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  1. Comparison of the Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay to the Roche COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test v2.0 for the quantification of HIV-1 RNA in plasma samples

    Schønning, Kristian; Johansen, Kim; Landt, Bodil


    of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay (Aptima) and the COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test v2.0 (CAPCTMv2) for the quantification of HIV-1 RNA in plasma samples. STUDY DESIGN: The performance of the two tests was compared on 216 clinical plasma samples, on dilutions series in seven replicates of five clinical...

  2. Evaluation of the performance of Abbott m2000 and Roche COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS Taqman assays for HIV-1 viral load determination using dried blood spots and dried plasma spots in Kenya.

    Zeh, Clement; Ndiege, Kenneth; Inzaule, Seth; Achieng, Rebecca; Williamson, John; Chih-Wei Chang, Joy; Ellenberger, Dennis; Nkengasong, John


    Routine HIV viral load testing is not widely accessible in most resource-limited settings, including Kenya. To increase access to viral load testing, alternative sample types like dried blood spots (DBS), which overcome the logistic barriers associated with plasma separation and cold chain shipment need to be considered and evaluated. The current study evaluated matched dried blood spots (DBS) and dried plasma spots (DPS) against plasma using the Abbott M 2000 (Abbott) and Roche Cobas Ampliprep/Cobas TaqMan (CAP/CTM) quantitative viral load assays in western Kenya. Matched plasma DBS and DPS were obtained from 200 HIV-1 infected antiretroviral treatment (ART)-experienced patients attending patient support centers in Western Kenya. Standard quantitative assay performance parameters with accompanying 95% confidence intervals (CI) were assessed at the assays lower detection limit (400cps/ml for CAP/CTM and 550cps/ml for Abbott) using SAS version 9.2. Receiver operating curves (ROC) were further used to assess viral-load thresholds with best assay performance (reference assay CAP/CTM plasma). Using the Abbott test, the sensitivity and specificity, respectively, for DPS were (97.3%, [95%CI: 93.2-99.2] and 98.1% [95%CI: 89.7-100]) and those for DBS (93.9% [95%CI: 88.8-97.2] and 88.0% [95%CI: 82.2-92.4]). The correlation and agreement using paired plasma and DPS/DBS were strong, with r2 = 90.5 and rc = 68.1. The Bland-Altman relative percent change was 95.3 for DPS, (95%CI: 90.4-97.7) and 73.6 (95%CI: 51.6-86.5) for DBS. Using the CAP/CTM assay, the sensitivity for DBS was significantly higher compared to DPS (100.0% [95% CI: 97.6-100.0] vs. 94.7% [95%CI: 89.8-97.7]), while the specificity for DBS was lower: 4%, [95% CI: 0.4-13.7] compared to DPS: 94.0%, [95% CI: 83.5-98.7]. When compared under different clinical relevant thresholds, the accuracy for the Abbott assay was 95% at the 1000cps/ml cut-off with a sensitivity and specificity of 96.6% [95% CI 91.8-98.7] and 90

  3. Field evaluation of Abbott Real Time HIV-1 Qualitative test for early infant diagnosis using dried blood spots samples in comparison to Roche COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Qual test in Kenya.

    Chang, Joy; Omuomo, Kenneth; Anyango, Emily; Kingwara, Leonard; Basiye, Frank; Morwabe, Alex; Shanmugam, Vedapuri; Nguyen, Shon; Sabatier, Jennifer; Zeh, Clement; Ellenberger, Dennis


    Timely diagnosis and treatment of infants infected with HIV are critical for reducing infant mortality. High-throughput automated diagnostic tests like Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Qual Test (Roche CAPCTM Qual) and the Abbott Real Time HIV-1 Qualitative (Abbott Qualitative) can be used to rapidly expand early infant diagnosis testing services. In this study, the performance characteristics of the Abbott Qualitative were evaluated using two hundred dried blood spots (DBS) samples (100 HIV-1 positive and 100 HIV-1 negative) collected from infants attending the antenatal facilities in Kisumu, Kenya. The Abbott Qualitative results were compared to the diagnostic testing completed using the Roche CAPCTM Qual in Kenya. The sensitivity and specificity of the Abbott Qualitative were 99.0% (95% CI: 95.0-100.0) and 100.0% (95% CI: 96.0-100.0), respectively, and the overall reproducibility was 98.0% (95% CI: 86.0-100.0). The limits of detection for the Abbott Qualitative and Roche CAPCTM Qual were 56.5 and 6.9copies/mL at 95% CIs (p=0.005), respectively. The study findings demonstrate that the Abbott Qualitative test is a practical option for timely diagnosis of HIV in infants.

  4. Clinical Performance of Roche Cobas 4800 HPV Test

    Cui, Miao; Chan, Nicholas; Liu, Momo; Thai, Khanh; Malaczynska, Joanna; Singh, Ila; Zhang, David


    Evaluation of the Cobas 4800 test demonstrated that Cobas had a low rate of cross-reactivity with low-risk human papillomavirus (lrHPV), a 3.74% disconcordance rate between prealiquots and postaliquots, and failure rates of 4.57% and 1.16%, respectively, after vortexing and swirling. This study demonstrated that the Cobas test has good sensitivity, accuracy, and reproducibility for detecting 14 high-risk HPV (hrHPV) genotypes. PMID:24719443

  5. Performance evaluation of the new Roche cobas AmpliPrep/cobas TaqMan HCV test, version 2.0, for detection and quantification of hepatitis C virus RNA

    S.D. Pas (Suzan); R. Molenkamp (Richard); J. Schinkel (Janke); S. Rebers; C. Copra (Cederick); S. Seven-Deniz; D. Thamke (Diana); R.J. de Knegt (Robert); B.L. Haagmans (Bart); M. Schutten (Martin)


    textabstractTo evaluate the analytical performance and explore the clinical applicability of the new Roche cobas AmpliPrep/cobas TaqMan HCV test, v2.0 (CAP/CTM v2.0), a platform comparison was performed on panels and diagnostic samples with the Roche cobas AmpliPrep/cobas TaqMan HCV test (CAP/CTM v1

  6. A Comparison of the Roche Cobas HPV Test With the Hybrid Capture 2 Test for the Detection of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genotypes

    Levi, Angelique W; Bernstein, Jane I; Hui, Pei; Duch, Kara; Schofield, Kevin; Chhieng, David C


    All Food and Drug Administration-approved methods in the United States for human papillomavirus testing including the Hybrid Capture 2 human papillomavirus assay and the Roche cobas human papilloma...

  7. Neisseria gonorrhoeae False-Positive Result Obtained from a Pharyngeal Swab by Using the Roche cobas 4800 CT/NG Assay in New Zealand in 2012

    Upton, Arlo; Bromhead, Collette; Whiley, David M


    The Roche cobas 4800 CT/NG assay is a commonly used commercial system for screening for Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection, and previous studies have shown the method to be highly sensitive and specific for urogenital samples. We present the first confirmed clinical N. gonorrhoeae false-positive result using the cobas 4800 NG assay, obtained from testing a pharyngeal swab sample and caused by cross-reaction with a commensal Neisseria strain.

  8. Effect of specimen type on free immunoglobulin light chains analysis on the Roche Diagnostics cobas 8000 analyzer.

    Nelson, Louis S; Steussy, Bryan; Morris, Cory S; Krasowski, Matthew D


    The measurement of free immunoglobulin light chains is typically performed on serum; however, the use of alternative specimen types has potential benefits. Using the Freelite™ kappa and lambda free light chains assay on a Roche Diagnostics cobas 8000 c502 analyzer, we compared three specimen types (serum, EDTA-plasma and lithium heparin plasma separator gel-plasma) on 100 patients. Using Deming regression and eliminating outliers (limiting data to light chain concentrations below 400 mg/L), the three specimen types showed comparable results for kappa light chain concentration, lambda light chain concentration, and kappa/lambda ratio with slopes close to 1.0 and y-intercepts close to zero. EDTA-plasma showed slightly more positive bias relative to serum than lithium heparin. Analysis using EDTA-plasma and lithium heparin plasma showed comparable linearity, precision, and temperature stability. A single sample showing hook effect (not in the comparison set) gave comparable results using either plasma specimen type. For the Freelite™ kappa and lambda free light chains assay, both EDTA-plasma or lithium heparin-plasma can serve as acceptable substitutes for serum, at least for the Roche cobas 8000 analyzer.

  9. Evaluation of an Upgraded Version of the Roche Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 Test for HIV-1 Load Quantification▿

    Damond, F.; Avettand-Fenoel, V.; Collin, G.; Roquebert, B.; Plantier, J. C.; Ganon, A.; Sizmann, D.; Babiel, R. (Rainer); Glaubitz, J.; Chaix, M. L.; Brun-Vezinet, F.; Descamps, D; Rouzioux, C


    We evaluated the performance of the prototype Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test, version 2.0, using prospective and archived clinical samples initially underquantitated by the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test. The performance of the new test was significantly improved, and the majority of the underquantitation observed with the first-version test was eliminated.

  10. Evaluation of an Upgraded Version of the Roche Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 Test for HIV-1 Load Quantification▿

    Damond, F.; Avettand-Fenoel, V.; Collin, G.; Roquebert, B.; Plantier, J. C.; Ganon, A.; Sizmann, D.; Babiel, R.; Glaubitz, J.; Chaix, M. L.; Brun-Vezinet, F.; Descamps, D.; Rouzioux, C.


    We evaluated the performance of the prototype Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test, version 2.0, using prospective and archived clinical samples initially underquantitated by the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test. The performance of the new test was significantly improved, and the majority of the underquantitation observed with the first-version test was eliminated. PMID:20129964

  11. Evaluation of an upgraded version of the Roche Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test for HIV-1 load quantification.

    Damond, F; Avettand-Fenoel, V; Collin, G; Roquebert, B; Plantier, J C; Ganon, A; Sizmann, D; Babiel, R; Glaubitz, J; Chaix, M L; Brun-Vezinet, F; Descamps, D; Rouzioux, C


    We evaluated the performance of the prototype Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test, version 2.0, using prospective and archived clinical samples initially underquantitated by the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test. The performance of the new test was significantly improved, and the majority of the underquantitation observed with the first-version test was eliminated.

  12. Verification of analytical measurement range of serum creatinine detected by Roche Cobas 501 Biochemistry Analyzer%Roche Cobas 501生化分析仪血清肌酐分析测量范围的验证

    陈永传; 崔亚利; 李艳; 任飒爽


    目的:通过对血清肌酐分析测量范围(AMR)的验证,探讨临床实验室如何按照国际标准要求进行生化分析仪定量检测项目分析测量范围的验证,保证检验结果准确、可靠。方法采用酶法在Roche Cobas 501生化分析仪上检测7个浓度水平美国病理学家协会(CAP)线性范围能力测试样品,这7个样品靶值涵盖厂家说明书标示肌酐分析测量范围低、中、高值,每个样品检测两次取其均值,计算其与靶值的偏倚。另外参照美国临床和实验室标准协会(CLSI )指南文件 EP6‐P的要求,收集含高值肌酐的新鲜患者血清,按一定比例混合、离心,计算混合物的浓度并将之作为高值样品(H ),与经同样处理获得的低值样品(L )分别按5L、4L+1H、3L+2H、2L+3H、1L+4H、5H的关系配制,形成系列样品,在Roche Cobas 501生化分析仪上对各样品的肌酐进行检测,每个样品检测4次,数据进行回归分析。结果7个水平的CAP样品与靶值的偏倚均小于北京善方医院检验科设定的允许误差±7.5%[(1/2×TE)%]。新鲜患者混合血清样品回归方程为Y=0.9886X+16.614,b=0.9886,介于0.97~1.03,截距a与0经 t检验,ta< t0.05,P>0.05,说明截距与0无明显差异,回归直线事实上通过0点。结论厂家说明书标示的血清肌酐分析测量范围验证通过,实验室可以采用。%Objective To investigate how the clinical laboratory conducting the verification of analytical measurement range (AM R) of quantitative items detected by the biochemical analyzer according to the requirements of the international standards by verifying the serum creatinine AMR for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of detection results .Methods The enzyme method was adopted to detect the 7‐concentration levels test specimens of CAP linear range proficiency test on the Roche Cobas 501 biochemical

  13. Clinical performance of the new Roche COBAS (R) TaqMan HCV test and high pure system for extraction, detection and quantitation of HCV RNA in plasma and serum

    H.C. Gelderblom; S. Menting; M.G. Beld


    We evaluated the Roche COBAS (R) TaqMan HCV Test For Use With The High Pure System (TaqMan HPS; Roche Diagnostics), for the extraction, detection and quantitation of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA in serum or plasma of HCV-infected individuals. The TaqMan HPS is a real-time PCR assay with a reported li

  14. Comparison of the Becton Dickinson strand displacement amplification and Cobas Amplicor Roche PCR for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis: pooling versus individual tests

    Bang, D; Angelsø, Lene; Schirakow, Bente


    The objective of the study was to examine the influence of pooling Chlamydia trachomatis specimens. We compared Becton Dickinson ProbeTec strand displacement amplification (SDA) with Cobas Amplicor Roche (PCR). With PCR as the standard, SDA performed equally well in single-sample testing....... For pooled PCR samples (compared to individual PCR), we found a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 98.9%. For pooled SDA tests (compared to individual SDA), we found a sensitivity of 86.5% and a specificity of 98.9%. Our conclusion is that 2-sucrose phosphate buffer (2-SP) can be used for individual...

  15. Comparison of GMT presto assay and Roche cobas® 4800 CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in dry swabs.

    de Waaij, Dewi J; Dubbink, Jan Henk; Peters, Remco P H; Ouburg, Sander; Morré, Servaas A


    Urogenital Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) are the most prevalent bacterial STIs worldwide. Molecular tests are the standard for the detection of CT and NG, as these are difficult to culture. The recently introduced CE-IVD marked GMT Presto assay promises to be a valuable addition in CT and NG diagnostics. The advantage of the Presto assay is that it works on many PCR systems and the DNA can be isolated by any system.We compared the Presto assay to the widely used Roche cobas® 4800 CT/NG test for the detection of CT and NG in 612 vaginal and rectal dry collected swabs. Discrepant samples were tested by the TIB MOLBIOL Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG assay. The alloyed gold standard was defined as two concurring Presto and cobas® 4800 results, or, with discrepant Presto and cobas® results, two concurring results of either test together with the Lightmix Kit 480 HT CT/NG assay. For the Presto assay,we observed 77 CT positive (13%) and 22 NG positive (3,6%) vaginal samples, and 41 CT positive (6,7%) and 11 NG positive (1,8%) rectal samples. For the cobas® 4800 assay,we observed 77 CT positive (13%) and 21NG positive (3,4%) vaginal samples, and 39 CT positive (6,4%) and 11 NG positive (1,8%) rectal samples. Ten CT samples were discrepant between Presto and cobas® 4800 CT/NG assays, while two NG samples were discrepant. CT sensitivity in both assays was 100% compared to the alloyed gold standard. The sensitivity was 100% for both vaginal and rectal dry swabs, underlining the suitability of these sample types for detection of CT and NG. The Presto assay is therefore valuable for molecular detection of CT and NG in dry vaginal and rectal swabs.

  16. Performance verification of Roche COBAS6000 automatic electrochemiluminescence immunoassay analyzer%罗氏COBAS6000全自动电化学发光免疫分析仪性能验证

    谭晓辉; 王勇


    目的 按ISO15189要求对罗氏COBAS 6000全自动电化学发光免疫分析仪的性能进行验证. 方法 对甲胎蛋白(alpha-fetoprotein,AFP)的精密度、准确度、临床可报告范围(clinical reportable range,CRR)、分析测量范围(analytical measurement range,AMR)、参考区间进行验证实验. 结果 批内精密度变异系数(coefficient variation,CV)高低值分别为3.28%和3.46%;日间精密度CV高低值分别为4.39%和5.13%,均小于厂家提供的CV(10%).相对偏差为0.862%,小于5%.分析测量范围为0.80-1 200 ng/ml,参考区间为0-20.00 ng/ml,临床可报告范围为0-60 000 ng/ml. 结论 罗氏COBAS 6000全自动电化学发光免疫分析仪的性能与厂家提供的资料基本一致,故可用其进行临床标本的检验工作,所得结果具有可信性.%Objeaive To test and verify the system performance of Roche COBAS 6000 automatic electrochemiluminescence immunoassay analyzer according to the requirements of IS015189. Methods Verification experiments were taken to measure the precision.accuracy , clinical reportable range( CRR) , analytical measurement range ( AMR ) , reference interval of alpha-feloprotein ( AFP) . Re-sults The high and low values of coefficient variation( CV) of inter-assay were 3. 28% and 3. 46% , and those of between-day precision were 4. 39% and 5. 13% , which were all less than the CV provided by the manufacturer( 1O% ) . Relative bias was 0. 862% . Analytical measurement range was 0.80 - 1 200 ng/ml.the reference interval was O - 20. 00 ng/ml, and the clinical reportable range was O 60 000 ng/ml. Conclusion The basic performances of Roche COBAS6000 automatic electrochemiluminescence immunoassay analyzer are consistent wich the data provided by the manufacturer,so it can be used to inspect the clinical samples and the results are credible.

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

    苏维; 王淑仙; 陈占良; 冯惠清; 段琳; 李逸阳


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

  18. Method comparison of the Ortho Vitros Fusion 5,1 chemistry analyzer and the Roche COBAS Integra 400 for urine drug screen testing in the emergency department.

    Johnson-Davis, Kamisha L; Thompson, Catherine D; Clark, Chantry J; McMillin, Gwen A; Lehman, Christopher M


    Exposure to drugs and toxins is a major cause for the rising number of emergency department visits each year. Immunoassays are commonly used in the emergency department to provide rapid turnaround time for acute care. The purpose of this study was to compare two automated immunoassay chemistry analyzers to determine which platform produced the fewest number of false positive/negative results. Residual patient urine samples were were collected for each of the following drugs/drug classes: cocaine (n = 40), opiates (n = 45), and amphetamines (n = 54) and confirmed either positive or negative by mass spectrometry. Split sample analyses of these specimens were performed on both the Roche COBAS INTEGRA 400 plus and Ortho Vitros 5,1 FS instruments. The results from the two chemistry analyzers were compared to confirmed results. Both immunoassays were prone to false positive results for cocaine and false negative results for opiates and amphetamines. The Vitros Fusion analyzer generated fewer false positive and false negative results for opiate and amphetamine testing than the Roche Integra, but the platforms performed comparably for cocaine.

  19. Prevalence of human papillomavirus in 5,072 consecutive cervical SurePath samples evaluated with the Roche cobas HPV real-time PCR assay.

    Sarah Preisler

    Full Text Available New commercially available Human Papillomavirus (HPV assays need to be evaluated in a variety of cervical screening settings. Cobas HPV Test (cobas is a real-time PCR-based assay allowing for separate detection of HPV genotypes 16 and 18 and a bulk of 12 other high-risk genotypes. The aim of the present study, Horizon, was to assess the prevalence of high-risk HPV infections in an area with a high background risk of cervical cancer, where women aged 23-65 years are targeted for cervical screening. We collected 6,258 consecutive cervical samples from the largest cervical screening laboratory in Denmark serving the whole of Copenhagen. All samples were stored in SurePath media. In total, 5,072 samples were tested with cobas, Hybrid Capture 2 High Risk HPV DNA test (HC2 and liquid-based cytology. Of these, 27% tested positive on cobas. This proportion decreased by age, being 43% in women aged 23-29 years and 10% in women aged 60-65 years. HC2 assay was positive in 20% of samples, and cytology was abnormal (≥ atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance for 7% samples. When only samples without recent abnormalities were taken into account, 24% tested positive on cobas, 19% on HC2, and 5% had abnormal cytology. The proportion of positive cobas samples was higher than in the ATHENA trial. The age-standardized cobas positivity vs. cytology abnormality was 3.9 in our study and 1.7 in ATHENA. If in Copenhagen the presently used cytology would be replaced by cobas in women above age 30 years, an extra 11% of women would based on historical data be expected to have a positive cobas test without an underlying cervical intraepithelial lesion grade 3 or worse. Countries with a high prevalence of HPV infections should therefore proceed to primary HPV-based cervical screening with caution.

  20. Prevalence of human papillomavirus in 5,072 consecutive cervical SurePath samples evaluated with the Roche cobas HPV real-time PCR assay

    Preisler, Sarah; Rebolj, Matejka; Untermann, Anette


    in Denmark serving the whole of Copenhagen. All samples were stored in SurePath media. In total, 5,072 samples were tested with cobas, Hybrid Capture 2 High Risk HPV DNA test (HC2) and liquid-based cytology. Of these, 27% tested positive on cobas. This proportion decreased by age, being 43% in women aged 23......-29 years and 10% in women aged 60-65 years. HC2 assay was positive in 20% of samples, and cytology was abnormal (≥ atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance) for 7% samples. When only samples without recent abnormalities were taken into account, 24% tested positive on cobas, 19% on HC2, and 5......% had abnormal cytology. The proportion of positive cobas samples was higher than in the ATHENA trial. The age-standardized cobas positivity vs. cytology abnormality was 3.9 in our study and 1.7 in ATHENA. If in Copenhagen the presently used cytology would be replaced by cobas in women above age 30...

  1. 罗氏 Co bas c701全自动生化分析仪性能评价%Performance evaluation of Roche Cobas c 701 fully automatic biochemical analyzer

    邓小玲; 侯玉磊; 陈特; 毕小云


    Objective To assess the performance of Roche Cobas c701 fully automatic biochemical analyzer. Methods According to EP15‐A2 from Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, the electrolyte (potassium, sodi‐um and chloride) and covers all the wavelengths of nine projects (alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, alka‐line phosphatase, gamma‐glutamine transaminase, creatinine and urea nitrogen, glucose, total protein, three acyl glyc‐erin) were measured by Roche Cobas c701 analyzer and original reagents. The precisions and accuracies of all parame‐ters were verified. Results In the 2 levels of tested parameters, the standard deviation of repeatability (Sr )was ≤the manufacture′s standard deviation of repeatability (σr ), and the standard deviation of prescision (St ) was≤the manu‐facture′s standard prescision (σt ), the prescision was acceptable and similar to what the manufacter declared. Correla‐tions between theoretic value and actual value were good (regression coefficient was :0. 999 4-1. 000 0). The bias of all parameters was acceptable (within the prescribed scope of CLIA′88)with Roche cobas c701analyzer, compared with the external quality assessment of the ministry of health clinical inspection center. Conclusion The repeatabili‐ty, precision and accuracy of the parameters by Roche Cobas c701 reach the performance that the manufacturer de‐clares.%目的:对罗氏Cobas c701全自动生化分析仪进行性能评价。方法按照美国临床和实验室标准化协会EP15‐A2文件的要求,通过电解质(钾、钠、氯)和涵盖各波长的9个项目(丙氨酸氨基转移酶、天门冬氨酸氨基转移酶、碱性磷酸酶、γ‐谷氨酰转移酶、肌酐、尿素氮、葡萄糖、总蛋白、三酰甘油)对仪器的精密度、准确度、线性范围等进行验证。结果所有检测项目的重复性标准差(Sr)≤厂家声明的标准差(σr)、精密度的标准差(St)≤σt ,均

  2. Evaluation of performances of VERSANT HCV RNA 1.0 assay (kPCR) and Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HCV test v2.0 at low level viremia.

    Mazzuti, Laura; Lozzi, Maria Antonietta; Riva, Elisabetta; Maida, Paola; Falasca, Francesca; Antonelli, Guido; Turriziani, Ombretta


    We assess the concordance between low level HCV values obtained using the VERSANT HCV RNA 1.0 Assay (kPCR) and COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HCV Quantitative Test v2.0. The correlation between the values obtained by the two RT-PCR assays for samples with quantifiable HCV RNA levels revealed that viral load measured by kPCR significantly correlated with that of the CAP/CTM (R=0.644, PHCV triple therapy or interferon- free regimens. It is therefore recommended to monitor individual patients with the same test throughout treatment.

  3. Multicenter comparison of Roche COBAS AMPLICOR MONITOR version 1.5, Organon Teknika NucliSens QT with Extractor, and Bayer Quantiplex version 3.0 for quantification of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA in plasma.

    Murphy, D G; Côté, L; Fauvel, M; René, P; Vincelette, J


    The performance and characteristics of Roche COBAS AMPLICOR HIV-1 MONITOR version 1.5 (CA MONITOR 1.5) UltraSensitive (usCA MONITOR 1. 5) and Standard (stCA MONITOR 1.5) procedures, Organon Teknika NucliSens HIV-1 RNA QT with Extractor (NucliSens), and Bayer Quantiplex HIV RNA version 3.0 (bDNA 3.0) were compared in a multicenter trial. Samples used in this study included 460 plasma specimens from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) type 1 (HIV-1)-infected persons, 100 plasma specimens from HIV antibody (anti-HIV)-negative persons, and culture supernatants of HIV-1 subtype A to E isolates diluted in anti-HIV-negative plasma. Overall, bDNA 3.0 showed the least variation in RNA measures upon repeat testing. For the Roche assays, usCA MONITOR 1.5 displayed less variation in RNA measures than stCA MONITOR 1.5. NucliSens, at an input volume of 2 ml, showed the best sensitivity. Deming regression analysis indicated that the results of all three assays were significantly correlated (P < 0.0001). However, the mean difference in values between CA MONITOR 1.5 and bDNA 3.0 (0.274 log(10) RNA copies/ml; 95% confidence interval, 0.192 to 0.356) was significantly different from 0, indicating that CA MONITOR 1.5 values were regularly higher than bDNA 3.0 values. Upon testing of 100 anti-HIV-negative plasma specimens, usCA MONITOR 1.5 and NucliSens displayed 100% specificity, while bDNA 3.0 showed 98% specificity. NucliSens quantified 2 of 10 non-subtype B viral isolates at 1 log(10) lower than both CA MONITOR 1.5 and bDNA 3.0. For NucliSens, testing of specimens with greater than 1,000 RNA copies/ml at input volumes of 0.1, 0.2, and 2.0 ml did not affect the quality of results. Additional factors differing between assays included specimen throughput and volume requirements, limit of detection, ease of execution, instrument work space, and costs of disposal. These characteristics, along with assay performance, should be considered when one is selecting a viral load assay.

  4. Relationship between cyclosporine concentrations obtained using the Roche Cobas Integra and Abbott TDx monoclonal immunoassays in pre-dose and two hour post-dose blood samples from kidney transplant recipients.

    Garrido, Manuel J; Hermida, Jesús; Tutor, J Carlos


    Current evidence suggests that cyclosporine (CsA) concentration in blood samples taken 2 hours after Neoral microemulsion (Novartis Pharmaceuticals; East Hanover, NJ) administration (C2) predicts clinical events in transplant patients better than the pre-dose (trough) concentration (C0). Similarly, previous findings have shown that the metabolites/CsA ratio is substantially lower in C2 than in C0 samples; however the between-monoclonal immunoassay differences for C2 samples have received little attention in the literature. In 56 C samples and 60 C samples from renal transplant patients, CsA levels were determined using the monoclonal fluorescence polarization immunoassay (mFPIA) from Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) and the homogeneous enzyme immunoassay technique (HEIT) from Roche Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland). In both cases a high correlation coefficient between the results was obtained (r > or = 0.971), with a linear regression for C0 samples: mFPIA = 1.47 HEIT + 22.0 and for C2 samples: mFPIA = 1.11 HEIT + 71.96. The difference between the linear regression slopes was statistically significant (P < 0.001), and the mFPIA/HEIT ratio was significantly higher for C than for C samples (P < 0.001).

  5. Cobas-6000 - Kliinisen kemian analysaattorin laitekoestus parathormonimäärityksen osalta

    Lehtinen, Otto


    Laitekoestus on analysaattorin toimintakyvyn testaamista. Tutkimuksessa koestettavana analysaattorina oli Roche Cobas-6000. Koestus suoritettiin elektrokemiluminometrisen parathormonimäärityksen osalta. Tarkoituksena oli selvittää, kuinka toistettavia ja täsmääviä tuloksia Cobas-analysaattori antaa ja kuinka hyvin saadut tulokset täsmäävät aiemman palveluntarjoajan, Medixlaboratorion, tulostasoon. Tutkimus määriteltiin kvantitatiiviseksi. Saadut analyysitulokset on sen mukaisesti arvioitu...

  6. Multicenter comparison study of both analytical and clinical performance across 4 Roche HCV RNA assays utilizing different platforms.

    Vermehren, Johannes; Stelzl, Evelyn; Maasoumy, Benjamin; Michel-Treil, Veronique; Berkowski, Caterina; Marins, Ed G; Paxinos, Ellen E; Marino, Enrique; Wedemeyer, Heiner; Sarrazin, Christoph; Kessler, Harald H


    Antiviral treatment efficacy for chronic HCV infection is determined based on measurement of HCV RNA at specific time points throughout therapy by highly sensitive and accurate HCV RNA assays. This study evaluated the performance of two recently-developed real-time PCR HCV RNA assays, the cobas HCV for use on the cobas 6800/8800 systems (cobas 6800/8800 HCV) and the cobas HCV for use on the cobas 4800 system (cobas 4800 HCV) in comparison to two established assays, the COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HCV Quantitative Test, version 2.0 (CAP/CTM v2) and the COBAS TaqMan HCV Test, version 2.0 for use with the High Pure System (HPS/CTM v2). Limit of detection (LOD) and linearity at lower concentrations (5-1000 IU/mL) were assessed for cobas 6800/8800 HCV and cobas 4800 HCV using WHO standard traceable panels representing HCV genotypes (GT) 1-4. Pairwise assay comparisons were also performed using 245 clinical samples representing HCV GT 1-4.cobas 6800/8800 HCV and cobas 4800 HCV were linear at low HCV RNA concentrations (<0.3 log10 IU/mL difference between expected and observed results) with LOD of 8.2 IU/mL and 11.7 IU/mL, respectively, for GT1. The new assays showed excellent agreement with CAP/CTM v2 and HPS/CTM v2 results in samples with quantifiable viral load. Concordance across the 6 million IU/mL cutoff was high among all four assays (90-94%). In conclusion, both cobas 6800/8800 HCV and cobas 4800 HCV tests are sensitive and linear, and correlate well with established Roche assays used in clinical practice.

  7. Real-time PCR per HBV DNA: valutazione del nuovo sistema automatizzato COBAS AMPLIPREP™/COBAS TAQMAN™ HBV

    Tiziano Allice


    Full Text Available Success of antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis B is supported by highly sensitive PCR-based assays for Hepatitis B virus (HBV DNA. Nucleic acid extraction from biologic specimens is technically demanding and reliable PCR results depend it. Performances of the fully automatic system COBAS AmpliPrep™/COBAS TaqMan™ 48 (CAP/CTM (Roche, Branchburg, NJ for HBV DNA extraction and real -time PCR quantification were assessed and compared with the end-point PCR COBAS AMPLICOR HBV Monitor (CAHBM, Roche. Analytical evaluation with a proficiency panel showed that CAP/CTM quantitated HBV DNA levels in one single run over a wide dynamic range (7 logs with a close correlation between expected and observed values (r=0.976, interassay variability below 5%. Clinical evaluation as tested with samples from 92 HBsAg-positive patients, demonstrated excellent correlation with CAHBM (r=0.966, mean difference in quantitation: 0.36 log10 IU/ml. CAP/CTM detected 10% more viremic patients and longer period of residual viremia in those on therapy. In lamivudine (LAM-resistant patients, reduction of HBV DNA after 12 months of Adefovir (ADF was higher in the combination (LAM+ADF schedule than in ADF monotherapy (5.1 vs. 3.5 logs suggesting a benefit in continuing LAM. In conclusion,CAP/CTM can improve the management of HBV infection, the assessment of antiviral therapy and drug resistance, supporting further insights in the emerging area of drug resistance.

  8. Comparison of the COBAS AMPLICOR MTB and BDProbeTec ET assays for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in respiratory specimens.

    W.H.F. Goessens (Wil); P. de Man (Peter); J.G. Koeleman; A. Luijendijk (Ad); R. te Witt (René); H.P. Endtz (Hubert); A.F. van Belkum (Alex)


    textabstractThe performances of the BDProbeTec ET (Becton Dickinson) and COBAS AMPLICOR MTB (Roche) were retrospectively evaluated for detecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in various respiratory specimens. The BACTEC and MGIT liquid culture system (Becton Dickinson) was used as a reference m

  9. COBAS S201核酸检测系统在献血者血液筛查中的应用%Use of COBAS S201 nucleic acid detection system in screening blood donors

    车嘉琳; 黄志森; 王德文; 梁兵; 师玲玲; 许惠芯; 朱毅瑜


    目的 采用罗氏COBAS S201核酸检测系统,调查东莞市现行血液筛查系统的残余风险,以评估开展核酸检测(nucleic acid amplification technique,NAT)的必要性和可行性.方法 对2008年7月31日至2009年3月31日期间经ELISA检测阴性的40 018份献血者血液样本,采用罗氏COBAS S201检测系统进行HBV DNA,HCV RNA,HIV RNA检测.COBAS S201检测为阳性的献血者样本,分别采用COBAS Ampliprep/Taqman平台做核酸定量检测和罗氏ECL电化学发光检测系统作乙肝"两对半"实验,以帮助分析判定样本的感染状态.结果 发现31例核酸反应性样本,阳性率为0.77‰,其中有17例为HBV核酸反应性,残余风险为1/2354~1/1291,COBAS S201核酸检测系统的临床特异性为99.97%.结论 现行的血液筛查策略为两遍ELISA检测,但仍然存在输血传播疾病的风险.COBAS S201系统操作安全简便,包含罗氏专利技术的防污染技术,可确保检测结果准确可靠,适合于对献血者血液常规筛查.%Objective To investigate the residual risk in the current blood screening system in Dongguan City by Roche COBAS S201 nucleic acid detection system, in order to assess the necessity and feasibility of nucleic acid amplification technique (NAT). Methods 40 018 ELISA-negative samples were detected for HBV DNA, HCV RNA as well as HIV RNA by Roche COBAS S201 detection system from July 31,2008 to March 31, 2009. Positive samples were under quantitative detection of nucleic acid by COBAS Ampliprep/Taqman platform as well as "two pairs of semi "-experiments of hepatitis B by Roche ECL electrochemiluminescence detection system, aiming at helping to analyze the infection status of samples.Results 31 NAT-reactive samples were found, and the positive rate was 0.77‰. 17 of 31 samples were HBV DNA-reactive, and the residual risk was 1/2354-1/1291. The clinical specificity of COBAS S201 nucleic acid detection system was 99.97%. Conclusions The current blood screening strategy

  10. Evaluation of Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

    Kim, Jeong Hyun; Kim, Young Jae; Ki, Chang-Seok; Kim, Ji-Youn; Lee, Nam Yong


    Nucleic acid-based amplification tests allow the rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Recently, a real-time PCR assay for M. tuberculosis complex, the Cobas TaqMan MTB test (Roche Diagnostics, Basel, Switzerland), was introduced. We performed a prospective study to evaluate the diagnostic performance of the Cobas TaqMan MTB test system. A total of 406 specimens collected from 247 patients were simultaneously tested by conventional culture, Cobas Amplicor MTB PCR, and TaqMan MTB PCR. The cross-reactivity with other Mycobacterium species and the detection limit were also evaluated. Among 406 specimens, a total of 24 specimens (5.9%) were culture positive: 14 specimens were positive by both TaqMan and Amplicor MTB PCRs, while 5 specimens were positive by only TaqMan PCR. The remaining five specimens were negative by both PCR methods. Seven specimens with negative culture results were positive by TaqMan PCR, but five of these were negative by Amplicor MTB PCR. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive (PPV) and negative (NPV) predictive values were 79.1%, 98.2%, 73.1%, and 98.7% for TaqMan and 58.3%, 99.5%, 87.5%, and 97.4% for the Amplicor MTB PCR test, respectively. There was no cross-reactivity with M. tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial species. The detection limit for the Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR test was 4.0 copies/μl. The Cobas TaqMan MTB PCR test showed higher sensitivity for detection of the M. tuberculosis complex without disturbing the specificity and NPV than the Amplicor MTB PCR test.

  11. Ranolazine Roche Bioscience.

    Jones, R


    Ranolazine is a metabolic modulator developed by Syntex (Roche) and is in phase III clinical trials as an anti-anginal agent and for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, particularly intermittent claudication. It allows maintenance of energy output by muscle cells under hypoxic conditions. Ranolazine may be especially useful in angina patients in whom other therapies are ineffective. The licensee, CV Therapeutics (CVT), began a pivotal placebo-controlled, phase III clinical trial of ranolazine in October 1997 enrolling 150 angina patients [265551]. CVT plans to begin a second phase III trial in 350 to 400 angina patients receiving other anti-anginal medications during 1998 [279177]. Clinical studies suggest that ranolazine lowers the heart's demand for oxygen by increasing its ability to use carbohydrate, rather than fat, as a fuel. This is thought to be due to activation of pyruvate dehydrogenase and modulation of the activities of L-type calcium channels. This is achieved without reducing heart rate or blood pressure, or impairing pumping ability [253375,247228]. Ranolazine has been tested in more than 1300 US and European patients in phase I and phase II clinical trials, and is now being evaluated in a placebo-controlled, double-blind multicenter study to determine its effectiveness in treating stable angina. Phase II trials, in over 1200 patients with ischemic heart disease, were completed by Syntex. They demonstrated increased exercise times to onset of angina or electrocardiographic change associated with insufficient blood flow to the heart with three times daily dosing of ranolazine [224364]. Roche Bioscience claims that in the US and Western Europe approximately 1.4 million angina patients are not adequately treated with existing therapies and some 5 million patients suffer from intermittent claudication [166817]. In August 1998, CV Therapeutics signed an agreement with Catalytica Pharmaceuticals, which will manufacture specified quantities of

  12. Homage to Jean Roche


    It was with deep sadness that we learnt that Jean Roche had died. Jean was one of those quietly efficient and conscientious pillars of our community who beaver away unobtrusively for decades and make such a contribution to building CERN. An expert in thermal engineering, he left his mark on many buildings on the Meyrin and Prévessin sites. At the time of the LEP project at the beginning of the 1980s he was in charge of defining the principles of the ventilation systems for the new accelerator. Through his design studies and the calls for tenders that he launched, he developed these high-performance state-of-the-art installations which not only made LEP’s successes possible but also served as benchmarks for the fundamental principles underpinning the design of the LHC ventilation system. Jean always liked to surround himself with young people and during the years of his stewardship the design office was a splendid training ground. Despite his responsibilities, Jean was always keen t...

  13. Performance of cobas® 4800 and m2000 real-time™ assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in rectal and self-collected vaginal specimen

    Geelen, Tanja H; Rossen, John W; Beerens, Antoine M; Poort, Linda; Morré, Servaas A; Ritmeester, Wilma S; van Kruchten, Harry E; van de Pas, Masja M; Savelkoul, Paul H M


    A prospective, multicenter trial was designed to compare the performance characteristics of the cobas® 4800 (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN, USA) and m2000 real-time™ (Abbott Molecular Inc., Des Plaines, IL, USA) assays for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG)

  14. Flow-cytochemical differential leukocyte analysis with quantitation of neutrophil left shift. An evaluation of the Cobas-Helios analyzer.

    Bentley, S A; Johnson, T S; Sohier, C H; Bishop, C A


    The Cobas-Helios (Roche Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Branchburg, NJ) is a new, fully automated hematology analyzer that performs a complete blood count and differential leukocyte count (DLC), classifying leukocytes by flow-cytochemical technology. The DLC component of the Cobas-Helios was evaluated according to the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards H20-A protocol. Instrument performance was acceptable with respect to all parameters investigated, including imprecision, inaccuracy and clinical sensitivity for the identification of quantitative and qualitative leukocyte abnormalities. In a minority of samples with neutrophil left shift, neutrophils tended to overlap the monocyte domain, resulting in overestimation of monocytes and underestimation of neutrophils. This problem did not affect clinical sensitivity and was generally associated with a positive instrumental left-shift flag. Flags for the identification of specific qualitative abnormalities of the leukocyte population (atypical lymphoid cells, nucleated red cells, blast cells, immature granulocytes and neutrophil left shift) performed well. In addition to a conventional five-part DLC, the Cobas-Helios also identifies and quantitates atypical lymphoid cells and "large immature cells," the latter corresponding to bands and immature granulocytes. Counts of atypical lymphoid cells and large immature cells correlated well with the equivalent cell classes as enumerated by the reference method of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. The Cobas-Helios offers the most reliable quantitative index of neutrophil left shift currently available in a commercial automated DLC analyzer.

  15. Pegasys (Hoffmann-La Roche).

    Barnard, D L


    Hoffmann-La Roche has developed a PEGylated interferon alpha-2a, Pegasys, for the potential treatment of chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B virus infection. It was first approved in Switzerland in August 2001 [418260] and was expected to be launched in September/October 2001 [419333]. In May 2000, Roche submitted a BLA to the US FDA, for approval to market Pegasys for the treatment of chronic HCV infection in non-cirrhotic and cirrhotic patients with compensated liver disease [329872], [348368], [367781]. Approval was still pending in December 2000 [387363], [392481]. Roche expects the US launch to take place in the second half of 2001 [400857]. In April 2001, Roche received a complete response letter from the FDA for Pegasys and was working with the FDA to address the questions raised in the letter [407595], [418310]. In August 2001, Roche expected approval for HCV in the US in 2002 and for HBV in 2004 [419333]. At this time, Roche planned to file an sNDA for combination with ribavirin [421285]. By March 2001, EU and Canadian filings had been made [401793]. Roche also planned to launch the product for chronic HBV infection and various malignancies in 2004 and 2005, respectively [400857]. Pegasys was filed for registration in Brazil in the first part of 2000 [418310]. As of December 1999, the drug was in phase II for HCV infection in Japan. It is being developed by Nippon Roche, which intended to extrapolate foreign phase III data for use in an NDA application in Japan [351804]. As a result of a meeting of Japan's PMSB in March 2001, Pegasys may be given priority in the review of its NDA, if submitted [403782]. In August 2001, Schering-Plough entered into a licensing agreement with F Hoffman-La Roche Ltd and Hoffmann-La Roche Inc that settles all patent disputes regarding the two companies' PEGinterferon products. Under the terms of the agreement, Schering-Plough and Roche will cross license to each other all patents applicable to Peg-Intron and Pegasys. The

  16. A Java Interface for Roche Lobe Calculations

    Leahy, D. A.; Leahy, J. C.


    A JAVA interface for calculating various properties of the Roche lobe has been created. The geometry of the Roche lobe is important for studying interacting binary stars, particularly those with compact objects which have a companion which fills the Roche lobe. There is no known analytic solution to the Roche lobe problem. Here the geometry of the Roche lobe is calculated numerically to high accuracy and made available to the user for arbitrary input mass ratio, q.

  17. Ranolazine (Roche Bioscience).

    Jones, R


    Ranolazine is a metabolic modulator that is being developed by CV Therapeutics (CVT), under license from Roche (formerly Syntex), as a potential treatment for angina. In August 1999, the first of two pivotal phase III clinical trials in patients with stable angina was completed. In August 1999, CVT announced initial results from this trial, designated the MARISA trial, of ranolazine in patients with stable angina. At each of the three doses studied, ranolazine significantly increased patients' treadmill exercise duration compared to placebo, the primary endpoint for this trial. MARISA (monotherapy assessment of ranolazine in stable angina) was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a sustained release formulation of ranolazine used in 175 patients who were not receiving other anti-anginal drugs. Compared to placebo, ranolazine taken bid at doses of 500, 1000 or 1500 mg significantly increased exercise duration at trough plasma concentrations, which occur at about 12 h after the previous dose. In addition, two key secondary endpoints, exercise time to onset of angina and exercise time to the electrocardiographic appearance of ischemia were also significantly increased by ranolazine compared to placebo at all three doses. The company plans on presenting additional data at a major medical conference, including safety and tolerability data, which are still under analysis. In July 1999 CVT initiated its second phase III trial. The CARISA trial (combination assessment of ranolazine in stable angina) is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ranolazine used in combination with other anti-anginal drugs, in approximately 450 patients. The primary endpoint for this trial, duration of exercise on a treadmill, is identical to that used in phase II clinical trials. The CARISA trial, along with the pivotal phase III MARISA trial which completed treatment in June 1999, is expected to form the basis of the company's NDA submission to the FDA. In

  18. Evaluation of the Whole-Blood Alere Q NAT Point-of-Care RNA Assay for HIV-1 Viral Load Monitoring in a Primary Health Care Setting in Mozambique.

    Jani, Ilesh V; Meggi, Bindiya; Vubil, Adolfo; Sitoe, Nádia E; Bhatt, Nilesh; Tobaiwa, Ocean; Quevedo, Jorge I; Loquiha, Osvaldo; Lehe, Jonathan D; Vojnov, Lara; Peter, Trevor F


    Viral load testing is the WHO-recommended monitoring assay for patients on HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART). Point-of-care (POC) assays may help improve access to viral load testing in resource-limited settings. We compared the performance of the Alere Q NAT POC viral load technology (Alere Technologies, Jena, Germany), measuring total HIV RNA using finger prick capillary whole-blood samples collected in a periurban health center, with that of a laboratory-based plasma RNA test (Roche Cobas Ampliprep/Cobas TaqMan v2) conducted on matched venous blood samples. The whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay produced results with a bias of 0.8593 log copy/ml compared to the laboratory-based plasma assay. However, at above 10,000 copies/ml, the bias was 0.07 log copy/ml. Using the WHO-recommended threshold to determine ART failure of 1,000 copies/ml, the sensitivity and specificity of the whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay were 96.83% and 47.80%, respectively. A cutoff of 10,000 copies/ml of whole blood with the Alere Q NAT POC assay appears to be a better predictor of ART failure threshold (1,000 copies/ml of plasma), with a sensitivity of 84.0% and specificity of 90.3%. The precision of the whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay was comparable to that observed with the laboratory technology (5.4% versus 7.5%) between detectable paired samples. HIV POC viral load testing is feasible at the primary health care level. Further research on the value of whole-blood viral load to monitor antiretroviral therapy is warranted.

  19. Evaluation of the Whole-Blood Alere Q NAT Point-of-Care RNA Assay for HIV-1 Viral Load Monitoring in a Primary Health Care Setting in Mozambique

    Meggi, Bindiya; Vubil, Adolfo; Sitoe, Nádia E.; Bhatt, Nilesh; Tobaiwa, Ocean; Quevedo, Jorge I.; Loquiha, Osvaldo; Lehe, Jonathan D.; Vojnov, Lara; Peter, Trevor F.


    Viral load testing is the WHO-recommended monitoring assay for patients on HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART). Point-of-care (POC) assays may help improve access to viral load testing in resource-limited settings. We compared the performance of the Alere Q NAT POC viral load technology (Alere Technologies, Jena, Germany), measuring total HIV RNA using finger prick capillary whole-blood samples collected in a periurban health center, with that of a laboratory-based plasma RNA test (Roche Cobas Ampliprep/Cobas TaqMan v2) conducted on matched venous blood samples. The whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay produced results with a bias of 0.8593 log copy/ml compared to the laboratory-based plasma assay. However, at above 10,000 copies/ml, the bias was 0.07 log copy/ml. Using the WHO-recommended threshold to determine ART failure of 1,000 copies/ml, the sensitivity and specificity of the whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay were 96.83% and 47.80%, respectively. A cutoff of 10,000 copies/ml of whole blood with the Alere Q NAT POC assay appears to be a better predictor of ART failure threshold (1,000 copies/ml of plasma), with a sensitivity of 84.0% and specificity of 90.3%. The precision of the whole-blood Alere Q NAT POC assay was comparable to that observed with the laboratory technology (5.4% versus 7.5%) between detectable paired samples. HIV POC viral load testing is feasible at the primary health care level. Further research on the value of whole-blood viral load to monitor antiretroviral therapy is warranted. PMID:27252459

  20. [Implementation of the COBAS Taqman HIV-1 Test, v1.0 for vertical transmission diagnosis].

    Castro, Gonzalo M; Sosa, María P; Gallego, Sandra V; Sicilia, Paola; Marin, Ángeles L; Altamirano, Natalia; Kademian, Silvia; Barbás, María G; Cudolá, Analía


    Vertical transmission is the main route of HIV infection in childhood. Because of the persistence of maternal HIV antibodies, virologic assays that directly detect HIV are required to diagnose HIV infection in infants younger than 18 months of age. The sensitivity of HIV RNA/DNA assays increases as the child becomes older. These tests have specificity values greater than 95%. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of the COBAS Taqman HIV-1 Test, v1.0 assay (Roche) and its concordance with a Multiplex Nested-PCR. Of 341 samples processed, 15 were positive and 326 negative by both methods. Sensitivity and specificity overall values for the viral load assay were 88.2% and 100%, respectively. Our results indicate that the COBAS Taqman assay evaluated could be used as an alternative method to diagnose HIV congenital infection. Copyright © 2014 Asociación Argentina de Microbiología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  1. Comparison of AdvanSure TB/NTM PCR and COBAS TaqMan MTB PCR for Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex in Routine Clinical Practice.

    Cho, Won-Hyung; Won, Eun-Jeong; Choi, Hyun-Jung; Kee, Seung-Jung; Shin, Jong-Hee; Ryang, Dong-Wook; Suh, Soon-Pal


    The AdvanSure tuberculosis/non-tuberculous mycobacterium (TB/NTM) PCR (LG Life Science, Korea) and COBAS TaqMan Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) PCR (Roche Diagnostics, USA) are commonly used in clinical microbiology laboratories. We aimed to evaluate these two commercial real-time PCR assays for detection of MTB in a large set of clinical samples over a two-year period. AdvanSure TB/NTM PCR and COBAS TaqMan MTB PCR were performed on 9,119 (75.2%) and 3,010 (24.8%) of 12,129 (9,728 respiratory and 2,401 non-respiratory) MTB specimens, with 361 (4.0%) and 102 (3.4%) acid-fast bacilli (AFB)-positive results, respectively. In MTB culture, 788 (6.5%) MTB and 514 (4.2%) NTM were identified. The total sensitivity and specificity of the AdvanSure assay were 67.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 63.9-71.6) and 98.3% (95% CI, 98.0-98.6), while those of the COBAS TaqMan assay were 67.2% (95% CI, 60.0-73.8) and 98.4% (95% CI, 97.9-98.9), respectively. The sensitivities and specificities of the AdvanSure and COBAS TaqMan assays for AFB-positive and AFB-negative samples were comparable. Furthermore, the AdvanSure assay showed fewer invalid results compared with the COBAS TaqMan assay (5.0 vs. 20.4 invalid results/1,000 tests, P<0.001). AdvanSure assay represents a comparable yet more reliable method than COBAS TaqMan for the identification of mycobacteria in routine clinical microbiology.

  2. Sensibilidad del equipo Cobas AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, v1.5, para la detección de HIV-1

    Lucía P Gomez

    Full Text Available Las técnicas de amplificación de ácidos nucleicos (NAT se incorporaron en los bancos de sangre para reducir el riesgo residual de transmisión de infecciones por vía transfusional. La cocirculación de distintas variantes del HIV-1 en Argentina indica la necesidad de evaluar la sensibilidad de los ensayos serológicos y moleculares disponibles para su detección. En este trabajo se evaluó la sensibilidad del equipo COBAS AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, versión 1.5 (Roche, para detectar ARN viral en plasmas de individuos infectados con HIV-1 de Argentina. Los resultados demuestran que esta técnica tiene una alta sensibilidad para detectar ARN de HIV-1 en las condiciones ensayadas: para ensayo de mini-pooles (pooles = 50 copias de ARN/ml, la sensibilidad fue = 92 %, y para procedimiento estándar (plasmas = 207 copias de ARN/ml, la sensibilidad fue 100 %. Además, la técnica COBAS AmpliScreenTM HIV-1 Test, versión 1.5 (Roche, es adecuada para la detección de las variantes de HIV-1 prevalentes.

  3. Roch Carrier, Popular Language, and Joual.

    Walkley, Max


    Discusses the language problems in Roch Carrier's French Canadian short stories, as well as his concise, nostalgic writing style. The article gives examples of vocabulary in his characters' dialogue; reviews the evolvement of French in Quebec and the question of "joual," in particular; and focuses on expressions posing difficulty for…

  4. Use of the cobas 4800 system for the rapid detection of toxigenic Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

    Moure, Raquel; Cañizares, Ángeles; Muíño, María; Lobato, Margarita; Fernández, Ana; Rodríguez, María; Gude, Maria José; Tomás, Maria; Bou, Germán


    The new cobas® Cdiff and cobas® MRSA/SA tests were compared with conventional methods for the rapid detection of toxigenic Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The final concordance between cobas Cdiff Test and GDH/toxin gene screening was 97.62% and between cobas MRSA/SA Test and chromogenic culture, 91.30%, respectively.

  5. The Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV Test, Version 2.0, Real-Time PCR Assay Accurately Quantifies Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 4 RNA

    Chevaliez, Stéphane; Bouvier-Alias, Magali; Rodriguez, Christophe; Soulier, Alexandre; Poveda, Jean-Dominique; Pawlotsky, Jean-Michel


    Accurate hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA quantification is mandatory for the management of chronic hepatitis C therapy. The first-generation Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV test (CAP/CTM HCV) underestimated HCV RNA levels by >1-log10 international units/ml in a number of patients infected with HCV genotype 4 and occasionally failed to detect it. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HCV test, version 2.0 (CAP/CTM HCV v2.0), to accurately quantify H...

  6. 乙型肝炎病毒核酸检测试剂临床应用的分析%Evaluation of multiplex nucleic acid testing assays for screening of hepatitis B virus DNA in blood donation process

    周诚; 吴星; 黄维金; 蓝海云; 辜文洁; 祁自柏; 梁争论; 李河民


    Objective To evaluate the multiplex nucleic acid testing (NAT) assays for HBV,HCV and HIV in detecting HBV DNA in plasma samples. Methods 534 plasma samples collected form several areas were detected with Abbott Architect i2000 HBsAg, ani-HBs, HBeAg, anti-HBe, anti-HBc and anti-HBc IgM diagnostic kits. HBV DNA levels of those samples were detected with Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/ COBAS TaqMan HBV Test. Two kinds of multiplex NAT assays for HBV, HCV and HIV were used to test HBV DNA of those 534 samples. Results of serology-markers and quantitative HBV DNA levels with results of NAT were compared. Results HBV DNA was positive in all 81 HBsAg, HBeAg and anti-HBc positive samples,detected by both of NAT assays. HBV DNA was positive in 11 and 19 of 200 HBsAg negative samples when detected with the two kinds of NAT assays separately. Compared with the quantitative results detected by Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HBV Test, the HBV DNA positive rates were 96.9% and 94.3% in 193 samples of HBV DNA levels over 500 IU/ml while 40.2% and 45.3% in 117 samples of HBV DNA levels below 500 IU/ml while 99.3% and 96.0% in 151 samples of DNA negative HBV. Conclusion There are some occult low level HBV DNA carriers with HBsAg negative results in China. NAT assays for HBV, HCV and HIV may be useful to improve the transfusion safety.%目的 了解HBV/HCV/HIV联合核酸检测的临床应用.方法 使用Abbott Architecti2000化学发光检测盒对534份血浆样品进行血清学检测,Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqManHBV Test试剂定量检测分别与2种联合核酸检测结果 进行比较分析.结果 81份HBsAg、HBeAg、抗-HBc 3项均阳性样品联合核酸检测均为HBV阳性,200份HBsAg阴性的样品中联合核酸检测试剂分别有11、19份检测为HBV阳性.HBV DNA定量检测>500 IU/ml的193份样品联合核酸检测试剂阳性符合率分别为96.9%、94.3%,117份样品<500 IU/ml阳性符合率分别为40.2%、45.3%,151份HBV DNA阴性样品联

  7. Correlación en la medición de la carga viral para VIH 1 entre las técnicas de PCR amplicor y PCR tiempo real


    El objetivo es determinar el nivel de correlación de la cuantificación de carga viral para VIH-1 mediante las técnicas Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Versión Estándar y Sistema COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS Taqman 48 HIV-1; los materiales y métodos due que se realizó un estudio correlacional, se incluyó 152 muestras de plasma, de personas viviendo con VIH/SIDA que se encuentran en el Sistema de Monitoreo de TARGA del INS. Las muestras incluidas tenían carga viral en rango de 400 a 750,000 copias/mL, y se a...

  8. Validation of methods performance for routine biochemistry analytes at Cobas 6000 analyzer series module c501.

    Supak Smolcic, Vesna; Bilic-Zulle, Lidija; Fisic, Elizabeta


    Cobas 6000 (Roche, Germany) is biochemistry analyzer for spectrophotometric, immunoturbidimetric and ion-selective determination of biochemical analytes. Hereby we present analytical validation with emphasis on method performance judgment for routine operation. Validation was made for 30 analytes (metabolites, enzymes, trace elements, specific proteins and electrolytes). Research included determination of within-run (N = 20) and between-run imprecision (N = 30), inaccuracy (N = 30) and method comparison with routine analyzer (Beckman Coulter AU640) (N = 50). For validation of complete analytical process we calculated total error (TE). Results were judged according to quality specification criteria given by European Working Group. Within-run imprecision CVs were all below 5% except for cholesterol, triglycerides, IgA and IgM. Between-run CVs for all analytes were below 10%. Analytes that did not meet the required specifications for imprecision were: total protein, albumin, calcium, sodium, chloride, immunoglobulins and HDL cholesterol. Analytes that did not fulfill requirements for inaccuracy were: total protein, calcium, sodium and chloride. Analytes that deviated from quality specifications for total error were: total protein, albumin, calcium, sodium, chloride and IgM. Passing-Bablok regression analysis provided linear equation and 95% confidence interval for intercept and slope. Complete accordance with routine analyzer Beckman Coulter AU640 showed small number of analytes. Other analytes showed small proportional and/or small constant difference and therefore need to be adjusted for routine operation. Regarding low CV values, tested analyzer has satisfactory accuracy and precision and is extremely stable. Except for analytes that are coherent on both analyzers, some analytes require adjustments of slope and intercept for complete accordance.

  9. Effect of glacial acetic acid treatment of cervical ThinPrep specimens on HPV DNA detection with the cobas 4800 HPV test.

    McMenamin, M; McKenna, M


    Cytology laboratories in the UK routinely treat unsatisfactory cervical liquid-based cytology (LBC) specimens with glacial acetic acid (GAA) to reduce the unsatisfactory rate. However, there is limited published data on the effect of GAA reprocessing on the molecular detection of human papillomavirus (HPV). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of GAA treatment of cervical ThinPrep(®) samples on HPV detection with the cobas(®) 4800 HPV Test (Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA, USA). Residual ThinPrep samples (n = 121) were selected to provide a range of typical cytology results and enrich the study samples for HPV positivity. Specimens were equally split into two fractions: one part treated with 10% GAA and the other part left untreated. All samples were HPV tested using the cobas 4800 HPV Test, which simultaneously detects a total of 14 high-risk HPV (hrHPV) genotypes and individually identifies HPV16 and HPV18. The HPV positive/negative status of tested samples determined the level of agreement between treated and untreated fractions; one sample failed owing to detection of a clot by the instrument during pipetting, leaving 120 samples in the study. Statistical analysis was performed using an unweighted kappa. Analysis of overall HPV positivity showed 97.5% (117/120) agreement between the treated and untreated fractions with a kappa value of 0.95. There were 63/65 (96.9%) concordant HPV positive and 54/55 (98.2%) concordant HPV negative results. In addition to the three discordant results for overall HPV positivity, there were three HPV type-specific discrepancies giving a total of 114/120 concordant HPV results (95% agreement). Glacial acetic acid (GAA) treatment of cervical ThinPrep specimens does not have significant adverse affects on HPV detection with the cobas 4800 HPV Test. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Evaluation of KIMS immunoassays on a cobas c 501 analyzer for drugs of abuse and ethyl glucuronide testing in urine for forensic abstinence control.

    Neukamm, Merja A; Bahrami, Arsham; Auwärter, Volker; Mehne, Felix M P; Höss, Eva


    For the medico-psychological assessment (MPA) during driving licence re-granting in Germany, abstinence control including urine samples is required. In these programmes, even small amounts of markers for drug or alcohol abuse have to be detected. Thus, the concentrations of the target compounds are very low, and, in consequence, the sensitivity of the applied screening method has to be much higher than for clinical use. Modified drugs of abuse and ethyl glucuronide immunoassays on a Roche cobas c 501 analyzer were evaluated for precision, accuracy, onboard calibration stability, cross reactivity, sensitivity, and specificity using authentic urine samples. Precision (intra-day and inter-day relative standard deviation (RSD) and accuracy (bias) at three concentrations were 12% or lower for all parameters. The calibrations remained stable (deviations amphetamines (21 days). Satisfactory cross reactivity was determined for the relevant analytes and also for several new psychoactive substances (NPS). The sensitivity was 100% for all parameters except methadone metabolite EDDP (92%) and fully met the sensitivity criteria for MPA urine testing. The presented kinetic interaction of microparticles in a solution (KIMS) immunoassays on a cobas c 501 thus provide a new method to reliably detect drug or alcohol consumption in abstinence control programmes requiring high sensitivity. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Performance of the Roche second generation hemoglobin A1c immunoassay in the presence of HB-S or HB-C traits.

    Abadie, Jude M; Koelsch, Angela A


    Blood HbA1c determination is a powerful tool for the evaluation and management of patients with diabetes mellitus. Many HbA1c analytical methods demonstrate bias in samples from patients with hemoglobinopathies. This study evaluated the analytical performance of Roche Diagnostics' 1st and 2nd generation HbA1c assays in patients with or without hemoglobinopathies whose HbA1c levels were elevated or normal, respectively. Boronate-affinity high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) served as the reference method. Whole blood samples were collected from 80 patients with HbS or HbC whose group mean HbA1c value was elevated and also from 80 patients without hemoglobinopathy whose HbA1c values were in the well-controlled range. Each sample was assayed for HbA1c by the Primus boronate-affinity HPLC technique and by Roche's 1st and 2nd generation immunoassays using a Cobas Integra 800 analytical system. Results by the HPLC technique were compared with the results of both Roche assays by linear regression and Bland-Altman analysis. The 1st and 2nd generation assays yielded regression lines and correlation values vs HPLC assay of y = 1.43x - 1.59; R(2) = 0.83, and y = 0.94x + 0.10; R(2) = 0.92, respectively, in the 80 patients with hemoglobinopathies. The mean difference and the +/-2SD range were greater in the 1st than in the 2nd generation assay (2.68, +/-2.07 vs -0.54, +/-0.86, respectively). The 2nd generation assay also showed better performance than the 1st generation assay in samples from the 80 patients without hemoglobinopathy. In conclusion, this study validates the accuracy of Roche's 2nd generation assay, which is substantially improved over Roche's 1st generation HbA1c assay.

  12. Linnugripp tõi ravimifirmale Roche magusa kasumi / Erik Aru

    Aru, Erik


    Šveitsi ravimitootja Roche'i viiruseravimi Tamiflu müük on kasvanud. Roche kavatseb järgmiseks suveks suurendada toodangut võrreldes 2004. aastaga kaheksa korda, kuid seda ei peeta piisavaks. ÜRO ja WHO nõuavad, et firma loobuks patentidest või annaks koopiaravimite valmistajatele tootmise litsentsi. Tabel: F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Lisa: Linnugripi vaktsiini võib loota kuue kuu pärast

  13. Linnugripp tõi ravimifirmale Roche magusa kasumi / Erik Aru

    Aru, Erik


    Šveitsi ravimitootja Roche'i viiruseravimi Tamiflu müük on kasvanud. Roche kavatseb järgmiseks suveks suurendada toodangut võrreldes 2004. aastaga kaheksa korda, kuid seda ei peeta piisavaks. ÜRO ja WHO nõuavad, et firma loobuks patentidest või annaks koopiaravimite valmistajatele tootmise litsentsi. Tabel: F. Hoffmann-La Roche. Lisa: Linnugripi vaktsiini võib loota kuue kuu pärast

  14. Ice cream and orbifold Riemann-Roch

    Buckley, Anita; Reid, Miles; Zhou, Shengtian


    We give an orbifold Riemann-Roch formula in closed form for the Hilbert series of a quasismooth polarized n-fold (X,D), under the assumption that X is projectively Gorenstein with only isolated orbifold points. Our formula is a sum of parts each of which is integral and Gorenstein symmetric of the same canonical weight; the orbifold parts are called ice cream functions. This form of the Hilbert series is particularly useful for computer algebra, and we illustrate it on examples of {K3} surfaces and Calabi-Yau 3-folds. These results apply also with higher dimensional orbifold strata (see [1] and [2]), although the precise statements are considerably trickier. We expect to return to this in future publications.

  15. Roche volume filling and the dissolution of open star clusters

    Ernst, A; Just, A; Noel, T


    From direct N-body simulations we find that the dynamical evolution of star clusters is strongly influenced by the Roche volume filling factor. We present a parameter study of the dissolution of open star clusters with different Roche volume filling factors and different particle numbers. We study both Roche volume underfilling and overfilling models and compare with the Roche volume filling case. We find that in the Roche volume overfilling limit of our simulations two-body relaxation is no longer the dominant dissolution mechanism but the changing cluster potential. We call this mechnism "mass-loss driven dissolution" in contrast to "two-body relaxation driven dissolution" which occurs in the Roche volume underfilling regime. We have measured scaling exponents of the dissolution time with the two-body relaxation time. In this experimental study we find a decreasing scaling exponent with increasing Roche volume filling factor. The evolution of the escaper number in the Roche volume overfilling limit can be d...

  16. Roche volume filling and the dissolution of open star clusters

    Ernst, A.; Berczik, P.; Just, A.; Noel, T.


    From direct N-body simulations we find that the dynamical evolution of star clusters is strongly influenced by the Roche volume filling factor. We present a parameter study of the dissolution of open star clusters with different Roche volume filling factors and different particle numbers. We study both Roche volume underfilling and overfilling models and compare with the Roche volume filling case. We find that in the Roche volume overfilling limit of our simulations two-body relaxation is no longer the dominant dissolution mechanism but the changing cluster potential. We call this mechanism ``mass-loss driven dissolution'' in contrast to ``two-body relaxation driven dissolution'' which occurs in the Roche volume underfilling regime. We have measured scaling exponents of the dissolution time with the two-body relaxation time. In this experimental study we find a decreasing scaling exponent with increasing Roche volume filling factor. The evolution of the escaper number in the Roche volume overfilling limit can be described by a log-logistic differential equation. We report the finding of a resonance condition which may play a role for the evolution of star clusters and may be calibrated by the main periodic orbit in the large island of retrograde quasiperiodic orbits in the Poincaré surfaces of section. We also report on the existence of a stability curve which may be of relevance with respect to the structure of star clusters.

  17. An integral Riemann-Roch theorem for surface bundles

    Madsen, Ib Henning


    This paper is a response to a conjecture by T. Akita about an integral Riemann–Roch theorem for surface bundles.......This paper is a response to a conjecture by T. Akita about an integral Riemann–Roch theorem for surface bundles....

  18. Evaluation of NGAL TestTM on Cobas 6000

    Hansen, Young B L; Damgaard, Anette; Poulsen, Jørgen H


    analyzed for method, anticoagulant, and freeze-thaw comparisons. Linearity was assessed using high NGAL samples diluted in urine, EDTA, and Li-Hep plasma. Commercial internal controls were used for the imprecision study. RESULTS: The Cobas 6000 measured identically with the Hitachi 917, however...... the Hitachi 917 in EDTA plasma. Though clinically insignificant, we found that the freeze-thaw process had a reduced effect. NGAL results were higher in Li-Hep tubes than in EDTA tubes. Thus, for blood samples we recommend use of EDTA tubes for NGAL measurements....

  19. Validation of Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 Test on dried blood spots

    N Ruiz


    Full Text Available The plasma specimen is the gold standard for viral load monitoring, the key method to assess the effect of antiviral chemotherapy and to monitor progression of the disease toward AIDS. Nevertheless, several works endorse the use of dried blood spots (DBS on filter paper for the reliable quantification of the levels needed to take therapeutic decisions, detect of treatment failure and monitor the occurrence of drug resistance. The purpose of this study was to validate the use of Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test version 2.0, with DBS. To evaluate the performance of the above mentioned kit, three stages were involved: 1- Standardization of DBS working conditions, 2- Stability studies at three temperature conditions and 3- Performance evaluation of the kit using this alternative specimen. Additionally, the viral load was quantified in parallel (plasma and DBS to 43 genetically characterized samples, with different levels of viral load. The Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated and the prediction of the value of RNA in plasma starting from the obtained value in DBS was made. Linear regression analysis was performed and coefficients of variation in precision assays were calculated. The best conditions pickups to the work with DBS were: 100 µL of blood (2 spots/50 µl, dried time between 16 and 18 hours at room temperature and, elution of the blood, 2 hours, between 2 and 8°C; in TRIS-EDTA buffer. The samples on DBS proved to be stable during the study periods. A strong correlation was attained between the measurements of viral load in plasma and DBS samples (r=0.96. The detection rate was 90.7 and the coefficient of variation between the values obtained in plasma-DBS sample pairs averaged 3.42%. The CAP/CTM HIV-1 test provided a linear response in DBS, from 330 copies/mL to 420 000 copies/mL. Overall, coefficients of variation in precision tests were below 10%. Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 test version 2.0 had a good

  20. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1COBA-1FUNF [Confc[Archive


  1. Evaluation of the NucliSens EasyQ v2.0 assay in comparison with the Roche Amplicor v1.5 and the Roche CAP/CTM HIV-1 Test v2.0 in quantification of C-clade HIV-1 in plasma.

    Muenchhoff, Maximilian; Madurai, Savathee; Hempenstall, Allison Jo; Adland, Emily; Carlqvist, Anna; Moonsamy, Angeline; Jaggernath, Manjeetha; Mlotshwa, Busisiwe; Siboto, Emma; Ndung'u, Thumbi; Goulder, Philip Jeremy Renshaw


    Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) genetic diversity poses a challenge to reliable viral load monitoring. Discrepancies between different testing platforms have been observed, especially for non-clade-B virus. Therefore we compare, in antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve South African subjects predominantly infected with HIV-1 clade-C, three commercially available assays: the COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 by Roche (CAP/CTM v2.0), the BioMérieux NucliSens Version 2.0 Easy Q/Easy Mag (NucliSens v2.0) and the Roche COBAS Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test Version 1.5 (Amplicor v1.5). Strong linear correlation was observed and Bland-Altman analyses showed overall good agreement between the assays with mean viral load differences of 0.078 log cp/ml (NucliSens v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5), 0.260 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5) and 0.164 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - NucliSens v2.0), indicating lower mean viral load results for the Amplicor v1.5 and higher mean readings for the CAP/CTM v2.0. Consistent with observations following previous comparisons of CAP/CTM v2.0 versus Amplicor v1.5, the CAP/CTM v2.0 assay detected low-level viremia (median 65 cp/ml) in more than one-third of those in whom viremia had been undetectable (<20 cp/ml) in assays using the NucliSens platform. These levels of viremia are of uncertain clinical significance but may be of importance in early detection of ART resistance in those on treatment. Overall the three assays showed good comparability of results but with consistent, albeit relatively small, discrepancies for HIV-1 clade-C samples, especially in the low-viremic range that should be taken into account when interpreting viral load data.

  2. Evaluation of the NucliSens EasyQ v2.0 assay in comparison with the Roche Amplicor v1.5 and the Roche CAP/CTM HIV-1 Test v2.0 in quantification of C-clade HIV-1 in plasma.

    Maximilian Muenchhoff

    Full Text Available Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1 genetic diversity poses a challenge to reliable viral load monitoring. Discrepancies between different testing platforms have been observed, especially for non-clade-B virus. Therefore we compare, in antiretroviral therapy (ART-naïve South African subjects predominantly infected with HIV-1 clade-C, three commercially available assays: the COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 by Roche (CAP/CTM v2.0, the BioMérieux NucliSens Version 2.0 Easy Q/Easy Mag (NucliSens v2.0 and the Roche COBAS Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test Version 1.5 (Amplicor v1.5. Strong linear correlation was observed and Bland-Altman analyses showed overall good agreement between the assays with mean viral load differences of 0.078 log cp/ml (NucliSens v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5, 0.260 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - Amplicor v1.5 and 0.164 log cp/ml (CAP/CTM v2.0 - NucliSens v2.0, indicating lower mean viral load results for the Amplicor v1.5 and higher mean readings for the CAP/CTM v2.0. Consistent with observations following previous comparisons of CAP/CTM v2.0 versus Amplicor v1.5, the CAP/CTM v2.0 assay detected low-level viremia (median 65 cp/ml in more than one-third of those in whom viremia had been undetectable (<20 cp/ml in assays using the NucliSens platform. These levels of viremia are of uncertain clinical significance but may be of importance in early detection of ART resistance in those on treatment. Overall the three assays showed good comparability of results but with consistent, albeit relatively small, discrepancies for HIV-1 clade-C samples, especially in the low-viremic range that should be taken into account when interpreting viral load data.

  3. A Riemann-Roch theorem for the noncommutative two torus

    Khalkhali, Masoud; Moatadelro, Ali


    We prove the analogue of the Riemann-Roch formula for the noncommutative two torus Aθ = C(Tθ2)equipped with an arbitrary translation invariant complex structure and a Weyl factor represented by a positive element k ∈C∞(Tθ2). We consider a topologically trivial line bundle equipped with a general holomorphic structure and the corresponding twisted Dolbeault Laplacians. We define a spectral triple (Aθ , H , D) that encodes the twisted Dolbeault complex of Aθ and whose index gives the left hand side of the Riemann-Roch formula. Using Connes' pseudodifferential calculus and heat equation techniques, we explicitly compute the b2 terms of the asymptotic expansion of Tr(e-tD2) . We find that the curvature term on the right hand side of the Riemann-Roch formula coincides with the scalar curvature of the noncommutative torus recently defined and computed in Connes and Moscovici (2014) and independently computed in Fathizadeh and Khalkhali (2014).

  4. Binary Evolution: Roche Lobe Overflow and Blue Stragglers

    Ivanova, Natalia

    One of the principal mechanisms that is responsible for the origin of blue stragglers is mass transfer that takes place while one of the binary companions overfills its Roche lobe. In this Chapter, we overview the theoretical understanding of mass transfer via Roche lobe overflow: classification, how both the donor and of the accretor respond to the mass transfer on different timescales (adiabatic response, equilibrium response, superadiabatic response, time-dependent response) for different types of their envelopes (convective and radiative). These responses, as well as the assumption on how liberal the process is, are discussed in terms of the stability of the ensuing mass transfer. The predictions of the theory of mass transfer via Roche lobe overflow are then briefly compared with the observed mass-transferring systems with both degenerate and non-degenerate donors. We conclude with the discussion which cases of mass transfer and which primordial binaries could be responsible for blue stragglers formation via Roche lobe overflow, as well as how this can be enhanced for blue stragglers formed in globular clusters

  5. Lefschetz and Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch formulas via noncommutative motives

    Cisinski, Denis-Charles


    V. Lunts has recently established Lefschetz fixed point theorems for Fourier-Mukai functors and dg algebras. In the same vein, D. Shklyarov introduced the noncommutative analogue of the Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch theorem. In this note, making use of the theory of noncommutative motives, we show how these beautiful theorems can be understood as instantiations of more general results.

  6. Viral load: Roche applies for marketing approval for ultrasensitive test.


    Roche Molecular Systems has applied for FDA permission to market a more sensitive viral load test. The Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor UltraSensitive Method tests viral load as low as 50 copies; current tests are only accurate to 400 copies. There is a widespread consensus among physicians that testing below 400 copies would be a valuable treatment tool.

  7. Riemann-Roch Spaces and Linear Network Codes

    Hansen, Johan P.


    We construct linear network codes utilizing algebraic curves over finite fields and certain associated Riemann-Roch spaces and present methods to obtain their parameters. In particular we treat the Hermitian curve and the curves associated with the Suzuki and Ree groups all having the maximal...

  8. NT-proBNP on Cobas h 232 in point-of-care testing

    Gils, Charlotte; Ramanathan, R.; Breindahl, T.;


    Background. NT-proBNP may be useful for ruling out heart failure in primary health care. In this study we examined the analytical quality of NT-proBNP in primary health care on the Cobas h 232 point-of-care instrument compared with measurements performed in a hospital laboratory. Materials...... and methods. Blood samples requested for NT-proBNP were collected in primary health care (n = 95) and in a hospital laboratory (n = 107). NT-proBNP was measured on-site on Cobas h 232 instruments both in primary health care centres and at the hospital laboratory and all samples were also analyzed...... with a comparison method at the hospital. Precision, trueness, accuracy, and lot-variation were determined at different concentration levels and evaluated according to acceptance criteria. Furthermore user-friendliness was assessed by questionnaires. Results. For Cobas h 232 repeatability CV was 8...

  9. An in-house real-time polymerase chain reaction: standardisation and comparison with the Cobas Amplicor HBV monitor and Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HBV tests for the quantification of hepatitis B virus DNA

    Santos, Ana Paula de Torres; Levi, José Eduardo; Lemos, Marcilio Figueiredo; Calux, Samira Julien; Oba, Isabel Takano; Moreira, Regina Célia


    This study aimed to standardise an in-house real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) to allow quantification of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in serum or plasma samples, and to compare this method with two commercial assays, the Cobas Amplicor HBV monitor and the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HBV test. Samples from 397 patients from the state of São Paulo were analysed by all three methods. Fifty-two samples were from patients who were human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus positive, but HBV negative. Genotypes were characterised, and the viral load was measure in each sample. The in-house rtPCR showed an excellent success rate compared with commercial tests; inter-assay and intra-assay coefficients correlated with commercial tests (r = 0.96 and r = 0.913, p < 0.001) and the in-house test showed no genotype-dependent differences in detection and quantification rates. The in-house assay tested in this study could be used for screening and quantifying HBV DNA in order to monitor patients during therapy. PMID:26872342

  10. 罗氏尿微量清蛋白检测试剂盒性能评价%Performance evaluation on Roche urine trace albumin detection reagent kit

    黄勤烽; 黄少铃; 王美珠; 陈敏


    Objective To evaluate the detection performance of the cobas8000 c702 fully automatic biochemical analyzer for de‐tecting the second generation Roche urine trace albumin (ALBU2) .Methods (1) The precise evaluation :with the allowable error stipulated by CLIA 88 as the basis ,the requirements were the repeat precision <1/4TEa ,and intermediate precision <1/3TEa;(2) the linear range and the evaluation of the reportable range :the EP6‐A scheme was adopted ,and extend to calculate the average re‐covery rate of dilution ,the clinical reportable range was evaluated by the average dilution recovery of 90% -110% ;(3) the carry o‐ver pollution assessment :the carry over pollution of serum albumin on urine trace albumin detection was evaluated by the judgment standard of carry over pollution rate of 0 .5% ;(4)the methodological comparative analysis :with SIEMENS BN Ⅱas the reference system ,the Roche Cobas 8000 C702 and the BN2 results were performed the correlation contrastive analysis .Results The repeat precision :low concentration CV=1 .98% .high concentration CV=1 .64% ;intermediate precision :low concentration CV=4 .35% , high concentration CV=1 .20% ;the linear range verification :the measurement range 5 .6-413 .55 mg/L ;clinical reportable range :in the maximum diluted multiples of 30 times ,the clinical reportable range was 5 .6-12 406 .5 mg/L ;the carry over pollution rate :serum albumin (42 .6 g/L) on urine trace albumin(6 .9 mg/L) ,the carry over pollution rate was 0 .28% ;the indoor comparison :in the concentration within 200 mg/L ,the regression line was Y=0 .896 X+5 .049 ,the correlation coefficient r2 =0 .994 4 ,the system shift was passed at the medical decision level .When the specimen concentration within 201-413 .55 mg/L ,the regression line was Y=0 .848X-10 .44 ,the correlation coefficient r2 =0 .917 ,the system shift was not passed at the medical decision level .Conclusion The detection of the Roche ALBU2 in the Cobas 8000 C702 platform can

  11. ["Wetlands". Charles Bukowski and Charlotte Roche on hemorrhoids].

    Bahmer, F A; Bahmer, J A


    More than 40 years ago Charles Bukowski described his experiences with coloscopy and the ensuing surgery on his hemorrhoids, both performed by a doctor pictured as sadistic. Bukowski not only depicts these procedures but also characterizes his compassionate inpatients as well as the nursing staff. In her bestseller published in 2008 Charlotte Roche's protagonist Helen needs surgical inpatient treatment because of hemorrhoidal bleeding. Her stay in the hospital, prolonged by a postoperative self-inflicted bleeding, provides the basis not only for strategies to bring her divorced parents together but also for thoughts on genitalia, manifold sexual practices, as well as on rules of hygiene. From a psychodynamic viewpoint the protagonists in both stories suffer from a depressive basic conflict, compensated in Bukowski's work by a dependent, self-destructive, philobatic form of coping and in Roche's alter ego Helen by an impulsive, sexualized behaviour.

  12. Submaximal Riemann-Roch expected curves and symplectic packing.

    Wioletta Syzdek


    Full Text Available We study Riemann-Roch expected curves on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ in the context of the Nagata-Biran conjecture. This conjecture predicts that for sufficiently large number of points multiple points Seshadri constants of an ample line bundle on algebraic surface are maximal. Biran gives an effective lower bound $N_0$. We construct examples verifying to the effect that the assertions of the Nagata-Biran conjecture can not hold for small number of points. We discuss cases where our construction fails. We observe also that there exists a strong relation between Riemann-Roch expected curves on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ and the symplectic packing problem. Biran relates the packing problem to the existence of solutions of certain Diophantine equations. We construct such solutions for any ample line bundle on $mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1$ and a relatively smallnumber of points. The solutions geometrically correspond to Riemann-Roch expected curves. Finally we discuss in how far the Biran number $N_0$ is optimal in the case of mathbb{P}^1 imes mathbb{P}^1. In fact we conjecture that it can be replaced by a lower number and we provide evidence justifying this conjecture.

  13. Roche Accretion of stars close to massive black holes

    Lixin,; Blandford, Roger D


    In this paper we consider Roche accretion in an Extreme Mass-Ratio Inspiral (EMRI) binary system formed by a star orbiting a massive black hole. The ultimate goal is to detect the mass and spin of the black hole and provide a test of general relativity in the strong-field regime from the resultant quasi-periodic signals. Before accretion starts, the stellar orbit is presumed to be circular and equatorial, and shrinks due to gravitational radiation. New fitting formulae are presented for the inspiral time and the radiation-reaction torque in the relativistic regime. If the inspiralling star fills its Roche lobe outside the Innermost Stable Circular Orbit (ISCO) of the hole, gas will flow through the inner Lagrange point (L1) to the hole. We give new relativistic interpolation formulae for the volume enclosed by the Roche lobe. If this mass-transfer happens on a time scale faster than the thermal time scale but slower than the dynamical time scale, the star will evolve adiabatically, and, in most cases, will re...

  14. Mécanique des sols et des roches

    Vullier, Laurent; Zhao, Jian


    La mécanique des sols et la mécanique des roches sont des disciplines généralement traitées séparément dans la littérature. Pour la première fois, un traité réunit ces deux spécialités, en intégrant également les connaissances en lien avec les écoulements souterrains et les transferts thermiques. A la fois théorique et pratique, cet ouvrage propose tout d'abord une description détaillée de la nature et de la composition des sols et des roches, puis s'attache à la modélisation de problèmes aux conditions limites et présente les essais permettant de caractériser les sols et les roches, tant d'un point de vue mécanique qu'hydraulique et thermique. La problématique des sols non saturés et des écoulements multiphasiques est également abordée. Une attention particulière est portée aux lois de comportement mécanique et à la détermination de leurs paramètres par des essais in situ et en laboratoire, et l'ouvrage offre également une présentation détaillée des systèmes de classi...

  15. Riemann-Roch Spaces and Linear Network Codes

    Hansen, Johan P.


    We construct linear network codes utilizing algebraic curves over finite fields and certain associated Riemann-Roch spaces and present methods to obtain their parameters. In particular we treat the Hermitian curve and the curves associated with the Suzuki and Ree groups all having the maximal...... number of points for curves of their respective genera. Linear network coding transmits information in terms of a basis of a vector space and the information is received as a basis of a possibly altered vector space. Ralf Koetter and Frank R. Kschischang %\\cite{DBLP:journals/tit/KoetterK08} introduced...... in the above metric making them suitable for linear network coding....

  16. Riemann-Roch Spaces and Linear Network Codes

    Hansen, Johan P.

    We construct linear network codes utilizing algebraic curves over finite fields and certain associated Riemann-Roch spaces and present methods to obtain their parameters. In particular we treat the Hermitian curve and the curves associated with the Suzuki and Ree groups all having the maximal...... number of points for curves of their respective genera. Linear network coding transmits information in terms of a basis of a vector space and the information is received as a basis of a possibly altered vector space. Ralf Koetter and Frank R. Kschischang %\\cite{DBLP:journals/tit/KoetterK08} introduced...... in the above metric making them suitable for linear network coding....

  17. Hot-Jupiter Core Mass from Roche-lobe Overflow

    Ginzburg, Sivan


    The orbits of many observed hot Jupiters are decaying rapidly due to tidal interaction, eventually reaching the Roche limit. We analytically study the ensuing coupled mass loss and orbital evolution during the Roche-lobe overflow and find two possible scenarios. Planets with light cores $M_c\\lesssim 6M_\\oplus$ (assuming a nominal tidal dissipation factor $Q\\sim 10^6$ for the host star) are transformed into Neptune-mass gas planets, orbiting at a separation (relative to the stellar radius) $a/R_\\star\\approx 3.5$. Planets with heavier cores $M_c\\gtrsim 6M_\\oplus$ plunge rapidly until they are destroyed at the stellar surface. Remnant gas-Neptunes, which are stable to photo-evaporation, are absent from the observations, despite their unique transit radius ($5-10R_\\oplus$). This result suggests that $M_c\\gtrsim 6M_\\oplus$, providing a useful constraint on the poorly-known core mass that may distinguish between different formation theories of gas giants. Alternatively, given a prior estimate of $M_c\\approx 6 M_\\op...

  18. Roche volume filling of star clusters in the Milky Way

    Ernst, A.; Just, A.


    We examine the ratios rh/rJ of projected half-mass and Jacobi radius as well as rt/rJ of tidal and Jacobi radius for open and globular clusters in the Milky Way using data of both observations and simulations. We applied an improved calculation of rJ for eccentric orbits of globular clusters. A sample of 236 open clusters of Piskunov et al. within the nearest kiloparsec around the Sun has been used. For the Milky Way globular clusters, data are taken from the Harris catalogue. We particularly use the subsample of 38 Milky Way globular clusters for which orbits have been integrated by Dinescu et al. We aim to quantify the differences between open and globular clusters and to understand, why they form two intrinsically distinct populations. We find under certain assumptions, or, in other words, in certain approximations (i) that globular clusters are presently Roche volume underfilling, (ii) with at least 3σ confidence that the ratio rh/rJ of half-mass and Jacobi radius is three to five times larger at present for an average open cluster in our sample than for an average globular cluster in our sample and (iii) that a significant fraction of globular clusters may be Roche volume overfilling at pericentre with rt > rJ. Another aim of this paper is to throw light on the underlying theoretical reason for the existence of the van den Bergh correlation between half-mass and Galactocentric radius.

  19. Effect of the hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier HBOC-201 on laboratory instrumentation: cobas integra, chiron blood gas analyzer 840, Sysmex SE-9000 and BCT.

    Wolthuis, A; Peek, D; Scholten, R; Moreira, P; Gawryl, M; Clark, T; Westerhuis, L


    As part of a clinical trial, we evaluated the effects of the hemoglobin-based oxygen-carrier (HBOC) HBOC-201 (an ultrapurified, stroma-free bovine hemoglobin product, Biopure, Cambridge, MA, USA) on our routine clinical chemistry analyzer (Cobas Integra, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland ), blood gas analyzer (Chiron 840, Chiron Diagnostics Corporation, East Walpole, MA, USA), routine hemocytometry analyzer (Sysmex SE-9000, TOA Medical Electronics Co Ltd., Kobe, Japan), hemostasis analyzer (BCT, Dade-Behring, Marburg, Germany) and bloodbanking system (Dia-Med-ID Micro Typing System, DiaMed AG, Cressier, Switzerland). The maximum tested concentration of HBOC-201 was 65 g/l. Of the 27 routine clinical chemistry tests challenged with HBOC-201, bilirubin-direct, creatine kinase MB-fraction (CK-MB), creatine kinase (CK), gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), magnesium and uric acid were influenced by even low concentrations of HBOC-201. These tests were excluded from use on the plasma of patients treated with HBOC-201. Since the non-availability of the cardiac marker CK-MB may lead to problems in acute situations, we introduced the qualitative Trop T-test (Boehringer Mannheim), which was not influenced. The applicability of another nine tests was limited by the concentration of the HBOC-201 in the patients' plasma. No interference of HBOC-201 in routine hemocytometry, hemostasis-analysis and red-blood cell agglutination detection (blood-bank tests) was observed. Although immediate patient-care was not compromised, routine use of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers will have a strong impact on logistical management. The development of robust laboratory tests free from the interference of the pigmented oxygen carriers should therefore precede its introduction into routine transfusion medicine.

  20. Prevalence of high-risk human papillomavirus by cobas 4800 HPV test in urban Peru

    Ricardo Iwasaki


    Full Text Available Background: Molecular tests allow the detection of high-risk human papillomavirus in cervical samples, playing an important role in the prevention of cervical cancer. Objectives: We performed a study to determine the prevalence of HPV 16, HPV 18 and other high-risk human papillomavirus (pool 12 genotypes in Peruvian females from diverse urban areas using the cobas 4800 HPV test. Methods: Routine cervical samples collected in our laboratory were analyzed by cobas 4800 HPV test. Results: A total of 2247 samples from female patients aged 17–79 years were tested. high-risk human papillomavirus was positive in 775 (34.49% samples. Of these, 641 (82.71% were single infections and 134 (17.29% were multiple infections. The positivity rates for HPV 16, HPV 18, and other high-risk human papillomavirus were 10.77%, 2.0%, and 28.08%, respectively. In multiple high-risk human papillomavirus infections, the concomitance of HPV 16 and other high-risk human papillomavirus was more prevalent (13.42%. Conclusion: Our study showed high prevalence of high-risk human papillomavirus in urban Peru, mainly among young women. In both single and multiple infections other high-risk human papillomavirus were more prevalent than HPV 16 and HPV 18, which might influence vaccine impact in our country. Furthermore, the cobas 4800 HPV test may be considered a useful tool for HPV molecular diagnosis.

  1. Comparison of the COBAS/Ampliprep Taqman and Amplicor HIV-1 monitor tests in Lagos, Nigeria

    Oluemi S. Amoo


    Full Text Available Background: The use of real-time Polymerase chain reaction (PCR technology options is increasing in resource-limited settings because they are faster, improve assay sensitivity,have higher throughput, larger dynamic ranges and reduced rates of contamination. In 2010, UNAIDS ranked Nigeria as the second highest population of people living with HIV and AIDS (2.98 million people in the world.Objective: The objective of this study was to compare the analytical performances of the Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor (version 1.5 and the COBAS Ampliprep/Taqman (version 2.0 usedin monitoring HIV disease progression in HIV-infected individuals.Method: In a cross-sectional study, HIV-1 RNA values obtained with the Amplicor HIV-1 monitor version 1.5 were compared with those of the COBAS/Ampliprep TaqMan HIV-1version 2.0 in a routine clinical setting. Between May and November 2011, 176 plasma samples collected were analysed in parallel using both techniques. Data analysis was done using statgraphics Centurion XVI and Medcalc version 12.0.Result: The correlation coefficient for the two assays was 0.83 and the level of agreement using a Bland–Altman plot was 94.2%.Conclusion: These findings suggest that the results from the two methods were comparable, hence the COBAS/Ampliprep Taqman version 2.0 is recommended for high-volume laboratories.

  2. Small-scale hydro-electric scheme in Roches, Switzerland; Projet de concession. Petite centrale hydroelectrique de Roches

    Hausmann, M.


    The small hydropower plant (SHPP) project 'PCH Roches' is planned to be built in Roches, a small village located in the Jura region of the canton of Bern. The goal of this undertaking is to reactivate a site with hydro potential of the river Birs on a section that was already well exploited by some ancient SHPP (since 1953 or probably even earlier). Several modifications were performed on this plant over the years; not all contributed positively on its production figures. Following a transfer of the water rights in 1987, claims became loud against the owner to perform maintenance on the river banks and to modify the weir such that a free passage for the fishes will be granted. Those issues contributed to inflate a conflict which ended in the repeal of the water rights and a total plant shut down in 2001. The new project plans to reuse the existing pen stock and to carry out some refurbishing activities to grant security and better performance. The weir and the intake structure are also redesigned such that the water storage can be somewhat raised for normal operation; a weir gate will however allow to better discharge the river in flood situations. A new turbine house will be erected at the current location where the tail water pen stock rejoins the river. Hence, the existing old turbine house will be obsolete and the upper and lower pen stock sections are to be linked with each other. Limited by the existing pen stock size, the new plant is expected to produce some 50 kW power and 362,000 kWh/year. This represents an increase in energy generation of around 200% compared with the ancient SHPP. Gross head is 5.38 m, net head 4.12 m with a turbine flow of at least 1.6 m{sup 3}/s. The expected energy sales price applicable to this project reaches about 0.17 CHF/kWh as per the current tariffs set by the grid owner. This project calls for the building of a state-of-the-art SHPP. It will avoid the total dismantling of the existing works to take place and allow

  3. Implementación del ensayo de carga viral COBAS Taqman HIV-1 Test, v1.0, para el diagnóstico de la infección congénita por HIV-1

    Gonzalo M Castro


    Full Text Available La transmisión vertical es la principal vía de contagio del HIV en la edad pediátrica. El diagnóstico de la infección congénita antes de los 18 meses se realiza mediante ensayos virológicos: detección de genoma viral como ARN plasmático y ADN proviral. La sensibilidad de estos ensayos varía según la edad del niño, con valores de especificidad mayores al 95 %. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar el desempeño del ensayo de carga viral (CV COBAS Taqman HIV-1 Test, v1.0 (Roche, y su concordancia con una PCR múltiple anidada in-house para la detección del ADN proviral. De 341 muestras procesadas, 15 resultaron positivas y 326 negativas por ambas metodologías. Para la metodología de CV, la sensibilidad general fue del 88,2 % y la especificidad del 100 %. Nuestros resultados indican que la metodología de CV evaluada puede utilizarse como técnica alternativa para el diagnóstico de infección congénita por HIV.

  4. Tidal Decay and Roche-Lobe Overflow of Gaseous Exoplanets

    Jackson, Brian; Jensen, Emily; Peacock, Sarah; Arras, Phil; Penev, Kaloyan


    Many gaseous exoplanets in short-period orbits are on the verge or are in the process of Roche-lobe overflow (RLO). Moreover, orbital stability analysis shows tides can drive many hot Jupiters to spiral inevitably toward their host stars, and the distributions of orbital periods and semi-major axes point to non-negligible orbital decay during the main sequence lifetimes of the host stars. Thus, the coupled processes of orbital evolution and RLO likely shape the observed distribution of close-in exoplanets. However, the exact outcome for an overflowing planet depends on its internal response to mass loss, and the accompanying orbital evolution can act to enhance or inhibit RLO. Applying the Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA) suite to model RLO, we find that, although the detailed evolution may depend on several properties of the planetary system, it is largely determined by the core mass of the overflowing gas giant. In particular, we find that the orbital expansion that accompanies RLO often stops and reverses at a specific maximum period that depends on the core mass. We suggest that RLO may often strand the remnant of a gas giant near or interior to this orbital period, providing an observational prediction that can corroborate the RLO hypothesis. We conduct a preliminary comparison of this prediction to the observed population of small, short-period planets and find some planets in orbits that may be consistent with this picture.

  5. Roche volume filling of star clusters in the Milky Way

    Ernst, A


    We examine the ratios $r_h/r_J$ of projected half-mass and Jacobi radius as well as $r_t/r_J$ of tidal and Jacobi radius for open and globular clusters in the Milky Way using data of both observations and simulations. We applied an improved calculation of $r_J$ for eccentric orbits of globular clusters. A sample of 236 open clusters of Piskunov et al. within the nearest kiloparsec around the Sun has been used. For the Milky Way globular clusters, data are taken from the Harris catalogue. We particularly use the subsample of 38 Milky Way globular clusters for which orbits have been integrated by Dinescu et al. We aim to quantify the differences between open and globular clusters and to understand, why they form two intrinsically distinct populations. We find under certain assumptions, or, in other words, in certain approximations, (i) that globular clusters are presently Roche volume underfilling and (ii) with at least $3\\sigma$ confidence that the ratio $r_h/r_J$ of half-mass and Jacobi radius is $3 - 5$ time...

  6. Cross-reactivity profiles of hybrid capture II, cobas, and APTIMA human papillomavirus assays

    Preisler, Sarah Nørgaard; Rebolj, Matejka; Ejegod, Ditte Møller


    evaluated to what extent these can be explained by cross-reactivity, i.e. positive test results without evidence of high-risk HPV genotypes. The patterns of cross-reactivity have been thoroughly studied for hybrid capture II (HC2) but not yet for newer HPV assays although the manufacturers claimed...... no or limited frequency of cross-reactivity. In this independent study we evaluated the frequency of cross-reactivity for HC2, cobas, and APTIMA assays.METHODS:Consecutive routine cervical screening samples from 5022 Danish women, including 2859 from women attending primary screening, were tested with the three...... cytology and positive high-risk HPV test results were invited for repeated testing in 18 months.RESULTS:Cross-reactivity to low-risk genotypes was detected in 109 (2.2 %) out of 5022 samples on HC2, 62 (1.2 %) on cobas, and 35 (0.7 %) on APTIMA with only 10 of the samples cross-reacting on all 3 assays...

  7. Disainmööbel Roche Bobois, kokteil sarmist ja romantikast / Reet Krause

    Krause, Reet, 1967-


    Luksuslikku kodumööblit tootvast prantsuse firmast. Firma disainerid itaallased Paola Navone ja Massimo Iosa Ghini, Vladimir Kagan, Hans Hopper ja prantslased Jean Claude Magirard ja Sylvain Joly. Philippe Roche ja disainer Hans Hopperi kommentaar

  8. Disainmööbel Roche Bobois, kokteil sarmist ja romantikast / Reet Krause

    Krause, Reet, 1967-


    Luksuslikku kodumööblit tootvast prantsuse firmast. Firma disainerid itaallased Paola Navone ja Massimo Iosa Ghini, Vladimir Kagan, Hans Hopper ja prantslased Jean Claude Magirard ja Sylvain Joly. Philippe Roche ja disainer Hans Hopperi kommentaar

  9. Unstable Roche-Lobe Overflow of Gaseous Planets

    Jackson, Brian

    The discoveries of more than 100 roughly Earth-sized bodies with orbital periods less than 1 day, ultra-short-period planets or candidates (USPs), have challenged planet formation theories, and evidence suggests USPs may be the remnants of gaseous planets that shed their atmospheres. Indeed, many hot Jupiters are near Roche-Lobe overflow (RLO), and tidal decay can push them the rest of the way in. Recent work has shown stable RLO (atmospheres lost via a steady outflow and thin accretion disk) probably cannot produce USPs on its own but suggested unstable RLO (atmospheres quickly shed on dynamical timescales) may. In fact, stable RLO may drive overflowing hot Jupiters into unstable RLO, and by analogy with the common-envelope binaries, the core that remains can drive off the gaseous envelope at the cost of its orbital energy. Wellestablished mass-radius relations for gaseous planets, coupled to simple energy and angular momentum considerations, provide a connection between the observed masses and periods for USPs and their putative progenitor gaseous planets, with few free parameters. We propose to investigate the hypothesis that USPs originate through tidal decay and a combination of stable and unstable Roche-lobe overflow of short-period gaseous planets through the following studies: -We will explore the planetary masses, orbital periods, etc. that produce unstable RLO using the Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA) suite. -We will relate the observed periods and masses of USPs to their putative progenitor masses and periods to see whether they are consistent with the unstable RLO hypothesis. This proposal is directly relevant to the Exoplanets Research Program since it seeks to "understand the ... physical processes of exoplanets" and "improve understanding of [their] origins" through "theoretical studies ... and modeling'". We also expect that it will have broad impacts on a variety of astrophysical topics: -Ultra-short period planets could

  10. Hybrid Capture 2 and cobas human papillomavirus assays perform similarly on SurePath samples from women with abnormalities

    Fornari, D; Rebolj, M; Bjerregaard, B


    OBJECTIVE: In two laboratories (Departments of Pathology, Copenhagen University Hospitals of Herlev and Hvidovre), we compared cobas and Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2) human papillomavirus (HPV) assays using SurePath® samples from women with atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) at...

  11. Diagnostic value of Cobas Amplicor MTB and Rotorgene Real Time PCR for tuberculous meningitis: A six-year retrospective study

    Gülnur Tarhan


    Full Text Available Objective: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM is the most severe and lethal form of tuberculosis (TB.Bacteriologic confirmation of TBM is difficult and slow. Therefore, most patients receive ntituberculosis treatment based only on clinical and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF characteristics. Rapid diagnosis of TBM is important to decrease morbidity and mortality. The aim of the study was to demonstrate that COBAS Amplicor MTB and Rotorgene Real Time (RT PCR is a rapid method of diagnosing TBM before and after initiating anti-tuberculosis treatment. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted between December 2002 and January 2009 in 468 patients with suspected TBM. Clinical specimens were collected from different hospitals in Ankara. All specimens were evaluated by smear microscopy and culture methods with Lowenstein-Jensen (LJ and MGIT culture system. Results: Using culture results as a gold standard, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values (PPV, and negative predictive values (NPV were 71.0%, 98.8%, 97.8% and 75.0%, respectively, for COBAS Amplicor MTB and 80%, 98.9%, 99.0% and 80.0%, respectively, for Rotorgene RT PCR. Statistical analysis showed no significant differences between the COBAS Amplicor MTB and Rotorgene RT PCR (p≥0.05. All isolates were susceptible to isoniazid, rifampin, streptomycin, and ethambutol with proportion method in LJ medium. All isolates were defined as LAM7-TUR by spoligotyping. Conclusion: Retrospective analysis of COBAS Amplicor MTB and Rotorgene RT PCR found that both tests are effective in rapidly diagnosing MTB using CSF. It was concluded that Rotorgene RT PCR test is more sensitive (81.0% than COBAS Amplicor MTB (71.0%. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2015;5(4: 156-161


    Mushoffa Mushoffa


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mendeskripsikan ketepatan indikator dalam kisi-kisi soal, keterwakilan setiap kompetensi dasar dalam kisi-kisi soal, kesesuaian antara kisi-kisi soal dan soal, serta capaian daya serap setiap kompetensi dasar. Penelitian ini merupakan penelitian deskriptif kualitatif-kuantitatif. Subjek penelitian ini adalah kisi-kisi soal, soal, dan capaian daya serap dari soal uji coba I bahasa Indonesia di SMP kabupaten Wonosobo tahun 2013. Pengumpulan data dilakukan dengan teknik baca dan catat. Hasil penelitian ini adalah sebagai berikut: (1 ketepatan indikator dalam kisi-kisi soal termasuk kategori tepat (86,4% dengan rincian ketepatan indikator pada kategori sangat tepat sebesar 22%, tepat sebesar 68%, cukup tepat sebesar 8%, kurang tepat sebesar 2%, dan tidak tepat sebesar 0%; (2 keterwakilan setiap kompetensi dasar dalam kisi-kisi soal uji coba I bahasa Indonesia Kabupaten Wonosobo dalam kategori sangat terwakili (96,7%; (3 kesesuaian antara kisi-kisi soal dan soal uji coba I bahasa Indonesia Kabupaten Wonosobo tahun 2013 termasuk kategori sesuai (86%; dan capaian daya serap untuk seluruh kompetensi dasar dalam soal uji coba I bahasa Indonesia Kabupaten Wonosobo tahun 2013 termasuk kategori rendah yaitu sebesar 56,89% dengan rincian capaian pada kategori sangat tinggi sebesar 0%, tinggi sebesar 14%,  sedang sebesar 24%, rendah sebesar 30%, dan sangat rendah sebesar 32%. Kata Kunci: telaah, kisi-kisi soal, soal, daya serap   THE ANALYSIS OF THE FIRST TRY OUT OF INDONESIAN LANGUAGE TEST IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS OF WONOSOBO REGENCY IN 2013 Abstract This study aims to describe the accuracy of the indicators in the table of specifications, the representation of each basic competence in the table of specifications, the compatibility between table of specifications and test items, and the learning outcomes performance of each basic competence of the test items. This research is qualitative-quantitative descriptive. The subjects

  13. Reliability of Cobas Amplicor PCR test in detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in respiratory and nonorespiratory specimens

    Lepšanović Zorica


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Traditional methods for detection of mycobacteria, such as microscopic examination for the presence of acid-fast bacilli and isolation of the organism by culture, have either a low sensitivity and/or specificity, or take weeks before a definite result is available. Molecular methods, especially those based on nucleic acid amplification, are rapid diagnostic methods which combine high sensitivity and high specificity. The aim of this study was to determine the usefulness of the Cobas Amplicor Mycobacterium tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction (CAPCR assay in detecting the tuberculosis cause in respiratory and nonrespiratory specimens (compared to culture. Methods. Specimens were decontaminated by the N-acetyl-L-cystein- NaOH method. A 500 μL aliquot of the processed specimen were used for inoculation of Löwenstein-Jensen (L-J slants, a drop for acid-fast staining, and 100 μL for PCR. The Cobas Amplicor PCR was performed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Results. A total of 110 respiratory and 355 nonrespiratory specimens were investigated. After resolving discrepancies by reviewing medical history, overall sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for CA-PCR assay compared to culture, were 83%, 100%, 100%, and 96.8%, respectively. In comparison, they were 50%, 99.7%, 87.5%, and 98%, respectively, for the nonrespiratory specimens. The inhibition rate was 2.8% for respiratory, and 7.6% for nonrespiratory specimens. Conclusion. CA-PCR is a reliable assay that enables specialists to start treatment promptly on a positive test result. Lower value for specificity in a group of nonrespiratory specimens is a consequence of an extremely small number of mycobacteria in some of them.

  14. Comparison of Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601 Systems for Determining Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin-Beta.

    Guan, Xiaoyong; Sun, Yifan; Zhang, Hongyu; Liang, Ka; Long, Kang; Li, Jin; Tang, Shifu; Liu, Chunming


    Human chorionic gonadotropin-beta (β-hCG) is an important index used to monitor embryonic development following embryo transfer. Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601 are widely used automated immunoassay systems used to measure serum β-hCG concentrations; however, the correlations between serum β-hCG levels measured with these two immunoassays and the accuracy of the immunoassays have not been fully evaluated. Serum β-hCG levels were measured in 133 serum samples using the Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601 automated immunoassay systems. Passing-Bablok regression analysis was used to compare the correlation in serum β-hCG levels obtained using the two immunoassays. A Bland-Altman plot analysis was used to identify mean ratios and 95% CIs of the mean ratios of the β-hCG results between the two immunoassays. In this graphical method the mean ratios between the two techniques were plotted against the averages of the two techniques. The total coefficients of variations (CVs) of serum β-hCG ranged from 3.12 - 4.66% for Cobas e601 and 3.18 - 4.99% for Architect i2000sr. The measured value of serum β-hCG detected by the two immunoassays was statistically significant (p coefficient r was 0.9628. At a high concentration of serum β-hCG (> 10000 IU/L, n = 81), the correlation coefficient r was 0.8076. The Bland-Altman plot analysis showed that the measured value of serum β-hCG detected by Architect i2000sr was about 1.25 times higher than that of Cobas e601. The mean ratio was 1.12 at a low concentration of serum β-hCG, and it was 1.33 at a high concentration. Architect i2000sr and Cobas e601 have good concordance for determining serum β-hCG. However, the β-hCG values measured with Architect i2000sr were 25% higher than those obtained using Cobas e601.

  15. Evaluation of the Cobas TaqMan MTB real-time PCR assay for direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in respiratory specimens.

    Lee, Meng-Rui; Chung, Kuei-Pin; Wang, Hao-Chien; Lin, Chih-Bin; Yu, Chong-Jen; Lee, Jen-Jyh; Hsueh, Po-Ren


    The Cobas TaqMan MTB assay is a real-time PCR (qPCR) kit for rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from clinical specimens. There are, however, limited studies validating its performance. We performed a prospective study in two hospitals in Taiwan on 586 respiratory specimens. By using culture as the reference method, the sensitivity and specificity of the Cobas TaqMan MTB assay were found to be 82.7 and 96.5 %, respectively. The sensitivity of the Cobas TaqMan MTB assay in acid-fast stain-negative respiratory specimens was only 34.9 %. Five specimens from five patients were positive for M. tuberculosis by the Cobas TaqMan MTB assay but were negative for M. tuberculosis by conventional culture methods. A diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) was made based on clinical and radiological findings as well as the response to anti-TB treatment in these five patients. Addition of data from these five specimens with discrepant results (PCR vs culture) from patients with symptoms clinically compatible with TB increased the sensitivity of the Cobas TaqMan MTB assay to 83.1 %. The Cobas TaqMan MTB assay is a rapid identification tool with a high degree of specificity for the direct detection of M. tuberculosis in respiratory specimens. The sensitivity for detecting acid-fast smear-negative respiratory specimens, however, is low.

  16. The cobas p 630 instrument: a dedicated pre-analytic solution to optimize COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS® TaqMan® system workflow and turn-around-time.

    Vallefuoco, L; Sorrentino, R; Spalletti Cernia, D; Colucci, G; Portella, G


    The cobas p 630, a fully automated pre-analytical instrument for primary tube handling recently introduced to complete the Cobas(®) TaqMan systems portfolio, was evaluated in conjunction with: the COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan HBV Test, v2.0, COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan HCV Test, v1.0 and COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan HIV Test, v2.0. The instrument performance in transferring samples from primary to secondary tubes, its impact in improving COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan workflow and hands-on reduction and the risk of possible cross-contamination were assessed. Samples from 42 HBsAg positive, 42 HCV and 42 HIV antibody (Ab) positive patients as well as 21 healthy blood donors were processed with or without automated primary tubes. HIV, HCV and HBsAg positive samples showed a correlation index of 0.999, 0.987 and of 0.994, respectively. To assess for cross-contamination, high titer HBV DNA positive samples, HCV RNA and HIV RNA positive samples were distributed in the cobas p 630 in alternate tube positions, adjacent to negative control samples within the same rack. None of the healthy donor samples showed any reactivity. Based on these results, the cobas p 630 can improve workflow and sample tracing in laboratories performing molecular tests, and reduce turnaround time, errors, and risks.

  17. Performance of the Roche LightCycler real-time PCR assay for diagnosing extrapulmonary tuberculosis.

    Gous, N; Scott, L E; Wong, E; Omar, T; Venter, W D F; Stevens, W


    The Roche LightCycler mycobacterium detection molecular assay for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. avium, and M. kansasii, was applied to tissue specimens. It performed well on lymph node and cerebrospinal fluid specimens and less well on lung, liver, and bone marrow core biopsy specimens, but used in conjunction with a clinical suspicion of tuberculosis, it could augment patient management.

  18. Analytical validation of the Roche 25-OH Vitamin D Total assay

    Knudsen, Cindy Soendersoe; Nexo, Ebba; Højskov, Carsten Schriver;


    Background: Vitamin D deficiency is considered a major health issue and therefore there is a need for reliable routine tests for measurement of the vitamin in blood samples. Here we present a validation of the recently released Roche 25-OH Vitamin D Total assay (Vitamin D Total). Methods: We anal...

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    ... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.; Withdrawal of Approval of a New Drug... Administration (FDA) is withdrawing approval of a new drug application (NDA) for ACCUTANE (isotretinoin) Capsules... be marketed under approved abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). The holders of ANDAs...

  20. CLSI-Based Validation of Manufacturer-Derived Reference Intervals on the Cobas 8000 Platform.

    Leitner-Ferenc, Veronika; Atamaniuk, Johanna; Jansen-Skoupy, Sonja; Stöckelmeier, Brigitta; Grohs, Katharina; Födinger, Manuela


    Reference intervals provided by diagnostic test manufacturers should be transferred to clinical laboratories after validation. Although protocols exist, laboratories rarely perform and report on results of validation studies. We validated reference intervals (RIs) of 87 analytes on a Cobas 8000 platform according to standards published by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). For 8 analytes, decision limits were provided in the package inserts. Among the 79 RIs subjected to transference validation, 8 were found not valid for transference, including lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) among women, and the following among both sexes: potassium, homocysteine, immunoglobulin E (IgE), free lambda light chain (FLC λ), C3 complement (C3c), folate, and 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25[(OH]D). For LDH, potassium, homocysteine, C3c, folate, and 25(OH)D, RIs or thresholds suitable for transference were available in the literature; however, this was not the case for IgE and FLC λ. The present study demonstrates that validation of RIs provided in the manufacturer provided package inserts is indispensable.

  1. Optical kinetic method for calibration of spectrophotometer temperature: demonstration with the Cobas-Bio analyzer.

    Armitage, E K; Miller, W G


    The pseudo-first-order rate constant for the Jaffé reaction with creatinine varies logarithmically with temperature and was calibrated in the range 25 to 37 degrees C to measure the temperature of the liquid in the lightpath of spectrophotometric instrumentation. The reagent concentrations can be adjusted to permit rate-constant measurements in time intervals from a few seconds to several minutes. The temperature increment that can be resolved is limited only by the analytical imprecision of the instrumentation used to measure the rate constant and the calibration temperature. In this investigation, a temperature SD of 0.03 degrees C could be measured. Two Cobas-Bio centrifugal analyzers, used to demonstrate the utility of this technique, were found to have temperature errors from -1.0 to -1.7 degrees C in the 30 to 37 degrees C range and overall temperature SD of 0.19 and 0.36 degree C, respectively, at 37 degrees C. Analysis of variance gave between-rotor SD of 0.14 and 0.34 degrees C and within-rotor SD of 0.13 and 0.11 degree C, respectively. We found temperature differences of 0.3 degree C between cuvets in a rotor, and gradients of 0.3 and 0.4 degree C, respectively, from the top to bottom of an individual cuvet in the two instruments.

  2. 罗氏生化多项定标液(CFAS)在 ADVIA1800自动生化仪上的应用%Roche biochemical multiple calibration solution (CFAS)used in the ADVIA 1800 automatic biochemical discussion on



    目的:规范实验室生化项目的参考范围,统一临床检验数值,为临床医师提供更准确、更一致的检验结果,方便患者治疗效果的评价。方法同步于罗氏Cobas C501自动生化仪和ADVIA1800自动生化仪上进行多项目的评价。结果1.定标与校正验证合格;2.正常质控品和异常质控品在可控范围内;3.临床常规标本比对评价没有显著性差异。结论罗氏生化多项定标液(CFAS)在ADVIA1800自动生化仪上的应用效果满意,能为医师提供准确、统一的检验结果,方便医师治疗病人及疗效观察。%Objective to standardize laboratory biochemical reference scope of the project ,unified clinical inspection number , provide clinicians with more accurate and more consistent test results ,convenient patient treatment effect evaluation .Methods the synchronous in roche Cobas C501 automatic biochemistry analyzer and multiple objective evaluation ADVIA 1800 automatic bio‐chemistry analyzer .Results 1 ,the calibration and correction verification qualified ,2 ,normal quality products and quality control within the scope of the controllable ,3 ,there is no significant difference between clinical specimens of normal ratio evaluation .Con‐clusion roche biochemical multiple scaling liquid(CFAS)in the application effect of satisfaction on ADVIA 1800 automatic biochem‐istry analyzer ,for physicians to provide accurate ,unified inspection result ,convenient for doctors treat patients and curative effect observation .

  3. An Evaluation of the Cobas4800 HPV Test on Cervico-Vaginal Specimens in Liquid versus Solid Transport Media.

    Hongxue Luo

    Full Text Available Determine the ability of the Cobas 4800 assay to detect high-risk human papillomavirus (HrHPV and high-grade cervical lesions when using cervico-vaginal samples applied to liquid medium and solid media cards compared to a direct cervical sample.Two cervico-vaginal specimens (pseudo self-collected were obtained from 319 women. One was applied to an iFTA Card (FTA then the brush placed in liquid-based medium (LSELF; the other was applied to a new solid media: POI card (POI. The clinical performance of Cobas4800 assay using the three aforementioned specimens was compared to direct collected endocervical specimens in liquid media (LDOC.The overall agreements of HrHPV detection were 84.2% (LSELF vs. LDOC, 81.0% (FTA vs. LDOC, and 82.3% (POI vs. LDOC. LSELF, FTA and POI identified 98.0%, 79.6%, and 97.5% positive cases of LDOC. Sensitivity to identify CIN2+ were 98.4% (LSELF, 73.8% (FTA, 95.1% (POI, and 93.4% (LDOC respectively. FTA had 78.1% and 90.4% agreement with the LSELF samples for all HrHPV and HPV16/18 detection respectively, while POI had 91.6% for both.Cobas4800 HPV test combined with cervico-vaginal specimens applied to both liquid media and POI solid card are accurate to detect HrHPV infection and high-grade cervical lesions as compared with direct endocervical samples in liquid media.

  4. Thermal waters as cosmeceuticals: La Roche-Posay thermal spring water example

    Seite S


    Full Text Available Sophie SeiteLa Roche-Posay Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Asnières, FranceAbstract: The curative use of thermal spring water is well known, but further investigation of its biological properties and therapeutic benefits is necessary. This present article reports all available scientific data concerning La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and provides a better understanding of the biological mechanism of action of this water in regard to its composition and physicochemical properties and its clinical benefits for patients. These data justify the use of this selenium-rich water as an active or “cosmeceutical” ingredient in topical formulations to increase quality of life and compliance in patients with chronic disease.Keywords: thermal spring water, selenium, biological properties, curative use

  5. Life near the Roche limit - Behavior of ejecta from satellites close to planets

    Dobrovolskis, A. R.; Burns, J. A.


    A study of the dynamics of nearby debris from impact craters was made to explain the distinctive features seen on Phobos, Deimis, and Amalthea. The planetary tides and satellite rotation were considered, and the usual pseudo-energy (Jacobi) integral was numerically calculated in the framework of a restricted body problem where satellites are modelled as triaxial ellipsoids rather than point masses. Iso-contours of this integral show that Deimos and Amalthea are entirely closed by Roche lobes, and the surfaces of their model ellipsoids lie nearly along equipotentials. Presently, the surface of Phobos overflows its Roche lobe, except for regions within a few km of the sub-Mars and anti-Mars points. The behavior of crater ejecta from the satellites of Mars were also examined by numerical integration of trajectories for particles leaving their surfaces in the equatorial plane.

  6. On the Use of Roche Equipotentials in Analysing the Problems of Binary and Rotating Stars

    A. Pathania; A. K. Lal; C. Mohan


    Kopal (Adv. Astron. Astrophys., 9, 1, 1972) introduced the concept of Roche equipotentials to analyse the effects of rotational and tidal distortions in case of stars in binary systems. In this approach a mathematical expression for the potential of a star in a binary system is obtained by approximating its inner structure with Roche model. This expression for the potential has been used in subsequent analysis by various authors to analyse the problems of structures and oscillations of synchronous and nonsynchronus binary stars as well as single rotating stars. Occasionally, doubts have been expressed regarding the validity of the use of this approach for analysing nonsynchronous binaries and rotationally and tidally distorted single stars. In this paper we have tried to clarify these doubts.

  7. Comparison of Cobas 6500 and Iris IQ200 fully-automated urine analyzers to manual urine microscopy.

    Bakan, Ebubekir; Ozturk, Nurinnisa; Baygutalp, Nurcan Kilic; Polat, Elif; Akpinar, Kadriye; Dorman, Emrullah; Polat, Harun; Bakan, Nuri


    Urine screening is achieved by either automated or manual microscopic analysis. The aim of the study was to compare Cobas 6500 and Iris IQ200 urine analyzers, and manual urine microscopic analysis. A total of 540 urine samples sent to the laboratory for chemical and sediment analysis were analyzed on Cobas 6500 and Iris IQ200 within 1 hour from sampling. One hundred and fifty three samples were found to have pathological sediment results and were subjected to manual microscopic analysis performed by laboratory staff blinded to the study. Spearman's and Gamma statistics were used for correlation analyses, and the McNemar test for the comparison of the two automated analyzers. The comparison of Cobas u701 to the manual method yielded the following regression equations: y = - 0.12 (95% CI: - 1.09 to 0.67) + 0.78 (95% CI: 0.65 to 0.95) x for WBC and y = 0.06 (95% CI: - 0.09 to 0.25) + 0.66 (95% CI: 0.57 to 0.73) x for RBC. The comparison of IQ200 Elite to manual method the following equations: y = 0.03 (95% CI: - 1.00 to 1.00) + 0.88 (95% CI: 0.66 to 1.00) x for WBC and y = - 0.22 (95% CI: - 0.80 to 0.20) + 0.40 (95% CI: 0.32 to 0.50) x for RBC. IQ200 Elite compared to Cobas u701 yielded the following equations: y = - 0.95 (95% CI: - 2.13 to 0.11) + 1.25 (95% CI: 1.08 to 1.44) x for WBC and y = - 1.20 (95% CI: - 1.80 to -0.30) + 0. 80 (95% CI: 0.55 to 1.00) x for RBC. The two analyzers showed similar performances and good compatibility to manual microscopy. However, they are still inadequate in the determination of WBC, RBC, and EC in highly-pathological samples. Thus, confirmation by manual microscopic analysis may be useful.

  8. From Hot Jupiters to Super-Earths via Roche Lobe Overflow

    Valsecchi, Francesca; Steffen, Jason H


    Through tidal dissipation in a slowly spinning host star the orbits of many hot Jupiters may decay down to the Roche limit. We expect that in most cases the ensuing mass transfer will be stable. Using detailed numerical calculations we find that this evolution is quite rapid, potentially leading to complete removal of the gaseous envelope in a few Gyr, and leaving behind an exposed rocky core ("hot super-Earth"). Final orbital periods are quite sensitive to the details of the planet's mass-radius relation, and to the effects of irradiation and photo-evaporation, but could be as short as a few hours, or as long as several days. Our scenario predicts the existence of planets with intermediate masses ("hot Neptunes") that should be found precisely at their Roche limit and in the process of losing mass through Roche lobe overflow. The observed excess of small single-planet candidate systems observed by Kepler may also be the result of this process. If so, the properties of their host stars should track those of t...

  9. Roche DAT immunoassay: sensitivity and specificity testing for amphetamines, cocaine, and opiates in oral fluid.

    Crooks, C Richard; Brown, Sue


    Laboratory testing of oral fluid for drugs of abuse continues to expand in the workplace, legal, treatment, and health settings. In this study, we assessed recently developed homogeneous Roche DAT screening assays for amphetamines, cocaine metabolite [benzoylecgonine (BZE)], methamphetamines, and opiates in oral fluid. Precision and accuracy were assessed using control samples at +/-25% of cutoff. Sensitivity, specificity, and agreement compared to liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) was assessed by analysis of oral fluid specimens collected from 994 subjects enrolled in a drug treatment or probation and parole drug-testing program. An additional 180 research specimens from Kroll Laboratories were analyzed for amphetamine and methamphetamine. Screening cutoff concentrations (ng/mL) were as follows: amphetamines, 40; cocaine metabolite, 3; methamphetamines, 40; and opiates, 10. LC-MS-MS analyses were performed with the following cutoff concentrations (ng/mL): amphetamine, 40; BZE, 2.0; methamphetamine, 40; and codeine or morphine, 10. The percent coefficient of variation ranged from 3.4% to 7.3%. Sensitivity and specificity of the Roche DAT assays compared to LC-MS-MS were > 94%, and agreement was > 96% for the four assays. The performance of the Roche DAT assays suggests these new homogeneous screening assays will be an attractive alternative to existing more labor-intensive enzyme immunoassays.

  10. Tidally-driven Roche-Lobe Overflow of Hot Jupiters with MESA

    Valsecchi, Francesca; Rasio, Frederic A; Marchant, Pablo; Rogers, Leslie A


    Many exoplanets have now been detected in orbits with ultra-short periods, very close to the Roche limit. Building upon our previous work, we study the possibility that mass loss through Roche lobe overflow (RLO) may affect the evolution of these planets, and could possibly transform a hot Jupiter into a lower-mass planet (hot Neptune or super-Earth). We focus here on systems in which the mass loss occurs slowly ("stable mass transfer" in the language of binary star evolution) and we compute their evolution in detail with the binary evolution code MESA. We include the effects of tides, RLO, irradiation and photo-evaporation of the planet, as well as the stellar wind and magnetic braking. Our calculations all start with a hot Jupiter close to its Roche limit, in orbit around a sun-like star. The initial orbital decay and onset of RLO are driven by tidal dissipation in the star. We confirm that such a system can indeed evolve to produce lower-mass planets in orbits of a few days. The RLO phase eventually ends a...

  11. Comparison of a highly automated 5-h susceptibility testing system, the Cobas-Bact, with two reference methods: Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion and broth microdilution.

    Murray, P R; Niles, A C; Heeren, R L


    The results of susceptibility tests performed with the Cobas-Bact system were compared with those of the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion and the broth microdilution methods. The evaluation included tests with 24 antibiotics against 250 isolates of the family Enterobacteriaceae and 13 antibiotics against 100 gram-positive cocci. Complete agreements between the Cobas-Bact and Kirby-Bauer methods were 82.8 and 84.5% for gram-positive cocci and gram-negative bacilli, respectively. Agreements between t...

  12. CLSI-based transference of the CALIPER database of pediatric reference intervals from Abbott to Beckman, Ortho, Roche and Siemens Clinical Chemistry Assays: direct validation using reference samples from the CALIPER cohort.

    Estey, Mathew P; Cohen, Ashley H; Colantonio, David A; Chan, Man Khun; Marvasti, Tina Binesh; Randell, Edward; Delvin, Edgard; Cousineau, Jocelyne; Grey, Vijaylaxmi; Greenway, Donald; Meng, Qing H; Jung, Benjamin; Bhuiyan, Jalaluddin; Seccombe, David; Adeli, Khosrow


    The CALIPER program recently established a comprehensive database of age- and sex-stratified pediatric reference intervals for 40 biochemical markers. However, this database was only directly applicable for Abbott ARCHITECT assays. We therefore sought to expand the scope of this database to biochemical assays from other major manufacturers, allowing for a much wider application of the CALIPER database. Based on CLSI C28-A3 and EP9-A2 guidelines, CALIPER reference intervals were transferred (using specific statistical criteria) to assays performed on four other commonly used clinical chemistry platforms including Beckman Coulter DxC800, Ortho Vitros 5600, Roche Cobas 6000, and Siemens Vista 1500. The resulting reference intervals were subjected to a thorough validation using 100 reference specimens (healthy community children and adolescents) from the CALIPER bio-bank, and all testing centers participated in an external quality assessment (EQA) evaluation. In general, the transferred pediatric reference intervals were similar to those established in our previous study. However, assay-specific differences in reference limits were observed for many analytes, and in some instances were considerable. The results of the EQA evaluation generally mimicked the similarities and differences in reference limits among the five manufacturers' assays. In addition, the majority of transferred reference intervals were validated through the analysis of CALIPER reference samples. This study greatly extends the utility of the CALIPER reference interval database which is now directly applicable for assays performed on five major analytical platforms in clinical use, and should permit the worldwide application of CALIPER pediatric reference intervals. Copyright © 2013 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Galaxies with Supermassive Binary Black Holes: (III) The Roche Lobes and Jiang-Yeh Lobe in a Core System

    Yeh, Li-Chin


    Three-dimensional equi-potential surfaces of a galactic system with supermassive binary black holes are discussed herein. The conditions of topological transitions for the important surfaces, i.e. Roche Lobes and Jiang-Yeh Lobe, are studied in this paper. In addition, the mathematical properties of the Jacobi surfaces are investigated analytically. Finally, a numerical procedure for determining the regions of the Roche Lobes and Jiang-Yeh Lobe is suggested.

  14. Detection of BRAF V600 mutations in melanoma: evaluation of concordance between the Cobas® 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and the methods used in French National Cancer Institute (INCa) platforms in a real-life setting.

    Mourah, Samia; Denis, Marc G; Narducci, Fabienne Escande; Solassol, Jérôme; Merlin, Jean-Louis; Sabourin, Jean-Christophe; Scoazec, Jean-Yves; Ouafik, L'Houcine; Emile, Jean-François; Heller, Remy; Souvignet, Claude; Bergougnoux, Loïc; Merlio, Jean-Philippe


    Vemurafenib is approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients with BRAF V600 mutation. In pivotal clinical trials, BRAF testing has always been done with the approved cobas 4800 BRAF test. In routine practice, several methods are available and are used according to the laboratories usual procedures. A national, multicenter, non-interventional study was conducted with prospective and consecutive collection of tumor samples. A parallel evaluation was performed in routine practice between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and home brew methods (HBMs) of 12 national laboratories, labelled and funded by the French National Cancer Institute (INCa). For 420 melanoma samples tested, the cobas method versus HBM showed a high concordance (93.3%; kappa = 0.86) in BRAF V600 genotyping with similar mutation rates (34.0% versus 35.7%, respectively). Overall, 97.4% and 98.6% of samples gave valid results using the cobas and HBM, respectively. Of the 185 samples strictly fulfilling the cobas guidelines, the concordance rate was even higher (95.7%; kappa = 0.91; 95%CI [0.85; 0.97]). Out of the 420 samples tested, 28 (6.7%) showed discordance between HBM and cobas. This prospective study shows a high concordance rate between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 test and home brew methods in the routine detection of BRAF V600E mutations.

  15. Detection of BRAF V600 mutations in melanoma: evaluation of concordance between the Cobas® 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and the methods used in French National Cancer Institute (INCa platforms in a real-life setting.

    Samia Mourah

    Full Text Available Vemurafenib is approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients with BRAF V600 mutation. In pivotal clinical trials, BRAF testing has always been done with the approved cobas 4800 BRAF test. In routine practice, several methods are available and are used according to the laboratories usual procedures. A national, multicenter, non-interventional study was conducted with prospective and consecutive collection of tumor samples. A parallel evaluation was performed in routine practice between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 mutation test and home brew methods (HBMs of 12 national laboratories, labelled and funded by the French National Cancer Institute (INCa. For 420 melanoma samples tested, the cobas method versus HBM showed a high concordance (93.3%; kappa = 0.86 in BRAF V600 genotyping with similar mutation rates (34.0% versus 35.7%, respectively. Overall, 97.4% and 98.6% of samples gave valid results using the cobas and HBM, respectively. Of the 185 samples strictly fulfilling the cobas guidelines, the concordance rate was even higher (95.7%; kappa = 0.91; 95%CI [0.85; 0.97]. Out of the 420 samples tested, 28 (6.7% showed discordance between HBM and cobas. This prospective study shows a high concordance rate between the cobas 4800 BRAF V600 test and home brew methods in the routine detection of BRAF V600E mutations.

  16. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neissefia gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N-gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

    Luijt, DS; Bos, PAJ; van Zwet, AA; Vader, PCV; Schirm, J

    A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased

  17. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

    Luijt, D.S.; Bos, P.A.; van Zwet, A.A.; Voorst-Vader, P.C.; Schirm, J.


    : A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased

  18. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neissefia gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N-gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

    Luijt, DS; Bos, PAJ; van Zwet, AA; Vader, PCV; Schirm, J


    A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased t

  19. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neissefia gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N-gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

    Luijt, DS; Bos, PAJ; van Zwet, AA; Vader, PCV; Schirm, J


    A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased t

  20. Comparison of COBAS AMPLICOR Neisseria gonorrhoeae PCR, including confirmation with N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR, with traditional culture

    Luijt, D.S.; Bos, P.A.; van Zwet, A.A.; Voorst-Vader, P.C.; Schirm, J.


    : A total of 3,023 clinical specimens were tested for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by using COBAS AMPLICOR (CA) PCR and confirmation of positives by N. gonorrhoeae-specific 16S rRNA PCR. The sensitivity of CA plus 16S rRNA PCR was 98.8%, compared to 68.2% for culture. Confirmation of CA positives increased

  1. Detection of hepatitis B virus infection: A systematic review

    Mallika; Ghosh; Srijita; Nandi; Shrinwanti; Dutta; Malay; Kumar; Saha


    AIM: To review published methods for detection of hepatitis B virus(HBV) infection.METHODS: A thorough search on Medline database was conducted to find original articles describing different methods or techniques of detection of HBV, which are published in English in last 10 years. Articles outlining methods of detection of mutants or drug resistance were excluded. Full texts and abstracts(if full text not available) were reviewed thoroughly. Manual search of references of retrieved articles were also done. We extracted data on different samples and techniques of detection of HBV, their sensitivity(Sn), specificity(Sp) and applicability.RESULTS: A total of 72 studies were reviewed. HBV was detected from dried blood/plasma spots, hepatocytes, ovarian tissue, cerumen, saliva, parotid tissue, renal tissue, oocytes and embryos, cholangiocarcinoma tissue, etc. Sensitivity of dried blood spot for detecting HBV was > 90% in all the studies. In case of seronegative patients, HBV DNA or serological markers have been detected from hepatocytes or renal tissue in many instances. Enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and Chemiluminescent immunoassay(CLIA) are most commonly used serological tests for detection. CLIA systems are also used for quantitation. Molecular techniques are used qualitatively as well as for quantitative detection. Among the molecular techniques version 2.0 of the Cobas Ampliprep/Cobas Taq Man assay and Abbott’s real time polymerase chain reaction kit were found to be most sensitive with a lower detection limit of only 6.25 IU/m L and 1.48 IU/m L respectively. CONCLUSION: Serological and molecular assays are predominant and reliable methods for HBV detection. Automated systems are highly sensitive and quantify HBV DNA and serological markers for monitoring.

  2. Discordant rapid HIV tests: lessons from a low-resource community.

    Adetunji, A A; Kuti, M A; Audu, R A; Muyibi, S A; Imhansoloeva, M; Mosuro, O A; Solanke, E A; Akpa, O M; Irabor, A E; Ladipo, Mma; Berzins, B; Robertson, K; Ogunniyi, A; Adewole, I F; Taiwo, B O


    HIV rapid antibody tests are widely used in Africa, but dual testing sometimes produces discordant results. It is not clear if discordant rapid HIV tests should always heighten suspicion by frontline health workers that early HIV infection is present. Some studies have reported that discordant rapid tests have value for identifying early HIV infection in high HIV prevalence populations. It is not known if rapid test performance influenced this conclusion, or if this observation will hold true for low HIV prevalence populations. We therefore explored the occurrence of discordant rapid HIV tests in a low-resource community. A cross-sectional sample of HIV status-unaware adults with recent exposure to unsafe sex was assessed using a validated risk-based tool (University of North Carolina (UNC)-Malawi Risk Screening Score) for acute HIV infection. Participants received rapid testing with Determine™ HIV 1/2 and Uni-Gold™ HIV assays, plus plasma HIV-1 antigen testing with the COBAS(®) Ampliprep/COBAS(®) Taqman(®) HIV-1 assay, followed by western blot in those with detected HIV-1 antigen. Of 408 participants, 1.0% were confirmed to have established HIV infection. The discordance between rapid tests at initial screening was 2.45 and 2.94% when the two assays were used sequentially and simultaneously, respectively. Discordant rapid tests were strongly associated with risk scores > 2 [odds ratio (OR) 10.88; 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.35-50.43], and with detected HIV-1 RNA (OR 26.06; 95% CI 3.91-173.60). When the sample occurrence of discordance between the first and second tests is below 5%, discordant rapid tests in an adult with sexual risk behaviour should trigger strong suspicion of early HIV infection in low HIV prevalence populations. © 2017 British HIV Association.

  3. Clinical performances of two real-time PCR assays and bDNA/TMA to early monitor treatment outcome in patients with chronic hepatitis C.

    Martinot-Peignoux, Michelle; Khiri, Hacène; Leclere, Laurence; Maylin, Sarah; Marcellin, Patrick; Halfon, Philippe


    Early viral monitoring is essential for the management of treatment outcome in patients with chronic hepatitis C. A variety of commercially available assays are now available to quantify HCV-RNA in routine clinical practice. Compare the clinical results of 3 commercially available assays to evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) and the negative predictive value (NPV) of rapid virological response (RVR) at week 4 and early virological response (EVR) at week 12. 287 patients treated with standard care regimen combination therapy were studied. HCV-RNA values measured at baseline, week 4, week 12 with VERSANT HCV 3.0 Assay (bDNA), and VERSANT HCV-RNA Qualitative Assay (TMA) (bDNA/TMA); COBAS Ampliprep/COBAS/TaqMan (CAP/CTM) and Abbott m2000sp extraction/m2000rt amplification system (ART). RVR was defined as undetectable serum HCV-RNA and EVR as a > OR =2 log decline in baseline viral load (BLV). Median (range) BVLs were: 5.585(2.585-6.816), 5.189(2.792-7.747) and 4.804(2.380-6.580) log(10)IU/ml, with bDNA/TMA, CAP/CTM and ART, respectively (pTMA, CAP/CTM and ART, respectively (p=0.317). EVR was observed in 76%, 73% and 67% of the patients and NPVs were 93%, 83% and 79% with bDNA/TMA, CAP/CTM and ART, respectively (p=0.09). Treatment monitoring should include both detection of serum HCV-RNA at week 4 to predict SVR and at week 12 to predict non-SVR. The value of all 3 assays was similar for evaluating RVR or EVR. Because of viral load discrepancies the same assay should be used throughout patient treatment follow-up.

  4. Tidally-driven Roche-lobe Overflow of Hot Jupiters with MESA

    Valsecchi, Francesca; Rappaport, Saul; Rasio, Frederic A.; Marchant, Pablo; Rogers, Leslie A.


    Many exoplanets have now been detected in orbits with ultra-short periods very close to the Roche limit. Building upon our previous work, we study the possibility that mass loss through Roche lobe overflow (RLO) may affect the evolution of these planets, and could possibly transform a hot Jupiter into a lower-mass planet (hot Neptune or super-Earth). We focus here on systems in which the mass loss occurs slowly (“stable mass transfer” in the language of binary star evolution) and we compute their evolution in detail with the binary evolution code Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics. We include the effects of tides, RLO, irradiation, and photo-evaporation (PE) of the planet, as well as the stellar wind and magnetic braking. Our calculations all start with a hot Jupiter close to its Roche limit, in orbit around a Sun-like star. The initial orbital decay and onset of RLO are driven by tidal dissipation in the star. We confirm that such a system can indeed evolve to produce lower-mass planets in orbits of a few days. The RLO phase eventually ends and, depending on the details of the mass transfer and on the planetary core mass, the orbital period can remain around a few days for several Gyr. The remnant planets have rocky cores and some amount of envelope material, which is slowly removed via PE at a nearly constant orbital period; these have properties resembling many of the observed super-Earths and sub-Neptunes. For these remnant planets, we also predict an anti-correlation between mass and orbital period; very low-mass planets (Mpl ≲ 5 M⊕) in ultra-short periods (Porb < 1 day) cannot be produced through this type of evolution.


    Valsecchi, Francesca; Rasio, Frederic A. [Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), and Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States); Rappaport, Saul [Department of Physics, and Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Marchant, Pablo [Argelander-Institut für Astronomie, Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hgel 71, D-53121 Bonn (Germany); Rogers, Leslie A., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Astronomy and Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)


    Many exoplanets have now been detected in orbits with ultra-short periods very close to the Roche limit. Building upon our previous work, we study the possibility that mass loss through Roche lobe overflow (RLO) may affect the evolution of these planets, and could possibly transform a hot Jupiter into a lower-mass planet (hot Neptune or super-Earth). We focus here on systems in which the mass loss occurs slowly (“stable mass transfer” in the language of binary star evolution) and we compute their evolution in detail with the binary evolution code Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics. We include the effects of tides, RLO, irradiation, and photo-evaporation (PE) of the planet, as well as the stellar wind and magnetic braking. Our calculations all start with a hot Jupiter close to its Roche limit, in orbit around a Sun-like star. The initial orbital decay and onset of RLO are driven by tidal dissipation in the star. We confirm that such a system can indeed evolve to produce lower-mass planets in orbits of a few days. The RLO phase eventually ends and, depending on the details of the mass transfer and on the planetary core mass, the orbital period can remain around a few days for several Gyr. The remnant planets have rocky cores and some amount of envelope material, which is slowly removed via PE at a nearly constant orbital period; these have properties resembling many of the observed super-Earths and sub-Neptunes. For these remnant planets, we also predict an anti-correlation between mass and orbital period; very low-mass planets (M{sub pl} ≲ 5 M{sub ⊕}) in ultra-short periods (P{sub orb} < 1 day) cannot be produced through this type of evolution.

  6. Exo-Mercury Analogues and the Roche Limit for Close-Orbiting Rocky Planets

    Rogers, Leslie A.; Price, Ellen


    The origin of Mercury's enhanced iron content is a matter of ongoing debate. The characterization of rocky exoplanets promises to provide new independent insights on this topic, by constraining the occurrence rate and physical and orbital properties of iron-enhanced planets orbiting distant stars. The ultra-short-period transiting planet candidate KOI-1843.03 (0.6 Earth-radius, 4.245 hour orbital period, 0.46 Solar-mass host star) represents the first exo-Mercury planet candidate ever identified. For KOI-1843.03 to have avoided tidal disruption on such a short orbit, Rappaport et al. (2013) estimate that it must have a mean density of at least 7g/cc and be at least as iron rich as Mercury. This density lower-limit, however, relies upon interpolating the Roche limits of single-component polytrope models, which do not accurately capture the density profiles of >1000 km differentiated rocky bodies. A more exact calculation of the Roche limit for the case of rocky planets of arbitrary composition and central concentration is needed. We present 3D interior structure simulations of ultra-short-period tidally distorted rocky exoplanets, calculated using a modified version of Hachisu’s self-consistent field method and realistic equations of state for silicates and iron. We derive the Roche limits of rocky planets as a function of mass and composition, and refine the composition constraints on KOI-1843.03. We conclude by discussing the implications of our simulations for the eventual characterization of short-period transiting planets discovered by K2, TESS, CHEOPS and PLATO.

  7. Teorema de Riemann-Roch, morfismos de Frobenius e a hipótese de Riemann


    The aim of this work is to estimate a bound for the number of rational points of a curve. Observing the various similarities between the ring of integers and the ring of polynomials in one variable, we use tools from number theory to solve a problem of algebraic geometry. From this merger is born one of the noblest areas of mathematics: arithmetic geometry. Making use of the famous Riemann-Roch's theorem and tools of number theory we demonstrate the Riemann hypothesis for the zeta-function of...

  8. Self-sustained strong mass transfer without Roche lobe overflow - Cygnus X-3

    Tavani, Marco; Ruderman, Malvin; Shaham, Jacob


    It is proposed that the binary evolution of Cyg X-3 is driven by a self-excited wind from a solar composition companion star sustained by radiation from a neutron star primary. Observations would then imply that the companion is a white dwarf underfilling its Roche lobe, with mass between 0.01 and 0.03 solar masses. Cyg X-3 could then be in the late stage of very low mass X-ray binary evolution expected to result in a millisecond pulsar binary similar to the eclipsing system PSR 1957 + 20.

  9. Performance of the NG OligoGen kit for the diagnosis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae: comparison with cobas 4800 assay.

    Parra-Sánchez, M; García-Rey, S; Marcuello, A; Zakariya-Yousef, I; Bernal, S; Pueyo, I; Martín-Mazuelos, E; Palomares, J C


    PCR assays are nowadays between the most sensitive and reliable methods for screening and diagnosing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The aim of this study was to analyze the reliability, accuracy, and usefulness of the new NG OligoGen kit in comparison with the cobas 4800 assay for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in clinical samples. A prospective study was designed for detection of N. gonorrhoeae including urine samples (n=152), rectal (n=80), endocervical (n=67), pharyngeal (n=41), and urethral swabs (n=5) that were sent from a regional STI clinic in Seville, Spain. Samples were collected from 255 (73.9%) men and 90 women. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predicative values, and kappa value for N. gonorrhoeae detection using the NG OligoGen kit were 99.6%, 100%, 100%, 99.1%, and 0.99, respectively. Statistical data obtained in this study confirm the usefulness and reliable results of this new assay.

  10. Wind Roche-lobe overflow: Application to carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars

    Abate, C; Izzard, R G; Mohamed, S S; de Mink, S E


    Carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars (CEMP) are observed as a substantial fraction of the very metal-poor stars in the Galactic halo. Most CEMP stars are also enriched in s-process elements and these are often found in binary systems. This suggests that the carbon enrichment is due to mass transfer in the past from an asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star on to a low-mass companion. Models of binary population synthesis are not able to reproduce the observed fraction of CEMP stars without invoking non-standard nucleosynthesis or a substantial change in the initial mass function. This is interpreted as evidence of missing physical ingredients in the models. Recent hydrodynamical simulations show that efficient wind mass transfer is possible in the case of the slow and dense winds typical of AGB stars through a mechanism called wind Roche-lobe overflow (WRLOF), which lies in between the canonical Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton (BHL) accretion and Roche-lobe overflow. WRLOF has an effect on the accretion efficiency of mass tran...

  11. iAssembler: a package for de novo assembly of Roche-454/Sanger transcriptome sequences

    Zheng Yi


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs have played significant roles in gene discovery and gene functional analysis, especially for non-model organisms. For organisms with no full genome sequences available, ESTs are normally assembled into longer consensus sequences for further downstream analysis. However current de novo EST assembly programs often generate large number of assembly errors that will negatively affect the downstream analysis. In order to generate more accurate consensus sequences from ESTs, tools are needed to reduce or eliminate errors from de novo assemblies. Results We present iAssembler, a pipeline that can assemble large-scale ESTs into consensus sequences with significantly higher accuracy than current existing assemblers. iAssembler employs MIRA and CAP3 assemblers to generate initial assemblies, followed by identifying and correcting two common types of transcriptome assembly errors: 1 ESTs from different transcripts (mainly alternatively spliced transcripts or paralogs are incorrectly assembled into same contigs; and 2 ESTs from same transcripts fail to be assembled together. iAssembler can be used to assemble ESTs generated using the traditional Sanger method and/or the Roche-454 massive parallel pyrosequencing technology. Conclusion We compared performances of iAssembler and several other de novo EST assembly programs using both Roche-454 and Sanger EST datasets. It demonstrated that iAssembler generated significantly more accurate consensus sequences than other assembly programs.

  12. A New Model of Roche Lobe Overflow for Short-period Gaseous Planets and Binary Stars

    Jackson, Brian; Arras, Phil; Penev, Kaloyan; Peacock, Sarah; Marchant, Pablo


    Some close-in gaseous exoplanets are nearly in Roche lobe contact, and previous studies show that tidal decay can drive hot Jupiters into contact during the main sequence of their host stars. Improving on a previous model, we present a revised model for mass transfer in a semidetached binary system that incorporates an extended atmosphere around the donor and allows for an arbitrary mass ratio. We apply this new formalism to hypothetical, confirmed, and candidate planetary systems to estimate mass-loss rates and compare with models of evaporative mass loss. Overflow may be significant for hot Neptunes out to periods of ∼2 days, while for hot Jupiters, it may only be important inward of 0.5 days. We find that CoRoT-24 b may be losing mass at a rate of more than an Earth mass in a gigayear. The hot Jupiter WASP-12 b may lose an Earth mass in a megayear, while the putative planet PTFO8-8695 orbiting a T Tauri star might shed its atmosphere in a few megayears. We point out that the orbital expansion that can accompany mass transfer may be less effective than previously considered because the gas accreted by the host star removes some of the angular momentum from the orbit, but simple scaling arguments suggest that the Roche lobe overflow might remain stable. Consequently, the recently discovered small planets in ultrashort periods (model presented here has been incorporated into Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA).

  13. Comparison of real-time polymerase chain reaction with the COBAS Amplicor test for quantitation of hepatitis B virus DNA in serum samples

    Ming Shi; Yong Zhang; Ying-Hua Zhu; Jing Zhang; Wei-Jia Xu


    AIM: To compare the clinical performance of a real-time PCR assay with the COBAS Amplicor Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Monitor test for quantitation of HBV DNA in serum samples. METHODS: The reference sera of the Chinese National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products and the National Center for Clinical Laboratories of China, and 158 clinical serum samples were used in this study. The linearity, accuracy, reproducibility, assay time, and costs of the real-time PCR were evaluated and compared with those of the Cobas Amplicor test. RESULTS: The intra-assay and inter-assay variations of the real-time PCR ranged from 0.3% to 3.8% and 1.4% to 8.1%, respectively. The HBV DNA levels measured by the real-time PCR correlated very well with those obtained with the COBAS Amplicor test (r = 0.948). The real-time PCR HBV DNA kit was much cheaper and had a wider dynamic range. CONCLUSION: The real-time PCR assay is an excellent tool for monitoring of HBV DNA levels in patients with chronic hepatitis B.

  14. Racialized Spaces in Teacher Discourse: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Place-Based Identities in Roche Bois, Mauritius

    Wiehe, Elsa M.


    This eleven-month ethnographic study puts critical discourse analysis in dialogue with postmodern conceptualizations of space and place to explore how eight educators talk about space and in the process, produce racialized spaces in Roche Bois, Mauritius. The macro-historical context of racialization of this urban marginalized community informs…

  15. Loyalty rebates after intel : Time for the European Court of Justice to overrule Hoffman-La Roche

    Geradin, Damien

    In June 2014, the GCEU confirmed the Decision of the European Commission that condemned Intel for breaching Article 102 TFEU by adopting exclusive rebates and “naked restrictions.” This judgment, in which the GCEU considered that in line with Hoffman-La Roche loyalty rebates should be quasi-per se

  16. Comparison of the Analytical Performance Between cobas EGFR Assay and PCR-Clamp Method in the Detection of EGFR Mutations in Japanese Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients.

    Ai, Tomohiko; Yuri, Maiko; Tabe, Yoko; Kakimoto, Atsushi; Morishita, Soji; Tsuchiya, Koji; Takamochi, Kazuya; Kodama, Yuzo; Takahashi, Fumiyuki; Shigeki, Misawa; Horii, Takashi; Suzuki, Kenji; Takahashi, Kazuhisa; Miida, Takashi; Ohsaka, Akimichi


    EGFR, a tyrosine-kinase, plays an important role in the progression of lung cancer. Since genetic abnormality of EGFR alters the effects of tyrosine-kinase inhibitors targeting EGFR, molecular analyses of EGFR have recently gained more attention in the treatment of lung cancer. However, several different techniques are available and which method is superior has not been determined. In this study, we compared two recently developed PCR-based techniques, PCR-clamp method and cobas EGFR assay. Ninety-four surgical samples and 58 biopsy samples from patients suffering from non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) were included in the study. Samples with positive and negative genetic abnormalities, 66 and 28 respectively, were chosen for PCR-Clamp methods. Those same samples were reanalyzed with cobas EGFR assay. The concordance between PCR-Clamp and cobas EGFR methods was 95.7%. PCR-Clamp failed to detect four mutations that were detected with cobas EGFR assay. These two methods were further tested by analyzing 58 random biopsy samples. The concordance for the biopsy samples was 93.1%, and PCR-Clamp, again, failed to detect three mutations that were detected with cobas EGFR assay. Our results showed both methods detected most of the known EGFR mutations and the concordance was similar to those previously reported in different ethnicities. However, in our study, PCR-Clamp method failed to detect a total of seven mutations that were detected with cobas EGFR assay. Thus, we concluded that cobas EGFR assay is an easier and more accurate screening assay than PCR-Clamp method in detecting EGFR genetic abnormalities.

  17. A clinical evaluation of the Cobas Fara clinical chemistry analyzer for some routine serum enzymes and glucose.

    Moses, G C; Lightle, G O; Tuckerman, J F; Henderson, A R


    The authors evaluated the Cobas FARA centrifugal analyzer with respect to pipetting precision and accuracy, instrument temperature, spectrophotometric response, and analytic performance for the assay of five serum enzymes and glucose. Spectrophotometric response, temperature response, pipetting precision, and accuracy were satisfactory. However, sufficient time must be allowed for cuvet contents to reach a stable temperature before measurements are made. Total day-to-day imprecision (within plus between run) was less than 5% (coefficient of variation) for aspartate and alanine aminotransferases (AST; Enzyme Commission classification number [EC] EC; and ALT; EC; alkaline phosphatase (AP; EC; gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT; EC; lactate dehydrogenase (LD; EC; creatine kinase (CK; EC; and glucose assays. Results compare well with those obtained with other current clinical chemistry analyzers; correlation coefficients were greater than 0.993. Sample-to-sample carryover was negligible, and method linearity was satisfactory for all tests.

  18. Roche tomography of cataclysmic variables - VI. Differential rotation of AE Aqr - Not tidally locked!

    Hill, Colin; Shahbaz, Tariq; Steeghs, Danny; Dhillon, Vik


    We present Roche tomograms of the K4V secondary star in the cataclysmic variable AE Aqr, reconstructed from two datasets taken 9 days apart, and measure the differential rotation of the stellar surface. The tomograms show many large, cool starspots, including a large high-latitude spot and a prominent appendage down the trailing hemisphere. We find two distinct bands of spots around 22$^{\\circ}$ and 43$^{\\circ}$ latitude, and estimate a spot coverage of 15.4-17% on the northern hemisphere. Assuming a solar-like differential rotation law, the differential rotation of AE Aqr was measured using two different techniques. The first method yields an equator-pole lap time of 269 d and the second yields a lap time of 262 d. This shows the star is not fully tidally locked, as was previously assumed for CVs, but has a co-rotation latitude of $\\sim 40^{\\circ}$. We discuss the implications that these observations have on stellar dynamo theory, as well as the impact that spot traversal across the first Lagrangian point ma...

  19. Roche tomography of cataclysmic variables - VII. The long-term magnetic activity of AE Aqr

    Hill, C A; Steeghs, D; Dhillon, V S; Shahbaz, T


    We present a long-term study of the secondary star in the cataclysmic variable AE~Aqr, using Roche tomography to indirectly image starspots on the stellar surface spanning 8~years of observations. The 7 maps show an abundance of spot features at both high and low latitudes. We find that all maps have at least one large high-latitude spot region, and we discuss its complex evolution between maps, as well as its compatibility with current dynamo theories. Furthermore, we see the apparent growth in fractional spot coverage, $f_{\\mathrm{s}}$, around $45^{\\circ}$~latitude over the duration of observations, with a persistently high $f_{\\mathrm{s}}$ near latitudes of $20^{\\circ}$. These bands of spots may form as part of a magnetic activity cycle, with magnetic flux tubes emerging at different latitudes, similar to the `butterfly' diagram for the Sun. We discuss the nature of flux tube emergence in close binaries, as well as the activity of AE~Aqr in the context of other stars.

  20. The evolution of triples with a Roche-lobe filling outer star

    de Vries, Nathan; Figueira, Joana


    The evolution of triples has not attracted much attention in the literature, although their evolution can be dramatically different from binaries and single stars. Triples are quite common, and we find that for about 1% of the triples in the Tokovinin catalogue of multiple stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood, the tertiary star will overflow its Roche lobe at some time in its evolution, before any of the inner stars leave the main sequence. For two of these systems, Xi Tauri and HD97131 we simulate in detail this phase of mass transfer, during which stellar evolution, gravitational dynamics and hydrodynamics all play an important role. We have used the Astrophysical Multi-purpose Software Environment (AMUSE) to solve these physical processes in a self-consistent way. The resulting evolution, mass transfer and the effects on the inner as well as on the outer orbit are profound, although it is not trivial to predict the eventual consequence of the phase of mass transfer and the appearance of the resulting...

  1. Evaluation of the Roche CoaguChek XS handheld coagulation analyzer in a cardiac outpatient clinic.

    Nam, Myung-Hyun; Roh, Kyoung Ho; Pak, Hui-Nam; Lee, Chang Kyu; Kim, Young-Hoon; Lee, Kap No; Cho, Yunjung


    This study evaluated the performance of a handheld coagulation analyzer for measurements of capillary blood specimens of 93 outpatient cardiology patients with atrial fibrillation who were receiving oral anti-coagulant therapy. The international normalized ratio (INR) results of the CoaguChek XS system (Roche Diagnostics) were compared with those obtained in the central laboratory with citrated venous blood specimens using the ACL9000 coagulation analyzer (Instrumentation Laboratory). The INR results for prothrombin time by the CoaguChek XS analyzer were closely correlated with the central laboratory's results in the INR range of 0.96 approximately 8.53 (r = 0.964). A statistically significant difference was noted between 2 lots of test strips, but the difference was miniscule (mean +/- 95% confidence interval: 0.04+/-0.02). The CV of 8 replicate assays with the CoaguChek XS for a blood specimen with high INR value (INR=3.9) was 1.4%; for a blood specimen with medium INR value (INR=1.3), the CV of 8 replicate assays was XS analyzer is precise and reliable for assessment of INR results at clinically significant ranges in cardiac outpatients.

  2. Structures in the D ring and Roche division tied to asymmetries in Saturn's magnetosphere

    Chancia, Robert O.; Hedman, Matthew M.; Carter, Brian


    Saturn's dusty rings contain multiple patterns that appear to be rotating around the planet at about the same rate as Saturn itself, and so are probably generated by resonances with asymmetries in the planet's gravitational or magnetic fields. These structures are found in the D ring (which lies interior to the main rings) and in the Roche Division (which is located just outside the main rings, between the A and F rings). In 2007 the strongest patterns in both of these regions appeared to track magnetospheric anomalies associated with the Saturn Kilometric Radiation (SKR). This implied that these rings were responding to structures in the planet's magnetosphere, which is not unreasonable since the particles in both these ring regions are very small and therefore sensitive to non-gravitational forces. Over the last few years, the frequencies of the SKR and related magnetospheric asymmetries have shifted, and we have observed some changes in the ring patterns that might be connected with these shifts. However, there are also patterns in these rings that appear to have more stable rotation rates and so could reflect more persistent asymmetries in Saturn's magnetosphere. These patterns can therefore provide novel insights into the structure and evolution of Saturn's magnetosphere.

  3. The N(o)ther and Riemann-Roch type theorems for piecewise algebraic curve

    Yi-sheng LAI; Ren-hong WANG


    A piecewise algebraic curve is a curve determined by the zero set of a bivariate spline function. In this paper, the N(o)ther type theorems for Cμ piecewise algebraic curves are obtained.The theory of the linear series of sets of places on the piecewise algebraic curve is also established.In this theory, singular cycles are put into the linear series, and a complete series of the piecewise algebraic curves consists of all effective ordinary cycles in an equivalence class and all effective singular cycles which are equivalent specifically to any effective ordinary cycle in the equivalence class. This theory is a generalization of that of linear series of the algebraic curve. With this theory and the fundamental theory of multivariate splines on smoothing cofactors and global conformality conditions,and the results on the general expression of multivariate splines, we get a formula on the index, the order and the dimension of a complete series of the irreducible Cμ piecewise algebraic curves and the degree, the genus and the smoothness of the curves, hence the Riemann-Roch type theorem of the Cμpiecewise algebraic curve is established.

  4. The Nother and Riemann-Roch type theorems for piecewise algebraic curve


    A piecewise algebraic curve is a curve determined by the zero set of a bivariate spline function. In this paper, the Nother type theorems for Cμpiecewise algebraic curves are obtained. The theory of the linear series of sets of places on the piecewise algebraic curve is also established. In this theory, singular cycles are put into the linear series, and a complete series of the piecewise algebraic curves consists of all effective ordinary cycles in an equivalence class and all effective singular cycles which are equivalent specifically to any effective ordinary cycle in the equivalence class. This theory is a generalization of that of linear series of the algebraic curve. With this theory and the fundamental theory of multivariate splines on smoothing cofactors and global conformality conditions, and the results on the general expression of multivariate splines, we get a formula on the index, the order and the dimension of a complete series of the irreducible Cμpiecewise algebraic curves and the degree, the genus and the smoothness of the curves, hence the Riemann-Roch type theorem of the Cμpiecewise algebraic curve is established.

  5. El concepto de límite en el B-Mu de François Roche

    Eugenio Pandolfini


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    Algunos proyectos, como el Dusty relief/B‐mu (2002 de François Roche demuestran como edificios complejos, que toman distancia desde los modelos mecanicistas para referirse a nuevos paradigmas, se pueden interpretar y comprenderse  mejor gracias a un análisis perceptivo que acerca el proyecto de arquitectura a cuestiones como la relación psicológica del hombre con la arquitectura, el miedo al espacio, y las  patologías  vinculadas a la percepción y a las neurosis modernas.
    En este caso, aparte de las repercusiones que la fachada de  polvo podría tener en el ámbito de la ecología urbana, es interesante analizar algunos aspectos ligados a la dicotomía  entre forma externa y volúmenes internos para la que François Roche cita como referencia el raumplan de Adolf Loos, pero que presenta motivos para una reflexión vinculada a los aspectos  perceptivos.
    El artículo trata de analizar como François Roche proyecta sus edificios extremando la dicotomía entre interior/visual y  exterior/táctil, desarrollando así una nueva relación con el lugar. Roche diseña la fachada exterior del B‐mu autoimponiéndose  una limitación del sentido de la vista, a favor de una dimensión háptica del proyecto y lo hace envolviendo los ámbitos arquitectónicos más familiares de una interfaz abstracta y táctil.

    Palabras clave

    edificio, percepción, entorno, envolvente, límite


    Some projects such as Dusty relief/B‐mu (2002 by François  Roche demonstrate how complex buildings, which distance themselves from the mechanicist models in order to refer  themselves to new paradigms, can be better understood and interpreted thanks to a perceptive analysis.
    This analysis brings the architectural project closer to matters  such as man’s psychological relationship to Architecture, the fear of space

  6. Polyphony and counterpoint: Mechanisms of seduction in the diaries of Helen Hessel and Henri Pierre Roché

    Catherine du Toit


    Full Text Available Henri Pierre Roché (1879–1959, the author of Jules et Jim, has been called a general introducer, an exemplary amateur, a collector of women and art and one of the most prolific diarists and active lovers in recorded history. Author of a collection of vignettes about Don Juan, Roché was fascinated with the figure of the seducer and in his twenties planned to devote his life to the creation of a body of work which would examine moral, intellectual, social and sexual relations between women and men. To this end, he would transform his life into a laboratory where real-life experiences would become the main source of reference. Roché’s diary spans sixty years and abounds in tales of seduction. However, the most intense and captivating intrigue of seduction and betrayal in his diary, is his relationship with Helen Hessel. At the start of their affair, Roché suggested that she too should keep a diary of the maelstrom of passion into which they were plunged. Written in French, German and English, Helen Hessel’s diary captures the drama of seduction and functions on several levels: realistic, visionary, absorbed in her thoughts and emotions and yet critical of herself and others. A juxtaposed reading of the two diaries generates a fascinatingly dense texture, revealing the mechanisms of seduction at play. The counterpoint created by these two interdependent voices becomes ever more complex as one becomes aware of the intertextual references that contribute to the emerging polyphony of recorded life and love.Polifonie en kontrapunt: Meganismes van verleiding in die dagboeke van Helen Hessel en Henri Pierre Roché. Henri Pierre Roché (1879–1959, outeur van Jules et Jim, word beskryf as ‘n sosiale koppelaar, ‘n model-liefhebber van alles en nog wat, ‘n versamelaar van vroue en kuns en een van die mees produktiewe dagboekskrywers en aktiewe minnaars in die opgetekende geskiedenis. Roché het ‘n reeks sketse oor Don Juan gepubliseer en

  7. The Quasi-Roche lobe overflow state in the evolution of Close Binary Systems containing a radio pulsar

    Benvenuto, O G; Horvath, J E


    We study the evolution of close binary systems formed by a normal (solar composition), intermediate mass donor star together with a neutron star. We consider models including irradiation feedback and evaporation. These non-standard ingredients deeply modify the mass transfer stages of these binaries. While models that neglect irradiation feedback undergo continuous, long standing mass transfer episodes, models including these effect suffer a number cycles of mass transfer and detachment. During mass transfer the systems should reveal themselves as low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs), whereas when detached they behave as a binary radio pulsars. We show that at these stages irradiated models are in a Roche lobe overflow (RLOF) state or in a quasi-RLOF state. Quasi-RLOF stars have a radius slightly smaller than its Roche lobe. Remarkably, these conditions are attained for orbital period and donor mass values in the range corresponding to a family of binary radio pulsars known as "redbacks". Thus, redback companions ...




    The author presents an extension of the Atiyah-Patodi-Singer invariant for unitary representations [2, 3] to the non-unitary case, as well as to the case where the base manifold admits certain finer structures. In particular, when the base manifold has a fibration structure, a Riemann-Roch theorem for these invariants is established by computing the adiabatic limits of the associated η-invariants.

  9. QTrim : a novel tool for the quality trimming of sequence reads generated using the Roche/454 sequencing platform

    Shrestha, Ram; Lubinsky, Baruch; Bansode, Vijay B; Moinz, Mónica B. J.; McCormack, Grace P.; Travers, Simon A


    Background\\ud Many high throughput sequencing (HTS) approaches, such as the Roche/454 platform, produce sequences in which the quality of the sequence (as measured by a Phred-like quality scores) decreases linearly across a sequence read. Undertaking quality trimming of this data is essential to enable confidence in the results of subsequent downstream analysis. Here, we have developed a novel, highly sensitive and accurate approach (QTrim) for the quality trimming of sequence reads generated...

  10. Elevated ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS in nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®, Roche: overview

    Jones Judith K


    Full Text Available Abstract Roche's protease inhibitor nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept® produced between March 2007-June 2007 was found to contain elevated levels of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS, a known mutagen (alkylator – leading to a global recall of the drug. EMS levels in a daily dose (2,500 mg Viracept/day were predicted not to exceed a dose of ~2.75 mg/day (~0.055 mg/kg/day based on 50 kg patient. As existing toxicology data on EMS did not permit an adequate patient risk assessment, a comprehensive animal toxicology evaluation of EMS was conducted. General toxicity of EMS was investigated in rats over 28 days. Two studies for DNA damage were performed in mice; chromosomal damage was assessed using a micronucleus assay and gene mutations were detected using the MutaMouse transgenic model. In addition, experiments designed to extrapolate animal exposure to humans were undertaken. A general toxicity study showed that the toxicity of EMS occurred only at doses ≥ 60 mg/kg/day, which is far above that received by patients. Studies for chromosomal damage and mutations in mice demonstrated a clear threshold effect with EMS at 25 mg/kg/day, under chronic dosing conditions. Exposure analysis (Cmax demonstrated that ~370-fold higher levels of EMS than that ingested by patients, are needed to saturate known, highly conserved, error-free, mammalian DNA repair mechanisms for alkylation. In summary, animal studies suggested that patients who took nelfinavir mesylate with elevated levels of EMS are at no increased risk for carcinogenicity or teratogenicity over their background risk, since mutations are prerequisites for such downstream events. These findings are potentially relevant to >40 marketed drugs that are mesylate salts.

  11. Some physiological changes in Waldsteinia trifolia (Roch. leaves in different months of the year

    Renata Wojciechowska


    Full Text Available The study concerned an evergreen herbal plant Waldsteinia trifolia Roch. This species can be found more and more often in garden plantings in Poland. The aim of the study was to estimate the content of photosynthetic pigments, anthocyanins and dry matter as well as the permeability of cytoplasmatic membranes of Waldsteinia leaves. Plants grew in an ornamental plant collection at the premises of the Faculty of Horticulture of the Agricultural University in Kraków. The study was conducted in 2006 and 2007 in the following months: March, May, June, September, October and November. The permeability of cytoplasmatic membranes was estimated based on electrolyte leakage from leaf discs at 20°C in relation to total electrolytes in the tissue after unfreezing. The first days with temperature drops down to around 0°C in autumn resulted in a decrease in chlorophyll a, b and carotenoid content, but significantly increased anthocyanin content. The ratio of chlorophyll a to b and the ratio of total chlorophylls to carotenoids did not change in particular months. In both years of study, similar changes in dry matter content of the Waldsteinia leaves were observed. Dry matter content significantly increased in June and November and decreased in May and October. In June and in autumn, after first slight frosts, an increase of electrolyte leakage from the leaf discs was observed. However, high dry matter content (40.3% was accompanied by lower permeability of the cytoplasmatic membranes of the leaves after winter during March. These results have shown good adaptation of Waldsteinia trifolia plants to the climatic conditions in Poland.

  12. High-throughput sequencing of core STR loci for forensic genetic investigations using the Roche Genome Sequencer FLX platform

    Fordyce, Sarah L; Avila-Arcos, Maria C; Rockenbauer, Eszter;


    The analysis and profiling of short tandem repeat (STR) loci is routinely used in forensic genetics. Current methods to investigate STR loci, including PCR-based standard fragment analyses and capillary electrophoresis, only provide amplicon lengths that are used to estimate the number of STR...... repeat units. These methods do not allow for the full resolution of STR base composition that sequencing approaches could provide. Here we present an STR profiling method based on the use of the Roche Genome Sequencer (GS) FLX to simultaneously sequence multiple core STR loci. Using this method...

  13. CCD Photometry and Roche Modeling of the Eclipsing Overcontact Binary Star System TYC 01963-0488-1

    Alton, K. B.


    TYC 01963-0488-1 (ASAS J094440+2632.1) is a W UMa binary system (P=0.427036 d) which has been largely overlooked since first being detected nearly 15 years ago by the ROTSE-I telescope. Other than the monochromatic ROTSE-I survey data, no multi-colored light curves (LC) have been published. Photometric data collected in three bandpasses (B, V and Ic) at UnderOak Observatory (UO) produced 5 new times-of-minimum for TYC 01963-0488-1 which were used to establish a linear ephemeris from the first Min I epoch (HJD0). No published radial velocity data are available for this system; however, since this W UMa binary undergoes very obvious total eclipses, Roche modeling yielded a well-constrained photometric value for q ( 0.25). There is a suggestion from the ROTSE-I data and new results herein that Max II is more variable than Max I. Therefore, Roche model fits for the TYC 01963-0488-1 LCs collected in 2015 were assessed with and without spots.

  14. Cobas 4800 HPV detection in the cervical, vaginal and urine samples of women with high-grade CIN before and after treatment.

    Stanczuk, Grazyna A; Currie, Heather; Baxter, Gwen; Foster, Adele; Gibson, Lindsay; Graham, Catriona; Cuschieri, Kate


    To assess the performance of a clinically validated human papillomavirus (HPV) test (the Cobas 4800 HPV test) in urine and self-taken vaginal specimens within a colposcopy population and to assess HPV prevalence before and after treatment across the different biospecimens. A total of 100 women attending a colposcopy clinic provided three biospecimens (a clinician-taken liquid-based cytology sample (LBC), a self-taken vaginal sample and a urine sample) for HPV testing. HPV prevalence and concordance was compared across the biospecimens and clinical performance relative to the detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)2+ and CIN3+ was assessed. A total of 39 women retuned at 6 months for a post-treatment follow-up appointment, and HPV concordance in all biospecimens was measured relative to their original HPV status. 65 cases of CIN2+ were detected in the baseline population; sensitivity for CIN2+ was 92% (82 to 97) for the vaginal and the LBC sample and 80.0 (68% to 88%) for the urine sample. In the follow-up (post treatment) population, women were twice as likely to be HPV positive in their urine or vaginal sample compared with the equivalent LBC sample. Vaginal and LBC samples showed very similar performance for the detection of CIN2+ in this population using the Cobas HPV test; further validation of these findings in screening contexts will be of value. Self-taken samples may have less utility in a 'test of cure' setting-given the higher prevalence of HPV relative to LBC. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

  15. O que motiva as equipas de vendas da indústria farmacêutica : o caso ROCHE

    Barreto, Amílcar Ismael


    Projeto de Mestrado em Gestão O desenvolvimento de qualquer investigação pressupõe a existência de algo que nos inquieta e nos induz a curiosidade e este trabalho não constitui uma exceção. Assim sendo, formulou-se como principal objetivo de estudo: analisar o que motiva as equipas de vendas da Indústria Farmacêutica, utilizando o Caso da Roche. As principais questões de partida são: Quais os fatores intervenientes na motivação de um Delegado de Informação Médica? Qual é a hierarquizaçã...

  16. El teorema de Riemann-Roch y el morfismo de Gysin en geometría aritmética

    Navarro Garmendia, Alberto


    Le th eor eme de Riemann-Roch originale a rme que pour tout morphisme propre f : Y ! X entre vari et es quasi-projectifs lisses sur un corps, et tout el ement a 2 K0(Y ) du groupe de Grothendieck des br es vectoriels on a ch(f!(a)) = f {u100000}Td(Tf ) ch(a) (cf. [BS58]). Ici ch est le caract ere de Chern, Td(Tf ) est la classe de Todd du br e tangent relative et f et f! sont les images directes de l'anneau de Chow et K0 respectivement. Apr es, Baum, Fulton et MacPherson ont d emontr e...


    Benvenuto, O. G.; De Vito, M. A. [Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and Instituto de Astrofísica de La Plata (IALP), CCT-CONICET-UNLP. Paseo del Bosque S/N (B1900FWA), La Plata (Argentina); Horvath, J. E., E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas, Universidade de São Paulo R. do Matão 1226 (05508-090), Cidade Universitária, São Paulo SP (Brazil)


    We study the evolution of close binary systems formed by a normal (solar composition), intermediate-mass-donor star together with a neutron star. We consider models including irradiation feedback and evaporation. These nonstandard ingredients deeply modify the mass-transfer stages of these binaries. While models that neglect irradiation feedback undergo continuous, long-standing mass-transfer episodes, models including these effects suffer a number of cycles of mass transfer and detachment. During mass transfer, the systems should reveal themselves as low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs), whereas when they are detached they behave as binary radio pulsars. We show that at these stages irradiated models are in a Roche lobe overflow (RLOF) state or in a quasi-RLOF state. Quasi-RLOF stars have radii slightly smaller than their Roche lobes. Remarkably, these conditions are attained for an orbital period as well as donor mass values in the range corresponding to a family of binary radio pulsars known as ''redbacks''. Thus, redback companions should be quasi-RLOF stars. We show that the characteristics of the redback system PSR J1723-2837 are accounted for by these models. In each mass-transfer cycle these systems should switch from LMXB to binary radio pulsar states with a timescale of approximately one million years. However, there is recent and fast growing evidence of systems switching on far shorter, human timescales. This should be related to instabilities in the accretion disk surrounding the neutron star and/or radio ejection, still to be included in the model having the quasi-RLOF state as a general condition.

  18. Paleotectonic Settings for Petroleum Source Rocks Position paléolithique des roches mères

    Curtis D. M.


    Full Text Available Petroleum source rocks have been deposited in a variety of paleotectonic and paleogeographic settings. The paleotectonic setting for a given source rock is, in many cases, different from the present tectonic setting of the basin in which the derived hydrocarbon accumulations are found. The quantity and type of hydrocarbons generated from a given source rock depend upon the quantity (richness, quality (kerogen type, and maturity (ability to generate hydrocarbons of the organic carbon in it. These three factors are strongly influenced by the paleotectonic setting of the basin in which a given source rock was deposited, as well as by its subsequent burial history (time-temperature history. The evolution of traps, on the other hand, depends upon the tectonic history of the basin during migration and entropment, and is closely related to the present tectonic setting ot the basin. Using a basin classification based on that of A. W. Bally and modified by K. Arbenz, I have attempted to related the distribution of hydrocarbon reserves in some of the major well-explored basins of the world to the paleotectonic settings for known or postulated source rocks in those basins. The principal basin categories defined are: cratonic, passive margin-related, aulacogenic. A-subduction-related, B-subduction-related, and strike-slip, transform-related. Preliminary results suggest that some of the best source rocks were deposited in aulacogenic and strike-slip/transform-related settings; some of the poorest were deposited in cratonic settings. Les roches mères de pétrole se sont déposées dans des sites paléotectoniques et paléogéographiques variés. La position paléotectonique d'une roche mère est dans de nombreux cas différente de la situation tectonique actuelle du bassin où l'on trouve les hydrocarbures qui en proviennent. La quantité et le type des hydrocarbures produits par une roche mère donnée dépendent de l'abondance (richesse, de la qualit

  19. Testing single-grain quartz OSL methods using sediment samples with independent age control from the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter (Roches d'Abilly site, Central France)

    Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov; Murray, Andrew Sean; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter;


    We present quartz single-grain dose distributions for four well-bleached and unmixed sediment samples with independent age control (22–48 ka), from the archaeologically important Bordes-Fitte rockshelter at Roches d'Abilly, France. This site has previously been dated using 14C AMS dating and stan...

  20. Comparison of Roche MONITOR and Organon Teknika NucliSens assays to quantify human immunodeficiency virus type 1 RNA in cerebrospinal fluid.

    Spearman, P; Fiscus, S A; Smith, R M; Shepard, R; Johnson, B; Nicotera, J; Harris, V L; Clough, L A; McKinsey, J; Haas, D W


    We compared Roche MONITOR and Organon Teknika NucliSens assays for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Results of 282 assays were highly correlated (r = 0.826), with MONITOR values being 0.29 +/- 0.4 log(10) copies/ml (mean +/- standard deviation) values. Both assays can reliably quantify HIV-1 RNA in CSF.

  1. Comparison of the Cobas 4800 HPV and HPV 9G DNA Chip Tests for Detection of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Specimens of Women with Consecutive Positive HPV Tests But Negative Pap Smears.

    Jun, Sun-Young; Park, Eun Su; Kim, Jiyoung; Kang, Jun; Lee, Jae Jun; Bae, Yoonjin; Kim, Sang-Il; Maeng, Lee-So


    Detecting high-risk (HR) HPV is important for clinical management of women with persistent HPV-positive and Pap-negative results. The Cobas 4800 HPV test is the first FDA-approved HPV DNA test that can be used alone as a first-line screening tool. The HPV 9G DNA chip test is a PCR-based DNA microarray assay. We evaluated the patients of consecutive HPV-positivity on HPV 9G DNA chip test without cytologic abnormalities. We then compared the performances of HPV 9G DNA chip and the Cobas 4800 HPV tests for detecting HR HPV with each other and confirmed HPV genotyping using direct sequencing. All 214 liquid-based cytology specimens were collected from 100 women with consecutive HPV-positive and Pap-negative results on the HPV 9G DNA chip test between May 2012 and Dec 2013, but only 180 specimens were available for comparing HPV test results. The HPV 9G DNA chip and the Cobas 4800 HPV tests agreed with each other in 81.7% of the samples, and the concordance rate was greater than 97.2% for detecting HPV-16 or -18. For HR genotypes other than HPV types 16 and 18, the two tests agreed for 81.1% of the samples. The sensitivity of both assays for detecting HR HPV was 100%, regardless of HR genotypes. The HPV 9G DNA chip test may be as effective as the Cobas 4800 HPV test in detecting HR HPV, and has a similar ability to identify HPV-16 and -18.

  2. Insulin and Breast Cancer Risk


    of three standard samples. Serum glucose was determined on a Cobas Mira automated chemistry analyzer (Roche Diagnostic Systems, Indianapolis, IL). The...was determined on a Cobas Mira automated chemistry analyzer (Roche Diagnostic Systems, Indianapolis, IL). The intrabatch coefficient of variation

  3. Techniques used in high-scoring and low-scoring 'Roche' vaults performed by elite male gymnasts.

    Takei, Yoshiaki; Dunn, J Hubert; Blucker, Erik


    The 16 highest-scored Roche vaults (G1) performed during the 2000 Olympic Games were compared with those receiving the 16 lowest-scores (G2). A 16-mm motion picture camera operating at 100 Hz recorded the vaults during the competition. The results of t tests (p vertical force and backward horizontal force exerted by the board, greater change in the vertical velocity while on the board, and greater vertical velocity at board take-off, (b) comparable linear and angular motions in pre-flight, (c) smaller backward horizontal impulse exerted by the horse, smaller loss of the horizontal velocity while on the horse, and greater horizontal and vertical velocities at horse take-off, (d) greater height and larger horizontal distance of post-flight, (e) higher body mass centre at knee release, and (f) higher mass centre, greater normalised moment of inertia, and smaller vertical velocity at mat touchdown. Therefore, gymnasts and coaches should focus on sprinting the approach; blocking and pushing-off the take-off board rapidly and vigorously; departing the board with a large vertical velocity; exerting large downward vertical force and small forward horizontal force from the hand-stand position while on the horse; departing the horse with large horizontal and vertical velocities; and completing the majority of the double salto forward near the peak of trajectory and releasing the knees above the top of the horse to prepare for a controlled landing.

  4. Near-complete genome sequencing of swine vesicular disease virus using the Roche GS FLX sequencing platform.

    Sandra C Abel Nielsen

    Full Text Available Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV is an enterovirus that is both genetically and antigenically closely related to human coxsackievirus B5 within the Picornaviridae family. SVDV is the causative agent of a highly contagious (though rarely fatal vesicular disease in pigs. We report a rapid method that is suitable for sequencing the complete protein-encoding sequences of SVDV isolates in which the RNA is relatively intact. The approach couples a single PCR amplification reaction, using only a single PCR primer set to amplify the near-complete SVDV genome, with deep-sequencing using a small fraction of the capacity of a Roche GS FLX sequencing platform. Sequences were initially verified through one of two criteria; either a match between a de novo assembly and a reference mapping, or a match between all of five different reference mappings performed against a fixed set of starting reference genomes with significant genetic distances within the same species of viruses. All reference mappings used an iterative method to avoid bias. Further verification was achieved through phylogenetic analysis against published SVDV genomes and additional Enterovirus B sequences. This approach allows high confidence in the obtained consensus sequences, as well as provides sufficiently high and evenly dispersed sequence coverage to allow future studies of intra-host variation.

  5. From Roche Vitamins to DSM Nutritional Products%从罗氏维生素到帝斯曼营养产品


    In October 2003, the Dutch group DSM has acquired the Vitamins and Fine Chemicals business from Roche to create DSM Nutritional Products-one of the world's leading suppliers of vitamins and carotenoids for Animal Nutrition industry, the Food and Pharmaceutical industries as well as the Cosmetics industry by offering a wide range of products to help improve nutrition and prevent disease. In China market, B vitamins are provided by DSM Nutritional Products for food fortification.

  6. Contribution à l'étude de la "taille" des roches Contribution to the Study of Rock Cutting

    Nguyenminh D.


    Full Text Available Une étude expérimentale détaillée du processus local de destruction des roches par un outil de forage pétrolier a été faite par une méthode de similitude utilisant des matériaux équivalents tendres. On examine l'influence de la forme de l'outil, de la rugosité du contact et de la ductilité e globale » du matériau. Les résultats obtenus sont ensuite comparés à ceux de l'analyse plastique par la théorie des charges limites. Cette étude met en évidence l'existence de deux modes de rupture, l'action différente du frottement superficiel selon le sens de l'écoulement relatif du matériau en contact, le phénomène de la ductilité apparente qui dépend de la forme de l'outil ; elle précise les paramètres mécaniques importants du forage. A detailed experimental investigation of the local process of rock cutting by a drill bit was carried out on soft equivalent materials simulating rock under borehole conditions. Different factors were analyzed : the shape of the bit tooth, the roughness of ifs contact area, the average ductility of the materiat. The results obtained are then compared with those from a plastic analysis based on the peak lood theory. This investigation shows that there are two different modes of rock destruction, that the Coulomb friction has a different effect depending on the relative direction of flow of the materiat in contact with the bit, and that an apparent ductility of the materiat is linked to the shape of the bit teeth. Finally, the basic mechanical variables for drilling are described

  7. Analysis of 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing options on the Roche/454 next-generation titanium sequencing platform.

    Hideyuki Tamaki

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing approach has revolutionized studies in microbial ecology. While primer selection and short read length can affect the resulting microbial community profile, little is known about the influence of pyrosequencing methods on the sequencing throughput and the outcome of microbial community analyses. The aim of this study is to compare differences in output, ease, and cost among three different amplicon pyrosequencing methods for the Roche/454 Titanium platform METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The following three pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes were selected in this study: Method-1 (standard method is the recommended method for bi-directional sequencing using the LIB-A kit; Method-2 is a new option designed in this study for unidirectional sequencing with the LIB-A kit; and Method-3 uses the LIB-L kit for unidirectional sequencing. In our comparison among these three methods using 10 different environmental samples, Method-2 and Method-3 produced 1.5-1.6 times more useable reads than the standard method (Method-1, after quality-based trimming, and did not compromise the outcome of microbial community analyses. Specifically, Method-3 is the most cost-effective unidirectional amplicon sequencing method as it provided the most reads and required the least effort in consumables management. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings clearly demonstrated that alternative pyrosequencing methods for 16S rRNA genes could drastically affect sequencing output (e.g. number of reads before and after trimming but have little effect on the outcomes of microbial community analysis. This finding is important for both researchers and sequencing facilities utilizing 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing for microbial ecological studies.

  8. Serum ASAT, ALAT, ALP, LD, GT, and CK determined in the Cobas-Bio centrifugal analyser by the methods of the Scandinavian Committee on Enzymes.

    Izquierdo, J M; Sotorrío, P; Alvarez-Uría, J; Estrada, J M; Quirós, A


    The recommended methods of the Scandinavian Committee on Enzymes [4, 5, 6, 7, 8] have been applied to the Cobas-Bio centrifugal analyser. Reagents and serum volumes were scaled down and final molarities were kept equal. Serum volumes in microliters were as follows: ASAT 30, ALAT 30, ALP 3, LD 5, GT 20, and CK 10. Including the dead space of the sample cup, the volume needed to perform all six tests was 113 microliter. Within-run and between-run precision (CV%) were as follows: ASAT 1.32 and 1.95, ALAT 1.68 and 2.93, ALP 1.56 and 3.10, LD 1.63 and 4.44, GT 0.81 and 2.23, and CK 1.02 and 1.94. Mean deviations (%) from target values of two commercial sera were as follows: ASAT -0.3 and -0.4, ALAT -0.4 and -2.2, ALP -1.8 and -7.3, LD 0.4 and -6.2, GT 13.9 and -10.7, and CK -4.9 and -1.3. Results of all the methods correlated well with those obtained with their respective manual methods. Analytical time for 28 samples of each analyte was 10 min, apart from CK which was 14 min. Reagent cost per sample was 0.6, 0.9, 0.1, 0.3, 0.9, and 26 US cents respectively. All reagents were prepared in the laboratory, except those for CK which were bought from J.T. Baker (Phillipsburgh, NJ, USA). In conclusion, the methods keep the features of the manual methods but they are more precise and practicable, much faster and cheaper, and use minimal amounts of sera more convenient for paediatric work.

  9. Alteration hydrothermale et deformation ductile des roches volcaniques acides associees au gisement sulfure de draa sfar (Jebilet Centrales, Maroc

    Zinbi, Y.


    Full Text Available The volcanics and volcanoclastic rocks of Draa Sfar (Central Jebilet, Moroccan hercynian belt are affected by ductile stress and hydrothermal alteration accompanied by a weak degree of metamorphism (greenschist facies. Some N-S oriented shearing zones, affect locally these formations while being the site of an important hydrothermal activity. The consequences of these transformations from a non to slightly- deformed rhyodacite, show that through these ductile shearing zones: (1 the mineralogical assemblage of hydrothermal alteration is essentially formed by chlorite, sericite, quartz and magnetite; (2 the gradual increase of the alteration indexes is accompanied by the destruction of the phenocrists and the recrystallization of the matrix by phyllosilicates and quartz; (3 the progressive transfer of material is more intense in the more deformed zones where the values of Ti, Al and Zr remain constant. These shearing zones played a very important role in the circulation of fluids and the transformation of the rhyodacite of Draa Sfar.Les roches volcaniques et volcanoclastiques de Draa Sfar (Jebilet centrales, Maroc hercynien sont affectées par une déformation ductile accompagnée d’un métamorphisme de faible degré (faciès schistes verts et d’une altération hydrothermale. Des zones de cisaillement de direction N-S, ont affecté localement ces formations tout en étant vecteurs d’une importante activité hydrothermale. Le suivi de ces transformations à partir de la rhyodacite non ou peu déformée, montre qu’à travers ces zones de cisaillements ductiles : (1 l’assemblage minéralogique d’altération hydrothermale est formé essentiellement de chlorite, de séricite, de quartz et de magnétite ; (2 l’augmentation graduelle des indices d’altération s’exprime par la destruction des phénocristaux au profit d’une matrice recristallisée en phyllosilicates et quartz ; (3 le transfert progressif de la matière est plus intense

  10. CCD Photometry, Roche Modeling and Evolutionary History of the WUMa-type Eclipsing Binary TYC01664-0110-1

    Alton, K. B.; Stępień, K.


    TYC 01664-0110-1 (ASAS J212915+1604.9), a W UMa-type variable system (P=0.282962 d), was first detected over 17 years ago by the ROTSE-I telescope. Photometric data (B, V and Ic) collected at UnderOak Observatory (UO) resulted in five new times-of-minima for this variable star which were used to establish a revised linear ephemeris. No published radial velocity (RV) data are available for this system. However, since this W UMa binary undergoes a total eclipse, Roche modeling based on the Wilson-Devinney (W-D) code yielded a well-constrained photometric value for M2/M1 (q=0.356±0.001). There is a suggestion from ROTSE-I (1999) and ASAS survey data (2003, 2005, and 2008) that the secondary maximum is more variable than the primary one probably due to the so-called O'Connell effect. However, peak asymmetry in light curves (LC) from 2015 was barely evident during quadrature. Therefore, W-D model fits of these most recent data did not yield any substantive improvement with the addition of spot(s). Using the evolutionary model of cool close binaries we searched for a possible progenitor of TYC 01664-0110-1. The best fit is obtained if the initial binary has an orbital period between 3.3-3.8 d and component masses between 1.0-1.1 M⊙ and 0.30-0.35 M⊙. The model progenitor needs about 10 Gyr to attain the presently observed parameters of the variable. Its period slowly increases and the mass ratio decreases. According to the model predictions TYC 01664-0110-1 will go through the common envelope (CE) phase in the future, followed by merging of both components or formation of a double degenerate. Due to its apparent brightness (mV,max≍10.9 mag) and unique properties, the star is an excellent target for spectroscopic investigation of any possible deviations from a simple static model of a contact binary.

  11. Gyrotropy and Anisotropy of Rocks: Similarities and Differences Gyrotropie et anisotropie des roches : similitudes et différences

    Chichinina T. I.


    Full Text Available The main features of wave propagation in gyrotropic media are compared with wave propagation in anisotropic media. The results of numerical modelling are presented for three typical seismic exploration models. The first two models are azimuthally anisotropic media (of orthorombic symmetry system, group 2m without and with gyration. The third model is a gyrotropic transversely isotropic medium with a vertical symmetry axis. The computations have been made for propagation of shear waves along the vertical symmetry axis. For sufficiently short wave paths (in our models less than 400 m the two-component (x, y seismograms are similar for all three models. For longer paths both signal shape and signal duration for the first and the third model differ noticeably. Some evidence (experimental data and a micromodel is given to show that the gyrotropy of rocks does exist or, at least, can exist. Les principales caractéristiques de la propagation des ondes dans les milieux gyrotropes sont comparées avec la propagation des ondes dans les milieux azimutalement anisotropes. Les résultats d'une modélisation numérique sont présentés pour trois modèles caractéristiques d'exploration sismique. Les deux premiers modèles sont des milieux anisotropes (de symétrie orthorhombique, groupe 2m avec et sans gyrotropie. Le troisième modèle est un milieu gyrotrope transverse isotrope avec un axe de symétrie vertical. Ces calculs ont été réalisés pour la propagation des ondes transversales le long de l'axe de symétrie vertical. Pour des trajets sismiques suffisamment courts (pour nos modèles, moins de 400 m, les sismogrammes à deux composantes (x, y sont similaires pour les trois modèles. Pour des trajets plus longs, la forme et la durée du signal diffèrent sensiblement pour les modèles 1 et 3. Ceci a pour but de montrer (à l'aide des données expérimentales et d'un micromodèle que la gyrotropie dans les roches existe, ou, tout au moins, peut

  12. Cobas601与ARCHITECTi2000SR两种化学发光免疫检测系统的比对试验结果分析



    目的:探讨两种Cobas601与ARCHITEC-Ti2000SR化学发光免疫检测系统结果的差别性和相关性。方法:每天常规标本先用ARCHITECTi2000SR系统检测后,选择在线性范围内的针对各项目不同浓度的标本,再用Co-bas601系统检测,每个试验项目选择20个不同浓度,2个月完成,并同时每天在两套系统上做高、中、低质控,然后选择ARCHITECTi2000SR作为参考仪器进行数据比对分析。结果:不同检测系统对佰乐不同浓度质控物的甲功项目(T3、FT3、T4,FT4,TSH,Anti-Tg,Anti-Tpo)、肿瘤项目(AFP,CEA, CA125、CA199、CA153、β-HCG、Ferritin、F-PSA、T-PSA)、性激素(Test、E2、LH、FSH、Prog、PRL)、胰岛素、C肽等24个项目测定结果日间CV及总CV均小于t±15%的日间CV允许范围。24个项目各自20个不同浓度在两个检测系统测定结果除了CA199无阳性及结果相关,Anti-Tg有阳性相关,无结果相关外,其余22个项目均有阳性和结果相关。结论:通过比对试验,可以发现不同检测系统之间的差异,保证同一实验室在检测同一项目时结果的延续性。

  13. Aprovechamiento del salto de Bourg-Lés-Valence. La Presa de la Roche de Glun-Drôme – Francia

    Française d´Enterprise, Compagnie


    Full Text Available To take the fullest advantage of the hydroelectric and agricultural usefulness of the Rhône, the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône has divided the river into a number of sections, and these have been separately developed. The hydraulic gradient at La Roche de Glun, at the end of the central section, involves a hydraulic system consisting of a reservoir, a dam and dykes, a canal, a power station, an overflow canal and drainage works in the , surrounding zones. This project has been carried out by the Compagnie Française d'Enterprises.Para explotar al máximo las posibilidades hidroeléctricas y agrícolas del Ródano, la Compagnie Nationale du Rhône ha dividido dicho río en una serie de tramos para proceder a su distribución. El salto de La Roche de Glun, último del tramo central, forma un complejo hidráulico que consta de: un embalse cerrado por diques, una presa, un canal de alimentación, una central, una esclusa, un canal de descarga y unas obras anejas de drenaje para evitar inundaciones en las ciudades próximas. Las obras han sido realizadas por la Compagnie Française d'Entreprises.

  14. Une nouvelle caractérisation des fondations rocheuses pour une meilleure approche de la résistance au cisaillement d'une interface béton-roche

    MOUZANNAR, Hussein; BOST, Marion; JOFFRIN, Patrick


    La construction d'un barrage-poids sur une fondation rocheuse nécessite une justification de la stabilité vis-à-vis du glissement à l'interface entre béton et roche. Or les nombreuses recherches sur le comportement au cisaillement d'une discontinuité rocheuse ont mis en évidence que le comportement dépend en partie de la morphologie de la surface rocheuse. L'étude du comportement au cisaillement d'une interface béton-roche doit donc comprendre la caractérisation de la rugosité de la surface r...

  15. Disponibilité du nickel dans les sols développés sur roches ultramafiques de Nouvelle-Calédonie

    Becquer,Thierry; Bourdon, Emmanuel; L'HUILLIER, LAURENT


    Les sols développés sur les roches ultramafiques de Nouvelle-Calédonie contiennent des teneurs très élevées en nickel (environ 1% de NiO) susceptibles d'induire une toxicité lors de leur mise en valeur agricole. Une étude visant à évaluer la disponibilité du nickel dans ces sols a donc été réalisée sur une toposéquence comprenant les principaux faciès de sols utilisables pour l'agriculture. Des extractions chimiques par KCl 1M et DTPA 0,005 M + CaCl2 0,01 M à pH 5,3 ont été effectuées sur les...

  16. Performance of Roche CAP/CTM HIV-1 qualitative test version 2.0 using dried blood spots for early infant diagnosis.

    Gueye, Sokhna Bousso; Diop-Ndiaye, Halimatou; Diallo, Mamadou Malick; Ly, Omar; Sow-Ndoye, Aissatou; Diagne-Gueye, Ndèye Diabou; Kébé-Fall, Khady; Diop, Fatou; Gaye-Diallo, Aïssatou; Belec, Laurent; Mboup, Souleymane; Touré-Kane, Coumba


    In the context of early infant diagnosis (EID) decentralization in sub-Saharan Africa, dried blood spot (DBS) is now widely used for HIV proviral DNA detection in resource-limited settings. A new version of CAP/CTM (version 2) has been introduced, recently by Roche Diagnosis as a new real-time PCR assay to replace previous technologies on qualitative detection of HIV-1 DNA using whole blood and DBS samples. The objective of this study was to evaluate CAP/CTM version 2 compared to CAP/CTM version 1 and Amplicor on DBS. A total of 261 DBS were collected from children aged 4 weeks to 17 months born from HIV-seropositive mothers and tested by the three techniques. CAP/CTM version 2 showed 100% of agreement with Amplicor including 74 positive results and 187 negative results. CAP/CTM version 2 versus CAP/CTM version 1 as well as CAP/CTM version 1 versus Amplicor showed two discordant results giving a sensitivity of 98.6%, specificity of 99.5%, positive predictive value of 98.6% and negative predictive value of 99.5%. The concordance was 99.12% (95% of confidence interval) giving a Kappa coefficient of 0.97 (pHIV-1 EID.

  17. Diffusion Properties of Carbonated Caprocks from the Paris Basin Propriétés diffusives de roches de couverture carbonatées du Bassin de Paris

    Berne P.


    carbonated caprocks (regardless of the problem of alteration by acidified water, not addressed here. Lastly, a few simple rules for extending the results presented here to other experimental conditions are proposed. L’efficacite d’un stockage geologique de CO2 repose sur les proprietes de confinement des roches de couverture. Parmi ces proprietes, les caracteristiques diffusives jouent un role important qui est parfois sous-estime. En effet, la diffusion est un processus lent mais qui peut s’averer non negligeable sur le long terme. De plus, les caracteristiques recherchees pour une roche de couverture, principalement une forte pression d’entree et une faible permeabilite, ne sont pas incompatibles avec des coefficients de diffusion relativement eleves, puisque ces grandeurs sont liees a des caracteristiques geometriques differentes (schematiquement, les tailles de pore pour les unes et la tortuosite pour les autres. Dans le cadre du projet Geocarbone–INTEGRITE, finance par l’ANR de 2006 a 2008, on a donc mesure les coefficients de diffusion de l’eau et de l’ion bicarbonate dans des echantillons de roche de couvertures carbonatees provenant de trois niveaux (formations des Calcaires du Comblanchien et de la Dalle Nacree. Ces deux especes permettent en effet de couvrir, en premiere approximation, les situations rencontrees en conditions de stockage (espece neutre/espece chargee, interagissant ou non avec la matrice solide. Dans un premier temps, on presente le modele simple de diffusion utilise pour le depouillement des experiences, ce qui permet de passer en revue les differentes grandeurs utiles : coefficient de diffusion effectif, coefficient de diffusion de pore, coefficient de diffusion apparent, porosite accessible, facteur de retard. Le coefficient d’autodiffusion de l’eau est mesure par deux techniques differentes (Resonance Magnetique Nucleaire et tracage radioactif a l’eau tritiee 1H3HO dans deux echantillons. Les resultats obtenus sont

  18. The Bolivian Source Rocks. Sub Andean Zone. Madre de Dios. Chaco Les roches mères de Bolivie. Subandin. Madre de Dios. Chaco

    Diaz Martinez E.


    connaissances sur les roches mères de Bolivie. Ce travail a été fait dans le cadre de la convention de coopération qui lie depuis 1987 YPFB et l'ORSTOM - Institut Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement en Coopération. L'établissement de cette base de données a permis une synthèse du potentiel pétrolier du pays, la partie concernant le bassin de Madre de Dios, la zone subandine et le Chaco, c'est-à-dire toute la zone potentiellement pétrolière du pays, hors Altiplano, est ici présentée. La base contient actuellement les analyses d'un peu plus de 3000 échantillons. Les roches mères sont Paléozoïques et se sont déposées dans un contexte de bassin d'avant-pays; celui ci s'étendait sur la cordillère ainsi que sur l'avant-pays actuel du Silurien au Permien. Le bassin, restreint initialement à la zone sud-ouest, s'est ensuite étendu vers le nord. La bordure ouest n'est pas connue, elle devait se situer au niveau de l'Altiplano actuel. La bordure est correspond au bouclier Brésilien affleurant actuellement à l'est du pays et sur laquelle se biseaute le Paléozoique. La sédimentation est marine, il s'agit d'une plate-forme carbonatée s'approfondissant au Carbonifère. De nombreuses évidences de diamectites et de figures de resédimentation ont été notées à partir de la fin du Dévonien. Le Trias marque la fin de ces dépôts et se caractérise par une érosion, sans doute due à une phase de rifting avortée. La sédimentation Jurassique et Crétacée est presque toujours continentale et souvent éolienne, il n'y a pas de structuration marquée. Au nord, dans la zone de Madidi, les dépôts du Crétacé terminal (Maestrichian montrent des intercalations marines riches en matière organique (Fm Flora, alors que son équivalent au centre et au Sud (Fm Cajones est purement gréseux. Le soulèvement de la cordillère orientale démarre à la fin de l'Oligocène (27 Ma, Sempere et al. , 1990 et le front de compression se déplace ensuite

  19. Sensitivity and specificity of Cobas TaqMan MTB real-time polymerase chain reaction for culture-proven Mycobacterium tuberculosis: meta-analysis of 26999 specimens from 17 Studies.

    Horita, Nobuyuki; Yamamoto, Masaki; Sato, Takashi; Tsukahara, Toshinori; Nagakura, Hideyuki; Tashiro, Ken; Shibata, Yuji; Watanabe, Hiroki; Nagai, Kenjiro; Nakashima, Kentaro; Ushio, Ryota; Ikeda, Misako; Sakamaki, Kentaro; Yoshiyama, Takashi; Kaneko, Takeshi


    Since 2010, studies on the diagnostic accuracy of COBAS TaqMan MTB (CTM) have been frequently reported with an unignorable discrepancy. The key inclusion criterion for this systematic review was original studies that could provide sufficient data for calculating the sensitivity and the specificity of CTM for M tuberculosis (TB) or M tuberculosis complex. The reference test was Mycobacterium culture. We used bivariate model for meta-analyses. Of the 201 candidate articles, we finally identified 17 eligible articles.Concerning the respiratory specimens, 1900 culture positive specimens and 20983 culture negative specimens from 15 studies were assessed. This provided the summary estimate sensitivity of 0.808 (95% CI 0.758-0.850) and the summary estimate specificity of 0.990 (95% CI 0.981-0.994). The area under curve was 0.956. The diagnostic odds ratio was 459 (95% CI 261-805, I(2) 26%). For the smear positive respiratory specimens, the sensitivity was 0.952 (95% CI 0.926-0.969) and the specificity was 0.916 (95% CI 0.797-0.968). For the smear negative respiratory specimens, the sensitivity and the specificity were 0.600 (95% CI 0.459-0.726) and 0.989 (95% CI 0.981-0.993), respectively. The diagnostic accuracy was poorer for the non-respiratory specimens, than for the respiratory specimens, but was acceptable. We believe that the information obtained from this study will aid physicians' decision making.

  20. Un habitat orné en abri sous-roche au Magdalénien Moyen, Angles-sur-l'Anglin (Vienne, France

    Iakovleva, Ludmila


    Full Text Available Not Available.

    [fr] L'originalité du site du Roc-aux-Sorciers à Angles-sur l´Anglin dans la Vienne (France se traduit par la présence d'un art pariétal magdalénien sculpté dont une partie, disposée sur la paroi du fond de l'abri sous roche, forme une frise sur près de 18 mètres de long. L´ étude, tant thématique que technique ou stylistique, de cet art pariétal in situ démontre une organisation et une construction dans ce complexe figuratif sculpté. Les sujets, aussi bien dans leur traitement que dans leur rendu, répondent à des règles précises propres au site d'Angles. Ils se regroupent par espèce en s'associant à d'autres sujets animaliers ou humains dans des espaces nettement délimités formant ainsi une composition sculptée. Des zones figuratives rassemblant plusieurs de ces compositions sculptées assimilées à des "panneaux", sont mises en relation avec le positionnement de grands foyers installés sur la roche-mère. Cette analyse nous amène à mettre en valeur une structure complexe d'habitat en liaison avec cette frise pariétale. [es] Un hábitat decorado del Magdaleniense Medio en el abrigo de Angles-sur-l'Anglin (Vienne, France. La originalidad del yacimiento de Roc-aux-Sorciers en Angles-sur-l 'Anglin, en Vienne (Francia, se debe a la existencia de un arte parietal magdaleniense esculpido del que una parte, situada en la pared del fondo del abrigo, forma un friso de 18 m. de largo, aproximadamente. El estudio, tanto temático como técnico o estilístico, de este arte parietal in situ demuestra una organización en este complejo figurativo esculpido. Las figuras, tanto en su tratamiento como en su expresión, responden a reglas precisas, propias del yacimiento de Angles. Se agrupan por especies, asociándose a otras figuras animales o humanas, en unos espacios estrictamente limitados, formando así una composición esculpida. Las zonas figurativas que integran muchas de estas

  1. Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics LightCycler foodproof L. monocytogenes detection kit in combination with ShortPrep foodproof II Kit. Performance-Tested Method 070401.

    Junge, Benjamin; Berghof-Jäger, Kornelia


    A method was developed for the detection of L. monocytogenes in food based on real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This advanced PCR method was designed to reduce the time needed to achieve results from PCR reactions and to enable the user to monitor the amplification of the PCR product simultaneously, in real-time. After DNA isolation using the Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics ShortPrep foodproof II Kit (formerly called Listeria ShortPrep Kit) designed for the rapid preparation of L. monocytogenes DNA for direct use in PCR, the real-time detection of L. monocytogenes DNA is performed by using the Roche/BIOTECON Diagnostics LightCycler foodproof L. monocytogenes Detection Kit. This kit provides primers and hybridization probes for sequence-specific detection, convenient premixed reagents, and different controls for reliable interpretation of results. For repeatability studies, 20 different foods, covering the 15 food groups recommended from the AOAC Research Institute (AOAC RI) for L. monocytogenes detection were analyzed: raw meats, fresh produce/vegetables, processed meats, seafood, egg and egg products, dairy (cultured/noncultured), spices, dry foods, fruit/juices, uncooked pasta, nuts, confectionery, pet food, food dyes and colorings, and miscellaneous. From each food 20, samples were inoculated with a low level (1-10 colony-forming units (CFU)/25 g) and 20 samples with a high level (10-50 CFU/25 g) of L. monocytogenes. Additionally, 5 uninoculated samples were prepared from each food. The food samples were examined with the test kits and in correlation with the cultural methods according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook. After 48 h of incubation, the PCR method in all cases showed equal or better results than the reference cultural FDA/BAM or USDA/FSIS methods. Fifteen out of 20 tested food types

  2. Les roches basiques des boutonnieres d'Agadir melloul et d'Iguerda - taifast : tkmoins de l’histoire preorogenique de la chaine panafricaine de l’Anti-Atlas (Maroc

    El Aouli, E. H.


    Full Text Available Dans les boutonnières précambriennes d'Agadir Melloul et d'Iguerda-Taïfast (Anti-Atlas central, les roches basiques du Néoprotérozoïque (PII sont représentées par des dykes et des corps basiques intrusifs dans le socle paléoprotérozoïque (PI et les quartzites du PII. L’ensemble PI, PII et roches basiques est affecté par la schistosité régionale panafricaine. Les éléments en traces, réputés peu mobiles au cours des processus d'altération et de métamorphisme (Nb, Y, Zr, Ti, V et les terres rares ont permis de subdiviser ces roches basiques en deux groupes: un groupe tholeiitique et un groupe transitionnel. Le cadre géodynamique de mise en place de ces roches pourrait être lié à un contexte distensif marquant le rifting pré-panafricain en relation avec l’ouverture océanique reconnue dans la boutonnière de Bou Azzer-El Grara et dans le massif de Siroua.En los complejos precámbricos de Agadir Melloul y de Iguarda-Taifast (Anti-Atlas centro, las rocas básicas del Neoproterozoico (PII están representadas por diques y cuerpos básicos intmsivos en el zócalo Paleoproterozoico (PI y las cuarcitas del PII. El conjunto PI, PII y las rocas básicas está afectado por la esquistosidad regional panafricana. Los elementos traza incompatibles, poco móviles en el transcurso de procesos de alteración y de metamorfismo (Nb, Y, Zr, Ti, V, así como las tierras raras, permiten subdividir estas rocas básicas en dos grupos: un grupo toleítico y otro transicional. El marco geodinámico de la intrusion de estas rocas podria estar ligado a un contexto extensional asociado al rifting pre-panafricano en relación con la apertura oceánica reconocida en el complejo de Bou Azzer-El Graara y en el macizo de Siroua.

  3. Gamma-emissions of some meteorites and terrestrial rocks. Evaluation of lunar soil radioactivity; Emissions gamma de quelques meteorites et roches terrestres. Evaluation de la radioactivite du sol lunaire

    Nordemann, D. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)


    The gamma-emissions of some terrestrial rocks and of the following meteorites: Bogou, Eagle-Station, Granes, and Dosso were studied by quantitative low background gamma spectrometry. These measurements and their interpretation lead to the evaluation of the possible gamma-emissions of several models of lunar soils. (author) [French] Les emissions gamma des meteorites Bogou, Eagle-Station, Granes et Dosso et de quelques roches terrestres ont ete etudiees par spectrometrie gamma quantitative a faible mouvement propre. Ces mesures et leur interpretation permettent d'evaluer les principales contributions des emissions gamma du sol lunaire pour des modeles de compositions possibles variees. (auteur)

  4. Total vitamin D assay comparison of the Roche Diagnostics "Vitamin D total" electrochemiluminescence protein binding assay with the Chromsystems HPLC method in a population with both D2 and D3 forms of vitamin D.

    Abdel-Wareth, Laila; Haq, Afrozul; Turner, Andrew; Khan, Shoukat; Salem, Arwa; Mustafa, Faten; Hussein, Nafiz; Pallinalakam, Fasila; Grundy, Louisa; Patras, Gemma; Rajah, Jaishen


    This study compared two methods of assaying the 25-hydroxylated metabolites of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2). A fully automated electrochemiluminescence assay from Roche Diagnostics and an HPLC based method from Chromsystems were used to measure vitamin D levels in surplus sera from 96 individuals, where the majority has the D2 form of the vitamin. Deming regression, concordance rate, correlation and Altman Bland agreement were performed. Seventy two subjects (75%) had a D2 concentration >10 nmol/L while the remaining twenty four subjects had vitamin D2 concentration of less than 10 nmol/L by HPLC. Overall, the Roche Diagnostics method showed a negative bias of -2.59 ± 4.11 nmol/L on the e602 as compared to the HPLC with a concordance rate of 84%. The concordance rate was 91% in samples with D2 of less than 10 nmol/L and 82% in those with D2 concentration >10 nmol/L. The overall correlation had an r value of 0.77. The r value was higher in samples with D2 levels of less than 10 nmol/L, r = 0.96, as compared to those with D2 values of greater than 10 nmol/L, r = 0.74. The observed bias had little impact on clinical decision and therefore is clinically acceptable.

  5. Total Vitamin D Assay Comparison of the Roche Diagnostics “Vitamin D Total” Electrochemiluminescence Protein Binding Assay with the Chromsystems HPLC Method in a Population with both D2 and D3 forms of Vitamin D

    Gemma Patras


    Full Text Available This study compared two methods of assaying the 25-hydroxylated metabolites of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3 and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2. A fully automated electrochemiluminescence assay from Roche Diagnostics and an HPLC based method from Chromsystems were used to measure vitamin D levels in surplus sera from 96 individuals, where the majority has the D2 form of the vitamin. Deming regression, concordance rate, correlation and Altman Bland agreement were performed. Seventy two subjects (75% had a D2 concentration >10 nmol/L while the remaining twenty four subjects had vitamin D2 concentration of less than 10 nmol/L by HPLC. Overall, the Roche Diagnostics method showed a negative bias of −2.59 ± 4.11 nmol/L on the e602 as compared to the HPLC with a concordance rate of 84%. The concordance rate was 91% in samples with D2 of less than 10 nmol/L and 82% in those with D2 concentration >10 nmol/L. The overall correlation had an r value of 0.77. The r value was higher in samples with D2 levels of less than 10 nmol/L, r = 0.96, as compared to those with D2 values of greater than 10 nmol/L, r = 0.74. The observed bias had little impact on clinical decision and therefore is clinically acceptable.

  6. Application de la chromatographie sur couche mince à l'étude quantitative et qualitative des extraits de roches et des huiles Application of Thin-Layer Chromatography to the Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Rock and Oil Extracts

    Huc A. Y.


    Full Text Available La technique développée ici répond à un besoin de miniaturisation des analyses des huiles et des extraits de roche. La chromatographie sur couche mince permet en effet l'analyse qualitative et quantitative de faibles quantités d'échantillons. On peut grace à cette méthode étudier les extraits obtenus à partir des cuttings (5 à 10 g de roche. Nous nous sommes attachés à faire une étude critique de l'information obtenue et de comparer cette dernière aux résultats fournis par les autres méthodes analytiques (chromatographie liquide. The technique described here meets the need to miniaturize analyses of ails and rock extracts. Thin-layer chromatography tan be used for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of small amounts of samples. This method is capable of onalyzing extracts from cuttings (5 ta 10 g of rock. This article attempts to make a critical study of the information obtained and to compare il with results using other analytical methods (liquid chromatography.

  7. Analyse géochimique de la matiére organique extraite des roches sédimentaires. IV. Extraction des roches en faible quantités Geochemical Analysis of Organic Matter Extracted from Sedimentary Rocks Iv. Exraction from Small Amounts of Rock

    Monin J. C.


    Full Text Available L'extraction en Soxhlet est inappllcable lorsque les échantillons de roche sont de trop petite taille. A l'occasion de la mise au point du protocole d'extraction correspondant, on examine l'influence d'un certain nombre de conditions opératoires sur le rendement d'extraction : température, durée nature et quantité du solvant, présence de lumière, présence d'air, procédé d'extraction. Pour les hydrocarbures, tant saturés qu'aromatiques, le facteur essentiel est l'agitation du milieu d'extraction ; la nature du solvant n'est pas critique, à condition de ne pas choisir un très mauvais solvant des hydrocarbures : l'extractibilité est en effet plus fonction du pouvoir désorbant vis-à-vis de la roche que du pouvoir solvant proprement dit. Pour les résines et asphalténes, l'interprétation des résultats est délicate, car la frontière n'est pas nette entre produits simplement dissous, produits de solvolyse et, produits de néoformation par interaction solvant-matière organique-matière minérale. II n'existe donc pas de protocole d'extraction recommandable dans l'absolu. Tout dépend des exigences analytiques et aussi pratiques du laboratoire; à l'Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP le protocole retenu est l'extraction en bécher avec agitation magnétique pendant 20 min dans le chroroforme à 50 °C (approximativement; on donne aussi le protocole d'évaporation du solvant et de récupération de l'extrait, qui doit être étudié soigneusement étant donné les faibles quantités mises en jeu. A Soxhlet extractor cannot be used with rock samples that are too small in size. With the development of on extraction procédure for such cases, this article examines the influence of various operating conditions on extraction yield, i. e. temperature, duration, nature and amount of solvent, presence of light, présence of air and extraction process. For both saturated and aromatic hydrocarbons, the essential factor is the stirring of the

  8. ROCHE URYSIS-2400和AIKELAI AX-4030尿液干化学分析仪检测一致性的比较%Comparison on the consistency between ROCHE URYSIS-2400 and AIKELAI AX-4030 urine dry-chemistry analyzers

    吴蕙; 王蓓丽; 郭玮; 潘柏申


    目的:比较ROCHE URYSIS-2400尿液干化学分析仪(简称URYSIS-2400)和AIKELAI AX-4030尿液干化学分析仪(简称AX-4030)的检测结果的一致性。方法分别用URYSIS-2400和AX-4030平行测定500例尿液常规标本,比较检测结果的阳性检出率和符合率。随机选取250例使用尿沉渣显微镜复核尿红细胞(ERY)和白细胞(LEU)。通过添加实验评估 URYSIS-2400、AX-4030抗维生素 C 干扰的能力。结果2台仪器比重(SG)差异百分率均值<1%,其余9项干化学检测项目一般符合率都>90%。URYSIS-2400和AX-4030 ERY项目与尿沉渣显微镜计数的符合率分别为82.4%、84.4%,LEU分别为76.0%和83.2%。URYSIS-2400、AX-4030葡萄糖(GLU)和ERY项目添加维生素C浓度达50 mg/dL时不受干扰。结论 URYSIS-2400和AX-4030检测结果一致性良好,但尿液干化学分析仪只是筛检仪器,还应结合显微镜尿沉渣计数复核的结果以满足临床需要。%Objective To compare the consistency of ROCHE URYSIS-2400 and AIKELAI AX-4030 urine dry-chemistry analyzers.Methods A total of 500 urine specimens were detected by the 2 kinds of urine chemistry analyzers in parallel,and the results were analyzed statistically by positive detection rates and accordance rates.A total of 250 cases were randomly selected for reviewing erythrocytes (ERY)and leulcocytes (LEU)by urine sediment microscopy. Experiments by adding vitamin C were used to evaluate URYSIS-2400 and AX-4030 anti-interference abilities against vitamin C.Results The mean difference percentage of specific gravity (SG)between the 2 analyzers was 90%.The consistency rates of URYSIS-2400 and AX-4030 were 82.4% and 84.4% with urine sediment microscopy on ERY,and 76.0% and 83.2% on LEU. URYSIS-2400 and AX-4030 anti-interference abilities against vitamin C were up to 50mg/dL on glucose (GLU)and ERY.Conclusions There is a good consistency between the results of URYSIS-2400 and AX

  9. Assessment of a Novel Automatic Real-Time PCR Assay on the Cobas 4800 Analyzer as a Screening Platform for Hepatitis C Virus Genotyping in Clinical Practice: Comparison with Massive Sequencing

    Nieto-Aponte, Leonardo; Ruiz-Ripa, Alicia; Tabernero, David; Gonzalez, Carolina; Gregori, Josep; Vila, Marta; Asensio, Miriam; Garcia-Cehic, Damir; Ruiz, Gerardo; Chen, Qian; Ordeig, Laura; Llorens, Meritxell; Saez, Montserrat; Esteban, Juan I.; Esteban, Rafael; Buti, Maria; Pumarola, Tomas


    ABSTRACT The unequivocal identification of hepatitis C virus (HCV) subtypes 1a/1b and genotypes 2 to 6 is required for optimizing the effectiveness of interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral therapies. We compared the performance of a new real-time HCV genotyping assay used on the Cobas 4800 system (C4800) with that of high-resolution HCV subtyping (HRCS). In total, 502 samples were used, including 184 samples from chronic HCV patients (from routine laboratory activity during April 2016), 5 stored samples with double HCV genotype infections for testing the limitations of the method, and 313 samples from a screening protocol implemented in our hospital (from May to August 2016) based on the new method to further determine its genotyping accuracy. A total of 282 samples, including 171 from April 2016 (the 13 remaining had too low of a viral load for HRCS), 5 selected with double infections, and 106 from screening, were analyzed by both methods, and 220 were analyzed only by the C4800. The C4800 correctly subtyped 125 of 126 1a/1b samples, and the 1 remaining sample was reported as genotype 1. The C4800 correctly genotyped 38 of 45 non-1a/1b samples (classified by HRCS), and it reported the remaining 7 samples as indeterminate. One hundred two of 106 non-1a/1b genotype samples that were identified using the C4800 for screening were confirmed by HRCS. In the 4 remaining samples, 3 were correctly reported as genotype 1 (without defining the subtype) and 1 was reported as indeterminate. None of the samples were misgenotyped. Four of 7 samples with double HCV infections were correctly genotyped by the C4800. Excluding the 5 selected double-infected samples, the C4800 showed 95.7% concordant results for genotyping HCVs 2 to 6 and 1a/1b subtyping, and 99.2% concordance for subtyping 1a/1b single infections in clinical samples. To improve laboratory workflow, we propose using the C4800 as a first-line test for HCV genotyping and 1a/1b classification, followed by

  10. Indices chimiques pour l'évaluation de l'état diagénétique des huiles et des roches sapropéliques Chemical Evidence for Evaluating the Diagenetic State of Sapropelic Oils and Rocks

    Du Rouchet J.


    Full Text Available Les analyses chromatographiques des vapeurs produites par le chauffage à 220 °C d'huiles brutes et de roches mettent en évidence une augmentation avec la diagenèse des teneurs en n-alcanes relativement aux teneurs en cyclones et en iso-alcanes. Une étude statistique permet de préciser la regularite de l'evolution des rapports des teneurs en n-C 6 et en méthylcyclopentane etdes teneurs en n-C 7 et en I-trans-2-diméthylcyclopentane et met en évidence pour les roches une corrélation significative entre ces rapports et les réflectances de la vitrinite. Ces rapports peuvent donc être considérés comme des indicateurs diagénétiques; ils paraissent être moins dépendants des caractéristiques particulières de la matière organique originelle que les couples pristane-n-C 17 et phytane-n-C 18 habituellement utilisés pour repérer l'état d'évolution des huiles et des extraits de roche. Une calibration en termes de réflectance de la vitrinite est proposée. Chromatographic analyses of the vapors produced by crude cils and rocks heated to 220°C reveal, with diagenesis, an increase in the n-alkane contents with respect to the cyclone and isoalkane contents. A statistical survey shows the regularity of the variation in the ratios of the n-C 6 and methylcyclopentane contents and the n-C7 and I-trans-2-dimethylcyclopentane contents and reveals a meaningful corrélation for rocks between these ratios and the vitrinite reflectances. Therefore, these ratios may be considered as diagenetic indicators. They appear to depend less on the particular properties of the original organic motter thon on the pristane/n-C 17 and phytane/n-C 18 pairs normally used to determine the state of evolution of ails and of rock extracts. A calibration in terms of vitrinite reflectance is proposed.

  11. Case report: When measured free T4 and free T3 may be misleading. Interference with free thyroid hormones measurements on Roche® and Siemens® platforms

    Lewandowski Krzysztof C


    Full Text Available Abstract A 59-year old female patient presented with apathy and 6 kg weight gain. Investigations revealed severe primary hypothyroidism (TSH>100 μIU/ml. L-thyroxine (L-T4 was started and titrated up to 75 μg, once daily, with clinical improvement. Other investigations revealed very high titres of anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO and anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg antibodies. After three months, there was a fall in TSH to 12.74 μIU/ml, however, with unexpectedly high free T4 (FT4 - 6.8 ng/ml and free T3 (FT3 - 6.7 pg/ml concentrations [reference range (rr: 0.8-1.9 ng/ml and 1.5-4.1 pg/ml (Siemens®, respectively]. At this stage L-T4 was stopped, and this was followed by a rapid increase in TSH (to 77.76 μIU/ml and some decrease in FT4 and FT3, however FT4 concentration remained elevated (2.1 ng/ml. Following this, L-T4 was restarted. On admission to our Department, she was clinically euthyroid on L-T4, 88 μg, once daily. Investigations on Roche® platform confirmed mildly elevated TSH - 5.14 (rr: 0.27-4.2 μIU/ml with high FT4 [4.59 (rr: 0.93-1.7 ng/ml] and FT3 [4.98 (rr: 2.6-4.4 pg/ml] concentrations. Other tests revealed hypoechogenic ultrasound pattern typical for Hashimoto thyroiditis. There was no discrepancy in calculated TSH value following TSH dilution (101% recovery. Concentrations of FT4 and FT3 were assessed on the day of discontinuation of L-T4 and after four days by the means of Abbott® Architect I 1000SR platform. These revealed FT4 and FT3 concentrations within the reference range [e.g., FT4 - 1.08 ng/ml (rr: 0.7-1.48] vs 4.59 ng/ml (rr: 0.93-1.7, Roche®, FT3 - 3.70 pg/ml (rr: 1.71-3.71 vs 4.98 (rr: 2.6-4.4, Roche®], confirming assay interference. Concentrations of ferritin and SHBG were normal. Conclusions Clinicians must be aware of possible assay interference, including the measurements of FT4 and FT3 in the differential diagnosis of abnormal results of thyroid function tests that do not fit the patient clinical

  12. Etude de l’activité pouzzolanique d’une roche andésitique en Algérie Study of the pozzolanic activity of an andesitic rock in Algeria

    Clastres P.


    Full Text Available Ce travail s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’accord programme Tassili N° 09 MDU 773 entre le Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Matériaux, USTO-Oran et le Laboratoire des Matériaux et Durabilité des Constructions (LMDC, INSA-UPS-Toulouse, France. La présente étude est une contribution aux travaux de la recherche de nouvelles sources d’approvisionnement en ajouts et en matières premières et la valorisation des matériaux naturels locaux utilisés dans la fabrication du ciment. Cette étude porte sur l’activité pouzzolanique des roches volcaniques, elle a pour but de comparer les caractéristiques physiques et mécaniques d’un mortier témoin à ciment de type CEMI 52,5R fourni par la firme Lafarge et d’un mortier à ciment du même type avec ajout dont les taux de substitution de la roche Andésitique est de 0- 40%. Dans notre travail, nous avons utilisé des roches volcaniques appartenant à la famille des Andésites, provenant de la région de Tipaza, Nord Ouest Algérois. L’étude des caractéristiques mécaniques et de l’indice de pouzzolanicité ont montré que les ciments fabriqués sont capables de remplacer certains ciments Portland pour une éventuelle utilisation dans le domaine de construction. This work is a part of the agreement programs Tassili N° 09 MDU 773 between Laboratory of Physic-chemistry Materials, USTO-Oran and Laboratory of Materials and Durability of Constructions (LMDC, INSA-UPS-Toulouse, France. The present study is an attempt to the research of new supply sources in admixtures and raw materials and the evaluation of local natural materials used in the manufacture of cement. It deals with the pozzolanic activity of the volcanic rocks and aims to compare the physical and mechanical characteristics of a mortar control made with cement CEMI 52,5R provided by Lafarge firm and of a mortar made with the same cement incorporated by different replacement rate of andesitic rock in a range of 0 – 40

  13. Mechanical Properties of Rocks: Pore Pressure and Scale Effects Propriétés mécaniques des roches : pression de pore et effets d'échelle

    Gueguen Y.


    Full Text Available Pore pressure plays a major role when considering rocks mechanical properties. In that field, the concept of effective pressure is a key one to deal with fluids mechanical effects. However, its frequent use has been the source of frequent confusing statements. Because of the various meanings which have been attached to that concept, an attempt is made in this paper to clarify it and examine the validity of its various uses relative to rock mechanical behaviour or rock properties. At a macroscopic scale, thermodynamics provides a powerful tool to investigate this. Reversible or irreversible thermodynamics provide general relationships of great interest. But because real rocks are non homogeneous systems, a microscopic approach is also required in order to analyze the mechanical properties from a description of the small scale processes. The microscopic approach is complementary of the macroscopic thermodynamic one as it leads to the calculation of the effective properties of the medium. In this last approach, effective medium theory is a powerful tool. The effective properties as derived from the microscale can be nicely combined to thermodynamic relations to interpret pore fluid pressure effects and scale effects. The example of elastic properties of porous rocks is more specifically emphasized to illustrate this because of both its intrinsic interest and importance as far as applications are concerned. La pression de pore joue un rôle de première importance dans la considération des propriétés mécaniques des roches. Dans ce domaine, le concept de contrainte effective est essentiel pour aborder les effets mécaniques. Toutefois, son utilisation fréquente a conduit à de nombreuses affirmations trompeuses. Compte tenu des significations diverses accordées à ce concept, nous tentons ici de le clarifier et examinons le domaine d'application de ses divers emplois dans le cadre du comportement mécanique ou des propriétés des roches. À l

  14. Symposium international PARAM 2002 : Identification et détermination des paramètres des sols et des roches pour les calculs géotechniques, Paris, 2-3 septembre 2002


    Les comptes rendus du symposium international sur l'identification et la détermination des paramètres des sols et des roches pour les calculs géotechniques, qui s'est tenu à Paris (France) les 2 et 3 septembre 2002, contiennent 61 communications. Ces communications traitent de sujets très variés et reflètent la situation actuelle de la recherche et de la pratique pour ce qui concerne le choix des paramètres pour les calculs de géotechnique. Les communications ont été réparties en quatre thème...

  15. The Cretaceous Source Rocks in the Zagros Foothills of Iran Les roches mères Crétacé de l'avant-pays du Zagros en Iran : un exemple de bassin intracratonique de grande dimension

    Bordenave M. L.


    Zagros, constituée par les 40 000 km2 du Dezful Embayment , une zone déprimée située dans la province du Khuzistan. Les accumulations d'huile sont associées à un système pétrolier d'âge Crétacé/Tertiaire comprenant six niveaux roches mères d'importance inégale : la partie inférieure de la formation Garau (Néocomien et les formations Gadvan (Barrémien, Ahmadi (Cénomanien inférieur, Gurpi (Sénonien et Pabdeh (Eocène. Ces intervalles sont à l'origine de 99 % des réserves d'huile découvertes à terre en Iran et produites dans deux réservoirs principaux : les calcaires de l'Asmari (Miocène inférieur et du Bangestan (Cénomanien. Ces réservoirs contiennent 330 milliards de barils en places, soit plus de 7 % des réserves mondiales actuelles. Cet article aborde le problème de la distribution des roches mères de l'avant pays iranien et de la partie iranienne du golfe Arabo-Persique. Les facteurs géologiques, océanologiques et climatiques favorisant la mise en place des conditions dysaérobiques et anaérobiques et le dépôt de sédiments riches en matière organique sont discutés. Le rôle de chacune de ces roches mères dans l'approvisionnement des accumulations d'huile est rapidement évoqué. Deux des roches mères Crétacé : la formation Garau déposée au Néocomien dans la région du Luristan, du nord-est du Khuzistan et de la partie nord-est du golfe Arabo-Persique et la formation Kazhdumi, déposée à l'Albien dans la partie centrale du Dezful Embayment, présentent un excellent potentiel pétrolier avec des valeurs initiales (avant maturation thermique de carbone organique pouvant parfois dépasser 10%, des Index d'Hydrogène (IH de l'ordre de 600 mg HC/g C et une épaisseur maximum supérieure à 300 m. La matière organique sédimentaire, d'origine algaire, contient de fortes teneurs en soufre, ce qui la qualifie comme un kérogène de type IIS. Ces roches mères se sont déposées dans les dépressions bien marquées faisant partie

  16. Une méthode précise pour la mise en évidence et l'étude de l'anisotropie dans les roches An Accurate Method for Detecting and Analyzing Anisotropy in Rocks

    Talebi S.


    Full Text Available L'objectif essentiel de cette recherche était de mettre au point une méthode expérimentale pour étudier l'anisotropie de la vitesse des ondes longitudinales (P dans les roches. Cette anisotropie aurait deux causes principales : d'une part, l'existence d'un réseau de pores, de fissures ou de microfissures, distribué de façon anisotrope dans la roche et d'autre part, la structure elle-même, dont l'anisotropie résulte de la nature des minéraux et de leur disposition. Dans un premier temps, nous avons commencé les essais sur des échantillons de carotte, forés dans trois directions perpendiculaires X, Y et Z d'un bloc de deux types de grès : grès des Vosges et grès de Fontainebleau. La vitesse du son a été mesurée sur 3 à 4 sections de carotte avec des intervalles de 30° (6 directions. Elles se distribuent nettement selon une ellipse, appelée l'ellipse d'anisotropie. Ces ellipses ont été tracées par mini-ordinateur et ont permis de mettre en évidence l'état d'anisotropie et l'homogénéité des carottes. La méthode est tellement précise qu'une erreur de repérage des axes sur un échantillon (Y de grès des Vosges a été détectée et certifiée à l'aide de direction des micas. Nous avons effectué le même essai sur les mêmes échantillons saturés sous vide. Une tendance générale à l'augmentation des vitesses, la diminution du degré d'anisotropie (le rapport de Vmax/Vmin et le changement de position de l'axe d'anisotropie a été observée. La comparaison des résultats secs et saturés permet d'avoir une idée de la nature des vides et de leur rôle dans l'anisotropie globale. Dans l'étape suivante de l'étude, nous avons mis au point une méthode de mesure sur les cubes à faces tronquées (66 faces au maximum de différents types de roches (2 grès, 2 marbres, 1 andésite, 1 balsate, et 1 calcaire. Les valeurs de vitesses des ondes (P ont été mesurées et reportées sur un diagramme de Schmidt. Ensuite

  17. 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

    王凡; 蒋红君


    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

  18. Application of paper chromatography to the determination of some elements in minerals and rocks; Application de la chromatographie sur papier a la determination de certains elements dans les mineraux et les roches

    Agrinier, H. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay-aux-Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires


    This publication describes our work in applying paper chromatography to the fields of mineralogy and geology. We have studied the separation and determination of the following elements: Nb, Ta, Ti, Co, Cu, Mn, Sn, Ge, As, Sb, Bi, U, Th, Be, Au, Pb, Zn, V and Mo. The development of separation methods for these various elements has led us to solve many interference problems. These methods make it possible to separate and measure mineral components. They also enable us to search for trace elements in ores, rocks soils and carbonaceous materials. Finally let us point out that this technique may equally be used for analysis in very radioactive environment. (author) [French] Dans cette etude, nous etendons le champ d'application de la chromatographie sur papier aux domaines de la mineralogie et de la geologie. Nous avons etudie la separation et la determination des elements suivants: Nb, Ta, Ti, Co, Cu, Mn, Sn, Ge, As, Sb, Bi, U, Th, Be, Au, Pb, Zn, V et Mo. La mise au point des methodes de separation concernant ces differents elements nous a amenes a resoudre de nombreux problemes d'interference. Ces methodes permettent la separation et le dosage des constituants des mineraux, ainsi que la recherche d'elements en traces dans les minerais, les roches, les sols et les materiaux carbonnes. Signalons pour terminer que cette technique peut egalement trouver son utilisation dans le domaine de l'analyse en milieu tres radio-actif. (auteur)

  19. [Comparison between the centrifugation on MPA C10 (Roche Diagnostics) and the centrifugation according recommendations of GEHT (Groupe d'étude de l'hémostase et de la thrombose) for the daily hemostasis assays].

    Flamant, Fabrice; Borg, Jeanne-Yvonne; Lenormand, Bernard; Le Cam-Duchez, Véronique


    Actually, many laboratories tend to acquire pre analytic automates to prepare specimens for analysis. For haemostasis, these pre analytical modules are not always in agreement with the recommendations from the Groupe d'étude de l'hémostase et de la thrombose (GEHT). For example in the MPA C10 module (Roche Diagnostics) the speed of centrifugation was not rather fast compared with the GEHT recommandations. Then, to be able to use this automate for routine coagulation assays, we compared results of Quick time, activated partial prothombin time, fibrinogen, factor II, factor V, factor VII, factor X and antithrombin levels and unfractioned heparin anti-Xa activity measurement after MPA (1,885 g - 999 sec) or GEHT (2,500 g - 900 sec) protocol of centrifugation. First, we verified platelet counts: in 82% of specimens, the platelet counts were under 10.10(9)/L after centrifugation on MPA module. Moreover, a good correlation was observed in all comparisons. Then we concluded the MPA C10 module was usable for routine coagulation tests.

  20. Etude de la distribution des terres rares et des autres éléments en traces dans les roches carbonatées du district minier de Bou-Azzer-Bleïda (Anti-Atlas, Maroc) : conséquences génétiques et variations à l'approche des minéralisations

    Zouita, Fouzia


    Différents types de roches carbonatées se trouvent dans les formations géologiques précambriennes du district minier de Bou-Azzer-Bleïda. Il s'agit de filons hydrothermaux ou de niveaux sédimentaires. L'utilisation de différentes méthodes d'analyses (dont la Spectrométrie de Masse à étincelles) permet de dresser l'inventaire des éléments majeurs et en traces y compris les Terres Rares dans ces différentes roches carbonatées. L'étude particulière de la répartition des Terres Rares dans ces mat...

  1. La difícil precisión de la noción de establecimiento permanente a través de la cláusula del agente dependiente (STS de 12 de enero de 2012, Caso Roche)

    Ribes Ribes, Aurora


    La autora examina críticamente la Sentencia del Tribunal Supremo español de 12 de enero de 2012, recaída al hilo del Caso Roche, en relación con la determinanción de la existencia o no de establecimiento permanente a efectos fiscales, a través de la precisión de la cláusula del agente dependiente.

  2. Grouped frequent sequential patterns derived from terrestrial image time series to monitor landslide behaviour - Application to the dynamics of the Sanières/Roche Plombée rockslide.

    Péricault, Youen; Pothier, Catherine; Méger, Nicolas; Trouvé, Emmanuel; Vernier, Flavien; Rigotti, Christophe; Malet, Jean-Philippe


    Image time series acquired with remote sensing methods based on optical terrestrial photogrammetry have great potential for understanding and monitoring the Earth surface dynamics at local scale, and are particularly interesting for landslide monitoring. Image correlation techniques can be applied to calculate the displacement fields, in either the image geometry or the terrain geometry if orthorectification procedures are applied. The resulting products are times series of displacement vectors for each epoch in which knowledge extraction techniques can be applied to discover relevant movement patterns in space and time. We used an unsupervised method (Grouped Frequent Sequential patterns / GFS-patterns) based on the mining of the displacement field. The method was originally developed for the analysis of time series of satellite images. It involves the extraction of trends / sub-trends affecting each pixel covering at least a minimum surface area and sufficiently connected to each other. The results of the mining are presented in spatio-temporal location maps (STL-map) of each GFS-pattern. In these maps, the spatial information is given by the pixel locations and the time information is displayed using a color ramp. The method is tested on a time series of 36 optical terrestrial images of the Sanières/Roche Plombée rockslide (South East French Alps) from 28 of July to 1 September 2014. From this series 35 2D displacement fields were calculated for epochs of three days, and the time series of vector magnitude and direction were analysed with GFS-patterns / STL-map. The method allowed identifying several patterns corresponding to different kinematical behaviour of the rockslide (long-term creep at the top of the slope, surficial movement of the debris at the base of the slope). The unsupervised knowledge extraction method GFS-pattern / STL-map, originally developed to analyse time series of satellite images showed in this study real possibilities of use for

  3. MODULAR ANALYTICS: A New Approach to Automation in the Clinical Laboratory

    Horowitz, Gary L.; Zaman, Zahur; Blanckaert, Norbert J. C.; Chan, Daniel W.; Dubois, Jeffrey A.; Golaz, Olivier; Mensi, Noury; Keller, Franz; Stolz, Herbert; Klingler, Karl; Marocchi, Alessandro; Prencipe, Lorenzo; McLawhon, Ronald W.; Nilsen, Olaug L.; Oellerich, Michael


    MODULAR ANALYTICS (Roche Diagnostics) (MODULAR ANALYTICS, Elecsys and Cobas Integra are trademarks of a member of the Roche Group) represents a new approach to automation for the clinical chemistry laboratory. It consists of a control unit, a core unit with a bidirectional multitrack rack transportation system, and three distinct kinds of analytical modules: an ISE module, a P800 module (44 photometric tests, throughput of up to 800 tests/h), and a D2400 module (16 photometric tests, throughp...

  4. Peer Group Learning in Roche Pharma Development

    Boulden, George P.; De Laat, Richard


    Pharma Development has used action learning to help participants in their 360[degrees] feedback programme develop their leadership competencies. The article describes how the programme was designed, supported and run across four sites over a period of 2 years. The programme was systematically evaluated and found to be successful in meeting its…

  5. Observations sur les microfaciès des roches sédimentaires prélevées sur la marge armoricaine Observations on the Microfacies of Sedimentary Rock Samples from the Armorican Margin

    Pastouret L.


    Full Text Available L'étude des dragages de roches et de sédiments effectués sur la marge armoricaine entre 47 et 48, de latitude Nord permet d'en préciser l'évolution paléogéographique et tectonique et de l'intégrer à celle du golfe de Gascogne. L'analyse de mi crofaciès des échantillons rocheux dont l'âge varie du Jurassique supérieur au Néogène met en évidence - d'une part, l'appartenance de la bordure nord de la marge armoricaine au domaine mésogéen au moins jusqu'au Crétacé moyen; - d'autre part, la permanence d'un régime de plate-forme carbonatée qui paraît fonctionner du Tithonique au Tertiaire inférieur, sur laquelle ont pu s'installer des édifices récifaux notamment au Crétacé moyen. Pendant toute cette période la sédimentation a compensé la subsidence; - enfin, l'accentuation de la subsidence à partir de l'Éocène (accompagnée d'une diminution de la production de calcium $ qui est vraisemblablement en relation avec les phénomènes tectoniques majeurs qui ont affecté à ce moment la bordure sud de la plaque européenne. A study of rock samples and sedimenis obtained by dredging from the Armorican Margin (47 ta 48° N brings new data on the paleogeographic and tectonic evolution of this ares in relation ta the formation of the Bay of Biscay. Microfacies ranging from the Upper Jurassic ta the Neogene show - the Armorican Margin until al least the Middle Cretaceous belongs to the Mesogean realm ; - carbonate platform regime prevails from the Tithonian to the Lower Tertiory with reef building occurring in the Middle Cretaceous. During this whole period in the area under consideration, sedimentation accounts for or even exceeds subsidence ; - the subsidence rate increases (and/or carbonate production decreases toward the end of the Eocene, and this may be related ta first order tectonic events offecting the southern part of the European plate.

  6. Smallpox and pan-orthopox virus detection by real-time 3'-minor groove binder TaqMan assays on the roche LightCycler and the Cepheid smart Cycler platforms.

    Kulesh, David A; Baker, Robert O; Loveless, Bonnie M; Norwood, David; Zwiers, Susan H; Mucker, Eric; Hartmann, Chris; Herrera, Rafael; Miller, David; Christensen, Deanna; Wasieloski, Leonard P; Huggins, John; Jahrling, Peter B


    We designed, optimized, and extensively tested several sensitive and specific real-time PCR assays for rapid detection of both smallpox and pan-orthopox virus DNAs. The assays are based on TaqMan 3'-minor groove binder chemistry and were performed on both the rapid-cycling Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler platforms. The hemagglutinin (HA) J7R, B9R, and B10R genes were used as targets for the variola virus-specific assays, and the HA and DNA polymerase-E9L genes were used as targets for the pan-orthopox virus assays. The five orthopox virus assays were tested against a panel of orthopox virus DNAs (both genomic and cloned) at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The results indicated that each assay was capable of detecting both the appropriate cloned gene and genomic DNA. The assays showed no cross-reactivity to the 78 DNAs in the USAMRIID bacterial cross-reactivity panel. The limit of detection (LOD) of each assay was determined to be between 12 and 25 copies of target DNA. The assays were also run against a blind panel of DNAs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on both the LightCycler and the Smart Cycler. The panel consisted of eight different variola virus isolates, five non-variola virus orthopox virus isolates, two varicella-zoster virus isolates, and one herpes simplex virus isolate. Each sample was tested in triplicate at 2.5 ng, 25 pg, 250 fg, and 2.5 fg, which represent 1.24 x 10(7), 1.24 x 10(5), 1.24 x 10(3), and 1.24 x 10(1) genome equivalents, respectively. The results indicated that each of the five assays was 100% specific (no false positives) when tested against both the USAMRIID panels and the CDC blind panel. With the CDC blind panel, the LightCycler was capable of detecting 96.2% of the orthopox virus DNAs and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. The Smart Cycler was capable of detecting 92.3% of the orthopox virus DNAs and between 75 and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs

  7. Smallpox and pan-Orthopox Virus Detection by Real-Time 3′-Minor Groove Binder TaqMan Assays on the Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler Platforms

    Kulesh, David A.; Baker, Robert O.; Loveless, Bonnie M.; Norwood, David; Zwiers, Susan H.; Mucker, Eric; Hartmann, Chris; Herrera, Rafael; Miller, David; Christensen, Deanna; Wasieloski, Leonard P.; Huggins, John; Jahrling, Peter B.


    We designed, optimized, and extensively tested several sensitive and specific real-time PCR assays for rapid detection of both smallpox and pan-orthopox virus DNAs. The assays are based on TaqMan 3′-minor groove binder chemistry and were performed on both the rapid-cycling Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler platforms. The hemagglutinin (HA) J7R, B9R, and B10R genes were used as targets for the variola virus-specific assays, and the HA and DNA polymerase-E9L genes were used as targets for the pan-orthopox virus assays. The five orthopox virus assays were tested against a panel of orthopox virus DNAs (both genomic and cloned) at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). The results indicated that each assay was capable of detecting both the appropriate cloned gene and genomic DNA. The assays showed no cross-reactivity to the 78 DNAs in the USAMRIID bacterial cross-reactivity panel. The limit of detection (LOD) of each assay was determined to be between 12 and 25 copies of target DNA. The assays were also run against a blind panel of DNAs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on both the LightCycler and the Smart Cycler. The panel consisted of eight different variola virus isolates, five non-variola virus orthopox virus isolates, two varicella-zoster virus isolates, and one herpes simplex virus isolate. Each sample was tested in triplicate at 2.5 ng, 25 pg, 250 fg, and 2.5 fg, which represent 1.24 × 107, 1.24 × 105, 1.24 × 103, and 1.24 × 101 genome equivalents, respectively. The results indicated that each of the five assays was 100% specific (no false positives) when tested against both the USAMRIID panels and the CDC blind panel. With the CDC blind panel, the LightCycler was capable of detecting 96.2% of the orthopox virus DNAs and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. The Smart Cycler was capable of detecting 92.3% of the orthopox virus DNAs and between 75 and 93.8% of the variola virus DNAs. However

  8. 77 FR 2071 - Medical Devices; Availability of Safety and Effectiveness Summaries for Premarket Approval...


    ..., 2011. P110020, FDA-2011-M-0601...... Roche Molecular COBAS 4800 BRAF V600 MUTATION August 17, 2011. Systems, Inc.. TEST. P110012, FDA-2011-M-0630...... Abbott Molecular, VYSIS ALK BREAK APART FISH PROBE August 26, 2011. Inc.. KIT; VYSIS PARAFFIN PRETREATMENT IV & POST HYBRIDIZATION WASH BUFFER KIT...

  9. Hepatoprotective Effect of Pandanus odoratissimus L Inflorescence ...

    Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research February 2016; 15 (2): 259-266. ISSN: 1596-5996 (print); .... Malaysia; known by locals in India as Ketaki, is used in Ayurvedic .... Cobas C 311 analyzer (Roche Diagnostics -. GmbH, D-68298 ...

  10. Observations on the Primary Migration of Oil in the la Luna Source Rocks of the Maracaibo Basin, Venezuela Observations de la migration primaire de l'huile dans les roches mères de la Formation de La Luna dans le bassin de Maracaïbo, Venezuela

    Talukdar S.


    Full Text Available In the present work, an integrated approach has been made to understand the primary migration of oil in the organic-rich, oil prone, predominantly carbonate source rocks of the La Luna Formation of the Maracaibo Basin. Geochemical data on source rock extracts and the simulation of oil generation by hydrous-pyrolysis experiments indicate that the primary migration and expulsion of oil began at an early stage of thermal maturity and that the bulk oil expulsion at peak generation could have been as high as 75%. Fluorescence and transmitted light petrography of the source rocks at different maturity levels show the dominant mode of oil expulsion through microfractures. It is interpreted from the geochemical and geological data that the primary migration of oil in the La Luna source rocks took place as a separate oil phase through microfractures caused by the excess fluid pressure due to hydrocarbon generation. The oils expelled from the La Luna source are enriched in saturated hydrocarbons and depleted in resins + asphaltenes compared to the La Luna rock extracts. However the distributions of n-alkanes, in the oils and the rock extracts are very similar, which suggest that fractionation of the n-alkanes did not occur during the primary migration. In the Maracaibo Basin, updip lateral primary migration of oil within the La Luna source system seem to have occurred for a considerable distance. Local internal migration has been observed at a relatively early stage of maturity. Cette étude consiste en une approche intégrée cherchant à comprendre la migration primaire de l'huile dans les roches mères de la Formation de La Luna dans le bassin de Maracaïbo, riches en matière organique, génératrices d'huile et à dominante carbonatée. Les données géochimiques sur des extraits de roches mères et la simulation de genèse d'huile par des expériences de pyrolyse en présence d'eau indiquent que la migration primaire et l'expulsion de l'huile ont

  11. Generation of Anomalous Internal Pressures in Source Rocks and Its Role in Driving Petroleum Migration La genèse de pressions internes anormales dans les roches mères et son rôle de poussée dans la migration du pétrole

    Barker C.


    . La présence de gaz conduit à des comportements très différents et la pression de pores dans les roches mères inférieure à la normale à moins qu'il n'y ait une genèse suffisante de la matière organique en hydrocarbures pour la compenser. En l'absence d'une genèse continue (c'est-à-dire pour le méthane biogénique, le gaz se dissout régulièrement et les pressions chutent considérablement en dessous de la pression hydrostatique. A l'inverse, sur les élévations, les systèmes gazéifères ont tendance à la surpression et la pression peut atteindre la charge de fracturation de la roche. Le craquage thermique des bitumes qui restent dans une roche mère au cours de l'enfouissement va de pair avec une augmentation de volume et, dans un pore isolé, le système des pressions atteint des valeurs élevées. Il suffit qu'un pour cent des bitumes de type huile soit transformé en gaz pour que la pression atteigne la charge pour laquelle la fracturation de la roche est une conséquence inévitable.

  12. Routine screening of blood donations at Qingdao central blood bank, China, for hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA with a real-time, multiplex nucleic acid test for HBV, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus Types 1 and 2.

    Yang, Zhongsi; Xu, Lei; Liu, Li; Feng, Qiuxia; Zhang, Longmu; Ma, Weijuan; Saldanha, John; Wang, Mingmin; Zhao, Lin


    The Roche cobas TaqScreen MPX test was used to evaluate the rate of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative donations that were hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA reactive from June 2010 to January 2011 in Qingdao, China. HBsAg-negative samples from 65,800 voluntary blood donors were tested with the cobas TaqScreen MPX test in pools of 6 on the Roche cobas s 201 blood screening platform. Samples positive for HBV DNA and negative for HBsAg were quantitated with the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HBV test. In addition, serologic tests for HBsAg, hepatitis B surface antibody, anti-hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc), anti-hepatitis B e antigen (anti-HBe), and hepatitis B e antigen (HBe) were done using the Roche electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. A total of 80 nucleic acid amplification technology (NAT) test-reactive pools were identified and 59 pools (74%) resolved to a reactive sample. All samples were HBV DNA reactive and the viral load in each sample was quantitated. The viral loads of the samples ranged from less than 20 to 34,600 IU/mL; 13 samples (22%) had viral loads of more than 20 IU/mL, 27 samples (45.8%) had viral loads of less than 20 IU/mL, and 19 samples (32.2%) had undetectable viral loads. Of the 59 NAT-reactive samples, 40 (67.8%) were anti-HBc positive. Fifteen of the 59 samples could not be confirmed as NAT reactive either by an alternative NAT test or by serology. The HBV NAT yield in blood donors in Qingdao is 0.06% (38/65,800). This study confirmed the value of NAT for interdicting HBV-positive donations and preventing transfusion-transmitted HBV infections. © 2013 American Association of Blood Banks.

  13. Performance and Verification of a Real-Time PCR Assay Targeting the gyrA Gene for Prediction of Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

    Hemarajata, P; Yang, S; Soge, O O; Humphries, R M; Klausner, J D


    In the United States, 19.2% of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates are resistant to ciprofloxacin. We evaluated a real-time PCR assay to predict ciprofloxacin susceptibility using residual DNA from the Roche Cobas 4800 CT/NG assay. The results of the assay were 100% concordant with agar dilution susceptibility test results for 100 clinical isolates. Among 76 clinical urine and swab specimens positive for N. gonorrhoeae by the Cobas assay, 71% could be genotyped. The test took 1.5 h to perform, allowing the physician to receive results in time to make informed clinical decisions.

  14. The method of evaluation and establishment of reference intervals of serum iron in the Roche ModularDDP automatic biochemical analyzer%罗氏ModularDDP全自动生化分析仪检测血清铁的方法学评价及参考区间建立

    廖君群; 毕小云


    Objective To evaluate the serum iron(SI) detection method in the Roche ModularDDP automatic biochemical analyzer,and establish the laboratory reference range. Methods We collected 240 samples of healthy people,detected SI with FerroZine spectrophotometry and established the laboratory reference interval. According to American Society for Clinical Laboratory Standards Committee EP documents, the detection of SI was evaluated with the precision, accuracy, linearity, detection limit (detection limit) and interference. Results The accuracy of SI was below 2%, the accuracy was between 97. 93% and 103. 48%,with minimum detection limit as 0. 28 μmol/L,the linearity was from 0. 95 μmol/L to 184. 40 μmol/L. Hemoglobin((第3版)血清铁测定的参考区间有明显差异,说明该参考区间不可直接引用,也说明了进行方法学评价的重要性.

  15. Étude de la mouillabilité des roches réservoir à l'échelle du pore par cryomicroscopie électronique à balayage Wettability of Reservoir Rock At the Pore Scale: Contribution of Cryo-Scanning Electron Microscopy

    Fassi-Fihri O.


    Full Text Available Le but de cette étude est de caractériser, à l'échelle du pore, la mouillabilité des roches réservoir, en relation avec leur géométrie et/ou leur minéralogie. Cette caractérisation se fait, après congélation des échantillons, par l'observation de la distribution des fluides au sein du milieu poreux (saumure et huile brute, en microscopie électronique à balayage. Les expériences ont d'abord été effectuées sur des roches modèles parfaitement mouillables à l'eau, verre fritté et grès naturels. Certains de ces minéraux ont été rendus hydrophobes par greffage de silane. L'étude de ces systèmes a mis en évidence une corrélation entre la mouillabilité et la distribution des fluides. Puis, une roche réservoir (grès argileux de la formation de Brent, de mer du Nord connue comme étant de mouillabilité intermédiaire a été étudiée. Un travail précédent (étude de déplacements eau/huile par tomographie X avait abouti à la conclusion que si ces roches présentaient des hétérogénéités de mouillabilité, l'échelle de ces hétérogénéités devait être inférieure au millimètre. Les études de cryomicroscopie ont montré le caractère hydrophobe de la kaolinite, tandis que les illites, le quartz et les feldspaths sont préférentiellement mouillables à l'eau. L'imbibition spontanée d'huile pourrait ainsi être attribuée à l'existence au sein de la roche d'un réseau de kaolinite, tandis que l'imbibition spontanée de saumure serait due à l'existence d'un second réseau plus ou moins imbriqué avec le premier et constitué des autres minéraux. Un autre cas de roche réservoir a été étudié, à savoir un carbonate du Moyen-Orient. Les mésopores intergranulaires y ont été observés comme étant mouillables à l'huile tandis que les micropores restaient mouillables à l'eau. Dans ce cas, la mouillabilité intermédiaire de ces échantillons s'explique par la géométrie plutôt que par la min

  16. Systemic and Pulmonary Hypertension After Resuscitation with Cell-Free Hemoglobin


    according to published standards (24). Inorganic phosphate was measured on a blood chemistry analyzer (Cobas-Fara; Roche Diagnostic Systems, Nutley, NJ...alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) on the blood chemistry analyzer . The final 4 ml of blood was heparinized, centrifuged...milliliter of blood was placed in 2 ml of ice-cold perchioric acid (70% wt/vol), which was used to determine whole blood lactate in the blood chemistry

  17. Blood-Banking Techniques for Plateletpheresis in Swine


    mL Fatal Plus, Vortech Pharmaceuticals , Dearborn, MI) while under surgical anesthesia. Validation procedures. Plateletpheresed platelets. The AABB...blood gas analysis (COBAS b221 Blood Analyzer System, Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN), assessment of platelet function by in vivo energy substrate. Biochim Biophys Acta 842:214–224. 43. Yuasa T, Ohto H, Yasunaga R, Kai T, Shirahama N, Ogata T. 2004. Improved

  18. Comparison of the Roche RealTime ready Influenza A/H1N1 Detection Set with CDC A/H1N1pdm09 RT-PCR on samples from three hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Tham, Nguyen thi; Hang, Vu thi Ty; Khanh, Trong Huu; Viet, Do Chau; Hien, Tran Tinh; Farrar, Jeremy; van Vinh Chau, Nguyen; van Doorn, H. Rogier


    Background Real-time PCR can be considered the gold standard for detection of influenza viruses due to its high sensitivity and specificity. Roche has developed the RealTime ready Influenza A/H1N1 Detection Set, consisting of a generic influenza virus A PCR targeting the M2 gene (M2 PCR) and a specific PCR targeting the HA of A/H1N1-pdm09 (HA PCR, 2009 H1N1), with the intention to make a reliable, rapid, and simple test to detect and quantify 2009 H1N1 in clinical samples. Methods We evaluated this kit against the USCDC/WHO real-time PCR for influenza virus using 419 nose and throat swabs from 210 patients collected in 3 large hospitals in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. Results In the per patient analysis, when compared to CDC PCR, the sensitivity and specificity of the M2 PCR were 85.8 and 97.6%, respectively; the sensitivity and specificity of HA PCR were 88.2 and 100%, respectively. In the per sample analysis, the sensitivity and specificity in nose swabs were higher than in throat swabs for both M2 and HA PCRs. The viral loads as determined with the M2 and HA PCRs correlated well with the Ct values of the CDC PCR. Conclusion Compared with the CDC PCR, the kit has a reasonable sensitivity and very good specificity for the detection and quantification of Influenza A virus and A/H1N1-pdm09. However, given the current status of 2009 H1N1, a kit that can detect all circulating seasonal influenza viruses would be preferable. PMID:22785431

  19. In the heart of rock; Au coeur de la roche



    This educational document gives a presentation of the Andra underground research laboratory of Bure (Haute-Marne and Meuse, France) devoted to the study of the underground disposal of radioactive wastes. The document is presented in the form of a comics. It describes the geological setting of the laboratory, located in the eastern edge of the Paris basin, the properties of the Callovian-Oxfordian clay layer, the digging of the boreholes and galleries, the mine-by test and its instrumentation, the backfilling and sealing of the galleries and the reversibility of the burial of radioactive waste containers. (J.S.)

  20. Mida roheline tarbija tahab / Catherine Roche ; intervjueerinud Michael S. Hopkins

    Roche, Catherine, 1977-


    2008. a. tehtud uuringust, mille abil selgitati välja, mis põhjustel inimesed eelistavad tarbimisel rohelist tootevalikut. Skeemid: Valmisolek maksta rohelise eest rohkem sõltub tootekategooriast ja tajutavatest eelistest; Teadlikkus ja valik

  1. Mida roheline tarbija tahab / Catherine Roche ; intervjueerinud Michael S. Hopkins

    Roche, Catherine, 1977-


    2008. a. tehtud uuringust, mille abil selgitati välja, mis põhjustel inimesed eelistavad tarbimisel rohelist tootevalikut. Skeemid: Valmisolek maksta rohelise eest rohkem sõltub tootekategooriast ja tajutavatest eelistest; Teadlikkus ja valik

  2. A Riemann-Roch Theoremfor One-Dimensional Complex Groupoids

    Perrot, Denis

    We consider a smooth groupoid of the form Σ⋊Γ, where Σ is a Riemann surface and Γ a discrete pseudogroup acting on Σ by local conformal diffeomorphisms. After defining a K-cycle on the crossed product C0(Σ)⋊Γ generalising the classical Dolbeault complex, we compute its Chern character in cyclic cohomology, using the index theorem of Connes and Moscovici. This involves in particular a generalisation of the Euler class constructed from the modular automorphism group of the von Neumann algebra L∞(Σ)⋊Γ.

  3. Le souffre thiophénique dans les pétroles et les extraits de roche. Analyse par spectrométrie de masse et chromatographie en phase gazeuse Mass-Spectrometry and Gas-Chromatography Analysis of Thiophene Sulfur in Oil and Rock Extracts

    Castex H.


    Full Text Available On étudie par spectrométrie de masse à haute résolution la répartition du soufre thiophénique par coupe de distillation et par nombre de carbone dans la fraction > C10 d'un pétrole brut. Parallèlement on chromatographie à l'aide d'un détecteur sélectif à photométrie de flamme les diverses fractions thiophéniques. L'examen des chromatogrammes permet de déterminer les zones dé réponse et l'allure générale des différentes coupes thiophéniques. Les applications sont variées : on vérifie le bien-fondé de l'utilisation d'un spectromètre de masse à basse résolution pour les analyses en routine d'huiles brutes et on peut, par la connaissance des différents profils de type thiophénique prévoir des analogies ou des différences au sein d'huiles brutes et d'extraits de roche d'un même bassin pétrolier, ce qui limite le nombre d'échantillons à analyser en détail. High-resolution mass spectrometry is used to analyze the distribution of thiophenic sulfur per distillation cut and per carbon number in the > C10 fraction of a crude oil. At the same time, a selective flame-photometry sensor is used to chromatograph the different thiophenic fractions. An analysis of the chromatograms serves to determine the response zones and the general aspect of the different thiophenic cuts. There are various applications of this process. The validity of using a low-resolution mass spectrometer is checked for routine crude-cil analyses. By determining the different profiles of the thiophenic type, similarities or differences can be predicted in the crude cils and rock extracts from the saure cil basin. This limits the number of samples having to be analyzed in detail.

  4. Proposition d'explication de la formation d'hydrogène sulfuré dans les stockages souterrains de gaz naturel par réduction des sulfures minéraux de la roche magasin Proposed Explanation of Hydrogen-Sulfide Formation in Underground Natural-Gas Storage Structures by Reduction of Mineral Sulfides in the Reservoir Rock.

    Bourgeois J. P.


    Full Text Available La formation d'hydrogène sulfuré dans les structures de stockage peu expliquer autrement que par l'action de bactéries sulfato-réductrices. La contenue dans la roche magasin constitue une source de sulfures capable d'alimenter en H2S le gaz naturel. La réduction de la pyrite en sulfures du type Fe 1-x S et l'équilibre de dissolution précipitation, lié principalement à la pression de CO2, dans les structures stockages, constituent un processus de formation d'H2S capable d'expliquer tativement et quantitativement les phénomènes observés sur le terrain. Un modèle simplifié de stockage reprend ce schéma et teste la sensibililté de la teneur en H2S à la valeur des paramètres physiques et chimiques définissant le stockage. Cette étude permet de proposer un certain nombre d'actions susceptibles de limiter la formation d'H2S et d'orienter les choix futurs du couple gaz naturel - structures de stockage. The formation of hydrogen sulfide in storage structures can be explained otherwise thon by the action of sulfate-reducing bacteria. The pyrite contained in the reservoir rock makes up a source of sulfides capable of supplying the natural gas with H2S.Reduction of pyrite ta sulfides of the Fe,-,S type and the dissolution precipitation equilibrium, linked mainly ta C02 pressure in storage structures, make up an H2S for-mation process capable of qualitatively and quantitatively explained phenomena observed in the field.A simplified storage model reflects this scheme and can be used ta test the sensi-tivity of the H2S content ta the value of the physical and chemical parameters defining the storage structure.This investigation can be used to propose various means of action (sable ta "mit H2S formation and ta guide future choices of natural gas/storage-structure pairs.

  5. Approche numérique et quantitative de l'étude sur clichés aériens de la fracturation des réservoirs en roches fissurées Numerical and Quantitative Approach to Investigating Fracture Maps of Fissured Reservoirs from Airphotos

    Razack M.


    Full Text Available Dans le cadre de la détermination de la structure des réservoirs en roches fissurées, une méthodologie de traitement numérique et quantitative de la fractu-ration relevée sur clichés aériens a été mise au point. La numérisation du relevé est obtenue par digitalisation sur un lecteur de courbes. Cette information est ensuite traitée à l'aide d'un algorithme (programme RAFRAC qui permet d'identifier numériquement la fracturation par un ensemble de para-mètres élémentaires (orientation, longueur , densité... à partir desquels il devient possible de procéder à une analyse approfondie du champ de fractures considéré. Un exemple d'application est présenté à propos de l'étude de la fracturation d'une zone à structure tabulaire (Causse du Larzac. Ces premiers résultats tendent à mettre en évidence une double nature mathématique de l'information analysée aléatoire d'une part, déterministe d'autre part. On montre également, à partir de la théorie desvariables régionalisées, que la fracturation suit une certaine logique dans sa répartition spatiale. Par ailleurs une organisation des familles de fractures a pu être mise en évidence, sur laquelle la structure géométrique du réservoir sous-jacent s'ajuste de façon très proche. As part of efforts ta determine the structure of reservoirs in fissured rocks, a numerical and quantitative processing methodology has been developed for mapping fractures with airphotos. The survey is digitized on a curve reader. This data is then processed by means of an algorithm (RAFRAC program sa as ta numerically identify fracturing by a set of elementary parameters (direction, length, density, etc. which con be used ta make an in-depth analysis of the fracture field being considered. A sample application is described having ta do with the surveying of the fracturing in a tabular structure (Causse plateau of Larzac. These initial results tend to reveol a dual mathematical nature

  6. Rock Permeability and Fluid Pressure At the Ktb. Implications from Laboratory-And Drill Hole-Measurements Perméabilité des roches et pression dans le KTB : enseignements tirés des mesures de laboratoire et des mesures en puits

    Zimmermann G.


    Full Text Available Rock permeability and the fluid pressure were investigated at different scales at the two drill holes of the Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB. Drill hole tests and fluid inclusion investigations both implicate the existence of hydrostatic fluid pressure in situ with respect to salinity of the formation fluid. Matrix permeability and in situ values from hydraulic tests differ up to three decades with higher values in situ. Further on, the pressure dependence of core permeability and in situ determined values differ significantly. All these observed effects support the well known theory of scale variance. This conclusion is supported by observations of hydraulic communications between both drill holes. These scale effects implicate a pronounced hydraulic heterogeneity of the KTB surroundings. Therefore, stochastic network modelling with parameters derived from structural borehole measurements and under the consideration of the observed permeabilities were performed. Under the presumption of existing driving forces fluid transport takes place dominantly on discrete connected pathways characterised by fracture width, fracture length and fracture orientation and is subordinate in the rock matrix. La perméabilité des roches et la pression des fluides ont été étudiées à différentes échelles sur les deux forages du Programme continental de forage profond - Continental Deep Drilling Program (KTB. Les essais de puits et les recherches d'inclusions de fluides impliquent l'existence d'une pression de fluide fonction de la salinité du fluide de formation. Les valeurs déduites des essais de puits dépassent largement les perméabilités matricielles, l'écart allant jusqu'à trois ordres de grandeur. De plus, l'évolution de la perméabilité mesurée sur échantillon en fonction de la pression et celle déterminée in situ diffèrent largement. Ces observations renforcent la théorie bien connue des effets d'échelle. Cette conclusion est

  7. Propagation des ondes élastiques dans les matériaux non linéaires Aperçu des résultats de laboratoire obtenus sur les roches et des applications possibles en géophysique Propagation of Elastic Waves in Nonlinear Materials Survey of Laboratory Results on Rock and Geophysical Applications

    Rasolofosaon P.


    Full Text Available Les roches présentent souvent un comportement élastique nettement non linéaire, entraînant des conséquences importantes sur la propagation des ondes. Cette non-linéarité élastique est surtout causée par les microdéfauts mécaniques ubiquistes (microfissures, joints de grains, macles, etc. dont la rigidité varie sous l'effet de la contrainte. Ce sujet fait l'objet d'études de plus en plus nombreuses. Nous nous proposons de présenter très sommairement les bases théoriques et les résultats expérimentaux permettant d'avoir un ordre de grandeur des effets caractéristiques observés dans les roches afin de pouvoir proposer une approche critique des possibilités d'applications en géophysique. Deux disciplines se sont développées en parallèle à partir du même principe physique et avec des formalismes très proches : - L'acousto-élasticité étudie l'effet des précontraintes statiques sur les vitesses de propagation des ondes élastiques. On dispose d'un formalisme mécanique élaboré permettant de relier quantitativement variation de contrainte et variation de vitesse élastique (par exemple pour ce qui concerne l'anisotropie acoustique induite par un état de contrainte et d'une méthode expérimentale de mesure des coefficients de non-linéarité. - L'acoustique non linéaire s'intéresse aux conséquences de la variation des modules élastiques au passage d'une onde qui ne peut plus être considérée comme une petite perturbation, mais qui induit localement des modifications mesurables du milieu de propagation ; modifications entraînant l'apparition de phénomènes inconnus en acoustique linéaire tels que la génération d'harmoniques et l'interaction onde-onde. Les applications à la sismique pétrolière semblent fort lointaines puisque, avec les méthodes classiques de surface ou de puits, il y a peu d'espoir de réussir à faire propager jusqu'aux couches profondes des ondes dont l'amplitude dépasserait le seuil de

  8. Evolution of the Petrophysical and Mineralogical Properties of Two Reservoir Rocks Under Thermodynamic Conditions Relevant for CO2 Geological Storage at 3 km Depth Évolution des propriétés physiques et minéralogiques de deux roches réservoirs dans des conditions thermodynamiques correspondant à un stockage géologique de CO2 à 3 km de profondeur

    Rimmelé G.


    est considérée comme une solution pour contribuer à la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère. Les interactions entre le CO2 supercritique et la roche-réservoir potentielle doivent être étudiées en détail en conditions de stockage géologique. Quarante échantillons de calcaire de Lavoux et de grès d’Adamswiller, provenant de roches réservoirs du bassin parisien, ont été expérimentalement exposés au CO2 dans un autoclave spécialement construit pour reproduire les conditions thermodynamiques d’un réservoir de stockage de CO2. Les deux types de roches ont été exposés pendant un mois à du CO2 supercritique humide et à de l’eau saturée en CO2, à 28 MPa et 90 °C, ce qui correspond à des conditions d’enfouissement de 3 km de profondeur. L’évolution de leurs propriétés minéralogiques a été suivie par des analyses par diffraction des rayons X, par spectroscopie Raman et par microscopie électronique couplée à un système de microanalyses X. Leurs propriétés physiques et microtexturales ont été estimées en mesurant, avant et après les expériences, le poids, la densité, les propriétés mécaniques, la perméabilité, la porosité globale et la présence d’éventuels gradients de porosité de chaque échantillon. Les résultats montrent que les deux roches ont préservé leurs propriétés mécaniques et minéralogiques, malgré une augmentation de la porosité et de la perméabilité. Des zones microscopiques de dissolution de la calcite observées dans le calcaire sont vraisemblablement responsables de cette augmentation de la perméabilité et de la porosité. Dans le grès, une altération de la pétro-fabrique est supposée se produire due à la réaction des minéraux argileux avec le CO2. Tous les échantillons du calcaire de Lavoux et du grès d’Adamswiller ont montré une altération mesurable dans le CO2 humide et dans l’eau chargée en CO2. Ces expériences en autoclave sont

  9. Comparative evaluation of three commercial systems for detection of high-risk human papillomavirus in cervical and vaginal ThinPrep PreservCyt samples and correlation with biopsy results.

    Binnicker, M J; Pritt, B S; Duresko, B J; Espy, M J; Grys, T E; Zarka, M A; Kerr, S E; Henry, M R


    Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the etiologic agent of more than 99% of all cervical cancers worldwide, with 14 genotypes being considered oncogenic or "high risk" because of their association with severe dysplasia and cervical carcinoma. Among these 14 high-risk types, HPV-16 and -18 account for approximately 70% of cervical cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate three FDA-approved HPV nucleic acid-based tests for the ability to predict high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CIN2 or worse) in corresponding tissue biopsy specimens. Residual specimens (total n = 793, cervical n = 743, vaginal n = 50) collected in ThinPrep PreservCyt medium with a cytologic result of ≥ atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance were tested by the Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2) assay (Qiagen, Gaithersburg, MD), the cobas HPV test (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN), and the APTIMA HPV assay (Hologic, San Diego, CA). Genotyping for HPV-16 and HPV-18 was simultaneously performed by the cobas HPV test. Results were compared to cervical or vaginal biopsy findings, when they were available (n = 350). Among the 350 patients with corresponding biopsy results, 81 (23.1%) showed ≥ CIN2 by histopathology. The ≥ CIN2 detection sensitivity was 91.4% by the cobas and APTIMA assays and 97.5% by HC2 assay. The specificities of the cobas, APTIMA, and HC2 assays were 31.2, 42.0, and 27.1%, respectively. When considering only positive HPV-16 and/or HPV-18 genotype results, the cobas test showed a sensitivity and a specificity of 51.9 and 86.6%, respectively. While the HC2, cobas, and APTIMA assays showed similar sensitivities for the detection of ≥ CIN2 lesions, the specificities of the three tests varied, with the greatest specificity (86.6%) observed when the HPV-16 and/or HPV-18 genotypes were detected.

  10. Impact of Diagenetic Alterations on the Petrophysical and Multiphase Flow Properties of Carbonate Rocks Using a Reactive Pore Network Modeling Approach Impact des altérations diagénétiques sur les propriétés pétrophysiques et d’écoulement polyphasique de roches carbonates en utilisant une modélisation par l’approche réseau de pores

    Algive L.


    replacing the original complex pore structure of real porous media by a conceptual network. The second step consists of resolving the governing equations of the precipitation and dissolution phenomena (i.e. reactive convection diffusion equation in the conceptual 3D pore network and deducing the local reactive fluxes and the motion of the fluid-solid interface. The third step consists of updating the new pore structure and calculating the new petrophysical properties of the modified porous media. Those steps are repeated in order to mimic a given diagenetic scenario. Finally, the multiphase flow properties of the current porous media are calculated. The impact of one diagenetic cycle of dissolution and precipitation on the pore networks’ heterogeneity and consequently on the petrophysical properties (i.e. porosity and permeability and multiphase flow properties (i.e. relative permeability and capillary pressure have been investigated. The permeability and porosity evolution during a given diagenetic cycle are calculated and analyzed as a function of the relevant dimensionless numbers (Peclet and Damköhler numbers that characterize the flow and reaction regime. The correlation between these numbers and the dissolved/precipitated layer thickness distribution is investigated. This work contributes to improve the understanding of the impact of dissolution and precipitation on permeability and porosity modification. Using the PNM approach, multiphase flow properties and permeability-porosity relationship have been determined for different reactive flow regimes. These relationships are relevant input data to improve the quality of reservoir simulation predictions. Les roches sédimentaires présentent souvent une structure porale hétérogène qui est intrinsèquement liée à la texture de la roche d’origine et aux modifications diagénétiques subies. Ces altérations sont régies par la texture de la roche d’origine, les fluides impliqués (et les interactions rock

  11. EDTA interference in electrochemiluminescence ACTH assay.

    Toprak, Burak; Yalcin, Hulya; Arı, Elif; Colak, Ayfer


    Background As plasma is the recommended sample type for Roche adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) assay, we evaluated the effect of EDTA concentration on Cobas ACTH assay. Methods Samples containing twofold and fourfold higher concentrations of EDTA were prepared by adding plasma to empty K2EDTA tubes and by making under-filled EDTA tubes. All measurements were performed with four replicates. Results Increased EDTA concentration resulted in a significant decrease in ACTH concentration. Fifty-per cent-filled EDTA tube showed 19% decrease in ACTH concentration and 25% filled EDTA tube showed 50% decrease in ACTH concentration. Conclusion We recommend that inadequately filled EDTA specimens should be rejected when using Cobas ACTH assay.

  12. Evaluation of Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in cervical swabs from female sex workers in China.

    Yan Han

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: To evaluate the performance of the Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG among female sex workers (FSWs in China. METHODS: Cervical swabs from 997 participants were blindly detected by the Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay on the automated m2000 molecular platform and Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay. Discrepant analysis were confirmed by the Qiagen care CT PCR assay. The sample was defined as candidate nvCT-positive if it was CT positive in the Abbott m2000 assay, but CT negative in the other two assays. RESULTS: 25 specimens that were discordant for CT and 26 specimens that were discordant for NG between the two assays were resolved by Qiagen care CT & NG PCR assays. The sensitivity and specificity, respectively, for Abbott m2000 assay were 92.59% and 100% for CT and 95.45% and 99.90% for NG. The positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV of Abbott m2000 assay were100% and 98.52% for CT and 95.5% and 99.90% for NG, respectively. No candidate new-variant CT(nvCTspecimens were identified. CONCLUSION: Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay were more specify for CT and NG detection, however, its sensitivity for CT and NG were a little bit lower than Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay. Abbott RealTime CT/NG assay had higher PPV for NG detection than Roche Cobas Amplicor CT/NG assay; it would be more suitable for screening for population with low-prevalence NG. There is currently no evidence that nvCT is present in FSWs in China.

  13. Hemoglobin variants detected by hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) analysis and the effects on HbA1c measurements

    Nasir, Nadzimah Mohd; Thevarajah, M; Yean, Chew Yee


    Background: Hemoglobin (Hb) A1c is a tool widely used to monitor long-term glycemic control in diabetic patients. The objective of our study is to compare the HbA1c values measured on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immunoassay in patients who were detected to have hemoglobin variant after HbA1c analysis. Materials and Methods: We compared the HbA1c values measured using the Arkray Adams A1c HA-8160 (HPLC method) and Roche Cobas Integra (immunoturbidimetric method) from diab...

  14. Reference intervals for C-peptide and insulin derived from a general adult Danish population

    Larsen, Pia Bükmann; Linneberg, Allan; Hansen, Torben


    BACKGROUND: Despite international efforts to standardize C-peptide and insulin calibrators and immunoassays, platform dependent differences still exist, and platform specific reference intervals are hence needed for correct interpretation. We therefore wanted to establish traceable reference...... intervals for C-peptide and insulin. METHODS: In 623 consecutively recruited participants, insulin and C-peptide were measured using the Cobas e411 (Roche Diagnostics, Switzerland). Participants with diabetes were excluded (fasting Glucose ≥7.0mmol/L or HbA1c≥6.5%/≥48mmol/L) and reference intervals were...


    Tørring, Niels; Aulesa, C; Eiben, Bernd;


    Background Screening for fetal trisomy 21 (T21) in the first trimester includes analysis of the serological markers pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) and free beta choriogonadotropin (free βhCG). With the launch of these assays on the cobas e and Elecsys platforms, we investigated...... their clinical and analytical performance. Patients and Methods We conducted a multicenter study in 5397 pregnancies including 108 cases with verified fetal T21 at 8 to 14 weeks of gestation. A technical validation of the Roche Elecsys® free βhCG and PAPP-A assays were performed, including method comparisons...

  16. Analytical performance specifications: relating laboratory performance to quality required for intended clinical use.

    Dalenberg, Daniel A; Schryver, Patricia G; Klee, George G


    This article proposes analytic performance goals for five quality indicators: precision, trueness, linearity, detection limits, and consistency across instruments and time. We defined our goals using methods linked to clinical practice data. Goals for desirable precision and trueness are based on biological variation. Linearity goals are related to total error recommendations. Detection limit goals are derived from 0.1 percentile of patient values. Goals for consistency are derived from the variability of distributions of patient test values. Data were collected and evaluated for each of these quality indicators for 46 chemistry tests measured on the Roche cobas 8000 analyzer.

  17. Development of Targeted Nonionic Surfactant Vesicles for Treatment of Vascular Injury


    cardiac puncture. Plasma was analyzed for total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides on a Cobas Mira Plus analyzer (Yale...Phenotyping Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT LDL -direct reagents purchased from Roche; triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL ...787.6 ± 337.7 832.1 ± 517.3 701.4 ± 276.2 N 4 5 6 5 6 5 5 HDL -direct (mg/dl) 15.8 ± 6.1 11.4 ± 4.1 12.4 ± 3.4 11.7 ± 3.5 10.6 ± 4.1

  18. Uji Coba Penggunaan Limbah Air Kelapa Tua sebagai Bahan Dasar Media Isolasi

    Hanna Yolanda


    Full Text Available he culture media commonly used for isolation are imported and expensive. Many organic materials are naturally decomposed from complex organic compounds to simple ones by microbes. Based on this principles, this study wants to make isolation media with ripe coconut waste-water as based substance, so it can be considered as economical culture media. The method was laboratoric experimental by isolating tested bacteria with ripe coconut waste-water as based substance. The composition of the media were adjusted with MacConkey agar and blood agar base. Standard media were MacConkey agar and blood agar base. Control media were agar 15 g/L media and ripe coconut waste-water agar media. Tested bacteria were a number species of Enterobacteriaceae and positive gram cocci. The evaluated variables were macroscopic and microscopic images. Data was analized by Wilcoxon matched pairs test and sign test methods. This study did not find a significant differences (p>0.05 between standard media and ripe coconut waste-water media. Specific characteristics of tested bacteria, such as red colonies, mucoid, and hemolitic zone, were similar between standard media and ripe coconut waste-water media. The conclusion is ripe coconut waste-water can be used as base for isolation media substance of Enterobacteriaceae and gram positive cocci.

  19. On Coba and Cocok: youth-led drug-experimentation in Eastern Indonesia

    Hardon, A.; Idrus, N.I.


    The everyday lives of contemporary youths are awash with drugs to boost pleasure, moods, sexual performance, vitality, appearance and health. This paper examines pervasive practices of chemical ‘self-maximization’ from the perspectives of youths themselves. The research for this paper was conducted


    Djoko Kartono


    Full Text Available Trial The Management of Severe Malnourished Children of Nutrition Clinic Method, The Nutrition Research and Development Centre at Village Level.Background: Managerrent of severe malnutrition recommended by WHO should be in hospital. For family with severe malnourished child, generally poor, hospitalization means spend a lot of money. The alternative method is the out patient management developed by Nutrition Clinic of the Nutrition Research ard Development Centre.Objectives: To study the effectiveneess of management for severe malnourished of Nutrition Clinic method in village level (posyandu by village cadre.Methods: The study was carried out at 4 sub-districts in Bogor and Sukabumi, West Java. Sixty under-five children for group 1 and 60 for group 2 were selected. Three to five posyandu's cadres were selected in each village. Visit schedule to posyandu for group 1 was similar to that Nutrition Clinic while group 2 was every 1 week. Nutrition package for group 1 and 2 was same. Data collection included body measurements, morbiddity and food consumption. Observation to the cadres performance include ownership and he use of guidance book.Results: Seven percent of children aged 6-11 months, 20% aged 12-17 months, 60% aged 18-35 months and 13% aged > 36 months. Around 30% of children had been grven fruit and porridge on the age 1-4 months old. Nutritional status improved variously depended on the nutritional indices. Energy consumption was low but protein consumption had reached the recommended allowance. Compliance to come to posyandu and nutrition package was high.Conclusions: Around 10% of cchildren had changed from under-weight to well-nourished, but most of severe malnourished children remained severe in 3 months. Stunted was over 75% and remained stunted in 3 months. Wasted was 50% and began to decline in 3 months. The average of weight increment in 3 months was 0,6 kg. Cadre could give simple education to mothers using the available guidance book.Recommendations: To use wasted as an indicator in the evaluation of management of severe malnutrition. Active role of health Centre is needed to have maximum effect of the implementation of Nutrition Clinic method at village level.Key words: management, severe malnutrition, nutrition clinic, out-patient, village cadre.


    Yulia Yulia


    Full Text Available Bluetooth is a new emerging technology. This technology gives significant changes for electronic devices that we are using. If we look around, a keyboard is connected to a computer. So does a printer, a mouse, a monitor and so on. This condition creates a problem of so many scattered wires installed in the offices, houses and other places. Another problem is how to inspect the damaging or boken wires. In this paper, we will have a discussion on specific applications of bluetooth such as services provided by the bluetooth technology; bluetooth method - how bluetooth devices make connections in a piconet; as well as investigation on bluetooth protocol stack. Bluetooth has succesfully built easy connection among devices from many vendor without using cables, with less power dan money. By using bluetooth, we can build small network or Piconet, consisting of several devices without cables. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Bluetooth adalah suatu teknologi baru yang mulai dikenal dan digunakan. Teknologi ini memberikan perubahan yang signifikan terhadap peralatan elektronik yang kita gunakan. Jika kita melihat sekeliling kita dimana keyboard dihubungkan pada komputer. Demikian juga halnya dengan printer, mouse, monitor dan lain sebagainya. Semua peralatan itu dihubungkan dengan menggunakan kabel. Akibatnya terjadi masalah banyak kabel yang dibutuhkan di kantor, rumah atau tempat-tempat lainnya. Masalah lain yang ditemui adalah bagaimana menelusuri kabel-kabel yang terpasang jika ada suatu kesalahan atau kerusakan. Bluetooth memperbaiki penggunaan teknologi kabel yang cenderung menyulitkan ini dengan cara menghubungkan beberapa peralatan tanpa menggunakan kabel. Pada karya tulis ini, dibahas aplikasi spesifik bluetooth, antara lain servis-servis apa saja yang disediakan oleh teknologi bluetooth; cara kerja bluetooth yaitu bagaimana bluetooth device melakukan koneksi di dalam sebuah piconet serta bluetooth protocol stack. Bluetooth telah berhasil memudahkan koneksi antar beberapa alat dari berbagai vendor tanpa kabel dengan tenaga yang kecil serta biaya yang ringan. Dengan bluetooth dapat dibentuk sebuah jaringan kecil atau Piconet yang terdiri dari beberapa peralatan dan sekali lagi, tanpa memerlukan kabel. Kata kunci: Bluetooth, Bluetooth Protocol Stack, Piconet, Komunikasi data, Nirkabel.


    Sa'roni Sa'roni


    Full Text Available Secara empiris Desmodium triquetrum (L DC (Daun duduk digunakan sebagai pelancar air seni (diuretik. Untuk mendukung pemakaian empiris maka dilakukan penelitian efek diuretik pada tikus putih. Penelitian dilakukan dalam bentuk ekstrak dengan dosis 3,1 mg; 9,3 mg dan 31 mg/100 gram bobot badan. Sebagai blangko digunakan akuades 1ml/100 g bobot badan dan sebagai pembanding efek diuretik HCT dosis 0,16 mg/100 gram bobot badan. Perlakuan diberikan secara oral. Penelitian efek diuretik dilakukan menurut cara Lipschitz. Diuretik selain meningkatkan volume air, juga meningkatkan ekskresi Na dan K. Untuk mengukur kadar Na dan K dalam urine digunakan AAS. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa ekstrak daun duduk dosis 31 mg/100 g bobot badan mempunyai efek diuretik paling kuat dibandingkan dengan kontrol akuades, sedang kadar Na dan K dalam urine tidak berbeda dengan kadar Na dan K dalam urine tikus pembanding HCT dosis 0,16 mg/100 gram bobot badan.   Kata Kunci :  Diuretik; Desmodium triquetrum (L DC; Daun duduk


    Emiliana Tjitra


    Full Text Available In Indonesia, only antimalarials chloroquine, sulfadoxine/ sulfalene-pyrimethamine, quinine, and primaquine are available. The development of chloroquine and multidrug resistance poses a therapeutic challenge. In order to obtain alternative antimalarial drugs, trials were conducted of malaria treatment and prophylaxis in several chloroquine or multidrug resistance areas. The objective of these trials was to assess the efficacy and safety of the alternative antimalarial drugs. All the trials were mostly open studies in the fields and hospitals. These were collaboration studies between Communicable Disease Research Center, Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Indonesia, NAMRU-2, and local health staff. The patients were selected according to the WHO criteria for in-vivo antimalarial drug sensitivity testing. They should sign the informed consent form and they were followed up during the study, for 2 weeks - 4 months. In chloroquine and multidrug resistance areas, mefloquine, halofantrine, and artemether are effective and safe for treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria. While artesunate was noted effective and safe only in the first 14 days. Halofantrine was also documented effective and safe for vivax malaria treatment. Intramuscular artemether was effective and safe for treatment of severe and complicated falciparum malaria, particularly in remote areas lacking hospitals and the capability for intravenous infusion. Primaquine, doxycycline and mefloquine are effective and safe for malaria prophylaxis. Since the new antimalarials are not yet available in Indonesia, the improvement of efficacy of antimalarial drugs currently available should be studied. Prophylactic drugs which are effective and safe for children, pregnant and lactating women should also be studied.


    Lestari Handayani


    Full Text Available ''Jamu Sari Rapat" made in Madura is a famous traditional medicine especially after promoted at television cable. A cut utilition of the "jamu" was safe, it was provided by no complain from consumers. The problem is how the effect of "jamu" in the longterm consumption. A chosen famous "jamu Sari Rapat'' was taken to be examined. Microscopic examinations were done to know the herbs composition and contamination to patogen bacteries. A sub a cut toxicity exami­nation was done  to find out the safety of "jamu'' to the consumer because of the longterm consumption. The result showed that the ''jamu" was consisted of 9 herbs those were Caryophylli Flos, Kaemferiae rotundae Rhizoma, Curcuma domesticae Rhizoma, Paramcriae Cort ex, Theae Folium, Guazumae Folium, Arecae Semen, Glycyrrhi­ zae Radix and Psidii Folium. A herb (Gallae was written in the label but actually it did not find in microcopic test. It was found that Most Probable Number colliform were contaminated the "jamu" and the Total Plate Count Bacterial number was bigger than standard. Toxicity test showed that there was no toxic effect after 3 month intervention to 54 mice. The conclusion of this study: the "jamu" was safe to be consume in the longterm (more or less 3 months but it might cause illness to the consumers because of patogen bacteries. The production process should be improved to solve those problem.


    江志奎; Albad,J


    近年来实验室诊断丙型肝炎病毒(HCV)PCR法已向标准化和“即可用”的方向发展。本试验用来自5个检测中心的2000多份标本对首台自动化扩增和检测HCV RNA的仪器COBAS在日常实验室工作中的性能进行了评估。结果表明,自动的COBAS法与AMPLICOR手工法同样准确,符合率达99.8%。PCR法与血清学方法的结果并不完全一致,因为抗HCV抗体的存在有可能表示隐性感染或既往感染。如果以抗HCV抗


    Sriana Azis


    Full Text Available Drug financing is the biggest cost component of health care which is relatively easy to be intervened, especially the government sector. If key outcome indicators have been determined at the beginning of an intervention measuring whether the objectives of the intervention have been met through changes in these indicators makes it possible to assess the impact of an intervention. The objective of the study is essential regarding the recent decentralization policy. Guidelines on Drug Management and Financiing at Puskesmas with indicators adopted from WHO-PAHO "Manual of Rapid Assessment Pharmaceutical Management, 1995" as well as indicators recently developed from a study in Pekalongan District in 1999/2000, i.e. cost recovery, real cost and ability to pay, is intended to increase efficiency, to assess the system and broaden knowledge of drug managing staff at District Health office, District (Dinkes kabupaten, Pharmaceutical Warehouse (GFK and Health Centre (puskesmas. In this cross-sectional retrospective study training of data collector, 5 health provider (H.P from Puskesmas, 1 H.P from GFK and 1 H.P from Dinkes Kabupaten, should prepare them for different situations. The design for this study to characterize drug use practices in a region would call for a sample of at least 20 health facilities, with at least 30 encounters being recorded in each facility. Studying 20 Puskesmas from 4 districts: Jombang, Lumajang, Malang and Pasuruan through their medical records (600 from each Puskesmas will increase  the reliability and generalizability of indicators. The results of this study shows that In all districts drug budget per capita increased during 1998-2001 for different reasons and patients' ability to pay was higher than the real treatment cost for certain diseases. On the other hand, the average drug budget per encounter was higher than the real cost and cost recovery was declining for all districts except for Jombang, More intensive socialization of rational prescribing for Puskesmas physician to achieve efficiency in drug budgeting and of this guidelines implementation is necessary, regional authority should better return all Puskesmas retribution entirely.   Key words : pharmacoeconomtc, health center, assessment guidelines

  7. Cross-reactivity profiles of hybrid capture II, cobas, and APTIMA human papillomavirus assays

    Preisler, Sarah Nørgaard; Rebolj, Matejka; Ejegod, Ditte Møller


    Background High-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing is replacing cytology in cervical cancer screening as it is more sensitive for preinvasive cervical lesions. However, the bottleneck of HPV testing is the many false positive test results (positive tests without cervical lesions). Here, we...... assays. None of the 35 genotypes was detected in 49 (1.0 %), 162 (3.2 %), and 56 (1.1 %) samples, respectively. In primary screening at age 30 to 65 years (n = 2859), samples of 72 (25 %) out of 289 with high-risk infections on HC2 and 


    Tjetjep Syarif Hidayat


    Full Text Available Test The Guidance For The Impelentation of "Dietary Guidelines" For Different Area Conditions.Background: Dietary guidelines for nutrition education tool developed by the health department until now still difficult in the field. Dietary guidelines should be arranged by local officials. Guidelines that needs to be made how to craft a balanced nutrition messages in accordance with local conditions.Objectives: To develop a guidance on how to implement the PUGS which is suitable for the local conditions.Methods: Exploratory research methods as applied research for local officials. Implematation manual has been composed PUGS who first disseminated to local officials at the district level. And than local officials to practice through the following stages; how do identify nutritional problems and then how to make balanced nutrition messages in accordance with local conditions. This guidance was tested in the district of Tasikmalaya, West Java and Magelang of Central Java.Results: Showed that there was a significant difference after and before test the guidance for the implementation of dietary guidelines in local officers were able to identify nutrition problems and to develop messages on PUGS.Keywords: PUGS, implementation of dietary guidelines and local condition.


    Sa'roni Sa'roni


    Full Text Available Secara empiris/tradisional rimpang dringo (Acorus calamus L. digunakan sebagai obat encok (reumatik, bengkak, demam, dll. Rimpang dringo, antara lain mengandung minyak atsiri, tanin, protein dan kalsium oksalat. Berdasarkan pemakaian empiris dan kandungan kimianya terutama minyak atsiri diduga rimpang dringo mempunyai efek terhadap susunan saraf pusat antara lain efek analgetik. Untuk membuktikan adanya efek analgetik, maka dilakukan penelitian efek analgetik ekstrak rimpang dringo pada mencit menurut cara Witkin dengan dosos 0,15 mg, 1,5 mg dan 4,5 mg / serta penelitian toksisitas akut menurut Weil C.S untuk mengetahui besarnya LD50 ekstrak rimpang dringo.Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa ekstrak rimpang dringo dosis 0,15 mg/10 belum mempunyai efek analgetik. Ekstrak rimpang dringo dosis 1,5 mg dan 4,5 mg /10 mempunyai efek analgetik yang tidak berbeda dengan asetosal dosis 0,52 mg/10 Ekstrak rimpang dringo mempunyai LD50 = 15,2 (13,4 - 17,3 mg/10 secara i.p. pada mencit. Kata kunci: Acorus calamus L; Analgetik; Toksisitas Akut

  10. On Coba and Cocok: youth-led drug-experimentation in Eastern Indonesia

    A. Hardon; N.I. Idrus


    The everyday lives of contemporary youths are awash with drugs to boost pleasure, moods, sexual performance, vitality, appearance and health. This paper examines pervasive practices of chemical ‘self-maximization’ from the perspectives of youths themselves. The research for this paper was conducted

  11. Duplex detection of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and medically important non-tuberculosis mycobacteria by real-time PCR based on the rnpB gene.

    Abdeldaim, Guma; Svensson, Erik; Blomberg, Jonas; Herrmann, Björn


    A duplex real-time PCR based on the rnpB gene was developed for Mycobacterium spp. The assay was specific for the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTB) and also detected all 19 tested species of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). The assay was evaluated on 404 clinical samples: 290 respiratory samples and 114 from tissue and other non-respiratory body sites. M. tuberculosis was detected by culture in 40 samples and in 30 samples by the assay. The MTB assay showed a sensitivity similar to Roche Cobas Amplicor MTB-PCR (Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA, USA). There were only nine samples with non-tuberculous mycobacteria detected by culture. Six of them were detected by the PCR assay.

  12. Impact of occult HBV infection in HIV/HCV co-infected patients: HBV-DNA detection in liver specimens and in serum samples.

    Fabris, Paolo; Biasin, Maria R; Giordani, Maria T; Berardo, Laura; Menini, Vania; Carlotto, Antonio; Miotti, Maria G; Manfrin, Vinicio; Baldo, Vincenzo; Nebbia, Gaia; Infantolino, Domenico


    Prevalence and impact of occult HBV infection in HIV positive patients is controversial. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of occult HBV infection and its impact on histological and virological parameters. 52 HIV/HCV (but HBsAg-negative) co-infected patients, 29 HBsAg and anti-HCV negative chronic hepatitis, and 20 HBsAg positive chronic hepatitis controls were studied. DNA was extracted from frozen biopsies and amplified with primers for S, C and X regions, and for (ccc) HBV-DNA. Sera were tested for HBV-DNA with two quantitative assays (Cobas Amplicor HBV Monitor, and the real-time COBAS (r) Taqman HBV Test, Roche Diagnostics, UK). Occult HBV infection was detected in 7 (13.4%) liver biopsies of the study group, and in none case of the non viral chronic hepatitis group (p=0.04). All serum samples were HBV-DNA negative with Cobas Amplicor HBV monitor assay, while 3 cases were found positive with real time PCR. Statistical analysis didn't show any impact of occult HBV infection on liver histology, CD4+ cells count, HIV and HCV load, and ALT levels. Occult B infection is relatively frequent in HIV/HCV co-infected patients, and is underestimated by common HBV-DNA serological assays. However, it doesn't seem to exert a relevant impact.

  13. Performance evaluation of new automated hepatitis B viral markers in the clinical laboratory: two quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen assays and an HBV core-related antigen assay.

    Park, Yongjung; Hong, Duck Jin; Shin, Saeam; Cho, Yonggeun; Kim, Hyon-Suk


    We evaluated quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen (qHBsAg) assays and a hepatitis B virus (HBV) core-related antigen (HBcrAg) assay. A total of 529 serum samples from patients with hepatitis B were tested. HBsAg levels were determined by using the Elecsys (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN) and Architect (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL) qHBsAg assays. HBcrAg was measured by using Lumipulse HBcrAg assay (Fujirebio, Tokyo, Japan). Serum aminotransferases and HBV DNA were respectively quantified by using the Hitachi 7600 analyzer (Hitachi High-Technologies, Tokyo, Japan) and the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan test (Roche). Precision of the qHBsAg and HBcrAg assays was assessed, and linearity of the qHBsAg assays was verified. All assays showed good precision performance with coefficients of variation between 4.5% and 5.3% except for some levels. Both qHBsAg assays showed linearity from 0.1 to 12,000.0 IU/mL and correlated well (r = 0.9934). HBsAg levels correlated with HBV DNA (r = 0.3373) and with HBcrAg (r = 0.5164), and HBcrAg also correlated with HBV DNA (r = 0.5198; P HBcrAg assays.

  14. H08117: NOS Hydrographic Survey , Roche Harbor and Mosquito Pass, Washington, 1959-04-28

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the statutory mandate to collect hydrographic data in support of nautical chart compilation for safe...

  15. Roche genome sequencer FLX based high-throughput sequencing of ancient DNA

    Alquezar-Planas, David E; Fordyce, Sarah Louise


    Since the development of so-called "next generation" high-throughput sequencing in 2005, this technology has been applied to a variety of fields. Such applications include disease studies, evolutionary investigations, and ancient DNA. Each application requires a specialized protocol to ensure tha...

  16. H08116: NOS Hydrographic Survey , Roche Harbor and Mosquito Pass, Washington, 1954-09-13

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the statutory mandate to collect hydrographic data in support of nautical chart compilation for safe...

  17. H08115: NOS Hydrographic Survey , Roche Harbor and Mosquito Pass, Washington, 1954-06-29

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the statutory mandate to collect hydrographic data in support of nautical chart compilation for safe...

  18. Clinical evaluation of the Roche Elecsys CMV IgG Avidity assay.

    Vauloup-Fellous, C; Lazzarotto, T; Revello, M G; Grangeot-Keros, L


    Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has potentially severe consequences in newborns. The testing of pregnant women for CMV-specific antibodies may be useful for the identification of women at risk of transmitting the infection to the fetus. The determination of CMV IgG avidity helps to establish the timing of infection as IgG avidity matures during the course of infection. This study examines the performance of the Elecsys CMV IgG Avidity assay using preselected samples from patients at different phases of CMV infection. The Elecsys CMV IgG Avidity assay was tested at three sites using sequential samples from patients with recent primary CMV infection, as well as single samples from patients with recent primary or past CMV infection. The Elecsys assay discriminated well between early (low avidity) and late (high avidity) phases of infection in sequential serum samples. Overall, 98.8% of low-avidity samples corresponded to infection onset 90 days before sampling. The assay's sensitivity was 90-97%, with specificity ranging from 89 to 100%, depending on the consideration of gray-zone avidity values. Single samples from recent primary or past infection showed similar distributions of avidity results. The Elecsys CMV IgG Avidity assay results are in agreement with preselected samples from patients with primary or past CMV infection, showing that the test is an adequate predictor of the phase of infection.

  19. Supersymmetric Proof of the Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch Theorem for Non-Kähler Manifolds

    Andrei V. Smilga


    Full Text Available We present the proof of the HRR theorem for a generic complex compact manifold by evaluating the functional integral for the Witten index of the appropriate supersymmetric quantum mechanical system.

  20. Defending the Freedom to Innovate: Faculty Intellectual Property Rights after "Stanford v. Roche"

    American Association of University Professors, 2014


    Tensions over faculty control of the fruits of their scholarship have been slowly building since the 1980s, but they have also intensified since late 2011. There have long been differences of opinion over ownership of patentable inventions, but over the last two years a number of universities have categorically asserted that they own these…

  1. Cross-reactivity of amphetamine analogues with Roche Abuscreen radioimmunoassay reagents

    Cody, J.T. (Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory, Brooks AFB, TX (USA))


    Cross-reactivity of amphetamine analogues with the Abuscreen amphetamine radioimmunoassay reagents was determined for both the standard and high specificity antibody systems. Compounds tested included 2-methoxyamphetamine, 4-hydroxymethamphetamine, 2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DMA), 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOB), 4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxy-beta-phenethylamine (BDMPEA), 3,4,5-trimethoxyamphetamine (TMA), 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), N,N-dimethyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine and N-hydroxy-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (N-OH MDA), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), 3,4-methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA), 2,5-dimethoxy-4-ethylamphetamine, 2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylamphetamine (DOM), and 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine (mescaline). Blank negative reference material was spiked with 1,000 to 100,000 ng/mL of the amphetamine analogue and used as sample in the assays. MDA was the only analogue that showed cross reactivity equal to or greater than that of amphetamine. None of the other analogue compounds demonstrated a positive result at even the highest concentration; however several showed depressed counts at various concentration levels.

  2. Tidal Interaction between a Fluid Star and a Kerr Black Hole Relativistic Roche-Riemann Model

    Wiggins, P; Wiggins, Paul; Lai, Dong


    We present a semi-analytic study of the equilibrium models of close binary systems containing a fluid star (mass $m$ and radius $R_0$) and a Kerr black hole (mass $M$) in circular orbit. We consider the limit $M\\gg m$ where spacetime is described by the Kerr metric. The tidally deformed star is approximated by an ellipsoid, and satisfies the polytropic equation of state. The models also include fluid motion in the stellar interior, allowing binary models with nonsynchronized stellar spin (as expected for coalescing neutron star--black hole binaries) to be constructed. Tidal disruption occurs at orbital radius $r_{\\rm tide}\\sim R_0(M/m)^{1/3}$, but the dimensionless ratio of the black hole as well as on the equation of state and the internal rotation of the star. We find that the general relativistic tidal field disrupts the star at a larger $\\hat r_{\\rm tide}$ than the Newtonian tide; the difference is particularly prominent if the disruption occurs in the vicinity of the black hole's horizon. In general, $\\h...

  3. Performance of an Early Infant Diagnostic Test, AmpliSens DNA-HIV-FRT, Using Dried Blood Spots Collected from Children Born to Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Mothers in Ukraine

    Shanmugam, Vedapuri; Azarskova, Marianna; Nguyen, Shon; Hurlston, Mackenzie; Sabatier, Jennifer; Zhang, Guoqing; Osmanov, Saladin; Ellenberger, Dennis; Yang, Chunfu; Vitek, Charles; Liulchuk, Maria; Nizova, Natalya


    An accurate accessible test for early infant diagnosis (EID) is crucial for identifying HIV-infected infants and linking them to treatment. To improve EID services in Ukraine, dried blood spot (DBS) samples obtained from 237 HIV-exposed children (≤18 months of age) in six regions in Ukraine in 2012 to 2013 were tested with the AmpliSens DNA-HIV-FRT assay, the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan (CAP/CTM) HIV-1 Qual test, and the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 Qualitative assay. In comparison with the paired whole-blood results generated from AmpliSens testing at the oblast HIV reference laboratories in Ukraine, the sensitivity was 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.95 to 1.00) for the AmpliSens and Roche CAP/CTM Qual assays and 0.96 (95% CI, 0.90 to 0.98) for the Abbott Qualitative assay. The specificity was 1.00 (95% CI, 0.97 to 1.00) for the AmpliSens and Abbott Qualitative assays and 0.99 (95% CI, 0.96 to 1.00) for the Roche CAP/CTM Qual assay. McNemar analysis indicated that the proportions of positive results for the tests were not significantly different (P > 0.05). Cohen's kappa (0.97 to 0.99) indicated almost perfect agreement among the three tests. These results indicated that the AmpliSens DBS and whole-blood tests performed equally well and were comparable to the two commercially available EID tests. More importantly, the performance characteristics of the AmpliSens DBS test meets the World Health Organization EID test requirements; implementing AmpliSens DBS testing might improve EID services in resource-limited settings. PMID:26447114

  4. 电化学发光法联合检测HIV抗原抗体试剂的评价%The evaluation of Elecsys HIV Combi reagent in detecting HIV antigen and antibody

    周琰; 宋斌斌; 郑晓虹; 郭玮; 潘柏申


    目的 评价Roche电化学发光法联合检测HIV抗原抗体试剂的检测性能.方法 收集包括健康献血员、人类免疫缺陷病毒( HIV)感染者、丙型肝炎病毒(HCV)抗体阳性和高危人群在内的血清样本1 327例.购买美国BBI公司的7套HIV血清转换盘共计51份血清样本.采用Roche cobas e411(架式系统)电化学全自动免疫分析仪和相应的检测试剂、校准品和质控品以及检测参数进行测定.以Roche Elecsys HIV Combi试剂盒为评估试剂,以生物梅里埃Vironostika Uni-FormⅡplus O HIV抗体试剂盒为参比试剂.定性检测血清HIV p24抗原和HIVl/2抗体并评价检测方法分析性能、结果一致性和血清转化灵敏度.结果 Roche Elecsys HIV Combi试剂盒批内和天间不精密度良好,符合临床使用要求.血清样本检测结果和参比试剂检测结果一致性完全符合.评估试剂的血清转化灵敏度比参比试剂平均提前了5.1d.结论 Roche Elecsys HIV Combi试剂盒具有良好的精密度和血清转换灵敏度,有利于筛查HIV早期感染,能为临床HIV早期诊断、随访监测提供有效的实验室诊断依据.%Objective To evaluate the performance of Roche Elecsys HIV Combi reagent in detecting HIV p24antigen and HIV1/2 antibody. Methods A total of 1 327 serum samples were collected for healthy subjects, patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and patients with antibody positive and high-risk hepatitis C virus ( HCV). The 1 327 serum samples were detected by Roche cobas e411 Elecsys HIV Combi reagent and Vironostika UniFormll plus 0 HIV reagent, respectively. The both reagents were used to detect 51 serum samples of 7 seroconversion panels from American BBI company, and the analytical performance, consistency and the sensitivity of seroconversion were evaluated. Roche Elecsys HIV Combi reagent was as evaluation reagent, and Vironostika Uni-Form II plus 0 HIV reagent was as reference reagent. Results The Roche Elecsys


    Umi Widyastuti


    Full Text Available A biological larvicide spherifix containing Bacillus sphaericus VCRC B 42 was investigated against Anopheles sundaicus in Klaces hamlet, Cilacap regency. This study was conducted to determine the effectivity of spherifix on An. sundaicus larvae at a dosage of 2.5 kg/Ha. Observations were conducted one day before application of the larvicide, 24, 36, 48 hours, day 4, 7, and 14 after application. The larval reduction rates were calculated using the formula of Mulia et al, 1971, and a reduction of the results were 16.69 % after 24 hours, 20.95 % after 36 hours, 34.07 % after 48 hours, 65.08 % after 4 days, 85.98 % after 7 days, and 90.81 % after 14 days. B. sphaericus has capabilities to function as a biological larvicide.


    I. G. Seregeg


    Full Text Available A field trial of Bacillus thuringiensis serotype H-14 has been done in Rawasari, Jakarta. Bacillus thuringiensis serotype H-14 under the trade-name of Sandoz 402 I in wde formulation and under the trade-name of Bactimos in wdp formulation is a specific agent against mosquito larvae (WHO mimeo. series, 1980. The result of the trial showed that both formulations have a short killing ef­fect, not more than one day against the larvae of Culex quinquefasciatus in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bactimos wdp has a better killing effect against early instar larvae as compared to Sandoz wdc.

  7. Igualación equipercentil del Examen de Habilidades y Conocimientos Básicos (EXH-COBA)

    Luz Elena Antillón; Norma Larrazolo; Eduardo Backhoff


    La igualación equipercentil es un método estadístico en el cual los puntajes crudos de dos versiones de una prueba se conside-ran igualados si ellos corresponden al mismo rango percentilar en un grupo de examinados. En la igualación equipercentil se presenta una curva para describir las diferencias de dificultad de versión a versión. Este trabajo tuvo como objetivo estimar la igualación equipercentil sin suavizado de las versiones 3 y 4, con la versión 2, por área temática del Examen de Habil...


    Darjat Darjat


    Full Text Available Topic executed by is " Development of Secondary Radar For The Tracking Of Three Dimension Trajectory Test-Drive The National Rocket".In first year of research focussed at desain and making of component of hardware of producer of radio frequency 900 MHZ. Technological Development of rocket is not quit of other technology, one of them is secondary radar. Communications of radio data overcome through the secondary radar need a component hardware capable to awaken the radio frequency as according to wanted job frequency.This article study about method of hardware desain transceiver which usually implementation by PLL ( Phase Locked Loop or underlayer modulation locked by the phase to arrange the VCO ( Voltage Controlled Oscillator what is used. Component used by is IC transceiver RFM12BP integrating all function of radio frequency in single chipPrototype which is being developed by to build the transceiver FSK use the unit microcontroller , crystal, capacitor and antenna; separated. Obtained by result that system of radio frequency developed by earn the implementation for the system of secondary radar ably stable frequency at specified frequency arrangement


    Hadi Suwasono


    Full Text Available A trial was conducted using ULV spraying of Bendiocarb 20% (Ficam ULV in Salatiga municipality at a dosage of 45 ml/ha and 75 ml/ha. The trial was conducted in the morning. Two cycles were implemented at an interval of 7 days, using a vehicle-mounted ULV generator. Results revealed no significant changes in mosquito population densitities, in any of the parameters observed.

  10. Uji Coba Alat Penghasil Asap Cair Skala Laboratorium dengan Bahan Pengasap Serbuk Gergaji Kayu Jati Sabrang atau Sungkai (Peronema canescens

    Rodiah Nurbaya Sari


    energi yang dilepas dari pembentukan asap menjadi asap cair (- 476,45 kJ/kg asap, energi yang diserap air kondensor sebesar 2,1 kJ/kg air sehingga jumlah air bersuhu 30,4oC yang dibutuhkan untuk mengembunkan 1 kg asap menjadi asap cair dengan suhu pirolisis 316,7oC adalah sebanyak 226,88 liter. Kinerja alat adalah 6,98 g/(jam. m. Komponen dominan dalam asap cair yang dihasilkan adalah senyawa 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, diethyl ester (C12H14O4 sebanyak 23,61%.


    Hadi Suwasono


    Full Text Available A trial was conducted using ULV spraying of Bendiocarb 20% (Ficam ULV in Salatiga municipality at a dosage of 45 ml/ha and 75 ml/ha. The trial was conducted in the morning. Two cycles were implemented at an interval of 7 days, using a vehicle-mounted ULV generator. Results revealed no significant changes in mosquito population densitities, in any of the parameters observed.

  12. Rekayasa Alat Penghasil Asap Cair untuk Produksi Ikan Asap 1. Uji Coba Alat Penghasil Asap Cair Skala Laboratorium

    Rodiah Nurbaya Sari


    penelitian menunjukkan bahwa pada suhu pembakaran 200-250o C, tempurung kelapa dengan kadar air 11,40% menghasilkan asap cair sebanyak 48,10%, sisa pembakaran berupa arang sebanyak 31,33%, jumlah komponen yang hilang sebanyak 20,56% dengan kinerja alat sebesar 250,52 g/jam.m kondensor. Komponen terbanyak asap cair yang dihasilkan adalah senyawa 9-octadecenoic acid (Z-, tetradecyl ester (C32H62O2 sebanyak 71,68%. Pada suhu pembakaran 300–450oC asap cair yang dihasilkan sebanyak 48,66%, sisa pembakaran berupa arangsebanyak 26,30%, komponen asap yang hilang sebanyak 25,04% dengan kinerja alat 253,44 g/jam.m kondensor. Pada suhu tersebut komponen terbanyak asap cair adalah senyawa 2-lauro-1,3-didecoinyaitu 37,53%.


    Widiarti Widiarti


    Full Text Available A study to evaluate the effect of R. iyengari, a parasitic nematod as a biological agent of vector control toward mosquito larvae in the sandpool, an ideal breeding places for malaria and fdariasis vectors, was conducted in East Flores. The aim of the present study was to determine : (1. The adaptability and recycling ability of post parasites stage of the nematode in the sandpool. (2. The ability of pre parasites (infective stage to parasitize Cx. quinquefasciatus (laboratory larvae in centinel cage and An. barbirostris (natural larvae/sandpool. The distribution of R. iyengari post parasites at a dosage of500 nematodes/m2 revealed that the nematodes mature to adults, mated and layed eggs (adapted, however recycling could not be observed yet. The infection rate of Cx. quinquefasciatus sentinel cages after release through dissections was observed in 70.55%, 48.68% and 3.64% respectively after 1 month, 2 months and 3 months. The mean monthly infection level for An. barbirostris was 28.24%, 16.66% and 31.25% for 1 month, 2 months and 3 months post release dissections respectively.

  14. Comparative evaluation of the performance of the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 assay for measurement of HIV-1 plasma viral load on genetically diverse samples from Greece

    Paraskevis Dimitrios


    Full Text Available Abstract Background HIV-1 is characterized by increased genetic heterogeneity which tends to hinder the reliability of detection and accuracy of HIV-1 RNA quantitation assays. Methods In this study, the Abbott RealTime HIV-1 (Abbott RealTime assay was compared to the Roche Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 (Cobas TaqMan and the Siemens Versant HIV-1 RNA 3.0 (bDNA 3.0 assays, using clinical samples of various viral load levels and subtypes from Greece, where the recent epidemiology of HIV-1 infection has been characterized by increasing genetic diversity and a marked increase in subtype A genetic strains among newly diagnosed infections. Results A high correlation was observed between the quantitative results obtained by the Abbott RealTime and the Cobas TaqMan assays. Viral load values quantified by the Abbott RealTime were on average lower than those obtained by the Cobas TaqMan, with a mean (SD difference of -0.206 (0.298 log10 copies/ml. The mean differences according to HIV-1 subtypes between the two techniques for samples of subtype A, B, and non-A/non-B were 0.089, -0.262, and -0.298 log10 copies/ml, respectively. Overall, differences were less than 0.5 log10 for 85% of the samples, and >1 log10 in only one subtype B sample. Similarly, Abbott RealTime and bDNA 3.0 assays yielded a very good correlation of quantitative results, whereas viral load values assessed by the Abbott RealTime were on average higher (mean (SD difference: 0.160 (0.287 log10 copies/ml. The mean differences according to HIV-1 subtypes between the two techniques for subtype A, B and non-A/non-B samples were 0.438, 0.105 and 0.191 log10 copies/ml, respectively. Overall, the majority of samples (86% differed by less than 0.5 log10, while none of the samples showed a deviation of more than 1.0 log10. Conclusions In an area of changing HIV-1 subtype pattern, the Abbott RealTime assay showed a high correlation and good agreement of results when compared both to the Cobas TaqMan and bDNA 3

  15. Early Biochemical Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy in the First Trimester

    Tørring, Niels


    Background Screening for fetal trisomy 21 in the first trimester includes analysis of the serological markers pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) and free beta human choriogonadotropin (free βhCG). With the recent launch of the PAPP-A free βhCG and assays on the Roche Cobas and Elecsys...... platforms, we investigated their clinical and analytical performance in samples from gestaional weeks 8+0 to 14+0. Methods. We conducted a multicenter study based on serum samples from 5397 pregnancies including 107 samples from cases of verified fetal trisomy 21 at 8 to 14 weeks of gestation. A technical...... with the standards for biochemical assays for prenatal screening set by the Fetal Medicine Foundation, with low assay imprecision, and a high clinical performance of prenatal screening for fetal trisomy in the first trimester....

  16. The Usefulness of Defining Rapid Virological Response by a Very Sensitive Assay (TMA) during Treatment of HCV Genotype 2/3 Infection

    Dalgard, Olav; Martinot-Peignoux, Michelle; Verbaan, Hans;


    The aim of this study was to determine in patients with HCV genotype 2 or 3 the performance at week 4 of two assays with different sensitivities for HCV RNA detection, for the prediction of SVR and stratification for treatment duration (14 and 24 weeks). Recruitment was from two trials comparing 14...... and 24 weeks treatment to patients with rapid virological response (RVR) (n = 550). RVR was originally defined as HCV RNA HCV-RNA was prospectively...... measured with COBAS Amplicor V2, Roche (CA) (lower detection limit 50 IU/ml) and retrospectively assessed with VERSANT HCV-RNA Qualitative Assay, Siemens (TMA) (lower limit detection 10 IU/ml). Genotype 3 was present in 80% and genotype 2 in 20%. A SVR was achieved in 82%. At week 4 HCV...

  17. Comparison of two dry chemistry analyzers and a wet chemistry analyzer using canine serum.

    Lanevschi, Anne; Kramer, John W.


    Canine serum was used to compare seven chemistry analytes on two tabletop clinical dry chemistry analyzers, Boehringer's Reflotron and Kodak's Ektachem. Results were compared to those obtained on a wet chemistry reference analyzer, Roche Diagnostic's Cobas Mira. Analytes measured were urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, glucose, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), cholesterol and bilirubin. Nine to 12 canine sera with values in the low, normal, and high range were evaluated. The correlations were acceptable for all comparisons with correlation coefficients greater than 0.98 for all analytes. Regression analysis resulted in significant differences for both tabletop analyzers when compared to the reference analyzer for cholesterol and bilirubin, and for glucose and AST on the Kodak Ektachem. Differences appeared to result from proportional systematic error occurring at high analyte concentrations.

  18. Performance of the new automated Abbott RealTime MTB assay for rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in respiratory specimens.

    Chen, J H K; She, K K K; Kwong, T-C; Wong, O-Y; Siu, G K H; Leung, C-C; Chang, K-C; Tam, C-M; Ho, P-L; Cheng, V C C; Yuen, K-Y; Yam, W-C


    The automated high-throughput Abbott RealTime MTB real-time PCR assay has been recently launched for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) clinical diagnosis. This study would like to evaluate its performance. We first compared its diagnostic performance with the Roche Cobas TaqMan MTB assay on 214 clinical respiratory specimens. Prospective analysis of a total 520 specimens was then performed to further evaluate the Abbott assay. The Abbott assay showed a lower limit of detection at 22.5 AFB/ml, which was more sensitive than the Cobas assay (167.5 AFB/ml). The two assays demonstrated a significant difference in diagnostic performance (McNemar's test; P = 0.0034), in which the Abbott assay presented significantly higher area under curve (AUC) than the Cobas assay (1.000 vs 0.880; P = 0.0002). The Abbott assay demonstrated extremely low PCR inhibition on clinical respiratory specimens. The automated Abbott assay required only very short manual handling time (0.5 h), which could help to improve the laboratory management. In the prospective analysis, the overall estimates for sensitivity and specificity of the Abbott assay were both 100 % among smear-positive specimens, whereas the smear-negative specimens were 96.7 and 96.1 %, respectively. No cross-reactivity with non-tuberculosis mycobacterial species was observed. The superiority in sensitivity of the Abbott assay for detecting MTBC in smear-negative specimens could further minimize the risk in MTBC false-negative detection. The new Abbott RealTime MTB assay has good diagnostic performance which can be a useful diagnostic tool for rapid MTBC detection in clinical laboratories.

  19. Outliers as a cause of false cardiac troponin results: investigating the robustness of 4 contemporary assays.

    Pretorius, Carel J; Dimeski, Goce; O'Rourke, Peter K; Marquart, Louise; Tyack, Shirley A; Wilgen, Urs; Ungerer, Jacobus P J


    It is important that cardiac troponin be measured accurately with a robust method to limit false results with potentially adverse clinical outcomes. In this study, we characterized the robustness of 4 analytical platforms by measuring the outlier rate between duplicate results. We measured cardiac troponin concurrently in duplicate with 4 analyzers on 2391 samples. The outliers were detected from the difference between duplicate results and by calculating a z value: z = (result 1 - result 2) ÷ √(SD1(est)² + SD2(est)²), with z > 3.48 identifying outliers with a probability of 0.0005. The outlier rates were as follows: Abbott Architect i2000SR STAT Troponin-I, 0.10% (0.01%-0.19%); Beckman Coulter Access2 Enhanced AccuTnI, 0.44% (0.25%-0.63%); Roche Cobas e601 TroponinT hs, 0.06% (0.00%-0.13%); and Siemens ADVIA Centaur XP TnI-Ultra, 0.10% (0.01%-0.19%). The occurrence of outliers was higher than statistically expected on all platforms except the Cobas e601 (χ² = 2.7; P = 0.10). A conservative approach with a constant 10% CV and z > 5.0 identified outliers with clear clinical impact and resulted in outlier rates of 0.11% (0.02%-0.20%) with the Architect i2000SR STAT Troponin-I, 0.36% (0.19%-0.53%) with the Access2 Enhanced AccuTnI, 0.02% (0.00%-0.06%) with the Cobas e601 TroponinT hs, and 0.06% (0.00%-0.13%) with the ADVIA Centaur XP TnI-Ultra. Outliers occurred on all analytical platforms, at different rates. Clinicians should be made aware by their laboratory colleagues of the existence of outliers and the rate at which they occur.

  20. One window-period donation in two years of individual donor-nucleic acid test screening for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus

    Jose Eduardo Levi


    Full Text Available Objective: To describe general data on nucleic acid/serology testing and report the first hepatitis B-nucleic acid testing yield case of an immunized donor in Brazil. Methods: A total of 24,441 donations collected in 2010 and 2011 were submitted to individual nucleic acid testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus using the TaqMan® MPX kit (Roche on the Cobas s201 platform, in addition to routine screening for serological markers. Nucleic acid testing-reactive donations were further evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction using Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and human immunodeficiency virus tests. Results: Thirty-two donations were reactive by nucleic acid testing, 31 were also serologically reactive and one first-time donor was identified as having hepatitis B in the window period. Follow-up samples showed increasing titers of anti-HBs rising from 19 UI/mL in the index donation to 109 IU/mL seven months later attributable to his vaccination history. Curiously, this donor was never reactive for HbsAg nor for anti-HBc. In the yield donation, he was concomitantly reactive for syphilis (enzyme immunoassay and fluorescent treponemal antibody-absorption; venereal disease research laboratory non-reactive. Overall, six donors (0.02% were characterized as occult hepatitis B. A total of 35% of the confirmed (recombinant immunoblot assay positive hepatitis C donations were nucleic acid testing non-reactive and no human immunodeficiency virus "elite controller" was identified. Conclusion: The yield rate (1:24,441; 95% confidence interval: 1:9,537 - 1:89,717 contrasts to the North American rate (1:410,540 donations and strongly advocates the adoption of nucleic acid testing for hepatitis B in Brazil despite the increasing rate of anti-HBs reactive subjects due to the successful immunization program.

  1. Reference intervals for C-peptide and insulin derived from a general adult Danish population.

    Larsen, Pia Bükmann; Linneberg, Allan; Hansen, Torben; Friis-Hansen, Lennart


    Despite international efforts to standardize C-peptide and insulin calibrators and immunoassays, platform dependent differences still exist, and platform specific reference intervals are hence needed for correct interpretation. We therefore wanted to establish traceable reference intervals for C-peptide and insulin. In 623 consecutively recruited participants, insulin and C-peptide were measured using the Cobas e411 (Roche Diagnostics, Switzerland). Participants with diabetes were excluded (fasting Glucose ≥7.0mmol/L or HbA1c≥6.5%/≥48mmol/L) and reference intervals were calculated with and without the inclusion of persons who were prediabetic, according to two definitions (The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Diabetes Association (ADA)). To ensure the correctness of calibration, the control pools were analyzed by a reference laboratory. The reference intervals were calculated according to the IFCC guidelines, using the RefVal software (Solberg, Oslo, Norway). Comparison of our results with those from the reference laboratory revealed equivalence for C-peptide results whereas the insulin determined on the Cobas e411 assay were 15-20% higher. The difference is attributed to an incorrect conversion factor for converting from activity to metric units. The Cobas e411 assay uses the factor 6.945 for converting from U/mL to pmol/L. This is in disagreement with the biological activity of insulin which is 166.8×10(6)IU/mol or 6.00nmol/IU. We successfully established reference intervals for C-peptide and insulin for non-diabetic and prediabetic participants. The reference intervals for fasting C-peptide and fasting insulin are ready for implementation. A recertification of the insulin standards is needed. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Is 58% sensitivity for detection of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 3 and invasive cervical cancer optimal for cervical screening?

    R. Marshall Austin


    Full Text Available Recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA approval of a Roche cobas human papillomavirus (HPV test application as a first line primary cervical screening tool in women 25 and older introduces a new era of complex cervical screening choices. Perhaps the most surprising findings in Roche′s supporting ATHENA trial data were the unexpectedly low verification bias-adjusted CIN3+ sensitivities documented by the FDA for both the proposed cobas HPV testing algorithm (58.26% and Pap testing algorithm (42.63%. These unexpectedly low sensitivity estimates suggest intuitively that there is still considerable room for improvement in cervical screening, and available data from large systems point to routine cytology and HPV co-testing as offering the greatest protection against development of cervical cancer. Observational studies of large populations screened over time remain essential to document actual protection from development of cervical cancer with any new cervical screening options, as natural history studies and available data from large systems indicate that most CIN2/3 cases detected in short term clinical trials would not progress to invasive cervical cancer. Interpretation of ATHENA trial data and its application to routine clinical practice is further limited by published studies which document that a significant proportion of CIN2/3 biopsy diagnoses in the ATHENA trial could not be confirmed as accurate when evaluated with p16 immunohistochemistry and that cytology laboratory performance in the trial was notably suboptimal.

  3. Detection and identification of occult HBV in blood donors in Taiwan using a commercial, multiplex, multi-dye nucleic acid amplification technology screening test.

    Lin, K T; Chang, C L; Tsai, M H; Lin, K S; Saldanha, J; Hung, C M


    The ability of a new generation commercial, multiplex, multi-dye test from Roche, the cobas TaqScreen MPX test, version 2.0, to detect and identify occult HBV infections was evaluated using routine donor samples from Kaohsiung Blood Bank, Taiwan. A total of 5973 samples were tested by nucleic acid amplification technology (NAT); 5898 in pools of six, 66 in pools of less than six and nine samples individually. NAT-reactive samples were retested with alternative NAT tests, and follow-up samples from the donors were tested individually by NAT and for all the HBV serological markers. Eight NAT-only-reactive donors were identified, and follow-up samples were obtained from six of the donors. The results indicated that all eight donors had an occult HBV infection with viral loads high prevalence of occult HBV infections since the uncertainty associated with identifying samples with very low viremia is removed by the ability of the test to identify the viral target in samples that are reactive with the cobas TaqScreen MPX test, version 2.0. © 2013 International Society of Blood Transfusion.

  4. Deceased tissue donor serology and molecular testing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses: a lack of cadaveric validated tests.

    Victer, Thayssa Neiva da Fonseca; Dos Santos, Cris Stéphany Rodrigues; Báo, Sônia Nair; Sampaio, Thatiane Lima


    Vital to patient safety is the accurate assessment and minimization of risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis C (HCV), and Hepatitis B (HBV) virus transmission by deceased donor organ and tissue transplantation. The pathogens are tested by serological kits based on enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), chemiluminescence (CLIA) and eletrochemiluminescence (ECLIA) immunoassays. Organ transplantation is a highly successful life-saving treatment in Brazil, but the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency currently mandates that all deceased organ donors are screened for HIV, HCV and HBV following living donor policies. In this review, six ELISA (Wama(®), Bio-Rad(®), Biomerieux(®), DiaSorin(®), Acon Biotech(®) and Biokit(®)), three CLIA (Abbott(®), Siemens(®), Diasorin(®)) and one ECLIA (Roche(®)) were utilized for evaluating the effectiveness of those serological tests for deceased donors in Brazil according to manufacturer's guidelines. NAT for HIV, HCV and HBV can assist with detection of pre-seroconversion for those infections, and only Cobas(®) TaqScreen MPX(®) test, the Tigris System(®) Procleix Ultrio Assay(®) and the Bio-Manguinhos(®) HIV/HCV/HBV NAT are commercially available. Between all the tests, only the manufacturer Abbott(®) and Cobas(®) TaqScreen MPX(®) test are currently validated for cadaver samples.

  5. p16/Ki-67 co-expression associates high risk human papillomavirus persistence and cervical histopathology: a 3-year cohort study in China.

    Yu, Lu-Lu; Guo, Hui-Qin; Lei, Xiao-Qin; Qin, Yu; Wu, Ze-Ni; Kang, Le-Ni; Zhang, Xun; Qiao, You-Lin; Chen, Wen


    To evaluate the association of p16/Ki-67 co-expression and persistence of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection as well as cervical abnormalities. We performed a 3-year cohort study among which 2498 Chinese women aged 25 to 65 years were screened by different HPV tests in 2011. 690 women who were positive at any of the tests and a random sample of 164 women with all negative results received colposcopy, cervical specimens for cobas HPV test (Roche diagnostics) were collected before colposcopy; of this group, 737 cervical specimens were collected to perform cobas, Liquid-based cytology, HPV E6 test (Arbor Vita Corporation) and p16/Ki-67 dual staining (Roche diagnostics) in 2014. Colposcopy and biopsies was performed on women with any abnormal result. Compared to women without HR-HPV persistent infection, women in the HR-HPV persistence group had a higher risk of p16/Ki-67 positive, with an adjusted Odds Ratio(OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) of 6.29 (4.07-9.72); moreover, adjusted odds ratio for women who had HPV16/18 persistent infection was nearly 4-folder higher than women with other 12 HR-HPV persistent infection (adjusted OR = 17.15, 95% CI: 7.11-41.33 vs adjusted OR = 4.68, 95% CI: 2.89-7.58). Additionally, p16/Ki-67 positivity rate significantly increased with the severity of the cytological and histological abnormalities, and resulted strongly associated with a CIN2+ diagnosis (OR = 16.03, 95% CI: 4.46-57.59). p16/Ki-67 co-expressions associated strongly with HR-HPV persistence, especially with HPV16/18, and the presence of a CIN2+ lesion. Therefore, p16/Ki-67 could be considered as a suitable biomarker for cervical cancer screening, particularly in HPV-based screening programs.

  6. Higher specificity of nucleic acid sequence-based amplification isothermal technology than of real-time PCR for quantification of HIV-1 RNA on dried blood spots.

    Mercier-Delarue, Severine; Vray, Muriel; Plantier, Jean Christophe; Maillard, Theodora; Adjout, Zidan; de Olivera, Fabienne; Schnepf, Nathalie; Maylin, Sarah; Simon, Francois; Delaugerre, Constance


    Dried blood spots (DBS) are widely proposed as a plasma surrogate for monitoring antiretroviral treatment efficacy based on the HIV-1 RNA level (viral load [VL]) in resource-limited settings. Interfering coamplification of cell-associated HIV-1 DNA during reverse transcription (RT)-PCR can be avoided by using nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) technology, which is based on an RNA template and isothermic conditions. We analyzed VL values obtained with DBS and plasma samples by comparing isothermic NASBA (NucliSENS EasyQ HIV-1 V2.0; bioMérieux) with real-time RT-PCR (Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 V2.0; Roche). Samples from 197 HIV-1-infected patients were tested (non-B subtypes in 51% of the cases). Nucleic acid extractions were performed by use of NucliSENS EasyMAG (bioMérieux) and Cobas AmpliPrep (Roche) before the NASBA and RT-PCR quantifications, respectively. Both quantification assays have lower limits of detection of 20 (1.3) and 800 (2.9) log10 copies/ml (log) in plasma and DBS, respectively. The mean (DBS minus plasma) differences were -0.39 and -0.46 log, respectively, for RT-PCR and NASBA. RT-PCR on DBS identified virological failure in 122 of 126 patients (sensitivity, 97%) and viral suppression in 58 of 70 patients (specificity, 83%), yielding 12 false-positive results (median, 3.2 log). NASBA on DBS identified virological failure in 85 of 96 patients (sensitivity, 89%) and viral suppression in 95 of 97 patients (specificity, 98%) and yielded 2 false-positive results (3.0 log for both). Both technologies detected HIV-1 RNA in DBS at a threshold of 800 copies/ml. This higher specificity of NASBA technology could avoid overestimation of poor compliance or the emergence of resistance when monitoring antiretroviral efficacy with the DBS method.

  7. PRISM hepatitis B surface antigen detection of hepatits B virus minipool nucleic acid testing yield samples.

    Linauts, Sandy; Saldanha, John; Strong, D Michael


    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) residual risk has been estimated at 1:63,000-1:205,000 and introduction of more sensitive serological tests and nucleic acid testing (NAT) would reduce that risk. Sensitivity of the recently licensed Abbott PRISM hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) CLIA and minipool (MP) HBV NAT has been described as comparable and thus the need for HBV NAT has not been compelling. In this study, eight samples identified as yield samples with MP HBV NAT were tested using the PRISM test. Seven samples were identified using the Roche COBAS AmpliScreen HBV test and one additional sample was obtained from the clinical trial for the Roche cobas TaqScreen MPX test. Each of these samples was reactive by MP HBV NAT and nonreactive for HBsAg using one of three licensed enzyme immunoassay (EIA) tests. After licensure of the PRISM HBsAg, aliquots were tested with this assay, and DNA quantitation and genotyping were repeated where sample volume permitted. Three samples (2000, 2300, and 61,000 copies/mL) produced reactive results with PRISM. Four samples with viral loads less than 300 copies per mL produced nonreactive results. One sample, originally quantitated at 37,000 copies per mL (but 3850 copies/mL in repeat testing) was also nonreactive by PRISM. Genotyping of this sample indicated a type C genotype with no mutations. Adding serological sensitivity of PRISM CLIA reduced the NAT yield from the original 1: 385,555 to 1:610,488. However, MP HBV NAT still provides additional sensitivity over CLIA, even for a donation with a viral load of almost 4000 copies per mL.

  8. Evaluation of five kits for screening Chlamydia trachomatis%五种不同沙眼衣原体实验室筛查试剂检测性能评价

    赵广录; 张娟娟; 王峰; 于微; 洪福昌; 蓝丽娜; 吴肖冰; 张春来; 冯铁建


    Objective To evaluate five kits for screening Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) by comparing the CT screening test results with Roche Cobas Amplicor test . Methods A proportionate stratified sampling was taken a-mong 32 medical institutions, and 1986 urogenital specimens were collected from STD , gynecology and urology clinics from September to November 2009. Various Chlamydia trachomatis detection methods were evaluated by comparing with Roche Cobas Amplicor test as a "golden standard", Results By comparing with Roche Cobas Amplicor test, the sensitivity of three kinds of gold-Immunochromatographic assay (ICA) , I. E. Rapid-test kits of ICA1, ICA2 and ICA3 was 34. 48%, 15. 22% and 52.53% respectively, The specificity was 99.45%, 98.04% and 98. 93% respectively, the positive predictive value (PPV) was 93. 75% ,63. 64% and 92. 86% , the negative predictive value (NPV) was 86. 36%, 83. 68% and 88. 73%. The sensitivity of the two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kits of PCR1 and PCR2 was 70. 09% and 96. 43% respectively ; their specificity was 99. 44% and 100. 00% respectively, the positive predictive value (PPV) was 96. 15% and 100.00% , and the negative predictive value (NPV) was 94. 34% and 99. 31%. Four types of samples tested by ICA kits showed obvious differences in sensitivity and specificity. But no similar results were found in PCR detection test. Conclusions The performances of immuno-chromatographic test kits produced by these three companies are significantly different. But the overall level is lower than that of the PCR detection kits. In addition, the type of specimen also affects the result of Chlamydia trachomatis detection. The immunochromatography test kit is more suitable for female vaginal and cervical samples.%目的 通过对不同商品化沙眼衣原体(CT)检测试剂的检测结果,与Roche Cobas Amplicor检测结果的分析比较,评价5种沙眼衣原体检测试剂的性能.方法 采用分层按比例的方法抽取32家医

  9. Real-time PCR assays for hepatitis B virus DNA quantification may require two different targets.

    Liu, Chao; Chang, Le; Jia, Tingting; Guo, Fei; Zhang, Lu; Ji, Huimin; Zhao, Junpeng; Wang, Lunan


    Quantification Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA plays a critical role in the management of chronic HBV infections. However, HBV is a DNA virus with high levels of genetic variation, and drug-resistant mutations have emerged with the use of antiviral drugs. If a mutation caused a sequence mismatched in the primer or probe of a commercial DNA quantification kit, this would lead to an underestimation of the viral load of the sample. The aim of this study was to determine whether commercial kits, which use only one pair of primers and a single probe, accurately quantify the HBV DNA levels and to develop an improved duplex real-time PCR assay. We developed a new duplex real-time PCR assay that used two pairs of primers and two probes based on the conserved S and C regions of the HBV genome. We performed HBV DNA quantitative detection of HBV samples and compared the results of our duplex real-time PCR assays with the COBAS TaqMan HBV Test version 2 and Daan real-time PCR assays. The target region of the discordant sample was amplified, sequenced, and validated using plasmid. The results of the duplex real-time PCR were in good accordance with the commercial COBAS TaqMan HBV Test version 2 and Daan real-time PCR assays. We showed that two samples from Chinese HBV infections underestimated viral loads when quantified by the Roche kit because of a mismatch between the viral sequence and the reverse primer of the Roche kit. The HBV DNA levels of six samples were undervalued by duplex real-time PCR assays of the C region because of mutations in the primer of C region. We developed a new duplex real-time PCR assay, and the results of this assay were similar to the results of commercial kits. The HBV DNA level could be undervalued when using the COBAS TaqMan HBV Test version 2 for Chinese HBV infections owing to a mismatch with the primer/probe. A duplex real-time PCR assay based on the S and C regions could solve this problem to some extent.

  10. Analytical performance of the Roche LightCycler® Mycobacterium Detection Kit for the diagnosis of clinically important mycobacterial species.

    Shaheed V Omar

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The LightCycler® Mycobacterium Detection Kit based on real-time PCR technology for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium and Mycobacterium kansasii was recently developed. This study evaluated its analytical sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Plasmid standards were prepared and used to determine the limit of detection. The assay was also performed against organisms other than mycobacteria, other mycobacterial strains and interfering substances to exclude cross-reactivity and interference. Reference standards were prepared and tested to assess the assay's reproducibility. All PCR assays were performed using the LightCycler® 2.0 Instrument. The detection limit for M. tuberculosis was 28 copies per microlitre. Neither cross-reactivity nor interference occurred with non-mycobacterial organisms and substances tested. Overall reproducibility for consecutive measurements, run-to-run, lot-to-lot, day-to-day and laboratory-to-laboratory achieved a coefficient of variance of less than two percent. SIGNIFICANCE: The LightCycler® Mycobacterium Detection kit has shown to be a robust and accurate assay with the potential to be used as a rapid TB diagnostic test.

  11. Analysis of heavy oils flows in saturated rocks; Analyse des ecoulements d'huiles lourdes dans les roches saturees

    Luc Dormieux; Denis Garnier [Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, 6 et 8 avenue Blaise Pascal Cite Descartes - Champs/Marne, 77455 Marne la Vallee Cedex 2, (France); Thierry Yalamas; Elisabeth Bemer; Jean-Francois Nauroy [Institut Francais du Petrole 1 et 4 avenue de Bois-Preau, 92852 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, (France)


    In heavy oil reservoirs, the fluid is a viscous material, possibly nonlinear. In order to describe the flow of such oils in the rock, an extension of Darcy law to non Newtonian fluids is presented. Besides, oil production in this type of reservoir is responsible for rock erosion and the formation of a paste (slurry) made up of a mixture of oil and sand grains is observed. Based on a non linear homogenization technique, a modelling of the constitutive behavior of this slurry is proposed. (authors)

  12. About Jules et Jim: Some Figures of Matriarchy from Bachofen to Truffaut via Benjamin, Roché and Hessel

    Michael Hollington


    Full Text Available Cet article essaie de relever quelques aspects d'un mouvement de pensée « matriarcale » du XXe siècle, parfois plutôt souterrain, et de montrer dans quelle mesure cette pensée fait partie du contexte du grand film des années soixante de François Truffaut. Il s'agit des hypothèses de Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, juriste et archéologue suisse, qui proposait la théorie d'un matriarcat primitif à l'origine de la société humaine. Dans un premier temps, en Méditerranée par exemple, existait selon lui un système communiste où l'idée de propriété privée était absente, fondé sur l'« hétaïrisme », où les rapports sexuels, organisés selon les vœux des femmes, étaient complètement libres.The purpose of this paper is, first, to provide a brief sketch map of a comparative nature of some linked, formative appropriations in Germany and elsewhere in the early part of this century of the Swiss jurist and archaeologist Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, famous for his influential but controversial theory of the precedence of primitive matriarchy over patriarchy in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.Este artίculo trata de señalar algunos aspectos de una corriente de pensamiento "matriarcal" del siglo veinte, a veces más bien subterránea, y muestra en qué medida dicho pensamiento forma parte del contexto de la famosa película de los años sesenta de François Truffaut. Se trata de las hipótesis de Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887, jurista y arqueólogo suizo, quien propuso la teoría de un matriarcado primitivo en el origen de la sociedad humana. En un primer momento, en la región mediterránea, por ejemplo, dice que existía un sistema comunista carente de la idea de propiedad privada, y basado en el "hetaerismo", en el que las relaciones sexuales, organizadas según el voto de las mujeres, eran completamente libres.

  13. Near-complete genome sequencing of swine vesicular disease virus using the Roche GS FLX sequencing platform

    Nielsen, Sandra Cathrine Abel; Bruhn, Christian Anders Wathne; Samaniego Castruita, Jose Alfredo


    Swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV) is an enterovirus that is both genetically and antigenically closely related to human coxsackievirus B5 within the Picornaviridae family. SVDV is the causative agent of a highly contagious (though rarely fatal) vesicular disease in pigs. We report a rapid method...

  14. Les roches basiques et ultrabasiques des Lacs Robert et le Trias de Chamrousse (Massif de Belledonne) Etude petrologique et geologique

    Tex, den E.


    La région que j’ai étudiée et relevée est située dans les Alpes françaises, à environ 4° longitude est et 50°15’ latitude nord, et à environ 2000 mètres d’altitude. Elle fait partie de la chaîne dite „chaîne de Belledonne” qui s’étend des massifs de Beaufort et du Grand Mont dans le N N E jusqu’à ce

  15. Near-complete genome sequencing of swine vesicular disease virus using the Roche GS FLX sequencing platform

    Nielsen, Sandra Cathrine Abel; Bruhn, Christian Anders Wathne; Samaniego Castruita, Jose Alfredo;


    that is suitable for sequencing the complete protein-encoding sequences of SVDV isolates in which the RNA is relatively intact. The approach couples a single PCR amplification reaction, using only a single PCR primer set to amplify the near-complete SVDV genome, with deep-sequencing using a small fraction...

  16. Reference intervals for common thyroid function tests, during different stages of pregnancy in Chinese women

    FAN Jian-xia; HAN Mi; TAO Jun; LUO Jun; SONG Meng-fan; YANG Shuai; KHOR Shu-zin


    Background The importance of diagnosis of thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy has been widely recognized.Our study was designed to compare two different detection reagents between Abbott and Roche and to establish the gestational-related reference intervals for thyroid function tests (TFT) in Chinese women and to assay the reference ranges with the American Thyroid Association recommended standard.Methods Serum samples were collected from 693 normal pregnant Chinese women and divided into five groups according to their gestational age:9-13,16-20,24-28,32-34 and 37-40 weeks.Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (FT4) levels were determined by two different detection reagents:Abbott Architect l 2000 and Roche Cobas Elecsys 600.The reference ranges of the TFT indexes were calculated according to the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB).The 2.5th and 97.5th percentiles of each stage were calculated,and the results were analyzed by one-way analysis of variances,t-test,and Spearman correlation analysis.Results Thyroid hormone levels varied greatly among different gestational stages.TSH levels,as assessed via two different TSH ELISA kits showed consistent changing pattern during pregnancy and displayed linear correlation (P <0.001).In 9-13 gestational weeks,TSH levels were significantly lower than that of other groups; and in 37-40 gestational weeks,it was higher than that of other groups (all P <0.001).TSH reference ranges determined by Roche detection reagent in each group were higher than those by Abbott detection reagent (P <0.01 respectively).FT4 levels were higher in 9-13 gestational weeks than that of other groups (P <0.001).FT4 levels determined by Roche reagent were higher than Abbott reagent in 9-13 weeks,(P <0.001),and lower in 24-28 and 37-40 weeks (P <0.001 and P=0.016,respectively).The TSH level was correlated with FT4 levels in 9-13 gestational weeks by detection reagents (for Abbott reagent,r=-0.319 for FT4 P <0


    Sa'roni Sa'roni


    Full Text Available Biji pinang (Areca catechu L secara tradisional diantaranya digunakan untuk obat menghentikan cucur darah dan haid banyak mengeluarkan darah. Untuk membuktikan penggunaan tersebut perlu dilakukan penelitian apakah ekstrak biji pinang mempunyai khasiat hemostatik, yaitu dapat mempercepat waktu beku darah serta untuk mendapatkan gambaran toksisitasnya ditentukan harga LD50 nya. Sebelum penelitian dilakukan spesifikasi simplisia dan ekstrak total dari biji pinang. Penelitian LD50 menurut cara Weil ,C.S dengan menggunakan hewan mencit dan penelitian khasiat hemostatik menurut cara Lee-White dengan menggunakan hewan tikus putih. Penelitian khasiat hemostatik dilakukan pada 3 macam  dosis ekstrak biji pinang yaitu 1,63mg, 4,9mg dan 16,3mg/100g.bobot badan tikus. Spesifikasi simplisia biji pinang asal Tawangmangu berwarna coklat, rasa pahit, kadar abu 4,2%± 0,1 kadar air  6,9%± 0,27. Spesifikasi ekstrak etanol biji pinang berwarna coklat kemerahan rasa pahit, kental, mengandung kaloid, saponin, flavonoid, tanin, polifenol dan antrakinon. Besar LD50 ekstrak etanol biji pinang 4,14 (3,31-5,18mg/10g. bobot badan secara ip pada mencit. Ekstrak dosis 16,3mg/100g.bobot badan tikus mempunyai khasiat hemostatik yang tidak berbeda dengan transamin dosis 4,5mg/100g.bobot badan tikus.   Kata kunci :  Areca catecu L; Toksisitas akut; Hemostatik

  18. Method for The Removal of Piumbum(II Ion from Aqueous Solutions by Corn Cobas A Natural Adsorbent and from The View Point Thermodynamics

    Gholamali Haghdoost


    Full Text Available Corn cob as a low-cost adsorbent were used in the present work for the removal of toxic heavy metal Pb2+ from aqueous solutions. Bath experiments were used to determine the best adsorption conditions. The equilibrium adsorption level was determined as a function of solution pH, temperature(T, contact time(tc, initial adsorbate concentration, and adsorbent dosage. Effective removal of metal ions was demonstrated at pH values of 6. Metal adsorption onto Corn cobwas evaluated by Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. Results indicate that the Langmuir isotherm model is the most suitable one for the adsorption process using Corn cob(R2=0.9742, thus indicating the applicability of monolayer coverage of Pb(II ion on Corn cob surface.The relationship between thermodynamic parameters was used to predict the absorption process. According to Thermodynamic analysis, the process endothermic and natural (ΔHo=-16.2 Jmol-1 and ΔSo =- 59.71 Jmol-1 K-1.

  19. [Comparison of commercial HIV-1 viral load tests by using proficiency test results in China, 2013- 2015].

    Zhang, L; Jin, C; Jiang, Z; Tang, T; Jiang, Y; Pan, P L


    Objective: To compare the bio-equivalence among commercial HIV-1 viral load tests, including EasyQ HIV-1 v2.0 (EasyQ) from bioMerieux NucliSens of France; VERSANT HIV-1 RNA 3.0 assay (bDNA) from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics of USA; COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 test (Taqman) from Roche Molecular Diagnosis of USA; Abbott Real Time HIV-1 Kit (M2000) from Abbott Molecular of USA and two domestic HIV-1 viral load test kits (domestic kit) from DaAn Gene Company of Sun Yat-Sen University and Liaoning Bio-Pharmaceutical company of Northeast pharmaceutical group, by using proficiency test results in China from 2013 to 2015. Methods: A total of 2 954 proficiency test results, obtained from 22 positive samples of 6 proficiency tests in 155 laboratories conducted by China CDC were analyzed during 2013-2015. The results from each sample were first logarithmic transformed and then grouped according to the method used, the mean value of logarithmic results was calculated. Subsequently, 22 clusters of mean values were analyzed by Bland-Altman analysis for the consistency, and linear regression analysis for the interdependency. Results: The results indicated that, by taking Taqman as the reference, EasyQ, M2000, bDNA and domestic kit had good consistency (90%-100%) and interdependency. Conclusion: All the viral load tests were bio-equivalent. Moreover, according to the conversion formula derived from domestic proficiency test results, all the viral load results could be converted, which is critical for epidemiological analysis.

  20. Evaluation of Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx Assay on the Panther System on HIV Subtypes.

    Manak, Mark M; Hack, Holly R; Nair, Sangeetha V; Worlock, Andrew; Malia, Jennifer A; Peel, Sheila A; Jagodzinski, Linda L


    Quantitation of the HIV-1 viral load in plasma is the current standard of care for clinical monitoring of HIV-infected individuals undergoing antiretroviral therapy. This study evaluated the analytical and clinical performances of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay (Hologic, San Diego, CA) for monitoring viral load by using 277 well-characterized subtype samples, including 171 cultured virus isolates and 106 plasma samples from 35 countries, representing all major HIV subtypes, recombinants, and circulating recombinant forms (CRFs) currently in circulation worldwide. Linearity of the Aptima assay was tested on each of 6 major HIV-1 subtypes (A, B, C, D, CRF01_AE, and CRF02_AG) and demonstrated an R(2) value of ≥0.996. The performance of the Aptima assay was also compared to those of the Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 v.2 (CAP/CTM) and Abbott m2000 RealTime HIV-1 (RealTime) assays on all subtype samples. The Aptima assay values averaged 0.21 log higher than the CAP/CTM values and 0.30 log higher than the RealTime values, and the values were >0.4 log higher than CAP/CTM values for subtypes F and G and than RealTime values for subtypes C, F, and G and CRF02_AG. Two samples demonstrated results with >1-log differences from RealTime results. When the data were adjusted by the average difference, 94.9% and 87.0% of Aptima results fell within 0.5 log of the CAP/CTM and RealTime results, respectively. The linearity and accuracy of the Aptima assay in correctly quantitating all major HIV-1 subtypes, coupled with the completely automated format and high throughput of the Panther system, make this system well suited for reliable measurement of viral load in the clinical laboratory. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  1. Comparison of Hemoglobin A1c assay performance on two different commercial systems

    Jozo Ćorić


    Full Text Available Introduction: Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c is formed by non-enzymatic binding of glucose to the free amino group of the N-terminal end of the ß-chain of hemoglobin A. HbA1c is representative of the mean blood glucose level over three months. The aim of the study was to evaluate the Hemoglobin A1c immunoturbidimetric assay performance on two different commercial systems.Methods: We evaluated the precision and trueness for determination of HbA1c in whole blood. Concentrations of total hemoglobin and HbA1c were evaluated on Dimension Xpand (Siemens and Cobas 501 (Roche analyzers. HbA1c was measured in a latex agglutination inhibition test. Commercial controls Liquichek Diabetes Control Level 1 and Liquichek Diabetes Control Level 2 (Bio Rad at two levels were used for quality control. Analytical validation of HbA1c included: within-run imprecision, between-day imprecision, inaccuracy and comparison determination on the human samples on 2 systems: Dimension Xpand and Cobas 501 analyzers. Results: Within-run imprecision on the commercially controls for Level 1 is 4.5% and Level 2 is 3.2% between-day imprecision on commercially controls is 6.1% Level 1 and 5.1% Level 2 for respectively inac- curacy on commercially controls for Level 1 is 1.8% and Level 2 is 4.8%. Method comparison on human samples shows the correlation coefficient of 0.99.Conclusion: The presented results of the analytical evaluation methods for the determination of HbA1c showed an acceptable accuracy and precision.

  2. Transfusion transmittable infections - Seroprevalence among blood donors in a tertiary care hospital of Delhi

    Sangeeta Pathak


    Full Text Available Context: Transfusion transmittable infections (TTI continue to be a major threat to safe transfusion practices. Blood is one of the major sources of transmission of infectious diseases viz. human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV, hepatitis C virus (HCV, syphilis, malaria, and many other infections in India. Screening assays for the infectious diseases with excellent sensitivity and specificity helps to enhance the safety of the blood transfusions reducing the diagnostic window period as much as possible. Aims: The present study was designed to determine the seroprevalence of TTIs viz., HIV, HCV, and HBV, among the blood donors in Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India based on dual testing strategy using high sensitive screening assays such as enhanced chemiluminescence assay and nucleic acid testing (NAT. Materials and Methods: A total of 41207 blood units collected from the donors (both voluntary and replacement donors were screened for the TTI s, viz., anti HIV 1 and 2 antibody, anti HCV antibody, anti HBcore antibody, and HBsAg by enhanced chemiluminescence assay on VITROS ® ECiQ immunodiagnostics system. NAT was performed using Roche Cobas ® TaqScreen MPX assay, which can detect simultaneously HIV 1 (groups M and O, HIV-2, HCV, and HBV on Roche Cobas ® s201 system. Results: The seroprevalence of HIV, HBsAg, anti HBcore antibody, and HCV based on enhanced chemiluminescence assay was found to be 0.25, 0.2, 7.06, and 0.7%, respectively. A total number of 6587 samples from July 2010 to December 2010 were tested on NAT, of which 3 samples were reactive for HBV in NAT; this was missed by enhanced chemiluminescence assay. Conclusions: Based on the seroprevalence study of infectious diseases viz., HIV, HBV, and HCV, we conclude that screening of blood and blood components by dual testing strategy using high sensitivity serological assay like enhanced chemiluminescence technology and NAT helps in detecting the

  3. A study of the relationship between albuminuria, proteinuria and urinary reagent strips.

    Collier, Geraldine


    BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to examine the relationship between proteinuria and albuminuria and to assess the equivalence between the albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) and the protein to creatinine ratio (PCR) at the cut-offs recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on chronic kidney disease. The sensitivity and specificity of the reagent strips used in our laboratory for the detection of clinical proteinuria was also assessed. METHODS: Urine samples (n = 117) were screened for protein using the Bayer Multistix 10SG and read manually. Urinary total protein and creatinine was measured on the Roche P Modular by the benzethonium chloride and kinetic Jaffe methods, respectively. Urinary albumin was measured by immunoturbidimetry on the Roche Cobas Mira. RESULTS: The relationship between urinary protein and albumin loss was non-linear (P < 0.05). As urinary protein loss increased the percentage of albumin to total protein increased. At the NICE guidance recommended cut-offs for clinical proteinuria (ACR > or =30 mg\\/mmol and PCR > or =50 mg\\/mmol) there was one discordant result between ACR and PCR (ACR <30 mg\\/mmol and PCR >50 mg\\/mmol). The Bayer Multistix 10SG had a sensitivity and specificity of 97% and 62%, respectively, for the detection of clinical proteinuria compared with ACR. CONCLUSIONS: The proportion of urinary total protein attributable to albumin changes with concentration. There was only one discordant result between ACR and PCR: therefore either ratio may be used for the identification of clinical proteinuria. As a screening test for proteinuria, the Bayer Multistix 10SG had an acceptable sensitivity but poor specificity.

  4. Analytical Bias Exceeding Desirable Quality Goal in 4 out of 5 Common Immunoassays: Results of a Native Single Serum Sample External Quality Assessment Program for Cobalamin, Folate, Ferritin, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone, and Free T4 Analyses.

    Kristensen, Gunn B B; Rustad, Pål; Berg, Jens P; Aakre, Kristin M


    We undertook this study to evaluate method differences for 5 components analyzed by immunoassays, to explore whether the use of method-dependent reference intervals may compensate for method differences, and to investigate commutability of external quality assessment (EQA) materials. Twenty fresh native single serum samples, a fresh native serum pool, Nordic Federation of Clinical Chemistry Reference Serum X (serum X) (serum pool), and 2 EQA materials were sent to 38 laboratories for measurement of cobalamin, folate, ferritin, free T4, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by 5 different measurement procedures [Roche Cobas (n = 15), Roche Modular (n = 4), Abbott Architect (n = 8), Beckman Coulter Unicel (n = 2), and Siemens ADVIA Centaur (n = 9)]. The target value for each component was calculated based on the mean of method means or measured by a reference measurement procedure (free T4). Quality specifications were based on biological variation. Local reference intervals were reported from all laboratories. Method differences that exceeded acceptable bias were found for all components except folate. Free T4 differences from the uncommonly used reference measurement procedure were large. Reference intervals differed between measurement procedures but also within 1 measurement procedure. The serum X material was commutable for all components and measurement procedures, whereas the EQA materials were noncommutable in 13 of 50 occasions (5 components, 5 methods, 2 EQA materials). The bias between the measurement procedures was unacceptably large in 4/5 tested components. Traceability to reference materials as claimed by the manufacturers did not lead to acceptable harmonization. Adjustment of reference intervals in accordance with method differences and use of commutable EQA samples are not implemented commonly. © 2016 American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

  5. Genotype 3 is the predominant hepatitis C genotype in a multi-ethnic Asian population in Malaysia.

    Ho, Shiaw-Hooi; Ng, Kee-Peng; Kaur, Harvinder; Goh, Khean-Lee


    Genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) are distributed differently across the world. There is a paucity of such data in a multi-ethnic Asian population like Malaysia. The objectives of this study were to determine the distribution of HCV genotypes between major ethnic groups and to ascertain their association with basic demographic variables like age and gender. This was a cross-sectional prospective study conducted from September 2007 to September 2013. Consecutive patients who were detected to have anti-HCV antibodies in the University of Malaya Medical Centre were included and tested for the presence of HCV RNA using Roche Cobas Amplicor Analyzer and HCV genotype using Roche single Linear Array HCV Genotyping strip. Five hundred and ninety-six subjects were found to have positive anti-HCV antibodies during this period of time. However, only 396 (66.4%) were HCV RNA positive and included in the final analysis. Our results showed that HCV genotype 3 was the predominant genotype with overall frequency of 61.9% followed by genotypes 1 (35.9%), 2 (1.8%) and 6 (0.5%). There was a slightly higher prevalence of HCV genotype 3 among the Malays when compared to the Chinese (P=0.043). No other statistical significant differences were observed in the distribution of HCV genotypes among the major ethnic groups. There was also no association between the predominant genotypes and basic demographic variables. In a multi-ethnic Asian society in Malaysia, genotype 3 is the predominant genotype among all the major ethnic groups with genotype 1 as the second commonest genotype. Both genotypes 2 and 6 are uncommon. Neither genotype 4 nor 5 was detected. There is no identification of HCV genotype according to ethnic origin, age and gender.

  6. Stratigraphic and technological evidence from the middle palaeolithic-Châtelperronian-Aurignacian record at the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter (Roches d’Abilly site, Central France)

    Aubry, Thierry; Dimuccio, Luca Antonio; Almeida, Miguel;


    This paper presents a geoarchaeological study of Middle and Upper Palaeolithic (Châtelperronian, Aurignacian and Solutrean) occupations preserved at the Bordes-Fitte rockshelter in Central France. The lithostratigraphic sequence is composed of near-surface sedimentary facies with vertical and lat...

  7. Creep and damage in argillaceous rocks: microstructural change and phenomenological modeling; Fluage et endommagement des roches argileuses: evolution de la microstructure et modelisation phenomenologique

    Fabre, G


    The underground radioactive waste disposal far exceeds the period of exploitation of common civil engineering works. These specific projects require to predict the irreversible deformations over a large time scale (several centuries) in order to assess the extension and to forecast the evolution of the EDZ (Excavation Damage Zone) around the cavity. In this study, the viscosity of three sedimentary argillaceous rocks has been studied under different conditions of uniaxial compression: static or cyclic creep tests, monotonic and quasistatic tests, performed across various strata orientations. Argillaceous rocks are studied as a possible host layer for radioactive waste disposals. Indeed, they present some of the physical characteristics and mechanical properties, which are essential for being a natural barrier: low permeability, high creep potential and important holding capacity of radioactive elements. The purpose of the experimental study was to shed some light over the mechanisms governing the development of delayed deformations and damage of argillaceous rocks. It relates three rocks: an argillite from East of France, a Tournemire argillite and a marl from Jurassic Mountains. On atomic scale, viscoplastic deformations are due to irreversible displacements of crystalline defects, called dislocations. The experimental study was also supplemented with observations on thin sections extracted from the argillite and marl samples using a SEM. The aim was to identify the mechanisms responsible for the time-dependent behaviour on a microstructural scale. Analytical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of the three rocks gave parameters used in different viscoplastic models. The best modeling was obtained with the viscoplastic model which takes account of the development of volumetric strains and of the damage anisotropy. (author)

  8. Rescaling power relations between trade unions and corporate management in a globalising pharmaceutical industry: the case of the acquisition of Boehringer Mannheim by Hoffman - La Roche

    Christian Zeller


    Multinational corporations (MNCs) are reorganising their production systems. Many MNCs are integrating their production on a continental scale and allocating specific responsibilities and tasks to their research centres on a global scale. Empirical research on the pharmaceutical industry suggests that the spatial reorganisation of the production system can be understood as a process of reterritorialisation and deterritorialisation on different scales. In this paper I outline how MNCs in the p...

  9. About the identification of behaviour law parameters of clayey rocks; Sur l'identification des parametres des lois de comportement des roches argileuses

    Lecampion, B


    This work aims at developing identification methods for clayey rock parameters. These methods are necessary for the interpretation of the numerous data obtained at the ANDRA's Meuse/Haute-Marne underground laboratory. Two main rheological aspects have been considered: the poro-elastic behaviour and the elasto-visco-plastic behaviour. The first part of the study focusses on the poro-elastic parameters. Chapter 2 recalls the direct problem and discusses some important points of the identification inverse problem. Chapter 3 deals with the formulation of gradient calculation techniques for the linear poro-elastic case. The resolution using the finite-element method is discussed. The direct and associated state differentiation methods are validated for a 2D numerical example using the finite-element code Cast3M. The identification of poro-elastic coefficients of the Meuse/Haute-Marne argillaceous rocks is discussed in detail in chapter 4. The use of approximate semi-explicit solutions of the direct problems allows to obtain a fast identification method. The second part deals with the identification of elasto-visco-plastic parameters. The visco-plastic behaviour of Meuse/Haute-Marne rocks is discussed in chapter 5 and a visco-plastic model with nonlinear isotropic cold-drawing is proposed which allows to reproduce the tests. The parameters of this behaviour law are identified on a 1D creep test in drained conditions. Thus, the delayed deformations come from the poro-elastic and visco-plastic behaviour of the rock. It is shown that both phenomena can be separated. All poro-elasto-visco-plastic parameters are identified and a semi-explicit solution of the creep test is used. Chapter 6 presents an identification method of the elasto-visco-plastic parameters for the general case. The identification is equivalent to the minimization of a cost functional. The gradient of the functional is calculated by direct differentiation. The direct differentiation method is developed in Cast3M for the Norton-Hoff elasto-visco-plastic law. The identification of the parameters of this law on 1D and 2D configurations of underground facilities is then presented. Measurements are simulated using a direct calculation, eventually disturbed. The unicity and stability of this identification problem are discussed. In chapter 7, the method is applied to a real case: the Chamoise tunnel. 1D and 2D flat deformation modeling is used to solve the direct problem. The modeling hypotheses are justified and the obtained parameters allow to correctly reproduce the data. (J.S.)

  10. Visualisation des propriétés capillaires des roches réservoir Visualizing the Capillary Properties of Reservoir Rocks

    Zinszner B.


    Full Text Available Cet article décrit des expériences de drainage par centrifugation et d'imbibition par ascension capillaire réalisées avec des résines époxy colorées. Après polymérisation, l'observation des lames minces permet de localiser les fluides mouillants et non mouillants. Après avoir décrit les modes opératoires en insistant sur l'analyse des paramètres expérimentaux, on donne des exemples d'applications à la géologie de réservoir. Deux points sont développés : les études de perméabilités et les modèles de réservoir qui permettent d'étudier la répartition du fluide mouillant et des fractions déplaçables ou piégées du fluide non mouillant. This article describes drainage experiments by centrifuge method and imbibition by capillary rise performed with colored epoxy resins. After polymerization, analysis of thin sections serves to situate the wetting and nonwetting fluids. After describing the operating methods with em-phasis on the analysis of experimental parameters, the article gives examples of applications to reservoir geology. The following two points are developed : (i permeability investigations and (ii reservoir modelswhich can be used to analyze the distribution of the wetting fluid and the movable or trapped fractions of the nonwetting fluid

  11. “Knaller-Sex für alle”: Popfeminist Body Politics in Lady Bitch Ray, Charlotte Roche, and Sarah Kuttner

    Carrie Smith-Prei


    Full Text Available Germany has seen a recent upsurge in publications proclaiming that feminism is again an urgent matter for a new generation of women. Faced with the reactionary demography debate and the hegemony of second-wave feminism, young writers, musicians, journalists, and critics call for new models of feminism relevant to women today. As one of these viable models, popfeminism draws on dominant trends in mass culture, on pop’s forty-year history as a cultural prefix in Germany, and on traditional feminism in order to create a new, ostensibly apolitical, feminist subculture based in self-stylization and individual autonomy. Shared by many popfeminist sources is the depiction of negatively coded female corporeality. This article begins with a theoretical analysis of writings on sexuality and the body in recent (popfeminist nonfiction. It then examines the negative corporeal self-stylizations in Turkish-German rapper Lady Bitch Ray’s performances since 2006, in former music video host Charlotte Roche’s novel Feuchtgebiete (2008, and in media personality Sarah Kuttner’s novel Mängelexemplar (2009. Ultimately, these negatively coded bodies are shown to uncover popfeminism’s political intent.

  12. Pooling Ocular Swab Specimens from Tanzania for testing by Roche Amplicor and Aptima Combo 2 Assays for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis: Accuracy and Cost Savings

    Dize, Laura; West, Sheila; Quinn, Thomas C.; Gaydos, Charlotte A.


    Ocular swabs collected in Tanzania were evaluated by Amplicor CT and Aptima Combo2 assays for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) to determine if pooling could be used to reduce the cost of detection. Pooling would be an accurate method and so far resulted in a cost-savings of 62.2%. PMID:24079951

  13. Analytical and clinical comparison of Elecsys syphilis (Roche(®)) - Architect syphilis TP and reformulated Architect syphilis TP (Abbott(®)) assay.

    De Keukeleire, Steven; Desmet, Stefanie; Lagrou, Katrien; Oosterlynck, Julie; Verhulst, Manon; Van Besien, Jessica; Saegeman, Veroniek; Reynders, Marijke


    The performance of Elecsys Syphilis was compared to Architect Syphilis TP and Reformulated Architect Syphilis TP. The overall sensitivity and specificity were 98.4% and 99.5%, 97.7% and 97.1%, and 99.2% and 99.7% respectively. The assays are comparable and considered adequate for syphilis screening.

  14. Experimental study of the effect of damage on rocks permeability; Etude experimentale de l'effet de l'endommagement sur la permeabilite des roches

    Bounenni, A


    The effect of the cracking of rocks on their permeabilities arouses a growing interest by its consequences on the safety of radioactive waste disposal, and its applications to some problems of oil prospecting. This thesis is devoted to the experimental study of this phenomenon on some varieties of porous rocks. The adopted method consists in examining the evolution of the permeability with damage. Two varieties of clays, known as of the East and Gard varieties, were studied for applications to the problems of waste disposal, as well as a variety of chalk coming from the North Sea for oil applications. The major difficulties of the study of clays consist of a very low permeability and of the brittleness of these materials which make them difficult to create a diffuse damage or cracking in them. We however managed to show for example that the permeability of these materials can multiplied by a factor 100 for 4 per cent irreversible voluminal strain. The chalk is more porous and more permeable, and presents non difficulty for the measurement of the permeability. But the difficulty of creating a state of diffuse damage in this material remains. However, by ways of complex loading paths, we could in some cases make evolve the damage and the permeability and establish a phenomenological relation between these two quantities. Creation of crack in these material by thermal damage, using a microwave oven, proved to be a much simpler way and more promising than the mechanical way. The observation of the damaged clay samples by the electron microscope enabled us to determine the size scale of the microscopic cracks. On the damaged chalk samples, the acoustic velocity measurement made it possible to establish a simple relation between the permeability and the damage. (author)

  15. Influence aqueous solutions on the mechanical behavior of argillaceous rocks; Influence des solutions aqueuses sur le comportement mecanique des roches argileuses

    Wakim, J


    The hydration of the shale with an aqueous solution induces a swelling deformation which plays an important role in the behaviour of the structures excavated in this type of grounds. This deformation is marked by a three-dimensional and anisotropic character and involves several mechanisms like adsorption, osmosis or capillarity. Several researches were dedicated to swelling and were often much debated due to the complexity of the implied phenomena. The goal of this thesis is therefore to contribute to a better understanding of shale swelling when the rock is confined and hydrated with an aqueous solution. The main part of the work accomplished was related to the Lorraine shale and to the Tournemire shale. To characterize swelling and to identify the main governing parameters, it was necessary to start the issue with an experimental approach. Many apparatus were then developed to carry out tests under various conditions of swelling. In order to facilitate the interpretation of the tests and thereafter the modelling of the behaviour, the experimental procedure adopted consisted of studying first the mechanical aspect and then the chemical aspect of swelling. In the mechanical part, swelling was studied by imposing on the sample a mechanical loading while maintaining during the tests the same aqueous solution. The principal parameters which were studied are the effect of the lateral conditions on axial swelling (impeded strain or constant stress) as well as the influence of the axial stress on radial swelling. The anisotropy of swelling was studied by carrying out, for different orientations of the sample, tests of free swelling, impeded swelling and uniaxial swelling. These various mechanical tests allowed to study the three-dimensional anisotropic swelling in all the conditions and to select the most appropriate test to be used in the second phase of the research. The precise analysis performed to explain the mechanisms behind the swelling of an argillaceous rock when it is in contact of water showed that the mechanical response is ruled mainly by electrochemical phenomena which operate between the solution elements and the clay layers. This important result oriented the research to develop better the role of the chemistry in the behaviour. Swelling was therefore analysed by imposing on the sample a chemical loading while maintaining constant the axial stress. Monovalent and divalent salts which were used with various concentrations are the sodium chloride (NaCl), the potassium chloride (KCl) and the calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}). The foreseen objective was to analyze the effect of the chemical path with decreasing or cyclic concentrations and to highlight the role of the solution normality, the type of salt and the anisotropy on the axial swelling. The experimental results obtained allowed the development of a new rheological model which takes into account the time, the anisotropy, the applied loading and the chemistry of the solution. This model was implemented in a finite element code to simulate simple cases and to prove its validity. (author)

  16. Cicatrization of the damaged zone around a tunnel in low permeable rocks; Cicatrisation de la zone endommagee autour du tunnel dans des roches peu permeables

    Hamza, R.O


    Three types of clays have been studied in this work: the Mol clay (plastic clay), the Mont Terri clay (opalinus clay) and the East clay (stiff clay). This work is divided into three parts: an experimental part which has allowed to identify the cicatrization phenomenon and the cracks closing. Through several tests has been determined the evolution of the permeability of the clayey samples which are undamaged or damaged with time and according to the different applied hydro-mechanical loadings. In order to describe the cicatrization phenomenon, a rheological law has been developed from the experimental observations and under some hypotheses. The parameters of the cicatrization model have been determined by numerical simulation. In order to take into account the structures effects at a large scale, the modelling of a tunnel has allowed to better identify the cicatrization phenomenon and to analyze the long term stability of this work. (O.M.)

  17. Damage-induced permeability changes around underground excavations; Endommagement des roches argileuses et permeabilite induite au voisinage d'ouvrages souterrains

    Coll, C


    The storage of nuclear waste in deep geological formations is now considered more and more as a potential solution. During excavation, a disturbed zone develops in which damaging can be important and which can lead eventually to the failure of the rock. Fluid flow and permeability in the rock mass can be significantly modified producing a possible security risk. Our work consisted in an experimental study of the hydro-mechanical coupling of two argillaceous rocks: Boom clay (Mol, Belgium) and Opalinus clay (Mont-Terri, Switzerland). Triaxial tests were performed in a saturated state to study the permeability evolution of both clays with isotropic and deviatoric stresses. Argillaceous rocks are geo-materials with complex behaviour governed by numerous coupled processes. Strong physico-chemical interactions between the fluid and the solid particles and their very low permeability required the modification of the experimental set up. Moreover, specific procedures were developed to measure permeability and to detect strain localisation in shear bands. We show that for Boom Clay, permeability is not significantly influenced by strain localisation. For Opalinus clay, fracturing can induce an increase of the permeability at low confining pressure. (author)

  18. Fractures inside crystalline rocks. Effects of deformations on fluid circulations; Fractures dans les roches cristallines. Effets des deformations sur les circulations de fluides

    Gentier, S


    The modeling of fluid flows inside granite massifs is an important task for the evaluation of the feasibility of radioactive waste storage inside such formations. This document makes a synthesis of the works carried out since about 15 years, in particular by the French bureau of geological and mining research (BRGM), about the hydro-mechanical behaviour of a fracture and about the hydrodynamical characterization of fracture networks inside crystalline rocks: 1 - introduction; 2 - hydro-mechanical behaviour under normal stress: experimental results (hydro-mechanical behaviour, flow regimes, mechanical behaviour, test protocol, complementary tests, influence of samples size), geometrical interpretation of experimental results (relation with walls geometry, relation with voids geometry, relation with contacts geometry), hydro-mechanical modeling (hydraulic modeling, mechanical modeling); 3 - from the hydro-mechanical behaviour under normal stress to the coupling with heat transfers and chemistry: experiment for the study of the chemo-thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling (experimental results, relation with walls morphology), thermo-hydro-mechanical experiments, thermo-hydro-chemical experiments with fractures, conclusions; 4 - hydro-mechanical behaviour during shear: experimental results, geometrical interpretation (relation with the geometry of damaged zones, relation with voids geometry, relation with walls geometry), hydro-mechanical modeling (mechanical modeling, hydro-mechanical modeling of the behaviour during shear). (J.S.)

  19. Natural fracturing of rocks: application to the Ahnet basin (Algeria); Fracturation naturelle des roches: application au bassin de l`Ahnet (Algerie)

    Badsi, M.


    In the Ahnet basin, the production seems to be unrelated to lithological variations in the reservoirs. In these large anticline structures, located in the central Ahnet basin, the presence of gas has been proven, but only a few production wells have been moderately successful. This inconsistency is probably related to the spatial distribution of fracturing throughout the reservoir. In order to investigate several hypothesis, we used several approach to solve problems posed by the interpreter: namely understanding the deformation process, predicting the fractured zones and building the discrete model of fracture network. This approach combines several methods, including sand box modelling, numerical modelling and Statistics rules, often related with fractal behaviour of faults families, have been used for extrapolating observations from seismic or from wells. The numerical tools and sand box analysis have allowed us to answer to the questions related to the formation of this large anticlines in the Ahnet basin and suggest a probable origin of the variation in the spatial distribution of natural fractures. The deterministic predictions of small-scale faults use probabilistic approaches for spatial interpolation assuming implicitly relationship between detected large faults and unresolved small faults. The statistical modelling is used to carry out analysis of the spatial variation of mean fracture attributes at the global scale (a few kilometers) and a 3D stochastic modelling of the fracture system at the local scale (a few ten of meters). (author) 139 refs.

  20. Characterization of Rock Wettability Though Dielectric Measurements Caractérisation de la mouillabilité des roches au moyen de mesures diélectriques

    Bona N.


    Full Text Available The wettability of glass filters and Berea sandstone was investigated using the electric response in the interval 10² - 10 (to the power of 8 Hz. The natural wettability of the materials was modified to get two different sets of samples, one with strong water and the other with strong oil wettability. The samples were saturated to various degrees up to 40% with deionized water or brine. Measurements showed that the electric responses of water-wet and oil-wet samples were markedly different and more complex than those predicted by two standard models. The dispersivity and the loss tangent were found to be the most suitable parameters to check the wettability of the samples. La mouillabilité de filtres de verre et de grès de Béréa a été caractérisée par leur réponse électrique dans l'intervalle 10² - 10 puissance 8 Hz. Au moyen de traitements appropriés, la mouillabilité naturelle des matériaux a été modifiée afin d'obtenir deux séries différentes d'échantillons ayant respectivement de fortes mouillabilités à l'eau et à l'huile. Les échantillons ont été saturés à des degrés variés (pas plus de 40 % avec de l'eau permutée ou de la saumure. Les mesures ont montré que les réponses électriques des échantillons mouillables à l'eau ou mouillables à l'huile étaient nettement différentes et plus compliquées que celles prédites par deux modèles standard. En outre, on a pu constater que la dispersivité et la tangente de pertes constituent les paramètres les plus pertinents pour caractériser la mouillabilité des échantillons.

  1. Monkeypox detection in rodents using real-time 3’minor groove binder Taqman assays on the Roche LightCycler, Laboratory Investigation 84:1200 - 1208


    DNA 1000 MPV Zaire 79-I-05 10 + + MPXR Zaire 79-I-05 ( Cidofovir - resistant) 10 + + MPV Utrecht 10 + + MPV Sierra Leone 10 + + MPV 12003k 10 + + MPV...100 CMLR— Cidofovir -resistant Camelpox Somalia 100 CPX—cowpox Brighton Red (BR) 100 CPXR— Cidofovir -resistant cowpox Brighton Red 100 VAC...Vaccinia Copenhagen 100 VACR— Cidofovir -resistant Vaccinia Copenhagen 100 HSV-1—Herpes Simplex virus type 1 100 HSV-2—Herpes Simplex virus

  2. Roche Portable Blood Glucose Meter for Clinical Application and Quality Control%便携式血糖仪临床应用与质量控制



    Diabetes is a lifelong disease is stil no cure at present, timing determination of glucose, strict control of blood glucose is the key to the treatment of diabetes melitus. Diabetes ideal blood glucose test is weekly 1~2 times, but generaly patients with no conditions to the hospital for frequent blood glucose testing, and the portable blood glucose meter provides great convenience for patients, the portable blood glucose meter for each ward monitoring blood glucose in patients with circadian changes and outpatient diabetes screening, increasingly the attention of medical workers and patients in this paper, Glucose meter in the clinical diagnosis of practical value in clinical application, quality assessment.%糖尿病是目前尚不能根治的终身性疾病,定时测定血糖值,严格控制血糖是糖尿病治疗的关键。糖尿病理想的血糖测试是每周1~2次,但一般患者没条件到医院作频繁的血糖测试,而便携式血糖仪为患者提供了很大的方便。便携式血糖仪因适合各病房昼夜监测患者血糖变化及门诊患者糖尿病筛查,日益受到医务工作者和患者的重视,本文从临床应用、质量检测评估方面阐述血糖仪在临床诊断的实用价值。

  3. A ambos lados del Atlántico: dos fábricas de Kevin Roche y John Dinkeloo para Cummins Engine Company

    Laura Sánchez Carrasco


    Full Text Available Dentro de la trayectoria del estudio KRJDA, ambos edificios se plantearon como nuevas oportunidades para investigar la arquitectura de los espacios industriales. Representarían la búsqueda del style for the job heredado de su maestro, Eero Saarinen, quien ya había colaborado con anterioridad con el cliente de las fábricas, J. Irwin MillerEn , en varios proyectos en  Columbus, Ohio. El objetivo es revisar y comparar los conceptos que definen estos dos proyectos construidos para el mismo cliente pero en países diferentes y con requerimientos funcionales distintos. En la planta de Darlington la cuestión se centrará fundamentalmente en sus soluciones constructivas, mientras que en la de Walesboro se reformuló la tipología y el planteamiento funcional de un edificio industrial. Darlington posee grado II de protección desde 1993 y Walesboro ha sido remodelada respetando el espíritu inicial, mereciendo ambas un lugar destacado en el patrimonio industrial del siglo XX.

  4. Performance Evaluation of Manual and Automated (MagNA Pure Nucleic Acid Isolation in HPV Detection and Genotyping Using Roche Linear Array HPV Test

    Aikaterini Chranioti


    Full Text Available Nucleic acids of human papillomavirus (HPV isolated by manual extraction method (AmpliLute and automated MagNA pure system were compared and evaluated with cytohistological findings in 253 women. The concordance level between AmpliLute and MagNA was very good 93.3% (=0.864, <.0001. Overall HPVpositivity detected by AmpliLute was 57.3% (30.4% as single and 27% as multiple infections in contrast to MagNA 54.5% (32% and 23%, resp.. Discrepant results observed in 25 cases: 11 MagNA(−/AmpliLute(+, 10 of which had positive histology; 5 MagNA(+/AmpliLute(− with negative histology; 8 MagNA(+/AmpliLute(+: in 7 of which AmpliLute detected extra HPV genotypes and 1 MagNA(invalid/AmpliLute(+ with positive histology. Both methods performed well when compared against cytological (area under curve (AUC of AmpliLute 0.712 versus 0.672 of MagNA and histological diagnoses (AUC of AmpliLute 0.935 versus 0.877 of MagNA, with AmpliLute showing a slightly predominance over MagNA. However, higher sensitivities, specificities, and positive/negative predictive values were obtained by AmpliLute.

  5. Reduction of Polymer Adsorption on Reservoir Rocks Réduction de l'adsorption des polymères sur les roches réservoirs

    Chauveteau G.


    Full Text Available The adsorption properties of polyacrylamides and xanthans on mineral surfaces carrying silanol and aluminol groups such as sand and kaolinite are described. The influence of the main parameters such as the nature of adsorption sites, surface charge, chemical structure and conformation of polymer and interactions of mono- and divalent ions with polymer and mineral surface has been investigated and interpreted. Some operating parameters in polymer flooding such as pH and salinity of injected solution, the nature of the polymer and its degree of ionicity were found to be determining factors from the adsorption level. The results give key elements for reducing adsorption by a proper choice of polymer nature and ionicity and of injection conditions. Les propriétés d'adsorption des polyacrylamides et des xanthanes sur des surfaces minérales portant des groupements silanols et aluminols comme le sable et la kaolinite ont été examinées. L'influence de différents paramètres est analysée : nature des sites d'adsorption, charge de surface, structure chimique et conformation du polymère, interactions des ions mono et divalents avec la surface. Il apparaît que le pH et la salinité de la solution injectée, la nature du polymère et, en particulier son degré d'ionicité, qui sont les paramètres opérationnels lors d'une injection de polymère destinée à augmenter le taux de récupération du pétrole, sont déterminants en ce qui concerne les niveaux d'adsorption. On en déduit les principaux moyens pour réduire l'adsorption dans un cas d'application donné.

  6. Dynamics of stellar wind in a Roche potential: implications for (i) outflows & periodicities relevant to astronomical masers, and (ii) generation of baroclinicity

    Singh, Nishant K


    We study the dynamics of stellar wind from one of the bodies in the binary system, where the other body interacts only gravitationally. We focus on following three issues: (i) we explore the origin of observed periodic variations in maser intensity; (ii) we address the nature of bipolar molecular outflows; and (iii) we show generation of baroclinicity in the same model setup. From direct numerical simulations and further numerical modelling, we find that the maser intensity along a given line of sight varies periodically due to periodic modulation of material density. This modulation period is of the order of the binary period. Another feature of this model is that the velocity structure of the flow remains unchanged with time in late stages of wind evolution. Therefore the location of the masing spot along the chosen sightline stays at the same spatial location, thus naturally explaining the observational fact. This also gives an appearance of bipolar nature in the standard position-velocity diagram, as has ...

  7. Approach to underground characterization of a disposal vault in granite; Methode de caracterisation souterraine d`une enceinte de stockage dans la roche granitique

    Everitt, R.A.; Martin, C.D.; Thompson, P.M.


    The concept of disposing of nuclear fuel waste by sealing it in a disposal vault in the Canadian Shield is being investigated as part of the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program. Engineered and natural barriers would isolate the waste from the biosphere. Underground characterization and testing have been under way since 1983 at the Underground Research Laboratory in support of this program. This report draws on experience gained at the URL to recommend an approach to underground characterization to obtain information to optimize the design of the excavation and the engineered barriers, and to provide a baseline against which to monitor the performance of the facility during and following its operation.

  8. Lyophilized standards for the calibration of real time PCR assay for hepatitis C virus RNA

    WANG Lu-nan; WU Jian-min; DENG Wei; SHEN Zi-yu; CHEN Wen-xiang; LI Jin-ming


    Background Since October 1997, an international standard for hepatitis C virus (HCV) nucleic acid amplification technology assay, 96/790, has been available. We compared a series of lyophilized standards with known HCV RNA concentrations against the international standard in fluorescence quantitative PCR detection.Methods A series of lyophilized sera were calibrated by ROCHE COBAS AMPLICOR HCV Monitor test against the international standard and sent to various manufacturers to analyse the samples using their own kits.Then calibration curves from the series were compared with that obtained from the external standard calibration curve with the manufacture's series.Results The standard calibration curve with the series of lyophilized serum showed an excellent correlation(R2>0.98), slope and intercept that were similar to those from the manufacture's series. When the standard calibration curve from the series of lyophilized standards were used to define the values of the given sample,lower coefficients of variation between kits from different manufactures were obtained.Conclusion The results showed that the lyophilized standards could be used to setup the standard calibration curve for clinical HCV RNA quantitative PCR detection.

  9. An automated enzymatic method for measurement of D-arabinitol, a metabolite of pathogenic Candida species.

    Switchenko, A C; Miyada, C G; Goodman, T C; Walsh, T J; Wong, B; Becker, M J; Ullman, E F


    An automated enzymatic method was developed for the measurement of D-arabinitol in human serum. The assay is based on a novel, highly specific D-arabinitol dehydrogenase from Candida tropicalis. This enzyme catalyzes the oxidation of D-arabinitol to D-ribulose and the concomitant reduction of NAD+ to NADH. The NADH produced is used in a second reaction to reduce p-iodonitrotetrazolium violet (INT) to INT-formazan, which is measured spectrophotometrically. The entire reaction sequence can be performed automatically on a COBAS MIRA-S clinical chemistry analyzer (Roche Diagnostic Systems, Inc., Montclair, N.J.). Replicate analyses of human sera supplemented with D-arabinitol over a concentration range of 0 to 40 microM demonstrated that the pentitol could be measured with an accuracy of +/- 7% and a precision (standard deviation) of +/- 0.4 microM. Serum D-arabinitol measurements correlated with those determined by gas chromatography (r = 0.94). The enzymatic method is unaffected by L-arabinitol, D-mannitol, or other polyols commonly found in human serum. Any of 17 therapeutic drugs potentially present in serum did not significantly influence assay performance. Data illustrating the application of the assay in patients for possible diagnosis of invasive candidiasis and the monitoring of therapeutic intervention are presented. The automated assay described here was developed to facilitate the investigation of D-arabinitol as a serum marker for invasive Candida infections.

  10. False-positive methadone urine drug screen in a patient treated with quetiapine.

    Lasić, Davor; Uglesić, Boran; Zuljan-Cvitanović, Marija; Supe-Domić, Daniela; Uglesić, Lovro


    We present a case of T.M. admitted to University Department of Psychiatry, Split University Hospital Center, in Croatia, because of the acute psychotic reaction (F23.9). The patient's urine tested positive for methadone without a history of methadone ingestion. Urine drug screen was performed with the COBAS Integra Methadone II test kit (kinetic interaction of microparticles in solution /KIMS/ methodology) by Roche. Drugs that have been shown to cross-react with methadone feature a tricyclic structure with a sulfur and nitrogen atom in the middle ring, which is common for both quetiapine and methadone. Therefore, it is plausible that this structural similarity between quetiapine and methadone could underlie the cross-reactivity on methadone drug screen. Besides quetiapine, a number of routinely prescribed medications have been associated with triggering false-positive urine drug screen results. Verification of the test results with a different screening test or additional analytical tests should be performed to avoid adverse consequences for the patients.

  11. Determinants of vitamin D status in fair-skinned women of childbearing age at northern latitudes.

    Linnea Hedlund

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Poor vitamin D status during pregnancy has been associated with unfavorable outcomes for mother and child. Thus, adequate vitamin D status in women of childbearing age may be important. The aim of this study is to investigate the determinants of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OHD serum concentrations in women of childbearing age living in Sweden, at latitude 57-58° north. METHOD: Eighty four non-pregnant, non-lactating, healthy, fair-skinned women aged between 25-40 years were included. All subjects provided blood samples, four day food records and answered questionnaires about sun exposure and lifestyle. Total serum 25(OHD was analyzed using Roche Cobas® electrochemoluminiescent immunoassay. RESULTS: Mean 25(OHD was 65.8±19.9 nmol/l and 23% of the subjects had concentrations <50 nmol/l. Only 1% had concentrations <25 nmol/l. Determinants of 25(OHD concentrations were recent sunbed use, recent travel to southern latitude, season, estrogen contraceptive use and use of supplementary vitamin D (R(2 = 0.27. CONCLUSION: Every fifth woman had 25(OHD concentrations <50 nmol/l. About 30% of the variation in vitamin D status was explained by sun exposure, use of vitamin D supplements and use of estrogen contraceptives. Cutaneous vitamin D synthesis seems to be a major contributor to vitamin D status, even at northern latitudes. Thus, recommendations on safe UV-B exposure could be beneficial for vitamin D status.

  12. Global cost modeling analysis of HIV-1 and HCV viral load assays.

    Elbeik, Tarek; Chen, Yi-Ming Arthur; Soutchkov, Serguei V; Loftus, Richard A; Beringer, Scott


    This review addresses hidden costs associated with the Bayer VERSANT assay, Roche AMPLICOR MONITOR test and COBAS AMPLICOR MONITOR test and how these influence the final per reportable cost to a testing laboratory in resource-rich and -poor countries. An in-depth evaluation and recommendation of the most cost-effective approach for these tests is presented. The analyses demonstrate the need for manufacturers to consider labor and supply costs when marketing a kit in resource-poor countries, noting that marketing strategies need to change. In the absence of any proven monitoring alternative, emphasis is placed on increasing market share to promote significant reduction in kit prices to suit the demands of markets in resource-poor countries. Finally, recommendations are made to improve the overall cost structure of viral load testing. This review is intended as a tool to optimize assay usage in attaining the lowest performance costs by assay and is not to endorse any test, as will become apparent.

  13. [Evaluation of the renal function in type 2 diabetes: clearance calculation or cystatin C?].

    Dhia, Rym Ben; Hellara, Ilhem; Harzallah, Olfa; Neffati, Fadoua; Khochtali, Ines; Mahjoub, Sylvia; Najjar, Mohamed Fadhel


    Screening for diabetic nephropathy is usually done by albuminuria/24h and the use of creatinine clearance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the renal function in Type 2 diabetes by using different formulas of creatinine clearance and to assess the contribution of cystatin C; 83 adults with type 2 diabetes (23 men and 60 women) and 83 adult controls (40 men and 43 women) were studied. Biochemical parameters were determinated on Coba 6000™ (Roche diagnostics). Diabetics showed a significant increase in blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, LDLc, the ApoB, Lp(a), urea, uric acid, creatinine and cystatin C and lower HDLc. Cystatin was increased in patients with degenerative complications and in hypertensive patients. We found strong correlations of cystatin C with creatinine (r = 0.9454), urea (r = 0.8999) and uric acid (r = 0.8325). We found a significant exponentially increase of creatinine and cystatin C from one stage to another. Cystatin C has a strong association with MDRD (r = 0.8086) and CG (r = 0.7915) and a low one with creatinine clearance (r = 0.1044). In conclusion, the use of cystatin C for screening and early treatment of incipient diabetic nephropathy appears to be adequate. CG and MDRD formulas still hold their place, in regards to the classical determination of creatinine clearance, to monitor patients.

  14. Home-based HPV self-sampling improves participation by never-screened and under-screened women: Results from a large randomized trial (iPap) in Australia.

    Sultana, Farhana; English, Dallas R; Simpson, Julie A; Drennan, Kelly T; Mullins, Robyn; Brotherton, Julia M L; Wrede, C David; Heley, Stella; Saville, Marion; Gertig, Dorota M


    We conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether HPV self-sampling increases participation in cervical screening by never- and under-screened (not screened in past 5 years) women when compared with a reminder letter for a Pap test. Never- or under-screened Victorian women aged 30-69 years, not pregnant and with no prior hysterectomy were eligible. Within each stratum (never-screened and under-screened), we randomly allocated 7,140 women to self-sampling and 1,020 to Pap test reminders. The self-sampling kit comprised a nylon tipped flocked swab enclosed in a dry plastic tube. The primary outcome was participation, as indicated by returning a swab or undergoing a Pap test; the secondary outcome, for women in the self-sampling arm with a positive HPV test, was undergoing appropriate clinical investigation. The Roche Cobas® 4800 test was used to measure presence of HPV DNA. Participation was higher for the self-sampling arm: 20.3 versus 6.0% for never-screened women (absolute difference 14.4%, 95% CI: 12.6-16.1%, p sampling improves participation in cervical screening for never- and under-screened women and most women with HPV detected have appropriate clinical investigation.

  15. Comparison of the Abbott RealTime CT new formulation assay with two other commercial assays for detection of wild-type and new variant strains of Chlamydia trachomatis

    Møller, Jens Kjølseth; Pedersen, Lisbeth Nørum; Persson, Kenneth


    In an analytical methods comparison study on clinical samples, the Abbott RealTime CT new formulation assay (m2000 real-time PCR) consisting of a duplex PCR targeting different parts of the cryptic plasmid in Chlamydia trachomatis was compared with version 2 of the Roche COBAS(R) TaqMan(R) CT assay...... comprising a duplex PCR for a target in the cryptic plasmid and the omp1 gene, and compared with the Gen-Probe APTIMA COMBO 2(R) assay (AC2) targeting the C. trachomatis 23S rRNA molecule. First-catch urine samples from Sweden were tested in Malmoe for C. trachomatis with the m2000 real-time PCR assay......, and with an in-house PCR for the new variant C. trachomatis strain with a deletion in the cryptic plasmid. Aliquots of the urine samples were sent to Aarhus, Denmark and further examined with the TaqMan CT and the AC2 assay. A positive prevalence of 9.1% (148/1,632 urine samples examined) was detected according...

  16. Detection of high-risk human papillomavirus infection in tonsillar specimens using 2 commercially available assays.

    Cockerill, Cara C; Orvidas, Laura J; Moore, Eric J; Binnicker, Matthew J; Duresko, Brian J; Espy, Mark J; Cockerill, Franklin R; Tombers, Nicole M; Pritt, Bobbi S


    THE OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY IS TO DETERMINE THE PREVALENCE OF HIGH-RISK HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HRHPV) INFECTION IN TONSILLAR SWABS AND TISSUE: Patients undergoing tonsillectomy for nonmalignant causes were enrolled. A flocked swab and fresh tissue were collected from the left and right tonsil of each patient. Specimens were tested for hrHPV DNA using the Roche cobas test and for the presence of E6/E7 messenger RNA using the Hologic Aptima hrHPV test. Of the 193 patients enrolled, 129 were in the pediatric group (ages 1-12years; median, 5years), and 64 were in the adult group (ages 13-55; median, 22years). All swab and tissue specimens were negative for hrHPV by both methods. Positive, negative, and internal controls performed as expected. We found a 0% rate of infection indicating that detectable hrHPV infection in tonsillar tissue appears to be uncommon in the children and adults in the population sampled. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. What is the acceptable hemolysis index for the measurements of plasma potassium, LDH and AST?

    Rousseau, Nathalie; Pige, Raphaëlle; Cohen, Richard; Pecquet, Matthieu


    Hemolysis is a cause of variability in test results for plasma potassium, LDH and AST and is a non-negligible part of measurement uncertainty. However, allowable levels of hemolysis provided by reagent suppliers take neither analytical variability (trueness and precision) nor the measurand into account. Using a calibration range of hemolysis, we measured the plasma concentrations of potassium, LDH and AST, and hemolysis indices with a Cobas C501 analyzer (Roche Diagnostics(®), Meylan, France). Based on the allowable total error (according to Ricós et al.) and the expanded measurement uncertainty equation we calculated the maximum allowable bias for two concentrations of each measurand. Finally, we determined the allowable hemolysis indices for all three measurands. We observed a linear relationship between the observed increases of concentration and hemolysis indices. The LDH measurement was the most sensitive to hemolysis, followed by AST and potassium measurements. The determination of the allowable hemolysis index depends on the targeted measurand, its concentration and the chosen level of requirement of allowable total error.

  18. Comparative Study of Serum Copper, Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc in Type 2 Diabetes-Associated Proteinuria.

    Khan, Farah Aziz; Al Jameil, Noura; Arjumand, Sadia; Khan, Mohammad Fareed; Tabassum, Hajera; Alenzi, Naif; Hijazy, Sereen; Alenzi, Samyah; Subaie, Sahar; Fatima, Sabiha


    Trace element (TE) disturbances are well noted in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and its associated complications. In present study, the effect of proteinuria on serum copper (Cu), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), and zinc (Zn) in T2DM patients with and without proteinuria was seen. Total subjects were aged between 30 and 90 years; 73 had proteinuria, 76 had T2DM with proteinuria, 76 had T2DM, and 75 were controls. Serum Cu(II), Fe(III), Mg(II), and Zn(II) were assayed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES). Urinary albumin estimation was performed by turbidimetric method. Other biochemical parameters were analyzed by ROCHE Module COBAS 6000 analyzer. Statistical analysis was performed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) at Pproteinuria on TE. Serum Cu(II) level was increased in T2DM patients with proteinuria while Fe(III) was found elevated in T2DM (Pproteinuria, T2DM with proteinuria, and T2DM (Pproteinuria group and T2DM group (Pproteinuria group. Mg(II) was negatively linked with ACR Pproteinuria, T2DM with proteinuria, and T2DM group. TE were observed more disturbed in T2DM with proteinuria group, thus considered to be the part of T2DM routine checkup and restricts the disease towards its progression.

  19. Ethamsylate (Dicynone) interference in determination of serum creatinine, uric acid, triglycerides, and cholesterol in assays involving the Trinder reaction; in vivo and in vitro.

    Dastych, Milan; Wiewiorka, Ondrej; Benovská, Miroslava


    The aim of our research was the quantification of interfering properties of the haemostatic drug Dicynone (ethamsylate) in serum creatinine, uric acid, cholesterol, and triglyceride assays using the Trinder reaction. Blood from patients was collected before and 15 minutes after administration of 500 mg Dicynone dose i.v. and the above mentioned analytes were quantified using Roche assays (Cobas 8000). In our in vitro experiment, we measured concentrations of the analytes in pooled serum aliquots with final concentrations of Dicynone additions 0, 30, 60, 150, and 300 mg/L. Aliquots with 60 mg/L Dicynone were also measured at 2, 6, and 8 hours after initial measurement when stored in 22 degrees C and 4 degrees C for comparison. Concentrations of the measured analytes in samples from patients administered with a 500 mg dose of Dicynone were lower in all cases (n = 10) when compared to values in samples taken immediately before treatment. The in vitro samples showed that considerable negative interference occurred even with the low concentrations of Dicynone additions (30 and 60 mg/L), showing the strongest negative interference in creatinine values, followed by uric acid, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Using in vitro samples, we showed strong time and temperature dependence on Dicynone interference. We found and proved significant negative interference of the drug Dicynone (ethamsylate) in the clinical analysis of blood using in vivo and in vitro experiments. Furthermore, we observed a change of this effect in serum matrix over time and at different storage temperatures.

  20. Stable hepatitis C virus RNA detection by RT-PCR during four days storage

    Horsmans Yves


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Suboptimal specimen processing and storage conditions of samples which contain hepatitis C virus (HCV RNA may result in a decline of HCV RNA concentration or false-negative results in the detection of HCV RNA in serum. We evaluated the stability of HCV RNA in serum and clotted blood samples stored at room temperature or at 4°C for 4 days with the aim of optimizing the standard procedures of processing and storage of samples. Methods Blood from five HCV RNA positive patients was collected in tubes with and without separator gel, centrifuged 1 or 6 hours after collection. Samples were then left 6, 24, 48, 72 or 96 h at room temperature (21.5 – 25.4°C or at 4°C before determining their HCV RNA level using the COBAS AMPLICOR HCV MONITOR Test, vs 2.0 (Roche Diagnostic Systems. Results The logarithm of the HCV RNA level measurements remained within a 0.3 value of the means for 4 days at both temperatures (room temperature or 4°C. Conclusions We conclude that blood samples may be collected and aliquoted within 6 h of collection and can be stored at 4°C for 72 hours as proposed by the manufacturer without significant differences in measured HCV RNA level. Our results indicate that lapses in this scheme may still yield reliable results.

  1. 核酸扩增检测技术在血液筛查中的应用%Application of nucleic acid amplification test for blood donations in blood bank

    张健; 谢秀华; 黄呈辉; 黎淦平; 黄建国


    目的 探讨核酸扩增检测技术在血液筛查中的应用价值.方法 用酶联免疫吸附试验(ELISA)常规筛查血液,对免疫指标合格的血液采用美国Roche Cobas Amplicor全自动PCR诊断系统检测HBV DNA、HCV RNA和HIV-1 RNA,样本混合采用48人份×50μL汇集,采用汇集池阳性的再分拆检测.结果 70 953份无偿献血标本中,HBV DNA阳性10份(1.4/10 000),未发现HCV RNA和HIV-1 RNA阳性样本.结论 血站系统采用微量标本混合方式使用核酸扩增检测技术筛查血液是可行的,能有效提高临床用血的安全.

  2. Multicentric performance analysis of HCV quantification assays and its potential relevance for HCV treatment.

    Wiesmann, F; Naeth, G; Berger, A; Hirsch, H H; Regenass, S; Ross, R S; Sarrazin, C; Wedemeyer, H; Knechten, H; Braun, P


    An accurate quantification of low viremic HCV RNA plasma samples has gained importance since the approval of direct acting antivirals and since only one single measurement predicts the necessity of a prolonged or shortened therapy. As reported previously, HCV quantification assays such as Abbott RealTime HCV and Roche COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HCV version 2 (CTM v2) may vary in sensitivity and precision particularly in low-level viremia. Importantly, substantial variations were previously demonstrated between some of these assays compared to the Roche High Pure System/COBAS TaqMan assay (HPS) reference assay, which was used to establish the clinical decision points in clinical studies. In this study, the reproducibility of assay performances across several laboratories was assessed by analysing quantification results generated by six independent laboratories (3× RealTime, 3× CTM v2) in comparison with one HPS reference laboratory. The 4th WHO Standard was diluted to 100, 25 and 10 IU/ml, and aliquots were tested in triplicates in 5 independent runs by each assay in the different laboratories to assess assay precision and detection rates. In a second approach, 2 clinical samples (GT 1a & GT 1b) were diluted to 100 and 25 IU/ml and tested as described above. While the result range for WHO 100 IU/ml replicates across all laboratories was similar in this analysis, the CVs of each laboratory ranged from 19.3 to 25.6 % for RealTime laboratories and were lower than CVs of CTM v2 laboratories with a range of 26.1-47.3 %, respectively, and also in comparison with the CV of the HPS reference laboratory (34.9 %). At WHO standard dilution of 25 IU/ml, 24 replicates were quantified by RealTime compared to 8 replicates with CTM v2. Results of clinical samples again revealed a higher variation of CTM v2 results as compared to RealTime values. (CVs at 100 IU/ml: RealTime: 13.1-21.0 % and CTM v2: 15.0-32.3 %; CVs at 25 IU/ml: RealTime 17.6-34.9 % and CTM v2 28

  3. 电化学发光分析仪检测贫血指标的方法学性能验证%Research on electrochemical luminescence analyzer test anemia indicators of performance verification methodology

    姚伟; 刘爱胜; 房笃智


    目的:对罗氏Cobas E601全自动电化学发光免疫分析仪检测贫血指标的方法学性能进行验证.方法:按美国临床实验室标准化协会(CLSI)推荐方法测定叶酸、铁蛋白及维生素B12的批内和日间精密度、正确度、线性范围、灵敏度、生物参考区间以及污染携带率等指标,并进行验证.结果:Cohas E601测定叶酸、铁蛋白及维生素B12批内、日间精密度变异系数分别为3.03~4.27%和3.51~4.68%;相对偏倚(%)在-3.54~4.46%之间;测定线性范围与厂商提供的范围相近;叶酸、铁蛋白及维生素B12的测定数值与仪器厂商提供的参考区间符合率分别为90.0%、85.0%及90.0%;仪器检测的携带污染率为0.04~0.16%;Cohas E601检测的灵敏度分别为0.23ng/ml、0.21ng/ml及0.19pg/ml.结论:Cobas E601检测叶酸、铁蛋白及维生素B12的方法学性能良好,但厂商提供的生物参考区间不适合本区人群,应建立相应的正常参考区间.%Objective:To detect anaemia parameter methodology performance for validation of Roche Cobas E601 automatic electrochemical luminescence immunity analyzer.Methods:Recommended by the American association of clinical laboratory standardization (CLSI) method was developed for the determination of folic acid, iron, protein, and this precision, accuracy, linear range, sensitivity, biological reference range and carry pollution index, and validated.Results: Cohas E601 determination of folic acid, iron, protein and precision, the daytime in this batch variation coefficient were 3.03%~4.27% and 3.51%~4.68%. Relative bias must lean on(%) between -3.54%~4.46%. The scope of determination of linear range and the manufacturer to provide similar. Folic acid, iron, protein and numerical value with the determination of this instrument manufacturers provide reference interval coincidence rate were 90.0%, 85.0% and 90.0% respectivel. Instrument to detect carry pollution rate is 0.04%~0.16%. CohasE601 detection sensitivity

  4. Service impact of a change in HIV-1 viral load quantification assay

    Craig Tipple


    Full Text Available Introduction: Due to discontinuation of the Siemens Versant HIV-1 RNA (bDNA assay in the UK, our laboratory switched to the Roche Cobas Ampliprep/Taqman HIV-1 viral load (VL assay (Roche in April 2013. This assay has a lower cut-off of 20 RNA copies/mL (compared with <50 for the Siemens assay. Our laboratory demonstrated previously that a significant proportion (18% of patients undetectable using bDNA HIV-1 RNA quantification exhibited low level viraemia (LLV using the new assay. Local guidelines recommend that patients stable on therapy receive twice-yearly VLs. We evaluated the impact of the introduction of the new assay on our clinical service. Methods: A retrospective cohort analysis of treated patients with stable undetectable VL by bDNA (<50 copies/mL followed by ≥ one low-level (<400 copies/mL VL with the Roche assay. Demographic data were collected in addition to frequency of VL testing and genotypic resistance assays. Referrals to virtual clinic (VC were recorded. Patients were identified using laboratory data and information collected from electronic patient records. Results were analyzed with SPSS v18. Results: One hundred and ninety patients were included. Demographics: 79.5% male; 60.6% homosexual; mean age of 46 years. Duration on stable treatment was 46.35 (std. dev. 38.15 months. Current treatment regimens were 43.3% PI-based; 43.3% NNRTI-based and 13.7% other. Patients were stratified into VL 20–49 copies/mL (n=109; VL 50–199 copies/mL (n=71 and VL 200–399 copies/mL (n=10. In total, there were 471 VLs measured of which 274 were additional as a result of the assay switch. This resulted in six HIV-1 genotype requests and 16 VC discussions (Table 1. Longer duration on HAART was associated with reduced frequency of VL testing. The relative risk of ongoing detectability according to drug class are: PI 1.62 (95% CI 1.18–2.21; NNRTI 0.507 (95% CI 0.30–0.85 and other 1.09 (95% CI 0.48–2.43. Conclusions: Changes in assay

  5. Bioquímica postmortem: comparación de tres métodos de análisis Post-mortem biochemistry: a comparison of three analytical methods

    A. Arroyo


    Full Text Available La tanatoquimia es una rama auxiliar importante en medicina forense aunque tiene sus limitaciones. Se ha enfatizado el examen de fluidos que no se alteran con tanta rapidez como la sangre después de la muerte. El humor vítreo, líquido pericárdico, líquido cefalorraquídeo o líquido sinovial se han utilizado con estos fines. Objetivos: comparar los valores de colesterol en sangre, glucosa y potasio en humor vítreo y creatincinasa en líquido pericárdico en tres analizadores y métodos diferentes a fin de validar dos de ellos para análisis postmortem. El tercero se tomó como método de referencia. Material y Métodos: estudio observacional analítico de muestras procedentes de 55 cadáveres que ingresaron para autopsia judicial en el Instituto Anatómico Forense de Barcelona. Los análisis se realizaron en los Analizadores Spotchem EZ (química seca y Spotchem EL (potenciometría de electrodo ión selectivo, Menarini Diagnostics y Reflotron (química seca, Roche Diagnostics. Como método de referencia se analizaron las muestras en varios multianalizadores: Hitachi 911, Cobas Integra 800 (ambos de Roche Diagnostic y Vitros 250 Johnson-Johnson. Resultados: se hallaron diferencias significativas entre los valores de colesterol del método de referencia y los dos ensayados. Los valores de potasio presentaron diferencias significativas entre el método de referencia y el de Reflotron pero no entre el valor de referencia y el de Spotchem EZ con r = 0,852. No pudieron evaluarse los valores de glucosa ni de CK por dispersión de valores y dificultad de medición en los dos analizadores ensayados. Conclusiones: los resultados obtenidos con estos dos métodos de química seca, no validados por el fabricante para ensayos postmortem, no permiten considerar su utilidad en el medio forense aunque su utilidad en la práctica clínica está ampliamente documentada.Thanatochemistry is an important procedure in forensic medicine. Emphasis has been upon

  6. Evaluation of two, commercial, multi-dye, nucleic acid amplification technology tests, for HBV/HCV/HIV-1/HIV-2 and B19V/HAV, for screening blood and plasma for further manufacture.

    Müller, M M; Fraile, M I G; Hourfar, M K; Peris, L B; Sireis, W; Rubin, M G; López, E M; Rodriguez, G T; Seifried, E; Saldanha, J; Schmidt, M


    The cobas TaqScreen MPX Test, version 2.0, a multiplex, multi-dye nucleic acid amplification technology (NAT) test from Roche was evaluated by two European Blood Banks, the German Red Cross Blood Donor Service, Frankfurt, Germany and Centro de Hemoterapia y Hemodonación de Castilla y León, Valladolid, Spain. In addition, the cobas TaqScreen DPX Test was evaluated for the simultaneous detection and quantitation of parvovirus B19 and the detection of hepatitis A virus (HAV). The performances of the two tests were evaluated regarding the analytical sensitivity, the reproducibility of the tests using samples containing low concentrations of each virus and cross-contamination using samples containing high titres of virus. The analytical sensitivity of the MPX Test, version 2.0, obtained by the German Red Cross Blood Donor Service was 1·1, 3·9 and 43·3 IU/ml for HBV, HCV and HIV-1, respectively. The comparable analytical sensitivity at Centro de Hemoterapia y Hemodonación de Castilla y León was 3·5, 17·6 and 50·6 IU/ml for HBV, HCV and HIV-1, respectively. The analytical sensitivity of the DPX test determined by the German Red Cross Blood Donor Service was 0·6 and 3·8 IU/ml for HAV and B19. These multiplex and multi-dye blood screening assays represent a flexible NAT screening system for mini-pools between 6 and 96 samples per pool and fulfil all requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia for HCV and B19V testing of plasma for fractionation. The inclusion of a new multi-dye technology means discriminatory assays are no longer required for either test thus improving workflow, turn-around time and minimize the risk of obtaining a reactive result for which the virus cannot be identified. © 2012 The Author(s). Vox Sanguinis © 2012 International Society of Blood Transfusion.

  7. Difference in factors associated with low-level viraemia and virological failure: results from the Austrian HIV Cohort Study

    Gisela Leierer


    Full Text Available Introduction: For some patients, it remains a challenge to achieve complete virological suppression which is the goal of antiretroviral therapy (ART. Identifying factors associated with low-level viraemia (LLV and virological failure (VF under ART might help to optimize management of these patients. Materials and Methods: We investigated patients from the Austrian HIV Cohort Study receiving unmodified ART for >6 months with two nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs with either a non-nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI or a boosted protease inhibitor (PI or an integrase inhibitor (INSTI between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013 with at least one viral load (VL measurement below the limit of detection (BLD or below level of quantification (BLQ in their treatment history. VF was defined as HIV-RNA levels ≥200 copies/mL and all other quantifiable measurements were classified as LLV. Factors associated with LLV and VF compared to BLD and BLQ were identified by using logistic regression models. Results: Of the 2,276 patients analyzed, 1,972 (86.6% were BLD or BLQ, 222 (9.8% showed LLV and 82 (3.6% had VF. A higher risk for LLV and VF was found in patients with ART interruptions and in patients with boosted PI therapy. The risk for LLV and VF was lower in patients from a centre which uses Abbott RealTime HIV-1 assay compared to the other centres measuring VL by the Roche Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan 2.0. A higher risk for LLV but not for VF was found in patients with a higher VL before ART and shorter ART duration. A higher risk for VF but not for LLV was found in patients of younger age, originating from a high prevalence country, with a lower CD4 count and in male injecting drug users. Conclusions: This study of well-defined patients on stable ART over a period of more than six months gives insights into the different factors associated with LLV and VF. In patients with VF, factors associated with adherence play a prominent

  8. Viral escape in the CNS with multidrug-resistant HIV-1

    Charles Béguelin


    Full Text Available Introduction: HIV-1 viral escape in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF despite viral suppression in plasma is rare [1,2]. We describe the case of a 50-year-old HIV-1 infected patient who was diagnosed with HIV-1 in 1995. Antiretroviral therapy (ART was started in 1998 with a CD4 T cell count of 71 cells/ìL and HIV-viremia of 46,000 copies/mL. ART with zidovudine (AZT, lamivudine (3TC and efavirenz achieved full viral suppression. After the patient had interrupted ART for two years, treatment was re-introduced with tenofovir (TDF, emtricitabin (FTC and ritonavir boosted atazanavir (ATVr. This regimen suppressed HIV-1 in plasma for nine years and CD4 cells stabilized around 600 cells/ìL. Since July 2013, the patient complained about severe gait ataxia and decreased concentration. Materials and Methods: Additionally to a neurological examination, two lumbar punctures, a cerebral MRI and a neuropsycological test were performed. HIV-1 viral load in plasma and in CSF was quantified using Cobas TaqMan HIV-1 version 2.0 (Cobas Ampliprep, Roche diagnostic, Basel, Switzerland with a detection limit of 20 copies/mL. Drug resistance mutations in HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and protease were evaluated using bulk sequencing. Results: The CSF in January 2014 showed a pleocytosis with 75 cells/ìL (100% mononuclear and 1,184 HIV-1 RNA copies/mL, while HIV-1 in plasma was below 20 copies/mL. The resistance testing of the CSF-HIV-1 RNA showed two NRTI resistance-associated mutations (M184V and K65R and one NNRTI resistance-associated mutation (K103N. The cerebral MRI showed increased signal on T2-weighted images in the subcortical and periventricular white matter, in the basal ganglia and thalamus. Four months after ART intensification with AZT, 3TC, boosted darunavir and raltegravir, the pleocytosis in CSF cell count normalized to 1 cell/ìL and HIV viral load was suppressed. The neurological symptoms improved; however, equilibrium disturbances and impaired memory


    Blondie Ch. P.


    Full Text Available An investigation was conducted on Bacillus thuringiensis H-14 local strain grown in coconut water media and Tryptose Phosphate Broth (TPB. The two media were tested against Anopheles aconitus and Culex p. quinquefasciatus mosquito larvae in the Vector Control Research Station laboratory and in Sentinel traps village Kauman Kidul pool, Salatiga. The pathogenicity test on B. thuringiensis H-14 local strain grown in coconut water and TPB against An. aconitus and Cx. p. quinquefasciatus larvae in the laboratory was done according to WHO procedure. This was conducted to determine the LC50 and LC90 which is counted according to the probit analysis. The pathogenicity test result of B. thuringiensis H-14 local strain cultured in coconut water against An. aconitus and Cx. p. quinquefasciatus larvae at 24 hours of exposure, showed the LC50 were 0,04 ml/100ml and 0,10 ml/100ml with LC90 were 0,15 ml/100ml and 0,20 ml/100ml respectively. The pathogenicity test at 48 hours of exposure showed the LC50 were 0,01 ml/100ml and 0,02 ml/100ml with LC90 were 0,04 ml/100 ml and 0,13 ml/100 ml respectively. The pathogenicity test result o/B. thuringiensis H-14 local strain cultured in TPB media against An. aconitus and Cx. p. quinquefasciatus larvae at 24 hours exposure, showed the LC50 were 0,05 ml/100 ml and 0,06 ml/100 ml with LC90 were 0,20 ml/100 ml and 0,15 ml/100 ml respectively. The pathogenicity test at 48 hours of exposure showed the LC50 were 0,02 ml/100 ml and 0,03 ml/100ml with LC90 were 0,10 ml/100 ml and 0,08 ml/100ml respectively. The field trial showed the patogenicity test result of B. thuringiensis H-14 local strain cultured in coconut water media against An. aconitus larvae at Sentinel trap in r icefield pools, showed a mortality of more than 50% for 4 days at the 0,15 ml/100 ml (LC90 aplication dosage. The pathogenicity against Cx. p. quinquefasciatus larvae at Sentinel trap was more than 50% for 3 days at the 0,20 ml/100 ml (LC90 aplication dosage. However B. thuringiensis H-14 cultured in TPB against An. aconitus larvae at a dosage 0,20 ml/100 ml and against Cx. p. quinquefasciatus larvae at a dosage of 0,15 ml/100 ml showed a mortality of more than 50% for 3 days. The coconut water is suitable as a local media for culturing B. thuringiensis H-14.

  10. Perfil hematológico, bioquímico sérico, proteína C reativa e cortisol de ararajubas (Guaroba guarouba mantidas em cativeiro Blood profile, serum biochemistry, C-reactive protein and cortisol in golden conures (Guaroba guarouba in captivity

    Cleyton C.D. Carvalho


    Full Text Available Objetivou-se determinar os valores hematológicos, bioquímicos séricos, proteína C reativa e cortisol de 14 ararajubas (Guaroba guarouba clinicamente saudáveis mantidas em cativeiro no zoológico do Parque Estadual de Dois Irmãos Recife/PE. Amostras de sangue foram obtidas da veia jugular com volume médio de 0,8ml, fracionando em duas porções, a primeira depositada em tubo MiniCollect®CE contendo EDTA e a outra tubo com gel separador, para a separação do soro sanguíneo. Os indicadores bioquímicos e PCR foram determinados através do analisador ARCHITECT c8000. O cortisol foi analisado no Cobas E411 da Roche. Para a determinação dos números de eritrócitos e leucócitos, foi utilizada a metodologia da contagem em câmara de Neubauer. O hematócrito foi avaliado pelo método do microhematócrito e a hemoglobina pelo método da cianometahemoglobulina. Para a contagem diferencial de leucócitos, foi utilizada a técnica de Shilling. Os índices hematimétricos (VCM, HCM E CHCM foram determinados com os valores encontrados na série eritrocítica. Os dados foram caracterizados por dispersão de freqüências, utilizando-se as seguintes medidas de tendência central: Média, desvio-padrão, mediana e percentil de 25 e percentil 75. A determinação de alguns parâmetros como ferro, triglicerídeos, PCR e cortisol foram identificados como sendo pioneiramente referenciados nesta espécie de ave. Os dados são apresentados como sendo de referência para a ararajuba (Guaroba guarouba criada em cativeiro em condições similares de manejo e higidez e ainda pode contribuir para os trabalhos de conservação ex situ desta espécie.The aim of this study was to determine the hematological, serum biochemical, C-reactive protein and cortisol 14 clinically healthy golden conures (Guaroba guarouba kept in captivity at the Zoo of Parque Estadual de Dois Irmãos Recife/PE, Brazil. Blood samples were collected from the jugular vein with an average of


    T. A. Galiatina


    Full Text Available 35 children with extremities’ long bones fractures of the different localization were examined. The medium age (10.5 ± 2.0 years. The control group consisted of 35 healthy children: without pathology of the supporting-motor apparatus, medium age 10.5 ± 3.0. The single study of the systemic and ionized calci-um, phosphorus, magnesium and alkaline concentration and phosphatase’s activity in the blood serum was realized using automatic analyzers «Cobas 6000 SWA» (Roche Diagnostics, Switzerland.The forming and bone resorption process activity was appreciated according to the P1NP (N-terminal propeptide of type I collagen content in the blood serum, osteocalcin аnd β-СrossLaps (β-isomerized carboxy-terminal cross-linking region of type I collagen on the modular platform «Cobas 6000 SWA» (Roche Diagnostics,Switzerland. The mineral turnover’s regulation was determined by parathyroid hor-mone, thyrocalcitonin and 25(ОН-D3 in the blood serum. The growth process activity was determined by content of the somatotropic hormone in the blood serum. Osteocalcin and somatotropic hormone de-termination was done by analyzer «Immulite One» (USА.The statistical processing of the obtained results was carried out with application program package Statistica 6.0 for Windows. The distribution normalcy control was performed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov's test. Data were presented as Ме (LQ–UQ, where Ме is median, (LQ–UQ is interquartile dis-persion. To reveal the differences between groups concerning quantitative readings the Mann–Whitney and Craskell–Wallace tests were used. The disparities were counted as statistically significant in р < 0.05. The correlation analysis was carried out by means of Spearman criterion.Children with extremities’ long bones fractures demonstrated the decrease of the bony tissue synthesis markers P1NP and calcium ions in the blood serum that speaks for the relative predominance of the resorptive activity of

  12. Avaliação de diferentes métodos imunoturbidimétricos para determinação de albumina urinária: impacto na classificação dos estágios da nefropatia diabética Evaluation of different immunoturbidimetric methods to measure urinary albumin: impact in the classification of diabetic nephropathy stages

    Andrea Elisabet Wendland


    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A nefropatia diabética (ND acomete até 40% dos pacientes diabéticos e o diagnóstico precoce pode evitar a evolução para estágios avançados. O rastreamento deve ser realizado pela medida de albumina urinária (AlbU utilizando-se o método quantitativo sensível. OBJETIVO: Avaliar diferentes métodos imunoturbidimétricos de determinação de AlbU para a classificação dos estágios da ND. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: A albumina foi dosada em 167 urinas (65 urinas de 24 h e 102 amostras casuais por dois métodos imunoturbidimétricos: kit Aptec-BioSys, ADVIA® 1650 Bayer (AlbUAdvia e kit MAlb Urin-Pack Bayer®, CobasMira® Roche(AlbUCobas. AlbUCobas foi definido como método comparativo e utilizado para classificar as amostras em normoalbuminúricas (albuminúria 300 mg/24 h ou > 174 mg/l, n = 31. Os coeficientes de variação (CV intra e interensaio, sensibilidade e linearidade dos métodos foram calculados. As concordâncias analítica e diagnóstica foram analisadas por regressão Deming, gráficos de Bland-Altman e por coeficiente kappa. RESULTADOS: Os CVs intra e interensaio foram BACKGROUND: Diabetic nephropathy (DN affects up to 40% of diabetic patients and must be screened by the measurement of urinary albumin with a sensitive quantitative method. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of different immunoturbidimetric methods to measure albuminuria in the classification of DN stages. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Albumin was measured in 167 urine samples (65 24 h samples and 102 casual samples by two immunoturbidimetric methods: Aptec BioSys, ADVIA® 1650 Bayer (AlbUAdvia and Malb Urin-Pack Bayer®, CobasMira® Roche (AlbUCobas. AlbUCobas was definedas the comparative method used to classify the samples in: normoalbuminuric (albuminuria 300 mg/24 h or > 174 mg/l; n = 31. The intra and interassay coefficients of variation (CVs, sensitivity and linearity of each method were calculated and the analytical and diagnostic agreements were


    Melly Handayani; Suwardi Endraswara


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  14. Performance of two updated blood glucose monitoring systems: an evaluation following ISO 15197:2013.

    Pleus, Stefan; Baumstark, Annette; Rittmeyer, Delia; Jendrike, Nina; Haug, Cornelia; Freckmann, Guido


    Objective For patients with diabetes, regular self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is essential to ensure adequate glycemic control. Therefore, accurate and reliable blood glucose measurements with SMBG systems are necessary. The international standard ISO 15197 describes requirements for SMBG systems, such as limits within which 95% of glucose results have to fall to reach acceptable system accuracy. The 2013 version of this standard sets higher demands, especially regarding system accuracy, than the currently still valid edition. ISO 15197 can be applied by manufacturers to receive a CE mark for their system. Research design and methods This study was an accuracy evaluation following ISO 15197:2013 section 6.3 of two recently updated SMBG systems (Contour * and Contour TS; Bayer Consumer Care AG, Basel, Switzerland) with an improved algorithm to investigate whether the systems fulfill the requirements of the new standard. For this purpose, capillary blood samples of approximately 100 participants were measured with three test strip lots of both systems and deviations from glucose values obtained with a hexokinase-based comparison method (Cobas Integra † 400 plus; Roche Instrument Center, Rotkreuz, Switzerland) were determined. Percentages of values within the acceptance criteria of ISO 15197:2013 were calculated. This study was registered at (NCT02358408). Main outcome Both updated systems fulfilled the system accuracy requirements of ISO 15197:2013 as 98.5% to 100% of the results were within the stipulated limits. Furthermore, all results were within the clinically non-critical zones A and B of the consensus error grid for type 1 diabetes. Conclusions The technical improvement of the systems ensured compliance with ISO 15197 in the hands of healthcare professionals even in its more stringent 2013 version. Alternative presentation of system accuracy results in radar plots provides additional information with certain advantages. In addition

  15. Hepatoprotection and neuroprotection induced by low doses of IGF-II in aging rats

    Barhoum Rima


    Full Text Available Abstract Background GH and IGFs serum levels decline with age. Age-related changes appear to be associated to decreases in these anabolic hormones. We have previously demonstrated that IGF-I replacement therapy improves insulin resistance, lipid metabolism and reduces oxidative damage (in brain and liver in aging rats. Using the same experimental model, the aim of this work was to study whether the exogenous administration of IGF-II, at low doses, acts analogous to IGF-I in aging rats. Methods Three experimental groups were included in this study: young healthy controls (yCO, 17 weeks old; untreated old rats (O, 103 weeks old; and aging rats treated with IGF-II (O+IGF-II, 2 μg * 100 g body weight-1 * day-1 for 30 days. Analytical parameters were determined in serum by routine laboratory methods using an autoanalyzer (Cobas Mira; Roche Diagnostic System, Basel, Switzerland. Serum levels of hormones (testosterone, IGF-I and insulin were assessed by RIA. Serum Total Antioxidant Status was evaluated using a colorimetric assay. Mitochondrial membrane potential was evaluated using rhodamine 123 dye (adding different substrates to determine the different states. ATP synthesis in isolated mitochondria was determined by an enzymatic method. Results Compared with young controls, untreated old rats showed a reduction of IGF-I and testosterone levels with a decrease of serum total antioxidant status (TAS. IGF-II therapy improved serum antioxidant capability without modifying testosterone and IGF-I circulating concentrations. In addition, IGF-II treatment reduced oxidative damage in brain and liver, improving antioxidant enzyme activities and mitochondrial function. IGF-II was also able to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides levels increasing free fatty acids concentrations. Conclusions We demonstrate that low doses of IGF-II induce hepatoprotective, neuroprotective and metabolic effects, improving mitochondrial function, without affecting testosterone and

  16. A new method for the determination of carboxyhemoglobin in blood of newborns. Possible clinical implications of elevated levels.

    Zwart, A; Siepel, H; Heerspink, W


    Spectral differences between hemoglobin derivatives from adult-(HbA) and fetal-hemoglobin (HbF) make the accurate determination of carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) troublesome in blood of newborns. Only the newest dedicated instruments for the determination of COHb take these differences into account. However, since there are virtually no spectral differences between both hemoglobins in the deoxygenated state, reduction of neonatal blood with sodium dithionite eliminates that spectrophotometric error. Based on this principle, an easy, fast and accurate method for the determination of COHb in minimal amounts of blood was developed; equally well suited for blood of newborns and adults. The instrument used with this new method is a general purpose centrifugal clinical chemistry analyzer (COBAS-FARA, Roche, Basle, Switzerland). After the reduction of blood with sodium dithionite, a simple two component system (Hb and COHb) is formed, which can be spectrophotometrically quantitated by measuring at two suitable wavelengths, i.e., 579 nm and 534 nm. The COHb fraction is calculated with the help of: COHb % = 177.73.(A534/A579)-176.66. Comparison with the OSM3 Hemoximeter (Radiometer A/S, Denmark) for 145 adult blood samples with varying COHb levels (0-30%) yielded a mean difference in COHb % of about 0.06% (SD = 0.38). For fetal blood (N = 63) about the same difference was found when the OSM3 was used in the so-called fetal mode, while comparison with the regular adult mode yielded a difference of about 3.1%. This indicates that the new method is indeed not disturbed by the spectral differences between HbA and HbF.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  17. Boceprevir or telaprevir in hepatitis C virus chronic infection:The Italian real life experience

    Antonio; Ascione; Luigi; Elio; Adinolfi; Pietro; Amoroso; Angelo; Andriulli; Orlando; Armignacco; Tiziana; Ascione; Sergio; Babudieri; Giorgio; Barbarini; Michele; Brogna; Francesco; Cesario; Vincenzo; Citro; Ernesto; Claar; Raffaele; Cozzolongo; Giuseppe; D’Adamo; Emilio; D’Amico; Pellegrino; Dattolo; Massimo; De; Luca; Vincenzo; De; Maria; Massimo; De; Siena; Giuseppe; De; Vita; Antonio; Di; Giacomo; Rosanna; De; Marco; Giorgio; De; Stefano; Giulio; De; Stefano; Sebastiano; Di; Salvo; Raffaele; Di; Sarno; Nunzia; Farella; Laura; Felicioni; Basilio; Fimiani; Luca; Fontanella; Giuseppe; Foti; Caterina; Furlan; Francesca; Giancotti; Giancarlo; Giolitto; Tiziana; Gravina; Barbara; Guerrera; Roberto; Gulminetti; Angelo; Iacobellis; Michele; Imparato; Angelo; Iodice; Vincenzo; Iovinella; Antonio; Izzi; Alfonso; Liberti; Pietro; Leo; Gennaro; Lettieri; Ileana; Luppino; Aldo; Marrone; Ettore; Mazzoni; Vincenzo; Messina; Roberto; Monarca; Vincenzo; Narciso; Lorenzo; Nosotti; Adriano; Maria; Pellicelli; Alessandro; Perrella; Guido; Piai; Antonio; Picardi; Paola; Pierri; Grazia; Pietromatera; Francesco; Resta; Luca; Rinaldi; Mario; Romano; Angelo; Rossini; Maurizio; Russello; Grazia; Russo; Rodolfo; Sacco; Vincenzo; Sangiovanni; Antonio; Schiano; Antonio; Sciambra; Gaetano; Scifo; Filomena; Simeone; Annarita; Sullo; Pierluigi; Tarquini; Paolo; Tundo; Alfredo; Vallone


    AIM: To check the safety and efficacy of boceprevir/telaprevir with peginterferon/ribavirin for hepatitis C virus(HCV) genotype 1 in the real-world settings. METHODS: This study was a non-randomized, observational, prospective, multicenter. This study involved 47 centers in Italy. A database was prepared for the homogenous collection of the data, was used by all of the centers for data collection, and was updated continuously. All of the patients enrolled in this study were older than 18 years of age and were diagnosed with chronic infection due to HCV genotype 1. The HCV RNA testing was performed using COBAS-Taq Man2.0(Roche, LLQ 25 IU/m L). RESULTS: All consecutively treated patients were included. Forty-seven centers enrolled 834 patients as follows: Male 64%; median age 57(range 18-78), of whom 18.3% were over 65; mean body mass index 25.6(range 16-39); genotype 1b(79.4%); diagnosis of cirrhosis(38.2%); and fibrosis F3/4(71.2%). The following drugs were used: Telaprevir(66.2%) and PEG-IFN-alpha2a(67.6%). Patients were na?ve(24.4%), relapsers(30.5%), partial responders(14.8%) and null responders(30.3%). Overall, adverse events(AEs) occurred in 617 patients(73.9%) during the treatment. Anemia was the most frequent AE(52.9% of cases), especially in cirrhotic. The therapy was stopped for 14.6% of the patients because of adverse events or virological failure(15%). Sustained virological response was achieved in 62.7% of the cases, but was 43.8% in cirrhotic patients over 65 years of age. CONCLUSION: In everyday practice, triple therapy is safe but has moderate efficacy, especially for patients over 65 years of age, with advanced fibrosis, nonresponders to peginterferon + ribavirin.

  18. Study of cystatin C (Cys C in relation to the calculation of the glomerular filtration rate and bioelectrical impedance analysis parameters in obese patients with and without type 2 diabetes

    Mario Liani


    Full Text Available IntroductionAssessment of renal function based on quantification of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR is essential for early detection of damage and progression of renal diseases. The purpose of our study was to determine the value of cystatin C (Cys C assays in the calculation of the GFR and bioelectrical impedance analysis parameters in obese subjects aged 30-70 years with moderately damaged renal function.Materials and methodsCys C levels were measured with a new immunoturbidimetric kit (Roche Diagnostics and an automated Cobas c6000 analyzer. In the GFR calculation, creatinine and Cys C levels were included. The GFR calculated with the equation that included Cys C in obese and normal-weight patients is not affected by changes in the lean body mass.ResultsObese patients (N = 70 had a mean (± SD serum creatinine level of 1.52 ± 1.0 mg/dL and a mean Cys C level of 1.28 ± 0.59 mg/L. In this group, the GFR calculated on the basis of MDRD, Cys C, and creatinine clearance values showed similar filtered values between MDRD and Cys C and a DS value smaller in the case of Cys C. The correlation (R2 between GFR and its metabolite is higher in the case of Cys C when somatotype parameters (measured with bioelectrical impedance analysis were introduced into the equation.ConclusionsWhen Cys C is included in calculations of GFR, the result shows a higher correlation degree compared to the MDRD system. Given that Cys C shows less intra-individual variability than creatinine, it can be applied in routine diagnostics in a larger number of patients.

  19. Chlamydia trachomatis infection and sexual behaviour among female students attending higher education in the Republic of Ireland.

    O'Connell, Emer


    BACKGROUND: There are no prevalence data on Chlamydia trachomatis relating to female students attending higher education available for the Republic of Ireland. This information is required to guide on the necessity for Chlamydia screening programmes in higher education settings. This research aimed to determine the prevalence of and predictive risk factors for Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection among female higher education students in Ireland. METHODS: All females presenting during one-day periods at Student Health Units in three higher education institutions in two cities in the Republic of Ireland were invited to participate. Participants completed a questionnaire on lifestyle and socio-demographic factors and provided a urine sample. Samples were tested for C. trachomatis DNA by a PCR based technique (Cobas Amplicor, Roche). To examine possible associations between a positive test and demographic and lifestyle risk factors, a univariate analysis was performed. All associations with a p value < 0.05 were included in a multivariate logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Of the 460 sexually active participants 22 tested positive (prevalence 4.8%; 95% CI 3.0 to 7.1%). Variables associated with significantly increased risk were current suggestive symptoms, two or more one-night stands and three or more lifetime sexual partners. The students displayed high-risk sexual behaviour. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of C. trachomatis infection and the lack of awareness of the significance of suggestive symptoms among sexually experienced female students demonstrate the need for a programme to test asymptomatic or non-presenting higher education students. The risk factors identified by multivariate analysis may be useful in identifying those who are most likely to benefit from screening. Alcohol abuse, condom use, sexual behaviour (at home and abroad) and, knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (including asymptomatic nature or relevant symptoms) were

  20. Relationship between splenomegaly and hematologic findings in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis

    Luiz Arthur Calheiros Leite


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Schistosomiasis is a tropical disease. Patients who develop hepatosplenic schistosomiasis have clinical findings including periportal fibrosis, portal hypertension, cytopenia, splenomegaly and gastrointestinal hemorrhage. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to analyze the hemostatic and hematologic findings of patients with schistosomiasis and correlate these to the size of the spleen. METHODS Fifty-five adults with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and 30 healthy subjects were selected through a history of contact with contaminated water, physical examination and ultrasound characteristics such as periportal fibrosis and splenomegaly in the Gastroenterology Service of the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. Blood samples were collected to determine liver function, blood counts, prothrombin (international normalized ratio, partial thromboplastin time and fibrinogen and D-Dimer levels using the Pentra 120 hematological analyzer (HORIBA/ABX, Density Plus (test photo-optical Trinity Biotech, Ireland and COBAS analyzer 6000 (Roche. Furthermore, the longitudinal size of the spleen was measured by ultrasound (Acuson X analyzer 150, Siemens. The Student t-test, the Fisher test and Pearson's correlation were used to analyze the results with statistical significance being set for a p-value < 0.05. RESULTS The mean age was higher for the Study Group than for the Control Group (54 ± 13.9 vs. 38 ± 12.7 years. The average longitudinal diameter of the spleen was 16.9 cm (Range: 12.3-26.3 cm. Anemia is a common finding in patients with schistosomiasis (36.3%. The mean platelet and leukocyte counts of patients were lower than for the Control Group (p-value < 0.001. Moreover, the international normalized ratio (1.42 vs. 1.04, partial thromboplastin time (37.9 vs. 30.5 seconds and D-Dimer concentration (393 vs. 86.5 ng/mL were higher for the Study Group compared to the Control Group. CONCLUSION This study suggests that hematological and hemostatic

  1. Determinants of viral oncogenes E6-E7 mRNA over-expression in a population-based large sample of women infected by high risk HPV types.

    Giorgi Rossi, Paolo; Bisanzi, Simonetta; Allia, Elena; Mongia, Alessandra; Carozzi, Francesca; Gillio-Tos, Anna; De Marco, Laura; Ronco, Guglielmo; Gustinucci, Daniela; Del Mistro, Annarosa; Frayle, Helena; Iossa, Anna; Fantacci, Giulia; Pompei, Giampaolo; Cesarini, Elena; Bulletti, Simonetta; Passamonti, Basilio; Rizzi, Martina; Penon, Maria Gabriella; Barca, Alessandra; Benevolo, Maria


    Cervical cancer screening by HPV-DNA testing with cytology triage is more effective than cytology testing. Compared to cytology, the HPV-DNA test higher sensitivity, that allows better protection with longer intervals, makes it necessary to triage the women with a positive result to compensate its lower specificity.We are conducting a large randomized clinical trial (New Technologies for Cervical Cancer 2, NTCC2) within organized population-based screening programs in Italy using HPV-DNA as primary screening test, to evaluate, by Aptima HPV Assay (Hologic), HPV E6-E7 mRNA as triage test in comparison to cytology.By the end of June 2016, data are available for 35877 out of 38535enrolled women, 2651 (7.4%) of whom are HPV-DNA positive. Among them, 2453 samples were tested also by Aptima, and 1649 (67.2%) gave a positive result. The proportion of mRNA positivity was slightly higher among samples tested for HPV-DNA by Cobas 4800 HPV (Roche) than by HC2 assay (Qiagen) .In our setting, the observed E6-E7 mRNA positivity rate, if used as a triage test, would bring to an immediate referral to colposcopy of about 4-5%. This value is higher than that observed with cytology triage for both immediate and delayed referral to colposcopy. Only showing a very high sensitivity, thus allowing longer interval for HPV-DNA positive/HPV-mRNA negative women, a triage by this test might be efficient in comparison to cytology.

  2. Cardiovascular risk score in Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Wagan, Abrar Ahmed; Mahmud, Tafazzul E Haque; Rasheed, Aflak; Zafar, Zafar Ali; Rehman, Ata ur; Ali, Amjad


    Objective: To determine the 10-year Cardiovascular risk score with QRISK-2 and Framingham risk calculators in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Non Rheumatoid Arthritis subjects and asses the usefulness of QRISK-2 and Framingham calculators in both groups. Methods: During the study 106 RA and 106 Non RA patients age and sex matched participants were enrolled from outpatient department. Demographic data and questions regarding other study parameters were noted. After 14 hours of fasting 5 ml of venous blood was drawn for Cholesterol and HDL levels, laboratory tests were performed on COBAS c III (ROCHE). QRISK-2 and Framingham risk calculators were used to get individual 10-year CVD risk score. Results: In this study the mean age of RA group was (45.1±9.5) for Non RA group (43.7±8.2), with female gender as common. The mean predicted 10-year score with QRISK-2 calculator in RA group (14.2±17.1%) and Non RA group was (13.2±19.0%) with (p-value 0.122). The 10-year score with Framingham risk score in RA group was (12.9±10.4%) and Non RA group was (8.9±8.7%) with (p-value 0.001). In RA group QRISK-2 (24.5%) and FRS (31.1%) cases with predicted score were in higher risk category. The maximum agreement scores between both calculators was observed in both groups (Kappa = 0.618 RA Group; Kappa = 0.671 Non RA Group). Conclusion: QRISK-2 calculator is more appropriate as it takes RA, ethnicity, CKD, and Atrial fibrillation as factors in risk assessment score. PMID:27375684

  3. Prediction of the hematocrit of dried blood spots via potassium measurement on a routine clinical chemistry analyzer.

    Capiau, Sara; Stove, Veronique V; Lambert, Willy E; Stove, Christophe P


    The potential of dried blood spot (DBS) sampling as an alternative for classical venous sampling is increasingly recognized, with multiple applications in, e.g., therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology. Although DBS sampling has many advantages, it is associated with several issues, the hematocrit (Hct) issue being the most widely discussed challenge, given its possible strong impact on DBS-based quantitation. Hitherto, no approaches allow Hct prediction from nonvolumetrically applied DBS. Following a simple and rapid extraction protocol, K(+) levels from 3 mm DBS punches were measured via indirect potentiometry, using the Roche Cobas 8000 routine chemistry analyzer. The extracts' K(+) concentrations were used to calculate the approximate Hct of the blood used to generate DBS. A linear calibration line was established, with a Hct range of 0.19 to 0.63 (lower limit of quantification, LLOQ, to upper limit of quantification, ULOQ). The procedure was fully validated; the bias and imprecision of quality controls (QCs) at three Hct levels and at the LLOQ and ULOQ was less than 5 and 12%, respectively. In addition, the influence of storage (pre- and postextraction), volume spotted, and punch homogeneity was evaluated. Application on DBS from patient samples (n = 111), followed by Bland and Altman, Passing and Bablok, and Deming regression analysis, demonstrated a good correlation between the "predicted Hct" and the "actual Hct". After correcting for the observed bias, limits of agreement of ±0.049 were established. Incurred sample reanalysis demonstrated assay reproducibility. In conclusion, potassium levels in extracts from 3 mm DBS punches can be used to get a good prediction of the Hct, one of the most important "unknowns" in DBS analysis.

  4. Serum concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, CA15-3, CA72-4, tPSA and PAPP-A in natural and stimulated ovarian cycles

    Melissa Stemp; Peter Roberts; Allison McClements; Vincent Chapple; Jay Natalwala; Michael Black; Phillip Matson


    Objective:Biomarkers associated with cancer screening (CA125, CA15‐3, CA72‐4, total prostate specific antigen [tPSA]) and the monitoring of pregnancy (pregnancy associated plasma protein‐A [PAPP‐A]) were measured during natural and stimulated ovarian cycles in disease‐free non-pregnant women to determine if they could reflect normal events relating to ovulation and/or endometrial changes. Methods: A total of 73 blood samples (10 women) collected throughout the natural menstrual cycle, and 64 blood samples (11 women) taken during stimulated ovarian cycles, were analysed on the Roche Cobas e411 automated analyser. Results:Detectable levels of tPSA were measured in at least one point in the cycle in 6/10 of women in the natural cycle and 10/11 of women in stimulated cycles, and CA72-4 was detected in only 12/21 women tested. Concentrations of CA125, tPSA, CA15‐3 and CA72‐4 showed no significant difference between the natural and stimulated ovarian cycle groups. On average the mean PAPP‐A of the natural group was (2.41±0.58) mIU/L higher than the stimulated group (t=4.10, P< 0.001). CA125 and CA15‐3 results were both significantly influenced by the stage of the cycle (P<0.0001), whereas tPSA and PAPP‐A concentrations revealed no significant changes (P≥0.65). CA72‐4 was not affected by the stage of the cycle nor ovarian stimulation. Conclusion:Ovarian stimulation reduced serum PAPP‐A levels, CA125 and CA15‐3 levels were generally unaffected by ovarian stimulation but displayed cyclical changes throughout both natural and stimulated cycles, whilst tPSA and CA72-4 were not affected by the stage of the cycle or ovarian stimulation.

  5. Update on the College of American Pathologists Experience With High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Proficiency Testing for Cytology.

    Ghofrani, Mohiedean; Zhao, Chengquan; Davey, Diane D; Fan, Fang; Husain, Mujtaba; Laser, Alice; Ocal, Idris T; Shen, Rulong Z; Goodrich, Kelly; Souers, Rhona J; Crothers, Barbara A


    - Since 2008, the College of American Pathologists has provided the human papillomavirus for cytology laboratories (CHPV) proficiency testing program to help laboratories meet the requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988. - To provide an update on trends in proficiency testing performance in the College of American Pathologists CHPV program during the 4-year period from 2011 through 2014 and to compare those trends with the preceding first 3 years of the program. - Responses of laboratories participating in the CHPV program from 2011 through 2014 were analyzed using a nonlinear mixed model to compare different combinations of testing medium and platform. - In total, 818 laboratories participated in the CHPV program at least once during the 4 years, with participation increasing during the study period. Concordance of participant responses with the target result was more than 98% (38 280 of 38 892). Overall performance with all 3 testing media-ThinPrep (Hologic, Bedford, Massachusetts), SurePath (Becton, Dickinson and Company, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey), or Digene (Qiagen, Valencia, California)-was equivalent (P = .51), and all 4 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved platforms-Hybrid Capture 2 (Qiagen), Cervista (Hologic), Aptima (Hologic), and cobas (Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, California)-outperformed laboratory-developed tests, unspecified commercial kits, and other (noncommercial) methods in ThinPrep medium (P < .001). However, certain off-label combinations of platform and medium, most notably Cervista with SurePath, demonstrated suboptimal performance (P < .001). - Laboratories demonstrated proficiency in using various combinations of testing media and platforms offered in the CHPV program, with statistically significant performance differences in certain combinations. These observations may be relevant in the current discussions about FDA oversight of laboratory-developed tests.

  6. System Accuracy Evaluation of Different Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems Following ISO 15197:2013 by Using Two Different Comparison Methods.

    Freckmann, Guido; Link, Manuela; Schmid, Christina; Pleus, Stefan; Baumstark, Annette; Haug, Cornelia


    Adherence to established standards (e.g., International Organization for Standardization [ISO] 15197) is important to ensure comparable and sufficient accuracy of systems for self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG). Accuracy evaluation was performed for different SMBG systems available in Europe with three reagent lots each. Test procedures followed the recently published revision ISO 15197:2013. Comparison measurements were performed with a glucose oxidase (YSI 2300 STAT Plus™ glucose analyzer; YSI Inc., Yellow Springs, OH) and a hexokinase (cobas Integra(®) 400 Plus analyzer; Roche Instrument Center, Rotkreuz, Switzerland) method. Compliance with ISO 15197:2013 accuracy criteria was determined by calculating the percentage of results within ±15% or within ±0.83 mmol/L of the comparison measurement results for glucose concentrations at and above or below 5.55 mmol/L, respectively, and by calculating the percentage of results within consensus error grid Zones A and B. Seven systems showed with all three tested lots that 95-100% of the results were within the accuracy limits of ISO 15197:2013 and that 100% of results were within consensus error grid Zones A and B, irrespective of the comparison method used. Regarding results of individual lots, slight differences between the glucose oxidase method and the hexokinase method were found. Accuracy criteria of ISO 15197:2003 (±20% for concentrations ≥4.2 mmol/L and±0.83 mmol/L for concentrations ISO 15197:2013. The results also indicate that the comparison measurement method/system is important, as it may have a considerable impact on accuracy data obtained for a system.

  7. Variables that influence HIV-1 cerebrospinal fluid viral load in cryptococcal meningitis: a linear regression analysis

    Cecchini Diego M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The central nervous system is considered a sanctuary site for HIV-1 replication. Variables associated with HIV cerebrospinal fluid (CSF viral load in the context of opportunistic CNS infections are poorly understood. Our objective was to evaluate the relation between: (1 CSF HIV-1 viral load and CSF cytological and biochemical characteristics (leukocyte count, protein concentration, cryptococcal antigen titer; (2 CSF HIV-1 viral load and HIV-1 plasma viral load; and (3 CSF leukocyte count and the peripheral blood CD4+ T lymphocyte count. Methods Our approach was to use a prospective collection and analysis of pre-treatment, paired CSF and plasma samples from antiretroviral-naive HIV-positive patients with cryptococcal meningitis and assisted at the Francisco J Muñiz Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina (period: 2004 to 2006. We measured HIV CSF and plasma levels by polymerase chain reaction using the Cobas Amplicor HIV-1 Monitor Test version 1.5 (Roche. Data were processed with Statistix 7.0 software (linear regression analysis. Results Samples from 34 patients were analyzed. CSF leukocyte count showed statistically significant correlation with CSF HIV-1 viral load (r = 0.4, 95% CI = 0.13-0.63, p = 0.01. No correlation was found with the plasma viral load, CSF protein concentration and cryptococcal antigen titer. A positive correlation was found between peripheral blood CD4+ T lymphocyte count and the CSF leukocyte count (r = 0.44, 95% CI = 0.125-0.674, p = 0.0123. Conclusion Our study suggests that CSF leukocyte count influences CSF HIV-1 viral load in patients with meningitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans.

  8. Validation of an automated immune turbidimetric assay for serum gelsolin and its possible clinical utility in sepsis.

    Horváth-Szalai, Zoltán; Kustán, Péter; Szirmay, Balázs; Lakatos, Ágnes; Christensen, Per H; Huber, Tamás; Bugyi, Beáta; Mühl, Diána; Ludány, Andrea; Miseta, Attila; Kovács, Gábor L; Kőszegi, Tamás


    Studies showing the potential predictive value of the actin-binding protein gelsolin, in critically ill patients are scarce. Moreover, even up to now a rapid automated measurement of gelsolin has still remained a challenge. Therefore, we developed and validated an automated serum gelsolin immune turbidimetric assay for possible clinical use. Validation of serum gelsolin assay was performed on a Cobas 8000/c502 analyzer (Roche) according to the second edition of Eurachem guidelines. Furthermore, we also studied the diagnostic value of serum gelsolin in sepsis when investigating sera of septic (n = 25), systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS; n = 8) and control patients (n = 14). We compared our previously published Western blot data with those of the new turbidimetric assay. The sample volume was 7 μL and the assay time was 10 minutes. The detection limit was 0.72 mg/L, intra- and inter-assay imprecision remained in most cases less than 5% expressed as CV. Recovery was found to be 84.56%-93.52% and linearity study gave an appropriate correlation coefficient by linear regression analysis (r(2)  = .998). Septic patients exhibited lower (P = .015) first-day serum gelsolin levels than SIRS patients, which confirmed our previous Western blot results. The determined cut-off point for serum gelsolin was 14.05 mg/L (sensitivity: 75%; specificity: 60%) when investigating its diagnostic value in sepsis. Based on the results, our immune turbidimetric measurement offers a rapid and accurate quantitation of gelsolin in human serum samples. Serum gelsolin seems a promising additional diagnostic marker of sepsis which has to be further investigated. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Influence of a prolonged fasting and mild activity on routine laboratory tests.

    Šupak-Smolčić, Vesna; Antončić, Dragana; Ožanić, Doris; Vladilo, Ivana; Bilić-Zulle, Lidija


    Despite the standardization of the phlebotomy procedure, blood analysis is occasionally requested after recommended hours with the excuse that the patient is still fasting. We aimed to examine the influence of prolonged fasting and mild physical activity on routine laboratory tests. The study was conducted on 30 volunteers (27 female) median age 40y (20-59). Blood samples were taken in the morning (7:00-8:00a.m.) and early afternoon (1:00-2:00p.m.) after prolonged fasting and usual daily activities. Serum glucose (GLU), urea, creatinine, triglyceride, uric acid (UA), iron and electrolytes were analyzed on Roche cobas 6000 c501 and complete blood count on Siemens ADVIA 2120i. Statistical significance between the two measurements was tested using paired t-test or Wilcoxon test according to data distribution. Clinical significance was judged against calculated reference change values (RCV). A statistically significant decrease was found for red blood cell count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume (MCV), GLU, urea, creatinine, triglycerides and electrolytes, whereas white blood cell count and iron were significantly increased. Judging against desirable bias derived from biological variation, a significant change was found for all the analytes except MCV, platelet count, UA and triglycerides. A clinically significant change was not found for any of the tested analytes when compared to RCV. Prolonged fasting and mild activity will not influence the medical decision for healthy subjects with normal results. Despite the present statistically significant change, the clinically significant change was not shown. However, the study did not include pathological results which have to be interpreted more carefully. Copyright © 2014 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Use of a Rapid Ethylene Glycol Assay: a 4-Year Retrospective Study at an Academic Medical Center.

    Rooney, Sydney L; Ehlers, Alexandra; Morris, Cory; Drees, Denny; Davis, Scott R; Kulhavy, Jeff; Krasowski, Matthew D


    Ethylene glycol (EG) is a common cause of toxic ingestions. Gas chromatography (GC)-based laboratory assays are the gold standard for diagnosing EG intoxication. However, GC requires specialized instrumentation and technical expertise that limits feasibility for many clinical laboratories. The objective of this retrospective study was to determine the utility of incorporating a rapid EG assay for management of cases with suspected EG poisoning. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics core clinical laboratory adapted a veterinary EG assay (Catachem, Inc.) for the Roche Diagnostics cobas 8000 c502 analyzer and incorporated this assay in an osmolal gap-based algorithm for potential toxic alcohol/glycol ingestions. The main limitation is that high concentrations of propylene glycol (PG), while readily identifiable by reaction rate kinetics, can interfere with EG measurement. The clinical laboratory had the ability to perform GC for EG and PG, if needed. A total of 222 rapid EG and 24 EG/PG GC analyses were documented in 106 patient encounters. Of ten confirmed EG ingestions, eight cases were managed entirely with the rapid EG assay. PG interference was evident in 25 samples, leading to 8 GC analyses to rule out the presence of EG. Chart review of cases with negative rapid EG assay results showed no evidence of false negatives. The results of this study highlight the use of incorporating a rapid EG assay for the diagnosis and management of suspected EG toxicity by decreasing the reliance on GC. Future improvements would involve rapid EG assays that completely avoid interference by PG.

  11. Effects of oral contraceptives on selected parameters of the homeostatic control system in young women having a sudden disorder of the auditory and/or balance system.

    Urbaniak, Joanna; Zielińska-Bliźniewska, Hanna; Miłoński, Jarosław; Pietkiewicz, Piotr; Kuśmierczyk, Krzysztof; Olszewski, Jurek


    The purpose of the paper was to assess the effects of oral contraceptives on selected parameters of the homeostatic control system in women having a sudden disorder of the auditory and/or balance system. The study included 105 young women divided into two groups: Group I--52 women with the disorder of the auditory and/or balance system using hormonal contraceptives for at least 2 months, aged 20-49; and Group II--53 women without any disorder of the auditory and/or balance system using hormonal contraceptives for at least 2 months, aged 18-40. The patients included in the study underwent a full otoneurological evaluation, detailed laryngological diagnostics and an evaluation of selected parameters of the homeostatic control system--fibrinogen level, D-dimer level, evaluation of APTT and PT indicator, plasma estradiol and progesterone with the Roche Cobas analyser by means of chemiluminescence. The vertigo occurring in the study group was most often central (59.6% of cases), mixed with compensation in 36.6% of cases, and peripheral only in 3.8% of cases, indicating labyrinth damage in 40.4% of cases. An analysis of the progesterone level, considering the menstrual cycle phase in the group, showed that its value was abnormal in 51.0% of women in the study group and 47.1% in the control group. In their own studies, the authors observed that the estradiol level in the plasma, considering the menstrual cycle phase in the study group, was abnormal in 41.2% of women and that the differences in its concentration were statistically significant in the study and control groups (p = 0.005), which may have a negative impact on the possibility of a thromboembolic episode.

  12. Impact of nucleic acid amplification test on screening of blood donors in Northern Pakistan.

    Niazi, Saifullah Khan; Bhatti, Farhat Abbas; Salamat, Nuzhat; Ghani, Eijaz; Tayyab, Muhammad


    The Armed Forces Institute of Transfusion located in Rawalpindi, Northern Pakistan, acts as a regional blood center with more than 50,000 donations collected annually. Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAT) was introduced in our institution in September 2012 for screening all seronegative blood donors. The study was conducted from September 21, 2012, to September 20, 2013. Samples from the seronegative donors were run on cobas s 201 platform (Roche) in pools of six. Reactive donors were followed up for further confirmatory testing to rule out false-positive results. Viral load estimation was done for all NAT-reactive donors. After serologic screening of 56,772 blood donors, 2334 were found to be reactive; 719 (1.27%) were reactive for hepatitis B surface antigen, 1046 (1.84%) for antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV), 12 (0.02%) for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus, and 557 (0.98%) for syphilis antibodies. A total of 27 NAT-reactive donors were confirmed after testing 54,438 seronegative donors, with an overall NAT yield of one in 2016 donors: 23 for hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA (HBV NAT yield, 1:2367) and four for HCV RNA (HCV NAT yield, 1:13,609). The residual risk after NAT implementation, calculated for the first-time blood donors, was 62.5 and 4.4 per million donors for HBV and HCV, respectively. NAT has improved the safety of blood products at our transfusion institution. Confirmation of NAT results must always be done either on follow-up samples or on samples from the retrieved frozen plasma bag. © 2015 AABB.

  13. HCV RNA detection by TMA during the hepatitis C antiviral long-term treatment against cirrhosis (Halt-C) trial.

    Morishima, Chihiro; Morgan, Timothy R; Everhart, James E; Wright, Elizabeth C; Shiffman, Mitchell L; Everson, Gregory T; Lindsay, Karen L; Lok, Anna S F; Bonkovsky, Herbert L; Di Bisceglie, Adrian M; Lee, William M; Dienstag, Jules L; Ghany, Marc G; Gretch, David R


    For making treatment decisions related to chronic hepatitis C, the utility of HCV RNA tests with increased sensitivity has not been defined. Prior interferon nonresponders with advanced fibrosis (n = 1,145) were retreated with peginterferon alpha-2a and ribavirin. Patients who were HCV RNA-negative by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay (Roche COBAS Amplicor HCV Test, v. 2.0; lower limit of detection [LOD] 100 IU/mL) at week 20 (W20) received treatment for 48 weeks. Stored specimens were tested using the Bayer VERSANT HCV RNA Qualitative (TMA) Assay (LOD 9.6 IU/mL) and compared to PCR results for the ability to predict sustained virological response (SVR; defined as undetectable HCV RNA by PCR at W72). Nearly all PCR-positive samples (1006/1007, 99.9%) were positive as assessed by TMA. Among 1,294 PCR-negative samples, 22% were TMA-positive. Negative TMA results were more predictive of SVR than were negative PCR results at W12 (82% vs. 64%, P TMA had become negative during treatment (82% at W12, 44% at W20, 20% at W24). Among 45 patients who were TMA-positive but were PCR-negative at W20 and W24, none achieved SVR (95% CI: 0%-8%). Approximately 10% of patients with a single positive TMA result at the end of treatment still achieved SVR. In conclusion, negative TMA results at or after W12 were superior to negative PCR results for predicting SVR. In patients with negative PCR results during treatment, a single positive TMA test did not exclude SVR, although persistently positive tests did.

  14. Analysis of interference in PCT detection for infectious diseases%降钙素原检测在感染性疾病诊断中的干扰研究

    王伟佳; 张秀明; 阚丽娟; 徐全中; 欧阳能良


    ,in the diagnosis of infectious disease complicated with chronic heart failure,the diagnostic value of PCT should be analyzed objectively.%目的 探讨降钙素原(PCT)检测在感染性疾病诊断中潜在的干扰因素,为临床医师合理分析检验结果及正确使用抗菌药物提供依据.方法 采用美国临床实验室标准化研究所(CLSI)颁布的EP15-A2文件验证PCT常用检测仪器“电化学发光免疫检测系统Roche Cobas E601”对PCT检测的精密度和准确度,评价由于仪器本身原因造成的检测结果偏离;然后对患者标本在不同标本采集管和不同放置时间的检测结果进行对比分析,并采用EP7-A2文件探讨内源性干扰物对标本PCT检测的干扰,评价由于标本不合格造成的检测结果偏离;最后,在保证仪器运行及标本采集均符合要求情况下,对214例正常体检人群、血培养阳性早期脓毒症患者及血培养阴性、白细胞、C反应蛋白无明显升高的慢性心衰患者样本中PCT进行检测,探讨由于患者自身因素造成的检测结果干扰.结果 Cobas E601对PCT检测具有良好的重复性,总不精密度<3.59%,与定值校准品的偏差<3.38%,符合临床检测10.00%的要求;EDTA抗凝管检测PCT结果最为稳定(CV总=6.37%),可室温稳定保存至少24h;血红蛋白(2 g/L)、直接胆红素(428 μmol/L)、血乳糜(2000 FIU)不会对PCT的检测造成影响;脓毒症患者、慢性心力衰竭患者及正常人群3组样本间PCT水平差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),早期脓毒症患者PCT水平最高(77.37±59.83)ng/ml,再者为慢性心力衰竭患者(14.56±10.26) ng/ml,正常对照组无明显升高(0.04±0.01)ng/ml.结论PCT的检测仪器性能应符合临床要求,虽然检测仪器具有较强的抗干扰能力,但在评价合并有慢性心力衰竭的感染性疾病时,应客观分析PCT的诊断价值.

  15. NMR studies of the molecules dynamics to the solid-liquid interfaces: from graded porous materials to oil rocks; Etudes RMN de la dynamique des molecules aux interfaces solide-liquide: des materiaux poreux calibres aux roches petroliferes

    Godefroy, S.


    Low field NMR relaxation for laboratory or in-situ applications provides critical information for oil recovery such as porosity, saturation, and permeability of rocks. In addition, pore size distribution and wettability can also be obtained in some cases. The technique relies on the measurement of proton longitudinal (T{sub 1}) or transverse (T{sub 2}) nuclear relaxation times. For better predictions, the surface micro-dynamics and the chemical properties of the liquids entrapped in the pore space are important and must be characterized. It is well known that the NMR relaxation is enhanced by the paramagnetic impurities at the pore surface but many other parameters influence the relaxation time distributions. These parameters are used to derive the petrophysical properties of the rocks. We propose here an original method to probe the dynamics of water and oil at the pore surface. In the present study, we used both nuclear relaxation at 2.2 MHz and field cycling Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion (NMRD) techniques. We applied these two techniques to different kinds of water or oil saturated macroporous media (grain packings, outcrop and reservoir rocks with SiO{sub 2} or CaCO{sub 3} surfaces). We studied the dependence of NMR relaxation on pore size, magnetic field and temperature. Varying the pore size and the surface density of paramagnetic impurities of water saturated grain packings allowed experimental evidence for the two limiting regimes of the water relaxation in pores (surface- and diffusion-limited regimes). NMRD technique (evolution of 1/T{sub 1} with the magnetic field) allowed us to probe liquid surface dynamics in water or oil fully saturated grain packing, outcrop rocks or reservoir rocks (water- and oil-wet surfaces). We evidenced a two-dimensional molecular surface diffusion and directly estimated important parameters such as correlation times, residence times and molecular self-diffusion on the surface. Finally, we proved that the temperature dependence of T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} is directly related to the surface chemistry of the rocks. Such a dependence is clearly important for oil field in-situ measurements (well logging). (author)

  16. La Réforme et la réforme poétique : les « Octonaires sur la vanité et inconstance du monde » d’Antoine de La Roche de Chandieu

    Marina Hertrampf


    Full Text Available Chandieu fût le propagateur le plus important du protestantisme en France. Cependant, il tomba presque dans l’oubli après sa mort. Parmi les poètes protestants du seizième siècle, il est souvent négligé; même s‘il est un des rares exemples d’auteurs qui dédia toute sa vie littéraire à la diffusion de l’esprit protestant. De plus, il faut souligner que sa poésie morale connut un succès extraordinaire auprès de ses contemporains. Dans ce contexte, il nous semble important d‘illustrer le rôle fondamental que joua Chandieu pendant les conflits de confession et de présenter les spécificités poétiques et esthétiques de sa poésie. Pour débuter, nous nous pencherons sur l’analyse des poèmes de l’ouvrage Octonaires sur la vanité du monde, recueil de courts poèmes ou bien d’octonaires, ainsi que Chandieu appelle ses courts poèmes composés de huitains qui se caractérisent par une grande unité formelle et qui dénoncent la folie et la vanité humaines ainsi que la fugacité de la vie. La genèse des octonaires témoigne le practice protestant de diffuser des textes religieux par circulation manuscrite et clandestine. Avant l’édition imprimée de 1583 qui rassemble cinquante poèmes, il y eut plusieurs versions manuscrites des poèmes.Compte tenu du calvinisme extrême du pasteur Chandieu, il nous semble très intéressant d’examiner les relations entre les poèmes, leur illustration emblématique réalisée par le graveur Etienne Delaune (dans l’édition imprimée de 1580, dix-huit octonaires sont illustrés et leur adaptation musicale par Pascal de L’Estocart (1582.

  17. Efficacité de la roche phosphatée de Matongo au travers d'un compostage sur une culture de pomme de terre sur un sol acide de Rabiro (Burundi

    Van den Berghe, C.


    Full Text Available Efficiency of phosphatic rock from Matongo applied in the composting process on potatoes on an acid soil of Rabiro. In the frame of the Cooperation between the CVHA (Cultures Vivrieres de Haute Altitute Project and the Program of Fertilisation of the Agro-systems on Altitude (FAVA of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in Burundi, the local phosphatic rock from Matongo has been compared to diammonium-phosphate when added in the composting process. The field trials with potatoes have shown that both phosphate sources have the same fertilizing value when the enriched compost was applied at the dose of 20 t/ha. It is very interesting from agricultural and economical viewpoint to use this phosphatic rock in combination with compost.

  18. Development of a X-ray micro-tomograph and its application to reservoir rocks characterization; Developpement d`un microtomographe X et application a la caracterisation des roches reservoirs

    Ferreira de Paiva, R.


    We describe the construction and application to studies in three dimensions of a laboratory micro-tomograph for the characterisation of heterogeneous solids at the scale of a few microns. The system is based on an electron microprobe and a two dimensional X-ray detector. The use of a low beam divergence for image acquisition allows use of simple and rapid reconstruction software whilst retaining reasonable acquisition times. Spatial resolutions of better than 3 microns in radiography and 10 microns in tomography are obtained. The applications of microtomography in the petroleum industry are illustrated by the study of fibre orientation in polymer composites, of the distribution of minerals and pore space in reservoir rocks, and of the interaction of salt water with a model porous medium. A correction for X-ray beam hardening is described and used to obtain improved discrimination of the phases present in the sample. In the case of a North Sea reservoir rock we show the possibility to distinguish quartz, feldspar and in certain zone kaolinite. The representativeness of the tomographic reconstruction is demonstrated by comparing the surface of the reconstructed specimen with corresponding images obtained in scanning electron microscopy. (author). 58 refs., 10 tabs., 71 photos.

  19. Smallpox and pan-Orthodox Virus Detection by Real-Time 3’-Minor Groove Binder TaqMan Assays Oil the Roche LightCycler and the Cepheid Smart Cycler Platforms


    Bacillus anthracis BA0068 Ames Sterne SPS 97.13.213 Bacillus cereus Bacillus coagulans Bacillus licheniformis Bacillus macerans Bacillus ...megaterium Bacillus polymyxa Bacillus sphaericus Bacillus stearothermophilus Bacillus subtilis subsp. niger Bacillus thuringiensis Bacillus popilliae...HA-MGB assay presented here has been used to monitor the viral load in monkey blood and tissues after infection with

  20. Altération des biotites dans les roches cuprifères de Salobo A3, Serra dos Carajàs (Brésil).2. Association du cuivre aux phyllosilicates secondaires

    Toledo-Groke, M.C.; Parisot, Jean-Claude; Melfi, A.J.; Boulangé, Bruno


    Dans les gisements cuprifères de Salobo 3A (Serra dos Carajas - Brésil) les biotites saines sont totalement dépourvues de cuivres. Il est montré que dans les phyllosilicates secondaires issus de l'altération météorique de ces biotites la phase minéralogique la plus riche en cuivre est représentée par un produit appelé "biotite altérée". Dans le cas où se forme une smectite, celle-ci présente un enrichissement en cuivre moins important. La kaolinite issue de la transformation secondaire de ces...

  1. Revised conceptual hydrogeologic model of a crystalline rock environment, Whiteshell Research Area, Southeastern Manitoba, Canada; Modele hydrogeologique conceptual revise d`un milieu de roche cristalline, aire de recherche de whiteshell, sud-est du manitoba au canada

    Stevenson, D.R.; Brown, A.; Davison, C.C.; Gascoyne, M.; McGregor, R.G.


    A revised conceptual hydrogeologic model of regional groundwater flow in the crystalline rocks of the Whiteshell Research Area (WRA) has been developed by a team of AECL geoscientists. The boundaries of the revised conceptual model were selected to coincide with the natural hydraulic boundaries assumed for the regional groundwater flow systems in the WRA. The rocks of the modeled region were divided on the basis of fracture characteristics into three categories: fractured zones (FZs); moderately fractured rock (MFR); and sparsely fractured rock (SFR). The hydraulic properties of the revised conceptual model were modified during an interative process of mathematical model calibration and conceptual model revision. This process included sensitivity analysis and matching of equivalent fresh water hydraulic head and groundwater flux values calculated by the mathematical model and comparison with the field measurements.

  2. Contribution to the modeling of the anisotropic damage and the variation of the permeability of the brittle rocks; Contribution a la modelisation de l'endommagement anisotrope et de la variation de la permeabilite des roches fragiles

    Zhou, J


    This work deals with a modeling of the mechanical and hydro-mechanical behaviour of saturated rocks taking into account the variation of the permeability with damage. At first is established a function of the free enthalpy by a direct micro-mechanical approach in taking into account the distribution of the microcrack length. The opening of the closed microcracks due to the tangential gliding is taken into account because of the roughness of the cracks surfaces. This opening contributes directly to the volume expansion and to the variation of the macroscopic permeability of the material. A phenomenological approach with an approximation by a damage tensor of two order is shown too. Then, an extension of the model is proposed for describing the poro-mechanical behaviour of saturated rocks. The poro-mechanical answers in drained and undrained conditions of the Vosges sandstone have been studied. In the last part, a coupled model describing the behaviour of the coupling between the induced damage and the variation of the rocks permeability is proposed. (O.M.)

  3. Experimental study of very-low permeability rocks by the implementation of a precision permeameter; Etude experimentale des roches a tres faible permeabilite par la mise en oeuvre d'un permeametre de precision

    Larive, E


    The measurement of fluid flow through 'tight' rocks is important to provide a better understanding of physical processes involved in several industrial and natural problems. These include deep nuclear waste repositories, management of aquifers, gas, petroleum or geothermal reservoirs, or earthquakes prevention. The major part of this work consisted of the design, construction and use of an elaborate experimental apparatus allowing laboratory permeability measurements (fluid flow) of very low permeability rocks, on samples at a centimetric scale, to constrain their hydraulic behaviour at realistic in-situ conditions.The accuracy permeameter allows the use of several measurement methods, the steady-state flow method, the transient pulse method and the sinusoidal pore pressure oscillation method. Measurements were made with the pore pressure oscillation method, using different waveform periods, at several pore and confining pressure conditions on different materials. The permeability of one natural standard, Westerly granite, and an artificial one, a micro-porous cement, were measured and results obtained agreed with previous measurements made on these materials showing the reliability of the permeameter. A study of a Yorkshire sandstone shows a relationship between rock microstructure, permeability anisotropy and thermal cracking. Microstructure, porosity and permeability concepts, and laboratory permeability measurements specifications are presented, the permeameter is described, and then permeability results obtained on the investigated materials are reported. (author)

  4. Geochemical modeling of water-gas-rock interactions. Application to mineral diagenesis in geologic reservoirs; Modelisation geochimique des interactions eau-gaz-roche. Application a la diagenese minerale dans les reservoirs geologiques

    Bildstein, O.


    The Ph.D. report describes a conceptual and numerical model for simulating gas-water-rock interaction during mineral diagenesis of sediments. The main specific features of this model are the following: applicable to open systems, half-implicit resolution numerical method, feedback on the texture evolution (grain model), existence of a gas phase, oxido-reduction phenomena. (author) 217 refs.

  5. Comparative evaluation of Roche Aurora FLOW, Becton and Dickinson Viper system, and Dynex DS2 for detection of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Trichomonas vaginalis in various clinical specimens.

    Vahidnia, Ali; Costa, Sandra; Veenings, Sanne; Tuin, Hellen; van Loon, Linda; Bliekendaal, Harry


    The purpose of this study is to introduce a high-throughput system, Aurora FLOW, for the simultaneous detection of 3 clinically relevant pathogens of sexually transmitted infections. Comparative evaluation with other systems revealed an overall concordance of 97.9% for Chlamydia trachomatis and comparable performance for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Trichomonas vaginalis.

  6. An experimental study on mineral sequestration of CO{sub 2} in basics and ultra basics rocks; Etude experimentale des reactions de carbonatation minerale du CO{sub 2} dans les roches basiques et ultrabasiques

    Dufaud, F


    The first part of the thesis is dedicated to dissolution data of siderite FeCO{sub 3} and magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} which have been monitored in situ on the FAME beamline of the european synchrotron radiation facility in Grenoble. Iron in solution close to siderite single crystals is shown to be divalent hydrated. The small size of the experimentally investigated volume of solution (200 *400 micrometer and 3 mm height) allowed to work with single crystals in well defined geometries. No specific interaction was observed between iron (II) and dissolved inorganic carbon, suggesting that modelling siderite evolution under high CO{sub 2} pressures by using CO{sub 2}-less very acidic (pH 1-2) solutions is adequate. Using initial reaction rates, we get an activation energy for siderite dissolution of 62 kJ.mol{sup -1}, consistent with existing literature data. Such a value is suggestive of a mineral/solution interface mechanism.. Data from this study and from literature are consistent over a temperature range 25 C - 125 C and a pH range pH 1-7 with an empirical law: pk = pH + E{sub a}/(ln(10)*RT(K)) - log(S/V) - 10,5 where E{sub a} = 62 kJ.mol{sup -1} and S/V is the ratio between solid surface S and fluid volume V. A value of activation energy of 73.5 kJ.mol{sup -1} is obtained in the case of magnetite, also consistent with mineral/solution processes. The second and major part of the thesis work is the realization of analogical experiments for simulating carbonation of basic and ultra basic minerals. Experiments were carried out on consolidated rock cores at 90 C and 280 bar of CO{sub 2} (low temperature experiments) and on powders contained in metallic capsules at 400-500 C and 1000-1700 bars of CO{sub 2} (high temperature experiments). The rate of mineral storage of CO{sub 2} was defined as the molar ratio of solid carbonate formed over total CO{sub 2} injected. It is of about 1% in three months in low temperature experiments whereas it reaches several tens of percents per hour in high temperature experiments. In all cases, carbonation is shown to proceed according to dissolution/precipitation mechanisms. A quasi stoichiometric coupling is evidenced between carbonation and (proto) serpentinization in high-temperature experiments. Newly formed carbonates are mostly magnesite MgCO{sub 3} with Fe and Ca in solid solution. In low temperature samples, the silicates are covered with a thin silica layer and with carbonate spherules consisting of ankerite CaFe(CO{sub 3}){sub 2} - dolomite CaMg(CO{sub 3}){sub 2} - siderite cores surrounded by magnesite overgrowth. In CO{sub 2}-saturated water, peridotites are more reactive than serpentinite and basalts, in accordance with thermodynamic modelling whereas serpentinites are the most reactive in the supercritical CO{sub 2} phase, showing stronger reactivities in this latter phase than in CO{sub 2}-saturated water. In high temperature experiments, the rate of mineral storage is larger at 400 C than at 500 C, in agreement with thermodynamic modelling of the system. High water fugacities and high fluid salinities are shown to have a positive effect on mineral storage rates. Isotopic mass balance of carbon have evidenced that about 15% of the mineral storage consist of a reduced carbon phase, also identified by transmission electron microscopy as an ill-organized graphite phase. (author)

  7. Mechanical behaviour and rupture in clayey rocks studied by x-ray micro tomography; Comportement mecanique et rupture dans les roches argileuses etudies par micro tomographie a rayons X

    Lenoir, N


    Within the framework of feasibility studies of underground repositories for radioactive waste, the study of permeability evolution with damage of the host layer is crucial. The goals of this work were: (i) to characterize experimentally the damage of two clayey rocks (BEAUCAIRE MARL and EAST SHALE) with x-ray micro tomography, (ii) to develop a high pressure triaxial set-up adapted to permeability measurement on very low permeability rocks.A number of original triaxial devices have been realised to characterize damage of clayey rocks, under deviatoric loading, with x-ray micro tomography on a synchrotron beamline at the ESRF (Grenoble). Localized damage and its evolution have been characterized at a fine scale (of order of ten microns). Digital image correlation techniques, extended to 3d images, have been used to measure incremental strain fields from tomographic images. we demonstrated that these techniques are very useful in the study of the localized damage of geo-materials and especially for the initiation. A high pressure triaxial device has been realised to measure permeability evolution of the east shale as a function of applied stress (isotropic and deviatoric). The particularity of this set-up is the small size of the test specimen (cylinder of 10 mm in diameter and 20 mm in height) which allows significant reduction of test duration. (author)

  8. Processus métallogéniques associés aux interactions hydrothermales entre l'eau de mer et les roches ultrabasiques du manteau, exemple de la ride Médio-Atlantique

    Evrard, Catherine


    In this thesis , we studied hydrothermal sulfides that form in ultramafic environments along the Mid-Atlantic ridge , to clarify mantle hydrothermal processes and metallogenic processes behind enrichments metal sulphides . At the regional level , vulnerabilities low angle detachment , which bear the mantle rocks outcrop , control fluid circulation , while the engine of hydrothermal convection is activated locally by gabbroic intrusions within the mantle rocks . Hydrothermal sulfides studied i...

  9. Comparison of two commercial assays for detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical scrape specimens: validation of the Roche AMPLICOR HPV test as a means to screen for HPV genotypes associated with a higher risk of cervical disorders.

    Ham, M.A. van; Bakkers, J.M.J.E.; Harbers, G.; Quint, W.G.V.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Melchers, W.J.G.


    Certain high-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) types are a necessary cause for the development of cervical disorders. Women with persistent HR HPV infections have an increased risk of developing high-grade cervical lesions, compared with those who have no or low-risk HPV infections. Therefore, im

  10. Composite microstructural anisotropies in reservoir rocks: consequences on elastic properties and relation with deformation; Anisotropies microstructurales composites dans les roches reservoir: consequences sur les proprietes elastiques et relation a la deformation

    Louis, L.


    From diagenesis to tectonic stress induced deformation, rock microstructures always present some anisotropy associated with a preferential orientation, shape or spatial arrangement of its constituents. Considering the consequences anisotropy has on directional transport properties and compliance, as the geological history it carries, this approach has received a particular attention in numerous works. In this work, the microstructural features of various sedimentary rocks were investigated through direct observations and laboratory measurements in naturally deformed and undeformed blocks, samples being considered as effective media. All investigated samples were found to be anisotropic with respect to the physical properties we measured (i.e. ultrasonic P-wave velocity, magnetic susceptibility, electrical conductivity). Considering that P-wave velocities can be described by a second order tensor, we applied to the velocity data the same inversion procedure as the one routinely used in magnetic studies, which provided an efficient tool to estimate and compare these 3D anisotropies with respect to the original sample geographical position. In each case, we tried to identify as thoroughly as possible the microstructural source of the observed anisotropies, first by the mean of existing models, then through direct observations (optic and electronic microscopy). Depending on the rock investigated, anisotropy was found to be controlled by pore shape, intergranular contact distribution, preferentially oriented microcracks interacting with compaction pattern or pressure solution cleavages interacting with each other. The net result of this work is that P-wave velocity anisotropy can express the interaction between different microstructural features as well as their evolution during deformation. (author)

  11. Simulation of anions diffusion in Callovo-Oxfordian argillite by description of the rock microstructure; Modelisation de la diffusion des anions dans l'argilite du Callovo-oxfordien par description de la microstructure de la roche

    Diaz, N. [CEA Saclay, Dept. de Physico-Chimie (DEN/DANS/DPC/SECR), 91 - Gif sur Yvette (France)


    The Callovo-Oxfordian argillite has been proposed as host rock for deep underground radioactive wastes storage. The aim of this study is to determine the report of effective diffusion coefficients De(anion)/De(water) at the micrometer scale considering the spatial distribution of minerals in the rock. (A.L.B.)

  12. Umbrella structure and channel-wall stoping in the Cambrian St. Roch Formation, Quebec Appalachians: significance for particle support mechanisms and turbulence development in hyper-concentrated sediment gravity flows

    Hesse, Reinhard; Fong, Christopher


    Umbrella structure is a newly recognized sedimentary structure associated with large platy clasts in resedimented boulder-bearing pebble conglomerate with a sandy matrix. It consists of a sand rim that lacks pebbles on parts or the entire underside of platy boulders, whereas on the upper side, pebbles are in direct contact with the boulders. The depositing processes were high- to hyper-concentrated sediment gravity flows in a submarine channel or canyon on the Cambrian continental slope of North America bordering the Iapetus Ocean. The structure occurs predominantly where clasts dip moderately in the down-current direction. Based on the association of the structure with slightly forward dipping slabs, it is proposed that these down-current dipping slabs may have been in the process of counter-clockwise rotation that was aborted and may have generated a pressure shadow on the underside enabling the inrush of fluid and the infiltration of sand into the anomalous low-pressure zone. The structure has implications for particle support mechanisms in high- to hyper-concentrated sedimentary gravity flows, in that it redirects attention to the much debated mechanism of dispersive pressure and alternatives. It provides an observable sediment structure that supports dispersive pressure which so far depended on experimental evidence and theoretical arguments alone. Vrolijk and Southard's (1997) concept of a `laminar sheared layer' is here for the first time interpreted as having an upward-moving `free-surface' layer effect during deposition from hyper-concentrated flows. Channel-wall stoping involves unlithified turbiditic spillover sand in the levee sediment of the canyon wall that was washed out by the upper diluted parts of the high-concentration flows coming down the channel and leaving a niche in the wall that was filled with coarser channel-axis facies by the same flow (or later flows) when its aggradation reached the level of the niche. The contact between turbidite and pebble conglomerate occurs now more than 2 m laterally into the exposed channel wall. Channel-wall stoping tracks turbulence development in hyper-concentrated gravity flows.

  13. Water-rock interaction under peri-glacial conditions: example of the secondary carbonates of the Broegger Peninsula (Spitzbergen); Interactions eaux-roches en milieu periglaciaire: exemple des carbonates secondaires de la presqu`ile de Broegger (Spitzberg)

    Marlin, C.; Dever, L. [Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France). Laboratoire d`Hydrologie et de Geochimie Isotopique


    Measurements of the isotopic and chemical contents of soil water and carbonates at different field sites in Spitzbergen were undertaken to study the precipitation conditions of soil secondary calcites under the current peri-glacial climate. A main experimental site (`cote 80`) has been established located on a fluvio-glacial terrasse at 80 m.a.s.l. near Ny Alesund (79 deg N, 12 deg. E). The active layer is at around 1.2 m depth on a continuous permafrost. The soil temperatures measured every 5 cm from the surface to the permafrost show that the freezing fronts move both the surface and permafrost, converging at around 0.6 m depth where the system is closed. During the beginning of the freezing period, the solute content increases in the residual water according to the distribution coefficient between water and ice. Calcite precipitation occurs in a second stage as indicated by the simultaneous decrease of the calcite saturation index and increase of the concentration of non-interactive elements. Chemical and isotopic ({sup 18}O, {sup 2}H, {sup 13}C et {sup 14}C) analyses have been made on the different samples with a mineralogical description of the carbonate coatings obtained by SEM and microprobe analyses. The isotopic values result from a mixing between recent calcites and `old` calcites. The recent calcites are probably in isotopic equilibrium with the present day solutions. The `old calcites` have precipitated under colder conditions than today. The low radiocarbon activities (10.2 to 24.8 pcm) of the `cote 80` site indicate that the `old calcites` have precipitated during the last interglacial period or an inter-stadial period of the Pleistocene. The good relationship between the carbon- 14 activity and the carbon- 13 content indicates that the beginning of the pedogenesis is not identical at all sites and is dependent on the timing of deglaciation and vulnerability of rocks to frost-weathering. (authors) 18 refs.

  14. Disponibilité du nickel le long d'une toposéquence de sols développés sur roches ultramafiques de Nouvelle-Calédonie

    Becquer,Thierry; Bourdon, Emmanuel; Pétard, Jean


    Les quantités de nickel facilement disponible extrait par KCl M et DTPA 0,005 M + CaCl2 0,01 M à pH 5,3 ont été déterminées dans deux types de sols oxydiques d'une toposéquence sur péridotites. Le premier appartient à un faciès de piedmont, le second à un faciès alluvio-colluvial. Il s'avère que les quantités de Ni extraites sont pratiquement nulles dans le premier type de sol, tandis qu'elles atteignent 120 microg/g de sol (NiDTPA) dans le second. Cette plus grande disponibilité dans le seco...

  15. Robaszynski, F. et Guyétant, G., coordination (2009). Des roches aux paysages dans le Nord - Pas-de-Calais. Richesse de notre patrimoine géologique

    Pastre, Jean-François


    Cet ouvrage grand public propose la découverte de près de 450 millions d’années d’histoire géologique du Nord - Pas-de-Calais. Du Boulonnais à l’Avesnois, en passant par le bassin minier, l’Artois, la Flandre et les plaines maritimes, l’étude de vingt-cinq sites emblématiques du patrimoine géologique régional permet à différents spécialistes d’exposer les principales étapes de son évolution. Après la présentation de quelques bases pour aborder la géologie du Nord – Pas-de-Calais, un premier ...

  16. Feasibility study for the installation of a small hydro electric power plant; Etude de faisabilite. Petite centrale hydro-electrique au lieu dit 'Sous les Roches' a Sonceboz

    Tissot, N. [MHyLab, Mini-Hydraulics Laboratory, Montcherand (Switzerland); Hausmann, H. [Hans Hausmann, Bevilard (Switzerland)


    This report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy presents a technical, economical and ecological analysis of the feasibility of a small hydroelectric power plant at Sonceboz, in the Swiss Jura mountains. The power of the planed plant would typically be 500 kW for a water head of about 10 m. The study shows that, compared to one single turbine, a pair of Kaplan type turbines would be operational over a larger range of the river's water flow rate. This solution would be a little bit more costly but offer more flexibility for maintenance. Two maximum water flow rates are considered, 4.5 and 6 m{sup 3}/s respectively. According to the economical study, done with current electric kWh prices, both configurations are viable while the largest flow rate leads to a larger profit. The report is rounded up by a sensitivity analysis considering variations in annual power generation, electro-mechanical and construction cost as well as turbine efficiency. It indicates that this last factor could be crucial for the overall profitability. [French] Ce rapport est le resultat detaille de l'analyse technico-economique et ecologique de faisabilite de la realisation d'une petite centrale hydroelectrique basse chute qui pourrait exploiter une denivellation d'environ 10 m pour une puissance de l'ordre de 500 kW pres de Sonceboz dans le Jura suisse. L'etude montre que le couplage de deux turbines Kaplan offrirait une possibilite de fonctionnement sur une plus grande plage de flux ainsi qu'une plus grande flexibilite de maintenance, ceci pour un cout legerement superieur a l'option a une seule turbine. Les debits de 4.5 et 6 m{sup 3}/s sont consideres. L'etude economique montre que le debit de 6 m{sup 3}/s est plus rentable au prix de vente actuel du kWh. L'article se termine par une analyse de sensibilite sur les incertitudes concernant la production annuelle, les prix de l'electromecanique et du genie civil et le rendement des turbines.

  17. 国产和进口荧光定量PCR试剂检测HBV-DNA的比对分析%Comparative analysis on domestic and imported fluorescent quantitative PCR reagents for detecting HBV-DNA

    张玥; 田文君; 刘义庆; 张炳昌; 张庆; 渠滕; 刘春梅


    Objective To analyze the correlation between the domestic and imported real‐time fluorescent quantitative PCR reagents for detecting HBV‐DNA and to explore their difference in clinical application .Methods The domestic and imported reagents were used to parallelly detect the plasma HBV‐DNA content in 262 cases of hep‐atitis B .The domestic reagent adopted the sample extracting by adopting the manual method and the amplification for nucleic acid was performed by the Roche LightCycler480 Ⅱ (LC480 Ⅱ );the imported reagent used the Roche CO‐BAS AmpliPrep (CAP) and COBAS Taqman48(CTM ) for conducting the sample extracting and amplification;the HBV DNA viral load data (log10) was performed the logarithmic transformation and the 2 sets of data were conduc‐ted the correlation analysis .Results The detection results of the domestic and imported reagents were performed the linear fitting ,R2 =0 .814 3 .The sample with the concentration range of 10 -103 IU/mL ,R2 = 0 .300 6 ;the sample with the concentration range of 104 -105 IU/mL ,R2 = 0 .411 8 ;the sample with the concentration range of 106 -108 IU/mL ,R2 =0 .801 7 .The positive detection rate of the imported reagent was 75 .57% (198/262) ,which was signifi‐cantly higher than 65 .65% (172/262) of the domestic reagent .Conclusion There is a good correlation between the domestic reagent and imported reagent .The correlation is the highest when the HBV‐DNA concentration in the range of 106 -108 IU/mL ;the correlation is general when the concentration in the range of 104 -105 IU/mL ;the correlation is lowest when the concentration in the range of 10-103 IU/mL ,there is a significant difference between the domes‐tic reagent and imported reagent and the sensitivity of the domestic reagent remains to be further improved .%目的:分析国产和进口实时荧光定量聚合酶链反应(PCR)试剂检测乙型肝炎病毒(HBV)‐DNA的相关性,探讨国产和进口试剂在临床应用中的差

  18. 自动生化分析系统校准品的检测性能验证%Performance verification of calibrator for automatic biochemical analysis systems

    张丽; 管晓媛; 段兵; 黄一玲; 田蕾; 李一石


    目的:以乳酸脱氢酶(LDH)为例,验证罗氏新批号自动生化分析系统校准品(Cfas)的检测性能。方法在罗氏Cobas C501全自动生化分析仪上,使用20份新鲜患者血清样本,于Cfas批号更换前后分别检测LDH。采用Bland‐Altman散点图方法,用Medcalc12.7.0统计学软件分析检测结果。结果散点图中,有19个点位于一致性界限(LoA)范围内,超过所有点的95%;LDH两次测定结果差值均数仅为-0.2 U/L ,与差值均数为0的线非常接近;LDH两次测量结果最大差值为8U/L,最大比对偏差为2.48%,小于比对偏差可接受标准(2.87%),这种偏差幅度在临床上可以接受。结论在更换Cfas批号前后LDH的两次检测结果具有一致性,新批号Cfas性能验证通过。%Objective To verify the performance of calibrator with new batch number for automatic biochemi‐cal analysis systems (Cfas), using lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as an example .Methods LDH of twenty serum samples were detected by Roche Cobas C501 automatic biochemical analyzer before and after replacement of calibrator with new batch number .The detection results were analyzed by Bland‐Altman analysis method and Medcalc 12 .7 .0 software .Results According to the Bland‐Altman scatter diagram, a total of 19 dots were within limits of agreement (LoA), accounting for more than 95% of all dots .The mean value of difference between the results of twice detection was only -0 .2 U/L, which was very closed to zero, and the maximum difference was 8 U/L .The largest comparabil‐ity deviation (2 .48% ) was less than the comparability standard deviation(2 .87% ), which was clinically acceptable . Conclusion The detectable results of LDH before and after replacement of calibrator with new batch number could be in accordance, indicating the performance of the calibrator with new batch numbe might be acceptable .

  19. 庫存血液膽碱酯酶水平變化及其在重症有機磷中毒搶救中應用選擇%Alteration of Banked Blood Cholinesterase Level and Its Significance in Emergency Treatment of Acute Organophosphorus Pesticide Poisoning

    鍾沛霖; 王勤鷹; 盛慧球


    目的觀察庫血保存天數與血漿膽碱酯酶(CHE)水平變化關係;探討重症有機磷農藥中毒(AOPP)搶救中合理選擇血源.方法輸血前隨機留取保留不同天數的庫血測定血漿CHE值;血液中心採血當日留取正常人血漿、即日測定CHE值作對照組.CHE測定用BM公司膽碱酯酶試劑盒,Roch公司的Cobas-FaraⅡ自動分析儀測定.結果庫血保存天數為第一天的血漿CHE值與正常對照組比較無顯著差異(p>o.05),其他各組均顯著低於對照組(P>0.05).各組與正常對照組相比較其下降百分比約19%-83%.保存天數與CHE值呈負相關(r=-0.7929,P<0.01).曲線回歸Y=-1 823.3Ln(X)+6229.4.結論隨採血後庫血保存天數的增加,血漿CHE值逐漸下降.在重度AOPP搶救中,以使用保留天數為一天以內新鮮血液最為適宜,以免浪費血源,貽( )搶救時機.本報告為強調輸入新鮮血液,保證高活性膽碱酯酶輸入提供實驗依據,並可供臨床參考.%Objective To observe the relationship between the preservation days of banked blood and the alteration level of plasma cholinesterase(CHE) with the aim of making proper selection of banked blood in emergency treatment of acute organophosphorus pesticide poisoning (AOPP). Methods We selected at random the banked blood that has been stored for different length of time before blood transfusion so as to determine the plasma cholinesterase value. The normal plasma cholinesterase value was determined on blood samples in the Blood Center which served as a control group. The cholinesterase value was determined with a kit of the BM Company and the Cobas-Fara Ⅱ automatic analysis of the Roch Company. Results It was found that there was no significant difference of plasma cholinesterase value between the one-day banked blood and the normal control group (P>0.05), but the plasma cholinesterase values of the other experiment groups were all significantly lower than that of the control group(P<0.05). As

  20. HBV and neurological impairment in HIV-infected patients

    L Manolescu


    Full Text Available Objective: HIV can affect CNS in early stages of disease and determine neurological impairment. HBV DNA was found in CSF of HIV co-infected patients, but little is known about the neurotropic character of this virus. Here we assessed the degree of association between HBV infection and neurological impairment in a large cohort of long-term survivors, HIV-infected patients that experienced multiple therapeutic schemes over time. Methods: A total of 462 HIV-1-infected patients were retrospectively followed up for 10 years for HBV infection and neurological impairment. The patients were tested for immune (flow cytometry and virological parameters of HIV infection (Roche Amplicor, version 1.5/ COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 test and for HBV infection markers (HBsAg, anti HBc: Murex Biotech ELISA tests. Many of these patients have experienced between one and six regimens such as: 2 NRTIs, 3 NRTIs, 2 NRTIs+1 NNRTI, 1 NRTI+1 NNRTI+1 PI, 2 NRTIs+2 PIs. Results: After 10 years 29.87% of the patients presented neurological impairment. Out of them 56.52% were HBV-infected. The prevalence of HIV encephalopathy (HE in our studied cohort was 22.7% and 50.4% of these patients were HBV-infected. The median HIV diagnosis age was 7 and the median age of HE diagnosis was 10. In order to establish a possible correlation between HBV infection and HE we first reviewed and excluded the main risk factors associated with HE at the moment of diagnosis: low weight, anemia, constitutional symptoms, low CD4+count, high plasma HIV-RNA load. No patient was infected with HCV. The groups of patients that presented HE and HBsAg and HE without HBsAg were balanced regarding sex, number of deceased patients, number of class C3 patients, but the patients in first group presented lower CD4 values at HE diagnosis vs patients from second group 2: 44.5 vs 95 cells/µL, p=0.3; lower nadir CD4 count: 38 vs 51 cell/µL, p=0.1; and slightly higher HIV viral load: 5.2 vs 5 log10 copies


    Zulkipli Zulkipli


    Tujuan penelitian adalah untuk menghasilkan dan menguji kelayakan modul sistem keamanan jaringan berbasis simulasi Cisco Paket Tracer untuk peserta didik SMK. Model pengembangan yang digunakan adalah model Dick, Carey & Carey dengan sembilan langkah. Pengembangan produk ini divalidasi oleh ahli materi dengan tingkat kevalidan 96%, ahli media dengan tingkat kevalidan 92.8%, ahli desain pembelajaran dengan tingkat kevalidan 83%, uji coba perorangan dengan tingkat kevalidan 92.3%, uji coba kelompok kecil dengan tingkat kevalidan 92% dan uji coba lapangan dengan tingkat kevalidan 89% dengan kualifikasi sangat layak tidak perlu revisi.

  2. Mucoproteína versus alfa-1-glicoproteína ácida: o que quantificar?

    Picheth Geraldo


    Full Text Available A quantificação sérica da alfa-1-glicoproteína (GPA ácida é útil no diagnóstico e no acompanhamento dos processos agudos resultantes de múltiplas causas. Esta proteína também pode ser estimada pela quantificação da mucoproteína (Muco, ensaio que reflete as glicoproteínas com elevado teor de açúcar, entre as quais a GPA é majoritária. O objetivo deste trabalho é verificar a correlação e a performance analítica das determinações de mucoproteína (Muco e alfa-1-glicoproteína ácida (GPA, propondo uma equação de regressão linear. Amostras de soros de 540 pacientes, com idades entre 10 e 79 anos (média de 34,6, predominando mulheres (71,3%, foram analisadas simultaneamente para Muco (Winzler, manual com reagentes próprios e GPA (imunoturbidimetria automatizada, Roche; Cobas mira. A análise de regressão, fixando a Muco como variável dependente, apresentou Muco (mg/dl em tirosina = 0,031 x GPA (mg/dl + 0,8 (r = 0,91; e, fixando o intercepto em zero, Muco = 0,039 x GPA (r = 0,98. A imprecisão interensaio foi de 23,4% e 5,2% (coeficiente de variação, respectivamente, para Muco e GPA. Conclusão: a elevada variabilidade analítica da quantificação da mucoproteína pelo método de Winzler recomenda que este ensaio seja substituído pela dosagem da alfa-1-glicoproteína ácida. Quando necessário, recomendamos estimar a mucoproteína, quantificando a alfa-1-glicoproteína ácida com ensaios de mesmo desempenho que o do utilizado neste trabalho, e usar a equação de regressão AGP (mg/dl x 0,039 = Muco (mg/dl em tirosina.

  3. Prévalence des dyslipidémies au laboratoire de biochimie du CHU Aristide le Dantec de Dakar, Sénégal

    Cissé, Fatou; Agne, Fatou Diallo; Diatta, Alassane; Mbengue, Abdou Salam; Ndiaye, Arame; Samba, Abdourahmane; Thiam, Souleymane; Doupa, Dominique; Sarr, Gaston Ndéné; Sall, Niama Diop; Touré, Méissa


    Introduction L'objectif de cette étude était d'évaluer la prévalence des dyslipidémies chez les patients reçus au laboratoire de Biochimie de l'Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec pour le dosage d'un paramètre lipidique au cours de l'année 2013. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective portant sur 1356 patients âgés de 10 à 94 ans reçus au laboratoire de Biochimie du CHU Le Dantec de janvier à décembre 2013. Etaient inclus dans l'étude, tous les patients ayant au moins un paramètre du bilan lipidique dont les résultats étaient enregistrés dans le registre du laboratoire. Le cholestérol total, le cholestérol HDL, le cholestérol LDL ainsi que les triglycérides ont été dosés grâce à des méthodes enzymatiques sur un automate de Biochimie de type Cobas Integra 400 (Roche Diagnostics). Résultats La prévalence des dyslipidémies dans notre population d'étude est de 39,30%. Les prévalences de l'hypercholestérolémie, l'hypoHDLémie, l'hyperLDLémie, l'hypertriglycéridémie et l'hyperlipidémie mixte étaient respectivement : 30,89% ; 7,30% ; 31,19% ; 0,51% ; 7,22%. Les sujets de 40 à 59 ans semblaient être plus exposés et on note une prédominance féminine en ce qui concerne l'hypercholestérolémie (54,17% vs 45,82%), l'hypoHDLémie (54,54% vs45, 45%), et l'hyperlipidémie mixte (51,08% vs 48,97%). Enfin les dyslipidémies étaient fortement corrélées à l'HTA et l'obésité. Conclusion La forte prévalence des dyslipidémies retrouvée dans notre étude démontre l'intérêt d'étudier la prévalence des facteurs de risque cardio-vasculaires en particulier les dyslipidémies dans la population sénégalaise. PMID:28292030

  4. Implementación de la tecnología de ácidos nucleicos para la inocuidad viral de los hemoderivados en Cuba.

    Lenia González-Cabrera


    Full Text Available Implementar la Tecnología de Amplificación de Ácidos Nucleicos (NAT por sus siglas en inglés en la Empresa de Sueros y Productos Hemoderivados “Adalberto Pesant” para el pesquisaje viral del plasma destinado a la producción de hemoderivados. Se contrató la firma Roche y se implementó el sistema cobas s 201, para el tamizaje en plasma de los Virus de Inmunodeficiencia Humana (VIH, Hepatitis C (VHC y Hepatitis B (VHB. Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, longitudinal y con un paradigma cualitativo, en el período enero del 2011 a julio del 2015. De un total 1 273 014 unidades de plasma pesquisadas, 122 (0,01 % resultaron PCR-reactivas. La distribución fue: 80/122 (65,57 % reactivas a VHB, 35/122 (28,68 % reactivas a VHC y 7/122 (5,74 % reactivas a VIH. Los resultados de la técnica de Reacción en Cadena de la Polimerasa (PCR por sus siglas en inglés, así como los ensayos serológicos e inmunoenzimáticos adicionales realizados en el Laboratorio de Investigaciones del SIDA (LISIDA, posibilitaron la retroalimentación con los bancos de sangre involucrados y otros centros relacionados, notificándose 67 muestras (54,92 % reactivas a UMELISA y 55 muestras (45,08 % en período de ventana, permitiendo el estudio de donantes de sangre supuestamente sanos con infecciones virales, lo que posibilita su tratamiento oportuno. Se demostraron los beneficios tecnológicos, económicos y sociales de la implementación de NAT evidenciándose la necesidad de desarrollar técnicas analíticas que refuercen la seguridad viral de los componentes sanguíneos para la hemoterapia y las materias primas suministradas a la industria y los productos obtenidos.

  5. Effects of Growth Hormone/IGF-I and Exercise on Unloaded Bones

    Harper, J. S.; Arnaud, S. B.; Gosselink, K. L.; Grindeland, R. E.


    Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in combination with exercise prevent muscle atrophy induced by unloading in the tail-suspension rat model for space flight (Gosselink et al, FASEB J 1994). This study evaluated the effects of these treatments on bone. Hypophysectomized rats were suspended (S) and treated with 1mg/kg/day CH plus IGF-I (H) or vehicle (Sal) daily by injection and exercised (Ex) by 3 climbs up a 1m ladder carrying a load equal to 30% the initial body weight (BW) 3x/day for 10 days. Tibial epiphysis (Epi) widths were measured by micrometry and femoral Bone Mineral Content (fBMC) in excised femurs by DEXA (Lunar DPX-L). Serum calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (Pi) were measured by COBAS Autoanalyzer (Roche Diag.). Ambulatory (Amb)-H treated rats showed growth rates of 6.6+-0.9 g/day, similar to S-H-Ex and higher than S-H (3.210.6, p less than 0.05) and S-Sal (-0.711.0, p less than 0.05). Epi widths were 10% lower in S-Sal, and S-Sal-Ex, and increased 100% in all H groups. fBMC was less in S than Amb, only when all S groups are compared to both Amb groups (p less than 0.03). H treatment increased fBMC (p less than 0.05) but reduced fBMC/100g BW in all H groups (p less than 0.001). The reduced density of H bone cannot be attributed to low circulating Ca. and Pi since they were higher in H than Sal (p less than 0.001). H treatment for 10 days in doses sufficient to support normal growth in BW failed to produce normal Epi widths or fBMC, even when combined with exercise. The suspension effect observed in Epi widths was not corrected by H or Ex alone, but was improved by H plus a This regimen. although effective in preventing muscle atrophy, failed to return bone measures, Epi widths and fBMC, to normal.

  6. Field evaluation of a prototype paper-based point-of-care fingerstick transaminase test.

    Nira R Pollock

    Full Text Available Monitoring for drug-induced liver injury (DILI via serial transaminase measurements in patients on potentially hepatotoxic medications (e.g., for HIV and tuberculosis is routine in resource-rich nations, but often unavailable in resource-limited settings. Towards enabling universal access to affordable point-of-care (POC screening for DILI, we have performed the first field evaluation of a paper-based, microfluidic fingerstick test for rapid, semi-quantitative, visual measurement of blood alanine aminotransferase (ALT. Our objectives were to assess operational feasibility, inter-operator variability, lot variability, device failure rate, and accuracy, to inform device modification for further field testing. The paper-based ALT test was performed at POC on fingerstick samples from 600 outpatients receiving HIV treatment in Vietnam. Results, read independently by two clinic nurses, were compared with gold-standard automated (Roche Cobas results from venipuncture samples obtained in parallel. Two device lots were used sequentially. We demonstrated high inter-operator agreement, with 96.3% (95% C.I., 94.3-97.7% agreement in placing visual results into clinically-defined "bins" (5x upper limit of normal, >90% agreement in validity determination, and intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.89 (95% C.I., 0.87-0.91. Lot variability was observed in % invalids due to hemolysis (21.1% for Lot 1, 1.6% for Lot 2 and correlated with lots of incorporated plasma separation membranes. Invalid rates <1% were observed for all other device controls. Overall bin placement accuracy for the two readers was 84% (84.3%/83.6%. Our findings of extremely high inter-operator agreement for visual reading-obtained in a target clinical environment, as performed by local practitioners-indicate that the device operation and reading process is feasible and reproducible. Bin placement accuracy and lot-to-lot variability data identified specific targets for device optimization and

  7. Effects of Growth Hormone/IGF-I and Exercise on Unloaded Bones

    Harper, J. S.; Arnaud, S. B.; Gosselink, K. L.; Grindeland, R. E.


    Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) in combination with exercise prevent muscle atrophy induced by unloading in the tail-suspension rat model for space flight (Gosselink et al, FASEB J 1994). This study evaluated the effects of these treatments on bone. Hypophysectomized rats were suspended (S) and treated with 1mg/kg/day CH plus IGF-I (H) or vehicle (Sal) daily by injection and exercised (Ex) by 3 climbs up a 1m ladder carrying a load equal to 30% the initial body weight (BW) 3x/day for 10 days. Tibial epiphysis (Epi) widths were measured by micrometry and femoral Bone Mineral Content (fBMC) in excised femurs by DEXA (Lunar DPX-L). Serum calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (Pi) were measured by COBAS Autoanalyzer (Roche Diag.). Ambulatory (Amb)-H treated rats showed growth rates of 6.6+-0.9 g/day, similar to S-H-Ex and higher than S-H (3.210.6, p less than 0.05) and S-Sal (-0.711.0, p less than 0.05). Epi widths were 10% lower in S-Sal, and S-Sal-Ex, and increased 100% in all H groups. fBMC was less in S than Amb, only when all S groups are compared to both Amb groups (p less than 0.03). H treatment increased fBMC (p less than 0.05) but reduced fBMC/100g BW in all H groups (p less than 0.001). The reduced density of H bone cannot be attributed to low circulating Ca. and Pi since they were higher in H than Sal (p less than 0.001). H treatment for 10 days in doses sufficient to support normal growth in BW failed to produce normal Epi widths or fBMC, even when combined with exercise. The suspension effect observed in Epi widths was not corrected by H or Ex alone, but was improved by H plus a This regimen. although effective in preventing muscle atrophy, failed to return bone measures, Epi widths and fBMC, to normal.


    V. V. Badokin


    Full Text Available Objective: to define the clinical value of rheumatoid factor (RF and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (anti-CCP in early psori- atic arthritis (PA. Subjects and methods. Fifty-six patients (32 females and 24 males with early PA with a mean duration of 12±6.7 months were studied. The examinees' age ranged from 18 to 76 years (mean age 44±15.5 years. Mean psoriasis duration was 12.5±2.2 years. RF IgM was determined using a high-sensitive nephelometric method on a BN Pro-Spec analyzer (Siemens, Germany and serum anti-CCP concentra- tions were measured by immunochemiluminescence on a COBAS e411 analyzer (Roche, Switzerland. Group 1 included 10 patients with anti-CCP and/or RF (a study group; Group 2 comprised 46 patients without anti-CCP and RF (a control group. Results. There was anti-CCP in 7 (12.5% of the patients with early PA, RF in 8 (14.3%, both of them in 5 (9%. The study group had a severer course of PA accompanied by polyarthritis, inflamed distal interphalangeal joints, axial arthritis, dactylitis, enthesitis, and, in some cases spondylitis and sacroiliitis. In groups 1 and 2, the number of tender joints was 17.6±4 and 10±1.5, respectively (p = 0.04; that of swollen ones, 12.6±1.5 and 7.0±1.1 (p = 0.02; DAS28 index, 5.9±1.7 and 4.5±1.5 (p = 0.02; ESR, 34.5±5.9 and 22±2.3 (p = 0.04, high-sensitive C reactive protein, 70±25.3 and 24.9±5.0 (p = 0.06; and Sharp ratio, 68.7±14.3 and 21.3±3.8 (p < 0.004. Conclusion. In patients with early PA, anti-CCP and RF were encountered with an approximately equal frequency; at the same time, they were associated with polyarthritis, high disease activity, and an erosive process. 

  9. Detección molecular del virus papiloma humano de alto riesgo oncogénico en muestras cervicales. Laboratorio Central de Salud Pública. Primeros Resultados

    Maria Liz Bobadilla


    Full Text Available El cáncer de cuello uterino es la primera causa de muerte por cáncer en mujeres en países en vías de desarrollo, con una tasa de incidencia de 34,2 por 100.000 mujeres y de mortalidad de 15,7 por 100.000 mujeres en Paraguay. La sensibilidad de la citología está entre 30-60%, mientras que la de la detección molecular del Virus Papiloma Humano (VPH en muestras cervicales, es mayor al 90% para detectar neoplasia intraepitelial cervical de grado 2 (CIN II o más. El objetivo de este trabajo fue describir la frecuencia de detección de VPH de alto riesgo (AR y su distribución por edad en mujeres que concurrieron al Hospital San Pablo, de mayo a agosto de 2.013. Se estudiaron 170 muestras cervicales de pacientes que accedieron a participar firmando un consentimiento informado. Se utilizó el sistema Cobas 4800 HPV Test (Roche que detecta los VPH-AR 16 y 18, y un pool de 10 VPH-AR (31,33,35,39,45,51,52,56,58,59 y dos de “probable” alto riesgo (66,68. La frecuencia de infección por VPH-AR fue del 16%, la infección decrecía con la edad y el mayor número de casos apareció en mujeres menores de 30 años. El VPH-16 fue encontrado en todos los grupos de edades. Este es el primer reporte de la detección de ADN de VPH-AR en el LCSP, y se muestra que la prevención y control del cáncer cérvico-uterino es una prioridad de salud pública en el país por la gran carga de la enfermedad evidenciada por su alta incidencia y mortalidad.

  10. Application of a newly developed high-sensitivity HBsAg chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay for hepatitis B patients with HBsAg seroclearance.

    Shinkai, Noboru; Matsuura, Kentaro; Sugauchi, Fuminaka; Watanabe, Tsunamasa; Murakami, Shuko; Iio, Etsuko; Ogawa, Shintaro; Nojiri, Shunsuke; Joh, Takashi; Tanaka, Yasuhito


    We modified and automated a highly sensitive chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (CLEIA) for surface antigen (HBsAg) detection using a combination of monoclonal antibodies, each for a specific epitope of HBsAg, and by improving an earlier conjugation technique. Of 471 hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriers seen in our hospital between 2009 and 2012, 26 were HBsAg seronegative as determined by the Abbott Architect assay. The Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ assay was used to recheck those 26 patients who demonstrated seroclearance by the Abbott Architect assay. The performance of the Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ assay was compared with that of a quantitative HBsAg detection system (Abbott Architect) and the Roche Cobas TaqMan HBV DNA assay (CTM) (lower limit of detection, 2.1 log copies/ml) using blood serum samples from patients who were determined to be HBsAg seronegative by the Abbott Architect assay. Ten patients had spontaneous HBsAg loss. Of 8 patients treated with nucleotide analogues (NAs), two were HBsAg seronegative after stopping lamivudine therapy and 6 were HBsAg seronegative during entecavir therapy. Eight acute hepatitis B (AH) patients became HBsAg seronegative. Of the 26 patients, 16 were HBsAg positive by the Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ assay but negative by the Abbott Architect assay. The differences between the two assays in terms of detectable HBsAg persisted over the long term in the spontaneous loss group (median, 10 months), the NA-treated group (2.5 months), and the AH group (0.5 months). In 9 patients, the Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ assay detected HBsAg when HBV DNA was negative by the CTM assay. HBsAg was also detected by the Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ assay in 4 patients with an anti-HBs concentration of >10 mIU/ml, 3 of whom had no HBsAg escape mutations. The automatic, highly sensitive HBsAg CLEIA Lumipulse HBsAg-HQ is a convenient and precise assay for HBV monitoring.

  11. Total Hepatitis B Core Antigen Antibody, a Quantitative Non-Invasive Marker of Hepatitis B Virus Induced Liver Disease.

    Quan Yuan

    Full Text Available Non invasive immunologic markers of virus-induced liver disease are unmet needs. We tested the clinical significance of quantitative total and IgM-anti-HBc in well characterized chronic-HBsAg-carriers. Sera (212 were obtained from 111 HBsAg-carriers followed-up for 52 months (28-216 during different phases of chronic-HBV-genotype-D-infection: 10 HBeAg-positive, 25 inactive-carriers (HBV-DNA≤2000IU/ml, ALT<30U/L, 66 HBeAg-negative-CHB-patients and 10 with HDV-super-infection. In 35 patients treated with Peg-IFN±nucleos(tide-analogues (NUCs sera were obtained at baseline, end-of-therapy and week-24-off-therapy and in 22 treated with NUCs (for 60 months, 42-134m at baseline and end-of-follow-up. HBsAg and IgM-anti-HBc were measured by Architect-assays (Abbott, USA; total-anti-HBc by double-antigen-sandwich-immune-assay (Wantai, China; HBV-DNA by COBAS-TaqMan (Roche, Germany. Total-anti-HBc were detectable in all sera with lower levels in HBsAg-carriers without CHB (immune-tolerant, inactive and HDV-superinfected, median 3.26, range 2.26-4.49 Log10 IU/ml versus untreated-CHB (median 4.68, range 2.76-5.54 Log10 IU/ml, p<0.0001. IgM-anti-HBc positive using the chronic-hepatitis-cut-off" (0.130-S/CO were positive in 102 of 212 sera (48.1%. Overall total-anti-HBc and IgM-anti-HBc correlated significantly (p<0.001, r=0.417. Total-anti-HBc declined significantly in CHB patients with response to Peg-IFN (p<0.001 and in NUC-treated patients (p<0.001; the lowest levels (median 2.68, range 2.12-3.08 Log10 IU/ml were found in long-term responders who cleared HBsAg subsequently. During spontaneous and therapy-induced fluctuations of CHB (remissions and reactivations total- and IgM-anti-HBc correlated with ALT (p<0.001, r=0.351 and p=0.008, r=0.185 respectively. Total-anti-HBc qualifies as a useful marker of HBV-induced-liver-disease that might help to discriminate major phases of chronic HBV infection and to predict sustained response to antivirals.

  12. The Distribution of Hepatitis C Virus Genotypes in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Infection

    Sevin Kırdar


    Full Text Available Objective: Hepatitis C virus (HCV infection represents a major public health problem worldwide. HCV can cause chronic hepatitis infection which may ultimately result in cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Seven major genotypes and more than 100 subtypes of HCV are shown by sequence analysis. Genotype 1 is associated with more severity of liver disease than genotypes 2 and 3 and sustained response totreatment is known to be less. In this study, we aimed to determine the HCV genotype distribution in chronic hepatitis C patients. Materials and Methods: A total of 50 patients with chronic HCV infection who attended the Microbiology Laboratory at Adnan Menderes University Hospital between August 2007 and December 2010 found to be positive for anti-HCV and HCV-RNA were included in the study. Anti-HCV testing was performed using microparticle Enzyme-Linked immunosorbent assay test kit (Murex Anti-HCV version 4, UK with autoanalyser (Grifols Triturus, Spain. The quantification of serum HCV-RNA was carried out by a realtime polymerase chain reaction method with two different systems (Cobas TaqMan HCV, Roche Diagnostics, Germany and RotorGene 6000,Corbett Research, USA. HCV genotype analysis was performed by using a kit (HCV-TS; AB Analitica, Italy based on the reverse hybridization of 5’-untranslated region and amplified products with genotype-specific probes. Results: The mean age of the 50 chronic hepatitis C patients [27 (54% female, and 23 (46% male] was 57.1±14.3 years. Genotype 1b was found in 36 (72% subjects, genotype 1a in nine (18%, genotype 2b in one (2%, genotype 3 in one (2%, and genotype 1a/1b was found in three (6% patients. No statistically significant difference was detected in HCV-RNA quantities and anti-HCV index between HCV genotypes (p>0.05. Conclusion: Compatible with the previous data obtained in Turkey, genotype 1b was found to be the most common HCV genotype in patients with chronic hepatitis C followed in our hospital.

  13. Primary Screening for Cervical Cancer Based on High-Risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Detection and HPV 16 and HPV 18 Genotyping, in Comparison to Cytology

    Constantinidis, Theocharis; Constantinidis, Theodoros C.


    Objectives The objective of the present study is to assess the performance of a high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) DNA test with individual HPV-16/HPV-18 genotyping as a method for primary cervical cancer screening compared with liquid-based cytology (LBC) in a population of Greek women taking part in routine cervical cancer screening. Methods The study, conducted by the “HEllenic Real life Multicentric cErvical Screening” (HERMES) study group, involved the recruitment of 4,009 women, aged 25–55, who took part in routine cervical screening at nine Gynecology Departments in Greece. At first visit cervical specimens were collected for LBC and HPV testing using the Roche Cobas 4800 system. Women found positive for either cytology or HPV were referred for colposcopy, whereas women negative for both tests will be retested after three years. The study is ongoing and the results of the first screening round are reported herein. Results Valid results for cytology and HPV testing were obtained for 3,993 women. The overall prevalence of HR-HPV was 12.7%, of HPV-16 2.7% and of HPV-18 1.4%. Of those referred for colposcopy, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or worse (CIN2+) was detected in 41 women (1.07%). At the threshold of CIN2+, cytology [atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASC-US) or worse] and HPV testing showed a sensitivity of 53.7% and 100% respectively, without change between age groups. Cytology and HPV testing showed specificity of 96.8% and 90.3% respectively, which was increased in older women (≥30) in comparison to younger ones (25–29). Genotyping for HPV16/18 had similar accuracy to cytology for the detection of CIN2+ (sensitivity: 58.5%; specificity 97.5%) as well as for triage to colposcopy (sensitivity: 58.5% vs 53.7% for cytology). Conclusion HPV testing has much better sensitivity than cytology to identify high-grade cervical lesions with slightly lower specificity. HPV testing with individual HPV-16/HPV-18

  14. A Post-Marketing Surveillance Study to Evaluate Performance of the EXIMO™ Blood Glucose Monitoring System.

    Chandnani, Sonia R; Ramakrishna, C D; Dave, Bhargav A; Kothavade, Pankaj S; Thakkar, Ashok S


    The performance of Blood Glucose Monitoring System (BGMS) is critical as the information provided by the system guide the patient or health care professional in making treatment decisions. However, besides evaluating accuracy of the BGMS in laboratory setting, it is equally important that the intended users (healthcare professionals and patients) should be able to achieve blood glucose measurements with similar level of high accuracy. To assess the performance of EXIMO™ (Meril Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd., Vapi, Gujarat, India) BGMS as per International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15197:2013 section 8 user performance criteria. This was a non-randomized and post-marketing study conducted at a tertiary care centre of India. A total of 1005 patients with diabetes themselves performed fingertip blood glucose measurement using EXIMO™ BGMS. Immediately after capillary blood glucose measurement using the blood glucose monitoring system, venous blood sample from each patient was obtained by a trained technician which was assessed by reference laboratory method- Cobas Integra 400 plus (Roche Instrument Centre, Rotkreuz, Switzerland). All the blood glucose measurements assessed by EXIMO™ were compared with laboratory results. Performance of the system was assessed as per ISO 15197:2013 criteria using Bland-Altman plot, Parkes-Consensus Error Grid (CEG) and Surveillance Error Grid analyses (SEG). A total of 1005 patients participated in the study. Average age of the patients was 44.93±14.65 years. Evaluation of capillary fingertip blood glucose measurements demonstrated that 95.82% measurements fulfilled ISO 15197:2013 section 8 user performance criteria. All the results lie within clinically non-critical zones; Zone A (99.47%; n=1000) and Zone B (0.53%; n=05) of the CEG analysis. As per SEG analysis, majority of the results fell within "no-risk" zone (risk score 0 to 0.5; 90.42%). The result of the study confirmed that intended users are able to obtain accurate

  15. Study on screening blood donors by nucleic acid amplification technique combined with Enzyme- linked immunosorbent assay%核酸扩增与酶联免疫法联合在血液筛查中的初步应用

    杜勇; 杨亮; 蒋炜; 王佳维; 张哲


    Objective;The purpose of this study was to improve security level of clinical blood transfusion and e-valuate the necessity and practicability of the testing methodology based on nucleic acid amplification technique (NAT) in addition to the regular immunoassay test (EIA). Methods; The samples tested as negative by ELISA were screened by NAT with two work flow ( single detection or combined detection). The NAT - positive samples were further tested by Roche COBAS CAP_CTM system and eletro - cheniluminescence(ECL) system to evaluate the virus load and serological properties. Results; 28 NAT-positive samples were detected in the 20,925 ELISA negative donor samples. All samples were HBV DNA positive and 11 among the 28 samples were serology positive. The remaining risk of HBV infection was 0.13% under the routine EIA test. Conclusion; The risk of HBV infection still remain under the current blood donor screening method using repeated ELISA testing. The introduction of NAT test can help to reduce the risk of transfusion - transmitted disease which has a great value to increase the safety of blood.%目的:在酶联免疫法( enzyme immunoassay,EIA)检测的基础上,探讨HBV核酸扩增检测(nucleic acid amplification testing NAT)技术应用于血液筛查的意义.方法:分别使用两种模式(单检或混检)NAT与EIA两遍检测方式同时进行血液筛查,对NAT阳性标本作进一步做鉴别试验和病毒血清标志物.结果:20925份EIA(-)标本共发现28份核酸三项(HBV DNA、HCV RNA、HIV RNA)呈反应性,均为HBV- DNA,即EIA两遍检测合格后的HBV- DNA阳性率0.13%,检测其中11份血清,乙肝标志物均呈阳性.结论:EIA阴性献血者中仍有极少数的HBV感染者,核酸扩增检测和酶联免疫检测互补能够检测出EIA漏检的HBV携带者,对提高HBsAg阴性血液标本中HBV感染检出率具有重要价值.

  16. Detection Rate of High-Grade Cervical Neoplasia and Cost-Effectiveness of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Genotyping with Reflex Liquid-based Cytology in Cervical Cancer Screening.

    Tay, Sun Kuie; Lin, Lynette Eo; Goh, Ronald Ch


    This study aimed to determine the prevalence of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse (≥CIN3) and cost-effectiveness of human papillomavirus (HPV) genotyping with reflex liquid-based cytology (LBC) for cervical cancer screening in Singapore. Women who were ≥25 years old and undertook co-testing with LBC and HPV-genotyping (Cobas-4800, Roche, USA) for HPV-16, HPV-18 and 12 high-risk HPV types in a single institution were studied retrospectively. A single cervical smear in ThinPrep® PreservCyt® solution (Hologic, USA) was separated for tests in independent cytology and molecular pathology laboratories. The results were reviewed by a designated gynaecologist according to institutional clinical management protocols. Those who tested positive for HPV-16 and/or HPV-18 (regardless of cytology results), cytology showing low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (LSIL) or high-grade SIL (HSIL), or atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS) with positive 12 high-risk HPV types were referred for colposcopy. Colposcopy was performed by experienced colposcopists. Cervical biopsy, either directed punch biopsies or excisional biopsy, was determined by a colposcopist. The diagnosis of ≥CIN3 was reviewed by a gynaecologic pathologist. Cost-effectiveness of HPV-based screening in terms of disease and financial burden was analysed using epidemiological, clinical and financial input data from Singapore. Of 1866 women studied, 167 (8.9%) had abnormal cytology (≥ASCUS) and 171 (9.2%) tested positive for high-risk HPV. Twenty-three CIN were detected. Three of the 10 ≥CIN3 cases had negative cytology but positive HPV-16. Compared to cytology, HPV genotyping detected more ≥CIN3 (OR: 1.43). HPV+16/18 genotyping with reflex LBC was superior in terms of cost-effectiveness to LBC with reflex HPV, both for disease detection rate and cost per case of ≥CIN2 detected. Compared to cytology, HPV+16/18 genotyping with reflex LBC detected more ≥CIN3

  17. 77 FR 15779 - Medical Devices; Availability of Safety and Effectiveness Summaries for Premarket Approval...


    ...% sodium October 11, 2011. Pharmaceuticals, Inc. hyaluronate). P110022, FDA-2011-M-0786 Roche Diagnostics... November 30, 2011. kit. P110025, FDA-2011-M-0917 Roche Diagnostics ELECSYS anti-HBC IGM December 14, 2011...

  18. Ravimid, risk, raha & tervis / Inge Pitsner

    Pitsner, Inge


    Ravimifirma Roche Eesti OÜ tegevjuht Kadri Mägi selgitab ravimiäri toimemehhanisme ning põhjuseid, miks ravimitööstus on riskantne ja kallis valdkond. Lisa: Mis on farmakoökonoomika?; Roche Eesti kontor

  19. Ravimid, risk, raha & tervis / Inge Pitsner

    Pitsner, Inge


    Ravimifirma Roche Eesti OÜ tegevjuht Kadri Mägi selgitab ravimiäri toimemehhanisme ning põhjuseid, miks ravimitööstus on riskantne ja kallis valdkond. Lisa: Mis on farmakoökonoomika?; Roche Eesti kontor

  20. Febrile Neutropenia Risk Assessment and Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor Support in Patients with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Receiving R-CHOP Regimens

    Salar, Antonio; Haioun, Corinne; Rossi, Francesca Gaia;


    Disclosures: Salar: Amgen: Honoraria. Haioun: Roche: Research Funding; Amgen: Other, Research Funding; Celgene: Other, Research Funding; Mundipharma: Research Funding. Pettengell: Amgen: Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Roche: Honoraria, Speakers Bureau; Bayer: Honoraria, Speakers Bureau. Jaeger: Amgen: Research...

  1. InfluenCe of HeliCobaCter Pylori on Motor Symptoms in Patients with Parkinsonˊs Disease%幽门螺杆菌感染对帕金森病患者运动症状的影响研究

    王晏雯; 乔松; 刘小利; 蔡苗; 李雅国


    [AbstraCt] ObjeCtive To investigate influence of Helicobacter pylori( Hp)on motor symptoms in patients with Parkinsonˊs disease( PD)and to learn the function of Hp eliminated therapy on the patientsˊ motor fluctuation. Methods Eighty _ nine patients diagnosed with PD from January 2011 to December 2013 in Department of Neurology,Zhejiang Hospital were selected and divided into Hp infection group and Hp noninfection group according to the results of 14 C _ urea breath tests ( 14 C _ UBT). The patients of Hp noninfection group were given Madopar treatment,and Hp eradication therapy was used in Hp infection group besides Madopar. The score of Unified Parkinsonˊs Disease Rating Scale(UPDRS)Ⅲ,the duration of on time and off time and Hoehn _ Yahr staging were used to evaluate the severity of motor symptoms before and after the therapy of Hp eradication. The UPDRS Ⅳ was used to evaluate the change of motor complications before and after treatment. Results The score of UPDRS Ⅳ in Hp infection group was statistically different from that in the group of Hp noninfection(p 0. 05),while they were all significantly different among Hp infection group(p 0.05);Hp 组治疗前后 UPDRS Ⅲ评分、UPDRS Ⅳ评分及“开”“关”期时间比较,差异有统计学意义(p <0.05);治疗后,两组“开”“关”期时间比较,差异有统计学意义(p <0.05)。结论 Hp 感染可以增加 PD 患者运动并发症的发生。对 Hp 感染的 PD 患者行 Hp 根除治疗可以改善其运动症状,减少运动并发症的发生。

  2. Study on the adsorption capacity for mercury (Ⅱ) with chromium/cobaIt-doped graphene oxide materiaIs%负载铬钴石墨烯基材料对汞(Ⅱ)的吸附性能研究

    王卓; 邓娟; 朱君妍; 周超; 周晓吉; 郭永福; 白仁碧


    The chromium and cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide (RGO/Cr,RGO/Co) composite materials have been synthesized by making use of the reducibility of RGO and the oxidability of transition metallic salts ,and app-lied to the adsorption for Hg2+. The results show that the specific surface area of RGO/Cr is higher than that of RGO/Co and RGO. The hydrophilicity of RGO is effectively improved after having been doped with chromium or cobalt. The theoretical monolayer adsorption capacities of RGO,RGO/Cr and RGO/Co fitting Langmuir model are 128.98,181.86, and 146.86 mg/g,respectively,and the adsorption processes of these three materials complies with the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic model.%利用石墨烯的还原性与过渡金属盐类的氧化性,制备得到分别负载有铬和钴的还原氧化石墨烯(RGO)复合材料RGO/Cr和RGO/Co,并将其应用于对Hg2+的吸附。结果表明:RGO/Cr比RGO/Co及RGO具有更大比表面积,负载铬和钴后RGO的亲水性能显著增加。 Langmuir拟合RGO、RGO/Cr、RGO/Co对Hg2+的理论单层最大吸附容量分别为128.98、181.86、146.86 mg/g,同时吸附过程均符合伪一级和伪二级动力学模型。

  3. 三种快速定量检测NT-proBNP仪器分析性能验证比较%Analysis Performance Verification of Three Kinds of Rapid Quantitative Detection Instrument for NT proBNP



    Objective To verify the analysis performance of three kinds of rapid quantitative detection instrument for NT-proBNP (POCT), and to verify the comparability with chemiluminescence detection system. Methods With the reference of national clinical test procedures, the precision, accuracy, linearity range, reference range of three kinds of POCT instrumentations for detection of NT-proBNP were verified. Results The total imprecisions of three kinds of POCT instrumentations were less than 15%of the statement CV value. The linear correlation analysis showed that the correlation coefficient r2 values of concentration and its corresponding evaluation method for the determination of instrument measurements were 0.990, 0.990, 0920. In addition to a value beyond the reference range of vendors, the reference interval validation showed that the NT-proBNP concentrations were in the reference range. Conclusions From the aspects of precision validation, total precisions of three instruments are all less than 15%manufacturer statement CV value. From the aspects of linear validation,②regression analysis has the highest correlation coefficient r2, which has comparability with the corresponding evaluation method RocheCobas, clinically acceptable. Reference range validation shows that the three kinds have similar instrument test results in different age.%目的:对三种快速定量检测NT-proBNP (POCT)仪器进行分析性能的验证,同时与化学发光法进行检测系统之间的可比性验证。方法参考全国临床检验操作规程,对三台检测NT-proBNP的POCT仪器进行精密度、正确度和线性范围、参考区间验证,确定其是否适用于本实验室。结果三种检测NT-proBNP的仪器总不精密度小于厂家声明的CV 值的15%;三台仪器测定的浓度与其对应的评价方法测定值,经线性相关分析得到相关系数r2值为0.990、0.992、0920;三种仪器参考区间验证中NT-proBNP浓度除了一个检测值


    C. Berkan ALPAY


    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to determine the difference between body compositions and some mineral levels of elite wrestlers (at an international level who have loss of weight and who have not loss of weight. 69 volunteer elite wrestlers inv olving in Turkey Championship participated in this study. The wrestler who had loss of weight and who had not loss of weight in order to compete in their weight class before the championship are randomly chosen and at the time of race weighing, an informat ion form including demographic information, Tanita BC 418, bioelectrical impedance analyzer (BİA with USA brand, body compositions and 5 cc of blood from their forearm venous with vacutainer ( closed blood collection system are received from wrestlers who participated in the study. The blood samples are divided into serums by centrifuged at 4000 rpm in 5 minutes by using NF - 400 model centrifuge device with Nüve brand. Whether the wrestlers have loss of weight or not is calculated with a formula after their Sodium (Na + , Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN and Glucose levels are analyzed and they are separated into two groups according to their Plasma Osmolarity (P Osm levels. The wrestlers whose P Osm level ≤290 are discussed as the group not having loss of weight and the wrestler whose P Osm level >290 are discussed as the group having loss of weight. The information about the amount of loss of weight that they have before a race as a demographic variable is received from the sportsmen participating in this study. The basal metabolic rate, percentage of body fat, fat mass, free fat mass, total body water was determined with BİA. In the blood samples; Na + , BUN, Glucose, Iron (Fe, Calcium (Ca, Potassium (K an d Chlorine (Cl levels are measured by using kits with brand of Beckman Coulter in the AU2700 Plus model biochemical auto analyzer with brand of Beckman Coulter and Vitamin B12 and insulin levels are measured by using kits with brand of Roche in the Cobas E

  5. 76 FR 65210 - Certain Products and Pharmaceutical Compositions Containing Recombinant Human Erythropoetin...


    ..., Germany, and Hoffman La Roche Inc. of Nutley, New Jersey (collectively, ``Roche'') as respondents. After... opinion, the facts of the 588 investigation are readily distinguished from the facts here. Amgen and Roche... the unusual facts of this investigation. Nor is the Commission itself aware of any such basis...


    Ika Ari Pratiwi


    Full Text Available Penelitian bertujuan untuk mengembangkan model kolaborasi jigsaw, role playing untuk meningkatkan kemampuan bekerjasama siswa yang valid, efektif dan praktis. Metode penelitian adalah penelitian dan pengembangan (R&D. Tahap uji coba pengembangan terdiri atas uji coba ahli, uji coba skala terbatas dan uji coba skala luas. Keefektifan model kolaborasi jigsaw role playing  diperoleh rata-rata 51,83 dalam kategori baik diterapkan dalam pelajaran IPS, peningkatan kemampuan bekerjasama siswa hasil N-gain = 0,56 dengan kategori sedang, peningkatan hasil belajar IPS N-gain = 0,50 dengan kategori sedang dan hasil ketuntasan klasikal pembelajaran IPS 97,14%.  Hasil respon guru dan siswa terhadap model yang digunakan adalah berkriteria baik. Model final penelitian ini menghasilkan model kolaborasi jigsaw role playing yang dikemas dalam suatu buku pedoman.

  7. Human Papillomavirus Assays and Cytology in Primary Cervical Screening of Women Aged 30 Years and Above

    Rebolj, Matejka; Bonde, Jesper; Preisler, Sarah


    In women aged ≥30 years, Human Papillomavirus testing will replace cytology for primary cervical screening. We compared Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2), cobas, CLART, and APTIMA HPV assays with cytology on 2869 SurePath samples from women undergoing routine screening at 30-65 years in Copenhagen, Denmark....... Women with cytological abnormalities were managed according to routine recommendations, with 92% completeness. Those with cytology-normal/HPV-positive samples (on any of the four assays) were invited for repeated cytology and HPV testing in 1.5 year, and 58% had additional testing. HPV testing detected...... more ≥CIN3 than cytology (HC2: 35, cobas, CLART: 37, APTIMA: 34, cytology: 31), although statistically the differences were not significant. Cobas and CLART detected significantly more ≥CIN2 than cytology (cobas, CLART: 49, cytology: 39). The proportion of women with false-positive test results...



    Pada penelitian ini mengimplementasikan metode multiple kernel support vector machine untuk seleksi fitur. Multiple kernel merupakan metode modifikasi fungsi kernel yang mengalikan tiap elemen dari data. Metode ini melakukan seleksi fitur terhadap fitur yang kurang penting dengan tingkat akurasi lebih baik daripada metode dasar support vector machine. Uji coba dilakukan dengan menggunakan dataset ekspresi gen leukimia dan tumor usus besar. Hasil uji coba dibandingkan dengan tingkat akurasi me...

  9. Is real-time PCR better than conventional PCR for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex detection in clinical samples?

    Tortoli, Enrico; Urbano, Pasquale; Marcelli, Fiorella; Simonetti, Tullia M; Cirillo, Daniela M


    Cobas Amplicor MTB and later Cobas TaqMan MTB were used to test a very large series of consecutive specimens received for tuberculosis diagnosis. Performance parameters were estimated and compared overall and for separate specimen categories. Both systems showed excellent specificity, and that of TaqMan was the higher. The sensitivities were similar but satisfactory only with respiratory specimens and smear-positive samples.

  10. HBsAg阴性献血者输血HBV感染残余风险分析%Residual Risk of Transfusion-transmitted HBV Infection in HBsAg-negative Blood Donors

    方昌志; 傅颖媛; 钱榕; 熊丽红


    目的 分析HBsAg ELISA法检测阴性献血者的输血HBV感染残余风险,评价其感染状况.方法 采用瑞士罗氏诊断公司的Cobas s201核酸检测平台对2011年1月1日至12月31日57 141人份2遍ELISA检测阴性标本进行HBV DNA/HCV RNA/HIV-1,-2 RNA三项联合核酸检测(Cobas TaqScreen MPX 试剂),检测模式为混样检测+拆分检测,即先进行6标本混样检测,再对检测阳性标本进行拆分检测;对127人份拆分检测阳性标本进行分项鉴别试验及乙型肝炎两对半检测.结果 1)2遍ELISA法共检测标本60 037人份,检出HBsAg阴性标本57 141人份;2)对57 141人份阴性标本进行HBV DNA/HCV RNA/HIV-1,-2 RNA三项联检,共检出127人份病毒核酸阳性标本;3)127人份病毒核酸阳性标本进行分项鉴别试验,共检出HBV DNA 阳性标本69人份,输血HBV残余风险为0.12%,其定量检测结果以<20 U·mL-1为主(51人份,占73.9%);4)69人份HBV DNA阳性标本进行乙型肝炎两对半检测,发现乙型肝炎可疑窗口期感染6人份(占8.7%),隐匿性感染 52人份(占75.4%).结论 HBsAg ELISA法检测阴性献血者的输血HBV感染残余风险依然存在,其感染状况多以隐匿性感染为主,将核酸检测纳入血液筛查常规模式,可降低输血残余风险,提高输血安全.%Objective To analyze the residual risk of transfusion-transmitted HBV infection by ELISA method in HBsAg-negative blood donors,and to assess the infection status. Methods TaqScreen MPX test was performed for the detection of HBV DNA/HCV RNA/HIV-1,-2 RNA on a Cobas s201 system (Swiss Roche Diagnosis Company) in 57 141 HBsAg-negative blood donations. The detection was repeated two times. The detection mode was a combination of 6-sample minipool and individual positive donation test. Then, subentry identification and HBV marker detection were conducted in the 127 positive individual donations. Results A total of 60 037 samples were detected by twice ELISA test and 57 141 of them were

  11. Multicenter Evaluation of a New High-Throughput HbA1c Testing Platform.

    Imdahl, R; Roddiger, R; Casis-Saenz, E


    This non-interventional, multicenter study with anonymized leftover patient samples was performed to evaluate the reliability and analytical performance of the novel high-throughput HbA1c cobas c 513 analyzer. A performance evaluation was carried out at three sites to validate the overall system functionality, user interaction and analytical performance of the new cobas c 513 analyzer using the Tina-quant® HbA1c Gen. 3 assay. HbA1c applications for both whole blood and hemolysate samples show a high precision using both quality control materials and pools of whole blood or hemolysates. The method comparison of HbA1c Gen. 3 on the cobas c 513 with HbA1c Gen. 2 on the Menarini HA-8180V using 249 whole blood samples shows high concordance. Moreover, analyte concentrations as measured by the cobas c 513 and Tosoh G8 and HbA1c Gen. 2 on COBAS INTEGRA® 800 CTS are comparable. The cobas c 513 has proven to be a reliable system with excellent analytical performance of the Tinaquant® HbA1c Gen. 3 assay in high throughput laboratories.

  12. Avaliação do método imunoenzimático (ELISA para diagnóstico da infecção por Helicobacter pylori em crianças e adolescentes Evaluation of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection in children and adolescents

    Aurea Portorreal


    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A infecção por Helicobacter pylori é reconhecida como a causa mais freqüente de gastrite crônica em adultos e crianças. Seu diagnóstico é realizado com métodos invasivos em fragmentos de mucosa gástrica obtidos com pinça endoscópica e os não-invasivos. O método imunoenzimático constitui exame simples, rápido e de baixo custo, apresentando alta sensibilidade em pacientes adultos. OBJETIVO: Avaliou-se o método ELISA prospectivamente em 111 crianças e adolescentes. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: Utilizou-se o kit "Cobas Core II" (Roche. Considerou-se Helicobacter pylori positivo quando o teste rápido da urease e a histologia resultaram ambos positivos ou quando a cultura foi positiva, e Helicobacter pylori negativo quando todos os testes foram negativos. RESULTADOS: A idade dos 111 pacientes variou de 3 meses a 16 anos, (mediana = 9a 5m; média = 8a 7m ± 4.0. Infecção por Helicobacter pylori foi diagnosticada em 47,7% (53/111. A sensibilidade da sorologia foi de 83,0% e 86,0% e a especificidade foi de 70,6% e 71,0%, utilizando o ponto de corte de 7 U/mL e 5 U/mL, respectivamente. Em pacientes maiores de 10 anos de idade, a sensibilidade foi de 90,6% e 96,8% e a especificidade 71,0% e 61,9%, com ponto de corte de 7 U/mL e 5 U/mL, respectivamente. Quando foi utilizada somente a cultura positiva como padrão ouro e ponto de corte em 5 U/mL, a sensibilidade foi de 93,3%. CONCLUSÃO: O método ELISA apresentou boa sensibilidade em crianças maiores de 10 anos, utilizando o ponto de corte de 5 U/mL, porém a especificidade foi menor.BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection is recognized as the most frequent cause of chronic gastritis in adults and children. The diagnosis is accomplished with invasive methods in fragments of endoscopic gastric biopsies and non-invasive methods. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay constitutes a simple, fast exam and of low cost with high sensibility in adult patients. AIM: The purpose of this study

  13. Variabilidade interensaios de dislipidemias em pacientes hipertensos Inter-assays variability of dislipidemias in hypertensive patients

    Nilton Rosini


    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO E OBJETIVOS: Ensaios de diferentes procedências para avaliação das dislipidemia podem resultar em variações significativas nos resultados obtidos e consequente conduta inadequada pelo clínico. O estudo objetivou comparar resultados laboratoriais de colesterol total (CT, triglicérides (TG, colesterol da lipoproteína de alta densidade (HDL-C, colesterol da lipoproteína de baixa densidade (LDL-C, apolipoproteína A-1 (Apo A-1, apolipoproteína B (Apo B e lipoproteína (a (Lp[a] e índices lipídicos (não-HDL-C, CT/HDL-C, LDL-C/HDL-C, TG/HDL-C e Apo B/HDL-C de pacientes hipertensos e/ou diabéticos diagnosticados. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados conjuntos reativos, e os respectivos analisadores Gold Analisa, Dia Sys (CCX - Abbott, Dade Behring (Nefelômetro BN 100 e Roche (COBAS Integra 400, para verificar a reprodutibilidade dos resultados obtidos. Participaram 99 pacientes (36 do sexo masculino e 63 do feminino. Comparando os resultados, verificamos que: todas as médias obtidas dos constituintes lipídicos apresentaram diferença significativa; número semelhante de pacientes apresentou níveis séricos elevados de CT, TG, Lp(a e Apo A-1. O HDL-C, o LDL-C e a Apo B apresentaram discordância, assim como os índices de CT/LDL-C, LDL-C/HDL-C e TG/HDL-C. Para não-HDL-C e ApoB/HDL, houve semelhança no número de pacientes com valores não recomendados. Em consequência da diferença, em relação ao LDL-C, a decisão da conduta terapêutica poderá ser inadequada, enquanto o não-HDL-C, além de evidenciar partículas aterogênicas, apresentou número de hipertensos com valores séricos não referendados semelhantes, independente da metodologia e do equipamento utilizado. CONCLUSÃO: No grupo de hipertensos analisados, o não-HDL-C se caracterizou um importante fator de correção interensaios de parâmetros lipídicos. E sua associação à relação Apo B/HDL-C pode ser um fator adicional em relação às condutas

  14. Evidence of mother-child transmission of Helicobacter pylori infection Evidência da transmissão mãe-filho da infecção por Helicobacter pylori

    Mario Luis Escobar


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Low socioeconomical status is a major risk factor for natural acquisition of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori infection in developing countries. Its transmission route is unknown but studies suggest person-to-person transmission. AIM: To evaluate seropositivity of anti-H. pylori antibodies in family members of infected symptomatic index patients as compared to family members of symptomatic uninfected index patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and twelve family members of 38 patients who underwent endoscopy to exclude peptic disease were studied. Patients were deemed H. pylori infected or not infected when rapid urease test and histology were both positive or both negative. The family members underwent ELISA serology using the Cobas Core II Kit (Roche and were classified into three groups: I - 29 family members of 10 H. pylori (+ duodenal ulcer index patients; II - 57 family members of 17 H. pylori (+ index patients without duodenal ulcer; III - 26 family members of 11 H. pylori (- index patients. RESULTS: Seropositivity of group I and II (infected patients was higher than the control group, 83% vs 38%, specially in mothers, 81% vs 18%, and in siblings 76% vs 20%. Differences between fathers' seropositivity was not statistically significant in the three groups: 100% vs 86% vs 70%. Seropositivity of all family members (mother, father and siblings between infected group (I vs II was similar. CONCLUSION: Prevalence of H. pylori infection was higher in family members of infected patients, but was similar among family members of infected patients with and without duodenal ulcer. H. pylori infection is more frequent in mothers and siblings of infected index children. A common source of infection cannot be excluded, but facts suggest that person-to-person transmission occurs, specially from mother to child.O estrato socioeconômico baixo é o maior fator de risco para a aquisição natural da infecção por Helicobacter pylori em pa

  15. Carga viral vaginal de HIV em mulheres brasileiras infectadas pelo HIV HIV vaginal viral load in Brazilian HIV-infected women

    Angela Campos


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os fatores associados à presença de RNA-HIV na vagina. MÉTODOS: Estudo de corte transversal, em mulheres infectadas por HIV, excluindo-se aquelas com antecedente de histerectomia, as em uso de medicações vaginais nas últimas 48 horas, as que se referiram à relação sexual desprotegida há menos de 72 horas, as gestantes e aquelas com sangramento genital. Após consentimento, coletou-se amostra sanguínea para contagem de linfócitos T CD4 e carga viral plasmática de HIV, além de lavado vaginal com 10mL de solução salina, que foi centrifugado, aliquotado e armazenado em freezer -70°C para posterior quantificação de RNA-HIV livre. A mensuração de carga viral de RNA-HIV livre plasmática e vaginal foi realizada utilizando-se o kit HIV Monitor v1.5 Cobas Amplicor®, Roche. Pesquisou-se a presença de HPV de alto e baixo risco, clamídia e gonococo por Captura Híbrida II®, Digene, em amostra endocervical. Colheu-se amostra vaginal para bacterioscopia com coloração de Gram, utilizando-se os critérios de Nugent. RESULTADOS: Entre as 200 mulheres estudadas, 73,5% usavam terapia anti-retroviral (TARV com drogas múltiplas. O RNA-HIV foi detectável no lavado vaginal de 18 delas (9%, mas em apenas uma daquelas que tinham carga viral plasmática indetectável (0,5%. A prevalência de HIV vaginal foi 24 vezes maior naquelas em que HIV plasmático era detectável. Carga viral plasmática de HIV, não usar TARV, CD4 reduzido e vaginose bacteriana aumentaram a prevalência de RNA-HIV vaginal, mas apenas a carga viral plasmática se manteve significativa na análise ajustada. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência de RNA-HIV vaginal foi baixa (9%. A carga viral acima de 1.500 cópias/mL foi a única variável que permaneceu como fator de risco para RNA-HIV vaginal livre.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors associated to presence of free RNA-HIV in the vagina. METHODS: Cross-sectional study with HIV-infected women, excluding those who had

  16. Temperature effect on the poro-mechanical or hydraulic behaviour of a carbonated rock and a mortar: experimental studies; Influence de la temperature sur le comportement poromecanique ou hydraulique d'une roche carbonatee et d'un mortier: etudes experimentales

    Lion, M


    The main objective of this study is to evaluate the temperature effect on the hydraulic and poro-mechanical behaviour of a limestone. Many experimental tests (porosity and permeability measurements, uniaxial and hydrostatic compressions tests) were carried out in order to study the thermal treatments effect and so the thermal microcracking effect on rock behaviour. Moreover, an experimental device for permeability measurements under high temperatures (until 200 C) was realized. This experimental device permitted to study the permeability variation of the limestone under thermal stresses. Finally, the behaviour of cementitious materials was studied; the temperature effect on the permeability of a mortar was examined. (author)

  17. Large-scale column experiment: study of CO{sub 2}, pore water rock reactions and model test case; Experimentation de longue duree sur grandes colonnes, dans le contexte du stockage geologique de CO{sub 2}: etude des interactions eau-roche et modelisation

    Bateman, K.; Turner, G.; Pearce, J.M.; Noy, D.J.; Birchall, D.; Rochelle, C.A. [British Geological Survey, Kingsley Dunham Centre, Keyworth (United Kingdom)


    During underground carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) storage operations in deep reservoirs, the CO{sub 2} can be trapped in three ways; - as 'free' CO{sub 2}, most likely as a supercritical phase (physical trapping); - dissolved in formation water (hydrodynamic trapping); - precipitated in carbonate phases such as calcite (mineral trapping). This study focuses on the reactions between CO{sub 2}, pore-water and host rock. The aim of this work was to provide a well-constrained long-term laboratory experiment reacting known quantities of minerals with CO{sub 2}-rich fluids, in order to try and represent situations where CO{sub 2} is being injected into lithologies deep underground. The experimental results can then be used as a test case with which to help validate predictive geochemical computer models. These will help improve our ability to predict the long-term fate of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) stored underground. The experiment, though complex in terms of equipment, ran for approximately 7.5 months. The reacted material was then examined for mineralogical changes and the collected fluids analysed to provide data on the fate of the dissolved species. Changes were readily observable on the carbonates present in the starting material, which matches well with the observed trends in the fluid chemistry. However, although changes in silica concentrations were seen in the fluid chemistry no evidence for pitting or etching was noted in the silica bearing phases. Modelling of the experimental systems was performed using the BGS coupled code, PRECIP. As a general conclusion, the model predictions tend to over estimate the degree of reaction compared with the results from the experiment. In particular, some mineral phases (e.g. dawsonite) that are predicted to form in large quantities by the model are not seen at all in the experimental system. The differences between the model predictions and the experimental observations highlight the need for thermodynamic and kinetic data to be available under appropriate conditions (pH, and chemical composition of the fluid as well as temperature, and pressure), as extrapolation or 'best guesses' may lead to errors being induced in the predictions. These errors and gaps in the data become obvious when comparing model predictions with experiments which serves to emphasize the importance of having 'test cases' with which the models can be validated. (authors)

  18. Erosion of the Alps: use of Rb-Sr isotopic data from molassic sediments to identify the ages of the metamorphism recorded by the eroded rocks; Erosion des Alpes: histoire metamorphique des roches erodees par l`analyse du couple Rb-Sr des sediments molassiques

    Henry, P.; Deloule, E. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques; Michard, A. [Aix-Marseille-3 Univ., 13 - Marseille (France)


    Rb-Sr isotopic data from Oligocene and Miocene peri-alpine molassic sediments allow us to identify the different periods for which the eroded rocks have or have not recorded an alpine metamorphism. The Chattian and the Burdigalian sediments result from the erosion of rocks for which the latest metamorphic event was variscan, while the Stampian, Aquitanian and ``Helvetian`` sediments show evidence for the erosion of rocks which have recorded alpine metamorphic events. The application of this method to old detrital sediments could permit determination of the ages of the tectonic events which occurred in the sediment source regions. (authors). 18 refs., 6 figs.

  19. From Injectivity to Integrity Studies of CO{sub 2} Geological Storage Chemical Alteration Effects on Carbonates Petrophysical and Geomechanical Properties; Caracterisation de l'injectivite et de l'integrite d'un stockage geologique de CO{sub 2}: Effets d'une alteration chimique sur les proprietes petrophysiques et geomecaniques des roches carbonatees

    Bemer, E.; Lombard, J.M. [Institut francais du petrole, IFP, 92 - Rueil-Malmaison (France)


    The technical and economical success of a CO{sub 2} geological storage project requires the preservation of the site injectivity and integrity properties over its lifetime. Unlike conventional hydrocarbon gas injection, CO{sub 2} injection implies geochemical reactions between the reactive brine and the in situ formations (reservoir and cap rock) leading to modifications of their petrophysical and geomechanical properties. This paper underlines the experimental difficulties raised by the low permeability of samples representative either of the cap rock itself or at least of transition zones between the reservoir and the effective cap rock. Acidification effects induced by CO{sub 2} injection have been studied using an experimental procedure of chemical alteration, which ensures a homogeneous dissolution pattern throughout the rock sample and especially avoids any worm-holing process that would lead to erroneous measurements at the core scale. Porosity, permeability and geomechanical properties of outcrop and field carbonate samples of various permeability levels have been measured under their native state and different levels of alteration. The present work has been conducted within the framework of ANR GeoCarbone-INJECTIVITY and GeoCarbone-INTEGRITY projects. Each experimental step: chemical alteration, petrophysical measurements and geomechanical testing, is considered from the point of view of injectivity and integrity issues. The obtained experimental data show clear trends of chemically induced mechanical weakening. (authors)

  20. Temperature effect on the poro-mechanical or hydraulic behaviour of a carbonated rock and a mortar: experimental studies; Influence de la temperature sur le comportement poromecanique ou hydraulique d'une roche carbonatee et d'un mortier: etudes experimentales

    Lion, M


    The main objective of this study is to evaluate the temperature effect on the hydraulic and poro-mechanical behaviour of a limestone. Many experimental tests (porosity and permeability measurements, uniaxial and hydrostatic compressions tests) were carried out in order to study the thermal treatments effect and so the thermal microcracking effect on rock behaviour. Moreover, an experimental device for permeability measurements under high temperatures (until 200 C) was realized. This experimental device permitted to study the permeability variation of the limestone under thermal stresses. Finally, the behaviour of cementitious materials was studied; the temperature effect on the permeability of a mortar was examined. (author)

  1. The natural seismic hazard and induced seismicity of the european HDR (hot dry rock) geothermal energy project at Soultz-sous-Forets (Bas-Rhin, France); Alea sismique naturel et sismicite induite du projet geothermique europeen RCS (roche chaude seche) de Soultz-sous-Forets (Bas-Rhin, France)

    Helm, J.A.


    Development of the Soultz-sous-Forets HDR (Hot Dry Rock) geothermal energy project will involve important fluid injections which will induce micro-seismic events. This thesis discusses the natural seismicity of the region and induced seismicity associated with fluid injections. A catalogue of all historical and instrument seismicity of the Soultz-sous-Forets (SSF) region has been compiled. This seismicity does not correspond to movements along the major tectonic features of the region. The area around SSF has been identified as being one where high heat flow corresponds to low seismicity. The largest well documented seismic event in the region which took place in 1952 had an epicentral intensity of VI. All important data pertaining to the series of seismic events which took place in the region from August to October 1952 have been collected and are presented. This work details the installation and operation of a permanent 3 station network of accelerometers and seismometers around the HDR site. Also the installation and operation of a mobile network of vertical seismometers during fluid injections. 167 micro-seismic events were recorded on the surface network, with magnitudes from -0.5 to 1.9. The preferential alignment of the micro-seismic cloud is N160 deg. Individual focal mechanisms of the larger seismic events correspond to an extensional tectonic regime. Stress inversion of P wave polarities indicates that the maximum stress is vertical and the intermediate and minimum stress axes horizontal. The largest of the horizontal stresses is orientated N124 deg and the smallest N34 deg. Induced seismic movement is taking place on pre-existing fractures controlled by the in situ stress seismic movement is taking place on pre-existing tectonic fractures controlled by the in situ stress field, and the largest of the induced events had a magnitude 1.9. This level of seismicity does not pose any environmental hazard to the region around Soultz-sous-Forets. (author) 151 refs.

  2. Modelling the effective diffusion coefficient of anions in Callovo-Oxfordian argillite knowing the microstructure of the rock; Modelisation predictive de la migration des anions par description de la microstructure de la roche: application a l'argilite du Callovo-Oxfordien

    Diaz, N.


    After having presented the issue of radioactive waste storage, the concept of geological storage and its application in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground laboratory, and described the Callovo-Oxfordian geological formation and the argillite transport properties, this research thesis aims at developing a prediction of these properties at a macroscopic scale for water and anions. A first part presents the different experimental means implemented to acquire the diffusion coefficients for the studied materials (Callovo-Oxfordian argillite and purified Puy illite), and the spatial organisation of minerals by LIBS probe-based mapping to highlight a relationship between rock microstructure and its transport macroscopic properties. The next part presents the models which have been developed at the nanometer and micrometre scale to predict the diffusion coefficients. Experimental results are then compared with computed values

  3. Numerical modeling of damage and permeability interaction in rocks. Application for the radioactive waste storage in deep galleries; Modelisation numerique du couplage entre l'endommagement et la permeabilite des roches. Application a l'etude des ouvrages de stockage souterrain

    Maleki, K


    The relation between damage and permeability in rocks is a very important subject in industrial applications. It is for example the case of cracks around the radioactive waste storage galleries (EDZ) which can rise considerably the permeability and so make a serious problem for the sealing and the safety of these structures. The same phenomena can occur in the surrounding concrete wall of the nuclear power stations and also in the cracking of the oil-bearing rocks reservoirs. The experimental research on this subject, specially in laboratory G.3S-LMS in Ecole Polytechnique made it possible to determine the orders of damage effect on the permeability change. But a numerical modeling of these phenomena for setting a constitutive behavior law was to be done. This is the principal objective of this thesis. In this project, at first the notion of crack damage is defined. This type of damage is modeled by the disc shaped crack distribution in the 3D space. The disc's geometrical characteristics (radius, direction and opening) obey the statistical distribution laws, depending on the type of loading (compression or extension). The upper and lower limits of the characteristics are fixed according to actual observations, carried out on clay-stone (host rock selected for the realization of an underground research laboratory in Bure). In order to modeling the damage in the porous media, the double porosity concept is considered. A method of homogenization is used to simulate the flow through the network of cracks and porosity. It allows to derive the equivalent permeability of the fractured porous media. The study of the correlations between permeability and damage, obtained by this method for various values of fracture density, made it possible to obtain a relation between permeability and crack damage, for classical types of loading as simple extension and simple compression. To generalize this relation in the case of any specified triaxial loading, the crack damage is put in relation with the notion of mechanical damage, resulting from a mechanical model connecting the damage to stress and strain. Finally, the poro-mechanical behavior law with damage is implemented to the finite elements computer program ESAR-LCPC The modeling of an underground gallery proved that damage calculation by this method is feasible and allows to compute the evolution of the permeability and the variation of the flow entering the gallery as a function of this damage. (author)

  4. Relations entre les types de dépôts évaporitiques et la présence de couches riches en matière organique (roches-mères potentielles Relationship Between Different Types of Evaporitic Deposits and the Occurrence of Organic-Rich Layers (Potential Source Rocks

    Busson G.


    Full Text Available La fertilité exceptionnelle des eaux salées est confirmée par des études récentes sur l'Actuel (marais salants de Méditerranée occidentale. Le benthos est représenté par des mollusques, foraminifères, ostracodes et surtout des cyanophycées et des populations bactériennes ; le plancton par le microphytoplancton (Dunaliella, diatomées, etc, par le zooplancton (flagellés, Arternia salina et par de très nombreuses bactéries hétérotrophes. Si les espèces sont d'autant plus rares que la salinité est élevée, la prolifération des formes adaptées peut atteindre des valeurs supérieures à celles réalisées dans la plupart des autres milieux. On rappelle ensuite l'efficacité des systèmes d'eaux stratifiées pour la conservation de la matière organique originellement élaborée dans l'eau photique et oxygénée. Ces systèmes peuvent s'accompagner de proliférations bactériennes photosynthétiques exposées à des mortalités en masse pouvant être responsables de véritables lamines organiques. Dans les évaporites de plates-formes où la ségrégation des salinités et des dépôts a été synchrone et latérale, la tranche d'eau a dû être faible et, de ce fait, peu favorable à l'établissement de systèmes d'eaux stratifiées et surtout à leur pérennité géologique. Ces accumulations s'avèrent donc en général pauvres en matière organique, de même qu'elles ne s'accompagnent pas d'appareils récifaux abondants. Dans les évaporites de centre de cuvette, les dépôts sont imputables à une succession de phases de salinité croissante dans le temps : calcaires sur les zones hautes, contemporains de minces couches à matière organique dans les dépressions ; sulfate de calcium sur les aires d'épaisseur moyenne pouvant être encore contemporain de couche à matière organique dans les aires déprimées ; enfin, remplissage par la halite des zones centrales profondes et déprimées. A ces phases successives, se superposent - au moins au cours de la formation des carbonates, puis des sulfates - des gradients de salinité verticaux (système d'eaux stratifiées. Cartographiquement, ces dépôts ont une polarité salin croissant centripète . Quand elles sont situées en contexte carbonaté, ces évaporites de centre de cuvette s'accompagnent fréquemment d'appareils récifaux pouvant fourmiller dans toute une ceinture annulaire (cf. Salina du Silurien du Michigan. Grâce aux minces couches à matière organique des zones déprimées, grâce aux appareils récifaux et grâce à la couverture salifère, ces bassins ont souvent une certaine prolificité en hydrocarbures. Le troisième type correspond aux évaporites de marge de bassin. Dans ce dispositif, le centre du bassin est resté affamé - voire insatiable - pendant de longues périodes. La sédimentation y est restée marine, souvent caractérisée par la seule présence du plancton et du necton et par une richesse plus ou moins permanente en matière organique. Autour de la cuvette s'organisent, sur des plates-formes marginales parfois fort étendues, des appareils construits (bancs ou récifs, puis des faciès lagunaires, carbonatés et évaporitiques et enfin des détritiques continentaux. Les dépôts montrent une polarité salin croissant centrifuge irréductiblement opposée à la polarité inverse des dépôts de centre de cuvette. Le déficit en les sels les plus solubles est remarquable voire considérable, impliquant le reflux de saumures en profondeur à partir de ces annexes évaporatoires qu'ont dû constituer ces plates-formes d'arrière-récifs. L'appel d'eau à partir de ces annexes évaporatoires n'a pu qu'amener un afflux permanent de nutriments dans tout le bassin. Le reflux des saumures quant à lui a favorisé la pérennité d'un système à deux corps d'eau. Grâce à cet ajustement et à la pérennité du système, la prolificité de tels bassins en matière organique a pu être extrêmement importante. Les évaporites de marge de bassin avec couches à matière organique au centre correspondent à une période prolongée. C'est l'essentiel de la vie du bassin. Le remplissage de la cuvette centrale par des évaporites de centre de bassin peut être un épisode bref et qui peut entraîner la disparition même du bassin. Les évaporites de plate-forme s'étalant indifféremment sur l'ancien domaine du bassin comme sur celui des anciennes plates-formes marginales peuvent être l'aube d'un nouveau cycle sédimentaire, indifférent au passé. The extraordinary fertility of saline waters has been confirmed by recent studies of salterns in the western Mediterranean. The benthos contains mollusks, foraminifers, ostracodes and especially Cyanophyceae and bacterial populations. Plankton includes microphytoplankton (Dunaliella, diatoms, etc. , zooplankton (flagellates, Artemia salina and numerous heterotrophic bacteria. Where diversity is low when salinity is high, the proliferation of well adapted forms can be greater than the productivity levels observed in most other environments. The effectiveness of stratified water bodies for the preservation of organic matter originally produced in photic and oxygenated water is brought out. Such stratified systems may be accompanied by the proliferation of photosynthetic bacteria that are exposed to sporadic mass mortality, resulting in the formation of organic laminae at the bottom. In shelf (or epeiric evaporites, where the segregation of salinities and deposits has been synchronous and lateral, the water depth must have been shallow and hence unsuitable for the formation of stratified water bodies and especially for their geological duration. Such accumulations thus generally have a low organic content, and they also do not have abundant reef systems. In basin-center evaporites, the deposits are attributed to a succession of phases of increasing salinity in time, i. e. limestone in high areas, contemporaneous with thin organic-rich layers in low areas (hollows, calcium sulfate in medium-thickness areas which may also be contemporaneous with organicrich layers in low areas, followed by infilling by halite in deep and low-lying central areas. Superposed on these successive phases - at least during the formation of carbonates then sulfates - are vertical salinity gradients (stratified water system. When mapped, such deposits have a centripetal increasing saline polarity. When they are situated in a carbonate context, such basin-center evaporites are often associated with reef systems that may have thrived as a ring-like belt (cf. Silurian Salina, Michigan. Because of the thin organic-rich layers in low-lying areas, reef systems and the salt overburden, such basins are often prolific with hydrocarbons. The third type of evaporitic deposits is represented by basin-margin evaporites. In such a system, the basin center remains starved - even insatiable - for long periods of time. Sedimentation remains marine, often characterized by the presence of plankton and nekton alone and by a more or less constantly high organic content. Around the basin, marginal shelves are built and are even sometimes quite wide, accompagnied by built-up systems (banks or reefs, then by lagoonal, carbonate and evaporitic facies, and finally by continental detritals. The deposits have a centrifugal increasing saline polarity that is irreducibly opposed to the reverse polarity of the basin-center deposits. The deficit in the most soluble salts is significant, even considerable, involving brine outflow downward from these evaporitic appendages that must have been formed by the back-reef shelves. The inflow of water from these evaporitic appendages can only be constantly accompanied by nutrients throughout the entire basin. The outflow of brines enhances the continuing existence of a system with two water bodies. Because of this adjustment and the durable nature of the system, the prolificity of such basins in organic matter may have been extremely high. The basin margin evaporites with organic-rich in the center indicate that the process was a long one. This is the main life of the basin. The filling of the central part by basin-center evaporites may be a brief episode and may even result in the very disappearance of the basin. The shelf evaporites spreading on both the former basin area and the former marginal shelves may be the start of new sedimentary cycle without any connection to the past.

  5. Experimental study of chemical-mechanical coupling during percolation of reactive fluid through rocks under stress, in the context of the CO{sub 2} geological sequestration; Etude experimentale du couplage chimie-mecanique lors de la percolation d'un fluide reactif dans des roches sous contrainte, dans le contexte de la sequestration geologique du CO{sub 2}

    Le Guen, Y


    CO{sub 2} injection into geological repositories will induce chemical and mechanical instabilities. The study of these instabilities is based on experimental deformation of natural rock samples under stress, in the presence of fluids containing, or not, dissolved CO{sub 2}. Triaxial cells used for the experiments permitted an independent control and measurement of stress, temperature, fluid pressure and composition. Vertical strains were measured during several months, with a resolution of 1.10{sup -12} s{sup -1} on the strain rate. Simultaneously, fluids were analysed in order to quantify fluid-rock interactions. For limestone samples, percolation of CO{sub 2}-rich fluids increases strain rate by a factor 1.7 up to 5; on the other hand, sandstone deformation remained almost the same. Increase in strain rate with limestone samples was explained by injected water acidification by the CO{sub 2} which increases rock solubility and reaction kinetics. On the opposite, small effect of CO{sub 2} on quartz explains the absence of deformation. X-ray observations confirmed the importance of rock composition and structure on the porosity evolution. Numerical simulations of rock elastic properties showed increasing shear stress into the sample. Measured deformation showed an evolution of reservoir rocks mechanical properties. It was interpreted as the consequence of pressure solution mechanisms both at grains contacts and on grain free surfaces. (author)

  6. Study of the reactive processes during CO{sub 2} injection into sedimentary reservoirs: Experimental quantification of the processes at meso-scale; Quantification experimentale a l'echelle mesoscopique des processus reactionnels dans le cadre de l'injection de CO{sub 2} dans des roches carbonatees et silicatees

    Luquot, L.


    In order to minimize CO{sub 2} atmospheric concentration, a solution consists in sequestrating CO{sub 2} in geological reservoirs. To estimate long term risks, it is necessary to quantify the couplings between reaction processes as well as structural and hydrodynamical modifications. We realised two experimental benches enabling injecting CO{sub 2}-enriched-brine in conditions corresponding to in situ storage (T {<=} 200 C and P {<=} 200 bar) and developed an experimental protocol using X-Ray microtomography and fluid and rock analyses in order to measure the variations of physical and chemical parameters. The study of carbonated reservoirs near the injection well, allows quantifying different k-phi relationships depending on the dissolution processes and triggered by the local fluid chemical composition and initials conditions. Away from the injection well, we observe carbonate precipitation decreasing the permeability. The study of fractured cap-rock samples shows that alternative percolation of CO{sub 2}-enriched-brine and CO{sub 2} gas increases the fracture permeability. The study of silicated rocks indicates carbonate precipitation in zeolite sandstone and sintered dunite grains. Nevertheless, in zeolite sandstone we also observe the precipitation of clay particles located in the fluid pathways which decrease strongly the permeability. (author)


    Eliza Merina dkk


    Abstrak. Penelitian ini dilakukan dengan tujuan untuk mengembangkan sebuah perangkat tes kognitif yang valid dan reliabel untuk pengukuran kompetensi profesional calon-calon guru SMK Keahlian NKPI melalui prosedur yang benar. Metode penelitian yang digunakan dalam penelitian ini adalah riset dan pengembangan. Prosedur yang dilalui dalam penelitan ini yaitu : identifikasi tujuan pengukuran, pengembangan spesifikasi tes, penulisan butir soal, penelaahan butir tes (uji validitas, uji coba tes 1, analisa butir tes 1, uji reliabilitas, uji coba tes 2, analisa butir tes 2, dan perakitan bentuk akhir tes. Pada awal pembuatan spesifikasi tes dan penulisan butir, jumlah butir yang dikembangkan berjumlah 65 butir tes. Seiring proses pengembangan tes dilakukan, jumlah butir tes mengalami degradasi (penurunan. Setelah melalui tahap telaah butir (uji validitas yang dilakukan oleh 3 orang ahli di bidang NKPI, butir tes mengalami pengurangan 5 butir tes sehingga tersisa 60 butir tes untuk dirakit menjadi perangkat tes uji coba 1. Setelah uji coba 1 dilakukan dilanjutkan dengan analisis butir 1 yang dilakukan sesuai teori ujian klasik yang terdiri dari tingkat kesukaran, daya diskriminasi butir, dan efektivitas distraktor. Dari analisis tersebut, jumlah butir soal pun mengalami pengurangan hingga tersisa 29 butir tes untuk dirakit menjadi perangkat tes uji coba 2. Dari hasil uji coba 1 pun dilakukan uji reliabilitas menggunakan pendekatan konsistensi internal (internal consistency yaitu dengan perhitungan reliabilitas Kuder Richardson (KR20. Diperoleh nilai koefisien reliabilitas sebesar 0,71 yang menunjukkan bahwa perangkat tes tergolong reliabel. Uji coba 2 dilakukan dan diteruskan dengan analisa butir 2, kembali lagi butir soal mengalami pengurangan hingga tersisa 19 butir tes untuk dirakit menjadi perangkat tes bentuk akhir. Kata Kunci : pengembangan tes, pengukuran kompetensi, nautika kapal penangkaan ikan

  8. Cholesterol biosynthesis inhibitor RO 48-8071 suppresses growth of hormone-dependent and castration-resistant prostate cancer cells

    Liang Y; Mafuvadze B; Aebi JD; Hyder SM


    Yayun Liang,1 Benford Mafuvadze,1 Johannes D Aebi,2 Salman M Hyder1 1Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center and Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, USA; 2Medicinal Chemistry, Roche Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED), Roche Innovation Center Basel, F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Basel, Switzerland Abstract: Standard treatment for primary prostate cancer includes systemic exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs that target androgen receptor or anti...

  9. 76 FR 40735 - Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs and the Drug Safety and...


    ...) tablets, Warner Chilcott, LLC; BONIVA (ibandronate sodium) tablets and injection, Roche Therapeutics, Inc.; RECLAST (zoledronic acid) injection, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.; and the generic equivalents for these...

  10. Streptococcus pneumoniae

    University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Michael R Iacobs, MB .... concentrations on organism growth dynamics. Antimicrobials ..... Roche Pharmaceuticals, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Warner-Lambert. Pharmaceuticals ...

  11. Short Communication: Testosterone Measured with an Automatic Immunoassay Compares Reasonbly Well to Results Obtained by LC-MS/MS

    Knudsen, Cindy Søndersø; Højskov, Carsten Schriver; Møller, Holger Jon


    hormonebinding globulin (SHBG), and albumin employing Cobas e601/c501. Testosterone, androstenedione (andro), dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS), and 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) concentrations were measured employing LC-MS/MS. We evaluated the difference between testosterone measured by the two methods...... for the difference between results obtained by the two methods and the sample concentration of DHEAS and andro: Diff (Cobas e601 - LC-MS/MS) = 0.116 x DHEAS - 0.396, r = 0.84 and Diff (Cobas e601 - LC-MS/MS) = 0.08 andro - 0.380, r = 0.58. No statistically significant interference was observed for progesterone, 17......-OHP, SHBG, and albumin. Conclusions: We report significant differences between testosterone measurements employing an automatic second generation immunoassay and LC-MS/MS. The difference can be correlated with the measured concentrations of DHEAS and andro, and its magnitude is judged to be of limited...

  12. 湖北地区育龄期女性血清AMH参考区间的建立%Establishment of reference intervals of antimullerian hormone in women of childbearing age in Hubei area

    苏汉文; 顾剑; 夏尊恩; 李艳; 李爱斌


    Objective To establish the reference intervals of antimullerian hormone(AM H) in women of childbearing age of Hu‐bei area .Methods According to standards of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) and C28‐A3 document of Clinic and Laboratory Standard Institute(CLSI) ,1 208 healthy non‐pregnant women of childbearing age were enrolled and detected for serum AM H level by using Roche Elecsys and Cobas series luminescence immunity analyzer .Reference intervals of AM H among vary age group were established .Results Reference interval of AM H in 20- <25 years group ,calculated by using x ± 1 .96s meth‐od ,was 1 .86-9 .08 ng/mL .Reference intervals of AM H in 25- <30 ,30- <35 ,35- <40 and 40-45 years groups ,calculated by using P2 .5 - P97 .5 method ,were respective 1 .25-8 .95 ,0 .97 -6 .76 ,0 .87 -5 .02 and 0 .66 -2 .85 ng/mL .Conclusion It could be simple and convenient to establish reference intervals of AM H according to C28‐A3 document of CLSI .Reference intervals of AM H ,established in this research ,could be used in women of childbearing age in Hubei area .%目的:建立适用于湖北地区育龄期女性的血清抗缪勒管激素(AMH)参考区间。方法按照美国国家临床生化研究院(NACB)的标准,参考美国临床和实验室标准化协会(CLSI)C28‐A3文件的要求,以1208例育龄期非孕期健康女性为受检者,采用罗氏公司Elecsys和Cobas系列电化学发光免疫分析仪及配套试剂检测血清AMH水平。建立不同年龄段育龄期女性血清AMH参考区间。结果20~<25岁年龄段按x±1.96s建立的血清AMH参考区间为1.86~9.08ng/mL。其余各年龄段按P2.5~P97.5计算95%参考区间,分别为25~<30岁1.25~8.95ng/mL,30~<35岁0.97~6.76ng/mL,35~<40岁0.87~5.02ng/mL,40~45岁0.66~2.85ng/mL。结论依据CLSIC28‐A3文件建立血清AMH参考区间简便易行,所建立的参考区间适用于湖北地区育龄期女性。

  13. 未抗病毒治疗人类免疫缺陷病毒感染者隐匿性乙型肝炎的调查及其临床特点%Epidemiological and clinical features of occult hepatitis B in HIV infection without antiretroviral treatment

    张仁芳; 刘莉; 郑毓芳; 沈银忠; 陈军; 顾士民; 王江蓉; 卢洪洲


    Objective To investigate and analyze the differential prevalence,as well as the risk factors and clinical features,of occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infeeted population without antiretroviral therapy (ART) as compared to the general (non-HIV-infected) population.Methods Two-hundred-and-forty-eight individuals with confirmed HIV infection but ART naive (males:220,females:28;15-82 years old) were enrolled in the study,along with 121 healthy individuals (confirmed HIV antibody-negative;males:53,females:68;20-88 years old).HBV markers (hepafits B surface antigen (HBsAg);hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg);anti-HBs,anti-HBe and anti-hepatitis B core (HBc) antibodies) were detected by microparticle enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (AxSYM immunology analyzer manufactured by Abbott Laboratories);all cases and controls were confirmed negative for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg).Then,the HBV DNA level in serum was detected using nucleic acid amplification assay (COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HBV test,version 2.0 manufactured by Roche).CD4+ T lymphocytes were measured by flow cytometry,and alanine aminotransferase (ALT,marker of liver function) was measured by enzymatic assay.Results Twenty-four of the HIV cases (9.7%) and four of the healthy controls (3.3%) tested positive for HBV DNA;the amount of individuals with HBV DNA-positivity was significantly higher in the HIV-infected group (P =0.035).Among the 24 cases of HBV DNA(+) HIV-infected individuals,the lowest HBV DNA load was < 20 IU/ml and the highest was 3.22 x 105 IU/ml;nine of the individuals (37.5%) had HBV DNA load > 100 IU/ml,four (16.7%) had 20-99 IU/ ml,and 11 (45.8%) had < 20 IU/ml.Among the total HIV-infected cases with HBV DNA-positivity,7.3%(8/110) were anti-HBe(+)/anti-HBs(+),20.8% (11/53) were anti-HBc(+)/anti-HBs(-),14.3% (3/21) were anti-HBc(-)/anti-HBs(+),and 3.1% (2/64) were anti-HBc(-)/anti-HBs(-).The amount of

  14. 血清异常凝血酶原检测在原发性肝癌临床诊断中的应用%Application of serum abnormal prothrombin in clinical diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma

    濮珏彪; 王学锋; 彭奕冰


    Objective To investigate the significance of serum abnormal prothrombin [protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-Ⅱ(PIVKA-Ⅱ)]in clinical diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.Methods There were 365 samples from inpatients in Ruijin Hospital,including 100 patients with primary hepatocellular carcinoma and the other 265 patients with no primary hepatocellular carcinoma (59 cases of chronic liver disease,50 cases of gastrointestinal cancer,50 cases of secondary liver cancer,56 cases of other hepatopathy and 50 cases of healthy controls).Serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP)and PIVKA-Ⅱlevels were detected by Roche Cobas e601 automatic immunity analyzer and LUMIPULSE G1200 automatic immunity analyzer,respectively.Data were analyzed statistically by SPSS 16.0 software.Results Serum AFP and PIVKA-Ⅱlevels were significantly higher in primary hepatocellular carcinoma group than those in other disease group and healthy controls.Serum AFP had a sensitivity of 63.00%and a specificity of 84.91% in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma,while PIVKA-Ⅱhad a sensitivity of 74.00% and a specificity of 89.81%.The results of receiver operating characteristic (ROC)curve showed that the areas under the curve of AFP and PIVKA-Ⅱwere 0.789 and 0.873,respectively.The diagnosis sensitivity and specificity of the combination determination of AFP and PIVKA-Ⅱreached to 81.00% and 98.49%.Conclusions Serum PIVKA-Ⅱhas a better diagnosis significance than AFP,and can be a tumor marker in the diagnosis of primary hepatocellular carcinoma.Moreover,the combination determination of AFP and PIVKA-Ⅱcan improve the diagnosis efficiency for clinical primary hepatocellular carcinoma.%目的:研究血清异常凝血酶原[又称维生素K缺乏或拮抗剂Ⅱ诱导的蛋白质(PIVKA-Ⅱ)]检测在临床原发性肝癌诊断中的价值及意义。方法收集瑞金医院住院365例患者的血清,其中100例为原发性肝癌患者血清,265例为非原发

  15. 阿德福韦治疗对慢性乙型肝炎患者Th细胞相关细胞因子水平及HBVDNA的影响%The effect of adefovir dipivoxil therapy on T helper cell cytokines and HBV DNA loads in patients with hepatitis B

    马萍; 宋诗铎; 王磊


    Objective To explore the influence of adefovir dipivoxil (ADV) therapy on the cellular immunity by observing the levels of interferon-γ(IFN-γ), interleukin-4 (IL-4) and their relationship with HBV DNA loads in patients with HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis B at different time before and after treatment.Methods Sera of 30 patients before ADV therapy and 16 weeks ,52 weeks and 132 weeks after ADV therapy respectively were collected in this study.There were 14 complete response cases(group A), 16 incomplete response cases(group B).Sera of 10 healthy people were chosen as control group(group C).Levels of IFN-γ and IL-4 were detected with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; HBV DNA loads were detected by ROCHE COBAS AMPLIC)R HBV MONITOR, lower limit was 103 copy/mL.Results The average IFN-γ level in group A was significantly higher than that of group B (P<0.05)and C(P<0.05), there was no significant difference between group B and C(P>0.05);The level of IL-4 of group A decreased after treatment while group B didn't.HBV DNA loads of all groups had no significant correlation with IFN-γ and IL-4 levels before treatment, but dropped obviously at 16th week after treatment; and the increased level of IFN-γ in group A was significantly higher than that of group B(P<0.05); IL-4 levels in group A decreased gradually, but didn't decreased obviously in group B.Conclusion Cellular immune response of patients with hepatitis B was resumed to some extent after ADV treatment.The resumption level was positively related with the decreased level of HBV DNA load.%目的 观察乙型肝炎e抗原(HBeAg)阳性慢性乙型肝炎患者阿德福韦治疗前后不同时相点血清干扰素(IFN)-γ和白细胞介素(IL)-4的水平,以及其与乙型肝炎病毒(HBV)DNA定量的关系,以探讨阿德福韦治疗对机体免疫状态的影响.方法 采集30例阿德福韦治疗前及治疗16周、52周和132周患者的血清,其中完全应答组14例,部分应答组16

  16. 利用溶血指数评价溶血对四项生化检测指标的干扰%Hemolytic Index for Assessing the Interference of Hemolysis Against Bio-Indicators

    陈建芸; 石玉玲; 李林海; 胡志恒; 李晓


    目的 利用溶血指数评价溶血对四项生化检测结果的干扰,以及对干扰程度进行量化,并通过溶血指数验证试剂盒抗溶血干扰能力,尽可能的避免溶血干扰引起的误诊误治.方法 四个项目葡萄糖(GLU)、尿素氮(BUN)、天门冬氨酸氨基转移酶(AST)和总胆固醇(TC),每个项目均参考EP7-A2标准化程序,按低值5组、中值10组、高值5组收集20份混合血清,每份混合血清分别与配制好的溶血液按比例配制成5种不同溶血浓度的试验样本及与之配对未加溶血液的5份对照样本,配制好的试验及对照样本用Sysmex XS-800i测血红蛋白浓度,每份混合血清原液、试验及对照样本用全自动生化分析仪Roche Cobas C501进行检测溶血指数及GLU,BUN,AST和TC的测定,每份重复测定3次,结果根据NCCLS指导文件EP7-A2进行统计学分析.以每份测试混合血清的溶血指数为X轴,其对应的检测项目变化值(干扰值)为Y轴绘制干扰曲线,计算出最大允许偏差对应的干扰物浓度.结果 进行两样本均数比较的U检验发现BUN与TC的U为18.38,4.05,P值均小于0.05;GLU的U为0.65,P>0.05;AST溶血指数值H<26时,U为0.42,P>0.05,而当溶血指数值H>49时,U=41.91,P<0.05.通过回归分析统计出不同溶血程度的溶血指数值对应的干扰变化值的干扰剂量反应曲线,GLU,BUN,AST和TC的干扰剂量回归方程分别为Y=0.000 1X-0.024 8,Y=0.001 9X-0.223 7,Y=0.065 4X-0.275 9,Y=0.000 5X+0.000 4.除GLU干扰差异无统计学显著性意义外,BUN,AST和TC随溶血程度的增加均出现不可接受的干扰,与试剂盒说明书规定的抗溶血干扰基本一致.结论 利用溶血指数可客观判断样本溶血与否、样本溶血程度以及对检测项目的 干扰程度,为临床提供准确客观的判断依据,尽可能的避免溶血干扰引起的误诊误治.%Objective To investigate the interference of hemolysis with four biochemical items through hemolytic index


    Ardini Pangastuti


    Buku ajar merupakan buku panduan pembelajaran yang digunakan oleh siswa guna membantu mencapai tujuan pendidikan nasional. Pengembangan buku ajar merupakan salah satu cara yang dilakukan untuk memfasilitasi tercapainya indikator pembelajaran. Pengembangan buku ajar Biologi Sel dengan pendekatan Bioinformatika menggunakan model pengembangan Dick and Carey. Buku ajar yang dikembangkan divalidasi oleh ahli materi, ahli media pembelajaran, 15 mahasiswa uji coba perorangan, dan 15 mahasiswa uji coba kelompok sedang. Hasil validasi ahli materi menyatakan layak sebesar 84% dengan kategori baik. Hasil validasi ahli media pembelajaran menyatakan layak sebesar 82,4% dengan kategori baik.

  18. 75 FR 39024 - Determination That ACCUTANE (Isotretinoin) Capsules, 10 Milligrams, 20 Milligrams, and 40...


    ... HUMAN SERVICES> Food and Drug Administration Determination That ACCUTANE (Isotretinoin) Capsules, 10... Administration (FDA) is announcing its determination that ACCUTANE (isotretinoin) Capsules, 10 milligrams (mg...) Capsules, 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg, are the subject of NDA 18-662, held by Hoffman-La Roche, Inc. (Roche...

  19. Complex geometry and real geometry

    YU; Yanlin; ZHU; Lin; FENG; Xiuhong


    There is a well-known way to generalize the Riemann-Roch operator for Kahler manifold to that for Hermitian manifold. In this paper we show a slightly different way to get a generalized Riemann-Roch operator, which is just the Dirac operator. The difference between the two operators is that the latter one enables the so-called Pythagoras equalities.

  20. Effects of Sarin on the Operant Behavior of Guinea Pigs


    chemistry analyzer (Roche Diagnostics, Nutley, NJ). After 10 left lever presses, the schedule converted to a fixed- The analytical procedure was based... chemistry analyzer (Roche Diagnostics, Nutley, NJ). After 10 left lever presses, the schedule converted to a fixed- The analytical procedure was based on

  1. ELi eesistujamaa Iirimaa ei tee Moskvale järeleandmisi / Erkki Bahovski

    Bahovski, Erkki, 1970-


    Iiri euroministri Dick Roche'i sõnul laieneb EL-i partnerlus- ja koostööleping Venemaaga kõigile uutele liikmesriikidele ning on oluline jõuda EL-i põhiseadusliku leppe osas üksmeelele. Vt. samas: Dick Roche'ile antakse Maarjamaa Risti I klass

  2. Discovery of metal line emission from the Red star in IP Peg during outburst maximum

    Harlaftis, E T


    Observations of the eclipsing dwarf nova IP Peg during outburst reveal metal lines in emission, such as Mg II 4481 A. Analysis using Doppler tomography locates emission of helium and metal lines on the inner Roche lobe of the secondary star. Such multi-line Roche-lobe imaging presents a new tool in mapping the red star's ionization structure.

  3. Before You Search that Locker.

    Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin


    In DesRoches v Caprio, federal district court ruled in favor of Jim DesRoches who had decided not to consent to a search of his backpack for a pair of allegedly stolen sneakers. Judge Robert G. Doumar decided the need to find the stolen sneakers did not outweigh the students' privacy interest and offered guidelines about school searches for stolen…

  4. The Smart/Empire Tipster IR System


    State Transducer for Extracting Information from Natural-Language Text. In E. Roche andY. Schabes , editor, Finite-State Language Processing, pages 383...Fran- cisco, CA, 1997. Morgan Kaufmann. [ 16] Roche, E. and Schabes , Y., editor. Finite State De- vices for Natural Language Processing. MIT Press

  5. Integrative Modeling of Caprock Integrity in the Context of CO2 Storage: Evolution of Transport and Geochemical Properties and Impact on Performance and Safety Assessment Modélisation intégrée de l’intégrité des roches de couverture dans le contexte du stockage du CO2 : évolution des propriétés de transport et impact sur les performances et la sûreté du stockage

    Bildstein O.


    Full Text Available The objective of the “Géocarbone-Intégrité” project (2005-2008 was to develop a methodology to assess the integrity of the caprock involved in the geological storage of CO2. A specific work package of the project (WP5 was dedicated to the integration of (1 the phenomenology describing the evolution of the storage system with a focus on the mechanisms occurring in the caprock and at the interface with the caprock, and (2 the data obtained from the investigation of petrographical, geomechanical, and geochemical properties, before and after reaction with CO2-rich solutions, performed in the other work packages (WP1 to WP4. This knowledge was introduced in numerical models and specific safety scenarios were defined in order to assess the performance of the CO2 storage system. The results of the modeling show that the injection of CO2 can potentially have a significant effect on the caprock by changing the porosity due to the dissolution and precipitation of minerals, but that the impact is limited to a zone from several decimeters to several meters of the caprock close to the interface with the reservoir depending on whether the supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2 plume enters into the caprock and if fractures are present at this location. The methodology used in this project can be applied to a pilot site for the injection of CO2 in the Paris Basin. A key aspect of the safety of such a facility will be to look at the coupling of geochemical alteration and the evolution of geomechanical properties in the short and medium terms (several hundreds of years. The challenge for the future will be to structure and apply the safety assessment methodology with an operational finality, in order to support the robustness of the transition step to CGS projects at the industrial scale. Le Volet 5 du projet « Géocarbone-Intégrité » visait à intégrer l’ensemble des mécanismes étudiés dans les quatre premiers volets du projet pour une évaluation de performance des couvertures et une étude de sûreté afin de s’assurer de leur préservation et de leur intégrité sur le long terme (de l’ordre du millénaire. L’objectif est, d’une part, d’aboutir à la construction d’un modèle phénoménologique multi-échelle global, puis à un modèle numérique décrivant le confinement du CO2 par les couvertures, et, d’autre part, de déterminer les performances du confinement en identifiant les processus clés et les paramètres les plus influents. Une première partie du programme a consisté en une intégration spatiale de l’ensemble des données phénoménologiques et structurales disponibles à la suite des travaux réalisés dans les différents volets (WP1 à WP4 et à la définition des scénarios types d’évolution du site de stockage (niveaux réservoirs et encaissants. Ce travail a permis de définir les cas tests à prendre en compte et de réaliser les calculs de performance par rapport aux scénarios d’injection et par rapport aux hétérogénéités majeures identifiées dans les niveaux de confinement (notamment les fractures. Les résultats montrent que l’injection de CO2 peut avoir un effet significatif, en altérant la porosité par dissolution et précipitation de minéraux, mais que l’impact est limité dans l’espace, de quelques décimètres à quelques mètres de l’interface réservoir-couverture, selon que la bulle de CO2 supercritique pénètre ou non dans la couverture et selon la présence ou l’absence de fractures. La prise en compte des résultats issus de l’analyse de sensibilité et l’analyse des incertitudes permettra de conduire des calculs de sûreté plus précis. Appliqués au futur site d’injection, ces calculs permettront d’évaluer la pérennité des propriétés de confinement des couvertures et de valider la qualité de confinement du site de stockage de CO2. Il conviendra notamment d’évaluer l’impact du couplage entre les phénomènes géochimiques et géomécaniques sur le court et moyen terme (de l’ordre de la centaine d’années. Le défi pour l’avenir est de structurer et d’appliquer la méthodologie de l’analyse de sûreté, en mettant en avant la finalité opérationnelle, de manière à assurer la robustesse de la transition vers les projets de CGS à l’échelle industrielle.

  6. Integrative Modeling of cap-rock Integrity in the Context of CO{sub 2} Storage: Evolution of Transport and Geochemical Properties and Impact on Performance and Safety Assessment; Modelisation integree de l'integrite des roches de couverture dans le contexte du stockage du CO{sub 2}: evolution des proprietes de transport et impact sur les performances et la surete du stockage

    Bildstein, O.; Credoz, A.; Jullien, M. [CEA Cadarache, DEN, DTN, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France); Kervevan, C.; Audigane, P.; Jacquemet, N. [BRGM, Service Eau, 45 - Orleans (France); Lagneau, V. [Institut de Geosciences, Ecole des Mines de Paris, ARMINES, 77 - Fontainebleau (France); Delaplace, P.; Perfetti, E. [Institut francais du petrole, IFP, Direction Ingenierie de Reservoir, 92 - Rueil-Malmaison (France)


    The objective of the 'Geocarbone-INTEGRITE' project (2005-2008) was to develop a methodology to assess the integrity of the cap-rock involved in the geological storage of CO{sub 2}. A specific work package of the project (WP5) was dedicated to the integration of (1) the phenomenology describing the evolution of the storage system with a focus on the mechanisms occurring in the cap-rock and at the interface with the cap-rock, and (2) the data obtained from the investigation of petrographical, geomechanical, and geochemical properties, before and after reaction with CO{sub 2}-rich solutions, performed in the other work packages (WP1 to WP4). This knowledge was introduced in numerical models and specific safety scenarios were defined in order to assess the performance of the CO{sub 2} storage system. The results of the modeling show that the injection of CO{sub 2} can potentially have a significant effect on the cap-rock by changing the porosity due to the dissolution and precipitation of minerals, but that the impact is limited to a zone from several decimeters to several meters of the cap-rock close to the interface with the reservoir depending on whether the supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO{sub 2}) plume enters into the cap-rock and if fractures are present at this location. The methodology used in this project can be applied to a pilot site for the injection of CO{sub 2} in the Paris Basin. A key aspect of the safety of such a facility will be to look at the coupling of geochemical alteration and the evolution of geomechanical properties in the short and medium terms (several hundreds of years). The challenge for the future will be to structure and apply the safety assessment methodology with an operational finality, in order to support the robustness of the transition step to CGS projects at the industrial scale. (authors)

  7. [Genetic characterization of viruses from the antigenic complex Tyuleniy (Flaviviridae, Flavivirus): Tyuleniy virus (TYUV) (ID GenBank KF815939) isolated from ectoparasites of colonial seabirds--Ixodes (Ceratixodes) uriae White, 1852, ticks collected in the high latitudes of Northern Eurasia--and Kama virus (KAMV) isolated from the Ixodes lividus Roch, 1844, collected in the digging colonies of the middle part of Russian plane].

    L'vov, D K; Al'khovskiĭ, S V; Shchelkanov, M Iu; Shchetinin, A M; Deriabin, P G; Samokhvalov, E I; Gitel'man, A K; Botikov, A G


    Genetic research into the Tyuleniy virus (TYUV) (ID GenBank KF815939) isolated in high latitudes from the Ixodes uriae White, 1852, ticks collected in the nesting colonies of the Alcidae (Leach, 1820) birds and Kama virus (KAMV) (ID GenBank KF815940) isolated from the I. lividus ticks collected in the nesting bird colonies in the middle part of the Russian Plane was carried out. Full-genome comparative analysis revealed 70% homology between KAMV and TYUV on the nucleotide level and 74% on the amino acid level. Thus, KAMV is a new member of the TYUV complex belonging to the seabird tick-borne virus group (STBVG) of Flavivirus (Flaviviridae). KAMV is a separate virus and forms separate phylogenetic line together with the TYUV, Meaban virus (MEAV), and Saumarez Reef virus (SREV).


    Widha Srianto


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk menghasilkan model latihan karate kids pada anak usia sekolah dasar (SD kelas atas (10-12 tahun. Penelitian pengembangan ini dilakukan dengan mengadaptasi langkah-langkah penelitian sebagai berikut: (1 pengumpulan informasi di lapangan, (2 melakukan analisis terhadap informasi yang telah dikumpulkan, (3 mengembangkan produk awal, (4 validasi ahli dan revisi, (5 uji coba lapangan skala kecil dan revisi,  (6 uji coba lapangan skala besar dan revisi, dan (7 pembuatan produk final. Uji coba skala kecil dilakukan di klub Forki Kota Yogyakarta berjumlah 7 anak. Uji coba skala besar di klub Inkanas DIY berjumlah 16 anak. Instrumen pengumpulan data yang digunakan yaitu: (1 pedoman wawancara, (2 skala nilai, (3 pedoman observasi model, (4 pedoman observasi keefektifan model, dan (5 kuesioner untuk siswa. Teknik analisis data yang dilakukan yaitu analisis deskriptif kuantitatif dan analisis deskriptif kualitatif. Hasil penelitian ini berupa model latihan karate kids pada anak usia SD kelas atas (10-12 tahun yaitu: (1 model latihan maegeri, (2 model latihan gyaku tsuki, (3 model latihan mawashigeri, dan (4 model latihan oi tsuki. Dari hasil analisis data penilaian para ahli materi dan kuesioner anak, dapat ditarik kesimpulan bahwa model latihan karate kids pada anak usia SD kelas atas (10-12 tahun ini dinilai baik dan efektif. Kata kunci: model latihan, karate kids


    Siti Rochimah


    Full Text Available Digital signage adalah suatu alat untuk menampilkan konten multimedia kepada umum. Digital signage pada umumnya terdiri dari dua komponen penting, yaitu manager dan player. Digital Signage Manager (DSM adalah suatu perangkat lunak yang mempunyai fungsi mengelola perangkat lunak Digital Signage Player (DSP. Pengelolaan ini menyangkut pengaturan dan pengiriman konten, pengaturan DSP, dan pengaturan konten yang ada di DSP. Pada penelitian ini telah dibangun sebuah perangkat lunak DSM, yang merupakan bentuk pengembangan dari perangkat lunak yang sebelumnya telah ada yaitu BZNP-100, yang tidak lain adalah perangkat lunak untuk mengelola Sony Network Player NSP-100. DSM dibangun dengan tujuan untuk melengkapi kekurangan dan menambah beberapa fitur tambahan yang belum ada pada perangkat lunak sebelumnya, seperti: mendukung material Flash, mengirim Content Delivery Disc (CDD, menjadwalkan playlist, dan mendukung dua layar. BZNP-100 dan Sony Network Player NSP-100 merupakan digital signage yang dibuat oleh perusahaan elektronik Sony Corporation pada tahun 2003.Uji coba perangkat lunak DSM ini dilakukan dengan menjalankan skenario uji coba berdasarkan fungsionalitas masing-masing fitur. Uji coba dilakukan pada masing-masing fitur antara lain: login, konfigurasi, pembuatan material, manajemen DSP, manajemen playlist, memainkan material dan playlist, dan manajemen remote material dan playlist. Hasil uji coba menunjukkan bahwa perangkat lunak DSM telah berfungsi sesuai dengan tujuan yang diharapkan.Kata kunci: Digital signage, Digital Signage Manager (DSM, Digital Signage Player (DSP, Content Delivery Disc (CDD, plasma TV,  LCD.


    Asep Ardiyanto


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk menghasilkan model pembelajaran berbasis permainan tradisional untuk meningkatkan kemampuan motorik kasar anak tunagrahita ringan yang layak digunakan. Penelitian pengembangan ini dilakukan dengan langkah-langkah sebagai berikut: (1 pengumpulan informasi, (2 analisis hasil informasi, (3 mengembangkan produk awal, (4 validasi ahli dan revisi, (5 uji coba skala kecil, (6 revisi, (7 uji coba skala besar, (8 revisi akhir, (9 pembuatan produk final, dan (10 diseminasi dan implementasi produk final. Uji coba skala kecil dilakukan terhadap 6 siswa tunagrahita ringan SLB Tunas Kasih 2 Turi. Uji coba skala besar dilakukan terhadap 12 siswa tuna-grahita ringan SLB ABCD Tunas Kasih Donoharjo. Teknik analisis data yang digunakan yaitu deskriptif kuantitatif dan deskriptif kualitatif. Penelitian ini menghasilkan model pembelajaran, yaitu: (1 balap sarung, (2 lempar karet, (3 dorong ban, (4 engkling, (5 pukul balon, (6 layang-layang, (7 lompat tali, dan (8 pesawat terbang. Dari hasil analisis data penilaian para ahli materi dan guru SLB, ditarik kesimpulan bahwa pengembangan model pembelajaran ini sangat baik dan efektif. Kata kunci: pengembangan, permainan tradisional, pembelajaran motorik kasar, anak tunagrahita ringan.

  11. Causes and outcome of hospitalization among HIV-infected adults ...


    patients have advanced disease with increased risk ... ART at Mulago National Referral and Teaching. Hospital, Uganda. Methods. Study site. This study ... Practice standards. ... (Cobas Integra 400) and CD4 count measurement ... baseline clinical and laboratory characteristics were ..... western Uganda: implications for HIV.

  12. Comparison of three human papillomavirus DNA assays and one mRNA assay in women with abnormal cytology

    Rebolj, Matejka; Lynge, Elsebeth; Ejegod, Ditte;


    OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical characteristics of four human papillomavirus (HPV) assays: hybrid capture 2 (HC2), cobas, CLART, and APTIMA in Danish women with abnormal cytology. METHODS: SurePath samples from 367 consecutive women from Copenhagen, with atypical squamous cells of undetermined...


    Asih Purwanti


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini merupakan penelitian dan pengembangan yang bertujuan untuk menghasilkan motion graphic pembelajaran mata pelajaran Pendidikan Kewarganegaraan pada kelas 1 Sekolah Dasar yang layak dijadikan sebagai sumber belajar. Model penelitian yang digunakan adalah Borg & Gall (1983 dan Dick & Carey (2005. Hasil sebagai berikut. (1 Kelayakan produk pada aspek pembelajaran dan aspek materi/isi dari ahli materi menunjukkan skor 3,56 (baik, aspek media/teknis dari ahli media I menunjukkan skor 3,57 (baik dan aspek media/teknis ahli media II menunjukkan skor 3,62 (baik. Data yang diperoleh melalui uji coba pada siswa pada uji coba satu-satu menunjukkan skor 75%, melalui uji coba kelompok kecil menunjukkan skor 81%, dan melalui uji coba lapangan menunjukkan skor 90%. (2 Hasil belajar siswa pada saat pretes rerata menunjukkan skor 62, sedangkan hasil belajar siswa pada posttes rerata menunjukkan skor 76. Sehingga menghasilkan N-gain dengan skor 36. Berdasarkan N-gain yang tergolong sedang, maka motion graphic pembelajaran yang dikembangkan efektif dan dapat melatih keterampilan berpikir kritis siswa.


    Indah Urwatin Wusqo


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk (1 Mengembangkan asesmen alternatif pada praktikum kimia dasar II melalui chemistry fair project berbasis konservasi dengan memanfaatkan daily chemical(2 Mengetahui tingkat kevalidan, kepraktisan dan keefektifannya. Penelitian ini merupakan penelitian pengembangan (Development Research Model pengembangan yang diterapkan Dick dan Carey (1985. Subjek uji coba terbatas maupun subjek uji coba lapangan adalah dosen dan mahasiswa Prodi Pendidikan IPA UNNES. Sampel ditentukan secara purposive, yaitu dosen pengampu dan mahasiswa yang menempuh mata kuliah Praktikum Kimia Dasar II. Data yang diperoleh dari uji coba ini adalah: (1 masukan dari pakar, untuk menentukan validitas isi dan konstruk dari fitur asesmen; (2 masukan dari sampel uji coba terbatas, untuk menentukan kepraktisan petunjuk chemistry fair project (CFP berbasis konservasi dengan memanfaatkan daily chemical ; Instrumen pengumpul data berupa angket keterbacaan petunjuk pembuatan chemistry fair project (CFP berbasis konservasi dengan memanfaatkan daily chemical, pedoman penskoran. (3 data hasil belajar siswa untuk mengetahui efektivitas asesmen. Masukan dari pakar angket mahasiswa, dan nilai chemistry fair project (CFP sampel ujicoba terbatas dianalisis secara kualitatif, dan kuantitatif. Asesmen alternative Praktikum Kimia Dasar II yang dikembangkan dikatakan berhasil baik apabila asesmen yang dikembangkan valid, praktis, dan efektif.


    Tørring, Niels; aulesa, C; Eiben, Bernd;


    Background Screening for fetal trisomy 21 (T21) in the first trimester includes analysis of the serological markers pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A) and free beta choriogonadotropin (free βhCG). With the launch of these assays on the cobas e and Elecsys platforms, we investigated...

  16. A daunting challenge

    Rebolj, Matejka; Bonde, Jesper; Ejegod, Ditte


    We compared cytology with Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2), cobas, CLART and APTIMA Human Papillomavirus (HPV) assays in primary cervical screening at age 23-29 years based on data from the Danish Horizon study. SurePath samples were collected from 1278 women undergoing routine cytology-based screening. Ab...

  17. Pengembangan Skala Sikap Diferensial Semantik Terhadap Fisika Mahasiswa Jurusan Teknik Mesin UNJ

    Ratu Amilia Avianti


    Full Text Available Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk mengembangkan skala sikap differensial semantic terhadap fisika Jurusan Teknik Mesin. Skala differensial semantik adalah jenis pertanyaan survey dimana responden diminta untuk merata-rata pendapatannya pada skala linier antara 2 titik, yang secara teoritis ada 7 tingkatan. Skala sikap differensial semantic ini mempunyai 3 ukuran yaitu evaluasi, potensi dan aktivitas. Skala ini diujicobakan 2 kali terhadap 116 mahasiswa Teknik mesin Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ. Metode yang dipergunakan dalam penelitian ini adalah metode pengembangan skala dengan menggunakan pendekatan respons. Pada uji coba tahap pertama, hasilnya mengindikasikan bahwa ketiga faktor diintisarikan dari data yang diperoleh menggunakan analisi komponen penting metode eksplorasi, sejalan dengan faktor pengukuran. Metode konfirmasi dari Maximum Likelihood yang mengukur kebaikan dari ketiga faktor, menemukan indeks signifikansi pada tingkat 62, 689. Hal ini mengindikasikan validitas korelasi model ketiga faktor. Untuk menentukan reliabitas instrumen digunakan Theta reliabilitas (o= 0.7965. Pada uji coba kedua, validitas konstruk juga ditentukan dengan menggunakan analisis faktor. Tiga faktor juga diintisarikan dari metode eksplorasi PCA. Metode konfirmasil ML diterapkan untuk menguji kebaikan ketiga faktor dan indeks tes yang diperoleh 60,978 yang juga signifikan. Ketiga faktor dari pengintisarian juga mendukung pengukuran teori seperti pada uji coba pertama. Konsistensi internal Theta yang diperoleh adalah o= 0.7777 dapat disimpulkan bahwa kuesioner yang mengukur sikap mahasiswa terhadap Fisika mempunyai validitas konstruk yang sesuai menggunakan skala yang berbeda. Namun demikian , dibutuhkan uji coba lebih lanjut untuk membakukan instrumen ini.

  18. Aplikasi Belajar Menulis Aksara Jawa Menggunakan Android

    As'ad Arismadhani


    Full Text Available Aksara Jawa atau yang lebih dikenal dengan nama Hanacaraka merupakan salah satu dari sekian warisan budaya leluhur bangsa Indonesia. Dengan seiring perkembangan zaman, Aksara Jawa seolah menjadi salah satu warisan budaya yang terlupakan. Sebagai generasi muda Indonesia, sudah seharusnya kita melestarikan budaya bangsa yang merupakan peninggalan dari leluhur kita. Atas dasar itulah pada penelitian ini dikembangkan suatu media sekaligus alat bantu berupa aplikasi belajar menulis Aksara Jawa pada perangkat Android. Penelitian ini dimulai dengan melakukan perancangan terhadap kebutuhan-kebutuhan yang akan diintegrasikan pada aplikasi Android. Pengembangan dan pembuatan aplikasi menggunakan teknologi bahasa pemrograman Java dan XML. Proses uji coba dilakukan dengan proses memasukkan data ke berkas pustaka yang berupa coretan pada bidang layar sentuh pada perangkat Android. Kemudian uji coba dilakukan dengan proses menghapus data dan yang terakhir yaitu proses uji coba mencocokkan data antara bentuk aksara yang dituliskan pada bidang layar sentuh dengan daftar aksara yang sudah tersimpan pada berkas pustaka. Dalam penelitian ini dapat diketahui bahwa perangkat genggam Android dapat digunakan sebagai media pembelajaran menulis Aksara Jawa. Pola-pola yang digunakan pada proses uji coba dapat dikenali oleh aplikasi Aksara Jawa dan pola-pola tersebut dapat dicocokkan dengan daftar Aksara Jawa yang terdapat pada berkas pustaka.

  19. Pengembangan Instrumen Analisis Kompetensi Tutor Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini (PAUD

    Agus Tiyono Teguh Maryanto


    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan: (1 mengidentifikasi standar kompetensi dan indikator yang dapat dijadikan tolok ukur untuk menyusun standar kompetensi tutor PAUD, dan (2 mengembangkan instrumen untuk uji kompetensi tutor PAUD yang tepat dan handal berdasarkan indikator kompetensi yang telah tersusun. Penelitian ini merupakan penelitian pengembangan yang terdiri dari dua tahap yaitu tahap, pengembangan standar kompetensi dan pengembangan instrumen uji kompetensi tutor PAUD. Teknik pengumpulan data yang digunakan adalah focus group discussion ( FGD dan teknik Delphi 2 x putaran. Subjek uji coba adalah 110 orang tutor yang mengikuti Pelatihan Tenaga Pendidik PAUD Tingkat Provinsi Jawa Tengah Tahun 2004. Subjek uji coba instrumen pertama sebanyak 20 orang dari Kabupaten Magelang, dan subjek uji coba instrumen kedua sebanyak 32 orang dari Salatiga, Kota Magelang, dan Kabupaten Magelang. Temuan penelitian ada dua. (1 standar kompetensi tutor PAUD terdiri atas 4 dimensi dan 50 indikator, meliputi dimensi personal, dimensi sosial, dimensi profesional, dan dimensi akademik; (2 instrumen untuk menguji kompetensi yang berupa inventori tes dengan indeks validitas berupa angka muatan faktor terendah di atas 0,300 (kriteria yang telah ditetapkan. Koefisien reliabilitas tiap faktor pada uji coba pertama adalah . 0,879 dan tertinggi 0,984, sedangkan koefisien reliabilitas tiap faktor pada uji coba kedua terendah 0,889 dan tertinggi 0,995, telah melebihi syarat minimal untuk pengukuran kelompok yaitu 0,65. Koefisien reliabilitas tes uraian ditentukan dengan reliabilitas antar-rater dengan teknik ANAVA, dan diperoleh koefisien reliabilitas dari 3 orang penilai yaitu 0,957, sedangkan estimasi untuk seorang penilai adalah 0,881. Kata kunci: pengembangan instrumen, anahsis kompetensi, tutor paud

  20. Tere tulemast tagasi, uue põlvkonna utopistid! / Veronika Valk

    Valk, Veronika, 1976-


    Francois Roche ja Eva Castro tulevikuarhitektuuri käsitlevatest ettekannetest Tallinna arhitektuuribiennaali raames toimunud sümpoosionil. Maketinäitus "Viini eksiilid. Helisev arhitektuur" Heliose kinos. Eksponeeritakse Viini Die Angewandte arhitektuurikoolis (juht Hani Rashid) õppivate eestlaste loomingut

  1. Vanemuine otsib teed head teatrit hindava vaatajani / Sven Karja ; interv. Margot Visnap

    Karja, Sven, 1968-


    Vanemuise eesseisvast hooajast. 27. sept. Tartu Sadamateatris esietendunud Donald Margulies' draamast "Kogutud teosed", lavastaja Eva Klemets; novembris esietendusvast Billy Roche'i "Vaene loom vihma käes", lavastaja Liisa Smith ja teistest uuslavastustest lühidalt

  2. MS Disease-Modifying Medications

    ... every 6 months Genentech (a member of the Roche Group) (first dose: 300 mg IV on day ... MS | National MS Society 26 Each of the pharmaceutical companies offers a program designed to help people ...

  3. 40 CFR 52.1570 - Identification of plan.


    ... combustion turbines, Morris County, NJ COAD approval dated March 31, 1995. (10) Hoffmann-La Roche's combined... COAD approval dated May 4, 1995. (15) Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation's trash fired boiler, Morris...

  4. Diversity analysis of the immunoglobulin M heavy chain gene in Nile ...

    nu tom


    Jul 22, 2015 ... Full Length Research Paper. Diversity analysis of ..... Labeling and Detection Starter Kit I (Roche, Germany) according to the instruction ...... Mage RG, Bernstein KE, McCartney-Francis N, Alexander CB, Young-. Cooper GO ...

  5. RON



    Mar 4, 2011 ... Full Length Research Paper. Human immunodeficiency virus .... HIV-1 Monitor, Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN, USA) according ..... 161: 4950-4959. Correll PH, Iwama A, Tondat S, Mayrhofer G, Suda T, Bernstein A.

  6. (PKU) in Sohag University Hospital-Upper Egypt

    Abdelrahim A. Sadek


    May 29, 2013 ... nism (excessively fair hair and skin), and a ''musty odor'' to the baby's ... neurological examinations), and developmental assessment were done. .... chological damage occurs even in treated PKU as reported by. DeRoche ...

  7. 75 FR 34178 - Investigations Regarding Certifications of Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance


    ..., Inc. (State/ One-Stop). 74142 World Color (Workers)... Schaumburg, IL..... 05/25/10 05/21/10. 74143 Providence Watch Cranston, RI....... 05/25/10 05/13/10. Hospital (Workers). 74144 Hoffmann La Roche...

  8. Sequence Read Archive (SRA)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Sequence Read Archive (SRA) stores raw sequencing data from the next generation of sequencing platforms including Roche 454 GS System®, Illumina Genome...

  9. Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

    ... chemotherapy group. The study, published Dec. 12 in The Lancet , was funded by F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. ... Northwell Health Cancer Institute, Lake Success, N.Y.; The Lancet , news release, Dec. 12, 2016 HealthDay Copyright (c) ...


    Dr Oboro VO

    2001, Sagamu, and 3Department of Microbial Genetics, National Institute of Medical Research,Yaba, ... Plasmid isolation was carried out by the alkaline lysis method of Birnboim and Dolly. .... 20ul of DNA molecular Weight Marker( Roche.

  11. 77 FR 42713 - Notice of Intent to Grant an Exclusive License; PadJack, Inc.


    ... Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Road, Suite 6541, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6541. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marian T. Roche, Director, Technology Transfer Program, 9800 Savage Road, Suite...

  12. the role of industry in micronutrient intervention programmes

    The global control of micronutrient deficiencies is a realistic goal, notwithstanding the ... Roche Products (Pty) Ltd, Chloorkop, Gauteng. ·Ronnie Pankhurst, BSc ... Food quality should be regulated through legislation and effectively enforced.

  13. Tere tulemast tagasi, uue põlvkonna utopistid! / Veronika Valk

    Valk, Veronika, 1976-


    Francois Roche ja Eva Castro tulevikuarhitektuuri käsitlevatest ettekannetest Tallinna arhitektuuribiennaali raames toimunud sümpoosionil. Maketinäitus "Viini eksiilid. Helisev arhitektuur" Heliose kinos. Eksponeeritakse Viini Die Angewandte arhitektuurikoolis (juht Hani Rashid) õppivate eestlaste loomingut

  14. Book Reviews

    Bart Bechtel


    Full Text Available Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. By James M. Olson. The Corporate Spy: Industrial Espionage and Counterintelligence in the Multinational Enterprise with Case Studies (Abridged Version by Edward M. Roche.

  15. Vanemuine otsib teed head teatrit hindava vaatajani / Sven Karja ; interv. Margot Visnap

    Karja, Sven, 1968-


    Vanemuise eesseisvast hooajast. 27. sept. Tartu Sadamateatris esietendunud Donald Margulies' draamast "Kogutud teosed", lavastaja Eva Klemets; novembris esietendusvast Billy Roche'i "Vaene loom vihma käes", lavastaja Liisa Smith ja teistest uuslavastustest lühidalt

  16. Tähelepanu keskmes on viiruslik hepatiit / Marika Kusnets

    Kusnets, Marika


    Ülemaailmsel hepatiidipäeval 19. mail korraldasid Eesti Gastroenteroloogide Selts (EGS) ja Roche Eesti OÜ meediakanalite esindajatele ümarlaua, et aidata teadvustada C-hepatiidi ohtu, testimis- ja ravivõimalusi Eestis

  17. EPL-i ümarlaud : kõige olulisem on vähi varajane avastamine / Ille Grün-Ots

    Grün-Ots, Ille, 1960-2016


    Ümarlaual osalesid TÜ kliinikumi hematoloogia-onkoloogiakliiniku professor Hele Everaus, ravimifirma Roche Eesti OÜ tegevjuht Kadri Mägi, ravifirma GlaxoSmithKline Eesti filiaali juhataja Akshay Mody ja PERH-i keemiaravispetsialist Helis Pokker

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    C.J. Zilverschoon, Peter Standley, Christian Roche, Jacques Blondel, Susan Neboux-Bland, Pierre Marti, Jurgen Knott; Roberto Cappi, Pierre Tetu, Charles Rufer, A. L'Aire, Patrick Lienard, Julienne de Winter

  19. Tähelepanu keskmes on viiruslik hepatiit / Marika Kusnets

    Kusnets, Marika


    Ülemaailmsel hepatiidipäeval 19. mail korraldasid Eesti Gastroenteroloogide Selts (EGS) ja Roche Eesti OÜ meediakanalite esindajatele ümarlaua, et aidata teadvustada C-hepatiidi ohtu, testimis- ja ravivõimalusi Eestis

  20. EPL-i ümarlaud : kõige olulisem on vähi varajane avastamine / Ille Grün-Ots

    Grün-Ots, Ille, 1960-2016


    Ümarlaual osalesid TÜ kliinikumi hematoloogia-onkoloogiakliiniku professor Hele Everaus, ravimifirma Roche Eesti OÜ tegevjuht Kadri Mägi, ravifirma GlaxoSmithKline Eesti filiaali juhataja Akshay Mody ja PERH-i keemiaravispetsialist Helis Pokker