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  1. CEA

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    黑木政秀

    2005-01-01

    @@ 癌胎抗原(carcinoembryonic antigen)简称为CEA,是由加拿大Gold和Freedman(1965年)发现的,它作为成人消化系统癌和胎儿消化系统特异性抗原,故命名为carcino (癌)+ embryo(胚胎)抗原.之后,在消化系统以外的脏器的癌也发现有表达,目前已成了临床最广泛、最常用的肿瘤标志物.

  2. Different Levels of CEA, CA153 and CA125 in Milk and Benign and Malignant Nipple Discharge.

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    Song Zhao

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic values of three breast tumor markers (i.e., CEA, CA153 and CA125 in milk and nipple discharge in the prediction of different breast diseases diagnoses.Three hundred thirty-six patients (96 breast cancer and 240 benign disease patients with nipple discharge and a control group of 56 healthy parturient participants were enrolled in the present study. Nipple discharge samples were preoperatively collected from the patients, and milk was collected from the colostrum of the parturient participants. The samples were assayed for the CEA, CA153 and CA125 levels. Cutoff values were determined for the detection of breast diseases using ROC curves.The levels of CEA, CA153 and CA125 were significantly different between the nipple discharge and the milk (all ps < 0.001. In the nipple discharge, the CEA and CA153 levels in the breast cancer group were significantly greater than those in the benign group (all ps < 0.001, and cutoff values of 263.3 ng/mL and 1235.3 U/mL, respectively, were established. However, the expression of CA125 did not differ significantly between the breast cancer and benign groups.Differences in the apparent expression levels of CEA, CA153 and CA125 in patients with nipple discharge and healthy persons were validated. The present data suggest that CEA and CA153 might potentially be useful in the differential diagnoses of benign tumors and breast cancer. CA125 did not seem to be useful for breast cancer detection.

  3. 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.

  4. Axillary versus peripheral blood levels of sialic acid, ferritin, and CEA in patients with breast cancer.

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    Monti, M; Catania, S; Locatelli, E; Gandini, R; Reggiani, A; Cunietti, E

    1990-12-01

    Serum levels of total sialic acid, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), ferritin, lactate dehydrogenase, and creatine phosphokinase were measured both in tumor drainage blood (axillary vein) and in peripheral blood obtained from 121 breast cancer patients during surgery. No significant differences between mean values in peripheral and tumor draining blood, between cancer patients and healthy controls, or between patients with or without axillary lymph node metastases were found for any of the markers. Both ferritin and CEA levels were higher in axillary and peripheral blood from patients with central breast cancer versus other sites but the difference was significant only for CEA (p less than 0.05). CEA levels were significantly higher (p less than 0.01) in patients with greater than 2 cm diameter carcinomas versus T1 stage patients in axillary but not in peripheral blood. When the cephalic vein was clamped before the axillary sample was taken, ferritin showed a significant increase (p less than 0.05). We conclude that measurement of sialic acid, CEA, and ferritin in axillary venous blood in breast cancer patients is not of clinical benefit, although further data are needed to clarify whether other advantages can be derived.

  5. 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

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

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    Aldulaymi, Bahir; Christensen, Ib J; Sölétormos, György;

    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...

  7. Levels of CEA, CA153, CA199, CA724 and AFP in nipple discharge of breast cancer patients.

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    Zhao, Song; Mei, Yu; Wang, Yongmei; Zhu, Jiang; Zheng, Guixi; Ma, Rong

    2015-01-01

    The distinction between breast cancer and benign breast diseases with nipple discharge remains an important diagnostic challenge. The purpose of this study was to predict the potential usefulness of tumor markers in nipple discharge and to investigate the relationship of tumor markers and clinical characteristics with breast cancer.One hundred and eleven patients with nipple discharge received breast surgery from November 2013 to December 2014 were included in the study. We evaluated levels of five tumor markers (CEA, CA153, CA199, CA724 and AFP) prior to treatment. Patients were divided into two groups according to postoperative pathological results: 30 cases in breast cancer group and 81 cases in benign group. The relationships of clinical characteristics with breast cancer were investigated by multivariate analysis with a logistic regression model.It showed significant differences in levels of nipple discharge CEA (P AFP (P = 0.834) among two groups. Logistic regression analysis demonstrated complaint, age, menopause, abnormal palpable mass, CEA and CA153 were associated with breast cancer. In summary, measurements of CA199, CA724 and AFP in nipple discharge are not of great clinical value. Detecting CEA and CA153 in nipple dischargecould potentially be used for the early detection of breast cancer with in high-risk populations.

  8. 131I和99mTc-MIBI全身显像联合血清Tg和CEA检测在分化型甲状腺癌131I治疗随访中的应用%The Application of 131I- and 99mTc-MIBI Whole Body Scan Combined Determination with Serum Thyroglobulin and CEA Levels in the Follow-up of Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma with131I Radiotherapy

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    汪兵; 池晓华; 李贵平; 黄凯; 刘峰; 邓志芳; 黄宝丹

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the value of131 I- and 99mTc-MBI whole body scan combined determination with serum thyro-globulin and CEA levels in the follow-up of differentiated thyroid carcinoma with I radiotherapy after surgical treatment. Methods Fourty eight patients with DTC after surgical treatment were treated with 131I radiotherapy. 131I-whole body scan combined determination with serum thyroglobulin; CEA levels were performed three to six months after I radiotherapy. While Tc-MIBI whole body scan was performed one year after treatment when 131I-whole body scan was negative. Results Regular follow-up after I treatment in 48 patients showed that 35 cases were found negative with 131I-WBS and serum Tg level while 6 cases were proved positive in both methods; and 5 cases were negative in 131I-WBS with positive serumTg level; on the other hand; 2 cases were positive in I-WBS with negative serum Tg level. 40 cases of 131I-WBS negative patients in the 99mTc-MIBI whole body scintigraphy were also negative. In 48 patients only 2 cases had positive serum CEA level. Conclusion I -whole body scan combined with serum Tg level determination were the most commonly method in the detecting of a recurrent or metastatic thyroid cancer; and 99mTc-MIBI whole body scan and serum CEA level may become a useful supplement to 131I whole body scan and serum Tg level determination.%目的:评价131I-WBS和99mTc-MIBI全身显像联合血清Tg和CEA检测在分化型甲状腺癌术后放射性131I治疗随访中的应用价值.方法:48例DTC患者均行手术治疗并经131I治疗后(3~6)个月随访复查131I-WBS和血清Tg和CEA测定,131I-WBS显像阴性者于治疗后1年行99mTc-MIBI全身显像.结果:48例DTC患者行131I治疗后定期随访显示,35例患者的血清Tg水平及131I全身显象(131I-WBS)均为阴性,6例患者的血清Tg水平和131I-WBS均为阳性,两者符合率为85.42%(41/48);5例患者血清Tg水平为阳性而131I-WBS显像为阴性;2例

  9. 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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    Heidari, Mohammad Hassan; Porghasem, Mohsen; Mirzaei, Nazanin; Mohseni, Jafar Hesam; Heidari, Matine; Azargashb, Eznollah; Movafagh, Abolfazl; Heidari, Reihane; Molouki, Aidin; Larijani, Leila

    2014-02-01

    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.

  10. 某地区健康体检人群血清 AFP、CEA 血清水平的调查%Investigation on serum AFP and CEA levels in healthy physical examination people in save area

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    郝娟; 张邑雨; 侯会香; 赵俊红; 段雄波; 李金钟

    2014-01-01

    目的:调查本地区健康体检人群血清 AFP、CEA 水平以及性别差异。方法(1)将健康体检人群按性别分为 A 组(男510例)和 B 组(女477例),(2)分别将 A 组和 B 组按年龄段分成:A1组(<40岁)、A2组(40~<50岁)、A3组(50~<60岁)、A4组(60~<70岁)、A5组(70~87岁)和 B1组(<40岁)、B2组(40~<50岁)、B3组(50~<60岁)、B4组(60~<70岁)、B5组(70~87岁),采用电化学发光免疫分析技术对987例健康体检人员的血清 AFP、CEA 进行检测,将 A 组和 B 组比较看有无统计学差异;A 组各组间比较看有无统计学差异,B 组各组间比较看有无统计学差异。结果(1)A 组和 B 组比较,AFP 和 CEA结果差异有统计学意义(P <0.01);(2)A 组各亚组间比较 AFP 和 CEA 均无差异;B 组各亚组间比较 AFP 和 CEA 均无差异。结论本地区健康体检人群男女之间 AFP 和 CEA 血清含量有差异,且男性 AFP 和 CEA 血清含量明显高于女性,提示应该按性别分别建立 AFP 和 CEA 的参考范围;而 AFP 和 CEA 的血清含量在男女各年龄组间均无差异。%Objective To investigate the levels of serum AFP and CEA in healthy physical examination people and their sexual difference.Methods (1 )Healthy physical examination people were divided into the group A(510 males)and group B(477 fe-males);(2)these two groups were subdivided into the group A1 (<40 years old),A2 (40 - <50 years old),A3 (50 - <60 years old),A4(60-<70 years old)and A5 (70 -87 years old),and group B1 (<40 years old),B2(40 -<50 years old),B3 (50 -<60 years old),B4(60-<70 years old)and B5(70-87 years old).The serum AFP and CEA in 987 healthy physical examination peo-ple were measured by the electrochemiluminesence immunoassay,and then the detection results were compared among various groups.Results (1)The detection results of serum AFP and CEA had statistically

  11. 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)

    2014-10-15

    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

  12. 77 FR 74283 - Clearing Requirement Determination Under Section 2(h) of the CEA

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    2012-12-13

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  13. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) measurement during follow-up for rectal carcinoma is useful even if normal levels exist before surgery. A retrospective study of CEA values in the TME trial

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    Grossmann, I.; de Bock, G. H.; Kranenbarg, W. M. Meershoek-Klein; de Velde, C. J. H. van; Wiggers, T.

    2007-01-01

    Background: Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a marker in the follow-up after curative resection of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is often omitted from follow-up despite guideline recommendations. One reason is the assumption that when a normal CEA value exists before curative resection of CRC, it will

  14. 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

    2009-10-01

    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

  15. The serum levels of tumor marker CA19-9, CEA, CA72-4, and NSE in type 2 diabetes without malignancy and the relations to the metabolic control

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    Shang, Xiaojing; Song, Chunqing; Du, Xiaoming; Shao, Hailin; Xu, Donghong; Wang, Xiaolai

    2017-01-01

    Objectives: To investigate whether there is a difference in carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 72-4 (CA72-4), and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) between diabetic and non-diabetic patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 268 type 2 diabetic patients and 95 non-diabetic ones, and their serum levels of CA19-9, CEA, CA72-4, and NSE were compared in our endocrine ward at the Tianjin Fourth Central Hospital, Tianjin, China during the period from January to June 2015. The diabetic patients were divided into 4 groups based on glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels to investigate the relationship between levels of tumor markers and glucose status. Results: Diabetic patients had higher levels of tumor markers than non-diabetic subjects (CA19-9: 13.0 versus 7.25U/mL, p=0.000; CEA: 2.55 versus 2.25 ng/mL, p=0.012; CA72-4: 1.95 versus 1.50U/mL, p=0.001; NSE: 11.64 versus 10.22ng/mL, p=0.000). CA19-9 levels increased in a stepwise manner with poor diabetes status. CEA levels were increased in patients with HbA1c ≥9% and CA72-4 elevation was predominant in patients with poor glycemic control (HbA1c ≥11%). NSE levels were not associated with metabolic parameters. Conclusion: Serum levels of CA19-9, CEA, CA72-4, and NSE were elevated in type 2 diabetes; however, only CA19-9, CEA, and CA72-4 levels were associated with hyperglycemia. PMID:28133696

  16. Correlational study on the levels of serum CA153 and CEA and bone metastases of breast cancer%血清CA153、CEA水平与乳腺癌骨转移的相关性研究

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    黎秀月; 张军一; 陈晓华; 陈旭坚; 曹小龙; 陈逢生; 罗荣城

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the predictive value of serum tumor levels of carbohrdyate antigen (CA) 153 and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) for bone metastases of breast cancer patients. Methods The serum levels of CA153 and CEA in 39 patients were determined before and after diagnosis of bone metastases by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results Serum levels of CA153 and CEA before and after metastases showed significant differences, which also showed significant correlation with bone metastases. Serum levels of CA153 in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER - 2) ( - ), before menopause, stage Ⅲ - IV and bone metastatic regions>5 showed significant differences afier metastases (p5, ectosteal bone metastatic region5, epidermal receptor (ER)( - ), ER( + ), PR(-), PR( + ) were significantly increased, and showed significant correlation with bone metastases ( P < 0.05). Conclusion The increase of tumor serum levels of CA153 and CEA is correlated with the bone metastases of breast cancer and it is thus of predictive value.%目的 探索血清肿瘤标志物CA153、CEA对乳腺癌患者骨转移的预测价值.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附法,测定39例乳腺癌患者骨转移前后肿瘤标志物CA153、CEA的血清水平.结果 骨转移前后血清CA153、CEA水平有显著性差异,且与乳腺癌骨转移有显著的相关性.HER-2(-)、绝经前、Ⅲ~Ⅳ期、骨转移区域数>5乳腺癌患者骨转移后CA153水平显著升高(P<0.05).HER-2( -)、Ⅲ~Ⅳ期、骨转移区域数>5、骨外转移区域数<1、PR阴性乳腺癌患者血清CA153水平与骨转移有显著相关性(P<0.05).HER-2(-)、绝经后、Ⅱ期、滑转移区域数≤5、骨外转移区域数>5、ER阴性、ER阳性、PR 阴性、PR阳性乳腺癌患者,骨转移后CEA水平升高,且与骨转移有显著相关性(P<0.05).结论 血清肿瘤标志物CA153、CEA水平升高与乳腺癌骨转移有一定的相关性,对乳腺癌骨转移有一定的预测价值.

  17. 亚临床甲状腺机能亢进患者血清CEA水平的检测及其临床意义%Serum CEA levels in the patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism and its clinical significance

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    丘文慧; 廖奇峰

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨亚临床甲状腺机能亢进(SCHT)患者血清癌胚抗原(CEA)水平的检测及其临床意义. 方法:随机选取2014年3月至2015年3月期间我院收治的SCHT患者128例作为亚甲亢组,另选取30例同期健康查体者作为对照.采用化学发光法检测两组血清CEA水平、血清促甲状腺激素(TSH)和游离甲状腺激素(FT4)水平. 统计两组心率并分析SCHT患者血清CEA水平与其血清TSH水平和心率的关系.结果:亚甲亢组和对照组血清FT4水平比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).与对照组比较,亚甲亢组血清TSH水平降低,血清CEA水平和心率则升高;且随着治疗时间的延长,亚甲亢组血清TSH水平逐渐升高,血清CEA水平和心率则逐渐降低,差异有统计学意义(P 0.05) between hyperthyroidism and control groups. Compared to control group,levels of serum TSH were decreased, and levels of CEA and heart rate were increased in SCHT group. With the extension of treatment time, levels of serum TSH were significantly increased (P< 0.05) while levels of serum CEA and heart rate were significantly reduced (P< 0.05) in SCHT group. Pearson correlation analysis results showed that levels of serum CEA were negatively correlated with levels of serum TSH (r = -0.736, P< 0.05), and positively correlated with heart rate (r = 0.843, P< 0.05) in SCHT patients. Conclusions: Levels of serum CEA are related to TSH and heart rate, which may result from heart damage in SCHT patients, leading to increased CEA. Therefore, levels of serum CEA in SCHT patients may be used as reference indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and heart damage.

  18. Multiplex RT-PCR-based detections of CEA, CK20 and EGFR in colorectal cancer patients

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    Tsouma, Aikaterini; Aggeli, Chrysanthi; Lembessis, Panagiotis; Zografos, George N; Korkolis, Dimitris P; Pectasides, Dimitrios; Skondra, Maria; Pissimissis, Nikolaos; Tzonou, Anastasia; Koutsilieris, Michael

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To develop a multiplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method detecting circulating tumor cells in the peripheral blood of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 88 CRC patients and 40 healthy individuals from the blood donors’ clinic and subsequently analyzed by multiplex RT-RCR for the expression of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cytokeratin 20 (CK20) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mRNA. The analysis involved determining the detection rates of CEA, CK20 and EGFR transcripts vs disease stage and overall survival. Median follow-up period was 19 mo (range 8-28 mo). RESULTS: Rates of CEA, CK20 and EGFR detection in CRC patients were 95.5%, 78.4% and 19.3%, respectively. CEA transcripts were detected in 3 healthy volunteer samples (7.5%), whereas all control samples were tested negative for CK20 and EGFR transcripts. The increasing number of positive detections for CEA, CK20 and EGFR transcripts in each blood sample was positively correlated with Astler-Coller disease stage (P < 0.001) and preoperative serum levels of CEA (P = 0.029) in CRC patients. Data analysis using Kaplan-Meier estimator documented significant differences in the overall survival of the different CRC patient groups as formed according to the increasing number of positivity for CEA, CK20 and EGFR transcripts. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that multiplex RT-PCR assay can provide useful information concerning disease stage and overall survival of CRC patients. PMID:21157973

  19. Comparative study of CEA and CA19-9 in esophageal, gastric and colon cancers individually and in combination (ROC curve analysis)

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    Bhawna Bagaria; Sadhna Sood; Rameshwaram Sharma; Soniya Lalwani

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To determine the clinical serum levels of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9), individually and in combination, for the diagnosis of 50 healthy subjects and 150 cases of esophageal, gastric, and colon cancers. Methods:The sensitivities of the two markers were compared individually and in combination, with specificity set at 100%. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were plotted. Results:Serum CEA levels were significantly higher in cancer patients than in the control group. The sensitivity of CEA was determined:in esophageal cancer, sensitivity=28%, negative predictive value (NPV)=61.72%, and AUC=0.742 (SE=0.05), with a significance level of P Conclusion:CEA exhibited the highest sensitivity for colon cancer, and CA19-9 exhibited the highest sensitivity for gastric cancer. Combined analysis indicated an increase in diagnostic sensitivity in esophageal and gastric cancer compared with that in colon cancer.

  20. EXPLORE ON DIAGNOSTIC AND PROGNOSTIC VALUES OF EXTRAHEPATIC CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA:UTILITY OF SERUM CA19-9 AND SERUM CEA

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    秦兴雷; 王作仁; 鲁敏; 王林; 何铨儒

    2004-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the validity of a serum carbohydrate antigen 19-9(CA19-9) determination in the diagnosis of extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma(EHCC). Methods Serum CA19-9 concentration and serum carcinoembryonic antigen(CEA) concentration were prospectively measured by an immunoradiometric assay without knowledge of the clinical diagnosis in patients with EHCC (n=51), benign biliary diseases (n=42), and healthy individuals (n=15). Using a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve define a new strategy for interpreting CA19-9 and CEA in EHCC. Results The sensitivity of CA19-9 and CEA in diagnosing EHCC were 86.3% (44/51) and 25.5%(13/51), respectively. When compared with the benign biliary diseases group, the true negative rates of serum CA19-9 and serum CEA were 85.7% (36/42) and 95.2%(40/42), respectively. The false positive rates of serum CA19-9 and serum CEA were 14.3 %( 6/42) and 4.8 %( 2/42), whereas the accuracy of serum CA19-9 and serum CEA were 57.0%(53/93) and 86.0%(80/93), respectively. Serum CA19-9 concentration and serum CEA concentration were significantly elevated (P0.05), respectively. In 22 patients undergoing curative resection of EHCC, the mean serum CA19-9 concentration decreased from preoperative level of (456.6±120.4) kU·L-1 to postoperative level (62.8±17.3) kU·L-1(P<0.001). The outcomes showed that serum CA19-9 had greater diagnosis performances than serum CEA. Conclusion Serum CA19-9 is an effective tumor marker in diagnosing of cholangiocarcinoma, deciding whether the tumor has been radically resected and monitoring effect of treatment

  1. 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...

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

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    2007-07-01

    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.)

  3. CEA Annual report 2007; CEA rapport annuel 2007

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    2007-07-01

    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.)

  4. The prognostic value of preoperative serum levels of CEA, CAl9-9 and CA72-4 in patients with colorectal cancer

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    Chao Xu Zheng; Wen Hua Zhan; Ji Zong Zhao; Dong Zheng; Dong Ping Wang; Yu Long He; Zhang Qing Zheng

    2001-01-01

    @@INTRODUCTION Carcinoembryonic antigen ( CEA) , originally described by Gold and Freedman [1] in 1965, is now an acknowledged member of immunoglobulin superfamily[2],with a role as an intracellular adhesion molecule[3].Carbohydrate antigen 19-9(CA19-9), obtained with a monoclonal antibody produced by immunizing a monoclonal antibody produced by immunizing a mouse with a colonic cancer cell line in 1979[4],is a ligand for E-selectin that plays an important role in the addhesion of cancer cells to endothelial cells [5,6].

  5. CEA financial report 2007; CEA rapport financier 2007

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    2007-07-01

    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.)

  6. The CEA's waste management strategy; La strategie de gestion des dechets du CEA

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    Behar, Ch. [CEA Saclay, Dir. de l' Energie Nucleaire, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Dall' ava, D. [CEA Saclay, Dir. de l' assainissement et du demantelement nucleaire, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Fillion, E. [CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses, Direction de la protection et de la surete nucleaire, 92 (France)

    2011-02-15

    The CEA is tasked with carrying out certain research activities: within the Military Applications Division (DAM), research is focused on the nuclear deterrence and, within the Nuclear Energy Division, on developing the industrial nuclear systems of the future and optimising existing nuclear systems in partnership with EDF and AREVA. These major research and development themes entail a need for nuclear research and support facilities which must be maintained at a high level of performance and safety and, also, constantly upgraded to handle the research activities and programmes for which they are used. The CEA strategy is based on the right packaging of the radioactive liquid or solid waste into a form required for its transport, storage or disposal. The Caraibes software allows an efficient traceability of the waste packages. Most of the radioactive effluent processing stations of CEA are being upgraded

  7. Scientific evaluation at the CEA; Evaluation scientifique 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 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.)

  8. CA72-4 e CEA no soro e no lavado peritonial de doentes com câncer gástrico CA72-4 and CEA in serum and peritoneal washing in gastric cancer

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    Sandra MANDORWSKI

    2002-03-01

    II and 29 III or IV and 24 patients with benign diseases were studied prospectively. All of them were submitted to laparotomy. Blood and peritoneal washed was collected during surgery before tumoral resection, for determination of CEA and CA72-4. Results - CEA and CA 72-4 serum levels were elevated in 25% and 47,5% respectively. Through the curves ROC, we defined the cut-off values for the markers in washed peritoneal fluid. Through these values CEA and CA72-4 rose in 60% and 57.5% respectively. The values of CEA and of CA 72-4 in the serum and in washed peritoneal fluid were higher in cancer patients stage III and IV. CEA levels in the peritoneal washed fluid were higher in the patients with tumor T3-4. Washed peritoneal CA72-4 differed the control group from the cancer group. Conclusion - CA72-4 was the most sensitive marker in the serum of the patients with gastric cancer. Otherwise in the washing peritoneal fluid the most sensitive marker was CEA. These levels were higher in patients with surpass the serosa and lower in patients with mucosa or muscular tumors.

  9. 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.)

  10. Variation of uptake of anti-CEA monoclonal antibody with tumor type and mass

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    Williams, L.E.; Philben, V.J.; Jakowatz, J.G.; Beatty, B.G.; Vlahos, W.G.; Paxton, R.J.; Shively, J.E.; Beatty, J.D.

    1985-05-01

    A nude mouse model xenografted with 3 human tumor (T) was studied with an anti-carcinoembryonic (..cap alpha..-CEA) monoclonal antibody (MoAb). The MoAb was labeled with In-111 using a bi-functional chelation technique. In vitro cross-reactivity with human blood (B) and liver (L) cells was minimal. Human colon tumors were WIDR, SW403 an LS174T. The murine carcinoma EMT6 was used as a control. In all cases only 62.5 ngm of ..cap alpha..-CEA charged at 10 ..mu..Ci/..mu..gm was given to each animal. The corresponding value in humans, 200 ..mu..gm, is probably subimmunogenic. Organ distribution in percent injected dose/gm (% ID/gm) and images were obtained at 48 h post-injection of the MoAb. CEA levels (mgm/gm of T) were measured for each tumor using the same MoAb (T 84.66). Variation of % ID/gm with LS174T mass (m) was also determined. Uptake by EMT6 was 2.4 +- 0.2 % ID/gm. LS174T uptake varied approximately as the inverse of tumor mass. The authors conclude that tumor accumulation of ..cap alpha..-CEA MoAb is not directly correlated with the amount of CEA in the lesion. The best uptake, T/B and T/L values occurred with LS174T; this was also borne out by the 48 h images. Because of the smaller average SW403 mass, this result cannot readily be explained as a tumor size effect.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIM: The combination of plasma tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (1) and CEA has been shown to have utility in early detection of colorectal cancer (2). A prospective study was performed to validate previous findings. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Individuals undergoing large bowel...... was detected in 32 individuals, 24 with colonic cancer (CC) and 8 with rectal cancer (RC). Other findings were 265 with adenomas and 889 with non-neoplastic pathology. The biomarker levels were elevated in plasma from patients with CRC, but also from patients with various co-morbidities compared to individuals...... 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...

  12. 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.)

  13. Serum CA-15.3 and CEA patterns in postsurgical follow-up, and in monitoring clinical course of metastatic cancer in patients with breast carcinoma.

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    al-Jarallah, M A; Behbehani, A E; el-Nass, S A; Temim, L; Ebraheem, A K; Ali, M A; Szymendera, J J

    1993-02-01

    Serum CA-15.3 and CEA levels were longitudinally determined in 307 patients with breast carcinoma during postsurgical follow-up and/or therapy. Of 120 patients with no apparent disease, the specificity of marker levels fluctuating within the normal range (true-negative) was 98% for CA-15.3 alone (P = 0.004) and about 88% for CEA alone or for the tests combined. However, the false-negative levels in patients with progressive cancer reduced the predictive value of the tandem to around 76%, i.e. normal levels of both markers correctly predicted uneventful postsurgical course in only three fourths of the patients. Of 187 patients with active disease, the sensitivity of raised or increasing marker levels was around 70% for CA-15.3 alone or CEA alone, and 82% for the tests combined (P = 0.006). The 11% false-positive rate of CEA in patients with no apparent disease decreased the predictive value of a positive test from 98% for CA-15.3 alone (P = 0.006) to 91% for CEA alone or the tandem. Serum CA-15.3 or CEA paralleled the site of relapse: at least one marker was found elevated in 60% of patients with locoregional disease or with metastases to the lungs or bones exclusively, and in 90% of those with metastases to the lungs and bones or to the liver. A concurrent decrease of both marker levels reflected response to therapy while an increase of at least one marker level reflected treatment failure. It may be concluded that the marker tandem was better than either marker alone for follow-up aimed at detection of relapse, and that the tests were approximately 80% accurate for follow-up and/or monitoring therapy.

  14. Las Gramináceas

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    Robledo Emilio

    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.

  15. Evaluation of Roche Cobas E601 for Determining CEA%罗氏Cobas E601检测癌胚抗原的方法学性能评价

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    苏维; 王淑仙; 陈占良; 冯惠清; 段琳; 李逸阳

    2013-01-01

    目的:对罗氏Cobas E601全自动电化学发光免疫分析仪检测癌胚抗原(CEA)的分析性能进行验证。方法对CEA的精密度、准确度、测量线性范围、参考区间和交叉污染率进行验证实验。结果批内精密度高低两种浓度的(CV)分别为4.96%和4.38%,日间精密度高低两种浓度的CV分别为4.99%和4.81%;5份室间质控品的检测结果与靶值的偏倚在1.49%~3.57%;测量线性范围与厂家提供的范围相近;CEA的测量数值有96.3%在提供的参考区间内;交叉污染率为0.12%。结论罗氏Cobas E601检测CEA的方法学性能良好,检验结果准确可靠,能够满足临床检测的要求。%Objective To evaluate the effects of Roche Cobas E601 automatic electrochemiluminescence immunoassay analyzer for determining CEA. Methods To analyze E601’s measurement precision, accuracy, measurement range, reference interval and carryover rate of CEA, verification experiments were taken to measure. Results The high and low values of CV of inter-assay were 4.96%and 4.38%, and between-day CV were 4.99% and 4.81%; 5 quality-control serum’s relative bias were between 1.49%-3.57%; there was good linear relationship between measured values and expected values;there was 96.3%of the measurement data in the recommended reference interval;carryover rate range was 0.12%. Conclusion Roche Cobas E601 analyzer is stable, precise and accurate.

  16. Memoirs of a Cea veteran

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    2001-07-01

    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 Saclay Center. 2009 environmental assessment; Centre CEA de Saclay. Bilan environnemental 2009

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    This report indicates the sampling places and frequency of environment controls around the CEA Saclay Centre. These samplings concern surface waters, rain waters, fruits and vegetables, milk, underground waters, air and grass. It indicates the authorized levels of gaseous releases by nuclear installations, the measured values of liquid and gaseous effluent releases with respect to these levels. It comments these results, i.e. those observed, for air quality, and for surface and underground waters, and for bio-indicators (presence of tritium in food chain products like milk, grass, fruits and vegetables). It comments the annual radiological impact which is established with respect to annual radioactive releases. It briefly comments the evolution of tritium releases over the years (since 1954). The new gaseous and liquid effluent release authorization levels are compared with those of 1978

  18. Serum sialic acid and CEA concentrations in human breast cancer.

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    Hogan-Ryan, A.; Fennelly, J J; Jones, M.; Cantwell, B; Duffy, M J

    1980-01-01

    The concentration of bound sialic acid in the sera of 56 normal subjects and 65 subjects with breast cancer was measured, in order to determine (1) whether serum sialic acid concentrations are raised in breast cancer and (2) whether the concentration of sialic acid in serum reflects tumour stage. The amount of sialic acid in serum was compared to serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) values. Urinary hydroxyproline and serum alkaline phosphatase concentrations were used as indicators of bone an...

  19. Cergutuzumab amunaleukin (CEA-IL2v), a CEA-targeted IL-2 variant-based immunocytokine for combination cancer immunotherapy: Overcoming limitations of aldesleukin and conventional IL-2-based immunocytokines

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    Klein, Christian; Waldhauer, Inja; Nicolini, Valeria G.; Freimoser-Grundschober, Anne; Nayak, Tapan; Vugts, Danielle J.; Dunn, Claire; Bolijn, Marije; Benz, Jörg; Stihle, Martine; Lang, Sabine; Roemmele, Michaele; Hofer, Thomas; van Puijenbroek, Erwin; Moser, Samuel; Ast, Oliver; Brünker, Peter; Gorr, Ingo H.; Neumann, Sebastian; Hinton, Heather; Crameri, Flavio; Gerdes, Christian; Bacac, Marina; van Dongen, Guus; Moessner, Ekkehard; Umaña, Pablo

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT We developed cergutuzumab amunaleukin (CEA-IL2v, RG7813), a novel monomeric CEA-targeted immunocytokine, that comprises a single IL-2 variant (IL2v) moiety with abolished CD25 binding, fused to the C-terminus of a high affinity, bivalent carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-specific antibody devoid of Fc-mediated effector functions. Its molecular design aims to (i) avoid preferential activation of regulatory T-cells vs. immune effector cells by removing CD25 binding; (ii) increase the therapeutic index of IL-2 therapy by (a) preferential retention at the tumor by having a lower dissociation rate from CEA-expressing cancer cells vs. IL-2R-expressing cells, (b) avoiding any FcγR-binding and Fc effector functions and (c) reduced binding to endothelial cells expressing CD25; and (iii) improve the pharmacokinetics, and thus convenience of administration, of IL-2. The crystal structure of the IL2v-IL-2Rβγ complex was determined and CEA-IL2v activity was assessed using human immune effector cells. Tumor targeting was investigated in tumor-bearing mice using 89Zr-labeled CEA-IL2v. Efficacy studies were performed in (a) syngeneic mouse models as monotherapy and combined with anti-PD-L1, and in (b) xenograft mouse models in combination with ADCC-mediating antibodies. CEA-IL2v binds to CEA with pM avidity but not to CD25, and consequently did not preferentially activate Tregs. In vivo, CEA-IL2v demonstrated superior pharmacokinetics and tumor targeting compared with a wild-type IL-2-based CEA immunocytokine (CEA-IL2wt). CEA-IL2v strongly expanded NK and CD8+ T cells, skewing the CD8+:CD4+ ratio toward CD8+ T cells both in the periphery and in the tumor, and mediated single agent efficacy in syngeneic MC38-CEA and PancO2-CEA models. Combination with trastuzumab, cetuximab and imgatuzumab, all of human IgG1 isotype, resulted in superior efficacy compared with the monotherapies alone. Combined with anti-PD-L1, CEA-IL2v mediated superior efficacy over the respective

  20. Serum sialic acid and CEA concentrations in human breast cancer.

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    Hogan-Ryan, A; Fennelly, J J; Jones, M; Cantwell, B; Duffy, M J

    1980-04-01

    The concentration of bound sialic acid in the sera of 56 normal subjects and 65 subjects with breast cancer was measured, in order to determine (1) whether serum sialic acid concentrations are raised in breast cancer and (2) whether the concentration of sialic acid in serum reflects tumour stage. The amount of sialic acid in serum was compared to serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) values. Urinary hydroxyproline and serum alkaline phosphatase concentrations were used as indicators of bone and liver involvement. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was also measured. Significantly elevated serum sialic acid concentrations were found in breast cancer, and showed correlation with tumour stage. Serum sialic acid values did not correlate with CEA values. The results suggest that measurement of serum sialic acid concentrations may be of adjunctive value in assessing tumour stage.

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

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    2006-07-01

    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.)

  2. [CEA and early detection of relapse in breast cancer subtypes: Comparison with CA 15-3].

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    Riedinger, Jean-Marc; Goussot, Vincent; Desmoulins, Isabelle; Lorgis, Véronique; Coutant, Charles; Beltjens, Françoise; Lizard, Sarab; Fumoleau, Pierre

    2016-05-01

    This retrospective study evaluates the interest of CEA measurement for early detection of breast cancer recurrences. Among 804 patients with invasive breast cancer, we selected 97 patients without recurrence (WR) for 5 years or more, 32 with a local recurrence (LR) and 131 with at least one distant metastasis (DM). Elevated CEA and CA 15-3 levels (>3.1 μg/L and >26 kU/L respectively) were found in 6 % and 22 % of patients with RL respectively and in 49 % and 69 % of patients with DM. Both CEA and CA 15-3 retained a significant value in predicting DM by univariate and multivariate analysis. Higher sensitivity of CEA and CA 15-3 were found in tumors with positive hormonal receptor status. CEA and CA 15-3 levels at DM were raised respectively in 23 and 65 % of the triple negative group, 58 and 75 % of the luminal, 56 and 78 % of the luminal-HER2 and 50 and 30 % of HER2-enriched group (P=0.0094 and 0.0252 respectively). The combination of CEA and CA 15-3 increased CA 15-3 sensitivity in especially luminal and HER2-enriched groups. In conclusion, elevated CA 15-3 and CEA levels at initial diagnosis of recurrence were found to be associated with hormonal receptor status and breast cancer subtypes. The combination of CEA and CA 15-3 appeared useful especially luminal and HER2-enriched groups.

  3. DMD transcript imbalance determines dystrophin levels.

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    Spitali, Pietro; van den Bergen, Janneke C; Verhaart, Ingrid E C; Wokke, Beatrijs; Janson, Anneke A M; van den Eijnde, Rani; den Dunnen, Johan T; Laros, Jeroen F J; Verschuuren, Jan J G M; 't Hoen, Peter A C; Aartsma-Rus, Annemieke

    2013-12-01

    Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies are caused by out-of-frame and in-frame mutations, respectively, in the dystrophin encoding DMD gene. Molecular therapies targeting the precursor-mRNA are in clinical trials and show promising results. These approaches will depend on the stability and expression levels of dystrophin mRNA in skeletal muscles and heart. We report that the DMD gene is more highly expressed in heart than in skeletal muscles, in mice and humans. The transcript mutated in the mdx mouse model shows a 5' to 3' imbalance compared with that of its wild-type counterpart and reading frame restoration via antisense-mediated exon skipping does not correct this event. We also report significant transcript instability in 22 patients with Becker dystrophy, clarifying the fact that transcript imbalance is not caused by premature nonsense mutations. Finally, we demonstrate that transcript stability, rather than transcriptional rate, is an important determinant of dystrophin protein levels in patients with Becker dystrophy. We suggest that the availability of the complete transcript is a key factor to determine protein abundance and thus will influence the outcome of mRNA-targeting therapies.

  4. 1999 scientific evaluation at the CEA; L'evaluation scientifique 1999 au CEA

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    1999-07-01

    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.

  5. Utility of serum CA19-9 in diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma:In comparison with CEA

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    Xing-Lei Qin; Zuo-Ren Wang; Jing-Sen Shi; Min Lu; Lin Wang; Quan-Ru He

    2004-01-01

    AIM: The diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma is often difficult,making management approaches problematic. A reliable serum marker for cholangiocarcinoma would be a useful diagnostic test. The aims of our study were to evaluate the usefulness of a serum CA19-9 determination in the diagnosis of cholangiocareinoma.METHODS: We prospectively measured serum CA19-9 and CEA concentrations in patients with cholangiocarcinoma (n=35), benign biliary diseases (n=92), and healthy individuals n=15). Serum CA19-9 and CEA concentrations were measured by an immunoradiometric assay without knowledge of the clinical diagnosis.were 77.14% and 68.57%, respectively. When compared with the benign biliary diseases group, the true negative rates of serum CA19-9 and CEA were 84.78% and 81.52%,respectively, The false positive rates of serum CA19-9 and CEA were 15.22% and 18.48%, whereas the accuracy of serum CA19-9 and CEA were 82.68% and 77.95%,respectively. Serum CA19-9 and CEA concentrations were significantly elevated (P<0.001 and P<0.05) in patients with patients undergoing curative resection of cholangiocareinoma,the mean serum CA19-9 concentration was decreased from however, no correlation was found between serum CEA and CA19-9 concentrations (r=0.036).CONCLUSION: These data suggest that the serum CA19-9 determination is a usefol addition to the available tests for the differential diagnosis of cholangiocareinoma. Serum CA19-9 is an effective tumor marker in diagnosing cholangiocareinoma,deciding whether the tumor has been radically resected and monitoring effect of treatment.

  6. Assessment of CA 15.3, CEA and TPA concentrations during monitoring of breast cancer

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    Sölétormos, G; Petersen, P H; Dombernowsky, P

    2000-01-01

    The variability of the tumor markers cancer antigen (CA) 15.3, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) during steady state concentrations and the rate of increase during progression is described. One hundred and ninety-two patients were monitored during first-line chem......The variability of the tumor markers cancer antigen (CA) 15.3, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) during steady state concentrations and the rate of increase during progression is described. One hundred and ninety-two patients were monitored during first......-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer and during follow-up. Blood specimens were sampled approximately every four weeks. Steady state concentrations were registered for 77 (CA 15.3), 96 (CEA), and 127 (TPA) patients with below cutoff level values and for 28 (CA 15.3), 25 (CEA), and 11 (TPA) patients...... with above cutoff level values. Clinical and marker progression was registered for 75 (CA 15.3), 62 (CEA), and 57 (TPA) patients. The coefficients of total variation of steady state concentrations (comprising the intra- and interassay analytical imprecision and the within subject biological variation) were...

  7. Prognosis evaluation value of serum CYFRA21-1 and CEA level in non-small cell lung cancer:Meta analysis%血清CYFRA21-1和CEA对非小细胞肺癌预后评价价值的Meta分析

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    邓伟伟; 黄艳春

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical significance of serum cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1) and carcinoma embryonic antigen(CEA) prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer(NSCLC) patients.MethodsAll the data dealing with the significance of serum CYFRA21-1 and serum CEA prognosis of NSCLC was researched from PubMed, Springer Link and Du Xiu database.The outcome was measured using the hazard ratio(HR). Data pooling was performed by RevMan 5.1.Results One thousand five hundred and sixty-nine patients from 8 studies were included in the meta analysis. Merger HR estimate of overall survival for NSCLC patients with high serum CYFRA21-1 level was 1.63 (95%CI: 1.43-1.85,P<0.05). Merger HR estimate of overall survival for NSCLC patients with high serum CEA level was 1.45 (95%CI: 1.26-1.66,P<0.05).ConclusionSerumCYFRA21-1 and CEA can be regarded as a prognostic indicator of evaluation of NSCLC, high serum CYFRA21-1 in evaluation of NSCLC with poor prognosis is more valuable than high serum CEA, jointing detection will be more reliable.%目的:研究血清细胞角蛋白19片段(CYFRA21-1)和癌胚抗原(CEA)对非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)患者的临床预后意义。方法通过检索PubMed、Springer Link、超星读秀中有关研究血清CYFRA21-1和CEA对NSCLC患者预后影响的文献,采用RevMan5.1软件进行荟萃分析(Meta分析),合并值为风险比(HR)。结果共入选8篇文献,累计NSCLC患者1569例。所有高水平血清CYFRA21-1的NSCLC患者的总生存估计合并HR=1.63[95%可信区间(95%CI):1.43~1.85, P<0.05],所有高水平血清CEA的NSCLC患者的总生存估计合并HR=1.45(95%CI:1.26~1.66, P<0.05),差异均有统计学意义。结论血清CYFRA21-1和CEA可作为NSCLC患者的预后评价指标,高血清CYFRA21-1较高血清CEA对评价NSCLC患者的预后不良更有价值,联合检测将更可靠。

  8. Possible association of CEA expression with oxyphilic change but not with C-cell hyperplasia in Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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    Gakiopoulou, Hariklia; Litsiou, Eleni; Valaris, Konstantinos; Balafoutas, Dimitrios; Patsouris, Efstratios; Tseleni-Balafouta, Sofia

    2010-01-01

    Reactive C-cell hyperplasia (CCH) has been observed in cases of autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis; however, its occurrence in Graves' disease, the other major autoimmune disorder, has not yet been investigated. On the other hand, although Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) serum levels have been reported elevated in patients with autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD), the source of CEA production at the cellular level is not elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate CCH and CEA immunohistochemical expression and comparatively analyze them in 136 ATD cases (107 Hashimoto's and 29 Graves' disease cases) and 20 cases of nodular hyperplasia (NH). Immunohistochemistry using monoclonal antibodies to chromogranin and CEA was performed. A scoring system for CCH and semiquantitative evaluation for CEA expression were applied. C-cell hyperplasia was absent in NH cases. In contrast, it was detected in 11% of ATD cases being more frequently observed in Hashimoto's (12.1%) than Graves' disease (6.8%) CCH associated to male sex and older age of Hashimoto's patients. CEA was detected only in ATD cases (33.8%), in C-cells and in follicular cells as well, being more frequently detected in Graves' (44.8%) than Hashimoto's (30.8%) disease. An interesting finding was an emerging possible association of CEA expression with oxyphilic change but not with C-cell hyperplasia in Hashimoto's thyroiditis. No significant correlation was established between CCH and CEA follicular cell expression in neither disease. In conclusion, C-cell hyperplasia and CEA expression may be encountered in the setting of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' disease.

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

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    2007-07-01

    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.)

  10. Remote manipulators and mobile robots in the CEA; Telemanipulation et robotique mobile au CEA

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    Detriche, J.M. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. des Procedes et Systemes Avances

    1995-05-01

    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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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

  13. Levels of CEA and Ca 19 - 9 in the sera and peritoneal cavity in patients with gastric and pancreatic cancers Níveis de CEA e Ca 19 - 9 em soro e cavidade peritoneal em pacientes com câncer do estômago e pâncreas

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    David Hoskovec; Jozef Varga; Ellen Konečná; František Antoš

    2012-01-01

    PURPOSE: Tumor markers are substances found in blood and other biological fluids if tumor is present in the body. They can be produced by tumor itself or can be results of cancer - body relation. They may be used in the follow-up of cancer patients to identify tumor recurrence. Pre-treatment levels have prognostic tool and could signalize persistence of minimal residual disease despite radical surgery. METHODS: We operated on 52 patients with upper GI malignancy (32 with gastric cancer and 20...

  14. Does educational level determine screening participation?

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

    2008-01-01

    .75-2.07) for women with lower primary education. In conclusion, our results did not support the hypothesis that lack of understanding the information in the invitation letter explains nonparticipation. 'Never use' was not inversely associated with the level of education, but showed a U-shaped association, even when......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...

  15. Analyse the Determinants of RMB Internationalization Level

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    Wu Ming xi

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we establish a model to estimate the extent of currency' s internationalization though the functions of international cur- rency. We also discuss the factors behind the internationalization of a currency, econometrically estimate determinants of the extent of curren- cy internationalization. Based on the results, we gauge the extent of RMB internationalization in 2015 and 2020 under the assumption that RMB becomes fully convertible. We also provide several recommenda- tions on the issue of RMB internationalization from the following three aspects: the RMB regionalization, the liberalization of the restrictions on currency convertibility and the development of financial market.

  16. 10 CFR 435.5 - Performance level determination.

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    2010-01-01

    ... RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS Mandatory Energy Efficiency Standards for Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings. § 435.5 Performance level determination. Each Federal agency shall determine energy consumption levels for... 10 Energy 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Performance level determination. 435.5 Section...

  17. 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

  18. Saclay CEA Centre. Environmental assessment 2009; Bilan environnemental 2009

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    2010-06-15

    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

  19. A recombinant vaccinia virus expressing human carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA).

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    Kaufman, H; Schlom, J; Kantor, J

    1991-07-30

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a 180-kDa glycoprotein expressed on most gastrointestinal carcinomas. A 2.4-kb cDNA clone, containing the complete coding sequence, was isolated from a human colon tumor cell library and inserted into a vaccinia virus genome. This newly developed construct was characterized by Southern blotting, DNA hybridization studies, and polymerase chain reaction analysis. The CEA gene was stably integrated into the vaccinia virus thymidine kinase gene. The recombinant was efficiently replicated upon serial passages in cell cultures and in animals. The recombinant virus expresses on the surface of infected cells a protein product recognized by a monoclonal antibody (COL-I) directed against CEA. Immunization of mice with the vaccinia construct elicited a humoral immune response against CEA. Pilot studies also showed that administration of the recombinant CEA vaccinia construct was able to greatly reduce the growth in mice of a syngeneic murine colon adenocarcinoma which had been transduced with the human CEA gene. The use of this new recombinant CEA vaccinia construct may thus provide an approach in the specific active immunotherapy of human GI cancer and other CEA expressing carcinoma types.

  20. 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.)

  1. 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.)

  2. 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.)

  3. 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

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

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    Nannestad, Peter; Svendsen, Gert Tinggard; Dinesen, Peter Thisted;

    2014-01-01

    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......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......-western countries to Denmark, this paper demonstrates that institutions rather than culture matter for social trust....

  5. Clinical significance of preoperative carcinoembryonic antigen level in patients with clinical stage IA non-small cell lung cancer

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    Suda, Takashi; Hachimaru, Ayumi; Tochii, Daisuke; Tochii, Sachiko; Takagi, Yasushi

    2017-01-01

    Background The objective of this study was to assess the preoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level in patients with clinical stage IA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to evaluate its clinical significance. Methods Between January 2005 and December 2014, a total of 378 patients with clinical stage IA NSCLC underwent complete resection with systematic node dissection. The survival rate was estimated starting from the date of surgery to the date of either death or the last follow-up by the Kaplan-Meier method. Univariate analyses by log-rank tests were used to determine prognostic factors. Cox proportional hazards ratios were used to identify independent predictors of poor prognosis. Clinicopathological predictors of lymph node metastases were evaluated by logistic regression analyses. Results The 5-year survival rate of patients with an elevated preoperative serum CEA level was significantly lower than that of patients with a normal CEA level (75.5% vs. 87.7%; P=0.02). However, multivariate analysis did not show the preoperative serum CEA level to be an independent predictor of poor prognosis. Postoperative pathological factors, including lymphatic permeation, visceral pleural invasion, and lymph node metastases, tended to be positive in patients with an elevated preoperative serum CEA level. In addition, the CEA level was a statistically significant independent clinical predictor of lymph node metastases. Conclusions The preoperative serum CEA level was not an independent predictor of poor prognosis in patients with pathological stage IA NSCLC but was an important clinical predictor of tumor invasiveness and lymph node metastases in patients with clinical stage IA NSCLC. Therefore, measurement of the preoperative serum CEA level should be considered even for patients with early-stage NSCLC.

  6. 10 CFR 433.5 - Performance level determination.

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    2010-01-01

    ... level determination. (a) Each Federal agency shall determine energy consumption levels for both the.../ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings... consumption—Proposed building consumption)/ (Baseline building consumption—Receptacle and process loads)....

  7. 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.)

  8. A comparative study of mucin-like carcinoma-associated antigen (MCA), CA 125, CA 19-9 and CEA in patients with ovarian cancer.

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    Koelbl, H; Schieder, K; Neunteufel, W; Bieglmayer, C

    1989-01-01

    A mucin-like carcinoma associated antigen (MCA), which is recognized by the monoclonal antibody b-12, was found to be elevated in sera of breast cancer patients. Since an immunohistochemical reaction of the monoclonal antibody b-12 was found in epithelial tumors of the ovary we investigated MCA serum levels in 50 patients with ovarian cancer (mean age 59 years, range 31-81 years). In addition, CA 125, CA 19-9 and CEA were determined to compare sensitivity, specificity and the predictive value of the positive test of each parameter used in this study. Blood samples were obtained in 20 patients with progressive disease and in 30 patients during disease free intervals. The MCA serum levels of patients with progressive ovarian cancer (mean +/- SD: 14.7 +/- 14.6 U/ml) did not differ significantly from those of patients in remission (mean +/- SD: 8.2 +/- 5.3 U/ml) or from values of a healthy control group (mean +/- SD: 7.7 +/- 3.8 U/ml, n = 70). Women with progressive disease displayed significantly higher CA 125 (p less than 0.0001) and CEA (p less than 0.0063) serum levels than patients in remission. No significant difference was found for CA 19-9 in patients with ovarian cancer, irrespective of the clinical status. Considering marker surge and tumor progression, the highest sensitivity was found for CA 125 (75%). Sensitivities of the other markers were significantly lower and reached only 25-35%. The predictive value of elevated marker levels as well as specificity of the marker substances were similar. Sensitivity could be extended to 90% if elevation of CA 125, CA 19-9, CEA and MCA were taken into consideration, however specificity was lowered by using this marker combination.

  9. El acné y la rosácea

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    Rueda Plata, Ricardo A.; Fundación Valle de Lili

    2001-01-01

    Acné/ ¿Qué es el acné?/ ¿Cómo se forma el acné?/ ¿Qué otros factores influyen?/ ¿El acné de los adolescentes o acné vulgar es la única forma de la enfermedad?/ ¿Cómo se trata el acné?/ ¿Qué cuidados debo tener?/ ¿Qué es la rosácea?/ ¿cómo es y como evoluciona la rosácea?/ ¿Qué personas están más predispuestas a la rosácea?/ ¿Qué otros factores influyen?/ ¿Qué hacer y que evitar?/ ¿Cómo se trata la rosácea?

  10. ECR Light Ion Sources at CEA/Saclay%CEA/Saclay的ECR轻离子离子源

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    R.Gobin; P-A.Leroy; O.Tuske; D.Uriot; P-Y.Beauvais; A.Ben Ismail; D.Bogard; O.Delferriere; D.de Menezes; R.Duperrier; Y.Gauthier; F.Harrault

    2007-01-01

    In the beginning of the 90s,T.Taylor and his collaborators demonstrated ECR sources operating at low frequency (I.e.2.45GHz) are able to produce very intense single charge light ion beams.At CEA/Saclay,the SILHI source developments started in 1995.Since 1997 more than 100mA proton or deuteron beams are routinely produced in pulsed or continuous mode.To comply with ADS reliability constraint,important improvements have been performed to increase the installation reliability.Moreover,to optimize the beam transport in the low energy beam line,the extraction system was carefully designed and space charge compensation studies were undertaken.An important step has been reached in 2005 with the development of a permanent magnet source able to produce a total beam of 109mA at 85kV.A new test bench named BETSI,especially dedicated to permanent magnet source developments,is presently under construction.It will allow analysing positive or negative extracted beams up to 50keV and 100mA.In addition,for several years work has been done to optimize the production of negative hydrogen ion beam with such an ECR source.Recent analysis pushed towards the construction of a new set up based on a multicusp magnetic configuration.After a brief overview of the CEA/Saclay source developments,this article will point out on the recent results and present status.

  11. 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 determinations. 531.409 Section 531.409 Administrative Personnel OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS PAY UNDER THE GENERAL SCHEDULE Within-Grade Increases § 531.409 Acceptable level of...

  12. 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...... research....

  13. 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...

  14. 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

  15. Chemoradiation-induced changes in serum CEA and plasma TIMP-1 in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer

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    Aldulaymi, Bahir; Christensen, Ib J; Sölétormos, György

    2010-01-01

    Preoperative biomarkers serum CEA and plasma TIMP-1 have been shown to have prognostic and predictive value in patients with colorectal cancer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the possible impact of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) on preoperative biomarker levels in patients with rectal cancer....

  16. Efficacy of 18F-FDG PET/CT in investigation of elevated CEA without known primary malignancy

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    Simon Sin-man Wong

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of 18flurodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computer tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT in investigating patients with elevated carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA and without known primary malignancy, and the impact of PET/CT findings on patient management. Setting and Design: PET/CT scans done in a tertiary hospital between December 2007 and February 2012 for elevated CEA in patients without known primary malignancy were retrospectively reviewed. Materials and Methods: The PET/CT findings, patients' clinical information, level of CEA, histological diagnosis, and subsequent management were retrieved by the electronic patient record for analysis. Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed using SPSS version 19. Results: One hundred and one PET/CT scans were performed for patients with elevated CEA. Fifty-eight of these were performed for patients with known primary malignancy and were excluded; 43 PET/CT scans were performed for patients without known primary malignancy and were included. Thirty-three (77% had a positive PET/CT. Among the 32 patients with malignancy, 15 (47% suffered from lung cancer and 8 (25% suffered from colorectal cancer. The sensitivity (97%, specificity (82%, positive predictive value (94%, negative predictive value (90%, and accuracy (93% were calculated. Thirty (91% patients had resultant change in management. The mean CEA level for patients with malignancy (46.1 ng/ml was significantly higher than those without malignancy (3.82 ng/ml (P < 0.05. In predicting the presence of malignancy, a CEA cutoff at 7.55 ng/ml will achieve a sensitivity of 91% and a specificity of 73%. Conclusion: PET/CT, in our study population, appears to be sensitive, specific, and accurate in investigating patients with elevated CEA and without known primary malignancy. In addition to diagnosis of underlying primary malignancy, PET/CT also reveals occult metastases which would affect patient treatment options.Its role in

  17. 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.

  18. Changes of Serum Trace Elements, AFP, CEA, SF, T3, T4 and IGF- Ⅱ in Different Periods of Rat Liver Cancer

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    Hong-xu Zhang; Dan-dan Liu; Bai-jie Jin; Ya-wei Wang; Qj Liu; Ru-bing Duan; Peng Zhao; Ming-xia Ma

    2011-01-01

    Objective:Based on liver cancer model built in SD rats,the contents of trace elements (Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca and Mg),AFP,CEA,SF,TH and IGF-Ⅱ in serum were measured at different stages to explore the molecular changes during the rat liver cancer development.Methods:The SD rat liver cancer model was built by using diethylnitrosamine (DENA) as the mutagen.During 16 weeks of DENA gavage,blood samples were taken in the 14th,28th,56th,77th,105th and 112th days respectively after the first day of gavage with DENA,then the contents of five trace elements (Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca and Mg),T3,T4,IGF-Ⅱ,AFP,CEA and SF in serum were determined.Results:During the development of the rat liver cancer,in the test group,the Cu content significantly increased in serum,while the contents of Fe,Zn and Ca significantly decreased.The content of Mg showed no significant change.AFP and CEA of the test group showed same expression level with the control group; while the content of SF was lower than that of the control group when cancerization appeared.T3 and T4 increased at the first stage and then went down,and the content of IGF-Ⅱ was always high.Conclusion:Cu,Fe,Zn,Ca,T3,T4,SF and IGF-Ⅱ are closely related to the development of liver cancer.The changes of their contents in the development of cancer could enlighten the researches on cancer pathogenesis and prevention.

  19. 2nd CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control

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    Mulder, Bob; Choukroun, Daniel; Kampen, Erik-Jan; Visser, Coen; Looye, Gertjan

    2013-01-01

    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...

  20. Clinical Significance of CK20, CK19, CEA mRNAs in Peripheral Blood from Lung Cancer Patients

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    Ying GUO

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective The tumor cells may disseminate into circulation even in early stages. However, the numbers of such cells are so small that they cannot be detected by conventional diagnostic methods. Developments in molecular technology have made it possible to detect small numbers of tumor cells in peripheral blood. In this study, 83 preoperative peripheral blood samples from patients with lung cancer were analyzed for the determination of CEA, CK19, and CK20 mRNA expression in peripheral blood, and its clinical significance was evaluated. Methods Nested reverse transcriptasepolymerase chain reaction (nested RT-PCR was used to analyze CEA, CK19, and CK20 mRNA expression in peripheral blood. Fresh tumor tissues from patients with esophageal cancer (n=15 were used as a positive control, and blood samples from 15 healthy volunteers as a negative control. Results Among 83 blood samples from patients with lung cancer, the expression of CK20, CK19 and CEA mRNA was 41.0%, 36.1% and 48.2%, respectively. 73.5% were positive for at least one markers for these three genes, and were significantly correlated with the metastasis of the cancer (P < 0.05, but had no correlation with age and sex. In primary esophageal tumors, 15 tumor tissues were all positive for CEA, CK19, and CK20 mRNA. 2 of 15 blood samples from healthy donors were positive for CK19 and CEA mRNA, and 1 of 15 blood sample positive for CK20 mRNA. Conclusion The three markers of CK20, CK19 and CEA mRNA could be the target genes in detecting circulating tumor cells in peripheral blood from patients with lung cancer. The combined detection of CK20, CK19 and CEA mRNA by RT-PCR assay may contribute to the PCR positivity and sensitivity, and CK20, CK19, CEA mRNA expression increase the specificity.

  1. 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

  2. Determinants of maximally attained level of pulmonary function

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    Wang, XB; Mensinga, TT; Schouten, JP; Rijcken, B; Weiss, ST

    2004-01-01

    This study investigated the determinants of sex-specific maximally attained levels of FEV1, VC, and the ratio of FEV1 to VC. Subjects were between the ages of 15 and 35 years (1,818 males and 1,732 females), participating in the Vlagtwedde/Vlaardingen study in The Netherlands. The subjects were foll

  3. 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…

  4. 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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    INTRODUCTION: Elevated IL-6 levels have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and death. Compared to the general population, treated HIV+ persons have 50-100% higher IL-6 levels, but few data on the determinants of IL-6 levels during HIV infection currently exist....... MATERIAL AND METHODS: Participants in three international HIV trials (SMART, ESPRIT and SILCAAT) with IL-6 plasma levels measured at baseline were included (N=9864). Factors independently associated with log2-transformed IL-6 level were identified by multivariate linear regression; exponentiated estimates...... 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...

  5. Positive predictive value of CEA and Ca19-9 as tumor markers for recurrent colorectal cancer in cases where conventional work-up fail to localize disease.

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    Yana Bocheva

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Routine surveillance of colorectal cancer includes serial measurements of CEA levels. Although not routinely indicated Ca 19-9 is also a tool for recurrence. When any of these serum markers is elevated during follow up, this could represent a recurrence. The management of elevated tumor marker levels include clinical exams, endoscopy and conventional imaging –ultrasound, CT, MRI.Objective: To evaluate the positive predictive value of CEA and Ca19-9 as tumor markers for recurrent colorectal cancer in cases where conventional imaging and endoscopic studies fail to localize disease.Materials and methods: A total of 75 patients with elevated CEA and/or Ca19-9 serum levels and negative endoscopic exam as well as negative abdominal CT and Chest X-ray were included in the study. CEA levels were tested in 50 patients. Ca 19-9 was tested in 65 patients. 34 of the patients had both markers tested. All patients underwent whole body 18F-FDG PET/CT. Patients with negative of equivocal PET scan were further followed up (10 to 24 months.Results: Based on the reference standard – the results from PET/CT, if positive and the results from follow-up in cases of negative or equivocal scans, the positive predictive value of Ca 19-9 was 84% and that of CEA -83%. There was no significant difference in the PPV of Ca19-9 and CEA.Conclusion: Elevated CEA and Ca 19-9 levels in patients under active surveillance after operation for colorectal cancer have high positive predictive value for recurrence, even in cases where conventional work-up – endoscopy and CT don’t localize disease.

  6. Prognostic value of serum CYFRA21-1 and CEA for non-small-cell lung cancer.

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    Zhang, Zhi-Hui; Han, Yun-Wei; Liang, Hui; Wang, Le-Min

    2015-11-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the clinical prognostic value of serum cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Literatures related to effects of serum CYFRA21-1 and CEA on the prognosis of lung cancer patients were retrieved from databases such as PubMed, Springer Link, Embase, Wanfang, and CNKI. Meta-analysis was carried out using RevMan 5.1 software. Ten literatures involving 1990 NSCLC patients were selected in this study. Total survive estimation merging hazard ratio (HR) in all NSCLC patients with high-level serum CYFRA21-1 was 1.64 (95% CI 1.46-1.84, P < 0.001) and that in all NSCLC patients with high level serum CEA was 1.46 (95% CI 1.28-1.65, P < 0.001). Serum CYFRA21-1 and CEA can be used as prognostic factors of NSCLC patients. Combinative detection of the two indices will be more reliable.

  7. Combined detection of CEA, CA19-9 and CA125 in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant ascites%联合检测CEA、CA19-9和CA125对鉴别良恶性腹水的价值

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    卢冰贤; 周云英

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨检测CEA(癌胚抗原)、CA19-9(糖类抗原19-9)和CA125(糖类抗原125)对鉴别良、恶性腹水的临床价值. 方法 化学发光法检测120例患者腹水CEA、CA19-9和CA125的含量. 结果 化学发光法检测恶性腹水中的CEA、CA19-9和CA125分别为(37±16) ng/ml、(236±78) U/ml和(602士211)U/ml,良性腹水分别为(13±2)ng/ml、(34士3)U/ml和(32±3)U/ml,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).同时,3种抗原检测的敏感性和特异性各有特点,需要联合检测. 结论 联合检测良、恶性腹水中CEA、CA19-9和CA125水平对鉴别诊断有一定临床意义.%Objective To explore the clinical value of detecting CEA (cancer embryo antigen), CA19-9 (sugar 19-9 antigen), and CA125 (sugar antigen 125) to differentiate benign and malignant ascites. Methods CA19-9, CEA, and CA125 levels were determined by chemiluminescence detection in 120 patients with ascites. Results Chemiluminescence of patients with malignant ascites revealed a CEA level of (37± 16) ng/ml, a CA19-9 level of (236±78) U/ml, and a CA125 level of (602 + 211) U/ml while chemiluminescence of patients with benign ascites revealed a CEA level of (13± 2) ng/ml, a CA19-9 level of (34±3) U/ml and a CA125 level of (32 ± 3) U/ml. Differences were statistically significant (P<0. 05). Testing with 3 different antigens revealed a particular sensitivity and specificity, and combined testing was required. Conclusion Combined testing of CA19-9, CEA, and CA125 levels has some clinical significance in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant ascites.

  8. Determining service variations between and within ASAM levels of care.

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    Levine, Helen J; Turner, Winston; Reif, Sharon; Janas, Donna; Gastfriend, David R

    2003-01-01

    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria Validity Study at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School randomized patients between programs in two levels of care. It therefore became critical to determine the extent to which programs met ASAM level of care (LOC) descriptions. Quantitative surveys (checklist) and qualitative case studies (field observation, key informant interviews) documented care variation within and between two ASAM LOCs in 12 substance abuse treatment units. These LOCs were: Level II (Intensive Outpatient Treatment) and Level III (Medically Monitored Residential Treatment). The Level II and Level III programs, as a group, met ASAM LOC criteria, but data showed major within-level variation by hours per day and number and type of skilled treatment services. Observational data suggest considerable within-level variation due to managed care and staff training. In multi-site PPC validity studies, it will be crucial to examine within-LOC variation and take into account payment sources and staff training when assessing patient outcomes.

  9. DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF SERUM VEGF, CEA AND NSE IN DIAGNOSIS OF NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER%血清VEGF、CEA、NSE在非小细胞肺癌诊断中应用价值研究

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    郑立平; 林海峰

    2011-01-01

    [目的]探讨血清血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)、癌胚抗原(CEA)、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(NSE)在非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)诊断中的应用价值,旨在为肺癌的诊治提供理论参考.[方法]采用ELISA方法测定100例NSCLC患者和50例健康查体者血清VEGF、CEA、NSE水平,并分析其与病理分型和临床分期的关系.[结果]肺癌组血清CEA、NSE、VEGF水平均显著高于对照组,相比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);鳞癌患者血清CEA和NSE水平显著高于腺癌,相比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);而血清VEGF水平在鳞癌和腺癌患者中差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);血清VEGF、CEA、NSE水平随着临床分期的递增而显著上升,其血清水平为Ⅳ期>Ⅲ期>I~Ⅱ期,3组之间比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).[结论]联合检测肺癌患者血清中VEGF、CEA、NSE水平的变化,对NSCLC的早期诊断和鉴别具有重要的临床价值.%[Objective] To explore diagnostic value of serum vascular endotbelial growth factor (VEGF), earcinoembry-onic antigen (CEA) and neuron-specific enolase (NSE) for diagnosis of the non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to provide theoretical reference for diagnosis and treatment of NSCLC. [Methods] 100 cases of patients with NSCLC and 50 cases of healthy people were determined by ELJSA, and their relationship with pathological type and clinical stage were analyzed. [ Results ] The serum CEA, NSE and VEGF levels of the lung cancer group were significantly higher than that of control group, the difference was significant (P 0.05); The serum VEGF, CEA and NSE levels significantly increased with increasing clinical stage, the difference was significant among the three groups (P< 0.05). [Conclusion] Combined detection of the serum VEGF, CEA and NSE levels has important clinical value for the early diagnosis and diagnosis of NSCLC.

  10. Complete solid state lighting (SSL) line at CEA LETI

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    Robin, I. C.; Ferret, P.; Dussaigne, A.; Bougerol, C.; Salomon, D.; Chen, X. J.; Charles, M.; Tchoulfian, P.; Gasse, A.; Lagrange, A.; Consonni, M.; Bono, H.; Levy, F.; Desieres, Y.; Aitmani, A.; Makram-Matta, S.; Bialic, E.; Gorrochategui, P.; Mendizabal, L.

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    With a long experience in optoelectronics, CEA-LETI has focused on Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting since 2006. Today, all the technical challenges in the implementation of GaN LED based solid state lighting (SSL) are addressed at CEA-LETI who is now an RandD player throughout the entire value chain of LED lighting. The SSL Line at CEA-LETI first deals with the simulation of the active structures and LED devices. Then the growth is addressed in particular 2D growth on 200 mm silicon substrates. Then, technological steps are developed for the fabrication of LED dies with innovative architectures. For instance, Versatile LED Array Devices are currently being developed with a dedicated μLED technology. The objective in this case is to achieve monolithical LED arrays reported and interconnected through a silicon submount. In addition to the required bonding and 3D integration technologies, new solutions for LED chip packaging, thermal management of LED lamps and luminaires are also addressed. LETI is also active in Smart Lighting concepts which offer the possibility of new application fields for SSL technologies. An example is the recent development at CEA LETI of Visible Light Communication Technology also called LiFi. With this technology, we demonstrated a transmission rate up to 10 Mb/s and real time HD-Video transmission.

  11. Stromal CEA immunoreactivity is correlated with lymphatic invasion of human esophageal carcinoma.

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    Kijima, H; Oshiba, G; Kenmochi, T; Kise, Y; Tanaka, H; Chino, O; Shimada, H; Ueyama, Y; Tanaka, M; Makuuchi, H

    2000-04-01

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a good marker of colorectal cancer. Recent studies have demonstrated that CEA may function as a metastatic potentiator by different pathways; i.e. modulation of immune responses, facilitation of intercellular adhesion and cellular migration. However, expression patterns of CEA have not yet been established in human esophageal carcinomas. In this study, we examined CEA expression in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and its clinicopathological significance. CEA immunoreactivity was frequently detected in the cancer cells (cytoplasmic type; 81.1%, 43/53) as well as in the cancer stroma (stromal type; 32.1%, 17/53), regardless of the depth of tumor invasion. Lymphatic invasion of cancer cells was frequently found in the stromal CEA-positive esophageal cancer (44.4%, 16/36), compared to stromal CEA-negative cancer (5.9%, 1/17) (pCEA expression plays important roles in lymphatic invasion of human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

  12. 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)

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    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)

  13. Determination of carcinoembryonic antigen levels in peripheral and draining venous blood in patients with colorectal carcinoma Determinação dos níveis do antígeno carcinoembriônico no sangue periférico e no efluente venoso em doentes com carcinoma colorretal

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The problem of the relationship between blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA levels and tissue CEA content in colorectal carcinoma, and the mechanisms for CEA release from tumor cells in tissue adjacent to the neoplasm is important to understanding the biology of colorectal carcinoma. It has not been adequately explained whether CEA in the peripheral blood is drained mainly by portal system blood or by the lymphatic system, or indeed by both systems. AIM: To study the behavior of CEA levels in peripheral blood (CEA-p and venous effluent blood (CEA-d among patients with colorectal tumors, who underwent curative operation. METHOD: A total of 28 patients were studied (12 male [42.9%] and 16 female [57.1%], mean age 66.1 years [range: 43 - 84]. Immediately after laparotomy, peripheral venous blood was extracted by antecubital venous puncture and venous effluent blood was collected from the main drainage vein of the lesions. Values of CEA-p, CEA-d and the gradient between CEA-d and CEA-p that were less than 5.0 ng/mL were considered normal. RESULTS: Eight (28.6% patients were stage A in Duke's classification, nine (32.1% stage B and 11 (39.3% stage C. The neoplasm was located in the rectum of 14 patients (50.0%, in the transverse colon in five (17.9%, in the sigmoid in four (14.3%, in the cecum and/or ascending colon in three (10.7%, and in the descending colon in two (7.1%. The histopathological examination revealed well-differentiated adenocarcinoma in all the patients. Only one patient (3.6%, Duke's classification stage C, presented neoplasm with venous invasion. The gradient between the CEA-p and CEA-d levels were normal in 25 patients (88.3% and high in three (10.7%. The mean value for CEA-p was 3.8 ± 4.1 ng/mL (0.1-21.1 ng/mL and for the drained CEA (CEA-d it was 4.5 ± 4.3 ng/mL (0.3-20.2 ng/mL, without significant difference between these values. There was a significant difference between the mean value for CEA-p and CEA-d levels

  14. 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)

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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{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.

  15. Determinants affecting physical activity levels in animal models

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    Tou, Janet C L.; Wade, Charles E.

    2002-01-01

    Weight control is dependent on energy balance. Reduced energy expenditure (EE) associated with decreased physical activity is suggested to be a major underlying cause in the increasing prevalence of weight gain and obesity. Therefore, a better understanding of the biological determinants involved in the regulation of physical activity is essential. To facilitate interpretation in humans, it is helpful to consider the evidence from animal studies. This review focuses on animal studies examining the biological determinants influencing activity and potential implications to human. It appears that physical activity is influenced by a number of parameters. However, regardless of the parameter involved, body weight appears to play an underlying role in the regulation of activity. Furthermore, the regulation of activity associated with body weight appears to occur only after the animal achieves a critical weight. This suggests that activity levels are a consequence rather than a contributor to weight control. However, the existence of an inverse weight-activity relationship remains inconclusive. Confounding the results are the multifactorial nature of physical activity and the lack of appropriate measuring devices. Furthermore, many determinants of body weight are closely interlocked, making it difficult to determine whether a single, combination, or interaction of factors is important for the regulation of activity. For example, diet-induced obesity, aging, lesions to the ventral medial hypothalamus, and genetics all produce hypoactivity. Providing a better understanding of the biological determinants involved in the regulation of activity has important implications for the development of strategies for the prevention of weight gain leading to obesity and subsequent morbidity and mortality in the human population.

  16. 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.

  17. Potent and specific antitumor effect of CEA-targeted photoimmunotherapy.

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    Shirasu, Naoto; Yamada, Hiromi; Shibaguchi, Hirotomo; Kuroki, Motomu; Kuroki, Masahide

    2014-12-01

    Conventional photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer is limited by the insufficient efficacy and specificity of photosensitizers. We herein describe a highly effective and selective tumor-targeted PDT using a near-infrared (NIR) photosensitizer, IRDye700DX, conjugated to a human monoclonal antibody (Ab) specific for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). The antitumor effects of this Ab-assisted PDT, called photoimmunotherapy (PIT), were investigated in vitro and in vivo. The Ab-IRDye conjugate induced potent cytotoxicity against CEA-positive tumor cells after NIR-irradiation, whereas CEA-negative cells were not affected at all, even in the presence of excess photoimmunoconjugate. We found an equivalent phototoxicity and a predominant plasma membrane localization of Ab-IRDye after both one and six hours of incubation. Either no or little caspase activation and membrane peroxidation were observed in PIT-treated cells and a panel of scavengers for reactive oxygen species showed only partial inhibition of the phototoxic effect. Strikingly, Ab-IRDye retained significant phototoxicity even under hypoxia. We established a xenograft model, which allowed us to sensitively investigate the therapeutic efficacy of PIT by non-invasive bioluminescence imaging. Luciferase-expressing MKN-45-luc human gastric carcinoma cells were subcutaneously implanted into both flanks of nude mice. NIR-irradiation was performed for only the tumor on one side. In vivo imaging and measurement of the tumor size revealed that a single PIT treatment, with intraperitoneal administration of Ab-IRDye and subsequent NIR-irradiation, caused rapid cell death and significant inhibition of tumor growth, but only on the irradiated side. Together, these data suggest that Ab-IRDye-mediated PIT has great potential as an anticancer therapeutics targeting CEA-positive tumors.

  18. Innovaciones en el agrodesarrollo de las cactáceas

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    Carlos Alberto Padrón Pereira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La globalización de los mercados ofrece nuevas oportunidades de desarrollo del campo en especial a recursos subutilizados en algunos países como las cactáceas, debido en parte a que, en cada país, los modelos culturales y de cultivo son diferentes. El cambio climático está generando nuevas dinámicas en dichos modelos que pueden llegar a ser sostenibles o disruptivas y las cáctaceas se presentan en ciertos aspectos como alternativas para la sustentabilidad de algunos sistemas; aunque también pueden verse afectadas. Lo expresado genera estudios diversos y en distintas especialidades. En este trabajo se presenta una recopilación de información existente y actualizada sobre temas relacionados con el aprovechamiento, la morfoanatomía, la germinación y desarrollo de las cactáceas, el cultivo in vitro, como también aspectos relativos a parámetros fisicoquímicos, la poscosecha y una reseña sobre cactáceas epífitas y/o trepadoras, las menos estudiadas.

  19. Benchmark Cea - AREVA NP - EDF of the corrosion facilities for VHTR material testing

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    Cabet, C. [CEA Saclay, Dept. de Physico-Chimie (DEN/DPC/SCCME), 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France); Terlain, A.; Seran, J.L.; Girardin, G.; Kaczorowski, D. [CEA Saclay, Dept. des Materiaux pour le Nucleaire (DEN/DMN), 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Blat, M. [AREVA NP - NTC-F, Technical Center Le Creusot, 71 - Le Creusot (France); Dubiez Le Goff, S. [Electricite de France (EDF R and D), Chemistry and Corrosion group, MMC Dept., 77 - Moret sur Loing (France)

    2007-07-01

    Within the framework of the ANTARES program, the French Cea, AREVA-NP and EDF have launched a joint program on metallic materials for application in innovative Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR). Since corrosion is highly sensitive to environmental conditions, material studies require dedicated facilities that permit a strict control of the metallic specimen environment throughout the entire exposure. Cea, AREVA-NP and EDF have developed experimental setups respectively under the names CORALLINE and CORINTH, the Chemistry Loop and ESTEREL; these high temperature helium flow systems are fitted with hygrometers and gas analyzers. A benchmarking procedure was defined to inter-validate these lab devices. It is composed of two tests. The joint protocol has set the operating parameters. Process atmospheres are made of helium with 200 {mu}bar H{sub 2}, 20 {mu}bar CH{sub 4}; the CO content reaches 50 {mu}bar for test 1 while it is reduced to 5 {mu}bar CO in test 2. The residual water vapor concentration shall be lower than 3{mu}bar. Corrosion is assessed by mass change associated to observations and analyses of the corroded coupons considering the surface scales (nature, morphology and thickness), the internal oxidation (nature, distribution and depth) and the possible carburization/decarburization (type and depth). For benchmark test 1, Cea, AREVA-NP and EDF produced similar results in terms of operation of the tests as well as about the Inconel 617 corrosion criteria. On the other hand, benchmark test 2 showed a difference in the residual water vapor level between CORALLINE and the Chemistry Loop that was shown to strongly influence the specimen behavior.

  20. Clinical significance of detecting CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153, CA125 in postoperative treatment of patients with ovarian cancer

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    Xue Pan; Zhen-Hua Du

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical significance of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199), a tire protein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), carbohydrate antigen 153 (CA153) and carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) in the postoperative treatment of patients with ovarian cancer.Methods:210 cases of patients with ovarian cancer after initial treatment from January 2015 to December 2015, 232 cases of patients with ovarian benign tumor and 250 cases of healthy women were selected, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels were detected, and the levels after chemotherapy in patients with ovarian carcinoma were detected.Results:CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer were (12.37±7.43) ng/mL, (84.04±26.96) U/mL, (37.46±9.47) μg/L, (110.54±35.51) IU/L, (51.23±9.20) U/mL and (64.36±42.68) U/mL, respectively, which were significantly higher than that in normal controls and patients with benign ovarian lesions, and were considered to be statistically significant. Chemotherapy after two cycles, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer were significantly lower than that before chemotherapy, and were considered to be statistically different. Chemotherapy after four cycles, CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 levels in patients with ovarian cancer continue to decrease, and were significantly lower than that of chemotherapy after two cycles, and had statistical differences.Conclusion:CEA, CA199, AFP, HCG, CA153 and CA125 can be used as important indicators for monitoring the chemotherapy effects, early recurrence and metastasis of ovarian cancer.

  1. Computed tomography of pulmonary changes in rheumatoid arthritis: carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a marker of airway disease.

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    Koch, Milene Caroline; Pereira, Ivânio Alves; Nobre, Luiz Felipe Souza; Neves, Fabricio Souza

    2016-04-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) classically affects the joints, but can present extra-articular manifestations, including pulmonary disease. The present study aimed to identify possible risk factors or laboratory markers for lung involvement in RA, particularly the presence of rheumatoid factor (RF), anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA), and tumor markers, by correlating them with changes observed on chest high-resolution computerized tomography (HRCT). This cross-sectional study involved RA patients who were examined and questioned by a specialist physician and later subjected to chest HRCT and blood collection for measurement of C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), rheumatoid factor (RF), ACPA (anti-vimentin and/or anti-CCP3), and the tumor markers carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA 125, CA 15-3, and CA 19-9. A total of 96 patients underwent chest HRCT. The most frequent findings were bronchial thickening (27/28.1 %) and bronchiectasis (25/26 %). RF was present in 63.2 % of patients (55/87), and ACPA (anti-vimentin or anti-CCP3) was present in 72.7 % of patients (64/88). CEA levels were high in 14 non-smokers (37.8 %) and 23 smokers (62.2 %). CA-19-9 levels were high in 6 of 86 patients (7.0 %), CA 15-3 levels were high in 3 of 85 patients (3.5 %), and CA 125 levels were high in 4 of 75 patients (5.3 %). Multivariate analysis indicated a statistically significant association between high CEA levels and the presence of airway changes in patients with RA (p = 0.048). CEA can serve as a predictor of lung disease in RA and can help identify individuals who require more detailed examination for the presence of respiratory disorders.

  2. 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

  3. Rosácea fulminante: relato de caso

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    José Otávio Alquezar Gozzano

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: Rosácea fulminante (RF ou pioderma facial é uma doença rara, descrita em 1940 por Kierland e O’Leary. É considerada uma variante extrema de rosácea conglobata, esta, consiste em formação de placas e abscessos hemorrágicos na pele. A RF tem sua etiologia desconhecida, porém há teorias que relacionam seu acometimento com a variação de hormônios femininos e a ingestão de vitamina B12. A RF é frequente em mulheres, principalmente pós- adolescentes. Apresenta-se abruptamente na face, amiúde na região mento- mandibular, através de pápulas inflamatórias, pústulas, cistos e nódulos com comedões escassos ou inexistentes, além de abcessos, sem manifestações sistêmicas e com a recidiva rara. Seu diagnóstico é fundamentalmente clínico, apenas com a história do paciente, sem necessidade de exames complementares. Para o tratamento, são utilizados corticoides orais, isotretinoína oral e antibióticos a fim de minimizar as sequelas físicas e psicológicas. Objetivo: Relatar caso de paciente com diagnóstico de rosácea fulminante. Metodologia: Paciente diagnosticada com rosácea fulminante atendida em serviço ambulatorial e revisão de literatura. Relato de caso: Paciente do sexo feminino, 19 anos, refere lesões súbitas em face há uma semana. Nega quadro acneico anterior, histórias de alergias e outras comorbidades. Relata ausência de uso de anticoncepcionais orais há 5 meses e data de última menstruação há 3 semanas, sem atraso menstrual. Ao exame: pápulas eritematosas e pústulas, além de pequenos nódulos inflamatórios na face. Hipótese diagnóstica: RF. Como conduta, foi prescrito tetraciclina. Conclusões: A RF é uma forma infrequente de rosácea, sendo importante o diagnóstico precoce e tratamento eficaz, a fim de melhorar a qualidade de vida do paciente.

  4. Determinants of IL-6 levels during HIV infection

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    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Elevated IL-6 levels have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD, cancer and death. Compared to the general population, treated HIV+ persons have 50–100% higher IL-6 levels, but few data on the determinants of IL-6 levels during HIV infection currently exist. Material and Methods: Participants in three international HIV trials (SMART, ESPRIT and SILCAAT with IL-6 plasma levels measured at baseline were included (N=9864. Factors independently associated with log2-transformed IL-6 level were identified by multivariate linear regression; exponentiated estimates 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/m2, 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 [0.97–0.99]/100 cells/µL was related to lower IL-6. All evaluated comorbidities were related to higher IL-6; FDs in IL-6 were 1.08 [1.04–1.12] for smoking, 1.12 [1.02–1.24] for CVD, 1.07 [1.00–1.16] for diabetes and 1.12 [1.02–1.24] for HBV (1.15 [1.02–1.30] and 1.53 [1.45–1.62] for HCV. IL-6 increased with decreasing eGFR (0.98 [0.97–1.00]/10 mL/min and HDL-cholesterol (0.98 [0.96–0.99]/10 mg/mL. Lower education was related to higher IL-6 (1.09 [1

  5. Synthesis of cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads as immunosensing probes for the detection of AFP, CEA and PSA.

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    Wang, Zifeng; Liu, Na; Feng, Feng; Ma, Zhanfang

    2015-08-15

    A double-water-in-oil-emulsion procedure was designed to synthesize cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads less than 200n m diameter under mild conditions. The cadmium, lead and copper alginate nanobeads can be activated to immobilize biomacromolecules and can directly produce distinctive electrochemical signals. Using the novel alginate nanobeads labeled with antibodies as electrochemical probes, a sandwich-type immunosensor was constructed using AFP, CEA and PSA as model analytes. This proposed immunosensor shows wide linear range with detection limits of 0.01, 0.0086 and 0.0075 ng mL(-1) for AFP, CEA and PSA, respectively. Analysis of clinical serum samples using this immunosensor was well consistent with the data determined by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). It suggested that the alginate nanobeads electrochemical probes could be generally extended to other multiple analytes detection.

  6. Value of Serum ProGRP,NSE and CEA Detection in Diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer%血清 ProGRP,NSE 和 CEA 检测对小细胞肺癌的诊断价值

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    孙树凯; 田清武; 刘入华; 申井利; 翟玉娥; 翟木绪

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    目的:探讨血清胃泌素释放肽前体(ProGRP)、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(NSE)和癌胚抗原(CEA)联合检测对小细胞肺癌(SCLC)的诊断价值。方法471例肺部肿瘤患者均来自呼吸内科和胸外科住院患者,另从健康查体中心随机选取162例健康人作为对照组。所有研究对象均空腹采血,采用电化学发光法检测其血清 ProGRP,NSE 和 CEA 水平,绘制ROC 曲线并计算曲线下面积(the area under the curve,AUC)。结果SCLC 患者血清 ProGRP 和 NSE 水平显著高于非小细胞肺癌组、肺良性病变组和正常对照组(P <0.01)。SCLC 患者血清 CEA 水平显著高于肺良性病变组和正常对照组(P<0.05)。ProGRP,NSE 和 CEA 诊断 SCLC 的 AUC 分别为0.933,0.777和0.554。ProGRP,NSE 和 CEA 诊断 SCLC 的敏感度分别为82.6%,60.4%和41.6%,特异度分别为95.2%,83.3%和71.7%。联合检测 ProGRP,NSE 和 CEA 诊断SCLC 的敏感度为91.3%,特异度为65.3%。结论血清 ProGRP 检测对 SCLC 具有较高的诊断价值;ProGRP,NSE 和CEA 的联合检测有助于 SCLC 的早期诊断。%Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of combined detection of serum gastrin-releasing peptide precursor (ProGRP),neuron specific enolization enzyme(NSE)and carcinoembryonicantigen(CEA)in small cell lung cancer(SCLC). Methods 471 patients with lung tumor from department of respiratory medicine and thoracic surgery and 162 healthy people from medical examination center were studied.Serum levels of ProGRP,NSE and CEA were detected by using electrochemi-cal luminescence method.ROC curves were drawn and the area under the curve (AUC)was calculated.Results The levels of ProGRP and NSE were significantly higher in patients with SCLC than those in NSCLC,lung benign disease group and normal control group (P <0.01).The levels of CEA were significantly higher in SCLC than those in patients with lung be-nign disease

  7. 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

  8. Development activities on NIR large format MCT detectors for astrophysics and space science at CEA and SOFRADIR

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    Boulade, Olivier; Moreau, Vincent; Mulet, Patrick; Gravrand, Olivier; Cervera, Cyril; Zanatta, Jean-Paul; Castelein, Pierre; Guellec, Fabrice; Fièque, Bruno; Chorier, Philippe; Roumegoux, Julien

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    CEA and SOFRADIR have been manufacturing and characterizing near infrared detectors in the frame of ESA's near infrared large format sensor array roadmap to develop a 2Kx2K large format low flux low noise device for space applications such as astrophysics. These detectors use HgCdTe as the absorbing material and p/n diode technology. The technological developments (photovoltaic technology, readout circuit, ...) are shared between CEA/LETI and SOFRADIR, both in Grenoble, while most of the performances are evaluated at CEA/IRFU in Saclay where a dedicated test facility has been developed, in particular to measure very low dark currents. The paper will present the current status of these developments at the end of ESA's NIRLFSA phase 2. The performances of the latest batch of devices meet or are very close to all the requirements (quantum efficiency, dark current, cross talk, readout noise, ...) even though a glow induced by the ROIC prevents the accurate measurement of the dark current. The current devices are fairly small, 640x512 15μm pixels, and the next phase of activity will target the development of a full size 2Kx2K detector. From the design and development, to the manufacturing and finally the testing, that type of detector requests a high level of mastering. An appropriate manufacturing and process chain compatible with such a size is needed at industrial level and results obtained with CEA technology coupled with Sofradir industrial experience and work on large dimension detector allow French actors to be confident to address this type of future missions.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.)

  11. Los frutos de las cactáceas y su potencial como materia prima

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    Patricia Esquivel

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    Los frutos de las Cactáceas y su potencial como materia prima. Se presenta información sobre las características generales, así como usos actuales y potenciales de los miembros más importantes, desde un punto de vista comercial, de la familia de las cactáceas.

  12. Difficulties and dangers of CEA-targeted immunotherapy against colorectal cancer

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    2006-01-01

    The studies described in this thesis focus on the feasibility of using carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a target for immunotherapy of colorectal cancer and on the balance between anti-tumor immunity and autoimmune pathology. The potential of CEA as a target antigen for immunotherapy of cancer is co

  13. Atualidades e perspectivas das Anonáceas no mundo

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    Full Text Available Várias espécies da família Annonaceae produzem frutos comestíveis cultivados em pomares comerciais ou coletados de forma extrativista, em diversas partes do mundo. O gênero Annona possui elevado número de espécies nativas, no entanto poucas produzem frutos comestíveis. Algumas são cultivadas comercialmente, outras são obtidas de forma extrativista. As principais anonáceas cultivadas no mundo são: Annona muricata, Annona squamosa e Annona cherimola, com destaque também para a atemoia (híbrido entre A. squamosa x A. cherimola. Economicamente, são importantes para muitos países da África, Ásia e também da América Central, do Norte e do Sul. Os principais países produtores são: Austrália, Chile, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Nova Zelândia e Israel para cherimólia; México, Brasil, Venezuela e Costa Rica para graviola; e Índia, Brasil, Tailândia, Filipinas e Cuba para pinha. A produtividade de frutos das anonáceas nos diversos países produtores é relativamente baixa, em função do uso inadequado de técnicas de manejo (irrigação, fertilização, podas, polinização, controle de insetos e enfermidades, etc.. No Brasil, os cultivos comerciais mais relevantes com anonáceas são: pinha (A. squamosa L., graviola (A. muricata L. e atemoia. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar a situação atual e as perspectivas para as anonáceas no Brasil e no mundo. O cultivo é caracteristicamente de pequenos agricultores, usando especialmente a mão de obra familiar. De um modo geral, esses cultivos apresentam relevância socioeconômica nos países que possuem produção comercial pela geração de emprego e renda, e vêm, recentemente, ganhando importância no mercado mundial, dada sua condição de fruta exótica e pela sua qualidade, dentre as quais o valor nutracêutico (vitaminas, antioxidantes e outras propriedades funcionais. A expansão do consumo e sua maior relevância no mercado mundial dependem de ações relativas

  14. Planta de lavado para arena silícea

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    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...

  15. METABOLISMO ÁCIDO DE LAS CRASULÁCEAS

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    THOMAS DAVID GEYDAN

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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 fisio- lógico, bioquímico y molecular, enmarcado por la presencia de las denominadas cuatro fases de dicho metabolismo y su repercusión y expresión por diversas restric- ciones 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 señaliza- ciones moleculares.

  16. Rapid, Efficient Determination of Recrystallization Solvents at the Microscale Level.

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    Craig, Rhoda E. R.

    1989-01-01

    Presents a procedure used in sophomore level organic chemistry which has been particularly useful for organic qualitative analysis. Uses a nine-well spotplate and one-two mg of solid and three-four drops of eight different solvents. Solubility is checked at different temperatures. Provides a solubility table. (MVL)

  17. Using Minute Papers to Determine Student Cognitive Development Levels

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    Vella, Lia

    2015-01-01

    Can anonymous written feedback collected during classroom assessment activities be used to assess students' cognitive development levels? After library instruction in a first-year engineering design class, students submitted minute papers that included answers to "what they are left wondering." Responses were coded into low, medium and…

  18. 78 FR 78864 - Comparability Determination for Australia: Certain Entity-Level Requirements

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    ... firm, including without limitation, market, credit, liquidity, foreign currency, legal, operational... to the limitations of CEA section 2(i). \\8\\ The compliance dates are summarized on the Compliance... accordance with Commission regulation 1.31 and shall be open for inspection by representatives of...

  19. 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

  20. Lowest Landau level on a cone and zeta determinants

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    Klevtsov, Semyon

    2016-01-01

    We consider the integer QH state on Riemann surfaces with conical singularities, with the main objective of detecting the effect of the gravitational anomaly directly from the form of the wave function on a singular geometry. We suggest the formula expressing the normalisation factor of the holomorphic state in terms of the regularized zeta determinant on conical surfaces and check this relation for some model geometries. We also comment on possible extensions of this result to the fractional QH states.

  1. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer biosensor between upconverting nanoparticles and palladium nanoparticles for ultrasensitive CEA detection.

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    Li, Hui; Shi, Liang; Sun, De-En; Li, Peiwu; Liu, Zhihong

    2016-12-15

    An ultrasensitive biosensor for carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was constructed based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between upconverting nanoparticles (UCPs) and palladium nanoparticles (PdNPs). PdNPs was synthesized by the addition of a solution of Na2PdCl4 into a mixture of N2H4·H2O as the reducing agent and 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUDA) as the stabilizer. The CEA aptamer (5'-NH2-ATACCAGCTTATTCAATT-3') was conjugated to hexanedioic acid (HDA) modified UCPs (HDA-UCPs) through an EDC-NHS coupling protocol. The coordination interaction between nitrogen functional groups of the CEA aptamer and PdNPs brought UCPs and PdNPs in close proximity, which resulted in the fluorescence quenching of UCPs to an extent of 85%. And the non-specific fluorescence quenching caused by PdNPs towards HDA-UCPs was negligible. After the introduction of CEA into the UCPs-CEA aptamer-PdNPs fluorescence quenching system, the CEA aptamer preferentially combined with CEA accompanied by the conformational change which weakened the coordination interaction between the CEA aptamer and PdNPs. So fluorescence recovery of UCPs was observed and a linear relationship between the fluorescence recovery of UCPs and the concentration of CEA was obtained in the range from 2pg/mL to 100pg/mL in the aqueous buffer with the detection limit of 0.8pg/mL. The ultrasensitive detection of CEA was also realized in diluted human serum with a linear range from 4pg/mL to 100pg/mL and a detection limit of 1.7pg/mL. This biosensor makes the most of the high quenching ability of PdNPs towards UCPs with negligible non-specific fluorescence quenching and has broad application prospects in biochemistry.

  2. Indicators for Determining Collaborative Security Level in Organizational Environments

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    Cătălin SBORA

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the concept of security management through collaboration highlighting the limitations for conventional security management systems and the challenges in maintaining an acceptable level of security in organizational environments. There are presented four different aspects regarding information security, aspects that involve malware threats, perimeter protection, exploiting vulnerabilities and detection of vulnerabilities. Analyzing a set of experiments regarding malware protection the paper concludes the need to improve existing protection systems by standardization and collaboration. A set of indicators for measuring the level of security by considering each of four aspects, is presented and analyzed, highlighting the benefits obtained by using collaboration in the process of managing information security. A qualitative indicator is built based on the four aspects of security presented in the paper.

  3. Determining supply chain safety stock level and location

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    Bahareh Amirjabbari

    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.

  4. 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, Europe). To obtain a good picture of the food web, fish stomach content analyses and a bibliographic synthesis of the prey feeding ecology were carried out. Fish trophic levels were calculated from these results and δ 15N data. The feeding link investigation enabled us to identify qualitatively and quantitatively the different preys consumed by each fish group studied, to distinguish the prey feeding on benthos from those feeding on pelagos and to characterize the different nutritive pools at the base of the system. Among the species studied, only Liza ramada and the flatfish ( Platichthys flesus and Solea solea) depend mainly on benthic trophic compartments. All the other fish groups depend on several trophic (benthic and/or pelagic) sources. These results enabled us to correct the calculation of fish trophic levels which are coherent with their feeding ecology data obtained from the nitrogen isotopic integrative period. The present work shows that trophic positions are linked with the feeding ecology of fish species and vary according to individual size. Ecological data also allow the correction of the isotopic data by eliminating absurd results and showing the complementarity of the two methods. This work is the first to consider source variability in the fish food web. This is an indispensable step for trophic studies in a dynamic environment. The investigation of matter fluxes and recycling processes at the food web base would provide a useful improvement in future

  5. Influence of educational level on determinants of folic acid use.

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    van der Pal-de Bruin, Karin M; de Walle, Hermien E K; de Rover, Carolien M; Jeeninga, Wendy; Cornel, Martina C; de Jong-van den Berg, Lolkje T W; Buitendijk, Simone E; Paulussen, Theo G W M

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    In The Netherlands, periconceptional folic acid use to prevent neural tube defects was promoted through a national 'Folic Acid Campaign'. In two regions, a local campaign supplemented the national campaign to increase the chances of reaching women with low socio-economic status (SES). A framework of outcome criteria, defined as awareness knowledge, perceived safety, attitudes and subjective norms, was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of the two local campaigns. Data were gathered by means of two cross-sectional studies conducted just before and 1 year after the campaigns took place. Before the campaigns were conducted, there were already differences in all effect criteria and folic acid use between women of different educational levels, mostly in favour of women with a high level of education. Although both educational campaigns appeared to have a positive impact on all outcome criteria, they failed to reduce the existing differences in these outcome criteria between women of different educational levels. Folic acid use can be promoted effectively by mass media campaigns, certainly in a large group of women with no prior knowledge of the health benefits associated with periconceptional folic acid use. However, in order to achieve more equal health outcomes among women of low and high SES, it seems that more tailored interventions for women of low SES are needed.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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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) [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)

  8. Colecta y establecimiento de anonáceas en El Salvador

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    Eduardo Cruz

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    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

  9. Trace Level Determination of Polyether Ionophores in Feed

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    Mervi Rokka

    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.

  10. 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

  11. Sex, not genotype, determines recombination levels in mice.

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    Lynn, Audrey; Schrump, Stefanie; Cherry, Jonathan; Hassold, Terry; Hunt, Patricia

    2005-10-01

    Recombination, the precise physical breakage and rejoining of DNA between homologous chromosomes, plays a central role in mediating the orderly segregation of meiotic chromosomes in most eukaryotes. Despite its importance, the factors that control the number and placement of recombination events within a cell remain poorly defined. The rate of recombination exhibits remarkable species specificity, and, within a species, recombination is affected by the physical size of the chromosome, chromosomal location, proximity to other recombination events (i.e., chiasma interference), and, intriguingly, the sex of the transmitting parent. To distinguish between simple genetic and nongenetic explanations of sex-specific recombination differences in mammals, we compared recombination in meiocytes from XY sex-reversed and XO females with that in meiocytes from XX female and XY male mice. The rate and pattern of recombination in XY and XO oocytes were virtually identical to those in normal XX females, indicating that sex, not genotype, is the primary determinant of meiotic recombination patterns in mammals.

  12. TIMP-1 and CEA as biomarkers in third-line treatment with irinotecan and cetuximab for metastatic colorectal cancer

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    Spindler, Karen-Lise Garm; Christensen, Ib Jarle; Nielsen, Hans Jørgen

    2015-01-01

    , the median progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with a high level of TIMP-1 was 2.4 months (95 % CI 2.1-4.1) compared to 3.3 months (95 % CI 2.1-6.2) and 4.7 months (95 % 3.2-7.6) in patients with intermediate or low levels, respectively. Analysis of TIMP-1 as a continuous variable revealed a shorter...... PFS associated with increasing levels of TIMP-1 (hazard ratio (HR) 1.36). These results translated into a significantly lower overall survival (OS) in patients with a high baseline TIMP-1 level (4.5 months (95 % CI 3.4-5.4)), compared to those with intermediate or low TIMP-1 levels (7.8 months (95...... localisation) or to differences in PFS or OS. The rank correlation between CEA and TIMP-1 was r = 0.50, and a test for interaction between TIMP-1 and CEA (dichotomised at 5 ng/ml) in survival analysis was not significant (p = 0.18). A multivariate analysis for PFS and OS resulted in a model with significant...

  13. Research at the CEA in the field of safety in 2nd and 3rd generation light water reactors

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    Billot, Philippe

    2012-05-01

    The research programs at the CEA in the field of safety in nuclear reactors are carried out in a framework of international partnerships. Their purpose is to develop studies on: The methods allowing for the determination of earthquake hazards and their consequences; The behaviour of fuel in an accident situation; The comprehension of deflagration and detonation phenomena of hydrogen and the search for effective prevention methods involving an explosion risk; The cooling of corium in order to stop its progression in and outside the vessel thereby reducing the risk of perforating the basemat; The behaviour of the different fission product families according to their volatility for the UO2 and MOX fuels.

  14. 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).

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

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    M. Ychou

    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.

  16. Determination of the Burnout Levels and Perfectionism Levels in Science Teachers

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    Aşkın Kiraz

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between level of burnout and level of perfectionism of science teachers who work in primary and secondary education institutions in Nicosia in Northern Cyprus. APS Perfectionism Scale and Maslach Burnout Inventory were administered in the process of gathering data. Pearson correlation methods, t-test and one way anova were used in analyzing the obtained data. The results of the research revealed a statistically significant difference in positive way between the level of burnout and age and branch, between the level of perfectionism and age and the school graduated. Also there is a significant difference between subscales of perfectionism (the contradiction, high standards and regularity and subscale of burnout (the feeling of low success, between contradiction and burnout, and between contradiction and regularity.

  17. 20 CFR 663.840 - How is the level of needs-related payments determined?

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    2010-04-01

    ... 20 Employees' Benefits 3 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false How is the level of needs-related payments determined? 663.840 Section 663.840 Employees' Benefits EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF... Services § 663.840 How is the level of needs-related payments determined? (a) The payment level for...

  18. 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

    Soluble tetranectin (TN) was measured preoperatively in serum from 567 patients with primary colorectal cancer and levels were tested for association with prognosis. The prognostic significance of TN was also compared to that of plasminogen-activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), urokinase plasminogen...... 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...... 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 soluble u...

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

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    Campos da Paz M

    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

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

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    Secher, Bernard [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Nuclear Energy Division (DEN) (France); CEA Saclay DM2S/SFME/LGLS, Bat. 454, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)], E-mail: bsecher@cea.fr; Belliard, Michel [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Nuclear Energy Division (DEN) (France); CEA Cadarache DER/SSTH/LMDL, Bat. 238, F-13108 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France); Calvin, Christophe [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Nuclear Energy Division (DEN) (France); CEA Saclay DM2S/SERMA/LLPR, Bat. 470, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)

    2009-01-15

    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.

  1. Meeting of Directors and Heads of Department from CEA-Saclay, France

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    Patrice Loïez

    2002-01-01

    Y. Lemoigne (left) in discussion with M. Spiro during the visit to CERN of Directors and Heads of Department from the Saclay centre of the French atomic energy commision (CEA) in December. P. Jarry looks on.

  2. 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.

  3. Nuclear. In China, the CEA asserts itself as a team leader; Nucleaire: en Chine, le CEA s'impose en meneur de jeu

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    Dupin, L.

    2011-03-15

    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

  4. The CEA and the alternative energies. Press tour 25 and 26 november 1999; Le CEA et les energies alternatives. Voyage de presse les 25 et 26 novembre 1999

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    Carola, G. [CEA/Grenoble, 38 (France); Ngo, Ch. [CEA, Dir. de la Strategie et de l' Evaluation, 75 - Paris (France); Mermilliod, N.; Serre-Combe, P. [CEA/Grenoble, Dir. des Technologies Avancees, DTA, 38 (France); Sanglan, P. [Air Liquide, 38 - Sassenage (France); De La Graviere, M. [CEA/Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Dieudonne, O.; Malbranche, Ph. [CEA/Cadarache, Dir. des Reacteurs Nucleaires, DRN, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France)

    1999-11-01

    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.)

  5. Program improvements in the CEA service continuity: report and impact of the ice storm on CEA data

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    Billinton, R. [Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    1999-09-01

    The Canadian Electrical Association has been collecting statistical data on various aspects of electric power generation, transmission and distribution since 1979, when the Equipment Reliability Information System (ERIS) database has been implemented. Currently, the CEA publishes annual reports and statistics on generation and transmission component outages. Data gathering and reporting is monitored and guided by the Consultative Committee on Outage Statistics (CCOS). The Electric Power System Reliability Assessment (EPSRA) protocols represent the second stage of reliability data development. This system is designed to collect and report on data relating to the overall electricity supply system and the overall performance of the bulk electricity system. (ERIS reporting is concerned with equipment outages). This paper describes the Service Continuity Reporting System segment of the EPSRA protocols. Details of performance in service continuity for 1998 are provided with and without the 1998 ice storms effects. The complete data and indices on each participating utility, together with the overall Canada and total participating utility data, provides a convenient base for general utility comparisons. Comparisons of the various indices of reliability with like statistics from electric utility companies of Australia, New Zealand and the United States are also provided. 2 tabs., 1 fig.

  6. 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....

  7. A sensitive label-free amperometric CEA immunosensor based on graphene-nafion nanocomposite film as an enhanced sensing platform.

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    Li, Yan; Yang, Wei-Kang; Fan, Man-Qi; Liu, Ao

    2011-01-01

    A novel approach to fabricate a label-free amperometric immunosensor for the detection of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was described. Herein, methylene blue (MB), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and carcinoembryonic antibody (anti-CEA) were layer-by-layer assembled on the graphene-Nafion nanocomposite film-modified electrode by means of a self-assembling technique and the opposite-charged adsorption. Subsequently, the stepwise self-assembling procedure of the immunosensor was further characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The factors influencing the performance of the resulting immunosensor were studied in detail. The developed procedure showed improved features, including larger amount and higher immunoactivity of the immobilized antibody and repeatable regeneration of the sensor, as well as direct, rapid and simple determination for the antigen without multiple separation and labeling steps. The immunosensor could detect the target protein in a range of 0.5 to 120 ng/mL with a limit of 0.17 ng/mL (at 3σ). Finally, the immunosensing system was evaluated on several clinical samples. Analytical results were found to be in satisfactory agreement with those detected by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method, indicating that this new method was a promising alternative tool for clinical diagnosis.

  8. Neutron Activation Foil and Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Responses to a Polyethylene Reflected 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), Saclay (France); Gagnier, Emmanuel [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette; Authier, Nicolas [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Piot, Jerome [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Jacquet, Xavier [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Rousseau, Guillaume [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Reynolds, Kevin H. [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    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 19, 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. The CIDAS detects gammas with a Geiger-Muller tube and the Rocky Flats detects neutrons via charged particles produced in a thin 6LiF disc depositing energy in a Si solid state detector. These detectors were being evaluated to determine whether they would alarm, so they were not expected to generate benchmark quality data.

  9. Neutron Activation Foil and Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Responses to a Lead Reflected 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); Isbell, Kimberly McMahan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Lee, Yi-kang [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Gagnier, Emmanuel [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Authier, Nicolas [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Piot, Jerome [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Jacquet, Xavier [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Rousseau, Guillaume [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Reynolds, Kevin H. [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    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 13, 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. The CIDAS detects gammas with a Geiger-Muller tube, and the Rocky Flats detects neutrons via charged particles produced in a thin 6LiF disc, depositing energy in a Si solid-state detector. These detectors were being evaluated to determine whether they would alarm, so they were not expected to generate benchmark quality data.

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

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    Miller, Thomas Martin [ORNL; Isbell, Kimberly McMahan [ORNL; Lee, Yi-kang [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette; Gagnier, Emmanuel [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette; Authier, Nicolas [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille; Piot, Jerome [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille; Jacquet, Xavier [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille; Rousseau, Guillaume [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Valduc, Is-sur-Tille; Reynolds, Kevin H. [Y-12 National Security Complex

    2016-09-01

    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.

  11. Neutron Activation Foil and Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Responses to a Polyethylene Reflected 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), Saclay (France); Gagnier, Emmanuel [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Centre de Saclay, Gif sur Yvette; Authier, Nicolas [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Piot, Jerome [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Jacquet, Xavier [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Rousseau, Guillaume [French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Salives (France). Valduc Centre for Nuclear Studies; Reynolds, Kevin H. [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    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 19, 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. The CIDAS detects gammas with a Geiger-Muller tube and the Rocky Flats detects neutrons via charged particles produced in a thin 6LiF disc depositing energy in a Si solid state detector. These detectors were being evaluated to determine whether they would alarm, so they were not expected to generate benchmark quality data.

  12. Hair cortisol levels determined at different body sites in the New Zealand White rabbit

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    Antonella Comin; Valentina Zufferli; Tanja Peric; Federico Canavese; Davide Barbetta; Alberto Prandi

    2012-01-01

    This study was designed to determine hair cortisol levels in the New Zealand White (NZW) rabbit and to examine possible differences in the cortisol levels of hair samples collected from different body regions in stable environmental conditions. The experiment was performed on eight 18 month-old female NZW rabbits. All animals were shaved to collect hair samples from 26 different body regions. Hair cortisol levels were determined by the RIA method. The mean hair cortisol concentration for the ...

  13. Clinical Significance of the detection of CA153,CA125,CEA and SF Serum Test in Breast Cancer%肿瘤标志物CA153、CA125、CEA和SF联合检测对乳腺癌的诊断价值

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    刘征宇; 温蔚

    2009-01-01

    /ml,(2.0±0.8)u/ml,(1220.7±46.91)ng/ml](t=2.671,t=2.684,t=2.898,t=2.844,P<0.01);The levels of CA153,CA125,CEA and SF pretreatment in breast cancer group were significantly higher than that after treatment[(25.5±3.7)u/ml,(15.0±8.4)u/ml,(4.6±3.3)ng/ml,(98.5±58.6)ng/ml](t=2.210,t=2.165,t=2.224,t=2.234,P<0.05);The positive rate of 53.3%in breast cancer group for CA153+CA125+CEA+SF were lower than that CA153(56.7%),CA125(58.3%),CEA(63.3%),SF(68.3%)(χ~2=2.52,χ~2=2.652,P>0.05;χ~2=3.85,χ~2=3.90,χ~2=3.98,P<0.05);joint determination of CA153+CEA+SF experimental efficient 89.0%higher than the other four groups of the joint determination,but had no signiflcanle(χ~2=2.78,χ~2=3.10,χ~2=2.99,χ~2=3.01,P>0.05).Conclusion The positive rate may be increased by combining test of serum CA153,CA125,CEA and ferritin in breast cancer.Thus the combined test might be of high value for the early diagnosis,improving the therapeutic effect and prognosis of breast cancer.

  14. Determination of the level of noise in nurseries and pre-schools and the teachers′ level of annoyance

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    Ozan Gokdogan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this article is to determine the level of noise in nurseries and pre-schools and also to compare measured levels with standard levels and evaluate the teachers’ level of annoyance. Materials and Methods: The level of noise was measured in three different schools. A total of 162 students, whose ages were between 3 and 6 years, and 12 teachers were included the study. Every age groups’ level of noise was measured during sleeping, gaming, and eating activity. In addition, teachers’ annoyance was assessed in different age groups. Results: The 4- to 6-year-old groups were found to have higher level of sounds than 3-year-old group. Eating period was found to be the highest level of sound whereas sleeping was found the lowest. Furthermore, teachers’ annoyance was found higher as the age decreased. Conclusion: Nurseries and pre-schools have noisy environment both for the students and the teachers. High level of noise, which has bad effects on health, is a public health problem. Both the students’ families and teachers must be aware of this annoying situation.

  15. 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.

  16. Menstrual Cycle Dependent Variability for Serum Tumor Markers CEA, AFP, CA 19-9, CA 125 and CA 15-3 in Healthy Women

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    Ayşe Binnur Erbağci

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Information on menstrual cycle dependent variation of tumor markers in healthy women is a subject of diagnostic efficiency and has an impact in elucidating the normal function of these markers. In this study midfollicular and midluteal concentrations of serum CEA, AFP, CA 19-9, CA 125, CA 15-3 and their relations with LH, FSH, prolactin, estradiol and progesterone were evaluated during ovulatory cycles in a group of 23 healthy female individuals. Samples were collected on the 7th and 21st day of the same menstrual cycle. Tumor marker and hormone concentrations were determined with chemiluminescence or electrochemiluminescence EIA methods. A significant phase-dependent difference was observed for CA 15-3, midluteal concentrations (mean ± SEM; 26.33 ± 1.56 U/ml higher than the midfollicular (mean ± SEM; 19.27 ± 1.49 U/ml concentrations (p < 0.001. But an obvious difference for other tumor markers investigated did not exist. Significant correlations of follicular and luteal CA 125 levels with body mass index of the subjects were observed (r:0.52, p < 0.05 and r:0.57, p < 0.005, respectively.

  17. Test Results of the Third LHC Main Quadrupole Magnet Prototype at CEA/Saclay

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    Derégel, J; Gourdin, C; Hervieu, M; Ogitsu, T; Peyrot, M; Rifflet, J M; Schild, T; Simon, F; Tortschanoff, Theodor; Tsuchiya, K

    2002-01-01

    The construction of the third second-generation main quadrupole magnet prototype for LHC has been completed at CEA/Saclay in November 2000. The magnet was tested at 1.9 K. Similarly to the two first ones, this prototype has exceeded the operating current in one training step and exhibited excellent training memory after a thermal cycle. This paper describes the quench performance and quench start localization determined by means of voltage-taps and a quench antenna system developed in collaboration with KEK. As this magnet was equipped with capacitive gauges, the stresses during cool-down and powering have been recorded and are in agreement with FE computations. The newly designed quench heaters have improved efficiency and reproducibility compared to those of the first generation. Magnetic measurements have been performed at various stages. The cold measurements show minor differences with those at room temperature and are similar to those of the two first magnets of this design. These results prove that the...

  18. Effect of radiotherapy on serum SCC, CEA, CRFRA21-1, TAG72, CA199 and lymphocyte subsets in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Sha Sha; Bo Yu; Zhong-Qin Shu; Xiao-Wei Gu; Wei-Dong Mao; Lin-Yun Xia; Jian-Jun Qin

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of radiotherapy on serum SCC, CEA, CRFRA21-1, TAG72, CA199 and lymphocyte subsets in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Methods: A total of 60 patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in our hospital from January 2013 to January 2016 were selected as experiment group and 40 healthy subjects were selected as control group. Patients in experiment group were treated with 6MV X-ray radiation therapy. Serum SCC, CEA, CRFRA21-1, TAG72, CA199 and the cell percentage of peripheral blood CD4+, CD8+ were compared in control group and the experimental group before and after 1 month radiotherapy.Results:Before treatment, the levels of serum SCC, CEA and CRFRA21-1 in the experimental group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P0.05). Before treatment, the cell percentage of peripheral blood CD4+, CD8+ and the ratio of CD4+/CD8+ in experimental group was significantly lower than that of the control group, the percentage of peripheral blood CD8+ in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group (P0.05), and in the experimental group, the proportion of CD4+ cells and the tatio of CD4+/CD8+in peripheral blood was significantly lower than that of the control group, the proportion of CD8+ was significantly higher than that of the control group (P<0.05).Conclusions: Radiotherapy can significantly reduce the serum SCC, CEA, CRFRA21-1, TAG72 and CA199 levels of the patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, but have less influence on the T lymphocyte subsets.

  19. 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.

  20. METABOLISMO ÁCIDO DE LAS CRASULÁCEAS Crassulacean Acid Metabolism

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    THOMAS DAVID GEYDAN

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Label-free fluorimetric detection of CEA using carbon dots derived from tomato juice.

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    Miao, Hong; Wang, Lan; Zhuo, Yan; Zhou, Zinan; Yang, Xiaoming

    2016-12-15

    A facile-green strategy to synthesize carbon dots (CDs) with a quantum yield (QY) of nearly 13.9% has been built up, while tomato juice served as the carbon source. Interestingly, not only the precursor of CDs and the whole synthesis procedure were environmental-friendly, but this type of CDs also exhibited multiple advantages including high fluorescent QY, excellent photostability, non-toxicity and satisfactory stability. Significantly, a label-free sensitive assay for detecting carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in a continuous and recyclable way has been proposed on the basis of adsorption and desorption of aptamers by the surface of CDs through a competitive mechanism. To be specific, the richness of carboxyl groups of the CDs enabled strong adsorption of ssDNA to the surface of CDs through π-π stacking interactions, resulting in the effective fluorescence quenching by forming CDs-aptamer complexes. The stronger binding affinity between CEA and CEA-aptamer than the π-π stacking interactions has been taken advantage to achieve immediate recovery of the fluorescence of CDs once CEA was introduced. Thereby, quantitative evaluation of CEA concentration in a broad range from 1ngmL(-1) to 0.5ngmL(-1) with the detection limit of 0.3ngmL(-1) was realized in this way. This strategy can be applied in a recyclable way, broadening the sensing application of CDs with biocompatibility. Besides, the CDs were used for cell imaging, potentiating them towards diverse purposes.

  3. 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...

  4. Quantitative analysis of anti-CEA antibody accumulation in human colorectal carcinomas

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    Bares, R. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Fass, J. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Surgery); Hauptmann, S. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Pathology); Braun, J. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Surgery); Grehl, O. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Reinartz, R. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Surgery); Buell, U. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Schumpelick, V. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Surgery); Mittermayer, C. (Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Dept. of Pathology)

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    In order to obtain quantitative data on intratumoral anitbody accumulation we analyzed resected colorectal adenocarcinomas of 25 patients who had undergone immunoscintigraphy 4-14 days earlier. All had been injected with 0.5-1.0 mg intact anti-CEA antibody (BW 431/26) labelled with 70-80 MBq [sup 131]I. Correlation of tissue radioactivity concentrations with tumor characteristics revealed significantly higher values in necrotic compared to viable as well as in CEA-positive compared to CEA-negative viable tumor tissue indicating action of both specific and unspecific uptake mechanisms. In contrast, diagnostic results of immunoscintigraphy were influenced by tumor size only. 11 of 12 falsenegative findings were obtained in tumors <4 cm in diameter. Since ex-vivo scintigraphy of resected specimens correctly visualized all but one of these lesions, it is concluded that technical limitations of scintigraphy are the main cause of negative results of radioimmunoimaging with [sup 131]I-labelled antibodies. (orig.)

  5. CEA-targeted nanoparticles allow specific in vivo fluorescent imaging of colorectal cancer models.

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    Tiernan, James P; Ingram, Nicola; Marston, Gemma; Perry, Sarah L; Rushworth, Jo V; Coletta, P Louise; Millner, Paul A; Jayne, David G; Hughes, Thomas A

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescent imaging of colorectal tumor cells would improve tumor localization and allow intra-operative staging, facilitating stratification of surgical resections thereby improving patient outcomes. We aimed to develop and test fluorescent nanoparticles capable of allowing this in vivo. Dye-doped silica nanoparticles were synthesized. Anti-CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen) or control IgGs were conjugated to nanoparticles using various chemical strategies. Binding of CEA-targeted or control nanoparticles to colorectal cancer cells was quantified in vitro, and in vivo after systemic-delivery to murine xenografts. CEA-targeted, polyamidoamine dendrimer-conjugated, nanoparticles, but not control nanoparticles, allowed strong tumor-specific imaging. We are the first to demonstrate live, specific, in vivo imaging of colorectal cancer cells using antibody-targeted fluorescent nanoparticles. These nanoparticles have potential to allow intra-operative fluorescent visualization of tumor cells.

  6. In-situ determination of radionuclide levels in facilities to be decommissioned using the allowable residual contamination level method

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    Arthur, R.J.; Haggard, D.L.

    1989-07-01

    This feasibility study resulted in verification of a direct and two alternate indirect techniques for making in-situ determinations of {sup 90}Sr and other radionuclide levels in a Hanford facility to be decommissioned that was evaluated using the Allowable Residual Contamination Level (ARCL) method. The ARCL method is used to determine the extent of decontamination that will be required before a facility can be decommissioned. A sump in the 1608F Building was chosen for the feasibility study. Hanford decommissioning personnel had previously taken 79 concrete and surface scale samples from the building to be analyzed by radiochemical analysis. The results of the radiochemical analyses compare favorably with the values derived by the in-situ methods presented in this report. Results obtained using a portable spectrometer and thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) were both very close to the radiochemistry results. Surface {sup 90}Sr levels detected on the sump floor were 550 pCi/cm{sup 2} using the spectrometer system and 780 pCi/cm{sup 2} using the TLD data. This compares favorably with the levels determined by radiochemical analyses (i.e., 230 to 730 pCi/cm{sup 2}). Surface {sup 90}Sr levels detected on the sump wall ranged between 10 and 80 pCi/cm{sup 2} using the spectrometer system, compared with a conservative 200 pCi/cm{sup 2} using the TLD data. The radiochemical results ranged between 19 and 77 pCi/cm{sup 2} for the four samples taken from the wall at indeterminate locations. 17 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Geographical variation and the determinants of domestic endotoxin levels in mattress dust in Europe

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    Chen, C.M.; Thiering, E.; Doekes, G.; Zock, J.P.; Bakolis, I.; Norbäck, D.; Sunyer, J.; Villani, S.; Verlato, G.; Täubel, M.; Jarvis, D.

    2012-01-01

    Endotoxin exposures have manifold effects on human health. The geographical variation and determinants of domestic endotoxin levels in Europe have not yet been extensively described. To investigate the geographical variation and determinants of domestic endotoxin concentrations in mattress dust in E

  13. 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.)

  14. Determination of Quasi Fermi-Level Separation of Semiconductor Lasers from Amplified Spontaneous Emission

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    WU Lin-Zhang; TIAN Wei; GAO Feng

    2004-01-01

    For characterization of semiconductor lasers, quasi-Fermi-level separation is a critical parameter due to its relationship with carrier density and gain. We suggest a new technique to determine the quasi-Fermi-level separation from amplified spontaneous emission measured from one facet.

  15. Logistic回归和ROC曲线综合评价CEA、NSE和CYFRA21-1对肺癌的诊断价值%Evaluation of the diagnostic values of serum CEA, NSE and CYFRA21-1 in lung cancer

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    林卫虹; 廖伟娇; 郑君德; 钟丽红

    2011-01-01

    Objective To explore the application of serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), neuron-specificenolase (NSE) and cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA21-1) for the diagnosis of lung cancer.Methods The levels of serum CEA ,NSE and CYFRA21-1 in patients with lung cancer,patients with benign lungs diseases were determined by electrochemiluminescence (ECLIA).Logistic regression and ROC curve were applied to analyze the data and evaluate the diagnostic values.Results The concentrations of serum CEA, NSE and CYFRA21-1 in patients with lung cancer were significantly higher than the other two groups (P<0.01).The serum level of CEA was highest in patients with adenocarcinoma.NSE was the most sensitive tumor marker (81.6%)for small cell lung cancer.When the specificity was 90% ,CYFRA21-1 had the highest sensitivity in lung cancer.According to the regression model, Y=l/[1 +EXP(5.830-0.249X1-0.198X2-0.643X3)], the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of the new variable Y was 80.9%, 91.3% and 84.6%, respectively.Conclusion Serum CEA, NSE and CYFRA21-1 in lung cancer has a high diagnostic value.Tbe use of Logistic regression and ROC curve can improve the diagnosis of lung cancer.%目的 应用Logistic回归和ROC曲线探讨血清癌胚抗原(carcinoembryonic antigen,CEA)、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(neuron-specificenolase,NSE)和细胞角蛋白19片段(cytokeratin 19 fragment,CYFRA21-1)在肺癌诊断中的应用.方法 采用电化学发光免疫分析仪(E170)检测不同病理类型肺癌组、肺良性疾病组以及健康人血清CEA、NSE和CYFRA21-1的水平,通过Logistic回归建立回归模型,用ROC曲线分析三指标对肺癌诊断的意义.结果 肺癌组CEA、NSE和CYFRA21-1的水平显著高于肺良性疾病和健康人组(P<0.01).腺癌组血清CEA水平最高,NSE在小细胞肺癌中灵敏度最高(81.6%),取特异性90%时,CYFRA21-1对肺癌的诊断灵敏度最高(59.5%).建立回归模型Y=1/[1+EXP(5.830-0.249X1-0.198X2-0.643X3)],新变量Y

  16. Aeroacoustics research in Europe: The CEAS-ASC report on 2003 highlights

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    Schröder, W.

    2004-11-01

    This is a report on some highlights of aeroacoustics research in Europe in 2003, compiled from information provided to the Aeroacoustics Specialists Committee of the Confederation of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS). The CEAS currently comprises the national Aerospace Societies of France (Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France), Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt), Italy (Associazione Italiana di Aeronautica e Astronautica), The Netherlands (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaarttechniek), Spain (Asociación de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos de España), Sweden (Flygtekniska Föreningen), Switzerland (Schweizerische Vereinigung für Flugwissenschaften) and the UK (The Royal Aeronautical Society).

  17. 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.......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...

  18. Peritoneal lavage cytology and carcinoembryonic antigen determination in predicting peritoneal metastasis and prognosis of gastric cancer

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    Ji-Kun Li; Miao Zheng; Chuan-Wen Miao; Jian-Hai Zhang; Guang-Han Ding; Wen-Shen Wu

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the role of peritoneal lavage cytology (PLC) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) determination of peritoneal washes (pCEA) in predicting the peritoneal metastasis and prognosis after curative resection of gastric cancer.METHODS: PLC and radioimmunoassay of CEA were performed in peritoneal washes from 64 patients with gastric cancer and 8 patients with benign diseases.RESULTS: The positive rate of pCEA (40.6%) was significantly higher than that of PLC (23.4%) (P<0.05).The positive rates of PLC and pCEA correlated with the depth of tumor invasion and lymph node metastasis (P<0.05). pCEA was found to have a higher sensitivity and a lower false-positive rate in predicting peritoneal metastasis after curative resection of gastric cancer as compared to PLC. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates of patients with positive cytologic findings or positive pCEA results were significantly lower than those of patients with negative cytologic findings or negative pCEA results (P<0.05). Multivariate analysis indicated that pCEA was an independent prognostic factor for the survival of patients with gastric cancer.CONCLUSION: Intraoperative pCEA is a more sensitive and reliable predictor of peritoneal metastasis as well as prognosis in patients with gastric cancer as compared to PLC method.

  19. Effect of endostar combined with paclitaxel liposome and radiotherapy simultaneously on serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125, IL-8 and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced cervical cancer

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    Wen-Jing Yang; Lu Wang

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of endostar combined with paclitaxel liposome and radiotherapy simultaneously on serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125, IL-8 and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced cervical cancer.Methods:A total of 72 patients with advanced cervical cancer in our hospital from January 2014 to February 2016 were enrolled in this study. The subjects were divided into control group (n=36) and experiment group (n=36) randomly. The control group were treated with radiotherapy, the experiment group were treated with endostar combined with paclitaxel liposome and radiotherapy simultaneously. 3 weeks for a period of treatment and the two groups were treated for 4 periods. The serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125, IL-8 levels and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ cells of the two groups before and after treatment were compared.Results:There were no significantly differences of the serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125, IL-8 levels and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ cells of the two groups before treatment. The serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125 and IL-8 levels of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment, and that of experiment were significantly lower than control group. The peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+ cells of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment, CD8+ cells of the two groups after treatment were significantly higher than before treatment, and that of experiment group were significantly better than control group.Conclusion: Endostar combined with paclitaxel liposome and radiotherapy simultaneously can significantly reduce the serum CYFRA21-1, CEA, SCCA, CA125 and IL-8 levels, improve peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ levels of patients with advanced cervical cancer, and it was worthy clinical application.

  20. 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.

  1. 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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    2000-07-01

    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.)

  2. Determinants of gastric cancer screening attendance in Korea: a multi-level analysis

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    Chang, Yunryong; Cho, Belong; Son, Ki Young; Shin, Dong Wook; Shin, Hosung; Yang, Hyung-Kook; Shin, Aesun; Yoo, Keun-Young

    2015-01-01

    Background We aimed to assess individual and area-level determinants of gastric cancer screening participation. Method Data on gastric cancer screening and individual-level characteristics were obtained from the 2007–2009 Fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The area-level variables were collected from the 2005 National Population Census, 2008 Korea Medical Association, and 2010 National Health Insurance Corporation. The data were analyzed using multilevel logistic r...

  3. 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

    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...

  4. Levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and CA 19-9 in the sera and peritoneal washing of patients undergoing surgical treatment for gastric carcinoma Níveis do antígeno carcinoembriônico e do CA 19-9 no soro e no lavado peritonial em doentes submetidos ao tratamento cirúrgico do carcinoma gástrico

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    René Crepaldi-Filho

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Early peritoneal recurrence of gastric carcinoma following curative resection remains a great challenge in the treatment and prevention of this disease. AIM: To analyze the relationship between levels of tumor markers, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA and CA 19-9 in the sera and peritoneal washing, and anatomopathological aspects of the gastric carcinoma. METHODS: Of the 46 patients in the study, 29 (63.0% were males and 17 (37.0% females. Mean age was 63.6 ± 11.7 years (31 to 91 years. Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from the upper limb vein from both patient groups after anesthetic induction, in order to determine serum levels of CEA and CA 19-9. After the end of the procedure, 50 mL of physiologic solution was introduced into the bottom of the Douglas sack and a portion aspirated to determine CEA and CA 19-9 levels in the peritoneal washing. Levels of CEA and CA 19-9 in the sera and peritoneal washing were compared to the following variables: lesion diameter ≤4 cm or >4 cm, lymph node involvement, angiolymphatic invasion, depth of invasion into gastric wall, and initial or late stage. RESULTS: Sera CEA levels were significantly higher in patients with lesions >5 cm. CEA levels in the sera and peritoneal washing were significantly greater in patients with signet ring cell gastric carcinoma. In addition, levels of CEA in peripheral blood and peritoneal washing showed significant association with the degree of carcinoma penetration into the gastric wall, while sera CEA was significantly higher in patients at more advanced stages. There was no significant difference between sera and peritoneal CEA values regarding grade of differentiation. Patients with gastric lesions measuring > 5cm and more differentiated lesions had significantly higher sera CA 19-9 values. In patients with lymph nodes invasion by gastric carcinoma, CA 19-9 levels in peritoneal washing were significantly higher than in peripheral blood. Levels of CA

  5. 血清 TSA 和 CEA 联合检测对2型糖尿病合并结直肠癌的诊断价值%Diagnostic value of combined detection of serum TSA and CEA in type 2 diabetes mellitus complicating colorectal cancer

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    刘瑞东; 王小丽

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨血清总唾液酸(TSA)和癌胚抗原(CEA)联合检测对2糖尿病合并结直肠癌患者的诊断价值。方法选取结直肠癌合并2型糖尿病患者60例(A组),单纯结直肠癌患者55例(B组),同期的健康者60例(C组),采用化学发光法检测各组血清TSA和CEA水平;对手术切除治疗的患者进行随访半年,检测血清TSA和CEA水平。结果与B组(34.55%)和C组(1.67%)相比较,A组 TSA和CEA联合检测敏感率最高(78.33%),差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05);且A组患者血清TSA[(791.26±135.90)mg/L]及CEA[(48.45±2.67)ng/mL]水平高于B组和C组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);A组和B组血清 TSA和CEA水平均较手术前降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论联合检测血清TSA和CEA水平,能为2型糖尿病合并结直肠癌的诊断、预后、复发提供更早、更灵敏的检测指标。%Objective To investigate the diagnostic value of combined detection of serum total sialic acid (TSA) and carcino‐embryonic antigen (CEA) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM ) complicating colorectal cancer . Methods Sixty of T2DM complicating colorectal cancer were selected as the group A ,other 55 cases of pure colorec‐tal cancer were selected as the group B and contemporaneous 60 healthy persons as the group C .The levels of serum TSA and CEA in each group were detected by chemiluminescence method;at the same time ,the factors of ages ,body mass index (BMI) and series of tumor biochemical detection were compared among various groups;the cases of sur‐gical resection were followed up for 6 months ,and serum TSA and CEA levels were detected .Results Compared with group B (34 .55% ) and C (1 .67% ) ,the sensitivity of combined detection of TSA and CEA was highest (78 .33% ) ,and the difference had statistical significance (P<0 .05);moreover the levels of serum CEA and TSA in the group A

  6. Sensitivity of CA 15-3, CEA and serum HER2 in the early detection of recurrence of breast cancer

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    Eriksen, Ann Christina; Sørensen, Patricia Diana; Jacobsen, Erik Hugger;

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this project was to investigate the sensitivity of CA 15-3, CEA and HER2 in the early diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.......The aim of this project was to investigate the sensitivity of CA 15-3, CEA and HER2 in the early diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer....

  7. 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.

  8. A study on the core analysis methodology for SMART CEA ejection accident-I

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    Zee, Sung Kyun; Lee, Chung Chan; Kim, Kyo Yoon; Cho, Byung Oh

    1999-04-01

    A methodology to analyze the fuel enthalpy is developed based on MASTER that is a time dependent 3 dimensional core analysis code. Using the proposed methodology, SMART CEA ejection accident is analyzed. Moreover, radiation doses are estimated at the exclusion area boundary and low population zone to confirm the criteria for the accident. (Author). 31 refs., 13 tabs., 18 figs.

  9. Spanish Pre-University Students' Use of English: CEA Results from the University Entrance Examination

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    Diez-Bedmar, Maria Belen

    2011-01-01

    In this paper an updated overview of the main errors that Spanish students make when writing the English exam in the University Entrance Examination is provided. To do so, a Computer-aided Error Analysis (CEA) (Dagneaux, Denness & Granger, 1998) was conducted on a representative sample of the students who took the exam in June 2008 in Jaen,…

  10. Meeting of Directors and Heads of Department from CEA-Saclay, France

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    2002-01-01

    Left to right: Ph. Pradelles, M. Jacquemet and T. Taylor in discussion during the December visit of Directors and Heads of Department from the Saclay centre of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) to CERN's LHC magnet test facility. Looking on is Yves Lemoigne.

  11. Prognostic significance of preoperative serum CA125, CA19-9 and CEA in gastric carcinoma

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    Wang, Wei; Chen, Xiao-Long; Zhao, Shen-Yu; Xu, Yu-Hui; Zhang, Wei-Han; Liu, Kai; Chen, Xin-Zu; Yang, Kun; Zhang, Bo; Chen, Zhi-Xin; Chen, Jia-Ping; Zhou, Zong-Guang; Hu, Jian-Kun

    2016-01-01

    The prognostic significance of preoperative serum CA125, CA19-9 and CEA in gastric carcinoma (GC) has been widely reported and is still under debate. Here, we evaluated the prognostic significance of preoperative serum CA125, CA19-9 and CEA in patients with GC. 1692 patients with GC who underwent gastrectomy were divided into the training (from January 2005 to December 2011, n = 1024) and the validation (from January 2012 to December 2013, n = 668) cohorts. Positive groups of CA125 (> 13.72 U/ml), CA19-9 (> 23.36 U/ml) and CEA (> 4.28 ng/ml) were significantly associated with more advanced clinicopathological traits and worse outcomes than that of negative groups (all P < 0.01). In Cox regression analysis, tumor size (P < 0.001, P = 0.005), pTNM stage (P < 0.001, P < 0.001) and CA125 (P = 0.026, P = 0.005) were independent prognostic factors both in two cohorts. Nomograms of these two cohorts based on the number of positive serum tumor markers (NPTM) were more accurate in prognostic prediction than TNM stage alone. Our findings suggested that elevated preoperative serum CA125, CA19-9 and CEA were associated with more advanced clinicopathological traits and less favorable outcomes. In addition, CA125 as an independent prognostic factor should be further investigated. Nomogram based on NPTM could accurately predict the prognosis of GC patients. PMID:27097114

  12. The study of special killing effect of CD3AK on anti-CEA-positive tumor enhanced by DC loaded with CEA-rV%荷CEA-rV的DC增强CD3AK对CEA阳性肿瘤特异性杀伤作用的研究

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    祁岩超; 王新帅; 扬波

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To survey the special killing activity of CD3AK on anti-CEA-positive tumor enhanced by umbilical cord blood dendritic cell (DC) loaded with CEA recombinant vaccinia virus (CEA-rV). Methods: Freshly isolated umbilical blood mononuclear cells (UBMC) were cultivated for 3 h. Suspension cells and attached cells were used to induce CD3AK cells and DC separately. DC was loaded with CEA-rV on the 3rd day to prepare CEA-rV+DC. CD3AK cells were co-cultured with CEA-rV+DC on the 8th day, to prepare CEA-rV+DC+CD3AK. The killing activity of each effector's cell, which included UBMC, CD3AK, DC+CD3AK and CEA-rV+DC+CD3AK, was measured respectively by MTT reduction assay. Results: (1) 4 target cells were confirmed by CEA monoclonal antibody of rabbit anti-human. Lovo and A549 were really CEA positive cell lines, while Bel-7402 and K562 were CEA negative cell lines. (2) It was showed by flow-cytometry that the mature DC cultured at 10th day expressed MHCⅠ, Ⅱ molecules such as CD86, CD80, CD83 and CD40 highly, but CD123 lowly. The expression rates of CD86, CD80, CD83 and CD40 was 82.7%, 51.1%, 57.5% and 69.4%, respectively. The appearances and intra-cellular structures of DC were observed through light and electron microscope. The diameter of mature DC was 15-20 μm presented the irregular morphologic appearance, much prominences and pseudopodium. There were abundant mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum in DC endochylema. (3) The rates of CD3, CD4, CD8 and CD28 in CD3AK cells group were 2 folds higher than that in UBMC group by FACS.It was said that the numbers of the mature T lymphocyte in CD3AK cells group were much greater than that in UBMC group. (4)The killing activities to 4 target cells of 3 effector's cells, which included CEA-rV+DC+CD3AK, DC+CD3AK and CD3AK, were much greater than that of UBMC (P<0.01). Moreover, comparing with the killing activities of 4 effector's: CEA-rV+DC+CD3AK group > DC+CD3AK group > CD3AK group > UBMC group. It showed that

  13. [Management of fetuses in the late pregnancy by serial determinations of serum human placental lactogen levels].

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    Kaibara, M; Marumoto, Y; Taniguchi, I; Kobayashi, T

    1982-10-01

    Serum human placental lactogen levels (HPL) were measured serially during the last three weeks before full term deliveries of 69 normal and 60 high risk pregnant women with the method of latex agglutination (Gestefollow 'Eiken'). Except pregnancies complicated with diabetes mellitus, no fetal distress were observed when deliveries were made while HPL levels were increasing. The incidence of fetal distress was only 3.7 per cent when the range of variation of HPL levels was within 20 per cent for 3 weeks before delivery. On the contrary, the incidence of fetal distress increased to 29.4 per cent when infants were delivered after decreasing of HPL levels to less than 80 per cent of the highest HPL levels. It was also demonstrated that single determinations of HPL levels were not clinically useful in predicting fetal distress or fetal growth retardation.

  14. The Concept of Method for Determining the Minimum Level of Airport Business Continuity

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the problem of determining the minimum acceptable level of products and services of airport business continuity. Conducted a study of legal requirements and operational needs. Characterized components of BCMS (ISO 22301. Determined the relationship between measures of the reliability and capacity in the airport BCMS. On this basis, presented a concept of use the reliability gamma-percent resource measure and RCM methods in the airport BCMS.

  15. The determination of phenazone in blood plasma for obtained sistem suitable test of monitoring drug level

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    Mochamad Lazuardi

    2007-01-01

    The determining of Phenazone to human blood plasma from healthy man after separated by solid phase extraction (SPE) and spectroscopic measurements has been investigated. The objective of that research was to obtain system suitable test for determine the Phenazone level in biological fluids (human blood plasma), for new performed dosage regimented in clinical dentistry. The method can be divided into the following four steps. 1. Centrifugation the blood sample, 2. Extraction from blood plasma ...

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

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    Heydorn, Kaj

    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...... 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...... from Taiwan followed a logarithmic normal distribution, and no difference was found between Blackfoot patients and their healthy family members. However, their overall arsenic levels were higher than the Taiwan average, presumably because of arsenic in their drinking water. Much lower levels were found...

  17. Hair cortisol levels determined at different body sites in the New Zealand White rabbit

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    Antonella Comin

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to determine hair cortisol levels in the New Zealand White (NZW rabbit and to examine possible differences in the cortisol levels of hair samples collected from different body regions in stable environmental conditions. The experiment was performed on eight 18 month-old female NZW rabbits. All animals were shaved to collect hair samples from 26 different body regions. Hair cortisol levels were determined by the RIA method. The mean hair cortisol concentration for the 26 samples in the 8 animals was 2.12±0.05 pg/mg (mean±standard error. This study reveals individual hair cortisol distributions in the 8 animals (P<0.001 and no statistical differences (P>0.05 in hair cortisol levels among the different body sites in each of the animals.

  18. Neutron Activation Foil and Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Responses to a Lead Reflected 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); Isbell, Kimberly McMahan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Lee, Yi-kang [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Gagnier, Emmanuel [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Authier, Nicolas [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Piot, Jerome [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Jacquet, Xavier [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Rousseau, Guillaume [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA-Saclay), Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Reynolds, Kevin H. [Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    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 13, 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. The CIDAS detects gammas with a Geiger-Muller tube, and the Rocky Flats detects neutrons via charged particles produced in a thin 6LiF disc, depositing energy in a Si solid-state detector. These detectors were being evaluated to determine whether they would alarm, so they were not expected to generate benchmark quality data.

  19. Assessing Awareness Level about Warning Signs of Cancer and its Determinants in an Iranian General Population

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    2011-01-01

    The present study was aimed at investigating the awareness level about warning signs of cancer and its determinants in an Iranian general population. This cross-sectional interview-based survey investigated 2,500 people aged 18 years and over, as a representative sample of Tehran population. Latent class regression was applied for analyzing data. A small (18.8%) proportion of the respondents had high level of knowledge, and 54.5% had moderate awareness, and 26.7% had low level of awareness. M...

  20. Individual- and Neighborhood-Level Determinants of Fear of Violent Crime Among Adolescents.

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    Grinshteyn, Erin G; Eisenman, David P; Cunningham, William E; Andersen, Ronald; Ettner, Susan L

    2016-01-01

    Fear of violent crime is common among adolescents in urban settings; however, little is known about individual- and neighborhood-level determinants of fear. A generalized ordered logit model was used to analyze individual- and neighborhood-level variables among 2474 adolescents. Seeing violence significantly reduced the probability of feeling unafraid, as did higher levels of social disorder. The more block faces where police were visible, the higher the probability of feeling unafraid and lower the probability of feeling very afraid. Reducing fear could affect more people than just reducing crime. Fear-reduction strategies should target those most at risk of becoming fearful.

  1. Applicability of CFD Modelling in Determining Accurate Weir Discharge: Water Level Relationships

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    Rombouts, P.M.M.; Tralli, A.; Langeveld, J.G.; Verhaart, F.; Clemens, F.H.L.R.

    2014-01-01

    Being able to accurately determine weir discharges is of key importance in urban water management. The most common method is performing a level measurement and calculating the discharge using the standard weir equation. Since this equation is only valid in certain conditions, this can lead to large

  2. Determination of lnositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Levels in Dictyostelium by Isotope Dilution Assay

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    Haastert, Peter J.M. van

    1989-01-01

    A commercial isotope dilution assay was used for the determination of Ins(1,4,5)P3 levels in the microorganism Dictyostelium discoideum. Cross-reactivity in the assay was detected with extracts from cells and the medium. The compound which induced this cross-reactivity was tentatively identified as

  3. Interference of flavonoids with enzymatic assays for the determination of free fatty acid and triglyceride levels

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    Hoek-van den Hil, E.F.; Beekmann, K.; Keijer, J.; Hollman, P.C.H.; Rietjens, I.; Schothorst, van E.M.

    2012-01-01

    Flavonoids are bioactive food compounds with potential lipid-lowering effects. Commercially available enzymatic assays are widely used to determine free fatty acid (FFA) and triglyceride (TG) levels both in vivo in plasma or serum and in vitro in cell culture medium or cell lysate. However, we have

  4. 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…

  5. A new method for the determination of particulate contamination levels for surface cleanliness of fluid systems

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    1969-01-01

    Levels of contamination in fluid systems can be determined by a definition of a particle by a mathematical model, a method for calculating the tolerance limits of contamination, and an estimation of the probability that the contamination on the surface will migrate with the fluid in the system.

  6. 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…

  7. Random Genetic Drift Determines the Level of Mutant mtDNA in Human Primary Oocytes

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    Brown, D T; Samuels, D C; Michael, E. M.; Turnbull, D.M.; Chinnery, P F

    2000-01-01

    We measured the proportion of mutant mtDNA (mutation load) in 82 primary oocytes from a woman who harbored the A3243G mtDNA mutation. The frequency distribution of mutation load indicates that random drift is the principal mechanism that determines the level of mutant mtDNA within individual oocytes.

  8. Load influence on gear noise. [mathematical model for determining acoustic pressure level as function of load

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    Merticaru, V.

    1974-01-01

    An original mathematical model is proposed to derive equations for calculation of gear noise. These equations permit the acoustic pressure level to be determined as a function of load. Application of this method to three parallel gears is reported. The logical calculation scheme is given, as well as the results obtained.

  9. GLC determination of plasma drug levels after oral administration of clorazepate potassium salts.

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    Hoffman, D J; Chun, A H

    1975-10-01

    Plasma nordiazepam levels resulting from the oral administration of clorazepate potassium salts were determined by a sensitive GLC assay. Nordiazepam and the internal standard (diazepam) were selectively extracted into ether at pH 9.2, hydrolyzed to their respective benzophenones, and quantified by electron-capture detection. The assay was used in a comparative bioavailability study of single equimolar oral doses of monopotassium and dipotassium salts of clorazepate in dogs. Both clorazepate salts were rapidly absorbed and exhibited mean peak total drug levels after 1 hr. Clorazepate levels accounted for about 50% of the total drug levels present. No statistical difference in the plasma drug levels of clorazepate mono- and dipotassium salts and the metabolite was found in dogs.

  10. 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

  11. Determining plasma morphine levels using GC-MS after solid phase extraction to monitor drug levels in the postoperative period

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To implement a selective and sensitive analytical method to quantify morphine in small volumes of plasma by gas-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS, aimed at post-operatively monitoring the drug. METHOD: A gas-liquid chromatographic method with mass detection has been developed to determine morphine concentration in plasma after solid phase extraction. Morphine-d3 was used as an internal standard. Only 0.5 mL of plasma is required for the drug solid-phase extraction in the Bond Elut-Certify®, followed by the quantification of morphine derivative by GC-MS using a linear temperature program, a capillary fused silica column, and helium as the carrier and make-up gas. The method was applied to determine morphine content in plasma samples of four patients during the postoperative period of cardiac surgery. Patient-controlled analgesia with morphine was performed by a venous catheter, and a series of venous blood samples were collected. After the oro-After the orotracheal extubation, morphine plasma levels were monitored for up to 36 hours. RESULTS: The run time was 16 minutes because morphine and the internal standard were eluted after 8.8 minutes. The GC-MS method had 0.5 -1000 ng/mL linearity range (r²=0.9995, 0.1 ng/mL limit of detection, intraday and interday precision equivalent to 1.9% and 6.8%, and 0.1% and 0.8% systematic error (intraday and interday, respectively. The analytical method showed optimal absolute (98% and relative (100.7% recoveries. Morphine dose requirements and plasma levels are discussed. CONCLUSION: The analytical gas-liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method is selective and adequate for morphine measurements in plasma for applications in clinical studies.

  12. A Simple Approach to Determine Noise Frequency of Boiler Drum Level

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    2006-01-01

    This paper proposed a simple approach to determine noise frequency of boiler drum level in order to improve control performance. Based on analysis of uncertainty of drum level, the redundant oscillation component of signal, noise is ascribed to the surface wave of drum water. According to the characteristic of surface wave, a new method was proposed to determine noise's frequency band. By gradually removing the lowest frequency component of signal, the variance of remained component is calculated and observed. An apparent turning point was found and the corresponding critical frequcncy was determined. With this result a low-pass filter was designed to separate noise component. Finally validation is conducted by comparing the proposed method and conventional ones. Results show the accuracy and simpleness of the proposed method.

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

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    Fezile Ozdamli

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    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.

  14. The evaluation of the nuclear facilities safety at the CEA from 1999 to 2001; Le bilan de la surete des installations nucleaires du CEA du 1999 a 2001

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    2002-11-01

    The aim of this document is the presentation of an evaluation of the problems and the safety methods in the concerned period. The first chapter presents the nuclear safety in the CEA. The second chapter is devoted to the organization and the quality for the safety: liabilities, audits, relations with the safety authorities and with the public. The chapters three and four deal respectively with the methodological and technical abilities supporting the exploitation teams and with the nuclear safety projects. The last chapter presents the experiments and events from 1999 to 2001. (A.L.B.)

  15. The CEA and alternative energies. 8 April 2010 press conference; Le CEA et les energies alternatives. Conference de presse du 8 avril 2010

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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.

  16. Progress of the BT-EdF-CEA project. The lithium polymer battery; Avancees du projet BT-EdF-CEA. Batterie lithium polymere

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    Marginedes, D.; Majastre, H. [Bollore Technologies, 29 - Quimper (France); Baudry, P.; Lascaud, S. [Electricite de France, 77 - Moret sur Loing (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches; Bloch, D.; Lebrun, N. [CEA Grenoble, CEREM, 38 (France)

    1996-12-31

    The lithium-polymer energy storage technology requires the production of thin films of huge surface. The BT-EdF-CEA consortium has studied the various manufacturing techniques of these films and their assembly. The process was chosen according to its productivity, low expensiveness, ecological impact and energy performances with capacities reaching 40 Ah. This paper explains: the objectives and specifications of the project, the advantage of the consortium and the role of the different partners, the results (coating, dry extrusion and battery element manufacturing techniques), and the electrochemical performances of the elements. (J.S.)

  17. Producing energy without greenhouse effect gases: the CEA action; Produire de l'energie sans gaz a effet de serre: l'action du CEA

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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.)

  18. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-based cancer vaccines: recent patents and antitumor effects from experimental models to clinical trials.

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    Turriziani, Mario; Fantini, Massimo; Benvenuto, Monica; Izzi, Valerio; Masuelli, Laura; Sacchetti, Pamela; Modesti, Andrea; Bei, Roberto

    2012-09-01

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a glycosylated protein of MW 180 kDa, is overexpressed in a wide range of human carcinomas, including colorectal, gastric, pancreatic, non-small cell lung and breast carcinomas. Accordingly, CEA is one of several oncofetal antigens that may serve as a target for active anti-cancer specific immunotherapy. Experimental results obtained by employing animal models have supported the design of clinical trials using a CEA-based vaccine for the treatment of different types of human cancers. This review reports findings from experimental models and clinical evidence on the use of a CEA-based vaccine for the treatment of cancer patients. Among the diverse CEA-based cancer vaccines, DCs- and recombinant viruses-based vaccines seem the most valid. However, although vaccination was shown to induce a strong immune response to CEA, resulting in a delay in tumor progression and prolonged survival in some cancer patients, it failed to eradicate the tumor in most cases, owing partly to the negative effect exerted by the tumor microenvironment on immune response. Thus, in order to develop more efficient and effective cancer vaccines, it is necessary to design new clinical trials combining cancer vaccines with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drugs which target those factors responsible for immunosuppression of immune cells. This review also discusses relevant patents relating to the use of CEA as a cancer vaccine.

  19. Optimization of Extraction Technology and Determina-tion of Total Triterpenoidic Acid from Sabia limonia-cea Wall.%瑶药毛萼清风藤中总三萜酸的提取工艺优化及含量测定

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    黄艳; 张春来; 刘布鸣

    2015-01-01

    Objective]To optimize extraction technology of total triterpenoidic acid from Sabia limoniacea Wall.and establish its content determination method.[Methods]The content of total triterpenoidic acid was determined by UV with the oleanoic acid as reference.The influ-ence of extracting method,concentration of ethanol,radio of liquid to material and extracting time on the total triterpenoidic acid of yield were evaluated by single factor experiments and orthogonal experiments.[Results]The optimum extraction were carried out at room tempera-ture with 50 times of the amount of 70% ethanol,5% vanillin 0.2 mL and perchloric acid 0.6 mL.After 15 min water bath at 70℃,the extracts were cooled,added 4 mL of acetic acid and determined at 545 nm.The content of total triterpenoidic acid was 13.76 mg/g.[Conclusion]The content of total triterpenoidic acid from Sabia limoniacea Wall.was relatively high,and this optimized technology was stable and feasi-ble.%【目的】优化瑶药毛萼清风藤(Sabia limoniacea wall.)中总三萜酸的提取工艺,并建立其含量测定方法。【方法】以齐墩果酸为对照品,采用紫外分光光度法测定瑶药毛萼清风藤中总三萜酸的含量。通过单因素试验和正交试验相结合的方法考察提取方法、提取溶剂、乙醇浓度、料液比、提取时间对毛萼清风藤中总三萜酸提取的影响。【结果】试验所用比色条件为5%香草醛溶液0.2 mL,高氯酸0.6 mL,水浴温度70℃,水浴时间15 min,检测波长545 nm;最佳提取工艺为50倍量70%乙醇,于常温下超声提取40 min;在此条件下所提取得到的平均总三萜酸含量为13.76 mg/g。【结论】瑶药毛萼清风中总三萜酸含量相对较高,所得的优选工艺稳定可行。

  20. 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.

  1. The Determinants of Leptin Levels in Diabetic and Nondiabetic Saudi Males

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    Objective. This study aimed to identify the main determinants of serum leptin levels. Methods. A sample of 113 Saudi adult males (55 diabetic and 58 nondiabetic) was selected according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria identified below. Blood samples were taken from participants after fasting for 12 hours. For diabetic patients, the insulin dose was given 12 hours before. In general, the study instrument consisted of blood biochemical tests. Metabolic parameters, glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), cholesterol, and triglyceride (TG), and adipokines, leptin, adiponectin, visfatin, and resistin, were measured. Multivariate model was utilized to identify the relationship between leptin levels and the independent variables. Results. When adjusted for resistin in the diabetic group, the results demonstrated a significant relationship between visfatin, LDL and TG, and leptin levels (p leptin levels when adjusted for resistin (p leptin and adiponectin levels in either the diabetic or nondiabetic group and whether adjusted or controlled for resistin. Conclusion. This study provided better understanding of the metabolism of leptin and unveiled the major determinants of leptin levels in diabetic and nondiabetic males. In conclusion, these results show that the association between leptin and metabolic parameters decreases with the progress of disease.

  2. Reference interval and determinants of the serum homocysteine level in a Korean population.

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    Moon, Hee-Won; Whang, Dong Hee; Ko, Young Jin; Joo, Shin Young; Yun, Yeo-Min; Hur, Mina; Kim, Jin Q

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we estimated the reference intervals of the serum homocysteine (Hcy) level using two automated immunoassays, and we demonstrated the effects of various factors on the Hcy level in a Korean population. We calculated the gender- and assay-specific reference intervals using the data from 809 healthy Koreans, and we assessed the effects of physiologic and lifestyle factors on the Hcy level. The upper limit was higher in males (19.21 and 19.76 μmol/l) than that in females (14.99 μmol/l and 15.16 μmol/l, AxSym and ADVIA centaur, respectively); the upper limits were comparable between the two assays. Smokers, vitamin nonusers, and persons without regular exercise showed a lower folate level and a higher Hcy level. The risk of hyperhomocysteinemia was significantly associated with the male gender (adjusted OR: 5.705, P-value: 0.008) and with the low folate level group (adjusted OR: 10.412, P-value: 0.002) on the multivariate analysis. The Hcy level was significantly different according to various factors, especially in the gender and folate level. The reference interval should be determined for each ethnic population and for each assay. The appropriate cutoff for assessing the risk for cardiovascular disease or stroke should also be validated in each population.

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

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    Kostyukevych O.M.

    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

  4. Assessing awareness level about warning signs of cancer and its determinants in an Iranian general population.

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    Feizi, Awat; Kazemnejad, Anoshirvan; Hosseini, Mohsen; Parsa-Yekta, Zohreh; Jamali, Jamshid

    2011-12-01

    The present study was aimed at investigating the awareness level about warning signs of cancer and its determinants in an Iranian general population. This cross-sectional interview-based survey investigated 2,500 people aged 18 years and over, as a representative sample of Tehran population. Latent class regression was applied for analyzing data. A small (18.8%) proportion of the respondents had high level of knowledge, and 54.5% had moderate awareness, and 26.7% had low level of awareness. Most effective predictors for awareness were educational attainment, sex, and marital status. The findings suggest that the overall level of knowledge about warning signs of cancer among the public is low, particularly about some specific signs. Accordingly, educational and intervention programmes, with special attention placed on particular at-risk populations, to increase awareness about the disease leading to its early diagnosis are needed.

  5. Decision making at a subcellular level determines the outcome of bacteriophage infection.

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    Zeng, Lanying; Skinner, Samuel O; Zong, Chenghang; Sippy, Jean; Feiss, Michael; Golding, Ido

    2010-05-14

    When the process of cell-fate determination is examined at single-cell resolution, it is often observed that individual cells undergo different fates even when subject to identical conditions. This "noisy" phenotype is usually attributed to the inherent stochasticity of chemical reactions in the cell. Here we demonstrate how the observed single-cell heterogeneity can be explained by a cascade of decisions occurring at the subcellular level. We follow the postinfection decision in bacteriophage lambda at single-virus resolution, and show that a choice between lysis and lysogeny is first made at the level of the individual virus. The decisions by all viruses infecting a single cell are then integrated in a precise (noise-free) way, such that only a unanimous vote by all viruses leads to the establishment of lysogeny. By detecting and integrating over the subcellular "hidden variables," we are able to predict the level of noise measured at the single-cell level.

  6. 血清IGF-1及CEA、CYFRA21-1、NSE联合检测在肺癌诊治中的价值%Combination of IGF-1 with CEA, CYFRA21-1, NSE for the diagnosis and prediction of treatment response in lung cancer

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    许峰; 吴翼伟; 章斌

    2011-01-01

    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,P<0.001, CEA:χ2=49.11,P<0.001; CYFRA21-1:χ2=40.63,P<0.001; NSE:χ2=14.76;P<0.001). The diagnostic sensitivities of IGF-1, CEA, CYFRA21-1 and NSE was 75.6% (34/45), 53.3% (24/45), 66.7% (30/45) and 42.2% (19/45) respectively for lung cancer. The diagnostic sensitivity of IGF-1 combined with CYFRA21-1 was 95.5 %( 43/45) and that of IGF-1 combined with CEA and CYFRA21-1was 97.8%(44/45). Only IGF-1 and CYFRA21-1 showed significant changes before and after treatment (IGF-1: χ2=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.

  7. Determination of noise pollution propagated from agricultural tractors and its driver’s noise exposure level

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Application of agricultural machineries such as tractor has been yielded a considerable development in different agricultural activities and productions. However, noticeable health problems such as noise pollution impact the users of these off-road vehicles. The purpose of this study was to determine the noise level induced by agricultural tractors and to evaluate the driver’s noise exposure level. .Material and Method: The sound pressure levels of three brands of tractor include John Deere, Ferguson and Romani were measured by sound level meter model Tes-1358. The characteristics of place for measuring tractors noise pollution were determined based on the ISO standard No 7216, 5131. The acquired data was analyzed using spss16 software. .Result: The results showed that the highest and the lowest noise level around the tractors were 83.8 dB (A and 73.9 dB (A for the John Deere and Romani, respectively. The effect of different transmission gears on the noise level of tractors was not statistically significant Pvalue>0.05. While, the effect of the tractor engine speeds on the noise level was statistically significant Pvalue<0.01. The exposure time of the most of drivers was frequently about 8 hour or more In this regards, the exposure levels of the tractor’s drivers to noise measured between 85-90 dB (A were higher than the Iranian occupational exposure limit (85 dB (A.Moreover, mean noise reduction rate of exsisting room which was used upon the typical tractor’s body was 9.5 dB in one octave band. .Conclusion: Application of standard cockpit and expansion mufflers can effectively reduce noise pollution emission and driver’s occupational exposure. Moreover, regular preventive maintenance and effective hearing conservation program including annual audiometry, hearing protection device, occupational health training for drivers must be implemented.

  8. Determinants of blood-lead levels in children in Callao and Lima metropolitan area

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To determine blood lead levels in urban populations of children (n=2 510 and women (n=874 in the early postpartum in certain districts of Lima and Callao, and to correlate those levels with particular exposures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between July 1998 and January 1999 cross sectional study was conducted. The study population was selected using three sampling strategies in the government operated school system and from public pediatric and maternity hospitals at Lima and Callao, Peru. Study personnel were trained to collect finger stick blood samples with a protocol that minimizes external lead contamination. Lead determinations in blood and environmental samples were performed at the study site using portable anodic striping voltamenters. To determine the simultaneous effects of different predictors on blood lead levels, multivariate regression models were used to estimate adjusted mean differences. RESULTS: The mean blood lead level in the children studied was 9.9 µg/dl ranging from I µg/dl to 64 µg/dl with 29% of the children displaying values greater than 10 µg/dl and 9.4% at levels greater than 20 µg/dl. Among the women, the mean was 3.5 µg/dl (SD=2.4 µg/dl, and 2.4% (n=21 displayed levels greater than 10 µg/dl. Important differences were observed between the sample locations, and the highest levels were documented in the port region near Callao. The mean level of blood lead in this group was 25.6 µg/dl (SD=4.6 µg/dl, while among the rest of the sample it was 7.1 µg/dl (SD=5.1 µg/dl. The presence of a mineral storage area signified a difference in exposure in excess of 13 µg/dl for children living near the port area in contrast to the other children who were not as close to such fixed sources of lead exposure. For the participants in Lima, the risk of showing levels above 10 µg/dl was associated with exposure to high vehicular traffic. CONCLUSIONS: In metropolitan Lima, we conclude that the mean blood lead levels of

  9. 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

  10. The Methodological Approach to Determining the Level of Formation and Provision of Enterprise Personnel Security

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    Gavkalova Nataliia L.

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the article is to substantiate the methodical approach to determining the level of formation and provision of enterprise personnel security. By analyzing, systematizing and generalizing scientific achievements of many scientists, approaches to the evaluation of personnel security at the enterprise were considered, a set of indices for evaluation of personnel security was defined. There justified the urgency of creating a comprehensive approach to evaluation of personnel security that includes implementation of the following stages: defining a list of indices corresponding to the level of formation and provision of personnel security with the help of the expert evaluation method; calculating integral indices of personnel security for each component and the corresponding level by means of the taxonomic analysis; grouping enterprises by the level of formation and provision of personnel security with the use of the cluster and discriminant analysis. It is found that the implementation of this approach will allow not only determining the level of formation and provision of personnel security at the enterprise, but also developing appropriate recommendations on improving its state. Prospects for further research in this direction are evaluation of conditions for formation and provision of personnel security at the enterprise, which will enable revealing negative destabilizing factors that influence personnel security

  11. Determining the Detection Efficiency and Background Level of ATIC Electron Observation from Flight Data

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    Chang, J.; Wu, J.; Guzik, T. G.; Wefel, J. P.; Isbert, J.; Adams, J. H., Jr.; Christl, M.; Watts, J.; Ahn, H. S.; Kim, K. C.; Seo, E. S.; Wu, J.; Bashindzhagyan, G. L.; Kouznetsov, E. N.; Panasyuk, M. I.; Sokolskaya, N. V.; Panov, A. D.; Zatsepin, V. I.

    2009-01-01

    Observations of Cosmic-ray electrons are difficult due to the large flux of cosmic ray hadrons. The event selection efficiency and background levels can be estimated from flight data for the ATIC instrument. This reduces the dependence upon Monte Carlo simulations, which show differences between different codes, thereby reducing the systematic errors resulting from analyses that only use simulations. This paper discusses some of the methods used in the ATIC analysis to determine the detection efficiency and background level for the flight data.

  12. 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.

  13. Using Project Complexity Determinations to Establish Required Levels of Project Rigor

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    Andrews, Thomas D.

    2015-10-01

    This presentation discusses the project complexity determination process that was developed by National Security Technologies, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office for implementation at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). The complexity determination process was developed to address the diversity of NNSS project types, size, and complexity; to fill the need for one procedure but with provision for tailoring the level of rigor to the project type, size, and complexity; and to provide consistent, repeatable, effective application of project management processes across the enterprise; and to achieve higher levels of efficiency in project delivery. These needs are illustrated by the wide diversity of NNSS projects: Defense Experimentation, Global Security, weapons tests, military training areas, sensor development and testing, training in realistic environments, intelligence community support, sensor development, environmental restoration/waste management, and disposal of radioactive waste, among others.

  14. 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.)

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

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    Carvalho, M.S.; Domingues, M.D.L.F.; Mantovano, J.L.; Filho, E.Q.S. [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear, CNEN-RJ, CP 68550, 21945-590 (Brazil)

    1998-12-28

    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 {mu}g/l of uranium the coefficient of variation for five measurements is 5% and the detection limit is 5.5 {mu}g/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.)

  16. Fusion technology. Annual report of the Association CEA/EURATOM 1997

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    Magaud, P.; Le Vagueres, F

    1998-12-31

    The research and development work performed by the French EURATOM-CEA Association for fusion technology is part of the Fusion Programme of the European Community. This report compiles the work carried out during the year 1997 as follows: The ITER CEA activities and related developments are described in the first section (plasma facing components, vacuum vessel and shield, magnets, remote handling, safety); The second part is dedicated to the Long Term activities as Blankets and material developments, long term safety, socio-economic problem; The Underlying Technology activities are compiled in the third part of this report (plasma facing components, vacuum vessel and shield, magnets, remote handling, safety); And the fourth part describes the inertial confinement studies. (K.A.)

  17. 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...

  18. Determination of teacher candidates’ anxiety levels on using facebook for instructional purposes

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    Cansu Meryem Birinci

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, candidate teachers’ anxiety levels were determined based on the use of Facebook for instructional purposes. The research is a clear sample of descriptive study. The research was held in the department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology of Near East University. With the aim of gathering data on this specific subject, a questionnaire was put to the participants. The sample was taken from 202 candidates between the ages of 20 and 32.

  19. 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.

  20. Environmental determinants of different Blood Lead Levels in children: a quantile analysis from a nationwide survey.

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    Etchevers, Anne; Le Tertre, Alain; Lucas, Jean-Paul; Bretin, Philippe; Oulhote, Youssef; Le Bot, Barbara; Glorennec, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    International audience; Background: Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) have substantially decreased in recent decades in children in France. However, further reducing exposure is a public health goal because there is no clear toxicological threshold. The identification of the environmental determinants of BLLs as well as risk factors associated with high BLLs is important to update prevention strategies. We aimed to estimate the contribution of environmental sources of lead to different BLLs in childre...

  1. Device to determine the level of peripheral blood circulation and saturation

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    Kozlovska, Tetyana I.; Sander, Sergii V.; Zlepko, Sergii M.; Vasilenko, Valentina B.; Pavlov, Volodymyr S.; Dumenko, Victoria P.; Klapouschak, Andrii Yu.; Maciejewski, Marcin; DzierŻak, RóŻa; Surtel, Wojciech

    2016-09-01

    The paper evaluated the diagnostic value of laser photoplethysmography when examining patients with chronic lower limb ischemia. A statistical analysis of the research results was made, and diagrams of relationship between the degrees of ischemia and blood flow are presented. Development of the device to determine the level of peripheral blood circulation and saturation was presented. Also additional accessories in the form of optical fibers for different applications were suggested.

  2. Efecto del choque térmico simulando la acción del fuego, en la germinación de Fabáceas y Poáceas forrajeras de las Sierras Chicas de Córdoba

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    Martinat, Jimena Elisa

    2012-01-01

    Tesis (Magister en Ciencias Agropecuarias. Mención: Tecnología de Semillas)--UNC- Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, 2012. Con el objetivo de conocer la respuesta germinativa de semillas de Galactia latisiliqua var. latisiliqua y Rhynchosia edulis (Fabáceas) y de Setaria lachnea y Eragrostis tenuifolia (Poáceas), forrajeras espontáneas de las Sierras Chicas de Córdoba- Argentina, para reproducir las condiciones de temperatura a las que son expuestas durante ...

  3. Thermal hydraulic characteristics study of prototype NET and CEA cable-in-conduit conductors (CICCs)

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    Maekawa, Ryuji

    1995-10-31

    The thermal hydraulic characteristics of low temperature helium in a Cable-in-Conduit Conductor (CICC) significantly affects the overall design and performance of the associated large scale superconducting magnet system. It is essential to understand the transient and steady state behavior of the helium in the conductor. Throughout the development of CICCs, the reduction of flow impedance has been one of the key factors to improving the overall pressure drop. The newly developed CICC for the ITER project has a hybrid cooling scheme: a central channel that is surrounded by bundles, for which the thermal hydraulic characteristics are not well understood. This thesis describes an experimental and analytical investigation of thermal hydraulic characteristics of low temperature helium in conventional and hybrid CICCS. Pressure drop measurements for both NET and CEA conductors have been conducted, using low temperature helium and liquid nitrogen to obtain a range of Reynolds numbers. The results are correlated with classical friction factor and Reynolds number analysis. The flow impedance reduction of the CEA conductor is described by measures of a developed flow model. Thermally induced flow in the CEA conductor has been studied with an inductive heating method. The induced velocity in the central channel is measured by a Pitot tube with steady state Reynolds number up to {approximately}7000. The transient pressure wave propagation has been recorded with pressure transducers placed equally along the conductor. The supercritical helium temperature in the central channel has been measured with the thermometer probe. However, the reduction of the central channel area significantly affects the overall thermal hydraulic characteristics of the conductor. The results suggest the importance of the central channel. A transient heat transfer experiment studied the.transverse heat transfer mechanism in the CEA conductor. The temperatures in the central channel and bundle region

  4. EURATOM-CEA association contributions to the 21st symposium on fusion technology

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    Garin, P.; Grosman, A.; Beaumont, B. [and others

    2000-11-01

    The 27 contributions of EURATOM-Cea association have been gathered with 6 additional papers and 1 invited paper in this document. Most papers concern Tore-Supra and deal with the ergodic divertor, particle injection, impedance concept for ICRF antennas, low hybrid current drive, RF systems, the 118 GHz ECRH experiment, the inner first wall, improved vacuum vessel protection, pellet injection, material activation, and the CIEL project. 3 of the additional papers concern the model coil of ITER.

  5. Experimental results from the CEA Reactor Physics Programme on MARIUS III

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    Bosser, R.; Langlet, G.; Morier, F.

    1971-01-15

    A programme of experimental studies on the physics of HTR lattices was proposed in 1968. Under the authority of the EDF-CEA joint comittee, decision to achieve this programmes was taken in Jyly 1969. Less than one year after, MARIUS III had its first divergence in its new configuration and the experiments began in August 1970. After preliminary experiments, phase one of the programme was achieved in October, November and December 1970. Experimental results are presented.

  6. Multiplex RT-PCR-based detections of CEA, CK20 and EGFR in colorectal cancer patients

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    Aikaterini; Tsouma; Chrysanthi; Aggeli; Panagiotis; Lembessis; George; N; Zografos; Dimitris; P; Korkolis; Dimitrios; Pectasides; Maria; Skondra; Nikolaos; Pissimissis; Anastasia; Tzonou; Michael; Koutsilieris

    2010-01-01

    AIM: To develop a multiplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method detecting cir-culating tumor cells in the peripheral blood of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 88 CRC patients and 40 healthy individuals from the blood donors' clinic and subsequently analyzed by multiplex RT-RCR for the expression of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cytokeratin 20 (CK20) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mRNA. The analysis involved det...

  7. Levels of dichloro-dyphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) metabolites in maternal milk and their determinant factors.

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    Torres-Arreola, L; López-Carrillo, L; Torres-Sánchez, L; Cebrián, M; Rueda, C; Reyes, R; López-Cervantes, M

    1999-01-01

    To document the levels and the determinants of dichloro-dyphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) metabolites in maternal milk, we conducted a cohort study of 50 adult females who lived in Mexico City. We measured social and dietary characteristics via interview. Levels of DDT metabolites were determined by gas-liquid chromatography. The mean values (lipid milk basis) were 0.162 ppm p,p'-DDT; 0.138 ppm o,p'-DDT; and 0.594 ppm 2,2(bis)p-chlorophyenyl-1-1-dichloroethylene (DDE). The main determinants of DDT metabolites were maternal age, lifetime lactation, history of living in an agricultural area, and consumption of salted meat and fish. We estimated that 6.0% of the breast-fed babies had daily intakes of DDT above the level of 0.005 mg/kg d recommended by the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (WHO/FAO). Health-outcomes research among children is needed, and investigators should design or adjust current surveillance programs.

  8. 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

  9. Determination of Relationship Between the Empathic Tendency Levels and Thinking Styles of Preschool Teacher Candidates

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    Metin YAŞAR

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this study is to determine the relationship between the empathic tendency levels and thinking styles of preschool teacher candidates. In this study that was patterned with the relational survey model, the data were collected through the use of the personal information form, empathic tendency scale developed by Dökmen (1988 and the thinking styles inventory which was developed by Sternberg and Wagner (1992 in accordance with the Mental Self-Management Theory and was both shortened and adapted into Turkish by Buluş (2006. The sample group of the study consisted of 209 teacher candidates who were selected through the suitable sampling method from Pamukkale University Faculty of Education Department of Primary Education and Preschool Education in the school year of 2014-2015. “Ninety percent” of the teacher candidates who participated in the study were female (n=188 and 10% were male (n=21. The data acquired in the study were analyzed by using the statistical methods of percentage, frequency, arithmetic mean, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and Linear Regression with the help of the SPSS package software. As a result of the study, the empathic tendency levels of preschool education teacher candidates were presented as a mean value ( X =70.50 and it was concluded that variables like gender, class levels and age did not significantly affect the empathic tendency level. Regarding the thinking styles, on the other hand, it was determined that they mainly preferred the legislative and executive styles and merely the conservative style. It was also determined that some subscales of thinking styles significantly differentiated according to gender, class levels, and age. Furthermore, statistically significant correlations were obtained in some subscales of empathic tendency and thinking styles. Accordingly, the acquired results were discussed with the results of other studies in literature and some

  10. MRI of growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenomas: factors determining pretreatment hormone levels

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    Saeki, N.; Iuchi, T.; Eda, M.; Yamaura, A. [Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Chiba University School of Medicine (Japan); Isono, S. [Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Anesthesiology, Chiba University School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan)

    1999-10-01

    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.)

  11. Accounting utility for determining individual usage of production level software systems

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    Garber, S. C.

    1984-01-01

    An accounting package was developed which determines the computer resources utilized by a user during the execution of a particular program and updates a file containing accumulated resource totals. The accounting package is divided into two separate programs. The first program determines the total amount of computer resources utilized by a user during the execution of a particular program. The second program uses these totals to update a file containing accumulated totals of computer resources utilized by a user for a particular program. This package is useful to those persons who have several other users continually accessing and running programs from their accounts. The package provides the ability to determine which users are accessing and running specified programs along with their total level of usage.

  12. Efficacy of erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein level in determining periprosthetic hip infections.

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    Costa, Christopher R; Johnson, Aaron J; Naziri, Qais; Maralunda, German A; Delanois, Ronald E; Mont, Michael A

    2012-04-01

    The diagnosis of periprosthetic hip infections is often challenging. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) level blood laboratory tests are commonly used to aid in the diagnosis. We studied the sensitivity, specificity, and false-negative rates of ESR and CRP level in a prospective group of patients who underwent revision total hip arthroplasty between 2000 and 2008. Seventy-seven patients with periprosthetic hip infections and ESR and CRP data were identified. Chi-square analysis was performed to determine the significance of false-negatives, compared with sex, body mass index, primary diagnosis, infection type, and immunity status. ESR had 89% sensitivity and 69% specificity. CRP level had 93% sensitivity and 40% specificity. The false-negative rate was 10.8% for ESR and 7% for CRP level. The false-negative rate for ESR and CRP level combined (with either result positive) was 3%. All false-negatives in the combined group were immunocompromised. Chi-square analysis did not find a significant correlation between false-negatives and any other variables. ESR and CRP level are useful in the diagnosis of periprosthetic hip infections. Ordering these tests concurrently reduces the chance of false-negative results.

  13. An Interlaboratory Comparative Study on the Quantitative Determination of Glyphosate at Low Levels in Wheat Flour.

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    Simonetti, Emanuela; Cartaud, Gérald; Quinn, Robert M; Marotti, Ilaria; Dinelli, Giovanni

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the use of glyphosate has dramatically increased worldwide, and there is growing concern about contamination of organic products caused by its heavy use on neighboring fields. Glyphosate is found as a residue not only in soil, plants, and groundwater but also in humans and animals. Considering the controversy on glyphosate maximum residue level in foodstuff and the difficulties in its analytical determination, the main purpose of the present paper was to investigate the competence and accuracy of 13 accredited European laboratories in determining glyphosate in wheat flour at a level close to their reporting limit of 10 μg/kg. According to the results of this performance assessment, the laboratories were not able to quantify glyphosate at trace levels. Therefore, their specified reporting limits of 10 μg/kg were not supported by their results, and a reporting limit of around 50 μg/kg of glyphosate in flour seems to be more appropriate to guarantee reliable and robust results. The widespread use of glyphosate and its harmfulness to humans make its detection at trace levels a primary goal for analytical laboratories. This is achievable through the improvement of QA and/or the optimization of the method of analysis used for glyphosate detection.

  14. Determination of level of physical preparedness of future engineers of railway transport.

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    Yefremova A.Y.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Directions of increase of level of physical preparedness of student young people are considered. 48 students took part in research. The level of physical preparedness of students on the indexes of speeding up, co-ordination, flexibility and force was determined. Professional duties are certain and requirement to physical and psychological physical preparation of specialists to the controller-operator groups of railway transport. Directions of maintenance of health of student young people and improvement of level of its general physical preparedness are offered in the process of employments. It is shown that progress and productivity of future professional activity of students depends on the state of health, psychological firmness, capacities for a concentration and switching of attention, possibilities to work in emotional nervous tension at the deficit of time. Directions optimization of process of physical preparation of students are shown, development of physical qualities.

  15. 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.

  16. Determinants of plasma pepsinogen levels in a population at high risk for stomach cancer in Venezuela.

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    Kato, I; Miki, K; Muñoz, N; Vivas, J H; Lopez, G; Peraza, S; Carillo, E; Castro, D; Andrade, O; Sanchez, V

    1995-09-04

    Determinants of plasma pepsinogens (PG) levels were studied in 1365 participants in a chemoprevention trial for gastric pre-cancerous lesions being conducted in Venezuela. Gastric biopsies, plasma samples and information on smoking and dietary habits were obtained at baseline examination. Both PG-I and PG-II levels increased progressively with the level of Helicobacter pylori infection in gastric biopsies, resulting in no clear trend in the I/II ratio. Instead, there was a progressive decrease in the I/II ratio with increasing degrees of infiltration of polynuclear cells and monocytes, atrophy, intestinal metaplasia and the stage of pre-cancerous lesions. The mean I/II ratios for atrophic gastritis or more advanced lesions were less than 4.0. When subjects with the I/II ratio 4 or higher were used as controls, severe reduction in the I/II ratio (food on the development of atrophic gastritis need to be studied further.

  17. 77 FR 47169 - Clearing Requirement Determination Under Section 2(h) of the CEA

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    ... Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) began encouraging market participants to establish a central counterparty.... \\12\\ See Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Press Release, ``New York Fed Welcomes Further Industry... Derivatives Clearinghouse Group (IDCH) on February 17, 2012; the CME Group (CME), ICE Clear Credit, ICE...

  18. The single-particle microbeam facility at CEA-Saclay

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    Khodja, H. [DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); CNRS, UMR9956, Laboratoire Pierre Suee, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France)], E-mail: hicham.khodja@cea.fr; Hanot, M.; Carriere, M.; Hoarau, J. [DSM/IRAMIS/SIS2M, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); CNRS, UMR9956, Laboratoire Pierre Suee, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex (France); Angulo, J.F. [DSV, IRCM, SRO, Laboratoire de Genetique de la Radiosensibilite, F-92265 Fontenay aux Roses (France)

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    Low dose and non-targeted effect studies continue to attract the attention of a growing number of radiobiologists. Experimental setups based on light ion microbeams constitute a tool of choice for this kind of investigations. However, a careful attention must be given to experimental conditions, as setup-induced stress levels should be well below those induced by the irradiation itself. Here, we present the current status of the single-particle microbeam facility that has been developed these last years at the nuclear microprobe of Saclay. The driving idea was to build a facility in which local irradiation studies are performed in an environment close to cellular biology standards. This facility includes unique features, such as (i) a compact setup that allows easy access and vertical irradiation mode, (ii) a collimated beam that can be mechanically positioned under the desired cells at a very fast speed, avoiding the requirement of a focusing element and (iii) a controlled environment (temperature, CO{sub 2}, humidity) that allows performing of very long term experiments on cultured cells. Fluorescent techniques are implemented and permit in situ monitoring of cellular responses to irradiations. Several radiobiological studies are already underway and this will be illustrated with recent results regarding DNA damage and reactive oxygen species signaling time courses following targeted irradiations.

  19. Enterobacteriáceas en partes externas del estadío adulto de Periplaneta americana “cucaracha” capturadas en el mercado Modelo, Iquitos, Perú

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    Xandrix Augusto Ruiz Cabezas

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    Full Text Available Este estudio, determinó la presencia de Enterobacteriáceas en partes externas del estadío adulto de Periplaneta americana “cucaracha” capturadas en el mercado Modelo de la ciudad de Iquitos. Fueron colectados un total de 68 “cucarachas”, y luego cada una fue depositada en un frasco estéril y trasladadas vivas para el análisis respectivo al laboratorio de Investigación de la Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas; después del aislamiento, las colonias observadas fueron sometidas a pruebas de identificación bioquímica tales como: Prueba de oxidasa, utilización de glucosa, lactosa y sacarosa (agar TSI, pruebas VP-RM, indol, hidrólisis de la úrea. La prevalencia de Enterobacteriáceas se determinó utilizando el método estadístico de distribución de frecuencias y la prueba no paramétrica de Chi cuadrado para prueba de hipótesis. De las 68 cucarachas analizadas se aislaron 118 colonias caracterizadas como lactosa positiva y lactosa negativa, representando el 71 % y 29 % respectivamente de las muestras analizadas.  Finalmente, se aisló e identificó 5 cepas bacterianas, categorizadas en 5 géneros: Providencia (25%, Edwardsiella (9%, Citrobacter (14%, Enterobacter (31% y Klebsiella (21%.

  20. Diagnostic value of combination detection of CEA,CYFR21-1,NSE in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid for early lung cancer%肺泡灌洗液中 CEA 、CYFR21-1、NSE 联合检测对早期肺癌的诊断价值

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    陈元菁; 顾晔

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    目的:探讨肺泡灌洗液(BALF)中癌胚抗原(CEA)、细胞角蛋白19片段(CYFR)21‐1、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(NSE)联合检测对早期肺癌的诊断价值,以及其与临床疗效的相关性。方法69例肺癌患者纳入肺癌组,50例肺部良性疾病患者纳入肺良性疾病组。所有患者行肺泡灌洗术(BAL),采用化学发光免疫法检测 BALF 中 CEA 、CYFR21‐1、NSE 水平,比较2组患者及不同临床疗效肺癌患者肿瘤标志物水平的变化。结果肺癌组 BALF 中 CEA 、CYFR21‐1、NSE 水平明显高于肺良性疾病组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。Ⅱ期肺癌患者各肿瘤标志物水平均高于Ⅰ期患者,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);随着临床疗效的下降,CEA 、CYFR21‐1、NSE 水平逐渐升高(P <0.05);联合检测的灵敏度和特异度分别为62.3%、82.0%,明显高于 CEA 、CY‐FR21‐1、NSE 任一单项的灵敏度和特异度(P<0.05)。结论早期肺癌患者 BALF 中 CEA 、CYFR21‐1、NSE 水平明显升高,且与肺癌病理分期密切相关,联合检测有助于提高早期肺癌检出率及指导临床疗效评估。%Objective To explore the diagnostic value of combination detection of carcino‐embryonic antigen(CEA ) ,cytokeratin 19 fragment 21‐1(CYFR21‐1) ,neuron‐specific enolase(NSE) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) for early lung cancer and its correlation with clinical effects .Methods 69 cases of lung cancer were included into the lung cancer group and 50 cases of benign pulmonary disease were included into the lung benign disease group .All the patients were given bronchoalveolar lavage(BAL) .The chemiluminescence immunoassay was adopted to detect the levels of CEA ,CYFR21‐1 and NSE in BALF .The changes of tumor markers levels were compared between the two groups and among different clinical curative effects in the patients with lung cancer . Results The

  1. Phylogenetic discordance of human and canine carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, CEACAM) families, but striking identity of the CEA receptors will impact comparative oncology studies.

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    Weichselbaumer, Marlene; Willmann, Michael; Reifinger, Martin; Singer, Josef; Bajna, Erika; Sobanov, Yuriy; Mechtcherikova, Diana; Selzer, Edgar; Thalhammer, Johann G.; Kammerer, Robert; Jensen-Jarolim, Erika

    2011-01-01

    Comparative oncology aims at speeding up developments for both, human and companion animal cancer patients. Following this line, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, CEACAM5) could be a therapeutic target not only for human but also for canine (Canis lupus familiaris; dog) patients. CEACAM5 interacts with CEA-receptor (CEAR) in the cytoplasm of human cancer cells. Our aim was, therefore, to phylogenetically verify the antigenic relationship of CEACAM molecules and CEAR in human and canine cancer. Anti-human CEACAM5 antibody Col-1, previously being applied for cancer diagnosis in dogs, immunohistochemically reacted to 23 out of 30 canine mammary cancer samples. In immunoblot analyses Col-1 specifically detected human CEACAM5 at 180 kDa in human colon cancer cells HT29, and the canine antigen at 60, 120, or 180 kDa in CF33 and CF41 mammary carcinoma cells as well as in spontaneous mammary tumors. While according to phylogenicity canine CEACAM1 molecules should be most closely related to human CEACAM5, Col-1 did not react with canine CEACAM1, -23, -24, -25, -28 or -30 transfected to canine TLM-1 cells. By flow cytometry the Col-1 target molecule was localized intracellularly in canine CF33 and CF41 cells, in contrast to membranous and cytoplasmic expression of human CEACAM5 in HT29. Col-1 incubation had neither effect on canine nor human cancer cell proliferation. Yet, Col-1 treatment decreased AKT-phosphorylation in canine CF33 cells possibly suggestive of anti-apoptotic function, whereas Col-1 increased AKT-phosphorylation in human HT29 cells. We report further a 99% amino acid similarity of human and canine CEA receptor (CEAR) within the phylogenetic tree. CEAR could be detected in four canine cancer cell lines by immunoblot and intracellularly in 10 out of 10 mammary cancer specimens from dog by immunohistochemistry. Whether the specific canine Col-1 target molecule may as functional analogue to human CEACAM5 act as ligand to canine CEAR, remains to be defined. This

  2. Direct determination of the timing of sea level change during termination II.

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    Gallup, Christina D; Cheng, H; Taylor, F W; Edwards, R L

    2002-01-11

    An outcrop within the last interglacial terrace on Barbados contains corals that grew during the penultimate deglaciation, or Termination II. We used combined 230Th and 231Pa dating to determine that they grew 135.8 +/- 0.8 thousand years ago, indicating that sea level was 18 +/- 3 meters below present sea level at the time. This suggests that sea level had risen to within 20% of its peak last-interglacial value by 136 thousand years ago, in conflict with Milankovitch theory predictions. Orbital forcing may have played a role in the deglaciation, as may have isostatic adjustments due to large ice sheets. Other corals in the same outcrop grew during oxygen isotope (delta18O) substage 6e, indicating that sea level was 38 +/- 5 meters below present sea level, about 168.0 thousand years ago. When compared to the delta18O signal in the benthic V19-30/V19-28 record at that time, the coral data extend to the previous glacial cycle the conclusion that deep-water temperatures were colder during glacial periods.

  3. 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)

    2009-10-15

    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.

  4. Influence Determination of Social Responsibility to the Productivity Enterprise Activity Level

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    Sergii Kavun

    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.

  5. Prognostic value of carcinoembryonic antigen distribution in tumor tissue of colorectal carcinoma Valor prognóstico da distribuição do antígeno carcinoembriônico (CEA no tecido neoplásico do carcinoma colorretal

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    Débora Maria Nazato

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA can be detected in colorectal tumor tissue but its role in the survival of patients remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the expression of tissue CEA using immunohistochemical staining in colorectal tumors and to analyze the relationship between this finding and preoperative plasmatic level of CEA, morphologic features and survival of patients operated with curative intent for colorectal carcinoma. METHOD: Forty-seven patients were included in the study: 18 (38.3% males and 29 (61.7% females, with a mean age of 67.8 ± 9.7 years (37 to 84 years. Immediately before laparotomy, pre-operative serum levels of CEA were obtained where normal levels were considered CONTEXTO: O antígeno carcinoembrionário (CEA pode ser detectado no tecido do carcinoma colorretal, mas seu papel na sobrevivência dos doentes permanece controverso. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar a expressão do CEA tecidual com coloração imunoistoquímica na neoplasia colorretal e analisar a relação entre esse achado e os níveis plasmáticos pré-operatórios do CEA, aspectos morfológicos e a sobrevivência dos doentes operados com intenção curativa de carcinoma colorretal. MÉTODO: Quarenta e sete doentes foram incluídos neste estudo: 18 (38,3% homens e 29 (61,7% mulheres, com média de idade de 67,8 ± 9,7 anos (37 to 84 anos. Imediatamente antes da laparotomia, foram obtidos os níveis plasmáticos pré-operatórios do CEA. Níveis séricos pré-operatórios normais de CEA foram considerados < 2,5 ng/mL para não-fumantes e <5,0 ng/mL para fumantes. O estudo imunoistoquímico do CEA foi realizado utilizando anticorpo monoclonal de rato anti-CEA humano. A expressão da imunocoloração de cada neoplasia foi classificada de acordo com o padrão de distribuição tecidual do CEA em apical ou citoplasmática. As variáveis consideradas para a análise estatística foram os níveis plasmáticos pré-operatórios do CEA, localização da

  6. Using GPS and leveling data in local precise geoid determination and case study

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    Erol, B.; Çelik, R. N.; Erol, S.

    2003-04-01

    the fundamental mathematical equation; N=h-H. In the equation, "h" is the ellipsoidal height of a point P, "H" is the orthometric height of the same point and "N" is "geoid undulation" value. Normally, "H" orthometric height derived from leveling measurements but these measurements are tiring applications. So, while having a geoid model in the region as the essential part of geodetic infrastructure, number leveling measurements can be reduced from the procedure and by this way time and labor is saved. Geoid determination is modeling of the data in such a way that geoid height can be obtained digital or analog at a point whose horizontal position is known. Geoid models can be developed for local, regional or global regions. Using satellite techniques, especially GPS, in geodetic measurements are increased importance of geoid. Because geoid is a natural tie between high precision geodetic coordinates and coordinates which obtained from satellites. There are several geoid determination methods according to used data and models. GPS/Leveling method, which is also known as geometric method, is one of these methods. This method is appropriate for local precise geoid determination in respectively small areas. In this paper, it is going to be given information about GPS/Leveling geoid determination method and mathematical models, which are used in geoid determination with this method. And Izmir local geoid model will be presented as a case study. Izmir is one of the west metropolitan cities of Turkey and located near Aegean Sea. The topography is extremely rough in the region. There are two different geoid determination studies which were carried out in 1996 and 2001 in Izmir. Both models were accomplished according to GPS/Leveling method. Those two geoid models of Izmir Metropolitan region are investigated in here, the conflict of them were discussed. The relation between distribution of common reference points and differences of geoid undulation values, which are calculated

  7. A 'delayed' counting method to determine indoor Rn-222 levels indirectly

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    Iannopollo, V; Trimarchi, M; Tripepi, M G; Vermiglio, G

    2001-01-01

    A new indirect and 'delayed' way is presented to determine indoor concentration of Rn-222 by best-fitting methods. If a rapid knowledge of Rn-222 levels is required and if a detection system is not available in situ, it is possible to obtain concentration of radioactive gas by determining of 'delayed' counts of Po-214. The 'delay' time consists of two or three hours. The method is based on the use of cellulose filters for particulate collection and on the analysis of samples by alpha spectroscopy. It is also possible to obtain concentrations of short-lived radon daughters Po-218, Pb-214, Bi-214, which are very important quantities in a medical framework.

  8. CEA develops organic photovoltaic cells that might replace silicon cells; La promesse du plastique. Le CEA developpe des cellules photovoltaiques organiques qui pourraient detroner le silicium

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    Donnars, O.

    2003-01-01

    The program ''plastic photovoltaic solar cells'' was launched in june 2002 at LCOF (laboratory of functional organic components - CEA). The aim of this program is to show the feasibility of efficient organic photovoltaic cells. At the moment the most efficient organic cells reach a conversion rate of 3,5 % compared to the average value of 16 % for silicon cells. This program sets a term of 4 years to reach a conversion rate of 5 % and an operating life of 5000 hours. Plastics (or polymers) are less expensive than silicon, are available on an unlimited basis and are environment friendly. Plastics are easy to handle and a sole technology (serigraphy) is necessary for all the stages of the fabrication process of the organic cells: serigraphy technology is used for the deposition of the substrate, of the material in which the conversion takes place, and of the protective skin. (A.C.)

  9. Lithium/polymer batteries. Safety approach of the BT-EDF-CEA project; Accumulateurs lithium/polymere. Demarche securite du projet BT-EDF-CEA

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    Lascaud, S.; Baudry, P. [Electricite de France, 77 - Moret sur Loing (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches; Majastre, H. [Bollore Technologies, 29 - Quimper (France); Bloch, D. [CEAGrenoble, CEREM, 38 (France)

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    The BT-EdF-CEA consortium for the development and the performance improvement of lithium/polymer batteries has carried out a safety analysis of the industrial risk and the risk for users linked with this new technology. The process chosen for the manufacturing of lithium/polymer batteries does not generate any particular risk of personnel or environmental contamination. Security tests have permitted to observe and analyze the behaviour of 4 Ah elements during thermal shocks, perforation and crushing, and during external short-circuit on 20 Ah elements. These tests demonstrate the great thermal stability and the excellent behaviour of batteries in the case of partial destruction. (J.S.) 2 refs.

  10. Cysteine redox potential determines pro-inflammatory IL-1beta levels.

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    Smita S Iyer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cysteine (Cys and its disulfide, cystine (CySS represent the major extracellular thiol/disulfide redox control system. The redox potential (E(h of Cys/CySS is centered at approximately -80 mV in the plasma of healthy adults, and oxidation of E(h Cys/CySS is implicated in inflammation associated with various diseases. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The purpose of the present study was to determine whether oxidized E(h Cys/CySS is a determinant of interleukin (IL-1beta levels. Results showed a 1.7-fold increase in secreted pro-IL-1beta levels in U937 monocytes exposed to oxidized E(h Cys/CySS (-46 mV, compared to controls exposed to a physiological E(h of -80 mV (P<0.01. In LPS-challenged mice, preservation of plasma E(h Cys/CySS from oxidation by dietary sulfur amino acid (SAA supplementation, was associated with a 1.6-fold decrease in plasma IL-1beta compared to control mice fed an isonitrogenous SAA-adequate diet (P<0.01. Analysis of E(h Cys/CySS and IL-1beta in human plasma revealed a significant positive association between oxidized E(h Cys/CySS and IL-1beta after controlling for age, gender, and BMI (P<0.001. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These data show that oxidized extracellular E(h Cys/CySS is a determinant of IL-1beta levels, and suggest that strategies to preserve E(h Cys/CySS may represent a means to control IL-1beta in inflammatory disease states.

  11. 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.

  12. Levels and determinants of exposure to vapours and aerosols of bitumen.

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    Spickenheuer, Anne; Rühl, Reinhold; Höber, Dieter; Raulf-Heimsoth, Monika; Marczynski, Boleslaw; Welge, Peter; Breuer, Dietmar; Gabriel, Stefan; Musanke, Uwe; Rode, Peter; Heinze, Evelyn; Kendzia, Benjamin; Bramer, Rainer; Knecht, Udo; Hahn, Jens-Uwe; Brüning, Thomas; Pesch, Beate

    2011-06-01

    Bitumen (referred to as asphalt in the United States) is a widely used construction material, and emissions from hot bitumen applications have been a long-standing health concern. One objective of the Human Bitumen Study was to identify potential determinants of the exposure to bitumen. The study population analysed comprised 259 male mastic asphalt workers recruited between 2003 and 2008. Personal air sampling in the workers' breathing zone was carried out during the shift to measure exposure to vapours and aerosols of bitumen. The majority of workers were engaged in building construction, where exposure levels were lower than in tunnels but higher than at road construction sites. At building construction sites, exposure levels were influenced by the room size, the processing temperature of the mastic asphalt and the job task. The results show that protective measures should include a reduction in the processing temperature.

  13. Low-level gamma-ray spectrometry for the determination of 210Pb

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    Markovic, Nikola; Roos, Per; Nielsen, Sven Poul

    2017-01-01

    A well High purity germanium (HPGe) gamma spectrometer with NaI(Tl) Compton anticoincidence shield recently installed at DTU Nutech and specially designed for low-level measurements was used for the 210Pb determination in environmental samples. The system is compared to standard stand-alone HPGe...... spectrometers. The choice between high efficiency well and planar detectors as well as optimum sample size depending on available sample quantity are discussed. Results show that the only comparative advantage of the well anticoincidence system is when just small sample sizes are available....

  14. 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.

  15. 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

    2007-12-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. CT and MRI Determination of Intermuscular Space within Lumbar Paraspinal Muscles at Different Intervertebral Disc Levels

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    Wang, Shidong; Zhang, Yu; Han, Hui; Zheng, Dengquan; Ding, Zihai; Wong, Kelvin K. L.

    2015-01-01

    Background 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). Methods 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. Results 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 (Pquadratus 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. Conclusion 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. PMID:26458269

  18. Learning strategy trumps motivational level in determining learning-induced auditory cortical plasticity.

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    Bieszczad, Kasia M; Weinberger, Norman M

    2010-02-01

    Associative memory for auditory-cued events involves specific plasticity in the primary auditory cortex (A1) that facilitates responses to tones which gain behavioral significance, by modifying representational parameters of sensory coding. Learning strategy, rather than the amount or content of learning, can determine this learning-induced cortical (high order) associative representational plasticity (HARP). Thus, tone-contingent learning with signaled errors can be accomplished either by (1) responding only during tone duration ("tone-duration" strategy, T-Dur), or (2) responding from tone onset until receiving an error signal for responses made immediately after tone offset ("tone-onset-to-error", TOTE). While rats using both strategies achieve the same high level of performance, only those using the TOTE strategy develop HARP, viz., frequency-specific decreased threshold (increased sensitivity) and decreased bandwidth (increased selectivity) (Berlau & Weinberger, 2008). The present study challenged the generality of learning strategy by determining if high motivation dominates in the formation of HARP. Two groups of adult male rats were trained to bar-press during a 5.0kHz (10s, 70dB) tone for a water reward under either high (HiMot) or moderate (ModMot) levels of motivation. The HiMot group achieved a higher level of correct performance. However, terminal mapping of A1 showed that only the ModMot group developed HARP, i.e., increased sensitivity and selectivity in the signal-frequency band. Behavioral analysis revealed that the ModMot group used the TOTE strategy while HiMot subjects used the T-Dur strategy. Thus, type of learning strategy, not level of learning or motivation, is dominant for the formation of cortical plasticity.

  19. Determination of neurotransmitter levels in models of Parkinson's disease by HPLC-ECD.

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    Yang, Lichuan; Beal, M Flint

    2011-01-01

    Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurological disorder caused by progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the nigrostriatal area of the brain. The decrease in dopamine (DA) neurotransmitter levels in the striatum and substantia nigra pars compacta is a neurochemistry hallmark of PD. Therefore, determination of dopamine and its metabolites levels in biological samples provides an important key to understanding the neurochemistry profile of PD. This chapter describes the use of reversed-phase HPLC with electrochemical detection (ECD) for simultaneously measuring monoamine neurotransmitters, including dopamine and its metabolites, norepinephrine as well as serotonin and its metabolite. ECD provides an ultrasensitive measurement, which detects at the picogram level. One run for each sample finishes within 18 min, shows clear chromatographic peaks and a complete separation, and produces excellent precision and reproducibility. Once set up, HPLC-ECD is economic and efficient for analyzing a large number of samples. This method has been broadly used for analyzing a variety of biological samples, such as cerebrospinal fluids, plasma, microdialysis elutes, tissues, and cultured cells. In recent days, it has been reported to be able to detect the dopamine level in a single drosophila head.

  20. 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.

  1. Genetic variants are major determinants of CSF antibody levels in multiple sclerosis

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    Goris, An; Pauwels, Ine; Gustavsen, Marte W

    2015-01-01

    Immunological hallmarks of multiple sclerosis include the production of antibodies in the central nervous system, expressed as presence of oligoclonal bands and/or an increased immunoglobulin G index-the level of immunoglobulin G in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to serum. However, the underlyi...... in the cerebrospinal fluid in multiple sclerosis, including 6950 patients. We confirm that genetic factors underlie these antibody levels and identify both the major histocompatibility complex and immunoglobulin heavy chain region as major determinants....... differences between oligoclonal band-positive and -negative patients with multiple sclerosis and reasons for variability in immunoglobulin G index are not known. To identify genetic factors influencing the variation in the antibody levels in the cerebrospinal fluid in multiple sclerosis, we have performed...... of being oligoclonal band positive and 7.75% of the variation in immunoglobulin G index. Both traits are associated with clinical features of disease such as female gender, age at onset and severity. This is the largest study population so far investigated for the genetic influence on antibody levels...

  2. Urinary growth hormone levels in children with leukemia determined by a sensitive sandwich enzyme immunoassay

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    Umezawa, Sachiko; Yano, Hisako; Tanaka, Toshiaki; Hibi, Itsuo (National Children' s Medical Research Center, Tokyo (Japan)); Tsukimoto, Ichiro; Ishikawa, Eiji; Mouri, Yoshikazu; Murakami, Yoshiaki

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    Elective cranial irradiation in central nervous leukemia leads to a long term survival; however, the influence upon the hypothalamus and hypophysis remains uncertain. Therefore, changes in SD scores of height and urinary growth hormone (U-GH) levels were determined in 23 leukemic patients previously treated with cranial elective irradition of 18 or 24 Gy, whose ages ranged from 4 to 16 years. Decreased SD scores of height was observed in 9 (90%) of 10 patients in whom treatment has been continuing (within 5 years after the onset) and in 6 (50%) of 12 patients in whom treatment had been completed (5 years or more after the onset). The level of U-GH was significantly decreased in leukemic patients during complete remission than in healthy children. U-HG levels were independent of radiation doses. In evaluable 14 patients, the blood concentration of somatomedin C (SM-C) was within the normal range. Although there was a discrepancy between U-CH and SM-C levels, further follow-up of these leukemic patients is required. (N.K.).

  3. A Study to Determine Clearance Levels of Radioactive Wastes in Kenya

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    Mukakaa, Zaphania O. [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung Il [KINS, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Due to lack of a radioactive waste disposal facility in Kenya, radioactive wastes are stored in a bonded warehouse until such a time when their activity is low and they meet the criterion for clearance. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has established activity concentrations of radionuclides to act as a universal guideline or standard for clearance in member countries. Radioactive wastes whose activity would yield a trivial risk to the people and environment, i.e. with an annual dose below 10 µSv are usually cleared from regulatory control with no further regulatory control mechanisms being taken. The Radiation Protection Board currently depends on the IAEA's generic clearance level activity concentrations for purposes of clearing the radiation wastes within its inventory. This study aims to determine activity concentrations of radionuclides in the Kenyan inventory that correspond to the clearance level dose of 10 µSv/a as set by the IAEA. The RESidual RADioactivity (RESRAD) computer code, an important tool developed in 1989 to aid in evaluation of sites with radioactive contamination, will aid in modeling these clearance level values using a pathways analysis method and available site-specific data from Kenya. Afterwards, the obtained clearance level values will be compared with the IAEA's generic clearance level values of the corresponding radionuclides. The results modeled using the RESRAD code are conservative. For most of the radionuclides in the Kenyan inventory, the values do correspond with the IAEA standard generic clearance level values, albeit with minor differences. For most of the radionuclides, the difference is within the acceptable uncertainty limit. For these low probability events the effective dose resulting from them should not exceed 1 mSv per year. Thus, consideration was given to doses to the skin and an equivalent dose to the skin of 50 mSv per year was duly used in estimating the clearance level activities. The

  4. Biliary carcinoembryonic antigen levels in diagnosis of occult hepatic metastases from colorectal carcinoma

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    Jaques Waisberg; Rog(e)rio T. Palma; Lu(i)s Contim Neto; Lourdes C. Martins; Maur(i)cio S. L. Oliveira; Carlos A. Nagashima; Antonio C. Godoy; Fabio S. Goffi

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To prospectively explore the role of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in gallbladder bile in patients with colorectal carcinoma and the morphological and clinical features of neoplasia and the occurrence of hepatic metastases.METHODS: CEA levels in the gallbladder and peripheral blood were studied in 44 patients with colorectal carcinoma and 10 patients with uncomplicated cholelithiasis. CEA samples were collected from the gallbladder bile and peripheral blood during the operation, immediately before extirpating the colorectal neoplasia or cholecystectomy.Values of up to 5 ng/ml were considered normal for bile and serum CEA.RESULTS: In the 44 patients with colorectal carcinoma who underwent operation with curative intent, the average level of serum CEA was 8.5 ng/ml (range: 0.1 to 111.0 ng/ml) and for bile CEA it was 74.5 ng/ml (range: 0.2 to 571.0ng/ml). In the patients with uncomplicated cholelithiasis who underwent cholecystectomy, the average level of serum CEA was 1.9 ng/ml (range: 1.0 to 3.5 ng/ml) and for bile CEA it was 1.2 ng/ml (range: 0.3 to 2.9 ng/ml).The average duration of follow-up time was 16.5 months (range: 6 to 48 months). Four patients who underwent extirpation of the colorectal carcinoma without evidence of hepatic metastasis and with an average bile CEA value of 213.2 ng/ml presented hepatic metastases between three and seventeen months after removal of the primary colorectal neoplasia. Three of them successfully underwent extirpation of the hepatic lesions.CONCLUSION: High CEA levels in gallbladders of patients undergoing curative operation for colorectal carcinoma may indicate the presence of hepatic metastases. Such patients must be followed up with special attention to the diagnosis of such lesions.

  5. DETERMINATION OF SERUM SOLUBLE MACROPHAGE COLONY- STIMULATING FACTOR RECEPTOR LEVELS IN PATIENTS with hematological diseases

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the serum levels of soluble macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor (M-CSFsR) in normal subjects and patients with hematological diseases and its clinical implications in hematological diseases. Methods: The concentration of M-CSFsR was determined by ELISA. The serum M-CSFsR was identified and characterized by immunoprecipitation and Western blotting. Results: The mean serum level of M-CSFsR of 123 normal individuals was 0.48 ng/ml±0.41 ng/ml. Immunoprecipitation and Western blotting assay revealed a ~90kD band of serum M-CSFsR. The mean serum M-CSFsR level of 60 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 36 patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML), 13 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and 42 patients with aplastic anemia (AA) were 0.22 ng/ml±0.23 ng/ml, 0.17 ng/ml±0.16 ng/ml, 0.19 ng/ml±0.16 ng/ml and 0.23 ng/ml±0.21 ng/ml, respectively, which were significantly lower than that of normal subjects (P=0.002 , P<0.0001, P<0.0001 and P<0.0001). The mean serum M-CSFsR level of 51 idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) patients was significantly higher than that of normal subjects (2.05 ng/ml±2.75 ng/ml, P<0.0001). Conclusion: The serum M-CSFsR levels of patients with ALL, AML, MDS and AA were significantly lower, while the level of patients with ITP was significantly higher than that of normal individuals. Patients with severe ITP (platelet count<30′109/L) had the highest M-CSFsR level. It suggested that the abnormal levels of serum M-CSFsR may associate with some hematological diseases and may contribute to the pathological process.

  6. Trace level determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in river water with automated pretreatment HPLC.

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    Watabe, Yoshiyuki; Kubo, Takuya; Tanigawa, Tetsuya; Hayakawa, Yoshihiro; Otsuka, Koji; Hosoya, Ken

    2013-03-01

    A novel on-line pretreatment pump-injection HPLC system for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is proposed. We report novel pump-injection HPLC-based on-line SPE with a specially designed pretreatment column for the determination of trace amounts of chemical substances in surface water. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are well known for strong carcinogenicity and thus a severe concentration control is required for drinking water and/or river water, which is the main resource of tap water. We found it possible to detect ng/L levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by using pump-injection column switching HPLC with fluorescence detection. To avoid the phenomenon, in which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be often adsorbed on the surface of flow lines of HPLC by their highly hydrophobicity especially resin-made parts in sample delivery pump, we employed "autodilution" device that provides reliable recovery and repeatability. Additionally, real water samples were collected and then the spiked polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were determined at ng/L levels.

  7. The determination of phenazone in blood plasma for obtained sistem suitable test of monitoring drug level

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    Mochamad Lazuardi

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The determining of Phenazone to human blood plasma from healthy man after separated by solid phase extraction (SPE and spectroscopic measurements has been investigated. The objective of that research was to obtain system suitable test for determine the Phenazone level in biological fluids (human blood plasma, for new performed dosage regimented in clinical dentistry. The method can be divided into the following four steps. 1. Centrifugation the blood sample, 2. Extraction from blood plasma and, 3. Separation by SPE with manual pressured, 4. Elution to SPE followed by the measurement on a spectrophotometer in the ultra violet region. The critical value of  │t │at the 5% confidence level indicates that there is no systematic error in the linearity proposed method. Recoveries for this research were obtained at ranging 93.460 to 95.598%. The coefficient variation precision of this procedure was clearly good at smallest than 2%. The analytical procedure can be carried out in one working operation as a monitored therapeutic activity.

  8. Determination of radioactivity levels and hazards of soil and sediment samples in Firtina Valley (Rize, Turkey)

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    Kurnaz, A.; Kuecuekoemeroglu, B. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, TR 61080 (Turkey); Keser, R.; Okumusoglu, N.T.; Korkmaz, F. [Department of Physics, University of Rize, Rize, TR 53100 (Turkey); Karahan, G. [Cekmece Nuclear Research and Training Center P.O. Box 1, Atatuerk Airport, Istanbul, TR 34381 (Turkey); Cevik, U. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, TR 61080 (Turkey)], E-mail: ugurc@ktu.edu.tr

    2007-11-15

    The natural radioactivity levels in soil and sediment samples of Firtina Valley have been determined. To our knowledge, there seems to be no information about radioactivity level in the Firtina Valley soils and sediments so far. For this reason, soil and sediment samples were collected along the Firtina Valley and analysis on the collected samples were carried out to determine {sup 238}U, {sup 232}Th, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs radioisotopes using high purity germanium detector. The activity concentrations obtained for {sup 226}Ra, {sup 214}Pb, {sup 214}Bi, {sup 228}Ac, {sup 208}Tl, {sup 40}K and {sup 137}Cs are given in the unit of Bq/kg. The results have been compared with other radioactivity measurements in different country's soils and sediments. The radium equivalent activity (Ra{sub eq}), the absorbed dose rate (D), the external hazard index (H{sub ex}), the annual gonadal dose equivalent (AGDE) and the annual effective dose equivalent (AEDE) were also calculated and compared with the international recommended values.

  9. Carbon choices determine US cities committed to futures below sea level.

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    Strauss, Benjamin H; Kulp, Scott; Levermann, Anders

    2015-11-01

    Anthropogenic carbon emissions lock in long-term sea-level rise that greatly exceeds projections for this century, posing profound challenges for coastal development and cultural legacies. Analysis based on previously published relationships linking emissions to warming and warming to rise indicates that unabated carbon emissions up to the year 2100 would commit an eventual global sea-level rise of 4.3-9.9 m. Based on detailed topographic and population data, local high tide lines, and regional long-term sea-level commitment for different carbon emissions and ice sheet stability scenarios, we compute the current population living on endangered land at municipal, state, and national levels within the United States. For unabated climate change, we find that land that is home to more than 20 million people is implicated and is widely distributed among different states and coasts. The total area includes 1,185-1,825 municipalities where land that is home to more than half of the current population would be affected, among them at least 21 cities exceeding 100,000 residents. Under aggressive carbon cuts, more than half of these municipalities would avoid this commitment if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet remains stable. Similarly, more than half of the US population-weighted area under threat could be spared. We provide lists of implicated cities and state populations for different emissions scenarios and with and without a certain collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Although past anthropogenic emissions already have caused sea-level commitment that will force coastal cities to adapt, future emissions will determine which areas we can continue to occupy or may have to abandon.

  10. Measurement procedure for the determination of thermal exchange coefficient for subsea pipelines at elevated pressure levels

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    Azevedo, Luis Fernando A.; Farias, Paula S.C.; Martins, Fabio J.W.A.; Rabello, Pedro C.; Barros Junior, Julio M. [Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC-Rio), RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica; Lopes Junior, Fernando M.; Silva Junior, Jose Fernando; Castro, Adriana M.; Santos, Augusto A.; Pessanha, Maikon C.R. [Technip, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2009-12-19

    The present paper describes a methodology successfully employed to determine the Thermal Exchange Coefficient - TEC - for insulated sub sea flexible lines up to a pressure level of 200 bar. In this methodology, controlled internal electrical heating was employed, together with temperature sensors installed at the inner and outer surfaces of the line. The instrumented line sample was placed in a hyperbaric chamber filled with water. Two methods were employed in parallel to determine the line TEC value. In the first method, the TEC value was determined by direct measurement of the radial heat flux by the use of heat flux sensors. The readings of these sensors, together with the inner-to-outer surface temperature difference and geometric parameters, yielded the desired TEC value. In the second method, the radial heat flux was obtained as the difference between the total energy generated by the electrical heater installed in the interior of the sample and the heat losses through the end connectors, evaluated by the readings of temperature sensors installed in covers that surrounded the end connectors. The knowledge of the cover geometry, thermal properties and the temperature readings allowed for an accurate estimate of the heat lost through the covers. Both measuring methods were backed by a detailed uncertainty analysis. A calibration procedure of the second method was performed from zero to 100 bar, the pressure range where the calibration of the heat flux sensor is valid. Beyond 100 bar and up to 200 bar, the TEC values were obtained by the second method, corrected by the calibration procedure extrapolated from the 0-100 bar range. The TEC values obtained were valid under an uncertainty level of {+-} 5%. (author)

  11. Determining the Best Method for Estimating the Observed Level of Maximum Detrainment Based on Radar Reflectivity

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    Carletta, Nicholas D.; Mullendore, Gretchen L.; Starzec, Mariusz; Xi, Baike; Feng, Zhe; Dong, Xiquan

    2016-08-01

    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.

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

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    I. C. NICU

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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.

  13. Trace level determination of acrylamide in cereal-based foods by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Pittet, Alain; Périsset, Adrienne; Oberson, Jean-Marie

    2004-04-30

    A quantitative method has been developed for the determination of trace levels (acrylamide in cereal-based foods. The method is based on extraction of acrylamide with water, acidification and purification with Carrez I and II solutions, followed by bromination of the acrylamide double bond. The reaction product (2,3-dibromopropionamide) is extracted with ethyl acetate/hexane (4:1, v/v), dried over sodium sulfate, and cleaned up through a Florisil column. The derivative is then converted to 2-bromopropenamide by dehydrobromination with triethylamine and analyzed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS), employing (13C3)acrylamide as internal standard. In-house validation data for commercial and experimental cereal products showed good precision of the method, with repeatability and intermediate reproducibility relative standard deviations below 10%. The limit of detection and limit of quantitation are estimated at 2 and 5 microg/kg, respectively, and recoveries of acrylamide from samples spiked at levels of 5-500 microg/kg ranged between 93 and 104% after correction of analyte loss by the internal standard. Finally, a comparative test organized with two independent laboratories provided additional confidence in the good performance of the method, particularly at very low concentration levels.

  14. Determination of 14 nitrosamines at nanogram per liter levels in drinking water.

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    Qian, Yichao; Wu, Minghuo; Wang, Wei; Chen, Beibei; Zheng, Hao; Krasner, Stuart W; Hrudey, Steve E; Li, Xing-Fang

    2015-01-20

    N-Nitrosamines, probable human carcinogens, are a group of disinfection byproducts under consideration for drinking water regulation. Currently, no method can determine trace levels of alkyl and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) of varying physical and chemical properties in water by a single analysis. To tackle this difficulty, we developed a single solid-phase extraction (SPE) method with high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) for the determination of 14 nitrosamines of health concern with widely differing properties. We made a cartridge composed of a vinyl/divinylbenzene polymer that efficiently concentrated the 14 nitrosamines in 100 mL of water (in contrast to 500 mL in other methods). This single SPE-HPLC-MS/MS technique provided calculated method detection limits of 0.01-2.7 ng/L and recoveries of 53-93% for the 14 nitrosamines. We have successfully demonstrated that this method can determine the presence or absence of the 14 nitrosamines in drinking water systems (eight were evaluated in Canada and the U.S.), with occurrence similar to that in other surveys. N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), N-nitrosodiphenylamine, and the TSNA 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol were identified and quantified in authentic drinking water. Formation potential (FP) tests demonstrated that NDMA and TSNA precursors were present in (1) water samples in which tobacco was leached and (2) wastewater-impacted drinking water. Our results showed that prechlorination or ozonation destroyed most of the nitrosamine precursors in water. Our new single method determination of alkylnitrosamines and TSNAs significantly reduced the time and resource demands of analysis and will enable other studies to more efficiently study precursor sources, formation mechanisms, and removal techniques. It will be useful for human exposure and health risk assessments of nitrosamines in drinking water.

  15. Detection of CEA mRNA on non-small lung cancer and it's significance

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    Guowen WANG

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective In recent years, many studies on micrometastasis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC have been reported, this study is to investigate the effect of operation on micrometastasis from NSCLC andevaluate the relation between micrometastasis and clincopathological parameters. Methods The blood samples were taken from 70 cases of NSCLC and 18 patients with benign diseases at 3 intervals during the operation from peripheral vein. The transcription of carcinoembryonic antigen messenger ribonucleic acid (CEA mRNA was assayed by means of nested reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR and micro-fluid chip. Results The CEA mRNA positive rates of all 3 time spots were as follows: 50% at beginning of the operation (Time 1, 62.8% at ligating the pulmonary vein (Time 2 and 57.1% at 1 h after ligating pulmonary vein (Time 3. There is significant difference between Time 1 and Time 2 (χ2=7.114, P <0.05. The positive rates of well-differentiation and middle-differentiation, stage Ⅰ and state Ⅱ, Tis, T1 and T2, N0 were significant less than non-differentiation and low-differentiation, stage Ⅲ and state Ⅳ, T3 and T4, N1,N2 and N3, respectively. No negative control samples was found to be positive, and no positive control samples was found to be negative. The sensitivity of our test was 10 cells/mL. Conclusion The cancer cells dissemination during operation was demonstrated indirectly in our study, the time of pulmonary vein ligation (earlier or later may affect the quantity of tumor cells released into circulation; The patients with lower differentiation, advanced TNM stage, larger tumor size and metastasis of lymph node have higher rates of metastasis in peripheral, so the detection of CEA mRNA can guide the therapy of NSCLC to a certain extent.

  16. The expression of CD147,CEA and their prognostic value in gastric cancer%CD147、CEA 在胃癌组织中的表达及预后价值

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    高文华; 付勇; 周萍; 卢宁

    2016-01-01

    目的:研究胃癌组织中 CD147、CEA 的表达及其与胃癌患者临床病理参数和总体生存率之间的关系。方法:应用免疫组织化学(SP)法检测胃癌组织标本及癌旁胃组织中 CD147、CEA 的表达情况,并随访患者进行生存分析。结果:胃癌组织中 CD147、CEA 的阳性表达率均显著高于癌旁组织(P <0.05)。CD147、CEA 在胃癌中的表达均与胃癌的浸润深度、淋巴结转移和 TNM分期显著相关(P <0.05)。相关性分析发现, CD147与 CEA 在胃癌组织中的表达呈正相关(r =0.292,P =0.020)。经 Kaplan -Meier 生存分析显示, CD147、CEA 蛋白表达阳性的患者生存率均明显低于表达阴性组患者(P <0.05)。单因素分析发现肿瘤浸润深度、TNM分期、淋巴结转移、CD147、CEA 均为影响胃癌患者预后的重要因素;Cox 风险模型多因素分析发现肿瘤的 TNM分期、淋巴结转移、CD147、CEA 是影响胃癌预后的独立危险因素。结论:CD147和 CEA 的表达与胃癌的浸润和转移密切相关,两者在胃癌中的表达具有协同作用,它们可协同促进胃癌的侵袭和转移。CD147和 CEA 是胃癌预后的独立危险因素,可成为胃癌预后的新型标志物和治疗的新靶点。%Objective:To study the expressions of CD147 and CEA in gastric cancer and their correlations with clinicopathologic parameters and overall survival rate.Methods:Immunohistochemistry was used to examine the ex-pression of CD147 and CEA in gastric carcinoma and the adjacent normal tissues.All the cases were followed up for survival analysis.Results:The expression rates of CD147,CEA in gastric carcinoma tissues were significantly higher than those in paracancerous normal tissues(P <0.05).The positive expressions of CD147,CEA in gastric cancer tis-sue were significantly correlated to the infiltrative depth,lymphatic metastasis and TNMstage(P <0.05).The survival rates in

  17. 反转录-聚合酶链反应检测华蟾素对晚期胃癌患者外周血癌胚抗原信使核糖核酸表达的作用%RT-PCR detecting CEA mRNA expression in peripheral blood of advanced gastric cancer patients treated by Cinobufo-talin

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    吴志雄; 易升明

    2013-01-01

    Objective To analyze the application value of peripheral blood carcinoembryonic antigen messen-ger ribonucleic acid(CEA mRNA) in the diagnosis of the hematogenous metastasis of gastric cancer ,and to evalu-ate the therapeutic effect of the anti-cancer traditional Chinese herb “Cinobufotalin” on gastric cancer .Methods Phase Ⅲb-Ⅳ stage of advanced gastric cancer patients were randomly divided into treatment group and control group .Both group were treated with 2 cycles of chemotherapy :Gimeracil and Oteracil Porassium Capsules were taken orally for 80 mg · m -1 · d-1 ,twice a day after breakfast and dinner for 14 d ,rested 7 d ,and 3 weeks as a cycle .At the same time ,Cinobufacini injection of 20 mL+5% GS 500 mL was used in the treatment group once a day for 14 days .RT-PCR was used to determine the CEA mRNA in peripheral blood before and after the adminis-tration of drugs .Results Before the therapy with“Cinobufotalin” ,the positive rates of CEA and CEA mRNA in experimental group were 34% and 62% ,respectively ,and that in control group were 32% and 58% ,respective-ly .After the therapy with“Cinobufotalin” ,the positive rates of CEA and CEA mRNA in experimental group were 28% and 49% ,respectively ,and that in control group were 27% and 44% ( P>0 .05) .A significant difference of the contents of CEA and CEA mRNA before and after the treatment was shown in the experimental group ( P<0 .05) .A significant difference of the contents of CEA mRNA after the treatment was shown between both group ( P <0 .05) ,which is contrary to the contents of CEA .Conclusion It is perhaps an ideal method to detect the micrometastasis of gastric cancer through the evaluation of expression of CEA mRNA in the peripheral blood by reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) .It may play an important role in the evaluation of the prognosis and the ne-cessity of adopting advanced therapy among the gastric cancer patients . Anti-cancer traditional Chinese herb“Cinobufotalin” is

  18. Determination of levels of salivary IgA subclasses in patients with minor recurrent aphthous ulcer

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    Ramandeep Saluja

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Recurrent Aphthous Ulcer (RAU is an inflammatory disease characterized by recurrent, painful oral ulcers. It is of multifactorial etiology. Salivary immunoglobulins have important role in the protection of mucosal surfaces. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine salivary immunoglobulin A1 (IgA1 and IgA2 in acute and remission phases of the disease. Materials and Methods: Thirty clinically confirmed cases of RAU and 30 age-and sex-matched controls were included in the study. After detailed case history and thorough clinical examination, 2 mL of saliva was collected in both acute and remission phases of the disease. The obtained saliva samples were subjected to quantification of IgA1 and IgA2 levels using RID kit. Results: The mean IgA2 level was significantly higher (P<.001 in both acute and remission phase of the study group. The mean IgA1 level also showed a significant increase in the acute phase compared to remission as well as controls (P<.05. Females exhibited a higher level in acute phase for IgA1 and in both phases for IgA2 (P<.05. Conclusion: The results associated with clinical observations suggest that acute phase is characterized with increase in IgA2 that might reflect increased immune response as a possible result of the microbial stimulation seen in the acute phase in comparison to the remission period. IgA plays an important role in the pathogenesis of RAU and it can be used as a parameter to assess the mucosal immune status

  19. Colecta y establecimiento de anonáceas en El Salvador

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    Eduardo Cruz; H\\u00E9ctor Deras

    2000-01-01

    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 en...

  20. Rosácea, demodex folliculorum y metronidazol tópico

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    Castellanos Lorduy, Héctor; Pardo Castro, Gloria

    2011-01-01

    La rosácea fue descrita como entidad probablemente asociada al acné por Unna (I), y se observa más frecuentemente en mujeres de piel clara, aunque una entidad consideraba una variante de ella, el rinofima, como patrimonio casi exclusivo de hombres. Su etiología continua siendo desconocida, aunque existe un consenso entre los investigadores con relación a su probable origen multifactorial. Entre los factores mencionados más frecuentemente se encuentran la predisposición genética, el daño dérmi...

  1. Development of recycled plastic composites for structural applications from CEA plastics

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    Bhalla, Agrim

    Plastic waste from consumer electronic appliances (CEAs) such as computer and printer parts including Polystyrene (PS), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Polystyrene (PS) and PC/ABS were collected using handheld FTIR Spectrophotometer. The blends of these plastics with High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) are manufactured under special processing conditions in a single screw compounding injection molding machine. The blends are thermoplastics have high stiffness and strength, which may enhance the mechanical properties of HDPE like tensile modulus, ultimate tensile strength, tensile break and tensile yield. These composites have a potential to be used for the future application of recycled plastic lumber, thus replacing the traditional wood lumber.

  2. Diseño del cuestionario "Calidad de entornos abiertos" (CEA)

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    Novenes Jornades de Foment de la Investigació de la FCHS (Any 2003-2004) El Cuestionario denominado “Calidad de Entornos Abiertos” (CEA) y diseñado por el equipo WONTPrevenció Psicosocial, se enmarca en un proyecto de investigación dirigido al estudio de espacios abiertos como parques o lugares de esparcimiento de Castellón, con el fin de obtener especificaciones de diseño aplicables a la configuración del entorno y productos de uso colectivo en el ámbito urbano, tomando como p...

  3. Ocular rosacea: a review Rosácea ocular: revisão

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    Ana Carolina Cabreira Vieira

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Rosacea is a prevalent chronic cutaneous disorder with variable presentation and severity. Although considered a skin disease, rosacea may evolve the eyes in 58-72% of the patients, causing eyelid and ocular surface inflammation. About one third of the patients develop potentially sight-threatening corneal involvement. Untreated rosacea may cause varying degrees of ocular morbidity. The importance of early diagnosis and adequate treatment cannot be overemphasized. There is not yet a diagnostic test for rosacea. The diagnosis of ocular rosacea relies on observation of clinical features, which can be challenging in up to 90% of patients in whom accompanying roseatic skin changes may be subtle or inexistent. In this review, we describe the pathophysiologic mechanisms proposed in the literature, clinical features, diagnosis and management of ocular rosacea, as well as discuss the need for a diagnostic test for the disease.A rosácea é uma condição cutânea crônica, que possui apresentações clínicas variáveis. Apesar de considerada uma doença dermatológica, os olhos podem ser acometidos em 58-72% dos casos, causando inflamação palpebral e da superfície ocular. Aproximadamente um terço dos pacientes desenvolve acometimento corneano, podendo causar baixa visual significativa. Diagnóstico precoce e tratamento adequado são de extrema importância, devido à significativa morbidade ocular que a doença pode causar. Não há, até o momento, um teste diagnóstico para rosácea. O diagnóstico da rosácea ocular depende da observação das manifestações clínicas, o que pode ser bastante desafiador em até 90% dos pacientes, em que os achados cutâneos são discretos ou inexistentes. Nesta revisão, descrevemos os mecanismos fisiopatológicos propostos na literatura, manifestações clínicas, diagnóstico e tratamento da rosácea ocular, assim como abordamos a necessidade de um teste diagnóstico.

  4. 40 CFR 80.205 - How is the annual refinery or importer average and corporate pool average sulfur level determined?

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    ... average and corporate pool average sulfur level determined? 80.205 Section 80.205 Protection of... ADDITIVES Gasoline Sulfur Gasoline Sulfur Standards § 80.205 How is the annual refinery or importer average and corporate pool average sulfur level determined? (a) The annual refinery or importer average...

  5. Determinants of climate change awareness level in upper Nyakach Division, Kisumu County, Kenya.

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    Ajuang, Chadwick O; Abuom, Paul O; Bosire, Esna K; Dida, Gabriel O; Anyona, Douglas N

    2016-01-01

    Improving the understanding of climate change awareness is one of the top priorities in climate change research. While the African continent is among the regions with the highest vulnerability to climate change, research on climate knowledge and awareness is lacking. Kenya is already grappling with the impacts of climate change, which are projected to increase in a non-linear and non-predictable manner. This study sought to determine climate change awareness levels among households residing in Upper Nyakach Division, Kisumu County, Kenya using common climate change markers viz heavy rainfall, floods, droughts and temperature. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted in which 384 household heads were selected as respondents from 11 sub-locations; all located within Upper Nyakach Division. A questionnaire was used to collect data. Most (90.9 %) respondents had observed changes in the overall climate. Awareness level of climate change varied significantly across the 11 sub-locations. To further gain insight unto which variables were the most significant determinant of climate change awareness in upper Nyakach division, Kisumu county, a Generalized Linear Model (GLM) with Poisson error distribution was built. The model indicated that sex of the household head, education level and age significantly influenced respondents' awareness to climate change markers. Most (87 %) households reported rising temperatures over the past 20 years. Over half (55.2 %) the respondents had observed declining rains, with significant differences being observed across age groups. Up to 75 % of the respondents reported increased droughts frequency over the last 20 years, with significant differences observed across gender. Most (86.7 %) respondents reported having observed changes in water sources with significant differences reported across age groups. The respondents reported an increased prevalence of malaria with significant differences being observed among the education levels

  6. Separation Techniques for Uranium and Plutonium at Trace Levels for the Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometric Determination

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    Suh, M. Y.; Han, S. H.; Kim, J. G.; Park, Y. J.; Kim, W. H

    2005-12-15

    This report describes the state of the art and the progress of the chemical separation and purification techniques required for the thermal ionization mass spectrometric determination of uranium and plutonium in environmental samples at trace or ultratrace levels. Various techniques, such as precipitation, solvent extraction, extraction chromatography, and ion exchange chromatography, for separation of uranium and plutonium were evaluated. Sample preparation methods and dissolution techniques for environmental samples were also discussed. Especially, both extraction chromatographic and anion exchange chromatographic procedures for uranium and plutonium in environmental samples, such as soil, sediment, plant, seawater, urine, and bone ash were reviewed in detail in order to propose some suitable methods for the separation and purification of uranium and plutonium from the safeguards environmental or swipe samples. A survey of the IAEA strengthened safeguards system, the clean room facility of IAEA's NWAL(Network of Analytical Laboratories), and the analytical techniques for safeguards environmental samples was also discussed here.

  7. Determination of ergosterol levels in barley and malt varieties in the Czech Republic via HPLC.

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    Jedlicková, Lenka; Gadas, David; Havlová, Pavla; Havel, Josef

    2008-06-11

    Ergosterol is considered to be a suitable indicator of mold infestation in barley and malt. In this study ergosterol levels in different varieties of barley and malt produced in the Czech Republic were determined. A modified high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was statistically processed, validated (Effivalidation program), and applied to 124 samples of barley and malt. Ergosterol was isolated by extraction and saponification, and the quantification was performed using HPLC with diode array detection. The content of ergosterol ranged between the limit of detection (LOD) and 36.3 mg/kg in barley and between the LOD and 131.1 mg/kg in malt. Ergosterol is presumably connected with metabolites generated when barley grain is attacked by pathogens, and such barley often shows a high overfoaming (gushing) value. However, it was found that the content of ergosterol does not correlate with the degree of beer gushing.

  8. Determination of levels of adenosine phosphates in blood by ion chromatography

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    Pei Jin Xie; Ming Li Ye; Zhong Yang Hu; Guang Wen Pan; Yan Zhu; Jia Jie Zhang

    2011-01-01

    A new method was developed for simultaneous determination of levels of AMP, ADP and ATP in blood by anion-exchange chromatography. The three adenosine phosphates were separated by Dionex IonPac AG18 (50 mm x 4 mm) guard column and IonPac AS18 (250 mm x 4 mm) analytical column using a gradient method and detected with a suppressed conductivity detector. The detection limits (S/N = 3) of AMP, ADP and ATP were 38, 47, 108 ng/L, respectively. The relative standard deviations of retention time, peak area and peak height were all less than 1.87% and a good linear relationship was obtained. This method was applied to analyze human blood samples.

  9. Determination of the subcriticality level using the {sup 252}Cf source-detector method

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    Baeten, P. [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Lafuente, A., E-mail: anlafuente@etsii.upm.e [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Janssens, J.; Kochetkov, A. [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Pazsit, I. [Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Goteborg (Sweden); Van Grieken, G.; Van den Eynde, G. [SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2010-05-15

    Measurement and monitoring of reactivity in a subcritical state, e.g. during the loading of a power reactor, has a clear safety relevance. The methods currently available for the measurement of k{sub eff} in stationary subcritical conditions should be improved as they refer to the critical state. This is also very important in the framework of ADS (accelerator driven systems) where the measurement of a subcritical level without knowledge of the critical state is looked for. An alternative way to achieve this is by mean of the {sup 252}Cf source-detector method. The method makes use of three detectors inserted in the reactor: two 'ordinary' neutron detectors and one {sup 252}Cf source-detector which contains a small amount of {sup 252}Cf that introduces neutrons in the system through spontaneous fission. By observing fissions through the detection system and correlating the signals of the three detectors, the reactivity rho (and hence the multiplication factor k) can be determined. Before the actual measurements took place, a suitable data acquisition system was realized in order to process the signals and compute the auto and cross power spectral densities. The measurements were then performed in the VENUS reactor, using the {sup 252}Cf source-detector and two BF{sub 3} neutron detectors. The multiplication factor was determined using the Cf source method and compared with measurements using other methods and with computational results (Monte Carlo simulations). The Cf method was benchmarked at a UOX core to other experimental methods that used the critical state as reference and to calculations. Afterwards, the Cf source technique was analyzed in a MOX core to study the possible impact of a significant intrinsic source on the results. This benchmarking gives the possibility to validate the Cf method as a reliable technique for the measurement of subcritical levels in steady state and for cores with an intrinsic source like MOX or burnt fuel cores.

  10. Determination of the Timing and Level of Activities of Lumbopelvic Muscles in Response to Postural Perturbations

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    S Ebrahimi Takamjani

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: One of the most important concerns in orthopedic medicine is the low back. Considering the importance of muscle function in preventing LBT by controlling too much load and stress applied on the spinal joints and ligaments. Materials and Methods: The aim of this research was to determine the timing and level of activities of lumbopelvic muscles in response to postural perturbations caused by unexpected loading of the upper limbs in standing on three different supporting surfaces (neutral, positive slope, negative slope in 20 healthy females 18 to 30 years old ( = 23.20 SD = 2.55 . The electromyographic signals were recorded from the deltoid, gluteus maximus, internal oblique abdominis and lumbar paraspinal muscles of the dominant side of the body to evaluate the onset time, end time, level of muscle activity (RMS and duration of different muscles in one task and one muscle in different tasks. Results: The results showed that the agonists (posterior muscles activated at first to compensate the flexor torque caused by loading and then the antagonists (anterior muscles switched-on to compensate the reaction forces caused by agonist activities. With regards to continuous activity of internal oblique and its attachments via thoracalumbar fascia to the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae, it can be considered as one of the major stabilizer muscles of the trunk . Conclusion: Finally the results indicated that supporting surface type didn’t have any effect on timing and scaling of muscle activities in different tasks suggesting that probably spinal and trunk priprioceptors are just responsible for triggering postural responses and they don’t have any role in determining timing and scaling.

  11. Building obesity in Canada: understanding the individual- and neighbourhood-level determinants using a multi-level approach.

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    Pouliou, Theodora; Elliott, Susan J; Paez, Antonio; Newbold, K Bruce

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this paper was to identify heterogeneities associated with the relationships between the body mass index (BMI) and individual as well as socio-environmental correlates at the individual- and area-levels. The data sources used were: (i) the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey; (ii) the 2001 Canadian Census; and (iii) the Enhanced Points of Interest (EPOI) database from the Desktop Mapping Technologies Inc. Participants were adults (≥ 20 years; n = 12,836; based on a survey weight scheme N(weighted) = 5,418,218) from Toronto and Vancouver census metropolitan areas with no missing BMI records. In addition to conventional 1 km-buffers, we constructed activity-space-buffers to better assess the walkability and potentially increased BMI of individuals. Multi-level analysis was then applied to estimate the relative effects of both individual- and area-level risk-factors for increased BMI. The findings demonstrate a negative association between BMI and energy expenditure, mixed land uses, residential density and average value of dwellings, while a positive association was found with low educational attainment. Relationships were independent of individual characteristics such as age and ethnicity. Although the majority of the variation in these outcomes was found to be due to individual-level differences, this study did show significant differences at the area-level as well. The activity-space-buffers presented a vast improvement compared to the conventional 1 km-buffers. The results presented support the rationale that targeting high-risk individuals will only address a portion of the increasing BMI problem; it is essential to also address the characteristics of places that compel individuals to make unhealthy choices.

  12. Building obesity in Canada: understanding the individual- and neighbourhood-level determinants using a multi-level approach

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    Theodora Pouliou

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper was to identify heterogeneities associated with the relationships between the body mass index (BMI and individual as well as socio-environmental correlates at the individual- and area-levels. The data sources used were: (i the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey; (ii the 2001 Canadian Census; and (iii the Enhanced Points of Interest (EPOI database from the Desktop Mapping Technologies Inc. Participants were adults (≥20 years; n = 12,836; based on a survey weight scheme Nweighted = 5,418,218 from Toronto and Vancouver census metropolitan areas with no missing BMI records. In addition to conventional 1 km-buffers, we constructed activity-space-buffers to better assess the walkability and potentially increased BMI of individuals. Multi-level analysis was then applied to estimate the relative effects of both individual- and area-level risk-factors for increased BMI. The findings demonstrate a negative association between BMI and energy expenditure, mixed land uses, residential density and average value of dwellings, while a positive association was found with low educational attainment. Relationships were independent of individual characteristics such as age and ethnic- ity. Although the majority of the variation in these outcomes was found to be due to individual-level differences, this study did show significant differences at the area-level as well. The activity-space-buffers presented a vast improvement compared to the conventional 1 km-buffers. The results presented support the rationale that targeting high-risk individuals will only address a portion of the increasing BMI problem; it is essential to also address the characteristics of places that compel indi- viduals to make unhealthy choices.

  13. Ultra-sensitive Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) determination of calcium in ice cores at ppt level.

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    Traversi, R; Becagli, S; Castellano, E; Maggi, V; Morganti, A; Severi, M; Udisti, R

    2007-07-02

    A Flow Injection Analysis (FIA) spectrofluorimetric method for calcium determination in ice cores was optimised in order to achieve better analytical performances which would make it suitable for reliable calcium measurements at ppt level. The method here optimised is based on the formation of a fluorescent compound between Ca and Quin-2 in buffered environment. A careful evaluation of operative parameters (reagent concentration, buffer composition and concentration, pH), influence of interfering species possibly present in real samples and potential favourable effect of surfactant addition was carried out. The obtained detection limit is around 15 ppt, which is one order of magnitude lower than the most sensitive Flow Analysis method for Ca determination currently available in literature and reproducibility is better than 4% for Ca concentrations of 0.2 ppb. The method was validated through measurements performed in parallel with Ion Chromatography on 200 samples from an alpine ice core (Lys Glacier) revealing an excellent fit between the two chemical series. Calcium stratigraphy in Lys ice core was discussed in terms of seasonal pattern and occurrence of Saharan dust events.

  14. Determining the Levels of Vitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone in Patients on Hemodialysis

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    Mihaylov R.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin D deficiency is fequently observed in chronic kidney disease. We conducted this study to determine the concentration of the above-mentioned parameters and the correlation between them in order to optimize therapy with vitamin D in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD on hemodialysis. In 53 patients on hemodialysis due to ESRD, vitamin D [Calcidiol (25(OHD], parathyroid hormone (PTH, calcium, phosphorus, albuminuria, albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR and other parameters have been followed up. Analysis of the levels of vitamin D has been carried out by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC, the PTH is determined by the system Centaur XP, Siemens Diagnostic, Electro-chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA, and for albumin in urine we used immunological method [Miltigent microalbumin assay (Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics. We found out deficiency and insufficiency of vitamin D in 56.6% and 37.7%, as well as average 4.5 times increase in the PTH, hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, albuminuria (A2 or A3, over 10 times increase in the ACR, secondary hyperparathyroidism. We registered a negative correlation between vitamin D and PTH. We confirmed the increase in creatinine and cystatin C in the patients on hemodialysis. There are few literature data for patients on hemodialysis, however, regarding the extent of the vitamin deficiency and its relationship with PTH, albuminuria, calcium, phosphorus, etc. Our data have indicated that patients on hemodialysis due to ESRD are associated with high incidence of vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency.

  15. An improved ion chromatographic method for determination of trace levels of perchlorate in environmental water

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    2008-01-01

    An improved ion chromatographic (IC)method was developed to determine trace levels of perchlorate in environmental water samples.Perchlorate was separated in the hydroxide selective column IonPac AS 16 using NaOH as an eluent with an organic modifier.To eliminate the coelution of perchlorate and 4-chlorobenzene sulfonate (4-CBS),an organic solvent as modifier was added to the eluent.Of four organic solvents studied,acetonitrile proved to be the most efficient based on the retention time of perchlorate and 4-CBS.To improve the method sensitivity,a concentrator column (AGI9) was used to concentrate perchlorate online.With the adoption of a preconcentration step,the sensitivity of our method was improved and the method detection limit (MDL) was reduced to 0.1 μg/L.The linear range was from 0.2 μg/L to 200/.μg/L with a linear correlation coefficient of 0.9989 and the relative standard deviation (RSD) of peak area for eleven successive injections of 0.5 μg/L perehlorate was 4.2%.The method had been applied to the determination of perchlorate in some real environmental water samples and recovery was between 93% and 113%.

  16. Determination of aflatoxin B1 levels in organic spices and herbs.

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    Tosun, Halil; Arslan, Recep

    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 μg/kg). AFB1 was not detected in thyme samples. AFB1 levels of 41 organic spice samples were above the EU regulatory limit (5 μg/kg). Among organic herb samples the highest concentration of AFB1 (52.5 μg/kg) was detected in a rosehip sample. AFB1 levels of 21 organic herb samples were above the regulatory limits of the European Union. These results showed that more stringent measures must be taken for the prevention of mold contamination in the production of organic spices and herbs.

  17. Impact of approach used to determine removal levels of drugs of abuse during wastewater treatment.

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    Rodayan, Angela; Majewsky, Marius; Yargeau, Viviane

    2014-07-15

    In this study the levels of 19 drugs of abuse were estimated throughout a wastewater treatment plant using polar organic chemical integrative samplers (POCIS), 24h composite samples and grab samples. Overall removal efficiencies and removals in between each treatment unit were calculated using load data for each sampling technique as well as removals that take into account the hydraulic residence time distribution of the treatment plant (time-shifted mass balancing approach). Amphetamine-type stimulants, cocaine and its major metabolite, benzoylecgonine and opioid levels determined with 24h composite samples were generally comparable to those obtained with POCIS and grab samples. Negative mass balances resulting from the estimation of overall removal efficiencies by POCIS, day-to-day mass balancing of 24h composite and grab sample data did not occur when the hydraulic retention time (HRT) distributions of the plant were taken into account for calculation. Among the compounds investigated, cocaine exhibited the highest overall removal (90%) while codeine had the lowest with 13%, respectively. Sampling between the treatment units revealed that highest removal occurs during biological treatment as compared to primary or secondary clarification. Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), fentanyl, dihydrocodeine and heroin were not detected in wastewater at any of the sampling locations at the treatment plant regardless of the sampling technique. The study demonstrates the benefits of applying the time-shifted mass balancing approach to the calculation of removals of drugs of abuse during wastewater treatment.

  18. The assessment of ultrasonic root surface debridement by determination of residual endotoxin levels.

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    Smart, G J; Wilson, M; Davies, E H; Kieser, J B

    1990-03-01

    Recent demonstrations of the superficial nature and ease of removal of root-surface-associated cytotoxic materials suggest that extensive root-surface instrumentation is not warranted clinically. This in vitro investigation determined the detoxifying effects of a conservative regime of ultrasonic root debridement, using the Limulus amoebocyte lysate assay for lipopolysaccharide (LPS) as an indication of the presence or absence of cytotoxic materials. 20 extracted periodontally-involved single-rooted teeth, with no clinically detectable calculus deposits, were debrided with a Cavitron TF-10 tip. Light pressure, resulting from a force application of approximately 50 g, lasting for 0.8 s/mm2 of root surface was used and complete overlapping instrumentation ensured. The finding of LPS levels of less than 2.5 ng per root in 19 out of 20 teeth after such debridement was comparable to LPS levels found on healthy, uninvolved control teeth, and thus endorses the growing belief that root surface cleanliness can be readily achieved.

  19. Labor migration, externalities and ethics: theorizing the meso-level determinants of HIV vulnerability.

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    Hirsch, Jennifer S

    2014-01-01

    This paper discusses labor migration as an example of how focusing on the meso-level highlights the social processes through which structural factors produce HIV risk. Situating that argument in relation to existing work on economic organization and HIV risk as well as research on labor migration and HIV vulnerabilities, the paper demonstrates how analyzing the processes through which labor migration creates vulnerability can shift attention away from the proximate behavioral determinants of HIV risk and toward the community and policy levels. Further, it presents the concepts of externalities and the ethics of consumption, which underline how both producers and consumers benefit from low-waged migrant labor, and thus are responsible for the externalization of HIV risk characteristic of supply chains that rely on migrant labor. These concepts point to strategies through which researchers and advocates could press the public and private sectors to improve the conditions in which migrants live and work, with implications for HIV as well as other health outcomes.

  20. Improving GNSS-R sea level determination through inverse modeling of SNR data

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    Strandberg, Joakim; Hobiger, Thomas; Haas, Rüdiger

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents a new method for retrieving sea surface heights from Global Navigation Satellite Systems reflectometry (GNSS-R) data by inverse modeling of SNR observations from a single geodetic receiver. The method relies on a B-spline representation of the temporal sea level variations in order to account for its continuity. The corresponding B-spline coefficients are determined through a nonlinear least squares fit to the SNR data, and a consistent choice of model parameters enables the combination of multiple GNSS in a single inversion process. This leads to a clear increase in precision of the sea level retrievals which can be attributed to a better spatial and temporal sampling of the reflecting surface. Tests with data from two different coastal GNSS sites and comparison with colocated tide gauges show a significant increase in precision when compared to previously used methods, reaching standard deviations of 1.4 cm at Onsala, Sweden, and 3.1 cm at Spring Bay, Tasmania.

  1. Genetic variants are major determinants of CSF antibody levels in multiple sclerosis.

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    Goris, An; Pauwels, Ine; Gustavsen, Marte W; van Son, Brechtje; Hilven, Kelly; Bos, Steffan D; Celius, Elisabeth Gulowsen; Berg-Hansen, Pål; Aarseth, Jan; Myhr, Kjell-Morten; D'Alfonso, Sandra; Barizzone, Nadia; Leone, Maurizio A; Martinelli Boneschi, Filippo; Sorosina, Melissa; Liberatore, Giuseppe; Kockum, Ingrid; Olsson, Tomas; Hillert, Jan; Alfredsson, Lars; Bedri, Sahl Khalid; Hemmer, Bernhard; Buck, Dorothea; Berthele, Achim; Knier, Benjamin; Biberacher, Viola; van Pesch, Vincent; Sindic, Christian; Bang Oturai, Annette; Søndergaard, Helle Bach; Sellebjerg, Finn; Jensen, Poul Erik H; Comabella, Manuel; Montalban, Xavier; Pérez-Boza, Jennifer; Malhotra, Sunny; Lechner-Scott, Jeannette; Broadley, Simon; Slee, Mark; Taylor, Bruce; Kermode, Allan G; Gourraud, Pierre-Antoine; Sawcer, Stephen J; Andreassen, Bettina Kullle; Dubois, Bénédicte; Harbo, Hanne F

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    as female gender, age at onset and severity. This is the largest study population so far investigated for the genetic influence on antibody levels in the cerebrospinal fluid in multiple sclerosis, including 6950 patients. We confirm that genetic factors underlie these antibody levels and identify both the major histocompatibility complex and immunoglobulin heavy chain region as major determinants.

  2. Intracellular Targeting of CEA Results in Th1-Type Antibody Responses Following Intradermal Genetic Vaccination by a Needle-Free Jet Injection Device

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    Susanne Johansson

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    Full Text Available The route and method of immunization, as well as the cellular localization of the antigen, can influence the generation of an immune response. In general, intramuscular immunization results in Th1 responses, whereas intradermal delivery of DNA by gene gun immunization often results in more Th2 responses. Here we investigate how altering the cellular localization of the tumor antigen CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen affects the quality and amplitude of DNA vaccine-induced antibody responses in mice following intradermal delivery of DNA by a needle-free jet injection device (Biojector. CEA was expressed either in a membrane-bound form (wild-type CEA or in two truncated forms (CEA6 and CEA66 with cytoplasmic localization, where CEA66 was fused to a promiscuous T-helper epitope from tetanus toxin. Repeated intradermal immunization of BALB/c mice with DNA encoding wild-type CEA produced high antibody titers of a mixed IgG1/IgG2a ratio. In contrast, utilizing the DNA construct that resulted in intracellular targeting of CEA led to a reduced capacity to induce CEA-specific antibodies, but instead induced a Th1-biased immune response.

  3. Determination of hydrocarbon levels in water via laser-induced acoustics wave

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    Bidin, Noriah; Hossenian, Raheleh; Duralim, Maisarah; Krishnan, Ganesan; Marsin, Faridah Mohd; Nughro, Waskito; Zainal, Jasman

    2016-04-01

    Hydrocarbon contamination in water is a major environmental concern in terms of foreseen collapse of the natural ecosystem. Hydrocarbon level in water was determined by generating acoustic wave via an innovative laser-induced breakdown in conjunction with high-speed photographic coupling with piezoelectric transducer to trace acoustic wave propagation. A Q-switched Nd:YAG (40 mJ) was focused in cuvette-filled hydrocarbon solution at various concentrations (0-2000 ppm) to induce optical breakdown, shock wave generation and later acoustic wave propagation. A nitro-dye (ND) laser (10 mJ) was used as a flash to illuminate and frozen the acoustic wave propagation. Lasers were synchronised using a digital delay generator. The image of acoustic waves was grabbed and recorded via charged couple device (CCD) video camera at the speed of 30 frames/second with the aid of Matrox software version 9. The optical delay (0.8-10.0 μs) between the acoustic wave formation and its frozen time is recorded through photodetectors. A piezo-electric transducer (PZT) was used to trace the acoustic wave (sound signal), which cascades to a digital oscilloscope. The acoustic speed is calculated from the ratio of acoustic wave radius (1-8 mm) and optical time delay. Acoustic wave speed is found to linearly increase with hydrocarbon concentrations. The acoustic signal generation at higher hydrocarbon levels in water is attributed to supplementary mass transfer and impact on the probe. Integrated high-speed photography with transducer detection system authenticated that the signals indeed emerged from the laser-induced acoustic wave instead of photothermal processes. It is established that the acoustic wave speed in water is used as a fingerprint to detect the hydrocarbon levels.

  4. Validation of a standardised method for determining beryllium in human urine at nanogram level.

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    Devoy, Jérôme; Melczer, Mathieu; Antoine, Guillaume; Remy, Aurélie; Heilier, Jean-François

    2013-10-01

    The potential toxicity of beryllium at low levels of exposure means that a biological and/or air monitoring strategy may be required to monitor the exposure of subjects. The main objective of the work presented in this manuscript was to develop and validate a sensitive and reproducible method for determining levels of beryllium in human urine and to establish reference values in workers and in non-occupationally exposed people. A chelate of beryllium acetylacetonate formed from beryllium(II) in human urine was pre-concentrated on a SPE C18 cartridge and eluted with methanol. After drying the eluate, the residue was solubilised in nitric acid and analysed by atomic absorption spectrometry and/or inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The proposed method is 4 to 100 times more sensitive than other methods currently in routine use. The new method was validated with the concordance correlation coefficient test for beryllium concentrations ranging from 10 to 100 ng/L. Creatinine concentration, urine pH, interfering compounds and freeze-thaw cycles were found to have only slight effects on the performance of the method (less than 6%). The effectiveness of the two analytical techniques was compared statistically with each other and to direct analysis techniques. Even with a detection limit of 0.6 ng/L (obtained with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry), the method is not sensitive enough to detect levels in non-occupationally exposed persons. The method performance does however appear to be suitable for monitoring worker exposure in some industrial settings and it could therefore be of use in biological monitoring strategies.

  5. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) linked to near infrared (NIR) dyes conjugated to chimeric anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) antibody enhances imaging of liver metastases in a nude-mouse model of human colon cancer.

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    Maawy, Ali A; Hiroshima, Yukihiko; Zhang, Yong; Luiken, George A; Hoffman, Robert M; Bouvet, Michael

    2014-01-01

    We report here that polyethylene glycol (PEG) linked to near infrared dyes conjugated to chimeric mouse-human anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) antibody greatly improves imaging of liver metastases in a nude mouse model of colon-cancer experimental metastases. PEGylated and non-PEGylated DyLight 650 and 750 dyes were conjugated to the chimeric anti-CEA antibody. The dyes were initially injected intravenously into nude mice without tumors. Tissue biodistribution was determined by tissue sonication and analyzing tissue dye concentration profiles over time. PEGylated dyes had significantly lower accumulation in the liver (p = 0.03 for the 650 dyes; p = 0.002 for the 750 dyes) compared to non-PEGylated dyes. In an experimental liver metastasis model of HT-29 colon cancer, PEGylated dyes conjugated to the anti-CEA antibody showed good labeling of metastatic tumors with high contrast between normal and malignant tissue which was not possible with the non-PEGylated dyes since there was so much non-specific accumulation in the liver. PEGylation of the DyLight 650 and 750 NIR dyes significantly altered tissue biodistribution, allowing brighter tissue labeling, decreased accumulation in normal organs, particularly the liver. This enabled high fidelity and high contrast imaging of liver metastases.

  6. Polyethylene glycol (PEG linked to near infrared (NIR dyes conjugated to chimeric anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA antibody enhances imaging of liver metastases in a nude-mouse model of human colon cancer.

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    Ali A Maawy

    Full Text Available We report here that polyethylene glycol (PEG linked to near infrared dyes conjugated to chimeric mouse-human anti-carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA antibody greatly improves imaging of liver metastases in a nude mouse model of colon-cancer experimental metastases. PEGylated and non-PEGylated DyLight 650 and 750 dyes were conjugated to the chimeric anti-CEA antibody. The dyes were initially injected intravenously into nude mice without tumors. Tissue biodistribution was determined by tissue sonication and analyzing tissue dye concentration profiles over time. PEGylated dyes had significantly lower accumulation in the liver (p = 0.03 for the 650 dyes; p = 0.002 for the 750 dyes compared to non-PEGylated dyes. In an experimental liver metastasis model of HT-29 colon cancer, PEGylated dyes conjugated to the anti-CEA antibody showed good labeling of metastatic tumors with high contrast between normal and malignant tissue which was not possible with the non-PEGylated dyes since there was so much non-specific accumulation in the liver. PEGylation of the DyLight 650 and 750 NIR dyes significantly altered tissue biodistribution, allowing brighter tissue labeling, decreased accumulation in normal organs, particularly the liver. This enabled high fidelity and high contrast imaging of liver metastases.

  7. Perfil de comercialização das Anonáceas nas Ceasas brasileiras

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    Hélio Satoshi Watanabe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A quantidade de anonáceas comercializadas nas principais centrais de abastecimento está crescendo e concentrada na CEAGESP - 61%. As informações coletadas pelo SIEM da CEAGESP mostram, entre 2011 e 2012, o grande crescimento da oferta de atemoia e de graviola, respectivamente, 35% e 32%, entre 2011 e 2012, e a queda do volume de pinha - 20%, entre 2011 e 2012. A atemoia (54%, a pinha (41% e a graviola (5% são as anonáceas mais importantes comercializadas na CEAGESP. A origem é concentrada nos Estados da Bahia - pinha e graviola, e em Minas Gerais e São Paulo - atemoia. O estudo das causas da diferenciação de valor, entre lotes de atemoia de valores máximo e mínimo, de mesma classificação de tamanho, no mesmo dia, mostrou que a homogeneidade visual de tamanho é a maior responsável pela diferenciação de valor. A melhoria da seleção por tamanho é a melhor estratégia de diferenciação de valor a ser adotada pelo produtor.

  8. Aeroacoustics research in Europe: The CEAS-ASC report on 2014 highlights

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    Detandt, Yves

    2015-11-01

    The Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS) Aeroacoustics Specialists Committee (ASC) supports and promotes the interests of the scientific and industrial aeroacoustics community on an European scale and European aeronautics activities internationally. Each year the committee highlights some of the research and development projects in Europe. This paper is the 2014 issue of this collection of Aeroacoustic Highlights, compiled from informations submitted to the CEAS-ASC. The contributions are classified in different topics; the first categories being related to specific aeroacoustic challenges (airframe noise, fan and jet noise, helicopter noise, aircraft interior noise) and two last sections are respectively devoted to recent improvements and emerging techniques and to general advances in aeroacoustics. For each section, the present paper focus on accomplished projects, providing the state of the art in each research category in 2014. A number of research programmes involving aeroacoustics were funded by the European Commission. Some of the highlights from these programmes are summarised in this paper, as well as highlights funded by national programmes or by industry.

  9. Marcha de absorção de nutrientes em anonáceas

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    Abel Rebouças São José

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A nutrição mineral está relacionada com a fisiologia do crescimento e da reprodução das anonáceas, pois cada espécie do gênero Annona possui sua carga genética que apresenta requerimentos nutricionais específicos para suas funções metabólicas. A marcha de absorção de nutrientes é muito importante para definir os estádios de desenvolvimentos e as doses adequadas de aplicação de fertilizantes nas anonáceas e obter delas seu máximo potencial produtivo. Há poucos estudos científicos a respeito de nutrição e da adubação de plantas dessa família botânica, mas é sabido que são muito exigentes em nutrientes. No presente trabalho, são abordadas as principais exigências minerais dentro do gênero Annona, com ênfase para pinha (A. squamosa e graviola (A. muricata, que afetam o crescimento vegetativo e reprodutivo, bem como a qualidade dos frutos (teor de açucares, acidez, firmeza e rachadura de frutos, etc.. A marcha de absorção em gravioleira, na fase de crescimento de mudas, é de forma decrescente: K>N>Ca>Mg>P e Fe>Zn>Mn>Cu. Expressivas quantidade de N, K, Ca, P e Mg são extraídas pelas anonáceas em comparação com outras frutíferas. A exportação de macronutrientes pelos frutos de pinha (A. squamosa é superior aos exportados por laranjas, abacaxi, abacate e muitas outras frutas. A marcha de absorção de nutrientes dá-se de formas diferentes entre as anonáceas. Em relação aos micronutrientes, é sabido que o B e Zn desempenham importante função fisiológica no crescimento e na reprodução dessas plantas, mas a depender das características físicas e químicas do solo, outros elementos, como Fe, Mo, Cu, etc., poderão ser restritivos ao desenvolvimento e à produção dessa família de plantas. A crescente importância nos mercados de consumo in natura e de processamento industrial exige investigações científicas sobre a marcha de absorção e de nutrição mineral para as diversas espécies de anonáceas.

  10. Uso da capilaroscopia ungueal como método diagnóstico e prognóstico de rosácea Nailfold capillaroscopy as a diagnostic and prognostic method in rosacea

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    Gabriela Poglia Fonseca

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTOS: Não há um método adequado e fidedigno de avaliação e seguimento da severidade na rosácea. OBJETIVO: Determinar a importância da capilaroscopia periungueal como método diagnóstico e prognóstico em pacientes portadores de rosácea. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal onde foram submetidos ao exame da capilaroscopia periungueal 8 pacientes com rosácea e 8 controles no período entre maio e julho de 2009. Foram coletados dados clínicos relacionados ao sexo, idade, fototipo, classificação da rosácea de acordo com a classificação de Plewig e Kligman e a classificação da National Rosacea Society. Adicionalmente, avaliamos o tempo de evolução da doença e tratamentos previamente utilizados. RESULTADOS: A grande maioria das pacientes avaliadas (6 das 8 pacientes apresentavam rosácea grau I (vascular ou eritêmato-teleangiectásica. A idade média de duração da rosácea foi de 5,96 anos, sendo que 87,5% faziam tratamento com metronidazol tópico. Nenhum paciente tanto do grupo rosácea como controle demonstrou evidência de desvascularização ao exame capilaroscópico. CONCLUSÃO: A capilaroscopia periungueal apresenta um padrão inespecífico e não parece auxiliar no diagnóstico ou prognóstico da rosácea.BACKGROUND: There is no appropriate and reliable method of evaluating and monitoring severity in rosacea. OBJECTIVE: To determine the importance of nailfold capillaroscopy as a diagnostic and prognostic method for patients with rosacea. METHODS: A cross-sectional study where eight patients with rosacea and 8 control subjects were submitted to nailfold capillaroscopy from May to July 2009. We collected clinical data related to gender, age, skin phototype, and rosacea stage according to Plewig and Kligman classification and the classification of the National Rosacea Society. Additionally, we evaluated the progression of the disease and treatment therapies previously used. RESULTS: The majority of the patients evaluated (6

  11. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: determinants of residential carpet dust levels and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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    DellaValle, Curt T.; Deziel, Nicole C.; Jones, Rena R.; Colt, Joanne S.; De Roos, Anneclaire J.; Cerhan, James R.; Cozen, Wendy; Severson, Richard K.; Flory, Abigail R.; Morton, Lindsay M.

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    Purpose To investigate the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) associated with residential carpet dust measurements of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Methods We evaluated the relationship between residential carpet dust PAH concentrations (benz(a)anthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, chrysene, dibenz(a,h)anthracene, and indeno(1,2,3-c,d)pyrene, and their sum) and risk of NHL (676 cases, 511 controls) in the National Cancer Institute Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results multicenter case–control study. As a secondary aim, we investigated determinants of dust PAH concentrations. We computed odds ratios (OR) and 95 % confidence interval (CI) for associations between NHL and concentrations of individual and summed PAHs using unconditional logistic regression, adjusting for age, gender, and study center. Determinants of natural log-transformed PAHs were investigated using multivariate least-squares regression. Results We observed some elevated risks for NHL overall and B cell lymphoma subtypes in association with quartiles or tertiles of PAH concentrations, but without a monotonic trend, and there was no association comparing the highest quartile or tertile to the lowest. In contrast, risk of T cell lymphoma was significantly increased among participants with the highest tertile of summed PAHs (OR = 3.04; 95 % CI, 1.09–8.47) and benzo(k)fluoranthene (OR = 3.20; 95 % CI, 1.13–9.11) compared with the lowest tertile. Predictors of PAH dust concentrations in homes included ambient air PAH concentrations and the proportion of developed land within 2 km of a residence. Older age, more years of education, and white race were also predictive of higher levels in homes. Conclusion Our results suggest a potential link between PAH exposure and risk of T cell lymphoma and demonstrate the importance of analyzing risk by NHL histologic type. PMID:26573845

  12. On-line strategies for determining trace levels of nitroaromatic explosives and related compounds in water.

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    Crescenzi, C; Albiñana, J; Carlsson, H; Holmgren, E; Batlle, R

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    We report the development and tests of several systems for the simultaneous determination of 18 energetic compounds and related congeners in untreated water samples. In these systems a Restricted Access Material trap or liquid-chromatography precolumn (with a C(18) or porous graphitic carbon, PGC, stationary phase) followed by a PGC analytical column are used for sample clean-up, enrichment and separation of the trace level analytes, which are then analyzed by mass spectrometry (MS). The relative merits of two MS ionization interfaces (atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, APCI, and atmospheric pressure photoionization, APPI) were also compared for the MS identification and quantification of these analytes. APCI was found to be superior in cases where both alternatives are applicable. A major drawback when applying APPI is that no signal is obtained for the cyclic nitramines and nitrate esters. Using APCI, a wide spectrum of unstable compounds can be determined in a single analysis, and the feasibility of using large volume samples (up to 100 mL) in combination with the sensitivity of the MS detection system provide method detection limits ranging from 2.5 pg/mL (for 2,4-dinitrotoluene and 2,6-diamino-6-nitrotoluene) to 563 pg/mL (for pentaerythritol tetranitrate, PETN), with repeatability ranging from 2 to 7%. Other chemometric parameters such as robustness, selectivity, repeatability, and intermediate precision were also evaluated in the validation of the extraction methods for use in water analysis. Tests with untreated groundwater and drinking water samples, spiked with 20 ng of the analytes, yielded results similar to those obtained with high purity water samples.

  13. A new method for the determination of Gadolinium in ppq levels

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    Brünjes, Robert; Bichler, Andrea; Hofmann, Thilo

    2015-04-01

    The use of Gadolinium (Gd) complexes as a contrast agent in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) results in an enhanced Gd input in the aquatic environment. Gd-complexes are excreted by humans unmetabolized within 12h after application. Passing the sewage systems with almost no degradation taking place, they successively reach surface waters, which make Gd a capable tracer for surface water/groundwater (SW/GW) interactions. The natural background concentration of Gd and other rare earth elements (REE) occur at ultratrace levels [low ng/L]. Crust-normalized REE patterns show positive Gd-anomalies in surface water, groundwater, and recently also in tap water. The difference between the total concentration and its natural background concentration estimated by the REE pattern is the anthropogenic Gd. Not only densely populated areas are affected by the presence of anthropogenic Gd. Studies have shown that even in rural areas without MRI facilities, anthropogenic Gd can be detected, since people are sent home after treatment. However, low input concentrations and mixing with natural waters lead to a decrease of Gd concentration below the current limit of quantification (LOQ) [1-5ng/L]. Often anthropogenic Gd cannot be calculated, although it is present, because natural background concentration cannot be determined with current methods, in particular in areas with low waste water load (e.g. headwater catchments). A new method using an on-line preconcentration system "SeaFAST" (Elemental Scientific Inc., USA), in combination with a desolvation system "Apex Q" (Elemental Scientific Inc., USA) and a QQQ-ICP-MS instrument (Agilent Technologies, Japan) does lower the LOQ for REE by a factor of 10 to 20. The SeaFAST-system uses a resin with ethylenediaminetriacetic acid and iminodiacetic acid functional groups to preconcentrate specifically REE as they are exclusively trivalent while anions, alkali and alkaline earth cations are washed out. The Apex Q interface is also supposed to

  14. The use and evolution of the CEA research reactors; Utilisation et evolution des reacteurs de recherche du C.E.A

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    Rossillon, F.; Chauvez, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

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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

  15. Dioxin levels in fertilizers from Belgium: determination and evaluation of the potential impact on soil contamination.

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    Elskens, M; Pussemier, L; Dumortier, P; Van Langenhove, K; Scholl, G; Goeyens, L; Focant, J F

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    Dioxins are harmful persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization. Fertilizers belong to several categories: synthetic chemicals providing the essential elements (mostly N, P and K) that are required by the crops but also organic fertilizers or amendments, liming materials, etc. Ninety-seven samples of fertilizers were taken in Belgium during the year 2011 and analyzed after a soft extraction procedure for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs) using GC-IDHRMS. Only small qualitative differences could be observed between the main fertilizer categories since the PCDD:PCDF:DL-PCB average ratio obtained with the results expressed in TEQ was often close to 30:30:40 (typically for sewage sludge) or 40:30:30 (typically for compost). The median dioxin levels determined were generally lower than recorded previously and were the highest for sewage sludge and compost (5.6 and 5.5 ng TEQ/kg dry weight (dw), respectively). The levels in other fertilizers were lower including manure for which the median value was only 0.2 ng TEQ/kg dw. Several fertilization scenarios relying on the use of those fertilizers were assessed taking into consideration the application conditions prevailing in Belgium. From this assessment it could be concluded that the contribution of fertilizers to the overall soil contamination will be low by comparison of other sources of contamination such as atmospheric depositions. At the field scale, intensive use of compost and sewage sludge will increase dramatically the dioxin inputs compared with other fertilization practices but this kind of emission to the soil will still be relatively low compared to the dioxin atmospheric depositions.

  16. Determination of Bee Products Consumption Habits and Awareness Level in Some Provinces in Turkey

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    Rahşan İvgin Tunca

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factors affecting the consumption of bee products and honey and also determine consumption habits and awareness of bee products in some selected province in Turkey. The main material of the study was formed by the original survey data which were collected from randomly selected 1112 people from Batman, Bursa, Diyarbakır, Erzincan, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Mersin, Muğla, Muş, Ordu, and Samsun as random provinces in 2014. The data in the study were examined in two parts. The first part consisted of the consumption habits and awareness of honey, whereas the preferences of individuals usage of bee product such as pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom were examined in the second part. Multivariate logistic regression model was applied for each section including variables data for bee products. According to the survey, it was found that 39.6% of consumers consumed honey between 0-500 grams on a monthly basis. 51.2% of consumers bought honey from beekeepers, and 41% of them stated that they received from the market and bazaar. 5.9% of consumers believe the advertisement on television about bee product. 45.8% of consumers using honey stated that they could understand the quality of the honey. The proportion of consumers who kept a trademark for bee products was determined as 52.7%. Age of the consumer, honey that where consumers bought, honey brand preference and convincing of honey advertisement were significant for P<0.05. Also education level, monthly income, honey type preferences and affected by honey advertisement conditions were significant for 0.01. Awareness of propolis, pollen, bee venom and royal jelly was determined as 28.2%, 22.9%, 56.8% and 23.3%, respectively. In conclusion, despite the consumers were relatively well-informed about the benefits of bee products, it was showed that there were serious problems with confidence against this products.

  17. Search for CEA-like molecules in polymorphonuclear leukocytes of non-human primates using monoclonal antibodies.

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    Jantscheff, P; Indzhiia, L V; Micheel, B

    1986-01-01

    The monoclonal anti-CEA antibody ZIK-A42-A/C1 which reacts with NCA of human polymorphonuclear leukocytes was found to bind also to polymorphonuclear blood leukocytes of the following non-human primates tested: hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas), stump-tailed monkey (Macaca arctoides), pig-tailed monkey (Macaca nemestrina), and rhesus monkey (Macaca mulata). No binding was observed to mononuclear blood leukocytes. It was concluded that non-human primates contain CEA-like substances in their polymorphonuclear leukocytes as humans do and that these substances carry some identical epitopes.

  18. Determine Operating Reactor to Use for the 2016 PCI Level 1 Milestone

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    Clarno, Kevin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-01-30

    The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) (CASL) Level 1 milestone to “Assess the analysis capability for core-wide [pressurized water reactor] PWR Pellet- Clad Interaction (PCI) screening and demonstrate detailed 3-D analysis on selected sub-region” (L1:CASL.P13.03) requires a particular type of nuclear power plant for the assessment. This report documents the operating reactor and cycles chosen for this assessment in completion of the physics integration (PHI) milestone to “Determine Operating Reactor to use for PCI L1 Milestone” (L3:PHI.CMD.P12.02). Watts Bar Unit 1 experienced (at least) one fuel rod failure in each of cycles 6 and 7, and at least one was deemed to be duty related rather than being primarily related to a manufacturing defect or grid effects. This brief report documents that the data required to model cycles 1–12 of Watts Bar Unit 1 using VERA-CS contains sufficient data to model the PHI portion of the PCI challenge problem. A list of additional data needs is also provided that will be important for verification and validation of the BISON results.

  19. Determinants of RFID adoption in Malaysia's healthcare industry: occupational level as a moderator.

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    Zailani, Suhaiza; Iranmanesh, Mohammad; Nikbin, Davoud; Beng, Jameson Khoo Cheong

    2015-01-01

    With today's highly competitive market in the healthcare industry, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that can be applied by hospitals to improve operational efficiency and to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors. The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors that may effect RFID adoption in Malaysia's healthcare industry. In addition, the moderating role of occupational level was tested. Data was collected from 223 managers as well as healthcare and supporting staffs. This data was analyzed using the partial least squares technique. The results show that perceived ease of use and usefulness, government policy, top management support, and security and privacy concerns have an effect on the intent to adopt RFID in hospitals. There is a wide gap between managers and healthcare staff in terms of the factors that influence RFID adoption. The results of this study will help decision makers as well as managers in the healthcare industry to better understand the determinants of RFID adoption. Additionally, it will assist in the process of RFID adoption, and therefore, spread the usage of RFID technology in more hospitals.

  20. Allelic variation of bile salt hydrolase genes in Lactobacillus salivarius does not determine bile resistance levels.

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    Fang, Fang

    2009-09-01

    Commensal lactobacilli frequently produce bile salt hydrolase (Bsh) enzymes whose roles in intestinal survival are unclear. Twenty-six Lactobacillus salivarius strains from different sources all harbored a bsh1 allele on their respective megaplasmids. This allele was related to the plasmid-borne bsh1 gene of the probiotic strain UCC118. A second locus (bsh2) was found in the chromosomes of two strains that had higher bile resistance levels. Four Bsh1-encoding allele groups were identified, defined by truncations or deletions involving a conserved residue. In vitro analyses showed that this allelic variation was correlated with widely varying bile deconjugation phenotypes. Despite very low activity of the UCC118 Bsh1 enzyme, a mutant lacking this protein had significantly lower bile resistance, both in vitro and during intestinal transit in mice. However, the overall bile resistance phenotype of this and other strains was independent of the bsh1 allele type. Analysis of the L. salivarius transcriptome upon exposure to bile and cholate identified a multiplicity of stress response proteins and putative efflux proteins that appear to broadly compensate for, or mask, the effects of allelic variation of bsh genes. Bsh enzymes with different bile-degrading kinetics, though apparently not the primary determinants of bile resistance in L. salivarius, may have additional biological importance because of varying effects upon bile as a signaling molecule in the host.

  1. Blood Mercury Level and Its Determinants among Dental Practitioners in Hamadan, Iran

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    M. Vahedi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available 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 bloodmercury 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 questionnaire, and then 5 ml bloodsamples were obtained from them. After preparation, mercury concentration of each sample was measured by cold vapor atomic absorption device. Pearson correlation test and regression models served for statistical analysis.Results: The mean blood concentration of mercury was 6.3 μg/l (SD=1.31 range 4.15-8.93. BML was positively associated with age, years in practice, working hours per day,number of amalgam restorations per day, number of amalgam removal per week, sea foodconsumption, working years in present office, using amalgam powder, using diamond bur for amalgam removal, dry sterilization of amalgam contaminated instruments, and deficient air ventilation.Conclusion: BML of dentists in Hamadan was higher than standards. Working hours and number of amalgam restorations per day were significantly correlated with blood mercury.

  2. A RESEARCH FOR DETERMINE THE INTELLIGENCE LEVEL OF NATIONAL SPORTSMAN FOR DOPING (WRESTLING SAMPLE

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    Gözde GENÇTÜRK

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available 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-reliability study is conducted for the survey. A reliability study is conducted by using Cronbach Alpha internal consistency method and the value obtained is 0.82.Throughout the study a literature survey is conducted the historical evolution of doping is examined. SPSS 10.0 statistical package program using for percent (%, frequency (f, independent sample t-test and One way Anova analysis, result of analysis 63.2% of participants age were between “20-24”, 51.3% of participants sport age were “11-15” year. As a result of the study, trainers and clap managers has not enough knowledge about doping also, finding shows meaningful differences between sport age and the effect of using doping for health (p< 0.05.

  3. Determination of Relationship Between the Empathic Tendency Levels and Thinking Styles of Preschool Teacher Candidates

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    Metin YAŞAR

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this study is to determine the relationship between the empathic tendency levels and thinking styles of preschool teacher candidates. In this study that was patterned with the relational survey model, the data were collected through the use of the personal information form, empathic tendency scale developed by Dökmen (1988 and the thinking styles inventory which was developed by Sternberg and Wagner (1992 in accordance with the Mental Self-Management Theory and was both shortened and adapted into Turkish by Buluş (2006. The sample group of the study consisted of 209 teacher candidates who were selected through the suitable sampling method from Pamukkale University Faculty of Education Department of Primary Education and Preschool Education in the school year of 2014-2015. “Ninety percent” of the teacher candidates who participated in the study were female (n=188 and 10% were male (n=21. The data acquired in the study were analyzed by using the statistical methods of percentage, frequency, arithmetic mean, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and Linear Regression with the help of the SPSS package software. As a result of the study, the empathic tendency levels of preschool education teacher candidates were presented as a mean value (=70.50 and it was concluded that variables like gender, class levels and age did not significantly affect the empathic tendency level. Regarding the thinking styles, on the other hand, it was determined that they mainly preferred the legislative and executive styles and merely the conservative style. It was also determined that some subscales of thinking styles significantly differentiated according to gender, class levels, and age. Furthermore, statistically significant correlations were obtained in some subscales of empathic tendency and thinking styles. Accordingly, the acquired results were discussed with the results of other studies in literature and some

  4. Physical activity levels and determinants of change in young adults: a longitudinal panel study

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    Zimmermann Erwin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is growing concern about physical inactivity in adolescents and young adults. Identifying determinants that are associated with low levels of physical activity and with changes in physical activity levels will help to develop specific prevention strategies. The present study describes the prevalence and potential determinants of physical activity behavior and behavior changes of young adults. The study is based on the Swiss Household Panel (SHP, a longitudinal study assessing social changes in a representative sample of Swiss households since 1999. Methods Data is collected yearly using computer-assisted telephone interviews. Information is obtained from each household member over 14 years of age. Participants between 14 and 24 years entering the SHP between 1999 and 2006 were included (N = 3,068. "Inactive" was defined as less than 1 day/week of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, "no sport" as exercising less than once a week. Age, gender, nationality, linguistic region, household income, education, membership in a sport club, reading, and Internet use were included as potential determinants of physical activity behavior and behavior change. Results In both young men and young women, the prevalence of inactivity, "no sport", and non-membership in a sport club was increasing with age. Women were less active than men of the same age. From one wave to the following, 11.1% of young men and 12.1% of young women became active, and 11.9% of men and 13.7% of women became inactive, respectively (pooled data over all eight waves. Non-membership in a sport club was the strongest predictor for "no sport" (ORmen 6.7 [4.9-8.9]; ORwomen 8.1 [5.7-11.4], but also for being inactive (OR 4.6 [3.5-6.0]; 4.6 [3.3-6.4]. Leaving a sport club (OR 7.8 [4.4-14.0]; 11.9 [5.9-24.1] and remaining non-member (OR 7.8 [4.7-12.9]; 12.4 [6.4-24.1] were the strongest predictors of becoming "no sport". Effects for becoming inactive were

  5. Significance of correlation between levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9, carcinoembryonic antigen and C-reactive protein, carcinoembryonic antigen and alpha-1 antitrypsin in gastric and colon cancer patients

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    Bhawna Bagaria

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Recent progress in proteomics studies profiled that serum proteins of cancer patients and those of normal individuals have altered cancer antigen and acute phase protein expression for distinct types and stages of cancer. In our study, correlation between carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA and carbohydrate antigen (CA 19-9, CEA and C-reactive protein (CRP, CEA and alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT were evaluated in gastric and colon cancer patients. Materials and Methods: CEA was estimated by solid phase, two-site sequential chemiluminescent immunometric assay, CA19-9 by solid phase enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, CRP by latex turbidimetry method and A1AT by turbidimetry method. Results: A significant correlation was seen in levels of CEA and CA19-9 in gastric (r = 0.457, P < 0.001 and colon cancer (r = 0.451, P < 0.001 patients. Correlation between CEA and CRP was significant in gastric (r = 0.462, P < 0.001 and colon cancer (r = 0.759, P < 0.001 patients and between CEA and A1AT also, correlation was found to be significant in gastric (r = 0.631, P < 0.001 and colon cancer patients (r = 0.516, P ≤ 0.001. Conclusion: Serum acute-phase protein concentrations, when combined with CEA increases the sensitivity of CEA and provide substantial information concerning the diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancers. They have a definite role as a significant prognostic indicator which undoubtedly correlates with progression of cancer. Combined CEA and CA19-9 positivity reflected more biologic malignant properties and were significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis, hepatic metastasis and lower rates of curative resection. Surgical outcomes of patients who were CEA and CA19-9 positive were poorer than those of patients with normal CEA and CA19-9 levels.

  6. Big Data solution for CTBT monitoring: CEA-IDC joint global cross correlation project

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    Bobrov, Dmitry; Bell, Randy; Brachet, Nicolas; Gaillard, Pierre; Kitov, Ivan; Rozhkov, Mikhail

    2014-05-01

    Waveform cross-correlation when applied to historical datasets of seismic records provides dramatic improvements in detection, location, and magnitude estimation of natural and manmade seismic events. With correlation techniques, the amplitude threshold of signal detection can be reduced globally by a factor of 2 to 3 relative to currently standard beamforming and STA/LTA detector. The gain in sensitivity corresponds to a body wave magnitude reduction by 0.3 to 0.4 units and doubles the number of events meeting high quality requirements (e.g. detected by three and more seismic stations of the International Monitoring System (IMS). This gain is crucial for seismic monitoring under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. The International Data Centre (IDC) dataset includes more than 450,000 seismic events, tens of millions of raw detections and continuous seismic data from the primary IMS stations since 2000. This high-quality dataset is a natural candidate for an extensive cross correlation study and the basis of further enhancements in monitoring capabilities. Without this historical dataset recorded by the permanent IMS Seismic Network any improvements would not be feasible. However, due to the mismatch between the volume of data and the performance of the standard Information Technology infrastructure, it becomes impossible to process all the data within tolerable elapsed time. To tackle this problem known as "BigData", the CEA/DASE is part of the French project "DataScale". One objective is to reanalyze 10 years of waveform data from the IMS network with the cross-correlation technique thanks to a dedicated High Performance Computer (HPC) infrastructure operated by the Centre de Calcul Recherche et Technologie (CCRT) at the CEA of Bruyères-le-Châtel. Within 2 years we are planning to enhance detection and phase association algorithms (also using machine learning and automatic classification) and process about 30 terabytes of data provided by the IDC to

  7. A produção de anonáceas no Brasil

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    Eurico Eduardo Pinto de Lemos

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As anonáceas compõem um grupo de plantas que se têm destacado em várias partes do mundo, principalmente por produzirem frutos de grande interesse comercial. Entre os mais destacados membros desta família, estão a cherimólia (Annona cherimola, a pinha (A. squamosa, a atemoia (híbrido A. squamosa x A. cherimola, e a graviola (A. muricata. No Brasil, pelas suas características de clima tropical e com baixas altitudes na maior parte de seu território, a cherimólia tem sido pouco cultivada devido a sua exigência em temperaturas baixas. As demais apresentam áreas cultivadas em diversas regiões do País para fazer frente à demanda dos mercados de frutas frescas (pinha e atemoia e processadas (graviola. Todavia, o interesse neste grupo de plantas é mais abrangente, tendo em vista que inúmeras pesquisas comprovam que compostos secundários obtidos de várias anonáceas possuem atividade pesticida e antitumoral. Este trabalho objetiva apresentar um quadro atual da produção de anonáceas no Brasil, focando nas principais anonas cultivadas nas diferentes regiões do País. Para tanto, foram levantados dados de produção e principais tecnologias utilizadas nestas culturas. Os dados de produção obtidos serviram para estabelecer uma estimativa aproximada da realidade da produção de atemoia, pinha e graviola no Brasil. Os resultados demonstram um vigoroso crescimento na área total de cultivo, na produção e no uso de tecnologias modernas para as três espécies consideradas neste estudo. Apontam também para uma expansão dos cultivos em todas as regiões do Brasil, principalmente no Nordeste.

  8. KROTOS FCI experimental programme at CEA Cadarache: new features and status

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    Bonnet, J.M.; Bullado, Y.; Journeau, C.; Fouquart, P.; Piluso, P.; Sergeant, C.; Magallon, D. [CEA-Cadarache, DTN/STRI/LMA, Bat 708, BP1, 13108 Saint Paul lez Durance cedex (France)

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    Full text of publication follows: KROTOS facility has been operated by the European Commission at JRC-Ispra for many years until 1999 as part of the FARO/KROTOS programme. The programme had to be stopped at JRC due to new EC priorities, and an agreement was concluded with CEA to transfer the KROTOS facility and know-how to Cadarache to continue investigating the pending FCI issues. By this agreement, CEA became owner of the facility. The main objective of the KROTOS programme at CEA Cadarache is understanding the role of melt properties in steam explosion propagation and energetics and, in particular, steam explosion behaviour of prototypical corium melts. Possible influence of physicochemical processes on explosiveness will also be explored. Actually, analysis of alumina debris produced at Ispra have shown that formation of metastable phases and chemical reaction with water at high temperature may play a significant role in enhancing heat transfer to water in the explosion phase. In order to reach the objective, steam explosion experiments are performed in well characterised conditions for a large spectrum of conditions and melt compositions of interest for both in- and ex-vessel situations. A trigger is applied as a rule. Advanced technology and instrumentation is used to reduce uncertainties on initial conditions and characterise the various phases of an explosion, with emphasis on high energy X-ray cinematography to qualify pre-mixing. This advanced instrumentation will enable the measurement of detailed variables to consolidate the qualification of the FCI codes. The use of high energy X-rays made it necessary to construct a new building to house the facility and its components. The facility should newly become operative early 2005. Main improvements with respect to Ispra concern melt delivery, hydrogen measurement and X-ray imaging. Preliminary studies have demonstrated that identification of the pre-mixture-water interface and coherent melt jet core, and

  9. Estaquia caulinar herbácea e semilenhosa de Drimys brasiliensis1

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    Full Text Available Drimys brasiliensis conhecida como cataia, é uma espécie arbórea nativa da Mata Atlântica. Tem importância fitoquímica, fitoterapêutica, aromática e econômica, utilizada na fabricação de licores, condimentos, dentre outros. É considerada uma espécie de difícil multiplicação via sementes, apresentando dormência por imaturidade embrionária. Assim, objetivou-se estudar a propagação vegetativa por meio da indução do enraizamento de estacas herbáceas e semilenhosas submetidas a diferentes concentrações de ácido indolbutírico (IBA, coletadas em duas épocas do ano (junho/2011 e dezembro/2011. Foram utilizados os tratamentos: testemunha (100% água, 0 (50% água e 50% álcool; 1.500; 3.000 e 6.000 mg L-1IBA (em solução hidroalcoólica 50% para o inverno e, no verão, os mesmos tratamentos, exceto 0 mg L-1IBA. Foi conduzido um experimento em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, em esquema fatorial de 5 concentrações x 2 tipos de estacas em junho/2011; e outro experimento com 4 concentrações x 2 épocas de coleta (estacas de junho/2011 e estacas de dezembro/2011 Após 120 dias em casa de vegetação, avaliou-se a porcentagem de estacas enraizadas, número de raízes/estaca, comprimento médio de raízes/estaca, porcentagem estacas vivas, com calos, mortas, com novas brotações e que mantiveram as folhas iniciais. A aplicação de IBA não influenciou nenhuma das variáveis estudadas. Estacas herbáceas apresentaram melhor enraizamento (46,75% quando comparadas às semilenhosas (34,44%. A coleta realizada em dezembro/2011 apresentou maior número de raízes/estaca (5,47 porém maior mortalidade (29,05% que em junho/2011 (4,25 e 12,19%, respectivamente. Sendo assim, para o enraizamento de cataia é indicada a utilização de estacas caulinares herbáceas, coletadas em épocas frias.

  10. Clinical relevance of anti-CEA-radioimmunoscintigraphy with the [sup 99m]Tc-monoclonal antibody BW 431/26. Critical evaluation after 119 examinations. Klinische Relevanz der Anti-CEA-Immunszintigraphie mit dem [sup 99m]Tc-markierten monoklonalen Antikoerper BW 431/26. Kritische Bestandsaufnahme nach 119 Untersuchungen

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    Hach, A.; Piepenburg, R.; Steinert, H.; Lahmann, C.; Hahn, K. (Univ. Mainz, Nuklearmedizinische Klinik (Germany)); Wittig, B.; Dippold, W. (Univ. Mainz, 1. Medizinische Klinik (Germany))

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    The results of 119 radioimmunoscintigraphies (RIS) in 113 patients with the [sup 99m]Tc-labeled monclonal anti-CEA-antibody BW 431/26 (Behring) have been analysed. The aim of our study was the estimation of the method's sensitivity and specificity under different aspects to find out for which indications and questions the [sup 99m]Tc-RIS is useful. Colorectal primary tumours in 19 patients were scintigraphically detected with a sensitivity of 83% and a specificity of 100%; 3 out of 7 other tumour sites were localised correctly. 55 patients were examined during the follow-up of colorectal cancer. There were 17 out of 22 true positive findings of local recurrences (sensitivity 77%, specificity 88%). Liver metastases were imaged as hot lesions with only 41% sensitivity and 86% specificity. In 14 patients with other non-colorectal carcinomas, RIS was successful in single cases. It is not helpful, however, when searching for tumours of unknown origin or for the screening of patients with elevated CEA levels without tumour history. The high technical, methodological and time effort required by RIS is justified in the follow-up of cancer patients when conventional diagnostic procedures are inconclusive or the status of morphological findings remains unclear. The use of RIS as an unspecific screening tool in tumour diagnosis must be rejected because of the not completely explored risks of the examination. Repeated applications of monoclonal antibodies require controls of the patients' HAMA titers before performing RIS. (orig.).

  11. On 28 April, CERN welcomed Jean-Claude Petit, director of programmes of the Commissariat á l'Energie Atomique (CEA) in France, and Olivier Pagezy, finance director of the CEA.

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    2005-01-01

    They visited the assembly hall for the CMS experiment, the COMPASS experiment and the test facilities for the LHC magnets. They are pictured (no 01) in the ATLAS cavern with Peter Jenni, ATLAS spokesman, and Gabriele Fioni, CEA deputy director of programmes

  12. Environmental determinants of different blood lead levels in children: a quantile analysis from a nationwide survey.

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    Etchevers, Anne; Le Tertre, Alain; Lucas, Jean-Paul; Bretin, Philippe; Oulhote, Youssef; Le Bot, Barbara; Glorennec, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Blood lead levels (BLLs) have substantially decreased in recent decades in children in France. However, further reducing exposure is a public health goal because there is no clear toxicological threshold. The identification of the environmental determinants of BLLs as well as risk factors associated with high BLLs is important to update prevention strategies. We aimed to estimate the contribution of environmental sources of lead to different BLLs in children in France. We enrolled 484 children aged from 6months to 6years, in a nationwide cross-sectional survey in 2008-2009. We measured lead concentrations in blood and environmental samples (water, soils, household settled dusts, paints, cosmetics and traditional cookware). We performed two models: a multivariate generalized additive model on the geometric mean (GM), and a quantile regression model on the 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th and 90th quantile of BLLs. The GM of BLLs was 13.8μg/L (=1.38μg/dL) (95% confidence intervals (CI): 12.7-14.9) and the 90th quantile was 25.7μg/L (CI: 24.2-29.5). Household and common area dust, tap water, interior paint, ceramic cookware, traditional cosmetics, playground soil and dust, and environmental tobacco smoke were associated with the GM of BLLs. Household dust and tap water made the largest contributions to both the GM and the 90th quantile of BLLs. The concentration of lead in dust was positively correlated with all quantiles of BLLs even at low concentrations. Lead concentrations in tap water above 5μg/L were also positively correlated with the GM, 75th and 90th quantiles of BLLs in children drinking tap water. Preventative actions must target household settled dust and tap water to reduce the BLLs of children in France. The use of traditional cosmetics should be avoided whereas ceramic cookware should be limited to decorative purposes.

  13. On the ability of global sea level reconstructions to determine trends and variability

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    Calafat, F. M.; Chambers, D. P.; Tsimplis, M. N.

    2014-03-01

    We investigate how well methods based on empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) can reconstruct global mean sea level (GMSL). We first explore the analytical solution of the method and then perform a series of numerical experiments using modeled data. In addition, we present a new GMSL reconstruction for the period 1900-2011 computed both with and without a spatially uniform EOF (EOF0). The method without the EOF0 uses global information, which leads to a better reconstruction of the variability, though with some underestimation. The trend, however, is not captured, which motivates the use of the EOF0. When the EOF0 is used the method reduces to the generalized weighted mean with regularization of altimetry records at tide-gauge locations, and thus it uses no global information. This results in a poor reconstruction of the variability. Although the trend is better captured (biases smaller than ±25%) with the EOF0, using the covariance matrix of deseasonalized monthly time series as the basis for determining the contribution of each tide gauge to the trend is dubious because it assumes that the interannual variability and the trend are driven by the same mechanisms. A significant fraction of the interannual to decadal variability (˜4 mm peak-to-peak and ˜2 mm standard error) in the new GMSL reconstruction without the EOF0 is consistent with land hydrology changes associated with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). When the EOF0 is used, we find no correlation with either the ENSO or land hydrology changes, and decadal fluctuations are ˜5 times greater.

  14. Validated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for determination of rosuvastatin in plasma at picogram level.

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    Darwish, Ibrahim A; Al-Obaid, Abdul-Rahman M; Al-Malaq, Hamoud A

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    In this study, a highly sensitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has been developed and validated for the determination of rosuvastatin (ROS) in plasma samples at picogram level. The assay employed a polyclonal antibody that specifically recognizes ROS with high affinity, and ROS conjugate of bovine serum albumin (ROS-BSA) immobilized onto microplate wells as a solid phase. The assay involved a competitive binding reaction between ROS, in plasma sample, and the immobilized ROS-BSA for the binding sites on a limited amount of the anti-ROS antibody. The bound anti-ROS antibody was quantified with horseradish peroxidase-labelled second anti-rabbit IgG antibody (HRP-IgG) and 3,3`,5,5`-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) as a substrate for the peroxidase enzyme. The concentration of ROS in the sample was quantified by its ability to inhibit the binding of the anti-ROS antibody to the immobilized ROS-BSA and subsequently the colour intensity in the assay wells. The assay limit of detection was 25 pg ml(-1) and the effective working range at relative standard deviations (RSD) of ≤ 5% was 40-2000 pg ml(-1). Analytical recovery of ROS from spiked plasma was 96.2 - 104.8 ± 2.12 - 5.42%. The precision of the assay was satisfactory; RSD was 2.47 - 4.46 and 3.24 - 5.27% for the intra- and inter-assay precision, respectively. The analytical procedure is convenient, and one can analyze ~ 200 samples per working day, facilitating the processing of large-number batch of samples. The proposed ELISA has a great value in routine analysis of ROS for its pharmacokinetic studies.

  15. Determining skill level in myoelectric prosthesis use with multiple outcome measures

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    Hanneke Bouwsema, MSc; Peter J. Kyberd, PhD; Wendy Hill, BScOT; Corry K. van der Sluis, MD, PhD; Raoul M. Bongers, PhD

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    To obtain more insight into how the skill level of an upper-limb myoelectric prosthesis user is composed, the current study aimed to (1) portray prosthetic handling at different levels of description, (2) relate results of the clinical level to kinematic measures, and (3) identify specific parameters in these measures that characterize the skill level of a prosthesis user. Six experienced transradial myoelectric prosthesis users performed a clinical test (Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure...

  16. Cea-DSM-DAPNIA-SACM contribution to IFMIF KEP phase June 2000 to December 2002

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    The international fusion materials irradiation facility (IFMIF) requires the generation by a linear accelerator (LINAC) of 250 mA continuous current of deuterons at a nominal energy of 40 MeV. The basic approach is to provide 2 linac modules, each delivering 125 mA to a common target. The accelerators begin with a deuteron ion source and a low-energy beam transport to a radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ), a buncher and a pre-accelerator up to 5 MeV. The key element technology phase (KEP) was initiated in 2000 with the objective of reducing some key technology risk factors. The IFMIF KEP is carried out at the Cea and it focuses on 5 issues: the ECR source, the 4-vanes RFQ design, the radio-frequency system, the DTL (drift tube linac) design, and high power diagnostics. The present report reviews progress made in the 5 issues quoted above. (A.C.)

  17. Escala de Afrontamiento del Estrés Académico (A-CEA.

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    Isabel Piñeiro

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Assuming that the effects of stressors on students´ health, cognitive functioning and wellbeing depends on the stressors and how these are addressed, this paper attempts to prove the validity of an instrument for the specific evaluation of the coping stress strategies of university students. This work is developed in two phases. For this purpose a bank of items bringing together different coping stress strategies were elaborated and a application with a sample of university students was carried out. Results of this study suggest that the coping scale of academic stress questionnaire (Escala de Afrontamiento del Cuestionario de Estrés académico, A-CEA, that allows to differentiate between social support, cognitive reappraisal and planning, can be a useful instrument in the university scope.

  18. Spin-off from Euratom-CEA association in fusion magnetic research

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    Rey, Guy E-mail: guy.rey@cea.fr; Magaud, P.; Libeyre, P.; Garin, P.; Agarici, G.; Beaumont, B.; Berger-by, G.; Bibet, P.; Chappuis, P.; Cordier, J.J.; Couturier, B.; Duchateau, J.L.; Durocher, A.; Escourbiac, F.; Gravil, B.; Kazarian, F.; Lipa, M.; Magne, R.; Portafaix, C.; Schlosser, J

    2003-09-01

    Significant spin-off from magnetic fusion research in Euratom-CEA association, over the last 40 years, has been induced and developed through a continuous process of exchange of scientific, technology and managerial expertise between the fusion scientists and manufacturing engineers. The growth in shared expertise, associated innovative applications and cooperative efforts with industry can be clearly identified (i) in the frame of the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA) and underlying technology programme, (ii) by the industrial applications induced from Tore Supra programme and the associated joint development of large test bed facilities for control and acceptance test, (iii) by the appreciation of the expected impacts of ITER from the companies involved in the Tore Supra construction.

  19. GEDEON: A joint venture between research (CEA and CNRS) and industry (EDF and FRAMATOME)

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    Schapira, J P

    1999-01-01

    Nuclear waste partitioning and transmutation (P and T) are considered in France as an official line of research, in accordance with the Law of December 30, 1991 concerning research in the field of long lived and highly active nuclear waste. A research group called GEDEON (GEstion des DEchets par des Options Nouvelles) has been set up between CEA, CNRS, EDF and FRAMATOME with the aim to carry out basic research related to the use of accelerator driven subcritical systems (ADS) and of thorium as an option to reduce the waste long term impacts. In the partners agreement of GEDEON, the following subjects have been identified: spallation physics, nuclear data, subcritical neutronic studies, materials, thorium, system and scenario studies. The organization as well as the scientific program and activities of GEDEON are presented.

  20. Meeting of Directors and Heads of Department from CEA-Saclay, France

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    2002-01-01

    Directors and Heads of Department from the Saclay centre of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) visited CERN in December. Here, on a tour of CERN's LHC magnet test facility, LHC division leader Philippe Lebrun (right foreground) explains to visitors the construction and function of an LHC superconducting dipole magnet. Photo 01: Left to right: M. Roche, G. Carolla, M. Lequien, J.Y. Guillamot, B. Mercier, Y. Bourlat, J.-P. Pervès, D. Moulin, A. Masurel, Ph. Lebrun, and X. Vitart. Photo 03: Left to right: G. Carolla, M. Lequien, J.Y. Guillamot, M. Pierrey. B. Mercier, J.-P. Pervès, D. Moulin, A. Masurel, and Ph. Lebrun.

  1. Meeting of Directors and Heads of Department from CEA-Saclay, France

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    Patrice Loïez

    2002-01-01

    Directors and Heads of Department from the Saclay centre of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) visited CERN in December. Here, on a tour of CERN's LHC magnet test facility, LHC division leader Philippe Lebrun (right) explains to visitors the myriad connections of an LHC superconducting dipole magnet. Photo 01: Left to right: J.Y. Gascoin, J. Feltesse, J.-P. Pervès, and Ph. Lebrun. Photo 02: Left to right: L. Laurent, B. Mercier, M. Lieven, B. Mansoulié, M. Pallier, M. Roche, G. Carola, J.Y. Gascoin, A. Masurel, X. Vitart, F. Kircher, J. Feltesse, J.-P. Pervès, and H. Barbelin. Photo 03: Left to right: Ph. Pallier, M. Roche, P. Laurent, J.-Y. Gascoin, G. Carola, A. Masurel, J. Feltesse, J.-P. Pervès, H. Barbelin, and Ph. Lebrun.

  2. The determinants of hepcidin level in chronic kidney disease and hemodialysis Saudi patients

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    Tarek Mohamed Ali

    2014-06-01

    Conclusions: Hepcidin levels are correlated to the glycemic status in CKD and HD patients and hepcidin levels in hemodialysed patients were significantly correlated with eGFR but it is not considered as an independent predictor for hepcidin level in these patients.

  3. Determining skill level in myoelectric prosthesis use with multiple outcome measures

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    Bouwsema, Hanneke; Kyberd, Peter J.; Hill, Wendy; van der Sluis, Corry K.; Bongers, Raoul M.

    2012-01-01

    To obtain more insight into how the skill level of an upper-limb myoelectric prosthesis user is composed, the current study aimed to (1) portray prosthetic handling at different levels of description, (2) relate results of the clinical level to kinematic measures, and (3) identify specific parameter

  4. Synuclein gamma predicts poor clinical outcome in colon cancer with normal levels of carcinoembryonic antigen

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    Xing Xiaofang

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Synuclein gamma (SNCG, initially identified as a breast cancer specific gene, is aberrantly expressed in many different malignant tumors but rarely expressed in matched nonneoplastic adjacent tissues. In this study, we investigated the prognostic potential of SNCG in colon cancer particularly in the patients with normal carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA levels. Methods SNCG levels were assessed immunohistochemically in cancer tissues from 229 colon adenocarcinoma patients with a mean follow-up of 44 months. Correlations between SNCG levels and clinicopathologic features, preoperative serum CEA level, and clinical outcome were analyzed statistically using SPSS. Results SNCG levels in colon adenocarcinoma were closely associated with intravascular embolus and tumor recurrence but independent of preoperative serum CEA levels. SNCG expression was an independent prognostic factor of a shorter disease-free survival (DFS and overall survival (OS (P P = 0.001, P = 0.001, 0.002 for 97 patients with normal preoperative serum CEA level. Conclusions Our results suggest for the first time that SNCG is a new independent predicator for poor prognosis in patients with colon adenocarcinoma, including those with normal CEA levels. Combination of CEA with SNCG improves prognostic evaluation for patients with colon adenocarcinoma.

  5. Las Podocarpáceas de los bosques montanos del noroccidente peruano

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    Edgar E. Vicuña-Miñano

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Los bosques montanos del noroccidente peruano son formaciones vegetales que presentan una alta diversidad y endemismos. Lamentablemente, en muchos lugares están sujetos a procesos acelerados de deterioro por la deforestación y colonización, aspecto que los convierte en uno de los ecosistemas más amenazados por el hombre. Lo que ahora queda de estos bosques, alguna vez extensos, son sólo fragmentos. Los bosques montanos relictos son ecosistemas ubicados por encima de los 1000 m de altitud, en la Vertiente Occidental de los Andes. Es en estos bosques, donde se pueden encontrar especies de coníferas nativas de nuestro país, pertenecientes a la familia Podocarpaceae. Estas especies juegan un rol de suma importancia en la dinámica de estos ecosistemas tan frágiles; no obstante, debido a la calidad de sus maderas, están siendo extraídas de manera alarmante. En el noroccidente peruano existen zonas de bosques homogéneos de Podocarpáceas tal es el caso del bosque de Cachil en la provincia de Contumazá, bosque de TongodQuellahorco en la provincia de San Miguel (en los cuales predomina la especie Podocarpus oleifolius y los bosques de San Ignacio en Cajamarca, en los que reportamos cinco especies de Podocarpáceas distribuidas en tres géneros: Podocarpus (P. oleifolius, P. macrostachys, P sprucei, Prumnopitys (P. harmsiana y Nageia (N. rospigliosii, las cuales representan el 50% del total de especies reportadas para el Perú.

  6. Gnatophyma: a rare form of rosacea Gnatofima: uma forma rara de rosácea

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    Ana Carolina Lisboa de Macedo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Phyma is the last stage of rosacea and is due to chronic inflammation and edema. It can affect nose (rhinophyma, chin (gnatophyma, forehead (metophyma, ears (otophyma and eyelids (blepharophyma. Rhinophyma is the most frequent location and there are few reports about gnatophyma. We report the case of a female patient, 41 years old, who had an infiltrated, erythematous, edematous plaque around the chin and lower lip for two years. Histopathology showed perivascular lymphocytic infiltrate, hypertrophied follicles and sebaceous glands, dilated vessels and fibrosis. She was treated with oral tetracycline, oral ivermectin and metronidazole cream with a satisfactory response. The clinical, histopathological and therapeutic response correlation confirmed the diagnosis of gnatophyma, a rare variant of phyma.Fima é o estágio final da rosácea e ocorre devido ao edema e inflamação crônica. Pode acometer nariz (rinofima, mento (gnatofima, fronte (metofima, orelhas (otofima e pálpebras (blefarofima. Rinofima é a localização mais encontrada e há raros relatos de gnatofima. Relataremos paciente feminina, 41 anos, que apresentava placa infiltrada, eritêmato-edematosa, em todo o mento e lábio inferior há dois anos. Histopatológico com infiltrado linfocitário perianexial e perivascular, folículos e glândulas sebáceas hipertrofiadas, vasos ectasiados e fibrose perianexial. Foi instituído tratamento com tetraciclina via oral, ivermectina via oral e metronidazol creme com resposta satisfatória. Através da correlação clínica, histopatológica e resposta terapêutica confirmou-se o diagnóstico da variante rara de fima, gnatofima.

  7. Accounting for experimental noise reveals that mRNA levels, amplified by post-transcriptional processes, largely determine steady-state protein levels in yeast.

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    Gábor Csárdi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Cells respond to their environment by modulating protein levels through mRNA transcription and post-transcriptional control. Modest observed correlations between global steady-state mRNA and protein measurements have been interpreted as evidence that mRNA levels determine roughly 40% of the variation in protein levels, indicating dominant post-transcriptional effects. However, the techniques underlying these conclusions, such as correlation and regression, yield biased results when data are noisy, missing systematically, and collinear---properties of mRNA and protein measurements---which motivated us to revisit this subject. Noise-robust analyses of 24 studies of budding yeast reveal that mRNA levels explain more than 85% of the variation in steady-state protein levels. Protein levels are not proportional to mRNA levels, but rise much more rapidly. Regulation of translation suffices to explain this nonlinear effect, revealing post-transcriptional amplification of, rather than competition with, transcriptional signals. These results substantially revise widely credited models of protein-level regulation, and introduce multiple noise-aware approaches essential for proper analysis of many biological phenomena.

  8. Determination of Vinyl Chloride at ug/l. Level in Water by Gas Chromatography

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    Bellar, Thomas A.; And Others

    1976-01-01

    A quantitative method for the determination of vinyl chloride in water is presented. Vinyl chloride is transfered to the gas phase by bubbling inert gas through the water. After concentration on silica gel or Carbosieve-B, determination is by gas chromatography. Confirmation of vinyl chloride is by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (Author/BT)

  9. Resposta de Sitophilus oryzae (L., Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens e Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L. a diferentes concentrações de terra de diatomácea em trigo armazenado a granel Response of Sitophilus oryzae (L., Cryptolestes ferrugineus (Stephens and Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L. to different concentrations of diatomaceous earth in bulk stored wheat

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    Airton Rodrigues Pinto Júnior

    2008-11-01

    kernels treated with a formulation of diatomaceous earth of Brazilian origin (Keepdry®, at concentrations of 250, 500, 750, 1000, and 1250g t-1 during different exposition periods. The treated kernels, in four replicates of 100g per treatment, were poured in plastic vials and infested with the insects. The vials were placed in environmental chamber at 25°C and 65% RH and the mortality was evaluated periodically. The number of dead insects per treatment was analyzed by the variance analysis and the differences between the means were determined by the Tukey test at 5%. The mortality of the three species was directly related to the diatomaceous earth concentration and to the exposition time, with the best results at concentrations above 500g t-1. The most tolerant species was S. oryzae that reached 100% mortality only at the 14th day of exposition, at 750g t-1. On the other hand, C. ferrugineus was the most susceptible species to diatomaceous earth; it reached 100% mortality at 500g t-1 at the 4th exposition day. It was concluded that the diatomaceous earth used in these experiments presented a satisfactory control level, and that it represents a very efficient grain protector for using in stored wheat insect management programs.

  10. Rooting of herbaceous minicuttings of passion fruit/ Enraizamento de miniestacas herbáceas de maracujazeiro amarelo

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    Rudival Faquim

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the effect of the basal cut, leaf presence and the treament with a root suspension in the rooting of herbaceous minicuttings of yellow passion fruit. The experiment was realized in a greenhouse using minicuttings with 8 cm of lenght and two nodes, collected from yellow passion fruit seedlings. The longitudinal basal cut in the minicuttings was done until the basal node. The leaves were removed or a half of a single leaf was maintained in the apical node. The minicuttings were treated with a root suspension in water in three concentrations (0, 100 e 200 g L-1. After 58 days, the rooting percentage, the number of roots and the root dry matter produced per minicutting were determined. The entirely randomized experimental design was used in a factorial esqueme (2 x 2 x 3 with three replications. The propagation of the yellow passion fruit by herbaceous minicuttings was viable and the presence of the half of a single leaf in the apical node give a higher production of number and dry matter of roots. The basal cut was only a little favourable to the production of roots and the treatment with a root suspension did not present a benefit to the plant propagation.Este trabalho objetivou avaliar a influência do corte basal, da presença da folha e do tratamento com suspensão de raízes no enraizamento de miniestacas herbáceas de maracujazeiro amarelo. O experimento foi conduzido em casa de vegetação com miniestacas de 8 cm de comprimento e dois nós, obtidas de mudas de maracujazeiro. O corte longitudinal na base das estacas foi feito até o nó basal. Foram retiradas as folhas ou mantida a metade da folha do nó apical. As miniestacas foram tratadas com suspensão de raízes mais água nas concentrações de 0, 100 e 200 g L-1. Após 58 dias, determinou-se a porcentagem de estacas enraizadas, o número de raízes emitidas e a massa seca de raízes por estaca. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o

  11. Key Performance Criteria Affecting the Most the Safety of a Nuclear Waste Long Term Storage : A Case Study Commissioned by CEA

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    Marvy, A.; Lioure, A; Heriard-Dubreuil, G.; Gadbois, S.; Schneider, T.; Schieber, C.

    2003-02-24

    As part of the work scope set in the French law on high level long lived waste R&D passed in 1991, CEA is conducting a research program to establish the scientific basis and assess the feasibility of long term storage as an option for the safe management of nuclear waste for periods as long as centuries. This goal is a significant departure from the current industrial practice where storage facilities are usually built to last only a few decades. From a technical viewpoint such an extension in time seems feasible provided care and maintenance is exercised. Considering such long periods of time, the risk for Society of loosing oversight and control of such a facility is real, which triggers the question of whether and how long term storage safety can be actually achieved. Therefore CEA commissioned a study (1) in which MUTADIS Consultants (2) and CEPN (3) were both involved. The case study looks into several past and actual human enterprises conducted over significant periods o f time, one of them dating back to the end of the 18th century, and all identified out of the nuclear field. Then-prevailing societal behavior and organizational structures are screened out to show how they were or are still able to cope with similar oversight and control goals. As a result, the study group formulated a set of performance criteria relating to issues like responsibility, securing funds, legal and legislative implications, economic sustainable development, all being areas which are not traditionally considered as far as technical studies are concerned. These criteria can be most useful from the design stage onward, first in an attempt to define the facility construction and operating guiding principles, and thereafter to substantiate the safety case for long term storage and get geared to the public dialogue on that undertaking should it become a reality.

  12. Determination of level widths in 15N using nuclear resonance fluorescence

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Level widths in 15N have been measured with the nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF technique. Solid nitrogen compounds, bremsstrahlung, and HPGe detectors have been used as target, beam, and detectors, respectively. The preliminarily level widths are in agreement with the literature values, but more precise.

  13. The Resume Characteristics Determining Job Interviews for Middle-Aged Women Seeking Entry-Level Employment

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    Johnson, Emily; Lahey, Joanna

    2011-01-01

    Obtaining an entry-level job can be critically important for women with little education, particularly those who have taken time out of the labor force. This article uses archival data from a field experiment, called a resume audit study, to examine the characteristics of entry-level resumes that are important to potential employers. In accordance…

  14. [Clinical and histopathological observation and determination of serum IgE levels in patients with dermographism].

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    Wang, Z

    1992-12-01

    In 50 cases of dermographism, clinical and histopathological observations were made and serum IgE levels were measured. The results showed that serum IgE levels in patients with dermographism were increased significantly (P < 0.01) as compared with the control group. The role of increased IgE in the pathogenesis of the disease is discussed.

  15. Determining learning stratagies and motivation level of students in primary schools’ second level and high schools according to course and class level

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    Şirin Karadeniz

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Academic motivation and learning strategies are important factors to be successful in formal education process. Students who are motivated and select and use appropriate learning strategies be able to be successful in formal education process and life long learning. For this reason, investigating the students’ motivation and learning strategies subscale scores according to course types and class levels are very important. The purpose of this study was to reveal primary and secondary school students’ positions relating to expectancy, value and affect as motivational factors and cognitive, metacognitive and resource management as learning strategies factors. Two subscales of expectancy components are students’ perceptions of self efficacy and control beliefs for learning. Three subscales measuring the value beliefs are intrinsic goal orientation, extrinsic goal orientation and task value. The third motivational construct is affect, and it is measured by scale of test anxiety. The scales measuring use of cognitive strategies are rehearsal, elaboration and critical thinking. The second general category is metacognitive strategies which are measured by one subscale concerning the use of strategies that help students control and regulate their own cognition. The third general strategy category is resource management which includes managing study environment and time, effort management, peer learning and help seeking. The sample of the study was 12-18-year-old students in Ankara with three primary schools and three secondary schools. Secondary schools were limited with general high school, Anatolian high school and science high school. The scale was administrated to 1150 students and analysis was done on valid data of 792 students for motivation subscale and 1110 students for learning strategies subscale. Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire which was originally developed by Pintrich, Smith, Garcia and McKeachie (1991, adopted into 12

  16. Determining learning stratagies and motivation level of students in primary schools’ second level and high schools according to course and class level

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Academic motivation and learning strategies are important factors to be successful in formal education process. Students who are motivated and select and use appropriate learning strategies be able to be successful in formal education process and life long learning. For this reason, investigating the students’ motivation and learning strategies subscale scores according to course types and class levels are very important. The purpose of this study was to reveal primary and secondary school students’ positions relating to expectancy, value and affect as motivational factors and cognitive, metacognitive and resource management as learning strategies factors. Two subscales of expectancy components are students’ perceptions of self efficacy and control beliefs for learning. Three subscales measuring the value beliefs are intrinsic goal orientation, extrinsic goal orientation and task value. The third motivational construct is affect, and it is measured by scale of test anxiety. The scales measuring use of cognitive strategies are rehearsal, elaboration and critical thinking. The second general category is metacognitive strategies which are measured by one subscale concerning the use of strategies that help students control and regulate their own cognition. The third general strategy category is resource management which includes managing study environment and time, effort management, peer learning and help seeking. The sample of the study was 12-18-year-old students in Ankara with three primary schools and three secondary schools. Secondary schools were limited with general high school, Anatolian high school and science high school. The scale was administrated to 1150 students and analysis was done on valid data of 792 students for motivation subscale and 1110 students for learning strategies subscale. Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire which was originally developed by Pintrich, Smith, Garcia and McKeachie (1991, adopted into 12

  17. Differential diagnosis of tuberculosis and lung cancer pleural effusion by CEA, CA125,CA50%CEA、CA125、CA50在结核及肺癌性胸水鉴别中的意义

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    冯金栋; 赵卫国; 保鹏涛

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    Objective:To explore the significance of differential diagnosis of pleural effusion by detection of carci-noembryonic antigen (CEA) ,carbohydrate antigen (CA125) and carbohydrate antigen (CA50). Methods: A total of 126 specimens from pleural effusion diagnosed as TB in 70 cases and lung cancer in 56 cases were collected. CEA, CA125,CA50 in the pleural effusion were analyzed. ResuItS:The expression level and sensitivity of CEA and CA50 in pleural effusion of lung cancer was significantly higher than that in tuberculous (P 0.05). The specificity was only 5.71%. Combining CEA with CA125 to diagnose pleural effusion resulted fom lung cancer, the sensitivity was 92. 11% and combining CA125 with CA50 the sensitivity was 95. 24% . When the concetration of CEA was more than 10ng/ml or the concetration of CA125 was more than 2000U/ml,pleural effusion of lung cancer should be highly suspected. Conclusion;The use of CEA.CA125 and CA50 separately,or in combination is helpful to differential diagnosis of pleural effusion resulted from tuberculosis and lung cancer.%目的:探讨癌胚抗原(CEA)、糖类抗原(CA125)、糖类抗原(CA50)在胸水鉴别诊断中的意义.方法:收集已明确胸水性质的标本126例(结核性70例、癌性56例),检测胸水中CEA、CA125、CA50的数值,进行统计分析.结果:肺癌性胸水中CEA、CA50表达水平及敏感度明显高于结核性胸腔积液(P<0.05),特异性分别为95.71%和98.57%.同样CA125在肺癌性胸水中高表达(P<0.05),但两组敏感度无差异(P>0.05),特异性仅为5.71%;CEA和CA125联合诊断肺癌性胸水的敏感度为92.11%,CA125和CA50联合诊断敏感度为95.24%.CEA> 10ng/ml或CA125> 2000U/ml,可初步定为肺癌性胸水.结论:CEA、CA125、CA50单独或联合检测对鉴别诊断结核及肺癌性胸水有重要临床指导意义.

  18. Usage Level of Non-Farsi Periodicals within Arts Library and Determination of Core Journals

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    The present study was conducted to determine the core non-farsi periodicals within the library of the Faculty of Fine Arts in University of Tehran. 125 non-farsi journal subscriptions for 2004 were selected. 150 graduate students and 50 faculty members were surveyed. Bibliometric method along with statistical analysis were employed to determine the core journals. Journals within any given field were ranked by both students and the faculty. Core journals were matched against these ranked journ...

  19. Educational level as a contextual and proximate determinant of all cause mortality in Danish adults

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    2003-01-01

    , exercise, alcohol use, and body mass index) and contextual factors (local area unemployment, income share, and household composition) were included in the Cox model. CONCLUSION: In this study the educational level of an area influenced subject's mortality, but first after adjustment for behavioural......): 0.87 (95% CI 0.77 to 0.98) and individual level (HR: 0.76 (95% CI 0.64 to 0.88) were inversely associated with mortality, when comparing the higest educated groups with the least educated. However, at parish level the effect was only present, when information on subject's income, behaviour (smoking...

  20. Business Life Burnout Syndrome: A Study of Finance and Accounting For Determining The Level of Employees

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to specify the burnout level of employees who work in SME’s finance and financial affairs and also to establish, if any, significant differences about demographic features. In the study, the survey method was adopted and Maslach Burnout Inventory was used. The obtained data’s frequency values analyzed by using SPSS-15 with the help of t-test and ANOVA. When the findings are evaluated within the scope of the research professionals, in general, it’s found out that emotional exhaustion levels were low, desensitization levels were normal and individual achievements were high. In this context, it can be stated that the employees work in the field of accounting have low level of burnout.

  1. Are children's activity levels determined by their genes or environment? A systematic review of twin studies

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    Abigail Fisher

    2015-01-01

    Conclusions: Although genetic influences may be expressed when children have brief opportunities for autonomous activity, activity levels in daily-life are predominantly explained by environmental factors. Future research should aim to identify key environmental drivers of childhood activity.

  2. 78 FR 78910 - Comparability Determination for Japan: Certain Entity-Level Requirements

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    ... conditional relief from certain requirements of Commission regulations (those referred to as ``Entity-Level... that does not conflict with a foreign regulatory regime and reduces the likelihood of...

  3. Prediction of Disease Case Severity Level To Determine INA CBGs Rate

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    Puspitorini, Sukma; Kusumadewi, Sri; Rosita, Linda

    2017-03-01

    Indonesian Case-Based Groups (INA CBGs) is case-mix payment system using software grouper application. INA CBGs consisting of four digits code where the last digits indicating the severity level of disease cases. Severity level influence by secondary diagnosis (complications and co-morbidity) related to resource intensity level. It is medical resources used to treat a hospitalized patient. Objectives of this research is developing decision support system to predict severity level of disease cases and illustrate INA CBGs rate by using data mining decision tree classification model. Primary diagnosis (DU), first secondary diagnosis (DS 1), and second secondary diagnosis (DS 2) are attributes that used as input of severity level. The training process using C4.5 algorithm and the rules will represent in the IF-THEN form. Credibility of the system analyzed through testing process and confusion matrix present the results. Outcome of this research shows that first secondary diagnosis influence significant to form severity level predicting rules from new disease cases and INA CBGs rate illustration.

  4. Binding of insecticidal lectin Colocasia esculenta tuber agglutinin (CEA) to midgut receptors of Bemisia tabaci and Lipaphis erysimi provides clues to its insecticidal potential.

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    Roy, Amit; Gupta, Sumanti; Hess, Daniel; Das, Kali Pada; Das, Sampa

    2014-07-01

    The insecticidal potential of Galanthus nivalis agglutinin-related lectins against hemipterans has been experimentally proven. However, the basis behind the toxicity of these lectins against hemipterans remains elusive. The present study elucidates the molecular basis behind insecticidal efficacy of Colocasia esculenta tuber agglutinin (CEA) against Bemisia tabaci and Lipaphis erysimi. Confocal microscopic analyses highlighted the binding of 25 kDa stable homodimeric lectin to insect midgut. Ligand blots followed by LC MS/MS analyses identified binding partners of CEA as vacuolar ATP synthase and sarcoplasmic endoplasmic reticulum type Ca(2+) ATPase from B. tabaci, and ATP synthase, heat shock protein 70 and clathrin heavy chain assembly protein from L. erysimi. Internalization of CEA into hemolymph was confirmed by Western blotting. Glycoprotein nature of the receptors was identified through glycospecific staining. Deglycosylation assay indicated the interaction of CEA with its receptors to be probably glycan mediated. Surface plasmon resonance analysis revealed the interaction kinetics between ATP synthase of B. tabaci with CEA. Pathway prediction study based on Drosophila homologs suggested the interaction of CEA with insect receptors that probably led to disruption of cellular processes causing growth retardation and loss of fecundity of target insects. Thus, the present findings strengthen our current understanding of the entomotoxic potentiality of CEA, which will facilitate its future biotechnological applications.

  5. Hair mercury levels in pregnant women in Mahshahr, Iran: fish consumption as a determinant of exposure.

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    Salehi, Zohreh; Esmaili-Sari, Abbas

    2010-09-15

    MeHg is a well-documented neurotoxicant even at low levels of exposure. Developing brain, in particular, is vulnerable to that. Through bioaccumulating to differing degrees in various fish species, it can have serious adverse effects on the development and functioning of the human central nervous system, especially during prenatal exposure. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate mercury concentration in hair samples of pregnant women living in Mahshahr located in Khuzestan province, Iran. It assessed the association between fish consumption and specific characteristics that can influence exposure. From April to June 2008, 149 pregnant women were invited to participate in this study. An interview administered questionnaire was used to collect information about age, body weight, height, fish (fresh, canned and shrimp) consumption, pregnancy stage, residence duration, education level, family income and number of dental amalgam fillings. The obtained results showed that the geometric mean and range for hair total Hg concentration was 3.52 microg/g (0.44-53.56 microg/g). About 5.4% of mothers had hair total Hg levels in excess of 10 microg/g. Maternal hair mercury level was less than threshold level of WHO (5 microg/g). As expected, there was a clear increase in hair Hg with reported fresh marine fish consumption (p=0.04). The highest mean for hair mercury level in a group who consumed fish several times per week, was 4.93 microg/g. Moreover, a significant effect of age and residential time on Hg concentration in the hair of the women was found. Pregnant women in Mahshahr consumed large amounts of fish; consequently, most of their offspring were prenatally exposed to moderately high levels of mercury. The results found suggest that pregnant women should decrease their fish consumption.

  6. Assessing adrenocortical activity by determining levels of urinary free cortisol and urinary 6 beta-hydroxycortisol.

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    Nakamura, J; Yakata, M

    1989-03-01

    A comparative study of urinary free cortisol and urinary 6 beta-hydroxycortisol levels as a diagnostic test for hypercortisolemic states was carried out by measuring the excretion in 24-h specimens from 289 apparently healthy subjects and 10 Cushing patients. The diurnal variations of both variables were examined in normal subjects and subjects with altered adrenal activities. Two of the 289 apparently normal subjects had high values of urinary free cortisol; one had a high, the other a normal 6 beta-hydroxycortisol level; they were later diagnosed as having Cushing's syndrome and infertility, respectively. Three other subjects had high values of the urinary variables, but during 5 years of follow-up did not show any clinical evidence of hypercortisolism. The two urinary variables gave no false-negative results in the Cushing patients. The diurnal variation revealed that levels of 6 beta-hydroxycortisol change in parallel with those of free cortisol in normal subjects and in subjects with altered adrenal activities. However, the ratio of 6 beta-hydroxycortisol to free cortisol during the diurnal variation varied from low values when free cortisol levels were high to high values when free cortisol levels were low. In normal subjects, 1 mg of dexamethasone taken orally at 23.00 h completely suppressed the levels of both variables on the following day. It is concluded that urinary 6 beta-hydroxycortisol is correlated to urinary free cortisol so that measurement of urinary 6 beta-hydroxycortisol levels can be used as a diagnostic test for hypercortisolism in a way comparable to the method using urinary free cortisol.

  7. Cerenkov counting: an alternative for determining {sup 210} Pb low-levels

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    Mingote, Raquel Maia; Gomes, Nilton Carlos [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Servico de Quimica e Radioquimica]. E-mail: mingote@cdtn.br; Oliveira, Arno Heeren de [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear]. E-mail: heeren@nuclear.ufmg.br

    2005-07-01

    Determining the {sup 210}Pb by Cerenkov counting is an indirect method which is measured by the Cerenkov radiation produced by its daughter {sup 210}Bi. {sup 210}Pb does not interfere because it does not produce Cerenkov radiation and only the lead chemical recovery is necessary, decreasing the uncertainty sources. This work presents a methodology for determining {sup 210}Pb in water for Cerenkov counting by using a conventional spectrometer liquid scintillation and lead pre-concentration. Several factors that affect the {sup 210}Pb determination were evaluated. Some reference material was analysed showing that the procedure gives accurate and reproducible results. The lower limit of detection for {sup 210}Pb of 0.10 Bq/L was obtained (500 minutes counting time, 70 % of lead chemical recovery and, the Cerenkov counting efficiency about 14 % and 800 mL of the sample). (author)

  8. Individual and Country Level Determinants of (PostMaterialist Values in Eastern Europe

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    Zoran Pavlović

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper is aimed at analyzing the level of postmaterialist values in Eastern European countries as well as the main individual and country level predictors of the postmaterialist value preference. The data from the World Values Survey (WVS and the European Values Survey (EVS, conducted on the nationally representative samples in the period from 1990 to 2008, were used. The main analysis was performed on the data from the fourth wave of EVS (2008/2010, on the total of twenty countries and 30,393 respondents. A number of individual (age, education, income level, size of town, economic hardship in formative years as well as country level variables (inflation and unemployment rate, Human Development Index and GINI index values were used. The results have shown that the level of postmaterialist values in Eastern Europe, measured by the standard four-item index, is relatively low and relatively stable in the period 1990–2008. Younger, urban and more educated respondents as well as the citizens from more developed and economically stable Eastern European nations are more inclined towards postmaterialism. The significance of the current socio-economic conditions for the variation in postmaterialism as well as the insignificance of economic security during the formative period of political maturation calls into question the assumptions of Inglehart’s original model. The possible alternative mechanisms of value change as well as of the (postmaterialist conception are discussed.

  9. Determining skill level in myoelectric prosthesis use with multiple outcome measures.

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    Bouwsema, Hanneke; Kyberd, Peter J; Hill, Wendy; van der Sluis, Corry K; Bongers, Raoul M

    2012-01-01

    To obtain more insight into how the skill level of an upper-limb myoelectric prosthesis user is composed, the current study aimed to (1) portray prosthetic handling at different levels of description, (2) relate results of the clinical level to kinematic measures, and (3) identify specific parameters in these measures that characterize the skill level of a prosthesis user. Six experienced transradial myoelectric prosthesis users performed a clinical test (Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure [SHAP]) and two grasping tasks. Kinematic measures were end point kinematics, joint angles, grasp force control, and gaze behavior. The results of the clinical and kinematic measures were in broad agreement with each other. Participants who scored higher on the SHAP showed overall better performance on the kinematic measures. They had smaller movement times, had better grip force control, and needed less visual attention on the hand. The results showed that time was a key parameter in prosthesis use and should be one of the main focus aspects of rehabilitation. The insights from this study are useful in rehabilitation practice because they allow therapists to specifically focus on certain parameters that may result in a higher level of skill for the prosthesis user.

  10. Importance of coastal change variables in determining vulnerability to sea- and lake-level change

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    Pendleton, E.A.; Thieler, E.R.; Williams, S.J.

    2010-01-01

    In 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey began conducting scientific assessments of coastal vulnerability to potential future sea- and lake-level changes in 22 National Park Service sea- and lakeshore units. Coastal park units chosen for the assessment included a variety of geological and physical settings along the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Alaska, Caribbean, and Great Lakes shorelines. This research is motivated by the need to understand and anticipate coastal changes caused by accelerating sea-level rise, as well as lake-level changes caused by climate change, over the next century. The goal of these assessments is to provide information that can be used to make long-term (decade to century) management decisions. Here we analyze the results of coastal vulnerability assessments for several coastal national park units. Index-based assessments quantify the likelihood that physical changes may occur based on analysis of the following variables: tidal range, ice cover, wave height, coastal slope, historical shoreline change rate, geomorphology, and historical rate of relative sea- or lake-level change. This approach seeks to combine a coastal system's susceptibility to change with its natural ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions, and it provides a measure of the system's potential vulnerability to the effects of sea- or lake-level change. Assessments for 22 park units are combined to evaluate relationships among the variables used to derive the index. Results indicate that Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico parks have the highest vulnerability rankings relative to other park regions. A principal component analysis reveals that 99% of the index variability can be explained by four variables: geomorphology, regional coastal slope, water-level change rate, and mean significant wave height. Tidal range, ice cover, and historical shoreline change are not as important when the index is evaluated at large spatial scales (thousands of kilometers

  11. Clinical Significance of Determination of Changes of Serum P-selectin, CEA, CA125 and TSGF Levels After Operation in Patients with Ovarian Cancer%卵巢癌患者手术前后血清P-selectin、CEA、CA125和TSGF检测的临床意义

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    周东霞

    2007-01-01

    目的:探讨了卵巢癌患者手术前后血清可溶性P选择素(P-selectin)、CEA、CA125和TSGF水平的变化及临床意义.方法:分别应用放免法和酶免法、化学法对33例卵巢癌患者进行了血清P-selectin、CEA、CA125和TSGF检测,并与35名正常健康人作比较.结果:手术前卵巢癌患者血清P-selectin、CEA、CA125和TSGF水平均非常显著地高于正常人组(P<0.01),手术治疗后一年复发组又非常明显地高于未复发组(P<0.01).结论:测定卵巢癌患者血清中P-selectin、CEA、CA125和TSGF水平的变化与卵巢癌患者的病情和预后密切相关,均具有重要的临床价值.

  12. Drug-drug interactions as a determinant of elevated lithium serum levels in daily clinical practice.

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    Wilting, I.; Movig, K.L.L.; Moolenaar, M.; Hekster, Y.A.; Brouwers, J.R.B.J.; Heerdink, E.R.; Nolen, W.A.; Egberts, A.C.G.

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Lithium is a drug with a narrow therapeutic window. Concomitantly used medication is a potentially influencing factor of lithium serum concentrations. We conducted a multicentre retrospective case-control study with the aim of investigating lithium-related drug interactions as determinant

  13. A Bioassay for Determining Resistance Levels in Tarnished Plant Bug Populations to Neonicotinoid Insecticides

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    A laboratory bioassay was developed and used to test field populations of the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Palisot de Beauvois), for resistance development to the neonicitinoid insecticides imidacloprid (Trimax®) and thiamethoxam (Centric®). The bioassay determined LC50 values by feeding...

  14. Drug-drug interactions as a determinant of elevated lithium serum levels in daily clinical practice

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    Wilting, [No Value; Movig, KL; Moolenaar, M; Hekster, YA; Brouwers, [No Value; Heerdink, ER; Nolen, WA; Egberts, AC

    2005-01-01

    Objective: Lithium is a drug with a narrow therapeutic window. Concomitantly used medication is a potentially influencing factor of lithium serum concentrations. We conducted a multicentre retrospective case-control study with the aim of investigating lithium-related drug interactions as determinant

  15. Spanish pre-university students' use of English: CEA results from the University Entrance Examination

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    María Belén Díez Bedmar

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper an updated overview of the main errors that Spanish students make when writing the English exam in the University Entrance Examination is provided. To do so, a Computer-aided Error Analysis (CEA (Dagneaux, Denness & Granger, 1998 was conducted on a representative sample of the students who took the exam in June 2008 in Jaén, and wrote a composition on the same topic. The use of the most widely-used error taxonomy, the Error Tagging Manual version 1.1. (Dagneaux, Denness, Granger & Meunier, 1996, and the analysis of the results by means of descriptive statistics foster the possibility to replicate this study and move forward in the description of the students’ written command in the foreign language at this stage. The comparison of the findings obtained in this study and those from previous (CEAs on the English exam reveals that some common tendencies may be shown.Este artículo aporta una visión general actualizada de los errores más importantes que los alumnos españoles cometen cuando escriben el examen de inglés de la Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad. Con este fin, se realizó un Análisis de Errores Informatizado (Dagneaux, Denness & Granger, 1998 en una muestra representativa de los estudiantes que realizaron el examen en Junio de 2008 en la Universidad de Jaén, y que escribieron sobre un mismo tema. El uso de la taxonomía de errores más usada, el Error Tagging Manual version 1.1. (Dagneaux, Denness, Granger & Meunier, 1996, y de la estadística descriptiva para analizar los resultados, favorecen la réplica de este estudio y la posibilidad de mejorar la descripción de la destreza escrita en la lengua extranjera. La comparación de los resultados en este artículo y otros Análisis de Errores (Informatizados previos muestran que se pueden exponer algunas tendencias comunes.

  16. Determining mercury levels in anchovy and in individuals with different fish consumption habits, together with their neurological effects.

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    Çamur, Derya; Güler, Çağatay; Vaizoğlu, Songül Acar; Özdilek, Betül

    2016-07-01

    An increase in enviromental pollution may lead to mercury toxicity of fish origin due to the accumulative nature of methylmercury in fish. The main sources of human exposure to organic mercury compounds are contaminated fish and other seafoods. This descriptive study was planned to determine mercury levels in anchovy and in hair samples from individuals with different fish consumption habits, and to evaluate those individuals in terms of toxic effects. For that purpose, we analyzed 100 anchovies from the Black Sea and 100 anchovies from the Sea of Marmara, and assessed 25 wholesale workers in fish markets and 25 cleaning firm employees from both Ankara and Istanbul. Mercury levels in samples were measured using a cold vapor atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Participants were examined neurologically and mini mental state examination was applied to evaluate their cognitive functions. Mercury levels in fish were found to be below the national and international permitted levels. There was no statistically significant relation between mercury levels and the sea from which fish were caught. Hair mercury levels for all participants were within permitted ranges. However, hair mercury levels in both cities increased significantly with amount and frequency of fish consumption. A significant correlation was determined at correlation analysis between levels of fish consumption and hair mercury levels in the fishmongers and in the entire group (r = 0.32, p = 0.025; r = 0.23, p = 0.023, respectively). Neurological examination results were normal, except for a decrease in deep tendon reflexes in some participants in both cities. There was no correlation between Standardized Mini Mental State Examination results and hair mercury levels. We conclude that establishing a monitoring system for mercury levels in fish and humans will be useful in terms of evaluating potential neurotoxic effects.

  17. Resistance of Gram-positive bacteria to nisin is not determined by Lipid II levels

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    Kramer, NE; Smid, EJ; Kok, J; de Kruijff, B; Kuipers, OP; Breukink, E; Kramer, Naomi E.; Smid, Eddy J.

    2004-01-01

    Lipid II is essential for nisin-mediated pore formation at nano-molar concentrations. We tested whether nisin resistance could result from different Lipid II levels, by comparing the maximal Lipid II pool in Micrococcus flavus (sensitive) and Listeria monocytogenes (relatively insensitive) and their

  18. Determinants of serum levels of perfluorinated alkyl acids in Danish pregnant women

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    Bjerregaard-Olesen, Christian; Bach, Cathrine C; Long, Manhai

    2016-01-01

    Humans are exposed to perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAAs) from food, drinking water, air, dust, and consumer products. PFAAs are persistent and bio-accumulative. In the present study, we aimed to establish how the serum levels of PFAAs differ according to age, pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI...

  19. Determinants of increased angiotensin II levels in severe chronic heart failure patients despite ACE inhibition

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    van de Wal, RMA; Plokker, HWM; Lok, DJA; Boomsma, F; van Veldhuisen, DJ; van Gilst, WH; Voors, AA; Van Der Horst, F.A.L.

    2006-01-01

    Introduction: The beneficial effects of ACE inhibitors are generally ascribed to blockade of neurohormonal activation. However, especially in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients plasina angiotensin II and aldosterone levels can be elevated despite ACE inhibition, the so-called ACE escape. In the pr

  20. Determinants of Use of Household-level Water Chlorination Products in Rural Kenya, 2003–2005

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    Amy E. DuBois

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Household-level water treatment products provide safe drinking water to at-risk populations, but relatively few people use them regularly; little is known about factors that influence uptake of this proven health intervention. We assessed uptake of these water treatments in Nyanza Province, Kenya, November 2003–February 2005. We interviewed users and non-user controls of a new household water treatment product regarding drinking water and socioeconomic factors. We calculated regional use-prevalence of these products based on 10 randomly selected villages in the Asembo region of Nyanza Province, Kenya. Thirty-eight percent of respondents reported ever using household-level treatment products. Initial use of a household-level product was associated with having turbid water as a source (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 16.6, p = 0.007, but consistent usage was more common for a less costly and more accessible product that did not address turbidity. A combination of social marketing, retail marketing, and donor subsidies may be necessary to extend the health benefits of household-level water treatment to populations most at risk.

  1. Determinants of maternal and umbilical blood lead levels: a cross-sectional study, Mosul, Iraq

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    Al-Jomard Raghad A

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The populations who are most sensitive to lead exposure from various sources are pregnant women and their newborns. Aiming to explore the presence of correlation between maternal and cord blood lead levels and to identify potential predictors that may influence both levels, the present study has been conducted. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted covering 350 full terms maternal-newborns pairs from Mosul maternity hospitals. Data were obtained directly from women just before delivery by the use of a detailed questionnaire form. Maternal and umbilical blood lead levels were estimated using LEADCARE® Blood Lead Testing System and Kits. Results A positive significant correlation was found between maternal and cord blood lead values (r = 0.856, p = 0.001. By backward stepwise logistic regression analysis the followings emerged as significant potential predictors of high maternal blood lead: low parity, smoking and Hb level Conclusion Study results have provided baseline data needed to be transformed to decision makers to implement measures to eliminate lead from the environment and protect future generation from its deleterious effects.

  2. Associations between Adolescents' Situational Motivation and Objectively-Determined Physical Activity Levels in Physical Education

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    Ning, Weihong; Pope, Zachary; Gao, Zan

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: This study aimed to examine the predictive strength of adolescents' situational motivation to their physical activity levels in physical education. Method: A total of 259 middle school students ranging from 11 to 14 years old participated in the study. Participants completed the Situational Motivation Scale in one class. Their PA levels…

  3. Determinants of Vitamin D Levels in Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome

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    Stefano Stagi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Poor studies have evaluated 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25(OHD levels in Down syndrome (DS. Objective. To assess in DS subjects serum 25(OHD value, to identify risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, and to evaluate whether a normal 25(OHD value can be restored with a 400 I.U. daily supplement of cholecalciferol in respect to controls. Methods. We have longitudinally evaluated 31 DS patients (aged 4.5–18.9 years old and 99 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. In these subjects, we analysed calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone (PTH, 25(OHD concentrations, and calcium and 25(OHD dietary intakes, and we quantified outdoor exposure. After 12.3 months (range 8.1–14.7 months of 25(OHD supplementation, we reevaluated these subjects. Results. DS subjects showed reduced 25(OHD levels compared to controls (P<0.0001, in particular DS subjects with obesity (P<0.05 and autoimmune diseases history (P<0.005. PTH levels were significantly higher in DS subjects than controls (P<0.0001. After cholecalciferol supplementation, 25(OHD levels were significantly ameliorated (P<0.05, even if reduced compared to controls (P<0.0001, in particular in DS subjects with obesity (P<0.05 and autoimmune diseases (P<0.001. Conclusions. Hypovitaminosis D is very frequent in DS subjects, in particular in presence of obesity and autoimmune diseases. In these subjects, there could be a need for higher cholecalciferol supplementation.

  4. Platelet Activation Determines Angiopoietin-1 and VEGF Levels in Malaria : Implications for Their Use as Biomarkers

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    Brouwers, Judith; Noviyanti, Rintis; Fijnheer, Rob; de Groot, Philip G.; Trianty, Leily; Mudaliana, Siti; Roest, Mark; Syafruddin, Din; van der Ven, Andre; de Mast, Quirijn

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The angiogenic proteins angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are regulators of endothelial inflammation and integrity. Since platelets store large amounts of Ang-1 and VEGF, measurement of circulation levels of these proteins is sensitive to platele

  5. An Environmental Chemistry Experiment: The Determination of Radon Levels in Water.

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    Welch, Lawrence E.; Mossman, Daniel M.

    1994-01-01

    Describes a radiation experiment developed to complement a new environmental chemistry laboratory curriculum. A scintillation counter is used to measure radon in water. The procedure relies on the fact that toluene will preferentially extract radon from water. Sample preparation is complete in less than 90 minutes. Because the level of…

  6. 2004 annual report. Defense, safety, energy, information, health. CEA in the center of big European challenges; Rapport annuel 2004. Defense, securite, energie, information, sante. Le CEA au coeur des grands defis europeens

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    2005-07-01

    This document is the 2004 annual report of the French atomic energy commission (CEA). It presents the R and D activities of the CEA in three main domains: 1 - defense and safety, maintaining perenniality of nuclear dissuasion and nuclear safety: supplying nuclear weapons to armies, maintaining dissuasion capability with the simulation program, sharing R and D means with the scientific community and the industrial world, designing and maintaining naval nuclear propulsion reactors, cleansing Marcoule and Pierrelatte facilities, monitoring treaties and fighting against proliferation and terrorism; 2 - energy, developing more competitive and cleaner energy sources: nuclear waste management, optimization of industrial nuclear activities, future nuclear systems and new energy technologies, basic research on energy, radiobiology and toxicology; 3 - information and health, valorizing industry thanks to technological research and supplying new tools for health and medical research: micro- and nano-technologies, software technologies, basic research for industrial innovation, nuclear technologies for health and bio-technologies. (J.S.)

  7. Physical activity, fatness, educational level and snuff consumption as determinants of semen quality: findings of the ActiART study.

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    Pärn, Triin; Grau Ruiz, Raúl; Kunovac Kallak, Theodora; Ruiz, Jonatan R; Davey, Eva; Hreinsson, Julius; Wånggren, Kjell; Salumets, Andres; Sjöström, Michael; Stavreus-Evers, Anneli; Ortega, Francisco B; Altmäe, Signe

    2015-07-01

    In this study, the association between physical activity and other potential determinants, objectively measured by accelerometry, was examined. Sixty-two men attending an infertility clinic participated in the study. Obese men (body mass index ≥ 30) and those with a waist circumference 102 cm or more had lower semen volume than the other men (P quality than those who engaged in low or high numbers of bouts of activity (P quality than men who engage in low or high levels of such activity. Similarly, high levels of total and central adiposity, low educational level and snuff consumption are negatively related to semen quality.

  8. STATE-LEVEL DIETARY DIVERSITY AS A CONTEXTUAL DETERMINANT OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF CHILDREN IN INDIA: A MULTILEVEL APPROACH.

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    Borkotoky, Kakoli; Unisa, Sayeed; Gupta, Ashish Kumar

    2017-02-20

    This study aimed to identify the determinants of nutritional status of children in India with a special focus on dietary diversity at the state level. Household-level consumption data from three rounds of the Consumer Expenditure Survey of the National Sample Survey Organization (1993-2012) were used. Information on the nutritional status of children was taken from the National Family Health Survey (2005-06). Dietary diversity indices were constructed at the state level to examine diversity in quantity of food consumed and food expenditure. Multilevel regression analysis was applied to examine the association of state-level dietary diversity and other socioeconomic factors with the nutritional status of children. It was observed that significant variation in childhood stunting, wasting and underweight could be explained by community- and state-level factors. The results indicate that dietary diversity has increased in India over time, and that dietary diversity at the state level is significantly associated with the nutritional status of children. Moreover, percentage of households with a regular salaried income in a state, percentage of educated mothers and mothers receiving antenatal care in a community are important factors for improving the nutritional status of children. Diversity in complementary child feeding is another significant determinant of nutritional status of children. The study thus concludes that increasing dietary diversity at the state level is an effective measure to reduce childhood malnutrition in India.

  9. Improved sea level determination in the Arctic regions through development of tolerant altimetry retracking

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    Jain, Maulik

    This PhD project involves the development of a suitable retracking strategy for processing ofCryosat-2 SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) altimetry waveforms in the Arctic Ocean. The Cryosat-2SAR altimetry waveforms are processed for precise and accurate SSH determination. Precise and accurate...... knowledge of SSH has various applications like gravity field determination, climate prediction, weather forecasting and studies of ocean currents and circulations.Cryosat-2 SAR altimetry waveforms in the Arctic can have a variety of shapes because of the superposition of the echoes from the water...... retracker. It also has the advantage of primary peak COG retracker with capability of estimating SSH in the sea ice areas where irregular type waveforms are present, which are neither lead type nor ocean type. Prior to combining the physical and empirical retracking, bias is removed and the primary peak COG...

  10. Usage Level of Non-Farsi Periodicals within Arts Library and Determination of Core Journals

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study was conducted to determine the core non-farsi periodicals within the library of the Faculty of Fine Arts in University of Tehran. 125 non-farsi journal subscriptions for 2004 were selected. 150 graduate students and 50 faculty members were surveyed. Bibliometric method along with statistical analysis were employed to determine the core journals. Journals within any given field were ranked by both students and the faculty. Core journals were matched against these ranked journals. Given the foreign currency constraints, acquisition of titles really needed would maximize the existing capabilities as well as preventing unnecessary purchases. The existing periodicals provided only 49.3% of research queries. Students and faculty usage rate of images contained within these journal was 70.6% while only 29.4% was dedicated to printed articles

  11. Nuclear systems of the future: international forum generation 4 and research and development projects at the Cea; Systemes nucleaires du futur: forum international generation 4 et projets de R et D du CEA

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    2003-07-01

    To advance nuclear energy to meet future energy needs, ten countries have agreed to develop a future generation of nuclear energy systems, known as Generation 4. A technology road map to guide the Generation 4 effort was begun. This document presents the goals for these nuclear systems and the research programs of the Cea on the gas technology, GT-MHR, VHTR and GFR and the other systems as sodium Fast Neutron reactors, supercritical water and space nuclear. (A.L.B.)

  12. Experimentally induced states of mind determine abstinent smokers’ level of craving in reaction to smoking-cues

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    Dijkstra, Arie; Menninga, Karin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. The present study aims to contribute to our knowledge on the causes of variations in experienced craving of (ex)smokers. The general idea is tested that when (ex)smokers are exposed to a smoking-cue, their level of craving is determined by the momentary state of mind through which the

  13. Macro-level determinants of young people's subjective health and health inequalities : A multilevel analysis in 27 welfare states

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    Rathmann, Katharina; Ottova, Veronika; Hurrelmann, Klaus; de Looze, Margarethe; Levin, Kate; Molcho, Michal; Elgar, Frank; Gabhainn, Saoirse Nic; van Dijk, Jitse P.; Richter, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Cross-national studies have rarely focused on young people. The aim of this study is to investigate whether macro-level determinants are associated with health and socioeconomic inequalities in young people's health. Study design: Data were collected from the Health Behaviour in School-a

  14. Consideration of tidal influences in determining measurement periods when monitoring built-environment radon levels

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    Crockett, R.G.M.; Phillips, P.S. [Northampton Univ., School of Applied Sciences (United Kingdom); Gillmore, G.K. [Bradford Univ., School of Archaeological, Geographical and Environmental Sciences (United Kingdom); Denman, A.R.; Groves-Kirkby, C.J. [Northampton General Hospital, Medical Physics Dept. (United Kingdom)

    2006-07-01

    Using three hourly-sampling continuous radon monitors, deployed at separate locations in and around the town of Northampton, UK, during the period May 2002 to September 2005, evidence has been identified of tidal influences on built environment radon levels. The data-sets from these deployments, together with additional data-sets collected from a house in Devon, UK, over the period May 1994 to October 1996, and made available by the UK Building Research Establishment, have been analysed using a number of analytical techniques, including a novel cortion technique developed during the investigation. Radon concentration levels in all of the investigated sites exhibit cyclic variation with a period of approximately 14-15 days, equivalent to the spring-tide interval, and lag the corresponding new and full moons by varying periods. The tide/radon lag interval for the two public-sector buildings changes abruptly in September/October, indicating that a significant characteristic of these buildings changes at this time. For domestic properties, the lag is relatively unchanged during the year, but is greater in Devon, in the South-West of England, than in Northampton, in the English East Midlands. These differences are attributed to location relative to coastlines (the South-West experiences greater tidal-loading than the Midlands), underlying geology and rock/soil hydration. Depending on its position within the local 14 to 15-day tidally-induced radon cycle, an individual 7-day radon measurement may yield an erroneous estimate of longer term average levels, up to 46% higher or lower than the average level for one of the reported data-sets. Thus a building with a mean radon concentration below the local Action Level could appear to be unsafe if measured around a tidal-cyclic radon maximum: conversely, a building with a mean radon concentration above the Action Level could appear to be safe when measured around a tidal-cyclic radon minimum. A minimum radon-measurement period

  15. Aerobic and anaerobic organism productivity as factors that determine the level of physical health

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    Serorez T.B.

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    Full Text Available Purpose : to identify and assess the level of physical health of men of the first coming of age 21-23 years. Material : the study involved 413 students and 17 teachers and sports doctors. Results : the influence of cross-country training aerobic and anaerobic focus on physical performance, aerobic and anaerobic performance of the student body. The efficiency impact exercises using running loads of aerobic and anaerobic focus on the physical health of students. It is proved that the level of aerobic performance drops to safe limits and requires correction. To correct the body's aerobic performance is recommended to use for running load. Conclusions: found that the correction would be the most efficient and effective through the development and implementation of health technologies based on the use of extracurricular classes jogging exercises. It should take into account the frequency and methods of learning, physical work mode power supply and energy value of each class.

  16. APPLICATION OF UNCERTAINTY ANALYSIS TO MAAP4 ANALYSES FOR LEVEL 2 PRA PARAMETER IMPORTANCE DETERMINATION

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    2013-11-01

    A key element tied to using a code like MAAP4 is an uncertainty analysis. The purpose of this paper is to present a MAAP4 based analysis to examine the sensitivity of a key parameter, in this case hydrogen production, to a set of model parameters that are related to a Level 2 PRA analysis. The Level 2 analysis examines those sequences that result in core melting and subsequent reactor pressure vessel failure and its impact on the containment. This paper identifies individual contributors and MAAP4 model parameters that statistically influence hydrogen production. Hydrogen generation was chosen because of its direct relationship to oxidation. With greater oxidation, more heat is added to the core region and relocation (core slump should occur faster. This, in theory, would lead to shorter failure times and subsequent “hotter” debris pool on the containment floor.

  17. STUDY ON DETERMINING THE LEVEL OF COMBATIVITY OF JUDOKA 11-14 YEARS OLD

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Given the purpose of the research and the expectations, we formulated the following hypotheses: 1. Combativity is a component of the mental capacity that promotes / limits athletic performance in judo. 2. In the preparatory process the combativity is an independent variable of the mental capacity. To conduct this research we used the questionnaire method. Thus we developed a questionnaire entitled "Questionnaire for discovering the combative spirit level", which contains 25 questions. The questionnaire was applied to a sample of 12 judo athletes aged 11 to 14 years, which is the experimental group of the present research and who are legitimated at Royal Judo Club Bacău. The implementation of a strategy to optimize the combativity of judoka 11-14 years at the experimental level, ended with good results and was reflected in the evolution of the judoka, achieving good and very good results in the competitive period.

  18. Who Comes and Why ? Determinants of Immigrants Skill Level in the Early XXth Century US

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    This paper first elaborates a model of intermediate selection where potential migrants must have both the resources to finance the migration cost (liquidity constraint restriction) and an income gain of migrating (economic incentives restriction). We then test the predictions of the model regarding the impact of output in the sending country and migration costs on average skill level of immigrants to the United States from 1899 to 1932, where immigration was initially unrestricted by law and ...

  19. Determination and assessment of total mercury levels in local, frozen and canned fish in Lebanon.

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    Obeid, Pierre J; El-Khoury, Bilal; Burger, Joanne; Aouad, Samer; Younis, Mira; Aoun, Amal; El-Nakat, John Hanna

    2011-01-01

    Fish is an important constituent of the Lebanese diet. However, very little attention in our area is given to bring awareness regarding the effect of the toxicity of mercury (Hg) mainly through fish consumption. This study aimed to report analytical data on total mercury levels in several fish species for the first time in thirty years and to also made individuals aware of the presence and danger from exposure to mercury through fish consumption. Fish samples were selected from local Lebanese markets and fisheries and included 94 samples of which were fresh, frozen, processed, and canned fish. All values were reported as microgram of mercury per gram of fish based on wet weight. The level of mercury ranged from 0.0190 to 0.5700 microg/g in fresh samples, 0.0059 to 0.0665 microg/g in frozen samples, and 0.0305 to 0.1190 microg/g in canned samples. The data clearly showed that higher levels of mercury were detected in local fresh fish as opposed to other types thus placing consumers at higher risk from mercury exposure. Moreover, the data revealed that Mallifa (yellowstripe barracuda/Sphyraena chrysotaenia), Sargous (white seabream/Diplodus sargus), Ghobbos (bogue/Boops boops), and shrimp (Penaeus sp.) were among the types containing the highest amounts of mercury. On the other hand, processed fish such as fish fillet, fish burger, small shrimp and crab are found to contain lower levels of mercury and are associated with lower exposure risks to mercury. Lebanese population should therefore, be aware to consume limited amounts of fresh local fish to minimize exposure to mercury.

  20. Determination and assessment of total mercury levels in local, frozen and canned fish in Lebanon

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    Pierre J Obeid; Bilal E1-Khoury; Joanne Burger; Samer Aouad; Mira Younis; Amal Aoun; John Hanna El-Nakat

    2011-01-01

    Fish is an important constituent of the Lebanese diet.However,very little attention in our area is given to bring awareness regarding the effect of the toxicity of mercury (Hg) mainly through fish consumption.This study aimed to report analytical data on total mercury levels in several fish species for the first time in thirty years and to also made individuals aware of the presence and danger from exposure to mercury through fish consumption.Fish samples were selected from local Lebanese markets and fisheries and included 94 samples of which were fresh,frozen,processed,and canned fish.All values were reported as microgram of mercury per gram of fish based on wet weight.The level of mercury ranged from 0.0190 to 0.5700 μg/g in fresh samples,0.0059 to 0.0665 μg/g in frozen samples,and 0.0305 to 0.1190 μg/g in canned samples.The data clearly showed that higher levels of mercury were detected in local fresh fish as opposed to other types thus placing consumers at higher risk from mercury exposure.Moreover,the data revealed that Mallifa (yellowstripe barracuda/Sphyraena chrysotaenia),Sargous (white seabream/Diplodus sargus),Ghobbos (bogue/Boops boops),and shrimp (Penaeus sp.) were among the types containing the highest amounts of mercury.On the other hand,processed fish such as fish fillet,fish burger,small shrimp and crab are found to contain lower levels of mercury and are associated with lower exposure risks to mercury.Lebanese population should therefore,be aware to consume limited amounts of fresh local fish to minimize exposure to mercury.

  1. Determination of radon concentration levels in well water in Konya, Turkey.

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    Erdogan, M; Eren, N; Demirel, S; Zedef, V

    2013-10-01

    Radon ((222)Rn) measurements were undertaken in 16 samples of well water representing different depths and different types of aquifers found at the city centre of Konya, Central Turkey. The radon activity concentrations of the well water samples collected in the spring and summer seasons of 2012 were measured by using the radon gas analyser (AlphaGUARD PQ 2000PRO). The radon concentrations for spring and summer seasons are 2.29 ± 0.17 to 27.25 ± 1.07 and 1.44 ± 0.18 to 27.45 ± 1.25 Bq l(-1), respectively. The results at hand revealed that the radon concentration levels of the waters strictly depend on the seasons and are slightly variable with depth. Eleven of the 16 well water samples had radon concentration levels below the safe limit of 11.11 Bq l(-1) recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. However, all measured radon concentration levels are well below the 100 Bq l(-1) safe limit declared by the World Health Organisation. The doses resulting from the consumption of these waters were calculated. The calculated minimum and maximum effective doses are 0.29 and 5.49 µSv a(-1), respectively.

  2. Determination of nursing students’ self-efficacy belief levels in anatomy lectures

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    Tasdemir Rabia

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The Anatomy is the most basic lecture of the departments that give health education. The human anatomy is need to be comprehended to success in nursing field. Anatomy subjects are taught independently in each committee in Nursing Department that is in School of Health in Kocaeli University. The aim of our study is assessment of the impact of the Anatomy lectures on Anatomy Self-Efficacy Beliefs of nursing students. Totally 95 students (mean of ages 19,13 ± 1,595 who are 25 boys (%26,3 and 70 girls (%73,7 attended to our research. Anatomy Self-Efficacy Belief (ASEB scale and personal information survey(age, gender, the geographical region that he/she came from, the place that he/she resides are applied to these students. Statistically, when the relation between ASEB levels of the students and their residences was assessed, it is found that there is a significant difference on between the ASEB levels of the students who reside in dormitory and that of the students who reside at home (p<0.05. This outcome makes think that the residences of students can be effective on their success levels on the lectures. Due to the fact that dormitories that are in campus are close to the university, the attendances of lectures of students who reside in dormitory are more than the others and it shows that these students are able to study better than the others.

  3. Localizing PRL-2 expression and determining the effects of dietary Mg(2+) on expression levels.

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    Gungabeesoon, Jeremy; Tremblay, Michel L; Uetani, Noriko

    2016-07-01

    The phosphatase of regenerating liver (PRL) is a group of protein tyrosine phosphatases that play a key role in cancer progression and metastasis. We previously showed that PRL-2 modulates intracellular Mg(2+) levels and sustains cancer phenotypes by binding to the Mg(2+) transporter CNNM3. However, the physiological functions of PRL-2 in animals remain largely unknown. To better understand which cell types are associated with PRL-2 function, we characterized its expression in mouse tissues using a PRL-2 β-galactosidase reporter mouse model. Our results demonstrated that PRL-2 was ubiquitously expressed, with the highest expression levels observed in the hippocampal pyramidal neurons, ependymal cells, cone and rod photoreceptor cells, endocardium, vascular and bronchial smooth muscle, and collecting ducts in the kidney. On the other hand, PRL-2 expression was undetectable or very low in the parenchymal cells of the liver and pancreas. Our results also indicated that PRL-2 is involved in cell-type-specific Mg(2+) homeostasis and that PRL-2 expression is potentially inversely regulated by dietary Mg(2+) levels.

  4. Bridging the gap between individual-level risk for HIV and structural determinants: using root cause analysis in strategic planning.

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    Willard, Nancy; Chutuape, Kate; Stines, Stephanie; Ellen, Jonathan M

    2012-01-01

    HIV prevention efforts have expanded beyond individual-level interventions to address structural determinants of risk. Coalitions have been an important vehicle for addressing similar intractable and deeply rooted health-related issues. A root cause analysis process may aid coalitions in identifying fundamental, structural-level contributors to risk and in identifying appropriate solutions. For this article, strategic plans for 13 coalitions were analyzed both before and after a root cause analysis approach was applied to determine the coalitions' strategic plans potential impact and comprehensiveness. After root cause analysis, strategic plans trended toward targeting policies and practices rather than on single agency programmatic changes. Plans expanded to target multiple sectors and several changes within sectors to penetrate deeply into a sector or system. Findings suggest that root cause analysis may be a viable tool to assist coalitions in identifying structural determinants and possible solutions for HIV risk.

  5. Determine the Level of Maturity of Organization and Organizational Agility in Industrial Companies (Case of Study: Fakour Industrial Company

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    Reza Radmehr

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Today the complexity, instability and unpredictability of environment changes have affected organizations. Managers are trying to design organizations which is a short time would be flexible. These new conditions need organizations to have significant agility to continue their existence and development. Organizational agility would become legal on the basis of organizational maturity. The main purpose of this study is determining the degree of organizational agility and organizational maturity level in industrial organization. For this purpose, the statistical society of the whole employers of Fakour industrial company is thoughtful. The sample volume has been determined 130 individuals by using sampling model in a limited society (Cochran Formula. The tool for gathering the needed data is researcher’s questionnaire with 0.943 total reliability and formal validity. The results of testing hypotheses indicate that individual maturity, organizational maturity and organizational agility are higher than the average level but procedural maturity is in the average level.

  6. Determination of GHB levels in breast milk and correlation with blood concentrations.

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    Busardò, Francesco Paolo; Bertol, Elisabetta; Mannocchi, Giulio; Tittarelli, Roberta; Pantano, Flaminia; Vaiano, Fabio; Baglio, Giovanni; Kyriakou, Chrystalla; Marinelli, Enrico

    2016-08-01

    The sodium salt of GHB or sodium oxybate is approved and registered in some countries as a therapeutic substance (Xyrem(®)) for the treatment of narcolepsy-associated cataplexy. This study was designed to measure the GHB endogenous levels in blood and breast milk of 20 breastfeeding women. In addition, blood and breast milk samples of a 32-year-old narcoleptic nursing mother, who was on sodium oxybate treatment, were simultaneously collected at 0.5, 1, 3, 4 and 5h following a 4.5g GHB dose and analyzed, in order to establish the safety interval of time to breastfeed. A GC-MS method for the detection and quantification of GHB in blood and breast milk was developed and fully validated. The geometric mean of endogenous GHB levels in blood and breast milk detected at time 0 were 0.57mg/L; 95% Reference Interval (RI): 0.21-1.52mg/L and 0.36mg/L; 95% RI: 0.13-1.03mg/L, respectively. The geometric mean of the concentration of GHB in milk was 37% less (95% RI: from 14 to 53%) compared to that found in the blood. The analysis of blood and breast milk samples collected from the 32 years-old female showed the following results: GHB blood concentration 0.5h after medication intake was 80.10mg/L, reaching the peak 1h after the drug administration (108.34mg/L) and it steadily decreased to reach a level of 1.75mg/L, 5h after the medication intake. The GHB concentration found in breast milk followed the same pattern as for the blood, with the highest concentration being 23.19mg/L, 1h after sodium oxybate administration and the lowest 0.99mg/L, 5h after the medication's intake. The comparison between blood and breast milk GHB levels in the 32-year-old woman, showed significant lower GHB levels in milk at 0.5, 1 and 3h, ranging from 71 to 80% less. It is interesting to note that only at 4 and 5h the difference between blood and breast milk GHB levels fell within the 95% RI (14-53%) of endogenous levels. Taking into consideration the absence of reference values for endogenous GHB in

  7. Meeting of Directors and Heads of Department from CEA-Saclay, France

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    2002-01-01

    Directors and Heads of Department from the Saclay centre of the French atomic energy commission (CEA) visited CERN in December. They are pictured here at the LHC magnet test facility in building SM18. On the left behind the visitors are the test benches where magnets are prepared for installation in String 2: the 120-metre full-scale model of an LHC cell of the regular part of the arc, which can be seen to the right. Photos 01, 02: Left to right: Marc Dejardin, Alain Givernaud, Louis Laurent, François Kircher, Antoine Masurel, Joël Feltesse, André Menez, T. Taylor, Philippe Pradelles, Bernard Sevestre, Michel Roche, Jean-Yves Gascoin, Thierry Lieven, Michel Spiro, Jean-Pierre Pervès, Yves Lemoigne, Béatrice Reder, Georges Carola, Philippe Lebrun, Yves Bourlat, Bertrand Mercier, Jean-Paul Langlois, Patrick Laurent, Didier Moulin, Xavier Vitart, Marc Serre, Jean-Louis Pierrey, Patrick Jarry, Bruno Mansoulié, Stéphane Lequien, Hervé Barbelin, Philippe Pallier, Jean-Yves Guillamot, and Norbert Sioegel.

  8. ICL-Based OF-CEAS: A Sensitive Tool for Analytical Chemistry.

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    Manfred, Katherine M; Hunter, Katharine M; Ciaffoni, Luca; Ritchie, Grant A D

    2017-01-03

    Optical-feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS) using mid-infrared interband cascade lasers (ICLs) is a sensitive technique for trace gas sensing. The setup of a V-shaped optical cavity operating with a 3.29 μm cw ICL is detailed, and a quantitative characterization of the injection efficiency, locking stability, mode matching, and detection sensitivity is presented. The experimental data are supported by a model to show how optical feedback affects the laser frequency as it is scanned across several longitudinal modes of the optical cavity. The model predicts that feedback enhancement effects under strongly absorbing conditions can cause underestimations in the measured absorption, and these predictions are verified experimentally. The technique is then used in application to the detection of nitrous oxide as an exemplar of the utility of this technique for analytical gas phase spectroscopy. The analytical performance of the spectrometer, expressed as noise equivalent absorption coefficient, was estimated as 4.9 × 10(-9) cm (-1) Hz(-1/2), which compares well with recently reported values.

  9. Enxertia herbácea em Myrtaceae nativas do Rio Grande do Sul

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    Daiane Silva Lattuada

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi testar a viabilidade da técnica de enxertia herbácea em frutíferas nativas da família Myrtaceae. O experimento foi realizado em casa de vegetação do Departamento de Horticultura e Silvicultura/ UFRGS, em Porto Alegre. Duas espécies de Myrtaceae nativas foram usadas, tanto como porta-enxerto quanto como enxerto, Eugenia uniflora (Pitangueira e E. involucrata (Cerejeira-do-rio-grande ou Cerejeira-do-mato, totalizando quatro combinações. O método de enxertia adotado foi por garfagem em fenda cheia, em ramos herbáceos, com diâmetro médio do porta-enxerto de 0,1cm, enquanto os ramos dos enxertos apresentavam diâmetro médio entre 0,08 a 0,1cm, para as duas espécies. As análises foram quinzenais e, após 70 dias, foram analisadas estatisticamente a pega e a altura média das brotações emitidas. O delineamento experimental foi o completamente casualizado, com quatro repetições, sendo cada unidade experimental composta de cinco enxertos. Os resultados indicaram pega de 60% na combinação Pitangueira-Pitangueira (porta enxerto - enxerto. As demais combinações mostraram-se ineficientes.

  10. CEA and AREVA HTR fuel particles manufacturing and characterization R and D Program

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    Charollais, F.; Perez, M.; Fonquernie, S.; Ablitzer, C.; Duhart, A.; Perrais, C.; Dugne, O.; Guillermier, P.; Harbonnier, G

    2004-07-01

    Worldwide, renewal of interest for High Temperature Reactors (HTR) moderated by graphite, using helium gas as coolant is due to the possibility offered by HTR technology to build small competitive modular units (100-300 MWe) and to produce high temperature gas required for hydrogen production or heat production. In this context, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) supported by AREVA, conducts R and D projects on HTR, which one is the mastering of the UO{sub 2} TRISO fuel fabrication technology including innovating prospects. The first step of the work is to recover fabrication know-how and to improve fabrication processes (for preparing the erection of a fuel pilot manufacture line of HTR particles). The second step will be the manufacturing of HTR fuel elements in purpose of irradiation tests. This publication deals with the know-how recovery and improved processes of UO{sub 2} TRISO manufacture, i.e. kernel and coatings manufacturing, the development of innovative characterization methods, a modelling approach of CVD processes and the status of the future laboratory manufacture line. Alternative fuel designs are also investigated, for instance the way of manufacturing UCO and UC{sub x} kernels with higher refractory coating material such as ZrC. (authors)

  11. EURATOM-CEA association contributions to the 18. IAEA fusion energy conference

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    Ghendrih, Ph.; Peysson, Y.; Hoang, G.T. [and others

    2000-12-01

    The 9 contributions of EURATOM-Cea association to the fusion energy conference hold at Sorrento are gathered in this document with 7 additional papers. The different titles are: 1) Ergodic divertor experiments on the route to steady state operation of Tore-Supra, 2) High power lower hybrid current drive experiments in Tore-Supra tokamak, 3) Electron transport and improved confinement on Tore-Supra, 4) ECRH experiments and developments for long pulse in Tore-Supra, 5) Impurity penetration and contamination in Tore-Supra ergodic divertor experiments, 6) Real time plasma feed-back control: an overview of Tore-Supra achievements, 7) Numerical assessment of the ion turbulent thermal transport scaling laws, 8) Design of next step tokamak: consistent analysis of plasma flux consumption and poloidal, 9) Large superconducting conductors and joints for fusion magnets: from conceptual design to test at full size scale, 10) Burst-prone transport in tokamaks with internal transport barriers, 11) Electrostatic turbulence with finite parallel correlation length and radial electric field generation, 12) Theoretical issues in tokamak confinement: internal-edge transport barriers and runaway avalanche confinement, 13) Core and edge confinement studies with different heating methods in JET, 14) Confinement and transport studies of conventional scenarios in ASDEX upgrade, 15) First test results for the ITER central solenoid model coil, and 16) Progress of the ITER central solenoid model coil program.

  12. LAS GESNERIÁCEAS DEL DEPARTAMENTO DEL QUINDÍO, COLOMBIA

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    Full Text Available Colombia es el país neotropical con mayor diversidad de Gesneriaceae. Sin embargo hay vacíos en el conocimiento de los patrones de distribución y ecología de esta familia, debido a su complejidad taxonómica. En este trabajo se presenta una lista de Gesneriaceae para el departamento del Quindío con datos de hábitat y distribución altitudinal. Se revisaron las colecciones del Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL y Herbario de la Universidad del Quindío (HUQ y se realizó trabajo de campo entre 2009 y 2014 en 70 localidades del Quindío. Se encontraron 43 especies y 11 géneros, con una mayor representación de Columnea, Besleria y Kohleria; nueve especies fueron nuevos registros para el Quindío, tres fueron endémicas y cinco especies nuevas para la ciencia. La mayor riqueza se encontró en los bosques montanos entre 1800 y 2400 m s.n.m., principalmente en interior bosque y cañadas. Los resultados de este trabajo constituyen una línea base para dirigir la investigación en ecología, conservación y su potencial ornamental de las gesneriáceas presentes en el Quindío.

  13. CYFRA21-1、CEA、NSE和CA125联合检测在非小细胞肺癌中的诊断价值%The Diagnostic Value of Combined Detection of CYFRA21-1,CEA,NSE and CA125 in Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    邢国燕; 赵树波

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To discuss the diagnostic value of combined detection of CYFRA21-1,CEA, NSE and CA125 in non small cell lung cancer.Method:92 cases of NSCLC and 95 cases of lung benign lesions from January 2010 to June 2015 in our hospital were selected as the research objects,92 cases of NSCLC were divided into 42 cases of lung squamous cell carcinoma group and 50 cases of lung adenocarcinoma group according to the different pathological types.The levels of CYFRA21-1, CEA, NSE and CA125 in all patients were measured by electrochemical luminescence method.Result:The CYFRA21-1,CEA,NSE and CA125 in NSCLC group were significantly higher than those in benign lung disease group,the differences were statistically significant (P<0.05).The sensitivity and specificity of CYFRA21-1 were respectively 71.40% and 89.10% in lung squamous cell carcinoma group,the sensitivity and specificity of CEA were respectively 60.00% and 84.30% in lung adenocarcinoma group.The sensitivity of CYFRA21-1 in the diagnosis of NSCLC was 46.53%,specificity was 85.26%.The sensitivity of CEA in the diagnosis of NSCLC was 42.58%,specificity was 81.05%.The sensitivity of NSE in the diagnosis of NSCLC was 57.43%,specificity was 76.85%.The sensitivity of CA125 in the diagnosis of NSCLC was 48.51%,specificity was 66.32%.Combined determination of the four parameters sensitivity was 93.26%,specificity was 98.25%.Conclusion:CYFRA21-1,CEA,CA125 and NSE have certain value for the early detection and diagnosis of NSCLC,and the combined detection of the four has obvious complementarity, which can significantly improve the diagnostic rate of NSCLC.%目的:探讨细胞角蛋白19片段(CYFRA21-1)、癌胚抗原(CEA)、神经元特异性烯醇化酶(NSE)、糖类抗原125(CA125)联合检测在非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)中的诊断价值。方法:选取2010年1月-2015年6月本院收治的NSCLC患者92例和肺部良性病变患者95例作为研究对象,92例NSCLC患者根据病理类

  14. Determination of Free Levels of Cinitipride in Human Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Shikha M. N. Roy

    2008-01-01

    4.6 mm, 5 µm i.d.. The assay of cinitapride was linear calibration curve over the range 20.118 pg mL−1 to 2011.797 pg mL−1. Plasma concentrations of cinitapride were determined by LC-MS/MS with a limit of quantification of 20.118 pg mL−1 that allowed an appropriate characterization of the pharmacokinetic profile of cinitapride at the therapeutic dose. The method was successfully applied to the bioequivalence study of cinitapride tablet (1.0 mg administered as a single oral dose.

  15. Determination of antimony in rain water at the nanogram level with surfactant and brilliant green

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    Tripathi, A.N.; Patel, K.S. [School of Studies in Chemistry, Pt. Ravishankar University, Raipur (India)

    1998-01-01

    A new, simple, selective and sensitive method for the spectrophotometric determination of antimony in rain water is described. It includes preconcentrating Sb with surfactants (i.e. cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and Triton X-100 (TX-100)) into toluene and allowing the extract to react with a dye, i.e. brilliant green (BG). The value of apparent molar absorptivity is 5.55 x 10{sup 5} L-mol{sup -1} . cm{sup -1} at {lambda}{sub max} = 620 nm; the detection limit is 3 ng/mL Sb in rain water at 3-fold preconcentration. (orig.) With 1 fig., 2 tabs., 7 refs.

  16. In situ quantitative determination of transuranic elements in areas of high-level gamma radiation

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    Brodzinski, R.L.; Wogman, N.A.

    1978-01-01

    A technique is described for passive neutron monitoring of transuranic elements. The method provides quantitative determinations of transuranic element concentrations in a variety of field situations where no other measurement method is possible. The technique can measure concentrations of transuranic oxides as low as 8 nCi/cm/sup 3/ and is capable of operating in gamma radiation fields up to megarads per hour. Information on chemical and isotopic composition can also be obtained from the data. Several successful applications of the technique are discussed.

  17. Determination of Moisture Levels, Protein and Water Absorption of Chicken Giblets

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    D Scaratti

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This study aimed at evaluating the levels of moisture, protein, water to protein ratio, and water absorption during chilling of chicken giblets (heart, liver, and gizzard to set legal limits of water absorption during this process. The survey was conducted in the southern Brazil, the largest broiler-producing region of this country. Giblets (heart, liver, and gizzard were collected fresh from the processing line after evisceration and at the exit of the chiller after the immersion process from two processing plants. One of the plants (PP1 processes small chickens (1,100g live weight and PP2 processes chickens with 2,800g live weight. In total, 448 samples were collected. Laboratory tests were performed in duplicate for each parameter measured. The results show that moisture levels of fresh giblets were higher in the gizzard, followed by the liver and the heart, whereas in chilled giblets, the gizzard still maintained the highest moisture level, but was followed by the heart and then the liver. Both in fresh and chilled samples, the liver presented the highest protein content, followed by the gizzard and the heart. Water to protein ratios were higher in chilled than in fresh samples, and was highest in the heart, followed by the gizzard and the liver. After immersion in the chiller, the heart presented the highest water absorption rate (6.59%, which was significantly higher compared with those of the liver (4.16% and the gizzard (4.51%. Considering that the water absorption rates obtained both in fresh and chilled chicken giblets were below 8.00%, the following upper limits of water absorption are suggested for chicken giblet processing in Brazil: 7.0% for the heart, and 5.0% for the gizzard and the liver.

  18. Determination of dependence of feed intake level on functional and technological parameters of prescription mixture

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    Aksenova O. I.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The problem of the development of pet food formulations in the conditions of information uncertainty which is characteristic of an actual business enterprise engaged in production of feed has been considered in the paper. The analysis of the literature [1–4] has shown that the main works are devoted to the extrusion of plastics and cereal products, with the temperature conditions equal to 130–200 ºC. This temperature range is not suitable for the production of pet food, and researches on this issue are virtually absent. This study is devoted to defining the functional and technological parameters of prescription mixture depending on the level of feed intake by unproductive animals; this knowledge will allow manufacturers to simplify the development of new formulations of balanced feed. Identification of this relationship has been carried out on the basis of modeling methods of mathematical statistics in Excel and Mathcad packages, as well as on the basis of fuzzy logic set theory in MatLAB package, as the construction of a complete mathematical model is complicated by absence of an explicit numerical form of the result received on the basis of sensory analysis. The research has revealed the dependence of feed intake level on functional and technological parameters of prescription mix for non-productive animals, in particular, the highest level of animal feed intake will be achieved at the following values of the main parameters: pH – 6.5; the moisture – 9 %; the protein concentration – 85 %; the particle size – 0.55 mm; the energy value – 267 kcal/100 g feed. The adequacy of the dependence for the input variables – the moisture feed and concentration of the protein component – is confirmed by the experimental investigations. This paper can be used to generate the optimal prescription composition for functional and technological characteristics of the samples in order to create balanced extruded feeds.

  19. Determinants of pregnancy and induced and spontaneous abortion in a jointly determined framework: evidence from a country-wide, district-level household survey in India.

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    Ahmed, Salma; Ray, Ranjan

    2014-07-01

    This study provides evidence on the principal determinants of pregnancy and abortion in India using a large country-wide district-level data set (DLHS 2007). The paper provides an economic framework for the analysis of pregnancy and abortion. The study distinguishes between induced and spontaneous abortion and compares the effects of their determinants. The results show that there are wide differences between induced and spontaneous abortions in terms of the sign and magnitude of the estimated effects of several of their determinants, most notably wealth, the woman's age and her desire for children. The study makes a methodological contribution by proposing a trivariate probit estimation framework that recognizes the joint dependence of pregnancy and induced and spontaneous abortion, and provides evidence in support of this joint dependence. The study reports an inverted U-shaped effect of a woman's age on her pregnancy and both forms of abortion. The turning point in each case is quite robust to the estimation framework. A significant effect of contextual variables, at the village level, constructed from the individual responses, on a woman's pregnancy is found. The effects are weaker in the case of induced abortion, and insignificant in the case of spontaneous abortion. The results are shown to be fairly robust. This paper extends the literature on the relation between son preference and fertility by examining the link between mother's son preference and desire for more children with abortion rates.

  20. Determination of element levels in human serum: Total reflection X-ray fluorescence applications

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    Majewska, U.; Łyżwa, P.; Łyżwa, K.; Banaś, D.; Kubala-Kukuś, A.; Wudarczyk-Moćko, J.; Stabrawa, I.; Braziewicz, J.; Pajek, M.; Antczak, G.; Borkowska, B.; Góźdź, S.

    2016-08-01

    Deficiency or excess of elements could disrupt proper functioning of the human body and could lead to several disorders. Determination of their concentrations in different biological human fluids and tissues should become a routine practice in medical treatment. Therefore the knowledge about appropriate element concentrations in human organism is required. The purpose of this study was to determine the concentration of several elements (P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Cr, Fe, Cu, Zn, Se, Br, Rb, Pb) in human serum and to define the reference values of element concentration. Samples of serum were obtained from 105 normal presumably healthy volunteers (66 women aged between 15 and 78 years old; 39 men aged between 15 and 77 years old). Analysis has been done for the whole studied population and for subgroups by sex and age. It is probably first so a wide study of elemental composition of serum performed in the case of Świętokrzyskie region. Total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) method was used to perform the elemental analysis. Spectrometer S2 Picofox (Bruker AXS Microanalysis GmbH) was used to identify and measure elemental composition of serum samples. Finally, 1st and 3rd quartiles were accepted as minimum and maximum values of concentration reference range.

  1. Evaluation of a New Noninvasive Device in Determining Hemoglobin Levels in Emergency Department Patients

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    Tristan Knutson

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The Masimo Radical-7 Pulse CO-Oximeter is a medical device recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration that performs noninvasive oximetry and estimated venous or arterial hemoglobin measurements. A portable, noninvasive device that rapidly measures hemoglobin concentration could be useful in both austere and modern hospital settings. The objective of this study is to determine the degree of variation between the device’s estimated hemoglobin measurement and the actual venous hemoglobin concentration in undifferentiated emergency department (ED patients.Methods: We conducted a prospective, observational, cross-sectional study of adult patients presenting to the ED. The subjects consisted of a convenience sample of adult ED patients who required a complete blood count as part of their care in the ED. A simultaneous probe hemoglobin was obtained and recorded.Results: Bias between probe and laboratory hemoglobin measurements was _0.5 (95% confidence interval,_0.8 to_0.1 but this was not statistically significant from 0 (t 0.05,124¼0.20, P . 0.5. The limits of agreement were _4.7 and 3.8, beyond the clinically relevant standard of equivalency of 6 1 g/dL.Conclusion: These data suggest that noninvasive hemoglobin determination is not sufficiently accurate for emergency department use. [West J Emerg Med. 2013;14(3:283–286.

  2. Determination of Bromate at Trace Level in Sudanese Bottled Drinking Water Using Ion Chromatography

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    Mei Musa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bromate ion was determined by ion chromatography with spectro-photometric detection after post column reaction with o-dianisidine reagent in acidic medium. IonPac AS19 anion-exchange column was used with 20 mM sodium hydroxide eluent. The eluent from the column was then allowed to react with o-dianisidine at 60 °C. The developed colour of the final product was measured spectrophotometrically at 450 nm. Linearity of the method was checked up to 200 μg/L by using 200 μL sample injection volume and the linear correlation coefficient was 0.9998. The method detection limit was 0.56 μg/L and the precision was 6.2% at 100 μg/L. The spiked recovery for bromate in water samples was 93%. Interferences from some anions eg. nitrate, chloride and nitrite were studied. The method was applied for the determination of bromate ion in ten sudanese bottled drinking water. Bromate was detected in 60% of the samples at concentrations ranged between 5-169 μg/L.

  3. Products Definition and Determining Uncertainties; Sentinel-3 Optical Level 2 Prototype Processor

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    Lavender, Samantha; Fanton d'Andon, Odile Hembise; Emsley, Stephen; Bourg, Ludovic; Nightingale, Tim; North, Peter; Sotis, Giovanni; Bates, Martin; Fomferra, Norman; Vincent, Emmanuel; Brockmann, Carsten; Nasir-Habeeb, Rabiah; Goryl, Philippe

    2010-12-01

    Retrieval of operational optical products from the future Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Sentinel-3 mission aims to provide continuity of existing missions delivering ocean/land colour, surface temperature and sea surface topography data. This paper describes the current status of the Sentinel-3 Level 2 Optical Prototype Processor (O-L2PP) who's development includes not only a list of products, but also associated uncertainty estimates; a key requirements for the processor. Examples of the approaches adopted within current versions of the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents (ATBDs), OLCI glint correction and SLSTR Sea Surface Temperature (SST), demonstrated how uncertainty estimates can be achieved.

  4. Determination of optimum sunlight concentration level in space for 3-5 cascade solar cells

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    Curtis, H. B.

    1982-01-01

    The optimum range of concentration levels in space for III-V cascade cells was calculated using a realistic solar cell diode equation. Temperature was varied with concentration using several models and ranged from 55 C at 1 sun to between 80 and 200 C at 100 suns. A variety of series resistance and internal resistances were used. Coefficients of the diffusion and recombination terms are strongly temperature dependent. The study indicates that the maximum efficiency of 30 percent occurs in the 50 to 100 sun concentration range provided series resistance is below 0.015 ohm-sq cm and cell temperature is about 80 C at 100 suns.

  5. Determination of the activation level in the decommissioning inventory of the NPP Krsko

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    Jaag, S.; Graebner, G.; Keck, B. [NIS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Alzenau (Germany); Glaser, B. [Nuklearna Elektrarna Krsko (Slovenia)

    2010-05-15

    In support of a plant specific preliminary decommissioning plan the MCNP 5 code system /1/ was used to model the Krsko-reactor core and its external components relevant for activation analysis and decommissioning in 3D-geometry. By MCNP neutron transport calculations transfer functions for the space-dependent total neutron flux and the space-dependent rates (1-group cross sections) of the most relevant nuclear reactions were generated. These transfer functions were combined with the reactor operational data, and ORIGEN-2.1 /2/ irradiation calculations were performed to provide the activation levels of the individual reactor components. The results are presented and the uncertainties are discussed. (orig.)

  6. Determination of 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol levels in the urine of termite control workers using chlorpyrifos.

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    Jitsunari,Fumihiko

    1989-10-01

    Full Text Available Chlorpyrifos, an organophosphorus insecticide, has been used to control termites since regulatory measures against the use of chlordanes were taken in September, 1986. We developed an improved gas chromatographic (GC method for the assay of 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (TCP in the urine to use in the biological monitoring of exposure to chlorpyrifos. Urinary TCP was separated and determined accurately (C.V., 4% with high sensitivity (detection limit, 10 ng/ml and recovery (recovery greater than 90% using a wide bore capillary column (WBC column. The accuracy and precision of the present GC method are satisfactory. The time course of urinary excretion of TCP was followed in workers. The urinary TCP level was low in the off-season and high in the busy season. Variation in the urinary TCP level corresponded to the termite control season and the length of the working period. The urinary TCP level showed a change reciprocal to the variations in the plasma cholinesterase activity. From these results, it is surmised that the urinary TCP level represents the extent of exposure to chlorpyrifos. The decrease in the level of cholinesterase activity is suggested to be due to exposure to chlorpyrifos. Determination of the urinary TCP level by GC using a WBC column is useful in the biological monitoring of chlorpyrifos in termite control workers and potentially has practical application to health care.

  7. Determinants of Farmers’ Willingness to Pay and Its Level for Ecological Compensation of Poyang Lake Wetland, China: A Household-Level Survey

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    Fanbin Kong

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the determinants of farmers’ willingness to pay (WTP and their payment levels for ecological compensation of the Poyang Lake Wetland in China. We developed a farmer household survey and gathered 292 effective responses. The contingent valuation method (CVM and Heckman’s two-step model were employed for the empirical study. Results show that 46.58% of farmers are willing to pay ecological compensation, with an average price of $64.39/household per year. The influencing factors that significantly influence farmers’ WTP include household income, residential location, emphasis on improvement of wetland resources, arable land area, and contracted water area. In addition, household income, residential location, arable land area, and contracted water area are significantly related to their payment levels. The results of this empirical study inform important policy implications and recommendations.

  8. Determination of furan levels in commercial samples of baby food from Brazil and preliminary risk assessment.

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    Pavesi Arisseto, A; Vicente, E; De Figueiredo Toledo, M C

    2010-08-01

    Commercial baby food samples available on the Brazilian market (n = 31) were analysed for furan content using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method preceded by solid-phase microextraction. A limit of detection of 0.7 microg kg(-1), a limit of quantitation of 2.4 microg kg(-1), mean recoveries varying from 80% to 107%, and coefficients of variation ranging from 5.6% to 9.4% for repeatability and from 7.4% to 12.4% for within-laboratory reproducibility were obtained during an in-house validation. The levels of furan found in the samples were from not detected to 95.5 microg kg(-1). Samples containing vegetables and meat showed higher furan levels as compared with those containing only fruits. An exposure assessment showed furan intakes up to 2.4 microg kg(-1) body weight day(-1) (99th percentile) for babies fed exclusively with commercial baby foods. Margins of exposure obtained from intakes estimated in this work indicated a potential public health concern.

  9. Level and Determinants of Knowledge of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis among Railway Workers in Malaysia

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    Kurubaran Ganasegeran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, an ancient malady greatly impairing modern population quality of life, has stimulated global attention to find effective modes of prevention and intervention. Purpose. This study aimed to assess factors affecting knowledge of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (knee OA among Malaysian railway workers. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 513 railway workers involving eight major states within Peninsular Malaysia using population-based sampling. The assessment instrument was a face-validated, prepiloted, self-administered instrument with sociodemographics and knowledge items on knee OA. Results. Mean (±SD age of the respondents was 41.4 (±10.7, with the majority aged 50 years or older (34.9%. Of the total respondents, 53.6% had low levels of knowledge of knee OA disease. Multivariate analysis found that four demographic predictors, age ≥50 years, family history of knee OA, self-awareness, and clinical diagnosis of the disease entity, were significantly associated with knowledge scores. Conclusion. The finding of a low level knee OA knowledge among Malaysian railway workers points to an urgent need for massive information to be disseminated among the workers at risk to foster primary prevention and self-care.

  10. Main determinants of physical activity levels in individuals with Parkinson’s disease

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    Raquel de Carvalho Lana

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This study analyzed the relationship between patient characteristics, factors associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD, and physical activity level of individuals affected by the disease. Forty-six volunteers with mild-to-moderate idiopathic PD were assessed using sections II/III of the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale and their motor functions were classified according to the modified Hoehn and Yahr (HY scale. Data such as age, disease duration, the Human Activity Profile (HAP, the Fatigue Severity Scale were collected. Lower limb bradykinesia and clinical subtypes of PD were defined. Two models that explained 76% of the variance of the HAP were used. The first comprised age, ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL, and the HY scale; the second comprised age, ability to perform ADL, and lower limb bradykinesia. Possible modifiable factors such as the ability to perform ADL and lower limb bradykinesia were identified as predictors of physical activity level of individuals with PD.

  11. Application of Fuzzy Logic Inference System, Interval Numbers and Mapping Operator for Determination of Risk Level

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    Mohsen Omidvar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background & objective: Due to the features such as intuitive graphical appearance, ease of perception and straightforward applicability, risk matrix has become as one of the most used risk assessment tools. On the other hand, features such as the lack of precision in the classification of risk index, as well as subjective computational process, has limited its use. In order to solve this problem, in the current study we used fuzzy logic inference systems and mathematical operators (interval numbers and mapping operator. Methods: In this study, first 10 risk scenarios in the excavation and piping process were selected, then the outcome of the risk assessment were studied using four types of matrix including traditional (ORM, displaced cells (RCM , extended (ERM and fuzzy (FRM risk matrixes. Results: The results showed that the use of FRM and ERM matrix have prority, due to the high level of " Risk Tie Density" (RTD and "Risk Level Density" (RLD in the ORM and RCM matrix, as well as more accurate results presented in FRM and ERM, in risk assessment. While, FRM matrix provides more reliable results due to the application of fuzzy membership functions. Conclusion: Using new mathematical issues such as fuzzy sets and arithmetic and mapping operators for risk assessment could improve the accuracy of risk matrix and increase the reliability of the risk assessment results, when the accurate data are not available, or its data are avaliable in a limit range.

  12. A Case of Radiation Fibrosis Appearing as Mass-Like Consolidation after SBRT with Elevation of Serum CEA

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    Kotaro Terashima

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of radiation fibrosis appearing as mass-like consolidation, which was difficult to distinguish from local recurrence. A 72-year-old woman was diagnosed as having primary lung cancer (cT1N0M0 stage IA in the right upper lobe and was treated with SBRT of 48 Gy in 4 fractions. After 12 months, mass-like consolidation appeared around the irradiated area, and after 13 months, it had increased in size. FDG-PET revealed high uptake (SUV max=5.61 for the consolidation. CT-guided biopsy was performed, but we could not confirm the diagnosis. Considering her poor respiratory function and her age, short-interval follow-up was performed. After 15 months, the consolidation enlarged at the dorsal side, and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA became elevated (14.6 ng/mL. Serum KL-6 (436 U/mL and SP-D (204 ng/mL were also elevated. However, after 16 months, serum CEA slightly decreased. The consolidation gradually retracted on follow-up CT images. CEA, KL-6, and SP-D were also decreased by degrees. After 40 months, there is no evidence of local recurrence.

  13. Theoretical and experimental approach to determine pollutant levels in an urban area

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    Solisio, C.; Cecco, I. de; Ferraiolo, G. [Genoa Univ. (Italy). Inst. of Chemical Engineering Science and Technology; Ruaro, R.

    1995-12-31

    Simulative techniques, carried out by means of scale physical models, prove to be particularly useful because they allow to optimize those prevention and protection measures aimed at the undesired effect reduction. Among the various scale models, the wind tunnel is one of the most common physical models used to simulate real environmental conditions, reproduced in suitable reduced scale by dimensional analysis. Physical modeling, mainly wind tunnel, is typically employed to study plants in complex terrain or to determine how building turbulence can affect dispersion from staks. Moreover, simulative techniques set-up is not simple and it needs particular careful regarding to define its capable to simulate real environmental conditions. The present article deals with the scale simulative technique through wind tunnel, applied to the study about dispersion atmospheric phenomenon. Set-up procedures are discussed, then preliminary results about pollutant dispersion in a street of Genoa (Italy) characterized by great traffic vehicular traffic are showed too. (author)

  14. Determining the Level of Satisfaction of Patients in Nursing Care and Health Services

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    Sevban Arslan

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to determine patients’ satisfaction with nursing care and health services. This descriptive study was performed with 320 inpatients at University Hospital’s internal diseases and surgical units in July and November 2011. The data were collected by a questionnaire and the Visual Analog Patient Satisfaction Scale and the Scale of Patient Perception of Hospital Experience With Nursing. For statistical evalution , SPSS(Statistical Package for Social Science 15 percent by using the program, the Student t-test, ANOVA and Kruskal- Wallis analysis was done with. The mean total score was 8.65±1.52 on the Visual Analog Patient Satisfaction Scale. The Scale of Patient Perception of Hospital Experience With Nursing, the mean total score was 65.90±11.00. Consequently, Patients were satisfied with the nursing care and health services. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2012; 11(6.000: 717-724

  15. Determination of diagnostic reference levels in general radiography in Latin America.

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    Blanco, Susana; Mora, Patricia; Almonte, Narkiss; Benavente, Tony; Benson, Nadja; Blanco, Daniel; Cárdenas, Juan; Defaz Gómez, Yolanda; Edding, Oscar; Escobar, Carolina; Fonseca, María; Gamarra, Mirtha; García Aguilar, Juan; Khoury, Helen Jamil; Quintero, Ana Rosa; Roas Zuniga, Norma; Zaire, Edgar; Nader, Alejandro

    2013-09-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through the International Action Plan on Radiation Protection of Patients and the International Commission on Radiological Protection have for some time carried out important efforts to assure that in the medical applications of the ionising radiations, the optimisation of radiological protection of patients is fundamental, to such a point that the IAEA includes it directly as a requirement for these practices (in its International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionising Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (BSS)-GSR Part 1, 2011). For this reason, among the objectives of Regional Project RLA/9/057 and Regional Project RLA/9/067, the intention was to establish the dose references in conventional radiology for Latin America, for the purposes of determining whether these doses comply with the requirements of the BSS and to tend to improve practices, in order to minimise the dose received by the patients.

  16. Cyber Security Policy. A methodology for Determining a National Cyber-Security Alert Level

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    Dan Constantin TOFAN

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, assuring the security of the national cyber-space has become a big issue that can only be tackled through collaborative approaches. Threats cannot be confined to a single computer system just as much as computer systems are rendered useless without being con-nected to a supporting network. The authors of this article propose an innovative architecture of a system designated to help governments collect and analyze data about cyber-security in-cidents, from different organizations, dispersed nationwide, and acting within various economic sectors. The collected data will make us able to determine a national cyber-security alert score that could help policy makers in establishing the best strategies for protecting the national cyber-space.

  17. Clinical significance of plasma level of AT-Ⅲ determination in sepsis patients

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    Wei Chen; Zhi-Hua Hu; Chen-Mian

    2015-01-01

    Objective:Through measure changes of anticoagulant enzyme (AT-Ⅲ) activity in plasma in sepsis patients, this paper discusses the clinical significance of AT-Ⅲ activity changes in predicting sepsis occurrence and prognosis.Methods: The non-sepsis 30 cases, with sepsis 76 cases, including 25 cases of severe sepsis, use method of thrombin gelatum lacuna for determining activity of AT-Ⅲ in plasma, platelet count and APACHEⅢ score simultaneously. Results:Sepsis group, severe sepsis groups contrast with the non-sepsis group respectively, activity of AT-Ⅲ reduced significantly (P<0.01), severe sepsis group lower than sepsis group (P=0.055).Conclusion:AT-Ⅲ activity reduced early in sepsis patients, with patient's condition aggravat, its value further reduced, hints measurement of AT-Ⅲ activity has certainly clinical significance in predicting sepsis occurrence and prognosis.

  18. Trace level determination of titanium in real samples by alternating current voltammetry

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    Locatelli, C.; Fagioli, F.; Garai, T.; Bighi, C.

    1988-11-01

    The fundamental and second harmonic alternating current voltammetric determination of titanium(IV) in the presence of a large excess of iron(III) is reported. The measurements were carried out with a semistationary mercury electrode (long-lasting sessile-drop mercury electrode) as the working electrode. The analytical procedure was controlled by the analysis of standard reference materials: Portland cement BCS 372, stainless steel (AISI 321) SRM 121 d, and highly alloyed steel (Eurostandard 281-1). The confidence interval of the experimental data was in agreement with the certified values for the titanium(IV) content of the samples. The precision, expressed by the relative standard deviation, and the accuracy, expressed by the relative error, were on the order of 3-5%. The standard addition technique was found to improve the resolution of alternating current voltammetric methods, even in the case of very high c/sub Fe:c/sub Tl/ concentration ratios.

  19. Determinants of manganese levels in house dust samples from the CHAMACOS cohort

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    Gunier, R.B., E-mail: gunier@berkeley.edu [Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Jerrett, M. [Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Smith, D.R.; Jursa, T. [Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Yousefi, P.; Camacho, J.; Hubbard, A.; Eskenazi, B.; Bradman, A. [Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Introduction: Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient, but at high exposure levels Mn is a neurotoxicant. The fungicides maneb and mancozeb are approximately 21% Mn by weight and more than 150,000 kg are applied each year to crops in the Salinas Valley, California. It is not clear, however, whether agricultural use of these fungicides increases Mn levels in homes. Materials and methods: We collected house dust samples from 378 residences enrolled in the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study with a second sample collected approximately nine months later from 90 of the residences. House dust samples were analyzed for Mn using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Information from interviews, home inspections, and pesticide use reports was used to identify potential predictors of Mn dust concentrations and loadings. Results: Mn was detectable in all dust samples. The median Mn concentration was 171 μg/g and median Mn loading was 1,910 μg/m{sup 2} at first visit. In multivariable models, Mn dust concentrations and loadings increased with the number of farmworkers in the home and the amount of agricultural Mn fungicides applied within three kilometers of the residence during the month prior to dust sample collection. Dust concentrations of Mn and other metals (lead, cadmium and chromium) were higher in residences located in the southern Salinas Valley compared those located in other areas of the Salinas Valley. Dust loadings of Mn and other metals were also higher in residences located on Antioch Loam soil than other soil types, and in homes with poor or average housekeeping practices. Conclusions: Agricultural use of Mn containing fungicides was associated with Mn dust concentrations and loadings in nearby residences and farmworker homes. Housekeeping practices and soil type at residence were also important factors related to dust metal concentrations and loadings. - Highlights: • Manganese dust

  20. Determination of arsenic and mercury level in scalp hair from a selected population in Penang, Malaysia using XRF technique

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    Aldroobi, Khalid Saleh Ali; Shukri, A.; Bauk, Sabar; Munem, Eid Mahmoud Abdel; Abuarra, Ali. M. A.

    2013-10-01

    As with many cities all over the world with active industrial developments, the city of Penang in Malaysia has also the potential of being exposed to industrial pollution. Such exposure would certainly have a detrimental impact on the environment and the people. The determination of trace elemental levels in hair which is well known as a method for environmental exposure monitoring, evaluation of heavy metal poisoning, assessment of nutrient levels and disease diagnoses. In this study, it is selected as the method to determine the possible exposure to pollutants in the form of unwanted trace elements. The natural levels of trace elements in hair are hence monitored first as reference values for the assessment of the possible human contamination levels. In this work the concentrations of As and Hg in the human scalp hair of 100 residents of Penang were determined using XRF. The results of this study are compared with the results obtained in other cities where such measurements have also been carried out.

  1. [Clinical usefulness of serum PIVKA-II levels determined by ECLIA system as a tumor maker for hepatocellular carcinoma].

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    Sakizono, K; Oita, T; Shibata, Y; Tamura, A; Kasakura, S

    1998-09-01

    PIVKA-II is well known as a tumor maker of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We measured serum PIVKA-II concentrations with a commercially available PIVKA-II immunoassay kit (Picolumi PIVKA-II: Eisai Co., Ltd., Tokyo) using Electrochemiluminescence Immunoassay (ECLIA). ECLIA system is a novel immunoassay system using a Ruthenium (II) Tris (bipyridyl) luminesced by electric energy. Cut off value was 40 mAU/ml by receiver-operating characteristic curves as a tumor maker for HCC. Eighty-nine out of 142 (62.2%) patients with HCC had elevated serum PIVKA-II levels and seventeen out of 36 (47.2%) patients whose tumor size was below 2 cm in diameter showed high PIVKA-II levels. We determined the serial changes in serum PIVKA-II levels of two patients with HCC following initial therapy. In these patients, elevations of serum PIVKA-II levels determined by ECLIA system preceded the HCC relapse detected by imaging diagnostic procedures. In summary, this assay system is suitable for detecting small increases in PIVKA-II concentrations. Determination of PIVKA-II by this assay system is found to be useful for the early detection of HCC.

  2. [Mycrob-1000: an alternative for the rapid determination of urine culture in the primary health level].

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    Alarcón, Rolando Contreras; Ruiz, Fernando Travieso; Tamayo, Angela Zayas; Carmona, Gloria Roura; Varela, Estrella Alvarez; Ochoa, Gilberto Tillán; Frómeta, Nardo Ramírez

    2004-01-01

    The use of equipment Mycrob-1000 in detecting urinary infections in 4 hours in a primary health care center is evaluated. Two hundred fifty eight urine samples obtained from spontaneous miction were processed; the reference method was counting of colony-forming units per urine millimeter inoculated in Petri plaque in CLED medium. The coincidence rate between both methods was 92,31, with sensitivity and specificity rates of 79,00% and 96,95% respectively. The level of sensitivity was affected by factors not directly dependent on the equipment. High values of specificity and of coincidence achieved by this equipment in relation to the reference method facilitates its use in urine culture, making possible to differentiate negative urine samples in 4 or 5 hours and to focus work and resources on positive samples.

  3. Determinants of manganese levels in house dust samples from the CHAMACOS cohort

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    Gunier, RB; Jerrett, M; Smith, DR; Jursa, T; Yousefi, P; Camacho, J; Hubbard, A; Eskenazi, B; Bradman, A

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient, but at high exposure levels Mn is a neurotoxicant. The fungicides maneb and mancozeb are approximately 21% Mn by weight and more than 150,000 kg are applied each year to crops in the Salinas Valley, California. It is not clear, however, whether agricultural use of these fungicides increases Mn levels in homes. Materials and methods We collected house dust samples from 378 residences enrolled in the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS) study with a second sample collected approximately nine months later from 90 of the residences. House dust samples were analyzed for Mn using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy. Information from interviews, home inspections, and pesticide use reports was used to identify potential predictors of Mn dust concentrations and loadings. Results Mn was detectable in all dust samples. The median Mn concentration was 171 μg/g and median Mn loading was 1,910 μg/m2 at first visit. In multivariable models, Mn dust concentrations and loadings increased with the number of farmworkers in the home and the amount of agricultural Mn fungicides applied within three kilometers of the residence during the month prior to dust sample collection. Dust concentrations of Mn and other metals (lead, cadmium and chromium) were higher in residences located in the southern Salinas Valley compared those located in other areas of the Salinas Valley. Dust loadings of Mn and other metals were also higher in residences located on Antioch Loam soil than other soil types, and in homes with poor or average housekeeping practices. Conclusions Agricultural use of Mn containing fungicides was associated with Mn dust concentrations and loadings in nearby residences and farmworker homes. Housekeeping practices and soil type at residence were also important factors related to dust metal concentrations and loadings. PMID:25146905

  4. Study on determination of stress level by seismic stress drops and the stress axis deflections before and after large earthquakes

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    WAN Yong-ge

    2006-01-01

    To obtain the stress level at the earthquake source, this paper sets forth the solution of the stress magnitude at the earthquake source by seismic stress drop and the stress axis deflections before and after large earthquakes. The pre-seismic and post-seismic stress direction can be statistically determined by a large collection of foreshock and aftershock focal mechanism data while the stress drop can be determined through the source fracture inversion from seismic wave data or crust deformation data. The paper attempts to make a fundamental contribution to seismic dynamics.

  5. A Colorimetric Method for the Determination of the Exhaustion Level of Granular Activated Carbons Used in Rum Production

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    Harold Crespo Sariol

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Spectrophotometric measurement applied on saturated granular activated carbon (GAC is not yet explored. A colorimetric method in the visible range has been developed in order to determine the exhaustion level of GAC used in rum production. Aqueous ammonia solution has been used as an indicative agent to determine the extraction rate of taste compounds within the rum production process and the exhaustion degree of the GAC. The colorimetric results showed excellent correlation with the iodine number and the contact pH. The proposed colorimetric method opens possibilities for rum producers to improve the management and economical use of the activated carbon at the industrial scale.

  6. Spatial Pattern Determination of Biodiversity Threats at Landscape Level (Case Study: Golestan Province

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    R. Mirzaei

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Mapping spatial patterns of potential biodiversity threats is one of the important steps for effective conservation planning and activities. To determine the spatial patterns of threats in Golestan province, 12 criteria in four main groups including structural (fractal coefficient of perimeter, circularity ratio of area, average slope, compositional aspects of biodiversity (presence of species at risk, non-biological threats (distance to city, distance to village, distance to road, distance to infrastructure, distance to agricultural land, soil pollution, risk of fire and isolation (Nearest Neighbor Index were used. These data layers were digitized in GIS environment and were weighted through Analytical Hierarchy Process. A weighted linear combination was then used to map the spatial pattern of biodiversity threats in the province. Compositional aspect (0.59, non-biological threats (0.23, isolation (0.11, and structural aspect (0.07 were relatively weighted in the order of importance. Central parts of the province and patches in the northern and southern parts were recognized to be more exposed to biodiversity threats. The central parts of the province were mostly threatened by urban, industrial, road and agricultural development, whereas the northern and southern parts were recognized as areas of conservation importance having a variety of threatened birds.

  7. Determinants of Energy Intensity in Indian Manufacturing Industries: A Firm Level Analysis

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    Santosh Kumar SAHU

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The demand for energy; particularly for commercial purposes, has been growing rapidly with growth of the economy, changes in the demographic structure, rising urbanization, socio-economic development, and the desire for attaining and sustaining self-reliance in some sectors of the economy. Energy intensity of Indian industries is among the highest in the world and specifically the Indian manufacturing sector is the largest consumer of energy sources. This study attempts to analyze the determinants of energy intensity of Indian manufacturing firms using data from the PROWESS database of the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE for the period 2000-2008. The results of the econometric analysis suggest a non-linear (U shape relationship between energy intensity and firm size, implying that both very large and very small firms tend to be more energy intensive as compared to the medium size firms. The analysis also highlights that, foreign owned firms are less energy intensive as compared to the domestic firms. Further, technology imports are found to be important in contributing to the decline firmlevel energy intensity. The paper also identifies that there is a sizable difference in energy intensity between energy intensive firms and others. In addition, the result also shows that younger firms are more energy efficient as compared to the older firms.

  8. Determination and levels of the biocide ortho-phenylphenol in canned beers from different countries.

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    Coelhan, Mehmet; Bromig, Karl-Heinz; Glas, Karl; Roberts, A Lynn

    2006-08-09

    A method was developed for the determination of the biocide ortho-phenylphenol (biphenyl-2-ol; OPP) in beer, using deuterated OPP as an internal standard. A new liquid-liquid extraction procedure, employing acetonitrile, diethyl ether, and n-pentane, afforded rapid phase separation. The evaporated extract was derivatized with pentafluorobenzyl bromide in a water-acetonitrile mixture that was buffered with potassium carbonate, followed by extraction of the derivative into cyclohexane and analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in electron ionization mode. The method enables the detection of OPP in 50 mL of beer at concentrations as low as 0.1 microg/L and provides a linear range of quantification of 0.5-40 microg/L. Samples from 61 beers canned over the past 12 years and sold in 27 countries were analyzed for OPP. In 40 of them, the target compound was present at concentrations of 1.2-40 microg/L. Our investigations indicate that the ends of the cans, which contain sealing material presumably treated with OPP, are responsible for this contamination.

  9. TRACE LEVEL VOLTAMMETRIC DETERMINATION OF HEAVY METALS AND TOTAL MERCURY IN TEA MATRICES (Camellia sinensis).

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    Melucci, Dora; Locatelli, Marcello; Locatelli, Clinio

    2013-10-24

    An analytical procedure regarding the voltammetric determination of mercury(II), copper(II), lead(II), cadmium(II) and zinc(II) by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) in matrices involved in food chain is proposed. In particular, tea leaves were analysed as real samples. The digestion of each matrix was carried out using a concentrated HCl-HNO3-H2SO4 acidic attack mixture; 0.01 mol L(-1) EDTA-Na2 + 0.15 mol L(-1) NaCl + 0.5 mol L(-1) HCl was employed as the supporting electrolyte. The voltammetric measurements were carried out using a conventional three electrode cell, employing, as working electrodes, a gold electrode (GE) and a stationary hanging mercury drop electrode (HMDE). The analytical procedure has been verified on the standard reference materials Spinach Leaves NIST-SRM 1570a, Tomato Leaves NIST-SRM 1573a and Apple Leaves NIST-SRM 1515. For all the elements, the precision as repeatability, expressed as relative standard deviation (sr) was of the order of 3-5 %, while the trueness, expressed as relative error (e) was of the order of 3-7 %. Once set up on the standard reference materials, the analytical procedure was applied to commercial tea leaves samples. A critical comparison with spectroscopic measurements is also discussed.

  10. The Effects of Domestic Macroeconomic Determinants on Stock Returns: A Sector Level Analysis

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    Şerife Özlen

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Investment analysis should be carefully performed in stock markets. Therefore, firms take necessary actions according to stock market behavior and macroeconomic variables. Therefore, the predictability of stock market determinants becomes important. This study aims to identify the effects of selected macroeconomic factors (interest rate, exchange rates, inflation-consumer price index, current account deficit, unemployment rates and sector indices on stock returns of selected 48 companies in 11 different sectors of Istanbul Stock Exchange including electric, food, communication, paper, chemistry, metal-main, metal-product, stone, textile, commerce and transportation sectors. The study employs ARDL approach on the period between the second month of 2005 and the second month of 2012 including 85 monthly observations. According to the results, Sector Indices are found to be quite influential through the selected sectors. Exchanges rate is also significantly influential on almost all the sectors except Communication and Textile sectors. The impacts of Interest Rate, Inflation Rate, Current Account Deficit, and Unemployment Rate are various through the selected sectors. Moreover, the influence of Istanbul Stock Exchange Market on the stock returns of considered companies is significantly clear through the sectors except six companies (two companies from Paper sector, one company from Metal-Main sector, two companies from Stone sector and one company from Textile sector out of 48 companies. Since it includes a wide range of companies and sectors, this study is expected to be useful for all policy makers and investment decisions.

  11. [Sulpiride poisoning--case report confirmed with the quantitative determination of the xenobiotic serum level].

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    Ciszowski, Krzysztof; Szpak, Dorota; Wilimowska, Jolanta; Groszek, Barbara

    2011-01-01

    Despite above 40 years the presence of sulpride on the pharmaceutical market, the acute poisonings are poorly reported in the medical literature. The discussed case of sulpiride intoxication concerns ingestion probably dose of 12 g, that exceeded 10-fold maximum therapeutic dose. 16-year-old girl, with no previous sulpiride treatment, was admitted to the Toxicology Department about 3 hours after ingestion. In clinical picture she presented quantitative consciousness disturbances with maximum 10 scores in GCS scale, with tendency to low BP (minimum 88/45 mmHg) and episode of orthostatic hypotension. The ECG demonstrated: normogram, sinus tachycardia with a heart rate of 125 beats/min, PQ = 120 ms, QRS = 80 ms, prolongation of QTc to 519,6 ms and unspecific changes of ST-T syndrome. The qualitative toxicological test confirmed the presence of chlorprothixene in urine, but the serum therapeutic concentration (0.126 microg/ml) excluded the overdose. The quantitative determination of sulpiride serum concentration confirmed acute sulpiride poisoning. The measured sulpiride toxic concentration on admission and in the consecutive hours were from 13.2 to 8.2 microg/ml. Sulpiride toxicokinetic parameters such as t max = about 3 h, t 1/2 = 24.02 h, k(el) = 0.029 h(-1) were also estimated. They point out that the absorption rate is similar and the elimination is prorogated in sulpiride acute poisoning compared to therapeutic doses.

  12. Reflectance-difference spectroscopy as an optical probe for in situ determination of doping levels in GaAs

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    Lastras-Martinez, A.; Lara-Velazquez, I.; Balderas-Navarro, R.E.; Ortega-Gallegos, J.; Guel-Sandoval, S.; Lastras-Martinez, L.F. [Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi, SLP 78000 (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    We report on in situ Reflectance Difference Spectroscopy measurements carried out on GaAs(001). Measurements were performed at temperatures of 580 C and 430 C, in both n and p-type doped films and for both (2 x 4) and c(4 x 4) reconstructions. Samples employed were grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy with doping levels in the range from 10{sup 16}-10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}. We demonstrate the potential of Reflectance Difference Spectroscopy for impurity level determinations under growth conditions. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  13. Determinants of blood lead levels in an adult population from a mining area in Brazil

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    Bastos Paoliello, M. M.; Mello de Capitani, E.; Gonçalves da Cunha, F.; Carvalho, M. De Fatima; Matsuo, T.; Sakuma, A.; Ribeiro Figueiredo, B.

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    During the last fifty year the Ribeira river valley, Brazil, had been under the influence of the full activity of a huge lead refinery and mining along the riverside. The plant completely stopped all kind of industrial activities at the end of 1995, and part of the worker population and their families still remain living nearby in smal communities. The objective of the present study was to assess the deterninants of blood lead levels (BLL) in these nining areas, where residual environmental contamination from the past industrial activity still remains. Blood samples of 350 adults aged 15 to 70, residing in areas around the mine and the refinery were collected. A questionnaire was given in order to gather information on food habits, current and former residential places occupationnal activities, among other variables. Blood lead concentrations were analysed by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry using Zeeman background correction. Logistic regression analysis was conducted to examine the independent contribution of selected variables in predicting BLL in those subjects. The following variables showed significant association with high BLL: residential area close to the lead refinery, former dwelling at the refinery village, male gender, smoking habits, and consume of fruits from home back yard.

  14. Method to Determine Pedestrian Level of Service for the Overall Unsignalized Midblock Crossings of Road Segments

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    Lin Zhao

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims at developing a pedestrian level of service (LOS model for the overall unsignalized midblock crossings of road segments from the perspective of the pedestrian's perception of safety and convenience in Chinese midblock crossing environment. Firstly, the potential primary factors influencing pedestrian LOS at unsignalized midblock crosswalks were summarized from four respects: traffic conflicts, the distance between crosswalks, crossing facilities, and delay. Secondly, 948 participants’ real-time sense of safety and convenience when they were crossing the 30 selected unsignalized midblock crosswalks and the design and operational characteristics of the selected road segments were collected. The selected midblock crosswalks were typical of those prevalent in the medium-sized urban areas of China, and the participants of questionnaire survey covered a broad cross section of Chinese population of pedestrians. Finally, Pearson correlation analysis and stepwise regression analysis were carried out to develop pedestrian LOS model for the overall unsignalized midblock crossings of road segments. The results revealed that the factors significantly influencing pedestrian LOS of the overall unsignalized midblock crossings of road segments included volume of two-way motor vehicle, the distance between marked midblock crosswalks, and the distance between unmarked crosswalks. A reliable, statistically calibrated pedestrian LOS model was developed (R2 = 0.80.

  15. Online Determination of the LHC Luminous Region with the ATLAS High-Level Trigger

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    Bartoldus, R; The ATLAS collaboration

    2011-01-01

    During stable-beams operations of the LHC, the ATLAS High Level Trigger (HLT) offers the fastest and most precise online measurement available of the position, size and orientation of the luminous region at the interaction point. Taking advantage of the high rate of triggered events, a dedicated algorithm is executed on the HLT processor farm of several hundred nodes that uses tracks registered in the silicon detectors to reconstruct event vertices. The distribution of these vertices is aggregated across the farm and its shape is extracted through fits every 60 seconds. A correction is applied online to adjust for the intrinsic vertex resolution by examining the displacement of split vertices. The location, widths and tilts of the luminosity distribution are fed back to the LHC operators in real time. The transverse luminous centroid mirrors variations in the IP orbit, while its position along the beam axis is sensitive to the relative RF phase of the two beams. The time evolution of the luminous width tracks...

  16. RP-HPLC METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE LEVELS OF GUAIPHENESIN AND PHENYLEPHRINE IN PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS

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    MALLADI BABU

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A simple, precise and accurate reverse phase high performance liquid chromatographic method was developed for the simultaneous estimation of guaiphenesin and phenylephrine in their tablet dosage form. The chromatographic conditions were standardized using an Inertsil column,C18 (150x4.6 ID 5µm with UV detection at 277nm , and the mobile phase consisted of sodium dihydrogen phosphate buffer: Acetonitrile (30:70.The retention times of guaiphenesin and phenylephrine were About 3.497 min for Guaifenesin and 2.353min for Phenylephrine, respectively. The calibration curves were linear with correlation coefficients of 0.9987, 0.9988, 0.9981 and 0.9981 over a concentration range of 4.0–24.0 µg/ml for guaiphenesin, 5.0–30.0 µg/ml for phenylephrine, respectively. The proposed method has been validated according to the ICH guidelines and was successfully applied to estimate the levels of two drugs in a combined formulation with good accuracy and precision.

  17. Putting on the moves: Individual, household, and community-level determinants of residential mobility in Canada

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    Ravi Pendakur

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Internal residential mobility is an important contributor to economic vitality, helping to address gaps in the labour market, assisting regions to develop comparative advantages, and encouraging the circulation of skills, capital, and networks within a country. Mobility is, however, a complex sociological phenomenon influenced by individual, household, and community-level variables. Objective: This article examines the combined impact of individual, household, and community characteristics on both short- and long-distance residential mobility in Canada. The study is motivated by a broader concern with economic development and community vitality, particularly in smaller towns and cities that have recently struggled to attract newcomers. Methods: A series of multilevel random intercept regression models are run on Canadian census data from 2006. Canada-wide findings are compared to those for five sizes of community - from small towns with fewer than 10,000 people to major metropolitan cities. Results: Despite the continued growth of major metropolitan areas, city size is not an attractor in and of itself. Rather, one of the most powerful draws for both small towns and large cities is the diversity of the existing population, as measured by the proportion of residents who are immigrants and/or visible minorities. Conclusions: These findings challenge some long-held stereotypes about rural living, and suggest that rural development strategies ought to include measures for enhancing diversity as a means of attracting all types of internal migrants to small towns and cities.

  18. Distribution and Determinants of Plasma Homocysteine Levels in Rural Chinese Twins across the Lifespan

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    Yuelong Ji

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Plasma homocysteine (Hcy is a modifiable, independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD and is affected by both environmental and genetic factors. This study aimed to describe the gender- and age-specific distribution of Hcy concentration for 1117 subjects aged 10–66 years, a subset of a community-based rural Chinese twin cohort. In addition, we examined environmental and genetic contributions to variances in Hcy concentration by gender and age groups. We found that the distribution pattern for Hcy varied by both age and gender. Males had higher Hcy than females across all ages. Elevated Hcy was found in 43% of male adults and 13% of female adults. Moreover, nearly one fifth of children had elevated Hcy. Genetic factors could explain 52%, 36% and 69% of the variation in Hcy concentration among children, male adults and female adults, respectively. The MTHFR C677T variant was significantly associated with Hcy concentrations. Smokers with the TT genotype had the highest Hcy levels. Overall, our results indicate that elevated Hcy is prevalent in the children and adults in this rural Chinese population. The early identification of elevated Hcy will offer a window of opportunity for the primary prevention of CVD and metabolic syndrome.

  19. Determination of the Organization Satisfaction Levels of Participants in the 14th World Athletics Championship

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    Rıza ERDAL

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to investigate to what extent the participants of different countries who attend to the 14th World Indoor Championship in Is tanbul are satisfied by the same service. The sample of this study consists of 851 people who are selected by random method. 445 of this group is Turkish, 416 of this group is participants who have come from 26 countries. As research method of this study, a survey of 17 questions is improved according to likert method (5 and the reliability coefficient is found as %85 . SPSS 16.0 programme has been used for the data that are gathered out of surveys including descriptive statistics and percentile compariso ns and illustrated at the tables and at the graphics. As a result of this research, the ticket prices , the physical condition of the sports hall , the employees, the programme flow are assessed as good. The participants of other countries stated that they h ad some difficulties about tr ansportation to the sports hall and found food and beverage. It has been found out that the satisfaction level is low because of the difficulty of spectators’ viewing ceremonies and all the competi tions due to seating location .

  20. Ustilago maydis accumulates beta-carotene at levels determined by a retinal-forming carotenoid oxygenase.

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    Estrada, Alejandro F; Brefort, Thomas; Mengel, Carina; Díaz-Sánchez, Violeta; Alder, Adrian; Al-Babili, Salim; Avalos, Javier

    2009-10-01

    The basidiomycete Ustilago maydis, the causative agent of corn smut disease, has emerged as a model organism for dimorphism and fungal phytopathogenicity. In this work, we line out the key conserved enzymes for beta-carotene biosynthesis encoded by the U. maydis genome and show that this biotrophic fungus accumulates beta-carotene. The amount of this pigment depended on culture pH and aeration but was not affected by light and was not increased by oxidative stress. Moreover, we identified the U. maydis gene, cco1, encoding a putative beta-carotene cleavage oxygenase. Heterologous overexpression and in vitro analyses of purified enzyme demonstrated that Cco1 catalyzes the symmetrical cleavage of beta-carotene to yield two molecules of retinal. Analyses of beta-carotene and retinal contents in U. maydiscco1 deletion and over-expression strains confirmed the enzymatic function of Cco1, and revealed that Cco1 determines the beta-carotene content. Our data indicate that carotenoid biosynthesis in U. maydis is carried out to provide retinal rather than to deliver protective pigments. The U. maydis genome also encodes three potential opsins, a family of photoactive proteins that use retinal as chromophore. Two opsin genes showed different light-regulated expression patterns, suggesting specialized roles in photobiology, while no mRNA was detected for the third opsin gene in the same experiments. However, deletion of the cco1 gene, which should abolish function of all the retinal-dependent opsins, did not affect growth, morphology or pathogenicity, suggesting that retinal and opsin proteins play no relevant role in U. maydis under the tested conditions.

  1. Accurate Determination of Rotational Energy Levels in the Ground State of ^{12}CH_4

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    Abe, M.; Iwakuni, K.; Okubo, S.; Sasada, H.

    2013-06-01

    We have measured absolute frequencies of saturated absorption of 183 allowed and 21 forbidden transitions in the νb{3} band of ^{12}CH_4 using an optical comb-referenced difference-frequency-generation spectrometer from 86.8 to 93.1 THz (from 2890 to 3100 wn). The pump and signal sources are a 1.06-μ m Nd:YAG laser and a 1.5-μ m extended-cavity laser diode. An enhanced-cavity absorption cell increases the optical electric field and enhances the sensitivity. The typical uncertainty is 3 kHz for the allowed transitions and 12 kHz for the forbidden transitions. Twenty combination differences are precisely determined, and the scalar rotational and centrifugal distortion constants of the ground state are thereby yielded as r@ = l@ r@ = l B_{{s}} (157 122 614.2 ± 1.5) kHz, D_{{s}} (3 328.545 ± 0.031) kHz, H_{{s}} (190.90 ± 0.26) Hz, and L_{{s}} (-13.16 ± 0.76) mHz. Here, B_{{s}} is the rotational constant and D_{{s}}, H_{{s}} and L_{{s}} are the scalar quartic, sextic, octic distortion constants. The relative uncertainties are considerably smaller than those obtained from global analysis of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. S. Okubo, H. Nakayama, K. Iwakuni, H. Inaba and H. Sasada, Opt. Express 19, 23878 (2011). M. Abe, K. Iwakuni, S. Okubo, and H. Sasada, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published). S. Albert, S. Bauerecker, V. Boudon, L. R. Brown, J. -P. Champion, M. Loëte, A. Nikitin, and M. Quack, Chem. Phys. 356, 131 (2009).

  2. Estrutura da vegetação herbácea em paisagens ciliares no sul de Santa Catarina, Brasil

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    Aline Votri Guislon

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available As características estruturais e ecológicas da vegetação herbácea fazem com que ela seja sensível às alterações do ambiente, atuando como indicador da qualidade ambiental. No entanto, o estudo dessa comunidade ainda é incipiente em regiões neotropicais. Este estudo descreve a florística e os aspectos fitossociológicos da vegetação herbácea terrícola na mata ciliar de sete rios, no município de Urussanga, sul do estado de Santa Catarina, além de analisar e quantificar o status do conhecimento científico relacionado às herbáceas terrícolas no Brasil. Foram levantadas 320 unidades amostrais de 4 m², nas quais todos os indivíduos foram identificados e dados relacionados aos parâmetros fitossociológicos foram coletados. A amostragem resultou em 58 táxons, 38 pertencentes às angiospermas e 20 às samambaias, distribuídos em 25 famílias botânicas. Poaceae apresentou maior riqueza, com 11 espécies. Estruturalmente, destacaram-se Goeppertia monophylla (Vell. Borchs. e S. Suárez, Blechnum brasiliense Desv. e Heliconia farinosa Raddi. A forma de vida mais frequente foi a hemicriptófita reptante. Os resultados revelam uma elevada riqueza de herbáceas terrícolas adaptadas às condições climáticas das matas ciliares, contribuindo para a diversidade da flora regional. Quanto à produção científica, foram encontrados 50 trabalhos indexados nas bases de dados eletrônicas (1990 a 2015, com destaque ao ano de 2011, que teve maior produção científica enfocando as herbáceas terrícolas. Embora com baixo número, a quantidade de indexações tende a crescer, em virtude do avanço da tecnologia de acesso às bases de dados e pela crescente adesão de periódicos em portais de busca.

  3. On ambiguities of sign determination of the S-matrix from energy levels in a finite box

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    2012-01-01

    In a recent paper the authors make a study on the determination of the S-matrix elements for scattering of particles in the infinite volume from the energy levels in the finite box for the case of multiple channels. The study is done with a toy model in 1+1 dimension and the authors find that there is some ambiguity in the sign of nondiagonal matrix elements, casting doubts on whether the needed observables in the infinite volume can be obtained from the energy levels of the box. In this paper I present an easy derivation, confirming the ambiguity of the sign and argue that this, however, does not put restrictions in the determination of observables.

  4. Water-Air Volatilization Factors to Determine Volatile Organic Compound (VOC Reference Levels in Water

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this work is the modeling and calculation of volatilization factors (VFs from water to air for volatile organic compounds (VOCs in order to perform human health risk-based reference levels (RLs for the safe use of water. The VF models have been developed starting from the overall mass-transfer coefficients (Koverall concept from air to water for two interaction geometries (flat surface and spherical droplets in indoor and outdoor scenarios. For a case study with five groups of risk scenarios and thirty VOCs, theoretical VFs have been calculated by using the developed models. Results showed that Koverall values for flat and spherical surface geometries were close to the mass transfer coefficient for water (KL when Henry’s law constant (KH was high. In the case of spherical drop geometry, the fraction of volatilization (fV was asymptotical when increasing KH with fV values also limited due to Koverall. VFs for flat surfaces were calculated from the emission flux of VOCs, and results showed values close to 1000KH for the most conservative indoor scenarios and almost constant values for outdoor scenarios. VFs for spherical geometry in indoor scenarios followed also constant VFs and were far from 1000KH. The highest calculated VF values corresponded to the E2A, E2B, E3A and E5A scenarios and were compared with experimental and real results in order to check the goodness of flat and sphere geometry models. Results showed an overestimation of calculated values for the E2A and E2B scenarios and an underestimation for the E3A and E5A scenarios. In both cases, most of the calculated VFs were from 0.1- to 10-times higher than experimental/real values.

  5. Phosphorus speciation by coupled HPLC-ICPMS: low level determination of reduced phosphorus in natural materials

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    Atlas, Zachary; Pasek, Matthew; Sampson, Jacqueline

    2015-04-01

    Phosphorus is a geologically important minor element in the Earth's crust commonly found as relatively insoluble apatite. This constraint causes phosphorus to be a key limiting nutrient in biologic processes. Despite this, phosphorus plays a direct role in the formation of DNA, RNA and other cellular materials. Recent works suggest that since reduced phosphorus is considerably more soluble than oxidized phosphorus that it was integrally involved in the development of life on the early Earth and may continue to play a role in biologic productivity to this day. This work examines a new method for quantification and identification of reduced phosphorus as well as applications to the speciation of organo-phosphates separated by coupled HPLC - ICP-MS. We show that reduced phosphorus species (P1+, P3+ and P5+) are cleanly separated in the HPLC and coupled with the ICPMS reaction cell, using oxygen as a reaction gas to effectively convert elemental P to P-O. Analysis at M/Z= 47 producing lower background and flatter baseline chromatography than analyses performed at M/Z = 31. Results suggest very low detection limits (0.05 μM) for P species analyzed as P-O. Additionally we show that this technique has potential to speciate at least 5 other forms of phosphorus compounds. We verified the efficacy of method on numerous materials including leached Archean rocks, suburban retention pond waters, blood and urine samples and most samples show small but detectible levels of reduced phosphorus and or organo-phaospates. This finding in nearly all substances analyzed supports the assumption that the redox processing of phosphorus has played a significant role throughout the history of the Earth and it's presence in the present environment is nearly ubiquitous with the reduced oxidation state phosphorus compounds, phosphite and hypophosphite, potentially acting as significant constituents in the anaerobic environment.

  6. Dispersal ability and habitat requirements determine landscape-level genetic patterns in desert aquatic insects.

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    Phillipsen, Ivan C; Kirk, Emily H; Bogan, Michael T; Mims, Meryl C; Olden, Julian D; Lytle, David A

    2015-01-01

    Species occupying the same geographic range can exhibit remarkably different population structures across the landscape, ranging from highly diversified to panmictic. Given limitations on collecting population-level data for large numbers of species, ecologists seek to identify proximate organismal traits-such as dispersal ability, habitat preference and life history-that are strong predictors of realized population structure. We examined how dispersal ability and habitat structure affect the regional balance of gene flow and genetic drift within three aquatic insects that represent the range of dispersal abilities and habitat requirements observed in desert stream insect communities. For each species, we tested for linear relationships between genetic distances and geographic distances using Euclidean and landscape-based metrics of resistance. We found that the moderate-disperser Mesocapnia arizonensis (Plecoptera: Capniidae) has a strong isolation-by-distance pattern, suggesting migration-drift equilibrium. By contrast, population structure in the flightless Abedus herberti (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae) is influenced by genetic drift, while gene flow is the dominant force in the strong-flying Boreonectes aequinoctialis (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). The best-fitting landscape model for M. arizonensis was based on Euclidean distance. Analyses also identified a strong spatial scale-dependence, where landscape genetic methods only performed well for species that were intermediate in dispersal ability. Our results highlight the fact that when either gene flow or genetic drift dominates in shaping population structure, no detectable relationship between genetic and geographic distances is expected at certain spatial scales. This study provides insight into how gene flow and drift interact at the regional scale for these insects as well as the organisms that share similar habitats and dispersal abilities.

  7. Determination of trace element levels in leaves of Nerium oleander using X-Ray Fluorescence

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    Santos, Ramon S.; Sanches, Francis A.C.R.A.; Neves, Arthur O.P.; Oliveira, Luis F.; Oliveira, Davi F.; Anjos, Marcelino J. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica Armando Dias Tavares. Dept. de Fisica Aplicada e Termodinamica

    2013-07-01

    The environmental pollution by human activity has been one of the most concerns in the last years, principally due to rapid urban growth in the cities and the industrialization process. The air pollution can be increased due to several different kinds of emissions: urban traffic, industrial activities, burning fuel, civil industry of construction/demolition, fires and natural phenomena. Many of these emissions move from long distances due to convections currents and finally tend to deposit mainly in the plants leaves and in the soil. Thus, the plants leaves works as a natural sampler by the emissions deposit in these ones. In this study Nerium oleander leaves were used to measure the environmental pollutions levels in different sampling urban regions in the city of Rio de Janeiro/RJ: Andarai, Benfica, Bonsucesso, Caju, Engenho de Dentro, Engenho Novo, Estacio, Grajau, Inhauma, Lins, Maracana, Maria da Graca, Meier, Praca da Bandeira, Riachuelo, Rio Comprido, Sao Cristovao, Tijuca, Vila Isabel and city Center. The control samples were collected in Campo Grande near of Parque Nacional da Pedra Branca/RJ (National Park of Pedra Branca/RJ). The leaves were collected from adult plants and after the collection the samples were cleaned and placed in the greenhouse for drying, then were mashed and pressed into tablets forms. The analyses were performed using the energy dispersion X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), developed on the own laboratory and based in a SiPIN detector and a mini X ray tube. It was possible to detect 16 elements in the analyzed samples: K, Ca, Cr, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr, Ba and Pb. The results shows that, in the studied areas, the analysis of the Nerium oleander plant shows a low-cost option and with a substantial efficiency as an environmental pollution biomonitor. (author)

  8. Determining Criteria to Measuring of the E-readiness Level of Academic Libraries Based of IUP Model

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    Yaghoub Norouzi; Ismaiel Jafarpour

    2012-01-01

    Preparation of a community or organization to take part and benefit from development of information and communication technology defined as e-readiness. The aim of this study was determining criteria to measuring of the e-readiness level of academic libraries. In this regard, the published literature in the field of e-readiness reviewed, and eventually the IUP (Information Utilization Potential) model cited as a reference. Then, using the Delphi method and library and information science ...

  9. Are children's activity levels determined by their genes or environment? A systematic review of twin studies ☆

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    Abigail Fisher; Lee Smith; van Jaarsveld, Cornelia H. M.; Alexia Sawyer; Jane Wardle

    2015-01-01

    Context: The importance of physical activity to paediatric health warrants investigation into its determinants. Objective measurement allows a robust examination of genetic and environmental influences on physical activity. Objective: To systematically review the evidence on the extent of genetic and environmental influence on children's objectively-measured activity levels from twin studies. Data sources and search terms: Medline, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Health and Psychosocial Instruments a...

  10. Produção integrada de Anonáceas no Brasil

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    Raimundo Braga Sobrinho

    2014-01-01

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