 4 out of 11 adenomas, overlapping with the Wnt pathway. Immunohistochemical labeling reveals a nearly 5-fold increase in CEA levels in 23% of adenoma samples with a concomitant loss of TGF-β signaling. We also define a functional role by which the CEA B3 domain interacts with TGFBR1, potentially inactivating the tumor suppressor function of TGF-β signaling. Our study uncovers diverse mutational processes underlying the transition from early adenoma to cancer. This has broad implications for biomarker-driven targeting of CEA/TGF-β in high-risk adenomas and may lead to early detection of aggressive adenoma to CRC progression. PMID:27100181

  6. Assessing Juvenile Sex Offenders to Determine Adequate Levels of Supervision.

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    Gerdes, Karen E.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    This study analyzed the internal consistency of four inventories used by Utah probation officers to determine adequate and efficacious supervision levels and placement for juvenile sex offenders. Three factors accounted for 41.2 percent of variance (custodian's and juvenile's attitude toward intervention, offense characteristics, and historical…

  7. An Empirical Approach to Determining Advertising Spending Level.

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    Sunoo, D. H.; Lin, Lynn Y. S.

    To assess the relationship between advertising and consumer promotion and to determine the optimal short-term advertising spending level for a product, a research project was undertaken by a major food manufacturer. One thousand homes subscribing to a dual-system cable television service received either no advertising exposure to the product or…

  8. Determination of diets for the populations of eleven regions of the European community to be used for obtaining radioactive contamination levels. First results concerning the food consumption of individuals classified in nine age-groups

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    The present document continues the report CEA-R--2979 - EUR--2768-f. The processing of the data given by the family food enquiry carried out in eleven regions of the European Community, has permitted to determine the food consumption of individuals classified in nine age-groups, in order to study the radioactive contamination levels in the food-chain. The used statistical method is described, and the obtained results are presented in form of double-entry tables giving for each region and for each age-group the mean weekly food-consumption and the contribution of each diet in nutrition principles, in minerals, vitamins, trace elements and calories. (authors)

  9. Determination of carbon-14 in environmental level, solid reference materials

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    Blowers, Paul, E-mail: paul.blowers@cefas.co.uk [Cefas Lowestoft Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT (United Kingdom); Caborn, Jane, E-mail: jane.a.caborn@nnl.co.uk [NNL, Springfields, Salwick, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 0XJ (United Kingdom); Dell, Tony [Veterinary Laboratories Agency, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3NB (United Kingdom); Gingell, Terry [DSTL, Radiation Protection Services, Crescent Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hants, PO12 2DL (United Kingdom); Harms, Arvic [National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW (United Kingdom); Long, Stephanie [Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, 3 Clonskeagh Square, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 14, Ireland (United Kingdom); Sleep, Darren [Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP (United Kingdom); Stewart, Charlie [UKAEA (Waste Management Group), Chemical Support Services, D1310/14, Dounreay, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 7TZ (United Kingdom); Walker, Jill [Radiocarbon Dating, The Old Stables, East Lockinge, Wantage, Oxon OX12 8QY (United Kingdom); Warwick, Phil E. [GAU-Radioanalytical, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH (United Kingdom)

    2011-10-15

    An intercomparison exercise to determine the {sup 14}C activity concentrations in a range of solid, environmental level materials was conducted between laboratories in the UK. IAEA reference materials, C2, C6 and C7, and an in-house laboratory QA material were dispatched in 2006 to ten laboratories comprising of members of the Analyst Informal Working Group (AIWG) and one other invited party. The laboratories performed the determinations using a number of techniques, and using the results each one was evaluated in terms of levels of precision, sensitivity and limits of detection. The results of the study show that all techniques are capable of successfully analysing {sup 14}C in environmental level materials, however, a shortage of certified environmental reference materials exists. The suitability of the IAEA reference materials and other material for use as reference materials was also assessed.

  10. Determination of carbon-14 in environmental level, solid reference materials

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    An intercomparison exercise to determine the 14C activity concentrations in a range of solid, environmental level materials was conducted between laboratories in the UK. IAEA reference materials, C2, C6 and C7, and an in-house laboratory QA material were dispatched in 2006 to ten laboratories comprising of members of the Analyst Informal Working Group (AIWG) and one other invited party. The laboratories performed the determinations using a number of techniques, and using the results each one was evaluated in terms of levels of precision, sensitivity and limits of detection. The results of the study show that all techniques are capable of successfully analysing 14C in environmental level materials, however, a shortage of certified environmental reference materials exists. The suitability of the IAEA reference materials and other material for use as reference materials was also assessed.

  11. The value of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in asymptomatic examinees with unexplained elevated blood carcinoembryonic antigen levels

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    Li, Wenfeng [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Laboratory for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Institutes of Translational Medicine, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wenzhou (China); Yin, Weiwei [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Division of PET/CT, Department of Radiology, Wenzhou (China); Ou, Rongying [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Laboratory for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Institutes of Translational Medicine, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Wenzhou (China); Chen, Ting; Xiong, Lingling; Xu, Yunsheng [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Laboratory for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Institutes of Translational Medicine, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Dermatovenereology, Wenzhou (China); Cheng, Dezhi; Xie, Deyao [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Laboratory for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Institutes of Translational Medicine, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Wenzhou (China); Zheng, Xiangwu; Zhao, Liang [The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Laboratory for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Institutes of Translational Medicine, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Division of PET/CT, Department of Radiology, Wenzhou (China); The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Institutes of Intelligent and Molecular Imaging, Wenzhou (China)

    2016-04-15

    Cancer is still a clinical challenge, with many efforts invested in order to achieve timely detection. Unexplained elevated blood carcinoembryonic antigen levels are occasionally observed in an asymptomatic population and considered as a risk factor of cancers. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-18 FDG-PET/CT) for detecting cancer in an asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels. This retrospective study included a total of 1920 asymptomatic examinees conducted from August 2011 through September 2013. The participants underwent CEA assay and conventional medical imaging (CEA-conventional), or CEA assay and F-18 FDG-PET/CT (CEA-PET/CT). The validity of conventional medical imaging and CEA-PET/CT scanning for detecting cancer and early-stage cancer in an asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in blood CEA levels were evaluated. Sensitivity, specificity, cancer detection rate, missed cancer detection rate, early-stage cancer detection rate, and early-stage cancer ratio using the CEA-PET/CT scanning were 96.6 %, 100 %, 10.4 %, 0.4 %, 3.7 %, and 34.5 %, respectively. In contrast, the corresponding values obtained using the conventional medical imaging were 50.6 % (P < 0.0001), 100 % (P > 0.9999), 50.6 % (P < 0.0001), 99.9 % (P = 0.055), 2.6 % (P < 0.0001), 2.5 % (P = 0.04), 0.7 % (P = 0.0004), and 14.5 % (P = 0.002), respectively. The F-18 FDG-PET/CT scanning significantly improved the validity of the cancer detection program in the asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in CEA levels. (orig.)

  12. The value of F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in asymptomatic examinees with unexplained elevated blood carcinoembryonic antigen levels

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    Cancer is still a clinical challenge, with many efforts invested in order to achieve timely detection. Unexplained elevated blood carcinoembryonic antigen levels are occasionally observed in an asymptomatic population and considered as a risk factor of cancers. The purpose of this study was to determine the validity of 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (F-18 FDG-PET/CT) for detecting cancer in an asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels. This retrospective study included a total of 1920 asymptomatic examinees conducted from August 2011 through September 2013. The participants underwent CEA assay and conventional medical imaging (CEA-conventional), or CEA assay and F-18 FDG-PET/CT (CEA-PET/CT). The validity of conventional medical imaging and CEA-PET/CT scanning for detecting cancer and early-stage cancer in an asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in blood CEA levels were evaluated. Sensitivity, specificity, cancer detection rate, missed cancer detection rate, early-stage cancer detection rate, and early-stage cancer ratio using the CEA-PET/CT scanning were 96.6 %, 100 %, 10.4 %, 0.4 %, 3.7 %, and 34.5 %, respectively. In contrast, the corresponding values obtained using the conventional medical imaging were 50.6 % (P < 0.0001), 100 % (P > 0.9999), 50.6 % (P < 0.0001), 99.9 % (P = 0.055), 2.6 % (P < 0.0001), 2.5 % (P = 0.04), 0.7 % (P = 0.0004), and 14.5 % (P = 0.002), respectively. The F-18 FDG-PET/CT scanning significantly improved the validity of the cancer detection program in the asymptomatic population with an unexplained elevation in CEA levels. (orig.)

  13. Dispersion of Radionuclides and Exposure Assessment in Urban Environments: A Joint CEA and LLNL Report

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    Glascoe, Lee [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Gowardhan, Akshay [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Lennox, Kristin [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Simpson, Matthew [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Yu, Kristen [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Armand, Patrick [Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Paris (France); Duchenne, Christophe [Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Paris (France); Mariotte, Frederic [Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Paris (France); Pectorin, Xavier [Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Paris (France)

    2014-12-19

    In the interest of promoting the international exchange of technical expertise, the US Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Operations (NA-40) and the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) requested that the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California host a joint table top exercise with experts in emergency management and atmospheric transport modeling. In this table top exercise, LLNL and CEA compared each other’s flow and dispersion models. The goal of the comparison is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, capabilities, and practices, and to demonstrate the utility of modeling dispersal at different levels of computational fidelity. Two modeling approaches were examined, a regional scale modeling approach, appropriate for simple terrain and/or very large releases, and an urban scale modeling approach, appropriate for small releases in a city environment. This report is a summary of LLNL and CEA modeling efforts from this exercise. Two different types of LLNL and CEA models were employed in the analysis: urban-scale models (Aeolus CFD at LLNL/NARAC and Parallel- Micro-SWIFT-SPRAY, PMSS, at CEA) for analysis of a 5,000 Ci radiological release and Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Models (LODI at LLNL/NARAC and PSPRAY at CEA) for analysis of a much larger (500,000 Ci) regional radiological release. Two densely-populated urban locations were chosen: Chicago with its high-rise skyline and gridded street network and Paris with its more consistent, lower building height and complex unaligned street network. Each location was considered under early summer daytime and nighttime conditions. Different levels of fidelity were chosen for each scale: (1) lower fidelity mass-consistent diagnostic, intermediate fidelity Navier-Stokes RANS models, and higher fidelity Navier-Stokes LES for urban-scale analysis, and (2) lower-fidelity single

  14. Human monoamine oxidase A gene determines levels of enzyme activity.

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    Hotamisligil, G S; Breakefield, X O

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    Monoamine oxidase (MAO) is a critical enzyme in the degradative deamination of biogenic amines throughout the body. Two biochemically distinct forms of the enzyme, A and B, are encoded in separate genes on the human X chromosome. In these studies we investigated the role of the structural gene for MAO-A in determining levels of activity in humans, as measured in cultured skin fibroblasts. The coding sequence of the mRNA for MAO-A was determined by first-strand cDNA synthesis, PCR amplificatio...

  15. Depleted uranium determination at the Novi Sad low level facility

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    Natural uranium determination in environmental samples at the low-level gamma-spectroscopy laboratory of the Faculty of Science in Novi Sad has more than 20 years long tradition. When the issue of depleted uranium emerged the experimental advantages of the measuring equipment (GMX type of HPGe detector with enhanced efficiency below 100 keV, and iron low level shielding) where fully exploited. A detection technique selective for depleted uranium was developed. The details of this method together with the results for about 100 samples (soil, plants, water, food) are presented, and discussed. (author)

  16. Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Various Industrial Waste Waters

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Important part of the environmetal pollution consists of waste water and water pollution. The water polluted by anthropogenical, industrial, and agricultural originated sources are defined as waste waters which are the main pollution sources for reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and seas. In this work, waste waters of leather, textile, automotive side, and metal plating industries were used to determine the levels of Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb and Ni by using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. As a result, highest mean levels of copper in supernatants of plating and textile industries were observed as 377,18 ng ml-1, respectively 103 ng ml-1 lead and 963,6 ng ml-1 nickel in plating industry, 1068,2 ng ml-1 zinc and 14557,1 ng ml-1 chromium in plating and leather industries were determined.

  17. Determination of free acid in high level liquid waste

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    A Flow-dilution spectrophotometric method is developed for rapid determination of free acid in High Level Liquid Waste. Orange IV is used as developer in this method. The results show that the precision of the analysis is less than 3% (n=3) and the quantity of sample is small, the procedure is simple and fast (completed within 3 min). Moreover, the method is much less hazardous for the operator in the analysis of radioactive samples. (authors)

  18. Fuzzy Risk Graph Model for Determining Safety Integrity Level

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    Ouzraoui, N.; R. Nait-Said; Zidani, F.

    2008-01-01

    The risk graph is one of the most popular methods used to determine the safety integrity level for safety instrumented functions. However, conventional risk graph as described in the IEC 61508 standard is subjective and suffers from an interpretation problem of risk parameters. Thus, it can lead to inconsistent outcomes that may result in conservative SIL's. To overcome this difficulty, a modified risk graph using fuzzy rule-based system is proposed. This novel version of risk graph uses fuzz...

  19. Determinants of Dividend Payout Level in UK companies

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    Kong, Qingjia

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Dividend payout policy is one of the most popular topics for researchers in the financial area. It is also one of the most crucial decisions should be made by the management team in corporate finance. This paper investigates the determinants of dividend payout level of 50 non-financial firms listed in London Stock Exchange (LSE) during the period of 2005 to 2011. Moreover, the relationship between independent variables and the dividend payout ratio as dependent variable is analy...

  20. Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Various Industrial Waste Waters

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    Dündar, Mustafa Şahin; Altundağ, Hüseyin; Kaygaldurak, Sinem; Şar, Volkan; Acar, Aysun

    2012-01-01

    Important part of the environmetal pollution consists of waste water and water pollution. The water polluted by anthropogenical, industrial, and agricultural originated sources are defined as waste waters which are the main pollution sources for reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and seas. In this work, waste waters of leather, textile, automotive side, and metal plating industries were used to determine the levels of Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb and Ni by using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. As a result, h...

  1. Determinants of homocysteine levels in ivorian rural population

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    Tiahou, Georges; Dupuy, Anne-Marie; Jaussent, Isabelle; Sees, Daniel; Cristol, Jean-Paul; Badiou, Stéphanie

    2009-01-01

    In the present study, homocysteine (Hcy) and vitamin B status were determined in healthy subjects living in two opposite regions of the Ivory Coast. Fifty-six subjects from a coastal region (Bodou) having a fish-based diet and 56 subjects from a mountainous area (Glanle) having a vegetarian diet were tested to sample Hcy, folate, vitamin B12, creatinine, and lipid levels, as well as inflammation and nutritional parameters. An increased prevalence of Hcy >/=15micromol/L was observed, reaching ...

  2. Combined detection of preoperative serum CEA, CA19-9 and CA242 improve prognostic prediction of surgically treated colorectal cancer patients

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    Wang, Jingtao; Xiao WANG; Yu, Fudong; Chen, Jian; Zhao, Senlin; Zhang, Dongyuan; YU, Yang; Liu, Xisheng; Tang, Huamei; Peng, Zhihai

    2015-01-01

    We assessed the prognostic significance of preoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) and carbohydrate antigen 242 (CA242) levels in surgically treated colorectal cancer patients. The relationship of preoperative serum CEA, CA19-9 and CA242 levels with disease characteristics was investigated in 310 patients. Correlation between tumor markers was investigated using Pearson correlation test. Univariate and multivariate survival analyses were used to s...

  3. Mercury exposure in French Guiana: Levels and determinants

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    Cordier, S.; Mandereau, L. [Inst. National de Sante et de Recherche Medicale, Villejuif (France); Grasmick, C. [Direction Generale de la Sante, Paris (France); Paquier-Passelaigue, M. [Direction Dept. des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales, Cayenne (France); Weber, J.P. [Centre de Toxicologie du Quebec (Canada); Jouan, M. [Reseau National de Sante Publique, St. Maurice (France)

    1998-07-01

    Mercury is used widely for gold extraction in French Guiana and throughout the entire Amazon basin. To evaluate contamination among the general population, the authors chose individuals who attended 13 health centers and maternity hospitals dispersed geographically across the territory and served Guiana`s different populations. Five hundred individuals (109 pregnant women, 255 other adults, and 136 children) who received care at one of the centers were selected randomly for this study. Each individual answered a questionnaire and provided a hair sample. The authors determined mercury in hair with atomic absorption spectrometry. The following mean levels of mercury were observed: 1.6 {micro}g/g among pregnant women; 3.4 {micro}g/g among other adults; and 2.5 {micro}g/g among children. Diet factors contributed the most to mercury levels, especially consumption of freshwater fish and livers from game. Other factors, including age, dental amalgams, use of skin-lightening cosmetics, and residence near a gold-mining community, did not contribute significantly to mercury levels. Overall, 12% of the samples contained mercury levels in excess of 10 {micro}g/g, but in some Amerindian communities up to 79% of the children had hair mercury levels that exceeded 10 {micro}g/g. The results of this study indicated that (a) diet played a predominant role in total mercury burden, and (b) in some communities, mercury contamination exceeded safe levels.

  4. Determining the confidence levels of sensor outputs using neural networks

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    This paper describes an approach for determining the confidence level of a sensor output using multi-sensor arrays, sensor fusion and artificial neural networks. The authors have shown in previous work that sensor fusion and artificial neural networks can be used to learn the relationships between the outputs of an array of simulated partially selective sensors and the individual analyte concentrations in a mixture of analyses. Other researchers have shown that an array of partially selective sensors can be used to determine the individual gas concentrations in a gaseous mixture. The research reported in this paper shows that it is possible to extract confidence level information from an array of partially selective sensors using artificial neural networks. The confidence level of a sensor output is defined as a numeric value, ranging from 0% to 100%, that indicates the confidence associated with a output of a given sensor. A three layer back-propagation neural network was trained on a subset of the sensor confidence level space, and was tested for its ability to generalize, where the confidence level space is defined as all possible deviations from the correct sensor output. A learning rate of 0.1 was used and no momentum terms were used in the neural network. This research has shown that an artificial neural network can accurately estimate the confidence level of individual sensors in an array of partially selective sensors. This research has also shown that the neural network's ability to determine the confidence level is influenced by the complexity of the sensor's response and that the neural network is able to estimate the confidence levels even if more than one sensor is in error. The fundamentals behind this research could be applied to other configurations besides arrays of partially selective sensors, such as an array of sensors separated spatially. An example of such a configuration could be an array of temperature sensors in a tank that is not in

  5. Determination of optimum pressurizer level for kori unit 1

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    Song, Dong Soo; Lee, Chang Sup; Lee Jae Yong; Kim, Yo Han; Lee, Dong Hyuk [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    To determine the optimum pressurizer water level during normal operation for Kori unit 1, performance and safety analysis are performed. The methodology is developed by evaluating {sup d}ecrease in secondary heat removal{sup e}vents such as Loss of Normal Feedwater accident. To demonstrate optimum pressurizer level setpoint, RETRAN-03 code is used for performance analysis. Analysis results of RETRAN following reactor trip are compared with the actual plant data to justify RETRAN code modelling. The results of performance and safety analyses show that the newly established level setpoints not only improve the performance of pressurizer during transient including reactor trip but also meet the design bases of the pressurizer volume and pressure. 6 refs., 5 figs. (Author)

  6. Determination of the levels of heavy metals in cocoa products

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    Fermented and dried cocoa beans from all the major cocoa-producing regions in Ghana were analyzed for levels of the following heavy metals: arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, nickel and zinc. The shells of the beans which usually do not form a part of the edible portion of the beans were removed and analyzed separately from the cocoa nibs (de-shelled beans) for all the elements above. To determine the distribution of metals during processing of the beans soxhlet extractions of fat from pulverised cocoa nibs was performed and cocoa powders obtained analyzed for their levels of heavy metals. Three commercial brands of 'natural' cocoa powders on the local market were also analyzed to determine the levels of these metals. The analyses were performed using an inductively coupled plasma - optical emission spectrophotometer (ICP-OES) following a microwave-assisted digestion process. The levels of toxic metals lead, cadmium and arsenic were found to be low (≤ 0.020 μg/g, ≤ 0.087 μg/g, < 0.001 μg/g, respectively) and well within the acceptable limits set by the WHO (0.100 μg/g, 0.100 μg/g, and 0.010 μg/g respectively). However, the levels of zinc copper, iron and manganese were however quite high. With a high fat content of the cocoa beans (approximately 50%) and greater portioning of metals into the non-fat portions of the beans, metals levels were considerably higher (almost double) in processed cocoa than in the cocoa itself. (au)

  7. 血清 CEA、CYFAR21-1、SCC、CA125水平对晚期非小细胞肺癌放疗疗效的评估价值%Assessment Value of Serum CEA,CYFAR21-1,SCC,CA125 Levels in Efficacy of Radiotherapy for Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    阿合力·那斯肉拉; 巴尔夏古丽·扎比胡拉; 穆朝东

    2014-01-01

    serum CEA , CY-FAR21-1,SCC,CAl25 level before and after radiotherapy were detected by electrochemiluminescence .Results Effective rate of 176 cases of patients with radiotherapy was 58.0%,serum CEA,CYFAR21-1,SCC,CA125 levels in the observation group before radiotherapy were(33.65 ±5.41) ng/ml,(19.44 ±3.14) ng/ml,(16.87 ±2.74) ng/ml,(46.81 ±5.49) U/ml,the marker levels after radiotherapy were(25.13 ±4.65) ng/ml,(12.35 ±4.18) ng/ml,(11.77 ±3.04) ng/ml,(39.67 ±4.63) U/ml, which were significantly lower than those before radiotherapy ,the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05);serum tumor markers CEA,CYFAR21-1,SCC,CA125 levels in the control group before radiotherapy were (46.87 ±5.93) ng/ml,(28.63 ± 10.82) ng/ml,(26.46 ±8.68) ng/ml,(68.16 ±7.38) U/ml,the markers levels after radiotherapy were (52.17 ±5.49) ng/ml,(46.72 ±11.75) ng/ml,(38.74 ±63.48) ng/ml,(87.34 ±8.16) U/ml,which were significantly higher than radiotherapy , the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05);the markers levels before radiotherapy in the observation group were lower than those of the control group,the difference was significant(P<0.05);short-term efficacy of patients in the control group with decreased markers levels was better than those with elevated marker levels after radiotherapy ,the difference was statistical signifi-cant(χ2 =76.45,P<0.05).Conclusion Serum tumor markers CEA,SCC,CYFAR21-1,CA125 levels has certain evaluation value in curative effect of advanced non-small cell lung cancer treated with radiotherapy .

  8. Balance 2003 of the risks control at the Cea

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    As a research center on the energy, the information and health technologies and the defense, the Cea activities are indissociable from the risk control notion. To organize the risks management, the Cea decided to create in july 2003 a special pole of risks control and management. This presentation is based on some major topics of the risks control: the environmental impact control, the occupational risks control, the installations safety control and the hazardous matter transport control. (A.L.B.)

  9. Determination of total mercury in nuts at ultratrace level

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    Highlights: • Direct analysis of Hg in nuts has been improved by a previous fat removal. • Comparison of cold vapour atomic fluorescence and direct analysis of Hg in nuts. • Mercury content in tree nuts was determined. - Abstract: Total mercury, at μg kg−1 level, was determined in different types of nuts (cashew nut, Brazil nuts, almond, pistachio, peanut, walnut) using a direct mercury analyser after previous sample defatting and by cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectrometry. There is not enough sensitivity in the second approach to determine Hg in previously digested samples due to the strong matrix effect. Mercury levels in 25 edible nut samples from Brazil and Spain were found in the range from 0.6 to 2.7 μg kg−1 by using the pyrolysis of sample after the extraction of the nut fat. The accuracy of the proposed method was confirmed by analysing certified reference materials of Coal Fly Ash-NIST SRM 1633b, Fucus-IAEA 140 and three unpolished Rice Flour NIES-10. The observed results were in good agreement with the certified values. The recoveries of different amounts of mercury added to nut samples ranged from 94 to 101%. RSD values corresponding to three measurements varied between 2.0 and 14% and the limit of detection and quantification of the method were 0.08 and 0.3 μg kg−1, respectively

  10. Determination of total mercury in nuts at ultratrace level

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    Silva, Maria José da, E-mail: maryquimica@yahoo.com.br [Departamento de Química – Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rue Dom Manoel de Medeiros s/n. Dois irmãos, 52171-900 Recife, PE (Brazil); Paim, Ana Paula S. [Departamento de Química Fundamental – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Cidade Universitária, 50740-550 Recife, PE (Brazil); Pimentel, Maria Fernanda [Departamento de Engenharia Química – Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE (Brazil); Cervera, M. Luisa; Guardia, Miguel de la [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Research Building, University of Valencia, 50th Dr. Moliner Street, E-46100 Burjassot, Valencia (Spain)

    2014-08-01

    Highlights: • Direct analysis of Hg in nuts has been improved by a previous fat removal. • Comparison of cold vapour atomic fluorescence and direct analysis of Hg in nuts. • Mercury content in tree nuts was determined. - Abstract: Total mercury, at μg kg{sup −1} level, was determined in different types of nuts (cashew nut, Brazil nuts, almond, pistachio, peanut, walnut) using a direct mercury analyser after previous sample defatting and by cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectrometry. There is not enough sensitivity in the second approach to determine Hg in previously digested samples due to the strong matrix effect. Mercury levels in 25 edible nut samples from Brazil and Spain were found in the range from 0.6 to 2.7 μg kg{sup −1} by using the pyrolysis of sample after the extraction of the nut fat. The accuracy of the proposed method was confirmed by analysing certified reference materials of Coal Fly Ash-NIST SRM 1633b, Fucus-IAEA 140 and three unpolished Rice Flour NIES-10. The observed results were in good agreement with the certified values. The recoveries of different amounts of mercury added to nut samples ranged from 94 to 101%. RSD values corresponding to three measurements varied between 2.0 and 14% and the limit of detection and quantification of the method were 0.08 and 0.3 μg kg{sup −1}, respectively.

  11. Significance of vasoactive substances levels determination in patient with angiocardiopathy

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    Objective: The serum contents of CNP, NO, CGRP and ET in patients with essential hypertension (EH) and coronary heart disease (CHD) were measured to study the relationship between those substances levels and the function of endothelial cell and its clinical significance. Method: Blood specimen were from 30 patients with EH, 33 with CHD and 30 controls (all male). CNP, CGRP and ET were determined by RIA, NO was determined by biochemical cadmium reduction method. Results: Compares with those in controls, the contents of CNP and ET increased significantly (P < 0.01, P < 0.05, respectively), while the contents of NO, CGRP decreased (P < 0.01) significantly in EH and CHD Patients, correlation analysis indicated: CNP levels were significantly negatively correlated to CGRP levels in patients with EH and CHd (EH r0.567, P < 0.01, CHD r = 0.428, P < 0.05). Conclusion: Detection of changes of CNP, NO, CGRP and ET contents in blood of patients with EH and CHD provides a valuable laboratory basis for study of its relationship with endothelial cell function and the pathogenesis of dysfunction

  12. Evaluation 2000 and regulation and method. Release monitoring and environmental surveillance around Cea centers

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    This publication counts for the year 2000 for the evaluation of liquid and gaseous radioactive effluents releases and the radioactivity levels measured in the vicinity of Cea centers, through the air, water, vegetation and milk surveillance. An analysis of the results from 1996 to 2000 allows to follow their evolution. A second booklet develops the sampling and measurement methods made on effluents in environment. It present besides the regulation applied to effluents monitoring. (N.C.)

  13. Relationship between serum carcinoembryonic antigen level and epidermal growth factor receptor mutations with the influence on the prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer patients

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Zuxun Cai Department of Thoracic Surgery, Henan Provincial Chest Hospital, Zhengzhou City, People’s Republic of China Objective: To investigate the relationship between serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA level and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR gene mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC patients and to analyze the influence of CEA level on postoperative survival time in lung cancer patients. Methods: A total of 296 patients who were treated in Thoracic Surgery Department of Henan Provincial Chest Hospital from September 2011 to September 2013 were recruited. The level of tumor markers, such as CEA, was determined before the surgery, and EGFR gene mutations were detected after surgery. Thereby, the relationship between tumor makers, including CEA, and EGFR mutation and its influence on prognosis could be investigated. Results: Among 296 patients, the positive rate of EGFR gene mutation was 37.84% (112/296; the mutation occurred more frequently in nonsmokers, adenocarcinoma patients, women, and patients aged <60 years (P<0.05. Both tumor markers and chemosensitivity indicators were related to the profile of EGFR mutations. Elevated squamous cell carcinoma and Cyfra21-1 as well as positively expressed ERCC1 were more common in patients with wild-type EGFR (P<0.05, whereas increased CEA level was observed more frequently in patients with EGFR gene mutation (P=0.012. The positive rate of EGFR gene mutations was higher as the serum CEA level increased, that is, the positive rate in patients with serum CEA level <5, 5–20, and >20 µg/L was 39.81%, 45.32%, and 65.47%, respectively (P=0.004. Logistic regression analysis showed that CEA level was an independent factor in predicting EGFR gene mutations, and serum CEA level was also an independent factor in affecting the prognosis of NSCLC patients, as the overall 2-year survival rate was 73.86% in elevated CEA group and 86.43% in normal group (P<0.01. Conclusion: The prognosis of

  14. Strain Gage Measurement System to Determine Cryogenic Propellant Tank Level

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    Figueroa, Fernando; St.Cyr, William W.; VanDyke, David; McVay, Greg; Mitchell, Mark; Langford, Lester

    2003-01-01

    Measurement of tank level, particularly for cryogenic propellants, has proven to be a difficult proposition. Current methods based on differential pressure, capacitance sensors, temperature sensors, etc.; do not provide sufficiently accurate or robust measurements, especially at run time. This paper describes a simple, but effective method to determine propellant volume by measuring very small deformations of the structure supporting the tank. Results of a laboratory study to validate the method, and experimental data from a deployed system are presented. A comparison with an existing differential pressure sensor shows that the strain gage system provides a very good quality signal even during pressurization.

  15. Chronocoulometric determination of trace levels of uranium in rocks

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    The chronocoulometric method for the determination of trace levels of uranium, based on the catalytic nitrate reduction was applied with real and synthetic samples. Reference materials with complex matrices like rocks were first solubilized by hot digestion under pressure in a PTFE bomb. When necessary, an adapted liquid-liquid extraction procedure was used for previous separation of interferents. The obtained results are in good agreement with the values obtained with other techniques such as X-ray fluorescence, mass spectrometry -isotope dilution and apithermal activation analysis. (author)

  16. Determining The Level Of Students ' Knowledge About Mobbing

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    OLGUN, Havva; POLATÖZ, Zeynep; KARACA, Ayşe; ÇİFTÇİ, Songül; Öztürk, Hatice; APAY, Elif Yağmur ÖZORHAN Hava ÖZKAN Serap

    2013-01-01

    Due to the student in the school environment where a reliable comfort, but also a significant influence on the motivation of the student's school life. In this situation considering midwifery students, this study was performed in order to determine the level of knowledge of mobbing. The research is a descriptive study and, 154 widwifery students who agreed to participate in the study were done between the dates of December 26 2011-20 January 2012 at Atatürk University. Collection of researc...

  17. Determination of West Indian manatee vocalization levels and rate

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    Phillips, Richard; Niezrecki, Christopher; Beusse, Diedrich O.

    2004-01-01

    The West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) has become endangered partly because of a growing number of collisions with boats. A system to warn boaters of the presence of manatees, based upon the vocalizations of manatees, could potentially reduce these boat collisions. The feasibility of this warning system would depend mainly upon two factors: the rate at which manatees vocalize and the distance in which the manatees can be detected. The research presented in this paper verifies that the average vocalization rate of the West Indian manatee is approximately one to two times per 5-min period. Several different manatee vocalization recordings were broadcast to the manatees and their response was observed. It was found that during the broadcast periods, the vocalization rates for the manatees increased substantially when compared with the average vocalization rates during nonbroadcast periods. An array of four hydrophones was used while recording the manatees. This allowed for position estimation techniques to be used to determine the location of the vocalizing manatee. Knowing the position of the manatee, the source level was determined and it was found that the mean source level of the manatee vocalizations is approximately 112 dB (re 1 μPa) @ 1 m.

  18. The use of tumour markers CEA, CA-195 and CA-242 in evaluating the response to chemotherapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer.

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    Ward, U.; Primrose, J N; Finan, P. J.; Perren, T. J.; Selby, P.; Purves, D. A.; Cooper, E H

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    Tumour markers CEA, CA-195 and CA-242 were measured in 33 patients undergoing chemotherapy for advanced colorectal cancer. The aim was to determine whether they could be used to accurately monitor the course of the disease, and reduce the need for imaging. Treatment with a 5-fluorouracil based regimen resulted in a partial response in nine patients (27%), whereas the remainder either had disease stabilisation or suffered from progression. Before treatment the CEA was elevated in 85% of patien...

  19. CEA, CYFRA 21-1, NSE, and ProGRP in the diagnosis of lung cancer: a multivariate approach

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    Gruber, Christine; Hatz, Rudolf; Reinmiedl, Judith; Nagel, Dorothea; Stieber, Petra

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    We retrospectively studied the single and combined diagnostic value of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cytokeratin fragment 19 (CYFRA 21-1), neuron specific enolase (NSE) and pro-gastrin-releasing peptide (ProGRP), which were routinely analysed in patients with lung tumours of unknown origin at the time of admission to hospital. Inclusion criteria were the determination of CEA (AxSYM/Abbott), CYFRA 21-1 (ElecSys/Roche) and NSE (Kryptor/Brahms). We examined 1747 patients, where 1325 suffered f...

  20. Uptake of radiolabeled anti-CEA antibodies in human colorectal primary tumors as a function of tumor mass

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    An inverse correlation has been demonstrated between tumor uptake (u, in units of % injected dose/kg) of monoclonal antibody (Mab) and tumor mass (m, in units of g) for colorectal carcinoma in a series of 19 consecutive patients. The correlation (ρ=-0.510), developed using surgical samples was of the form u=abb and was significant at the 2% level of confidence. All tumors were positive for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and the radiopharmaceutical was in iodine-131 labeled anti-CEA Mab. Such correlations have been predicted earlier from murine and rat tumor uptake data. The slope parameter (b) was -0.362, a number consistent with the previous value (-0.382) found in anti-CEA experiments in mice bearing human xenograft LS174T tumors. (orig.)

  1. R and D developments on the disposal of radioactive wastes recently carried out at CEA (France)

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    Since the law of december 31, 1991 voted by the French Parliament, disposal in geological formations is not the sole option considered for the management of radioactive wastes. Scientists and engineers, notably within the 'Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique' (CEA), must investigate in parallel two other options, namely i. advanced separation of long-lived radioisotopes and transmutation, and ii. improvement of radioactive waste matrices and long-term storage. Still, the geological disposal of radioactive wastes, which has generated within the last decade an immense amount of Research and Development, remains a major proposed solution to the long-term management of transuranic and high-level wastes. In this paper, we will describe some of the Research and Development carried out within CEA, avoiding the industrial and engineering aspects of the issues dealt with. Rather, we will illustrate major points of our basic research, underlining in particular methodological considerations

  2. Determination of the knowledge level on obesity of patents

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    Full Text Available This study was planned as a sectıonal descriptive study to determine the level of knowledge of the patients who applied to the obesity clinic of Mula state’s hospital. A total of 120 patients were recruited in the study who had applied to obesity clinic between the dates 3rd March 2003 and 30th April 2003. [6] A questıonnaire consisting of two sections was used in the study. The first section contained 10 items on demograficalinformation and the second section contained 40 questions fort he determination of the level of knowledge about obesity. [7] As a result, a knowledge score of 33.10±2.39 was determined for the patients involved in the study. It was found that the knowledge scores of the groups of 20-29 years of age,graduates of university,and those who visited obesity clinic for longer periods were higher,and the difference between them were statistically significant. [8] It was concluded that preparing and implementing training programs directed to obesity, which has relations with many diseases in society,and which is one of the avoidable health problems,suitableto socio-economical characteristics of the patients, recruiting the patients and their families to training programs,giving weight to the presentation of obesity clinics and activities directed to risk groups would be beneficial as well as studies of removing risk of development of obesity and training particularly the young population about a balanced diet, and also ensuring the attendance of obese persons to the clinic would be beneficial. [9

  3. Value of human chorionic gonadotropin compared to CEA in discriminating benign from malignant effusions.

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    Lamerz, R; Stoetzer, O J; Mezger, J; Brandt, A; Darsow, M; Wilmanns, W

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    Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is expressed in germ cell tumors and urothelial, breast, lung and colon cancers. The aim of the study was to investigate if the determination of HCG in comparison with CEA is able to discriminate between malignant and benign effusions. Effusion and partially serum samples of 61 patients with benign (g.i., heart/kidney isnuff.) and 116 patients with malignant diseases (g.i., gynec., lung, misc., CUP) were investigated. HCG was specifically determined by an IRMA using 2 monoclonal antibodies, CEA by a conventional double Ab RIA. Cytological staining was preformed using the Pappenheim-method on cytospin preparations. Significant differences (p gynec. (32.1%) gynec. (60%) pleural effusions with high specificity (90% at 5 IU/l) but low sensitivity of 31% increasing in g.i., lung and gynecologic cases, CEA a more general TM with higher sensitivity of 45% increasing in g.i., gynecologic and lung cases (sp. 100% at 9 ng/ml) both adding significantly to cytology-negative effusions. PMID:10470169

  4. Progress in fusion reactors blanket analysis and evaluation at CEA

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    In the frame of the recent CEA studies aiming at the development, evaluation and comparison of solid breeder blanket concepts in view of their adaptation to NET, the evaluation of specific questions related to the first wall design, the present paper examines first the performances of a helium cooled toroidal blanket design for NET, based on innovative Beryllium/Ceramics breeder rod elements. Neutronic and thermo-mechanical optimisation converges on a concept featured by a breeding capability in excess of 1.2, a reasonnable pumping power of 1% and a narrow breeder temperature range (470+-30 deg C of the breeder), the latter being largely independent of the power level. This design proves naturally adapted to ceramic breeder assigned to very strict working conditions, and provides for any change in the thermal and heat transfer characteristics over the blanket lifetime. The final section of the paper is devoted to the evaluation of the heat load poloidal distribution and to the irradiation effects on first wall structural materials

  5. Technical report on the fatigue crack Growth Benchmark based on CEA pipe bending tests

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    In order to improve the estimation methods of surface crack propagation through the thickness of components, CEA has proposed a benchmark to members of the IAGE WG, sub-group on Integrity of metal components and structures. The subject is a simple configuration of a pipe containing an axisymmetric notch and submitted to a cyclic bending load. An experimental data-set form CEA was used to validate three issues in the topic of Leak Before Break. - Crack initiation, - Crack propagation through the thickness, - Crack penetration. All material and geometrical data which are necessary for the simulation were given in the proposal, including experimental results. Due to the peculiar complexity of the problem, it was decided to focus the work on methodologies comparison so as to allow participants to tune up parameters and adjust their models and tools. This report presents all estimations performed by the participants and collected by CEA. They are compared to the experimental results. An analysis of the used procedures is also proposed. This, associated with the study of the accuracy of different methodologies, leads to comments and recommendations on the analysis of fatigue crack growth. The participation in the first step was important: nine participants have proposed analyses, sometimes parametric analysis to estimate crack growth. Results sorted out three estimation methods groups that give results in accordance with experimental ones (these three groups are based on a strain range evaluation and the fatigue curve of the material): - The use of an elastic stress at the notch tip and a fatigue notch concentration factor to determine the strain range. - The use of a KI (or elastic F.E. calculation) and a Neuber rule for the estimation of the strain range at a characteristic distance from the crack tip. - The direct calculation of the strain range at the characteristic distance by an elastic plastic F.E. calculation. Only 4 participants have proposed an estimate of the

  6. Determination of energy levels in organic bulk-heterojunction systems

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    Wetzstein, Holger; Krause, Stefan; Schoell, Achim; Reinert, Friedrich [Experimental Physics VII, Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Liedtke, Moritz; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten [Experimental Physics VI, Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    In order to improve the efficiency of electronic devices based on organic semiconducting materials the detailed knowledge about the exact position of the energy levels responsible for charge transport is crucial. The experimental determination is particularly complicated for bulk heterojunctions of p- and n-conducting materials in terms of sample preparation, film morphology and distinction of the different spectroscopic signatures. We investigated four promising materials for organic photovoltaic devices: the electron donor poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and the three electron acceptors [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 61} butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 60}BM), its bisadduct analogue (bis- PC{sub 60}BM) and [6,6]-phenyl-C{sub 71} butyric acid methyl ester (PC{sub 70}BM). Thin films of pristine materials as well as bulk heterojunction samples of P3HT:PC{sub 60}BM, P3HT:bis-PC{sub 60}BM and P3HT:PC{sub 70}BM were examined with respect to their valence levels using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS).

  7. Fusion technology. Annual report of the. Association Cea/EURATOM

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    In 1996, the French EURATOM-CEA Association made significant contributions to the European technology programme. This work is compiled in this report as follows: the ITER CEA activities and related developments are described in the first section; blankets and material developments for DEMO, long term safety studies are summarised in the second part; the Underlying Technology activities are compiled in the third part of this report. In each section, the tasks are sorted out to respect the European presentation. For an easy reading, appendix 4 gives the list of tasks in alphabetical order with a page reference list. The CEA is in charge of the French Technology programme. Three specific organizational directions of the CEA, located on four sites (see appendix 5) are involves in this programme: Advanced Technologies Direction (DTA), for Material task; Nuclear Reactors Direction (DRN), for Blanket design, Neutronic problems, Safety tasks; Physical Sciences Direction (DSM) uses the competence of the Tore Supra team in the Magnet design and plasma Facing Component field. The CEA programme is completed by collaborations with Technicatome, COMEX-Nucleaire and Ecole Polytechnique. The breakdown of the programme by Directions is presented in figure 1. The allocation of tasks is given in appendix 2 and in appendix 3, the related publications. (author)

  8. Radioimmunoimaging of ovarian cancer with 131I labelled CEA monoclonal antibody

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    Objective: To investigate radioimmunoimaging with 131I labelled CEA McAb and its value in diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Methods: CEA McAb was labelled with 131I by standard chloramine T procedure. The radiolabeled McAb was given intravenously to the patients. The scintigraphy was performed at different time. Results: In 105 patients with histopathology proved ovarian cancers, for 96 patients the lesions were well located with RII (true positives), for the remaining 9 patients, the results were false negative. 22/23 cases with RII diagnosed benign ovarian tumors were proved to be true negative by surgical pathology in RII. Of 96 ovarian cancers 87 were stratified into identical stages by surgical pathology all RII. 141/151 metastatic tumors were found in RII and the positive rate was as high as 93.4%. The smallest tumor defected by RII was of 1 cm in diameter. Conclusions: RII is as good as ultrasonography and CT in distinguishing benignancy and malignancy. The location, size and number of the lesions can also be determined with RII. RII of ovarian cancer with 131I-CEA McAb is valuable and helpful in early detection of ovarian cancer. It is also helpful for clinical staging, treatment programing and prognosticating

  9. 2nd CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control

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    Following the successful 1st CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies) Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control (CEAS EuroGNC) held in Munich, Germany in 2011, Delft University of Technology happily accepted the invitation of organizing the 2nd  CEAS EuroGNC in Delft, The Netherlands in 2013. The goal of the conference is to promote new advances in aerospace GNC theory and technologies for enhancing safety, survivability, efficiency, performance, autonomy and intelligence of aerospace systems using on-board sensing, computing and systems. A great push for new developments in GNC are the ever higher safety and sustainability requirements in aviation. Impressive progress was made in new research fields such as sensor and actuator fault detection and diagnosis, reconfigurable and fault tolerant flight control, online safe flight envelop prediction and protection, online global aerodynamic model identification, online global optimization and flight upset recovery. All of these challenges de...

  10. CEA's Implication in Nuclear Security Events Detection and Response

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    In France, CEA1 is a key player in research, development and technical innovation in three main areas: energy, heath and information technologies, defence and global security. For example CEA has developed a multitude of technologies to fight nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical threats, as well as equipment to diagnose and assess radiological or nuclear improvised explosive devices. CEA is also involved in all technical aspects dealing with detection of and response to a nuclear security event. CEA is a major player in the operational response to a terrorist or criminal act involving Nuclear or Radiological material. He operates under DCI-IT2, a dedicated national structure which includes the necessary personnel to neutralize the threat. CEA is also in charge of advice and assist competent authorities in the management of a nuclear security event. The paper clarify CEA’s implication in detection of and response to a nuclear security event and position in the French organization for operational response, elements of the intervention strategy - research to neutralize the threat - as well as examples of technical achievements that most are made subject to transfer to an industrial. In the context of the common declaration from France-United Kingdom-United States of America governments at Seoul summit in March 2012 to engage to further strengthen worldwide preparedness to contend with the threat of nuclear terrorism, France has capability to response to a nuclear threat device. This document will support this declaration and will give examples of CEA involvement in Nuclear Security system and measures. (author)

  11. The possible role of tumor antigen CA 15-3, CEA and ferritin in malignant and benign disease

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Serum CA15-3 has been one of the most reliable tumor markers used in monitoring of breast cancer patients. To increase its sensitivity, the combined measurement of other tumor markers (CEA and ferritin with CA15-3 was investigated. The aim of this study was determination of CA 15-3, CEA and ferritin in female patients with breast cancer, lung cancer and mastitisMethods: 300 patients with carcinoma, hospitalized at Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Department for Oncology at the University Clinics Center of Sarajevo and 200 healthy subjects were compared.Results: In patients with breast cancer the mean value of tumor markers were CEA 155.61 ng/mL, CA 15-3 106.38 U/mL and ferritin 197.03 ng/mL. In patients with lung cancer CEA was 58.97 ng/ml, CA 15-3 40.62 U/mL and ferritin 544.16 ng/mL. Patients with mastitis had CEA 5.17 ng/mL, CA 15-3 112.67 U/mL and ferritin 174.92 ng/mL. The control group had values of tumor markers CEA 1.62 ng/mL, CA 15-3 11.72 U/mL and ferritin 85.35 ng/mL. We found good correlation between CA 15-3 and CEA correlation coeffi cient was r = 0.750. There was a low correlation between CA 15-3 and ferritin with correlation coeffi cient r = 0.274.Conclusions: The CA 15-3 and CEA are useful markers in patients with confi rmed diagnosis of breast and lung cancers. The ferritin concentration has not increased in patients with breast cancer but it increased inlung patients. The future study has to make investigations of tumor markers and ferritin in different stage of breast cancer.

  12. Endothelial lipase is a major determinant of HDL level

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    Ishida, Tatsuro; Choi, Sungshin; Kundu, Ramendra K.; Hirata, Ken-Ichi; Rubin, Edward M.; Cooper, Allen D.; Quertermous, Thomas

    2003-01-30

    For the past three decades, epidemiologic studies have consistently demonstrated an inverse relationship between plasma HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) concentrations and coronary heart disease (CHD). Population-based studies have provided compelling evidence that low HDL-C levels are a risk factor for CHD, and several clinical interventions that increased plasma levels of HDL-C were associated with a reduction in CHD risk. These findings have stimulated extensive investigation into the determinants of plasma HDL-C levels. Turnover studies using radiolabeled apolipoprotein A-I, the major protein component of HDL, suggest that plasma HDL-C concentrations are highly correlated with the rate of clearance of apolipoprotein AI. However, the metabolic mechanisms by which HDL are catabolized have not been fully defined. Previous studies in humans with genetic deficiency of cholesteryl ester transfer protein, and in mice lacking the scavenger receptor BI (SR-BI), have demonstrated that these proteins participate in the removal of cholesterol from HDL, while observations in individuals with mutations in hepatic lipase indicate that this enzyme hydrolyzes HDL triglycerides. In this issue of the JCI, reports from laboratories of Tom Quertermous and Dan Rader now indicate that endothelial lipase (LIPG), a newly identified member of the lipase family, catalyzes the hydrolysis of HDL phospholipids and facilitates the clearance of HDL from the circulation. Endothelial lipase was initially cloned by both of these laboratories using entirely different strategies. Quertermous and his colleagues identified endothelial lipase as a transcript that was upregulated in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells undergoing tube formation, whereas the Rader group cloned endothelial lipase as a transcript that was upregulated in the human macrophage-like cell line THP-1 exposed to oxidized LDL. Database searches revealed that endothelial lipase shows strong sequence similarity to lipoprotein

  13. CEA 2011, a look back at a year of research

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    For this year 2011, marked by the Fukushima accident, the goal is improved safety. This is a key issue being addressed by CEA, while at the same time boosting its R and D on low-carbon energies, defense and security, Health technologies, information technologies and very large research Infrastructures. With more than 650 priority patents filed in 2011, CEA maintains its position as the leading French research organization. CEA stands in 4. place among the European research organizations, in terms of the number of projects (535, including 70 that it coordinates) and financing obtained (nearly euros 55 M) under the European Commission's FP7 framework programme. CEA's civil programs are 30% funded from external revenues (partner companies, national incentive funds, local authorities and European Union), 49% from the Government and, finally, 21% from two funds dedicated to clean-up of civil and defense facilities. Of the euros 1, 391 M devoted to low-carbon energies, research into the new energy technologies and nuclear systems of the future each received a budget of euros 151 M in 2011. CEA plays a key role in the European Energy Research Alliance, as a founding member, a member of the executive committee and a member of the secretariat. It is France's representative. EERA has launched 13 joint programs, including 6 in 2011. It pools the research efforts of more than 150 institutes and universities, with more than 2, 000 staff employed full-time. CEA is present in 8 programs, with 100 full-time staff, in other words 5% of the total partner commitment. This special issue of 'Defis du CEA' journal deals with the main results of the researches carried out in 2011 at the CEA. Contents: 1 - Facts and figures 2011: Intellectual Property, European Financing, Budget, Nuclear Safety, European Research Programs, International Relations, International Collaboration, Spin-off, Scientific Excellence, Training; 2 - Low-carbon energies: Biofuels, Solar Photovoltaic, Nuclear, Energy

  14. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Grenoble

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Grenoble for the year 2007. Since 2002 the Passage project aims to realize the decontamination and the dismantling of old nuclear installations of the CEA Grenoble. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the year 2007 saw two main steps of the Passage project: the decommissioning of the Siloette reactor, a public consultation about the Lama laboratory dismantling. (A.L.B.)

  15. The CEA-industrie Group. Report for 1986

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    From the end of 1983, the whole affiliates and participations of CEA are hept by CEA-industry. The group activity is principally in the nuclear field. Cogema and the whole fuel cycle, construction, maintenance, improvement of nuclear power plants, research reactors and naval propulsion boilers and the sector Power plants and nuclear services (Framatome, Technicatome, Intercontrole, Stmi, principally). A non-nuclear sector comes from new techniques or activities developed for the nuclear needs: computer science (CISI), biomedical field (ORIS-industrie), different activities such as ultrafiltration or robotics-productics

  16. Remote manipulators and mobile robots in the CEA

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    Thanks to Jean Vertut's works in the seventies, the CEA has been a pioneer in nuclear remote manipulation and mobile robots conception and has developed innovating systems in response to industry request. During the nineties, improvements in computer control systems have led to the realization of functional demonstrators. In 1995, advances in technology have allowed to consider the first industrial applications of nuclear remote manipulators and robots. This paper gives a review of the development and research works carried out by the CEA in this domain since the seventies, and also some future prospects. (J.S.). 10 figs

  17. CEA Bolometer Arrays: the First Year in Space

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    Billot, Nicolas; Sauvage, M.; RODRIGUEZ, L.; Horeau, B.; Kiss, C.; Aussel, H.; Okumura, K; O. Boulade; Altieri, B.; Poglitsch, A.; Agnese, P.

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    The CEA/LETI and CEA/SAp started the development of far-infrared filled bolometer arrays for space applications over a decade ago. The unique design of these detectors makes possible the assembling of large focal planes comprising thousands of bolometers running at 300 mK with very low power dissipation. Ten arrays of 16x16 pixels were thoroughly tested on the ground, and integrated in the Herschel/PACS instrument before launch in May 2009. These detectors have been successfully commissioned ...

  18. Ion Chromatographic Determination of low level Perchlorate in Natural Waters

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    Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a persistent contaminant of drinking-, surface-, and ground-water, and of soils. Possible contributions of ClO4- contamination are the military, the space program, and supporting industries and fertilizers. Perchlorate has long been known to have a negative effect on the thyroid gland. It has been added to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Contaminant candidate List (CCL) in 1998, so that ClO4 can be regulated at a concentration safe to humans. This paper describes the determination of trace level ClO4- in various matrices utilizing ion chromatographic method. The method utilizes a Dionex IonPac AS11 column with suppressed conductivity detection, 1500ul sample loop, and a 100 mN NaOH eluent at a flow rate of 1.0ml/min. These parameters allow a method detection limit (MDL) of 0.277ug/1 and a short retention time of 8 minutes. A quality control, proficiency testing samples from the EPA and a number of environmental samples from New York State (ground water) and California (ground and surface waters) were analyzed by this technique. Concentrations measured were in the range of 1.9-217 ug/1. No evidence of ClO4- was found in various commonly used fertilizers. (author)

  19. Cea strategy in the field of simulation and high-performance computing

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    The full text of the publication follows. Modelling and Simulation are at the heart of research and development activities carried out by Cea. Modelling relies not only on the most advanced theories and on phenomenological experiments that ensured their tuning, but also on more instrumented experiments that deliver both the useful data for the implementation of these models and the elements required for their validation. Simulation not only covers an as close as possible representation of the physical reality, but more generally all numerical experimentation carried out with any model. In particular, there are scientific problems that cannot be solved by simulation alone. Cea makes use of simulation for understanding, for design, and for taking actions. Particle physics, climatology, the analysis and comparison of genomic sequences, the study of dynamics and folding of proteins, material physics or high temperature plasma physics illustrate the theme of simulation 'for understanding'. Designing fission or fusion reactors of the future, or nuclear weapons may use of simulation for design. Real-time simulators that aim at training operators of nuclear power plants, as well as simulations carried out to prove nuclear safety, belong to the third category. Technological evolution in the field of computers, software, or algorithms, or more generally progress made in the field of modelling have enabled Cea and others to advance significantly in regard to simulation. The hierarchization of models and multi-scale simulation techniques permit in fact the use of results stemming from milli-metric, micro-metric or even nano-metric level simulations for models that are representative of the system at the metric level. The same is true for time-scales. The rendering common place of workstations or PC-cluster based department servers, readily offering a performance of the order of a Giga-flop or tens of Giga-flops, makes it possible to meet the large majority of Cea needs. The

  20. How Packaging Fleet Renewal Fits French CEA Programs

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    CEA's (French Atomic Energy Agency) packaging fleet is dedicated to transportation of test irradiated fuels, of research reactors fuels, of navy propulsion fuels, and of waste coming from and to nuclear plants or facilities. This fleet encompasses more than 30 types of casks ranging from 5 to 30 tons, with either recent designs or other dating back to the seventies. A study has been launched in order to perform a global analysis of the life expectancy of the existing CEA and COGEMA Logistics cask fleets with respect to a 2015 target, in order to anticipate its renewal, while limiting the number of type of cask. Key elements like periodical evolutions of design and transport regulations, lessons learnt of existing casks (design, approval and extensions, operational feedback, maintenance and dismantling) are taken into account in order to ensure compliance and availability of the fleet. Moreover, from design to cask delivery, including regulatory tests, safety analysis report/ CoC, and manufacturing, 3 to 5 years is needed. Therefore cask development should be taken into account earlier of invest and research's programs. The paper will address the current life expectancy study of CEA and COGEMA Logistics packaging fleet, based on lessons learnt and regulation evolution and on general R and D plans by user facilities. It will show how a comprehensive optimized fleet is made available to CEA and other customers. Such a fleet combines optimized investment and uses, thus entailing synergies for well-mastered costs of transports. (authors)

  1. Behaviour of heavy water in nuclear reactors of the CEA

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    In the two heavy water reactors of the CEA: Zoe and P-2, we do: A) the supervision of the isotopic composition of the heavy water; B) the supervision of gases released by the decomposition of the heavy water under radiation, and to their recombination; C) periodic analyses of impurities. (M.B.)

  2. Characterization of gastric adenocarcinoma cell lines established from CEA424/SV40 T antigen-transgenic mice with or without a human CEA transgene

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    Gastric carcinoma is one of the most frequent cancers worldwide. Patients with gastric cancer at an advanced disease stage have a poor prognosis, due to the limited efficacy of available therapies. Therefore, the development of new therapies, like immunotherapy for the treatment of gastric cancer is of utmost importance. Since the usability of existing preclinical models for the evaluation of immunotherapies for gastric adenocarcinomas is limited, the goal of the present study was to establish murine in vivo models which allow the stepwise improvement of immunotherapies for gastric cancer. Since no murine gastric adenocarcinoma cell lines are available we established four cell lines (424GC, mGC3, mGC5, mGC8) from spontaneously developing tumors of CEA424/SV40 T antigen (CEA424/Tag) mice and three cell lines derived from double-transgenic offsprings of CEA424/Tag mice mated with human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-transgenic (CEA424/Tag-CEA) mice (mGC2CEA, mGC4CEA, mGC11CEA). CEA424/Tag is a transgenic C57BL/6 mouse strain harboring the Tag under the control of a -424/-8 bp CEA gene promoter which leads to the development of invasive adenocarcinoma in the glandular stomach. Tumor cell lines established from CEA424/Tag-CEA mice express the well defined tumor antigen CEA under the control of its natural regulatory elements. The epithelial origin of the tumor cells was proven by morphological criteria including the presence of mucin within the cells and the expression of the cell adhesion molecules EpCAM and CEACAM1. All cell lines consistently express the transgenes CEA and/or Tag and MHC class I molecules leading to their susceptibility to lysis by Tag-specific CTL in vitro. Despite the presentation of CTL-epitopes derived from the transgene products the tumor cell lines were tumorigenic when grafted into C57BL/6, CEA424/Tag or CEA424/Tag-CEA-transgenic hosts and no significant differences in tumor take and tumor growth were observed in the different hosts. Although

  3. Failed rod diagnosis and primary circuit contamination level determination thanks to the DIADEME code

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    Extended burn-up and longer fuel cycles are recently become key points of the fuel cycle economy, and are now operational strategies for fuel vendors and utilities. For plant operator, these evolutions necessitate to have a better understanding of the fuel reliability during the cycle. The presence of a specific alpha activity in the irradiated fuel more important than at low burn-up, or the risk of failure degradation during a long cycle constitute now two potential limiting factors for plant operation. In this context, it is very important to have reliable tools permitting to assess in operation defective fuel characteristics and primary circuit contamination for actinides and long half life fission products involved in health physics problems as well as in waste and decommissioning studies. With this aim, both theoretical and experimental studies have been carried out at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) on the release of fission products and actinides from defective fuel assemblies in operation, and their migration and deposition in the PWR's primary circuits. Thanks to this large experience feedback, a Research and Development programme with the CEA, Electricite de France (EdF) and FRAMATOME-ANP permitted to develop and to qualify the DIADEME computer code. Physical equations and empirical correlations introduced in the code allow a correlation between noble gases, iodines and caesium primary water gamma specific activities and the following parameters: the quantity of tramp uranium deposited on the cladding; the number and the seriousness of defects; the burn-up of the leaking rods; the type of failed fuel rod: UO2 or MOX. In case of tramp uranium, these characteristics allow to calculate the alpha activities present in the primary water, deposited on the primary circuit walls and on filters and resins of the purification circuit. It is also possible to extrapolate these results until the end of the cycle, in order to prepare the maintenance

  4. CEA decommissioning strategy and program for nuclear facilities

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    The CEA's experience of the decommissioning of nuclear facilities goes back many decades and relates to many installations of very different types. The first substantial operations began in the sixties and seventies, and included, for instance, the first plutonium plant at Fontenay-aux-Roses (total decommissioning) and a number of small research reactors and critical mock-ups such as Cesar and Peggy at Cadarache, and Minerve at Fontenay-aux-Roses. Some twenty facilities were dealt with by 2000, corresponding to around half of all the nuclear facilities permanently closed, beginning with the decommissioning of facility AT1 at La Hague, the pilot plant used by the CEA in the seventies for the reprocessing of spent fuel from fast neutron reactors in March 2001 and ending with the demolition of the G1 stack at Marcoule, on 19 July this year. During the nineties, decommissioning was scaled back and few of the operations in progress were completed. The end of the decade saw a slowdown which was a consequence of financial difficulties, as the CEA had not yet set aside sufficient funds to cover the work, even though, between 1993 and 1999, part of the necessary resources had been provided under an agreement with the industrial partners EDF and Cogema. At the present time, the situation is rapidly improving both as concerns organisational and financial issues for the CEA and as concerns the regulations and the management of waste for all the organisations involved. First of all, for the different problems associated with radioactive clean-up faced by its research centres, the efforts made by the CEA in the field of organisation and planning since the beginning of the nineties have led to the drawing up of an overall multi-year plan referred to as the 'CEA civil centre radioactive clean-up plan' and the appointment of the Legacy and Clean-up Directorate to act as the client and be in charge of application of the plan relating not only to decommissioning of the nuclear

  5. Apprasial of the diagnostic value of combined detection of serum tumor markers (AFP, CEA, SF, TSA) for common malignancies

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    Objective: To assess the detection rate of common malignancies with combined determination of four serum tumor markers (AFP, CEA, SF, TSA). Methods: Serum AFP, CEA, SF (with RIA) and TSA (with biochemical method) contents were determined in 612 patients with various kinds of proved malignancies. Results: Positive rates of combined determination of these four tumor markers for detection of common malignancies were: 95.2%(79/83) for liver carcinoma, 92.6% (125/135) for lung carcinoma, 88.5% (115/130) for gastric cancer, 83.3% (60/72) for colorectal cancer, 84.2% (85/101) for breast cancer, 90.0% (9/10) for chorionepithelioma and 88.9% (72/81) for ovarian cancer. Conclusion: Combined determination of these four tumor markers for screening malignancies is simple, cheap, practical and worth popularization. (authors)

  6. Localization of 131Ilabeled goat and primate anti-carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA) antibodies in patients with cancer

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    Thirty patients with anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-producing cancers of the colon, breast, or thyroid were intected with 1 to 2 mCi of Iodine-131 (131I)-labeled, affinity-purified, goat or baboon anti-CEA antibodies. Images were obtained daily for four days. Computerized background subtraction using technetium 99m (99mTC)-labeled compounds was used. Images obtained with and without background subtraction were correlated with other evidence of disease. Activity levels in plasma, urine, and thyroid gland were monitored. Significant deiodination of antibody occurred within the first 24 hours. The mean plasma half-disappearance-time of baboon antibody was significantly longer than the mean half-disappearance-time of goat antibody. With exogenous blockade, total thyroid uptake was less than 0.1% of the injected dose. Without background subtraction, scintigraphic localization of known tumor was possible in one of two patients with colon carcinoma, in three of 20 patients with breast cancer, and in one of five patients with medullary carcinoma of the thyroid. With background subtraction, potential false-positive results could be generated for every patients, depending on the normalization site chosen and the degree of subtraction used. In contrast to results of previous reports, CEA-producing tumor was found to be infrequently localized using highly purified goat or primate radiolabeled anti-CEA. Furthermore, the subtraction technique described by previous investigators may lead to a high false-positive rate

  7. Clinical significance of combined detection of CYFRA21-1, NSE and CEA in classification and staging of patients with lung cancer

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    To explore clinical value of combined detection of CYFRA21-1, NSE and CEA in classification and staging of patients with lung cancer, the CYFRA21-1, NSE and CEA levels in pleural effusion in 330 patients with lung cancer and in 43 patients with benign were detected by the electrochemiluminescence. The results showed that CYFRA21-1, NSE and CEA levels in pleural effusion in patients with lung cancer group were significantly higher than that of in benign group (P<0.01). The positive rate of tumor markers in different pathological type lung cancer were different,which CYFRA21-1 positive rate in squamous cell cancer group was highest with 65.5%; CEA positive rate in glands cancer group was supreme with 65.0%; the NSE positive rate in differentiation cancer group was highest with 79.5%. The positive rate in three markers combined detection was higher than that in one item detection. The tumor marker levels in lung cancer were positively related with clinical staging. The higher of tumor marker levels and the more late of clinical staging, and the clinical III∼IV period was obviously higher than that I∼II period (P<0.05). The combined detection of CYFRA21-1, NSE and CEA may enhance the positive rate in lung cancer detection, and may have significant clinical value in the classification and staging of patients with lung cancer. (authors)

  8. 新疆地区汉族、维吾尔族晚期非小细胞肺癌患者血清中CEA表达的差异性研究%Expression of CEA levels in advanced non-small cell lung cancer of the Uygur and Han people in Xinjiang

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    马蕾; 徐蓉; 柳江

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the difference of CEA expression in serum between Uygur and Han patients of advanced non - small cell lung cancer in advanced non - small cell lung cancer. Methods: There were 101 cases of advanced non - small cell lung cancer in the People's Hospital of Autonomous Region in recent 5 years. Among them, there were 50 cases of Uygur and 51 cases of Han patients. We detected the CEA in serum by chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay, then compared the patients above with 50 healthy Han people and 50 healthy Uygur people in the medical examination center of our hospital. Results: The difference of CEA reached statistical significance between the Han healthy group and the group of advanced non - small cell lung cancer( P 0.05 ) ; Neither did the difference of CEA in the stage IV( P > 0.05 ) ; The difference of CEA failed to reach statistical significance between the Uygur people and Han people in the group of advanced lung squamouse - cell cancer( P > 0. 05); Neither did the difference of CEA in the group of advanced lung non - squa-mouse - cell cancer(P > 0. 05 ). Conclusion: The difference of the expression of CEA reached statistical significance for the Han people and the advanced non - small cell lung cancer patients. ; Neither did the difference of CEA the Uygur healthy group and the group of advanced non - small cell lung cancer. There was no difference of the expression CEA between the Uygur people and Han people in the group of stage Ⅲ and Ⅳ non - small cell lung cancer. There was no difference of the expression of CEA between the Uygur people and Han people in the advanced lung squamouse - cell cancer and the advanced lung non - squamouse - cell cancer.%目的:通过对晚期非小细胞肺癌患者血清中CEA的监测,探讨在维吾尔族、汉族晚期非小细胞肺癌患者之间其表达是否有差异性.方法:新疆维吾尔自治区人民医院2005年5月-2010年5月确诊的晚期非小细胞肺癌患者101

  9. Serum tumor marker CYFRA 21-1 in the diagnostics of squamous cell lung cancer - comparison with CEA

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    The aim of the study was to test the diagnostic value tumor marker CYFRA 21-1 for squamous cell lung cancer (SQCLC) in comparison with carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Ninety-one patients were induced in this study: 56 with SQCLC - Group I, 25 with other types of lung cancer - Group II, 10 with benign respiratory tract diseases - Group III. Median CYFRA 21-1 serum concentration (ng/ml) was: in Group I: 4.52 (0.94 - >16), in Group II: 3.58 (1.72 - >16), in Group III: 2.05 (0.99 - 3.41). Median CEA serum concentration (ng/ml) was: in Group I: 4.49 (076- >20), in Group II: 3.32 (1.17 - >20), in Group III: 3.09 (1.84 - 6.37). There was a highly significant difference between the levels of CYFRA 21-1 in group I and Group III (p < 0.001), but there was no statistically significant difference between the levels of CEA in Group I and III. Sensitivity of CYFRA 21-1 by the cut-off 3.33 ng/ml in the diagnostics of SQCLC was 0.68, specificity 0.090, positive predictive value 0.91, negative predictive value 0.65. Sensitivity of CEA by cut-off 4.61 ng/ml was 0.5 by the same specificity 0.90. CYFRA 21-1 has high sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value in the diagnostics of SQCLC. Sensitivity of CYFRA 21-1 is significantly higher than sensitivity of CEA in this settings. (author)

  10. Inapplicability of CEA-7 as a canine bone marrow transplantation marker

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    Procedures are described for histocompatibility matching, erythrocyte typing, and CEA-7 serum substance assay. Results of CEA-7 serum substance assays in CEA-7 positive recipients are shown by means of a graph. After lethal total body irradiation, the CEA-7 substance was demonstrable in the recipients' serum for only 7 to 10 days, with disappearance of the substance from the serum for an equivalent period of time and its reappearance thereafter

  11. The part of CEA as informations emitting organism towards the elected circle

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    This document deals with the CEA (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique) as an organisation emitting information towards politicians. The CEA is a public, scientific and industrial institution. Its main mission is to develop the mastery of the atom in the field of research, health, energy and defense. Lots of political bodies have some contacts with the CEA. A good communication between politicians and the CEA is therefore a must, as it is explained in this document. (TEC)

  12. Tumour-associated trypsin inhibitor (TATI) in human ovarian cyst fluid. Comparison with CA 125 and CEA.

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    Halila, H.; Huhtala, M. L.; Haglund, C.; Nordling, S.; Stenman, U. H.

    1987-01-01

    The levels of tumour-associated trypsin inhibitor (TATI), CA 125 and CEA were measured in ovarian cyst fluids from 21 patients. TATI in cyst fluid was immunologically and physicochemically similar to the peptide originally isolated from the urine of a patient with ovarian cancer. Mucinous cysts contained significantly higher levels of TATI than did serous cysts. Immunohistochemically TATI was localized in the apical parts of cells of mucinous ovarian cysts. These results suggest that this tum...

  13. Natural dose level determination at Johor State with thermoluminescence dosimetry

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    This paperwork presented the results of using thermoluminescence dosimetry (TLD) method in measuring background dose level, which is done at State of Johor, South Malaysia. The problems faced also discussed

  14. What Factors Determine the Uptake of A-level Physics?

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    Gill, Timothy; Bell, John F

    2011-01-01

    Abstract There has been much concern recently in the UK about the decline in the number of students studying physics beyond age 16. To investigate why this might be we used data from a national database of student qualifications and a multilevel modelling technique to investigate which factors had the greatest impact on the uptake of physics at Advanced Level (A-level) in a particular year. Each factor of interest was entered into a separate model, whilst accounting for prior attai...

  15. Determination of fish trophic levels in an estuarine system

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    Pasquaud, S.; Pillet, M.; David, V.; Sautour, B.; Elie, P.

    2010-01-01

    The concept of trophic level is particularly relevant in order to improve knowledge of the structure and the functioning of an ecosystem. A precise estimation of fish trophic levels based on nitrogen isotopic signatures in environments as complex and fluctuant as estuaries requires a good description of the pelagic and benthic trophic chains and a knowledge of organic matter sources at the bottom. In this study these points are considered in the case of the Gironde estuary (south west France,...

  16. Indoor tetrachloroethylene levels and determinants in Paris dwellings.

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    Roda, Célina; Kousignian, Isabelle; Ramond, Anna; Momas, Isabelle

    2013-01-01

    There is growing public health concern about indoor air quality. Tetrachloroethylene (PERC), a chlorinated volatile organic compound widely used as a solvent in dry cleaning facilities, can be a residential indoor air pollutant. As part of an environmental investigation included in the PARIS (Pollution and asthma Risk: an Infant Study) birth cohort, this study firstly aimed to document domestic PERC levels, and then to identify the factors influencing these levels using standardized questionnaires about housing characteristics and living conditions. Air samples were collected in the child's bedroom over one week using passive devices when infants were 1, 6, 9, and 12 months. PERC was identified and quantified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. PERC annual domestic level was calculated by averaging seasonal levels. PERC was omnipresent indoors, annual levels ranged from 0.6 to 124.2 μg/m3. Multivariate linear and logistic regression models showed that proximity to dry cleaning facilities, do-it-yourself activities (e.g.: photographic development, silverware), presence of air vents, and building construction date (<1945) were responsible for higher domestic levels of PERC. This study, conducted in an urban context, provides helpful information on PERC contamination in dwellings, and identifies parameters influencing this contamination. PMID:23127492

  17. Analysis of the radiochemical purity of DTPA-coupled anti-CEA monoclonal antibody labelled with samarium-153

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    Objective: To establish a paper chromatography method for analyzing radiochemical purity of cyclic DTPA anhydride coupled anti-CEA monoclonal antibody (McAb) labelled with 153Sm. Methods: The separation efficacy of free 153Sm3+ and 153Sm-CEA McAb was determined with a variety of paper chromatograph systems. The optimal separation conditions were studied, and the result determined with this paper chromatography compared with that of Sephadex G-50 chromatograph. Results: The optimal separation condition of the paper chromatograph system was as follows: Tributyl phosphate: 2-butanone: ethyl acetate (V/V/V = 4/10/3) as solvent and No. 1 Xinhua filter paper immerged with 30% ammonium nitrate for 30 min. and then dried as carrier. The percentage of labelling field determined with this paper chromatography was consistent with that of Sephadex G-50 chromatograph. Conclusion: It is showed this method proves to be simple, convenient and can be rapidly performed

  18. Evaluation of the nuclear installations safety of the CEA in 1998; Le bilan de la surete des installations nucleaires du CEA en 1998

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    Laverie, M. [CEA, Dir. de la Surete Nucleaire et de la Qualite, 75 - Paris (France)

    1999-09-01

    Michel Laverie, Director of the nuclear safety and quality at the Cea, took stoke of the CEA nuclear installations in 1998. After a recall of the nuclear safety policy and organization, the author presents the risks factors bound to the CEA activities as the dismantling, the wastes and the human factors. A last part is devoted to the list of the accidents occurred during 1998 in the nuclear installations. Tables and statistics illustrate this analysis. (A.L.B.)

  19. Determination of natural radioactivity levels in Kars- city center, Turkey

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    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is to determine the distribution of natural radionuclides in surface soils in the Karscity center, Turkey. The activity concentrations of 238U, 232 Th, 40 K and 137Cs in 38 soil samples collected from the study area were measured through NaI(Tl) gamma spectrometry. The average activities of the samples were determined to be 47.8, 31.2 and 536 Bqkg-1 for the natural radionuclides 226Ra (238U), 232Th, 40K, respectively, and 18 Bqkg-1 for the fission product 137Cs. ...

  20. A method to determine integrated steroid levels in wildlife claws.

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    Matas, Devorah; Keren-Rotem, Tammy; Koren, Lee

    2016-05-01

    Glucocorticoids act throughout life to regulate numerous physiological and behavioral processes. Their levels are therefore highly labile, reacting to varying conditions and stressors. Hence, measuring glucocorticoids (and other steroids) in wildlife is challenging, and devising methods that are unaffected by the stress of capture and handling should be explored. Here we use the tip of free-ranging chameleons' claws that were cut to allow individual identification, and report a steroids extraction and quantification method. Claw steroids present an integrated level representing the period of claw growth. We found that we could measure corticosterone in small amounts of chameleon claw matrix using commercial EIA kits. Using this method, we learned that in wild male chameleons, claw corticosterone levels were associated with body size. We suggest that claw-testing can potentially provide an ideal matrix for wildlife biomonitoring. PMID:26993343

  1. Automated purchasing: Forecasts to determine stock levels and print orders.

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    Wilcox, M M; Moore, A N; Hoover, L W

    1978-10-01

    An automated purchasing system to optimize inventory levels of frozen foods, including meat items, while minimizing stock outages, was developed and implemented. Menu item forecast data were coordinated with on-hand quantities to automate the calculation of order quantities and printing purchase requisitions. The model selected also incorporated: (a) Safety stock level, (b) accumulated forecasts, and (c) accumulated orders already placed. The project was smoothly integrated into an on-going computer-assisted management system. All programs functioned as planned; computer documents were complete and accurate. The system design was retained for use in the foodservice operation. PMID:701670

  2. Accurately Determining the Risks of Rising Sea Level

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    Marbaix, Philippe; Nicholls, Robert J.

    2007-10-01

    With the highest density of people and the greatest concentration of economic activity located in the coastal regions, sea level rise is an important concern as the climate continues to warm. Subsequent flooding may potentially disrupt industries, populations, and livelihoods, particularly in the long term if the climate is not quickly stabilized [McGranahan et al., 2007; Tol et al., 2006]. To help policy makers understand these risks, a more accurate description of hazards posed by rising sea levels is needed at the global scale, even though the impacts in specific regions are better known.

  3. Social Harmony in Hong Kong: Level, Determinants and Policy Implications

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    Ho, Simon S. M.; Chan, Raymond S. Y.

    2009-01-01

    This study aims at ascertaining how Hong Kong people perceive Hong Kong as a harmonious society. It also identifies the elements that are most conducive to social harmony in Hong Kong, so that the government could take reference when formulating new policies. 1,062 adults residents were asked to rate their perceived level of social harmony and…

  4. An integrated approach for multi-level sample size determination

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    Inspection procedures involving the sampling of items in a population often require steps of increasingly sensitive measurements, with correspondingly smaller sample sizes; these are referred to as multilevel sampling schemes. In the case of nuclear safeguards inspections verifying that there has been no diversion of Special Nuclear Material (SNM), these procedures have been examined often and increasingly complex algorithms have been developed to implement them. The aim in this paper is to provide an integrated approach, and, in so doing, to describe a systematic, consistent method that proceeds logically from level to level with increasing accuracy. The authors emphasize that the methods discussed are generally consistent with those presented in the references mentioned, and yield comparable results when the error models are the same. However, because of its systematic, integrated approach the proposed method elucidates the conceptual understanding of what goes on, and, in many cases, simplifies the calculations. In nuclear safeguards inspections, an important aspect of verifying nuclear items to detect any possible diversion of nuclear fissile materials is the sampling of such items at various levels of sensitivity. The first step usually is sampling by ''attributes'' involving measurements of relatively low accuracy, followed by further levels of sampling involving greater accuracy. This process is discussed in some detail in the references given; also, the nomenclature is described. Here, the authors outline a coordinated step-by-step procedure for achieving such multilevel sampling, and they develop the relationships between the accuracy of measurement and the sample size required at each stage, i.e., at the various levels. The logic of the underlying procedures is carefully elucidated; the calculations involved and their implications, are clearly described, and the process is put in a form that allows systematic generalization

  5. Supercritical fluids: multiplication of projects at Cea

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    Supercritical fluids have different applications: To clear polluted lands by use of supercritical carbon dioxide, to use supercritical water to oxide low level radioactive effluents, (a project is to be studied to treat effluents and to protect reactors against corrosion); by adding supercritical fluid to a viscous fluid it is possible to reduce the viscosity and then to use filtration; for this reason projects are studied to couple the two processes to filter of spent oils and clear them of some pollutants. (N.C.)

  6. A survey of natural irradiation in France: description and first results of the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) program

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    A survey of the population exposure to natural sources of radiation has been undertaken by the CEA. It is carried out at the level of 'administrative subdivisions'; in each subdivision, 400-500 calcium sulfate dosimeters have been exposed during some 6 months, outside and inside dwellings. In the first subdivisions studied the mean values for external exposure from terrestrial radiation are ranging between 43 and 109 mrad.an-1 (extreme point values: 16 and 258 mrad.an-1) outdoors, and between 43 and 120 mrad.an-1 (extreme point values: 14 and 287 mrad.an-1) indoors. As an average, indoor doses are about 10% higher than outdoor doses. As a complement to this study natural radionuclide concentrations have been determined in wheat samples in some ten regions since 1973. Radium 226 concentrations vary between 0.3 and 4.5 pCi.kg-1. Indoor measurements of radon daughter products will also be carried out

  7. Annual report of the Association EURATOM/Cea

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    This annual report presents research activities, which have been performed in 2002 by the French EURATOM-Cea association in the frame of the European technology program. The first section describes EFDA (European fusion development agreement) activities and related developments carried out by the association. The second one is dedicated to the underlying technology program and finally the third one presents the inertial confinement fusion activities. In each section the tasks are sorted out according to the EFDA main fields: physics (heating and current drive, remote participation, diagnostics), vessel/in-vessel (vessel/blanket, plasma facing components, remote handling), magnet, tritium breeding and materials (water cooled lithium lead blanket, helium cooled pebble bed blanket, helium cooled lithium lead blanket, reduced activation ferritic martensitic steels, advanced materials, neutron source, fuel cycle), safety and environment, system studies (power plant conceptual studies, socio-economic studies) and JET technology activities. The EURATOM-Cea association is involved in all these studies

  8. 2011 reporting of the risk handling at CEA

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    In 2011 CEA reported 100 events to the Authority for Nuclear Safety (ASN). 93 were graded 0 on the INES scale and 7 were graded 1. None of them had a significant impact on the staff health and the environment. 25% of these events concerned delays in the controls of safety equipment. In 2011 CEA had to manage several situations that led to a response of its crisis center: 1) the explosion of an oven belonging to the Socodei-Centraco company situated near the Marcoule Center, 2) the discovery of about 500 grenades from the first world war during digging out works in the Grenoble Center, 3) flooding due to heavy rains in the Cadarache Center, and 4) an intrusion attempt at the Cadarache Center. (A.C.)

  9. Overview of CEA research in the field of radionuclides migration

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    This report presents a synthetic status of the researches conducted within the Nuclear Energy Division (CEA/DEN) in the field of radionuclides migration in three specific areas which have been chosen for their representativeness and potential impact: the migration of RN in PWR reactors, the migration of RN from a deep geological repository and the migration processes in the surface environments. In addition, some status is given about more generic research which is conducted in the field of RN speciation in the aqueous phase and at the interfaces and regarding chemistry / transport couplings. Additional information about the human and technical means involved in these fields of research in CEA/DEN is finally given in the Appendix. (authors)

  10. Physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities in CEA

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    Full text: CEA (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique), as nuclear operator, is responsible for the control and protection of their nuclear materials. Inside CEA, DCS (Central Security Division) is in charge of the security matters, DCS defines the CEA strategy in this field, especially in physical protection. The paper will present the physical protection strategy of CEA. DCS defines the rules and methods; the operators have to apply in order to fulfill the security objectives of CEA. CEA has to provide the regulatory authority with documents proving that it is in accordance with the requirements of the 25th July 1980 law and 12th May 1981 decree. It has to implement all the necessary means in order to achieve the results requested by the regulatory authority. All these arrangements are described in the 'license and control file'. This file should specify the facility safeguards and physical protection system. Accounting measures are also described. In this file, the petitioner has to justify its capacity for holding nuclear materials and for exercising authorized activities on them. So the organization and the installed means have to be described in this authorization file. For physical protection, containment, surveillance and physical protection measures are presented: Containment measures must prevent the unauthorized or unjustified movements of nuclear material in the framework of the authorized activities; Surveillance measures must guarantee the integrity of the containment, check that no material is exiting by an abnormal channel; Physical protection measures for the materials, the premises and the facilities are intended to protect them against malevolent actions by means of security systems. The Central Security Division has established guidelines to provide guidance to the nuclear materials holders in writing such files. Each holding unit has to establish a 'license and control file' and each CEA site establishes a 'site license and control file

  11. Physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities in CEA

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    CEA (Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique), as nuclear operator, is responsible for the control and protection of their nuclear materials. Inside CEA, DCS (Central Security Division) is in charge of the security matters, DCS defines the CEA strategy in this field, especially in physical protection. The paper will present the physical protection strategy of CEA. DCS defines the rules and methods, the operators have to apply in order to fulfill the security objectives of CEA. CEA has to provide the regulatory authority with documents proving that it is in accordance with the requirements of the 25th July 1980 law and 12th May 1981 decree. It has to implement all the necessary means in order to achieve the results requested by the regulatory authority. All these arrangements are described in the 'license and control file'. This file should specify the facility safeguards and physical protection system. Accounting measures are also described. In this file, the petitioner has to justify its capacity for holding nuclear materials and for exercising authorized activities on them. So the organization and the installed means have to be described in this authorization file. For physical protection, containment, surveillance and physical protection measures are presented: Containment measures must prevent the unauthorized or unjustified movements of nuclear material in the framework of the authorized activities; Surveillance measures must guarantee the integrity of the containment, check that no material is exiting by an abnormal channel; Physical protection measures for the materials, the premises and the facilities are intended to protect them against malevolent actions by means of security systems. The Central Security Division has established guidelines to provide guidance to the nuclear materials holders in writing such files. Each holding unit has to establish a 'license and control file' and each CEA site establishes a 'site license and control file'. Guidelines have been

  12. Annual report of the Association EURATOM/Cea

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    Magaud, Ph.; Le Vagueres, F

    2002-07-01

    This annual report presents research activities, which have been performed in 2002 by the French EURATOM-Cea association in the frame of the European technology program. The first section describes EFDA (European fusion development agreement) activities and related developments carried out by the association. The second one is dedicated to the underlying technology program and finally the third one presents the inertial confinement fusion activities. In each section the tasks are sorted out according to the EFDA main fields: physics (heating and current drive, remote participation, diagnostics), vessel/in-vessel (vessel/blanket, plasma facing components, remote handling), magnet, tritium breeding and materials (water cooled lithium lead blanket, helium cooled pebble bed blanket, helium cooled lithium lead blanket, reduced activation ferritic martensitic steels, advanced materials, neutron source, fuel cycle), safety and environment, system studies (power plant conceptual studies, socio-economic studies) and JET technology activities. The EURATOM-Cea association is involved in all these studies.

  13. 50. anniversary of the CEA. Anniversary Symposium papers

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    This conference is composed of three tomes, and the titles of the various sessions are: fifty years of nuclear history; nuclear connection balance; uranium enrichment; nuclear wastes: past and present; nuclear fuel reprocessing; nuclear safety; research reactors at the CEA; birth of a scientific discipline, neutronics; fusion through magnetic confinement; large machines for the infinitesimal; laser, a marvelous tool; exploration of condensed matter; knowledge of the atomic nucleus; invariances and symmetries; nuclear astrophysics; polymers and interfaces; micro-electronics and micro-technologies; prospective with nano-technologies; metallurgy and materials; modelization and numerical simulation; electromagnetism and stealth; CEA, chemistry, health and environment; climate and environment, our past and future; the Earth from its formation to Man; life and nuclear tools; photosynthesis, how living beings use solar energy

  14. Determining supply chain safety stock level and location

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The lean methodology and its principles have widely been applied in supply chain management in recent decades. Manufacturers are one of the most important contributors in a supply chain and inventory plays a paramount role for them to become lean. Therefore, there should be appropriate management of inventory and all of its drivers in accordance with a lean strategy. Safety stock is one of the main drivers of inventory; it protects against increasing the stretch in the breaking points of the supply chain, which in turn can result in possible reduction of inventory. In this paper an optimization model and a simulation model are developed and applied in a real case to optimize the safety stock level with the objective of logistics cost minimization.Design/methodology/approach: In order to optimize the safety stock level while minimizing logistics costs, a nonlinear cost minimization safety stock model is developed in this paper and then it is applied in a real world manufacturing case company. A safety stock simulation model based on appropriate metrics in the case company’s supply chain performance is also provided.Findings: These models result in not only the optimum levels but also locations of safety stock within the supply chain.Originality/value: In this research, two models of cost minimization and simulation have been developed and also applied in a real case company to result in not only optimized levels but also optimized locations of safety stock across the whole supply chain. In addition, the appropriate supply chain performance measurement metrics have been introduced in this paper and the simulation model is developed based on those.

  15. Radioimmunoassay for the determination of low insulin levels

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    The assay system was set up in such a way as to increase the sensitivity of the reaction, reducing the tracer concentration from the usual 1.000 cpm/ml to 500 cpm/ml levels of radioactivity (specific activity aproximately 200 mCi/mg) and/or increasing the antiserum dilution by one thirty of the usual values in the assay of the final volume of incubation of 2,5 ml. (author)

  16. The CEA and alternative energies. 8 April 2010 press conference

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    This document presents the CEA's strategy in terms of alternative energies and the various implemented research programs which mainly concern the building sector and the transport sector. After a recall of the energy and climate context, a presentation of the NTE program (Nouvelles Technologies de l'Energie, new energy technologies), the different topics and projects are presented: photovoltaic solar energy and its integration in building; batteries, hydrogen and fuel cells for applications in transports; second-generation bio-fuels

  17. Facilities offered by the CEA group for training foreign specialists

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    First set up in 1945, the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) opened its doors to foreign scientists and technicians as long ago as the 1950s, and particularly so since 1960. Among the 15 000 foreigners concerned, some have come in the capacity of co-workers, while others - approximately 10 000 - have taken courses for the purpose of receiving training. Since the CEA constitutes both a public scientific institution and an industrial group, especially by virtue of its branch organizations and specialized production units, it possesses incomparably varied facilities. This is why almost all the countries of the world, at some time or other, have had nationals at the Saclay, Fontenay-aux-Roses, Grenoble and Cadarache research centres, or the National Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) at Saclay, a specialized establishment set up in 1956, or else at the Razes Information and Further Training Centre (CIPRA), specializing in the uranium ore industry. Most of the trainees received over the last few years by the CEA Group stem from the developing countries, those coming to receive practical technological training being ever more numerous. Several of the training programmes devised have involved participation in industrial operations, either in conjunction with Technicatome, a branch organization specializing in nuclear engineering (Iran, Iraq) or in association with other CEA Group units (South Korea). The trainees usually receive fellowships through the intermediary of French diplomatic missions, in which case it is enough if they continue to receive the salary normally paid to them by the public organization employing them. On the other hand, technological training sometimes involves payment because of the expense involved (intensive supervision and expensive experimental work). Finally, courses in French are organized in France by specialized institutions, but English is acceptable for very brief training periods. (author)

  18. RELAP4/MOD-5-CEA pump coastdown experiment simulation

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    Since is important the theoretical-experimental comparison to evaluate the computer codes, these paper presents the simulation with RELAP4/MOD5 Code of a loss of power energy in the pump of the ''Circuito Experimental de Agua-CEA''. From the results attained, the existing models in the Code showed to be very satisfatory quantitative and qualitative behavior of the attained experimental results. (author)

  19. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Cadarache

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Cadarache for the year 2007. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the report discusses the beginning of the RJH reactor construction, the fourth generation reactors research programs, the implementing of la Rotonde the new radioactive wastes management installation, the renovation of the LECA. (A.L.B.)

  20. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Marcoule

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Marcoule for the year 2007. Since its creation in 1955 the center realizes industrial and scientific activities relative to the civil and military applications of the radioactivity. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially the following two base activities are detailed: Atalante and Phenix. (A.L.B.)

  1. Fire fight and security in CEA's research centers

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    In each CEA's center a special unit called FLS (formation locale de securite) is in charge of the protection of staff and property. This unit is polyvalent and qualified for fire fight, first aid and guarding, its members are recruited mainly among the Paris fire brigade and the Marseilles' brigade of sea firemen. Their role is to prevent and detect any risk whatever this risk may be: chemical, electric or nuclear. (A.C.)

  2. Report transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Saclay

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    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Saclay for the year 2007. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. More especially two public consultation on release authorizations and the Neurospin installations, the dismantling of the 49 nuclear installation, the shutdown of the learning reactor ULYSSE are detailed. (A.L.B.)

  3. Determining the Optimum Level of Diversification of Home Broker Investors

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    Fernando Nascimento Oliveira; Eduardo Lana de Paula

    2008-01-01

    This paper has the objective of determining the number of stocks that diversify a portfólio of Bovespa stocks of home brokers investors. We find the number of stocks that diversifies the portfólio by equalizing the benefit with the cost of including one more stock in the portfólio. To find the benefit, we use a methodology that is similar to Statman (1987). To find the cost we use an original methodology, in which we weight the costs of major brokers taking in consideration the volume transac...

  4. Low-level thorium and uranium determination for thermoluminescent dating

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    The technique of dating archaeological materials by making use of the thermoluminescence of minerals extracted from samples is described. The most common method employed to determine the annual dose rate from the U and Th series is thick-source alpha scintillation counting. Two of the major problems with this method are uncertain Th/U ratios and uncertainty in the degree of secular equilibrium in the U decay chains. Alternative methods considered were PIXE, abandoned owing to interference problems and delayed neutron activation analysis

  5. CEA's research programmes on future nuclear power systems

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    The CEA (Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives) is at the crossroads between sciences and technologies. In collaboration with corporate leaders and academics, it is working to improve the competitiveness of the existing fleet of nuclear facilities (PWR reactors and EPR) and to develop both a fourth generation of nuclear power reactors and technologies for processing spent fuel. Concerning the PWR reactors most of the work focuses on the extension of reactor operating life (till 60 years), a better use of uranium fuel in the reactor core, a better safety standard, a better reliability of fuel assemblies. This work is both theoretical and experimental with the possibility to use irradiation rigs at the OSIRIS reactor. Concerning the EPR most of the work is dedicated to sustain the commissioning and start of the first EPR in France on the Flamanville site. Concerning the fuel cycle, CEA's teams are working to improve every stage of the cycle from uranium extraction to the processing of spent fuels. In the nuclear industry, industrial cycles are very long so it is today's work to prepare the fourth generation of reactors even if the first reactor of the third generation is not yet in operation. CEA's research focuses on 2 types of fast reactors, one is sodium-cooled (with ASTRID prototype) while the other is gas-cooled (with ALLEGRO prototype). (A.C.)

  6. Lessons learned from CEA experience with dismantling project

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    Since the late 1980s the CEA has been actively implementing methods to benefit from its experience in dismantling nuclear facilities. Capitalizing on prior experience - originally to address safety requirements - has now acquired greater importance in the CEA with the implementation of project management knowledge bases that require better control of performance and cost from initial estimates to completion. Changing regulations (waste, radiological protection, safety, etc.) and decommissioning policies in major organizations (objectives, funding, deadlines, organization, etc.) significantly influence dismantling projects. Experience with knowledge management has shown that the approach consisting in exhaustive project data collection often produces large, unwieldy information bases that are difficult to apply to subsequent projects. Principles and recommendations can nevertheless be derived, but require detailed analysis of all the aspects of dismantling (waste, dosimetry, conventional and nuclear safety, cost, deadlines, physical and radiological environment, regulatory provisions, etc.). The wide range of CEA facilities, the different stages in the course of a project that often lasts for several decades, changing operators and supervisors, all imply that a given situation can be assessed and reconsidered differently depending on the project organization, participants and background. Past results can be considered technically satisfactory, but poorly rated in terms of cost or scheduling. The current approach consists in focusing more on the relevance of the information conserved, favoring common practices emanating from a dedicated center of expertise, and applying suitable processes after discriminating between the lessons learned directly from experience and from consolidation of professional knowledge bases. (author)

  7. Smoking as a Determinant of High Organochlorine Levels in Greenland

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    Deutch, Bente; Pedersen, Henning Sloth; Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Eva Cecilie;

    2003-01-01

    The authors investigated the accumulation of organochlorines among smoking and nonsmoking Inuit hunters (n = 48) in Uummanaq, Greenland, a population with high dietary exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Human plasma organochlorine levels were positively correlated with age, marine...... diet, and smoking or plasma cotinine in multiple linear-regression models (p < 0.001). Body mass index was inversely correlated with organochlorine accumulation, independent of smoking status. These findings confirm that the source of POPs among the Inuit in Greenland is diet, but smoking is an...

  8. Determining the right level for your IT security investment.

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    Claunch, Don; McMillan, Mac

    2013-05-01

    Investing sufficiently in IT security not only is essential for a healthcare organization's protection, but also is a responsibility to patients, and its success depends on its being addressed at all levels of management. Hospital data security breaches have the potential to cost as much as $7 million, including fines, litigation, and damaged reputation. Response and cleanup alone can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Developing and following an annual action plan for IT security can lower hospitals' IT security costs in the long run. PMID:23678697

  9. Determination of shallow core level spectra in selected compound semiconductors

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    Core level spectra of the M shells of Ga, Ge, As, and Se and of the L shell of S have been obtained from X-ray photoemission measurements on GaAs, GeSe, and GeS. Broadening contributions from the achromatic source, the analyzer momentum window, and the extrinsic losses experienced by the photoemitted electrons in traversing the solid, as well as satellite lines due to Kα3sub(,)4 emission, are removed by deconvolution of the data with a measured electron backscatter spectrum convoluted with a source function. The results are compared with theory where available. (orig.)

  10. Fitoplancton del Parque Nacional Las Tablas de Daimiel. II. Las cianofíceas, los dinoflagelados, las criptofíceas, las crisofíceas y las xantofíceas

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    Rojo, Carmen

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park is a semiarid wetland that exhibits a high biodiversity but is suffering an inexorable eutrophication process. The study of the phytoplankton in this wetland is interesting because of its hydrological fluctuations (drought period until 1996 and its trophic condition. This papers shows the taxonomy, dynamic, and ecology of microalgae in five áreas of the Park from 1996 to 1998, which allow comparisons to be made between the present state and the 1992-1993 period. Twelve taxa of Cyanophyta, 4 of Dynophyceae, 8 of Cryptophyceae, 5 of Chrysophyceae and one of Xanthophyceae were found. Almost all species have been already cited in Spain and are typical for eutrophic environments. Cyanophyceae and Cryptophyceae were the most important groups (Planktothrix agardhii, Anabaenopsis elenkinii, Cryptomonas erosa as the most common algae. Moreover, oscillatorial Cyanophyceae (in 1992 have been replaced by N-fixing nostocal ones, related to the high level of pollution found in recent years.El Parque Nacional Las Tablas de Daimiel es un humedal semiárido, importante reserva de biodiversidad que, sin embargo, está sufriendo un inexorable proceso de eutrofización. Su estado trófico, así como los cambios hidrológicos (sequía hasta 1996, hacen especialmente interesante el estudio de su microflora. Por ello, se ha llevado a cabo este trabajo sobre las poblaciones fitoplanctónicas en cinco puntos del Parque desde 1996 a 1998, que permite además la comparación con su estado en 1992-1993. Se encontraron 12 táxones de Cyanophyta, 4 de Dynophyceae, 8 de Cryptophyceae, 5 de Chrysophyceae y uno de Xanthophyceae. Casi todas las especies están citadas en España y son propias de ambientes eutróficos. Los grupos mejor representados fueron las cianobacterias y criptofíceas (Planktothrix agardhii, Anabaenopsis elenkinii y Cryptomonas erosa fueron las especies más conspicuas. Además, se observa un cambio de cianobacterias

  11. Trace Level Determination of Polyether Ionophores in Feed

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric method was developed and validated to determine six polyether ionophores (lasalocid sodium, monensin sodium, salinomycin sodium, narasin, maduramicin ammonium alpha, and semduramicin sodium in feed samples. The method developed was very straightforward, involving extraction with 84% acetonitrile of the coccidiostats from the feed samples and filtration of the raw extract prior to chromatographic analysis. Method validation included the determination of selectivity, linearity, specificity, repeatability, the limit of detection, limit of quantification, decision limit (CCα, detection capability (CCβ, and recovery. Feed samples from the Finnish national feed control programme and suspected carry-over samples from a feed manufacturer were analysed in parallel with an existing liquid chromatography method coupled with ultraviolet detection. All feed control samples were negative in LC-UV, but with the developed MS method, monensin, salinomycin, and narasin were detected at concentrations of <0.025–0.73 mg/kg, <0.025–0.027 mg/kg, and <0.025–1.6 mg/kg, respectively. In suspected carry-over samples after an output of 2.0 tonnes of unmedicated feed in the pelletizer line, the concentrations of monensin, salinomycin, and narasin varied from undetected to 16 mg/kg. In the mixer line, after 3.2 tonnes of unmedicated feed output, the concentrations of monensin, salinomycin, and narasin varied from undetected to 2.4 mg/kg.

  12. Development of a DNBR evaluation method for the CEA ejection accident in SMART core

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    Hwang, Dae Hyun; Yoo, Y. J.; In, W. K.; Chang, M. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejon (Korea)

    1999-12-01

    A methodology applicable to the analysis of the CEA ejection accident in SMART is developed for the evaluation of the fraction of fuel failure caused by DNB. The transient behavior of the core thermal-hydraulic conditions is calculated by the subchannel analysis code MATRA. The minimum DNBR during the accident is calculated by KRB-1 CHF correlation considering the 1/8 symmetry of hot assembly. The variation of hot assembly power during the accident is simulated by the LTC(Limiting transient Curve) which is determined from the analysis of power distribution data resulting from the three-dimensional core dynamics calculations. The initial condition of the accident is determined by considering LOC(Limiting Conditions for Operation) of SMART core. Two different methodologies for the evaluation of DNB failure rate are established; a deterministic method based on the DNB envelope, and a probabilistic method based on the DNB probability of each fuel rod. The methodology developed in this study is applied to the analysis of CEA ejection accident in the preliminary design core of SMART. As the result, the fractions of DNB fuel failure by the deterministic method and the probabilistic method are calculated as 38.7% and 7.8%, respectively. 16 refs., 16 figs., 5 tabs. (Author)

  13. Determining the Optimum Level of Diversification of Home Broker Investors

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    Full Text Available This paper has the objective of determining the number of stocks that diversify a portfólio of Bovespa stocks of home brokers investors. We find the number of stocks that diversifies the portfólio by equalizing the benefit with the cost of including one more stock in the portfólio. To find the benefit, we use a methodology that is similar to Statman (1987. To find the cost we use an original methodology, in which we weight the costs of major brokers taking in consideration the volume transacted by them. The number of stocks that diversify our portfólio is 12. (Full article in Portuguese only

  14. Monobath Films for Determining Accidental High-Level Exposures

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    For remote reactor plants and others not provided with a permanent monitoring team to measure the dose to the personnel, the monobath method is recommended for handling film dosimeters. With this method it is possible to determine on the spot and without any loss of time whether persons have received a critical dose calling for medical care. The films recommended enable doses from about 10 to 2000 r to be detected by subjecting the films to an extremely simple monobath process. The density curves, their dependence on the radiation energy and on the temperature of the monobath developer are shown. The films are processed in daylight in a small device the size of a cigarette packet. By means of this device, which is described in detail, 40 film dosimeters can be processed and evaluated by one person in about one hour. The dose is determined by comparing the film blackening with that of a strip fitted into the device for this purpose. The monobath films are conveniently worn in small sturdy film badges which are insensitive to external influences. Film evaluation is made only if the exposure to radiation is likely to have caused a substantial personnel dose. The films have a lifetime of at least two years. The badges contain a lead filter rendering the film blackening largely independent of the radiation energy over the range from about 75 keV up to 3 MeV and more. If desired, the lead filter can be provided with a window so that part of the radiation can reach the film unattenuated. In this way it is possible to draw conclusions as to the type (gamma or beta rays) and energy of the radiation, both essential factors for a correct evaluation of the hazards. The described monobath film dosimeters can be used alone in the event of an incident or together with other film dosimeters of high sensitivity or with pocket dosimeters based on ionization under normal monitoring conditions. (author)

  15. AIRIX: an induction accelerator facility developed at CEA for flash radiography in detonics

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    Cavailler, Claude

    1999-06-01

    AIRIX is an induction linear accelerator which will be used for flash radiography in CEA/DAM. Designed to produce an X-ray dose of more than 500 Rads at 1 meter with an X-ray focal spot size diameter of less than 2 mm (LANL-CEA DAM definition), this facility consists in a 4 MeV/3.5 kA pulsed electron injector and 16 MeV induction accelerator powered by 32 high voltage generators. A prototype of this accelerator, called PIVAIR, has been studied and realized in CEA CESTA near Bordeaux. PIVAIR is a validation step for AIRIX at 8 MeV. It includes an injector (4 MeV, 3.5 kA, 60 ns) and 16 inductor cells supplied by 8 high voltage generators (250 kV, 70 ns). Two different technologies of induction cells have been tested (rexolite insulator or ferrite under vacuum). We have chosen ferrite under vacuum cells technology after comparison of results on beam transport and reliability tests. A focusing experiment at 7.2 MeV of the electron beam as been achieved during summer 1997. We have begun to produce X-rays in October 1997. A dose level of 50 Rad at 1 meter has been achieved with an X-ray spot size diameter of 3.5 to 4 mm (LANL-CEA DAM definition). Static flash radiography of very dense object have been achieved from November 97 until February 98. We have been able to test in situ new kinds of very high sensitive X- ray detectors and to check they had reached our very ambitious goals: (1) quantum efficiency at 5 MeV greater than 50% instead of 1% for luminous screens and film; (2) sensitivity less than 10 (mu) Rad (100 time more sensitive than radiographic luminous screens and films); (3) dynamic range greater than 100; (4) resolution less than 2 mm. We will present in this communication brand new kinds of detection systems, called high stopping power detectors, such as: (1) (gamma) camera with segmented thick crystal of BGO and MCP image intensifier; (2) multistep parallel plate avalanche chamber; (3) pixellized CdTe MeV photoconductor matrix. AIRIX accelerator is being

  16. Overview on CEA Contributions to the Broader Approach Projects

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    Full text: France is participating to the joint Europe-Japan so-called “Broader Approach Activities” in support of ITER and DEMO activities, consisting in 3 projects: The Engineering Design and Validation of a 14 MeV neutrons irradiation facility (IFMIF/EVEDA), the building of an International Fusion Research Center (IFERC) and the ITER Satellite Tokamak Programme (STP - JT-60SA). For IFMIF/EVEDA activities, CEA is in charge of the high intensity Injector, the first part of the Superconducting RF Linac, the Cryoplant, the Accelerator Control System, the delivery of specific Beam Diagnostics and RF power tubes. This activity covers the fabrication of the systems, test of most critical components, installation and commissioning at the Japanese site. For IFERC, in 2011, CEA contracted with Bull the procurement of the “Helios” computer which reached a performance of 1.5 Petaflop/s peak, making it, with its 70000 compute cores, the largest supercomputer dedicated to a single scientific community. It is complemented by large high bandwidth storage, pre/post processing, visualization systems and services for 5 years. The work started in Sept. 2007. In Jan. 2012, first users started to work. Helios was inaugurated in March 2012. For JT-60SA tokamak, CEA is responsible for providing the Cryoplant System (CS), 9 of the 18 Toroidal Field Coils and supporting structures, the TF Coils Test Facility (CTF) and cold tests, and 5 Magnet Power Supplies (MPS). CEA is also participating to the JT-60SA Research Plan update. TF coil activities started in 2007; a manufacturing contract was placed to Alstom in July 2011. The last coil will be delivered to Japan in late 2016. Prior shipment, coils will be tested in the CTF at CEA-Saclay. The CS was optimized to smooth the transient heat loads during plasma operation. For CS and MPS contract are expected to be placed in June and Dec. 2012 respectively. This paper gives an overview of present status of these projects since 2007

  17. Determination of Iodine-129 in Low Level Radioactive Wastes - 13334

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    For the radioactivity determination of 129I in the radioactive wastes, alkali fusion and anion-exchange resin separation methods, which are sample pretreatment methods, have been investigated in this study. To separate and quantify the 129I radionuclide in an evaporator bottom and spent resin, the radionuclide was chemically leached from the wastes and adsorbed on an anion exchange resin at pH 4, 7, 9. In the case of dry active waste and another solid type, the alkali fusion method was applied. KNO3 was added as a KOH and oxidizer to the wastes. It was then fused at 450 deg. C for 1 hour. The radioactivity of the separated iodine was measured with a low energy gamma spectrometer after the sample pretreatment. Finally, it was confirmed that the recovery rate of the iodine for the alkali fusion method was 83.6±3.8%, and 86.4±1.6% for the anionic exchange separation method. (authors)

  18. Determinants of IL-6 levels during HIV infection

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    Borges, Alvaro H; O'Connor, Jemma L; Phillips, Andrew N;

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    corresponding to fold differences (FDs) in IL-6 were calculated. Demographics (age, gender, race, BMI) and HIV-specific variables (nadir and entry CD4 counts, HIV-RNA, use of different ART regimens) were investigated in all three trials. In SMART (N=4498), smoking, comorbidities (CVD, diabetes, hepatitis B....../C [HBV/HCV]), HDL-cholesterol, renal function (eGFR) and educational level were also assessed. RESULTS: Demographics associated with higher IL-6 were older age (FD [95% CI]: 1.09 [1.08-1.11] per 10 yr) and higher BMI (1.02 [1.01-1.04] per 5 kg/m(2)), whereas black race was associated with reduced IL-6 (0.......96 [0.93-0.99]). As for HIV variables, patients not receiving ART (1.36 [1.29-1.43]) and with higher HIV-RNA (1.24 [1.01-1.52] for >100,000 vs. ≤500 copies/mL) had increased IL-6. Participants taking protease inhibitors (PI) had higher IL-6 (1.14[1.09-1.19]). Higher nadir CD4 count (0.98 [0...

  19. 78 FR 78899 - Comparability Determination for Switzerland: Certain Entity-Level Requirements

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    ... following provision to senior management; The risk management program must have a new product policy for... requirements of the CEA and the Commission's regulations promulgated thereunder. \\1\\ 78 FR 45292 (July 26, 2013... Exchange Act, 77 FR 41214 (July 12, 2012) and Further Proposed Guidance Regarding Compliance with...

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    ... new product policy for assessing the risks of new products prior to engaging in such transactions; The... requirements of the CEA and the Commission's regulations promulgated thereunder. \\1\\ 78 FR 45292 (July 26, 2013... Exchange Act, 77 FR 41214 (July 12, 2012) and Further Proposed Guidance Regarding Compliance with...

  1. Factors determining the level of innovation smelting company

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this research was identification and estimation of prospects for innovation development in a metallurgic enterprise. The enterprise wanting to hold its position must constantly aspire to improve quality of the processes realized in its range, at the same time aiming at their innovativeness. Only strong motivation in favour of the quality improvement and awareness of importance and role of the work performed by the personnel according to the taken policy will allow to gain the intended effects in range of the manufactured goods and rendered services. The enterprises under analysis fully appreciates the issue of innovativeness and operates in favour of elaborating and perfectioning methods of its assessment. In the article I presented a short specification of the metallurgical branch. Particular attention is paid to the issue of innovation in the sphere of production. On the basis of the chosen enterprise I touched upon a question of innovativeness, its grounds, causes and reasons of introducing it. The criteria of measurements of the research areas used by the enterprise under analysis were also presented. Moreover, the analysis of the obtained results of one research area was made and the obtained results were presented with Pareto-Lorenz radar diagram.Design/methodology/approach: The performed survey show the results and opinions of 20 staff members on a single shift and 2 principals (masters. The research elaborated in the survey based on ranking assessment relate also to mobility (innovativeness of the staff, their satisfaction and self-assessment. For the needs of the analysis of the innovation level of the analyzed workplace (one of its areas, only the chosen elements of the survey have been elaborated. Within the framework of this area the following criteria have been distinguished: Cooperation with research centres, researchers, inventors (WN, Technology of production in use (T, Technical equipment (WT, Qualification

  2. Radioactive contamination of foodstuffs: determination of permissible levels

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    In a latent air-soil contamination situation, the population would receive 80 per cent of its contamination through foodstuffs. The supervision of this food poses many problems: sampling, radionuclide dosages, etc. It is also necessary to estimate the maximum permissible concentration of radionuclides in foodstuffs, once the maximum exposure limit for the human body has been fixed. The passage of this level to the maximum concentrations is not simple since a) each radionuclide has its own particular effect on the body; b) their concentrations vary from one foodstuff to another, and c) the average amounts of foodstuffs vary from one population to another. Two methods are given here for estimating the maximum permissible concentrations in foodstuffs, together with the first diets likely to become critical when several of them are to be considered simultaneously. The results depend on the way in which the present situation can change to become critical. This evolutionary path can only be estimated approximately. Two methods are therefore given for studying the sensitivity of the results. As an example, a numerical application of these methods using data actually available is given. The data used is naturally incomplete and this will always be true. This application test indicates however two fields in which an improvement is absolutely necessary. 1 - The obtention of multiple observations (simultaneous dosage of at least 2 radionuclides in the same foodstuff, and simultaneous dosage of at least two foodstuffs for the same radionuclide); this assumes a combined effort by the various organisms; 2 - The reaching of an agreement on the dosage methods used by the various organisms since the results actually available are not comparable. (authors)

  3. Boundary determination of leveling capacity for plate roller leveler based on curvature integration method

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    刘志芳; 罗远新; 严兴春; 王勇勤

    2015-01-01

    Leveler is widely used to improve the quality of defective mild steel plates. Its typical ranges of the leveling capacity are constrained by three criteria, namely the maximum stroke of rollers, allowable total leveling force and motor power. In this work, an optimization model with equality and inequality constraints was built for the maximum yield stress search of each thickness of plates. The corresponding search procedure with three loops was given. The approximate range by the simplification model could be used as the initial value for the actual range search of the leveling capacity. Therefore, the search speed could be accelerated compared with a global search. The consistency of the analytical results and field data demonstrates the reliability of the proposed model and procedure. The typical ranges of the leveling capacity are expressed by several boundary curves which are helpful to judge whether the incoming plate can be leveled quickly or not. Also, these curves can be used to find the maximum yield stress for a specific thickness or the maximum thickness for a yield stress for plates.

  4. [Determining a level of immigration for Quebec: why and how?].

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    Gagne, M; Baillargeon, M; Benjamin, C; Audet, B

    1983-10-01

    try to measure the impact of immigration using a framework of demoeconomic projections aided by a behavior model. 3 levels of immigration ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 annually were compared to a control case of no immigration in order to detect impact. Growth contributed by immigration is not expected to help solve the 3 major demographic problems expected over the next 20 years: the fertility decline, aging of the population, and emigration. Immigration does however exacerbate unemployment although it does not cause it. Economic constraints on immigration in the early 1980s are due more to poor prospects of growth than to the impact of immigration on growth. The suggested numbers of immigrants of 15,200 in 1983, 16,000 in 1984, and 17,000 in 1985 almost constitute minima given the probable immigration of family members and refugees. PMID:12340132

  5. Incineration as a radioactive waste volume reduction process for CEA nuclear centers

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    Incineration processes represent a promising solution for waste volume reduction, and will be increasingly used in the future. The features and performance specifications of low-level waste incinerators with capacities ranging from 10 to 20 kg-h-1 at the Fontenay-aux-Roses, Grenoble and Cadarache nuclear centers in France are briefly reviewed. More extensive knowledge of low-level wastes produced in facilities operated by the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) has allowed us to assess the volume reduction obtained by processing combustible waste in existing incinerators. Research and development work is in progress to improve management procedures for higher-level waste and to build facilities capable of incinerating α - contaminated waste. (authors). 6 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  6. CEA program on future generation light water modular reactors and gas cooled reactors

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    The CEA programme on 'Future Generation Reactors and Fuel Cycles' aims at studying and developing the mean and long term most promising options for nuclear reactors, fuels and reprocessing. These options should contribute to make the nuclear energy a major source of the sustainable development. The program also aims at maintaining at the highest level of competency the technologies with which the CEA will be able to bring to national achievements or international projects in the next decades, projects whose specifications and calendar are today unknown. These studies on the 'Future Generation Reactors and Fuel Cycles' constitute a field privileged for international collaboration. The corresponding researches are structured in four main axes: Innovations for LWR; Systems of 4th generation; Sodium-cooled reactors; Systems which are the object for survey or exploratory studies. Studies on future nuclear gas technologies are mainly covered by the 4th generation programme (Gen IV). Within this context, the goals pursued, in particular the minimization of the production of long lived waste and the saving of resources (i.e.: the optimised utilisation of fissile and fertile nuclear fuels), could justify an evolution towards hard neutron spectra and high temperatures, to cover applications other than the electricity production, e.g.: hydrogen production, desalination, cogeneration. The main R and D axis for these long-term objectives currently the area of Gas Cooled Reactors (GCR). The corresponding program is structured through eight R and D projects details of which are presented within the paper. (author)

  7. Significance of the fuel cycle aspects in CEA studies on future nuclear systems

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    Nuclear energy has unique assets to meet the requirements for a sustainable development in terms of economic competitiveness, environmental friendliness and natural resources saving. Future nuclear system studies conducted by the CEA aim at investigating and developing promising technologies for the medium and the long term for reactors, fuels and the fuel cycle to make nuclear power eligible as one of the major energy sources of the sustainable development. It also aims at maintaining at the best possible level the expertise and the technologies that the CEA will be able to bring to future national and international projects likely to meet market needs in the next decades, which are still uncertain both in terms of performances and time scale. Progress for future nuclear systems is principally sought in the following areas: reinforced economic competitiveness against other available electricity generation means, with a special emphasis put on reducing the investment cost; enhanced safety, especially through an increased resistance to core damages in case of severe accident, and whenever possible by dedicated strategies to exclude core melting; cleanliness through minimising the production of long lived radioactive waste; resource saving through an optimum utilisation of the available resources of fissile and fertile materials; enhanced resistance to proliferation risks; potentialities for other applications than electricity production. (author)

  8. Prognostic Effect of Pretreatment Serum Carcinoembryonic Antigen Level

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    Kim, Chang Hyun; Lee, Soo Young; Kim, Hyeong Rok; Kim, Young Jin

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Many studies have reported the prognostic value of pretreatment serum carcinoembryonic antigen (pre-CEA) levels on colorectal cancer outcomes. However, controversy remains concerning the significance of pre-CEA levels in patients with rectal cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Our aim in this study was to investigate the prognostic role of the pre-CEA level in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant CRT followed by total mesorectal exc...

  9. Producing energy without greenhouse effect gases: the CEA action

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    Major actor in the domain of new energy technologies, the CEA manages the french research on the hydrogen and the fuel cells. It is also implied with INES (National Institute for the Solar Energy) in the photovoltaic and thermal solar. With the IFP (French Petroleum Institute), it manages research on biofuels. Of course the thermonuclear fusion, for the development of the energy of the future, is in its research program too. This information document presents the possibilities of these energies and the associated research programs. (A.L.B.)

  10. Sertula florae colombiae – xv: nuevas melastomatáceas

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    Uribe Uribe, Lorenzo

    2012-01-01

    El notable aumento de las colecciones del Herbario Nacional Colombiano muestran la riqueza de la flora melastomatácea de Colombia. Uno de los géneros más ricos y más bien caracterizados es Blakea. En este artículo describo dos nuevas especies muy interesantes. Dejo consignada mi gratitud para elnotable dibujante, don Silvio Fernández Valencia, a quien se deben las magníficas ilustraciones y muchos datos y mediciones de órganos pequeñísimos, que facilitaron  las descripciones exactas de las pl...

  11. The 1988 CEA progress report on laser research programs

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    The 1988 CEA progress report, concerning laser investigations, is presented. The aim of the research programs on laser/matter interactions is to contribute to the military application works on this field, as well as to the development of the inertial confinement fusion physics. The activities related to the installation and starting of Phebus laser system are described. The development of soft x-ray instrumentation are included. In the field of numerical simulations, the improvement of FCI 1 and 2 codes are extended for increasing the field of the physical phenomena taken into account and getting their use more flexible to the experiment analysis

  12. An exploration of micro- and macro-level determinants of board effectiveness

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    Minichilli, Alessa Andro; Zattoni, Alessandro; Nielsen, Sabina; Huse, Morten

    2013-01-01

    This paper addresses recent calls to narrow the micro–macro gap in management research (Bamberger, 2008), by incorporating a macro-level context variable (country) in exploring micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Following the integrated model proposed by Forbes and Milliken (1999), we identify three board processes as micro-level determinants of board effectiveness. Specifically, we focus on effort norms, cognitive conflicts and the use of knowledge and skills as determinants of...

  13. The influence factors on the determination of thyroid hormone level by RIA

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    To explore the influence factors such as movement, diet and biothythm of subjects on the determination of thyroid hormone level by RIA, the serum T3, T4, FT3 and FT4 levels were determined by RIA and TSH level measured by IRMA. The results showed that there were no significantly difference of thyroid hormone level between the movement, diet and light lipemia groups and controls, but the serious lipemia was impact tendency on the measurement. There were obviously changes on the TSH levels between day and night, while no impacts on T3, T4, FT3 and FT4 levels. The thyroxine sodium tablets had obviously impact on the determination of T3, T4, FT3 and FT4 levels, while no impact with thiamazole tablets. The status of subjects on the determination of thyroid hormone level by RIA is very important to guarantee the accuracy of measurement results. (authors)

  14. Evaluation of the nuclear installations safety of the CEA in 1998

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    Michel Laverie, Director of the nuclear safety and quality at the Cea, took stoke of the CEA nuclear installations in 1998. After a recall of the nuclear safety policy and organization, the author presents the risks factors bound to the CEA activities as the dismantling, the wastes and the human factors. A last part is devoted to the list of the accidents occurred during 1998 in the nuclear installations. Tables and statistics illustrate this analysis. (A.L.B.)

  15. Determination of diets for the populations of eleven regions of the European community to be used for obtaining radioactive contamination levels. First results concerning the food consumption of individuals classified in nine age-groups; Determination des regimes alimentaires des populations de onze regions de la Communaute Europenne et vue de l'etude des niveaux de contamination radioactive. Premiere serie de resultats concernant la consommation alimentaire des individus groupes en neuf classes d'ages

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    Ledermann, S.; Lacourly, G.; Garnier, A.; Cresta, M.; Lombardo, E. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, 92 - Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1968-07-01

    The present document continues the report CEA-R--2979 - EUR--2768-f. The processing of the data given by the family food enquiry carried out in eleven regions of the European Community, has permitted to determine the food consumption of individuals classified in nine age-groups, in order to study the radioactive contamination levels in the food-chain. The used statistical method is described, and the obtained results are presented in form of double-entry tables giving for each region and for each age-group the mean weekly food-consumption and the contribution of each diet in nutrition principles, in minerals, vitamins, trace elements and calories. (authors) [French] Ce rapport fait suite au rapport CEA-R--2979 - EUR--2768-f. Le traitement de l'information apportee par les enquetes alimentaires familiales realisees dans onze regions de la Communaute Europeenne a permis de determiner les consommations alimentaires des individus groupes en neuf classes d'age, en vue de l'etude des niveaux de contamination radioactive dans les chaines alimentaires. La methode statistique employee est decrite et les resultats obtenus sont presentes sous forme de tableaux a double entree donnant pour chacune des regions etudiees et pour chacune des neuf classes d'age, les consommations moyennes hebdomadaires, ainsi que les apports en principes nutritifs, mineraux, vitamines et oligo-elements, et calories de chaque regime. (auteurs)

  16. CEA technical-economic activity report - Year 2014

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    This report presents an assessment of activities undertaken by the CEA in the field of energy technique and economy during 2014. Technical-economic studies aims at contributing to national orientations on energy, at R and D program orientations, at highlighting and strengthening synergies between nuclear technologies and new energy technologies, and at strengthening the credibility of these technologies. After a presentation of the organisation of technique and economy within the CEA, of the involved bodies and departments, of the addressed themes (photovoltaic, wind, biomass and biofuels, hydrogen-based systems, mobility, electric systems and grids), the report presents studies performed in relationship with the national energy strategy and with energy scenarios, studies performed in the nuclear field (on fourth-generation reactors, on the front-end and back-end of the fuel cycle), studies performed in the field of new energy technologies and climate (hydrogen and storage, biofuels, climate, mobility, solar, electric systems). The next part addresses academic aspects, methodological studies and modelling studies. Contributions and participations to conferences, and publications are indicated

  17. 3rd CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control

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    Drouin, Antoine; Roos, Clément

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    The two first CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies) Specialist Conferences on Guidance, Navigation and Control (CEAS EuroGNC) were held in Munich, Germany in 2011 and in Delft, The Netherlands in 2013. ONERA The French Aerospace Lab, ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) and ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) accepted the challenge of jointly organizing the 3rd edition. The conference aims at promoting new advances in aerospace GNC theory and technologies for enhancing safety, survivability, efficiency, performance, autonomy and intelligence of aerospace systems. It represents a unique forum for communication and information exchange between specialists in the fields of GNC systems design and operation, including air traffic management. This book contains the forty best papers and gives an interesting snapshot of the latest advances over the following topics: l  Control theory, analysis, and design l  Novel navigation, estimation, and tracking methods l  Aircr...

  18. 16 CFR 1500.47 - Method for determining the sound pressure level produced by toy caps.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Method for determining the sound pressure level produced by toy caps. 1500.47 Section 1500.47 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY... ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS § 1500.47 Method for determining the sound pressure level produced by toy caps....

  19. Testing lifting capacity : Validity of determining effort level by means of observation

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    Reneman, M.F; Fokkens, A.S.; Dijkstra, P.U.; Geertzen, J.H.B.; Groothoff, J.W.

    2005-01-01

    Study Design. Video observation study. Objectives. To establish the validity of determining effort level by visual observation of a lifting test. Summary of Background Data. Determining effort level during a lifting test is critical for interpretation of test performance, yet the validity of these d

  20. The determination of knowledge levels related to doping in elite athletes

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    DINCER, Nevzat; DEMIR, Hayri

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to the determine knowledge level related to doping in athletes who performed individual sports. The sample of the research consists of 117 national level athletes (62 wrestlers, 29 teakwondo players and 26 judoists). A personal information form and a questionnaire which aim to determine the athletes’ knowledge levels and opinions about doping and ergogenic supply were carried out for the athletes participated in the research as a means of data collection. The reliabil...

  1. Analysis of Environmental and Socio-economic Determinants Affecting Population Longevity Level at County Level in China

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    Lu Jiehua; Wang Hongbo; Pan Yi

    2005-01-01

    Based on the current literature, this paper is mainly intended to test whether environmental factors and socio-economic factors will have direct effect on the longevity at county level in China in order to determine the major determinants affecting local longevity level. Using the multi-regression model,we find the result that factors such as temperature,climate, longitude, type of soils, as well as type of agricultural food production play a major role in shaping the longevity at county level, and that socioeconomic factors like infant mortality and gross death rate also have some direct impact on longevity, but the degree of impact is not as strong as the above environmental factors.

  2. Clinical significance of determination of serum leptin levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Objective: To investigate the relationship between levels of serum leptin and levels of blood sugar, lipid as well as degree of obesity in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). Methods: Serum leptin levels were determined with RIA in 42 patients with DM2 and 38 controls. Results: The serum leptin levels in DM2 patients were significantly higher than those in controls (P <0.001) and were positively correlated with serum INS, TC, TG, LDL-C levels as well as BMI. Conclusion: High level of serum leptin was associated with obesity, high blood lipid levels and insulin resistance (IR). (authors)

  3. Scientific evaluation at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). 2005-2006 annual report; L'evaluation scientifique au CEA. Rapport annuel 2005-2006

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    This report aims at presenting the scientific evaluation activities carried out at the CEA during the years 2005-2006. The evaluation system is described in detail. It comprises two aspects: the evaluation of the scientific policy implemented by the scientific Council and by the visiting committee of the CEA, and the evaluation of the laboratories, performed by a pool of 36 scientific councils. The evaluation by external and independent parties is the key point of this system. This document makes a status of the evaluations performed in 2005 and 2006. It presents a synthesis of the conclusions of the evaluation authorities. The actions implemented by the CEA to take into consideration the recommendations are also reported with the improvements noticed. The two topics examined by the scientific Committee and by the visiting committee were dealing with the energy domain, which is a strategic issue for the CEA. The examination of the researches on future nuclear reactors and on new energy technologies have shown the major role played by the CEA in the recent advances in these domains. About 95% of the laboratories activity was examined during the 2002-2005 period. The richness of the remarks and recommendations made by the scientific councils should allow the CEA to improve the quality and relevance of its research works. The start-up of the 2006-2009 evaluation cycle has been the occasion to modify the evaluation of some research domains in order to take into account the evolution of programs. The evaluation system of the CEA is highly consistent with the AERES principles. Its implementation, adapted to each type of activity (fundamental research, applied research, technological developments) allows the CEA to follow up a permanent improvement approach. (J.S.)

  4. Assessment 2000 and regulation and method. Releases control and environmental survey of the CEA Centers

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    The environment quality around the CEA centers is a major interest of its safety policy. These documents contribute to the public information on the radioactive liquid and gaseous releases of the CEA, according to the ministry authorization. The radioactivity monitoring activity, and the survey methods are also presented. Data analysis from 1996 to 2000, allows to follow the evolution. (A.L.B.)

  5. General rules for radiation protection within the CEA

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    This report first describes the organisation, scope of application and principles of radiation protection within the CEA. The second part proposes an overview of rules applicable to workers exposed to ionizing radiation. These rules concern the personnel classification, exposure limits, individual control, and training of workers in radiation protection. The third part addresses the technical rules for premise laying-out: protection zoning, indicators aimed at controlling the compliance of premise classification, radiological survey and control of premise classification. The fourth part addresses the modalities of access, stay and operation in regulated zone. The next part indicates and comments arrangements specific to ionizing radiation sources and to ionizing radiation emitting equipment (authorization and possession modalities, training, certification, controls, operation zoning, etc.), specific orders (radiological control of wastes, hardware, tools and equipment management), rules related to abnormal occupational situations (alarms, contamination event, radiological events), and the different studies and analysis of radiation protection implemented during the different phases of an installation lifetime

  6. Report on transparency and nuclear safety 2014 - Cadarache CEA centre

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    This document proposes, first, a presentation of the Cadarache CEA centre, of its activities and installations, gives a rather detailed overview of measures related to safety and to radiation protection within these activities and installations. Then it reports significant events related to safety and to radiation protection which occurred in 2014 and have been declared to the ASN. Next, it discusses the results of release measurements (liquid and gaseous effluents, radiological assessment, and chemical assessment for various installations) and the control of the chemical and radiological impact of these gaseous and liquid effluents on the environment. Finally, it addresses the issue of radioactive wastes which are stored in the different nuclear base installations of the Centre, indicates the different measures aimed at limiting the volume of these warehoused wastes and addresses their impact on health and on the environment. Nature and quantities of warehoused wastes are specified. Remarks and recommendations of the CHSCT are given

  7. Cryogenic turbulence test facilities at CEA/SBT

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    Rousset, B.; Baudet, C.; Bon Mardion, M.; Bourgoin, M.; Braslau, A.; Daviaud, F.; Diribarne, P.; Dubrulle, B.; Gagne, Y.; Gallet, B.; Gibert, M.; Girard, A.; Lehner, T.; Moukharski, I.; Sy, F.

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    Recently, CEA Grenoble SBT has designed, built and tested three liquid helium facilities dedicated to turbulence studies. All these experiments can operate either in HeI or HeII within the same campaign. The three facilities utilize moving parts inside liquid helium. The SHREK experiment is a von Kármán swirling flow between 0.72 m diameter counterrotating disks equipped with blades. The HeJet facility is used to produce a liquid helium free jet inside a 0.200 m I.D., 0.47 m length stainless steel cylindrical testing chamber. The OGRES experiment consists of an optical cryostat equipped with a particle injection device and an oscillating grid. We detail specific techniques employed to accommodate these stringent specifications. Solutions for operating these facilities without bubbles nor boiling/cavitation are described. Control parameters as well as Reynolds number and temperature ranges are given.

  8. The stationary storage of energy. Available technologies and CEA researches

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    After a discussion of the main challenges related to the stationary storage of energy, this publication proposes an overview of the different available technologies: plant for transfer of energy by pumping, compressed air, energy flywheels, hydrogen, lithium-ion battery, redox-flow battery, thermal storage by sensitive heat, thermal-chemical storage coupled to a thermal solar system, thermal storage by phase change, superconductive inductance storage, super-capacitors. It discusses the criteria of choice of storage technology, either for electric energy storage or for heat storage. It proposes an overview of researches performed within the CEA on storage systems: electrochemical, thermal, and hydrogen-based storages. The final chapter addresses current fundamental researches on storage in the field of lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen as a fuel, and thermoelectricity

  9. Recent advances in indirect drive ICF target physics at CEA

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    The objective of Target Physics Program at CEA is the achievement of ignition on the LMJ, a glass laser facility of 1.8 MJ which will be completed by 2008. It is composed of theoretical work, experimental work and numerical simulations. An important part of experimental studies is made in collaboration with U.S. DOE Laboratories: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester. Experiments were performed on Phebus, NOVA (LLNL) and OMEGA (LLE) ; they included diagnostics developments. Recent efforts have been focused on Laser Plasma Interaction, hohlraum energetics, symmetry, ablator physics and hydrodynamic instabilities. Ongoing work prepare the first experiments on the LIL which is a prototype facility of the LMJ (8 of its 240 beams). They will be performed by 2002. Recent progress in ICF target physics allows us to precise laser specifications to achieve ignition with reasonable margin. (author)

  10. CEA contribution to the ITER ICRH antenna design

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    The ITER ion-cyclotron range of frequency (ICRH) heating system is required to couple 20 MW of power in the frequency range 40–55 MHz for a large range of scenarios with Edge Localized Modes. To mitigate the associated risks, it is foreseen to design and install on ITER two port-plug antennas for a total of 20 MW coupled power on long pulse operation [1]. The CEA activity to this antenna design within the CYCLE consortium was focused on the Faraday screen design (Fig. 1) and associated radio frequency (RF) sheath modelling, the reflectometers design for edge density measurement in the antenna vicinity and a contribution to the remote handling/tooling of the antenna. This paper is an overview of each item and proposes some R and D activities on key components

  11. Planta de lavado para arena silícea

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    Rojo García, Cristina

    2008-01-01

    El proyecto fin de carrera trata sobre la instalación de una planta móvil de lavado para arena silícea. Este recurso está presente en el Monte Público nº 90 denominado “RAJICA DE EN MEDIO” en el Término Municipal de Jumilla (Murcia), donde se ubica la cantera “Los Mochuelos” de la que es concesionaria y explotadora la empresa JUMILLANA DE SÍLICE, S.L, con C.I.F. nº B-25.646.720, con domicilio social en C/ Canalejas nº 83, Bajo, de Jumilla (Murcia). Por ello, el presente proyecto tien...

  12. Development of radiolabelling techniques of anti-CEA monoclonal antibody

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    The purpose of this work was to label monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies with 99Tcm such as the ior-CEA-1 antibody and polyclonal IgG using a direct method, to check the radiochemical and biological behavior of labelled products, to prepare it under sterile and apyrogenic conditions as a lyophilized kit and to employ it in clinical trials. In addition, a photoactivation method was used to label polyclonal IgG with 99Tcm and to compare with the established method using mercaptoethanol (2-ME) as the reducing agent. Finally polyclonal IgG was labelled using an indirect method in which a chelator was covalently attached to the protein and the 99Tcm added as glucoheptonate complex. The properties of 99Tcm when labelled with monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies by different methods were assessed by in vitro and in vivo studies

  13. Experimental Feedback on Sodium Loop Decommissioning at the CEA

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    The aim of this paper is to present experimental feedback on sodium loop dismantling techniques at the CEA (The French Atomic Energy Commission) and to offer recommendations for the decommissioning of Fast Breeder Reactor secondary sodium loops. This study is divided into several parts which correspond to the different stages of a dismantling system. It is based on acquired CEA decommissioning experience which primarily concerns the following: the decommissioning of Rapsodie (France's first Fast Breeder Reactor), the Phenix reactor secondary loop replacement, the sodium loop decommissioning carried out by the Laboratory of Sodium Technologies and Treatment, and several technical documents. This paper deals with the main results of this survey. First, a comparison of 8 pipe-cutting techniques is made, taking into account speed in cutting, reliability, dissemination, fire risk due to the presence of sodium, cutting depth, and different types of waste (empty pipes, sodium-filled pipes, tanks...). This comparison has led us to recommend the use of an alternative saw or a chain saw rather than the use of the plasma torch or grinder. Different techniques are recommended depending on if they are on-site, initial cuttings or if they are to be carried out in a specially-designed facility referred to hereafter as 'the cutting building'. After the cutting stage, the sodium waste must be processed with water to become an ultimate stable waste. Four treatment processes are compared with different standards: speed, cost, low activity adaptability and 'large sodium quantity' adaptability. Recommendations are also made for reliable storage, and for the general dismantling system organization. Last, calculations are presented concerning a complete dismantling facility prototype capable of treating large amounts of sodium. (authors)

  14. Fully human IgG and IgM antibodies directed against the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) Gold 4 epitope and designed for radioimmunotherapy (RIT) of colorectal cancers

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    Human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) are needed for colon cancer radioimmunotherapy (RIT) to allow for repeated injections. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) being the reference antigen for immunotargeting of these tumors, we developed human anti-CEA MAbs. XenoMouse®-G2 animals were immunized with CEA. Among all the antibodies produced, two of them, VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM, were selected for characterization in vitro in comparison with the human-mouse chimeric anti-CEA MAb X4 using flow cytometry, surface plasmon resonance, and binding to radiolabeled soluble CEA and in vivo in human colon carcinoma LS174T bearing nude mice. Flow cytometry analysis demonstrated binding of MAbs on CEA-expressing cells without any binding on NCA-expressing human granulocytes. In a competitive binding assay using five reference MAbs, directed against the five Gold CEA epitopes, VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM were shown to be directed against the Gold 4 epitope. The affinities of purified VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM were determined to be 0.19 ± 0.06 × 108 M-1 and 1.30 ± 0.06 × 108 M-1, respectively, as compared with 0.61 ± 0.05 × 108 M-1 for the reference MAb X4. In a soluble phase assay, the binding capacities of VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM to soluble CEA were clearly lower than that of the control chimeric MAb X4. A human MAb concentration of about 10-7 M was needed to precipitate approximatively 1 ng 125I-rhCEA as compared with 10-9 M for MAb X4, suggesting a preferential binding of the human MAbs to solid phase CEA. In vivo, 24 h post-injection, 125I-VG-IgG2κ demonstrated a high tumor uptake (25.4 ± 7.3%ID/g), close to that of 131I-X4 (21.7 ± 7.2%ID/g). At 72 h post-injection, 125I-VG-IgG2κ was still concentrated in the tumor (28.4 ± 11.0%ID/g) whereas the tumor concentration of 131I-X4 was significantly reduced (12.5 ± 4.8%ID/g). At no time after injection was there any accumulation of the radiolabeled MAbs in normal tissues. A pertinent analysis of VG-IgM biodistribution was not possible in this

  15. Fully human IgG and IgM antibodies directed against the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA Gold 4 epitope and designed for radioimmunotherapy (RIT of colorectal cancers

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    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs are needed for colon cancer radioimmunotherapy (RIT to allow for repeated injections. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA being the reference antigen for immunotargeting of these tumors, we developed human anti-CEA MAbs. Methods XenoMouse®-G2 animals were immunized with CEA. Among all the antibodies produced, two of them, VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM, were selected for characterization in vitro in comparison with the human-mouse chimeric anti-CEA MAb X4 using flow cytometry, surface plasmon resonance, and binding to radiolabeled soluble CEA and in vivo in human colon carcinoma LS174T bearing nude mice. Results Flow cytometry analysis demonstrated binding of MAbs on CEA-expressing cells without any binding on NCA-expressing human granulocytes. In a competitive binding assay using five reference MAbs, directed against the five Gold CEA epitopes, VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM were shown to be directed against the Gold 4 epitope. The affinities of purified VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM were determined to be 0.19 ± 0.06 × 108 M-1 and 1.30 ± 0.06 × 108 M-1, respectively, as compared with 0.61 ± 0.05 × 108 M-1 for the reference MAb X4. In a soluble phase assay, the binding capacities of VG-IgG2κ and VG-IgM to soluble CEA were clearly lower than that of the control chimeric MAb X4. A human MAb concentration of about 10-7 M was needed to precipitate approximatively 1 ng 125I-rhCEA as compared with 10-9 M for MAb X4, suggesting a preferential binding of the human MAbs to solid phase CEA. In vivo, 24 h post-injection, 125I-VG-IgG2κ demonstrated a high tumor uptake (25.4 ± 7.3%ID/g, close to that of 131I-X4 (21.7 ± 7.2%ID/g. At 72 h post-injection, 125I-VG-IgG2κ was still concentrated in the tumor (28.4 ± 11.0%ID/g whereas the tumor concentration of 131I-X4 was significantly reduced (12.5 ± 4.8%ID/g. At no time after injection was there any accumulation of the radiolabeled MAbs in normal tissues. A pertinent analysis of

  16. Near infra-red photoimmunotherapy with anti-CEA-IR700 results in extensive tumor lysis and a significant decrease in tumor burden in orthotopic mouse models of pancreatic cancer.

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    Full Text Available Photoimmunotherapy (PIT of cancer utilizes tumor-specific monoclonal antibodies conjugated to a photosensitizer phthalocyanine dye IR700 which becomes cytotoxic upon irradiation with near infrared light. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy of PIT on human pancreatic cancer cells in vitro and in vivo in an orthotopic nude mouse model. The binding capacity of anti-CEA antibody to BxPC-3 human pancreatic cancer cells was determined by FACS analysis. An in vitro cytotoxicity assay was used to determine cell death following treatment with PIT. For in vivo determination of PIT efficacy, nude mice were orthotopically implanted with BxPC-3 pancreatic tumors expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP. After tumor engraftment, the mice were divided into two groups: (1 treatment with anti-CEA-IR700 + 690 nm laser and (2 treatment with 690 nm laser only. Anti-CEA-IR700 (100 μg was administered to group (1 via tail vein injection 24 hours prior to therapy. Tumors were then surgically exposed and treated with phototherapy at an intensity of 150 mW/cm2 for 30 minutes. Whole body imaging was done subsequently for 5 weeks using an OV-100 small animal imaging system. Anti-CEA-IR700 antibody bound to the BxPC3 cells to a high degree as shown by FACS analysis. Anti-CEA-IR700 caused extensive cancer cell killing after light activation compared to control cells in cytotoxicity assays. In the orthotopic models of pancreatic cancer, the anti-CEA-IR700 group had significantly smaller tumors than the control after 5 weeks (p<0.001. There was no significant difference in the body weights of mice in the anti-CEA-IR700 and control groups indicating that PIT was well tolerated by the mice.

  17. Colecta y establecimiento de anonáceas en El Salvador

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    Eduardo Cruz

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available El Centro Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria y Forestal (CENTA, a través de la Unidad de Recursos Fitogenéticos, inició en 1998 un diagnóstico geográfico de especies de anonáceas, con el objetivo de explorar, recolectar, caracterizar y establecer colecciones de campo en las Estaciones Experimentales. Las características evaluadas para frutos fueron: peso, largo y diámetro, número de semillas, textura de cáscara y pulpa; forma de fruto y cárpelos, daño por plagas y enfermedades y un análisis bromatológico. Como resultado de este trabajo se estableció la colección de anonáceas con las siguientes especies: squamosa, cherimola, reticulata, muricata, purpurea, diversifolia, holosericea y glabra. En la caracterización morfológica preliminar Annona muricata obtuvo un promedio de 175 semillas/fruto y 1,319 g en peso del fruto. A. cherimola con pulpa muy arenosa y carpelos no prominentes. A. squamosa con pulpa dulce, blanca y cárpelos muy prominentes. De la caracterización bromatológica se determinó que Annona muricata dio contenidos de humedad superiores a 82,8%; fibra cruda de 1,84% y fósforo con 367 ppm. En Annona diversifolia con menor grasa 0,01%. La mayor incidencia por plagas en frutos y semillas fue causado por el perforador Bephrateloides sp. La antracnosis (Colletotrichum sp. en frutos y follaje fue la enfermedad más observada

  18. 3-month GPS subsidence analysis in North Sea, ELF/CEA-LDG interpretation

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    The authors process and analyze 3 months of continuous GPS offshore data provided by the operator from 10 single-frequency stations in the Ekofisk field in the north Sea for subsidence monitoring. This analysis is done using the Differential-GPS automatic software and method developed by the EAP/CEA-LDG. The mean subsidence rates obtained by the EAP/CEA method shows, over these three months, a maximum rate at the center of the subsidence of about 30 mm/month bowl in agreement with previous determinations. The accuracy of the results can be improved by smoothing techniques. However, the noise is still directly related to the distance between the monitored point and the reference points. For instance, the daily averages lead to an accuracy (root mean squares = r.m.s) of 1.1, 1.4 and 2.4 mm for the East, North and Vertical components of the movements for a 2 km baseline and 1.8, 3.7 and 3.8 mm for the East, North and Vertical components for a 24 km baseline. The choice of the best reference points in the network is discussed. Horizontal measurements are simultaneously detected and may be due either to platform tilt or to sea-bed horizontal movements. A further analysis (the 2-hours method) indicate that the noise in the results has a periodic daily structure. In addition, results from previous calibration experiments are used in the method to test the result quality, processed data interpretation

  19. Portable High Sensitivity and High Resolution Sensor to Determine Oxygen Purity Levels Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of this Phase I STTR project is to develop a highly sensitive oxygen (O2) sensor, with high accuracy and precision, to determine purity levels of high...

  20. Sanitary and hygienic state estimation of population determined by cancer morbidity level

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    The European recommendations of Cancer Register elaboration are presented in this paper. A short literature review about sanitary and hygienic estimation status of population thru determination of cancer morbidity level also has been performed. (authors)

  1. Determination of Doping Knowledge Level of Physical Education and Sports College Students

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    Dalli, Mehmet; IŞIKDEMİR, Erhan; BİNGÖL, Erkan

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the work is Physical Education and Sports School students Doping is carried out to determine level of the knowledge. Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Physical Education and Sports has been applied to the 120 people who teaching in this departmant have been assessed in the 120 sur veys. To determine the knowledge level of doping, content validity of the questionnaire consisting of 32 questions, intelligibility and reliability in ...

  2. Determining the Developmental Level of Artistic Expression in Students with Cerebral Palsy

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    Pacić, Sanela; Potić, Srećko; Milićević, Milena; Eminović, Fadilj; Nikić, Radmila

    2013-01-01

    Drawings are a significant determinant of children’s maturation and can be considered a reflection of the achieved level of a child’s intellectual abilities, but also an indicator of a child’s maturity and his or her emotional adaptation. The aim of this study was to determine the developmental level of artistic expression in students with cerebral palsy through the estimation of developmental stage by interpreting human figure drawings, and through defining the characteristics of artistic ex...

  3. Determination of plutonium oxidation states at trace levels pertinent to nuclear waste disposal

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    A scheme was developed for the determination of oxidation states of plutonium in environmental samples. The method involves a combination of solvent extractions and coprecipitation. It was tested on solutions with both high-level and trace-level concentrations. The scheme was used to determine Pu oxidation states in solutions from solubility experiments in groundwater from a potential nuclear waste disposal site. At steady-state conditions, Pu was found to be soluble predominantly as Pu(V) and Pu(VI)

  4. Microflora de Bromeliáceas do estado de Pernambuco, Brasil

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    Luis Tavares de Lyra

    1976-01-01

    Full Text Available O autor estudou a microflora de dois gêneros de BROMELIACEAE: Hoenbergia e Portea. As coletas do material foram feitas em seis regiões do Estado de Pernambuco; 1 Região da Mata-Úmida; 2 Região da Mata-Seca; 3 Região do Agreste Central; 4 Região do Agreste Setentrional; 5 Região do Agreste Meridional; 6 Região do Recife. As seguintes diatomáceas indicadoras de águas poluídas (espécies oligossaprobias foram encontradas nas seis regiões estudadas: Gomphonema parvulum (Kutz Grunow., Hantzschia amphioxys Grunow, Pinnularia borealis Ehr., Pinnularia microstauron (Ehr Cleve, gomphonema gracile Ehr., Nitzschia palea Kutz., Melosira roeseana Rabenh., Navicula mutica Kutz., Navicula cryptocephala Kutz., Eunotia pectinalis (Kutz Rabenh. Foram também observadas CHLOROPHYCEAS nas estações chuvosa e seca nas diversas regiões. Algumas são indicadoras de oligossaprobidade: Scenedesmus quadricauda (Turpin brebisson. Chlorococcum sp., Chlorella sp. Os fatores ecológicos e comentários referentes ás diatomáceas foram anotados no texto. A tabela I indica a frequência das diatomáceas nas seis regiões estudadas. Maior número dessas diatomáceas, registramos nas regiões do Agreste. A tabela II mostra a temperatura e pH da água de Hoenbergia e Portea em ambas as estações do ano (inverno e verão. Observamos a ocorrência de larvas de culex em Portea e hoenbergia, entretanto, raramente encontramos larvas de Anopheles. As coletas foram feitas durante as estações chuvosa e seca em Hoenbergia e Portea. Determinamos 35 espécies provenientes de 78 amostras coletadas durante o período de 26 meses.The author studied the microflora from two genera of Bromeliaceae: Hoenbergia and Portea. The material was collected in six natural regions of Pernambuco State: 1 Humid Forest Region; 2 Dry forest region; 3 Central Agreste Region; 4 Setentrional Agreste Region; 5 Meridional Agreste Region; 6 Recife Region. The following diatoms that indicate polluted

  5. Determining the Knowledge Level of Pre-Service Teachers' on Radioactivity and Radiation

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    Ergul, N. Remziye

    2012-01-01

    This study investigated the basic knowledge levels of teacher candidates from different branches regarding the subjects of radiation and radioactivity. 42 variables were determined in relation to the specified titles. In the preparation stage of determining the variables, all the related programs were examined, and attention was paid to include…

  6. Determination of the Problem Solving Level of Gifted/Talented Students

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    Saygili, Gizem

    2012-01-01

    It is important to determine and develop problem solving skills of gifted and talented children, who have different emotional characteristics compared to peers, in terms of using their potentials at the highest level. In this research, which was done with the aim of determining self sensations of gifted and talented children in problem solving…

  7. Mean lives of nuclear levels determined by resonance scattering of Bremsstrahlung

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    The mean lives of various nuclear levels, between 1,400 and 1,650 keV, in natural Ni, Co, Cu and In have been determined by resonance. They are consistent with each other and with those previously obtained for levels below 1,400 keV under similar conditions

  8. Determination of activation level energy of nuclear isomers by calibration of microspectra of radioactive sources

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    Nuclear isomers with unknown activation level were irradiated by calibrated radioactive sources. The integral cross sections were calculated for different energies of the sources. The activation energy was given by values coinciding with each other within the limits of error. The method made the determination of the unknown level of 1180+-10 keV of 195Pt nucleus possible. (author)

  9. Development work on the SABRE code done by the CEA. Introduction of a new detailed wire-wrap model

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    The versatility of the SABRE 2A code was extended by the CEA through the inclusion of a detailed treatment of the helical wire spacers, which is coherent with the sharp tridimensional analysis at the basis of the code development. This model was tested satisfactorily in comparison with experimental data from assemblies geometrically similar to CRBR and SPX1 fuel assemblies. The complex flow field inside the bundle seems well calculated, which enables to represent the mixing effects of the wire spacers at a macroscopic level

  10. Determinants of polychlorinated biphenyl levels in plasma from 42-month-old children

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    Fidler, [No Value; Huisman, M; Boersma, ER

    1998-01-01

    We report on the PCB levels in plasma from 42-month-old children and the factors that determine these levels. We measured the levels of the PCB congeners 118 (2,4,5-3'4' pentachlorobiphenyl (CB)), 138 (2,3,4-2'4'5'hexaCB), 153 (2,4,5-2'4'5'hexaCB), and 180 (2,3,4,5-2'4'5'heptaCB) in cord plasma, bre

  11. Determination of radiation levels by neutrons in an accelerator for radiotherapy

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    It was determined the radiation levels by neutrons due to photonuclear reactions (γ, n) which occur in the target, levelling filter, collimators and the small pillow blinding of a medical accelerator Varian Clinac 2100C of 18 MeV, using thermoluminescent dosemeters UD-802AS and US-809AS. The experimental values were presented for the patient level, inside and outside of the radiation field, as well as for the small pillow. (Author)

  12. Selectively assaying CEA based on a creative strategy of gold nanoparticles enhancing silver nanoclusters' fluorescence.

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    Yang, Xiaoming; Zhuo, Yan; Zhu, Shanshan; Luo, Yawen; Feng, Yuanjiao; Xu, Yan

    2015-02-15

    Herein, we have successfully built up connections between nanoparticles and nanoclusters, and further constructed a surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) strategy based on the two types of nanomaterials for selectively assaying carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Specifically, silver nanoclusters provided the original fluorescence signal, while gold nanoparticles modified with DNA served as the fluorescence enhancer simultaneously. On the basis of this proposed nano-system, the two nanomaterials were linked by CEA-aptamer, thus facilitating SEF occurring. Nevertheless, more competitive interactions between CEA and CEA-aptamer emerged once CEA added, leading to SEF failed and their fluorescence decreased. Significantly, this creative method was further applied to detect CEA, and showed the linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and CEA concentrations in the range of 0.01-1 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 3 pg mL(-1) at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3, demonstrating its sensitivity and promising towards multiple applications. On the whole, this approach we established may broaden potential ways of combining nanoparticles and nanoclusters for detecting trace targets in bioanalytical fields. PMID:25259877

  13. Market orientation at industry and value chain levels: Concepts, determinants and consequences

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    Grunert, Klaus G.; Jeppesen, Lisbeth Fruensgaard; Jespersen, Kristina Risom;

    -institutional theory, transaction cost economics, network theory and the political-economic approach to the analysis of marketing channels, potential determinants of market orientation at value chain levels are identified. These determinants and their possible interaction may serve as guiding principles for empirical......The term market orientation, defined as sets of activities dealing with the generation and dissemination of market intelligence as well as with responding to it, is extended from the organisation level to the value chain level. By drawing on theories from industrial economics, neo...

  14. THE DETERMINATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL DEDICATION LEVELS OF LECTURERS OF P E S SCHOOLS

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to determine organizational dedication levels of lecturers of physical education and sports schools. The sample of investigation was 430 lecturers from physical education and sports schools of 29 state universities at Turkey. The tool of data collection was „Scale of organizational dedication of teachers at education institutions‟ de veloped by Celep (2000. The validity and reliability of this scale having four sub - dimensions and five rating levels was determined. The points of dedication to teaching job, dedication to education aplications, dedication to study group sub - dimensions of males were higher than females. It wasn‟t determine dany significiant difference between males and females in terms of age and seniority variables (p>0.05. Consequently, it was determined that lecturers continued studies with high dedication level other i nstitutions.

  15. CHARACTERIZATION OF MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY CL58 AGAINST CARCINOEMBRYONIC ANTIGEN (CEA) AND STUDY OF ITS BIODISTRIBUTION

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    李振甫; 杨志; 张宏; 顾晋

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To study the preparation and characterization of monoclonal antibody (McAb) against carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Methods: CEA antigen was extracted from metastasized liver of patients with colorectal cancer and used for the preparation of McAb against CEA by hybridoma technique. Immunoreactivity of McAb to CEA antigen was evaluated using ELISA. Mouse ascites was purified by two steps, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) using protein A and high performance hydroxylapatite (HPHT). Normal adult tissues and tumor specimen were used for immunohistochemical evaluation of the McAb. Isotope 99mTc labeled CEA McAb was used for biodistribution in tumor-bearing mouse. Results: Purified CEA antigen was a glycoprotein of 180 kD. Anti-CEA McAb affinity constant was 7.4x109/M. The McAb showed positive staining in 54-88% of colorectal cancer, gastric cancer and lung cancer, while negative for normal tissues. 24 hours after injection of 99mTc labeled McAb, tumor ID%/g was higher than 15% and tumor/blood, tumor/kidney and tumor/liver were 1.82, 1.51 and 2.92 respectively. T/NT ratios of other viscera were over 3.0. Conclusion: Purified CEA antigen had very good immunogenicity. The anti-CEA McAb was highly specific. 99mTc labeled McAb was stabled both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo distribution result was satisfactory. McAb CL58 may be useful for RII and RIGS.

  16. Fusion technology. Annual report of the. Association Cea/EURATOM; Technologie de fusion.Rapport annuel de l`association CEA/Euratom

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    Magaud, P.; Le Vagueres, F.

    1996-12-31

    In 1996, the French EURATOM-CEA Association made significant contributions to the European technology programme. This work is compiled in this report as follows: the ITER CEA activities and related developments are described in the first section; blankets and material developments for DEMO, long term safety studies are summarised in the second part; the Underlying Technology activities are compiled in the third part of this report. In each section, the tasks are sorted out to respect the European presentation. For an easy reading, appendix 4 gives the list of tasks in alphabetical order with a page reference list. The CEA is in charge of the French Technology programme. Three specific organizational directions of the CEA, located on four sites (see appendix 5) are involves in this programme: Advanced Technologies Direction (DTA), for Material task; Nuclear Reactors Direction (DRN), for Blanket design, Neutronic problems, Safety tasks; Physical Sciences Direction (DSM) uses the competence of the Tore Supra team in the Magnet design and plasma Facing Component field. The CEA programme is completed by collaborations with Technicatome, COMEX-Nucleaire and Ecole Polytechnique. The breakdown of the programme by Directions is presented in figure 1. The allocation of tasks is given in appendix 2 and in appendix 3, the related publications. (author).

  17. Diagnostic values of serum tumor markers Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, CEA, CA19-9, and AFP in oral/oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Yuan, Chuanshu; Yang, Kai; Tang, Hong; Chen, Dan

    2016-01-01

    Background At present, the research on serum tumor markers in the early diagnosis of malignant tumors has aroused widespread concern. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic values of serum tumor markers cytokeratin 19 fragment (Cyfra21-1), squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCAg), ferritin, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), and α-fetoprotein (AFP) for patients with oral/oropharyngeal squamous carcinoma (OSCC/OPSCC). Methods One hundred and sixty-nine cases of patients with OSCC/OPSCC as the experimental group, 86 cases of oral benign tumor patients as the control group, and 30 cases of healthy people as the normal control group were studied. The levels of serum Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, CEA, CA19-9, and AFP were measured using electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. Results The levels of serum Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, and CEA in patients with OSCC/OPSCC were significantly higher than those of benign tumor and healthy control group (P0.05). The level of serum Cyfra21-1 in patients with early OSCC/OPSCC (stage I + II) was significantly higher than that of benign tumor and healthy control group (P0.05). The levels of serum Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, and CEA in the middle-late stage of patients with OSCC/OPSCC (stage III + IV) were significantly higher than those of patients with the early OSCC/OPSCC, benign tumor, and healthy control group (P<0.05). The diagnostic cutoff levels of Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, and CEA were 2.17, 0.72, 109.95, and 1.99 ng/mL, respectively. The sensitivities were 60.36%, 73.37%, 81.66%, and 66.27%, respectively. The specificities were 81.03%, 68.10%, 40.52%, and 61.21%, respectively. Conclusion Cyfra21-1, SCCAg, ferritin, and CEA had diagnostic values for patients with OSCC/OPSCC. Meanwhile, Cyfra21-1 had better early diagnostic value for patients with OSCC/OPSCC. PMID:27350753

  18. Clinical Significance and Prognostic Value of CA72-4 Compared with CEA and CA19-9 in Patients with Gastric Cancer

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    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA and CA 19-9 are both widely used in the follow up of patients with gastrointestinal cancer. More recently another tumor marker, named CA 72-4 has been identified and characterized using two different monoclonal antibodies B72.3 and CC49. Several reports evaluated CA 72-4 as a serum tumor marker for gastric cancer and compared its clinical utility with that of CEA or CA 19-9; few reports concerned its prognostic value. In the present study, CA 72-4 is evaluated and compared with CEA and CA 19-9 in various populations of patients with gastric cancer and benign disease; for 52 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma and 57 patients without neoplastic disease CEA, CA 19-9 and CA 72-4 were evaluated before treatment. Sensitivity of the tumor markers CA 72-4, CA 19-9 and CEA at the recommended cut-off level in all 52 patients were 58%, 50% the sensitivity increased to 75%. of these markers, for non metastatic patients, multivariate analyses indicated that none of the markers were significant, when adjusted for gender and age (which were indicators of poor prognosis; patients with abnormal values of CA72-4 tended to have shorter survival than patients with normal values (p < 0.07. In the metastatic population, only high values of CA19-9 (p < 0.02 and gender (women (p < 0.03 were indicators of poor prognosis in univariate analysis; multivariate analysis revealed that both CA72-4 (p = 0.034 and CA19-9 p = 0.009, adjusted for gender were independent prognostic factors. However, CA72-4 lost significance (p = 0.41 when adjusted for CA19-9 and gender, indicating that CA19-9 provides more prognostic information than CA72-4.

  19. Imaging of pharyngeal and laryngeal carcinomas with indium-111-labeled monoclonal anti-CEA antibodies

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    Kairemo, K.J.; Hopsu, E.V. (Helsinki Univ. Central Hospital (Finland))

    1990-10-01

    Localization of primary tumors, metastases, or recurrences in 13 consecutive patients with histological verification of squamous cell or adenocarcinoma was made with radioimmunodetection using monoclonal radiolabeled anti-CEA antibody. All surgical specimens stained immunohistochemically, except one, were positive for CEA. Of the known 19 tumor sites 17 were visualized in antibody scans. There were two positive findings that did not prove to be positive during 12 month follow-up. The scintigram findings did not correlate with CEA serum concentrations that, with one exception, were normal in all patients.

  20. Imaging of pharyngeal and laryngeal carcinomas with indium-111-labeled monoclonal anti-CEA antibodies

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    Localization of primary tumors, metastases, or recurrences in 13 consecutive patients with histological verification of squamous cell or adenocarcinoma was made with radioimmunodetection using monoclonal radiolabeled anti-CEA antibody. All surgical specimens stained immunohistochemically, except one, were positive for CEA. Of the known 19 tumor sites 17 were visualized in antibody scans. There were two positive findings that did not prove to be positive during 12 month follow-up. The scintigram findings did not correlate with CEA serum concentrations that, with one exception, were normal in all patients

  1. THE COOPERATION AND DETERMINATION OF PERSONAL INTEGRATION LEVELS OF TURKISH STUDENTS ACCORDING TO THEIR SPORTS PARTICIPATION LEVEL

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to determine and the personal integration levels of Turkish students who are between 13 and 16 age, doing sports and who not doing sports living in Germany. This research includes 440 students studying in schools determined by Republic of Turkey, Embassy of Munich, Office of Education Attache who inhabit in Munich and its surroundings and who are between 13 and 16 age, doing sports and not doing sports. In this research, “Personal Information Form” and “ Hacettepe Personality Inventory” were used as data gathering tool. As a result of research, if averages of Hacettepe Personality Inventory (HPI subscale point are analyzed in terms of sex,age and type of school, it is apparent that points of students who doing sports are higher than the points of students who not doing sport; in other words students who doing sports are more adaptable than the students who not doing sports.

  2. Crystalline Electric Field Levels in the Neodymium Monopnictides Determined by Neutron Spectroscopy

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    Furrer, A.; Kjems, Jørgen; Vogt, O.

    1972-01-01

    Neutron inelastic scattering experiments have been carried out to determine the energies and widths of the crystalline electric field levels in the neodymium monopnictides NdP, NdAs, and NdSb. The energy level sequence is derived from the observed crystal field transition peak intensities, which...... are in good agreement with calculations based on elementary crystal field theory. The energy level widths are qualitatively discussed. It is found that the point-charge model cannot reproduce the crystal field levels satisfactorily....

  3. Identification of Determinants of Sports Skill Level in Badminton Players Using the Multiple Regression Model

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The aim of the study was to evaluate somatic and functional determinants of sports skill level in badminton players at three consecutive stages of training. Methods. The study examined 96 badminton players aged 11 to 19 years. The scope of the study included somatic characteristics, physical abilities and neurosensory abilities. Thirty nine variables were analysed in each athlete. Coefficients of multiple determination were used to evaluate the effect of structural and functional parameters on sports skill level in badminton players. Results. In the group of younger cadets, quality and effectiveness of playing were mostly determined by the level of physical abilities. In the group of cadets, the most important determinants were physical abilities, followed by somatic characteristics. In this group, coordination abilities were also important. In juniors, the most pronounced was a set of the variables that reflect physical abilities. Conclusions. Models of determination of sports skill level are most noticeable in the group of cadets. In all three groups of badminton players, the dominant effect on the quality of playing is due to a set of the variables that determine physical abilities.

  4. Report on transparency and nuclear safety - Cadarache CEA centre - 2012

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    A first volume proposes a presentation of the Cadarache CEA centre, of its activities and installations, gives a rather detailed overview of measures related to safety and to radiation protection within these activities and installations. It also reports significant events related to safety and to radiation protection which occurred in 2012 and have been declared to the ASN. It discusses the results of release measurements (liquid and gaseous effluents, radiological assessment, and chemical assessment for various installations) and the control of the chemical and radiological impact of these gaseous and liquid effluents on the environment. It addresses the issue of radioactive wastes which are stored in the different nuclear base installations of the Centre, indicates the different measures aimed at limiting the volume of these warehoused wastes and addresses their impact on health and on the environment. Nature and quantities of warehoused wastes are specified. The second volume concerns some specific installations (INB 32 or ATPu, and INB 54 or LPC) which belong to AREVA NC. The same topics are addressed: presentation of the facilities, arrangements regarding safety and radiation protection, significant events related to safety and radiation protection, measurements of effluents and their impact on the environment, warehoused wastes. Remarks and recommendations of the CHSCT are given

  5. CEA distribution transformer purchasing specifications (DTWG-01,02,03)

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    Purchasing specifications for three types of distribution transformers are presented. The specifications were compiled by the Canadian Electricity Association at the suggestion made in 1989 by the Canadian Utilities Material Management Group. The specifications cover pole mounted single phase distribution transformers (DTWG-01), low-profile, single phase, dead-front pad-mounted distribution transformers (DTWG-02), and three phase, dead-front pad-mounted distribution transformers (DTWG-03). The specifications were compiled by a task force of CEA member utilities, using CSA standards as the governing standards in all three cases. The first edition of the purchasing specifications was issued in 1993. The second edition, consisting mainly of revisions based on experiences learned from using the first edition, and the addition of the appropriate clauses of CSA standards, was published in 1998. Based on a three-year average of the number of transformers purchased annually (about 58,000) at an estimated total cost of $ 120 million, use of the Purchasing Specifications is said to have resulted in savings of about 7 per cent or $ 8.4 million

  6. The use and evolution of the CEA research reactors

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    The authors successively examine the different research reactors in use in the French C.E.A. Nuclear Centres. They trace briefly their histories, describing how they have been used up to the present, and how they have been adapted to changes in programme by means of certain modifications. They also describe the reasons which have led to the elaboration of the project for the new reactor Osiris. Zoe, the oldest reactor in the CEA, has been in service in the Centre de Fontenay-aux-Roses since 1948. It is used mainly for measurements of absorption cross-sections in graphite, and for various short irradiations which do not require high fluxes. The reactor EL 2, in service since 1952, was used for the first studies on gas cooling. It has also been widely used for the production of radioisotopes and for a large number of experiments in the fields of physics, metallurgy and physical chemistry. The ageing of certain elements of the reactor has led to the decision to close it down in the near future The reactor EL 3 has been widely used for experiments in physics and in the investigation of fuels. The possibilities of the reactor in fast neutron irradiations will be considerably improved by the adoption of a new type of core (the 'snow crystal' structure). Triton-I, a 2 MW swimming-pool reactor, is used for the most part for fast neutron and gamma irradiations. The modifications being carried out on it at present should result in an increase in the power of the reactor up to 4 or 5 MW. In a neighbouring compartment is housed Triton-II which is of the same general structure, as Triton-I, but whose maximum power is 100 kW. Triton-II is used solely for studies on shielding. Melusine, a 2 MW swimming-pool reactor, has been in use in the Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Grenoble since 1959. It has supported a very high programme concerned mainly with solid state physics, fundamental research into refractory fissile materials and special graphites, and the study of the behaviour of

  7. The possibility of complementary CEA/PSI physics experiments

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    The zero-power, PROTEUS, is a versatile critical facility for providing integral data to test calculational methods and data used in the neutronics design of standard and advanced reactor systems. An experimental programme is planned for PROTEUS with the main aim to support the Swiss nuclear power plants in questions addressing the neutron physics of new, highly heterogeneous BWR fuel-assemblies in order to reduce the conservations included in the margins to operational limits, on the one hand, as well as special investigations in MOX recycling LWR cores, on the other hand. A second objective considers R+D-contributions to the neutron physics of advanced LWR fuel cycles. In recent years, experiments relating to MOX recycling in PWRs have been performed on the EOLE facility at the Nuclear Research Centre in Cadarache. A five years programme is now planned for the EOLE facility with the aim to study and validate 100% MOX fuel recycling in PWRs. Some experiments will be performed in the PROTEUS facility in co-operation with CEA to complement the measurements in the EOLE facility, addressing questions such as: - intercomparison of standard experimental techniques to reduce systematic errors, - data validation through measurements of non-standard reaction rates in normal, under- and over-moderated LWR-spectra, - void simulation experiments using special techniques, - studies on the reduction of radiation damage on the reactor pressure vessel for 100% MOX cores, by introducing steel baffles between the core boundary and the reactor pressure vessel. (author) 2 figs., 10 refs

  8. Scalp hair and saliva as biomarkers in determination of mercury levels in Iranian women: Amalgam as a determinant of exposure

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    The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between mercury concentrations in saliva and hair in women with amalgam fillings and its relation with age and number of amalgam fillings. Eighty-two hair and saliva samples were collected randomly from Iranian women who have the same fish consumption pattern and free from occupational exposures. The mean ± SD age of these women was 29.37 ± 8.12 (ranged from 20 to 56). The determination of Hg level in hair samples was carried out by the LECO, AMA 254, Advanced Mercury Analyzer according to ASTM, standard No. D-6722. Mercury concentration in saliva samples was analyzed by PERKIN-ELMER 3030 Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The mean ± SD mercury level in the women was 1.28 ± 1.38 μg/g in hair and 4.14 ± 4.08 μg/l in saliva; and there were positive correlation among them. A significant correlation was also observed between Hg level of saliva (Spearman's ρ = 0.93, P < 0.001) and hair (Spearman's ρ = 0.92, P < 0.001) with number of amalgam fillings. According to the results, we can conclude that amalgam fillings may be an effective source for high Hg concentration in hair and releasing the mercury to the saliva samples.

  9. Analysis of clinical application on determining serum inflammatory cytokines levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome

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    Objective: To evaluate analysis of clinical application on determining serum inflammatory cytokines levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Methods: The levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-8 (IL-8), high-sensitive C-reaction protein (hs-CRP) (with high-sensitive enzyme immunoassay) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) (with radioimmunoassay) in serum were determined in 112 patients with ACS, 32 patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP) and 42 normal controls as well as did compared analysis. Results: The serum IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α and hs-CRP levels in 112 patients with ACS were obviously higher than those in 42 controls (P all0.05), serum hs-CRP level was increased only (P<0.05). The serum IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α and hs-CRP levels in 46 patients with acute myocardial infraction (AMI) were prominently higher than those in 66 patients with unstable angina pectoris (UAP) and in 32 patients with SAP. The serum IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α and hs-CRP levels with advanced degree SAP, UAP and AMI were increased. Conclusion: In the severity of the patients with SAP, UAP, AMI, the determination of serum inflammatory cytokines level were a good and important index, so that it was referential for heart coronary events happened. (authors)

  10. Development of anodic stripping voltametry for the determination of palladium in high level nuclear waste

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    Deposition potential, deposition time, square wave frequency, rotation speed of the rotating disc electrode, and palladium concentration were studied on a Glassy Carbon Electrode (GCE) in 0.01M HCl for the determination of palladium in High Level Nuclear Waste (HLNW) by anodic stripping voltammetry. Experimental conditions were optimized for the determination of palladium at two different, 10-8 and 10-7 M, levels. Error and standard deviation of this method were under 1% for all palladium standard solutions. The developed technique was successfully applied as a subsidiary method for the determination of palladium in simulated high level nuclear waste with very good precision and high accuracy (under 1 % error and standard deviation).

  11. Clinical significance of determination of serum cortisol and insulin levels in neonates with asphyxia

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical significance of the changes of serum cortisol and insulin levels in neonates with asphyxia. Methods: Serum cortisol levels were determined with CLIA and serum insulin levels with RIA in 38 neonates with asphyxia (mild degree 20, advanced 18) and 30 controls. Results: 1) In mild cases, serum insulin levels were significantly higher than those in controls (p<0.01) and serum cortisol levels were very significantly higher (p<0.001). 2) In advanced cases, both serum insulin and cortisol levels were very significantly higher than those in the controls (p<0.001). Conclusion: Hypoxia in the neonates with asphyxia is a very severe stress and will induce hypersecretion of cortisol and hyperglycemia which is detrimental to the patients. However hypersecretion of insulin will result in hypoglycemia, which is also very damaging. Physicians in charge should be aware of these possibilities and deal with them appropriately

  12. Determination of relaxation constants of multi-level quadrupole spin-system

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    Possibility to determine relaxation constants of multi-level spin-system all single-quantum transitions under two-frequency effect is studied. By means of two-frequency nuclear quadrupole resonance one determines the times of relaxation for all single-quantum transitions of multi-level quadrupole spin-system on the basis of data on one transition. In this case, the accuracy of determination is equal to the accuracy of measurement of the relaxation times under single-frequency excitation of transition that is taken as a base one. Paper presents data on measurement and determination of relaxation constants using NQR technique in KReO4, NaReO4, as well as, in SbCl3, SbBr3 and in their complexes under various temperatures

  13. Environmental variation of arsenic levels in human blood determined by neutron activation analysis

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    1970-01-01

    Arsenic levels in blood plasma and red cells from patients with Blackfoot disease, a peripheral arteriosclerosis endemic to a small area in Taiwan, were studied in relation to healthy individuals from the same and other parts of Taiwan and compared with arsenic levels in a control group from Denm...... in Denmark, which geochemically belongs to a soil zone with less arsenic than Taiwan.......Arsenic levels in blood plasma and red cells from patients with Blackfoot disease, a peripheral arteriosclerosis endemic to a small area in Taiwan, were studied in relation to healthy individuals from the same and other parts of Taiwan and compared with arsenic levels in a control group from...... Denmark. Arsenic was determined by neutron activation analysis with radiochemical separation and re-irradiation yield determination. The precision and accuracy of the results have been carefully evaluated in order to permit quantitative tests for the significance of the observed differences. The results...

  14. The CEA Cadarache site. Additional safety assessment with respect to the accident which occurred in the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station

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    After a presentation of some characteristics of the CEA Cadarache site (internal and external industrial environment, crisis management organization at the CEA level and at the local level), this document reports the identification of structures and equipment concerned by crisis management (site support functions, critical structures and equipment concerned by additional safety assessments). Then, it addresses the different risks: earthquake (sizing of critical structures and equipment, margin assessment), flooding (possible origins, alarm measures), other extreme natural events (extreme meteorological conditions, extreme earthquake with induced flooding, forest fire), and loss of electric supplies and of cooling systems. The last parts address the organization of accident management in situation typically related to additional safety management), and subcontracting conditions and practices

  15. The contract State-CEA 2001-2004 for the civil activities; Le contrat etat-Cea 2001-2004 pour les activites civile

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    The 25 january 2001, the CEA signed its pluri-annual contract with the State. Apply some to the complete document, this paper deals with the part concerning the energy. The main objective concerns the radioactive wastes management and the mastership of the nuclear activities impacts. The other part is devoted to the research programs and the technology for the industrial innovation. In this framework the CEA have to develop its program on the new following technologies: hydrogen and fuel cells, photovoltaic and storage, energy conservation. A part of the contract concerns also the fundamental research on spallation and transmutation. (A.L.B.)

  16. Determining Student Internet Addiction Levels in Secondary Education and the Factors that Affect It

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    Fezile Ozdamli; Ozge Beyatli

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this research is to determine the level of internet addiction on the part of students in secondary education in North Cyprus and the factors that affect it. In this research, a survey method which provides a general universal judgment was used to determine the level of internet addiction on the part of such students. It has been found that 59.9% of the students are at low of becoming internet addicts, 20.7% of them are in the high risk category, 13.5% face no risk of addiction, whi...

  17. A practical intercomparison of non-radiometric methods for the determination of low levels of radionuclides

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    Non-Radiometric, methods of elemental analysis have been assessed as alternatives to radiometric methods for the determination of low levels of radionuclides. The methods have been assessed in a practical intercomparison, using a set of samples containing known, low levels of analytes in a variety of matrices. It was found that all of the methods considered have a role to play and are to some extent complementary in terms of cost, rate of sample throughput, elemental coverage, imaging capability sensitivity and quantitative capabilities. Techniques based on mass spectrometry have most to offer in this application, allowing sensitive isotope specific determinations. (author)

  18. Anti-CEA loaded maghemite nanoparticles as a theragnostic device for colorectal cancer

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Mariana Campos da Paz,1 Maria de Fátima M Almeida Santos,1 Camila MB Santos,2 Sebastião W da Silva,2 Lincoln Bernardo de Souza,3 Emília CD Lima,3 Renata C Silva,1 Carolina M Lucci,1 Paulo César Morais,2 Ricardo B Azevedo,1 Zulmira GM Lacava11Instituto de Ciências Biológicas; 2Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil; 3Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, BrazilAbstract: Nanosized maghemite particles were synthesized, precoated (with dimercaptosuccinic acid and surface-functionalized with anticarcinoembryonic antigen (anti-CEA and successfully used to target cell lines expressing the CEA, characteristic of colorectal cancer (CRC cells. The as-developed nanosized material device, consisting of surface decorated maghemite nanoparticles suspended as a biocompatible magnetic fluid (MF sample, labeled MF-anti-CEA, was characterized and tested against two cell lines: a high-CEA expressing cell line (LS174T and a low-CEA expressing cell line (HCT116. Whereas X-ray diffraction was used to assess the average core size of the as-synthesized maghemite particles (average 8.3 nm in diameter, dynamic light scattering and electrophoretic mobility measurements were used to obtain the average hydrodynamic diameter (550 nm and the zeta-potential (−38 mV of the as-prepared and maghemite-based nanosized device, respectively. Additionally, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS was used to track the surface decoration of the nanosized maghemite particles from the very first precoating up to the attachment of the anti-CEA moiety. The Raman peak at 1655 cm−1, absent in the free anti-CEA spectrum, is the signature of the anti-CEA binding onto the precoated magnetic nanoparticles. Whereas MTT assay was used to confirm the low cell toxicity of the MF-anti-CEA device, ELISA and Prussian blue iron staining tests performed with both cell lines (LS174T and HCT116 confirm that the as-prepared MF-anti-CEA

  19. Network and system diagrams revisited: Satisfying CEA requirements for causality analysis

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    Published guidelines for Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) have called for the identification of cause-and-effect relationships, or causality, challenging researchers to identify methods that can possibly meet CEA's specific requirements. Together with an outline of these requirements from CEA key literature, the various definitions of cumulative effects point to the direction of a method for causality analysis that is visually-oriented and qualitative. This article consequently revisits network and system diagrams, resolves their reported shortcomings, and extends their capabilities with causal loop diagramming methodology. The application of the resulting composite causality analysis method to three Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) case studies appears to satisfy the specific requirements of CEA regarding causality. Three 'moments' are envisaged for the use of the proposed method: during the scoping stage, during the assessment process, and during the stakeholder participation process

  20. Comparison of Ablation Predictions for Carbonaceous Materials Using CEA and JANAF-Based Species Thermodynamics

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    Milos, Frank S.

    2011-01-01

    In most previous work at NASA Ames Research Center, ablation predictions for carbonaceous materials were obtained using a species thermodynamics database developed by Aerotherm Corporation. This database is derived mostly from the JANAF thermochemical tables. However, the CEA thermodynamics database, also used by NASA, is considered more up to date. In this work, the FIAT code was modified to use CEA-based curve fits for species thermodynamics, then analyses using both the JANAF and CEA thermodynamics were performed for carbon and carbon phenolic materials over a range of test conditions. The ablation predictions are comparable at lower heat fluxes where the dominant mechanism is carbon oxidation. However, the predictions begin to diverge in the sublimation regime, with the CEA model predicting lower recession. The disagreement is more significant for carbon phenolic than for carbon, and this difference is attributed to hydrocarbon species that may contribute to the ablation rate.

  1. Numerical Platon: A unified linear equation solver interface by CEA for solving open foe scientific applications

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    This paper describes a tool called 'Numerical Platon' developed by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). It provides a freely available (GNU LGPL license) interface for coupling scientific computing applications to various freeware linear solver libraries (essentially PETSc, SuperLU and HyPre), together with some proprietary CEA solvers, for high-performance computers that may be used in industrial software written in various programming languages. This tool was developed as part of considerable efforts by the CEA Nuclear Energy Division in the past years to promote massively parallel software and on-shelf parallel tools to help develop new generation simulation codes. After the presentation of the package architecture and the available algorithms, we show examples of how Numerical Platon is used in sequential and parallel CEA codes. Comparing with in-house solvers, the gain in terms of increases in computation capacities or in terms of parallel performances is notable, without considerable extra development cost

  2. Investigation of the most appropriate capital structure theory and leverage level determinants

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    Lew, Sung Hee

    2012-01-01

    This thesis examines capital structure theories and debt level determinants to develop a better understanding, and to establish the most appropriate theory to explain the behaviour of firms‟ debt and equity choices. It tests three major capital structure theories (e.g. the trade-off, pecking order and market timing theories) using static and dynamic statistical models and 13 capital structure determinants, based on three major capital structure theories. The study uses 4,598 sa...

  3. DETERMINATION OF THE GROUND-WATER LEVEL BY MODERN NON-DISTRUCTIVE METHODS (GPR TECHNOLOGY)

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    I. C. NICU; Gh. ROMANESCU

    2011-01-01

    Determination of the ground-water level by modern non-dis¬tructive methods (ground-penetrating radar technology). Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is now a well-accepted geophysical technique, which unfortunately in our country its less used. Historically, the development of GPR comes from the use of radio echosounding to determine ice thickness and it was only a short step to enlarge the domain of research such as permafrost, geological investigation (bedrock, sedimentology), environmental ass...

  4. Multi-level analyses of spatial and temporal determinants for dengue infection

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    Oskam Linda; Panart Kamolwan; Burghoorn-Maas Chantal; Khantikul Nardlada; van Benthem Birgit HB; Vanwambeke Sophie O; Lambin Eric F; Somboon Pradya

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is now endemic in most tropical countries. In Thailand, dengue fever/dengue hemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children. A longitudinal study among 1750 people in two rural and one urban sites in northern Thailand from 2001 to 2003 studied spatial and temporal determinants for recent dengue infection at three levels (time, individual and household). Methods Determinants for dengue infectio...

  5. Multi-level analyses of spatial and temporal determinants for dengue infection.

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    Vanwambeke, Sophie; van Benthem, Birgit H. B.; Khantikul, Nardlada; Burghoorn-Maas, Chantal; Panart, Kamolwan; Oskam, Linda; Lambin, Eric; Somboon, Pradya

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is now endemic in most tropical countries. In Thailand, dengue fever/dengue hemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children. A longitudinal study among 1750 people in two rural and one urban sites in northern Thailand from 2001 to 2003 studied spatial and temporal determinants for recent dengue infection at three levels (time, individual and household). METHOD: Determinants for dengue infection were m...

  6. Intracellular ATP Levels are a Pivotal Determinant of Chemoresistance in Colon Cancer Cells

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    Zhou, Yunfei; Tozzi, Federico; Chen, Jinyu; Fan, Fan; Xia, Ling; Wang, JinRong; Gao, Guang; Zhang, Aijun; Xia, Xuefeng; Brasher, Heather; Widger, William; Ellis, Lee M.; Weihua, Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Altered metabolism in cancer cells is suspected to contribute to chemoresistance but the precise mechanisms are unclear. Here we show that intracellular ATP levels are a core determinant in the development of acquired cross-drug resistance of human colon cancer cells that harbor different genetic backgrounds. Drug-resistant cells were characterized by defective mitochondrial ATP production, elevated aerobic glycolysis, higher absolute levels of intracellular ATP and enhanced HIF-1α-mediated s...

  7. Crystal-field levels in UBr3 determined by neutron spectroscopy

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    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been performed in UBr3 in order to determine the crystal-field levels. Four transitions between the ground state and all excited states have been observed, thus the crystal-field level scheme could be unambiguously assigned. The Russell-Saunders coupling scheme has been used to derive the crystal-field parameters which cannot be accounted for by a simple point-charge calculation. (author)

  8. Crystal-field levels in UBr 3 determined by neutron spectroscopy

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    Murasik, A.; Furrer, A.; Szczepaniak, W.

    1980-03-01

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiments have been performed in UBr 3 in order to determine the crystal-field levels. Four transitions between the ground state and all excited states have been observed, thus the crystal-field level scheme could be unambigously assigned. The Russell-Saunders coupling scheme has been used to derive the crystal-field parameters which cannot be accounted for by a simple point charge calculation.

  9. DETERMINATION OF THE EMPATY LEVELS OF THE RESPONSIBLE PERSONS IN GROUPS AT NURSERIES AND CHILDREN'S HOME

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    BİBER, Kazım; Sezer, Türker

    2011-01-01

    ABSTRACT The purpose of this research is to determinate the empathy levels of the responsible persons in groups at nurseries and children's homes which are subject to social services and children society for the protection of children (SHÇEK) and to investigate them according to the some variables. The research was performed as a descriptive study and "Empathy Scale" was used to collect data about the empathy levels of the responsible persons in groups at nurseries and chil...

  10. DETERMINANTS OF POVERTY OF ZOBA MAEKEL OF ERITREA: A HOUSEHOLD LEVEL ANALYSIS

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    Yonas Tesfamariam Bahta; Berhane Okubay Haile

    2013-01-01

    This paper uses household level data collected from November 2010 to December 2011 for 303 respondents to examine probable determinants of poverty status employing descriptive analysis and Probit models. The descriptive result of mean per capita food expenditure (MPKFE) in ZobaMaekel of Eritrea found that all the households’ heads are poor. The result of Probit analysis shows that poverty status is strongly associated with almost all variables used. Education level, type of resident, size o...

  11. Scientific evaluation at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). 2005-2006 annual report

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    This report aims at presenting the scientific evaluation activities carried out at the CEA during the years 2005-2006. The evaluation system is described in detail. It comprises two aspects: the evaluation of the scientific policy implemented by the scientific Council and by the visiting committee of the CEA, and the evaluation of the laboratories, performed by a pool of 36 scientific councils. The evaluation by external and independent parties is the key point of this system. This document makes a status of the evaluations performed in 2005 and 2006. It presents a synthesis of the conclusions of the evaluation authorities. The actions implemented by the CEA to take into consideration the recommendations are also reported with the improvements noticed. The two topics examined by the scientific Committee and by the visiting committee were dealing with the energy domain, which is a strategic issue for the CEA. The examination of the researches on future nuclear reactors and on new energy technologies have shown the major role played by the CEA in the recent advances in these domains. About 95% of the laboratories activity was examined during the 2002-2005 period. The richness of the remarks and recommendations made by the scientific councils should allow the CEA to improve the quality and relevance of its research works. The start-up of the 2006-2009 evaluation cycle has been the occasion to modify the evaluation of some research domains in order to take into account the evolution of programs. The evaluation system of the CEA is highly consistent with the AERES principles. Its implementation, adapted to each type of activity (fundamental research, applied research, technological developments) allows the CEA to follow up a permanent improvement approach. (J.S.)

  12. Integral needs for MOX powders: state of the art at Cea Cadarache on MOX fuel experiments

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    Several experimental programmes have been conducted at CEA connected with the use of MOX in commercial PWR or innovative concepts, such as high conversion light water reactors (HCLWRs) and at various moderation ratios. Measurements of integral parameters of interest were performed using fission chambers and gamma-scanning techniques, or by oscillation techniques. This paper presents an overview of the experimental programmes performed at the EOLE and MINERVE facilities located at CEA Cadarache. (author)

  13. Unusual elevation of CEA in a patient with history of colon cancer.

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    Hsu, Tzu-Chi

    2006-12-01

    A 35-year-old female received right hemicolectomy for a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of the ascending colon with lymph node metastasis (1/28) in February 1997. CEA was 1.68 ng/microl prior to colectomy. Adjuvant chemotherapy with weekly 5-FU and leucovorin intravenously was started following surgery and discontinued after 17 doses in May 1997. She received bilateral salpingo-ophorecctomy for metastatic cancer in August 1999. Intravenous chemotherapy was resumed with weekly 5-FU and leucovorin intravenously in August 1999. CEA was 93.8 ng/microl in November 1999. Intravenous chemotherapy was discontinued after 20 doses and oral chemotherapy with futraful and leucovorin was started in January 2000. CEA was found to be 240.3 ng/microl in December 1999 and then elevated to 1521.3 ng/microl in June 2001, which was 10 months after resection of metastatic ovarian cancer. No metastatic lesions could be detected, however, with image studies. The CEA decreased to 396.6 ng/microl three months later. Futraful was switched to uracil-tegafur (UFUR) in September 2001. The CEA for the patient ranged from 68.5 to 298.9 ng/microl for the following 5 years without aggressive chemotherapy. No evidence of recurrence could be demonstrated by imaging studies. The patient is not a smoker and denied exposure to a smoking environment. She was also not known to have persistent infections, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, or any benign tumors. The current case suggested that: (i) elevation of CEA is not necessarily well correlated with presence of metastatic colon cancer; (ii) some patients may live with elevated CEA for years without evidence of recurrence or metastasis; (iii) aggressive chemotherapy may not be necessary in patients with only elevated CEA. PMID:17060406

  14. CEA, a Major Player in Technological Innovation for Defense and Security

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    The Secure Day Conference held in Paris on October 24, 2012 was organized by CEA with the support of the French High Committee for Civil Defense (Haut Comite Francais pour la Defense Civile - HCFDC). The event gathered more than 250 people (institutions, users and industrial companies) and alternated conferences and presentations on about thirty technologies developed in the framework of joint ministerial CBRN-E R and D program entrusted to CEA by public authorities. (authors)

  15. Combined detection of serum CEA, CA199, CA724 application value in patients with colorectal cancer TNM staging%血清CA199、CA724、CEA联合检测在结直肠癌患者TNM分期中的应用

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    林评跃; 李夏鲁

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨血清糖类抗原CA199糖类抗原CA724癌胚抗原CEA在结直肠癌的TNM分期中的临床应用价值。方法:观察组结直肠癌患者100例与对照组同期非消化道肿瘤的住院病人100例,空腹抽取静脉血,采用罗氏公司E601电化学发光全自动免疫分析仪和罗氏原装试剂盒检测血清中CEA、CA199、CA724值。应用SPSS 17.0软件进行统计学处理,计量资料以均数±标准差f ±s)表示,采用单因素方差分析进行统计,计数资料采用X-2检验,P<0.05为差异有统计学意义。结果:在单项检测中,CEA的敏感率最高,达37%,且CEA>CA199>CA724.在两项联合检测中CA199+CEA的敏感度最高达53%,三项联合检测敏感度达64%,在各种联合检测中最高。三项肿瘤标志物的阳性率和升高水平随肿瘤的TNM分期的增加而递增。结论:三项肿瘤标志物的单一检测敏感度较低,肿瘤标志的联合检测结直肠癌可以提高敏感性,以CEA+CA199+CA724的效果最好,CA199+CEA次之。CA199、CA724、CEA三项肿瘤标志物的阳性率及升高水平依肿瘤的TNM分期的增加呈递增趋势。%Objective: To investigate the combined detection of serum CEA, CA199, CA724 application value in patients with colorectal cancer TNM staging.Methods:Venous bloods were collected from 100 patients with colorectal cancer and 100 healthy control cases of hospitalized patients during the same period of the digestive tract tumor. The Serum levels of CEA, CA199 and CA724 lwere determined by chemiluminescence immunoassay. All data are shown as mean X ±SD for the indicated number of independently performed experiments. All data were analyzed using the SPSS package for Windows(Version 17.0). Differences with P<0.05 were considered statistically significant.Results:The sensitivity of single tumor maker in the diagnosis of CEA was 37%, higher than CA199 and CA724 was less than CA199. The sensitivity of combined

  16. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis of the tumour markers CEA, CA 50 and CA 242 in pancreatic cancer; results from a prospective study.

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    Pasanen, P. A.; Eskelinen, M.; Partanen, K.; Pikkarainen, P; Penttilä, I.; Alhava, E

    1993-01-01

    The serum values of the tumour markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cancer-associated carboanhydrate antigens CA 50 and CA 242 were evaluated in 193 patients with hepatopancreato-biliary diseases by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis in order to compare their diagnostic accuracy in pancreatic cancer (n = 26), and to define optimal cut-off levels for the serum values of these tumour markers in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The ROC analysis showed that all marker te...

  17. Determination of leveled costs of electric generation for gas plants, coal and nuclear

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    The present work analyzes the leveled costs of electric generation for different types of nuclear reactors known as Generation III, these costs are compared with the leveled costs of electric generation of plants with the help of natural gas and coal. In the study several discount rates were used to determine their impact in the initial investment. The obtained results are comparable with similar studies and they show that it has more than enough the base of the leveled cost the nuclear option it is quite competitive in Mexico. Also in this study it is also thinks about the economic viability of a new nuclear power station in Mexico. (Author)

  18. Determination of trans fatty acid levels by FTIR in processed foods in Australia.

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    McCarthy, Justine; Barr, Daniel; Sinclair, Andrew

    2008-01-01

    Health authorities around the world advise 'limiting consumption of trans fatty acid', however in Australia the trans fatty acid (TFA) content is not required to be listed in the nutrition information panel unless a declaration or nutrient claim is made about fatty acids or cholesterol. Since there is limited knowledge about trans fatty acid levels in processed foods available in Australia, this study aimed to determine the levels of TFA in selected food items known to be sources of TFA from previously published studies. Food items (n=92) that contain vegetable oil and a total fat content greater than 5% were included. This criterion was used in conjunction with a review of similar studies where food items were found to contain high levels of trans fatty acids. Lipids were extracted using solvents. Gravimetric methods were used to determine total fat content and trans fatty acid levels were quantified by Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. High levels of trans fatty acids were found in certain items in the Australian food supply, with a high degree of variability. Of the samples analysed, 13 contained greater than 1 g of trans fatty acids per serving size, the highest value was 8.1 g/serving. Apart from when the nutrition information panel states that the content is less than a designated low level, food labels sold in Australia do not indicate trans fatty acid levels. We suggested that health authorities seek ways to assist consumers to limit their intakes of trans fatty acids. PMID:18818158

  19. 12 CFR 652.75 - Your responsibility for determining the risk-based capital level.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Your responsibility for determining the risk-based capital level. 652.75 Section 652.75 Banks and Banking FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION FARM CREDIT SYSTEM FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION FUNDING AND FISCAL AFFAIRS Risk-Based...

  20. Student Perceived and Determined Knowledge of Biology Concepts in an Upper-Level Biology Course

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    Ziegler, Brittany; Montplaisir, Lisa

    2014-01-01

    Students who lack metacognitive skills can struggle with the learning process. To be effective learners, students should recognize what they know and what they do not know. This study examines the relationship between students' perception of their knowledge and determined knowledge in an upper-level biology course utilizing a pre/posttest…

  1. 12 CFR 652.80 - When you must determine the risk-based capital level.

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    2010-01-01

    ... your risk-based capital level at any time. (c) If you anticipate entering into any new business... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false When you must determine the risk-based capital... AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION FUNDING AND FISCAL AFFAIRS Risk-Based Capital Requirements § 652.80 When...

  2. Discussing Perception, Determining Provision: Teachers' Perspectives on the Applied Options of A-Level Mathematics

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    Ward-Penny, Robert; Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Johnston-Wilder, Peter

    2013-01-01

    One-third of the current A-level mathematics curriculum is determined by choice, constructed out of "applied mathematics" modules in mechanics, statistics and decision mathematics. Although this choice arguably involves the most sizeable instance of choice in the current English school mathematics curriculum, and it has a significant impact on…

  3. The Instrument for Determining the Levels of Reflective Thinking among Elementary School Students

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    Taskin Can, Bilge; Yildrim, Cennet

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to develop a reliable and valid instrument in order to determine the elementary school students' levels about reflective thinking. A total of 320 students of 6th, 7th and 8th grades from 6 different primary schools participated in the study. It was identified that the instrument was composed of totally 17 items…

  4. An improved analytical method for iodine-129 determination in low-level radioactive waste

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    Hsieh, Yi-Kong; Wang, TsingHai; Jian, Li-Wei; Chen, Wei-Han; Wang, Chu-Fang [National Tsing Hua Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan (China). Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences; Tsai, Tsuey-Lin [Atomic Energy Council, Taiwan (China). Chemical Analysis Div.

    2014-07-01

    In this study, an alkaline-digestion pretreatment and a subsequent ICP-MS measurement were conducted for iodine-129 (I-129) determination in low-level radioactive waste. A TMAH + H{sub 2}O{sub 2} + Triton X-100 mixed alkaline digestion was the most effective mixture for I-129 determination. Using this alkaline reagent, a high level of I-129 recovery (101 ± 6%) was achieved for the analysis of the I-129-spiked standard reference materials NIST 2709 and 2711. Importantly, the I-129 concentrations determined for ten real samples provided by the Lan-Yu radioactive waste temporary storage site were found to be below the detection limit (0.011 mg/kg). This value was only approximately 30-70% of the values determined using the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor. This means that using the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor severely overestimates the I-129 concentration in these low-level radioactive wastes. We therefore suggest that a detailed re-inspection of the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor should be performed to appropriately categorize these low-level radioactive wastes.

  5. Determining Intensity Levels of Selected Wii Fit Activities in College Aged Individuals

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    Grieser, Joshua D.; Gao, Yong; Ransdell, Lynda; Simonson, Shawn

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the intensity of Nintendo Wii Fit games using indirect calorimetry. Twenty-five college students completed Wii Fit activity sessions at two difficulty levels within aerobics, strength, and yoga categories. Resting metabolic rate and exercise oxygen uptake were measured, and metabolic equivalents were…

  6. An improved analytical method for iodine-129 determination in low-level radioactive waste

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    In this study, an alkaline-digestion pretreatment and a subsequent ICP-MS measurement were conducted for iodine-129 (I-129) determination in low-level radioactive waste. A TMAH + H2O2 + Triton X-100 mixed alkaline digestion was the most effective mixture for I-129 determination. Using this alkaline reagent, a high level of I-129 recovery (101 ± 6%) was achieved for the analysis of the I-129-spiked standard reference materials NIST 2709 and 2711. Importantly, the I-129 concentrations determined for ten real samples provided by the Lan-Yu radioactive waste temporary storage site were found to be below the detection limit (0.011 mg/kg). This value was only approximately 30-70% of the values determined using the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor. This means that using the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor severely overestimates the I-129 concentration in these low-level radioactive wastes. We therefore suggest that a detailed re-inspection of the I-129/Cs-137 scaling factor should be performed to appropriately categorize these low-level radioactive wastes.

  7. Determination and characterization of 20th century global sea level rise

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    Kuo, Chung-Yen

    In this study, we provide a determination of the 20th Century (1900--2002) global sea level rise, the associated error budgets, and the quantifications of the various geophysical sources of the observed sea level rise, using data and geophysical models. We analyzed significant geographical variations of the global sea level including those caused by the steric component (heat and salinity) in the ocean, and the self-gravitational signal as a result of ice sheets melting, including the effects of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) since the Pleistocene. In particular, relative sea level data from long-term (longest is 150 year records) and over 600 tide gauge sites globally from PSMSL and other sources, and geocentric sea level data from multiple satellite altimetry (1985--2005) have been used to determine and characterize 20th century global sea level rise. Altimeter and selected tide gauge sea level data have been used for the 20th century sea level determination, accounting for relative biases between the altimeters, effects of sea level corresponding to oceanic thermal expansion, vertical motions affecting tide gauge measurements, self gravitations, and barotropic ocean response. This study is also characterized by the roles of the polar ocean in the global sea level study and addressing the question whether there is a detectable sea level rise acceleration during the last decade. Vertical motions have been estimated by combining geocentric sea level measurements from satellite altimetry (TOPEX/POSEIDON) and long-term relative (crust-fixed) sea level records from global tide gauges using the Gauss-Markov (GM) model with stochastic constraints. The study provided a demonstration of improved vertical motion solutions in semi-enclosed seas and lakes, including Fennoscandia and the Great Lakes region, showing excellent agreement with independent GPS observed radial velocities, or with predictions from GIA models. In general, the estimated uncertainty of the observed

  8. Preoperative determination of the level of amputation in chronic arterial occlusion. 2

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    Two quantitative methods of blood flow measuring, venous occlusion plethysmography and 133Xe muscle clearance, were compared with regard to their suitability in determining the level of amputation preoperatively. The examinations were performed in 38 patients and 20 healthy control subjects. In differentiation between stump healing and distinctive disturbances of wound healing after lower leg amputation the best results could be obtained by the 133Xe clearance test (p 133Xe clearance ischemia test and venous occlusion plethysmography. Blood flow measurements are in connection with clinical data auxiliaries in determining the level of amputation. Their application as absolute determinants seems to be not sensible. Considerable scattering of the measured values reduce the usefulness of the two methods. (author)

  9. Determining Student Internet Addiction Levels in Secondary Education and the Factors that Affect It

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    Fezile Ozdamli

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to determine the level of internet addiction on the part of students in secondary education in North Cyprus and the factors that affect it. In this research, a survey method which provides a general universal judgment was used to determine the level of internet addiction on the part of such students. It has been found that 59.9% of the students are at low of becoming internet addicts, 20.7% of them are in the high risk category, 13.5% face no risk of addiction, while 5.9% are internet addicts. It was determined that as students’ internet usage hours increase, the risk of addiction increases.

  10. Clinical significance of determination of serum TRAb levels in patients with thyroid diseases

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical Significance of determination of serum thyroid stimulating hormone receptor antibody (TRAb) levels in patients with thyroid diseases, especially in patients with Graves' disease. Methods: Serum TRAb levels were determined with radio-receptor assay (RRA) in 302 patients with various thyroid diseases and 52 controls. Results: In patients with Graves' disease before treatment (n=62) the positive rate of TRAb was 86.3%. In patients with Graves' diseases improved after treatment (n=60), the positive rate was 74.5%; in those clinically cured (n=68) the positive rate was 32.1%. In 58 patients with Graves' disease who relapsed after apparently cure, the positive rate of TRAb rose to 90.3 %. However, there were no positive TRAb cases in 23 patients with simple goiter and 31 patients with benign thyroid adenomas. Also, there were no positive TRAb cases in the controls. Conclusion: TRAb levels correspond well with the severity of Graves' disease. (authors)

  11. Determination of total cyanide in Hanford Site high-level wastes

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    Winters, W.I. [Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States); Pool, K.H. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

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    Nickel ferrocyanide compounds (Na{sub 2-x}Cs{sub x}NiFe (CN){sub 6}) were produced in a scavenging process to remove {sup 137}Cs from Hanford Site single-shell tank waste supernates. Methods for determining total cyanide in Hanford Site high-level wastes are needed for the evaluation of potential exothermic reactions between cyanide and oxidizers such as nitrate and for safe storage, processing, and management of the wastes in compliance with regulatory requirements. Hanford Site laboratory experience in determining cyanide in high-level wastes is summarized. Modifications were made to standard cyanide methods to permit improved handling of high-level waste samples and to eliminate interferences found in Hanford Site waste matrices. Interferences and associated procedure modifications caused by high nitrates/nitrite concentrations, insoluble nickel ferrocyanides, and organic complexants are described.

  12. Determination of total cyanide in Hanford Site high-level wastes

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    Nickel ferrocyanide compounds (Na2-xCsxNiFe (CN)6) were produced in a scavenging process to remove 137Cs from Hanford Site single-shell tank waste supernates. Methods for determining total cyanide in Hanford Site high-level wastes are needed for the evaluation of potential exothermic reactions between cyanide and oxidizers such as nitrate and for safe storage, processing, and management of the wastes in compliance with regulatory requirements. Hanford Site laboratory experience in determining cyanide in high-level wastes is summarized. Modifications were made to standard cyanide methods to permit improved handling of high-level waste samples and to eliminate interferences found in Hanford Site waste matrices. Interferences and associated procedure modifications caused by high nitrates/nitrite concentrations, insoluble nickel ferrocyanides, and organic complexants are described

  13. DETERMINING THE MOTIVATION LEVEL OF THE 25TH WINTER UNIVERSIADE HUMAN RESOURCES

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    Alparslan Muharrem KURUDİREK

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to determine the motivation level of the personnel Working for the human resources in the 25th Winter Universiade Coordination Center and to comprehend whether there is any reaction against some demographic factors such like gender, marital status, administrative status and education level. Motivation scale which is of quinary Likert developed by Incir (1990 was implemented on 79 women (%35,4 and 144 men (%64,6 ,223 in total to acquire some data about the motivation of these personnel. When considered the distributions related to marital status %19.7 of them is married with the number of 44 people, %80.3 of them is single with the number of 179 people; when considered the distributions related to status, %19,3 of them is administrator with the number of 43 people, %80,7 of them is personnel with the number of 180 people.Frequency analysis in determining the demographic factors of the participants , t-test within independent groups in determining their motivation according to gender,status and marital status and single sided variance analysis (Anova in determining their motivation according to education levels were used. In this research, great difference was revealed in the comparison of motivation levels according to gender. According to this, male employees ( =4.47±375 have more average compared to female ones ( =3.13±217. This can be a result of that male employees are less effected from increasing workload, the concept of extra overtime which is not subject to any additional charge, and sometimes working even at the weekends. Additionally there was no great difference in the motivation level according to education level.

  14. Clinical significance of determination of leptin levels in patients with breast cancer

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    Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of determination of leptin levels for differentiation breast cancer from benign mammary lesions. Methods: The levels of leptin in 46 breast cancer patients, 28 cases of benign mammary lesions and 28 controls were determined with radioimmunoassay (RIA). Results: The levels of leptin (27.91 ± 9.13 ng/ml) in serum of breast cancer patients were significantly higher than those in patients with benign mammary lesions (16.78 ± 5.13 ng/ml) and controls (11.38 ± 3.83 ng/ml) (P<0.01). Leptin levels in patients with breast cancer increased gradually as the disease progressed from stage I to stage IV with significant differences (P<0.01). The levels of leptin in breast cancer patients with lymphatic metastasis were significantly higher than those in patients without lymphatic metastasis (26.29 ± 8.83 ng/ml vs 16.35 ± 6.00 ng/ml, P<0.01). Conclusion: Leptin can be regarded as one of the tumor markers for diagnosis of breast cancer. The levels of leptin can reflect the stage of the disease and is helpful for selecting the treatment method. (authors)

  15. Melanoma cell surface-expressed phosphatidylserine as a therapeutic target for cationic anticancer peptide, temporin-1CEa.

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    Wang, Che; Chen, Yin-Wang; Zhang, Liang; Gong, Xian-Ge; Zhou, Yang; Shang, De-Jing

    2016-07-01

    We have previously reported that temporin-1CEa, a cationic antimicrobial peptide, exerts preferential cytotoxicity toward cancer cells. However, the exact molecular mechanism for this cancer-selectivity is still largely unknown. Here, we found that the negatively charged phosphatidylserine (PS) expressed on cancer cell surface serves as a target for temporin-1CEa. Our results indicate that human A375 melanoma cells express 50-fold more PS than non-cancerous HaCaT cells. The expression of cell surface PS in various cancer cell lines closely correlated with their ability to be recognized, bound and killed by temporin-1CEa. Additionally, the cytotoxicity of temporin-1CEa against A375 cells can be ameliorated by annexin V, which binds to cell surface PS with high affinity. Moreover, the data of isothermal titration calorimetry assay further confirmed a direct binding of temporin-1CEa to PS, at a ratio of 1:5 (temporin-1CEa:PS). Interestingly, the circular dichroism spectra analysis using artificial biomembrane revealed that PS not only provides electrostatic attractive sites for temporin-1CEa but also confers the membrane-bound temporin-1CEa to form α-helical structure, therefore, enhances the affinity and membrane disrupting ability of temporin-1CEa. In summary, these findings suggested that the melanoma cells expressed PS may serve as a promising target for temporin-1CEa or other cationic anticancer peptides. PMID:26596643

  16. Neutron Activation and Thermoluminescent Detector Responses to a Bare Pulse of the CEA Valduc SILENE Critical Assembly

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    Miller, Thomas Martin [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Celik, Cihangir [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); McMahan, Kimberly L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Lee, Yi-kang [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette (France); Gagnier, Emmanuel [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette (France); Authier, Nicolas [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille (France); Piot, Jerome [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille (France); Jacquet, Xavier [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille (France); Rousseau, Guillaume [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille (France); Reynolds, Kevin H. [Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    This benchmark experiment was conducted as a joint venture between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA). Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the US and the Centre de Valduc in France planned this experiment. The experiment was conducted on October 11, 2010 in the SILENE critical assembly facility at Valduc. Several other organizations contributed to this experiment and the subsequent evaluation, including CEA Saclay, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Y-12 National Security Complex (NSC), Babcock International Group in the United Kingdom, and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of this experiment was to measure neutron activation and thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) doses from a source similar to a fissile solution critical excursion. The resulting benchmark can be used for validation of computer codes and nuclear data libraries as required when performing analysis of criticality accident alarm systems (CAASs). A secondary goal of this experiment was to qualitatively test performance of two CAAS detectors similar to those currently and formerly in use in some US DOE facilities. The detectors tested were the CIDAS MkX and the Rocky Flats NCD-91. These detectors were being evaluated to determine whether they would alarm, so they were not expected to generate benchmark quality data.

  17. Presentation of the CEA's crisis national organization: coordination centre in case of crisis, crisis technical teams, intervention means, and so on

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    After having briefly recalled the existence of a legal framework for crisis management organisation, this report briefly describes how the CEA plans the crisis management. This management is based on the definition of critical scenarios, on the building up of a crisis management team, and on the elaboration of crisis management operational documents. It evokes the alert organisation and the triggering of crisis management. Then, it describes the CEA's national crisis organisation with its main crisis management structures, the role and the operation of the Crisis Coordination Centre (CCC, the decision body), the role and operation of the Central Crisis Technical Teams (ETC-C, Equipes Techniques de Crise Centrales), the role of field interveners (various rescue, protection, health care and technical teams) and of other additional intervention actors. It evokes the objectives of the various exercises which are organised every year at the internal, national or international level

  18. Determining level of endogenous serum erythropoietin for differential diagnosis of polycythemia vera and symptomatic polycythemia

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with determining possibility of the assessment of the level of endogenous serum erythropoietin (EPO for differential diagnosis of polycythemia vera (PV and secondary erythrocytosis (SE. The determination of subnormal level of this cytokine for the diagnosis of PV has been detected. The relation between the level of endogenous erythropoietin and iron metabolism also has been analyzed. The study involved 88 patients with PV and 119 patients with SE. Statistically significant decrease in EPO concentration level has been detected in PV patients. The mean EPO level was equal to 6.38 ± 0.84 mIU/mL and 17.98 ±2.48 mIU/mL in PV and SE patients respectively. In control group of individuals EPO concentration was equal to 9,81 ±0,58 mIU/mL, the significant difference was found between all studied groups (р<0.01. According to our data, EPO was increased in 28 SE patients (23.53%, it was not observed in control group and in group of PV patients (φ*emp = 4.355, р<0.01. The decrease of EPO level in PV patients has been detected more often than in SE patients (84.09% versus 11.76% , φ*emp = 5.218, р<0.01, it has not been observed in control group. Only 14 (15.91% PV patients had normal EPO level, in contrast 77 (64.71% SE patients demonstrated normal EPO level (φ*emp = 4.578, р<0.01. The average level of ferritin was equal to 57.41 ± 9.74 ng/mL in PV patients and 199.77 ± 14.32 ng/mL in SE patients (р<0.01. Significantly more patients with PV demonstrated decrease of ferritin level (31.81% versus 7.56%, φ*emp = 4.438, р<0.01. Patients with SE more often had raised level of EPO than PV patients (15.12% versus 4.54%, φ*emp = 2.453, р<0.01. The sensitivity of test with detecting of the reduced level of EPO for the diagnosis of PV was 84.1%, specificity - 87.4%, positive predictive value - 83.1%, negative predictive value - 88.1%. Normal range of EPO significantly (rs = 0,5494 correlated with decreased levels of serum ferritin in

  19. Using soil surface gray level to determine surface soil water content

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    How to determine surface soil water content(SWC) quickly and accurately is fundamental in studying eco-hydrological processes and their modeling.Here we use laboratory experiments to determine surface SWC using soil surface gray level(SGL) values.A negatively exponential relationship exists between SGL and SWC,i.e.,SGL increases with the decrease of SWC.SGL can be estimated based on initial SGL value(surface gray level when SWC=0),SWC,and a surface roughness coefficient characterized by mean soil particle size.The variation range of SGL was larger than that of SWC,indicating that changes in SWC were enhanced in SGL,and that SGL would thus be sensitive to changes in soil water.At the 95% confidence level,SWC can be determined by using the relationship between SWC and SGL established by the experiments.The determination of SWC has a high precision when SWC was between dry and saturated.

  20. Clinical value of determination of serum thyrotrophin receptor antibody (TRAb) levels in patients with thyroid diseases

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    Objective: To explore the clinical value of serum TRAb determination in patients with thyroid diseases. Methods: Serum TRAb (with radio-receptor assay, RRA) and serum T3, T4, TSH, FT3, FT4 (with RIA) levels were measured in: (1) 49 patients with simple goiter (2) 52 patients with hypothyroidsm (3) 50 patients with hyperthyroidism (4) 59 patients with hyperthyroidism in remission after medical therapy and (5) 38 controls. Results: The serum TRAb levels in patients with simple goiter were not much different from those in controls (f>0.05). Serum levels of TRAb in patients with hyper-or hypo-thyroidism were significantly higher than those in controls (P3,T4,FT3,FT4, TSH), Conclusion: Correction of high TRAb levels in patients with hyperthyroidism after treatment indicates effectiveness of therapy and good prognosis (authors)

  1. Complement Factor H Serum Levels Determine Resistance to Pneumococcal Invasive Disease.

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    van der Maten, Erika; Westra, Dineke; van Selm, Saskia; Langereis, Jeroen D; Bootsma, Hester J; van Opzeeland, Fred J H; de Groot, Ronald; Ruseva, Marieta M; Pickering, Matthew C; van den Heuvel, Lambert P W J; van de Kar, Nicole C A J; de Jonge, Marien I; van der Flier, Michiel

    2016-06-01

    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of life-threatening infections. Complement activation plays a vital role in opsonophagocytic killing of pneumococci in blood. Initial complement activation via the classical and lectin pathways is amplified through the alternative pathway amplification loop. Alternative pathway activity is inhibited by complement factor H (FH). Our study demonstrates the functional consequences of the variability in human serum FH levels on host defense. Using an in vivo mouse model combined with human in vitro assays, we show that the level of serum FH correlates with the efficacy of opsonophagocytic killing of pneumococci. In summary, we found that FH levels determine a delicate balance of alternative pathway activity, thus affecting the resistance to invasive pneumococcal disease. Our results suggest that variation in FH expression levels, naturally occurring in the human population, plays a thus far unrecognized role in the resistance to invasive pneumococcal disease. PMID:26802141

  2. Presentation of IngeniumTM, software tool for manage and share information and knowledge, and some applications in nuclear domain, with the CEA

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    Full text: Principles. New technology allow the communication, exchange and sharing of many information. Search engine fit the profile of users more and more providing relevant document. But it's not enough to create a real collective thrust where everyone can express its own point of view, to confront it with the others, to enrich it while laying out the evolution of the argument. Furthermore, we realize the over-abundance of information, the difficulty to operate it and the increasing enrichment of the immaterial capital which is made of knowledge and know-how of the firm's staff. It's a very concrete and daily problem, in a lot of domain, everywhere we need information to act. The quality and relevance of founded solution contribute to the success of the firm or of the concerned group : how not to lose information, not to make again what is already done, not to waste time to find what exist, to share, to think with other, to lay out this thought and decision which ensue? In face of the several dimension of knowledge management procedural (organizational), cognitive (power is in the capability to operate the information) and instrumental (software tool, linguistic search engine and network), we offer multiple answer: methodological coaching and set a tool going, fitting best to requirement, individual and collective. Like AI, KM focus thought management, but unlike AI, instead of trying to formalize a problem's resolution by the automation of a reasoning, we now look for providing to the operator the information he need to resolve himself the problem, individually or collectively. We so make the bet, determinedly, of the user's intelligence, relying on its own cognitive capacity to operate at best the provided information. Ingenium software. Its on the above ideas that was build the Ingenium software, trying to answer to underlined requirement, ensuring employment easiness, share, subjectivity and relevance. Its inside Jean Michel Penalva's laboratory (CEA) that

  3. Presentation of IngeniumTM, software tool for manage and share information and knowledge, and some applications in nuclear domain with the CEA

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    (CEA) that several prototype were processed, relying on internal project teams. Once the prototype and ideas validated, we decide to industrialize this approach, from which become IngeniumTM software and associated coaching. The IngeniumTM software is an intranet environment, real service integrated to the team work, which offer: Collecting and storage of document and laying out thought process by subjective and individual contribution, designed as 'knowledge element'. The knowledge base doesn't force neither hierarchy, nor key words, nor specific interrogating language. Access is distributed and scratched by Internet or Intranet with a usual browser and a standard viewer (Acrobat ReaderTM). The idea is to find without classify. The access control to the information and their protection, ensured by login and password (even encryption), structured by group and level. Three principles hold up the software's realization: the maximal learn ability for user, the relevance of answer, and the ability to give a personal and subjective advice. Two use case Nuclear: capitalization and sharing of knowledge. The CEA team of Saclay responsible of missions concerning some nuclear installations has decided to equip itself with IngeniumTM. Composed of ten people, the team feed the base with documents and expert advice, making up an information base more and more complete. This base hold at one and the same time qualified document and enrichment associated to expertise and know-how of the contributors. Non-nuclear: Assistance to Installation. The CEA CSN of Cadarache has decided also to equip itself with IngeniumTM, for optimizing the management of information and knowledge required. Two items have got priority, shared with the installation team: - The follow-up of the events constitutive of the installation life: incident, control or inspection visit, modification demand, and so on. - Putting communally the statutory directive: map of 'statutory alert' allowing an easy access to the

  4. Determination of low levels of uranium impurity by fission track registration using mica and polycarbonate detectors

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    A first attempt to determine low levels of uranium by fission track registration was made by optical counting over wide fields in mica and polycarbonate detectors under high magnification. A homogeneous distribution of fission tracks was achieved by registrations using liquid ampoules and powder pellets. An extremely low uranium concentration in twofold distilled water was determined to be 0.039±0.002 ppb (i.e. ng g-1). Low levels of uranium in solids were determined well by mica and Lexan detectors, viz., 1.42±0.27 ppm (μg g-1) in a photoelectric semiconductor; 0.11±0.03 ppm and 0.06±0.02 ppm in different types of toothpaste. The background uranium content of track detectors and binding material were estimated primarily to be 1.18±0.01 ppb in annealed muscovites (Brazilian Clear Ruby Mica), 1.02±0.23 ppb in Lexan polycarbonate, and 2.20±0.93 ppb in methyl cellulose. Repeated results of uranium determination by duplicate detection, using mica and Lexan on identical samples irradiated at different neutron fluences, were seen to be very consistent. These homogenized track registration techniques can be applied reliably to the determination of low concentrations of uranium impurity, between 10-2 ppb and 10 ppm. (author)

  5. Determination of boron in nuclear materials at subppm levels by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)

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    Experiments were conducted for the determination of boron in U3O8 powder, aluminium metal and milliQ water using dynamically modified Reversed Phase High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (RP-HPLC) and using two precolumn chromogenic agents viz. chromotropic acid and curcumin for complexing boron. The complex was separated from the excess of reagent and determined by HPLC. When present in subppm levels, chromotropic acid was used successfully only for determination boron in water samples. For determination of boron at subppm levels in uranium and aluminium samples, curcumin was used as the precolumn chromogenic agent. The boron curcumin complex (rosocyanin) was formed after extraction of boron with 2-ethyl-l, 3-hexane diol (EHD). The rosocyanin complex was then separated from excess curcumin by displacement chromatography. Linear calibration curves for boron amounts in the range of 0.02 μg to 0.5 μg were developed with correlation coefficients varying from 0.997 to 0.999 and were used for the determination of boron in aluminium and uranium samples. Precision of about 10% was achieved in samples containing less than 1 ppmw of boron. Detection limit of this method is 0.01 μg boron. (author)

  6. Concentrations and determinants of organochlorine levels among pregnant women in Eastern Spain

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    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) comprise a large variety of toxic substances with ample distribution. While exposure to these toxins occurs mainly through diet, maternal POP levels may be influenced by certain sociodemographic, environmental, or lifestyle factors. This is important given that these substances may have adverse effects on fetal development. The aim of this study is to examine the sociodemographic, environmental, lifestyle, and dietary determinants of the levels of hexachlorobenzene (HCB), b-hexachlorocyclohexane (b-HCH), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane (4,4'-DDT), 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethylene (4,4'-DDE), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB congeners 118, 138, 153, 180) measured in the blood of pregnant women participating in a mother-child cohort study conducted in Valencia (Spain). The study population consisted of 541 pregnant women who formed part of the INMA (Childhood and the Environment) cohort (2004-2006). POP levels were determined in blood taken during the 12th week of pregnancy with the aid of gas chromatography with electron capture detection. Sociodemographic, environmental, and dietary information was obtained from a questionnaire. Multivariate Tobit regression models were constructed in order to assess the association between POP levels and selected covariates. The results showed that all the women had detectable levels of at least one of these compounds while in 43% of the subjects, all eight compounds were detected. The compounds found in the greatest number of women were 4,4'-DDE (100%) and PCBs 153 and 180 (95%). The most important determinants of high POP levels were the mother's age, country of origin, increased body mass index, and number of weeks of breastfeeding after previous pregnancies. With regard to diet, 4,4'-DDT and 4,4'-DDE levels increased with the intake of meat, fruit, and cereal. PCB 153 levels increased with the intake of seafood. The levels of HCB, b-HCH, 4,4'-DDT, and 4,4'-DDE

  7. Concentrations and determinants of organochlorine levels among pregnant women in Eastern Spain

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    Llop, Sabrina, E-mail: llop_sab@gva.es [Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), 20220 Majadahonda, Madrid (Spain); Centre of Public Health Research (CSISP), Av. Catalunya 21, 46020, Valencia (Spain); CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Ballester, Ferran, E-mail: ballester_fer@gva.es [Centre of Public Health Research (CSISP), Av. Catalunya 21, 46020, Valencia (Spain); CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Nursing School, University of Valencia, Jaume Roig, 46010, Valencia (Spain); Vizcaino, Esther, E-mail: esther.vizcaino@idaea.csic.es [Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Jordi Girona 18, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Murcia, Mario, E-mail: murcia_mar@gva.es [Centre of Public Health Research (CSISP), Av. Catalunya 21, 46020, Valencia (Spain); CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Lopez-Espinosa, Maria-Jose, E-mail: Maria-Jose.Lopez@lshtm.ac.uk [CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SH, London (United Kingdom); Rebagliato, Marisa, E-mail: rebagli@umh.es [CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Vioque, Jesus, E-mail: vioque@umh.es [Public Health Department, Miguel Hernandez University, Crta. Nacional 332, 03550 Sant Joan, Alicante (Spain); CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Marco, Alfredo, E-mail: marco_alf@gva.es [Hospital Universitari La Fe, Av. Campanar 21, 46009 Valencia (Spain); CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP), Barcelona (Spain); Grimalt, Joan O., E-mail: jgoqam@cid.csic.es [Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC), Jordi Girona 18, 08034 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-11-01

    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) comprise a large variety of toxic substances with ample distribution. While exposure to these toxins occurs mainly through diet, maternal POP levels may be influenced by certain sociodemographic, environmental, or lifestyle factors. This is important given that these substances may have adverse effects on fetal development. The aim of this study is to examine the sociodemographic, environmental, lifestyle, and dietary determinants of the levels of hexachlorobenzene (HCB), b-hexachlorocyclohexane (b-HCH), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane (4,4'-DDT), 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethylene (4,4'-DDE), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB congeners 118, 138, 153, 180) measured in the blood of pregnant women participating in a mother-child cohort study conducted in Valencia (Spain). The study population consisted of 541 pregnant women who formed part of the INMA (Childhood and the Environment) cohort (2004-2006). POP levels were determined in blood taken during the 12th week of pregnancy with the aid of gas chromatography with electron capture detection. Sociodemographic, environmental, and dietary information was obtained from a questionnaire. Multivariate Tobit regression models were constructed in order to assess the association between POP levels and selected covariates. The results showed that all the women had detectable levels of at least one of these compounds while in 43% of the subjects, all eight compounds were detected. The compounds found in the greatest number of women were 4,4'-DDE (100%) and PCBs 153 and 180 (95%). The most important determinants of high POP levels were the mother's age, country of origin, increased body mass index, and number of weeks of breastfeeding after previous pregnancies. With regard to diet, 4,4'-DDT and 4,4'-DDE levels increased with the intake of meat, fruit, and cereal. PCB 153 levels increased with the intake of seafood. The levels of HCB, b

  8. Prognostic value of CYFRA 21-1 and CEA in patients with undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma before and after radiotherapy%鼻咽未分化癌患者放疗前后血清人细胞角蛋白21-1片段和癌胚抗原水平与预后的关系

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    朱婉琦; 孙新东; 谢鹏; 孔莉; 于金明

    2011-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of CYFRA 21-1 (CYFRA) and CEA as a prognostic marker in patients with undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma ( NPC). Methods From March 2004 to February 2008, 62 patients with newly diagnosed, undifferentiated NPC were treated in our department. Their clinocopathological data were analyzed retrospectively. All patients received intensity-modulated radiotherapy using 6 MV X-rays, and serum CYFRA and CEA before and after radiotherapy were assayed. The association among the long-term follow-up results and age, sex, smoke, TNM stage, chemotherapy, CEA, CYFRA and the changes in any direction of serum CYFRA and CEA were determined. Results Patients with low pre-RT level ( ≤ 2. 49μg/L) of CYFRA had a significantly better overall survival ( OS) than patients with high level ( > 2. 49 μg/L,OR = 8. 555, P = 0.029). N classification and T classification were positively associated with the prediction of progression free survival ( OR = 4. 054, P = 0. 001; OR = 3. 873, P = 0. 001 ). But there was no significant association between the rest predictors (age, sex, CEA, post-RT CYFRA, chemotherapy and a radiation-induced decrease in serum markers) and the survival or recurrence rate by multivariate analysis. Conclusions The results of the present study show that pre-RT serum CYFRA level is a valuable factor for predicting long-term survival in patients with undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma. More aggressive treatment may be given to those patients with a high serum CYFRA level.%目的 研究鼻咽未分化癌患者放疗前后血清人细胞角蛋白21-1片段(CFRA21-1)和癌胚抗原(CEA)水平与预后的关系.方法 回顾性分析2004年5月至2008年2月月随访资料完整、并经病理学确诊为无远处转移的62例鼻咽未分化癌患者的临床资料.所有患者均采用6MV X线调强放疗,分析放疗前后CYFBA21-1及CEA水平与患者预后的关系.结果 放疗前CYFRA21-1

  9. Fast determination of meso-level mechanical parameters of PFC models

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    Guo Jianwei; Xu Guoan; Jing Hongwen; Kuang Tiejun

    2013-01-01

    To solve the problems of blindness and inefficiency existing in the determination of meso-level mechanical parameters of particle flow code (PFC) models,we firstly designed and numerically carried out orthogonal tests on rock samples to investigate the correlations between macro-and meso-level mechanical parameters of rock-like bonded granular materials.Then based on the artificial intelligent technology,the intelligent prediction systems for nine meso-level mechanical parameters of PFC models were obtained by creating,training and testing the prediction models with the set of data got from the orthogonal tests.Lastly the prediction systems were used to predict the meso-level mechanical parameters of one kind of sandy mudstone,and according to the predicted results the macroscopic properties of the rock were obtained by numerical tests.The maximum relative error between the numerical test results and real rock properties is 3.28% which satisfies the precision requirement in engineering.It shows that this paper provides a fast and accurate method for the determination of meso-level mechanical parameters of PFC models.

  10. Selection, affinity maturation, and characterization of a human scFv antibody against CEA protein

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    CEA is a tumor-associated antigen abundantly expressed on several cancer types, including those naturally refractory to chemotherapy. The selection and characterization of human anti-CEA single-chain antibody fragments (scFv) is a first step toward the construction of new anticancer monoclonal antibodies designed for optimal blood clearance and tumor penetration. The human MA39 scFv, selected for its ability to recognize a CEA epitope expressed on human colon carcinomas, was first isolated from a large semi-synthetic ETH-2 antibody phage library, panned on human purified CEA protein. Subsequently, by in vitro mutagenesis of a gene encoding for the scFv MA39, a new library was established, and new scFv antibodies with improved affinity towards the CEA cognate epitope were selected and characterized. The scFv MA39 antibody was affinity-maturated by in vitro mutagenesis and the new scFv clone, E8, was isolated, typed for CEA family member recognition and its CEACAM1, 3 and 5 shared epitope characterized for expression in a large panel of human normal and tumor tissues and cells. The binding affinity of the scFv E8 is in a range for efficient, in vivo, antigen capture in tumor cells expressing a shared epitope of the CEACAM1, 3 and 5 proteins. This new immunoreagent meets all criteria for a potential anticancer compound: it is human, hence poorly or not at all immunogenic, and it binds selectively and with good affinity to the CEA epitope expressed by metastatic melanoma and colon and lung carcinomas. Furthermore, its small molecular size should provide for efficient tissue penetration, yet give rapid plasma clearance

  11. New determination of the core-level life-time broadenings in mercury

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    Highlights: • We report core-level life-time widths for mercury in the gas phase. • Photoelectron spectra for the 4p, 4d, 4f and 5p levels are analyzed. • A Coster–Kronig like CI effect is observed for the 4d3/2 level. - Abstract: Previously recorded and published photoelectron spectroscopic data for mercury in the gas phase has been reanalyzed. The life-time broadenings have been determined for a large number of core levels. It is then seen that a recent detailed derivation of core-level line-widths based on X-ray emission spectroscopy give life-time widths that are generally too large. The 4d3/24d5/2nd Coster–Kronig (CK) transition is also discussed. We find that the additional broadening of the 4d3/2 level for mercury metal is indeed due to a CK decay, in contrast to recent claims. In atomic mercury, however, the CK process in energetically forbidden. In spite of this we find that the 4d3/2 level is broadened also in this case. We propose that this is due to a mixing between the 4d3/2 hole state and discrete 4d5/2nd states

  12. Application of environmental isotopes to determine the cause of rising water levels in Lake Beseka, Ethiopia

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    Water level in Lake Beskea, located in the Ethiopian Rift Valley, has been rising continuously for the last about 30 years. The surface area of the lake has increased from about 6 Km2 to the present 40 Km2 and has posed serious problems for environmental management, including inundation of grazing and cultivated lands and, potentially, railway tracks. Historically, the lake received recharge from precipitation, surface runoff in the catchment, groundwater discharge, surface runoff from nearby thermal springs. As the lake levels have risen, the thermal springs are now submerged. An increase in the discharge form these thermal springs may be the original cause of lake water rise, or they may have been submerged as a result of the rising water level. An initial study conducted in the 1970s attributed the rising lake levels to increased runoff from adjoining irrigated areas. However, stricter controls on irrigation runoff failed to check the rising lake levels. A multi-disciplinary study, including geophysical, hydrological, geochemical, isotopic, and modeling techniques was then initiated to determine the cause(s) of lake level rise. Results of piezometric and geophysical surveys indicate that the principal cause of rising water levels may be the increased inflow from submerged springs in the southwestern portion of the lake

  13. New determination of the core-level life-time broadenings in mercury

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    Martensson, Nils, E-mail: nils.martensson@fysik.uu.se; Svensson, Svante

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • We report core-level life-time widths for mercury in the gas phase. • Photoelectron spectra for the 4p, 4d, 4f and 5p levels are analyzed. • A Coster–Kronig like CI effect is observed for the 4d{sub 3/2} level. - Abstract: Previously recorded and published photoelectron spectroscopic data for mercury in the gas phase has been reanalyzed. The life-time broadenings have been determined for a large number of core levels. It is then seen that a recent detailed derivation of core-level line-widths based on X-ray emission spectroscopy give life-time widths that are generally too large. The 4d{sub 3/2}4d{sub 5/2}nd Coster–Kronig (CK) transition is also discussed. We find that the additional broadening of the 4d{sub 3/2} level for mercury metal is indeed due to a CK decay, in contrast to recent claims. In atomic mercury, however, the CK process in energetically forbidden. In spite of this we find that the 4d{sub 3/2} level is broadened also in this case. We propose that this is due to a mixing between the 4d{sub 3/2} hole state and discrete 4d{sub 5/2}nd states.

  14. DETERMINING THE MOTIVATION LEVEL OF THE 25TH WINTER UNIVERSIADE HUMAN RESOURCES

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    Alparslan Muharrem KURUDİREK; Emre BELLİ; Katkat, Dursun; Tüzemen, Adem

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this research is to determine the motivation level of the personnel Working for the human resources in the 25th Winter Universiade Coordination Center and to comprehend whether there is any reaction against some demographic factors such like gender, marital status, administrative status and education level. Motivation scale which is of quinary Likert developed by Incir (1990) was implemented on 79 women (%35,4) and 144 men (%64,6) ,223 in total to acquire some data about the motiva...

  15. Report on transparency and nuclear safety - Fontenay-aux-Roses CEA centre - 2012

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    This report presents the different nuclear base installations (INB) of the Fontenay-aux-Roses CEA centre, gives an overview of measures regarding safety within these installations (organisation, general arrangements, arrangements related to different risks, defence in-depth, management of emergency situations, inspections, audits and second-level controls, arrangements and main events specific to the different installations and buildings, issues related to transports, soil radiological assessment) and measures related to radiation protection (organisation and results). It reports the significant events related to safety and radiation protection which occurred in 2012 and were declared to the ASN, and discusses how the return-on-experience has been used. It reports and comments the results of measurements of radiological and chemical gaseous and liquid effluents, of surveys of the environment. It also evokes important events related to these measurement and survey processes, presents the environmental management approach. The next part addresses the management of radioactive wastes: arrangements aimed at limiting the volume of warehoused wastes, and at limiting their impact on health and on the environment, nature and quantities of warehoused wastes. The different arrangements regarding transparency and information are reviewed (TSN report, newsletter, and so on)

  16. Training and Certification Program for Certified Energy Auditors (CEA) and Certified Building Commissioning Professionals (CBCP)

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    Kent, Bill

    2012-08-24

    The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has offered energy efficiency training and certification programs for over 30 years. During that time AEE has certified more than 22,000 professionals. All of our certification programs are the result of extensive industry research and program development and oversight by certification boards. For this project award, AEE proposed to work with the Department of Energy to utilize and extend existing industry recognized Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) programs under this Training Program Development Announcement. These expanded training programs will have significant impact in training professionals for building commissioning and energy auditing to achieve the goal of bringing existing buildings up to their optimal energy performance potential and ensuring that new buildings maintain their expected optimal level of performance. The goals and objectives of the training development project were achieved with the development of new training programs that are now being offered as self-sustaining commercial training and certification programs. These new programs are training and certifying professionals who are accomplishing the goal of increasing building energy performance in both existing and new buildings.

  17. METABOLISMO ÁCIDO DE LAS CRASULÁCEAS Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

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    Full Text Available Se presenta una revisión del metabolismo ácido de las Crasuláceas, caracterizado por la ocurrencia, actividad y plasticidad del mecanismo desde un punto de vista fisiológico, bioquímico y molecular, enmarcado por la presencia de las denominadas cuatro fases de dicho metabolismo y su repercusión y expresión por diversas restricciones hídricas a nivel ecológico. Se presentan las principales enzimas y metabolitos básicos para el funcionamiento del metabolismo CAM, así como su modo de acción y control celular. Finalmente, se muestra que la plasticidad fenotípica en patrones de expresión CAM se encuentra mediada por condiciones ambientales y por señalizaciones moleculares.A review of Crassulacean acid metabolism is presented, characterized by showing the occurrence, activity and plasticity of these complex mechanism at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level, framed by the presence of the denominated four phases in CAM and its repercussion and expression due to different stresses in an ecological context. The basic enzymes, and metabolites necessary for the optional functioning of CAM are presented as well as their mode of action and cellular control. Finally, it is shown how environmental conditions and molecular signalling mediate the phenotypic plasticity.

  18. Report on transparency and nuclear safety - INB unexploited by the Marcoule CEA - 2012

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    This report presents the different nuclear base installations (INB) of the Marcoule CEA centre, gives an overview of measures regarding safety within these installations (organisation, general arrangements, arrangements related to different risks, management of emergency situations, inspections, audits and second-level controls, arrangements and main events specific to the different installations and buildings) and of measures related to radiation protection (organisation and results, main events). It reports the significant events related to safety and radiation protection which occurred in 2012 and were declared to the ASN, and discusses how the return-on-experience has been used. It reports and comments the results of measurements of gaseous and liquid effluents, of their impact on the environment, and of surveys of the environment. It also presents the environmental management approach. The next part addresses the management of radioactive wastes which are warehoused on this site: arrangements aimed at limiting their volume, and at limiting their impact on health and on the environment, nature and quantities of warehoused wastes. Remarks and recommendations of the CHSCT are given

  19. Elevated serum levels of a biliary glycoprotein (BGP I) in patients with liver or biliary tract disease

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    Human hepatic bile contains a glycoprotein (Biliary glycoprotein I BGP I) which cross-reacts with the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). A radioimmunoassay for BGP I was developed. The interference of CEA or 'non-specific cross-reacting antigen' (NCA) was small. The serum levels of BGP I were determined in healthy subjects, in patients with hepato-biliary diseases and in patients with various infections or inflammatory disorders. Healthy individuals, including pregnant women, had a serum BGP I concentration of about 0.5 - 1 mg/l. Diseases of the liver or biliary tract (e.g. hepatitis A or B, cytomegalovirus Hepatitis, obstructive jaundice or primary biliary cirrhosis) were associated with elevated serum levels of BGP I, as opposed to infectious diseases not affecting the liver mostly showing values within the normal range. Raised levels of serum BGP I activity may reflect biliary obstruction as a results of interference with normal BGP I secretion in the bile. (author)

  20. Determination of the transport levels in thin films of organic semiconductors

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    Krause, Stefan

    2009-07-27

    The approach of using the combination of Ultraviolet (UPS) and Inverse Photoemission (IPS) to determine the transport levels in thin films of organic semiconductors is the scope of this work. For this matter all influences on the peak position and width in Photoelectron Spectroscopy are discussed with a special focus on organic semiconductors. Many of these influences are shown with experimental results of the investigation of diindenoperylene on Ag(111). These findings are applied to inorganic semiconductors silicon in order to establish the use of UPS and IPS on a well-understood system. Finally, the method is used to determine the transport level of several organic semiconductors (PTCDA, Alq3, CuPc, DIP, PBI-H4) and the corresponding exciton binding energies are calculated by comparison to optical absorption data. (orig.)

  1. New method to determine the decision threshold for low-level radioactivity measurements

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    We discuss a new method to determine the value of a decision threshold that can be used to decide whether to choose a one-sided confidence interval or a two-sided confidence interval. The method is based on the Feldman–Cousins unified approach providing a unique confidence region for estimated parameters. We apply this method to a net count rate measurand in low-level radioactivity measurements which is physically restricted to nonnegative values. We tabulate the values of the decision threshold and detection limit of the measurand for some typical coverage probabilities. The decision threshold in this method does indeed enable a decision on whether or not the physical effect quantified by the measurand is present. - Highlights: • A new method to determine decision threshold is discussed. • A net count rate in low-level measurements is analyzed. • The decision threshold enables a decision on the physical effect

  2. HPLC determination of isoflavone levels in osage orange from the Midwest and southern United States.

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    Darji, Ketur; Miglis, Cristina; Wardlow, Ashley; Abourashed, Ehab A

    2013-07-17

    The fruit of the Maclura pomifera tree is a sustainable source for the pharmacologically interesting isoflavones, osajin and pomiferin. A reversed-phase HPLC method was developed to identify osage orange samples with high isoflavone content and to determine the optimum conditions for sample preparation. Analytical run time was 8 min at a flow rate of 1 mL/min using a gradient of acetonitrile in H2O (0.1% formic acid) and UV peak detection at 274 nm. The method was validated for specificity, accuracy, precision, and limits of detection and quantitation (LOD/LOQ). The method was applied to determine the levels of osajin and pomiferin in extracts prepared from different samples of osage orange growing in the Midwest and southern United States. Results demonstrated the effect of different variables, such as sample preparation, geographical location, and growth stage, on the levels of osajin and pomiferin in analyzed samples. PMID:23772950

  3. HPLC Determination of Isoflavone Levels in Osage Orange from the United States Midwest and South

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    Darji, Ketur; Miglis, Cristina; Wardlow, Ashley; Abourashed, Ehab A.

    2013-01-01

    The fruit of Maclura pomifera tree is a sustainable source for the pharmacologically interesting isoflavones, osajin and pomiferin. A reversed-phase HPLC method was developed to identify osage orange samples with high isoflavone content and to determine the optimum conditions for sample preparation. Analytical run time was 8 min at a flow rate of 1 mL/min using a gradient of acetonitrile in H2O (0.1% formic acid) and UV peak detection at 274 nm. The method was validated for specificity, accuracy, precision, and limits of detection and quantitation (LOD/LOQ). The method was applied to determine the levels of osajin and pomiferin in extracts prepared from different samples of osage orange growing in the United States Midwest and South. Results demonstrated the effect of different variables, such as sample preparation, geographical location, and growth stage, on the levels of osajin and pomiferin in analyzed samples. PMID:23772950

  4. Determination of transport levels in organic semiconductors by UPS, IPES, and 2PPE

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    Sachs, Soenke; Krause, Stefan; Schoell, Achim; Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Schwalb, Christian; Hoefer, Ulrich [Universitaet Marburg, Fachbereich Physik, Renthof 5, 35032 Marburg (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The determination of the energetic position of transport levels in organic semiconductors is crucial to answer fundamental and application related questions, e.g. about transport properties and exciton binding energies, which are important for the development of organic devices. We present a systematic approach to determine transport levels of the model system PTCDA/Ag(111) using a combination of different photoelectron-spectroscopies (UPS, IPES, and 2PPE). The applied methods differ in their excitation mechanisms and thus provide information about electron relaxation dynamics. We classify the results on the one hand with respect to the optical gap, exciton binding energy and localization. On the other hand we discuss them with respect to common models on charge carrier localization and transport. The experiments yield results that show a rather unexpected behaviour of highly delocalized charge carriers and only weakly bound excitons.

  5. Uranium determination at ppb levels by X-ray fluorescence after its preconcentration on polyurethane foam

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    A sensitive method based on the preconcentration of uranium on powdered polyurethane foam (PUF) has been developed to determinate this element in water samples by X-ray florescence. Uranium at ppb levels was sorbed as the salicylate complex on powdered PUF at pH 4.0. The resulting PUF was filtered through a filter paper and used for X-ray fluorescence measurements. For 50 μg/l of uranium the coefficient of variation for five measurements is 5% and the detection limit is 5.5 μg/l. The interference level of various ions and ligands was studied and optimum conditions were developed to determine uranium in reference materials, waste water, mine drainage, and sea water. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  6. Evaluation of the reliability concerning the identification of human factors as contributing factors by a computer supported event analysis (CEA)

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    The project's objectives are the evaluation of the reliability concerning the identification of Human Factors as contributing factors by a computer supported event analysis (CEA). CEA is a computer version of SOL (Safety through Organizational Learning). Parts of the first step were interviews with experts from the nuclear power industry and the evaluation of existing computer supported event analysis methods. This information was combined to a requirement profile for the CEA software. The next step contained the implementation of the software in an iterative process of evaluation. The completion of this project was the testing of the CEA software. As a result the testing demonstrated that it is possible to identify contributing factors with CEA validly. In addition, CEA received a very positive feedback from the experts. (orig.)

  7. Determination of radionuclide levels in rainwater using ion exchange resin and γ-spectrometry

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    Jungck, Matthias H.A.; Andrey, Jean-Louis; Froidevaux, Pascal

    2009-01-01

    The evaluation of radioactivity accidentally released into the atmosphere involves determining the radioactivity levels of rainwater samples. Rainwater scavenges atmospheric airborne radioactivity in such a way that surface contamination can be deduced from rainfall rate and rainwater radioactivity content. For this purpose, rainwater is usually collected in large surface collectors and then measured by γ-spectrometry after such treatments as evaporation or iron hydroxide precipitation. We fo...

  8. The Determinants of Innovation in the Malaysian Manufacturing Sector: An Econometric Analysis at the Firm Level

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    Lee, Cassey

    2004-01-01

    Econometric analysis of firm-level data from the recent National Survey of Innovation indicates large firms are more likely to innovate compared to small firms. Ownership structure is also found to be an important determinant of innovation - private limited and public limited firms are twice more likely to innovate compared to soleproprietorship firms. A surprising finding is the negative correlation between the propensity to innovate and the share of exports in sales. There is also no eviden...

  9. Blood Mercury Level and Its Determinants among Dental Practitioners in Hamadan, Iran

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    Vahedi, M.; H. Mortazavi; Sh. Kasraei; Bakianian Vaziri, P.; Assary MJ.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Exposure to mercury can occur in occupational and environmental settings. During clinical work with dental amalgam, the dental personnel are exposed to both metallic mercury and mercury vapor. The aim of the present study was to investigate blood mercury level (BML) and its determinants among dentists practicing in Hamadan city, Iran. Materials and Methods: This cross sectional study was done on all dental practitioners of Hamadan (n=43). Dentists were asked to complete a questionn...

  10. Determination Inventory Level for Aircraft Spare Parts Using Continuous Review Model

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    Azizah Aisyati; Wakhid Ahmad Jauhari; Cucuk Nur Rosyidi

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we determine ordering quantity and reorder point for aircraft consumable spare parts. We use continuous review model to propose a spare part inventory policy that can be used in a aircraft maintenance company in Indonesia. We employ ABC classification system to categorize the spare parts based on their dollar contribution. We focus our research on managing the inventory level for spare parts on class A and B which commonly known as important classes. The result from the researc...

  11. Determination of dichlorvos residue levels in vegetables sold in Lusaka, Zambia

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    Sinyangwe, Davies Mwazi; Mbewe, Boniface; Sijumbila, Gibson

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Small scale and large scale farmers around Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia grow vegetables using intensive agriculture methods to satisfy the ever increasing demand. To ensure maximum yield they apply various types of pesticides to control pests and diseases that attack these vegetables. Organophosphate pesticides are widely used in agriculture for the control of various insect pests mainly in developing countries. The purpose of the study was to determine the residual levels ...

  12. What determines attitudes to immigration in European countries? An analysis at the regional level

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    Markaki, Yvonni; Longhi, Simonetta

    2012-01-01

    Different disciplines within the social sciences have produced large theoretical and empirical literatures to explain the determinants of anti-immigration attitudes. We bring together these literatures in a unified framework and identify testable hypotheses on what characteristics of the individual and of the local environment are likely to have an impact on anti-immigration attitudes. Most of the previous literature focuses on the explanation of attitudes at the individual level. When cross ...

  13. Climatic Warmth and National Wealth: Some Culture-Level Determinants of National Character Stereotypes

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    McCrae, Robert R.; Terracciano, Antonio; Realo, Anu; Allik, Jüri

    2007-01-01

    National character stereotypes are widely shared, but do not reflect assessed levels of personality traits. In this article we present data illustrating the divergence of stereotypes and assessed personality traits in north and south Italy, test hypotheses about the associations of temperature and national wealth with national character stereotypes in 49 cultures, and explore possible links to national values and beliefs. Results suggest that warmth and wealth are common determinants of natio...

  14. The Determination of the Production Function’'s Stochastic Frontier at the Industry Level

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available For this analysis, the first step consists in estimating the stochastic frontier of the productionfunction.This study is designed to analyze the metallurgic industry, with the determination of the productionfunction'’s stochastic frontier at the industry level.Analyzing the results of the implementation of the above models we observe that some companies havea high efficiency on the whole range, and some companies have a low efficiency in this period.

  15. Internal Determinants and Effects of Firm-Level Environmental Performance: Empirical Evidences from Vietnam

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    Pham Quynh Anh

    2015-01-01

    The paper explores the internal determinants of a manufacturing firm’s environmental performance indexed by acquiring government or ISO 14001 certificate and its impacts on the firm’s competitiveness in Vietnam, using a panel logistic and a modified Cobb-Douglas model respectively. It is found that firm size; environmental management system (EMS), foreign ownership, environmental staff, high technology level and middle age are factors increasing a firm’s possibility conforming to the ISO 1400...

  16. Determination of the Mechanization Level For Forestry Operations by Linear Programming

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    GÜL, A. Uğur; Acar, H. Hulusi; TOPALAK, Özgür

    2000-01-01

    Forestry operations take place under various variables and partly uncontrolled factors. The lack of mechanization level and its application cause quantity and quality losses during production. In this study, seven different production methods were used for felling, logging and barking to determine the best of production method for the Kale region. Seven different models were set up and solved by linear programming for this purpose. Each of these solutions were used with different producti...

  17. Determination of Sulfur Content at PPB Level in Light Oils by Oxidative Microcoulometry

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    Yang Defeng; He Pei

    2002-01-01

    A method for determination of sulfur content at ppb level in light oils is proposed. The key technique of the method includes the design of a new type of pyrolysis tube, which is characterized by large capacity and nested structure, and the optimization of operating conditions. The achievable lowest detection limit is 50ng/g. For the samples in which the sulfur content is less than lmg/L, this method features better precision and accuracy, good linearity and quicker test speed.

  18. Educational level as a contextual and proximate determinant of all cause mortality in Danish adults

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    Osler, M; Prescott, E

    2003-01-01

    STUDY OBJECTIVE: To examine the educational level in the area of living as a determinant of all cause mortality, controlling for individual and other correlated contextual factors. DESIGN: Pooled data from two population based cohort studies were linked to social registers to obtain selected soci...... other contextual risk factors. Neighbourhood education is one of different characteristics of adverse social conditions in an area increasing mortality....

  19. MRI of growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas: factors determining pretreatment hormone levels

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    Preoperative serum growth hormone (GH) level is one of the most important determinants of outcome. Our aim was to assess MRI findings which may correlate with pretreatment GH levels in GH-secreting adenomas. We retrospectively studied 29 patients with acromegaly caused by a pituitary adenoma. Tumor size (height, width, thickness and volume), suprasellar extension, sphenoid or cavernous sinus invasion, signal intensity and contrast enhancement were studied. Linear regression analysis or Fisher's exact probability test was used for statistical analysis. Factors related to high GH levels were the maximum dimension of the tumour (r = 0.496, P < 0.01), its volume (r = 0.439, P < 0.05), spenoid sinus invasion (P < 0.01) and intracavernous carotid artery encasement (P < 0.01). The other items were not related to serum GH levels. Since we believe surgery is the first choice of treatment and the cavernous sinus is difficult of access with a conventional surgical approach, preoperative assessment of invasion into the cavernous sinus is critical for predicting the surgical outcome. Low GH levels (5-50 ng/ml) were found with tumours medial to the intercarotid line and high levels (more than 101 ng/ml) with invasive tumours with carotid artery encasement. Variable GH levels were noted with tumours extending beyond the intercarotid line. Because functioning adenomas invading the cavernous sinus tend to have markedly high hormone levels, and only patients with carotid artery encasement showed markedly elevated GH levels, we believe carotid artery encasement a reliable MRI indicator of cavernous sinus invasion. (orig.)

  20. Practical aspects of the technical and technological development level determining the machine-building enterprise

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    O.G. Shevliuga

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the article. The aim of the article is to determine the technical-technological development level of the machine-building enterprise on the basis of the proposed methodological approach. The results of the analysis. Low innovation activity of enterprises creates opportunities for improving many of its aspects. The technical-technological development is an essential part of modern enterprise innovation activity, which is an important component of successful functioning of enterprises. However, the question of finding funding sources for implementation of innovative changes remains open. Therefore it is necessary to involve different sources of funding to carry out the changes The proposed research and methodical recommendations facilitate application of scientific foundations for calculating the technical-technological development level in practice. The approach is aimed at the efficient use of existing fixed assets and introduction of technological innovations. The technical and technological components of the technical-technological development of machine-building enterprise “Turbomash Ltd” are examined in the article. The determination of its level allows defining the enterprise position in a competitive environment. The partial indicators of technical and technological TTD components during the period of 2009-2013 years are used in the calculation. On the basis of partial indicators for the technical and technological components integrated indicators are calculated. With the help of expert estimations weight characteristics of partial indicators are determined. Conclusions and directions of futher researches. According to the calculation results analyzed enterprise is positioned in the two-dimensional matrix based on integral indicators for the technical and technological components. Recommendations concerning measures of increasing the technical-technological development level of the enterprise are offered. For its increasing

  1. The Determination of Physical Activity Levels of Trainers in Kastamonu, Turkey

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    Mehmet Günay

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study was carried out with the aim of determining the PA levels of the trainers working in Kastamonu in terms of gender and marital status variables. This study was applied to trainers from 15 different branches in the competitions organized by Kastamonu Directorate of Youth and Sports and Kastamonu Directorate of National Education. A total of 51 trainers participated in the study voluntarily; 19 of them were female; their mean age was 26.53±9.08 years, their mean height was 167.37±5.37 m and their mean weight was 60.37±7.30 kg. 32 of the trainers were male; their mean age was 35.41±8.10, their mean height was 179.69±6.25 m and their mean weight was 83.94±12.11 kg. Since the PA levels of the trainers working in the city center of Kastamonu were studied, the number of subjects was 51. In this study, in order to determine the physical activity level of the trainers, Physical Activity Evaluation Survey (PAAQ has been used. SPSS 15.0 was used to analyze the data in the dual comparisons, the nonparametric Mann-Whitney U Test has been applied. According to gender, there was no significant difference in met/week values of all indexes (p>0.05; also according to marital status, there was significant difference in met/week value of work index (p0.05, U=230,500 and sport indexes (p>0.05, U=282,000, PA levels of female trainers were found higher in home index. On the other hand, it was also determined that according to marital status, PA levels of single trainers were higher than married trainers in work index.

  2. Dietary and reproductive determinants of plasma organochlorine levels in pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro

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    Organo chlorine (OC) plasma levels and their dietary and reproductive determinants were investigated in 64 pregnant women from Rio de Janeiro, brazil. Prenatal exposure of newborns was evaluated in a subset of these womens in which umbilical cord blood was analyzed. To assess the influence of dietary factors on OC levels, a semi quantitative food frequency questionnaire as completed by participants. Non dietary determinants were investigated through a general questionnaire that addressed reproductive history, lifestyle, and social-demographic characteristics. Both women and their newborns had detectable but low levels of OCs. The most frequently detected compound was p,p'-DDE, the main metabolite of p,p'-DDT. This compound was found in 97% of the women who participated in the study and in 67% of the umbilical cord blood samples, with levels ranging from 0.161 to 8.03 ppb and from 0.320 to 1.06 ppb, respectively. Among the OCs detected, only p,p'-DDE showed any correlation with dietary and non dietary factors. There was a positive correlation between maternal p,p'-DDE and the consumption of fish Pearson r=0.38,P=0.002) and chicken (Pearson r=0.26, P=0.042). The correlation between pork consumption and p,p'-DDE exhibited an inverse relationship (Pearson r=-0.25,P=0.052). Parity was the only non dietary factor hat showed a significant correlation (Pearson r=-0.36,P=0.004). The main determinants of p,p'-DDE levels in this group of women were fish consumption and parity, together explaining 28% of the variance (P<001), in a multivariate model

  3. Determination of Noise Level and Its Sources in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Ward

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: In Neonatal intensive care units (NICU different sound intensities and frequencies are produced from different sources, which may exert undesirable physiological effects on the infants. The aim of this study was to determine the noise level and its sources in the NICU and neonatal ward of Al-Zahra Hospital of Rasht, Iran. Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, the intensity of the sounds generated by the internal and external sources in the NICU and neonatal ward was measured using a sound level meter device. The sound produced by each of the sources was individually calculated. Data were analyzed performing descriptive and analytical statistics, using SPSS version 19. Results: The mean noise levels in six rooms and a hallway during morning, afternoon and night shifts with the electromechanical devices turned on were 61.67±4.5, 61.32±4.32 and 60.71±4.56 dB, respectively. Moreover, with the devices tuned off the mean noise levels during morning, afternoon and evening shifts were 64.97±2.6, 60.6±1.29 and 57.91±4.73 dB, respectively. The differences between the mean noise levels in the neonatal wards (standard noise level=45 dB during each shift with the electromechanical devices turned on and off were statistically significant (P=0.002 and P

  4. Diagnostic value of determination of serum pepsinogen and gastrin levels in patients with peptic ulcer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical significance of changes of serum pepsinogen and gastrin levels in patients with gastric/duodenal ulcer. Methods: Serum pepsinogen I (PG I), pepsinogen II (PGII), gastrin levels and PG I/PG II ratio were determined with RIA in 100 controls, 61 patients with duodenal ulcer, 46 patients with gastric ulcer, 66 patients with gastric cancer and 101 patients with chronic gastritis. Results: In patients with peptic ulcer (gastric/duodenal), the serum levels of PG I, PG II and PG I/PG II ratio were significantly higher than those in controls (P<0.001); the serum gastrin levels were also significantly higher than those in controls and patients with chronic gastritis (P<0.001), but lower than those in patients with gastric cancer (P<0.001). Among patients with peptic ulcer, the serum PG I level and PG I/PG II ratio were significantly higher in patients with duodenal ulcer than those in patients with gastric ulcer (P<0.001). Conclusion: Excessive high serum levels of PG I, PG II, gastrin and PG I/PG II ratio were some of the high risk factors for peptic ulcer. Those were useful serum markers for diagnosis and follow-up of the disease. (authors)

  5. Corporate governance determinants: the firm-level evidence from transitional country, Ukraine

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    Vitaliy Zheka

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper attempts to empirically investigate the determinants of choices of corporate governance practices by corporations in a transition market. The study offers firm-level evidence benefiting from unique financial and governance data on Ukraine. In particular, we analyze the factors that affect overall level as well as individual elements of corporate governance. We consider such governance elements as shareholder rights, transparency, board independence, chairman independence and ownership. Overall we found that regulatory, industry and firm level factors are important, which is consistent with previous literature for other countries. Combining our results with the results of Zheka (20063 we conclude that it is possible for the government to implement and enforce better corporate governance practices in the economy that would make Ukrainian enterprises more attractive for foreign investment.

  6. How to Add Value to your Business with CEA: A Practical Approach

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    Daniel Cardenas

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Companies are always trying to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack by applying different strategies such as improving customer service, increasing the efficiency of their operations, or reducing their costs. Most of the time, however, these goals are competing against each other for scarce resources, and managers often need to decide to concentrate on one. A small company can effectively and simultaneously accomplish these goals for a fraction of the cost by implementing communications-enabled business processes or solutions, which are a set of technology components that add real-time networking functionality to applications. One particular implementation of this framework is the one provided by Coral CEA. Coral CEA is a business ecosystem anchored around CEA functionalities that are offered as building blocks, out-of-the-box components that link the capabilities and intelligence of networks platforms with the power of current applications to provide a new set of features and functionalities. In this article, we show how a small company called Rezact, located in the ski resort town of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, successfully implemented CEA capabilities within its own operations using Coral CEA services.

  7. DETERMINATION OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRESS AND ORGANIZATIONAL BURNOUT LEVELS OF MID LEVEL MANAGERS WORKING IN FOUR AND FIVE STAR HOTEL BUSINESSES

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    Sevket Yirik

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The present study emphasizes the concepts of stress and organizational stress which are the main concepts constituting theoretical foundation of the research; evaluates influences of stress on organization; discusses the concept of organizational burnout as well as its sub-dimensions; and analyses organizational stress and burnout levels of mid level managers working in four and five star hotels. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between organizational stress and organizational burnout levels of mid level managers of four and five star hotel businesses. Survey has been conducted on 318 employees of four and five star hotels operating in Alanya, Turkey. According to the analysis of data, it has been observed that ages of mid level managers have an influence on their organizational stress and burnout levels. Genders of mid level managers are influential on their organizational stress levels while they have no influence on their burnout levels. Education levels of managers influence their organizational stress levels while they have no influence on their burnout levels. The departments of managers are influential both on organizational stress and burnout. Positions of managers influence their burnout levels while they have no influence on their organizational stress levels.

  8. A rapid radioimmunoassay for determination of tumor antigens with reference to carcinoembryonic antigen

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    A novel experimental procedure for the determination of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) by a solid phase microradioimmunoassay has been developed. Goat anti-CEA antibodies were immobilized by coupling to cyanogen bromide activated filter paper discs. The inhibition of binding of radioiodinated CEA to the discs was proportional to the amount of unlabelled CEA present in the test sample. The experimental procedure involved two steps: (i) the test material containing unlabelled CEA was allowed to react with the antibody coated discs at 37 deg C for 2 hrs., and (ii) a standard amount of 125I-CEA was added to the reaction mixture and incubated for 24 hours at 37 deg C or room temperature. The discs were then washed 4 times and the radioactivity of each disc was determined. The sensitivity of the test in its present state of development was 2.5 ng/ml. (author)

  9. Antibody-guided irradiation of hepatic metastases using intrahepatically administered radiolabelled anti-CEA antibodies with simultaneous and reversible hepatic blood flow stasis using biodegradable starch microspheres.

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    Epenetos, A A; Courtenay-Luck, N; Dhokia, B; Snook, D; Hooker, G; Lavender, J P; Hemmingway, A; Carr, D; Paraharalambous, M; Bosslet, K

    1987-12-01

    Two monoclonal antibodies to carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) were radiolabelled with 131I and used for the treatment of hepatic metastases in a patient who had a primary colonic carcinoma. Approximately 100 mCi of 131I-labelled antibody were administered via the hepatic artery on two occasions. On the second occasion, radiolabelled antibody was given concurrently with biodegradable starch microspheres in an attempt to enhance tumour uptake of antibody by achieving temporary stasis or delay of hepatic blood flow. The procedure was carried out uneventfully. There was clinical improvement and a fall in circulating CEA levels after each course of treatment. Furthermore, after the second course of therapy the clinical improvement was sustained for a longer period (more than 3 months) and there was evidence of diminution in the size of some of the liver metastases. Regional administration of 131I-labelled anti-CEA antibody concurrently with biodegradable starch microspheres appears to be a promising new method for the treatment of hepatic metastases from colonic carcinoma. PMID:3449789

  10. Levels of active tyrosine kinase receptor determine the tumor response to Zalypsis

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    Zalypsis® is a marine compound in phase II clinical trials for multiple myeloma, cervical and endometrial cancer, and Ewing’s sarcoma. However, the determinants of the response to Zalypsis are not well known. The identification of biomarkers for Zalypsis activity would also contribute to broaden the spectrum of tumors by selecting those patients more likely to respond to this therapy. Using in vitro drug sensitivity data coupled with a set of molecular data from a panel of sarcoma cell lines, we developed molecular signatures that predict sensitivity to Zalypsis. We verified these results in culture and in vivo xenograft studies. Zalypsis resistance was dependent on the expression levels of PDGFRα or constitutive phosphorylation of c-Kit, indicating that the activation of tyrosine kinase receptors (TKRs) may determine resistance to Zalypsis. To validate our observation, we measured the levels of total and active (phosphorylated) forms of the RTKs PDGFRα/β, c-Kit, and EGFR in a new panel of diverse solid tumor cell lines and found that the IC50 to the drug correlated with RTK activation in this new panel. We further tested our predictions about Zalypsis determinants for response in vivo in xenograft models. All cells lines expressing low levels of RTK signaling were sensitive to Zalypsis in vivo, whereas all cell lines except two with high levels of RTK signaling were resistant to the drug. RTK activation might provide important signals to overcome the cytotoxicity of Zalypsis and should be taken into consideration in current and future clinical trials

  11. Determinations of personal carbon monoxide exposure and blood carboxyhemoglobin levels in Korea.

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    Chung, Y; Park, S E; Lee, K; Yanagisawa, Y; Spengler, J D

    1994-12-01

    Determinant factors for personal carbon monoxide (CO) exposures were sought in Korea, where CO poisoning has been a major public health problem due to coal briquette (Yeontan) combustion for space heating and cooking. Personal 24-hr CO exposures of 15 housewives were measured by CO passive samplers on 2 days of the week (Wednesday and Sunday). Blood samples were taken to measure carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) just after the exposure sampling. Average CO exposure and COHb level were 5.6 ppm and 2.4%, respectively. Personal CO exposures as well as COHb levels were significantly increased by the use of Yeontan, especially on a weekday. Carboxyhemoglobin levels were closely related to the time between blood collection and replacement of Yeontan: the closer the blood collection was to replace Yeontan, the higher the COHb levels were. Assuming a background COHb of 1.34%, COHb increased on average by 1.8% with a 24-hr personal CO exposure of 10 ppm. The relationship between CO exposure and COHb level was provided by simultaneous direct measurements in real environment, although a measurement of COHb at the end of exposure could not represent previous 24-hr exposure thoroughly. PMID:7871846

  12. Determination of cadmium at ultra-trace levels by CPE-molecular fluorescence combined methodology

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    A highly sensitive micelle-mediated extraction methodology for the preconcentration and determination of trace levels of cadmium by molecular fluorescence has been developed. Metal was complexed with o-phenanthroline (o-phen) and eosin (eo) at pH 7.6 in buffer Tris medium and quantitatively extracted into a small volume of surfactant-rich phase of PONPE 7.5 after centrifugating. The chemical variables affecting cloud point extraction (CPE) were evaluated and optimized. The RSD for six replicates of cadmium determinations at 0.84 μg L-1 level was 1.17%. The linearity range using the preconcentration system was between 2.79 x 10-3 μg L-1 and 2.81 μg L-1 with a correlation coefficient of 0.99. Under the optimal conditions, it obtained a LOD of 8.38 x 10-4 μg L-1 and LOQ of 2.79 x 10-3 μg L-1. The method presented good sensitivity and selectivity and was applied to the determination of trace amounts of cadmium in commercially bottled mineral water, tap water and water well samples with satisfactory results. The proposed method is an innovative application of CPE-luminescence to metal analysis comparable in sensitivity and accuracy with atomic spectroscopies.

  13. Determination of cadmium at ultra-trace levels by CPE-molecular fluorescence combined methodology

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    Talio, Maria Carolina [Instituto de Quimica de San Luis (INQUISAL-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Luconi, Marta O. [Area de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis (Argentina); Masi, Adriana N. [Area de Bromatologia- Ensayo y Valoracion de Medicamentos, Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis (Argentina); Instituto de Quimica de San Luis (INQUISAL-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina); Fernandez, Liliana P., E-mail: lfernand@unsl.edu.ar [Area de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Quimica, Bioquimica y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis (Argentina); Instituto de Quimica de San Luis (INQUISAL-CONICET), Chacabuco y Pedernera, 5700 San Luis (Argentina)

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    A highly sensitive micelle-mediated extraction methodology for the preconcentration and determination of trace levels of cadmium by molecular fluorescence has been developed. Metal was complexed with o-phenanthroline (o-phen) and eosin (eo) at pH 7.6 in buffer Tris medium and quantitatively extracted into a small volume of surfactant-rich phase of PONPE 7.5 after centrifugating. The chemical variables affecting cloud point extraction (CPE) were evaluated and optimized. The RSD for six replicates of cadmium determinations at 0.84 {mu}g L{sup -1} level was 1.17%. The linearity range using the preconcentration system was between 2.79 x 10{sup -3} {mu}g L{sup -1} and 2.81 {mu}g L{sup -1} with a correlation coefficient of 0.99. Under the optimal conditions, it obtained a LOD of 8.38 x 10{sup -4} {mu}g L{sup -1} and LOQ of 2.79 x 10{sup -3} {mu}g L{sup -1}. The method presented good sensitivity and selectivity and was applied to the determination of trace amounts of cadmium in commercially bottled mineral water, tap water and water well samples with satisfactory results. The proposed method is an innovative application of CPE-luminescence to metal analysis comparable in sensitivity and accuracy with atomic spectroscopies.

  14. Determination of 90Sr in low-level radioactive wastes using extraction chromatography and LSC

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    A procedure for the determination of 90Sr in low-level radioactive wastes is presented in this work. It is a part of a methodology developed for the sequential radiochemical separation of radionuclides in low-level radioactive wastes. These radionuclides comprises the actinides and 55Fe, 63Ni and 90Sr, classified as difficult-to-measure (DTM) radionuclides in the radioactive waste characterization, because they cannot be measured by direct measurements, like gamma spectrometry. A variety of methods have been reported in the literature, based on precipitation, liquid-liquid extraction and ion exchange. In this work, the separation was carried out using precipitation and extraction chromatography using the Sr Resin (Eichrom). This resin is strontium-selective, the extractant is a crown ether-derivative immobilized on an inert polymeric support. The 90Sr eluted from column was measured by LSC. The counting was carried out within 5 hours of the start of yttrium ingrowth to minimize interferences from 90Y. The counting efficiency was calculated by using a 90Sr standard solution purified by the specific resin. The chemical yield of the procedure was determined gravimetrically by the addition of a stable Sr carrier. Optimum conditions for the pretreatment, separation and LSC setting were determined using simulated samples. This procedure showed to be rapid and achieved a good chemical recovery, with an average of 84 %, and a detection limit of 0.6 Bq L-1. (author)

  15. Technetium-99m labelling of the ior-CEA-1 monoclonal antibody: Evaluation of different methods

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    In the present work, we evaluated the influence of experimental conditions on the characteristics of the radiolabelled ior-CEA-1 prepared by direct method, using 2-ME and stannous chloride as reductants and indirect method in which 2-IM is used to generate sulfhydryl groups in the protein. The following parameters were studied: number of free sulfhydryl groups of treated antibody, labelling efficiency, chemical and radiochemical composition of the radiolabelled antibodies as well as their immunological and biological properties. The properties of 99Tcm-ior-CEA-1 obtained by 2-ME method were compared to the ones of the 99Tcm-monoclonal antibody obtained from a commercial kit (BW 431/26). Some clinical studies using 99Tcm-ior-CEA-1 were also performed

  16. Chemistry of complexing molecules and environment. Report of the working group of the Cea ''mission environment''

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    The Working group 'Chemistry of Complexing Molecules and Environment' of the Mission Environment (AG/ENV) identified themes for an original positioning of CEA on important issues of environmental research if a sufficiently strong demand appears. The research of CEA on the environment should be complementary to actions undertaken by other partners (official institutions, research organizations and industrial firms). The themes suggested are: the synthesis of new chelating molecules and new materials having specific properties, with the support of theoretical chemistry and modeling, analytical physical chemistry and speciation of species in relation to their eco-toxicity and their biogeochemical mobility in the natural environment. These themes, illustrated by examples of actions in progress at CEA or likely to be launched quickly, draw largely from recognized competences of the teams, generally developed for finalized nuclear applications: experimental, theoretical and instrumental competences. (author)

  17. Simultaneous Determination of Multiple microRNA Levels Utilizing Biotinylated Dideoxynucleotides and Mass Spectrometry

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    Kim, Sobin; Park, Jungyun; Na, Jeongkyeong; Jung, Gyoo Yeol; Hwang, Jungwook

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulators of gene translation and have been suggested as potent biomarkers in various disease states. In this study, we established an efficient method for simultaneous determination of multiple miRNA levels, employing the previously developed SPC-SBE (solid phase capture-single base extension) approach and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS). In this approach, we first perform reverse transcription of miRNAs extracted using stem-loop primers. Then the cDNA is co-amplified with competitors, synthetic oligonucleotides whose sequences precisely match cDNA except for one base, and the amplicons serve as templates for a multiplexed SBE reaction. Extension products are isolated using SPC and quantitatively analyzed with MALDI-TOF MS to determine multiple miRNA levels. Here we demonstrated concurrent analysis of four miRNA levels utilizing the approach. Furthermore, we showed the presented method significantly facilitated MS analysis of peak area ratio owing to SPC. The SPC process allowed effective removal of irrelevant reaction components prior to MS and promoted MS sample purification. Data obtained in this study was verified with RT-qPCR and agreement was shown on one order of magnitude scale, suggesting the SPC-SBE and MS approach has strong potential as a viable tool for high throughput miRNA analysis. PMID:27380276

  18. Determination of the Optimal Level of Lending in Turkish Banking Sector

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Banking sector has a great importance in a national economy. Banks provide the vital function of mobilizing savings from those who have it and allocating such savings to those who wish to borrow to invest in economic development. When these two cardinal functions are not effectively provided by a country’s banking institutions, then its economic performance is seriously hampered. Main duty of banks is to accept deposits and channel those deposits into lending activities, either directly or through capital markets. In this study it is tried to determine if there is any correlation between the level of lending and the level of profitability. In addition to that, optimal level of lending is tried to be determined. Total lendings / total assets which is the best indicator of asset quality is accepted as independent variable and net income / total asset (return on assets, net income / equity (Return on equity are accepted as dependent variable. Between those variables regression and correlation analyse are done .

  19. Intracellular ATP levels are a pivotal determinant of chemoresistance in colon cancer cells.

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    Zhou, Yunfei; Tozzi, Federico; Chen, Jinyu; Fan, Fan; Xia, Ling; Wang, Jinrong; Gao, Guang; Zhang, Aijun; Xia, Xuefeng; Brasher, Heather; Widger, William; Ellis, Lee M; Weihua, Zhang

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    Altered metabolism in cancer cells is suspected to contribute to chemoresistance, but the precise mechanisms are unclear. Here, we show that intracellular ATP levels are a core determinant in the development of acquired cross-drug resistance of human colon cancer cells that harbor different genetic backgrounds. Drug-resistant cells were characterized by defective mitochondrial ATP production, elevated aerobic glycolysis, higher absolute levels of intracellular ATP, and enhanced HIF-1α-mediated signaling. Interestingly, direct delivery of ATP into cross-chemoresistant cells destabilized HIF-1α and inhibited glycolysis. Thus, drug-resistant cells exhibit a greater "ATP debt" defined as the extra amount of ATP needed to maintain homeostasis of survival pathways under genotoxic stress. Direct delivery of ATP was sufficient to render drug-sensitive cells drug resistant. Conversely, depleting ATP by cell treatment with an inhibitor of glycolysis, 3-bromopyruvate, was sufficient to sensitize cells cross-resistant to multiple chemotherapeutic drugs. In revealing that intracellular ATP levels are a core determinant of chemoresistance in colon cancer cells, our findings may offer a foundation for new improvements to colon cancer treatment. PMID:22084398

  20. Determination of Doping Knowledge Level of Physical Education and Sports College Students

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    Mehmet DALLI

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the work is Physical Education and Sports School students Doping is carried out to determine level of the knowledge. Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University Physical Education and Sports has been applied to the 120 people who teaching in this departmant have been assessed in the 120 sur veys. To determine the knowledge level of doping, content validity of the questionnaire consisting of 32 questions, intelligibility and reliability in the 2006 - 2007 school year are made by Coskun Sargın, Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient was found t o be 0.92. (0.80 level of knowledge of students in the department and according to gender differences were observed (p <0.05. students about gene doping as a result they do not have sufficient information has emerged. The information obtained on our research findings and results of the evaluation will be presented in some detail.

  1. The Determination Of Trace Element Levels In Diet By Neutron Activation Analysis

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    Trace element levels in foodstuff are normally low. Although the levels are low, certain trace elements which are called essential trace elements have an important role in metabolism process. Deficiency or intoxication of essential trace elements may lead to abnormal health. In this study the levels of Zn, Fe, AI, Mn, and Co in diet samples were determined by neutron activation analysis, and then the daily intakes of these elements were estimated. The samples were prepared by duplicate diet method, representing those that were consumed by population from West, Central and East Java. Following the collection the respective samples were blended, then were freeze dried at-54oc. The elemental quantification were performed by neutron activation analysis. The traceability of the determination was ensured using standard reference material NIST-SRM-1548a. The results show that the daily intake for Zn were 2.8-22.8 mg/day (reference value were 5- 40 mg/day), Fe were 3.1-26.5 mg/day (reference value were 6-40 mg/day), AI were 4,2-32.9 mg/day (reference value were 2-45 mg/day), Mn were 1.0-5,6 mg/day (reference value were 0.4-10,0 mg/day), and Co were 0,005-0,074 mg/day (reference value were 0.005 -1.8 mg/day

  2. Influence Determination of Social Responsibility to the Productivity Enterprise Activity Level

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to develop a scientific and methodical approach for determination of the comprehensive social responsibility indicator in this paper based on estimation of influence degree for the economical, ecological, social and labour, standard and legal components. There is allowance for determining of some level of enterprise social responsibility. In addition, there is a basis for development some ways of their increasing. The essence of the used approach is clotting of the individual indicators set to four intermediate indicators of the economic, ecological, social and labor, standard and legal components, which can be boiled down to the generalizing activity productivity indicator based on the matrix and range approach. An economical and mathematical model of the social responsibility influence level to the enterprise activity productivity level, which is based on enterprise propose harmonization with the participants’ interests, was being built. The paper proposes the mathematical model, which allows detecting a necessary time period for enterprise activity productivity ensuring due to social responsibility implementation.

  3. Significance of CEA, CA15-3 and biochemical markers of bone turnover in the diagnosis of bone metastasis from breast cancer

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    Objective: To evaluate the significance of tumor markers CEA and CA15-3, and biochemical markers of bone turnover (total procollagen type Ⅰ amino-terminal propeptide (TP Ⅰ NP), β-isomerized carboxyterminal propeptide (β-CTx), ALP and PTH) in the diagnosis of bone metastasis from breast cancer. Methods: A total of 78 patients (all females) with mean age (56.72 ± 10.76) years, who were diagnosed with breast cancer, were included in this study. The patients were divided into two groups based on radionuclide bone imaging: with bone metastasis (n=32) and without bone metastasis (n=46). The serum concentrations of CEA, CA15-3, TP Ⅰ NP, β-CTx, PTH, ALP were measured. Gleason scores were evaluated. The diagnostic value was evaluated by ROC curve.The two groups were compared using two-sample t test. The correlations between bone metastasis and tumor markers, bone metastasis and biochemical markers of bone turnover were analyzed with Pearson correlation and logistic analysis. Results: The serum levels of CEA, CA15-3, TP Ⅰ NP, β-CTx, PTH and ALP were significantly higher in the group with bone metastasis than those in the group without bone metastasis (t: 4.16-7.56, all P<0.05). For the diagnosis of bone metastasis from breast cancer, the AUC of CEA, CA15-3, TP Ⅰ NP, [β-CTx, PTH and ALP was 0.815, 0.887, 0.869, 0.852, 0.844, 0.731, respectively. Using the cut-off values of 4.18 μg/L for CEA, 0.04 U/L for CA15-3, 49.70 μg/L for TP Ⅰ NP, 0.47 pg/L for β-CTx,54.90 ng/L for PTH and 49.90 U/L for ALP, the sensitivities were 56.3% (18/32), 75.0% (24/32), 78.1% (25/32), 81.3% (26/32), 78.1% (25/32), 68.8% (22/32) and the specificities were 80.4% (37/46), 84.8% (39/46), 76.1% (35/46), 78.3% (36/46), 69.6% (32/46), 58.7% (27/46), respectively. CEA, CA15-3, TP Ⅰ NP, β-CTx, PTH, ALP and Gleason score were positively correlated with the presence of bone metastasis (r: 0.267-0.636, all P<0.05). CEA, CA15-3, TP Ⅰ NP, β-CTx, PTH and Gleason score were independent

  4. Effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer

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    Su-Yu Zhu; Jie Tan; Chen-Lu Zhang; Qun-Ying Wu; Xue-Xin Xie; Hua-Fang Yin

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer.Methods:A total of 80 patients with advanced ovarian cancer in our hospital from December 2012 to December 2015 were enrolled in this study. The subjects were divided into control group (n=40) and experiment group (n=40) randomly. The control group were treated with paclitaxel and cisplatin, the experiment group were treated with paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin. 21 days for a period of treatment and the two groups were treated for 3 periods. The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA levels and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before and after treatment were compared. Results:There were no significantly differences of the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA level and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before treatment (P>0.05). The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA level of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly lower than control group (P<0.05). The peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+and NK cells of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly higher than control group (P<0.05). Conclusions:Paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin can significantly reduce the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA levels, improve peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK levels of patients with advanced ovarian cancer, and it was worthy clinical application.

  5. Overview of CEA research in the field of radionuclides migration; Syntheses des recherches menees par le CEA sur la migration des radionucleides

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    Poinssot, Ch.; Trotignon, L.; Tevissen, E

    2006-07-01

    This report presents a synthetic status of the researches conducted within the Nuclear Energy Division (CEA/DEN) in the field of radionuclides migration in three specific areas which have been chosen for their representativeness and potential impact: the migration of RN in PWR reactors, the migration of RN from a deep geological repository and the migration processes in the surface environments. In addition, some status is given about more generic research which is conducted in the field of RN speciation in the aqueous phase and at the interfaces and regarding chemistry / transport couplings. Additional information about the human and technical means involved in these fields of research in CEA/DEN is finally given in the Appendix. (authors)

  6. Uropathogenic E. coli Exploit CEA to Promote Colonization of the Urogenital Tract Mucosa.

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    Muenzner, Petra; Kengmo Tchoupa, Arnaud; Klauser, Benedikt; Brunner, Thomas; Putze, Johannes; Dobrindt, Ulrich; Hauck, Christof R

    2016-05-01

    Attachment to the host mucosa is a key step in bacterial pathogenesis. On the apical surface of epithelial cells, members of the human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) family are abundant glycoproteins involved in cell-cell adhesion and modulation of cell signaling. Interestingly, several gram-negative bacterial pathogens target these receptors by specialized adhesins. The prototype of a CEACAM-binding pathogen, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, utilizes colony opacity associated (Opa) proteins to engage CEA, as well as the CEA-related cell adhesion molecules CEACAM1 and CEACAM6 on human epithelial cells. By heterologous expression of neisserial Opa proteins in non-pathogenic E. coli we find that the Opa protein-CEA interaction is sufficient to alter gene expression, to increase integrin activity and to promote matrix adhesion of infected cervical carcinoma cells and immortalized vaginal epithelial cells in vitro. These CEA-triggered events translate in suppression of exfoliation and improved colonization of the urogenital tract by Opa protein-expressing E. coli in CEA-transgenic compared to wildtype mice. Interestingly, uropathogenic E. coli expressing an unrelated CEACAM-binding protein of the Afa/Dr adhesin family recapitulate the in vitro and in vivo phenotype. In contrast, an isogenic strain lacking the CEACAM-binding adhesin shows reduced colonization and does not suppress epithelial exfoliation. These results demonstrate that engagement of human CEACAMs by distinct bacterial adhesins is sufficient to blunt exfoliation and to promote host infection. Our findings provide novel insight into mucosal colonization by a common UPEC pathotype and help to explain why human CEACAMs are a preferred epithelial target structure for diverse gram-negative bacteria to establish a foothold on the human mucosa. PMID:27171273

  7. Uropathogenic E. coli Exploit CEA to Promote Colonization of the Urogenital Tract Mucosa.

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    Petra Muenzner

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Attachment to the host mucosa is a key step in bacterial pathogenesis. On the apical surface of epithelial cells, members of the human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA family are abundant glycoproteins involved in cell-cell adhesion and modulation of cell signaling. Interestingly, several gram-negative bacterial pathogens target these receptors by specialized adhesins. The prototype of a CEACAM-binding pathogen, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, utilizes colony opacity associated (Opa proteins to engage CEA, as well as the CEA-related cell adhesion molecules CEACAM1 and CEACAM6 on human epithelial cells. By heterologous expression of neisserial Opa proteins in non-pathogenic E. coli we find that the Opa protein-CEA interaction is sufficient to alter gene expression, to increase integrin activity and to promote matrix adhesion of infected cervical carcinoma cells and immortalized vaginal epithelial cells in vitro. These CEA-triggered events translate in suppression of exfoliation and improved colonization of the urogenital tract by Opa protein-expressing E. coli in CEA-transgenic compared to wildtype mice. Interestingly, uropathogenic E. coli expressing an unrelated CEACAM-binding protein of the Afa/Dr adhesin family recapitulate the in vitro and in vivo phenotype. In contrast, an isogenic strain lacking the CEACAM-binding adhesin shows reduced colonization and does not suppress epithelial exfoliation. These results demonstrate that engagement of human CEACAMs by distinct bacterial adhesins is sufficient to blunt exfoliation and to promote host infection. Our findings provide novel insight into mucosal colonization by a common UPEC pathotype and help to explain why human CEACAMs are a preferred epithelial target structure for diverse gram-negative bacteria to establish a foothold on the human mucosa.

  8. Report of transparency and nuclear safety 2007 CEA Fontenay aux Roses; Rapport transparence et securite nucleaire 2007 CEA Fontenay aux Roses

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    2007-07-01

    This report presents the activities of the CEA Center of Fontenay aux roses for the year 2007. After many years of decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear installations, the Center is now devoted (since 2005) to the development of research programmes on biology and biomedical technologies. The actions concerning the safety, the radiation protection, the significant events, the release control and the environmental impacts and the wastes stored on the center are discussed. (A.L.B.)

  9. Determination the Level of Dust ond Free Silica in Air of Khaf Iron Stone Quarries

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Silica is an inorganic material that found in the nature in various forms. The hazards of crystal of silica or α-quartz (free silica is greater than other forms. Exposure to dust that contains free silica result to pulmonary injury and result to silicosis and death finally. The present research was conducted in order to evaluate the level of workers exposure to free silica in air of Khaf Iron stone quarries."nMaterials and methods: The exposure level to total and respiratory dust measured based on personal and environmental sampling methods and concentration of dust determined based on gravimetric method. For determination of amounts of free silica, dust samples analyses based on X-ray diffraction (XRD method, and results compared with standard levels."nResults: The maximum amount of total dust and free silica measured in stone breaking station (800±155mg/m3 and 26.11±6.7 mg/m3 and minimum of them measured in official and safeguarding station (8.28±2.2 mg/m3 and 0.012±0.0019 mg/m3. The maximum amount of respiratory dust and free silica measured in red mound digging number 1 (66.14±13.45 mg/m3 and 1.48±0.39 mg/m3 and minimum of them measured in air hammer machine station (5.26±2.62 mg/m3 and 0.01±0.005 mg/m3."nConclusion: Amount of total dust only in official and safeguarding station was lower than standard levels of Iran. Amount of respiratory dust in all stations was greater than Iran standard levels. Furthermore the level of respiratory free silica only in airy hammer machine station was lower than standard level of Iran. Regarding to this amounts it is so essential to that with applying different methods generation and emission of dust protected.

  10. Separation and determination of americium in low-level alkaline waste of NPP origin

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    Todorov, B.; Djingova, R.; Nikiforova, A.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this work is to develop a short and cost-saving procedure for the determination of 241Am in sludge sample of the alkaline low-level radioactive waste (LL LRAW) collected from Nuclear Power Plant “Kozloduy”. The determination of americium was a part of a complex analytical approach, where group actinide separation was achieved. An anion exchange was used for separation of americium from uranium, plutonium and iron. For the separation of americium extraction with diethylhexyl phosphoric acid (DEHPA) was studied. The final radioactive samples were prepared by micro co-precipitation with NdF3, counted by alpha and gamma spectrometry. The procedure takes 2 hours. The recovery yield of the procedure amounts to (95 ± 1.5)% and the detection limit is 53 mBq/kg 241Am (t=150 000 s). The analytical procedure was applied for actual liquid wastes and results were compared to standard procedure.

  11. Determination of acrylamide level in popular Iranian brands of potato and corn products.

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    Boroushaki, Mohammad Taher; Nikkhah, Elham; Kazemi, Abdollah; Oskooei, Mojtaba; Raters, Marion

    2010-10-01

    Acrylamide is a chemical found in starchy foods that have been cooked at high temperatures. These include crisps, chips, bread and crisp breads. It was first discovered by scientists in Sweden in 2002. The Objective of this study is to determine the level of acrylamide in popular Iranian brands of potato crisps and corn products, produced by domestic food industrial factories. For this reason 7 brands of potato and 8 brands of corn products (10 each) were collected, crashed and after preparing the extracts of each sample, using LC-MS-MS spectrometry for measuring acrylamide amount. Results showed that in different brands of potato and corn products there were different amounts (244-1688 microg/kg) and (<30-410 microg/kg) of acrylamide, respectively. As acrylamide is a dangerous toxin for human health, so it needs to reduce the level of acrylamide in these products that are used extensively by people specially children. PMID:20600544

  12. Internal Determinants and Effects of Firm-Level Environmental Performance: Empirical Evidences from Vietnam

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper explores the internal determinants of a manufacturing firm’s environmental performance indexed by acquiring government or ISO 14001 certificate and its impacts on the firm’s competitiveness in Vietnam, using a panel logistic and a modified Cobb-Douglas model respectively. It is found that firm size; environmental management system (EMS, foreign ownership, environmental staff, high technology level and middle age are factors increasing a firm’s possibility conforming to the ISO 14001 standards while domestics’ private ownership and low-or medium technology levels are constraints. There is no conclusive relationship between firm’s environmental performance, state ownership and old, young age. Firm’s environmental performance has no significant impact on its competitiveness measured by labor productivity.

  13. Determination of energy level alignment at metal/molecule interfaces by in-device electrical spectroscopy

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    Gobbi, M.; Pietrobon, L.; Atxabal, A.; Bedoya-Pinto, A.; Sun, X.; Golmar, F.; Llopis, R.; Casanova, F.; Hueso, L. E.

    2014-06-01

    The energetics of metal/molecular semiconductor interfaces plays a fundamental role in organic electronics, determining the performance of very diverse devices. So far, information about the energy level alignment has been most commonly gained by spectroscopy techniques that typically require experimental conditions far from the real device operation. Here we demonstrate that a simple three-terminal device allows the acquisition of spectroscopic information about the metal/molecule energy alignment in real operative condition. As a proof of principle, we employ the proposed device to measure the energy barrier height between different clean metals and C60 molecules and we recover typical results from photoemission spectroscopy. The device is designed to inject a hot electron current directly into the molecular level devoted to charge transport, disentangling the contributions of both the interface and the bulk to the device total resistance, with important implications for spintronics and low-temperature physics.

  14. Determination of transport levels of organic semiconductors by UPS and IPS

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    Krause, S; Schoell, A; Umbach, E [University of Wuerzburg, Experimental Physics II, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Casu, M B [University of Tuebingen, Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Auf der Morgenstelle 8, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)], E-mail: stefan.krause@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de

    2008-08-15

    In this paper, we present a comprehensive discussion on the determination of transport levels of organic semiconductors using a combination of UV and inverse photoemission spectroscopies (UPS and IPS, respectively). We discuss the key question of how the spectra should be evaluated to obtain the correct values for the transport levels. Our evaluation results in much smaller exciton binding energies than generally assumed, ranging from 0.1 to 0.4 eV for CuPc, PTCDA and Alq{sub 3}. Moreover, we find that polarization effects, vibrations, experimental resolution and inhomogeneous broadening contribute very little to the position and width of the broad photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and IPS signals. Thus, we suggest a model that explains much of the broadening as a result of dynamic charge delocalization. We discuss our data in analogy to those obtained for inorganic semiconductors (IOSCs), which are presented in a separate paper.

  15. Experimental level-structure determination in odd-odd actinide nuclei

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    The status of experimental determination of level structure in odd-odd actinide nuclei is reviewed. A technique for modeling quasiparticle excitation energies and rotational parameters in odd-odd deformed nuclei is applied to actinide species where new experimental data have been obtained by use of neutron-capture gamma-ray spectroscopy. The input parameters required for the calculation are derived from empirical data on single-particle excitations in neighboring odd-mass nuclei. Calculated configuration-specific values for the Gallagher-Moszkowski splittings are used. Calculated and experimental level structures for 238Np, 244Am, and 250Bk are compared, as well as those for several nuclei in the rare-earth region. The agreement for the actinide species is excellent, with bandhead energies deviating 22 keV and rotational parameters 5%, on the average. Applications of this modeling technique are discussed

  16. Nuclear. In China, the CEA asserts itself as a team leader

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    As the French government gave the CEA the responsibility of negotiating the nuclear French-Chinese nuclear strategic partnership, this article outlines the personality of the CEA's chairman, Bernard Bigot, but also the tensions which exist between the two main actors of the French nuclear industry, EDF and Areva, notably about their respective projects of development of a new reactor with China as far as EDF is concerned, and with Japan as far as Areva is concerned. In fact, China is asking France, not to build new reactors but to improve the performance and the safety in the existing ones

  17. Latest pixel size reduction of uncooled IR-FPA at CEA, LETI

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    Becker, Sebastien; Imperinetti, Pierre; Yon, Jean-Jacques; Ouvrier-Buffet, Jean-Louis; Goudon, Valérie; Hamelin, Antoine; Vialle, Claire; Arnaud, Agnès.

    2012-10-01

    Recent developments at the Infrared Lab (LIR) of CEA, LETI have been concentrated on the pixel size reduction of uncooled infrared detectors. With the support from French company ULIS, we have successfully demonstrated the technological integration of 12μm pixels on a commercial TV-format read-out circuit (VGA-ROIC) supplied by ULIS. The 12μm pixel has been designed, processed and characterized in CEA, LETI and first results showed exceptional performances. This paper presents the characterization and associated imagery results.

  18. The role of CA-242 and CEA in surveillance following curative resection for colorectal cancer.

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    Hall, N. R.; Finan, P. J.; Stephenson, B M; Purves, D. A.; Cooper, E H

    1994-01-01

    This study was undertaken to evaluate the role of a new tumour marker, CA-242, alone or in combination with CEA in the practical management of colorectal cancer patients after potentially curative resection. A cohort of 149 patients who had undergone 'curative' surgery was followed up according to an intensive protocol in order to detect recurrent disease. Over a median tumour marker follow-up period of 24 months there were 25 recurrences in 24 patients. Both CEA and CA-242 alone detected hal...

  19. The CEA and the alternative energies. Press tour 25 and 26 november 1999

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    In the framework of the public information on the CEA center of Cadarache and Grenoble, a presentation of the researches concerning the alternative energies is proposed. The Cea is commissioned by the Public Authorities, to keep the nuclear option open and for the long-dated, to develop renewable energies. In this domain researches on fuel cells and photovoltaic solar energy are performed. The principle and the applications of the fuel cell and the photovoltaic are recalled to introduce the research programs and the partners. (A.L.B.)

  20. 188Re-iorCEA1 as radioimmunotherapeutical agent: Preparation and evaluation. Cuba

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    Effective immunotherapy of human malignancies requires the selective delivery of these agents to relevant antigen-expressing tumour cells. A variety of strategies have been investigated to achieve this objective. It has been very clearly established that ior-CEA1 monoclonal antibody is an extremely good agent for immunoscintigraphy with a high sensitivity (94%) and specificity (87%). Ior-CEA1 is hence a good candidate for development as a therapeutic agent. Moreover, it is an attractive novel protein, which conserves its biological properties, despite chemical treatment

  1. AMS/CEA Joint Aerial Campaign Nevada Test Site AMS Data Analysis Procedure

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    The United States NNSA AMS (Aerial Measuring Systems) and the French Commissariat a l-Energie Atomique (CEA) participated in joint aerial survey activities during the period November 6-19, 2007. Survey activities were conducted near Las Vegas, Nevada, and at selected areas of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) under the auspices of the Accident Response Working Group (ARWG). The intent of the activities was to compare technologies, procedures, and data analysis techniques related to specific AMS and the CEA aerial radiation detection systems

  2. Changes in the legal status of the Commissariat a l'energie atomique (Cea)

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    The Cea a public research institution was re-classified among the energy research establishments (11 december 2008). The Cea, as the result of exceptional circumstances and complex activities, is today entering into a new era and must confront many national and supranational challenges. It is preparing, in effect, for a future nuclear industry (safer, less polluting, non-proliferating and more economical) and is conducting research into other energy solutions within the framework of sustainable development and limited greenhouse gas effects (hydrogen technology, fusion, alternative energy technologies). It also has another goal, to make technological research available to industry, not only by developing micro and nano-technologies or even to contribute technology for the benefit of scientific knowledge of living creatures, matter, climate and the environment. The new classification of the Cea as a research establishment in the field of energy, a heading which includes three other entities (A.N.D.R.A., A.D.E.M.E. and I.F.P.), raises questions about its specialization and diversification. However, no substantive change was made to the drafting of the legislative provisions so it is possible to imagine that the Cea takes initiatives in other fields, at the instigation or with the approval of the government, a matter which is facilitated by its classification in the E.P.I.C. category (public establishment at industrial and commercial character). The Cea also represents France in international organisations in the nuclear sector, such as the OECD Nuclear energy agency (Nea), the International atomic energy agency (IAEA) and the European communities. It also participates in intergovernmental negotiations in the nuclear field and ensures any follow-up required with regard to any resulting agreements. today, the Cea plays a major role in the implementation of French nuclear policy with the aim of making available to countries wishing to develop nuclear energy, a framework

  3. Performances of Herschel/PACS bolometer arrays and future developments at CEA

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    Billot, N.; RODRIGUEZ, L.; Okumura, K; Sauvage, M.; Agnèse, P.

    2009-01-01

    The European Space Agency is building a space telescope to observe the Universe in the Far-IR and sub-millimeter regime of the electromagnetic spectrum. The scientific payload is composed of three instruments. One of them, PACS, is equipped with a novel type of bolometer arrays developed by CEA in the late 90's. We briefly present the PACS Photometer and the architecture of CEA filled bolometer arrays. We accessed the physics of the detectors and thoroughly measured their performances by deve...

  4. On emanation background of installation for determination of low activity levels of radon-222

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    Question, related to a possible distoration of results of determining radon concentration low levels, characteristic of sea and ocean waters, which is due to contamination by radium of materials and substances included into the installation for direct water sample bubbling, is considered. Emanation effect for a series of adsorbents, dryers, filtering and structural materials is studied. Application of the results obtained allowed one to reduce the installation background 3.5 fold. To remove background radon accumulating in the installation during service interruption, at least two washing cycles are needed

  5. A RESEARCH FOR DETERMINE THE INTELLIGENCE LEVEL OF NATIONAL SPORTSMAN FOR DOPING (WRESTLING SAMPLE)

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    Gözde GENÇTÜRK; Tekin COLAKOGLU; DEMİREL, Mehmet

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the intelligence level of wrestler as a national sportsman for doping. Sample of this study is 76 male wrestler competitor in national team in 2008-2009 season. Wrestlers have been randomly selected.A tool used for data collection is prepared based on expert opinion. The survey is conducted to a population of 35 wrestler. The survey is reassessed depending on the survey results by eliminating the defects in survey questions. Furthermore a validity-rel...

  6. Climatic Warmth and National Wealth: Some Culture-Level Determinants of National Character Stereotypes

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    McCrae, Robert R.; Terracciano, Antonio; Realo, Anu; Allik, Jüri

    2009-01-01

    National character stereotypes are widely shared, but do not reflect assessed levels of personality traits. In this article we present data illustrating the divergence of stereotypes and assessed personality traits in north and south Italy, test hypotheses about the associations of temperature and national wealth with national character stereotypes in 49 cultures, and explore possible links to national values and beliefs. Results suggest that warmth and wealth are common determinants of national stereotypes, but that there are also idiosyncratic influences on the perceptions of individual nations. PMID:20046546

  7. Determination of deep levels in semi-insulating cadmium telluride by thermally stimulated current measurements

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    Thermally stimulated current (TSC) measurements have been performed in high resistivity (rho approximately 107ohms.cm) CdTe γ-ray detectors between 35 and 300K. The TSC curves have been analyzed by different methods, including those taking into account the retrapping of the carriers. The trap characteristics have been determined; especially three levels located at E(v)+0.13eV, E(v)+0.30eV and E(c)-0.55eV have been investigated

  8. Determination of performance criteria for high-level solidified nuclear waste

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    To minimize radiological risk from the operation of a waste management system, performance limits on volatilization, particulate dispersion, and dissolution characteristics of solidified high level waste must be specified. The results show clearly that the pre-emplacement environs are more limiting in establishing the waste form performance criteria than the post-emplacement environs. Absolute values of expected risk are very sensitive to modeling assumptions. The transportation and interim storage operations appear to be most limiting in determining the performance characteristics required. The expected values of risk do not rely upon the repositories remaining intact over the potentially hazardous lifetime of the waste

  9. Determination of performance criteria for high-level solidified nuclear waste

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    Heckman, R.A.; Holdsworth, T.

    1979-05-07

    To minimize radiological risk from the operation of a waste management system, performance limits on volatilization, particulate dispersion, and dissolution characteristics of solidified high level waste must be specified. The results show clearly that the pre-emplacement environs are more limiting in establishing the waste form performance criteria than the post-emplacement environs. Absolute values of expected risk are very sensitive to modeling assumptions. The transportation and interim storage operations appear to be most limiting in determining the performance characteristics required. The expected values of risk do not rely upon the repositories remaining intact over the potentially hazardous lifetime of the waste.

  10. Determination of Aflatoxin B1 Levels in Organic Spices and Herbs

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    Halil Tosun; Recep Arslan

    2013-01-01

    Organically produced spices and herbs were analyzed for determination of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) by ELISA using immunoaffinity column. For this purpose 93 organic spices and 37 organic herbs were randomly selected from organic markets and organic shops in Turkey. AFB1 was detected in 58 organic spice and 32 organic herb samples. Among organic spice samples, the maximum value was detected in cinnamon sample (53  μ g/kg). AFB1 was not detected in thyme samples. AFB1 levels of 41 organic spice sampl...

  11. Determination Inventory Level for Aircraft Spare Parts Using Continuous Review Model

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we determine ordering quantity and reorder point for aircraft consumable spare parts. We use continuous review model to propose a spare part inventory policy that can be used in a aircraft maintenance company in Indonesia. We employ ABC classification system to categorize the spare parts based on their dollar contribution. We focus our research on managing the inventory level for spare parts on class A and B which commonly known as important classes. The result from the research indicates that the continuous review policy gives a significant amount of saving compared to an existing policy used by the company.

  12. CT and MRI Determination of Intermuscular Space within Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles at Different Intervertebral Disc Levels.

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    Full Text Available Recognition of the intermuscular spaces within lumbar paraspinal muscles is critically important for using the paramedian muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. As such, it is important to determine the intermuscular spaces within the lumbar paraspinal muscles by utilizing modern medical imaging such as computed tomography (CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI.A total of 30 adult cadavers were studied by sectional anatomic dissection, and 60 patients were examined using CT (16 slices, 3-mm thickness, 3-mm intersection gap, n = 30 and MRI (3.0T, T2-WI, 5-mm thickness, 1-mm intersection gap, n = 30. The distances between the midline and the superficial points of the intermuscular spaces at different intervertebral disc levels were measured.Based on study of our cadavers, the mean distances from the midline to the intermuscular space between multifidus and longissimus, from intervertebral disc levels L1-L2 to L5-S1, were 0.9, 1.1, 1.7, 3.0, and 3.5 cm, respectively. Compared with the upper levels (L1-L3, the superficial location at the lower level (L4-S1 is more laterally to the midline (P<0.05. The intermuscular space between sacrospinalis and quadratus lumborum, and that between longissimus and iliocostalis did not exist at L4-S1. The intermuscular spaces in patients also varied at different levels of the lumbar spine showing a low discontinuous density in CT and a high signal in MRI. There were no significant differences between the observations in cadavers and those made using CT and MRI.The intermuscular spaces within the paraspinal muscles vary at different intervertebral disc levels. Preoperative CT and MRI can facilitate selection of the muscle-splitting approach to the lumbar spine. This paper demonstrates the efficacy of medical imaging techniques in surgical planning.

  13. The radioimmunological determination of the insulin level in the early postnatal period of the pigs

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    The insulin level determined by means of the radioimmunoassay, in piglets, 1 - 21 days of age revealed marked changes with age of the animals, as illustrated by the hormonal profiles. In general, the postnatal insuline profile was characterized by a quick rise in the serum hormone concentration - the postnatal hiperinsulinemia - observed already in some litters within the first 48 hours of life. The peak of the hormone concentration was followed by a decrease to a relatively constant but low level, between the third day and 10 - 14 day. In the absolute terms, the insulin concentration at 0 - 6 hours averaged from 3.3+-1.42 to 11.0+-1.44 μU/ml and then increased to the maximum from 19.8+-1.44 to 30.3+-8.81 μU/ml (means +- S.E., p<0.01) found between 12 - 36 hour of life. In some of the pigs a low or a high insulin level came by turns. Any insulin level above 16 μU/ml was classified as ''an insulin peak'' and that below 8 μU/ml as ''an insulin depression''. The frequency of the peaks and the depressions per day was the highest during the first 2 days of life, that is during the period known from the highest mortality in this species. The preliminary observation suggest that a high frequency of the insulin depressions is somewhat related to the lower vitality or to the hypoglycemia state. (author)

  14. DETERMINANTS OF POVERTY OF ZOBA MAEKEL OF ERITREA: A HOUSEHOLD LEVEL ANALYSIS

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    Yonas Tesfamariam Bahta

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper uses household level data collected from November 2010 to December 2011 for 303 respondents to examine probable determinants of poverty status employing descriptive analysis and Probit models. The descriptive result of mean per capita food expenditure (MPKFE in ZobaMaekel of Eritrea found that all the households’ heads are poor. The result of Probit analysis shows that poverty status is strongly associated with almost all variables used. Education level, type of resident, size of land, number of meal, remittance, access of credit from relatives, credit institutions, opinion to credit, rain fed crop, irrigated crop, income from agriculture and income from -non-agriculture were found to be negatively associated with food self-sufficiency as a proxy of poverty. However, family number, number of children, children at school age and rent of land highly positively related to poverty. For instance, higher levels of educational attainment will provide higher levels of welfare for the household. Education is not sufficient condition to escape from poverty. This indicates that there are other factors which affect poverty of a household in conjunction with education. There is a need for providing complementary factors alongside with education to alleviate poverty. Remittance is a good indicator of poverty, showing strong family ties within Eritrean society, the fact that Eritrea does not have social security system it may help to pursue policies which foster cultural ties and family networks as part of poverty alleviating endeavor. Polices to enhance social capital should be stressed more.

  15. Determination of Cortisol and Dehydroepiandrosterone Levels in Saliva for Screening of Periodontitis in Older Japanese Adults

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    Toshihiro Ansai

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Recent reports have found a positive relationship between periodontitis and the hormones cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA. We investigated the associations between those levels and periodontitis in never-smokers and smokers of elderly subjects. Subjects and Methods. Cortisol and DHEA levels in saliva were determined in 171 subjects (85 males, 86 females, with clinical examinations including probing depth (PD and clinical attachment loss (CAL also performed. Results. Smoking had effects on cortisol and DHEA levels, and those were significantly associated with severe PD and CAL in never-smokers. According to ROC analysis, the cutoff values of cortisol and DHEA to obtain the optimal sensitivity and specificity for detecting severe periodontitis were 2.06 ng/mL and 60.24 pg/mL, respectively, for PD, and 2.12 ng/mL and 61.78 pg/mL, respectively, for CAL. Conclusions. Assessment of hormone levels may be a useful screening method for periodontitis, though limited to never-smokers.

  16. A multilevel study of the determinants of area-level inequalities in colorectal cancer survival

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    Turrell Gavin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Australia, associations between geographic remoteness, socioeconomic disadvantage, and colorectal cancer (CRC survival show that survival rates are lowest among residents of geographically remote regions and those living in disadvantaged areas. At present we know very little about the reasons for these inequalities, hence our capacity to intervene to reduce the inequalities is limited. Methods/Design This study, the first of its type in Australia, examines the association between CRC survival and key area- and individual-level factors. Specifically, we will use a multilevel framework to investigate the possible determinants of area- and individual-level inequalities in CRC survival and quantify the relative contribution of geographic remoteness, socioeconomic and demographic factors, disease stage, and access to diagnostic and treatment services, to these inequalities. The multilevel analysis will be based on survival data relating to people diagnosed with CRC in Queensland between 1996 and 2005 (n = 22,723 from the Queensland Cancer Registry (QCR, area-level data from other data custodians such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and individual-level data from the QCR (including extracting stage from pathology records and Queensland Hospitals. For a subset of this period (2003 and 2004 we will utilise more detailed, individual-level data (n = 1,966 covering a greater range of risk factors from a concurrent research study. Geo-coding and spatial technology will be used to calculate road travel distances from patients' residence to treatment centres. The analyses will be conducted using a multilevel Cox proportional hazards model with Level 1 comprising individual-level factors (e.g. occupation and level 2 area-level indicators of remoteness and area socioeconomic disadvantage. Discussion This study focuses on the health inequalities for rural and disadvantaged populations that have often been documented but poorly

  17. Assessment 2000 and regulation and method. Releases control and environmental survey of the CEA Centers; Bilan 2000 et reglementation et methode. Controle des rejets et surveillance de l'environnement des centres CEA

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    The environment quality around the CEA centers is a major interest of its safety policy. These documents contribute to the public information on the radioactive liquid and gaseous releases of the CEA, according to the ministry authorization. The radioactivity monitoring activity, and the survey methods are also presented. Data analysis from 1996 to 2000, allows to follow the evolution. (A.L.B.)

  18. The clinical utility of serum ferritin levels in patients with malignant tumors treated by radiotherapy

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    The serum levels of ferritin in 394 patients, including 339 patients with various malignant tumors and 23 with various non-malignant diseases, and 32 healthy subjects were determined. The normal levels of ferritin were 82.7 +- 42.3 ng/ml for males and 42.0 +- 36.9 ng/ml for females. The positive ratio of serum ferritin level was 28% in patients with malignant tumors and 22% in patients with non-malignant diseases. The usefulness of serum ferritin assay in screening for malignant tumors appeared to be limited. High serum levels of ferritin were found in patients with malignant lymphoma (positive ratio: 42%), pulmonary cancer (38%) and esophageal cancer (37%). According to the histological types, epidermoid cancer appeared to produce a higher serum level of ferritin than adenocarcinoma in patients with pulmonary cancer. It was interesting that malignant lymphoma had a high serum level of ferritin in spite of its low serum level of CEA. Carcinoma of the digestive tracts except for esophagus was considered to have a normal serum ferritin level in spite of the advanced stage. There was no close relationship between serum ferritin levels and CEA levels in patients with pulmonary cancer and breast cancer. Serum CEA assay was more useful for detection of tumors than serum ferritin assay in patients with breast cancer. Serum ferritin levels in patients with good prognosis decreased following radiation therapy, but those in patients with poor prognosis elevated or unchanged in spite of therapy. Therefore, serial ferritin determinations may be useful for evaluation of radiotherapy and assessment of prognosis. (J.P.N.)

  19. Overview of the long-lived radionuclide separation processes developed in connection with the CEA's spin programme

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    One possible strategy for eliminating the long-term potential hazards associated with the storage of vitrified high level waste produced by the processing of irradiated nuclear fuels, is the transmutation of the long-life radionuclides in these wastes into short-life radionuclides by nuclear means, which requires the prior chemical separation of these long-life radionuclides from the nuclear waste mixture. To do this, the French CEA (Atomic Energy Commissionership) launched the SPIN (Separation-Incineration) research programme in 1991, under the law passed by the parliament on december 30, 1991. Research currently under way to develop separation processes for some long-life radionuclides concerns modifications of the Purex process, and the development of new solvent extraction processes. The research directions are briefly summarized here. (authors). 17 refs., 3 tabs

  20. Serum tetranectin is an independent prognostic marker in colorectal cancer and weakly correlated with plasma suPAR, plasma PAI-1 and serum CEA

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    Høgdall, Claus K; Christensen, Ib J; Stephens, Ross W;

    2002-01-01

    to have an independent prognostic value for survival (log TN: HR = 0.47, 95% CI: 0.29-0.76); log soluble uPAR: HR = 1.65, 95% CI: 1.18-2.31; log CEA: HR = 1.I1, 95% CI: 1.03-1.20). Based on the multivariate model, a patient with a combination of low levels of TN and PAI-1 and elevated levels of...... prognostic factor in patients with colorectal cancer. TN may be valuable as a prognostic variable in future studies evaluating new treatment strategies for colorectal cancer....

  1. Significance of determination of serum cytidine deaminase (CD) levels for diagnosis of active rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

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    Objective: To determine the clinical value of measurement of serum cytidine deaminase (CD) levels in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: Serum levels of CD were detected with spectrophotometry, in 33 patients with active RA and 60 controls. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and CRP content were also determined in both groups. Results: The ser- um CD contents in patients with active RA(14.80 ± 2.11U/ml) were significantly higher than those in controls(4.86±1.86 U/ml,P<0.01). The CRP contents (51.46 ± 20.43mg/L) and ESR readings(85.03 ± 27.6mm/h) in the patients were also significantly higher than those in the controls(3.40 ± 2.21mg/L and 13.04 ± 4.89mm/h respectively, all P<0.01). In the patients, the serum CD contents were linearly positively correlated with the ESR contents and CRP readings (r=0.6324 and 0.8013 respectively, P <0.01). Conclusion: Serum CD is an early biochemical marker for diagnosis of active rheumatoid arthritis and is also of prognostic value. (authors)

  2. Determination of pollen grain viability and germination levels for pistachio and terebinth in Aydin /Turkey ecology

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    With this research, the viability levels, production potentials, and storage periods of pollen of naturally grown four male terebinth types (Pistacia terebinthus L.) and four male pistachios (Pistacia vera L.) grafted on terebinth trees were determined in Uzunlar Village, Aydin Province. For the aim of determining the pollen viability levels, TTC, IKI, and safranine solutions were used. The viability ratio ranged between 88.24% (safranine test) and 70.18% (TTC test) in pistachio trees, between 85.36% (IKI test) and 63.73% (safranine test) in terebinth types. The average amount of pollen within a flower resolved by hemacytometric method was changed between 135 000 and 176 250 depend on species and types. While the germination percentage of pollen of pistachio trees and terebinth types was 71% and 26%, respectively in the beginning of storage, that of pollen in the room conditions after fourth day, in the refrigerator from tenth day and in the deep freezer from second month was decreased to zero. (author)

  3. Carcinoembryonic antigen continuous epitopes determined by the spot method.

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    Solassol, I; Granier, C; Pèlegrin, A

    2001-01-01

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a heavily glycosylated tumor-associated protein with an N-A1-B1-A2-B2-A3-B3 domain structure. Circulating CEA immunoassays are used for monitoring digestive cancer patients, and radiolabeled anti-CEA monoclonal antibodies (MAb) are used for the diagnosis and therapy of CEA-positive tumors. The five major nonoverlapping epitopes (Gold 1-5) have been broadly correlated with the domain organization, but there is no precise localization of the epitopes at the sequence level. In an attempt to identify the peptide sequences corresponding to the five Gold epitopes on the CEA molecule, we prepared a set of 227 overlapping fifteen-mer peptides corresponding to the complete CEA sequence with the SPOT method. Using five high affinity MAbs directed against the five CEA Gold epitopes, we demonstrated that none of these epitopes could be mimicked by a fifteen-mer peptide sequence. However, using rabbit and goat anti-CEA sera, we identified six major continuous antigenic regions. All are included in the Ig-like domains of the CEA: two in the A1 domain (residues 120-134 and 153-164), one each in the A2 (329-337) and A3 domains (508-513), one at the junction between the A3 and B3 domains (553-561) and one in the B3 domain (565-573). A very homologous sequence (common residues VSPRL) was mapped in each of the three A domains. Thus, in terms of occurrence of continuous epitopes, the Ig-like domains A1, A2, A3 and B3 seem to be the most antigenic parts of CEA. These peptide sequences should be good candidates for the future development of site-specific anti-CEA MAbs. PMID:11275797

  4. Pump intake pressure determined from fluid levels, dynamometers, and valve test measurements

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    Rowlan, O.L.; McCoy, J.N. [Echometer Company, Wichita Falls, TX (United States); Podio, A.L. [Texas Univ., Austin, TX (United States)

    2009-07-01

    Downhole pump submergence is defined as the amount or height of liquid that exists above the pump intake. Pump submergence is the parameter most used for monitoring and troubleshooting well operations. In the 1930s, acoustic determination of the depth to the liquid in the wellbore was introduced. The advent of digital data acquisition and processing provided the tools to regularly convert fluid level measurements to estimates of downhole pressure distribution in the wellbore. Pump submergence is now easily converted to pressure at the depth of the pump intake. This paper presented a detailed discussion of three pump intake pressure (PIP) calculation methods available for sucker rod lifted wells. Field data for a significant group of wells were then utilized to compare the PIP results of the three methods. The paper provided background information on PIP from acoustic fluid levels and discussed the PIP calculation method using acoustic fluid level survey. The requirements for accuracy of the computer pressures were also discussed, with particular reference to stabilization; percentage of liquid in annular gaseous column; fluid level depth; and height of the gaseous liquid column. The paper also provided guidelines to obtain a best estimate of PIP from fluid level measurements. The PIP calculation method using valve check measurements, PIP from dynamometer pump card, and PIP calculation method using pump dynamometer values were presented. The requirements for accuracy for the dynamometer pump included damping coefficient; pump card shifted off zero load line; hydraulic friction; and tubing head pressure variation. Last, a comparison of methods for typical rod pump wells was provided. It was concluded that as a general rule, the user should not accept default computation of PIP by any of the three methods. The user must review the results based on knowledge and experience and verify that the computed values are realistic. 13 refs., 4 tabs., 9 figs.

  5. Elaboration of an alpha-numeric classification for file of matters of the documentation service of the CEA

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    We give the principles of a classification of matters to square basis, suiting the needs of the Service, of Documentation of the C.E.A. We present the detail of the categories in the order of the 'columns', likewise the big scientific subdivisions at the CEA. (authors)

  6. Application of chronocoulomentry for trace levels uranium determination using catalytic nitrate reduction on mercury electrode

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    With the aim of improving the sensitivity of the electro-analytical determination of uranium at trace levels, the uranium catalyzed reduction of nitrate on mercury electrodes was used and the technique of chronocoulometry was compared with other voltammetric techniques. The catalytic process offers high sensitivity in comparison with uranyl reduction in absence of nitrate. The chronocoulometry, virtually unexplored for analytical applications, was found to be specially well suited for determinations based on this kind of electrode process, when using current integration times in the range of several seconds. Under these conditions the interference from diffusion controlled faradaic processes is reduced to a minimum. Several experimental parameters were investigated (eletrolyte composition, potential program, integration time, blank correction, temperature, previous separation) and adequate conditions were selected for the analytical determination of pure and real samples. The proposed method was applied and evaluated with real and, when necessary, an adapted liquid-liquid extraction procedure was used. Reference materials with complex matrices like rocks were first solubilized by hot digestion under pressure. The obtained results are in good agreement with the values obtained with other techniques such as X-ray fluorescence, mass spectrometry-isotope dilution and epithermal netron activation analysis. (author)

  7. 129I level in seawater near a nuclear power plant determined by accelerator mass spectrometer

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    129I concentration in the seawater samples near a nuclear power plant was determined in the Xi'an Accelerator Mass Spectrometer (AMS) Center. Isotope dilution method was used via addition of excessive amount of stable iodine (127I) in the sample before separation, and iodine in the seawater was separated by solvent extraction, and the back extracted iodine in iodide form was precipitated as AgI, which was used as AMS target for 129I measurement. 125I tracer was added to monitor the recovery of iodine in the whole separation process. 129I/127I ratios in the prepared target were determined by AMS. The concentration of 127I in seawater samples was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The results show that the 129I/127I atomic ratios in the seawater range from 8.29x10-11 to 9.45x10-10, approximately one order of magnitude higher than that in seaweed collected in the pre-nuclear era, but fall in the environmental level of global fallout.

  8. Hair-zinc levels determination in Algerian psoriatics using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA)

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    Psoriasis is a multifactorial skin disease with an unknown etiology. Zinc has a positive impact on psoriasis. The aim of this study is to determine hair-zinc concentration in Algerian psoriatics. 58 psoriatics and 31 normal controls of both genders were selected. Hair zinc levels were determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis technique (INAA). Student's t-test and One-Way ANOVA were applied. The average zinc concentration for controls and patients were 152±53 μg/g and 167±52 μg/g respectively. They are not significantly different (p>0.05). Zn concentration for males and females controls and patients were 171±27 μg/g, 151±37 μg/g and 145±59 μg/g, 178±58 μg/g respectively. However, for females we have observed a significant difference (p<0.05). - Highlights: ► Psoriasis is a multifactorial skin disease with an unknown etiology. ► About 2–5% of global population in the world suffers from psoriasis. ► The aim of this study is to determine hair-zinc concentration in Algerian psoriatics. ► The average zinc concentration for controls and patients were 152±53 μg/g and 167±52 μg/g respectively.

  9. DETERMINATION OF THE GROUND-WATER LEVEL BY MODERN NON-DISTRUCTIVE METHODS (GPR TECHNOLOGY

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    Full Text Available Determination of the ground-water level by modern non-dis¬tructive methods (ground-penetrating radar technology. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR is now a well-accepted geophysical technique, which unfortunately in our country its less used. Historically, the development of GPR comes from the use of radio echosounding to determine ice thickness and it was only a short step to enlarge the domain of research such as permafrost, geological investigation (bedrock, sedimentology, environmental assessment and hydrogeophysical studies (under-ground water location, soil water content. The GPR method measures the travel time of electromagnetic impulses in subsurface materials. An impulse radar system radiates repetitive electromagnetic impulses into the soil. A bandwidth antenna is usually placed in close proximity and electromagnetic coupled to the ground surface. It detects and measures the depth of reflecting discontinuities in subsurface soils and other earth materials to within a few centimeters depending of antenna frequency. For over 30 years, GPR has been used extensively for hydropedological investigations. Our research aims to determine the groundwater to estimate the degree of evolution of hydro-geomorphological processes.

  10. Determining Best Method for Estimating Observed Level of Maximum Detrainment based on Radar Reflectivity

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    Carletta, Nicholas; Mullendore, Gretchen; Starzec, Mariusz; Xi, Baike; Feng, Zhe; Dong, Xiquan

    2016-07-25

    Convective mass transport is the transport of mass from near the surface up to the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) by a deep convective updraft. This transport can alter the chemical makeup and water vapor balance of the UTLS, which affects cloud formation and the radiative properties of the atmosphere. It is therefore important to understand the exact altitudes at which mass is detrained from convection. The purpose of this study was to improve upon previously published methodologies for estimating the level of maximum detrainment (LMD) within convection using data from a single ground-based radar. Four methods were used to identify the LMD and validated against dual-Doppler derived vertical mass divergence fields for six cases with a variety of storm types. The best method for locating the LMD was determined to be the method that used a reflectivity texture technique to determine convective cores and a multi-layer echo identification to determine anvil locations. Although an improvement over previously published methods, the new methodology still produced unreliable results in certain regimes. The methodology worked best when applied to mature updrafts, as the anvil needs time to grow to a detectable size. Thus, radar reflectivity is found to be valuable in estimating the LMD, but storm maturity must also be considered for best results.

  11. Determining level of care appropriateness in the patient journey from acute care to rehabilitation

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The selection of patients for rehabilitation, and the timing of transfer from acute care, are important clinical decisions that impact on care quality and patient flow. This paper reports utilization review data on inpatients in acute care with stroke, hip fracture or elective joint replacement, and other inpatients referred for rehabilitation. It examines reasons why acute level of care criteria are not met and explores differences in decision making between acute care and rehabilitation teams around patient appropriateness and readiness for transfer. Methods Cohort study of patients in a large acute referral hospital in Australia followed with the InterQual utilization review tool, modified to also include reasons why utilization criteria are not met. Additional data on team decision making about appropriateness for rehabilitation, and readiness for transfer, were collected on a subset of patients. Results There were 696 episodes of care (7189 bed days. Days meeting acute level of care criteria were 56% (stroke, hip fracture and joint replacement patients and 33% (other patients, from the time of referral. Most inappropriate days in acute care were due to delays in processes/scheduling (45% or being more appropriate for rehabilitation or lower level of care (30%. On the subset of patients, the acute care team and the utilization review tool deemed patients ready for rehabilitation transfer earlier than the rehabilitation team (means of 1.4, 1.3 and 4.0 days from the date of referral, respectively. From when deemed medically stable for transfer by the acute care team, 28% of patients became unstable. From when deemed stable by the rehabilitation team or utilization review, 9% and 11%, respectively, became unstable. Conclusions A high proportion of patient days did not meet acute level of care criteria, due predominantly to inefficiencies in care processes, or to patients being more appropriate for an alternative level of

  12. Determination of Organizational Stress and Organizational Burnout Levels of Mid Level Managers Working in Four and Five Star Hotel Businesses

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    The present study emphasizes the concepts of stress and organizational stress which are the main concepts constituting theoretical foundation of the research; evaluates infl uences of stress on organization; discusses the concept of organizational burnout as well as its sub-dimensions; and analyses organizational stress and burnout levels of mid level managers working in four and fi ve star hotels. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between organizational stress and orga...

  13. Determination of collisional ionization rate and ionization yield from excited levels of cesium in a flame

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    A method is proposed for determining the rate constants of collisional ionization and the ionization yield from excited levels of cesium atoms in a flame, using experimental curves of optical saturation and laser-stimulated ionization of excited atoms. It is shown that deviations of the shape of the saturation curves from ideal shape are due to the time dependence of the trailing edge of the exciting laser pulse. The ionization yield of cesium in an acetylene--air flame during its one-step excitation to the 6p2p1/2 level was 0.95%, rising to 50% for two-step excitation to the 8d2D3/2 level. The corresponding values of the rate constants of collisional ionization were 3.2x105 and 3.3x107 sec-1. From the known value of the ionization yield in the two-step excitation scheme, estimates of the atomization coefficient of cesium in the flame were made. The proposed method can be used for other elements in different flames

  14. Determination Thought and Anxiety Levels of Nursing Students Intended for Clinical Practice

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    Full Text Available AIM: This study was carried out as a definitive work in order to determine the thoughts and anxiety levels of nursing students intended for clinical practice. METHODS: The scope of the research was composed of the students who took Essentials of Profession lesson at first grade, Surgery at second grade and Child Diseases at third grade in Mugla University, Mugla School of Health Sciences Department of Nursing. Of 149 students, 126 (%84.36 were completed the study. Data was collected using a questionnaire prepared by the researchers and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory. RESULTS: The mean age of the students included in the study was 20.15±1.52 years. 77.8% of the nursing students stated that they feel ready for the clinical practice, 51.6% thought that their theoretical knowledge was not sufficient for the clinical practice, 46% there were applications that they were afraid to perform during the clinical practice and 50.8% stated that they were excited about the clinical practice. There was a statistically significant difference average score of state anxiety level between pre and post clinical practice results of State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (p<0.05. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that anxiety levels of nursing students were higher before they start clinical practice. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2009; 8(1.000: 37-42

  15. Determination of organochlorine pesticide residue levels in chewable parts of the khat (Catha edulis) plant.

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    Ligani, Shemsu; Hussen, Ahmed

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the levels of DDT and its metabolite residues were determined in chewable parts of Catha edulis plants grown in the southern part of Ethiopia. The levels of p,p'-DDT and p,p'-DDE were found to be in the range of 10.8-19.7 and 3.5-18.6 μg/kg, respectively. These data revealed that the residue being detected is from recent applications. The estimated daily intake of total DDT from C. edulis consumption was calculated to be in the range between 0.0278 and 0.0747 μg/kg, which is significantly lower than the FAO/WHO guideline. However, this may not guarantee safety, as the application of DDT extends to vegetables as well. Even though the use of DDT was banned in Ethiopia for agriculture purposes, detectable levels are still being observed. The results of the study necessitate the need for awareness creation among the people in the community. PMID:25260995

  16. Determining the Level of the Dural Sac Tip: Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an Adult Population

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    Binokay, F.; Akgul, E.; Bicakci, K.; Soyupak, S.; Aksungur, E.; Sertdemir, Y. [Cukurova Univ., Balcali Hospital, Adana (Turkey). Dept. of Radiology and Dept. of Biostatistics

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    Purpose: To determine the variation in the location of the dural sac (DS) in a living adult population and to correlate this position with age and sex. Material and Methods: T2-weighted, midline, sagittal, spin-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 743 patients were assessed to identify the tip of the DS. This location was recorded in relation to the upper, middle, or lower third of the adjacent vertebral body or the adjacent intervertebral disk. Results: Frequency distribution for levels of termination of the DS on MRI demonstrated that the end of the DS was usually located at the upper one-third of S2 (25.2%). The mean level in females was also the upper one-third of S2 (26.5%) and in males the lower one-third of S2 (24.1%). The overall mean DS position was mostly at the upper one-third of S2. No significant differences in DS position were seen between male and female patients or with increasing age. Conclusion: It is important to know the possible range for the termination level of the DS when performing caudal anesthesia and craniospinal irradiation in some clinical situations. The distribution of DS location in a large adult population was shown to range from the L5-S1 intervertebral disk to the upper third of S3 vertebrae.

  17. The clinical value of 99Tcm-HL91 hypoxia imaging combined with the detection of serum NSE, CEA and CYFRA21-1 in the diagnosis of lung cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the value of 99Tcm-HL91 hypoxia imaging combined the detection of serum neuron-specific enolase (NSE), carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA) and cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1) in the diagnosis of lung cancer. Methods: 63 patients with lung neoplasm were carried out 99Tcm-Hail hypoxia imaging, and the serum tumor markers levels of Nose, Cea and CYFRA21-1 were detected. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of each and combined method were calculated respectively and compared with each other. Results: The sensitivity,specificity and accuracy in diagnosis of lung cancer with 99Tcm-HL91 hypoxia imaging were 85.4%, 100% and 88.9% respectively; and with serum tumor markers NSE, CEA and CYFRA21-1 detection were 72.9%, 86.7% and 76.1% respectively. Compared with the detection of serum tumor marker levels of NSE, CEA and CYFRA21-1, 99Tcm-HL91 hypoxia imaging had the higher sensitivity and specificity,and similar accuracy. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of combined two methods in diagnosis of lung cancer were 95.8%, 86.7% and 93.6% respectively. The sensitivity and accuracy of the combined method were significantly increased than single method (P0.05). Conclusion: 99Tcm-HL91 hypoxia imaging and the detection of serum level of NSE, CEA and CYFRA21-1 have an important diagnostic value, and their combination could improve the sensitivity and accuracy in the diagnosis of lung cancer. (authors)

  18. Recent Improvements at CEA on Trace Analysis of Actinides in Environmental Samples

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    In this paper, we present some results of R and D works conducted at CEA to improve on the one side the performance of the techniques already in use for detection of undeclared activities, and on the other side to develop new capabilities, either as alternative to the existing techniques or new methods that bring new information, complementary to the isotopic composition. For the trace analysis of plutonium in swipe samples by ICP-MS, we demonstrate that a thorough knowledge of the background in the actinide mass range is highly desirable. In order to avoid false plutonium detection in the femtogram range, correction from polyatomic interferences including mercury, lead or iridium atoms are in some case necessary. Efforts must be put on improving the purification procedure. Micro-Raman spectrometry allows determining the chemical composition of uranium compound at the scale of the microscopic object using a pre-location of the particles thanks to SEM and a relocation of these particles thanks to mathematical calculations. However, particles below 5 μm are hardly relocated and a coupling device between the SEM and the micro-Raman spectrometer for direct Raman analysis after location of a particle of interest is currently under testing. Lastly, laser ablation - ICP-MS is an interesting technique for direct isotopic or elemental analysis of various solid samples and proves to be a suitable alternative technique for particle analysis, although precision over isotopic ratio measurement is strongly limited by the short duration and irregularity of the signals. However, sensitivity and sample throughput are high and more developments are in progress to validate and improve this method. (author)

  19. Clinical value of combined detection of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in lung cancer

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    Objective: To investigate the clinical value of combined examination of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in lung cancer diagnosis. Methods: Serum concentrations of CEA, CA15-3 and SF were measured by chemiluminescent assay (CLA) in 99 patients with lung cancer and 25 patients with benign lung disease. Results: The positive rate of serum CEA, CA15-3 and SF in cases in lung cancer was 50.5%, 31.3% and 69.7%, respectively. Specificity of CEA, CA15-3 and SF measurements was 76%, 78% and 72%, respectively. In combined measurements, positive results of either two parameters revealed sensitivity and specificity of 82.8% and 92%, respectively. Conclusion: Combined measurements of CEA, CA15-3 and SF had evidently improved sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing lung cancer and thus were of good clinical value

  20. Determination of radionuclide concentrations in ground level air using the ASS-500 high volume sampler

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    A method for determination of radionuclide concentrations in air aerosol samples collected by the high volume aerosol sampler ASS-500 was elaborated. The aerosol sampling station ASS-500 is a Stand alone, all-weather proofed instrument. It is designed for representative sampling of airborne radionuclides from ground level air at a height of about 1.5 m above ground level. The ASS-500 station enables continuous air monitoring both normal and emergency Situations. The collection of aerosols on the Petrianov FPP-15-1.5 type filter out of an air volume of about 100,000 m3 (sampling period 1 wk) or of about 250,000 m3 (sampling period 3 wk) admits accurate spectrometric low level measurements of natural and artificial radionuclides. The achieved detection limit is 0.5 μBq m-3 and 0.2 μBq m-3 for 137Cs, respectively. A new developed air flow Meter system allows to enhance the collected air volume to about 150,000 m3 per week and lowers the detection limit to -3 for 137Cs for weekly collected aerosol samples. In Poland the CLOR uses 9 Stations ASS-500 at different sites as atmospheric radioactivity control system. On the basis of spectrometric measurements of natural and artificial radionuclides in the collected aerosol samples at the different sites, CLOR establishes a weekly report about the radiological situation at Poland for responsible authorities. The very low achievable detection limit of the Station ASS-500 due 10 the high air flow fate and the long possible sampling period were the key argument for other government radiation protection authorities in Europe to introduce the Station ASS-500 into their low level radionuclide atmospheric monitoring programs (Austria, Belarus, France, Germany, Iceland, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine)