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  1. Cigarette smoke exposure aggravates air space enlargement and alveolar cell apoptosis in Smad3 knockout mice.

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    Farkas, Laszlo; Farkas, Daniela; Warburton, David; Gauldie, Jack; Shi, Wei; Stampfli, Martin R; Voelkel, Norbert F; Kolb, Martin

    2011-10-01

    The concept of genetic susceptibility factors predisposing cigarette smokers to develop emphysema stems from the clinical observation that only a fraction of smokers develop clinically significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We investigated whether Smad3 knockout mice, which develop spontaneous air space enlargement after birth because of a defect in transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling, develop enhanced alveolar cell apoptosis and air space enlargement following cigarette smoke exposure. We investigated Smad3(-/-) and Smad3(+/+) mice at different adult ages and determined air space enlargement, alveolar cell proliferation, and apoptosis. Furthermore, laser-capture microdissection and real-time PCR were used to measure compartment-specific gene expression. We then compared the effects of cigarette smoke exposure on Smad3(-/-) and littermate controls. Smad3 knockout resulted in the development of air space enlargement in the adult mouse and was associated with decreased alveolar VEGF levels and activity and increased alveolar cell apoptosis. Cigarette smoke exposure aggravated air space enlargement and alveolar cell apoptosis. We also found increased Smad2 protein expression and phosphorylation, which was enhanced following cigarette smoke exposure, in Smad3-knockout animals. Double immunofluorescence analysis revealed that endothelial apoptosis started before epithelial apoptosis. Our data indicate that balanced TGF-β signaling is not only important for regulation of extracellular matrix turnover, but also for alveolar cell homeostasis. Impaired signaling via the Smad3 pathway results in alveolar cell apoptosis and alveolar destruction, likely via increased Smad2 and reduced VEGF expression and might represent a predisposition for accelerated development of emphysema due to cigarette smoke exposure.

  2. Optimization of membrane stack configuration in enlarged microbial desalination cells for efficient water desalination

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    Chen, Xi; Sun, Haotian; Liang, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoyuan; Huang, Xia

    2016-08-01

    Microbial desalination cells are considered a low-energy-consumption, clean technology to simultaneously purify wastewater and desalinate saline water by utilizing the in situ energy source contained in wastewater. To enhance desalination performance and achieve an optimal membrane stack configuration, an enlarged stacked microbial desalination cell (SMDC) has been developed and tested with 6-14 desalination cells. The cross-membrane area of the enlarged SMDC is 100 cm2. The anode and cathode volumes are both 200 mL. To reduce internal resistance, the width of desalination cells is kept as <0.5 mm. The optimal configuration with 10 desalination cells achieves the highest total desalination rate (TDR) of 423 mg/h and the highest charge transfer efficiency (CTE) of 836% when treating the 20 g/L NaCl solution. During this process, the junction potential across membranes increases from 0 to 374 mV, and occupies up to 74% of the total potential loss inside the SMDC. This shows that the SMDC used in this work achieves the highest TDR and CTE among the reported studies, and the junction potential should be effectively controlled to achieve the desired desalination performance in future practical applications.

  3. QUANTITATIVE HISTOPATHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF ENLARGED CELLS DERIVED FROM HUMPBACK GROUPER, Cromileptes altivelis INFECTED WITH GROUPER SLEEPY DISEASE IRIDOVIRUS (GSDIV

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    Indah Mastuti

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Pathognomonic sign of grouper sleepy disease iridovirus (GSDIV was proposed to be the formation of enlarged cells and necrotic cells, in which under electron microscope, it is revealed to be the inclusion body bearing cells (IBCs and necrotic cells containing GSDIV viral particles. Spleen and kidney tissues are the major sites for formation of enlarged cells. This paper described the result of histopatological analysis of enlarged cells found in the spleen and kidney of moribund fish after GSDIV challenge. A pathogenicity test was conducted on fish stocked in two tanks for infected groups and the other two tanks for uninfected control groups (15 fish per tank. The infected groups were injected intramuscularly with 0.1 ml of the viral inoculum. The uninfected groups were injected with the same amount of EMEM-2. The GSDIV-infected humpback grouper began to die after 6 days post infection and all died after 7 dpi, excluding one fish which had survived until the end of experimental infection periods (93% to 100% mortality. All of the diseased fish showed massive formation of enlarged cells in their spleen, head kidney and trunk kidney. The largest number of enlarged cells was observed on head kidneys and subsequently followed by spleens, trunk kidney (2.0-200.3/field of view. This result suggested that the number of enlarged cells in the affected organs was not the direct factor that led to the mortality of fish.

  4. Lysosomal enlargement and lysosomal membrane destabilisation in mussel digestive cells measured by an integrative index

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    Izagirre, Urtzi [Cell Biology in Environmental Toxicology Research Group, Department of Zoology and Cell Biology, School of Sciences and Technology, University of the Basque Country, P.O. box 644, E-48080 Bilbo (Spain); Marigomez, Ionan, E-mail: ionan.marigomez@ehu.e [Cell Biology in Environmental Toxicology Research Group, Department of Zoology and Cell Biology, School of Sciences and Technology, University of the Basque Country, P.O. box 644, E-48080 Bilbo (Spain)

    2009-05-15

    Lysosomal responses (enlargement and membrane destabilisation) in mussel digestive cells are well-known environmental stress biomarkers in pollution effects monitoring in marine ecosystems. Presently, in laboratory and field studies, both responses were measured separately (in terms of lysosomal volume density - Vv - and labilisation period -LP) and combined (lysosomal response index - LRI) in order to contribute to their understanding and to develop an index useful for decisions makers. LRI integrates Vv and LP, which are not necessarily dependent lysosomal responses. It is unbiased and more sensitive than Vv and LP alone and diminishes background due to confounding factors. LRI provides a simple numerical index (consensus reference = 0; critical threshold = 1) directly related to the pollution impact degree. Moreover, LRI can be represented in a way that allows the interpretation of lysosomal responses, which is useful for environmental scientists. - Lysosomal responses to pollutants measured by an integrative index.

  5. Loss of caveolin-1 causes blood-retinal barrier breakdown, venous enlargement, and mural cell alteration.

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    Gu, Xiaowu; Fliesler, Steven J; Zhao, You-Yang; Stallcup, William B; Cohen, Alex W; Elliott, Michael H

    2014-02-01

    Blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown and related vascular changes are implicated in several ocular diseases. The molecules and mechanisms regulating BRB integrity and pathophysiology are not fully elucidated. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) ablation results in loss of caveolae and microvascular pathologies, but the role of Cav-1 in the retina is largely unknown. We examined BRB integrity and vasculature in Cav-1 knockout mice and found a significant increase in BRB permeability, compared with wild-type controls, with branch veins being frequent sites of breakdown. Vascular hyperpermeability occurred without apparent alteration in junctional proteins. Such hyperpermeability was not rescued by inhibiting eNOS activity. Veins of Cav-1 knockout retinas exhibited additional pathological features, including i) eNOS-independent enlargement, ii) altered expression of mural cell markers (eg, down-regulation of NG2 and up-regulation of αSMA), and iii) dramatic alterations in mural cell phenotype near the optic nerve head. We observed a significant NO-dependent increase in retinal artery diameter in Cav-1 knockout mice, suggesting that Cav-1 plays a role in autoregulation of resistance vessels in the retina. These findings implicate Cav-1 in maintaining BRB integrity in retinal vasculature and suggest a previously undefined role in the retinal venous system and associated mural cells. Our results are relevant to clinically significant retinal disorders with vascular pathologies, including diabetic retinopathy, uveoretinitis, and primary open-angle glaucoma.

  6. Enlarged prostate

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    ... prostate URL of this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000381.htm Enlarged prostate To use the sharing ... sperm during ejaculation. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube ... hyperplasia (BPH). It is not cancer, and it does not raise your risk for ...

  7. Patenting human embryonic stem cells in peril: the decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in G 2/06

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    S.J.R. Bostyn

    2009-01-01

    The Enlarged Board of Appeal has recently decided one of the most sensitive cases it has ever had on its hands, but probably not the last. The referral in the G 2/06 case related to the patentability of human embryonic stem cells (hESC). The main question was whether inventions pertaining to the hES

  8. EU Enlargement

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    Pedersen, Peder J.; Pytlikova, Mariola

    countries chose a transition period in relation to the "new" EU members. We employ a differences-in-differences estimator in our analysis. The results show that the estimated effect of the opening of Swedish labour market in 2004 on migration is insignificantly different from zero. Further, we......We look at migration flows from 8 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) to 5 Nordic countries over the years 1985 - 2005 and we can exploit a natural experiment that arose from the fact that while Sweden opened its labour market from the day one of the 2004 EU enlargement, the other Nordic...

  9. A large population of small chloroplasts in tobacco leaf cells allows more effective chloroplast movement than a few enlarged chloroplasts.

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    Jeong, Won Joong; Park, Youn-Il; Suh, KyeHong; Raven, John A; Yoo, Ook Joon; Liu, Jang Ryol

    2002-05-01

    We generated transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv Xanthi) plants that contained only one to three enlarged chloroplasts per leaf mesophyll cell by introducing NtFtsZ1-2, a cDNA for plastid division. These plants were used to investigate the advantages of having a large population of small chloroplasts rather than a few enlarged chloroplasts in a leaf mesophyll cell. Despite the similarities in photosynthetic components and ultrastructure of photosynthetic machinery between wild-type and transgenic plants, the overall growth of transgenic plants under low- and high-light conditions was retarded. In wild-type plants, the chloroplasts moved toward the face position under low light and toward the profile position under high-light conditions. However, chloroplast rearrangement in transgenic plants in response to light conditions was not evident. In addition, transgenic plant leaves showed greatly diminished changes in leaf transmittance values under both light conditions, indicating that chloroplast rearrangement was severely retarded. Therefore, under low-light conditions the incomplete face position of the enlarged chloroplasts results in decreased absorbance of light energy. This, in turn, reduces plant growth. Under high-light conditions, the amount of absorbed light exceeds the photosynthetic utilization capacity due to the incomplete profile position of the enlarged chloroplasts, resulting in photodamage to the photosynthetic machinery, and decreased growth. The presence of a large number of small and/or rapidly moving chloroplasts in the cells of higher land plants permits more effective chloroplast phototaxis and, hence, allows more efficient utilization of low-incident photon flux densities. The photosynthetic apparatus is, consequently, protected from damage under high-incident photon flux densities.

  10. Acute kidney injury and bilateral symmetrical enlargement of the kidneys as first presentation of B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

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    Shi, Su-fang; Zhou, Fu-de; Zou, Wan-zhong; Wang, Hai-yan

    2012-12-01

    Lymphoblastic lymphoma is an uncommon subtype of lymphoid neoplasm in adults. Acute kidney injury at initial presentation due to lymphoblastic lymphoma infiltration of the kidneys has rarely been described. We report a 19-year-old woman who presented with acute kidney injury due to massive lymphomatous infiltration of the kidneys. The diagnosis of B-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma was established by immunohistochemical study of the biopsied kidney. The patient had an excellent response to the VDCLP protocol (vincristine, daunomycin, cyclophosphamide, asparaginase, and dexamethasone) with sustained remission. We recommend that lymphomatous infiltration be considered in patients presenting with unexplained acute kidney injury and enlarged kidneys.

  11. Cell enlargement and sugar accumulation in the gynaecium of the glasshouse carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) induced by ethylene.

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    Nichols, R

    1976-01-01

    Histological examination of the ovary walls from ethylene-treated cut flowering stems of the carnation showed that the cells had enlarged and this appeared to account for the increased growth of the ovary which follows ethylene treatment of this flower. Sugar analyses of the flower parts indicated that growth of the ovary was accompanied by an increase in the ratio of sucrose to reducing sugars in the petals and ovary, and a net increase in sugars in the ovary. A sugar, tentatively identified as xylose, increased in the petals after ethylene treatment. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium contents of the ovary also increased after the ethylene treatment. The results, consistent with the hypothesis that sucrose is translocated in response to ethylene, are discussed in relation to previous work relating to the involvement of ethylene in flower senescence.

  12. Human serum activates CIDEB-mediated lipid droplet enlargement in hepatoma cells

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    Singaravelu, Ragunath [Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada); Lyn, Rodney K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada); Srinivasan, Prashanth [National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada); Delcorde, Julie [Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada); Steenbergen, Rineke H.; Tyrrell, D. Lorne [Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta (Canada); Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, Katz Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2S2 (Canada); Pezacki, John P., E-mail: John.Pezacki@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •Human serum induced differentiation of hepatoma cells increases cellular lipid droplet (LD) size. •The observed increase in LD size correlates with increased PGC-1α and CIDEB expression. •Induction of CIDEB expression correlates with rescue of VLDL secretion and loss of ADRP. •siRNA knockdown of CIDEB impairs the human serum mediated increase in LD size. •This system represents a cost-efficient model to study CIDEB’s role in lipid biology. -- Abstract: Human hepatocytes constitutively express the lipid droplet (LD) associated protein cell death-inducing DFFA-like effector B (CIDEB). CIDEB mediates LD fusion, as well as very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) maturation. However, there are limited cell culture models readily available to study CIDEB’s role in these biological processes, as hepatoma cell lines express negligible levels of CIDEB. Recent work has highlighted the ability of human serum to differentiate hepatoma cells. Herein, we demonstrate that culturing Huh7.5 cells in media supplemented with human serum activates CIDEB expression. This activation occurs through the induced expression of PGC-1α, a positive transcriptional regulator of CIDEB. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy revealed a correlation between CIDEB levels and LD size in human serum treated Huh7.5 cells. Human serum treatment also resulted in a rapid decrease in the levels of adipose differentiation-related protein (ADRP). Furthermore, individual overexpression of CIDEB was sufficient to down-regulate ADRP protein levels. siRNA knockdown of CIDEB revealed that the human serum mediated increase in LD size was CIDEB-dependent. Overall, our work highlights CIDEB’s role in LD fusion, and presents a new model system to study the PGC-1α/CIDEB pathway’s role in LD dynamics and the VLDL pathway.

  13. Cell and nuclear enlargement of SW480 cells induced by a plant lignan, arctigenin: evaluation of cellular DNA content using fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry.

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    Kang, Kyungsu; Lee, Hee Ju; Yoo, Ji-Hye; Jho, Eun Hye; Kim, Chul Young; Kim, Minkyun; Nho, Chu Won

    2011-08-01

    Arctigenin is a natural plant lignan previously shown to induce G(2)/M arrest in SW480 human colon cancer cells as well as AGS human gastric cancer cells, suggesting its use as a possible cancer chemopreventive agent. Changes in cell and nuclear size often correlate with the functionality of cancer-treating agents. Here, we report that arctigenin induces cell and nuclear enlargement of SW480 cells. Arctigenin clearly induced the formation of giant nuclear shapes in SW480, as demonstrated by fluorescence microscopic observation and quantitative determination of nuclear size. Cell and nuclear size were further assessed by flow cytometric analysis of light scattering and fluorescence pulse width after propidium iodide staining. FSC-H and FL2-W values (parameters referring to cell and nuclear size, respectively) significantly increased after arctigenin treatment; the mean values of FSC-H and FL2-W in arctigenin-treated SW480 cells were 572.6 and 275.1, respectively, whereas those of control cells were 482.0 and 220.7, respectively. Our approach may provide insights into the mechanism behind phytochemical-induced cell and nuclear enlargement as well as functional studies on cancer-treating agents.

  14. Golgi enlargement in Arf-depleted yeast cells is due to altered dynamics of cisternal maturation

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    Bhave, Madhura; Papanikou, Effrosyni; Iyer, Prasanna; Pandya, Koushal; Jain, Bhawik Kumar; Ganguly, Abira; Sharma, Chandrakala; Pawar, Ketakee; Austin, Jotham; Day, Kasey J.; Rossanese, Olivia W.; Glick, Benjamin S.; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Regulation of the size and abundance of membrane compartments is a fundamental cellular activity. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, disruption of the ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (ARF1) gene yields larger and fewer Golgi cisternae by partially depleting the Arf GTPase. We observed a similar phenotype with a thermosensitive mutation in Nmt1, which myristoylates and activates Arf. Therefore, partial depletion of Arf is a convenient tool for dissecting mechanisms that regulate Golgi structure. We found that in arf1Δ cells, late Golgi structure is particularly abnormal, with the number of late Golgi cisternae being severely reduced. This effect can be explained by selective changes in cisternal maturation kinetics. The arf1Δ mutation causes early Golgi cisternae to mature more slowly and less frequently, but does not alter the maturation of late Golgi cisternae. These changes quantitatively explain why late Golgi cisternae are fewer in number and correspondingly larger. With a stacked Golgi, similar changes in maturation kinetics could be used by the cell to modulate the number of cisternae per stack. Thus, the rates of processes that transform a maturing compartment can determine compartmental size and copy number. PMID:24190882

  15. Overexpression of SlUPA-like induces cell enlargement, aberrant development and low stress tolerance through phytohormonal pathway in tomato.

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    Cui, Baolu; Hu, Zongli; Hu, Jingtao; Zhang, Yanjie; Yin, Wencheng; Zhu, Zhiguo; Feng, Ye; Chen, Guoping

    2016-03-30

    upa20 induces cell enlargement and hypertrophy development. In our research, overexpression of SlUPA-like, orthologous to upa20, severely affected the growth of vegetative and reproductive tissues. Wilted leaves curled upwardly and sterile flowers were found in transgenic lines. Through anatomical analysis, palisade and spongy tissues showed fluffy and hypertrophic development in transgenic plants. Gene expression analysis showed that GA responsive, biosynthetic and signal transduction genes (e.g. GAST1, SlGA20OXs, SlGA3OXs, SlGID1s, and SlPREs) were significantly upregulated, indicating that GA response is stimulated by overproduction of SlUPA-like. Furthermore, SlUPA-like was strongly induced by exogenous JA and wounding. Decreased expression of PI-I and induced expression of SlJAZs (including SlJAZ2, SlJAZ10 and SlJAZ11) were observed in transgenic plants, suggesting that JA response is repressed. In addition, SlUPA-like overexpressed plant exhibited more opened stoma and higher water loss than the control when treated with dehydration stress, which was related to decreased ABA biosynthesis, signal transduction and response. Particularly, abnormal developments of transgenic plants promote the plant susceptibility to Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Therefore, it is deduced from these results that SlUPA-like plays vital role in regulation of plant development and stress tolerance through GA, JA and ABA pathways.

  16. Gingival enlargement in myelodysplastic syndrome

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    Navia George

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS is characterized by peripheral blood cytopenias and increased risk of transformation to acute myeloid leukemia. This syndrome affects blood cell production and behavior. MDS is difficult to diagnose because of the absence of symptoms in the early stage of the disease. Often it is accidentally discovered during a routine physical exam/blood test. Till date, only a few cases of gingival enlargement associated with MDS are reported in the literature. Here is a remarkable case of gingival enlargement heralding the presence of MDS.

  17. Enlarging the scope of cell penetrating prenylated peptides to include farnesylated “CAAX” box sequences and diverse cell types

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    Ochocki, Joshua D.; Igbavboa, Urule; Wood, W. Gibson; Wattenberg, Elizabeth V.; Distefano, Mark D.

    2010-01-01

    Protein prenylation is a post-translational modification that is present in a large number of proteins; it has been proposed to be responsible for membrane association and protein-protein interactions which contribute to its role in signal transduction pathways. Research has been aimed at inhibiting prenylation with farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs) based on the finding that the farnesylated protein Ras is implicated in 30% of human cancers. Despite numerous studies on the enzymology of prenylation in vitro, many questions remain about the process of prenylation as it occurs in living cells. Here we describe the preparation of a series of farnesylated peptides that contain sequences recognized by protein farnesyltransferase. Using a combination of flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, we show that these peptides enter a variety of different cell types. A related peptide where the farnesyl group has been replaced by a disulfide-linked decyl group is also shown to be able to efficiently enter cells. These results highlight the applicability of these peptides as a platform for further study of protein prenylation and subsequent processing in live cells. PMID:20584014

  18. Enlargements of positive sets

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    Bot, Radu Ioan

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we introduce the notion of enlargement of a positive set in SSD spaces. To a maximally positive set $A$ we associate a family of enlargements $\\E(A)$ and characterize the smallest and biggest element in this family with respect to the inclusion relation. We also emphasize the existence of a bijection between the subfamily of closed enlargements of $\\E(A)$ and the family of so-called representative functions of $A$. We show that the extremal elements of the latter family are two functions recently introduced and studied by Stephen Simons. In this way we extend to SSD spaces some former results given for monotone and maximally monotone sets in Banach spaces.

  19. Amlodipine induced gingival enlargement

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    Shankar Gittaboyina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Drug-induced gingival overgrowth or enlargement is an abnormal growth of the gingiva due to an adverse drug reaction in patients treated with anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers (CCBs. CCBs are considered as one of the etiologic factors among patients seeking dental care for drug-induced gingival enlargement or overgrowth. This enlargement can be localized or generalized and can range from mild to extremely severe, affecting patient's appearance, and function. CCBs are one of the most commonly used drugs for the management of cardiovascular disorders and are known for causing gingival over growth. Amlodipine is a new CCB and has been used with increasing frequency in the management of hypertension and angina. Although amlodipine is considered as a safe drug, very rarely it may induce gingival overgrowth. A rare case of amlodipine-induced gingival overgrowth has been reported herein a 45-year-old female patient. The treatment aspect included scaling and root planing, substitution of the drug, the surgical excision, and the maintenance and supportive therapy resulting in an excellent clinical outcome.

  20. Enlargements of filtrations and applications

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    Corcuera, J M

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we review some old and new results about the enlargement of filtrations problem, as well as their applications to credit risk and insider trading problems. The enlargement of filtrations problem consists in the study of conditions under which a semimartingale remains a semimartingale when the filtration is enlarged, and, in such a case, how to find the Doob-Meyer decomposition. Filtrations may be enlarged in different ways. In this paper we consider initial and progressive filtration enlargements made by random variables and processes. Keywords: Credit Risk, Insider Trading, Enlargement of Filtrations

  1. Surviving mossy cells enlarge and receive more excitatory synaptic input in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Zhang, Wei; Thamattoor, Ajoy K; LeRoy, Christopher; Buckmaster, Paul S

    2015-05-01

    Numerous hypotheses of temporal lobe epileptogenesis have been proposed, and several involve hippocampal mossy cells. Building on previous hypotheses we sought to test the possibility that after epileptogenic injuries surviving mossy cells develop into super-connected seizure-generating hub cells. If so, they might require more cellular machinery and consequently have larger somata, elongate their dendrites to receive more synaptic input, and display higher frequencies of miniature excitatory synaptic currents (mEPSCs). To test these possibilities pilocarpine-treated mice were evaluated using GluR2-immunocytochemistry, whole-cell recording, and biocytin-labeling. Epileptic pilocarpine-treated mice displayed substantial loss of GluR2-positive hilar neurons. Somata of surviving neurons were 1.4-times larger than in controls. Biocytin-labeled mossy cells also were larger in epileptic mice, but dendritic length per cell was not significantly different. The average frequency of mEPSCs of mossy cells recorded in the presence of tetrodotoxin and bicuculline was 3.2-times higher in epileptic pilocarpine-treated mice as compared to controls. Other parameters of mEPSCs were similar in both groups. Average input resistance of mossy cells in epileptic mice was reduced to 63% of controls, which is consistent with larger somata and would tend to make surviving mossy cells less excitable. Other intrinsic physiological characteristics examined were similar in both groups. Increased excitatory synaptic input is consistent with the hypothesis that surviving mossy cells develop into aberrantly super-connected seizure-generating hub cells, and soma hypertrophy is indirectly consistent with the possibility of axon sprouting. However, no obvious evidence of hyperexcitable intrinsic physiology was found. Furthermore, similar hypertrophy and hyper-connectivity has been reported for other neuron types in the dentate gyrus, suggesting mossy cells are not unique in this regard. Thus

  2. Chronic Fluoxetine Induces the Enlargement of Perforant Path-Granule Cell Synapses in the Mouse Dentate Gyrus.

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    Kitahara, Yosuke; Ohta, Keisuke; Hasuo, Hiroshi; Shuto, Takahide; Kuroiwa, Mahomi; Sotogaku, Naoki; Togo, Akinobu; Nakamura, Kei-ichiro; Nishi, Akinori

    2016-01-01

    A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor is the most commonly prescribed antidepressant for the treatment of major depression. However, the mechanisms underlying the actions of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are not fully understood. In the dentate gyrus, chronic fluoxetine treatment induces increased excitability of mature granule cells (GCs) as well as neurogenesis. The major input to the dentate gyrus is the perforant path axons (boutons) from the entorhinal cortex (layer II). Through voltage-sensitive dye imaging, we found that the excitatory neurotransmission of the perforant path synapse onto the GCs in the middle molecular layer of the mouse dentate gyrus (perforant path-GC synapse) is enhanced after chronic fluoxetine treatment (15 mg/kg/day, 14 days). Therefore, we further examined whether chronic fluoxetine treatment affects the morphology of the perforant path-GC synapse, using FIB/SEM (focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy). A three-dimensional reconstruction of dendritic spines revealed the appearance of extremely large-sized spines after chronic fluoxetine treatment. The large-sized spines had a postsynaptic density with a large volume. However, chronic fluoxetine treatment did not affect spine density. The presynaptic boutons that were in contact with the large-sized spines were large in volume, and the volumes of the mitochondria and synaptic vesicles inside the boutons were correlated with the size of the boutons. Thus, the large-sized perforant path-GC synapse induced by chronic fluoxetine treatment contains synaptic components that correlate with the synapse size and that may be involved in enhanced glutamatergic neurotransmission.

  3. Suppressor screen and phenotype analyses revealed an emerging role of the Monofunctional peroxisomal enoyl-CoA hydratase 2 in compensated cell enlargement

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    Mana eKatano

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Efficient use of seed nutrient reserves is crucial for germination and establishment of plant seedlings. Mobilizing seed oil reserves in Arabidopsis involves β-oxidation, the glyoxylate cycle, and gluconeogenesis, which provide essential energy and the carbon skeletons needed to sustain seedling growth until photoautotrophy is acquired. We demonstrated that H+-PPase activity is required for gluconeogenesis. Lack of H+-PPase in fugu5 mutants increases cytosolic pyrophosphate (PPi levels, which partially reduces sucrose synthesis de novo and inhibits cell division. In contrast, post-mitotic cell expansion in cotyledons was unusually enhanced, a phenotype called compensation. Therefore, it appears that PPi inhibits several cellular functions, including cell cycling, to trigger compensated cell enlargement (CCE. Here, we mutagenized fugu5-1 seeds with 12C6+ heavy-ion irradiation and screened mutations that restrain CCE to gain insight into the genetic pathway(s involved in CCE. We isolated A#3-1, in which cell size was severely reduced, but cell number remained similar to that of original fugu5-1. Moreover, cell number decreased in A#3-1 single mutant (A#3-1sm, similar to that of fugu5-1, but cell size was almost equal to that of the wild type. Surprisingly, A#3-1 mutation did not affect CCE in other compensation exhibiting mutant backgrounds, such as an3-4 and fugu2-1/fas1-6. Subsequent map-based cloning combined with genome sequencing and HRM curve analysis identified enoyl-CoA hydratase 2 (ECH2 as the causal gene of A#3-1. The above phenotypes were consistently observed in the ech2-1 allele and supplying sucrose restored the morphological and cellular phenotypes in fugu5-1, ech2-1, A#3-1sm, fugu5-1 ech2-1 and A#3-1;fugu5-1. Taken together, these results suggest that defects in either H+-PPase or ECH2 compromise cell proliferation due to defects in mobilizing stored lipids. In contrast, ECH2 alone likely promotes CCE during the post-mitotic cell

  4. Zinc-dependent lysosomal enlargement in TRPML1-deficient cells involves MTF-1 transcription factor and ZnT4 (Slc30a4) transporter.

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    Kukic, Ira; Lee, Jeffrey K; Coblentz, Jessica; Kelleher, Shannon L; Kiselyov, Kirill

    2013-04-15

    Zinc is critical for a multitude of cellular processes, including gene expression, secretion and enzymatic activities. Cellular zinc is controlled by zinc-chelating proteins and by zinc transporters. The recent identification of zinc permeability of the lysosomal ion channel TRPML1 (transient receptor potential mucolipin 1), and the evidence of abnormal zinc levels in cells deficient in TRPML1, suggested a role for TRPML1 in zinc transport. In the present study we provide new evidence for such a role and identify additional cellular components responsible for it. In agreement with the previously published data, an acute siRNA (small interfering RNA)-driven TRPML1 KD (knockdown) leads to the build-up of large cytoplasmic vesicles positive for LysoTracker™ and zinc staining, when cells are exposed to high concentrations of zinc. We now show that lysosomal enlargement and zinc build-up in TRPML1-KD cells exposed to zinc are ameliorated by KD of the zinc-sensitive transcription factor MTF-1 (metal-regulatory-element-binding transcription factor-1) or the zinc transporter ZnT4. TRPML1 KD is associated with a build-up of cytoplasmic zinc and with enhanced transcriptional response of mRNA for MT2a (metallothionein 2a). TRPML1 KD did not suppress lysosomal secretion, but it did delay zinc leak from the lysosomes into the cytoplasm. These results underscore a role for TRPML1 in zinc metabolism. Furthermore, they suggest that TRPML1 works in concert with ZnT4 to regulate zinc translocation between the cytoplasm and lysosomes.

  5. Methods of Enlarging English Vocabulary

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    2012-01-01

      In order to enlarge English vocabulary , we need to have some methods. I’d like to share my experience with begin⁃ners how I enlarge English vocabulary when when I am learning English. It is a long process and needs hard work and patience.

  6. Enlarged colitogenic T cell population paradoxically supports colitis prevention through the B-lymphocyte-dependent peripheral generation of CD4(+)Foxp3(+) Treg cells.

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    do Canto, Fábio Barrozo; Campos, Sylvia Maria Nicolau; Granato, Alessandra; da Silva, Rafael F; de Paiva, Luciana Souza; Nóbrega, Alberto; Bellio, Maria; Fucs, Rita

    2016-06-29

    Intestinal inflammation can be induced by the reconstitution of T/B cell-deficient mice with low numbers of CD4(+) T lymphocytes depleted of CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg). Using RAG-knockout mice as recipients of either splenocytes exclusively depleted of CD25(+) cells or FACS-purified CD4(+)CD25(-)Foxp3(-) T cells, we found that the augmentation of potentially colitogenic naïve T cell numbers in the inoculum was unexpectedly beneficial for the suppression of colon disease and maintenance of immune homeostasis. Protection against T cell-mediated colitis correlated with a significant increment in the frequency of peripherally-induced CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) T (pTreg) cells, especially in the mesenteric lymph nodes, an effect that required the presence of B cells and CD4(+)CD25(-)Foxp3(+) cells in physiological proportions. Our findings support a model whereby the interplay between B lymphocytes and a diversified naïve T cell repertoire is critical for the generation of CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) pTreg cells and colitis suppression.

  7. AtPGL3 is an Arabidopsis BURP domain protein that is localized to the cell wall and promotes cell enlargement

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    Jiyoung ePark

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The BURP domain is a plant-specific protein domain that has been identified in secretory proteins, and some of these are involved in cell wall remodeling. Among Arabidopsis BURP domain proteins, three proteins exhibit strong amino acid similarities with the tomato polygalacturonase 1 beta (PG1β protein that interacts with a pectin-digesting enzyme. To investigate biological roles of the Arabidopsis PG1β-like proteins (AtPGLs, we generated Arabidopsis lines in which expression of AtPGLs is altered. Among the three AtPGLs, AtPGL3 exhibited highest transcriptional activity throughout all developmental stages. When tissue-specific expression pattern of AtPGL3 was examined, the gene was observed to be active in epidermal cell layers of rosette leaves and in the trichomes. AtPGL triple mutant plants were smaller than wild type plants because cells were smaller in the mutant plants. Interestingly, when we overexpressed AtPGL3 using a 35S promoter, cells in transgenic plants grew larger than those of the wild type, suggesting that AtPGL3 plays a role in cell expansion. A C-terminal GFP fusion protein of AtPGL3 complemented phenotypes of the triple mutant plants and localized to the cell wall. A truncated AtPGL3-GFP fusion protein that lacks the BURP domain failed to rescue the mutant phenotypes even though the GFP protein was targeted to the cell wall, indicating that the BURP domain is required for its effect on cell expansion. Quantitative RT-PCR and immunoblot analyses indicated that 2 α-expansin genes are down-regulated and up-regulated in the triple mutant and overexpressor lines, respectively. Taken together, AtPGL3 is a cell wall protein required for normal cell expansion and the coexpression results suggest that AtPGLs regulate cell wall loosening, in conjunction with α-expansins, to promote cell growth.

  8. EU ENLARGEMENT AT A CROSSROADS

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    Andreea Cătălina Paul

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The present article aims to explore the general theme of the EU enlargement strategy in the new 2012 European context. Until now, the EU’s enlargement strategy has yielded impressive results. It succeeded in transforming ten central and eastern European countries from post-communism confusion into open-market, mature and effective systems of democratic governments, and even on the economic front, they have also made astonishing progress. It is no doubt that people in the new EU countries live better then before. In this context, the EU must continue the enlargement process to help stabilize the Balkan region that lie beyond its expanded eastern border. No one can deny that major issues concerning western Balkan countries’ accession are still on the table, and they even exert a geopolitical influence of sorts. This makes it all the more important to see stability and regional co-operation there are strategically vital. An all-out effort must now be made to complete the enlargement process and ensure there is no strategic vacuum. This article provides the framework of analyses for the EU problems and the challenges for the Balkans governments as for Brussels.

  9. Gingival enlargement in partial hemifacial hyperplasia

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    Jagtap, Rasika Ravindra; Deshpande, Gaurav Shekhar

    2014-01-01

    Hemifacial hypertrophy is a rare developmental disorder, characterized by unilateral enlargement of facial tissues. The hemifacial hyperplasia is classified as true hemifacial hypertrophy and partial hemifacial hypertrophy. It is unilateral enlargement of viscerocranial condition in which not all structures are enlarged. We present a rare case of gingival enlargement in partial hemifacial hyperplasia highlighting the clinical and radiological findings with the corrective treatment offered for...

  10. MRI manifestations of enlarged superior ophthalmic vein

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    WEI Rui-li; MA Xiao-ye; CAI Ji-ping; ZHU Huang

    2002-01-01

    Objective:To assess MRI in the evaluation of enlarged superior ophthalmic vein (SOV). Methods: MRI manifestations and etiology of forty-six patients with enlarged SOV were analyzed. Results: SOV enlargement was noted to occur in carotid-cavernous fistula, ophthalmic Graves'disease, Tolosa-Hunt syndrome, inflammation at the apex of the orbit, orbital pseudotumor and thrombosis of cavernous sinus. The dilated vein appeared as signal void tubular shadows on both T1 and T2 weighted images. The diameter of the enlarged vein was 3.5-6.0 mm. Extraocular muscle enlargement, orbital pathologies, enlarged carotid cavernous sinus etc were also revealed by MRI. Conclusion: The dilated SOV may be well demonstrated by MRI. The etiological diagnosis of enlarged SOV can be made in combination with the associated findings.

  11. The Fungal Defensin Family Enlarged

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    Jiajia Wu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Fungi are an emerging source of peptide antibiotics. With the availability of a large number of model fungal genome sequences, we can expect that more and more fungal defensin-like peptides (fDLPs will be discovered by sequence similarity search. Here, we report a total of 69 new fDLPs encoded by 63 genes, in which a group of fDLPs derived from dermatophytes are defined as a new family (fDEF8 according to sequence and phylogenetic analyses. In the oleaginous fungus Mortierella alpine, fDLPs have undergone extensive gene expansion. Our work further enlarges the fungal defensin family and will help characterize new peptide antibiotics with therapeutic potential.

  12. Idiopathic gingival enlargement and its management

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    Pawan Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Increase in the size of gingiva referred to as "gingival enlargement," usually overfills the interproximal spaces, ballooning out over the teeth and sometimes even protruding into the oral cavity. It may occur as localized enlargement in relation to a single tooth, a group of teeth, or may be generalized involving the entire dentition. It is multifactorial in origin having the influence of bacterial plaque, systemic factors or conditions, genetic predisposition (hereditary or familial, and various medications. Sometimes, it may appear as diffuse enlargement of gingiva without any specific etiologic factor. It is then considered as idiopathic enlargement. In this case report, an idiopathic gingival enlargement was successfully treated using gingivectomy by ledge and wedge procedure. The surgical technique performed yielded functionally as well as esthetically satisfying results. Gingivectomy provides a viable option to manage diffuse enlargement cases. This procedure provides the functional as well as esthetic demands and at the same time, it maintains the integrity of periodontium.

  13. Intratumoral interleukin-21 increases antitumor immunity, tumor-infiltrating CD8+ T-cell density and activity, and enlarges draining lymph nodes

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    Søndergaard, Henrik; Galsgaard, Elisabeth D; Bartholomaeussen, Monica

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    Interleukin (IL)-21 is a novel cytokine in clinical development for the treatment of cancer. In this study, we have compared the efficacy of subcutaneous and intratumoral (IT) administration of IL-21 protein in two syngeneic mouse tumor models, RenCa renal cell carcinoma and B16 melanoma, and inv......Interleukin (IL)-21 is a novel cytokine in clinical development for the treatment of cancer. In this study, we have compared the efficacy of subcutaneous and intratumoral (IT) administration of IL-21 protein in two syngeneic mouse tumor models, RenCa renal cell carcinoma and B16 melanoma......, and investigated the mechanisms by which IL-21 enhances CD8 T-cell-mediated antitumor immunity. We found that in comparison to subcutaneous administration, IT administration of IL-21 more potently inhibited tumor growth and increased survival. This correlated with increased densities of tumor-infiltrating CD8...... microenvironment and activates tumor-draining LNs. Overall, our data suggest that IL-21 augments CD8 T-cell-mediated antitumor immunity through increased proliferation and effector function and acts both on tumor-infiltrating CD8 T cells as well as on the draining LNs. IT administration led to superior CD8 T...

  14. Unusual Gingival Enlargement: A Rare Case Report

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This is an atypical case report of a 20-year-old male patient who suffered from unusual unilateral, gingival enlargement together with rapidly progressive alveolar bone loss. The enlarged gingiva completely covered his left posterior teeth in both arches. The patient was diagnosed with gingival fibromatosis and aggressive periodontitis based on the clinical, histological, and radiographic findings. The gingival enlargement was treated by conventional gingivectomy under local anaesthesia. The postoperative result was uneventful.

  15. Prenatal Exposure to Autism-Specific Maternal Autoantibodies Alters Proliferation of Cortical Neural Precursor Cells, Enlarges Brain, and Increases Neuronal Size in Adult Animals.

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    Martínez-Cerdeño, Verónica; Camacho, Jasmin; Fox, Elizabeth; Miller, Elaine; Ariza, Jeanelle; Kienzle, Devon; Plank, Kaela; Noctor, Stephen C; Van de Water, Judy

    2016-01-01

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) affect up to 1 in 68 children. Autism-specific autoantibodies directed against fetal brain proteins have been found exclusively in a subpopulation of mothers whose children were diagnosed with ASD or maternal autoantibody-related autism. We tested the impact of autoantibodies on brain development in mice by transferring human antigen-specific IgG directly into the cerebral ventricles of embryonic mice during cortical neurogenesis. We show that autoantibodies recognize radial glial cells during development. We also show that prenatal exposure to autism-specific maternal autoantibodies increased stem cell proliferation in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the embryonic neocortex, increased adult brain size and weight, and increased the size of adult cortical neurons. We propose that prenatal exposure to autism-specific maternal autoantibodies directly affects radial glial cell development and presents a viable pathologic mechanism for the maternal autoantibody-related prenatal ASD risk factor.

  16. The European Union's Eastward Enlargement

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    Full Text Available In July 1997 the Commission of the European Union presented its Agenda 2000. This document not only suggested to start accession talks with some East and Central European countries (CEEC in early 1998 but it also provided proposals for a restructuring of EU expenditures. On this background this contribution discusses the state of readiness of the Central and East European countries to become EU members over the next few years and the Union's capacity to absorb up to ten CEEC over the next decade or so. This study concludes that the European Union has become an anchor of stability to the CEEC that guarantees both democracy and economic security--much more than could be expected only a couple of years ago. The Union's readiness to accept the membership of CEEC has, in a decisive way, contributed to their societal, political and economic stabilization. There is almost a contest among the CEEC on which one is going to meet the accession criteria first and best. The enlargement process, however, is connected to problems the resolution of which realistically postpone its successful conclusion at least into the year 2005. The main reasons are (1 the welfare gap between the EU area and the CEEC, (2 the need for more institutional and economic changes in the CEEC to make them ready for acces-sion, and, most importantly, (3 the necessity for the European Union to prepare herself for accession by a comprehensive financial reform and fundamental institutional changes.

  17. Intratumoral Interleukin-21 Increases Antitumor Immunity, Tumor-infiltrating CD8(+) T-cell Density and Activity, and Enlarges Draining Lymph Nodes

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    Sondergaard, H.; Galsgaard, E.D.; Bartholomaeussen, M.

    2010-01-01

    Interleukin (IL)-21 is a novel cytokine in clinical development for the treatment of cancer. In this study, we have compared the efficacy of subcutaneous and intratumoral (IT) administration of IL-21 protein in two syngeneic mouse tumor models, RenCa renal cell carcinoma and B16 melanoma, and inv...

  18. Zinc-Dependent Lysosomal Enlargement in TRPML1-Deficient Cells Involves MTF-1 Transcription Factor and ZnT4 (Slc30a4) Transporter

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    Zn is critical for a multitude of cellular processes, including gene expression, secretion and enzymatic activities. Cellular Zn is controlled by Zn-chelating proteins and by Zn transporters. The recent identification of Zn permeability of the lysosomal ion channel TRPML1, and the evidence of abnormal Zn levels in cells deficient in TRPML1, suggested a role for TRPML1 in Zn transport. Here we provide new evidence for such a role and identify additional cellular components responsible for it. ...

  19. The "New Politics" of EU's Eastern Enlargement

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    Zank, Wolfgang

    The paper gives an overview of EU's eastern enlargement and draws some theoretical conclusions. In particular, it stresses the point that the EU member states in the process of enlargement have entered a phase of "new politics", characterised by multilateralism, conditionality, help and binding a...

  20. Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia causing massive breast enlargement.

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    Bourke, Anita Geraldine; Tiang, Stephen; Harvey, Nathan; McClure, Robert

    2015-10-16

    Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia (PASH) of the breast is a benign mesenchymal proliferative process, initially described by Vuitch et al. We report an unusual case of a 46-year-old woman who presented with a 6-week history of bilateral massive, asymmetrical, painful enlargement of her breasts, without a history of trauma. On clinical examination, both breasts were markedly enlarged and oedematous, but there were no discrete palpable masses. Preoperative image-guided core biopsies and surgery showed PASH. PASH is increasingly recognised as an incidental finding on image-guided core biopsy performed for screen detected lesions. There are a few reported cases of PASH presenting as rapid breast enlargement. In our case, the patient presented with painful, asymmetrical, massive breast enlargement. Awareness needs to be raised of this entity as a differential diagnosis in massive, painful breast enlargement.

  1. Enhancement of Median Nerve Regeneration by Mesenchymal Stem Cells Engraftment in an Absorbable Conduit: Improvement of Peripheral Nerve Morphology with Enlargement of Somatosensory Cortical Representation.

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    Julia Teixeira Oliveira

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We studied the morphology and the cortical representation of the median nerve (MN, 10 weeks after a transection immediately followed by treatment with tubulization using a polycaprolactone (PCL conduit with or without bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (MSC transplant. In order to characterize the cutaneous representation of MN inputs in primary somatosensory cortex (S1, electrophysiological cortical mapping of the somatosensory representation of the forepaw and adjacent body parts was performed after acute lesion of all brachial plexus nerves, except for the MN. This was performed in ten adult male Wistar rats randomly assigned in 3 groups: MN Intact (n=4, PCL-Only (n=3 and PCL+MSC (n=3. Ten weeks before mapping procedures in animals from PCL-Only and PCL+MSC groups, animal were subjected to MN transection with removal of a 4-mm-long segment, immediately followed by suturing a PCL conduit to the nerve stumps with (PCL+MSC group or without (PCL-Only group injection of MSC into the conduit. After mapping the representation of the MN in S1, animals had a segment of the regenerated nerve processed for light and transmission electron microscopy. For histomorphometric analysis of the nerve segment, sample size was increased to 5 animals per experimental group. The PCL+MSC group presented a higher number of myelinated fibers and a larger cortical representation of MN inputs in S1 (3,383±390 fibers; 2.3 mm2, respectively than the PCL-Only group (2,226±575 fibers; 1.6 mm2. In conclusion, MSC-based therapy associated with PCL conduits can improve MN regeneration. This treatment seems to rescue the nerve representation in S1, thus minimizing the stabilization of new representations of adjacent body parts in regions previously responsive to the MN.

  2. Idiopathic gingival enlargement and its management

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    Shetty Arvind

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic gingival enlargement is a proliferative fibrous lesion of the gingival tissue that causes esthetic and functional problems. Both genetically and pharmacologically induced forms of gingival enlargement exist. This case report addresses the diagnosis and treatment of a case of idiopathic gingival enlargement in a 13-year-old female. The patient presented with generalized diffuse gingival enlargement involving the maxillary and mandibular arches extending on buccal and lingual/palatal surfaces and covering incisal / occlusal third of the tooth resulting in difficulty in speech and mastication since last three years. Patient also gave a history of surgical treatment being carried out four years back in upper anterior region suggesting of recurrence. Biopsy report confirmed the diagnosis of gingival hyperplasia. Gingivectomy was carried out in all four quadrants by using four different methods.

  3. Massive pregnancy gingival enlargement: A rare case.

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    Srivastava, Amitabh; Gupta, Krishna Kumar; Srivastava, Sunita; Garg, Jaishree

    2013-07-01

    Gingival enlargement related to pregnancy is sometimes seen in the oral cavity. Pregnancy is a physiological state that brings full of changes in a woman's life. The metabolism and immunology of the body are modified by progesterone and estrogen as well as other local factors, these sex hormones may modify the oral mucosa and may lead to various periodontal diseases. A case of female patient 23 yrs of age reported during 8(th) month of pregnancy with a localised gingival enlargement affecting the buccal aspect of left maxillary central incisor upto canine. The hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy may be associated with generalized or localised gingival enlargement and the presence of local factors may accentuate the gingival response. Rarely the enlargement becomes maasive and protrude out extraorally.

  4. Enlarged prostate - what to ask your doctor

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    What to ask your doctor about enlarged prostate; Benign prostatic hypertrophy - what to ask your doctor; BPH - what to ... nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23234640 . Roehrborn CG. Benign prostatic hyperplasia: Etiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and natural history. In: Wein ...

  5. Massive pregnancy gingival enlargement: A rare case

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    Gingival enlargement related to pregnancy is sometimes seen in the oral cavity. Pregnancy is a physiological state that brings full of changes in a woman's life. The metabolism and immunology of the body are modified by progesterone and estrogen as well as other local factors, these sex hormones may modify the oral mucosa and may lead to various periodontal diseases. A case of female patient 23 yrs of age reported during 8th month of pregnancy with a localised gingival enlargement affecting t...

  6. Acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis

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    Tomoyuki Kakugawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2008, Kawabata et al. described a lesion which they termed “airspace enlargement with fibrosis” that could be included on the spectrum of smoking-related interstitial lung diseases. This group also reported that patients with airspace enlargement with fibrosis but without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of another type had no acute exacerbations and favorable prognoses on clinical follow-up. Here we describe the first case, to our knowledge, of acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of another type. An 82-year-old man was referred to our department for worsening dyspnea and new alveolar opacities on chest radiograph following left pulmonary segmentectomy (S6 for cancer. A diagnosis of acute exacerbation of airspace enlargement with fibrosis without coexisting interstitial pneumonia of other types was made, based on pathological evidence of airspace enlargement with fibrosis and organizing diffuse alveolar damage. Treatment with high-dose methylprednisolone followed by tapered oral prednisolone resulted in gradual improvement of the clinical condition and chest radiographic findings. Clinicians should be aware that patients with airspace enlargement with fibrosis may experience acute exacerbation.

  7. Generalised Leukaemic Gingival Enlargement: a Case Report

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    Mechery Reenesh

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Acute myeloblastic leukaemia is a malignant bone marrow neoplasm of myeloid precursors of white blood cells. Due to its high morbidity rate, early diagnosis and appropriate medical therapy is essential. Methods: The article highlights normal blood alterations like anaemia, thrombocytopenia, leukocytosis and advanced diagnostic aids like flow cytometry, special staining as a diagnostic modality as well as for prognostic information in acute leukaemia, particularly as a tool for assigning lineage and facilitating further pathologic classification which may be helpful in influencing treatment strategies.Results: On clinical examination the case presented with features of inflammatory gingival enlargement with presence of local deposits and calculus. Routine blood examination anaemia, thrombocytopenia, leukocytosis with haemoglobin 5.6 gm% and total leukocyte count of 1,12,000 / cu mm suggestive of leukaemia. Myeloperoxidase and leukocyte nonspecific esterase (NSE special stain were used which showed presence of myeloblasts in the peripheral smear suggestive of acute myelocytic leukaemia. Flow cytometry were done which further helped in interpretation of these cells which showed to be strongly positive for CD45, CD13, CD14, and anti HLADR and moderately positive for CD4, CD34 and Anti MPO confirming to be case of AML-M4 with 57.73% gating.Conclusions: Fact that gingival alterations are sometimes the first manifestations of the disease implies that dental professionals must be sufficiently familiarized with the clinical manifestations of systemic diseases. The timely referral by the general dentist for a suspicious lesion provided an early diagnosis and early intervention reducing the patient morbidity.

  8. Phospholipids trigger Cryptococcus neoformans capsular enlargement during interactions with amoebae and macrophages.

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    Cara J Chrisman

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available A remarkable aspect of the interaction of Cryptococcus neoformans with mammalian hosts is a consistent increase in capsule volume. Given that many aspects of the interaction of C. neoformans with macrophages are also observed with amoebae, we hypothesized that the capsule enlargement phenomenon also had a protozoan parallel. Incubation of C. neoformans with Acanthamoeba castellanii resulted in C. neoformans capsular enlargement. The phenomenon required contact between fungal and protozoan cells but did not require amoeba viability. Analysis of amoebae extracts showed that the likely stimuli for capsule enlargement were protozoan polar lipids. Extracts from macrophages and mammalian serum also triggered cryptococcal capsular enlargement. C. neoformans capsule enlargement required expression of fungal phospholipase B, but not phospholipase C. Purified phospholipids, in particular, phosphatidylcholine, and derived molecules triggered capsular enlargement with the subsequent formation of giant cells. These results implicate phospholipids as a trigger for both C. neoformans capsule enlargement in vivo and exopolysaccharide production. The observation that the incubation of C. neoformans with phospholipids led to the formation of giant cells provides the means to generate these enigmatic cells in vitro. Protozoan- or mammalian-derived polar lipids could represent a danger signal for C. neoformans that triggers capsular enlargement as a non-specific defense mechanism against potential predatory cells. Hence, phospholipids are the first host-derived molecules identified to trigger capsular enlargement. The parallels apparent in the capsular response of C. neoformans to both amoebae and macrophages provide additional support for the notion that certain aspects of cryptococcal virulence emerged as a consequence of environmental interactions with other microorganisms such as protists.

  9. Body-enlarging effect of royal jelly in a non-holometabolous insect species, Gryllus bimaculatus

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    Atsushi Miyashita

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Honeybee royal jelly is reported to have body-enlarging effects in holometabolous insects such as the honeybee, fly and silkmoth, but its effect in non-holometabolous insect species has not yet been examined. The present study confirmed the body-enlarging effect in silkmoths fed an artificial diet instead of mulberry leaves used in the previous literature. Administration of honeybee royal jelly to silkmoth from early larval stage increased the size of female pupae and adult moths, but not larvae (at the late larval stage or male pupae. We further examined the body-enlarging effect of royal jelly in a non-holometabolous species, the two-spotted cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, which belongs to the evolutionarily primitive group Polyneoptera. Administration of royal jelly to G. bimaculatus from its early nymph stage enlarged both males and females at the mid-nymph and adult stages. In the cricket, the body parts were uniformly enlarged in both males and females; whereas the enlarged female silkmoths had swollen abdomens. Administration of royal jelly increased the number, but not the size, of eggs loaded in the abdomen of silkmoth females. In addition, fat body cells were enlarged by royal jelly in the silkmoth, but not in the cricket. These findings suggest that the body-enlarging effect of royal jelly is common in non-holometabolous species, G. bimaculatus, but it acts in a different manner than in holometabolous species.

  10. Atypical And Severe Enlargement Of Right Atrium.

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    Siniscalchi, Carmine; Rossetti, Pietro; Rocci, Anna; Rubino, Pasquale; Basaglia, Manuela; Gaibazzi, Nicola; Quintavalla, Roberto

    2016-09-13

    A 76 year-old woman was admitted to the Emergency Department for recent-onset dyspnea and cough. The electrocardiogram was considered inconclusive. A thoracic X-ray showed global cardiac profile enlargement. Computed tomography, acutely performed in the clinical suspicion of atypical pneumonia/myocarditis or pericardial effusion, showed cardiac enlargement especially of the right chambers. In order to investigate Ebstein's anomaly, pericardial cysts, tumors or other conditions of the right heart a simple trans-thoracic echocardiogram was performed. Four chambers view showed a giant right atrium aneurysm with moderate tricuspid regurgitation without stenosis or typical Ebstein's echocardiographic pattern.

  11. Aortic Annular Enlargement during Aortic Valve Replacement

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    Selman Dumani

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In the surgery of aortic valve replacement is always attempted, as much as possible, to implant the larger prosthesis with the mains goals to enhance the potential benefits, to minimise transvalvular gradient, decrease left ventricular size and avoid the phenomenon of patient-prosthesis mismatch. Implantation of an ideal prosthesis often it is not possible, due to a small aortic annulus. A variety of aortic annulus enlargement techniques is reported to avoid patient-prosthesis mismatch. We present the case that has submitted four three times open heart surgery. We used Manouguian technique to enlarge aortic anulus with excellent results during the fourth time of surgery.

  12. A rapidly enlarging cutaneous hemangioma in pregnancy

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    Marwan Ma’ayeh

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This is a case of a rapidly enlarging cutaneous pedunculated tumor on a patient’s thumb during her pregnancy. This was excised and identified as a hemangioma. A literature search identified a possible hormonal factor in causing an accelerated growth of this tumor.

  13. Hearts and Flowers: Learning To Enlarge Images.

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    Kalil, Judy

    2003-01-01

    Describes a lesson that teaches kindergarten students how to enlarge a smaller drawing onto a bigger piece of paper. Explains that the students create their heart-shape designs using tempera paint and pastels in the larger picture. Includes a list of materials. (CMK)

  14. Field-enlarging transformations and chiral theories

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    A field-enlarging transformation in the chiral electrodynamics is performed. This introduces an additional gauge symmetry to the model that is unitary and anomaly-free and allows for comparison of different models discussed in the literature. The problem of superfluous degrees of freedom and their influence on quantization is discussed. Several "mysteries" are explained from this point of view.

  15. Subdifferentials of Distance Functions, Approximations and Enlargements

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    Jean-Paul PENOT; Robert RATSIMAHALO

    2007-01-01

    In this work, we study some subdifferentials of the distance function to a nonempty non-convex closed subset of a general Banach space. We relate them to the normal cone of the enlargements of the set which can be considered as regularizations of the set.

  16. Penile Enlargement : From Medication to Surgery

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    Nugteren, Helena M.; Balkema, G. T.; Pascal, A. L.; Schultz, W. C. M. Weijmar; Nijman, J. M.; Van Driel, M. F.

    2010-01-01

    Penis lengthening pills, stretch apparatus, vacuum pumps, silicone injections, and lengthening and thickening operations are available for men who worry about their penis size. Surgery is thus far the only proven scientific method for penile enlargement. In this article, we consider patient selectio

  17. A rapidly enlarging cutaneous hemangioma in pregnancy.

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    Ma'ayeh, Marwan

    2014-06-18

    This is a case of a rapidly enlarging cutaneous pedunculated tumor on a patient\\'s thumb during her pregnancy. This was excised and identified as a hemangioma. A literature search identified a possible hormonal factor in causing an accelerated growth of this tumor.

  18. Nato enlarging into the Baltic States

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    Prahas 21.-22. novembrini 2002 toimunud NATO tippkohtumisest ja seal vastu võetud otsusest Balti riikide alliansiga ühinemise kohta. Vt. samas: Russia's attitude to the NATO enlargement; Bush in Vilnius; Baltic states' prime ministers' met; Supporting USA?

  19. Liver enlargement demonstrated by scintigraphy in rheumatoid arthritis

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    Tiger, L.H.; Gordon, M.H.; Ehrlich, G.E.; Shapiro, B.

    1976-03-01

    Scintigraphic scanning employing technetium-99m sulfur colloid was used to assess the size of the liver and spleen in 32 consecutive patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The data were correlated with clinical and laboratory assessment. Seven patients had enlarged livers, three enlarged spleens. An expected correlation of liver enlargement with Sjogren's syndrome did not materialize. Splenic enlargement and liver enlargement were discordant. Liver enlargement correlation best with elevations of rheumatoid factor as measured by latex fixation. As liver enlargement is not an appreciated feature of rheumatoid arthritis, these findings suggest that hepatomegaly need not necessarily imply adverse treatment results or the development of lymphoproliferative disorders.

  20. ES1 is a mitochondrial enlarging factor contributing to form mega-mitochondria in zebrafish cones.

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    Masuda, Takamasa; Wada, Yasutaka; Kawamura, Satoru

    2016-03-01

    Total mass of mitochondria increases during cell proliferation and differentiation through mitochondrial biogenesis, which includes mitochondrial proliferation and growth. During the mitochondrial growth, individual mitochondria have been considered to be enlarged independently of mitochondrial fusion. However, molecular basis for this enlarging process has been poorly understood. Cone photoreceptor cells in the retina possess large mitochondria, so-called mega-mitochondria that have been considered to arise via the enlarging process. Here we show that ES1 is a novel mitochondria-enlarging factor contributing to form mega-mitochondria in cones. ES1 is specifically expressed in cones and localized to mitochondria including mega-mitochondria. Knockdown of ES1 markedly reduced the mitochondrial size in cones. In contrast, ectopic expression of ES1 in rods significantly increased both the size of individual mitochondria and the total mass of the mitochondrial cluster without changing the number of them. RNA-seq analysis showed that ERRα and its downstream mitochondrial genes were significantly up-regulated in the ES1-expressing rods, suggesting facilitation of mitochondrial enlargement via ERRα-dependent processes. Furthermore, higher energy state was detected in the ES1-expressing rods, indicating that the enlarged mitochondria by ES1 are capable of producing high energy. ES1 is the mitochondrial protein that is first found to promote enlargement of individual mitochondria.

  1. Enlarged Molecules from Excited Atoms in Nanochannels

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    Boström, Mathias; Sernelius, Bo E; Dou, Maofeng; Persson, Clas; Ninham, Barry W

    2012-01-01

    The resonance interaction that takes place in planar nanochannels between pairs of excited state atoms is explored. We consider interactions in channels of silica, zinc oxide and gold. The nanosized channels induce a dramatically different interaction from that in free space. Illustrative calculations for two lithium and cesium atoms, demonstrate that there is a short range repulsion followed by long range attraction. The binding energy is strongest near the surfaces. The size of the enlarged molecule is biggest at the center of the cavity and increases with channel width. Since the interaction is generic, we predict that enlarged molecules are formed in porous structures, and that the molecule size depends on the size of the nanochannels

  2. Aortic Root Enlargement or Sutureless Valve Implantation?

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    Nikolaos G. Baikoussis

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Aortic valve replacement (AVR in patients with a small aortic annulus is a challenging issue. The importance of prosthesis–patient mismatch (PPM post aortic valve replacement (AVR is controversial but has to be avoided. Many studies support the fact that PPM has a negative impact on short and long term survival. In order to avoid PPM, aortic root enlargement may be performed. Alternatively and keeping in mind that often some comorbidities are present in old patients with small aortic root, the Perceval S suturelles valve implantation could be a perfect solution. The Perceval sutureless bioprosthesis provides reasonable hemodynamic performance avoiding the PPM and providing the maximum of aortic orifice area. We would like to see in the near future the role of the aortic root enlargement techniques in the era of surgical implantation of the sutureless valve (SAVR and the transcatheter valve implantation (TAVI.

  3. Why do objects appear enlarged under water?

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    Helen E. Ross

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Objects appear enlarged in water by less than the 4/3 angular magnification. They usually appear beyond their optical distance and slightly enlarged in linear size, but not in accordance with size-distance invariance (SDI. We investigated whether misperceptions of angular size could explain the discrepancies. Twenty observers viewed targets of various sizes and distances within transparent tanks 40 cm long containing air or water. They judged distance by hidden reaching, and linear or angular size by adjusting the size of a target in air at a further distance. Matched distance was close to physical distance in air and optical distance in water. All size matches were close to true linear size, and were larger in water than in air. Angular size matches were much too small to explain departures from SDI. Size perception under water is best explained by incomplete adaptation to optical distortion, and by the use of various size cues.

  4. An enlarged sella turcica on cephalometric radiograph.

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    Chang, H-P; Tseng, Y-C; Chou, T-M

    2005-09-01

    A 28-year-old male presented to the Orthodontic clinic for correction of his anterior crossbite due to mandibular prognathism as a result of pituitary adenoma with acromegaly. A radiographic cephalometric analysis and clinical orthodontic examination were made. This article describes in detail the methods of correcting the magnification of cephalometric linear measurements in sellar dimensions (length, depth and width) from lateral and posteroanterior cephalograms. Cephalometric findings revealed that the sella enlarged in all its dimensions with a deepening of the floor in this acromegalic case. We discuss the radiographic diagnosis of an enlarged sella turcica in intrasellar tumours and also emphasise the dentist's important role in the initial diagnosis of pituitary adenoma cases.

  5. Enlarged pancreas: not always a cancer.

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    Calculli, Lucia; Festi, Davide; Pezzilli, Raffaele

    2015-02-01

    Pancreatic fat accumulation has been described with various terms including pancreatic lipomatosis, pancreatic steatosis, fatty replacement, fatty infiltration, fatty pancreas, lipomatous pseudohypertrophy and nonalcoholic fatty pancreas disease. It has been reported to be associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and the formation of pancreatic fistula. The real incidence of this condition is still unknown. We report a case of pancreatic steatosis in a non-obese female patient initially diagnosed with a mass in the head of the pancreas. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was carried out to define the characteristics of the pancreatic mass. MRI confirmed the diagnosis of fat pancreas. Enlarged pancreas is not always a cancer, but pancreatic steatosis is characterized by pancreatic enlargement. MRI could give a definite diagnosis of pancreatic steatosis or cancer.

  6. Enlarged pancreas:not always a cancer

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    Lucia Calculli; Davide Festi; Raffaele Pezzilli

    2015-01-01

    Pancreatic fat accumulation has been described with various terms including pancreatic lipomatosis, pancre-atic steatosis, fatty replacement, fatty infiltration, fatty pan-creas, lipomatous pseudohypertrophy and nonalcoholic fatty pancreas disease. It has been reported to be associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus, acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and the formation of pancreatic fistula. The real incidence of this condition is still unknown. We report a case of pancreatic steatosis in a non-obese female patient initially diagnosed with a mass in the head of the pancreas. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was carried out to define the characteristics of the pancreatic mass. MRI confirmed the diagnosis of fat pan-creas. Enlarged pancreas is not always a cancer, but pancreatic steatosis is characterized by pancreatic enlargement. MRI could give a definite diagnosis of pancreatic steatosis or cancer.

  7. NIFEDIPINE - INDUCED GINGIVAL ENLARGEMENT (IN SPANISH)

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    Manzur-Villalobos Isabella; Manzur-Jattin Fernando; Díaz-Caballero Antonio José

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: the gingival enlargement is the increase of the size of the gingiva caused by diverse factors, between which are the drugs, mainly the antihypertensive, immunosuppressive and anticonvulsant medications. Between the first ones, the nifedipine, an antagonist of the calcium, is one of the most frequently indicated. Clinical case: A 62-year-old-male patient with arterial hypertension treated with nifedipine for more of fifteenth years, who presented chronic gingival e...

  8. Fiscal Convergence in an Enlarged European Union

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    Georgeta VINTILĂ

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Taxation convergence in the European Union has always been a heatedly debated issue, and it has constantly resurfaced to the limelight as more and more fiscal directive proposals are being discussed. The current study is an analysis of the evolution of taxation convergence tendencies within the European Union in recent years, using sigma-convergence and cluster analysis. Our goal is to analyze the fiscal convergence trends in the context of European Union enlargement over the last two decades.

  9. THE CRUCIAL THEMES OF EU ENLARGEMENT

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    Jacques Pelkmans

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available This article provides a critical review of the “terms” of the ongoing EU enlargement, in the light of the European public interest. The European public interest ought to include the prospective (Central European members, within a perspective of an enlarged Union in 2010, or so. The following forms a personalised summary of a major report published (in Dutch in September 2001 by the WRR in The Hague (a think-tank, formally under the Dutch Prime Minister, but by statute fully independent. The author was one of the lead-writers of this report. The present article merely focuses on the policy recommendations of the report. It is hoped that these kinds of critical analyses will help to stimulate solid policy debate on the EU in Romania, on the road to EU membership. The article discusses why the notion of a “core-acquis” would improve the enlargement strategy; the application of the core acquis to the internal market, environment and justice and home affairs; judicial and administrative capacity; accession to “euro-land”; the rapid reform of the CAP; a reform of “cohesion” approaches; and a note on the EU budgetary implications.

  10. Particularities of the European Union enlargement process

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    Andreea Bucur

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The European integration model has proven to be so far a successful one, with a high consideration from the other countries of the world and their attempts to replicate its components and to learn from its experience of regional integration is perhaps the most sincere form of appreciation. Contemporary global economy knows various other models of economic integration, but none of the existing forms of regional integration was not up to the achievements of the EU which is distinguished primarily by the stage reached and function andits ability to create unity in the context of diversity. Irreversible process, and currently ongoing, and designed to produce positive results in perspective, the enlargement is one of the most significant factors of European construction success, always accompanying its history, marking the development, institutional structure, mode of cooperation and its policies. For these reasons, the present paper aims to approach the European integration model by the factors that influenced the enlargement and also by the course of events that are reflected in so-called “waves” of EU enlargement.

  11. An unusual case of generalized severe gingival enlargement during pregnancy.

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    McIntosh, Crystal L; Kolhatkar, Shilpa; Winkler, James R; Ojha, Junu; Bhola, Monish

    2010-01-01

    Increased hormone levels that are present during puberty and pregnancy are associated with localized or generalized gingival enlargement. This article reviews the gingival alterations that can occur during pregnancy and describes a case of generalized severe gingival enlargement associated with pregnancy and its management. A 36-year-old woman had severe bilateral gingival enlargement of short duration. The patient denied taking any medications. The laboratory report revealed no systemic abnormalities; however, the report disclosed that she was pregnant. Surgical therapy for the gingival enlargement included gingivectomy and gingivoplasty of all quadrants, which reduced the size of the enlarged gingiva. Postoperative visits demonstrated uneventful healing, with no recurrence seen at the one-year follow-up appointment. It appears that the English literature includes only one other case report that discusses generalized gingival enlargement during pregnancy. Pregnancy-related gingival enlargement should be included as a differential diagnosis in women who have non-drug-induced generalized gingival enlargement.

  12. Martingale representation property in progressively enlarged filtrations

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    Jeanblanc, M

    2012-01-01

    Consider $\\mathbb{G}$ the progressive enlargement of a filtration $\\mathbb{F}$ with a random time $\\tau$. Assuming that, in $\\mathbb{F}$, the martingale representation property holds, we examine conditions under which the martingale representation property holds also in $\\mathbb{G}$. It is noted that the classical results on this subject are no more sufficient to deal with all examples coming from credit risk modeling. In this paper, we introduce a new methodology which extends the various classical results and applies on recent examples.

  13. Idiopathic gingival enlargement: A case report

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    Rajesh Shah

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic gingival fibromatosis is a relatively rare condition characterized by the proliferation of the gingival tissues resulting in masticatory, esthetics, phonetics and psychological disturbances. We present a case with generalized diffuse gingival enlargement involving the maxillary and mandibular arches extending on buccal and lingual/palatal surfaces and covering incisal/occlusal third of the tooth in the left maxillary region. Gingivectomy was carried out in all four quadrants. Periodic recalls showed maintenance of good oral hygiene and one year follow-up revealed no recurrence.JCMS Nepal. 2015;11(1: 26-28

  14. Histological and immunohistochemical features of gingival enlargement in a patient with AML.

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    Sonoi, Norihiro; Soga, Yoshihiko; Maeda, Hiroshi; Ichimura, Koichi; Yoshino, Tadashi; Aoyama, Kazutoshi; Fujii, Nobuharu; Maeda, Yoshinobu; Tanimoto, Mitsune; Logan, Richard; Raber-Durlacher, Judith; Takashiba, Shogo

    2012-07-01

    Here, we discuss the pathophysiology of leukemia-associated gingival enlargement based on a case of acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AML-M4) with typical gingival enlargement. Uniquely, this patient was well enough to allow full periodontal examination and incisional gingival biopsy to be performed both before and after chemotherapy. The patient was a 39-year-old Japanese woman with AML-M4 showing gingival enlargement. Histological and immunohistochemical features of gingiva and bacterial counts in the periodontal pockets were examined before and after chemotherapy. The results were as follows: (1) infiltration of myelomonocytic blasts in enlarged gingiva; (2) resolution of gingival enlargement with complete remission of AML by anticancer chemotherapy; and (3) the numbers of bacteria in the periodontal pockets were not high and were not altered before or after chemotherapy. In patients with AML-M4, remarkable mucosal enlargement is not generally observed in the body except in the gingiva. We hypothesized that antigens derived from periodontal bacteria, even if they are not present in large numbers, could act as chemoattractants for myelomonocytic leukemic cells.

  15. A Study of Digital Image Enlargement and Enhancement

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    Hsueh-Yi Lin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Most image enlargement techniques suffer the problem of zigzagged edges and jagged images following enlargement. Humans are sensitive to the edges of objects; if the edges in the image are sharp, the visual is considered to be high quality. To solve this problem, this paper presents a new and effective method for image enlargement and enhancement based on adaptive inverse hyperbolic tangent (AIHT algorithm. Conventional image enlargement and enhancement methods enlarge the image using interpolation, and subsequently enhance the image without considering image features. However, this study presents the method based on Adaptive Inverse Hyperbolic Tangent algorithm to enhance images according to image features before enlarging the image. Experimental results indicate that the proposed algorithm is capable of adaptively enhancing the image and extruding object details, thereby improving enlargements by smoothing the edge of the objects in the image.

  16. EU Enlargement between Economic and Political Criteria

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    Romeo-Victor Ionescu

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper answers at two important questions: Is the EU able to support new adhering processes? and Is the Euro area able to enlarge in 2014? The comparative analysis in the paper covers four economic competitors: EU, USA, China and Japan, and is based on GDP growth rate, unemployment and inflation rates. The second part of the paper deals with an economic forecast during 2015-2016, focused on EU27, Euro area, Croatia and Latvia, in order to discuss the effects of the adhering to EU and Euro area. The results of the two-level analysis are supported by pertinent diagrams and annexes. The analysis uses a neutral statistical database – Eurostat – and dedicated forecast software. The main conclusion of the paper is that the adhering processes from 2013 and 2014 are based on economic and political criteria.

  17. EU Enlargement Law: History and Recent Developments: Treaty Custom Concubinage?

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    Dimitry Kochenov

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available This note provides a detailed account of the development of the EU enlargement law. Based on the material provided by the latest enlargement round, it outlines the main set of enlargement principles, criteria and procedural tools employed by the Union in the process, also making a sketch of the actual chronology of enlargement events. Based on the analysis of the legal regulation of five rounds of enlargement and making parallels with the notion of customary law as understood in public international law, it argues that the Union enlargements have always enjoyed a dual regulation: by written (mostly Treaty based and also by customary enlargement law. The existence of customary law explains the consistency of enlargement regulation throughout all the rounds of this process, notwithstanding the stage of the Treaty reform in force at the time of every particular accession. The minimal amendments introduced into the enlargement article by the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe (Art. I-58 suggest that the future enlargements are likely to be building on the body of customary law in force to date. The process of gradual incorporation of customary law into the written law of the EU is also likely to continue.

  18. Essential role of the unordered VP2 n-terminal domain of the parvovirus MVM capsid in nuclear assembly and endosomal enlargement of the virion fivefold channel for cell entry

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    Sanchez-Martinez, Cristina; Grueso, Esther [Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa (CSIC-UAM), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Carroll, Miles [Health Protection Agency, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 OJG, Wilts (United Kingdom); Rommelaere, Jean [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Division F010, Im Neuenheimer Feld 242, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Almendral, Jose M., E-mail: jmalmendral@cbm.uam.es [Centro de Biologia Molecular Severo Ochoa (CSIC-UAM), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)

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    The unordered N-termini of parvovirus capsid proteins (Nt) are translocated through a channel at the icosahedral five-fold axis to serve for virus traffick. Heterologous peptides were genetically inserted at the Nt of MVM to study their functional tolerance to manipulations. Insertion of a 5T4-single-chain antibody at VP2-Nt (2Nt) yielded chimeric capsid subunits failing to enter the nucleus. The VEGFR2-binding peptide (V1) inserted at both 2Nt and VP1-Nt efficiently assembled in virions, but V1 disrupted VP1 and VP2 entry functions. The VP2 defect correlated with restricted externalization of V1-2Nt out of the coat. The specific infectivity of MVM and wtVP-pseudotyped mosaic MVM-V1 virions, upon heating and/or partial 2Nt cleavage, demonstrated that some 2Nt domains become intracellularly translocated out of the virus shell and cleaved to initiate entry. The V1 insertion defines a VP2-driven endosomal enlargement of the channel as an essential structural rearrangement performed by the MVM virion to infect.

  19. Amygdalar enlargement associated with unique perception.

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    Asari, Tomoki; Konishi, Seiki; Jimura, Koji; Chikazoe, Junichi; Nakamura, Noriko; Miyashita, Yasushi

    2010-01-01

    Interference by amygdalar activity in perceptual processes has been reported in many previous studies. Consistent with these reports, previous clinical studies have shown amygdalar volume change in multiple types of psychotic disease presenting with unusual perception. However, the relationship between variation in amygdalar volume in the normal population and the tendency toward unusual or unique perception has never been investigated. To address this issue, we defined an index to represent the tendency toward unique perception using ambiguous stimuli: subjects were instructed to state what the figures looked like to them, and "unique responses" were defined depending on the appearance frequency of the same responses in an age- and gender-matched control group. The index was defined as the ratio of unique responses to total responses per subject. We obtained structural brain images and values of the index from sixty-eight normal subjects. Voxel-based morphometry analyses revealed a positive correlation between amygdalar volume and the index. Since previous reports have indicated that unique responses were observed at higher frequency in the artistic population than in the nonartistic normal population, this positive correlation suggests that amygdalar enlargement in the normal population might be related to creative mental activity.

  20. Chest radiographs fail to detect right ventricular enlargement and right atrial enlargement in patients with a pure restrictive ventilatory impairment.

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    Shivkumar, K; Ravi, K; Henry, J W; Eichenhorn, M S; Stein, P D

    1994-08-01

    The validity of measurements of the cardiac silhouette on chest radiographs for the evaluation of right ventricular enlargement and right atrial enlargement in patients with a pure restrictive ventilatory impairment was investigated in 19 patients. The forced vital capacity (FVC) percent predicted in these patients was 59 +/- 12 percent (mean +/- SD) (range, 29 to 79 percent). Right ventricular enlargement, by two-dimensional echocardiography, was defined as a right ventricular area > 20.4 cm2 and right atrial enlargement was defined as a right atrial area > 15.3 cm2. Chest radiographic measurements in the posteroanterior (PA) projection included distance from the midline to the farthest point of the right border of the cardiac silhouette, transverse cardiac diameter, and cardiothoracic ratio. Measurements in the lateral projection included the lateral horizontal transverse diameter, ventral portion of the lateral broad diameter, and obliteration of the retrosternal space. Neither the right ventricular area nor the right atrial area correlated with any of these radiographic measurements. There were no differences in these chest radiographic measurements among patients with normal right ventricular and right atrial dimensions, patients with right ventricular enlargement, and patients with right atrial enlargement. We conclude, therefore, that PA and lateral chest radiographs do not reliably detect right ventricular enlargement or right atrial enlargement in patients with a pure restrictive ventilatory impairment.

  1. NADH oxidase activity (NOX) and enlargement of HeLa cells oscillate with two different temperature-compensated period lengths of 22 and 24 minutes corresponding to different NOX forms

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    Wang, S.; Pogue, R.; Morre, D. M.; Morre, D. J.

    2001-01-01

    NOX proteins are cell surface-associated and growth-related hydroquinone (NADH) oxidases with protein disulfide-thiol interchange activity. A defining characteristic of NOX proteins is that the two enzymatic activities alternate to generate a regular period length of about 24 min. HeLa cells exhibit at least two forms of NOX. One is tumor-associated (tNOX) and is inhibited by putative quinone site inhibitors (e.g., capsaicin or the antitumor sulfonylurea, LY181984). Another is constitutive (CNOX) and refractory to inhibition. The periodic alternation of activities and drug sensitivity of the NADH oxidase activity observed with intact HeLa cells was retained in isolated plasma membranes and with the solubilized and partially purified enzyme. At least two activities were present. One had a period length of 24 min and the other had a period length of 22 min. The lengths of both the 22 and the 24 min periods were temperature compensated (approximately the same when measured at 17, 27 or 37 degrees C) whereas the rate of NADH oxidation approximately doubled with each 10 degrees C rise in temperature. The rate of increase in cell area of HeLa cells when measured by video-enhanced light microscopy also exhibited a complex period of oscillations reflective of both 22 and 24 min period lengths. The findings demonstrate the presence of a novel oscillating NOX activity at the surface of cancer cells with a period length of 22 min in addition to the constitutive NOX of non-cancer cells and tissues with a period length of 24 min.

  2. Growth and the Enlargement of a Common Market

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    Cheng-Te Lee

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores the growth effects of the enlargement of a common market from two to three countries by making use of a three-country equilibrium growth model with heterogeneous labour. We prove that the enlargement will stimulate the backward countries’ economic growth. In addition, we also demonstrate that the higher the new member country’s average talent level is, the more likely it is that the enlargement can speed up the initial integrated-economy’s economic growth.

  3. POSSIBLE TRADE EFFECTS OF THE NEXT EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT

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    Nedelescu-Ionescu Daniela

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The European Union next enlargement will constitute a significant qualitative change in the structure of the current Union, as the accession of the Western Balkan countries and of Turkey in particular will bring a brand new set of economic problems. It is expected that this enlargement to have a considerable effect for the new entrants, as well as for the European Union as a whole.\\r\

  4. Doorkeepers and Gatecrashers: EU Enlargement and Negotiation Strategies

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    Brücker, Herbert; Schröder, Philipp; Weise, Christian

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the eastward enlargement process of the EU in the framework of a simple war of attrition bargaining game. Both players -- the existing EU members and the applicants -- benefit from enlargement, yet for the applicants, reform to the acquis is costly, while the EU prefers subst...... the benefits for new members are all effective negotiation strategies for the EU that have been applied in the process....

  5. Enlargement of cerebral ventricles as an early indicator of encephalomyelitis.

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    Stefano Lepore

    Full Text Available Inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system such as multiple sclerosis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis involve an invasion of immune cells that ultimately leads to white matter demyelination, neurodegeneration and development of neurological symptoms. A clinical diagnosis is often made when neurodegenerative processes are already ongoing. In an attempt to seek early indicators of disease, we studied the temporal and spatial distribution of brain modifications in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE. In a thorough magnetic resonance imaging study performed with EAE mice, we observed significant enlargement of the ventricles prior to disease clinical manifestation and an increase in free water content within the cerebrospinal fluid as demonstrated by changes in T2 relaxation times. The increase in ventricle size was seen in the lateral, third and fourth ventricles. In some EAE mice the ventricle size started returning to normal values during disease remission. In parallel to this macroscopic phenomenon, we studied the temporal evolution of microscopic lesions commonly observed in the cerebellum also starting prior to disease onset. Our data suggest that changes in ventricle size during the early stages of brain inflammation could be an early indicator of the events preceding neurological disease and warrant further exploration in preclinical and clinical studies.

  6. Rib enlargement in premature infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

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    Yoon, Hye Kyung; Han, Kim Bokyung; Chang, Yun Sil; Choo, In Wook [Samsung Medical Center, School of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyeong Ah [Anyang General Hospital, Anyang (Korea, Republic of)

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    The purpose of this study is to describe the rib changes seen in patients with brochopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). Serial chest radiographs of nine premature infants with BPD who showed diffuse rib enlargement were reviewed for hyperinflation, which was compared with the observed degree of rib enlargement. Vibrator chest physiotherapy was performed in all cases, and five infants underwent conventional ventilation plus high frequency oscillatory ventilation therapy. Their calcium level was normal whereas alkaline phosphatase and phosphate levels were high. In all infants except one, liver enzyme levels were normal. For the treatment of patent ductus arteriosus, infection, and BPD, medications including indomethacin, antibiotics, and dexamethasone were administered. Vitamin D was given to all patients with total parenteral nutrition. Rib enlargement was found to be severe (n=3D4), moderate (n=3D3), or mild (n=3D2) with undulating margins or posterior tapering (n=3D2). Hyperinflation was noted in eight patients, in seven of whom it was moderate to severe. Among these seven, rib enlargement was severe (n=3D2), moderate (n=3D3), or mild (n=3D2). In one infant with mild hyperinflation, rib enlargement was severe. Bilateral irregular infiltrates and atelectases were noted in all patients. In BPD patients, rib enlargement may be seen. In order to differentiate this process from systemic bone disease or bony dysplasia, an awareness of the rib changes occurring in patients with BPD may be important. (author)

  7. Ubx regulates differential enlargement and diversification of insect hind legs.

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    Najmus Mahfooz

    Full Text Available Differential enlargement of hind (T3 legs represents one of the hallmarks of insect evolution. However, the actual mechanism(s responsible are yet to be determined. To address this issue, we have now studied the molecular basis of T3 leg enlargement in Oncopeltus fasciatus (milkweed bug and Acheta domesticus (house cricket. In Oncopeltus, the T3 tibia displays a moderate increase in size, whereas in Acheta, the T3 femur, tibia, and tarsus are all greatly enlarged. Here, we show that the hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx is expressed in the enlarged segments of hind legs. Furthermore, we demonstrate that depletion of Ubx during embryogenesis has a primary effect in T3 legs and causes shortening of leg segments that are enlarged in a wild type. This result shows that Ubx is regulating the differential growth and enlargement of T3 legs in both Oncopeltus and Acheta. The emerging view suggests that Ubx was co-opted for a novel role in regulating leg growth and that the transcriptional modification of its expression may be a universal mechanism for the evolutionary diversification of insect hind legs.

  8. Ubx Regulates Differential Enlargement and Diversification of Insect Hind Legs

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    Mahfooz, Najmus; Turchyn, Nataliya; Mihajlovic, Michelle; Hrycaj, Steven; Popadić, Aleksandar

    2007-01-01

    Differential enlargement of hind (T3) legs represents one of the hallmarks of insect evolution. However, the actual mechanism(s) responsible are yet to be determined. To address this issue, we have now studied the molecular basis of T3 leg enlargement in Oncopeltus fasciatus (milkweed bug) and Acheta domesticus (house cricket). In Oncopeltus, the T3 tibia displays a moderate increase in size, whereas in Acheta, the T3 femur, tibia, and tarsus are all greatly enlarged. Here, we show that the hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) is expressed in the enlarged segments of hind legs. Furthermore, we demonstrate that depletion of Ubx during embryogenesis has a primary effect in T3 legs and causes shortening of leg segments that are enlarged in a wild type. This result shows that Ubx is regulating the differential growth and enlargement of T3 legs in both Oncopeltus and Acheta. The emerging view suggests that Ubx was co-opted for a novel role in regulating leg growth and that the transcriptional modification of its expression may be a universal mechanism for the evolutionary diversification of insect hind legs. PMID:17848997

  9. A rare case of unusual gingival enlargement post radiotherapy

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    Vishal Singh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Oral changes following radiotherapy are not uncommon. Oral mucositis, alteration in salivary gland function, radiation caries, and gingival changes have all been reported following radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The gingival changes seen after radiotherapy may be unusual and often cause diagnostic dilemma. Metastasis to the gingiva has also to be ruled out in these cases. A 30-year-old female patient presented with enlargement of the gingiva of 6 months′ duration and lower lip swelling of 7 months′ duration. She was a known case of carcinoma of nasopharynx and had received radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Based on the history, the clinical appearance of the gingiva, and the other oral changes we considered both post-radiotherapy gingival enlargement and secondary metastasis to gingiva as possibilities. An incisional biopsy was performed (internal bevel gingivectomy. The histopathological report did not reveal any metastatic changes. Thus, we diagnosed post-radiotherapy gingival enlargement. For the multiple carious teeth, extraction and root canal treatment was carried out as necessary. The patient was referred to the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for management of swelling of the lips, which was diagnosed as lymphedema of the lip. Gingival enlargement is rare post radiotherapy. Such nonplaque-associated gingival enlargement in a patient who has undergone radiotherapy should be subjected to biopsy and histopathological examination to distinguish between secondary metastasis and post-radiation changes.

  10. Peculiar enlargement of the nasopharynx in patients with anorexia nervosa

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    Okamoto, K. [Department of Radiology, School of Dentistry, Niigata Univ. (Japan); Ito, J. [Department of Radiology, School of Dentistry, Niigata Univ. (Japan); Tokiguchi, S. [Department of Radiology, School of Dentistry, Niigata Univ. (Japan); Kuwabara, G. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Niigata University, Niigata (Japan); Nishihara, M. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Niigata University, Niigata (Japan)

    1995-11-01

    We examined the nasopharynx and brain in 17 patients with anorexia nervosa by CT and compared the findings with those of 44 normal subjects and of 5 patients of the same age with marked emaciation caused by various psychiatric disorders. An enlarged nasopharyngeal space with a flattened posterior wall and enlarged lateral pharyngeal recesses were demonstrated in all patients with anorexia nervosa whose weight was lowest at the time of the CT examination, and these CT features regressed or became normal quickly after they had gained some weight. This characteristic enlargement of the nasopharynx and lateral pharyngeal recesses was observed neither in the markedly emaciated patients (2 with schizophrenia, 1 with major depression, 1 with stupor and the other with an extremely unbalanced diet) nor in 44 normal subjects without emaciation. These features were therefore thought to be characteristic and of diagnostic significance. (orig.). With 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. Disodium cromoglycate attenuates hypoxia induced enlargement of end-expiratory lung volume in rats.

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    Maxová, H; Hezinová, A; Vízek, M

    2011-01-01

    Mechanism responsible for the enlargement of end-expiratory lung volume (EELV) induced by chronic hypoxia remains unclear. The fact that the increase in EELV persists after return to normoxia suggests involvement of morphological changes. Because hypoxia has been also shown to activate lung mast cells, we speculated that they could play in the mechanism increasing EELV similar role as in vessel remodeling in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH). We, therefore, tested an effect of mast cells degranulation blocker disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) on hypoxia induced EELV enlargement. Ventilatory parameters, EELV and right to left heart weight ratio (RV/LV+S) were measured in male Wistar rats. The experimental group (H+DSCG) was exposed to 3 weeks of normobaric hypoxia and treated with DSCG during the first four days of hypoxia, control group was exposed to hypoxia only (H), two others were kept in normoxia as non-treated (N) and treated (N+DSCG) groups. DSCG treatment significantly attenuated the EELV enlargement (H+DSCG = 6.1+/-0.8; H = 9.2+/-0.9; ml +/-SE) together with the increase in minute ventilation (H + DSCG = 190+/-8; H = 273 +/- 10; ml/min +/- SE) and RV/LV + S (H + DSCG = 0.39 +/- 0.03; H = 0.50 +/- 0.06).

  12. Gingival enlargement unveiling sarcoidosis: Report of a rare case

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    Sabeeha Abbas Kadiwala

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is classified as an acquired systemic granulomatous disease. Because of the fact that sarcoidosis affects multiple tissues and organs, it is characterized by many potential signs and symptoms, as well as by the presence of non-caseating granulomas in the organs involved. Although oral sarcoidosis is relatively rare, it may however, present in the oral cavity. This report presents a rare case of sarcoidosis with the initial presenting symptom as severe generalized gingival enlargement. The gingival enlargement was treated by gingivectomy. After histopathological examination of gingival biopsy and certain special investigations, a diagnosis of sarcoidosis was made.

  13. Mitral-aortic annular enlargement: modification of Manouguian's technique

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    Costa Mario Gesteira

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available We hereby present a technical modification for mitral-aortic annular enlargement. The mitral valve is replaced through the retro-septal approach, avoiding patches for left atrial roof closure. We report a mitral-aortic valve replacement in a patient whose original annuli would preclude adequate prostheses. The simultaneous annular enlargement may be necessary for avoiding patient-prosthesis mismatch and for reconstructing destroyed mitral and aortic annuli. The technique may minimize the risk of bleeding and of paravalvular leakage, using an approach well known to cardiac surgeons.

  14. Construction and enlargement of traversable wormholes from Schwarzschild black holes

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    Koyama, H; Koyama, Hiroko; Hayward, Sean A.

    2004-01-01

    Analytic solutions are presented which describe the construction of a traversable wormhole from a Schwarzschild black hole, and the enlargement of such a wormhole, in Einstein gravity. The matter model is pure radiation which may have negative energy density (phantom or ghost radiation) and the idealization of impulsive radiation (infinitesimally thin null shells) is employed.

  15. The Trade and FDI Effects of EMU Enlargement

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    R. Paap (Richard); J.M.A. Viaene (Jean-Marie); J. Brouwer (Jelle)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThis paper considers the nature and the distribution of trade and FDI effects of a potential enlargement of the European Monetary Union (EMU) to the ten countries that obtained EU membership in 2004. Intuitively, the implementation of a single currency for these countries means replacing

  16. Amygdala and hippocampus enlargement during adolescence in autism.

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    Groen, W.B.; Teluij, M.; Buitelaar, J.K.; Tendolkar, I.

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The amygdala and hippocampus are key components of the neural system mediating emotion perception and regulation and are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of autism. Although some studies in children with autism suggest that there is an enlargement of amygdala and hippocampal

  17. [Enlargement of the buccal aperture via. Technical consideration (author's transl)].

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    Pons, J; Pasturel, A; Pochan, Y; Barbier, M

    1979-01-01

    For a long time we know that it is possible to take out from the mouth a part or all the mandibule which presents a local malignant tumour. When the tumour is too extensed, the buccal aperture can be enlarged. The authors describe a new surgical technique which resolves this problem with notable and faithful advantages.

  18. Debate on Global Impact of EU Enlargement Held in Guangzhou

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    <正>On the afternoon of April 27, the CPAFFC, the China- EU Association (CEUA), the Guangdong Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (GPPAFFC) and the Delegation of the European Commission of the European Union jointly held a debate on the global impact brought about by the 15+10 enlargement of European Union in Zhongshan University, Guangzhou.

  19. Cryptococcus neoformans capsular enlargement and cellular gigantism during Galleria mellonella infection.

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    Full Text Available We have studied infection of Cryptococcus neoformans in the non-vertebrate host Galleria mellonella with particular interest in the morphological response of the yeast. Inoculation of C. neoformans in caterpillars induced a capsule-independent increase in haemocyte density 2 h after infection. C. neoformans manifested a significant increase in capsule size after inoculation into the caterpillar. The magnitude of capsule increase depended on the temperature, being more pronounced at 37°C than at 30°C, which correlated with an increased virulence of the fungus and reduced phagocytosis at 37°C. Capsule enlargement impaired phagocytosis by haemocytes. Incubation of the yeast in G. mellonella extracts also resulted in capsule enlargement, with the polar lipidic fraction having a prominent role in this effect. During infection, the capsule decreased in permeability. A low proportion of the cells (<5% recovered from caterpillars measured more than 30 µm and were considered giant cells. Giant cells recovered from mice were able to kill the caterpillars in a manner similar to regular cells obtained from in vivo or grown in vitro, establishing their capacity to cause disease. Our results indicate that the morphological transitions exhibited by C. neoformans in mammals also occur in a non-vertebrate host system. The similarities in morphological transitions observed in different animal hosts and in their triggers are consistent with the hypothesis that the cell body and capsular responses represent an adaptation of environmental survival strategies to pathogenesis.

  20. Phenytoin, folic acid and gingival enlargement: Breaking myths

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    Abhishek Singh Nayyar

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    Full Text Available Background: Epilepsy is described as a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures of cerebral origin, presenting with episodes of sensory, motor or autonomic phenomenon with or, without loss of consciousness. A recent meta-analysis of published and unpublished studies puts an overall prevalence rate of epilepsy in India at 5.59 per 1,000 populations.There have been studies that report clinical benefits of the use of folic acid as an adjuvant to the anti-epileptic therapy in the prevention of anti-epileptic drug induced gingival enlargement. However, studies conducted in the past have also reported precipitation of epileptic attacks in patients on folic acid adjuvant therapy due to fall in sera levels of phenytoin due to drug interactions. The study was planned to investigate the association of phenytoin induced gingival enlargement and sera levels of folic acid in epileptic patients on phenytoin therapy so as to justify the use of folic acid as a routine adjuvant to the usual anti-epileptic therapy to prevent this inevitable adverse effect without destabilizing the ongoing regimen leading to the precipitation of seizures in an otherwise stable patient (breakthrough seizures. Materials and Methods: A total of 100 patients between the ages 18 and 50 years were clinically diagnosed with epilepsy prior to the start of phenytoin therapy were included based on selection criteria and written informed consents were obtained. Assessment of serum folic acid levels and gingival enlargement was performed prior to the start of and after 1 year of phenytoin therapy. Statistical Analysis Used: The statistical analysis was carried out using t-test and the baseline serum folate levels and the serum folate levels obtained after 1 year of phenytoin therapy were correlated with the respective grades of gingival enlargement using Pearson′s coefficient formula. Results: The results of the study confirmed a significant association between low

  1. Old 'foundations' and new 'rules' - For an enlarged European Union

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    Philippe C. Schmitter

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    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel arrangement for the distribution of votes and the rules of decision-making in an enlarged European Union (EU. We make two assumptions: (1 that the EU is condemned to enlarge its membership in the near future; and (2 if it does this without changing the existing rules for voting in the Council of Ministers and distributing seats in the European Parliament, such an expanded EU would suffer severe distortions and disequilibria. However, if it were to adopt a new, simplified system that would combine arrangements for proportional proportionality in representation and concurrent majorities in decision-making, this impending dilemma could be avoided. Moreover, if these reforms were introduced sooner rather than later, they would be easier to agree upon, their impact would be phased in gradually, and their legitimacy could be stabilized in the face of far greater challenges in the future.

  2. The Study on Pipe Sudden Enlargement Local Resistant Coefficient

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    1999-01-01

    During the design of pipeline,the determination of local resistant coefficient is often come arcoss. The sudden enlargement local resistant coefficient ζ1 = [1A1-A2]2 is determined through theory. In the paper,the sudden enlargement local resistant coefficient under the conditions of three kinds of A1-A2 was studied in experi-ment. In the end ,the result shows that ζ1 is related not only to two flow cross sections ,but also to the veloci research ,the relationship between ζ1A1-A2 and V1 was determined. In a word ,the hy-draulic calculation of pipeline can be done by taking correspondent ζ1 ,according to the design velocity V1 and A1/A2.

  3. The EU Eastern enlargement: Policy choices of the Spanish government

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    Sonia Piedrafita Tremosa

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Eastern enlargement is a process in which the very identity of the European Union is under construction, with its constitutive principles and values being challenged. Policy choices of the member governments participating in this process can not exclusively being explained by rational choice assumptions, but a sociological approach to the issue also becomes necessary. Through the analysis of the Spanish government's policy on enlargement, this paper aims to show how policy preferences might not only respond to a cost-benefit calculus and how policy contents might develop endogenously during the process of policy formation in the EU. In this process there is room for member states to pursue their goals and search a collective decision that better accommodates their self-interest. However, deliberation also matters, and governments have to justify their actions in terms considered legitimate by all according to the constitutive principles and values of the EU polity.

  4. Enlargement of the European Union and agricultural policy reform

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    Jensen, Maria Skovager; Lind, Kim Martin Hjorth; Zobbe, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    A connection exists between enlargement of the European Union and reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Based upon rational choice theory, we examine whether the member states’ CAP positions are related to structures in their agricultural sectors. The overall hypothesis...... is that intensiveness of agricultural production corresponds to the willingness to reform the CAP. Political CAP positions, together with the development of member states’ structural fundamentals, are analysed using cluster analysis. The results show that EU enlargements have extensified agricultural production...... at the EU level, and that extensive agricultural production in a member state is often an indicator of reduced willingness to reform. However, the intensiveness of agricultural production is only part of the explanation. Moreover, negotiation tactics play an important role for the positions on the CAP....

  5. Childhood asymmetrical labium majus enlargement sonographic and MR imaging appearances

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    Gokli, Ami; Neuman, Jeremy; Lukse, Ruby; Koshy, June [Staten Island University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Staten Island, NY (United States); Kong, Fanyi [Staten Island University Hospital, Department of Pathology, Staten Island, NY (United States); Laor, Tal [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2016-05-15

    Childhood asymmetrical labium majus enlargement (CALME) has been described sparsely in recent surgery, pathology, pediatric and gynecology literature; however, no comprehensive description from a radiology perspective has been developed. The purpose of this case series is to describe the imaging findings of CALME and to review the current understanding of this recently described clinical entity with regard to clinical presentation, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis and treatment options. This is a retrospective analysis of 3 girls, ages 5-7 years, who presented for imaging evaluation with subsequent pathologically proven CALME. Each child's clinical history, length of symptoms, imaging appearance and pathological findings were reviewed. All three girls presented with unilateral enlargement of the labium majus (two right-side, one left-side) with no history of trauma or other inciting cause. Two girls had painless labial enlargement that was recognized for weeks, and one had similar symptoms for 1 year prior to presentation. One girl was evaluated initially with sonography, and all three children underwent MR imaging. Sonographic evaluation showed asymmetrical labial enlargement without a definable mass. In each girl, the MR imaging findings were characterized by relatively ill-defined T1-weighted hypointense signal, T2-weighted hypo- to isointense signal with interspersed hyperintense septae, and heterogeneous patchy and feathery strands of enhancement on post-contrast imaging. Biopsy from each child showed benign fibrous tissue with intervening mature fibroadipose tissue, vessels and nerves without findings of inflammation or neoplasia. The MR imaging appearance of CALME is consistent. Recognition and appreciation of this unique pediatric entity by the radiologist may be essential for appropriate diagnosis and can help to guide therapy. Current preferred treatment approach is conservative. (orig.)

  6. [Randomly discovered enlargement in the region of sella turcica].

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    Hána, V; Seidl, Z; Vanĕcková, M; Diblík, P; Weiss, V; Masopust, V; Krsek, M; Marek, J

    2007-01-01

    Computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) quite often detect unexpected cases of enlargement in the hypothalamus-hypophysial region, without the above methods being indicated for clinical manifested symptomatology provoked by the tumour. This is not surprising if we consider that autopsies show the presence of hypophysial adenomas of 10-15% of population on an average. X ray, CT or MRI are indicated in the case of head traumas, lateral nasal cavity inflammations, headaches, strokes, neurological diseases and other disorders. A number of tumours of diverse etiology occur in the hypothalamus-hypophysial region, but hypophysial adenomas are by far the most frequent among all (above 90 %). Among other primary enlargements, the most frequent are craniopharyngeomas and meningeomas, while other enlargements are by fare less common. Such randomly detected tumours are mostly asymptomatic, but targeted anamnesis may show some of the symptoms quite clearly. The symptomatology can be linked with possible slight hormonal overproduction of hypophysial adenomas, a deficit of hypophysial hormones or local manifestations of expansion. Exact assessment of MRI results, of hormonal activity of the enlargement, of the relation to surrounding structures, especially the optic nerves, and the assessment of hypophysial functions are important for the therapeutic decision. Depending on the type and extension of the tumour the options considered are pharmacotherapy (the treatment of choice in the case of prolactinomas), surgery, radiotherapy (today prevailingly using the gamma knife), and if no intervention is necessary, follow up with regular MRI examinations. Tumorous growth is more often observed in "macroadenomas" than in "microadenomas" (up to 10 mm).

  7. Enlargement of the sella turcica in pseudotumor cerebri: Clinical article

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    Kyung, SEE; Botelho, JV; Horton, JC

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    Object. The sella turcica usually appears partially empty in MR images obtained from patients with chronic elevation of intracranial pressure. The authors measured the size of the sella turcica to determine if enlargement of the pituitary fossa explains the partially empty sella associated with pseudotumor cerebri. Methods. The medical records from 2005 to 2011 of a single neuro-ophthalmologist were searched to identify consecutive patients with pseudotumor cerebri. Age-matched control patien...

  8. Western Balkan States and the European Union Enlargement

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    Gelina Maliqi (Ramolli

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available For half a century, European Union-(EU has pursued ever-deeper integration while taking in new members. It’s marked as an important step in relationship deepening between EU and Western Balkans-(WBs where Albania is part of. In 2003, EU declared that the future of WBs is within EU. Initially it adopted a generous strategy that linked the timetable for accession to the pace of reform in WBs. The declaration contained a conditional promise; EU would consider WBs for membership only if they reached EU standards. The EU was motivated by usual economic considerations connected to enlargement and a desire to increase regional stability. The enlargement process regarding Albania will bring several reforms on different fields. Our country will benefit from a share of multibeneficiary funds for competitiveness, SMEs, energy efficiency and banking sector regulation. This presentation handles out these main issues: EU policy and the enlargement process regarding Albania inspecting the way and progress done up to now by our country, the main features of our national EUcoordination system, concluding in a SWOT Analysis of EU-coordination system in Albania. Eventually, I believe that Albania being part of WBs is at one time an opportunity and a challenge for the future of EU.

  9. GINGIVAL ENLARGEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH NOCTURNAL FRONTAL LOBE EPILEPSY. A CASE REPORT

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    Sharma ANAMIKA

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available „Epilepsy” refers to a group of neurological disorders characterized by chronic, recurrent, paroxysmal seizure activity. Nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by brief, recurring seizures produ‑ ced in the frontal lobes of the brain, often while the patient is sleeping, and also by clusters of brief motor seizures. Seizure disorders may affect the dental status and oral health of patients. Epileptic drugs lead to gingival hyper‑ plasia, namely tissue enlargement, caused by an increased number of cells.

  10. Sodium valproate induced gingival enlargement with pre-existing chronic periodontitis.

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    Joshipura, Vaibhavi

    2012-04-01

    Gingival enlargement is a common clinical feature of gingival and periodontal diseases. Currently, more than 20 prescription medications are associated with gingival enlargement. Although the mechanisms of action may be different, the clinical and microscopic appearance of drug-induced gingival enlargement is similar with any drug. Gingival enlargement produces esthetic changes, and clinical symptoms including pain, tenderness, bleeding, speech disturbances, abnormal tooth movement, dental occlusion problems, enhancement of caries development and periodontal disorders. Sodium valproate is considered to produce gingival enlargement, but very rarely. This case report features sodium valproate induced gingival enlargement in a patient with pre-existing chronic periodontitis, who came to the Dental Department, Chinmaya Mission Hospital, Bangalore. The case is special as the patient did not develop the enlargement in spite of taking phenytoin for 1 year and developed enlargement with sodium valproate within 6 months.

  11. Sodium valproate induced gingival enlargement with pre-existing chronic periodontitis

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    Vaibhavi Joshipura

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Gingival enlargement is a common clinical feature of gingival and periodontal diseases. Currently, more than 20 prescription medications are associated with gingival enlargement. Although the mechanisms of action may be different, the clinical and microscopic appearance of drug-induced gingival enlargement is similar with any drug. Gingival enlargement produces esthetic changes, and clinical symptoms including pain, tenderness, bleeding, speech disturbances, abnormal tooth movement, dental occlusion problems, enhancement of caries development and periodontal disorders. Sodium valproate is considered to produce gingival enlargement, but very rarely. This case report features sodium valproate induced gingival enlargement in a patient with pre-existing chronic periodontitis, who came to the Dental Department, Chinmaya Mission Hospital, Bangalore. The case is special as the patient did not develop the enlargement in spite of taking phenytoin for 1 year and developed enlargement with sodium valproate within 6 months.

  12. Bilateral parotid enlargement following snake bite:A rare sign

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    Madi Deepak; Achappa Basavaprabhu; John T Ramapuram; Chowta Nithyananda; Soundarya Mahalingam

    2013-01-01

    Snakebite is a common medical emergency in India. Unusual complications may occur after viper bite. Bilateral parotid enlargement after viper bite is a rare entity. An 18-year old gentleman presented to our hospital with history of viper bite. On examination he had cellulitis of right lower limb. He developed swelling of both the parotid glands 12 h after admission. He developed coagulopathy, acute renal failure and died within 48 h of hospital admission. Development of parotid swelling after snake bite is associated with poor prognosis. This case is found worth reporting as it is an unusual complication having prognostic value.

  13. Painful unilateral temporalis muscle enlargement: reactive masticatory muscle hypertrophy.

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    Katsetos, Christos D; Bianchi, Michael A; Jaffery, Fizza; Koutzaki, Sirma; Zarella, Mark; Slater, Robert

    2014-06-01

    An instance of isolated unilateral temporalis muscle hypertrophy (reactive masticatory muscle hypertrophy with fiber type 1 predominance) confirmed by muscle biopsy with histochemical fiber typing and image analysis in a 62 year-old man is reported. The patient presented with bruxism and a painful swelling of the temple. Absence of asymmetry or other abnormalities of the craniofacial skeleton was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and cephalometric analyses. The patient achieved symptomatic improvement only after undergoing botulinum toxin injections. Muscle biopsy is key in the diagnosis of reactive masticatory muscle hypertrophy and its distinction from masticatory muscle myopathy (hypertrophic branchial myopathy) and other non-reactive causes of painful asymmetric temporalis muscle enlargement.

  14. Enlarged tongue due to primary systemic amyloidosis:clinicopathologic observation

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    潘卫红; 李娜萍; 梁国芬

    2004-01-01

    @@Primary amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by deposition of abnormal extra cellular protein in the form of fibrils in many organs, especially the heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and peripheral nervous system.1 Involvement of the tongue is not uncommon in primary AL. In 22 % to 26 % of patients suffering from AL, amyloid deposition in the tongue can result in an enlarged tongue.2 Lingual changes arising from localization or from all over, AL has been reported frequently as initial signs of the disease. Macroscopically, it is difficult to distinguish AL of the tongue from other lesions. In view of the variety of protein species involved and the wide spectrum of possible clinical presentations,3 the diagnosis of lingual AL is frequently overlooked, because immunohistochemical studies of such cases have not been undertaken. Here we describe two male patients with primary systemic AL who developed enlarged tongues. In addition to the manifestation of lingual AL, in which oral signs were the primary indicators of the disease, we describe the immunohistochemical findings of the tongue to discuss diagnostic criteria for lingual amyloid in primary AL.

  15. CHANGING FROM WITHIN? THE INTRA-ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS OF EU ENLARGEMENT

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    Velibor JAKOVLESKI

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper opens up the black box of enlargement, focusing on how the intra-organizational relationships among the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the European Parliament affect the process of enlargement. Formally speaking, enlargement is an intergovernmental process, suggesting that member states are firmly in control of its outcomes. However, the EU’s supranational actors, specifically the European Parliament and European Commission also attempt to influence enlargement at various stages. I posit that the process of enlargement to the Western Balkans has evolved, influenced by changing constraints which are operating on the aforementioned actors. The added value of this work is in disaggregating the enlargement process based on its institutionalized relationships in both a vertical and horizontal dimension. It provides a supply-side argument for how enlargement policy has evolved from within the EU, rather than simply as a function of external factors.

  16. Diagnostic assessment of enlarged superficial lymph nodes by fine needle aspiration.

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    Pilotti, S; Di Palma, S; Alasio, L; Bartoli, C; Rilke, F

    1993-01-01

    Two hundred eighty-five consecutive outpatients with enlarged superficial lymph node either clinically suspicious (152) or with a previous diagnosis of a malignant tumor (133) underwent fine needle aspiration (FNA) followed by excisional biopsy. Cytologic and/or cytologic-immunophenotypic diagnoses made on direct smears were compared with subsequent histologic findings. The comparison demonstrated (1) a high rate of conclusive cytologic diagnoses in the assessment of metastatic malignancies, with an overall accuracy rate of 99.1% and a typing accuracy rate of 96.5%; (2) a high rate of conclusive diagnoses in the assessment of high grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and Hodgkin's disease, with the exception of the lymphocytic predominance variant of the latter; and (3) significant limitations in the assessment of low grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas because of the high rate of false-negative diagnoses in cases with a substantial nonmalignant cell component. This was particularly evident in follicular centroblastic-centrocytic lymphomas. Immunocytochemistry appeared to be of limited value in the distinction between centroblastic-centrocytic follicular lymphomas and reactive follicular hyperplasia. The results confirmed the diagnostic value of fine needle aspiration as the first step in the workup of patients with nodal enlargement suspicious for malignancy. In the area of low grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, morphologic and immunocytochemical methods need to be supplemented by molecular techniques in order to achieve conclusive diagnoses.

  17. Measurements of enlarged blood pump models using Laser Doppler Anemometer.

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    Chua, L P; Yu, S C; Leo, H L

    2000-01-01

    In an earlier study (Chua et al., 1998, 1999a), a 5:1 enlarged model of the Kyoto-NTN Magnetically Suspended Centrifugal Blood Pump (Akamatsu et al., 1995) with five different impeller blade profiles was designed and constructed. Their respective flow characteristics with respect to (1) the three different blade profile designs: forward, radial, and backward, (2) the number of blades used, and (3) the rotating speed were investigated. Among the five impeller designs, the results obtained suggested that impellers A and C designs should be adopted if higher head is required. Impellers A and C therefore were selected for the flow in between their blades to be measured using Laser Doppler Anemometer (LDA), so as to have a better understanding of the flow physics with respect to the design parameters.

  18. Uptake of thallium-201 in enlarged thyroid glands. Concise communication

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    Fukuchi, M.; Kido, A.; Hyodo, K.; Tachibana, K.; Onoue, K.; Morita, T.; Nagai, K.

    1979-08-01

    We have investigated the thyroid uptake of Tl-201 in 37 patients with various types of goiter, and in six with normal thyroids. Significant thallium uptake was found in all cases in which there was thyroid enlargement, including Graves' disease, toxic thyroid nodule, primary hypothyroidism, simple goiter, Hashimoto's disease, thyroid carcinoma, and thyroid adenoma. If goiter was absent, however, there was no demonstrable uptake - e.g., in secondary hypothyroidism, subacute thyroiditis, and the normal controls. Thallium uptake did not correlate with thyroid function tests such as BMR, T/sub 3/-RU, T/sub 3/, T/sub 4/, TSH, antithyroid antibodies, or the 24-hr I-131 uptake. In 23 patients with diffuse goiter, on the other hand, maximum Tl-201 uptake correlated well with thyroid weight: r = 0.836 (p < 0.001); y = 0.02 x + 0.06.

  19. A Digitally Programmable Differential Integrator with Enlarged Time Constant

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    S. K. Debroy

    1994-12-01

    Full Text Available A new Operational Amplifier (OA-RC integrator network is described. The novelties of the design are used of single grounded capacitor, ideal integration function realization with dual-input capability and design flexibility for extremely large time constant involving an enlargement factor (K using product of resistor ratios. The aspect of the digital control of K through a programmable resistor array (PRA controlled by a microprocessor has also been implemented. The effect of the OA-poles has been analyzed which indicates degradation of the integrator-Q at higher frequencies. An appropriate Q-compensation design scheme exhibiting 1 : |A|2 order of Q-improvement has been proposed with supporting experimental observations.

  20. Acute respiratory failure in a rapidly enlarging benign cervical goitre.

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    Garingarao, Carlo Jan; Añonuevo-Cruz, Cecille; Gasacao, Ryan

    2013-07-22

    Benign goitres have the potential to reach massive sizes if neglected, but most have a protracted course that may or may not present with compressive symptoms. We report the case of a 57-year-old man who presented with a rapidly enlarging nodular goitre resulting in acute respiratory failure. Endotracheal intubation and emergency total thyroidectomy were performed, revealing massive thyroid nodules with minimal intrathoracic extension and tracheal erosion. Despite a course and clinical findings suggestive of malignant disease, histopathology was consistent with a benign multinodular goitre. Several cases of benign goitres necessitating endotracheal intubation have been reported. Airway compromise was attributed to a significant intrathoracic component, or inciting events such as thyroid haemorrhage, pregnancy, radioiodine uptake or major surgery. Obstructive symptoms may not correlate well with objective measures of upper airway obstruction such as radiographs or flow volume loops.

  1. Drug-associated gingival enlargement in pediatric patients

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    Nowzari H.

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available "nGingival overgrowth is a drug-associated side effect occurs in pediatric patients. Phenytoin, cyclosporine, calcium channel blockers, and amphetamine are primary drugs that can cause gingival enlargement in children. Pediatric patients are more prone to drug-associated gingival overgrowth rather than adults. Gingival overgrowth may cause functional, phonetic, and nutritional difficulties, and more importantly, may affect the psycho-social development, self-esteem, and quality of life in children. However, the researches about this issue are rare. This Part I paper provides an analysis of pediatric systemic disease and corresponding prescribed medications for selected physical and mental health conditions. This paper describes the morbidity and risk for children related to gingival overgrowth and proposes a framework for action that will be more completely described in a part II paper on this topic.

  2. An unusual myopathy: speckled muscle fibers due to enlarged mitochondria.

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    Jeffree, Rosalind L; Wills, Edward J; Harper, Clive

    2007-07-01

    We report a 52-year-old woman who presented with a 6-month history of proximal muscle weakness, elevated serum creatine kinase, and myopathic pattern on electromyography (EMG). Histology of the muscle shows a speckled pattern due to clustering of enlarged mitochondria. The pathology resembles that of selenium deficiency. The patient was found to have borderline low serum selenium and also low vitamin D and thyroid-stimulating hormone. The cause of this unusual myopathy is probably multifactorial. This case is important because the unusual pathological picture represents a potentially treatable myopathy. In addition, we hope that publication of the complex clinical and biochemical abnormalities of this case, in conjunction with other case reports, may facilitate future elucidation of muscle mitochondrial function and dysfunction.

  3. OCT Minimum Intensity as a Predictor of Geographic Atrophy Enlargement

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    Stetson, Paul F.; Yehoshua, Zohar; Garcia Filho, Carlos Alexandre A.; Portella Nunes, Renata; Gregori, Giovanni; Rosenfeld, Philip J.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose. We determined whether the minimum intensity (MI) of the optical coherence tomography (OCT) A-scans within the retina can predict locations of growth at the margin of geographic atrophy (GA) and the growth rate outside the margin. Methods. The OCT scans were analyzed at baseline and 52 weeks. Expert graders manually segmented OCT images of GA. The 52-week follow-up scans were registered to the baseline scan coordinates for comparison. The OCT MI values were studied within a 180-μm margin around the boundary of GA at baseline. Baseline MI values were compared in areas of progression and nonprogression of the GA, and sensitivity and specificity were assessed for prediction of growth at the margin. Average MI values in the margins were compared to overall growth rates to evaluate the prediction of growth outside the margins. Results. A statistically significant increase in MI (P < 0.05) was seen in areas of growth in 21/24 cases (88%), and 22/24 cases (92%) when the foveal subfield was excluded. Locations of growth within the margins at 52 weeks were predicted with 61% sensitivity and 61% specificity. The MI values correlated significantly with overall growth rate, and high and low growth rate subjects were identified with 80% sensitivity and 64% specificity. Conclusions. The MI may be increased at the margins of GA lesions before enlargement, which may indicate disruption or atrophy of the photoreceptors in these areas before GA becomes apparent. Increased MI may help predict areas of enlargement of GA, and may relate to overall growth rate and be a useful screening tool for GA. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00935883.) PMID:24408973

  4. EU Enlargement Law: History and Recent Developments: Treaty – Custom Concubinage?

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    Kochenov

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available This note provides a detailed account of the development of the EU enlargement law. Based on the material provided by the latest enlargement round, it outlines the main set of enlargement principles, criteria and procedural tools employed by the Union in the process, also making a sketch of the actual chronology of enlargement events. Based on the analysis of the legal regulation of five rounds of enlargement and making parallels with the notion of customary law as understood in public international law, it argues that the Union enlargements have always enjoyed a dual regulation: by written (mostly Treaty based and also by customary enlargement law. The existence of customary law explains the consistency of enlargement regulation throughout all the rounds of this process, notwithstanding the stage of the Treaty reform in force at the time of every particular accession. The minimal amendments introduced into the enlargement article by the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe (Art. I-58 suggest that the future enlargements are likely to be building on the body of customary law in force to date. The process of gradual incorporation of customary law into the written law of the EU is also likely to continue.

  5. Sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy. Is the lymph node enlargement always massive?

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    Sachdev, Ritesh; Setia, Namrata; Jain, Shyama

    2007-05-01

    Sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy (SHML) is a benign proliferating histiocytic disorder, predominantly of lymph nodes with extra-nodal involvement in some cases. It is a self-limiting disease and has a good prognosis; however some patients need steroid therapy. Therein lays a need to differentiate it from other lympho proliferative disorders of poorer prognosis. Clinically, it is suspected only when there is a significant lymph node enlargement in younger age group as the term signifies. Recently, we came across a case where a middle-aged female presented with a subtle swelling in submental region, clinically suspected of reactive or tubercular etiology. However on fine needle aspiration cytology, the smears showed many histiocytes, some of them showing lymphocytes and plasma cells in their cytoplasm, a morphological feature called as "emperipolesis" classically seen in SHML. The present case is reported because of unusual clinical presentation and possibly the need for a revision of existing terminology.

  6. Fixed Size of Enlarged Calcified Lymph Nodes in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma despite Complete Remission

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    B.A. Grotenhuis

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Untreated malignant lymph nodes that are calcified are rare. Publications on such calcifications are restricted to case reports. We present a case of calcified lymph nodes in a patient with adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction that seemed to be nonresponsive to induction chemotherapy, as they did not decrease in size. However, on pathological examination of the resected lymph nodes no vital tumor cells could be detected anymore. Therefore, we hypothesize that a calcified lymph node is unable to shrink, even after adequate remission on induction chemotherapy. This should be taken into account when clinical decision-making depends on the change in size of an enlarged, calcified lymph node as a measure of treatment effect.

  7. Primary intraoral granulocytic sarcoma: A rare case presenting as generalized gingival enlargement

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    Thayalan Dineshkumar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Granulocytic sarcoma (GS is an extremely rare condition involving infiltration of myeloblasts or immature myeloid cells in an extramedullary site. It is also known as chloroma, myeloid sarcoma or extramedullary myeloid tumor. It usually occurs concomitantly with acute myelogenous leukemia or with the onset of blastic phase of chronic myelogenous leukemia. On rare occasions, it evolves even before the onset of leukemias, and when it precedes leukemias without any overt signs, it is referred to as the primary type. Although GSs can involve any body part, localization in the oral cavity is extremely rare. The recognition of this rare primary entity is important because early aggressive chemotherapy can cause regression of the tumor and improve survival. Here, we report a rare case of GS in a nonleukemic 62-year-old female who presented with generalized gingival enlargement involving both maxilla and mandible.

  8. Comparison of transcriptomes of enlarged spheroplasts of Erythrobacter litoralis and Lelliottia amnigena

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    Sawako Takahashi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial spheroplasts do not divide but they grow and enlarge with DNA replication in a broth containing an inhibitor of peptidoglycan synthesis and high salt concentration. The enlarged spheroplasts of Lelliottia amnigena, belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae, formed vacuole-like structures, while those of the aerobic photosynthetic marine bacterium Erythrobacter litoralis did not form such structures. In addition, the enlarged spheroplasts of L. amnigena, which differ in the size of inner and outer membranes, were larger than those of E. litoralis. To elucidate the reason for these differences, we analyzed the transcriptome (RNA-seq of spheroplasts at the beginning of growth and upon enlargement. After sequencing the RNAs expressed in normal and enlarged spheroplasts, we compared the gene expression levels of the 1100 orthologs in E. litoralis and L. amnigena. Among these, 347 and 213 genes were more than 2-fold upregulated in enlarged spheroplasts of E. litoralis and L. amnigena, respectively; 193 and 269 genes were less than 0.5-fold downregulated in those of E. litoralis and L. amnigena, respectively. Thirty six genes were upregulated in L. amnigena enlarged spheroplasts but were downregulated in E. litoralis enlarged spheroplasts, and may be related to vacuole-like structure generation. Fourteen of the 36 genes encoded a membrane protein. Our findings indicate that spheroplast enlargement varies between different organisms with respect to gene expression.

  9. A technique of aortic annulus enlargement with a Freestyle stentless bioprosthesis.

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    Bical, Olivier M; Nutu, Ovidiu; Deleuze, Philippe

    2012-02-01

    We describe our surgical technique to manage a small aortic annulus during aortic valve replacement. Starting with the posterior annular enlargement incision described by Manouguian, a stentless porcine aortic root, with excision of the left and right porcine coronary segments and conservation of the mural wall (Freestyle MS design, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN ), was used. The Freestyle bioprosthesis enlarges the aortic annulus using a direct suture of the valve on the enlarged annulus, and the aorta is closed by a direct suture of the mural wall of the bioprosthesis. Therefore, the aortic annulus enlargement is made only using the aortic bioprosthesis, without other material.

  10. Gingival Enlargement in a Case of Variant Jones Syndrome: a Case Report

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    Roopa DA

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Gingival enlargement can be caused by a variety of etiological factors like inflammation, drugs, and systemic diseases or can be presented as a part of a syndrome. One such syndrome is Jones Syndrome, which is associated with gingival enlargement and progressive hearing loss. We present here a case of fifteen-year-old boy with gingival enlargement, hearing loss, and generalized alveolar bone loss and diagnosed as Jones syndrome. The diagnosis was made based on history, clinical, radiographic, and histopathological findings. Gingival enlargement was surgically managed using gingivectomy and no recurrence was observed. The patient showed remarkable esthetical and functional improvement.

  11. Gingival Enlargement in a Case of Variant Jones Syndrome: a Case Report

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    DA, Roopa; Singh, Shinkhala; Gupta, Ira; Gopal, Saumiya

    2016-01-01

    Gingival enlargement can be caused by a variety of etiological factors like inflammation, drugs, and systemic diseases or can be presented as a part of a syndrome. One such syndrome is Jones Syndrome, which is associated with gingival enlargement and progressive hearing loss. We present here a case of fifteen-year-old boy with gingival enlargement, hearing loss, and generalized alveolar bone loss and diagnosed as Jones syndrome. The diagnosis was made based on history, clinical, radiographic, and histopathological findings. Gingival enlargement was surgically managed using gingivectomy and no recurrence was observed. The patient showed remarkable esthetical and functional improvement. PMID:26966711

  12. Minority Rights, Multiculturalism and EU Enlargement: the Case of Estonia

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    David J. Smith

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available This article examines the process of EU enlargement and its impact upon ethnopolitics in contemporary Estonia. After discussing the construction of the post-communist state order within the context of emerging CSCE and Council of Europe norms on minority rights, the author looks at how Estonia was able to reconcile its so-called 'ethnic democracy' with the EU Copenhagen criteria requiring the 'respect for and protection of minorities'. The author draws attention to the subsequent shift away from 'nationlizing statehood' in Estonia towards a new strategy of 'multicultural integration' (where 'multicultural democracy' is portrayed as the ideal end-point of the integrative processes currently underway. In conclusion, the author discusses some of the ambiguities surrounding the concept of 'multicultural integration'. Whilst deemed consistent with EU norms, it is argued that the meaning of this term remains vague and contested within an Estonian context. As a consequence, its relationship to existing Western models - and its applicability to post-Soviet Estonia - is still not entirely clear.

  13. A Visible QCD Axion from an Enlarged Color Group

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    Gherghetta, Tony; Shifman, Mikhail

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    We consider the possibility of an enlarged QCD color group, SU(3+$N^\\prime$) spontaneously broken to SU(3)$_c\\times$SU($N^\\prime$)$\\times$U(1)$_X$ with extra vector-like quarks transforming in the fundamental representation. When the heavy quarks are integrated out below the PQ-breaking scale, they generate an axion coupling which simultaneously solves the strong CP problem for both gauge groups. However, the axion mass now receives a new nonperturbative contribution from the SU($N^\\prime$) confinement scale, which can be substantially larger than the QCD scale. This can increase the axion mass to be at or above the electroweak scale. This visible axion can then decay into gluons and photons giving rise to observable signals at Run-II of the LHC. In particular, if the mass is identified with the 750 GeV diphoton resonance then the new confinement scale $\\sim$ TeV and the PQ-breaking scale $\\sim$ 10 TeV. This predicts vector-like quarks and a PQ scalar resonance in the multi-TeV range, with the possibility tha...

  14. Interface fluctuations for deposition on enlarging flat substrates

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    Carrasco, I. S. S.; Takeuchi, K. A.; Ferreira, S. C.; Oliveira, T. J.

    2014-12-01

    We investigate solid-on-solid models that belong to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality class on substrates that expand laterally at a constant rate by duplication of columns. Despite the null global curvature, we show that all investigated models have asymptotic height distributions and spatial covariances in agreement with those expected for the KPZ subclass for curved surfaces. In 1 + 1 dimensions, the height distribution and covariance are given by the GUE Tracy-Widom distribution and the Airy2 process instead of the GOE and Airy1 foreseen for flat interfaces. These results imply that when the KPZ class splits into curved and flat subclasses, as conventionally considered, the expanding substrate may play a role equivalent to, or perhaps more important than, the global curvature. Moreover, the translational invariance of the interfaces evolving on growing domains allowed us to accurately determine, in 2 + 1 dimensions, the analog of the GUE Tracy-Widom distribution for height distribution and that of the Airy2 process for spatial covariance. Temporal covariance is also calculated and shown to be universal in each dimension and in each of the two subclasses. A logarithmic correction associated with the duplication of columns is observed and theoretically elucidated. Finally, crossover between regimes with fixed-size and enlarging substrates is also investigated.

  15. Enlarged perivascular spaces and lacunar infarction Cerebral magnetic resonance evaluation

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    Weihong Yan; Jing Fang; Cuijuan Zhou

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND:Previous studies have demonstrated that enlarged perivascular spaces(EPVS)arg a result of microvaseular disease.To date,there age few reports about the relationship between EPVS and lacunar infarction.OBJECTIVE:To investigate whether EPVS is associated with lacunar infarction on the basis of cerebral magnetic resonance(MR)examination,clinical symptoms and signs,and past medical history of patients.DESIGN,TIME AND SETTING:Case contrast analysis was performed at the Department of Neurology,Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital from January 2007 to January 2008.PARTICIPANTS:Sixty-eight patients with lacunar infarction were admired to the Department of Neurology of Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital,including 37 cases with first-ever infarction,and 31 with infarction recurrence.In addition,53 healthy people were selected as controls.METHODS:All participants underwent past medical history investigation,nervous system examination.and cranial MR.The subjects were assessed using the JMW rating scale to identify the EPVS grade.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:EPVS scores of patients and controls;risk factors for cerebral vascular disease in patients with first-ever or recurrence of lacunar infarction.RESULTS:The EPVS grade from lacunar infarction patients was significantly higher than of the control group(P<0.05).The EPVS grade in patients with recurring lacunar infarction was significantly higher than in patients with first-ever infarction(P<0.05).In addition,hypertension incidence in patients with recurring lacunar infarction was significantly higher than in patients wim first-ever infarction (P<0.05).CONCLUSION:Results indicate that EPVS is related to the incidence of lacunar infarction.Earlier screening of EPVS.and the evaluation of EPVS severity,is of great importance to control the risk factors for cerebral vascular disease and to prevent lacunar infarction.

  16. The Impact of Amlodipine on Gingival Enlargement After Kidney Transplantation

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    Rostami, Zohreh; Einollahi, Behzad; Einollahi, Mohammad Javad; lessan, Simin

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background: Although cyclosporine (CsA) and calcium channel blockers (CCBs) parallel to each other may provoke gingival enlargement (GE), there are few considerations about combined effects of CsA and CCBs on gingival tissues. Objectives: This study aimed to determine prevalence of GE among renal transplant recipients and to compare its occurrence in patients who received only CsA and those who were on CsA and amlodipine. Patients and Methods: We conducted a prospective randomized case-control trial including 213 renal transplant recipients between February 2010 and August 2010. They were randomly divided into two groups including control group (on continuous treatment with CsA alone; n = 112) and trial group (treated with combined CsA and amlodipine; n = 101). Buccal, lingual, and inter-proximal membranes at last 12 anterior teeth were assessed for GE and packet depth (PD) using Gingival Index of McGaw and others, and Packet Index of Turesky–Gilmore–Glickman, respectively. Results: Marked GE was observed in 26 patients (25.7%) in trial group and only in 4 individuals (3.6%) in control group (P = 0.000). In logistic regression analysis, obese (OR = 3, P = 0.04), older (OR = 2.8, P = 0.03), and female (OR = 1.3, P = 0.03) recipients as well as who received high dose amlodipine (OR = 4.4, P = 0.000) were at risk for marked GE. Conclusions: There is a strong correlation between GE, in particular marked GE, and combination therapy with CsA and amlodipine in transplant patients compared to those treated by CsA alone. We suggest CsA dose reduction may restrain this adverse effect. PMID:23573487

  17. Comparative study of vaginal hysterectomy and abdominal hysterectomy for enlarged uterus

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    2016-09-01

    Conclusions: Bulk reducing techniques were used to remove the moderately enlarged uterus through vaginal route. Vaginal hysterectomy is invasive route, safe and feasible in cases with enlarged uteri up to 14 weeks due to benign causes. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2016; 5(9.000: 3116-3120

  18. Histological and immunohistochemical features of gingival enlargement in a patient with AML

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    Sonoi, N.; Soga, Y.; Maeda, H.; Ichimura, K.; Yoshino, T.; Aoyama, K.; Fujii, N.; Maeda, Y.; Tanimoto, M.; Logan, R.; Raber-Durlacher, J.; Takashiba, S.

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    Here, we discuss the pathophysiology of leukemia-associated gingival enlargement based on a case of acute myelomonocytic leukemia (AML-M4) with typical gingival enlargement. Uniquely, this patient was well enough to allow full periodontal examination and incisional gingival biopsy to be performed bo

  19. EFFECT OF ENLARGED FREE JET ON ENERGY CONVERSION IN PELTON TURBINE

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    LIU Jie; WEI Cai-xin; HAN Feng-qin

    2006-01-01

    In Pelton turbines, when the water jet emerges in the air, its velocity decreases downstream and its diameter increases to meet the continuity. In this paper, a physical parameter, the enlarging rate of jet diameter kDj was introduced and measured experimentally. The measurement of enlarging rate was carried out in three model turbines with different distributing Y-branch and nozzle configurations under various operating conditions. The effect of jet enlarging rate on the unsteady water sheet flow in the rotating buckets has not been investigated so far. This paper also presents the comparative numerical analysis of the flow in buckets at different enlarging rates of jet. It is shown that the effect of jet enlargement is so large that the flow pattern in the bucket is drastically changed by the latter half of the frames. The jet with large enlarging rate also introduces worse energy behavior to the hydraulic performance of the Pelton turbine. Besides, the phenomenon of jet interference was also discussed by using the results of numerical simulation for one jet. It indicates that the jet with large enlarging rate takes more risk that jet interference may damage the performance of multi-nozzle Pelton turbine.

  20. Left atrial enlargement in the early stage of hypertensive heart disease: a common but ignored condition.

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    Su, Guanhua; Cao, Heng; Xu, Sudan; Lu, Yongxin; Shuai, Xinxin; Sun, Yufei; Liao, Yuhua; Li, Jingdong

    2014-03-01

    How to identify the early signs of hypertensive heart disease is the key to block or reverse the process of heart failure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of left atrial (LA) enlargement in the early stage of hypertensive heart disease and to explore the correlations between LA enlargement and heart failure with normal ejection fraction (HFnEF), as well as the metabolic syndrome (MetS). Baseline clinical characteristics, biochemical indices, electrocardiographic and echocardiographic data were collected from 341 consecutive patients with essential hypertension. Among those patients, LA enlargement was more frequently presented than LV enlargement (57.2% vs 17.9%). Compared with patients without HFnEF, the prevalence of LA enlargement was higher in patients with HFnEF (82.9% vs 49.0%, Page, body mass index, waist circumference, triglyceride level, and left ventricular diameter were independent predictors of LA enlargement. The simple measurement for identification of LA enlargement potentially allows early recognition of those patients at risk for heart failure, particularly among patients with MetS.

  1. Cooperative diplomacy: Citizens, sovereignty, and the logic of democratic enlargement

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    Ndungu, Anthony Mark

    2000-12-01

    that intergovernmental agreement on compliance questions is most likely to occur when decision-making and policy-implementing processes are decentralized, and when governments establish and support decentralized intra- and trans-governmental institutions that enable private domestic groups of individuals to participate in international governance through two mechanisms. First, those decentralized institutions facilitate the formation of transnational coalitions of politically autonomous private domestic groups that can serve as a ``horizontal transmission belt'' for ideas and practices among private and public proponents of the major opposing domestic positions, thereby generating public transnational deliberation on compliance, monitoring and distributive questions. Second, politically autonomous private domestic groups can, by engaging in performance-based partnerships with senior government officials, also serve as a ``vertical transmission belt'' between domestic and intergovernmental regimes and vice versa, thereby encouraging their respective governments to adapt the social practices in issue-specific domestic regimes to international structural forces. These findings have significant ramifications for the concept of democratic enlargement, the institutionalization of competitive pluralism in non- liberal states. The robustness, across changes in administrations both at home and abroad, of the norms codified in international agreements may hinge on institutionalizing the participation of politically autonomous private domestic groups in decentralized intra- and trans-governmental decision-making and policy- implementing processes.

  2. Unilateral fibrotic enlargement of gingiva with unknown etiology: A rare findings

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    Mohammad Arif Khan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Idiopathic gingival enlargement is a rare condition characterized by massive enlargement of the gingiva. It can be an isolated entity or may be associated with syndrome. In this case report, A 15-year-old female reported with a chief complaint of swollen gums which was slowly progressive since last 2 years that affects the esthetic appearance and functional movement such as mastication. On her intraoral examination revealed that there was unilateral, generalized, diffuse fibrotic gingival enlargement with pseudopockets. The lesion was surgically removed. Postoperative healing was satisfactory with significant improvement in esthetic appearance and mastication. There was no postoperative recurrence during 2 years of follow-up.

  3. Successful management of phenytoin and phenobarbitone induced gingival enlargement: A multimodal approach

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    V Priyadharshini

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Medication-related gingival enlargement is a common reactionary phenomenon that occurs with the use of several types of therapeutic agents, including antiepileptic drugs (AEDs. This disorder has been documented since 1939, shortly after the introduction of phenytoin. In the present case, a concise review of literature concerning the etiopathogenesis and management of AEDs (phenobarbitone and phenytoin induced gingival enlargement has been described. It is vital that not only the periodontist, but also dental surgeons and medical practitioners should become aware of the potential etiologic agents, characteristic features, and the differential diagnosis of drug induced gingival enlargement in order to be able to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage the condition.

  4. Gingival Enlargement In Epileptic Patients On Phenytoin Therapy-An Overview Of Possible Etiologies And Studies

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    Abhishek Singh Nayyar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder with recurrent seizures due to a chronic underlying process. Despite tremendous advances in the field of understanding regarding the etio-pathogenesis of epilepsy, phenytoin still remains the drug of choice in its management. Chronic administration of phenytoin has been associated to have a number of adverse effects. Gingival enlargement is one such most often reported adverse drug sequela of long term phenytoin usage with exclusion of local factors contributing towards gingival enlargement. This review gives an overview regarding the association of phenytoin and gingival enlargement seen in epileptic patients being treated with phenytoin.

  5. Eponyms related to genetic disorders associated with gingival enlargement; part II

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    Nora Mohammed Al-Aboud

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available There are genetic disorders associated with gingival enlargement. In our part I, we reviewed the eponyms linked to Hereditary Gingival Fibromatosis (HGF [1]. Historical Article How to cite this article: Al Aboud A, Al-Aboud NM, Barnawi H, Al Hakami A. Eponyms related to genetic disorders associated with gingival enlargement: Part II. Our Dermatol Online. 2015;6(1:114-117. Submission: 27.05.2013; Acceptance: 21.09.2014 DOI: 10.7241/ourd.20151.32 In this part II of this review, we are going to shed some light on eponyms linked to groups of genetic disorders which may feature gingival enlargement.

  6. Bilaterally enlarged parotids and sicca symptoms as a presentation of sarcoidosis: Pivotal role of aspiration cytology in diagnosis

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    Tanya Sharma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Sarcoidosis is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disease of unknown etiology characterized by widespread noncaseating granulomas in various organs. The diagnosis of sarcoidosis is based on cytological, clinicolaboratory, and radiological findings, and requires careful exclusion of other granulomatous diseases especially tuberculosis. Involvement of parotid glands is uncommon. Presentation of sarcoidosis with sicca symptoms that include dryness of eyes and mouth is an even rarer phenomenon. We present a case of multisystemic sarcoidosis presenting with dryness of eyes and mouth along with bilateral enlargement of parotid glands. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC smears showed epithelioid cell granulomas and multinucleate giant cells. Stain for acid-fast bacilli was negative. Careful cytological examination revealed crystalline structures inside the giant cells, which prompted us to evaluate the patient for sarcoidosis. This case report highlights the cytological features that can be useful in clinching the diagnosis of sarcoidosis in conjunction with clinicoradiological and laboratory findings in a clinically unusual case.

  7. Aortic valve replacement with concomitant annular enlargement for small aortic annulus of less than 19 mm.

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    Takakura, H; Sasaki, T; Hashimoto, K; Hachiya, T; Onoguchi, K; Oshiumi, M; Takeuchi, S

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    Three female patients with aortic stenosis associated with a severely small annulus underwent aortic valve replacement. In intraoperative measurements, a 19-mm obtulator could not pass through the aortic annulus in each case. We therefore concluded that it would be difficult to implant an appropriate-sized prosthesis in a routine fashion, so we performed an annular enlargement in a modified Nicks procedure. By using a wide teardrop-shaped patch for enlargement and slightly tilting insertion of a prosthesis, a 21 mm bileaflet mechanical prosthesis could be inserted into the enlarged annulus. Despite being a simpler method than other enlarging procedures, a two- or three-sizes larger prosthesis than the native annulus can be inserted with relative ease. Thus, the use of a 19 mm mechanical prosthesis may be avoidable in most adult cases.

  8. Dual Enlargement of Gold Nanoparticles: From Mechanism to Scanometric Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria

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    Cao, Cuong; Gontard, Lionel Cervera; Le Ly, Tram Thuy

    2011-01-01

    A mechanism of dual enlargement of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) comprising two steps is described. In the first step, the AuNPs are enlarged by depositing Au atoms on their crystalline faces. In this process, the particles are not only enlarged but they are also observed to multiply: new Au nuclei...... the electron density of the nanostructures, leading to a stronger intensity for colorimetric discrimination as well as better sensitivity for quantitative measurement. Based on this, a simple scanometric assay for the on‐slide detection of the food‐born pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is developed. After...... capturing the target bacteria, gold‐tagged immunoprobes are added to create a signal on a solid substrate. The signal is then amplified by the dual enlargement process, resulting in a strong color intensity that can easily be recognized by the unaided eye, or measured by an inexpensive flatbed scanner...

  9. Management of amlodipine-induced gingival enlargement: Series of three cases

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    Srivastava Amit

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Gingival enlargement is one of the side effects associated with certain drugs. Amlodipine, a calcium channel blocker, used as antihypertensive drug has been found associated with gingival hyperplasia. This case series presents diagnosis and management of amlodipine-induced gingival hyperplasia. Amlodipine-induced gingival enlargement was diagnosed and managed by thorough scaling and root planning. Drug substitution and surgical intervention was performed in first two cases. The pathogenesis of gingival enlargement is uncertain and the treatment is still largely limited to the maintenance of an improved level of oral hygiene and surgical removal of the overgrown tissue. Several factors may influence the relationship between the drugs and gingival tissues as discussed by Seymour et al. Meticulous oral hygiene maintenance, switchover to alternative drug, professional scaling and root planning and surgical excision of enlarged gingival tissue may help overcome the effect of these drugs.

  10. Postpartum amenorrhoea-galactorrhoea associated with hyperprolactinaemia and pituitary enlargement in primary hypothyroidism

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    J.M. Kroese; A.F. Grootendorst; L.J. Schelfhout

    2004-01-01

    textabstractWe report a 36-year-old woman with primary hypothyroidism revealed by postpartum amenorrhoea-galactorrhoea associated with hyperprolactinaemia and suprasellar pituitary enlargement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). On thyroid hormone replacement therapy all clinical,

  11. Management of phenytoin induced gingival enlargement associated with cerebral palsy: A challenge to the clinician

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    Anupama Shriram Rao; Amit K Walvekar; Rao, Subramaniam M; Biju Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Phenytoin, which is the drug of choice for treatment of grandmal, psychomotor seizures associated with cerebral palsy, has serious side effect like gingival enlargement. Drug induced gingival enlargement is not only esthetically disfiguring but often impairs speech, mastication, nutrition and plaque control measures. In addition, poor oral hygiene, lack of motor coordination and muscular limitations in mentally disabled individuals results in increased susceptibility to periodontal disease. T...

  12. Pure myopathy with enlarged mitochondria associated to a new mutation in MTND2 gene

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    Alice Zanolini

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available To date, only few mutations in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA-encoded ND2 subunit of Complex I have been reported, usually presenting a severe phenotype characterized by early onset encephalomyopathy and early death. In this report, we describe a new mutation in the MTND2 gene in a 21-year-old man with a mild myopathic phenotype characterized by exercise intolerance and increased plasma lactate at rest. Electromyography and brain NMR were normal, and no cardiac involvement was present. Muscle biopsy showed a massive presence of ragged red – COX-positive fibres, with enlarged mitochondria containing osmiophilic inclusions. Biochemical assays revealed a severe isolated complex I deficiency. We identified a novel, heteroplasmic mutation m.4831G>A in the MTND2 gene, causing the p.Gly121Asp substitution in the ND2 protein. The mutation was present in the 95% of mitochondrial genomes from patient's muscle tissue, at a lower level in cells from the urinary tract and at a lowest level in lymphocytes from patient's blood; the base substitution was absent in fibroblasts and in the tissues from proband's healthy mother and brother. The specific skeletal muscle tissue involvement can explain the childhood-onset and the relatively benign, exclusively myopathic course of the disease.

  13. Associations between 'valentine' heart shape, atrial enlargement and cardiomyopathy in cats.

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    Winter, Matthew D; Giglio, Robson F; Berry, Clifford R; Reese, David J; Maisenbacher, Herbert W; Hernandez, Jorge A

    2015-06-01

    'Valentine' heart shape is a common qualifier used in veterinary radiology to describe a cardiac silhouette with focal enlargement at the level of the base of the heart in feline patients. Anecdotally, this sign has been thought to be related to biatrial enlargement and also to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). However, to our knowledge, there has been no study performed to assess the association between cardiac chamber enlargement and cardiac disease with the 'valentine'-shaped heart. The aim of this study was to verify the association between the 'valentine' heart shape observed in ventrodorsal thoracic radiographs and the presence of singular or combined cardiac chamber enlargement, and also the presence and type of cardiomyopathy (CM) in cats. A search of the database of the Small Animal Veterinary Hospital of the University of Florida for cats with a radiology report of thoracic radiographs that contained the words 'valentine' and 'biatrial', and echocardiography performed within 1 week, was undertaken; 41 cases met the inclusion criteria. Eighty-two percent of the cats of the study sample had some form of CM. The 'valentine' heart shape was associated with biatrial enlargement in 41% of the patients in our study sample that had some form of CM and just 8% of cases diagnosed with HCM, suggesting that the 'valentine' heart shape has a low association with HCM or biatrial enlargement; however, it should be considered a sign of feline CM.

  14. Methods of artificial enlargement of the training set for statistical shape models.

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    Koikkalainen, Juha; Tölli, Tuomas; Lauerma, Kirsi; Antila, Kari; Mattila, Elina; Lilja, Mikko; Lötjönen, Jyrki

    2008-11-01

    Due to the small size of training sets, statistical shape models often over-constrain the deformation in medical image segmentation. Hence, artificial enlargement of the training set has been proposed as a solution for the problem to increase the flexibility of the models. In this paper, different methods were evaluated to artificially enlarge a training set. Furthermore, the objectives were to study the effects of the size of the training set, to estimate the optimal number of deformation modes, to study the effects of different error sources, and to compare different deformation methods. The study was performed for a cardiac shape model consisting of ventricles, atria, and epicardium, and built from magnetic resonance (MR) volume images of 25 subjects. Both shape modeling and image segmentation accuracies were studied. The objectives were reached by utilizing different training sets and datasets, and two deformation methods. The evaluation proved that artificial enlargement of the training set improves both the modeling and segmentation accuracy. All but one enlargement techniques gave statistically significantly (p < 0.05) better segmentation results than the standard method without enlargement. The two best enlargement techniques were the nonrigid movement technique and the technique that combines principal component analysis (PCA) and finite element model (FEM). The optimal number of deformation modes was found to be near 100 modes in our application. The active shape model segmentation gave better segmentation accuracy than the one based on the simulated annealing optimization of the model weights.

  15. Severe Gingival Enlargement with Coexisting Erosive Lichen Planus in Severe Chronic Periodontitis Patient

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    Ambika Sharma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Plaque induced gingival enlargement is most commonly seen and when encountered simultaneously with erosive lichen planus poses a challenge to the treating dentist. Prognosis of one condition may influence the prognosis of another condition. The presented case highlights the significance of proper diagnosis and the management of simultaneously occurring gingival lesions. A 49-year-old hypertensive female presented with painful enlarged bleeding and suppurating gums with burning sensation on eating food along with long-term usage of antihypertensive drug amlodipine known for its gingival enlargement effect. All these multiple factors led to diagnostic dilemma. Effective management of the gingival enlargement was done by using electrocautery to rehabilitate the functions and esthetics of the patient. Gingival condition was also complicated by the presence of coexisting lichen planus which was predominantly erosive for which topical corticosteroid, antifungal, and antimicrobial agents were prescribed. Eight-month follow-up did not show recurrence of gingival enlargement. Electrocautery is an effective tool for the gingivectomy in severe inflammatory type of gingival enlargement because of rapid postoperative hemostasis. For the management of erosive lichen planus, long-term use of topical corticosteroids is an effective approach. Maintenance of oral hygiene and regular follow-ups are essential for these conditions.

  16. Small renal tumor with lymph nodal enlargement: A histopathological surprise

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    Mujeeburahiman Thottathil; Ashish Verma; Nischith D′souza; Altaf Khan

    2016-01-01

    Renal cancer with lymph nodal mass on the investigation is clinically suggestive of an advanced tumor. Small renal cancers are not commonly associated with lymph nodal metastasis. Association of renal cell carcinoma with renal tuberculosis (TB) in the same kidney is also rare. We report here a case of small renal cancer with multiple hilar and paraaortic lymph nodes who underwent radical nephrectomy, and histopathology report showed renal and lymph nodal TB too.

  17. Experimental investigation of impingement cooling with turbulators or surface enlarging elements

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    Persson, Johan

    2000-02-01

    For the materials in modern gas turbines to sustain, a considerable amount of cooling is required. In cases where large amounts of heat need to be removed, impingement cooling with its high heat transfer coefficients may be the only alternative. In this work the possibilities of enhancing impingement cooling by introducing surface enlarging - turbulence enhancing elements are examined experimentally. A configuration consisting of a staggered array of 45 impingement jets distributed over 10 rows is used for the purpose. A thermo camera is used to measure the temperature distribution on the target plate, giving an opportunity to separately evaluate the Nusselt number enhancement for different areas. Experiments are conducted for five different area enlarging geometries: triangle, wing, cylinder, dashed rib, and angel, all made from aluminium. Comparison between each area enlarged surface and a flat plate is made, with results presented as Nusselt number enhancement factors. The effect of pumping power required is also investigated in order to maximize the cooling efficiency. Parameters varied are Reynolds number and jet to plate distance. Overall Nusselt number enhancement factors show values of 1 to 1.3, the trend being decreasing with increased jet to plane distance and Reynolds number. When taking into account pumping power the enhancement factors drop to 0.4 to 1.2. The best results are achieved with the rib geometry and when not using a too large value of enlarger height over jet to plate distance (h/z). Row wise evaluation of Nusselt number enhancement shows an increased enhancement with row number and thereby crossflow ratio (Gc/Gj). Typical increases in enhancement of 1 to 1.5 with Gc/Gj from 0 to 0.8 are found. The thermo camera pictures reveal that the enhancement is found in three different areas, on the enlarger base area, the area just downstream the enlarger and in diagonal streaks with increased turbulence caused by the enlargers. Tests using an

  18. A case of tubulointerstitial nephritis in IgG4-related systemic disease with markedly enlarged kidneys.

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    Mise, Naobumi; Tomizawa, Yutaka; Fujii, Akiko; Yamaguchi, Yutaka; Sugimoto, Tokuichiro

    2009-06-01

    IgG4-related systemic disease, including autoimmune pancreatitis, is a multi-organ disorder characterized by elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) concentration and IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration. We report the case of a 67-year-old man with IgG4-related tubulointerstitial nephritis, presenting with markedly enlarged kidneys and renal dysfunction. The serum IgG4 level was elevated with 4200 mg/dl and pathological examination revealed patchy, clearly fringed areas of IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration and advanced fibrosis in the renal parenchyma, perirenal tissue and lymph nodes. With oral prednisolone at a dose of 60 mg daily, a contraction of the kidneys and an improvement of renal function were observed. No recurrence of the disease was observed during the reduction of prednisolone to 2 mg daily over 4 years.

  19. Endolymphatic Sac Enlargement in a Girl with a Novel Mutation for Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis and Severe Deafness

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    Rink Nikki

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hereditary distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA is caused by mutations of genes encoding subunits of the H+-ATPase (ATP6V0A4 and ATP6V1B1 expressed in α-intercalated cells of the distal renal tubule and in the cochlea. We report on a 2-year-old girl with distal RTA and profound speech delay which was initially misdiagnosed as autism. Genetic analysis showed compound heterozygous mutations with one known and one novel mutation of the ATP6V1B1 gene; cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI revealed bilateral enlargement of the endolymphatic sacs of the inner ear. With improved cooperation, audiometric testing showed that hearing loss was most profound on the right, where endolymphatic sac enlargement was greatest, demonstrating a clear link between the degree of deafness and the degree of inner ear abnormality. This case indicates the value of MRI for diagnosis of inner ear involvement in very young children with distal RTA. Although citrate therapy quickly corrects the acidosis and restores growth, early diagnosis of deafness is crucial so that hearing aids can be used to assist acquisition of speech and to provide enough auditory nerve stimulation to assure the affected infants remain candidates for cochlear implantation.

  20. Portugal and the EU’s Eastern Enlargement: A logic of identity endorsement

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    Arne Niemann

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper addresses the puzzle of why Portugal has consistently supported the EU’s fifth enlargement. We argue that standard explanations, based on welfare maximisation, geopolitics, or rhetorical action, cannot persuasively account for this policy choice. Instead, we advance an alternative explanation – subsequently referred to as ‘identity endorsement –that is based on a logic of appropriateness where behaviour is shaped by aspects of similarity and congruence, and where the development of Portuguese identity has constituted what has been perceived as appropriate in the context of Eastern enlargement. We argue that EC/EU membership has provided Portuguese political elites with a renewed collective identity, in which a choice for membership has been equated with a choice for democracy, stability and openness. Portuguese support for Eastern enlargement has consistently been based on these concepts that originated from Portugal’s own period of accession negotiations. By fully supporting Eastern enlargement, Portugal could act together with the ‘European core’, and Portugal itself would become more ‘core’, i.e. more European. For Portuguese political elites, supporting Eastern enlargement thus constituted an act of ‘identity endorsement’, i.e. the confirmation, (re-production and reinforcement of existing identity constructions. We tentatively suggest that the notion of identity endorsement may also shed light on other empirical puzzles related to European integration.

  1. A lifespan MRI evaluation of ventricular enlargement in normal aging mice.

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    Chen, Chiao-Chi V; Tung, Yu-Ying; Chang, Chen

    2011-12-01

    Ventricular enlargement has been proposed as a structural biomarker for the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This biomarker, established in human patients, needs to be translated to animals to facilitate drug development for the disease. However, ventricular enlargement is not exclusive to AD, since the ventricle size increases during normal aging. A longitudinal characterization of ventricular enlargement in normal aging in mice is therefore crucial before further evaluations of mouse models or neurodegenerative diseases associated to brain atrophy. To this end, ventricular enlargement in normal aging mice was characterized over the lifespan (i.e., 2 years). The results showed that the overall ventricle size increased with age, with the expansion beginning during the early life stages and continuing to old age. The reported data represent a biomarker benchmark for normal aging mice under unmodified conditions. This provides a foundation for evaluating the validity of AD mouse models or the effects of potential drugs. The considerable physiological ventricular enlargement during normal aging must be considered in related experiments.

  2. Right Ventricular Enlargement within Months of Arteriovenous Fistula Creation in 2 Hemodialysis Patients.

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    Ragupathi, Loheetha; Johnson, Drew; Marhefka, Gregary D

    2016-08-01

    Surgically created arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) for hemodialysis can contribute to hemodynamic changes. We describe the cases of 2 male patients in whom new right ventricular enlargement developed after an AVF was created for hemodialysis. Patient 1 sustained high-output heart failure solely attributable to the AVF. After AVF banding and subsequent ligation, his heart failure and right ventricular enlargement resolved. In Patient 2, the AVF contributed to new-onset right ventricular enlargement, heart failure, and ascites. His severe pulmonary hypertension was caused by diastolic heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and obstructive sleep apnea. His right ventricular enlargement and heart failure symptoms did not improve after AVF ligation. We think that our report is the first to specifically correlate the echocardiographic finding of right ventricular enlargement with AVF sequelae. Clinicians who treat end-stage renal disease patients should be aware of this potential sequela of AVF creation, particularly in the upper arm. We recommend obtaining preoperative echocardiograms in all patients who will undergo upper-arm AVF creation, so that comparisons can be made postoperatively. Alternative consideration should be given to creating the AVF in the radial artery, because of less shunting and therefore less potential for right-sided heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. A multidisciplinary approach is optimal when selecting patients for AVF banding or ligation.

  3. Rapid liver enlargement and hepatic failure secondary to radiographic occult tumor invasion: two case reports and review of the literature

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    Simone Christine

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Unfamiliarity with certain clinical presentations, as illustrated in these cases, can lead to delayed diagnoses that in turn cause increased morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, and the need for autopsy. Case presentation In Case 1, a 63-year-old Caucasian woman presented with hepatic enlargement and insufficiency which progressed and resulted in her death over a period of less than 2 weeks. The patient underwent a detailed workup included magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scan of her liver, which did not reveal the source of her liver enlargement. Due to her progressive liver enlargement and insufficiency, she developed a life-threatening esophageal variceal bleeding during her hospital stay which further delayed the attainment of her diagnosis. She finally underwent a videoscopic laparotomy and liver biopsy which revealed complete replacement and filling in of the liver sinuous with Indian filing lobular breast cancer. The patient died shortly after her diagnosis and before she could be discharged. In Case 2, a 68-year-old Caucasian woman with non-small-cell lung cancer was admitted to our Oncology in-patient service with a presentation of rapid hepatic insufficiency and severe liver enlargement. Like the patient in Case 1, during her hospitalization, this patient underwent a thorough radiographic evaluation, including computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, to identify the source of her symptoms. Radiographic imaging showed only hepatomegaly and no discrete focal lesions. As the multiple imaging studies over a period of a week did not reveal a clear cause for her symptoms, she finally underwent an interventional radiology core biopsy which showed complete replacement of her liver with non-small-cell lung cancer. Her condition rapidly progressed due to continued liver enlargement and she died due to frank liver failure before her diagnosis was affirmed and she could be discharged. Conclusion

  4. Pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate reduces the progression of total kidney volume and cyst enlargement in experimental polycystic kidney disease.

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    Ta, Michelle H T; Rao, Padmashree; Korgaonkar, Mayuresh; Foster, Sheryl F; Peduto, Anthony; Harris, David C H; Rangan, Gopala K

    2014-12-01

    Heterocyclic dithiocarbamates have anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects in rodent models of chronic kidney disease. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC) reduces the progression of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Male Lewis polycystic kidney (LPK) rats (an ortholog of Nek8/NPHP9) received intraperitoneal injections of either saline vehicle or PDTC (40 mg/kg once or twice daily) from postnatal weeks 4 until 11. By serial magnetic resonance imaging at weeks 5 and 10, the relative within-rat increase in total kidney volume and cyst volume were 1.3-fold (P = 0.01) and 1.4-fold (P < 0.01) greater, respectively, in LPK + Vehicle compared to the LPK + PDTC(40 mg/kg twice daily) group. At week 11 in LPK rats, PDTC attenuated the increase in kidney weight to body weight ratio by 25% (P < 0.01) and proteinuria by 66% (P < 0.05 vs. LPK + Vehicle) but did not improve renal dysfunction. By quantitative whole-slide image analysis, PDTC did not alter interstitial CD68+ cell accumulation, interstitial fibrosis, or renal cell proliferation in LPK rats at week 11. The phosphorylated form of the nuclear factor (NF)-κB subunit, p105, was increased in cystic epithelial cells of LPK rats, but was not altered by PDTC. Moreover, PDTC did not significantly alter nuclear expression of the p50 subunit or NF-κB (p65)-DNA binding. Kidney enlargement in LPK rats was resistant to chronic treatment with a proteasome inhibitor, bortezomib. In conclusion, PDTC reduced renal cystic enlargement and proteinuria but lacked anti-inflammatory effects in LPK rats.

  5. Analysis of reforming process of large distorted ring in final enlarging forging

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    Miyazawa, Takeshi; Murai, Etsuo [Kushiro National College of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Kushiro, Hokkaido (Japan)

    2002-10-01

    In the construction of reactors or pressure vessels for oil chemical plants and nuclear power stations, mono block open-die forging rings are often utilized. Generally, a large forged ring is manufactured by means of enlarging forging with reductions of the wall thickness. During the enlarging process the circular ring is often distorted and becomes an ellipse in shape. However the shape control of the ring is a complicated work. This phenomenon makes the matter still worse in forging of larger rings. In order to make precision forging of large rings, we have developed the forging method using a v-shape anvil. The v-shape anvil is geometrically adjusted to fit the distorted ring in the final circle and reform automatically the shape of the ring during enlarging forging. This paper has analyzed the reforming process of distorted ring by computer program based on F.E.M. and examined the effect on the precision of ring forging. (author)

  6. A Rare Case Report of Amlodipine-Induced Gingival Enlargement and Review of Its Pathogenesis

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    Sanjeev Joshi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Gingival enlargement is a common clinical feature of gingival and periodontal diseases. It is an unwanted side effect of certain systemic drugs given for nondental treatment. It is being reported with three main groups of drugs like calcium channel blockers (CCBs, immunosuppressants, and anticonvulsants. Among calcium channel blockers, nifedipine causes gingival hyperplasia in about 10% of patients, whereas the incidence of amlodipine-, a third generation calcium channel blocker, induced gingival hyperplasia is very limited. There are very few reports of amlodipine-induced gingival enlargement at a dose of 5 mg. We report a case of amlodipine-induced gingival enlargement in a 45-year-old hypertensive patient taking amlodipine at a dose of 5 mg.

  7. Management of phenytoin induced gingival enlargement associated with cerebral palsy: A challenge to the clinician

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    Anupama Shriram Rao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Phenytoin, which is the drug of choice for treatment of grandmal, psychomotor seizures associated with cerebral palsy, has serious side effect like gingival enlargement. Drug induced gingival enlargement is not only esthetically disfiguring but often impairs speech, mastication, nutrition and plaque control measures. In addition, poor oral hygiene, lack of motor coordination and muscular limitations in mentally disabled individuals results in increased susceptibility to periodontal disease. The present case report unfolds a complex nature of the management of phenytoin induced gingival enlargement, secondarily complicated by inflammation, and in the cerebral palsy patient. A supportive team work of periodontist, neurophysician, and general anesthetist plays a significant role in maintaining the quality of life in mentally disabled patient.

  8. Primary tuberculous gingival enlargement - A rare clinical entity: Case report and brief review of the literature

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    Suhail Majid Jan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis (TB is a chronic specific granulomatous disease and a major cause of death in developing countries. The clinical presentation of TB lesions of the oral cavity varies widely and can manifest as ulcerations, diffuse inflammatory lesions, granulomas and fissures. Oral lesions generally appear secondary to primary TB infection elsewhere, although primary infection of the oral mucosa by Mycobacterium tuberculosis has also been described. We hereby report a case of primary TB of the gingiva manifesting as gingival enlargement. Diagnosis was based on histopathological examination, complete blood count, X-ray chest and immunological investigations with detection of antibodies against M. tuberculosis. Anti-tuberculous therapy was carried out for over 6 months and was followed by surgical excision of the residual enlargement under local anesthesia. After 1-year follow-up, there was no recurrence of the disease. This case report emphasizes the need for dentists to include TB in the differential diagnosis of various types of gingival enlargements.

  9. [Somatotopic Representation of the Anterior Horn within Cervical Enlargement: Reappraisal of Known Doctrine Based on Clinicopathological Findings Seen in Hirayama Disease].

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    Hirayama, Keizo

    2016-05-01

    Clinical features (weakness and amyotrophy of intrinsic hand muscles and obliquely distributed amyotrophy of forearm muscles, figure 1), needle electromyographic findings (distribution of neurogenic activities, figure 2), and pathological findings (ischemic necroses of the anterior horns between C6 and T1, figure 3) of Hirayama disease suggest that understanding of somatotopic representation of the anterior horn innervating arm muscles in the cervical enlargement of spinal cord differs from the known doctrine. Anterior horn cells of the intrinsic hand muscles are located between C7 and T1, those of forearm muscles and triceps brachii muscle as elbow extensor are, contrary to the known doctrine, located in C5 and C6, and those of elbow flexors such as biceps brachii and brachioradialis are located in C4 and above (figure 5). Development of dexterity in human hand may reflect development of cervical enlargement in accord with larger areas representing the hand and fingers on cerebral motor cortex.

  10. The Effects of Guide Pads on Bore Diameter Enlargement Magnitude in Deep Hole Drilling

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    Zhang Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Deep hole machining accuracy plays a crucial role in product’s quality. The results of an investigation into the machining accuracy of deep drilling holes which highlights problems of bore diameter enlargement magnitude assessment are presented in this paper. Through the study of BTA deep drilling tool properties and mechanism, as well as the formation rule of deep hole surface, clarified the burnishing mechanism of guide pad in deep hole drilling, and obtained the directly relationship between surface formation rule and the guide pad. After drilling experimentrevealed the effect of guide pad on bore diameter enlargement magnitude.

  11. Unusual presentation of localized gingival enlargement associated with a slow-growing odontogenic myxoma

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    Jaume Miranda Rius; Alfons Nadal; Eduard Lahor; Beatus Mtui; Llus Brunet

    2013-01-01

    Unusual presentation of localized gingival enlargement associated with a subjacent tumoural pathology is reported. The patient was a 55-year-old black male, whose chief complaint was a progressive gingival overgrowth for more than ten years, in the buccal area of the anterior left mandible. According to the clinical features and the radiological diagnosis of odontogenic keratocyst, a conservative surgery with enucleation and curettage was performed. Tissue submitted for histopathological analysis rendered the diagnosis of odontogenic myxoma. After 12-month of follow-up, no evidence of recurrence was found. Clinicians should be cautious when facing any gingival enlargement to avoid diagnostic pitfalls and to indicate the appropriate treatment.

  12. NAD(P-DEPENDENT DEHYDROGENASE ACTIVITY IN PERIPHERAL BLOOD LYMPHOCYTES OF INFANTS WITH ENLARGEMENT OF PHARYNGEAL TONSILS

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    L. M. Kurtasova

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    Full Text Available We have observed and examined 57 children 1 to 3 years old diagnosed with enlargement of pharyngeal tonsils. A control group was presented by 35 healthy children. Bioluminescence technique was applied for studying NAD(P-dependent dehydrogenase activity in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Activation of aerobic respiration and increasing activity of pentose phosphate cycle-dependent plastic processes were registered in blood lymphocytes of children with hypertrophic pharyngeal tonsils; along with decreased function of malate-aspartate shunt in energy metabolism of the cells, diminished anaerobic reaction of NADHdependent LDH, lower interaction between Krebs cycle and reactions of amino acid metabolism, and reduced activity of glutathione reductase.

  13. CT screening for lung cancer: Frequency of enlarged adrenal glands identified in baseline and annual repeat rounds

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    Hu, Minxia [Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Capital Medical University, Department of Diagnostic Ultrasound, Beijing Tongren Hospital, Beijing (China); Yip, Rowena; Yankelevitz, David Y.; Henschke, Claudia I. [Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States)

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    To determine the frequency of adrenal enlargement of participants in a CT-screening program for lung cancer and demonstrate the progression during follow-up, separately for baseline and annual repeat rounds. HIPAA-compliant informed consent was obtained in 4,776 participants. The adrenal gland was defined as enlarged if it measured ≥6 mm at its largest diameter. Logistic regression analyses were performed. At baseline, 202 (4 %) of 4,776 participants had adrenal enlargement. Significant factors were age (OR = 1.4, 95 % CI: 1.2-1.7) and current smoker (OR = 1.8, 95 % CI: 1.3-2.4). Follow-up 7-18 months after baseline for 133 cases with adrenal enlargement <40 mm showed it decreased or was stable in 85 (64 %), and increased by <10 mm in 48 (36 %). Five (0.04 %) cases of adrenal enlargement were newly identified, none increased beyond 40 mm on follow-up. Adrenal enlargement was a significant predictor of a subsequent diagnosis of lung cancer (OR = 2.0, 95 % CI: 1.2-3.4). Participants with adrenal enlargement <40 mm identified at baseline and on repeat screening could be reasonably assessed on subsequent annual screening. Adrenal enlargement increased with increasing pack-years of smoking. Adrenal enlargement was an independent predictor of a subsequent diagnosis of lung cancer. (orig.)

  14. On the Method of Multiplier-enlargement and Approximation of Unbounded Continuous Functions

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    ZHENG Cheng-De; WANG Ren-Hong

    2001-01-01

    By combining the classical appropriate functions “1, x, x2” with the method of multiplier enlargement, this paper establishes a theorem to approximate any unbounded continuous functions with modified positive linear operators. As an example, Hermite-Fejéinterpolation polynomial operators are analysed and studied, and a general conclusion is obtained.

  15. Differential diagnosis of arachnoid cyst from subarachnoid space enlargement by phase-contrast cine MRI

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    于群; 孔祥泉; 刘定西

    2003-01-01

    Objectives To reveal the relationship of brain motion and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow by phase-contrast cine MRI, and to evaluate this technique in differentiating between arachnoid cysts and subarachnoid space enlargement. Methods Using a phase-contrast cine MRI pulse sequence, we measured brain motion and CSF flow during the cardiac cycle in 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with MRI-suspected arachnoid cyst or subarachnoid space enlargement. CSF stroke volume curve was illustrated according to flow quantification, and time-signal intensity curve was traced. The two curves were compared. Results This study showed that brain motion was due to the volume difference between arterial and venous blood flow during a cardiac cycle, and thus drives CSF pulsation. Arachnoid cysts and subarachnoid space enlargement carried different curve patterns, demonstrating that phase-contrast MRI and flow quantification can be a useful and reliable technique for non-invasive evaluation of brain motion and CSF flow. Conclusion Arachnoid cysts can be successfully differentiated using phase-contrast cine MRI from subarachnoid space enlargement.

  16. Spontaneous breast enlargement following liposuction of the abdominal wall : Does a link exist?

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    van der Lei, Berend; Halbesma, Gert-Jan; van Nieuwenhoven, Christianne A.; van Wingerden, Jan J.

    2007-01-01

    Background: A retrospective study was undertaken to determine the specific incidence of breast enlargement following liposuction of the abdomen (alone or in combination with the flanks), and to compare its effect with a control group of patients who had undergone abdominoplasty only and, where possi

  17. Micro-CT analyses of apical enlargement and molar root canal complexity

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    Markvart, Merete; Darvann, Tron Andre; Larsen, Per

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To compare the effectiveness of two rotary hybrid instrumentation techniques with focus on apical enlargement in molar teeth and to quantify and visualize spatial details of instrumentation efficacy in root canals of different complexity. METHODOLOGY: Maxillary and mandibular molar teeth wer...

  18. Micro‐CT analyses of apical enlargement and molar root canal complexity

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    Markvart, M.; Darvann, Tron Andre; Larsen, P.

    2012-01-01

    Markvart M, Darvann TA, Larsen P, Dalstra M, Kreiborg S, Bjørndal L. Micro‐CT analyses of apical enlargement and molar root canal complexity. International Endodontic Journal, 45, 273–281, 2012. Aim To compare the effectiveness of two rotary hybrid instrumentation techniques with focus on apical...

  19. Enlarged clitoris in wild polar bears (Ursus maritimus) can be misdiagnosed as pseudohermaphroditism

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    Sonne, C; Leifsson, P S; Dietz, R;

    2004-01-01

    A 23-year-old female polar bear (Ursus maritimus) killed in an Inuit hunt in East Greenland on July 9, 1999 had a significantly enlarged clitoris resembling, in size, form and colour, those of previously reported 'pseudohermaphroditic' polar bears from Svalbard. It has been suggested that an enzy...

  20. Diaphragmatic hernia and right-sided heart enlargement in a Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris).

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    Gerlach, Trevor J; de Wit, Martine; Landolfi, Jennifer A

    2012-10-01

    Postmortem evaluation of a Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) revealed cold stress lesions and previous watercraft trauma that included broken ribs, a diaphragmatic hernia, an enlarged vena cava, and right-sided cardiomegaly. We discuss these findings and present a possible pathogenesis for the cardiomegaly.

  1. Aortic valve replacement with the Nicks annulus enlargement procedure 12 years after mitral valve replacement.

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    Kazama, S; Kurata, A; Yamashita, Y

    1999-10-01

    An aortic valve replacement was successfully performed employing the Nicks annulus enlargement procedure in a case of aortic valve stenosis with small annulus 12 years after mitral valve replacement. Previous mitral valve replacement does not preclude feasibility of the Nicks procedure.

  2. Quantitative detection of DNA by autocatalytic enlargement of hybridized gold nanoprobes

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    Zhan, Zongrui; Cao, Cuong; Sim, Sang Jun

    2010-01-01

    nanoprobes via the surface reduction of AuCl4− to Au0 on their surface in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). On this basis, signal enhancements in the absorbance intensity and kinetic behavior of gold enlargement in the aqueous phase have been well investigated...

  3. The Post-enlargement European Order: Europe ‘United in Diversity’?

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    Paul Blokker

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The enlargement of the European Union has led to an increase of diversity within the European area. While the project of enlargement can be understood as one in which the European Union has sought to defend an exclusive understanding of European identity (a ‘Fortress Europe’, the combined process of enlargement and constitutionalisation can be seen to have ultimately contributed to an opening up as well as a rendering more contingent of the European project. The theoretical argument of the paper holds that the tendency towards this diversity and contingency is not reflected and difficult to deal with in some of the major theories on European integration. The argument is flanked by a substantive account which analyses the actual transformation of the European project. I conclude that the post-enlargement situation can indeed be more adequately described as one of diversity and openness rather than homogeneity and increasing unity. Nevertheless, the incorporation of diversity still leaves much to be desired, not in the least because of a ‘procedural’ interpretation of the deliberative mode. In order to effectively take difference into account, deliberation should include the recognition of difference and an emphasis on mutual understanding, rather than being focused on consensus-building.

  4. "Off-line": the 2004 European parliamentary elections on television news in the enlarged Europe

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    Vreese, de Claes H.; Banducci, Susan A.; Semetko, Holli A.; Boomgaarden, Hajo G.

    2005-01-01

    We outline the competitive television news market in the enlarged European Union (EU) and demonstrate the continued importance of traditional media, in particular television, in the context of proliferation in choice of news sources, including on-line news services. Drawing upon a content analysis o

  5. Enlarged Liver

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    ... A blood sample is tested to determine liver enzyme levels. This can give clues about the health ... prescription medications. Limit contact with chemicals. Use aerosol cleaners, insecticides and other toxic chemicals only in well- ...

  6. NATO Enlargement.

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    Volker, Karen

    1998-01-01

    Reviews the history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and describes the debate over expanding its membership. Includes a discussion of the process for adding NATO members and a copy of the treaty. Suggests several exercises to help students better understand the NATO-expansion debate. (DSK)

  7. Calcium localization and tipburn development in lettuce leaves during early enlargement

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    Barta, D. J.; Tibbitts, T. W.

    2000-01-01

    Tissue concentrations of Ca, Mg, and K were determined across immature leaves of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. 'Buttercrunch') at different stages of enlargement using electron microprobe x-ray analysis. The analysis was with a wavelength dispersive spectrometer to permit detection of low concentrations of Ca. Patterns of mineral accumulation in immature leaves that were exposed were compared to patterns of accumulation in leaves that were enclosed within a developing head. The leaves developing without enclosure were free to transpire and developed normally whereas leaves developing with enclosure were restricted in transpiration and developed an injury that was characteristic of Ca deficiency. In the exposed leaves, Ca concentrations increased from an average of 1.0 to 2.1 mg g-1 dry weight (DW) as the leaves enlarged from 5 to 30 mm in length. In the enclosed leaves, Ca concentrations decreased from 1.0 to 0.7 mg g-1 DW as the leaves enlarged from 5 to 30 mm in length. At the tips of these enclosed leaves a larger decrease was found, from 0.9 to 0.3 mg g-1 DW during enlargement. Necrotic injury first became apparent in this tip area when the concentration was approximate to 0.4 mg g-1 DW. Magnesium concentrations across the exposed leaves were similar to concentrations across the enclosed leaves, and did not change with enlargement. Magnesium concentrations averaged 3.5. mg g-1 DW in both enclosed and exposed leaves during enlargement from 5 to 30 mm. In both exposed and enclosed leaves, K concentrations increased during enlargement from 40 to approximate to 60 mg g-1 DW. Potassium concentrations were highest toward the leaf apex and upper margin where injury symptoms occurred, and this may have enhanced injury development. This research documents the critical low levels of Ca (0.2 to 0.4 mg g-1 DW) that can occur in enclosed leaves of plants and which apparently leads to the marginal apex necrosis of developing leaves seen frequently on lettuce and other crops.

  8. Influence of the endodontic irrigation needle and root canal enlargement on endodontic cleaning efficacy

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    Livia Etchebehere de Loiola

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available ntroduction: The irrigation of root canals aims to their cleaning and disinfection, improving endodontic treatment success. Objective: To investigate the influence of the diameter and type of irrigation needle and the root canal enlargement on the mechanical efficacy of endodontic irrigation. Material and methods: Twelve human single-rooted mandibular incisors were used. During some instrumentation stages (enlargement by #20, #30, and #40 K file, root canals were filled with radiographic contrast solution mixed to propyleneglycol and zinc oxide. Needles with different diameters and designs were employed: G1 – 23G and lateral opening; G2 – 22G and apical opening; G3 – 30G and lateral opening; G4 – 30G and apical opening. The needles were inserted up to resistance, with 1 mm step-back to avoid root canal obliteration. The irrigation was performed with 2 mL of distilled water. Before and after irrigation/aspiration, teeth were radiographed at bucco-lingual and mesiodistal direction, using a digital radiographic system. Then, root canal areas, before (filled by contrast solution and after irrigation (remnant of contrast solution, were submitted to image subtraction with Adobe Photoshop CS4 software. Subsequently, the areas were measured by Image Tool 3.0 software, allowing the obtaining of the cleaning percentage for each modality. Data were analysed byusing Anova and Tukey’s test. The level of significance was set at P < 0.05. Results: For all root canal enlargements, 30G needles (G3 e G4 presented a better cleaning efficacy. In all groups, higher cleaning efficacy percentage was observed at #30 and #40 K file enlargement. Conclusion: Regardless their design, thinner needles were more effective; a better cleaning efficacy occurred in more enlarged root canals.

  9. Improving the effect and efficiency of FMD control by enlarging protection or surveillance zone

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    Tariq eHalasa

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available An epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD in a FMD-free country with large exports of livestock and livestock products would result in profound economic damage. This could be reduced by rapid and efficient control of the disease spread. The objectives of this study were to estimate the economic impact of a hypothetical FMD outbreak in Denmark based on changes to the economic assumptions of the model, and to investigate whether the control of an FMD epidemic can be improved by combining the enlargement of protection or surveillance zones with pre-emptive depopulation or emergency vaccination.The stochastic spatial simulation model DTU-DADS was used to simulate the spread of FMD in Denmark. The control strategies were: the basic EU and Danish strategy; pre-emptive depopulation; suppressive or protective vaccination; enlarging protection or surveillance zones, and a combination of pre-emptive depopulation or emergency vaccination with enlarged protection or surveillance zones. Herds are detected either based on basic detection through the appearance of clinical signs, or as a result of surveillance in the control zones. The economic analyses consisted of direct costs and export losses. Sensitivity analysis was performed on uncertain and potentially influential input parameters.Enlarging the surveillance zones from 10km to 15km, combined with pre-emptive depopulation over a 1km radius around detected herds resulted in the lowest total costs. This was still the case even when the different input parameters were changed in the sensitivity analysis. Changing the resources for clinical surveillance did not affect the epidemic consequences. In conclusion, an FMD epidemic in Denmark would have a larger economic impact on the agricultural sector than previously anticipated. Furthermore, the control of a potential FMD outbreak in Denmark may be improved by combining pre-emptive depopulation with an enlarged protection or surveillance zone.

  10. Cryptococcal cell morphology affects host cell interactions and pathogenicity.

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    Laura H Okagaki

    Full Text Available Cryptococcus neoformans is a common life-threatening human fungal pathogen. The size of cryptococcal cells is typically 5 to 10 microm. Cell enlargement was observed in vivo, producing cells up to 100 microm. These morphological changes in cell size affected pathogenicity via reducing phagocytosis by host mononuclear cells, increasing resistance to oxidative and nitrosative stress, and correlated with reduced penetration of the central nervous system. Cell enlargement was stimulated by coinfection with strains of opposite mating type, and ste3aDelta pheromone receptor mutant strains had reduced cell enlargement. Finally, analysis of DNA content in this novel cell type revealed that these enlarged cells were polyploid, uninucleate, and produced daughter cells in vivo. These results describe a novel mechanism by which C. neoformans evades host phagocytosis to allow survival of a subset of the population at early stages of infection. Thus, morphological changes play unique and specialized roles during infection.

  11. Enlargement of zero averaged refractive index gaps in the photonic heterostructures containing negative-index materials.

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    Xiang, Yuanjiang; Dai, Xiaoyu; Wen, Shuangchun; Fan, Dianyuan

    2007-11-01

    We show that the frequency range of the zero averaged refractive index gap in a photonic heterostructure containing negative-index materials can be enlarged owing to the property that its lower and upper frequency edges depend on the thickness ratio of the positive- and negative-index materials. Compared to the zero averaged refractive index gap of a single photonic crystal, the frequency range of the zero averaged refractive index gaps in a photonic heterostructure can be notably enlarged. Moreover, it is shown that the band edge of the zero averaged refractive index gap is determined not only by the TM polarization but also by the TE polarization, which is obviously different from the omnidirectional band gaps in conventional photonic crystals, whose bandwidth is determined by the TM polarization.

  12. Insulation co-ordination and the enlargement law for the GM counter tube

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    Dolićanin Edin Ć.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we analyze application of contemporary methods of insulation co-ordination and the enlargement law in designing a GM counting tube. It has been shown that by applying insulation co-ordination methods the counting tube can be optimally dimensioned. The application of the enlargement law was demonstrated in generalizing the results of test obtained by the GM tube to those obtained by the counting tube with m-times greater dimensions. The investigations were conducted both theoretically and by experiment. Using theoretical analysis, we derived the expressions that may be applied if a performance function of a random variable breakdown voltage is known. The experiments were conducted on a GM counter model under well controlled laboratory conditions.

  13. Ectopic opening of cystic dilatation of the ejaculatory duct into enlarged prostatic utricle.

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    Lin, Jian-Zhong; Wu, Hong-Fei; Wang, Ji-Chen; Le, Mei-Zhao; Yu, Hong-Bo; Zhou, He-Tong

    2012-01-01

    A 28-year-old man was referred to our department for the management of recurrent hemospermia during the past 5 years. Genital examination and hormonal levels were normal. Semen analysis showed no change in volume and pH; however, hemospermia and asthenozoospermia were observed. Ultrasonography and computed tomography scan revealed the presence of a cystic lesion with calcification in the terminal part of seminal vesicles adjoining the prostate gland. The following vasography and endoscopic retrograde urethrography demonstrated 2 communicating cystic dilatations arising from the verumontanum. The diagnosis of cystic dilatation of the ejaculatory duct opening into an enlarged prostatic utricle was reached. Transurethral unroofing of the cyst was separately performed with a successful outcome. The characteristic of the 2 cystic dilatations was confirmed by pathologic examination. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of ectopic cystic dilatation of the ejaculatory duct opening into an enlarged prostatic utricle.

  14. Stochastic control under progressive enlargement of filtrations and applications to multiple defaults risk management

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    Pham, Huyen

    2010-01-01

    We formulate and investigate a general stochastic control problem under a progressive enlargement of filtration. The global information is enlarged from a reference filtration and the knowledge of multiple random times together with associated marks when they occur. By working under a density hypothesis on the conditional joint distribution of the random times and marks, we prove a decomposition of the original stochastic control problem under the global filtration into classical stochastic control problems under the reference filtration, which are determined in a finite backward induction. Our method revisits and extends in particular stochastic control of diffusion processes with finite number of jumps. This study is motivated by optimization problems arising in default risk management, and we provide applications of our decomposition result for the indifference pricing of defaultable claims, and the optimal investment under bilateral counterparty risk. The solutions are expressed in terms of BSDEs involvin...

  15. Foveated scanning: dynamic monodimensional enlargement of resolved field of view in lenses of scanner systems.

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    Javaherian, Farhang; Rashidian, Bizhan

    2016-09-10

    An inconsistency between the circular symmetric geometry of conventional optical imagers and the geometry of long linear sensors used in today's line-scan cameras results in suboptimal separate design of optics and electronics of scanner systems. Based on the method of foveated optical imaging, a technique named foveated scanning (FS) is proposed in this paper. The FS technique is employed to enlarge the one-dimensional resolved field of view (RFOV) of conventional lenses and permits optimized performance on a line-of-interest in the image plane where the optoelectronic sensor is located. The achieved enlargement of RFOV is verified on a proof-of-concept basic telephoto lens. Both modulation transfer function analysis and the imaging simulation of a standard target have been performed. Results show a twofold increase in RFOV by this technique.

  16. Clinical and morphological study of calf enlargement following S-1 radiculopathy

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    Osvaldo J. M. Nascimento

    1992-09-01

    Full Text Available Calf enlargement following sciatica is a rare condition. It is reported the case of a 28-year-old woman who complained of repeated episodes of lower back pain radiating into the left buttock and foot. One year after the beginning of her symptoms, she noticed enlargement of her left calf. X-ray studies disclosed L5-S1 disk degeneration. EMG showed muscle denervation with normal motor conduction velocity. Open biopsies of the gastrocnemius muscles were performed. The left gastrocnemius muscle showed hypertrophic type 2 fibers in comparison with the right gastrocnemius. Electron microscopy showed mildly increased number of mitochondria in these fibers. A satisfactory explanation for denervation hypertrophy has yet to be provided.

  17. Clinical significance of ventricular enlargement and cortical atrophy in computed tomography of the brain

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    Busse, O.; Agnoli, A.L.; Lippmann, R.; Schuetz, H.J.

    1981-02-01

    The diagnosis of atrophy of the brain based on the visual interpretation of CT findings appears questionable. In 56 patients there was no correlation between the CT findings of enlarged ventricles and sulci and clinical findings of psychoorganic syndromes. Only the group of 60 to 80 year old patients showed a statistically significant correlation between psychoorganic findings and the area of the lateral ventricles - measured planimetrically - and the diameter of the cella medica, but not the group of the 40 to 60 year old. There was no relationship between the number of cortical sulci and psychopathology. The morphological findings of ventricular enlargement and cortical atrophy in CT - even with exact measurements - do not allow any conclusions in regard to psychoorganic findings.

  18. Nasal turbinate enlargement due to cartilage and bone proliferation: a normal developmental finding in young ferrets.

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    Funk, Kathleen A; Frantz, Christopher; Dyke, Amy S; Ryan, Patricia C; Jin, Hong; Kemble, George; Dixit, Rakesh; Leininger, Joel R

    2010-12-01

    Toxicity studies of intranasally administered, live attenuated influenza virus vaccine candidates conducted in male and female ferrets led to the microscopic observation of individual differences in the size of nasal turbinates, especially in the dorsal aspect of the nasal cavity. The association of these enlarged turbinates with acute to subacute inflammation, which is sometimes common in ferrets given live attenuated influenza virus vaccine candidates, led to this detailed microscopic evaluation of turbinate enlargement (cartilaginous and osseous thickening, or COT) in control animals dosed intranasally with saline. Results of this evaluation led to the conclusion that COT is a normal developmental feature of growing ferrets, irrespective of inflammation in nasal tissues or inflammatory exudate in the nasal cavity.

  19. Improving the Effect and Efficiency of FMD Control by Enlarging Protection or Surveillance Zones

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    Hisham Beshara Halasa, Tariq; Toft, Nils; Boklund, Anette

    2015-01-01

    An epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in a FMD-free country with large exports of livestock and livestock products would result in profound economic damage. This could be reduced by rapid and efficient control of the disease spread. The objectives of this study were to estimate the economic....... The stochastic spatial simulation model DTU-DADS was used to simulate the spread of FMD in Denmark. The control strategies were the basic EU and Danish strategy, pre-emptive depopulation, suppressive or protective vaccination, enlarging protection or surveillance zones, and a combination of pre......-emptive depopulation or emergency vaccination with enlarged protection or surveillance zones. Herds are detected either based on basic detection through the appearance of clinical signs, or as a result of surveillance in the control zones. The economic analyses consisted of direct costs and export losses. Sensitivity...

  20. The Effects of Guide Pads on Bore Diameter Enlargement Magnitude in Deep Hole Drilling

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    Deep hole machining accuracy plays a crucial role in product’s quality. The results of an investigation into the machining accuracy of deep drilling holes which highlights problems of bore diameter enlargement magnitude assessment are presented in this paper. Through the study of BTA deep drilling tool properties and mechanism, as well as the formation rule of deep hole surface, clarified the burnishing mechanism of guide pad in deep hole drilling, and obtained the directly relationship betwe...

  1. "Off-line": the 2004 European parliamentary elections on television news in the enlarged Europe

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    Vreese, de, Claes H.; Banducci, Susan A.; Semetko, Holli A.; Boomgaarden, Hajo G.

    2005-01-01

    We outline the competitive television news market in the enlarged European Union (EU) and demonstrate the continued importance of traditional media, in particular television, in the context of proliferation in choice of news sources, including on-line news services. Drawing upon a content analysis of the most widely watched evening television news programs in each of the EU countries, we find that on average, EU news in 2004 was more visible in the new member states than in the old member sta...

  2. Amygdala enlargement in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy without hippocampal sclerosis

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    Ana Carolina Coan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE without MRI abnormalities (MTLE-NL represent a challenge for definition of underlying pathology and for presurgical evaluation. In a recent study we observed significant amygdala enlargement in 14% of MTLE patients with MRI signs of HS. Areas of gray matter volume (GMV increase could represent structural abnormalities related to the epileptogenic zone or part of a developmental abnormality. Our objective was to look for undetected areas of increased GMV in MTLE-NL using post processing MRI techniques to better understand the pathophysiology of this condition.Methods: We evaluated 66 patients with MTLE-NL on visual analysis and 82 controls. Voxel-based morphometry (VBM group analysis was performed with VBM8/SPM8 looking for areas of increased GMV. We then performed automatic amygdala volumetry using Freesurfer software and T2 relaxometry to confirm VBM findings.Results: VBM group-analysis demonstrated increased amygdala volume in the MTLE-NL group compared to controls. Individual volumetric analysis confirmed amygdala enlargement (AE in eight (12% patients. Overall, from all patients with AE and defined epileptic focus, four (57% had the predominant increased volume ipsilateral to the epileptic focus. These results were cross-validated by a secondary VBM analysis including subgroups of patients according to the volumetric data. T2 relaxometry demonstrated no amygdala hyperintense signal in any individual with significant amygdala enlargement. There were no clinical differences between patients with and without AE.Discussion: This exploratory study demonstrates the occurrence of AE in 12% of patients with MTLE-NL. This finding supports the hypothesis that there might be a subgroup of patients with MTLE-NL in which the enlarged amygdala could be related to the epileptogenic process. Further studies are necessary but this finding could be of great importance in the understanding of MTLE-NL.

  3. Clinical correlates of enlarged prostate size in subjects with sexual dysfunction

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    Giovanni Corona

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Digito-rectal examination (DRE of the prostate provides useful information on the state of prostate growth and on the presence of suspected peripheral nodules. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical and biochemical correlates of finding an enlarged prostate size at DRE in subjects with sexual dysfunction (SD. A consecutive series of 2379 patients was retrospectively studied. The analysis was focused on a subset of subjects (n = 1823; mean age 54.7 ± 11.4 selected for being free from overt prostatic diseases. Several parameters were investigated. After adjusting for confounders, the presence of an enlarged prostate size at DRE was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome (HR = 1.346 (1.129-1.759; P = 0.030, type 2 diabetes mellitus (HR = 1.489 (1.120-1.980; P = 0.006, increased LDL cholesterol (>100 mg dl−1 ; HR = 1.354 (1.018-1.801; P = 0.037 and increased mean blood pressure (BP values (HR = 1.017 (1.007-1.027 for each mmHg increment; P = 0.001. Accordingly, enlarged prostate size was also associated with a higher risk of arteriogenic erectile dysfunction (ED, as well as with other andrological conditions, such as varicocele and premature ejaculation (PE. PSA levels were significantly higher in subjects with enlarged prostate size when compared to the rest of the sample (HR = 3.318 (2.304; 4.799 for each log unit increment in PSA levels; P < 0.0001. Arteriogenic ED, according to different criteria, was also associated with increased PSA levels. In conclusion, our data support the need to examine prostate size either by clinical (DRE or biochemical (PSA inspection in subjects with SD, in order to have insights into the nature of the SD and the metabolic and cardiovascular (CV background of the patient.

  4. Characterization of spontaneous air space enlargement in mice lacking microfibrillar-associated protein 4

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    Holm, Anne Trommelholt; Wulf-Johansson, Helle; Hvidsten, Svend

    2015-01-01

    Microfibrillar-associated protein 4 (MFAP4) is localized to elastic fibers in blood vessels and the interalveolar septa of the lungs and is further present in bronchoalveolar lavage. Mfap4 has been previously suggested to be involved in elastogenesis in the lung. We tested this prediction and aim...... of lung function, which was evident at 6 mo of age, and moderate air space enlargement, with emphysema-like changes....

  5. Mediastinal lymph node enlargement in patients with valvular heart disease: CT evaluation and clinical correlation

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    Park, Hye Ju; Jung, Jung Im; Ahn, Myeong Im; Han, Dae Hee; Park, Seog Hee [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    To evaluate the presence, size and location of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes (LNs) in patients with valvular heart disease (VHD) using computed tomography scans in correlation with ejection fraction (EF). We retrospectively evaluated 30 patients with VHD, without pre-existing diseases that could cause lymphadenopathy (LAP). The presence, size, and location of LNs greater than 1 cm in short axis diameter were evaluated. The location of mediastinal LNs was recorded according to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Furthermore, we evaluated the presence of pulmonary edema, pleural effusion, and other thoracic abnormalities and evaluated EF of the heart on transthoracic echocardiography. Sixteen patients (53%) had at least 1 enlarged mediastinal LN. The most frequent locations were lower paratracheal (4R, n = 8/4L, n = 6), subcarinal (7, n = 5) and right upper paratracheal (2R, n = 4) regions. The frequency of mediastinal LAP was higher in patients with aortic regurgitation (2 of 2, 100%) followed by mitral regurgitation (8 of 11, 73%); it was also high in patients with pulmonary edema (80%), pleural effusion (81%), or both (77%), as compared to patients without pulmonary edema or pleural effusion (17%) (p = 0.001). Ten of 30 patients showed an abnormal EF of < 55%; among them, 8 had mediastinal LAP. However, the relationship between EF and LAP was not statistically significant (p = 0.058). Mediastinal LN enlargement is common in patients with VHD, especially in cases of pulmonary edema and pleural effusion. Enlarged mediastinal LNs were frequently observed with abnormal EF, however, the relationship between EF and mediastinal LAP was not statistically significant.

  6. Molecular weight enlargement--a molecular approach to continuous homogeneous catalysis.

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    Janssen, Michèle; Müller, Christian; Vogt, Dieter

    2010-09-28

    Molecular weight enlargement (MWE) is an attractive method for homogeneous catalyst recycling. Applications of MWE in combination with either catalyst precipitation or nanofiltration have demonstrated their great potential as a method for process intensification in homogeneous catalysis. Selected, recent advances in MWE in combination with catalyst recovery are discussed, together with their implication for future developments. These examples demonstrate that this strategy is applicable in many different homogeneously catalyzed transformations.

  7. Reversible and non-reversible enlargement of cerebral spinal fluid spaces in anorexia nervosa

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    Artmann, H.; Grau, H.; Adelmann, M.; Schleiffer, R.

    1985-07-01

    Brain CT studies of 35 patients with anoxia nervosa confirmed the observations of other authors: cerebral dystrophic changes correlate with weight loss and the reversibility of these changes also correlates with the normalization of body weight. Other corroborated facts are: the most numerous and most pronounced enlargements are of the cortical sulci and the interhemispheric fissure, moderate widening affects the ventricles and the rarest and most insignificant changes are those of the cerebellum. The reversibility of the changes showed a parallel to the extent of the changes themselves and to the duration of improvement of the body weight. The reversibility of the enlargement of the cortical sulci and of the distances between the frontal horns of the lateral ventricles was more often significant than that of the abnormal measurements of the cella media. This difference is based on minimal early acquired brain damage which occurs in 60% of our patients. This high incidence of early acquired minimal brain disease in patients with anorexia nervosa is here discussed as a nonspecific predisposing factor. Although there is no exact explanation of the etiology of the reversible enlargement of cerenral spinal fluid (CSF) spaces in anorexia nervosa, the changes resemble those in alcoholics. The mechanisms of brain changes in alcoholism, as shown experimentally, seem to us to throw light on the probable mechanism of reversible dystrophic brain changes in anorexia nervosa.

  8. Is the prefrontal cortex especially enlarged in the human brain allometric relations and remapping factors.

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    Passingham, Richard E; Smaers, Jeroen B

    2014-01-01

    There has been no agreement as to whether the prefrontal cortex is especially enlarged in the human brain. To answer this question, we analyzed the only two datasets that provide information on total prefrontal cortex volume based on cytoarchitectonic criteria. One delineated the prefrontal cortex proper on the basis of cytoarchitectonic criteria; the other used a proxy of the prefrontal cortex based on a cytoarchitectonic delineation of the frontal lobe. To investigate whether all cortical association areas, including the prefrontal cortex, are enlarged in the human brain, we scaled the different areas to a common reference, the primary visual cortex. To investigate whether the prefrontal cortex is more enlarged than other association areas, we scaled it relative to its inputs from and outputs to other nonprimary areas. We carried out separate regression analyses using different data samples as a predictive baseline group: data for monkeys alone informs us on whether great apes are different from monkeys; data for all non-human anthropoids, including great apes, informs us on whether humans are different from all other primates. The analyses show that the value for the human prefrontal cortex is greater than expected, and that this is true even when data for the great apes are included in the analysis. They also show that the chimpanzee prefrontal cortex is greater than expected for a monkey with a similar sized cortex. We discuss possible functional consequences.

  9. Efficient stereological approaches for the volumetry of a normal or enlarged spleen from MDCT images

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    Mazonakis, Michalis; Stratakis, John; Damilakis, John [University of Crete, Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 2208, Iraklion, Crete (Greece)

    2015-06-01

    To introduce efficient stereological approaches for estimating the volume of a normal or enlarged spleen from MDCT. All study participants underwent an abdominal MDCT. The first group included 20 consecutive patients with splenomegaly and the second group consisted of 20 subjects with a normal spleen. Splenic volume estimations were performed using the stereological point counting method. Stereological assessments were optimized using the systematic slice sampling procedure. Planimetric measurements based on manual tracing of splenic boundaries on each slice were taken as reference values. Stereological analysis using five to eight systematically sampled slices provided enlarged splenic volume estimations with a mean precision of 4.9 ± 1.0 % in a mean time of 2.3 ± 0.4 min. A similar measurement duration and error was observed for normal splenic volume assessment using four to seven systematically selected slices. These stereological approaches slightly but insignificantly overestimated the volume of a normal and enlarged spleen compared to planimetry (P > 0.05) with a mean difference of -1.3 ± 4.3 % and -2.7 ± 5.2 %, respectively. The two methods were highly correlated (r ≥ 0.96). The variability of repeated stereological estimations was below 3.8 %. The proposed stereological approaches enable the rapid, reproducible, and accurate splenic volume estimation from MDCT data in patients with or without splenomegaly. (orig.)

  10. [Mother and son with enlarged parietal foramina, persistent fetal vein, and ALX4 mutation].

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    Morita, Motoaki; Nanba, Eiji; Adachi, Kaori; Ohno, Kousaku

    2016-05-01

    Enlarged parietal foramina (EPF) are rare congenital skull defects. These round or oval defects are situated on each parietal bone approximately 1 cm from the midline. Most patients with EPF have a positive family history. The condition is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait with relatively high, but not full, penetrance. Mutation in either MSX2 or ALX4 genes is associated with enlarged parietal foramina. Case 1 is a boy who was noticed to have a large anterior fontanelle, large posterior fontanelle, and widely opened sagittal suture at 2 months. During development, the anterior fontanelle and sagittal suture closed at 3 years and the posterior fontanelle subsequently divided into two foramina with ossification of the midline bridge by 4 years. The foramina were about 2.5 x 2.5 cm in diameter at 8 years. Case 2 is the 34-year-old mother of Case 1. She showed similar bone defects in her cranium, again about 2.5 x 2.5 cm in diameter. Neither patient showed any neurological symptoms. Genetic analysis revealed a mutation in the ALX4 gene in both patients, and magnetic resonance imaging showed a persistent falcine sinus and a hypoplastic straight sinus. Further evaluation revealed that the mother of Case 2 also had a mutation in the ALX4 gene, but no enlarged parietal foramina. Although high penetrance of this condition has been reported, this family suggests incomplete penetrance of this disorder.

  11. Correlations of Ventricular Enlargement with Rheologically Active Surfactant Proteins in Cerebrospinal Fluid

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    Schob, Stefan; Weiß, Alexander; Dieckow, Julia; Richter, Cindy; Pirlich, Mandy; Voigt, Peter; Surov, Alexey; Hoffmann, Karl-Titus; Quaeschling, Ulf; Preuß, Matthias

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: Surfactant proteins (SPs) are involved in the regulation of rheological properties of body fluids. Concentrations of SPs are altered in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of hydrocephalus patients. The common hallmark of hydrocephalus is enlargement of the brain ventricles. The relationship of both phenomena has not yet been investigated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between SP concentrations in the CSF and enlargement of the brain ventricles. Procedures: Ninty-six individuals (41 healthy subjects and 55 hydrocephalus patients) were included in this retrospective analysis. CSF specimens were analyzed for SP-A, SP-B, SP-C and SP-D concentrations by use of enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Ventricular enlargement was quantified in T2 weighted (T2w) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sections using an uni-dimensional (Evans’ Index) and a two-dimensional approach (lateral ventricles area index, LVAI). Results: CSF-SP concentrations (mean ± standard deviation in ng/ml) were as follows: SP-A 0.71 ± 0.58, SP-B 0.18 ± 0.43, SP-C 0.89 ± 0.77 and SP-D 7.4 ± 5.4. Calculated values of Evans’ Index were 0.37 ± 0.11, a calculation of LVAI resulted in 0.18 ± 0.15 (each mean ± standard deviation). Significant correlations were identified for Evans’ Index with SP-A (r = 0.388, p < 0.001) and SP-C (r = 0.392, p < 0.001), LVAI with SP-A (r = 0.352, p = 0.001), SP-C (r = 0.471, p < 0.001) and SP-D (r = 0.233, p = 0.025). Furthermore, SP-C showed a clear inverse correlation with age (r = −0.357, p = 0.011). Conclusion: The present study confirmed significant correlations between SPs A, C and D in the CSF with enlargement of the inner CSF spaces. In conclusion, SPs clearly play an important role for CSF rheology. CSF rheology is profoundly altered in hydrocephalic diseases, however, diagnosis and therapy of hydrocephalic conditions are still almost exclusively based on ventricular enlargement. Until now it was unclear, whether the

  12. Wellbore enlargement investigation: Potential analogs to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant during inadvertent intrusion of the repository

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    Boak, D.M.; Dotson, L.; Aguilar, R. [and others

    1997-01-01

    This study involved the evaluation and documentation of cases in which petroleum wellbores were enlarged beyond the nominal hole diameter as a consequence of erosion during exploratory drilling, particularly as a function of gas flow into the wellbore during blowout conditions. A primary objective was to identify analogs to potential wellbore enlargement at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) during inadvertent human intrusion. Secondary objectives were to identify drilling scenarios associated with enlargement, determine the physical extent of enlargement, and establish the physical properties of the formation in which the enlargement occurred. No analogs of sufficient quality to establish quantitative limits on wellbore enlargement at the WIPP disposal system were identified. However, some information was obtained regarding the frequency of petroleum well blowouts and the likelihood that such blowouts would bridge downhole, self-limiting the surface release of disposal-system material. Further work would be necessary, however, to determine the conditions under which bridging could occur and the extent to which the bridging might be applicable to WIPP. In addition, data on casing sizes of petroleum boreholes in the WIPP vicinity support the use of a 12-{1/4} inch borehole size in WIPP performance assessment calculations. Finally, although data are limited, there was no evidence of significant wellbore enlargement in any of three blowouts that occur-red in wellbores in the Delaware Basin (South Culebra Bluff Unit No. 1, Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) 6, and WIPP 12).

  13. Proximal tubular hypertrophy and enlarged glomerular and proximal tubular urinary space in obese subjects with proteinuria.

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    Ana Tobar

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with glomerular hyperfiltration, increased proximal tubular sodium reabsorption, glomerular enlargement and renal hypertrophy. A single experimental study reported an increased glomerular urinary space in obese dogs. Whether proximal tubular volume is increased in obese subjects and whether their glomerular and tubular urinary spaces are enlarged is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether proximal tubules and glomerular and tubular urinary space are enlarged in obese subjects with proteinuria and glomerular hyperfiltration. METHODS: Kidney biopsies from 11 non-diabetic obese with proteinuria and 14 non-diabetic lean patients with a creatinine clearance above 50 ml/min and with mild or no interstitial fibrosis were retrospectively analyzed using morphometric methods. The cross-sectional area of the proximal tubular epithelium and lumen, the volume of the glomerular tuft and of Bowman's space and the nuclei number per tubular profile were estimated. RESULTS: Creatinine clearance was higher in the obese than in the lean group (P=0.03. Proteinuria was similarly increased in both groups. Compared to the lean group, the obese group displayed a 104% higher glomerular tuft volume (P=0.001, a 94% higher Bowman's space volume (P=0.003, a 33% higher cross-sectional area of the proximal tubular epithelium (P=0.02 and a 54% higher cross-sectional area of the proximal tubular lumen (P=0.01. The nuclei number per proximal tubular profile was similar in both groups, suggesting that the increase in tubular volume is due to hypertrophy and not to hyperplasia. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity-related glomerular hyperfiltration is associated with proximal tubular epithelial hypertrophy and increased glomerular and tubular urinary space volume in subjects with proteinuria. The expanded glomerular and urinary space is probably a direct consequence of glomerular hyperfiltration. These effects may be involved in the pathogenesis of obesity

  14. Communities, Boundaries and New Neighbours: the Discursive Construction of EU Enlargement

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    Giuditta Caliendo

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The institutional discourse of the European Union (EU is undergoing important changes that are also reflected by new initiatives in its communication policy. Against a background of widespread scepticism towards EU enlargement among the public, this change is driven by the need to promote the widening of its borders in a more effective way in order to prompt popular endorsement. Through the use of its textual and visual communicative strategies, the EU is thus finding new ways to buttress its legitimacy and raise consensus around its political actions. The node of interaction between citizens and institutions is represented by the informative publications of the EU (also made available on the europa website, which become a constitutive element in building Union-to-citizen communication. The analysis of textual and visual formulations of the European Commission’s key booklets on EU enlargement in the period from 2004 to 2007 - in terms of their content and pragmatic aims - reveals the emergence of new consensus-building strategies. Results show that a sense of allegiance and belonging attributed to a deepening of European integration is now increasingly linked to the practical advantages of EU enlargement, as expressed through the use of ‘promotional’ and strategic discursive practices. Moving away from a merely informative content, communication modes ‘migrate’ towards a more direct and ‘commodified’ type of message, while an increase in visual elements plays a complementing role in promoting legitimacy and a feeling of mutual belonging between ‘old’ and ‘new’ members of the European family.

  15. Electronic length measurement using small and large files in enlarged canals.

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    Nguyen, H Q; Kaufman, A Y; Komorowski, R C; Friedman, S

    1996-11-01

    Electronic apex locators are frequently used attached to a small size endodontic file; however, the effect on the measurement of the relative diameters of the file and the root canal has not been clarified. In this study, the length of enlarged canals was measured using small size files and files matching the canal diameter to observe a possible discrepancy. The accuracy of electronic length control during canal preparation with rotary files was also assessed. The root canals in 21 extracted, single rooted teeth were accessed, and their actual length (AL) established by passing a size 10 file just through the minor apical foramen. The teeth were then embedded in an alginate mold. The initial canal length (IL) was measured with the Root ZX apex locator by negotiating a size 10 file to the apical constriction. The canal was enlarged to size 60 with rotary files while the length was continuously controlled with the apex locator. Then, the final length measurements were obtained with a size 10 file and a size 60 file (FL-10 and FL-60, respectively). The average values of IL, FL-10 and FL-60 were calculated and compared using Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance followed by Tukey's Studentized Range test (P apical 4 mm of the canal was exposed by grinding the buccal aspect of the root. The IL was 0.45 mm shorter than AL (P apical constriction was absent in all the teeth, but the file tips were confined within the root. This study concluded that the Root ZX indicated the location of an apical constriction even when the anatomic constriction was eliminated. In the enlarged canals, length measurements obtained with small and large size files were comparable.

  16. [Position statement for the diagnosis and treatment of men with benign prostate enlargement and lower urinary tract symptoms].

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    Greenstein, Alexander; Ferman, Zvi; Stav, Kobi; Gruenwald, Ilan; Matzkin, Haim; Ramon, Jacob

    2014-09-01

    Benign prostate enlargement causing lower urinary symptoms is a common progressive phenomenon in adult men. Lower urinary tract symptoms may emerge during the storage, voiding, and post micturition phases, harm quality of life and may be caused by a variety of factors. The purpose of evaluation is to identify benign prostate enlargement and factors other than enlarged prostate as the cause of symptoms, and recognize the risk factors for progression of the condition. The goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life, and to prevent deterioration of symptoms and development of complications. Medical therapy is the basic approach, whereas surgery and minimally invasive procedures are reserved for patients not interested in medical therapy or for those in whom symptoms were not alleviated by means of medical therapy. In the present position statement, we present the approach to the evaluation and treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms in men with benign prostate enlargement.

  17. Clinical correlates of enlarged prostate size in subjects with sexual dysfunction

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    Giovanni Corona; Mauro Gacci; Elisa Maseroli; Giulia Rastrelli; Linda Vignozzi; Alessandra Sforza; Gianni Forti; Edoardo Mannucci; Mario Maggi

    2014-01-01

    Digito‑rectal examination(DRE) of the prostate provides useful information on the state of prostate growth and on the presence of suspected peripheral nodules. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical and biochemical correlates of ifnding an enlarged prostate size at DRE in subjects with sexual dysfunction(SD). Aconsecutive series of 2379patients was retrospectively studied. The analysis was focused on a subset of subjects(n=1823; mean age 54.7±11.4) selected for being free from overt prostatic diseases. Several parameters were investigated. After adjusting for confounders, the presence of an enlarged prostate size at DRE was associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome(HR=1.346(1.129–1.759);P=0.030), type2 diabetes mellitus(HR=1.489(1.120–1.980);P=0.006), increased LDL cholesterol(>100mgdl−1; HR=1.354(1.018–1.801);P=0.037) and increased mean blood pressure(BP) values(HR=1.017(1.007–1.027) for each mmHg increment;P=0.001). Accordingly, enlarged prostate size was also associated with a higher risk of arteriogenic erectile dysfunction(ED), as well as with other andrological conditions, such as varicocele and premature ejaculation(PE). PSA levels were signiifcantly higher in subjects with enlarged prostate size when compared to the rest of the sample(HR=3.318(2.304; 4.799) for each log unit increment in PSA levels;P<0.0001). Arteriogenic ED, according to different criteria, was also associated with increased PSA levels. In conclusion, our data support the need to examine prostate size either by clinical(DRE) or biochemical(PSA) inspection in subjects with SD, in order to have insights into the nature of the SD and the metabolic and cardiovascular(CV) background of the patient.

  18. Enlarged Right Atrium Falsely Interpreted as a Mediastinal Mass: A Case Report

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    Farid Zand

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Right atrial dilation due to left heart disease is a common complication among adults. The present review aimed to describe a case of massively dilated right atrium in a female patient presenting with valvular heart disease and no atrial fibrillation. The results of chest X-ray revealed a large opacity filling the lower right hemithorax, falsely interpreted as a mediastinal mass. During the transesophageal echocardiography, severe enlargement of the right atrium was detected, and open mitral and tricuspid valve replacements were performed successfully.

  19. A Randomly Enlarging Critical Core Theory of Unidirectionally Fiber-reinforced Composites

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    范赋群; 曾庆敦

    1994-01-01

    Based upon the micro-stochastic failure mechanisms of composites,a new micromechanical statistical model,i.e.randomly enlarging critical core theory,for the tensile failure of unidirectional composites is proposed,with which we can overcome the primary imperfections of the existing chain-of-bundles probability model.On the basis of the established statistical model,the strength distribution and the failure criterion of composites are derived.The predictions of strength for T300/5208 and glass/epoxy show very good agreement with the existing experimental results,thus verifying the reasonableness and correctness of the present theory.

  20. Prostate adenocarcinoma presenting with supraclavicular node enlargement: report of a case.

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    Platania, Marco; Bajetta, Emilio; Guadalupi, Valentina; Buzzoni, Roberto; Colecchia, Maurizio

    2008-01-01

    This report describes a case of prostate adenocarcinoma presenting with supraclavicular adenopathy and deep venous thrombosis in the ipsilateral arm. Biopsy revealed the enlarged node to be an undifferentiated adenocarcinoma of unknown origin, while CT scan evidenced widespread adenopathies. Because of the increase in serum PSA, the immunohistochemical staining of the biopsy specimen was reviewed and strong positivity for PSA suggested a prostatic origin. We emphasize the importance of PSA immunohistochemistry and serum PSA level monitoring in men presenting with carcinoma of undetermined origin and generalized lymphadenopathies.

  1. Use of minocycline as systemic antimicrobial therapy in refractory periodontitis with chronic gingival enlargement

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    Parag M Khatri

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Periodontal disease is a multifactorial disease having various risk factors, but a dynamic interaction between bacterial products and host response in association with genetic and environmental factors is considered as the primary cause for periodontal tissue destruction in periodontitis. This bacterial-host interaction which is ever-so-present in periodontitis directs us toward utilizing antimicrobial agents along with the routine mechanical debridement. This case report present a case of a female patient with recurrent periodontal infections with gingival enlargement treated with systemic Minocycline in conjunction with the conventional non-surgical approach.

  2. Influence of the apical enlargement size on the endotoxin level reduction of dental root canals

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    Ariane Cassia Salustiano Marinho

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Gram-negative bacteria play an essential role in endodontic infections because they have virulence factors such as endotoxin. Due to its potential cytotoxic activity, special attention has been given to the removal/neutralization of this endotoxin in the root canal system. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of the apical enlargement size (AES by using rotary instruments on the endotoxin level reduction of dental root canals. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty root canals of the mandibular premolar teeth were used. Escherichia coli endotoxin (055: B55 was inoculated into thirty root canals. Ten teeth served as the negative control group. After the incubation period, the first endotoxin samples were collected from the root canals with a sterile/apyrogenic paper point for the analysis of the endotoxin units (EU/mL present before instrumentation (S1. Specimen instrumentation was performed with the Mtwo® rotary system in the sequence 10/.04, 15/.05, 20/.06, 25/.06, 30/.05, 35/.04 and 40/.04. To monitor the effectiveness of increasing apical enlargement on endotoxin removal, the second endotoxin samples were collected from all the root canals after instrumentation with the following instruments: #25/.06- (S2; #30/.05- (S3; # 35/.04- (S4; and #40/.04- (S5. Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL was used to quantify the levels of endotoxin. The results were statistically compared by using repeated measures of ANOVA with post hoc Tukey testing. RESULTS: Increasing levels of endotoxin removal was achieved by large sized apical enlargement: S2 (AES #25/.06- 89.2%, S3 (AES #30/.05- 95.9%, S4 (AES #35/.04- 97.8% and S5 (AES #40/.04- 98.2%. Substantial reduction of endotoxin content was obtained in S4 and S5 compared to S2 (p<0.05, however, the root canal preparation was not able to eliminate the endotoxin. CONCLUSIONS: Under the conditions of this study, it was concluded that the reduction of endotoxin levels of the dental root canals could be

  3. Spatial bandwidth enlargement and field enhancement of shear horizontal waves in finite graded piezoelectric layered media

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    Xu, Yanlong

    2015-09-01

    Shear horizontal (SH) wave propagation in finite graded piezoelectric layered media is investigated by transfer matrix method. Different from the previous studies on SH wave propagation in completely periodic layered media, calculations on band structure and transmission in this paper show that the graded layered media possess very large band gaps. Harmonic wave simulation by finite element method (FEM) confirms that the reason of bandwidth enlargement is that waves within the band gap ranges are spatially enhanced and stopped by the corresponding graded units. The study suggests that the graded structure possesses the property of manipulating elastic waves spatially, which shows potential applications in strengthening energy trapping and harvesting. © 2015.

  4. Bilateral giant adrenal myelolipomas presenting as an enlarging ventral hernia: Radiologic-pathologic correlation and literature review

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    Najeeb Crossley, BS

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Adrenal myelolipomas are fat-containing tumors that are rare, usually small, and unilateral, as well as asymptomatic. They can, however, occur bilaterally and enlarge significantly, resulting in clinical symptoms. A middle-aged male presented with an enlarging ventral hernia that was attributed to giant bilateral adrenal myelolipomas. With a combined measurement of at least 20 × 15 cm, to our knowledge, the size of the masses is one of the largest reported for this particular entity.

  5. Multiple detection of single nucleotide polymorphism by microarray-based resonance light scattering assay with enlarged gold nanoparticle probes.

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    Gao, Jiaxue; Ma, Lan; Lei, Zhen; Wang, Zhenxin

    2016-03-01

    The mapping of specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in patients' genome is a critical process for the development of personalized therapy. In this work, a DNA microarray-based resonance light scattering (RLS) assay has been developed for multiplexed detection of breast cancer related SNPs with high sensitivity and selectivity. After hybridization of the desired target single-stranded DNAs (ssDNAs) with the ssDNA probes on a microarray, the polyvalent ssDNA modified 13 nm gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are employed to label the hybridization reaction through the formation of a three-stranded DNA system. The H2O2-mediated enlargement of GNPs is then used to enhance the RLS signal. The microarray-based RLS assay provides a detection limit of 10 pM (S/N = 3) for the target ssDNA and determines an allele frequency as low as 1.0% in the target ssDNA cocktail. Combined with an asymmetric PCR technique, the proposed assay shows good accuracy and sensitivity in profiling 4 SNPs related to breast cancer of three selected cell lines.

  6. Influence of sex hormone levels on gingival enlargement in adolescent patients undergoing fixed orthodontic therapy: A pilot study

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    Hosadurga, Rajesh; Nabeel Althaf, M. S.; Hegde, Shashikanth; Rajesh, Kashyap S.; Arun Kumar, M. S.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Sex hormones may be a modifying factor in the periodontal disease pathogenesis. Aim: The association between gingival enlargement and sex hormone levels in adolescent patients undergoing fixed orthodontic therapy needs to be determined. Settings and Design: This study was conducted in the Department of Periodontology in association with the Department of Orthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru. Materials and Methods: A pilot study was conducted on 21 adolescent patients between the age group of 13–19 years, who had undergone fixed orthodontic therapy for at least 3 months. Apicocoronally, the gingival enlargement was assessed by the index described by Miller and Damm. Miranda and Brunet index was used to assess gingival overgrowth in the buccal–lingual direction in the interdental papilla. Furthermore, the patients were assigned to two groups - Group 1-GE and Group 2-non-GE. Sex hormones assessed were estradiol and progesterone in females and testosterone in males in both groups. Results: 57.1% of the study population had enlargement of the gingiva. The mean plaque score was 0.59 and 0.56, respectively, in both groups. A statistically significant relationship was found between estradiol and testosterone levels with gingival enlargement. However, a significant relationship was not obtained for progesterone levels with the gingival enlargement. Conclusion: Direct correlation between estradiol, testosterone, and gingival enlargement was seen. PMID:27994419

  7. Influence of sex hormone levels on gingival enlargement in adolescent patients undergoing fixed orthodontic therapy: A pilot study

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    Rajesh Hosadurga

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sex hormones may be a modifying factor in the periodontal disease pathogenesis. Aim: The association between gingival enlargement and sex hormone levels in adolescent patients undergoing fixed orthodontic therapy needs to be determined. Settings and Design: This study was conducted in the Department of Periodontology in association with the Department of Orthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru. Materials and Methods: A pilot study was conducted on 21 adolescent patients between the age group of 13–19 years, who had undergone fixed orthodontic therapy for at least 3 months. Apicocoronally, the gingival enlargement was assessed by the index described by Miller and Damm. Miranda and Brunet index was used to assess gingival overgrowth in the buccal–lingual direction in the interdental papilla. Furthermore, the patients were assigned to two groups - Group 1-GE and Group 2-non-GE. Sex hormones assessed were estradiol and progesterone in females and testosterone in males in both groups. Results: 57.1% of the study population had enlargement of the gingiva. The mean plaque score was 0.59 and 0.56, respectively, in both groups. A statistically significant relationship was found between estradiol and testosterone levels with gingival enlargement. However, a significant relationship was not obtained for progesterone levels with the gingival enlargement. Conclusion: Direct correlation between estradiol, testosterone, and gingival enlargement was seen.

  8. OsNAC5 overexpression enlarges root diameter in rice plants leading to enhanced drought tolerance and increased grain yield in the field.

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    Jeong, Jin Seo; Kim, Youn Shic; Redillas, Mark C F R; Jang, Geupil; Jung, Harin; Bang, Seung Woon; Choi, Yang Do; Ha, Sun-Hwa; Reuzeau, Christophe; Kim, Ju-Kon

    2013-01-01

    Drought conditions are among the most serious challenges to crop production worldwide. Here, we report the results of field evaluations of transgenic rice plants overexpressing OsNAC5, under the control of either the root-specific (RCc3) or constitutive (GOS2) promoters. Field evaluations over three growing seasons revealed that the grain yield of the RCc3:OsNAC5 and GOS2:OsNAC5 plants were increased by 9%-23% and 9%-26% under normal conditions, respectively. Under drought conditions, however, RCc3:OsNAC5 plants showed a significantly higher grain yield of 22%-63%, whilst the GOS2:OsNAC5 plants showed a reduced or similar yield to the nontransgenic (NT) controls. Both the RCc3:OsNAC5 and GOS2:OsNAC5 plants were found to have larger roots due to an enlarged stele and aerenchyma at flowering stage. Cell numbers per cortex layer and stele of developing roots were higher in both transgenic plants than NT controls, contributing to the increase in root diameter. The root diameter was enlarged to a greater extent in the RCc3:OsNAC5, suggesting the importance of this phenotype for enhanced drought tolerance. Microarray experiments identified 25 up-regulated genes by more than three-fold (P < 0.01) in the roots of both transgenic lines. Also identified were 19 and 18 up-regulated genes that are specific to the RCc3:OsNAC5 and GOS2:OsNAC5 roots, respectively. Of the genes specifically up-regulated in the RCc3:OsNAC5 roots, GLP, PDX, MERI5 and O-methyltransferase were implicated in root growth and development. Our present findings demonstrate that the root-specific overexpression of OsNAC5 enlarges roots significantly and thereby enhances drought tolerance and grain yield under field conditions.

  9. Autopsy report of disseminated histoplasmosis: An important differential of adrenal enlargement

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    Alka Dattaray Kalgutkar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 57-year-old diabetic male, presented with altered sensorium since 2 days. He had a history of weight loss, loss of appetite, intermittent low-grade fever of 6 months duration. He had been administered empirical antituberculous therapy some months ago with no alleviation of symptoms. On examination, he was asthenic, normotensive, and anemic with hepatosplenomegaly. Ultra-sonography abdomen revealed bilateral enlarged adrenals with hepatosplenomegaly. Clinically impression was of tuberculosis disseminated malignancy. He expired within 2 days of admission. At autopsy, both the adrenals were markedly enlarged showing extensive areas of necrosis on the cut surface. Histology showed them to be brimming with colonies of yeast-forms of Histoplasma capsulatum. These organisms were also seen in the spleen, lungs and kidneys. The patient had died of septicemia following disseminated histoplasmosis that was, unfortunately, not diagnosed during his life. Histoplasmosis is amenable to treatment with Amphotericin B. Prompt diagnosis and treatment could have helped in salvaging this patient.

  10. PROGRESS AND OBSTACLES IN THE AREA OF JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS IN AN ENLARGING EUROPE

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    Joanna Apap

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available This article makes an assessment of the legislative achievements made so far of the objectives set by the Amsterdam Treaty and the Tampere European Council. A number of Justice and Home Affairs (JHA policy areas have experienced a major degree of development or convergence more than others. Why? This is a most sensitive field of study, which has been until now guarded very much as an area primarily of national sovereignty or where sovereignty issues could be at stake. The existence of frictions and strains can be considered as the main justification for this to happen. The way in which certain frictions between member states have affected the implementation of policy as well as how these may be further exacerbated by the forthcoming enlargement will be equally analyzed. The article is divided into two main parts: the evaluation of the main progress in implementing the Tampere Scoreboard on the eve of enlargement, as well as the analysis of the reasons why some JHA policy areas have not achieved the expected level of development.

  11. Conduit enlargement during the precursory Plinian eruption of Aira Caldera, Japan

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    Geshi, Nobuo; Miyabuchi, Yasuo

    2016-09-01

    Increase in magma flux as the result of conduit enlargement is one of the key processes that triggered caldera collapse and eruption of the Ito ignimbrite from Aira Caldera at ~29 ka. We examine the total volume of the pumice fall deposit, vertical variations in grain size of pumice, and the lithic content in the Osumi pumice deposit to investigate the trigger for caldera collapse. Wider distribution of the later-stage unit and the upward coarsening of grain size throughout the Osumi pumice fall deposit indicate an increase in magma discharge toward the onset of collapse. The total volume of lithic fragments in the Osumi pumice fall deposit is estimated as ~1.6 km3, based on the lithic content in several representative outcrops and the total volume of the Osumi pumice fall deposit. The lithic fragments in the Osumi pumice fall deposit indicate intense mechanical erosion of the conduit during the Plinian eruption prior to caldera collapse. Caldera collapse requires decompression of the magma chamber by withdrawal of magma; effective enlargement of the conduit diameter during precursory eruptive phases is one of the important processes that subsequently allow the rapid discharge of a large volume of magma, which in turn facilitates decompression of the reservoir and induces caldera collapse.

  12. Positive selection at the ASPM gene coincides with brain size enlargements in cetaceans.

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    Xu, Shixia; Chen, Yuan; Cheng, Yuefeng; Yang, Dan; Zhou, Xuming; Xu, Junxiao; Zhou, Kaiya; Yang, Guang

    2012-11-07

    The enlargement of cetacean brain size represents an enigmatic event in mammalian evolution, yet its genetic basis remains poorly explored. One candidate gene associated with brain size evolution is the abnormal spindle-like microcephaly associated (ASPM), as mutations in this gene cause severe reductions in the cortical size of humans. Here, we investigated the ASPM gene in representative cetacean lineages and previously published sequences from other mammals to test whether the expansion of the cetacean brain matched adaptive ASPM evolution patterns. Our analyses yielded significant evidence of positive selection on the ASPM gene during cetacean evolution, especially for the Odontoceti and Delphinoidea lineages. These molecular patterns were associated with two major events of relative brain size enlargement in odontocetes and delphinoids. It is of particular interest to find that positive selection was restricted to cetaceans and primates, two distant lineages both characterized by a massive expansion of brain size. This result is suggestive of convergent molecular evolution, although no site-specific convergence at the amino acid level was found.

  13. Alice is not missing wonderland the eastward enlargement of the European Union

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    Prokopijević Miroslav

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I will try to show that the EU enlargement from 2004 is not a good economic move for eight newcomers from Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs. It is unlikely that newcomers will get larger FDI, speed up their economic growth and catch up with richer EU countries, although this was broadly advertised both academically and by the EU "propaganda for happiness." The EU subsidies, intended to offset accession costs, turn out to be useless if not damaging for acceding economies, because they change the structure of incentives. So, instead of being rewarded for accession accession countries are going to be punished twice. Firstly, by lower FDI and a persisting GDP gap. Secondly, by getting subsidies which worsen the situation. CEECs would be better off staying outside the EU and continuing to improve economic freedom and the rule of law. But even after they have acceded, there is still some space for reasonable objectives of the CEECs due to unintended consequences of the socialist enlargement design.

  14. Optical fiber waist-enlarged bitaper-based Michelson interferometric humidity sensor

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    Hu, Pengbing; Chen, Zhemin; Pan, Sunqiang; Li, Guoshui; Zhang, Jianfeng; Cheng, Jia

    2015-02-01

    An optical fiber waist-enlarged bitaper-based Michelson interferometric sensor is proposed and experimentally demonstrated for humidity measurement. The waist enlarged bitaper is created for light coupling between core mode and cladding modes propagating in the fiber interferometer. A chitason layer is plated onto the surface of the interferometer to act as a humidity-to-refractive index (RI) transducer and thus humidity measurement can be realized by monitoring the wavelength shifts of its interferogram induced by RI variations. The influence of the coating thickness and concentration of chitason on relative humidity (RH) measurement is experimentally studied. The coating sensor demonstrates an optimal humidity-sensing ability, with a humidity sensitivity and fast time-response of ~26 pm/%RH and ~5 s respectively, when it is 3-dip coated in chitason solutions of the concentration of 1 wt.%. The proposed humidity sensor is compact, cost-effective and of easy-operation, therefore it has potentials in many practical applications.

  15. Vaginal hysterectomy or laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy for enlarged myomatous uterus: a randomized clinical trial

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    Fan Rong; Zhu Lan; Lang Jing-he; Shi Hong-hui; Gong Xiao-ming

    2011-01-01

    Objective:To compare the intraoperative condition and short-term outcomes of vaginal hysterectomy (VH) and laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) for enlarged myomatous uterus.Methods:Fifty patients from Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) were randomly assigned to two treatment groups:VH (n=23) and LAVH (n=27).All procedures were performed by a single senior surgeon to maintain homogeneity.Results:The baseline characteristics of the two groups were comparable.The operative time for LAVH was significantly longer than for VH (76.7±23.2 vs.57.6±23.5 min,P<0.05),and LAVH costs more money than VH (6,923.07±622.96 vs.5,974.46±1,408.08 RMB,P<0.05).Major complications,uterine weight and the length of hospital stay were comparable between VH and LAVH group.One case of VH was converted to LAVH due to adhesion.Conclusions:Compared with LAVH,VH is a time- and cost-saving operative technique for enlarged myomatous uterus.VH should be the primary method for uterine removal,but LAVH may have advantages when adhesion is present.

  16. Surgical treatment of cyclosporine A- and nifedipine-induced gingival enlargement: gingivectomy versus periodontal flap.

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    Pilloni, A; Camargo, P M; Carere, M; Carranza, F A

    1998-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare probing depth resolution achieved by gingivectomy and periodontal flap techniques in the treatment of cyclosporine A- and nifedipine-induced gingival enlargement. Ten kidney transplant patients who were receiving cyclosporine A and nifedipine for at least 6 months participated in the study. Five patients were randomly assigned to the gingivectomy group and 5 patients to the periodontal flap group. Only anterior segments of the oral cavity (canine to canine) were surgically treated. Clinical measurements, including probing depths, plaque index, and gingival sulcus index, were taken at baseline, 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year. Results showed that probing depths, while similar for both groups in the first 6 weeks of the study, were significantly shallower for the periodontal flap group when compared to the gingivectomy group at 6 months (2.48 +/- 0.34 mm versus 4.87 +/- 0.79 mm, respectively) and 1 year (322 +/- 0.65 mm versus 6.40 +/- 1.02 mm, respectively). Within its limitations, this study suggests that the pocket reduction achieved by the periodontal flap may be sustained for longer periods of time than by the gingivectomy technique in the treatment of cyclosporine A- and nifedipine-induced gingival enlargement.

  17. Geometrical characteristics of the enlarged fused hard sphere models of simple molecules.

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    Boublík, Tomas

    2005-10-20

    The enlarged fused hard sphere model represents a compromise between fused hard sphere- and hard convex body models of repulsive interactions of nonspherical molecules. Geometric functionals of the enlarged fused hard sphere models, i.e., the hard body volume, surface area, and "mean radius" for 25 molecules of the linear and approximately planar shapes (cycloalkanes and aromatic compounds), neopentane and cyclohexane were determined from the bond lengths and bond angles and expressed in the dimensionless form. The hard sphere diameters, first approximated by the values found from the correlation of the second virial coefficients, were then adjusted to heats of vaporization of the studied compounds. Parameters of nonsphericity and molar volumes, evaluated from these characteristics, are compared with parameters of modern semiempirical equations of state (BACK, BACKONE, SAFT). The calculated geometric quantities for a series of compounds make it possible to improve methods of determining the characteristic parameters of the modern semiempirical equations of state, as well as those from the perturbation approaches.

  18. Clinical Features and Differential Diagnosis of Acute Idio-pathic Blind Spot Enlargement Syndrome

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    Xiaocui Liu; Bing Chen; Maonian Zhang; Houbin Huang

    2014-01-01

    Purpose:.To study the clinical manifestations and the diag-nostic and differential diagnostic characteristics of acute idio-pathic blind spot enlargement syndrome (AIBSES).Methods:.Six patients diagnosed with AIBSES underwent complete eye examinations including fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiography(FFA), indocyanine green an-giography (ICGA), optical coherence tomography (OCT), electroretinogram (ERG), and visual field examinations.Results: All patients had enlarged blind spots of variable sizes and densities..Three eyes had mild swelling of the optic disc and one eye had peripapillary scarring that corresponded to the permanent field defect. Two patients who underwent FFA had fluorescein leakage of blood vessels around the optic disc and ICGA highlighted diffuse, small hypofluorescent spots scatter-ing throughout the posterior pole..OCT showed that the inner and outer segment (IS / OS).line were absent in five patients and the middle cone outer segment tip line was absent in the nasal macular area in one eye.Conclusion: AIBSES is a rare outer retinopathy. Visual field examination and OCT are the most important means of detec-tion. ICGA and FAF can determine the range of lesions earli-er, and the progress of the disease should be taken into ac-count when making a diagnosis.(Eye Science 2014; 29:143-150)

  19. Enlarged piloid astrocytoma of the midbrain: recurrence or pseudoprogression? A clinical case

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    Yu. Yu. Trunin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Piloid astrocytoma (PA is a glioma that is most frequently encountered in children (WHO grade I. According to most authors, stereotactic radiation (radiotherapy and radiosurgery is an effective method to control tumor growth in patients with incomplete removal of PA and its recurrence. The authors describe a clinical case of a female patient with PA of the midbrain; during the first 7 months after radiation she showed an obvious enlargement of the tumor, as evidenced by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, with its further regression without any antitumor treatment. A follow-up of the patient and a regular evaluation of her clinical status and MRI changes, as compared to the similar clinical cases and literature data, may suggest that PA enlargement early after radiotherapy is generally pseudoprogression rather than true progression of the tumor. An understanding of this phenomenon will be able to improve the assessment of radiotherapy results in patients with PA and to rule out unnecessary antitumor treatment in this category of patients. 

  20. The Eurosafe Forum 2003: Nuclear expertise and challenges of the enlargement of the European Union

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    Lacronique, Jean-Francois; Repussard, Jacques (eds.) [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire, IRSN, B.P. 17, F - 92262 Fontenay-aux-Roses Cedex (France); Hahn, Lothar (ed.) [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit mbH, GRS, Schwertnergasse 1, D - 50667 Koeln (Germany)

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    EUROSAFE is an international forum for discussions among experts from technical safety organisations, research institutes, safety authorities, utilities, the industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations concerning the status of and recent achievements in nuclear installation safety, waste management, radiation safety and nuclear material security. The Eurosafe Forum 2003 - the fifth of its kind - was held at the Palais Brongniart in Paris on November 25 and 26, 2003. This year's theme was: 'Nuclear expertise and challenges of the enlargement of the European Union: speakers in the various European countries about the environmental scan before enlargement, development and structuring perspectives within the enlarged Europe'. The event brought together 445 experts and researchers from around the world (including 124 from Germany, 184 from France, 88 from Eastern Europe, as well as representatives from Korea, Japan, the United States, Canada, Cuba, and Armenia. The proceedings of the symposium can now be consulted online. The fifth edition of the forum focused on nuclear expertise and the challenge of EU-enlargement and the latest work carried out by GRS, IRSN and their partners from the European Union, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities. The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater

  1. Ghost cell lesions

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    E Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ghost cells have been a controversy for a long time. Ghost cell is a swollen/enlarged epithelial cell with eosnophilic cytoplasm, but without a nucleus. In routine H and E staining these cells give a shadowy appearance. Hence these cells are also called as shadow cells or translucent cells. The appearance of these cells varies from lesion to lesion involving odontogenic and nonodontogenic lesions. This article review about the origin, nature and significance of ghost cells in different neoplasms.

  2. The “transforming power” of EU Enlargement policy in Serbia. An anthropological reflection

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    Francesco Florindi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The enlargement process of the European Union contributed substantially to the harmonisation of legal systems over the continent. The article provides an anthropological critique to the way harmonisation to EU law is implemented in the Balkans, underlining the general lack of awareness by both Serbian government and the EU of Serbian social and legal systems. While applying the anthropological method to EU law’s effects in Serbia, the author investigates also the inner value of the EU project itself. For instance the State's failure to regulate anti-corruption matters has been experienced even when the State's provision in question were in full compliance with several other international obligations and with a positively hierarchically superior legal system: the Constitution.

  3. Enlarged test catalysts during the hydrogenation of 1,4-butynediol to 1,4-butanediol

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    Zhaksyntay Kairbekov

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The highly effective catalyzer for butynediol-1;4 hydrogenation was designed and synthesized. Enlarged tests showed that the selectivity on butanediol-1.4 at the hydrogenation of butynediol-1.4 on the alloyed catalyst SKN-39H during 320 h was 84.6 %; that on 18 % higher than for  industrial MNH. The yield of product on the catalyst SKN-39 increases slowly from 3.1 to 7.3 % when on a catalyst MNH – 7.1 to 11.7 % from the initial content of butynediol-1;4. At the hydrogenation of  butynediol on catalyst SKN-39H process efficiency increases in 1.5-2 times and product purity on 2-3 % is higher in comparing with the industrial catalyst MNH. 

  4. A case report of gingival enlargement associated with invasive cervical resorption.

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    Bal, M V; Yıldırım, Ş; Saygun, I

    2015-01-01

    Invasive cervical resorption (ICR) is a rare external dental resorption with unknown etiology; it progresses asymptomatically in the cervical area of the permanent teeth. Lesions are mostly misdiagnosed as internal resorption or caries, which leads to erroneous treatments. This case report presents the clinical and radiological diagnosis, as well as the results of treatment and 3-year follow-up in a 50-year-old female patient with gingival enlargement associated with ICR in tooth No. 25. Granulation tissue was removed by accessing the cervical resorption area through a flap operation. Following the endodontic treatment, the tooth was restored using composite resin and the hyperplastic lesion was excised. In conclusion, it should be kept in mind that clinical, radiological, and pathological evaluation in the differential diagnosis of localized hyperplastic lesions in the gingiva is of importance and that ICR could play a role in the etiology of these lesions.

  5. Endovascular conversion with femorofemoral bypass as a treatment of endotension and aneurysm sac enlargement.

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    Smith, Stephen T; Clagett, G Patrick; Arko, Frank R

    2007-02-01

    We report a case of a patient treated with a Gore Excluder endograft for AAA in November 2003 with subsequent aneurysm sac enlargement in the absence of an identified endoleak. The patient had a Type I endoleak treated with a Palmaz stent at the neck and later developed a Type II endoleak treated with translumbar coil embolization. This was successful with absence of pressure in the sac after the procedure and stable aneurysm size over the next nine months. Surveillance of the patient with both CT and ultrasound then revealed an increase in the aortic sac diameter in the absence of endoleak. A Cook Zenith converter was used to reline this PTFE endograft. Subsequently, imaging showed aneurysm sac shrinkage. This is a report of endotension with aneurysm expansion following Gore Excluder placement which was treated successfully with a dacron endograft.

  6. About a peri-Gondwanan-North African enlarged acceptance of the Caledonian Orogeny

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    Ioan Balintoni

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The notion of “Caledonian Orogeny” is restricted by most authors to the Ordovician-Devonian thermotectonic events associated with the Laurentia-Baltica- Avalonia suturing. However, some views consider an orogeny as the sum of tectonic, metamorphic and magmatic events accompanying an entire supercontinent assembly or Wilson cycle. Following this line of thinking, the Caledonian and Variscan orogenies successively assembled Pangea. During the Ordovician Period, rifting, collision, deformation, metamorphism and magmatism took place within the Gondwana margin. All these events are known today in the basement of the Cadomian terranes from Iberia through the Alps up to the Romanian Carpathians and Balkans. We plead here for an enlargement of the “Caledonian Orogeny” terminology to these events and places, under the name of the “Caledonian North African orogenic event" or "Caledonian North African orogeny"

  7. Botulinum Neurotoxin A for Parotid Enlargement in Cystic Fibrosis: The First Case Report.

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    El Khoury, Joseph; Habre, Samer; Nasr, Marwan; Hokayem, Nabil

    2016-09-01

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common lethal autosomal recessive genetic disease associated with exocrine gland dysfunction. Salivary gland involvement is a common finding. The literature on submaxillary gland involvement has failed to address the parotid gland and any specific treatment of salivary gland manifestations of CF. Treatment is mainly symptomatic, consisting of analgesics, gustatory stimulation, and massage. Salivary secretion has clearly been linked to parasympathetic and sympathetic signals through intracellular calcium release. CF alters salivary composition with increased calcium and phosphorus concentrations and causes histologic changes (duct enlargement, dilation of acini, and abnormal mucous plugs). This study investigated whether botulinum toxin injected into the parotid gland during an acute exacerbation of CF-associated salivary gland disease could alleviate pain and control future exacerbations.

  8. Correlation between adenoidal nasopharyngeal ratio and symptoms of enlarged adenoids in children with adenoidal hypertrophy

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    Taiwo Olugbemiga Adedeji

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adenoid hypertrophy is one of the most common health problems affecting the paediatric population. This study aims to correlate adenoidal nasopharyngeal ratio (ANR with symptoms of enlarged adenoids in children with enlarged adenoids. Materials and Methods: It was a year, cross-sectional, hospital-based study conducted at Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo. ANR was determined by dividing adenoidal depth with nasopharyngeal depth on the plain lateral radiographs. Results: A total of 90 consecutive children consisting of 61 males and 29 females were included in the study with M:F ratio of 2.1:1. Their ages ranged from 8 months to 11 years. All the patients presented with nasal obstruction, mouth breathing and noisy breathing. Majority (64.5% had severe obstructions with preponderance among children of 3-5 years (39.9%. Linear regression analysis showed significant association between age and ANR (t = 10.447, P < 0.001. There was high significant association (P < 0.05 between presenting symptoms and degree of nasopharyngeal airway obstruction; for snoring (r = 0.251, P = 0.000, sleep apnoea (r = 0.594, P = 0.000, nasal discharge (r = 0.314, P = 0.001, excessive daytime sleepiness (r = 0.219, P = 0.019 and failure to thrive (r = 0.240, P = 0.011. Conclusion: Lateral X-ray of the nasopharynx is an effective tool to evaluate children with suspected adenoid hypertrophy. It correlates well with patients′ symptoms and provides objective measures of adenoid hypertrophy.

  9. Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA) related with recurrent benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

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    Manzari, Leonardo

    2008-01-01

    The vestibular aqueduct is a bony canal related to the bony labyrinth of the inner ear and represents the non-sensory components of the endolymph-filled, closed, membranous labyrinth. The association of congenital sensorineural hearing loss with a large or enlarged vestibular aqueduct is well known as the large vestibular aqueduct syndrome (LVAS). The enlarged VA (EVA) comprises abnormalities not only in the structure of the inner ear, but also in the physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems. The clinical picture of this clinical entity is variable [Yetiser S, Kertment M, Ozkaptan Y. Vestibular disturbance in patients with Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS). Acta Otolaryngol (StochK) 1999;119: 641-646]. Signs and symptoms of the auditory impairment are more commonly described in the literature: hearing loss ranges from mild to profound, arising from fluctuating to stepwise progressive or sudden. Vestibular disturbances, ranging from mild imbalance to episodic vertigo, are rarely described in the literature. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a labyrinthine disorder with a typical behavior: intense crises of rotational vertigo induced by postural changes of the head, with short duration and usually good responsiveness to rehabilitative maneuvers. These maneuvers are effective in about 80% of patients with BPPV. BPPV often recurs. About 1/3 of patients have a recurrence in the first year after treatment, and by five years, about half of all patients have a recurrence. Vestibular aqueduct has been demonstrated by conventional tomography and computed tomography (CT), however, CT scans cannot show the membranous labyrinth itself. On MR images it is not the vestibular aqueduct that is visualized but its contents, the endolymphatic duct and sac, and can show the abnormalities of the fluid spaces related to the membranous labyrinth. It is proposed that recurrent benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is related with volumetric abnormalities

  10. Compensatory enlargement of Ossabaw miniature swine coronary arteries in diffuse atherosclerosis

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    Jenny S. Choy

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Studies in human and non-human primates have confirmed the compensatory enlargement or positive remodeling (Glagov phenomenon of coronary vessels in the presence of focal stenosis. To our knowledge, this is the first study to document arterial enlargement in a metabolic syndrome animal model with diffuse coronary artery disease (DCAD in the absence of severe focal stenosis. Two different groups of Ossabaw miniature pigs were fed a high fat atherogenic diet for 4 months (Group I and 12 months (Group II, respectively. Group I (6 pigs underwent contrast enhanced computed tomographic angiography (CCTA and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS at baseline and after 4 months of high fat diet, whereas Group II (7 pigs underwent only IVUS at 12 months of high fat diet. IVUS measurements of the left anterior descending (LAD, left circumflex (LCX and right coronary (RCA arteries in Group I showed an average increase in their lumen cross-sectional areas (CSA of 25.8%, 11.4%, and 43.4%, respectively, as compared to baseline. The lumen CSA values of LAD in Group II were found to be between the baseline and 4 month values in Group I. IVUS and CCTA measurements showed a similar trend and positive correlation. Fractional flow reserve (FFR was 0.91 ± 0.07 at baseline and 0.93 ± 0.05 at 4 months with only 2.2%, 1.6% and 1% stenosis in the LAD, LCX and RCA, respectively. The relation between percent stenosis and lumen CSA shows a classical Glagov phenomenon in this animal model of DCAD.

  11. Compensatory enlargement in transplant coronary artery disease: an intravascular ultrasound study

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    2006-01-01

    Background It is unclear to what extent the "Glagov phenomenon" occurs in transplant coronary artery disease (TCAD). The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between intimal hyperplasia and compensatory enlargement in TCAD. Methods Intravascular ultrasound imaging was performed on 190 cardiac transplant recipients at (1.4±0.6) months and again (12.1±0.7) months after cardiac transplantation. Studies 1 year apart were matched at 625 sites. There were 345 coronary artery sites that had an increase in intimal area >10% from baseline to one year, and this comprised the data set of the present study. Results At the first year, 91% of coronary artery sites with intimal growth had a total cross-sectional area stenosis ≤40%, but 38% of the sites showed a decrease of >10% in lumen area. Receiver operating characteristic curve demonstrated that the change in cross-sectional area stenosis cut-off level at year 1 was 8% with a sensitivity of 75% and a specificity of 82% in predicting lumen loss. At a total cross-sectional area stenosis of 20%, sensitivity was 65% with a specificity of 81% in predicting lumen loss. Conclusions In TCAD, vessel enlargement as a compensatory mechanism for plaque growth is generally inadequate. Instead of continued vessel expansion, luminal narrowing develops when there is more than 8% cross-sectional area filled with intimal hyperplasia. In distinction to native coronary artery atherosclerotic disease, the transition point in transplant vasculopathy where the lumen is diminished by increasing intimal growth, occurs at a lower threshold, 20% vs 40% of vessel cross-sectional area.

  12. Segmental arterial mediolysis accompanied by renal infarction and pancreatic enlargement: a case report

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    Ito Nobuhisa

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Due to recent advances in imaging diagnostic techniques, there are an increasing number of case reports of segmental arterial mediolysis. However, there are only a limited number of reports on segmental arterial mediolysis-related abnormalities of abdominal organs other than the intestine. This report describes a case of segmental arterial mediolysis accompanied by abnormalities of abdominal organs without clinical symptoms. Case presentation A 52-year-old Japanese man with hematuria and no prior medical history was referred to a urologist and was diagnosed as having urinary bladder cancer. He underwent trans-urethral resection of the bladder tumor and intra-vesical instillation therapy, which was followed by observation. During follow-up, although no abdominal symptoms were observed, an abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a dissection of the superior mesenteric artery. A false lumen partially occluded by a thrombus was located distal to this occlusion. The lumen was irregularly shaped with narrow and wide sections. Similar irregularities were also observed in the wall of the inferior mesenteric artery. Arterial dissection with thromboembolism in the left renal artery and renal infarction was also observed. Follow-up computed tomography after two months revealed an enlargement of the pancreatic tail adjacent to the splenic artery. Follow-up three-dimensional computed tomography showed gradual re-expansion of the true lumen of the superior mesenteric artery, improvement in arterial wall irregularities, and a reduction in the pancreas enlargement and renal infarction. Over the following 15 months, these changes gradually normalized. On the basis of the vascular changes in multiple arterial systems that resolved spontaneously, we considered that the lesions were associated with segmental arterial mediolysis. Conclusions We present a rare case of segmental arterial mediolysis accompanied by abnormalities of abdominal

  13. The Border-making Policy of the European Union: Eastern Enlargement

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    Lika Mkrtchyan

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Having no internal borders, what is a border for the European Union (EU? Which criteria does this powerful organization pursue in its decision-making on further expansion: geographical, political, cultural, economic or all of these? What is the profi t of the Union in advancing its external borders to the east? And why to the east and not the south or west across the Atlantic? Does it still mean that there is the reason for enlarging eastward based on the geographical belonging to Europe? This paper discusses the expansion of the European Union to the east with the main focus on its political and economic aspects of integration. The fi rst part includes introduction to the concept of Europe, historic background about the formation of the united Europe in terms of geography, culture, politics and economy, juxtaposing opinions and viewpoints of different experts and political scientists on “what is Europe?” and what are the core issues of its enlargement. The second and third parts are dedicated to the advantages and disadvantages of European Integration for both parties concerned – the EU and the candidate/member state, in the case of the former having its own “demarcation policy” towards certain regions of the continent when it comes to unifi cation. And the fourth part is about the communication and miscommunication of the informative bodies of the European Union that are responsible for public awareness on any process that goes on within the European family. The lack of information results in the ignorance of citizens of European and partner countries, which, of course, refl ects on the further processes of expansion on the political level and cultural perception and mentality on the social level. The conclusion sums up the research, and the bibliography lists the books, articles, monographs and Internet sources used in the course of the study.

  14. Hearing loss associated with enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct: mechanistic insights from clinical phenotypes, genotypes, and mouse models.

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    Griffith, Andrew J; Wangemann, Philine

    2011-11-01

    Enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct (EVA) is one of the most common inner ear malformations associated with sensorineural hearing loss in children. The delayed onset and progressive nature of this phenotype offer a window of opportunity to prevent or retard progression of hearing loss. EVA is not the direct cause of hearing loss in these patients, but rather is a radiologic marker for some underlying pathogenetic defect. Mutations of the SLC26A4 gene are a common cause of EVA. Studies of an Slc26a4 knockout mouse demonstrate that acidification and enlargement of the scala media are early events in the pathogenesis of deafness. The enlargement is driven by fluid secretion in the vestibular labyrinth and a failure of fluid absorption in the embryonic endolymphatic sac. Elucidating the mechanism of hearing loss may offer clues to potential therapeutic strategies.

  15. Ipsilateral idiopathic gingival enlargement and it's management using conventional gingivectomy and diode laser: A recurrent case after 15 years.

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    Devi, Potharaju Kamala; Kumar, Gudi Pavan; Bai, Yendluri Durga; Ammaji, Annamdevula Durga

    2013-05-01

    Idiopathic gingival fibromatosis is a relatively rare condition characterized by the proliferation of the gingival tissues resulting in masticatory, esthetics, phonetics and psychological disturbances. The severity of the overgrowth can range from a solitary isolated mass to a more generalized and diffused enlargement. The etiopathogenesis of this bizarre condition is poorly understood and has been attributed to various factors. It can present as a single disorder or may manifest as part of a syndrome. This case reports an ipsilateral diffused idiopathic gingival enlargement in a middle aged adult recurring after a gap of 15 years. External bevel gingivectomy on the buccal aspects of maxillary and mandibular gingiva and diode laser for excision of the enlarged tissue on the lingual/palatal aspect was carried out to eliminate the excessive tissue. Periodic recalls showed maintenance of good oral hygiene and 1 year follow-up revealed no recurrence.

  16. Chronic Exposure to Water-Pipe Smoke Induces Alveolar Enlargement, DNA Damage and Impairment of Lung Function

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim: Epidemiological evidence indicates that water-pipe smoking (WPS adversely affects the respiratory system. However, the mechanisms underlying its effects are not well understood. Recent experimental studies reported the occurrence of lung inflammation and oxidative stress following acute and subacute exposure to WPS. Here, we wanted to verify the extent of inflammation and oxidative stress in mice chronically-exposed to WPS and to evaluate, for the first time, its effect on alveolar injury and DNA damage and their association with impairment of lung function. Methods: Mice were nose-only exposed to mainstream WPS (30 min/day; 5 days/week for 6 consecutive months. Control mice were exposed using the same protocol to atmospheric air only. At the end of the exposure period, several respiratory parameters were assessed. Results: In bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, WPS increased neutrophil and lymphocyte numbers, lactate dehydrogenase, myeloperoxidase and matrix metallopeptidase 9 activities, as well as several proinflammatory cytokines. In lung tissue, lipid peroxidation, reactive oxygen species, superoxide dismutase activity and reduced glutathione were all increased by WPS exposure. Along with oxidative stress, WPS exposure significantly increased lung DNA damage index. Histologically the lungs of WPS-exposed mice had foci of mixed inflammatory cells infiltration in the interalveolar interstitium which consisted of neutrophils, lymphocytes and macrophages. Interestingly, we found dilated alveolar spaces and alveolar ducts with damaged interalveolar septae, and impairment of lung function following WPS exposure. Conclusion: We show the persistence of lung inflammation and oxidative stress in mice chronically-exposed to WPS and demonstrate, for the first time, the occurrence of DNA damage and enlargement of alveolar spaces and ducts associated with impairment of lung function. Our findings provide novel mechanistic elucidation for the

  17. Bronchial compression by an enlarged left atrium in infants; a cause of hypovascularity of the left lung

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    Corr, L.; Hallidie-Smith, K.A.; McCarthy, P.A.; Lavender, J.P.

    1988-09-01

    In three infants seen recently at our institution we noted signs of compression of the left main bronchus associated with enlarged left atria. None of our cases demonstrated the more usual signs of hyperinflation which are a hyperlucent lung field, depressed hemidiaphragm and mediastinal shift away from the affected side. In addition, hypoperfusion of the left lung was noted in each case. We believe that bronchial compression due to an enlarged left atrium, with consequent hypoxic vasoconstriction is a clinically significant entity, which is not well described and may be unappreciated in infants in whom the typical signs of hyperinflation are absent.

  18. An Improved Genetic Fuzzy Logic Control Method to Reduce the Enlargement of Coal Floor Deformation in Shearer Memory Cutting Process.

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    Tan, Chao; Xu, Rongxin; Wang, Zhongbin; Si, Lei; Liu, Xinhua

    2016-01-01

    In order to reduce the enlargement of coal floor deformation and the manual adjustment frequency of rocker arms, an improved approach through integration of improved genetic algorithm and fuzzy logic control (GFLC) method is proposed. The enlargement of coal floor deformation is analyzed and a model is built. Then, the framework of proposed approach is built. Moreover, the constituents of GA such as tangent function roulette wheel selection (Tan-RWS) selection, uniform crossover, and nonuniform mutation are employed to enhance the performance of GFLC. Finally, two simulation examples and an industrial application example are carried out and the results indicate that the proposed method is feasible and efficient.

  19. An intelligent system for calculating the scale of rational, enlarged production of an underground non-ferrous metal mine

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    ZHENG Ming-gui; CAI Si-jing

    2008-01-01

    The enlarged production scale of underground non-ferrous metal mines is affected by many uncertain factors difficult to describe mathematically with any level of accuracy. The problem can be solved by a synthesis of artificial intelligence. Based on the analysis of the major factors affecting the scale of enlarged production, we first interpreted in detail the design principles and structure of the intelligent system. Secondly, we introduced an ANN subsystem. In order to ensure technological and scale efficiencies of the training samples for ANN, we filtrated the samples with a DEA method. Finally, we trained the intelligent system, which was proved to be very efficient.

  20. Multiple, thin-walled cysts are one of the HRCT features of airspace enlargement with fibrosis

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    Watanabe, Yasutaka, E-mail: yasuyasu@omiya.jichi.ac.jp [Division of Diagnostic Pathology, Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, 1696 Itai, Kumagaya City, Saitama 360-0105 (Japan); Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Clinical Department of Internal Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Amanuma-cho, Omiya City, Saitama 330-8503 (Japan); Kawabata, Yoshinori [Division of Diagnostic Pathology, Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, 1696 Itai, Kumagaya City, Saitama 360-0105 (Japan); Kanauchi, Tetsu [Department of Radiology, Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, 1696 Itai, Kumagaya City, Saitama 360-0105 (Japan); Hoshi, Eishin [Department of Thoracic Surgery, Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, 1696 Itai, Kumagaya City, Saitama 360-0105 (Japan); Kurashima, Kazuyoshi [Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Saitama Prefectural Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, 1696 Itai, Kumagaya City, Saitama 360-0105 (Japan); Koyama, Shinichiro [Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Clinical Department of Internal Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Amanuma-cho, Omiya City, Saitama 330-8503 (Japan); Colby, Thomas V. [Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (United States)

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    Highlights: • High resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings of airspace enlargement with fibrosis (AEF), recently identified as a smoking related change. • Investigation was in 35 smokers. • They underwent lobectomy for lung cancer with pathological confirmation of AEF. • Multiple, thin-walled cysts are one of the HRCT features of AEF. - Abstract: Purpose: Airspace enlargement with fibrosis (AEF) has been identified pathologically as a smoking related change. We sought to identify the HRCT findings of AEF and search for distinguishing features from honeycombing. Materials and methods: 50 patients (47 males; mean age 69) were evaluated. All had undergone lobectomy for lung cancer and had confirmed AEF and/or usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) by pathological evaluation. HRCT findings were first evaluated preresection for resected lobes, and then correlated with the subsequent pathological findings in the resection specimens. Three groups were devised: one with AEF alone to determine the HRCT findings of AEF, a second with AEF and UIP and third with UIP alone. HRCT features of AEF and honeycombing were compared. Results: There were 11 patients (10 male; mean age 69) with AEF alone, 24 patients (22 male; mean age 69) with AEF and UIP, and 15 patients (15 male; mean age 68) with UIP alone. The HRCT on the AEF alone showed subpleural (but not abutting the pleura) multiple thin-walled cysts (MTWCs) in 7 and reticular opacities in 3. The HRCT in AEF and UIP showed MTWCs in 10, reticular opacities in 17; and honeycombing in 5. Among these 35 patients with the pathological finding of AEF (with or without UIP), 17 showed MTWCs. The maximum cyst wall thickness of MTWCs (mean 0.81 mm) was significantly thinner than that of honeycombing (mean 1.56 mm). MTWCs did not locate in lung base and was distant from the pleura. HRCT findings correlated with gross findings on both cysts and honeycombing. No MTWCs were seen in the 15 patients with UIP, 8 of 15 had

  1. The Impact of Globalization and Technology on Teaching Business Communication: Reframing and Enlarging World View, Methods, and Content

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    Berry, Priscilla

    2013-01-01

    This paper explores the current paradigm shift in the use of technology in the classroom, which is occurring because of technology explosion in society, impact of globalization, necessary reframing, and enlarging of the world view, methods, and content to make business communication classes relevant. The question is whether the classroom should…

  2. Quantum mechanics of many particles defined on twisted N-enlarged Newton-Hooke space-times

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    Daszkiewicz, Marcin

    2013-01-01

    We provide the quantum mechanics of many particles moving in twisted N-enlarged Newton-Hooke space-time. In particular, we consider the example of such noncommutative system - the set of M particles moving in Coulomb field of external point-like source and interacting each other also by Coulomb potential.

  3. Nontumorous enlargement of the internal auditory canal. A risk factor for sensorineural hearing loss? A high resolution CT-study

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    Stimmer, H.; Rummeny, E.J. [Technical University Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Germany). Dept. of Radiology; Niedermeyer, H.P. [Technical University Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Germany). ENT-Clinic; Kehl, V. [Technical University Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Germany). Inst. for Medical Statistics and Epidemiology

    2015-06-15

    First aim of the study was to define normal shape and diameter of the internal auditory canal (IAC). In the second part the clinical relevance of IAC-enlargement was analyzed, considering also lesions of the subtle structures at the fundus of the internal auditory canal. 440 high resolution CT-scans of the temporal bone were used for retrospective analysis of the internal auditory canal and its fundus region. The mean value of the IAC diameter in axial and coronal plane was determined. In 20 of 440 patients IAC enlargement was found. In the group with pronounced enlargement (3fold SD) nearly all patients suffered from hearing impairment. In some of them we found structural abnormalities near the IAC fundus in the CSF/perilymph border zone. A new CT-based definition of normal shape and diameter of the internal auditory canal is presented. There is some evidence that a pathologic transmission of CSF-pressure in case of IAC-enlargement and/or abnormal fistulous communications could play an important role in the pathophysiology of hearing loss.

  4. Minority Language Rights before and after the 2004 EU Enlargement: The Copenhagen Criteria in the Baltic States

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    Adrey, Jean-Bernard

    2005-01-01

    This paper examines the effect of the recent European Union (EU) enlargement on minority language policies in the Baltic states, and in particular in Latvia and Estonia. I first look at the so-called Copenhagen political criteria conditioning EU accession and at the European Commission's monitoring system for assessing applicant countries'…

  5. An enlarged parietal foramen in the late archaic Xujiayao 11 neurocranium from Northern China, and rare anomalies among Pleistocene Homo.

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    Full Text Available We report here a neurocranial abnormality previously undescribed in Pleistocene human fossils, an enlarged parietal foramen (EPF in the early Late Pleistocene Xujiayao 11 parietal bones from the Xujiayao (Houjiayao site, northern China. Xujiayao 11 is a pair of partial posteromedial parietal bones from an adult. It exhibits thick cranial vault bones, arachnoid granulations, a deviated posterior sagittal suture, and a unilateral (right parietal lacuna with a posteriorly-directed and enlarged endocranial vascular sulcus. Differential diagnosis indicates that the perforation is a congenital defect, an enlarged parietal foramen, commonly associated with cerebral venous and cranial vault anomalies. It was not lethal given the individual's age-at-death, but it may have been associated with secondary neurological deficiencies. The fossil constitutes the oldest evidence in human evolution of this very rare condition (a single enlarged parietal foramen. In combination with developmental and degenerative abnormalities in other Pleistocene human remains, it suggests demographic and survival patterns among Pleistocene Homo that led to an elevated frequency of conditions unknown or rare among recent humans.

  6. The development as enlargement of human capabilities: similarities between Amartya Sen and Celso Furtado

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    Dellany Maria Dantas Souza

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The meaning of the term development has been expanded significantly and nowadays there is recognition that mere economic growth is not necessarily synonymous of development. Thus, this article aims to examine the concept of development as the enlargement or the expansion of human capabilities. To achieve this task, it seeks to discuss what is the meaning of development based on the Amartya Sen and Celso Furtado concepts, and then carry out a dialogue with their theories. The methodology used was bibliographical research, applied to the analysis of the texts of the chosen authors for a comparative discussion. During the analysis, there we discovered connections between Sen and Furtado on the essence of development, once the concepts of Expansion of Potentials (Furtado and Extension of Human Capabilities (Amartya Sen are related to the development perspective in its human and social dimension. It was found to be possible to verify a connection between these authors, since development is understood as expansion of human capabilities and that such extension does not occur if the necessary objective conditions for its realization are not assured.JEL-Code | B50; O10; O15.

  7. Channel erosion in a rapidly urbanizing region of Tijuana, Mexico: Enlargement downstream of channel hardpoints

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    Taniguchi, Kristine; Biggs, Trent; Langendoen, Eddy; Castillo, Carlos; Gudiño, Napoleon; Yuan, Yongping; Liden, Douglas

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    Urban-induced erosion in Tijuana, Mexico, has led to excessive sediment deposition in the Tijuana Estuary in the United States. Urban areas in developing countries, in contrast to developed countries, are characterized by much lower proportions of vegetation and impervious surfaces due to limited access to urban services such as road paving and landscaping, and larger proportions of exposed soils. In developing countries, traditional watershed scale variables such as impervious surfaces may not be good predictors of channel enlargement. In this research, we surveyed the stream channel network of an erodible tributary of the Tijuana River Watershed, Los Laureles Canyon, at 125 locations, including repeat surveys from 2008. Structure from Motion (SfM) and 3D photo-reconstruction techniques were used to create digital terrain models of stream reaches upstream and downstream of channel hardpoints. Channels are unstable downstream of hardpoints, with incision up to 2 meters and widening up to 12 meters. Coordinated channelization is essential to avoid piece-meal approaches that lead to channel degradation. Watershed impervious area is not a good predictor of channel erosion due to the overriding importance of hardpoints and likely to the high sediment supply from the unpaved roads which prevents channel erosion throughout the stream network.

  8. The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union: Public Discourses in the Czech and Slovak Republics

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    Tereza Novotna

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available The article examines the so-called Eastern enlargement of the European Union from the point of view of the Czech and Slovak Republics. Although they joined the EU at the same time, the experience of both states is diverse. The author argues that the chief obstacles on the “way back to Europe” were not so much the implementation of the acquis, but internal political weakness and unsatisfactory public discourse on the merits of joining the the EU. Slovakia, with its incorporation into the second wave of candidate countries due to its unacceptable political situation during Meciar’s government, is used as the best exemplar of the political weakness. The Czech Republic illustrates, with its initial sense of exceptionalism that turned into nationalistic-populist rhetoric of political parties’ leaders and eventually mounted into relatively low level of “yes-votes” in the closing referendum, represents the poor public discourse. Methodologically, the author analyses discursive interactions and institutional capacity using an actor-centered approach.

  9. Enlargement of the aortic annulus during aortic valve replacement: a review.

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    Bortolotti, Uberto; Celiento, Michele; Milano, Aldo D

    2014-01-01

    The main goal of aortic valve replacement (AVR) is to obtain relief from the fixed left ventricular (LV) obstruction by replacing the aortic valve with a prosthesis, either mechanical or biological, of adequate size. Most currently available prostheses provide satisfactory hemodynamic performance, but small-sized prostheses may be associated with high transvalvular gradients and suboptimal effective orifice area that result in prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM), and thus are far from ideal for use in young, active patients. The avoidance of PPM is advisable as it has been repeatedly associated with increased mortality, decreased exercise tolerance and an impaired regression of LV hypertrophy after AVR for severe aortic stenosis. Enlargement of the aortic annulus (EAA) has proved to be a valuable method to prevent PPM in the presence of a diminutive aortic root. This review outlines the various techniques described for EAA, presenting technical details, long-term results and major procedure-related complications, and discussing the current role of EAA in patients requiring AVR.

  10. Posterior enlargement of the small annulus during aortic valve replacement versus implantation of a small prosthesis.

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    Pugliese, P; Bernabei, M; Santi, C; Pasqué, A; Eufrate, S

    1984-07-01

    Twenty-two patients with a small aortic annulus were identified among 196 consecutive patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR). The 11 patients in Group 1 underwent posterior enlargement aortic annuloplasty, and the 11 in Group 2 received a small aortic prosthesis (less than or equal to 21 mm). The two groups were unselected. Core hypothermia, cardioplegia, and local cooling were employed for all operations. Isolated AVR was performed in 3 patients in each group. In Group 1, the mean increase in diameter of the annulus was 4.82 mm, which resulted in a mean area increase of 169.91 mm2 (51.7%). Mean aortic cross-clamp times were 140.4 minutes and 93.5 minutes in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. There were 2 operative deaths in Group 1, and 1 operative and 1 late death in Group 2. Mean follow-up was 26.5 months for Group 1 and 43.4 months for Group 2. No thomboembolic or bleeding episodes have been recorded. Considerations and conclusions are offered from the study of this small series of patients.

  11. Dietary restriction during development enlarges intestinal and hypodermal lipid droplets in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Full Text Available Dietary restriction (DR extends lifespan in man species and modulates evolutionary conserved signalling and metabolic pathways. Most of these studies were done in adult animals. Here we investigated fat phenotypes of C. elegans larvae and adults which were exposed to DR during development. This approach was named "developmental-DR" (dDR. Moderate as well as stringent dDR increased the triglyceride to protein ratio in L4 larvae and adult worms. This alteration was accompanied by a marked expansion of intestinal and hypodermal lipid droplets. In comparison to ad libitum condition, the relative proportion of fat stored in large lipid droplets (>50 µm(3 was increased by a factor of about 5 to 6 in larvae exposed to dDR. Microarray-based expression profiling identified several dDR-regulated genes of lipolysis and lipogenesis which may contribute to the observed fat phenotypes. In conclusion, dDR increases the triglyceride to protein ratio, enlarges lipid droplets and alters the expression of genes functioning in lipid metabolism in C. elegans. These changes might be an effective adaptation to conserve fat stores in animals subjected to limiting food supply during development.

  12. Monitoring the Monitors: EU Enlargement Conditionality and Minority Protection in the CEECs

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    Gwendolyn Sasse

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available The issue of minority protection is an extreme case for analyzing the problem of linkage between EU membership conditionality and compliance by candidate countries. while EU law is virtually non-existent, EU practice is divergent, and international standards are ambiguous, the issue has been given high rhetorical prominence by the EU during enlargement. The analysis in this article follows a tracking approach to study the relationship of EU conditionality to changes in minority rights protection in the CEECs. The authors examine how the EU's monitoring process has operated, what its benchmarks have been, how the EU process has interacted with those of other international organizations, such as the Council of Europe and OSCE, and evaluate what its impact has been on the candidate countries. In conclusion, the authors find that EU conditionality is not closely temporally correlated with the emergence of new strategies and laws on minority protection in the CEECs. Instead, the EU's main instrument for accession and convergence, the Regular Reports, have been characterized by ad hocism, inconsistency, and a stress on formal measures rather than substantive evaluation of implementation.

  13. Mobile surveillance units (MSU) for border protection of the enlarged economic union

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    Crandon, Christopher

    2004-12-01

    During the last 12 years the European Union (EU) has financed the new member applicant countries of Central and Eastern Europe in their preparation for joining the EU. Based on this enlargement of the EU, funding for Cross Border Protection has been made available from the overall infrastructure improvement budget. Border protection was required in areas where border conflicts had taken place and to limit Illegal Immigration (II) and smuggling. After 9/11/2001, defence against terrorist activities will no doubt be added to the requirement. This paper describes the approach taken in the design of the latest "containerised" police and para military Mobile Surveillance Units (MSUs). This approach may also be considered for Homeland Security initiatives. These MSU's utilise standard road vehicles, and off-road variants, converted to use high performance military thermal imagers, such as SiGMA. In future the current, in service, MSUs will require increased sensor integration and networking to cover land and coastal borders. The underlying key is affordability for the police and para-military markets whilst retaining the highest performance derived from the latest SFPA military standard thermal imagers.

  14. Migration does not enlarge inequalities in health between rich and poor neighbourhoods in The Netherlands.

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    Jongeneel-Grimen, Birthe; Droomers, Mariël; Stronks, Karien; Kunst, Anton E

    2011-07-01

    We estimate to what extent migration contributes to inequalities in health between rich and poor neighbourhoods in The Netherlands. We used a sample from the survey WoonOnderzoek Nederland 2006. Using multilevel logistic regression analyses, we assessed the magnitude of health differences between poor vs. rich areas for the migrant and total population. Next, we compared the health of migrants to non-migrant populations and we assessed the role of sociodemographic characteristics. For most health indicators, area inequalities in health were much smaller in the migrant population than in the total population. The health of migrants was generally in-between the health of non-migrants who lived in areas of origin and destination. The differences in health with the population in the areas of origin were almost completely explained by sociodemographic characteristics. Health is related to risk of migration between poor and rich areas, mostly through sociodemographic selection instead of a direct effect of health. Despite the relationship with health, migration does not enlarge inequalities in health between poor and rich neighbourhoods but possibly attenuates the health differences.

  15. Arterial stiffness and enlargement in mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease.

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    Briet, M; Bozec, E; Laurent, S; Fassot, C; London, G M; Jacquot, C; Froissart, M; Houillier, P; Boutouyrie, P

    2006-01-01

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Arterial stiffness and remodeling have been well documented in patients with end-stage renal disease, but little is known about arterial phenotype in CKD patients with moderate reduction in glomerular filtration rate (GFR). In total, 95 patients (58+/-15 years, mean+/-s.d.) with CKD and GFR measured by renal clearance of (51)Cr-ethylenediaminetetraacetate were compared to 121 hypertensive patients without CKD (59+/-11 years), and 57 normotensive subjects (56+/-6 years). Common carotid artery diameter, intima-media thickness (IMT), distensibility, and Young's elastic modulus were noninvasively determined with a high-definition echotracking system. Patients with CKD had a significantly larger carotid internal diameter than in hypertensives and normotensives (6.32+/-1.05, 5.84+/-0.74, and 5.50+/-0.64 m x 10(-3), respectively; Pelastic modulus did not significantly differ between CKD and hypertensives; normotensives had significantly higher distensibility and lower elastic modulus than CKD and hypertensive patients. Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity was significantly higher in CKD patients than in hypertensives and normotensives. In multivariate analyses either involving the entire population or restricted to CKD patients, GFR was independently and strongly related to carotid diameter and elastic modulus. Arterial enlargement and increased arterial stiffness occur in parallel with the decline in renal function in patients with mild-to-moderate CKD.

  16. CREB Regulates Experience-Dependent Spine Formation and Enlargement in Mouse Barrel Cortex

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    Annabella Pignataro

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    Full Text Available Experience modifies synaptic connectivity through processes that involve dendritic spine rearrangements in neuronal circuits. Although cAMP response element binding protein (CREB has a key function in spines changes, its role in activity-dependent rearrangements in brain regions of rodents interacting with the surrounding environment has received little attention so far. Here we studied the effects of vibrissae trimming, a widely used model of sensory deprivation-induced cortical plasticity, on processes associated with dendritic spine rearrangements in the barrel cortex of a transgenic mouse model of CREB downregulation (mCREB mice. We found that sensory deprivation through prolonged whisker trimming leads to an increased number of thin spines in the layer V of related barrel cortex (Contra in wild type but not mCREB mice. In the barrel field controlling spared whiskers (Ipsi, the same trimming protocol results in a CREB-dependent enlargement of dendritic spines. Last, we demonstrated that CREB regulates structural rearrangements of synapses that associate with dynamic changes of dendritic spines. Our findings suggest that CREB plays a key role in dendritic spine dynamics and synaptic circuits rearrangements that account for new brain connectivity in response to changes in the environment.

  17. 'The End of the Beginning' of Eastern Enlargement Luxembourg Summit and Agenda-setting

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    Lykke Friis

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available The core argument of this article is that pre-negotiation matters. Policy problems are not just out there, but socially constructed. In order to comprehend the outcome of any negotiation it is therefore not sufficient just to look at the give and take at the actual bargaining table, but also at the negotiation to negotiate. Furthermore, the article argues that pre-negotiation carves out a role for agenda-setting, seeing that governments often enter this phase with un-fixed preferences. These central points of the article are summed up in a theoretical framework, which stands out as a critique of liberal intergovernmentalism. On the basis of this framework the article sets out to analyse the pre-negotiation phase of eastern enlargement, the Luxembourg Summit. Its key conclusion is that the majority of the governments entered this game searching for their preferences and that this enabled both the Commission and two smaller states to influence the outcome by setting the agenda in a specific way.

  18. INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE ENLARGED G8 SUMMIT MEETING AT EVIAN

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    Despite the difficulties that CERN might encounter, the Organization will pursue its activities for the duration of the G8 Summit Meeting. The Management and Division leaders will take the necessary steps to ensure the proper functioning of the Organization, while taking account of the aforementioned difficulties. The Swiss and French authorities have informed CERN of the following general security and traffic arrangements associated with the enlarged G8 summit: a) Road traffic Between 22 May and 6 June traffic on certain roads in the Canton of Geneva (notably on the left bank) and in neighbouring France (mainly Haute-Savoie) will be disrupted and, in some cases, roads closed. As far as border crossings between 22 May and 4 June are concerned, the frontier posts will be divided into three categories (see map): - posts closed to all traffic (diversion signs will be in place), - posts open at certain times, - posts open at all times. N.B. : the road from Prévessin to Mategnin will be closed and traffic div...

  19. Hereditary cranium bifidum persisting as enlarged parietal foramina (Catlin marks) on cephalometric radiographs.

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    Mupparapu, Muralidhar; Binder, Robert E; Duarte, Fernando

    2006-06-01

    Cranium bifidum occultum is a rare skull ossification disorder referred to as the Catlin mark characterized by ossification defects in the parietal bones. Evidence suggests that this condition has a strong genetic heterogenicity. It is believed that, as calvarial growth continues, ossification in parietal bones fills these defects, and they can remain as parietal foramina on either side of the sagittal suture. During the conversion phase of cranium bifidum to the persistent parietal foramen, there will be periods when the brain is unprotected because of the delay in the ossification of the parietal bones. This report describes cranium bifidum occultum diagnosed as an incidental finding in a 14-year-old boy who initially had large bilateral unossified parietal bones and many congenital abnormalities. The patient underwent various surgical procedures over 6 years for the correction of cleft lip and palate. With craniofacial corrections and orthodontic treatment, the patient now has stable dentition and a firm palate with most of the parietal bones ossified. Cranioplasty was not recommended by his family physician after consultation with a neurosurgeon. Orthodontists should be familiar with this genetic abnormality because it causes delay in parietal bone ossification, and they should be able to distinguish between anatomic parietal foramina and enlarged parietal foramina (persistent unossified areas of cranium bifidum occultum), especially when craniofacial abnormalities are noticed.

  20. CHALLENGES OF THE PATH TOWARDS AN ENLARGED EUROPE: SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE - INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION

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    Iulian Oneasca

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available “Challenges of the path towards an enlarged Europe: South Eastern Europe” is a series of articles dedicated to support the improvement of the national strategies for mitigating poverty and promoting social inclusion. It aims to make a better use of existing theories and studies, as well as of the national experiences and to support the co-operation on these topics between the transition countries in the region. This paper opens the series of articles, introducing the inequality and social exclusion problem. An overview of the issue is presented and the challenge of the path towards EU integration is analysed with a strong political focus. The main assistance programmes are identified and the challenge termed: regional learning process on a common social inclusion strategy. Sharing the transition and accession experiences in the region helps countries to strengthen the strategic dimension of their policies. It is a political project that takes into account the density of the developed strategic frameworks and the diversity of social economic trends and traditions in the region. It also considers the proximity of the EU and the transition and accession experience of its member states in the region. General policy guidance and some practical rules of the thumb shed some light on policy recommendations.

  1. 'The End of the Beginning' of Eastern Enlargement – Luxembourg Summit and Agenda-setting

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    Lykke Friis

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available The core argument of this article is that pre-negotiation matters. Policy problems are not just ‘out there’, but socially constructed. In order to comprehend the outcome of any negotiation it is therefore not sufficient just to look at the ‘give and take’ at the actual bargaining table, but also at the ‘negotiation to negotiate’. Furthermore, the article argues that pre-negotiation carves out a role for agenda-setting, seeing that governments often enter this phase with un-fixed preferences. These central points of the article are summed up in a theoretical framework, which stands out as a critique of liberal intergovernmentalism. On the basis of this framework the article sets out to analyse the pre-negotiation phase of eastern enlargement, the Luxembourg Summit. Its key conclusion is that the majority of the governments entered this ‘game’ searching for their preferences and that this enabled both the Commission and two smaller states to influence the outcome by setting the agenda in a specific way.

  2. Photodynamic therapy of choroidal neovascularization with enlargement of the spot size to include the feeding complex

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    Ilias Georgalas

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    Full Text Available Ilias Georgalas, Alexandros A Rouvas, Dimitrios A Karagiannis, Athanasios I Kotsolis, Ioannis D LadasDepartment of Ophthalmology, Medical School of Athens University, Athens, GreeceAbstract: This is a case report of a 83-year-old man with choroidal neovascularization (CNV, due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD in his right eye. Digital fluorescein (FA and indocyanine green angiography (ICG were performed, which disclosed predominantly classic subfoveal CNV and a dilated and tortuous feeding complex. The visual acuity was 20/800. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF treatment was suggested, however, the patient was not keen to receive an intraocular injection. Modified photodynamic therapy (PDT with spot size enlarged, to include not only the CNV lesion but the feeding complex as well, was performed. Ten days after one session of PDT, ICG showed absence of leakage from the CNV and complete occlusion of the feeding complex. The visual acuity gradually improved to 20/100 and remained stable during the following 23 months. No evidence of CNV leakage was seen in the FA and ICG during the follow up period. Adjustment of the PDT spot size to include the detectable by ICG feeding complex might be an additional option in order to close the subfoveal CNV and might be considered as an alternative to intravitreal injection of anti-VEGF in selected cases where anti-VEGF treatment is not available.Keywords: age-related macular degeneration, choroidal neovascularization, photodynamic treatment, feeder vessel

  3. Spleen enlargement is a risk factor for thrombosis in essential thrombocythemia: Evaluation on 1,297 patients.

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    Andriani, Alessandro; Latagliata, Roberto; Anaclerico, Barbara; Spadea, Antonio; Rago, Angela; Di Veroli, Ambra; Spirito, Francesca; Porrini, Raffaele; De Muro, Marianna; Crescenzi Leonetti, Sabrina; Villivà, Nicoletta; De Gregoris, Cinzia; Montefusco, Enrico; Polverelli, Nicola; Santoro, Cristina; Breccia, Massimo; Cimino, Giuseppe; Majolino, Ignazio; Mazzucconi, Maria Gabriella; Vianelli, Nicola; Alimena, Giuliana; Montanaro, Marco; Palandri, Francesca

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    Spleen enlargement, present in 10-20% of Essential Thrombocythemia (ET) patients at diagnosis, is a feature clinically easy to assess, confirmable by echography with a very low chance of misinterpretation. Nonetheless, the clinical and prognostic role of splenomegaly has been seldom evaluated. From 1979 to 2013, 1297 ET patients retrospectively collected in the database of the Lazio Cooperative Group and Bologna University Hospital were evaluable for spleen enlargement at diagnosis and included in the analysis. On the whole, spleen was enlarged in 172/1297 (13.0%) patients; in most cases (94.8%) splenomegaly was mild (≤5 cm). Patients with splenomegaly were younger, predominantly male, presented higher platelet count and JAK2V617F allele burden and had a lower incidence of concomitant cardiovascular risk factors. At least one thrombotic event during follow-up occurred in 97/1,125 (8.6%) patients without spleen enlargement compared to 27/172 (15.7%) patients with spleen enlargement (P = 0.003). Despite comparable use of cytoreductive/antiplatelet therapies in the two groups, the cumulative risk of thrombosis at 5 years was significantly higher in patients with baseline splenomegaly (9.8% versus 4.4% in patients without splenomegaly, P = 0.012). In multivariate analysis exploring risk factors for thrombosis, splenomegaly retained its negative prognostic role, together with previous thrombosis, leucocyte count and male gender. Baseline splenomegaly seems to be an independent additional risk factor for thrombosis in nonstrictly WHO-defined ET patients. This data could be useful in the real-life clinical management of these patients.

  4. Characterization of spontaneous air space enlargement in mice lacking microfibrillar-associated protein 4.

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    Holm, Anne Trommelholt; Wulf-Johansson, Helle; Hvidsten, Svend; Jorgensen, Patricia Troest; Schlosser, Anders; Pilecki, Bartosz; Ormhøj, Maria; Moeller, Jesper Bonnet; Johannsen, Claus; Baun, Christina; Andersen, Thomas; Schneider, Jan Philipp; Hegermann, Jan; Ochs, Matthias; Götz, Alexander A; Schulz, Holger; de Angelis, Martin Hrabě; Vestbo, Jørgen; Holmskov, Uffe; Sorensen, Grith Lykke

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    Microfibrillar-associated protein 4 (MFAP4) is localized to elastic fibers in blood vessels and the interalveolar septa of the lungs and is further present in bronchoalveolar lavage. Mfap4 has been previously suggested to be involved in elastogenesis in the lung. We tested this prediction and aimed to characterize the pulmonary function changes and emphysematous changes that occur in Mfap4-deficient (Mfap4(-/-)) mice. Significant changes included increases in total lung capacity and compliance, which were evident in Mfap4(-/-) mice at 6 and 8 mo but not at 3 mo of age. Using in vivo breath-hold gated microcomputed tomography (micro-CT) in 8-mo-old Mfap4(-/-) mice, we found that the mean density of the lung parenchyma was decreased, and the low-attenuation area (LAA) was significantly increased by 14% compared with Mfap4(+/+) mice. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) did not reveal differences in the organization of elastic fibers, and there was no difference in elastin content, but a borderline significant increase in elastin mRNA expression in 3-mo-old mice. Stereological analysis showed that alveolar surface density in relation to the lung parenchyma and total alveolar surface area inside of the lung were both significantly decreased in Mfap4(-/-) mice by 25 and 15%, respectively. The data did not support an essential role of MFAP4 in pulmonary elastic fiber organization or content but indicated increased turnover in young Mfap4(-/-) mice. However, Mfap4(-/-) mice developed a spontaneous loss of lung function, which was evident at 6 mo of age, and moderate air space enlargement, with emphysema-like changes.

  5. THE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT IN THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: LESSONS FOR ROMANIA?

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    Alan Mayhew

    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available At the end of every European Union accession negotiation, there is a fight about finance. Yet finance is by no means the most important element of the negotiations. Matters affecting the vital interests of new and old members like the free movement of labour or the representation of the new member state in the institutions of the Union are usually far more important in the longer term. But it is easier for politicians to talk to voters about money than about policy. The budgetary negotiations in this first enlargement to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe were perhaps more important in that these are relatively poor countries compared to the Union average per capita gross domestic product. They all will have to invest heavily in transport and environmental infrastructure in the coming decades in order to catch up with the standards of the EU-15 and support higher economic growth and development. Assuming responsible macro-economic policy in the new member states, EU budgetary transfers can speed up this investment process considerably, allowing these countries to catch up with the old member states in terms of per capita income more quickly. Higher transfers to the new member states means of course larger net budgetary contributions for the old member states (EU-15. This comes at a time when budget deficits are high and rising throughout the EURO-zone and when member states are making politically controversial cuts in social spending. The fiscal discipline involved in membership of the monetary union and implementation of the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines therefore means that the existing member states of the Union are not keen to see their net budgetary position with Brussels deteriorate or even their gross contributions to the budget rise. This paper investigates the background to the budget negotiations and the political economy behind them.

  6. Adrenal enlargement and failure of suppression of circulating cortisol by dexamethasone in patients with malignancy.

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    Jenkins, P J; Sohaib, S A; Trainer, P J; Lister, T A; Besser, G M; Reznek, R

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    The aim of this study was to further elucidate the activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in patients with malignancy and to correlate this with the size of the adrenal glands. Fourteen patients with a variety of malignancies were studied prior to receiving cytotoxic chemotherapy. During routine staging computerized tomographic (CT) scans, the size of the body, medial and lateral limbs of the adrenal glands were measured and compared with those of a normal group of patients studied previously. Measurements of 09:00 h serum cortisol and plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels were made before and after the administration of dexamethasone (0.5 mg 6-hourly for 48 h) in addition to the peak cortisol response to i.v corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH). Overall, patients with malignancy had significantly larger adrenal glands than patients without malignancy; those with non-haematological malignancies had larger glands than patients with haematological malignancies. Following dexamethasone to suppress circulating cortisol levels, nine patients (64%) demonstrated abnormal resistance with cortisol levels > 50 nmol l(-1): mean value 294 nmol l(-1) (range 67-1147). Those patients who failed to suppress after dexamethasone had significantly larger adrenal glands than those that did suppress and tended to have non-haematological malignancies. ACTH levels were undetectable or low in three patients in whom it was measured and who did not suppress with dexamethasone. Following CRH, the cortisol levels were highest (823 and 853 nmol l(-1)) in two of these patients. Malignancy is associated with diffuse enlargement of the adrenal glands and resistance to dexamethasone-induced suppression of the HPA axis, which is not due to ectopic ACTH secretion. This disturbance of the normal control of the HPA axis is unexplained and its functional significance remains uncertain.

  7. Unilateral Versus Bilateral Prostatic Arterial Embolization for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Patients with Prostate Enlargement

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    Bilhim, Tiago, E-mail: tiagobilhim@hotmail.com [Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Departamento Universitario de Anatomia, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas (FCM) (Portugal); Pisco, Joao; Rio Tinto, Hugo; Fernandes, Lucia [Interventional Radiology, Saint Louis Hospital (Portugal); Campos Pinheiro, Luis [Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Departamento Universitario de Urologia, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas (FCM) (Portugal); Duarte, Marisa; Pereira, Jose A. [Interventional Radiology, Saint Louis Hospital (Portugal); Oliveira, Antonio G. [Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Biostatistics Department, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas (FCM) (Portugal); O' Neill, Joao [Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Departamento Universitario de Anatomia, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas (FCM) (Portugal)

    2013-04-15

    This study was designed to compare baseline data and clinical outcome between patients with prostate enlargement/benign prostatic hyperplasia (PE/BPH) who underwent unilateral and bilateral prostatic arterial embolization (PAE) for the relief of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). This single-center, ambispective cohort study compared 122 consecutive patients (mean age 66.7 years) with unilateral versus bilateral PAE from March 2009 to December 2011. Selective PAE was performed with 100- and 200-{mu}m nonspherical polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles by a unilateral femoral approach. Bilateral PAE was performed in 103 (84.4 %) patients (group A). The remaining 19 (15.6 %) patients underwent unilateral PAE (group B). Mean follow-up time was 6.7 months in group A and 7.3 months in group B. Mean prostate volume, PSA, International prostate symptom score/quality of life (IPSS/QoL) and post-void residual volume (PVR) reduction, and peak flow rate (Qmax) improvement were 19.4 mL, 1.68 ng/mL, 11.8/2.0 points, 32.9 mL, and 3.9 mL/s in group A and 11.5 mL, 1.98 ng/mL, 8.9/1.4 points, 53.8 mL, and 4.58 mL/s in group B. Poor clinical outcome was observed in 24.3 % of patients from group A and 47.4 % from group B (p = 0.04). PAE is a safe and effective technique that can induce 48 % improvement in the IPSS score and a prostate volume reduction of 19 %, with good clinical outcome in up to 75 % of treated patients. Bilateral PAE seems to lead to better clinical results; however, up to 50 % of patients after unilateral PAE may have a good clinical outcome.

  8. Association of Left Atrial Enlargement with Cortical Infarction in Subjects with Patent Foramen Ovale

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    Lee, Mi Ji; Park, Sung-Ji; Yoon, Chang Hyo; Hwang, Ji-won; Ryoo, Sookyung; Kim, Suk Jae; Kim, Gyeong-Moon; Chung, Chin-Sang; Lee, Kwang Ho; Bang, Oh Young

    2016-01-01

    Background and Purpose Left atrial dysfunction has been reported in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO). Here we investigated the role of left atrial dysfunction in the development of embolic stroke in patients with PFO. Methods We identified consecutive patients with embolic stroke of undetermined sources except for PFO (PFO+ESUS). Healthy subjects with PFO served as controls (PFO+control). A stratified analysis by 10-year age group and an age- and sex- matching analysis were performed to compare echocardiographic markers between groups. In the PFO+ESUS group, infarct patterns of PFO-related stroke were determined (cortical vs. cortico-subcortical) and analyzed in correlation with left atrial function parameters. Results A total of 118 patients and 231 controls were included. The left atrial volume indices (LAVIs) of the PFO+ESUS patients were higher than those of the PFO+controls in age groups of 40–49, 50–59, and 60–69 years (P28 mL/m2) LAVI was more associated with the cortical infarct pattern (P=0.043 for an acute infarction and P=0.024 for a chronic infarction, both adjusted for age and shunt amount). The degree of right-to-left shunting was not associated with infarct patterns, but with the posterior location of acute infarcts (P=0.028). Conclusions Left atrial enlargement was associated with embolic stroke in subjects with PFO. Left atrial physiology might contribute to the development of PFO-related stroke and need to be taken into consideration for optimal prevention of PFO-related stroke. PMID:27733026

  9. Left atrial enlargement increases the risk of major adverse cardiac events independent of coronary vasodilator capacity

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    Koh, Angela S. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore (Singapore); Murthy, Venkatesh L.; Sitek, Arkadiusz; Gayed, Peter; Bruyere, John; Di Carli, Marcelo F. [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Wu, Justina [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, and the Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Departments of Medicine (Cardiology) and Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Dorbala, Sharmila [Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States); Brigham and Women' s Hospital, Department of Radiology and the Division of Cardiology, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Section, Boston, MA (United States)

    2015-09-15

    Longstanding uncontrolled atherogenic risk factors may contribute to left atrial (LA) hypertension, LA enlargement (LAE) and coronary vascular dysfunction. Together they may better identify risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that chronic LA hypertension as assessed by LAE modifies the relationship between coronary vascular function and MACE. In 508 unselected subjects with a normal clinical {sup 82}Rb PET/CT, ejection fraction ≥40 %, no prior coronary artery disease, valve disease or atrial fibrillation, LAE was determined based on LA volumes estimated from the hybrid perfusion and CT transmission scan images and indexed to body surface area. Absolute myocardial blood flow and global coronary flow reserve (CFR) were calculated. Subjects were systematically followed-up for the primary end-point - MACE - a composite of all-cause death, myocardial infarction, hospitalization for heart failure, stroke, coronary artery disease progression or revascularization. During a median follow-up of 862 days, 65 of the subjects experienced a composite event. Compared with subjects with normal LA size, subjects with LAE showed significantly lower CFR (2.25 ± 0.83 vs. 1.95 ± 0.80, p = 0.01). LAE independently and incrementally predicted MACE even after accounting for clinical risk factors, medication use, stress left ventricular ejection fraction, stress left ventricular end-diastolic volume index and CFR (chi-squared statistic increased from 30.9 to 48.3; p = 0.001). Among subjects with normal CFR, those with LAE had significantly worse event-free survival (risk adjusted HR 5.4, 95 % CI 2.3 - 12.8, p < 0.0001). LAE and reduced CFR are related but distinct cardiovascular adaptations to atherogenic risk factors. LAE is a risk marker for MACE independent of clinical factors and left ventricular volumes; individuals with LAE may be at risk of MACE despite normal coronary vascular function. (orig.)

  10. Flow field-flow fractionation: a versatile approach for size characterization of alpha-tocopherol-induced enlargement of gold nanoparticles.

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    Sermsri, Wimut; Jarujamrus, Purim; Shiowatana, Juwadee; Siripinyanond, Atitaya

    2010-04-01

    Flow field-flow fractionation (FlFFF) was used for size characterization of gold nanoparticles. The measured particle sizes obtained from FlFFF for the commercial 10 nm gold nanoparticle standard and the gold nanoparticles synthesized in the laboratory were in good agreement with those measured by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Further, the capability of alpha-tocopherol to induce enlargement of gold nanoparticles by catalysis of the reduction of AuCl(4)(-) by citrate was observed by monitoring the changes in particle size of gold nanoparticles using FlFFF. The effects of alpha-tocopherol and incubation time on enlargement of the gold nanoparticles were examined. Higher concentrations of alpha-tocopherol resulted in larger nanoparticles. At fixed alpha-tocopherol concentration, larger nanoparticles were formed at longer incubation times.

  11. Drugs that enlarge the QT interval of the electrocardiogram. Fármacos que prolongan el intervalo QT del electrocardiograma.

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    Antonio L. Moreno Otero

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available In this article the main causes of the enlargement of the electrocardiogram QT interval are commented, making emphasis in the main cause: drugs. Some of the drugs are mentioned that produce this clinical situation, as well as the possible mechanisms that produce it. Besides, some recommendations, related with the prescription of drugs that enlarge this electrocardiogram interval, are given.
    En este artículo se comentan las principales causas de la prolongación del intervalo QT del electrocardiograma, enfatizando en la principal causa: los medicamentos. Se mencionan algunos de los medicamentos que producen esta situación médica, así como los posibles mecanismos que la producen. Además, se ofrecen algunas recomendaciones relacionadas con la prescripción de fármacos que prolongan este intervalo del electrocardiograma.

  12. A Papilloma-like Atypical Gingival Enlargement Treated Using Nd:YAG Laser Surgery: Report of a Case

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    Develioglu, H; Bakar, O; Goze, F

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Gingival overgrowths can occur due to various factors, such as inflammation, or rarely without a reason and are significant in periodontology. Here, we describe the diagnosis and treatment of a 33-year old female with a papilloma-like atypical enlargement of the gingiva attached to the molar vestibular region of her lower jaw. After the patient’s medical history was taken and the clinical examination done, the enlargement was surgically removed with a Nd:YAG laser and evaluated histopathologically. There was an inflamed, oedematous and vascularized stroma with a thick spongy squamous epithelium layer. After six months, there were no problems at the surgical area and recurrence was not observed. PMID:25803386

  13. Pediatric epstein-barr virus carriers with or without tonsillar enlargement may substantially contribute to spreading of the virus

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    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Human-to-human transmission of the persistent infection establishing Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) occurs via saliva. Tonsils act as important portal of entry and exit of EBV. The contagiousness of pediatric EBV carriers and the role played by tonsillar enlargement (TE) are not known. METHODS: We compared EBV shedding in mouthwash samples from pediatric EBV carriers with or without TE to that in mouthwash samples from pediatric patients with infectious mononucleosis (IM), the symptomat...

  14. Risk identification and risk mitigation during metro station construction by enlarging shield tunnel combined with cut-and-cover method

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    2008-01-01

    Constructing a metro station by enlarging shield tunnels combined with a mining/cut-and-cover method provides a new method to solve the contradictions of construction time limits of shield tunnels and stations. As a new-style construction method, there are several specific risks involved in the construction process. Based on the test section of Sanyuanqiao station on Beijing metro line 10, and combined with the existing methods of risk identification at present, including a review of world-wide operational ...

  15. High-skilled labour mobility in Europe before and after the 2004 enlargement.

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    Petersen, Alexander M; Puliga, Michelangelo

    2017-03-01

    The extent to which international high-skilled mobility channels are forming is a question of great importance in an increasingly global knowledge-based economy. One factor facilitating the growth of high-skilled labour markets is the standardization of certifiable degrees meriting international recognition. Within this context, we analysed an extensive high-skilled mobility database comprising roughly 382 000 individuals from five broad profession groups (Medical, Education, Technical, Science & Engineering and Business & Legal) over the period 1997-2014, using the 13-country expansion of the European Union (EU) to provide insight into labour market integration. We compare the periods before and after the 2004 enlargement, showing the emergence of a new east-west migration channel between the 13 mostly eastern EU entrants (E) and the rest of the western European countries (W). Indeed, we observe a net directional loss of human capital from E → W, representing 29% of the total mobility after 2004. Nevertheless, the counter-migration from W → E is 7% of the total mobility over the same period, signalling the emergence of brain circulation within the EU. Our analysis of the country-country mobility networks and the country-profession bipartite networks provides timely quantitative evidence for the convergent integration of the EU, and highlights the central role of the UK and Germany as high-skilled labour hubs. We conclude with two data-driven models to explore the structural dynamics of the mobility networks. First, we develop a reconfiguration model to explore the potential ramifications of Brexit and the degree to which redirection of high-skilled labourers away from the UK may impact the integration of the rest of the European mobility network. Second, we use a panel regression model to explain empirical high-skilled mobility rates in terms of various economic 'push-pull' factors, the results of which show that government expenditure on education, per capita

  16. Early brain enlargement and elevated extra-axial fluid in infants who develop autism spectrum disorder.

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    Shen, Mark D; Nordahl, Christine W; Young, Gregory S; Wootton-Gorges, Sandra L; Lee, Aaron; Liston, Sarah E; Harrington, Kayla R; Ozonoff, Sally; Amaral, David G

    2013-09-01

    resonance imaging study to prospectively evaluate brain growth trajectories from infancy in children who develop autism spectrum disorder. The presence of excessive extra-axial fluid detected as early as 6 months and the lack of resolution by 24 months is a hitherto unreported brain anomaly in infants who later develop autism spectrum disorder. This is also the first magnetic resonance imaging evidence of brain enlargement in autism before age 2. These findings raise the potential for the use of structural magnetic resonance imaging to aid in the early detection of children at risk for autism spectrum disorder or other neurodevelopmental disorders.

  17. Enlarged broad band photodetection using Indium doped TiO{sub 2} alloy thin film

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    Sarkar, Mitra Barun [National Institute of Technology Agartala, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Jirania, Tripura (West) 799055 (India); Mondal, Aniruddha, E-mail: aniruddhamo@gmail.com [National Institute of Technology Agartala, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Jirania, Tripura (West) 799055 (India); Choudhuri, Bijit; Mahajan, Bikram Kishore; Chakrabartty, Shubhro [National Institute of Technology Agartala, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Jirania, Tripura (West) 799055 (India); Ngangbam, Chitralekha [National Institute of Technology Manipur, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Takyelpat, Imphal, Manipur 795001 (India)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • An easy technique has been used to dope Indium (instantaneous source) into TiO{sub 2} TF. • An inhomogeneous layer of In{sub x}Ti{sub y}O{sub 2} alloy was formed due to doping. • The lattice constant and optical band gap of TiO{sub 2} has increased after In doping. • Enhanced visible light absorption and detection were recorded for In doped TiO{sub 2} TF. • Almost no delay in photo response for In doped photodetector was observed. - Abstract: An instantaneous source of Indium (In) was used to dope the TiO{sub 2} thin film (TF) on the Si substrate. The X-ray diffraction depicted the presence of rutile phases of TiO{sub 2}, which shifted to the lower value 61.7 from 61.9 (2θ). Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) reveals that the diffusion of Indium ion yield decreases sharply from the surface, as approached toward the TiO{sub 2} TF–Si substrate interface. The bulk diffusion of In into TiO{sub 2} was observed at a depth of 125–200 nm, up to the edge of TiO{sub 2} TF. An inhomogeneous layer of In{sub x}Ti{sub y}O{sub 2} alloy was formed during annealing process. An average of two fold enhanced photo absorption was recorded for the In doped TiO{sub 2} TF in the 300–350 nm and 450–800 nm regions respectively. The main band gap of In doped TiO{sub 2} was increased to 3.4 eV, whereas the large absorption edge was observed at 3.1 eV. The leakage current (34 nA at −0.5 V) of In doped TiO{sub 2} TF detector was significantly reduced. A maximum 2.5 times (−3.5 V) enlarged photodetection has been observed for In doped TiO{sub 2} TF device under white light illumination. The In doped TiO{sub 2} TF detector shows the broad band photodetection, with an infinitesimal delay in its photo response time as compared to undoped TiO{sub 2} TF.

  18. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE IMPACT OF THE EU ENLARGEMENT TOWARDS CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE ON THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL MODEL

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    Constantin Viorel MIHAI

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available While the European Union keeps taking pride in putting forward the existence of a European Social Model, no study or project was carried out in order to foresee the enlargement effects on this model and mainly how the latter could be successfully implemented by the new Member States, having regard to their own characteristics. It is no coincidence that the references to the European Social Model multiplied during the period when the EU was facing its own enlargement. More and more questions were raised concerning the new Member States convergence capacity, as regards Central and Eastern Europe countries in particular, with all the European Union social rules. The trends in the new Member States, as well as their convictions or their lack of conviction, concerning the European Social Model, have major implications on the tomorrow’s social Europe. In which direction is it heading in an enlarged 25 or 27 nations European Union? This study is aimed at answering at this question having regard, in particular, to the economical and social characteristics of the new Member States and to the possible sources that might give rise to blockings in the social field.

  19. Bilateral parotid enlargement due to malnutrition under the influence of the media in an adolescent in Lithuania.

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    Mieliauskaite, Diana; Venalis, Algirdas; Graziene, Vida; Kirdaite, Gailute

    2007-07-01

    The elimination of censorship for the media in post-communist countries in transition has contributed to increases in the prevalence of several medical problems. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through the media, which influence their perceptions and behaviour. We describe a case of bilateral parotid enlargement due to malnutrition under the influence of self-prescribed diet in an adolescent. A 15-year-old girl reported to our institution under suspicion of Sjögren's syndrome for medical advice. Two months ago she developed persistent bilateral parotid enlargement and a dry mouth. Her medical history revealed a weight loss due to "self-prescribed" reduce diet. Social questioning clarified high use of the media and influence on the body concept and self image. On extra oral examination, a diffuse parotid enlargement was seen bilaterally. The examination of the mouth showed a low moisture level of the intraoral mucosa. The unstimulated whole salivary flow rate was 2 ml in 15 min. Laboratory findings evidenced anemia (107 g/l). The serum albumin concentration indicated a reduced level (28 g/l). Search for antinuclear antibodies, anti-SSA antibodies, anti-SSB, -Sm, -RNP and anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies was negative. Evaluation for antibodies against hepatitis C, cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus infection and HIV rendered negative results. A histopathologic examination of labial salivary gland biopsy revealed a picture of sialoadenosis. From the above investigations, a diagnosis of sialoadenosis due to malnutrition was made.

  20. The tension sensor of Photonic Crystal Fiber based on core-offset splicing and waist-enlarged fiber taper

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    Fu, Guangwei; Li, Qifeng; Li, Yunpu; Yang, Jiandong; Fu, Xinghu; Bi, Weihong; Li, Yanjun

    2016-10-01

    A tension sensor of Photonic Crystal Fiber(PCF) is presented based on core-offset splicing and waist-enlarged fiber taper. The tension response characteristics of the sensor are studied experimentally. To analyzing the modal interference, many samples with different PCF lengths between the two splicing areas, different core-offset distances and different waist-enlarged fiber taper diameters are fabricated and tested. When the tension range is 0 to 4000μɛ, the results show that the spectrum is blue shift with the increasing of the axial tension. The sensitivity is-2.1 pm/μɛ. The experimental results show that the tension sensitivity can be not influenced by the PCF lengths, the core-offset distances.The waist-enlarged fiber taper diameters and the tension sensor is very sensitive to axial tension and the relationship between the wavelength shift and tension is linearity. To determine the number of the interfering modes, the transmission spectra of these sensor is transformed by the fast fourier transform (FFT) method. There are several peaks in the spatial frequency spectra at these sensors. Only one cladding mode is dominantly excited, while the other cladding modes are weak. The spatial frequency is proportional to the differential mode group index. Compared with the traditional fiber sensor, this sensor has some advantages including the easily fabricated, simple structure and high sensitivity. It can be used in industrial production, building monitoring, aerospace and other fields.

  1. Expression of B-RAF V600E in type II pneumocytes causes abnormalities in alveolar formation, airspace enlargement and tumor formation in mice.

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    Emanuele Zanucco

    Full Text Available Growth factor induced signaling cascades are key regulatory elements in tissue development, maintenance and regeneration. Perturbations of these cascades have severe consequences, leading to developmental disorders and neoplastic diseases. As a major function in signal transduction, activating mutations in RAF family kinases are the cause of human tumorigenesis, where B-RAF V600E has been identified as the prevalent mutant. In order to address the oncogenic function of B-RAF V600E, we have generated transgenic mice expressing the activated oncogene specifically in lung alveolar epithelial type II cells. Constitutive expression of B-RAF V600E caused abnormalities in alveolar epithelium formation that led to airspace enlargements. These lung lesions showed signs of tissue remodeling and were often associated with chronic inflammation and low incidence of lung tumors. The inflammatory cell infiltration did not precede the formation of the lung lesions but was rather accompanied with late tumor development. These data support a model where the continuous regenerative process initiated by oncogenic B-RAF-driven alveolar disruption provides a tumor-promoting environment associated with chronic inflammation.

  2. Enlargement of the human spleen in graft-versus-host disease.

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    Dilly, S A; Sloane, J P

    1988-04-01

    The spleens of 49 patients who had undergone allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for leukemia were compared at autopsy to determine the pathological changes associated with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The only significant finding was an increase in weight of about 1.7 times that of spleens from patients without GVHD. This was not explained by differences in the patients' sex, length of survival after transplantation, presence of infection, or liver pathology. On histological examination, there was no detectable increase in congestion, siderosis, or numbers of lymphocytes, macrophages, antigen-presenting cells, blast cells, pyknotic cells, plasma cells, or hemopoietic cells to explain the increase in spleen weight. On the contrary, there was actually a reduction in CD8+ T lymphocytes. No proliferative phase of GVHD could be identified, possibly due to a lack of specimens examined less than 8 days after transplantation and to prophylactic measures undertaken to minimize GVHD. The pathogenesis of splenomegaly in human GVHD is unclear.

  3. Effects of migration flows on the host country labour market following the 2004 EU enlargement

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    Peković Drinka

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the effects of migration flows on unemployment, employment probabilities and native wages. The analysis contains the evaluation of migration effects of labour from Central and Eastern European countries which became European Union member states in 2004, on old member's labour market. Particular emphasis was placed on evidence of the migration flows impact from the new EU member states on the labour market performances in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the countries which did not restrict the access of new member immigrants to their labour markets. The analysis was realized for the period of 2004 to 2008 when the migration inflow was the largest. The empirical literature suggests that the migration effects on unemployment and employment probabilities of natives are very small. The young and low skilled native workers are more affected by migration flows than other groups of workers. Also, most empirical studies show small negative wage effects of immigration. Although the results of public researches and econometric studies have shown the modest potential labour migration flows from new member states and the small potential effects on EU-15 labour market, twelve out of fifteen old member states decided to apply transitional arrangements. The evidence presented in the report of the European Commission pointed out positive EU labour market impact of modest inflow of immigrants from new member states. Sectoral and skill composition of immigrants from new member states suggests their complementary role on EU labour market. The majority of immigrants from new member states are men, aged between 18 and 34, mediumlevel of education. Most immigrants have been employed in service sector, manufacturing and construction. The high employment rate of immigrants from new member states (78% and low unemployment rate (6% in the post-enlargement period have confirmed positive migration impact on EU labour market performances. The unemployment

  4. Lower Temperature Cultures Enlarge the Effects of Vitreoscilla Hemoglobin Expression on Recombinant Pichia pastoris

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    Wei-Chang Fu; Shin-Yao Wang; Jyh-Ming Wu

    2012-01-01

    An heterologous expression of Vitreoscilla hemoglobin (VHb) for improving cell growth and recombinant protein production has been successfully demonstrated in various hosts, including Pichia pastoris. Lower temperature cultures can enhance target protein production in some studies of P. pastoris. In this study, the strategy of combining heterologous VHb expression and lower temperature cultures in P. pastoris showed that final cell density and viability of VHb+ strain at 23 °C were hi...

  5. Control of transcription by cell size.

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    Chia-Yung Wu

    Full Text Available Cell size increases significantly with increasing ploidy. Differences in cell size and ploidy are associated with alterations in gene expression, although no direct connection has been made between cell size and transcription. Here we show that ploidy-associated changes in gene expression reflect transcriptional adjustment to a larger cell size, implicating cellular geometry as a key parameter in gene regulation. Using RNA-seq, we identified genes whose expression was altered in a tetraploid as compared with the isogenic haploid. A significant fraction of these genes encode cell surface proteins, suggesting an effect of the enlarged cell size on the differential regulation of these genes. To test this hypothesis, we examined expression of these genes in haploid mutants that also produce enlarged size. Surprisingly, many genes differentially regulated in the tetraploid are identically regulated in the enlarged haploids, and the magnitude of change in gene expression correlates with the degree of size enlargement. These results indicate a causal relationship between cell size and transcription, with a size-sensing mechanism that alters transcription in response to size. The genes responding to cell size are enriched for those regulated by two mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways, and components in those pathways were found to mediate size-dependent gene regulation. Transcriptional adjustment to enlarged cell size could underlie other cellular changes associated with polyploidy. The causal relationship between cell size and transcription suggests that cell size homeostasis serves a regulatory role in transcriptome maintenance.

  6. Correlations between ventricular enlargement and gray and white matter volumes of cortex, thalamus, striatum, and internal capsule in schizophrenia.

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    Horga, Guillermo; Bernacer, Javier; Dusi, Nicola; Entis, Jonathan; Chu, Kingwai; Hazlett, Erin A; Haznedar, M Mehmet; Kemether, Eileen; Byne, William; Buchsbaum, Monte S

    2011-10-01

    Ventricular enlargement is one of the most consistent abnormal structural brain findings in schizophrenia and has been used to infer brain shrinkage. However, whether ventricular enlargement is related to local overlying cortex and/or adjacent subcortical structures or whether it is related to brain volume change globally has not been assessed. We systematically assessed interrelations of ventricular volumes with gray and white matter volumes of 40 Brodmann areas (BAs), the thalamus and its medial dorsal nucleus and pulvinar, the internal capsule, caudate and putamen. We acquired structural MRI ( patients with schizophrenia (n = 64) and healthy controls (n = 56)) and diffusion tensor fractional anisotropy (FA) (untreated schizophrenia n = 19, controls n = 32). Volumes were assessed by manual tracing of central structures and a semi-automated parcellation of BAs. Patients with schizophrenia had increased ventricular size associated with decreased cortical gray matter volumes widely across the brain; a similar but less pronounced pattern was seen in normal controls; local correlations (e.g. temporal horn with temporal lobe volume) were not appreciably higher than non-local correlations (e.g. temporal horn with prefrontal volume). White matter regions adjacent to the ventricles similarly did not reveal strong regional relationships. FA and center of mass of the anterior limb of the internal capsule also appeared differentially influenced by ventricular volume but findings were similarly not regional. Taken together, these findings indicate that ventricular enlargement is globally interrelated with gray matter volume diminution but not directly correlated with volume loss in the immediately adjacent caudate, putamen, or internal capsule.

  7. Lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement and erectile dysfunction: are these conditions related to vascular dysfunction?

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    Shimizu, Shogo; Tsounapi, Panagiota; Shimizu, Takahiro; Honda, Masashi; Inoue, Keiji; Dimitriadis, Fotios; Saito, Motoaki

    2014-09-01

    Although the pathogenesis of lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement and erectile dysfunction is poorly understood and thought to be multifactorial, it has been traditionally recognized that these conditions increase with age. There is increasing evidence that there is an association between cardiovascular disease and lower urinary tract symptoms as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement and erectile dysfunction in elderly patients. Age might activate systemic vascular risk factors, resulting in disturbed blood flow. Hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis are also linked to the etiology of lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement and erectile dysfunction. In the present review, we discuss the relationship between decreased pelvic blood flow and lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement and erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, we suggest possible common mechanisms underlining these urological conditions.

  8. 扩底桩受压有限元分析%Finite element analysis of pile with enlarged base subject to compressed loading

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    柯江

    2015-01-01

    Through applying ABAQUS finite element software,it establishes nonlinear pile-soil finite element model. The bearing properties of pile with enlarged base subject to compressed loading were analyzed. The results show that the bearing capacity of pile with enlarged base to the limit,the enlarged head could bear the most load of pile,and the slope of the enlarged head and soil produced a separate.%采用 ABAQUS 有限元软件,建立了桩土非线性有限元模型,分析了扩底桩受压承载特性,得出:扩底桩达到受压极限承载力时,扩大头承受了桩的大部分荷载,扩大头斜面与土体产生了分离。

  9. ROPE Registry Project to Determine the Safety and Efficacy of Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE) for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Secondary to Benign Prostatic Enlargement (LUTS BPE).

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    2016-08-03

    Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Caused by Benign Prostatic Enlargement (LUTS BPE); Prostate Artery Embolisation (PAE); Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP); Open Prostatectomy; Laser Enucleation or Ablation of the Prostate

  10. How the EU’s Eastern Enlargement Changed the German Productive Model. The Case of the Automotive industry

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    Krzywdzinski, Martin

    2014-01-01

    What impact did the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union have on the productive models and labor relations in the German automotive industry? Did it lead to a “race to the bottom” and “social dumping”? This article examines the evolution of value chains and product strategies as well as the development of employment and labor relations in the German automotive industry and discusses the hypotheses of “dualization” or “disintegration.” It is based on case studies of automobile manufacture...

  11. Higher-order mode suppression in rod-type photonic crystal fibers with sectioned doping and enlarged core

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    Poli, F.; Coscelli, E.; Passaro, D.

    2010-01-01

    Yb-doped rod-type photonic crystal fibers are double-cladding large-mode-area fibers with the outer dimension of few millimeters. The higher-order mode suppression through gain filtering has been demonstrated in these fibers, by enlarging the core radius from 30 μm to 40 μm, while keeping fixed...... analyzed with a spatial and spectral amplifier model, showing the positive effect of the gain filtering in improving the fundamental mode amplification, to the detriment of the higher-order mode one. Comparisons have been made with the properties of rod-type fibers with 30 μm core radius, both with uniform...

  12. The Aperture and Layout of the LHC Extraction Septa and TCDS Diluter with an Enlarged MSDC Vacuum Chamber

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    2003-01-01

    The LHC beam dumping system must safely abort the LHC beams over the whole energy range, under all realistically possible fault conditions. These include normal operation, failure of machine elements and also abnormal performance of subsystems of the beam dumping system itself. To avoid unnecessary irradiation and even equipment damage, the MSD extraction septa must provide sufficient aperture both for the circulating and extracted beams. In order to satisfy this requirement, a modified (enlarged) vacuum chamber design will be used for the limiting MSDC septa. The analysis of the available apertures is presented, with emphasis on the dependence on the local orbit and beam emittance.

  13. Radiographic Enlargement of Mandibular Canal as an Extranodal Primary Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Early Sign in an Asymptomatic Patient

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    Luciana Munhoz

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL is a lymphoproliferative disorder, from a subgroup of heterogeneous hematologic malignancies; the term “extranodal” refers to malignant involvement of tissues other than lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, pharyngeal lymphatic ring, or thymus. Only 0.6% of all NHL are at mandible alone, and it may involve the inferior alveolar canal. We describe a case of bilateral enlargement of the mandibular canal without symptomatology, which was shown in a panoramic radiograph and cone beam computed tomography in a rehabilitation routine exam, as an early sign of primary extranodal NHL.

  14. A Case of External Compression of Femoral Vein by the Enlarged Iliopsoas Bursa with Long Term Edema.

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    Natsume, Kayoko; Yamamoto, Kiyohito; Tanaka, Keizo; Hiraiwa, Takane; Tanaka, Kuniyoshi

    2015-01-01

    The iliopsoas bursa is the largest bursa in the region of hip joint. It is unusual that these bursa become symptomatic. However the bursa can compress femoral vein, leading to lower extremity edema. A 58-year-old man was referred to our department for his unilateral leg edema which had been treated as deep vein thrombosis without any favorable response. Magnetic resonance angiography was performed, which demonstrated enlarged iliopsoas bursa compressing his femoral vein. Surgical removal of the bursa was performed. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient is free from symptoms with no evidence of recurrence.

  15. What is the Role of Parental Leave policies in shaping Work and Care in the Enlarged EU?

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    Ejrnæs, Anders

    2008-01-01

    .  On the one hand, our findings confirm the hypothesis that long term absence from the labour market due to parental leave has negative consequences for women's occupational careers. On other hand, our findings show that countries with well paid parental leave schemes combined with access to high quality child......The aim of the article is to examine the role of parental leave in shaping a mother's choice between work and care in the enlarged EU. A central question is how parental leave schemes affect mothers' employment and the occupational consequences for mothers who spend time on full-time caring...

  16. Zhao JiBin emphasizes China Tietong should enlarge private network coverage and make great progress in network regionalization

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    2006-01-01

    @@ President Zhao Jibin of China Titong goes to Jiangsu to do some surveys and after listening to the working report of Jiangsu Tietong, he inspects the network development in Nanjing, Suzhou, Changzhou and other cities. Zhao JiBin emphasizes China Tietong should be on the way of "enlarge private network coverage and make great progress in network regionalization", make every effort to lay a solid management foundation and improve management level so as to ensure the accurate orientation and implement of the whole development strategy. All members of China Tietong must hold a clear understanding about future development direction.

  17. Critical pitfall: varices in cancer patients mimicking lymphadenopathy; differentiation of varicose veins and enlarged lymph nodes in routine staging.

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    Schubert, Tilman; Pansini, Michele; Bongartz, Georg; Niemann, Tilo

    2011-01-01

    Two patients, each with a history of multiple cancers, were referred to our institution for routine cancer staging. Contrast enhanced multislice-CT showed round and oval shaped inguinal and retroperitoneal masses in one patient and inguinal mass lesions in the other patient. The mass lesions were suspicious of lymphadenopathy related to cancer recurrence. Additional MR-Imaging, however, showed tortuous varicose veins as well as suspicious lymph nodes in one patient and solely venous convolutes in the other patient. Regarding the routine contrast enhanced CT-scan in the portovenous phase, varices showed no significant difference in radiodensity compared to enlarged lymph nodes.

  18. Enlarged parietal foramina caused by mutations in the homeobox genes ALX4 and MSX2: from genotype to phenotype

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    Heterozygous mutations of the homeobox genes ALX4 and MSX2 cause skull defects termed enlarged parietal foramina (PFM) and cranium bifidum (CB); a single MSX2 mutation has been documented in a unique craniosynostosis (CRS) family. However, the relative mutational contribution of these genes to PFM/CB and CRS is not known and information on genotype–phenotype correlations is incomplete. We analysed ALX4 and MSX2 in 11 new unrelated cases or families with PFM/CB, 181 cases of CRS, and a single ...

  19. Curd development associated gene (CDAG1) in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) could result in enlarged organ size and increased biomass.

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    Li, Hui; Liu, Qian; Zhang, Qingli; Qin, Erjun; Jin, Chuan; Wang, Yu; Wu, Mei; Shen, Guangshuang; Chen, Chengbin; Song, Wenqin; Wang, Chunguo

    2017-01-01

    The curd is a specialized organ and the most important product organ of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis). However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of curd formation and development remains largely unknown. In the present study, a novel homologous gene containing the Organ Size Related (OSR) domain, namely, CDAG1 (Curd Development Associated Gene 1) was identified in cauliflower. Quantitative analysis indicated that CDAG1 showed significantly higher transcript levels in young tissues. Functional analysis demonstrated that the ectopic overexpression of CDAG1 in Arabidopsis and cauliflower could significantly promote organ growth and result in larger organ size and increased biomass. Organ enlargement was predominantly due to increased cell number. In addition, 228 genes involved in the CDAG1-mediated regulatory network were discovered by transcriptome analysis. Among these genes, CDAG1 was confirmed to inhibit the transcriptional expression of the endogenous OSR genes, ARGOS and ARL, while a series of ethylene-responsive transcription factors (ERFs) were found to increased expression in 35S:CDAG1 transgenic Arabidopsis plants. This implies that CDAG1 may function in the ethylene-mediated signal pathway. These findings provide new insight into the function of OSR genes, and suggest potential applications of CDAG1 in breeding high-yielding crops.

  20. Spinal perimedullary vein enlargement sign: an added value for the differentiation between intradural-extramedullary and intramedullary tumors on magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gong, Tao; Wang, Guangbin; Gao, Fei; Chen, Xin [Shandong University, Department of Shandong Medical Imaging Research Institute, Jinan (China); Liu, Yubo [Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Department of Radiology, Jinan (China); Yang, Li [Zhongshan Hospital, Department of Radiology, Shanghai (China); Chen, Weibo [Philips Healthcare, Shanghai (China)

    2016-11-15

    The purpose of this study was to determine the added value of the perimedullary spinal vein enlargement sign on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in distinguishing intradural-extramedullary tumors (IDEMTs) from intramedullary spinal tumors (IMTs). Two hundred and eight consecutive spinal intradural tumors with histopathologic confirmation (21 IMTs, 187 IDEMTs) were enrolled. Two readers blinded to the final pathological diagnosis and clinical data independently assessed the venous enlargement sign to determine the agreement between them and jointly distinguished IDEMTs from IMTs according to the common MRI findings. Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of IDEMTs were calculated for the common MRI findings, vein enlargement sign, and a combination of both. Intraobserver agreement and interobserver agreement for both readers was excellent. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of common MRI findings for differentiating IDEMTs from IMTs were 83.4, 95.2, and 89.3 %, respectively. Thirty-one IDEMTs were mistakenly diagnosed as IMTs, in which seven were cases with vein enlargement signs. By applying the vein enlargement sign to the common MRI findings, the specificity remained at 95.2 %, while the sensitivity improved to 89.3 % and the accuracy increased to 92.3 %. The spinal perimedullary vein enlargement sign is useful in assessing intradural tumors and to differentiate IDEMTs from IMTs. (orig.)

  1. Programming margin enlargement by material engineering for multilevel storage in phase-change memory

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    Yin, You; Noguchi, Tomoyuki; Ohno, Hiroki; Hosaka, Sumio

    2009-09-01

    In this work, we investigate the effect of the material engineering on programming margin in the double-layered phase-change memory, which is the most important parameter for the stability of multilevel storage. Compared with the TiN/SbTeN cell, the TiSiN/GeSbTe double-layered cell exhibits the resistance ratio of the highest to lowest resistance levels up to two to three orders of magnitude, indicating much larger programming margin and thus higher stability and/or more available levels. Our calculation results show that the resistivities of the top heating layer and the phase-change layer have a significant effect on the programming margin.

  2. A challenge of regional integration: the Southern Argentinian pipeline enlargement; Desafio de integracao regional: ampliacao do gasoduto Sul-Argentino

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    Sardi, Oscar; Sosa, Damian [Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A., Buenos Aires (Argentina); Duarte Filho, Arno [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    The enlargement of the pipelines of Southern Argentina comprised the construction of around 500 km of 30' and 36' loops in the first semester of 2005 and presented many peculiarities. It has been the first enlargement of the argentinian pipeline system since the country's default statement, in 2001, and it has been financed and built by a bi national Brazilian-Argentinian consortium. It has also been the first time that a governmental trusteeship has been used in such an enterprise in Argentina to guarantee the necessary funds. The increasing demand of natural gas to industries and power generation plants brought about by Argentina's recent growth has stated the sense of urgency: the construction must be on duty in June 2005, ready to increase de flow of gas to the Provincia de Buenos Aires and Great Buenos Aires regions. This has represented also a technical challenge, due to the small time to built the loops, the geographical distribution of the construction, which extends from Patagonia to the Great Buenos Aires region and the meteorological conditions of the period of the construction. The article describes the negotiations done to assemble the construction's financial and managerial frameworks, the building and the solutions found to face the challenge and to meet the deadline. (author)

  3. All-digital signal-processing open-loop fiber-optic gyroscope with enlarged dynamic range.

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    Wang, Qin; Yang, Chuanchuan; Wang, Xinyue; Wang, Ziyu

    2013-12-15

    We propose and realize a new open-loop fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) with an all-digital signal-processing (DSP) system where an all-digital phase-locked loop is employed for digital demodulation to eliminate the variation of the source intensity and suppress the bias drift. A Sagnac phase-shift tracking method is proposed to enlarge the dynamic range, and, with its aid, a new open-loop FOG, which can achieve a large dynamic range and high sensitivity at the same time, is realized. The experimental results show that compared with the conventional open-loop FOG with the same fiber coil and optical devices, the proposed FOG reduces the bias instability from 0.259 to 0.018 deg/h, and the angle random walk from 0.031 to 0.006 deg/h(1/2), moreover, enlarges the dynamic range to ±360 deg/s, exceeding the maximum dynamic range ±63 deg/s of the conventional open-loop FOG.

  4. Optimizing CT for the evaluation of vestibular aqueduct enlargement:Inter-rater reproducibility and predictive value of reformatted CT measurements

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    Misun Hwang; Ryan Marovich; Samuel S. Shin; David Chi; Barton F. Branstetter IV

    2015-01-01

    Enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA), the most frequent identifiable cause of congenital hearing loss, is evaluated with high-definition multi-detector CT in the axial plane. Our purpose was to determine which reformatted CT measurements are most reproducible. Seven multiplanar reformatted images were created for each of the 64 temporal bones in patients with EVA. Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were used to assess inter-observer variability, and both linear regression and ROC analyses were used to compare the measurements with severity of hearing loss, as assessed by pure tone audiometry. All seven measurements had excellent inter-observer variability, with average-measure ICC ranging from 0.92 to 0.98. There was no statistically significant correlation between the radiologic degree of aqueduct enlargement and severity of hearing loss using any of the seven measurements;ROC analyses revealed areas under the curves ranging from 0.57 to 0.73. Optimal accuracy was obtained with a threshold of 1.75 mm as measured at the aqueductal aperture in the P€oschl plane, with sensitivity of 0.75 and specificity of 0.63. Although the radiologic measurement may not serve as a reliable tool for assessing severity of EVA, P€oschl plane reformatting has proven to be better than conventional axial acquisition plane for identifying patients with clinically significant hearing loss.

  5. Mutations in the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter, PfCRT, enlarge the parasite's food vacuole and alter drug sensitivities.

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    Pulcini, Serena; Staines, Henry M; Lee, Andrew H; Shafik, Sarah H; Bouyer, Guillaume; Moore, Catherine M; Daley, Daniel A; Hoke, Matthew J; Altenhofen, Lindsey M; Painter, Heather J; Mu, Jianbing; Ferguson, David J P; Llinás, Manuel; Martin, Rowena E; Fidock, David A; Cooper, Roland A; Krishna, Sanjeev

    2015-01-01

    Mutations in the Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistance transporter, PfCRT, are the major determinant of chloroquine resistance in this lethal human malaria parasite. Here, we describe P. falciparum lines subjected to selection by amantadine or blasticidin that carry PfCRT mutations (C101F or L272F), causing the development of enlarged food vacuoles. These parasites also have increased sensitivity to chloroquine and some other quinoline antimalarials, but exhibit no or minimal change in sensitivity to artemisinins, when compared with parental strains. A transgenic parasite line expressing the L272F variant of PfCRT confirmed this increased chloroquine sensitivity and enlarged food vacuole phenotype. Furthermore, the introduction of the C101F or L272F mutation into a chloroquine-resistant variant of PfCRT reduced the ability of this protein to transport chloroquine by approximately 93 and 82%, respectively, when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. These data provide, at least in part, a mechanistic explanation for the increased sensitivity of the mutant parasite lines to chloroquine. Taken together, these findings provide new insights into PfCRT function and PfCRT-mediated drug resistance, as well as the food vacuole, which is an important target of many antimalarial drugs.

  6. Extremely discrepant mutation spectrum of SLC26A4 between Chinese patients with isolated Mondini deformity and enlarged vestibular aqueduct

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    Yan Xiaofei

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mutations in SLC26A4 cause Pendred syndrome (hearing loss with goiter or DFNB4 (non-syndromic hearing loss with inner ear malformation, such as enlarged vestibular aqueduct or Mondini deformity. The relationship between mutations in SLC26A4 and Mondini deformity without enlarged vestibular aqueduct has not been studied in any Chinese deaf population. The purpose of this study was to assess whether mutations in the SLC26A4 gene cause Mondini deformity without an enlarged vestibular aqueduct (isolated Mondini deformity in a Chinese population. Methods In total, 144 patients with sensorineural hearing loss were included and subjected to high-resolution temporal bone CT. Among them, 28 patients with isolated Mondini dysplasia (MD group, 50 patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct with Mondini dysplasia (EVA with MD group, 50 patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct without Mondini dysplasia (EVA group, and 16 patients with other types of inner ear malformations (IEM group were identified. The coding exons of SLC26A4 were analyzed in all subjects. Results DNA sequence analysis of SLC26A4 was performed in all 144 patients. In the different groups, the detection rate of the SLC26A4 mutation differed. In the isolated MD group, only one single allelic mutation in SLC26A4 was found in one patient (1/28, 3.6%. In the EVA with MD group, biallelic and monoallelic SLC26A4 mutations were identified in 46 patients (46/50, 92.0% and three patients (3/50, 6.0%, respectively. Also, in the EVA group, biallelic and monoallelic SLC26A4 mutations were identified in 46 patients (46/50, 92.0% and three patients (3/50, 6.0%, respectively. These percentages were identical to those in the EVA plus MD group. Only two patients carried monoallelic mutations of the SLC26A4 gene in the IEM group (2/16, 12.5%. There were significant differences in the frequency of SLC26A4 mutation among the groups (P SLC26A4 mutation in the isolated MD group was

  7. Thymus is enlarged in children with current atopic dermatitis. A cross-sectional study

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    Olesen, Anne Braae; Andersen, G.; Jeppesen, D.L.;

    2005-01-01

    Atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder of unknown aetiology with peak incidence in early childhood. The disease is associated with peripheral T-cell accumulation in the skin. The thymus is a key organ of the cellular immune response early in life. We hypothesized that atopic dermatitis...... is associated with an unbalanced establishment of the peripheral T-lymphocyte system. This cross-sectional study was performed to compare thymus sizes in patients with atopic dermatitis and healthy controls. Thirty-seven children with current atopic dermatitis were enrolled and compared with 29 healthy controls....... An interview and medical examination were performed by one doctor, an ultrasound scan was performed within 3 days of the examination, and the thymus index, a marker of thymus size, was measured. The thymus index was on average 32% higher (95% CI 3%-67%) in children with active atopic dermatitis compared...

  8. Stages of Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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    ... when Merkel cells grow out of control. Merkel cell carcinoma starts most often in areas of skin exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck, as well as the arms, legs, and trunk. Enlarge Anatomy of the skin showing the epidermis, ...

  9. Enlargement of Tuning Range in a Ferrite-Tuned Cavity Through Superposed Orthogonal and Parallel Magnetic Bias

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    Vollinger, C

    2013-01-01

    Conventional ferrite-tuned cavities operate either with bias fields that are orthogonal or parallel to the magnetic RF-field. For a cavity that tunes rapidly over an overall frequency range around 100-400 MHz with high Q, we use ferrite garnets exposed to an innovative new biasing method consisting of a superposition of perpendicular and parallel magnetic fields. This method leads to a significant enlargement of the high-Q cavity tuning range by defining an operation point close to the magnetic saturation and thus improving ferrite material behaviour. A further advantage of this technique is the fast tuning speed resulting from the fact that tuning is carried out either with pure parallel biasing, or together with a very small change of operating point from perpendicular bias. In this paper, several scaled test models of ferrite-filled resonators are shown; measurements on the set-ups are compared and discussed.

  10. EU Enlargement: Migration flows from Central and Eastern Europe into the Nordic countries - exploiting a natural experiment

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    Pedersen, Peder J.; Pytlikova, Mariola

    , and Finland and Iceland from year 2006, the other Nordic countries chose a transition period in relation to the "new" EU members. The results based on a differences-in-differences estimator show that the estimated effect of the opening of the Swedish, Finnish and Icelandic labour markets on migration from......In this paper we look at migration flows from 10 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) to 5 Nordic countries over the years 1985 - 2007. We exploit a natural experiment that arose from the fact that while Sweden opened its labour market from the day one of the 2004 EU enlargement...... the CEECs that entered the EU in 2004 is not significantly different from zero. However, the effect of the opening of the Swedish and Finnish labour markets in 2007 on migration from the 2007 EU entrants, Bulgaria and Romania, is significantly positive. Further, we are interested in the overall effect...

  11. Glomerulocystic kidney disease in an adult with enlarged kidneys: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Obata, Y; Furusu, A; Miyazaki, M; Nishino, T; Kawazu, T; Kanamoto, Y; Nishikido, M; Taguchi, T; Kohno, S

    2011-02-01

    We report the case of a 31-year-old male with enlarged kidneys and glomerulocystic kidney disease (GCKD). The patient had no family history of renal disease or other diseases. On initial presentation he complained of poor eyesight, and hypertensive retinopathy and elevated serum creatinine (5.0 mg/dl) were found at that time. Renal biopsy showed cystic dilatation of Bowman's capsule and atrophy of the glomerular tuft. Thus, an adult case of sporadic GCKD was diagnosed. Based on previous reports, kidney size in patients with adult type GCKD varies from small to large. Our patient's kidneys are the largest ever reported (right kidney was 22 cm×10 cm, left kidney was 19 cm×10 cm). A review of the literature dealing with sporadic adult GCKD suggested that it is difficult to diagnose this disease early in its course.

  12. Does the mitral annulus shrink or enlarge during systole? A real-time 3D echocardiography study.

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    Kwan, Jun; Jeon, Min-Jae; Kim, Dae-Hyeok; Park, Keum-Soo; Lee, Woo-Hyung

    2009-04-01

    This study was conducted to explore the geometrical changes of the mitral annulus during systole. The 3D shape of the mitral annulus was reconstructed in 13 normal subjects who had normal structure of the mitral apparatus using real-time 3D echocardiography (RT3DE) and 3D computer software. The two orthogonal (antero-posterior and commissure-commissure) dimensions, the areas (2D projected and 3D surface) and the non-planarity of the mitral annulus were estimated during early, mid and late systole. We demonstrated that the MA had a "saddle shape" appearance and it consistently enlarged mainly in the antero-posterior direction from early to late systole with lessening of its non-planarity, as was determined by 3D reconstruction using RT3DE and 3D computer software.

  13. Direct aneurysm sac catheterization and embolization of an enlarging internal iliac aneurysm using cone-beam CT

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    Merchant, Monish; Shah, Rohan; Resnick, Scott

    2015-01-01

    Since cone-beam computed tomography (CT) has been adapted for use with a C-arm system it has brought volumetric CT capabilities in the interventional suite. Although cone-beam CT image resolution is far inferior to that generated by traditional CT scanners, the system offers the ability to place an access needle into position under tomographic guidance and use the access to immediately begin a fluoroscopic procedure without moving the patient. We describe a case of a “jailed” enlarging internal iliac artery aneurysm secondary to abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, in which direct percutaneous puncture of the internal iliac artery aneurysm sac was performed under cone-beam CT guidance. PMID:25858522

  14. STUDY ON BEARING PROPERTIES OF PILE WITH ENLARGED BASE SUBJECT TO UPLIFT LOADING%扩底桩抗拔承载性状研究

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    柯江

    2012-01-01

    Based on Abaqus software, the bearing properties of pile with enlarged base subject to uplift loading were studied by creating the finite element model of pile and soil. The results show that the bearing capacity of pile with enlarged base to the limit, a separate were produced between pile bottom and soil, the axial force of pile had mutations at the upper and lower of the enlarged head, the enlarged head could bear the most load of pile, the plastic strain occurred mainly in the soil near the enlarged head.%基于Abaqus软件,建立桩土有限元模型研究了扩底桩在上拔荷载作用下的承载性状.结果表明:扩底桩达到抗拔极限承载力时,桩底与土体产生了分离,扩底桩抗拔承载时的桩身轴力在扩大头的上下出现突变,扩大头承受了桩的大部分荷载,塑性应变主要发生在扩大头附近的土体中.

  15. Enlarged extracellular space of aquaporin-4-deficient mice does not enhance diffusion of Alexa Fluor 488 or dextran polymers.

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    Xiao, F; Hrabetová, S

    2009-06-16

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) water channels expressed on glia have been implicated in maintaining the volume of extracellular space (ECS). A previous diffusion study employing small cation tetramethylammonium and a real-time iontophoretic (RTI) method demonstrated an increase of about 25% in the ECS volume fraction (alpha) in the neocortex of AQP4(-/-) mice compared to AQP4(+/+) mice but no change in the hindrance imposed to diffusing molecules (tortuosity lambda). In contrast, other diffusion studies employing large molecules (dextran polymers) and a fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) method measured a decrease of about 10%-20% in lambda in the neocortex of AQP4(-/-) mice. These conflicting findings on lambda would imply that large molecules diffuse more readily in the enlarged ECS of AQP4(-/-) mice than in wild type but small molecules do not. To test this hypothesis, we used integrative optical imaging (IOI) to measure tortuosity with a small Alexa Fluor 488 (molecular weight [MW] 547, lambda(AF)) and two large dextran polymers (MW 3000, lambda(dex3) and MW 75,000, lambda(dex75)) in the in vitro neocortex of AQP4(+/+) and AQP4(-/-) mice. We found that lambda(AF)=1.59, lambda(dex3)=1.76 and lambda(dex75)=2.30 obtained in AQP4(-/-) mice were not significantly different from lambda(AF)=1.61, lambda(dex3)=1.76, and lambda(dex75)=2.33 in AQP4(+/+) mice. These IOI results demonstrate that lambda measured with small and large molecules each remain unchanged in the enlarged ECS of AQP4(-/-) mice compared to values in AQP4(+/+) mice. Further analysis suggests that the FRAP method yields diffusion parameters not directly comparable with those obtained by IOI or RTI methods. Our findings have implications for the role of glial AQP4 in maintaining the ECS structure.

  16. The European Commission in the power relations of the European Union after the 2004–07 enlargement

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    Ekaterina Ostrovskaya

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available pplying a comparative perspective, this article argues that the current crisis of European Union integration cannot be resolved by member states either transferring additional competences to the EU level or strengthening the intergovernmental dimension of integration. The systemic character of the ongoing process is weakening the institutional structure, which affects both the institutions and their power relations. The European Commission (EC, once a highly independent supranational actor on the eve of the integration process in the 1950s, now faces growing competition from intergovernmental elements in the institutional balance. The theoretical approach of historical neo-institutionalism offers new, useful insights into this research area. The articles uses this theory to analyze the EC’s evolution since the time of its creation in the form of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community, focusing on the links between the gradual changes in its internal structure and its institutional position. Although the phenomenon of “path dependence” was initially present in the EC’s internal systems, the later development of its competences in the institutional balance provoked member states to limit the commission’s activities in the second half of the 1960s. First attempts were made mainly by appointing weak presidents, but the later reform of the EC’s internal structure, undertaken by Neil Kinnock in the beginning of the 21st centry, directed its further structural development as a more technocratic institution. Consequently, the EC was not able to pursue its aims effectively in preparing for its enlargement to include Central and Eastern Europe. The increased heterogeneity of the member states after the 2004–07 enlargement also weakened the EC’s position in the institutional balance, diminishing its traditional function as the “engine of integration.”

  17. Case of huge neurofibroma expanding extra- and intracranially through the enlarged jugular foramen. CT scan findings and surgical approach

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    Hanakita, Junya; Imataka, Kiyoharu; Handa, Hajime (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1984-01-01

    The surgical approach to the jugular foramen has been considered to be very difficult and troublesome, because of the location in which important structures, such as the internal jugular vein, internal carotid artery and lower cranial nerves, converge in the narrow deep space. A case of huge neurofibroma, which extended from the tentorium cerebelli through the dilated jugular foramen to the level of the vertebral body of C/sub 3/ was presented. A 12-year-old girl was admitted with complaints of visual disturbance and palsy of the V-XII cranial nerves of the left side. Plain skull film showed prominent widening of the cranial sutures and enlargement of the sella turcica. Horizontal CT scan with contrast showed symmetrical ventricular dilatation and a heterogeneously enhanced mass, which was situated mainly in the left CP angle. Coronal CT scan with contrast revealed a huge mass and enlarged jugular foramen, through which the tumor extended to the level of the vertebral body of C/sub 3/. Occlusion of the sigmoid sinus and the internal jugular vein of the left side was noticed in the vertebral angiography. Two-stage approach, the first one for removal of the intracranial tumor and the second one for extracranial tumor, was performed for its huge tumor. Several authors have reported excellent surgical approaches for the tumors situated in the jugular foramen. By our approach, modifying Gardner's original one, a wide operative field was obtained to remove the tumor around the jugular foramen with success. Our approach for the jugular foramen was described with illustrations.

  18. Gingival Enlargement Induced by Felodipine Resolves with a Conventional Periodontal Treatment and Drug Modification

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    Nabil Khzam

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of a 47-year-old male who suffered from GE around his lower anterior teeth as soon as he started treatment with Felodipine 400 mg. We show that oral hygiene measures, antibiotics, and conventional periodontal treatment (scaling and root planing SRP were all not sufficient to resolve the drug induced GE, which will persist and/or recur provided that systemic effect of the offending medication is still present. The condition immediately resolved after switching to a different medication. The mechanism of GE is complex and not fully understood yet. It is mainly due to overexpression of a number of growth factors due to high concentrations of calcium ions (Ca2+. This affects fibroblasts proliferation and DNA synthesis and leads to a heavy chronic inflammatory cell infiltrate. Our case was managed according to the suggested protocols in previous case studies. The unique features in our case were the immediate onset of the adverse effect after starting the medication and the absence of any underlying medical condition apart from high blood pressure. Improving the oral hygiene together with SRP and cessation of the medication resolves drug induced GE.

  19. Ameloblastic Fibrodentinoma Presenting as a False Gingival Enlargement in the Maxillary Anterior Region

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    Shiny Joseph

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ameloblastic fibrodentinoma is a rare benign mixed odontogenic neoplasm usually occurring in the first two decades of life. It is more common in males and the most common site of occurrence is in the mandibular premolar molar area. This report presents a case of ameloblastic fibrodentinoma in a 12-year-old boy in the maxillary anterior region, a less common site for the occurrence of ameloblastic fibrodentinoma. A 12-year-old boy presented with a midline diastema in 11 and 21 region and a swelling in the palatal aspect of 11 and 12. Intraoral periapical radiograph showed the presence of rarefaction of bone on the mesial aspect of the cervical and middle third of the root of 11. Excision biopsy was done. The specimen was processed and stained with hematoxylin and eosin. Microscopic examination showed islands, chords and strands of odontogenic epithelium in a primitive ectomesenchyme resembling dental papilla. The odontogenic epithelium exhibited peripheral ameloblast-like and central stellate reticulum-like cells. The presence of dentinoid material was seen adjacent to the odontogenic epithelium in some foci. The lesion was diagnosed as ameloblastic fibrodentinoma.

  20. Modified photoreactivity due to mixed crystal formation. II. Enhanced reactivity upon conformational mimicry and cavity enlargement.

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    Vithana, Champika; Uekusa, Hidehiro; Sekine, Akiko; Ohashi, Yuji

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    The 2-cyanopropyl (beta-cyanopropyl) group in the cobaloxime complex of (2-cyanopropyl)(3-methylpyridine)bis(dimethylglyoximato)cobalt(III) takes a trans conformation around the Co-C-C-CN bond in the crystal and undergoes isomerization to the 1-cyanopropyl (alpha-cyanopropyl) group with a low reaction rate when the powdered crystals are irradiated with a xenon lamp. When the complex was mixed with (2-cyanoethyl)(3-methylpyridine)bis(dimethylglyoximato)cobalt(III) or (2-cyanoethyl)(3-ethylpyridine)bis(dimethylglyoximato)cobalt(III), a mixed crystal, Mix-I or Mix-II, was obtained. The cell parameters of Mix-I and Mix-II were considerably different. When the crystals of Mix-I and Mix-II were irradiated with the xenon lamp, the 2-cyanopropyl group and the 2-cyanoethyl group isomerized to the 1-cyanopropyl and 1-cyanoethyl groups, respectively, in the crystalline state as well as in the solid state. The isomerization rates of the 2-cyanopropyl and 2-cyanoethyl groups of the mixed crystals became significantly higher than the corresponding rates in the component crystals. For the 2-cyanopropyl group, the conformational change from trans to cis in the mixed crystals caused reaction rates to be enhanced, and the expanded volume of the reaction cavity in the mixed crystals increased the reactivity for the 2-cyanoethyl group, when compared with the reactivity of each component crystal. A quantitative discussion of the increased rate constants is presented, which is based on the crystal structures. The shapes of the reaction cavities for the reactive groups undergoing isomerization control the conformation and configuration of the produced 1-cyanoethyl and 1-cyanopropyl groups.

  1. Left upper lobectomy and systematic lymph nodes dissection in enlarged pulmonary hilar lymph nodes in primary lung cancer patient by uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery.

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    Fan, Jun-Qiang; Yao, Jie; Chang, Zhi-Bo; Wang, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) anatomical pulmonary resection, with only one small incision for surgery instruments and camera insertion, requires higher operative skills, especially in the cases of the enlarged pulmonary hilar lymph nodes. With improved technology and increased experiences in VATS lobectomy, uniportal VATS lobectomy has been applied in major medical centers recently. A 67-year-old male patient with left upper peripheral lung cancer and enlarged hilar lymph nodes underwent unipotal VATS lobectomy and systemic mediastinal lymph node dissection. The patient recovered uneventfully.

  2. Drug-induced gingival enlargement: biofilm control and surgical therapy with gallium-aluminum-arsenide (GaAlAs) diode laser-A 2-year follow-up.

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    de Oliveira Guaré, Renata; Costa, Soraya Carvalho; Baeder, Fernando; de Souza Merli, Luiz Antonio; Dos Santos, Maria Teresa Botti Rodrigues

    2010-01-01

    Drug-induced gingival enlargement has been reported in patients treated with various types of anticonvulsant drugs, and is generally associated with the presence of plaque, gingival inflammation, and a genetic predisposition. Effective treatment includes daily oral hygiene and periodic professional prophylaxis. However, in some patients, surgical removal of the gingival tissue overgrowth becomes necessary. The patient in this case report was mentally impaired and had severe drug-induced gingival enlargement. This report describes the initial protocol, the gingivectomy, and a 2-year follow-up. A diode laser was used as an effective and safe method to remove the patient's overgrown gingival tissue.

  3. KCNJ10 may not be a contributor to nonsyndromic enlargement of vestibular aqueduct (NSEVA in Chinese subjects.

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    Jiandong Zhao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Nonsyndromic enlargement of vestibular aqueduct (NSEVA is an autosomal recessive hearing loss disorder that is associated with mutations in SLC26A4. However, not all patients with NSEVA carry biallelic mutations in SLC26A4. A recent study proposed that single mutations in both SLC26A4 and KCNJ10 lead to digenic NSEVA. We examined whether KCNJ10 excert a role in the pathogenesis of NSEVA in Chinese patients. METHODS: SLC26A4 was sequenced in 1056 Chinese patients with NSEVA. KCNJ10 was screened in 131 patients who lacked mutations in either one or both alleles of SLC26A4. Additionally, KCNJ10 was screened in 840 controls, including 563 patients diagnosed with NSEVA who carried biallelic SLC26A4 mutations, 48 patients with nonsyndromic hearing loss due to inner ear malformations that did not involve enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct (EVA, 96 patients with conductive hearing loss due to various causes, and 133 normal-hearing individuals with no family history of hereditary hearing loss. RESULTS: 925 NSEVA patients were found carrying two-allele pathogenic SLC26A4 mutations. The most frequently detected KCNJ10 mutation was c.812G>A (p.R271H. Compared with the normal-hearing control subjects, the occurrence rate of c.812G>A in NSEVA patients with lacking mutations in one or both alleles of SLC26A4 had no significant difference(1.53% vs. 5.30%, χ(2 = 2.798, p = 0.172, which suggested that it is probably a nonpathogenic benign variant. KCNJ10 c.1042C>T (p.R348C, the reported EVA-related mutation, was not found in patients with NSEVA who lacked mutations in either one or both alleles of SLC26A4. Furthermore, the normal-hearing parents of patients with NSEVA having two SLC26A4 mutations carried the KCNJ10 c.1042C>T or c.812G>A mutation and a SLC26A4 pathogenic mutation. CONCLUSION: SLC26A4 is the major genetic cause in Chinese NSEVA patients, accounting for 87.59%. KCNJ10 may not be a contributor to NSEVA in Chinese population. Other

  4. EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT AS A CULTURAL SHOCK. THE ROLE OF INTERCULTURAL TEAMS’ MANAGEMENT IN INCREASING EUROPEAN COHESION

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    Bibu Nicolae

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The European Union is challenged nowadays by a dramatic multilevel process of integration. The Europe 2020 strategy promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is defined by a set of ambitious objectives to be reached by 2020. On the other hand, the turbulent times of the economic crisis put even more pressure on the integration process. The success of this complex endeavor is heavily depending on the dimension of the cohesion specific to each of levels of the process. The cohesion of the European Union (EU is stronger at macro (societal level with regard to institutional, political, and economical dimensions. The cohesion of the European Union is less strong at micro level, the level of people, of the common individual, of the citizen. In other words, EU system has less cohesion at the level of individual and social fabric. An interesting hypothesis about EU enlargement is that every new “wave” of countries is a collective cultural shock for the European citizens. In conclusion, considering the history of the European Union, their citizens were subject to a constant flow of “cultural shocks”, following each new EU enlargement though admission of new member states: the big lot of 10 new countries in 2004, Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. In this respect, immigrations waves from new member countries have preceded their country accession, and to various extents, have made a first impact on the host countries culture. This paper is discussing the issue of increasing European cohesion based on a management approach. It describes the positioning of Romania on the European map of cultures, in order to identify the convergence and divergence of its societal culture with various European cultural clusters. We are arguing that: a European organizations have a major role to play in the process of increasing cohesion within the European Union (EU; b Organizational Management and leadership are paramount to their success and to society welfare; c

  5. Salivary gland enlargement and sialorrhoea in dogs with spirocercosis: A retrospective and prospective study of 298 cases

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    Liesel L. van der Merwe

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This longitudinal cross-sectional clinical study investigated the incidence of sialorrhoea in dogs with spirocercosis and determined whether breed, body weight and the extent of the oesophageal involvement was associated with this presentation. A retrospective analysis was performed on the medical records of 233 dogs and information pertaining to 65 dogs was collected as part of a prospective study. All the animals were client-owned. Patients from the retrospective study underwent thoracic radiography or oesophageal endoscopy to diagnose and characterise the infection and were placed on therapy with a macrocyclic lactone, whereas the patients in the prospective study had both radiography and endoscopy routinely performed and biopsies of the oesophageal nodules collected where possible. Tru-cut biopsies of affected salivary glands were taken in 10 of 13 patients demonstrating clinical signs of sialorrhoea and salivary gland enlargement. The entire salivary gland was sectioned in an additional three dogs with spirocercosis and no sialorrhoea that were presented for post mortem examination. Sialorrhoea was present in 33/298 cases (11%. Fox terrier breeds were over-represented in the patients with sialorrhoea, comprising 36% of cases, whereas they only comprised 1.5% of the patients without sialorrhoea (p < 0.001, chi squared test and 5% of the combined group. Dogs weighing 12 kg or less were significantly over-represented in the sialorrhoea group, 69% versus 19.5% (p < 0.001, chi square test. Age was not significantly different between the two groups (p < 0.08, Mann-Whitney test. The number of oesophageal nodules per case was significantly higher in the non-sialorrhoea cases (p = 0.048, Mann-Whitney test. The prevalence of distal oesophageal and lower oesophageal sphincter involvement, and neoplastic transformation of the nodules were not statistically different between the two groups. None of the fox terriers in either group showed neoplastic

  6. Usefulness of the 6-minute walk test as a screening test for pulmonary arterial enlargement in COPD

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    Oki Y

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Yutaro Oki,1,2 Masahiro Kaneko,3 Yukari Fujimoto,1 Hideki Sakai,2 Shogo Misu,1,2 Yuji Mitani,1,4 Takumi Yamaguchi,1,2 Hisafumi Yasuda,1 Akira Ishikawa1 1Department of Community Health Sciences, Kobe University Graduate School of Health Sciences, 2Department of Rehabilitation, 3Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kobe City Medical Center West Hospital, Kobe, 4Department of Rehabilitation, Sapporo Nishimaruyama Hospital, Sapporo, Japan Purpose: Pulmonary hypertension and exercise-induced oxygen desaturation (EID influence acute exacerbation of COPD. Computed tomography (CT-detected pulmonary artery (PA enlargement is independently associated with acute COPD exacerbations. Associations between PA to aorta (PA:A ratio and EID in patients with COPD have not been reported. We hypothesized that the PA:A ratio correlated with EID and that results of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT would be useful for predicting the risk associated with PA:A >1.Patients and methods: We retrospectively measured lung function, 6MWT, emphysema area, and PA enlargement on CT in 64 patients with COPD. The patients were classified into groups with PA:A ≤1 and >1. Receiver-operating characteristic curves were used to determine the threshold values with the best cutoff points to predict patients with PA:A >1.Results: The PA:A >1 group had lower forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1, forced vital capacity (FVC, FEV1:FVC ratio, diffusion capacity of lung carbon monoxide, 6MW distance, and baseline peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2, lowest SpO2, highest modified Borg scale results, percentage low-attenuation area, and history of acute COPD exacerbations ≤1 year, and worse BODE (Body mass index, airflow Obstruction, Dyspnea, and Exercise index results (P<0.05. Predicted PA:A >1 was determined for SpO2 during 6MWT (best cutoff point 89%, area under the curve 0.94, 95% confidence interval 0.88–1. SpO2 <90% during 6MWT showed a sensitivity of 93.1, specificity of 94

  7. Asymptomatic leukemic-cell infiltration of the pancreas: US findings.

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    Collado, Laura; Dardanelli, Esteban; Sierre, Sergio; Moguillansky, Silvia; Lipsich, José

    2011-06-01

    Pancreatic infiltration of leukemic cells is a very rare manifestation at the onset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in childhood. Pancreatic enlargement in this situation is unusual and pancreatic involvement is often associated with biliary obstruction, cholestasis and pancreatitis. We report a 3-month-old girl who presented with asymptomatic leukemic infiltration of the pancreas, demonstrated by US with heterogeneous pancreatic enlargement associated with multiple hypoechogenic lesions, without cholestasis. Although these manifestations are rare, ALL should be considered a cause of pancreatic enlargement.

  8. DETACHED EDDY SIMULATION OF HYDRAULIC CHARACTERISTICS ALONG THE SIDE-WALL AFTER A NEW ARRANGEMENT-SCHEME OF THE SUDDEN LATERAL ENLARGEMENT AND THE VERTICAL DROP

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    LI Guo-jing; DAI Guang-qing; YANG Qing; MA Xu-dong

    2011-01-01

    In order to study the cavitation damage in a side-wall when a sudden lateral enlargement and a vertical drop are imposed at the radial gate,a new arrangement-scheme is proposed,where the sudden lateral enlargement and the vertical drop can be imposed at the outlet of the gate chamber.The hydraulic characteristics along the side-wall are simulated by the detached eddy simulation and the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) method.The numerical results agree well with those of experiment.The experimental and numerical results show that the flow condition is smooth with only a weak water-wing appearing behind the lateral cavity,and the length of the lateral cavity becomes longer and is mainly affected by the size of the lateral enlargement and the zone of negative pressure after the water impacts the side-wall would disappear.The hydraulic characteristics of the new arrangement-scheme are beneficial to the prevention of the cavitation damage in the side-wall and the Detached Eddy Simulation (DES) with the VOF method can well predict the hydraulic characteristics after the new arrangement-scheme of the sudden lateral enlargement and the vertical drop.

  9. Evaluation of secondary surgery to enlarge the peeling of the internal limiting membrane following the failed surgery of idiopathic macular holes.

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    Che, Xin; He, Fanglin; Lu, Linna; Zhu, Dongqing; Xu, Xiaofang; Song, Xin; Fan, Xianqun; Wang, Zhiliang

    2014-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical results of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) combined with the surgical enlargement of internal limiting membrane (ILM) peeling in patients who had previously undergone failed idiopathic macular hole (IMH) surgery. In the study, 134 eyes from 130 IMH patients who had received PPV combined with ILM peeling surgery (2 disk diameters) were analyzed. Within this cohort, 14 eyes had IMHs that were not closed, of which 13 eyes underwent a second surgery involving enlargement of the ILM peeling. The extent of the ILM peeling was increased to the vascular arcades of the posterior fundus in the secondary surgery. Of the 13 eyes that underwent secondary surgery, five were in stage III and nine were in stage IV. The second surgery successfully achieved IMH closure in 61.5% (8/13) of the eyes. The IMH was completely closed following surgery and the logMAR vision increased from 0.98 to 0.84 (P=0.013) in the 8 successfully treated cases. The surgical enlargement of ILM peeling closed the IMHs and improved vision in the majority of patients. In addition, the procedures were safe. Therefore, the results of the present study indicate that enlargement of ILM peeling may be an effective therapy for patients who have previously undergone the failed surgical correction of an IMH.

  10. Optimized mixed oils remarkably reduce the amount of surfactants in microemulsions without affecting oral bioavailability of ibuprofen by simultaneously enlarging microemulsion areas and enhancing drug solubility.

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    Chen, Yizhen; Tuo, Jue; Huang, Huizhi; Liu, Dan; You, Xiuhua; Mai, Jialuo; Song, Jiaqi; Xie, Yanqi; Wu, Chuanbin; Hu, Haiyan

    2015-06-20

    The toxicity and irritation associated with high amounts of surfactants restrict the extensive utilization of microemulsions. To address these shortcomings, employing mixed oils to enlarge microemulsion areas therefore reducing surfactant contents is a promising strategy. However, what kinds of mixed oils are more efficient in enlarging microemulsion areas still remains unclear. In this research, we found that the chain length and degree of unsaturation of oils play a key role in enlarging microemulsion areas. The combination of moderate chain saturated oil caprylic/capric triglyceride (GTCC) with long chain unsaturated oil glycerol trioleate significantly increased the microemulsion areas. Solubility of ibuprofen in the mixed oils was unexpectedly and remarkably increased (almost 300mg/mL) compared with that (around 100mg/mL) of the single oil (GTCC), which also resulted in greatly increased solubility of ibuprofen in mixed oils-containing microemulsions. By optimizing the mixed oil formulation, the absolute amount of surfactant in drug-loaded microemulsions was reduced but increased drug oral bioavailability in rats was maintained. It could be concluded that the combined use of moderate chain oils and long chain unsaturated oils could not only acquire enlarged microemulsion areas but also enhanced drug solubility, therefore doubly reducing surfactant amount, which is extremely beneficial for developing safe microemulsions.

  11. Relationship of left atrial enlargement to persistence or development of ECG left ventricular hypertrophy in hypertensive patients: implications for the development of new atrial fibrillation

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    Okin, Peter M; Gerdts, Eva; Wachtell, Kristian

    2010-01-01

    Persistence and development of ECG left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) by Cornell product criteria are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation compared with regression or continued absence of LVH. We postulated that this association might be in part mediated via greater left atrial...... enlargement (LAE) in patients with new and persistent ECG LVH....

  12. ASEAN Enlargement and Norm Change – A Window of Opportunity for Democracy and Human Rights Entrepreneurs?

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the accession of Myanmar to ASEAN and its effects on the emergence of fundamental political norms in ASEAN. The article first advances the theoretical idea of how accession demands towards Regional Organizations (ROs open windows of opportunity for norm entrepreneurs to act for norm change in a Regional Organization. Secondly, these ideas are empirically illustrated by a case study on ASEAN’s enlargement to include Myanmar. The tentative conclusion is that, being confronted with the accession of the highly stigmatised state of Myanmar, ASEAN was forced to position itself vis-à-vis this outcome, and to open itself up to discussions about fundamental norms and regional identity. This critical phase of transition mobilised norm entrepreneurs to push for norm change, and opened avenues for these entrepreneurs to contribute ideas regarding ASEAN’s regional identity. By subsequently framing the discourse on human rights and democracy in Southeast Asia, and by successfully gaining access to the official ASEAN agenda, these entrepreneurs pressured ASEAN to be more precise about its norms. The discussion about stigmatised Myanmar thus introduced new ideas into the regional forum, and in the longer term may have contributed to ASEAN’s identity-building and the concession of greater attention to democracy and human rights issues.

  13. Enlarging the linear response range of velocity with optimum imaging parameters and modified data processing in laser speckle imaging

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    Qiu, Jianjun; Li, Pengcheng; Ul'yanov, Sergey S.; Zeng, Shaoqun; Luo, Qingming

    2008-02-01

    Laser speckle imaging (LSI) technique is considered as a promising method of accessing cerebral blood flow (CBF) of animals for its high spatiotemporal resolution and simplicity. It is important in LSI that optimum imaging parameters and limited noises should be confirmed to promote the imaging precision. We investigated in this paper different factors which may affect the imaging results with a moving white plate model, and then proposed a method of enlarging the linear response range of velocity. Through experiment, we proposed in our LSI system the optimum imaging parameters, including the numerical aperture and magnification of microscopy, the integration time, the gain mode of CCD camera. The average intensity was found optimum at about 800 counts out of 4096 grey level, which permits the highest contrast in our experiment. To eliminate the influence of uneven illumination, a direct current weight of 27 counts was subtracted during data processing. The result indicated that the relationship between measured velocity and the real one remained linear with R2 equaling to 0.99 throughout the scale of 80 mm/s.

  14. SLC26A4 gene copy number variations in Chinese patients with non-syndromic enlarged vestibular aqueduct

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    Zhao Jiandong

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA have either only one allelic mutant of the SLC26A4 gene or lack any detectable mutation. In this study, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA was used to screen for copy number variations (CNVs of SLC26A4 and to reveal the pathogenic mechanisms of non-syndromic EVA (NSEVA. Methods Between January 2003 and March 2010, 923 Chinese patients (481 males, 442 females with NSEVA were recruited. Among these, 68 patients (7.4% were found to carry only one mutant allele of SLC26A4 and 39 patients (4.2% lacked any detectable mutation in SLC26A4; these 107 patients without double mutant alleles were assigned to the patient group. Possible copy number variations in SLC26A4 were detected by SALSA MLPA. Results Using GeneMapper, no significant difference was observed between the groups, as compared with the standard probe provided in the assay. The results of the capillary electrophoresis showed no significant difference between the patients and controls. Conclusion Our results suggest that CNVs and the exon deletion in SLC26A4 are not important factors in NSEVA. However, it would be premature to conclude that CNVs have no role in EVA. Genome-wide studies to explore CNVs within non-coding regions of the SLC26A4 gene and neighboring regions are warranted, to elucidate their roles in NSEVA etiology.

  15. A case of transient cortical blindness associated with hypercapnia as a result of extremely enlarged adenoid tissue.

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    Malbora, Baris; Malbora, Nihan; Avci, Zekai; Olgac, Asburce; Erkan, Alper Nabi

    2015-01-01

    Adenotonsillar hypertrophy is common among children, but it can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Among the well-known complications are obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, growth failure, cor pulmonale, and hypertension. One complication of adenotonsillar hypertrophy that has not been previously reported in the English-language literature is transient cortical blindness. We describe such a case, which occurred in a 6-year-old boy who presented with a sudden loss of vision and subsequent unconsciousness. He had experienced hypercapnia and was resuscitated via endotracheal tube ventilation. Laboratory and radiologic assessments found no pathology except for extremely enlarged adenoid tissue. Once the patient was stabilized, an urgent adenotonsillectomy was performed. The patient recovered well, and his vision and respiratory symptoms resolved. Severe hypertrophy of the adenoid tissue can cause hypercapnia and acidosis secondary to upper airway obstruction. The possibility of adenoid hypertrophy and hypercapnia should be kept in mind in cases of transient cortical blindness. Aggressive treatment, including early intubation and adenoidectomy, may lead to a rapid resolution of symptoms.

  16. Enlarged prostate - after care

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    ... ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21420124 . NcNicholas TA, Kirby RS, Lepor H. Evaluation and nonsurgical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. In: Wein AJ, Kavoussi LR, Novick AC, Partin AW, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh Urology . 10th ed. Philadelphia, ...

  17. Technical Report on Enlargement

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    Jantzen J; Cofala J; Haan BJ de; MNV

    2001-01-01

    The economic assessment of priorities for a European environmental policy plan focuses on twelve identified Prominent European Environmental Problems such as climate change, chemical risks and biodiversity. The study, commissioned by the European Commission (DG Environment) to a European consortium

  18. Comparison of the Relationship between Cerebral White Matter and Grey Matter in Normal Dogs and Dogs with Lateral Ventricular Enlargement.

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    Full Text Available Large cerebral ventricles are a frequent finding in brains of dogs with brachycephalic skull conformation, in comparison with mesaticephalic dogs. It remains unclear whether oversized ventricles represent a normal variant or a pathological condition in brachycephalic dogs. There is a distinct relationship between white matter and grey matter in the cerebrum of all eutherian mammals. The aim of this study was to determine if this physiological proportion between white matter and grey matter of the forebrain still exists in brachycephalic dogs with oversized ventricles. The relative cerebral grey matter, white matter and cerebrospinal fluid volume in dogs were determined based on magnetic-resonance-imaging datasets using graphical software. In an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA using body mass as the covariate, the adjusted means of the brain tissue volumes of two groups of dogs were compared. Group 1 included 37 mesaticephalic dogs of different sizes with no apparent changes in brain morphology, and subjectively normal ventricle size. Group 2 included 35 brachycephalic dogs in which subjectively enlarged cerebral ventricles were noted as an incidental finding in their magnetic-resonance-imaging examination. Whereas no significant different adjusted means of the grey matter could be determined, the group of brachycephalic dogs had significantly larger adjusted means of lateral cerebral ventricles and significantly less adjusted means of relative white matter volume. This indicates that brachycephalic dogs with subjective ventriculomegaly have less white matter, as expected based on their body weight and cerebral volume. Our study suggests that ventriculomegaly in brachycephalic dogs is not a normal variant of ventricular volume. Based on the changes in the relative proportion of WM and CSF volume, and the unchanged GM proportions in dogs with ventriculomegaly, we rather suggest that distension of the lateral ventricles might be the underlying cause

  19. Nest enlargement in leaf-cutting ants: relocated brood and fungus trigger the excavation of new chambers.

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    Daniela Römer

    Full Text Available During colony growth, leaf-cutting ants enlarge their nests by excavating tunnels and chambers housing their fungus gardens and brood. Workers are expected to excavate new nest chambers at locations across the soil profile that offer suitable environmental conditions for brood and fungus rearing. It is an open question whether new chambers are excavated in advance, or will emerge around brood or fungus initially relocated to a suitable site in a previously-excavated tunnel. In the laboratory, we investigated the mechanisms underlying the excavation of new nest chambers in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex lundi. Specifically, we asked whether workers relocate brood and fungus to suitable nest locations, and to what extent the relocated items trigger the excavation of a nest chamber and influence its shape. When brood and fungus were exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions, either low temperatures or low humidity, both were relocated, but ants clearly preferred to relocate the brood first. Workers relocated fungus to places containing brood, demonstrating that subsequent fungus relocation spatially follows the brood deposition. In addition, more ants aggregated at sites containing brood. When presented with a choice between two otherwise identical digging sites, but one containing brood, ants' excavation activity was higher at this site, and the shape of the excavated cavity was more rounded and chamber-like. The presence of fungus also led to the excavation of rounder shapes, with higher excavation activity at the site that also contained brood. We argue that during colony growth, workers preferentially relocate brood to suitable locations along a tunnel, and that relocated brood spatially guides fungus relocation and leads to increased digging activity around them. We suggest that nest chambers are not excavated in advance, but emerge through a self-organized process resulting from the aggregation of workers and their density

  20. A WRKY Transcription Factor Recruits the SYG1-Like Protein SHB1 to Activate Gene Expression and Seed Cavity Enlargement

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    Kang, Xiaojun; Li, Wei; Zhou, Yun; Ni, Min

    2013-01-01

    Seed development in Arabidopsis and in many dicots involves an early proliferation of the endosperm to form a large embryo sac or seed cavity close to the size of the mature seed, followed by a second phase during which the embryo grows and replaces the endosperm. SHORT HYPOCOTYL UNDER BLUE1 (SHB1) is a member of the SYG1 protein family in fungi, Caenorhabditis elegans, flies, and mammals. SHB1 gain-of-function enhances endosperm proliferation, increases seed size, and up-regulates the expression of the WRKY transcription factor gene MINISEED3 (MINI3) and the LRR receptor kinase gene HAIKU2 (IKU2). Mutations in either IKU2 or MINI3 retard endosperm proliferation and reduce seed size. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment of the seed cavity and hence the seed size remain largely unknown. Here, we show that the expression of MINI3 and IKU2 is repressed before fertilization and after 4 days after pollination (DAP), but is activated by SHB1 from 2 to 4 DAP prior to the formation of the seed cavity. SHB1 associates with their promoters but without a recognizable DNA binding motif, and this association is abolished in mini3 mutant. MINI3 binds to W-boxes in, and recruits SHB1 to, its own and IKU2 promoters. Interestingly, SHB1, but not MINI3, activates transcription of pMINI3::GUS or pIKU2::GUS. We reveal a critical developmental switch through the activation of MINI3 expression by SHB1. The recruitment of SHB1 by MINI3 to its own and IKU2 promoters represents a novel two-step amplification to counter the low expression level of IKU2, which is a trigger for endosperm proliferation and seed cavity enlargement. PMID:23505389

  1. Nest enlargement in leaf-cutting ants: relocated brood and fungus trigger the excavation of new chambers.

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    Römer, Daniela; Roces, Flavio

    2014-01-01

    During colony growth, leaf-cutting ants enlarge their nests by excavating tunnels and chambers housing their fungus gardens and brood. Workers are expected to excavate new nest chambers at locations across the soil profile that offer suitable environmental conditions for brood and fungus rearing. It is an open question whether new chambers are excavated in advance, or will emerge around brood or fungus initially relocated to a suitable site in a previously-excavated tunnel. In the laboratory, we investigated the mechanisms underlying the excavation of new nest chambers in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex lundi. Specifically, we asked whether workers relocate brood and fungus to suitable nest locations, and to what extent the relocated items trigger the excavation of a nest chamber and influence its shape. When brood and fungus were exposed to unfavorable environmental conditions, either low temperatures or low humidity, both were relocated, but ants clearly preferred to relocate the brood first. Workers relocated fungus to places containing brood, demonstrating that subsequent fungus relocation spatially follows the brood deposition. In addition, more ants aggregated at sites containing brood. When presented with a choice between two otherwise identical digging sites, but one containing brood, ants' excavation activity was higher at this site, and the shape of the excavated cavity was more rounded and chamber-like. The presence of fungus also led to the excavation of rounder shapes, with higher excavation activity at the site that also contained brood. We argue that during colony growth, workers preferentially relocate brood to suitable locations along a tunnel, and that relocated brood spatially guides fungus relocation and leads to increased digging activity around them. We suggest that nest chambers are not excavated in advance, but emerge through a self-organized process resulting from the aggregation of workers and their density-dependent digging behavior

  2. Comparison of the Relationship between Cerebral White Matter and Grey Matter in Normal Dogs and Dogs with Lateral Ventricular Enlargement.

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    Schmidt, Martin J; Laubner, Steffi; Kolecka, Malgorzata; Failing, Klaus; Moritz, Andreas; Kramer, Martin; Ondreka, Nele

    2015-01-01

    Large cerebral ventricles are a frequent finding in brains of dogs with brachycephalic skull conformation, in comparison with mesaticephalic dogs. It remains unclear whether oversized ventricles represent a normal variant or a pathological condition in brachycephalic dogs. There is a distinct relationship between white matter and grey matter in the cerebrum of all eutherian mammals. The aim of this study was to determine if this physiological proportion between white matter and grey matter of the forebrain still exists in brachycephalic dogs with oversized ventricles. The relative cerebral grey matter, white matter and cerebrospinal fluid volume in dogs were determined based on magnetic-resonance-imaging datasets using graphical software. In an analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) using body mass as the covariate, the adjusted means of the brain tissue volumes of two groups of dogs were compared. Group 1 included 37 mesaticephalic dogs of different sizes with no apparent changes in brain morphology, and subjectively normal ventricle size. Group 2 included 35 brachycephalic dogs in which subjectively enlarged cerebral ventricles were noted as an incidental finding in their magnetic-resonance-imaging examination. Whereas no significant different adjusted means of the grey matter could be determined, the group of brachycephalic dogs had significantly larger adjusted means of lateral cerebral ventricles and significantly less adjusted means of relative white matter volume. This indicates that brachycephalic dogs with subjective ventriculomegaly have less white matter, as expected based on their body weight and cerebral volume. Our study suggests that ventriculomegaly in brachycephalic dogs is not a normal variant of ventricular volume. Based on the changes in the relative proportion of WM and CSF volume, and the unchanged GM proportions in dogs with ventriculomegaly, we rather suggest that distension of the lateral ventricles might be the underlying cause of pressure

  3. Goserelin acetate before transurethral resection of moderately enlarged benign prostatic hyperplasia: Prospective randomised-controlled clinical trial

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    Abo El-Enen, Mohamed; Tawfik, Ahmed; El-Abd, Ahmed S.; Ragab, Maged; El-Abd, Sherin; Elrashidy, Mohamed; Elmashad, Nehal; Rasheed, Mohamed; El-Abd, Shawky

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    Objective To evaluate the impact of a luteinising hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist, goserelin acetate (GA), on surgical blood loss during transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), as well as its histopathological effect on prostatic microvessel density (MVD). Patients and methods Patients who underwent TURP due to benign prostatic enlargement (60–100 mL) were randomly subdivided into two equal groups according to whether they received preoperative GA administration (3.6 mg; group A) or not (group B). Evaluation parameters were operative time, weight of resected prostatic tissue, perioperative haematocrit (HCT) changes, estimation of intraoperative blood loss, and suburethral and stromal prostatic MVD. Effects of GA on prostate weight and any possible side-effects were also monitored. Results In all, 35 and 33 patients were included in groups A and B, respectively. Operative time and HCT values’ changes were significantly less in group A (P < 0.05). Also, operative blood loss (both total and adjusted per weight of resected tissue) was lower in group A, at a mean (SD) of 178.13 (77.71) mL and 3.74 (1.52) mL/g vs 371.75 (91.09) mL and 8.59 (2.42) mL/g (P < 0.001). The median MVD in both suburethral [8 vs 11 vessels/high-power field (HPF)] and stromal tissues (9 vs 17 vessels/HPF) were significantly lower in group A (P < 0.001). Side-effects were minimal. Conclusion A single dose of GA, a LHRH agonist, before TURP is safe and effective in reducing surgical blood loss. It significantly reduced MVD in both suburethral and stromal nodular prostatic tissues without regional discrepancy. PMID:26966595

  4. Enlarged parietal foramina caused by mutations in the homeobox genes ALX4 and MSX2: from genotype to phenotype.

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    Mavrogiannis, Lampros A; Taylor, Indira B; Davies, Sally J; Ramos, Feliciano J; Olivares, José L; Wilkie, Andrew O M

    2006-02-01

    Heterozygous mutations of the homeobox genes ALX4 and MSX2 cause skull defects termed enlarged parietal foramina (PFM) and cranium bifidum (CB); a single MSX2 mutation has been documented in a unique craniosynostosis (CRS) family. However, the relative mutational contribution of these genes to PFM/CB and CRS is not known and information on genotype-phenotype correlations is incomplete. We analysed ALX4 and MSX2 in 11 new unrelated cases or families with PFM/CB, 181 cases of CRS, and a single family segregating a submicroscopic deletion of 11p11.2, including ALX4. We explored the correlations between skull defect size and age, gene, and mutation type, and reviewed additional phenotypic manifestations. Four PFM cases had mutations in either ALX4 or MSX2; including previous families, we have identified six ALX4 and six MSX2 mutations, accounting for 11/13 familial, but only 1/6 sporadic cases. The deletion family confirms the delineation of a mental retardation locus to within 1.1 Mb region of 11p11.2. Overall, no significant size difference was found between ALX4- and MSX2-related skull defects, but the ALX4 mutation p.R218Q tends to result in persistent CB and is associated with anatomical abnormalities of the posterior fossa. We conclude that PFM caused by mutations in ALX4 and MSX2 have a similar prevalence and are usually clinically indistinguishable. Mutation screening has a high pickup rate in PFM, especially in familial cases, but is not indicated in CRS.

  5. The Student with Sickle Cell Anemia.

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    Tetrault, Sylvia M.

    1981-01-01

    Sickle cell anemia is the most common and severe of inherited chronic blood disorders. In the United States, sickle cell anemia is most common among the Black population. Among the most commonly occurring symptoms are: an enlarged spleen, episodes of severe pain, easily contracted infections, skin ulcers, and frequent urination. (JN)

  6. General Information about Merkel Cell Carcinoma

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    ... when Merkel cells grow out of control. Merkel cell carcinoma starts most often in areas of skin exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck, as well as the arms, legs, and trunk. Enlarge Anatomy of the skin showing the epidermis, ...

  7. Treatment Option Overview (Merkel Cell Carcinoma)

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    ... when Merkel cells grow out of control. Merkel cell carcinoma starts most often in areas of skin exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck, as well as the arms, legs, and trunk. Enlarge Anatomy of the skin showing the epidermis, ...

  8. Bütünleşme Kuramlarının Avrupa Birliği Genişlemesine Bakışı(The View of Integration Theories on European Union Enlargement

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    Hüseyin Kutay AYTUĞ

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Enlargement, which is on the agenda of European Union since Rome Treaty, is one of the most important political agents. Enlargements, each of which has been carefully devised, canvassed and implemented within the historical process, have been analysed by theories and approaches which try to explain European integration. The Union, on the one hand enlarges, on the other hand attempts to deepen. The theories and approaches which try to explain that process have been developed and diversified with the Union’s evolution. Though such theories are sometimes seen as they compete with each other, actually they complement each other and partly overlap. The aim of this study is to assess views of the following theories and approaches on enlargement: federalism, neo-functionalism, liberal intergovernmentalism, multi level governance, new institutionalism, social constructivism and to display Central and Eastern Europe enlargement from viewpoints of different theories.

  9. Cavity as a source of conformational fluctuation and high-energy state: High-pressure NMR study of a cavity-enlarged mutant of T4 lysozyme

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    Maeno, Akihiro; Hirata, Fumio; Otten, Renee; Dahlquist, Frederick W; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki; Akasaka, Kazuyuki; Mulder, Frans A A; Kitahara, Ryo

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    Although the structure, function, conformational dynamics, and controlled thermodynamics of proteins are manifested by their corresponding amino acid sequences, the natural rules for molecular design and their corresponding interplay remain obscure. In this study, we focused on the role of internal cavities of proteins in conformational dynamics. We investigated the pressure-induced responses from the cavity-enlarged L99A mutant of T4 lysozyme, using high-pressure NMR spectroscopy. The signal intensities of the methyl groups in the 1H/13C HSQC spectra, particularly those around the enlarged cavity, decreased with the increasing pressure, and disappeared at 200 MPa, without the appearance of new resonances, thus indicating the presence of heterogeneous conformations around the cavity within the ground state ensemble. Above 200 MPa, the signal intensities of more than 20 methyl groups gradually decreased with the increasing pressure, without the appearance of new resonances. Interestingly, these residues closel...

  10. Research on Enlarge Design of Mixing Settler%稀土萃取混合澄清槽的放大设计研究

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    吴富姬; 周雄军

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    应用Fluent软件模拟稀土萃取混合澄清槽中液体混合状态,得出示踪剂浓度与分布随混合时间的变化关系,推导出设备放大对搅拌功率和混合时间的影响。研究结果可供混合搅拌设备的放大与设计参考。%By simulating mixing state of liquids in mixing settler using Fluent software ,the tracer agent concentration and distribution in mixing process are determined .T he effect of mixing settler enlarge on stirring power and mixing time were infered .The results has a certain reference value for enlarge and design of mixing equipment .

  11. A case report on the relationship between treatment-resistant childhood-onset schizophrenia and an abnormally enlarged cavum septum pellucidum combined with cavum vergae

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    LIAO Zheng-luan; HU Shao-hua; XU Yi

    2012-01-01

    The treatment of refractory schizophrenia has been a clinical challenge for most psychiatrists; the possible reasons include diagnostic errors,medical conditions and brain dysgenesis.Here,we described a patient with childhood-onset schizophrenia who had severe psychiatric symptoms such as auditory hallucinations and persecutory delusions,and etc.We reexamined all his possible medical conditions and found that the patient had an abnormally enlarged cavus septum pellucidum (CSP) combined with cavum vergae (CV) (maximum length >30 mm).Some reports suggested that abnormal CSP (length >6 mm) has a significant association with schizophrenia.However,abnormally large CSP or CSP/CV and related prognosis were reported rarely.This case suggested that abnormally enlarged CSP or CSP/CV may worsen the prognosis.

  12. Evaluation of measures for enlargement, renaturation and development of a dry grassland biotope by analysing differences in the carabid fauna (Coleoptera)

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    Sieren, Elisabeth; Fischer, Franz Peter

    2002-03-01

    Measures for enlargement and renaturation of a dry grassland biotope are evaluated by bioindication. On several sample plots in a dry grassland nature reserve and in adjacent formerly arable lands (enlargement areas) we analysed the temporal and spatial distribution of carabid species. As carabid beetles were used as an indicator group representative of other ecological mechanisms (e.g., reactions to environmental changes) the theme and problematic nature of this paper is of theoretical and general ecological interest also. By computing several faunistic parameters, the differences and the change of the carabid coenoses could be analysed statistically. Removing the topsoil is a very effective measure for renaturing dry grassland. This measure reduces significantly the high number of individuals and the high percentage of euryoecious carabid species, both typical for arable lands. On sample plots with removed topsoil, the percentage of endangered and protected species listed in the Red Data Lists was significantly higher than in sample plots with humus layers. There was no difference between sample plots with removed topsoil and sample plots with humus layer with respect to the percentage of thermophilic and xerophilic carabid species indicative of dry grassland biotopes. A further important factor for the success of restoring and enlarging dry grassland biotopes is the distance and the isolation of the enlargement fields. Isolated sample plots with no or little connection and a large distance to the nature reserve showed a significantly lower percentage of thermophilic and xerophilic carabid species indicative of dry grassland biotopes and a significantly lower percentage of endangered and protected species listed in the Red Data Lists than sample plots close to the nature reserve. Furthermore, in comparison to sample plots close to the nature reserve, the isolated sample plots showed significantly lower faunistic similarity to the nature reserve (Renkonen- and

  13. Danger zone analysis using cone beam computed tomography after apical enlargement with K3 and K3XF in a manikin model

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    Olivier, Juan-Gonzalo; García-Font, Marc; Gonzalez-Sanchez, Jose-Antonio; Roig-Cayon, Miguel

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    Background The objective of the study was to evaluate and compare how apical enlargement with K3 and K3XF nickel-titanium (NiTi) rotary instruments reduces the root thickness in the danger zone and affects canal transportation and centering ability in mandibular molar mesial canals in a manikin extracted tooth model. Material and Methods Seventy-two mesial root canals of first mandibular molars were instrumented. Initial and post-instrumentation Cone Beam Computed Tomography scans were performed after root canal preparation up to size 25, 30, 35 and 40 files. Canal transportation, canal centering and remaining root dentin thickness toward the danger zone were calculated in sections 1, 2 and 3 mm under the furcation level. Data were analyzed using non-parametric Kruskal-Wallis analysis of variance at a significance level of P 0.05). Conclusions Under the conditions of this study K3 removed a significant amount of dentin at the furcation level compared with the R-Phase K3XF rotary system in curved root canals. Enlargement to a 35-40/04 file removed significantly more dentin with both systems. Key words:K3, K3XF, R-phase, center ability, canal transportation, dentin thickness, increased apical enlargement, danger zone, dentin thickness. PMID:27703602

  14. Diagnostic value of EBUS-TBNA for lung cancer with non-enlarged lymph nodes: a study in a tuberculosis-endemic country.

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    Chih-Hsi Kuo

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In tuberculosis (TB-endemic areas, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT and positron emission tomography (PET findings of lung cancer patients with non-enlarged lymph nodes are frequently discrepant. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial aspiration (EBUS-TBNA enables real-time nodal sampling, and thereby improves nodal diagnosis accuracy. This study aimed to compare the accuracy of nodal diagnosis by using EBUS-TBNA, and PET. METHODS: We studied 43 lung cancer patients with CT-defined non-enlarged mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes and examined 78 lymph nodes using EBUS-TBNA. RESULTS: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of EBUS-TBNA were 80.6%, 100%, 100%, and 85.7%, respectively. PET had low specificity (18.9% and a low positive predictive value (44.4%. The diagnostic accuracy of EBUS-TBNA was higher than that of PET (91% vs. 47.4%; p<0.001. Compared to CT-based nodal assessment, PET yielded a positive diagnostic impact in 36.9% nodes, a negative diagnostic impact in 46.2% nodes, and no diagnostic impact in 16.9% nodes. Patients with lymph nodes showing negative PET diagnostic impact had a high incidence of previous pulmonary TB. Multivariate analysis indicated that detection of hilar nodes on PET was an independent predictor of negative diagnostic impact of PET. CONCLUSION: In a TB-endemic area with a condition of CT-defined non-enlarged lymph node, the negative diagnostic impact of PET limits its clinical usefulness for nodal staging; therefore, EBUS-TBNA, which facilitates direct diagnosis, is preferred.

  15. Parteneriatul estic: începutul refluxului procesului de extindere a Uniunii Europene? (The Eastern Partnership: the beginning of the ebb for the EU enlargement?

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    Gheorghe CIASCAI

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available he aim of this paper is to highlight the geopolitical limits and the strategic weakness of the European Union in his approach concerning the enlargement policy and the Neighborhood Policy after the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine. For this reason, the research will examine the evolution of the Eastern Partnership since February 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation and the start of war in eastern regions of Ukraine until present. Also, the paper will examine the impact of the dynamics of the Eastern Partnership for the Eastern European Partners, especially for Republic of Moldova.

  16. Optic Disc Change during Childhood Myopic Shift: Comparison between Eyes with an Enlarged Cup-To-Disc Ratio and Childhood Glaucoma Compared to Normal Myopic Eyes.

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    Hae-Young Lopilly Park

    Full Text Available Progressive disc tilting and the development or enlargement of peripapillary atrophy (PPA are observed during a myopic shift in children. This could be related to the changes around the optic nerve head during eyeball elongation. If the biomechanical properties at or around the optic nerve head are changed after exposure to elevated intraocular pressure (IOP in glaucoma eyes, different response of the disc tilting and PPA changes could take place during eyeball elongation by myopic shift. On the basis of this background, the aim of this study was to compare the morphological changes in the optic disc induced by a myopic shift during childhood between normal control eyes, eyes from disc suspects with an enlarged cup-to-disc ratio (CDR, and eyes with childhood glaucoma.Total of 82 eyes from 82 subjects younger than 14 years of age were included in the study. Serial disc photographs were classified into one of two groups: eyes with an optic nerve head (ONH or peripapillary atrophy (PPA change or without an ONH/PPA change. Using ImageJ software, the outlines of the optic disc and PPA were plotted, and the vertical disc diameter (VDD, horizontal disc diameter (HDD, and maximum PPA width (PPW were measured. The changes in the ratios of these parameters and the relationships between the degree of myopic shift or the ONH/PPA change were analyzed.Twenty-five eyes with normal optic disc appearance, 36 eyes with enlarged cup-to-disc ratio, and 21 eyes of glaucoma patients were analyzed. The initial intraocular pressure (IOP at diagnosis was significantly different among the groups (P<0.001. The degree of myopic shift during follow-up period was not significantly different among the groups (P=0.612. However, the changes in the HDD/VDD and PPW/VDD ratios were significantly greater in the disc suspect group and significantly smaller in the glaucoma group. Among the 42 eyes with an ONH/PPA change, 16 (38.1% were from the normal control group, 24 (57.1% were

  17. An enlarging landslide scar and evolution of the surrounding forested hillslope: Results from a dendrogeomorphic and multi-temporal LiDAR DTM survey

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    Keck, J. W.; Hsiao, C.; Lin, B.; Wright, W. E.; Chi, S.

    2012-12-01

    Landslide sediment hazard assessments performed in Taiwan commonly rely on the area of landslide scars clearly visible in aerial photos or satellite images to gauge sediment hazard. Although studies in Taiwan have shown that erosion rates associated with an exposed landslide scar can be more than two times as high as pre-landslide levels, it has also been shown that a significant amount of sediment is derived from further retrogressive enlargement of the scar. Hillslope surface features such as tension cracks and secondary scarps located outside of the scar may be indicative of future landslide activity, however, because temporal relationships between those features and the landslide scar are unknown, confidence in future scar enlargement area estimates can be limited. The goal of this study is to investigate how a hillslope both spatially and temporally evolves around an enlarging landslide scar and how that evolution may have been related to the final area of the scar. The hillslope is the north face of a low elevation(800m to 1200m) spur located in the northern Xueshan mountains of Taiwan. Prior to formation of the landslide scar, the hillslope was defined by a forested, nearly planar surface incised by several shallow, parallel draining hollows. During a period of strong typhoons between 1997 and 2008, the landslide scar initiated at the foot of the slope and intermittently enlarged along one of the hollows until reaching the ridgeline. Presently, numerous tension cracks, debris flow channels and smaller landslide scarps cut across the hillslope on all sides of the scar. Evolution of the scar is reconstructed using aerial photo and satellite images. The location of landslide features hidden by the forest outside of the scar are surveyed in the field and an attempt is made to identify the timing of sub-canopy movement using a dendrogeomorphic survey on primarily alder and all available conifer trees. Multiple AirLIDAR DTM data sets, recorded throughout the later

  18. Bacterial Cell Wall Growth, Shape and Division

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    The shape of a bacterial cell is maintained by its peptidoglycan sacculus that completely surrounds the cytoplasmic membrane. During growth the sacculus is enlarged by peptidoglycan synthesis complexes that are controlled by components linked to the cytoskeleton and, in Gram-negative bacteria, by ou

  19. Hacking the genetic code of mammalian cells.

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    Schwarzer, Dirk

    2009-07-06

    A genetic shuttle: The highlighted article, which was recently published by Schultz, Geierstanger and co-workers, describes a straightforward scheme for enlarging the genetic code of mammalian cells. An orthogonal tRNA/aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase pair specific for a new amino acid can be evolved in E. coli and subsequently transferred into mammalian cells. The feasibility of this approach was demonstrated by adding a photocaged lysine derivative to the genetic repertoire of a human cell line.

  20. Ultrasonographic nerve enlargement of the median and ulnar nerves and the cervical nerve roots in patients with demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: distinction from patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

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    Sugimoto, Takamichi; Ochi, Kazuhide; Hosomi, Naohisa; Takahashi, Tetsuya; Ueno, Hiroki; Nakamura, Takeshi; Nagano, Yoshito; Maruyama, Hirofumi; Kohriyama, Tatsuo; Matsumoto, Masayasu

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    Demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) are both demyelinating polyneuropathies. The differences in nerve enlargement degree and pattern at multiple evaluation sites/levels are not well known. We investigated the differences in nerve enlargement degree and the distribution pattern of nerve enlargement in patients with demyelinating CMT and CIDP, and verified the appropriate combination of sites/levels to differentiate between these diseases. Ten patients (aged 23-84 years, three females) with demyelinating CMT and 16 patients (aged 30-85 years, five females) with CIDP were evaluated in this study. The nerve sizes were measured at 24 predetermined sites/levels from the median and ulnar nerves and the cervical nerve roots (CNR) using ultrasonography. The evaluation sites/levels were classified into three regions: distal, intermediate and cervical. The number of sites/levels that exhibited nerve enlargement (enlargement site number, ESN) in each region was determined from the 24 sites/levels and from the selected eight screening sites/levels, respectively. The cross-sectional areas of the peripheral nerves were markedly larger at all evaluation sites in patients with demyelinating CMT than in patients with CIDP (p demyelinating CMT and CIDP were 0.90 and 0.94, respectively, with the cut-off value set at four. Nerve ultrasonography is useful to detect nerve enlargement and can clarify morphological differences in nerves between patients with demyelinating CMT and CIDP.

  1. Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Hairy Cell Leukemia in Pregnancy

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    Beni Adegoke Adeniji

    2010-01-01

    Conclusion. Hairy cell leukemia is a clonal B-Cell malignancy, for which there is very limited experience worldwide for its management when it occurs during pregnancy. Laparoscopic splenectomy should be considered as a therapeutic option, even with a significantly enlarged spleen, in order to avoid the risks of fetal exposure to chemotherapeutic agents. Unique considerations relating to pregnancy are highlighted.

  2. Planning Method of Eco-environment Restoration Based on Enlarging Terrace and De-farming in Loess Hilly Region——A Case Study of Yangou Catchment

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    Lijuan; DANG; Yong; XU

    2013-01-01

    After expatiating the guiding ideology,contents,standards and principles of eco-environment restoration based on enlarging terrace and de-farming,this paper discussed the planning method and technical flow of enlarging terrace and garden plot in a small catchment of loess hilly region by means of GIS spatial analysis technology,and then the planning method was applied in Yangou catchment.The result showed that it is practicabl,and the areas of newly-built terrace and garden plot in Yangou catchment are at least 295.06 and 4.61 hm2,so that the areas of basic farmland and garden plot reach 359.23 and 622.69 hm2.After the land use structure is regulated,the forest coverage is 48.87%,and the permanent vegetation coverage is about 75% in Yangou catchment,while sediment reduction benefit is above 80% in slope land.In agricultural development,Yangou catchment can yield 1 645.13 tons of food supplies,above 9 340 tons of apples,and can feed 7 500 sheep every year.

  3. [New technique of concomitant replacement of the aortic valve and the ascending aorta with enlargement of the aortic annulus for congenital bicuspid aortic valve].

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    Takahara, Shingo; Fukasawa, Manabu; Kawahara, Yu; Suzuki, Kotaro; Kobayashi, Yuriko

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    Congenital bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is one of the most common congenital heart diseases, with a high incidence of associated valvular lesions and aortic abnormalities including aortic stenosis( AS), aortic regurgitation, aortic dilatation, and aortic dissection. Patients with BAV and AS often have a small aortic annulus. We encountered a case of BAV in which a 51-year-old woman with severe AS having a small aortic annulus and a dilated ascending aorta required surgical intervention. We performed the surgery using new technique that involved concomitant replacement of the aortic valve and the ascending aorta with enlargement of the aortic annulus using a single uniquely-shaped graft to avoid prosthesis patient mismatch. We trimmed the proximal end of the straight graft in shape of 2 teardrops hanging on it to fit the cut annulus. It requires only a single suture line to replace the ascending aorta and enlarge the aortic annulus, which entails a decreased risk of bleeding during surgery. We believe that it could be applicable to many cases requiring concomitant surgery.

  4. Decline of seminal parameters in middle-aged males is associated with lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate enlargement and bladder outlet obstruction

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    Kristo Ausmees

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose We aimed to compare the associations between semen quality, associated reproductive indicators and the main prostate-related parameters in middle-aged men. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study on 422 middle-aged men who underwent the screening for prostate health. Their reproductive function, semen quality and prostate-related pathologies were investigated. Results Significant associations between semen quality and prostate-related parameters could be seen. Total sperm count and sperm density decreased along with the increase of the I-PSS score and total prostate volume. Also, the related lower urinary tract characteristics showed a negative correlation with main semen parameters for all investigated subjects. No significant differences in age, testicular size, and hormonal parameters were found between the subjects with or without lower urinary tract symptoms and prostate enlargement. Conclusions Our study suggests that altered seminal parameters in middle-aged men are associated with LUTS, prostate enlargement and/or bladder outlet obstruction. Although the assessments of prostate and lower urinary tract symptoms may not replace the semen parameters evaluating the male reproductive status, there is a need for further and more detailed investigations about the pathways behind these associations as well as possible related conditions.

  5. Gingival enlargement as an early diagnostic indicator in therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia: A rare case report and review of literature

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    Triveni M Gowda

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Treatment for Hodgkin′s lymphoma (HL has resulted in excellent survival rates but is associated with increased risks of secondary therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia (t-AML. Gingival enlargement associated with bleeding and ulceration is the most common rapidly appearing oral manifestations of leukemic involvement. An 8 months pregnant patient reported with generalized gingival enlargement, with localized cyanotic and necrotic papillary areas. Co-relating the hematological report with the oral lesions and her past medical history of HL, a diagnosis of t-AML secondary to treatment for HL was made by the oncologist. As oral lesions are one of the initial manifestations of acute leukemia, they may serve as a significant diagnostic indicator for the dental surgeons and their important role in diagnosing and treating such cases. Furthermore, this case report highlights the serious complication of t-AML subsequent to HL treatment and the important role that a general and oral health care professional may play in diagnosing and treating such cases.

  6. Lack of potassium channel induces proliferation and survival causing increased neurogenesis and two-fold hippocampus enlargement

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    Almgren, Malin; Persson, Ann-Sophie; Fenghua, Chen

    2007-01-01

    The megencephaly mice show dramatic progressive increase in brain size and seizures. The overgrowth affects primarily the hippocampus and ventral cortex. The phenotype originates from a mutation in the Shaker-like voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.1 brain, which results in a malfunctioning prot...... of age. This phenotype is a result, at least in DG, from increased proliferation, neurogenesis, and enhanced general hippocampal cell survival. Udgivelsesdato: 2007-null...

  7. Plasma cell granuloma of gingiva

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    Balaji Manohar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Plasma cell granuloma is a rare benign lesion characterized by the infiltration of plasma cells; primarily occurring in the lungs. It is also seen to occur in the brain, kidney stomach, heart, and so on. In the intraoral region it is seen to involve the tongue, oral mucosa, and gingiva. This case presents a 42-year-old female, with an enlargement in the maxillary anterior region, treated by excisional biopsy. Histological evaluation revealed plasma cell infiltrates in the connective tissue. The immunohistochemistry revealed kappa and lambda light chains with a polyclonal staining pattern, which confirmed the diagnosis of plasma cell granuloma.

  8. Defective planar cell polarity in polycystic kidney disease.

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    Fischer, Evelyne; Legue, Emilie; Doyen, Antonia; Nato, Faridabano; Nicolas, Jean-François; Torres, Vicente; Yaniv, Moshe; Pontoglio, Marco

    2006-01-01

    Morphogenesis involves coordinated proliferation, differentiation and spatial distribution of cells. We show that lengthening of renal tubules is associated with mitotic orientation of cells along the tubule axis, demonstrating intrinsic planar cell polarization, and we demonstrate that mitotic orientations are significantly distorted in rodent polycystic kidney models. These results suggest that oriented cell division dictates the maintenance of constant tubule diameter during tubular lengthening and that defects in this process trigger renal tubular enlargement and cyst formation.

  9. Synthesis of alginate stabilized gold nanoparticles by gamma-irradiation with controllable size using different Au{sup 3+} concentration and seed particles enlargement

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    Nguyen Tue Anh; Dang Van Phu; Nguyen Ngoc Duy [Research and Development Center for Radiation Technology, Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, 202 A, Street 11, Linh xuan Ward, Thu duc District, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Bui Duy Du [Institute of Applied Material Science, Vietnam National Institute for Science and Technology, Ha Noi (Viet Nam); Nguyen Quoc Hien, E-mail: hien7240238@yahoo.co [Research and Development Center for Radiation Technology, Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, 202 A, Street 11, Linh xuan Ward, Thu duc District, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam)

    2010-04-15

    Gold nanoparticles with pre-selected size in the range 5-40 nm were synthesized by gamma-irradiation of Au{sup 3+} solution containing natural polysaccharide alginate as a stabilizer. The gold nanoparticles with controllable size were prepared by two approaches: (i) varying the concentration of Au{sup 3+} from 0.25 to 1 mM and alginate from 0.25% to 1% (w/v) and (ii) enlargement of seed particles with double size from 20 to 40 nm at [Au{sup 3+}]/[Au{sup 0}]=6. The obtained gold nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicated that gamma-irradiation method is suitable for production of gold nanoparticles with controllable size and high purity.

  10. Enlarging Capacity Design of PressⅡ Ethoxylation Device%普利斯二代乙氧基化装置扩能改造设计

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    刘伟

    2016-01-01

    提出了普利斯二代乙氧基化装置扩能改造设计方案,装置生产能力由5.2万t/a提高到7.5万t/a,综合能耗由51.3 kg Eo/t降至43.6 kg Eo/t,节约费用85.51元/t。%Enlarging capacity design project of PressⅡ ethoxylation device was mentioned, device production capacity was increased from 52 kt/a to 75 kt/a, synthesized power consumption was decreased from 51.3 kg Eo/t to 43.6 kg Eo/t.

  11. Delineation of a contiguous gene syndrome with multiple exostoses, enlarged parietal foramina, craniofacial dysostosis, and mental retardation, caused by deletions on the short arm of chromosome 11

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    Bartsch, O.; Werner, W.; Hinkel, G.K. [Univ. Hospital Dresden (Germany); Van Hul, W.; Willems, P.J. [Univ. of Antwerp (Belgium)] [and others

    1996-04-01

    A contiguous gene syndrome due to deletions of the proximal short arm of chromosome 11 is described in eight patients belonging to four families. The main clinical features are multiple exostoses, enlarged parietal foramina, craniofacial dysostosis, and mental retardation. The patients have cytogenetic and/or molecular deletions of chromosome 11p11-p13. These deletions are located between the centromere and D11S914 in a region of {approximately}20 cM. The present study confirms the presence of a multiple exostoses gene on chromosome 11p. Furthermore, it suggests that the gene for isolated foramina parietalia permagna and genes associated with craniofacial dysostosis and mental retardation reside in the same chromosomal region. 31 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  12. 高中英语词汇扩充策略探究%The Strategy of Enlarge the Vocabulary of Senior High School Student

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    马明珍

    2014-01-01

    高中英语词汇教学是教学环节中的重要一环,教师要不断创新,探索词汇教学的新路子、新方法。切实提高教学效率,拓展学生英语的词汇量,为高中英语的教育学打下坚实的基础。%The teaching of senior high school English vocabulary is one of the most important parts of the language teaching. Teachers must be creative,try to find the new ways of vocabulary teaching.And improve the result of teaching,enlarge the amount of vocabulary,make a firm foundation of the English teaching.

  13. CNC机器人七轴加工石膏模型放大雕塑%CNC robot seven axis processing gypsum model enlarged sculpture

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    胡春良; 李斌

    2016-01-01

    CNC机器人七轴加工设备可实现复杂立体造型的自动化雕刻加工。简单介绍CNC机器人七轴加工石膏模型放大雕塑工艺流程。%CNC robots seven axis machining equipment is by an industrial robot arm control electric spindle, and multiple spindle automatic programming software and used to control the operation of a robotic arm software portfolio and, automatic carving processing of three-dimensional modeling of complex. Recent Chinese art casting enterprises from Italy introduced CNC robots for seven - axis machining sculpture magnifying plaster model of special equipment, realize the art casting another major leap of the large-scale sculpture lofting. This paper simply introduces the CNC robot seven axis processing gypsum model to enlarge the sculpture process.

  14. A carboxy-methyl cellulose coated humidity sensor based on Mach-Zehnder interferometer with waist-enlarged bi-tapers

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    Ma, Qifei; Ni, Kai; Huang, Ran

    2017-01-01

    A fiber-optic Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) humidity sensor is proposed, comprising a pair of waist-enlarged bi-tapers and carboxy-methyl cellulose (CMC) coating. The MZI utilizes intermodal interference between the core mode and cladding modes for the measurement of the effective refractive index (RI) of the CMC film that varies with surrounding humidity, through change in the sensor's interference pattern. The proposed sensor is linearly responsive to relative humidity (RH) within the humidity range from 70% RH to 85% RH, with maximum sensitivity of -0.8578 dB/% RH. The advantages of this sensor are its compact size and a facile fabrication process. More importantly, humidity sensitivity can be improved by changing the thickness of the CMC film, which makes this structure a highly promising for real-time, practical RH monitoring application.

  15. Increasing the effective aperture of a detector and enlarging the receiving field of view in a 3D imaging lidar system through hexagonal prism beam splitting.

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    Lee, Xiaobao; Wang, Xiaoyi; Cui, Tianxiang; Wang, Chunhui; Li, Yunxi; Li, Hailong; Wang, Qi

    2016-07-11

    The detector in a highly accurate and high-definition scanning 3D imaging lidar system requires high frequency bandwidth and sufficient photosensitive area. To solve the problem of small photosensitive area of an existing indium gallium arsenide detector with a certain frequency bandwidth, this study proposes a method for increasing the receiving field of view (FOV) and enlarging the effective photosensitive aperture of such detector through hexagonal prism beam splitting. The principle and construction of hexagonal prism beam splitting is also discussed in this research. Accordingly, a receiving optical system with two hexagonal prisms is provided and the splitting beam effect of the simulation experiment is analyzed. Using this novel method, the receiving optical system's FOV can be improved effectively up to ±5°, and the effective photosensitive aperture of the detector is increased from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm.

  16. Six novel alleles identified in Italian hereditary fructose intolerance patients enlarge the mutation spectrum of the aldolase B gene.

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    Esposito, Gabriella; Santamaria, Rita; Vitagliano, Luigi; Ieno, Luigi; Viola, Antonietta; Fiori, Laura; Parenti, Giancarlo; Zancan, Lucia; Zagari, Adriana; Salvatore, Francesco

    2004-12-01

    Hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI) is a recessively inherited disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by impaired functioning of human liver aldolase (B isoform; ALDOB). To-date, 29 enzyme-impairing mutations have been identified in the aldolase B gene. Here we report six novel HFI single nucleotide changes identified by sequence analysis in the aldolase B gene. Three of these are missense mutations (g.6846T>C, g.10236G>T, g.10258T>C), one is a nonsense mutation (g.8187C>T) and two affect splicing sites (g.8180G>C and g.10196A>G). We have expressed in bacterial cells the recombinant proteins corresponding to the g.6846T>C (p.I74T), g.10236G>T (p.V222F), and g.10258T>C (p.L229P) natural mutants to study their effect on aldolase B function and structure. All the new variants were insoluble; molecular graphics data suggest this is due to impaired folding.

  17. Cells

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    Zhao-Hui Jin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available As cancer stem cells (CSCs are postulated to play critical roles in cancer development, including metastasis and recurrence, CSC imaging would provide valuable information for cancer treatment and lead to CSC-targeted therapy. To assess the possibility of in vivo CSC targeting, we conducted basic studies on radioimmunotargeting of cancer cells positive for CD133, a CSC marker recognized in various cancers. Antibodies against CD133 were labeled with 125I, and their in vitro cell binding properties were tested. Using the same isotype IgG as a control, in vivo biodistribution of the labeled antibody retaining immunoreactivity was examined in mice bearing an HCT116 xenograft in which a population of the cancer cells expressed CD133. Intratumoral distribution of the labeled antibody was examined and compared to the CD133 expression pattern. The 125I-labeled anti-CD133 antibody showed a modest but significantly higher accumulation in the HCT116 xenograft compared to the control IgG. The intratumoral distribution of the labeled antibody mostly overlapped with the CD133 expression, whereas the control IgG was found in the area close to the necrotic tumor center. Our results indicate that noninvasive in vivo targeting of CSCs could be possible with radiolabeled antibodies against cell membrane markers.

  18. An analysis of related diseases with enlargement of mean corpusccular volume in children%儿童平均红细胞体积增大的相关疾病分析

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    顾教伟; 王勇; 王大斌

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨儿童平均红细胞体积>96fL的相关疾病.方法 在881例确诊的贫血患儿中共发现平均红细胞体积增大患儿96例,对该群患儿的平均红细胞体积和红细胞分布宽度等指数进行分析.结果 96例平均红细胞体积增大患儿中,营养性巨幼细胞性贫血2例(2.1%),非营养性巨幼细胞性贫血94例(97.9%),其中甲状腺功能减低症2例,化疗药物所致者4例,骨髓增生异常综合征(MDS)11例,自身免疫性溶血性贫血(AIHA)21例,再生障碍性贫血(AA)31例,白血病25例.营养性巨幼细胞性贫血、大部分MDS、AA、白血病和AIHA表现为红细胞大小不均一性贫血.以各种疾病间的发生率比较存在显著差异(χ2=60.862,P=0.000).结论 研究中发现收治的儿童大红细胞性贫血常见的疾病是MDS、白血病、AIHA、AA;营养性巨幼细胞性贫血所占比例较少.%To explore the diseases related to mean corpuscular volume ( MCV ) > 96fLin children. Methods 96 of 881 children were diagnosed with enlargement of MCV, and indexes such as MCV and red cell distribution width ( RDW ) of macrocytic anemia children were analyzed. Results Among 96 cases of enlargement of MCV,2 cases ( 2.1% ) were nutrious megaloblastic anemia. The rest were nonnutrious megaloblastic anemia (97.9%), including 2 cases of hypothyroidism, 4 cases with complications of chemotherapy, 11 cases of myelodysplastic syndrome ( MDS ), 21 cases of autoimmune hemolytic anemia ( AIHA ), 31 cases of aplastic anemia ( AA ), and 25 cases of leukemia. Heterogeneity in red blood cell volume was shown in nutrious megaloblastic anemia, most of MDS, AA, leukemia and AIHA. The incidence rates of different diseases were significantly different (X2= 60. 862,P= 0. 000 ). Conclusion Children macrocytic anemia is common in MDS, leukemia, AIHA, and AA. The proportion of nutrious megaloblastic anemia is relatively small in children macrocytic anemia.

  19. 儿童扩张的前列腺囊影像学诊断%Imaging diagnosis of enlarged prostatic utricle in children

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    孙龙伟; 干芸根; 周洋洋; 张龚巍

    2016-01-01

    Objective To discuss the image characteristics of enlarged prostatic utricle in children.Methods 13 children with enlarged prostatic utricle were retrospectively analyzed,6 of whom checked by voiding cystic urethrography (VCUG),5 of whom by MRI,2 of whom by both VCUG and MRI.Results 8 cases with VCUG showed round-like or long circle utricle filled with contrast media located in the rear posterior urethra.Among them,3 cases showed the tubiform between utricle and posterior urethra.The other 5 cases displayed overlap between utricle and urethra,and there was no tubiform between utricle and posterior urethra.7 cases with MRI showed oblong cyst at the right rear middle of the bladder that showed low signal with T1 weighted image and high signal with T2 weighted image,crossing the center of prostate gland.Among them,5 cases showed the communication between oblong cyst and posterior urethra.Also,among them,5 cases were associated with the orchitis,epididymis phlogistic,scrotal phlogistic,and 1 case showed the right renal agenesis.Conclusion The VCUG and MRI are helpful to check enlarged prostatic utricle in children.They have different advantages in different aspect.%目的:探讨儿童扩张的前列腺囊影像学特点。方法回顾性分析13例儿童临床诊断为扩张的前列腺囊病例,其中6例行排泄性膀胱尿道造影(VCUG)检查,5例行 MRI 检查,2例行 VCUG 及 MRI 检查。结果8例 VCUG 均在排尿时后尿道后方膀胱后下方见类圆形或长圆形囊腔影,3例囊腔可见管状影与后尿道相通,另5例囊腔影与尿道影重叠,囊腔与后尿道相通管道显示不清。7例 MRI 检查,均在膀胱后方中线区见上下走行长圆形囊状长 T1长 T2信号,穿过前列腺中心。5例囊腔可见条形高信号与后尿道高信号相通,5例发现睾丸炎、附睾炎、阴囊炎,1例发现右肾缺如。结论VCUG 和 MRI 检查是儿童扩张的前列腺囊重要检查方法,两者各有优缺点。

  20. Potato virus Y HC-Pro Reduces the ATPase Activity of NtMinD, Which Results in Enlarged Chloroplasts in HC-Pro Transgenic Tobacco.

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    Tu, Yayi; Zhang, Zhenqian; Li, Daofeng; Li, Heng; Dong, Jiangli; Wang, Tao

    2015-01-01

    Potato virus Y (PVY) is an important plant virus and causes great losses every year. Viral infection often leads to abnormal chloroplasts. The first step of chloroplast division is the formation of FtsZ ring (Z-ring), and the placement of Z-ring is coordinated by the Min system in both bacteria and plants. In our lab, the helper-component proteinase (HC-Pro) of PVY was previously found to interact with the chloroplast division protein NtMinD through a yeast two-hybrid screening assay and a bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) assay in vivo. Here, we further investigated the biological significance of the NtMinD/HC-Pro interaction. We purified the NtMinD and HC-Pro proteins using a prokaryotic protein purification system and tested the effect of HC-Pro on the ATPase activity of NtMinD in vitro. We found that the ATPase activity of NtMinD was reduced in the presence of HC-Pro. In addition, another important chloroplast division related protein, NtMinE, was cloned from the cDNA of Nicotiana tabacum. And the NtMinD/NtMinE interaction site was mapped to the C-terminus of NtMinD, which overlaps the NtMinD/HC-Pro interaction site. Yeast three-hybrid assay demonstrated that HC-Pro competes with NtMinE for binding to NtMinD. HC-Pro was previously reported to accumulate in the chloroplasts of PVY-infected tobacco and we confirmed this result in our present work. The NtMinD/NtMinE interaction is very important in the regulation of chloroplast division. To demonstrate the influence of HC-Pro on chloroplast division, we generated HC-Pro transgenic tobacco with a transit peptide to retarget HC-Pro to the chloroplasts. The HC-Pro transgenic plants showed enlarged chloroplasts. Our present study demonstrated that the interaction between HC-Pro and NtMinD interfered with the function of NtMinD in chloroplast division, which results in enlarged chloroplasts in HC-Pro transgenic tobacco. The HC-Pro/NtMinD interaction may cause the formation of abnormal chloroplasts in PVY

  1. Ultrasound for critical care physicians: sickle cell crisis

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    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated after first page. A 32 year old man was admitted a week earlier with sickle cell pain crisis. He had developed increasing dyspnea, oxygen desaturation and bilateral pulmonary infiltrates. He had a pulseless electric activity code blue and an ultrasound of the heart was obtained (Figure 1. Figure 1. Subxiphoid view ultrasound of the heart. What does the ultrasound show? 1. Aortic dissection; 2. Aortic stenosis; 3. Enlarged left ventricle; 4. Enlarged right ventricle; 5. Pericardial effusion

  2. The Analysis of the Whole-scale "Well-off" Society and Enlarging the Capacity of Employment of the Tertial Industry%全面小康社会与扩大第三产业就业容量研究

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    李美云

    2003-01-01

    Building up a well-off society of a higher standard in an all-round way need enlarging the tertiary industry' s employment capacity, but how to enlarge its employment capacity ? Based on the present situation of China's employment, the problem in the tertiary industry's employment and the relationship between the output value and employment of the tertiary industry were analyzed, then some countermeasures about enlarging the tertiary industry's employment capacity in China were put forward in this paper.

  3. Cavitary Lung Cancer Lined with Normal Bronchial Epithelium and Cancer Cells

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    2011-01-01

    Reports of cavitary lung cancer are not uncommon, and the cavity generally contains either dilated bronchi or cancer cells. Recently, we encountered a surgical case of cavitary lung cancer whose cavity tended to enlarge during long-term follow-up, and was found to be lined with normal bronchial epithelium and adenocarcinoma cells.

  4. Omnidirectional photonic band gap enlarged by one-dimensional ternary unmagnetized plasma photonic crystals based on a new Fibonacci quasiperiodic structure

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    Zhang Haifeng [College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); Nanjing Artillery Academy, Nanjing 211132 (China); Liu Shaobin [College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China); State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Waves of Southeast University, Nanjing Jiangsu 210096 (China); Kong Xiangkun; Bian Borui; Dai Yi [College of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016 (China)

    2012-11-15

    In this paper, an omnidirectional photonic band gap realized by one-dimensional ternary unmagnetized plasma photonic crystals based on a new Fibonacci quasiperiodic structure, which is composed of homogeneous unmagnetized plasma and two kinds of isotropic dielectric, is theoretically studied by the transfer matrix method. It has been shown that such an omnidirectional photonic band gap originates from Bragg gap in contrast to zero-n gap or single negative (negative permittivity or negative permeability) gap, and it is insensitive to the incidence angle and the polarization of electromagnetic wave. From the numerical results, the frequency range and central frequency of omnidirectional photonic band gap can be tuned by the thickness and density of the plasma but cease to change with increasing Fibonacci order. The bandwidth of omnidirectional photonic band gap can be notably enlarged. Moreover, the plasma collision frequency has no effect on the bandwidth of omnidirectional photonic band gap. It is shown that such new structure Fibonacci quasiperiodic one-dimensional ternary plasma photonic crystals have a superior feature in the enhancement of frequency range of omnidirectional photonic band gap compared with the conventional ternary and conventional Fibonacci quasiperiodic ternary plasma photonic crystals.

  5. Exploring the Governance of Continuously Enlarged Income Gap%治理收入差距持续扩大的方略探索

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    何振一

    2012-01-01

    本文以社会主义市场经济体制结构为研究视角,深入分析了我国收入分配差距持续扩大的根本原因,探索了防治两极分化的方略。本文提出社会主义按劳分配机制没有融入市场经济体制之中,是导致收入差距持续扩大的根本原因;改革收入分配制度,实施收入分配双轨制,乃是防治两极分化的最佳选择。%From the perspective of institutional structure of the socialist market economy, the paper analyzes in depth the main reason of continuously enlarged income gap of China and explores the countermeasures to prevent polarization. The main reason is that socialism distribution on basis of labor had not integrated into the market economy, while the best choice of preventing polarization is to reform income distribution system and implement dual-distribution system.

  6. Reform the income allocation system and enlarge residents consumption demand%改革收入分配制度扩大居民消费需求

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    2012-01-01

    当前,我国经济发展中面临的最重要的问题是居民消费需求不足,这主要是由于收入分配制度不合理造成的。应通过逐步提高居民收入在国民收入分配中的比重、增强财政的收入分配功能、完善社会保障体系等措施改革收入分配制度,扩大我国居民消费需求。%At present, Chinab economic development is facing the most important issue that is the residents'consumption demand is insufficient; this is mainly due to the unreasonable income distribution system. The residents'consumption de- mand can be enlarged if we reform the income allocation system by increasing the proportion of residents income in the na- tional income, enhancing the financial income distribution function and perfecting social security system.

  7. Patient mobility in the context of austerity and an enlarged EU: The European Court of Justice's ruling in the Petru Case.

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    Frischhut, Markus; Levaggi, Rosella

    2015-10-01

    Since 1998, the European Court of Justice (EUCJ) has established a set of principles concerning patient mobility across Member States. At present, these principles are challenged against a new background, i.e., an enlarged EU and austerity-driven measures in the field of healthcare. This is even more relevant in view of the significant differences between countries and between services on healthcare access. In the Petru case, a Romanian woman sought healthcare in Germany due to an alleged lack of basic infrastructure in her local Romanian hospital. A crucial question arises in this context of whether the patient's interests (i.e., right to cross-border healthcare) or the Member State's interests (i.e., financial stability of the healthcare system) prevail. We analyse this case and its implications for future patient mobility. From the point of view of patients, the EUCJ's decision implies that also a lack of medication and basic medical supplies can be claimed as "undue delay", however for Member States it is sufficient to provide quality treatments in at least one hospital. Although the Court has provided a solution for the Petru case, we argue that major challenges remain, such as the definition of the international state-of-the-art or other limitations to reductions of the health basket.

  8. Autoimmune Pancreatitis Presenting a Short Narrowing of Main Pancreatic Duct with Subsequent Progression to Diffuse Pancreatic Enlargement over 24 Months; Natural History of Autoimmune Pancreatitis

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    Shuichiro Umemura

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Context Initial pancreatogram and natural history of autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP have not been clarified, and there were few recent studies concerning the association between AIP and intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN. Case report We report an 81-yearold man with AIP associated with IPMN. Although the initial pancreatogram was normal, a short narrowing of the main pancreatic duct (MPD appeared during a follow-up for IPMN after 6 months, which was highly suggestive of pancreatic cancer. A narrowing of the MPD extended after 15 months, and this progressed to diffuse narrowing of the MPD with an elevation in the serum IgG4 levels after 24 months. Finally, the patient was diagnosed with diffuse-type AIP, according to the Japanese diagnostic criteria 2011 and the International Consensus Diagnostic Criteria. Considering the natural history of AIP, this marked change of the MPD is indicative of this condition. Conclusion Wereport a case of AIP presenting with a short narrowing of the MPD with subsequent progression to diffuse pancreatic enlargement during a follow-up for IPMN.

  9. Redundantly piezo-actuated XYθ z compliant mechanism for nano-positioning featuring simple kinematics, bi-directional motion and enlarged workspace

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    Zhu, Wu-Le; Zhu, Zhiwei; To, Suet; Liu, Qiang; Ju, Bing-Feng; Zhou, Xiaoqin

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents a novel redundantly piezo-actuated three-degree-of-freedom XYθ z compliant mechanism for nano-positioning, driven by four mirror-symmetrically configured piezoelectric actuators (PEAs). By means of differential motion principle, linearized kinematics and physically bi-directional motions in all the three directions are achieved. Meanwhile, the decoupled delivering of three-directional independent motions at the output end is accessible, and the essential parallel and mirror symmetric configuration guarantees large output stiffness, high natural frequencies, high accuracy as well as high structural compactness of the mechanism. Accurate kinematics analysis with consideration of input coupling indicates that the proposed redundantly actuated compliant mechanism can generate three-dimensional (3D) symmetric polyhedral workspace envelope with enlarged reachable workspace, as compared with the most common parallel XYθ z mechanism driven by three PEAs. Keeping a high consistence with both analytical and numerical models, the experimental results show the working ranges of ±6.21 μm and ±12.41 μm in X- and Y-directions, and that of ±873.2 μrad in θ z-direction with nano-positioning capability can be realized. The superior performances and easily achievable structure well facilitate practical applications of the proposed XYθ z compliant mechanism in nano-positioning systems.

  10. The Future of NATO Enlargement

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    Baltic states, Estoma , Latvia and Llthuama, as well as Albania and states of the former Yugoslatla are also generally consldered to be part of...Rornama, Slovema. Slovakia, Bulgaria. Macedoma Albania, Estoma , Latvia and Llthuama) decided to participate. The exceptions were the three states...reforms. Estoma 1s already a strong candidate for NATO member&up Latvia and Lrthuama are havmg greater drfficulties in implementing reforms, but then

  11. How to Enlarge Productive Vocabulary

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    2015-01-01

    Haycraft defined receptive vocabulary as "words that the student recognizes and understands when they occur in a text, but which he cannot produce correctly", while productive vocabulary is "words which the student understands can pronounce correctly and use constructively in speaking and writing" (1978:44).In English language teaching practice, students' productive vocabulary size lags far behind there ceptive vocabulary size. Based on the SLA theories, many reasons caused this problem and some solutions will be discussed.

  12. 17β-Hydroxyestra-4,9,11-trien-3-one (Trenbolone) preserves bone mineral density in skeletally mature orchiectomized rats without prostate enlargement.

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    McCoy, Sean C; Yarrow, Joshua F; Conover, Christine F; Borsa, Paul A; Tillman, Mark D; Conrad, Bryan P; Pingel, Jennifer E; Wronski, Thomas J; Johnson, Sally E; Kristinsson, Hordur G; Ye, Fan; Borst, Stephen E

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    Testosterone enanthate (TE) administration attenuates bone loss in orchiectomized (ORX) rats. However, testosterone administration may increase risk for prostate/lower urinary tract related adverse events and polycythemia in humans. Trenbolone enanthate (TREN) is a synthetic testosterone analogue that preserves bone mineral density (BMD) and results in less prostate enlargement than testosterone in young ORX rodents. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if intramuscular TREN administration attenuates bone loss and maintains bone strength, without increasing prostate mass or hemoglobin concentrations in skeletally mature ORX rodents. Forty, 10 month old male F344/Brown Norway rats were randomized into SHAM, ORX, ORX+TE (7.0mg/week), and ORX+TREN (1.0mg/week) groups. Following surgery, animals recovered for 1 week and then received weekly: vehicle, TE, or TREN intramuscularly for 5 weeks. ORX reduced total and trabecular (t) BMD at the distal femoral metaphysis compared with SHAMs, while both TREN and TE completely prevented these reductions. TREN treatment also increased femoral neck strength by 28% compared with ORX animals (pTREN induced a non-significant 20% reduction in prostate mass compared with SHAMs, ultimately producing a prostate mass that was 64% below that found in ORX+TE animals (pTREN animals to a similar degree above both SHAM and ORX conditions (pTREN completely prevented the ORX-induced loss of tBMD at the distal femoral metaphysis and increased LABC mass. TREN also augmented femoral neck strength and maintained prostate mass at SHAM levels. These findings indicate that TREN may be an advantageous agent for future clinical trials evaluating agents capable of preventing bone loss resulting from androgen deficiency.

  13. Molecular epidemiology and functional assessment of novel allelic variants of SLC26A4 in non-syndromic hearing loss patients with enlarged vestibular aqueduct in China.

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    Yongyi Yuan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Mutations in SLC26A4, which encodes pendrin, are a common cause of deafness. SLC26A4 mutations are responsible for Pendred syndrome and non-syndromic enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA. The mutation spectrum of SLC26A4 varies widely among ethnic groups. To investigate the incidence of EVA in Chinese population and to provide appropriate genetic testing and counseling to patients with SLC26A4 variants, we conducted a large-scale molecular epidemiological survey of SLC26A4. METHODS: A total of 2352 unrelated non-syndromic hearing loss patients from 27 different regions of China were included. Hot spot regions of SLC26A4, exons 8, 10 and 19 were sequenced. For patients with one allelic variant in the hot spot regions, the other exons were sequenced one by one until two mutant alleles had been identified. Patients with SLC26A4 variants were then examined by temporal bone computed tomography scan for radiological diagnosis of EVA. Ten SLC26A4 variants were cloned for functional study. Confocal microscopy and radioisotope techniques were used to examine the membrane expression of pendrin and transporter function. RESULTS: Of the 86 types of variants found, 47 have never been reported. The ratio of EVA in the Chinese deaf population was at least 11%, and that in patients of Han ethnicity reached at least 13%. The mutational spectrum and mutation detection rate of SLC26A4 are distinct among both ethnicities and regions of Mainland China. Most of the variants caused retention of pendrin in the intracellular region. All the mutant pendrins showed significantly reduced transport capability. CONCLUSION: An overall description of the molecular epidemiological findings of SLC26A4 in China is provided. The functional assessment procedure can be applied to identification of pathogenicity of variants. These findings are valuable for genetic diagnosis, genetic counseling, prenatal testing and pre-implantation diagnosis in EVA families.

  14. Quantitative analysis of an enlarged area Solid State X-ray Image Intensifier (SSXII) detector based on Electron Multiplying Charge Coupled Device (EMCCD) technology.

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    Swetadri, Vasan S N; Sharma, P; Singh, V; Jain, A; Ionita, Ciprian N; Titus, A H; Cartwright, A N; Bednarek, D R; Rudin, S

    2013-03-06

    Present day treatment for neurovascular pathological conditions involves the use of devices with very small features such as stents, coils, and balloons; hence, these interventional procedures demand high resolution x-ray imaging under fluoroscopic conditions to provide the capability to guide the deployment of these fine endovascular devices. To address this issue, a high resolution x-ray detector based on EMCCD technology is being developed. The EMCCD field-of-view is enlarged using a fiber-optic taper so that the detector features an effective pixel size of 37 µm giving it a Nyquist frequency of 13.5 lp/mm, which is significantly higher than that of the state of the art Flat Panel Detectors (FPD). Quantitative analysis of the detector, including gain calibration, instrumentation noise equivalent exposure (INEE) and modulation transfer function (MTF) determination, are presented in this work. The gain of the detector is a function of the detector temperature; with the detector cooled to 5° C, the highest relative gain that could be achieved was calculated to be 116 times. At this gain setting, the lowest INEE was measured to be 0.6 µR/frame. The MTF, measured using the edge method, was over 2% up to 7 cycles/ mm. To evaluate the performance of the detector under clinical conditions, an aneurysm model was placed over an anthropomorphic head phantom and a coil was guided into the aneurysm under fluoroscopic guidance using the detector. Image sequences from the procedure are presented demonstrating the high resolution of this SSXII.

  15. Surgical removal of right-to-left cardiac shunt in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) causes ventricular enlargement but does not alter apnoea or metabolism during diving

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    Eme, John; Gwalthney, June; Blank, Jason M.; Owerkowicz, Tomasz; Barron, Gildardo; Hicks, James W.

    2009-01-01

    SUMMARY Crocodilians have complete anatomical separation between the ventricles, similar to birds and mammals, but retain the dual aortic arch system found in all non-avian reptiles. This cardiac anatomy allows surgical modification that prevents right-to-left (R–L) cardiac shunt. A R–L shunt is a bypass of the pulmonary circulation and recirculation of oxygen-poor blood back to the systemic circulation and has often been observed during the frequent apnoeic periods of non-avian reptiles, particularly during diving in aquatic species. We eliminated R–L shunt in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) by surgically occluding the left aorta (LAo; arising from right ventricle) upstream and downstream of the foramen of Panizza (FoP), and we tested the hypotheses that this removal of R–L shunt would cause afterload-induced cardiac remodelling and adversely affect diving performance. Occlusion of the LAo both upstream and downstream of the FoP for ∼21 months caused a doubling of RV pressure and significant ventricular enlargement (average ∼65%) compared with age-matched, sham-operated animals. In a separate group of recovered, surgically altered alligators allowed to dive freely in a dive chamber at 23°C, occlusion of the LAo did not alter oxygen consumption or voluntary apnoeic periods relative to sham animals. While surgical removal of R–L shunt causes considerable changes in cardiac morphology similar to aortic banding in mammals, its removal does not affect the respiratory pattern or metabolism of alligators. It appears probable that the low metabolic rate of reptiles, rather than pulmonary circulatory bypass, allows for normal aerobic dives. PMID:19837897

  16. [Intrascrotal metastasis in a renal cell carcinoma].

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    Calleja Escudero, J; Pascual Samaniego, M; Martín Blanco, S; de Castro Olmedo, C; Gonzalo, V; Fernández del Busto, E

    2004-04-01

    The present article reports a case of intrascrotal metastasis of renal adenocarcinoma. This is an unusual case. A 66-year-old male patient undewent right radical nephrectomy and cavotomy for renal cell carcinoma with renal vein infiltration and thrombus in cava. Six months later the patient present with a nodulous enlargement intrascrotal and roots of penis. And he died 15 moths after nephrectomy. Usually intrascrotal metastases are a late event in the course after detection of a renal carcinoma.

  17. 脑出血急性期血肿扩大的临床分析%Clinical Analysis of the enlargement of the lntracerebral hematomas in the acute stage of cerebral hemorrhage

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    王岭; 李海燕

    2001-01-01

    Objective:To explore the incidence,causes,clinical,manifestation of the enlargement of hematomas in the acute stage of cerebral hemorrhage and the measures to it .Methods:The clinical course and their CT of 867 cases with cerebral hemorrhage occuning during 1994~2000 were analyses.Results:The incidence of the enlargement of the intracerebral hematomas in the acute stage of cerebral hemorrhage was 20.1% ,which was related to the degree of hypertension,coagulation statement,bleeding site,morphologic charge of hematomas and extreme dehydration in early stage.The enlargement of the hematomas would make higher incident of the cerebral hemorrhage .Conclusions:The progress was affected by the enlargement hematomas,so we should diagnose it as possibly earlier and take effective measures to improve prognosis of patients.%目的:探讨脑出血急性期血肿扩大的发生率、原因、临床表现、预后及采取的相应措施。方法:回顾性分析1994~2000年间诊治的867例脑出血病人的临床和CT资料。结果:脑出血急性期血肿扩大的发生率为20.1%,其主要与血压增高的程度、凝血功能、出血部位、血肿形态及早期过度脱水有关,血肿扩大增加了病人的死亡率。结论:血肿扩大的发生影响病人预后,应尽早确诊,采取积极防治措施,改善病人预后。

  18. The use of the lumbosacral enlargement as an intrinsic imaging biomarker: feasibility of grey matter and white matter cross-sectional area measurements using MRI at 3T.

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    Marios C Yiannakas

    Full Text Available Histopathological studies have demonstrated the involvement of spinal cord grey matter (GM and white matter (WM in several diseases and recent research has suggested the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI as a promising tool for in vivo assessment of the upper spinal cord. However, many neurological conditions would benefit from quantitative assessment of tissue integrity at different levels and relatively little work has been done, mainly due to technical challenges associated with imaging the lower spinal cord. In this study, the value of the lumbosacral enlargement (LSE as an intrinsic imaging biomarker was determined by exploring the feasibility of obtaining within it reliable GM and WM cross-sectional area (CSA measurements by means of a commercially available MRI system at 3 tesla (T. 10 healthy volunteers (mean age 27.5 years, 6 female gave written informed consent and high resolution images of the LSE were acquired and analysed using an optimised MRI acquisition and analysis protocol. GM and WM mean CSA measurements were obtained from a 15 mm section at the level of the LSE and the reproducibility of the measurements was determined by means of scan-rescan, intra- and inter-observer assessments. Mean (±SD LSE cross-sectional area (LSE-CSA was 62.3 (±4.1 mm2 and mean (±SD LSE grey matter cross-sectional area (LSE-GM-CSA was 19.8 (±3.3 mm2. The mean scan-rescan, intra- and inter-observer % coefficient of variation (COV for measuring the LSE-CSA were 2%, 2% and 2.5%, respectively and for measuring the LSE-GM-CSA were 7.8%, 8% and 8.6%, respectively. This study has shown that the LSE can be used reliably as an intrinsic imaging biomarker. The method presented here can be potentially extended to study the LSE in the diseased state and could provide a solid foundation for subsequent multi-parametric MRI investigations.

  19. Reduced Field-of-View Diffusion-Weighted Imaging of the Lumbosacral Enlargement: A Pilot In Vivo Study of the Healthy Spinal Cord at 3T

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    Grussu, Francesco; Louka, Polymnia; Prados, Ferran; Samson, Rebecca S.; Battiston, Marco; Altmann, Daniel R.; Ourselin, Sebastien; Miller, David H.; Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Claudia A. M.

    2016-01-01

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has recently started to be adopted into clinical investigations of spinal cord (SC) diseases. However, DTI applications to the lower SC are limited due to a number of technical challenges, related mainly to the even smaller size of the SC structure at this level, its position relative to the receiver coil elements and the effects of motion during data acquisition. Developing methods to overcome these problems would offer new means to gain further insights into microstructural changes of neurological conditions involving the lower SC, and in turn could help explain symptoms such as bladder and sexual dysfunction. In this work, the feasibility of obtaining grey and white matter (GM/WM) DTI indices such as axial/radial/mean diffusivity (AD/RD/MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) within the lumbosacral enlargement (LSE) was investigated using a reduced field-of-view (rFOV) single-shot echo-planar imaging (ss-EPI) acquisition in 14 healthy participants using a clinical 3T MR system. The scan-rescan reproducibility of the measurements was assessed by calculating the percentage coefficient of variation (%COV). Mean FA was higher in WM compared to GM (0.58 and 0.4 in WM and GM respectively), AD and MD were higher in WM compared to GM (1.66 μm2ms-1 and 0.94 μm2ms-1 in WM and 1.2 μm2ms-1 and 0.82 μm2ms-1 in GM for AD and MD respectively) and RD was lower in WM compared to GM (0.58 μm2ms-1 and 0.63 μm2ms-1 respectively). The scan-rescan %COV was lower than 10% in all cases with the highest values observed for FA and the lowest for MD. This pilot study demonstrates that it is possible to obtain reliable tissue-specific estimation of DTI indices within the LSE using a rFOV ss-EPI acquisition. The DTI acquisition and analysis protocol presented here is clinically feasible and may be used in future investigations of neurological conditions implicating the lower SC. PMID:27741303

  20. "Enlarge the Temple": An Interview with Charles Altieri%"扩展庙宇"——查尔斯·阿尔提艾瑞教授访谈

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    张跃军

    2007-01-01

    Charles Altieri is at present Professor of English and Rachel Stageberg Anderson Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is on the Editorial Board of MLQ and Contemporary Literature, and the Advisory Board of Epoche and Comparative Literature Studies. His articles could be found in various journals and collections. Among his books are Enlarging the Temple: New Directions in American Poetry of the 1960's, Act and Quality: A Theory of Literary Meaning, Self and Sensibility in Contemporary American Poetry, Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry: The Contemporaneity of Modernism, Canons and Consequences, Subjective Agency: A Theory of First-Person Expressivity and Its Social Implications, Postmodernism Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts, The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects and The Art of Modern American Poetry. This interview covers a wide range of topics concerning modern Anglo-American poetry, as well as literary and critical theories. Different issues in American poetry are discussed, such as the so-called "exile modernism" and "patriot modernism," its determinacy and indeterminacy modes, etc. A variety of topics including deconstruction, phenomenology, cultural studies and postmodernism are involved in the talk which also touches on the style of Prof. Altieri as an influential scholar and critic.%阿尔提艾瑞为加州大学伯克利分校英文系教授,是现代诗歌和文学理论领域的著名学者.他著述甚丰,并长期担任一些重要学术杂志的编委和顾问.该访谈涉及关于现代英美诗歌以及文学理论与批评方面的诸多议题,如所谓"流亡的"和"爱国的"美国现代主义,美国诗歌的确定性和不确定性模式,以及解构主义、现象学、文学研究、后现代主义等广泛的话题.

  1. The Role of Pretreatment FDG-PET in Treating Cervical Cancer Patients With Enlarged Pelvic Lymph Node(s) Shown on MRI: A Phase 3 Randomized Trial With Long-Term Follow-Up

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    Lin, Shinn-Yn [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Chien-Sheng [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung, Taiwan (China); Chang, Yu-Chen [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Molecular Imaging Center and Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Ng, Koon-Kwan [Department of Medical Imaging and Intervention, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung, Taiwan (China); Chang, Ting-Chang [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Kao, Wei-Heng [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Lai, Chyong-Huey [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Hong, Ji-Hong, E-mail: jihong@adm.cgmh.org.tw [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China); Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Institute for Radiological Research, Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan (China)

    2015-07-01

    Purpose: This report is the second analysis of a prospective randomized trial to investigate the impact of {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) on cervical cancer patients with enlarged pelvic lymph nodes identified by magnetic resonance imaging. Methods and Materials: Patients with newly diagnosed cervical cancer with enlarged pelvic lymph nodes but free of enlarged para-aortic lymph nodes (PALN) were eligible. Patients were randomized to receive either pretreatment FDG-PET (PET arm) or not (control arm). The whole pelvis was the standard irradiation field for all patients except those with FDG-avid extrapelvic findings. Results: In all, 129 patients were enrolled. Pretreatment PET detected extrapelvic metastases in 7 patients. No new patient experienced treatment failure during the additional 4-year follow-up period. There were no significant differences between the PET arm and the control arm regarding overall survival, disease-free survival, and freedom from extrapelvic metastasis. In the control arm, 8 of 10 patients with PALN relapse had limited extrapelvic nodal failures; their 5-year disease-specific survival was 34.3%. By contrast, only 1 of 5 patients with PALN relapse in the PET arm experienced such limited failures; their 5-year survival rate was 0%. Conclusions: Although the pretreatment detection of PALN did not translate into survival benefit, it indeed decreased the need for extended-field concurrent chemoradiation therapy.

  2. Association between gingival bleeding and gingival enlargement and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL of subjects under fixed orthodontic treatment: a cross-sectional study

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    Zanatta Fabricio Batistin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are scarce evidences that evaluated the impact of periodontal disease on oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL taking marginal gingival alterations into consideration. Thus, this study aimed to verify the association between OHRQoL and gingival enlargement and gingival bleeding in subjects under fixed orthodontic treatment (FOT. Methods 330 participants under FOT for at least 6 months were examined by a single, calibrated examiner for periodontal variables and dental aesthetic index. Socio-economic background, body mass index, time with orthodontic appliances, and use of dental floss were assessed by oral interviews. OHRQoL was evaluated using the oral health impact profile (OHIP-14 questionnaire. The assessment of associations used unadjusted and adjusted Poisson regression models. Results Higher impacts on the OHIP-14 overall were observed in subjects who presented higher levels of anterior gingival enlargement (RR 2.83; 95% CI 2.60-3.09, were non-whites (RR 1.29; 95% CI 1.15-1.45, had household income lower than five national minimum wages (RR 1.85; 95% CI 1.30-2.61, presented body mass index > 25 (RR 1.14; 95% CI 1.01-1.29, and showed a dental aesthetic index > 30 (RR 1.32; 95% CI 1.20-1.46. Conclusions Anterior gingival enlargement seems to influence the OHRQoL in subjects receiving orthodontic treatment.

  3. [Precocious pseudopuberty secondary to granulosa cell tumor].

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    Fernández, F; Jordán, J; Carmona, M; Oliver, A; Gracia, R; González, M; Peralta, A

    1984-12-01

    A case report of pseudoprecocity secondary to a unilateral ovarian tumor of granulosa cells is presented in a 13 month old female. Clinical manifestations appeared at two months of age as unilateral enlargement of the breast, development of pubic hair and vaginal discharge. Plasma estrogen levels were elevated, whereas there was no response of FSH and LH to LH-RH stimulation. The absence of a palpable abdominal mass and a normal ultrasound examination of the abdomen must be pointed out in our case. The suspected clinical and laboratory diagnosis was later confirmed by surgical abdominal examination and ovarian histopathology study. With the exception of a minimal breast enlargement which persists at two years of age, all other signs of pseudoprecocity have disappeared after the surgical removal of the neoplasm. The importance of surgical abdominal examination must be pointed out as a diagnostic method when clinical and laboratory findings suggest an ovarian tumor inspite of normal abdominal palpation, ultrasound and roentgenology.

  4. Nucleus Retroambiguus Projections To Lumbosacral Mononeuronal Cell Groups In The Male Cat.

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    VanderHorst, Veronique G.J.M.; Holstege, Gert

    1997-01-01

    Recently, in the female cat, nucleus retroambiguus (NRA) projections have been described as distinct motoneuronal cell groups in the lumbar enlargement, possibly involved in lordosis behavior. The present study deals with the NRA-lumbosacral pathway in the male cat. Lumbosacral injections of wheat g

  5. Nucleus retroambiguous projections to lumbosacral motoneuronal cell groups in the male cat

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    Vanderhorst, VGJM; Holstege, G

    1997-01-01

    Recently, in the female cat, nucleus retroambiguus (NRA) projections have been described as distinct motoneuronal cell groups in the lumbar enlargement, possibly involved in lordosis behavior. The present study deals with the NRA-lumbosacral pathway in the male cat, Lumbosacral injections of wheat g

  6. 耳蜗神经管扩大合并蜗轴阙如的CT表现%CT appearances of enlarged cochlear nerve canal with absent modiolus

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    张劲松; 杨勇; 魏梦绮; 彭勇; 徐俊卿; 宦怡

    2011-01-01

    Objective To describe the CT features of the enlarged bony canal of the cochlear nerve ( ECNC) and absent modiolu sin patients with congenital sensorineural hearing loss ( SNHL). Methods The width of cochlear nerve canal (CNC) was measured in 6 cases of ECNC on CT images and the results were compared with that in three other control groups (each group composed 30 patients) including children with SNHL group, children with otitis or mastoiditis group and adults with sudden deafness or tinnitus group with SPSS 10. 0 . Results The width of CNC rangcd from 2. 5 mm to 3. 3 mm , mean diamcter was ( 2. 944±0. 268 ) mm in ECNC , and accompanied with the absence of modiolus . The width of CNC in other control groups showed was about ( 2. 044±0. 207) mm . The width of the bony canal was of significant difference between ECNC group and control group (P<0. 05). Conclusion ECNC with absent modiolus in the paticnts with SNHL may be indicative of a previously unrccognized embryologic malformation of modilus,CT can help in diagnosis of it.%目的 研究耳蜗神经管(CNC)扩大合并蜗轴阙如的CT表现及相关临床意义.方法 回顾性分析6例聋哑儿童伴耳蜗神经管扩大和蜗轴阙如的高分辨CT表现并测量相应耳蜗神经管宽度,同时与颞骨CT表现"正常"的聋哑儿童组、儿童中耳炎组及成人正常内耳对照组(每组分别为30例)的耳蜗神经管宽度进行比较,并通过SPSS10.0统计软件进行分析.结果 6例耳蜗神经管扩大组CNC宽度在2.5~3.3 mm之间,平均(2.944±0.268) mm,同时伴有明显耳蜗蜗轴的发育缺失;而其他对照组颞骨CT测量CNC宽度无明显统计学差异,对照组合计CNC宽度平均值为(2.044±0.207) mm.前者与对照组测量值间有明显统计学差异.结论 CNC扩大合并蜗轴阙如是先天性耳蜗发育畸形的一种表现,会引起感音性神经性耳聋,CT可以帮助明确诊断.

  7. Removal of large acoustic neuromas by enlarged translabyrinthine approach%经扩大迷路进路巨大听神经瘤摘除术

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    吴皓; 吕春雷; 马超武; 张速勤; 周水淼; 李兆基

    2000-01-01

    目的:探讨通过扩大的迷路进路切除巨大听神经瘤的手术方法和手术效果.方法:扩大迷路进路的要点是,充分暴露乙状窦及其后方硬脑膜、岩上窦、颅中窝硬脑膜,暴露并下压颈静脉球,内听道周围骨质270°以上切除.肿瘤切除应从前下极处开始,以早期暴露脑干及脑干表面面神经,随后即可从内侧向外侧解剖面神经.术中均使用面神经监护仪,术后均复查CT和MRI.结果:18例直径在3 cm以上的听神经瘤(平均直径4.2 cm),均能手术全切,脑组织无明显损伤,2例术后一过性脑脊液漏自愈,无颅内感染;面神经解剖及功能保存14例,其中8例面神经功能1~2级(44%),6例面神经功能3~4级(33%),4例面神经中断者均为术前已有重度面瘫或已中断;16例术后1~3月恢复工作,2例恢复生活自理.结论:经扩大迷路进路既能达到全切巨大听神经瘤的目的,同时具有损伤小、面神经保存率高的优点.%Objective: To investigate the surgical methods and outcomes of the enlarged translabyrinthine approach in the removal of large acoustic neuromas. Methods: A large mastoidectomy involved complete exposure of the sigmoid sinus, the dura behind the sinus for at least 1 cm, the superior petrosal sinus and the middle fossa dura. The jugular bulb was exposed and pressed downwards if necessary. The internal auditory meatus was skeletonized and uncovered for at least 270°.The debulking of the tumor began inside the anterior and inferior poles in order to find the brainstem and the facial nerve root as early as possible, and then the dissection of the nerve was done medially to laterally. Intraoperative facial nerve monitoring and postoperative CT and MRI were done in all cases. Results: Total removal was achieved in all 18 patients with tumors larger than 3 cm (mean size: 4.2 cm). There were no deaths or other complications such as intracranial infection and persistent cerebrospinal fluid leakage. There

  8. Surgical treatment of unicentric plasma cell histological type Castleman's disease

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    Marić Nebojša

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Castleman’s disease or angiofollicular lymph hyperplasia is a rare disease with two identified clinical forms. Unicentric or localized form is characterized by isolated growth of lymph nodes, most often in mediastinum, and multicentric form is expressed as systemic disease with spread lymphadenopathy, organomegaly and presence of general symptoms of the disease. Histological types are hyalovascular, plasma-cell and transitive (mixed cell. Case report. This case report shows a woman, 59 years old, with unicentric form of plasma-cell type of Castleman’s disease. Unicentric form is usually shown as hyalovascular histological type, extremely rare as plasma-cell type, and transitive (mixed cell type was never described in literature as localized clinical form. The disease was manifested with chest pain, loss of body weight, exhaustion and weakness of legs. Further diagnostic procedures found the presence of enlarged lymph nodes paratracheally right, in a close contact with vena cava superior. The disease was confirmed by histopathological analysis of bioptated mediastinal lymph node after mediastinoscopy. Surgical treatment included extirpation of enlarged lymph nodes. After the regular postoperative condition, a full therapy effect was confirmed. Conclusion. Unicentric form of Castleman’s disease is expressed with enlarged lymph nodes on predilected places, usually in mediastinum. Surgical treatment is best method for the management of the disease and brings a full recovery of patient.

  9. A Leydig Cell Tumour in a Cat: Histological and Immunohistochemical Findings

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    Pietro Asproni

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    Full Text Available A 13-year-old intact male cat was submitted to castration after the finding of the enlargement of the right testis during the clinical visit. Macroscopically, a nodule of 2 cm of diameter was observed on the cut surface of the enlarged testis. Histologically, the nodule was composed by polyhedral to elongated cells with a large, eosinophilic, and vacuolated cytoplasm and small, round, and dark nuclei. These cells were arranged in acinar structures and solid sheets. The tumour was diagnosed as a Leydig cell tumour. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that neoplastic cells were vimentin, calretinin, and melan-A positive, whereas a lack of immunoreactivity to cytokeratins confirmed the diagnosis. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a feline Leydig cells tumour without any concurrent testicular neoplasm or in a nonretained testis.

  10. Viewing angle enlargement in holographic 3 D display by spatial light modulators tiling in curved configuration%空间光调制器曲面拼接实现全息三维显示视角拓展

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    曾震湘; 郑华东; 卢小仟; 高洪跃; 于瀛洁

    2015-01-01

    本文对多空间光调制器不同拼接方式拓展全息三维再现像视角的方法进行了分析,基于多片空间光调制器拼接拓展视角的思想,利用平面反射镜、分光镜和两片透射式空间光调制器设计了曲面拼接系统,进行了全息三维再现像的视角拓展实验研究。用该系统对四棱锥物体的层析菲涅尔衍射全息图进行再现,结果表明,总视角由基于单片空间光调制器的1.7°增大到3.2°,即拓展到约1.9倍,分光镜能够消除两片空间光调制器间的间隙,实现无缝拼接。该方法同样适用于更多空间光调制器的曲面拼接中,可以有效地拓展全息再现像的视场角大小。%In this paper, we analyzed the principles of tiling SLMs to enlarge the viewing angle of holographic 3D reconstructions.Based on the idea of tiling multi-SLMs, we designed a holographic 3D display system u-sing planar mirrors, beam splitters and two transmission-type SLMs tiled in curved configuration to enlarge the viewing angle of reconstructed image.We calculated computer-generated holograms of a pyramid using slice-based Fresnel diffraction algorithm, and reconstructed it with self-setup holographic display system.The re-sults indicate that, in contrast to 1.7°of viewing angle obtained by a single SLM, the viewing angle of holo-graphic reconstructed images is enlarged to 3.2°with 2 tiling transmission-type SLMs by about 1.9 times.The beam splitter can remove the gap of two SLMs′active areas to realize seamless tiling.This method is also ap-plicable to tile more SLMs in curved configuration and can effectively enlarge the viewing angle of holographic display.

  11. Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Hairy Cell Leukemia in Pregnancy

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    2010-01-01

    Objective. We present a successful case of laparoscopic splenectomy for a massively enlarged spleen at 25 weeks of gestation for hairy cell leukemia in pregnancy in a woman with initial hemoglobin of 4.3 gm/dl and platelet count of 18,000/mm3. Study Design. Case report. Results. This report provides an approach to management that may be applicable in those cases where thrombocytopenia or other clinical imperatives preclude delaying treatment till after pregnancy. Conclusion. Hairy ce...

  12. Changes in the cell-wall polysaccharides of outer pericarp tissues of kiwifruit during development.

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    Li, Xingjun; Nakagawa, Naoki; Nevins, Donald J; Sakurai, Naoki

    2006-01-01

    Changes in pectin, hemicelluloses and cellulose in the cell walls of outer pericarp tissues of kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa cv. Hayward) were determined during development. An extensive amylase digestion was employed to remove possible contaminating starch before and after fractionation of wall polysaccharides. An initial treatment of crude cell walls with alpha-amylase and iso-amylase or DMSO, was found to be insufficient removing the contaminating starch from wall polysaccharides. After EDTA and alkaline extraction, the pectic and hemicellulose fractions were again treated with the combination of alpha-amylase and iso-amylase. The amounts of predominant pectic sugars Gal, Rha and Ara, unaffected by the first and second amylase digestion, decreased markedly during the early fruit enlargement (8-12 weeks after anthesis, WAA), then increased during 16-20 WAA, and finally declined during fruit maturity (20-25 WAA). The molecular-mass of pectic polysaccharides decreased during fruit enlargement (8-16 WAA), and then changed little during fruit maturity. The higher molecular-mass components of hemicelluloses in HC-I and HC-II fractions detected at the early stage of fruit enlargement (8-12 WAA) were degraded at the late stage of fruit enlargement (16 WAA), but then remained stable at the much lower molecular-mass till fruit maturity. The amount of Xyl in the HC-II fraction decreased during the early fruit enlargement and fruit maturity, an observation that was consistent with xyloglucan (XG) content. The gel permeation profiles of XG showed a slight increase in higher molecular-mass components during 8-12 WAA, but thereafter there was no significant down-shift of molecular-mass until harvest time. The cellulose fraction increased steadily during fruit enlargement through maturity, but the XG contents in HC-I and HC-II fractions remained at a low level during these stages. Methylation analysis of HC-I and HC-II fractions confirmed the low level of XG in the

  13. Studies on the control of cell wall extension. Yearly progress report, September 1, 1978-August 31, 1979

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    Cleland, R. E.

    1979-01-01

    Research has been centered around the question as to how plant cell enlargement is controlled and regulated at the cellular level. Progress is reported on the following projects: proton permeability of plant cuticles; the control of osmoregulation in Avena coleoptiles; an analysis of the acid-extension curves. (ACR)

  14. Dual effect of magnesium on compound 48/80-induced histamine secretion from rat peritoneal mast cells

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    Bertelsen, Niels Haldor; Johansen, Torben

    1991-01-01

    The effect of magnesium on the secretory response to compound 48/80 from rat peritoneal mast cells was studied. The decrease in secretion caused by calcium deprivation was enlarged by magnesium. Glucose partially counteracted the decrease caused by calcium deprivation but not the one caused by ma...

  15. Complete Heart Block with Diastolic Heart Failure and Pulmonary Edema Secondary to Enlarging Previously Diagnosed Thrombosed Aneurysm of Sinus of Valsalva in a Patient with History of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease

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    Eltawansy, Sherif Ali; Thomas, Maria Joana; Daniels, Jeffrey

    2015-01-01

    Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is associated with vascular aneurysms that can affect any part of the vascular tree, like ascending aorta or coronary arteries. Sinus of Valsalva is known as an anatomical dilation at the root of aorta above the aortic valve and very few cases show aneurysm at that site in patients with ADPKD. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) can present with rupture and acute heart failure and infective endocarditis or could be asymptomatic accidentally discovered during cardiac catheterization. We report a case of a 76-year-old male with a unique constellation of cardiovascular anomalies associated with ADPKD. Patient was previously diagnosed with aneurysms affecting ascending aorta, sinus of Valsalva, and coronary arteries. Several years later, he came with complete heart block which was discovered later to be secondary to enlargement of his previously diagnosed thrombosed SVA. His case was complicated with acute heart failure and pulmonary edema. Conclusion. Patients with ADPKD can present with extrarenal manifestations. In our case, aneurysm at sinus of Valsalva was progressively enlarging and presented with complete heart block. PMID:25861484

  16. Reformation and Summarization for Capacity Enlargement of Gasification Plant with Wet Gas Flow Bed%湿法气流床气化装置扩能改造小结

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    朱春鹏; 张光瑞; 任军哲; 徐宏伟; 罗进成; 马浚杰

    2014-01-01

    针对湿法气流床气化装置因工艺配置和关键设备的设计缺陷而长期低负荷运行的问题,提出了制浆系统、气化系统和灰水系统的扩能改造措施。结果表明,扩能改造完成后,装置整体运行平稳,产能提高了20%以上。%In allusion to problem that the gasification plant with wet gas flow bed was operated in the long term under low load due to the design de-fects of process configuration and key equipment, measures for enlarging capacity and reformation were proposed for slurry preparation system, gasification system and grey water system. Result indicates that after capacity enlargement and reformation finished, plant runs placidly as a whole, production capaci-ty is increased by more than 20%.

  17. Dupla ampliação anterior e posterior do anel aórtico para substituição valvar Anterior and posterior enlargement of the aortic annulus for valve replacement

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    João Ricardo SANT´ANNA

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Apresentar técnica de dupla ampliação anterior e posterior do anel aórtico, que difere das previamente descritas por utilizar enxertos distintos, para implante de prótese valvar e avaliar os resultados obtidos em 26 pacientes. MÉTODO: O procedimento é realizado com circulação extracorpórea convencional. Para substituição de valva nativa ou prótese aórtica estenótica, ampliação anelar posterior decorre da incisão no ponto médio do seio não coronário, que é estendida ao folheto mitral anterior; ampliação anterior resulta de incisão no anel aórtico anterior, estendida por 2 cm no septo interventricular, não transfixado. Reconstrução aórtica (e ampliação anelar é realizada mediante enxertos de pericárdio bovino distintos, sendo um triangular para incisão anterior e outro elíptico para incisão posterior. Após a fixação da prótese (mecânica ou biológica, a aorta ascendente é suturada com auxílio destes enxertos. Defeitos cardíacos associados são corrigidos. RESULTADOS: A operação aumentou o diâmetro do anel aórtico de 18,0 + 2,6 mmHg para 24,5 + 2,1 mmHg (pOBJECTIVES: To present a technique for anterior and posterior enlargement of the aortic anulus using individual patches and results in 26 patients. METHOD: Aortic valve surgery is performed with conventional cardiopulmonary bypass. For posterior enlargement, the longitudinal aortotomy is extended inferiorly and posteriosly in the mean portion of the noncoronary sinus, until the anterior mitral leaflet. Anterior enlargement results from incision between the two coronary ostium, extended in the left side of the ventricular septum for 2 cm. Two patches of bovine pericardium are sutured in the distal portion of the anterior and posterior incisions and the aortic prosthesis is fixed. Aorta is reconstructed with the patchs. Combined cardiac defects are corrected. RESULTS: Procedure resulted in increase of the annulus diameter from 18.0 + 2.6 mm

  18. 前庭导水管扩大致突发性耳聋的临床治疗体会%Clinical experience in treatment of sudden deafness caused by enlargement of vestibular aqueduct

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    郝剑萍; 师天祥; 闫文斐; 折萍

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the treatment option and efficacy of sudden deafness caused by enlargement of vestibular aqueduct. Methods 7 children with sudden deafness caused by enlargement of vestibular aqueduct from Jan 2011 to Dec 2011 in our department were enrolled in this study. The patients were divided into two groups according to the level of hearing loss before admission , and received different treatment. Ginkgo biloba extracts and glucocorticoids were applied to patients with mild or moderate hearing loss; gangliosides GMI and glucocorticoids to those with severe or profound hearing loss. The efficacy was observed. Results There was no significant difference between the effects of the two kinds of treatment when the level of hearing loss was mild or moderate. However, as for children with severe and profound hearing loss, the hearing was significantly improved when using Gangliosides GMI and glucocorticoids. Conclusion Gangliosides GMI and glucocorticoids have obvious significant efficacy especially in the treatment of severe and profound sudden deafness caused by enlargement of vestibular aqueduct.%目的 探讨前庭导水管扩大致突发性耳聋的治疗方案及疗效.方法 分析2011年1月~2011年12月住院治疗的7例因前庭导水管扩大致突发性耳聋患儿的临床资料.根据入院前听力损失程度的不同分为两组,分别采用不同的治疗方案.对轻、中度突聋患儿采用银杏叶提取物加泼尼松治疗;对重度、极重度突聋患儿采用单唾液酸四己糖神经苷脂加泼尼松治疗,观察其疗效.结果 在听力损伤为轻、中度时,两种治疗方案没有显著差别;但听力损伤为重度、极重度时,用单唾液酸四己糖神经节苷脂加糖皮质激素治疗,听力改善效果比较明显.结论 采用单唾液酸四己糖神经节苷脂加糖皮质激素治疗因前庭导水管扩大导致突发性耳聋特别是重度、极重度聋效果明显.

  19. 《八思巴字与元代汉语》增订本评介%Book Review: Phagspa Script and the Chinese Language in the Yuan Period in Revised and Enlarged Edition

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    尚朴斋

    2005-01-01

    Among the handed-down and archaeologically discovered documents, there are lots of Phagspa-script historical sources translated from Chinese, which provide a great amount of valuable information for studying the history of the Yuan Dynasty. As this script was abandoned and became unknown long ago, the use of these literal data calls, first of all, for its correct decipherment. The Phagspa Script and the Chinese Language in the Yuan Period, first published in 1958, is the fundamental work in this field. Its revised and enlarged edition coming out in 2004 supplements a large amount of new content, collects firsthand referential documents and previous phonological research results, and furnishes a retrievable glossary. Its accomplishments have important value to historical, philological and archaeological studies.

  20. SLC26A4 p.Thr410Met homozygous mutation in a patient with a cystic cochlea and an enlarged vestibular aqueduct showing characteristic features of incomplete partition type I and II.

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    Yamazaki, Hiroshi; Naito, Yasushi; Moroto, Saburo; Tamaya, Rinko; Yamazaki, Tomoko; Fujiwara, Keizo; Ito, Juichi

    2014-12-01

    Mutations of SLC26A4 are associated with incomplete partition type II (IP-II) and isolated enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct (EVA). We experienced a congenitally deaf 6-year-old boy with a rare p.Thr410Met homozygous mutation in SLC26A4 who underwent bilateral cochlear implantation. He had bilateral inner ear malformation, in which the dilated vestibule and EVA were identical to those in IP-II, but the cochlea lacking a bony modiolus resembled that in incomplete partition type I. These results suggest that homozygous mutations in SLC26A4 are always associated with EVA, while the severity of cochlear malformation may vary depending on the type of SLC26A4 mutation.

  1. Avaliação da pressão inspiratória em crianças com aumento do volume de tonsilas Evaluation of inspiratory pressure in children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids

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    Melissa Guerato Pires

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Crianças com aumento do volume de tonsilas palatina e faríngea freqüentemente apresentam anormalidades respiratórias tais como ronco, respiração oral e apnéia do sono. Sabe-se que a obstrução de vias aéreas superiores e conseqüentemente a respiração oral podem resultar em problemas pulmonares. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a pressão inspiratória em crianças com obstrução de vias aéreas superiores devido ao aumento do volume de tonsilas. FORMA DE ESTUDO: clínico com coorte transversal. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Nós avaliamos 37 crianças (4-13 anos, ambos os sexos com aumento do volume de tonsilas que seriam submetidas à cirurgia de Adenoamigdalectomia na Divisão de Otorrinolaringologia da Universidade de São Paulo no mesmo período. O grupo controle foi composto de 28 crianças sem aumento de volume tonsilar que foram submetidas aos mesmos testes. A pressão Inspiratória foi obtida pelo uso do manovacuômetro. RESULTADOS: Observamos uma menor pressão inspiratória no grupo com aumento do volume de tonsilas. A média do grupo com aumento do volume das tonsilas foi 14,607 cm/H2O e do grupo normal foi de 27,580 cm/H2O (PChildren with enlarged tonsils and adenoids usually present breathing abnormalities such as snoring, mouth breathing and sleep apnea. It is known that upper airway obstruction and consequent mouth breathing may result in pulmonary diseases. AIM: The goal of this preliminary study was to evaluate the inspiratory pressure in children with upper airway obstruction due to enlarged tonsils. STUDY DESIGN: clinical with transversal cohort. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We evaluated 37 children (4 -13 years old, female/male with enlarged tonsils who would be submitted to a T&A surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology, Medical School, University of Sao Paulo, from October 2002 to March 2003. The control group comprised 28 children without tonsillar disease submitted to the same tests. Inspiratory pressure was obtained using a manometer and

  2. Effect of Enlargement Treatment on Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Activities of Red Globe Grape%膨大处理对红地球葡萄酚类物质及抗氧化活性的影响

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    刘金串; 孟江飞; 郭志君; 耿万刚; 乔玲; 张昂; 张振文; 房玉林

    2012-01-01

    以红地球葡萄为研究对象,对葡萄进行膨大处理后,定期采样,测定处理组和对照组的总酚、总黄酮、总黄烷醇以及铜离子还原力、铁氰化钾还原力、DPPH自由基清除率、金属螯合力、羟自由基(·OH)清除率,用DPS软件对处理组和对照组之间的差异及酚类物质与抗氧化活性之间的相关性进行分析。结果表明:膨大处理可增加红地球葡萄酚类物质含量并增强其抗氧化活性;膨大处理对红地球葡萄总酚、总黄酮、总黄烷醇、铜离子还原力、铁氰化钾还原力的影响较大,对DPPH自由基清除率、金属螯合力、·OH清除率的影响较小。铜离子还原力、铁氰化钾还原力与酚类物质(总酚、总黄酮、总黄烷醇)含量均呈极显著正相关;金属螯合力、DPPH自由基清除率与酚类物质含量均无显著相关性,·OH清除率与酚类物质含量呈极显著负相关。铜离子还原力与铁氰化钾还原力呈极显著正相关;与DPPH自由基清除率呈显著正相关。铜离子还原力与·OH清除率、铁氰化钾还原力与·OH清除率呈极显著负相关。%The effect of enlargement treatment on total phenols and antioxidant activities of red globe grapes were determined in this study. The phenolic compounds and antioxidant activities were investigated during the berry growth and maturation after enlargement treatments. The difference between the treatment and the control, the correlation coefficients between phenolic compositions and antioxidant capacity, as well as the correlation coefficients among different methods for quantifying antioxi- dant capacity were analyzed based on DPS. The results showed that the content of total phenols and antioxidant activities of red globe grapes could be increased by enlargement treatments. The effect of enlargement treatment on total polyphenols, total flavonoids, total flavanols, cupric reducing power, potassium ferricyanide

  3. 脑出血患者血肿扩大的危险因素分析%Analysis of Risk Factors of Hematoma Enlargement in the Early Intracerebral Hemorrhage

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    胡涛; 万国端; 张俊波; 凌三国

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨影响脑出血早期血肿扩大的危险因素,为临床防治提供依据。方法纳入2011年1月~2014年1月在神经内科住院治疗的158例幕上脑出血患者。结果脑出血患者入院时间在0~3 h复查血肿扩大的检出率高于入院时间在3~6 h的患者,但差异无统计学意义( P>0.05)。结论患者幕上脑出血早期血肿扩大,主要是因为血糖影响,入院时收缩压的影响和患者的长期饮酒史。%Objective To discuss the risk factors for the early hematom a enlargement after intracerebral hemor-rhage, and provide the basis for clinical therapy.Methods Retrospective analysis the identified 158 cases supratentori-al intracerebral hemorrhage patients from January 2011 to January 2014.Results Cerebral hemorrhage patients in the detection of admission time to expand the 0~3 h review hematoma is higher than the rate of hospitalization time in 3~6 h of the patients, but the difference wasn′t statistically significant ( P>0.05).Conclusions Blood glucose, systolic blood pressure, long-term drinking history for supratentorial intracerebral hemorrhage were independent risk factors of early enlargement of hematoma.

  4. Ultrastructure of modified root-tip cells in Ficus carica, induced by the ectoparasitic nematode Xiphinema index.

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    Wyss, U; Lehmann, H; Jank-Ladwig, R

    1980-02-01

    The migratory ectoparasitic root nematode Xiphinema index, added to Ficus carica seedlings in sterile agar culture, fed exclusively on the tips of the roots. As a response the tips started to swell and became transformed into terminal galls as long as feeding was continued. When the cytology of swollen root-tips was examined 24 h after the first nematode attack, necrotic cells, scattered singly or in small groups within the root apex, were found in ultrathin sections. These cells, whose protoplasts showed features of a hypersensitive reaction, were most probably those fed upon by nematodes. Each necrotic cell was surrounded by several enlarged, mostly binucleate cells with dense cytoplasm. One day later the binucleate cells were multinucleate, containing 4 or even 8 nuclei. The clear-cut demarcation between necrotic and modified cells indicated that only the stimulus for the induction of modified cells but not the stimulus for cell necrosis passed into neighbouring cells. Root-tip galls that provided the appropriate food for egg production in nematodes contained greatly enlarged multinucleate cells between necrotic cells. The modified cells showed features of high metabolic activities, expressed in nuclear and nucleolar hypertrophy, invagination of the nuclear envelope, increased cytoplasmic density, abundance of mitochondria, plastids and rough endoplasmic reticulum. Wall ingrowths, typical of transfer cells, were rare and if present occurred only adjacent to necrotic cells. In older modified cells new cell plates, surrounded by phragmoplasts, were formed.

  5. Proteomic analysis of the early bovine yolk sac fluid and cells from the day 13 ovoid and elongated preimplatation embryos

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    Jensen, Pernille L.; Beck, Hans Christian; Petersen, Tonny S.

    2014-01-01

    The bovine blastocyst hatches 8 to 9 days after fertilization, and this is followed by several days of preimplantation development during which the embryo transforms from a spherical over an ovoid to an elongated shape. As the spherical embryo enlarges, the cells of the inner cell mass differenti......The bovine blastocyst hatches 8 to 9 days after fertilization, and this is followed by several days of preimplantation development during which the embryo transforms from a spherical over an ovoid to an elongated shape. As the spherical embryo enlarges, the cells of the inner cell mass...... fluid and cellular components were isolated from 12 ovoid and three elongated embryos and using nano-high-performance liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry, and isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation proteomic analysis, a total of 9652 unique proteins were identified. We performed...

  6. Spatial organization of mesenchymal stem cells in vitro--results from a new individual cell-based model with podia.

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    Martin Hoffmann

    Full Text Available Therapeutic application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC requires their extensive in vitro expansion. MSC in culture typically grow to confluence within a few weeks. They show spindle-shaped fibroblastoid morphology and align to each other in characteristic spatial patterns at high cell density. We present an individual cell-based model (IBM that is able to quantitatively describe the spatio-temporal organization of MSC in culture. Our model substantially improves on previous models by explicitly representing cell podia and their dynamics. It employs podia-generated forces for cell movement and adjusts cell behavior in response to cell density. At the same time, it is simple enough to simulate thousands of cells with reasonable computational effort. Experimental sheep MSC cultures were monitored under standard conditions. Automated image analysis was used to determine the location and orientation of individual cells. Our simulations quantitatively reproduced the observed growth dynamics and cell-cell alignment assuming cell density-dependent proliferation, migration, and morphology. In addition to cell growth on plain substrates our model captured cell alignment on micro-structured surfaces. We propose a specific surface micro-structure that according to our simulations can substantially enlarge cell culture harvest. The 'tool box' of cell migratory behavior newly introduced in this study significantly enhances the bandwidth of IBM. Our approach is capable of accommodating individual cell behavior and collective cell dynamics of a variety of cell types and tissues in computational systems biology.

  7. Thermal Diffusivity and Conductivity Measurements in Diamond Anvil Cells

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    Antonangeli, D; Farber, D L

    2007-02-22

    We have undertaken a study of the feasibility of an innovative method for the determination of thermal properties of materials at extreme conditions. Our approach is essentiality an extension of the flash method to the geometry of the diamond-anvil cell and our ultimate goal is to greatly enlarge the pressure and temperature range over which thermal properties can be investigated. More specifically, we have performed test experiments to establish a technique for probing thermal diffusivity on samples of dimensions compatible with the physical constraints of the diamond anvil cell.

  8. PRIMARY TRANSITIONAL CELL CARCINOMA OF THE OVARY: A CASE REPORT

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A 38-year-old female presented with a history of progressively enlarging abdominal mass. Abdominal computed tomography showed a pelvic mass involving both the ovaries and omentum. CA-125 was normal. Staging surgery was performed and the histopathological diagnosis of Transitional Cell Carcinoma was made and later confirmed by immuno-histochemistry. Transitional cell carcinoma of the ovary is a rare subtype of epithelial ovarian cancer. Surgical resection is the primary therapeutic approach, and patient’s outcomes after chemotherapy are better than for other types of ovarian cancers.

  9. Vitamin B-complex initiates growth and development of human embryonic brain cells in vitro.

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    Danielyan, K E; Abramyan, R A; Galoyan, A A; Kevorkian, G A

    2011-09-01

    We studied a combined effect of subcomponents of vitamin B complex on the growth, development, and death of human embryonic brain-derived cells (E90) cultured using a modified method of Matson. Cell death was detected by trypan blue staining. According to our results, vitamin B-complex in low-doses promote the development, maturation, and enlargement of human embryonic brain cells, on the one hand, and increases the percent of cell death, which attests to accelerated maturation and metabolism, on the other.

  10. 主动脉瓣环扩大术在主动脉瓣置换术中的应用%Aortic annulus enlargement in aortic valve replacement for small aortic annulus

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    朱水波; 殷桂林; 胡健才; 张殿堂; 张晓明; 王荣平; 谭焱; 高旭辉; 刘勇

    2012-01-01

    Objective To summarize the experiences of aortic annulus enlargement in aortic valve replacement for small aortic annulus. Methods From Jan. 2000 to Sept,2010,18 cases of aortic valve disease with small aortic annulus received improved Manouguian procedure to enlarge the small aortic annulus before implanting appropriate mechanical aortic valve. Complicated heart lesion were treated surgically simultaneously. Results Complications in early stage including ventricular arrhythmia, severe low cardiac output syndrome and cardiac tamponade were cured. All cases were discharged without operative mortality. All cases were improved in cardiac function and ventricular wall mass. No death or other severe events occurred in follow - up. Conclusion Aortic annulus enlargement with improved Manougnian method is effective and safe in patients with small aortic annulus in order to implant appropriate mechanical aortic valve.%目的 总结主动脉瓣置换术中处理小主动脉瓣环的体会.方法 我院在2000年至2010年期间收治主动脉瓣环细小的主动脉瓣病变18例,均采取改良Manouguian方法扩大主动脉瓣环,再置入较合适的机械主动脉瓣.同期行二尖瓣置换6例,室间隔修补1例,三尖瓣成形5例.结果 17例有效开口面积指数(EOAI)均达到0.85cm2/m2以上,1例0.80cm2/m2.术后严重低心排综合征1例,室性心律失常3例,心脏压塞1例.18例痊愈出院,随访1~10年,术后6个月复查发现EOAI为0.80cm2/m2的患者主动脉跨瓣压差较高,室间隔及左室壁厚度恢复较慢,左室射血分数较低;而比值在0.85~1.0之间与大于1.0的患者相比,主动脉跨瓣压差、室间隔及左室壁厚度平均值稍高,但差异无统计学意义.2例术后6年因身高、体重增加EOAI分别下降到0.79、0.81cm2/m2,出现活动后心慌,心电图提示左室高电压,经扩管等药物治疗和一般处理,症状明显改善.结论 改良Manouguian方法扩大主动脉瓣环安全、有效,可置入

  11. Konno法和改良Manougnian法行主动脉瓣置换术的临床结果%Intermediate - term Clinical Outcomes of Konno and Modified Manougnian Methods on Adolescent Patients for Enlargement of Aortic Annulus

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    朱亚彬; 朱兵; 杨岷; 石维平; 王宁夫; K.M.Cherian; 刘志勇

    2012-01-01

    目的 观察Konno法和改良Manougnian法行主动脉瓣置换术的中期效果.方法 2001年7月~2009年11月对30例小主动脉瓣环青少年患者施行瓣环扩大的主动脉瓣置换术,其中Konno法12例(Konno组),改良Manougnian法18例(Manougnian组),比较术前和出院时、术后3年时超声心动图指标.结果 术后住院死亡1例,随访29例,随访率100%,术后左心室厚度、左心室重量指数均较术前明显改善,术后平均随访3年,心功能恢复程度无明显差别.但动态EOAI差异显著,Konno法较改良Manougnian法有较低的迟发性人工瓣膜不匹配现象发生;两组方法术后中期生存率无差异;术后3年左心室重量指数、左心室厚度、跨瓣压差有显著差异,Konno法较改良Manougnian心律失常发生率高.结论 两种扩大瓣环方式行主动脉瓣置换术在青少年患者中均能达到满意的短期效果和中期生存率,动态EOAI提示Konno法较改良Manougnian法更能减少人工瓣膜不匹配现象.%Objective To evaluate intermediate - term results of Konno and modified Manougnian methods on adolescent patients who underwent enlargement of aortic annulus for aortic valve replacement. Methods From July 2001 to Sep 2009, 30 patients underwent enlargement of aortic annulus to replace the large aortic valve prosthesis by using Konno operation and modified Manougnian operation. The dynamic change of EOAI and other relative indexes were reviewed by echocardiography( UCG) during follow - up. Results One patient had inpalient death in Manougnian group, and 29 cases received mean 3 years follow - up. No significant difference was found between two groups for heart function at discharge. There was significant difference in dynamic change of EOAI between two groups after 3years follow - up. Regression of left ventricular wall thickness, left ventricular mass index were improved after operation,but left ventricular wall thickness, left ventricular mass index

  12. 龙血竭片治疗小儿肠系膜淋巴结肿大的临床效果观察%Clinical effect observation of Resina Draconis tablet in the treatment of pediatric mesenteric lymph node enlargement

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    范耀良; 苏芳仕; 周志杰; 覃伟光; 李静; 杨鸿凌

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore clinical effect of Resina Draconis tablet in the treatment of pediatric mesenteric lymph node enlargement. Methods 120 children with mesenteric lymph node enlargement treated in our hospital from February 2011 to February 2013 were divided into two groups using the random number table method.Control group was given routine drug treatment:oral cefprozil granules (antibiotics) and aciclovir tablet,while experimental group was treated with Resina Draconis tablet.Clinical effect between two groups was compared. Results The total effective rate of experimental group (96.67%) was significantly higher than that of control group (70.00%),and disappeared time of ab-dominal pain [(2.10±0.62) d] and disappeared time of lymphadenopathy [(6.14±1.87) d] was significantly shorter than that of control group [(6.14±1.87) and (7.43±2.09) d respectively] respectively (P0.05). Conclusion For children with the mesenteric lymph node enlargement,Resina Draconis applied jointly tablet can improve clinical treatment effect on the basis of conventional drugs,and effectively alleviate the symptom of abdominal pain,promote lymph node size returning to normal,promote rehabilitation of ill children with higher safety.It is worthy of clinical promotion.%目的:探讨龙血竭片治疗小儿肠系膜淋巴结肿大的临床效果。方法采用随机数字表法将2011年2月~2013年2月本院收治的120例小儿肠系膜淋巴结肿大患者分为两组,其中对照组给予常规药物治疗院口服头孢丙烯颗粒(抗生素)、阿昔洛韦片,实验组在对照组基础上应用龙血竭片进行治疗,比较两组的临床效果。结果实验组的总有效率(96.67%)明显高于对照组(70.00%),实验组的腹痛消失时间为(2.10±0.62)d、淋巴结肿大消失时间为(6.14±1.87)d,均明显短于对照组(P<0.05);实验组的不良反应发生率为0,与对照组比较,差异无统计学意义(P跃0.05)。结论对于肠系膜淋巴

  13. 经后路椎管扩大减压术治疗多节段颈椎后纵韧带骨化症%Posterior Cervical Enlarged Laminectomy for Multi-segmental Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament

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    王振宇; 孙元; 王强

    2012-01-01

    To study the results of posterior cervical enlarged laminectomy for multi-segmental ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, totally 27 patients with multi - segmengtal cervical OPLL treated by posterior cervical enlarged laminectomy from august 2006 to august 2011 were investigated. There were 19 males and 8 females, with an average age of 63. 6 years (ranged, 48~82 years). JOA scoring system and the visual analogue scale (VAS) scoring were applied to evaluate the neurological function and neck/shoulder pain respectively. All cases were followed up for 3 months to 5 years (average 18 months). JOA score has improved from 10. 2(5~14) preoperatively to 13. 3(10~17) postoperatively(t=14. 72,P <0. 01). The excellent and good rate was 88. 9%. The palsy of C5 nerve root occurred in only 2 patients,both recovered after surgery. The mean postoperative VAS score was 1. 9(1~3) , comparing with the preoperative score 5. 2(4~6). The pain in neck/shoulder was alleviated obviously (t=14. 25,P<0. 01). Posterior cervical enlarged laminectomy is an effective method in treating multi-segmental cervical OPLL,in terms of significant posterior shift to the spinal cord,relief of cervical/shoulder pain,lower rate of the palsy of C5 nerve root.%研究经后路椎管扩大减压术治疗多节段颈椎后纵韧带骨化症的疗效.自2006年8月至2011年8月,采用经后路椎管扩大减压术治疗多节段颈椎后纵韧带骨化症27例,其中男19例,女8例,年龄48岁~82岁,平均63.6岁.手术前后用日本矫形外科学会(JOA)评分判断神经功能:用疼痛视觉模拟评分(VAS)评价颈肩痛程度.结果所有患者均获随访,随访时间为3个月~5年,平均18个月.术后JOA评分为13.3(10~17)分,较术前10.2(5~14)分有显著改善(t=14.72,P<0.01).术后症状优良率88.9%.仅2例出现C5神经根麻痹,为一过性.术后颈肩痛VAS评分平均为1.9(1~3)分,较术前5.2(4~6)分明显缓解(t=14.25,P<0.01).经

  14. Immuno and affinity cytochemical analysis of cell wall composition in the moss Physcomitrella patens

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    Elizabeth A. Berry

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In contrast to homeohydric vascular plants, mosses employ a poikilohydric strategy for surviving in the dry aerial environment. A detailed understanding of the structure, composition, and development of moss cell walls can contribute to our understanding of not only the evolution of overall cell wall complexity, but also the differences that have evolved in response to selection for different survival strategies. The model moss species Physcomitrella patens has a predominantly haploid lifecycle consisting of protonemal filaments that regenerate from protoplasts and enlarge by tip growth, and leafy gametophores composed of cells that enlarge by diffuse growth and differentiate into several different types. Advantages for genetic studies include methods for efficient targeted gene modification and extensive genomic resources. Immuno and affinity cytochemical labeling were used to examine the distribution of polysaccharides and proteins in regenerated protoplasts, protonemal filaments, rhizoids, and sectioned gametophores of P. patens. The cell wall composition of regenerated protoplasts was also characterized by flow cytometry. Crystalline cellulose was abundant in the cell walls of regenerating protoplasts and protonemal cells that developed on media of high osmolarity, whereas homogalacturonan was detected in the walls of protonemal cells that developed on low osmolarity media and not in regenerating protoplasts. Mannan was the major hemicellulose detected in all tissues tested. Arabinogalactan proteins were detected in different cell types by different probes, consistent with structural heterogeneity. The results reveal developmental and cell type specific differences in cell wall composition and provide a basis for analyzing cell wall phenotypes in knockout mutants.

  15. Immuno and Affinity Cytochemical Analysis of Cell Wall Composition in the Moss Physcomitrella patens.

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    Berry, Elizabeth A; Tran, Mai L; Dimos, Christos S; Budziszek, Michael J; Scavuzzo-Duggan, Tess R; Roberts, Alison W

    2016-01-01

    In contrast to homeohydric vascular plants, mosses employ a poikilohydric strategy for surviving in the dry aerial environment. A detailed understanding of the structure, composition, and development of moss cell walls can contribute to our understanding of not only the evolution of overall cell wall complexity, but also the differences that have evolved in response to selection for different survival strategies. The model moss species Physcomitrella patens has a predominantly haploid lifecycle consisting of protonemal filaments that regenerate from protoplasts and enlarge by tip growth, and leafy gametophores composed of cells that enlarge by diffuse growth and differentiate into several different types. Advantages for genetic studies include methods for efficient targeted gene modification and extensive genomic resources. Immuno and affinity cytochemical labeling were used to examine the distribution of polysaccharides and proteins in regenerated protoplasts, protonemal filaments, rhizoids, and sectioned gametophores of P. patens. The cell wall composition of regenerated protoplasts was also characterized by flow cytometry. Crystalline cellulose was abundant in the cell walls of regenerating protoplasts and protonemal cells that developed on media of high osmolarity, whereas homogalactuonan was detected in the walls of protonemal cells that developed on low osmolarity media and not in regenerating protoplasts. Mannan was the major hemicellulose detected in all tissues tested. Arabinogalactan proteins were detected in different cell types by different probes, consistent with structural heterogneity. The results reveal developmental and cell type specific differences in cell wall composition and provide a basis for analyzing cell wall phenotypes in knockout mutants.

  16. Fungal cell gigantism during mammalian infection.

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    Oscar Zaragoza

    Full Text Available The interaction between fungal pathogens with the host frequently results in morphological changes, such as hyphae formation. The encapsulated pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is not considered a dimorphic fungus, and is predominantly found in host tissues as round yeast cells. However, there is a specific morphological change associated with cryptococcal infection that involves an increase in capsule volume. We now report another morphological change whereby gigantic cells are formed in tissue. The paper reports the phenotypic characterization of giant cells isolated from infected mice and the cellular changes associated with giant cell formation. C. neoformans infection in mice resulted in the appearance of giant cells with cell bodies up to 30 microm in diameter and capsules resistant to stripping with gamma-radiation and organic solvents. The proportion of giant cells ranged from 10 to 80% of the total lung fungal burden, depending on infection time, individual mice, and correlated with the type of immune response. When placed on agar, giant cells budded to produce small daughter cells that traversed the capsule of the mother cell at the speed of 20-50 m/h. Giant cells with dimensions that approximated those in vivo were observed in vitro after prolonged culture in minimal media, and were the oldest in the culture, suggesting that giant cell formation is an aging-dependent phenomenon. Giant cells recovered from mice displayed polyploidy, suggesting a mechanism by which gigantism results from cell cycle progression without cell fission. Giant cell formation was dependent on cAMP, but not on Ras1. Real-time imaging showed that giant cells were engaged, but not engulfed by phagocytic cells. We describe a remarkable new strategy for C. neoformans to evade the immune response by enlarging cell size, and suggest that gigantism results from replication without fission, a phenomenon that may also occur with other fungal pathogens.

  17. Fungal cell gigantism during mammalian infection.

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    Zaragoza, Oscar; García-Rodas, Rocío; Nosanchuk, Joshua D; Cuenca-Estrella, Manuel; Rodríguez-Tudela, Juan Luis; Casadevall, Arturo

    2010-01-01

    The interaction between fungal pathogens with the host frequently results in morphological changes, such as hyphae formation. The encapsulated pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is not considered a dimorphic fungus, and is predominantly found in host tissues as round yeast cells. However, there is a specific morphological change associated with cryptococcal infection that involves an increase in capsule volume. We now report another morphological change whereby gigantic cells are formed in tissue. The paper reports the phenotypic characterization of giant cells isolated from infected mice and the cellular changes associated with giant cell formation. C. neoformans infection in mice resulted in the appearance of giant cells with cell bodies up to 30 microm in diameter and capsules resistant to stripping with gamma-radiation and organic solvents. The proportion of giant cells ranged from 10 to 80% of the total lung fungal burden, depending on infection time, individual mice, and correlated with the type of immune response. When placed on agar, giant cells budded to produce small daughter cells that traversed the capsule of the mother cell at the speed of 20-50 m/h. Giant cells with dimensions that approximated those in vivo were observed in vitro after prolonged culture in minimal media, and were the oldest in the culture, suggesting that giant cell formation is an aging-dependent phenomenon. Giant cells recovered from mice displayed polyploidy, suggesting a mechanism by which gigantism results from cell cycle progression without cell fission. Giant cell formation was dependent on cAMP, but not on Ras1. Real-time imaging showed that giant cells were engaged, but not engulfed by phagocytic cells. We describe a remarkable new strategy for C. neoformans to evade the immune response by enlarging cell size, and suggest that gigantism results from replication without fission, a phenomenon that may also occur with other fungal pathogens.

  18. Image enlargement based on improved complex diffusion coupling to nonlocal means fitler%基于改进复扩散耦合非局部均值滤波器的图像放大

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    海涛; 席志红

    2016-01-01

    为了提高偏微分方程放大算法对纹理细节的放大效果,利用改进的复扩散模型耦合均值滤波器,提出了一种图像放大算法。改进的非线性复扩散模型能够很好的定位图像边缘,通过冲激滤波器对边缘进行锐化,同时耦合非局部均值滤波器,保持图像内部的自相似特性,利用非局部信息重建高分辨率图像,提高小边缘、细节放大效果。算法结合非局部信息和局部信息对图像进行放大,增强纹理细节,使图像更加自然,同时减弱对边缘的过度增强,具有较好的放大效果,仿真实验验证了算法的优良性能。%In order to improve the zoomed effect of the method based on partial differential equation,combi-ning the improved complex diffusion model and the nonlocal means filter,the image enlargement method is pro-posed.Having the advantage of precision location of the edges,with the edges sharpened by the shock filter, the improved anisotropic complex diffusion couples to the nonlocal means filter to keep with the similarity of the diffused image,the high resolution image is reconstructed.Not only using the local information of the image but the image’s nonlocal information,the method makes the zoomed image more natural,at the same time,attenu-ates the edge’s over-sharpen,therefore the enlarged image has better visual effective.The simulations prove the prominent performance of the proposed method.

  19. 论东盟来华留学教育扩大发展的有效路径%On Effective Measures to Enlarge the Scale of ASEAN International Students in China

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    方宝; 武毅英

    2016-01-01

    To enlarge the scale of ASEAN international students in China, we need to avoid being driven completely by market profit, be cautious about the "trap of comparative advantage" when conducting trade in education services, and consider how to enhance the capacity of local talents training. Based on the distribution feature of regional concentration of ASEAN international students, several "ASEAN-oriented international education centers" aimed at both enlarging the scale of international students and improving education quality should be built in Southwest China and South China which are densely populated by international students from ASEAN countries. Several strategies are proposed for the establishment of ASEAN-oriented international education centers from the perspectives of government support and participation, Chinese-foreign higher education cooperation, the introduction of high-quality international education resources, and the internationalization of quality assurance and assessment for higher education.%东盟来华留学教育的扩大发展必须避免陷入完全被市场利益所驱动之局面,警惕教育服务贸易落入“比较优势陷阱”,并考虑如何更好地提高本土人才培养能力。根据东盟来华留学生分布所具有的区域倾向性特征,可以考虑在东盟留学生相对密集的西南、华南地区建设若干个以提高留学生规模与优化教育质量为主要目标的“东盟来华留学集中区”。在策略上,这要求加强政府的支持与参与力度,扩大西部地区中外合作办学规模,积极引进世界优质教育资源,并努力提升教育质量保障与评估的国际化水平。

  20. 流动家庭婚姻圈扩展、性别强势与未婚先孕%Enlargement of the Marital Circle, Gender and Premarital Pregnancy in Migrants Families

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    齐嘉楠; 杨华

    2015-01-01

    本文利用2013年全国流动人口动态监测调查数据,对当前我国流动人口未婚先孕情况进行研究,试图分析婚姻圈的扩展以及性别的强势会如何影响未婚先孕的结果。本文有以下一些发现:流动人口核心家庭未婚先孕的比例较高;婚姻圈的扩展增加了未婚先孕的几率;流动人口的性别在年龄、教育和户籍方面的强势并未显著影响未婚先孕的发生;各省间未婚先孕的水平存在着较大差异。本文通过采用多水平分析方法,定量描述了当前的未婚先孕水平存在省际差异,为实现流动人口公共服务的均等化,提出了相应的政策建议。%Based on the data of the national migrants survey in 2013 , this paper demonstrates how the enlargement of marital circle and gender affect the premarital pregnancy among the floating population. The findings are: the floating core families boast of a higher proportion of the premarital pregnancy , the enlargement of the marital circle increase of the risk of premarital pregnancy. The gender effects in age,education and hukou have no significance to the occurrence of premarital pregnancy. the inter-provincial difference of the premarital pregnancy is analyzed by using multi-level model to provide a policy reference for the equalized public services for the migrants.

  1. 改良耳道皮瓣耳道口扩大成形的研究%Research of modified skin flap of external canal in auditory canal shaping to enlarge

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    王东; 李同丽; 陈煜; 李欣

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the new method of modified skin flap of external canal in auditory canal shaping to enlarge at radical mastoidectomy in endaural incision. MethodsFrom 1999 to 2009,412 patients with 428 ears in operation were randomly divided into two groups. Patients underwent open mastoidectomy and some patients were performed concurrent tympanoplasty. A group (control group)were operated in traditional skin flap of external canal,B group is modified group. Bleed and effusion from the wound surface,the time of dry ear and the change of diameter of extermal acoustic meatus after one year were observed after the surgeries and deal the results with SPSS. Resell: The difference had statistical significance in bleed and effusion from the wound surf ace, the time of dry ear and the shrink of external acoustic meatus in 12 months among two groups. Conclnsion; Modified skin flap of external canal in auditory canal shaping to enlarge can help to make a no-wound dehiscence by wiping out the raw surface of external acoustic meatus. It is better than traditional skin flap of external canal.%目的:探索耳内切口乳突根治术时行改良耳道皮瓣法扩大耳道口的新方法.方法:1999-2009年我科选择行开放式乳突根治术或同期行鼓室成形术的病例421例(428耳),随机分为A、B组.A组为对照组,行传统耳道皮瓣法;B组为改良组,行改良的耳道皮瓣法.所有病例观察术后的出血、渗出情况,干耳时间及1年后耳道口的变化情况.结果:统计学分析表明,改良组较对照组在术后出血、渗出、干耳时间及耳道口缩小方面均差异有统计学意义.结论:改良耳道皮瓣法扩大耳道口成形后,消灭了外耳道的创面,形成了无创面的耳道口,比传统皮瓣法有较多优点.

  2. Study on Outline of Aeration Facility at Outlet of Abrupt Enlargement and Drop Section of Radial Gate%弧形闸门突扩突跌出口掺气设施体型研究

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    2015-01-01

    Based on the physical model experiment , outline and its impact factors of the aeration facility at the outlet of the abrupt en-largement and drop section of the radial gate are studied in detail.The experiment presents that the complex flow pattern is formed by the aeration facility of abrupt enlargement and drop.The dispersed flow upward forms water wing.After it returns on the normal water sur-face, the impact wave at its downstream is again caused.The dispersed flow downward forms water curtain, increasing the return flow at the bottom cavity.The length of the bottom cavity forms positive phase relations with drop, flip height and downstream chute gradient. But the steeper the chute is, the severer the water wing in the downstream chute is.The length of the lateral cavity is in positive phase re-lation with the lateral expansion width.But this is in opposite phase relation with the degree of the water wing in the downstream chute.%基于物理模型实验,对弧形闸门突扩突跌出口掺气设施的体型及其影响因素进行了详细的研究。试验结果说明:突扩突跌掺气设施形成复杂的水流流态,向上扩散的水流形成水翅,回到正常水面后,在其下游又会激起冲击波,向下扩散的水流形成水帘,增加底空腔的回溯水流;底空腔的长度与跌坎、挑坎的高低、下游泄槽坡度均呈正相关关系,但泄槽坡度越陡,下游泄槽水翅越严重;侧空腔的长度与侧扩宽度呈正相关关系,但与下游泄槽水翅的严重程度呈反相关关系。

  3. Plasmoacanthoma of oral cavity and plasma cell cheilitis: two sides of same disorder “oral plasma cell mucositis” ?

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    Gayatri Khatri

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Plasmoacanthoma and plasma cell cheilitis are rare disorders of obscure etiology characterized by a plasma cell infiltrate an 80-year-old woman presented with a verrucous, fleshy, skin colored plaque over lips, gingiva, and the palate and painful swallowing for over a period of 6 months. Histopathology of the lesion showed dense infiltrate of plasma cells. The lesions resolved completely after intralesional triamcinolone acetonide. Another 52-year-old male had progressively enlarging, erosive lesion over vermilion border of lower lip for 6months resembling actinic cheilitis. Histology was diagnostic of plasma cell cheilitis. Treatment with topical clobetasol propionate was effective. Plasma cell cheilitis and plasmoacanthoma perhaps represent a spectrum of oral ”plasma cell mucositis” with plasmoacanthoma being an advanced version of the former.

  4. Mechanism of Hepatocyte Growth Factor Inhibition of Angiotensin II-induced Apoptosis in Primary Lung Cells

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    2010-02-19

    joints. In addition, they may experience enlargement and bulb-like development of the fingertips and nails , a condition called clubbing [41]. Clinical...2 family, which act to regulate the permeability of the mitochondrial membrane and its release of cytochrome . Initiator caspase 9 is activated in...either a Bax channel blocker (BCB) or a Bax inhibiting peptide (V-5), while a control peptide had no effect (Fig 3B). We found that cell permeable

  5. FY 1997 report on the survey of potential impacts of enlarging ASEAN on political and economic systems in South East Asia; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (ASEAN kakudai no Higashi Asia no seiji keizai chitsujo eno eikyo chosa)

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    This report surveys potential impacts of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) on inter-ASEAN affairs and its external relations when ASEAN will enlarge its members to include all nations in South East Asia, and thus fully represent the region. For this purpose, the survey was conducted on Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, which joined in 1995, from the viewpoint of their economic and political system, and their relations with other member countries. The nature of ASEAN has gradually transformed, in which all the countries in the region have increased and internal economic issues have been tackled. It has an aim to stimulate inter-ASEAN trade and induce foreign direct investment into ASEAN as a whole by reducing import duties on intra-ASEAN trade. Underlying in these, new development is a concern about growing economic and military power of China. ASEAN solidarity will work an leverage against China should change toward worse, and ASEAN will function as a regional stabilization factor. ASEAN is needed for the stability of both in economic and political order in East Asia. Japan has to further promote its cooperation with ASEAN to help its solidarity as an association. 24 refs., 21 figs., 25 tabs.

  6. Improved Application of Camellia oleifera on Biomass Energy by Enlarging Its Production%提高油茶在生物质能源中的应用价值

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    张党权; 谭晓风; 彭万喜; 刘其梅; 曾艳玲; 陈鸿鹏; 田华; 马清芝

    2007-01-01

    油茶是我国特产的世界著名的食用与工业油料树种.油茶在我国18个省、市、自治区有栽培分布,栽培分布范围广,品种资源丰富,结实早,产量高.南方山区丘陵的农民都有油茶生产经营习惯,栽培技术规范齐全.将油茶作为生物质能源树种栽培利用,对于开发我国生物质能源,提高我国能源自给能力具有一定的战略意义.%As the world-famous edible and industrial oil tree, tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera) originated in China has been planted widely in 18 provinces, cities, or municipalities in our country, forming abundant cultivars with the characteristic of early fruition and high yield. Tea-oil tree is suitable for the energy trees as its oil has been used as the fuel oil for lighting from of old, and can be transformed into biodiesel fuel. So it is very necessary to carry out the researches on tea-oil tree strenuously, to develop and enlarge the production of tea-oil tree, and to plant and use it as biomass energy tree.

  7. 某110 kV变压器油介质损耗增大原因分析%Cause analysis and treatment of dielectric loss enlargement in insulation oil of a 110 kV transformer

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    陈梅; 陈建国

    2013-01-01

    Aiming at the problems of dielectric loss factors enlargement in insulation oil of a 110 kV transformer, through investigation and analysis confirm that the causation is insulation oil aging caus-ing equipment deficiency. Therefor constitutes the treatment technics of insulation oil, validates the test schemes and puts into implementation. The improvement result shows that the regeneration and purification treatment for insulation oil decrease the dielectric loss index of insulation oil. dielectric loss of high voltage test measure up, the insulation oil of the transformer recover normality.%  针对1台110 kV变压器油介质损耗因数增大问题,通过调查分析,确定其原因是绝缘油老化引起的设备缺陷。为此,制定变压器油处理的工艺及验证试验方案,并付诸实施。结果表明:使用绝缘油的再生-净化处理工艺降低了绝缘油的介损指标,高压试验介质损耗合格,绝缘恢复正常。

  8. Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

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    ... not they have urinary problems. Digital rectal exam Medical Tests A health care provider may refer men to a urologist—a doctor ... the following side effects should contact a health care provider right away or get emergency medical care: hives rash itching shortness of breath rapid, ...

  9. Enlargement of the External Mobility Programme

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    The External Mobility Programme was launched at the end of September 2007. Initially, the programme was aimed at staff members on limited-duration contracts, having received formal notification of the termination of their employment contract at CERN, to help them towards their next employment. The programme provides a privileged, fast-track entry into the recruitment process of partner companies. Despite the short time since its inception, the programme has already delivered some encouraging and concrete results in terms of interviews granted to participating staff. The Programme has raised considerable interest from both CERN personnel as well as from several major European companies. CERN Management has decided to broaden the scope of the External Mobility Programme. The Programme is now open to: All staff members whose limited duration contract will end in less than one year, as well as all those with indefinite contracts. All fellows who have been employed by CERN fo...

  10. Enlargement of the External Mobility Programme

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    The External Mobility Programme was launched at the end of September 2007. Initially, the programme was aimed at staff members on limited-duration contracts having received formal notification of the termination of their employment contract at CERN, to help them towards their next employment. The programme provides a privileged, fast-track entry into the recruitment process of partner companies. Despite the short time since its inception, the programme has already delivered some encouraging and concrete results in terms of interviews granted to participating staff. The Programme has attracted considerable interest from both CERN personnel as well as from several major European companies. The CERN Management has decided to broaden the scope of the External Mobility Programme. The Programme is now open to: All staff members whose limited duration contract will end in less than one year, as well as all those with indefinite contracts. All fellows who have been employed by CE...

  11. EU Enlargement and Latvian Citizenship Policy

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    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available This article examines whether its desire to join the European Union exerted any influence upon Latvian nationality policy. The author concludes that external pressure upon Latvian policymakers during the accession process led to a significantly more liberal and inclusive citizenship law than might have otherwise been adopted. The analysis includes an assessment of current concerns in nationality and minority policy in Latvia including the large number and status of non-citizens, the application of language legislation, and the reform of the education system. EU membership is expected to make Latvian citizenship more attractive for non-citizens and the country will continue to be required to meet its international obligations regarding treatment of the non-citizen population and minorities. However, there is a risk that the completion of accession negotiations and accompanying reduction in European Commission influence coupled with intense pressure on limited economic and administrative resources in the new member states will sideline respect for and protection of minority rights.

  12. An Unusual Reason for Generalized Cardiac Enlargement

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    Gui-zhou MA; Hong TAN

    2009-01-01

    @@ CASE REPORT A 43-year-old Chinese male farmer presented to the hospital with complaints of exertional palpitation and dyspnea for 2 months. He had his discomforts often together with dry cough, and gradually appeared paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, but no chest pain. He had been diagnosed as dilated cardiomyopathy in other hospitals. However, the therapeutic effect was poor. There was no history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus, and no family history of heart diseases. He had smoked cigarettes for 20 years but did not drink alcohol.

  13. Enlargement of thalamic nuclei in Tourette syndrome

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    Miller, Ann M; Bansal, Ravi; Hao, Xuejun;

    2010-01-01

    CONTEXT: The basal ganglia and thalamus together connect in parallel closed-loop circuits with the cortex. Previous imaging studies have shown modifications of the basal ganglia and cortical targets in individuals with Tourette syndrome (TS), but less is known regarding the role of the thalamus i...

  14. How to Enlarge Our English Vocabulary

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    杨淑秀

    2010-01-01

    Mastering abundant vocabulary is the base for us to learn English well. Therefore we should do regular intensive reading and extensive reading. We should use the dictionary effectively; We should also have a good command of Lexicology.

  15. Time to Enlarge Sino-Russian Cooperation

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    Guo Yan

    2008-01-01

    @@ China and Russia have passed through different phases of development and growth in a variety of fields such as politics, economy, culture and many other areas since they first established a bilateral strategic partnership in 1996. In 1996 and again in 2007, China and Russian inaugurated the Russian and Chinese-themed national year activities, which have greatly improved the mutual understanding between the two nations and the people.

  16. Enlarge Your Child's World through Photography.

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    1987-01-01

    As an educational tool, a camera gives its operator an opportunity to develop self confidence, visual awareness, and communication skills. Suggestions from Through Children's Eyes, a Van Nuys (CA) program for elementary schools, are offered. (MT)

  17. Intra-EU Direct Investment and Enlargement

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    Full Text Available This paper examines the determinants of the intra-EU direct investment (IDI into the New Member States (NMS using a panel dataset of bilateral capital flows for the period 1993-2013. It is found out by using a simple gravity model that EU membership is the most important determinant. Unlike previous studies including non-EU countries, the distance is insignificant, which is caused by proximity of these countries to one another. A separate analysis focused on subgroups of accession countries gives some evidence that even when size of their economy, distance, institutional quality and EU accession are taken into account, Central European countries receive more IDI than the Baltic and the Balkan states. On the contrary to that, the analysis restricted to the Balkan countries which have joined the EU shows the inexistence of a negative Balkans effect in attracting foreign investment. This finding is relevant because previous studies demonstrate a persistent negative Balkans effect for non-EU Balkan countries and suggests a crucial impact of the EU accession in determining the intra-EU capital flows.

  18. Congenital lower limb enlargement in a newborn.

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    Perez-Crespo, María; Betlloch, Isabel; Martinez-Miravete, Maria Teresa; Ballester, Irene; Lucas, Ana; Mataix, Javier

    2011-01-01

    A full-term newborn presented with swelling of his right leg soon after birth. There was no alteration in Doppler. The grandmother and other relatives were said to have shown a similar history at birth. Milroy's disease was then diagnosed and compressive massage was advised.

  19. Penis-Enlargement Products: Do They Work?

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    ... health Tempted by products that claim to increase penis size? Get the facts about what to expect from ... have an exaggerated idea of what constitutes "normal" penis size. Here are the facts: The average penis measures ...

  20. Enlargement of thalamic nuclei in Tourette syndrome

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    Miller, Ann M; Bansal, Ravi; Hao, Xuejun

    2010-01-01

    CONTEXT: The basal ganglia and thalamus together connect in parallel closed-loop circuits with the cortex. Previous imaging studies have shown modifications of the basal ganglia and cortical targets in individuals with Tourette syndrome (TS), but less is known regarding the role of the thalamus...

  1. Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts and Childhood Hearing Loss

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    ... EVA. However, this is a rare event in commercial aircraft with pressurized cabins. If you have EVA, ... of communication, such as sign language or cued speech, or using assistive devices, such as a hearing ...

  2. EU enlargement: towards an uncertain future

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    2004-01-01

    Never before has the EU been expanded with so many countries at the same time (10), never before was the economic gap between the existing and acceding countries so large, and never before have the existing countries (EU Fifteen) been playing the role of mister Scrooge so convincingly, and never be

  3. Disseminated T-cell lymphoma in a Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis).

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    de Araújo, Marina Rios; Luppi, Marcela Miranda; Malta, Marcelo de Campos Cordeiro; Assumpção, Anna Luiza Facchetti Vinhaes; Langohr, Ingeborg Maria; Ecco, Roselene

    2011-01-01

    The current study describes the clinical, gross, histopathologic, and immunohistochemical findings of a T-cell lymphoma in a captive porcupine (Coendou prehensilis), a species typically seen in the tropical forests of Brazil. At necropsy, extensive neoplastic involvement was observed in the cervical lymph nodes, with extension into the salivary gland. The spleen was mildly enlarged, and neoplastic nodules were grossly evident in the liver and right kidney. Histologically, sheets of large and markedly pleomorphic round cells were observed in the cervical lymph nodes, lung, liver, spleen, and kidney. The neoplastic cells were positive for cluster of differentiation (CD)3 and negative for CD79a by immunohistochemistry.

  4. Histological Study on in vitro Co-cultivation of the Myocardium Tissue and Cells with Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts

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    ZHANG Gui-xue; LIU Yan; HU Peng-fei

    2004-01-01

    The histological observation was experimentally conducted on in vitro cultured mouse embryonic myocardium cells and myocardiumoid cell mass. The mouse embryo tissue were cultured and regular pulsatile myocardiumoid tissue could be found. During in vitro culture, the myofilament bundles in the cell were gradually increasing and strongly connectted each other with embryonic age and there were loose muscle fibers initially and intercalated discs were close to each other. The lose myofilament bundles were developed in muscle fibers with age and the distance between intercalated discs was enlarged. There were myofilamentoid structure in inactive cells and filament peripherily.

  5. Effects of antigliomatin from the scorpion venom of Buthus martensii Karsch on chloride channels on C6 glioma cells

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    Zan Wang; Mingxian Li; Hongmei Meng; Min Huang; Weihong Lin; Li Cui; Shao Wang

    2011-01-01

    Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings, the effects of antigliomatin were observed on chloride channels on C6 glioma cells cultured in vitro. Antigliomatin was extracted from the venom of the scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch. Chloride channels are closed under normal osmotic pressure. When osmotic pressure was reduced to 120, 110 and 100 mV, the cell volume enlarged, chloride channels opened, and the chloride channel current increased. Three minutes after antigliomatin treatment, the chloride channel current decreased in a dose-dependent manner. These results show that antigliomatin extracted from the venom of the scorpion Buthus martensii Karsch diminishes chloride channel currents on C6 glioma cells.

  6. Large-Sized Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with TiO2 Cemented and Protected Silver Grids

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    Lan, Zhang; Wu, Jihuai; Lin, Jianming; Miaoliang

    2012-03-01

    Large-sized dye-sensitized solar cells were prepared with TiO2 cemented and protected Ag grids in the photo and counter electrodes. The addition of high conductive TiO2 cemented Ag grids can maintain high performance with the enlargement of the cells. The preparation of the compact TiO2 layer on the Ag grids can prevent the corrosion of the electrolyte, moreover, when it is prepared on the whole area of the photo electrode, it also can play as the blocking layer for further enhancing the performance of cells. The presented method shows a simple and efficient way to prepare high performance large single cells.

  7. Síndrome do aqueduto vestibular alargado: relato de 3 casos e revisão bibliográfica Enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome: report of 3 cases and literature review

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    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A Síndrome do Aqueduto Vestibular Alargado (SAVA é caracterizada por um alargamento do aqueduto vestibular associado a uma perda auditiva neurossensorial, algumas vezes mista, que pode ser congênita ou adquirida na infância. A disacusia pode ser dividida em leve, moderada ou profunda, associada com períodos de melhora ou de piora súbita. O alargamento do aqueduto vestibular é a anomalia da orelha interna mais comum. A SAVA é admitida como resultado de uma anormalidade genética no desenvolvimento do aqueduto vestibular anterior à quinta semana de gestação. A incidência de SAVA está entre 1% e 1,3%, podendo chegar a 7% dependendo da população examinada. O objetivo deste estudo é relatar 3 casos de SAVA atendidos no Núcleo de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia de Cabeça e Pescoço de São Paulo e no serviço de Radiologia do Hospital São Camilo - São Paulo, sendo que dois pacientes são irmãos somente por parte materna. Dois pacientes eram do sexo feminino, um do sexo masculino e a idade variou de 9 a 30 anos. O método diagnóstico de eleição é a TC de osso temporais. A conduta para os casos foi o tratamento conservador com ressalva a cuidados como traumatismos cranianos, barotraumas e, quando necessário, uso de próteses auditivas.Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome is characterized by a widening of the vestibular aqueduct, associated with sensorineural hearing loss, or sometimes with mixed hearing loss, which may be congenital or acquired during childhood. The sensorineural hearing loss may be classified into mild, moderate and severe, associated with sudden periods of improvement or aggravation. The enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct is the most common inner ear anomaly. This syndrome is admitted as a result of a genetic abnormality of the vestibular aqueduct development, previous to the fifth week of gestation. The incidence of this syndrome ranges from 1% to 1.3%, with the possibility of getting up to 7

  8. 肺动脉干扩张压迫左主干致心肌缺血的诊断及治疗%The Diagnosis and Treatment of Left Main Coronary Artery Compression from Pulmonary Artery Enlargement

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    王园园; 申磊

    2012-01-01

    Coronary atherosclerosis is the main reason for myocardial ischemia. In addition, coronary hypoperfusion, cardiomyopathy, and man)' others are also included. According to recent research, left main coronary artery ( LM ) compression from pulmonary artery enlargement due to pulmonary hypertension may lead to myocardial ischemia. It has been usually described in the setting of congenital heart disease and/or associated with primary pulmonary hypertension, and more frequently, isolated with atrial septal defect. So, early diagnosis and treatment is important. Through the understanding of the pathophysiology, mechanism and imaging of the disease, we may be able to choose appropriate treatment. This article describes the compression of LM based on anatomic details, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and several imaging modalities including cardiac computed tomography angiograply, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, intravascular ultrasound, coronary angiograply. Though the optimal treatment for LM is debatable, percutaneous coronary intervention appears to be a feasible, safe, and effective treatment option for patients with extrinsic compression of the LM from pulmonary artery enlargement.%心肌缺血最常见的原因是冠状动脉粥样硬化.另外,冠状动脉灌注不足、心肌本身病变等也是导致心肌缺血的常见原因.近年来,有报道发现肺动脉高压致肺动脉干扩张压迫冠状动脉左主干也可致心绞痛、心肌梗死等心肌缺血事件发生.可见,肺动脉干扩张压迫左主干也是导致心肌缺血的一个少见病因.据报道,肺动脉干扩张压迫左主干常常合并先天性心脏病或/和原发性肺动脉高压,其病死率较高.因此,认识本病的病理生理学机制及影像学征象,并选择适宜的治疗方法尤为重要.现从其发生的解剖基础、病理生理学机制及临床表现等几个方面对其进行描述,并阐述了多种影像学检查方法在诊断此病中的价

  9. Enlarged Cross-section of The Stone Arch Bridge Strengthened by Technology Application%增大截面法加固石拱桥的技术应用

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    吴跃梓; 章劲松

    2012-01-01

    石拱桥是极具中华民族气息与特色的桥型,该桥型结构实用、美观.然而随着时代的变迁及交通运输业的发展,大量的石拱桥出现了各种各样的病害,很多桥甚至已发展成危桥.为改善交通状况,消除安全隐患,结合当前经济状况,加固利用旧危石拱桥是合理的.石拱桥加固的方法很多,结合工程实例重点阐述增大截面加固法加固石拱桥的基本原理、方法和步骤.%Stone arch bridge is a Chinese national flavor and characteristics of the bridge, the bridge type structure, beautiful and practical. However, with the change of times and the development of transportation industry, large stone arch bridges the emergence of a variety of diseases, many bridges has developed the deserted bridge. In order to improve traffic conditions, to eliminate potential safety problems, combined with the current economic situation, strengthening the old stone arch bridge is reasonable. Stone arch bridge reinforcement method, this paper focuses on the section- enlarging reinforcing method for reinforcing stone arch bridge, the basic principle of the method and steps.

  10. Evolution of enlarged body size of coal tits Parus ater in geographic isolation from two larger competitors, the crested tit Parus cristatus and the willow tit Parus montanus, on six Scandinavian islands

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    R. Åke Norberg

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Here, we report that on six widely separated Scandinavian islands, the coal tit Parus ater has evolved morphologically in the direction of two absent competitors, the crested tit P. cristatus and the willow tit P. montanus, to the effect that it is up to 10% larger in linear dimensions than conspecifics on the adjacent Swedish mainland, where all three species coexist. The large size is genetically determined, as ascertained by clutch exchange experiments between island and mainland nests. We conclude that the increased size of P. ater in places where it is geographically isolated from its larger congeners is the result of evolutionary adaptation, due ultimately to relaxed interspecific competition. On the islands, P. ater has evolved into a medium-sized generalist, with selection pressures likely governed by the following causal relationships. When competitors are lacking, P. ater takes over the foraging space of the absentees. The enlarged food base allows higher population densities, which intensifies intraspecific interference competition. This, in turn, selects for increased body size. When P. ater coexists with its larger congeners, it occupies peripheral foraging sites in trees, which requires excellent manoeuvrability and energy-expensive locomotion modes. Reduction of body size increases locomotor capacity for mechanical and aerodynamic reasons and lowers energy consumption, so small size is favoured in sympatry. But in geographic isolation, P. ater exploits the tree periphery less and the inner tree regions more, and it also adopts the easier locomotion modes of the absent species. Therefore, selection for manoeuvrability and a small body size is relaxed. The new selection regime shifts the balance between opposing selection forces towards a larger body size. We were able to test 11 alternative hypotheses and available evidence conclusively eliminates them all. As a result, here, evolution could be predicted regarding both direction

  11. Evolution of enlarged body size of coal tits Parus ater in geographic isolation from two larger competitors, the crested tit Parus cristatus and the willow tit Parus montanus, on six Scandinavian islands.

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    Norberg, R Åke; Lindhe Norberg, Ulla M

    2015-10-21

    Here, we report that on six widely separated Scandinavian islands, the coal tit Parus ater has evolved morphologically in the direction of two absent competitors, the crested tit P. cristatus and the willow tit P. montanus, to the effect that it is up to 10% larger in linear dimensions than conspecifics on the adjacent Swedish mainland, where all three species coexist. The large size is genetically determined, as ascertained by clutch exchange experiments between island and mainland nests. We conclude that the increased size of P. ater in places where it is geographically isolated from its larger congeners is the result of evolutionary adaptation, due ultimately to relaxed interspecific competition. On the islands, P. ater has evolved into a medium-sized generalist, with selection pressures likely governed by the following causal relationships. When competitors are lacking, P. ater takes over the foraging space of the absentees. The enlarged food base allows higher population densities, which intensifies intraspecific interference competition. This, in turn, selects for increased body size. When P. ater coexists with its larger congeners, it occupies peripheral foraging sites in trees, which requires excellent manoeuvrability and energy-expensive locomotion modes. Reduction of body size increases locomotor capacity for mechanical and aerodynamic reasons and lowers energy consumption, so small size is favoured in sympatry. But in geographic isolation, P. ater exploits the tree periphery less and the inner tree regions more, and it also adopts the easier locomotion modes of the absent species. Therefore, selection for manoeuvrability and a small body size is relaxed. The new selection regime shifts the balance between opposing selection forces towards a larger body size. We were able to test 11 alternative hypotheses and available evidence conclusively eliminates them all. As a result, here, evolution could be predicted regarding both direction and amount of change.

  12. Evolution of enlarged body size of coal tits Parus ater in geographic isolation from two larger competitors, the crested tit Parus cristatus and the willow tit Parus montanus, on six Scandinavian islands

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    Norberg, R. Åke; Lindhe Norberg, Ulla M.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Here, we report that on six widely separated Scandinavian islands, the coal tit Parus ater has evolved morphologically in the direction of two absent competitors, the crested tit P. cristatus and the willow tit P. montanus, to the effect that it is up to 10% larger in linear dimensions than conspecifics on the adjacent Swedish mainland, where all three species coexist. The large size is genetically determined, as ascertained by clutch exchange experiments between island and mainland nests. We conclude that the increased size of P. ater in places where it is geographically isolated from its larger congeners is the result of evolutionary adaptation, due ultimately to relaxed interspecific competition. On the islands, P. ater has evolved into a medium-sized generalist, with selection pressures likely governed by the following causal relationships. When competitors are lacking, P. ater takes over the foraging space of the absentees. The enlarged food base allows higher population densities, which intensifies intraspecific interference competition. This, in turn, selects for increased body size. When P. ater coexists with its larger congeners, it occupies peripheral foraging sites in trees, which requires excellent manoeuvrability and energy-expensive locomotion modes. Reduction of body size increases locomotor capacity for mechanical and aerodynamic reasons and lowers energy consumption, so small size is favoured in sympatry. But in geographic isolation, P. ater exploits the tree periphery less and the inner tree regions more, and it also adopts the easier locomotion modes of the absent species. Therefore, selection for manoeuvrability and a small body size is relaxed. The new selection regime shifts the balance between opposing selection forces towards a larger body size. We were able to test 11 alternative hypotheses and available evidence conclusively eliminates them all. As a result, here, evolution could be predicted regarding both direction and amount of

  13. Plasma Cell Gingivitis: An Occasional Case Report.

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    Mishra, M B; Sharma, Swati; Sharma, Alok

    2015-01-01

    Plasma cell gingivitis, an infrequently observed oral condition, has been clinically characterized by diffuse gingival enlargement, erythema and sometimes desquamation. These lesions are usually asymptomatic, but invariably the patient will complain of a burning sensation in the gingiva and bleeding from the mouth. The diagnosis requires hematological screening in addition to clinical and histopathological examinations. This case report outlines one such case of plasma cell gingivitis in a 15-year-old female caused by use of an herbal, homemade toothpowder. The case presented here highlights the adverse effects and irrational use of herbal agents in dentifrices. At the same time, it emphasizes the need for comprehensive history taking, careful clinical examination and appropriate diagnostic tests in order to arrive at a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan for gingival conditions that are refractory to conventional therapy and to exclude certain malignancies and oral manifestations of systemic diseases.

  14. Measuring bacterial cells size with AFM.

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    Osiro, Denise; Filho, Rubens Bernardes; Assis, Odilio Benedito Garrido; Jorge, Lúcio André de Castro; Colnago, Luiz Alberto

    2012-01-01

    Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) can be used to obtain high-resolution topographical images of bacteria revealing surface details and cell integrity. During scanning however, the interactions between the AFM probe and the membrane results in distortion of the images. Such distortions or artifacts are the result of geometrical effects related to bacterial cell height, specimen curvature and the AFM probe geometry. The most common artifact in imaging is surface broadening, what can lead to errors in bacterial sizing. Several methods of correction have been proposed to compensate for these artifacts and in this study we describe a simple geometric model for the interaction between the tip (a pyramidal shaped AFM probe) and the bacterium (Escherichia coli JM-109 strain) to minimize the enlarging effect. Approaches to bacteria immobilization and examples of AFM images analysis are also described.

  15. Stem Cells in Functional Bladder Engineering

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    Smolar, Jakub; Salemi, Souzan; Horst, Maya; Sulser, Tullio; Eberli, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Conditions impairing bladder function in children and adults, such as myelomeningocele, posterior urethral valves, bladder exstrophy or spinal cord injury, often need urinary diversion or augmentation cystoplasty as when untreated they may cause severe bladder dysfunction and kidney failure. Currently, the gold standard therapy of end-stage bladder disease refractory to conservative management is enterocystoplasty, a surgical enlargement of the bladder with intestinal tissue. Despite providing functional improvement, enterocystoplasty is associated with significant long-term complications, such as recurrent urinary tract infections, metabolic abnormalities, stone formation, and malignancies. Therefore, there is a strong clinical need for alternative therapies for these reconstructive procedures, of which stem cell-based tissue engineering (TE) is considered to be the most promising future strategy. This review is focused on the recent progress in bladder stem cell research and therapy and the challenges that remain for the development of a functional bladder wall.

  16. Clonogenic colony-forming ability of hepatic stem cells in the spleens of mice

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    2002-01-01

    To confirm the existence of hepatic stem cells (HSCs), fetal liver cells isolated from mice on embryonic day 13 (ED13) were long-term cultured in vitro. Growth of the cells was observed intensively and characteristics were identified by immunocytochemistry. The results showed that some of the cells grew as colonies, in which some cells expressed AFP, CD34 and Albumin. Then the cells were transplanted intravenously into irradiated syngeneic mice. At day 12 a number of small hyperplasia nodules were seen in the apparently enlarged spleens of recipient mice. Moreover, some nodules were positive for AFP and CD34 and consisted of various types of cells, suggesting the very existence of hepatic stem cells in the mouse fetal liver.

  17. The vasculature of nurse cells infected with non-encapsulated Trichinella species.

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    Khositharattanakool, Pathamet; Morakote, Nimit; Uparanukraw, Pichart

    2013-07-04

    The vasculature surrounding the nurse cells of encapsulated Trichinella spiralis has been described previously. It has been postulated the function of these vessels is to support the growth of the parasite. We describe here for the first time the vasculature surrounding the nurse cells of non-encapsulated T. pseudospiralis and T. papuae. Similar to the vasculature of uninfected muscle cells, the vessels surrounding non-encapsulated Trichinella nurse cells are dense and branched longitudinally along the long axis of the muscle cells; they also appear to be similar in diameter. The netting pattern of enlarged vessels found around T. spiralis (encapsulated) nurse cells is not present in non-encapsulated Trichinella infections. The vessels surrounding non-encapsulated Trichinella nurse cells seem to exist prior to parasite invasion of the muscle cell.

  18. Thymoquinone causes multiple effects, including cell death, on dividing plant cells.

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    Hassanien, Sameh E; Ramadan, Ahmed M; Azeiz, Ahmed Z Abdel; Mohammed, Rasha A; Hassan, Sabah M; Shokry, Ahmed M; Atef, Ahmed; Kamal, Khalid B H; Rabah, Samar; Sabir, Jamal S M; Abuzinadah, Osama A; El-Domyati, Fotouh M; Martin, Gregory B; Bahieldin, Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    Thymoquinone (TQ) is a major constituent of Nigella sativa oil with reported anti-oxidative activity and anti-inflammatory activity in animal cells. It also inhibits proliferation and induces programmed cell death (apoptosis) in human skin cancer cells. The present study sought to detect the influence of TQ on dividing cells of three plant systems and on expression of Bcl2-associated athanogene-like (BAG-like) genes that might be involved during the process of cell death. BAG genes are known for the regulation of diverse physiological processes in animals, including apoptosis, tumorigenesis, stress responses, and cell division. Synthetic TQ at 0.1mg/mL greatly reduced wheat seed germination rate, whereas 0.2mg/mL completely inhibited germination. An Evans blue assay revealed moderate cell death in the meristematic zone of Glycine max roots after 1h of TQ treatment (0.2mg/mL), with severe cell death occurring in this zone after 2h of treatment. Light microscopy of TQ-treated (0.2mg/mL) onion hairy root tips for 1h revealed anti-mitotic activity and also cell death-associated changes, including nuclear membrane disruption and nuclear fragmentation. Transmission electron microscopy of TQ-treated cells (0.2mg/mL) for 1h revealed shrinkage of the plasma membrane, leakage of cell lysate, degradation of cell walls, enlargement of vacuoles and condensation of nuclei. Expression of one BAG-like gene, previously associated with cell death, was induced 20 min after TQ treatment in Glycine max root tip cells. Thus, TQ has multiple effects, including cell death, on dividing plant cells and plants may serve as a useful system to further investigate the mechanisms underlying the response of eukaryotic cells to TQ.

  19. Rheumatic masks of plasma cell dyscrasias

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    Vladimir Ivanovich Vasilyev

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to consider clinical practice problems in the differential diagnosis of different types of plasma cell dyscrasias (PCD. Subjects and methods. Fourteen patients (8 men and 6 women aged 52±12 years, in whom rheumatic diseases (RD were ruled out and who were diagnosed as having primary PCD: different types of myeloma in 7 patients, myeloma + AL-amyloidosis in 2, AL-amyloidosis in 3, and Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia in 2, were examined. Results and discussion. The most common maldiagnosed RDs in patients with PCD were seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s disease, and different forms of vasculitis. The most frequent masks of RD were kidney (78% and osteoarticular system (64% lesions, vascular disorders (36%, peripheral polyneuropathies (36%, and enlarged salivary glands with xerostomia (28.5%. Serum and urine immunochemical study should be performed in all patients who have clinical manifestations of seropositive RA, spondyloarthritis, intensive bone pain syndrome, ulceronecrotic vasculitis, enlarged submandibular salivary glands with macroglossia in the absence of markers of autoimmune disease for the timely diagnosis of PCD and the exclusion of RD. The paper estimates the sensitivity and specificity of main methods used to diagnose different types of PCD.

  20. Metastatic well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma in the prepuce of a dog: a report of clinicopathological, immunophenotypic and therapeutic approach

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    Auler,P.A.; C.O. Gamba; R.S. Horta; G.E. Lavalle; G.D. Cassali

    2014-01-01

    This report describes a case of a well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the foreskin of a dog, with metastasis in the regional lymph node. A six-year-old male intact Pit Bull dog presented a preputial ulcerated lesion with an evolution time of one year and enlarged left inguinal lymph node. Surgical resection of the preputial lesion and inguinal lymph nodes was made. The diagnosis of a well differentiated SCC was made following histopathological analysis and immunohistochemistr...