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  1. Non-polio enteroviruses associated with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and facial paralysis (FP) cases in Romania, 2001-2008.

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    Persu, Ana; Băicuş, Anda; Stavri, Simona; Combiescu, Mariana

    2009-01-01

    Acute flaccid paralysis is a complex clinical syndrome, with a wide variety of possible etiologies and with clinical manifestations that can vary according to age or geographical region. Enteroviruses (polioviruses and non-polio enteroviruses) are among the viral agents that can cause AFP. AFP surveillance is important for public health through its use in monitoring poliomyelitis, in the context of the Global Initiative to eradicate this disease. The current paper aims to assess the non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV) association with AFP and FP cases registered in Romania in the period 2001-2008 and to identify prevalent serotypes. Within the framework of Surveillance of AFP Cases Program, were collected samples from 579 children with AFP or FP (3.069 samples). The samples were processed and inoculated onto two types of cell culture (RD and L20B), according to WHO protocol. The identification of isolated viruses has been done by the reaction of seroneutralization with pools of specific antiserum and then with monospecific antiserum for confirmation. NPEV were isolated from 58 cases (123 positive samples). During the analyzed period, 23 NPEV serotypes have circulated (15 Echo serotypes and 8 coxsackie serotypes). The most frequently identified were the Echoviruses 13 and 11 and the coxsackie A viruses. 88% of positive cases have occurred in children between 1 and 5 years. As seasonal distribution, the peak of NPEV circulation was in the months August-September (36.2%). The paper provides information about NPEV circulation in Romania in the past 8 years, about its association with the AFP and FP and it indicates the need for monitoring NPEV circulation even after the eradication of poliomyelitis.

  2. Non-Polio Enterovirus

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    ... Disease Viral Meningitis What is Polio? About Non-Polio Enteroviruses Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Symptoms Lists symptoms of non-polio enterovirus infection… Transmission Explains how non-polio enteroviruses ...

  3. Detection of polioviruses and non-polio enteroviruses by acute flaccid paralysis and environmental surveillances in Sistan and Balouchestan Province

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    Saeideh alsadat Razavi

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: In some countries, though wild poliovirus isolation from clinical specimens has not been done, evidences of silent circulation of wild virus in sewage system have been reported. On the other hand, based on WHO recommendations, if there is any probability of wild virus entrance from endemic countries, environmental surveillance is advised as a completion to Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP surveillance. Methods: AFP and environmental surveillance were performed simultaneously in Sistan and Balouchestan province to confirm wild poliovirus eradication. To perform AFP surveillance, 21 stool specimens of AFP suspected cases were collected in a one year period and evaluated using L20B, RD and Hep-2 cell lines. To perform environmental surveillance, 86 samples from urban and hospital sewage disposal systems were collected. Using direct, Pellet and Two-phase methods for virus concentration, Enterovirus existence was investigated in above-mentioned cell lines. Results: Non-polio enteroviruses and polioviruses were isolated from 53.49% and 20.93% of sewage specimens, respectively. Sabin-Like polioviruses were isolated from 9.52% of AFP cases, and non-polio enteroviruses from 14.28% of them. Poliovirus type 2 was not isolated form stool specimens and there was no Poliovirus type 1 isolation from sewage specimens, either. Conclusion: The environmental surveillance as a completion to AFP in Sistan and Balouchestan Province in Iran confirms poliovirus eradication.

  4. Characterization of the non-polio enterovirus infections associated with acute flaccid paralysis in South-Western India.

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    Rongala Laxmivandana

    Full Text Available Non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs have been reported frequently in association with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP cases during Polio Surveillance Programs (PSPs worldwide. However, there is limited understanding on the attributes of their infections. This study reports characteristics of NPEVs isolated from AFP cases, investigated during PSPs held in 2009-2010, in Karnataka and Kerala states of south-western India having varied climatic conditions. NPEV cell culture isolates derived from stool specimens that were collected from 422 of 2186 AFP cases (<1-14 years age and 17 of 41 asymptomatic contacts; and details of all AFP cases/contacts were obtained from National Polio Laboratory, Bangalore. The distribution of NPEV infections among AFP cases and circulation pattern of NPEV strains were determined by statistical analysis of the data. Genotyping of all NPEV isolates was carried out by partial VP1 gene sequencing and phylogenetic analysis. NPEV positive AFP cases were significantly higher in children aged <2 years; with residual paralysis; in summer months; and in regions with relatively hot climate. Genotyping of NPEVs identified predominance of human enteroviruses (HEV-B species [81.9%-Echoviruses (E: 57.3%; coxsackieviruses (CV B: 15%; numbered EVs: 8.9%; CVA9: 0.7%] and low levels of HEV-A [14.5%-CVA: 6%; numbered EVs: 8.5%] and HEV-C [3.6%-CVA: 2.6%; numbered EVs: 1%] species, encompassing 63 genotypes. EV76 (6.3% and each of E3, CVB3 and E9 (4.97% were found frequently during 2009 while E11 (6.7%, CVB1 (6.1%, E7 (5.1% and E20 (5.1% were detected commonly in 2010. A marked proportion of AFP cases from children aged <2 years; presenting with fever; and from north and south interior parts of Karnataka state was detected with E/numbered EVs than that found with CVA/CVB. This study highlights the extensive genetic diversity and diverse circulation patterns of NPEV strains in AFP cases from different populations and climatic conditions.

  5. Evaluation of AFP surveillance indicators in polio-free Ghana, 2009-2013.

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    Odoom, John Kofi; Ntim, Nana Afia Asante; Sarkodie, Badu; Addo, James; Minta-Asare, Keren; Obodai, Evangeline; Eshun, Miriam; Ahove, Vincent V; Diamenu, Stanley; Adjabeng, Michael; Arthur-Quarm, Jacob; Barnor, Jacob S

    2014-07-05

    Ghana recorded the last case of indigenous wild poliovirus in 1999 but suffered two more outbreaks in 2003 and 2008. Following the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, transmission was interrupted through high routine immunisation coverage with live-attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV), effective acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and supplementary immunisation activities (SIA). This article describes the results of a five-year surveillance of AFP in polio-free Ghana, evaluate the surveillance indicators and identify areas that need improvement. We investigated 1345 cases of AFP from children aged less than 15 years reported to the Disease Surveillance Department from January 2009 to December 2013. Data on demographic characteristics, vaccination history, clinical presentation and virological investigation on stool specimens collected during investigation were analysed. Of the specimens analysed, 56% were from males and 76.3% were from children less than 5 years of age. Twenty-four percent of the children received up to 3 doses of OPV, 57% received at least 4 doses while the status of 19% was unknown. Core AFP surveillance indicators were partly met for non-polio AFP rate while the WHO target for stool adequacy and timeliness was exceeded over the period of study. All the cases were classified virologically, however no wild polio was found. Sixty-day follow-up was conducted for 56.3% of cases and 8.6% cases classified as compactible with polio. Both laboratory and epidemiological surveillance for AFP were efficient and many WHO targets were met. However, due to the risk of poliovirus importation prior to global eradication, longterm surveillance is required to provide a high degree of confidence in prevention of poliovirus infection in Ghana. Thus, efforts should be made to strengthen regional performance and to follow-up on all AFP cases in order to establish proper diagnoses for the causes of the AFP leading to proper care.

  6. ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY VERIFICATION, TEST REPORT OF CONTROL OF BIOAEROSOLS IN HVAC SYSTEMS, AIRFLOW PRODUCTS AFP30

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    The Environmental Technology Verification report discusses the technology and performance of the AFP30 air filter for dust and bioaerosol filtration manufactured by Airflow Products. The pressure drop across the filter was 62 Pa clean and 247 Pa dust loaded. The filtration effici...

  7. Environmental surveillance of non-polio enteroviruses in Iran

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    Kargar, Mohammad; Sadeghipour, Sara; Nategh, Rakhshandeh

    2009-01-01

    Background Enteroviruses can shed in feces for several weeks, so many excrete viruses can remain infectious for a long time in environment. Therefore, by detecting enteroviruses in environmental specimens and sewage, we can understand this virus circulation, the approximate ratio of contaminated persons in society and they are suitable indicators for environmental surveillance. Methods Since March 2006 to February 2007, 86 specimens from Sistan & Balouchestan,63 specimens from Tehran and 48 samples from Fars sewage disposal systems and surface water were collected by Grab Sample method and tested for enteroviruses directly by using two concentration methods: Pellet and Two-phase. Then Non-Polio Enteroviruses (NPEV) were serotyped by microneutralization method. Results Enteroviruses were isolated from 49(56.98%) of specimens in Sistan & Baluchestan,38(60.32%) in Tehran and 11(22.92%) in Fars. Besides, the majority of Non-Polio Enteroviruses related to Non-typable Enteroviruses (N.T.E.V), E11 (31.52%), COX-B (27.58%), E7 (17.73%) and E4 (21.67%). Conclusion Environmental surveillance has been used successfully in monitoring enteric virus circulation and assessing the extent or duration of epidemic non polioviruses in specific populations. The results of this research show the seasonal circulation of enteroviruses in different parts of Iran. PMID:19781063

  8. Environmental surveillance of non-polio enteroviruses in Iran

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    Sadeghipour Sara

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Enteroviruses can shed in feces for several weeks, so many excrete viruses can remain infectious for a long time in environment. Therefore, by detecting enteroviruses in environmental specimens and sewage, we can understand this virus circulation, the approximate ratio of contaminated persons in society and they are suitable indicators for environmental surveillance. Methods Since March 2006 to February 2007, 86 specimens from Sistan & Balouchestan,63 specimens from Tehran and 48 samples from Fars sewage disposal systems and surface water were collected by Grab Sample method and tested for enteroviruses directly by using two concentration methods: Pellet and Two-phase. Then Non-Polio Enteroviruses (NPEV were serotyped by microneutralization method. Results Enteroviruses were isolated from 49(56.98% of specimens in Sistan & Baluchestan,38(60.32% in Tehran and 11(22.92% in Fars. Besides, the majority of Non-Polio Enteroviruses related to Non-typable Enteroviruses (N.T.E.V, E11 (31.52%, COX-B (27.58%, E7 (17.73% and E4 (21.67%. Conclusion Environmental surveillance has been used successfully in monitoring enteric virus circulation and assessing the extent or duration of epidemic non polioviruses in specific populations. The results of this research show the seasonal circulation of enteroviruses in different parts of Iran.

  9. Backgrounds in AFP Detector Estimation

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    Huang, Yicong

    2016-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detectors aim to measure protons that are scattered in the ATLAS interaction point under very small angles ($90-160 \\mu rad$). The diffractive protons detected by the AFP may be accompanied by beam halo. This report presents an estimation of the beam halo backgrounds in the AFP using low pile-up data, and position distributions of the backgrounds in the AFP.

  10. Role of non-polio enterovirus infection in pediatric hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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    De Petris, Laura; Gianviti, Alessandra; Caione, Daniela; Innocenzi, Daniele; Edefonti, Alberto; Montini, Giovanni; De Palo, Tommaso; Tozzi, Alberto Eugenio; Caprioli, Alfredo; Rizzoni, Gianfranco

    2002-10-01

    Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli(VTEC) infections cause most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS); 10-30% of patients, however, are negative for VTEC infection. The etiology of HUS in VTEC-negative cases remains poorly understood. Before the association between VTEC infection and HUS was recognized, sporadic cases of HUS with enterovirus infection were reported in the literature. Since May 1988, most cases of HUS in Italy have been reported to the Italian surveillance system, and in 73% of these, evidence of VTEC infection was demonstrated. The aim of this study was to determine whether the frequency of enteroviral infections was different in the acute phase of VTEC-positive and VTEC-negative HUS. Eighty-nine patients were investigated for enteroviral infection, of whom 58 were VTEC positive and 31 VTEC negative. Two serum samples from each patient were examined for seroconversion to enterovirus (coxsackie, echovirus, and picornavirus) by a complement fixation test. Serological evidence of acute infection with non-polio enterovirus was found in 33 patients (37%) [20/58 (34.5%) VTEC positive and 13/31 (41.9%) VTEC negative]. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups. These results demonstrate that there are no significant differences for enteroviral infection in VTEC-positive and VTEC-negative patients and, therefore, enteroviral infections should not be considered a cause of HUS in VTEC-negative children.

  11. Detection of non-polio enteroviruses from 17 years of virological surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis in the Philippines.

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    Apostol, Lea Necitas; Suzuki, Akira; Bautista, Analisa; Galang, Hazel; Paladin, Fem Julia; Fuji, Naoko; Lupisan, Socorro; Olveda, Remigio; Oshitani, Hitoshi

    2012-04-01

    Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance has been conducted as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) strategy on poliomyelitis eradication. Aside from poliovirus, which is the target pathogen, isolation, and identification of non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs) is also done by neutralization test using pools of antisera which can only identify limited number of NPEVs. In the Philippines, despite the significant number of isolated NPEVs, no information is available with regard to its occurrence, diversity, and pattern of circulation. In this study, a total of 790 NPEVs isolated from stool samples submitted to the National Reference Laboratory from 1992 to 2008 were analyzed; neutralization test was able to type 55% (442) of the isolates. Of the remaining 356 isolates, which were untyped by using neutralization test, 348 isolates were analyzed further by RT-PCR targeting the VP1 gene. A total of 47 serotypes of NPEV strains were identified using neutralization test and molecular typing, including 28 serotypes of human enterovirus B (HEV-B), 12 serotypes of HEV-A, and 7 of HEV-C. The HEV-B group (625/790; 79%) constituted the largest proportion of isolates, followed by HEV-C (108/790; 13.7%), HEV-A (57/790; 7.2%), and no HEV-D. Coxsackievirus (CV) B, echovirus (E)6, E11, and E13 were the most frequent isolates. E6, E11, E13, E14, E25, E30, E33, CVA20, and CVA24 were considered as endemic strains, some NPEVs recurred and few serotypes existed only for 1-3 years during the study period. Despite some limitations in this study, plural NPEVs with multiple patterns of circulation in the Philippines for 17 years were identified.

  12. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS

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    Gach, Grzegorz; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ and DCS systems, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2$^{\\textrm{nd}}$ arm are performed. In this report, a status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is discussed.

  13. Cloning and characterization of a novel Gladiolus hybridus AFP family gene (GhAFP-like) related to corm dormancy

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    Wu, Jian; Seng, Shanshan [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Carianopol, Carina [Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Sui, Juanjuan [College of Biology, Fuyang Normal College, Fuyang, Anhui (China); Yang, Qiuyan; Zhang, Fengqin; Jiang, Huiru [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); He, Junna, E-mail: hejunna@cau.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China); Yi, Mingfang, E-mail: ymfang@cau.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Development and Quality Control of Ornamental Crops, Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193 (China)

    2016-02-26

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is an important phytohormone controlling seed dormancy. AFPs (ABA INSENSITIVE FIVE BINDING PROTEINS) are reported to be negative regulators of the ABA signaling pathway. The involvement of AFPs in dormant vegetative organs remains poorly understood. Here, we isolated and characterized a novel AFP family member from Gladiolus dormant cormels, GhAFP-like, containing three conserved domains of the AFP family. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that GhAFP-like was expressed in dormant organs and its expression was down-regulated along with corm storage. GhAFP-like was verified to be a nuclear-localized protein. Overexpressing GhAFP-like in Arabidopsis thaliana not only showed weaker seed dormancy with insensitivity to ABA, but also changed the expression of some ABA related genes. In addition, a primary root elongation assay showed GhAFP-like may involve in auxin signaling response. The results in this study indicate that GhAFP-like acts as a negative regulator in ABA signaling and is related to dormancy. - Highlights: • GhAFP-like is expessed in dormant corm. • Overexpressing GhAFP-like showed early germination and insensitivity to ABA. • Overexpressing GhAFP-like changed ABI5 downstream genes expression.

  14. An enzyme-linked immuno focus assay for rapid detection and enumeration, and a newborn mouse model for human non-polio enteroviruses associated with acute diarrhea.

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    Rao, C Durga; Reddy, Harikrishna; Naidu, Jagadish R; Raghavendra, A; Radhika, N S; Karande, Anjali

    2015-11-01

    We have recently reported significant association of non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs) with acute and persistent diarrhea (18-21% of total diarrheal cases), and non-diarrheal Increased Frequency of Bowel Movements (IFoBM-ND) (about 29% of the NPEV infections) in children and that the NPEV-associated diarrhea was as significant as rotavirus diarrhea. However, their diarrhea-causing potential is yet to be demonstrated in an animal model system. Since the determination of virus titers by the traditional plaque assay takes 4-7 days, there is a need for development of a rapid method for virus titer determination to facilitate active clinical research on enterovirus-associated diarrhea. The goal of this study is to develop a cell-based rapid detection and enumeration method and to demonstrate the diarrhea-inducing potential of purified and characterized non-polio enteroviruses, which were isolated from diarrheic children. Here we describe generation of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies against purified strains belonging to different serotypes, and development of an enzyme-linked immuno focus assay (ELIFA) for detection and enumeration of live NPEV particles in clinical and purified virus samples, and a newborn mouse model for NPEV diarrhea. Plaque-purified NPVEs, belonging to different serotypes, isolated from children with diarrhea, were grown in cell culture and purified by isopycnic CsCl density gradient centrifugation. By ELIFA, NPEVs could be detected and enumerated within 12h post-infection. Our results demonstrated that Coxsackievirus B1 (CVB1) and CVB5 strains, isolated from diarrheic children, induced severe diarrhea in orally-inoculated 9-12 day-old mouse pups, fulfilling Koch's postulates. The methods described here would facilitate studies on NPEV-associated gastrointestinal disease.

  15. Oral Polio Vaccination and Hospital Admissions With Non-Polio Infections in Denmark

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    Sørup, Signe; Stensballe, Lone G; Krause, Tyra Grove;

    2015-01-01

    Background.  Live vaccines may have nonspecific beneficial effects on morbidity and mortality. This study examines whether children who had the live-attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) as the most recent vaccine had a different rate of admissions for infectious diseases than children with inactiv......Background.  Live vaccines may have nonspecific beneficial effects on morbidity and mortality. This study examines whether children who had the live-attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) as the most recent vaccine had a different rate of admissions for infectious diseases than children...... with inactivated diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (DTaP-IPV-Hib) or live measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) as their most recent vaccine. Methods.  A nationwide, register-based, retrospective cohort study of 137 403 Danish children born 1997-1999, who had received 3 doses...... of DTaP-IPV-Hib, were observed from 24 months (first OPV dose) to 36 months of age. Results.  Oral polio vaccine was associated with a lower rate of admissions with any type of non-polio infection compared with DTaP-IPV-Hib as most recent vaccine (adjusted incidence rate ratio [IRR], 0.85; 95% confidence...

  16. The AFP Project

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    Staszewski, R

    2011-01-01

    AFP is a project to extend the diffractive physics programme of the ATLAS experiment by installing new detectors that will be able to tag forward protons scattered at very small angles. This will allow us to study Single Diffraction, Double Pomeron Exchange, Central Exclusive Production and photon-photon processes. This note presents the physics case for the AFP project and briefly describes the proposed detector system.

  17. Cloning and characterization of a novel Gladiolus hybridus AFP family gene (GhAFP-like) related to corm dormancy.

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    Wu, Jian; Seng, Shanshan; Carianopol, Carina; Sui, Juanjuan; Yang, Qiuyan; Zhang, Fengqin; Jiang, Huiru; He, Junna; Yi, Mingfang

    2016-02-26

    Abscisic acid (ABA) is an important phytohormone controlling seed dormancy. AFPs (ABA INSENSITIVE FIVE BINDING PROTEINS) are reported to be negative regulators of the ABA signaling pathway. The involvement of AFPs in dormant vegetative organs remains poorly understood. Here, we isolated and characterized a novel AFP family member from Gladiolus dormant cormels, GhAFP-like, containing three conserved domains of the AFP family. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that GhAFP-like was expressed in dormant organs and its expression was down-regulated along with corm storage. GhAFP-like was verified to be a nuclear-localized protein. Overexpressing GhAFP-like in Arabidopsis thaliana not only showed weaker seed dormancy with insensitivity to ABA, but also changed the expression of some ABA related genes. In addition, a primary root elongation assay showed GhAFP-like may involve in auxin signaling response. The results in this study indicate that GhAFP-like acts as a negative regulator in ABA signaling and is related to dormancy.

  18. The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) third domain: a search for AFP interaction sites of cell cycle proteins.

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    Mizejewski, G J

    2016-09-01

    The carboxy-terminal third domain of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-3D) is known to harbor binding and/or interaction sites for hydrophobic ligands, receptors, and binding proteins. Such reports have established that AFP-3D consists of amino acid (AA) sequence stretches on the AFP polypeptide that engages in protein-to-protein interactions with various ligands and receptors. Using a computer software program specifically designed for such interactions, the present report identified AA sequence fragments on AFP-3D that could potentially interact with a variety of cell cycle proteins. The cell cycle proteins identified were (1) cyclins, (2) cyclin-dependent kinases, (3) cell cycle-associated proteins (inhibitors, checkpoints, initiators), and (4) ubiquitin ligases. Following detection of the AFP-3D to cell cycle protein interaction sites, the computer-derived AFP localization AA sequences were compared and aligned with previously reported hydrophobic ligand and receptor interaction sites on AFP-3D. A literature survey of the association of cell cycle proteins with AFP showed both positive relationships and correlations. Previous reports of experimental AFP-derived peptides effects on various cell cycle proteins served to confirm and verify the present computer cell cycle protein identifications. Cell cycle protein interactions with AFP-CD peptides have been reported in cultured MCF-7 breast cancer cells subjected to mRNA microarray analysis. After 7 days in culture with MCF-7 cells, the AFP-derived peptides were shown to downregulate cyclin E, SKP2, checkpoint suppressors, cyclin-dependent kinases, and ubiquitin ligases that modulate cyclin E/CdK2 transition from the G1 to the S-phase of the cell cycle. Thus, the experimental data on AFP-CD interaction with cell cycle proteins were consistent with the "in silico" findings.

  19. Hereditary Persistence of Alpha-Fetoprotein Is Associated with the -119G>A Polymorphism in AFP Gene.

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    Deshpande, Neha; Chavan, Radhika; Bale, Govardhan; Avanthi, Urmila Steffie; Aslam, Mohsin; Ramchandani, Mohan; Reddy, D Nageshwar; Ravikanth, V V

    2017-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a glycoprotein that is produced by the liver and yolk sac during fetal development. Its levels are usually raised in malignant conditions. Hereditary persistence of AFP (HPAFP) is a rare benign condition with elevated levels of AFP. It is inherited in a dominant mode with complete penetrance and is usually not associated with any clinical disability. We report two individuals with elevated levels of AFP harboring the -119G>A polymorphism in the AFP gene. A genetic screening to rule out variants in the AFP gene is advised in cases with unexplained persistent AFP levels to avoid inappropriate treatment and surgical options.

  20. Hereditary Persistence of Alpha-Fetoprotein Is Associated with the −119G>A Polymorphism in AFP Gene

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    Deshpande, Neha; Chavan, Radhika; Bale, Govardhan; Avanthi, Urmila Steffie; Aslam, Mohsin; Ramchandani, Mohan; Reddy, D. Nageshwar

    2017-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a glycoprotein that is produced by the liver and yolk sac during fetal development. Its levels are usually raised in malignant conditions. Hereditary persistence of AFP (HPAFP) is a rare benign condition with elevated levels of AFP. It is inherited in a dominant mode with complete penetrance and is usually not associated with any clinical disability. We report two individuals with elevated levels of AFP harboring the −119G>A polymorphism in the AFP gene. A genetic screening to rule out variants in the AFP gene is advised in cases with unexplained persistent AFP levels to avoid inappropriate treatment and surgical options. PMID:28286798

  1. Environmental Surveillance of Polio and Non-Polio Enterovi¬ruses in Sistan and Balouchestan Province

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    S Hamed Khodaei

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Enteroviruses can easily circulate in the population through sewage and they are suitable indicators for environ­mental surveillance. On the other hand, in some countries there are evidences of silent circulation of viruses in sew­age specimens despite no virus isolation from clinical specimens. Therefore, WHO has suggested environmental surveil­lance using surface water and sewage specimens for final confirmation of Poliovirus eradication. In this research, according to wild Poliovirus circulation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and probability of virus entrance to Iran, and also to assure wild Poliovi­rus eradication, the environmental surveillance was performed in Sistan and Balouchestan Province of Iran."nMethods: From March 2004 to February 2005, 86 specimens from 2 sewage disposal systems, 5 hospitals and surface water from several villages were collected by Grab Sample method and tested for Enteroviruses directly and using 2 concentration meth­ods: Pellet and Two-phase. Then Poliovirus and Non-Polio Enteroviruses (NPEV were serotyped by microneutraliza­tion method and Polioviruses were intratypically differentiated using ELISA and Probe Hybridization techniques."nResults: From a total of 86 specimens, Enteroviruses and Non-Polio Enteroviruses were isolated from 49(56.98% and 46(53.49% of specimens respectively. Polioviruses were isolated from 18(20.93% specimens and none of them was wild Poliovi­rus fortunately. 13(17.81%, 39(53.42% and 57(78.08% of enteroviruses were isolated using Direct, Pellet and Two-phase methods, respectively."nConclusions: The results of this research confirm the validity of environmental surveillance and Polio eradication in Sistan and Balouchestan Province. "n 

  2. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS arXiv

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    Gach, Grzegorz

    In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ and DCS systems, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2$^{\\textrm{nd}}$ arm are performed. In this report, a status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is discussed.

  3. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例现场流行病学监测与质量评价%Field Epidemiological Surveillance and Quality Assessment for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) Cases

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    梅志强; 张俊书; 范富云; 徐健

    2001-01-01

    AFP case reporting and epidemiological survey are the main contents of field epidemiological surveillance, also are the basis and premise for assessment of sensitivity and specificity of AFP case surveillance system. AFP case reported rates were>1/100,000 in our province since 1995 and was 1.51/100,000 in 1999. Five indicators for field surveillance met or exceeded the state-established lower limit indicator of 80% since 1996 and was>96.0% in 1999. Of 697 AFP cases reported in 1993~1999, 8 kinds of diseases were classified, in which non-polio enterovirus took the first place (43.33%), Guillan-Barre syndrome came the second (27.12%). The last polio case confirmed virologically occurred on April 4, 1992 which was the last wild poliovirus case since supplementary immunization campaigns have been performed in our province.%急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例报告和流行病学调查,是现场流行病学监测的主要内容,是评价AFP病例监测敏感性和特异性的基础和前提。据此,对山西省1993~1999年AFP病例监测的质量进行了评估。山西省AFP病例报告发病率从1995年起已>1/10万,1999年为1.51/10万;现场监测的5项指标,从1996年起都达到了规定的要求,1999年都>96.0%。最后1例病毒学确诊的脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)病例发生于1992年4月。1993~1999年697例AFP病例,临床诊断以非脊灰肠道病毒感染最多,占43.33%;其次为格林-巴利综合征,占27.12%。表明山西省AFP病例监测的质量是好的。

  4. Sporadic isolation of sabin-like polioviruses and high-level detection of non-polio enteroviruses during sewage surveillance in seven Italian cities, after several years of inactivated poliovirus vaccination.

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    Battistone, A; Buttinelli, G; Fiore, S; Amato, C; Bonomo, P; Patti, A M; Vulcano, A; Barbi, M; Binda, S; Pellegrinelli, L; Tanzi, M L; Affanni, P; Castiglia, P; Germinario, C; Mercurio, P; Cicala, A; Triassi, M; Pennino, F; Fiore, L

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    Sewage surveillance in seven Italian cities between 2005 and 2008, after the introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccination (IPV) in 2002, showed rare polioviruses, none that were wild-type or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV), and many other enteroviruses among 1,392 samples analyzed. Two of five polioviruses (PV) detected were Sabin-like PV2 and three PV3, based on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and PCR results. Neurovirulence-related mutations were found in the 5'noncoding region (5'NCR) of all strains and, for a PV2, also in VP1 region 143 (Ile>Thr). Intertypic recombination in the 3D region was detected in a second PV2 (Sabin 2/Sabin 1) and a PV3 (Sabin 3/Sabin 2). The low mutation rate in VP1 for all PVs suggests limited interhuman virus passages, consistent with efficient polio immunization in Italy. Nonetheless, these findings highlight the risk of wild or Sabin poliovirus reintroduction from abroad. Non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs) were detected, 448 of which were coxsackievirus B (CVB) and 294 of which were echoviruses (Echo). Fifty-six NPEVs failing serological typing were characterized by sequencing the VP1 region (nucleotides [nt] 2628 to 2976). A total of 448 CVB and 294 Echo strains were identified; among those strains, CVB2, CVB5, and Echo 11 predominated. Environmental CVB5 and CVB2 strains from this study showed high sequence identity with GenBank global strains. The high similarity between environmental NPEVs and clinical strains from the same areas of Italy and the same periods indicates that environmental strains reflect the viruses circulating in the population and highlights the potential risk of inefficient wastewater treatments. This study confirmed that sewage surveillance can be more sensitive than acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance in monitoring silent poliovirus circulation in the population as well as the suitability of molecular approaches to enterovirus typing.

  5. Role of antifeeding prophage (Afp) protein Afp16 in terminating the length of the Afp tailocin and stabilizing its sheath.

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    Rybakova, Daria; Radjainia, Mazdak; Turner, Adrian; Sen, Anindito; Mitra, Alok K; Hurst, Mark R H

    2013-08-01

    The Serratia entomophila antifeeding prophage Afp, forms a phage-tail-like particle that acts on the New Zealand grass grub, Costelytra zealandica with a 3-day LD50 of approximately 500 Afp particles per larva. Genes (afp1-18) encoding components of Afp were expressed and their products purified allowing morphological assessment of the products by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Expression of afp1-15 resulted in the formation of a non-sheathed structure termed the tube-baseplate complex or TBC, composed of an irregular-length tube attached to a baseplate with associated tail fibres. Expression of afp1-16 produced mature, normal-length Afp particles, whereas coexpression of afp16 with afp1-15 in trans resulted in the formation of aberrant Afp particles of variable lengths. A C-terminally truncated Afp16 mutant resulted in a phenotype intermediate between mature Afp and TBC. The addition of purified Afp16 to Afp unravelled by acidic treatment resulted in the formation of shorter tubes when specimen pH was adjusted to 7 than those formed in the absence of Afp16. Analysis of TEM images of purified Afp16 revealed a hexameric ring-like structure similar to that formed by gp3 of phage T4 and gpU of phage λ. Our results suggest that Afp16 terminates tube elongation and is involved in sheath formation.

  6. Afp14 is involved in regulating the length of Anti-feeding prophage (Afp).

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    Rybakova, Daria; Schramm, Peter; Mitra, Alok K; Hurst, Mark R H

    2015-05-01

    The anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a phage-tail-like particle that causes cessation of feeding in the New Zealand grass grub, Costelytra zealandica, is encoded by 18 open reading frames (afp1-18). C-terminal truncations of afp14 resulted in shortened Afp particles, suggesting that Afp14 is involved in Afp length determination. We constructed an Afp assembly system (afp1-18), wherein Afp14 was truncated after the N-terminal 88 residues. This construct, when expressed in trans in Escherichia coli expressing a N-terminal 98-amino acid Afp14 construct, yielded fully assembled Afp but no assembled Afp was detected in the case of a N-terminal 96-amino acid Afp14 construct. These results suggested that the 98 N-terminal, amino acid residues of Afp14 is crucial for the initiation of Afp assembly via baseplate formation. Trans-based expression of wild-type afp14 resulted in Afp particles of varying lengths, all of which were shorter than the wild-type Afp particle. On the other hand, similar expression of Afp14 harboring a C-terminal extension (KLLEH(6)) resulted in elongated Afp particles. This information, combined with bioinformatics data, allowed us to propose a model delineating the mechanism and role of Afp14 in the maturation of the Afp particle.

  7. AFP (alpha fetoprotein): who are you in gastrology?

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    Sun, Wenhui; Liu, Yong; Shou, Dawei; Sun, Qiming; Shi, Jianguang; Chen, Li; Liang, Tingbo; Gong, Weihua

    2015-02-01

    AFP-producing (hepatoid differentiation) gastric cancer (GC) initially reported in 1970 plays an important role in the field of gastrology, which should be distinguished from other solid-type GCs owing to their different biological behavior. This review article aims to summarize the literature related to the role of AFP in gastric cancer and to unveil the underlying mechanism by which AFP-production impacts prognosis of GC patients. The prima facie evidence demonstrated that AFP-producing GC is more aggressive and characterized by a high incidence of venous invasion, lymphatic invasion, and metachronous and synchronous liver metastasis compared with AFP-non producing GC. Furthermore, distant metastasis was frequently observed, leading to a poorer overall prognosis. The underlying molecular mechanism is still obscure and optimal regimen remains undefined well. Nevertheless, our present study advances the knowledge of AFP-producing GC in the field of gastrology. AFP-positivity should be highlighted and an a priori enhancive intervention is needed to improve prognosis in future clinical practice. Personalized medication is strongly suggested.

  8. Frequency of isolation of polioviruses and non polio enteroviruses from patients with acute flaccid paralysis, enterovirus infection and children from groups at risk

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    Full Text Available The article describes the frequency of isolation of polioviruses and non polio enteroviruses from different categories of the investigated children. The percentage of detection of polioviruses from the patients with acute flaccid paralysis was lower than that from the children from groups at risk. Among the patients with the enterovirus infection the polioviruses were rarely revealed. The frequency of isolation of non polio enteroviruses from these patients was significantly higher than that from the other categories of investigated persons. The improvement of poliomyelitis surveillance and the reinforcement of virological surveillance of children from groups at risk and those with enterovirus infection will provide the important data for Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the maintenance of polio free status of the Russian Federation.

  9. The AFP Detector Control System

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is one of the forward detectors of the ATLAS experiment at CERN aiming at measuring momenta and angles of diffractively scattered protons. Silicon Tracking and Time-of-Flight detectors are located inside Roman Pot stations inserted into beam pipe aperture. The AFP detector is composed of two stations on each side of the ATLAS interaction point and is under commissioning. The detector is provided with high and low voltage distribution systems. Each station has vacuum and cooling systems, movement control and all the required electronics for signal processing. Monitoring of environmental parameters, like temperature and radiation, is also available. The Detector Control System (DCS) provides control and monitoring of the detector hardware and ensures the safe and reliable operation of the detector, assuring good data quality. Comparing with DCS systems of other detectors, the AFP DCS main challenge is to cope with the large variety of AFP equipment. This paper describes t...

  10. Epidemiological analysis of AFP cases of children in Lingshan County from 2008-2010%2008-2010年灵山县儿童急性弛缓性麻痹病例流行病学分析

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    劳成涌; 李齐芳; 邓肖英

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] To further improve acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases monitoring, and maintain polio-free status. [ Methods] Descriptive epidemiology was used to analyze the epidemiological characteristics of AFP cases and operating status of surveillance system in Lingshan County from 2008-2010. [Results] A total of 9, 8, 12 AFP cases were respectively reported in Lingshan County from 2008 -2010, with reported incidence rates of 2.58/100 000 and 2.59/100 000, and 3.94/100 000. The indexes of monitoring system reached the requirements. The qualified stool specimen collection rate was 96.42% (27/28), non-polio enteroviruses isolated in 6 cases, accounting for 20.68% , polio virus type isolated in 1 patient, accounting for 3.45% , excluded for spinal cord gray by the National Polio Laboratory. [ Conclusion ] Lingshan surveillance system of AFP cases is running well. Routine immunization, supplementary immunization, qualified AFP case specimen collection and reporting rate? improvement plays an important role in maintaining polio-free status.%目的 进一步做好急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例的监测工作,巩固无脊髓灰质炎成果.方法 采用描述流行病学方法对灵山县2008-2010年AFP病例的流行病学特征和监测系统运转情况进行分析.结果 灵山县2008-2010年分别报告AFP病例9、8和12例,报告发病率分别为2.58/10万、2.59/10万、和3.94/10万,AFP病例监测系统各项指标均达要求,合格粪便标本采集率为96.42%(27/28),分离出非脊髓灰质炎肠道病毒6例,占20.68%;分离出脊髓灰质炎病毒Ⅰ型1例,占3.45%,经国家脊髓灰质炎实验室鉴定后排除.结论 灵山县儿童AFP病例监测系统运转情况良好.做好常规免疫、强化免疫、查漏补种和AFP病例合格标本的采集工作,提高首诊报告率,是有效维持无脊髓灰质炎状态的重要工作.

  11. Status of the AFP Project in ATLAS

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    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is given. In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ nad DCS, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2nd arm are performed.

  12. Surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in Lombardy, Northern Italy, from 1997 to 2011 in the context of the national AFP surveillance system.

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    Pellegrinelli, Laura; Primache, Valeria; Fiore, Lucia; Amato, Concetta; Fiore, Stefano; Bubba, Laura; Pariani, Elena; Amendola, Antonella; Barbi, Maria; Binda, Sandro

    2015-01-01

    An Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance system was set up in Lombardy (Northern Italy) in 1997 in the framework of the national AFP surveillance system, as part of the polio eradication initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO). This surveillance system can now be used to detect Poliovirus (PV) reintroductions from endemic countries. This study aimed at describing the results of the AFP surveillance in Lombardy, from 1997 to 2011.   Overall, 131 AFP cases in Lombardy were reported with a mean annual incidence rate of 0.7/100 000 children AFP cases was typical with peaks in November, in January, and in March. The major clinical diagnoses associated with AFP were Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS, 40%) and encephalomyelitis/myelitis (13%). According to the virological results, no poliomyelitis cases were caused by wild PV infections, but two Vaccine-Associated Paralytic Paralysis (VAPP) cases were reported in 1997 when the Sabin oral polio vaccine (OPV) was still being administered in Italy. Since a surveillance system is deemed sensitive if at least one case of AFP per 100,000 children <15 years of age is detected each year, our surveillance system needs some improvement and must be maintained until global poliovirus eradication will be declared.

  13. Alpha fetoprotein is more than a hepatocellular cancer biomarker: from spontaneous immune response in cancer patients to the development of an AFP-based cancer vaccine.

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    Bei, R; Mizejewski, G J

    2011-10-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common cancer worldwide, with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Due to its overexpression in the majority of HCCs, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) represents one of the most useful markers for hepatocarcinomas and for monitoring patients' response to therapy. Although it was earlier reported that AFP has immunosuppressive properties, it has been recently demonstrated that AFP induces spontaneous T and B cells responses in HCC patients. The characterization of AFP-immunogenic epitopes gives the opportunity to design AFP-based cancer vaccines for human HCC. The activity of AFP-based vaccines has been investigated in HCC mouse models in order to develop novel strategies to treat patients with HCC. This review will discuss the rationale for using the AFP-based vaccination strategy and recent results corroborating the usefulness of AFP vaccines as a potential tool for cancer therapy.

  14. AFP — EDRN Public Portal

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    AFP is a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during fetal life. Alpha-fetoprotein expression in adults is often associated with hepatoma or teratoma. However, hereditary persistance of alpha-fetoprotein may also be found in individuals with no obvious pathology. The protein is thought to be the fetal counterpart of serum albumin, and the alpha-fetoprotein and albumin genes are present in tandem in the same transcriptional orientation on chromosome 4. Alpha-fetoprotein is found in monomeric as well as dimeric and trimeric forms, and binds copper, nickel, fatty acids and bilirubin.

  15. The tracking system of the AFP detector.

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    Dyndal, M; The ATLAS collaboration

    2014-01-01

    AFP is a project to extend the diffractive physics programme of the ATLAS experiment by installing new detectors that will be able to tag forward protons scattered at a very small angles. In this talk I will present the status of AFP silicon tracker development: sensor qualification, actual design of mechanics and Geant4 simulation results with integrated ATLAS forward region description.

  16. Automated Ply Inspection (API) for AFP Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Automated Ply Inspection (API) system autonomously inspects layups created by high speed automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. API comprises a high accuracy...

  17. Synergistic Activity of the Plant Defensin HsAFP1 and Caspofungin against Candida albicans Biofilms and Planktonic Cultures.

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    Full Text Available Plant defensins are small, cysteine-rich peptides with antifungal activity against a broad range of yeast and fungi. In this study we investigated the antibiofilm activity of a plant defensin from coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea, i.e. HsAFP1. To this end, HsAFP1 was heterologously produced using Pichia pastoris as a host. The recombinant peptide rHsAFP1 showed a similar antifungal activity against the plant pathogen Fusarium culmorum as native HsAFP1 purified from seeds. NMR analysis revealed that rHsAFP1 consists of an α-helix and a triple-stranded antiparallel β-sheet stabilised by four intramolecular disulfide bonds. We found that rHsAFP1 can inhibit growth of the human pathogen Candida albicans as well as prevent C. albicans biofilm formation with a BIC50 (i.e. the minimum rHsAFP1 concentration required to inhibit biofilm formation by 50% as compared to control treatment of 11.00 ± 1.70 μM. As such, this is the first report of a plant defensin exhibiting inhibitory activity against fungal biofilms. We further analysed the potential of rHsAFP1 to increase the activity of the conventional antimycotics caspofungin and amphotericin B towards C. albicans. Synergistic effects were observed between rHsAFP1 and these compounds against both planktonic C. albicans cells and biofilms. Most notably, concentrations of rHsAFP1 as low as 0.53 μM resulted in a synergistic activity with caspofungin against pre-grown C. albicans biofilms. rHsAFP1 was found non-toxic towards human HepG2 cells up to 40 μM, thereby supporting the lack of a general cytotoxic activity as previously reported for HsAFP1. A structure-function study with 24-mer synthetic peptides spanning the entire HsAFP1 sequence revealed the importance of the γ-core and its adjacent regions for HsAFP1 antibiofilm activity. These findings point towards broad applications of rHsAFP1 and its derivatives in the field of antifungal and antibiofilm drug development.

  18. The plant defensin RsAFP2 induces cell wall stress, septin mislocalization and accumulation of ceramides in Candida albicans

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    Thevissen, Karin; de Mello Tavares, Patricia; Xu, Deming; Blankenship, Jill; Vandenbosch, Davy; Idkowiak-Baldys, Jolanta; Govaert, Gilmer; Bink, Anna; Rozental, Sonia; de Groot, Piet W.J.; Davis, Talya R.; Kumamoto, Carol A.; Vargas, Gabriele; Nimrichter, Leonardo; Coenye, Tom; Mitchell, Aaron; Roemer, Terry; Hannun, Yusuf A.; Cammue, Bruno P.A.

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    Summary The antifungal plant defensin RsAFP2 isolated from radish interacts with fungal glucosylceramides and induces apoptosis in Candida albicans. To further unravel the mechanism of RsAFP2 antifungal action and tolerance mechanisms, we screened a library of 2,868 heterozygous C. albicans deletion mutants and identified 30 RsAFP2-hypersensitive mutants. The most prominent group of RsAFP2 tolerance genes was involved in cell wall integrity and hyphal growth/septin ring formation. Consistent with these genetic data, we demonstrated that RsAFP2 interacts with the cell wall of C. albicans, which also contains glucosylceramides, and activates the cell wall integrity pathway. Moreover, we found that RsAFP2 induces mislocalization of septins and blocks the yeast-to-hypha transition in C. albicans. Increased ceramide levels have previously been shown to result in apoptosis and septin mislocalization. Therefore, ceramide levels in C. albicans membranes were analyzed following RsAFP2 treatment and, as expected, increased accumulation of phytoC24-ceramides in membranes of RsAFP2-treated C. albicans cells was detected. This is the first report on the interaction of a plant defensin with glucosylceramides in the fungal cell wall, causing cell wall stress, and on the effects of a defensin on septin localization and ceramide accumulation. PMID:22384976

  19. Sublingual vein parameters, AFP, AFP-L3, and GP73 in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Zhao, J; Guo, L-Y; Yang, J-M; Jia, J-W

    2015-06-26

    This study evaluated the diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), AFP heterogeneity 3 (AFP-L3), Golgi protein 73 (GP73), and sublingual vein parameters in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Levels of serum AFP, AFP-L3, GP73, and sublingual vein scores were measured in 34 patients with chronic hepatitis, 65 patients with post-hepatitis B cirrhosis, 71 patients with HCC, and 6 healthy controls. Logistic regression analysis was used to explore potential correlations. Sublingual vein grades in patients with HCC were higher than those in the other three groups; sublingual vein scores were also different between groups; combined diagnosis using AFP, GP73, and sublingual vein grade was superior to the individual parameters alone or when only two were used in different combinations. Thus, sublingual vein grade can be considered as an independent risk factor for diagnosis of HCC. Furthermore, combined detection with AFP, GP73, and sublingual vein grade is simple, inexpensive, and effective. It may therefore be suitable for screening high-risk populations for early diagnosis of HCC.

  20. Effects of a type I antifreeze protein (AFP) on the melting of frozen AFP and AFP+solute aqueous solutions studied by NMR microimaging experiment.

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    Ba, Yong; Mao, Yougang; Galdino, Luiz; Günsen, Zorigoo

    2013-01-01

    The effects of a type I AFP on the bulk melting of frozen AFP solutions and frozen AFP+solute solutions were studied through an NMR microimaging experiment. The solutes studied include sodium chloride and glucose and the amino acids alanine, threonine, arginine, and aspartic acid. We found that the AFP is able to induce the bulk melting of the frozen AFP solutions at temperatures lower than 0 °C and can also keep the ice melted at higher temperatures in the AFP+solute solutions than those in the corresponding solute solutions. The latter shows that the ice phases were in super-heated states in the frozen AFP+solute solutions. We have tried to understand the first experimental phenomenon via the recent theoretical prediction that type I AFP can induce the local melting of ice upon adsorption to ice surfaces. The latter experimental phenomenon was explained with the hypothesis that the adsorption of AFP to ice surfaces introduces a less hydrophilic water-AFP-ice interfacial region, which repels the ionic/hydrophilic solutes. Thus, this interfacial region formed an intermediate chemical potential layer between the water phase and the ice phase, which prevented the transfer of water from the ice phase to the water phase. We have also attempted to understand the significance of the observed melting phenomena to the survival of organisms that express AFPs over cold winters.

  1. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) elevation gastric adenocarcinoma and importance of AFP change in tumor response evaluation.

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    Tatli, Ali Murat; Urakci, Zuhat; Kalender, Mehmet Emin; Arslan, Harun; Tastekin, Didem; Kaplan, Mehmet Ali

    2015-01-01

    Elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels in adults are considered abnormal. This parameter is used mostly in the diagnosis and follow-up of hepatocellular carcinomas and yolk sac tumors. Among the other rare tumors accompanied with elevated serum AFP levels, gastric cancer is the most common. In this study, we evaluated the follow-up and comparison of the treatment and marker response of patients with metastatic gastric cancer who had elevated serum AFP levels. We performed a retrospective study, including all consecutive patients with advanced gastric cancer, who received systemic chemotherapy with elevated AFP level. Seventeen metastatic gastric cancer patients with elevated AFP levels at the time of diagnosis were evaluated. Fourteen (82.4%) were males and three (17.6%) were females. The primary tumor localization was the gastric body in 8 (76.4%), cardia in 7 (41.2%), and antrum in 2 (11.8%). Hepatic metastasis was observed in 13 (76.4%) at the time of diagnosis. When the relationship of AFP levels and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) response of the patients with their radiologic responses was evaluated, it was found that the radiologic response was compatible with AFP response in 16 (94.1%) patients and with CEA response in 12 (70.6%); however, in 5 (29.4%) patients no accordance was observed between radiological and CEA responses. Follow-up of AFP levels in metastatic gastric cancer patients with elevated AFP levels may allow prediction of early treatment response and could be more useful than the CEA marker for follow-up in response evaluation.

  2. Molecular surveillance of non-polio enterovirus infections in patients with acute gastroenteritis in Western India: 2004-2009.

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    Patil, Pooja R; Chitambar, Shobha D; Gopalkrishna, V

    2015-01-01

    Acute gastroenteritis is a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality worldwide. Rotavirus (RV) and Norovirus (NoV) are the leading cause of the disease. Despite the use of improved diagnostic methods a significant proportion of gastroenteritis cases remained undiagnosed. Though nonpolio enteroviruses (NPEVs) have been reported frequently in children with acute gastroenteritis, their etiologic role has not been established. To investigate the epidemiology of NPEVs in gastroenteritis cases which remained negative for leading causative agents, 955 RV and NoV negative stool specimens from children hospitalized for acute gastroenteritis were included in the study. A case control study was conducted which includes stool specimens from 450 children with gastroenteritis and 162 asymptomatic control subjects to determine the association of NPEVs with the disease. NPEV detection and typing was carried out by RT-PCR and sequencing. Presence of RV, NoV, Adenovirus, and Astrovirus was confirmed by ELISA or PCR/RT-PCR. Overall 14% NPEV prevalence was noted. The percentage of children with NPEV infection differed significantly between gastroenteritis and non-gastroenteritis patients (13.7% vs. 4.9%). NPEV was more prevalent among patients with gastroenteritis of undetectable etiology as compared to those detected positive for other viruses (17.9% vs. 7%) (P gastroenteritis and highlights the clinical and epidemiological features of NPEV infections in patients with acute gastroenteritis from western India.

  3. Prospects and Results from the AFP Detector in ATLAS

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    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is given. In 2016 one arm of the AFP detector was installed and first data have been taken. In parallel with integration of the AFP subdetector into the ATLAS TDAQ nad DCS, beam tests and preparations for the installation of the 2nd arm are performed.

  4. AFP detectors - first experience with data

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    Czekierda, Sabina; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) is a forward detector using a Roman Pot technique, recently installed in the LHC tunnel. It is aiming at registering protons that were diffractively or electromagnetically scattered in soft and hard processes. AFP plans to take data both in standard high-luminosity periods, as well as in dedicated runs, where colliding beams are separated in order to decrease the luminosity. The advantage of dedicated running is that pile-up is small and in consequence, in the majority of registered events there is only one proton-proton interaction. By combining AFP data together with the data from the ATLAS Inner Detector, it is possible to have insight on what happens in diffractive events in the whole available acceptance. In 2016 the AFP detectors were present only on one side of the interaction point. The collected data can be used for studies of single diffractive processes. In 2017 the detectors on the other side have been installed, which allows studies of central diffractive production...

  5. Combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an useful serological marker for small hepatocellular carcinoma: a prospective cohort study.

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    Zhang, Guoxin; Ha, Seon-Ah; Kim, Hyun K; Yoo, Jinah; Kim, Sanghee; Lee, Youn S; Hur, Soo Y; Kim, Yong W; Kim, Tae E; Park, Yong G; Wang, Jing; Yang, Yang; Xu, Zekuan; Song, Eun Y; Huang, Zuhu; Jirun, Peng; Zhongtian, Jin; Shishi, Qiao; Zhuqingqing, Cui; Lei, Gong; Kim, Jin W

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1) was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46%) and 686 (51.3%) were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54%) for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  6. Combined Analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 as an Useful Serological Marker for Small Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A Prospective Cohort Study

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    Guoxin Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is one of the most frequent malignant tumors in the world. The only serological marker widely used for the diagnosis of HCC is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP. Despite that AFP is widely used for the diagnosis of HCC, it has a limit as a serological marker due to its low sensitivity and specificity. The human cervical cancer proto-oncogene 1 (HCCR-1 was previously reported as a new biomarker for HCC. To further evaluate the HCCR-1 as a biomarker for HCC, we conducted the prospective cohort study. We evaluated the significance of simultaneous measurement of 2 tumor markers in the diagnosis of HCC in China, Japan and Korea. Two markers for HCC, AFP and HCCR-1, were measured in the sera obtained from 1,338 patients at the time of initial diagnosis of HCC. Of the 1338 HCC patients, 616 (46% and 686 (51.3% were sero-positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. The positive rate for HCC was increased up to 74.1% in combined use of AFP and HCCR-1. Many cases (54% for AFP-negative HCC were positive for HCCR-1 and vice versa. More importantly, the diagnostic rate for small HCC (< 2 cm was significantly improved in the combined analysis of AFP and HCCR-1 to 56.9% although it was only 40.1% and 23.4% in the single analysis of HCCR-1 and AFP, respectively. Our result suggests that the HCCR-1 could be an useful biomarker for HCC while the diagnostic rate could be significantly improved in the combined use of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  7. A new mutation in the AFP gene responsible for a total absence of alpha feto-protein on second trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome

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    Petit, François M; Hébert, Marylise; Picone, Olivier; Brisset, Sophie; Maurin, Marie-Laure; Parisot, Frédéric; Capel, Liliane; Benattar, Clarisse; Sénat, Marie-Victoire; Tachdjian, Gérard; Labrune, Philippe

    2009-01-01

    Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during the fetal period. During the second trimester of pregnancy, APF and βhCG serum concentrations are commonly used for screening Down syndrome. AFP deficiency is rare (estimated to be 1/105 000 newborns) and only one sequence alteration has previously been reported in the AFP gene. We report a new mutation in exon 5 of the AFP gene, leading to a total absence of AFP on 2nd-trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome, confirmed on the amniotic fluid. Despite this, fetal development and birth were normal. After PCR-amplification, the whole AFP gene was sequenced. The new mutation was a guanine to adenine transition in position 543 creating a premature stop codon in position 181. In order to search for eventual modifications of the amniotic fluid profile, proteins were separated by electrophoresis and compared with 10 normal amniotic fluids sampled at the same developmental age (18 weeks). In the amniotic fluid of our patient albumin rate was reduced whereas alpha1 and beta protein fractions were increased, suggesting that AFP deficiency may modify the distribution of protein fractions. This observation emphasizes the complex molecular mechanisms of compensation of serum protein deficiency. Studies on other families with AFP deficiency are necessary to confirm this observation. PMID:18854864

  8. A new mutation in the AFP gene responsible for a total absence of alpha feto-protein on second trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome.

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    Petit, François M; Hébert, Marylise; Picone, Olivier; Brisset, Sophie; Maurin, Marie-Laure; Parisot, Frédéric; Capel, Liliane; Benattar, Clarisse; Sénat, Marie-Victoire; Tachdjian, Gérard; Labrune, Philippe

    2009-03-01

    Alpha feto-protein (AFP) is a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during the fetal period. During the second trimester of pregnancy, APF and betahCG serum concentrations are commonly used for screening Down syndrome. AFP deficiency is rare (estimated to be 1/105,000 newborns) and only one sequence alteration has previously been reported in the AFP gene. We report a new mutation in exon 5 of the AFP gene, leading to a total absence of AFP on 2nd-trimester maternal serum screening for Down syndrome, confirmed on the amniotic fluid. Despite this, fetal development and birth were normal. After PCR-amplification, the whole AFP gene was sequenced. The new mutation was a guanine to adenine transition in position 543 creating a premature stop codon in position 181. In order to search for eventual modifications of the amniotic fluid profile, proteins were separated by electrophoresis and compared with 10 normal amniotic fluids sampled at the same developmental age (18 weeks). In the amniotic fluid of our patient albumin rate was reduced whereas alpha1 and beta protein fractions were increased, suggesting that AFP deficiency may modify the distribution of protein fractions. This observation emphasizes the complex molecular mechanisms of compensation of serum protein deficiency. Studies on other families with AFP deficiency are necessary to confirm this observation.

  9. Construction and expression of recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector

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    Li-Wang Zhang; Yang-Lin Pan; Stephen M Festein; Jun Ren; Liang Zhang; Hong-Mei Zhang; Bin Jin; Bo-Rong Pan; Xiao-Ming Si; Yan-Jun Zhang; Zhong-Hua Wang

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To construct a recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector for the purpose of gene therapy and target therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS: The full length AFP-cDNA of prokaryotic vector was digested, and subcloned to the multi-clony sites of the eukaryotic vector. The constructed vector was confirmed by enzymes digestion and electrophoresis, and the product expressed was detected by electrochemiluminescence and immunofluorescence methods.RESULTS: The full length AFP-cDNA successfully cloned to the eukaryotic vector through electrophoresis, 0.9723 IU/ml AFP antigen was detected in the supernatant of AFPCHO by electrochemiluminescence method. Compared with the control groups, the differences were significant (P<0.05).AFP antigen molecule was observed in the plasma of AFPCHO by immunofluorescence staining.CONCLUSION: The recombined human AFP eukaryotic expression vector can express in CHO cell line. It provides experimental data for gene therapy and target therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  10. AFP-L3 — EDRN Public Portal

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    AFP-L3, also known as lectin-bound AFP, is an isoform of AFP, a major plasma protein produced by the yolk sac and the liver during fetal life. Alpha-fetoprotein expression in adults is often associated with hepatoma or teratoma. The L3 isoform is specific to malignant tumors and its detected presence may serve to identify patients who could benefit from monitoring for the development of HCC in high risk populations (i.e. chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis).

  11. 21 CFR 866.6030 - AFP-L3% immunological test system.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false AFP-L3% immunological test system. 866.6030... Systems § 866.6030 AFP-L3% immunological test system. (a) Identification. An AFP-L3% immunological test... measure, by immunochemical techniques, AFP and AFP-L3 subfraction in human serum. The device is...

  12. Molecular Analysis of AFP and HSA Interactions with PTEN Protein.

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    Zhu, Mingyue; Lin, Bo; Zhou, Peng; Li, Mengsen

    2015-01-01

    Human cytoplasmic alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) has been classified as a member of the albuminoid gene family. The protein sequence of AFP has significant homology to that of human serum albumin (HSA), but its biological characteristics are vastly different from HSA. The AFP functions as a regulator in the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) pathway, but HSA plays a key role as a transport protein. To probe their molecular mechanisms, we have applied colocalization, coimmunoprecipitation (co-IP), and molecular docking approaches to analyze the differences between AFP and HSA. The data from colocalization and co-IP displayed a strong interaction between AFP and PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog), demonstrating that AFP did bind to PTEN, but HSA did not. The molecular docking study further showed that the AFP domains I and III could contact with PTEN. In silicon substitutions of AFP binding site residues at position 490M/K and 105L/R corresponding to residues K490 and R105 in HSA resulted in steric clashes with PTEN residues R150 and K46, respectively. These steric clashes may explain the reason why HSA cannot bind to PTEN. Ultimately, the experimental results and the molecular modeling data from the interactions of AFP and HSA with PTEN will help us to identify targets for designing drugs and vaccines against human hepatocellular carcinoma.

  13. Usefulness of AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II, and their combinations in diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Park, Sang Joon; Jang, Jae Young; Jeong, Soung Won; Cho, Young Kyu; Lee, Sae Hwan; Kim, Sang Gyune; Cha, Sang-Woo; Kim, Young Seok; Cho, Young Deok; Kim, Hong Soo; Kim, Boo Sung; Park, Suyeon; Bang, Hae In

    2017-03-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Lens culinaris-agglutinin-reactive fraction of AFP (AFP-L3), and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) are widely used as tumor markers for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study compared the diagnostic values of AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II individually and in combination to find the best biomarker or biomarker panel.Seventy-nine patients with newly diagnosed HCC and 77 non-HCC control patients with liver cirrhosis were enrolled. AFP, AFP-L3, and PIVKA-II were measured in the same serum samples using microchip capillary electrophoresis and a liquid-phase binding assay on an automatic analyzer. Receiver-operating characteristic curve analyses were also applied to all combinations of the markers.When the 3 biomarkers were analyzed individually, AFP showed the largest area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve (AUC) (0.751). For combinations of the biomarkers, the AUC was highest (0.765) for "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL." The combination of "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL and AFP-L3 > 10%" had worse sensitivity and lower AUC (P = 0.001). The highest AUC of a single biomarker was highest for AFP and of a combination was "PIVKA-II > 40 mAU/mL and AFP > 10 ng/mL," with this also being the case when the cut-off value of AFP and AFP-L3 was changed.Alpha-fetoprotein showed the best diagnostic performance as a single biomarker for HCC. The diagnostic value of AFP was improved by combining it with PIVKA-II, but adding AFP-L3 did not contribute to the ability to distinguish between HCC and non-HCC liver cirrhosis. These findings were not altered when the cut-off value of AFP and AFP-L3 was changed.

  14. The Comparative Study on Ultrastructure and Immunohistochemistry in AFP Negative and Positive Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    郑美蓉; 阮幼冰; 杨木兰; 官阳; 武忠弼

    2004-01-01

    To comparatively investigate ultrastructural characteristics and expressions of AFP(alpha-fetoprotein) and Tn (Thomsen-Friedenreich-related antigen) protein in AFP negative (AFP-)and AFP positive (AFP+) primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Fourty-three cases of AFP- and AFP+ hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues and five cases of normal liver tissues were divided into three groups: control group (normal liver tissue, n=5); AFP+ HCC group (the serum AFP level was higher than 10 ng/ml, n = 22); AFP- HCC group (the serum AFP level was lower than 10 ng/ml, n=21). The ultrastructural morphology was studied by transmission electron microscopy, the expressions of AFP and Tn protein were detected by immunohistochemistry and cell image analysis. 1. The immunohistochemical study showed that (1) the expression intensity and positive rate of Tn protein in AFP- HCC group were markedly higher than that in AFP+ HCC group (P<0.01); (2) The expression intensity of AFP in AFP- HCC group was lower than that in AFP+ HCC group (P<0.01 ). 2. The transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that some AFP- HCC cells linked closely with each other, others dispersed loosely just as cultured cells, the remarkable morphologic features in AFP- HCC cells were simple organelles, But they were abundant in the free polyribosomes. In AFP+ HCC group, all the HCC cells linked closely together and were rich organelles in their cytoplasm, especially the rough endoplasmic reticula. In addition, mitochondria and Golgi complex were obviously observed. (1) The AFP and Tn protein had discrepancy distribution in AFP- and AFP+ HCC tissues, Tn protein may be one of the early diagnostic indicators in AFP- HCC; (2) The synthetic locations of the AFP and Tn protein were different in hepatocarcinoma cells by ultrastructural observation.

  15. Status of the ATLAS Forward Physics (AFP) Project

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    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Physics (AFP) project plans to add a set of detectors --- silicon 3D pixel tracking detectors and QUARTIC time of flight detectors --- in the forward region of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. The AFP detectors will be placed around 210 m from the interaction point and are meant to detect protons produced at small angles. The detectors are to be housed in the so called Hamburg beam pipe --- a movable beam pipe allowing horizontal movement of the detectors. The AFP is currently under approval with possible installation in 2014/15.

  16. Proton tagging with the one arm AFP detector

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    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is designed to identify events in which one or two protons emerge intact from the LHC collisions at small angles. Such processes are usually associated with diffractive scattering. The first arm of the detector, consisting of tracking planes of 3D silicon sensors, was installed in February 2016. This note presents detector level distributions of events with a tagged proton with the AFP tracker and jets in the central detector in the final state.

  17. Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment

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    Tasevsky, Marek; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is summarized. The AFP system is composed of a tracker to detect intact, diffractively scattered protons, and of a time-of-flight detector serving to suppress background from pile-up interactions. The whole system, located around 210~m from the main ATLAS detector, is placed in Roman Pots which move detectors from and to the incident proton beams. A typical distance of the closest approach of the tracker to these beams is 2--3~mm. The main physics motivation lies in measuring diffractive processes in runs with not a very high amount of pile-up.

  18. Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment

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    Taševský, Marek [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2015-04-10

    Status of the AFP project in the ATLAS experiment is summarized. The AFP system is composed of a tracker to detect intact, diffractively scattered protons, and of a time-of-flight detector serving to suppress background from pile-up interactions. The whole system, located around 210 m from the main ATLAS detector, is placed in Roman Pots which move detectors from and to the incident proton beams. A typical distance of the closest approach of the tracker to these beams is 2–3 mm. The main physics motivation lies in measuring diffractive processes in runs with not a very high amount of pile-up.

  19. AFP: Et reklamefossil er genfødt?

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    Andersen, Lars Pynt

    2010-01-01

    Skjult sponsering vinder frem igen, og selv om det har en lang historie, ser det ud til at være mere skjult i de nutidige former end i de klassiske fra radiotiden. http://videnskab.dk/content/dk/blogs/reklamebloggen/afp_et_reklamefossil_er_genfodt   Udgivelsesdato: 7.6.......Skjult sponsering vinder frem igen, og selv om det har en lang historie, ser det ud til at være mere skjult i de nutidige former end i de klassiske fra radiotiden. http://videnskab.dk/content/dk/blogs/reklamebloggen/afp_et_reklamefossil_er_genfodt   Udgivelsesdato: 7.6....

  20. Readout and Trigger for the AFP Detector at ATLAS Experiment

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    Kocian, Martin; The ATLAS collaboration

    2016-01-01

    AFP, the ATLAS Forward Proton consists of silicon detectors at 205 m and 217 m on each side of ATLAS. In 2016 two detectors in one side were installed. The FEI4 chips are read at 160 Mbps over the optical fibers. The DAQ system uses a FPGA board with Artix chip and a mezzanine card with RCE data processing module based on a Zynq chip with ARM processor running Linux. In this contribution we give an overview of the AFP detector with the commissioning steps taken to integrate with the ATLAS TDAQ. Furthermore first performance results are presented.

  1. Engineered cytotoxic T lymphocytes with AFP-specific TCR gene for adoptive immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Sun, Longhao; Guo, Hao; Jiang, Ruoyu; Lu, Li; Liu, Tong; He, Xianghui

    2016-01-01

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and could serve as a tumor-associated antigen (TAA) and potential target for adoptive immunotherapy. However, low frequency and severe functional impairment of AFP-specific T cells in vivo hamper adoptive infusion. TAA-specific T cell receptor (TCR) gene transfer could be an efficient and reliable alternation to generate AFP-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). Autologous dendritic cells (DC) pulsed with AFP158-166 peptides were used to stimulate AFP-specific CTLs. TCR α/β chain genes of AFP-specific CTLs were cloned and linked by 2A peptide to form full-length TCR coding sequence synthesized into a lentiviral vector. Nonspecific activated T cells were engineered by lentivirus infection. Transgenetic CTLs were evaluated for transfection efficiency, expression of AFP158-166-specific TCR, interferon (IFN)-γ secretion, and specific cytotoxicity toward AFP+ HCC cells in vitro and in vivo. Flow cytometry revealed the AFP158-166-MHC-Pentamer positive transgenetic CTLs was 9.86 %. The number of IFN-γ secretion T cells and the specific cytotoxicity toward HpeG2 in vitro and in tumor-bearing NOD/SCID mice were significantly raised in transgenetic CTLs than that of AFP158-166-specific CTLs obtained by peptide-pulsed DCs or control group. TCR gene transfer is a promising strategy to generate AFP158-166-specific CTLs for the treatment of HCC.

  2. Complementary Effect between AFP and AFP-IgM in the Process of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Diagnosis%AFP-IgM复合物联合AFP对诊断肝癌的互补作用

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    徐斌; 蒋敬庭; 吴昌平

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨新型肿瘤标志物AFP-IgM免疫复合物和甲胎蛋白(AFP)对肝细胞肝癌(Hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)诊断的互补作用.方法 用酶联免疫吸附法与电化学发光法同步检测113名正常人、85例HCC患者、23例肝硬化和63例肝炎患者血清AFP-IgM与AFP含量.应用ROC曲线确立AFP-IgM和AFP的最佳切割值分别为300 AU/ml和20 μg/L作为有诊断学意义的临界值.在此切割值下,对AFP诊断为阴性的患者血清进行AFP-IgM检测以及对AFP-IgM诊断为阴性的患者血清进行AFP检测,探讨两种诊断方法对HCC诊断的互补作用.结果 在AFP诊断为阴性的HCC患者中AFP-IgM诊断的敏感度为68.0%,特异度为83.6%,有效率为81.6%;在AFP-IgM诊断阴性的HCC患者中AFP诊断的敏感度为74.2%,特异度为91.7%,有效率为88.8%.结论 AFP与AFP-IgM联合检测将提高对HCC诊断的效率,AFP和AFP-IgM在HCC的诊断中具有较好的互补性.

  3. Hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas producing protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).

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    Matsueda, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yasuo; Notohara, Kenji

    2006-10-01

    We describe a rare case of hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas with production of protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). The patient was a 49-year-old woman admitted because of high serum levels of PIVKA-II (1.63 AU/ml) and AFP (623 ng/ml) and abnormal ultrasonographic findings of the pancreas, found incidentally at medical checkup. Both ultrasonography and computed tomography showed swelling of the pancreas with small areas of low density, but no hepatic lesions. The serum levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 were not increased. A PIVKA-II and AFP-producing pancreatic cancer was strongly suspected, and total pancreatectomy was performed. Pathological examination showed that the tumor cells were arranged in trabecular and solid patterns with bile production, and were immunohistochemically positive for PIVKA-II and AFP, resembling hepatocellular carcinoma cells. The tumor was diagnosed as hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas, and the patient has survived 48 months after initial diagnosis. It is important that hepatoid carcinoma be considered as a possible malignant tumor of the pancreas, and simultaneous measurement of the serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II will enable earlier diagnosis. This is the first report describing hepatoid carcinoma of the pancreas producing PIVKA-II.

  4. 3D Silicon Tracker for AFP - From Qualification to Operation

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    F\\"orster, Fabian Alexander; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) experiment is a detector located ~210 m away from the ATLAS interaction point on both sides. Its aim is to tag and measure forward protons produced in diffractive events. The detector consists of a 3D silicon pixel tracker, to measure the proton trajectory, as well as a time-of-flight system to suppress pileup-related backgrounds. Each tracker and the ToF system are placed inside a Roman Pot, allowing operation in the vicinity of the LHC beam, up to 2-3 mm. AFP was installed in 2 stages during the LHC technical shutdowns of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. This presentation will give an overview of the silicon sensor qualification as well as the production, assembly and quality assurance of the tracker modules. The installation, commissioning and operation of the full detector will also be discussed.

  5. AFP: First Experience with Data and Future Plans

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    Gach, Grzegorz; The ATLAS collaboration

    2017-01-01

    The aim of the ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector system is the measurement of protons scattered diffractively or electromagnetically at very small angles. The first arm of the system was installed last year and AFP took data in several commissioning and physics runs. The installation of the second arm is ongoing and will be completed in time for the 2017 data taking period. This will allow measurements of processes with two forward protons: central diffraction, exclusive production, and two-photon processes. During the presentation, the early results and experience from the first year of data taking will be presented together with the status of the second-arm installation and plans for the future.

  6. Artificial antigen-presenting cells expressing AFP(158-166) peptide and interleukin-15 activate AFP-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes.

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    Sun, Longhao; Guo, Hao; Jiang, Ruoyu; Lu, Li; Liu, Tong; Zhang, Zhixiang; He, Xianghui

    2016-04-05

    Professional antigen-presenting cells (APCs) are potent generators of tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) for adoptive immunotherapy; however, generation of APCs is cumbersome, expensive, and subject to the tumor microenvironment. Artificial APCs (aAPCs) have been developed as a cost-effective alternative to APCs. We developed a cellular aAPC that efficiently generated alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-specific CTLs. We genetically modified the human B cell lymphoma cell line BJAB with a lentiviral vector to establish an aAPC called BA15. The expression of AFP(158-166)-HLA-A*02:01 complex, CD80, CD86, and interleukin (IL)-15 in BA15 cells was assessed. The efficiency of BA15 at generating AFP-specific CTLs and the specific cytotoxicity of CTLs against AFP+ cells were also determined. BA15 cells expressed high levels of AFP(158-166) peptide, HLA-A2, CD80, CD86, and IL-15. BA15 cells also exhibited higher efficiency in generating AFP-specific CTLs than did dendritic cells. These CTLs had greater cytotoxicity against AFP+ hepatocellular carcinoma cells than did CTLs obtained from dendritic cells in vitro and in vivo. Our novel aAPC system could provide a robust platform for the generation of functional AFP-specific CTLs for adoptive immunotherapy of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  7. 青海省2000~2009年急性驰缓性麻痹病例与健康人群病原学监测%ETIOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE ON ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS(AFP)CASES AND HEALTHY CROWDS FROM 2000 TO 2009 IN QINGHAI PROVINCE

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    赵生仓

    2011-01-01

    [Objective]To provide the laboratory basis for maintaining polio-free status through the etiological surveillance of stool specimens of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases and healthy crowds.[Methods]Virus isolation and identification were used, and the strains were determined by intralypic differentiation of poliovirus.[Results]1 6.13 stool specimens of AFP cases and healthy crowds were detected from 2000 to 2009 in Qinghai Province, and 22 strains of poliovirus were isolated, the isolation rate was 1.36%, including 3 strains of poliovirus type Ⅰ vaccine strain, 2 strains of poliovirus type Ⅱ vaccine strain, 9 strains of poliovirus type Ⅲ vaccine strain, 8 strains of hybrid poliovirus vaccine strain, and no wild poliovirus strain.Furthermore, 187 strains of non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV) were isolated, and the isolation rate was 11.59%.[Conclusion]There is no prevalence of local wild poliovirus from 2000 to 2009 in Qinghai Province, which illustrates that we block the spread of local wild poliovirus effectively, and maintain polio-free status.%[目的]分析开展急性驰缓性麻痹(AFP)病例、健康人群粪便标本病原学监测结果,为保持无脊灰状态提供实验室依据.[方法]病毒分离及鉴定,脊灰病毒株型内鉴别,确定疫苗株或野病毒株.[结果]青海省2000~2009年 AFP 病例、健康人群粪便标本1 613份,分离出脊髓灰质炎病毒22株,分离率为1.36%,其中脊灰Ⅰ型疫苗株3株,脊灰Ⅱ型疫苗株2株,脊灰Ⅲ型疫苗株9株,脊灰混合型疫苗株8株,无脊灰野病毒株.分离到非脊灰肠道病毒(NPEV)187株,分离率为11.59%.[结论]该省2000~2009年无本地脊灰野毒株病例流行,阻断了脊灰本地野病毒的传播,保持了无脊灰状态.

  8. Effects of AFP gene silencing on apoptosis and proliferation of a hepatocellular carcinoma cell line.

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    Zhang, Ling; He, Tao; Cui, Hong; Wang, Yunjian; Huang, Changshan; Han, Feng

    2012-08-01

    Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) is an oncoembryonal protein that is highly expressed in the majority of hepatocellular carcinomas. Previous studies have shown that AFP may be involved in multiple cell growth regulating, differentiating, and immunosuppressive activities. We investigated the effects of AFP gene silencing by siRNA on apoptosis and proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cell line EGHC-9901, which highly expresses AFP and may serve as an ideal model for investigation of AFP functions. siRNA expressing plasmid targeting the AFP gene was first established and subsequently transfected into hepatocellular carcinoma cell line EGHC-9901; cells were then divided into three groups: siRNA-afp, transfected with AFP-siRNA; siRNA-beta-actin, transfected with siRNA-beta-actin as the positive group; and vector control, transfected with empty vector as the blank control group. After G418 positive clone selection for a couple of weeks, Western blot and RT (reverse transcription)-PCR assay demonstrated that AFP expression was almost completely inhibited by siRNA-afp, which indicates that siRNA expressing plasmid targeting the AFP gene has been successfully established. Furthermore, MTT (methyl thiazolyl tetrazelium) assay showed that cells transfected with siRNA-afp proliferated at a significantly lower speed than the other two groups and flat plate clone formation assay also witnessed less clones with diameters of more than 75 μm in siRNA-afp immunofluorescence indicating that the apoptosis rate of cells transfected with siRNA-afp was significantly higher than the other two groups. Furthermore, flow cytometry manifested approximately 20% more cells of siRNA-afp within G1 phase than those of the negative group, indicating that inhibition of AFP expression may cause G1 phase arrest. Finally, Western blot and RT-PCR assay demonstrated that siRNA-afp induced a higher expression of caspase-3 than the other two groups whereas there was no difference in expression of caspase-8

  9. Strand Burner Results of AFP-001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation

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    2015-10-01

    ARL-MR-0907 ● OCT 2015 US Army Research Laboratory Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature...Laboratory Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation by John J Ritter and Anthony Canami...COVERED (From - To) February 2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Strand Burner Results of AFP -001 Propellant with Inert Coating for Temperature Compensation

  10. Risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma may impair the performance of biomarkers: a comparison of AFP, DCP, and AFP-L3.

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    Volk, Michael L; Hernandez, Jose C; Su, Grace L; Lok, Anna S; Marrero, Jorge A

    2007-01-01

    Current surveillance strategies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are applied uniformly in patients with cirrhosis, regardless of their cancer risk. The aim of this study was to compare the performance characteristics of the biomarkers alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), des-gamma carboxyprothrombin (DCP), and lectin-bound AFP (AFP-L3) in the diagnosis of HCC, and to determine the effect of risk factors for HCC on test performance. Eighty-four patients with HCC and 169 patients with cirrhosis were enrolled and their serum analyzed for total AFP, AFP-L3 and DCP. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves were constructed to determine the performance characteristics. DCP was significantly better than total AFP or AFP-L3 in differentiating HCC from cirrhosis, with a sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 93%. When subjects were divided into two groups by their risk for HCC, all 3 markers had a lower sensitivity and area under the ROC curve in the high-risk group compared to the low-risk group. In conclusion, DCP has the best performance characteristics of all 3 serum markers for the diagnosis of HCC. Serum biomarkers may be less sensitive and specific in the highest risk patients.

  11. Environmental potential of the use of CO2 from alcoholic fermentation processes. The CO2-AFP strategy.

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    Alonso-Moreno, Carlos; García-Yuste, Santiago

    2016-10-15

    A novel Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) approach from a relatively minor CO2 emission source, i.e., alcoholic fermentation processes (AFP), is presented. The CO2 produced as a by-product from the AFP is estimated by examining the EtOH consumed per year reported by the World Health Organization in 2014. It is proposed that the extremely pure CO2 from the AFP is captured in NaOH solutions to produce one of the Top 10 commodities in the chemical industry, Na2CO3, as a good example of an atomic economy process. The novel CDU strategy could yield over 30.6Mt of Na2CO3 in oversaturated aqueous solution on using ca. 12.7Mt of captured CO2 and this process would consume less energy than the synthetic methodology (Solvay ammonia soda process) and would not produce low-value by-products. The quantity of Na2CO3 obtained by this strategy could represent ca. 50% of the world Na2CO3 production in one year. In terms of the green economy, the viability of the strategy is discussed according to the recommendations of the CO2Chem network, and an estimation of the CO2negative emission achieved suggests a capture of around 280.0Mt of CO2 from now to 2020 or ca. 1.9Gt from now to 2050. Finally, the results obtained for this new CDU proposal are discussed by considering different scenarios; the CO2 production in a typical winemaking corporation, the CO2 released in the most relevant wine-producing countries, and the use of CO2 from AFP as an alternative for the top Na2CO3-producing countries.

  12. Value of serum GP73, AFP, and AFP-L3 in diagnosis of liver cancer and recurrence monitoring after radiofrequency ablation

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    ZHANG Qin

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo explore the clinical value of three serum tumor markers, Golgi protein 73 (GP73, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, and AFP-L3, in the diagnosis of liver cancer and recurrence monitoring after radio frequency ablation. MethodsA total of 174 patients who visited our hospital from July 2012 to October 2013 were included in the study, consisting of 86 patients with newly diagnosed liver cancer, 39 with liver cirrhosis, 29 with hepatitis, and 20 healthy controls. Among the patients with newly diagnosed liver cancer, 37 were followed up for three months after the radiofrequency ablation. Serum levels of GP73, AFP, and AFP-L3 were measured by ELISA, electrochemiluminescence, and affinity adsorption chromatography, respectively. Nonparametric tests were performed on the results of serum samples from the four groups which showed skewed distribution and were represented by median (quartile interval [M(P25-P75]. Overall comparison was made by Kruskal-Wallis H test, and comparison between groups was made by Mann-Whitney U test. Pair-matching rank-sum test was performed using Wilcoxon Signed Ranks, and categorical data were analyzed by χ2 test. ResultsThe levels of GP73, AFP, and AFP-L3 in the liver cancer group were significantly higher than those in other groups (all P<0.05. The positive rates of GP73 and AFP-L3 in the liver cancer group were significantly higher than those in other groups (all P<0.05, and the positive rates of the two markers were significantly higher than that of AFP among patients with liver cancer (P<0.05. Thirty-seven patients with newly diagnosed liver cancer were reexamined three months after radiofrequency ablation, and the preoperational AFP-L3 level in the patients who had recurrence was significantly higher than that in the patients without recurrence (P<0.05. ConclusionSerum GP73, AFP, and AFP-L3 show great values in the diagnosis of liver cancer. AFP-L3 can be used as an indicator for the identification of

  13. Physics prospects with the ALFA and AFP detectors

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    The ATLAS ALFA and AFP detectors - the experimental challenge of measuring forward protons at the LHC. We will describe the experimental challenge presented by the measurement of the forward protons at the LHC. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP projects involve the deployment of detectors capable of detecting protons that emerge intact from the interaction with very small scattering angles. In the case of the ALFA detector, located at ±240m from the ATLAS interaction point, this measurement has to be performed using special high \\beta* beam optics. The detector chosen for the task is a nearly edgeless scintillating fibre tracker capable of making measurements at very low t – below 10-3 GeV2 – in the Nuclear Coulomb interference region. In order to reach these very small t-values we need to deploy the detector very near to the beam line utilizing Roman Pots. The main purpose of the ALFA detector is to measure the total p-p cross-section, a fundamental quantity in hadronic physics of importance to particle and to cos...

  14. Alpha-foetoprotein (AFP): A multi-purpose marker in hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Sauzay, Chloé; Petit, Alexandra; Bourgeois, Anne-Marie; Barbare, Jean-Claude; Chauffert, Bruno; Galmiche, Antoine; Houessinon, Aline

    2016-12-01

    Alpha-foetoprotein (AFP), one of the first protein tumour markers discovered, is widely used today in clinical practice. Its application for the screening and diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most frequent form of primary liver tumour, is a matter of extensive debate. In addition to the studies focused on the role of the AFP in the diagnosis of HCC, in recent years AFP has been used to guide the therapeutic choice in HCC and monitor the treatment. Here, we summarize the latest studies that show the interest of AFP quantification in determining the suitability of liver transplantation or to follow-up on patients receiving the targeted treatment sorafenib. We also highlight the recent studies showing the active role of AFP in tumour progression, and the new modes of regulation of this tumour marker. Among these is the regulation of AFP through tumour proteostasis and the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR). We discuss the implications of this new knowledge in the therapeutic context, in terms of interpreting serum levels of AFP, and the new perspectives offered by AFP for the study of tumour proteostasis.

  15. [Assessment of AFP in amniotic fluid: comparison of three automated techniques].

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    Leguy, Marie-Clémence; Tavares, Silvina Dos Reis; Tsatsaris, Vassili; Lewin, Fanny; Clauser, Eric; Guibourdenche, Jean

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasound scanning is useful to detect neural tube defect (NTD) but scarcely distinguished between closed NTD and open NTD, which had very different prognosis. An amniotic fluid punction is thus mandatory to search for an increase in alpha foeto protein (AFP) levels and for the presence of acetylcholinesterase which identified open NTD. However, AFP levels fluctuate both with the gestational age and the assay used. Our aim was to establish normative values for AFP in amniotic fluid in the second half of pregnancy using three different immunoassays and to improve their clinical relevance. Amniotic fluid punctions were performed on 527 patients from 9 week of gestation (WG) to 37 WG either for maternal age, Trisomy 21 screening, increase in nucal translucency (control group, n = 527) or for suspicion of neural tube defect or abdominal defect (n = 5). AFP was measured using the immunoassay developed for serum AFP on the Access 2 system, the Immulite 2000 and the Advia Centaur. Results were expressed in ng/ml, multiple of the median (MoM) and percentiles. AFP decrease by 1.5 fold between 9 and 19 WG. When NTD was suspected, an increase in anmniotic AFP was observed (from 2.5 MoM to 9.3 MoM) confirming an open NTD. In conclusion, the assay developed on those 3 automates is suitable for the measurement of AFP in amniotic fluid.

  16. C-reactive protein is a biomarker of AFP-negative HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    She, Sha; Xiang, Yi; Yang, Min; Ding, Xiangchun; Liu, Xiaoyan; Ma, Lina; Liu, Qing; Liu, Bin; Lu, Zhenhui; Li, Shiying; Liu, Yi; Ran, Xiaoping; Xu, Xiaoming; Hu, Huaidong; Hu, Peng; Zhang, Dazhi; Ren, Hong; Yang, Yixuan

    2015-08-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most aggressive cancers worldwide and is associated with the high rates of morbidity and mortality. α-fetoprotein (AFP) is common used in diagnosis of HCC; however, a growing body of research is questioning the diagnostic power of AFP. There is, therefore, an urgent need to develop additional novel non-invasive techniques for the early diagnosis of HCC, particularly for patients with AFP-negative [AFP(-)] HCC. Accordingly, in the present study, we employed iTRAQ-based mass spectro-metry to analyze the plasma proteins of subjects with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC, AFP(+) HBV-related HCC and non-malignant cirrhosis. We identified 14 aberrantly expressed proteins specific to the HCC patients, including 10 upregulated and 4 downregulated proteins. We verified C-reactive protein (CRP) overexpression by ELISA and immunohistochemical staining of clinical samples. Per ROC curve analyses, CRP was positive in 73.3% of patients with HBV-related HCC, and CRP overexpression had significant diagnostic power for AFP(-) HBV-related HCC. Furthermore, we found that silencing CRP caused a >2-fold decease in HBV replication. Additionally, we determined that this reduction in HBV replication involved the interferon-signaling pathway. However, silencing CRP also promoted HCC invasion and migration in vitro. In conclusion, we demonstrated that CRP can serve as a diagnostic biomarker for AFP(-) HBV-related HCC.

  17. Module production of the one-arm AFP 3D pixel tracker

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    Grinstein, S.; Chmeissani, M.; Dorholt, O.; Förster, F.; Lange, J.; Lopez Paz, I.; Manna, M.; Pellegrini, G.; Quirion, D.; Rijssenbeek, M.; Rohne, O.; Stugu, B.

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is designed to identify events in which one or two protons emerge intact from the LHC collisions. AFP will consist of a tracking detector, to measure the momentum of the protons, and a time of flight system to reduce the background from multiple proton-proton interactions. Following an extensive qualification period, 3D silicon pixel sensors were selected for the AFP tracker. The sensors were produced at CNM (Barcelona) during 2014. The tracker module assembly and quality control was performed at IFAE during 2015. The assembly of the first AFP arm and the following installation in the LHC tunnel took place in February 2016. This paper reviews the fabrication process of the AFP tracker focusing on the pixel modules.

  18. Module production of the one-arm AFP 3D pixel tracker

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    Grinstein, S.; Cavallaro, E.; Chmeissani, M.; Dorholt, O.; Förster, F.; Lange, J.; Lopez Paz, I.; Manna, M.; Pellegrini, G.; Quirion, D.; Rijssenbeek, M.; Rohne, O.; Stugu, B.

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is designed to identify events in which one or two protons emerge intact from the LHC collisions. AFP will consist of a tracking detector, to measure the momentum of the protons, and a time of flight system to reduce the background from multiple proton-proton interactions. Following an extensive qualification period, 3D silicon pixel sensors were selected for the AFP tracker. The sensors were produced at CNM (Barcelona) during 2014. The tracker module assembly and quality control was performed at IFAE during 2015. The assembly of the first AFP arm and the following installation in the LHC tunnel took place in February 2016. This paper reviews the fabrication process of the AFP tracker focusing on the pixel modules.

  19. Psc-AFP, an antifungal protein with trypsin inhibitor activity from Psoralea corylifolia seeds.

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    Yang, Xingyong; Li, Jun; Wang, Xiaowen; Fang, Weiguo; Bidochka, Michael J; She, Rong; Xiao, Yuehua; Pei, Yan

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    An antifungal protein designated as Psc-AFP, with an apparent molecular mass of 18kDa, was isolated from a traditional Chinese herb, malaytea scurfpea (Psoralea corylifolia L.). The isolation procedure entailed extraction, cation exchange chromatography on CM FF, gel filtration chromatography on Superdex 75 and reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography on SOURCE 5RPC column. Automated Edman degradation determined the partial N-terminal sequence of Psc-AFP to be NH2-EWEPVQNGGSSYYMVPRIWA, which displayed homology with plant trypsin inhibitors. The protease inhibitor activity of Psc-AFP was then confirmed by the inhibition on trypsin. Psc-AFP at 10 microM inhibited the mycelial growth of Alternari brassicae, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia cerealis, suggesting that Psc-AFP has a role in the defense against pathogens.

  20. Diagnostic value of Joint Detection of GP73 and AFP-L3 in Primary Hepatic Carcinoma with Low Concentration of AFP

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To explore the applicative value of serum Golgi protein (GP73 and alpha-proteinvariant (AFP-L3 in the diagnosis of patients with primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC. Methods:Totally 110 patients were enrolled, including 60 PHC patients with low concentration of AFP ((1.1-108.0 μg/L and 50 patients with non-PHC digestive system diseases (20 cases of patients with chronic hepatitis, 15 patients with liver cirrhosis, 4 patients with bile duct cancer, 4 patients with gastric cancer, 4 patients with rectal cancer and 3 patients with colon cancer. In addition, 42 healthy people were selected as control group. GP73 was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA trace centrifugal column method was adopted for separation of AFP-L3. Luo's chemiluminescence method was used to determine the total content of AFP and AFP-L3 in eluent for calculating the ratio of AFP-L3/ AFP. Results: The levels of serum GP73 and AFP-L3(% in PHC group were significantly higher than the other 2 groups (P<0.01 and the level of serum GP73 and AFP-L3 (% in Non-PHC group were higher than those in healthy group (P<0.01. ROC analysis showed that the area under ROC curve of single GP73 and AFP-L3(% in diagnosis of PHC and non-PHC were 0.887 and 0.860, respectively. Additionally, the ROC analysis also showed that critical value of GP73 and AFP-L3 for the diagnosis of HPC were 83.78 μg/L and 13.87%, respectively. The sensitivity of joint detection of serum GP73 or AFP-L3 was higher than detection of them alone (90.0 vs. 71.7 and 60.0, P<0.05 but the specificity was similar between single detection and joint detection (P>0.05. The positive predictive value and negative predictive value of joint detection of them was higher than single detections of them and there was significant differences in negative predictive value (P<0.05 but no difference in positive predictive value (P>0.05. The overall response rate of joint detection of GP73 and AFP-L3 was higher

  1. The GALAD scoring algorithm based on AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP significantly improves detection of BCLC early stage hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Best, J; Bilgi, H; Heider, D; Schotten, C; Manka, P; Bedreli, S; Gorray, M; Ertle, J; van Grunsven, L A; Dechêne, A

    2016-12-01

    Background: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of death in cirrhotic patients worldwide. The detection rate for early stage HCC remains low despite screening programs. Thus, the majority of HCC cases are detected at advanced tumor stages with limited treatment options. To facilitate earlier diagnosis, this study aims to validate the added benefit of the combination of AFP, the novel biomarkers AFP-L3, DCP, and an associated novel diagnostic algorithm called GALAD. Material and methods: Between 2007 and 2008 and from 2010 to 2012, 285 patients newly diagnosed with HCC and 402 control patients suffering from chronic liver disease were enrolled. AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP were measured using the µTASWako i30 automated immunoanalyzer. The diagnostic performance of biomarkers was measured as single parameters and in a logistic regression model. Furthermore, a diagnostic algorithm (GALAD) based on gender, age, and the biomarkers mentioned above was validated. Results: AFP, AFP-L3, and DCP showed comparable sensitivities and specifities for HCC detection. The combination of all biomarkers had the highest sensitivity with decreased specificity. In contrast, utilization of the biomarker-based GALAD score resulted in a superior specificity of 93.3 % and sensitivity of 85.6 %. In the scenario of BCLC 0/A stage HCC, the GALAD algorithm provided the highest overall AUROC with 0.9242, which was superior to any other marker combination. Conclusions: We could demonstrate in our cohort the superior detection of early stage HCC with the combined use of the respective biomarkers and in particular GALAD even in AFP-negative tumors.

  2. AFP与AFP-L3(%)阳性率在原发性肝癌诊断中的价值%The Value of AFP and AFP-L3(%) Positive Rate in the Diagnosis of Primary Liver Cancer

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    佘有清

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the relationship between the positive rate of alpha-fetoprotein variant 3[AFP-L3(%)] and the incidence of primary liver cancer(PHC) under different alpha fetal protein(AFP),and to provide a reference for clinical diagnosis of primary liver cancer.Method:According to the random number table method,240 cases were randomly selected in our hospital from July 2013 to June 2014,hospitalization and outpatient medical. AFP and AFP-L3 levels were detected in all patients,calculated the percentage of AFP-L3,that is,AFP-L3/AFP(%).Test results according to the AFP concentration range points into negative group(00.05).Conclusion:Detection of low concentration and high concentration of AFP in patients with AFP-L3(%) positive rate for the diagnosis of PHC has a certain clinical significance.%目的:探讨在不同甲胎蛋白(AFP)浓度下,甲胎蛋白异质体3百分比[AFP-L3(%)]阳性率与原发性肝癌(PHC)发病率之间的关系,为临床原发性肝癌的诊断提供参考。方法:按随机数字表法随机选取2013年7月-2014年6月在笔者所在医院门诊、住院及体检患者240例。检测所有患者的 AFPAFP-L3含量,计算 AFP-L3百分比,即 AFP-L3/AFP(%);将检测结果按 AFP 浓度范围分为阴性组(0≤AFP0.05)。结论:检测低浓度和高浓度 AFP 患者AFP-L3(%)阳性率对 PHC 的诊断具有一定的临床意义。

  3. Diagnostic Value of Des-gamma Carboxyprothrombin(DCP), Lectin-bound AFP(AFP-L3) and Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Expression in Primary Hepatocellular Carcinoma%DCP、AFP-L3和AFP在原发性肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

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    付水; 齐娟飞; 朱海燕; 祁志荣; 陈红艳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the alone and joint diagnostic value of des-gamma carboxyprothrombin (DCP) , lectin-bound AFP(AFP-13) and alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) in primary hepatocellular carcinoma, and provide a novel method for diagnosis for PHC and screening for high risk population. Methods The levels of serum DCP,AFP-L3 and AFP were measured in 53 patients with hepa-tocellular carcinoma, 51 cases of cirrhosis, 60 cases of chronic hepatitis, 52 normal healthy subjects established as control group, and analyse the result statistically. Results The levels of serum DCP,AFP-L3 and AFP were significantly higher in the hepatocellular carcinoma than those in other groups. The diagnostic sensitivities of DCP,AFP-I3 and AFP to hepatocellular carcinoma were 77.36% , 69.81% and 60.38% respectively, the specificity were 89.57% , 88.34% and 77.91% , individually. The joint detection could improve sensitivity up to 94.34%. Conclusion DCP was a high sensitivity and specificity marker for diagnosis of PHC. The combined assay of serum tumor markers possess more value in the diagnosis of PHC, especially in AFP negative patients.%目的:探讨血清中脱γ一羧基凝血酶原(DCP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)对原发性肝细胞癌(PHC)单独和联合诊断的意义,为PHC诊治提供一种新方法,以及对高危人群作筛选.方法:采集 53 例PHC、51 例肝硬化、60 例慢性肝炎和 52 例健康对照者的血清分别检测 DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP,并对其统计分析.结果:PHC患者的 DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP 均显著高于肝硬化、慢性肝炎和健康对照者,DCP、AFP-L3 和 AFP在PHC组中的灵敏度分别为 77.36 %、69.8 1% 和60.38 %,特异性分别为89.57 %、88.34 % 和 77.91 %.三者联检时,其诊断的敏感度可提高至 94.34 %.结论:DCP 对PHC诊断具有较好的敏感度和特异性,联检DCP、AFP-L3和AFP可有效提高PHC尤其是AFP阴性PHC的诊断效率,对PHC的早期诊治具有一定指导意义.

  4. Relapse surveillance in AFP-positive hepatoblastoma: re-evaluating the role of imaging

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    Rojas, Yesenia; Vasudevan, Sanjeev A.; Nuchtern, Jed G. [Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Surgery Division, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Guillerman, R.P. [Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); Zhang, Wei [Texas Children' s Hospital, Surgical Outcomes Center, Houston, TX (United States); Thompson, Patrick A. [Baylor College of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Division, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children' s Cancer Center, Texas Children' s Hospital, Houston, TX (United States); University of North Carolina, Hematology-Oncology Division, Department of Pediatrics, North Carolina Children' s Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Children with hepatoblastoma routinely undergo repetitive surveillance imaging, with CT scans for several years after therapy, increasing the risk of radiation-induced cancer. The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of surveillance CT scans compared to serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels for the detection of hepatoblastoma relapse. This was a retrospective study of all children diagnosed with AFP-positive hepatoblastoma from 2001 to 2011 at a single institution. Twenty-six children with hepatoblastoma were identified, with a mean age at diagnosis of 2 years 4 months (range 3 months to 11 years). Mean AFP level at diagnosis was 132,732 ng/ml (range 172.8-572,613 ng/ml). Five of the 26 children had hepatoblastoma relapse. A total of 105 imaging exams were performed following completion of therapy; 88 (84%) CT, 8 (8%) MRI, 5 (5%) US and 4 (4%) FDG PET/CT exams. A total of 288 alpha-fetoprotein levels were drawn, with a mean of 11 per child. The AFP level was elevated in all recurrences and no relapses were detected by imaging before AFP elevation. Two false-positive AFP levels and 15 false-positive imaging exams were detected. AFP elevation was found to be significantly more specific than PET/CT and CT imaging at detecting relapse. We recommend using serial serum AFP levels as the preferred method of surveillance in children with AFP-positive hepatoblastoma, reserving imaging for the early postoperative period, for children at high risk of relapse, and for determination of the anatomical site of clinically suspected recurrence. Given the small size of this preliminary study, validation in a larger patient population is warranted. (orig.)

  5. AFP and ALFA detectors as a momentum spectrometer system - feasibility study

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    2015-01-01

    We consider a possibility to measure a leading proton momentum using simultaneously the AFP and ALFA detectors. The idea is based on the simple fact that the proton trajectory through the magnetic field between the AFP and ALFA$_{1}$ detectors, depends on the proton's momentum loss $\\xi$. The feasibility of the proton momentum measurement is directly related to the availability of the magnetic fields and their configuration, the overlap between ALFA and AFP detectors and their resolutions as well as energy losses and the multiple scattering effect that could wash away little actions from the magnets on the proton.

  6. Epigenetic regulation of GATA4 expression by histone modification in AFP-producing gastric adenocarcinoma.

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    Yamamura, Nobuhisa; Kishimoto, Takashi

    2012-08-01

    AFP-producing adenocarcinoma is a variant of adenocarcinoma with high malignancy. Production of AFP suggests enteroblastic or hepatoid differentiation of cancer cells. GATA4 is a key molecule involved in the prenatal development of the stomach and liver. GATA4 is epigenetically silenced by hypermethylation of primer region in many types of cancers including gastric cancer. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression and epigenetic regulation of GATA4 in AFP-producing adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed that GATA4 was positive in 3/8 cases of AFP-producing gastric adenocarcinomas and in 28/30 cases of common type adenocarcinomas. Epigenetic modification of GATA4 promoter region was investigated with 3 AFP-producing and 4 common-type gastric cancer cell lines. GATA4 mRNA was detected in 1/3 of AFP-producing and 2/4 of common-type gastric cancer cell lines by RT-PCR. Methylation-specific PCR revealed no GATA4 methylation in any of the AFP-producing gastric cancers, whereas methylation was consistent with GATA4 expression in the common-type gastric cancers. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay for AFP-producing gastric cancers revealed that histones H3 and H4 were hypoacetylated in the GATA4-negative cells, while they were hyperacetylated in the GATA4-positive cells. Treatment with trichostain A, an inhibitor for histone deacetylase, induced acetylation of histones H3 and H4, and tri-methylation of lysine 4 of histone H3, which was associated with the active transcription of GATA4 in GATA4-negative AFP-producing cells. These results indicated that histone deacetylation is a silencing mechanism for GATA4 expression in AFP-producing gastric cancer cells. Differences between AFP-producing gastric cancer and common-type gastric cancer in terms of the mechanism of GATA4 regulation may be reflected in the phenotypic deviation of AFP-producing gastric cancer from common-type gastric cancer.

  7. 不同 AFP 浓度下 AFP-L3与 GPC-3在原发性肝癌中的表达分析%Analysis of the expression of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 in primary hepatic carcinoma with different concentration of AFP

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    秦文燕; 陈博; 李自生; 佘有清

    2015-01-01

    目的:分析在不同甲胎蛋白(AFP)浓度下,甲胎蛋白异质体3(AFP-L3)、磷脂酰蛋白聚糖-3(GPC-3)在原发性肝癌(PHC)诊断中的表达,为 PHC 的诊断提供参考。方法以240例门诊、住院患者及体检者为研究对象,检测其血清 AFP、AFP-L3及 GPC-3水平;根据血清 AFP 水平分为阴性组(0≤AFP<20 ng/mL)、低浓度组(20≤AFP<400 ng/mL)和高浓度组(AFP≥400 ng/mL),比较3组 AFP-L3和 GPC-3水平,以及 AFP-L3、GPC-3单独与联合检测对 PHC 的诊断效能。结果低浓度组、高浓度组血清 AFP-L3与 GPC-3水平均高于阴性组,且高浓度组血清 AFP-L3与 GPC-3水平高于低浓度组,差异均有统计学意义(P <0.05)。AFP-L3与 GPC-3联合检测诊断 PHC 的灵敏度、特异度和准确度分别为84.4%、95.9%、93.8%,均高于 AFP-L3、GPC-3单独检测。结论联合检测 AFP-L3和 GPC-3可提高对 PHC 的诊断灵敏度、特异度和准确度,对 PHC 诊断具有重要的临床意义。%Objective To analyse the expression of alpha-fetoprotein variant-L3(AFP-L3)and glypican-3(GPC-3)in primary he-patic carcinoma(PHC)with different concentration of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP),so as to provide references for the diagnosis of PHC.Methods 240 cases of outpatients,inpatients and individuals on physical examination were selected as subjects and serum levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were detected.All of the subjects were divided into negative group(0≤AFP<20 ng/mL),low concen-tration group(20≤AFP<400 ng/mL)and high concentration group(AFP≥400 ng/mL)according to the serum levels of AFP.Ser-um levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were compared among the three groups.And the sensitivity,specificity and accuracy of single de-tection of AFP-L3 or GPC-3 and those of combined detection of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 were compared as well.Results The serum levels of AFP-L3 and GPC-3 in the low concentration group and high concentration group were both higher than those in the nega-tive group,and those

  8. First trimester maternal serum AFP and total hCG in aneuploidies other than trisomy 21.

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    Spencer, K; Heath, V; Flack, N; Ong, C; Nicolaides, K H

    2000-08-01

    Total human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) were measured in maternal serum at 10-14 weeks of gestation from 53 pregnancies affected by trisomy 18, 42 cases with trisomy 13, 46 with Turner's syndrome and 13 with other sex aneuploides. The only significant association was the finding of reduced levels of total hCG in cases of trisomy 18 and 13. The association of increased levels of AFP in cases of trisomy 18 with ventral wall defects and the slight increase in AFP in cases of sex chromosomal anomalies other than Turner's syndrome was found. AFP and total hCG are not likely to replace the markers free beta-hCG and PAPP-A in first trimester screening for chromosomal anomalies. Copyright 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  9. Review of the Third Domain Receptor Binding Fragment of Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP): Plausible Binding of AFP to Lysophospholipid Receptor Targets.

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    Mizejewski, G J

    2016-01-31

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a 69 kD fetal- and tumor-associated single-chain glycoprotein belonging to the albuminoid gene family. AFP functions as a carrier/transport molecule as well as a growth regulator and has been utilized as a clinical biomarker for both fetal defects and cancer growth. Lysophospholipids (LPLs) are plasma membrane-derived bioactive lipid signaling mediators composed of a small molecular weight single acyl carbon chain (palmitic, oleic acid) attached to a polar headgroup; they range in molecular mass from 250-750 daltons. The LPLs consist of either sphingosine-1-phosphate or lysophosphatidic acid, and mostly their choline, ethanolamine, serine or inositol derivatives. They are present only in vertebrates. These bioactive paracrine lipid mediators are ubiquitously distributed in tissues and are released from many different cell types (platelets, macrophages, monocytes, etc.) involved in developmental, physiological, and pathological processes. The LPLs bind to four different classes of G-protein coupled receptors described herein which transduce a multiple of cell effects encompassing activities such as morphogenesis, neural development, angiogenesis, and carcinogenesis. The identification of potential binding sites of LPL receptors on the AFP third domain receptor binding fragment were derived by computer modeling analysis. It is conceivable, but not proven, that AFP might bind not only to the LPL receptors, but also to LPLs themselves since AFP binds medium and long chain fatty acids. It is proposed that some of the activities ascribed to AFP in the past might be due in part to the presence of bound LPLs and/or their receptors.

  10. 肝癌特异性AFP亚组分联合AFP-mRNA对肝癌诊断与鉴别价值%Clinical values of combined hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (AFP) fraction and AFP-mRNA determination in diagnosis and differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    吴玮; 姚登福; 袁咏梅; 樊冀伟; 陆秀凤; 李小华; 邱历伟; 吴信华

    2006-01-01

    目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)基因及肝癌特异性AFP亚组份(AFP-L3)在肝癌早期诊断和鉴别诊断中的价值.方法从肝病患者外周血中制备总RNA,以逆转录聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)扩增AFP基因.用小扁豆凝集素亲和层析法分离血清中AFP-L3,放射免疫法测定AFP及AFP-L3.结果在肝癌和肝硬化病人中AFP-L3阳性率分别为91.7%(110/120)和18%(9/50),AFP-mRNA阳性率分别为56.7%(68/120)和16%(8/50),两者总阳性率分别为95%(114/120)和26%(13/50).正常对照组AFP-L3及AFP-mR-NA均为阴性.肝癌病人AFP-L3%及AFP-mRNA阳性率明显高于肝硬化及正常对照组(P<0.01).AFP-L3及AFP-mRNA与肿瘤大小、数目等无关(P>0.05),而与肿瘤分化程度、是否转移及有无复发等明显相关(P<0.05).结论外周血AFP-L3及AFP-mRNA检测特异性强、敏感性高,有助于肝癌诊断与鉴别诊断、肝外转移或术后复发监测.

  11. Physics prospects with the ALFA and AFP detectors

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    2013-01-01

    We will describe the experimental challenge presented by the measurement of the forward protons at the LHC. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP projects involve the deployment of detectors capable of detecting protons that emerge intact from the interaction with very small scattering angles. In the case of the ALFA detector, located at $\\pm${240}~m from the ATLAS interaction point, this measurement has to be performed using special high $\\beta^*$ beam optics. The detector chosen for the task is a nearly edgeless scintillating fibre tracker capable of making measurements at very low $t$ - below $10^{-3} \\text{GeV}^2$ - in the Nuclear Coulomb interference region. In order to reach these very small $t$ values we need to deploy the detector very near to the beam line utilizing Roman Pots. The main purpose of the ALFA detector is to measure the total p-p cross-section, a fundamental quantity in hadronic physics of importance to particle and to cosmic ray physicists and to provide absolute measurement of luminosity which includ...

  12. Clinical significance of elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level in acute viral hepatitis A (AHA).

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    Seo, Seung In; Kim, Su Sun; Choi, Bo Youn; Lee, Sang Ho; Kim, Sung Jun; Park, Hye Won; Kim, Hyoung Su; Shin, Woon Geon; Kim, Kyung Ho; Lee, Jin Heon; Kim, Hak Yang; Jang, Myoung Kuk

    2013-10-01

    The clinical course of acute viral hepatitis A (AHA) is highly variable. Serum alphafetoprotein (AFP) level is often elevated in various types of acute liver injuries, indicating active liver regeneration. This study was aimed to investigate the clinical significance of serum AFP level in the aspect of the early recovery in AHA. A total of 238 patients with AHA, confirmed by IgM anti-hepatitis A virus, were included. The patients were classified according to serum AFP level. Multivariate analysis by Cox proportional hazards model using dichotomized clinical variables was performed to identify the independent predictors for early recovery (ALT normalization within 2 weeks). The median age (range) was 30 (17-50) years and male dominant (62%, 147/238). Compared to low AFP group, high AFP group (>10 ng/mL) had significantly lower platelet counts (p 10 ng/mL) was the only independent predictor for early recovery (Hazard ratio (HR); 2.392, 95% CI; 1.564-3.659, p = 0.0001). High serum AFP level (>10 ng/mL) may indicate the already-started recovery through active liver regeneration or the early recovery within 2 weeks in AHA.

  13. The value of combine determination of AFP variants and AFP in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer%AFP和AFP异质体对405例原发性肝癌的诊断价值探讨

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    王爱华; 王华梁; 方芳; 邓海琳; 马莉苓; 李梅君

    2002-01-01

    目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)和甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP Variants,AFP-V)对原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值.方法用酶联免疫吸附试验(ELISA)和交叉免疫电泳、放射性自显影法分别检测AFP和小扁豆凝集素亲和性甲胎蛋白异质体(LCA-AFP-V)的血清含量.结果 405例PHC患者中,AFP阳性占75.8%,LCA-AFP-V阳性占54.3%;210例AFP低浓度阳性患者中,LCA-AFP-V阳性125例,而97例AFP高浓度阳性患者,有95例伴有异质体的升高;98例AFP阴性患者中,35例LCA-AFP-V阳性;223例非PHC中AFP阳性占42.2%,LCA-AFP-V阳性占25.6%.结论单独应用AFP或AFP-V均有一定的局限性,两者联合使用将有助于提高原发性肝癌的检出率.

  14. 甲胎蛋白(AFP)与原发性肝癌早期诊断的关系%Armor embryo protein (AFP) and primary liver cancer early diagnosis relations

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    宋光; 刘晶; 张男

    2008-01-01

    甲胎蛋白(AFP)是有卵黄囊及胚胎产生的糖蛋白,是肝细胞癌重要的肿瘤标志物.肝细胞癌变时AFP基因常被激活而强烈表达,转录成AFP mRNA和翻译成AFP,因此根据AFP mRNA的表达情况可判断AFP基因的活化情况,为原发性肝癌的诊断提供了可靠的依据,为临床治疗争取了时间.

  15. AFP-L3阳性肝癌患者肝动脉化疗栓塞术后碘油沉积与AFP-L3%下降相关性分析

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    尤慧明; 赵念博; 陈祖华

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)阳性肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术(TACE)术后碘油沉积与AFP-L3占总AFP 的比例(AFP-L3%)下降的相关性。方法随机选择AFP-L3阳性(即≥10%)并行TACE治疗的肝癌68例,术前1周和术后4周分别行AFP-L3检测。根据术后4周CT碘油沉积比例进行分级,与AFP-L3%术后下降及转阴率行相关性分析。结果 CT碘油沉积比例分级及AFP-L3%转阴情况:Ⅰ级13例(19.1%),AFP-L3%转阴3例(23.1%,3/13);Ⅱ级19例(28.0%),AFP-L3%转阴11例(57.9%,11/19);Ⅲ级21例(30.9%),AFP-L3%转阴15例(71.4%,15/21);Ⅳ级15例(22.1%),AFP-L3%转阴14例(93.3%,14/15)。AFP-L3%总转阴43例(63.2%),各级别AFP-L3%转阴率比较差异有统计学意义。结论 AFP-L3阳性肝癌TACE术后碘油沉积比例越高,AFP-L3%下降率及转阴率越高。

  16. PENGKAJIAN DATA RUMAH SAKIT (HOSPITAL RECORD REVIEW KASUS ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS (AFP TAHUN 1999-2000 DI JAWA TIMUR

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    Full Text Available This survey was the evaluation of the program on Polio Eradication through Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP Surveillance especially Hospital Based Surveillance. The evaluation was done by reviewing the Hospitals' Record (Hospital Based Survey. The objective of the survey was to estimate the under reported of routine reporting system, which the data of the survey used as a gold standard. The results showed that due to incomplete of the records in several hospitals, some of AFP cases might be could not be covered. However the under reported of the routine surveillance system was more than 50%. It seems that the strengthening of supervision was still needed to increase coverage of the routine surveillance system.   Keywords: hospitals; medical record; acute flocid paralysis

  17. Lentivirally engineered dendritic cells activate AFP-specific T cells which inhibit hepatocellular carcinoma growth in vitro and in vivo.

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    Liu, Yang; Butterfield, Lisa H; Fu, Xiaohui; Song, Zhenshun; Zhang, Xiaoping; Lu, Chongde; Ding, Guanghui; Wu, Mengchao

    2011-07-01

    α-fetoprotein (AFP), a tumor-associated antigen for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is an established biomarker for HCC. In this study, we created a lentivirus expressing the AFP antigen and investigated the anti-tumor activity of AFP-specific CD8+ T cells, with and without CD4+ T cells, which were activated by either AFP peptide-pulsed or Lenti-AFP-engineered Dendritic cells (DCs) in vitro and in vivo. AFP-specific T cells could efficiently kill HepG2 HCC cells, and produced IL-2, IFN-γ, TNF-α, perforin and granzyme B, with minimal production of IL-10 (a negative regulator of T cell activation). Both strategies activated AFP-specific T cells, but the lentiviral strategy was superior by several measures. Data also support an impact of CD4+ T cells in supporting anti-tumor activity. In vivo studies in a xenograft HCC tumor model also showed that AFP-specific T cells could markedly suppress HCC tumor formation and morbidity in tumor-bearing nude mice, as well as regulate serum levels of related cytokines and anti-tumor molecules. In parallel with human in vitro T cell cultures, the in vivo model demonstrated superior anti-tumor effects and Th1-skewing with Lenti-AFP-DCs. This study supports the superiority of a full-length antigen lentivirus-based DCs vaccine strategy over peptides, and provides new insight into the design of DCs-based vaccines.

  18. Diagnostic value of alpha-fetoprotein-L3 and Golgi protein 73 in hepatocellular carcinomas with low AFP levels.

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    Xu, Wan-Ju; Guo, Bao-Li; Han, Yu-Gang; Shi, Lei; Ma, Wan-Shan

    2014-12-01

    This study aimed to investigate the clinical values of serum alpha-fetoprotein-L3 (AFP-L3) and Golgi protein 73 (GP73) in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with low alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). From January 2011 to December 2013, 50 low-AFP HCC patients confirmed by the color Doppler flow imaging (CDFI) and pathological examinations were collected. Forty-five patients with chronic liver diseases were also selected, including 29 liver cirrhosis patients, 15 chronic hepatitis B patients, and one severe hepatitis patient. Furthermore, 100 health volunteers with no evidence of benign or malignant liver diseases were included. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was applied to the GP73 quantitative assay. Serum AFP concentrations were determined using immunoassays utilizing enhanced chemiluminescence. Diagnostic accuracy of GP73 and AFP-L3 assays for low-AFP HCC was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Statistical analyses were conducted with the GraphPad Prism 5.0 software. Low-AFP HCC patients (35/50) exhibited higher positive rates of AFP-L3 than non-HCC patients (5/45) and healthy controls (2/100) (both P AFP HCC patients (40/50) compared to those of non-HCC patients (3/45) and healthy controls (1/100) (both P AFP-L3 and GP73 were observed between non-HCC patients and healthy controls (both P > 0.05). ROC curves showed that the area under the curve (AUC) of AFP-L3 for the diagnosis of low-AFP HCC was 0.6994 (sensitivity [Sen] = 70.0 %, specificity [Spe] = 95.2 %, accuracy = 88.7 %), while the AUC of GP73 was 0.8411 (Sen = 80.0 %, Spe = 97.2 %, accuracy = 92.8 %). Compared with single detection, the combination of AFP-L3 and GP73 levels for the diagnosis of low-AFP HCC showed higher Sen (94.0 %), Spe (93.1 %), and better accuracy (93.3 %). Our findings provide empirical evidence that the combination of AFP-L3 and GP73 is a good diagnostic strategy for low-AFP HCC.

  19. Union examination of AFP, AFU, AFPL3 andγ-GT in early diagnosis of primary liver cancer

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    Yuan Shao; Zuo-ren Wang; Lei Shi

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of union examination of blood serum liver cancer tracers in the early diagnosis of liver cancer. Methods We observed and compared the level of blood serum liver cancer tracers armor embryo protein (AFP), crag algae glycosidase (AFU), armor embryo protein heteroplasmon (AFPL3) andγ-Gu Anxian transferase (γ-GT) in early time for primary liver cancer patients and hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients who had liver cancer family history. Results Finally among the 30 patients in the early liver cancer group, 23 were positive with AFP, 20 with AFU, 15 with AFPL3 and 21 with γ-GT. Five were found positive with blood serum AFP, AFPL3, AFU and γ-GT at the same time; 5 with AFP, AFPL3 and γ-GT; 5 with AFP, AFU and AFPL3; 7 with AFP, AFU andγ-GT. By contrast, in the control group, among the 30 hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients with liver cancer family history, 11 were found positive with AFP, 3 with AFPL3, 12 with AFU and 14 with γ-GT. None of the patients were found positive with union examination of AFP, AFPL3, AFU and γ-GT in the blood serum at the same time. Conclusion The union examination of AFP, AFU, AFPL3 and γ-GT is significant to the early diagnosis of primary liver cancer.

  20. Modeling and simulation of beam induced backgrounds measured by ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector is a forward detector of the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Its main goal is to trigger diffractive protons in collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). To achieve this, the detector has to be placed very close to the beam. Inevitable consequence is that its measurements can be easily affected by the beam induced background. This thesis presents a study of the beam induced background in the AFP detector and discuss methods for its removal. The Geant4 simulations and data, including non-colliding bunches are used to identify characteristic features of beam induced backgrounds. A method using combination of signals detected by the AFP detector and the Minimum Bias Trigger Scintillators (MBTS) is used to selected single diffractive event namely on low pile-up data taken during the first AFP physics run in 2016. Finally, an estimate of the beam induced backgrounds level in data together with a study of the radiation environment at the AFP stations was made, comparing result...

  1. The Use of Postoperative Serum HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ for Judgment of the Prognosis for Hepatocellular Carcinoma patients

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    Runzhou Ni; Lei Yang; Mingbing Xiao; Feng Li; Cuihua Lu

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the clinical value of hepatoma-specific alpha-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) and gamma-glutamyltransferase Ⅱ (GGT Ⅱ) for judgment of postoperative prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS HS-AFP was separated and determined using native polyacrylamide electrophoresis with a discontinuous buffer system and Western blots. GGT Ⅱ was separated with native polyacrylamide electrophoresis with a discontinuous buffer system and detected by enzyme staining. Forty cases with HCC underwent serial determination of HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ before and after radical excision. The correlations were analyzed between the two indices and survival time.RESULTS In the 40 cases with HCC, before radical excision the positive rates of HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were 57.5% and 67.5% respectively, with the positive rate of combined HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ reaching 80.0%. After operation, the recurrence and metastasis rate in the groups with positive HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were 90.9% and 58.8% respectively, while in the groups with negative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ the rates were 20.7% and 26.1% respectively. Recurrence and metastasis occurred in all cases with both postoperative positive HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ but only in 9.5% of the cases in whom both postoperative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were negative. Univariate analysis revealed that postoperative HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ were related to the prognosis in HCC.CONCLUSION Postoperative serum HS-AFP and GGT Ⅱ are very useful in predicting the prognosis of HCC patients.

  2. [A case of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric carcinoma].

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    Tanaka, Hiroki; Ishii, Suguru; Akutsu, Noriyuki; Ohashi, Hirokazu; Tokuno, Tetsuya; Suzuki, Takashi; Okuda, Hiroyuki; Shinomura, Yasuhisa; Imai, Kohzoh

    2006-04-01

    A 71-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with edema of the ambilateral crura and liver dysfunction. Serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II were both abnormally high. An abdominal CT revealed many low density masses in both lobes of the liver. Endoscopic examination and gastric radiography showed a Type 1 tumor in the fornix of the stomach. Biopsy specimen showed poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemical stains demonstrated the presence of AFP and PIVKA-II in tumor cells. A diagnosis of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric carcinoma with liver metastasis was made and the internal use of S-1 was started. The result of treatment was determined to be partial response. However, the condition of his entire body gradually worsened and he died of hepatic insufficiency.

  3. Effects of combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1 in diagnosis of small hepatocellular carcinoma%AFP 和 HCCR-1联合检测在诊断小肝癌中的作用

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    王欣; 齐川; 李满元

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨 AFP 和 HCCR-1联合检测在诊断小肝癌中的作用。方法:检测肝癌患者体内 AFP 和 HCCR-1表达水平。结果:1258例肝癌患者血清中 AFP 和 HCCR-1的检测结果:AFP 检测阳性率是576(46%),HCCR-1检测的阳性率是646(51.3%)。当 AFP 和 HC-CR-1联合检测时阳性率提高到74.1%。 AFP 和 HCCR-1分别检测小肝癌(直径小于2厘米)的阳性率是40.1%和23.4%,二者联合检测时阳性率上升为56.9%。结论:实验结果表明 HCCR-1可以作为检测肝癌的有用标志物,当 AFP 和 HCCR-1结合在一起检测,能提高小肝癌的阳性率。%Objective:To discuss effects of combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1 in diagnosis of small hepatocellular carci-noma. Methods:The levels of AFP and HCCR-1 in the patients with liver cancer were detected. Results: Of the 1258 cases of liver cancer patients, 576 (46% ) and 646 (51. 3% ) cases were positive for AFP and HCCR-1, respectively. In the combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1, the positive rate for liver cancer increased up to 74. 1% . The positive rate for small hepatocellular carcinoma (di-ameter <2 cm) increased to 56. 9% in the combined detection of AFP and HCCR-1, although those were only 40. 1% and 23. 4% of AFP ad HCCR-1, respectively. Conclusions: It suggests that the HCCR-1 is a useful biomarker for liver cancer. The positive rate of small hepatocellular carcinoma could be significantly improved in the combined detection of HCCR-1 and AFP.

  4. Analysis on the Result of Virological Surveillance on AFP Cases in Hunan Province from 2006 to 2010%2006-2010年湖南省急性弛缓性麻痹病例病原学监测结果分析

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    张帆; 周帅锋; 黄威; 巫森; 刘运芝; 张红

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyze the results of surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases in Hunan Province during the period of 2006~2010, and to maintain the polio- free status. Methods All stool specimens from AFP cases from 2006 to 2010 were isolated and identified with L20B and RD cells according to the standard metlod issued by WHO, and all polio- positive strains were sent to National Polio Laboratory for type determination. Results The indicators of the virological surveillance for AFP cases from 2006 to 2010 were reached the requirement of the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China. Totally 2,566 stool specimens collected from 1,291 AFP cases had been examined, the isolated rates of poliovirus (PV) and non - polio enteroviruses (NPEV) were 3.43% and 12.98%, respectively. Among 52 positive specimens, 45 were identified as vaccine- variant polioviruses, others were identified as vaccine- related polioviruses, and no polio-wild virus was found. The enteroviruses were isolated all over the years, especially from May to July. The positive cases of poliovirus (PV) covered all the areas of Hunan Province except Xiangtan and Zhangjiajie. There were statistically significant differences in NPEV infection rates among different age groups of AFP cases (P<0.01). The isolated rate of PV was descended when the age was increased. There were statistically significant differences in the isolated rate of PV among the AFP cases with different immunization histories (P < 0.01). The more the OPV immunizations the lower the residual paralysis occurred for AFP cases with PV infection. Conclusions The result of surveillance from 2006 to 2010 indicates that the implementation of polio eradication strategy in Hunan Province is effective and the polio wild virus has been successfully intervened. The target of polio- free is achieved in Hunan Province. But the virological surveillance for AFP cases should be also enhanced on the endgame of poliomyelitis free so

  5. The ATLAS ALFA and AFP detectors - the experimental challenge of measuring forward protons at the LHC

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    The Absolute Luminosity For ATLAS (ALFA) and ATLAS Forward Protons (AFP) detectors are introduced. The forward proton trajectories are shown. The similarities and differences between these two detector systems are described. Finally, the physics possible to be done in these forward detectors is discussed. In particular, in case of ALFA the elastic scattering and exclusive di-pion production are described. In case of AFP, the hard diffractive processes like: Single Diffractive Jet, Double Pomeron Exchange Jet, Exclusive Jet and anomalous coupling production are described.

  6. Diagnosis value of AFP and AFP-L3 combined detection in hepatocellular carcinoma%血清 AFP、AFP-L3联合检测在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值

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    徐恩君; 陈秋莉; 李涛; 郝丽; 肖春红; 徐元宏; 周敏; 徐胜前

    2016-01-01

    Objective To explore the diagnostic value of alpha fetoprotein (AFP), alpha fetoprotein L3(AFP-L3) and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC).Methods In 354 patients, 110 patients with hep-atocellular carcinoma(HCC) and 244 patients with benign liver disease (BLD)(including 94 patients with hepati-tis, 126 patients with liver cirrhosis and 24 patients with benign liver tumors).AFP and AFP-L3 which was separa-ted by affinity adsorption centrifugal tube were measured by electrochemiluminescence immunoassays , following cal-culation ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP.Results In 110 patients with HCC, the patients of AFP 200 ng /ml were 32 cases, 30 cases and 48 cases respectively.In 244 patients with BLD, the patients of AFP <20 ng/ml were 196 cases.Levels of AFP, AFP-L3 and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP in patients with HCC were significantly higher than that in patients with BLD (P <0.01).According to ROC curve, areas under the curve(AUC) of AFP, AFP-L3 and ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP were 0.809, 0.819 and 0.800 respectively, and AUC of combination three markers was 0.829(P <0.01).When the cut-off values of ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP were 5%, 10% or 15%, the sensitivities were 59.1%, 50.9% or 40.9%, and the specificities were 86.1%, 94.7%or 98.4%.Conclusion Diagnostic value of combination AFP and AFP -L3 is higher than AFP in diagnosis of hepa-tocellular carcinoma.The best cut-off value of ratio of AFP-L3 to AFP is 5%.%目的探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)以及 AFP-L3比率在原发性肝癌(HCC)中的诊断价值。方法选取患者共354例,原发性肝癌(HCC)110例,良性肝病(BLD)244例(其中肝炎94例,肝硬化126例,肝良性肿瘤24例),采用亲和吸附离心管分离 AFP-L3,用电化学发光法测定 AFP 和 AFP-L3含量,计算 AFP-L3比率。结果110例 HCC 患者中,有32例 AFP <20 ng/ml,30例 AFP 20~200 ng/ml,48例 AFP >200 ng/ml;244例 BLD 患者中,196例 AFP

  7. Peri-Transplant Change in AFP Level: a Useful Predictor of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence Following Liver Transplantation.

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    Yoo, Tae; Lee, Kwang-Woong; Yi, Nam-Joon; Choi, Young Rok; Kim, Hyeyoung; Suh, Suk-Won; Jeong, Jae Hong; Lee, Jeong-Moo; Suh, Kyung-Suk

    2016-07-01

    Pretransplant alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a useful tumor marker predicting recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Little is known, however, about the relationship between changes in AFP concentration and prognosis. This study investigated the clinical significance of change in peri-transplant AFP level as a predictor of HCC recurrence. Data from 125 HCC patients with elevated pretransplant AFP level who underwent liver transplantation (LT) between February 2000 and December 2010 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with AFP normalization within 1 month after LT were classified into the rapid normalization group (n = 97), with all other patients classified into the non-rapid normalization group (n = 28). Tumor recurrence was observed in 17 of the 97 patients (17.5%) with rapid normalization; of these, 11 patients had high AFP levels and six had normal levels at recurrence. In contrast, tumor recurrence was observed in 24 of the 28 patients (85.7%) without rapid normalization, with all 24 having high AFP levels at recurrence. Multivariate analysis showed that non-rapid normalization (harzard ratio [HR], 4.41, P AFP level at 1 month is a useful clinical marker for HCC recurrence. Therefore, an adjuvant strategy and/or intensive screening are needed for patients who do not show rapid normalization.

  8. The Immune System as a New Possible Cell Target for AFP 464 in a Spontaneous Mammary Cancer Mouse Model.

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    Callero, Mariana A; Rodriguez, Cristina E; Sólimo, Aldana; Bal de Kier Joffé, Elisa; Loaiza Perez, Andrea I

    2017-02-16

    Aminoflavone (AFP 464, NSC 710464), an antitumor agent which recently entered phase II clinical trials, acts against estrogen-positive breast cancer (ER +). AFP 464, which has a unique mechanism of action by activating aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signaling pathway, decreased tumor size and growth rate in the estrogen dependent, Tamoxifen-sensitive spontaneous M05 mouse model. Considering that AhR has recently emerged as a physiological regulator of the innate and adaptive immune responses, we investigated whether AFP 464 modulates the immune response in our mouse model. Studies on the effect of AFP 464 on the immune system were carried in BALB/c mice bearing M05 semi-differentiated mammary adenocarcinomas that express estrogen and progesterone receptors. Splenic cells and tumor inflammatory infiltrates were studied by cytometric analyses. The modulation of splenocytes cytotoxic activity by AFP 464 was also evaluated. We further investigated the effects of AFP 464 on peritoneal macrophages by evaluating metalloproteinase, arginase and iNOS activities. We found that AFP 464 increased splenic cytotoxic activity, diminished the number of systemic and local Treg lymphocytes and MDSCs, and induced a M1 phenotype in peritoneal macrophages of M05 tumor bearing mice. Therefore, we conclude that AFP 464 modulates immune response which collaborates with its anti-tumor activity. Our results place the immune system as a novel target for this anti-cancer agent to strengthen the rationale for its inclusion in breast cancer treatment regimens. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  9. AFP, PIVKAII, GP3, SCCA-1 and follisatin as surveillance biomarkers for hepatocellular cancer in non-alcoholic and alcoholic fatty liver disease

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    Trerotoli Paolo

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The incidence and mortality of hepatocellular cancer (HCC complicating alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (ALD and NAFLD is rising in western societies. Despite knowing the at risk populations for HCC development, the lack of sensitive and specific means of surveillance hampers disease detection at curable stages. The most widely used serum HCC marker is alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, while PIVKA-II, glypican-3 (GP3 and Squamous Cell Carcinoma Antigen -1 (SCCA-1 have been proposed as new biomarkers. Assessment of these HCC biomarkers has largely been performed in patients with viral hepatitis. We conducted a cross sectional study assessing the value of these serum proteins, as well a novel candidate biomarker -follistatin – in patients with HCC arising on a background of ALD or NAFLD. Methods Pre-treatment serum samples from 50 patients with HCC arising on a background of ALD (n = 31 or NAFLD (n = 19 were assessed by specific ELISA assay for PIVKAII, Glypican-3, SCCA-1 and Follistatin. Results were compared and contrasted with a control patient group with biopsy proven steatohepatitis-related cirrhosis (n = 41. The diagnostic accuracy of each of the candidate biomarkers was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve analysis, reporting the area under the curve (AUC and its 95% confidence interval (CI. Performance was compared to that of the established biomarker, AFP. Results Serum levels of all proteins were assessed by specific ELISA assays. GP3, SCCA-1 and follistatin had no HCC surveillance benefit in these patients. AFP and PIVKAII were superior to the other markers, particularly in combination. Conclusion We conclude that while novel means of surveillance are urgently required, the combination of AFP and PIVKAII for HCC is an improvement on AFP alone in ALD/NAFLD patients. Furthermore, our data in this homogenous subset of patients- particularly that confirming no role for SCCA-1 – suggests

  10. Expression of AFP and Rev-Erb A/Rev-Erb B and N-CoR in fetal rat liver, liver injury and liver regeneration

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    Meier, Volker; Tron, Kyrylo; Batusic, Danko; Elmaouhoub, Abderrahim; Ramadori, Giuliano

    2006-01-01

    Background Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) expression can resume in the adult liver under pathophysiological conditions. Orphan nuclear receptors were supposed to regulate AFP gene expression, in vitro. We were interested to study the expression of AFP and orphan nuclear receptors, in vivo. Results The expression of AFP gene and orphan nuclear receptors in the liver was examined in different rat models: (a) fetal liver (b) liver regeneration [partial hepatectomy (PH) with and without 2-acetyl-aminofl...

  11. Alpha-Fetoprotein Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Leads to a Standardized Analysis of Dynamic AFP to Improve Screening Based Detection.

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    Bird, Thomas G; Dimitropoulou, Polyxeni; Turner, Rebecca M; Jenks, Sara J; Cusack, Pearce; Hey, Shiying; Blunsum, Andrew; Kelly, Sarah; Sturgeon, Catharine; Hayes, Peter C; Bird, Sheila M

    2016-01-01

    Detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through screening can improve outcomes. However, HCC surveillance remains costly, cumbersome and suboptimal. We tested whether and how serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) should be used in HCC surveillance. Record linkage, dedicated pathways for management and AFP data-storage identified i) consecutive highly characterised cases of HCC diagnosed in 2009-14 and ii) a cohort of ongoing HCC-free patients undergoing regular HCC surveillance from 2009. These two well-defined Scottish patient cohorts enabled us to test the utility of AFP surveillance. Of 304 cases of HCC diagnosed over 6 years, 42% (129) were identified by a dedicated HCC surveillance programme. Of these 129, 47% (61) had a detectable lesion first identified by screening ultrasound (US) but 38% (49) were prompted by elevated AFP. Despite pre-HCC diagnosis AFP >20kU/L being associated with poor outcome, 'AFP-detected' tumours were offered potentially curative management as frequently as 'US-detected' HCCs; and had comparable survival. Linearity of serial log10-transformed AFPs in HCC cases and in the screening 'HCC-free' cohort (n = 1509) provided indicators of high-risk AFP behaviour in HCC cases. An algorithm was devised in static mode, then tested dynamically. A case/control series in hepatitis C related disease demonstrated highly significant detection (pAFP in HCC surveillance. We show proof-of-principle that an automated and further refine-able algorithmic interpretation of AFP can identify patients at higher risk of HCC. This approach could provide a cost-effective, user-friendly and much needed addition to US surveillance.

  12. The effects of antifreeze peptide III (AFP) and insulin transferrin selenium (ITS) on cryopreservation of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) spermatozoa.

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    Younis, A I; Rooks, B; Khan, S; Gould, K G

    1998-01-01

    We investigated the effects of antifreeze peptides (AFP) and insulin transferrin selenium (ITS) on the motility and membrane integrity of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) spermatozoa after chilling (0-5 degrees C) and thawing. The effects of three thawing procedures, in the presence or absence of AFP and ITS, on sperm motility and on the status of the plasma membrane and acrosome were also examined. During chilling, AFP and ITS seem mildly cytotoxic, as the progressive motility and velocity (curvilinear and straight line) declined significantly at AFP concentrations of 1, 10, and 100 microg/ml and at ITS concentrations of 1 and 10 microg/ml. However, at a concentration of 100 microg/ml, ITS was able to protect sperm during short-term hypothermic storage. Addition of AFP or ITS at 100 microg/ml to test egg yolk-glycerol extender during freezing significantly (P < 0.05) increased postthaw motility, plasma membrane integrity, and acrosome integrity. The mean (+/-SE) motility recovery rate increased from 28.9 +/- 3.9%, for the untreated control, to 59.2 +/- 5.8% and 67.8 +/- 7.4%, for ITS and AFP, respectively. The effects of the thawing procedure were influenced by the presence of AFP during the freezing cycle. An improved motility recovery rate of 67 +/- 4.2% was obtained when chimpanzee sperm frozen in test egg yolk-glycerol extender supplemented with AFP were thawed rapidly at 37 degrees C, compared to 47 +/- 5.2% and 44 +/- 8.2% for slow (23 degrees C) and ultrarapid (75 degrees C) thawing, respectively. The motility recovery after thawing of ITS-treated semen at 23 degrees C, 37 degrees C, or 75 degrees C was not significantly different. Semen frozen without AFP or ITS and thawed at 75 degrees C was seriously (P < 0.05) damaged. This study provides evidence that AFP- or ITS-supplemented semen extender improves postthaw sperm motility in the chimpanzee.

  13. [A surgically resected case of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric cancer with hepatic metastasis].

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    Tomono, Ayako; Wakahara, Tomoyuki; Kanemitsu, Kiyonori; Toyokawa, Akihiro; Teramura, Kazuhiro; Iwasaki, Takeshi

    2013-05-01

    A 78-year-old man was admitted for workup for a liver tumor. Both serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels were high (2260ng/ml and 806mAU/ml, respectively). Contrast-enhanced CT scan and MRI using Gd-EOB-DTPA demonstrated a liver tumor in segment 6 resembling the imaging patterns of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), while the upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a type 2 gastric cancer in the gastric antrum. Although the liver metastasis of the gastric cancer was undeniable, we performed partial resection of segment 6 of the liver and distal gastrectomy under a preoperative diagnosis of double cancer. Histopathologically, gastric tumor consisted of two components, such as well differentiated adenocarcinoma and hepatoid adenocarcinoma. The histology of the liver tumor was similar to that of the hepatoid component in the stomach lesion. Immunohistochemical staining revealed both the gastric and the liver tumors to be positive for AFP and PIVKA-II, yielding a definite diagnosis of AFP and PIVKA-II producing gastric cancer with liver metastasis. Because many cases of this disease have liver metastases at presentation with confusing images with HCC, the diagnosis of liver tumors should be carefully differentiated in the gastric cancer patients with liver tumors, high serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels.

  14. Solitary AFP- and PIVKA-II-producing hepatoid gastric cancer with giant lymph node metastasis.

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    Iso, Yukihiro; Sawada, Tokihiko; Shimoda, Mitsugi; Rokkaku, Kyu; Ohkura, Yasuo; Kubota, Keiichi

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    A 61-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of abdominal pain and an abdominal mass. The patient had anemia and elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) (9630ng/mL) and PIVKA-II (91mAU/mL) levels. Roentgenographic examination revealed an extra-gastric tumor in the upper abdomen, and gastroscopy revealed Bormann type 2 gastric cancer in the lower portion of the stomach. The preoperative diagnosis was synchronous gastric cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and surgery was performed. The extra-gastric tumor appeared to be an extra-hepatically growing HCC because the tumor was fed by vessels ramifying from the umbilical portion of the liver. Distal gastrectomy with resection of the extra-gastric tumor was performed, and histological examination of the resected specimen revealed that the gastric cancer was an AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma and that the extra-gastric tumor was a lymph node metastasis. AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma tends to metastasize to the regional lymph nodes and form a giant tumor. A giant tumor in the upper abdomen associated with gastric cancer may therefore be a clinical manifestation of AFP-producing hepatoid gastric adenocarcinoma.

  15. Direct measurement of the thermal hysteresis of antifreeze proteins (AFPs) using sonocrystallization.

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    Gaede-Koehler, Andrea; Kreider, Alexej; Canfield, Peter; Kleemeier, Malte; Grunwald, Ingo

    2012-12-04

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are of great importance for applications in cryomedicine or the food industry. They are frequently used to lower the freezing point by preventing the growth of larger ice crystals; thus, it is paramount to determine their thermal hysteretic characteristics. However, the experimental analysis of the thermal hysteresis-an effect that is characteristic for AFPs-remains a challenging process. An easy-to-use test method for measuring the thermal hysteresis of AFPs was developed and tested with the type III AFPs. Traditional methods that have been used until now have their disadvantages and limitations. The new measurement method described in this paper allows detection of the complete cooling, freezing, heating, and melting process in a single measurement. This makes it possible to directly determine the thermal hysteresis as a functional effect of the antifreeze proteins. Measurements of the thermal hysteresis were performed by applying ultrasound to initiate the crystallization process of the antifreeze protein solution. This ultrasound technique also allows a crystallization process to be performed at defined temperature. The demonstrated results were highly reproducible and could be clearly read off the measurement curves. As a future perspective, this enables the design of automatic test devices that can be also miniaturized.

  16. Diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in hepatocellular carcinoma: a meta-analysis

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    Shao-hui TANG

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the diagnostic value of serum Golgi protein 73 (GP73 and alpha fetoprotein (AFP in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. Methods The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PubMed, EMBase, Web of Science, Nature, Science, Springer link, Chinese Journal Full-Text Database (CNKI, Database for Chinese Technical Periodical (VIP, Wanfang Digital Journal Full-text Database (before October 2012 were retrieved to collect relevant literature in which the diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in patients with HCC was evaluated. The statistical information and scientific quality were assessed and classified. The data were analyzed using Meta-Disc 1.4 software. The diagnostic value of serum GP73 and AFP in HCC was evaluated by the statistical indicators as pooled sensitivity, pooled specificity, pooled likelihood ratio and summary receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC curve. Results Eighteen articles were collected and 5279 cases were included in the study (2075 HCC and 3204 NHCC patients. After heterogeneity test, the data were analyzed by random-effect model. The results showed that, the pooled sensitivity, specificity of the serum GP73 and AFP were 0.78(0.76-0.79 and 0.55(0.53-0.57, 0.84(0.83-0.86 and 0.80(0.78-0.81, respectively. The pooled positive likelihood ratio and negative likelihood ratio was 5.60(4.05-7.74 and 2.92(2.04-4.17, 0.28(0.24-0.32 and 0.58(0.51-0.67, respectively. The ROC area under the curve (AUC was 0.8849 and 0.6827, and Z test showed that the difference was statistically significant (P<0.01. Conclusion The serum GP73 has a higher sensitivity and specificity than AFP in the diagnosis of HCC, and it can be regarded as one of the valuable reference tests in patients with HCC.

  17. Effects of AFP-activated PI3K/Akt signaling pathway on cell proliferation of liver cancer.

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    Zheng, Lu; Gong, Wei; Liang, Ping; Huang, XiaoBing; You, Nan; Han, Ke Qiang; Li, Yu Ming; Li, Jing

    2014-05-01

    This study aims to investigate effects of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-activated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway on hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation. Active cirrhosis patients after hepatitis B infection (n = 20) and viral hepatitis patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (n = 20) were selected as the subjects of the present study. Another 20 healthy subjects were selected as the control group. The serum AFP expression and liver tissue PI3K and Akt gene mRNA expression were detected. The hepatoma cell model HepG2 which had a stable expression of AFP gene was used. Real-time quantitative PCR and Western blot and other methods were used to analyze the intracellular PI3K and Akt protein levels. Compared with control group and cirrhosis group, the serum AFP levels in HCC group significantly increased, and the tissue PI3K and Akt mRNA expression also significantly increased. HepG2 cells were intervened using AFP, in which the PIK and Akt protein expression significantly increased. After intervention by use of AFP monoclonal antibodies or LY294002 inhibitor, the PIK and Akt protein expression in HepG2 cell was significantly decreased (P AFP can promote the proliferation of hepatoma cells via activation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

  18. 甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)检测的临床应用

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    巩丽颖; 李光; 卢燕平

    2013-01-01

    根据亲和力不同,AFP被分为三类:AFP-L1、AFP-L2和 AFP-L3。 AFP-L3为肝癌细胞所特有,其占总AFP含量的比值(AFP-L3%)不但可以作为检测原发性肝细胞癌(HCC)的恶性检测指标,也可以作为肝癌手术疗效的评价指标,其临床应用较总AFP准确率高。

  19. Diagnosis value of combined detection of AFP,AFP-L3,DKK1 in primary hepatic carcinoma%AFP、AFP-L3、DKK1联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值

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    薄维波; 秦继宝

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the clinical significance of the single detection or the combination detection of 3 kinds of tumor marker alpha-fetoprotein(AFP),alpha-fetoprotein-L3(AFP-L3)and DKK1 for the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma(PHC). Methods AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 in the PHC group,benign hepatic diseases group and control group were detected by adopting the ECLIA,affinity adsorption chromatography and ELISA methods respectively.The ratio of AFP-L3 in AFP was calculated.Re-sults In the single detection,the sensitivity of AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 was 60.9%,76.8% and 69.6% respectively and the speci-ficity was 88.7%,91.5% and 95.8% respectively.In the combination detection,the sensitivity and specificity were 91.3% and 87.3% respectively,the differences between the single detection and the combination detection had statistical significance (P <0. 05).Conclusion The combined examination of serum AFP,AFP-L3 and DKK1 can elevate the sensitivity and specificity,which is much better and more accurate for diagnosing PHC than most of traditional combination detection at present.%目的:分析3种肿瘤标志物甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)、分泌型蛋白Dickkopf-1(DKK1)单独或联合检测原发性肝癌(PHC)的临床意义。方法采用电化学发光法检测 PHC 组、良性肝病组和健康对照组血清 AFP 水平;采用亲和吸附层析法检测 AFP-L3水平,计算 AFP-L3在 AFP 中比例;采用 ELISA 试剂盒检测血清标本中 DKK1水平。结果单独检测 PHC 患者的3种肿瘤标志物,AFP、AFP-L3、DKK1灵敏度分别为60.9%、76.8%、69.6%,特异度分别为88.7%、91.5%、95.8%。3项指标联合检测的灵敏度是91.3%,特异度是87.3%,与单项指标检测相比差异有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论AFPAFP-L3、DKK1的联合检测能提高 PHC 血清学检测的灵敏度和特异度,在 PHC 诊断方面比目前大多数传统的组合方法更准确。

  20. Values of serum AFP, GGTⅡ and GP73 in diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo explore the early diagnostic values of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, gamma-glutamyltransferase Ⅱ (GGTⅡ, and Golgi protein 73 (GP73 in patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma (PHC. MethodsThe serum specimens of 100 patients with liver diseases (50 cases of hepatitis and liver cirrhosis and 50 cases of PHC and 50 healthy people were collected in our hospital from February 2013 to February 2014. Electrochemical luminescence technique, specific immuno-membrane adsorption assay, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were used to measure the serum levels of AFP, GGTⅡ, and GP73. Comparison of continuous data between multiple groups was made by analysis of variance, and comparison between two groups was made by q test. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves of single or combined test results were made, and the areas under the ROC curves (AUCs were calculated. The sensitivity, specificity, and AUCs of AFP, GGTⅡ, GP73, and the combined test were analyzed and compared. ResultsThe level of serum GGTⅡ in the PHC group was significantly different compared with those in the other two groups (F=16.224, P<0.05, but there was no significant difference between the normal group and the hepatitis and liver cirrhosis group (P>0.05. Significant differences in serum levels of AFP and GP73 were observed by paired comparison between the PHC group, hepatitis and liver cirrhosis group, and normal group (F=193.128, F=20.231, P<0.05 for both. When assayed alone, the specificities of GP73, GGTⅡ, and AFP were 69%, 64% and 51%, respectively, and the sensitivities were 92%, 84%, and 76%, respectively. In combined test, the specificity was 94.6% and the sensitivity was 98.8%. ConclusionThe GP73 test is the best performer in the single assays. Combined test of serum AFP, GGTⅡ, and GP73 shows a good diagnostic value for PHC with greatly improved specificity and sensitivity.

  1. 吉安市2007-2011年急性弛缓性麻痹病例流行病学分析%Epidemiological analysis on acute flaccid paralysis in Ji'an City from 2007 to 2011

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    王晓斌; 刘晓东; 黄光明

    2012-01-01

    目的 做好急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例的监测工作,维持无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)状态.方法 采用描述性方法对吉安市2007-2011年急性弛缓性麻痹病例进行流行病学分析.结果 吉安市2007-2011年AFP监测系统共报告AFP病例74例,非AFP病例2例,AFP病例72例,均为非脊灰AFP病例.2007年报告15例,2008年17例,2009年10例,2010年15例,2011年15例; <15岁儿童非脊灰AFP病例报告发病率分别为1.37/10万、1.55/10万、1.085/10万、1.61/10万、1.61/10万.结论 吉安市<15岁儿童非脊灰AFP病例报告发病事连续5年达世界卫生组织和国家卫生部的指标要求(≥1/10万),保持了AFP病例监测系统较高的敏感性.%Objective To do the monitoring work of acute flaccid paralysis ( AFP) well and maintain polio - free status. Method Do epidemiologieal analysis on AFP in Ji'an City from 2007 to 2011 by descriptive method. Results 74 cases were reported by AFP monitoring system in Jian City from 2007 to 2011, of which, 2 cases were non - AFP and 72 cases were AFP. All the cases were non - polio AFP. There were 15 cases in 2007, 17 cases in 2008, 10 cases in 2009, 15 cases in 2010, and 15 cases in 2011. The incidence rates of non -polio AFP of children under 15 years old were I. 37/100 000, 1.55/100 000, 1.085 /100 000, 1.61/100 000, 1.61/100 000, respectively. Conclusions The incidence rate of non ?polio AFP of children under 15 years old had reached the indicator required by WHO and National Ministry of Health for 5 consecutive years (more than or equal to 1/100 000) , which kept a higher sensitivity of AFP monitoring system.

  2. [Demonstration of PIVKA-II and AFP production by gastric cancer by indirect immunoenzymatic staining of paraffin sections].

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    Nakamura, K; Sakizono, K; Oita, T; Kudo, M; Shirane, H; Uchida, H; Kasakura, S

    1991-06-01

    The patient had elevated plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP levels. However, no tumor was detected with an ultrasonography, angiography, abdominal computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MR). Gastric endoscopic examination disclosed gastric cancer and then subtotal gastrectomy was done. Shortly after the surgery, both plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP levels returned to each normal level. The extirpated tumor revealed histologically immature and mature cancer cells. It was pathologically diagnosed as IIc early cancer. The localization of PIVKA-II and AFP in gastric cancer cells was demonstrated by the immunostaining method using monoclonal antibody. Taken together, these results indicate that cancer cells may produce PIVKA-II or AFP in this patient.

  3. STS-39 AFP-675 and STP-1 MPESS in OV-103's payload bay (PLB)

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    An overview of Discovery's, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103's, aft payload bay (PLB) documents a variety of STS-39's payloads. In the foreground is the Space Test Payload 1 (STP-1) multipurpose experiment support structure (MPESS) with the Spacecraft Kinetic Infrared Test (SKIRT) (left), ascent particle monitor (APM) (center), and advanced liquid feed experiment (ALFE) (two canisters) visible. Behind the STP-1 is the Air Force Program 675 (AFP-675) experiment support structure (ESS) with ESS tape recorders (left), Uniformly Redundant Array (URA) (front),and Cryogenic Infrared Radiance Instrumentation for Shuttle 1A (CIRRIS-1A) (center back) visible. The ESS pallet power distribution system thermal covering (gold-colored) is visible at the bottom. AFP-675 is a Department of Defense (DOD)-sponsored collection of experiments whose objective is to gather data on the Earth's atmosphere (aurora, Earth limb, and airglow), celestial objects, and the environment in and around the PLB. In the backgroun

  4. Finding the distance between the Roman Pot floor and the AFP Silicon detectors

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detectors are designed for tagging of forward protons and located inside Roman Pots (RP). My task as summer student is a data analysis to measure the distance between Silicon detectors and the RP floor. For this task there are three suggested methods: tracks pointing to the floor, slope range, and shadow of station. I tried first two methods with data from AFP run 30539. The result from tracking method is 0.7mm, however the unexpected result has to be explained to fully trust this result. In the result of the slope range method, there is an impossible result. Therefore, my code for range method needs debugging in future work.

  5. STS-39 AFP-675 CIRRIS-1A in OV-103's payload bay (PLB)

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    STS-39's Air Force Program 675 (AFP-675) Uniformly Redundant Array (URA) and Cryogenic Infrared Radiance Instrumentation for Shuttle 1A (CIRRIS-1A) mounted on the experiment support system (ESS) pallet are documented in Discovery's, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103's, payload bay (PLB). Part of the ESS pallet power distribution system thermal covering is visible at the bottom of the frame. AFP-675 is a Department of Defense (DOD)-sponsored collection of experiments whose objective is to gather data on the Earth's atmosphere (aurora, Earth limb, and airglow), celestial objects, and the environment in and around the PLB. In the background are the aft PLB bulkhead, the vertical tail, and the orbital maneuvering system (OMS) pods.

  6. Measurement and AFPS control of molten steel level in strip casting

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    Liye Zhu; Tihua Wu; Yuan Fang

    2005-01-01

    The measurement and control of the molten steel level are studied, which affect the quality of strip surface in strip casting.A system of molten steel measurement with a CCD (Charge Coupled Devices) sensor is designed, real-time measured data are given and its precision is analyzed. The level fluctuation model is derived, and an adaptive fuzzy-PID controller with supervisory control (AFPS) is proposed. The stability of the system is proved using Lyapunov theorem, and the simulation results are given when the model, the casting speed and the roll gap change. It is suggested that this kind of coupled nonlinear and time varying system is stable and robust using the designed AFPS controller.

  7. Detector Control System for the AFP detector in ATLAS experiment at CERN

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    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector project consists of two forward detectors located at 205 m and 217 m on either side of the ATLAS experiment. The aim is to measure the momenta and angles of diffractively scattered protons. In 2016, two detector stations on one side of the ATLAS interaction point were installed and commissioned. The detector infrastructure and necessary services were installed and are supervised by the Detector Control System (DCS), which is responsible for the coherent and safe operation of the detector. A large variety of used equipment represents a considerable challenge for the AFP DCS design. Industrial Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) product Siemens WinCCOA, together with the CERN Joint Control Project (JCOP) framework and standard industrial and custom developed server applications and protocols are used for reading, processing, monitoring and archiving of the detector parameters. Graphical user interfaces allow for overall detector operation and visualization of...

  8. Analysis of relationship between serum AFP,AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images in primary hepatic carcinoma patients%原发性肝癌血清 AFP、AFP-L3表达与 CT 影像的关系

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    郭娟; 马刚

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨原发性肝癌患者血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)与 CT 征象的相关性。方法选择2012年2月至2015年3月本院收治的64例原发性肝癌患者作为研究对象,均经手术切除且病理证实,另外选取医院同期确诊的肝硬化患者60例,患者均行多层 CT 常规与增强扫描,ELISA 法测定血清 AFP、AFP-L3,分析 CT 扫描联合 AFP、AFP-L3在原发性肝癌诊断中价值,AFP、AFP-L3表达水平与 CT 征象的相关性。结果 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达在包膜不完整情况下明显高于包膜完整情况(P <0.05);肿瘤临床分期越晚 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率越高(P <0.05),肝细胞癌中 AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率高于胆管细胞癌(P <0.05),有转移患者AFP、AFP-L3阳性表达率高于非转移者(P <0.05)。结论检测血清 AFP、AFP-L3联合 CT 扫描在诊断原发性肝癌方面有重要意义,血清 AFP、AFP-L3表达与原发性肝癌 CT 影像中肿瘤大小及包膜情况、肿瘤临床分期、病理类型、转移有一定相关性。%Objective This paper was to investigate the relationship between serum AFP,AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images in primary hepatic carcinoma patients.Methods A total of 64 patients with primary liver cancer from February 2012 to March 2015 in hospital were selected,and they were confirmed by surgery and pathology.A total of 60 patients with cirrhosis in the same period were selected.The patients were underwent multisided CT con-ventional and enhanced scan,serum AFP,AFP-L3 was detected by ELISA assay,the value of CT scans combined with AFP,AFP-L3 in the diagnosis of primary liver cancer was analyzed.The relationship between serum AFP, AFP-L3 expression levels and CT images were analyzed.Results The positive expression of AFP-L3 and AFP was significantly higher than that in the whole envelope (P <0.05).The positive expression rates of AFP,AFP-L3 in later clinical

  9. 罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测甲胎蛋白的性能验证%Analytical performance of roche 2010 immunoassay system in detecting AFP

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    王凡; 蒋红君

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)的基本分析性能与质量要求的符合性.方法 参照相关的文件,分别对罗氏2010免疫分析仪检测AFP的精密度、准确度、临床可报告范围和参考区间进行验证.结果 测定均值为11.90 IU/ml的样本,验证后批内精密度为0.28 IU/ml,总精密度为0.45 IU/ml,测定均值为237.23 IU/ml的样本,验证后批内精密度为2.85 IU/ml,总精密度为3.50 IU/ml,均与厂家声明一致;高、低浓度定值质控品检测结果与靶值的相对偏差均小于5%,5份室间质评控制品检测结果与靶值的相对偏倚为-0.41%~6.61%;分析测量范围为0.514~992.7 IU/ml,临床可报告范围为0.514~158 832 IU/ml;参考区间与厂家声明一致.结论 罗氏2010电化学发光免疫分析仪测定AFP的精密度、准确度、分析测量范围性能均与厂家声明一致;此验证方案和实验方法简便易行,可用于其他检验项目的性能验证.%OBJECTIVE To validate the basic performance of Roche 2010 Immunoassay System in detecting fetoprotein (AFP). METHODS The precision, accuracy, reportable range and reference interval of the Roche 2012 Immunoassay System in detecting AFP were analyzed. RESULTS The results of within-run precisions were 0.28 IU/ml of 11.90 IU/ml AFP level and 2.85 IU/ml of 237.23 IU/ml AFP level. The total precisions were 0.45 IU/ml of 11.90 IU/ml AFP level and 3.50 IU/ml of 237.23 IU/ml AFP level. There results were consistent with manufacturer's instruction; The relative bias between the measured results and the target values was less than 5%, and the relative bias between the measured results and the EQA control samples at five levels was -0.41%-6.61%; measurement range was 0.514-992.7 IU/ml within manufacturer's liner range. Clinical re-portable range was 0.514-158 832 IU/ml; Reference interval was 0.0-5.8IU/ml, which was consistent with manufacturer's instruction. CONCLUSION The Roche 2010

  10. Tumor-targeted gene therapy using Adv-AFP-HRPC/IAA prodrug system suppresses growth of hepatoma xenografted in mice.

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    Dai, M; Liu, J; Chen, D-E; Rao, Y; Tang, Z-J; Ho, W-Z; Dong, C-Y

    2012-02-01

    Clinical efficacy of current therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment is limited. Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) is non-toxic for mammalian cells. Oxidative decarboxylation of IAA by horseradish peroxidase (HRP) leads to toxic effects of IAA. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a novel gene-targeted enzyme prodrug therapy with IAA on hepatoma growth in vitro and in vivo mouse hepatoma models. We generated a plasmid using adenovirus to express HRP isoenzyme C (HRPC) with the HCC marker, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), as the promoter (pAdv-AFP-HRPC). Hepatocellular cells were infected with pAdv-AFP-HRPC and treated with IAA. Cell death was detected using MTT assay. Hepatoma xenografts were developed in mice by injection of mouse hepatoma cells. The size and weight of tumors and organs were evaluated. Cell death in tumors was assessed using hematoxylin and eosin-stained tissue sections. HRPC expression in tissues was detected using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction. IAA stimulated death of hepatocellular cells infected with pAdv-AFP-HRPC, in a dose- and time-dependent manner, but not in control cells. Growth of hepatoma xenografts, including the size and weight, was inhibited in mice treated with pAdv-AFP-HRPC and IAA, compared with that in control group. pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA treatment induced cell death in hepatoma xenografts in mice. HRPC gene expressed only in hepatoma, but not in other normal organs of mice. pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA treatment did not cause any side effects on normal organs. These findings suggest that pAdv-AFP-HRPC/IAA enzyme/prodrug system may serve as a strategy for HCC therapy.

  11. Forming Simulation of Thick AFP Laminates and Comparison with Live CT Imaging

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    Leutz, Daniel; Vermilyea, Mark; Bel, Sylvain; Hinterhölzl, Roland

    2016-08-01

    Automated fiber placement (AFP) process can be used to manufacture laminates by laying up unidirectional slit tapes along a desired path and placing multiple layers on top of each other. Usually, the slit tapes are placed direct onto the tooling to attain the final part geometry. Alternatively, the laminate can be built up on a planar substrate and can be subsequently formed into the final shape. This kind of processing allows manufacturing highly curved parts, which may not be possible with the direct placement. In the present work a forming simulation of thick AFP laminates is developed to predict the tapes' orientations and delamination as well as transverse tape spread-ups and separations during the forming process. The simulation model is built up through the material characterization experiments. Validation is performed comparing the results of the simulation vs. the experimental forming on two generic geometries. An optical inspection is made on the external layers of the laminates. In a second step, live computer tomography (CT) scans are used to inspect the tapes within an AFP laminate during forming of an L- and a Z-flange. Tapes re-orientation, gaps and tapes widening are observed experimentally and compared to the simulation results. The simulation is capable to predict the tows orientation and provides indicators concerning the tows spread-up and separation.

  12. AFP flipper devices: Polarized {sup 3}He spin flipper and shorter wavelength neutron flipper

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    Babcock, E. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France)]. E-mail: babcock@ill.fr; Petoukhov, A. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Chastagnier, J. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Jullien, D. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Lelievre-Berna, E. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Andersen, K.H. [Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), 38042 Grenoble (France); Georgii, R. [Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM-II), 85747 Garching (Germany); Masalovich, S. [Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM-II), 85747 Garching (Germany); Boag, S. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom); Frost, C.D. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom); Parnell, S.R. [ISIS, Rutherford Appelton Labs, Didcot OX11 0X (United Kingdom)

    2007-07-15

    We describe the development of a polarized neutron device that combines a {sup 3}He neutron spin filter and a neutron spin flipper using adiabatic fast passage (AFP), to adiabatically reverse the {sup 3}He polarization and thus the neutron polarization with near perfect symmetry. A typical AFP sequence takes place in 2.5-7.5 ms, with the time for the {sup 3}He transition from P to -P much less, thus the neutron polarization is nearly perfectly reversed very quickly with only a 2x10{sup -5} loss in {sup 3}He polarization per flip. We believe this device, the {sup 3}He 'flipperizer' can become a standard option wherever a {sup 3}He spin filter is already in use. Our first on beam test was performed on MIRA at the new FRM-2 reactor in Garching using polarized {sup 3}He from HELIOS. We also briefly describe tests of a new neutron flipper based on AFP. This broad band neutron RF flipper was shown to create neutron flipping efficiencies of >99% at a neutron wavelength of 0.4 A. Neutron tests were performed on D3 (ILL) and on ROTAX (ISIS)

  13. Cloning and expression of a novel antifreeze protein AFP72 from the beetle Tenebrio molitor.

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    Yan, Qing-Hua; Yang, Li; Wang, Qing; Zhang, Hui-Rong; Shao, Qiang

    2012-01-01

    A novel antifreeze protein AFP72 cDNA (GenBbank accession No. AY929389) was obtained by RT-PCR from Tenebrio molitor. The 216 bp fragment encodes a protein of 72 amino acid residues. Sequence analysis revealed that the cDNA displays a high degree of homology with T. molitor antifreeze proteins, ranging up to 90.78%. Recombinant plasmids pMAL-p2X-afp72 and pMAL-c2X-afp72 were transferred into E. coil TBI to induce a MBP fusion protein by IPTG. The target fusion protein was released from the periplasm and cytoplasm by the cold osmotic shock procedure and sonication respectively. The content of the fusion protein came up to 38.9 and 41.5% of the total dissolved protein, respectively. The fusion protein was purified through an amylose affinity column, and incised by factor Xa. Molecular sieve chromatography was used to achieve a high state of purity of the target protein. The purified target protein displayed a single band in SDS-PAGE. The fusion protein was shown to increase resistance to low temperatures in bacteria. This finding could help in further investigations of the properties and function of antifreeze proteins.

  14. Nested polymerase chain reaction technique for the detection of Gpc3 and Afp mRNA in liver cancer micrometastases.

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    Luo, J; Yang, K; Wen, Y G

    2017-02-08

    The incidence of liver cancer has gradually risen to a high level in China, and tumor metastasis occurs via multiple pathways. Alpha fetal protein (AFP) is the main biomarker of liver cancer micrometastases. A recent study showed that glypican-3 (GPC3), which is abundant in hepatoma cells, has promising specificity and could be used to determine the presence of malignant cells. The nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique is superior in experimental sensitivity. Using rat models of liver cancer in the current study, we utilized nested PCR to detect Gpc3 and Afp mRNA to determine their relationship with liver cancer micrometastases. The aim was to provide an experimental basis for clinical examination. We randomly assigned male Sprague-Dawley rats to sham and experimental groups. The experimental group constituted a liver cancer model induced by diethylnitrosamine, whereas the sham group was administered with an equivalent volume of normal saline. Gpc3 and Afp mRNA was detected using nested PCR. Analysis was performed to determine statistical significance. Compared with the sham group, the rates of occurrence of Gpc3 and Afp mRNA were significantly higher in the experimental group (P Afp mRNA increased significantly in the four subgroups of the experimental group (P Afp mRNA in liver cancer micrometastases.

  15. AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

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    赵红霞; 郑国军; 史琼英; 樊燕; 王永忠

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在原发性肝癌(HCC)诊断中的价值。方法:应用微量离心柱法分离检测小扁豆凝集素结合型AFP_L3百分含量(AFP-L3%),PIVKA-Ⅱ用电化学发光免疫分析试剂盒检测。结果:肿瘤标志物的判断标准为:AFP-L3%≥10%为阳性,AFP>10ng/ml为阳性,PIVKA-Ⅱ>40mAU/ml为阳性。在慢性肝病组中,AFP》20ng/mL占10.2%,HCC组中则占64.8%。AFP、AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ在HCC组都明显高于慢性肝病组,差异存在统计学意义(P<0.001)。结论:联合测定AFP-L3和PIVKA-Ⅱ可有效提高HCC的诊断价值。

  16. Growth inhibition and stability of PgAFP from Penicillium chrysogenum against fungi common on dry-ripened meat products.

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    Delgado, Josué; Acosta, Raquel; Rodríguez-Martín, Andrea; Bermúdez, Elena; Núñez, Félix; Asensio, Miguel A

    2015-07-16

    Dry-ripened foods favor the development of a superficial fungal population that may include toxigenic molds. To combat unwanted molds, an antifungal protein from Penicillium chrysogenum (PgAFP) can be useful. The aim of the present work was to study the antimicrobial activity of PgAFP against microorganisms common in dry-ripened foods, and to evaluate its sensitivity to proteolytic enzymes and heat treatments that may be applied to foods, as well as to different pH values. The inhibitory effect of the purified protein on 38 microbial strains grown in culture medium was determined. PgAFP sensitivity to various proteases, heat treatments, and preincubation at different pH values was tested by means of the residual activity on selected reference strains. Inhibitory activity of PgAFP against unwanted molds was tested in a dry-fermented sausage. This protein exhibited potent inhibitory activity against unwanted molds, including the main mycotoxin-producing species of Aspergillus and Penicillium of concern for dry-ripened foods. PgAFP withstood most proteases, intense heat and a wide range of pH values. PgAFP efficiently reduced counts of A. flavus and P. restrictum inoculated on a dry-fermented sausage. This protein can be of interest to control hazardous molds in dry-ripened foods.

  17. Expression and differential diagnostic value of serum AFP,AFP-L3% and GP73 in patients with liver cirrhosis%AFP、AFP-L3%、GP73在肝硬化、肝癌患者血清中的表达及鉴别诊断价值

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    王松; 袁春蓓; 俞海英; 潘剑; 杨永峰

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨不同血清肿瘤标志物在肝硬化和肝癌的鉴别诊断中的临床价值。方法回顾性分析146例肝硬化患者、50例原发性肝癌患者的临床资料,并选取50例健康体检者作为对照,分别检测血清AFP、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)和高尔基体糖蛋白73(GP73)含量,并计算 AFP-L3%。结果146例肝硬化患者的 AFP 阳性率为平均25.3%,低于肝癌组的72%(χ2=34.69,P<0.01);AFP-L3%在不同病因肝硬化组中阳性率均较低,平均8.9%,低于肝癌组的58%(χ2=53.32,P<0.01),也低于肝硬化组中AFP 的阳性率(χ2=13.90,P=0.0002);GP73在不同病因肝硬化组、肝癌组阳性率均较高,在肝硬化组中平均阳性率为74.7%,高于AFPAFP-L3%在肝硬化组中的阳性率(χ2=71.01,P<0.01),与GP73在肝癌组中的阳性率比较差异无统计学意义(χ2=0.84,P=0.36)。AFP、AFP-L3%的敏感性、特异性均较GP73好,联合诊断不能提高鉴别准确性。结论血清肿瘤标志物AFP 在乙型肝炎肝硬化及隐源性肝硬化患者中阳性率较高,AFP-L3%在各种病因肝硬化患者中均较低,AFP、AFP-L3%可有效区分肝癌和肝硬化;GP73在不同病因肝硬化组中均高,不能用于区分肝硬化和肝癌。%Objective To investigate the difference of serum AFP,AFP-L3% and GP73in different types of liver cirrhosis and their differential diagnostic value between liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Methods One hundred and forty-six cases of liver cirrhosis patients from August 2012 to August 2013 were analyzed,while 50 primary hepatic carcinoma (PHC)and 50 healthy controls were enrolled. Serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 were measured respectively and AFP-L3% was calculated. Results The top three causes of liver cirrhosis were hepatitis B virus, cryptogenic and autoimmunity. The positive rate of AFP in hepatitis virus groups and

  18. AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值%Application of Combined Detection of AFP,AFP-L3,GP73 in the Diagnosis of Primary Hepatocellular Cancer

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    赵树艳

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体-L3(AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)在原发性肝癌的诊断价值。方法采用酶联免疫吸附法和电化学发光法检测68例原发性肝癌、49例良性肝病及68例健康体检者血清中 AFP、AFP-L3、GP73的含量,并进行比较。结果原发性肝癌患者组血清 AFP、AFP-L3、GP73含量明显高于良性肝病及健康对照组(P <0.05和 P <0.01);三者联合检测的特异度和敏感度优于单独检测,所得数据有统计学意义。结论AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测可明显提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性。%Objective To investigate the application value of detection AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.Methods Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)was adopted to detect AFP、AFP-L3 and GP73 level of senum in hepatocellular carcinoma patients(68cases),benign liver disease (49 cases)and healthy people (68cases),and comparison was done.Results the Serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 level in hepatocellular carci-noma were significantly higher than those of patients with benign liver diseases and control group (P < 0.05,P <0.01).The specificity and sensitivity of the combined detection of the three was better than that of the individual test, and the difference was statistically significant.Conclusion Combination test of serum AFP,AFP-L3 and GP73 has good diagrnosis value for hepatocellular carcinoma.

  19. Co-transfection of dendritic cells with AFP and IL-2 genes enhances the induction of tumor antigen-specific antitumor immunity.

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    Yang, Jing-Yue; Li, Xiao; Gao, Li; Teng, Zeng-Hui; Liu, Wen-Chao

    2012-10-01

    Dendritic cells (DCs) are highly efficient, specialized antigen-presenting cells and DCs transfected with tumor-related antigens are regarded as promising vaccines in cancer immunotherapy. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether DCs co-transfected with the α-fetoprotein (AFP) and human interleukin-2 (IL-2) genes were able to induce stronger therapeutic antitumor immunity in transfected DCs. In this study, DCs from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients were co-transfected with the IL-2 gene and/or the AFP gene. The reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) data revealed that the DCs transfected with the adenovirus AdAFP/IL-2 expressed AFP and IL-2. The DCs co-transfected with IL-2 and AFP (AFP/IL-2-DCs) enhanced the cytotoxicities of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) and increased the production of IL-2 and interferon-γ significantly compared with their AFP-DC, green fluorescent protein (GFP)-DC, DC or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) counterparts. In vivo data suggested that immunization with AFP-DCs enhances antigen-specific antitumor efficacy more potently than immunization with IL-2-DCs or AFP-DCs. These findings provide a potential strategy to improve the efficacy of DC-based tumor vaccines.

  20. MACC1 as a prognostic biomarker for early-stage and AFP-normal hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 gene (MACC1 has been found to be associated with cancer development and progression. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of MACC1 in early-stage and AFP-normal hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. METHODS: mRNA and protein levels of MACC1 expression in one normal liver epithelial cells THLE3 and 15 HCC cell lines were examined using reverse transcription-PCR and Western blot. MACC1 expression was also comparatively studied in 6 paired HCC lesions and the adjacent non-cancerous tissue samples. Immunohistochemistry was employed to analyze MACC1 expression in 308 clinicopathologically characterized HCC cases. Statistical analyses were applied to derive association between MACC1 expression scores and clinical staging as well as patient survival. RESULTS: Levels of MACC1 mRNA and protein were higher in HCC cell lines and HCC lesions than in normal liver epithelial cells and the paired adjacent noncancerous tissues. Significant difference in MACC1 expression was found in patients of different TNM stages (P<0.001. Overall survival analysis showed that high MACC1 expression level correlated with lower survival rate (P = 0.001. Importantly, an inverse correlation between MACC1 level and patient survival remained significant in subjects with early-stage HCC or with normal serum AFP level. CONCLUSIONS: MACC1 protein may represent a promising biomarker for predicting the prognosis of HCC, including in early-stage and AFP-normal patients.

  1. Effects of AFP gene silencing on Survivin mRNA expression inhibition in HepG2 cells.

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    Fang, Z L; Fang, N; Han, X N; Huang, G; Fu, X J; Xie, G S; Wang, N R; Xiong, J P

    2015-04-10

    We investigated the effects of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) gene silencing on Survivin expression in HepG2 cells. Small interfering RNA technology was used to downregulate AFP expression in HepG2 cells. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure AFP concentration in the supernatant before and after transfection. An MTT assay was used to detect cell proliferation activity before and after transfection. We performed flow cytometric analysis to detect the cell apoptosis rate, and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction to detect Survivin mRNA levels before and after transfection. Forty-eight hours after transfection, AFP concentration in the supernatant of the experimental group significantly decreased, hepatocellular carcinoma cell growth was inhibited by 43.1%, and the apoptosis rate increased by 24.3%. Survivin mRNA expression was reduced by 78.0% in HepG2 cells. These indicators in the control group and in the blank group did not change significantly. Silencing of AFP expression in HepG2 cells can effectively inhibit the growth of hepatoma cells and promote apoptosis, which may be useful for reducing intracellular Survivin mRNA levels.

  2. RAPID COMMUNICATION-- POLIO VACCINE COVERAGE IN THE ACUTE FLACCID PARALYSIS (AFP) CASES IN ROMANIA.

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    Băicuş, Anda

    2015-01-01

    Poliovirus (PV), a member of the Enterovirus genus, is the etiological agent of poliomyelitis. A study carried out between 2013-2014 on 30 serum samples from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases, showed a protective antibody level of 90% against poliovirus Sabin strains type 1 and type 2 and of 88% against type 3. No PV strains were isolated from 2009 to 2015 in Romania. Maintaining a high vaccine coverage level against polio is mandatory until global polio eradication, especially as the risk of polio importation remains elevated in Romania.

  3. AFP-L3和AFP mRNA联合检测在肝癌治疗疗效观察和预后中的作用

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    邱大鹏; 韩风; 聂常富; 周进学; 蒙博

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)异质体(AFP-L3)和AFP mRNA联合检测在肝癌(HCC)治疗疗效观察和预后中的作用。方法联合检测AFP-L3、AFPmRNA在HCC患者中表达情况。结果 HCC患者的AFP mRNA(368.65±5.28)和AFP-L3(195.84±3.31)蛋白表达量均明显高于肝硬化组和肝良性病变组(t=23.32、30.15、30.21、25.46,均P<0.01)。另外,HCC患者的AFP阳性率(69.35%)和AFP-L3阳性率(79.03%)明显高于肝硬化组和肝良性病变组(χ2=5.78、10.98、14.52、26.23,均P<0.05)。62例HCC患者中,术后AFP转阴48例,其中 AFP-L3仍为阳性18例,其1、2、3年生存率分别为72.22%(13/18)、44.44%(8/18)、22.22%(4/18);另外30例患者AFP和AFP-L3均为阴性,其1、2、3年生存率分别为80.00%(24/30)、53.33%(16/30)、50.00%(15/30);AFP和AFP-L3均转阴者的3年生存率明显高于AFP转阴而AFP-L3未阴者(χ2=3.98,P<0.05)。结论:测定患者AFP mRNA 和AFP-L3蛋白水平可以鉴定良、恶性肝病,对于HCC 的早期诊断及预后判断有重要的临床意义。

  4. LHC physics debris collimation studies and their impact on AFP detectors acceptance

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    Roncarolo, F; Potter, K; Bussey, P; Bracco, C

    2011-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) group is proposing to upgrade the forward region of ATLAS by installing forward proton detectors at 220 m and 420 m from the interaction point on both sides of the LHC ATLAS experiment. For this purpose, at both the 420 m and 220 m locations, it is proposed to install movable beam pipes which will host silicon tracking and fast timing detectors (i.e. four independent detector stations). The experimental acceptance at 220 m is dependent upon the setting of two collimators designed to protect the LHC straight section and dispersion suppressor around ATLAS (and CMS) from the physics debris generated at the two high luminosity experiments. This note presents the result of tracking studies showing that the installation of a new collimator in front of the Q6 magnet (or the displacement at this of location of the second of the already existing collimators) would ensure an improved protection of the LHC machine while allowing the AFP experiment at 220m.

  5. Readout and Trigger for the AFP detector at the ATLAS experiment at LHC

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    2017-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) is a new detector system in ATLAS that studies events with protons scattered quasi-elastically at very small angles. The final design assumes four stations at distances of 205 and 217 m from the LHC P1 interaction point on both sides of the ATLAS detector exploiting the Roman Pot technology. In 2016 two stations in one arm were installed; the other two are planned for 2017. In this article we describe details of the installed hardware, firmware and software leading to full integration with the ATLAS trigger and data acquisition systems. Tracking data from the silicon detectors on FEI4B chips are sent over 350 m long optical fibers to arrive at the HSIO-II (High Speed Input Output) board in the counting room. The board houses an Artix FPGA providing main data flow which is controlled by an RCE (Reconfigurable Cluster Element) mezzanine based on the Zynq chip running ArchLinux. During a few special LHC runs with low luminosity, AFP delivered trigger signals from its tracking detec...

  6. Marginal microleakage of class V composite restorations before and after AFP gel application

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available   Background and Aims: The most effective preventing tooth decay method is fluoride compounds applications. Some studies suggested that APF gels caused changes on the superficial physical properties of composite. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the marginal microleakage of class V composite restorations before and after AFP gel application.   Materials and Methods: The class V cavities in buccal surfaces of 45 molar teeth were made in such a way that occlusal margin was placed in enamel and cervical margin in cement. In group 1, at first fluoride-therapy and then cavity preparation and restoration by composite resin was done. In group 2, at first the class V cavities were prepared and restored, then fluoride-therapy was carried out. In group 3, cavities were prepared and restored with no fluoride-therapy. The dye penetration rate in occlusal and cervical margins was examined by stereomicroscope. Data were statistically analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney test.   Results: There was no statistically significant difference between groups ( P=0.975.   Conclusion: Fluoride-therapy using AFP gel before and after class V composite restorations, had no significant effect on the microleakage of dentin and enamel margins.

  7. The Doylestown Algorithm: A Test to Improve the Performance of AFP in the Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

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    Wang, Mengjun; Devarajan, Karthik; Singal, Amit G; Marrero, Jorge A; Dai, Jianliang; Feng, Ziding; Rinaudo, Jo Ann S; Srivastava, Sudhir; Evans, Alison; Hann, Hie-Won; Lai, Yinzhi; Yang, Hushan; Block, Timothy M; Mehta, Anand

    2016-02-01

    Biomarkers for the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are needed to decrease mortality from this cancer. However, as new biomarkers have been slow to be brought to clinical practice, we have developed a diagnostic algorithm that utilizes commonly used clinical measurements in those at risk of developing HCC. Briefly, as α-fetoprotein (AFP) is routinely used, an algorithm that incorporated AFP values along with four other clinical factors was developed. Discovery analysis was performed on electronic data from patients who had liver disease (cirrhosis) alone or HCC in the background of cirrhosis. The discovery set consisted of 360 patients from two independent locations. A logistic regression algorithm was developed that incorporated log-transformed AFP values with age, gender, alkaline phosphatase, and alanine aminotransferase levels. We define this as the Doylestown algorithm. In the discovery set, the Doylestown algorithm improved the overall performance of AFP by 10%. In subsequent external validation in over 2,700 patients from three independent sites, the Doylestown algorithm improved detection of HCC as compared with AFP alone by 4% to 20%. In addition, at a fixed specificity of 95%, the Doylestown algorithm improved the detection of HCC as compared with AFP alone by 2% to 20%. In conclusion, the Doylestown algorithm consolidates clinical laboratory values, with age and gender, which are each individually associated with HCC risk, into a single value that can be used for HCC risk assessment. As such, it should be applicable and useful to the medical community that manages those at risk for developing HCC.

  8. Role of blood AFP mRNA and tumor grade in the preoperative prognostic evaluation of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Umberto Cillo; Giacomo Zanus; Vito De Pascale; Mario Plebani; Davide Francesco D'Amico; Alessandro Vitale; Filippo Navaglia; Daniela Basso; Umberto Montin; Marco Bassanello; Francesco D'Amico; Francesco Antonio Ciarleglio; Alberto Brolese

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To explore the potential prognostic role of preoperative tumor grade and blood AFP mRNA in a cohort of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)eligible for radical therapies according to a well-defined treatment algorithm not including nodule size and number as absolute selection criteria.METHODS: Fifty patients with a diagnosis of HCC were prospectively enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria were: (1) histological assessment of tumor grade by means of percutaneous biopsies; (2) determination of AFP mRNA status in the blood; (3) patient's eligibility for radical therapies.RESULTS: At preoperative evaluation, 54% of the study group had a well-differentiated HCC, 42% had AFP mRNA in the blood, 40% had a tumor larger than 5 cm and 56% had more than one nodule. Surgery (resection or liver transplantation) was performed in 29 patients,while 21 had percutaneous ablation procedures. After a median follow-up of 28 mo, 12-, 24-, and 36-mo survival rates were 78%, 58%, and 51%, respectively. Surgical therapy, performance status and three tumor-related variables (AFP mRNA, HCC grade and gross vascular invasion) resulted as significant survival predictors at univariate analysis. Nodule size and number did not perform as significant prognosticators. Multivariate study selected only surgical therapy and a biologically early HCC profile (AFP mRNA negative and well-differentiated tumor without gross vascular invasion) as independent survival variables.CONCLUSION: The preoperative determination of tumor grade and blood AFP mRNA status may potentially refine the prognostic evaluation of HCC patients and improve the selection process for radical therapies.

  9. Analysis of Significance of Unite Examination of AFP and DNA Polymorphism of P3 Promoter of IGF-ⅡGene

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    LUO Su; ZHANG Feng-chun; SUN Chang-jiang; LIU Cheng-bai; ZHUANG Jiang-xing; ZHANG Jin

    2004-01-01

    The DNA of P3 promoter region of IGF-Ⅱ gene was obtained by means of PCR technique. The examination of DNA polymorphism by restriction endonuclease BstE Ⅱ and the examination of AFP by bioluminescence immunoassay technique were carried out. The results have a significant difference(P<0.005). But the positive rate of AFP is higher than that of DNA polymorphism. The experimental result shows that the change of the DNA polymorphism of IGF-Ⅱis not the only carcinogenic factor. The suggested unite examination is the best method for the diagnosis of the primary hepatocellular carcinoma.

  10. A sensitive photoelectrochemical biosensor for AFP detection based on ZnO inverse opal electrodes with signal amplification of CdS-QDs.

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    Xu, Ru; Jiang, Yandong; Xia, Lei; Zhang, Tianxiang; Xu, Lin; Zhang, Shuang; Liu, Dali; Song, Hongwei

    2015-12-15

    In this work, ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) based photoelectrochemical (PEC) electrode was fabricated for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) detection. Then, the uniform CdS quantum dots (QDs) were hydrothermally synthesized, which allowed the binding of AFP and glucose oxidase (GOD) on CdS QDs, forming the AFP-CdS-GOD composite. The competitive immunosensor of AFP and the AFP-CdS-GOD composite with anti-AFP antibodies (Ab) immobilized on FTO (fluorine-doped tin oxide) /ZnO IOs electrode was successfully applied to the detection of AFP. GOD could catalyze glucose to produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) acting as an electron donor to scavenge photogenerated holes in the valence band of CdS QDs, reducing the recombination of electrons and holes of CdS QDs. Also the effective energy level matching between the conduction bands of CdS QDs and ZnO widened the range of light absorption, allowing for electron injection from excited CdS QDs to ZnO upon visible light irradiation, which enhanced the photocurrent. The results show that the immunosensor of AFP possesses a large linear detection range of 0.1-500 ng/ml with a detection limit of 0.01 ng/ml. It also exhibits excellent anti-interference property and acceptable stability. This work provides a promising method for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor detection of other proteins.

  11. Application value of joint detection of alpha-fetoprotein(AFP) variant and AFP in early diagnosis of primary hepato-cellular carcinoma%甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白联合检测的临床价值

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    王国芳; 徐美珍; 张欢妍; 唐国建

    2015-01-01

    目的:开展甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白联合检测,以早期发现和诊断肝细胞癌( HCC),鉴别良恶性肝脏肿瘤。方法检测肝细胞癌( HCC)30例,慢性肝病78例患者血清中AFP-L3和AFP的含量,血清 AFP-L3分离检测采用亲和微量离心纯化柱法,血清中获取的AFP-L3,AFP采用微粒子化学发光免疫法检测,计算AFP-L3占AFP的比率即AFP-L3%。结果30例HCC患者AFP的值为8.8~1524.1 ng/ml,其中AFP-L3%的阳性率为80%,而78例慢性肝病患者中AFP的值为3.2~580.1 ng/ml,AFP-L3%的阳性率为14.1%。 HCC组AFP异质体的阳性率与慢性肝病组有显著差异(P﹤0.01)。结论联合检测甲胎蛋白异质体和甲胎蛋白对HCC,慢性肝炎和肝硬化的患者鉴别诊断,有着重要的临床价值。%Objective To early detect and diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC) and to identify benign and malignant tumors of liver with joint detection of AFP variant and AFP .Methods AFP-L3 and AFP content in serum of 30 cases of HCC and 78 cases of chronic liver disease were detected .Affinity micro centrifugal purification column was used to separate and de-termine serum AFP-13.Level of AFP-L3 and AFP extracted from the serum was detected by a chemiluminescence immunoassay method using microparticle .The ratio between AFP-L3 and AFP was calculated as AFP-L3%.Results In the 30 patients of HCC,the level of AFP fluctuated between 8.8 ng/ml and 1524.1 ng/ml,among which the positive rate of AFP-L3 was 80%. Whereas in the 78 patients of chronic liver disease ,the level of AFP fluctuated between 3.2 ng/ml and 580.1 ng/ml,among which the positive rate of AFP-L3 was 14.1%.Conclusion The positive rate of AFP variant in HCC group and chronic liver disease group shows significant difference (P﹤0.01).Joint detection of AFP variant and AFP is very important in differential diagnosis of patients with HCC ,chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis .Therefore

  12. Development of a highly sensitive glycan microarray for quantifying AFP-L3 for early prediction of hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Wu, Chen-Shiou; Lee, Teng-Yu; Chou, Ruey-Hwang; Yen, Chia-Jui; Huang, Wei-Chien; Wu, Chung-Yi; Yu, Yung-Luen

    2014-01-01

    The α-fetoprotein fraction L3 (AFP-L3), which is synthesized by malignant cells and incorporates a fucosylated oligosaccharide, has been investigated as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Quantification of AFP-L3 by conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) has not always produced reliable results for serum samples with low AFP, and thus we evaluated the clinical utility of quantifying AFP-L3 using a new and highly sensitive glycan microarray assay. Sera from 9 patients with chronic hepatitis B and 32 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related HCC were tested for AFP-L3 level using the glycan microarray. Additionally, we compared receiver operator characteristic curves for the ELISA and glycan microarray methods for determination of the AFP-L3: AFP-L1 ratio in patient samples. This ratio was calculated for 8 HCC patients who underwent transarterial embolization therapy pre- or post-treatment with AFP-L3. Glycan microarrays showed that the AFP-L3 ratio of HBV-related HCC patients was significantly higher than that measured for chronic hepatitis B patients. Overall parameters for estimating AFP-L3% in HCC samples were as follows: sensitivity, 53.13%; specificity, 88.89%; and area under the curve, 0.75. The elevated AFP-L3% in the 8 patients with HBV-related HCC was strongly associated with HCC progression. Following one month of transarterial embolization therapy, the relative mean AFP-L3% decreased significantly. In addition, we compared Fut8 gene expression between paired tumor and non-tumor tissues from 24 patients with HBV-related HCC. The Fut8 mRNA expression was significantly increased in tumorous tissues in these patients than that in non-tumor tissue controls. Higher expression of Fut8 mRNA in tumorous tissues in these patients was associated with poor differentiation than well and moderate differentiation. Our results describe a new glycan microarray for the sensitive and rapid quantification of

  13. Development of a highly sensitive glycan microarray for quantifying AFP-L3 for early prediction of hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Full Text Available The α-fetoprotein fraction L3 (AFP-L3, which is synthesized by malignant cells and incorporates a fucosylated oligosaccharide, has been investigated as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. Quantification of AFP-L3 by conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA has not always produced reliable results for serum samples with low AFP, and thus we evaluated the clinical utility of quantifying AFP-L3 using a new and highly sensitive glycan microarray assay. Sera from 9 patients with chronic hepatitis B and 32 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV-related HCC were tested for AFP-L3 level using the glycan microarray. Additionally, we compared receiver operator characteristic curves for the ELISA and glycan microarray methods for determination of the AFP-L3: AFP-L1 ratio in patient samples. This ratio was calculated for 8 HCC patients who underwent transarterial embolization therapy pre- or post-treatment with AFP-L3. Glycan microarrays showed that the AFP-L3 ratio of HBV-related HCC patients was significantly higher than that measured for chronic hepatitis B patients. Overall parameters for estimating AFP-L3% in HCC samples were as follows: sensitivity, 53.13%; specificity, 88.89%; and area under the curve, 0.75. The elevated AFP-L3% in the 8 patients with HBV-related HCC was strongly associated with HCC progression. Following one month of transarterial embolization therapy, the relative mean AFP-L3% decreased significantly. In addition, we compared Fut8 gene expression between paired tumor and non-tumor tissues from 24 patients with HBV-related HCC. The Fut8 mRNA expression was significantly increased in tumorous tissues in these patients than that in non-tumor tissue controls. Higher expression of Fut8 mRNA in tumorous tissues in these patients was associated with poor differentiation than well and moderate differentiation. Our results describe a new glycan microarray for the sensitive and rapid

  14. 甲胎蛋白及甲胎蛋白异质体L3在肝癌患者肝移植手术前后的变化%The content change of AFP and AFP-L3 pre-and post-liver transplantation operation for liver cancer patients

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    谭宗宪; 侯俊; 朱安琪; 李伯安

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)及甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)在肝癌患者肝移植手术前后的变化情况.方法 对12例确诊为肝癌并进行肝移植手术患者的连贯血清(术前1份,术后连续留取),应用甲胎蛋白异质体微量离心柱分离并洗脱获得AFP-L3,再同时检测原始血清中AFP及AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3在AFP中比例(AFP-L3%),对比手术前后AFP含量及AFP-L3%的变化情况.结果 AFP除5例转阴外,其余患者在AFP-L3%转阴后,AFP仍持续阳性,个别患者AFP含量还持续高水平.2例患者术后AFP-L3立即转阴,其他患者在肝移植术后AFP-L3含量逐步下降,并趋于阴性(AFP-L3%<10%).AFP半衰期与AFP-L3%半衰期之间差异无统计学意义.结论 肝癌经根治性切除或移植后,AFP-L3%一般在较短时间内(约1~20 d)转阴,AFP-L3占AFP百分含量占10%以下,提示手术可能较为彻底,但余肝尚存在肝炎或肝硬化.如AFP-L3含量持续不降低提示手术未彻底清除病灶.%Objective To explore the content change of Alpha Fetal Protein(AFP) and Alpha Fetal Protein Variants(AFP-L3) pre-and post-liver transplantation operation for liver cancer patients.Methods AFP-L3 was de-termined by micro centrifugal column from twelve cases of successive sera(For each case,one original shale pre-oper-ation,and mole shares post-operation successively),and preserved from patients who were diagnosed as fiver cancer and completed fiver transplantation operation.simultaneously the content of AFP and AFP-L3 in the original serum were also determined.and the ratio of AFP-L3 in AFP was calculated in order to compare the content change of AFP and the ratio of AFP-L3 pre-and post-liver transplantation operation.Results Compared with twelve cases of pre-and post-operation,the AFP in only five cases turned tO negative;The AFP in other cases keeped positive though AFP-L3%tumde to negative.and the content of AFP in some specific cases still keeped in a high level.Regarding AFP-L3

  15. Effect Observations of 28 Cases of Treating AFP Increase Caused by Virus Hepatitis with Cucurbitacin%葫芦素治疗病毒性肝炎致甲胎蛋白升高28例疗效观察

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    黄雄立

    2002-01-01

    To treat 28 patients with virus hepatits complicated with AFP in crease by using cucurbitacin 0.6 mg/day. On the basis ofcomprehensive treatment and testing AFP regularly. The result is that 26 cases of the treatment group (28 cases) decreased in AFP with 92.85% total effective rate which is higher than the control group (57.14%). The difference is significant (P < 0.01 ). Conclusioncucurbitacin can decrease AFP effectively.

  16. American Fiction, 1901-1925: Collection Strengthening and Creation of a National Bibliographic Record. Final Technical Report.

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    Crowe, William J.; And Others

    This final report of the American Fiction Project (AFP) describes two years of work during which AFP met its goals of: strengthening the Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) collection of American fiction, 1901-1925; establishing a comprehensive bibliographic file of fiction of the period; and improving national bibliographic access to these…

  17. Value of GPC3, GP73, AFP-L3 and AFP detection in the diagnosis of primary hepatic carcinoma%血清GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3和AFP检测对原发性肝癌诊断的价值

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    龙璐; 陈贞; 王堃; 陶亚; 易斌

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨血清磷脂酰肌醇蛋白多糖-3(glypican-3,GPC3)、高尔基体蛋白73(Golgi protein-73,GP73)、甲胎蛋白异质体AFP-L3以及AFP单独及联合检测在原发性肝癌(primary hepatic carcinoma,PHC)中的诊断价值.方法 GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3检测采用ELISA法,AFP检测采用化学发光法,分别检测原发性肝癌组(43例)、肝硬化组(43例)、慢性肝炎组(43例)、和健康对照组(43例)血清GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3、AFP水平,应用SPSS统计软件对结果进行统计学分析.结果 PHC组GP73、AFP-L3和AFP水平高于其他各组,差异均有显著性(P =0.000).GPC3、GP73、AFP-L3和AFP的ROC曲线下面积(AUCROC)分别为0.744、0.910、0.903、0.867,灵敏度分别为53.5%、86.0%、81.4%、76.7%,特异度分别为94.6%、93.8%、95.3%、86.0%.系列试验以GP73+AFP-L3为最佳组合,灵敏度和特异度分别为70.0%和99.7%,平行试验以AFP/AFP-L3/GP73为最佳组合,灵敏度特异度分别为99.4%和76.9%.结论 GP73和AFP-L3有望成为新的诊断原发性肝癌的血清标志物.临床应用中,可用GP73+AFP-L3作为诊断PHC的最佳组合,GP73/AFP-L3/AFP作为排除PHC较好的组合.

  18. Construction of recombinant adenovirus vector containing AFP and generation of adenovirus-mediated AFP gene modified dendritic cells vaccine%含人AFP基因重组腺病毒载体的构建及其转染树突状细胞瘤苗的制备

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    杨静悦; 曹大勇; 刘文超; 斯小明

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To construct recombinant adenovirus vectors containing human AFP genes,and infect dendritic cell. Methods: Full length AFP cDNAs were subcloned into pIND vector,followed by being cloned into shuttle2 vector.The AFP gene fragments resulted from the shuttle2-AFP digested with PI-Sce and I-Ceu were linked to the linear adeno-X virus DNA.After packaged with HEK293 cells,the adenovirus expression vector was obtained.The plasmid pAdeno-AFP was identified by endonuclease and PCR.After dendritic cells were infected pAdeno-AFP,the surface molecules of pAdeno-AFP/DC were analysed by flow cytometry.AFP levels in culture supernatant of pAdeno-AFP/DC were measured by ELISA. Results: AFP gene in the inserted DNA of adeno-AFP was confirmed by PCR,and predictive fragments proved by restriction enzyme digestion analysis were exhibited.All the above results indicated that human AFP gene had been connected with pAdeno-X vectors correctly.The recombinant adenovirus vector of human AFP gene packaged in HEK293 cells,it will be used to introduce the target gene into dendritic cell.pAdeno-AFP/DC were able to upregulate CD1a,CD11c,CD80,CD86 and HLA-DR.And pAdeno-AFP/DC could secrete high level of AFP in vitro. Conclusion: The recombinant adenovirus vector of human AFP gene have been constructed successfully.The established AFP -DC vaccine may be a tool of the hepatocellular carcinoma immunotherapy,and it will be the foundation of future clinical use of DC vaccine.%目的:构建含人AFP基因的腺病毒载体,体外转染树突状细胞,制备树突状细胞肝癌瘤苗.方法: 将AFP基因亚克隆到pIND 载体和Shuttle2载体中,构建穿梭载体Shuttle2-AFP.用PI-Sce Ⅰ和I-CeuⅠ双酶切后将所获AFP基因片段再与线性化的腺病毒载体pAdeno-X连接,构成pAdeno-AFP重组腺病毒载体.其后,用重组腺病毒载体转染HEK293细胞,包装腺病毒表达载体.通过酶切、PCR对腺病毒载体进行鉴定.包装好的重组病毒载体pAdeno-AFP体外

  19. Increased chitin biosynthesis contributes to the resistance of Penicillium polonicum against the antifungal protein PgAFP.

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    Delgado, Josué; Owens, Rebecca A; Doyle, Sean; Asensio, Miguel A; Núñez, Félix

    2016-01-01

    Antifungal proteins from molds have been proposed as a valuable tool against unwanted molds, but the resistance of some fungi limits their use. Resistance to antimicrobial peptides has been suggested to be due to lack of interaction with the mold or to a successful response. The antifungal protein PgAFP produced by Penicillium chrysogenum inhibits the growth of various ascomycetes, but not Penicillium polonicum. To study the basis for resistance to this antifungal protein, localization of PgAFP and metabolic, structural, and morphological changes were investigated in P. polonicum. PgAFP bound the outer layer of P. polonicum but not regenerated chitin, suggesting an interaction with specific molecules. Comparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and comparative quantitative proteomics revealed changes in the relative abundance of several proteins from ribosome, spliceosome, metabolic, and biosynthesis of secondary metabolite pathways. The proteome changes and an altered permeability reveal an active reaction of P. polonicum to PgAFP. The successful response of the resistant mold seems to be based on the higher abundance of protein Rho GTPase Rho1 that would lead to the increased chitin deposition via cell wall integrity (CWI) signaling pathway. Thus, combined treatment with chitinases could provide a complementary means to combat resistance to antifungal proteins.

  20. The ATLAS Forward Detectors - LUCID, ALFA and AFP: Past, Present and Future

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    2013-01-01

    LUCID is a gas Cerenkov detector deployed near to the beam‐pipe at 17 m either side of the ATLAS Intersection point. The LUCID detector ‐ when calibrated via a Van der Meer scan – is now measuring absolute luminosity on a bunch‐by‐bunch basis. It is now measuring integrated luminosity up to high luminosity with a precision of around 3%. The technical challenges that had to faced to make this measurement as well as upgrade plans for LUCID will be presented. In addition to LUCID, we will discuss that ALFA detector (Absolute Luminosity for ATLAS) and its status as well as the progress on the ATLAS Forward Protons project (AFP) that plans to deploy detectors to tag and measure, with 3‐D silicon detectors, both protons in exclusive central diffractive processes.

  1. AFP mRNA level in enriched circulating tumor cells from hepatocellular carcinoma patient blood samples is a pivotal predictive marker for metastasis.

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    Jin, Junhua; Niu, Xiaojuan; Zou, Lihui; Li, Lin; Li, Shugang; Han, Jingli; Zhang, Peiying; Song, Jinghai; Xiao, Fei

    2016-08-01

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) quantification may be helpful for evaluating cancer dissemination, predicting prognosis and assessing therapeutic effectiveness and safety. In the present study, CTCs from blood samples of 72 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were enriched with anti-EpCAM nanoparticles. AFP mRNA level was detected by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) after enrichment of CTCs from HCC blood samples at 0, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after hepatectomy, respectively. AFP mRNA expression in CTCs was positive in 43 patients (59.7%) and negative in 29 patients (40.3%) before hepatectomy. Among 43 patients with positive AFP mRNA expression in CTCs before hepatectomy, 10 and 11 were diagnosed as intrahepatic/extrahepatic metastasis before and after hepatectomy, respectively. In addition, these 21 patients with metastasis had persisting positive AFP mRNA of CTCs during the whole tested year. Specifically, 3 patients with AFP mRNA negative in CTCs before hepatectomy changed to be positive at 6 and 9 months, and 2 of them were diagnosed as metastasis 12 months after hepatectomy. We conclude that the positive AFP mRNA of CTCs can be a pivotal predictor for HCC metastasis before and after hepatectomy. The release of AFP expression from hepatocellular carcinoma cells into circulation must be a major source of HCC metastasis.

  2. AFP-L3在肝细胞癌诊断中的临床价值%Diagnostic role of alpha-fetoprotein variants in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    韩鹏; 褚瑞海; 张彩彩; 郭欣

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨血清中AFP-L3含量对肝细胞癌诊断的临床意义.方法 利用微量离心柱法分离得到AFP-L3,采用化学发光法分别检测总AFP与AFP-L3含量,进而计算AFP-L3与总AFP的比值.结果 肝细胞癌患者血清中AFP及AFP-L3的水平均显著高于其他各组,而不同AFP浓度的肝细胞癌患者组AFP-L3的阳性率无明显差异.结论 AFP-L3作为肿瘤标志物对肝细胞癌的早期诊断及良、恶性肝病的鉴别有一定的临床价值.

  3. Psc-AFP from Psoralea corylifolia L. overexpressed in Pichia pastoris increases antimicrobial activity and enhances disease resistance of transgenic tobacco.

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    Luo, Xiu-Mei; Xie, Cheng-Jian; Wang, De; Wei, Yun-Min; Cai, Jie; Cheng, Shan-Shan; Yang, Xing -Yong; Sui, An -Ping

    2017-02-01

    Psc-AFP, isolated from the seeds of Psoralea corylifolia L., is an antimicrobial protein with trypsin inhibitor activity. Its encoding gene was cloned by 3'- rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) combined with Y-shaped adaptor-dependent extension (YADE) method. The gene Psc-AFP encodes a protein of 203 amino acids with a deduced signal peptide of 24 residues. The growth inhibition effect exerted by the heterologously expressed Psc-AFP in Pichia pastoris revealed that the recombinant Psc-AFP inhibited mycelium growth of Aspergillus niger, Rhizoctonia solani, and Alternaria brassicae and conidial germination of Alternaria alternata. The recombinant Psc-AFP also showed protease inhibitor activity manifested by the inhibition of trypsin. The transgenic tobacco bioassays confirmed that overexpressing Psc-AFP significantly enhanced the disease resistance of tobacco and that some of the transgenic lines were almost fully tolerant to Ralstonia solanacearum and A. alternata, whereas no apparent alteration in plant growth and development was observed. Collectively, these results indicate that the recombinant Psc-AFP is an active antimicrobial protein, with protease inhibitor activity that can be successfully produced in the yeast and tobacco and, therefore, maybe a potential antimicrobial candidate for practical use.

  4. Bio-compatibility and cytotoxicity studies of water-soluble CuInS2-ZnS-AFP lfuorescence probe in liver cancer cells

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    Ming-Ya Yang; Jian Hong; Yan Zhang; Zhen Gao; Tong-Tong Jiang; Jiang-Luqi Song; Xiao-Liang Xu; Li-Xin Zhu

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The oncogenesis of hepatocellular carcino-ma (HCC) is not clear. The current methods of the pertinent studies are not precise and sensitive. The present study was to use liver cancer cell line to explore the bio-compatibility and cytotoxicity of ternary quantum dots (QDs) probe and to evaluate the possible application of QDs in HCC. METHODS: CuInS2-ZnS-AFP lfuorescence probe was designed and synthesized to label the liver cancer cell HepG2. The cy-totoxicity of CuInS2-ZnS-AFP probe was evaluated by MTT experiments and lfow cytometry. RESULTS: The labeling experiments indicated that CuInS2-ZnS QDs conjugated with AFP antibody could enter HepG2 cells effectively and emit intensive yellow lfuorescence by ultraviolet excitation without changing cellular morphology. Toxicity tests suggested that the cytotoxicity of CuInS2-ZnS-AFP probe was signiifcantly lower than that of CdTe-ZnS-AFP probe (t test, F=0.8,T=-69.326,P20%) groups (P CONCLUSION: CuInS2-ZnS-AFP QDs probe had better bio-compatibility and lower cytotoxicity compared with CdTe-ZnS-AFP probe, and could be used for imaging the living cellsin vitro.

  5. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) modulates the effect of serum albumin on brain development by restraining the neurotrophic effect of oleic acid.

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    García-García, Alejandro G; Polo-Hernández, Erica; Tabernero, Arantxa; Medina, José M

    2015-10-22

    We have previously shown that serum albumin controls perinatal rat brain development through the regulation of oleic acid synthesis by astrocytes. In fact, oleic acid synthesized and released by astrocytes promoted neurite growth, neuron migration and the arrangement of prospective synapses. In this work we show that alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is also present in the brain during embryonic development, its concentrations peaking at E15.5 and at E19.5. However, after E19.5 AFP concentrations plummeted concurrently with a sharp increase in serum albumin concentrations. At E15.5, AFP is present in caudal regions of the brain, particularly in brain areas undergoing differentiation during this period, such as the thalamic reticular nucleus of the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the amygdala and the hippocampus. Albumin was not detected in the brain at E15.5 but stained brain cells substantially on day E19.5, showing a very similar distribution to that of AFP under the same circumstances. The concentrations of free oleic acid in the brain were inversely correlated with those of AFP, suggesting that the signals elicited by AFP and oleic acid can be inversely associated. GAP-43, a marker of axonal growth that is highly expressed by the presence of oleic acid, was not co-localized with AFP except in the marginal zone and areas delimiting the subplate. AFP prevented the increase in GAP-43 expression caused by the presence of oleic acid in neurons in primary culture in vitro and in organotypic cultures of embryonic rat brain ex vivo, suggesting that AFP may modulate the effect of serum albumin on brain development.

  6. Value of detection of serum AFP, AFU and CEA in diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer%血清GGT、AFP和AFP-L3联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的临床意义

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    李玉柱; 张玉敏; 寇永妹; 陈晖; 韩龙才

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨r-谷氨酰转移酶(GGT)、血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的诊断价值.方法 正常健康对照组84例,原发性肝癌组92例,良性肝病组45例,均同时检测血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3.结果 原发性肝癌组血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3与良性肝病组、正常健康对照组比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).原发性肝癌组血清GGT、AFP、AFP-L3单独检测时的敏感性分别75.5%、71.0%和83.7%,联合检测GGT和AFP或AFP-L3可使检测敏感性提高到79.3%和88.7%,三者联合检测敏感性为93.1%.结论 联合检测GGT、AFP、AFP-L3 3项指标可以大大提高原发性肝癌的诊断率.%Objective To evaluate the value of detection of serum GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer(PHC).Methods The serum levels of GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in 92 patients with PHC,84 patients with liver cirrhosis,and 45control subjects were determined and analyzed.Results Serum levels of GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 in patients with PHC were all significantly higher than the control subjects and the patients with liver cirrhosis (P<0.01).The sensitivity of diagnosis of PHC was 75.5%,71.0%,and 83.7%,respectively,when GGT,AFP,and AFP-L3 were individually detected.The accuracy could be increased to 79.3% (combined detection of GGT and AFP) and 88.7% (combined detection of GGT and AFP-L3).The accuracy was further increased to 93.1% when all GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 were detected.Conclusion Combined detection of serum GGT,AFP and AFP-L3 is greatly enhance the sensitivity in diagnosis of PHC,especially in AFP negative patients.

  7. Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels are normal in Fanconi anemia: Can it be a lack of postnatal inhibition of AFP gene resulting in the elevation?

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    Aslan, Deniz; Karabacak, Recep Onur; Aslan, Oner Deniz

    2017-04-01

    We investigated the feasibility of using serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels as a screening test for prenatal diagnosis of Fanconi anemia (FA). Serial measurements in maternal serum were recorded. Parents, both heterozygous for FA, had declined prenatal molecular testing. The infant was born with no somatic abnormalities, and FA was confirmed by postnatal molecular analysis. Maternal serum AFP levels during each trimester of pregnancy were normal indicating that these levels cannot be used as a screening test in prenatal diagnosis. Three-year follow-up after birth showed constantly elevated serum levels in the patient from the start, suggesting a lack of postnatal inhibition on AFP gene.

  8. 亲和层析微柱法测定肝癌特异性AFP及其在肝癌诊断中的临床价值%Quantitative analysis of hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) by a new mini-column affinity chromatography and its clinical value in diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Wei Wu; Dengfu Yao; Liwei Qiu; Xiaoxiao Gu; Xinhua Wu

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To establish a convenient and economic method to determine hepatoma-specific α-fetoprotein (HS-AFP) for diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: HS-AFP from serum of HCC patients was separated by a mini-column Lens culinaris agglutinin (LCA)-affinity chromatography. The levels of serum total AFP and separated HS-AFP were detected by radioimmunoassay (RIA). Results: Circulating AFP was separated into three peaks (AFP-1, AFP-2, and AFP-3) by LCA-affinity chromatography. During the elution course, the AFP-1 and AFP-2 could be eluted with TE buffer. HS-AFP (AFP-3) from sera of HCC patients was eluted dearly on the LCA-sepharose gel mini-column with a solution containing a-methyl-D-mannoside. It was a part of total AFP and only found in sera of HCC patients. A ratio of more than 15% for HS-AFP to total AFP in serum was considered as a specific marker for HCC diagnosis with higher sensitivity (92.7%) and specificity(88.2%). Conclusion: The new assay for circulating HS-AFP analysis is more sensitive, repeatable, and convenient. Its clinical application would be useful to early diagnosis of HCC.

  9. AFP、APF-L3、GP73、AFP-mRNA联合检测在肝细胞癌诊断中的应用价值%The application value of combined detection for serum alpha-fetoprotein, alpha-fetoprotein-L3, Golgi protein 73 and AFP-mRNA in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    李永勤; 陈浩; 耿坤静; 杜博勋; 裘银久

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the application value of combined detection for alpha fetoprotein (AFP), alpha-fetoprotein-L3 ( AFP-L3 ) , Golgi protein 73 ( GP73 ) and AFP-mRNA in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC). Methods Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA) was used to detect the serum levels of GP73 in 73 cases of HCC,41 cases of liver cirrhosis,36 cases of chronic hepatitis B and 25 healthy subjects. AFP was detected by chemiluminescent immunoassay, and AFP-L3 was determined by adsorption centrifuging. AFP-mRNA was tested by fluorescent quantitative RT-PCR. Results There were significant differences in the levels of AFP, AFP-L3, GP73, AFP-mRNA between HCC group and cirrhosis group, normal control group ( P <0.01). The areas evaluated according to ROC curves were 0.691 ( AFP) ,0.859 ( APF-L3), 0.816 (GP73),0.762 (AFP-mRNA) respectively in HCC group,and the sensitivities were 54. 79% ,76. 71% , 80.82% ,53. 42%, respectively, and specificities were 79. 41% ,95. 10% ,82. 35% ,99. 02% , respectively. The areas under ROC curves for the four tumor-related markers were 0.958 by combined detection. The sensitivity of combined detection was significantly increased, which reached 95. 8% , and its specificity was 95. 0% in the diagnosis of HCC. Conclusion The combination detection for AFP, AFP-L3 ,GP73 and AFP-mRNA can obviously enhance the sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of HCC,which is superior to individual detection of AFP, AFP-L3.GP73 or AFP-mRNA.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体( AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白(GP73)及AFP-mR-NA联合检测在HCC诊断中的价值.方法 收集175例血清、其中肝细胞癌患者73例(HCC组)、肝硬化患者41例(肝硬化组)、慢乙肝患者36例(慢性肝炎组)、正常人25例(正常人组),采用酶联免疫法检测GP73,用化学发光法检测AFP,用亲和吸附离心法检测AFP-L3,采用荧光定量逆转录聚合酶链反应(RTPCR)法检测患者AFP

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

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

    2015-08-15

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

  11. 甲胎蛋白异质体L3对低浓度甲胎蛋白肝癌诊断的临床意义%The diagnostic value of hepatocellular carcinoma by AFP-L3 variant determined in AFP low concentrations

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    李鲁平; 谷海峰; 陈霖; 刘爱霞; 刘佳; 徐军; 张健; 郭静霞; 赵静

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical value of alpha-fetoprotein variant (AFP-L3) percentage in the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the operation evaluation in the patients with low serum AFP level.Methods AFP-L3 variants from 245 patients (including 100 cases of cirrhosis and 145 cases of HCC) with low serum AFP level(5-40 ng/ml) were isolated and the contents of AFP-L3 variant and total serum AFP were measured to get AFP-L3% (the ratio of AFP-L3 to total AFP).The follow-up of 3 months for 100 cirrhosis patients and 12 months for 20 HCC patients who underwent operation were performed.Results Using AFP-L3% ≥ 10% as a positive criterion,there was a positive rate of 23% with AFP-L3% in 100 cases of cirrhosis,and 8 out of 23 cases of AFP-L3 positive were diagnosed to be HCC after 3 months.There was a positive rate of 46.2% with AFP-L3% in 145 cases of HCC with low serum AFP level.AFP-L3% level was significantly higher in HCC than those in cirrhosis (t =7.318,P =0.001 < 0.01).The results of AFP-L3% of 20 HCC patients who underwent operation and therapy showed that the survival rates of AFP-L3% positive cases at 12 months was 0,and the survival rates of AFP-L3% negtive cases at 12 months was 15/15.Conclusion The percentage of AFP-L3 has significant clinical values for the early diagnosis of HCC and the operation evaluation of hepatic resection in the patients with low serum AFP level.%目的 探讨在低浓度甲胎蛋白(AFP)肝病患者中,甲胎蛋白异质体L3(AFP-L3)的百分含量(AFP-L3%)对肝癌的早期诊断和疗效评估的临床意义.方法 收集245例血清低AFP含量(5 ~40 ng/ml)的肝病患者样本(其中肝硬化患者100例、肝癌患者145例),检测AFP-L3%,并对其中100例肝硬化患者和20例肝癌术后患者分别进行3个月和12个月的随访.结果 以AFP-L3%≥10%作为阳性判断标准,100例肝硬化患者中阳性为23例,经3个月随访后其中8例诊断为肝癌;145份肝癌患者血清AFP

  12. Social Media and the Freedom of the Press: a long-term Perspective from within International News Agencies (AFP, Reuters

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the 1780s, discussions among news professionals on issues such as access to sources and the funding of “the media” are often at odds with issues debated by legislators, activists, the executive and the judiciary, in the USA, France and Britain. Is this the case today, with the debate on “social media”, the “Arab spring”, Internet, blogs, SMS, “Twitter” and the like? This is one issue that will be addressed. The authors have researched the history and present news-products and performance of AFP and Reuters (now Thomson-Reuters for many years. The second issue addressed here is: how do news-professionals assess current geopolitical and technological “changes” with respect to their established canons and practices of news-reporting? How do they access, filter, and select from the apparent abundance of sources emerging from “civil society actors”, while respecting established practices of news-agency journalism? As the very notion of “mainstream media” encompasses an ever-growing number of actors (CNN is “mainstream”, al-Jazeera has become ‘mainstream’…, is the issue of access to an ever-widening number of sources to be reassessed in terms not only of the freedom of the media but also to that of the resources available to “seasoned, reputable” news-professionals and their organizations to check, cross-check the “images”, “texts” and numbers emanating from these sources? Issues such as the freedom of the media are ever-more linked to that of the canons of international news-reporting. The authors argue that whereas the freedom of the media is still of central importance, the advent of communications technologies – and the commercial logics that underpin them – often linked to the Internet, radically modify how news-professionals go about their business, in an era of “globalization”, “social media” and “democratization”.

  13. Acate Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance in Guilin, 2009%2009年桂林市急性迟缓性麻痹病例监测

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    黄群艳

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the status of acate Flaceid paralysis ( AEP) surveillance in Guilin and to solidify the polio - free results. Methods AFP surveillance data around the city was analyzed. Results Totally 30 AFP cases were reported in Guilin in 2009, and the incidence rate of non - polio AFP cases of children under 15 years old was 2. 1/105. The diagnosis was conducted by an expert panel in accordance with regional AFP virological classification and diagnosis, excluding 3 non - AFP cases and 27 non - polio AFP cases. The investigation rate of AFP cases within 48 hours after being reported was 100% , and the qualified rate was 100%. The collected double adoption rate was 92. 6% , and stool specimens have 100% delivery within 7 days, with the delivery rate of follow - up table within 75 days was 96. 3%. Conclusion The sensitivity of AFP surveillance system in Guilin is high, and the timely reporting rate and samples delivery rate are high. However, the stool specimen collection rate should be improved.%目的 评价桂林市急性迟缓性麻痹(AFO)病例监测现状,巩固无脊灰成果.方法 分析全市AFO监测报告数据.结果 2009年桂林市报告AFP 30例,<15岁儿童非脊灰AFP病例报告发病率为2.1/10万,经自治区AFP专家诊断小组按照病毒学分类标准诊断分析,剔除非AFP病例3例,非脊灰AFP病例27例.AFP病例报告后48 h内调查率100%,合格双份便采集率92.6%,粪便标本7d内送达率100%,随访表75 d内送达率96.3%.结论 桂林市AFP监测系统敏感性较高,报告及时率及粪便标本送达率较高,但粪便标本采集率应当提高.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  15. Patients with liver FNH and HCC patients with negative AFP: plain and dynamic enhanced MRI and CT findings

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo investigate plain and dynamic enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and computed tomography (CT findings in patients with focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC patients with negative alpha-fetoprotein (AFP. MethodsA statistical analysis was performed on the clinical data of 124 cases of liver tumor admitted to Beijing Miyun County Hospital from April 2012 to April 2014. ResultsFifty-five of the 74 patients with FNH underwent CT examination, among whom 38 patients received three-phase dynamic enhanced scan and 16 received only plain scan; 62 cases had plain and enhanced MRI with the application of contrast agent Gd-BOPTA in 42 patients. Among the 50 HCC patients with negative AFP, CT examination was performed in 40 and 10 only had plain scan; 46 patients received plain and enhanced MRI with the use of contrast agent Gd-BOPTA in 30. Delayed scan after 1-2 h demonstrated low signal in 30 lesions of the 30 cases. ConclusionFor patients with liver FNH and AFP-negative HCC patients, their plain and dynamic enhanced MRI and CT scan have respective characteristics. A combination of multiple examination methods can significantly improve diagnostic yield of the two diseases.

  16. Trigger strategies for central exclusive $H \\to b\\overline{b}$ studies with the AFP detector

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    Brown, G J A; Kupco, A; Pilkington, A; Tasevsky, M

    2009-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) upgrade proposes to install proton detectors at 220 m and 420 m either side of the ATLAS interaction point, turning the LHC into a giant magnetic spectrometer. The physics motivation for this upgrade focuses on final states in which the colliding protons remain intact, allowing a full reconstruction of the event, even in the forward region. One such process is the production of the Higgs boson in the central exclusive channel and tagging the outgoing protons allows the possible extraction of the Higgs quantum numbers, mass and couplings regardless of the decay channel. Studying this exclusive production channel for the presently favoured low Higgs mass depends on the possibility of efficiently triggering, up to the highest luminosities, on a pair of relatively soft jets coming from the decay of b quarks or τ leptons. As jet triggers will inevitably be heavily pre-scaled, even at modest luminosities, it is essential to make a coincidence betweeen information from the tagging d...

  17. High-performance fluorescence-encoded magnetic microbeads as microfluidic protein chip supports for AFP detection.

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    Gong, Xiaoqun; Yan, Huan; Yang, Jiumin; Wu, Yudong; Zhang, Jian; Yao, Yingyi; Liu, Ping; Wang, Huiquan; Hu, Zhidong; Chang, Jin

    2016-10-01

    Fluorescence-encoded magnetic microbeads (FEMMs), with the fluorescence encoding ability of quantum dots (QDs) and magnetic enrichment and separation functions of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, have been widely used for multiple biomolecular detection as microfluidic protein chip supports. However, the preparation of FEMMs with long-term fluorescent encoding and immunodetection stability is still a challenge. In this work, we designed a novel high-temperature chemical swelling strategy. The QDs and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were effectively packaged into microbeads via the thermal motion of the polymer chains and the hydrophobic interaction between the nanoparticles and microbeads. The FEMMs obtained a highly uniform fluorescent property and long-term encoding and immunodetection stability and could be quickly magnetically separated and enriched. Then, the QD-encoded magnetic microbeads were applied to alpha fetoprotein (AFP) detection via sandwich immunoreaction. The properties of the encoded microspheres were characterized using a self-designed detecting apparatus, and the target molecular concentration in the sample was also quantified. The results suggested that the high-performance FEMMs have great potential in the field of biomolecular detection.

  18. Epidemiological Analysis and Monitoring System Evaluation of AFP Cases in Shijiazhuang City during 2005-2010%2005-2010年石家庄市急性弛缓性麻痹病例流行病学分析与监测系统评价

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    喻文雅; 李怡秋; 史春伟; 刘君卿

    2011-01-01

    [Objective]To analyze the epidemiological characteristics of acute flaccid paralysis( AFP) and its monitoring results so as to guide the maintenance of the poliomyelitis free status in Shijiazhuang City. [ Methods]All the monitoring data of AFP reported in Shijiazhuang from 2005 to 2010 were collected and analyzed by descriptive epidemiology. [ Results]A total of 280 local AFP cases of children under 15 years old were reported in Shijiazhuang from 2005 to 2010 with annual average incidence of 2.60/ 100 000. No wild strain of poliovirus or poliomyelitis case were found. The monitoring systems sensitivity, timeliness and integrity of AFP surveillance system exceed the relevant requirements of Ministry of Health. [ Conclusion]The Surveillance System of AFP in Shijiazhuang have met the requirements of WHO and Ministry of Health of China. The status of poliomyelitis free has been maintained.%目的 分析石家庄市急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例流行病学特征及监测结果,指导维持本市无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)工作.方法 收集2005-2010年全市报告的AFP病例个案调查表及其相关报表资料,采用描述流行病学方法进行分析.结果 石家庄市2005-2010年共报告15岁以下本地儿童AFP病例280例,年平均报告发病率2.60/10万,无脊灰病毒野毒株检出和脊髓灰质炎病例报告;系统监测的敏感性、及时性和完整性指标均明显超过卫生部要求.结论 石家庄市AFP病例监测系统各项指标均达到世界卫生组织和卫生部的要求,保持了无脊灰状态.

  19. Simple and robust diagnosis of early, small and AFP-negative primary hepatic carcinomas: an integrative approach of serum fluorescence and conventional blood tests.

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    Wang, Ting; Zhang, Kun-He; Hu, Piao-Ping; Huang, Zeng-Yong; Zhang, Pan; Wan, Qin-Si; Huang, De-Qiang; Lv, Nong-Hua

    2016-09-27

    The diagnosis of early, small and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-negative primary hepatic carcinomas (PHCs) remains a significant challenge. We developed a simple and robust approach to noninvasively detect these PHCs. A rapid, high-throughput and single-tube method was firstly developed to measure serum autofluorescence and cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-related fluorescence using a real-time PCR system, and both types of serum fluorescence were measured and routine laboratory data were collected in 1229 subjects, including 353 PHC patients, 331 liver cirrhosis (LC) patients, 213 chronic hepatitis (CH) patients and 332 normal controls (NC). The results showed that fluorescence indicators of PHC differed from those of NC, CH and LC to various extents, and all of them were not associated with age, gender, or AFP level. The logistic regression models established with the fluorescence indicators alone and combined with AFP, hepatic function tests and blood cell analyses were valuable for distinguishing early, small, AFP-negative and all PHC from LC, CH, NC and all non-PHC, with areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves 0.857-0.993 and diagnostic accuracies 80.2-97.7%. Conclusively, serum autofluorescence and cfDNA-related fluorescence are able to be rapidly and simultaneously measured by our simple method and valuable for diagnosing early, small and AFP-negative PHCs, especially integrating with AFP and conventional blood tests.

  20. Polio eradication initiative in Africa: influence on other infectious disease surveillance development

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    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The World Health Organization (WHO and partners are collaborating to eradicate poliomyelitis. To monitor progress, countries perform surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP. The WHO African Regional Office (WHO-AFRO and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also involved in strengthening infectious disease surveillance and response in Africa. We assessed whether polio-eradication initiative resources are used in the surveillance for and response to other infectious diseases in Africa. Methods During October 1999-March 2000, we developed and administered a survey questionnaire to at least one key informant from the 38 countries that regularly report on polio activities to WHO. The key informants included WHO-AFRO staff assigned to the countries and Ministry of Health personnel. Results We obtained responses from 32 (84% of the 38 countries. Thirty-one (97% of the 32 countries had designated surveillance officers for AFP surveillance, and 25 (78% used the AFP resources for the surveillance and response to other infectious diseases. In 28 (87% countries, AFP program staff combined detection for AFP and other infectious diseases. Fourteen countries (44% had used the AFP laboratory specimen transportation system to transport specimens to confirm other infectious disease outbreaks. The majority of the countries that performed AFP surveillance adequately (i.e., non polio AFP rate = 1/100,000 children aged Conclusions Despite concerns regarding the targeted nature of AFP surveillance, it is partially integrated into existing surveillance and response systems in multiple African countries. Resources provided for polio eradication should be used to improve surveillance for and response to other priority infectious diseases in Africa.

  1. Mid-trimester maternal serum AFP and hCG as markers of preterm and term adverse pregnancy outcomes.

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    Tancrède, Sabrina; Bujold, Emmanuel; Giguère, Yves; Renald, Marie-Hélène; Girouard, Joel; Forest, Jean-Claude

    2015-02-01

    Objectif : Évaluer les coefficients de prévision propres aux taux sériques d’alphafœtoprotéine (AFP) et de gonadotrophine chorionique (hCG) constatés au deuxième trimestre pour ce qui est des issues de grossesse indésirables à médiation placentaire (IGIMP) obtenues avant le terme et à terme. Méthodes : Nous avons tiré, d’une étude de cohorte prospective, des données concernant des femmes nullipares ayant connu une grossesse monofœtale exempte d’aneuploïdie ou d’anomalies fœtales mortelles. Nous avons comparé les taux sériques maternels d’AFP et de hCG (mesurés entre 13 et 17 semaines de gestation et exprimés sous forme de multiples de la médiane [MoM] en fonction de l’âge gestationnel) des femmes ayant connu une IGIMP (prééclampsie, retard de croissance intra-utérin, décès fœtal) avant le terme ou à terme à ceux des femmes qui n’en sont pas venues à connaître de telles complications. Résultats : Au sein d’un groupe de 3 466 femmes nullipares, les taux sériques maternels d’AFP et de hCG étaient connus dans 2 110 cas et 2 125 cas, respectivement. Les femmes qui ont connu une IGIMP avant le terme présentaient des valeurs de MoM pour ce qui est des taux sériques d’AFP (1,4 vs 1,1 MoM; P  2,0 MoM ait été associée à un risque accru d’IGIMP avant le terme (RR, 4,6; IC à 95 %, 2,3 - 9,1), elle n’exerçait aucun effet sur le risque d’IGIMP à terme (RR, 1,1; IC à 95 %, 0,7 - 1,7). La constatation d’un taux sérique maternel d’AFP > 2,0 MoM a également été associée à une hausse considérable du risque d’IGIMP avant le terme (RR, 3,9; IC à 95 %, 1,6 - 9,8); le risque d’IGIMP à terme (RR, 1,2; IC à 95 %, 0,6 - 2,3) n’en était toutefois pas affecté. Conclusion : Au sein de la population à l’étude, les taux sériques maternels d’AFP ou de hCG > 2,0 MoM ont entraîné une hausse du risque d’IGIMP avant le terme, mais n’ont pas exercé une influence sur le

  2. AFP-L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断价值分析

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    胡善雷; 任娜

    2014-01-01

    目的:联合检测不同人群异质体3( AFP- L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)的水平,并探讨其对于原发性肝癌的诊断意义。方法采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫法分别检测65例原发性肝癌患者(原发性肝癌组)、65例肝硬化患者(肝硬化组)和65例病毒性肝炎患者(病毒性肝炎组)患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并选择同期65例健康普查者作为正常对照组。检测各组血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并比较AFP- L3、AFP单一检测与AFP- L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的阳性率。结果原发性肝癌组患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP水平明显高于肝硬化组和病毒性肝炎组(P<0.05)。原发性肝癌组患者AFP- L3检测阳性率(70.8%)明显高于AFP检测阳性率(64.6%)(P<0.05),AFP- L3和AFP联合检测可提高阳性率(86.2%)(P<0.05)。结论联合检测血清AFP- L3和AFP的水平可提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性,具有重要的临床意义。

  3. Screening differential expression of serum proteins in AFP-negative HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma using iTRAQ -MALDI-MS/MS.

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    He, X; Wang, Y; Zhang, W; Li, H; Luo, R; Zhou, Y; Liao, C Li M; Huang, H; Lv, X; Xie, Z; He, M

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) is serious condition associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Therefore is an urgent need to develop novel noninvasive techniques for early diagnosis, particularly for patients with AFP-negative [AFP(-)] HCC. In this study, iTRAQ-MALDI-MS/MS was used to identify differentially expressed proteins in AFP(-) HBV-related HCC compared with non-cancerous hepatitis B virus (HBV) and healthy controls subjects.Serum was obtained from 18 patients with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC, 18 matched patients with HBV without HCC and 18 healthy control subjects. High abundance proteins were removed from serum and the differentially expressed proteins from the three groups were screened out using iTRAQ-MALDI-MS/MS. The Gene Ontology (GO) function and the interaction networks of differentially expressed proteins were then analyzed. A total of 24 expressed differential proteins associated with AFP(-) HBV-related HCC were screened out, 15 proteins were up-regulated and 9 down-regulated. The most common molecular function of the 24 differentially expressed proteins was enzyme inhibition. Interaction network of the 24 differentially expressed proteins showed that 14 proteins (C5, KNG1, FN1, LRG1, HRG, SERPINC1, CRP, APOB, SAA1, APCS, C4BPA, CFI, CFB and GSN) were central to the functional network. The expression levels of the GSN protein were down-regulated in AFP(-) HBV-related HCC subjects compared with healthy controls and the HBV group (pAFP(-) HBV-related HCC appeared at the fulcrum of the functional network and were differentially expressed compare to HBV and healthy controls suggesting a possible association with HCC progression.

  4. 甲胎蛋白异质体3及其比值对原发性肝癌和肝硬化的鉴别诊断价值研究%Value of Serum Alpha-fetoprotein Invariant AFP-L3 Assay in the Differential Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    何建伟; 曹薇薇; 李静; 何建国; 程江

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of serum alphafetoprotein variant ( AFP - L3 ) assay in the differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC ) and cirrhostic diseases. Methods AFP - L3 was separated from sera of AFP -positive patients ( 45 HCC patients and 60 cirrhotic patients ) by micro - spin columns coupled with lens culinaris agglutinin ( LCA ). AFP was detected using electrochemiluminescence analysis to determine the amount of AFP - L3 and AFP - L3% ( the ratio of AFP - L3 to total AFP ). Results The AFP - L3% in HCC patients was significantly higher than that in patients with cirrhosis diseases ( F - 57. 433 , P = 0. 000 ). The area under curve of Receiver Operating Characteristic of AFP - 13 % was the highest ( 0. 916 ). The sensitivity and specificity of AFP - L3 for HCC patients was 92. 5 % and 84. 6 % respectively, with AFP -13% ≥15% being the optimal diagnostic threshold. Conclusion AFP - L3 ( % ) is more sensitive than the amounts of AFP and AFP - L3 in the diagnosis of HCC, and shows certain value in the differential diagnosis of HCC and cirrhosis diseases.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体3(AFP-L3)及其比值对原发性肝癌(HCC)和肝硬化的鉴别诊断价值及诊断界值.方法 应用AFP-L3快速分离微量离心柱分离40例HCC患者和65例肝硬化患者的AFP-L3,电化学发光免疫分析夹心法检测血清AFP水平,计算AFP-L3比值,即AFP-L3绝对值占血清AFP总量的百分比.结果 HCC患者AFP-L3比值大于肝硬化患者,差异有统计学意义(F=57.433,P=0.000);AFP -L3比值诊断HCC的受试者工作特征曲线(ROC曲线)下面积最大,为0.916;AFP-L3比值≥15%时诊断HCC的敏感度和特异度之和最大,为177.1%.结论 AFP-L3比值对HCC的诊断效能优于AFP和AFP-L3,对肝硬化和HCC的鉴别诊断具有重要临床意义.

  5. 肝病患者AFP、GP73、AFP-L3和AFU的表达及其相关性

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    臧桂珍; 李丹; 丁艳

    2015-01-01

    目的 通过测定血清中甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)的水平,比较它们在不同肝脏疾病中的意义,原发性肝癌(PHC)患者中不同水平AFP值与AFP-L3、GP73和AFU三者异常率的相关性.方法 将734例肝病患者分为PHC组(A组)271例;慢性肝炎组(B组)254例;肝硬化组(C组)209例,另选208例健康体检者(D组),测定血清中的GP73、AFP-L3、AFP和AFU水平.结果 三组患者的GP73、AFP-L3和AFP水平及异常率较D组增高(P<0.05);A组和B组的GP73水平及异常率较C组低(P<0.05);B组和C组AFP-L3和AFP水平及异常率低于A组(P<0.05);在A组中,AFP-L3的异常率与AFP呈正相关(r=0.81),AFU的异常率与AFP呈正相关(r=0.83),但GP73的异常率与AFP无明显相关性.结论 GP73更适用于肝硬化鉴别诊断;AFP-L3在诊断PHC中有较高的价值;当AFP值>100 ng/ml时,AFP-L3异常率维持在较高水平.

  6. AFP-L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断价值分析

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    胡善雷; 任娜

    2014-01-01

    目的:联合检测不同人群异质体3( AFP- L3)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)的水平,并探讨其对于原发性肝癌的诊断意义。方法采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫法分别检测65例原发性肝癌患者(原发性肝癌组)、65例肝硬化患者(肝硬化组)和65例病毒性肝炎患者(病毒性肝炎组)患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并选择同期65例健康普查者作为正常对照组。检测各组血清中AFP- L3和AFP的表达水平,并比较AFP- L3、AFP单一检测与AFP- L3和AFP联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的阳性率。结果原发性肝癌组患者血清中AFP- L3和AFP水平明显高于肝硬化组和病毒性肝炎组(P<0.05)。原发性肝癌组患者AFP- L3检测阳性率(70.8%)明显高于AFP检测阳性率(64.6%)(P<0.05),AFP- L3和AFP联合检测可提高阳性率(86.2%)(P<0.05)。结论联合检测血清AFP- L3和AFP的水平可提高原发性肝癌诊断的敏感性和特异性,具有重要的临床意义。

  7. Diagnostic value of serum Fer, AFP and AFP-L3 combined detection in primary hepatic cancer%血清铁蛋白、甲胎蛋白和甲胎蛋白异质体联合检测对原发性肝癌诊断的临床意义

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    李玉柱; 张玉敏

    2014-01-01

    目的 探讨血清铁蛋白(Fer)、甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值.方法 健康对照组84名、原发性肝癌组92例、良性肝病组45例均同时检测血清Fer、AFP、AFP-L3.结果 原发性肝癌组血清Fer检测结果为(819.4±616.8)μg/L,AFP为(556.9±451.5)μg/L,AFP-L3为(109.0±62.5) μg/L,良性肝病组Fer检测结果为(229.3±155.5) μg/L,AFP为(6.0±4.2) μg/L,AFP-L3为(26.0±49.4) μg/L,健康对照组Fer检测结果为(125.6±110.5)μg/L,AFP为(2.8±0.8) μg/L,AFP-L3为(7.0± 1.8)μg/L,三者差异有统计学意义(均P<0.01).原发性肝癌组单独检测血清Fer的敏感度为85.9%,AFP的敏感度为71.0%,AFP-L3的敏感度为83.7%,联合检测Fer和AFP或AFP-L3可使检测敏感度提高到90.2%和95.7%,三者联合检测敏感度为98.9%.结论 联合检测血清Fer、AFP、AFP-L3三项指标可以提高原发性肝癌的诊断准确率.%Objective To evaluate the diagnostic value of the combined detection of serum Fer,AFP and AFP-L3 in patients with primary hepatic cancer (PHC).Methods The serum levels of Fer,AFP and AFP-L3 were determined in 92 patients with PHC,84 patients with benign liver disease,and 45 control subjects.Results The PHC group serum Fer was (819.4±616.8) μg/L,AFP was (556.9±451.5) μg/L,AFP-L3 was (109.0±62.5) μg/L.The benign liver disease group Fer was (229.3±155.5) μg/L,AFP was (6.0±4.2) μg/L,AFP-L3 was (26.0±49.4) μg/L.The healthy control group Fer was (125.6±110.5) μg/L,AFP was (2.8±0.8) μg/L,AFP-L was (7.0±1.8) μg/L,there was significant difference between the three groups (all P < 0.01).The sensitivity of PHC group alone in detection of serum Fer was 85.9 %,the sensitivity of AFP was 71.0 %,the sensitivity of AFP-L3 was 83.7 %,the combined detection of Fer and AFP or AFP-L3 improved the sensitivity of the test to 90.2 % and 95.7 %,the three combined detection sensitivity was 98.9 %.Conclusion Combined

  8. The diagnostic value of combined detection of alpha-fetoprotein, AFP, lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein(AFP-L3) and alpha L fucosidase (AFU) level for the patients with primary liver cancer in early stage%联合检测血清AFP、AFP异质体和AFU对早期肝癌诊断价值的研究

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    王杰; 赵业民; 陈增银; 史光军

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the diagnostic value of combined detection of serum alpha-fetoprotein ( AFP), lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein( AFP-L3 ) and alpha L fucosidase ( AFU ) level for the patients with primary liver cancer in early stage. Methods The serum level of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU were detected in 56 patients with primary liver cancer (PLC), 158 patients with benign liver disease, 40 patients with other malignant tumor without PLC and 40 healthy persons.Results The positive rate of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU in the group of PLC were signiifcantly higher than that of in the group of benign liver diseases and in the group of other malignant tumor without PLC ( P<0.01 ). Combined detection have a complementary function for the diagnosis of patients PLC in early stage and the sensitivity rate was 94.60%. The sensitivity in the group of combined detection is higher than that of in the group of single detection ( P<0.05 ). Conclusion The sensitivity rate of single detection for AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU for the diagnosis of PLC in the early stage is similar and combined detection could signiifcantly improve the sensitivity rate for the diagnosis of PLC in the early stage and decrease the misdiagnosis rate. The combined detection of AFP, AFP-L3 and AFU can be used as a newly routine detection method for the high population of the patients with PLC in the early stage especially.%目的:探讨血清甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein ,AFP)、扁豆凝集素亲和型甲胎蛋白异质体(lentil lectin-reactive alpha-fetoprotein, AFP-L3)、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(alpha L fucosidase, AFU)水平联合检测对原发性肝癌(primary liver cancer, PLC)的诊断价值。方法对56例PLC、158例良性肝病患者、40例非PLC恶性肿瘤患者以及40例健康查体者进行AFP、AFP-L3和AFU进行联合检测。结果 PLC组的AFP、AFP-L3、AFU的阳性率明显高于良性肝病和非PLC恶性肿瘤组( P<0.01),PLC患者血清AFP、AFP-L3、AFU三者之间无相关性,联

  9. Hydrometallurgical recovery of heavy metals from low grade automobile shredder residue (ASR): An application of advanced Fenton process (AFP).

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    Singh, Jiwan; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-09-15

    To investigate the leaching and recovery of heavy metals from low-grade automobile shredder residue (ASR), the effects of nitric acid (HNO3) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentrations, liquid/solid (L/S) ratio, leaching temperature and ASR particle size fractions on the heavy metal leaching rate were determined. The heavy metals were recovered by fractional precipitation and advanced Fenton process (AFP) at different pHs. The toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) test was also performed in the residue remaining after heavy metal leaching to evaluate the potential toxicity of ASR. The heavy metal leaching efficiency was increased with increasing HNO3 and H2O2 concentrations, L/S ratio and temperature. The heavy metal leaching efficiencies were maximized in the lowest ASR size fraction at 303 K and L/S ratio of 100 mL/g. The kinetic study showed that the metal leaching was best represented by a second-order reaction model, with a value of R(2) > 0.99 for all selected heavy metals. The determined activation energy (kJ/mol) was 21.61, 17.10, 12.15, 34.50, 13.07 and 11.45 for Zn, Fe, Ni, Pb, Cd and Cr, respectively. In the final residue, the concentrations of Cd, Cr and Pb were under their threshold limits in all ASR size fractions. Hydrometallurgical metal recovery was greatly increased by AFP up to 99.96% for Zn, 99.97% for Fe, 95.62% for Ni, 99.62% for Pb, 94.11% for Cd and 96.79% for Cr. AFP is highly recommended for the recovery of leached metals from solution even at low concentrations.

  10. Arginase-1 is a more sensitive marker than HepPar-1 and AFP in differential diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma from nonhepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Sang, Wei; Zhang, Wei; Cui, Wenli; Li, Xinxia; Abulajiang, Gulinar; Li, Qiaoxin

    2015-05-01

    Distinguishing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) from metastatic tumors is a challenging issue, especially in differential diagnosis between poorly differentiated HCC and metastasis tumors. Expression of Arg-1, HepPar-1, and α-fetoprotein (AFP) in 78 cases of HCC, 34 cases of metastatic tumors, and 228 cases of nonhepatocellular tumors of surgical specimens is measured by immunohistochemistry. Arg-1 immunoreactivity was detected in 75 of 78 (96.1 %) cases of HCC, whereas HepPar-1 and AFP immunoreactivity was detected in 63 of 78 (80.7 %) and 40 of 78 (51.3 %) cases of HCC, respectively. HepPar-1 and AFP expression was observed in three of 34 (8.8 %) cases and one of 34 (2.9 %) cases of metastatic tumors, respectively. In contrast, Arg-1 expression was absent in all 34 (0 %) cases of metastatic tumors. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of Arg-1 in distinguishing HCC from metastatic tumors and nonhepatocellular tumors are 96.1, 99.6, 98.7, and 98.8 % compared with 80.7, 92.0, 75.0, and 94.1 % for HepPar-1 and 51.3, 97.7, 87.0, and 87.1 % for AFP, respectively. Arg-1 is a more sensitive and better specific marker for HCC compared with HepPar-1 and AFP, indicating that Arg-1 can be easily applied in distinguishing HCC from metastatic tumors.

  11. Evaluacion de DesempeÑo de AFP's: Una aproximaci on para evitar costos asociados al Riesgo Moral

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    MuÑoz G., DANIEL

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo propone un portafolio benchmark que sea capaz de reemplazar la actual legislación referente a la rentabilidad mínima. La evaluación seg un desempeño relativo que impone la rentabilidad m nima acarrea costos a los a liados que son evitables bajo una evaluaci ón de desempe~no absoluta. Usando el esquema de Black y Litterman (1992) se concluye que el sistema de AFP's escoge portafolios sub optimos en gran parte de la muestra considerada, pudiendo ser signi- ...

  12. Union examination of AFP,AFU,AFPL3 and γ-GT in early diagnosis of primary liver cancer

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    Objective To explore the significance of union examination of blood serum liver cancer tracers in the early diagnosis of liver cancer. Methods We observed and compared the level of blood serum liver cancer tracers armor embryo protein (AFP),crag algae glycosidase (AFU),armor embryo protein heteroplasmon (AFPL3) and γ-Gu Anxian transferase (γ-GT) in early time for primary liver cancer patients and hepatitis liver cirrhosis patients and those chronic hepatitis B patients who had liver cancer family history. R...

  13. Support for children identified with acute flaccid paralysis under the global polio eradication programme in Uttar Pradesh, India: a qualitative study

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    Yotsu Rie R

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cases of polio in India declined after the implementation of the polio eradication programme especially in these recent years. The programme includes surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP to detect and diagnose cases of polio at early stage. Under this surveillance, over 40,000 cases of AFP are reported annually since 2007 regardless of the number of actual polio cases. Yet, not much is known about these children. We conducted a qualitative research to explore care and support for children with AFP after their diagnosis. Methods The research was conducted in a district of western Uttar Pradesh classified as high-risk area for polio. In-depth interviews with parents of children with polio (17, with non-polio AFP (9, healthcare providers (40, and key informants from community including international and government officers, religious leaders, community leaders, journalists, and academics (21 were performed. Results Minimal medicine and attention were provided at government hospitals. Therefore, most parents preferred private-practice doctors for their children with AFP. Many were visited at homes to have stool samples collected by authorities. Some were visited repetitively following the sample collection, but had difficulty in understanding the reasons for these visits that pertained no treatment. Financial burden was a common concern among all families. Many parents expressed resentment for their children's disease, notably have been affected despite receiving multiple doses of polio vaccine. Both parents and healthcare providers lacked information and knowledge, furthermore poverty minimised the access to available healthcare services. Medicines, education, and transportation means were identified as foremost needs for children with AFP and residual paralysis. Conclusions Despite the high number of children diagnosed with AFP as part of the global polio eradication programme, we found they were not provided with

  14. Support for children identified with acute flaccid paralysis under the global polio eradication programme in Uttar Pradesh, India: a qualitative study.

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    Yotsu, Rie R; Abba, Katharine; Smith, Helen; Das, Abhijit

    2012-03-22

    Cases of polio in India declined after the implementation of the polio eradication programme especially in these recent years. The programme includes surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) to detect and diagnose cases of polio at early stage. Under this surveillance, over 40,000 cases of AFP are reported annually since 2007 regardless of the number of actual polio cases. Yet, not much is known about these children. We conducted a qualitative research to explore care and support for children with AFP after their diagnosis. The research was conducted in a district of western Uttar Pradesh classified as high-risk area for polio. In-depth interviews with parents of children with polio (17), with non-polio AFP (9), healthcare providers (40), and key informants from community including international and government officers, religious leaders, community leaders, journalists, and academics (21) were performed. Minimal medicine and attention were provided at government hospitals. Therefore, most parents preferred private-practice doctors for their children with AFP. Many were visited at homes to have stool samples collected by authorities. Some were visited repetitively following the sample collection, but had difficulty in understanding the reasons for these visits that pertained no treatment. Financial burden was a common concern among all families. Many parents expressed resentment for their children's disease, notably have been affected despite receiving multiple doses of polio vaccine. Both parents and healthcare providers lacked information and knowledge, furthermore poverty minimised the access to available healthcare services. Medicines, education, and transportation means were identified as foremost needs for children with AFP and residual paralysis. Despite the high number of children diagnosed with AFP as part of the global polio eradication programme, we found they were not provided with sufficient medical support following their diagnosis. Improvement in

  15. Clinical Significance of AFP and PIVKA-II Responses for Monitoring Treatment Outcomes and Predicting Prognosis in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Full Text Available Aim. Recently, the utility of tumor markers in the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC field has received a good deal of attention. Here, we review and summarize the results of studies on the roles played by the α-fetoprotein (AFP and prothrombin induced by the absence of vitamin K or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II responses in terms of the monitoring of outcomes and prediction of prognosis after various HCC treatments. Methods. Studies lodged in PUBMED and that satisfied our inclusion criteria were reviewed. Results. We reviewed 12 studies measuring both AFP and PIVKA-II responses in HCC patients treated in various ways. The results are presented by treatment modality. Conclusion. Measurement of AFP and PIVKA II marker levels before and after HCC treatment is clinically useful in monitoring of treatment outcomes and prognosis and in predicting recurrence and survival.

  16. 肝细胞癌合并门静脉癌栓与 AFP-L3% 相关性研究%Correlation between Lens Culinaris Agglutlnin -reactive A -Fetoprotein( AFP -L3 % ) with Portal Vein Tumor Thrombosis in Hepatocellnlar Carcinoma

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    陈祖华; 陈瑶; 高智峰; 徐爱芳; 李运江

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨肝细胞肝癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)伴门静脉癌栓(portal vein tumor thrombosis,PVTT)与AFP-L3%相关性.方法 将治疗前15天内完成多排螺旋CT(MSCT)检查和AFP-L3%检测的HCC患者100例作为研究对象.根据AFP - L3%检测结果,分为阳性组(≥10%)和阴性组(<10%).PVTT诊断和累及范围通过多排螺旋CT增强3期检查.根据PVTT累及范围分为Ⅳ级:Ⅰ级为门静脉一级分支,即门静脉左或右干(LPV、RPV)有瘤栓;Ⅱ级LPV或RPV加门静脉主干(TPV)被侵犯;Ⅲ级LPV、RPV和TPV均受累;Ⅳ级PVTT加脾静脉或肠系膜上静脉被累及,合并肝外转移;并计算各级癌栓AFP-L3%均值.AFP - L3采用装有偶联了小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的微量离心柱分离甲胎蛋白,利用化学发光法检测AFP和AFP -L3,并计算AFP -L3占AFP含量的百分比.采用SPSS17.0软件进行统计学分析.结果 在100例HCC患者中,阳性组71例(71%),其中合并PVTT 41例(57.7%);阴性组29例(29%),合并PVTT8例(27.6%).阳性组较阴性组易侵犯门静脉形成PVTT(P <0.01).根据PVTT累及范围分级,Ⅰ级16例、Ⅱ级13例、Ⅲ级11例及Ⅳ级9例.Ⅰ~Ⅳ级AFP - L3%均值分别为14.5、18.3、20.1、26.3.PVTT各级间的AFP - L3%均值有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 AFP - L3%阳性HCC患者易侵犯门静脉形成PVTT,并且AFP - L3%越高PVTT累及范围越广.%To investigate correlation between Lens culinaris agglutinin - reactive a - Fetoprotein( AFP - 13% ) and portal vein tumor thrombosis ( PVTT) in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) . Methods A total of 100 patients with HCC who were examinated AFP - L3% and multidetector CT( MDCT) in 15 days before treatment were regarded as research object. AFP - L3 of 10% or higher was judged to the positive group,otherwise, to the negative group. AFP -L3% were acquired by lectin - affinity electrophoresis coupled with antibody - affinity blotting, and expressed as AFP - 1.3 percentage of total

  17. A Phase II Randomized, Controlled Trial of S-Adenosylmethionine in Reducing Serum α-Fetoprotein in Patients with Hepatitis C Cirrhosis and Elevated AFP.

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    Morgan, Timothy R; Osann, Kathryn; Bottiglieri, Teodoro; Pimstone, Neville; Hoefs, John C; Hu, Ke-Qin; Hassanein, Tarek; Boyer, Thomas D; Kong, Lorene; Chen, Wen-Pin; Richmond, Ellen; Gonzalez, Rachel; Rodriguez, Luz M; Meyskens, Frank L

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    In animal models of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), deficiency of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) increased the risk of HCC whereas administration of SAMe reduced HCC. The aim of this trial was to determine whether oral SAMe administration to patients with hepatitis C cirrhosis would decrease serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level, a biomarker of HCC risk in hepatitis C. This was a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of SAMe, up to 2.4 g/d, for 24 weeks as compared with placebo among subjects with hepatitis C cirrhosis and a mildly elevated serum AFP. Primary outcome was change in AFP between baseline and week 24. Secondary outcomes included changes in routine tests of liver function and injury, other biomarkers of HCC risk, SAMe metabolites, markers of oxidative stress, and quality of life. One hundred ten subjects were randomized and 87 (44 SAMe and 43 placebo) completed treatment. There was no difference in the change in AFP during 24 weeks among subjects receiving SAMe as compared with placebo. Changes in markers of liver function, liver injury, and hepatitis C viral level were not significantly different between groups. Similarly, SAMe did not change markers of oxidative stress or serum glutathione level. SAMe blood level increased significantly among subjects receiving SAMe. Changes in quality of life did not differ between groups. Overall, this trial did not find that SAMe treatment improved serum AFP in subjects with advanced hepatitis C cirrhosis and a mildly elevated AFP. SAMe did not improve tests of liver function or injury or markers of oxidative stress or antioxidant potential.

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

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    Xue Pan; Zhen-Hua Du

    2016-01-01

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

  19. 微量离心柱法分离检测甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)在肝癌诊断中的应用

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    刘小壮; 刘庆丰

    2012-01-01

      目的:应用微量离心柱法检测甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3),探讨AFP-L3在肝癌鉴别诊断中的意义.方法:应用预装有偶联小扁豆凝集素(LCA)的琼脂糖微量离心柱分离AFP-L3,采用时间分辨免疫荧光法检测AFP和AFP-L3,并计算AFP-L3值.以AFP〉20ng/L,AFP-L3〉10%作为阳性判断标准.结果:肝细胞癌患者血清中AFP、AFP-L3水平及阳性率明显高于其他肝病患者(P〈0.01).结论:微量离心柱法测定AFP-L3(%)在AFP阳性时的良、恶性肝病的鉴别及肝癌的早期诊断具有重要意义.

  20. The Value Research on the Combination of AFP, PIVKA-Ⅱ , and AFP-L3 as Tumor Markers to Detect Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Cirrhotic Patients%AFP、 PIVKA-Ⅱ联合AFP-L3诊断肝硬化患者合并肝癌的价值研究

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    秦燕; 肖毅; 王曦; 彭燕; 谢静; 曲远青; 赵鑫

    2016-01-01

    目的 探索甲胎蛋白(AFP)和异常凝血酶原Ⅱ(PIVKA-Ⅱ)联合甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)在肝硬化患者中诊断肝癌的价值.方法 回顾性分析261例肝硬化合并肝癌患者实验室检查结果作为试验组,同时纳入202例肝硬化未合并肝癌患者实验室检查结果作为对照组,采用ROC曲线分析3者单独运用及联合运用在诊断肝癌及早期肝癌中的价值.结果 463例患者中,男301例(65%),乙肝患者321例(69%).ROC曲线分析显示:AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3单独运用诊断肝癌的曲线下面积分别为0.771 (95% CI,0.731~0.811)、0.809 (95%CI,0.764~0.854)和0.758 (95% CI,0.728~0.789).3者联合运用诊断肝癌曲线下面积提高为0.882 (95%CI,0.851~0.914),诊断敏感性和特异性分别为88.6%和75.1%.AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3单独运用诊断早期肝癌的曲线下面积分别为0.744 (95% CI,0.698~0.791)、0.718(95%CI,0.664~0.773)和0.678 (95%CI,0.604~0.752).3者联合运用诊断早期肝癌曲线下面积提高为0.773 (95% CI,0.704~0.842),诊断敏感性和特异性分别为87.6%和73.2%.结论 AFP、PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP-L3联合运用相对于单独运用各指标可明显提高肝硬化患者中肝癌及早期肝癌的诊断率.

  1. Potential for the Australian and New Zealand paediatric intensive care registry to enhance acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Australia: a data-linkage study

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    Hobday, Linda K; Thorley, Bruce R; Alexander, Janet; Aitken, Thomas; Peter D Massey; Cretikos, Michelle; Slater, Anthony; DURRHEIM, DAVID N.

    2013-01-01

    Background Australia uses acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance to monitor its polio-free status. The World Health Organization criterion for a sensitive AFP surveillance system is the annual detection of at least one non-polio AFP case per 100,000 children aged less than 15 years, a target Australia has not consistently achieved. Children exhibiting AFP are likely to be hospitalised and may be admitted to an intensive care unit. This provides a potential opportunity for active AFP surve...

  2. 2007-2011年吉安市急性弛缓性麻痹病例监测运行情况分析%Epidemic Status of Acute Flaccid Paralysis in Ji'an City, 2007-2011

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    邓文胜; 刘晓东; 黄光明

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the operational conditions of the flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance work, so as to facilitate maintaining polio - free status. Methods Descriptive methods were applied to analyze data of AFP cases monitoring system from 2007 to 2011. Results Totally 74 AFP cases were reported and 72 cases were confirmed. Amount of 15 cases were reported in 2007, 17 cases in 2008, 10 cases in 2009 and 15 cases in 2010 -2011 each. Children under the age of non polio AFP incidence rates were 1. 37/105, 1. 55 /105, 1. 085 /105, 1. 61/105 and 1. 61/105, from 2007 to 2011 respectively. Conclusion The incidence of non polio AFP cases among children under 15 years old in Jian met the requirements of both WHO and National Ministry of Health. High sensitivity was kept in AFP case surveillance system.%目的 评价吉安市急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例监测系统运转状况,促进维持无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)状态工作.方法 采用描述性流行病学方法对吉安市2007-2011年急性弛缓性麻痹病例监测系统运行情况进行分析.结果 吉安市2007-2011年AFP监测系统共报告AFP病例74例,排除AFP病例2例,确认AFP病例72例,均为(番)脊灰AFP病例.2007年报告15例,2008年17例,2009年10例,2010年15例,2011年15例,15岁以下儿童非脊灰AFP病例报告发病率分别为1.37/10万、1.55/10万、1.085/10万、1.61/10万、1.61/10万.结论 2007-2011年吉安市15岁以下儿童非脊灰AFP病例报告发病率连续5年达到世界卫生组织和国家卫生部的指标要求(≥1/10万),保持了AFP病例监测系统较高的敏感性.

  3. 慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平及意义%Hepatocellular carcinoma associated with chronic HBV infection serum GP73 and AFP-L3 level and significance

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    姚向波; 尹毅; 王黑豆; 王凤兰

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of chronic HBV infection in the Golgiassociated hepatocellular carcinoma serum protein 73(GP73) and Alpha fetoprotein heterogeneity (AFP-L3 ) level changes and the significance of its value in the diagnosis of disease. Methods Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detection related hepatocellular carcinoma in 167 patients with chronic HBV infection, in 92 patients with liver cirrhosis 134 patients chronic hepatitis serum GP73 and AFP-L3 level, analyze the correlation between ALP, GGT, ALT, AST and AFP. Results The chronic HBV infection related hepatocel-lular carcinoma in patients with serum GP73(287.5ng/mL ) and AFP-L3(391.7ng/mL) levels were significantly higher than that of liver cirrhosis (117.6ng/mL) and chronic hepatitis B (84.5) and 54.1ng/mL), and ALP, GGT and AFP there were significant correlation. Conclusion Diagnostic and prognostic index of serum GP73 and AFP-L3 conclusion can be used as chronic HBV infection related hepatocellular carcinoma, combined with ALP in clinic andprovide a basis for early diagnosis of GGT and AFP for chronic HBV infectionrelated hepatocellular carcinoma.%目的:探讨慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌血清中高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)水平的变化及其在疾病诊断中的价值意义。方法:应用酶联免疫吸附测定法(ELISA)检测167例慢性 HBV 感染相关肝癌,92例肝硬化患者和134例慢性肝炎血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平的变化,并分析其余 ALP、GGT、ALT、AST 和AFP 的相关性。结果:慢性 HBV 感染相关肝细胞癌患者血清 GP73和 AFP-L3水平明显高于肝硬化和慢性肝炎,与 ALP、GGT 和 AFP 均存在明显相关性。结论:血清肿瘤标志物均具有广谱性,诊断 HCC 时缺乏高度的特异性,进行单项检测时,易弃漏部分阳性患者,阳性率不高。联合检测 GP73和 AFP-L3可联合检测提高诊断率,为早期发现及治疗提供依据。

  4. Metastatic pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma in a younger male with marked AFP production: A potential pitfall on fine needle aspiration biopsy.

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    Valente, Kari; Yacoub, George; Cappellari, James O; Parks, Graham

    2017-02-01

    A 30-year-old male presented to his doctor with complaints of abdominal pain and was found to have retroperitoneal as well as multiple hepatic masses. A serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level was significantly elevated (17,373 ng mL(-1) ), raising suspicions for a metastatic germ cell tumor. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of the pancreatic lesion revealed atypical epithelioid cells with round nuclei, large prominent nucleoli, and granular cytoplasm. The morphologic differential diagnosis included pancreatic neoplasm, metastatic germ cell tumor, other metastatic carcinoma, and melanoma. An extensive panel of immunohistochemical stains confirmed the diagnosis of acinar cell carcinoma. The diagnosis of acinar cell carcinoma could be confounded by the markedly increased AFP level, particularly in the setting of a retroperitoneal mass in a younger male. The increased AFP level in the setting of an acinar cell tumor is a potential pitfall to correct diagnosis by cytology. As the treatment for these two entities differs considerably, acute awareness of the phenomenon is important. We present a case of pancreatic ACC with an increased AFP level diagnosed on a cytology specimen. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2017;45:133-136. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of AFP based on Pd octahedral and APTES-M-CeO₂-GS as signal labels.

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    Wei, Yicheng; Li, Yan; Li, Na; Zhang, Yong; Yan, Tao; Ma, Hongmin; Wei, Qin

    2016-05-15

    In the present work, an ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on a novel signal amplification strategy was designed for quantitative detection of alpha fetoprotein (AFP). Au nanoparticles with biocompatibility were electrodeposited on the surface of glassy carbon electrode (GCE) which can effectively capture and immobilize primary anti-AFP (Ab1) to significantly amplify the electrochemical signal. Graphene Oxide and CeO2 mesoporous nanocomposite functionalized by the 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane supported Pd octahedral nanoparticles (Pd/APTES-M-CeO2-GS) were utilized as labels of detection anti-AFP (Ab2). Pd octahedral nanoparticles presented good catalytic activity towards the reduction of H2O2. Due to the large specific surface area and good adsorption properties of APTES-CeO2-GS nanocomposite, large amount of Pd octahedral nanoparticles could be immobilized, which could amplify the electrochemical signal and improve the sensitivity of the immunosensor. Under optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited wide linear range from 0.1 pg/mL to 50 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.033 pg/mL (S/N=3) for AFP detection. In addition, high sensitivity, excellent selectivity, good reproducibility and stability were obtained for the immunosensor, which has a promising application for quantitative detection of other tumor markers in clinical diagnosis.

  6. Dependence of maternal serum [AFP]/[hCG] median ratios on age of gestation: comparison of trisomy 21 to euploid pregnancies.

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    Marcus-Braun, N; Birk, O; Manor, E; Segal, D; Harari, G; Toma, I; Shalev, S; Borochowitz, Z U; Yaron, Y; Sharony, R; Itzhaky, D; Shtoyerman, R; Appelman, Z; Braun, G

    2009-12-01

    Current risk calculations for trisomy 21, which are based on multiples of median (MoM), do not take into account possible differences between euploid and trisomy 21 pregnancies that may develop with gestational age. In order to optimize the predictive value of screening tests, we calculated the ratio between maternal serum concentration of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and that of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in euploid and in trisomy 21 pregnancies. The medians of the concentration ratios, [AFP]/[hCG] at 16-21 weeks of gestation, were plotted as a function of gestational age for 307 cases of trisomy 21 and were compared with the medians of 30 549 normal karyotype cases. [AFP]/[hCG] ratio medians were independent of body weight and maternal age. There was a significant difference in the [AFP]/[hCG] ratio when comparing trisomy 21 and euploid pregnancies at each week. This difference became greater with advancing gestational age (P hCG] between euploid and trisomy 21 pregnancies, which may be used to improve detection rates of Down syndrome screening.

  7. AFP、AFP-L3、GP73联合检测在肝癌诊断中的应用%The application of combine detection of AFP、AFP-L3 and GP73 in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma

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    王向臣; 曲建香; 鹿理友; 于传亭; 林青

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测不同患者样本中甲胎蛋白(AFP)、甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)以及高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)的含量,研究AFP、AFP-L3、GP73在肝癌诊断中的应用.方法 收集肝癌患者样本、肝炎肝硬化样本以及正常健康人员样本,用电化学发光法检测AFP、AFP-L3及用ELISA法检测GP73含量.结果 1.本研究显示:AFP-L3%>10%对肝癌诊断敏感度为89.1%;诊断特异度为94.4%[1];2.在101例肝癌标本中,GP73的阳性率为72.28%,AFP的阳性率37.62%,经过卡方检验,两者具有显著性差异(χ2=18.86,p<0.01);3.在所有非肝癌患者中,GP73的诊断特异性为93.44%;AFP的诊断特异性为86.48%.结论 AFP-L3、GP73 用于诊断肝癌效果明显优于AFP,可以显著提高对肝癌诊断的灵敏度和特异性,而且AFP-L3、GP73 相比AFP更不容易受到肝部炎症和其他部位肿瘤的影响.结合本人早期研究结果,将GP73、AFP-L3、AFP联合起来检测,能更好更快的对肝癌做出早期诊断.

  8. 肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术后外周血AFP mRNA变化及意义%THE ALTERATION OF AFP mRNA CONCENTRATION IN PERIPHERAL BLOOD WITH HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA DURING TRANSHEPATIC ARTERAL CHEMOTHERAPY AND EMBOLIZATION

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    刘迎娣; 梁敏; 孙晓华; 汪鸿志; 程留芳

    2001-01-01

    To find the rule of alterations in AFP mRNA concentration in peripheral blood in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC) before and after the treatment with transhepatic arterial chemotherapy and embolization(TAE), 15 cases of the pateints with HCC were included in this survey. The AFP mRNA concentration in peripheral blood of the patients were investigated using compatitive RT-PCR technique before and 1,2,3,4, 5,6,7, 14, 28 days after TAE. The results showed that AFP mRNA concentration on the third day after TAE was the highest. It declined to the level before treatment during one week.It suggested that AFP mRNA concentration changed with a rule, and following the rule, preventive measure to distant metastasis could be instituted in clinical work.%通过对肝癌肝动脉化疗栓塞术(TAE)治疗前后外周血AFP mRNA定量检测,探讨治疗前后外周血AFP mRNA定量变化规律,并分析其临床意义。采用分子生物学反转录竞争PCR技术,定量检测了15例原发性肝细胞癌患者TAE治疗前及术后第1、2、3、4、5、6、7、14、28日外周血AFP mRNA水平。结果显示TAE前后外周血AFP mRNA有不同程度的变化,其中术后第3日呈最高水平,1周后基本恢复至术前水平,与术前比较,术后4周1例升高,8例基本相同,6例下降。提示TAE治疗后第3日外周血AFP mRNA水平最高,临床可给予积极治疗,预防肝外转移的发生。

  9. Expression of AFP in gastric carcinoma and its relationship with VEGF%AFP在胃癌中的表达意义及其与VEGF的关系

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    弥海宁; 赵晓宁; 杨言苹

    2011-01-01

    Objective : To investigate the clinicopathological features of alpha - fetoprotein producing gastric carcinoma and reltion with vascular endothelial growth factor.Methods : Two hundred and sixty - two cases of gastric carcinoma were divided into AFP - positive group and AFP - negative group.The expressions of AFP and VECF of all patients sample were examined by immunohistochemical method .Sex , age , tumor site , diameter , gross type , differentiation , liver and lymph node metastasis , TNM stage and prognose were compared between the two groups.Results : The rates of liver metastasis,number of metastasis lymph nodes , stage Ⅳ carcinoma in AFP - positive group were significantly higher than those in AFP - negative group( P <0.01) .The positive rate of VEGF in AFP - positive tumors was 90.5% , significantly higher than that in AFP - negative tumors 67 .2% ( P < 0.05 ) .1 ,3 ,5year - survival rates in AFP - positive group( 58.7% ,13.1% ,5.9% ) were significantly lower than those in AFP - negative group( 92.1% ,58.3% ,32.5% ) ( P <0.05) .Condusion : Alpha - fetoprotein producing gastric carcinoma has significantly higher malignant behavior and poorer prognosis, which may be related to liver and lymph node metastasis.Examining the AFP and VEGF of gastric carcinoma can be regarded as the objectivity prognostic indiciar.%目的:探讨AFPGC生物学特性及其与VEGF的关系.方法: 将262例胃癌患者分成AFP阳性和阴性两组.采用免疫组化方法检测胃癌组织中AFP及VEGF的表达,比较两组患者的性别、年龄及胃癌生长部位、大小、大体类型、分化程度、肝脏转移、淋巴结转移、临床分期以及生存率.结果:AFP阳性组肝脏转移、多个淋巴结转移发生率及临床IV期胃癌比例均明显高于AFP阴性组(P<0.01);AFP阳性组的胃癌组织中VEGF阳性表达率为90.5%,明显高于AFP阴性者的67.2% (P<0.05),AFP阳性组的1、3、5年生存率分别为58.7%、13.1%、5.9%,

  10. Combination of miR-125b and miR-27a enhances sensitivity and specificity of AFP-based diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Zuo, Duo; Chen, Liwei; Liu, Xiaoqian; Wang, Xia; Xi, Qing; Luo, Yi; Zhang, Ning; Guo, Hua

    2016-05-01

    Non-invasive biomarkers of early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) could offer immense benefits. Currently available tumor markers for HCC are of not much clinical relevance. In this study, we investigated the potential for using a panel of serum microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel tumor markers in conjunction with serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) for diagnosis of HCC. Serum expression of four miRNAs was assessed in 150 subjects (90 cases of HCC and 60 cases without cancer) by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the potential use of miRNAs for detection of HCC. Receiver operating characteristic curves were used to evaluate diagnostic accuracy. A panel of serum miRNAs (miR-125b, miR-223, miR-27a, and miR-26a) used in conjunction with AFP helped differentiate HCC patients from those in the non-cancer group after adjusting for age and gender, with the area under the curve of 0.870. In addition, the use of miR-125b/miR-27a panel differentiated HBV-related early-stage HCC with a high sensitivity (80.0 %) and specificity (87.2 %) in AFP-negative (-) subjects. A combination of serum miR-125b, miR-223, miR-27a, and miR-26a as a second-line tests could help detect HCC in AFP (-) subjects. The panel of miR-125b/miR-27a/AFP had a higher sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of early-stage HCC as compared to that of a single marker.

  11. Relations between ZHX2, NF-YA and AFP expression in HCC tissues%肝细胞癌中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP表达的相关关系

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    胡少为; 杨海峰; 王智园; 袁丽娜; 文剑明

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测肝细胞癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)组织中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP mRNA和蛋白表达的相关关系.方法 采用RT-PCR及免疫组织化学方法检测HCC组织中ZHX2、NF-YA及AFP mRNA和蛋白的表达情况.结果 ZHX2 mRNA在AFP mRNA阴性的25例HCC组织中的表达率为52.0%,明显高于AFP mRNA阳性组织中的表达率(26.3%,P=0.038),ZHX2 mRNA与AFP mRNA表达呈负相关(OR=0.33);NF-YA mRNA与ZHX2 mRNA表达呈正相关(OR=31.429),而与AFP mRNA表达呈负相关关系(OR=0.308).AFP蛋白阴性的142例HCC组织中,ZHX2蛋白的表达率为23.9%,明显高于在AFP蛋白阳性组织中的表达率(12.8%,P=0.034);HCC组织中ZHX2蛋白与AFP蛋白表达呈负相关(P=0.018,r=-0.153).NF-YA蛋白在HCC组织中与ZHX2蛋白表达呈正相关(P=0.000,r=0.371),与AFP蛋白表达呈负相关(P=0.000,r=-0.497).结论 联合检测AFP和ZHX2蛋白将提高HCC的诊断率;ZHX2可能是通过NF-YA来调控AFP的表达.%Purpose To study the relations between ZHX2 , NF-YA and AFP expression in HCC tissues.Methods We detected mRNA and protein expression of ZHX2.NF-YA and AFP in HCC tissues by RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry.Results ZHX2 mRNA expression rate ( 52.0% ) in HCC tissues without AFP mRNA expression was significantly higher than that ( 26.3% ) with AFP mRNA expression ( P = 0.038 ).There was a negative relationship between ZHX2 and AFP mRNA expression ( OR = 0.33 ).In addition.NFYA mRNA expression was positively correlated with ZHX2 mRNA expression ( OR = 31.429 ) , and negatively correlated with AFP mRNA expression ( OR = 0.308 ).The expression rate of ZHX2 protein in HCC tissues without AFP protein expression was 23.9%.which was significantly higher than that with AFP protein expression ( 12.8% , P = 0.034 ).ZHX2 protein expression was negatively correlated with AFP protein expression ( P = 0.018.r = - 0.153 ).In addition.NF-YA protein expression was positively correlated with ZHX2 protein expression ( P = 0.000.r = 0

  12. Transferring of An Antifungal Protein Gene(Rs-AFP2) of Radish into Wheat Mediated with Biolistic Particle%基因枪法介导转人工合成Rs-AFP2基因小麦的获得和检测

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    廖勇; 张增艳; 徐惠君; 杜丽璞; 姚乌兰; 辛志勇; 任正隆

    2006-01-01

    萝卜(Raphanus sativus)抗菌肽Rs-AFP2在体外强烈抑制小麦赤霉病菌(Fusarium graminearum)、黄色镰孢菌(Fusarium culmorum)、烟草赤星病(Alternaria longipes)的菌丝生长.为了研究Rs-AFP2在小麦抗病育种上的应用潜力,人工合成了Rs-AFP2基因.通过基因重组技术(包括限制性内切酶酶切和连接),将人工合成的Rs-AFP2基因替代单子叶高效组成型表达栽体pAHC25中的GUS基因,构建了Rs-AFP2基因的单子叶高效表达栽体pUAFP2.该载体除携带受Ubiquitin启动子控制的Rs-AFP2基因表达盒外,还具有1个受Ubiqutin启动子控制的Bar基因表达盒,后者可为后续利用除草剂Bialaphos筛选转化再生植株提供抗性;采用基因枪法轰击小麦品种扬麦12、济麦19、晋麦47和豫麦34幼胚共4 042个,经过2~3次Bialaphos筛选,最终获得扬麦12再生植株316株;利用高效表达载体pUAFP2的Bar和Rs-AFP2基因的特异引物对上述成活的转化植株进行PCR检测,获得Bar和Rs-AFP2基因均为阳性的植株58株,转化率为1.43%.

  13. Construction of plasmid vector pAFP-HSVtk-IRES2-EGFP and its effect on the cytotoxicity of ganciclovir to hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Lai Zhiyong; Qin Qin; Yu Baofeng; Xie Jun; Gao Ranpeng; Zhang Tiantian; Li Chunfeng

    2014-01-01

    Background Herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase phosphorylates ganciclovir to ganciclovir monophosphate,which is then converted to ganciclovir triphosphate by endogenous cellular nucleoside kinases.The ganciclovir triphosphate acts as a DNA chain terminator due to the lack of a functional 3'-OH group and terminates the process of DNA replication,hence leading to cell apoptosis.At present,HSVtk gene usually acts as suicide gene to kill tumor cells.The aim of this study was to investigate the selective cytotoxicity of the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase/ganciclovir (HSVtK/GCV) suicide gene system controlled by the α-fetoprotein (AFP) promoter on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells in vitro.Methods pAFP-HSVtk-IRES2-EGFP recombinant plasmid vectors driven by the AFP promoter were constructed.HL-7702 liver cells,HUH-7 HCC,and HepG2 HCC were transfected with the recombinant plasmids.HSVtK gene expression was detected using Western blotting analysis.HepG2 cells line stably expressing HSVtk gene was selected by G418 reagent.The cytotoxicity of HSVtK/GCV suicide gene system on hepatoma cells was measured by CCK-8 reagents when different doses of ganciclovir were added.Results Plasmid pAFP-TK-IRES2-EGFP-expressed HSVtk gene was constructed successfully.HSVtk gene expression level was significantly higher in AFP-positive hepatoma cells than in AFP-negative liver cells.After G418 selection,a HepG2 cells line stably expressing HSVtk gene was acquired.With the increase of the dose of ganciclovir the optical density at 450 nm of HepG2 cells stably expressing HSVtk gene gradually decreased (P <0.05).Conclusion The HSVtK gene-specific expression in hepatoma cells as well as the cytotoxicity of the suicide gene system in HepG2 cells provided the basis for the targeted gene therapy of HCC.

  14. Clinical evaluation of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) levels in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma following interventional radiology.

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    Minakuchi, K; Murata, K; Kaminoh, T; Takada, K; Takashima, S; Nakamura, K; Onoyama, Y

    1993-01-01

    Fourteen patients with unrespectable HCC were treated with various interventional radiology (IVR) procedures. The initial therapeutic response was determined using computed tomography (CT) findings, and determinations of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by Vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) levels. When CT studies of the initial response to IVR were compared with changes in the serum AFP and PIVKA-II levels, the AFP level was found to correlate more closely than the PIVKA-II levels. The PIVKA-II level correlated more closely than the AFP level in cases with poor response to IVR. Both of these tumor markers should be measured in combination with the diagnostic imagings for follow-up studies of IVR.

  15. The construction of dendritic cell-based hepatocellular carcinoma vaccine encording AFP%脂质体转染AFP基因构建树突状细胞肝癌瘤苗及体外活性检测

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    范强; 钟翠平; 陈空; 王国强; 傅继东; 吴超群

    2002-01-01

    目的:探讨以AFP为靶点,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗及其抗肝癌免疫治疗的可能性.方法:应用脂质体将AFP基因转染体外培养的未成熟BMDC,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗,以流式细胞术、Western blot、3H-TdR法和MTt法等检测其免疫活性.结果:AFP-DC瘤苗不仅能产生和分泌AFP,而且能上调自身的B7分子和MHC分子,明显刺激T细胞增殖及提高CTL的杀伤作用.结论:提示肝癌相关基因AFP可作为抗肝癌基因治疗的切入点.

  16. JAK2 inhibitor combined with DC-activated AFP-specific T-cells enhances tantitumor function in a Fas/FasL signal-independent pathway

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Yang Liu,1 Yue-ru Wang,2 Guang-hui Ding,1 Ting-song Yang,1 Le Yao,1 Jie Hua,1 Zhi-gang He,1 Ming-ping Qian1 1Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Shanghai 10th People’s Hospital, School of Medicine, Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Infection, Shanghai First People’s Hospital Affiliated to Jiaotong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China Objective: Combination therapy for cancer is more effective than using only standard chemo- or radiotherapy. Our previous results showed that dendritic cell-activated α-fetoprotein (AFP-specific T-cells inhibit tumor in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we focused on antitumor function of CD8+ T-cells combined with or without JAK2 inhibitor. Methods: Proliferation and cell cycle were analyzed by CCK-8 and flow cytometry. Western blot was used to analyze the expression level of related protein and signaling pathway. Results: We demonstrated reduced viability and induction of apoptosis of tumor cells with combination treatment. Intriguingly, cell cycle was blocked at the G1 phase by using AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells combined with JAK2 inhibitor (AG490. Furthermore, an enhanced expression of BAX but no influence on Fas/FasL was detected from the tumor cells. Conclusion: These results indicate a Fas/FasL-independent pathway for cellular apoptosis in cancer therapies with the treatment of AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells combined with JAK2 inhibitor. Keywords: AFP-specific CD8+ T-cells, JAK2 inhibitor, Fas/FasL signal, antitumor, apoptosis 

  17. Time courses of PIVKA-II and AFP levels after hepatic artery embolization and hepatic artery infusion against hepatocellular carcinoma: relation between the time course and tumor necrosis.

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    Kishi, K; Sonomura, T; Mitsuzane, K; Nishida, N; Kimura, M; Satoh, M; Yamada, R; Kodama, N; Kinoshita, M; Tanaka, H

    1992-01-01

    We examined 35 untreated patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma who exhibited positivity for both plasma PIVKA-II and serum AFP, and studied the weekly course of these markers from the pre-TAE or -HAI period to the third week of treatment. We correlated changes in these markers with the tumor necrosis rate and the time course on X-ray CT images. One week after TAE, the tumor necrosis rate and the time course of PIVKA-II showed a significant correlation (r = 0.7), while the correlation was between the time course of AFP and the tumor necrosis rate was insignificant (r = 0.2). At two and three weeks after TAE, both the time course of AFP and PIVKA-II showed significant correlations with the tumor necrosis rate. In 16 patients with tumor necrosis rates of not less than 90%, the mean of the actual half-life (AHL) of PIVKA-II was 3.2 days, the shortest was 1.83 days, and 75% of all AHLs clustered from two days to four days, while the mean and shortest AHLs of AFP were six days and 2.98 days, respectively, exhibiting a broader distribution. On the other hand, in three out of the nine cases of hepatocellular carcinoma complicated with portal tumor thrombi, PIVKA-II increased after HAI in spite of a reduction in tumor size. It was suggested that the PIVKA-II level requires careful interpretation in cases of portal vein obstruction after intensive hepatic arterial infusion of anticancer agents.

  18. Oral Polio Vaccination and Hospital Admissions With Non-Polio Infections in Denmark

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    Sørup, Signe; Stensballe, Lone G; Krause, Tyra G;

    2016-01-01

    with inactivated diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio-Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (DTaP-IPV-Hib) or live measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) as their most recent vaccine. Methods.  A nationwide, register-based, retrospective cohort study of 137 403 Danish children born 1997-1999, who had received 3 doses...

  19. Epidemiological survey enterovirus infection in of neonatal non-polio the Netherlands

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    Verboon-Maciolek, MA; Krediet, TG; van Loon, AM; Kaan, J; Galama, JMD; Gerards, LJ; Fleer, A

    2002-01-01

    The epidemiological, virological, and clinical data of 119 infants less than 30 days of age with enteroviral infection collected from January 1993 to November 1995 by the diagnostic virology laboratories were analyzed retrospectively. Ninety-eight isolates (83%) were obtained in the period of May 1

  20. Epidemiological survey of neonatal non-polio enterovirus infection in the Netherlands.

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    Verboom-Maciolek, M.A.; Krediet, T.G.; Loon, A.M. van; Kaan, J.A.; Galama, J.M.D.; Gerards, L.J.; Fleer, A.

    2002-01-01

    The epidemiological, virological, and clinical data of 119 infants less than 30 days of age with enteroviral infection collected from January 1993 to November 1995 by the diagnostic virology laboratories were analyzed retrospectively. Ninety-eight isolates (83%) were obtained in the period of May 1

  1. The sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence immunosensor for α-fetoprotein based on enrichment by Fe3O4-Au magnetic nano probes and signal amplification by CdS-Au composite nanoparticles labeled anti-AFP.

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    Zhou, Hankun; Gan, Ning; Li, Tianhua; Cao, Yuting; Zeng, Saolin; Zheng, Lei; Guo, Zhiyong

    2012-10-09

    A novel and sensitive sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor was fabricated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for ultra trace levels of α-fetoprotein (AFP) based on sandwich immunoreaction strategy by enrichment using magnetic capture probes and quantum dots coated with Au shell (CdS-Au) as the signal tag. The capture probe was prepared by immobilizing the primary antibody of AFP (Ab1) on the core/shell Fe(3)O(4)-Au nanoparticles, which was first employed to capture AFP antigens to form Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP complex from the serum after incubation. The product can be separated from the background solution through the magnetic separation. Then the CdS-Au labeled secondary antibody (Ab2) as signal tag (CdS-Au/Ab2) was conjugated successfully with Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP complex to form a sandwich-type immunocomplex (Fe(3)O(4)-Au/Ab1/AFP/Ab2/CdS-Au), which can be further separated by an external magnetic field and produce ECL signals at a fixed voltage. The signal was proportional to a certain concentration range of AFP for quantification. Thus, an easy-to-use immunosensor with magnetic probes and a quantum dots signal tag was obtained. The immunosensor performed at a level of high sensitivity and a broad concentration range for AFP between 0.0005 and 5.0 ng mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.2 pg mL(-1). The use of magnetic probes was combined with pre-concentration and separation for trace levels of tumor markers in the serum. Due to the amplification of the signal tag, the immunosensor is highly sensitive, which can offer great promise for rapid, simple, selective and cost-effective detection of effective biomonitoring for clinical application.

  2. A resected case of metachronous liver metastasis from lung cancer producing alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist II (PIVKA-II).

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    Oshiro, Yukio; Takada, Yasutsugu; Enomoto, Tsuyoshi; Fukao, Katashi; Ishikawa, Shigemi; Iijima, Tatsuo

    2004-01-01

    A resected case of huge liver metastasis of hepatoid adenocarcinoma of the lung is described. A 77-year-old man who presented a solitary huge liver tumor was admitted to our hospital. He had undergone right lower lobectomy of the lung for lung cancer one year before. The view of imaging studies was not a typical one of hepatocellular carcinoma. Serum levels of AFP and PIVKA-II were 334,500ng/mL and 3,890mAU/mL, respectively, and the proportion of AFP L3 was 97.9%. It was thought that they were strongly diagnostic for hepatocellular carcinoma. Extended right lobectomy of the liver was performed. Microscopically, it was poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma and diagnosed as liver metastasis from the formerly resected lung cancer. The tumor was composed of cells with both sheet-like growth and tubule formation. The neoplastic cells, in the sheet-like growth resembled hepatocellular carcinoma cells. By immunohistochemical staining with anti-AFP and anti-PIVKA-II antibodies, cancer cells of both the primary and metastatic lesions were positive. The patient eventually died of multiple liver and bone metastasis 6 months after the operation.

  3. Inhibition of the growth of hepatocarcinoma xenograft in Balb/c mice induced by dendritic cells immunized with AFP cDNA fragement%磷酸钙纳米颗粒修饰的甲胎蛋白和树突状细胞疫苗对小鼠皮下移植瘤的抑制作用

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    曾斌; 廖爱军; 卢放根; 方唯意; 王健

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the antitumor immune response induced by dendritic cells vaccine coding AFPcDNA fragment with signal peptide (AFP_1) and without signal peptide ( AFP_2), and to determine the inhibiting effect of the vaccine on the growth of bepatocarcinoma xenograft in Balb/c mice. Methods pcDNA3.1/AFP_1 and pcDNA3.1/AFP_2 were transfected into dendritic cells(DCs) by calcium phosphate nanoparticles and became DCs vaccine. Mouse spleen lymphoeytes were stimulated by AFP_1/DC and AFP_2/DC. A Balb/c mouse model bearing mouse HCC xenograft was established on the day 14 after transplantation. Forty mice were divided equally into AFP_2DC group, AFP_1/DC group and plasmid control group. The treated mice received DCs vaccine and the same amount of control plasmid. Results AFP_2/DC stimulated T lymphocytel proliferation in vitro and improved CTL activity. The effects were better than AFP_1/DC. The tumor-bearing mice injected intralesionally with AFP_1/DC and AFP_2/DC at a dose of 0.5 ml per mouse showed inhibition of tumor growth and prolongation of survival time. The tumor inhibition rate of the AFP_2/DC group was 79.2% and the AFP_1/DC group was 39.7% at 2 weeks after treatment. The tumor volume of AFP_2/DC group was (726.7±298.2) mm~3, significantly smaller than the (1486.2±457.2) mm~3 of the AFP_1/DC group and ( 2137.2±547.2 ) mm~3 of the plasmid control group ( P < 0.05 ). The mean survival time of mice in the AFP_2/DC group [ (58.5±4.2) d] and AFP_1/DC group [ ( 45.2±4.8 ) d ] were significantly longer than that of plasmid control group [ ( 30.6±6.2 ) d, P < 0. 05 ]. Bax-positive cell percentage was increased in the xenografts of AFP_2/DC-treatment group compare with that of plasmid control group. Conclusion AFP_2/DC and AFP_1/DC vaccines show evident inhibiting effect on the growth of H22 xenograft in Balb/c mice through inducing efficient and specific immune response against the hepatocarcinoma cells.%目的 探讨转染小鼠带有信号肽的AFP_1

  4. Clinical and enterovirus findings associated with acute flaccid paralysis in the Republic of Korea during the recent decade.

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    Kim, HyeJin; Kang, Byounghak; Hwang, Seoyeon; Lee, Sang Won; Cheon, Doo-Sung; Kim, Kisang; Jeong, Yong-Seok; Hyeon, Ji-Yeon

    2014-09-01

    Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) is described as sudden onset of flaccid paralysis in one or more limbs in children caused by polioviruses (PVs). PV eradication is achieved through intensive immunization and AFP attentive surveillance, according to the World Health Organization. Since 1998, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has conducted surveillance system. This is an overview of surveillance in the Republic of Korea during the 10-year period from 2002 to 2011. The surveillance system for wild PV eradication was conducted through reporting and laboratory testing. Cell culture isolates were identified by neutralization tests using standard polyclonal antisera typing. The molecular methods were used for further characterization to improve specificity. For genotyping, semi-nested RT-PCR was used to amplify part of the viral protein 1 gene. Patients below 5 years of age accounted for the largest proportion of cases, and a positive association between age and incidence was found. In the total 285 cases, Guillain-Barré syndrome was the major leading causes of AFP. Non-polio enterovirus was detected in some AFP patients. EV71 was detected in 21 cases and Coxsackievirus (C) A2, CA6, CA9, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, and Echovirus (E) 25, E30, Sabin strain polio 2, polio 1 and 3 were also detected in some patients. The present study represents a comprehensive 10-year country-based survey of AFP in the Republic of Korea. This surveillance could provide better understanding of the epidemiologic pattern, and clinical manifestations associated with specific genotypes of AFP in the Republic of Korea.

  5. 肝癌和肝病患者血清甲胎蛋白异质体的检测及临床意义%The Significance of Measurement of AFP-L3 Variant in Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma and liver diseas

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    戴亚新; 张时良; 裴豪

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical significance of scrum AFP hctcrogcncity(AFP-L3) assay in patients with hcpatoccllular carcinoma. Methods Lentil lcctin-binding scrum AFP-L3 variants were separated by microccntrifu-gal column,and the content percentage of AFP-L3(AFP-L3%) variants and total scrum AFP was detected by chcmilu-mincsccncc analysi. Results When AFP-L3%>10% was used as a positive criterion,there was a positive rate of 70% in 27 cases of hcpatoccllular carcinoma(HCC) , which in cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis were 10% and 9. 6%rcspcctivc-ly. AFP-L3% levels were the highest in hcpatoccllular carcinoma than those in cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis (P25 μg/L was used as a positive criterion, the AFP positive rates were 78%, 60% and 55%, in HCC,cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis respectively. The sensitivity of AFP and AFP-L3 was 78% ,70% ,thc speciality of AFP ang AFP-L3 was 43% ,90% ,in HCC respectively. Conclusion AFP-L3 is very useful in the differential diagnosis of hcpatoccllular carcinoma.%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)检测在肝癌鉴别诊断中的意义.方法 应用微量离心柱法分离检测小扁豆凝集素结合型AFP-L3的含量,同时检测血清中AFP总含量,由此得出AFP-L3的百分含量(AFP-L3%).结果 以AFP-L3%>10%作为阳性判断标准,27例肝癌患者血清AFP-L3阳性率为70%,肝硬化和慢性肝炎AFP-L3%分别为10%和9.6%,肝癌AFP-L3%水平明显高于肝硬化和慢性肝炎(P<0.01);以AFP>25 ng/ml作为阳性判断标准,肝癌、肝硬化和慢性肝炎患者血清中AFP阳性率分别为78%、60%和55%;以AFP、AFP-L3%作为诊断肝癌指标的灵敏度分别是78%、70%,特异度分别是43%、90%.结论 AFP-L3%能有效区分肝癌和慢性肝病,弥补肝癌诊断的不足,具有一定的临床实用价值.

  6. 甲胎蛋白异质体L3预警原发性肝癌的研究%The studies on early warning of Lens culinaris-reactive α-Fetoprotein (AFP-L3) detecting in primary hepatocellular carcinoma

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    李永利; 马洪滨; 郭静霞; 史佳彬; 徐军; 刘爱霞; 杨丽华; 李伯安; 毛远丽

    2008-01-01

    Objective To explore the significance of Lens culinaris-reactive α-Fetoprotein (AFP-L3) detection in primary hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods AFP-L3 was isolated by using microspincolumn coupled with lens culinaris agglutinin (LCA), AFP and AFP-L3 were detected with chemiluminescent immunoassay, the propertion of AFP L3 levels were calculated, and the relationship between the elevated AFP-L3 (%) levels and benign and malignant liver disease was analyzed. Results There were significant differences in positive rate between the patients of HCC, suspected HCC and other liver disease (81.80%, 73.68%, 11.80%, respectively, P < 0.05). Among the undetermined HCC (suspected HCC, liver disease) patients, 12 out of 21 cases of AFP-13 positive were diagnosed to be HCC within 6 months, and 6 of them were diagnosed to be the single small HCC at the early stage through B-Ultrasonic Diagnosis or CT. Among 62 cases of AFP-L3 negative, 3 cases were diagnosed to be HCC within 6 months and the risk of occurrence of HCC for AFP-L3 positive increased 11.9 times. Conclusion AFP-L3 has no correlation with AFP value, and it can be used as an independent HCC diagnosis factor. The detection of AFP-L3 has a significant implication for the identification of benign or malignant liver disease and the early stage predictive diagnosis of HCC while AFP increases%目的 探讨甲胎蛋白异质体(AFP-L3)的检测在预警原发性肝癌中的作用.方法 对100例AFP升高肝病患者血清,应用甲胎异质体微量离心柱分离并洗脱获得AFP-L3,再同时检测原始血清中的AFP以及AFP-L3含量,计算AFP-L3在AFP中的比例,对AFP-L3异常升高者、正常者进行跟踪,结合6个月后临床诊断结果 ,分析AFP-L3升高在鉴别良性肝脏病变与预警肝癌中的作用.结果 肝癌、疑似肝癌患者与良性肝病患者中的AFP-L3阳性率差异有统计学意义(分别为81.80%、73.68%、11.80%,P<0.05).未确诊肝癌(疑似HCC、肝病)的患者中,AFP-L3

  7. 微量离心柱法检测肝癌患者血清甲胎蛋白异质体临床意义分析%Application of trace column centrifugation method for the detection of serum AFP variants

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    黄海深; 周永均; 何兰香; 李宇鸣; 唐光定; 陈国强

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨微量离心柱法检测血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)异质体(AFP-L3)在肝癌诊断及良、恶性肝病鉴别诊断中的临床应用价值。方法选择2011年6月至2012年10月于阳山县人民医院就诊的原发性肝癌(PLC)患者80例(PLC组)、肝硬化患者66例(肝硬化组)和慢性肝炎患者54例(慢性肝炎组)作为研究对象,应用国产微量离心柱法试剂分离纯化血清AFP-L3,采用化学发光法检测血清AFP和AFP-L3水平,并计算 AFP-L3在总AFP中所占比例(AFP-L3%)。结果PLC组患者血清AFP、AFP-L3%水平均高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组(P<0.05)。以AFP>25 ng/mL ,AFP-L3%≥10%作为阳性判断标准,PLC组患者血清AFP阳性率高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组,且PLC组患者血清AFP-L3%阳性率亦明显高于肝硬化组和慢性肝炎组(P<0.05),但具有不同血清AFP水平的PLC患者之间,血清AFP-L3%水平和阳性率比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论微量离心柱法检测血清AFP-L3%在肝癌的早期诊断和良、恶性肝病的鉴别诊断中具有重要价值。%Objective To study the clinical significance of serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP) variants (AFP-L3) detected by trace column centrifugation method for the diagnosis of liver cancer and differential diagnosis of benign and malignant liver diseases .Methods During June 2011 and October 2012 ,80 patients with primary liver cancer (PLC ,PLC group) ,66 patients with liver cirrhosis (cirrhosis group) and 54 patients with chronic hepatitis (hepatitis group) treated in this hospital were enrolled .Domestic-made trace column centrifugation kit was used to separate and purify serum AFP-L3 .AFP and AFP-L3 were detected by using chemoluminescence assay .Then ,the percentage of AFP-L3 in AFP (AFP-L3% ) was calculated .Results Levels of serum AFP and AFP-L3% in PLC group were sig-nificantly higher than cirrhosis group and hepatitis

  8. The sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence immunosensor for {alpha}-fetoprotein based on enrichment by Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au magnetic nano probes and signal amplification by CdS-Au composite nanoparticles labeled anti-AFP

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    Zhou Hankun [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Material Science and Chemical Engineering of Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Gan Ning, E-mail: ganning@nbu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Material Science and Chemical Engineering of Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Li Tianhua; Cao Yuting; Zeng Saolin [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Material Science and Chemical Engineering of Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Zheng Lei, E-mail: nfyyzl@163.com [Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515 (China); Guo Zhiyong [State Key Laboratory Base of Novel Functional Materials and Preparation Science, Faculty of Material Science and Chemical Engineering of Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China)

    2012-10-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sandwich immunoreaction, testing a large number of samples simultaneously. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic separation and enrichment by Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au magnetic nano probes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amplification of detection signal by CdS-Au composite nanoparticles labeled anti-AFP. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Almost no background signal, which greatly improve the sensitivity of detection. - Abstract: A novel and sensitive sandwich-type electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor was fabricated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for ultra trace levels of {alpha}-fetoprotein (AFP) based on sandwich immunoreaction strategy by enrichment using magnetic capture probes and quantum dots coated with Au shell (CdS-Au) as the signal tag. The capture probe was prepared by immobilizing the primary antibody of AFP (Ab1) on the core/shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au nanoparticles, which was first employed to capture AFP antigens to form Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au/Ab1/AFP complex from the serum after incubation. The product can be separated from the background solution through the magnetic separation. Then the CdS-Au labeled secondary antibody (Ab2) as signal tag (CdS-Au/Ab2) was conjugated successfully with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au/Ab1/AFP complex to form a sandwich-type immunocomplex (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Au/Ab1/AFP/Ab2/CdS-Au), which can be further separated by an external magnetic field and produce ECL signals at a fixed voltage. The signal was proportional to a certain concentration range of AFP for quantification. Thus, an easy-to-use immunosensor with magnetic probes and a quantum dots signal tag was obtained. The immunosensor performed at a level of high sensitivity and a broad concentration range for AFP between 0.0005 and 5.0 ng mL{sup -1} with a detection limit of 0.2 pg mL{sup -1}. The use of magnetic probes was combined with pre-concentration and separation for trace levels of tumor markers in the serum. Due to the

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  10. Analysis of data of eliminating polio during 2000 to 2008 in Gaozhou%高州市2000-2008年消灭脊髓灰质炎资料分析

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    李坤凤

    2009-01-01

    目的 提高脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)监测质量,保持无脊灰状态.方法 对高州市2000~2008年脊灰监测资料进行分析.结果 9年合计报告AFP病例38例,<15岁儿童非脊灰AFP报告率均在1/10万以上;AFP病例报告后48 h内调查率、合格粪便标本采集率、粪便标本及时送检率、AFP病例及时随访率均达100.0%;脊灰疫苗常规免疫、强化免疫接种率均在95%以上.结论 高州市AFP病例监测质量较高,消火脊灰各项措施得到较好落实.%Objective This study is to improve the surveillance quality of polio and keep poliofree status.Methods The surveillance of polio data during 2000 to 2008 in Gaozhou were analyzed. Results 38 acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) eases had been reported during the nine years.The reported incidence of non-polio AFP cases were all above 1 per 1 000 000 children under 15 years old.The investigation rate of AFP after reported within 48h, the collection rate of qualified stool specimens, the timely specimen delivery rate and the timely AFP cause follow-up rate completely reached 100%,The OPV routine immunization and supplementary immunization coverage rates were all above 95%.Conclusions It suggested that the quality of AFP surveillance was high and all measures to eliminate polio were administered well in Gaozhou.

  11. Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Tieling, Liaoning, 2001-2010%铁岭市2001-2010年急性弛缓性麻痹病例监测情况分析

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    王武环

    2011-01-01

    目的 分析铁岭市2001-2010年急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例监测情况,保持全市无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)状态.方法 对2001-2010年全市报告的AFP病例进行描述流行病学分析.结果 2001-2010年铁岭市共报告AFP病例69例,无脊灰确诊病例,AFP病例报告发病率在1.17/10万~2.16/10万之间.各县(市、区)年均报告发病率在1.02/10万~3.94/10万之间,其中昌图县有5年报告发病率未达到1/10万的标准.下半年报告病例49例,占71.01%.AFP发病者中以5岁以下儿童为主,占53.62%.病例中服苗史≥3剂次53例,占76.81%.合格粪便样本采集率为92.75%.从3例AFP病例粪便样本中分离到非脊灰肠道病毒,分离率为4.35%.结论 铁岭市AFP病例监测系统各项指标,以市为单位,均达到国家标准.为保持无脊灰状态,应保持高水平脊灰疫苗免疫接种率,提高AFP病例监测系统质量.%Objective To analyze the data of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance. Methods The method of descriptive epidemiology was applied to analyze the surveillance data of AFP for the year of 2001-2010 in Tieling, Liaoning. Results A total of 69 (incident rate: 1. 17/100 000-2. 16/lakh) non-polio AFP cases were reported for the years 2001-2010.The annual incident rates of AFP were ranged between 1. 02/lakh and 3. 94/lakh among counties. The incident rate of AFP was below 1/lakh for five continuous years in Changtu County. Most AFP cases (49, 71. 01%) were reported in the second half of the year. Children under 5 years had 53. 62% of the AFP cases. Fifty-three cases (76. 81%) were immunized more than or equal to 3 times with oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). Stool specimens were collected and analyzed for 92. 75% of patients. Non-polio enteroviruses were isolated in three (4. 35%) cases. Conclusion The WHO standard of AFP surveillance was applied with high quality in Tieling, Liaoning Province. Continuous OPV vaccination and AFP surveillance are essential to maintain polio

  12. Tenebrio molitor抗冻蛋白基园afp84b cDNA的克隆及表达载体构建

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    闫清华; 杨理; 邵强

    2010-01-01

    为了研究黄粉甲(Tenebrio molitor)抗冻蛋白类系基因和蛋白的特征,试验采用RT-PCR方法扩增抗冻蛋白cDNA序列,将该序列克隆到质粒pUCm-T中,经双酶切、PCR和测序等鉴定后,与GenBank中已公布的该类系基因进行多重序列比对;并构建表达重组质粒pMAL-c2X-afp84b.结果表明:克隆出的长度为252 bp、编码84个氨基酸的黄粉甲抗冻蛋白基因afp84b(GenBank注册号DQ234056)与已公布的该类系基因的同源性高达95.92%.

  13. Role of AFP mRNA expression in peripheral blood as a predictor for postsurgical recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Xiang Ding; Xiu-Shou Ling; Lian-Yue Yang; Geng-Wen Huang; Jian-Qing Yang; He-Li Liu; Wei Wang; Ji-Xiang Peng; Jie-Quan Yang; Yi-Ming Tao

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To identify the role of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) mRNA expression in peripheral blood one week after surgery as a predictor for recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).METHODS: Published studies fulfilling the selection criteria were identified by searching several databases online. After a methodology assessment using a quality scale designed by European Lung Cancer Working Party, data in each research were aggregated by means of metaanalysis.RESULTS: Altogether 368 cases were included in the 9 selected studies, which fulfilled the selection criteria. The quality scores ranged from 35% to 84% with a median score of 55%. The 'design' subscore had the lowest median value (38%). By aggregating the data, a high χ2value (77.576) was presented. The fail-safe number was 136 and 64 for P = 0.05 and 0.01, respectively. CONCLUSION: AFP mRNA expression in peripheral blood 1 wk after surgery correlated with the recurrence of HCC and was a good predictor for tumor recurrence.

  14. Surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria 2004-2009.

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    Bassey, Bassey Enya; Gasasira, Alex; Mitula, Pamela; Frankson, Umoh Utobong; Adeniji, Johnson Adekunle

    2011-01-01

    The last case of wild polio virus transmission occurred in Akwa Ibom state in October 2001; however, combination high routine immunization coverage with OPV, high quality AFP surveillance, mass immunization campaign in which two doses of potent oral polio vaccine is administered to eligible children and mop-up campaigns in areas with identified immunization or surveillance gaps has help the state in maintaining a free polio status for over ten years. This study was carried out to describe the characteristics of reported acute flaccid paralysis cases between 2004 and 2009, and to evaluate the performance of the acute flaccid paralysis surveillance system using indicators recommended by the World Health Organization. A retrospective study was conducted among children, 0-15 years, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Epidemiology unit of State Ministry of Health (SMOH), Uyo. The demographic characteristics and the results of isolation and identification of polio and other enteroviruses in stool samples sent to the WHO Polio Laboratory Ibadan for cases was analyzed. A total of 521 cases of AFP (270 males and 251 females) aged 0 month to=15 years were reported by the surveillance system between 2004 and 2009. Those below 5 years of age accounted for 82.5% of cases reported and investigated. Of the 521 cases investigated 512 (98.3%) received at least three doses of oral polio vaccine, while 9(1.7) never received any oral polio vaccine (zero-dose). In all 5.1% of the isolates were Sabin, 7.9% non polio enterovirus (NPEV) and 2.3% were classified by national expert committee as compatible with poliomyelitis. There was consistent and steady increase in three critical indicators; Non polio AFP rate in children surveillance performance with some challenges in reverse the cold chain system, the continuation and sustained AFP case detection, prompt investigation and response, improvement in the reserve cold chain system would achieve optimal standards recommended by WHO

  15. Three independent techniques localize expression of transcript afp-11 and its bioactive peptide products to the paired AVK neurons in Ascaris suum: in situ hybridization, immunocytochemistry, and single cell mass spectrometry.

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    Jarecki, Jessica L; Viola, India R; Andersen, Kari M; Miller, Andrew H; Ramaker, Megan A; Vestling, Martha M; Stretton, Antony O

    2013-03-20

    We utilized three independent techniques, immunocytochemistry (ICC), single cell mass spectrometry (MS), and in situ hybridization (ISH), to localize neuropeptides and their transcripts in the nervous system of the nematode Ascaris suum . AF11 (SDIGISEPNFLRFa) is an endogenous peptide with potent paralytic effects on A. suum locomotory behavior. A highly specific antibody to AF11 showed robust immunostaining for AF11 in the paired AVK neurons in the ventral ganglion. We traced the processes from the AVK neurons into the ventral nerve cord and identified them as ventral cord interneurons. MS and MS/MS of single dissected AVKs detected AF11, two previously characterized peptides (AF25 and AF26), seven novel sequence-related peptides, including several sharing a PNFLRFamide C-terminus, and peptide NY, a peptide with an unrelated sequence. Also present in a subset of AVKs was AF2, a peptide encoded by the afp-4 transcript. By sequencing the afp-11 transcript, we discovered that it encodes AF11, all the AF11-related peptides detected by MS in AVK, and peptide NY. ISH detected the afp-11 transcript in AVK neurons, consistent with other techniques. ISH did not detect afp-11 in the ALA neuron, although both ICC and MS found AF11 in ca. 30% of ALAs. All 10 AF11-related peptides reduced acetylcholine-induced muscle contraction, but they differed in their rate of reversal of inhibition after removal of the peptide.

  16. 甲胎蛋白对树突状细胞免疫表型影响的体外研究`%In vitro study of the effect of AFP on the immune phenotypes of DC

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    范强; 钟翠平; 王国强; 傅继东; 顾云娣

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To study the effect of AFP on the expression of immune molecular phenotypes of DC.Methods: The expression ofimmune rnolecules ( H-2Kb, I-Ab, B7-1 and B7-2 et al ) on cultured mouse BMDC was examined by using FACs. Results:Both B7-1 andB7-2were up-regulated evidently by AFP. H-2Kb was restrained gpeatly by AFP antigen-antibody complex and I-Ab was down-regulated, butnoeffect on expression of B7_1 and B7_2. The effect of either anti-AFP or HSA on immune molecules of DC was less. Coclusion:AFP could beconsidered as an associated aniigen of hepatocellular carcinoma, which could pulse DC and up-regulate their expression of immune molecules.%目的:研究甲胎蛋白(Alpha Fetoprotein,AFP)对树突状细胞(Dendritic Cell,DC)免疫表型的影响。方法:用流式细胞仪分析体外培养扩增的小鼠骨髓DC表面H-2Kb、I-Ab、B7-1和B7-2等免疫分子的表达。结果:与对照组相比,AFP可明显上调DC的B7-1和B7-2分子水平、下调H-2Kb和I-Ab的表达、但抑制I-Ab的程度较轻;AFP抗原抗体复合物极度抑制H-2Kb分子表达、对I-Ab的下调程度高于AFP组,而对B7-1和B7-2分子几乎无影响;AFP抗体和人血清白蛋白(HSA)对DC免疫分子活性的影响均较弱。结论:AFP可作为肝癌相关抗原,致敏DC,部分上调DC免疫活性分子的表达。

  17. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例的Access数据库管理%Access database Management for the Cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP)

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    钱晏飞; 速存芬; 殷国清

    2008-01-01

    [目的]利用Access对急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例个案信息化管理,对个案表所列项目进行自动统计.[方法]用Access2002制作AFP管理系统数据库,建立查询,根据查询条件,制作相应项目报表.[结果]准确对AFP病例个案表中所列项目分年、分区域进行统计,生成特定标准格式统计表.[结论]改变了手工登记和统计AFP个案表现状,解决了AFP病例个案综合分析问题;适时对监测资料进行分析,指导监测工作,提高管理水平.

  18. Application of Latex particles in detecting alpha- fetoprotein (AFP)%乳胶粒子法检测甲胎蛋白的应用

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    陈浩全; 曾嫚妮

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the application value of Latex method in detection of alpha - fetoprotein ( AFP). Methods:Repetitive determination tests within and between batches were done on serum specimens, then the determination results were compared and analyzed by Latex method and electrochemiluminescence assay. Results; The results had no significant difference between Latex method and electrochemiluminescence assay, the recoveries were 95.5% for Latex method and 96.7% for electrochemiluminescence assay. Conclusion; Though electrochemiluminescence assay had high sensitivity and precision, it was not suitable for the wide use due to its high cost in instrument and reagent. Latex method had good correlation with electrochemiluminescence assay, which can be applied widely for its rapidness, stable results and low cost.%目的:评价Latex法检测甲胎蛋白(AFP)的临床应用价值.方法:对血清标本做批内批间重复性测定试验及Latex法与电化学发光法进行对比测定.结果:Latex法与电化学发光法检测AFP结果无显著差异,Latex法与电化学发光法平均回收率分别为95.5%和96.7%.结论:电化学发光法灵敏度、精密度高,但其仪器、试剂价格高,不适于全面推广;Latex法与电化学发光法检测AFP结果无显著差异,相关性好,快速、结果稳定,试剂便宜在全自动生化仪上检测,可广泛应用.

  19. Tandem combination of Trigonella foenum-graecum defensin (Tfgd2) and Raphanus sativus antifungal protein (RsAFP2) generates a more potent antifungal protein.

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    Karri, Vasavirama; Bharadwaja, Kirti Pulugurtha

    2013-11-01

    Plant defensins are small (45 to 54 amino acids) positively charged antimicrobial peptides produced by the plant species, which can inhibit the growth of a broad range of fungi at micro-molar concentrations. These basic peptides share a common characteristic three-dimensional folding pattern with one α-helix and three β-sheets that are stabilized by eight disulfide-linked cysteine residues. Instead of using two single-gene constructs, it is beneficial when two effective genes are made into a single fusion gene with one promoter and terminator. In this approach, we have linked two plant defensins namely Trigonella foenum-graecum defensin 2 (Tfgd2) and Raphanus sativus antifungal protein 2 (RsAFP2) genes by a linker peptide sequence (occurring in the seeds of Impatiens balsamina) and made into a single-fusion gene construct. We used pET-32a+ vector system to express Tfgd2-RsAFP2 fusion gene with hexahistidine tag in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) pLysS cells. Induction of these cells with 1 mM IPTG achieved expression of the fusion protein. The solubilized His6-tagged recombinant fusion protein was purified by immobilized-metal (Ni2+) affinity column chromatography. The final yield of the fusion protein was 500 ng/μL. This method produced biologically active recombinant His6-tagged fusion protein, which exhibited potent antifungal action towards the plant pathogenic fungi (Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium moniliforme, Fusarium oxysporum, Phaeoisariopsis personata and Rhizoctonia solani along with an oomycete pathogen Phytophthora parasitica var nicotianae) at lower concentrations under in vitro conditions. This strategy of combining activity of two defensin genes into a single-fusion gene will definitely be a promising utility for biotechnological applications.

  20. Effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer

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    Su-Yu Zhu; Jie Tan; Chen-Lu Zhang; Qun-Ying Wu; Xue-Xin Xie; Hua-Fang Yin

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the effect of paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin on serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA and T lymphocyte subsets in patients with advanced ovarian cancer.Methods:A total of 80 patients with advanced ovarian cancer in our hospital from December 2012 to December 2015 were enrolled in this study. The subjects were divided into control group (n=40) and experiment group (n=40) randomly. The control group were treated with paclitaxel and cisplatin, the experiment group were treated with paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin. 21 days for a period of treatment and the two groups were treated for 3 periods. The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA levels and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before and after treatment were compared. Results:There were no significantly differences of the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP, CEA level and peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK cells of the two groups before treatment (P>0.05). The serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA level of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly lower than control group (P<0.05). The peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+and NK cells of the two groups after treatment were significantly lower than before treatment (P<0.05), and that of experiment were significantly higher than control group (P<0.05). Conclusions:Paclitaxel liposome combined with nedaplatin can significantly reduce the serum HE4, CA125, CA19-9, AFP and CEA levels, improve peripheral blood CD3+, CD4+, CD8+ and NK levels of patients with advanced ovarian cancer, and it was worthy clinical application.

  1. 腺病毒介导的AFP基因修饰树突状细胞的体外生物学特性%Biological Characteristics of Adenovirus-Mediated AFP Gene-Modified Dendritic Cells in vitro

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    宋文刚; 曲迅; 陈宪锐; 李雅林; 吴聪; 秦庆亮

    2003-01-01

    目的:探讨腺病毒介导AFP基因修饰树突状细胞瘤苗体外生物学活性.方法:将携带小鼠AFP全长cDNA的重组腺病毒表达载体Ad-AFP转染BMDC,构建AFP-DC肝癌瘤苗,采用电化学发光免疫测定法确证AFP-DC转染的有效性,FACS检测表面分子和内吞功能,3H-TdR掺入法检测T细胞增殖反应的能力,51Cr释放法检测CTL活性.结果:AFP基因转染12 h后DC及其培养上清中可检到AFP的表达,表明腺病毒介导的AFP基因转染的有效性.AFP-DC与BMDC比较B7分子明显上调,MHC分子也有轻度升高,内吞功能降低(P<0.05).AFP-DC激发同基因型小鼠T细胞增殖功能均明显高于DC对照组和LacZ-DC组(P<0.05).AFP-DC体外诱导CTL对Hepa1-6肿瘤细胞的杀伤作用具有特异性.结论:肝癌相关基因AFP可作为抗肝癌基因治疗的切入点,该研究为肝癌树突状细胞体内免疫治疗提供了实验依据.

  2. Molecular Typing of Non- poliovirus and Characteristic Analysis of Echovirus 13 in Yunnan, 2002%2002年云南非脊灰病毒测序定型和ECHO13病毒基因特征分析

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    田炳均; 丁峥嵘; 张杰; 汤晶晶; 赵智娴

    2012-01-01

    Objective To describe the molecular typing of non - polio viruses ( NPV) from AFP cases in Yunnan province in 2002, and the genetic characteristics of echovirus 13 (E13). Methods Tweenty - one strains of non - poliovirus isolated in Yunnan provential AFP laboratory in 2002 were detected according to Oberste's method by sequencing. Results In 2002, a total of 267 AFP cases were reported in Yunnan province, 257 stool samples from cases aged under 15 years were collected, from which 43 (16.7% ) NPY strains were detected, 22 (8. 6% ) strains of polioviruse9 was detected, and were all vaccine strains. No wild polioviruses was detected; 21 (8. 4% ) non - polio viruses were detected. Among 21 EV strains, 12 strains were HEV - B (11 sero-types, of which, 3 strains were E13), 3 strains were HEV - C (1 serotypes). HEV -A and HEV - D viruses were not detected. Conclusion In 2002, the NPV carrying rate of AFP patients in Yunnan province was not high. The phyloginetic analysis showed the genetic diversity of E13 in Yunnan province.%目的 对云南省2002年急性弛缓性麻痹(acute flaccid paralysis,AFP)病例中非脊灰病毒(non - polio,NPV)的带毒情况及埃柯病毒13型(echovirus 13,E13)的基因特征进行描述.方法 按Obster等介绍的方法,对2002年云南省脊灰实验室分离到的21株NPV进行基因测序定型.结果 2002年云南省共报告267例AFP病例,共采集到<15岁AFP病例的合格粪便标本257份,257份便标本中共检测到NPV43株(带毒率为16.7%),其中脊髓灰质炎病毒(poliovirus,PV)22株(阳性率8.6%),均为疫苗株,未发现脊灰野病毒;检测到非脊灰病毒(NPV)21株(阳性率8.2%).21株EV中,12株为人类肠道病毒B组(HEV -B,11个血清型,其中3株为E13),3株为人类肠道病毒C组(HEV -C,1个血清型),未分离到HEV-A和HEV -D组病毒.结论 2002年云南省AFP病例中非脊灰病毒携带率不高.对3株常见的E13进行基因进化分析,表明E13病毒存在基因多样性特点(即存在不同的基因型).

  3. The Value of Combined Serum Alpha-fetoprotein Heteroplasmon-L3 Concentration and AFP-L3/Alpha-fetoprotein Ratio Detection in the Early Diagnosis of Primary Liver Cancer%联合检测血清甲胎蛋白异质体浓度与甲胎蛋白异质体百分含量在原发性肝癌诊断中的价值

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    黄彩云; 韩素桂; 贾红莲

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the value of combined serum alpha-fetoprotein inform (AFP-L3) and AFP-L3/AFP as biomarkers in the early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods A total of 137 patients from the People's Hospital of Tangshan of Hebei Union University were included in our study.They were treated in hospital from March to November 201 1.All the patients were at the age of 28 to 77 years old,and 98 of them were men,and 39 were women.According to the pathological diagnosis,patients were divided into two groups.HCC group had 92 patients,and benign liver disease group had 45 patients including 37 with liver cirrhosis and 8 with chronic hepatitis.ELISA method was used to test the serum AFP-L3 level.At the same time,microcentrifugal column method was adopted to separate AFP-L3 from the patients' serum,and electrochemical luminescence method was used to detect the separated AFP-L3 and total AFP levels.Then,we calculated the ratio of AFP-L3/AFP.We also calculated the statistical indexes of AFP-L3 level and AFP-L3/AFP ratio in the diagnosis of HCC,such as sensitivity,specificity and Youden index.The above indexes of combined AFP-L3 level and AFP-L3/AFP ratio were also detected to evaluated its diagnostic value.Results HCC group AFP-L3 level (109.04 ± 62.51) ng/mL was significantly higher than that of the benign liver disease group [(25.96 ± 49.43) ng/mL; t=8.28,P < 0.001].HCC group serum AFP-L3/AFP ratio (17.35% ± 14.48%) was significantly higher than that of the benign liver disease group (5.62% ± 6.38%,t=6.545,P < 0.000 1).With serum AFP-L3 level > 38.0 ng/mL as a critical value of primary liver cancer diagnosis,the sensitivity was 83.69%,and the specificity was 88.88%.For AFP-L3/AFP ratio > 10% as a critical value in primary liver cancer diagnosis,the sensitivity was 83.69%,and the specificity was 95.55%.When serum AFP-L3 level > 38.0 ng/mL and AFP-L3/AFP ratio > 7.5% were combined in primary liver cancer diagnosis

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

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    郝娟; 张邑雨; 侯会香; 赵俊红; 段雄波; 李金钟

    2014-01-01

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

  5. 血清PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP联合检测在肝癌诊断中的应用%Application of combined tests of serum PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP in the diagnosis of liver cancer

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    沈聪龙; 郑丽萍

    2016-01-01

    目的 检测不同患者样本中拮抗剂Ⅱ诱导的蛋白(protein induced by vitamine K absence or antagonist-Ⅱ,PIVKA-Ⅱ)、甲胎蛋白(o-fetoprotein,AFP)的含量,研究PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP在肝癌诊断中的应用.方法 选取我院2013年9月~2016年1月的住院患者血清样本共计259例,检测PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP含量.结果 (1)在103例肝癌标本中,PIVKA-Ⅱ的阳性率为70.9%,AFP的阳性率41.7%,经过x2检验,差异有统计学意义(x2=17.76,P<0.01);(2)血清PIVKA-Ⅱ(≥40 mAu/mL)检测肝癌的灵敏度为70.2%;血清AFP(≥10 ng/mL)检测肝癌的灵敏度为69.9%.联合血清PIVKA-Ⅱ和AFP检测肝癌的灵敏度84.5%,较单独PIVKA-Ⅱ(x2=10.67,P<0.05)或单独AFP(x2=12.11,P<0.05)检测均有显著差异.结论 PIVKA-Ⅱ用于诊断肝癌灵敏度和特异性均优于AFP,可以显著提高对肝癌诊断的灵敏度和特异性.PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP联合检测能更好更快地对肝癌做出早期诊断.

  6. Risk factors and short-term projections for serotype-1 poliomyelitis incidence in Pakistan: A spatiotemporal analysis.

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    Natalie A Molodecky

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    Full Text Available Pakistan currently provides a substantial challenge to global polio eradication, having contributed to 73% of reported poliomyelitis in 2015 and 54% in 2016. A better understanding of the risk factors and movement patterns that contribute to poliovirus transmission across Pakistan would support evidence-based planning for mass vaccination campaigns.We fit mixed-effects logistic regression models to routine surveillance data recording the presence of poliomyelitis associated with wild-type 1 poliovirus in districts of Pakistan over 6-month intervals between 2010 to 2016. To accurately capture the force of infection (FOI between districts, we compared 6 models of population movement (adjacency, gravity, radiation, radiation based on population density, radiation based on travel times, and mobile-phone based. We used the best-fitting model (based on the Akaike Information Criterion [AIC] to produce 6-month forecasts of poliomyelitis incidence. The odds of observing poliomyelitis decreased with improved routine or supplementary (campaign immunisation coverage (multivariable odds ratio [OR] = 0.75, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.67-0.84; and OR = 0.75, 95% CI 0.66-0.85, respectively, for each 10% increase in coverage and increased with a higher rate of reporting non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP (OR = 1.13, 95% CI 1.02-1.26 for a 1-unit increase in non-polio AFP per 100,000 persons aged <15 years. Estimated movement of poliovirus-infected individuals was associated with the incidence of poliomyelitis, with the radiation model of movement providing the best fit to the data. Six-month forecasts of poliomyelitis incidence by district for 2013-2016 showed good predictive ability (area under the curve range: 0.76-0.98. However, although the best-fitting movement model (radiation was a significant determinant of poliomyelitis incidence, it did not improve the predictive ability of the multivariable model. Overall, in Pakistan the risk of polio cases

  7. AFP阳性肝内胆管细胞癌患者的临床特征及其预后影响因素%Clinical characteristics and prognostic factors of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma with positive AFP

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    王庆亮; 许世磊; 张鹏; 黄河; 姚志成; 杨培生; 刘波

    2014-01-01

    目的探讨AFP阳性肝内胆管细胞癌(ICC)患者的临床特点及预后影响因素。方法回顾性研究2004年9月至2013年12月在中山大学附属第三医院接受诊治的57例ICC患者临床资料。所有患者均签署知情同意书,符合医学伦理学规定。其中男34例,女23例;平均年龄(52±13)岁。根据入院后血清AFP检测结果将患者分为AFP阳性组(16例)和AFP阴性组(41例)。比较两组患者的年龄、性别、HBsAg,合并肝硬化、胆道病变,术前糖链抗原19-9(CA19-9)、手术方式、淋巴结转移、组织学分化程度等临床病理学参数。对患者进行随访,记录两组生存情况。临床病理学参数比较采用t检验、χ2检验或Fisher确切概率法,生存预后影响因素分析采用Log-rank检验和Cox比例风险回归模型多因素分析。结果 AFP阳性组中男性占94%(15/16),明显高于AFP阴性组的46%(19/41)(χ2=10.747,P<0.05)。AFP阳性组合并肝硬化患者占88%(14/16),明显高于AFP阴性组的37%(15/41)(χ2=11.937,P<0.05)。AFP阳性组患者无合并胆道病变,AFP阴性组12例合并胆道病变,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。手术方式为AFP阳性组患者预后的独立危险因素,根治性切除患者预后好(RR=26.813,P<0.05)。结论 AFP阳性ICC患者多合并肝硬化,较少合并胆道病变。手术方式为影响患者预后的独立危险因素,根治性切除是改善AFP阳性ICC患者预后的有效手段。%ObjectiveTo investigate the clinical characteristics and prognostic factors in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) patients with positive alpha-fetoprotein (AFP).MethodsClinical data of 57 patients with ICC in the Third Afifliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University from September 2004 to December 2013 were analyzed retrospectively. The informed consents of all patients were obtained and the ethical committee approval was received. There were 34

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

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

  9. Antioxidant and ACE-inhibitory activities of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) protein hydrolysates produced by the proteases AFP, HT, Pro-G, actinidin and zingibain.

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    Teh, Sue-Siang; Bekhit, Alaa El-Din A; Carne, Alan; Birch, John

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    Hemp protein isolates (HPIs) were hydrolysed by proteases (AFP, HT, ProG, actinidin and zingibain). The enzymatic hydrolysis of HPIs was evaluated through the degree of hydrolysis and SDS-PAGE profiles. The bioactive properties of the resultant hydrolysates (HPHs) were accessed through ORAC, DPPḢ scavenging and ACE-inhibitory activities. The physical properties of the resultant HPHs were evaluated for their particle sizes, zeta potential and surface hydrophobicity. HT had the highest rate of caseinolytic activity at the lowest concentration (0.1 mg mL(-1)) compared to other proteases that required concentration of 100 mg mL(-1) to achieve their maximum rate of caseinolytic activity. This led to the highest degree of hydrolysis of HPIs by HT in the SDS-PAGE profiles. Among all proteases and substrates, HT resulted in the highest bioactivities (ORAC, DPPḢ scavenging and ACE-inhibitory activities) generated from alkali extracted HPI in the shortest time (2 h) compared to the other protease preparations.

  10. The relationship of the expression of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP and early onset preeclampsia%外周血 sFIt-1、β-hCG、PAPP-A、AFP 的表达与早发型子痫前期的关系

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    杜娟; 朱一麟; 高雪梅; 贺漪

    2016-01-01

    trimester pregnancy associated plasma protein A ( PAPP-A) , alpha-fetoprotein ( AFP) and early onset preeclampsia ( PE) .Methods 84 cases of PE (48 cases of early on-set, late-onset 36 cases) were selected in our hospital from October 2014 to October 2015.Meanwhile,80 cases of normal pregnancy women were selected as the control group.The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of all pa-tients were measured by ELISA.The diagnostic value ofβ-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of early-onset preeclampsia were analyzed by application-specific subjects curve (ROC).Results The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP in the PE patients of early-onset group were all higher than the control group ( t =9.236, t =10.422, t =11.986, t =14.785, P 0.05).The levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP of early-onset severe PE were higher than mild group ( t =6.271, t =31.680, t =3.449, t =5.045, P <0.05), and there was no significant difference between the levels of peripheral-blood sFIt-1, PAPP-A, AFP of delayed severe patients and the mild group ( t =0.598, t =0.230, t =0.437, P <0.05), andβ-hCG was statistically sig-nificant( t =6.043, P <0.05).ROC analysis shows that the sensitivity and specificity of sFIt-1+β-hCG+PAPP-A+AFP joint diagnosis of early-onset PE were higher than single index detection.Conclusion There is a close relationship between periph-eral blood sFIt-1,β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP levels and early-onset PE, and different pathogenesis may exist between early-onset and late-onset PE.It can enhance the diagnostic sensitivity of early-onset preeclampsia with combination of multiple indexes.

  11. In Search of Consensus: Role Versus Belief Systems in Bureaucratic Bargaining. An American Foreign Policy Simulation (AFPS).

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    Hobbs, Heidi H.; Moreno, Dario V.

    Reported are results from two runs of the simulation "Bureaucratic Bargaining," developed to help students understand the inherent tension between roles and belief systems in American foreign policy decision making. To determine their belief systems, 165 students enrolled in an introductory international relations course were tested with…

  12. [The value of maternal first and second trimester serum data of β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP and uE3 in the prediction of preeclampsia].

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    Gu, Wei; Lin, Jing; Hou, Yanyan

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    To discover the value of combined maternal first and second-trimester serum β-hCG, pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A), alpha-fetoprotein(AFP)and unconjugated estriol (uE3) in the prediction of preeclampsia. A total of 1 805 pregnant women who had antenatal care at International Peace Maternal and Child Health Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University between April 2012 and June 2013 were selected prospectively by random method. According to the outcome, they were defined as the control group and the preeclampsia group (including mild and severe cases). PAPP-A and β-hCG level were measured at 10-14 gestational weeks. AFP, β-hCG and uE3 were measured at 15-20 gestational weeks. The relevance between the serological indicators and outcomes was analyzed. The value of the indicators was judged by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) and Youden index, and the relevant predictive boundary values were identified. (1) Among the 1 805 cases, 1 739 women did not have hypertension(the control group), while 66 women had preeclampsia (the preeclampsia group). The incidence of preeclampsia was 3.66% (66/1 805), including 43 mild cases and 23 severe cases. (2) At 10-14 gestational weeks, the mean value of PAPP-A in the control group was (3 972 ± 2 311) mU/L, while in the preeclampsia group it was (2 837 ± 1 849)mU/L. The difference between the two groups had statistical significance (P hCG of the control group was 55(37∼83) U/L, while in the preeclampsia group it was (57 ± 35)U/L. There was no statistical significance (P > 0.05). PAPP-A, β-hCG and AFP of mild preeclampsia cases were (3 249 ± 1 877) mU/L, (61 ± 38) U/L and (35 ± 11) µg/L respectively, and in severe cases they were(1 758 ± 1 297)mU/L, (47 ± 23)U/L and (47 ± 22)µg/L, respectively. There was statistically significant difference in PAPP-A (P hCG, AFP and uE3 in the preeclampsia group were (47 909 ± 31 396 )U/L, (38 ± 15)µg/L and (0.98 ± 0.31)µg/L respectively, and in the

  13. Diagnostic value of combined detection of serum AFU and AFP in predicting recurrence in patients with liver cancer%α-L岩藻糖苷酶和甲胎蛋白联合检测对肝癌患者术后复发的预测价值

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    梁红萍; 吉建民

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨联合检测血清中α-L岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)在预测肝癌术后复发的价值.方法 按术后复发组、术后未复发组和健康对照组分3组检测血清AFU、AFP水平,AFU检测采用比色速率法,设定AFU>40U/L为阳性;AFP检测采用化学发光免疫法,设定AFP>13.6μg/L为阳性.结果 术后复发组与术后未复发组、健康对照组比较,AFU、AFP水平差异有统计学意义(P0.05).术后复发组肝癌复发前后AFU、AFP差异有统计学意义(P0.05);AFU+AFP、AFU、AFP三者特异度比较,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 联合检测血清中AFU、AFP水平,可显著提高肝癌术后复发的诊断率,并可作为预测肝癌术后复发的检测指标.%Objective To explore the value of the combined detection of serum AFU and AFP on predicting postoperative recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods Three groups were classified as pathological observation group, pathological control group and health control group. AFU was detected by ratio colorimetric method with the AFU>40 U/L defined as positive values. AFP was detected by microparticle enzyme immunoassay with AFP> 13.6 μg/L defined as positive values. Results AFU and AFP level of the pathological observation group were significantly different compared with the pathological control group and health control group(P 0.05). For the pathological observation group, the level of AFU and AFP after recurrence were significantly different than that before (P 0.05). As to the specificity of method, there was no significant differences among AFU+AFP, AFP and AFU (P >0.05). Conclusion The combined detection of serum AFU and AFP levels significantly raised the diagnostic value of liver cancer recurrence. They may applied as a predictor or indicator of postoperative recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma.

  14. 超声造影和增强CT对甲胎蛋白阴性原发性肝癌的诊断价值%Contrast- enhanced ultrasound and contrast- enhanced CT diagnostic value of the AFP- negative hepatocellular carcinoma

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    王惠; 杨东红; 马苏美; 陈飞

    2012-01-01

    目的 比较超声造影(CEUS)和增强CT(CECT)对AFP阴性原发性肝癌(PHC)的诊断价值.方法 对接受过肝脏CEUS和CECT检查的36例甲胎蛋白(AFP)阴性的PHC患者进行分析,将两种检查方法对AFP阴性PHC的诊断阳性率、病理类型符合率进行比较.结果 CEUS对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为94.4%,病理类型符合率为86.1%;CECT对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为88.9%,病理类型符合率为88.9%,CEUS与CECT联合对AFP阴性组诊断阳性率为100%,病理类型符合率为100%.结论 CEUS、CECT及两者联合对AFP阴性PHC均具有较高的阳性诊断率和病理类型符合率.%Objective To compare contrast - enhanced ultrasound ( CEUS) and contrast - enhanced CT( CECT) diagnostic value of the AFP - negative hepatocellular carcinoma ( PHC). Methods Delect 36 cases of AFP - negative PHC patients who received liver CEUS and CECT examination were analyzed. AFP - negative PHC Postitive diagnosis rate with Pathological diagnosis rate of the two methods were compared. Results Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS for AFP - negative PHC was 94.4% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 86.1 % , Positive diagnosis rate for CECT of AFP - negative PHC was 88. 9% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 88. 9%. Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS combined with CECT for AFP - negative PHC was 100% , Pathological diagnosis rate was 100%. Conclusion Positive diagnosis rate of CEUS for AFP - negative PHC was higher, pathological diagnosis rate of CECT for AFP - negative PHC was higher, CEUS combined with CECT can further improve the Positive diagnosis rate and Pathological diagnosis rate of AFP - negative PHC.

  15. Primary Yolk Sac Tumor of the Omentum: Case Report

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    Baek, Chang Kyu; Oh, Young Taik; Jung, Dae Chul [Dept. of Radiology, Research Institue of Radiological Science, Yensei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Yoon Sung [Dept. of Pathology, Yensei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    A 32-year-old woman had been referred to our hospital for lower abdominal pain. Pelvic ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a huge solid mass with an internal cystic portion. The patient underwent a staging laparotomy and subsequent total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, bilateral pelvic lymph nodes sampling, and total omentectomy. At staging laparotomy, a large omental mass was found. The tumor displayed the typical histological patterns observed in the yolk sac tumor. The alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) serum value on the 10th day after surgery was 11,576.67 IU/mL and decreased to 6.46 IU/mL after chemotherapy. At the end of the treatment, all the findings, including the AFP level, were normal. We report a case of primary yolk sac tumor of the omentum in a 32-year-old woman.

  16. 急性弛缓性麻痹病例实验室监测与质量评价%Quality Evaluation on Laboratory Surveillance of AFP Cases

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    梅志强; 赵习芳; 李爱英; 常一华; 郑蕾

    2001-01-01

    实验室监测指标完成的质和量是证实无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)的重要依据,用双向有序属性相同的R×C表资料的一致性检验(Kappa检验),对山西省卫生防疫站脊灰实验室和中国预防医学科学院国家脊灰实验室鉴定的病毒分离物结果一致性进行评估(K=0.864,U=13.541,P<0.0001),说明省卫生防疫站脊灰实验室与国家脊灰实验室对病毒分离物的鉴定结果有极好的一致性,符合率为91.30%。%The quality and quantity of the indicators completed in laboratory for AFP case surveillance are the key basis for confirmation of poliomyelitis elimination. The consistency evaluatin of virus isolates identified in laboratories at both provincial and national levels was made by Kappa test. The results were K=0.864, U=13.541, P<0.0001, which showed that virus isolation identified in laboratories at both provincial and national levels had good consistency. Coincidence rate was 91.30%.

  17. Radiofrequency ablation of AFP-positive patients with liver cancer%甲胎蛋白阳性肝癌病人的射频治疗

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    王克飞; 刘华顶; 武四化; 刘顺海; 冯丽

    2009-01-01

    目的:探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)改变与肿瘤复发的关系,并观察肝癌射频消融(RFA)治疗前后AFP变化.方法:选AFP阳性的肝癌病人进行RFA治疗,术后6个月内不同时间段检测AFP改变及影像学变化,对AFP治疗前后阴转阳的病例实施再次RFA治疗或者介入治疗然后观察AFP变化,分析AFP改变与肿瘤复发的关系.结果:术后检查所有患者肿瘤血供不同程度减少、液化或肿瘤体积缩小:术后8~20天AFP检测阴性35例、降低6例、无变化8例,术后2、3、6个月AFP阴转阳率分别为2.85%、14.28%、20%,统计学处理P<0.05、P<0.01.治疗后AFP再次转阴.结论:AFP阳性肝癌病人RFA治疗后动态随访AFP阴转阳变化,对于了解术后肿瘤复发及评价肝癌RFA治疗效果有较大帮助.

  18. 抗冷冻蛋白基因(afp)转化大豆的研究%Transformation of Soybean with Antifreeze Protein Gene

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    陈颖珊; 陈晟; 赵印华; 郭丽琼; 林俊芳

    2012-01-01

    目的:通过农杆菌介导法遗传转化大豆.方法:通过热激法将质粒pCAAFP66导入根癌农杆菌菌株EHA105中获得含有抗冷冻蛋白基因(afp)及除草剂抗性筛选标记基因(bar)的农杆菌工程菌株;以大豆品种华春6号和马祖1号种子的下胚轴为外植体,经过农杆菌介导将抗冷冻蛋白基因导人大豆基因组中,在含有除草剂草丁膦(PPT)的培养基中筛选、并经过PCR鉴定获得大豆转化植株.结果:PPT的最佳筛选浓度为1.0mg/L,华春6号和马祖1号的阳性植株数分别为6株和2株,转化效率分别为3.70%和0.94%.结论:不同基因型大豆的转化率存在差异,抗冷冻蛋白基因成功遗传转化进大豆细胞中.

  19. Evaluation of a second trimester triple marker screening test for fetal status using alpha-fetoprotein (aFP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and unconjugated estriol (uE{sub 3})

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    Mi, Seong Young; Kim, Jong Ho; Choi, Seung Hun [Chung Ang Gil Hospital, Inchon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    Our purpose was to assess the utility of maternal serum triple-marker screening test using alpha-fetoprotein (aFP), human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) and unconjugated Estriol (uE{sub 3}) for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. 1,767 venous blood samples (4ml) between 15 and 20 week's gestation for maternal serum screening from January to October 1996, were tested with Kodak Amerix-M triple marker radioimmunoassay kits. Risk analysis was achieved with interpretive software such as Alpha (LMS, Kodak Clinical Diagnostics). Marker levels are transformed into multiples of median (MOM), which represent an interpretation of (weight regressed) patient marker levels relative to regressed median levels for stated gestation. By multivariate anaysis, the three MOM values are combined to generate a liklihood ratio. Calculation of a patient, risk is the product of liklihood ratio and age-related risk. Risk assessment is weight for maternal age. The median values of aFP, hCG and uE{sub 3} were well correlated with gestational age, respectively (r=0.94, p=0.003; r=-0.97, p=0.029; r=0.99, p<0.001, respectively). The median value of hCG were correlated withmateral age (r=0.13, p=0.04) but those of aFP and eU{sub 3} weren't (r=-0.17, p=0.22; r=0.36, p=0.09, respectively). The values of aFP, CG and uE{sub 3} between pregnancy younger than 35 years-old (n=87) and older than that (n=1640) were 51.67{+-}27.44, vs 54.65{+-}126.36, 46.45{+-}30.08 vs 51.33{+-}38.50 and 8.01{+-}11.01 vs 6.68{+-}7.23, respectively but all of them failed to show significant differences. A second-trimester risk for trisomy 21 > or = 1:270 was considered screen positive. Patients were screen positive for trisomy 21 if aFP < or 0.7 multiples of median (MOM), hCG> or 2.1 MOM and E{sub 3} < or 0.7 MOM. Patients were screen positive for neural tube defect if aFP >2.5 MOM. The initial screen-positive rate for both Down' syndrome and neural tube defect were 1.46% (26/1767); 0.73% (13/1767) with each other

  20. 肿瘤标志物DCP和AFP在原发性肝癌中的诊断价值%Utility of DCP and AFP in diagnosis of primary liver cancer

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    郑海伦; 赵睿; 李大鹏; 汪强武; 汪建超; 王启之

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨血清肿瘤标志物异常凝血酶原(DCP)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)单独或联合检测在原发性肝癌(PLC)诊断中的临床意义.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附测定法(ELISA)分别对70例PLC患者、每组各50例的肝硬化患者、乙型肝炎患者、健康体检者的血清DCP和AFP进行检测,并比较各组水平差异,并采用Spearman相关分析探讨AFP和DCP之间的关系,用ROC曲线评价AFP和DCP诊断PLC的敏感度、特异度,从而明确DCP和AFP在PLC中的诊断价值.结果 PLC组患者血清中的DCP和AFP水平均显著高于肝硬化、肝炎和正常组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.01).单独检测诊断PLC时,通过ROC曲线分析DCP的曲线下面积大于AFP(P <0.01),分别为0.977(95% CI:0.954 ~1.000)和0.853 (95% CI:0.785~0.921),Spearman相关分析表明AFP和DCP之间无显著相关性.单独检测时DCP诊断PLC的敏感度(90.0%)和特异度(97.3%)显著高于AFP(77.1%,76.7%),AFP和DCP联合检测时可提高诊断PLC的敏感度(95.7%).结论 DCP是诊断PLC良好的血清肿瘤标志物,诊断PLC时的敏感度和特异度高于AFP;联合检测DCP和AFP可提高PLC诊断的敏感度,避免临床漏诊PLC的发生.

  1. 腺病毒介导蜂毒素基因转染对HepG2细胞生长及AFP表达的影响%Effect of recombinant adenovirus harboring melittin gene on growth of HepG2 cells and AFP expression

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    李绍祥; 文军慧; 凌昌全

    2004-01-01

    目的:将蜂毒素基因置于甲胎蛋白(AFP)转录调控元件(rAFP)驱动之下,构件重组腺病毒载体,观察蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞生长及AFP表达的影响.方法::将蜂毒素基因置于rAFP之后,用细菌内高效同源重组法将目的基因重组入腺病毒质粒中,将腺病毒质粒用PacⅠ酶切线性化后,用脂质体介导转染293细胞进行腺病毒的包装.携有蜂毒素基因的腺病毒感染肝癌细胞后,RT-PCR实验观察蜂毒素基因是否发生转录;MTT法测定蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞增殖的影响;ELISA双抗体夹心法定量检测AFP.结果:RT-PCR实验表明蜂毒素基因转染肝癌细胞后可以被转录;蜂毒素基因在rAFP的控制下,可以特异性的抑制AFP阳性肝癌细胞的增殖,并降低其AFP的生成量.结论:蜂毒素基因转染对肝癌细胞的生长及AFP的表达具有抑制作用,可降低其恶性度.%Objective:To construct recombinant adenovirus harboring melittin gene under the control of AFP transcription regulatory element rAFP,and to observe its tumor inhibition effects in vitro as well as its effect on AFP expression in hepatocarcinoma cells.Methods:Melittin gene was driven by rAFP.The gene of interest was cloned into adenoviral backbone plasmid through a new simplified bacterial homologous recombinant system,then the recombinant adenoviral plasmids were linearized with PacⅠand then were used to transfect 293 cells (mediated by lipofectin) for generation of the desired recombinant adenoviruses.The resultant viruses harboring melittin gene was used to infect the AFP-positive HepG2 cells. Transcription of melittin gene was verified by RT-PCR,and its proliferation inhibition effect was observed by MTT assay. AFP was measured by ELISA double antibody sandwiched method.Results:Recombinant adenoviruses harboring melittin gene were successfully constructed and transfect hepatocarcinoma cells,and melittin gene was transcripted.Under the control of rAFP

  2. Sialoblastoma of the cheek: A case report and review of the literature

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    SITTHICHAIYAKUL, PEERAYUT; SOMRAN, JULINTORN; OILMUNGMOOL, NONGLUK; WORASAKWUTTIPONG, SARAN; LARBCHAROENSUB, NOPPADOL

    2016-01-01

    Sialoblastoma is a rare salivary gland tumor that recapitulates the primitive salivary gland anlage. The authors herein report a case of sialoblastoma of a minor salivary gland, clinically presenting with progressive enlargement of a mass in the cheek of a 1-year-old female infant. Histopathologically, the mass consisted of tight clusters of basaloid cells and partially formed ductal and pseudo-ductal spaces separated by thin fibrous bands. Immunohistchemical studies demonstrated the presence of cytokeratin AE1/AE3, p63, CD99, α-fetoprotein (AFP) and Hep Par-1 expression in a considerable number of tumor cells. The clinical and pathological characteristics are presented and relevant literature is reviewed. Early complete surgical excision is recommended for the treatment of sialoblastoma. Radiation may be considered in cases with incomplete resection of the tumor. Chemotherapy may play a vital role in extensive, metastatic, or relapsed cases, or in cases with inadequate excision. The follow-up treatment should be frequent and prolonged. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of sialoblastoma of the cheek with immunoreactivity for AFP and Hep Par-1, which may be associated with the embryonic origin of the tumor. AFP may be a useful marker of tumor response in patient with sialoblastoma. PMID:27284424

  3. Logistic回归和ROC曲线评价甲胎蛋白、癌胚抗原和糖链抗原19-9在肝癌诊断中的价值%The value of assessing AFP and CEA and CA19 -9 by using logistic regression and ROC curve in the diagnosis of liver cancer

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    戴大飞; 陈晓鹏

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨应用Logistic回归和ROC曲线综合评价甲胎蛋白( AFP)、癌胚抗原( CEA)和糖链抗原19-9(CA19-9)在肝癌诊断中的价值. 方法 采用电化学发光原理测定AFP、CEA、CA19-9. 检测126例肝癌患者(肝癌组)、75例肝病患者(肝病组) ,通过ROC曲线分析AFP、CEA、CA19-9及三种肿瘤标志物联合检测的Logistic回归结果的ROC曲线值( AUC值). 结果 肝癌-肝良性疾病者中,除CEA外,其余2种肿瘤标志物均有显著性(P0.05). 在肝癌-肝良性疾病中,AUC( AFP) >AUC ( CA19-9)>AUC( CEA);三种肿瘤标志物联合检测的AUC值均高于三项肿瘤标志物单一检查的AUC.结论 联合检测血清AFP、CEA、CA19-9对肝癌具有较高的诊断价值,联合检测三种肿瘤标志物可提高肝癌的诊断率.%Objective To explore the value of assessing AFP and CEA and CA19 -9 by logistic regression and ROC curve in the diagnosis for liver cancer.Methods Serum AFP, CEA and CA19-9 ( using CLIA) levels were measured in 126 patients with liver cancer, 75 patients with benign liver disorders.The area under the ROC curves ( AUC ) of AFP, CEA and CA19 -9 from logistic regression results was compared.Results The serum concentrations of AFP and CA19 -9 in liver cancer patients were higher than those in patients with benign liver diseases (P0.05).In cancer-benign disorder group, the AUC of AFP was larger than the AUC of CA199.the AUC of CA19-9 was larger than the AUC of CEA.AUC value of AFP, CEA and CA19-9 combination detection was larger than AUC value of AFP, CEA and CA19-9 single detection.Conclusions The combination detection of serum AFP, CEA and CA19-9 have higher diagnostic value in liver cancer, also can improve the diagnosis rate of liver cancer.

  4. Primary hepatic lymphoma: A case report

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    Trupti S Patel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the liver is a very rare malignancy. In this case report, we describe a case of primary hepatic lymphoma (PHL in a 60-year-old man who presented with lump and pain in the abdomen of 2 months′ duration. The patient had altered liver function, normal serum alfa fetoprotein level (AFP, normal hemogram and bone marrow. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed an ill-defined hypodense mass with specks of calcification involving the liver, suggestive of primary malignant mass of liver. Diagnosis of PHL was established on the cytology smear and confirmed by immunohistochemistry on tissue biopsy. This case demonstrates that PHL should be considered in the differential diagnosis of space-occupying liver lesions in the presence of a normal level of AFP. Fine needle aspiration cytology is a faster and safer diagnostic modality even in such a rare case. The case has many unique features like negative serology for viruses, no type B symptom and normal lactate dehydrogenase level.

  5. Glypcian-3 in the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma and the diagnostic value of the Joint detection with AFP%原发性肝癌患者血清中Glypcian-3检测及与AFP联合试验的诊断价值

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    王丽丽; 王立群; 高歌

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测原发性肝癌(PHC)患者血清中Glypican-3(GPC3)与甲胎蛋白(AFP)的水平,以探讨PHC患者血清中GPC3的表达和临床意义及与AFP联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断价值.方法 应用酶联免疫法检测64例原发性肝癌(PHC)患者、63例肝硬化(LC)患者和54例健康体检者空腹血清标本Glypcian-3及AFP水平.结果 48/64例PHC患者、0/63例LC患者和0/54例健康献血者血清中的Glypcian-3阳性,阳性率分别为75.00%、0%、0%.Glypcian-3对PHC诊断的敏感性75.00%,特异性100%.AFP阳性率分别为73.43%、6.25%、0%.Glypcian-3与TNM分期有关联(P<0.01),而与性别、年龄、肿瘤直径、癌结节数目、门脉癌栓、肝功能分级及AFP水平无关联(P>0.05).在AFP阴性的PHC患者中Glypcian-3阳性检出率76.47%,Glypcian-3与AFP联合检测敏感性93.75%.结论 Glypican-3在原发性肝癌患者血清中高表达,对诊断PHC有较高的敏感性和特异性,与AFP联合检测显著降低漏诊率,可作为PHC早期诊断的标志物.%Objective To approach the expression and cilinic significance of serum Glypican-3(GPC3) in prim ary hepatic carcinom a patients and the diagnostic value for PHC combined with AFP detection by detecting serum Glypican-3 and AFP in PHC patients.Methods To detect empty stom ach serum GPC3 and AFP in 64 PHC patients,63 hepatic cirrhosis patients and 54 healthy blood donors .Results G PC3 in 48 of 64 PHC patients ,0 of 63 hepatic cirrhosis patients and 0 of 54 healthy blood donors was positive .The positive rate of GPC3 in three groups was 75.00% 、0% 、0% .The sensibility of GPC3 for PHC was 75.00% ,and its specificity w as 100% .The positive rate of AFP was 73.43%、 6.25% 、0% . GPC3 is correlated with Clinical TNM Stagig ( P<0.01 ) ,but not with sexuality、 age、 the diam eter of cancer、 number of cancer tubercle、 carcino-epistom、 hepatic function Child-pugh Staging and level of AFP ( P>0.05 ) .The positive detection

  6. 血清异常凝血酶原和甲胎蛋白联合检测对原发性肝癌的临床价值%The clinical value of serum PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP detection for hepatocellular carcinoma

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    席强; 孙桂荣; 丛培珊; 刘明军; 宗金宝

    2014-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical value of Protein induced by Vitamin K Antagonist-Ⅱ (PIVKA-Ⅱ) and alpha-Fetoproteins (AFP) in diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and monitoring the treatment effects.Methods Patients were recruited by the Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University,from August 2013 to March 2014.Serum levels of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP were measured by both chemiluminescence assay (CLIA) and electrochemiluminescence assay (ECLA) in patients with HCC (n =148),intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma (n =37),gastric cancer and colorectal cancer (n =44),cirrhosis (n =63),chronic hepatitis B (n =38) and healthy subjects (n =57).To analyze the areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (ROC-AUC) and to compare the sensitivity and specificity of single PIVKA-Ⅱ or AFP assay,and the combined detection.To analyze the correlation of PIVKA-Ⅱ and both tumor size and TNM staging,so do AFP,respectively.To compare the serum level changes of the two indicators in HCC patients before and after treatment.Results The serum levels of both PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP in HCC group were higher than that in intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma,gastric cancer and colorectal cancer,cirrhosis,chronic hepatitis B and healthy subjects groups (PIVKA-Ⅱ:U =866.50,424.00,958.00,292.00 and 448.00 ; AFP:U=713.00,440.50,1 182.00,614.00 and 399.00,P <0.001).The ROC-AUCs of the single PIVKA-Ⅱ or AFP assay and the combined detection in HCC group were not statistically different (P > 0.05).The sensitivity of PIVKA-Ⅱ (87.16%) was higher than that of AFP (68.92%,x2 =4.73,P < 0.05) in diagnosing HCC ; the sensitivity of the combined detection of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP(93.24%) was higher than that of PIVKA-Ⅱ itself (87.16%,adjusted x2 =64.70,P < 0.01) ;while the specificities among them did not show statistical significance (P > 0.05).Tested by Spearman rank correlation,the serum levels of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP were both positively related to tumor size (r =0

  7. Report

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Gossypiboma (GP is a term used to express the mass resulting from forgotten cotton sponge in operations. Rarely, a transmural migration may occur into the gastrointestinal lumen without creating any defect by GP. Laparotomy or endoscopic removal may be required, by the way it can be taken out of the body itself by intestinal ways. In this study, we reported a case of mechanical intestinal obstruction causing GP. Case. The fifty-one-year-old female patient admitted to the emergency department with the complaints of mechanical intestinal obstruction and had a history of open cholecystectomy 20 years ago. There were the findings of intestinal obstruction in abdominal plain radiography and computerized tomography. The sponge that obstructed the lumen completely 40 cm proximal to the ileocecal valve was identified in the laparotomy with the diagnosis of brid ileus. The small intestine was closed over double-fold after removal of sponge. Transmural migration of abdominal-remained sponge was thought to be occurred without creating a defect after cholecystectomy. Postoperatively, the patient was discharged without having any problems at 4th day of hospitalization. Conclusion. Although it is a rare situation in routine clinical practice, GP should be considered as a differential diagnosis in the patients who had a diagnosis of mechanical intestinal obstruction, and laparotomy was applied before. As GP may lead to situations which cause mortality, all precautions should be taken to prevent it.

  8. 血清AFP、 GP73和AFU联合检测在HCC中的应用价值%Clinical Value of the Combined Detection of AFP,GP73 and AFU in Patients with HCC

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    葛艳玲; 姚艳霞

    2015-01-01

    目的 研究血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)联合检测在原发性肝细胞癌(HCC)诊断中的临床价值.方法 将研究对象分为原发性肝细胞癌(HCC)组,肝硬化组及健康对照组,检测血清AFP、GP73和AFU水平,并对各组结果进行统计学分析.结果 结果显示HCC组AFP、GP73及AFU水平均显著高于其他组,单独检测时血清AFP、GP73和AFU的敏感性分别是52%、74%和55%,特异性分别是93%、95%和88%,联合检测敏感性及特异性分别为93%和86%.结论 AFP、GP73及AFU联合检测可显著提高HCC诊断的敏感性,在HCC的早期诊断中具有重要的临床应用价值.

  9. The comparison of AFP detection efficacy by ELISA and ECL%酶联免疫吸附法和电化学发光法对甲胎蛋白检测功效的比较

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    冯志强

    2009-01-01

    目的 比较ELISA和ECL两种检测方法对AFP检测的稳定性、敏感性及重复性.方法 对200例患者血标本同时采用ELISA和ECL两种方法进行AFP检测,对同一标本连续测定加次进行批内变异的比较;同时对标本每天测定1次.连续测定20天进行批间变异比较.采用方差分析比较两种方法敏感性;并对两种方法进行线性回归分析,评价两种方法相关性.结果 ECL批内变异系数和批间变异系数均较ELISA小,具有较好的重复性及稳定性;当AFP500μg/L时,ECL法敏感性高于ELISA(P<0.05).结论 ECL较ELISA稳定性好、敏感性高、重复性好,而ELISA具有经济、在AFP浓度值低于500μg/L时也具有较好的敏感性.

  10. Human Enteroviruses isolated during acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in Ghana: implications for the post eradication era.

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    Odoom, John Kofi; Obodai, Evangeline; Barnor, Jacob Samson; Ashun, Miriam; Arthur-Quarm, Jacob; Osei-Kwasi, Mubarak

    2012-01-01

    Surveillance of acute flaccid surveillance (AFP) has been used world-wide to monitor the control and eradication of circulating wild polioviruses. The Polio Laboratory since its accreditation in 1996 has supported the Disease Surveillance Department for AFP surveillance. This study aims to isolate and characterize human enteroviruses from patients with AFP in Ghana. Stool suspension was prepared from 308 samples received in 2009 from the surveillance activities throughout the country and inoculated on both RD and L20B cell lines. Isolates that showed growth on L20B were selected for real-time RT-PCR using degenerate and non-degenerate primers and probes. RD isolates were however characterized by microneutralisation technique with antisera pools from RIVM, The Netherlands and viruses that were untypable subjected to neutralization assay using antibodies specific for E71. Of the 308 samples processed, 17 (5.5%) grew on both L20B and RD cells while 32 (10.4%) grew on RD only. All 28 isolates from L20B were characterized by rRT-PCR as Sabin-like polioviruses. No wild poliovirus or VDPV was found. However from the microneutralisation assay, six different enteroviruses were characterized. Among these, Coxsackie B viruses were most predominant followed by Echovirus. Three children from whom non-polio enteroviruses were isolated had residual paralysis while one child with VAPP found. The non-polio enteroviruses circulated throughout the country with the majority (20.7%) from Ashanti region. This study showed the absence of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus circulation in the country. However, the detection of three non-polio enteroviruses and one Sabin-like poliovirus with residual paralysis call for continuous surveillance even in the post polio eradication era.

  11. Keeping polio free status in area bordering Myanmar in Yunnan province,2005-2009%2005-2009年云南省与缅甸接壤边境地区维持无脊髓灰质炎工作分析

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    张丽芬; 丁峥嵘

    2011-01-01

    for 81.15%. The transfer rate of stool samples within 7 days was 92. 88% and the timely follow up rate was 77. 64%. The isolation rates of polio virus and non-polio enteric virus were 2. 40% and 9. 60% respectively for the AFP cases and 3. 74% and 13.79% for the children from Myanmar respectively, Eight rounds OPV SIAs were conducted during this period and 3.5 million children were immunized Conclusion It is necessary to strengthen the AFP surveillance, routine OPV immunization and OPV SIA in border area to block the introduction of wild polio virus and keep polio free status.

  12. AFP、AFU和DCP联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断意义%Value of combined determination of AFP,AFU and DCP in the diagnosis of primary hepatic cancer

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    李生; 林英辉; 潘元平; 潘爱萍

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨甲胎蛋白(AFP)浓度、α-L-岩藻糖苷酶(AFU)活性和异常凝血酶原(DCP)活性在原发性肝癌(PHC)诊断的应用价值.方法 应用化学发光法和酶联免疫分析法对原发性肝癌患者血清中AFP、AFU与DCP进行检测,并与对照组、良性肝病组进行比较.结果 AFP、AFU任一阳性、AFP、DCP任一阳性、AFU、DCP任一阳性和AFP、AFU、DCP任一阳性诊断PHC的敏感性均高于AFP、AFU、DCP单项指标诊断PHC的敏感性,差异有统计学意义(均P<0.05).其中AFP、AFU、DCP任一阳性诊断PHC的敏感性为92.03%,但特异性仅为59.99%,显著低于AFP、AFU、DCP单项指标诊断PHC的特异性,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).AFP、AFU、DCP均为阳性诊断PHC的敏感性虽然仅为45.07%,但特异性为95.07%,显著高于其他指标,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 联合测定AFP、AFU与DCP能提高对PHC诊断的特异性与灵敏性,对PHC的临床诊断具有重要价值.

  13. 松花粉对肝癌细胞株HepG2的PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP和VEGF含量的影响%Infl uence of pine pollen on content of PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP and VEGF of hepatoma cell line HepG2

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    于雯珺; 陈源红

    2016-01-01

    Objective To detect in vitro the infl uence of pine pollen on content of PIVKA-Ⅱ,AFP and VEGF of hepatoma cell line HepG2 with the optimal concentration(2 mg/hole) and effect time(48 h).Method ELISA was applied to detect content of PIVKA-Ⅱ,AFP and VEGF in the supernatant of culture cells in pine pollen treat group and HepG2 control group.Result Compared with HepG2 control group, content of PIVKA-Ⅱ and AFP in pine pollen treat group decreased (P<0.05), while VEGF content of that group reduced significantly (P<0.05). Conclusion The proliferative inhibition and apoptosis-promoting effect of pine pollen on HepG2 cells might be related to down regulation of PIVKA-Ⅱ,AFP and VEGF.%目的:体外检测最佳作用浓度(2 mg/孔)和最佳作用时间(48 h)松花粉对肝癌细胞株HepG2的PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP和VEGF含量的影响。方法用ELISA法检测松花粉治疗组与HepG2对照组培养细胞上清液中PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP和VEGF的含量。结果松花粉治疗组与HepG2对照组相比,PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP的含量下降,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);VEGF的含量极显著下降,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论松花粉对HepG2细胞的增殖抑制作用和促凋亡作用可能与下调PIVKA-Ⅱ、AFP和VEGF有关。

  14. HS-AFP在肝癌早期诊断及鉴别诊断中的价值%The Value of HS-AFP in the Early Diagnosis and DifferentiaI Diagnosis of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    贲其稳; 倪润洲; 肖明兵; 陆翠华; 李立人; 毛振彪

    2008-01-01

    目的:探讨肝癌特异性甲胎蛋白(HS-AFP)对肝细胞癌的诊断及鉴别诊断价值.方法:对105例肝癌患者及151例良性肝病血清HS-AFP及AFP进行检测,并对10例HS-AFP阳性的良性肝病患者进行15个月随访观察.HS-AFP采用不连续缓冲系统PAGE结合Western blot分离检测,AFP采用化学发光法测定.结果:105例肝癌患者HS-AFP和AFP>200μg/L阳性率分别为60.0%和50.5%(P>0.05),良性肝痛患者HS-AFP阳性率显著低于AFP>200μg/L的阳性率(P<0.05).AFP处于50-400μg/L范围的肝癌组HS-AFP阳性率为77.1%.良性肝病组阳性率为13.6%(P<0.01).151例良性肝病中有10例HS-AFP出现阳性,其中3例于随访期间检出肝癌.11例小体积肝癌HS-AFP阳性率(45.5%)高于AFP>200μg/L的阳性率(18.2%).结论:HS-AFP对肝癌的诊断价值优于AFP浓度.对肝癌高危人群监测HS-AFP有助于肝癌的早期诊断.对血清AFP中低浓度升高的良恶性肝病有较高的鉴别诊断价值.

  15. RNAi干扰Notch-1对人肝癌细胞BEL-7402AFP表达及细胞增殖的影响%Effects of RNAi-mediated gene silencing of Notch-1 transcriptional factor on the expression of AFP overexpression and cell proliferation in hepatocellular carcinoma cells BEL 7402

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    刘虹

    2012-01-01

    目的 采用RNAi干扰细胞通讯因子Notch-1对肝癌细胞BEL-7402中AFP表达及细胞增殖的影响.方法 通过siRNA抑制BEL-7402细胞中Notch-1的表达,采用qRT-PCR和Western blotting法,检测其对AFP表达的影响,采用MTI法测定细胞增殖情况.结果 siRNA抑制Notch-1达后,AFP mRNA及其蛋白水平显著下降,RNAi干扰组与对照组比较BEL-7402细胞生长明显受抑制(P<0.01).结论 Notch-1 siRNA可以下调肝癌细胞BEL-7402中AFP mRNA及其蛋白的表达水平,抑制BEL-7402细胞的生长,提示Notch-1基因在肝癌细胞的发生、发展中具有重要作用,Notch-1可能是AFP过量表达肝癌的治疗靶点.

  16. Characteristics of pediatric patients with enterovirus meningitis and no cerebral fluid pleocytosis

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    de Crom, Stephanie C. M.; van Furth, Marceline A. M.; Peeters, Marcel F.; Rossen, John W. A.; Obihara, Charles C.

    2012-01-01

    UNLABELLED: Human non-polio enterovirus (EV) is the most important cause of aseptic meningitis in children. Only a few studies report the lack of cerobrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis in children with confirmed EV meningitis; however, the characteristics of these children have not been well defined.

  17. 肝脏局灶性结节性增生和甲胎蛋白阴性肝细胞癌患者的影像学特点分析%Patients with liver FNH and HCC patients with negative AFP:plain and dynamic enhanced MRI and CT findings

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    李明通

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨肝脏局灶性结节性增生(FNH)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)阴性肝细胞癌(HCC)患者的 MRI 和 CT 平扫及动态增强表现。方法回顾性分析2012年4月-2014年4月北京市密云县医院收治的124例肝脏肿瘤患者的临床资料。结果74例 FNH患者中,54例患者接受 CT 检查,其中38例患者接受三期动态增强扫描,16例患者仅接受平扫;62例患者接受 MRI 检查,均接受平扫及增强扫描,其中应用钆贝葡胺(Gd -BOPTA)造影剂42例。50例 AFP 阴性 HCC 患者中,40例患者接受 CT 检查,其中10例患者只接受平扫;46例患者接受 MRI 平扫及增强扫描,其中采用 Gd -BOPTA 造影剂30例,30例30个病灶中延迟1~2 h 扫描均呈低信号。结论FNH 和 AFP 阴性 HCC 患者的 MRI 和 CT 平扫及动态增强表现各具特点,多种检查方法联合应用能够促进二者诊断率的显著提升。%Objective To investigate plain and dynamic enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)and computed tomography (CT) findings in patients with focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH)of the liver and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)patients with negative alpha -fe-toprotein (AFP).Methods A statistical analysis was performed on the clinical data of 124 cases of liver tumor admitted to Beijing Miyun County Hospital from April 2012 to April 2014.Results Fifty -five of the 74 patients with FNH underwent CT examination,among whom 38 patients received three -phase dynamic enhanced scan and 16 received only plain scan;62 cases had plain and enhanced MRI with the application of contrast agent Gd -BOPTA in 42 patients.Among the 50 HCC patients with negative AFP,CT examination was performed in 40 and 10 only had plain scan;46 patients received plain and enhanced MRI with the use of contrast agent Gd -BOPTA in 30.Delayed scan after 1 -2 h demonstrated low signal in 30 lesions of the 30 cases.Conclusion For patients with liver FNH and AFP -negative HCC pa

  18. Southeast Asia Report

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    2007-11-02

    the Watergate scandal . Supreme Court officials could not be ^diately^ reached for comment. [Text] [Hong Kong AFP in English 1144 GMT...York Supreme Court’s disbarment of former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1976 for alleged obstruction of justice in the —stigation of

  19. JPRS Report: Telecommunications.

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    2007-11-02

    approved for jmhlic release; Diattributlon Unlimited DTIC QUALITY INSPECTED 3 REPRODUCED BY US DEPARTMENTOF COMMERCE NATIONAL TECHNICAL...Paris AFP SCIENCES, 30 Dec 87] 24 France, FRG Sign Accords With China 25 Alcatel Turnkey Equipment for Peking [Paris ELECTRONIQUE ACTUALITES, 22 Jan... ELECTRONIQUE ACTUALITES, 15 Jan 88] 25 FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY FRG Telecommunications Deregulation Planned for 1988 [Duesseldorf VDI

  20. Worldwide Report, Arms Control

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    2007-11-02

    GMT 26 Sep 85 [Text] Paris, Sept 26 (AFP) — The French missile Hades, which is to replace the Pluton within the country’s nuclear artillery arsenal...350 kms (210 miles) compared with 120 kms (72 miles) for the Pluton , is characterized by "its aptitude to meet the technical demands at- tached to

  1. JPRS Report, Proliferation Issues

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    2016-03-24

    weapons, including delivery systems and the transfer of weapons-relevant technologies .] EAST ASIA JAPAN Russia To Cooperate on Nuclear-Powered Vessels...Radio] ............................................................... 9 IRAQ UN Finds Nothing in Agriculture Ministry [Paris AFP...19 Russian Prospects for Technology Exports [MIROVAYA EKONOMIKA I MEZHDUNARODNYYE OTNOSHENIYA No 6, Jun

  2. Diagnostic Value of Joint Detection of AFP and PIVKA-Ⅱ in Hepatocellular Carcinoma%AFP与PIVKA-Ⅱ联合检测在原发性肝癌诊断中的应用研究

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    黄述婧; 姜菲菲; 王颖; 于艳华; 娄金丽

    2016-01-01

    目的 探究甲胎蛋白AFP与异常凝血酶原PIVKA-Ⅱ对原发性肝癌的诊断价值.方法 回顾性研究首都医科大学附属北京佑安医院2016年1月至3月收治的肝病患者268例,其中病毒性肝炎患者59例、肝硬化患者96例、其他肝病患者33例和原发性肝癌患者80例(早期50例、晚期30例),对其AFP和PIVKA-Ⅱ的检测结果进行统计分析.结果 原发性肝癌组血清AFP和PIVKA-Ⅱ水平明显高于其他疾病组(P <0.005);AFP和PIVKA-Ⅱ的ROC曲线下面积分别为0.854和0.926,两指标联合诊断原发性肝癌的ROC曲线下面积为0.951;血清AFP单独诊断原发性肝癌的敏感性和特异性分别为87.50%和66.49%,PIVKA-Ⅱ单独诊断原发性肝癌的敏感性和特异性分别为90.00%和85.11%.联合检测对原发性肝癌的诊断效率,并联联检可将敏感性提高到97.50%;串联联测可将特异性提高到94.15%;经相关性分析发现,在早期原发性肝癌的诊断上两指标Spearman相关系数为0.044(P =0.763),两者无相关性.结论 血清PIVKA-Ⅱ用于诊断原发性肝癌有较高的敏感性和特异性,其诊断价值高于AFP;两指标在早期原发性肝癌的诊断上没有相关性,两指标联合可以明显提高早期原发性肝癌的诊断效率.

  3. 原发性松果体区胚胎癌的诊断与治疗(附二例报告及文献复习)%Diagnosis and treatment of primary embryonal carcinoma in pineal region: report of two cases and literatures review

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    肖罡; 邱炳辉; 方陆雄; 漆松涛

    2011-01-01

    Objective Primary embryonal carcinoma in pineal region is extremely rare.Here we report two such cases and combined literatures review to discuss its diagnosis,treatment and prognosis.Method Two primary embryonal carcinoma in pineal region verified histologically were presented.In one cases,the pre -operative serum alpha -fetoprotein (AFP) level reached significantly high level,6 810μg/L,but showed negative staining forβ-human chorionic gonadotropin (β- HCG).In the other one,accompanied by elevation of β-HCG level,5 260 mlU/ml,the serum AFP was negative.The tumors were microsurgically removed by transoccipito -tentorial approach.Endoscopic third ventriculostomy was used after tumor removal because of recurrent hydrocephalus.Both patients received adjunctive treatments included radiation therapy (whole central nervous system 30 Gy and tumor bed 50 Gy) and 4 course of chemotherapy.Results In both patients,the tumors were totally removed.Postoperative tumor immunohistochemistry indicators were present in case 1 with positive reaction for cytokeratin(CK) and AFP,in case 2 with positive CK and β-HCG.After adjunctive treatments,the serum AFP and β - HCG of two patiants were decreased to normal ranges.After post - operative follow - up of one year,two patients still survived and the serum markers were almost normal.Conclusions Measurement of serum β-HCG and AFP is extraordinarily significant for the diagnosis and post - treatment monitoring of pineal region embryonal carcinoma.Pathological differential diagnosis requires immunohistochemical indicators including cytokeratin (CK),AFP andβ - HCG.With radically surgical removal and combined adjunctive therapy including radiation and chemotherapy,good consequence could be obtained.%目的 原发性松果体区胚胎癌非常罕见,本文报道2例,并结合文献探讨其诊断、治疗和预后.方法 2例经病理证实的原发性松果体区胚胎癌,术前例1患者血清甲胎蛋白(AFP)6 810μg/L,人绒毛膜

  4. Correlation of GGT with AFP and diagnostic value of GGT for hepatocellular carcinoma%γ-谷氨酰转肽酶和甲胎蛋白表达的相关性及其在肝细胞癌诊断中的价值

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    高春; 房龙; 姚树坤

    2014-01-01

    Objective To analyze the correlation of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT)level with alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)level and to re-evaluate the diagnostic value of GGT for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).Methods Four hundred and seventy-two patients with HCC or liver cirrhosis,who were hospitalized in China-Japan Friendship Hospital from January 2003 to June 2009,were included in the study.The correlation between GGT and AFP was analyzed by Spearman nonparametric test.The cut-off values for the two parameters were determined based on their receiver operating characteristics (ROC)curves,areas under the ROC curve (AUCs),sensitivity,and specifici-ty,and the diagnostic values were presented using their sensitivity,specificity,and correct index.Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 17.0.Normally distributed continuous data were analyzed by independent-samples t test,while non-normally distributed continuous data were analyzed by Mann -Whitney U test.Categorical data were analyzed by Pearson chi -square test,continuity-corrected chi -square test,or Fisher’s exact test.Results Among 472 patients,224 were diagnosed with HCC,and 248 with liver cirrhosis.Compared with cirrhotic patients,HCC patients had a significantly higher GGT level (113 (58-254)U/L vs 38 (22-72)U/L,Z=-11.037,P<0.001)and a significantly higher AFP level (429.5 (15.7-1210.0)ng/ml vs 5.7 (3.4-18.2)ng/ml,Z=-10.157,P<0.001).A significant correlation was found between GGT and AFP (r=0.449,P<0.001).The AUC was 0.784 for GGT and 0.788 for AFP.The cut-off value was 60 U/L for GGT and 20 ng/ml for AFP.The sensitivity was 74.1%for GGT,71.8%for AFP,and 90.7%for a combina-tion of the two parameters,the specificity was 70.2%,77.6%,and 58.7%,respectively,and the correct index was 0.443,0.494,and 0.494,respectively.Conclusion GGT may be regarded as one biomarker for HCC,and its level is significantly correlated with AFP level. The diagnostic value of AFP may not be improved when used in combination with GGT.%目的

  5. Clinical significance of serum AFP, beta-HCG and Ue3 detection for Down`s syndrome screening%血清AFP、beta-HCG及Ue3检测对唐氏综合征筛查的临床意义

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    伍华颖; 彭淑莹; 刘健

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨分析孕中血清中甲胎蛋白(AFP)、人绒毛膜促性腺激素(beta-HCG)及游离雌三醇(uE3)的检测对唐氏综合征筛查的临床意义。方法:从2009年10月到2013年1月期间来我院检查的980例孕中期妇女进行AFP、beta-HCG及uE3三项指标检测,结合孕妇的年龄、体重、孕周等因素,对于高风险的孕妇再进一步行B超或羊水细胞染色体进行确诊,观察不同年龄孕妇所产婴儿唐氏综合征的发生情况。结果:980例孕中期孕妇通过血清AFP、beta-HCG及uE3的检测,筛查唐氏综合征高风险52例(5.3%),经B超或羊水细胞染色体进行确诊唐氏综合征12例;35岁以上的孕妇唐氏综合征阳性风险率显著高于35岁以下的孕妇,差异具有统计学(P<0.05)。结论:孕中期检测血清中AFP、beta-HCG和uE3能够有效筛查出唐氏综合征阳性高风险孕妇,降低了唐氏综合征患儿的出生率,对于优生工作起到极大的辅助作用。%Objective:To explore the clinical significance of detecting serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) , human chorionic gonadotropin (beta HCG) and free estriol (uE3) in second trimester to screening Down’s syndrome. Methods:We detected the three indicators, serum AFP, beta - HCG and uE3, for the 980 pregnant women who had their check-ups in our hospital from October 2009 to January 2013. Combined with factors such as age, weight and gestational age, high-risk cases were further confirmed by ultrasonography or amniotic fluid cells chromosome. The purpose was to observe the occurrence of Down's syndrome in babies delivered by pregnant women at different ages.Results:Among the 980 pregnant women who went through the serum AFP, beta - HCG and uE3 detection in second trimester, 52 cases (5.3%) were at high risk of Down's syndrome and 12 cases were confirmed by ultrasonography or amniotic fluid cells chromosome. It is apparent that pregnant women over 35 years old suffer higher

  6. 7336例孕妇羊水甲胎蛋白检测结果分析及临床应用评价%Analysis and clinical application evaluation of amniotic fluid AFP in 7 336 gravida

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    林飞; 郑海洋; 徐钰琪; 韦升开; 俸诗瀚; 阙婷; 陈少科

    2015-01-01

    Objective To establish the median value of amniotic fluid AFP(AFAFP)in each gestational age,which was used for monitoring and diagnosis of fetal neural tube defects(NTDs),and to discuss the clinical value of AFAFP test. Methods ELISA was used in quantitive test of AFAFP in 7 336 gravida in Maternal and Child Health Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from 2013 to 2014,subjects with positive result were diagnosed by the color doppler ultrasound. Results AFAFP level went down as fetus grown and gestation prolonged,Ln(AFAFP)and gestation was negative correlated,mathematical equation was Ln(AFAFP level)= - 0. 17 *gestation + 14. 29( R - squared = 0. 9244). Cut - off value of AFAFP in 16 - 23 gestation were 42211. 88 ng/ mL, 35634. 28 ng/ mL,25 562. 80 ng/ mL,25 394. 18 ng/ mL,21 437. 18 ng/ mL,18 096. 75 ng/ mL,15 276. 85 ng/ mL,12 896. 35 ng/mL respectively. The detection rate was high in some particular clinical diagnosis such as anencephaly,heart bulging,encephalocele, acromphalus,stillbirth. The concentration of AFAFP did not increased with the increment of gravida age. Conclusion The study established the mathematical equation of AFAFP value and gestational age,and the median value of each gestational age. The AFAFP testing program could be used to evaluate the safety of the fetus,combing with color doppler ultrasonic testing and other comprehensive analysis of clinical indicators,it?could be use to discovery,diagnose and prevent the birth of the major malformation fetus in early pregnant,which was important to the improvement of the accuracy and sensitivity of the screening.%目的:建立各孕周羊水甲型胎儿球蛋白(amniotic fluid AFP,AFAFP)的中位数值,用于胎儿神经管缺损(neural tube defects,NTDs)的监测与诊断,并探讨 AFAFP 检测的临床价值。方法2013~2014年广西壮族自治区妇幼保健院采用酶联免疫法对具有羊膜腔穿刺指征的7336例孕妇进行 AFAFP 定量检测,筛查阳性

  7. 2001-2009年河北省脊髓灰质炎实验室的监测与运转%Surveillance and Runing Status of Laboratoriy for Poliomyelitis in Hebei Province,2001-2009

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    张俊棉; 李静; 郭玉; 陈玫; 赵娜; 崔志强; 张振国

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyze the surveillance data in polio laboratory of Hebei and evaluate the running status, provide laboratory data for main,aining polio - free sataus in Hebei Province. Methods Data reported by the Acute Flaccid Paralysis ( AFP) cases surveillance system in 11 cities of Hebei and from national and Hebei polio laboratory were analyzed. Results A total of 3 422 stool samples of AFP cases were collected during 2001 - 2009 , and 282 stool samples of contactor were collected according to WHO polio laboratory manual, all stool samples were done viral isolation and identification. Poliovirus were isolated from 280 AFP cases and the average annual isolation rate was 8. 2% ; non - polio enterovirus ( NPEV) were isolated from 368 cases and the average annual isolation rate was 10. 8% ; poliovirus were isolated from 25 stool samples of AFP contactor and the average annual isolation rate was 8. 9% ; NPEVS were isolated from 64 samples and the average annual isolation rate was 22. 7%. No wild poliovirus or vaccine-derived polio virus ( VDPV) was found. The polio laboratory of Hebei province passed the blind samples proficiency testing and site certification assessment of the WHO and national polio laboratory every year. The sensitivity of cell lines reached the standard directed by WHO. Conclusion The polio laboratory in Hebei province ran well, cell lines were sensitive and effective. Polio - free states were maintained in Hebei province%目的 分析河北省脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)实验室监测数据,评估其运转情况,为河北省继续维持无脊灰状态提供实验室数据.方法 分析全省11个市上报的急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例个案送检表、河北省脊灰实验室病原学监测数据和国家脊灰实验室对所有脊灰病毒(PV)株进行型内鉴定数据.结果 2001-2009年河北省脊灰实验室共收到3 422例AFP病例粪便标本,282例AFP病例接触者粪便标本.AFP病例中分离到PV 280

  8. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor in a mixed germ cell tumor - A rare case report

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    Full Text Available A rare case of testicular tumor in a 20-year-old male with Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET was reported. Imaging studies showed a large heterogenous mass in the right scrotal sac and a large retroperitoneal mass with metastasis in the lung and liver. Serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP was markedly elevated with moderate increase in serum β-human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG levels. After orchidectomy, a histological diagnosis of mixed germ cell tumor-teratoma with primitive neuroectodermal, embryonal, and yolk sac components was made. Some scattered embryoid bodies representative of primitive germ cell tumor were also present. Morphological diversity including PNET prompted the authors to report this case as PNET points toward a poor prognosis.

  9. JPRS Report, Arms Control.

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    Paris AFP 29 Jan] 40 FRANCE Potential of Iraqi CBW, Nuclear Arms Evaluated [E. Marcuse ; L’EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL 18 Jan] 40 Firm Denies...18 Jan 91 p 13 [Article by Elie Marcuse : "Iraq’s Dirty Weapons"] [Excerpts] [passage omitted] There are three possible actions in Iraq’s battle...example, culture media for breeding plague, cholera, and anthrax. Even minor quan- tities of mycotoxins, which can cause cancer even when strongly

  10. Characterization of a novel enterovirus serotype and an enterovirus EV-B93 isolated from acute flaccid paralysis patients.

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    Shahzad Shaukat

    Full Text Available Non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs are among the most common viruses infecting humans worldwide. Most of these infections are asymptomatic but few can lead to systemic and neurological disorders like Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP. Acute Flaccid Paralysis is a clinical syndrome and NPEVs have been isolated frequently from the patients suffering from AFP but little is known about their causal relationship. The objective of this study was to identify and characterize the NPEV serotypes recovered from 184 stool samples collected from AFP patients in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA in north-west of Pakistan. Overall, 44 (95.6 % isolates were successfully typed through microneutralization assay as a member of enterovirus B species including echovirus (E-2, E-3, E-4, E-6, E-7, E-11, E-13, E-14, E-21 and E-29 while two isolates (PAK NIH SP6545B and PAK NIH SP1202B remained untypeable. The VP1 and capsid regions analysis characterized these viruses as EV-B93 and EV-B106. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed that PAK NIH isolates had high genetic diversity and represent distinct genotypes circulating in the country. Our findings highlight the role of NPEVs in AFP cases to be thoroughly investigated especially in high disease risk areas, with limited surveillance activities and health resources.

  11. Viral Aetiology of Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance Cases, before and after Vaccine Policy Change from Oral Polio Vaccine to Inactivated Polio Vaccine

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    T. S. Saraswathy Subramaniam

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    Full Text Available Since 1992, surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP cases was introduced in Malaysia along with the establishment of the National Poliovirus Laboratory at the Institute for Medical Research. In 2008, the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, approved a vaccine policy change from oral polio vaccine to inactivated polio vaccine (IPV. Eight states started using IPV in the Expanded Immunization Programme, followed by the remaining states in January 2010. The objective of this study was to determine the viral aetiology of AFP cases below 15 years of age, before and after vaccine policy change from oral polio vaccine to inactivated polio vaccine. One hundred and seventy-nine enteroviruses were isolated from the 3394 stool specimens investigated between 1992 and December 2012. Fifty-six out of 107 virus isolates were polioviruses and the remaining were non-polio enteroviruses. Since 2009 after the sequential introduction of IPV in the childhood immunization programme, no Sabin polioviruses were isolated from AFP cases. In 2012, the laboratory AFP surveillance was supplemented with environmental surveillance with sewage sampling. Thirteen Sabin polioviruses were also isolated from sewage in the same year, but no vaccine-derived poliovirus was detected during this period.

  12. Latin America Report, No. 2688.

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    headed by Senator Federico Alvarez Plata and Deputy Manuel Cardenas Mallo deprived another leader Alvaro Perez del Castillo of any authority for...10 May 83 [Text] Montevideo, 19 May (AFP)—Uruguayan journalist Enrique Alonso Fernandez, who along with another Uruguayan citizen recently won the

  13. Endometrioid like yolk sac tumor of the testis with small teratomatous foci: A case report and review of the literature

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    Full Text Available I have reported a case of endometrioid like yolk sac tumor of the testis in a 20-year-old boy. Endometrioid like yolk sac tumor is a rare tumor. A few cases have been reported in ovary. In case of male, a case of pure glandular endometrioid like yolk sac tumor is reported in a 43 years male in right undescended testis and another case of abdominal metastasis showing endometrioid pattern from mixed testicular germ cell tumor comprising of teratoma and embryonal carcinoma. My patient was a 20-year-old male presented with painless enlargement of right testis. Grossly the tumor was glistening creamish white with a multicystic appearance. Histopathological examination showed the tumor to be composed of glandular elements resembling early secretory endometrium, foci of keratinized thin squamous epithelium and a single focus of benign cartilage. The glandular elements show immunohistochemical positivity for AFP, cytokeratin 7 (CK7 and epithelial membrane antigen (EMA.

  14. Ataxia-Telangiectasia Presenting as Cerebral Palsy and Recurrent Wheezing: A Case Report.

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    Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive disease that consists of progressive cerebellar ataxia, variable immunodeficiency, sinopulmonary infections, oculocutaneous telangiectasia, radiosensitivity, early aging, and increased incidence of cancer. We report the case of an 8-year-old boy affected by A-T. At 12 months of age, he had a waddling gait, with his upper body leaning forward. Dystonic/dyskinetic cerebral palsy was diagnosed at the age of 3 years. At age 6 he was diagnosed with asthma based on recurrent wheezing episodes. A-T was confirmed at the age 8 years on the basis of clinical signs and laboratory findings (increased alpha fetoprotein--AFP, immunodeficiency, undetectable ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) protein on immunoblotting, and identification A-T mutation, 5932G>T). The clinical and immunological presentation of ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is very heterogeneous and diagnostically challenging, especially at an early age, leading to frequent misdiagnosis.

  15. Meckel Gruber Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Full Text Available Meckel-Gruber syndrome is an autosomal recessive disordercharacterized by a combination of renal cysts and variably associatedfeatures including developmental anomalies of the central nervous system(typically encephalocele, hepatic ductal dysplasia and cysts, andpolydactyly. n this cases AFP levels are increases. Alternative names areMeckel Syndrome, Dysencephalia Splanchnocystica, Gruber Syndrome andMeckel – Gruber Syndrome. This study is presented to draw attention to theMeckel Gruber Syndrome which seen rarely, have high risk of reccurenceand antenathal determination of AFP levels and early diagnosis byultrasonographic screening can be confident.

  16. 辽宁省急性弛缓性麻痹病例肠道病毒监测分析

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    富景辉; 袁伟; 韩悦; 段亚彤; 费思平

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    @@ 除脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)病毒外,非脊灰肠道病毒感染是导致儿童发生急性弛缓性麻痹的重要生物性病因[1].急性弛缓性麻痹(acute flaccid paralysis,AFP)病例脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)及非脊灰肠道病毒(non-polio enterovirus,NPEV)监测工作是全球消灭脊灰的一项重要内容.保持高质量、高水平的AFP病例病毒学监测是迅速发现输入性脊灰野病毒和疫苗衍生脊灰病毒(vaccine derived poliovirus,VDPV)的必备条件.

  17. Recombination of agrobaterium strains with trivalent expression vectors containing chitinase/β 1,3 glucanase/Raphanus sativus antifingal protein genes%几丁质酶、葡聚糖酶与萝卜抗真菌蛋白RS-AFP2基因三价表达载体的构建及农杆菌工程菌株的重组

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    利用基因工程技术构建了含有几丁质酶(Chitinase,Chi.)、β1,3 葡聚糖酶(β1,3 Glucanase,Glu.)、萝卜抗真菌蛋白(Raphanus sativus antifingal protein,Rs AFP2)的三价植物表达载体,并通过农杆菌直接转化法将三价植物表达载体转入农杆菌EHA105,分别为GC+R/pCAMBIA1300/EHA105和RC+G/pCAMBIA1300/EHA105,并采用PCR、DNA dot blotting技术对其进行了鉴定分析,证明获得了阳性的重组农杆菌工程菌株.

  18. Estimated 2nd Trimester Maternal Serum Markers AFP & HCG Moms for Down'S Syndrome Screening in Macao%第二妊娠期母血清甲胎球蛋白及人類絨毛膜促性腺激素篩選唐氏綜合症標記

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    王強; 梁敏慧; 林勇行

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    目的進行第二妊娠期母血清甲胎球蛋白及人類絨毛膜促性腺激素篩選唐氏綜合症標記的測定.方法從1998年8月起,對澳門35歲以下,懷孕期在14至20孕週,單胎懷孕並且無明顯家族及染色體遺傳史的孕婦,通過産前診斷咨詢門診,利用電子計算機軟件程式,分別對孕婦的年齡、身高、體重、以及甲胎球蛋白及人類絨毛膜促性腺激素進行運算,得出有關的數值.所有數值如大於1/250者將被視爲陽性.其後,有關孕婦將被轉介作羊水檢驗以確診之.結果其中有三例羊水檢驗證實爲唐氏綜合症胎兒.該項檢驗的假陽性率爲1/17.但其中一例出現假陰性(高齡孕婦,同時接受了羊水檢驗並確診).該母血篩選檢查的準確性約60%.結論該項35歲以下,懷孕期在14至20週唐氏綜合症檢驗在澳門中國婦女人口中是可行的及可接受的.%Objective Offered second-trimester serum AFP and hCG screening study to pregnant women younger than 3 5 years should be offered maternal serum screening at 16 to 18 weeks of gestation and without other risk factors for chromosomal abnormalities. Materials Between August 1998 and January 2001, we Each woman was assigned a risk of having a Downis syndrome term pregnancy by using a computer software program that took into account her age, weight, AFP and hCG MoMs. All those with a risk of one in 250 or greater were designated screen-positive, subject to the revision of gestation by ultrasound examination. Results After revision of the gestation by ultrasound examination, 89 of them (97 per cent) accepted the offer of amniocentesis. Downis syndrome and all the women elected pregnancy termination affected two of these pregnancies. The odds of being affected, given a positive screening result, were one in 17. The screening programmed missed one Downis syndrome pregnancy. The detection rate was 60 per cent. Conclusion The study showed that second-trimester serum screening for

  19. Construction, expression and identification of anti-human AFP VH single domain antibody fusion protein gene%抗AFP重链可变区单域抗体融合蛋白的构建、表达及初步鉴定

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    方丽; 王振达; 张平; 赵宗蓉; 章崇杰

    2007-01-01

    目的 构建抗甲胎蛋白(AFP)重链可变区(VH)单域抗体融合蛋白基因在大肠杆菌中的表达,并初步鉴定表达产物的活性.方法 从已构建的抗AFP单链抗体(ScFv)的载体中,经PCR扩增出VH 单域抗体基因,再克隆到融合蛋白表达载体pET32a(+)中进行表达;用SDS-PAGE及Western-blot鉴定表达产物;并通过竞争抑制ELISA分析TrxA-VH融合蛋白的结合活性;细胞免疫组化染色分析其内化及结合情况.结果 VH 单域抗体基因全长339 bp,将其克隆到pET32a(+)中,转化大肠杆菌可获得高效表达,Western-blot证实在相应分子质量处,有TrxA-VH融合蛋白的显色条带.经初步纯化和复性后,获得抗AFP的VH单域抗体融合蛋白.竞争抑制ELISA及细胞免疫组化证明,表达产物具有与AFP特异结合的活性.结论 成功构建了抗AFP的VH单域抗体融合蛋白,为临床的应用研究奠定了基础.

  20. Southeast Asia Report, No. 1357

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    Higher Education (MATICHON, 24 Aug 83) 49 Chao Phraya Pollution Worsens; Fishing Industry Lost (Phaibun Suksumek; MATUPHUM, 11 Jul 83) 52...against the new sect which they saw as a continuation of previously banned religious move- ments, the paper said.—AFP. [Text] [ Penang THE STAR in...have been talking too much and too long. The talking has, in fact, even served to defuse the situation because the airing has let off some steam

  1. 妊娠早中期孕妇血清中β-hCG、PAPP-A、AFP及uE3水平检测在联合预测子痫前期中的价值%The value of maternal first and second trimester serum data of β-hCG, PAPP-A, AFP and uE3 in the prediction of preeclampsia

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    顾玮; 林婧; 侯燕燕

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    界值,分别为PAPP-A 1831 mU/L、AFP 41μg/L及uE31.04μg/L,预测子痫前期的特异度分别为97.82%、98.54%及98.80%。(6)以PAPP-A、AFP及uE3的联合预测因子作为检验变量绘制ROC曲线并计算约登指数,联合预测因子为0.032时约登指数最大(为0.41),其预测子痫前期的价值最大。故以0.032作为PAPP-A、AFP及uE3联合预测因子的预测界值,其预测子痫前期的特异度为98.93%,敏感度为70.59%,相对风险度为2.37。结论无论是PAPP-A、AFP及uE3各单项血清指标还是联合预测因子,对子痫前期发病均有预测价值,但联合预测因子的预测价值要优于任一单项血清指标。%Objective To discover the value of combined maternal first and second-trimester serumβ-hCG, pregnancy associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A), alpha-fetoprotein(AFP)and unconjugated estriol (uE3) in the prediction of preeclampsia.Methods A total of 1 805 pregnant women who had antenatal care at International Peace Maternal and Child Health Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University between April 2012 and June 2013 were selected prospectively by random method. According to the outcome, they were defined as the control group and the preeclampsia group (including mild and severe cases). PAPP-A and β-hCG level were measured at 10-14 gestational weeks. AFP, β-hCG and uE3 were measured at 15-20 gestational weeks. The relevance between the serological indicators and outcomes was analyzed. The value of the indicators was judged by receiver operating characteristic(ROC)and Youden index, and the relevant predictive boundary values were identified.Results (1) Among the 1 805 cases, 1 739 women did not have hypertension(the control group), while 66 women had preeclampsia(the preeclampsia group). The incidence of preeclampsia was 3.66% (66/1 805), including 43 mild cases and 23 severe cases. (2) At 10-14 gestational weeks, the mean value of PAPP-A in the control group was(3 972± 2 311) mU/L, while in the

  2. Environmental Surveillance of Polioviruses in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in Support to the Activities of Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

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    de Oliveira Pereira, Joseane Simone; da Silva, Lidiane Rodrigues; de Meireles Nunes, Amanda; de Souza Oliveira, Silas; da Costa, Eliane Veiga; da Silva, Edson Elias

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    Wild polioviruses still remain endemic in three countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria) and re-emergency of wild polio has been reported in previously polio-free countries. Environmental surveillance has been used as a supplementary tool in monitoring the circulation of wild poliovirus (PVs) and/or vaccine-derived PVs even in the absence of acute flaccid paralysis cases. This study aimed to monitor the presence of polioviruses in wastewater samples collected at one wastewater treatment plant located in the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From December 2011 to June 2012 and from September to December 2012, 31 samples were collected and processed. RD and L20B cell cultures were able to isolate PVs and non-polio enteroviruses in 27/31 samples. Polioviruses were isolated in eight samples (type 1 Sabin = 1, type 2 Sabin = 5, and type 3 Sabin = 2). Vaccine-derived polioviruses were not detected nor evidence of recombination with other PVs or non-polio enterovirus serotypes were observed among the isolates. The Sabin-related serotypes 2 and 3 presented nucleotide substitutions in positions associated with the neurovirulent phenotype at the 5'-UTR. Changes in important Amino acid residues at VP1 were also observed in the serotypes 2 and 3. Environmental surveillance has been used successfully in monitoring the circulation of PVs and non-polio enteroviruses and it is of crucial importance in the final stages of the WHO global polio eradication initiative. Our results show the continuous circulation of Sabin-like PVs and non-polio enteroviruses in the analyzed area during the study period.

  3. Alpha-fetoprotein-producing primary lung carcinoma: A case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP-producing lung adenocarcinoma is a rare type of lung cancer, with its characteristics not yet fully clarified. We recently encountered a case of this type of lung cancer. The patient was a 69-year-old man who consulted an internist with the chief complaint of epigastric pain. Chest X-ray and CT revealed a lobulated mass measuring 70 mm in diameter in the right lower lung field and a metastasis in the right hilar lymph nodes. Of the tumor markers, the serum AFP was elevated (4620 ng/ml, and the serum carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 were also slightly elevated. Transbronchial lung biopsy revealed the diagnosis of lung cancer. Under thoracoscopic assistance, right lower lobectomy + mediastinal lymph node dissection was carried out. Immunostaining showed the tumor cells to be AFP-positive. The tumor was thus diagnosed as an AFP-producing lung adenocarcinoma. The patient followed an uneventful clinical course after the surgery, with serum AFP decreasing to the normal range by about 2 weeks after the surgery. As of this writing, no sign of tumor recurrence has been noted. This case is presented here with a review of the literature.

  4. 血清GPC3、GP73和AFP联合检测在HCC中的临床价值%The Clinical Value of the Combined Detection of AFP,GPC3 and GP73 in Patients with HCC

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    张华; 李永兴; 乐嫣; 毛顺露; 项明洁

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    目的 研究血清磷脂酰肌醇硫酸类肝素蛋白聚糖3(GPC3)、高尔基体蛋白73(GP73)和甲胎蛋白(AFP)联合检测在原发性肝细胞癌(HCC)诊断中的临床价值.方法 用ELISA方法检测60例HCC患者、56例肝硬化患者和50名健康体检者血清GPC3和GP73水平;用微粒子酶免疫分析法(MEIA)测定血清AFP水平.结果 HCC患者的血清GPC3和GP73水平及阳性率均显著高于肝硬化组和正常对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).血清GPC3和GP73水平与AFP水平、HCC病灶大小、门静脉癌栓(PVI)浸润和HBV感染均无相关.AFP联合GPC3或GP73检测诊断HCC的敏感性(73.33%,80.00%)均优于AFP单独检测(53.33%);GPC3+ GP73+ AFP联合检测的约登指数最高(69.69%),敏感性为86.77%,特异性为83.02%.在AFP阴性的HCC病例中,GPC3和GP73的阳性率均为42.86%.结论 GPC3和GP73可作为新的肿瘤标志物与AFP联合检测,提高血清标志物检测对HCC的诊断率.

  5. Immunization With AFP + GM CSF Plasmid Prime and AFP Adenoviral Vector Boost in Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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    Hepatocellular Carcinoma; Hepatoma; Liver Cancer, Adult; Liver Cell Carcinoma; Liver Cell Carcinoma, Adult; Cancer of Liver; Cancer of the Liver; Cancer, Hepatocellular; Hepatic Cancer; Hepatic Neoplasms; Hepatocellular Cancer; Liver Cancer; Neoplasms, Hepatic; Neoplasms, Liver

  6. Molecular basis for antifreeze activity difference of two insect antifreeze protein isoforms

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    The insect spruce budworm(Choristoneura fumiferana) produces antifreeze protein(AFP) to assist in the protection of the over-wintering larval stage and contains multiple isoforms. Structures for two isoforms,known as CfAFP-501 and CfAFP-337,show that both possess similar left-handed β-helical structure,although thermal hysteresis activity of the longer isoform CfAFP-501 is three times that of CfAFP-337. The markedly enhanced activity of CfAFP-501 is not proportional to,and cannot be simply accounted for,by the increased ice-binding site resulting from the two extra coils in CfAFP-501. In or-der to investigate the molecular basis for the activity difference and gain better understanding of AFPs in general,we have employed several different computational methods to systematically study the structural properties and ice interactions of the AFPs and their deletion models. In the context of intact AFPs,a majority of the coils in CfAFP-501 has better ice interaction and causes stronger ice lattice disruption than CfAFP-337,strongly suggesting a cooperative or synergistic effect among β-helical coils. The synergistic effect would play a critical role and make significant contributions to the anti-freeze activity β-helical antifreeze proteins. This is the first time that synergistic effect and its implica-tion for antifreeze activity are reported for β-helical antifreeze proteins.

  7. Molecular basis for antifreeze activity difference of two insect antifreeze protein isoforms

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    ZHOU YanXia; TAN HongWei; YANG ZuoYin; JIA ZongChao; LIU RuoZhuang; CHEN GuangJu

    2007-01-01

    The insect spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) produces antifreeze protein (AFP) to assist in the protection of the over-wintering larval stage and contains multiple isoforms. Structures for two isoforms, known as CfAFP-501 and CfAFP-337, show that both possess similar left-handed β-helical structure, although thermal hysteresis activity of the longer isoform CfAFP-501 is three times that of CfAFP-337. The markedly enhanced activity of CfAFP-501 is not proportional to, and cannot be simply accounted for, by the increased ice-binding site resulting from the two extra coils in CfAFP-501. In order to investigate the molecular basis for the activity difference and gain better understanding of AFPs in general, we have employed several different computational methods to systematically study the structural properties and ice interactions of the AFPs and their deletion models. In the context of intact AFPs, a majority of the coils in CfAFP-501 has better ice interaction and causes stronger ice lattice disruption than CfAFP-337, strongly suggesting a cooperative or synergistic effect among β-helical coils. The synergistic effect would play a critical role and make significant contributions to the antifreeze activity β-helical antifreeze proteins. This is the first time that synergistic effect and its implication for antifreeze activity are reported for β-helical antifreeze proteins.

  8. Case Report Case Report

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    Mar 26, 2013 ... at the time of diagnosis try various complementary and and palliation. ... c Medicine and Palliative Cancer Care: A Case Report ... us complementary and alternative therapies for treatment about the .... in nature. Upper GI ...

  9. JPRS Report, Science & Technology: Europe.

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    indeed the case, the Fr88 million invested in the operation—40 million of which were provided by the French government , 28 million by the ESA, and 20...million by the Midi- Pyrenees region and the department of Haute- Garonne—will have proved worthwhile. Moreover, the CNES is firmly convinced that...in Fokker 92WS0778C Paris AFP SCIENCES in French 30 Jul 92 pl5 [Text] La Haye—The Dutch government , which holds 31.8 percent of the capital of

  10. 贵州省2000~2009年脊髓灰质炎病毒实验室监测%Laboratory surveillance on poliovirus from 2000 to 2009 in Guizhou Province

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    叶绪芳; 管庆虎; 许文波; 任刚; 苏飞; 李胜; 刘航; 刘铭; 张丽; 朱青; 王涛

    2012-01-01

    目的 总结分析贵州省脊灰病毒学监测工作经验;提供贵州省维持无脊灰状态病毒学监测依据.方法 采用病毒分离、鉴定与核苷酸序列分析的方法,对贵州省2000~2009年报告的急性弛缓性麻痹(AFP)病例及接触者、健康人群粪便标本进行病毒学检测和结果分析.结果 ① 2000~2009年全省共报告AFP病例3012例,采集报告AFP病例、AFP接触者和健康人群粪便标本共3207例6609份;②从所有粪便标本中分离到脊灰病毒(PV) 275例(株),10年总分离率为6.7%,分离到非脊灰其他肠道病毒(NPEV) 484例(株),总分离率为11.8%;③275株PV经国家脊灰实验室鉴定,225株为疫苗相关株(81.8%),44株为疫苗变异株(16.0%),6株为疫苗衍生株(VDPVs)占2.2%.至2009年底该省已连续16年未分离到脊灰野病毒;④2000~2009年该省均以优异成绩顺利通过WHO和国家脊灰实验室每年一次的能力验证考核和每2~3年一次的合格脊灰实验室现场认证.结论 贵州省脊灰实验室监测系统运转良好,充分发挥了脊灰病毒学监测的作用;监测系统及时发现和处置了疫苗衍生株脊灰病毒( VDPVs)循环,未发现脊灰野病毒株,该省达到了保持无脊灰状态的目标.%OBJECTIVE To summary and analyses the work experience of the polio virological surveillance in Guizhou Province and provide the virological surveillance basis for maintaining polio-free status. METHODS The methods of virus isolation, virus identification and nucleotide sequencing were adopted for the virological examination and analysis was made on the result of polio virus surveillance of AFP cases, AFP contacts and healthy crowd by collecting stool specimens in 2000-2009. RESULTS ① In 2000-2009, a total of 3, 012 AFP cases were reported in Guizhou Province, and a total of 6, 609 part stool specimens were collected from 3, 207 reported AFP cases, AFP contacts and healthy crowd. ② 275 poliovirusee (PV

  11. Meckel Gruber Syndrome: A Case Report

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    Celal Devecioglu; Hakkı Özdogan; Bernan Yokus

    2004-01-01

    Meckel-Gruber syndrome is an autosomal recessive disordercharacterized by a combination of renal cysts and variably associatedfeatures including developmental anomalies of the central nervous system(typically encephalocele), hepatic ductal dysplasia and cysts, andpolydactyly. n this cases AFP levels are increases. Alternative names areMeckel Syndrome, Dysencephalia Splanchnocystica, Gruber Syndrome andMeckel – Gruber Syndrome. This study is presented to draw attention to theMeckel Gruber Synd...

  12. 青海省2008-2012年急性驰缓性麻痹病例与健康人群病原学监测%Etiology surveillance on acute flaccid paralysis cases and healthy crowds in Qinghai from 2008 to 2012

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    范丽霞; 巴卓玛; 赵生仓

    2013-01-01

    目的 分析急性驰缓性麻痹(acute flaccid paralysis,AFP)病例、健康人群粪便标本病原学监测结果,为保持无脊灰状态提供实验室依据.方法 病毒分离及鉴定,脊灰病毒株型内鉴别,确定疫苗株或野病毒株.结果 青海省2008-2012年AFP病例、健康人群粪便标本782份,分离出脊髓灰质炎病毒2株,分离率为0.26%,其中脊灰Ⅰ型疫苗株1株,脊灰混合型疫苗株1株,无脊灰野病毒株.分离到非脊灰肠道病毒(non-polio enterovirus,NPEV) 162株,分离率为20.72%.结论 我省2008-2012年无本地脊灰野毒株病例流行,阻断了脊灰本地野病毒的传播,保持了无脊灰状态.%Objective To analyze the etiology surveillance on acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases and stool specimens of healthy crowds,so as to provide the laboratory basis for maintaining polio-free status.Method Virus isolation and identification was used,and the strains were determined by the identification within type of poliovirus.Results It was shown that 782 stool specimens of AFP cases and healthy crowds were detected from 2008 to 2012 in Qinghai Province,and 2 strains of poliovirus were isolated,the isolation rate was 0.26%,including 1 strains of poliovirus type I vaccine strain,1 strains of hybrid poliovirus vaccine strain,and no wild poliovirus strain.Furthermore,162 strains of non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV) were isolated,and the isolation rate was 20.72%.Conclusions There was no prevalence of local wild poliovirus from 2008 to 2012 in Qinghai Province,which illustrated that we block the spread of local wild poliovirus effectively,and maintain polio-free status.

  13. Low thermodynamic but high kinetic stability of an antifreeze protein from Rhagium mordax

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    Friis, Dennis Steven; Johnsen, Johannes Lørup; Kristiansen, Erlend

    2014-01-01

    The equilibrium heat stability and the kinetic heat tolerance of a recombinant antifreeze protein (AFP) from the beetle Rhagium mordax (RmAFP1) are studied through differential scanning calorimetry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. In contrast to other insect AFPs studied with this respect......, the RmAFP1 has only one disulfide bridge. The melting temperature, Tm, of the protein is determined to be 28.5°C (pH 7.4), which is much lower than most of those reported for AFPs or globular proteins in general. Despite its low melting temperature, both biophysical and activity measurements show...... that the protein almost completely refolds into the native state after repeated exposure of 70°C. RmAFP1 thus appears to be kinetically stable even far above its melting temperature. Thermodynamically, the insect AFPs seem to be dividable in three groups, relating to their content of disulfide bridges and widths...

  14. Structural characteristics of a novel antifreeze protein from the longhorn beetle Rhagium inquisitor

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    Kristiansen, E; Ramløv, Hans; Højrup, Peter

    2011-01-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are characterized by their capacity to inhibit the growth of ice and are produced by a variety of polar fish, terrestrial arthropods and other organisms inhabiting cold environments. This capacity reflects their role as stabilizers of supercooled body fluids. The longhorn...... beetle Rhagium inquisitor is known to express AFPs in its body fluids. In this work we report on the primary structure and structural characteristics of a 12.8 kDa AFP from this beetle (RiAFP). It has a high capacity to evoke antifreeze activity as compared to other known insect AFPs...... and it is structurally unique in several aspects. In contrast to the high content of disulfide bond-formation observed in other coleopteran AFPs, RiAFP contains only a single such bond. Six internal repeat segments of a thirteen residue repeat pattern is irregularly spaced apart throughout its sequence. The central part...

  15. Technical Design Report for the ATLAS Forward Proton Detector

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    Adamczyk, L; Brandt, A; Bruschi, M; Grinstein, S; Lange, J; Rijssenbeek, M; Sicho, P; Staszewski, R; Sykora, T; Trzebiński, M; Chwastowski, J; Korcyl, K; CERN. Geneva. The LHC experiments Committee; LHCC

    2015-01-01

    The ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) detector provides measurements of the momentum and emission angle of very forward protons. This enables the observation and measurement of a range of processes where one or both protons remain intact. Such processes are associated with elastic and diffractive scattering.

  16. Study on prenatal screening for birth deficiency in the pregnant metaphase by the serum AFP, β-HCG and uE3 with chemiluminescent immunoassay%联合检测孕中期血清甲胎蛋白、β-绒毛膜促性腺激素、游离雌三醇筛查出生缺陷的应用研究

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    邱振华; 高艳; 吴玉华; 戚子惠; 黄金波; 舒云华; 陈宇锋

    2009-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of the serum markers of AFP, β-HCG and uE3 on screening of congenital fetal abnormality in the pregnant women at second trimester. Methods The serum markers were measured in 2 149 pregnant women at second trimester of gestation with chemiluminescent immunoassay, and were combined with correlation factors such as the age, gestational weeks and the weight of pregnant women, to estimate the probability of fetus suffering from Down's syndrome, open spina bifida and Trisomy 18 syndrome. Cell chromosomes and ultrasonography were also done in high risk patients. Analysis was carried out based on the results of follow-up survey. Results One hundred and thirty-six (6.33%) cases wind high risk of birth deficiency were found in preliminary screening from 2 149 pregnant women, in which the positive rates of Down's syndrome, open spina bifida and Trisomy 18 syndrome were 4.14%, 1.77% and 0.42%,respectively. The positive rates were 66.67% and 100% and the false positive rates were 3.75% and 1.85% in Down's syndrome and open spina bifida. Conclusion The combined screening of maternal serum markers of AFP, β-HCG and uE3 is reliable and effective, and is the important measure to reduce birth deficiencify combined with prenatal diagnosis.%目的:评价联合检测孕妇孕中期(14~19+6周)血清标志物甲胎蛋白、β-绒毛膜促性腺激素、游离雌三醇在产前筛查先天出生缺陷中的应用价值.方法:应用化学发光免疫分析技术检测2 149例孕妇孕中期血清标志物,并结合孕妇年龄、孕周、体质量等因素,应用仪器配套的产前筛查风险分析软件计算唐氏综合征、18-三体综合征和开放性脊柱裂的风险率,对高风险孕妇采用B超和/或细胞染色体检查进行确认,根据随访及诊断结果进行评估.结果:2 149例孕妇筛查出出生缺陷高风险136例,筛查阳性率为6.33%,其中唐氏综合征、开放性脊柱裂和18-三体综合征

  17. Resectable hepatoblastoma with tumor thrombus extending into the right atrium after chemotherapy: A case report

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    Kosuke Endo

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Hepatoblastoma with intraatrial tumor thrombus is relatively rare. We report a case of hepatoblastoma with tumor thrombus extending into the right atrium, which responded well to chemotherapy and was resected using extracorporeal circulation. A 4-year-old girl was referred to our hospital because of abdominal distention and tenderness. A computed tomography (CT scan showed a large tumor occupying the left 3 segments of the liver with tumor thrombus extending into the right atrium. There was also a small intrahepatic metastasis in the right lobe of the liver. She was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma on the basis of the results of open biopsy. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy with an intense CDDP-based regimen was performed. The tumor responded well to chemotherapy, and intrahepatic metastasis became undetectable on CT scan, although the tumor thrombus remained in the right atrium. After 7 courses of chemotherapy, we performed resection using extracorporeal circulation. The postoperative course was uneventful, and adjuvant chemotherapy was started 10 days after the operation. Her serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP level decreased to the normal range, and she was free of disease for 1 year after the operation. Tumor resection using extracorporeal circulation can be performed safely and is justified in patients with intraatrial tumor thrombus.

  18. UNDIFFERENTIATED CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE ASSOCIATED WITH METASTATIC SEMINOMA: A RARE CASE REPORT

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Many autoimmune diseases have been reported to be associated with malignancies with an incidence rate of 5%. (1 A 30-year male with recurrent edema of the lips and periorbital area with itching and pain for 6 weeks. He had both extremity weakness with upper back pain for 1 month. H/O loss of weight and appetite for 1 yr. With this clinical picture, a diagnosis of angioedema/dermatomyositis (CTD was suspected. CPK and CPK-MB within normal limits, antinuclear antibodies + by IF with titre of 1:320 with nucleus-granular pattern suggesting autoantibodies against U1-RNP Antigen/Sm Antigen. USG scrotum- a single testes. MRI-spine revealed multiple peripancreatic, pre- and para-aortic and left supraclavicular lymph nodes with nodules in both lungs. CT Thorax and CT Abdomen showed liver and lung metastasis with periportal and vertebral lymph nodes. FNAC left supraclavicular node-positive for malignant cells, suggestive of metastatic malignant germ cell tumor. Tumor markers-elevated (aFP-180, bHCG- 457.2.

  19. Primary clear cell ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas: A case report and clinicopathologic literature review

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    Yashpal Modi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a very rare, interesting case of a carcinoma of the pancreas with predominantly abundant clear cell morphology. According to the WHO classification, primary clear cell carcinoma of the pancreas is classified as a rare "miscellaneous" carcinoma. The tumor was observed in the distal body and tail of the pancreas of a 74-year-old woman. The histopathology of tumor cells showed well-defined cell membranes, clear cytoplasm, and prominent cell boundaries. Immunohistochemical (IHC staining showed positive reactions to antibodies against vimentin, cytokeratin 7 (CK-7, mucicarmine (MUC-1, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS, periodic acid-Schiff with diastase (PASD, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA, and Carbohydrate Antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9. On the other hand, IHC staining was negative for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP, cytokeratin 20 (CK-20, HMB45, chromogranin, and synaptophysin. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with a primary solid-type pancreatic clear cell carcinoma with hepatic metastasis. Herein, we report this rare case and include a review of the current literature of this tumor.

  20. Final report

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    Badger, Merete; Monaco, Lucio; Fransson, Torsten

    2013-01-01

    This report represents the deliverable D1.2 of project Virtual Campus Hub. The project runs from October 2011 to September 2013. The report is the core of the project’s 2nd periodic report, which was submitted to the European Commission on November 4th, 2013.......This report represents the deliverable D1.2 of project Virtual Campus Hub. The project runs from October 2011 to September 2013. The report is the core of the project’s 2nd periodic report, which was submitted to the European Commission on November 4th, 2013....

  1. Case report

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    abp

    Primary omental torsion in children: case report ... Primary omental torsion is a rare cause of acute abdominal pain, we report a case of 10-year-old boy admitted with ... Pan African Medical Journal. ... nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur.

  2. Case report

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    Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in HIV-infected patients: report of 2 cases. Julius Chacha ... affected adults are women, and direct causes or predisposing risk factors can be .... Some studies have reported a high prevalence of antibodies.

  3. Case report

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    2017-05-05

    May 5, 2017 ... Chondroblastic osteosarcoma of the distal tibia: a rare case report ... 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital, Monastir, Tunisia .... number of published reports describe pulmonary tumour metastasis.

  4. Report Cyberbullying

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    ... Reddit Close Text Size: A A A Report Cyberbullying When cyberbullying happens, it is important to document ... person who is cyberbullying. Back to top Report Cyberbullying to Online Service Providers Cyberbullying often violates the ...

  5. Final Report

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    Heiselberg, Per; Brohus, Henrik; Nielsen, Peter V.

    This final report for the Hybrid Ventilation Centre at Aalborg University describes the activities and research achievement in the project period from August 2001 to August 2006. The report summarises the work performed and the results achieved with reference to articles and reports published...

  6. Low thermodynamic but high kinetic stability of an antifreeze protein from Rhagium mordax.

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    Friis, Dennis S; Johnsen, Johannes L; Kristiansen, Erlend; Westh, Peter; Ramløv, Hans

    2014-06-01

    The equilibrium heat stability and the kinetic heat tolerance of a recombinant antifreeze protein (AFP) from the beetle Rhagium mordax (RmAFP1) are studied through differential scanning calorimetry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. In contrast to other insect AFPs studied with this respect, the RmAFP1 has only one disulfide bridge. The melting temperature, Tm , of the protein is determined to be 28.5°C (pH 7.4), which is much lower than most of those reported for AFPs or globular proteins in general. Despite its low melting temperature, both biophysical and activity measurements show that the protein almost completely refolds into the native state after repeated exposure of 70°C. RmAFP1 thus appears to be kinetically stable even far above its melting temperature. Thermodynamically, the insect AFPs seem to be dividable in three groups, relating to their content of disulfide bridges and widths of the ice binding motifs; high melting temperature AFPs (high disulfide content, TxT motifs), low melting temperature but high refolding capability AFPs (one disulfide bridge, TxTxTxT motifs) and irreversibly unfolded AFPs at low temperatures (no disulfide bridges, TxTxTxTxT motifs). The property of being able to cope with high temperature exposures may appear peculiar for proteins which strictly have their effect at subzero temperatures. Different aspects of this are discussed.

  7. The influence of co-cultivation on expression of the antifungal protein in Aspergillus giganteus.

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    Meyer, Vera; Stahl, Ulf

    2003-01-01

    The afp gene of Aspergillus giganteus encodes a small, highly basic polypeptide with antifungal activity, named Antifungal Protein (AFP). The protein is secreted by the mould and inhibits the growth of various filamentous fungi. In this paper we report that co-cultivation of A. giganteus with various microorganisms alters afp expression. It was found that co-cultivation modulates afp expression on the level of transcription, using a reporter system based on the beta-glucuronidase gene. The presence of Fusarium oxysporum triggered afp transcription whereas dual cultures of A. giganteus and A. niger resulted in suppression of afp transcription. Growth tests performed with several carbon and nitrogen sources, revealed that the influence of co-cultivation is strongly dependent on the medium composition.

  8. Changes in cyclic nucleotides, locomotory behavior, and body length produced by novel endogenous neuropeptides in the parasitic nematode Ascaris suum.

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    Reinitz, Catharine A; Pleva, Anthony E; Stretton, Antony O W

    2011-11-01

    Recent technical advances have rapidly advanced the discovery of novel peptides, as well as the transcripts that encode them, in the parasitic nematode Ascaris suum. Here we report that many of these novel peptides produce profound and varied effects on locomotory behavior and levels of cyclic nucleotides in A. suum. We investigated the effects of 31 endogenous neuropeptides encoded by transcripts afp-1, afp-2, afp-4, afp-6, afp-7, and afp-9-14 (afp: Ascaris FMRFamide-like Precursor protein) on cyclic nucleotide levels, body length and locomotory behavior. Worms were induced to generate anteriorly propagating waveforms, peptides were injected into the pseudocoelomic cavity, and changes in the specific activity (nmol/mg protein) of second messengers cAMP (3'5' cyclic adenosine monophosphate) and cGMP (3'5' cyclic guanosine monophosphate) were determined. Many of these neuropeptides changed the levels of cAMP (both increases and decreases were found), whereas few neuropeptides changed the level of cGMP. A subset of the peptides that lowered cAMP was investigated for effects on the locomotory waveform and on body length. Injection of AF19, or AF34 (afp-13), AF9 (afp-14), AF26 or AF41 (afp-11) caused immediate paralysis and cessation of propagating body waveforms. These neuropeptides also significantly increased body length. In contrast, injection of AF15 (afp-9) reduced the body length, and decreased the amplitude of waves in the body waveform. AF30 (afp-10) produced worms with tight ventral coils. Although injection of neuropeptides encoded by afp-1 (AF3, AF4, AF10 or AF13) produced an increased number of exaggerated body waves, there were no effects on either cAMP or cGMP. By injecting peptides into behaving A. suum, we have provided an initial screen of the effects of novel peptides on several behavioral and biochemical parameters.

  9. Characterization of alpha-fetoprotein levels in three dolphin species: development of sensitive immunoassays for analysis of the pregnancy-associated variations.

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    Morita, Yuka; Hiramatsu, Naoshi; Fujita, Toshiaki; Amano, Haruna; Katsumata, Etsuko; Arai, Kazutoshi; Iwasaki, Toshihide; Todo, Takashi; Hara, Akihiko

    2013-01-01

    A single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) assay and a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) were initially developed for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) of the striped dolphin. Utilizing these developed assays, we investigated pregnancy-associated changes in the levels of AFP in the sera of fetuses and pregnant females of three dolphin species; samples were either collected from captive individuals or obtained as fishery by-products. The concentrations of AFP in the fetal serum ranged from 419.0 to 2026.3 μg/ml in the striped dolphin, 12.6 to 1218.7 μg/ml (for an AFP equivalent; eqAFP) in the common bottlenose dolphin and 770.6 to 3129.1 μg eqAFP/ml in the Risso's dolphin. AFP levels decreased with increased fetal size in fetuses over 20 cm in length. The concentrations of AFP in sera of pregnant females ranged from 7.18 to 8068.7 ng/ml in the striped dolphin, 6.6 to 1241.1 ng eqAFP/ml in the common bottlenose dolphin and 3.4 to 2868.7 ng eqAFP/ml in the Risso's dolphin. The levels in most pregnant females were equal to or lower than those found in males and nonpregnant individuals, although a few pregnant females exhibited extremely high levels (in the range of hundreds to thousands of nanograms per milliliter). Such high levels of AFP were not observed during pseudopregnancy. To our knowledge, this is the first report on basal profiles for serum AFP levels in small odontocetes. The profiles indicated that AFP may play a significant role during embryonic development, although maternal levels do not appear to be a diagnostic biomarker for monitoring pregnancy.

  10. IMHE Report.

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    International Journal of Institutional Management in Higher Education, 1985

    1985-01-01

    European university administrators report their impressions and conclusions about academic restructuring, personnel policy, and retrenchment following a visit to institutions in the United States. (MSE)

  11. Epidemiological Analysis and Surveillance System Evaluation of Acute Flaccid Paralysis in Weifang City in 2001-2012%潍坊市2001-2012年急性弛缓性麻痹病例流行病学分析及监测系统运行情况评价

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    邱德山; 丁伟

    2014-01-01

    目的 分析潍坊市2001-2012年急性弛缓性麻痹(Acute Flaccid Parelysis,AFP)病例流行病学特征,评价监测系统运行情况.方法 采用描述流行病学方法,分析潍坊市AFP病例流行病学特征;按照世界卫生组织(WHO)和卫生部规定的各项监测指标,评价监测系统运行情况.结果 潍坊市2001-2012年共报告AFP病例314例.根据病毒学诊断标准,314例均为非脊髓灰质炎(脊灰) (Non-Polio,NP) AFP (NPAFP)病例.AFP病例报告发病率在1.52/10万~2.40/10万之间,年平均报告发病率2.09/10万.AFP发病者中以5岁以下儿童为主,占76.11%.病例中服苗史≥3剂次285例,占90.76%.合格粪便样本采集率为93.63%.从37例AFP病例粪便样本中分离到非脊灰肠道病毒(Non-Polio Entemvirus,NPEV),分离率11.78%.结论 潍坊市2001-2012年AFP病例监测系统各项指标以市为单位,均达到WHO和卫生部要求.为保持无脊灰状态,应保持高水平脊灰疫苗免疫接种率,提高AFP病例监测系统质量.

  12. Progress Report

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    Duer, Karsten

    1999-01-01

    Progress report describing the work carried out by the Danish participant in the ALTSET project in the period January 1999 to July 1999.......Progress report describing the work carried out by the Danish participant in the ALTSET project in the period January 1999 to July 1999....

  13. Case report

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    ebutamanya

    2015-01-22

    Jan 22, 2015 ... Bell reported death in his patient by spinal cord compression due to atlanto-axial subluxation and autopsy report showed the erosion ... loss of appetite was admitted with painful torticollis on the postoperative one week. .... CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are excellent diagnostic tools to show the.

  14. International Reports.

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    Tabb, Winston; Bender, David R.; Haycock, Ken; Horodyski, John

    2001-01-01

    Includes three annual reports: one from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the Special Libraries Association, and a report on innovations in Canadian libraries that discusses electronic initiatives, partnerships, books and publishing, school libraries, national issues, local challenges, and funding. (LRW)

  15. A report on case reports

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    Gopikrishna Velayutham

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Case reports are defined as the scientific documentation of a single clinical observation and have a time-honored and rich tradition in medicine and scientific publication. This article discusses the role and relevance of case reports in the current evidence-based medical literature. It also seeks to help and guide authors to understand how to prepare a reasonable and well-written case report and how they may anticipate concerns that peer reviewers may express when scrutinizing their manuscript. An overview of the Journal of Conservative Dentistry′s review process of a manuscript submission is provided for the benefit of future authors. It is important to be able to read a case report critically and to use the information they contain appropriately. This article also discusses the factors to consider in evaluating individual case reports, and discusses a practical conceptual scheme for evaluating the potential value and educational content of a case report.

  16. Report Generator

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    2016-01-01

    Download data from HP Quality Center using of OTA Client. Implementation must be scalable to all projects under test. That is, it will be possible to generate automatically test reports at least for 2010, Modulaser and Gen2 (FW or SW). Report Generator is a software implemented in VBA that allows get data from HP Quality Center for export it (either tables, charts or text) to a document in Word format. Report Generator es un Software implementado en VBA que permite extraer datos de HP Q...

  17. Hepatic intra-arterial infusion of yttrium-90 microspheres in the treatment of recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma after liver transplantation: A case report

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    Louis Rivera; Huan Giap; William Miller; Jonathan Fisher; Donald J Hillebrand; Christopher Marsh; Randolph L Schaffer

    2006-01-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurs with a reported frequency of 12%-18% after liver transplantation.Recurrence is associated witha mortality rate exceeding 75%. Approximately one-third of recurrences develop in the transplanted liver and are therefore amenable to local therapy. A variety of treatment modalities have been reported including resection, transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), radiofrequency ablation (RFA),ethanol ablation, cryoablation, and external beam irradiation. Goals of treatment are tumor control and the minimization of toxic effect to functional parenchyma.Efficacy of treatment is mitigated by the need for ongoing immunosuppression. Yttrium-90 microspheres have been used as a treatment modality both for primary HCC and for pre-transplant management of HCC with promising results. Twenty-two months after liver transplantation for hepatitis C cirrhosis complicated by HCC, a 42-year old man developed recurrence of HCC in his transplant allograft. Treatment of multiple right lobe lesions with anatomic resection and adjuvant chemotherapy was unsuccessful. Multifocal recurrence in the remaining liver allograft was treated with hepatic intra-arterial infusion of yttrium-90 microspheres (SIR-Spheres, Sirtex Medical Inc., Lake Forest, IL, USA). Efficacy was demonstrated by tumor necrosis on imaging and a decrease in alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) level. There were no adverse consequences of initial treatment.

  18. Case report

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    ebutamanya

    2015-01-07

    Jan 7, 2015 ... Published in partnership with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). ... out intracranial hemorrhage, brain tomography (CT) was obtained. It revealed no ... admission, control EEG was reported as normal.

  19. CASE REPORT

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    DR ABDUL

    reported a case of Ogilvie's syndrome following a caesarean delivery ... perinatal mortality has been attributed to the difficulty in the early diagnosis ... The abdomen was full, moved with respiration and soft. There .... Acute intestinal obstruction.

  20. Citizen's Report

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    Office of Personnel Management — The fiscal year (FY) 2008 Citizen's Report is a summary of performance and financial results for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM chose to produce...

  1. Case report

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    abp

    2013-01-27

    Jan 27, 2013 ... 1Resident of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Faculty of .... the best of our knowledge, co-amoxiclav has never been reported to ... electrolyte replacement, acid-base and metabolic equilibrium.

  2. Final Report

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    Thomas D. Sharkey

    2005-02-07

    This report describes basic science studies of conversion of starch to sucrose in plant leaves. The importance of maltose is described. The studies proved that hydrolysis of the starch is more important than phosphorolysis.

  3. Enforcement Reports

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Whereas not all recalls are announced in the media or on our Recalls press release page, all recalls montiored by FDA are included in FDA's weekly Enforcement Report...

  4. Case report

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    abp

    2017-06-29

    Jun 29, 2017 ... Von Willebrand's disease: case report and review of literature. Hanae Echahdi1 ... glycoprotein crucial for platelet adhesion to the subendothelium after vascular injury. VWD include .... minor surgery including dental work.

  5. Case report

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    2017-06-13

    Jun 13, 2017 ... Enterobiasis (oxyuriasis) is a common infection in human caused by Enterobius vermicularis (E. ... We report a case of oxyuriasis that took place in the refugee camp ... slightly painful, especially in the lower right quadrant.

  6. Case report

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    ebutamanya

    2016-04-06

    Apr 6, 2016 ... A case of Kartagener syndrome with rhinolalia clausa. Mohammed ... ciliary movement; it was described by manes kartagener in 1933 comprising a triad of ... The speech therapy examination report revealed the presence ...

  7. Case report

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    iamong

    2016-08-11

    Aug 11, 2016 ... clinical and radiological features other diagnosis as pneumopathy. We herein report the .... Goodpasture syndrome, Churg–Strauss syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus or idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis, which are.

  8. Case report

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    abp

    2017-07-14

    Jul 14, 2017 ... In this report, we present a case of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) type IV, seen in a female fetus with ... without fractures, short stature, dentinogenesis imperfecta and ... curvature of the femurs were detected (Figure 2A).

  9. International Reports.

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    Valauskas, Edward J.; Stowe, Jennifer L.; Haycock, Ken; Dodd, Frances

    1998-01-01

    Presents three reports: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions; Special Libraries Association; and Canadian library trends, focusing on information technology and access to information and rights and examining provincial libraries and library education. (PEN)

  10. PROJECT REPORT

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    Office 2004 Test Drive User

    report. Details on the background of the project, the fieldwork, the work completed, the projected end ... Studies, University of Ghana, with a starting date of 01/01/12 and an expected completion of ..... de Bondoukou. Paris: Editions Ernest Leroux.

  11. Final Report

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    DeTar, Carleton [P.I.

    2012-12-10

    This document constitutes the Final Report for award DE-FC02-06ER41446 as required by the Office of Science. It summarizes accomplishments and provides copies of scientific publications with significant contribution from this award.

  12. Pathology Reports

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    ... Resources Conducting Clinical Trials Statistical Tools and Data Terminology Resources NCI Data Catalog Cryo-EM NCI's Role ... Report (RPPR) Grant Closeout Grant Resources NCI Grants Management Legal Requirements NCI Grant Policies Grants Management Contacts ...

  13. Health Reports.

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    1992-12-01

    Mar. 18, 1992, GAO/IMTEC-92-41). Testimony on same topic (Mar. 18, 1992, GAO/T-IMTEU-92-1 I). Cross Design Synthesis : A New Strategy for Medical... Synthesis : A New Strategy for Medical Effectiveness Research (Report, Mar. 17, 1992, GAO/PEMD-92-18). Medical Technology: Quality Assurance Needs Stronger... Methadone Maintenance: Some Treatment Programs Are Not Effective; Greater Federal Oversight Needed (Testimony, Mar. 23, 1990, GA(Orr-IIRI)-90-19). Report on

  14. Report Writing

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    Behnke, Eric

    In a short and precise way this compendium guides how to write an Engineering Report. The compendium is primarily targeting Engineering Students in thier first and second semester but it might as well be used by students at other technical bachelor educations......In a short and precise way this compendium guides how to write an Engineering Report. The compendium is primarily targeting Engineering Students in thier first and second semester but it might as well be used by students at other technical bachelor educations...

  15. Russia report

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    Along with cementing the joint Shuttle-Mir Program in late June with a $400 million contract, the U.S. and Russia signed a deal to team up on global environmental issues. Under the agreement, U.S. and Russian scientists will establish modern facilities for petroleum research, including advanced geographic systems technology, petroleum geochemistry, and seismic processing to help Russia transition to a “market” economy, Interior Secreary Bruce Babbitt reports. The program, to be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will produce maps, technical reports, and other data for investment decisions.

  16. Case report

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    abp

    16 déc. 2015 ... C'est un cancer à évolution locorégionale, rarement extra pelvienne ... carcinomateux TTF1 négatif, p63 négatif et p16 fortement positif compatible .... cervix presenting as lymphangiticcarcinomatosis: a case report and reviex ...

  17. Field Report

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    Gorm Hansen, Louise Lyngfeldt

    2012-01-01

    themselves upon us in a new environment? What is this strange language that people in other walks of life take for granted, but which seems so alien to us as outsiders? And how on earth are we to interpret people’s contradictory remarks? This report will warn novices of what’s in store for them, as well...

  18. Special Reports.

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    Peters, Thomas A.; Hill, Janet Swan; Haycock, Ken; Valauskas, Edward J.

    2001-01-01

    These four reports discuss the electronic publishing industry, including dedicated reading devices for electronic books, reader software, Web-based commercial e-book libraries, intellectual property issues, and standards; outsourcing practices in libraries; the use of Internet filters in North American schools; and recent developments and future…

  19. Case report

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    raoul

    2011-07-18

    Jul 18, 2011 ... Page number not for citation purposes. 1 ... Lipomas are the most common soft tissue tumor of non-neural origin in the body however they ... patient reported burning pain in the same area – causing him to wake up frequently ... Soft tissue lipomas are true benign neoplasms originating from adipose cells.

  20. Running Status and Evaluation of Chinese Polio Laboratories Network in 2009%中国2009年脊髓灰质炎实验室网络的运转情况与评价

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    祝双利; 张勇; 严冬梅; 朱晖; 王东艳; 安军静; 安洪秋; 檀晓娟; 陈立

    2013-01-01

    Objective Inorder to evaluate the running status and provide the laboratory data for maintaining polio-free status in China,the virological surveillance database of Chinese polio laboratories network (PLN ;not include Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,Macao Special Administrative Region,and Taiwan Sheng) in 2009 were analyzed.Methods The case investigation data of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases reported by 31 provinces (municipalities,autonomous regions) through expanded programme on immunization surveillance information management system and the database of national polio laboratory (NPL) were analyzed,and the indicators of running status of Chinese PLN were evaluated.Results 9621 stool samples were collected from 4829 AFP cases by Chinese PLN in 2009,and all stool samples were done viral isolation and identification according to 4th World Health Organization (WHO) polio laboratory manual,the rate of viral isolation and identification performed within 28d was 95.4%.There are 158 polioviruses (PV) and 607 of non-polio enteroviruses (NPEV) were isolated from AFP cases,the isolation rates were3.29% and12.63% respectively.214 polio positive isolates were sent to NPL by 31 provincial polio laboratories.Protocol for intratypic differentitation in NPL was VP1 sequencing.There were 284 single serotype PVs were performed VP1 sequencing,there is 1 vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) and no wild PVs were found in 2009.NPL got full scores and passed the proficiency test and got full accreditation for on-site review by WHO experts in 2009.All 31 provincial polio laboratories passed the proficiency test with the same panel as NPL,they all got full scores.13 provincial polio laboratories joined and passed the on-site review by WHO experts.Conclusion The running status of Chinese PLN was good,polio-free status was maintained in China in 2009; the Chinese PLN ran normally,the laboratory surveillance system was sensitive and laboratory data were provided reference

  1. Isolation and characterization of type I antifreeze proteins from cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus, order Perciformes.

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    Hobbs, Rod S; Shears, Margaret A; Graham, Laurie A; Davies, Peter L; Fletcher, Garth L

    2011-10-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are produced by many species of teleost fish that inhabit potentially lethal ice-laden seawater and afford them protection from freezing. To date type I AFPs have been fully characterized in two teleost orders: Pleuronectiformes and Scorpaeniformes. In this study, we report the isolation and complete characterization of a type I AFP present in fish from a third order: cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus), order Perciformes (family Labridae). This protein was purified from blood plasma and found to belong to what is now known as classical type I AFP with their small size (mass 4095.16 Da), alanine richness (> 57 mol%), high α-helicity (> 99%) with the ability to undergo reversible thermal denaturation, 11 amino acid (ThrX(10)) repeat regions within the primary structure, the capacity to impart a hexagonal bipyramidal shaping to ice crystals and the conservation of an ice-binding site found in many of the other type I AFPs. Partial de novo sequencing of the plasma AFP accounted for approximately half of the peptide mass. Sequencing of a combined liver and skin cDNA library indicated that the protein is produced without a signal sequence. In addition the translated product of the AFP cDNA suggests that it codes for the AFP isolated from plasma. These results further solidify the hypothesis that type I AFPs are multiphyletic in origin and suggest that they represent remarkable examples of convergent evolution within three orders of teleost fish.

  2. The basis for hyperactivity of antifreeze proteins.

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    Scotter, Andrew J; Marshall, Christopher B; Graham, Laurie A; Gilbert, Jack A; Garnham, Christopher P; Davies, Peter L

    2006-10-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) bind to the surface of ice crystals and lower the non-equilibrium freezing temperature of the icy solution below its melting point. We have recently reported the discovery of three novel hyperactive AFPs from a bacterium, a primitive insect and a fish, which, like two hyperactive AFPs previously recognized in beetles and moths, are considerably better at depressing the freezing point than most fish AFPs. When cooled below the non-equilibrium freezing temperature, ice crystals formed in the presence of any of five distinct, moderately active fish AFPs grow suddenly along the c-axis. Ice crystals formed in the presence of any of the five evolutionarily and structurally distinct hyperactive AFPs remain stable to lower temperatures, and then grow explosively in a direction normal to the c-axis when cooled below the freezing temperature. We argue that this one consistent distinction in the behaviour of these two classes of AFPs is the key to hyperactivity. Whereas both AFP classes bind irreversibly to ice, the hyperactive AFPs are better at preventing ice growth out of the basal planes.

  3. Faculty report

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    Bellini, Anna

    2004-01-01

    The objective of this internal report, written for the ESTIANet project, is to present the ratio of female and male students/staff/professors at the Technical University of Denmark. For the students the statistics are shown with respect of type of studies (undergraduate, master, PhD), year...... of studies (just enrolled, graduated etc); while for employees the statics is divided in associate, assistant or full professor, research assistant and secretaries or technicians....

  4. Case Report

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    Søborg, Marie-Louise Kulas; Rosenberg, Jacob; Burcharth, Jakob

    2016-01-01

    neuropathy (AMSAN). Reports of AMSAN with onset after epidural anesthesia and spinal surgery are extremely rare, and the linkage between development of GBS and neuroaxial anesthesia remains conclusively unconfirmed. We present a case in which the patient developed subacute motor and predominantly sensory...... neuropathy following epidural blockade. The case emphasizes the need of including AMSAN in differential diagnostic considerations to changes in motor and sensory function following epidural anesthesia, allowing accelerated rehabilitation and relevant alleviating therapy....

  5. Final Report

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    Stinis, Panos [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-08-07

    This is the final report for the work conducted at the University of Minnesota (during the period 12/01/12-09/18/14) by PI Panos Stinis as part of the "Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials" (CM4). CM4 is a multi-institution DOE-funded project whose aim is to conduct basic and applied research in the emerging field of mesoscopic modeling of materials.

  6. FUSE report

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    Henten, Anders; Windekilde, Iwona Maria; Tadayoni, Reza

    2011-01-01

    The digital dividend discussion represents an obvious conflict of interest between on the one hand the traditional broadcasters and on the other hand market players from other communication sectors. A conflict in accessing to the valuable spectrum resources that has been there for many years...... and which has been intensified in different phases of technological development. The report gives an analysis of the digital dividend and discusses relevant new applications, technology and the policy/regulatory issues at European and national level....

  7. CRD Report

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    Wang, Ucilia

    2007-12-18

    This report has the following articles: (1) Deconstructing Microbes--metagenomic research on bugs in termites relies on new data analysis tools; (2) Popular Science--a nanomaterial research paper in Nano Letters drew strong interest from the scientific community; (3) Direct Approach--researchers employ an algorithm to solve an energy-reduction issue essential in describing complex physical system; and (4) SciDAC Special--A science journal features research on petascale enabling technologies.

  8. Field Report

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    Gorm Hansen, Louise Lyngfeldt

    2012-01-01

    This field report expresses perfectly the kind of confusion almost all of us experience when entering the field. How do we know whether what we’re doing is “right” or not? What in particular should we record when we don’t have time to write down everything among all the myriad impressions thrusti...... as remind experienced fieldworkers of what they’ve been through. I’m sure it will also provide food for thought and the occasional chuckle!...

  9. Activity report

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    Yu, S W

    2008-08-11

    This report is aimed to show the author's activities to support the LDRD. The title is 'Investigation of the Double-C Behavior in the Pu-Ga Time-Temperature-Transformation Diagram' The sections are: (1) Sample Holder Test; (2) Calculation of x-ray diffraction patterns; (3) Literature search and preparing publications; (4) Tasks Required for APS Experiments; and (5) Communications.

  10. Khrushchev Report

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    Louis Ulrich

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The Twentieth CPSU Congress was crucial for the evolution of the USSR, as well as for the other communist countries, by triggering the process of de-Stalinisation. To highlight this historical reality, the current article provides the context in which the Khrushchev Report was prepared, how it was presented at the Congress and the implications it has had on the international communist movement.

  11. Japan Report

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    1985-03-18

    characteristics retained . Headlines, editorial reports, and material enclosed in brackets [] are supplied by JPRS. Processing indicators such as [Text...Kurokawa said the nation’s economic environment is favorable both in terms of economic growth and corporate earnings . "The economic situation now is...success in completing installing of computer-controlled control systems at Tokyo Disneyland , the company is succeeding in the new fields of business

  12. β-human chorionic gonadotropin-secreting intracranial germ-cell tumor associated with high testosterone in an adult man: A case report.

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    Yang, Wen-Ping; Chien, Hung-Yu; Lin, Yi-Chun

    2017-07-01

    A 38-year-old male patient presented with general weakness, polydipsia and a body weight loss of 10 kg in two years. Hypopituitarism with central hypothyroidism and central adrenal insufficiency were noted at Taipei City Hospital (Taipei, Taiwan). However, hypogonadotropic hypergonadism was also observed. The patient was diagnosed with an intracranial β-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) secreting germ-cell tumor, and brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed that the tumor involved the pineal gland, stalk, posterior pituitary gland, right basal ganglion, hypothalamus, corpus callosum and posterior hippocampus. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) β-hCG level was 1936 IU/l, while the α-fetoprotein (AFP) level was 2:1. The patient was successfully treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as demonstrated by a marked decrease in size of the tumor and in the serum β-hCG levels. Intracranial β-hCG secreting germ-cell tumors are rare in adults and manifest differently compared with patients of early pubertal age. In contrast with the precocious puberty frequently observed in young patients, the diagnosis of adult patients is often delayed and the symptoms are associated with tumor size and location. The present case report described an adult male with an intracranial β-hCG secreting GCT, demonstrating hypopituitarism and asymptomatic hyperandrogenemia, and reviews and discusses the literature relevant to the case.

  13. Final Report

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    Callis, Judy [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2016-11-30

    This report summarizes our research activities. In the award period, we have made significant progress on the first aim, with new discoveries reported in one published paper (1) and in one submitted manuscript (2) currently under review. The published manuscript reports on our discovery of plant ribokinase and the metabolic pathway in which it functions; the submitted manuscript is identification and characterization of the plant fructokinase family of enzymes from expression studies, sequence comparisons, subcellular localizations and enzymatic activities of recombinant proteins. Our study of loss-of-function mutants in the fructokinase family members (2) revealed that there were no phenotypic differences observed for the five genes analyzed, so we have adopted the Crispr/Cas9 system to isolate mutants in the two genes for which there are no currently available insertion mutants, and we are generating higher order mutants (double, triples, etc) to discern the relative roles and significance for each fructokinase. These mutants will be an important resource to understand regulation of carbohydrate movement and catabolism in plants. As studies from others indicate, alteration of fructokinases results in changes in cell walls and vasculatures, which have importance relative to biofuel yield and quality. In the second aim, we have characterized the protein-protein interactions for the pkfB proteins FLN1 and FLN2 that are localized to chloroplast transcriptional complexes and have proposed a new model for how chloroplast transcription is regulated. This work has been submitted for publication, been revised and will be re-submitted in December 2016

  14. Final Report

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    Segre, Carlo, Ph.D.

    2005-03-30

    In December of 2004, upon hearing of the DOE decision to terminate this grant, a no-cost extension was requested to allow us to expend residual funds from the 2004 calendar year. These funds have been used to support MR-CAT staff as we transition to other funding. As of this writing, the funds have been expended. Over the past four years of DOE operations funding, MR-CAT has become one of the most productive sectors at the Advanced Photon Source. This report will list the overall accomplishments of the collaboration during the time of DOE funding.

  15. Final Report

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    R Paul Drake

    2004-01-12

    OAK-B135 This is the final report from the project Hydrodynamics by High-Energy-Density Plasma Flow and Hydrodynamics and Radiation Hydrodynamics with Astrophysical Applications. This project supported a group at the University of Michigan in the invention, design, performance, and analysis of experiments using high-energy-density research facilities. The experiments explored compressible nonlinear hydrodynamics, in particular at decelerating interfaces, and the radiation hydrodynamics of strong shock waves. It has application to supernovae, astrophysical jets, shock-cloud interactions, and radiative shock waves.

  16. Final report

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    Dutta, Pulak

    2013-04-01

    The overall goal of this project was the exploration of new ways to make organic and hybrid (organic-inorganic) materials for energy-related applications. Towards this end, our research focused on the structure and behavior of molecular monolayers at interfaces (including floating monolayers, transferred Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers, and self-assembled monolayers), as well as the biomimetic nucleation of inorganic crystals at soft-hard interfaces. The project resulted in a number of 'firsts' and other notable achievements, which are described in the report.

  17. Final report

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    Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo [Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)

    2017-02-07

    This is the final report of our research program on electronic transport experiments on Topological Insulator (TI) devices, funded by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences. TIbased electronic devices are attractive as platforms for spintronic applications, and for detection of emergent properties such as Majorana excitations , electron-hole condensates , and the topological magneto-electric effect . Most theoretical proposals envision geometries consisting of a planar TI device integrated with materials of distinctly different physical phases (such as ferromagnets and superconductors). Experimental realization of physics tied to the surface states is a challenge due to the ubiquitous presence of bulk carriers in most TI compounds as well as degradation during device fabrication.

  18. Final Report

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    Webb, Robert C. [Texas A& M University; Kamon, Teruki [Texas A& M University; Toback, David [Texas A& M University; Safonov, Alexei [Texas A& M University; Dutta, Bhaskar [Texas A& M University; Dimitri, Nanopoulos [Texas A& M University; Pope, Christopher [Texas A& M University; White, James [Texas A& M University

    2013-11-18

    Overview The High Energy Physics Group at Texas A&M University is submitting this final report for our grant number DE-FG02-95ER40917. This grant has supported our wide range of research activities for over a decade. The reports contained here summarize the latest work done by our research team. Task A (Collider Physics Program): CMS & CDF Profs. T. Kamon, A. Safonov, and D. Toback co-lead the Texas A&M (TAMU) collider program focusing on CDF and CMS experiments. Task D: Particle Physics Theory Our particle physics theory task is the combined effort of Profs. B. Dutta, D. Nanopoulos, and C. Pope. Task E (Underground Physics): LUX & NEXT Profs. R. Webb and J. White(deceased) lead the Xenon-based underground research program consisting of two main thrusts: the first, participation in the LUX two-phase xenon dark matter search experiment and the second, detector R&D primarily aimed at developing future detectors for underground physics (e.g. NEXT and LZ).

  19. 非脊髓灰质炎肠道病毒感染对口服脊髓灰质炎减毒活疫苗免疫原性影响的Meta分析%Meta-Analysis of the Influence of Non-polio Enterovirus Infection on Immunogenicity of Oral Poliomyelitis Attenuated Live Vaccine

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    胡昱; 唐学雯; 郭静; 陈雅萍; 张兵

    2015-01-01

    目的 评价非脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)肠道病毒感染(Non-Poliomyelitis Enteroviruses Infection,nPEI)对口服脊灰减毒活疫苗(Oral Poliomyelitis Attenuated Live Vaccine,OPV)免疫原性的影响.方法 电子检索美国国家医学图书馆数据库(National Center for Biotechnology Information,NCBI)、考克兰(Cochrane)协作网图书馆等数据库,将有关nPEI对OPV免疫原性影响的研究纳入分析.使用综述管理(RevMan) 5.1软件进行统计分析.结果 共纳入13篇文献,nPEI对接种OPV后血清阳转率影响的相对危险度(Relative Risk,RR)是0.87 [95%可信区间(Confidence Interval,CI):0.79 ~0.97],其中nPEI对接种单价(Monovalent) OPV(mOPV)后阳转率影响的RR是0.69(95% CI:0.63~0.76),对接种三价(Trivalent) OPV(tOPV)后阳转率影响的RR是0.96(95% CI:0.84~1.09);nPEI对肠道疫苗病毒排出率(Vaccine Virus Shedding Rate,VVSR)影响的RR是0.78(95% CI:0.61~1.00),其中nPEI对接种mOPV后VVSR影响的RR是0.54(95% CI:0.45 ~0.64),对接种tOPV后VVSR影响的RR是1.11(95% CI:0.83~1.46).结论 nPEI可降低OPV血清型Ⅰ免疫原性的同时,也可降低mOPV的免疫原性.提示制定OPV免疫策略时,应考虑nPEI的因素,如尽量避开nPEI高发季节.

  20. Acceptable results using plug for the treatment of complex anal fistulas

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    Kleif, Jakob; Hagen, Kikke; Wille-Jørgensen, Peer

    2011-01-01

    The management of complex fistula-in-ano remains a surgical challenge. Previously published studies on the treatment of fistula-in-ano with the anal fistula plug (AFP) have reported a success rate reaching 35-87%. The aim of this study was to assess the results of the AFP procedure in a group...

  1. 青海省近八年保持无脊髓灰质炎进展评价

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    段万瑞; 关炳菊; 赵建海; 赵生仓

    2010-01-01

    目的:对全省保持无脊髓灰质炎(脊灰)所采取的免疫和监测措施予以评价,提出今后需要改进的环节.方法:收集分析近8年急性弛缓性麻痹(Acute Flaccid Paralysis,AFP)病例病毒监测和免疫接种资料.结果:近8年AFP病例监测指标达到国家要求,但有少数边远、人口稀少的地区多年无病例报告,脊灰病毒(Poliovirus PV)、非脊灰肠道病毒(Non-Polio Enterovirus,NPEV)分离率低于全国.结论:常规免疫和强化免疫接种率较高,形成人群免疫屏障作用,但城市流动人口与边远地区应加强儿童免疫接种管理和AFP病例的监测报告工作,定期进行人员培训和AFP病例主动搜索.

  2. Final Report

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    Yelton, John Martin [UF; Mitselmakher, Guenakh [UF; Korytov, Andrey [UF; Avery, Paul [UF; Furic, Ivan [UF; Acosta, Darin [UF; Konigsberg, Jacobo [UF; Field, Richard [UF; Matchev, Konstantin [UF; Ramond, Pierre [UF; Thorn, Richard [UF; Sikivie, Pierre [UF; Ray, Heather [UF; Tanner, David [UF

    2013-10-10

    We report on progress in a series of different directions within high energy physics research. 1. Neutrino research in hardware and software on the Minerva and MiniBooNE experiments 2. Experimental particle physics at the hadron colliders, with emphasis on research and development and data analysis on the CMS experiment operating at the CERN LHC. This includes research on the discovery and properties on the Higgs Boson. 3. Educational outreach through the Quarknet program, taking physics research into High School classrooms. 4. Theoretical and Phenomenological High Energy research, covering a broad range of activities ranging from fundamental theoretical issues to areas of immediate phenomenological importance. 5. Experiment searches for the Axion, as part of the ADMX experiment.

  3. Final Report

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    Gurney, Kevin R

    2015-01-12

    This document constitutes the final report under DOE grant DE-FG-08ER64649. The organization of this document is as follows: first, I will review the original scope of the proposed research. Second, I will present the current draft of a paper nearing submission to Nature Climate Change on the initial results of this funded effort. Finally, I will present the last phase of the research under this grant which has supported a Ph.D. student. To that end, I will present the graduate student’s proposed research, a portion of which is completed and reflected in the paper nearing submission. This final work phase will be completed in the next 12 months. This final workphase will likely result in 1-2 additional publications and we consider the results (as exemplified by the current paper) high quality. The continuing results will acknowledge the funding provided by DOE grant DE-FG-08ER64649.

  4. Test report :

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    Rose, David Martin; Schenkman, Benjamin L.; Borneo, Daniel R.

    2013-10-01

    The Department of Energy Office of Electricity (DOE/OE), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Base Camp Integration Lab (BCIL) partnered together to incorporate an energy storage system into a microgrid configured Forward Operating Base to reduce the fossil fuel consumption and to ultimately save lives. Energy storage vendors will be sending their systems to SNL Energy Storage Test Pad (ESTP) for functional testing and then to the BCIL for performance evaluation. The technologies that will be tested are electro-chemical energy storage systems comprising of lead acid, lithium-ion or zinc-bromide. Raytheon/KTech has developed an energy storage system that utilizes zinc-bromide flow batteries to save fuel on a military microgrid. This report contains the testing results and some limited analysis of performance of the Raytheon/KTech Zinc-Bromide Energy Storage System.

  5. Termination Report

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    Bruce McCarl; Dhazn Gillig

    2004-01-07

    OAK-B135 The results produced by this project include: (1) Development of econometrically estimated marginal abatement and associated production curves describing response of agricultural and forestry emissions/sink/offsets enhancements for use in integrated assessments. Curves were developed that reflected agricultural, and forestry production of traditional commodities, carbon and other greenhouse gas offsets and biofuels given signals of general commodity demand, and carbon and energy prices. This work was done jointly with Dr. Ronald Sands at PNNL. A paper from this is forthcoming as follows Gillig, D., B.A. McCarl, and R.D. Sands, ''Integrating Agricultural and Forestry GHG Mitigation Response into General Economy Frameworks: Developing a Family of Response Functions,'' Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, forthcoming, 2004. An additional effort was done involving dynamics and a second paper was prepared that is annex A to this report and is Gillig, D., and B.A. McCarl, ''Integrating Agricultural and Forestry Response to GHG Mitigation into General Economy Frameworks: Developing a Family of Response Functions using FASOM,'' 2004. (2) Integration of the non dynamic curves from (1) into in a version of the PNNL SGM integrated assessment model was done in cooperation with Dr. Ronald Sands at PNNL. The results were reported at the second DOE conference on sequestration in the paper listed just below and the abstract is in Annex B of this report. Sands, R.D., B.A. McCarl, and D. Gillig, ''Assessment of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration Options within a United States Market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions,'' Presented at the Second Conference on Carbon Sequestration, Alexandria, VA, May 7, 2003. The results in their latest version show about half of the needed offsets by 2030 can be achieved through agriculture through a mix of sequestration and biofuel options. (3) Alternative

  6. Test report :

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    Rose, David Martin; Schenkman, Benjamin L.; Borneo, Daniel R.

    2013-08-01

    The Department of Energy Office of Electricity (DOE/OE), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and the Base Camp Integration Lab (BCIL) partnered together to incorporate an energy storage system into a microgrid configured Forward Operating Base to reduce the fossil fuel consumption and to ultimately save lives. Energy storage vendors have supplied their systems to SNL Energy Storage Test Pad (ESTP) for functional testing and a subset of these systems were selected for performance evaluation at the BCIL. The technologies tested were electro-chemical energy storage systems comprised of lead acid, lithium-ion or zinc-bromide. MILSPRAY Military Technologies has developed an energy storage system that utilizes lead acid batteries to save fuel on a military microgrid. This report contains the testing results and some limited assessment of the Milspray Scorpion Energy Storage Device.

  7. Interim report

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    This Interim Report summarizes the research and development activities of the Superconducting Super Collider project carried out from the completion of the Reference Designs Study (May 1984) to June 1985. It was prepared by the SSC Central Design Group in draft form on the occasion of the DOE Annual Review, June 19--21, 1985. Now largely organized by CDG Divisions, the bulk of each chapter documents the progress and accomplishments to date, while the final section(s) describe plans for future work. Chapter 1, Introduction, provides a basic brief description of the SSC, its physics justification, its origins, and the R&D organization set up to carry out the work. Chapter 2 gives a summary of the main results of the R&D program, the tasks assigned to the four magnet R&D centers, and an overview of the future plans. The reader wishing a quick look at the SSC Phase I effort can skim Chapter 1 and read Chapter 2. Subsequent chapters discuss in more detail the activities on accelerator physics, accelerator systems, magnets and cryostats, injector, detector R&D, conventional facilities, and project planning and management. The magnet chapter (5) documents in text and photographs the impressive progress in successful construction of many model magnets, the development of cryostats with low heat leaks, and the improvement in current-carrying capacity of superconducting strand. Chapter 9 contains the budgets and schedules of the COG Divisions, the overall R&D program, including the laboratories, and also preliminary projections for construction. Appendices provide information on the various panels, task forces and workshops held by the CDG in FY 1985, a bibliography of COG and Laboratory reports on SSC and SSC-related work, and on private industrial involvement in the project.

  8. [Investigation of a Patient with Pre-vaccine-derived Poliovirus in Shandong Province, China].

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    Lin, Xiaojuan; Liu, Yao; Wang, Suting; Zhang Xiao; Song, Lizhi; Tao, Zexin; Ji, Feng; Xiong, Ping; Xu, Aiqiang

    2015-09-01

    To analyze the genetic characteristics of a polio-I highly variant vaccine recombinant virus in Shandong Province (China) in 2011 and to identify isolates from healthy contacts, two stool specimens from one patient with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and 40 stool specimens from his contacts were collected for virus isolation. The complete genome of poliovirus and VP1 coding region of the non-polio enterovirus were sequenced. Homologous comparison and phylogenetic analyses based on VP1 sequences were undertaken among coxsackievirus (CV) B1, CV-B3 isolates, and those in GenBank. One poliovirus (P1/11186), CV-A4 and CV-A8 were isolated from the AFP patient; one CV-A2, Echovirus 3 (E-3), E-12 and E-14, ten CV-B1, and five CV-B3 strains were isolated from his contacts. These results led us to believe that there may be a human enterovirus epidemic in this area, and that surveillance must be enhanced. P1/11186 was a type-1 vaccine-related poliovirus; it combined with type-2 and type-3 polioviruses in 2A and 3A regions, respectively. There were 25 nucleotide mutations with 9 amino-acid alterations in the entire genome. There were 8 nucleotide mutations with 5 amino-acid alterations in the VP1 region compared with the corresponding Sabin strains. Homology analyses suggested that the ten CV-B1 isolates had 97.0%-100% nucleotide and 98.9%-100% amino-acid identities with each other, as well as 92.6%-100% nucleotide and 99.2%-100% amino-acid identities among the five CV-B3 isolates. Phylogenetic analyses on the complete sequences of VP1 among CV-B1 and CV-B3 isolates showed that Shandong strains, together with strains from other provinces in China, had a close relationship and belonged to the same group.

  9. Australia's polio risk.

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    Martin, Nicolee; Paterson, Beverley J; Durrheim, David N

    2014-06-30

    Australia, like all polio-free countries and regions, remains at risk of a wild poliovirus importation until polio is eradicated globally. The most probable route of importation will be through a traveller arriving in Australia either by air or sea from a polio-endemic or re-infected country. While the overall risk of an imported wild poliovirus infection leading to transmission within Australia is assessed as being low, some areas of the country have been identified as at increased risk. Local areas with relatively high arrivals from polio endemic countries, areas of low vaccination coverage and the potential for transmission to occur when these 2 factors are combined, were identified by this review as Australia's main polio risk. The risk of an importation event leading to locally acquired cases is mitigated by generally high polio vaccination coverage in Australia. This high coverage extends to residents of the Torres Strait Islands who are in close proximity to Papua New Guinea, a country identified as at high risk of poliovirus transmission should an importation occur. In 2012, all states and territories had vaccination coverage of greater than 90% at 1 year of age and all exceeded 93% at 2 years of age. Population immunity to wild poliovirus type 1, which remains the major cause of paralysis globally, has been estimated at 82%. This is sufficient to prevent outbreaks of this type in Australia. Of the 211 eligible non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases classified between 2008 and 2011, 91% (193) were vaccinated against polio at least once. High quality surveillance for AFP, which is supplemented by sentinel enterovirus and environmental surveillance activities, gives confidence that an imported case would be detected and appropriate public health action would ensue.

  10. Therapeutic efficacy of improved α-fetoprotein promoter-mediated tBid delivered by folate-PEI600-cyclodextrin nanopolymer vector in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Hu, Bao-guang [Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR (Hong Kong); Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, the Affiliated Hospital of Binzhou Medical University, Binzhou, Shandong (China); Liu, Li-ping [Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, the Second Clinical Medical College of Jinan University (Shenzhen People' s Hospital), Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (China); Chen, George G., E-mail: gchen@cuhk.edu.hk [Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR (Hong Kong); Ye, Cai Guo; Leung, Kevin K.C.; Ho, Rocky L.K.; Lin, Marie C.; Lai, Paul B.S. [Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR (Hong Kong)

    2014-06-10

    SNPs in human AFP promoter are associated with serum AFP levels in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), suggesting that AFP promoter variants may generate better transcriptional activities while retaining high specificity to AFP-producing cells. We sequenced human AFP promoters, cloned 15 different genotype promoters and tested their reporter activities in AFP-producing and non-producing cells. Among various AFP variant fragments tested, EA4D exhibited the highest reporter activity and thus was selected for the further study. EA4D was fused with tBid and coupled with nano-particle vector (H1) to form pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1. pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1 could express a high level of tBid while retain the specificity to AFP-producing cells. In a HCC tumor model, application of pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1 significantly inhibited the growth of AFP-producing-implanted tumors with minimal side-effects, but had no effect on non-AFP-producing tumors. Furthermore, pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1 could significantly sensitize HCC cells to sorafenib, an approved anti-HCC agent. Collectively, pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1, a construct with the AFP promoter EA4D and the novel H1 delivery system, can specifically target and effectively suppress the AFP-producing HCC. This new therapeutic tool shows little toxicity in vitro and in vivo and it should thus be safe for further clinical tests. - Highlights: • The nano-particle vector H1 has advantages in mediating gene therapy construct pGL3-EA4D-tBid for HCC treatment. • pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1, a construct with the AFP promoter EA4D, can specifically target the AFP-producing HCC. • pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1effectively suppresses the proliferation and growth of AFP-producing HCC. • This novel pGL3-EA4D-tBid/H1 therapeutic tool shows little toxicity in vitro and in vivo.

  11. Annual report

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    Barkas, W.H.

    1967-05-01

    Work that has been carried out in several areas of High Energy Physics is described. Visual techniques are used. For the study of the three-pion decay of the K/sup +/ meson, bubble chamber and emulsion methods are used to complement each other, particularly for the tau' mode. Several separate bubble chamber experiments in ..pi../sup +/p, anti pp and K/sup -/p interactions are also described, and the large effort devoted to computer reprogramming for the data analysis indicated. Two emulsion research projects are also described which have for their purpose the study of electromagnetic processes induced by 16 BeV electrons and the study of hypernuclei by K/sup -/ mesons. For the latter work high speed computer methods have been successfully applied to the analysis of the product hypernuclei. These programs of work have not been under way long enough for the main results yet to be available, but some preliminary data have been published and several reports on data analysis and related subjects have been prepared.

  12. Research Report

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    Dawes, Lyn

    2004-06-01

    This paper examines what is important about talk between learners during school science and, having identified this, suggests how we can ensure that what we consider important happens. By looking at the interaction between teachers and learners talking about science, it is possible to indicate ways in which learners can be helped to continue this learning conversation with one another when teacher support is withdrawn. Strategies for teaching and learning are examined. The paper reports on the findings of a research project designed to teach children how to negotiate their ideas about science concepts through rational dialogue. Children's development of scientific concepts in classrooms is undertaken through structured activity and mediated through oral language. Children must move forward simultaneously in their use of specialized vocabulary and in their understanding of current scientific explanations, models and ideas. New language and new ways of using language are learned by doing, which means for children, primarily speaking and listening. Children's understanding of science can benefit from teaching them to understand that spoken language is a powerful tool for thinking together.

  13. Final report

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    Joseph H. Simmons; Tracie J. Bukowski

    2002-08-07

    determine if photocarriers could be collected. Thus, we tested a variety of semiconductor-glass nano-composite structures for photoconductivity. Tests were conducted in collaboration with the Laser Physics Division at Sandia National Laboratories. Nano-composite samples were formed consisting of Ge nanocrystals embedded in an indium-tin-oxide matrix. Photoconductivity measurements were conducted with exposure of the films to sub-bandgap and super-bandgap light. The results showed a clear photoconductivity effect arising from exposure to super-bandgap light only. These results suggest that the high-efficiency photovoltaic cell structure proposed in DOE sponsored U.S. Patent 5,720,827 is viable. The results of fabrication studies, structural characterization studies and photovoltaic measurements are presented in the report. This report is taken from a PhD dissertation of Tracie J. Bukowski submitted to the University of Florida in May 2002. ''The optical and photoconductive response in germanium quantum dots and indium tin oxide composite thin film structures,'' Dr. Bukowski conducted her PhD study under this grant at the University of Arizona and under Grant No DE-FG05-91ER45462 at the University of Florida, as well as during a two-year fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories.

  14. Contribution of Contact Sampling in Increasing Sensitivity of Poliovirus Detection During A Polio Outbreak-Somalia, 2013.

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    Moturi, Edna; Mahmud, Abdirahman; Kamadjeu, Raoul; Mbaeyi, Chukwuma; Farag, Noha; Mulugeta, Abraham; Gary, Howard; Ehrhardt, Derek

    2016-04-01

    Background.  In May 2013, a wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) outbreak reported in Somalia provided an opportunity to examine the contribution of testing contacts to WPV detection. Methods.  We reviewed acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) case-patients and linked contacts reported in the Somalia Surveillance Database from May 9 to December 31, 2013. We restricted our analysis to AFP case-patients that had ≥3 contacts and calculated the contribution of each contact to case detection. Results.  Among 546 AFP cases identified, 328 AFP cases had ≥3 contacts. Among the 328 AFP cases with ≥3 contacts, 93 WPV1 cases were detected: 58 cases (62%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 52%-72%) were detected through testing stool specimens from AFP case-patients; and 35 cases (38%; 95% CI, 28%-48%) were detected through testing stool specimens from contacts, including 19 cases (20%; 95% CI, 14%-30%) from the first contact, 11 cases (12%; 95% CI, 7%-20%) from the second contact, and 5 cases (5%; 95% CI, 2%-12%) from the third contact. Among the 103 AFP cases with ≥4 contacts, 3 (6%; 95% CI, 2%-16%) of 52 WPV1 cases were detected by testing the fourth contact. No additional WPV1 cases were detected by testing >4 contacts. Conclusions.  Stool specimens from 3 to 4 contacts of persons with AFP during polio outbreaks are needed to maximize detection of WPV cases.

  15. Non-invasive monitoring of carcinogenesis in N-nitrosodiethylamine induced liver cancer

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    Park, Ju Hui; Kang, Joo Hyun; Lee, Yong Jin; Lee, Tae Sup; Kim, Kwang Il; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, Sang Moo [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Young Seo [Kyungwon University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    Molecular imaging based on reporter gene expression allows tissue-specific events or processes to be measured using the bioluminescence imaging (BLI) reporter gene expression vector controlled by specific enhancer/promoters. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), which is a tumor marker, is a serum glycoprotein that is expressed normally by fetal liver and yolk-sac cells, as well as in trace amounts in the fetal gastrointestinal tract. The serum concentration of AFP decreases rapidly after birth and its expression is repressed in adults. Approximately 80% of HCC patients show an increase in the AFP level. Therefore, AFP has been used for many years as a diagnostic and prognostic serum marker for HCC and transgenic system for AFP was proposed as a valuable tool for elucidation of mechanism of transcriptional regulation during liver development and hepatocarcinogenesis. In this study, firefly luciferase (fLuc) expressing transgenic mice controlled by the AFP enhancer/ promoter (enh/promoter) were produced to screen for the development of AFP-producing liver cancer. These models are expected to be useful for monitoring agents or drugs that modulate the AFP level as well as for measuring the specific signaling events important for liver cancer development

  16. Final Report

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    Hameed A. Naseem, Husam H. Abu-Safe

    2007-02-09

    was demonstrated to be at least two orders of magnitude lower that that reported in the literature before. Polysilicon was successfully achieved on polyimide (Kapton©) films. Thin film Si solar cells on lightweight stoable polymer offer great advantage for terrestrial and space power applications. In summary we have demonstrated through this research the viability of producing low cost nano-, poly-, and epitaxial Si material on substrates of choice for applications in economically viable environmentally friendly sustainable solar power systems. This truly enabling technology has widespread applications in multibillion dollar electronic industry and consumer products.

  17. Final Report

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    Michael C. Weinberg; Lori L. Burgner; Joseph H. Simmons

    2003-05-23

    OAK B135 The formation of metastable crystalline phases in lithium disilicate glass has been a subject of controversy for decades. Here, one aspect of this problem relating to the stability of these non-equilibrium phases when glasses are heated for extended time periods in the nucleation regime is addressed. The results of a systematic experimental investigation on the persistence of metastable phases and the factors that may influence the appearance of such phases, e.g., water content, impurities, glass composition, and glass preparation procedure are presented. Growth rates of lithium disilicate crystals in lithium disilicate glass are measured as a function water concentration in the glass and of temperature in the deeply undercooled regime. The growth rate data obtained in this work are combined with data reported in the literature and used to assess the applicability of standard models of crystal growth for the description of experimental results over a very broad temperature range. The reduced growth rate versus undercooling graph is found to consist of three regimes. For undercoolings less than 140°C, the reduced growth rate curve is suggestive of either 2-D surface nucleation or screw dislocation growth. For undercoolings greater than 400°C, the reduced growth rate plot suggests the operative crystal growth mechanism is 2-D surface nucleation, but detailed calculations cast doubt upon this conclusion. In the intermediate undercooling range, there appears to be some sort of transitional behavior for which none of the standard models appear to be applicable. Further, it is observed that small differences in the viscosity data employed can produce enormous differences in the predicted growth rates at larger undercoolings. Results of the kinetic analyses conducted herein seem to indicate that the nature of the kinetic rate coefficient used in the standard growth models may be incorrect. Nucleation rates of sodium metasilicate crystals in a sodium silicate

  18. International Financial Reporting Standards and differential reporting

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    Jarvis, Robin; Collis, Jill

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines the international development of financial reporting standards for smaller entities from a UK perspective. It examines the three elements of differential reporting: abbreviated accounts, the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities and exemption from the statutory audit.

  19. Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports

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    Elkoush, Mahmoud

    2013-01-01

    A fast-paced, example-based guide to learn how to create a reporting application using Visual Studio and Crystal Reports.""Reporting with Visual Studio and Crystal Reports"" is for developers new to Crystal Reports. It will also prove useful to intermediate users who wish to explore some new techniques in Crystal Reports using Microsoft Visual Studio. Readers are expected to have basic knowledge of C#, Microsoft Visual Studio, and Structured Query Language (SQL).

  20. China Report: Political, Sociological and Military Affairs, No. 470.

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    2007-11-02

    Portugal’s Mota Pinto on Macao, Hong Kong (AFP, 20 Oct 83) 128 WEN WEI PO Cites Chinese ’Gentleman’ on Hong Kong (Cheng Hsiang ; WEN...Chenglin [7456 2052 2651] (Hui), Ma Changrui [7456 2490 3843] (Hui), Ma Yaozhang [7456 5069 4545] Wang Yun [3769 0061], Wang Chuan [3769 0356], Wang...KONG ) ’’’=" HK170350 Hong Kong WEN WEI PO in Chinese 13 Oct 83 p 3 ["Newsletter" by Beijing Correspondent Cheng Hsiang [4453 5046]: "On the

  1. Screening and Identifying a Novel ssDNA Aptamer against Alpha-fetoprotein Using CE-SELEX.

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    Dong, Lili; Tan, Qiwen; Ye, Wei; Liu, Dongli; Chen, Haifeng; Hu, Hongwei; Wen, Duo; Liu, Yang; Cao, Ya; Kang, Jingwu; Fan, Jia; Guo, Wei; Wu, Weizhong

    2015-10-26

    Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a liver cancer associated protein and has long been utilized as a serum tumor biomarker of disease progression. AFP is usually detected in HCC patients by an antibody based system. Recently, however, aptamers generated from systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) were reported to have an alternative potential in targeted imaging, diagnosis and therapy. In this study, AFP-bound ssDNA aptamers were screened and identified using capillary electrophoresis (CE) SELEX technology. After cloning, sequencing and motif analysis, we successfully confirmed an aptamer, named AP273, specifically targeting AFP. The aptamer could be used as a probe in AFP immunofluorescence imaging in HepG2, one AFP positive cancer cell line, but not in A549, an AFP negative cancer cell line. More interesting, the aptamer efficiently inhibited the migration and invasion of HCC cells after in vivo transfection. Motif analysis revealed that AP273 had several stable secondary motifs in its structure. Our results indicate that CE-SELEX technology is an efficient method to screen specific protein-bound ssDNA, and AP273 could be used as an agent in AFP-based staining, diagnosis and therapy, although more works are still needed.

  2. The AFP-675 Far Ultraviolet Cameras experiment - Observations of the far-UV space environment

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    Carruthers, George R.; Morrill, Jeff S.; Dohne, Brian C.; Christensen, Susan A.

    1993-01-01

    The NRL's Far UV Cameras experiment flew aboard the Shuttle Orbiter on STS-39, in 1991: obtaining 105-200 nm measurements of the upper atmosphere, astronomical targets, and the Shuttle environment. Attention is presently given to observations of O2 density vs altitude in the nighttime atmosphere, the nocturnal ionosphere, Space Shuttle FUV glow, and photometry for both the stars and diffuse sources of 12 star fields at high and low galactic latitudes. The first FUV observations of the extended region of reflection nebulosity in Scorpius are included.

  3. STS-39 MS Veach monitors AFP-675 panel on OV-103's aft flight deck

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    1991-01-01

    STS-39 Mission Specialist (MS) Charles L. Veach analyzes data displayed on Air Force Program 675 (APF-675) command and monitor panel on the aft flight deck payload station aboard Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103. Just above Veach's head, Panel A3 closed circuit television (CCTV) screen A2 glows. At Veach's right is a portable laptop computer attached to panel L10.

  4. Tyrosinernia type I treated by NTBC : How does AFP predict liver cancer?

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    Koelink, C. J. L.; van Hasselt, P.; van der Ploeg, A.; van den Heuvel-Elbrink, M. M.; Wijburg, F. A.; Bijleveld, C. M. A.; van Spronsen, F. J.

    2006-01-01

    Background: Tyrosinemia type I is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer development. The formation of the pathogenic fumarylacetoacetate is prevented by 2-(2-nitro-4-3 trifluoro-methylbenzoyl)-1,3-cyclohexanedione (NTBC). Still, some patients with NTBC treatment develop liver cancer. A r

  5. Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Tyrosinemia Type 1 Without Clear Increase of AFP

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    van Ginkel, Willem G.; Gouw, Annette S. H.; van der Jagt, Eric J.; de Jong, Koert P.; Verkade, Henkjan J.; van Spronsen, Francjan J.

    2015-01-01

    Patients with hereditary tyrosinemia type 1 have an elevated risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma, especially if initiation of treatment with 2-(2-nitro-4-trifluoro-methylbenzoyl)-1,3-cyclohexanedione is delayed. Hepatocellular carcinoma can usually be suspected when there are increased alpha

  6. Tyrosinernia type I treated by NTBC: How does AFP predict liver cancer?

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    C.J.L. Koelink; P. van Hasselt; A. van der Ploeg; M.M. van den Heuvel-Eibrink; F.A. Wijburg; C.M.A. Bijleveld; F.J. van Spronsen

    2006-01-01

    Background: Tyrosinemia type I is associated with an increased risk of liver cancer development. The formation of the pathogenic fumarylacetoacetate is prevented by 2-(2-nitro-4-3 trifluoro-methylbenzoyl)-1,3-cyclohexanedione (NTBC). Still, some patients with NTBC treatment develop liver cancer. A r

  7. Revision and Update of AFP (Air Force Pamphlet) 30-6.

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    1986-04-01

    decanters that can be served by waiters or waitresses or simply placed on the table where they are passed from left to right (counterclockwise). Water...person has the floor . k. Caviling. 1. Departing the mess prior to dismissal by the president. Certain members of the mess seem to be frequent violators

  8. Multiple molecular markers MAGE-1, MAGE-3 and AFP mRNAs ...

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    Salwa H. Teama

    2012-09-25

    Sep 25, 2012 ... divided into three groups; group A: patients with primary HCC (n = 32), group B: patients with .... plus a terminal extension at 72 °C for 10 min.; thermal cycles .... sents the third cause of cancer deaths after lung and breast. 1.

  9. Loss of Virus-Specific Memory T. cells in Coxsackievirus B3 and B4 Infected Mice

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    There are two major types of enteroviruses: polioviruses and non-polio enteroviruses. While vaccines have effectively eliminated poliovirus infections, no vaccine is currently available for the non-polio enteroviruses. Generation of long-term pathogen specific memory cells is cri...

  10. Spontaneous regression of a large hepatocellular carcinoma: case report

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    Alqutub, Adel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The prognosis of untreated advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC is grim with a median survival of less than 6 months. Spontaneous regression of HCC has been defined as the disappearance of the hepatic lesions in the absence of any specific therapy. The spontaneous regression of a very large HCC is very rare and limited data is available in the English literature. We describe spontaneous regression of hepatocellular carcinoma in a 65-year-old male who presented to our clinic with vague abdominal pain and weight loss of two months duration. He was found to have multiple hepatic lesions with elevation of serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP level to 6,500 µg/L (normal <20 µg/L. Computed tomography revealed advanced HCC replacing almost 80% of the right hepatic lobe. Without any intervention the patient showed gradual improvement over a period of few months. Follow-up CT scan revealed disappearance of hepatic lesions with progressive decline of AFP levels to normal. Various mechanisms have been postulated to explain this rare phenomenon, but the exact mechanism remains a mystery.

  11. Topical report review status

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    1997-08-01

    This report provides industry with procedures for submitting topical reports, guidance on how the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) processes and responds to topical report submittals, and an accounting, with review schedules, of all topical reports currently accepted for review schedules, of all topical reports currently accepted for review by the NRC. This report will be published annually. Each sponsoring organization with one or more topical reports accepted for review copies.

  12. CSIR Annual report 1991

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    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1991. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial reports are also presented in the report....

  13. BVA Brexit report launched.

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    2017-05-06

    BVA's Brexit report was approved by BVA Council at its meeting on April 19. Hannah Jordan, BVA policy officer, explains how evidence for the report was gathered, who the report is for and what it calls for. British Veterinary Association.

  14. Big Game Reporting Stations

    Data.gov (United States)

    Vermont Center for Geographic Information — Point locations of big game reporting stations. Big game reporting stations are places where hunters can legally report harvested deer, bear, or turkey. These are...

  15. CSIR Annual report 1984

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1984-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1984. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial reports are also presented in the report....

  16. CHIP Enrollment Reports

    Data.gov (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — CHIP quarterly and annual statistical enrollment reports. The quarterly reports contain point-in-time and ever enrolled data and the annual reports contain ever...

  17. CSIR Annual report 1994

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1994. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial reports are also presented in the report....

  18. Fuels Reporting System Data

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This asset includes compliance data (registrations and reports), including reports related to reformulated gasoline and conventional gasoline (anti-dumping),...

  19. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- First Report: USDA ARS Report

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    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  20. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- First Report: USDA FAS Report

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    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  1. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- Second Report: USDA ARS Report

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    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  2. Denmark's National Inventory Report

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Illerup, J. B.; Lyck, E.; Winther, M.

    This report is Denmark's National Inventory Report reported to the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) due by 15 April 2001. The report contains information on Denmark's inventories for all years' from 1990 to 1999 for CO2, CH4, N2O, CO...

  3. Denmark's National Inventory Report

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Illerup, J. B.; Lyck, E.; Winther, M.

    This report is Denmark's National Inventory Report reported to the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) due by 15 April 2001. The report contains information on Denmark's inventories for all years' from 1990 to 1999 for CO2, CH4, N2O, ...

  4. Denmark's National Inventory Report

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Illerup, J. B.; Lyck, E.; Winther, M.

    This report is Denmark's National Inventory Report reported to the Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) due by 15 April 2001. The report contains information on Denmark's inventories for all years' from 1990 to 1999 for CO2, CH4, N2O, CO...

  5. Mid-term Report

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Badger, Merete; Monaco, Lucio; Farinetti, Laura

    2012-01-01

    This report represents the deliverable D1.1 of project Virtual Campus Hub. The project runs from October 2011 to September 2013. The report is the core of the project’s 1st periodic report, which was submitted to the European Commission on November 26, 2012. In addition, this report contains...

  6. Annual Report 1997

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Golnik, N.; Mika, J.R.; Wieteska, K. [eds.

    1998-12-31

    This Annual Report of the Institute of Atomic Energy describes the results of the research works carried out at the Institute at 1997. As in the preceding years the authors of the individual scientific reports published in this Annual Report are fully responsible for their content and layout. The Report contains the information on other activities of the Institute as well. (author)

  7. Reconnaissance Reports Guide

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    2014-01-23

    SALUTE ) re- port should normally be provided in addition to this report to amplify these enemy sightings and further clar- ify the enemy situation...yes) and submit a SPOTREP/ SALUTE report separately. If no enemy has been observed, report NIL in this line of the report. LIMA Remarks. Any other...Weapons, especially any weapons or weapons systems that could jeopardize the accomplishment of the amphibious operation. Note: A SPOTREP/ SALUTE report

  8. Prediction of changes in important physical parameters during composting of separated animal slurry solid fractions

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Chowdhury, Md Albarune; de Neergaard, Andreas; Jensen, Lars Stoumann

    2014-01-01

    and their interacting physical relationships in the composting matrix. Here we monitored moisture content, bulk density, particle density and air-filled porosity (AFP) during composting of SSF collected from four commercially available solid-liquid separators. Composting was performed in laboratory-scale reactors...... composts showed different dynamics as described by the first-order kinetic equation. The estimated component particle density of 1441 kg m-3 for VS and 2625 kg m-3 for fixed solids can be used to improve estimates of AFP for SSF within the range tested. The linear relationship between wet bulk density...... and AFP reported by previous researchers held true for SSF....

  9. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- First Report: DOJ

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    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  10. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- First Report: DOE

    Data.gov (United States)

    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  11. ARRA NEPA Quarterly Report- Second Report: DOE

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    Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President — Reports prepared by the Departments and Agencies on status of NEPA progress for activities and projects funded under Division A of the American Recovery and...

  12. Reporting customer satisfaction in the annual reports

    OpenAIRE

    Sajjad, Afra

    2007-01-01

    The importance of intangible assets as important value drlvers and critrcal success factors has increased in the customer centric world of today. Despite the importance of the intangible assets, intangible assets other than purchased goodwill are generally not recognised in the financial statements. Thls has resulted in declining relevance and declsion usefulness of corporate annual reports to the users of annual reports There have been suggestions for disclosure of intangrbie assets m the an...

  13. 1995 PVUSA progress report. Final report

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    NONE

    1996-03-01

    Photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications (PVUSA) is a national public-private partnership that is assessing and demonstrating the viability of utility-scale (US) photovoltaic (PV) electric generation systems and recent developments in PV module technology. This report updates the project`s progress, reviews the status and performance of the various PV installations during 1995, summarizes key accomplishments and conclusions, and serves as the final report under Pacific Gas and Electric Company`s project management.

  14. Excel Dashboards & Reports

    CERN Document Server

    Alexander, Michael

    2010-01-01

    The go to resource for how to use Excel dashboards and reports to better conceptualize data. Many Excel books do an adequate job of discussing the individual functions and tools that can be used to create an "Excel Report." What they don't offer is the most effective ways to present and report data. Offering a comprehensive review of a wide array of technical and analytical concepts, Excel Reports and Dashboards helps Excel users go from reporting data with simple tables full of dull numbers, to presenting key information through the use of high-impact, meaningful reports and dashboards that w

  15. Signal Station Inspection Reports

    Data.gov (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Handwritten reports resulting from detailed inspections of US Army Signal Service Stations, 1871-1889. Features reported included instrument exposure and condition,...

  16. CSIR Annual report 1987

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1987-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1987. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  17. CSIR Annual report 1989

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1989-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1989. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  18. CSIR Annual report 1990

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1990. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  19. Sea Turtle Interaction Report

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Sea Turtle Interaction Report is a report sent out in pdf format to authorized individuals that summarizes sea turtle interactions in the longline fishery. The...

  20. Sea Turtle Interaction Report

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Sea Turtle Interaction Report is a report sent out in pdf format to authorized individuals that summarizes sea turtle interactions in the longline fishery. The...

  1. NSP Production Reports

    Data.gov (United States)

    Department of Housing and Urban Development — NSP Production Reports contain cumulative data on units assisted with NSP funds. An NSP grantee reports on the accomplishment of an activity when it meets an End...

  2. ACS Updates Environmental Report.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chemical and Engineering News, 1978

    1978-01-01

    Describes a new publication of a report prepared by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Environmental Improvement. This is a new version that updates a 1969 report and contains additional material and expanded recommendations. (GA)

  3. Federal Fleet Report

    Data.gov (United States)

    General Services Administration — Annual report of Federal agencies' motor vehicle fleet data collected in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST), a web-based reporting tool cosponsored by...

  4. Medicare Cost Reports

    Data.gov (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Medicare certified institutional providers are required to submit an annual cost report to a Medicare Administrative Contractor. The cost report contains provider...

  5. National Outbreak Reporting System

    Data.gov (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) is a web-based platform designed to support reporting to CDC by local, state, and territorial health departments in the...

  6. Physician Quality Reporting System

    Data.gov (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — PQRS is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and negative payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible...

  7. Minority Veteran Report

    Data.gov (United States)

    Department of Veterans Affairs — This report is the first comprehensive report that chronicles the history of racial and ethnic minorities in the military and as Veterans, profiles characteristics...

  8. Minority Veteran Report 2014

    Data.gov (United States)

    Department of Veterans Affairs — This report is the first comprehensive report that chronicles the history of racial and ethnic minorities in the military and as Veterans, profiles characteristics...

  9. CSIR Annual report 1992

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1962. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  10. Microenterprise Results Reporting

    Data.gov (United States)

    US Agency for International Development — Microenterprise Results Reporting (MRR) is an annual report to the U.S. Congress providing funding and program data on USAID's microenterprise activities. The MRR...

  11. CSIR Annual report 1964

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1964-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1964. An outline of the CSIR structure and periodical publications are also presented in the report....

  12. Homebuyer Activities Report

    Data.gov (United States)

    Department of Housing and Urban Development — This monthly report is an Excel spreadsheet. PJs can use this report to view homebuyer activities with the 2012 or 2013 program year in IDIS that are in final draw,...

  13. The AFCARS Reports

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — This series of on-line reports is based on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, and contain national data from FY 2003 through the most recent...

  14. CSIR Annual report 1985

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1985-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1985. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  15. CSIR Annual report 1986

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1986-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1986. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  16. CSIR Annual report 1977

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1977-01-01

    Full Text Available This report provides highlights on the activities and achievements of CSIR in the year 1977. An outline of the CSIR structure and financial statements are also presented in the report....

  17. ECDMS analytical report

    Data.gov (United States)

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This contaminant report is created for Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. Sections of the report include weight, percent moisture, contaminant...

  18. Child Welfare Outcomes Reports

    Data.gov (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — These annual reports to Congress are available on line at the Children's Bureau's website. They contain data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting...

  19. ACS Updates Environmental Report.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chemical and Engineering News, 1978

    1978-01-01

    Describes a new publication of a report prepared by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Environmental Improvement. This is a new version that updates a 1969 report and contains additional material and expanded recommendations. (GA)

  20. Incident Report - Legacy

    Data.gov (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Incident Report is a mandatory post trip legal document observers fill out to report any enforcement related situations they have encountered on an observed trip...

  1. Resident Characteristics Report

    Data.gov (United States)

    Department of Housing and Urban Development — The Resident Characteristics Report summarizes general information about households who reside in Public Housing, or who receive Section 8 assistance. The report...

  2. CSIR Annual report 1966

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1966-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the twenty second annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1966, to the 31st December 1966. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  3. CSIR Annual report 1970

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1970-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the twenty sixth annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1970, to the 31st December 1970. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  4. 2014 Site Environmental Report

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    Paquette, Douglas [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Remien, Jason [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Foley, Brian [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Burke, John [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Dorsch, William [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Ratel, Karen [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Howe, Robert [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Welty, Tim [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Williams, Jeffrey [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Pohlpt, Peter [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Lagattolla, Richard [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Metz, Robert [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Milligan, James [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Lettieri, Lawrence [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2015-10-01

    BNL prepares an annual Site Environmental Report (SER) in accordance with DOE Order 231.1B, Environment, Safety and Health Reporting. The report is written to inform the public, regulators, employees, and other stakeholders of the Laboratory’s environmental performance during the calendar year in review.

  5. Healthcare. State Report

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    Carnevale, Anthony P.; Smith, Nicole; Gulish, Artem; Beach, Bennett H.

    2012-01-01

    This report projects education requirements linked to forecasted job growth in healthcare by state and the District of Columbia from 2010 through 2020. It complements a larger national report which projects educational demand for healthcare for the same time period. The national report shows that with or without Obamacare, the United States will…

  6. Organic solvent topical report

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Cowley, W.L.

    1998-04-30

    This report is the technical basis for the accident and consequence analyses used in the Hanford Tank Farms Basis for Interim Operation. The report also contains the scientific and engineering information and reference material needed to understand the organic solvent safety issue. This report includes comments received from the Chemical Reactions Subcommittee of the Tank Advisory Panel.

  7. CSIR Annual report 1968

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1968-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the twenty fourth annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1968, to the 31st December 1968. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  8. CSIR Annual report 1971

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1971-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the twenty seventh annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1971, to the 31st December 1971. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  9. CSIR Annual report 1969

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1969-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the twenty fifth annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1969, to the 31st December 1969. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  10. Course documentation report

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Buus, Lillian; Bygholm, Ann; Walther, Tina Dyngby Lyng

    A documentation report on the three pedagogical courses developed during the MVU project period. The report describes the three processes taking departure in the structure and material avaiable at the virtual learning environment. Also the report describes the way the two of the courses developed...

  11. BC Jurisdictional Report

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    British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, 2010

    2010-01-01

    This report was submitted by the BC Council on Admissions (BCCAT) to the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). This report is a summary of projects and activities completed by BCCAT during the period from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010. The purpose of this report is to inform the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) of…

  12. CSIR Annual report 1963

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1963-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the nineteenth annual report of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The report covers the period from the 1st January, 1963, to the 31st December 1963. Balance sheets and statements of income and expenditure...

  13. CSIR Annual report 1982

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1982-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the thirty eighth annual report of the CSIR. The report covers the period 1 January, 1982 to 31 December 1982. A balance sheet and statements of income and expenditure for the financial year ended 31st March 1982, certified...

  14. Final Technical Report

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    Schuur, Edward [Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff, AZ (United States); Luo, Yiqi [Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK (United States)

    2016-12-01

    This final grant report is a continuation of the final grant report submitted for DE-SC0006982 as the Principle Investigator (Schuur) relocated from the University of Florida to Northern Arizona University. This report summarizes the original project goals, as well as includes new project activities that were completed in the final period of the project.

  15. CSIR Annual report 1980

    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)

    CSIR

    1980-01-01

    Full Text Available This report presents the thirty-sixth annual report of the CSIR. The report covers the period 1 January, 1980 to 31 December 1980. A balance sheet and statements of income and expenditure for the financial year ended 31st March 1980, certified...

  16. TGF-β Signaling Cooperates with AT Motif-Binding Factor-1 for Repression of the α-Fetoprotein Promoter

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Nobuo Sakata

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available α-Fetoprotein (AFP is known to be highly produced in fetal liver despite its barely detectable level in normal adult liver. On the other hand, hepatocellular carcinoma often shows high expression of AFP. Thus, AFP seems to be an oncogenic marker. In our present study, we investigated how TGF-β signaling cooperates with AT motif-binding factor-1 (ATBF1 to inhibit AFP transcription. Indeed, the expression of AFP mRNA in HuH-7 cells was negatively regulated by TGF-β signaling. To further understand how TGF-β suppresses the transcription of the AFP gene, we analyzed the activity of the AFP promoter in the presence of TGF-β. We found that the TGF-β signaling and ATBF1 suppressed AFP transcription through two ATBF1 binding elements (AT-motifs. Using a heterologous reporter system, both AT-motifs were required for transcriptional repression upon TGF-β stimulation. Furthermore, Smads were found to interact with ATBF1 at both its N-terminal and C-terminal regions. Since the N-terminal (ATBF1N and C-terminal regions of ATBF1 (ATBF1C lack the ability of DNA binding, both truncated mutants rescued the cooperative inhibitory action by the TGF-β signaling and ATBF1 in a dose-dependent manner. Taken together, these findings indicate that TGF-β signaling can act in concert with ATBF1 to suppress the activity of the AFP promoter through direct interaction of ATBF1 with Smads.

  17. Report number codes

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    Nelson, R.N. (ed.)

    1985-05-01

    This publication lists all report number codes processed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information. The report codes are substantially based on the American National Standards Institute, Standard Technical Report Number (STRN)-Format and Creation Z39.23-1983. The Standard Technical Report Number (STRN) provides one of the primary methods of identifying a specific technical report. The STRN consists of two parts: The report code and the sequential number. The report code identifies the issuing organization, a specific program, or a type of document. The sequential number, which is assigned in sequence by each report issuing entity, is not included in this publication. Part I of this compilation is alphabetized by report codes followed by issuing installations. Part II lists the issuing organization followed by the assigned report code(s). In both Parts I and II, the names of issuing organizations appear for the most part in the form used at the time the reports were issued. However, for some of the more prolific installations which have had name changes, all entries have been merged under the current name.

  18. ERAWATCH Country Reports 2012

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Grimpe, Christoph

    This analytical country report is one of a series of annual ERAWATCH reports produced for EU Member States and Countries Associated to the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Union (FP7). The main objective of the ERAWATCH Annual Country Reports is to characterise and assess...... the performance of national research systems and related policies in a structured manner that is comparable across countries. The Country Report 2012 builds on and updates the 2011 edition. The report identifies the structural challenges of the national research and innovation system and assesses the match...... originally produced in December 2012, focusing on policy developments over the previous twelve months. The reports were produced by independent experts under direct contract with IPTS. The analytical framework and the structure of the reports have been developed by the Institute for Prospective Technological...

  19. Data Network Weather Service Reporting - Final Report

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Michael Frey

    2012-08-30

    A final report is made of a three-year effort to develop a new forecasting paradigm for computer network performance. This effort was made in co-ordination with Fermi Lab's construction of e-Weather Center.

  20. INTEGRATED REPORTING - THE FUTURE OF FINANCIAL REPORTING

    OpenAIRE

    Diana Sabina COZMA IGHIAN

    2015-01-01

    From investors’ point of view, financial results are not sufficient to offer an overview of a given business. To provide an overview on the activity of an entity, reports will need to include both the traditional financial and non-financial part to provide information on sustainable development, the impact of the activity on the environment, and social responsibility.\\r\

  1. Nuclear proliferation status report. Status report

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    NONE

    1992-07-01

    This report contains information concerning the nuclear proliferation status of the following countries: (1) Russia, (2) Ukraine, (3) Belarus, (4) Kazakhstan, (5) Israel, (6) India, (7) Pakistan, (8) South Africa, (9) North Korea, (10) Iraq, (11) Iran, (12) Lybia, (13) Algeria, (14) Syria, (15) Brazil, (16) Argentina, and (17) Taiwan.

  2. Preschool Evaluation Report: Year 1 Report.

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    Cooper, Judith A.; Hebbeler, Kathleen.

    The report documents activities and findings of the Preschool Evaluation Project which is developing a model for evaluating program provision to handicapped preschoolers and creating a longitudinal data base to track the short- and long-term progress of preschool children receiving special services in Montgomery County, Maryland. During the first…

  3. Acute flaccid paralysis incidence and Zika virus surveillance, Pacific Islands

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    Butler, Michelle T; Pastore, Roberta; Paterson, Beverley J; Durrheim, David N

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Problem The emergence of Zika virus has challenged outbreak surveillance systems in many at-risk, low-resource countries. As the virus has been linked with Guillain–Barré syndrome, routine data on the incidence of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) may provide a useful early warning system for the emergence of Zika virus. Approach We documented all Zika virus outbreaks and cases in 21 Pacific Islands and territories for the years 2007 to 2015. We extracted data from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative database on the reported and expected annual incidence of AFP in children younger than 15 years. Using a Poisson probability test, we tested the significance of unexpected increases in AFP in years correlating with Zika virus emergence. Data were analysed separately for each Pacific Island country and territory. Local setting In most Pacific Island countries, early warning surveillance for acute public health threats such as Zika virus is hampered by poor health infrastructure, insufficient human resources and geographical isolation. Relevant changes Only one example was found (Solomon Islands in 2015) of a significant increase in reported AFP cases correlating with Zika virus emergence. Lessons learnt We found no conclusive evidence that routinely reported AFP incidence data in children were useful for detecting emergence of Zika virus in this setting. More evidence may be needed from adult populations, who are more likely to be affected by Guillain–Barré syndrome. Reporting of AFP may be deficient in regions certified as polio-free. PMID:28053366

  4. 2006 SITE ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

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    BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY; RATEL,K.

    2007-10-01

    Each year, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) prepares an annual Site Environmental Report (SER) in accordance with DOE Order 231.1A, Environment, Safety and Health Reporting of the U.S. Department of Energy. The report is written to inform the public, regulators, employees, and other stakeholders of BNL's environmental performance during the calendar year in review. The SER summarizes environmental data; environmental management performance; compliance with applicable DOE, federal, state, and local regulations; and compliance, restoration, and surveillance monitoring program performance. BNL has prepared annual SERs since 1971 and has documented nearly all of its environmental history since the Laboratory's inception in 1947. The report is available in print and as a downloadable file on the BNL web page at http://www.bnl.gov/ewms/ser/. A summary of the SER is also prepared each year to provide a general overview of the report, and is distributed with a CD of the full report.

  5. Substring Range Reporting

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Bille, Philip; Gørtz, Inge Li

    2011-01-01

    We revisit various string indexing problems with range reporting features, namely, position-restricted substring searching, indexing substrings with gaps, and indexing substrings with intervals. We obtain the following main results. – We give efficient reductions for each of the above problems...... to a new problem, which we call substring range reporting. Hence, we unify the previous work by showing that we may restrict our attention to a single problem rather than studying each of the above problems individually. – We show how to solve substring range reporting with optimal query time and little...... range reporting are based on a novel combination of suffix trees and range reporting data structures. The reductions are simple and general and may apply to other combinations of string indexing with range reporting....

  6. 2009 Site Environmental Report

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ratel, K.M.; Brookhaven National Laboratory

    2010-09-30

    Each year, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) prepares an annual Site Environmental Report (SER) in accordance with DOE Order 231.1A, Environment, Safety and Health Reporting of the U.S. Department of Energy. The report is written to inform the public, regulators, employees, and other stakeholders of BNL's environmental performance during the calendar year in review. The SER summarizes environmental data; environmental management performance; compliance with applicable DOE, federal, state, and local regulations; and compliance, restoration, and surveillance monitoring program performance. BNL has prepared annual SERs since 1971 and has documented nearly all of its environmental history since the Laboratory's inception in 1947. The report is available in print and as a downloadable file on the BNL web page at http://www.bnl.gov/ewms/ser/. A summary of the SER is also prepared each year to provide a general overview of the report, and is distributed with a CD of the full report.

  7. LANSCE Activity Report

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Amy Robinson; Audrey Archuleta; Barbara Maes; Dan Strottman; Earl Hoffman; Garth Tietjen; Gene Farnum; Geoff Greene; Joyce Roberts; Ken Johnson; Paul Lewis; Roger Pynn; Stan Schriber; Steve Sterbenz; Steve Wender; Sue Harper

    1999-02-01

    The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center Activity Report describes scientific and technological progress and achievements in LANSCE Division during the period of 1995 to 1998. This report includes a message from the Division Director, an overview of LANSCE, sponsor overviews, research highlights, advanced projects and facility upgrades achievements, experimental and user program accomplishments, news and events, and a list of publications. The research highlights cover the areas of condensed-matter science and engineering, accelerator science, nuclear science, and radiography. This report also contains a compact disk that includes an overview, the Activity Report itself, LANSCE operations progress reports for 1996 and 1997, experiment reports from LANSCE users, as well as a search capability.

  8. Rapid Virological Response After Early Treatment with a Combined Therapy of Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir in HCV Genotype 4 After Living Donor Liver Transplantation in a HCC Downstaged Patient: Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Obed, Aiman; Bashir, Abdalla; Jarrad, Anwar

    2016-01-01

    Patient: Male, 54 Final Diagnosis: HCC with portal vein Symptoms: Liver failure Medication: — Clinical Procedure: Hepatitis c treatment • hcc tratment Specialty: Transplantology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4 (GT-4) is widespread in the Middle East, where it is responsible for the majority of HCV infections. It shows moderate treatment response rates when compared to other genotypes in the current era of interferon-based regimens. However, in the era of direct acting antiviral (DAA) drugs, its response is at least as good as observed for HCV genotypes 1–3. Case Report: We present a case of a 44-year-old patient with HCV cirrhosis. Since 2007, he has been treated for HCV infection with multiple ineffective regimens of interferon (INF) and ribavirin. A liver biopsy in 2010 revealed stage 5-6/6 indicating cirrhosis, which was later complicated by the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis and a large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (maximum diameter 9 cm). The patient was successfully treated with sorafenib, transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE), and radio-frequency ablation. After four TACE procedures, the patient’s AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) decreased remarkably and almost normalized. The HCC disappeared radiologically as shown by triple phase CT, MRI with contrast, and PET-CT. He successfully underwent a living donor liver transplantation. Four weeks post liver transplantation he started treatment with sorafenib, and switched from tacrolimus to Rapamune (sirolimus) as immunosuppressant therapy. Ten weeks after liver transplantation, HCV treatment was introduced along with ledipasvir and sofosbuvir due to his increasing liver enzyme levels. A rapid viral response was achieved after 14 days. In total, the patient received 12 weeks of this treatment. Conclusions: This case study might be of significance in informing early management and personalized treatment of patients with recurrent HCV GT-4 infections

  9. Rapid Virological Response After Early Treatment with a Combined Therapy of Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir in HCV Genotype 4 After Living Donor Liver Transplantation in a HCC Downstaged Patient: Case Report and Review of the Literature.

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    Obed, Aiman; Bashir, Abdalla; Jarrad, Anwar

    2016-09-20

    BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 4 (GT-4) is widespread in the Middle East, where it is responsible for the majority of HCV infections. It shows moderate treatment response rates when compared to other genotypes in the current era of interferon-based regimens. However, in the era of direct acting antiviral (DAA) drugs, its response is at least as good as observed for HCV genotypes 1-3. CASE REPORT We present a case of a 44-year-old patient with HCV cirrhosis. Since 2007, he has been treated for HCV infection with multiple ineffective regimens of interferon (INF) and ribavirin. A liver biopsy in 2010 revealed stage 5-6/6 indicating cirrhosis, which was later complicated by the occurrence of portal vein thrombosis and a large hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (maximum diameter 9 cm). The patient was successfully treated with sorafenib, transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE), and radiofrequency ablation. After four TACE procedures, the patient's AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) decreased remarkably and almost normalized. The HCC disappeared radiologically as shown by triple phase CT, MRI with contrast, and PET-CT. He successfully underwent a living donor liver transplantation. Four weeks post liver transplantation he started treatment with sorafenib, and switched from tacrolimus to Rapamune (sirolimus) as immunosuppressant therapy. Ten weeks after liver transplantation, HCV treatment was introduced along with ledipasvir and sofosbuvir due to his increasing liver enzyme levels. A rapid viral response was achieved after 14 days. In total, the patient received 12 weeks of this treatment. CONCLUSIONS This case study might be of significance in informing early management and personalized treatment of patients with recurrent HCV GT-4 infections after liver transplantation, even in complex clinical surroundings.

  10. Acceptable results using plug for the treatment of complex anal fistulas

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    Kleif, Jakob; Hagen, Kikke; Wille-Jørgensen, Peer

    2011-01-01

    The management of complex fistula-in-ano remains a surgical challenge. Previously published studies on the treatment of fistula-in-ano with the anal fistula plug (AFP) have reported a success rate reaching 35-87%. The aim of this study was to assess the results of the AFP procedure in a group...... of Danish patients with complex fistulas, and to analyse if the results were compatible with previous international findings....

  11. Marketing reporting system

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    Hanić Hasan M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The main components of a developed and good organized marketing information system are: internal reporting system, marketing reporting system, market research system and analytical marketing system. Marketing reporting system provides data and information about changes in business and micro marketing environment. This component of MIS ensures that marketing managers are up-to-date with what is going on, and to be informed about changes in company marketing environment.

  12. Marketing reporting system

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    Hanić Hasan M.

    2004-01-01

    The main components of a developed and good organized marketing information system are: internal reporting system, marketing reporting system, market research system and analytical marketing system. Marketing reporting system provides data and information about changes in business and micro marketing environment. This component of MIS ensures that marketing managers are up-to-date with what is going on, and to be informed about changes in company marketing environment.

  13. Southeast Asia Report

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    1985-09-24

    Chaired by Budget Minister Manuel S. Alba , the Committee on Appropriations has pigeon- holed and sat on these proposed legislative measures for...is reported to reach all the way to the top. The confidential report showed thai the supposed owner of Amworld was Raymond Moreno . Moreno , it...black- listed by the Ministry of Defense. Moreno , the confidential report revealed, remains active "partly because of his strong connections with

  14. Technical Report Writing Today

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    Riordan, Daniel G.

    2014-01-01

    Section 1: Technical Communication Basics (8 chapters on tech com, audiences, tech com process, tech com style, researching, designing pages, using visual aids, describing). Section 2: Technical Communication Applications (7 chapters on sets of instructions, informal reports and email, developing...... websites/using social media, formal reports, recommendation and feasibility reports, proposals, user manuals). Section 3: Professional Communication (2 chapters and 2 appendices on presentations, job application materials, brief handbook for tech writers, documenting sources)....

  15. Technical Report Writing Today

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    Riordan, Daniel G.

    2014-01-01

    Section 1: Technical Communication Basics (8 chapters on tech com, audiences, tech com process, tech com style, researching, designing pages, using visual aids, describing). Section 2: Technical Communication Applications (7 chapters on sets of instructions, informal reports and email, developing...... websites/using social media, formal reports, recommendation and feasibility reports, proposals, user manuals). Section 3: Professional Communication (2 chapters and 2 appendices on presentations, job application materials, brief handbook for tech writers, documenting sources)....

  16. JPRS Report East Europe.

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    1993-01-22

    Problems Examined in Editorial [EKONOM 20-26 Nov] 15 HUNGARY Details of Controversy Over Media Law Reported 17 Release of TV Funds [UJ...Details of Controversy Over Media Law Reported Release of TV Funds 93CH0280A Budapest UJ MAGYARORSZAG in Hungarian 29 Dec 92 p 4 [MTI report...the appointment law together with the media law , nor the introduction of some kind of requirement of a two-thirds majority vote—-through the

  17. 1994 Site Environmental Report

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    1995-05-01

    The 1994 Site Environmental Report summarizes environmental activities at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) for the calendar year (CY) 1994. The report strives to present environmental data in a manner that characterizes the performance and compliance status of the Laboratory`s environmental management programs when measured against regulatory standards and DOE requirements. The report also discusses significant highlight and planning efforts of these programs. The format and content of the report are consistent with the requirements of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5400.1, General Environmental Protection Program.

  18. Prostitution Policy Report

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    Faber, Stine Thidemann; Emerek, Ruth

    2013-01-01

    The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University is working with the European Commission and the European Network on Gender Equality (ENEGE) to produce a report on prostitution policy in member states. In this report the data from Denmark are presented.......The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University is working with the European Commission and the European Network on Gender Equality (ENEGE) to produce a report on prostitution policy in member states. In this report the data from Denmark are presented....

  19. Security Administration Reports Application

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    Social Security Administration — Contains SSA Security Reports that allow Information Security Officers (ISOs) to access, review and take appropriate action based on the information contained in the...

  20. 2007 Site Environmental Report

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    Ratel,K.

    2008-10-01

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) prepares an annual Site Environmental Report (SER) in accordance with DOE Order 231.1A, Environment, Safety and Health Reporting of the U.S. Department of Energy. The report is written to inform the public, regulators, employees, and other stakeholders of the Laboratory's environmental performance during the calendar year in review. Volume I of the SER summarizes environmental data; environmental management performance; compliance with applicable DOE, federal, state, and local regulations; and performance in restoration and surveillance monitoring programs. BNL has prepared annual SERs since 1971 and has documented nearly all of its environmental history since the Laboratory's inception in 1947. Volume II of the SER, the Groundwater Status Report, also is prepared annually to report on the status of and evaluate the performance of groundwater treatment systems at the Laboratory. Volume II includes detailed technical summaries of groundwater data and its interpretation, and is intended for internal BNL users, regulators, and other technically oriented stakeholders. A brief summary of the information contained in Volume II is included in this volume in Chapter 7, Groundwater Protection. Both reports are available in print and as downloadable files on the BNL web page at http://www.bnl.gov/ewms/ser/. An electronic version on compact disc is distributed with each printed report. In addition, a summary of Volume I is prepared each year to provide a general overview of the report, and is distributed with a compact disc containing the-length report.