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  1. Radiolabeled red blood cells: status, problems, and prospects

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    Radionuclidic labels for red cells can be divided into two main categories - cohort or pulse labels, and random labels. The random labels are incorporated into circulating cells of all ages and the labeling process is usually carried out in vitro. The red cell labels in predominant use involve random labeling and employ technetium-99m, chromium-51, indium-111, and gallium-68, roughly in that order. The extent of usefulness depends on the properties of the label such as the half-life, decay mode, and in-vivo stability, etc. Labeled cells can be used for red cell survival measurements when the half-life of the radionuclide is sufficiently long. The major portion of this article deals with random labels

  2. Radiolabeled red blood cells: status, problems, and prospects

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    Srivastava, S.C.

    1983-01-01

    Radionuclidic labels for red cells can be divided into two main categories - cohort or pulse labels, and random labels. The random labels are incorporated into circulating cells of all ages and the labeling process is usually carried out in vitro. The red cell labels in predominant use involve random labeling and employ technetium-99m, chromium-51, indium-111, and gallium-68, roughly in that order. The extent of usefulness depends on the properties of the label such as the half-life, decay mode, and in-vivo stability, etc. Labeled cells can be used for red cell survival measurements when the half-life of the radionuclide is sufficiently long. The major portion of this article deals with random labels.

  3. Children's Health Problems and Maternal Work Status.

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    Salkever, David S.

    1982-01-01

    This paper estimates the influence on working mothers' employment status of children's health problems. Effects are estimated for several different types of families, various groups of health problems, and differing degrees of problem severity. (CT)

  4. Status of the tau one prong problem

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    The present status of the tau one prong problem is reviewed. Emphasis is placed on recent published branching fraction measurements, the status and implications of tau lifetime measurements, and measurements which constrain the sum of branching fractions to be unity. 29 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs

  5. Xeno-free derivation and culture of human embryonic stem cells: current status,problems and challenges

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    Ting Lei; Sandrine Jacob; Imen Ajil-Zaraa; Jean-Bernard Dubuisson; Olivier Irion; Marisa Jaconi; Anis Feki

    2007-01-01

    Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) not only hold great promise for the treatment of degenerative diseases but also provide a valuable tool for developmental studies. However, the clinical applications of hESC are at present limited by xeno-contamination during the in vitro derivation and propagation of these cells. In this review, we summarize the current methodologies for the derivation and the propagation of hESC in conditions that will eventually enable the generation of clinical-grade cells for future therapeutic applications.

  6. Status and problems of fusion reactor development.

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    Schumacher, U

    2001-03-01

    Thermonuclear fusion of deuterium and tritium constitutes an enormous potential for a safe, environmentally compatible and sustainable energy supply. The fuel source is practically inexhaustible. Further, the safety prospects of a fusion reactor are quite favourable due to the inherently self-limiting fusion process, the limited radiologic toxicity and the passive cooling property. Among a small number of approaches, the concept of toroidal magnetic confinement of fusion plasmas has achieved most impressive scientific and technical progress towards energy release by thermonuclear burn of deuterium-tritium fuels. The status of thermonuclear fusion research activity world-wide is reviewed and present solutions to the complicated physical and technological problems are presented. These problems comprise plasma heating, confinement and exhaust of energy and particles, plasma stability, alpha particle heating, fusion reactor materials, reactor safety and environmental compatibility. The results and the high scientific level of this international research activity provide a sound basis for the realisation of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), whose goal is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of a fusion energy source for peaceful purposes. PMID:11402837

  7. Nuclear power in Russia: status, problems, prospects

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    To solve the problem of atomic bomb, a powerful nuclear industrial complex has been established in the Soviet Union. This complex has developed a high scientific and engineering potential and enlisted the best science and engineering experts. Strict administration, rigid discipline in execution and operation, to secrecy limiting both internal and external interactions were typical of the complex which presented a state within the state with the inside divide by rigid barriers and protected from the outside by iron curtain. When the atomic bomb was designed and tested the search for a field of application for the nuclear potential available was started: nuclear power plants, nuclear power facilities for submarines and ships, nuclear aircraft and rocket engines, space nuclear facilities. Such were the conditions of forming the nuclear power in USSR. But this nuclear military complex has failed to prevent the Chelyabinsk accident which involved considerable radiological effects. The national industry could not adopt quickly the work style established in a nuclear complex and relative high technologies because of low educational and technical level and poor technological discipline. The results are known: the Chernobyl accident coincided in time with the beginning of the reconstruction of the System, the result of which was this accident. This paper describes the current status of the nuclear park, shows the problems of safety, maintenance, retrofitting, reconstruction or decommissioning. Statistical data on nuclear power in the power production program are also given

  8. Fuel cells: Problems and prospects

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    Shukla, AK; Ramesh, KV; Kannan, AM

    1986-01-01

    n recent years, fuel cell technology has advanced significantly. Field trials on certain types of fuel cells have shown promise for electrical use. This article reviews the electrochemistry, problems and prospects of fuel cell systems.

  9. Geothermal Energy in China: Status and Problems

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    Hu Ke; Yang Deming

    2000-01-01

    The application of geothermal energy in China has a long history. From the 70's last century, the research and development of geothermal in the world has been greatly advanced, and the Chinese geologists have finished the fundmental work for geothermal prospecting. The application technology is much behind in china. With the fast growing of national economy, the public, as well as the government recognizes the importance of clean and renewable energy, large scale development of geothermal energy is on the gate in China. This paper gives an outline of the geothermal potentials in china, and points out the problems and technical needs in the research and development in the near future.

  10. Fuel cells problems and solutions

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    Bagotsky, Vladimir S

    2012-01-01

    The comprehensive, accessible introduction to fuel cells, their applications, and the challenges they pose Fuel cells-electrochemical energy devices that produce electricity and heat-present a significant opportunity for cleaner, easier, and more practical energy. However, the excitement over fuel cells within the research community has led to such rapid innovation and development that it can be difficult for those not intimately familiar with the science involved to figure out exactly how this new technology can be used. Fuel Cells: Problems and Solutions, Second Edition addresses this i

  11. Neutron targets of Moscow meson facility status, problems, prospects

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    The status, problems and possible perspectives of target complexes of the Moscow meson factory is described in the report. The results of test proton beam session to neutron source are analysed. Some technical features of targets and expected modes in the nearest sessions are stated. (author)

  12. Assaying Cell Cycle Status Using Flow Cytometry.

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    Kim, Kang Ho; Sederstrom, Joel M

    2015-01-01

    In this unit, two protocols are described for analyzing cell cycle status using flow cytometry. The first is based on the simultaneous analysis of proliferation-specific marker (Ki-67) and cellular DNA content, which discriminate resting/quiescent cell populations (G0 cell) and quantify cell cycle distribution (G1, S, or G2/M), respectively. The second is based on differential staining of DNA and RNA through co-staining of Hoechst 33342 and Pyronin Y, which is also useful to identify G0 cells from G1 cells. Along with these methods for analyzing cell cycle status, two additional methods for cell proliferation assays with recent updates of newly developed fluorophores, which allow multiplex analysis of cell cycle status, cell proliferation, and a gene of interest using flow cytometry, are outlined. PMID:26131851

  13. Status and problems of application of PGNAA technology

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    Situation and problems of PGNAA technology in domestic coal industry application. This paper is a issue aiming at the prompt gamma neutron activation analysis technology (hereinafter referred to PGNAA technology) in the following aspects: the applied status of the coal industry and the potential application in China; the realistic situation of the technique in China; and the gap of similar products between domestic and overseas. Meanwhile it focus on the characteristics of PGNAA technology for the industrial applications, discussing the key of the technical bottleneck, handling of the complex energy spectrum and the spectrum-stabilizing technique, of the on-line measurement of quality and elements with the technology of PGNAA. (authors)

  14. Captive breeding of pangolins: current status, problems and future prospects.

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    Hua, Liushuai; Gong, Shiping; Wang, Fumin; Li, Weiye; Ge, Yan; Li, Xiaonan; Hou, Fanghui

    2015-01-01

    Pangolins are unique placental mammals with eight species existing in the world, which have adapted to a highly specialized diet of ants and termites, and are of significance in the control of forest termite disaster. Besides their ecological value, pangolins are extremely important economic animals with the value as medicine and food. At present, illegal hunting and habitat destruction have drastically decreased the wild population of pangolins, pushing them to the edge of extinction. Captive breeding is an important way to protect these species, but because of pangolin's specialized behaviors and high dependence on natural ecosystem, there still exist many technical barriers to successful captive breeding programs. In this paper, based on the literatures and our practical experience, we reviewed the status and existing problems in captive breeding of pangolins, including four aspects, the naturalistic habitat, dietary husbandry, reproduction and disease control. Some recommendations are presented for effective captive breeding and protection of pangolins. PMID:26155072

  15. Otter Distribution, Status and Conservation Problems in Hungary

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    Kemenes I.

    1991-02-01

    Full Text Available The river otter Lutra lutra has been protected in Hungary since 1974 and became strictly protected in 1978. However, the first and so far only survey of its distribution was carried out by me in 1987-88. I now report the results of this survey and discuss the present status and conservation problems of otter in Hungary. Otters are most plentiful in the south west. Because of contamination of many water courses, otters are dependent on fish farms of various sizes. Until now, these were subsidised, but now they are in private hands, but no compensation for otter-related losses are available, owners on low incomes cannot afford expensive mitigation measures. They would welcome the live-trapping and removal of problem otters, but the government would need to sponsor suitable areas for release of these animals. Conservationists in Hungary are seeking support for such a scheme. We think that it would be in the interest of the conservationists of Europe to help to maintain Hungary as one of the strongholds of otter and we are inviting suggestions and ideas on how to achieve this.

  16. Irradiation of blood products - current status, problems and requirements

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    The irradiation of blood products prior to transfusion is a routine practice in modern medicine. The annihilation of immunocompetent cells in bio products prevents the development of a number of acute and late reactions and consequences. Bone-marrow transplantation is a therapy of especially high risk. The main problems ensue from the toxicity of the preceding treatment, the durable hemopoietic and immune deficiency, the rejection immune reactions and the ability of survival of the malignant cell populations. The irradiation of blood products is of primary importance for the protection from the related with transfusions reaction of the transplant against the host, the so-called Graft-versus-Host-Disease. The optimal irradiation procedure at the present stage of knowledge is considered to be to apply a dose of 30 Gy and a minimal dose of 25 Gy. A number of dosimetric investigations prove the considerable deviations from the nominal dose, as well as other technical problems occur, obviously due to imperfection of the used instrumentation. The construction, principles of operation and a number of technical problems leading to inhomogeneous dose distribution, most often verified by the use of phantoms, are considered in detail for the applied irradiators. The necessity of using standard procedures in dosimetry and of the high quality assurance of blood irradiators has been pointed out. The most recent requirements in this respect have been presented. (authors)

  17. Status and prospects of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Bangwu Liu; Yue Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Compared with conventional electric power generation systems, the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) has many advantages because of its unique features. High temperature SOFC has been successfully developed to its commercial applications, but it still faces many problems which hamper large-scale commercial applications of SOFC. To reduce the cost of SOFC, intermediate tem-perature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) is presently under rapid development. The status of IT-SOFC was reviewed with emphasis on discussion of their component materials.

  18. Nuclear education in Russia: Status, peculiarities, problems and perspectives

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    Full text: For longer than 50-year period of nuclear industry development in the USSR, the specialists training system has been created to meet completely the industrial branch's demands for the specialists of all possible qualifications for research, engineering and production activities. This educational system does exist in Russia till now. In the presentation the following items will be addressed: Nuclear Engineering education in Russia: status and peculiarities; Demands of nuclear enterprises for the alumni. Role of the Universities in these problems solution; Nuclear engineering education problems in Russia; Master of science education in nuclear aria; Perspectives of nuclear education in Russia; Integration of nuclear education in Europe: perspectives and problems. The educational system in nuclear engineering, like an educational system in any other knowledge area in Russia, includes the training activities limited by Russian legislation only: academic training of the specialists with award of the State certificates (higher education, re-training, qualification upgrade); qualification upgrade of the specialists without award of the State certificates. The system of education represents a multi-level structure oriented at any possible needs of industrial branches. At present, more than 20 Russian higher education institutions train the specialists in nuclear engineering. The specialists training in nuclear engineering is being conducted in all these universities in full accordance with common educational curricula and standards which define some peculiarities of the specialists training in this area: 1) Combination of fundamental knowledge in physics and mathematics with profound engineering skills; 2) Large share of laboratory works; 3) Participation at the research work starting from the 4th year student; 4) Long education time (5-6 years) and period for thesis preparation (1/2 year - pre-diploma internship and 1/2 year of thesis preparation); 5) High

  19. Nuclear education in Russia: Status, peculiarities, problems and perspectives

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    Full text: For longer than 50-year period of nuclear industry development in the USSR, the specialists training system has been created to meet completely the industrial branch's demands for the specialists of all possible qualifications for research, engineering and production activities. This educational system does exist in Russia till now. In the presentation the following items will be addressed: - Nuclear Engineering education in Russia: status and peculiarities. - Demands of nuclear enterprises for the alumni. Role of the Universities in these problems solution. - Nuclear engineering education problems in Russia. - Master of science education in nuclear aria. - Perspectives of nuclear education in Russia. - Integration of nuclear education in Europe: perspectives and problems. The educational system in nuclear engineering, like an educational system in any other knowledge area in Russia, includes the training activities limited by Russian legislation only: - academic training of the specialists with award of the State certificates (higher education, re-training, qualification upgrade); - qualification upgrade of the specialists without award of the State certificates. The system of education represents a multi-level structure oriented at any possible needs of industrial branches. At present, more than 20 Russian higher education institutions train the specialists in nuclear engineering. The specialists training in nuclear engineering is being conducted in all these universities in full accordance with common educational curricula and standards which define some peculiarities of the specialists training in this area: - Combination of fundamental knowledge in physics and mathematics with profound engineering skills, - Large share of laboratory works. - Participation at the research work starting from the 4th year student. - Long education time (5-6 years) and period for thesis preparation (1/2 year - pre-diploma internship and 1/2 year of thesis preparation

  20. Stationary power fuel cell commercialization status worldwide

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    Williams, M.C. [Dept. of Energy, Morgantown, WV (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Fuel cell technologies for stationary power are set to play a role in power generation applications worldwide. The worldwide fuel cell vision is to provide powerplants for the emerging distributed generation and on-site markets. Progress towards commercialization has occurred in all fuel cell development areas. Around 100 ONSI phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) units have been sold, with significant foreign sales in Europe and Japan. Fuji has apparently overcome its PAFC decay problems. Industry-driven molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) programs in Japan and the U.S. are conducting megawatt (MW)-class demonstrations, which are bringing the MCFC to the verge of commercialization. Westinghouse Electric, the acknowledged world leader in tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, continues to set performance records and has completed construction of a 4-MW/year manufacturing facility in the U.S. Fuel cells have also taken a major step forward with the conceptual development of ultra-high efficiency fuel cell/gas turbine plants. Many SOFC developers in Japan, Europe, and North America continue to make significant advances.

  1. Astronomical Site in the Ukraine: Current Status and Problems of Preservation

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    Vavilova, I. B.; Karetnikov, V. G.; Konovalenko, A. A.; Logvinenko, O. O.; Pinigin, G. I.; Steshenko, N. V.; Tarady, V. K.; Yatskiv, Ya. S.

    The present status of optical and radio astronomical sites in Ukraine and the problems of preservation are briefly reviewed. The problems of light pollution and the influence of thechnology can be solved using scientific and engeneering methods. However the main problem of preservation is the economic one of maintaining the infrastructure.

  2. Production and application of medical radionuclide: status and urgent problems to be resolved in China

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    Radionuclide is the basic of nuclear technology application, it's widely used in manufacturing, medical and other industry area. The status and the problems in radionuclide production and application was introduced, problems in radionuclide production and application of China were also analyzed. The advice was suggested to resolve these problems to promote development of Chinese radionuclide production and application. (authors)

  3. Longitudinal Associations between Clique Membership Status and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems during Late Childhood

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    Witvliet, Miranda; van Lier, Pol A. C.; Brendgen, Mara; Koot, Hans M.; Vitaro, Frank

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the longitudinal link between clique membership status and the development of psychopathology in 451 children followed annually from age 9 to 12 years. Classroom clique membership status was identified through social network analysis, and internalizing and externalizing problems were assessed using peer nominations. Controlling…

  4. Current status of demonstration for stationary fuel cell in Korea

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    Park, D.R. [Korea Gas Co., Ansan (Korea, Republic of). Research and Development Div.

    2009-07-01

    In 2006, the Korean Government launched the Residential Fuel Cell Monitoring Project to address the barriers to the widespread commercialization of fuel cells for residential power generation (RPG). This presentation reviewed the status on the development and dissemination of the residential fuel cell in Korea, with particular reference to a domestically developed proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell for RPG. The purpose of the project was to find a commercial product that is suitable to Korean life style and to solve reliability issues regarding grid connection. The paper showed that although residential fuel cell systems are available in Korea, their capital cost remains high and system durability is not sufficient. This large-scale demonstration test project for residential fuel cell systems was launched in an effort to reduce the cost to levels that are acceptable for wide scale use. A total of 210 unit were tested in order to evaluate the technical level and to investigate the problems that must be solved for mass market introduction.

  5. Nuclear education in Russia: Status, peculiarities, problems and perspectives

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    The paper is devoted to analysis of Russian nuclear education system: its current status, specific features, difficulties and prospects. Russian higher education system in nuclear engineering has been created simultaneously with the development of nuclear industry, and the system completely satisfied all industrial demands for the specialists of different qualification levels. For the past several decades, nuclear education has lost its attractiveness to young people. The paper discusses the actions to be undertaken for reversing the situation. The paper underlines particularly the special role of international collaboration and all-European integration of nuclear educational programmes for further development of nuclear education all over the world. (author)

  6. LEGAL STATUS OF THE RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK DETERMINING PROBLEM

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    A. A. SHTANKO

    2016-01-01

    In financial and economic system of the Russian Federation, the key role played by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. The powers of the Bank of Russia are enshrined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Federal Law of 10.07.2002 N 86-FZ "On the Central Bank of the Russian Federation", as well as in the Federal Law of 02.12.1990 N 395-1 "On banks and banking activity". In all of this, it is not defined the legal status of the legislation. It is not defined the place of th...

  7. Standard Problems for CFD Validation for NGNP - Status Report

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    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is conducting research and development to support the resurgence of nuclear power in the United States for both electrical power generation and production of process heat required for industrial processes such as the manufacture of hydrogen for use as a fuel in automobiles. The project is called the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project, which is based on a Generation IV reactor concept called the very high temperature reactor (VHTR). The VHTR will be of the prismatic or pebble bed type; the former is considered herein. The VHTR will use helium as the coolant at temperatures ranging from 250 C to perhaps 1000 C. While computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has not previously been used for the safety analysis of nuclear reactors in the United States, it is being considered for existing and future reactors. It is fully recognized that CFD simulation codes will have to be validated for flow physics reasonably close to actual fluid dynamic conditions expected in normal operational and accident situations. The ''Standard Problem'' is an experimental data set that represents an important physical phenomenon or phenomena, whose selection is based on a phenomena identification and ranking table (PIRT) for the reactor in question. It will be necessary to build a database that contains a number of standard problems for use to validate CFD and systems analysis codes for the many physical problems that will need to be analyzed. The first two standard problems that have been developed for CFD validation consider flow in the lower plenum of the VHTR and bypass flow in the prismatic core. Both involve scaled models built from quartz and designed to be installed in the INL's matched index of refraction (MIR) test facility. The MIR facility employs mineral oil as the working fluid at a constant temperature. At this temperature, the index of refraction of the mineral oil is the same as that of the quartz. This provides an advantage to the

  8. Status and problems of radiation education in Taiwan

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    In Taiwan, there are few numbers of radiation education, courses this fact makes an impression of insufficiency. This matter is thinkable to be an important problem. There are sets of atomic power stations and 6 atomic reactors are now operating. The electric power production is about 50144 MW, which comprises 20 % of total electric power in the country. The knowledge for the related to the radiation is not diffuse and there is only frightened impression. The radiation education should be spread to the ordinary citizen, and essential qualities a risk of the radiation should be instructed sufficiently. The radiation literacy of the ordinary citizen is needed to raise the level. (author)

  9. Radioactive waste management in Ukraine: Status, problems, prospects

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    Full text: One of the main problems of the successful development of Nuclear Power Industry is doubtlessly the management of radioactive waste, which will be arising both during nuclear power plant (NPP) operation and during NPP decommissioning. There are different sides to the same problem - decommissioning of NPPs, rehabilitation the territory Estrangement Zone and radwaste of Chernobyl origin within the 30 km Zone, maintenance of 8,000 firms of the country's economic complex, which uses ionizing radiation sources, treatment of 6,000 m3 solid radioactive waste by 13 operating units at four Ukrainian NPPs, liquidation of the storage of former rocket - nuclear complex. It is leading the analysis of all generators of radioactive wastes, including such specific one as the destroyed unit 4 of Chernobyl NPP and enterprises of a former military-industrial complex of the Soviet Union. The problem of radioactive waste management is multilevel. The tasks and their solutions at national, branch, industrial levels are considered. It is marked that in Ukraine, based on the nuclear legislation and as the independent part of the national law is developing currently. The work under adaptation of Ukrainian nuclear legislation to European has amplified. The infrastructure is unified at a branch level: container park, transportation, system of the radioactive waste calculation, process engineering. The National Center on the management of low- and intermediate level radwaste and disposal are building. The construction of the plant on extraction of radwaste from Chernobyl storages is finished. The construction of the plant on sorting and handling the solid and liquid radioactive waste, storages of radioactive waste arising from the Chernobyl units decommissioning has begun. The high level of international integration on radwaste management by Chernobyl's origin is marked. Problems in a field of a radwaste management in Ukraine are: Outdated and inadequate legislation; Deficient of

  10. Maternal Attachment Status, Mother-Child Emotion Talk, Emotion Understanding, and Child Conduct Problems

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    Brad M. Farrant; Maybery, Murray T.; Janet Fletcher

    2013-01-01

    Conduct problems that emerge in childhood often persist into adolescence and are associated with a range of negative outcomes. It is therefore important to identify the factors that predict conduct problems in early childhood. The present study investigated the relations among maternal attachment status, mother-child emotion talk, child emotion understanding, and conduct problems in a sample of 92 (46 males) typically developing children (M age = 61.3 months, SD = 8.3 months). The results sup...

  11. The Case of Web-Based Course on Taxation: Current Status, Problems and Future Improvement

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    Qin, Zhigang

    This paper mainly introduces the case of the web-based course on taxation developed by Xiamen University. We analyze the current status, problems and future improvement of the web-based course. The web-based course has the basic contents and modules, but it has several problems including unclear object, lacking interaction, lacking examination module, lacking study management module, and the learning materials and the navigation are too simple. According to its problems, we put forward the measures to improve it.

  12. Current status of the development of the problem-oriented software package GYREOSS

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    A great number of problem-oriented software packages (e.g., DAPHNE, ESRAY, GYROSIM, just to name a few) are used for computer-aided design (CAD) and optimization of high-power gyrotrons for fusion research (most notably for ECRH and ECCD). In them, adequate self-consistent physical models formulated in a two-dimensional space (2D) are implemented. Most of the problems encountered in recent years in the development of megawatt-class gyrotrons, however, can be attributed to physical factors and phenomena that are both non-stationary (for instance various electron beam instabilities, dynamics of the trapped particles) and inherently three-dimensional by nature (e.g., non-uniformity of the emission, misalignment of the electrodes and magnetic coils, etc.). In order to address these problems and to take into account most of the physical factors that have so far been neglected, a work on the development of a novel problem-oriented software package called GYREOSS (which stands for Gyrotron Electron-Optical System Simulation) was initiated recently. Since then, GYREOSS has evolved into a test bed for experimenting with different numerical methods, algorithms, and programming techniques for ray tracing (trajectory analysis) and particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations. In this paper, we outline the current status of GYREOSS and present both its physical model formulated in 2D and 3D and its program realization. We illustrate the capabilities of the latest version of the code, which includes a novel 3D field solver and an efficient relativistic particle pusher. Finally, we present an outlook for a further development of GYREOSS.

  13. Present status and problems of development of fast breeder reactors

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    The development of FBRs in Japan now reached the stage to conclude on the development organization for a demonstration reactor positioning one step before a practical reactor. FBRs can be operated while converting uranium-238 existing in natural uranium by 99.3% to fissile plutonium-239, as the result, the nuclear fuel more than that consumed can be produced. However, there are various technical difficulties in FBRs, and the construction cost is estimated to be considerably higher as compared with that of LWRs. Also the plutonium obtained by reprocessing spent fuel is used for FBRs, accordingly, the development of FBRs is inseparable from the establishment of nuclear fuel cycle. In order to get rid of the burden of enormous development cost for FBRs, the trend of international joint development is conspicuous. The Superphenix with 1200 MWe output under construction centering around SERENA is expected to attain the criticality in the spring of 1985. For the development of a demonstration reactor, it is necessary to increase the role of private businesses, and the smooth transfer of know-how accumulated in Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. to civilian side is an important problem. (Kako, I.)

  14. Municipal solid waste management in China: status, problems and challenges.

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    Zhang, Dong Qing; Tan, Soon Keat; Gersberg, Richard M

    2010-08-01

    This paper presents an examination of MSW generation and composition in China, providing an overview of the current state of MSW management, an analysis of existing problems in MSW collection, separation, recycling and disposal, and some suggestions for improving MSW systems in the future. In China, along with urbanization, population growth and industrialization, the quantity of municipal solid waste (MSW) generation has been increasing rapidly. The total MSW amount increased from 31.3 million tonnes in 1980 to 212 million tonnes in 2006, and the waste generation rate increased from 0.50 kg/capita/day in 1980 to 0.98 kg/capita/year in 2006. Currently, waste composition in China is dominated by a high organic and moisture content, since the concentration of kitchen waste in urban solid waste makes up the highest proportion (at approximately 60%) of the waste stream. The total amount of MSW collected and transported was 148 million tonnes in 2006, of which 91.4% was landfilled, 6.4% was incinerated and 2.2% was composted. The overall MSW treatment rate in China was approximately 62% in 2007. In 2007, there were 460 facilities, including 366 landfill sites, 17 composing plants, and 66 incineration plants. This paper also considers the challenges faced and opportunities for MSW management in China, and a number of recommendations are made aimed at improving the MSW management system. PMID:20413209

  15. Maternal Attachment Status, Mother-Child Emotion Talk, Emotion Understanding, and Child Conduct Problems

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    Brad M. Farrant

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Conduct problems that emerge in childhood often persist into adolescence and are associated with a range of negative outcomes. It is therefore important to identify the factors that predict conduct problems in early childhood. The present study investigated the relations among maternal attachment status, mother-child emotion talk, child emotion understanding, and conduct problems in a sample of 92 (46 males typically developing children (M age = 61.3 months, SD = 8.3 months. The results support a model in which maternal attachment status predicts the level of appropriate/responsive mother-child emotion talk, which predicts child emotion understanding, which in turn negatively predicts child conduct problems. These findings further underline the developmental role of mother-child emotion talk as well as the importance of involving parents in programs designed to increase children’s emotion understanding and/or decrease the incidence of conduct problems.

  16. Myocardial aging--a stem cell problem.

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    Anversa, Piero; Rota, Marcello; Urbanek, Konrad; Hosoda, Toru; Sonnenblick, Edmund H; Leri, Annarosa; Kajstura, Jan; Bolli, Roberto

    2005-11-01

    This review questions the old paradigm that describes the heart as a post-mitotic organ and introduces the notion of the heart as a self-renewing organ regulated by a compartment of multipotent cardiac stem cells (CSCs) capable of regenerating myocytes and coronary vessels throughout life. Because of this dramatic change in cardiac biology, the objective is to provide an alternative perspective of the aging process of the heart and stimulate research in an area that pertains to all of us without exception. The recent explosion of the field of stem cell biology, with the recognition that the possibility exists for extrinsic and intrinsic regeneration of myocytes and coronary vessels, necessitates reevaluation of cardiac homeostasis and myocardial aging. From birth to senescence, the mammalian heart is composed of non-dividing and dividing cells. Loss of telomeric DNA is minimal in fetal and neonatal myocardium but rather significant in the senescent heart. Aging affects the growth and differentiation potential of CSCs interfering not only with their ability to sustain physiological cell turnover but also with their capacity to adapt to increases in pressure and volume loads. The recognition of factors enhancing the activation of the CSC pool, their mobilization, and translocation, however, suggests that the detrimental effects of aging on the heart might be prevented or reversed by local stimulation of CSCs or the intramyocardial delivery of CSCs following their expansion and rejuvenation in vitro. CSC therapy may become, perhaps, a novel strategy for the devastating problem of heart failure in the old population. PMID:16237507

  17. Status of Problem-Based Learning Research in Pharmacy Education: A Call for Future Research.

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    Cisneros, Robert M.; Salisbury-Glennon, Jill D.; Anderson-Harper, Heidi M.

    2002-01-01

    Reviews the current status of problem-based learning (PBL) research in pharmacy education, identifies trends and student outcomes from the pharmacy courses that have used PBL, presents a brief review of PBL research in medical education, and recommends future directions for PBL research in pharmacy education. (EV)

  18. Evaluation of the Interactionist Model of Socioeconomic Status and Problem Behavior: A Developmental Cascade across Generations

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    Martin, Monica J.; Conger, Rand D.; Schofield, Thomas J.; Dogan, Shannon J.; Widaman, Keith F.; Donnellan, M. Brent; Neppl, Tricia K.

    2010-01-01

    The current multigenerational study evaluates the utility of the Interactionist Model of Socioeconomic Influence on human development (IMSI) in explaining problem behaviors across generations. The IMSI proposes that the association between socioeconomic status (SES) and human development involves a dynamic interplay that includes both social causation (SES influences human development) and social selection (individual characteristics affect SES). As part of the developmental cascade proposed ...

  19. Personality and problem behaviours as predictors of adolescents’ social status: academic track and gender as moderators

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    Hubers, Mireille D.; Burk, William J.; Segers, Eliane; Kleinjan, Marloes; Scholte, Ron H.J.; Cillessen, Antonius H.J.

    2015-01-01

    This study examined adolescent personality and problem behaviours as predictors of two types of social status: social preference and popularity. Academic track (college preparatory and vocational) and gender were expected to moderate these associations. The sample included 693 students (49.0% female

  20. Plumbagin Modulates Leukemia Cell Redox Status

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    François Gaascht

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Plumbagin is a plant naphtoquinone exerting anti-cancer properties including apoptotic cell death induction and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS. The aim of this study was to elucidate parameters explaining the differential leukemia cell sensitivity towards this compound. Among several leukemia cell lines, U937 monocytic leukemia cells appeared more sensitive to plumbagin treatment in terms of cytotoxicity and level of apoptotic cell death compared to more resistant Raji Burkitt lymphoma cells. Moreover, U937 cells exhibited a ten-fold higher ROS production compared to Raji. Neither differential incorporation, nor efflux of plumbagin was detected. Pre-treatment with thiol-containing antioxidants prevented ROS production and subsequent induction of cell death by apoptosis whereas non-thiol-containing antioxidants remained ineffective in both cellular models. We conclude that the anticancer potential of plumbagin is driven by pro-oxidant activities related to the cellular thiolstat.

  1. Current Status of Cell Therapies in Stroke

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    Bang, Oh Young

    2009-01-01

    Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in adults. Recovery after stroke is usually limited as there is no definite therapy to restore lost brain function. Cell therapy is an emerging paradigm in stroke therapy for patients with fixed neurologic deficits. Cell therapy for stroke may be greatly different from cell therapy for other disease conditions; the complexity of central nervous system structures and functions may limit its effectiveness. Recently, there have been several clini...

  2. Oxidative status in sickle cell anemia

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    Paulo Florentino Teixeira Neto; Romélia Pinheiro Gonçalves; Darcielle Bruna Dias Elias; Cleiton Pinheiro de Araújo; Hemerson Iury Ferreira Magalhães

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia is a hemoglobinopathy caused by a mutation that results in the production of an abnormal hemoglobin molecule, hemoglobin S (Hb S). This is responsible for profound physiological changes, such as the sickling of red blood cells. Several studies have shown that hydroxyurea protects against vaso-occlusive crises. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the oxidative stress associated with biochemical parameters in patients with sickle cell anemia treated w...

  3. Status of commercial fuel cell powerplant system development

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    Warshay, Marvin

    The primary focus is on the development of commercial Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC) powerplant systems because the PAFC, which has undergone extensive development, is currently the closest fuel cell system to commercialization. Shorter discussions are included on the high temperature fuel cell systems which are not as mature in their development, such as the Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC) and the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC). The alkaline and the Solid Polymer Electrolyte (SPE) fuel cell systems, are also included, but their discussions are limited to their prospects for commercial development. Currently, although the alkaline fuel cell continues to be used for important space applications there are no commercial development programs of significant size in the USA and only small efforts outside. The market place for fuel cells and the status of fuel cell programs in the USA receive extensive treatment. The fuel cell efforts outside the USA, especially the large Japanese programs, are also discussed.

  4. Present status and problems of safety analysis for nuclear fuel cycle

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    Four fields from nuclear fuel cycle (nuclear fuels, spent fuels storing, reprocessing, and mixed oxide fuel production) are chosen by a technical task team. For each fields, the report presents as a brief summary: present status and trend, regulations problems, technical problems, investigation results already resolved in Japan and in other countries, research subjects presently being conducted, and research proposal. As to regulations in question related to the existing laws and standards, those in other countries are summarized and compared with each others. Furthermore, prospected research subjects are proposed and the roadmap is commented. (S. Ohno)

  5. Overview on collision processes of highly charged ions with atoms present status and problems

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    This paper provides a brief discussion on the present status of the collision physics of highly charged ions with atoms. The emphasis is on the main achievements in understanding and describing the most important collision processes, and as charge transfer, ionization and Auger-type processes, and even more on those open problems which, due either to their scientific or practical importance, represent challenges to current research in this field. The paper concentrates on general ideas and problems whose development and solutions have advanced or will advance our basic understanding of the collision dynamics of multiply charged ions with atoms

  6. Status of hydrogen fuel cell electric buses worldwide

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    Hua, Thanh; Ahluwalia, Rajesh; Eudy, Leslie; Singer, Gregg; Jermer, Boris; Asselin-Miller, Nick; Wessel, Silvia; Patterson, Timothy; Marcinkoski, Jason

    2014-12-01

    This review summarizes the background and recent status of the fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) demonstration projects in North America and Europe. Key performance metrics include accumulated miles, availability, fuel economy, fuel cost, roadcalls, and hydrogen fueling. The state-of-the-art technology used in today's fuel cell bus is highlighted. Existing hydrogen infrastructure for refueling is described. The article also presents the challenges encountered in these projects, the experiences learned, as well as current and future performance targets.

  7. Femto Cells: Current Status and Future Directions

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    Khaled Elleithy

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This is a survey paper on the recently developed and rapidly evolving field of femtocells. Quite often, it isnoticed that cell-phone signals are strongly attenuated, when indoors, leading to call dropping or poor callquality. Femtocells are mini base stations that are deployed in users’ homes so that the user can directlyconnect to the cellular network through the femtocell instead of the outdoor macrocell, thereby increasingcall quality. In the later stages of the paper, we also discuss the integration of the femtocell into the 3Garchitecture, as well as the various interference issues that the femtocell faces.

  8. No ethical bypass of moral status in stem cell research.

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    Brown, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Recent advances in reprogramming technology do not bypass the ethical challenge of embryo sacrifice. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) research has been and almost certainly will continue to be conducted within the context of embryo sacrifice. If human embryos have moral status as human beings, then participation in iPS research renders one morally complicit in their destruction; if human embryos have moral status as mere precursors of human beings, then advocacy of iPS research policy that is inhibited by embryo sacrifice concerns renders one morally complicit in avoidable harms to persons. Steps may be taken to address these complicity concerns, but in the final analysis there is no alternative to achieving clarity with respect to the moral status of the human embryo. PMID:21726260

  9. Being admired or being liked: classroom social status and depressive problems in early adolescent girls and boys.

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    Oldehinkel, Albertine J; Rosmalen, Judith G M; Veenstra, René; Dijkstra, Jan Kornelis; Ormel, Johan

    2007-06-01

    This study investigates associations between depressive problems and classroom social status in a large population cohort of Dutch early adolescents (N = 1046, age 13.52 +/- 0.51, 52.4% girls). Depressive problems were assessed by parent and self-reports and classroom status by peer nominations. We assessed peer status with respect to both achievement-related (being a good learner, being good at sports, being good-looking) and affection-related (being liked, being disliked, being best friend) areas. In boys, depressive problems were most strongly associated with not being good at sports, while in girls the association was strongest for not being liked. The risk of a low status in one area could largely be compensated by a high status in another area. PMID:17265191

  10. Storage and treatment of SNF of Alfa class nuclear submarines: current status and problems

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    Available in abstract form only. Full text of publication follows: The current status and main problems associated with storage, defueling and following treatment of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) of Nuclear Submarines (NS) with heavy liquid metal cooled reactors are considered. In the final analysis these solutions could be realized in the form of separate projects to be funded through national and bi- and multilateral funding in the framework of the international collaboration of the Russian Federation on complex utilization of NS and rehabilitation of contaminated objects allocated in the North-West region of Russia. (authors)

  11. Status of emission release and associated problems in energy systems analysis

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    OECD/IEA/ETSAP (Energy Technology System Analysis Project) has been started in March 1976. Since initiation of the projects, JAERI and ETL (Electrotechnical Laboratory) have been participating in the projects as operating agent of Japan. From last October, the ETSAP has initiated its Annex III programme, which pursues the problems laid down in energy-environment relationships. Main research objective of the programme is to investigate through the systems analysis ''how various environmental constrains would affect the pattern of fuel and technology use and the choice and timing of implementation of abatement technologies''. In this report, we describe the status of emission release in Japan and associated problems in energy system analysis which has been investigated at the start of these research programme mentioned above. (author)

  12. Oral health status, dental anxiety, and behavior-management problems in children with oppositional defiant disorder.

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    Aminabadi, Naser A; Najafpour, Ebrahim; Erfanparast, Leila; Jamali, Zahra; Pournaghi-Azar, Fatemeh; Tamjid-Shabestari, Shabnam; Shirazi, Sajjad

    2016-02-01

    Mental disorders have been shown to affect children's oral health. This study was carried out to investigate the oral health status, dental anxiety (DA), and behavior-management problems (BMPs) during dental treatment in 6- to 9-yr-old children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study and control groups included 40 children with ODD/ADHD and 80 normal children, respectively. All participants received an amalgam restoration. During the procedure, the children's behavior was assessed using the Frankl Rating Scale and the Verbal Skill Scale. Parents rated their children's DA using the parental version of the Children's Fear Survey Schedule-Dental subscale (CFSS-DS). Comorbid anxiety disorders were assessed using the Kiddie-Sads-Present and Lifetime Version questionnaire. Oral health status was assessed using the gingival index and the decayed, missing, and filled teeth score for permanent (DMFT) and primary (dmft) teeth. The findings showed that DA and BMPs were significantly higher in children with ODD/ADHD than in the controls. Furthermore, the frequency of DA and BMPs was higher in children with both ODD/ADHD and a comorbid anxiety disorder than in those without comorbid anxiety disorder. Children with ODD/ADHD had significantly higher DMFT/dmft scores than those in the control group, whereas the difference in gingival index was not statistically significant. In conclusion, children with ODD/ADHD had higher levels of DA, BMP and poorer oral health status. PMID:26707341

  13. Being Admired or Being Liked: Classroom Social Status and Depressive Problems in Early Adolescent Girls and Boys

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    Oldehinkel, Albertine; Rosmalen, Judith; Veenstra, René; Dijkstra, Jan; Ormel, Johan Hans

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThis study investigates associations between depressive problems and classroom social status in a large population cohort of Dutch early adolescents (N = 1046, age 13.52 ± 0.51, 52.4% girls). Depressive problems were assessed by parent and self-reports and classroom status by peer nominations. We assessed peer status with respect to both achievement-related (being a good learner, being good at sports, being good-looking) and affection-related (being liked, being disliked, being be...

  14. Problem Drinking among transnational mexican migrants: Exploring migrant Status and Situational Factors.

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    Garcia, Victor

    2008-01-01

    We present research finding son problem drinking among transnational Mexican migrants employed in the mushroom industry of southeastern Pennsylvania. Our research explored the relationship between situational factors-living arrangements, social isolation, and peer pressure to drink-and problem drinking. Individual characteristics of the migrants, such as age, education level, migration history, and work experience in the mushroom industry are also considered. The premise of our study is that the migrants' judicial status in the country-as foreign solo men and, at times, undocumented or illegal migrants-places them at a high risk to binge drink. The men mainly live without their families in relatively isolated, grower-provided housing or overcrowded apartment units for months, if not years, away from traditional community and kin deterrents to heavy drinking. We employed the ethnographic method in two complementary field studies: a community ethnography, designed to identify the community context of problem drinking, and a series of case studies of migrant drinkers, designed to identify the relationships between situational factors and problem drinking. Focus groups were used to explore and verify the findings being generated in the two studies. Our findings reveal that there is an alcohol abuse problem among the migrants as a consequence of situational and other factors, such as festive occasions, bad news from home, and a long workweek. Their binge drinking does not always result in negative behavior because the migrants follow drinking norms, and violators of these norms are dealt with accordingly. Nonetheless, binge drinking does place them at a high risk for negative behavior, which results in problems in their housing units and in local communities. PMID:21990944

  15. Cell-to-cell communication and cellular environment alter the somatostatin status of delta cells

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    Research highlights: → TGP52 cells display enhanced functionality in pseudoislet form. → Somatostatin content was reduced, but secretion increased in high glucose conditions. → Cellular interactions and environment alter the somatostatin status of TGP52 cells. -- Abstract: Introduction: Somatostatin, released from pancreatic delta cells, is a potent paracrine inhibitor of insulin and glucagon secretion. Islet cellular interactions and glucose homeostasis are essential to maintain normal patterns of insulin secretion. However, the importance of cell-to-cell communication and cellular environment in the regulation of somatostatin release remains unclear. Methods: This study employed the somatostatin-secreting TGP52 cell line maintained in DMEM:F12 (17.5 mM glucose) or DMEM (25 mM glucose) culture media. The effect of pseudoislet formation and culture medium on somatostatin content and release in response to a variety of stimuli was measured by somatostatin EIA. In addition, the effect of pseudoislet formation on cellular viability (MTT and LDH assays) and proliferation (BrdU ELISA) was determined. Results: TGP52 cells readily formed pseudoislets and showed enhanced functionality in three-dimensional form with increased E-cadherin expression irrespective of the culture environment used. However, culture in DMEM decreased cellular somatostatin content (P < 0.01) and increased somatostatin secretion in response to a variety of stimuli including arginine, calcium and PMA (P < 0.001) when compared with cells grown in DMEM:F12. Configuration of TGP52 cells as pseudoislets reduced the proliferative rate and increased cellular cytotoxicity irrespective of culture medium used. Conclusions: Somatostatin secretion is greatly facilitated by cell-to-cell interactions and E-cadherin expression. Cellular environment and extracellular glucose also significantly influence the function of delta cells.

  16. Adult human neural stem cell therapeutics: Currentdevelopmental status and prospect

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    Hyun Nam; Kee-Hang Lee; Do-Hyun Nam; Kyeung Min Joo

    2015-01-01

    Over the past two decades, regenerative therapies usingstem cell technologies have been developed for variousneurological diseases. Although stem cell therapy is anattractive option to reverse neural tissue damage and torecover neurological deficits, it is still under developmentso as not to show significant treatment effects in clinicalsettings. In this review, we discuss the scientific andclinical basics of adult neural stem cells (aNSCs), andtheir current developmental status as cell therapeuticsfor neurological disease. Compared with other typesof stem cells, aNSCs have clinical advantages, suchas limited proliferation, inborn differentiation potentialinto functional neural cells, and no ethical issues. Inspite of the merits of aNSCs, difficulties in the isolationfrom the normal brain, and in the in vitro expansion,have blocked preclinical and clinical study using aNSCs.However, several groups have recently developed noveltechniques to isolate and expand aNSCs from normaladult brains, and showed successful applications ofaNSCs to neurological diseases. With new technologiesfor aNSCs and their clinical strengths, previous hurdlesin stem cell therapies for neurological diseases could beovercome, to realize clinically efficacious regenerativestem cell therapeutics.

  17. Status and problems of wind turbine structural health monitoring techniques in China

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    Wind energy is an important renewable energy source because of its reliability due to the maturity of the technology, good infrastructure and relative cost competitiveness. Rich wind resources and strong support in regulations by the Chinese government have enabled the wind power industry to grow at a fast speed and the primary market scale has been achieved, making it the second largest wind power market in the world. There has also been an increase in wind energy research in various regions in China during the last few years. As utility-size wind turbines increase in size, and correspondingly their initial capital investment cost, there is an increasing need to monitor the health of these structures. However, most of the research papers in China are about the manufacture and production, such as the simulation of the wind turbine generator system model, the systematic resonance and stability for the world turbine, the wind speed, wind power and pitch adjustment simulation model, and so on. Few papers focus on the structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques of the wind turbine. In this paper, we review the status of the current SHM techniques in wind turbine and analyze the problems of them in China. The aims of this paper are to let more scholars and experts know the status of the current SHM techniques and to do something for building a successful industry in China. (author)

  18. Present status of clearance levels in Japan and other countries and related problems

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    The concept of clearance was introduced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1996 and has proven to be very useful for the management of extremely low-level solid materials generated from the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Therefore, the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan began setting clearance levels for solid materials generated from nuclear reactors in 1997, and published related reports in 1999 and 2001, respectively. The European Commission has also published several guides to clear metals, concrete, building and other solid material from regulatory control. Some organizations, including the IAEA and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are still discussing how to establish clearance levels. This paper summarizes the present status of clearance in organizations in Japan and other countries. Also discussed information is compiled to realize the concept of clearance and the related problems. (author)

  19. Health Problems and Nutritional Status of Selected Leprosy Victims of Burla Town, Orissa, India

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available An attempt has been made in this research article to assess the health and nutrition status of the leprosy victims of two leprosy colonies of Burla town, Orissa. Socio-economic, information of all the 150 victims residing in these two colonies were collected by the help of a pre tested interview schedule .The measurement of height and weight was recorded by stranded instruments. The weight and height of all the victims in the age group of 20 to 80 years were observed to be less than the w eight and heights of reference Indian man and woman. Body Mass Index (BMI revealed that all most all the victims suffered from moderate to severe grades of malnutrition. The socio-economic variables do not have much influence on the anthropometric measurements and prevalence of malnutrition. The study also aims to determine the information on various aspects of the disease and prevalence of various health problems among the leprosy victims.

  20. Solar Cell Production in Nigeria: Prospects, Options and Problems

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    The prospects and problems facing solar cell production in Nigeria are discussed. The paper reviews many proven solar cell materials in terms of their current efficiencies and production costs. Silicon solar cell production appears to be the best technology option for Nigeria because of the abundant quartz sand and waste products from our phosphate fertiliser company that can be employed as starting materials to produce solar grade silicon. Factors affecting solar cell efficiency, choice of solar cell as well as financial and material problems limiting the progress on silicon solar cell production are also discussed. Finally, the paper recommends the simultaneous production of solar grade silicon and coordinated development of the balance of system components as first steps towards actualizing this objective

  1. Drug problems among homeless individuals in Toronto, Canada: prevalence, drugs of choice, and relation to health status

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Drug use is believed to be an important factor contributing to the poor health and increased mortality risk that has been widely observed among homeless individuals. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of drug use among a representative sample of homeless individuals and to examine the association between drug problems and physical and mental health status. Methods Recruitment of 603 single men, 304 single women, and 284 adults with dependent children occurred at homeless shelters and meal programs in Toronto, Canada. Information was collected on demographic characteristics and patterns of drug use. The Addiction Severity Index was used to assess whether participants suffered from drug problems. Associations of drug problems with physical and mental health status (measured by the SF-12 scale were examined using regression analyses. Results Forty percent of the study sample had drug problems in the last 30 days. These individuals were more likely to be single men and less educated than those without drug problems. They were also more likely to have become homeless at a younger age (mean 24.8 vs. 30.9 years and for a longer duration (mean 4.8 vs. 2.9 years. Marijuana and cocaine were the most frequently used drugs in the past two years (40% and 27%, respectively. Drug problems within the last 30 days were associated with significantly poorer mental health status (-4.9 points, 95% CI -6.5 to -3.2 but not with poorer physical health status (-0.03 points, 95% CI -1.3 to 1.3. Conclusions Drug use is common among homeless individuals in Toronto. Current drug problems are associated with poorer mental health status but not with poorer physical health status.

  2. Status of problem based learning in postgraduate anesthesia teaching: A cross-sectional survey

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Anesthesia is a specialized branch of medicine with a very narrow margin of error. Incorporation of problem-based learning (PBL in anesthesia post-graduate (PG teaching enhances the critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also helps in developing a broader prospective of clinical case scenarios. Case based discussions (CBD are most widely practiced out of all PBL methods in anesthesia PG teaching. Materials and Methods: We conducted an anonymous questionnaire based, cross-sectional survey among 62 anesthesia residents from various medical institutions in a city of Delhi, India. We aimed to assess the current status of PBL by assessing the student satisfaction with CBD in anesthesia PG teaching, educational objectives accomplished with CBD and effectiveness of teaching curriculum in PG teaching with suggested modifications, if any. Result and Conclusion: We observed that CBD is lacking in many important key areas of PBL e.g., formulation of objectives, communication on the content and direction of PBL, facilitation skills, supplementation of inadequacies of CBD. However, CBD seems to be a valid method of PBL in terms of the educational objectives accomplished with it but increased motivation for learning is required. Majority of the students felt that PG teaching curriculum should be centralized, with increased emphasis on open interactive sessions regarding its effectiveness.

  3. High-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells: Status and perspectives

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    De Wolf, S.; Geissbuehler, J.; Loper, P.; Martin de Nicholas, S.; Seif, J.; Tomasi, A.; Ballif, C.

    2015-05-11

    Silicon heterojunction technology (HJT) uses silicon thin-film deposition techniques to fabricate photovoltaic devices from mono-crystalline silicon wafers (c-Si). This enables energy-conversion efficiencies above 21 %, also at industrial-production level. In this presentation we review the present status of this technology and point out recent trends. We first discuss how the properties of thin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films can be exploited to fabricate passivating contacts, which is the key to high- efficiency HJT solar cells. Such contacts enable very high operating voltages, approaching the theoretical limits, and yield small temperature coefficients. With this approach, an increasing number of groups are reporting devices with conversion efficiencies well over 20 % on both-sides contacted n-type cells, Panasonic leading the field with 24.7 %. Exciting results have also been obtained on p-type wafers. Despite these high voltages, important efficiency gains can still be made in fill factor and optical design. This requires improved understanding of carrier transport across device interfaces and reduced parasitic absorption in HJT solar cells. For the latter, several strategies can be followed: Short-wavelength losses can be reduced by replacing the front a-Si:H films with wider-bandgap window layers, such as silicon alloys or even metal oxides. Long- wavelength losses are mitigated by introducing new high-mobility TCO’s such as hydrogenated indium oxide, and also by designing new rear reflectors. Optical shadow losses caused by the front metallization grid are significantly reduced by replacing printed silver electrodes with fine-line plated copper contacts, leading also to possible cost advantages. The ultimate approach to minimize optical losses is the implementation of back-contacted architectures, which are completely devoid of grid shadow losses and parasitic absorption in the front layers can be minimized irrespective of electrical

  4. High-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells: Status and perspectives

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    De Wolf, S.

    2015-04-27

    Silicon heterojunction technology (HJT) uses silicon thin-film deposition techniques to fabricate photovoltaic devices from mono-crystalline silicon wafers (c-Si). This enables energy-conversion efficiencies above 21 %, also at industrial-production level. In this presentation we review the present status of this technology and point out recent trends. We first discuss how the properties of thin hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) films can be exploited to fabricate passivating contacts, which is the key to high- efficiency HJT solar cells. Such contacts enable very high operating voltages, approaching the theoretical limits, and yield small temperature coefficients. With this approach, an increasing number of groups are reporting devices with conversion efficiencies well over 20 % on n-type wafers, Panasonic leading the field with 24.7 %. Exciting results have also been obtained on p-type wafers. Despite these high voltages, important efficiency gains can still be made in fill factor and optical design. This requires improved understanding of carrier transport across device interfaces and reduced parasitic absorption in HJT solar cells. For the latter, several strategies can be followed: Short- wavelength losses can be reduced by replacing the front a-Si:H films with wider-bandgap window layers, such as silicon alloys or even metal oxides. Long-wavelength losses are mitigated by introducing new high-mobility TCO’s such as hydrogenated indium oxide, and also by designing new rear reflectors. Optical shadow losses caused by the front metalisation grid are significantly reduced by replacing printed silver electrodes with fine-line plated copper contacts, leading also to possible cost advantages. The ultimate approach to minimize optical losses is the implementation of back-contacted architectures, which are completely devoid of grid shadow losses and parasitic absorption in the front layers can be minimized irrespective of electrical transport requirements. The

  5. Sertoli cell only syndrome: Status of sertoli cell maturation and function

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background of the study: Mature and functional Sertoli cells are essential for the survival of germ cells in testes. In Sertoli cell only syndrome (SCOS, there is no germ cells. Then, question arises whether absence of germ cells in SCOS secondary to Sertoli cells immaturity or mal function. Sertoli cells maturational and functional status is unclear in SCOS. This study investigated status of maturation and function of Sertoli cells in patients with SCOS. Materials and Methods: The present study was comprised of 37 cases of SCOS and 50 normal control males. Detailed clinical examination and investigation were carried out as per pre-determined proforma. Semen analysis, hormonal analysis (FSH, LH, testosterone, etc., and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC of testes (bilateral were performed. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH with XY probes was carried out in addition to conventional chromosome analysis to find out chromosomal abnormalities, in particular sex chromosome aneuploidy, including mosaicism. Yq microdeletion status was also investigated. The anti-mullerian hormone (AMH, inhibin B, and seminal lactate were estimated by ELISA methods. Results: The study did not find any case of high AMH. About 78% cases had low inhibin B, and 60% had low AMH. FSH was high in about 78% cases. Low level of lactate was found in 49% cases. There was one case of high level of inhibin B. There were 6 (16.2% cases of chromosomal abnormality (2 mosaic Klinefelter and 4 Klinefelter syndrome and 4 (10.8% cases of Yq microdeletion. Conclusion: We conclude that Sertoli cell immaturity does not play any role in SCOS (no case of high AMH. It seems, in majority cases, Sertoli cells are functionally- and/or numerically-deficient (low inhibin B, AMH and lactate. However, in about 22% cases, Sertoli cell function and/or number remains normal (normal inhibin B, AMH. Inhibin B and FSH seems best predictor/marker of Sertoli cell function.

  6. COMPARISON OF SOCIO ECONOMIC STATUS AND SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIOUR PROBLEM OF STUDENTS STUDYING IN ADI-DRAVIDAR WELFARE SCHOOLS

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    R. Gnanadevan; G Sivakumar

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study is to compare the socio economic status and social, emotional and behaviour problem of students studying in Adi-Dravidar welfare schools, for which the survey method has been adapted. Random sampling technique has been used for the present study for the selection of sample. The sample of the study includes the adolescent students studying in Adi- Dravidar Welfare School in Cuddalore District. The social, emotional and behaviour problem scale standardised by the R.Gn...

  7. [Current and future status of haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation].

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    Ikegame, Kazuhiro; Ogawa, Hiroyasu

    2015-03-01

    Stem cell transplantation from HLA-haploidentical related donors (haploSCT) has been highlighted as an alternative donor source. The regimen consisting of post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCY) has been highly prevalent in the US, Europe, and Japan. Considering the status overseas and the current status in Japan, we aim to show our efforts in haploSCT. We initially established the "haplo-full (original)" regimen, which was found to be excessively toxic for general use. Thus, we added ATG to diminish the GVH reaction (haplo-full with ATG). Unfortunately, "haplo-mini (original)" was found to be relatively weak against refractory diseases. Thus, we intensified the preconditioning regimen, which has enabled us to deal with refractory and post-transplant relapse (FAMC-T). One of the characteristics in haploSCT in Hyogo is the use of steroids from the beginning of SCT. The aim of this strategy is to diminish the inflammation affecting GVHD-target organs, and to suppress chemokine release. Since chemokines produced by the preconditioning regimen are well known to induce GVHD, chemokine suppression should effectively suppress GVHD development. The dependency of the GVL effect on chemokines is unclear, possibly serving as a therapeutic window to separate GVHD from the GVL effect. PMID:25876782

  8. A Survey on Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia: Current Status, Problems and Prospects

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    Alam, Syed Shah; Nor, Nor Fariza Mohd; Ahmad, Maisarah; Hashim, Nik Hazrul Nik

    2016-05-01

    Energy demand in Malaysia is increasing over seven per cent a year, while forty per cent of the energy is supplied from conventional fossil fuel. However, a number of social barriers have mired the social acceptance of renewable energy among the users. This study investigates the current status of renewable energy, problems and future outlook of renewable energy in Malaysia. A total of 200 respondents were surveyed from Klang Valley in Malaysia. Majority of the respondents use energy to generate electricity. Although some respondents reported using solar energy, there is lack of retail availability for solar energy. The findings show that limited information on renewable energy technologies, lack of awareness, and limited private sector engagement emerged as major barriers to sustainable renewable energy development. In addition, the respondents suggest for increasing policy support from the government to make information more accessible to mass users, provide economic incentives to investors and users, and promote small-community based renewable energy projects. The study suggests that the government begin small scale projects to build awareness on renewable energy, while academically, higher learning institutions include renewable energy syllabus in their academic curriculum. The study concluded that to have sustainable renewable energy development, government's initiative, private sector engagement and users awareness must be given priority.

  9. A Survey on Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia: Current Status, Problems and Prospects

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    Alam Syed Shah

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Energy demand in Malaysia is increasing over seven per cent a year, while forty per cent of the energy is supplied from conventional fossil fuel. However, a number of social barriers have mired the social acceptance of renewable energy among the users. This study investigates the current status of renewable energy, problems and future outlook of renewable energy in Malaysia. A total of 200 respondents were surveyed from Klang Valley in Malaysia. Majority of the respondents use energy to generate electricity. Although some respondents reported using solar energy, there is lack of retail availability for solar energy. The findings show that limited information on renewable energy technologies, lack of awareness, and limited private sector engagement emerged as major barriers to sustainable renewable energy development. In addition, the respondents suggest for increasing policy support from the government to make information more accessible to mass users, provide economic incentives to investors and users, and promote small-community based renewable energy projects. The study suggests that the government begin small scale projects to build awareness on renewable energy, while academically, higher learning institutions include renewable energy syllabus in their academic curriculum. The study concluded that to have sustainable renewable energy development, government’s initiative, private sector engagement and users awareness must be given priority.

  10. Present status and problems of electron beam sterilization of medical appliances

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    With the remarkable progress of medical techniques and polymer technology, various plastic medical appliances have been developed and employed. So far, these medical appliances have been sterilized mainly by the heating in autoclaves and the fumigation with ethylene oxide gas, but there have been the problems of the heat resistance of materials, residual chemicals, secondary contamination and so on, and the concentration of residual ethylene oxide in working environment is strictly regulated because of its toxicity. It was recognized that radiation sterilization is extremely safe and reliable, and also in Japan, eight facilities using Co-60 gamma ray have been in operation, but since Co-60 is not produced in Japan, the practical use of electron beam sterilization technology is desirable. The history and present status of radiation sterilization are described. As compared with gamma ray sterilization, the features of electron beam sterilization are the energy can be changed continuously in wide range, the efficiency of energy utilization is very high, and the power output is very large, accordingly the irradiation cost is lowered as the quantity of treatment increases. The index bacteria for electron beam sterilization and the effect of electron beam to the materials of medical appliances are discussed. (K.I.)

  11. Transmutation of radioactive nuclear waste- present status and requirement for the problem-oriented nuclear data base

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    Transmutation of long-lived actinides and fission products becomes an important issue of the overall nuclear fuel cycle assessment, both for existing and future reactor systems. Reliable nuclear data are required for analysis of associated neutronics. The present paper gives a review of the status of nuclear data analysis focusing on the waste transmutation problem. (author)

  12. Defueling, storage and following treatment of spent fuel of heavy liquid metal cooled reactors: status and problems

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    Status and main problems of defueling, storage and following treatment of spent fuel of Russian Submarine reactors with liquid metal lead-bismuth coolant in the primary circuit are considered. Based on that consideration some actual tasks associated with source term analysis and risk assessment are formulated and discussed. (authors)

  13. Transmutation of radioactive nuclear waste – present status and requirement for the problem-oriented nuclear data base

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    Yu A Korovin; V V Artisyuk; A V Ignatyuk; G B Pilnov; A Yu Stankovsky; Yu E Titarenko; S G Yavshits

    2007-02-01

    Transmutation of long-lived actinides and fission products becomes an important issue of the overall nuclear fuel cycle assessment, both for existing and future reactor systems. Reliable nuclear data are required for analysis of associated neutronics. The present paper gives a review of the status of nuclear data analysis focusing on the waste transmutation problem.

  14. Stability of Early Identified Aggressive Victim Status in Elementary School and Associations with Later Mental Health Problems and Functional Impairments

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    Burk, Linnea R.; Armstrong, Jeffrey M.; Park, Jong-Hyo; Zahn-Waxler, Carolyn; Klein, Marjorie H.; Essex, Marilyn J.

    2011-01-01

    Aggressive victims--children who are both perpetrators and victims of peer aggression--experience greater concurrent mental health problems and impairments than children who are only aggressive or only victimized. The stability of early identified aggressive victim status has not been evaluated due to the fact that most studies of aggressor/victim…

  15. Observation and inverse problems in coupled cell networks

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    A coupled cell network is a model for many situations such as food webs in ecosystems, cellular metabolism and economic networks. It consists in a directed graph G, each node (or cell) representing an agent of the network and each directed arrow representing which agent acts on which. It yields a system of differential equations .x(t)=f(x(t)), where the component i of f depends only on the cells xj(t) for which the arrow j → i exists in G. In this paper, we investigate the observation problems in coupled cell networks: can one deduce the behaviour of the whole network (oscillations, stabilization, etc) by observing only one of the cells? We show that the natural observation properties hold for almost all the interactions f

  16. Current status of haploidentical stem cell transplantation for leukemia

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    Huang Xiao-jun

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has made tremendous progress over the past 20 years and has become a feasible option for leukemia patients without a HLA identical sibling donor. The early complications of severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD, graft failure and delayed engraftment, as well as disease recurrence have limited the use of this approach. Newer strategies have been applied and overcome some of the problems, including the use of T-cell depleted graft, "mega" dose of stem cells, intensive post-transplant immunosuppression and manipulation of the graft. These have decreased the transplant related mortality and GVHD associated with haploidentical transplantation, however, the major problems of disease relapse and infection, which related to late immune reconstitution, limit the development of haploidentical HSCT. Future challenges remain in improving post-transplant immune reconstitution and finding the best approach to reduce the incidence and severity of GVHD, while preserving graft-versus-leukemia effect to prevent the recurrence of underlying malignancy.

  17. Cell heterogeneity problems in the analysis of zero power experiments

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    Methods are described for treating plate and pin cell heterogeneity in the preparation of broad group cross-sections used in the analysis of zero power fast reactor experiments. Methods used at Karlsruhe and Winfrith are summarised and compared, with particular reference to the treatment of resonance shielding, the calculation of broad group spatial fine structure, the treatment of leakage and the calculation of anisotropic diffusion coefficients. The problems of cells near boundaries such as core-breeder interfaces and of singularities such as control rods are also considered briefly. Numerical studies carried out to investigate approximations in the methods are described. These include tests of the accuracy of one-dimensional cell modelling techniques, and the validation by Monte Carlo of methods for treating streaming in the calculation of diffusion coefficients. Comparisons are shown between the heterogeneity effects calculated by the Karlsruhe and Winfrith methods for typical pin and plate cells used in the BIZET experimental programme, and their effect in a whole reactor calculation is indicated. Comparisons are given with measurements which provide tests of the heterogeneity calculations. These include reaction rate scans within pin and plate cells, and reaction rate measurements across sectors of pin and plate fuel, where the flux tilt is determined by the relative reactivity of the pin and plate cells. Finally, the heterogeneity problems arising in the interpretation of reaction rate measurements are discussed. (author)

  18. Stability of Early Identified Aggressive Victim Status in Elementary School and Associations with Later Mental Health Problems and Functional Impairments

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    Burk, Linnea R.; Armstrong, Jeffrey M.; Park, Jong-Hyo; Zahn-Waxler, Carolyn; Klein, Marjorie H.; Essex, Marilyn J.

    2011-01-01

    Aggressive victims – children who are both perpetrators and victims of peer aggression – experience greater concurrent mental health problems and impairments than children who are only aggressive or only victimized. The stability of early identified aggressive victim status has not been evaluated due to the fact that most studies of aggressor/victim subgroups have focused on preadolescents and/or adolescents. Further, whether children who exhibit early and persistent patterns of aggression an...

  19. The Status and Problems of Learning Resource Evolution in Open Knowledge Community-Taking the Case of Learning Cell System%开放知识社区中学习资源进化现状与问题分析*--以学习元平台为例

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    2015-01-01

    在Web2.0理念和技术的强力冲击下,开放知识社区发展迅速,成为信息时代知识创新与分享的重要聚集地。开放知识社区中的知识管理受到了来自信息科学、图书情报、教育技术等多个领域研究者的关注,社区中的知识进化成为重要研究议题之一。该文以国内面向中小学教师和高校师生的新型开放知识社区——学习元平台中一年内实际产生的资源进化数据为样本,综合运用描述性统计、相关性分析、滞后序列分析等方法,对其资源进化现状和存在问题进行了调查分析。研究发现:(1)学习资源的生成速度和学校校历密切相关,基本呈现“开学初快速上升,达到顶峰后开始下降,维持2个月左右时间,到期末突然下降”的整体发展趋势;(2)学习资源的平均进化时长较短,但整体质量较好;(3)学习资源的平均得分与进化时长、编辑次数以及协作者人数之间存在显著的正向相关关系;(4)用户行为存在一些显著的序列模式;(5)用户参与度低、用户行为缺乏适时引导、社区知识共享机制与文化缺失是开放知识社区发展面临的三个主要问题。%With the rapid spread of Web 2.0 concept and technology, open knowledge community(OKC) develops quickly and has become a significant space of knowledge innovation and sharing in the information era. Knowledge management in Open knowledge communities has been concerned by some researchers from information science, library and information, and education technology. Knowledge evolution in OKC has become a considerable topic. This study aims to investigate and analyze the status and existing problems of learning resource evolution in OKC. All the sample data was exported from Learning Cell System (LCS) which is a new OKC in China mainly serving teacher and students. Through combing the methods of descriptive statistics, correlation analysis and lag

  20. Ultrasound-mediated gene transfection: A comparison between cells irradiated in suspension and attachment status

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    Zhang, Yiwei; Azuma, Takashi; Sasaki, Akira; Yoshinaka, Kiyoshi; Takagi, Shu; Matsumoto, Yoichiro

    2012-10-01

    Sonoporation, in the presence of microbubbles, is a promising nonviral gene transfection method. Although the mechanism is not yet fully understood, shock waves emitted by cavitation bubbles have been known to play an important role in creating pores on cell membranes. This work investigates the gene transfection efficiency and influencing parameters of cells in two different statuses: attachment and suspension based on the fact that cells in suspension have more bubbles surrounding them and that shock wave has distinct effects on hit objects whether the object is attached to a rigid wall or not. Fibroblast cells (NIH3T3), both in attachment and suspension, and green fluorescent protein (GFP) plasmid were exposed to variations in acoustic pressure (0.6-1.2 MPa) and 10% duty cycle at fixed settings of 2 MHz central frequency, 5 kHz pulse repetition frequency and 1 minute insonation time, in the presence of 10% v/v microbubbles (Sonazoid, a commercialized product of ultrasound contrast agent). The transfection efficiency and cell viability are compared for two statuses and a distribution map of GFP transfected cells as well as viable cells over the well bottom is given for attachment status. The results show that cells irradiated in suspension status has higher transfection ratio as well as viability than those irradiated in attachment status with the same intensity and that the transfected cells of attachment status experiment are highly concentrated near the center of the well.

  1. On cell problems for Hamilton-Jacobi equations with non-coercive Hamiltonians and their application to homogenization problems

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    Hamamuki, Nao; Nakayasu, Atsushi; Namba, Tokinaga

    2015-12-01

    We study a cell problem arising in homogenization for a Hamilton-Jacobi equation whose Hamiltonian is not coercive. We introduce a generalized notion of effective Hamiltonians by approximating the equation and characterize the solvability of the cell problem in terms of the generalized effective Hamiltonian. Under some sufficient conditions, the result is applied to the associated homogenization problem. We also show that homogenization for non-coercive equations fails in general.

  2. The current status and future direction of self-help treatments for problem gamblers.

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    Raylu, Namrata; Oei, Tian P S; Loo, Jasmine

    2008-12-01

    The self-help treatment (SHT) studies for other psychological problems significantly outweigh those for problem gambling. Currently, very little is published about the application and efficacy of various forms of SHTs for problem gambling. Thus, this paper reviews the self-help literature (using the PsycINFO database--all years up to April 2008) to stimulate further research in this area for problem gambling. The findings show that SHTs in problem gambling are still in their infancy. Although the problem gambling literature has mainly reported on two forms of SHTs with problem gamblers (i.e. use of self-help manuals and audiotapes), the review discuss utilizing a wide range of SHTs with problem gamblers. These include written materials (e.g. self-help books and treatment manuals), audiotapes, videotapes, computer-based SHTs implemented on palmtop computers, desktop computers, via telephone (Interactive Voice Response systems--IVR) or via the Internet and virtual reality applications. These SHTs would suit those problem gamblers who are not accessing professional treatment due to shame, guilt, fear of stigma, privacy concerns or financial difficulties, as well as those living in rural areas or with less severe gambling problems. The review also suggest future protocols for conducting further research in this area with problem gamblers, highlighting a need for a cohesive theory to guide research. PMID:18760868

  3. Sickle Cell Screening: Medical, Legal, Ethical, Psychological and Social Problems; A Sickle Cell Crisis.

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    Bowman, James E.

    In recent years, sickle cell screening programs have been initiated by community groups, health centers, hospitals, medical schools, health departments, school systems, city and State governments, various branches of the Federal Government, fraternal and social clubs, and other organizations. Problems have resulted from mass sickle cell screening,…

  4. Socioeconomic status, parenting, and externalizing problems in African American single-mother homes: A person-oriented approach.

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    Anton, Margaret T; Jones, Deborah J; Youngstrom, Eric A

    2015-06-01

    African American youth, particularly those from single-mother homes, are overrepresented in statistics on externalizing problems. The family is a central context in which to understand externalizing problems; however, reliance on variable-oriented approaches to the study of parenting, which originate from work with intact, middle-income, European American families, may obscure important information regarding variability in parenting styles among African American single mothers, and in turn, variability in youth outcomes as well. The current study demonstrated that within African American single-mother families: (a) a person-, rather than variable-, oriented approach to measuring parenting style may further elucidate variability; (b) socioeconomic status may provide 1 context within which to understanding variability in parenting style; and (c) 1 marker of socioeconomic status, income, and parenting style may each explain variability in youth externalizing problems; however, the interaction between income and parenting style was not significant. Findings have potential implications for better understanding the specific contexts in which externalizing problems may be most likely to occur within this at-risk and underserved group. PMID:26053349

  5. What influences retrospective self-appraised recovery status among danes with low-back problems?

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    Myburgh, Corrie; Boyle, Eleanor; Lauridsen, Henrik H; Hestbaek, Lise; Kongsted, Alice

    2015-01-01

    computer-assisted substantive categorization and thematic analysis was performed. RESULTS: Self-appraised status could be determined as "recovered" for 17 respondents, "unsure" for 6, and "not recovered" for 9. Recovery/non-recovery hinged on continued pain-related issues and the perception that injury...

  6. Present status of seawater desalination and problems of nuclear utilization. Aiming at coping with global shortage of water

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    With recent global population increase and economic and life level improvement, water demand increases tremendously and in 2025 water scarcity will occur in almost the half of countries and regions in the world. Nuclear desalination is highly expected to cope with this issue. The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) established special committee on seawater desalination problems to discuss possibilities of nuclear desalination introduction. Present status of seawater desalination and problems of nuclear utilization were reviewed and the committee recommended the necessity of establishing medium and long-term plan on international business development of nuclear desalination and also the start of basic research on problems of nuclear utilization such as technical and institutional limits and efficient applicability of nuclear energy. (T. Tanaka)

  7. Relationship between custodial status and psychosocial problems among cocaine-abusing parents initiating substance abuse treatment.

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    Lewis, Marilyn W; Petry, Nancy M

    2005-01-01

    Using the Addiction Severity Index and Brief Symptom Inventory, drug use and psychosocial problems are compared between 93 custodial and 125 non-custodial mothers and fathers initiating outpatient treatment for cocaine dependence. Compared to non-custodial parents, custodial parents experienced more severe current cocaine and alcohol problems, including spending more money on cocaine and alcohol, as well as using more cocaine and being intoxicated on more days. Non-custodial parents demonstrated more psychological distress, more prior history of alcohol problems, and greater current employment and legal problems than custodial parents. Suggestions are made for differential treatment plans based on these findings. PMID:16257878

  8. Exploration and Well Status, Quarter Miles Cells - SaMiRa

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Cell maps are created by the USGS as a method for illustrating the degree of petroleum exploration, type of production as indicated by final well status,...

  9. Reading Problems, Attentional Deficits, and Current Mental Health Status in Adjudicated Adolescent Males

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    O'Brien, Natalie; Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer; Shelley-Tremblay, John

    2007-01-01

    This study examined the prevalence of reading problems and self-reported symptoms of attentional deficits in a sample of adjudicated adolescent males (N = 101) aged 12 to 18 years who were residing in an alternative sentencing residential program. Thirty-four percent of the youth had reading problems while only 9% of the boys had self-reported…

  10. A feature on the present status and problems of radiation protection in Japan

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    In medical facilities, radiation protection system is not perfect yet. In cases of exporting nuclear power plants, radiation management system is sometimes a matter of concern for importing sides. On these accounts Science Council of Japan has pointed the necessity of establishing a unified system of radiation dose management for radiation workers. In this feature the following five articles concerning the present status of radiation protection system and a tendency for reconsidering it are presented: Why the Science Council of Japan Made a Proposal 'On the Unified Management of the Radiation Exposures for Radiation Workers' ?; Efforts to Reduce Collective Doses.; On 'Report about the way of thinking for the mention concerning the radiation protection in guides for safety examination by Nuclear Safety Commission'; Present status and the role of Radiation Workers Registration Center; Efforts to Maintain and to Improve the Personal Radiation Dose Measuring Technology - About the Activity of the Association of Personal Radiation Dose Measuring Institutes. (J.P.N.)

  11. Nox2 and Nox4 influence neonatal c-kit+ cardiac precursor cell status and differentiation

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    Nadworny, Alyson S.; Guruju, Mallik R.; Poor, Daniel; Doran, Robert M.; Sharma, Ram V.; Kotlikoff, Michael I.; Davisson, Robin L.

    2013-01-01

    Redox status has emerged as critical in modulating stemness and lineage commitment in several precursor cell types. However, a role for redox genes, specifically NADPH oxidases (Nox), in cardiac precursor cells (CPCs) has not been established. We tested whether CPCs marked by type III receptor tyrosine kinase c-kit (c-kit+) exhibit a unique NADPH oxidase signature that confers precursor status and whether alterations in this profile are functionally linked to changes in lineage specification....

  12. Problem Drinking among transnational mexican migrants: Exploring migrant Status and Situational Factors

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    Garcia, Victor

    2008-01-01

    We present research finding son problem drinking among transnational Mexican migrants employed in the mushroom industry of southeastern Pennsylvania. Our research explored the relationship between situational factors—living arrangements, social isolation, and peer pressure to drink—and problem drinking. Individual characteristics of the migrants, such as age, education level, migration history, and work experience in the mushroom industry are also considered. The premise of our study is that ...

  13. Literature survey and documentation on organic solid deposition problem. Status report

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    Chung, Ting-Horng

    1993-12-01

    Organic solid deposition is often a major problem in petroleum production and processing. Recently, this problem has attracted more attention because operating costs have become more critical to the profit of oil production. Also, in miscible gas flooding, asphaltene deposition often occurs in the wellbore region after gas breakthrough and causes plugging. The organic deposition problem is particularly serious in offshore oil production. Cooling of crude oil when it flows through long-distance pipelines under sea water may cause organic deposition in the pipeline and result in plugging. NIPER`s Gas EOR Research Project has been devoted to the study of the organic solid deposition problem for three years. NIPER has received many requests for technical support. Recently, the DeepStar project committee on thermo-technology development and standardization has asked NIPER to provide them with NIPER`s expertise and experience. To assist the oil industry, NIPER is preparing a state-of-the-art review on the technical development for the organic deposition problem. In the first quarter, this project has completed a literature survey and documentation. total of 258 publications (114 for wax, 124 for asphaltene, and 20 for related subjects) were collected and categorized. This literature survey was focused on the two subjects: wax and asphaltene. The subjects of bitumen, asphalt, and heavy oil are not included. Also, the collected publications are mostly related to production problems.

  14. The status quo concerning application of imaging plate to radiation protection measurements and problems to be solved

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    Despite attempts to use imaging plate (IP) for radiation protection measurement (RPM), it is now under limited status because of the unsolved problems for quantitativeness and of fading phenomenon. This report described recent studies presented orally in this field, application and problems to be solved. Presentation becomes increasing. Application of PI can be favorable for RPM since it is a cumulative radiation detector, is separable from the counting apparatus and can be repeatedly used. However, practical application is not attained due to such problems for quantitativeness as fading, counting efficiency, uniformity of IP and dose correction. The problem of fading might be solved by making the data base for its time-dependency although the temperature factor remains. There is no concept of counting efficiency in IP field, for which definition of the efficiency and actual technology of its measurement are required. For the efficiency, analysis of point-spread function and establishment of subsequent approximation function are necessary. Problems for uniformity of IP are that between different IPs and that on the one plate. The former was found rather good and the latter was found mainly due to the apparatus for reading the data. Data base is essential for dose correction because IP possesses the dependence on the radiation quality. As above, physical properties of IP must be more precisely understood for the RPM usage. (K.H.)

  15. Study of Human Resource Management Status and Environmental Optimization Problems of Chinese Medium and Small Companies

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    Yu Ke

    2009-01-01

    The status of the human resource management of the medium and small companies is as follows: “3 laggings behind”, “3 bottle necks” and “4 misunderstandings” which are basically caused by the un-matching of the environment and demands of the human resource management.  To strengthen the optimization of the human resource management environment is the key issue for increasing the level of the human resource management of the medium and small companies and promoting their sustainable and harmoni...

  16. Risk in Nuclear Industry. Liability for Nuclear Damage. Status of the Problem in the Russian Federation

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    Russia is one of a few nuclear power states obtaining the whole number of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) components - from mining of uranium and on-site electricity production, from NPP spent nuclear fuel processing and extracted fissile materials and radionuclides, which are available in industry, in medicine and in other relevant areas, to radioactive waste processing and disposal. For this reason it is very important to solve the problem of nuclear fuel cycle safety as it is a single system task with an adequate approach for all cycle components. The problem is that NFC facilities are technologically various and refer to different industries (mining, machinery engineering, power engineering, chemistry, etc.). Besides, the above facilities need the development of various scientific bases. The most NFC facilities is directly connected with peaceful use of nuclear energy and with military nuclear industry, as the defense orders stimulated the development of NFC. The specific attention to safety problems at the beginning of nuclear complex foundation adversely affected the state attitude towards the risk in nuclear industry, it has left the traces at present. In our paper we touch upon the problems of risk and the liability for nuclear damage for the third persons. The problems of nuclear damage compensation for nuclear facilities personnel and for the owners (operating organizations) are beyond our subject

  17. Risk in Nuclear Industry. Liability for Nuclear Damage. Status of the Problem in the Russian Federation

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    Kovalevich, Oleg M. [Gosatomnadzor of Russia, Moscow (Russian Federation); Gavrilov, Sergey D. [PREKSAT LTD, Moscow (Russian Federation); Voronov, Dmitry B. [Moscow Joint-Stock Insurance Company, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2001-07-01

    Russia is one of a few nuclear power states obtaining the whole number of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) components - from mining of uranium and on-site electricity production, from NPP spent nuclear fuel processing and extracted fissile materials and radionuclides, which are available in industry, in medicine and in other relevant areas, to radioactive waste processing and disposal. For this reason it is very important to solve the problem of nuclear fuel cycle safety as it is a single system task with an adequate approach for all cycle components. The problem is that NFC facilities are technologically various and refer to different industries (mining, machinery engineering, power engineering, chemistry, etc.). Besides, the above facilities need the development of various scientific bases. The most NFC facilities is directly connected with peaceful use of nuclear energy and with military nuclear industry, as the defense orders stimulated the development of NFC. The specific attention to safety problems at the beginning of nuclear complex foundation adversely affected the state attitude towards the risk in nuclear industry, it has left the traces at present. In our paper we touch upon the problems of risk and the liability for nuclear damage for the third persons. The problems of nuclear damage compensation for nuclear facilities personnel and for the owners (operating organizations) are beyond our subject.

  18. Who has housing affordability problems? Disparities in Housing Cost burden by Race, Nativity and Legal Status in Los Angeles.

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    McConnell, Eileen Diaz

    2013-09-01

    Housing costs are a substantial component of U.S. household expenditures. Those who allocate a large proportion of their income to housing often have to make difficult financial decisions with significant short-term and long-term implications for adults and children. This study employs cross-sectional data from the first wave of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) collected between 2000 and 2002 to examine the most common U.S. standard of housing affordability, the likelihood of spending thirty percent or more of income on shelter costs. Multivariate analyses of a low-income sample of U.S. born Latinos, Whites, African Americans, authorized Latino immigrants and unauthorized Latino immigrants focus on baseline and persistent differences in the likelihood of being cost burdened by race, nativity and legal status. Nearly half or more of each group of low-income respondents experience housing affordability problems. The results suggest that immigrants' legal status is the primary source of disparities among those examined, with the multivariate analyses revealing large and persistent disparities for unauthorized Latino immigrants relative to most other groups. Moreover, the higher odds of housing cost burden observed for unauthorized immigrants compared with their authorized immigrant counterparts remains substantial, accounting for traditional indicators of immigrant assimilation. These results are consistent with emerging scholarship regarding the role of legal status in shaping immigrant outcomes in the United States. PMID:24077641

  19. Lake Orta chemical status 25 years after liming: problems solved and emerging critical issues

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    Michela Rogora

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Lake Orta, located in Piedmont, northwestern Italy, has been severely affected by industrial pollution since the 1930s. A successful liming intervention, performed in 1988-1990, returned pH levels in the lake to neutrality, and accelerated the reduction of aqueous trace metal concentrations. In this paper, we present an update knowledge of the chemical status of Lake Orta, focusing on the data collected from 1990 to 2014. In this period we sampled the lake at its deepest point (Qualba station, on a monthly (1990-2000 or seasonal (since 2001 basis. Samples were collected at nine depths through the water column, and analyzed for pH, conductivity, alkalinity, major ions, nutrients, and trace metals. Collectively, these data allowed us to evaluate the long-term response of the lake to the restoration treatment, with particular regard to its acid-base status; they also provided insights into emerging or potential critical issues, including eutrophication and re-suspension of trace metals that still linger in the lake. Furthermore, the evaluation of the present chemical condition of the lake is a precondition for any successive restoration measure, such as fish introduction. The recent data confirmed the lake’s water quality has recovered, i.e. returned to a pre-pollution chemical state. Lake water values of pH and concentrations of ammonium, sulphate and base cations have stabilized. Alkalinity and nitrate concentrations are also expected to reach stable level in the next few years. Levels of nitrate, reactive silica, and phosphorus compounds are now regulated by algal uptake, providing indirect evidence of a partial biological recovery. For instance, both the inter-annual average decline and the reappearance of a seasonal signal in silica confirmed the presence of a stable diatom community. The lake is presently oligotrophic, and concentrations of both N and P compounds are steady and low throughout the year. However, a monthly check of nutrient

  20. Development and Status of Basic Problems of Didactics (Theory of Education and Instruction).

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    Monoszon, Ele Isaevich

    1989-01-01

    Excerpts chapter five from Ele Monoszon's "The Establishment and Development of Soviet Pedagogy." Defines didactics from a Marxist-Leninist perspective, identifying principles and problems in content, methods, and organization of instruction. Reviews teachers' participation in research and development of Soviet pedagogy. (CH)

  1. ASSESSMENT OF SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATORY REACTION IN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: STATUS UPDATE ON THE PROBLEM

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    M. A Kachkovsky

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    Full Text Available Analysis of the data of national and international researches on evaluation of systemic inflammation in the acute coronary syndrome over the last 10 years was carried out. The problems of application the most studied inflammation markers in patients with acute myocardial infarction in clinical practice are focused.

  2. ASSESSMENT OF SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATORY REACTION IN ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: STATUS UPDATE ON THE PROBLEM

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    M. A Kachkovsky; E. Yu. Ragozinа

    2015-01-01

    Analysis of the data of national and international researches on evaluation of systemic inflammation in the acute coronary syndrome over the last 10 years was carried out. The problems of application the most studied inflammation markers in patients with acute myocardial infarction in clinical practice are focused.

  3. Parental Emotion Socialization in Adolescence: Differences in Sex, Age and Problem Status

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    Klimes-Dougan, Bonnie; Brand, Ann E.; Zahn-Waxler, Carolyn; Usher, Barbara; Hastings, Paul D.; Kendziora, Kimberly; Garside, Rula B.

    2007-01-01

    There is a paucity of research on how mothers and fathers socialize emotion in their adolescent sons and daughters. This study was based on 220 adolescents (range 11- to 16-years-old) who exhibit a range of emotional and behavioral problems and their parents. Parental responses to their children's displays of sadness, anger and fear were assessed.…

  4. Current status of stem cell transplantation in Vietnam

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    Phuc Van Pham

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Stem cell therapy is promising for treatment of degenerative diseases. In Vietnam, stem cell applications have been performed since the 1990s. In addition to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant hematologic diseases and disorders, mesenchymal stem cells have also been clinically approved for treatment of diseases such as knee osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, autism, cerebral palsy and more in recent years. Unlike countries that only permit use of non-expanded stem cells, the Vietnamese government has permitted use of both non-expanded and expanded stem cells for both local and systemic transfusion in some diseases. After 20 years of stem cell development, the market has finally established stem cell banks and some stem cell clinical services. Although some regulations or guidelines regarding stem cell applications have yet to be published by the government, present breakthroughs in stem cell transplantation may facilitate Vietnam's recognition as a key player in stem cell application in Asia and, in the near future, the world. [Biomed Res Ther 2016; 3(4.000: 578-587

  5. Status of food and raw milk supply and problem just after the reactor accident

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    Iodine 131 was detected in the environment and the food such as vegetables, raw milk and tap water just after the reactor accident following the East Japan Great Earthquake occurred in March 11, 2011. This article investigated status of refuge of Fukushima residents, their dietary life and food distribution from March 11 to 31 just after the accident so as to reevaluate internal exposure dose with Iodine 131. Investigation results showed most of food taken by refugees was confirmed food stock or relief supplies outside from the disaster area and suggested food contaminated with Iodine 131 was not widely consumed and distributed due to limit to send designated vegetables, restriction of tap water intake, damaged distribution facilities and closing down of retail stores. Restriction of tap water intake was only applied partly, so this might cause internal exposure dose due to tap water. (T. Tanaka)

  6. Brain Cancer Stem Cells: Current Status on Glioblastoma Multiforme

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    Gilbert Bernier

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, an aggressive brain tumor of astrocytic/neural stem cell origin, represents one of the most incurable cancers. GBM tumors are highly heterogeneous. However, most tumors contain a subpopulation of cells that display neural stem cell characteristics in vitro and that can generate a new brain tumor upon transplantation in mice. Hence, previously identified molecular pathways regulating neural stem cell biology were found to represent the cornerstone of GBM stem cell self-renewal mechanism. GBM tumors are also notorious for their resistance to radiation therapy. Notably, GBM “cancer stem cells” were also found to be responsible for this radioresistance. Herein, we will analyze the data supporting or not the cancer stem cell model in GBM, overview the current knowledge regarding GBM stem cell self-renewal and radioresistance molecular mechanisms, and discuss the potential therapeutic application of these findings.

  7. Brain Cancer Stem Cells: Current Status on Glioblastoma Multiforme

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    Facchino, Sabrina; Abdouh, Mohamed [Developmental Biology Laboratory, Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 5415 Boul. l' Assomption, Montreal, H1T 2M4 (Canada); Bernier, Gilbert, E-mail: gbernier.hmr@ssss.gouv.qc.ca [Developmental Biology Laboratory, Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 5415 Boul. l' Assomption, Montreal, H1T 2M4 (Canada); Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal, Montréal, H3T 1J4 (Canada)

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    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive brain tumor of astrocytic/neural stem cell origin, represents one of the most incurable cancers. GBM tumors are highly heterogeneous. However, most tumors contain a subpopulation of cells that display neural stem cell characteristics in vitro and that can generate a new brain tumor upon transplantation in mice. Hence, previously identified molecular pathways regulating neural stem cell biology were found to represent the cornerstone of GBM stem cell self-renewal mechanism. GBM tumors are also notorious for their resistance to radiation therapy. Notably, GBM “cancer stem cells” were also found to be responsible for this radioresistance. Herein, we will analyze the data supporting or not the cancer stem cell model in GBM, overview the current knowledge regarding GBM stem cell self-renewal and radioresistance molecular mechanisms, and discuss the potential therapeutic application of these findings.

  8. Brain Cancer Stem Cells: Current Status on Glioblastoma Multiforme

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    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive brain tumor of astrocytic/neural stem cell origin, represents one of the most incurable cancers. GBM tumors are highly heterogeneous. However, most tumors contain a subpopulation of cells that display neural stem cell characteristics in vitro and that can generate a new brain tumor upon transplantation in mice. Hence, previously identified molecular pathways regulating neural stem cell biology were found to represent the cornerstone of GBM stem cell self-renewal mechanism. GBM tumors are also notorious for their resistance to radiation therapy. Notably, GBM “cancer stem cells” were also found to be responsible for this radioresistance. Herein, we will analyze the data supporting or not the cancer stem cell model in GBM, overview the current knowledge regarding GBM stem cell self-renewal and radioresistance molecular mechanisms, and discuss the potential therapeutic application of these findings

  9. Estimation of membrane hydration status for standby proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems by impedance measurement

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    Bidoggia, Benoit; Rugholt, Mark; Nielsen, Morten Busk;

    2014-01-01

    Fuel cells are getting growing interest in both backup systems and electric vehicles. Although these systems are characterized by long periods of inactivity, they must be able to start at any instant in the shortest time. However, the membrane of which PEMFCs are made tends to dry out when not in...... use. This increases the time required to start the system and could lead to the destruction of the fuel cell. In this article an impedance measurement circuit is presented, which is part of a humidity status estimator for monitoring the humidity status of a fuel cell stack during standby. The...

  10. Status Quo and Problems of Fishery Cooperatives in Jilin Province and Countermeasures

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    Li, Xiuying; Zhang, Yidan; Liu, Yanhui; Zu, Xiujie

    2013-01-01

    Development of special fishery cooperatives promotes the organization degree of fishermen, and provides technical services, market information for fishermen, and contributes to the organization of production and marketing. On the basis of investigating development of specialized fishery cooperatives in Jilin, it was proposed that local fishery cooperatives remained at the primary development stage, and were still limited by such problems as low organizational degree, low personnel quality, po...

  11. Study on the problems and development strategies of Chongqing city status, pig breeding industry

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    2014-01-01

    Chongqing is in the key period to create a resource-saving, pig as environmental friendly "Chongqing national modern animal husbandry demonstration zone", the development of pig health culture, science and technology supporting aquaculture benefits, promote the transformation, ensure the pig breeding industry as strategic industry development. This paper introduces the breeding of Chongqing city and current situation, existing problems and development trend of pig, the sustainable development suggestions were put forward for the pig breeding industry.

  12. A balanced review of the status T cell-based therapy against cancer

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    Marincola Francesco M

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A recent commentary stirred intense controversy over the status of anti-cancer immunotherapy. The commentary suggested moving beyond current anti-cancer vaccines since active-specific immunization failed to match expectations toward a more aggressive approach involving the adoptive transfer of in vitro expanded tumor antigen-specific T cells. Although the same authors clarified their position in response to others' rebuttal more discussion needs to be devoted to the current status of T cell-based anti-cancer therapy. The accompanying publications review the status of adoptive transfer of cancer vaccines on one hand and active-specific immunization on the other. Hopefully, reading these articles will offer a balanced view of the current status of antigen-specific ant-cancer therapies and suggest future strategies to foster unified efforts to complement either approach with the other according to specific biological principles.

  13. IFMIF test cell design: Current status and key components

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    The IFMIF (International Fusion Material Irradiation Facility) test cell design has been further developed and optimized based on the existing modular test cell concept. Key features of the current test cell include actively cooled surrounding shielding walls with coverage of internal surfaces with stainless steel liner, independent two layer top shielding plugs for protecting the access cell from neutron and gamma radiation from the test cell, optimized piping and cabling plugs for accommodating pipe and cable penetrations and for minimizing neutron streaming, rearranged lithium quench tank to outside of the test cell, etc. According to preliminary neutronic calculation results, limited access to the quench tank area for maintenance after beam shut-off can be expected with the current arrangement. Maintenance of the lithium inlet and outlet pipes as well as the two beam ducts are also possible by introducing removable shielding plugs which can be removed and replaced in case of failure

  14. Controlling Redox Status for Stem Cell Survival, Expansion, and Differentiation

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    Sébastien Sart; Liqing Song; Yan Li

    2015-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have long been considered as pathological agents inducing apoptosis under adverse culture conditions. However, recent findings have challenged this dogma and physiological levels of ROS are now considered as secondary messengers, mediating numerous cellular functions in stem cells. Stem cells represent important tools for tissue engineering, drug screening, and disease modeling. However, the safe use of stem cells for clinical applications still requires culture ...

  15. Antioxidant vitamins and glycatedhaemoglobin status in sickle cell anaemia

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    Johnkennedy Nnodim

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sickle cell anemiais a genetic disorder that is characterized by chronic anemia and oxidative stress. AIM: This study was investigated to evaluate the level of antioxidant vitamins C and E, and glycatedhaemoglobin in patients with homozygous sickle cell disorders (HbSS in steady state and HbSS in crisis and normal healthy individuals (HbAA. Material and Methods: 100 sickle cell patients aged 5-30 years were included in this study while 100 normal healthy individuals served as the control. Also 30 sickle cell patients in crisis was involved. Results: This results obtained showed that the level of vitamins C and E were significantly depleted in sickle cell disease when compared with healthy individuals at p<0.05. In the same vein, the level of glycatedhaemoglobin was decreased in sickle cell disease when compared with normal healthy control. Also the levels of vitamins and glycatedhaemoglobin were significantly decreased in sickle cell crises (P<0.05. Conclusion: This shows that depleted antioxidant vitamins could be an important factor in sickle cell crisis. Hence, supplementation of sickle cell patients with vitamins can improve their health.

  16. Present status and problems of conventional off-gas cleaning system

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    The off-gas from reprocessing dissolution process contains volatile radioactive nuclides such as H-3, Kr-85, I-129 and C-14. The establishment of the method for removing or fixing them in order to prevent the release into environment is a social concern. The study group investigated the present status of the research and development on the volatile nuclides from the generation to the disposal, and attempted to set up the off-gas cleaning system which is considered to be more rational. It is important that the dissolution off-gas cleaning system is composed of the processes which are highly safe and reliable, economical and simple. It is necessary to pay attention to use the techniques of high reliability, to remove strongly corrosive nuclides such as iodine at the first step, to make the system into a continuous type or close to it to prevent the accumulation of radioactive substances, to avoid high temperature, high pressure operation as far as possible, to avoid the use of toxic and highly explosive chemical substances and to make the process flexible so as to be able to cope with the variation of operational condition. From these viewpoints, the existing off-gas cleaning system was examined, and the plan of its improvement was proposed as a total off-gas cleaning system. (Kako, I.)

  17. Breast cancer screening for severely disabled patients. Present status and future problems

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    Recently, the attendance rate for breast screening has been increasing in Japan. However, little is known about how to conduct effective breast cancer screening, especially for patients with mental disability. The purpose of this study was to clarify the present status of breast cancer screening for severely disabled patients. Breast screening was performed for 160 disabled patients by physical examination and ultrasound from 2002 to 2005. The patients included 158 women and two men, with an average age of 59 years old. Ten disabled patients (10/160; 6.3%) showed abnormal findings on physical examination and four (4/160; 2.5%) showed probably benign findings by ultrasound examination. Mammography (MMG) screening was performed for only 33 patients (33/160; 21%), one of whom needed further examination. One lesion was diagnosed as breast cancer (1/160; 0.63%). Breast ultrasound is useful for severely disabled patients because it is painless, easy and rapid to perform. On the other hand, it is sometimes difficult for such patients to participate in MMG screening because of their inability to adapt to the examination. Therefore, some psychological method, for example operant conditioning, will be necessary for breast screening of patients with severe mental disability. (author)

  18. Unemployment and substance use problems among young adults: Does childhood low socioeconomic status exacerbate the effect?

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    Lee, Jungeun Olivia; Hill, Karl G; Hartigan, Lacey A; Boden, Joseph M; Guttmannova, Katarina; Kosterman, Rick; Bailey, Jennifer A; Catalano, Richard F

    2015-10-01

    The current study tested whether unemployment predicted young adults' heavy episodic drinking, cigarette smoking, and cannabis use after taking into account individual development in substance use. Furthermore, building on the life course perspective, this study examined whether the link between unemployment and substance use among young adults differed for those who experienced low childhood SES compared to those who did not. Data for the present study came from the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP), a panel study examining a broad range of developmental outcomes from ages 10 to 33. A life history calendar (LHC) was administered to assess substance use and unemployment status during young adulthood. Covariates included baseline symptoms of psychopathology, baseline substance use, gender, ethnicity, and adult educational attainment. Results suggest that unemployment is associated with young adults' heavy episodic drinking and possibly cigarette use, but not cannabis use. Moreover, for all three substances, the detrimental impact of unemployment on substance use seems to be exacerbated among young adults who spent their childhood and adolescence in a lower SES household. Public health efforts that provide other viable and affordable options to cope with unemployment among young adults from low SES backgrounds are needed to address this disproportionate concentration of adverse impacts of unemployment on behavioral health. PMID:26342911

  19. Cell symbiosis theory - Status and implications for the fossil record

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    Margulis, L.; Stolz, J. F.

    1984-01-01

    Smith (1981) has presented three alternative models of the origin of eukaryotes. In the present investigation, alternative theories are discussed along with the status of serial endosymbiotic theory. It is pointed out that the usefulness of the serial endosymbiotic theory is attested by the great flourishing of productive scientific studies it has generated. Attention is given to the origin of mitochondria and plastids from free-living bacteria, the polyphyly of mitochondria, the origin of the nuclear membrane, the origin of undulipodia (cilia and other 9 + 2 organelles), the sequence of acquisition of organelles, large ribosomes, genome organization, animals and plants, and systematics and axonomy of the microorganisms.

  20. GENETIC ALGORITHM FOR MULTIHOMING CELL ASSINGMENT PROBLEM IN WIRELESS ATM NETWORK

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available In the design of cellular telecommunications networks, the handover and cabling cost management play an important role. In this paper, we propose a cell assignment problem, which assign cells in Personal Communication Service (PCS to switches in wireless ATM network in an optimal manner. This is a complex integer programming problem and modeled as multi-homing cell assignment problem. Since finding an optimal solution of this problem is NP-hard. The proposed method, based on genetic algorithm, solve this problem. We implement this problem in MATLAB using GA and find better results.

  1. Control of large space structures: Status report on achievements and current problems

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    Lyons, M. G.; Aubrun, J. N.

    1983-01-01

    The objectives, state-of-the-art, and problems of large space structures control are outlined. The general objectives range from basic deployment and maneuvering, where some vibration modes may be suppressed, to disturbance rejection for very high performance imaging applications. The controls selected generally must produce some combination of eigenvalue/eigenvector and loads modification in order to achieve the mission objectives. An experiment illustrating the dynamic control of a suspended circular plate is described. Analysis methods used in system modelling, signal processing, and process control and monitoring are discussed. Sensor and actuator performance are assessed.

  2. The present status and key problems of carbon nanotube based polymer composites

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    Full Text Available The state-of-art and key problems of carbon nanotube (CNT based polymer composites (CNT/polymer composites including CNT/polymer structural composites and CNT/polymer functional composites are reviewed. Based on the results reported up to now, CNTs can be an effective reinforcement for polymer matrices, and the tensile strength and elastic modulus of CNT/polymer composites can reach as high as 3600 MPa and 80 GPa, respectively. CNT/polymer composites are also promising functional composite materials with improved electrical and thermal conductivity, etc. Due to their multi-functional properties, CNT/polymer composites are expected to be used as low weight structural materials, optical devices, thermal interface materials, electric components, electromagnetic absorption materials, etc. However, the full potential of CNT/polymer composites still remains to be realized. A few key problems, such as how to prepare structure-controllable CNTs with high purity and consistently dependable high performance, how to break up entangled or bundled CNTs and then uniformly disperse and align them within a polymer matrix, how to improve the load transfer from matrix to CNT reinforcement, etc, still exist and need to be solved in order to realize the wide applications of these advanced composites.

  3. Adult human neural stem cell therapeutics: Current developmental status and prospect

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    Nam, Hyun; Lee, Kee-Hang; Nam, Do-Hyun; Joo, Kyeung Min

    2015-01-01

    Over the past two decades, regenerative therapies using stem cell technologies have been developed for various neurological diseases. Although stem cell therapy is an attractive option to reverse neural tissue damage and to recover neurological deficits, it is still under development so as not to show significant treatment effects in clinical settings. In this review, we discuss the scientific and clinical basics of adult neural stem cells (aNSCs), and their current developmental status as ce...

  4. The Status and Problems of Women in Working Life in Turkey

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    Hulya Gul

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The situation of woman in working life is a multidimensional public health issue and should be investigated related with many factors such as economic, social, biological, cultural factors. Women have been working in each step of production through history, but are still evaluated as a disadvantaged group. Nowadays, many new legal arrangements for regulating the working life have been made in Turkey. The participation of women to the labor force is accepted to be an important element of sustainable progress, social development and prosperity of the community, however, women participation ratios in the manpower in Turkey are not yet at desired level. Attentively, evaluation of the problems women encounter in working life indicates that occupational discrimination due to gender inequality is one of the leading problems. The working environment consists of many physical, chemical, biological and psychological factors known to be harmful to the general and reproductive health of women. Recognizing of these factors, which affect the health, is important for developing programs and policies intending to prevent them. Improvement of the working conditions of women and enhancing the employment opportunities are the most important steps for the economic and social prosperity of a country. A woman working happily in good conditions and earning her own money contributes the family budget, also spends most of her income and her spare time on her children, so that it will contribute to more healthy and educated generations. In order to improve of working conditions for women, all the rules and laws should be applied totally, and all concerned sides should carry out their responsibilities completely. Firstly, the working conditions should be offered to women with the least discomfort. Also, they should be supported with continuous occupational education, opportunities for their awareness and self-development should be created. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2014; 13

  5. Self-perceived recovery status among Danish people with low back problems; what influences their appraisal after 12 months?

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    Myburgh, Corrie; Boyle, Eleanor; Lauridsen, Henrik Hein; Hestbæk, Lise; Kongsted, Alice

    case study among patients in the Danish primary care setting. Semi-structured, telephonic interviews were scheduled with individuals sampled consecutively and according to number of weekly pain days. A blend of thematic and content analysis was performed. Thirty-two interviews were conducted with....../trauma and positive coping experiences. Those unsure of their status, tended to do so on the basis of cognitive dissonance regarding the meaning of recovery and paradoxical scepticism of pain-free periods. Retrospective self-appraisal appears to be filtered through the individual’s understanding of the...... nature of their problem, their perceived level of control over their life and whether they trust the character of their illness....

  6. Stumbling on status: abortion, stem cells, and faulty reasoning.

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    Lebacqz, Karen

    2012-02-01

    Common arguments from the abortion debate have set the stage for the debate on stem cell research. Unfortunately, those arguments demonstrate flawed reasoning-jumping to unfounded conclusions, using value laden language rather than careful argument, and ignoring morally relevant aspects of the situation. The influence of flawed abortion arguments on the stem cell debate results in failures of moral reasoning and in lack of attention to important morally relevant differences between abortion and human embryonic stem cells. Among those differences are whose interests are at stake and the difference between an embryo in and out of the womb. Stem cell research differs from abortion in morally relevant ways and should be freed from the abortion debate and its flawed reasoning. PMID:22209889

  7. Current status of Westinghouse tubular solid oxide fuel cell program

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    Parker, W.G. [Westinghouse Science and Technology Center, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    1996-04-01

    In the last ten years the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) development program at Westinghouse has evolved from a focus on basic material science to the engineering of fully integrated electric power systems. Our endurance for this cell is 5 to 10 years. To date we have successfully operated at power for over six years. For power plants it is our goal to have operated before the end of this decade a MW class power plant. Progress toward these goals is described.

  8. Status of molten carbonate fuel cell technology development

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    Parsons, E. L., Jr.; Williams, M. C.; George, T. J.

    The MCFC technology has been identified by the DOE as a promising product for commercialization. Development of the MCFC technology supports the National Energy Strategy. Review of the status of the MCFC technology indicates that the MCFC technology developers are making rapid and significant progress. Manufacturing facility development and extensive testing is occurring. Improvements in performance (power density), lower costs, improved packaging, and scale up to full height are planned. MCFC developers need to continue to be responsive to end-users in potential markets. It will be market demands for the correct product definition which will ultimately determine the character of MCFC power plants. There is a need for continued MCFC product improvement and multiple product development tests.

  9. Injected radioactive tracers in studying Indian geohydrological problems - present status and future trends

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    The properties of artificial radioactive tracers suitable for geohydrological studies have been described and the tracers commonly used have been listed. It is observed that at present the application of injected radioactive tracers is mostly limited to the use of the tritium tagging technique in the estimation of recharge. The work carried out in Western U.P., Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh (Lower Maner Basin), using this technique, has been reviewed and future program of recharge measurements has been described. The various possible applications of borehole tracer techniques in geohydrological studies have been enumerated and the basic instrumentation required for measurement of filtration velocity, vertical flow and direction of flow has been described. Examples of application of borehole tracer techniques have been given. It is pointed out that the borehole tracer techniques provide a very powerful tool for studying geohydrological problems. The need for R and D effort for fabrication of necessary instruments and their eventual commercial availability has been stressed. (author)

  10. Present status and problems of radiation education in Japanese high school

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    Radiations always exist in nature and are necessary in various fields of our daily life. Radiations are utilized for nondestructive inspection in industrial uses, diagnosis and medical treatment, tracers in agricultural research, and so on. Researchers make good use of radioactivity. However, the fears of radioactivity remain in the public due to reports by mass media, accidents of nuclear power station, treatment of nuclear waste, and atomic bomb. Therefore the public tend to see the negative images of the radiation. Radioactivity can be dangerous. But it is hard to say that radiations are always elevated appropriately. To solve the problems of misunderstanding, we focused the study on the radiation education curriculum. In this research, we studied the radiation education from the following four points: 'physics field', 'physical experiment', 'chemistry field', and 'comprehensive study time'. Two themes of the former were performed in the actual lessons. Two themes of the latter were the investigation of the current state and the tentative plan. The research have to be continued in the future. (author)

  11. Cell symbioisis theory: Status and implications for the fossil record

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    Margulis, L.; Stolz, J. F.

    Although the entire serial endosymbiotic theory has not been proven much progress has been made and the nature of the remaining critical observations can be now identified. There is little doubt that, regardless of the precise details, prokaryotes are single genomic systems and all eukaryotic cells are multigenomic ones. Eukaryotic cells are therefore best thought of as co-evolved microbial communities, entities that emerged as the symbiotic partnerships became tightly integrated by the late Late Proterozoic Aeon. Present address: Control and Energy Conversion Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109, U.S.A.

  12. Durability Issues and Status of PBI-Based Fuel Cells

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    Jakobsen, Mark Tonny Dalsgaard; Jensen, Jens Oluf; Cleemann, Lars Nilausen;

    2016-01-01

    This chapter briefly reviews durability and stability issues with key materials and components for HT-PEMFCs, including the polymer membrane, the doping acid, the electrocatalyst, the catalyst support and bipolar plates. Degradation mechanisms and their dependence on fuel cell operating conditions...

  13. Current status of JAERI Tokai hot cell facilities

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    JAERI has 4 hot cell facilities in order to examine high radioactive materials. Three of them, the Research Hot Laboratory, the Reactor Fuel Examination Facility and the Waste Safety Testing Facility are located in the JAERI Tokai site, and the rest is the JMTR Hot Laboratory in the Oarai site. The Research Hot Laboratory (RHL) was constructed for post-irradiation examination (PIE), especially nuclear related basic research experiment, such as metallurgical, chemical and mechanical examination on fuels and materials irradiated in research and test reactors. This facility has 10 large dimension concrete and 38 lead cells. At present the RHL is used for various kinds of examinations of high radioactive samples such as fuels of research and test reactors, power reactors and high temperature testing reactor (HTTR), and structural materials. The Reactor Fuel Examination Facility (RFEF) was designed and constructed for carrying out PIE of irradiated full-size fuel assemblies of light water reactors (LWRs). This facility has a storage pool, 8 concrete and 5 lead cells. They are currently used for safety evaluation on high burnup and advanced lWR fuels as part of the national program. The Waste Safety Testing Facility (WASTEF) was designed and constructed for safety research on long-term storage and disposal of high level radioactive wastes, generated by fuel reprocessing. The WASTEF has 5 concrete cells and 1 lead cell. Examinations on the behavior of various long-lived fission products in a glass form and in a canister and, releasing behavior of them out of a canister are carrying out under the condition at storage. (author)

  14. Photon degradation in silicon solar cells - Status report 1974

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    Following the discovery of the photon degradation phenomenon in irradiated silicon solar cells during 1972, several studies were undertaken to elucidate the degradation mechanism and the practical significance for solar array design. Results of intramural experimental work are presented together with results obtained from two extramural contracts. In January 1973, ESTEC placed a contract with Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, Toulouse, France, to characterize effective recombination levels. The diagnostic experiments are based on studies of minority carrier lifetime variations with injection level using a pulsed neodymium laser, coupled with isochronal annealing experiments. A second contract was placed at the same time with Departement d'Etudes et de Recherches en Technologie Spatiale, Toulouse, France, for the simultaneous photon and 1 MeV electron irradiation of CZ and FZ silicon solar cells. The results of both contracts are presented. The laboratory measurements are compared with spaceflight results for the solar array performances of the ESRO spacecraft HEOS A1, HEOS A2, ESRO II and ESRO IV, together with data from the UK spacecraft PROSPERO; all satellites, with the exception of ESRO IV, employed solar cells susceptible to photon degradation. (orig.)

  15. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2010

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    Eudy, L.; Chandler, K.; Gigakis, C.

    2010-11-01

    This status report, fourth in a series of annual status reports from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, summarizes progress and accomplishments from demonstrations of fuel cell transit buses in the United States. This year's assessment report provides the results from the fifth year of operation of five Van Hool, ISE, and UTC Power fuel cell buses operating at AC Transit, SunLine, and CTTRANSIT. The achievements and challenges of this bus design, implementation, and operating are presented, with a focus on the next steps for implementing larger numbers and new and different designs of fuel cell buses. The major positive result from nearly five years of operation is the dramatic increase in reliability experienced for the fuel cell power system.

  16. Non-invasive imaging of Kupffer cell status using radiolabelled mannosylated albumin

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    Mahajan, Vineet; Hartimath, Siddanna; Comley, R.; Poelstra, Klaas; Reker-Smit, Catharina; Kamps, Jan; Sijbesma, Jurgen; Stephan-Gueldner, M.; Dierckx, Rudi; de Vries, Erik

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Kupffer cells (KCs) play a key role in maintaining liver homeostasis, hepatotoxicity and in liver pathology, but their functional status cannot be directly assessed in vivo (1-5). We report a PET tracer for noninvasive translational imaging of KCs. Methods A mannosylated human serum album

  17. Assessment of oral health status among endosulfan victims in endosulfan relief and remediation cell - A cross-sectional survey

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    Mundoor Manjunath Dayakar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Endosulfan is a highly toxic agrichemical used in the cashew plantations. The Stockholm Convention held in April 2011 recommended a global ban on the manufacture and use of endosulfan because of its adverse effects on human health and the environment. Its impact on the quality of food, water, and beverages; and its ability to cause neurobehavioral disorders, congenital malformations in female subjects, and abnormalities related to the male reproductive system are studied, but however information regarding the oral health of endosulfan victims is scant. Objectives: To assess the oral health status of the endosulfan victim in rehabilitation center. Method and Methodology: A cross sectional study on 18 subjects of 4-50 years of age were interviewed and examined using modified WHO oral health assessment proforma (1997 in Endosulfan Relief and Remediation Cell in Kokkada, Belthangady Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, India. Results: Among the subjects, 10 (>50% were found to be in age group <20 years. The overall oral health status of the endosulfan victim's in rehabilitation center considered to be poor, as many of the subjects suffered from major medical problems like mental retardation, physical disabilities etc. Conclusion: This study emphasizes the need for special attention from government and voluntary organization to improve overall health status of the victims.

  18. Status of concentrator collector and high-efficiency concentrator cell development

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    Gee, J.M.

    1990-01-01

    Photovoltaic concentrator collectors are an attractive option for utility-scale photovoltaic power plants. This paper reviews the current status of photovoltaic concentrator collector and cell development. Included in the review is a discussion of the economic motivation for concentrators, a summary of recent concentrator collector and cell development, and a description of a major new program to accelerate development and commercial introduction of concentrator collectors. 21 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  19. Comparative analysis of signature genes in PRRSV-infected porcine monocyte-derived dendritic cells at differential activation statuses

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    Activation statuses of monocytic cells including monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs) are critically important for antiviral immunity. In particular, some devastating viruses, including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), are capable of directly infecting these c...

  20. The problem of the top cell for the micromorph tandem

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    Platz, R.; Meier, J.; Fischer, D.; Dubail, S.; Shah, A.

    1997-07-01

    A detailed study of the influence of different materials for the amorphous top cell on the stabilized efficiency of amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon (micromorph) tandem cells is presented. The authors investigate different amorphous i-layer materials which are applied in cells with varying thicknesses. It is shown that it is preferable to optimize the top cell in order to obtain a high current rather than a high voltage. A simple optical and electrical model is presented which allows one to predict the optimum optical bandgap of the i-layer material of the top cell and to determine its optimum thickness for maximum stabilized efficiency. By means of this model it is shown that the optimum top cell for a total cell current of 26 mA/cm{sup 2} should contain about 2,500 {angstrom} thick i-layer with an optical gap E{sub 04} {approx} 1.8 eV. The model furthermore shows that it is desirable to obtain slightly bottom-limited conditions after degradation in order to maximize the output power. A stabilized efficiency of 10.7% for a micromorph tandem cell has been confirmed by an independent measurement (FhG-ISE). Another such cell yields a stabilized efficiency of 11.2% as measured in their laboratory.

  1. Cancer cell sensitivity to bortezomib is associated with survivin expression and p53 status but not cancer cell types

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    Chanan-Khan Asher A

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Survivin is known playing a role in drug resistance. However, its role in bortezomib-mediated inhibition of growth and induction of apoptosis is unclear. There are conflicting reports for the effect of bortezomib on survivin expression, which lacks of a plausible explanation. Methods: In this study, we tested cancer cells with both p53 wild type and mutant/null background for the relationship of bortezomib resistance with survivin expression and p53 status using MTT assay, flow cytometry, DNA fragmentation, caspase activation, western blots and RNAi technology. Results We found that cancer cells with wild type p53 show a low level expression of survivin and are sensitive to treatment with bortezomib, while cancer cells with a mutant or null p53 show a high level expression of survivin and are resistant to bortezomib-mediated apoptosis induction. However, silencing of survivin expression utilizing survivin mRNA-specific siRNA/shRNA in p53 mutant or null cells sensitized cancer cells to bortezomib mediated apoptosis induction, suggesting a role for survivin in bortezomib resistance. We further noted that modulation of survivin expression by bortezomib is dependent on p53 status but independent of cancer cell types. In cancer cells with mutated p53 or p53 null, bortezomib appears to induce survivin expression, while in cancer cells with wild type p53, bortezomib downregulates or shows no significant effect on survivin expression, which is dependent on the drug concentration, cell line and exposure time. Conclusions Our findings, for the first time, unify the current inconsistent findings for bortezomib treatment and survivin expression, and linked the effect of bortezomib on survivin expression, apoptosis induction and bortezomib resistance in the relationship with p53 status, which is independent of cancer cell types. Further mechanistic studies along with this line may impact the optimal clinical application of bortezomib in

  2. Optimal management of metastatic renal cell carcinoma: current status.

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    Escudier, Bernard; Albiges, Laurence; Sonpavde, Guru

    2013-04-01

    The armamentarium for the systemic therapy of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has undergone dramatic changes over the past 6 years. While high-dose interleukin (IL)-2 remains an option for highly selected good and intermediate risk patients with clear-cell histology because of durable complete responses in a small fraction of patients, cytokine-based therapy including interferon (IFN) has been supplanted by vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors. Treatment decision is initially based on prognostication of the disease. As metastatic RCC (mRCC) is commonly an indolent disease, a period of observation should always been considered. For good and intermediate risk disease, pazopanib, sunitinib or the combination of bevacizumab plus IFN are considered. Notably, recent data suggest non-inferiority for the efficacy of pazopanib compared to sunitinib coupled with a better toxicity profile. A novel VEGF receptor inhibitor, tivozanib, is expected to be approved based on improvement in PFS when compared to sorafenib in the first-line setting. The use of temsirolimus for poor risk disease is supported by a phase III trial dedicated to this group of patients. The role of cytoreductive nephrectomy in the context of VEGF and mTOR inhibitors is being studied in randomized trials. Selected patients with solitary or oligometastatic disease may be eligible for metastatectomy. Following first-line VEGF inhibitors, second-line therapy with everolimus and axitinib have demonstrated benefits in progression-free survival (PFS). One phase III trial comparing sorafenib and temsirolimus in the post-sunitinib setting showed no difference in PFS, the primary endpoint, but did show a superior overall survival for sorafenib. Sorafenib, pazopanib and axitinib have all demonstrated clinical benefit following cytokines. Therapy following first-line mTOR inhibitors remains undefined, although VEGF inhibitors have demonstrated activity in

  3. Stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma: current and future status.

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    Giralt, Sergio

    2011-01-01

    High-dose melphalan with autologous stem cell support has been an integral part of myeloma therapy for more than 25 years, either as salvage therapy or as consolidation of an initial remission. Although multiple phase 3 trials have demonstrated that this therapy results in higher response rates and longer remission times than conventional chemotherapy, the use of thalidomide, lenalidomide, and bortezomib as induction therapy has limited the clinical relevance of these trials. Moreover, ongoing trials have shown that initial induction therapy may affect transplantation outcome, and that long-term disease control can be achieved in a substantial number of patients with a variety of posttransplantation maintenance therapies. This article summarizes the results of ongoing and recently published clinical trials and describes how they have affected current transplantation recommendations. PMID:22160033

  4. The Present Status of Hot Cell Designs at NECSA

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    The radioisotope production group of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has manufactured a range of radioisotopes since 1967. A 20 MW nuclear reactor is used for radioisotope production. It has modern hot cells and an efficient waste handling facility. There are two sections dealing with radioisotope and radiopharmaceutical production and quality control. The Radiochemical Section produces radioactive bulk products such as 99Mo, 32P, 35S and 131I, whereas another section manufactures final products such as 131I diagnostic and therapeutic capsules, 192Ir radiography sources, 137Cs and 60Co sealed sources, 85Kr glass tubes for smoke detectors. The 99Mo-99Tc generators produced from 99Mo and the complimentary kits are largely used as radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear medicine. (author)

  5. Estimating Rates of Psychosocial Problems in Urban and Poor Children with Sickle Cell Anemia.

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    Barbarin, Oscar A.; And Others

    1994-01-01

    Examined adjustment problems for children and adolescents with sickle cell anemia (SCA). Parents provided information on social, emotional, academic, and family adjustment of 327 children with SCA. Over 25% of children had emotional adjustment problems in form of internalizing symptoms (anxiety and depression); at least 20% had problems related to…

  6. Serum Iron Status of Under-Five Children with Sickle Cell Anaemia in Lagos, Nigeria

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    S. O. Akodu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Iron status in patients with sickle cell anaemia is a matter of continuing investigation. Objective. This paper aims to determine the serum iron status of under-five, sickle cell anaemia patients. Methods. The study spanned from December 2009 to February 2010 at the Consultant Outpatient Clinics involving 97 HbSS subjects and 97 age- and sex-matched HbAA controls. Biochemical iron status was assayed in subjects and controls. Results. Age range of the children was seven months to five years, with a mean of 30.6 (±15.97 months. Irrespective of gender, mean serum iron values were higher in HbAA controls than their HbSS counterparts but the observed difference was not significant ( and 0.111, resp.. The mean total iron binding capacity values of males and females were also not significantly different for sickle cell anaemia subjects and controls (. Males and females with HbAA had significantly lower serum ferritin when compared with their HbSS counterparts. Irrespective of gender, mean transferrin saturation was lower in HbSS subjects but the difference was not statistically significant (. Conclusion. Children with sickle cell anaemia have higher serum ferritin than controls, implying relatively higher iron content in the reticuloendothelial cells.

  7. A problem-solving education intervention in caregivers and patients during allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Bevans, Margaret; Wehrlen, Leslie; Castro, Kathleen; Prince, Patricia; Shelburne, Nonniekaye; Soeken, Karen; Zabora, James; Wallen, Gwenyth R.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of problem-solving education on self-efficacy and distress in informal caregivers of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. Patient/caregiver teams attended three 1-hour problem-solving education sessions to help cope with problems during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Primary measures included the Cancer Self-Efficacy Scale–transplant and Brief Symptom Inventory–18. Active caregivers reported improvements in se...

  8. In vitro preparation of radionuclides labeled blood cells: Status and requirements

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    Labelled blood cells permit nuclear medicine imaging using their physiological behaviours. The radiolabeling must be performed in vitro because of the lack of specific markers and requires several highly technical stages of preparation. Labelled blood cells have not the medication drug status, so that the nuclear physician conducting the nuclear test is fully liable. In most cases, the physician delegates the technical responsibility to radio-pharmacists. Although the status of radiolabelled autologous cells is not legally defined and in the absence of a specific repository, it is essential that their preparation is subject to the requirements of the rules of French Good Manufacturing Practice published by Agence francaise de securite sanitaire des produits de sante (Afssaps). It would be desirable to harmonize the practices of radiolabeling cellular blood components by editing a repository. (authors)

  9. Does a parental history of cancer moderate the associations between impaired health status in parents and psychosocial problems in teenagers: a HUNT study.

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    Jeppesen, Elisabeth; Bjelland, Ingvar; Fosså, Sophie Dorothea; Loge, Jon Håvard; Sørebø, Øystein; Dahl, Alv A

    2014-01-01

    Severe disease in a parent is associated with increased psychosocial problems in their children. However, moderating factors of such associations are less studied. In this cross-sectional population-based controlled study we examined the moderating effects of a history of parental cancer on the association between impaired health status in parents and psychosocial problems among their teenagers. Among families with both parents responding to the adult Health Survey of Nord-Trøndelag County of...

  10. Current Status of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Renal Cell Carcinoma.

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    Smith, Zachary L

    2016-06-01

    Over the last three decades, the incidence of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has continuously risen, generally attributed to the increased use of cross-sectional imaging across all medical disciplines. Fortunately, despite this rising incidence, the estimated 5-year relative survival rate has improved. This survival improvement likely parallels the stage migration of the last two decades toward an increased incidence of small renal masses (SRMs). However, this survival improvement may be secondary to improved surgical techniques and medical therapies for these malignancies. The increased incidence of SRMs has led to an expected evolution in the treatment of RCC. Minimally invasive surgical applications for the treatment of RCC have gained widespread popularity, and now these approaches to renal malignancies have surpassed open techniques in frequency of utilization. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques have now been applied to both radical and partial nephrectomy procedures of varying complexity. Additionally, percutaneous ablative procedures have been applied to the treatment of some SRMs, increasing the urologist's armamentarium further. Below, we provide a review of these minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures for the treatment of RCC. PMID:27021911

  11. Nutritional status, hospitalization and mortality among patients with sickle cell anemia in Tanzania

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    Cox, S.E.; Makani, J.; Fulford, A J; Komba, A. N.; Soka, D; Williams, T.N.; Newton, C R; Marsh, K.; Prentice, A M

    2011-01-01

    BackgroundReduced growth is common in children with sickle cell anemia, but few data exist on associations with long-term clinical course. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of malnutrition at enrolment into a hospital-based cohort and whether poor nutritional status predicted morbidity and mortality within an urban cohort of Tanzanian sickle cell anemia patients.Design and MethodsAnthropometry was conducted at enrolment into the sickle cell anemia cohort (n = 1,618; ages 0.5-48 ye...

  12. Status Epilepticus Due to Severe HHV-6 Encephalitis in an Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Recipient

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    Poorvi Chordia

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Reactivation of human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6 after stem cell transplantation occurs frequently. It is associated with clinical manifestations varying from nonspecific symptoms such as fevers or rash, to severe life threatening complications including post-transplantation limbic encephalitis. We report a case of severe HHV-6 encephalitis with viremia in an allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplant recipient who presented with status epilepticus unresponsive to antiepileptic therapy.  With intravenous ganciclovir and supportive care, the patient’s condition improved. Awareness of HHV-6 infection in stem cell transplant recipients may help with early diagnosis and improved outcome.

  13. Axin gene methylation status correlates with radiosensitivity of lung cancer cells

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    We previously reported that Axin1 (Axin) is down-regulated in many cases of lung cancer, and X-ray irradiation increased Axin expression and inhibited lung cancer cells. The mechanisms, however, were not clear. Four lung cancer cell lines were used to detect the methylation status of Axin with or without X-ray treatment. Real-time PCR was used to quantify the expression of Axin, and western blot analysis was applied to measure protein levels of Axin, β-catenin, Cyclin D1, MMP-7, DNMTS, MeCP2 and acetylated histones. Flow cytometric analysis, colony formation assay, transwell assay and xenograft growth experiment were used to study the biological behavior of the cells with hypermethylated or unmethylated Axin gene after X-ray treatment. Hypermethylated Axin gene was detected in 2 of 4 cell lines, and it correlated inversely with Axin expression. X-ray treatment significantly up-regulated Axin expression in H446 and H157 cells, which possess intrinsic hypermethylation of the Axin gene (P<0.01), but did not show up-regulation in LTE and H460 cells, which have unmethylated Axin gene. 2Gy X-ray significantly reduced colony formation (from 71% to 10.5%) in H157 cells, while the reduction was lower in LTE cells (from 71% to 20%). After X-ray irradiation, xenograft growth was significantly decreased in H157 cells (from 1.15 g to 0.28 g) in comparison with LTE cells (from 1.06 g to 0.65 g). Significantly decreased cell invasiveness and increased apoptosis were also observed in H157 cells treated with X-ray irradiation (P<0.01). Down-regulation of DNMTs and MeCP2 and up-regulation of acetylated histones could be detected in lung cancer cells. X-ray-induced inhibition of lung cancer cells may be mediated by enhanced expression of Axin via genomic DNA demethylation and histone acetylation. Lung cancer cells with a different methylation status of the Axin gene showed different radiosensitivity, suggesting that the methylation status of the Axin gene may be one important factor

  14. Vitamin A status and hematological values in sickle cell disorder cases

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    Shuchismita Behera

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sickle cell anemia (SCA, which is an inherited blood disorder characterized primarily by chronic anemia and oxidative stress plays a major role in pathophysiology. Objective: This study aims to evaluate vitamin A (serum retinol status and hematological parameters in children with homozygous and heterozygous sickle cell disorders and compared with age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Materials and Methods:A sample of 80 referred cases (37 sickle cell disorders and 43 normal cases aged 2-40 years were included in the study. Hematological parameters were measured in cell counter and serum retinol by high-performance liquid chromatography. Results: The mean hemoglobin (Hb and serum retinol were significantly lower among cases with sickle cell disease than in sickle cell trait and normal. Vitamin A deficiency (retinol < 20 μg/dl reported to be higher in homozygous cases (46.2% as compared to either heterozygous (29.2% or control (23.2% groups. Serum retinol was correlated directly with Hb, RBC count, and hematocrit levels, and inversely with percentage of sickling among sickle cell disorder cases. Conclusion: The results indicate that deprived vitamin A status with inductive oxidative stress is mainly due to sickling and hemolysis in SCA cases.

  15. The cell method for electrical engineering and multiphysics problems an introduction

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    Alotto, Piergiorgio; Repetto, Maurizio; Rosso, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    This book presents a numerical scheme for the solution of field problems governed by partial differential equations: the cell method. The technique lends itself naturally to the solution of multiphysics problems with several interacting phenomena. The Cell Method, based on a space-time tessellation, is intimately related to the work of Tonti and to his ideas of classification diagrams or, as they are nowadays called, Tonti diagrams: a graphical representation of the problem's equations made possible by a suitable selection of a space-time framework relating physical variables to each other. The main features of the cell method are presented and links with many other discrete numerical methods (finite integration techniques, finite difference time domain, finite volumes, mimetic finite differences, etc.) are discussed. After outlining the theoretical basis of the method, a set of physical problems which have been solved with the cell method is described. These single and multiphysics problems stem from the aut...

  16. Status and Cause Analysis of the Rural Land-Deserting Problems%农村耕地抛荒问题现状及成因分析

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    贺金钟; 贺春荣; 王宗尧

    2012-01-01

    Status of the rural land-deserting problems was introduced and the causes were analyzed. In view of the think on this phenomenon, lead countermeasures of the rural landdeserting problems were put forward aimed to provide the reference for the rural land-deserting problems.%介绍了农村耕地抛荒问题的现状,分析了该现象的成因,基于对该现象的思考提出了引导对策,以期为农村耕地抛荒问题提供参考。

  17. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2015

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    Eudy, Leslie [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Post, Matthew [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Gikakis, Christina [Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC (United States)

    2015-12-11

    This report, published annually, summarizes the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discusses the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit. Various stakeholders, including FCEB developers, transit agencies, and system integrators, have expressed the value of this annual status report, which provides a summary of results from evaluations performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The annual status report tracks the progress of the FCEB industry toward meeting technical targets, documents the lessons learned, and discusses the path forward for commercial viability of fuel cell technology for transit buses. The 2015 summary results primarily focus on the most recent year for each demonstration, from August 2014 through July 2015. The results for these buses account for more than 1,045,000 miles traveled and 83,000 hours of fuel cell power system operation. The primary results presented in the report are from two demonstrations of fuel-cell-dominant bus designs: the Zero Emission Bay Area Demonstration Group led by Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in California and the American Fuel Cell Bus Project at SunLine Transit Agency in California.

  18. Exposure to partner violence and child behavior problems: a prospective study controlling for child physical abuse and neglect, child cognitive ability, socioeconomic status, and life stress.

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    Yates, Tuppett M; Dodds, Michele F; Sroufe, L Alan; Egeland, Byron

    2003-01-01

    Previous research suggests an association between partner violence and child behavior problems. However, methodological shortcomings have precluded the formation of directional conclusions. These limitations include failure to control for the effects of child physical abuse and general life stress, employment of nonrepresentative samples from battered women's shelters, and reliance on a single contemporaneous reporter, usually the mother, for information on both independent and dependent measures. This study used prospective, longitudinal data (N = 155) and multiple informants to examine the relation between maternal reports of partner violence in the homeand teacher- and youth-report ratings of concurrent and prospective child behavior problems. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were used to control for the effects of child physical abuse, child physical neglect, socioeconomic status, child cognitive ability, and life stress. The contribution of partner violence to child behavior problems was confirmed for boys' (n = 81) externalizing problems and girls' (n = 74) internalizing problems. Child developmental status at the time of exposure further influenced these relations. For boys, behavior problems in middle childhood were most strongly related to contemporaneous partner violence, whereas behavior problems among both boys and girls at age 16 were most strongly related to partner violence exposure during the preschool years. PMID:12848442

  19. Urinary Cell mRNA Profiles Predictive of Human Kidney Allograft Status

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    Lee, John R.; Muthukumar, Thangamani; Dadhania, Darshana; Ding, Ruchuang; Sharma, Vijay K; Joseph E Schwartz; Suthanthiran, Manikkam

    2014-01-01

    Kidney allograft status is currently characterized using the invasive percutaneous needle core biopsy procedure. The procedure has become safer over the years, but challenges and complications still exist including sampling error, inter-observer variability, bleeding, arteriovenous fistula, graft loss, and even death. Because the most common type of acute rejection is distinguished by inflammatory cells exiting the intravascular compartment and gaining access to the renal tubular space, we re...

  20. Status and future directions of InP solar cell research

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    Jain, R. K.; Weinberg, I.

    1992-01-01

    An overview of the current status and future directions of InP space solar cell research is provided. The scope of the paper does not allow us to discuss other recent major developments in InP cell modeling, contacts, and characterization, or developments in other solar cell materials. Solar cells made from InP and related materials are not expected to be used in the near future for terrestrial applications, but significant Air-Mass1.5 (AM1.5) cell efficiencies are given for comparison. This paper deals with the developments in single-junction cells, multijunction tandem cells, and space flight testing, including radiation effects. Concentrator InP solar cells are also discussed, since they offer the possibility of simultaneous thermal and current injection annealing. These cells also promise cost effectiveness and the concentrator elements may provide cells with extra protection from space radiation. The concluding section addresses the steps to be taken in the future and provides guidelines for further research and development.

  1. Effect of Remission Status and Induction Chemotherapy Regimen on Outcome of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

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    Till, Brian G.; Gooley, Theodore A.; Crawford, Nathan; Gopal, Ajay K.; Maloney, David G; Petersdorf, Stephen H.; Pagel, John M.; Holmberg, Leona; Bensinger, William; Press, Oliver W.

    2008-01-01

    We analyzed the outcomes of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) following high-dose therapy with respect to remission status at the time of transplantation and induction regimen used in 56 consecutive patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Twenty-one patients received induction chemotherapy with HyperCVAD with or without rituximab (±R) followed by ASCT in first complete or partial remission (CR1/PR1), 15 received CHOP (±R) followed by ASCT in CR1/PR1, and 20 received ASCT following...

  2. KRAS Genomic Status Predicts the Sensitivity of Ovarian Cancer Cells to Decitabine | Office of Cancer Genomics

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    Decitabine, a cancer therapeutic that inhibits DNA methylation, produces variable antitumor response rates in patients with solid tumors that might be leveraged clinically with identification of a predictive biomarker. In this study, we profiled the response of human ovarian, melanoma, and breast cancer cells treated with decitabine, finding that RAS/MEK/ERK pathway activation and DNMT1 expression correlated with cytotoxic activity. Further, we showed that KRAS genomic status predicted decitabine sensitivity in low-grade and high-grade serous ovarian cancer cells.

  3. Sourcing human embryos for embryonic stem cell lines: Problems & perspectives

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The ability to successfully derive human embryonic stem cells (hESC lines from human embryos following in vitro fertilization (IVF opened up a plethora of potential applications of this technique. These cell lines could have been successfully used to increase our understanding of human developmental biology, transplantation medicine and the emerging science of regenerative medicine. The main source for human embryos has been ′discarded′ or ′spare′ fresh or frozen human embryos following IVF. It is a common practice to stimulate the ovaries of women undergoing any of the assisted reproductive technologies (ART and retrieve multiple oocytes which subsequently lead to multiple embryos. Of these, only two or maximum of three embryos are transferred while the rest are cryopreserved as per the decision of the couple. In case a couple does not desire to ′cryopreserve′ their embryos then all the embryos remaining following embryo transfer can be considered ′spare′ or if a couple is no longer in need of the ′cryopreserved′ embryos then these also can be considered as ′spare′. But, the question raised by the ethicists is, "what about ′slightly′ over-stimulating a woman to get a few extra eggs and embryos? The decision becomes more difficult when it comes to ′discarded′ embryos. As of today, the quality of the embryos is primarily assessed based on morphology and the rate of development mainly judged by single point assessment. Despite many criteria described in the literature, the quality assessment is purely subjective. The question that arises is on the decision of ′discarding′ embryos. What would be the criteria for discarding embryos and the potential ′use′ of ESC derived from the ′abnormal appearing′ embryos? This paper discusses some of the newer methods to procure embryos for the derivation of embryonic stem cell lines which will respect the ethical concerns but still provide the source material.

  4. Adjacent-cell Preconditioners for solving optically thick neutron transport problems

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    We develop, analyze, and test a new acceleration scheme for neutron transport methods, the Adjacent-cell Preconditioner (AP) that is particularly suited for solving optically thick problems. Our method goes beyond Diffusion Synthetic Acceleration (DSA) methods in that it's spectral radius vanishes with increasing cell thickness. In particular, for the ID case the AP method converges immediately, i.e. in one iteration, to 10-4 pointwise relative criterion in problems with dominant cell size of 10 mfp or thicker. Also the AP has a simple formalism and is cell-centered hence, multidimensional and high order extensions are easier to develop, and more efficient to implement

  5. Cell types and their status in Chlamydomonas-like algae (Chlorophyceae on agar medium culture

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The classification of cell types under agar culture was proposed. Six cell morphotypes were allocated. The statuses were identified depending on the reduction of monade attributes of cells. The variants of transition from one cell morphotype to another under dissolving mucilage were shown. The monade, cocciod, palmeloid and gloeocysta morphotypes approximately equally represented in all clades. The asterococcus and mucogleocysta morphotypes presented only in Reinhardtinia аnd Oogamochlamydinia clades. Any morphotype isn’t typical for all clades of Chlamydomonas-like algae at once. The most of morphotypes numbers (5 from 6 are presented in Reinhardtinia clade. This demonstrates the diversity of the Reinhardtinia clade species. There are only one morphotype presented in Polytominia and Monadinia clades. There are four morphotypes presented in Oogamochlamydinia clade, three – in Moewusinia, two morphotypes – in Chloromonadinia.

  6. Vitamin D status is positively correlated with regulatory T cell function in patients with multiple sclerosis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In several autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS, a compromised regulatory T cell (Treg function is believed to be critically involved in the disease process. In vitro, the biologically active metabolite of vitamin D has been shown to promote Treg development. A poor vitamin D status has been linked with MS incidence and MS disease activity. In the present study, we assess a potential in vivo correlation between vitamin D status and Treg function in relapsing remitting MS (RRMS patients. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OHD were measured in 29 RRMS patients. The number of circulating Tregs was assessed by flow-cytometry, and their functionality was tested in vitro in a CFSE-based proliferation suppression assay. Additionally, the intracellular cytokine profile of T helper cells was determined directly ex-vivo by flow-cytometry. Serum levels of 25(OHD correlated positively with the ability of Tregs to suppress T cell proliferation (R = 0.590, P = 0.002. No correlation between 25(OHD levels and the number of Tregs was found. The IFN-gamma/IL-4 ratio (Th1/Th2-balance was more directed towards IL-4 in patients with favourable 25(OHD levels (R = -0.435, P = 0.023. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These results show an association of high 25(OHD levels with an improved Treg function, and with skewing of the Th1/Th2 balance towards Th2. These findings suggest that vitamin D is an important promoter of T cell regulation in vivo in MS patients. It is tempting to speculate that our results may not only hold for MS, but also for other autoimmune diseases. Future intervention studies will show whether modulation of vitamin D status results in modulation of the T cell response and subsequent amelioration of disease activity.

  7. Analytical solution and experimental validation of the energy management problem for fuel cell hybrid vehicles

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    Hoppenbrouwers, Stijn; Grimminck, M.; Bosch, P.P.J. van den; Veenhuizen, Bram; Tazelaar, Edwin

    2011-01-01

    The objective of an energy management strategy for fuel cell hybrid propulsion systems is to minimize the fuel needed to provide the required power demand. This minimization is defined as an optimization problem. Methods such as dynamic programming numerically solve this optimization problem. Strate

  8. Radiation induced G1-block and p53 status in six human cell lines

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    Considerable attention has recently been focused on the fact that the tumor suppressor protein p53 is involved in the cellular response to radiation. In its wild-type form the protein appears to control a cell cycle check point, preventing entry into S-phase following DNA damage. A number of authors observed a radiation induced G1-block in cells expressing wild-type p53, but not in p53 mutant cells. We obtained similar results with four human tumour cell lines as well as two strains of human fibroblasts, whose p53 status was ascertained at the protein as well as DNA levels. In addition to cell cycle delays in exponentially growing cell cultures, we have studied the possible role of the p53 in the transition from quiescence to active proliferation. Cells were irradiated after 6 days of serum-starvation and labelled with BrdU at different times after addition of fresh medium. Entry into S-phase was found to be delayed by several hours in the p53 wild-type cells, but no such effect was observed in the p53 mutants. Where a delay occurred, it was roughly proportional to the X-ray dose. Although it remains to be clarified, whether the cells were delayed only in G1 or also in G0, it is interesting to note that entry into S-phase can be delayed by irradiation in a quiescent state immediately before serum-stimulation, provided the cells are wild-type with respect to p53. Certain differences in the cell cycle response of transformed and untransformed cells were noted

  9. SAMHD1 controls cell cycle status, apoptosis and HIV-1 infection in monocytic THP-1 cells.

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    Bonifati, Serena; Daly, Michele B; St Gelais, Corine; Kim, Sun Hee; Hollenbaugh, Joseph A; Shepard, Caitlin; Kennedy, Edward M; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Schinazi, Raymond F; Kim, Baek; Wu, Li

    2016-08-01

    SAMHD1 limits HIV-1 infection in non-dividing myeloid cells by decreasing intracellular dNTP pools. HIV-1 restriction by SAMHD1 in these cells likely prevents activation of antiviral immune responses and modulates viral pathogenesis, thus highlighting a critical role of SAMHD1 in HIV-1 physiopathology. Here, we explored the function of SAMHD1 in regulating cell proliferation, cell cycle progression and apoptosis in monocytic THP-1 cells. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, we generated THP-1 cells with stable SAMHD1 knockout. We found that silencing of SAMHD1 in cycling cells stimulates cell proliferation, redistributes cell cycle population in the G1/G0 phase and reduces apoptosis. These alterations correlated with increased dNTP levels and more efficient HIV-1 infection in dividing SAMHD1 knockout cells relative to control. Our results suggest that SAMHD1, through its dNTPase activity, affects cell proliferation, cell cycle distribution and apoptosis, and emphasize a key role of SAMHD1 in the interplay between cell cycle regulation and HIV-1 infection. PMID:27183329

  10. Histological, Immunohistological, and Clinical Features of Merkel Cell Carcinoma in Correlation to Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Status

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    T. Jaeger

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, but highly malignant tumor of the skin with high rates of metastasis and poor survival. Its incidence rate rises and is currently about 0.6/100000/year. Clinical differential diagnoses include basal cell carcinoma, cyst, amelanotic melanoma, lymphoma and atypical fibroxanthoma. In this review article clinical, histopathological and immunhistochemical features of Merkel cell carcinoma are reported. In addition, the role of Merkel cell polyomavirus is discussed.

  11. Current status and regulatory perspective of chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell therapeutics.

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    Kim, Mi-Gyeong; Kim, Dongyoon; Suh, Soo-Kyung; Park, Zewon; Choi, Min Joung; Oh, Yu-Kyoung

    2016-04-01

    Chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells (CAR-T) have emerged as a new modality for cancer immunotherapy due to their potent efficacy against terminal cancers. CAR-Ts are reported to exert higher efficacy than monoclonal antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates, and act via mechanisms distinct from T cell receptor-engineered T cells. These cells are constructed by transducing genes encoding fusion proteins of cancer antigen-recognizing single-chain Fv linked to intracellular signaling domains of T cell receptors. CAR-Ts are classified as first-, second- and third-generation, depending on the intracellular signaling domain number of T cell receptors. This review covers the current status of CAR-T research, including basic proof-of-concept investigations at the cell and animal levels. Currently ongoing clinical trials of CAR-T worldwide are additionally discussed. Owing to the lack of existing approved products, several unresolved concerns remain with regard to safety, efficacy and manufacturing of CAR-T, as well as quality control issues. In particular, the cytokine release syndrome is the major side-effect impeding the successful development of CAR-T in clinical trials. Here, we have addressed the challenges and regulatory perspectives of CAR-T therapy. PMID:26895243

  12. Thymic selection of T-cell receptors as an extreme value problem

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    Kosmrlj, Andrej; Kardar, Mehran; Shakhnovich, Eugene I

    2009-01-01

    T lymphocytes (T cells) orchestrate adaptive immune responses upon activation. T cell activation requires sufficiently strong binding of T cell receptors (TCRs) on their surface to short peptides (p) derived from foreign proteins, which are bound to major histocompatibility (MHC) gene products (displayed on antigen presenting cells). A diverse and self-tolerant T cell repertoire is selected in the thymus. We map thymic selection processes to an extreme value problem and provide an analytic expression for the amino acid compositions of selected TCRs (which enable its recognition functions).

  13. Current Status of Human Adipose–Derived Stem Cells: Differentiation into Hepatocyte-Like Cells

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    Feras Al Battah

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The shortage of human organ donors and the low cell quality of available liver tissues represent major obstacles for the clinical application of orthotropic liver transplantation and hepatocyte transplantation, respectively. Therefore, worldwide research groups are investigating alternative extrahepatic cell sources. Recent in vitro studies have demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs from various sources, including human bone marrow, adipose tissue, and umbilical cord, can be differentiated into hepatocyte-like cells when appropriate conditions are used. In particular, interest exists for human adipose–derived stems cells (hASCs as an attractive cell source for generating hepatocyte-like cells. The hASCs are multipotent MSCs that reside in adipose tissue, with the ability to self-renew and differentiate into multiple cell lineages. Moreover, these cells can secrete multiple growth factors and cytokines that exert beneficial effects on organ or tissue injury. In this review, we will not only present recent data regarding hASC biology, their isolation, and differentiation capability towards hepatocytes, but also the potential application of hASC-derived hepatocytes to study drug toxicity. Additionally, this review will discuss the therapeutic potential of hASCs as undifferentiated cells in liver regeneration.

  14. Metabolic Profiling of Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells: Influence of Vitamin D Status and Gender

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    Magdalena Stepien

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Metabolic profiling of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC could serve as a less invasive and more direct alternative to tissue biopsies or serum in metabolomic research. We conducted two exploratory independent studies in order to characterise PBMC’s metabolomic profile following short-term vitamin D3 supplementation and to determine gender effects. In the first study, eight healthy males and females aged 40–65 y were randomly selected for profiling of PBMCs after receiving either 15 µg of vitamin D3 or placebo for four weeks. In the second study, twenty younger healthy males and females were studied. Cell metabolites were extracted and deproteinised using methanol/chloroform/water method and analysed by GC-MS. Higher vitamin D status had no effect on the fatty acid profile of PBMCs, but inflammatory biomarkers and adipokines correlated positively with stearic acid levels. In the second study, no gender-specific metabolites were identified. Valine, leucine and aspartic acid were identified as potential BMI-sensitive amino acids. Larger studies are needed to confirm the influence of BMI on these parameters. This work clearly demonstrates the utility of metabolomics profiling of PBMCs and paves the way for future applications of metabolomics in identifying metabolic profiles of blood cells as a measure for dietary intakes or physiological status.

  15. The Effect of Non-Coherent Impulse Radiation on Functional Status of Mononuclear Cells in Experiment

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    Full Text Available The aim of the investigation was to study the effect of non-coherent impulse radiation on functional status of mononuclear cells in experiment. Materials and Methods. In vivo experiments were carried out on white outbred male rats exposed to non-coherent impulse radiation with the following set-up parameters: impulse time — 10 µs, amperage — 1 kA, electrode voltage — 10 kV, pulse energy — 5 J, frequency — 1 Hz. We used two exposure modes on animals: three times within a minute, and three times within 2 min. We studied the state of oxygen-dependent neutrophil metabolism using spontaneous and induced NBT-test (NBT — nitro blue tetrazolium, assessed the activity of phagocytosis by latex particles phagocytosis, and determined spectrophotometrically the concentration of nucleic acids in lymphocytes of peripheral blood. Results. One-minute exposure caused no significant changes of functional status of mononuclear cells. Two-minute exposure resulted in NADPH-oxidase activation in neutrophil plasma membrane. Cell phagocytic rate was found to increase when the animals were exposed to non-coherent impulse radiation. Phagocytic index and phagocytic number increased of 21.84 and 45.28% respectively. There was revealed the increase of DNA concentration in lymphocytes of peripheral blood in rats.

  16. Current Status of Human Adipose–Derived Stem Cells: Differentiation into Hepatocyte-Like Cells

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    Feras Al Battah; Joery De Kock; Tamara Vanhaecke; Vera Rogiers

    2011-01-01

    The shortage of human organ donors and the low cell quality of available liver tissues represent major obstacles for the clinical application of orthotropic liver transplantation and hepatocyte transplantation, respectively. Therefore, worldwide research groups are investigating alternative extrahepatic cell sources. Recent in vitro studies have demonstrated that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from various sources, including human bone marrow, adipose tissue, and umbilical cord, can be differe...

  17. Age, scrapie status, PrP genotype and follicular dendritic cells in ovine ileal Peyer's patches.

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    Marruchella, Giuseppe; Ligios, Ciriaco; Di Guardo, Giovanni

    2012-10-01

    Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) residing within ileal Peyer's patches (PPs) are of crucial relevance for sheep scrapie early pathogenesis and subsequent scrapie prion neuroinvasion. In this study, ileal PP follicles were significantly more numerous in lambs than in adult Sarda breed sheep, with significant differences being also found in lymphoid follicle area, perimeter and FDC density. Furthermore, PrPd deposition within ileal PPs and host's PrP genotype did not significantly influence these parameters. We conclude that age significantly affects FDC density in ileal PPs from Sarda breed ovines, independently from host's scrapie status and PrP genotype. PMID:21962485

  18. Intrinsic pro-angiogenic status of cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells

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    Cystic fibrosis is a common genetic disorder characterized by a severe lung inflammation and fibrosis leading to the patient's death. Enhanced angiogenesis in cystic fibrosis (CF) tissue has been suggested, probably caused by the process of inflammation, as similarly described in asthma and chronic bronchitis. The present study demonstrates an intrinsic pro-angiogenic status of cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells. Microarray experiments showed that CF airway epithelial cells expressed several angiogenic factors such as VEGF-A, VEGF-C, bFGF, and PLGF at higher levels than control cells. These data were confirmed by real-time quantitative PCR and, at the protein level, by ELISA. Conditioned media of these cystic fibrosis cells were able to induce proliferation, migration and sprouting of cultured primary endothelial cells. This report describes for the first time that cystic fibrosis epithelial cells have an intrinsic angiogenic activity. Since excess of angiogenesis is correlated with more severe pulmonary disease, our results could lead to the development of new therapeutic applications

  19. G2-block after irradiation of cells with different p53 status

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    Although it is clear that functional p53 is not required for radiation-induced G2 block, certain experimental findings suggest a role for p53 in this context. For instance, as we also confirm here, the maximum accumulation in the G2 compartment after X-ray exposure occurs much later in p53 mutants than in wild types. It remains to be seen, however, whether this difference is due to a longer block in the G2 phase itself. We observed the movement of BrdU-labeled cells through G2 and M into G1. From an analysis of the fraction of labeled cells that entered the second posttreatment cell cycle, we were able to determine the absolute duration of the G2 and M phases in unirradiated and irradiated cells. Our experiments with four cell lines, two melanomas and two squamous carcinomas, showed that the radiation-induced delay of transition through the G2 and M phases did not correlate with p53 status. We conclude that looking at the accumulation of cells in the G2 compartment alone is misleading when differences in the G2 block are investigated and that the G2 block itself is indeed independent of functional p53. (orig.)

  20. The PR status of the originating cell of ER/PR-negative mouse mammary tumors.

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    Dong, J; Zhao, W; Shi, A; Toneff, M; Lydon, J; So, D; Li, Y

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    Progesterone receptor (PR) is usually co-localized with estrogen receptor (ER) in normal mammary cells. It is not known whether ER/PR-negative human breast cancer arises from an ER/PR-negative cell or from an ER/PR-positive cell that later lost ER/PR. Using intraductal injection of a lentivirus to deliver both an oncogene (ErbB2) and a floxed green fluorescent protein (GFP) in PR(Cre/+)mice, whose Cre gene is under the control of the PR promoter, we were able to trace the PR status of the infected cells as they progressed to cancer. We found that the resulting early lesions stained negative for PR in most of the cells and usually retained GFP. The resulting tumors lacked ER and PR, and 75% (15/20) of them retained the GFP signal in all tumor cells, suggesting PR was never expressed throughout the evolution of a majority of these tumors. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that ErbB2-initiated ER/PR-negative mammary tumors primarily originate from the subset of the mammary epithelium that is negative for PR and probably ER as well. These findings also provide an explanation for why antihormonal therapy fails to prevent ER-negative breast cancers. PMID:26640140

  1. The cell method for electrical engineering and multiphysics problems. An introduction

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    Introduction to the Cell Method, a numerical method for the solution of a large class of physical problems as an alternative to the classical Finite Element techniques. Presents important implementation aspects of the technique as well as a complete fully working computer code for the solution of three-dimensional stationary thermal problem. All chapters include extensive bibliographic references. This book presents a numerical scheme for the solution of field problems governed by partial differential equations: the cell method. The technique lends itself naturally to the solution of multiphysics problems with several interacting phenomena. The Cell Method, based on a space-time tessellation, is intimately related to the work of Tonti and to his ideas of classification diagrams or, as they are nowadays called, Tonti diagrams: a graphical representation of the problem's equations made possible by a suitable selection of a space-time framework relating physical variables to each other. The main features of the cell method are presented and links with many other discrete numerical methods (finite integration techniques, finite difference time domain, finite volumes, mimetic finite differences, etc.) are discussed. After outlining the theoretical basis of the method, a set of physical problems which have been solved with the cell method is described. These single and multiphysics problems stem from the authors' research experience in the fields of electromagnetism, elasticity, thermo-elasticity and others. Finally, the implementation of the numerical technique is described in all its main components: space-time discretization, problem formulation, solution and representation of the resulting physical fields.

  2. Current status of gene transfer into haemopoietic progenitor cells: application to Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

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    A number of recent studies have shown that it is possible to obtain significant levels of gene transfer and expression in marrow progenitor cells and their progeny by using retroviral vectors. The data obtained from these studies and the possible applications to Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) are reviewed.

  3. Do You Hear Voices? Problems in Assessment of Mental Status in Deaf Persons with Severe Language Deprivation

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    Glickman, Neil

    2007-01-01

    When mental health clinicians perform mental status examinations, they examine the language patterns of patients because abnormal language patterns, sometimes referred to as language dysfluency, may indicate a thought disorder. Performing such examinations with deaf patients is a far more complex task, especially with traditionally underserved…

  4. Effect of Juglone in qinglongyi on cell cycle status and apoptosis in A-549 cells

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    ZOU Xiang; KONG Ling-sheng; JI Yu-bin

    2008-01-01

    Objective To explore the inhibition of juglone in Qinglongyi on A-549 cells in vitro. Methods MTT assay was used. Laser confocal scanning microscope was used to observe apoptotic morphology.Changes of cell cycle are studied by flow cytometry analysis. Results MTT assay showed that juglone had a marked growth inhibition in A-549 cells and the IC50 is respectively 3.4×10-5 mol·L-1, 1.8×10-5 mol·L-1 and 2.6×10-6 mol·L-1 after treatment for 24, 48 and 72 h by juglone. Through Laser confocal scanning microscope, we can see that juglone can induce the apoptosis. Cell cycle changes are analyzed by flow cytometry with cells at G1 phase significantly less than those of control and ceils at G2 phase significantly more than those of control. Conclusions It suggests that juglone could apoptosis of A-549 cells with the cell cycle arrest on G2 phase in distinct dose-dependent manner.

  5. Present status of research and development on solar cells in Japan

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    New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has promoted a 5-year master plan (JFY2001-2005) for research and development of solar cells and modules in order to achieve the target of 4.82 GW, which is the target of Japanese cumulative photovoltaic installation in JFY2010, and worldwide PV deployment after 2010. Various technologies for reducing manufacturing cost are extensively developed in this project. We report recent status of three main themes in this project. Advanced manufacturing technology is designed as a short-term project which set itself the goal of manufacturing cost of 140 yen/W. Advanced solar cells technology based on a mid-term project and manufacturing cost of 100 yen/W as the object. Innovative PV technology is a long-term project and focused on novel technologies that enables further cost reduction in and beyond the year 2010. (authors)

  6. Current status and prospects for increasing of efficiency of silicon monocrystal solar cells

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    Full text: In this work we present analysis of recent advances and prospects in solar energy conversion using silicon bases semiconductors. The main criteria for formation of highly efficient ' p-n' structures on the basis of silicon monocrystals. In particular, current status constructing of such structures as well as ways for optimization of their electric and optic properties are discussed. The advantages and shortcomings are analyzed. It is pointed out that the use of recent advances in nanoscale physics and holographic coating allow to utilize novel physical effects that enables to achieve high conversion efficiency in silicon based solar cells. In particular, it shown that the existence of multiple exciton generation effect in such structures may allow one to considerably increase he conversion efficiency of solar cells on the basis of such materials. (authors)

  7. Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma with Positive Epstein-Barr Virus Status is Associated with More FOXP3 Regulatory T Cells.

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    Pavlovic, Antonia; Glavina Durdov, Merica; Capkun, Vesna; Jakelic Pitesa, Jasminka; Bozic Sakic, Maja

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) is characterized by sparse malignant Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells dispersed in an inflammatory microenvironment. Immune evasion of malignant cells is partially due to the existence of a subpopulation of immunosuppressive regulatory T cells (Treg). The aim of this study was to analyze T cell composition in cHL with special emphasis on Treg in regard to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) status, subtype, and patient age. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 102 patients with cHL diagnosed during a 12-year period. EBV status of cHL was assessed immunohistochemically using antibodies directed to the EBV- encoded LMP1. To define T lymphocyte populations, slides were double-stained with FOXP3 for Treg, and CD4 or CD8 for T cells. In each case the number of single- and/or double-positive cells was counted on an image analyzer in 10 high-power fields. Statistical analysis was performed and differences were considered significant at PTreg were found, as well as higher numbers of FOXP3+CD4+ Treg compared with EBV-negative cHL. The number of CD4+ cells decreased with age. The frequency of FOXP3+CD8+ Treg was variable, without a statistically significant association with age or EBV status. CONCLUSIONS EBV status has an impact on composition of T cell populations in the cHL microenvironment. PMID:27377121

  8. [The role of oxidative protein modification and the gluthatione system in modulation of the redox status of breast epithelial cells].

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    Stepovaya, E A; Shakhristova, E V; Ryazantseva, N V; Nosareva, O L; Yakushina, V D; Nosova, A I; Gulaya, V S; Stepanova, E A; Chil'chigashev, R I; Novitsky, V V

    2016-01-01

    The effects of the SH-group blocker N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and thiol group protector 1,4-dithioerythritol (DTE) on the redox status of cells HBL-100 cells, oxidative modification of their proteins and the state of glutathione and thioredoxin systems have been investigated. Breast epithelial cells cultivated in the presence of NEM were characterized by decreased redox status, increased glutathione reductase activity, and increased concentrations of products of irreversible oxidative modification of protein and amino acids. Cultivation of HBL-100 cells in the presence of DTE resulted in a shift of the redox status towards reduction processes and increased reversible protein modification by glutathionylation. The proposed model of intracellular redox modulation may be used in the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat diseases accompanied by impaired redox homeostasis (e.g. oncologic, inflammatory, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease). PMID:26973189

  9. PV Status Report 2008. Research, Solar Cell Production and Market Implementation of Photovoltaics

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    Photovoltaics is a solar power technology to generate electricity using semiconductor devices, known as solar cells. A number of solar cells form a solar 'Module' or 'Panel', which can then be combined to solar systems, ranging from a few Watts of electricity output to multi Megawatt power stations. The unique format of the Photovoltaic Status Report is to combine international up-to-date information about Research Activities with Manufacturing and Market Implementation data of Photovoltaics. These data are collected on a regular basis from public and commercial studies and cross-checked with personal communications. Regular fact-finding missions with company visits, as well as meetings with officials from funding organisations and policy makers, complete the picture. Growth in the solar Photovoltaic sector has been robust. Yearly growth rates over the last five years were on average more than 40%, thus making Photovoltaics one of the fastest growing industries at present. Business analysts predict that the market volume will increase to 40 billion euros in 2010 and expect rising profit margins and lower prices for consumers at the same time. The PV Status Report provides comprehensive and relevant information on this dynamic sector for the public interested, as well as decision-makers in policy and industry.

  10. PV Status Report 2010. Research, Solar Cell Production and Market Implementation of Photovoltaics

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    Photovoltaics is a solar power technology to generate Electricity using semiconductor devices, known as solar cells. A number of solar cells form a solar 'Module' or 'Panel', which can then be combined to solar systems, ranging from a few Watts of electricity output to multi Megawatt power stations. The unique format of the Photovoltaic Status Report combines international up-to-date information about Research Activities with Manufacturing and Market Implementation data of Photovoltaics. These data are collected on a regular basis from public and commercial studies and cross-checked with personal communications. Regular fact finding missions with company visits, as well as meetings with officials from funding organisations and policy makers, complete the picture. Growth in the solar Photovoltaic sector has been robust. Yearly growth rates over the last decade were on average more than 40 %, thus making Photovoltaics one of the fastest growing industries at present. The PV Status Report provides comprehensive and relevant information on this dynamic sector for the public interested, as well as decision-makers in policy and industry.

  11. Nutritional status and CD4 cell counts in patients with HIV/AIDS receiving antiretroviral therapy

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    Ana Celia Oliveira dos Santos

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    Full Text Available Introduction Even with current highly active antiretroviral therapy, individuals with AIDS continue to exhibit important nutritional deficits and reduced levels of albumin and hemoglobin, which may be directly related to their cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4 cell counts. The aim of this study was to characterize the nutritional status of individuals with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS and relate the findings to the albumin level, hemoglobin level and CD4 cell count. Methods Patients over 20 years of age with AIDS who were hospitalized in a university hospital and were receiving antiretroviral therapy were studied with regard to clinical, anthropometric, biochemical and sociodemographic characteristics. Body mass index, percentage of weight loss, arm circumference, triceps skinfold and arm muscle circumference were analyzed. Data on albumin, hemoglobin, hematocrit and CD4 cell count were obtained from patient charts. Statistical analysis was performed using Fisher's exact test, Student's t-test for independent variables and the Mann-Whitney U-test. The level of significance was set to 0.05 (α = 5%. Statistical analysis was performed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS 17.0 software for Windows. Results Of the 50 patients evaluated, 70% were male. The prevalence of malnutrition was higher when the definition was based on arm circumference and triceps skinfold measurement. The concentrations of all biochemical variables were significantly lower among patients with a body mass index of less than 18.5kg/m2. The CD4 cell count, albumin, hemoglobin and hematocrit anthropometric measures were directly related to each other. Conclusions These findings underscore the importance of nutritional follow-up for underweight patients with AIDS, as nutritional status proved to be related to important biochemical alterations.

  12. Physiological problems in patients undergoing autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Full Text Available Objective: Stem cell transplantation is usually performed in an effort to extend the patient′s life span and to improve their quality of life. This study was conducted to determine the postoperative physiological effects experienced by patients who had undergone autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Methods: The research is a descriptive study conducted with a sample of 60 patients at Stem Cell Transplantation Units in Ankara. Percentile calculation and chi-square tests were used to evaluate the data. Results: When a comparison was made between patients who had undergone allogeneic Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT and those who had undergone autologous HSCT, results indicated that problems occurred more often for the allogeneic HSCT patients. The problems included: Digestion (94.3%, dermatological (76.7%, cardiac and respiratory (66.7%, neurological (66.7%, eye (56.7%, infections (26.7% and Graft Versus Host Disease (5 patients. Furthermore, the problems with pain (50%, numbness and tingling (40%, and speech disorders (3 patients were observed more often in autologous BMT patients. Conclusion: Autologous and allogeneic patients experienced most of physical problems due to they receive high doses of chemotherapy. Therefore, it is recommended that an interdisciplinary support team approach should be usedtohelp reduce and manage the problems that may arise during patient care.

  13. Comparative analysis of signature genes in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV)-infected porcine monocyte-derived dendritic cells at differential activation statuses

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    Activation statuses of monocytic cells, e.g. monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs), are critically important for antiviral immunity. In particular, some devastating viruses, including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), are capable of directly infecting these cell...

  14. PN solutions for the slowing-down and the cell calculation problems in plane geometry

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    In this work PN solutions for the slowing-down and cell problems in slab geometry are developed. To highlight the main contributions of this development, one can mention: the new particular solution developed for the PN method applied to the slowing-down problem in the multigroup model, originating a new class of polynomials denominated Chandrasekhar generalized polynomials; the treatment of a specific situation, known as a degeneracy, arising from a particularity in the group constants and the first application of the PN method, for arbitrary N, in criticality calculations at the cell level reported in literature. (author)

  15. Predicting Maternal Parenting Stress in Middle Childhood: The Roles of Child Intellectual Status, Behaviour Problems and Social Skills

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    Neece, C.; Baker, B.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Parents of children with intellectual disabilities (ID) typically report elevated levels of parenting stress, and child behaviour problems are a strong predictor of heightened parenting stress. Interestingly, few studies have examined child characteristics beyond behaviour problems that may also contribute to parenting stress. The…

  16. Low-Income Rural Mothers' Perceptions of Parent Confidence: The Role of Family Health Problems and Partner Status

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    Ontai, Lenna; Sano, Yoshie; Hatton, Holly; Conger, Katherine J.

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    Parenting confidence can be undermined by the presence of frequent or persistent health problems, particularly for people living in rural communities that have limited access to adequate health care. However, little is known about how minor health problems in the family impact parenting. The current study examined single and coresident mothers'…

  17. Serial Assessment of Immune Status by Circulating CD8+ Effector T Cell Frequencies for Posttransplant Infectious Complications

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    Full Text Available To clarify the role of CD8+ effector T cells for infectious complications, 92 recipients were classified according to the hierarchical clustering of preoperative CD8+CD45 isoforms: Group I was naive, Group II was effector memory, and Group III was effector (E T cell-dominant. The posttransplant infection rates progressively increased from 29% in Group I to 64.3% in Group III recipients. The posttransplant immune status was compared with the pretransplant status, based on the measure (% difference and its graphical form (scatter plot. In Groups I and II, both approaches showed a strong upward deviation from pretransplant status upon posttransplant infection, indicating an enhanced clearance of pathogens. In Group III, in contrast, both approaches showed a clear downward deviation from preoperative status, indicating deficient cytotoxicity. The % E difference and scatter plot can be used as a useful indicator of a posttransplant infectious complication.

  18. Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and K-RAS status in two cohorts of squamous cell carcinomas

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    With the availability of effective anti-EGFR therapies for various solid malignancies, such as non-cell small lung cancer, colorectal cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, the knowledge of EGFR and K-RAS status becomes clinically important. The aim of this study was to analyse EGFR expression, EGFR gene copy number and EGFR and K-RAS mutations in two cohorts of squamous cell carcinomas, specifically anal canal and tonsil carcinomas. Formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues from anal and tonsil carcinoma were used. EGFR protein expression and EGFR gene copy number were analysed by means of immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridisation. The somatic status of the EGFR gene was investigated by PCR using primers specific for exons 18 through 21. For the K-RAS gene, PCR was performed using exon 2 specific primers. EGFR immunoreactivity was present in 36/43 (83.7%) of anal canal and in 20/24 (83.3%) of tonsil squamous cell carcinomas. EGFR amplification was absent in anal canal tumours (0/23), but could be identified in 4 of 24 tonsil tumours. From 38 anal canal specimens, 26 specimens were successfully analysed for exon 18, 30 for exon 19, 34 for exon 20 and 30 for exon 21. No EGFR mutations were found in the investigated samples. Thirty samples were sequenced for K-RAS exon 2 and no mutation was identified. From 24 tonsil specimens, 22 were successfully analysed for exon 18 and all 24 specimens for exon 19, 20 and 21. No EGFR mutations were found. Twenty-two samples were sequenced for K-RAS exon 2 and one mutation c.53C > A was identified. EGFR mutations were absent from squamous cell carcinoma of the anus and tonsils, but EGFR protein expression was detected in the majority of the cases. EGFR amplification was seen in tonsil but not in anal canal carcinomas. In our investigated panel, only one mutation in the K-RAS gene of a tonsil squamous cell carcinoma was identified. This indicates that EGFR and K-RAS mutation analysis is not

  19. The interplay among socioeconomic status, household chaos, and parenting in the prediction of child conduct problems and callous-unemotional behaviors.

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    Mills-Koonce, W Roger; Willoughby, Michael T; Garrett-Peters, Patricia; Wagner, Nicholas; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne

    2016-08-01

    Child conduct problems (CP) reflect a heterogeneous collection of oppositional, aggressive, norm-violating, and sometimes violent behaviors, whereas child callous-unemotional (CU) behaviors reflect interpersonal styles of interactions reflecting a lack of guilt and empathy as well as uncaring and shallow emotional responses to others. Taken together, high levels of child CP and CU behaviors are thought to identify a relatively homogenous group of children at elevated risk for persistent and more severe problem behaviors across childhood and into adulthood. Although a large body of research has examined the developmental etiology of CP behaviors, only recently has a developmental psychopathology approach been applied to early CU behaviors. The current study examines multiple levels of contextual influences during the first years of life, including family socioeconomic status, household chaos, and parenting behaviors, on CP and CU behaviors assessed during the first-grade year. Whereas previous studies found associations between parenting behaviors and child problem behaviors moderated by household chaos, the current study found no evidence of moderation. However, path analyses suggest that the associations between child CP and CU behaviors and the contextual variables of socioeconomic status (family income and parental education) and household chaos (disorganization and instability) were mediated by maternal sensitive and harsh-intrusive parenting behavior. Analyses are presented, interpreted, and discussed with respect to both bioecological and family stress models of development. PMID:27427804

  20. Cell surface area and membrane folding in glioblastoma cell lines differing in PTEN and p53 status.

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    Full Text Available Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM is characterized by rapid growth, invasion and resistance to chemo-/radiotherapy. The complex cell surface morphology with abundant membrane folds, microvilli, filopodia and other membrane extensions is believed to contribute to the highly invasive behavior and therapy resistance of GBM cells. The present study addresses the mechanisms leading to the excessive cell membrane area in five GBM lines differing in mutational status for PTEN and p53. In addition to scanning electron microscopy (SEM, the membrane area and folding were quantified by dielectric measurements of membrane capacitance using the single-cell electrorotation (ROT technique. The osmotic stability and volume regulation of GBM cells were analyzed by video microscopy. The expression of PTEN, p53, mTOR and several other marker proteins involved in cell growth and membrane synthesis were examined by Western blotting. The combined SEM, ROT and osmotic data provided independent lines of evidence for a large variability in membrane area and folding among tested GBM lines. Thus, DK-MG cells (wild type p53 and wild type PTEN exhibited the lowest degree of membrane folding, probed by the area-specific capacitance C m = 1.9 µF/cm(2. In contrast, cell lines carrying mutations in both p53 and PTEN (U373-MG and SNB19 showed the highest C m values of 3.7-4.0 µF/cm(2, which corroborate well with their heavily villated cell surface revealed by SEM. Since PTEN and p53 are well-known inhibitors of mTOR, the increased membrane area/folding in mutant GBM lines may be related to the enhanced protein and lipid synthesis due to a deregulation of the mTOR-dependent downstream signaling pathway. Given that membrane folds and extensions are implicated in tumor cell motility and metastasis, the dielectric approach presented here provides a rapid and simple tool for screening the biophysical cell properties in studies on targeting chemo- or radiotherapeutically the

  1. The influence of inhaled propylene oxide on glutathione status and cell proliferation in the respiratory nasal epithelium of rats

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    Khan, Mohammad Delwar Hossain

    2010-01-01

    Inhaled propylene oxide (PO) induced tumors and cell proliferation at high concentrations (≥300 ppm) in rat respiratory nasal epithelium (RNE). The metabolic elimination of PO in the RNE occurs by the conjugation with Glutathione (GSH) which results the depletion of GSH. In order to substantiate the hypothesis that the increased cell proliferation is caused by GSH depletion, GSH status and cell proliferation were examined in the RNE of rats after inhalation exposure of PO, after co-treatment ...

  2. Sleep Problems in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Current Status of Knowledge and Appropriate Management.

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    Tsai, Ming-Horng; Hsu, Jen-Fu; Huang, Yu-Shu

    2016-08-01

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 5 % of children and adolescents, and sleep problems are common in these patients. There is growing evidence informing the significant importance of sleep problems in youth with ADHD. The sleep problems in children with ADHD include specific sleep disorders and sleep disturbances due to comorbid psychiatric disorders or ADHD medications. The specific sleep disorders of ADHD children include behaviorally based insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, and restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder. Current practices on the management of sleep problems for ADHD children are based mostly on expert consensus, whereas more evidence-based literature can be found only recently. Assessment of the sleep conditions in ADHD children before initiation of pharmacotherapy is the currently recommended guideline, and good sleep hygiene can be considered as the first-line treatment option. In addition to modifying the dose regimens, formulation, or alternative stimulants when sleep problems are encountered in ADHD children, atomoxetine, once daily guanfacine extended release, and melatonin are potential choices for ADHD children with more severe sleep problems. In this review, we aimed to provide the most updated information, preferably based on meta-analyses, systemic review, and randomized controlled trials published in the latest 3 years, in order to be clinically useful for practitioners and clinicians. PMID:27357497

  3. Convergence of Cell Based Finite Volume Discretizations for Problems of Control in the Conduction Coefficients

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    Evgrafov, Anton; Gregersen, Misha Marie; Sørensen, Mads Peter

    2011-01-01

    design, in particular shape and topology optimization, and are most often solved numerically utilizing a finite element approach. Within the FV framework for control in the coefficients problems the main difficulty we face is the need to analyze the convergence of fluxes defined on the faces of cells...

  4. Problem-Solving Test: RNA and Protein Synthesis in Bacteriophage-Infected "E. coli" Cells

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    Szeberenyi, Jozsef

    2008-01-01

    The classic experiment presented in this problem-solving test was designed to identify the template molecules of translation by analyzing the synthesis of phage proteins in "Escherichia coli" cells infected with bacteriophage T4. The work described in this test led to one of the most seminal discoveries of early molecular biology: it dealt a…

  5. Estimation and correction of C-vitamins status with respect to the problem of experimental modification of remote radiation effects

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    A lognormal double-peak pattern of ascorbic acid content distribution within rat daily urine and the presence in the population of vitamin C hypo-, hyper-, and normally producing individuals have been established. Radiation-induced changes in the C-vitamin status of rats during their lifetime were assessed by average geometrical levels of acid excretion. A 1.5-3-fold decrease in providing vitamin C producing animals with vitamin C was demonstrated a year after intrapulmonary incorporation of 239PuO2

  6. Psychopathological status, behavior problems, and family adjustment of Kuwaiti children whose fathers were involved in the first gulf war

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    Ohaeri Jude U

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives Following the end of the Gulf War that resulted in the liberation of Kuwait, there are no reports on the impact of veterans' traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD on their children. We compared the severity of anxiety, depression, deviant behavior and poor family adjustment among the children of a stratified random sample of four groups of Kuwaiti military men, viz: the retired; an active -in-the-army group (AIA (involved in duties at the rear; an in-battle group (IB (involved in combat; and a prisoners -of- war (POWs group. Also, we assessed the association of father's PTSD/combat status and mother's characteristics with child psychosocial outcomes. Method Subjects were interviewed at home, 6 years after the war, using: the Child Behavior Index to assess anxiety, depression, and adaptive behavior; Rutter Scale A2 for deviant behavior; and Family Adjustment Device for adjustment at home. Both parents were assessed for PTSD. Results The 489 offspring (250 m, 239 f; mean age 13.8 yrs belonged to 166 father-mother pairs. Children of POWs tended to have higher anxiety, depression, and abnormal behavior scores. Those whose fathers had PTSD had significantly higher depression scores. However, children of fathers with both PTSD and POW status (N = 43 did not have significantly different outcome scores than the other father PTSD/combat status groups. Mother's PTSD, anxiety, depression and social status were significantly associated with all the child outcome variables. Parental age, child's age and child's level of education were significant covariates. Although children with both parents having PTSD had significantly higher anxiety/depression scores, the mother's anxiety was the most frequent and important predictor of child outcome variables. The frequency of abnormal test scores was: 14% for anxiety/depression, and 17% for deviant behavior. Conclusion Our findings support the impression that child emotional

  7. Study of microflora status of radiation-induced peripheral blood T cell and its subgroup changes

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    Objective: To observe the differences of the radiation-induced peripheral blood T cell and its subgroup changes between SPF and CV rats after nasopharyngeal radiation with gradient doses and explore the microflora factors in the pathogenesis of abnormal radiation-induced immunity status. Methods: 8 from each SPF and CV rats were chosen for oropharyngeal bacteria cultivation and determination and the spleen organ coefficients. The rest were irradiated with 6MX linear accelerator in the nasopharyngeal fields at dose of 0, 10, 20, 30 Gy, 5 in each group. 24 ∼ 36 h later, blood T lymphocytes and their subgroups were detected by FCM. Results: The bacteria of CV rats were pathogen mostly and the one from SPF rats was Proteus mirabilis uniquely. Spleen organ coefficients between two groups showed no statistical difference. CD+3, CD+4 lymphocytes and the ratio of CD+4/ CD+8 of CV rats decreased dramatically after radiation is in close relation with radiation doses while The CD+8 lymphocyte increased a bit. The CD+3, CD+4, CD+8 lymphocytes and the ratio of CD+4/ CD+8 of SPF rats remained in a stable level. Conclusions: There exists the difference of radiation-induced injuries of immune system in relation with different microflora status. Micro-flora plays an important role in the radiation-induced immune system abnormity. (authors)

  8. Detecting the epidermal growth factor receptors status in non-small cell lung cancer

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    MENG Xue; YU Jin-ming

    2011-01-01

    Non-small cell lung cancer is one of the leading causes of all cancer deaths,but despite years of research,it is still difficult to predict the response and clinical outcome of the disease.In recent years,new treatment strategies targeting the epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) have been developed.EGFR is one of the most frequently over expressed proteins in various cancers,including lung cancer,and signaling through this receptor has been known to cause tumor progression as well as resistance to different treatments.Therefore,EGFR has become an attractive target for various treatment strategies.However,it is important to note that not all patients with lung cancer are suitable for targeted treatment,and that patients should be selected for this treatment.Several studies have proven that the status of the EGFR can be both an indicator of suitability for treatment with,and predict the likelihood of response to EGFR targeted therapy.There are many standard techniques to be used for the detection of EGFR.This overview summarizes the ongoing and future investigations to determine the status of the EGFR.

  9. On the intrinsic disorder status of the major players in programmed cell death pathways [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/1me

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    Alexey V Uversky

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Earlier computational and bioinformatics analysis of several large protein datasets across 28 species showed that proteins involved in regulation and execution of programmed cell death (PCD possess substantial amounts of intrinsic disorder. Based on the comprehensive analysis of these datasets by a wide array of modern bioinformatics tools it was concluded that disordered regions of PCD-related proteins are involved in a multitude of biological functions and interactions with various partners, possess numerous posttranslational modification sites, and have specific evolutionary patterns (Peng et al. 2013. This study extends our previous work by providing information on the intrinsic disorder status of some of the major players of the three major PCD pathways: apoptosis, autophagy, and necroptosis. We also present a detailed description of the disorder status and interactomes of selected proteins that are involved in the p53-mediated apoptotic signaling pathways.

  10. Health services, discrimination and ethnic/racial status: A case study of the problem in México and Colombia

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    Teodora Hurtado Saa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Reflecting about and making evidence the relevance of the relationship between ethnic/racial status and use of health services motivated this academic work. We did an approach that articulates theinformation about coverage, access and use of medical services in Colombia and Mexico, and its link with the phenomenon of discrimination, differential access, and poor health conditions of specific populations groups, based on ethnic/racial characteristics that hold afrodescendant and indigenous people. For that reason, this study evaluates the relationship between ethnic/racial status, income level, and use of medical services from racialized populations incomparison to social sectors with different ethnic/racial characteristics. We carried out this task developing severalfundamental aspects, the first, is the construction of a conceptual theoretical framework that describes and poses different models and approaches that explain which are the determinants of the use of medical services. Second, we show some of the elements that integrate the current system of social security of health in Mexico and Colombia. Third, we describe the more general socio-economic, demographic and health characteristics of the population, andwe assess some patterns of health such as the probabilities of doing use or do not of the medical services in the caseof afrodescendant and indigenous people.

  11. Herd level approach to high bulk milk somatic cell count problems in dairy cattle.

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    Barkema, Herman W; De Vliegher, Sarne; Piepers, Sofie; Zadoks, Ruth N

    2013-06-01

    Since the introduction of the standard mastitis prevention program in the late 1960s, enormous progress has been made in decreasing the average bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC). In many countries, reduction of BMSCC has been encouraged through premium payments or penalty systems. However, the success of the program depends heavily on consistent implementation of management practices. The approach to problem solving in a herd with high BMSCC must include the following elements: (1) problem definition using primary udder health parameters; (2) detection of cows causing the problem; (3) definition of short- and long-term goals; (4) formulation and implementation of a herd management plan; and (5) evaluation of the results. Findings and plans are recorded for use at follow-up visits. Every high BMSCC problem can be solved if farmers are sufficiently motivated, if farm advisors are sufficiently knowledgeable, and if farmer and advisors work together according to a jointly determined plan. PMID:23706026

  12. Present status of the development of thin-film solar cells

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    Dhere, N.G. (Solar Energy Research Inst., Golden, CO (USA))

    1989-01-01

    The principle types of thin-film solar cells are based on single-junction and multi-junction hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), copper indium diselenide (CuInSe{sub 2}) and cadmium telluride (CdTe). Impressive gains in the performance of these cells have been reported in recent months. The problem of contacts to CdTe cells has been circumvented, resulting in the development of stable 11% efficient n-CdS/i-CdTe/p-ZnTe heterostructure solar cells. Total small-area (1 cm {sup 2}) efficiencies which have been measured at SERI under standard conditions (global AM 1.5) are as follows: single-junction a-Si:h, 11.5-12%; triple-junction a-Si:H:F, 12.4% (active area 13.3%); CuGaInSe {sub 2}, 14.1% (active area); CdTe, 10-11%; and CuInSe{sub 2}-a-Si:H cascade cells, 14.6%. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar-cell panels are being commercialized in several countries. Small-scale production of CdTe panels has also been undertaken. Recently, a CuInSe{sub 2} module with the world's highest thin-film module efficiency, 11.1% , an aperture area of 938 cm{sup 2} and a total power of 10.4 W, has been tested at SERI. (author).

  13. Current status of hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles: From electrochemistry to market prospects

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    Decarbonising transport is proving to be one of today's major challenges for the global automotive industry due to many factors such as the increase in greenhouse gas and particulate emissions affecting not only the climate but also humans, the increase in pollution, rapid oil depletion, issues with energy security and dependency from foreign sources and population growth. For more than a century, our society has been dependent upon oil, and major breakthroughs in low- and ultra-low carbon technologies and vehicles are urgently required. This review paper highlights the current status of hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles from an electrochemical and market point of view. The review paper also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using each technology in the automotive industry and the impact of these technologies on consumers.

  14. Status of Research on Application of High Purity Rare Earth Oxides in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ma Zhihong; Qiu Jufeng

    2004-01-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a high-efficient and environmentally friendly power generation system.The rare earth oxide materials are used extensively in the manufacturing of SOFC components.In particular, the CeO2doped with Gd2O3 or Sm2O3, lanthanide perovskite oxides are indispensable and key materials for developing the intermediate temperature SOFC.The research and development status of application of high purity rare earth oxides in SOFC was overviewed.The rare earth oxide-based and -doped materials were discussed for the SOFC components.Concerning the rare earth oxides applicable to SOFC, several topics were also pointed out for further researching and developing.

  15. Effects of Dental Methacrylates on Oxygen Consumption and Redox Status of Human Pulp Cells

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Several studies have already demonstrated that the incomplete polymerization of resin-based dental materials causes the release of monomers which might affect cell metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate, 1,4-butanediol dimethacrylate, urethane dimethacrylate, and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate on (1 cellular energy metabolism, evaluating oxygen consumption rate, glucose consumption, glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity, and lactate production, and (2 cellular redox status, through the evaluation of glutathione concentration and of the activities of enzymes regulating glutathione metabolism. Methods. Human pulp cells were used and oxygen consumption was measured by means of a Clark electrode. Moreover, reactive oxygen species production was quantified. Enzymatic activity and glucose and lactate concentrations were determined through a specific kit. Results. Triethylene glycol dimethacrylate, 1,4-butanediol dimethacrylate, and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate induced a decrease in oxygen consumption rate, an enhancement of glucose consumption, and lactate production, whilst glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase and glutathione reductase activity were not significantly modified. Moreover, the monomers induced an increase of reactive oxygen species production with a consequent increase of superoxide dismutase and catalase enzymatic activities. A depletion of both reduced and total glutathione was also observed. Conclusion. The obtained results indicate that dental monomers might alter energy metabolism and glutathione redox balance in human pulp cells.

  16. Current status of fuel cell based combined heat and power systems for residential sector

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    Ellamla, Harikishan R.; Staffell, Iain; Bujlo, Piotr; Pollet, Bruno G.; Pasupathi, Sivakumar

    2015-10-01

    Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the sequential or simultaneous generation of multiple forms of useful energy, usually electrical and thermal, in a single and integrated system. Implementing CHP systems in the current energy sector may solve energy shortages, climate change and energy conservation issues. This review paper is divided into six sections: the first part defines and classifies the types of fuel cell used in CHP systems; the second part discusses the current status of fuel cell CHP (FC-CHP) around the world and highlights the benefits and drawbacks of CHP systems; the third part focuses on techniques for modelling CHP systems. The fourth section gives a thorough comparison and discussion of the two main fuel cell technologies used in FC-CHP (PEMFC and SOFC), characterising their technical performance and recent developments from the major manufacturers. The fifth section describes all the main components of FC-CHP systems and explains the issues connected with their practical application. The last part summarises the above, and reflects on micro FC-CHP system technology and its future prospects.

  17. Urinary cell mRNA profiles predictive of human kidney allograft status.

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    Lee, John R; Muthukumar, Thangamani; Dadhania, Darshana; Ding, Ruchuang; Sharma, Vijay K; Schwartz, Joseph E; Suthanthiran, Manikkam

    2014-03-01

    Kidney allograft status is currently characterized using the invasive percutaneous needle core biopsy procedure. The procedure has become safer over the years, but challenges and complications still exist including sampling error, interobserver variability, bleeding, arteriovenous fistula, graft loss, and even death. Because the most common type of acute rejection is distinguished by inflammatory cells exiting the intravascular compartment and gaining access to the renal tubular space, we reasoned that a kidney allograft may function as an in vivo flow cytometer and sort cells involved in rejection into urine. To test this idea, we developed quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for absolute quantification of mRNA and pre-amplification protocols to overcome the low RNA yield from urine. Here, we review our single center urinary cell mRNA profiling studies that led to the multicenter Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT-04) study and the discovery and validation of a 3-gene signature of 18S rRNA-normalized measures of CD3ε mRNA and IP-10 mRNA and 18S rRNA that is diagnostic and predictive of acute cellular rejection in the kidney allograft. We also review our development of a 4-gene signature of mRNAs for vimentin, NKCC2, E-cadherin, and 18S rRNA diagnostic of interstitial fibrosis/tubular atrophy (IF/TA). PMID:24517436

  18. Status of the 3½ Cell Superconducting RF Gun Project in Rossendorf

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    Xiang, R; Evtushenko, Pavel; Janssen, Dietmar; Lehnert, Ulf; Michel, Peter; Möller, Karsten; Schneider, Christof; Schurig, Rico; Staufenbiel, Friedrich; Teichert, Jochen; Kamps, Thorsten; Lipka, Dirk; Volkov, Vladimir; Stephan, J; Lehmann, W D; Will, Ingo

    2005-01-01

    In the paper, we report on the status and progress of the superconducting rf gun project in Rossendorf. The gun is designed for cw operation mode with 1mA current and 10 MeV electron energy. The gun will be installed at the ELBE superconducting electron linear accelerator. It will have a 3½ cell niobium cavity operating at 1.3 GHz. The cavity consists of three cells with TESLA geometry and a specially designed half-cell in which the photocathode will be placed. Two Nb cavities, with RRR 300 and 40 respectively, will be finished at the beginning of 2005. After delivery, the rf tests will be performed and the treatment of the cavities will be started. At the same time, the design of the cryostat is finished and the fabrication of its components is under way. Further activities are the design of the diagnostic beam line, the assembling of the new photocathode preparation system, and the upgrade of the 262 nm driver laser system.

  19. Status of high-efficiency semi-crystalline silicon solar cells. Status semikristallijn-silicium zonnecellen met hoog rendement

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    Verhoef, L.A.; Michiels, P.P.; Van Zolingen, R.J.C. (R+S Renewable Energy Systems BV, Helmond (Netherlands)); Steeman, R.A.; De Moor, H.H.C.; Sinke, W.C. (Unit ECN Renewable Energy, Netherlands Energy Research Foundation ECN, Petten (Netherlands))

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    The aim of the title project is to manufacture semi-crystalline silicon solar cells with a cell efficiency of 15-16% on a modular level. Use must be made of a process which leads to a cost price of 5 to 7 Dutch guilders per Wp for solar cells manufactured in mass production. A test production line has been constructed and put into operation. Part of the research results were implemented in the test production line, which already has resulted in a modular cell efficiency of 12.9%. Applying special surface treatment even led to an efficiency on a cell level, which is a factor 1,13 higher than the standard. The standard process consist of gettering, hydrogen passivation, screen printing of metal tapes and deposition of a Si[sub 3]N[sub 4] antireflection coating. 4 figs., 1 tab., 7 refs.

  20. Status and validation of the fast reactor lattice code KAPER-2 for slab and pin cells

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    The cell programm KAPER for the calculation of the neutronics parameters of plate cells has been used frequently for the analysis of experiments performed in fast critical assemblies, especially at the facility SNEAK at Karlsruhe. KAPER determines cell-averaged group cross sections and diffusion coefficients. So far, it was restricted to slab geometry, because heterogeneity effects are usually much larger in plate-type critical assemblies than in fast power reactors. However, to allow an adequate prediction of the physics parameters of a sodium-cooled fast power reactor, especially in voided configurations, where streaming is important, a pin-cell code is required. Therefore, the version KAPER-2 was developed recently, which has options both for slab and for pin cells. In this paper, the method and the approximations used in KAPER-2 will be discussed. Probably the most serious limitation of the present version is the use of the simple Benoist formula to calculate anisotropic diffusion coefficients. Parallel with the code development, an effort is going on to check the validity of the different approximations by a Monte Carlo technique. The status of this validation effort, especially concerning the range of validity of the Benoist equation for slab lattices, will also be described. A more accurate method to calculate parallel streaming, similar to the method by Koehler and Ligou, is suggested, which may be interpreted as including parallel leakage in the collision probabilities. For pin lattices, the Benoist equation is compared with the most elaborate method available at Karlsruhe, the one developed by Eisemann. (author)

  1. G2-block after irradiation of cells with different p53 status

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    Zoelzer, Friedo [University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Department of Radiology, Toxicology and Civil Protection, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic); University Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Medical Radiobiology, Medical Faculty, Essen (Germany); Jagetia, Ganesh [University Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Medical Radiobiology, Medical Faculty, Essen (Germany); Mizoram University, Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Aizawl (India); Streffer, Christian [University Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Medical Radiobiology, Medical Faculty, Essen (Germany)

    2014-11-15

    Although it is clear that functional p53 is not required for radiation-induced G{sub 2} block, certain experimental findings suggest a role for p53 in this context. For instance, as we also confirm here, the maximum accumulation in the G{sub 2} compartment after X-ray exposure occurs much later in p53 mutants than in wild types. It remains to be seen, however, whether this difference is due to a longer block in the G{sub 2} phase itself. We observed the movement of BrdU-labeled cells through G{sub 2} and M into G{sub 1}. From an analysis of the fraction of labeled cells that entered the second posttreatment cell cycle, we were able to determine the absolute duration of the G{sub 2} and M phases in unirradiated and irradiated cells. Our experiments with four cell lines, two melanomas and two squamous carcinomas, showed that the radiation-induced delay of transition through the G{sub 2} and M phases did not correlate with p53 status. We conclude that looking at the accumulation of cells in the G{sub 2} compartment alone is misleading when differences in the G{sub 2} block are investigated and that the G{sub 2} block itself is indeed independent of functional p53. (orig.) [German] Obwohl klar ist, dass ein funktionelles p53-Protein fuer die Ausbildung des strahleninduzierten G{sub 2}-Blocks nicht zwingend erforderlich ist, gibt es experimentelle Befunde, die nahe legen, dass p53 in diesem Zusammenhang doch eine gewisse Rolle spielt. Zum Beispiel bestaetigen wir hier fruehere Berichte, dass die Akkumulation von Zellen im G{sub 2}-Kompartiment bei p53-Mutanten deutlich spaeter nach Bestrahlung ihr Maximum erreicht als bei p53-Wildtypen. Es bleibt jedoch zu klaeren, ob dieser Unterschied seinen Grund in einem laengeren Block der G{sub 2}-Phase selbst hat. Beobachtet wurde die Bewegung von BrdU-markierten Zellen durch G{sub 2} und M nach G{sub 1}. Aus der zeitlichen Veraenderung des Anteils markierter Zellen im G{sub 1}-Kompartiment des naechsten Zellzyklus konnte die

  2. Cell heterogeneity problems in the analysis of zero-power experiments

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    Methods are described for treating plate and pin cell heterogeneity in the preparation of broad group cross-sections used in the analysis of zero-power fast reactor experiments. Methods used at Karlsruhe and Winfrith are summarized and compared, with particular reference to the treatment of resonance shielding, the calculation of broad group spatial fine structure, the treatment leakage and the calculation of anisotropic diffusion coefficients. The problems of cells near boundaries such as core-breeder interfaces and of singularities such as control rods are also considered briefly. Numerical studies carried out to investigate approximations in the methods are described. These include tests of the accuracy of one-dimensional cell-modelling techniques, and the validation by Monte Carlo of methods for treating streaming in the calculation of diffusion coefficients. Comparisons are shown between the heterogeneity effects calculated by the Karlsruhe and Winfrith methods for typical pin and plate cells used in the BIZET experimental programme, and their effect in a whole reactor calculation is indicated. Comparisons are given with measurements which provide tests of the heterogeneity calculations. These include reaction rate scans within pin and plate cells, and reaction rate measurements across sectors of pin and plate fuel, where the flux tilt is determined by the relative reactivity of the pin and plate cells. Finally, the heterogeneity problems arising in the interpretation of reaction rate measurements are discussed. (author)

  3. Changes in liver cell DNA methylation status in diabetic mice affect its FT-IR characteristics.

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    Full Text Available Lower levels of cytosine methylation have been found in the liver cell DNA from non-obese diabetic (NOD mice under hyperglycemic conditions. Because the Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR profiles of dry DNA samples are differently affected by DNA base composition, single-stranded form and histone binding, it is expected that the methylation status in the DNA could also affect its FT-IR profile.The DNA FT-IR signatures obtained from the liver cell nuclei of hyperglycemic and normoglycemic NOD mice of the same age were compared. Dried DNA samples were examined in an IR microspectroscope equipped with an all-reflecting objective (ARO and adequate software.Changes in DNA cytosine methylation levels induced by hyperglycemia in mouse liver cells produced changes in the respective DNA FT-IR profiles, revealing modifications to the vibrational intensities and frequencies of several chemical markers, including νas -CH3 stretching vibrations in the 5-methylcytosine methyl group. A smaller band area reflecting lower energy absorbed in the DNA was found in the hyperglycemic mice and assumed to be related to the lower levels of -CH3 groups. Other spectral differences were found at 1700-1500 cm(-1 and in the fingerprint region, and a slight change in the DNA conformation at the lower DNA methylation levels was suggested for the hyperglycemic mice. The changes that affect cytosine methylation levels certainly affect the DNA-protein interactions and, consequently, gene expression in liver cells from the hyperglycemic NOD mice.

  4. TP53 mutation and human papilloma virus status of oral squamous cell carcinomas in young adult patients

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    B.J.M. Braakhuis; M.M. Rietbergen; M. Buijze; P.J.F. Snijders; E. Bloemena; R.H. Brakenhoff; C.R. Leemans

    2014-01-01

    Objective Little is known about the molecular carcinogenesis of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in young adult patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the detailed TP53 mutation and human papilloma virus (HPV) status of OSCC in patients, younger than 45 years. Methods TP53 mutations w

  5. Equivocal p16 Immunostaining in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck: Staining Patterns are Suggestive of HPV Status

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    Chen, Zhongchuan Will; Weinreb, Ilan; Kamel-Reid, Suzanne; Perez-Ordoñez, Bayardo

    2012-01-01

    p16 immunohistochemistry (IHC) is commonly used as a surrogate marker for human papillomavirus (HPV) detection in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN). However, the HPV status of tumors not staining strongly for p16 is difficult to interpret and may require the use of PCR, not available in all laboratories, as a final arbiter. We aim to determine if staining pattern in equivocal p16 staining and correlation to the percentage of positively stained tumor cells is predictive of ...

  6. Human embryonic stem cell research, justice, and the problem of unequal biological access

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    Moller Mark S

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In 2003, Ruth Faden and eighteen other colleagues argued that a "problem of unequal biological access" is likely to arise in access to therapies resulting from human embryonic stem cell research. They showed that unless deliberate steps are taken in the United States to ensure that the human embryonic stem cell lines available to researchers mirrors the genetic diversity of the general population, white Americans will likely receive the benefits of these therapies to the relative exclusion of minority ethnic groups. Over the past five years the problem of unequal biological access has not received much attention from politicians, bioethicists and even many researchers in the United States, in spite of the widely held belief in the country that there is an obligation to prevent and correct ethnic disparities in access to medical care. The purpose of this paper is to increase awareness of the problem of unequal biological access and of the need to do more than is currently being done to ensure that ethnic disparities in access to human embryonic stem cell-based therapies do not arise. Specifically, this paper explains why the problem of unequal biological access will likely arise in the United States in such a way that white Americans will disproportionately receive most of the benefits of the therapies resulting from human embryonic stem cell research. It also argues for why there is an obligation to prevent these ethnic disparities in access from happening and outlines four steps that need to be taken towards meeting this obligation.

  7. The Iron Status of Sickle Cell Anaemia Patients in Ilorin, North Central Nigeria

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    Musa A. Sani

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. Sickle cell anaemia (SCA is one of the commonest genetic disorders in the world. It is characterized by anaemia, periodic attacks of thrombotic pain, and chronic systemic organ damage. Recent studies have suggested that individuals with SCA especially from developing countries are more likely to be iron deficient rather than have iron overload. The study aims to determine the iron status of SCA patients in Ilorin, Nigeria. Methods. A cross-sectional study of 45 SCA patients in steady state and 45 non-SCA controls was undertaken. FBC, blood film, sFC, sTfR, and sTfR/log sFC index were done on all subjects. Results. The mean patients’ serum ferritin (589.33 ± 427.61 ng/mL was significantly higher than the mean serum ferritin of the controls (184.53 ± 119.74 ng/mL. The mean serum transferrin receptor of the patients (4.24 ± 0.17 μg/mL was higher than that of the controls (3.96 ± 0.17 μg/mL (p=0.290. The mean serum transferrin receptor (sTfR/log serum ferritin index of the patients (1.65 ± 0.27 μg/mL was significantly lower than that of the control (1.82 ± 0.18 μg/mL (p=0.031. Conclusion. Iron deficiency is uncommon in SCA patients and periodic monitoring of the haematological, biochemical, and clinical features for iron status in SCA patients is advised.

  8. Present status of solid state photoelectrochemical solar cells and dye sensitized solar cells using PEO-based polymer electrolytes

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    Due to energy crises in the future, much effort is being directed towards alternate sources. Solar energy is accepted as a novel substitute for conventional sources of energy. Out of the long list of various types of solar cells available on the market, solid state photoelectrochemical solar cells (SSPECs) and dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are proposed as an alternative to costly crystalline solar cell. This review provides a common platform for SSPECs and DSSCs using polymer electrolyte, particularly on polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based polymer electrolytes. Due to numerous advantageous properties of PEO, it is frequently used as an electrolyte in both SSPECs as well as DSSCs. In DSSCs, so far high efficiency (more than 11%) has been obtained only by using volatile liquid electrolyte, which suffers many disadvantages, such as corrosion, leakage and evaporation. The PEO-based solid polymer proves its importance and could be used to solve the problems stated above. The recent developments in SSPECs and DSSCs using modified PEO electrolytes by adding nano size inorganic fillers, blending with low molecular weight polymers and ionic liquid (IL) are discussed in detail. The role of ionic liquid in modifying the electrical, structural and photoelectrochemical properties of PEO polymer electrolytes is also described. (review)

  9. A genetic algorithm for a bi-objective mathematical model for dynamic virtual cell formation problem

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    Moradgholi, Mostafa; Paydar, Mohammad Mahdi; Mahdavi, Iraj; Jouzdani, Javid

    2016-05-01

    Nowadays, with the increasing pressure of the competitive business environment and demand for diverse products, manufacturers are force to seek for solutions that reduce production costs and rise product quality. Cellular manufacturing system (CMS), as a means to this end, has been a point of attraction to both researchers and practitioners. Limitations of cell formation problem (CFP), as one of important topics in CMS, have led to the introduction of virtual CMS (VCMS). This research addresses a bi-objective dynamic virtual cell formation problem (DVCFP) with the objective of finding the optimal formation of cells, considering the material handling costs, fixed machine installation costs and variable production costs of machines and workforce. Furthermore, we consider different skills on different machines in workforce assignment in a multi-period planning horizon. The bi-objective model is transformed to a single-objective fuzzy goal programming model and to show its performance; numerical examples are solved using the LINGO software. In addition, genetic algorithm (GA) is customized to tackle large-scale instances of the problems to show the performance of the solution method.

  10. The relevance of the philosophical 'mind-body problem' for the status of psychosomatic medicine: a conceptual analysis of the biopsychosocial model.

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    Van Oudenhove, Lukas; Cuypers, Stefaan

    2014-05-01

    Psychosomatic medicine, with its prevailing biopsychosocial model, aims to integrate human and exact sciences with their divergent conceptual models. Therefore, its own conceptual foundations, which often remain implicit and unknown, may be critically relevant. We defend the thesis that choosing between different metaphysical views on the 'mind-body problem' may have important implications for the conceptual foundations of psychosomatic medicine, and therefore potentially also for its methods, scientific status and relationship with the scientific disciplines it aims to integrate: biomedical sciences (including neuroscience), psychology and social sciences. To make this point, we introduce three key positions in the philosophical 'mind-body' debate (emergentism, reductionism, and supervenience physicalism) and investigate their consequences for the conceptual basis of the biopsychosocial model in general and its 'psycho-biological' part ('mental causation') in particular. Despite the clinical merits of the biopsychosocial model, we submit that it is conceptually underdeveloped or even flawed, which may hamper its use as a proper scientific model. PMID:24443097

  11. A hybrid approach to solving the problem of design of nuclear fuel cells

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    An approach to solving the problem of fuel cell design for BWR power reactor is presented. For this purpose the hybridization of a method based in heuristic knowledge rules called S15 and the advantages of a meta-heuristic method is proposed. The synergy of potentialities of both techniques allows finding solutions of more quality. The quality of each solution is obtained through a multi-objective function formed from the main cell parameters that are provided or obtained during the simulation with the CASMO-4 code. To evaluate this alternative of solution nuclear fuel cells of reference of nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde were used. The results show that in a systematic way the results improve when both methods are coupled. As a result of the hybridization process of the mentioned techniques an improvement is achieved in a range of 2% with regard to the achieved results in an independent way by the S15 method. (Author)

  12. A compendium of preparation and application of stem cells in Parkinson’s Disease: current status and future prospects

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    Yan eShen

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Parkinson’s Disease (PD is a progressively neurodegenerative disorder, implicitly characterized by a stepwise loss of dopaminergic (DA neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc and explicitly marked by bradykinesia, rigidity, resting tremor and postural instability. Currently, therapeutic approaches available are mainly palliative strategies, including L-3,4-dihydroxy-phenylalanine (L-DOPA replacement therapy, DA receptor agonist and deep brain stimulation (DBS procedures. As the disease proceeds, however, the pharmacotherapeutic efficacy is inevitably worn off, worse still, implicated by side effects of motor response oscillations as well as L-DOPA induced dyskinesia (LID. Therefore, the frustrating status above has propeled the shift to cell replacement therapy (CRT, a promising restorative therapy intending to secure a long-lasting relief of patients’ symptoms. By far, stem cell lines of multifarious origins have been established, which can be further categorized into embryonic stem cells (ESCs, neural stem cells (NSCs, induced neural stem cells (iNSCs, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs. In this review, we intend to present a compendium of preparation and application of multifarious stem cells, especially in relation to PD research and therapy. In addition, the current status, potential challenges and future prospects for practical CRT in PD patients will be elaborated as well.

  13. RB1 status in triple negative breast cancer cells dictates response to radiation treatment and selective therapeutic drugs.

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    Tyler J W Robinson

    Full Text Available Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC includes basal-like and claudin-low subtypes for which only chemotherapy and radiation therapy are currently available. The retinoblastoma (RB1 tumor suppressor is frequently lost in human TNBC. Knockdown of RB1 in luminal BC cells was shown to affect response to endocrine, radiation and several antineoplastic drugs. However, the effect of RB1 status on radiation and chemo-sensitivity in TNBC cells and whether RB1 status affects response to divergent or specific treatment are unknown. Using multiple basal-like and claudin-low cell lines, we hereby demonstrate that RB-negative TNBC cell lines are highly sensitive to gamma-irradiation, and moderately more sensitive to doxorubicin and methotrexate compared to RB-positive TNBC cell lines. In contrast, RB1 status did not affect sensitivity of TNBC cells to multiple other drugs including cisplatin (CDDP, 5-fluorouracil, idarubicin, epirubicin, PRIMA-1(met, fludarabine and PD-0332991, some of which are used to treat TNBC patients. Moreover, a non-biased screen of ∼3400 compounds, including FDA-approved drugs, revealed similar sensitivity of RB-proficient and -deficient TNBC cells. Finally, ESA(+/CD24(-/low/CD44(+ cancer stem cells from RB-negative TNBC lines were consistently more sensitive to gamma-irradiation than RB-positive lines, whereas the effect of chemotherapy on the cancer stem cell fraction varied irrespective of RB1 expression. Our results suggest that patients carrying RB-deficient TNBCs would benefit from gamma-irradiation as well as doxorubicin and methotrexate therapy, but not necessarily from many other anti-neoplastic drugs.

  14. Regulation of hypoxia inducible factor-1α expression by the alteration of redox status in HepG2 cells

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    Zhang Wu-kui

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1 has been considered as a critical transcriptional factor in response to hypoxia. It can increase P-glycoprotein (P-Gp thus generating the resistant effect to chemotherapy. At present, the mechanism regulating HIF-1α is still not fully clear in hypoxic tumor cells. Intracellular redox status is closely correlated with hypoxic micro-environment, so we investigate whether alterations in the cellular redox status lead to the changes of HIF-1α expression. HepG2 cells were exposed to Buthionine sulphoximine (BSO for 12 h prior to hypoxia treatment. The level of HIF-1α expression was measured by Western blot and immunocytochemistry assays. Reduce glutathione (GSH concentrations in hypoxic cells were determined using glutathione reductase/5,5'-dithiobis-(2-nitrob-enzoic acid (DTNB recycling assay. To further confirm the effect of intracellular redox status on HIF-1α expression, N-acetylcysteine (NAC was added to culture cells for 8 h before the hypoxia treatment. The levels of multidrug resistance gene-1 (MDR-1 and erythropoietin (EPO mRNA targeted by HIF-1α in hypoxic cells were further determined with RT-PCR, and then the expression of P-Gp protein was observed by Western blotting. The results showed that BSO pretreatment down-regulated HIF-1α and the effect was concentration-dependent, on the other hand, the increases of intracellular GSH contents by NAC could partly elevate the levels of HIF-1α expression. The levels of P-Gp (MDR-1 and EPO were concomitant with the trend of HIF-1α expression. Therefore, our data indicate that the changes of redox status in hypoxic cells may regulate HIF-1α expression and provide valuable information on tumor chemotherapy.

  15. Cell symbiosis [correction of symbioisis] theory: status and implications for the fossil record.

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    Margulis, L; Stolz, J F

    1984-01-01

    Recent geological treatises have presented three alternative models of the origins of eukaryotes as if they merited equal treatment. However, modern biological techniques, especially nucleic acid and protein sequencing, have clearly established the validity of the symbiotic theory of the origin of eukaryotic organelles. The serial endosymbiotic theory in its most extreme form states that three classes of eukaryotic cell organelles (mitochondria, plastids and undulipodia) originated as free-living bacteria (aerobic respirers, phototrophic bacteria and spirochetes respectively) in association with hosts that become the nucleocytoplasm (Thermoplasma-like archaebacterial hosts). Molecular biological information, primarily derived from ribosomal RNA nucleotide sequencing studies leads to the conclusion that the symbiotic origin theory for both mitochondria and plastids has been proven. The probability of an ancestral archaebacterial-Thermoplasma-like host for the nucleocytoplasm has been rendered more likely by discoveries by Dennis Searcy and his colleagues and Carl Woese and his colleagues. The most equivocal postulate of the symbiotic theory, the origin of undulipodia (cilia and other organelles of motility that develop from kinetosomes is under investigation now. The status of these postulates, as well as their implications for the fossil record, is briefly summarized here. PMID:11537775

  16. The status of lightweight photovoltaic space array technology based on amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Hanak, Joseph J.; Kaschmitter, Jim

    1991-01-01

    Ultralight, flexible photovoltaic (PV) array of amorphous silicon (a-Si) was identified as a potential low cost power source for small satellites. A survey was conducted of the status of the a-Si PV array technology with respect to present and future performance, availability, cost, and risks. For existing, experimental array blankets made of commercial cell material, utilizing metal foil substrates, the Beginning of Life (BOL) performance at Air Mass Zero (AM0) and 35 C includes total power up to 200 W, power per area of 64 W/sq m and power per weight of 258 W/kg. Doubling of power per weight occurs when polyimide substrates are used. Estimated End of Life (EOL) power output after 10 years in a nominal low earth orbit would be 80 pct. of BOL, the degradation being due to largely light induced effects (-10 to -15 pct.) and in part (-5 pct.) to space radiation. Predictions for the year 1995 for flexible PV arrays, made on the basis of published results for rigid a-Si modules, indicate EOL power output per area and per weight of 105 W/sq m and 400 W/kg, respectively, while predictions for the late 1990s based on existing U.S. national PV program goals indicate EOL values of 157 W/sq m and 600 W/kg. Cost estimates by vendors for 200 W ultralight arrays in volume of over 1000 units range from $100/watt to $125/watt. Identified risks include the lack of flexible, space compatible encapsulant, the lack of space qualification effort, recent partial or full acquisitions of US manufacturers of a-Si cells by foreign firms, and the absence of a national commitment for a long range development program toward developing of this important power source for space.

  17. An Improved Formulation of the Disclosure Auditing Problem for Secondary Cell Suppression

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Statistical agencies have to ensure that respondents' private information cannot be revealed from the tables they release. A well-known protection method is cell suppression, where values that provide too much information are left out from the table to be published. In a first step, sensitive cell values are suppressed. This is called primary suppression. In a second step, other values are suppressed as well to exclude that primarily suppressed values can be re-calculated from the values published in the table. This second step is called secondary cell suppression. In this article we explain that the problem of checking whether a pattern of secondary cell suppressions is safe for release or not is generally described in a slightly inconsistent way in the literature. We illustrate with examples that the criteria that are often applied to judge whether a table can be safely published or not do not always give satisfactory results. Furthermore, we present a new criterion and explore some of its consequences. The new criterion is an extension of the well-known (p,q-prior-posterior rule. This extension is for aggregations of suppressed cells for which a value can be derived from the table. Finally, we provide a method to apply the new criterion in practice.

  18. Estimation of Membrane Hydration Status for Standby Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Systems by Impedance Measurement: First Results on Stack Characterization

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    Bidoggia, Benoit; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    Fuel cells have started replacing traditional lead-acid battery banks in backup systems. Although these systems are characterized by long periods of standby, they must be able to start at any instant in the shortest time. In the case of low temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems, a...... precise estimation of hydration status of the fuel cell during standby is important for a fast and safe startup. In this article, the measurement of the complex impedance of the fuel cell is suggested as a method to estimate the membrane hydration status. A 56-cell fuel cell stack has been symmetrically...

  19. Relationship between Methylation Status of Multi-drug Resistance Protein(MRP) and Multi-drug Resistance in Lung Cancer Cell Lines

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    LIU Rui-jun; ZHONG Hong

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To study the relationship between the methylation status of multi-drug resistance protein (MRP) gene and the expression of its mRNA and protein in lung cancer cell lines. Methods: Human embryo lung cell line WI-38, lung adenocarcinoma cell line SPCA-1 and its drug-resistant cells induced by different concentrations of doxorubicin were treated with restriction endonuclease Eco47Ⅲ. The methylation status of MRP was examined by PCR, and the expressions of its mRNA and protein were evaluated by in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry. Results: MRP gene promoter region of WI-38 cells was in hypermethylation status, but the promoter region of MRP in SPCA-1 cells and their resistant derivatives induced by different concentrations of doxorubicin were in hypomethylation status. There were significant differences in the expression of MRP mRNA among WI-38 cell line, SPCA-1 cells and their drug-resistant derivatives induced by different concentration of doxorubicin. Consistently, MRP immunostaining presented similar significant differences. Conclusion: The promoter region of MRP in SPCA-1 lung adenocarcinoma cells was in hypomethylation status. The hypomethylation status of 5' regulatory region of MRP promoter is an important structural basis that can increase the activity of transcription and results in the development of drug resistance in lung cancer.

  20. Radiosensitivity of cancer cells against carbon-ion beams in an aspect of the p53 gene status

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    We can easily understand that radiation sensitivities of cancer cells are dependent on the status of cancer-related genes. It is important to clarify which genes affect radiation sensitivity and reflect the effectiveness of radiation therapy for cancer cells. We have studied about the function of a tumor suppressor gene of p53, because p53 controls apoptosis, cell cycle and DNA repair from an aspect of important roles in cell fate. By analysis of function of p53 gene, therefore, we aim to predict the therapeutic effectiveness and to select the modalities of cancer therapies such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hyperthermia. As a final goal, we want to accept the most effective therapy, namely tailor-made cancer therapy, for each patient. Here, we introduce that carbon-beam therapy induced the expression of p53-independent apoptosis-related genes and NO radicals in mutated p53 cancer cells. (author)

  1. Cauchy problem for multiscale conservation laws: Application to structured cell populations

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    Shang, Peipei

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we study a vector conservation law that models the growth and selection of ovarian follicles. During each ovarian cycle, only a definite number of follicles ovulate, while the others undergo a degeneration process called atresia. This work is motivated by a multiscale mathematical model starting on the cellular scale, where ovulation or atresia result from a hormonally controlled selection process. A two-dimensional conservation law describes the age and maturity structuration of the follicular cell populations. The densities intersect through a coupled hyperbolic system between different follicles and cell phases, which results in a vector conservation law and coupling boundary conditions. The maturity velocity functions possess both a local and nonlocal character. We prove the existence and uniqueness of the weak solution to the Cauchy problem with bounded initial and boundary data.

  2. A stochastic model for the cell formation problem considering machine reliability

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    Esmailnezhad, Bahman; Fattahi, Parviz; Kheirkhah, Amir Saman

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a new mathematical model to solve cell formation problem in cellular manufacturing systems, where inter-arrival time, processing time, and machine breakdown time are probabilistic. The objective function maximizes the number of operations of each part with more arrival rate within one cell. Because a queue behind each machine; queuing theory is used to formulate the model. To solve the model, two metaheurstic algorithms such as modified particle swarm optimization and genetic algorithm are proposed. For the generation of initial solutions in these algorithms, a new heuristic method is developed, which always creates feasible solutions. Both metaheurstic algorithms are compared against global solutions obtained from Lingo software's branch and bound (B&B). Also, a statistical method will be used for comparison of solutions of two metaheurstic algorithms. The results of numerical examples indicate that considering the machine breakdown has significant effect on block structures of machine-part matrixes.

  3. The types of retinal ganglion cells: current status and implications for neuronal classification.

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    Sanes, Joshua R; Masland, Richard H

    2015-07-01

    In the retina, photoreceptors pass visual information to interneurons, which process it and pass it to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). Axons of RGCs then travel through the optic nerve, telling the rest of the brain all it will ever know about the visual world. Research over the past several decades has made clear that most RGCs are not merely light detectors, but rather feature detectors, which send a diverse set of parallel, highly processed images of the world on to higher centers. Here, we review progress in classification of RGCs by physiological, morphological, and molecular criteria, making a particular effort to distinguish those cell types that are definitive from those for which information is partial. We focus on the mouse, in which molecular and genetic methods are most advanced. We argue that there are around 30 RGC types and that we can now account for well over half of all RGCs. We also use RGCs to examine the general problem of neuronal classification, arguing that insights and methods from the retina can guide the classification enterprise in other brain regions. PMID:25897874

  4. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Need for Research & Potential Applications. It’s status in India

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    Banavali, Shripad D

    2009-01-01

    Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that through replications have the capabilities of both self-renewal and differentiation into mature specialized cells. Broadly, there are two types of stem cells, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cell biology has been associated with ethical controversy and also their growth is difficult to control. Adult stem cells are located in tissues throughout the body and function as a reservoir to replace damaged or aging cells. Embryonic...

  5. Current Status and Development of Traditional Chemotherapy in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer under the Background of Targeted Therapy

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    Zhang, Guowei; Wang, Huijuan; Mina ZHANG; Li, Peng; Ma, ZhiYong

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, along with rapid development of targeted therapy in non-small cell lung cancer, traditional chemotherapy get less and less attention. Yet it still can not be ignored in the current that how to locate and use traditional chemotherapy so patients could derive maximum benefit. For this purpose, through the literature review and analysis, we point out there are still many traditional chemotherapy irreplaceable places whatever patients’ driver gene status. And there are some new t...

  6. Anthocyanins do not influence long-chain n-3 fatty acid status: studies in cells, rodents and humans ☆

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    Vauzour, D.; Pascual-Teresa, Sonia de; Minihane, Anne-Marie

    2015-01-01

    © 2015 The Authors. Increased tissue status of the long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with cardiovascular and cognitive benefits. Limited epidemiological and animal data suggest that flavonoids, and specifically anthocyanins, may increase EPA and DHA levels, potentially by increasing their synthesis from the shorter-chain n-3 PUFA, α-linolenic acid. Using complimentary cell, rodent and human studies we ...

  7. Combined analysis of circulating epithelial cells and serum thyroglobulin for distinguishing disease status of the patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Lin, Hung-Chih; Liou, Miaw-Jene; Hsu, Hsung-Ling; Hsieh, Jason Chia-Hsun; Chen, Yi-An; Tseng, Ching-Ping; Lin, Jen-Der

    2016-01-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) accounts for about 80% of the cases in thyroid cancer. Routine surveillance by serum thyroglobulin (Tg) and medical imaging is the current practice to monitor disease progression of the patients. Whether enumeration of circulating epithelial cells (CECs) helps to define disease status of PTC patients was investigated. CECs were enriched from the peripheral blood of the healthy control subjects (G1, n = 17) and the patients at disease-free status (G2, n = 26) or with distant metastasis (G3, n = 22). The number of CECs expressing epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) or thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) was determined by immunofluorescence microscopy analyses. The medium number of EpCAM+-CECs was 6 (interquartile range 1-11), 12 (interquartile range 7-16) and 91 (interquartile range 31-206) cells/ml of blood for G1, G2 and G3, respectively. EpCAM+-CEC counts were significantly higher in G3 than in G1 (p < 0.05) and G2 (p < 0.05). The medium number of TSHR+-CECs was 9 (interquartile range 3-13), 16 (interquartile range 10-24) and 100 (interquartile range 31-226) cells/ml of blood for G1, G2 and G3, respectively. The TSHR+-CEC counts also distinguished G3 from G1 (p < 0.05) and G2 (p < 0.05). With an appropriate cut off value of CEC count, the disease status for 97.9% (47/48) of the cases was clearly defined. Notably, the metastatic disease for all patients in G3 (22/22) was revealed by combined analysis of serum Tg and CEC. This study implicates that CEC testing can supplement the current standard methods for monitoring disease status of PTC. PMID:26684026

  8. Single-Cell Behavior and Population Heterogeneity: Solving an Inverse Problem to Compute the Intrinsic Physiological State Functions

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    Spetsieris, Konstantinos; Zygourakis, Kyriacos

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of isogenic cell populations can be described by cell population balance models that account for phenotypic heterogeneity. To utilize the predictive power of these models, however, we must know the rates of single-cell reaction and division and the bivariate partition probability density function. These three intrinsic physiological state (IPS) functions can be obtained by solving an inverse problem that requires knowledge of the phenotypic distributions for the overall cell popu...

  9. Employment Status as an Indicator of Recovery and Function One Year after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.

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    Morrison, Eleshia J; Ehlers, Shawna L; Bronars, Carrie A; Patten, Christi A; Brockman, Tabetha A; Cerhan, James R; Hogan, William J; Hashmi, Shahrukh K; Gastineau, Dennis A

    2016-09-01

    Employment after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an indicator of post-transplantation recovery and function, with economic and social implications. As survival rates for HSCT continue to improve, greater emphasis can be placed on factors affecting the quality of post-transplantation survival, including the ability to resume employment. A sample of recipients of autologous or allogeneic HSCT was accrued (n = 1000) to complete a longitudinal lifestyle survey before transplantation and at 1 year after transplantation. The present study examines associations between employment and patient characteristics, disease variables, illness status, and quality of life among 1-year survivors (n = 702). Participants had a mean age of 55 years (range, 18 to 78) and were predominately male (59.7%), married/partnered (77.1%), and non-Hispanic Caucasian (89.5%); most (79.4%) had received autologous transplantation. Of the 690 participants reporting some form of employment before illness diagnosis, 62.4% had returned to work by 1 year after HSCT. Full-time employment at 1 year after HSCT was significantly associated with remission of illness, improved illness, fewer post-transplantation hospitalizations, less fatigue and pain, higher quality of life, and higher rating of perceived health. Those unemployed because of their health reported the highest rates of fatigue and pain and lowest quality of life, and they were most likely to report poor perceived health. These findings highlight work reintegration as an important outcome and marker of survivors' overall adjustment after transplantation. Identifying factors affecting post-transplantation employment offers opportunities for behavioral interventions to target modifiable risk factors to optimize post-transplantation survivorship, inclusive of increased rates of return to work and decreased rates of associated disability. PMID:27220264

  10. Study on the Uneven cells Problem of the Power Battery Pack in the Automotive Application by ECM

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    Jiayuan, Wang; Zechang, Sun; Xuezhe, Wei; Haifeng, Dai

    Uneven cells problem is a universal phenomenon in the cell grouping application. It will cause performance and safety problems if the uneven is not considered during pack design and application, especially for the automotive application. The ECM model is used for the study of the uneven cells phenomenon of the power battery pack in the automotive application. An EV model and a FCV model are used for simulating the current profiles for two representative powertrain systems. The links of the ECM are set in five conditions for separate study on the impact. The results show different impact on the SOC and voltage with the same sets of links for the two powertrain model. The cell grouping design and the balance algorithm should be adjusted according to the different application background when the uneven cells problems are considered.

  11. Thin film polycrystalline silicon: Promise and problems in displays and solar cells

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    Fonash, S.J. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    Thin film polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) with its carrier mobilities, potentially good stability, low intragrain defect density, compatibility with silicon processing, and ease of doping activation is an interesting material for {open_quotes}macroelectronics{close_quotes} applications such as TFTs for displays and solar cells. The poly-Si films needed for these applications can be ultra-thin-in the 500{Angstrom} to 1000{Angstrom} thickness range for flat panel display TFTs and in the 4{mu}m to 10{mu}m thickness range for solar cells. Because the films needed for these microelectronics applications can be so thin, an effective approach to producing the films is that of crystallizing a-Si precursor material. Unlike cast materials, poly-Si films made this way can be produced using low temperature processing. Unlike deposited poly-Si films, these crystallized poly-Si films can have grain widths that are much larger than the film thickness and almost atomically smooth surfaces. This thin film poly-Si crystallized from a-Si precursor films, and its promise and problems for TFTs and solar cells, is the focus of this discussion.

  12. Outcome of treatment of human HeLa cervical cancer cells with roscovitine strongly depends on the dosage and cell cycle status prior to the treatment.

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    Wesierska-Gadek, Józefa; Borza, Andreea; Walzi, Eva; Krystof, Vladimir; Maurer, Margarita; Komina, Oxana; Wandl, Stefanie

    2009-04-01

    Exposure of asynchronously growing human HeLa cervical carcinoma cells to roscovitine (ROSC), a selective cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) inhibitor, arrests their progression at the transition between G(2)/M and/or induces apoptosis. The outcome depends on the ROSC concentration. At higher dose ROSC represses HPV-encoded E7 oncoprotein and initiates caspase-dependent apoptosis. Inhibition of the site-specific phosphorylation of survivin and Bad, occurring at high-dose ROSC treatment, precedes the onset of apoptosis and seems to be a prerequisite for cell death. Considering the fact that in HeLa cells the G(1)/S restriction checkpoint is abolished by E7, we addressed the question whether the inhibition of CDKs by pharmacological inhibitors in synchronized cells would be able to block the cell-cycle in G(1) phase. For this purpose, we attempted to synchronize cells by serum withdrawal or by blocking of the mitotic apparatus using nocodazole. Unlike human MCF-7 cells, HeLa cells do not undergo G(1) block after serum starvation, but respond with a slight increase of the ratio of G(1) population. Exposure of G(1)-enriched HeLa cells to ROSC after re-feeding does not block their cell-cycle progression at G(1)-phase, but increases the ratio of S- and G(2)-phase, thereby mimicking the effect on asynchronously growing cells. A quite different impact is observed after treatment of HeLa cells released from mitotic block. ROSC prevents their cell cycle progression and cells transiently accumulate in G(1)-phase. These results show that inhibition of CDKs by ROSC in cells lacking the G(1)/S restriction checkpoint has different outcomes depending on the cell-cycle status prior to the onset of treatment. PMID:19180585

  13. Performance testing of dosimetry processors, status of NRC rulemaking for improved personnel dosimetry processing, and some beta dosimetry and instrumentation problems observed by NRC regional inspectors

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    Early dosimetry processor performance studies conducted between 1967 and 1979 by several different investigators indicated that a significant percentage of personnel dosimetry processors may not be performing with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Results of voluntary performance testing of US personnel dosimetry processors against the final Health Physics Society Standard, Criteria for Testing Personnel Dosimetry Performance by the University of Michigan for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be summarized with emphasis on processor performance in radiation categories involving beta particles and beta particles and photon mixtures. The current status of the NRC's regulatory program for improved personnel dosimetry processing will be reviewed. The NRC is proposing amendments to its regulations, 10 CFR Part 20, that would require its licensees to utilize specified personnel dosimetry services from processors accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program of the National Bureau of Standards. Details of the development and schedule for implementation of the program will be highlighted. Finally, selected beta dosimetry and beta instrumentation problems observed by NRC Regional Staff during inspections of NRC licensed facilities will be discussed

  14. Current status and problems in environmental assessment. Case for location of a power plant; Kankayo asesumento no genjo to kadai. Hatsudensho ricchi jirei

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    Takenaka, T. [Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-01-20

    Taking as an example the Takigami geothermal power plant under construction for the scheduled operation inauguration in November 1996, this paper describes the current status and problems in environmental assessment. The current circumstances were investigated to estimate effects of the location and construction works on the surrounding environment. Then, in order to predict discharge data, a wind tunnel experiment was performed using a model of the Takigami power plant. Estimations were made on concentrations of hydrogen sulfide that falls on the ground and degrees of odor from weather data and hydrogen sulfide discharge amount. The scenery with as-built power plant was assessed visually by using computer graphics. The investigation report that compiles the result of the environmental influence investigations is used for disclosure and notification procedures for local residents and the environmental examinations by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. The Ministry uses the investigation report and the notification report to local residents to implement examinations based on the relevant laws and regulations as well as the examination guidelines while coordinating with related local governments. Upon making final adjustments at the liaison meeting with other governmental agencies held in association with the power supply development adjustment council, the report is incorporated into the basic plan. 9 refs., 8 figs., 6 tabs.

  15. The different radiation response and radiation-induced bystander effects in colorectal carcinoma cells differing in p53 status

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    Widel, Maria, E-mail: maria.widel@polsl.pl [Biosystems Group, Institute of Automatic Control, Silesian University of Technology, 16 Akademicka Street, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Lalik, Anna; Krzywon, Aleksandra [Biosystems Group, Institute of Automatic Control, Silesian University of Technology, 16 Akademicka Street, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Poleszczuk, Jan [College of Inter-faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw, 93 Zwirki i Wigury Street, 02-089 Warsaw (Poland); Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States); Fujarewicz, Krzysztof; Rzeszowska-Wolny, Joanna [Biosystems Group, Institute of Automatic Control, Silesian University of Technology, 16 Akademicka Street, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • We tested radiation response and bystander effect on HCT116p53+/+ and p53−/− cells. • The p53+/+ cells developed premature senescence in exposed and bystander neighbors. • Directly exposed and bystander p53−/− cells died profoundly through apoptosis. • Interleukins 6 and 8 were differently generated by both cell lines. • NFκB path was activated mainly in p53+/+ hit cells, in p53 −/− in bystanders only. - Abstract: Radiation-induced bystander effect, appearing as different biological changes in cells that are not directly exposed to ionizing radiation but are under the influence of molecular signals secreted by irradiated neighbors, have recently attracted considerable interest due to their possible implication for radiotherapy. However, various cells present diverse radiosensitivity and bystander responses that depend, inter alia, on genetic status including TP53, the gene controlling the cell cycle, DNA repair and apoptosis. Here we compared the ionizing radiation and bystander responses of human colorectal carcinoma HCT116 cells with wild type or knockout TP53 using a transwell co-culture system. The viability of exposed to X-rays (0–8 Gy) and bystander cells of both lines showed a roughly comparable decline with increasing dose. The frequency of micronuclei was also comparable at lower doses but at higher increased considerably, especially in bystander TP53-/- cells. Moreover, the TP53-/- cells showed a significantly elevated frequency of apoptosis, while TP53+/+ counterparts expressed high level of senescence. The cross-matched experiments where irradiated cells of one line were co-cultured with non-irradiated cells of opposite line show that both cell lines were also able to induce bystander effects in their counterparts, however different endpoints revealed with different strength. Potential mediators of bystander effects, IL-6 and IL-8, were also generated differently in both lines. The knockout cells secreted IL-6 at

  16. The different radiation response and radiation-induced bystander effects in colorectal carcinoma cells differing in p53 status

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    Highlights: • We tested radiation response and bystander effect on HCT116p53+/+ and p53−/− cells. • The p53+/+ cells developed premature senescence in exposed and bystander neighbors. • Directly exposed and bystander p53−/− cells died profoundly through apoptosis. • Interleukins 6 and 8 were differently generated by both cell lines. • NFκB path was activated mainly in p53+/+ hit cells, in p53 −/− in bystanders only. - Abstract: Radiation-induced bystander effect, appearing as different biological changes in cells that are not directly exposed to ionizing radiation but are under the influence of molecular signals secreted by irradiated neighbors, have recently attracted considerable interest due to their possible implication for radiotherapy. However, various cells present diverse radiosensitivity and bystander responses that depend, inter alia, on genetic status including TP53, the gene controlling the cell cycle, DNA repair and apoptosis. Here we compared the ionizing radiation and bystander responses of human colorectal carcinoma HCT116 cells with wild type or knockout TP53 using a transwell co-culture system. The viability of exposed to X-rays (0–8 Gy) and bystander cells of both lines showed a roughly comparable decline with increasing dose. The frequency of micronuclei was also comparable at lower doses but at higher increased considerably, especially in bystander TP53-/- cells. Moreover, the TP53-/- cells showed a significantly elevated frequency of apoptosis, while TP53+/+ counterparts expressed high level of senescence. The cross-matched experiments where irradiated cells of one line were co-cultured with non-irradiated cells of opposite line show that both cell lines were also able to induce bystander effects in their counterparts, however different endpoints revealed with different strength. Potential mediators of bystander effects, IL-6 and IL-8, were also generated differently in both lines. The knockout cells secreted IL-6 at

  17. The EGFR mutation status affects the relative biological effectiveness of carbon-ion beams in non-small cell lung carcinoma cells

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    Amornwichet, Napapat; Oike, Takahiro; Shibata, Atsushi; Nirodi, Chaitanya S.; Ogiwara, Hideaki; Makino, Haruhiko; Kimura, Yuka; HIROTA, YUKA; Isono, Mayu; Yoshida, Yukari; Ohno, Tatsuya; Kohno, Takashi; Nakano, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Carbon-ion radiotherapy (CIRT) holds promise to treat inoperable locally-advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC), a disease poorly controlled by standard chemoradiotherapy using X-rays. Since CIRT is an extremely limited medical resource, selection of NSCLC patients likely to benefit from it is important; however, biological predictors of response to CIRT are ill-defined. The present study investigated the association between the mutational status of EGFR and KRAS, driver genes frequen...

  18. Maternal cell phone and cordless phone use during pregnancy and behaviour problems in 5-year-old children

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    Guxens, Monica; van Eijsden, Manon; Vermeulen, Roel; Loomans, Eva; Vrijkotte, Tanja G. M.; Komhout, Hans; van Strien, Rob T.; Huss, Anke

    2013-01-01

    Background A previous study found an association between maternal cell phone use during pregnancy and maternal-reported child behaviour problems at age 7. Together with cell phones, cordless phones represent the main exposure source of radiofrequency-electromagnetic fields to the head. Therefore, we

  19. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2009

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    Eudy, L.; Chandler, K.; Gikakis, C.

    2009-10-01

    This report documents progress in meeting the technological challenges of fuel cell propulsion for transportation based on current fuel cell transit bus demonstrations and plans for more fuel cell transit buses and hydrogen infrastructure.

  20. Cell-centered scheme for heterogeneous anisotropic diffusion problems on general meshes

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    We present a new scheme for the discretization of heterogeneous anisotropic diffusion problems on general meshes. With light assumptions, we show that the algorithm can be written as a cell-centered scheme with a small stencil and that it is convergent for discontinuous tensors. The key point of the proof consists in showing both the strong and the weak consistency of the method. Besides, we study non-linear corrections to correct the FECC scheme, in order to satisfy the discrete maximum principle (DMP). The efficiency of the scheme is demonstrated through numerical tests of the 5. and 6. International Symposium on Finite Volumes for Complex Applications - FVCA 5 and 6. Moreover, the comparison with classical finite volume schemes emphasizes the precision of the method. We also show the good behaviour of the algorithm for nonconforming meshes. In addition, we give some numerical tests to check the existence for the non-linear FECC schemes. (author)

  1. Sickle cell disease and associated problems: Case study of Homozygous sicklers

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    Jyoti Jhariya

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on the problems faced by homozygous individuals of sickle cell disease. In a survey of 500 household of 17 villages of district Mandla, a total of 2316 individuals were covered out of which 13 were found homozygous for the disorder; whereas 3 homozygous children were reported died preceding to one year of the survey. In depth case studies of these children were recorded. The highest age of surviving homozygous individual was 30 years. After 4-5 years of age their survival is very difficult and they require frequent blood transfusion. They face frequent episodes of various infections and unbearable pain. The findings are based on longitudinal and cross sectional study as well as empirical field investigation. It was found that the homozygous children have to face multiple problems, acute pain, priapism, alienation, frequent hospitalization, economic constraints. The families of homozygous children have to face frequent emotional shock as well as economic burden. The problem of homozygous sicklers can be categorized as clinical, educational, economic etc. and is a challenge for achieving the goal of human development. Further to understand the relationship of the prevalence of gene and Human Development, district and state wise gene (HbS frequency were computed. The bivariate correlation analysis between the district wise prevalence of gene and human development index was found positive but insignificant (r2=0.065, p>0.8. At the same time, the correlation of prevalence of the HbS gene and human development index for 11 states was found negative and insignificant (r2=-0.237, p>0.5. It leads to conclude that there is no apparent correlation between the prevalence of gene and the human development in that particular region, although there is lack of sufficient data.

  2. Effects of serum starvation on radiosensitivity, proliferation and apoptosis in four human tumor cell lines with different p53 status

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    Purpose: The effects of serum starvation on radiation sensitivity, cell proliferation and apoptosis were investigated with particular consideration of the p53 status. Material and Methods: Four human tumor cell lines, Be11 (melanoma, p53 wild-type), MeWo (melanoma, p53 mutant), 4197 (squamous cell carcinoma, p53 wild-type) and 4451 (squamous cell carcinoma, p53 mutant), were used. After the cells had been incubated in starvation medium (0.5% FCS) for 1-6 days, changes in cell cycle distribution, induction of apoptosis and necrosis, and changes in radiation sensitivity were assessed by two-parameter flow cytometric measurements of DNA content/BrdU labeling, two-parameter flow cytometric measurements of DNA-dye-exclusion/Annexin V binding, and a conventional colony assay, respectively. Results: p53 wild-type cell lines showed a decrease in the BrdU labeling index and an increase in the apoptotic cell frequency in starvation medium. p53 mutant cell lines showed a decrease in the BrdU labeling index but no evidence of apoptosis. These cells went into necrosis instead. The radiation sensitivity was increased in 4451 and slightly decreased in Be11 and 4197 in starvation medium. Conclusion: These data suggest a functional involvement of p53 in starvation-induced G1-block and apoptosis in tumor cells. Altered radiosensitivity after culture in starvation medium seemed to be explained at least in part by the starvation-induced G1-block. The frequency of starvation-induced apoptosis or necrosis was not correlated with radiation sensitivity. (orig.)

  3. FGF8 signaling sustains progenitor status and multipotency of cranial neural crest-derived mesenchymal cells in vivo and in vitro.

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    Shao, Meiying; Liu, Chao; Song, Yingnan; Ye, Wenduo; He, Wei; Yuan, Guohua; Gu, Shuping; Lin, Congxin; Ma, Liang; Zhang, Yanding; Tian, Weidong; Hu, Tao; Chen, YiPing

    2015-10-01

    The cranial neural crest (CNC) cells play a vital role in craniofacial development and regeneration. They are multi-potent progenitors, being able to differentiate into various types of tissues. Both pre-migratory and post-migratory CNC cells are plastic, taking on diverse fates by responding to different inductive signals. However, what sustains the multipotency of CNC cells and derivatives remains largely unknown. In this study, we present evidence that FGF8 signaling is able to sustain progenitor status and multipotency of CNC-derived mesenchymal cells both in vivo and in vitro. We show that augmented FGF8 signaling in pre-migratory CNC cells prevents cell differentiation and organogenesis in the craniofacial region by maintaining their progenitor status. CNC-derived mesenchymal cells with Fgf8 overexpression or control cells in the presence of exogenous FGF8 exhibit prolonged survival, proliferation, and multi-potent differentiation capability in cell cultures. Remarkably, exogenous FGF8 also sustains the capability of CNC-derived mesenchymal cells to participate in organogenesis such as odontogenesis. Furthermore, FGF8-mediated signaling strongly promotes adipogenesis but inhibits osteogenesis of CNC-derived mesenchymal cells in vitro. Our results reveal a specific role for FGF8 in the maintenance of progenitor status and in fate determination of CNC cells, implicating a potential application in expansion and fate manipulation of CNC-derived cells in stem cell-based craniofacial regeneration. PMID:26243590

  4. Some physical problems in biology: Aspects of the origin and structure of the first cell

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    A review is presented within the framework of the theory of evolution, after it has been extrapolated from the population level to the cellular and molecular levels. From Darwin's seminal and persuasive insight - the theory of common descent - we assume, with him, that ''probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed''. We are now aware that this primordial cell may have been a protocyanobacterium, but it has often been called 'a last universal ancestor', a 'breakthrough organism', or a 'progenote', a term introduced by Woese which has gained wide acceptance. Strictly speaking, in the 'intermediate period', ranging from the first living cell to the progenote, life may have evolved in the absence of significant diversity, effectively as a single phylum, incorporating organisms whose genetic systems were already based on DNA. Earlier still, prior to the encapsulation of nucleic acids in microspheres, evolution may already have been at work on RNA molecules (the 'RNA world'). This takes our discussion into the period of chemical evolution, a concept first put forward by Oparin, whose principal merit is to have formulated the underlying problem in clear scientific terms. This review does not attempt to be comprehensive. It is mainly devoted to the discussion of certain concepts that may have played a relevant role in the pathway that led to the origin and evolution of the progenote. We do not dwell on the main events of the intermediate period. The topics that we have chosen to include are: the origin of chirality of protein amino acids, the origin of translation, and the origin of the genome. We conclude with some comments on one further aspect of the evolutionary process - the development of biodiversity - by considering the origin of the first eukaryotic cell, an event which, according to the fossil record, may have preceded the evolutionary radiation in the early

  5. Some physical problems in biology: Aspects of the origin and structure of the first cell

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    A review is presented within the framework of the theory of evolution, after it has been extrapolated from the population level to the cellular and molecular levels. From Darwin's seminal and persuasive insight - the theory of common descent - we assume, with him, that ''probably all the organic beings which have ever lived on this earth have descended from some one primordial form, into which life was first breathed''. We are now aware that his primordial cell may have been a protocyanobacterium, but it has often been called 'a last universal ancestor', a 'breakthrough organism', or a 'progenote', a term introduced by Woese which has gained wide acceptance. Strictly speaking, in the 'intermediate period', ranging from the first living cell to the progenote, life may have evolved in the absence of significant diversity, effectively as a single phylum, incorporating organisms whose genetic systems were already based on DNA. Earlier still, prior to the encapsulation of nucleic acids in microspheres, evolution may already have been at work on RNA molecules (the 'RNA world'). This takes our discussion into the period of chemical evolution, a concept first put forward by Oparin, whose principal merit is to have formulated the underlying problem in clear scientific terms. This review does not attempt to be comprehensive. It is mainly devoted to the discussion of certain concepts that may have played a relevant role in the pathway that led to the origin and evolution of the progenote. We do not dwell on the main events of the intermediate period. The topic that we have chosen to include are: the origin of chirality of protein amino acids, the origin of translation, and the origin of the genome. We conclude with some comments on one further aspect of the evolutionary process - the development of biodiversity - by considering the origin of the first eukaryotic cell, an event which, according to the fossil record, may have preceded the evolutionary radiation in the early

  6. Anthocyanins do not influence long-chain n-3 fatty acid status: studies in cells, rodents and humans.

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    Vauzour, David; Tejera, Noemi; O'Neill, Colette; Booz, Valeria; Jude, Baptiste; Wolf, Insa M A; Rigby, Neil; Silvan, Jose Manuel; Curtis, Peter J; Cassidy, Aedin; de Pascual-Teresa, Sonia; Rimbach, Gerald; Minihane, Anne Marie

    2015-03-01

    Increased tissue status of the long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with cardiovascular and cognitive benefits. Limited epidemiological and animal data suggest that flavonoids, and specifically anthocyanins, may increase EPA and DHA levels, potentially by increasing their synthesis from the shorter-chain n-3 PUFA, α-linolenic acid. Using complimentary cell, rodent and human studies we investigated the impact of anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich foods/extracts on plasma and tissue EPA and DHA levels and on the expression of fatty acid desaturase 2 (FADS2), which represents the rate limiting enzymes in EPA and DHA synthesis. In experiment 1, rats were fed a standard diet containing either palm oil or rapeseed oil supplemented with pure anthocyanins for 8 weeks. Retrospective fatty acid analysis was conducted on plasma samples collected from a human randomized controlled trial where participants consumed an elderberry extract for 12 weeks (experiment 2). HepG2 cells were cultured with α-linolenic acid with or without select anthocyanins and their in vivo metabolites for 24 h and 48 h (experiment 3). The fatty acid composition of the cell membranes, plasma and liver tissues were analyzed by gas chromatography. Anthocyanins and anthocyanin-rich food intake had no significant impact on EPA or DHA status or FADS2 gene expression in any model system. These data indicate little impact of dietary anthocyanins on n-3 PUFA distribution and suggest that the increasingly recognized benefits of anthocyanins are unlikely to be the result of a beneficial impact on tissue fatty acid status. PMID:25573539

  7. 医疗物联网的发展现状、问题与对策%Development Status, Problems and Countermeasures of Medical Internet of Things

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    杨颖; 朱君茹; 袁媛; 杨俊; 宋星星; 任秀梅; 周雯

    2015-01-01

    近年来,物联网的概念被逐步引入至医疗卫生领域,特别是在医院内部进行了很多探索和尝试,包括医疗废弃物管理、特殊患者管理、移动护理等。阐述医疗物联网的发展现状和技术应用,对遇到的问题进行了分析,提出了对医疗物联网发展的判断,选择合理的策略和途径,有序推进物联网在医疗卫生领域的应用,实现智慧医疗,从而提升医疗服务质量和水平。%In recent years, the concept of Internet of Things (IoTs) has been introduced to the medical and health field. Some hospitals have made many explorations and attempts, i. e. medical waste management, special patient management, mobile nursing, etc. After the development status and application of technology of medical IoTs are introduced, the encountered problems and development countermeasures are analyzed to make correct judgments on the development situation of medical IoTs. This paper chooses some reasonable strategies and approaches, and pushes forward the application of IoTs in the medical and health field in an orderly manner, so that the intelligent medical care can be realized, and the quality and level of medical service can be improved.

  8. 我国环保产业的发展现状、问题与对策%Environmental Protection Industry in China: Development Status, Problems and Countermeasures

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    刘晶

    2011-01-01

    环保产业作为一个具有很大发展潜力的新兴产业,应引起我国高度重视。文章对环保产业的基本概念、环保产业发展现状、环保产业发展过程中存在的问题进行分析,提出发展环保产业需要增加财政投入,拓宽融资渠道,加强宣传与学习,规范环保产业市场,加强监督管理等手段来解决我国目前环保产业中存在的问题,更好地推进环保产业,构建和谐社会。%As a new industry of great development potential, environmental protection industry deserves much attention in our country. In this paper, an analysis is made of the basic concept of the environmental protection industry, its status quo, and its problems in the course of development. It is pointed out that ef- forts must be made to increase financial investment and broaden the financing channel, to strengthen the publicity and learning, and to regulate the environmental protection industry market in the settlement of cur- rent questions so as to promote the environmental protection industry and to build a harmonious society.

  9. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Need for Research & Potential Applications. It’s status in India

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that through replications have the capabilities of both self-renewal and differentiation into mature specialized cells. Broadly, there are two types of stem cells, embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. Embryonic stem cell biology has been associated with ethical controversy and also their growth is difficult to control. Adult stem cells are located in tissues throughout the body and function as a reservoir to replace damaged or aging cells. Embryonic stem cells are by definitions, the master cells capable of differentiating into every type of cells either in-vitro or in-vivo. Several lines of evidence suggests, however, that adult stem cells and even terminally differentiated somatic cells under appropriate micro-environmental cues are able to be reprogrammed and contribute to a much wider spectrum of differentiated progeny than previously anticipated. Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs, for example, from different sources have been shown to cross the tissue boundaries and give rise to the cells of the other germ layers.In the past few years, the plasticity of adult cells in several post-natal tissues has attracted special attention in regenerative medicine. Stem cell therapies represent a new field of biomedical science which could provide in the future the cure for diseases until now considered incurable. The reconstitution of adult stem cells may be promising source for the regeneration of damaged tissues and for the resolution of organ dysfunction. However, there are two major limitations to the use of such cells:- (i They are rare and (ii Only a few types exist that can be isolated without harming the patient.Due to the inability to efficiently and safely harvest or expand stem cells from most adult organs (e.g. liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart, brain, the majority of human stem cell trials have focused on clinical applications for HSCs, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs, or both, which can be easily

  10. Replication of ONYX-015, a Potential Anticancer Adenovirus, Is Independent of p53 Status in Tumor Cells

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    Rothmann, Thomas; Hengstermann, Arnd; Whitaker, Noel J.; Scheffner, Martin; zur Hausen, Harald

    1998-01-01

    The 55-kDa E1B protein of adenovirus, which binds to and inactivates the tumor suppressor protein p53, is not expressed in the adenoviral mutant termed ONYX-015 (i.e., dl1520). It was reported that the mutant virus due to a deletion in E1B is able to replicate only in cells deficient for wild-type p53. Accordingly, dl1520 is currently being evaluated as a potential tool in the therapy of p53 deficient cancers. In contrast, we report here that dl1520 replicates independently of the p53 status in various tumor cell lines (U87, RKO, A549, H1299, and U373). In addition, the inhibition of p53-mediated transcriptional activation in wild-type p53 containing U2OS cells, by overexpression of a transdominant negative p53 mutant, did not render the cells permissive for dl1520 replication. Finally, we show that, depending on the multiplicity of infection, the deleted virus is able to replicate in and to kill primary human cells. Thus, the molecular basis for the growth differences of dl1520 within different cell types remains to be determined. PMID:9811680

  11. Actin cytoskeleton organization, cell surface modification and invasion rate of 5 glioblastoma cell lines differing in PTEN and p53 status

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    Glioblastoma cells exhibit highly invasive behavior whose mechanisms are not yet fully understood. The present study explores the relationship between the invasion capacity of 5 glioblastoma cell lines differing in p53 and PTEN status, expression of mTOR and several other marker proteins involved in cell invasion, actin cytoskeleton organization and cell morphology. We found that two glioblastoma lines mutated in both p53 and PTEN genes (U373-MG and SNB19) exhibited the highest invasion rates through the Matrigel or collagen matrix. In DK-MG (p53wt/PTENwt) and GaMG (p53mut/PTENwt) cells, F-actin mainly occurred in the numerous stress fibers spanning the cytoplasm, whereas U87-MG (p53wt/PTENmut), U373-MG and SNB19 (both p53mut/PTENmut) cells preferentially expressed F-actin in filopodia and lamellipodia. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the abundant filopodia and lamellipodia in the PTEN mutated cell lines. Interestingly, the gene profiling analysis revealed two clusters of cell lines, corresponding to the most (U373-MG and SNB19, i.e. p53 and PTEN mutated cells) and less invasive phenotypes. The results of this study might shed new light on the mechanisms of glioblastoma invasion. - Highlights: • We examine 5 glioblastoma lines on the invasion capacity and actin cytoskeleton. • Glioblastoma cell lines mutated in both p53 and PTEN were the most invasive. • Less invasive cells showed much less lamellipodia, but more actin stress fibers. • A mechanism for the differences in tumor cell invasion is proposed

  12. Actin cytoskeleton organization, cell surface modification and invasion rate of 5 glioblastoma cell lines differing in PTEN and p53 status

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    Djuzenova, Cholpon S., E-mail: djuzenova_t@ukw.de [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 11, D-97080 Würzburg (Germany); Fiedler, Vanessa [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 11, D-97080 Würzburg (Germany); Memmel, Simon [Lehrstuhl für Biotechnologie und Biophysik, Universität Würzburg, Biozentrum Am Hubland, 97070 Würzburg (Germany); Katzer, Astrid; Hartmann, Susanne [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 11, D-97080 Würzburg (Germany); Krohne, Georg [Elektronenmikroskopie, Biozentrum, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97070 Würzburg (Germany); Zimmermann, Heiko [Hauptabteilung Biophysik and Kryotechnologie, Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik, Lehrstuhl für Molekulare und Zelluläre Biotechnologie/Nanotechnologie, Universität des Saarlandes, Ensheimer Strasse 48, 66386 St. Ingbert (Germany); Scholz, Claus-Jürgen [Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research, University Hospital, Versbacher Strasse 7, 97078 Würzburg (Germany); Polat, Bülent; Flentje, Michael [Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 11, D-97080 Würzburg (Germany); and others

    2015-01-15

    Glioblastoma cells exhibit highly invasive behavior whose mechanisms are not yet fully understood. The present study explores the relationship between the invasion capacity of 5 glioblastoma cell lines differing in p53 and PTEN status, expression of mTOR and several other marker proteins involved in cell invasion, actin cytoskeleton organization and cell morphology. We found that two glioblastoma lines mutated in both p53 and PTEN genes (U373-MG and SNB19) exhibited the highest invasion rates through the Matrigel or collagen matrix. In DK-MG (p53wt/PTENwt) and GaMG (p53mut/PTENwt) cells, F-actin mainly occurred in the numerous stress fibers spanning the cytoplasm, whereas U87-MG (p53wt/PTENmut), U373-MG and SNB19 (both p53mut/PTENmut) cells preferentially expressed F-actin in filopodia and lamellipodia. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the abundant filopodia and lamellipodia in the PTEN mutated cell lines. Interestingly, the gene profiling analysis revealed two clusters of cell lines, corresponding to the most (U373-MG and SNB19, i.e. p53 and PTEN mutated cells) and less invasive phenotypes. The results of this study might shed new light on the mechanisms of glioblastoma invasion. - Highlights: • We examine 5 glioblastoma lines on the invasion capacity and actin cytoskeleton. • Glioblastoma cell lines mutated in both p53 and PTEN were the most invasive. • Less invasive cells showed much less lamellipodia, but more actin stress fibers. • A mechanism for the differences in tumor cell invasion is proposed.

  13. Radiosensitization of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells by Inhibition of TGF-β1 Signaling With SB431542 Is Dependent on p53 Status.

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    Zhao, Yifan; Wang, Longxiao; Huang, Qianyi; Jiang, Youqin; Wang, Jingdong; Zhang, Liyuan; Tian, Ye; Yang, Hongying

    2016-01-01

    Although medically inoperable patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer cells (NSCLC) are often treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy, its efficacy can be compromised due to poor radiosensitivity of cancer cells. Inhibition of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) using LY364947 and LY2109761 has been demonstrated to radiosensitize cancer cells such as breast cancer, glioblastoma, and lung cancer. Our previous results have demonstrated that another potent and selective inhibitor of TGF-β1 receptor kinases, SB431542, could radiosensitize H460 cells both in vitro and in vivo. In the present study, we investigated whether SB431542 could radiosensitize other NSCLC cell lines, trying to explore the potential implication of this TGF-β1 inhibitor in radiotherapy for NSCLC patients. The results showed that A549 cells were significantly radiosensitized by SB431542, whereas no radiosensitizing effect was observed in H1299 cells. Interestingly, both H460 and A549 cells have wild-type p53, while H1299 cells have deficient p53. To study whether the radiosensitizing effect of SB431542 was associated with p53 status of cancer cells, the p53 of H460 cells was silenced using shRNA transfection. Then it was found that the radiosensitizing effect of SB431542 on H460 cells was not observed in H460 cells with silenced p53. Moreover, X-irradiation caused rapid Smad2 activation in H460 and A549 cells but not in H1299 and H460 cells with silenced p53. The Smad2 activation postirradiation could be abolished by SB431542. This may explain the lack of radiosensitizing effect of SB431542 in H1299 and H460 cells with silenced p53. Thus, we concluded that the radiosensitizing effect of inhibition of TGF-β1 signaling in NSCLC cells by SB431542 was p53 dependent, suggesting that using TGF-β1 inhibitor in radiotherapy may be more complicated than previously thought and may need further investigation. PMID:27178816

  14. Quality of cell products: Authenticity, Identity, Genomic stability and status of differentiation

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    Dittmar, Kurt E.J.; Simann, Meike; Zghoul, Nadia; Schön, Oliver; Meyring, Wilhelm; Hanning, Horst; Dirks, Wilhelm G.; Miller, Konstantin; Garritsen, Henk S. P.; Lindenmaier, Werner

    2010-01-01

    Cellular therapies that either use modifications of a patient's own cells or allogeneic cell lines are becoming in vogue. Besides the technical issues of optimal isolation, cultivation and modification, quality control of the generated cellular products are increasingly being considered to be more important. This is not only relevant for the cell's therapeutic application but also for cell science in general. Recent changes in editorial policies of respected journals, which now require proof ...

  15. Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma with known human papillomavirus status treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy: patterns of failure and toxicity outcomes

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    Tumor human papillomavirus (HPV) status has emerged as one of the most powerful prognostic factors for disease control and survival in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). We reviewed our experience in patients with OPSCC and known tumor HPV status treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy (CRT). Patients with stage III-IVb OPSCC and known tumor HPV status treated with CRT between 2006 and 2011 were identified from an IRB approved registry for this retrospective review. Outcomes were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method and compared between HPV-positive and negative patients using the log-rank test. Of the 121 pts (89% male, 93% Caucasian) included in this study, median age was 57 (range: 40–73) and median follow-up was 21 months (range: 6–63). Ninety-seven (80%) patients were HPV-positive and 24 (20%) were HPV-negative. Primary site was base of tongue (55%), tonsil (44%), and oropharyngeal wall (2%). Two year rates of locoregional recurrence (3% vs. 26%; p = 0.002), disease free survival (93% vs. 64%; p = 0.001) and overall survival (94% vs 73%; p = 0.002) were superior in HPV-positive patients, while rates of distant recurrence were similar (3% vs. 5%; p = 0.98). While acute toxicities were similar between both groups, patients with HPV-positive disease were more likely to resume a normal diet (90% vs. 65%; p = 0.017) at last follow up. Also, no HPV-positive patient required a feeding tube beyond 6 months after treatment, compared with 24% of HPV-negative patients. Definitive CRT produces excellent rates of disease control with minimal late toxicity for patients with HPV-positive OPSCC. Studies of OPSCC should account for tumor HPV status when identifying factors prognostic for outcome

  16. Biological studies using mammalian cell lines and the current status of the microbeam irradiation system, SPICE

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    Konishi, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Iso, H.; Yasuda, N.; Oikawa, M.; Higuchi, Y.; Kato, T.; Hafer, K.; Kodama, K.; Hamano, T.; Suya, N.; Imaseki, H.

    2009-06-01

    The development of SPICE (single-particle irradiation system to cell), a microbeam irradiation system, has been completed at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS). The beam size has been improved to approximately 5 μm in diameter, and the cell targeting system can irradiate up to 400-500 cells per minute. Two cell dishes have been specially designed: one a Si 3N 4 plate (2.5 mm × 2.5 mm area with 1 μm thickness) supported by a 7.5 mm × 7.5 mm frame of 200 μm thickness, and the other a Mylar film stretched by pressing with a metal ring. Both dish types may be placed on a voice coil stage equipped on the cell targeting system, which includes a fluorescent microscope and a CCD camera for capturing cell images. This microscope system captures images of dyed cell nuclei, computes the location coordinates of individual cells, and synchronizes this with the voice coil motor stage and single-particle irradiation system consisting of a scintillation counter and a beam deflector. Irradiation of selected cells with a programmable number of protons is now automatable. We employed the simultaneous detection method for visualizing the position of mammalian cells and proton traversal through CR-39 to determine whether the targeted cells are actually irradiated. An immuno-assay was also performed against γ-H2AX, to confirm the induction of DNA double-strand breaks in the target cells.

  17. Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Correlation of KIT Expression with Survival and Evaluation of KIT Gene Mutational Status

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    Andea, Aleodor A.; Patel, Raj; Ponnazhagan, Selvarangan; Kumar, Sanjay; DeVilliers, Patricia; Jhala, Darshana; Eltoum, Isam E.; Siegal, Gene P.

    2010-01-01

    Merkel cell carcinoma is one of the most aggressive primary cutaneous malignancies. Since some Merkel cell carcinomas express the receptor tyrosine kinase KIT, we aimed to evaluate the correlation of KIT expression with outcome and the presence of activating mutations in the KIT gene in Merkel cell carcinoma.

  18. Status of high efficiency module design and fabrication. [of solar cells

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    Nowlan, M. J.; Spitzer, M. B.

    1984-01-01

    The status of an ongoing DOE program to develop an AM1 photoelectric module with 15 percent conversion efficiency at normal heating temperatures, is reviewed. Emphasis is given to the efforts of a private company to develop a high efficiency module which also has high durability in normal operating conditions. The main design options considered are: high efficiency modules; large area modules; and optimized module fabrication techniques. The design of an automatic system for encapsulating module stacks is described.

  19. Stability and error analysis of the polarization estimation inverse problem for microbial fuel cells

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    Determining parameters which describe the performance of a microbial fuel cell requires the solution of an inverse problem. Two formulations have been presented in the literature: a convolutional approach or a direct quadrature approach. A complete study and analysis of the direct quadrature method, which leads to two systems for the unknown signal given measured complex data, known as the distribution function of relaxation times, is presented. A theoretical analysis justifies the minimal range of integration that is appropriate for the quadrature and suggests that the systems should be combined giving an overdetermined system that is not well posed but not as ill-posed as either system considered separately. All measures of ill-posedness support using the combined data when the level of error in both components of the complex measurements is equivalent. Tikhonov regularization for the filtered singular value and truncated singular value decomposition are used to find solutions of the underlying model system. Given such solutions the application requires the determination of the model parameters that define the signal, among which are the location and peaks of the individual processes of the cell. A nonlinear data fitting approach is presented which consistently estimates these parameters. Simulations support the use of the combined systems for finding the underlying distribution function of relaxation times and the subsequent nonlinear data fitting to these curves. The approach is also illustrated for measured practical data, demonstrating that without the theoretical analysis incorrect conclusions on the underlying physical system would arise. This work justifies the use of Tikhonov regularization combined with nonlinear data fitting for finding reliable solutions for the specific model, when the signal is comprised of a mixture of signals from a small number of processes. (paper)

  20. Impact of the p53 status of the tumor cells on the effect of reactor neutron beam irradiation, with emphasis on the response of intratumor quiescent cells

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    Masunaga, Shin-ichiro; Ono, Koji; Sakurai, Yoshinori; Kobayashi, Toru; Kinashi, Yuko [Kyoto Univ., Research Reactor Inst., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan); Takahashi, Akihisa; Ohnishi, Ken; Ohnishi, Takeo [Nara Medical Univ., Kashihara (Japan); Takagaki, Masao [Aino Junior Coll., Ibaraki, Osaka (Japan). Hospital

    2002-12-01

    Human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells transfected with mutant p53 (SAS/mp53) or with neo vector as a control (SAS/neo) were inoculated subcutaneously into both the hind legs of Balb/cA nude mice. Tumor-bearing mice received 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) continuously to label all proliferating (P) cells in the tumors. After administration of sodium borocaptate-{sup 10}B (BSH) or p-boronophenylalanine-{sup 10}B(BPA), the tumors were irradiated with neutron beams. The tumors not treated with {sup 10}B-compound were irradiated with neutron beams or {gamma}-rays. The tumors were then excised, minced and trypsinized. The tumor cell suspensions thus obtained were incubated with a cytokinesis blocker, and the micronucleus (MN) frequency in cells without BrdU labeling (=quiescent (Q) cells) was determined using immunofluorescence staining for BrdU. Meanwhile, 6 h after irradiation, tumor cell suspensions obtained in the same manner were used for determining the frequency of apoptosis in Q cells. The MN and apoptosis frequencies in total (P+Q) tumor cells were determined from the tumors that were not pretreated with BrdU. Without {sup 10}B-carriers, in both tumors, the relative biological effectiveness of neutrons was greater in Q cells than in total cells, and larger for low than high cadmium ratio neutrons. With {sup 10}B-carriers, the sensitivity was increased for each cell population, especially for total cells. BPA increased both frequencies for total cells more than BSH. Nevertheless, the sensitivity of Q cells treated with BPA was lower than that of BSH-treated Q cells. These sensitization patterns in combination with {sup 10}B-carriers were clearer in SAS/neo than in SAS/mp53 tumors. The p53 status of the tumor cells had the potential to affect the response to reactor neutron beam irradiation following {sup 10}B-carrier administration. (author)

  1. IFMIF target and test cell-Conceptual designs, boundary condition definitions and current status of preliminary engineering design

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    Tian, Kuo, E-mail: kuo.tian@kit.ed [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Nord, Karlsruhe (Germany); Eilert, Dirk [Institut fuer Foerdertechnik und Logistiksysteme, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Sued (Germany); Heupel, Tobias; Ihli, Thomas; Lang, Karlheinz [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Nord, Karlsruhe (Germany); Mittwollen, Martin [Institut fuer Foerdertechnik und Logistiksysteme, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Sued (Germany); Moeslang, Anton [Institut fuer Material- und Festkoerperforschung, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Nord, Karlsruhe (Germany); Scheel, Nicola; Stratmanns, Erwin [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Nord, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2010-12-15

    The reference design of the IFMIF target and test cell (TTC) which is summarized in the comprehensive design report (CDR) is reviewed and evaluated. Improved TTC conceptual designs, as well as a revision of the reference design, have been proposed in order to qualify precise and flexible positioning of test modules against the backplate in the TTC. As the result of evaluations on the existing design concepts, a referential table which addresses the design requirements and guidelines has been released and is outlined in this paper. Based on the referential table and the existing design concepts a modular TTC concept is introduced, developed, and improved aimed on providing variable in-cell operation environments, flexible accessibility for remote handling, and accurate and reliable positioning for the test modules. The current status of the preliminary engineering design based on the modular TTC concept is represented.

  2. Stem cell therapy for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders: current status and future perspectives.

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    Tong, Leslie M; Fong, Helen; Huang, Yadong

    2015-01-01

    Underlying cognitive declines in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are the result of neuron and neuronal process losses due to a wide range of factors. To date, all efforts to develop therapies that target specific AD-related pathways have failed in late-stage human trials. As a result, an emerging consensus in the field is that treatment of AD patients with currently available drug candidates might come too late, likely as a result of significant neuronal loss in the brain. In this regard, cell-replacement therapies, such as human embryonic stem cell- or induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural cells, hold potential for treating AD patients. With the advent of stem cell technologies and the ability to transform these cells into different types of central nervous system neurons and glial cells, some success in stem cell therapy has been reported in animal models of AD. However, many more steps remain before stem cell therapies will be clinically feasible for AD and related disorders in humans. In this review, we will discuss current research advances in AD pathogenesis and stem cell technologies; additionally, the potential challenges and strategies for using cell-based therapies for AD and related disorders will be discussed. PMID:25766620

  3. Estimation of Membrane Hydration Status for Standby Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Systems by Impedance Measurement: First Results on Variable Temperature Stack Characterization

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    Bidoggia, Benoit; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2013-01-01

    , the measurement of the complex impedance of a fuel cell stack during standby is used as an index of its membrane hydration status. In this article, the complex impedance of a fuel cell stack has been measured and characterized as a function of relative humidity and temperature. A non-conventional electrochemical...

  4. Applying microsatellite multiplex PCR analysis (MMPA for determining allele copy-number status and percentage of normal cells within tumors.

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    Carles Garcia-Linares

    Full Text Available The study of somatic genetic alterations in tumors contributes to the understanding and management of cancer. Genetic alterations, such us copy number or copy neutral changes, generate allelic imbalances (AIs that can be determined using polymorphic markers. Here we report the development of a simple set of calculations for analyzing microsatellite multiplex PCR data from control-tumor pairs that allows us to obtain accurate information not only regarding the AI status of tumors, but also the percentage of tumor-infiltrating normal cells, the locus copy-number status and the mechanism involved in AI. We validated this new approach by re-analyzing a set of Neurofibromatosis type 1-associated dermal neurofibromas and comparing newly generated data with results obtained for the same tumors in a previous study using MLPA, Paralog Ratio Analysis and SNP-array techniques.Microsatellite multiplex PCR analysis (MMPA should be particularly useful for analyzing specific regions of the genome containing tumor suppressor genes and also for determining the percentage of infiltrating normal cells within tumors allowing them to be sorted before they are analyzed by more expensive techniques.

  5. EGFR and KRAS mutation status in non-small-cell lung cancer occurring in HIV-infected patients.

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    Créquit, Perrine; Ruppert, Anne-Marie; Rozensztajn, Nathalie; Gounant, Valérie; Vieira, T; Poulot, Virginie; Antoine, Martine; Chouaid, Christos; Wislez, Marie; Cadranel, Jacques; Lavole, Armelle

    2016-06-01

    Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common non-acquired immune deficiency syndrome-related malignancy responsible for death. Mutational status is crucial for choosing treatment of advanced NSCLC, yet no data is available on the frequency of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Kirsten ras (KRAS) mutations and their impact on NSCLC in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients (HIV-NSCLC). All consecutive HIV-NSCLC patients diagnosed between June 1996 and August 2013 at two Paris university hospitals were reviewed, with tumor samples analyzed for EGFR and KRAS mutational status. Overall, 63 tumor samples were analyzed out of 73 HIV-NSCLC cases, with 63% of advanced NSCLC. There were 60 non-squamous and nine squamous cell carcinomas, with EGFR and KRAS mutations identified in two (3.3%) and seven (11.5%) tumors, respectively. The proportion of KRAS mutations was 29% if solely the more sensitive molecular techniques were considered. The two patients with advanced adenocarcinoma harboring EGFR mutations exhibited lasting partial response to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Overall survival for patients with advanced NSCLC were >30 months for those with EGFR mutations, impact, whereas KRAS mutation is of poor prognostic value. Clinicians should search for drugs dedicated to this target population. PMID:27133754

  6. Quiescent S-phase cells, G1-Block and Ρ53 status in four human tumor cell lines

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    Quiescent S-phase cells, i.e. cells with an S-phase DNA content that do not take up BrdU, have earlier been observed in a human melanoma cell line (MeWo) a few days after irradiation and/or hyperthermia. In order to see whether this phenomenon was cell line dependent, similar experiments were carried out with another melanoma (Be11) as well as with two squamous cell carcinomas (4451, 4197). These four cell lines differed with respect to their p53 gene (MeWo, 4451). They were also studied with respect to cell cycle changes during the first day after treatment. Cells unable to undergo a Gl-block may have less time available for repair of DNA damage before entering the S-phase. We suggest that this causes during DNA replication to a cessation of cell cycle progression and eventually to some kind of interphase death. Apoptosis does not seem to be involved here as it should affect the wild types rather than the mutants. It has been shown by others that loss of p53 wild-type function leads to an increase in gene amplification as well as to an increase in UV-induced and spontaneous mutations. The occurrence of quiescent S-phase cells may be yet another indicator of this genomic instability. (authors)

  7. Assessment of satellite cell number and activity status in human skeletal muscle biopsies

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    Mackey, Abigail L; Kjær, Michael; Charifi, Nadia;

    2009-01-01

    improved when more fibers were included. Second, we report that small differences in counting satellite cells using CD56 and Pax7 antibodies can be attributed to the different staining profiles. Third, we provide support for the use of Ki67 in evaluating the proportion of active satellite cells. We......The primary aim of our study was to validate the assessment of myonuclear and satellite cell number in biopsies from human skeletal muscle. We found that 25 type I and 25 type II fibers are sufficient to estimate the mean number of myonuclei per fiber. In contrast, the assessment of satellite cells...... observed very few (up to 1.3%) active satellite cells in healthy adult skeletal muscle at rest, but they increased significantly (up to 7-fold) following muscle activity. This study provides valuable tools to assess the behavior of satellite cells, both in pathological conditions and in response to...

  8. Production status of GaAs/Ge solar cells and panels

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    Smith, B.; Gillanders, M.; Vijayakumar, P.; Lillington, D.; Yang, H.; Rolph, R.

    1991-01-01

    GaAs/Ge solar cells with lot average efficiencies in excess of 18 percent were produced by MOCVD growth techniques. A description of the cell, its performance and the production facility are discussed. Production GaAs/Ge cells of this type were recently assembled into circuits and bonded to aluminum honeycomb panels to be used as the solar array for the British UOSAT-F program.

  9. Mesenchymal stromal cells for cardiovascular repair: current status and future challenges

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    Mathiasen, Anders Bruun; Haack-Sørensen, Mandana; Kastrup, Jens

    2009-01-01

    results of most studies are promising, but there are still many unanswered questions. In this review, we explore present preclinical and clinical knowledge regarding the use of stem cells in cardiovascular regenerative medicine, with special focus on mesenchymal stromal cells. We take a closer look at...... for regenerative therapy. Clinical studies on stem cell therapy for cardiac regeneration have shown significant improvements in ventricular pump function, ventricular remodeling, myocardial perfusion, exercise potential and clinical symptoms compared with conventionally treated control groups. The...

  10. REX-1 expression and p38 MAPK activation status can determine proliferation/differentiation fates in human mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: REX1/ZFP42 is a well-known embryonic stem cell (ESC marker. However, the role of REX1, itself, is relatively unknown because the function of REX1 has only been reported in the differentiation of ESCs via STAT signaling pathways. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs isolated from young tissues and cancer cells express REX1. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDING: Human umbilical cord blood-derived MSCs (hUCB-MSCs and adipose tissue-derived MSCs (hAD-MSCs strongly express REX1 and have a lower activation status of p38 MAPK, but bone marrow-derived MSCs (hBM-MSCs have weak REX1 expression and higher activation of p38 MAPK. These results indicated that REX1 expression in hMSCs was positively correlated with proliferation rates but inversely correlated with the phosphorylation of p38 MAPK. In hUCB-MSCs, the roles of REX1 and p38 MAPK were investigated, and a knockdown study was performed using a lentiviral vector-based small hairpin RNA (shRNA. After REX1 knockdown, decreased cell proliferation was observed. In REX1 knocked-down hUCB-MSCs, the osteogenic differentiation ability deteriorated, but the adipogenic potential increased or was similar to that observed in the controls. The phosphorylation of p38 MAPK in hUCB-MSCs significantly increased after REX1 knockdown. After p38 MAPK inhibitor treatment, the cell growth in REX1 knocked-down hUCB-MSCs almost recovered, and the suppressed expression levels of CDK2 and CCND1 were also restored. The expression of MKK3, an upstream regulator of p38 MAPK, significantly increased in REX1 knocked-down hUCB-MSCs. The direct binding of REX1 to the MKK3 gene was confirmed by a chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP assay. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These findings showed that REX1 regulates the proliferation/differentiation of hMSCs through the suppression of p38 MAPK signaling via the direct suppression of MKK3. Therefore, p38 MAPK and REX-1 status can determine the cell fate of adult stem cells (ASCs. These

  11. Nutritional status and its impact on outcome in patients undergoing allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation and an experimental trial to improve the supply of a specific micronutrient

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    Urbain, Paul

    2012-01-01

    The first two studies investigated the course of the nutritional status in patients un-dergoing allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT) and the validity of nutritional markers as independent risk factors for outcome. In line with others, we detected an overall good nutritional status before alloHCT by employing quick screening tools such as BMI and the SGA questionnaire for identifying malnutrition. However, upon closer inspection, we observed unintentional weight loss previo...

  12. Prognostic factors (including HPV status) for irradiation of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN)

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    Rades, Dirk; Seibold, Nina D. [Lubeck Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Gebhard, Maximilian P.; Noack, Frank; Thorns, Christoph [Lubeck Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Pathology; Schild, Steven E. [Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, AZ (United States). Dept. of Radiation Oncology

    2011-10-15

    The prognosis of patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is generally poor. However, prognostic factors can help optimize the care for the individual patient. This study investigated potential prognostic factors, including HPV status, for locoregional control (LRC), metastases-free survival (MFS), and survival (OS). Twelve potential prognostic factors were investigated in 170 patients irradiated for stage III or IV SCCHN, including age ({<=} 60 vs > 60 years), gender, ECOG performance score (0-1 vs 2), preradiotherapy hemoglobin level (< 12 vs {>=} 12 g/dl), tumor site (oropharynx, oral cavity, hypopharynx, or larynx), histological grade (G1-2 vs G3), T category (T1-T2 vs T3-T4), N category (N0-N1 vs N2-N3), AJCC stage (III vs IV), surgery (no vs yes), and chemotherapy (no vs yes). On multivariate analysis, positive HPV status (RR 2.34; p = 0.014), ECOG performance score 0-1 (RR 1.94; p = 0.017), preRT hemoglobin {>=} 12 g/dl (RR 1.88; p = 0.018), T category T1-T2 (RR 2.72; p < 0.001), and surgery (RR 2.29; p = 0.007) were significantly associated with improved LRC. PreRT hemoglobin {>=} 12 g/dl (RR 1.98; p = 0.040) and T category T1-T2 (RR 3.33; p < 0.001) were significantly associated with improved MFS. Positive HPV status (RR 2.19; p = 0.019), pre-RT hemoglobin {>=} 12 g/dl (RR 2.15; p = 0.002), T category T1-T2 (RR 2.31; p = 0.002), and AJCC stage III (RR 1.91; p = 0.034) were significantly associated with improved OS. Improved treatment outcomes were significantly associated with positive HPV status, better performance status, lower tumor stage, and pretreatment hemoglobin levels {>=} 12 g/dl. These factors should be considered in future trials.

  13. Prognostic factors (including HPV status) for irradiation of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN)

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    The prognosis of patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) is generally poor. However, prognostic factors can help optimize the care for the individual patient. This study investigated potential prognostic factors, including HPV status, for locoregional control (LRC), metastases-free survival (MFS), and survival (OS). Twelve potential prognostic factors were investigated in 170 patients irradiated for stage III or IV SCCHN, including age (≤ 60 vs > 60 years), gender, ECOG performance score (0-1 vs 2), preradiotherapy hemoglobin level (< 12 vs ≥ 12 g/dl), tumor site (oropharynx, oral cavity, hypopharynx, or larynx), histological grade (G1-2 vs G3), T category (T1-T2 vs T3-T4), N category (N0-N1 vs N2-N3), AJCC stage (III vs IV), surgery (no vs yes), and chemotherapy (no vs yes). On multivariate analysis, positive HPV status (RR 2.34; p = 0.014), ECOG performance score 0-1 (RR 1.94; p = 0.017), preRT hemoglobin ≥ 12 g/dl (RR 1.88; p = 0.018), T category T1-T2 (RR 2.72; p < 0.001), and surgery (RR 2.29; p = 0.007) were significantly associated with improved LRC. PreRT hemoglobin ≥ 12 g/dl (RR 1.98; p = 0.040) and T category T1-T2 (RR 3.33; p < 0.001) were significantly associated with improved MFS. Positive HPV status (RR 2.19; p = 0.019), pre-RT hemoglobin ≥ 12 g/dl (RR 2.15; p = 0.002), T category T1-T2 (RR 2.31; p = 0.002), and AJCC stage III (RR 1.91; p = 0.034) were significantly associated with improved OS. Improved treatment outcomes were significantly associated with positive HPV status, better performance status, lower tumor stage, and pretreatment hemoglobin levels ≥ 12 g/dl. These factors should be considered in future trials.

  14. Stem cell technology in breast cancer: current status and potential applications

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    Chiotaki R

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Rena Chiotaki, Hara Polioudaki, Panayiotis A Theodoropoulos Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece Abstract: Breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer among females, is supported by the presence of a rare subset of undifferentiated cells within the tumor, identified as breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs. BCSCs underlie the mechanisms of tumor initiation and sustenance and are implicated in the dissemination of the primary tumor to metastatic sites, as they have been found circulating in the blood of breast cancer patients. The discovery of BCSCs has generated a great amount of interest among the scientific community toward their isolation, molecular characterization, and therapeutic targeting. In this review, after summarizing the literature on molecular characterization of BCSCs and methodologies used for their isolation, we will focus on recent data supporting their molecular and functional heterogeneity. Additionally, following a synopsis of the latest approaches for BCSC targeting, we will specifically emphasize on the therapeutic use of naïve or engineered normal stem cells in the treatment of breast cancer and present contradictory findings challenging their safety. Keywords: breast cancer stem cells, cancer stem cell heterogeneity, targeting cancer stem cells, circulating tumor cells, stem cell technology

  15. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2012

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    Eudy, Leslie [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Chandler, Kevin [Battelle, Columbus, OH (United States); Gikakis, Christina [Federal Transit Administration, Washington, DC (United States)

    2012-11-01

    This report is the sixth in an annual series of reports that summarize the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discuss the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit. The report also provides a snapshot of current FCEB performance results over the last year.

  16. Nanoscale bio-platforms for living cell interrogation: current status and future perspectives

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    Chang, Lingqian; Hu, Jiaming; Chen, Feng; Chen, Zhou; Shi, Junfeng; Yang, Zhaogang; Li, Yiwen; Lee, Ly James

    2016-02-01

    The living cell is a complex entity that dynamically responds to both intracellular and extracellular environments. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the understanding intracellular functions orchestrated with mRNAs and proteins in investigation of the fate of a single-cell, including proliferation, apoptosis, motility, differentiation and mutations. The rapid development of modern cellular analysis techniques (e.g. PCR, western blotting, immunochemistry, etc.) offers new opportunities in quantitative analysis of RNA/protein expression up to a single cell level. The recent entries of nanoscale platforms that include kinds of methodologies with high spatial and temporal resolution have been widely employed to probe the living cells. In this tutorial review paper, we give insight into background introduction and technical innovation of currently reported nanoscale platforms for living cell interrogation. These highlighted technologies are documented in details within four categories, including nano-biosensors for label-free detection of living cells, nanodevices for living cell probing by intracellular marker delivery, high-throughput platforms towards clinical current, and the progress of microscopic imaging platforms for cell/tissue tracking in vitro and in vivo. Perspectives for system improvement were also discussed to solve the limitations remains in current techniques, for the purpose of clinical use in future.

  17. Toward genome-scale models of the Chinese hamster ovary cells: incentives, status and perspectives

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    Kaas, Christian Schrøder; Fan, Yuzhou; Weilguny, Dietmar; Kristensen, Claus; Kildegaard, Helene Faustrup; Andersen, Mikael Rørdam

    2014-01-01

    Bioprocessing of the important Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell lines used for the production of biopharmaceuticals stands at the brink of several redefining events. In 2011, the field entered the genomics era, which has accelerated omics-based phenotyping of the cell lines. In this review we...

  18. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2013

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    Eudy, L.; Gikakis, C.

    2013-12-01

    This report is the seventh in an annual series of reports that summarize the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discuss the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit. The report also provides a snapshot of current FCEB performance results from August 2012 through July 2013 for five FCEB demonstrations at four transit agencies.

  19. Assessing the DNA methylation status of single cells with the comet assay.

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    Wentzel, Johannes F; Gouws, Chrisna; Huysamen, Cristal; Dyk, Etresia van; Koekemoer, Gerhard; Pretorius, Pieter J

    2010-05-15

    The comet assay (single cell gel electrophoresis) is a cost-effective, sensitive, and simple technique that is traditionally used for analyzing and quantifying DNA damage in individual cells. The aim of this study was to determine whether the comet assay could be modified to detect changes in the levels of DNA methylation in single cells. We used the difference in methylation sensitivity of the isoschizomeric restriction endonucleases HpaII and MspI to demonstrate the feasibility of the comet assay to measure the global DNA methylation level of individual cells. The results were verified with the well-established cytosine extension assay. We were able to show variations in DNA methylation after treatment of cultured cells with 5-azacytidine and succinylacetone, an accumulating metabolite in human tyrosinemia type I. PMID:20156416

  20. Characterization of neural stemness status through the neurogenesis process for bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Mohammad, Maeda H; Al-Shammari, Ahmed M; Al-Juboory, Ahmad Adnan; Yaseen, Nahi Y

    2016-01-01

    The in vitro isolation, identification, differentiation, and neurogenesis characterization of the sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were investigated to produce two types of cells in culture: neural cells and neural stem cells (NSCs). These types of stem cells were used as successful sources for the further treatment of central nervous system defects and injuries. The mouse bone marrow MSCs were used as the source of the stem cells in this study. β-Mercaptoethanol (BME) was used as the main inducer of the neurogenesis pathway to induce neural cells and to identify NSCs. Three types of neural markers were used: nestin as the immaturation stage marker, neurofilament light chain as the early neural marker, and microtubule-associated protein 2 as the maturation marker through different time intervals in the neurogenesis process starting from the MSCs, (as undifferentiated cells), NSCs, production stages, and toward neuron cells (as differentiated cells). The results of different exposure times to BME of the neural markers analysis done by immunocytochemistry and real time-polymerase chain reaction helped us to identify the exact timing for the neural stemness state. The results showed that the best exposure time that may be used for the production of NSCs was 6 hours. The best maintenance media for NSCs were also identified. Furthermore, we optimized exposure to BME with different times and concentrations, which could be an interesting way to modulate specific neuronal differentiation and obtain autologous neuronal phenotypes. This study was able to characterize NSCs in culture under differentiation for neurogenesis in the pathway of the neural differentiation process by studying the expressed neural genes and the ability to maintain these NSCs in culture for further differentiation in thousands of functional neurons for the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries and defects. PMID:27143939

  1. Status Quo, Problems and Countermeasures of Bird Monitoring in China%我国鸟类监测的现状、问题与对策

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    崔鹏; 徐海根; 丁晖; 吴军; 曹铭昌; 陈炼

    2013-01-01

    strategies and survey methods.What is more,China mainly focuses on rare and endangered species,which are not representative of the overall status of wild birds,and pays less attention to common wild birds.In most of the surveys,China used the fixed distance line transect method and seldom the variable distance line transect method,which is more precise compared with the former.Based on analysis of the status quo and problems of wild bird monitoring in China,it is suggested that China to build a government-led,multi-stakeholder wild bird monitoring network.The multi-stakeholders should include research institutes,universities,nature reserves,bird-watching associations and volunteers,etc..Standard technical rules for wild bird monitoring should be worked out and published as soon as possible,so that,data collection and analysis can be conducted in a unified way.In terms of sampling strategies and survey methods,it is suggested that stratified random sampling is more proper,because experienced field workers are very limited and not enough for even distribution overall the country.Variable distance line transect method should be used in common landbird monitoring,for example,in habitats like farmland,shrub-steppe and moorland.The method can also be used in monitoring of offshore seabirds and water fowls.The total number counting method can be used in counting colonial water fowls.Under the framework of the national bird monitoring network,some special monitoring programs can be established,such as the bird ringing program and the wild bird avian influenza epidemics monitoring program.China's bird monitoring should combine with cutting-edge scientific issues,such as impacts of global climate change on bird distribution and breeding.New technologies and equipment should be used to improve accuracy of the field survey.The public awareness should be improved and volunteer training should be provided to encourage more and more people to join in the bird monitoring network.

  2. Status of n-type solar cells for low-cost industrial production

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    Weeber, A.W.; Naber, R.C.G.; Guillevin, N.; Barton, P.C.; Carr, A.J.; Oosterling - Saynova, D.S.; Burgers, A.R.; Geerligs, L.J. [ECN Solar Energy, Petten (Netherlands)

    2009-09-15

    We have reached 18.6% efficiency on large area (243 cm{sup 2}) n-type crystalline silicon solar cells using conventional industrial processes like tube furnace diffusion and screen-printing. The 18.6% cell is a bifacial one with a boron emitter at the front side and a phosphorous back-surface-field (BSF). We have applied an industrially feasible boron/phosphorous co-diffusion process, and a simple wet-chemical oxidation process to passivate the highly-doped boron emitter. In this paper we will compare our results to those obtained by others. Another cell type discussed in the paper is an n-type cell with the junction at the rear. This cell has a screen-printed aluminium alloyed emitter, and the processing is comparable to conventional p-type cells. We have obtained an efficiency of 17.4% with this n-type cell. Possible improvements discussed in literature are presented as well.

  3. Status of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Development at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and DTU Energy Conversion

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    Christiansen, N.; Primdahl, S.; Wandel, Marie;

    2013-01-01

    Many years of close collaboration between Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S (TOFC) and Risø (to day DTU Energy Conversion) on SOFC development have ensured an efficient transfer of SOFC basic know how to industrial technology. The SOFC development in the consortium includes material development and...... manufacturing of materials, cells and stacks based on state of the art as well as innovative strategies. Today TOFC provides the SOFC technology platform: Cells, stacks, integrated multi stack module and PowerCore units that integrate stack modules with hot fuel processing units for high electrical efficiency...

  4. Status of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Development at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and DTU Energy Conversion

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    Christiansen, N.; Primdahl, S.; Wandel, Marie; Ramousse, Severine; Hagen, Anke

    2013-01-01

    manufacturing of materials, cells and stacks based on state of the art as well as innovative strategies. Today TOFC provides the SOFC technology platform: Cells, stacks, integrated multi stack module and PowerCore units that integrate stack modules with hot fuel processing units for high electrical efficiency....... TOFC collaborates with integrator partners to develop, test and demonstrate possibilities and challenges in case of CHP, distributed generation, transportation application and electrolysis. Aiming at improved reliability, robustness and low material cost, TOFC has in the collaboration with DTU...... increased the efforts on development of next generation cells with metallic support including novel infiltrated nano-structured electrodes for operation in the temperature range 600-700 oC. Recently, record-breaking results have been obtained on cell level as well as on stack level....

  5. Fuel Cell Buses in U.S. Transit Fleets: Current Status 2012

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    Eudy, L.; Chander, K.; Gikakis, C.

    2012-11-01

    This report is the sixth in an annual series of reports that summarize the progress of fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) development in the United States and discuss the achievements and challenges of introducing fuel cell propulsion in transit. The report also provides a snapshot of current FCEB performance results over the last year. There are 25 active FCEBs in demonstrations this year at eight locations.

  6. Concise review: current status of stem cells and regenerative medicine in lung biology and diseases.

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    Weiss, Daniel J

    2014-01-01

    Lung diseases remain a significant and devastating cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In contrast to many other major diseases, lung diseases notably chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs), including both asthma and emphysema, are increasing in prevalence and COPD is expected to become the third leading cause of disease mortality worldwide by 2020. New therapeutic options are desperately needed. A rapidly growing number of investigations of stem cells and cell therapies in lung biology and diseases as well as in ex vivo lung bioengineering have offered exciting new avenues for advancing knowledge of lung biology as well as providing novel potential therapeutic approaches for lung diseases. These initial observations have led to a growing exploration of endothelial progenitor cells and mesenchymal stem (stromal) cells in clinical trials of pulmonary hypertension and COPD with other clinical investigations planned. Ex vivo bioengineering of the trachea, larynx, diaphragm, and the lung itself with both biosynthetic constructs as well as decellularized tissues have been used to explore engineering both airway and vascular systems of the lung. Lung is thus a ripe organ for a variety of cell therapy and regenerative medicine approaches. Current state-of-the-art progress for each of the above areas will be presented as will discussion of current considerations for cell therapy-based clinical trials in lung diseases. PMID:23959715

  7. Genetic resistance to rhabdovirus infection in teleost fish is paralleled to the derived cell resistance status.

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    Verrier, Eloi R; Langevin, Christelle; Tohry, Corinne; Houel, Armel; Ducrocq, Vincent; Benmansour, Abdenour; Quillet, Edwige; Boudinot, Pierre

    2012-01-01

    Genetic factors of resistance and predisposition to viral diseases explain a significant part of the clinical variability observed within host populations. Predisposition to viral diseases has been associated to MHC haplotypes and T cell immunity, but a growing repertoire of innate/intrinsic factors are implicated in the genetic determinism of the host susceptibility to viruses. In a long-term study of the genetics of host resistance to fish rhabdoviruses, we produced a collection of double-haploid rainbow trout clones showing a wide range of susceptibility to Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) waterborne infection. The susceptibility of fibroblastic cell lines derived from these clonal fish was fully consistent with the susceptibility of the parental fish clones. The mechanisms determining the host resistance therefore did not associate with specific host immunity, but rather with innate or intrinsic factors. One cell line was resistant to rhabdovirus infection due to the combination of an early interferon IFN induction--that was not observed in the susceptible cells--and of yet unknown factors that hamper the first steps of the viral cycle. The implication of IFN was well consistent with the wide range of resistance of this genetic background to VSHV and IHNV, to the birnavirus IPNV and the orthomyxovirus ISAV. Another cell line was even more refractory to the VHSV infection through different antiviral mechanisms. This collection of clonal fish and isogenic cell lines provides an interesting model to analyze the relative contribution of antiviral pathways to the resistance to different viruses. PMID:22514610

  8. 18F-FDG uptake for prediction EGFR mutation status in non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Guan, Jian; Xiao, Nan J; Chen, Min; Zhou, Wen L; Zhang, Yao W; Wang, Shuang; Dai, Yong M; Li, Lu; Zhang, Yue; Li, Qin Y; Li, Xiang Z; Yang, Mi; Wu, Hu B; Chen, Long H; Liu, Lai Y

    2016-07-01

    Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are a response to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitor. However, a lack of sufficient tumor tissue has been a limitation for determining EGFR mutation status in clinical practice. The objective of this study was to predict EGFR mutation status in NSCLC patients based on a model including maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) and clinical features.We retrospectively reviewed NSCLC patients undergoing EGFR mutation testing and pretreatment positron emission tomography/computed tomography between March 2009 and December 2013. The relationships of EGFR mutations with both SUVmax and patient characteristics were evaluated, and a multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed. The model was assessed by area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve (AUC) and was prospectively validated during January to June 2014.Three hundred and sixteen patients meeting the criteria were enrolled for model construction. The SUVmax values were significantly lower for EGFR mutations (mean, 9.5 ± 5.74) than for EGFR wild-type (mean, 12.7 ± 6.43; P tests are not available. PMID:27472739

  9. Autologous stem cell transplantation for adult acute leukemia in 2015: time to rethink? Present status and future prospects.

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    Gorin, N-C; Giebel, S; Labopin, M; Savani, B N; Mohty, M; Nagler, A

    2015-12-01

    The use of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) as consolidation therapy for adult patients with acute leukemia has declined over time. However, multiple randomized studies in the past have reported lower relapse rates after autologous transplantation compared with chemotherapy and lower non-relapse mortality rates compared with allogeneic transplantation. In addition, quality of life of long-term survivors is better after autologous transplantation than after allogeneic transplantation. Further, recent developments may improve outcomes of autograft recipients. These include the use of IV busulfan and the busulfan+melphalan combination, better detection of minimal residual disease (MRD) with molecular biology techniques, the introduction of targeted therapies and post-transplant maintenance therapy. Therefore, ASCT may nowadays be reconsidered for consolidation in the following patients if and when they reach a MRD-negative status: good- and at least intermediate-1 risk acute myelocytic leukemia in first CR, acute promyelocytic leukemia in second CR, Ph-positive acute lymphocytic leukemia. Conversely, patients with MRD-positive status or high-risk leukemia should not be considered for consolidation with ASCT. PMID:26281031

  10. Current Status and Development of Traditional Chemotherapy in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer under the Background of Targeted Therapy

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    Guowei ZHANG

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, along with rapid development of targeted therapy in non-small cell lung cancer, traditional chemotherapy get less and less attention. Yet it still can not be ignored in the current that how to locate and use traditional chemotherapy so patients could derive maximum benefit. For this purpose, through the literature review and analysis, we point out there are still many traditional chemotherapy irreplaceable places whatever patients’ driver gene status. And there are some new treatment modalities of traditional chemotherapy which have been developed to further improve patients’ survival. At the same time, through exposition of predictive bio-markers development in chemotherapy, we pointed out that the future of traditional chemotherapy must be part of “targeted therapy”.

  11. Hemostatic Status of Pre and Post Intracoronary Injection of Peripheral Blood Stem Cells in Patients with Recent Myocardial Infarction

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: to investigate hemostatic parameter changes, such as platelet aggregation, blood and plasma viscosity, prothrombin time, APTT, CRP and fibrinogen, before and after administration of stem cell therapy. Methods: a total of 24 patients were enrolled. Peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs were harvested and injected into the infarct-related artery after 5 consecutive days of G-CSF administration. Recombinant human erythropoietin was administered at the time of intracoronary PBSCs injection. Results: we were able to evaluate 11 from 24 of patients regarding hemostatic status pre–post stem cell injection. There were no significant difference between baseline vs 3 months in spontaneous aggregation (p=0.350, PT (p=0.793, aPTT (p=0.255 and TT (p=0.254. There were also no significant difference between baseline vs 3 months in plasma viscosity (p=0.442 and blood viscosity (p=0.843. Nevertheless the patient who had their blood and plasma viscosity above or below normal laboratory range return to normal level after the treatment. Both PT and APTT also show normalization value. Both Fibrinogen and CRP level show significant decrease between baseline and 3 months after treatment (p=0.009 and (p=0.04 respectively. Conclusion: combined G-CSF and EPO based-intracoronary infusion of PBSCs may open new perspective in the treatment of hypercoagulable state post AMI.

  12. Downregulation of GLS2 in glioblastoma cells is related to DNA hypermethylation but not to the p53 status.

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    Szeliga, Monika; Bogacińska-Karaś, Małgorzata; Kuźmicz, Katarzyna; Rola, Radosław; Albrecht, Jan

    2016-09-01

    Human phosphate-activated glutaminase (GA) is encoded by two genes: GLS and GLS2. Glioblastomas (GB) usually lack GLS2 transcripts, and their reintroduction inhibits GB growth. The GLS2 gene in peripheral tumors may be i) methylation- controlled and ii) a target of tumor suppressor p53 often mutated in gliomas. Here we assessed the relation of GLS2 downregulation in GB to its methylation and TP53 status. DNA demethylation with 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine restored GLS2 mRNA and protein content in human GB cell lines with both mutated (T98G) and wild-type (U87MG) p53 and reduced the methylation of CpG1 (promoter region island), and CpG2 (first intron island) in both cell lines. In cell lines and clinical GB samples alike, methylated CpG islands were detected both in the GLS2 promoter (as reported earlier) and in the first intron of this gene. CpG methylation of either island was absent in GLS2-expressing non-tumoros brain tissues. Screening for mutation in the exons 5-8 of TP53 revealed a point mutation in only one out of seven GB examined. In conclusion, aberrant methylation of CpG islands, appear to contribute to silencing of GLS2 in GB by a mechanism bypassing TP53 mutations. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26258493

  13. DNA methylation status of H19 and Xist genos in lungs of somatic cell nuclear transfer bovines

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    CHEN Jie; LI DongJie; LIU YanQin; ZHANG Cui; DAI YunPing; LI ShiJie; LINing

    2008-01-01

    In somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technologies, the donor cell's nuclei need to be epigenetically reprogrammed for embryonic development. The incomplete reprogramming of donor cell nuclei has been implicated as a primary reason for the low efficiency of SCNT. DNA methylation is a major epige- netic modification of the genome that regulates crucial aspects of genome function, including estab-lishment of genomic imprinting. In order to make sure whether the DNA methylation reprogramming is efficient in SCNT animals, we analyzed the DNA methylation status of two imprinting genes, H19 and Xist, in lungs of deceased SCNT bovines that died within 48 h of birth using bisulfite sequencing analysis. Our findings demonstrated that cloned bovines showed significantly lower DNA methylation of H19 than controls (P<0.05), and three tested CpGs sites (1, 2, 3) exhibited unmethylation in one cloned bovine (9C3); however, Xist showed similar DNA methylation levels between clones and con- trols, and both showed hypermethylation (96.11% and 86.67%).

  14. Stem cell technology in breast cancer: current status and potential applications.

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    Chiotaki, Rena; Polioudaki, Hara; Theodoropoulos, Panayiotis A

    2016-01-01

    Breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer among females, is supported by the presence of a rare subset of undifferentiated cells within the tumor, identified as breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs). BCSCs underlie the mechanisms of tumor initiation and sustenance and are implicated in the dissemination of the primary tumor to metastatic sites, as they have been found circulating in the blood of breast cancer patients. The discovery of BCSCs has generated a great amount of interest among the scientific community toward their isolation, molecular characterization, and therapeutic targeting. In this review, after summarizing the literature on molecular characterization of BCSCs and methodologies used for their isolation, we will focus on recent data supporting their molecular and functional heterogeneity. Additionally, following a synopsis of the latest approaches for BCSC targeting, we will specifically emphasize on the therapeutic use of naïve or engineered normal stem cells in the treatment of breast cancer and present contradictory findings challenging their safety. PMID:27217783

  15. Status of T- and B-cell cooperation in radiation chimeras: evidence for a suppressor effect

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    Absolute tolerance may not be in operation in the allogeneic bone marrow chimera, but rather a dynamic state involving interaction not only between the donor and host but also among the donor-lymphoid cells themselves may exist. Whether this observation made in one allogeneic chimera, CD2F1→ C3BF1, will be true for other chimeras (different strain combinations, species) remains to be shown. Thus, the tempo, mode, and requirement for the generation of suppressor T cells are factors that may vary for any specific allogeneic bone marrow transplant. Finally, the manner and degree to which the tolerance-inducing mechanism may affect T- and B-cell functions of the chimera with respect to third-party antigens are yet to be determined

  16. High-temperature fuel cell research and development. Final technical status report, June 1977-September 1978

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    An initial survey of the literature produced a list of ceramic materials with properties which made them potential candidates for use in molten-carbonate fuel cell tiles or electrodes. Seven of the materials in the original list were dropped from consideration because of unfavorable thermodynamic properties; four materials were set aside because of high cost, lack of availability, or fabrication difficulties. Thirteen compositions were tested statically at 1000 K in a Li/sub 2/CO/sub 3/-K/sub 2/CO/sub 3/ bath under a dry CO/sub 2/ atmosphere. Only four of the materials tested showed severe degradation reactions in the molten carbonate. A low-temperature process for forming small diameter, high-aspect ratio ceramic fibers for fuel cell use has been developed. A short-term program to initiate a computer study on the thermodynamic analysis of fuel cell materials was initiated at Montana State University. The report on this program is included as Appendix B. The MHD and high-temperature fuel cell literature was surveyed, and material properties were evaluated to identify MHD materials with potential use for fuel cell applications. A technology transfer report of these findings was prepared. This report is included as Appendix A. Laboratory facilities were established to conduct research on interfacial diffusion processes which could be detrimental to successful long-term operation of the solid-electrolyte fuel cell. A variety of physical and chemical techniques were examined for the preparation of high-density substituted LaCrO/sub 3/ which was to be one component of a diffusion couple with Y/sub 2/O/sub 3/-stabilized ZrO/sub 2/. Hydrolysis of a mixed metal-nitrate solution with urea produced the most reactive powder. A final theoretical density of almost 98% was attained in cold-pressed sintered discs of this material. (Extensive list of references)

  17. Current status of immunotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer.

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    Imbimbo, Martina; Lo Russo, Giuseppe; Blackhall, Fiona

    2016-08-01

    In the last few years, the introduction of novel immunotherapeutic agents has represented a treatment shift for a subset of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Checkpoint inhibitors have been demonstrated to improve survival in advanced stage disease with very good tolerability. This success follows many years of scientific effort to manipulate the human immune system to attack cancer cells. With a variety of approaches ranging from vaccines to administration of interleukin or interferon-γ, the results in NSCLC were unsuccessful, with the view that it is a scarcely immunogenic cancer, unlike melanoma or renal cell carcinoma. The step change has come from understanding of immune checkpoints-cell surface molecules that regulate immune system activation and mediate coinhibitory signaling pathways that physiologically protect the body from autoimmunity. These pathways play an important role in tumors, including NSCLC, and are a mechanism of escape from immune surveillance. Several monoclonal antibodies have been developed in order to inhibit these molecules and unleash the brakes of the immune system. Currently in NSCLC, 7 different checkpoint inhibitors are under investigation: 2 anti-cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4, 2 anti-programmed death (PD)-1, and 3 anti-PD-ligand 1 antibodies. Here we review the progress to date in developing immunotherapy for NSCLC, summarize results from published trials, highlight ongoing trials, and discuss progress in the question of how best to select patients for this treatment. PMID:27443896

  18. Multiphoton fluorescence lifetime imaging of metabolic status in mesenchymal stem cell during adipogenic differentiation

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    Meleshina, A. V.; Dudenkova, V. V.; Shirmanova, M. V.; Bystrova, A. S.; Zagaynova, E. V.

    2016-03-01

    Non-invasive imaging of cell metabolism is a valuable approach to assess the efficacy of stem cell therapy and understand the tissue development. In this study we analyzed metabolic trajectory of the mesenchymal stem cells (MCSs) during differentiation into adipocytes by measuring fluorescence lifetimes of free and bound forms of the reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(P)H) and flavine adenine dinucleotide (FAD). Undifferentiated MSCs and MSCs on the 5, 12, 19, 26 days of differentiation were imaged on a Zeiss 710 microscope with fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) system B&H (Germany). Fluorescence of NAD(P)H and FAD was excited at 750 nm and 900 nm, respectively, by a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser and detected in a range 455-500 nm and 500-550 nm, correspondingly. We observed the changes in the NAD(P)H and FAD fluorescence lifetimes and their relative contributions in the differentiated adipocytes compare to undifferentiated MSCs. Increase of fluorescence lifetimes of the free and bound forms of NAD(P)H and the contribution of protein-bound NAD(P)H was registered, that can be associated with a metabolic switch from glycolysis to oxidative phosphorylation and/or synthesis of lipids in adipogenically differentiated MSCs. We also found that the contribution of protein-bound FAD decreased during differentiation. After carrying out appropriate biochemical measurements, the observed changes in cellular metabolism can potentially serve to monitor stem cell differentiation by FLIM.

  19. Inflammatory Cytokine Secretion Status of Bone Marrow Cells and Clinical Significance in Immune-related Hematocytopenia

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the expression of inlfammatory molecules in bone marrow immune cells of patients with immune-related hematocytopenia (IRH), and to investigate the immune mechanism and clinical signiifcance of the disease. Methods Total of 36 IRH patients were selected as observation group and 30 healthy people were taken as control group. Serum cytokines levels, activity of immunocytes and expression of HLA-DR were detected. Immune lfuorescence was applied to observe the expression state of immunologic molecules and cytokines in IRH patients. Results Serum cytokines were elevated in various degrees in observation group. Compared with the control group, the cytokines levels were significantly higher (P Conclusions It is demonstrated that antibodies or self-reactive lymphocytes were produced in IRH marrow, which would cause lesions of hemocytes, and lead to pathological process ifnally. Structure of hematopoietic cells mutated and these cells might be acted as target cells of immunocytes in the pathological process. Immunocytes could secrete inlfammatory factors and lead to immunologic injury of hemocyte.

  20. 324 Radiochemical engineering cells and high level vault tanks mixed waste compliance status

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    The 324 Building in the Hanford 300 Area contains Radiochemical Engineering Cells and High Level Vault tanks (the open-quotes REC/HLVclose quotes) for research and development activities involving radioactive materials. Radioactive mixed waste within this research installation, found primarily in B-Cell and three of the high level vault tanks, is subject to RCRA/DWR (open-quotes RCRAclose quotes) regulations for storage. This white paper provides a baseline RCRA compliance summary of MW management in the REC/HLV, based on best available knowledge. The REC/HLV compliance project, of which this paper is a part, is intended to achieve the highest degree of compliance practicable given the special technical difficulties of managing high activity radioactive materials, and to assure protection of human health and safety and the environment. The REC/HLV was constructed in 1965 to strict standards for the safe management of highly radioactive materials. Mixed waste in the REC/HLV consists of discarded tools and equipment, dried feed stock from nuclear waste melting experiments, contaminated particulate matter, and liquid feed stock from various experimental programs in the vault tanks. B-Cell contains most of these materials. Total radiological inventory in B-Cell is estimated at 3 MCi, about half of which is potentially open-quotes dispersibleclose quotes, that is, it is in small pieces or mobile particles. Most of the mixed waste currently in the REC/HLV was generated or introduced before mixed wastes were subjected to RCRA in 1987

  1. Current status and prospective application of stem cell-based therapies for spinal cord injury.

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    Das, Anjan Kumar; Gopurappilly, Renjitha; Parhar, Ishwar

    2011-06-01

    Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are a common form of trauma that leaves a huge trail of morbidity and human suffering in its wake. They occur mostly among the young, causing severe physical, psychological, social and economic burdens. The treatment of this condition has rather been disappointing; most of the management strategies being mainly supportive and prophylactic. In recent years there has been an emerging interest in the use of stem cells to regenerate the nervous tissue that has been damaged or lost. Although there has been much hype and unfounded hope, modest successes have been witnessed, and it is possible that these therapeutic strategies may have much more to offer in the future. This paper will review the current strategies of exploring cell-based therapies, mainly different types of stem cells to treat SCI along with the evidence that has been accumulated over the past decade in a rational bench-to-bedside approach. Furthermore, critical aspects such as the mode of delivery and ethical considerations are also discussed along with feasible suggestions for future translational research to provide a contextual picture of the current state of advancements in this field. The impediments to regeneration in the site of injury are briefly explained along with the benefits and drawbacks of different cell types used in the treatment of this condition. We hope that this review will offer a significant insight into this challenging clinical condition. PMID:21190537

  2. Relationship between somatic cell count status and subsequent clinical mastitis in Dutch dairy cows

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    Borne, van den B.H.P.; Vernooij, J.C.M.; Lupindu, A.M.; Schaik, van G.; Frankena, K.; Lam, T.J.G.M.; Nielen, M.

    2011-01-01

    High composite somatic cell counts (CSCC) in dairy cows may develop into clinical mastitis (CM), suggesting that prevention or intervention of high CSCC may prevent CM later in lactation. The objective of this study was to quantify the relationship between high CSCC in dairy cows and the first subse

  3. Non-invasive imaging of kupffer cell status using radiolabelled mannosylated albumin

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    Mahajan, V.; Hartimath, S.; Comley, R.; Stefan-Gueldner, M.; Roth, A.; Poelstra, K.; Reker-Smit, C.; Kamps, J.; Dierckx, R.; de Vries, Erik

    2014-01-01

    Background and Aims: Kupffer cells are responsible for maintaining liver homeostasis and have a vital role in chronic hepatotoxicity and various liver diseases. Positron Imaging Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows quantification and visualization of biochemical processes

  4. Use of NQO1 status as a selective biomarker for oesophageal squamous cell carcinomas with greater sensitivity to 17-AAG

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    Oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a major health burden in Sub-Saharan Africa, and novel chemotherapies are urgently required to combat this disease. The heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) inhibitor 17-N-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG) has previously been proposed as a possible candidate drug. NADPH quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) is known to increase the potency of 17-AAG, therefore we investigated the effects of 17-AAG in OSCC cell lines in the context of their NQO1 status. We used MTT assays to compare the sensitivity of a panel of OSCC cell lines to 17-AAG. Western blotting, and RT-PCR were used to investigate NQO1 protein and mRNA levels, while an RFLP approach was used to investigate the NQO1 C609T SNP. Expression of NQO1 markedly increased sensitivity to 17-AAG in the OSCC cell lines, while normal fibroblasts, which expressed HSP90 at much lower levels, were more resistant to 17-AAG. In isolation, neither the C609T SNP, nor NQO1 mRNA levels was an accurate predictor of NQO1 protein levels. Since NQO1 greatly enhances the anti-cancer effects of 17-AAG, this could be used as a selective marker for patients that would benefit most from 17-AAG chemotherapy at low doses. Testing for the presence of the C609T SNP in both alleles could be used as a screen to exclude potentially poor responders to 17-AAG treatment at low dosages

  5. Structural and functional bone-marrow status after lethal irradiation and transplantation of syngeneic haemopoietic cells

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    A study was made of the content and morphology of haemopoietic islands in the bone marrow of lethally irradiated CBA mice, and their change after transplantation of syngeneic haemopoietic cells. The data obtained show that the haemopoietic islands are reconstructed in the injured haemopoietic tissue due to the donor's bone-marrow nuclears. A new type of structural and functional associations, namely, stromal haemopoietic islands, has been found

  6. Pulmonary, Gonadal, and Central Nervous System Status after Bone Marrow Transplantation for Sickle Cell Disease

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    Walters, Mark C.; Hardy, Karen; Edwards, Sandie; Adamkiewicz, Thomas; Barkovich, James; Bernaudin, Francoise; Buchanan, George R.; Bunin, Nancy; Dickerhoff, Roswitha; Giller, Roger; Haut, Paul R.; Horan, John; Hsu, Lewis L.; Kamani, Naynesh; Levine, John E.

    2009-01-01

    We conducted a prospective, multicenter investigation of human-leukocyte antigen (HLA) identical sibling bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in children with severe sickle cell disease (SCD) between 1991 and 2000. To determine if children were protected from complications of SCD after successful BMT, we extended our initial study of BMT for SCD to conduct assessments of the central nervous system (CNS) and of pulmonary function 2 or more years after transplantation. In addition, the impact on g...

  7. Aspergillus as a multi-purpose cell factory: current status and perspectives

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    Abstract Aspergilli have a long history in biotechnology as expression platforms for the production of food ingredients, pharmaceuticals and enzymes. The achievements made during the last years, however, have the potential to revolutionize Aspergillus biotechnology and to assure Aspergillus a dominant place among microbial cell factories. This mini-review will highlight most recent breakthroughs in fundamental and applied Aspergillus research with a focus on new molecular tools, te...

  8. Determination of EGFR and KRAS mutational status in Greek non-small-cell lung cancer patients

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    Papadopoulou, Eirini; TSOULOS, NIKOLAOS; TSIRIGOTI, ANGELIKI; Apessos, Angela; AGIANNITOPOULOS, KONSTANTINOS; Metaxa-Mariatou, Vasiliki; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos; Zarogoulidis, Pavlos; KASARAKIS, DIMITRIOS; KAKOLYRIS, STYLIANOS; Dahabreh, Jubrail; VLASTOS, FOTIS; ZOUBLIOS, CHARALAMPOS; Rapti, Aggeliki; PAPAGEORGIOU, NIKI GEORGATOU

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    It has been reported that certain patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that harbor activating somatic mutations within the tyrosine kinase domain of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene may be effectively treated using targeted therapy. The use of EGFR inhibitors in patient therapy has been demonstrated to improve response and survival rates; therefore, it was suggested that clinical screening for EGFR mutations should be performed for all patients. Numerous clinicopat...

  9. Adapting Cell-Based Assays to the High Throughput Screening Platform: Problems Encountered and Lessons Learned

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    Maddox, Clinton B; Rasmussen, Lynn; White, E. Lucile

    2008-01-01

    In recent years, cell-based phenotypic assays have emerged as an effective and robust addition to the array of assay technologies available for drug discovery in the high throughput screening arena. Previously, biochemical target-based assays have been the technology of choice. With the emergence of stem cells as a basis for a new screening technology, it is important to keep in mind the lessons that have been learned from the adaptation of existing stable cell lines onto the high throughput ...

  10. The effectiveness and problems of utilizing diagrams for secondary school students' learning of cell divisions

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    Cheung, Man-lai; 張敏麗

    2014-01-01

    Cell division is a topic widely recognized by biology teachers for its importance in the curriculum. However, it is also regarded by teachers and students as a very difficult topic. Students at different school levels often hold many misconceptions in cell divisions. While diagrams have been so commonly employed in biology textbooks to enhance the textual representation of cell divisions, the researcher of this study questioned about the cognitive role of the diagrams in helping students cons...

  11. Use of Adult Stem Cells for Cartilage Tissue Engineering: Current Status and Future Developments

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    Catherine Baugé

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to their low self-repair ability, cartilage defects that result from joint injury, aging, or osteoarthritis, are the most often irreversible and are a major cause of joint pain and chronic disability. So, in recent years, researchers and surgeons have been working hard to elaborate cartilage repair interventions for patients who suffer from cartilage damage. However, current methods do not perfectly restore hyaline cartilage and may lead to the apparition of fibro- or hypertrophic cartilage. In the next years, the development of new strategies using adult stem cells, in scaffolds, with supplementation of culture medium and/or culture in low oxygen tension should improve the quality of neoformed cartilage. Through these solutions, some of the latest technologies start to bring very promising results in repairing cartilage from traumatic injury or chondropathies. This review discusses the current knowledge about the use of adult stem cells in the context of cartilage tissue engineering and presents clinical trials in progress, as well as in the future, especially in the field of bioprinting stem cells.

  12. Amyloid protein-mediated differential DNA methylation status regulates gene expression in Alzheimer’s disease model cell line

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    Highlights: ► Genome-wide DNA methylation pattern in Alzheimer’s disease model cell line. ► Integrated analysis of CpG methylation and mRNA expression profiles. ► Identify three Swedish mutant target genes; CTIF, NXT2 and DDR2 gene. ► The effect of Swedish mutation on alteration of DNA methylation and gene expression. -- Abstract: The Swedish mutation of amyloid precursor protein (APP-sw) has been reported to dramatically increase beta amyloid production through aberrant cleavage at the beta secretase site, causing early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). DNA methylation has been reported to be associated with AD pathogenesis, but the underlying molecular mechanism of APP-sw-mediated epigenetic alterations in AD pathogenesis remains largely unknown. We analyzed genome-wide interplay between promoter CpG DNA methylation and gene expression in an APP-sw-expressing AD model cell line. To identify genes whose expression was regulated by DNA methylation status, we performed integrated analysis of CpG methylation and mRNA expression profiles, and identified three target genes of the APP-sw mutant; hypomethylated CTIF (CBP80/CBP20-dependent translation initiation factor) and NXT2 (nuclear exporting factor 2), and hypermethylated DDR2 (discoidin domain receptor 2). Treatment with the demethylating agent 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine restored mRNA expression of these three genes, implying methylation-dependent transcriptional regulation. The profound alteration in the methylation status was detected at the −435, −295, and −271 CpG sites of CTIF, and at the −505 to −341 region in the promoter of DDR2. In the promoter region of NXT2, only one CpG site located at −432 was differentially unmethylated in APP-sw cells. Thus, we demonstrated the effect of the APP-sw mutation on alteration of DNA methylation and subsequent gene expression. This epigenetic regulatory mechanism may contribute to the pathogenesis of AD.

  13. Tobacco cells transformed with the fission yeast Spcdc25 mitotic inducer display growth and morphological characteristics as well as starch and sugar status evocable by cytokinin application

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    Suchomelová-Mašková, P.; Novák, Ondřej; Lipavská, H.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 46, č. 7 (2008), s. 673-684. ISSN 0981-9428 Grant ostatní: Grantová agentura U.K.(CZ) GAUK 207/2005 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : Carbohydrate status * cdc25 * Cell cycle Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 1.905, year: 2008

  14. Investigation of a redox-sensitive predictive model of mouse embryonic stem cells differentiation using quantitative nuclease protection assays and glutathione redox status

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    Investigation of a redox-sensitive predictive model of mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation via quantitative nuclease protection assays and glutathione redox status Chandler KJ,Hansen JM, Knudsen T,and Hunter ES 1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangl...

  15. Association between different EGFR mutation status and survival in pemetrexed-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer

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    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the association between different epidermal growth factor receptor(EGFR)mutation status and survival in pemetrexed-based chemotherapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer(NSCLC).Methods A retrospective cohort study was performed to assess146 patients with advanced NSCLC at Cancer

  16. Paraffin-embedded tissue is less accurate than frozen section analysis for determining VHL mutational status in sporadic renal cell carcinoma.

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    Verhoest, Grégory; Patard, Jean-Jacques; Fergelot, Patricia; Jouan, Florence; Zerrouki, Salim; Dréano, Stéphane; Mottier, Stéphanie; Rioux-Leclercq, Nathalie; Denis, Marc,

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    International audience INTRODUCTION: Literature controversies exist regarding the prognostic value of VHL mutations. The objective was to compare paraffin-embedded and frozen section specimens for VHL mutations detection and to evaluate the reliability of DNA analysis in formalin-fixed tissues. METHODS: Seventy-six patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC) previously assessed for VHL status from frozen samples were included. Seventy-three tumor samples were known to be mutated fo...

  17. Problem-Based Test: Replication of Mitochondrial DNA during the Cell Cycle

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    Setalo, Gyorgy, Jr.

    2013-01-01

    Terms to be familiar with before you start to solve the test: cell cycle, generation time, S-phase, cell culture synchronization, isotopic pulse-chase labeling, density labeling, equilibrium density-gradient centrifugation, buoyant density, rate-zonal centrifugation, nucleoside, nucleotide, kinase enzymes, polymerization of nucleic acids,…

  18. CD13-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma of T-cell origin--a diagnostic and histogenetic problem.

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    Popnikolov, N K; Payne, D A; Hudnall, S D; Hawkins, H K; Kumar, M; Norris, B A; Elghetany, M T

    2000-12-01

    The expression of myelomonocytic-associated antigens in anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCLs), particularly those presenting in extranodal sites, can make their distinction from extramedullary myeloid cell tumors (EMCTs) or histiocytic tumors problematic. Yet, this distinction is clinically significant because of its therapeutic and prognostic implications. Herein, we describe a case of extranodal anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive CD30-positive ALCL of T-cell origin in a 12-year-old boy, which was initially called an EMCT because of the expression of CD13 and HLA-DR detected by flow cytometry and the absence of other T-cell-related surface markers. However, the detection of cytoplasmic CD3 by flow cytometry prompted further studies. The tumor was composed of large cells with abundant slightly eosinophilic vacuolated cytoplasm and ovoid or reniform nuclei with a few small nucleoli. Using immunohistochemistry, the tumor was positive for CD45, CD30, CD45RO, and CD43 with a strong cytoplasmic and nuclear anaplastic lymphoma kinase stain. The tumor cells showed a T-cell clonal genotype. Electron microscopy revealed no ultrastructural features of myelomonocytic or histiocytic origin. The patient responded well to the chemotherapy and was in complete remission for 10 months at the time of submission of this manuscript. Review of the literature showed inconsistencies regarding the diagnosis, nomenclature, and, therefore, treatment and prognosis of these tumors. In addition, the CD13 expression in ALCL raises some histogenetic questions and may indicate origin from a pluripotent stem cell, misprogramming during malignant transformation, or a microenvironmental effect on lymphoid cell expression of surface antigens. Therefore, ALCL should be considered in the differential diagnosis of EMCTs or histiocytic tumors, particularly when surface marker lineage assignment is ambiguous. PMID:11100061

  19. Association between Bmi1 and clinicopathological status of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    Xiao-Ting He; Xiu-Feng Cao; Lv Ji; Bin Zhu; Jin Lv; Dong-Dong Wang; Pei-Hua Lu; Heng-Guan Cui

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the clinicopathological roles of Bmi1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemical staining for Bmi1 were performed in cancerous and adjacent noncancerous paraffin-embedded esophageal specimens. RESULTS: The Bmi1 expression level was unaffected by gender and age. The level of Bmi1 mRNA in ESCC was significantly higher than that in the adjacent noncancerous tissues (2.181 ± 2.158 vs 0.931 ± 0.894, P = 0.0152), and its over-expression was aggressively associated with lymph node metastasis (3.580 ± 2.487 vs 1.703 ± 0.758, P = 0.0003), poorer cell differentiation ( P = 0.0000) and advanced pathological stage (3.827 ± 2.673 vs 1.590 ± 0.735, P = 0.0001). The patients were divided into high-expression and low-expression groups based on the median expression level of Bmi1 mRNA, and a shorter overall survival time in the former group was observed. Immunohistochemistry for Bmi1 oncoprotein showed diffusely positive, focally positive and negative expression in 44, 16 and 10 of 70 ESCC cases, respectively, compared with three, two and five of 10 adjacent non-cancerous cases ( P = 0.027). The positive rate of the oncoprotein in samples of histological grade Ⅲ was higher than that of grade Ⅱ ( P = 0.031), but its expression had no relation to the lymph node metastasis and pathological staging. In 70 ESCC samples, Bmi1 showed high intense expression in the cytoplasm and less or even no expression in the nucleus. CONCLUSION: Bmi1 was over-expressed in ESCC. Increased Bmi1 mRNA expression was significantly associated with ESCC progression, and the oncoprotein was largely distributed in the cytoplasm of tumor cells.

  20. Stem cell therapy for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders: current status and future perspectives

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    Tong, Leslie M.; Fong, Helen; Huang, Yadong

    2015-01-01

    Underlying cognitive declines in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are the result of neuron and neuronal process losses due to a wide range of factors. To date, all efforts to develop therapies that target specific AD-related pathways have failed in late-stage human trials. As a result, an emerging consensus in the field is that treatment of AD patients with currently available drug candidates might come too late, likely as a result of significant neuronal loss in the brain. In this regard, cell-repla...

  1. Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated With Radiotherapy or Radiochemotherapy: Prognostic Role of TP53 and HPV Status

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    Purpose: To study the prognostic value of the TP53 mutation and human papilloma virus (HPV) status in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). Methods and materials: The TP53 mutation and HPV status were analyzed in 78 cases of locoregionally advanced OPSCC. The possible correlation of these factors with locoregiownal control, relapse-free survival, disease-specific survival, and overall survival (OS) was also investigated. Results: Of these 78 cases, 22 had disruptive and 22 had non-disruptive (silent) TP53 mutations; the remaining 34 cases had wild-type (WT) TP53. HPV 16 DNA was found in 9 cases (11%), but all HPV-positive (HPV+) cases carried a functional p53 protein, except for 1 case that had a silent mutation. HPV+ patients fared better than HPV-negative (HPV-) patients in terms of all survival parameters, with highly statistically significant differences between the groups. Specifically, no distant metastases were observed in the HPV+ patients, whereas they occurred in 17% of the HPV- patients. However, no difference was observed between the WT TP53 and mutation group, even when this was analyzed in terms of disruptive and non-disruptive mutations. Regardless, treatment with chemotherapy nearly doubled the 5-year OS rates, both in the mutation (42% vs. 22%) and WT (30 vs. 16%) group, but only the mutation group showed improvement in all survival parameters. In addition, the second tumor-free 5-year survival rate was 72% in HPV- cases, but no second tumors were observed in HPV+ and WT p53 cases. Conclusions: Patients with HPV+ OPSCC have an excellent prognosis after radiochemotherapy, but cisplatin-based chemotherapy may not confer a satisfactory outcome, especially in WT cases, thereby justifying the additional or alternative use of taxanes and epidermal growth factor receptors inhibitors. Uncommon distant metastases and second tumors in the HPV+ group may be cause for clinicians to review the follow-up policies in these patients.

  2. Pathological evaluation of ganglion cells in biopsies from upper side of the dentate line in patients with perianal problems

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    Marjan Joudi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Constipation is one of the most common complaints of individuals, which may present with complication like hemorrhoid and fissure. Hirschsprung is a disease presenting with chronic constipation and its diagnosis may be delayed until adulthood. It is diagnosed by biopsies from anorectal transitional zone. This study aimed to evaluate the association between Hirschsprung and anorectal problems. Method: Sixty three patients with anorectal problems who underwent surgery enrolled in this study. Some consecutive biopsies were obtained from anal canal at 2, 4 and 6 cm above the dentate line. Biopsies were assessed for ganglion cells changes. Patients' data and biopsies results were analyzed with SPSS version18. Results: Out of 63 patients 29 (46 % patients were female and 34 (54 % were male with the mean of 32.65 ± 13.73 years. Fifty six (73 % patients complained from constipation with the mean time of 57.65 ± 45.21 months. Aganglionic zone were reported in six patients with the mean length of 43.33 mm. There was not any relation between anal ganglion cells pathology and constipation (p=0.363, but there was a significant relation between duration of constipation and pathologic changes (p=0.001. The ratio of constipation duration to age was related to anal ganglion cell pathology (p=0.001. Hemorrhoid degree was also affected anal ganglion cells pathology (p=0.037. Conclusion: The relation between Hirschsprung's disease and anorectal problems in adults were significant. The pathologic findings were more presented in younger patients, and those with longer history of constipation and lower degree hemorrhoids. Key words: Anal ganglion cells, Hemorrhoids, Constipation  

  3. The Impact of Ethnic-Immigrant Status and Obesity-Related Risk Factors on Behavioral Problems among US Children and Adolescents

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    Singh, Gopal K.; Yu, Stella M.

    2012-01-01

    We examined the prevalence and correlates of parent-reported behavioral problems among immigrants and US-born children aged 6–17 years. The 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health was used to develop an 11-item factor-based behavioral problems index (BPI) and a dichotomous serious behavioral problems (SBP) measure. Logistic and least-squares regression and disparity indices were used to analyze differentials. BPI scores varied from 92.3 for immigrant Asian children to ≥102.4 for native Hisp...

  4. Squamous Cell Lung Carcinoma Presenting With Refractory Status Epilepticus: A Case Report of Paraneoplastic Limbic Encephalitis.

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    Hurley, Killian; Herron, Malcolm; McDermott, Sean; Farrell, Terence; O'Riordan, Deirdre

    2015-08-01

    Lung cancer-associated paraneoplastic syndromes affecting the central nervous system present significant diagnostic and treatment challenges. In this case, the patient presented with personality change, cognitive impairment, complex partial seizures, ataxia, dyspraxia, and dysphasia. Shortly after admission, the patient suffered refractory generalized tonic-clonic seizures and a decreased level of consciousness and required intubation, ventilation, and admission to the ICU. He was subsequently diagnosed with paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis based on recognized criteria, including a compatible clinical picture, elevated protein content in his cerebrospinal fluid with negative cytology, a positive positron emission tomography-computed tomography scan showing a right upper lobe tumor, and the exclusion of other neuro-oncological complications. Histopathology confirmed the tissue diagnosis as squamous cell cancer. Initial immunotherapy with steroids and intravenous immunoglobulin and subsequent lobectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy were partially successful, leading to partial resolution of his cognitive impairment. This report highlights the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of lung-related paraneoplastic syndromes. In addition, it illustrates the poor outcomes for patients and identifies squamous cell cancer as an extremely rare cause of paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis. PMID:25784771

  5. Live cell imaging at the Munich ion microbeam SNAKE – a status report

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    Ion microbeams are important tools in radiobiological research. Still, the worldwide number of ion microbeam facilities where biological experiments can be performed is limited. Even fewer facilities combine ion microirradiation with live-cell imaging to allow microscopic observation of cellular response reactions starting very fast after irradiation and continuing for many hours. At SNAKE, the ion microbeam facility at the Munich 14 MV tandem accelerator, a large variety of biological experiments are performed on a regular basis. Here, recent developments and ongoing research projects at the ion microbeam SNAKE are presented with specific emphasis on live-cell imaging experiments. An overview of the technical details of the setup is given, including examples of suitable biological samples. By ion beam focusing to submicrometer beam spot size and single ion detection it is possible to target subcellular structures with defined numbers of ions. Focusing of high numbers of ions to single spots allows studying the influence of high local damage density on recruitment of damage response proteins. The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s13014-015-0350-7) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users

  6. Cartilage Regeneration in Human with Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cells: Current Status in Clinical Implications

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    Jaewoo Pak

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteoarthritis (OA is one of the most common debilitating disorders among the elderly population. At present, there is no definite cure for the underlying causes of OA. However, adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs in the form of stromal vascular fraction (SVF may offer an alternative at this time. ADSCs are one type of mesenchymal stem cells that have been utilized and have demonstrated an ability to regenerate cartilage. ADSCs have been shown to regenerate cartilage in a variety of animal models also. Non-culture-expanded ADSCs, in the form of SVF along with platelet rich plasma (PRP, have recently been used in humans to treat OA and other cartilage abnormalities. These ADSCs have demonstrated effectiveness without any serious side effects. However, due to regulatory issues, only ADSCs in the form of SVF are currently allowed for clinical uses in humans. Culture-expanded ADSCs, although more convenient, require clinical trials for a regulatory approval prior to uses in clinical settings. Here we present a systematic review of currently available clinical studies involving ADSCs in the form of SVF and in the culture-expanded form, with or without PRP, highlighting the clinical effectiveness and safety in treating OA.

  7. Involvement of placental/umbilical cord blood acid-base status and gas values on the radiosensitivity of human fetal/neonatal hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells

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    Arterial cord blood (CB) acid-base status and gas values, such as pH, PCO2, PO2, HCO3- and base excess, provide useful information on the fetal and neonatal condition. However, it remains unknown whether these values affect the radiosensitivity of fetal/neonatal hematopoiesis. The present study evaluated the relationship between arterial CB acid-base status, gas values, and the radiosensitivity of CB hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). A total of 25 CB units were collected. The arterial CB acid-base status and gas values were measured within 30 min of delivery. The CD34+ HSPCs obtained from CB were exposed to 2 Gy X-irradiation, and then assayed for colony-forming unit-granulocyte-macrophage, burst-forming unit-erythroid (BFU-E), and colony-forming unit-granulocyte erythroid, macrophage and megakaryocyte cells. Acid-base status and gas values for PCO2 and HCO3- showed a statistically significant negative correlation with the surviving fraction of BFU-E. In addition, a significant positive correlation was observed between gestational age and PCO2. Moreover, the surviving fraction of BFU-E showed a significant negative correlation with gestational age. Thus, HSPCs obtained from CB with high PCO2/HCO3- levels were sensitive to X-irradiation, which suggests that the status of arterial PCO2/HCO3- influences the radiosensitivity of fetal/neonatal hematopoiesis, especially erythropoiesis. (author)

  8. Gene expression profiles after ionizing radiation in three closely related human lymphoblastoid cell lines with different p53 status

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    Full text: The p53 protein has been implicated in multiple cellular responses related to DNA damage, including apoptosis, cell cycle control, as well as DNA replication, transcription, and repair. Alterations in any of these processes could be related to increased genomic instability. Our previous study indicated that the lack of wild-type p53 does not lead to increased mutability. To investigate further how p53 is involved in regulating mutational processes, we used 8K cDNA microarrays to compare the patterns of gene expression among three closely related human cell lines with different p53 status including TK6 (wild-type p53), NH32 (p53-null), and WTK1 (mutant p53). Total RNA samples were collected at different time points (1, 3, 6, 9, and 24h) after 10Gy gamma-radiation. After template-based clustering analysis of the gene expression over the time course, our preliminary results showed that 464 genes are either up- or down-regulated by 2 fold following 10Gy radiation treatment. In addition, cluster analyses of gene expression profiles among these three cell lines revealed distinct patterns. In TK6, 175 genes were being up-regulated, while 36 genes showed down-regulation. In contrast, WTK1 showed 75 genes being up-regulated and 12 genes being down-regulated. In NH32, only 54 genes showed up-regulation. Furthermore, we found several genes associated with DNA repair such as DDB2, p53R2, XPC, PCNA, BTG2 and MSH2 were highly induced in TK6 compared to WTK1 and NH32. These TK6 up-regulated genes were confirmed by using real-time RT-PCR and are being further investigated at the protein level by Western blots

  9. Symbiosis as a mechanism of evolution: status of cell symbiosis theory.

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    Margulis, L; Bermudes, D

    1985-01-01

    Several theories for the origin of eukaryotic (nucleated) cells from prokaryotic (bacterial) ancestors have been published: the progenote, the direct filiation and the serial endosymbiotic theory (SET). Compelling evidence for two aspects of the SET is now available suggesting that both mitochondria and plastids originated by symbioses with a third type of microbe, probably a Thermoplasma-like archaebacterium ancestral to the nucleocytoplasm. We conclude that not enough information is available to negate or substantiate another SET hypothesis: that the undulipodia (cilia, eukaryotic flagella) evolved from spirochetes. Recognizing the power of symbiosis to recombine in single individual semes from widely differing partners, we develop the idea that symbiosis has been important in the origin of species and higher taxa. The abrupt origin of novel life forms through the formation of stable symbioses is consistent with certain patterns of evolution (e.g punctuated equilibria) described by some paleontologists. PMID:11543608

  10. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: current status and unresolved challenges

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    Because imaging with ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography is unreliable for preoperative lymph node staging of early-stage oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), elective neck dissection has been typically performed. The targeted sampling of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) identified by lymphoscintigraphy and detected by gamma probe has become an effective alternative for the selection of patients for regional nodal resection. With careful consideration to technique, high SLN detection rates have been reported. Advanced techniques including intraoperative handheld gamma camera imaging and freehand single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are expected to increase surgical confidence in these procedures. This review gives an update on SLN biopsy in patients with OSCC including clinical standards and controversial aspects. (orig.)

  11. [Present status of concurrent chemoreadiotherapy in squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck].

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    Li, X M; Song, Q

    2016-07-01

    Head neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a common kind of malignancies in human body. For HNSCC in early stage, either surgical operation or radiotherapy can acquire satisfactory treatment results. However, any single treatment modality such as surgery alone or single radiation is insufficient to gain satisfactory tumor control. Multidisciplinary treatment (MDT) has become a mainstay and important therapeutic strategy in the management of HNSCC. Among various approaches in the MDT, concurrent chemoradiotheraqpy (CCR) constitutes a major progress, which implicates a lot in improving outcomes and organ preservations in managing HNSCC. In the present review, the history, mechanisms, indications along with side effects and drawbacks, and perspectives of CCR are to be described and discussed, in the hope of providing effective guidance for the domestic MDT, especially CCR in the management of HNSCC. PMID:27480307

  12. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: current status and unresolved challenges

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    Bluemel, Christina; Herrmann, Ken [University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Wuerzburg (Germany); Rubello, Domenico [Rovigo Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine-PET/CT Oncologic and Endocrine Sections, Rovigo (Italy); Colletti, Patrick M. [University of Southern California, Department of Radiology, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Bree, Remco de [UMC Utrecht Cancer Center, Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2015-08-15

    Because imaging with ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography is unreliable for preoperative lymph node staging of early-stage oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), elective neck dissection has been typically performed. The targeted sampling of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) identified by lymphoscintigraphy and detected by gamma probe has become an effective alternative for the selection of patients for regional nodal resection. With careful consideration to technique, high SLN detection rates have been reported. Advanced techniques including intraoperative handheld gamma camera imaging and freehand single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are expected to increase surgical confidence in these procedures. This review gives an update on SLN biopsy in patients with OSCC including clinical standards and controversial aspects. (orig.)

  13. Immunotherapy for B-cell lymphoma: current status and prospective advances.

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    Hollander, Nurit

    2012-01-01

    Therapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has progressed significantly over the last decades. However, the majority of patients remain incurable, and novel therapies are needed. Because immunotherapy ideally offers target selectivity, an ever increasing number of immunotherapies, both passive and active, are undergoing development. The champion of passive immunotherapy to date is the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab that revolutionized the standard of care for lymphoma. The great success of rituximab catalyzed the development of new passive immunotherapy strategies that are currently undergoing clinical evaluation. These include improvement of rituximab efficacy, newer generation anti-CD20 antibodies, drug-conjugated and radio labeled anti-CD20 antibodies, monoclonal antibodies targeting non-CD20 lymphoma antigens, and bispecific antibodies. Active immunotherapy aims at inducing long-lasting antitumor immunity, thereby limiting the likelihood of relapse. Current clinical studies of active immunotherapy for lymphoma consist largely of vaccination and immune checkpoint blockade. A variety of protein- and cell-based vaccines are being tested in ongoing clinical studies. Recently completed phase III clinical trials of an idiotype protein vaccine suggest that the vaccine may have clinical activity in a subset of patients. Efforts to enhance the efficacy of active immunotherapy are ongoing with an emphasis on optimization of antigen delivery and presentation of vaccines and modulation of the immune system toward counteracting immunosuppression, using antibodies against immune regulatory checkpoints. This article discusses results of the various immunotherapy approaches applied to date for B-cell lymphoma and the ongoing trials to improve their effect. PMID:22566889

  14. Immunotherapy for B-cell lymphoma: current status and prospective advances

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    Nurit eHollander

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Therapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has progressed significantly over the last decades. However, the majority of patients remain incurable, and novel therapies are needed. Because immunotherapy ideally offers target selectivity, an ever increasing number of immunotherapies, both passive and active, are undergoing development. The champion of passive immunotherapy to date is the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab that revolutionized the standard of care for lymphoma. The great success of rituximab catalyzed the development of new passive immunotherapy strategies that are currently undergoing clinical evaluation. These include improvement of rituximab efficacy, newer generation anti-CD20 antibodies, drug-conjugated and radiolabelled anti-CD20 antibodies, monoclonal antibodies targeting non-CD20 lymphoma antigens, and bispecific antibodies. Active immunotherapy aims at inducing long-lasting antitumor immunity, thereby limiting the likelihood of relapse. Current clinical studies of active immunotherapy for lymphoma consist largely of vaccination and immune checkpoint blockade. A variety of protein- and cell-based vaccines are being tested in ongoing clinical studies. Recently completed phase III clinical trials of an idiotype protein vaccine suggest that the vaccine may have clinical activity in a subset of patients. Efforts to enhance the efficacy of active immunotherapy are ongoing with an emphasis on optimization of antigen delivery and presentation of vaccines and modulation of the immune system toward counteracting immunosuppression, using antibodies against immune regulatory checkpoints. This article discusses results of the various immunotherapy approaches applied to date for B-cell lymphoma and the ongoing trials to improve their effect.

  15. The lung in sickle cell disease: a clinical overview of common vascular, infectious, and other problems.

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    Young, R C; Castro, O; Baxter, R P; Dunn, R; Armstrong, E M; Cook, F J; Sampson, C C

    1981-01-01

    Acute pulmonary complications of sickle cell anemia are sickle cell lung disease and bacterial pneumonias. Chronic abnormalities in lung function include a restrictive ventilatory defect and perhaps increased venous admixture to the pulmonary circulation. Coexisting sarcoidosis may complicate sickle cell anemia and interact to potentiate sickling. Sickle cell lung disease, or acute "chest syndrome," occurs with greatest frequency in adults, is due primarily to pulmonary infarction, and may lead to cor pulmonale. On the other hand, bacterial pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae occurs with greater frequency in infancy and childhood. Mycoplasma and other organisms may also cause pneumonia with protracted illness and slow resolution. Bacteremia and meningitis may be further complications, particularly in children. Precise diagnosis of the acute febrile pulmonary episode is often difficult. In adults the illness is commonly self-limited. However, a vigorous diagnostic approach is warranted in all severely ill patients. PMID:7463492

  16. Parallel local search for solving Constraint Problems on the Cell Broadband Engine (Preliminary Results

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    Salvator Abreu

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available We explore the use of the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/BE for short for combinatorial optimization applications: we present a parallel version of a constraint-based local search algorithm that has been implemented on a multiprocessor BladeCenter machine with twin Cell/BE processors (total of 16 SPUs per blade. This algorithm was chosen because it fits very well the Cell/BE architecture and requires neither shared memory nor communication between processors, while retaining a compact memory footprint. We study the performance on several large optimization benchmarks and show that this achieves mostly linear time speedups, even sometimes super-linear. This is possible because the parallel implementation might explore simultaneously different parts of the search space and therefore converge faster towards the best sub-space and thus towards a solution. Besides getting speedups, the resulting times exhibit a much smaller variance, which benefits applications where a timely reply is critical.

  17. Highly sensitive proximity mediated immunoassay reveals HER2 status conversion in the circulating tumor cells of metastatic breast cancer patients

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    Kim Phillip

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The clinical benefits associated with targeted oncology agents are generally limited to subsets of patients. Even with favorable biomarker profiles, many patients do not respond or acquire resistance. Existing technologies are ineffective for treatment monitoring as they provide only static and limited information and require substantial amounts of tissue. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop methods that can profile potential therapeutic targets with limited clinical specimens during the course of treatment. Methods We have developed a novel proteomics-based assay, Collaborative Enzyme Enhanced Reactive-immunoassay (CEER that can be used for analyzing clinical samples. CEER utilizes the formation of unique immuno-complex between capture-antibodies and two additional detector-Abs on a microarray surface. One of the detector-Abs is conjugated to glucose oxidase (GO, and the other is conjugated to Horse Radish Peroxidase (HRP. Target detection requires the presence of both detector-Abs because the enzyme channeling event between GO and HRP will not occur unless both Abs are in close proximity. Results CEER was able to detect single-cell level expression and phosphorylation of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2 and human epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (HER1 in breast cancer (BCa systems. The shift in phosphorylation profiles of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs and other signal transduction proteins upon differential ligand stimulation further demonstrated extreme assay specificity in a multiplexed array format. HER2 analysis by CEER in 227 BCa tissues showed superior accuracy when compared to the outcome from immunohistochemistry (IHC (83% vs. 96%. A significant incidence of HER2 status alteration with recurrent disease was observed via circulating tumor cell (CTC analysis, suggesting an evolving and dynamic disease progression. HER2-positive CTCs were found in 41% (7/17 while CTCs with significant HER2

  18. Involvement of placental/umbilical cord blood acid–base status and gas values on the radiosensitivity of human fetal/neonatal hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells

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    Yamaguchi, Masaru; EBINA, SATOKO; Kashiwakura, Ikuo

    2012-01-01

    Arterial cord blood (CB) acid–base status and gas values, such as pH, PCO2, PO2, HCO3 −and base excess, provide useful information on the fetal and neonatal condition. However, it remains unknown whether these values affect the radiosensitivity of fetal/neonatal hematopoiesis. The present study evaluated the relationship between arterial CB acid–base status, gas values, and the radiosensitivity of CB hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). A total of 25 CB units were collected. The arter...

  19. The differentiation status of primary gonadal germ cell tumors correlates inversely with telomerase activity and the expression level of the gene encoding the catalytic subunit of telomerase

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    The activity of the ribonucleoprotein enzyme telomerase is detectable in germ, stem and tumor cells. One major component of telomerase is human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT), which encodes the catalytic subunit of telomerase. Here we investigate the correlation of telomerase activity and hTERT gene expression and the differentiation status of primary testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT). Telomerase activity (TA) was detected by a quantitative telomerase PCR ELISA, and hTERT mRNA expression was quantified by online RT-PCR in 42 primary testicular germ cell tumors. The control group consisted of benign testicular biopsies from infertile patients. High levels of telomerase activity and hTERT expression were detected in all examined undifferentiated TGCTs and in the benign testicular tissue specimens with germ cell content. In contrast, differentiated teratomas and testicular control tissue without germ cells (Sertoli-cell-only syndrome) showed no telomerase activity and only minimal hTERT expression. These findings demonstrate an inverse relationship between the level of telomerase activity and hTERT mRNA expression and the differentiation state of germ cell tumors. Quantification of telomerase activity and hTERT mRNA expression enables a new molecular-diagnostic subclassification of germ cell tumors that describes their proliferation potential and differentiation status

  20. Status of High Power Tests of Normal Conducting Single-Cell Standing Wave Structures

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    Our experiments are directed toward the understanding of the physics of rf breakdown in systems that can be used to accelerate electron beams at ∼11.4 GHz. The structure geometries have apertures, stored energy per cell, and rf pulse duration close to that of the NLC or CLIC. The breakdown rate is the main parameter that we use to compare rf breakdown behavior for different structures at a given set of rf pulse parameters (pulse shape and peak power) at 60 Hz repetition rate. In our experiments, the typical range of the breakdown rate is from one per few hours to ∼100 per hour. To date we have tested 29 structures. We consistently found that after the initial conditioning, the behavior of the breakdown rate is reproducible for structures of the same geometry and material, and the breakdown rate dependence on peak magnetic fields is stronger than on peak surface electric fields for structures of different geometries. Below we report the main results from tests of seven structures made from hard copper, soft copper alloys and hard-copper alloys. Additional details on these and other structures will be discussed in future publications.

  1. Current Status of Targeted Therapy for Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Li MA

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The rate of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK gene rearrangements in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC tissues is 3%-5%. The first-in-class ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor, crizotinib, can effectively target these tumors represent a significant advance in the evolution of personalized medicine for NSCLC. A randomized phase III clinical trial in which superiority of crizotinib over chemotherapy was seen in previously treated ALK-positive NSCLC patients demonstrated durable responses and well tolerance in the majority of ALK-positive NSCLC patients treated with crizotinib. However, despite the initial responses, most patients develop acquired resistance to crizotinib. Several novel therapeutic approaches targeting ALK-positive NSCLC are currently under evaluation in clinical trials, including second-generation ALK inhibitors, such as LDK378, CH5424802 (RO5424802, and AP26113, and new agents shock protein 90 inhibitors. This review aims to present the current knowledge on this fusion gene, the treatment advances, and novel drug clinical trials in ALK rearranged NSCLC.

  2. RFQ Reaction Cells for Isobar Separation in AMS: Evolution and Current Status

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    In the mass spectrometry of cations, such as Inductively Coupled Plasma-, Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization-, or Electro-spray-Mass Spectrometry, ion-gas reactions have provided a powerful tool for the elimination of isobars and other unwanted species. The energies usually used in Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS), even at the injection stage, and the fragility of the anions themselves have presented considerable challenges to using this technique for AMS. Nevertheless, work on a demonstration radiofrequency quadrupole (RFQ) system at the IsoTrace Laboratory in which the anions are decelerated to energies of several eV before entering the reaction cell has shown isobar suppression factors ranging between 10-4 and 10-7, while, in most cases, retaining reasonable transmission of the analyte anion. This seminar will begin with a review of the influences and ideas leading to the design and building of this prototype and a description of its functionality. A summary of the results obtained using this system, including recent ones which open up new applications for AMS, will follow, along with an outline of the design considerations for a pre-commercial system which is being installed on a second injection line at the Lalonde Laboratory. (author)

  3. The response of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) to ionizing radiation in human lymphoblastoid cell lines with different p53 status

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    Purpose/Objective: PCNA is a 36kD auxiliary protein for DNA polymerase δ involved in DNA replication and nucleotide excision repair. There are two intranuclear fractions: a detergent-extractable, soluble fraction (SOL) and a tightly DNA bound fraction (BF). To function, PCNA monomers form a trimeric sliding clamp, which is loaded onto DNA. To better understand the role of the p53/p21 pathway in the regulation of PCNA after radiation in vivo, we studied three closely related human lymphoblastoid cell lines, WTK1 (p53mt), TK6 (p53wt) and TK6E6, a HPV16E6 transfected line, that differ in p53 status, radiosensitivity and susceptibility to radiation-induced apoptosis. Materials and Methods: The total cellular PCNA content was divided into the two intranuclear fractions with detergent pretreatment (EDTA 2% containing 2.5 μl/ml Triton-X 100, 5 μl/ml BSA, 15 min, on ice). Time-dependent changes in PCNA monomer and trimer levels were measured after irradiation (0 - 4 Gy) in the different nuclear fractions (BF, SOL) by western blot analysis after protein cross-linking (glutaraldehyde 0.02%, 10 min, room temperature) as an assay for PCNA dependent repair activity. The results were compared to those with human diploid fibroblasts (GM6419) studied under different growth conditions (log-phase, density inhibition) yielding differing p21 levels. Residual damage was assessed by the micronucleus assay. Micronuclei were counted in binucleate cells only, and at least two slides per data point (at least 500 binucleate cells were scored per slide) were examined under the fluorescence microscope. Results: There was no change in total cellular PCNA protein levels up to 48h after irradiation, consistent with predominantly post-translational regulation. Changes in intranuclear distribution and complex formation were observed in a p53/p21 dependent manner. After irradiation, there was an increase in BF PCNA levels up to 2 - 3 times baseline level with a maximum at 30 - 60 min, which could

  4. Improvements and problem solving in the zinc cell house of Met-Mex Penoles

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    Over the last five years, Penoles has implemented several changes in its Zn electrowinning (EW) cell house. These were aimed at increasing cell house capacity, diminish specific energy consumption, E, and increase current efficiency (CE). The original design capacity of the Penoles Zn EW plant was 105,000 tpy refined Zn. The plant used to operate at an average CE of 88.5% and E of 3,500 kWh/tonne of cathode. Today, after several changes in the Zn plant and in the cell house, design capacity has been increased to 225,000 tpy refined Zn. This was achieved by installing new polymer-concrete cells and equipotential bars. Cathode size was increased from 2.6 to 3.0 m2 in a first step and then to 3.2 m2, with some cells equipped with 3.6 m2 cathodes. CE has been increased to 91.5% and E has been diminished to 3,200 kWh/tonne of cathode. (author)

  5. Determination of Glutathione and Its Redox Status in Isolated Vacuoles of Red Beetroot Cells

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The glutathione of the red beetroot vacuoles (Beta vulgaris L. was measured using three well-known methods: the spectrofluorimetric method with orthophthalic aldehyde (OPT; the spectrophotometric method with 5.5'-dithiobis-2-nitrobenzoic acid (DTNB; the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. The content of reduced (GSH and oxidized glutathione (GSSG differed depending on the research method. With OPT the concentration of glutathione was: GSH – 0.059 µmol /mg protein; GSSG – 0.019 µmol/mg protein and total glutathione (GSHtotal – 0.097 µmol/mg protein. In the case of determining with DTNB the concentration of glutathione was: GSH – 0.091 µmol/mg protein; GSSG – 0.031 µmol/mg protein; GSHtotal – 0.153 µmol/mg protein. HPLC-defined concentration of glutathione was lower: GSH – 0.039 µmol/mg protein; GSSG – 0.007 µmol/mg protein; GSHtotal – 0.053 µmol/mg protein. Redox ratio of GSH/GSSG was also dependent on the method of determination: with OPT – 3.11; with DTNB – 2.96 and HPLC – 5.57. Redox ratio of glutathione in vacuoles was much lower than the tissue extracts of red beetroot, which, depending on the method of determination, was: 7.23, 7.16 and 9.22. The results showed the vacuoles of red beetroot parenchyma cells contain glutathione. Despite the low value of the redox ratio GSH/GSSG, in vacuoles the pool of reduced glutathione prevailed over the pool of oxidized glutathione.

  6. NRS2002 assesses nutritional status of leukemia patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Peng Liu; Zhao-Feng Zhang; Jing-Jing Cai; Bo-Shi Wang; Xia Yan

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To discuss whether nutritional risk screening 2002 (NRS2002) is appropriate for nutritional risk screening for leukemia patients before and after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT),and whether there are risk differences in other conditions,such as age,gender and matching degree; to find the methods and indicators of nutritional risk screening for these patients before and after HSCT,in order to give timely intervention to guarantee the successful completion of the entire transplantation process.Methods:Nutritional risk of 99 leukemia patients was screened with NRS2002 before and after HSCT.The x2 test was applied to compare the risk differences between groups such as age,gender and matching degree,while the differences of other enumeration data,such as recent (1-3 months) weight loss,reduced food intake within one week and BMI,were compared by continuity correction.Results:Of the 99 leukemia patients,22 cases (22.2%) had nutritional risk before HSCT,while all patients had nutritional risk after HSCT; there is no significant difference in nutritional risk between male and female,and patients of less than 30 years old,not-full matched,recent (1-3 months) weight loss,reduced food intake within a week or BMI <18.5 were more likely to have nutritional risk; and 77 cases (77.8%) had weight loss,among which 49 patients (63.6%) had more than 5% weight loss within one month.Conclusions:This study showed that leukemia patients should receive the nutritional risk screening conventionally before and after HSCT,and NRS2002 was only appropriate for nutritional risk screening before HSCT.More attention should be paid to the patients less than 30 years old or not-full matched.Weight change was one of the important nutritional indicators for patients after HSCT.

  7. Stem cell therapy for joint problems using the horse as a clinically relevant animal model

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    Koch, Thomas Gadegaard; Betts, Dean H.

    2007-01-01

    of the developmental biology of synovial joints and their pathologies. Before human clinical trials are undertaken, stem cell-based therapies for non-life-threatening disorders should be evaluated for their safety and efficacy using animal models of spontaneous disease and not solely by the existing laboratory models...... of experimentally induced lesions. The horse lends itself as a good animal model of spontaneous joint disorders that are clinically relevant to similar human disorders. Equine stem cell and tissue engineering studies may be financially feasible to principal investigators and small biotechnology companies......Research into articular cartilage is a surprisingly recent endeavour and much remains to be learned about the normal development of the synovial joint and its components that interplay in osteoarthritis and focal cartilage defects. Stem cell research is likely to contribute to the understanding...

  8. Problems of primary T-cell lymphoma of the thyroid gland -A case report

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    Yokoyama Junkichi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In the following report we discuss a very rare case of malignant T-cell lymphoma of the thyroid gland that developed in a 70-year-old woman with a past history of hypothyroidism due to chronic thyroiditis. The chief complaint was a rapidly growing neck mass. CT and ultrasonographic examination revealed a diffuse large thyroid gland without a nodule extending up to 13 cm. Although presence of abnormal lymphoid cells in the peripheral blood was not found, the sIL-2 Receptor antibody and thyroglobulin measured as high as 970 U/ml and 600 ng/mL respectively. Fine needle aspiration cytology diagnosed chronic thyroiditis. A preoperative diagnosis of suspicious malignant lymphoma of the thyroid gland accompanied by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was made, and a right hemithyroidectomy was performed to definite diagnosis. Histological examination revealed diffuse small lymphocytic infiltration in the thyroid gland associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Immunohistochemical examination showed that the small lymphocytes were positive for T-cell markers with CD3 and CD45RO. The pathological diagnosis was chronic thyroiditis with atypical lymphocytes infiltration. However, Southern blot analysis of tumor specimens revealed only a monoclonal T-cell receptor gene rearrangement. Finally, peripheral T cell lymphoma was diagnosed. Therefore, the left hemithyroidectomy was also performed one month later. No adjuvant therapy was performed due to the tumor stage and its subtype. The patient is well with no recurrence or metastasis 22 months after the surgical removal of the thyroid. As malignant T-cell lymphoma of the thyroid gland with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was difficult to diagnose, gene rearrangement examination needed to be performed concurrently.

  9. Gene expression analysis of radiation-induced apoptosis in human squamous cell carcinoma with different p53 status using DNA microarray

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    Yane, Katsunari; Ota, Ichiro; Yuki, Kazue; Hosoi, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Akihisa; Ohnishi, Ken; Ohnishi, Takeo [Nara Medical Univ., Kashihara (Japan)

    2002-06-01

    To identify genes that are associated with radiosensitivity in different p53 gene status, we used a cDNA microarray containing 161 genes related to apoptosis. Two kind of cells of wild-type p53 cells (SAS/neo) and mutation-type p53 cells (SAS/mp53) were utilized to clarify the expression of genes which induce apoptosis at different times after 6 Gy irradiation. The gene expression of casper was over 10 fold high in gene expression at 36 hr in SAS/neo cells as compared as unirradiated cells, whereas the gene expression of caspase disappeared at 2 hr in SAS/mp53 cells. These results suggest that the casper gene might play an important role for radiosensitivity. (author)

  10. Problems in mechanistic theoretical models for cell transformation by ionizing radiation

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    A mechanistic model based on yields of double strand breaks has been developed to determine the dose response curves for cell transformation frequencies. At its present stage the model is applicable to immortal cell lines and to various qualities (X-rays, Neon and Iron) of ionizing radiation. Presently, we have considered four types of processes which can lead to activation phenomena: (i) point mutation events on a regulatory segment of selected oncogenes, (ii) inactivation of suppressor genes, through point mutation, (iii) deletion of a suppressor gene by a single track, and (iv) deletion of a suppressor gene by two tracks. (author)

  11. Technology Status and Expected Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Battery, Plug-In Hybrid, and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

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    Lipman, Timothy E.

    2011-11-01

    Electric vehicles (EVs) of various types are experiencing a commercial renaissance but of uncertain ultimate success. Many new electric-drive models are being introduced by different automakers with significant technical improvements from earlier models, particularly with regard to further refinement of drivetrain systems and important improvements in battery and fuel cell systems. The various types of hybrid and all-electric vehicles can offer significant greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions when compared to conventional vehicles on a full fuel-cycle basis. In fact, most EVs used under most condition are expected to significantly reduce lifecycle GHG emissions. This paper reviews the current technology status of EVs and compares various estimates of their potential to reduce GHGs on a fuel cycle basis. In general, various studies show that battery powered EVs reduce GHGs by a widely disparate amount depending on the type of powerplant used and the particular region involved, among other factors. Reductions typical of the United States would be on the order of 20-50%, depending on the relative level of coal versus natural gas and renewables in the powerplant feedstock mix. However, much deeper reductions of over 90% are possible for battery EVs running on renewable or nuclear power sources. Plug-in hybrid vehicles running on gasoline can reduce emissions by 20-60%, and fuel cell EV reduce GHGs by 30-50% when running on natural gas-derived hydrogen and up to 95% or more when the hydrogen is made (and potentially compressed) using renewable feedstocks. These are all in comparison to what is usually assumed to be a more advanced gasoline vehicle "baseline" of comparison, with some incremental improvements by 2020 or 2030. Thus, the emissions from all of these EV types are highly variable depending on the details of how the electric fuel or hydrogen is produced.

  12. Effect of particle size and dispersion status on cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of zinc oxide in human bronchial epithelial cells.

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    Roszak, Joanna; Catalán, Julia; Järventaus, Hilkka; Lindberg, Hanna K; Suhonen, Satu; Vippola, Minnamari; Stępnik, Maciej; Norppa, Hannu

    2016-07-01

    Data available on the genotoxicity of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) are controversial. Here, we examined the effects of particle size and dispersion status on the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of nanosized and fine ZnO, in the presence and absence of bovine serum albumin (BSA; 0.06%) in human bronchial epithelial BEAS-2B cells. Dynamic light scattering analysis showed the most homogenous dispersions in water alone for nanosized ZnO and in water with BSA for fine ZnO. After a 48-h treatment, both types of ZnO were cytotoxic within a similar, narrow dose range (1.5-3.0μg/cm(2)) and induced micronuclei at a near toxic dose range (1.25-1.75μg/cm(2)), both with and without BSA. In the comet assay, nanosized ZnO (1.25-1.5μg/cm(2)), in the absence of BSA, caused a statistically significant increase in DNA damage after 3-h and 6-h treatments, while fine ZnO did not. Our findings may be explained by better uptake or faster intracellular dissolution of nanosized ZnO without BSA during short treatments (3-6h; the comet assay), with less differences between the two ZnO forms after longer treatments (>48h; the in vitro micronucleus test). As ZnO is genotoxic within a narrow dose range partly overlapping with cytotoxic doses, small experimental differences e.g. in the dispersion of ZnO particles may have a substantial effect on the genotoxicity of the nominal doses added to the cell culture. PMID:27402478

  13. Control rod examinations in hot cells: actions opened for resolving wear problems

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    Hot cell examinations of worn rodlets, as well as site data evaluation and mechanical computations, have been used to evaluate the residual lifetime of worn RCCAs, considering EDF's present wear management strategy. Further investigations are underway to study vibratory and wear mechanisms; improved components are being tested

  14. Problem-Solving Test: Analysis of DNA Damage Recognizing Proteins in Yeast and Human Cells

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    Szeberenyi, Jozsef

    2013-01-01

    The experiment described in this test was aimed at identifying DNA repair proteins in human and yeast cells. Terms to be familiar with before you start to solve the test: DNA repair, germline mutation, somatic mutation, inherited disease, cancer, restriction endonuclease, radioactive labeling, [alpha-[superscript 32]P]ATP, [gamma-[superscript…

  15. Cognitive and Academic Problems Associated with Childhood Cancers and Sickle Cell Disease

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    Daly, Brian P.; Kral, Mary C.; Brown, Ronald T.

    2008-01-01

    Childhood cancers and sickle cell disease represent some of the most complex medical conditions of childhood, impacting development in all domains. The influence of these conditions on cognitive functioning and academic achievement has particular relevance for the school psychologist, who is poised to promote the positive adaptation of children…

  16. Proceedings of the workshop on hydrocarbon processing mixing and scale-up problems. [Fuels processing for fuel cells

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    Gabor, J. D. [ed.

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    A workshop was convened by the Division of Fossil Fuel Utilization of the US Department of Energy in cooperation with the Particulate and Multiphase Process Program of the National Science Foundation to identify needs for fundamental engineering support for the design of chemical reactors for processing heavy hydrocarbon liquids. The problems associated with dispersing liquid hydrocarbons in a reacting gas and mixing within the gas phase are of primary concern. The transactions of the workshop begin with an introduction to the immediate goals of the Department of Energy. Fuel cell systems and current research and development are reviewed. Modeling of combustion and the problems of soot formation and deposits in hydrocarbon fuels are next considered. The fluid mechanics of turbulent mixing and its effect on chemical reactions are then presented. Current experimental work and process development provide an update on the present state-of-the-art.

  17. O6-Methylguanine-Methyltransferase (MGMT Promoter Methylation Status in Glioma Stem-Like Cells is Correlated to Temozolomide Sensitivity Under Differentiation-Promoting Conditions

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    Lucie Karayan-Tapon

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Glioblastoma (GBM is the most malignant type of primary brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. The actual standard protocol of treatment for GBM patients consists of radiotherapy and concomitant temozolomide (TMZ. However, the therapeutic efficacy of this treatment is limited due to tumor recurrence and TMZ resistance. Recently isolated, glioma stem-like cells (GSCs are thought to represent the population of tumorigenic cells responsible for GBM resistance and recurrence following surgery and chemotherapy. In addition, MGMT (O6-methylguanine-methyltransferase methylation is considered as one of the principal mechanisms contributing to TMZ sensitivity of GBM. In this study we have isolated GSCs from 10 adult GBM patients and investigated the relationship between MGMT methylation status and Temozolomide (TMZ sensitivity of these lines grown either in stem-like or differentiation promoting conditions. Sensitivity to TMZ was significantly associated with MGMT methylation status in cells committed to differentiation but not in stem-like cells. In addition, patients harboring highly methylated MGMT promoters had a longer overall survival. These results reveal the importance of the differentiation process when considering the predictive value of MGMT status in GSCs for clinical response to TMZ.

  18. Effects of p53 status and wortmannin treatment on potentially lethal damage repair, with emphasis on the response of intratumor quiescent cells

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    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of p53 status and wortmannin treatment on potentially lethal damage repair, referring to the response of intratumor quiescent cells. Human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells transfected with mutant TP53 (SAS/mp53) or with neo vector as a control (SAS/neo) were injected subcutaneously into both hind legs of Balb/cA nude mice. Mice bearing the tumors received 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) continuously to label all proliferating (P) cells in the tumors. The mice then received γ-rays with or without subsequent wortmannin administration. Right after or 24 h after γ-ray irradiation alone or 24 h after wortmannin administration following irradiation, the tumors were excised, minced, and trypsinized. The tumor cell suspensions thus obtained were incubated with a cytokinesis blocker (cytochalasin-B), and the micronucleus (MN) frequency in cells without BrdU labeling [quiescent (Q) cells] was determined using immunofluorescence staining for BrdU. The MN frequency in total (P+Q) tumor cells was determined from the tumors that were not pretreated with BrdU. On the whole, larger values of MN frequency and surviving fraction were observed in SAS/mp53 cells than in SAS/neo cells, and Q cells showed lower MN frequencies than total cells. Without wortmannin, SAS/neo tumor cells, especially Q cells within SAS/neo tumors, showed large potentially lethal damage repair (PLDR) capacities, compared with total or Q tumor cells within SAS/mp53 tumors that showed little PLDR capacity. Wortmannin treatment inhibited the PLDR in SAS/neo tumors very effectively, but showed no apparent effect on either total or Q tumor cells within SAS/mp53 tumors. PLDR in vivo was thought to be a p53-dependent event whether in total or Q tumor cell populations. (author)

  19. The effect of adenovirus expressing wild-type p53 on 5-fiuorouracil chemosensitivity is related to p53 status in pancreatic cancer cell lines

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    Sven Eisold; Michael Linnebacher; Eduard Ryschich; Dalibor Antolovic; Ulf Hinz; Ernst Klar; Jan Schmidt

    2004-01-01

    AIM: There are conflicting data about p53 function on cellular sensitivity to the cytotoxic action of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).Therefore the objective of this study was to determine the combined effects of adenovirus-mediated wild-type (wt) p53gene transfer and 5-FU chemotherapy on pancreatic cancer cells with different p53 gene status.METHODS: Human pancreatic cancer cell lines Capan-1p53mut,Capan-2p53wt, FAMPACp53mut, PANC1p53mut, and rat pancreatic cancer cell lines ASp53wt and DSL6Ap53null were used for in vitro studies. Following infection with different ratios of Adp53-particles (MOI) in combination with 5-FU, proliferation of tumor cells and apoptosis were quantified by cell proliferation assay (WST-1) and FACS (PI-staining). In addition, DSL6A syngeneic pancreatic tumor cells were inoculated subcutaneously in to Lewis rats for in vivo studies.Tumor size, apoptosis (TUNEL) and survival were determined.RESULTS: Ad-p53 gene transfer combined with 5-FU significantly inhibited tumor cell proliferation and substantially enhanced apoptosis in all four cell lines with an alteration in the p53 gene compared to those two cell lines containing wt-p53. In vivo experiments showed the most effective tumor regression in animals treated with Ad-p53 plus 5-FU. Both in vitro and in vivo analyses revealed that a sublethal dose of Ad-p53 augmented the apoptotic response induced by 5-FU.CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that Ad-p53 may synergistically enhance 5-FU-chemosensitivity most strikingly in pancreatic cancer cells lacking p53 function. These findings illustrate that the anticancer efficacy of this combination treatment is dependent on the p53 gene status of the target tumor cells.

  20. [Therapeutic potential of human mesenchymal stromal cells secreted components: a problem with standartization].

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    Sagaradze, G D; Grigorieva, O A; Efimenko, A Yu; Chaplenko, A A; Suslina, S N; Sysoeva, V Yu; Kalinina, N I; Akopyan, Zh A; Tkachuk, V A

    2015-01-01

    Regenerative medicine approaches, such as replacement of damaged tissue by ex vivo manufactured constructions or stimulation of endogenous reparative and regenerative processes to treat different diseases, are actively developing. One of the major tools for regenerative medicine are stem and progenitor cells, including multipotent mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC). Because the paracrine action of bioactive factors secreted by MSC is considered as a main mechanism underlying MSC regenerative effects, application of MSC extracellular secreted products could be a promising approach to stimulate tissue regeneration; it also has some advantages compared to the injection of the cells themselves. However, because of the complexity of composition and multiplicity of mechanisms of action distinguished the medicinal products based on bioactive factors secreted by human MSC from the most of pharmaceuticals, it is important to develop the approaches to their standardization and quality control. In the current study, based on the literature data and guidelines as well as on our own experimental results, we provided rationalization for nomenclature and methods of quality control for the complex of extracellular products secreted by human adipose-derived MSC on key indicators, such as "Identification", "Specific activity" and "Biological safety". Developed approaches were tested on the samples of conditioned media contained products secreted by MSC isolated from subcutaneous adipose tissue of 30 donors. This strategy for the standardization of innovative medicinal products and biomaterials based on the bioactive extracellular factors secreted by human MSC could be applicable for a wide range of bioactive complex products, produced using the different types of stem and progenitor cells. PMID:26716748

  1. caBIG® Spotlight - Solving Research Problems: Analyze Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Transcriptional Profiles —

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    Read a case study to learn more about how Dr. Bradley Merrill of the University of Illinois at Chicago and his lab were able to perform their first gene expression array experiment comparing a mutant mouse embryonic stem cell line to a non-mutant control line using GenePattern, an application supported by the Molecular Analysis Tools Knowledge Center which provides bioinformatics tools for gene expression, proteomic and SNP analysis.

  2. Fractional variational problems and particle in cell gyrokinetic simulations with fuzzy logic approach for tokamaks

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    Rastović Danilo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In earlier Rastovic's papers [1] and [2], the effort was given to analyze the stochastic control of tokamaks. In this paper, the deterministic control of tokamak turbulence is investigated via fractional variational calculus, particle in cell simulations, and fuzzy logic methods. Fractional integrals can be considered as approximations of integrals on fractals. The turbulent media could be of the fractal structure and the corresponding equations should be changed to include the fractal features of the media.

  3. Authors are also reviewers: problems in assigning cause for missing negative studies [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/uo

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    Stephen Senn

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available I compare two possible extreme hypotheses regarding submission of papers to journals: the Q hypothesis, whereby the decision to submit is based on quality of research; and the P hypothesis, whereby it is based on probability of acceptance. I give five reasons as to why the P hypothesis is more plausible and suggest that problems of missing data may previously have caused researchers to misinterpret the evidence on editorial bias.

  4. 我国农产品可追溯体系的现状及问题分析%Status and Problems of China's Agricultural Products Traceability System

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    贾娜; 东梅; 李瑾; 魏涛

    2014-01-01

    In recent years , because of the mad cow disease , foot and mouth disease , melamine scandal and the "Horse Meat Crisis "which has not yet subsided in European , food safety problem has aroused more and more attention of the people .However , the retrospective of the quality of agricultural products is an effective way to solve the problem of food security .Based on the analysis of the current situation of the agricultural products traceability system ,this paper provides existing problems of Chinese agricultural products traceability system in the standards , technology , laws, regulations and the cost.,and then puts forward some suggestions .%近年来,从疯牛病、口蹄疫、三聚氰胺事件,到欧洲尚未平息的“马肉风波”,食品安全问题引起了人们越来越广泛的关注。农产品质量追溯是解决食品安全问题的一个有效办法。为此,分析了我国目前农产品可追溯系统的发展现状,找出了我国农产品追溯系统在标准、技术、法律法规和成本等方面存在的问题,并提出了参考建议。

  5. Nicotine-induced survival signaling in lung cancer cells is dependent on their p53 status while its down-regulation by curcumin is independent

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    Puliyappadamba Vineshkumar T

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lung cancer is the most lethal cancer and almost 90% of lung cancer is due to cigarette smoking. Even though nicotine, one of the major ingredients of cigarette smoke and the causative agent for addiction, is not a carcinogen by itself, several investigators have shown that nicotine can induce cell proliferation and angiogenesis. We observed that the proliferative index of nicotine is different in the lung cancer cell lines H1299 (p53-/- and A549 (p53+/+ which indicates that the mode of up-regulation of survival signals by nicotine might be different in cells with and without p53. Results While low concentrations of nicotine induced activation of NF-κB, Akt, Bcl2, MAPKs, AP1 and IAPs in H1299, it failed to induce NF-κB in A549, and compared to H1299, almost 100 times higher concentration of nicotine was required to induce all other survival signals in A549. Transfection of WT-p53 and DN-p53 in H1299 and A549 respectively, reversed the mode of activation of survival signals. Curcumin down-regulated all the survival signals induced by nicotine in both the cells, irrespective of their p53 status. The hypothesis was confirmed when lower concentrations of nicotine induced NF-κB in two more lung cancer cells, Hop-92 and NCI-H522 with mutant p53 status. Silencing of p53 in A549 using siRNA made the cells susceptible to nicotine-induced NF-κB nuclear translocation as in A549 DN-p53 cells. Conclusions The present study reveals a detrimental role of nicotine especially in lung cancer patients with impaired p53 status and identifies curcumin as a potential chemopreventive.

  6. Estimation problems associated with stochastic modeling of proliferation and differentiation of O-2A progenitor cells in vitro.

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    Zorin, A; Mayer-Proschel, M; Noble, M; Yakovlev, A Y

    2000-10-01

    Our previous research effort has resulted in a stochastic model that provides an excellent fit to our experimental data on proliferation and differentiation of oligodendrocyte type-2 astrocyte progenitor cells at the clonal level. However, methods for estimation of model parameters and their statistical properties still remain far away from complete exploration. The main technical difficulty is that no explicit analytic expression for the joint distribution of the number of progenitor cells and oligodendrocytes, and consequently for the corresponding likelihood function, is available. In the present paper, we overcome this difficulty by using computer-intensive simulation techniques for estimation of the likelihood function. Since the output of our simulation model is essentially random, stochastic optimization methods are necessary to maximize the estimated likelihood function. We use the Kiefer-Wolfowitz procedure for this purpose. Given sufficient computing resources, the proposed estimation techniques significantly extend the spectrum of problems that become approachable. In particular, these techniques can be applied to more complex branching models of multi-type cell systems with dependent evolutions of different types of cells. PMID:10998484

  7. Technical problems to be solved before the solid oxide fuel cell will be commercialized

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    Bagger, C.; Hendriksen, P.V.; Mogensen, M. [Riso National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark)

    1996-12-31

    The problems which must be solved before SOFC-systems are competitive with todays power production technology are of both technical and economical nature. The cost of SOFC stacks at the 25 kW level of today is about 30,000 ECU/kW and it is bound to come down to about 500 ECU/kW. The allowable cost of a SOFC system is anticipated to be around 1500 ECU/kW. As part of the Danish SOFC program (DK-SOFC) a 0.5 kW stack was built and tested during the second half of 1995. Based upon the experience gained, an economic analysis has been made. The tools required to approach an economically acceptable solution are outlined below.

  8. Effect of Helicobacter pylori infection and its eradication on cell proliferation, DNA status, and oncogene expression in patients with chronic gastritis

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    Nardone, G.; Staibano, S.; Rocco, A.; Mezza, E; D'Armiento, F; Insabato, L; A. Coppola; Salvatore, G; Lucariello, A; Figura, N.; De Rosa, G; Budillon, G

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND—Helicobacter pylori, the main cause of chronic gastritis, is a class I gastric carcinogen. Chronic gastritis progresses to cancer through atrophy, metaplasia, and dysplasia. Precancerous phenotypic expression is generally associated with acquired genomic instability.
AIM—To evaluate the effect of H pylori infection and its eradication on gastric histology, cell proliferation, DNA status, and oncogene expression.
METHODS/SUBJECTS—Morphometric and immunohistochemical techniques were ...

  9. Effect of daily iron supplementation on iron status, cell-mediated immunity, and incidence of infections in 6-36 month old Togolese children

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    Berger, Jacques; Dyck, Jean-Luc; Galan, P; Aplogan, A; Schneider, Dominique; Traissac, Pierre; Hercberg, S.

    2000-01-01

    Objective : to assess the impact of a daily oral iron supplementation on hematological status, cell-mediated immunity and susceptibility to infections in children living in an environment where iron deficiency, malaria and other infections are frequent. Design : randomized, double-blind iron supplementation including a placebo group. Setting : a village in Togo, West Africa. Subjects : of the 229 6-36-month-old children of both sexes recruited, 197 with hemoglobin concentration of greater tha...

  10. Pancreatic islet-cell viability, functionality and oxidative status remain unaffected at pharmacological concentrations of commonly used antibiotics in vitro

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    Yogita Shewade; Suraj Tirth; R R Bhonde

    2001-09-01

    Environmental factors such as diet, physical activity, drugs, pollution and life style play an important role in the progression and/or precipitation of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disorders. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics to combat infectious diseases is one of the commonest forms of misuse of drugs. Antibiotics seem to have a correlation with diabetes and pancreatic function. There are controversial reports about the effect of antibiotics on the pancreatic islets; some suggesting their harmless action, some depicting a beneficial role and others indicating deleterious effect. Moreover, use of antibiotics is mandatory during islet isolation and cultivation to reduce incidences of microbial contamination. It is likely that antibiotic treatment may adversely affect islet viability and its functioning leading to failure of islet transplantation. The present in vitro study was undertaken to examine the effect of commonly used antibiotics such as gentamycin, penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline, neomycin, erythromycin and chloramphenicol on islet viability, its functioning and induction of oxidative stress if any. The viability and insulin production data showed that none of the antibiotics used in the present study affect the viability and the functioning of the islets at their pharmacological concentrations. Free radical levels measured in terms of melonyldialdehyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO) and reduced glutathione (GSH) reveal that except for a marginal increase in lipid peroxidation with tetracycline and slight increase in NO levels with streptomycin, none of these antibiotics affect the oxidative status of the cells. Antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase and catalase remain unaffected after this treatment. Our results reveal the innocuous nature of the antibiotics used at pharmacological concentrations, suggesting their safety whenever prescribed to combat infections and also during islet isolation procedures.

  11. Transcriptome analysis of the hippocampal CA1 pyramidal cell region after kainic acid-induced status epilepticus in juvenile rats.

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    Hanna B Laurén

    Full Text Available Molecular mechanisms involved in epileptogenesis in the developing brain remain poorly understood. The gene array approach could reveal some of the factors involved by allowing the identification of a broad scale of genes altered by seizures. In this study we used microarray analysis to reveal the gene expression profile of the laser microdissected hippocampal CA1 subregion one week after kainic acid (KA-induced status epilepticus (SE in 21-day-old rats, which are developmentally roughly comparable to juvenile children. The gene expression analysis with the Chipster software generated a total of 1592 differently expressed genes in the CA1 subregion of KA-treated rats compared to control rats. The KEGG database revealed that the identified genes were involved in pathways such as oxidative phosporylation (26 genes changed, and long-term potentiation (LTP; 18 genes changed. Also genes involved in Ca(2+ homeostasis, gliosis, inflammation, and GABAergic transmission were altered. To validate the microarray results we further examined the protein expression for a subset of selected genes, glial fibrillary protein (GFAP, apolipoprotein E (apo E, cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1, Purkinje cell protein 4 (PEP-19, and interleukin 8 receptor (CXCR1, with immunohistochemistry, which confirmed the transcriptome results. Our results showed that SE resulted in no obvious CA1 neuronal loss, and alterations in the expression pattern of several genes during the early epileptogenic phase were comparable to previous gene expression studies of the adult hippocampus of both experimental epileptic animals and patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE. However, some changes seem to occur after SE specifically in the juvenile rat hippocampus. Insight of the SE-induced alterations in gene expression and their related pathways could give us hints for the development of new target-specific antiepileptic drugs that interfere with the progression of the disease in the

  12. Phosphatidylcholine formation by LPCAT1 is regulated by Ca2+ and the redox status of the cell

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    Soupene Eric

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Unsaturated fatty acids are susceptible to oxidation and damaged chains are removed from glycerophospholipids by phospholipase A2. De-acylated lipids are then re-acylated by lysophospholipid acyltransferase enzymes such as LPCAT1 which catalyses the formation of phosphatidylcholine (PC from lysoPC and long-chain acyl-CoA. Results Activity of LPCAT1 is inhibited by Ca2+, and a Ca2+-binding motif of the EF-hand type, EFh-1, was identified in the carboxyl-terminal domain of the protein. The residues Asp-392 and Glu-403 define the loop of the hairpin structure formed by EFh-1. Substitution of D392 and E403 to alanine rendered an enzyme insensitive to Ca2+, which established that Ca2+ binding to that region negatively regulates the activity of the acyltransferase amino-terminal domain. Residue Cys-211 of the conserved motif III is not essential for catalysis and not sufficient for sensitivity to treatment by sulfhydryl-modifier agents. Among the several active cysteine-substitution mutants of LPCAT1 generated, we identified one to be resistant to treatment by sulfhydryl-alkylating and sulfhydryl-oxidizer agents. Conclusion Mutant forms of LPCAT1 that are not inhibited by Ca2+ and sulfhydryl-alkylating and –oxidizing agents will provide a better understanding of the physiological function of a mechanism that places the formation of PC, and the disposal of the bioactive species lysoPC, under the control of the redox status and Ca2+ concentration of the cell.

  13. Ghrelin acts as energy status sensor of male reproduction by modulating Sertoli cells glycolytic metabolism and mitochondrial bioenergetics.

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    Martins, A D; Sá, R; Monteiro, M P; Barros, A; Sousa, M; Carvalho, R A; Silva, B M; Oliveira, P F; Alves, M G

    2016-10-15

    Ghrelin is a growth hormone-releasing peptide that has been suggested to interfere with spermatogenesis, though the underling mechanisms remain unknown. We studied the effect of ghrelin in human Sertoli cells (hSCs) metabolic phenotype. For that, hSCs were exposed to increasing concentrations of ghrelin (20, 100 and 500 pM) mimicking the levels reported in obese, normal weight, and severely undernourished individuals. The metabolite production/consumption was determined. The protein levels of key glycolysis-related transporters and enzymes were assessed. The lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was measured. Mitochondrial complexes protein levels and mitochondria membrane potential were also measured. We showed that hSCs express the growth hormone secretagogue receptor. At the concentration present in the plasma of normal weight men, ghrelin caused a decrease of glucose consumption and mitochondrial membrane potential in hSCs, though LDH activity and lactate production remained unchanged, illustrating an alteration of glycolytic flux efficiency. Exposure of hSCs to levels of ghrelin found in the plasma of severely undernourished individuals decreased pyruvate consumption and mitochondrial complex III protein expression. All concentrations of ghrelin decreased alanine and acetate production by hSCs. Notably, the effects of ghrelin levels found in severely undernourished individuals were more pronounced in hSCs metabolic phenotype highlighting the importance of a proper eating behavior to maintain male reproductive potential. In conclusion, ghrelin acts as an energy status sensor for hSCs in a dose-dependent manner, showing an inverse association with the production of lactate, thus controlling the nutritional support of spermatogenesis. PMID:27392494

  14. Present status of reactor physics in the United States and Japan-II. 4. Development of Angular Eigenvalue Method for Radiation Transport Problems

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    This paper describes the development of a new semi-analytical method for radiation transport problems in slabs, i.e., the angular eigenvalue method (AEM), and its application to the penetration of gamma rays in slabs. The AEM has been developed as a new method for radiation transport problems in slabs. Detailed mathematical derivation of the method is given in Ref. 1. The AEM is fundamentally based on the method of invariant embedding. A boundary value problem for flux distribution of radiation in a slab is transformed to an initial value problem for a transmission function by the method of invariant embedding. The radiation transport problem in a slab can further be reduced to a more tractable form by using a modified transmission function introduced by the author. It is defined physically as representing the current density of the transmitted radiations through a slab due to radiation from a source in an arrangement where a semi-infinite medium of composition the same as the slab is placed behind the source. The equation for the modified transmission function is a first-order differential equation with a constant coefficient with respect to the slab thickness. According to the AEM, the equation can be solved analytically as a function of the slab thickness, based on the multigroup approximation for energy and the discrete ordinates approximation for the angular variable. The analytical method of solution with respect to the slab thickness can provide solutions free from errors associated with the spatial meshes and from those for deep penetration more easily than other dependable methods. The present method was applied to the penetration of gamma rays. Energy and angular distribution of gamma rays transmitted through a slab due to a monoenergetic and mono-directional source was calculated by the method. The buildup factors of water, iron, and lead for plane isotropic sources in an infinite medium were obtained by combining solutions for mono-directional sources

  15. Breaking the barriers of all-polymer solar cells: Solving electron transporter and morphology problems

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    Gavvalapalli, Nagarjuna

    All-polymer solar cells (APSC) are a class of organic solar cells in which hole and electron transporting phases are made of conjugated polymers. Unlike polymer/fullerene solar cell, photoactive material of APSC can be designed to have hole and electron transporting polymers with complementary absorption range and proper frontier energy level offset. However, the highest reported PCE of APSC is 5 times less than that of polymer/fullerene solar cell. The low PCE of APSC is mainly due to: i) low charge separation efficiency; and ii) lack of optimal morphology to facilitate charge transfer and transport; and iii) lack of control over the exciton and charge transport in each phase. My research work is focused towards addressing these issues. The charge separation efficiency of APSC can be enhanced by designing novel electron transporting polymers with: i) broad absorption range; ii) high electron mobility; and iii) high dielectric constant. In addition to with the above parameters chemical and electronic structure of the repeating unit of conjugated polymer also plays a role in charge separation efficiency. So far only three classes of electron transporting polymers, CN substituted PPV, 2,1,3-benzothiadiazole derived polymers and rylene diimide derived polymers, are used in APSC. Thus to enhance the charge separation efficiency new classes of electron transporting polymers with the above characteristics need to be synthesized. I have developed a new straightforward synthetic strategy to rapidly generate new classes of electron transporting polymers with different chemical and electronic structure, broad absorption range, and high electron mobility from readily available electron deficient monomers. In APSCs due to low entropy of mixing, polymers tend to micro-phase segregate rather than forming the more useful nano-phase segregation. Optimizing the polymer blend morphology to obtain nano-phase segregation is specific to the system under study, time consuming, and not

  16. Functional studies of microRNAs in neural stem cells: problems and perspectives.

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    Malin eÅkerblom

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In adult mammals, neural stem cells (NSCs are found in two niches of the brain; the subventricular zone at the lateral ventricle and the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus in the hippocampus. Neurogenesis is a complex process that is tightly controlled on a molecular level. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs have been implicated to play a central role in the regulation of NCSs. miRNAs are small, endogenously expressed RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. However, functional studies of miRNAs are complicated due to current technical limitations. In this review we describe recent findings about miRNAs in NSCs looking closely at miR-124, miR-9 and let-7. We also highlight technical strategies used to investigate miRNA function, accentuating limitations and potentials.

  17. Immaturity of human stem-cell-derived cardiomyocytes in culture: fatal flaw or soluble problem?

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    Veerman, Christiaan C; Kosmidis, Georgios; Mummery, Christine L; Casini, Simona; Verkerk, Arie O; Bellin, Milena

    2015-05-01

    Cardiomyocytes from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC-CMs) are increasingly used to model cardiac disease, test drug efficacy and for safety pharmacology. Nevertheless, a major hurdle to more extensive use is their immaturity and similarity to fetal rather than adult cardiomyocytes. Here, we provide an overview of the strategies currently being used to increase maturation in culture, which include prolongation of time in culture, exposure to electrical stimulation, application of mechanical strain, growth in three-dimensional tissue configuration, addition of non-cardiomyocytes, use of hormones and small molecules, and alteration of the extracellular environment. By comparing the outcomes of these studies, we identify the approaches most likely to improve functional maturation of hPSC-CMs in terms of their electrophysiology and excitation-contraction coupling. PMID:25583389

  18. Problem-based learning on cell biology and ecophysiology using integrated laboratory and computational activities

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Since all the known biological systems require water for their basic biochemical processes, one can find several osmoregulation mechanisms on living organisms for adaptation to related environmental challenges. Osmosis is a cellular mechanism of water movement across membranes which is known to be present throughout the tree of life and occurs by either diffusion across the membrane bilayer or by a faster movement mediated by transmembrane channel proteins, called aquaporins. The expression of aquaporins is regulated at, the cellular level, by environment conditions such as hydric stress, therefore allowing the adaptation of organisms to increase salinity in soils, water deprivation and increase beverage intake.  Osmosis and diffusion concepts have been described to be difficult to learn, so, in order to promote meaningfull learning, we used a problem-based learning approach that integrates a laboratory activity and a computer simulation model of osmosis and a two phase conceptual mapping. We observed that high school students developed adequate laboratory skills and were able to communicate their results as text and using scientific drawings; and the learning environment was adequate. Therefore we presented a successful implementation case of integrated PBL, in a public portuguese school, that may constitute an example to facilitate the implementation of active inquiry strategies by other teachers, as well as the basis for future research.

  19. Keratin 8/18 regulation of glucose metabolism in normal versus cancerous hepatic cells through differential modulation of hexokinase status and insulin signaling

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    Mathew, Jasmin; Loranger, Anne; Gilbert, Stéphane [Centre de recherche en cancérologie de l' Université Laval and Centre de recherche du CHUQ (L' Hôtel-Dieu de Québec), 9 McMahon, Québec, Qc, Canada G1R 2J6 (Canada); Faure, Robert [Département de Pédiatrie, Université Laval and Centre de recherche du CHUQ (Centre Mère-Enfant), Québec, Qc, Canada G1V 4G2 (Canada); Marceau, Normand, E-mail: normand.marceau@crhdq.ulaval.ca [Centre de recherche en cancérologie de l' Université Laval and Centre de recherche du CHUQ (L' Hôtel-Dieu de Québec), 9 McMahon, Québec, Qc, Canada G1R 2J6 (Canada)

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    As differentiated cells, hepatocytes primarily metabolize glucose for ATP production through oxidative phosphorylation of glycolytic pyruvate, whereas proliferative hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells undergo a metabolic shift to aerobic glycolysis despite oxygen availability. Keratins, the intermediate filament (IF) proteins of epithelial cells, are expressed as pairs in a lineage/differentiation manner. Hepatocyte and HCC (hepatoma) cell IFs are made solely of keratins 8/18 (K8/K18), thus providing models of choice to address K8/K18 IF functions in normal and cancerous epithelial cells. Here, we demonstrate distinctive increases in glucose uptake, glucose-6-phosphate formation, lactate release, and glycogen formation in K8/K18 IF-lacking hepatocytes and/or hepatoma cells versus their respective IF-containing counterparts. We also show that the K8/K18-dependent glucose uptake/G6P formation is linked to alterations in hexokinase I/II/IV content and localization at mitochondria, with little effect on GLUT1 status. In addition, we find that the insulin-stimulated glycogen formation in normal hepatocytes involves the main PI-3 kinase-dependent signaling pathway and that the K8/K18 IF loss makes them more efficient glycogen producers. In comparison, the higher insulin-dependent glycogen formation in K8/K18 IF-lacking hepatoma cells is associated with a signaling occurring through a mTOR-dependent pathway, along with an augmentation in cell proliferative activity. Together, the results uncover a key K8/K18 regulation of glucose metabolism in normal and cancerous hepatic cells through differential modulations of mitochondrial HK status and insulin-mediated signaling.

  20. Emerging ethical, legal and social issues associated with stem cell research & and the current role of the moral status of the embryo.

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    Zarzeczny, Amy; Caulfield, Timothy

    2009-06-01

    Since its early days, stem cell research, particularly human embryonic stem cell research, has been the focus of intense social debate, and the question of the moral status of the embryo has been a central issue in the controversy. Despite this friction, and while it has yet to obtain widespread success in clinical applications, stem cell research remains a great hope for future advances in healthcare. In this paper, we will discuss the results of our systematic literature review in which we examined recent social science, legal and biomedical discourse, as well as Canadian print media discourse, associated with stem cell research in order to assess the role the question of the moral status of the embryo currently plays in these forums, and to identify what other issues are emerging and receiving attention. This analysis will assist with recognizing the issues which are likely to inform future policy and will facilitate forecasting the probable direction of the continually developing social discourse surrounding stem cell research. PMID:19521800

  1. Does Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) protect testicular and germ cell DNA integrity by regulating the redox status?

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    Godschalk, Roger W L; Vanhees, Kimberly; Maas, Lou; Drittij, Marie-Jose; Pachen, Daniëlle; van Doorn-Khosrovani, Sahar van Waalwijk; van Schooten, Frederik J; Haenen, Guido R M M

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    A balanced redox homeostasis in the testis is essential for genetic integrity of sperm. Reactive oxygen species can disturb this balance by oxidation of glutathione, which is regenerated using NADPH, formed by glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PDH). G6PDH is regulated by the Ataxia Telangiectasia Mutated (Atm) protein. Therefore, we studied the redox status and DNA damage in testes and sperm of mice that carried a deletion in Atm. The redox status in heterozygote mice, reflected by glutathione levels and antioxidant capacity, was lower than in wild type mice, and in homozygotes the redox status was even lower. The redox status correlated with oxidative DNA damage that was highest in mice that carried Atm deletions. Surprisingly, G6PDH activity was highest in homozygotes carrying the deletion. These data indicate that defective Atm reduces the redox homeostasis of the testis and genetic integrity of sperm by regulating glutathione levels independently from G6PDH activity. PMID:27318254

  2. Up-to-date status and problems of the experimental nucleon-induced fission cross section data base at intermediate energies

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    The review presents a critical consideration of all experimental data known to the authors by the end of 1998, for nuclei from 181Ta to 243Am and in the projectile energy range up to 30 GeV for protons and up to 450 MeV for neutrons. Special attention was paid to elements in the W-Bi region which are regarded as the most prospective materials for neutron-producing targets for ADS. The experimental data on nucleon-induced fission fragment angular distributions were systematized for the first time for projectile energies above 20 MeV . Data on neutron-induced fission cross sections and angular distributions are compared with proton-induced data. The large dispersion of some results and other problems of experimental data base are discussed. The possibilities of new experiments with proton beams and quasi-monoenergetic neutron beams are discussed

  3. 中外同行评议研究现状及问题探讨%The Status Quo of Peer Review Research and Its Problems

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    姜春林; 张立伟; 刘学

    2015-01-01

    Peer review is an important method to guarantee the research quality in academic field,and it’s necessary in the evaluation of the academic field. But during the actual operation,peer review always occurs with deviation and lots of problems. This paper uses CiteSpace visual software to identify the problems in the peer review. Then,from the perspective of peer experts,with stakeholder factors and cognitive inertia,we analyze the deeper reasons for the generation of peer re-view. Based on the above analysis,we propose four measures:reinforce learning,supplemented by quantitative method, open review and public review.%同行评议(Peer Review)是学术界控制和保证科研质量的重要方式之一,在学术评价中不可或缺。但在实际操作中,同行评议常常出现偏差,存在很多问题。首先基于所下载的同行评议研究文献,利用CiteSpace可视化软件识别出国内外同行评议存在的问题;然后从同行专家自身角度出发,从利益相关和认知惯性视角分析同行评议诸多问题产生的深层次原因;在原因分析基础上,提出加强学习、辅以定量方法、开放评审和公众评审等对策。

  4. 印度女性地位的变化--兼论印度英语小说中的妇女问题%Change of Women's Status in India and the Problem of Women in English Fiction by Indians

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    杨晓霞

    2015-01-01

    吠陀时期印度妇女的地位较高,而后不断降低。印度独立后,印度妇女开始从沉默到为权利而战,她们的自信心和自我意识也在不断增强,反对男权、反对霸权。印度英语小说很好地反映了印度妇女地位的这一变化,尤其是女性作家的作品从多方面反映了女性所面临的问题,她们内心的挣扎和迷茫,痛苦和反抗。%Indian women enjoyed a higher status in the Vedic age. After India's independence, Indian women began to ifght for their own rights rather than endure in silence. Their self-conifdence and self-consciousness began to grow, opposing patriarchy and hegemony. Indian English ifction relfects well this change of the status of Indian women. The women writers express the problems the women are facing, their inner struggle, confusion and sorrow.

  5. Current Status, Problems and Trend of Logistics Legislation in Information Era%信息时代我国物流立法的现状、问题及其趋势

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    刘济澄; 唐清利; 梁芷铭

    2013-01-01

    阐述物流立法的内涵及信息时代对物流立法提出的新要求,揭示信息时代我国物流立法工作现状与问题,指出信息时代我国物流行业立法完善的趋势.%In this paper, we elaborated on the connotation of logistics legislation as well as the requirement placed on it by the information era, unrevealed the current status and problems of the logistics legislative workings in China in the information era and pointed out the trend for the improvement of the legislation of the logistics industry in China.

  6. 建筑施工企业供应链管理现状及存在的问题%Supply-chain management status and existing problems of building construction enterprise

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    史国红

    2011-01-01

    概括了我国建筑施工企业供应链管理现状,根据项目流程总结了目前建筑供应链管理亟待解决的问题,并剖析了其原因,最后提出先进管理手段,以实现企业与供应商之间的互通。%This thesis outlines supply-chain management status of building construction enterprise,summarizes urgent problems needing solving in temporary building supply-chain management according to project procedure,and analyzes its causes.In the end,it proposes advanced management means,with a view to realize mutual connection between enterprise and supplier.

  7. 液压机械无级变速系统研究的现状、问题及建议%The Status,Problems and Suggestions of the Research on Hydro-mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission System

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    伍迪

    2012-01-01

    The working principle of Hydro-mechanical continuously variable transmission was introduced in this paper.It points out the existing key problems on research of Hydro—mechanical continuously variable transmission by analyzing its research and application status at home and abroad,and puts forward some opinions about the research on Hydro-mechanical continuously variable transmission in domestic.%介绍了液压机械无级变速系统的工作原理,通过对国内外对液压机械无级变速的研究及应用现状的分析,指出了研究液压机械无级变速系统存在的关键问题,为国内液压机械无级变速系统的研究提出了见解。

  8. Comparative diagnostic performance of 18F-FDG PET/CT versus whole-body MRI for determination of remission status in multiple myeloma after stem cell transplantation

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    To compare the diagnostic performance of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WBMRI) versus 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for determination of remission status in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) after stem cell transplantation (SCT). Thirty-one patients were examined by both WBMRI and PET/CT after SCT. Imaging results and clinical remission status as determined by the clinical gold standard (Uniform Response Criteria) were compared. One hundred four lesions were detected in 21 patients. PET/CT had a sensitivity of 50.0 %, a specificity of 85.7 %, a positive predictive value of 62.5 %, a negative predictive value of 78.3 %, and an overall accuracy of 74.2 % for determination of remission status. MRI had a sensitivity of 80.0 %, a specificity of 38.1 %, a positive predictive value of 38.1 %, a negative predictive value of 80 %, and an overall accuracy of 51.6 %. Concordant results were observed in only 12 (11.5 %) of the 104 lesions. In the post-treatment setting, both FDG PET/CT and WBMRI provide information about the extent of disease, allowing for a more comprehensive evaluation of persisting or recurrent myeloma. MRI may often be false positive because of persistent non-viable lesions. Therefore, PET/CT might be more suitable than MRI for determination of remission status. (orig.)

  9. Metformin and salinomycin as the best combination for the eradication of NSCLC monolayer cells and their alveospheres (cancer stem cells) irrespective of EGFR, KRAS, EML4/ALK and LKB1 status.

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    Xiao, Zhiguang; Sperl, Bianca; Ullrich, Axel; Knyazev, Pjotr

    2014-12-30

    The presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is linked to preexisting or acquired drug resistance and tumor relapse. Therefore, targeting both differentiated tumor cells and CSCs was suggested as an effective approach for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment. After screening of chemotherapeutic agents, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) or monoclonal antibody in combination with the putative stem cell killer Salinomycin (SAL), we found Metformin (METF), which modestly exerted a growth inhibitory effect on monolayer cells and alveospheres/CSCs of 5 NSCLC cell lines regardless of their EGFR, KRAS, EML4/ALK and LKB1 status, interacted synergistically with SAL to effectively promote cell death. Inhibition of EGFR (AKT, ERK1/2) and mTOR (p70 s6k) signaling with the combination of METF and SAL can be augmented beyond that achieved using each agent individually. Phospho-kinase assay further suggested the multiple roles of this combination in reducing oncogenic effects of modules, such as ß-catenin, Src family kinases (Src, Lyn, Yes), Chk-2 and FAK. Remarkably, significant reduction of sphere formation was seen under combinatorial treatment in all investigated NSCLC cell lines. In conclusion, METF in combination with SAL could be a promising treatment option for patients with advanced NSCLC irrespective of their EGFR, KRAS, EML4/ALK and LKB1 status. PMID:25375092

  10. Status,Causes and Prevention of China Mainland Youth Gambling Problem%中国内地青少年赌博问题及防治

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    何珩

    2012-01-01

    With the deepening of China mainland's opening up to the outside woad, the illegal gambling activities are increasing, especially youth gambling problems gradually arouse attention. The paper analyzes the relevant legal files and media cases. Firstly, the paper introduces adolescent gambling characteristics and new trend of evolution; Secondly, the paper analyzes the environmental factors inducing youth gambling from the aspects of family, peers, community, media etc.; Thirdly the paper analyzes the regulatory difficulties faced by youth gambling prevention countermeasures from the legislative lagging, weakening law enforcement, remediation modeling, less punishing standardized level; Finally, current weakness of the forces of social control such as the paper submits countermeasures in response to the maintenance and cleaning of the surrounding environment of youth, speeding up the legislative process, enhancing law enforcement, adjusting public order strategy, improving the regulatory system of justice, the promotion of cross-border betting information, communication and community cooperation so that we can effectively contain the spread of youth gambling problems.%随着中国内地对外开放的不断深入,赌博违法活动也日益猖獗,特别是青少年赌博问题也逐渐引起社会关注。通过对相关法律档和媒体案例进行分析.首先介绍了内地青少年赌博的特点和演变的新趋势;其次从家庭、朋辈、社区、媒体宣传等方面讨论了诱发青少年赌博的环境因素;再次从立法滞后、执法弱化、整治模式化、惩治欠规范等层面分析青少年赌博所面对的监管困境:最后针对目前的社会控制力量的薄弱环节提出防治对策:如青少年周围环境的维护和净化,加快立法进程,增强执法力度,调整治安整治策略,完善司法监管体系。促进跨境博彩资讯沟通和社会各界的合作等,以有效遏制青少年赌博问题的蔓延。

  11. State of the art: Multi-fuel reformers for automotive fuel cell applications. Problem identification and research needs

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    Westerholm, R. [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Analytical Chemistry; Pettersson, L.J. [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Technology

    1999-12-01

    On an assignment from the Transport and Communications Research Board (KFB) a literature study and a study trip to the USA and Great Britain have been performed. The literature study and the study trip was made during late spring and autumn 1999.The purpose of the project was to collect available information about the chemical composition of the product gas from a multi-fuel reformer for a fuel cell vehicle. It was furthermore to identify problems and research needs. The report recommends directions for future major research efforts. The results of the literature study and the study trip led to the following general conclusions: With the technology available today it does not seem feasible to develop a highly efficient and reliable multi-fuel reformer for automotive applications, i. e. for applications where all types of fuels ranging from natural gas to heavy diesel fuels can be used. The potential for developing a durable and reliable system is considerably higher if dedicated fuel reformers are used.The authors propose that petroleum-derived fuels should be designed for potential use in mobile fuel cell applications. In the present literature survey and the site visit discussions we found that there are relatively low emissions from fuel cell engines compared to internal combustion engines. However, the major research work on reformers/fuel cells have been performed during steady-state operation. Emissions during start-up, shutdown and transient operation are basically unknown and must be investigated in more detail. The conclusions and findings in this report are based on open/available information, such as discussions at site visits, reports, scientific publications and symposium proceedings.

  12. Application Status and Problems Research on Fruit and Vegetable Powder%果蔬粉应用现状及存在问题研究

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    王春燕; 赵长盛; 袁惠

    2014-01-01

    The technology of processing fresh fruit and vegetable into powder directly extends the storage period, reduces the loss and costs during postharvest, transportation, packaging, and expands the range of applications. The fruit and vegetable powder is becoming more popular in the processing industry recently. In this paper, the application of fruit and vegetable powder in drink, food, and health care were described., Furthermore,based on the previous studies, the problems and prospects of its application were presented.%将新鲜果蔬直接加工成果蔬粉,延长了贮藏期,降低了贮藏、运输、包装等费用,拓展了应用范围。因此,日渐成为近年来果蔬加工的热点之一。本文系统阐述了果蔬粉在饮料、食品以及保健品等方面的应用,在前人研究的基础上提出了果蔬粉应用存在的问题,并对果蔬粉的发展前景进行了展望。

  13. 果蔬粉应用现状及存在问题研究%Application Status and Problems Research on Fruit and Vegetable Powder

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    王春燕; 赵长盛; 袁惠

    2014-01-01

    The technology of processing fresh fruit and vegetable into powder directly extends the storage period, reduces the loss and costs during postharvest, transportation, packaging, and expands the range of applications. The fruit and vegetable powder is becoming more popular in the processing industry recently. In this paper, the application of fruit and vegetable powder in drink, food, and health care were described., Furthermore,based on the previous studies, the problems and prospects of its application were presented.%将新鲜果蔬直接加工成果蔬粉,延长了贮藏期,降低了贮藏、运输、包装等费用,拓展了应用范围。因此,日渐成为近年来果蔬加工的热点之一。本文系统阐述了果蔬粉在饮料、食品以及保健品等方面的应用,在前人研究的基础上提出了果蔬粉应用存在的问题,并对果蔬粉的发展前景进行了展望。

  14. Cell transplantation for hepatic disease:current research status%细胞移植疗法在肝病中的研究与应用

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    杨大伟; 姚鹏

    2011-01-01

    人们对使用细胞移植疗法恢复肝脏功能的前景寄予厚望,期待其最终能够代替肝脏移植手术.众多学者对成人成熟肝细胞,不同来源干细胞的再生能力方面进行了大量研究,特别是间充质干细胞来源的肝细胞移植疗法在恢复肝脏再生方面的效果在动物模型实验中取得令人鼓舞的结果.本文将对近年来细胞移植治疗各种肝病的机制研究、动物实验以及临床试验等方面的最新进展作一综述.%Cell transplantation is a promising way to restore liver function. Treatment of end-stage liver disease with stem cells, especially bone marrow stem cells, has attracted wild attention. There is ongoing research to use mature hepatocytes, liver progenitor cells, bone marrow stem cells and embryonic stem cells to restore liver function in patient with hepatic disease. Here we review the current research status of cell transplantation for hepatic disease in terms of cell biology, animal models and clinical trials.

  15. Biphasic Effects of Nitric Oxide Radicals on Radiation-Induced Lethality and Chromosome Aberrations in Human Lung Cancer Cells Carrying Different p53 Gene Status

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    Purpose: The aim of this study was to clarify the effects of nitric oxide (NO) on radiation-induced cell killing and chromosome aberrations in two human lung cancer cell lines with a different p53 gene status. Methods and Materials: We used wild-type (wt) p53 and mutated (m) p53 cell lines that were derived from the human lung cancer H1299 cell line, which is p53 null. The wtp53 and mp53 cell lines were generated by transfection of the appropriate p53 constructs into the parental cells. Cells were pretreated with different concentrations of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) (an NO donor) and/or 2-(4-Carboxyphenyl)-4,4,5,5-tetramethylimidazoline-1-oxyl-3-oxide (c-PTIO) (an NO scavenger) and then exposed to X-rays. Cell survival, apoptosis, and chromosome aberrations were scored by use of a colony-forming assay, Hoechst 33342 staining assay and TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP [deoxyuridine triphosphate] nick end labeling) assay, and chromosomal banding techniques, respectively. Results: In wtp53 cells the induction of radioresistance and the inhibition of apoptosis and chromosome aberrations were observed in the presence of ISDN at low 2- to 10-μmol/L concentrations before X-irradiation. The addition of c-PTIO and ISDN into the culture medium 6 h before irradiation almost completely suppressed these effects. However, at high concentrations of ISDN (100-500 μmol/L), clear evidence of radiosensitization, enhancement of apoptosis, and chromosome aberrations was detected. However, these phenomena were not observed in mp53 cells at either concentration range with ISDN. Conclusions: These results indicate that low and high concentrations of NO radicals can choreograph inverse radiosensitivity, apoptosis, and chromosome aberrations in human lung cancer cells and that NO radicals can affect the fate of wtp53 cells.

  16. Research on the Status Problems and Countermeasures of the Internet Finance%互联网金融的现状问题及对策研究

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    郑宇晨

    2014-01-01

    伴随着互联网金融的蓬勃发展,传统金融服务业受到了前所未有的冲击,引发了广泛的关注和讨论。文中从第三方支付、P2 P网络借贷、网络众筹、虚拟货币和网络理财等五个方面探讨了互联网金融现状与发展动态,分析了互联网金融对传统商业银行及消费者理财的影响;并针对商业银行所面临的与客户“脱媒”、营销模式落后、地域依赖性强、准入门槛高等问题提出了相应的应对策略。%With the vigorous development of the Internet Finance , the traditional financial services industry has met unprecedentedly impact ,caused widespread concern and discussion.In this paper,five aspects,including the third party payment , peer-to -peer lending , crowdfunding , virtual currency , and network management are discussed in the present situation and development trends of the Internet Finance.And it also analysis the impact on traditional commercial banks and consumer finance.Moreover,it is suggested that the commercial banks are facing with such problems as ,customers “disintermediation”, backward marketing mode ,the regional dependence ,high market access threshold.Finally,the corresponding countermeasures are put forward.

  17. 重庆国际物流的现状及其问题初探%Discussion on Current Status and Problems of International Logistics in Chongqing

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    刘岱

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,we analyzed the problems in the development of international logistics in Chongqing,including inadequate development of the logistics industry,high logistics cost,development of bonded logistics still in the initial stage,the customs clearance modes of opened-up highlands in inner lands yet to be innovated,and lack of international logistics talents,etc.,and the proposed the measures to transform the operational mode of international logistics,including supporting the development of large-scale logistics enterprises with certain competitiveness,improving the building of a bonded logistics platform and establishing the logistics talent platform of universities and enterprises under the leadership of the government.%分析了重庆国际物流发展存在的问题,即物流业发展不充分、物流成本仍然偏高、保税物流还处于起步阶段,内地开放高地的海关通关模式有待创新及国际物流的人才缺失等,提出转变物流运作模式的措施,包括:扶持有一定竞争力的大型物流企业;完善保税物流平台;打造政府主导的高校与企业的物流人才平台等,以此促进重庆国际物流与外向型经济的协同发展.

  18. Food waste management in China: status, problems and solutions%中国餐厨垃圾处理的现状、问题和对策

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    胡新军; 张敏; 余俊锋; 张古忍

    2012-01-01

    The present paper reviewed the food waste management in China, specially analyzed the basic features of food waste, summarized the current disposal technologies, pointed out the present problems, and suggested countermeasures for future in the food waste management of China. Food waste is characterized by high moisture, salinity and organic matter content, which makes it possess duplicity with the perishable and smelly as a waste and the potential as a recycling biotic resource. There is significant spatial and temporal variations in components of food waste from different areas due to geographic differences, eating habits and cultural traditions. Thereby it is usually difficult to process various food waste with a unitary approach. At present, commonly used disposal technologies for food waste include incineration, sanitary landfill, ecofeed, anaerobic digestion, aerobic composting, and vermicomposting. However, incineration is featured with heavy energy consumption because of the high moisture character and sanitary landfill occupies a lot of places with the possibility of the secondary pollution. Other unconventional approaches ( except for incineration and sanitary landfill) also have common limitations, such as a long processing period, complex operation, inefficient reclamation and low economic value, when referred to the principle of decrement, innoxiousness, and reclamation. In recent years, more and more attentions have been paid to the food waste reclamation in view of the gradually serious predicament of garbage siege. Nevertheless, the food waste reclamation is still in its infancy with many problems of management and disposal. Above all, it is reported that the amount of food waste generated in China is not less than 60 million tons per year, accounting for 40% -50% of the municipal solid wastes, but the reclamation ratio is extremely low. Moreover, an effective collection system and relevant laws/regulations have not been established. Guangzhou is the

  19. Food waste management in China: status, problems and solutions%中国餐厨垃圾处理的现状、问题和对策

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    胡新军; 张敏; 余俊锋; 张古忍

    2012-01-01

    The present paper reviewed the food waste management in China, specially analyzed the basic features of food waste, summarized the current disposal technologies, pointed out the present problems, and suggested countermeasures for future in the food waste management of China. Food waste is characterized by high moisture, salinity and organic matter content, which makes it possess duplicity with the perishable and smelly as a waste and the potential as a recycling biotic resource. There is significant spatial and temporal variations in components of food waste from different areas due to geographic differences, eating habits and cultural traditions. Thereby it is usually difficult to process various food waste with a unitary approach. At present, commonly used disposal technologies for food waste include incineration, sanitary landfill, ecofeed, anaerobic digestion, aerobic composting, and vermicomposting. However, incineration is featured with heavy energy consumption because of the high moisture character and sanitary landfill occupies a lot of places with the possibility of the secondary pollution. Other unconventional approaches ( except for incineration and sanitary landfill) also have common limitations, such as a long processing period, complex operation, inefficient reclamation and low economic value, when referred to the principle of decrement, innoxiousness, and reclamation. In recent years, more and more attentions have been paid to the food waste reclamation in view of the gradually serious predicament of garbage siege. Nevertheless, the food waste reclamation is still in its infancy with many problems of management and disposal. Above all, it is reported that the amount of food waste generated in China is not less than 60 million tons per year, accounting for 40% -50% of the municipal solid wastes, but the reclamation ratio is extremely low. Moreover, an effective collection system and relevant laws/regulations have not been established. Guangzhou is the

  20. Role of [18F]FDG PET in prediction of KRAS and EGFR mutation status in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer

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    The tumour molecular profile predicts the activity of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, tissue availability and tumour heterogeneity limit its assessment. We evaluated whether [18F]FDG PET might help predict KRAS and EFGR mutation status in NSCLC. Between January 2005 and October 2011, 340 NSCLC patients were tested for KRAS and EGFR mutation status. We identified patients with stage III and IV disease who had undergone [18F]FDG PET/CT scanning for initial staging. SUVpeak, SUVmax and SUVmean of the single hottest tumour lesions were calculated, and their association with KRAS and EGFR mutation status was assessed. A receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve analysis and a multivariate analysis (including SUVmean, gender, age and AJCC stage) were performed to identify the potential value of [18F]FDG PET/CT for predicting KRAS mutation. From 102 patients staged using [18F]FDG PET/CT, 28 (27 %) had KRAS mutation (KRAS+), 22 (22 %) had EGFR mutation (EGFR+) and 52 (51 %) had wild-type KRAS and EGFR profiles (WT). KRAS+ patients showed significantly higher [18F]FDG uptake than EGFR+ and WT patients (SUVmean 9.5, 5.7 and 6.6, respectively; p 18F]FDG uptake between EGFR+ patients and WT patients. ROC curve analysis for KRAS mutation status discrimination yielded an area under the curve of 0.740 for SUVmean (p 18F]FDG uptake than WT patients, as assessed in terms of SUVpeak, SUVmax and SUVmean. A multivariate model based on age, gender, AJCC stage and SUVmean might be used as a predictive marker of KRAS mutation status in patients with stage III or IV NSCLC. (orig.)

  1. 我国临床营养学科的现状与存在问题%Present Status and Problem of Clinical Nutriology in China

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    王建; 易龙; 舒晓亮; 糜漫天; 蔡东联

    2012-01-01

    发达国家营养治疗是一种规范的医疗行为,在医疗救治过程中有重要的作用。科学、合理的营养治疗可降低院内感染的发生和减少机械通气时间,有效提高疾病的治愈率、改善临床结局,同时降低药占比及医疗支出、提高床位周转率。而我国临床营养学科定位不清,临床营养学科长期落后于整体医疗水平的发展,成为我国医疗服务“木桶”中的“短板”。再加临床营养人才缺乏,疾病患者的营养诊断、营养评价和营养治疗水平较低,相关政策和法规滞后,以及营养产业规模和技术整体落后,严重影响临床营养学科的发展。解开制约临床营养学科发展的“瓶颈”,已经成为当前提高医疗保障水平的一个十分重要而迫切需要解决的问题。%Nutritional therapy is a standard medical behavior in developed countries and plays an important role in medical treatment process. Scientific and reasonable nutrition therapy can reduce the occurrence of nosocomial infection and the duration of mechanical ventilation, effectively improve the cure rate, improve clinical outcomes, reduce agent and medical expenditure, and increase bed turnover rate. Clinical nutrition discipline positioning was not clear in China, and the clinical nutrition level had fallen behind the overall level of medical development for a long time, so it became medical service cask in short board now. Clinical nutrition discipline development was blocked acutely by some factors, such as the lack of talent of clinical nutrition, nutrition evaluation, nutritional diagnosis and nutritional treatment of low level, relevant policies and regulations lag, as well as the nutril:ion industry scale and technical whole backward. To open the bottleneck of restrict clinical nutrition discipline development had become urgent and important problem to improve level of medical security.

  2. Genetic parameters for somatic cell score according to udder infection status in Valle del Belice dairy sheep and impact of imperfect diagnosis of infection

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    Bovenhuis Henk

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Somatic cell score (SCS has been promoted as a selection criterion to improve mastitis resistance. However, SCS from healthy and infected animals may be considered as separate traits. Moreover, imperfect sensitivity and specificity could influence animals' classification and impact on estimated variance components. This study was aimed at: (1 estimating the heritability of bacteria negative SCS, bacteria positive SCS, and infection status, (2 estimating phenotypic and genetic correlations between bacteria negative and bacteria positive SCS, and the genetic correlation between bacteria negative SCS and infection status, and (3 evaluating the impact of imperfect diagnosis of infection on variance component estimates. Methods Data on SCS and udder infection status for 1,120 ewes were collected from four Valle del Belice flocks. The pedigree file included 1,603 animals. The SCS dataset was split according to whether animals were infected or not at the time of sampling. A repeatability test-day animal model was used to estimate genetic parameters for SCS traits and the heritability of infection status. The genetic correlation between bacteria negative SCS and infection status was estimated using an MCMC threshold model, implemented by Gibbs Sampling. Results The heritability was 0.10 for bacteria negative SCS, 0.03 for bacteria positive SCS, and 0.09 for infection status, on the liability scale. The genetic correlation between bacteria negative and bacteria positive SCS was 0.62, suggesting that they may be genetically different traits. The genetic correlation between bacteria negative SCS and infection status was 0.51. We demonstrate that imperfect diagnosis of infection leads to underestimation of differences between bacteria negative and bacteria positive SCS, and we derive formulae to predict impacts on estimated genetic parameters. Conclusions The results suggest that bacteria negative and bacteria positive SCS are

  3. Early habituation of maize (Zea mays) suspension-cultured cells to 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile is associated with the enhancement of antioxidant status.

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    Largo-Gosens, Asier; Encina, Antonio; de Castro, María; Mélida, Hugo; Acebes, José L; García-Angulo, Penélope; Álvarez, Jesús M

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    The cellulose biosynthesis inhibitor 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile (DCB) has been widely used to gain insights into cell wall composition and architecture. Studies of changes during early habituation to DCB can provide information on mechanisms that allow tolerance/habituation to DCB. In this context, maize-cultured cells with a reduced amount of cellulose (∼20%) were obtained by stepwise habituation to low DCB concentrations. The results reported here attempt to elucidate the putative role of an antioxidant strategy during incipient habituation. The short-term exposure to DCB of non-habituated maize-cultured cells induced a substantial increase in oxidative damage. Concomitantly, short-term treated cells presented an increase in class III peroxidase and glutathione S-transferase activities and total glutathione content. Maize cells habituated to 0.3-1 µM DCB (incipient habituation) were characterized by a reduction in the relative cell growth rate, an enhancement of ascorbate peroxidase and class III peroxidase activities, and a net increment in total glutathione content. Moreover, these cell lines showed increased levels of glutathione S-transferase activity. Changes in antioxidant/conjugation status enabled 0.3 and 0.5 µM DCB-habituated cells to control lipid peroxidation levels, but this was not the case of maize cells habituated to 1 μM DCB, which despite showing an increased antioxidant capacity were not capable of reducing the oxidative damage to control levels. The results reported here confirm that exposure and incipient habituation of maize cells to DCB are associated with an enhancement in antioxidant/conjugation activities which could play a role in incipient DCB habituation of maize-cultured cells. PMID:26612685

  4. An integrated approach to coastal erosion problems in northern Tuscany (Italy): Littoral morphological evolution and cell distribution

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    Anfuso, G.; Pranzini, E.; Vitale, G.

    2011-06-01

    Occupation of the coast has significantly increased in recent decades, mostly due to a greater demand for recreation and tourism. Today, erosion threatens many human-made structures and activities, requiring an integrated approach for the understanding of coastal dynamics and identification of alternatives to associated problems. This study investigates a 64 km-long coastal physiographic unit in the northern microtidal littoral of Tuscany (Italy). Vertical aerial photographs and direct field surveys were used to retrieve changes in shoreline position over 1938-1997 and 1997-2005 time intervals. Significant beach accretion was observed during the first period updrift of Carrara (84 m) and Viareggio (280 m) harbours and at Marina di Pietrasanta (100 m), whereas severe erosion occurred downcoast of Carrara harbour (- 130 m, at Marina dei Ronchi) and on the northern side of Arno river mouth (- 400 m). Similar trends were observed between 1997 and 2005; beach slope between the 1997 shoreline position and the closure depth correlated well with the distribution of erosion/accretion patterns from the 1938-1997 period (slopes were lower in eroded areas than at sites under accretion). Longshore distribution of erosion/accretion patterns was controlled by coastal compartmentalisation. Three of the main littoral cells were mostly formed by natural limits (i.e., Punta Bianca promontory, Marina di Pietrasanta, the Arno river mouth and the port of Livorno). Several sub-cells were created within these cells due to the introduction of human-made structures (such as Carrara and Viareggio harbours), which formed artificial fixed limits that allowed the transport of sediments (exclusively fines) in one direction only. Results will help improve the understanding of coastal processes and manage littoral sediment transport in a sustainable manner. This will reduce the need for structural interventions, such as breakwaters and groynes, which in the past decades prevented coastal retreat

  5. Amoeba-based computing for traveling salesman problem: long-term correlations between spatially separated individual cells of Physarum polycephalum.

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    Zhu, Liping; Aono, Masashi; Kim, Song-Ju; Hara, Masahiko

    2013-04-01

    A single-celled, multi-nucleated amoeboid organism, a plasmodium of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum, can perform sophisticated computing by exhibiting complex spatiotemporal oscillatory dynamics while deforming its amorphous body. We previously devised an "amoeba-based computer (ABC)" to quantitatively evaluate the optimization capability of the amoeboid organism in searching for a solution to the traveling salesman problem (TSP) under optical feedback control. In ABC, the organism changes its shape to find a high quality solution (a relatively shorter TSP route) by alternately expanding and contracting its pseudopod-like branches that exhibit local photoavoidance behavior. The quality of the solution serves as a measure of the optimality of which the organism maximizes its global body area (nutrient absorption) while minimizing the risk of being illuminated (exposure to aversive stimuli). ABC found a high quality solution for the 8-city TSP with a high probability. However, it remains unclear whether intracellular communication among the branches of the organism is essential for computing. In this study, we conducted a series of control experiments using two individual cells (two single-celled organisms) to perform parallel searches in the absence of intercellular communication. We found that ABC drastically lost its ability to find a solution when it used two independent individuals. However, interestingly, when two individuals were prepared by dividing one individual, they found a solution for a few tens of minutes. That is, the two divided individuals remained correlated even though they were spatially separated. These results suggest the presence of a long-term memory in the intrinsic dynamics of this organism and its significance in performing sophisticated computing. PMID:23438635

  6. 新疆食品包装行业的发展现状与问题分析%Xinjiang Food Packaging Industry Development Status and Problem Analysis

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    张益娜; 吴隽

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    The Food packaging is an important part of the food commodities, due to directly contact with food, unsafe food packaging hazardous substances may migrate to foods or food ingredients and chemical reaction, causing food safety problems. Although China has already established health standards for food packaging, but food packaging safety issues has failed to attract widespread attention from the whole society. In recent years, with the strengthening of consumer safety awareness and improving supervision of the country, food packaging is gradually increased to the same height and food safety. Through visits to enterprises, seminars inquiry, access to information, sample examination and analysis of the way on the part of large food companies Xinjiang region, food-related businesses and marketing food Packing conducted an investigation, learned the local market in food packaging quality conditions and food companies to use quality of packaging and packaging enterprises in Xinjiang food industry prevailing security constraints and development issues, and the issues raised against the suggestions and comments, also for the improvement of food-related products under the regulatory system of the late reform of administrative approval background foundation.%食品包装是食品商品的重要组成部分,由于与食品直接接触,不安全的食品包装中的有害物质可能迁移至食品中或与食品成分发生化学反应,引发食品安全问题。虽然我国早已建立有关食品包装的卫生标准,但是食品包装安全问题始终未能引起全社会的广泛关注。近几年,随着消费者安全意识的提高和国家监管力度的加强,食品包装被逐步提高到了和食品安全一样的高度。通过走访企业、座谈询问、查阅资料,样品检验分析的方式对新疆地区的部分大型食品企业、食品相关企业及市场销售的食品使用包装进行了调研,了解到了当地市场食品包

  7. Investigation and Analysis of Mental Health Status of Officers and Soldiers from Families with Legal Problems in a PLA Unit%某部家庭涉法官兵心理健康状况调查分析

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    高明秀; 崔丽华; 石建喜; 朱宏日; 周小东

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate and analyze the mental health status of officers and soldiers from families with legal problems in a PLA unit. Methods A total of 86 officers and soldiers from families with legal problems were chosen as the observation group, and other 84 officers and soldiers from families without law related problems were chosen as the control group. The general condition questionnaire and symptom checklist 90 (SCL-90) were used to investigate, compare and analyze the cause in the two groups, psychological discomfort in the observation group. Results The differ-ences in age, education, family structure and background were not statistically significant in the two groups (P>0. 05), but the differences showed comparability. The SCL-90 scores of somatization, interpersonal relationship sensitivity, de-pression and anxiety factors in observation group were significantly higher than those in control group ( P0.05),具有可比性。观察组SCL-90躯体化、人际关系敏感、抑郁、焦虑等因子分显著高于对照组(P<0.05, P<0.01)。导致观察组出现心理不适的根本原因是官兵自身存在不良心理认知,主要集中在法律认识欠缺(56/86,65.1%)、内疚伴自责(47/86,54.7%)、担心缺乏公正性(45/86,52.3%)等方面。结论家庭涉法官兵心理健康状况堪忧,心理健康教育、社会支持和法制建设可有效解决其心理问题,提高部队战斗力。

  8. Variable expression levels of keratin and vimentin reveal differential EMT status of circulating tumor cells and correlation with clinical characteristics and outcome of patients with metastatic breast cancer

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    CTCs expressing variable levels of epithelial and mesenchymal markers in breast cancer have previously been reported. However, no information exists for keratin expression levels of CTCs in association with disease status, whereas assays for the characterization of transitional EMT phenotypes of CTCs in breast cancer are rather lacking. We investigated the correlation between keratin expression of CTCs and patients’ outcome and characterized the EMT status of CTCs via the establishment of a numerical “ratio” value of keratin and vimentin expression levels on a single cell basis. Keratin expression was evaluated in 1262 CTCs from 61 CTC-positive patients with metastatic breast cancer, using analysis of images obtained through the CellSearch System. For the determination of vimentin/keratin (vim/K) ratios, expression levels of keratin and vimentin were measured in cytospin preparations of luminal (MCF-7 and T47D) and basal (MDA.MB231 and Hs578T) breast cancer cell lines and 110 CTCs from 5 CTC-positive patients using triple immunofluorescence laser scanning microscopy and image analysis. MCF-7 and T47D displayed lower vim/K ratios compared to MDA.MB231 and Hs578T cells, while MCF-7 cells that had experimentally undergone EMT were characterized by varying intermediate vim/K ratios. CTCs were consisted of an heterogeneous population presenting variable vim/K values with 46% of them being in the range of luminal breast cancer cell lines. Keratin expression levels of CTCs detected by the CellSearch System correlated with triple negative (p = 0.039) and ER-negative (p = 0.025) breast cancer, and overall survival (p = 0.038). Keratin expression levels of CTCs correlate with tumor characteristics and clinical outcome. Moreover, CTCs display significant heterogeneity in terms of the degree of EMT phenotype that probably reflects differential invasive potential. The assessment of the vim/K ratios as a surrogate marker for the EMT status of CTCs merits further

  9. Hepatitis C virus core upregulates the methylation status of the RASSF1A promoter through regulation of SMYD3 in hilar cholangiocarcinoma cells

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    Ning Guo; Rufu Chen; Zhihua Li; Yonggang Liu; Di Cheng; Quanbo Zhou; Jiajia Zhou; Qing Lin

    2011-01-01

    Increasing evidence has been accumulated indicating the important role of epigenetic regulation in tumor genesis.Previously, we observed that the transfection of hepatitis C virus core (HCVc) protein led to malignant transformation in normal biliary cells, and that tumor suppressor gene RASSFIA was downregulated in many hilar cholangiocarcinoma patients by hypermethylation in the promoter region. In the present study, we found SET and MYND domain-containing protein 3 (SMYD3), a novel histone methyltransferase, was overexpressed in cholangiocarcinoma patients especially in those with HCV infection. Transfection of HCVc into hilar cholangiocarcinoma cell lines QBC939 and FRH0201 could upregulate the expression of SMYD3 and promote cell growth, which was consistent with the results of our clinical research.This phenomenon indicated that SMYD3 was related to the epigenetic regulation of cholangiocarcinoma genesis with HCV infection. Overexpression of SMYD3 could inhibit RASSFIA expression, whereas inhibition of SMYD3 by siRNA improved its expression. Methylationspecific polymerase chain reaction (MS-PCR) results showed the methylation status of RASSFIA promoter was regulated by SMYD3. In conclusion, HCVc could upregulate the methylation status of the RASSFIA promoter through regulation of SMYD3, and histone methylation may affect the DNA methylation of downstream gene by an unknown mechanism.

  10. Status analysis of patent application for fuel cells%燃料电池专利申请状况分析

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    朱科; 石继仙

    2012-01-01

    In order to know the status of patent application for fuel cells in the world and focus on the status in China, search of patent application for fuel cells was performed respectively. Statistics data were analyzed based on distribution of years, nations, fields and main applicants.Suggestions including attaching importance to patent and its protection,increasing input and support, improving patent quality, dividing the work,communication and cooperation, focusing on foreign patents and attaching importance to patent forecast and self-protection were proposed for development of fuel cells in China.%为整体了解全球有关燃料电池的专利申请状况,并重点关注在中国的状况,对燃料电池的专利申请分别进行了检索,从年代分布、国别分布、领域分布和主要申请人分布分别进行了数据统计分析,对我国燃料电池的发展提出了强化专利意识、重视专利保护、加大投入扶持、提高专利质量、强化专业分工、加强交流合作、聚焦国外专利和重视预警维权的建议.

  11. GSTP1 DNA Methylation and Expression Status Is Indicative of 5-aza-2′-Deoxycytidine Efficacy in Human Prostate Cancer Cells

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    Chiam, Karen; Centenera, Margaret M.; Butler, Lisa M.; Tilley, Wayne D.; Bianco-Miotto, Tina

    2011-01-01

    DNA methylation plays an important role in carcinogenesis and the reversibility of this epigenetic modification makes it a potential therapeutic target. To date, DNA methyltransferase inhibitors (DNMTi) have not demonstrated clinical efficacy in prostate cancer, with one of the major obstacles being the inability to monitor drug activity during the trial. Given the high frequency and specificity of GSTP1 DNA methylation in prostate cancer, we investigated whether GSTP1 is a useful marker of DNMTi treatment efficacy. LNCaP prostate cancer cells were treated with 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine (5-aza-CdR) either with a single high dose (5–20 µM), every alternate day (0.1–10 µM) or daily (0.005–2.5 µM). A daily treatment regimen with 5-aza-CdR was optimal, with significant suppression of cell proliferation achieved with doses of 0.05 µM or greater (p<0.0001) and induction of cell death from 0.5 µM (p<0.0001). In contrast, treatment with a single high dose of 20 µM 5-aza-CdR inhibited cell proliferation but was not able to induce cell death. Demethylation of GSTP1 was observed with doses of 5-aza-CdR that induced significant suppression of cell proliferation (≥0.05 µM). Re-expression of the GSTP1 protein was observed only at doses of 5-aza-CdR (≥0.5 µM) associated with induction of cell death. Treatment of LNCaP cells with a more stable DNMTi, Zebularine required at least a 100-fold higher dose (≥50 µM) to inhibit proliferation and was less potent in inducing cell death, which corresponded to a lack of GSTP1 protein re-expression. We have shown that GSTP1 DNA methylation and protein expression status is correlated with DNMTi treatment response in prostate cancer cells. Since GSTP1 is methylated in nearly all prostate cancers, our results warrant its testing as a marker of epigenetic therapy response in future clinical trials. We conclude that the DNA methylation and protein expression status of GSTP1 are good indicators of DNMTi efficacy. PMID:21980513

  12. Dengue viral RNA levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells are associated with disease severity and preexisting dengue immune status.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Infection with dengue viruses (DENV causes a wide range of manifestations from asymptomatic infection to a febrile illness called dengue fever (DF, to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF. The in vivo targets of DENV and the relation between the viral burden in these cells and disease severity are not known. METHOD: The levels of positive and negative strand viral RNA in peripheral blood monocytes, T/NK cells, and B cells and in plasma of DF and DHF cases were measured by quantitative RT-PCR. RESULTS: Positive strand viral RNA was detected in monocytes, T/NK cells and B cells with the highest amounts found in B cells. Viral RNA levels in CD14+ cells and plasma were significantly higher in DHF compared to DF, and in cases with a secondary infection compared to those undergoing a primary infection. The distribution of viral RNA among cell subpopulations was similar in DF and DHF cases. Small amounts of negative strand RNA were found in a few cases only. The severity of plasma leakage correlated with viral RNA levels in plasma and in CD14+ cells. CONCLUSIONS: B cells were the principal cells containing DENV RNA in peripheral blood, but overall there was little active DENV RNA replication detectable in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC. Secondary infection and DHF were associated with higher viral burden in PBMC populations, especially CD14+ monocytes, suggesting that viral infection of these cells may be involved in disease pathogenesis.

  13. Comparing the expression of myoepithelial cell markers CD10 and smooth muscle actin with the estrogen receptor status in the invasive carcinoma breast: An immunohistochemical study

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    Full Text Available Background: Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in females throughout the world. Around 20% of breast carcinomas are estrogen receptor alpha (ER-negative. Thus, theoretically this negativity could be either the result of down-regulation of ER expression in the tumor cells, or the result of the tumor being derived from cells which normally lack that expression. Normal basal, including myoepithelial cells of the breast is ER-negative. CD10 and smooth muscle actin (SMA are used as markers for the demonstration of these basal cells. Aims: To compare the expression of positive staining for CD10 and SMA in ER-negative and ER-positive invasive breast carcinomas. Materials and Methods: The study was performed on 40 paraffin-embedded tissues of already diagnosed cases of invasive breast carcinomas with known ER status, i.e., thirty ER-negative and ten ER-positive cases. Expression of CD10 and SMA was demonstrated using avidin-biotin-peroxidase complex (ABC technique. Tumor was considered to be positive for both markers only when more than 10% of tumor cells were stained positive. Results: Overall, CD10 tumor cell staining was seen in eight, 23.3% (7/30 ER-negative cases and in 10% (1/10 ER-positive cases. Also the staining intensity was considered to be strong. SMA tumor cell staining was seen in only 6.7% (2/30 ER-negative cases and the staining intensity was considered to be moderate. Percentages of positively stained tumor cells varied between 13% to 72% and 23% to 45% for CD10 and SMA, respectively. Conclusion: CD10 is a better marker when compared to SMA, as it is expressed in more number of cases and gives strong positivity in tumor cells. Higher expression of CD10 and SMA is correlated with higher tumor grade and ER negativity.

  14. Sub-cell balanced nodal expansion methods using S4 eigenfunctions for multi-group SN transport problems in slab geometry

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    A highly accurate S4 eigenfunction-based nodal method has been developed to solve multi-group discrete ordinate neutral particle transport problems with a linearly anisotropic scattering in slab geometry. The new method solves the even-parity form of discrete ordinates transport equation with an arbitrary SN order angular quadrature using two sub-cell balance equations and the S4 eigenfunctions of within-group transport equation. The four eigenfunctions from S4 approximation have been chosen as basis functions for the spatial expansion of the angular flux in each mesh. The constant and cubic polynomial approximations are adopted for the scattering source terms from other energy groups and fission source. A nodal method using the conventional polynomial expansion and the sub-cell balances was also developed to be used for demonstrating the high accuracy of the new methods. Using the new methods, a multi-group eigenvalue problem has been solved as well as fixed source problems. The numerical test results of one-group problem show that the new method has third-order accuracy as mesh size is finely refined and it has much higher accuracies for large meshes than the diamond differencing method and the nodal method using sub-cell balances and polynomial expansion of angular flux. For multi-group problems including eigenvalue problem, it was demonstrated that the new method using the cubic polynomial approximation of the sources could produce very accurate solutions even with large mesh sizes. (author)

  15. Bone-Marrow Conservation, Culture and Transplantation. Proceedings of a Panel on Current Problems of Bone-Marrow Cell Transplantation with Special Emphasis on Conservation and Culture

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    A Panel on the current problems of bone-marrow cell transplantation with special emphasis on cell conservation and culture was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency and held at the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in Moscow from 22 to 26 July 1968. Twenty-three scientists from 13 Member States and representatives of international and national organizations attended. Many of the participants had done notable work on this subject. The following topics were discussed: Tissue culture of bone-marrow cells; Histocompatibility and how to avoid secondary diseases; Conservation and storage of bone-marrow cells, white cells and thrombocytes; Scientific and organizational problems of bone-marrow cell banks. In the opening address it was pointed out that bone-marrow cell transplantation deserved a great deal of attention because of its importance as a powerful tool in human therapy, including radiation disease. It was further stressed that despite the remarkable achievements in this field, specifically with regard to auto- and homologous bone-marrow transplantation,, many problems remained ill-defined and unsolved — particularly on homologous bone-marrow transplantation. To clarify these problems, broad international collaboration was needed among specialists in Member States as well as with international bodies such as the IAEA and WHO, both of which organizations should be centres for collecting and disseminating information from Member States and for encouraging and stimulating research. In presenting much interesting work, the Panel clearly established the usefulness of bone-marrow transplantation for human therapy in specific conditions, and identified more clearly the practical problems still to be solved. The recommendations together with the reports presented at the Panel are published in this volume

  16. Altered mental status and low anion gap in a patient with sickle cell anemia: a case report

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    Abstract Introduction It is challenging to diagnose two coexisting medical conditions if the symptoms are overlapping. This is further confounded if the patient presents with an unexplained deterioration in mental status. A low anion gap or a zero anion gap is an uncommon clinical finding and has few differential diagnoses. This test therefore has important implications in correctly identifying underlying medical conditions. Case presentation A 50-year-old African American male patient with s...

  17. Design, development, manufacture, testing, and delivery of devices for connection of solar cell panel circuitry to flat conductor cable solar cell array harness

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    The technology status and problem areas which exist for the application of flat conductor cabling to solar cell arrays are summarized. Details covering the design, connector manufacture, and prototype test results are also summarized.

  18. The expression status and prognostic significance of programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 in gastro­intestinal tract cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Full Text Available Baohua Huang,* Lei Chen,* Cuixia Bao, Chengming Sun, Jie Li, Lipeng Wang, Xia Zhang Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital, Yantai, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Background: Programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1 expression has been observed in various malignancies. However, the association between PD-L1 expression and the survival of patients with gastrointestinal tract cancer remains controversial. Besides, the rate of PD-L1 positivity on tumor cells of digestive tract cancer is not clear. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis by incorporating all available evidence to evaluate the rate of PD-L1 positivity and the overall survival (OS according to PD-L1 status in patients with gastrointestinal tract cancer. Methods: Electronic databases were searched for eligible literature. Hazard ratios (HRs for OS with 95% confidence intervals (CIs according to the expression status of PD-L1 evaluated by immunohistochemistry were extracted. The outcomes were synthesized based on a random-effects model.Results: Fifteen studies (only nine reported OS that involved 2,993 gastrointestinal tract cancer patients stratified by PD-L1 status were eligible for inclusion in our study. We found the PD-L1-positive expression rate was 0.495 (95% CI 0.415–0.576 if 10% was taken as the cut-off value. When the H-score method was used to evaluate PD-L1 expression, it showed that the PD-L1 positive rate was 0.639 (95% CI 0.490–0.765 if the cut-off value was <50, which was higher than when using >50 as the cut-off point (0.449, 95% CI 0.417–0.483. Additionally, PD-L1-positive gastrointestinal tract cancer patients were associated with significantly poorer OS when compared to negative ones (HR 1.61, 95% CI 1.10–2.35, P=0.014. Subgroup analysis presented similar significant results in patients with esophageal cancer (HR 2.56, 95% CI 1.55–4.21, P<0.001. Conclusion: The positive expression rate of PD-L1

  19. Problems arising in connection with the commissioning of experts in conflict-oriented implementation of nuclear law. The legal status of expert opinions in administrative procedures under the Atomic Energy Act

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    Court decisions available so far do not primarily consider the problems linked to the commissioning of an expert and his mandate, as well as the legal status of the commissioning of an expert as an administrative act which might be legally contestable. Thus there are at present no court decisions that would create legal certainty in matters of the act of commissioning a nuclear expert opinion. The current legal situation is such that an independent order for commissioning of an expert opinion in compliance with section 19 III AtG (Atomic Energy Act), which in general is given in response to the refusal of the facility operator to do so, can be independently contested on the basis of section 44 a, sentence 2 VwGO (Rules of Administrative Courts). The current practice of conflict-oriented, or nuclear power phase-out-oriented, implementation of the nuclear law poses a threat to our constitutional state and to our democracy. The supply of energy as a common good is of essential importance and thus deserves fair and objective treatment free of emotions, including the matter of nuclear energy. In cases of nuclear licensing procedures meeting with impedimental treatment by a Land government favouring the nuclear power phase-out, this treatment however not fitting into the Land governments' overall political line, there is reason to call upon the Federal Government to take action for clarifying the situation. (orig./HP)

  20. 我国再生资源回收体系建设现状、问题及路径选择%Current status, problems and path selection for recycling system construction in China

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    欧阳培; 曹志宏

    2012-01-01

    再生资源回收体系建设是我国资源综合利用与循环经济重要的组成部分,先进、规范、完整的回收体系是推进再生资源产业发展的关键所在。总结、分析我国再生资源回收体系建设的现状和存在问题,科学地提出建立高效规范回收体系的路径选择,是当前需要研究的一项重要课题。%Recycling system construction is an essential part of comprehensive utilization of resource and circular economy. And an advanced, normative and complete recycling system is the key for the development of recycling industry. So it is an important research task to summarize and analyze the current status and problems of recycling system construction, and put forward the path selection to establish an efficient and normative recycling system.

  1. 我国节能服务产业融资租赁现状及问题研究%Research on Status and Problems of Energy Conservation Service Industry Financing Lease

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    李蕊; 秦颖

    2016-01-01

    Based on the research of financial leasing development status of energy service industry,analyzes the problems of energy service industry financing lease business,puts forward the policies and measures from improving the regulatory standards and tax management system,innovating business model,building core competencies,creating good environment,personnel team construction and other aspects to promote energy conservation service industry financing lease.%在研究我国节能服务产业融资租赁发展现状的基础上,分析节能服务产业融资租赁业务存在的问题,并从完善法规标准、完善财税管理体系、创新业务模式、打造核心能力、营造良好环境、人才队伍建设等方面提出推进节能服务产业融资租赁的政策措施.

  2. Biologic effect of exogenous wild p53 combined with irradiation on human melanoma cell lines with different p53 status

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    Objective: To investigate the effect of low dose irradiation on gene transfer efficiency and the effect of adenoviral-mediated exogenous P53 overexpression on apoptosis and radiosensitivity of radioresistant human melanoma cell lines A375(wild type p53)and WM983a(mutant type p53). Methods: Control vector, a replication deficient recombinant adenoviral vector containing a CMV promoter and green fluorescent protein (AdCMV-GFP), was used to transfect A375 cells and WM983a cells preirradiated with or without 1 Gy X-ray. The transduction efficiency of GFP gene was determined with fluorescence microscope directly. These two types of cells irradiated by 1 Gy X-ray were transfected with a replication deficient recombinant adenoviral vector carrying human wild p53 (AdCMV-p53), and mRNA level was detected by RT-PCR. The cell cycle delay and the expression of exogenous P53 were detected using flow cytometry (FCM) at different times after transfection. Tunel technique was used to detect cell apoptosis. The radiosensivity of A375 and WM983a cells after p53 transduction was analyzed by colony formation. Results: It is found that 1 Gy irradiation increased the gene transfection efficiency of A375 and WM983a cells. The expression of exogenous P53 was found to range from 60% to 80% among transfected cells during the first three days after transduction and then declined continuously down to the control level on day 10. G1 cell cycle arrest was also observed after p53 gene transduction. WM983a cells transfected with p53 showed higher sensitivity to X-ray-induced cell killing than A375 cells. Conclusions: It is indicated that low dose of ionizing radiation can improve gene transfection efficiency of A375 and WM983a cells mediated by adenovirus vector. Althrough the overexpresion of exogenous p53 may not inhibit cell growth and induce apoptosis of melanoma cell line A375 and WM983a irt vitro, the two cell lines are much more sensitive to cell death induced by irradiation. It is

  3. The combination of tetraiodothyroacetic acid and cetuximab inhibits cell proliferation in colorectal cancers with different K-ras status.

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    Lee, Yee-Shin; Chin, Yu-Tang; Yang, Yu-Chen S H; Wei, Po-Li; Wu, Han-Chung; Shih, Ai; Lu, Yueh-Tong; Pedersen, Jens Z; Incerpi, Sandra; Liu, Leroy F; Lin, Hung-Yun; Davis, Paul J

    2016-07-01

    Thyroid hormone induces cancer cell proliferation through its cell surface receptor integrin αvβ3. Acting via integrin αvβ3, the deaminated T4 analog tetraiodothyroacetic acid (tetrac), and its nanoparticle formulation nano-diamino-tetrac (NDAT) could inhibit cell proliferation and xenograft growth. In this study, we investigated the T4 effects on proliferation in colorectal cancer cell lines based on the proliferation marker expressions at both mRNA and protein levels. The effects of tetrac/NDAT, the monoclonal anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab, and their combinations on colorectal cancer cell proliferation were examined according to the relevant gene expression profiles and cell count analysis. The results showed that T4 significantly enhanced PCNA, Cyclin D1 and c-Myc levels in both K-ras wild type HT-29 and mutant HCT 116 cells. In HCT 116 cells, the combination of NDAT and cetuximab significantly suppressed the mRNA expressions of proliferative genes PCNA, Cyclin D1, c-Myc and RRM2 raised by T4 compared to cetuximab alone. In addition, T4-suppressed mRNA expressions of pro-apoptotic genes p53 and RRM2B could be significantly elevated by the combination of NDAT and cetuximab compared to cetuximab alone. In the K-ras mutant HCT 116 cells, but not in the K-ras wild type COLO 205 cells, the combinations of tetrac/NDAT and cetuximab significantly reduced cell proliferation compared to cetuximab alone. In conclusion, T4 promoted colorectal cancer cell proliferation which could be repressed by tetrac and NDAT. The combinations of tetrac/NDAT and cetuximab potentiated cetuximab actions in K-ras mutant colorectal cancer cells. PMID:26980146

  4. Using a medium-throughput comet assay to evaluate the global DNA methylation status of single cells

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    Lewies, Angélique; Van Dyk, Etresia; Johannes F. Wentzel; Pieter J. Pretorius

    2014-01-01

    The comet assay is a simple and cost effective technique, commonly used to analyze and quantify DNA damage in individual cells. The versatility of the comet assay allows introduction of various modifications to the basic technique. The difference in the methylation sensitivity of the isoschizomeric restriction enzymes HpaII and MspI are used to demonstrate the ability of the comet assay to measure the global DNA methylation level of individual cells when using cell cultures. In the experiment...

  5. Determination of apoptosis, proliferation status and O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase methylation profiles in different immunophenotypic profiles of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Our aim was to investigate the expression of apoptosis-associated proteins (bcl-2, bcl-xl, bax, bak, bid, apoptotic index (AI and proliferation index (PI in germinal center B-cell-like immunophenotypic profile (GCB and non-GCB of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL. Materials and Methods: The methylation status of the promoter region of O6-methylguanine-DNA yerine O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT gene and its relation with immunophenotypic differentiation of DLBCLs were also investigated. 101 cases were classified as GCB (29 cases or non-GCB (72 cases. Apoptosis-associated proteins and PI were determined by IHC, and TUNEL method was used to determine AI. MGMT methylation analysis was performed by real-time PCR. Results: The PI was significantly higher in GCB compared with non-GCB (p=0.011. Percentage of cells stained with bcl-6 was positively correlated with the percentage of cells expressing bcl-2 (p=0.023, AI (p=0.006 and PI (p<0.001, while a significant negative correlation was observed with the percentage of cells expressing bax (p=0.027. The percentage of cells stained with MUM1 showed a significantly positive correlation with the percentage of cells expressing bcl-xl (p=0.003, bid (p=0.002, AI (p<0.001, and PI (p=0.001. MGMT methylation analysis was performed in 95 samples, and methylated profile was found in 31 cases (32.6%. GCB was found in 6 cases (22.2% and non-GCB was determined in 25 cases (36.8% out of 31 with MGMT methylated samples. There was no significant association between MGMT methylation status and immunophenotypic profiles (p=0.173. Conclusion: These results suggest that bcl-6 protein expression may be responsible for the high PI in GCB. Additionally, we found that apoptosis-associated proteins were not significantly associated with immunophenotypic profiles.

  6. Response of intestinal cells of differing topographical and hierarchical status to ten cytotoxic drugs and five sources of radiation.

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    Ijiri, K.; Potten, C. S.

    1983-01-01

    The spacial distribution of cell death among the epithelial cells lining the adult mammalian small intestinal mucosa at various times after a range of doses of 10 different drugs as well as after internal or external irradiation (beta particles from tritium, gamma- and X-rays and neutrons) has been recorded. Cell death, expressed as pycnosis or apoptosis, has been recorded for each cell position up the side of the crypts of the small intestine. The results, in the form of distributions of dea...

  7. Role of [{sup 18}F]FDG PET in prediction of KRAS and EGFR mutation status in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer

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    Caicedo, Carlos; Garcia-Velloso, Maria Jose; Vigil Diaz, Carmen; Richter Echevarria, Jose Angel [University of Navarra, Nuclear Medicine Department, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Lozano, Maria Dolores; Labiano, Tania [University of Navarra, Pathology Department, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Lopez-Picazo, Jose Maria; Gurpide, Alfonso; Perez Gracia, Jose Luis [University of Navarra, Oncology Department, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain); Zulueta, Javier [University of Navarra, Pulmonology Department, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)

    2014-11-15

    The tumour molecular profile predicts the activity of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, tissue availability and tumour heterogeneity limit its assessment. We evaluated whether [{sup 18}F]FDG PET might help predict KRAS and EFGR mutation status in NSCLC. Between January 2005 and October 2011, 340 NSCLC patients were tested for KRAS and EGFR mutation status. We identified patients with stage III and IV disease who had undergone [{sup 18}F]FDG PET/CT scanning for initial staging. SUVpeak, SUVmax and SUVmean of the single hottest tumour lesions were calculated, and their association with KRAS and EGFR mutation status was assessed. A receiver operator characteristic (ROC) curve analysis and a multivariate analysis (including SUVmean, gender, age and AJCC stage) were performed to identify the potential value of [{sup 18}F]FDG PET/CT for predicting KRAS mutation. From 102 patients staged using [{sup 18}F]FDG PET/CT, 28 (27 %) had KRAS mutation (KRAS+), 22 (22 %) had EGFR mutation (EGFR+) and 52 (51 %) had wild-type KRAS and EGFR profiles (WT). KRAS+ patients showed significantly higher [{sup 18}F]FDG uptake than EGFR+ and WT patients (SUVmean 9.5, 5.7 and 6.6, respectively; p < 0.001). No significant differences were observed in [{sup 18}F]FDG uptake between EGFR+ patients and WT patients. ROC curve analysis for KRAS mutation status discrimination yielded an area under the curve of 0.740 for SUVmean (p < 0.001). The multivariate analysis showed a sensitivity and specificity of 78.6 % and 62.2 %, respectively, and the AUC was 0.773. NSCLC patients with tumours harbouring KRAS mutations showed significantly higher [{sup 18}F]FDG uptake than WT patients, as assessed in terms of SUVpeak, SUVmax and SUVmean. A multivariate model based on age, gender, AJCC stage and SUVmean might be used as a predictive marker of KRAS mutation status in patients with stage III or IV NSCLC. (orig.)

  8. Effect of the p53 gene status on the sensitivity of oral squamous cell carcinoma cells to boron neutron capture therapy

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    The role of the p53 gene in the sensitivity of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) to boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) had not been studied. We examined the effect of boronophenylalanine (BPA)-mediated BNCT on oral SCC cells showing either wild-type p53 (SAS/neo) or mutated-type p53 (SAS/mp53). Survival ratio of cells was determined by colony formation. Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. Apoptotic cells were evaluated by flow cytometric analysis and nuclear DNA staining. When SAS/neo and SAS/mp53 cells were subjected to BNCT, more suppressive effects on colony formation and cell viability were observed in SAS/neo cells as compared with SAS/mp53. The proportion of apoptotic cells with DNA fragmentation was also increased in the cells with functional p53. These results suggest that oral SCC cells with mutated p53 cells are more resistant to BNCT than those with wild-type p53. BNCT must inhibit oral SCC cells in p53-dependent and p53-independent mechanisms. (author)

  9. Effector memory T-cell frequencies in relation to tumour stage, location and HPV status in HNSCC patients

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    A.W. Turksma; H.J. Bontkes; H. van den Heuvel; T.D. de Gruijl; B.M.E. von Blomberg; B.J.M. Braakhuis; C.R. Leemans; E. Bloemena; C.J.L.M. Meijer; E. Hooijberg

    2013-01-01

    Background The immune system plays an important role in tumour immune surveillance. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients are often immune compromised. Objective To chart the baseline levels of T-cell subpopulation frequencies in patients with cancer prior to treatment. Subjects and methods

  10. 75 FR 8921 - Grant of Authority for Subzone Status; Brightpoint North America L.P. (Cell Phone Kitting and...

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    ... kitting and distribution of cell phones at the facilities of Brightpoint North America L.P., located in... authority to establish a special-purpose subzone at the cell phone kitting and distribution facilities of...); Whereas, notice inviting public comment has been given in the Federal Register (74 FR 37689-37690, July...

  11. MRP8/ABCC11 Expression Is Regulated by Dexamethasone in Breast Cancer Cells and Is Associated to Progesterone Receptor Status in Breast Tumors

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    The ATP-binding cassette multidrug resistance protein 8 (MRP8/ABCC11) mediates the excretion of anticancer drugs. ABCC11 mRNA and protein levels were enhanced by DEX (dexamethasone) and by PROG (progesterone) in MCF7 (progesterone receptor-(PR-) positive) but not in MDA-MB-231 (PR-negative) breast cancer cells. This suggested a PR-signaling pathway involvement in ABCC11 regulation. Nevertheless, pregnenolone-16a-carbonitrile (GR antagonist) and chlotrimazole strongly and moderately decreased ABCC11 expression levels in Glucocorticoid Receptor-(GR-) and Pregnane X Receptor (PXR)-positive MCF7 cells but not in MDA-MB-231 cells (GR- and PXR-positive). Thus, GR-signaling pathway involvement could not be excluded in ABCC11 regulation in MCF7 cells. Furthermore, ABCC11 levels were positively correlated with the PR status of postmenopausal patient breast tumors from two independent cohorts. Thus, in the subclass of breast tumors (Estrogen Receptor-(ER-) negative/PR-positive), the elevated expression level of ABCC11 may alter the sensitivity to ABCC11 anticancer substrates, especially under treatment combinations with DEX

  12. The assessment of zinc status of an animal from the uptake of 65Zn by the cells of whole blood in vitro

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    65Zn uptake by blood cells in vitro has been compared with plasma Zn concentration and plasma alkaline phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.1) activity as indicators of an animal's Zn status. Dietary Zn deficiency, low food intake, reduced dietary protein content and endotoxin administration all reduced plasma Zn concentration in the rat. In each case there was a parallel reduction in plasma alkaline phosphatase activity and an increase in 65Zn uptake in vitro by cells of whole blood. A similar relationship between the three measurements existed in sheep with lowered plasma Zn concentrations whether these were caused by dietary deficiency or by post-surgical stress. 65Zn uptake by cells of whole blood did not differentiate dietary Zn deficiency from the other factors which reduce plasma Zn under 'field' conditions. 65Zn uptake by the cells in whole blood in vitro was three to five times less rapid in blood of ruminant origin than in that from non-ruminants. This difference related to the erythrocytes rather than to the leukocytes or the plasma. (author)

  13. Multi-objective stochastic distribution feeder reconfiguration problem considering hydrogen and thermal energy production by fuel cell power plants

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    This paper assesses the operation and management of electrical energy, hydrogen production and thermal load supplement by the Fuel Cell Power Plants (FCPP) in the distribution systems with regard to the uncertainties which exist in the load demand as well as the price of buying natural gas for FCPPs, fuel cost for residential loads, tariff for purchasing electricity, tariff for selling electricity, hydrogen selling price, operation and maintenance cost and the price of purchasing power from the grid. Therefore, a new modified multi-objective optimization algorithm called Teacher-Learning Algorithm (TLA) is proposed to integrate the optimal operation management of Proton Exchange Membrane FCPPs (PEM-FCPPs) and the optimal configuration of the system through an economic model of the PEM-FCPP. In order to improve the total ability of TLA for global search and exploration, a new modification process is suggested such that the algorithm will search the total search space globally. Also, regarding the uncertainties of the new complicated power systems, in this paper for the first time, the DFR problem is investigated in a stochastic environment by the use of probabilistic load flow technique based on Point Estimate Method (PEM). In order to see the feasibility and the superiority of the proposed method, a standard test system is investigated as the case study. The simulation results are investigated in four different scenarios to show the effect of hydrogen production and thermal recovery more evidently. -- Highlights: ► Present an economical and thermal modeling of PEM-FCPPs. ► Present an approach for optimal operation of PEM-FCPPs in a stochastic environment. ► Consider benefits of thermal recovery and Hydrogen production for PEM-FCPPs. ► Present several scenarios for management of PEM-FCPPs.

  14. Changes to the cell, tissue and architecture levels in cranial suture synostosis reveal a problem of timing in bone development

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Premature fusion of cranial sutures is a common problem with an incidence of 3-5 per 10,000 live births. Despite progress in understanding molecular/genetic factors affecting suture function, the complex process of premature fusion is still poorly understood. In the present study, corresponding excised segments of nine patent and nine prematurely fused sagittal sutures from infants (age range 3-7 months with a special emphasis on their hierarchical structural configuration were compared. Cell, tissue and architecture characteristics were analysed by transmitted and polarised light microscopy, 2D-histomorphometry, backscattered electron microscopy and energy-dispersive-x-ray analyses. Apart from wider sutural gaps, patent sutures showed histologically increased new bone formation compared to reduced new bone formation and osseous edges with a more mature structure in the fused portions of the sutures. This pattern was accompanied by a lower osteocyte lacunar density and a higher number of evenly mineralised osteons, reflecting pronounced lamellar bone characteristics along the prematurely fused sutures. In contrast, increases in osteocyte lacunar number and size accompanied by mineralisation heterogeneity and randomly oriented collagen fibres predominantly signified woven bone characteristics in patent, still growing suture segments. The already established woven-to-lamellar bone transition provides evidence of advanced bone development in synostotic sutures. Since structural and compositional features of prematurely fused sutures did not show signs of pathological/defective ossification processes, this supports the theory of a normal ossification process in suture synostosis – just locally commencing too early. These histomorphological findings may provide the basis for a better understanding of the pathomechanism of craniosynostosis, and for future strategies to predict suture fusion and to determine surgical intervention.

  15. Long term culture of mesenchymal stem cells in hypoxia promotes a genetic program maintaining their undifferentiated and multipotent status

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In the bone marrow, hematopietic and mesenchymal stem cells form a unique niche in which the oxygen tension is low. Hypoxia may have a role in maintaining stem cell fate, self renewal and multipotency. However, whereas most studies addressed the effect of transient in vitro exposure of MSC to hypoxia, permanent culture under hypoxia should reflect the better physiological conditions. Results Morphologic studies, differentiation and transcriptional profiling experiments were performed on MSC cultured in normoxia (21% O2 versus hypoxia (5% O2 for up to passage 2. Cells at passage 0 and at passage 2 were compared, and those at passage 0 in hypoxia generated fewer and smaller colonies than in normoxia. In parallel, MSC displayed (>4 fold inhibition of genes involved in DNA metabolism, cell cycle progression and chromosome cohesion whereas transcripts involved in adhesion and metabolism (CD93, ESAM, VWF, PLVAP, ANGPT2, LEP, TCF1 were stimulated. Compared to normoxic cells, hypoxic cells were morphologically undifferentiated and contained less mitochondrias. After this lag phase, cells at passage 2 in hypoxia outgrew the cells cultured in normoxia and displayed an enhanced expression of genes (4-60 fold involved in extracellular matrix assembly (SMOC2, neural and muscle development (NOG, GPR56, SNTG2, LAMA and epithelial development (DMKN. This group described herein for the first time was assigned by the Gene Ontology program to "plasticity". Conclusion The duration of hypoxemia is a critical parameter in the differentiation capacity of MSC. Even in growth promoting conditions, hypoxia enhanced a genetic program that maintained the cells undifferentiated and multipotent. This condition may better reflect the in vivo gene signature of MSC, with potential implications in regenerative medicine.

  16. Inhibitor or promoter? The performance of polysaccharides from Ganoderma lucidum on human tumor cells with different p53 statuses.

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    Zhang, Jue; Chen, Jun-ming; Wang, Xiao-xia; Xia, Yong-mei; Cui, Steve W; Li, Jian; Ding, Zhong-yang

    2016-04-01

    Polysaccharides from Ganoderma lucidum (GLPs) have been taken as effective supplements by both healthy people and cancer patients for many years. However, this short survey indicates that instead of inhibiting cancer cell growth, both submerge-cultured intracellular GLP and fruiting body GLP can stimulate the growth of human carcinoma cell lines lacking functional p53, such as HCT-116 p53(-/-), Saos-2, H1299, HL-60, MDA-MB-157. Conversely, the two GLPs inhibit all other assayed cells with functional p53. These results could be an alert since mutational inactivation of the tumor suppressor protein p53 is the most frequent genetic alteration found in human tumors. PMID:26999513

  17. Large area multicrystalline silicon solar cells in high volume production environment - history, status, new processes, technology transfer issues

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    Cast multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) solar cell technology, accounted for nearly 41% of all the PV modules manufactures worldwide in 2000. Since 1995 the use of cast mc-Si as a substrate has increased every year and that increase is expected to accelerate in the coming years as the PV market grows further. This impressive growth has been enabled by several factors - wafer suppliers, improvements in casting technology, sawing technology and cell process technology. In this paper the enabling factors will be discussed. The new processes used to enhance the efficiency of the cast multicrystalline silicon solar cells and the criteria for technology transfer will also be discussed. (author)

  18. Stock Status

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — These data inform the public of the most recent stock status for all stocks (FSSI and non-FSSI) in the fishery management unit contained in a fishery managment...

  19. Mesenchymal stem cells increase proliferation but do not change quiescent state of osteosarcoma cells: Potential implications according to the tumor resection status

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    Pierre Avril

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Conventional therapy of primary bone tumors includes surgical excision with wide resection, which leads to physical and aesthetic defects. For reconstruction of bone and joints, allografts can be supplemented with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs. Similarly, adipose tissue transfer (ATT is supplemented with adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs to improve the efficient grafting in the correction of soft tissue defects. MSC-like cells may also be used in tumor-targeted cell therapy. However, MSC may have adverse effects on sarcoma development. In the present study, human ADSCs, MSCs and pre-osteoclasts were co-injected with human MNNG-HOS osteosarcoma cells in immunodeficient mice. ADSCs and MSCs, but not the osteoclast precursors, accelerated the local proliferation of MNNG-HOS osteosarcoma cells. However, the osteolysis and the metastasis process were not exacerbated by ADSCs, MSCs, or pre-osteoclasts. In vitro proliferation of MNNG-HOS and Saos-2 osteosarcoma cells was increased up to 2-fold in the presence of ADSC-conditioned medium. In contrast, ADSC-conditioned medium did not change the dormant, quiescent state of osteosarcoma cells cultured in oncospheres. Due to the enhancing effect of ADSCs/MSCs on in vivo/in vitro proliferation of osteosarcoma cells, MSCs may not be good candidates for osteosarcoma-targeted cell therapy. Although conditioned medium of ADSCs accelerated the cell cycle of proliferating osteosarcoma cells, it did not change the quiescent state of dormant osteosarcoma cells, indicating that ADSC-secreted factors may not be involved in the risk of local recurrence.

  20. Gas-phase decontamination demonstration on PORTS cell X-25-4-2. Final technology status report

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    The Long-Term, Low Temperature (LTLT) process is a gas-phase in situ decontamination technique which has been tested by LMES/K-25 personnel on the laboratory scale with promising results. The purpose of the Gas-Phase Decontamination Demonstration at PORTS was to evaluate the LTLT process on an actual diffusion cascade cell at conditions similar to those used in the laboratory testing. The demonstration was conducted on PORTS diffusion cell X-25-4-2 which was one of the X-326 Building cells which was permanently shutdown as part of the Suspension of HEU Production at PORTS. The demonstration full-scale test consisted of rendering the cell leak-tight through the installation of Dresser seals onto the process seals, exposing the cell to the oxidants ClF3 and F2 for a period of 105 days and evaluating the effect of the clean-up treatment on cell samples and coupons representing the major diffusion cascade materials of construction. The results were extrapolated to determine the effectiveness of LTLT decontamination over the range of historical uranium isotope assays present in the diffusion complex. It was determined that acceptable surface contamination levels could be obtained in all of the equipment in the lower assay cascades which represents the bulk of the equipment contained in the diffusion complex

  1. National School Debate: Banning Cell Phones in Public Schools: Analyzing a National School and Community Relations Problem

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    Johnson, Clarence; Kritsonis, William Allan

    2007-01-01

    School systems in America face many critical challenges pertaining to regulating cell phone use by students in today's schools. School executives and classroom teachers face challenges daily relative to how to effectively deal with student's using cell phones. There are many drawbacks and benefits for cell phone use by students. The authors…

  2. Transient acid treatment cannot induce neonatal somatic cells to become pluripotent stem cells [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3dq

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Currently, there are genetic- and chemical-based methods for producing pluripotent stem cells from somatic cells, but all of them are extremely inefficient.  However, a simple and efficient technique has recently been reported by Obokata et al (2014a, b that creates pluripotent stem cells through acid-based treatment of somatic cells.  These cells were named stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP stem cells. This would be a major game changer in regenerative medicine if the results could be independently replicated. Hence, we isolated CD45+ splenocytes from five-day-old Oct4-GFP mice and treated the cells with acidified (pH 5.7 Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS for 25 min, using the methods described by Obokata et al 2014c. However, we found that this method did not induce the splenocytes to express the stem cell marker Oct4-GFP when observed under a confocal microscope three to six days after acid treatment. qPCR analysis also confirmed that acid treatment did not induce the splenocytes to express the stemness markers Oct4, Sox2 and Nanog.  In addition, we obtained similar results from acid-treated Oct4-GFP lung fibroblasts. In summary, we have not been able to produce STAP stem cells from neonatal splenocytes or lung fibroblasts using the acid-based treatment reported by Obokata et al (2014a, b, c.

  3. Application of thermal lens response to monitor health status of red blood cells: A quantitative study of the cell death process by extracting thermal diffusivity and size

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    Vasudevan, Srivathsan; Chen, George Chung Kit; Andika, Marta

    2010-03-01

    We explore monitoring the death process of individual red blood cells (RBC) quantitatively by using thermal lens (TL) response. TL response is a noninvasive excitation/probe technique that reflects photothermal parameters (e.g., absorption, thermal diffusivity, size, etc.). Since these parameters of cells change significantly during certain biological processes, real-time TL response was performed to monitor RBC death process when incubated with ionomycin. Theoretical model developed was applied to curve-fit the TL response for extracting thermal diffusivity and size of cells. Thermal diffusivity of dying RBC is found increased by 1.7 times in comparison with healthy cell.

  4. Energy and protein intake and nutritional status in non-surgically treated patients with small cell anaplastic carcinoma of the lung

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    The spontaneous food intake and nutritional status was assessed in 23 patients with small cell anaplastic carcinoma of the lung before and two times during a treatment period of 6 weeks. Radiation therapy was given for 2 weeks followed by a course of chemotherapy and another 2 weeks of radiation therapy. The energy intake decreased during the treatment from 146 to 130 per cent of basal metabolic rate (p>0.10). The protein intake remained unchanged (mean 0.9 g/kg body weight).There were insignificant and small losses of weight, body fat, free body mass and arm muscle circumference, and no changes were seen in serum albumin and serum transferrin. However, 6 patients suffered a weight loss of 5 per cent or more. No correlation existed between the nutritional parameters measured before treatment and the changes during treatment. Patients who suffered a loss of body weight could therefore not be singled out before the treatment. (orig.)

  5. Operating experience and radiation protection problems in the working of the radio-metallurgy hot cell facilities at BARC

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    The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Bombay has six hot cell facilities for radiometallurgical investigations of irradiated/failed fuel elements. The hot cell facilities have been provided with certain built-in safety features, a ventilation system, radiation monitoring instruments for various purposes, a centralised air monitoring system and a central panel for display of various alarms. Procedures adopted for radiation protection and contamination control include : (1) radiation leak test for cells and filter efficiency evaluation before cell activation, (2) practices to be followed by frog suit personnel while working in hot cell areas, (3) receipt and handling of irradiated fuel elements, (4) cell filter change operation, (5) checks on high level drains and (6) effluent discharge and waste shipments. Operating experience in the working of these facilities along with radiation accident incidents is described. Data regarding release of activity during normal cell operations, dose rates during various metallurgical operations and personnel exposures are presented. (M.G.B.)

  6. Intratumor heterogeneity and chemotherapy-induced changes in EGFR status in non-small cell lung cancer

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    2012-01-01

    Biomarker expression is increasingly being used to customize treatment in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The choice of systemic treatment usually depends on biomarker expression in the initial diagnostic biopsy taken before initiation of first-line treatment. Chemotherapy induces DNA damages...... in the tumor cells, and thus, biomarker expression in the tumor after systemic treatment might not be identical to biomarker expression in the diagnostic biopsy. NSCLC is highly heterogeneous and biomarker expression may vary in different areas within the same tumor. This review explores the tumor...

  7. Folate status and health

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    Obeid, Rima; Oexle, Konrad; Rißmann, Anke; Pietrzik, Klaus; Koletzko, Berthold

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    worldwide by applying fortification with folic acid. Periconceptional supplementation of folic acid also reduces the risk of congenital heart diseases, preterm birth, low birth weight, and health problems associated with child mortality and morbidity. All European governments failed to issue folic acid...... health centers for prenatal care and fortification with folic acid in Europe are urgently needed. Only such an action will sufficiently improve folate status, prevent at least 50% of the NTD cases, reduce child mortality and morbidity, and alleviate other health problems associated with low folate such...

  8. [Population problem, comprehension problem].

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    Tallon, F

    1993-08-01

    Overpopulation of developing countries in general, and Rwanda in particular, is not just their problem but a problem for developed countries as well. Rapid population growth is a key factor in the increase of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Population growth outstrips food production. Africa receives more and more foreign food, economic, and family planning aid each year. The Government of Rwanda encourages reduced population growth. Some people criticize it, but this criticism results in mortality and suffering. One must combat this ignorance, but attitudes change slowly. Some of these same people find the government's acceptance of family planning an invasion of their privacy. Others complain that rich countries do not have campaigns to reduce births, so why should Rwanda do so? The rate of schooling does not increase in Africa, even though the number of children in school increases, because of rapid population growth. Education is key to improvements in Africa's socioeconomic growth. Thus, Africa, is underpopulated in terms of potentiality but overpopulated in terms of reality, current conditions, and possibilities of overexploitation. Africa needs to invest in human resources. Families need to save, and to so, they must refrain from having many children. Africa should resist the temptation to waste, as rich countries do, and denounce it. Africa needs to become more independent of these countries, but structural adjustment plans, growing debt, and rapid population growth limit national independence. Food aid is a means for developed countries to dominate developing countries. Modernization through foreign aid has had some positive effects on developing countries (e.g., improved hygiene, mortality reduction), but these also sparked rapid population growth. Rwandan society is no longer traditional, but it is also not yet modern. A change in mentality to fewer births, better quality of life for living infants, better education, and less burden for women must occur

  9. Activation status of cord blood gamma delta T cells reflects in utero exposure to Plasmodium falciparum antigen.

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    Engelmann, I.; Santamaria, A.; Kremsner, P.G.; Luty, A.J.F.

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Placental Plasmodium falciparum infection modulates neonatal cell-mediated immune responses and is associated with increased susceptibility of infants to malaria. METHODS: By flow-cytometric analysis of maternal peripheral and cord blood samples collected at delivery, we measured and com

  10. Influence of udder infection status on milk enzyme activities and somatic cell count throughout early lactation in goats

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    Stuhr, T; Aulrich, K; Barth, K;

    2013-01-01

    At present the analysis of somatic cell count (SCC) used for the detection of intramammary infections (IMI) in bovine milk is also recommended for goat milk, but due to the various factors influencing SCC it allows only limited conclusions on the udder health of goats. The research on enzyme...

  11. Is early sestamibi imaging in head and neck cancer affected by MDR status, p53 expression, or cell proliferation?

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    A consensus has emerged that early imaging (within 20 min post-injection [p.i.] of sestamibi) has the highest diagnostic yield. Tc-99m-sestamibi uptake has been associated with P-glycoprotein-mediated multi-drug resistance (MDR), tumor vascularization, invasiveness, and cell proliferation. The aim of this study was to assess whether these parameters affect tumor uptake in current imaging protocols. Twenty-three patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the mouth floor who were scheduled for surgery were imaged 5 min. p.i. with a triple-head gamma camera (360 deg., 3 deg./step SPECT, UHRPAR collimators). Tumor:nontumor tissue (TBR), tumor:gingiva (TGR), tumor:salivary gland (TSR), and tumor:nuchal muscle ratios (TNR) were calculated based on the cts/pix values of ROIs in the axial slices. The expression of the MDR gene was determined histochemically from biopsies. Cell proliferation was quantitated by the histochemical analysis of the Ki-67 protein (Ki-67 index); additionally, the p53 tumor suppressor gene (p53 index), a posttranslational stabilizer of the cell cycle at the G1 stage, was assessed. No significant differences were found for the uptake indices between MDR+ and MDR- tumors. Moreover, no significant correlation between sestamibi uptake and the Ki-67 and p53 indices could be demonstrated. The diagnostic information content of currently applied imaging protocols for sestamibi in SCC of the mouth floor is not affected by tumor-specific properties

  12. Vitamin D status and serum level of some elements in children with sickle cell disease in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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    Objective: To study the relationship of Vitamin D deficiency and some minerals metabolism in the children with sickle cell disease (SCD) in the city of Jeddah, western region of Saudi Arabia. Methods: A total of 51 children with sickle cell disease (both gender) included 28 males (54.9%) and 23 females (45.1%) aged between newborn and 12 years old and 70 healthy matching controls were admitted or visited sickle cell section in the Maternity and Children Hospital in the city of Jeddah. Fasting blood samples were collected and the serum was separated and stored at -30 deg. C until the time of analysis. Serum 25 (OH) Vitamin D was determined using a commercially available kit (VDBP, Gc globulin), calcium, phosphorus and magnesium were measured using a clinical autoanalyser. Results: The patients were divided into two groups according to the ages, Group-A included 21 patients (both gender) aged between newborn and 6 years, group-B included 30 patients (both gender) aged between 7-12 years. The results obtained showed that the serum concentrations of 25(OH) Vitamin D in both patients groups were significantly lower than the healthy matching controls (P0.05) and significantly higher in the serum magnesium of group-B (P<0.05). Conclusion: A significant relation between Vitamin D deficiency and children with sickle cell disease which is normal due to confined patients indoor. The serum calcium concentration had no affect in the early stage of ages but a significant lower appeared with increasing of ages. The serum magnesium concentration was higher in group-B which can be explained to the important role of Mg/sup -2/ in the nature of erythrocyte membrane in sickle cell patients. (author)

  13. A voice that wraps around the body--communication problems in the advanced stages of non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Moore, R. J.; Chamberlain, R. M.; Khuri, F R

    2001-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Significant problems in clinician-patient communication have been described in the oncology literatures. Advanced stage non-small lung cancer a devastating disease, can cause the communication between survivors, significant others, and clinicians to falter. To date, however, no studies have used qualitative methods to examine experiential aspects of living with non-small cell lung cancer. Nor have any studies evaluated the tools survivors might use to repair some of the damage c...

  14. Alginate based hydrogel as a potential biopolymeric carrier for drug delivery and cell delivery systems: present status and applications.

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    Giri, Tapan Kumar; Thakur, Deepa; Alexander, Amit; Ajazuddin; Badwaik, Hemant; Tripathi, Dulal Krishna

    2012-11-01

    Alginate is a non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable natural polymer with a number of peculiar physicochemical properties for which it has wide applications in drug delivery and cell delivery systems. Hydrogel formation can be obtained by interactions of anionic alginates with multivalent inorganic cations by simple ionotropic gelation method. Hydrophilic polymeric network of three dimensional cross linked structures of hydrogels absorb substantial amount of water or biological fluids. Among the numerous biomaterials used for hydrogel formation alginate has been and will continue to be one of the most important biomaterial. Therefore, in view of the vast literature support, we focus in this review on alginate - based hydrogel as drug delivery and cell delivery carriers for biomedical applications. Various properties of alginates, their hydrogels and also various techniques used for preparing alginate hydrogels have been reviewed. PMID:22998675

  15. Induction of immune tolerance to FIX by intramuscular AAV gene transfer is independent of the activation status of dendritic cells

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    Bharadwaj, Arpita S; Kelly, Meagan; Kim, Dongsoo; Chao, Hengjun

    2010-01-01

    The nature of viral vectors is suggested to be a significant contributor to undesirable immune responses subsequent to gene transfer. Such viral vectors, recognized as danger signals by the host immune system, activate dendritic cells (DCs), causing unwanted antivector and/or transgene product immunity. We recently reported efficient induction of immune tolerance to coagulation factor IX (FIX) by direct intramuscular injection of adeno-associated virus (AAV)–FIX. AAV vectors are nonpathogenic...

  16. Cell Damage, Antioxidant Status, and Cortisol Levels Related to Nutrition in Ski Mountaineering During a Two-Day Race

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    Elena Diaz; Fatima Ruiz; Itziar Hoyos; Jaime Zubero; Leyre Gravina; Javier Gil; Jon Irazusta; Susana Maria Gil

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to measure the effect of nutrition on cell damage, antioxidant enzymes, and cortisol during a two-day ski mountaineering competition. Twenty-one male skiers participated in the study. Creatine kinase (CK), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase (AP), cortisol and C-reactive protein (CRP), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and reductase activities (GR) and C-reacti...

  17. A Review on Current Status of Stability and Knowledge on Liquid Electrolyte-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Frédéric Sauvage

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this review is to gather the current background in materials development and provide the reader with an accurate image of today’s knowledge regarding the stability of dye-sensitized solar cells. This contribution highlights the literature from the 1970s to the present day on nanostructured TiO2, dye, Pt counter electrode, and liquid electrolyte for which this review is focused on.

  18. [The immune status changes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease under the influence of mesenchymal stromal cells and infliximab therapy].

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    Lazebnik, L B; Sagynbaeva, V É; Knyazev, O V; Parfenov, A I; Efremov, L I; Guseĭnzade, M D; Ruchkina, I N; Konopliannikov, A G; Iakovleva, M V; Astrelina, T A

    2011-01-01

    Out of 28 patients with inflammatory bowel disease in 11 (39.3%) revealed the presence of autoantibodies to gastric parietal cells. Appointment of MSC and infliximab did not lead to a reduction in antibody levels, in fact, in 6 (21.4%) patients had a further increase in the content of mentioned autoantibodies. Identification of autoantibodies to gastric parietal cells is considered as adherence to IBD autoimmune gastritis (formation of a systemic process) that requires use of corticosteroids. Transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells in IBD reduces enhanced circulation of autoantibodies against antigens of neutrophils cytoplasmic structures, thereby reducing the severity of autoimmune reactions. Transplantation of MSCs reduces autoaggression in patients with ulcerative colitis, reducing the autoreactive clone of B lymphocytes (CD19+CD5+). Analysis effectiveness of the therapy. Transplantation of MSCs in IBD has a systemic immunoregulatory effect: on the one hand, stimulates oppressed cytokine synthesis, on the other--reduses the intensity of the autoimmune reactions and activity of pathological processes. Infliximab selectively blocks TNF-alpha, without affecting other proinflammatory cytokines. PMID:22629769

  19. The Status of Packed Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Besat Hospital of Hamadan in 2009-2010

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    Full Text Available Bakground and objectives: Higher than the needed blood orders not onlyadversely affect blood quality but also impose extra expenses on therapeuticcenter and patients. We aimed at determining the frequency of packed redblood cell transfusion in Besat hospital of Hamadan in 2009-2010.Material and Methods: This descriptive study was carried out on 926 bloodorder forms in Besat hospital. The data were collected, using blood orderforms, in Hamedan teaching hospital (Besat from March 2009 to march 2010.We assessed the amount of blood order, blood consumption,crossmatch/transfusion ratio(C/T and transfusion index (TI in different wardsof hospital.Results: Out of 926 patients aged averagely 28, 37% were females and 63%are males. The overall ratio of C/T and TI is 2.44 and 0/63, respectively. Theyare considered to be optimal, in comparison with the standard figures ofC/T<2.5 and TI≥0.5.The results show that the highest C/T is in surgery wardand the lowest in burn ward. But the highest TI is related to Hematology wardand the lowest to urology ward.Conclusion: Packed cell consumption, C/T Ratio and TI in Besat hospitals arenormal but not ideal.It seems that absence of hospital blood transfusioncommittees and lack of active contribution of physicians, are the majorobstacles in reforming blood utilization.Key words: Packed cell, crossmatch,transfusion index, transfusion

  20. The status of free cells of lungs of descendants of the parents found on is radioactive the contaminated territories

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    Free cell state of bronchial-alveolar liquid (BAL) of animal - descendants F1 from rats, containing in Chernobyl NPP zone (soil activity on 137Cs is 23 kBq/kg, gamma-background is 0,5 mSv/hours) were investigated. Term of descendant appearance is 7-10 days after returning animal from a zone. In 1 month after birth animal began to receive the contaminated forage (190-756 Bq/kg). In experiment on researching of descendants of 1-st breed from rats kept in the zone and reared the forage contaminated by radionuclides decreasing of animal weight at the age of 6 months on 14 % in comparison with the control was revealed. Besides in this period of observation for experimental animals the decrease of general cytosis BAL almost in 2 times was detected. On the background of decreasing general cytosis and number of AM the tendency to increase of the contents of neutrophils was marked. In the age of 9 mon. the tendency to decreasing of general cytosis was detected. At the age of 12 mon. increase of free cell quantity, tendency to increasing of AM number in BAL is marked. Quantity of remaining cell of BAL was at a level of monitoring values. (Authors)

  1. Predictors of Sociometric Status for Low Socioeconomic Status Elementary Mainstreamed Students with and without Special Needs

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    Baydik, Berrin; Bakkaloglu, Hatice

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to compare the sociometric status of low socioeconomic status elementary school students with and without special needs and investigate the effects of different variables (gender, age, physical appearance, social skills, behavior problems, and academic competence) on students' sociometric status. Elementary…

  2. Specific glycosylation of membrane proteins in epithelial ovarian cancer cell lines: glycan structures reflect gene expression and DNA methylation status.

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    Anugraham, Merrina; Jacob, Francis; Nixdorf, Sheri; Everest-Dass, Arun Vijay; Heinzelmann-Schwarz, Viola; Packer, Nicolle H

    2014-09-01

    Epithelial ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer in women worldwide bearing the highest mortality rate among all gynecological cancers. Cell membrane glycans mediate various cellular processes such as cell signaling and become altered during carcinogenesis. The extent to which glycosylation changes are influenced by aberrant regulation of gene expression is nearly unknown for ovarian cancer and remains crucial in understanding the development and progression of this disease. To address this effect, we analyzed the membrane glycosylation of non-cancerous ovarian surface epithelial (HOSE 6.3 and HOSE 17.1) and serous ovarian cancer cell lines (SKOV 3, IGROV1, A2780, and OVCAR 3), the most common histotype among epithelial ovarian cancers. N-glycans were released from membrane glycoproteins by PNGase F and analyzed using nano-liquid chromatography on porous graphitized carbon and negative-ion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Glycan structures were characterized based on their molecular masses and tandem MS fragmentation patterns. We identified characteristic glycan features that were unique to the ovarian cancer membrane proteins, namely the "bisecting N-acetyl-glucosamine" type N-glycans, increased levels of α 2-6 sialylated N-glycans and "N,N'-diacetyl-lactosamine" type N-glycans. These N-glycan changes were verified by examining gene transcript levels of the enzymes specific for their synthesis (MGAT3, ST6GAL1, and B4GALNT3) using qRT-PCR. We further evaluated the potential epigenetic influence on MGAT3 expression by treating the cell lines with 5-azacytidine, a DNA methylation inhibitor. For the first time, we provide evidence that MGAT3 expression may be epigenetically regulated by DNA hypomethylation, leading to the synthesis of the unique "bisecting GlcNAc" type N-glycans on the membrane proteins of ovarian cancer cells. Linking the observation of specific N-glycan substructures and their complex association with epigenetic

  3. Epigenetic status of H19/IGF2 and SNRPN imprinted genes in aborted and successfully derived embryonic stem cell lines in non-human primates

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    Florence Wianny

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The imprinted genes of primate embryonic stem cells (ESCs often show altered DNA methylation. It is unknown whether these alterations emerge while deriving the ESCs. Here we studied the methylation patterns of two differentially methylated regions (DMRs, SNRPN and H19/IGF2 DMRs, during the derivation of monkey ESCs. We show that the SNRPN DMR is characteristically methylated at maternal alleles, whereas the H19/IGF2 DMR is globally highly methylated, with unusual methylation on the maternal alleles. These methylation patterns remain stable from the early stages of ESC derivation to late passages of monkey ESCs and following differentiation. Importantly, the methylation status of H19/IGF2 DMR and the expression levels of IGF2, H19, and DNMT3B mRNAs in early embryo-derived cells were correlated with their capacity to generate genuine ESC lines. Thus, we propose that these markers could be useful to predict the outcomes of establishing an ESC line in primates.

  4. The Problem and Status of the Alien Invasive Plants in China%中国外来入侵植物研究现状及存在的问题

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    闫小玲; 寿海洋; 马金双

    2012-01-01

    生物入侵是当今各国发展的一大挑战,特别是像中国这样的发展中国家.然而,我们对外来入侵种的本底资料还很不清楚,更缺乏相关的深入调查;对生物入侵所造成的生态和经济影响还没有引起足够的重视,同时也忽视了盲目引种可能带来的各种危害.本文在文献调研的基础上,从外来植物的入侵历史和文化、中国外来入侵植物的调查现状、外米植物入侵对生态安全及经济的影响等方面进行了全面系统的总结,并提出了中国外来入侵植物研究领域存在的问题及应对措施.%The biological invasion has become a major challenge on global development, especially for whole developing country like China. However, the background data of invasive species in China is still far from completed, and the relevant investigation of the Chinese invasive inforatmion has not been fully available yet today. The huge ecological and economic impacts caused by various invasive species have not been fully noticed or observed by the relative institutions and scientists, plus the ignorance of dangerous invasion with the introduction of alien species. Based on various literatures, the history and culture of invasive plant species, their invasive status and impact on ecological security and economic loss in China have been fully reviewed; and the problems existed and mangement measures of alien invasive plants in China have been fully proposed and summarized in order to provide basic information on the management of invasive plant species in China, and appeal to the government and the community to improve their Risk-Prevention strategies and great sense of urgency with alien invasive plants in China.

  5. The status, problems and countermeasures of rural women in puerperium in Xuzhou city%徐州农村妇女产褥期行为现状、问题及对策研究

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    洪艺洋; 刘丽丽; 张杰; 彭义盛; 吴静

    2013-01-01

    目的:了解农村妇女产褥期行为现状及存在的主要问题,探讨对策方案。方法采用整群随机抽样的方法,在徐州市六县范围内,抽取683例产后2~6个月的农村妇女,进行访谈和回顾性问卷调查。结果产后2周内每天不换内衣、内裤占70.05%,冬季门窗紧闭及1个月不洗澡者分别占83.45%、78.33%,饮用1个月红糖水占83.01%,每天摄入10个以上鸡蛋占61.93%,产后不按时复查和避孕者分别占77.16%、71.46%。结论目前农村妇女产褥期存在诸多不良行为,促进健康行为的教育和指导势在必行。%Objective To make a survey on the status and main problems of rural women in puerperium,and to find some countermeasures. Methods Cluster random sampling was used in this research.Retrospective interviews and questionnaires were employed among 683 postpartum women who have given birth for two to six months in the six counties of Xuzhou city. Results Results show that 70.05% of these women do not change their underwear in two weeks after delivery,83.45% close their doors and windows during winter,78.33% do not have bath for one month,83.01%of them drink brown sugar water for one month;and 61.93%take more than 10 eggs per day. 77.16%do not go to the hospital for periodic review and 71.46%do not use contraception. Conclusion There is much misconduct among rural women in puerperium. It is imperative to promote the education and guidance of healthy behaviors.

  6. The association between PD-L1 and EGFR status and the prognostic value of PD-L1 in advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with EGFR-TKIs

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    Tang, Yanna; Fang, Wenfeng; Zhang, Yaxiong; Hong, Shaodong; Kang, Shiyang; Yan, Yue; Chen, Nan; Zhan, Jianhua; He, Xiaobo; Qin, Tao; Li, Ge; Tang, Wenyi; Peng, Peijian; Zhang, Li

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    Backgrounds Recent clinical trials have shown that immune-checkpoint blockade yields remarkable response in a subset of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. However, few studies directly focus on the association between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutational status and programmed cell death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. We examined whether PD-L1 is related to clinicopathologic factors and prognosis in patients with advanced NSCLC treated with EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors...

  7. Compliance status

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    Black, D.G.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report summarizes the activities conducted to ensure that the Hanford Site is in compliance with federal environmental protection statutes and related Washington State and local environmental protection regulations and the status of Hanford`s compliance with these requirements. Environmental permits required under the environmental protection regulations are discussed under the applicable statute.

  8. FOXA1 positively regulates gene expression by changing gene methylation status in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells

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    ZHENG, LU; Qian, Bo; Tian, Duo; Tang, Tong; Wan, Shengyun; Wang, Lei; Zhu, Lixin; Geng, Xiaoping

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    Objective: DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification with tumor suppressor gene silencing in cancer. The mechanisms underlying DNA methylation patterns are still poorly understood. This study aims to evaluate the potential value of FOXA1 for controlling gene CpG island methylation in breast cancer. Methods: FOXA1 was down-regulated by transfection with siRNA and up-regulated by transfection with plasmid in MCF-7 cell lines. The DNA methylation and mRNA levels were examined by qM...

  9. Residual lymph node status is an independent prognostic factor in esophageal squamous cell Carcinoma with pathologic T0 after preoperative radiotherapy

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    To evaluate the prognostic factors affecting survival in esophageal squamous cell Carcinoma (ESCC) patients with pathologic T0 (ypT0) underwent preoperative radiotherapy. Two hundred and ninety-six patients with ESCC who had received preoperative radiotherapy from 1980 to 2007 were retrospectively analyzed. One hundred patients were ypT0 after preoperative radiotherapy. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate the predictive impact of residual lymph node status on overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). Among the originally analyzed 296 patients, 100 (33.7 %) patients had ypT0, including 78 patients (78 %) with ypT0N0, and 22 patients (22 %) with ypT0N1. The 5-year OS of the total patients was 42.4 %. Patients with ypT0N0 have significant improved 5-year OS and PFS than ypT0N1 patients (OS: 50.7 % vs 13.6 %, P = 0.004; PFS: 49.6 % vs 13.6 %, P = 0.003). In multivariate analysis, residual lymph node status was also an independent prognostic factors for OS (HR: 0.406, 95 % CI: 0.240–0.686, P = 0.001) and PFS (HR: 0.427, 95 % CI: 0.248–0.734, P = 0.002). Our results indicate that patients with ypT0N0 after preoperative radiotherapy had significantly better OS and PFS than patients with ypT0N1 in ESCC. Residual nodal metastasis of ESCC patients with pathological complete response of the primary tumor after neoadjuvant radiotherapy does influence prognosis

  10. Randomized Phase II Study of Gefitinib Compared With Placebo in Chemotherapy-Naive Patients With Advanced Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer and Poor Performance Status

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    Goss, Glenwood; Ferry, David; Wierzbicki, Rafal; Laurie, Scott A.; Thompson, Joyce; Biesma, Bonne; Hirsch, Fred R.; Varella-Garcia, Marileila; Duffield, Emma; Ataman, Ozlem U.; Zarenda, Marc; Armour, Alison A.

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    Purpose To compare gefitinib with placebo in chemotherapy naïve patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and poor performance status. Patients and Methods NSCLC patients (chemotherapy naïve, WHO performance status 2 or 3; unfit for chemotherapy; stage IIIB/IV) were randomly assigned to gefitinib (250 mg/d) plus best supportive care (BSC; n = 100) or placebo plus BSC (n = 101). The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). Secondary end points included overall survival (OS), objective response rate (ORR), quality of life (QOL), pulmonary symptom improvement (PSI), and safety. Correlation of gefitinib efficacy with EGFR gene copy number (fluorescent in situ hybridization [FISH]) was explored. Results Hazard ratios (HRs; gefitinib:placebo) were 0.82 (95% CI, 0.60 to 1.12; P = .217) for PFS and 0.84 (95% CI, 0.62 to 1.15; P = .272) for OS. As expected for this patient population, OS for both arms was poor, at about 3 months. ORRs were 6.0% (gefitinib) and 1.0% (placebo). QOL and PSI rates were 21.1% and 28.3% (gefitinib) and 20.0% and 28.3% (placebo), respectively. In EGFR FISH-positive patients (n = 32), HRs were 0.29 (95% CI, 0.11 to 0.73) for PFS and 0.44 (95% CI, 0.17 to 1.12) for OS. No unexpected adverse events occurred. Conclusion There was no statistically significant difference in PFS, OS, and ORRs after treatment with gefitinib or placebo, in the overall population; improvements in QOL and symptoms were similar in both groups. Tolerability profile of gefitinib was consistent with previous studies. PFS was statistically significantly improved for gefitinib-treated patients with EGFR FISH-positive tumors. PMID:19289623

  11. Role of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation according to the NPM1/FLT3-ITD molecular status for cytogenetically normal AML patients: a GOELAMS study.

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    Guièze, Romain; Cornillet-Lefebvre, Pascale; Lioure, Bruno; Blanchet, Odile; Pigneux, Arnaud; Recher, Christian; Bonmati, Caroline; Fegueux, Nathalie; Bulabois, Claude-Eric; Bouscary, Didier; Vey, Norbert; Delain, Martine; Turlure, Pascal; Himberlin, Chantal; Harousseau, Jean-Luc; Dreyfus, Francois; Béné, Marie C; Ifrah, Norbert; Chevallier, Patrice

    2012-12-01

    The choice of postremission therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients is now based on the blasts' cytogenetic and molecular profile. However, the potential benefit of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (auto-HSCT) according to the NPM1/FLT3-ITD status has been poorly studied in AML patients with a normal karyotype (NK). Therefore, we evaluated the NPM1/FLT3-ITD molecular status in 135 NK-AML patients treated by allogeneic HSCT (allo-HSCT), auto-HSCT, or chemotherapy as consolidation therapy within the GOELAMS LAM-2001 trial. In univariate analyzes, 4-year leukemia-free survival (LFS) and overall survival (OS) were significantly higher for NPM1+/FLT3-ITD- patients compared with patients presenting another molecular profile (61 vs. 43% and 72 vs. 48%, P = 0.02 and P = 0.01, respectively). In the NPM1+/FLT3-ITD- subgroup, there was no benefit for allo-HSCT or auto-HSCT vs. chemotherapy (4-year LFS: 71, 56, and 60%; 4-year OS: 73, 71, and 60%, respectively; P = NS). For patients with other NPM1/FLT3-ITD molecular profiles, allo-HSCT was found to be the best consolidation therapy, whereas auto-HSCT was associated with a better outcome when compared with chemotherapy (allo-HSCT-, auto-HSCT-, and chemotherapy-related 4-year LFS: 68, 44, and 36%, P = 0.004; 4-year OS: 68, 52, and 29%, respectively, P = 0.02). Our study indicates that allo-HSCT and auto-HSCT provide similar outcomes compared with chemotherapy as consolidation for NPM1+/FLT3-ITD- NK-AML patients. For NK-AML patients with an adverse molecular profile, auto-HSCT could represent an alternative therapeutic approach when no human leukocyte antigen-matched allogeneic donor is available. PMID:22911473

  12. Prevalence and Predictors of Neoadjuvant Therapy for Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the National Cancer Database: Importance of Socioeconomic Status and Treating Institution

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    Purpose: The optimal locoregional therapy for stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is controversial, with definitive chemoradiation therapy (CRT) and neoadjuvant therapy followed by surgery (NT-S) serving as competing strategies. In this study, we used the National Cancer Database to determine the prevalence and predictors of NT in a large, modern cohort of patients. Methods and Materials: Patients with stage IIIA NSCLC treated with CRT or NT-S between 2003 and 2010 at programs accredited by the Commission on Cancer were included. Predictors were categorized as clinical, time/geographic, socioeconomic, and institutional. In accord with the National Cancer Database, institutions were classified as academic/research program and as comprehensive and noncomprehensive community cancer centers. Logistic regression and random effects multilevel logistic regression were performed for univariable and multivariable analyses, respectively. Results: The cohort consisted of 18,581 patients, 3,087 (16.6%) of whom underwent NT-S (10.6% induction CRT, 6% induction chemotherapy). The prevalence of NT-S was constant over time, but there were significant relative 31% and 30% decreases in pneumonectomy and right-sided pneumonectomy, respectively, over time (P trend <.02). In addition to younger age, lower T stage, and favorable comorbidity score, indicators of higher socioeconomic status were strong independent predictors of NT-S, including white race, higher income, and private/managed insurance. The type of institution (academic/research program vs comprehensive or noncomprehensive community cancer centers, odds ratio 1.54 and 2.08, respectively) strongly predicted NT-S, but treatment volume did not. Conclusions: Neoadjuvant therapy followed by surgery was an uncommon treatment approach in Commission on Cancer programs, and the prevalence of postinduction pneumonectomy decreased over time. Higher socioeconomic status and treatment at academic institutions were significant

  13. Influence of vitamin D status and vitamin D3 supplementation on genome wide expression of white blood cells: a randomized double-blind clinical trial.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although there have been numerous observations of vitamin D deficiency and its links to chronic diseases, no studies have reported on how vitamin D status and vitamin D3 supplementation affects broad gene expression in humans. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of vitamin D status and subsequent vitamin D supplementation on broad gene expression in healthy adults. (Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01696409. METHODS AND FINDINGS: A randomized, double-blind, single center pilot trial was conducted for comparing vitamin D supplementation with either 400 IUs (n = 3 or 2000 IUs (n = 5 vitamin D3 daily for 2 months on broad gene expression in the white blood cells collected from 8 healthy adults in the winter. Microarrays of the 16 buffy coats from eight subjects passed the quality control filters and normalized with the RMA method. Vitamin D3 supplementation that improved serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations was associated with at least a 1.5 fold alteration in the expression of 291 genes. There was a significant difference in the expression of 66 genes between subjects at baseline with vitamin D deficiency (25(OHD20 ng/ml. After vitamin D3 supplementation gene expression of these 66 genes was similar for both groups. Seventeen vitamin D-regulated genes with new candidate vitamin D response elements including TRIM27, CD83, COPB2, YRNA and CETN3 which have been shown to be important for transcriptional regulation, immune function, response to stress and DNA repair were identified. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Our data suggest that any improvement in vitamin D status will significantly affect expression of genes that have a wide variety of biologic functions of more than 160 pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease with have been associated with vitamin D deficiency. This study reveals for the first time molecular finger prints that help explain the nonskeletal health

  14. 石渠县野生人参果的经营现状、问题及对策%Status, problems and strategies in wild ginseng fruit management in Shiqu County of Sichuan Province

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    刘战伟

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]The aim of this study was to improve the poor management of ginseng fruit in Shiqu County of Sichuan Province,promote the sales of ginseng fruit, and further facilitate the development of ginseng fruit industry in Shiqu County and Tibet region. [Method]Based on the investigation of ginseng fruit management status in Shiqu County, main problems and their causes were analyzed, countermeasures and suggestions were proposed. [Result]Such problems as deficient government capital investment, religion ideology restraint of Tibet residents, lack of economic awareness, laggard infrastructure, scattered markets, backward R&D of technology, poor brand sense and unqualified sales personnel, etc. existed in management of ginseng fruit. [ Suggestion ] Relevant governmental departments should increase capital investment, improve the Mandarin communication ability of Tibetans, strengthen infrastructure construction, establish a complete logistics distribution network , actively expand sales channels, put out industrialized management strategy, implement differentiated marketing strategy, create famous brands, enhance sales skills training, increase the investment of science and technology and execute standardized production so as to propel the industrialized management of wild ginseng fruit in Shiqu County.%[目的]改善石渠县人参果经营不善的问题,促进人参果的销售,为推动石渠县以及西藏地区野生人参果产业的进一步发展提供参考.[方法]通过调查石渠县野生人参果的经营现状,分析其存在的主要问题及原因,并提出相应的对策建议.[结果]石渠县人参果经营存在政府资金投入不足,藏民宗教意识形态束缚、缺乏经济意识,基础设施落后、未能形成集中的销售市场、产品技术研发滞后、企业品牌保护面临严峻考验、相关销售人员素质低等问题.[建议]政府部门应加大资金投入、提高藏区群众的汉语交流水平、加强基础设

  15. Radiosensitivity increases with differentiation status of murine hemopoietic progenitor cells selected using enriched marrow subpopulations and recombinant growth factors

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    The radiosensitivity of populations of colony-forming cells (CFC) in murine bone marrow was investigated using different recombinant colony-stimulating factors (CSFs; murine IL-3 and granulocyte-macrophage CSF and human granulocyte CSF), or purified murine macrophage CSF. With unfractionated normal bone marrow the CFC increased in radiosensitivity as they progressed through the granulocyte lineage. The D0 values ranged from 129 +/- 12 cGy for CFC stimulated with GM-CSF down to 42 +/- 2 cGy after stimulation with G-CSF. IL-3 stimulated a CFC population which gave the only survival curve with a shoulder (n = 1.9 +/- 0.3). With semipurified populations of primitive or bipotential CFC, D0 values were generally lower with respect to the equivalent values for unpurified bone marrow (range 62 +/- 7 cGy to 135 +/- 7 cGy). Changes in cluster/colony ratio and colony morphology together possibly with products of accessory cells influence the interpretation of the radiosensitivity parameters

  16. Limited disease of extra-pulmonary small cell carcinoma. Impact of local treatment and nodal status, role of cranial irradiation

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    Mueller, A.C.; Gani, C.; Weinmann, M.; Bamberg, M.; Eckert, F. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiooncology; Mayer, F. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Medical Oncology; Sipos, B. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Pathology

    2012-03-15

    As extra-pulmonary small cell carcinoma (EPSCC) is a rare entity of tumors, the available treatment recommendations are mainly based on retrospective analyses and deduction from treatment of small cell lung cancer. The aim of this study was to provide a detailed analysis concerning prognostic factors and treatment modalities. A total of 20 patients with limited disease (LD) of EPSCC treated at our institution from 1999-2009 were retrospectively analyzed. Data were gathered from chart review. Localization, lymph node involvement, as well as local and systemic treatment were documented and their impact on pattern of failure and survival times statistically evaluated. With a median follow-up of 21 months, the estimated median overall- and disease-free survival were 59 and 25 months, respectively. Local control was excellent with 100% at 2 years. Nodal involvement was observed in 74% (n = 14/19) of evaluable patients. However, outcome was not altered by this parameter. Local treatment consisted of surgery in 10 cases, radiotherapy in 7 cases, and a combination of both in 3 cases. Only 3 patients (15%) developed hematogenous central nervous system metastases, while none of the patients received prophylactic cranial irradiation. Nodal involvement did not worsen prognosis. Local control was excellent irrespective of local treatment modality and the leading cause of failure was distant metastasis. Therefore, systemic treatment should not be omitted. Prophylactic cranial irradiation might be dispensable but discussed for head and neck malignancies.

  17. Surrogate tissue analysis: monitoring toxicant exposure and health status of inaccessible tissues through the analysis of accessible tissues and cells

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    Genomics and proteomics have made it possible to define molecular physiology in exquisite detail, when tissues are accessible for sampling. However, many tissues are not accessible for human diagnostic evaluations or experimental studies, creating the need for surrogates that afford insight into exposures and effects in such tissues. Surrogate tissue analysis (STA) incorporating contemporary genomic and proteomic technologies may be useful in determining toxicant exposure and effect, or disease state, in target tissues at the pre- or early clinical stage. We present here a discussion of STA based on presentations given at the Society of Toxicology's 2003 annual meeting's 'Innovations in Applied Toxicology' symposium. Speakers at the symposium discussed various potential applications of STA, including the use of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) as a source of genetic biomarkers to monitor radiation exposure; the use of gene expression analysis of PBLs and hair follicles as a means to monitor the impact of toxicants on inaccessible organs; the characterization of disease-associated gene signatures in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) patients; the use of sperm RNA to determine genetic and environmental effects on sperm development in the testis; and the use of serum protein profiles to monitor the development and progression of various cancers. Also discussed are some of the challenges that must be overcome if the utility of STA is to be proven, and thus permit researchers to move this concept from the laboratory to the clinical environment

  18. A hybrid approach to solving the problem of design of nuclear fuel cells; Un enfoque hibrido para la solucion del problema del diseno de celdas de combustible nuclear

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    Montes T, J. L.; Perusquia del C, R.; Ortiz S, J. J.; Castillo, A., E-mail: joseluis.montes@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

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    An approach to solving the problem of fuel cell design for BWR power reactor is presented. For this purpose the hybridization of a method based in heuristic knowledge rules called S15 and the advantages of a meta-heuristic method is proposed. The synergy of potentialities of both techniques allows finding solutions of more quality. The quality of each solution is obtained through a multi-objective function formed from the main cell parameters that are provided or obtained during the simulation with the CASMO-4 code. To evaluate this alternative of solution nuclear fuel cells of reference of nuclear power plant of Laguna Verde were used. The results show that in a systematic way the results improve when both methods are coupled. As a result of the hybridization process of the mentioned techniques an improvement is achieved in a range of 2% with regard to the achieved results in an independent way by the S15 method. (Author)

  19. Outcome of Treatment of Human HeLa Cervical Cancer Cells With Roscovitine Strongly Depends on the Dosage and Cell Cycle Status Prior to the Treatment

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    Wesierska-Gadek, J.; Borza, A.; Walzi, E.; Kryštof, Vladimír; Maurer, M.; Komina, O.; Wandl, S.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 106, č. 5 (2009), s. 937-955. ISSN 0730-2312 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : APOPTOSIS * CELL CYCLE ARREST * CYCLIN-DEPENDENT KINASES Subject RIV: ED - Physiology Impact factor: 2.935, year: 2009

  20. Redox status of thioredoxin-1 (TRX1) determines the sensitivity of human liver carcinoma cells (HepG2) to arsenic trioxide-induced cell death

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    Changhai Tian; Ping Gao; Yanhua Zheng; Wen Yue; Xiaohui Wang; Haijing Jin; Quan Chen

    2008-01-01

    Intracellular redox homeostasis plays a critical role in determining tumor cells' sensitivity to drug-induced apop-tosis. Here we investigated the role of thioredoxin-1 (TRX1), a key component of redox regulation, in arsenic trioxide (As2O3)-induced apoptosis. Over-expression of wild-type TRX1 in HepG2 cells led to the inhibition of As2O3-induced cytochrome c (cyto c) release, caspase activation and apoptosis, and down-regulation of TRX1 expression by RNAi sensitized HepG, cells to As2O3-induced apoptosis. Interestingly, mutation of the active site of TRX1 from Cys32/35 to Ser32/35 converted this molecule from an apoptotic protector to an apoptotic promoter. In an effort to understand the mechanisms of this conversion, we used isolated mitochondria from mouse liver and found that recombinant wild-type TRX1 could protect mitochondria from the apoptotic changes. In contrast, the mutant form of TRX1 alone elicited mitochondria-related apoptotic changes, including the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, and cyto c release from mitochondria. These apoptotic effects were inhibited by cyclosporine A (CsA), indicating that mutant TRX1 targeted to mPTP. Alteration of TRX1 from its reduced form to oxidized form in vivo by 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB), a specific inhibitor of TRX reductase, also sensitized HepG2 cells to As2O3-induced apoptosis. These data suggest that TRX1 plays a central role in regulating apoptosis by blocking cyto c release, and inactivation of TRX1 by either mutation or oxidization of the active site cysteines may sensitize tumor cells to As2O3-induced apoptosis.