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  1. Wirkung ultrafeiner Modellpartikel auf das isolierte Langendorff-Herz von Meerschweinchen

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    Radykewicz, Roman

    2008-01-01

    Epidemiologische Studien zeigen einen Zusammenhang zwischen der Konzentration von ultrafeinen Partikeln in der Luft und Herzerkrankungen. In dieser Arbeit wurde die Wirkung von verschiedenen ultrafeinen Modellpartikeln (UFP) auf das isolierte Meerschweinchenherz untersucht, um zu klären, ob ultrafeine Partikel eine direkte Wirkung auf das isolierte Herz ausüben oder diese durch inflammatorische und andere Effekte in der Lunge hervorgerufen werden. Es konnte gezeigt werden, dass ultrafeine ...

  2. Die Wirkung von Work-Life Balance Initiativen auf das Mitarbeitercommitment: Eine empirische Untersuchung in der Unternehmensberatungsbranche

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    Kaiser, Stephan; Ringlstetter, Max; Reindl, Cornelia U.; Stolz, Martin Lothar

    2010-01-01

    Der vorliegende Beitrag untersucht die Wirkung von unternehmerischen Work-Life Balance Initiativen für die emotionale Bindung der Mitarbeiter zum Unternehmen, d. h. das organisationale Commitment von Mitarbeitern im Kontext der Unternehmensberatung. Dazu wurde eine Untersuchung mit insgesamt 275 Unternehmensberaterinnen und -beratern durchgeführt. Die Datenanalyse erfolgte anhand eines PLSStrukturgleichungsmodells (Partial-Least-Squares-Ansatz). Die Ergebnisse weisen darauf hin, dass auch in ...

  3. Die Wirkung von Desacetylcefotaxin, einem Metaboliten von Cefotaxim, in vitro und auf die experimentelle Infektion mit Escherichia coli

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    Wirbelauer, J.; Hof, H.; Hacker, Jörg

    2009-01-01

    Die MHK-Werte von Desacetylcefotaxim gegen verschiedene, z. T. ampicillinresistente Stämme von Escherichia coH, die mit Hilfe einer Agardilutionsmethode erhoben wurden, waren höher als die von Cefotaxim und Ceftriaxon, jedoch niedriger als die von Cefoxitin. In einem Modell der systemischen Infektion der Maus mit einem plasmidtragenden, betalactamaseproduzierenden Stamm von E. coli führte die Therapie mit Desacetylcefotaxim zu einer starken Reduktion der Keime pro Leber. Im Vergleich zur Ther...

  4. Wirkung von partikulären Umweltnoxen auf die Immunabwehr monozytärer Zellen

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    Hofer, Thomas

    2007-01-01

    Atmosphärische Teilchen anthropogenen Ursprungs mit einem Durchmesser von weniger als 2 μm stellen für suszeptible Personen ein Gesundheitsrisiko dar. Ultrafeine Partikel (Durchmesser kleiner 0,1 μm) sind dabei von besonderem Interesse, da sie in ihrer Anzahlkonzentration 70% aller atmosphärischen Teilchen ausmachen und epidemiologische Studien einen Zusammenhang zwischen Partikelbelastung und Morbidität bzw. Mortalität bei Lungenerkrankungen belegen. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde die Wirk...

  5. Wirkung mineralischer N-Düngung auf Blatterträge und Scopolamingehalte von Duboisia sp.

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    Oster, Sabine

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Duboisia wird als Rohstofflieferant für Scopolamin verwendet. Dieses Tropanalkaloid wird aus dem Blattmaterial von Duboisia Arthybriden gewonnen und dient als Wirkstoff zur Therapie der Reisekrankheit sowie als Ausgangsstoff für partialsynthetische Anticholinergika. Für die effiziente Produktion sind hohe Erträge an Biomasse bei möglichst hohem Wirkstoffgehalt wünschenswert. Eine der abiotischen Einflussgrößen ist die Stickstoffernährung. Der hier beschriebene Freilandversuch stellt den Einfluss von vier unterschiedlich hohen N-Düngungsgaben (0 kg N/ha, 100 kg N/ha, 200 kg N/ha, 100+100 kg N/ha mit Kalkammonsalpeter (KAS auf drei Genotypen dar. Die N-Düngung zeigte keinen Einfluss auf den Scopolamingehalt, jedoch stieg mit erhöhter N-Menge die Biomasse signifikant an.

  6. In vitro-Untersuchung zur Erreger-eliminierenden Wirkung von Wundspüllösungen

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    Nayel, Aria

    2010-01-01

    Die Durchführung einer gewissenhaften Lavage in Verbindung mit einem sorgfältig durchgeführten Débridement hat essenzielle Bedeutung im Wundmanagement der Akut-versorgung traumatologischer Patienten zur Verhinderung von Wundheilungsstörungen und etwaiger Infektionen. Für eine solche Lavage stehen diverse antiseptische Wundreinigungsmittel sowie sterile Spülmedien wie Kochsalz- oder Ringerlösung zur Verfügung. Zur Entschei...

  7. Hydrogen effects in nitrogen-alloyed austenitic steels; Wirkung von Wasserstoff in stickstofflegierten austenitischen Staehlen

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    Uhlemann, M.; Mummert, K. [Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany); Shehata, M.F. [National Research Centre, Cairo (Egypt)

    1998-12-31

    Hydrogen increases the yield strength of nitrogen-alloyed steels, but on the other hand adversely affects properties such as tensile strength and elongation to fracture. The effect is enhanced with increasing nitrogen and hydrogen contents. Under the effect of hydrogen addition, the discontinuous stress-strain characteristic and the distinct elongation limit of hydrogen-free, nitrogen containing steels is no longer observed in the material. This change of mechanical properties is attributed to an interatomic interaction of nitrogen and hydrogen in the lattice, which is shown for instance by such effects as reduction of hydrogen velocity, high solubility, and a particularly strong lattice expansion. The nature of this interaction of nitrogen and hydrogen in the fcc lattice remains to be identified. (orig./CB) [Deutsch] Wasserstoff fuehrt in stickstofflegierten Staehlen zu einer Erhoehung der Streckgrenze, aber gleichzeitig zu einer Abnahme der Zugfestigkeit und Bruchdehnung. Dieser Effekt verstaerkt sich mit zunehmenden Stickstoff- und Wasserstoffgehalten. Ein diskontinuierlicher Spannungs-Dehnungsverlauf mit einer ausgepraegten Streckgrenze in wasserstofffreien hochstickstoffhaltigen Staehlen wird nach Wasserstoffeinfluss nicht mehr beobachtet. Die Aenderung der mechanischen Eigenschaften, wird auf eine interatomare Wechselwirkung von Stickstoff und Wasserstoff im Gitter zurueckgefuehrt, die sich u.a. in geringer Wasserstoffdiffusionsgeschwindigkeit, hoher Loeslichkeit und vor allem in extremer Gitteraufweitung aeussert. Insgesamt ist die Natur der Wechselwirkung zwischen Stickstoff und Wasserstoff im kfz Gitter noch nicht aufgeklaert. (orig.)

  8. Antitumoral action of interferons and interleukins in combination with radiotherapy. Pt. I. Immunologic basis; Antitumorale Wirkung von Interferonen und Interleukinen in Kombination mit Strahlentherapie. Teil I. Immunologische Grundlagen

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    Herskind, C. [Dept. of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus Univ. Hospital, Aarhus (Denmark); Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Sektion Strahlentherapie, Mannheim (Germany); Fleckenstein, K.; Wenz, F.; Lohr, F. [Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Sektion Strahlentherapie, Mannheim (Germany); Lohr, J. [Dept. of Pathology, Univ. of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA (United States); Li Chuan-Yuan [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2004-04-01

    Method: the cellular immune response toward tumor cells is reviewed. The role of cytokines in antigen presentation and activation of effector cells and their interactions with radiation are described. Preclinical strategies of the antitumor action of cytokines are presented and discussed based on the induction of IFN-{gamma} by IL-12. Results: recent advances in immunology have demonstrated the importance of local interactions between antigen-presenting cells (APC) and effector cells such as natural killer (NK) cells and T-lymphocytes for an effective immune reaction against tumors. Interferons stimulate such interactions, while IL-2 plays a central role in the activation of NK cells and T-lymphocytes. The interactions between APC and effector cells are suppressed by many tumors but can be stimulated by irradiation. Since systemic application of interferons is quite toxic, present strategies aim at local expression, e.g., the induction of IFN-{gamma} expression in Th1 cells by IL-12. (orig.) [German] Methodik: Die immunologischen Grundlagen der zellulaeren Immunreaktion gegenueber Tumorzellen werden beschrieben. Die Rolle der Zytokine bei der Antigenpraesentation und der Aktivierung von Effektorzellen sowie die Interaktion mit Bestrahlung werden dargestellt. Anschliessend werden praeklinische Strategien der antitumoralen Wirkung von Zytokinen am Beispiel der IFN-{gamma}-Induktion durch IL-12 diskutiert. Ergebnisse: Neue immunologische Erkenntnisse haben gezeigt, dass lokale Interaktionen zwischen antigenpraesentierenden Zellen (APC) und Effektorzellen wie natuerlichen Killerzellen (NK-Zellen) und T-Lymphozyten wichtig fuer eine effektive Immunreaktion gegen Tumoren sind. Interferone stimulieren solche Interaktionen, waerend das Zytokin IL-2 bei der Aktivierung von NK-Zellen und T-Lymphozyten eine zentrale Rolle spielt. Die Interaktionen zwischen APC und Effektorzellen koennen von vielen Tumoren unterdrueckt, andererseits aber auch durch Bestrahlung stimuliert

  9. Effects of noxious environmental particulate matter on the immune response of monocyte cells; Wirkung von partikulaeren Umweltnoxen auf die Immunabwehr monozytaerer Zellen

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    Hofer, T.

    2000-07-01

    The effects of ultrafine particles on the immune response of alveolar macrophages of mice was investigated. The findings are presented and discussed in this report. [German] In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde die Wirkung ultrafeiner Partikel auf die Immunabwehr an Alveolarmakrophagen der Maus untersucht. Die Ergebnisse werden dargestellt und diskutiert. (orig/MG)

  10. Die Wirkung von Dopamin und Faktoren der dopaminergen Neurotransmission auf HIV-Infektion und Immunaktivierung: Fokus auf Dopamin-assoziierte Gene

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    Horn, Anne

    2015-01-01

    HIV verursacht eine progressive Zerstörung des Immunsystems und führt zusätzlich durch Veränderungen im ZNS zu neurokognitiven Störungen (HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, HAND). Die HIV-Infektion geht mit einer Dysfunktion von dopaminergen Signalwegen einher, die sich unter anderem in einer erhöhten Dopamin-Verfügbarkeit im Liquor von Therapie-naiven HIV-Patienten äußert. Der Grund für die Dysregulation der dopaminergen Signalwege in HIV-Patienten ist nicht geklärt. Aufgrund dessen wa...

  11. Soil ecological investigations into the effect and distribution of organic groups of compounds (PAHs, PCBs) in ecosystems typical of agglomerations.. Joint final report; Bodenoekologische Untersuchungen zur Wirkung und Verteilung von organischen Stoffgruppen (PAK, PCB) in ballungsraumtypischen Oekosystemen. Gemeinsamer Abschlussbericht

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    Frost, M.; Klementz, D.; Reese-Staehler, G.; Luedersdorf, M. [Biologische Bundesanstalt fuer Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Berlin (Germany); Achazi, R.; Kratz, W.; Heck, M.; Beylich, A.; Neumeister, H.; Hesse, M.; Quader, S. [Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany); Metz, R.; Dorn, J. [Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany); Schuphan, I.; Maier-Gaipl, S.; Herlitz, E. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany); Wilke, B.M.; Koch, C.; Marschner, B.; Brose, A.; Doering, U.; Peters, M.; Pieper, S.; Baschien, C. [Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)

    1998-11-01

    In this interdisciplinary complex of matched field and laboratory experiments, the effects of defined pollutant loads were analysed by means of suitable representatives of different groups of soil organisms (soil fauna and soil micro-organisms) and by means of soil processes depending on them (for instance, enzyme activities, degradation of litter, nitrification, feeding damage). Similarly, the influence of selected organic pollutants, part of them in combination with heavy metals, on the soil-plant system was studied in selected herbaceous and ligneous types of plants in different development stages. Further, the possibility of developing a test battery was investigated which would indicate the toxicity of soil by means of watery and organic extracts. (orig.) [Deutsch] In diesem interdisziplinaeren Verbund von abgestimmten Freiland- und Laborversuchen wurde anhand repraesentativer Vertreter verschiedener Bodenorganismengruppen (Bodenfauna und Bodenmikroorganismen) und von durch sie bestimmten Bodenprozessen (z.B. Enzymaktivitaeten, Streuabbau, Nitrifikation, Frass) die Wirkungen von definierten Schadstoffbelastungen analysiert. In der gleichen Weise wurde der Einfluss von ausgewaehlten organischen Schadstoffen, z.T. in Kombination mit Schwermetallen auf das System Boden-Pflanze an ausgewaehlten krautigen und holzigen Pflanzenarten in unterschiedlichen Entwicklungsstadien untersucht. Darueberhinaus wurde ueberprueft ob sich eine Testbatterie entwickeln laesst, die die Toxizitaet von Boeden aufgrund von waessrigen und organischen Extrakten anzeigt. (orig.)

  12. HCG blood test - qualitative

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003509.htm HCG blood test - qualitative To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. A qualitative HCG blood test checks if there is a hormone called human ...

  13. Virtuelle Nothilfe - Ein Experiment zum Effekt von virtueller Hilfe, Gewalt und Nothilfe auf Hilfe- und Gewaltverhalten

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    Mohseni, M. Rohangis

    2013-01-01

    Eine aktuelle Meta-Analyse von Anderson et al. (2010) zeigt, dass Gewaltverhalten in Computerspielen das Gewaltverhalten im realen Leben erhöht, während es prosoziales Verhalten verringert. Daneben führen einige Studien von Greitemeyer und Osswald (2010) sowie von Gentile et al. (2009) zu der Schlussfolgerung, dass das Hilfeverhalten in Computerspielen das Hilfeverhalten im realen Leben erhöht. Bisher gibt es aber keine Studien, die die kombinierte Wirkung von Gewalt und Hilfe in Computerspie...

  14. HCG-subunits in choriocarcinoma and in pregnancy

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    Talas, M.; Fingerova, H.; Kudela, M.

    1979-01-01

    Pure HCG-α and HCG-β and anti HCG-β serum were used in the study of HCG-subunits. The following RIA systems were studied: HCG* - anti HCG, HCG* - anti HCG-β, HCG-β* - anti HCG-β, HCG-β* - anti HCG and HCG-α* - anti HCG. HCG-α, HCG-β and the 2nd International Standard of HCG were used as standard preparations. The sensitivity and parallelism of individual inhibition curves were compared. Samples obtained from women with choriocarcinoma and in pregnancy were estimated in RIA systems studied. It was found out that the values of HCG in women treated for choriocarcinoma as obtained in the system HCG* - anti HCG-β were higher than those obtained in the system HCG* - anti HCG. (author)

  15. Der gespielte Ernst des Lebens: Bestandsaufnahme und Potenziale von Serious Games (for Health

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    Claudia Lampert

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Serious Games werden aktuell im Zusammenhang mit den positiven Potenzialen von Computerspielen in verschiedenen Kontexten diskutiert. Im vorliegenden Beitrag werden die Entwicklung und der Forschungsstand des relativ neuen Konzeptes skizziert und gegenüber anderen Lernkonzepten wie Edutainment, Digital Game-Based Learning und E-learning abgegrenzt. Das Spektrum von Serious Games wird am Beispiel von zwei Spielen aus dem Gesundheitsbereich (Re-Mission und Fatworld dargestellt und die Potenziale und Grenzen von Serious Games (for Health erörtert. Da bislang nur wenige empirische Befunde zur Wirkung von Serious Games vorliegen, plädieren die Autoren für eine umfassende Grundlagen- und Wirkungsforschung.

  16. Plasma beta HCG determination

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    Amaral, L.B.D.; Pinto, J.C.M.; Linhares, E.; Linhares, Estevao

    1981-01-01

    There are three important indications for the early diagnosis of pregnancy through the determination of the beta sub-unit of chorionic gonadotrophin using radioimmunoassay: 1) some patient's or doctor's anxiety to discover the problem; 2) when it will be necessary to employ diagnostic or treatment procedures susceptible to affect the ovum; and 3) in the differential diagnosis of amenorrhoea, uterine hemorrhage and abdominal tumors. Other user's are the diagnosis of missed absortion, and the diagnosis and follow-up of chrorioncarcinoma. The AA. studied 200 determinations of plasma beta-HCG, considering the main difficulties occuring in the clinical use of this relevant laboratory tool in actual Obstetrics. (author) [pt

  17. Change Curve of Urine HCG and β-HCG Levels in Normal Gestation in Fuzhou

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    Wang Dan; Zhao Meng; Lin Manjun

    2010-01-01

    To draw up the change curve of standardized urine HCG and β-HCG levels in normal gestation women in Fuzhou. The HCG and β-HCG levels in 180 normal pregnant women (gestational week 5-40) urine samples were detected by RIA and the urinary creatinine was also measured by enzymatic analysis. The standardized urine HCG and β-HCG levels were calculated by correction with urinary creatinine, and the change curves of standardized urine HCG and β-HCG throughout normal gestation were made. The results showed that the curves of standardized urine HCG and β-HCG were fitted normally (P<0.05), and the related coefficient (R2) were 0.628 and 0.702 respectively. The change curves of standardized urine HCG and β-HCG in normal gestation and changes of HCG in urine and serum in Fuzhou were matched with early reports in literature. (authors)

  18. Bioinformatische Analyse und funktionelle Charakterisierung von strukturellen Genvarianten in ADME-Genen in humaner Leber

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    Tremmel, Roman

    2016-01-01

    Die Pharmakogenetik beschreibt die Untersuchung von interindividuellen genetischen Unterschieden, welche die Wirkung von Medikamenten und die Reaktion auf xenobioti-sche Substanzen beeinflussen. Ein Großteil dieser Variabilität beruht auf Unterschieden im hepatischen Arzneimittelmetabolismus. Die daran beteiligten Enzyme, Transporter und Rezeptoren sind in die Prozesse der Absorption, der Distribution, des Metabolismus und der Exkretion involviert und werden als ADME-Gengruppe zusammengefasst...

  19. Studies of volatile secondary molasses constituents with inhibitory effect on yeast fermentation. Pt. 1. Determination of molasses and yeast components by GC and HPLC; Untersuchungen ueber fluechtige Nebenbestandteile der Melasse mit inhibitorischer Wirkung auf die Hefegaerung. T. 1. Bestimmung von Melasse- und Hefeinhaltsstoffen mittels GC und HPLC

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    Fattohi, N.

    1994-07-20

    Hefegaerung wurden ermittelt. Dabei zeigte sich, dass im Fall der Inhibitorwirkung auf die Gaerung die MHK-Werte sehr hoch liegen; sie werden praktisch von den einzelnen Carbonsaeure- und Alkanolgehalten der Problemmelassen nicht erreicht. Jedoch weisen diese Saeuren und Alkohole deutliche Synergieeffekte auf, was durch Ermittlung der MHK-Werte von Gemischen belegt wurde. Vor allem die Gehalte der Problemmelassen an Buttersaeure + Kaprylsaeure + Hexanol und Heptanol sind fuer die Hemmwirkung bei der Hefegaerung verantwortlich. (orig.)

  20. Optimierung der Osteoporosetherapie - Kombination von Alfacalcidol und Alendronat

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    Dambacher MA

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Osteoporose mit dem primären "Outcome"-Problem der Frakturen ist eine multifaktorielle Erkrankung, charakterisiert durch eine niedere Knochendichte (BMD, eine verminderte Knochenqualität sowie durch neuromuskuläre Defizite und ein dadurch erhöhtes Sturzrisiko. In unseren wachsenden Bestrebungen, die BMD zu erhöhen und die Wirkung mit kontinuierlich verbesserten Techniken zu messen, wurden von den behandelnden Ärzten andere wichtige pathologische Faktoren, wie z. B. die Knochenqualität, oftmals unterbewertet. Die besonders relevanten Faktoren bei älteren Patienten, nämlich die reduzierte Muskelleistung sowie Gleichgewichtsstörungen und das daraus resultierende erhöhte Sturzrisiko, wurde nahezu vollständig vernachlässigt. Die Korrelationen zwischen den Organen Muskel und Knochen, welche eine Einheit bilden, sind erst jetzt wieder im Fokus der modernen Forschung. Die Basis einer zukünftigen, optimalen Therapie zur Prävention der klinisch besonders relevanten, nicht-vertebralen Frakturen ist sowohl die Verbesserung der Knochenfestigkeit als auch die Reduktion von Stürzen. Die Kombination von Alfacalcidol und Alendronat garantiert eine optimale Wirkung auf die Knochenfestigkeit basierend auf den beiden komplett unterschiedlichen und sich ergänzenden Wirkungsmechanismen auf den Knochen. Der Hauptsynergismus liegt in der Tatsache begründet, daß die duale Wirkung von Alfacalcidol auf Knochen und Muskeln die Muskelleistung und die neuromuskuläre Koordination bei älteren osteoporotischen Patienten verbessert, so daß dadurch Stürze und nicht-vertebrale Frakturen vermehrt reduziert werden können.

  1. Killing of salmonella in the biogas process; Abtoetung von Salmonellen im Biogasprozess

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    Froeschle, Bianca; Lebuhn, Michael

    2012-08-15

    Pathogenic Salmonella are used in ordinances as an indicator for assessing microbial reduction in biogas plants and for the epidemic-hygienic condition of digestate. This brochure presents results of a study that examined the hygienic effect of the biogas process on Salmonella. [German] Krankheitserregende Salmonellen werden in relevanten Rechtsverordnungen als Indikator zur Beurteilung der Keimreduzierung in Biogasanlagen und des seuchenhygienischen Zustands von Gaerresten herangezogen. Die vorliegende Broschuere stellt Ergebnisse einer Studie dar, die die hygienisierende Wirkung des Biogasprozesses auf Salmonellen untersuchte.

  2. Analgetische Wirkungen lokalanästhetischer Salbe bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen: eine Meta-analyse randomisierter Studien.

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    Lee, Chin-Yu; Tung, Tao-Hsin; Liu, Chia-Yu; Wang, Shu-Hui; Chi, Ching-Chi

    2018-03-01

    Lokalanästhetische Creme (LAC) wird zur Analgesie bei verschiedenen Verfahren angewendet. Ihre analgetische Wirkung bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen ist jedoch unklar. Wir untersuchten die Wirkung von LAC bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen. Wir erstellten eine systematische Übersicht und Meta-analyse randomisierter kontrollierter Studien (RCTs) zu Wirkungen von LAC bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen. Dazu haben wir MEDLINE, CENTRAL und EMBASE am 31. März 2017 nach relevanten RCTs durchsucht. Zwei Autoren wählten unabhängig voneinander die Studien aus, schätzten das Verzerrungsrisiko ab und extrahierten Daten. Meinungsdifferenzen wurden durch Diskussion mit einem dritten Autor gelöst. Wir schlossen drei RCTs mit 228 Teilnehmern ein. Zwei dieser RCTs bergen ein hohes Risiko einer selektiven Berichterstattung (reporting bias), wobei bei einer der beiden Studien auch das Risiko anderer Bias hoch ist. Lokalanästhetische Creme senkte bei Kindern den Schmerz bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen auf verhornter Haut (visuelle Analogskala, mittlere Differenz -20,80; 95 % - Konfidenzintervall -40,71 bis -0,89), jedoch nicht bei Erwachsenen oder auf nicht verhornter Haut von Erwachsenen oder Kindern. Die routinemäßige Verwendung von LAC ≤ 60 min bei der Kryotherapie von Warzen wird nicht durch Literaturbelege gestützt. © 2018 Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  3. Regulationsmechanismen der Ausprägung von Chemotypen in Thymian (Thymus vulgaris

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    Schimmel, Jette

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Das ätherische Öl von Thymianarten hat aufgrund seiner starken antibakteriellen Wirkung vielfältige Anwendungen in der Pharmazie und der Lebensmittelindustrie. Die wertvollsten antibakteriellen Inhaltstoffe des ätherischen Öls, die Monoterpenalkohole Carvacrol und Thymol, werden nur in einigen Kultivaren des Thymians gebildet und unterliegen einer komplizierten genetischen Kontrolle. Wir wollen die Regulation der Terpenproduktion in Thymian mit molekularen Methoden aufklären und die Züchtung von Thymianarten mit genau definiertem Terpengehalt ermöglichen.

  4. hCG Test (Pregnancy Test)

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    ... test results are not meaningful by themselves. Their meaning comes from comparison to reference ranges. Reference ranges ... to detecting the presence of hCG with different brands of home pregnancy kits. Home tests are sometimes ...

  5. Comparative evaluation of commercially available HCG radioimmunoassays and the use of HCG as a tracer substance

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    Bodemann, C.

    1985-01-01

    In view of the special oncological aspects involved in the use of HCG and β-HCG as tracer substances in radioimmunological procedures to diagnose and follow-up gynecological carcinomas, it is obvious that commercially available RIA kits must be examined for reliability before they are employed on a broader basis in connection with routine laboratory investigations. Thus, those assays were tested for convenient handling, accuracy, slope of standard curve, sensitivity, specifity and precision of tests tools against commercial control sera, pooled sera rich in HCG as well as so-called normal sera; in some cases, further evaluations were made using LH standard preparations. Due to differences between the WHO standard preparations and the fact that the manufacturers' instructions for use also deviated from one another, follow-up observations in patients showing ovarian carcinomas were likewise taken into account and served as additional reference data. A total of 8 (β-) HCG RIA test kits were examined. From among these, only the 125I-Chorionic Gonadotropin β-Subunit Kit (RSL) and the HCG-β-RIA (Cambridge) were found to lead to satisfactory measurements of (β-) HCG, with the intraassay and interassay variations remaining within acceptable limits, and to show an adequate slope of the standard curves in the low measurement ranges as well as a sufficient degree of sensitivity and specifity. The particular value of methods of detection for (β-) HCG is explained by the complete lack of any other parameters suitable for the surveillance of ovarian carcinomas. The fact that any progress or remission of those tumours may be reflected by changes in the measured HCG values accounts for the great significance of (β-) HCG as a tracer substance, which is only equalled by that of TPA and CEA. In all other genital tumours, HCG determinations cannot be substituted for the more conventional diagnostic procedures. (TRV) [de

  6. Strömungsmechanische Analyse von Hochgeschwindigkeits-Flüssigmetall Targets mit freien Oberflächen für kerntechnische Anwendungen

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    Gordeev, Sergej

    2008-01-01

    Das Ziel dieser Arbeit ist die Bereitstellung validierter Berechnungsverfahren zur Auslegung und Optimierung von Flüssigmetall betriebenen Targets mit freien Oberflächen. Mit Hilfe der beschriebenen Methodik kann die Wirkung spezifischer hydraulischer Effekte auf die Stabilität der freien Oberfläche abgeschätzt werden. Anhand dieser Abschätzungen und der daraus resultierenden Beschränkung des Anwendungsbereiches können geeignete validierte Turbulenzmodelle bestimmt werden.

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging. Recent studies on biological effects of static magnetic and high-frequency electromagnetic fields; Magnetresonanztomographie. Neuere Studien zur biologischen Wirkung statischer Magnetfelder und hochfrequenter elektromagnetischer Felder

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    Pophof, B. [Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz, Abteilung fuer Wirkungen und Risiken ionisierender und nichtionisierender Strahlung, Oberschleissheim/Neuherberg (Germany); Brix, G. [Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz, Abteilung fuer medizinischen und beruflichen Strahlenschutz, Oberschleissheim/Neuherberg (Germany)

    2017-07-15

    der MRT wurden recherchiert und bewertet. Neue Studien bestaetigen aeltere Arbeiten, die bereits Wirkungen statischer Magnetfelder auf Sinnesorgane und das zentrale Nervensystem, begleitet von Sinneswahrnehmungen, beschrieben haben. Ein neues Ergebnis ist die direkte Wirkung von Lorentz-Kraeften auf Ionenstroeme in den semizirkulaeren Kanaelen des Gleichgewichtsorgans. Aktuelle Untersuchungen zu thermischen Wirkungen hochfrequenter Felder fokussierten auf die Entwicklung anatomisch realistischer Koerpermodelle und eine genauere Simulation von Expositionsszenarien. Starke statische Magnetfelder koennen unangenehme Wahrnehmungen, insbesondere Schwindel, hervorrufen. Darueber hinaus koennen sie die Leistungsfaehigkeit des medizinischen Personals beeinflussen und dadurch potenziell die Patientensicherheit gefaehrden. Vorsorglich sollte sich das medizinische Personal im Feldgradienten langsam bewegen. Hochfrequente elektromagnetische Felder fuehren bei Patienten zur Erwaermung von Geweben und Organen. Dies ist insbesondere bei Patienten mit eingeschraenkter Thermoregulation sowie bei Schwangeren und Neugeborenen zu beruecksichtigen; die Exposition ist in diesen Faellen moeglichst gering zu halten. (orig.)

  8. Numerical simulations on the effect of aerosols on tropospheric chemistry and range of sight; Numerische Simulationen zur Wirkung des Aerosols auf die troposphaerische Chemie und die Sichtweite

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    Riemer, N.

    2002-05-01

    In this study the mesoscale KAMM/DRAS model system was extended by an MADE aerosol module with a view to studying tropospheric aerosols in terms of composition and size distribution in the greatest possible detail. In particular, the MADE aerosol module was supplemented by a routine for soot. This routine involves the parameterisation of the ageing process of soot through coagulation of soot particles with soluble particles and condensation of sulphuric acid on the soot particles. This transforms the soot from an external into an internal mixture and changes its hygroscopic properties. Thus extended the model system was used to study two aspects of the effects of aerosols on the physical and chemical environment of the troposphere. The first of these two tasks was to quantify the influence of heterogeneous hydrolysis of dinitrogen pentoxide (N{sub 2}O{sub 5}) on tropospheric chemistry under summer smog conditions. The second was to study the optical properties of aerosols. The paper shows a way of deriving extinction coefficients from the calculated aerosol distributions. This is then used as a starting point for developing a method for determining range of sight. [German] Das mesoskalige Modellsystem KAMM/DRAIS wird im Rahmen dieser Arbeit um das Aerosolmodul MADE erweitert, um das troposphaerische Aerosol sowohl bezueglich seiner Zusammensetzung als auch bezueglich seiner Groessenverteilung moeglichst detailliert zu behandeln. Insbesondere wird das Aerosolmodul MADE um die Behandlung der Substanz Russ ergaenzt. Hierbei wird der Alterungsprozess von Russ durch Koagulation der Russteilchen mit loeslichen Partikeln und durch Kondensation von Schwefelsaeure auf den Russpartikeln, wodurch der Russ von einer externen in eine interne Mischung uebergeht und seine hygroskopischen Eigenschaften aendert, parametrisiert. Mit dem so erweiterten Modellsystem wird fuer zwei Themenschwerpunkte die Wirkung des Aerosols auf die physikalischen und chemischen Bedingungen in der

  9. Target organ of hCG

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    Yanaginuma, Tsutomu; Kobayashi, Takuro

    1974-01-01

    The author and his associated gave intravenous infusions of hCG labeled with 125 I to female rats and investigated its distribution in their brains. The results showed a significantly higher radioactivity in the median eminence than in the other parts of the brain. This indicated that there were receptors of hCG in the median eminence of the hypothalamus of a female rat. The mechanism of gonadotropin action was also discussed in this report. By giving 125 I and 125 I-BSA to the same rats which had been used in the study of hCG distribution in the brain, and by investigating the radioactivity of their ovaries, the author explained the receptor of gonadotropin in corpora lutea. (Serizawa, K.)

  10. H I in group interactions: HCG 44

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    Hess, Kelley M.; Cluver, M. E.; Yahya, Sahba; Leisman, Lukas; Serra, Paolo; Lucero, Danielle M.; Passmoor, Sean S.; Carignan, Claude

    2017-01-01

    Extending deep observations of the neutral atomic hydrogen (H I) to the environment around galaxy groups can reveal a complex history of group interactions which is invisible to studies that focus on the stellar component. Hickson Compact Group 44 (HCG 44) is a nearby example, and we have combined H I data from the Karoo Array Telescope, Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, and Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA survey, in order to achieve high column density sensitivity (N _{H {I}}HCG 44 contains 1.1 × 109 M⊙ of gas and extends 450 kpc from the compact group: twice as much mass and 33 per cent further than previously detected. However, the additional gas is still unable to account for the known H I deficiency of HCG 44. The tail likely formed through a strong tidal interaction and H I clouds in the tail have survived for 1 Gyr or more after being stripped. This has important implications for understanding the survival of neutral clouds in the intragroup and circumgroup medium, and we discuss their survival in the context of simulations of cold gas in hot haloes. HCG 44 is one of a growing number of galaxy groups found to have more extended H I in the intragroup and circumgroup medium than previously measured. Our results provide constraints for simulations on the properties of galaxy group haloes, and reveal a glimpse of what will be seen by future powerful H I telescopes and surveys.

  11. hCG - related molecules and their measurement.

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    Szczerba, Anna; Białas, Piotr; Pięta, Paweł Piotr; Jankowska, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Measurements of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) synthesized by trophoblast cells is a powerful tool of pregnancy monitoring. It was showed that similarly to pregnancy also trophoblastic and nontrophoblastic malignancies produce variety of hCG molecules. In urine and serum of both pregnant women and tumors patients a fifteen various forms of hCG, such as: regular hCG, hyperglycosylated hCG and predominant hyperglycosylated hCG free β, were identified. These forms might be useful in order to recognize between physiological and pathological pregnancies as well as cancers. Even the presence of these different hormone variants is well documented the commercially available biochemical tests detecting hCG failed to identified and distinguish among these forms. Especially hard is to identify glycan chains linked to heterodimer. Thus, a detailed analysis of hCG-related molecules produced during physiological and pathological condition, together with a new tests development are needed.

  12. The impact of climate change on managed forests in Central Europe; Wirkung von Klimaveraenderungen in mitteleuropaeischen Wirtschaftswaeldern

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    Lindner, M.

    1998-07-01

    The projected change in global climate may have various impacts on forest ecosystems. Changes in the growth of different forest species will also influence the competitive relationships between species, the potential species composition in unmanaged forest and the choice of species in managed forests. While impacts of climate change on physiological processes and the potential natural species composition in forests have been intensively investigated in the last few years, there has been hardly any research on possible consequences in managed forests. (orig.)

  13. The impact of Fukushima on the energy policy in France; Die Wirkung von Fukushima auf die Energiepolitik in Frankreich

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    Guerry, Anais

    2012-06-15

    The author of the contribution under consideration reports on the impact of Fukushima on the energy policy in France under consideration of the following aspects. (1) The direct political reaction on Fukushima; (2) The position of the political parties in France and Fukushima; (3) The reaction of the publicity; (4) The specific measures of the actors of the energy policy in France and Fukushima.

  14. Production and Characterization of HCG Poly clonal Antibodies

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    Moustafa, K.A.

    2009-01-01

    To prepare a radioimmunoassay system for measuring hcg hormone, the anti-hcg polyclonal antibodies must be firstly prepared. The present study was aimed to produce and characterize the anti-hcg polyclonal antibodies. The anti hcg polyclonal Antibes which were produced by immunizing five Balb/c mice with a highly purified β-hcg hormone. A complete Freunds adjuvant was used for the first injection while incomplete Freunds adjuvant was used for the following boosters. Blood spots were obtained from the immunized mice and tested for the presence of antibodies. At the end of the immunization schedule, the mice was exposed to anesthesia using ether then dissected and the blood samples were collected from the heart. The serum (antisera) was separated from the blood containing anti-hcg polyclonal antibodies. The produced antibodies were purified then immobilized onto the surface of magnetic particles to prepare the solid phase anti-hcg magnetic particles. The characterization parameters include accuracy, parallelism, sensitivity, specificity and comparison studies between the prepared system and the commercial used one, were performed. Also, the labeling of hcg hormone with 1251 was performed using chloramine-T method. The obtained results indicated that the produced solid phase of polyclonal anti-hcg for measuring the hcg hormone was good, accurate, sensitive, specific and highly correlated with that of the commercial method

  15. Zur Entstehung, Konzeption und Wirkung des "Don Quijote" in der europäischen Literatur

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    Meyer-Minnemann, Klaus

    2007-01-01

    Wie kein zweiter Roman zieht der "Don Quijote" von Miguel de Cervantes seit nunmehr vier Jahrhunderten Generationen von Lesern immer wieder neu in seinen Bann. Abgefasst im Spanien des frühen 17. Jahrhunderts, das zu jener Zeit die Geschicke Europas wesentlich mitbestimmte, wurde der Roman bald zum Inbegriff der spanischen Literatur und Kultur. Von Madrid aus hat er auf den Rest Europas ausgestrahlt und Denker, Dichter, Künstler, Komponisten und später auch Filmemacher zur Auseinandersetzung ...

  16. Multivariate analysis of factors influencing the effect of radiosynovectomy; Multivariate Analyse der Einflussfaktoren auf die Wirkung der Radiosynoviorthese bei entzuendlichen Gelenkerkrankungen

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    Farahati, J.; Schulz, G.; Koerber, C.; Geling, M.; Schmeider, P.; Reiners, Chr. [Wuerzburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Wendler, J. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Innere Medizin III; Kenn, W. [Wuerzburg Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Roentgendiagnostik; Reidemeister, C. [Wuerzburg Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Innere Medizin

    2002-04-01

    behandelten Gelenks befragt. Zur Ermittlung der Zeit bis zur Remission diente die Kaplan-Meier-Survivorship-Funktion. Der Einfluss der Prognoseparameter auf die Zeit bis zur Schmerzlinderung wurde mit der multivariaten Diskriminanzanalyse untersucht. Ergebnisse: Die Wahrscheinlichkeit der Schmerzlinderung um mehr als 20% lag nach 6 Monaten bei 78%. Sie war entscheidend vom Alter des Patienten (p = 0,02) und der Erkrankungsdauer (p = 0,05) abhaengig, nicht jedoch von Geschlecht (p = 0,17), Grunderkrankung (p = 0,23) und Gelenktyp (p = 0,69). Schlussfolgerung: Unabhaengig vom Geschlecht, Gelenktyp und der Grunderkrankung kann durch die RSO bei 78% der Patienten mit Synovialitis eine merkliche Schmerzlinderung erreicht werden, wobei die Wirkung mit dem Alter und der Erkrankungsdauer abnimmt. (orig.)

  17. hCG, the wonder of today's science

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    2012-01-01

    Background hCG is a wonder. Firstly, because hCG is such an extreme molecule. hCG is the most acidic glycoprotein containing the highest proportion of sugars. Secondly, hCG exists in 5 common forms. Finally, it has so many functions ranging from control of human pregnancy to human cancer. This review examines these molecules in detail. Content These 5 molecules, hCG, sulfated hCG, hyperglycosylated hCG, hCG free beta and hyperglycosylated free beta are produced by placental syncytiotrophoblast cells and pituitary gonadotrope cells (group 1), and by placental cytotrophoblast cells and human malignancies (group 2). Group 1 molecules are both hormones that act on the hCG/LH receptor. These molecules are central to human menstrual cycle and human pregnancy. Group 2 molecules are autocrines, that act by antagonizing a TGF beta receptor. These molecules are critical to all advanced malignancies. Conclusions The hCG groups are molecules critical to both the molecules of pregnancy or human life, and to the advancement of cancer, or human death. PMID:22455390

  18. Predicting success of methotrexate treatment by pretreatment HCG level and 24-hour HCG increment.

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    Levin, Gabriel; Saleh, Narjes A; Haj-Yahya, Rani; Matan, Liat S; Avi, Benshushan

    2018-04-01

    To evaluate β-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG) level and its 24-hour increment as predictors of successful methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancy. Data were retrospectively reviewed from women with ectopic pregnancy who were treated by single-dose methotrexate (50 mg/m 2 ) at a university hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, between January 1, 2000, and June 30, 2015. Serum β-HCG before treatment and its percentage increment in the 24 hours before treatment were compared between treatment success and failure groups. Sixty-nine women were included in the study. Single-dose methotrexate treatment was successful for 44 (63.8%) women. Both mean β-HCG level and its 24-hour increment were lower for women with successful treatment than for those with failed treatment (respectively, 1224 IU\\L vs 2362 IU\\L, P=0.018; and 13.5% vs 29.6%, P=0.009). Receiver operator characteristic curve analysis yielded cutoff values of 1600 IU\\L and 14% increment with a positive predictive value of 75% and 82%, respectively, for treatment success. β-HCG level and its 24-hour increment were independent predictors of treatment outcome by logistic regression (both PHCG increment of less than 14% in the 24 hours before single-dose methotrexate and serum β-HCG of less than 1600 IU\\L were found to be good predictors of treatment success. © 2017 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

  19. Comparative ovulation in clariidae using crude HCG from early ...

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    This paper used purified crude HCG from early pregnancy urine to assay ovulation in three species of Clariidae. Purification and extraction of crude HCG was carried out by the techniques involving alcohol precipitation, ion exchange chromatography and gel filtration. Biological activity of the purified homogenate was tested ...

  20. Effects of combustion particles - Comparison of health relevance of wood fires and diesel engines; Wirkung von Verbrennungspartikeln. Vergleich der Gesundheitsrelevanz von Holzfeuerungen und Dieselmotoren

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    Klippel, N.; Nussbaumer, T.

    2007-03-15

    This comprehensive final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) takes a look at the relevance of fine-dust particles (PM10, particulate matter smaller than 10 microns) emitted from wood-fired boilers in comparison with soot from diesel engines. Medicinal basics with reference to the particles concerned are explained, including the physiology of the human respiratory system, its defence mechanisms against fine dust as well as detrimental health effects to the nose, lungs and cardio-vascular system. Also, allergic reactions and effects at cell level are discussed. The mechanisms involved in the emission of the particles in ovens and diesel engines are examined and compared. The methods used to take samples of the particles are explained and the results of cell-tests are presented and discussed. Estimates of the particle concentrations in the lung are presented and comparisons are made of loading during smog-periods. The report is rounded off with a comprehensive list of literature on the subject.

  1. Radioimmunoasay of hCG in urine and serum by use of anti-beta-subunit hCG serum

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    Tomoda, Yutaka; Asai, Yasumasa; Miwa, Tadahito; Saeki, Akihiko; Ishizuka, Naotaka.

    1976-01-01

    Using anti-β-subunit hCG sera, radioimmunoassay (RIA) for hCG in urine and serum was developed, and its problems were examined. In the two measuring systems, the cross reaction between hCG and LH, and the non-specific inhibition of urine and serum were observed. For actual measurement, therefore, when a standard curve is prepared using urine or serum, and the measuring sensitivity is adjusted to 16 mIU/ml for urine hCG and to 8 mIU/ml for serum hCG, the effect of LH can be eliminated relatively, and the RIA obtained can be quite specific for hCG. When this method was applied clinically, the results were in agreement with the results from cases of trophoblastic tumors under treatment, those in remission, and menopausal females with high LH. Hardly any LH was detected in the cases in remission, menopausal females, or normal females. This method enables us to judge whether or not hCG-like substances are excreted from malignant tumors. In addition, it gives clearer information on the behavior of low level hCG in patients with trophoblastic tumors than does the pre-existing RIA for hCG. This method can be applied extensively to clinical practice. (Chiba, N.)

  2. Radioimmunological determination of HPL and HCG and semiquantitative HCG determination in normal early pregnancies and in case of imminent abortion

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    Domanowsky-Rolssenn, U.

    1977-01-01

    In the prognosis of endangered early pregnancies for purely clinical purposes, HPL determination in addition to immunochemical HCG determination appears sufficient and most economical. For special indications, the extension of the method to the HCG-RIA up to the 15th week of pregnance appears useful and justifiable. (orig./AJ) [de

  3. Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG: a new test for discriminating gestational trophoblastic diseases.

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    Cole, Laurence A

    2014-11-01

    Hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a variant of hCG with large oligosaccharide side chains. Although hCG is produced by syncytiotrophoblast cells, hyperglycosylated hCG marks cytotrophoblast cell. Hyperglycosylated hCG signals placental implantation. Total hCG in serum and urine is measured by the Siemens Immulite hCG pregnancy test; the result is in milli-international unit per milliliter. Hyperglycosylated hCG is determined by the B152 microtiter plate assay; the result is in nanogram per milliliter. Hyperglycosylated hCG results can be converted to milli-international unit per milliliter equivalents by multiplying by 11. The test measures proportion hyperglycosylated hCG, hyperglycosylated hCG / total hCG. Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG marks cases intent on developing persistent hydatidiform mole (68% detection at 17% false detection). Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG also marks persistent hydatidiform mole (100% detection at 5.1% false detection). Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG distinguishes choriocarcinoma and gestational trophoblastic neoplasm cases, absolutely discriminating aggressive cases and minimally aggressive cases. Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG identifies quiescent gestational trophoblastic disease cases. It recognizes quiescent cases that become persistent disease (100% detection at 0% false positive). Proportion hyperglycosylated hCG is an invaluable test for discriminating gestational trophoblastic diseases.

  4. HCG variants, the growth factors which drive human malignancies

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    Cole, Laurence A

    2012-01-01

    The term human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) refers to a group of 5 molecules, each sharing the common amino acid sequence but each differing in meric structure and carbohydrate side chain structure. The 5 molecules are each produced by separate cells and each having separate biological functions. hCG and sulfated hCG are hormones produced by placental syncytiotrophoblast cells and pituitary gonadotrope cells. Hyperglycosylated hCG is an autocrine produced by placental cytotrophoblast cells. Hyperglycosylated hCG drives malignancy in placental cancers, and in testicular and ovarian germ cell malignancies. hCGβ and hyperglycosylated hCGβ are autocrines produce by most advanced malignancies. These molecules, particularly the malignancy promoters are presented in this review on hCG and cancer. hCGβ and hyperglycosylated hCGβ are critical to the growth and invasion, or malignancy of most advanced cancers. In many ways, while hCG may appear like a nothing, a hormone associated with pregnancy, it is not, and may be at the center of cancer research. PMID:22206043

  5. Properties of human gonadotrophins eluted from human corpus luteum and mouse luteoma LH-HCG receptors

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    Cole, F.E.; Arquembourg, P.C.; Rice, B.F.

    1977-01-01

    Studies were performed to try to determine if gonadotrophins are altered during their interaction with tissue receptors. Immunologic, electrophoretic and binding properties of lactoperoxidase labelled [ 125 I]HLH and [ 125 I]HCG were examined before and after elution from mouse lutomea and human corpora lutea receptor preparations. The anti-HCG used in these studies at a 1:10 000 dilution precipitated 92% of a freshly iodinated [ 125 I]HCG preparation. Receptor eluted [ 125 I]HCG, derived from the same batch of labelled ligand, was virtually quantitatively precipitated by the same dilution of anti-HCG. [ 125 I]HCG eluted from the human corpus luteum was electrophoretically more homogeneous when compared to its heterogenous parent labelled preparation and migrated to a position similar to that of native HCG. In Ouchterlony double diffusion experiments against anti-HCG antiserum, corpus lutheum eluted [ 125 I]HCG and [ 125 I]HLH showed immunologic identity with each other as well as with native HCG and HLH. Receptor eluted [ 125 I]HCG from the mouse luteoma, following in vivo administration via tail vein injection or after incubation in vitro with labelled hormones, was immunologically indistinguishable from native HCG. The electrophoretic mobility of HCG was retarded when HCG was added to extracts of mouse luteoma, liver and kidney. Eluates of mouse luteoma, applied to Bio-Gel columns previously equilibrated with [ 125 I]HCG showed the ability to concentrate [ 125 I]HCG in the high molecular weight column fractions. (author)

  6. Immunoradiometric assay and radioimmunodetection using monoclonal human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) antibodies recognizing only native hCG

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    Miyachi, Y.; Mizuchi, A.; Iio, M.

    1985-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which recognize conformational determinants of native hCG molecules, were used for two-site immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) and radioimmunodetection (RID) of hCG-producing tumours in nude mice. Several monoclonal hCG antibodies were produced against hCG, one of which (21-D-6) reacted with only native hCG with a high Ksub(a) value of 8.8x10 9 L/mol; another antibody (3-D-1) had a specificity for the epitopes located on the β-subunit of hCG. The antibodies 3-A-3, 12-A-5 and 24-B-6 cross-reacted substantially with LH. The antibodies 21-D-6 and 3-D-1, reacting with different antigenic sites, were used in a two-site IRMA in which 3-D-1 was immobilized and 21-D-6 was labelled with 125 I. This two-site IRMA was highly specific for hCG and there was no cross-reaction with hCG-α and hCG-β; the sensitivity of this IRMA was comparable with that of hCG radioiummunoassay (RIA) using polyclonal hCG antibodies. The hCG values in amniotic fluids were determined by IRMA and routine RIA, using SB-6 as hCG antiserum. Both values were significantly correlated (r=0.85, p 2 fractions prepared from 21-D-6 were iodinated by the lactoperoxidase method and used to detect hCG-containing tumours in nude mice by whole-body photoscans with a gamma scintillation camera. Positive RID results were obtained for all three tumour sites, at 144 h and 240 h after 131 I-IgG injection with a slightly higher background activity, and at 48 h after 131 I-F(ab prime) 2 administration with essentially no background activity. These results indicate that monoclonal anti-hCG and its radiolabelled fragment, which recognizes the conformation of the native hCG but not that of the subunit, are preferable for two-site IRMA and for RID of hCG-producing tumours. (author)

  7. von Neumann Morgenstern Preferences

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    Vind, Karl

    von Neumann Morgenstern utility is generalized to von Neumann Morgenstern preferences. The proof is an application of simple hyperplane theorems......von Neumann Morgenstern utility is generalized to von Neumann Morgenstern preferences. The proof is an application of simple hyperplane theorems...

  8. von Neumann Morgenstern Preferences

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    Vind, Karl

    2000-01-01

    von Neumann Morgenstern utility is generalized to von Neumann Morgenstern preferences. The proof is an application of simple hyperplane theorems......von Neumann Morgenstern utility is generalized to von Neumann Morgenstern preferences. The proof is an application of simple hyperplane theorems...

  9. hCG: Biological Functions and Clinical Applications.

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    Nwabuobi, Chinedu; Arlier, Sefa; Schatz, Frederick; Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Ozlem; Lockwood, Charles Joseph; Kayisli, Umit Ali

    2017-09-22

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced primarily by differentiated syncytiotrophoblasts, and represents a key embryonic signal that is essential for the maintenance of pregnancy. hCG can activate various signaling cascades including mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 2 (Smad2), protein kinase C (PKC), and/or protein kinase A (PKA) in several cells types by binding to luteinizing hormone/chorionic gonadotropin receptor (LHCGR) or potentially by direct/indirect interaction with transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGFβR). The molecule displays specialized roles in promoting angiogenesis in the uterine endothelium, maintaining myometrial quiescence, as well as fostering immunomodulation at the maternal-fetal interface. It is a member of the glycoprotein hormone family that includes luteinizing hormone (LH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). The α-subunit of hCG displays homologies with TSH, LH, and FSH, whereas the β subunit is 80-85% homologous to LH. The hCG molecule is produced by a variety of organs, exists in various forms, exerts vital biological functions, and has various clinical roles ranging from diagnosis and monitoring of pregnancy and pregnancy-related disorders to cancer surveillance. This review presents a detailed examination of hCG and its various clinical applications.

  10. Star Formation in Hi Tails: HCG 92, HCG 100 and 6 Interacting Systems

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    deMello, D. F.; Urrutia-Viscarra, F.; MendesdeOliveira, C.; Torres-Flores, S.; Carrasco, E. R.; Cypriano, E.

    2012-01-01

    We present new Gemini spectra of 14 new objects found within the HI tails of Hickson Compact Groups 92 and 100. Nine of them are GALEX Far-UV (FUV) and Near-UV (NUV) sources. The spectra confirm that these objects are members of the compact groups and have metallicities close to solar, with an average value of 12+log(O/H)approx.8.5. They have average FUV luminosities 7 x 10(exp 40) erg/s, very young ages (HI tails, NGC 2623, NGC 3079, NGC 3359, NGC 3627, NGC 3718, NGC 4656. We found 35 UV sources with ages < 100 Myr, however most of them are on average less luminous/massive than the UV sources found around HCG 92 and 100. We speculate that this might be an environmental effect and that compact groups of galaxies are more favorable to TDG formation than other interacting systems.

  11. Urine reference intervals for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) isoforms by immunoextraction-tandem mass spectrometry to detect hCG use.

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    Butch, Anthony W; Ahrens, Brian D; Avliyakulov, Nuraly K

    2017-11-03

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulates testosterone production by the testicles and can normalize suppressed testosterone concentrations in males following prolonged anabolic steroid use. Because of the potential for abuse by males, hCG is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of prohibited substances. The majority of WADA-accredited laboratories measure urinary hCG using an automated immunoassay. Only immunoassays that recognize the intact alpha and beta heterodimer of hCG (intact hCG) should be used to measure urinary hCG for doping control purposes since intact hCG is the only biologically active molecule. WADA further requires that confirmation testing is performed using an intact hCG immunoassay that is different from the one used in the initial testing procedure or by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In this study we measured the concentration of intact hCG, free β-subunit (hCGβ) and β-subunit core fragment (hCGβcf) in 570, 275, and 256 male urine samples, respectively, by an immunoextraction LC-MS/MS method. Mean concentrations of intact hCG, hCGβ and hCGβcf were 0.04 IU/L, 0.47 pmol/L and 0.16 pmol/L, respectively. The upper reference limits (97.5 th percentile) for intact hCG, hCGβ and hCGβcf were 0.21 IU/L, 0.40 pmol/L, and 1.86 pmol/L, respectively. Based on these data, we recommend a threshold of 1.0 IU/L for intact hCG (false positive rate of hCG. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Determination of hCG in choriocarcinoma using RIA kits for hCG and hCG-beta

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    Vlachova, J.; Ruzkova, M.; Jakoubkova, J.; Skrivan, J.; Zavadil, M.

    1981-01-01

    The difference between the clinical finding and hCG levels in the serum is shown in two choriocarcinoma patients with widely progressing metastatic processes in the lungs. In the patient showing low hCG levels and poor chemotherapeutic response the presence is presumed of a free hCG-alpha subunit. The opinion is backed that negativity or relapse of a trophoblastic disease in the sensitive and specific hCG*-anti hCG-beta system should be watched because intact hCG is a dominant form of the hormone secerning due to the disease. It is admitted, however, that possible determination of the alpha and beta subunits of the hormone would greatly contribute to assessing the progress of the disease. (author)

  13. 21 CFR 862.1155 - Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test system.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test system... Test Systems § 862.1155 Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test system. (a) Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test system intended for the early detection of pregnancy—(1) Identification. A human...

  14. Dynamic GnRH and hCG testing

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    Bang, A Kirstine; Nordkap, Loa; Almstrup, Kristian

    2017-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation tests may be used to evaluate the pituitary and testicular capacity. Our aim was to evaluate changes in follicular-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone after Gn......RH and hCG stimulation in healthy men and assess the impact of six single nucleotide polymorphisms on the responses. DESIGN: GnRH and hCG stimulation tests were performed on 77 healthy men, 18-40 years (reference group) at a specialized andrology referral center at a university hospital. The potential......: For the reference group, LH and FSH increased almost 400% and 40% during GnRH testing, stimulated levels varied from 4.4 to 58.8 U/L and 0.2 to 11.8 U/L and FSH decreased in nine men. Testosterone increased approximately 110% (range: 18.7-67.6 nmol/L) during hCG testing. None of the polymorphisms had any major...

  15. Measurement and charactereistics of hCG β-subunit

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    Isojima, Shinzo; Koyama, Koji; Naga, Osamu.

    1975-01-01

    The authors studied an hCG-radioimmunoassay method in which the anti-hCG β-subunit antibody- 125 I-hCG β-subunit system was used, and they determined that in this method the antibody reacted much more specifically against hCG than in the usual radioimmunoassay method in which the anti-hCG antibody- 125 I-hCG has been used. In addition, they explained that a specific method for hCG-radioimmunoassay can be established in which the reaction system does not depend on the amount of physiological LH secretion. The significance of the clinical application of this method was considered and it was proved that the method was necessary, especially for studies of the hCG secretion pattern in patients with villous tumors having a low level of LH. Furthermore, the phenomenon of the cellular effect, namely a temporary increase of the hCG value which was thought to be caused by the administration of anticancerous agents, was proved to be due to hCG hypersecretion, not merely to LH variation. (Ichikawa, K.)

  16. A 3D analysis of the metal distribution in the compact group of galaxies HCG 31

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    Torres-Flores, Sergio; Mendes de Oliveira, Claudia; Alfaro-Cuello, Mayte; Rodrigo Carrasco, Eleazar; de Mello, Duilia; Amram, Philippe

    2015-02-01

    We present new Gemini/GMOS integral field unit observations of the central region of the merging compact group of galaxies HCG 31. Using this data set, we derive the oxygen abundances for the merging galaxies HCG 31A and HCG 31C. We found a smooth metallicity gradient between the nuclei of these galaxies, suggesting a mixing of metals between these objects. These results are confirmed by high-resolution Fabry-Perot data, from which we infer that gas is flowing between HCG 31A and HCG 31C.

  17. Specific radioimmunoassay of HCG and its α and β subunits: methods and results

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    Reuter, A.M.; Schoonbrood, J.; Franchimont, P.

    1976-01-01

    To create antisera that are specific for the radioimmunoassay of HCG and its subunits, the antisera are neutralized by incubation with LH or HCG. For each RIA system the inhibition curves of HCG and its subunits LH, FSH, TSH and STH are obtained. The 125 I labelled hormones HCG, α and β subunits and LH were chromatographed over a Sephadex G 100 column. Serum of menopausal and pregnant women were chromatographed in the same way and the fractions subjected to RIA. HCG and its subunits were determined by RIA in the sera of patients with different kinds of cancer

  18. A 43-year-old woman with unexplained elevation of hCG.

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    Johnson, Lisa M; Gniadek, Thomas J; Cohn, Claudia S; Bachowski, Gary; Karger, Amy B

    2018-03-26

    This case report investigates an unusual hCG result in a woman who is not pregnant. A 43-year-old woman was admitted for recurrence of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) was initiated. Prior to transitioning the patient from TPE to immunosuppressive therapy, a serum qualitative hCG test was performed and was positive. Several etiologies for elevated hCG were considered and investigated, including heterophile antibody interference, endogenous hCG from pituitary or malignancy, and exogenous hCG. Retrospective measurement of hCG levels in remnant samples, including a sample obtained prior to TPE initiation, demonstrated that the hCG elevation occurred with plasma administration for TPE. Further investigation with the American Red Cross confirmed that a plasma donor was unknowingly pregnant and in the latter half of the first trimester at the time of donation, when hCG levels peak. In plasma recipients with unexplained hCG elevation, passive transfer of hCG from plasma should be considered in the differential diagnosis. Retrospective measurement of hCG in remnant samples obtained prior to plasma exchange can assist in confirming the source. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Absence of TGF-β Receptor Activation by Highly Purified hCG Preparations.

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    Koistinen, Hannu; Hautala, Laura; Koli, Katri; Stenman, Ulf-Håkan

    2015-12-01

    Recently, several LH/human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) receptor-independent activities for hCG have been described, including activation of the TGF-β receptor (TGFβR) by hyperglycosylated hCG and stimulation of trophoblast invasion. Because the hCG concentrations used in these studies have been rather high, reflecting physiological hCG levels in pregnancy, even a minor contamination with growth factors, which act at very low concentrations, may be significant. Several commercial hCG preparations have been found to contain significant amounts of epidermal growth factor (EGF), which we also confirmed here. Furthermore, we found that some hCG preparations also contain significant amounts of TGF-β1. These hCG preparations were able to activate ERK1/2 in JEG-3 choriocarcinoma cells or TGFβR in mink lung epithelial cells transfected with a reporter gene for TGFβR activation. No such activation was found with highly purified hCG or its free β-subunit (hCGβ), irrespective of whether they were hyperglycosylated or not. Taken together, our results suggest that the growth factor contaminations in the hCG preparations can cause activation of TGFβR and, at least in JEG-3 cells, MAPK signaling. This highlights the importance to carefully control for potential contaminations and that highly purified hCG preparations have to be used for biological studies.

  20. Serum hCG Levels following the Ovulatory Injection: Associations with Patient Weight and Implantation Time

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    Noorhasan, Dorette J.; McGovern, Peter G.; Cho, Michael; Seungdamrong, Aimee; Ahmad, Khaliq; McCulloh, David H.

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To test if serum hCG levels the morning after the ovulatory hCG injection correlate with (1) retrieval efficiency, (2) oocyte maturity, (3) embryo quality, (4) pregnancy, and/or (5) time to implantation in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Design. Retrospective cohort analysis. Setting. University-based IVF clinic. Patient(s). All IVF/ICSI cycles from April 2005 to February 2008 whose hCG administration was confirmed (n = 472 patients). Intervention(s). Serum hCG was measured the morning following the ovulatory injection, on the 16th day following retrieval, and repeated on day 18 for those with positive results. Main Outcome Measure(s). Number of follicles on the day of hCG injection, number of oocytes retrieved, maturity of oocytes, embryo quality, pregnancy outcome, and time to implantation. Result(s). hCG levels did not correlate with retrieval efficiency, oocyte maturity, embryo quality, or pregnancy. Postinjection hCG levels were inversely associated with patient weight and time to implantation. Conclusion(s). No correlation was found between hCG level and any parameter of embryo quality. Patient weight affected hCG levels following hCG injection and during the early period of pregnancy following implantation. No association between postinjection hCG level and time of implantation (adjusted for patient weight) was apparent. PMID:26587025

  1. Determination of serum hCG levels by radioreactor assay in the clinical laboratory

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    Boyko, W.L.

    1979-01-01

    The radioreceptorassay (RRA) has been used for measuring human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in sera from 751 individuals. The RRA is shown to be sensitive (98%) and specific (99.8%) in detecting hCG in a wide variety of conditions, including normal pregnancy and threatened or missed abortions. As a rapid qualitative or semiquantitative assay for hCG, the RRA is a valuable adjunct in the laboratory to less sensitive tests for hCG. Variation among different quantitative assays for hCG is examined, and it is concluded that the same assay system should be used for monitoring hCG levels in a single individual over a period of time in order to avoid inconsistent results. Application of the quantitative RRA for hCG in detecting the midcycle luteinizing hormone surge in infertillity is also presented

  2. [Influence of hCG glycosylation on its functions in female reproduction].

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    Oborná, I; Fingerová, H

    To review contemporary knowledge of the hCG molecule, its isoforms and the importance of glycosylation. Biologic variants and glycoforms of hCG have different biological activities and functions related to the control of menstrual cycle, conception, gestation as well as gynaecologic and non-gynaecologic malignancies. A review. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital Olomouc. To present own experience and an overview of recent literature in molecular biology, clinical biochemistry and clinical practice. Recent knowledge of the role of hCG glycosylation in physiologic and pathologic events in female organism will provide a better understanding of regulation of processes like ovulation (co-operation of pituitary hCG with LH), implantation and hemochorial placentation (invasivity of hyperglycosylated hCG). Some biologic variants and isoforms of hCG are important for the prediction of certain pathologies of pregnancy, prenatal screening of inborn errors (free beta hCG) as well as in the treatment of infertility.

  3. Effect of additional human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) on follicular growth and ovulation in gonadotrophin-treated gilts

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    Manjarín, Rodrigo; Cassar, Glen; Friendship, Robert M.; Garcia, José C.; Dominguez, J. Carlos; Kirkwood, Roy N.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of additional human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) on the ovarian response of gilts previously treated with 200 IU hCG combined with 400 IU equine chorionic gonadotrophin (eCG) (eCG/hCG). Seventy-one prepuberal gilts (105 ± 7.5 kg) were assigned to groups: i) eCG/hCG (hCG-0; n = 25); ii) eCG/hCG followed by 100 IU of hCG at 24 h (hCG-100; n = 24); iii) eCG/hCG followed by 200 IU hCG at 24 h (hCG-200; n = 10); and iv) controls (CON; n = 12). Ovulation response was assessed by ovarian dissection or real-time ultrasonography. Additional hCG did not significantly improve numbers of gilts ovulating. Numbers of corpora lutea increased with hCG, and was higher in hCG-200 (P hCG-0, the frequency of cysts in gilts was higher in hCG-100 (P hCG-200 (P hCG. We conclude that supplemental hCG will increase the number of corpora lutea but will be associated with follicular cyst development in a dose dependent manner. PMID:26130853

  4. The Expression of HCG Epitope Fused to Hepatits B Virus Core Antigen.

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    Li, Guang-Di; Wang, Bin; Chen, Zuo-Yi; Wang, Yuan; Gong, Yue-Ting

    1996-01-01

    The DNA fragments encoding HGC-beta-37-CTP was amplified by PCR and fused to the core gene of HBV at the position of amino Acid 1(N-terminal fusion, pCn-HCG), 154(C-terminal fusion, pCc-HCG), 75-83(internal fusion,pCm-HCG), and both 75-83 and 154 (pC-HCG2) respectively. The fused genes were expressed in E. coli, and the antigenicity of both HBcAg and HCG as well as the expression level were analyzed. In addition, the chimeric particular characteristics of the proteins and their immunogenicity were identified. It revealed that the fusion proteins pCm-HCG and pCc-HCG were able to form particles, and that the fusion protein pCm-HCG could induce antibody of anti-HCG of high titers in mice, suggesting that the position at 75-83 amino acid residue should be a relatively promising fusion site for HCG.

  5. Micro-dose hCG as luteal phase support without exogenous progesterone administration: mathematical modelling of the hCG concentration in circulation and initial clinical experience.

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    Andersen, C Yding; Fischer, R; Giorgione, V; Kelsey, Thomas W

    2016-10-01

    For the last two decades, exogenous progesterone administration has been used as luteal phase support (LPS) in connection with controlled ovarian stimulation combined with use of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trigger for the final maturation of follicles. The introduction of the GnRHa trigger to induce ovulation showed that exogenous progesterone administration without hCG supplementation was insufficient to obtain satisfactory pregnancy rates. This has prompted development of alternative strategies for LPS. Augmenting the local endogenous production of progesterone by the multiple corpora lutea has been one focus with emphasis on one hand to avoid development of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome and, on the other hand, to provide adequate levels of progesterone to sustain implantation. The present study evaluates the use of micro-dose hCG for LPS support and examines the potential advances and disadvantages. Based on the pharmacokinetic characteristics of hCG, the mathematical modelling of the concentration profiles of hCG during the luteal phase has been evaluated in connection with several different approaches for hCG administration as LPS. It is suggested that the currently employed LPS provided in connection with the GnRHa trigger (i.e. 1.500 IU) is too strong, and that daily micro-dose hCG administration is likely to provide an optimised LPS with the current available drugs. Initial clinical results with the micro-dose hCG approach are presented.

  6. Analytical sensitivity of four commonly used hCG point of care devices.

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    Kamer, Sandy M; Foley, Kevin F; Schmidt, Robert L; Greene, Dina N

    2015-04-01

    Point of care (POC) hCG assays are often used to rule-out pregnancy and therefore diagnostic sensitivity, especially at low concentrations of hCG, is important. There are very few studies in the literature that seek to verify the claimed analytical sensitivity of hCG POC devices. The analytical sensitivity of four commonly used hCG POC devices (Alere hCG Combo Cassette, ICON 20 hCG, OSOM hCG Combo Test, and Sure-Vue Serum/Urine hCG-STAT) was challenged using urine samples (n=50) selected based on quantitative hCG concentrations. The majority of these specimens (n=40) had an hCG concentration between 20 and 200 U/L. Each specimen/device combination was reviewed by three individuals. Statistical calculations were performed using Stata 12. The analytical sensitivity of the OSOM was significantly lower inferior than that of the other POC devices. There was no significant difference in the sensitivity of the Alere, ICON 20 and Sure-Vue devices. There was no significant difference in the individual interpretation of the hCG POC results. All hCG POC devices evaluated in this study were susceptible to false negative results at low concentrations of urine hCG. Laboratorians and clinicians should be aware that there are limitations when using urine hCG POC devices to rule out early pregnancy. Copyright © 2014 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. The Origin and Distribution of Heavy Elements in HCG 62

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    Vrtilek, Jan; Lavoie, Anthony R. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We present recent data on the compact group HCG 62 taken with AXAF CCD Imaging Spectrometer-S (ACIS-S) on Chandra. The sparseness of groups and their relatively simple dynamical history allow the properties of the Intergalatic Medium (IGM) to be more directly related to galaxy evolution than may be possible in clusters, and their lower gas temperatures produce strong lines from a broader range of elements than is the case in hotter clusters. This observation exploits the high X-ray brightness of HCG 62 to determine accurately the abundances of heavy elements as a function of position in the group, to test whether abundance variations are associated with individual galaxies, and to trace the origin of the enrichment.

  8. Clinical experience with an HCG-radioreceptor-assay

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    Anger, H.

    1979-01-01

    First experience in clinical work showed up that there was a diagnostic gap to be filled concerning disturbances in early pregnancy. The radioreceptorassay for HCG is very sensitive (0.2 IU/ml serum), the results show good reproducibility and the test is rapidly and easily to perform. Thus, more precise diagnostic results during complications in early pregnancy are available and new therapeutic possibilities may arise. (orig.) [de

  9. Analytical and Clinical Validation of the Immulite 1000 hCG Assay for Quantitative Analysis in Urine

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    Cate, Frances L.; Moffett, Courtney; Gronowski, Ann M.; Grenache, David G.; Hartmann, Katherine E.; Woodworth, Alison

    2013-01-01

    Background The Siemens Immulite hCG assay detects all major hCG variants in serum. Currently, this assay is only FDA approved for qualitative measurement of hCG in urine. Methods Complete validation of the hCG assay in urine was performed on the Siemens Immulite 1000 immunoassay platform. Reference intervals were established for females hCG assay was precise for measuring hCG in urine from pregnant patients with intra- and inter-assay imprecision of hCG and hCGβ respectively. The assay was non-linear for hCGβcf. No hook effect was observed at concentrations up to 1,200,000 pmol/l, for hCGβ or hCGβcf. The reference intervals were hCG assay can accurately quantify hCG in urine. PMID:23470427

  10. Rheologie von Beschichtungen

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    Schäffler, Michael

    Die Rheologie beschreibt die Fließ- und Deformationseigenschaften von Materialien. Der Begriff Rheologie ist aus dem Griechischen abgeleitet: rhein - fließen. Erst im Jahre 1930 entwickelte E.C. Bingham und M. Reiner in Easton (USA) die Rheologie zu einer eigenständigen Wissenschaft. Aber bereits seit dem 17. Jahrhundert wurden wesentliche Einzelbeiträge zu Fließphänomenen veröffentlich, so z.B. 1676 von R. Hooke (Hookesches Gesetz) und 1687 von I. Newton (Newtonsches Gesetz). Die Rheologie hat sich bis heute immer mehr zu einer interdisziplinären Wissenschaft entwickelt, die die mechanischen Eigenschaften von Materialien charakterisiert.

  11. Clinical Significance of Monitoring Serum β-HCG in the Conservative Treatment of Ectopic Pregnancy

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    Chen Xue

    2010-01-01

    To explore the clinical value of the serum β-HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in the conservative treatment of ectopic pregnancy, the serum β-HCG levels in 118 patients with ectopic pregnancy were measured with RIA. The results showed that the serum β-HCG levels in patients with successful conservative treatment of ectopic pregnancy were all less than 200mIU/mL. The patients require a surgical treatment to reach <200mIU/mL serum β-HCG concentration were only 26.3%. There was significant difference between two groups (P<0.01). The monitoring of serum β-HCG was very useful in the diagnosis, the choice of treatment measures and the evaluation of conservative treatment effect of ectopic pregnancy. In the course of treatment of ectopic pregnancy, serum β-HCG is a good marker in determining the success or failure of treatment. (authors)

  12. Reference ranges and determinants of total hCG levels during pregnancy: the Generation R Study.

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    Korevaar, Tim I M; Steegers, Eric A P; de Rijke, Yolanda B; Schalekamp-Timmermans, Sarah; Visser, W Edward; Hofman, Albert; Jaddoe, Vincent W V; Tiemeier, Henning; Visser, Theo J; Medici, Marco; Peeters, Robin P

    2015-09-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a pregnancy hormone secreted by the placental synctiotrophoblast cell layer that has been linked to fetal growth and various placental, uterine and fetal functions. In order to investigate the effects of hCG on clinical endpoints, knowledge on reference range (RR) methodology and determinants of gestational hCG levels is crucial. Moreover, a better understanding of gestational hCG physiology can improve current screening programs and future clinical management. Serum total hCG levels were determined in 8195 women participating in the Generation R Study. Gestational age specific RRs using 'ultrasound derived gestational age' (US RRs) were calculated and compared with 'last menstrual period derived gestational age' (LMP RRs) and a model-based RR. We also investigated which pregnancy characteristics were associated with hCG levels. Compared to the US RRs, the LMP RRs were lower, most notably for the median and lower limit levels. No considerable differences were found between RRs calculated in the general population or in uncomplicated pregnancies only. Maternal smoking, BMI, parity, ethnicity, fetal gender, placental weight and hyperemesis gravidarum symptoms were associated with total hCG. We provide gestational RRs for total hCG and show that total hCG values and RR cut-offs during pregnancy vary depending on pregnancy dating methodology. This is likely due to the influence of hCG on embryonic growth, suggesting that ultrasound based pregnancy dating might be less reliable in women with high/low hCG levels. Furthermore, we identify different pregnancy characteristics that influence total hCG levels considerably and should therefore be accounted for in clinical studies.

  13. Two-dimensional designed fabrication of subwavelength grating HCG mirror on silicon-on-insulator

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    Huang, Shen-Che; Hong, Kuo-Bin; Lu, Tien-Chang; He, Sailing

    2016-03-01

    We designed and fabricated a two dimensional high contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) mirrors. The computer-aided software was employed to verify the structural parameters including grating periods and filling factors. From the optimized simulation results, the designed HCG structure has a wide reflection stopband (reflectivity (R) >90%) of over 200 nm, which centered at telecommunication wavelength. The optimized HCG mirrors were fabricated by electron beam lithography and inductively coupled plasma process technique. The experimental result was almost consistent with calculated data. This achievement should have an impact on numerous photonic devices helpful attribution to the integrated HCG VCSELs in the future.

  14. The Role of HCG in Implantation: A Mini-Review of Molecular and Clinical Evidence

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    Makrigiannakis, Antonis; Vrekoussis, Thomas; Zoumakis, Emmanouel; Kalantaridou, Sophia N.; Jeschke, Udo

    2017-01-01

    Embryo implantation is a complex process involving continuous molecular cross-talk between the embryo and the decidua. One of the key molecules during this process is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG effectively modulates several metabolic pathways within the decidua contributing to endometrial receptivity. Herein, a brief overview of the molecular mechanisms regulated by HCG is presented. Furthermore, we summarize the existing evidence regarding the clinical impact on reproductive outcomes after endometrial priming with HCG prior to embryo transfer. Although promising, further evidence is needed to clarify the protocol that would lead to beneficial outcomes. PMID:28629172

  15. Von Triers kristendom

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    Søndergaard, Leif

    2009-01-01

    Lars von Trier er i hans film Antichrist i sin negation af kristendommen stærkt bundet til kristendommens dualistiske verdensbillede. Samtidig er filmen kvindefjendsk. Udgivelsesdato: 2. september......Lars von Trier er i hans film Antichrist i sin negation af kristendommen stærkt bundet til kristendommens dualistiske verdensbillede. Samtidig er filmen kvindefjendsk. Udgivelsesdato: 2. september...

  16. Biological functions of hCG and hCG-related molecules

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    2010-01-01

    Background hCG is a term referring to 4 independent molecules, each produced by separate cells and each having completely separate functions. These are hCG produced by villous syncytiotrophoblast cells, hyperglycosylated hCG produced by cytotrophoblast cells, free beta-subunit made by multiple primary non-trophoblastic malignancies, and pituitary hCG made by the gonadotrope cells of the anterior pituitary. Results and discussion hCG has numerous functions. hCG promotes progesterone production by corpus luteal cells; promotes angiogenesis in uterine vasculature; promoted the fusion of cytotrophoblast cell and differentiation to make syncytiotrophoblast cells; causes the blockage of any immune or macrophage action by mother on foreign invading placental cells; causes uterine growth parallel to fetal growth; suppresses any myometrial contractions during the course of pregnancy; causes growth and differentiation of the umbilical cord; signals the endometrium about forthcoming implantation; acts on receptor in mother's brain causing hyperemesis gravidarum, and seemingly promotes growth of fetal organs during pregnancy. Hyperglycosylated hCG functions to promote growth of cytotrophoblast cells and invasion by these cells, as occurs in implantation of pregnancy, and growth and invasion by choriocarcinoma cells. hCG free beta-subunit is produced by numerous non-trophoblastic malignancies of different primaries. The detection of free beta-subunit in these malignancies is generally considered a sign of poor prognosis. The free beta-subunit blocks apoptosis in cancer cells and promotes the growth and malignancy of the cancer. Pituitary hCG is a sulfated variant of hCG produced at low levels during the menstrual cycle. Pituitary hCG seems to mimic luteinizing hormone actions during the menstrual cycle. PMID:20735820

  17. Biological functions of hCG and hCG-related molecules

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    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background hCG is a term referring to 4 independent molecules, each produced by separate cells and each having completely separate functions. These are hCG produced by villous syncytiotrophoblast cells, hyperglycosylated hCG produced by cytotrophoblast cells, free beta-subunit made by multiple primary non-trophoblastic malignancies, and pituitary hCG made by the gonadotrope cells of the anterior pituitary. Results and discussion hCG has numerous functions. hCG promotes progesterone production by corpus luteal cells; promotes angiogenesis in uterine vasculature; promoted the fusion of cytotrophoblast cell and differentiation to make syncytiotrophoblast cells; causes the blockage of any immune or macrophage action by mother on foreign invading placental cells; causes uterine growth parallel to fetal growth; suppresses any myometrial contractions during the course of pregnancy; causes growth and differentiation of the umbilical cord; signals the endometrium about forthcoming implantation; acts on receptor in mother's brain causing hyperemesis gravidarum, and seemingly promotes growth of fetal organs during pregnancy. Hyperglycosylated hCG functions to promote growth of cytotrophoblast cells and invasion by these cells, as occurs in implantation of pregnancy, and growth and invasion by choriocarcinoma cells. hCG free beta-subunit is produced by numerous non-trophoblastic malignancies of different primaries. The detection of free beta-subunit in these malignancies is generally considered a sign of poor prognosis. The free beta-subunit blocks apoptosis in cancer cells and promotes the growth and malignancy of the cancer. Pituitary hCG is a sulfated variant of hCG produced at low levels during the menstrual cycle. Pituitary hCG seems to mimic luteinizing hormone actions during the menstrual cycle.

  18. Kinderen met hyperthyreoïdie door verhoogd hCG

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    Jöbsis, Jasper J.; van Trotsenburg, A. S. Paul; Merks, Johannes H. M.; Kamp, Gerdine A.

    2014-01-01

    We describe two children with hyperthyroidism secondary to elevated hCG levels: one patient with gestational trophoblastic disease and one patient with choriocarcinoma. hCG resembles other glycoproteins that can lead to hyperthyroidism through TSH receptor activation. Also, through its LH-mimicking

  19. Reference ranges and determinants of total hCG levels during pregnancy: the Generation R Study

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    T.I.M. Korevaar (Tim); E.A.P. Steegers (Eric); Y.B. de Rijke (Yolanda); S. Schalekamp-Timmermans (Sarah); W.E. Visser (Wil Edward); A. Hofman (Albert); V.W.V. Jaddoe (Vincent); H.W. Tiemeier (Henning); T.J. Visser (Theo); M. Medici (Marco); R.P. Peeters (Robin)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractHuman chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a pregnancy hormone secreted by the placental synctiotrophoblast cell layer that has been linked to fetal growth and various placental, uterine and fetal functions. In order to investigate the effects of hCG on clinical endpoints, knowledge on

  20. Urinary hyperglycosylated hCG in first trimester screening for chromosomal abnormalities

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    Butler, SA; Mantingh, A; Cole, LA

    2000-01-01

    Hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotrophin (H-hCG), also known as Invasive Trophoblast Antigen or ITA, is a unique metabolic variant of hCG with more complex oligosaccharide side chains. Concentrations are independent of regular hCG. Urine H-hCG has recently proved to be a highly sensitive

  1. Myth vs. Fact: The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Diet

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    ... infertility • headaches • possible increased long- term risk of breast cancer for pre-menopausal women Prescription hCG Doctors worry that injectable hCG—which can affect sex hormones in both men and women—can cause harmful or unexpected effects. Doctors also worry that hCG might not be ...

  2. Photonic heterostructure High Contrast Grating as a novel polarization control and light confinement system in HCG VCSEL

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    Gebski, M.; Dems, M.; Chen, J.; Qijie, W.; Dao Hua, Z.; Czyszanowski, T.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we present results of computer optical simulations of VCSEL with modified high refractive index contrast grating (HCG) as a top mirror. We consider the HCG of two different designs which determine the lateral aperture. Such HCG mirror provides selective guiding effect. We show that proper design of aperture of HCG results in almost sixfold increase in cavity Q-factor for zero order mode and a discrimination of higher order modes.

  3. Studies of the mechanism of removal of nitric oxides in plasma reactors. Final report; Laserdiagnostische und plasmatechnologische Grundlagen zur Verminderung von Emissionen und Kraftstoffverbrauch bei DI-Verbrennungsmotoren. Teilvorhaben: Untersuchung der Abbaumechanismen von Stickoxiden in Plasmareaktoren. Abschlussbericht

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    Miessner, H.; Leonhardt, J.

    2000-09-01

    The oxidative potential of a cold plasma in off-gases from engines with oxygen excess results in an effective conversion of NO to NO{sub 2}, that can be converted synergetically to molecular nitrogen with appropriate catalysts in a selective catalystic reduction (SCR) of NOx, both with NH{sub 3} and hydrocarbons. The combination of SCR and cold plasma enhances the overall reaction and allows an effective removal of NOx at relatively low temperatures. Without any reductive material, the plasmacatalytic abatement of NOx in excess oxygen containing off-gases is not satisfying. The analysis of the isotopic distribution in the reaction products using labelled compounds as starting materials allows conclusions regarding the mechanism of the removal as well as of the new formation of NOx. Also the production of undesired byproducts can be analysed in detail. (orig.) [German] Die oxidative Wirkung des kalten Plasmas in einem Motorengas mit Sauerstoffueberschuss fuehrt zu einer effektiven Umwandlung des NO zu NO{sub 2}, das in synergetischer Weise mit geeigneten Katalysatoren in einer selektiven katalytischen Reduktion (SCR) sowohl mit NH{sub 3} als auch mit Kohlenwasserstoffen zu molekularem Stickstoff abgebaut werden kann. Die Kombination von SCR und kaltem Plasma beschleunigt die Gesamtreaktion und ermoeglicht einen effektiven Abbau von NOx bei vergleichsweise geringen Temperaturen. Ohne zusaetzliche Reduktionsmittel ist der plasmakatalytische Abbau von NOx in O{sub 2}-haltigen Abgasen unbefriedigend. Die Analyse der Isotopenverteilung in den Reaktionsprodukten gestattet beim Einsatz markierter Ausgangsverbindungen Rueckschluesse auf den Mechanismus des Abbaus und ggf. auch der Neubildung von NOx sowie der Bildung von unerwuenschten Nebenprodukten. (orig.)

  4. Status of a Unique Vaccine against hCG for Contraception and Advanced Stage Cancers expressing ectopically hCG

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    Talwar GP; Singh P; Gupta JC

    2015-01-01

    Dear Egon!br God bless you on your 95th Birthday! May you complete 100 years.br Being submitted in your honor is a brief article on my continuing work to make available a unique vaccine preventing pregnancy in women without blocking ovulation, her normal production of sex steroid hormones and retaining her regular menstrual cycles and bleeding profiles.br The vaccine is directed at the Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which emerges following fertilization of the egg [1]. Healthy, non-p...

  5. Dedifferentiated Liposarcoma With Rhabdomyosarcomatous Differentiation Producing HCG: A Case Report of a Diagnostic Pitfall.

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    Maryamchik, Elena; Lyapichev, Kirill A; Halliday, Bradford; Rosenberg, Andrew E

    2018-03-01

    We report a first case of paraneoplastic human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) production in a dedifferentiated liposarcoma with rhabdosarcomatous differentiation in an 83-year-old man with a retroperitoneal mass, unilateral scrotal enlargement, and a serum HCG level of 843 IU/L. Core biopsy of the retroperitoneal mass revealed rhabdomyosarcoma. Orchiectomy revealed a paratesticular dedifferentiated liposarcoma with rhabdosarcomatous differentiation. Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis performed on both the retroperitoneal and paratesticular masses revealed amplification of MDM2. The retroperitoneal tumor was interpreted as metastatic dedifferentiated liposarcoma with the dedifferentiated component represented by rhabdomyosarcoma. HCG production is a common feature of testicular germ cell tumors, less common in carcinomas, and extremely rare in sarcomas. Accordingly, sarcomas secreting HCG are a potential diagnostic pitfall, and raise the differential diagnosis of germ cell tumors and a variety of carcinomas. HCG production by carcinomas is a known poor prognostic finding, however the significance of its production in sarcomas is unknown.

  6. Micro-dose hCG as luteal phase support without exogenous progesterone administration

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    Andersen, C Yding; Fischer, R; Giorgione, V

    2016-01-01

    For the last two decades, exogenous progesterone administration has been used as luteal phase support (LPS) in connection with controlled ovarian stimulation combined with use of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trigger for the final maturation of follicles. The introduction of the Gn......RHa trigger to induce ovulation showed that exogenous progesterone administration without hCG supplementation was insufficient to obtain satisfactory pregnancy rates. This has prompted development of alternative strategies for LPS. Augmenting the local endogenous production of progesterone by the multiple...... advances and disadvantages. Based on the pharmacokinetic characteristics of hCG, the mathematical modelling of the concentration profiles of hCG during the luteal phase has been evaluated in connection with several different approaches for hCG administration as LPS. It is suggested that the currently...

  7. Postmenopausal pregnancy? Evaluation of elevated hCG in a 59-year-old woman.

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    Basham, Mary Margaret; Bryan, Teresa

    2017-06-05

    Slightly elevated serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) can be a normal finding in postmenopausal women. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman with a history of abnormal uterine bleeding who presented with a concern for pregnancy after developing nausea and vomiting a few weeks after unprotected intercourse. Although pregnancy was extremely unlikely, hCG was obtained in order to reassure the patient since she reported that her mother conceived at the age of 60. Serum hCG was positive, prompting concern for malignancy versus pregnancy. Stable serum hCG levels, elevated follicle-stimulating hormone and negative transvaginal ultrasound ruled out both malignancy and pregnancy. Positive serum pregnancy test and hCG elevation was attributed to normal postmenopausal state. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  8. Carl von Clausewitz

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    Højrup, Thomas

    2009-01-01

    Forskningsbaseret præsentation af Carl von Clausewitz' krigsteori og dens betydning for statsbegrebet og udviklingen af teori om statsdannelse og statssystem. Krigsbegrebets betydning for politikbegrebet ekspliciteres, og de indre relationer imellem de to begreber demonstreres med konkrete eksemp...

  9. Ellis Von Creveld Syndrome

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    Afshar H

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available One patient with Ellis Von Creveld syndrome contains: dwarfism, congenital heart"ndisease, ectodermal dysplasia, polyductyly, an abnormally wide labial frenum and maxillary"nmolars with single root.

  10. Lars von Triers film

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    Nielsen, Lisbeth Overgaard

    2007-01-01

    Afhandlingen undersøger Lars von Triers filmæstetik, som den kommer til udtryk i spillefilmene fra perioden 1984-2007. Afhandlingen analyserer de enkelte films stil, virkningsstrategi og betydningsdannelse.......Afhandlingen undersøger Lars von Triers filmæstetik, som den kommer til udtryk i spillefilmene fra perioden 1984-2007. Afhandlingen analyserer de enkelte films stil, virkningsstrategi og betydningsdannelse....

  11. Luteal phase HCG support for unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss - a low hanging fruit?

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    Fox, Chelsea; Azores-Gococo, Denise; Swart, Linda; Holoch, Kristin; Savaris, Ricardo F; Likes, Creighton E; Miller, Paul B; Forstein, David A; Lessey, Bruce A

    2017-03-01

    Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined by two or more failed pregnancies and accounts for only 1-5% of pregnancy failures. Treatment options for unexplained RPL (uRPL) are limited. Previous studies suggest a link between delayed implantation and pregnancy loss. Based on this, a timely signal for rescue of the corpus luteum (CL) using human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) could improve outcomes in women with uRPL. This retrospective cohort study included 98 subjects with uRPL: 45 underwent 135 monitored cycles without HCG support; and 53 underwent 142 cycles with a single mid-luteal HCG injection. Based on Log-rank Mantel-Cox survival curves, miscarriage rate and time to pregnancy decreased in the HCG group (P = 0.0005). Women receiving luteal HCG support had an increased chance of an ongoing pregnancy compared with those not receiving it (RR = 2.4; 95% CI 1.4-3.6; number need to treat (NNT) = 7; 95% CI 4-18). Subjects receiving HCG support had a significant absolute risk reduction (ARR) of miscarriage (P HCG in women with RPL appears warranted. Copyright © 2016 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. The effect of intrauterine HCG injection on IVF outcome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Osman, A; Pundir, J; Elsherbini, M; Dave, S; El-Toukhy, T; Khalaf, Y

    2016-09-01

    In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the effect of intrauterine HCG infusion before embryo transfer on IVF outcomes (live birth rate, clinical pregnancy rate and spontaneous aboretion rate) was investigated. Searches were conducted on MEDLINE, EMBASE and The Cochrane Library. Randomized studies in women undergoing IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection comparing intrauterine HCG administration at embryo transfer compared with no intrauterine HCG were eligible for inclusion. Eight randomized controlled trials were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis. A total of 3087 women undergoing IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles were enrolled (intrauterine HCG group: n = 1614; control group: n = 1473). No significant difference was found in the live birth rate (RR 1.13; 95% CI 0.84 to 1.53) and spontaneous abortion rate (RR 1.00, 95% CI 0.74 to 1.34) between women who received intrauterine HCG and those who did not receive HCG. Although this review was extensive and included randomized controlled trials, no significant heterogeneity was found, and the overall included numbers are relatively small. In conclusion the current evidence does not support the use of intrauterine HCG administration before embryo transfer. Well-designed multicentre trials are needed to provide robust evidence. Copyright © 2016 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Standardization of Epitopes for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Immunoassays.

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    Berger, Peter; Lapthorn, Adrian J

    2016-01-01

    hCG and its variants are markers for pregnancy tests, pregnancyrelated complications, trophoblastic diseases, pre-natal screening of Down's syndrome and doping controls. Strong demands are imposed on diagnostic methods by the dynamic changes in the absolute and relative levels of hCG protein backbone variants and glycosylation isoforms in serum and urine during development of pregnancy or the progression/remission of tumors. Observed differences in the results between commercial diagnostic immunoassays reflect the unequal molar recognition of the different metabolic hCG variants, in particular the hCG beta core fragment (hCGβcf), by the diagnostic antibodies (Abs), as their epitopes are not standardized, and the fact that suboptimal hCG standards are used. To rapidly characterize Abs by their epitope recognition and specificity to evaluate their suitability for diagnostic immunoassays a procedure of comparative epitope mapping has been developed using epitope-defined reference Abs. Comparative epitope mapping of diagnostic Abs will provide the basis for the standardization of diagnostic antigenic domains/epitopes and consequently for improved reliability of hCG measurements. Diagnostic first line assays likely consist of pairs of Abs that recognize specific epitopes at the top of the neighboring peptide loops 1 and 3 (Ł1+3) and the cystine knot (ck) of hCGβ, respectively. In future, significant improvements of reliability, robustness and comparability of the results of immunoassays for complex glycoproteins such as hCG will be achieved by the use (i) of standardized diagnostic Abs against welldefined epitopes and (ii) of the new International Standards for hCG and for five hCG variants established by WHO, that are calibrated in molar (SI) units.

  14. Hyperglycosylated hCG: a Unique Human Implantation and Invasion Factor.

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    Evans, Jemma

    2016-03-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), as one of the first embryonic products, has been extensively investigated for its role in implantation and placental development. Discovery of an over-glycosylated form of this hormone, hyperglycosylated hCG (hCG-H), has provided an additional level of complexity in our understanding of the implantation and placentation process; the structure, activity and functional implications of alterations in hCG isoforms throughout pregnancy are still being characterized. HCG-H comprises up to 90% of total hCG measurable in serum and urine during the first 2-3 weeks of pregnancy when invasive trophoblast activity is high, dropping to negligible proportions, less than 5%, of total hCG at the end of the first trimester. Functionally, hCG-H promotes trophoblast invasion during early pregnancy and has potential roles in immune cell modulation and endothelial function within the uterus at the time of pregnancy initiation. Altered levels of hCG-H are characteristics of pregnancy complications of altered trophoblast function and inadequate placentation, such as pre-eclampsia, and also over-abundance of invasive cytotrophoblasts, such as Down's syndrome. Improving our basic knowledge of the functional role-specific hCG isoforms plays in the complex cascade of events involved in implantation and placental development, and determining dynamic changes in the structure and activity of hCG isoforms throughout gestation will facilitate evidence-based decisions in assisted reproduction/in vitro fertilization based on the potential of embryos to implant, provide biomarkers for diagnosis of pregnancy complications associated with altered placental development and enhance understanding of how hCG isoforms may influence receptivity of the endometrium. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. HCG-Activated Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) Promote Trophoblast Cell Invasion

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    Wang, Yaqin; Guo, Yue; Zhou, Danni; Xu, Mei; Ding, Jinli; Yang, Jing

    2015-01-01

    Successful embryo implantation and placentation depend on appropriate trophoblast invasion into the maternal endometrial stroma. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is one of the earliest embryo-derived secreted signals in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) that abundantly expresses hCG receptors. The aims of this study were to estimate the effect of human embryo–secreted hCG on PBMC function and investigate the role and underlying mechanisms of activated PBMC in trophoblast invasion. Blood samples were collected from women undergoing benign gynecological surgery during the mid-secretory phase. PBMC were isolated and stimulated with or without hCG for 0 or 24 h. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) expressions in PBMC were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The JAR cell line served as a model for trophoblast cells and was divided into four groups: control, hCG only, PBMC only, and PBMC with hCG. JAR cell invasive and proliferative abilities were detected by trans-well and CCK8 assays and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 (MMP-2), MMP-9, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1, and TIMP-2 expressions in JAR cells were detected by western blotting and real-time PCR analysis. We found that hCG can remarkably promote IL-1β and LIF promotion in PBMC after 24-h culture. PBMC activated by hCG significantly increased the number of invasive JAR cells in an invasion assay without affecting proliferation, and hCG-activated PBMC significantly increased MMP-2, MMP-9, and VEGF and decreased TIMP-1 and TIMP-2 expressions in JAR cells in a dose-dependent manner. This study demonstrated that hCG stimulates cytokine secretion in human PBMC and could stimulate trophoblast invasion. PMID:26087261

  16. Potential role of hCG in apoptosis of human luteinized granulosa cells

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    HIRATA, Rei; HOJO, Takuo; SANO, Masahiro; HAYASHI, Nobuyoshi; OKUDA, Kiyoshi

    2014-01-01

    The corpus luteum (CL) forms after ovulation and acts as a temporary endocrine gland that produces progesterone (P4), a hormone that is essential for implantation and maintenance of pregnancy in mammals. In pregnant women, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) secreted by the conceptus prevents luteolysis. hCG also increases the survival of cultured human luteinized granulosa cells (hLGCs). To clarify the maintenance mechanism of the human CL, we investigated the effects of hCG and P4 receptor antagonists, onapristone (OP) and RU486, on the viability of hLGCs. With the patients’ consent, hLGCs were isolated from follicular aspirates for in vitro fertilization. The cells were cultured with hCG (0.1, 1, 10, 100 IU/ml), OP (10, 25, 50, 100 μM), RU486 (100 μM), P4 (1, 10, 25, 50 μM) or some combination of the four for 24 h. Cell viability was significantly increased by hCG (100 IU/ml) and significantly decreased by OP (100 μM) compared with the control. Cells treated with hCG and OP together were significantly less viable than the control and OP-treated cells. The combined treatment also significantly increased CASP3 activity and cleaved CASP3 protein expression. Furthermore, P4 addition reversed the reduction in cell viability caused by the combination of hCG and OP treatment. The overall findings suggest that hCG cooperates with P4 to increase survival of hLGCs and to induce apoptosis when P4 action supported by hCG is attenuated in the human CL. PMID:25451535

  17. Establishment of immunoradiometric assay for human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in serum

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    Yang Jianzhong; Tang Guozhong

    1997-01-01

    An immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) for human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in serum is established based on two monoclonal antibodies against HCG. there are no cross-reaction with human luteinizing hormone (hLH), follicle stimulating hormone (hFSH) and thyroid stimulating hormone (hTSH). The sensitivity was 0.5 U/L, and the recovery for different concentration of HCG was 91.65%-107.62%. The coefficients of variation for intra and inter-assay were less than 5.4% and 6.4% respectively. 125 I-McAb were stable under the storage of 4 degree C for 97 days

  18. Decreased levels of genuine large free hCG alpha in men presenting with abnormal semen analysis

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    Plas Eugen

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG and its free subunits (hCG alpha, hCG beta are produced in the male reproductive tract and found in high concentrations in seminal fluid, in particular hCG alpha. This study aimed to elucidate changes in peptide hormone profiles in patients showing abnormal semen analyses and to determine the genuineness of the highly abundant hCG alpha. Methods Seminal plasma was obtained from 45 male patients undergoing semen analysis during infertility workups. Comprehensive peptide hormone profiles were established by a panel of immunofluorometric assays for hCG, hCG alpha, hCG beta and its metabolite hCG beta core fragment, placental lactogen, growth hormone and prolactin in seminal plasma of patients with abnormal semen analysis results (n = 29 versus normozoospermic men (n = 16. The molecular identity of large hyperglycosylated hCG alpha was analyzed by mass-spectrometry and selective deglycosylation. Results hCG alpha levels were found to be significantly lower in men with impaired semen quality (1346 +/- 191 vs. 2753 +/- 533 ng/ml, P = 0.022. Moreover, patients with reduced sperm count had reduced intact hCG levels compared with normozoospermic men (0.097 +/- 0.022 vs. 0.203 +/- 0.040 ng/ml, P = 0.028. Using mass-spectrometry, the biochemical identity of hCG alpha purified from seminal plasma was verified. Under non-reducing conditions in SDS-PAGE, hCG alpha isolated from seminal plasma migrated in a manner comparable with large free hCG alpha with an apparent molecular mass (Mr, app of 24 kDa, while hCG alpha dissociated from pregnancy-derived holo-hCG migrated at approximately 22 kDa. After deglycosylation with PNGase F under denaturing conditions, all hCG alpha variants showed an Mr, app of 15 kDa, indicating identical amino acid backbones. Conclusions The findings indicate a pathophysiological relevance of hCG, particularly its free alpha subunit, in spermatogenesis. The

  19. Differential processing of the two subunits of human choriogonadotropin (hCG) by granulosa cells. I. Preparation and characterization of selectively labeled hCG

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    Landefeld, T.D.; Byrne, M.D.; Campbell, K.L.; Midgley, A.R. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    The alpha- and beta-subunits of hCG were radioiodinated and recombined with unlabeled complementary subunits. The resultant recombined hormones, selectively labeled in either the alpha- or beta-subunit, were separated from unrecombined subunit by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, extracted with Triton X-100, and characterized by binding analysis. The estimates of maximum binding (active fraction) of the two resultant selectively labeled, recombined hCG preparations, determined with excess receptor were 0.41 and 0.59. These values are similar to those obtained when hCG is labeled as an intact molecule. The specific activities of the recombined preparations were estimated by four different methods, and the resulting values were used in combination with the active fraction estimates to determine the concentrations of active free and bound hormone. Binding analyses were run using varying concentrations of both labeled and unlabeled hormone. Estimates of the equilibrium dissociation binding constant (Kd) and receptor capacity were calculated in three different ways. The mean estimates of capacity (52.6 and 52.7 fmol/mg tissue) and Kd (66.6 and 65.7 pM) for the two preparations were indistinguishable. Additionally, these values were similar to values reported previously for hCG radioiodinated as an intact molecule. The availability of well characterized, selectively labeled hCG preparations provides new tools for studying the mechanism of action and the target cell processing of the subunits of this hormone

  20. Influence of the operating modes of wood-fired stoves on particle emissions; Einfluss der Betriebsweise auf die Partikelemissionen von Holzoefen. Projektzusatz 1+2 zum Projekt Wirkung von Verbrennungspartikeln

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    Klippel, N.; Nussbaumer, T.

    2007-03-15

    This comprehensive final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) examines the influence of the operating characteristics of wood-fired stoves on their particle emissions. Four types of stove are compared: A metal stove with small combustion chamber and a low mass of ceramic lining, a stove with a large combustion chamber and heavier ceramic lining, a newly designed stove with two-stage combustion using gasification and gas oxidation in a separate combustion chamber using secondary air and a modern pellet-fired stove operated with wood and straw pellets. The report describes the measurement programme and presents the results obtained using gravimetric measurements. The spectrum of particle emissions measured for the four types of stove are presented and discussed. The correlation of carbon monoxide and fine-dust emissions is examined. The results of biological tests and the chemical analysis of the dust are discussed.

  1. Lars von Triers filmterapeutiske laboratorium

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    Christoffersen, Erik Exe

    2012-01-01

    Artiklen diskuterer det parataktiske som dramaturgisk princip i forhold til Lars von Triers film.......Artiklen diskuterer det parataktiske som dramaturgisk princip i forhold til Lars von Triers film....

  2. Potenzial von Fahrgemeinschaften

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    Mühlethaler, Franz; Axhausen, Kay W.; Ciari, Francesco; Tschannen-Süess, Monika; Gertsch-Jossi, Ursula

    2011-01-01

    Wenn eine Person für eine Fahrt, welche sie ohnehin durchführt, in ihrem Auto andere Personen mitnimmt, dann spricht man von einer Fahrgemeinschaft oder im englischen Sprachgebrauch von Car Pooling. Die Idee, diese Mobilitätsform durch Vermittlung ge- zielt zu fördern, stammt aus der Zeit des „Ölschocks“ in den Siebzigerjahren des letzten Jahrhunderts und wurde seither in vielen Ländern auf unterschiedliche Art verfolgt. Trotz einigen Erfolgen bleibt der Eindruck, dass Car Pooling sein vorhan...

  3. Early serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trends after medication abortion.

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    Pocius, Katherine D; Maurer, Rie; Fortin, Jennifer; Goldberg, Alisa B; Bartz, Deborah

    2015-06-01

    Despite increased reliance on human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for early pregnancy monitoring, there is limited information about hCG trends soon after medication abortion. The purpose of this study was to determine if there is a predictable decline in serum hCG values shortly after medication abortion. This is a retrospective study of women with early intrauterine pregnancies who underwent medication abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol and had a serum hCG level on Day 1 (day of mifepristone) and a repeat value on Day 2 to 6. The percent hCG decline was calculated from baseline to repeat measure, with repeat values from the same patient accounted for through repeated measure analysis of variance. Eighty-eight women with a mean gestational age of 5.5 weeks and median baseline hCG of 5220 IU met study criteria over a 3-year period. The mean decline (±SD) in hCG from the Day 1 baseline value was 56.9%±29.5% on Day 3, 73.5%±38.6% on Day 4, 86.1%±8.8% on Day 5, and 92.9%±3.4% on Day 6. Eighty-two women (93% of the cohort) had a complete abortion without further intervention. The least square means hCG decline among these women was 57.6% [95% confidence interval (CI): 50.3-64.9%] on Day 3, 78.9% (95% CI: 75.0-82.8%) on Day 4 and 86.2% (95% CI: 81.3-91.1%) on Day 5. There is a rapid decline in serum hCG within the first few days after early medication abortion. Further research is needed to delineate how soon after medication abortion this decline may be specific enough to confirm abortion completion. This study provides the largest cohort of patients followed with serial hCG values in the first few days after medication abortion. Our findings demonstrate the trend in hCG decline in this population, which may be predictable by Day 5. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Galaxy interactions in compact groups - II. Abundance and kinematic anomalies in HCG 91c

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    Vogt, Frédéric P. A.; Dopita, Michael A.; Borthakur, Sanchayeeta; Verdes-Montenegro, Lourdes; Heckman, Timothy M.; Yun, Min S.; Chambers, Kenneth C.

    2015-07-01

    Galaxies in Hickson Compact Group 91 (HCG 91) were observed with the WiFeS integral field spectrograph as part of our ongoing campaign targeting the ionized gas physics and kinematics inside star-forming members of compact groups. Here, we report the discovery of H II regions with abundance and kinematic offsets in the otherwise unremarkable star-forming spiral HCG 91c. The optical emission line analysis of this galaxy reveals that at least three H II regions harbour an oxygen abundance ˜0.15 dex lower than expected from their immediate surroundings and from the abundance gradient present in the inner regions of HCG 91c. The same star-forming regions are also associated with a small kinematic offset in the form of a lag of 5-10 km s-1 with respect to the local circular rotation of the gas. H I observations of HCG 91 from the Very Large Array and broad-band optical images from Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System) suggest that HCG 91c is caught early in its interaction with the other members of HCG 91. We discuss different scenarios to explain the origin of the peculiar star-forming regions detected with WiFeS, and show that evidence points towards infalling and collapsing extraplanar gas clouds at the disc-halo interface, possibly as a consequence of long-range gravitational perturbations of HCG 91c from the other group members. As such, HCG 91c provides evidence that some of the perturbations possibly associated with the early phase of galaxy evolution in compact groups impact the star-forming disc locally, and on sub-kpc scales.

  5. Induksi Superovulasi dengan Kombinasi CIDR, Hormon FSH dan hCG pada Induk Sapi Potong

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    E.M. Kaiin

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of superovulation treatment using combination of CIDR, FSH and hCG in beef cattle as donor embryos using MOET programme. All animals had been palpated to evaluated the ovary status and normal cows were used as donor and synchronized with CIDR (Eazy BreedTM . At day 10 of oestrus cycle, cows were divided into two groups, first group: cows were injected intramuscularly with FSH (Antrin 40 IU per cow with decreasing doses (for 4 days and second group cows were treated the same way but at day 5 after FSH injection, they were injected intramuscularly with 1,500 IU hCG (Chorulon. Embryo collection was done at day 7 after Artificial Insemination (AI. Average number of corpora lutea (CL in animals that superovulated with CIDR, FSH and hCG was significantly higher (P<0.05 compared to animals treated with CIDR and FSH only (5.52. Average number of embryo collection and number of transferable embryos were also higher in group treated with hCG (6.00 vs 5.44 compared with those treated without hCG (4.33 vs 3.17. The conclusion is hCG superovulation injection with CIDR and FSH can increase the respon of superovulation

  6. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and alphafeto protein (AFP) in sudanese pregnant women using immunoradiometric assay

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    Abdalla, O. M.; Khalid, M. M.; Hassan, A.; Ali, N. I.; Khalid, A. SH.; Abdelhadi, H. A.; Khair, L. A. M.; Almahi, W. A.; Gaafar, A.; Abdalla, H.; Basheer, H.

    2004-12-01

    In this study 672 pregnant Sudanese women were involved in order to determine the reference values of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and alpha feto protein (AFP). Blood samples were collected from different maternity centers in Khartoum and Omdurman maternity. Sensitive immunoradiometric assay (IRMA), method was used for measuring HCG and AFP in maternal serum. The data collected reveals that, the behavior of both AFP and HCG resemble that of the international one, where the peak concentrations of HCG are reached at 7-9 weeks of pregnancy then decrease, then staying relatively constant during the second trimester and increasing slightly towards term. The maternal serum concentration of AFP increases during pregnancy, reaching its peak during the last trimester. The concentration of AFP and HCG in maternal serum with relative couples was also compared to that of ir relative couples. Relative couples showed significant increase in maternal AFP level in the first and third trimesters (p=0.001and 0.000) respectively. The HCG concentration in both groups was not significantly different throughout the pregnancy (p>0.15). It is recommended that each laboratory establishes its own normal values. Since sudanese obstetrician depends previously on values from abroad, this study may help them to handle their patients depending on our own reference values.(Author)

  7. Combined ovulation triggering with GnRH agonist and hCG in IVF patients.

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    Kasum, Miro; Kurdija, Kristijan; Orešković, Slavko; Čehić, Ermin; Pavičić-Baldani, Dinka; Škrgatić, Lana

    2016-11-01

    The aim of the review is to analyse the combination of a gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist with a human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) trigger, for final oocyte maturation in in vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycles. The concept being a ''dual trigger'' combines a single dose of the GnRH agonist with a reduced or standard dosage of hCG at the time of triggering. The use of a GnRH agonist with a reduced dose of hCG in high responders demonstrated luteal phase support with improved pregnancy rates, similar to those after conventional hCG and a low risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). The administration of a GnRH agonist and a standard hCG in normal responders, demonstrated significantly improved live-birth rates and a higher number of embryos of excellent quality, or cryopreserved embryos. The concept of the ''double trigger" represents a combination of a GnRH agonist and a standard hCG, when used 40 and 34 h prior to ovum pick-up, respectively. The use of the ''double trigger" has been successfully offered in the treatment of empty follicle syndrome and in patients with a history of immature oocytes retrieved or with low/poor oocytes yield. Further prospective studies are required to confirm the aforementioned observations prior to clinical implementation.

  8. Heterophile antibody interference in qualitative urine/serum hCG devices: Case report.

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    Patel, Khushbu K; Gronowski, Ann M

    2016-06-01

    This case report investigates the origin of a false positive result on a serum qualitative human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) device. A 46-year-old woman diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia presented with nausea and vomiting. A qualitative serum hCG test was interpreted as positive; however, a quantitative serum hCG test was negative (hCG devices composed of antibodies from different animal sources. Blocking reagent from an automated quantitative immunoassay was also tested for its ability to inhibit the heterophile antibody interference. The qualitative test result was negative after pretreatment with heterophilic blocking reagent. Other devices composed of antibodies from different animal sources also demonstrated mixed results with the patient's sample. Blocking reagent obtained from the automated quantitative assay inhibited the heterophile antibody interference in the patient's sample. This case demonstrates that positive serum point-of-care hCG results should be interpreted with caution and confirmed with a quantitative serum hCG immunoassay when clinical suspicion is raised. Copyright © 2016 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. hCG stimulates angiogenic signals in lymphatic endothelial and circulating angiogenic cells.

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    Schanz, Andrea; Lukosz, Margarete; Hess, Alexandra P; Baston-Büst, Dunja M; Krüssel, Jan S; Heiss, Christian

    2015-08-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) has long been associated with the initiation and maintenance of pregnancy, where angiogenesis plays an important role. However, the function of hCG in angiogenesis and the recruitment of vascular active cells are not fully understood. In this study, the role of hCG and its receptor in circulating angiogenic and human endothelial cells, including lymphatic, uterine microvascular, and umbilical vein endothelial cells, was examined. Immunohistochemistry and immunoblot analysis were used to detect LH/hCG receptor expression and the expression of hCG-induced angiogenic molecules. HIF-1α was determined via ELISA and downstream molecules, such as CXCL12 and CXCR4, via real-time PCR. Chemotaxis was analyzed using Boyden chambers. Our results show that the LH/hCG receptor was present in all tested cells. Furthermore, hCG was able to stimulate LH/hCG-receptor-specific migration in a dose-dependent fashion and induce key angiogenic molecules, including HIF-1α, CXCL12, and CXCR4. In conclusion, our findings underscore the importance of hCG as one of the first angiogenic molecules produced by the conceptus. hCG itself alters endothelial motility, recruitment, and expression of pro-angiogenic molecules and may therefore play an important role in vascular adaption during implantation and early placental formation. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  10. Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and alphafeto protein (AFP) in Sudanese pregnant women using immunoradiometric assay

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    Abdalla, O. M.; Khalid, M. M.; Hassan, A.; Ali, N. I.; Khalid, A. SH.; Abdelhadi, H. A.; Khair, L. A. M.; Almahi, W. A.; Gaafar, A.; Abdalla, H.; Basheer, H.

    2004-01-01

    In this study 672 pregnant Sudanese women were involved in order to determine the reference values of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and alpha feto protein (AFP). Blood samples were collected from different maternity centers in Khartoum and Omdurman maternity. Sensitive immunoradiometric assay (IRMA), method was used for measuring HCG and AFP in maternal serum. The data collected reveals that, the behavior of both AFP and HCG resemble that of the international one, where the peak concentrations of HCG are reached at 7-9 weeks of pregnancy then decrease, then staying relatively constant during the second trimester and increasing slightly towards term. The maternal serum concentration of AFP increases during pregnancy, reaching its peak during the last trimester. The concentration of AFP and HCG in maternal serum with relative couples was also compared to that of ir relative couples. Relative couples showed significant increase in maternal AFP level in the first and third trimesters (p= 0.001and 0.000) respectively. The HCG concentration in both groups was not significantly different throughout the pregnancy (p> 0.15). It is recommended that each laboratory establishes its own normal values. Since Sudanese obstetrician depends previously on values from abroad, this study may help them to handle their patients depending on our own reference values. (Authors)

  11. Biologischer Anbau von Strauchbeeren

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    Schmid, Andi

    2004-01-01

    Das Merkblatt enthält auf Österreich angepasste, praxisnahe Informationen zur Produktion von hochwertigen Strauchbeeren wie Himbeeren, Brombeeren, Johannisbeeren, Stachelbeeren und Heidelbeeren. Weiterhin: übersichtliche Hinweise zur Planung, Standortwahl, Sortenauswahl, Bodenvorbereitung und Pflanzung, Bewässerung, Nährstoffversorgung, Witterungsschutz, Beikrautregulierung, Ernte und Lagerung. (Diese Publikation enthält spezifische Informationen für Österreich)

  12. Rhizostomeen von Manila

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    Stiasny, G.

    1924-01-01

    Die hier beschriebene kleine Scyphomedusen-Sammlung wurde von Herrn Director P. B. Sivickis, Dept. of Zoology, University of Philippines, Manila, dem Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie in Leiden überwiesen. Das Material wurde im December 1922 in Manila-bay gefischt und befindet sich in bestem

  13. Energetische Verwertung von Biomasse

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    Zahoransky, Richard; Allelein, Hans-Josef; Bollin, Elmar; Oehler, Helmut; Schelling, Udo

    Etwa 0,1% der Solarenergie wandeln sich durch Photosynthese aus dem Kohlendioxid der Luft in Biomasse um. Die Biomassen sind als Festbrennstoff nutzbar oder zu gasförmigen Brennstoffen weiterverarbeitbar. Zwei Arten von Biomassen sind zu unterscheiden: Anfallende Biomasse

  14. Justus Freiherr von Liebig

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 18; Issue 8. Justus Freiherr von Liebig. Gopalpur Nagendrappa. General Article Volume 18 Issue 8 August 2013 pp 691-711. Fulltext. Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link: http://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/reso/018/08/0691-0711. Keywords.

  15. Justus Freiherr von Liebig

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    He is currently in Jain Univer- sity, Bangalore. He continues to teach and do research. His work is in the area of organosilicon chemistry, synthetic and ... always openly for truth, who is recognised as supreme not only in his own field, but in the whole realm of thought. Justus von Liebig is his name”. These were the words by ...

  16. Investigations of time-dependent water pollution effects of overburden dumps - partial project 1. Final report; Untersuchungen gewaesserrelevanter Einfluesse von Bergbauhalden in Abhaengigkeit von der Standzeit - Teilprojekt 1. Abschlussbericht

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    Beuge, P.; Dunger, C.; Mibus, J.; Starke, R.

    1998-02-01

    Management of overburden dumps necessitates careful stocktaking and precise definitions of pollutant emissions so that, if necessary, conclusions can be drawn concerning sanitation concepts in consideration of emission limits and environmental balances. In view of the large number of overburden dumps in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia caused the authors to restrict their investigations to ore mines and to select elements characteristic of the worked deposits and their potential environmental effects. The following problems were investigated: Are overburden dumps significant emitters of elements at all? Which elements are emitted in what concentrations, in what form and up to what distance from the dump? Are there really different patterns for gangue and impregnation types? How big is the real reaction space of the dump? Should the whole dump be assumed to be a reservoir of elements for emission or just parts of it? What are the factors that most strongly influence element mobilisation and/or retention? What measures should be recommended for emission reduction or prevention from the aspects of necessity, economic efficiency and long-term stability? (orig./SR) [Deutsch] Es ergibt sich fuer den Umgang mit Halden die Notwendigkeit einer gruendlichen Bilanzierung und schaerferen Definition von Schadstoffemission aus ihnen, um daraus Konsequenzen fuer eventuell erforderliche Sanierungskonzeptionen unter Beruecksichtigung von Grenzwerteinhaltung und Umweltbilanz abzuleiten. Der Umfang der einzelnen Fragestellungen und die Bedeutung der Halden in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thueringen sowie Anzahl und ihr Inhalt fuehrte zur Beschraenkung auf den Erzbergbau und auf die Kontrolle ausgewaehlter Elemente, die fuer den jeweils abgebauten Lagerstaetteninhalt charakteristisch und fuer die Wirkung auf die Umwelt von Bedeutung sind. Folgende konkrete Fragestellungen sollen verfolgt werden: - Sind Halden ueberhaupt nennenswerte Emittenten von Elementen? - Welche Elemente werden

  17. Thyroid Function and Premature Delivery in TPO Antibody-Negative Women: The Added Value of hCG.

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    Korevaar, Tim I M; Steegers, Eric A P; Chaker, Layal; Medici, Marco; Jaddoe, Vincent W V; Visser, Theo J; de Rijke, Yolanda B; Peeters, Robin P

    2017-09-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulates thyroid function during pregnancy. We recently showed that thyroid autoimmunity severely attenuated the thyroidal response to hCG stimulation and that this may underlie the higher risk of premature delivery in thyroperoxidase antibody (TPOAb)-positive women. We hypothesized that a lower thyroidal response to hCG stimulation in TPOAb-negative women is also associated with a higher risk of premature delivery and preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM). Thyrotropin (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4), and hCG concentrations were available in 5644 TPOAb-negative women from a prospective cohort. We tested for interaction between TSH or FT4 and hCG in linear regression models for duration of pregnancy and logistic regression models for premature delivery/pPROM. Accordingly, analyses were stratified per TSH percentile (TSH ≥ 85th percentile) and hCG per 10,000 IU/L. Women with high TSH and low hCG concentrations did not have a higher risk of premature delivery or pPROM, with protective effect estimates. In contrast, women with a high TSH concentration despite a high hCG concentration had twofold to 10-fold higher risk of premature delivery (Pdifference = 0.022) and an up to fourfold higher risk of pPROM (Pdifference = 0.079). hCG concentrations were not associated with premature delivery or pPROM. In TPOAb-negative women with high-normal TSH concentrations, only women with high hCG concentrations had a higher risk of premature delivery or pPROM. These results suggest a lower thyroidal response to hCG stimulation is also associated with premature delivery in TPOAb-negative women and that an additional measurement of hCG may improve thyroid-related risk assessments during pregnancy. Copyright © 2017 Endocrine Society

  18. Penile Growth in Response to Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Treatment in Patients with Idiopathic Hypogonadotrophic Hypogonadism

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    Kim, Sun-Ouck; Ryu, Kwang Ho; Hwang, In Sang; Jung, Seung Il; Oh, Kyung Jin; Park, Kwangsung

    2011-01-01

    Penile growth is under androgenic control. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) has a stimulatory effect on testicular steroidogenesis and penile growth. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of hCG treatment on the gonadal response and penile growth in male idiopathic hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism (IHH) presenting with micropenis. A total of 20 IHH patients who met the criteria for micropenis were included in this study. hCG (1,500-2,000 IU) was administrated intramuscularly, 3...

  19. The role of HCG increment in the 48h prior to methotrexate treatment as a predictor for treatment success.

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    Cohen, Aviad; Almog, Benny; Cohen, Yoni; Bibi, Guy; Rimon, Eli; Levin, Ishai

    2017-04-01

    To evaluate the role HCG change in the 48h prior to methotrexate treatment as a predictor for treatment success. Medical records of all women who were diagnosed with ectopic pregnancy between January 2001 and June 2013 were reviewed. Four hundred and nine patients received methotrexate due to ectopic pregnancy. The "single dose" methotrexate protocol with 50mg/m 2 was administered to patients with progressing ectopic pregnancy. HCG levels in days 1, 4 and 7 were used to evaluate methotrexate treatment success. The percentage of HCG change in the 48h prior to methotrexate treatment was compared between patients who were successfully treated and those who failed treatment with methotrexate. Single dose methotrexate was successful in 309 patients (75.4%, success group). The medians of HCG change in the 48h prior to methotrexate administration were significantly higher in the "failure group" (21% vs. 4%, pHCG percent increment prior to methotrexate administration was shown to be an independent predictor for treatment outcome. Receiver operator characteristic curve for HCG percent change was 0.751, at a cutoff value of HCG increment HCG increment in the 48h prior to methotrexate administration is an independent predictor for methotrexate treatment success. HCG increment <12% prior to methotrexate treatment is a good predictor for treatment success. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Clinical meanings of determination of serum β-HCG levels in the management of drug abortion for family planning

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    Wang Xianping; Zou Huifeng; Jiang Juping

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To study the clinical meanings of determination of serum β-HCG levels in the management of drug abortion for birth control. Methods: Serum β-HCG levels were determined with CLIA in 254 pregnant women asking for drug abortion and 102 women with ectopic gestation. Results: The serum β-HCG levels in women with normal pregnancy were significantly higher than those in women with ectopic gestation (P 0.05). Conclusion: For drug abortion in those pregnant women with amenorrhea over 45 days and serum β-HCG levels over 50000mlU/ml, a larger dose of misoprostol may be desirable. (authors)

  1. The value of combined detection of serum β-HCG and progesterone in diagnosis of early ectopic pregnancy

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    Lu Yanting; Wang Taisong

    2011-01-01

    To explore the value of combined detection of serum β-HCG and P in diagnosis of early ectopic pregnancy and expectant therapeutic efficacy. Serum levels of β-HCG and P of 324 patients with early ectopic pregnancy and 146 normal early pregnant women were determined and compared by RIA, Serum β-HCG and P were compared between before and after treatment. The required time when serum β-HCG and P decreased to the normal rang of the patients treated successfully were observed respectively. The results showed that the serum β-HCG and P value in ectopic pregnancy group were significantly lower than those in intrauterine gestation group (P<0.05). The variation of P was significant between success and failure groups of drug conservative treatment, but β-HCG had no significant difference. The required time when serum P decreased to the normal was significantly less than the serum β-HCG dropped to normal. Combined detection of serum levels of β-HCG and P is an adjunctive method to diagnose early ectopic pregnancy, so it giants opportunity for treatment of early ectopic pregnancy and is of positive clinical application value for observation therapeutic effect and prognosis of the disease. P values may be one of the more important reference index to predict whether conservative treatment is successful or not than β-HCG. (authors)

  2. Optimierung von Kommunikationsnetzen

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    Eberspächer, Jörg; Kiese, Moritz; Wessäly, Roland

    Die weltweiten Telekommunikationsnetze (Telefon-, Mobilfunknetze, Internet) bilden heute das Nervensystem von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Durch den anhaltenden technologischen Fortschritt in der Elektronik, der Computer- und Kommunikationstechnik steigt nicht nur die Zahl der Teilnehmer in den Netzen ständig, sondern es entstehen auch laufend neue Anwendungen, wie Radio und Fernsehen im Internet, elektronischer Handel und interaktive Spiele im Internet. Auf den Kupfer- und Glasfaserkabeln sowie den Funkstrecken werden gigantische Informationsmengen transportiert. Das Verkehrs-wachstum ist nach wie vor exponentiell.

  3. Kommunikative Konstitution von Organisationen

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    Schoeneborn, Dennis; Wehmeier, Stefan

    2014-01-01

    Beiträge zur Unternehmenskommunikation behandeln in der Regel (strategisch) geplante interne oder externe Kommunikation. Der vorliegende Beitrag stellt einen alternativen Theorieansatz vor, der aktuell im nordamerikanischen Forschungsgebiet „Organizational Communication“ vorherrschend ist....... zunehmende Aufmerksamkeit erhält Der sogenannten „CCO-Perspektive“ („Communicative Constitution of Organizations“) zufolge bestehen Unternehmen aus einer Vielzahl von internen und externen Kommunikationspraktiken, die nur in bedingtem Maße strategisch steuerbar sind. Zugleich sind es eben diese...

  4. Hubungan Kadar βHCG Praevakuasi, Gambaran Histopatologi, dan Kista Lutein dengan Performa βHCG pada Penderita Mola Hidatidosa yang Berkembang Menjadi PTG dan Kembali Normal

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    Yudi Mulyana Hidayat

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The incidence of trophoblastic diseases in Indonesia and developing countries is relatively high compared to the developed countries. The incidence of gestational trophoblast tumors (GTT after the evacuation of a hydatidiform mole ranges from 10% to 20%. Several clinical variables have been studied as the risk factors for malignancy, including the pre-evacuation level of beta human chorionic gonadotropin (βHCG, histopathological appearance, and the presence of lutein cysts. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between βHCG decline and pre-evacuation βHCG levels, histopathological features, and the lutein cysts status in patients with moles. This study was a case control study of patients with complete hydatidiform mole in Dr. Hasan Sadikin General Hospital during the period of 2007-2011. The results revealed that there was a significant correlation between the level of βHCG ≥100,000 mIU/mL and post-molar malignancy (p<0.05. There was also a significant relationship between the histopathologic feature of excessive post-molar cell proliferation and malignancy (p<0.05 and between the presence of lutein cyst and post-molar malignancy (p<0.05. This study concludes that the pre-evacuation βHCG level ≥100.000 mIU/mL, excessive proliferation, and the presence of lutein cysts are correlated with malignancy after molar evacuation. These risk factors are useful to differentiate whether a complete hydatidiform mole will become malignant or remain benign.

  5. Extraktion von Produktfamilienanforderungen aus Benutzerdokumentation

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    John, I.; Doerr, J.

    2003-01-01

    Existierende Software wird oft von Dokumentation wie beispielsweise Benutzerhandbüchern begleitet. Diese Dokumentation ist eine wichtige Quelle für eine neue Produktfamilie. Durch das gezielte Nutzen von existierender Dokumentation können Experten entlastet und existierende Systeme reibungsloser integriert werden. Dieses Kapitel beschreibt eine Methode zur strukturierten Extraktion von Anforderungen an eine Produktfamilie aus der Benutzerdokumentation existierender Altsysteme. Mit Hilfe der M...

  6. Hyperglycosylated hCG and Placenta Accreta Spectrum.

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    Einerson, Brett D; Straubhar, Alli; Soisson, Sean; Szczotka, Kathryn; Dodson, Mark K; Silver, Robert M; Soisson, Andrew P

    2018-02-28

     We aimed to evaluate the relationship between hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG-H) and placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.  This was a case-control study of PAS and controls. hCG-H was measured in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy in women with pathologically confirmed cases of PAS and in gestational age-matched controls without PAS. We compared serum hCG-H levels in cases and controls, calculated summary statistics for diagnostic accuracy, and used receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves to define an optimal cut-point for diagnosis of PAS using hCG-H.  Thirty case samples and 30 control samples were evaluated for hCG-H. Mean hCG-H was lower in the case compared with control group (7.8 ± 5.9 μg/L vs. 11.8 ± 8.8 μg/L, p  = 0.03). At an optimal cut-point for hCG-H of ≤7.6 μg/L, the sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratios, negative likelihood ratios, and area under the ROC curve were 66.7%, 69.7%, 2.20%, 0.48%, and 0.68%, respectively.  Hyperglycosylated hCG levels in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy were lower in patients with PAS than in controls, but hCG-H showed only modest capability as a diagnostic test for PAS. Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

  7. Hard X-Ray View of HCG 16 (Arp 318)

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    Oda, Saeko; Ueda, Yoshihiro; Tanimoto, Atsushi; Ricci, Claudio

    2018-03-01

    We report the hard X-ray (3–50 keV) view of the compact group HCG 16 (Arp 318) observed with the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). NGC 838 and NGC 839 are undetected at energies above 8 keV, showing no evidence of heavily obscured active galactic nuclei (AGNs). This confirms that these are starburst-dominant galaxies as previously suggested. We perform a comprehensive broadband (0.3–50 keV) X-ray spectral analysis of the interacting galaxies NGC 833 and NGC 835, using data of NuSTAR, Chandra, and XMM-Newton observed on multiple epochs from 2000 to 2015. NuSTAR detects the transmitted continua of low-luminosity active galactic nuclei (LLAGNs) in NGC 833 and NGC 835 with line-of-sight column densities of ≈3 × 1023 cm‑2 and intrinsic 2–10 keV luminosities of ≈3 × 1041 erg s‑1. The iron-Kα to hard X-ray luminosity ratios of NGC 833 and NGC 835 suggest that their tori are moderately developed, which may have been triggered by the galaxy interactions. We find that NGC 835 underwent long-term variability in both intrinsic luminosity (by a factor of 5) and absorption (by ΔN H ≈ 2 × 1023 cm‑2). We discuss the relation between the X-ray and total infrared luminosities in local LLAGNs hosted by spiral galaxies. The large diversity in their ratios is consistent with the general idea that the mass accretion process in the nucleus and the star-forming activity in the disk are not strongly coupled, regardless of the galaxy environment.

  8. 1.55-μm VCSEL with polarization-independent HCG mirror on SOI.

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    Tsunemi, Yoshihiro; Yokota, Nobuhide; Majima, Shota; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Katayama, Takeo; Kawaguchi, Hitoshi

    2013-11-18

    We designed and fabricated a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) incorporating a polarization-independent high-index-contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) mirror on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) for a novel polarization-bistable device on a silicon substrate. The VCSEL consists of the HCG mirror, an active layer with InGaAsP quantum wells having optical gain around 1.55 μm, and an Al0.9Ga0.1As/Al0.16Ga0.84As DBR. We used direct wafer bonding for the bonding between the active layer and the AlGaAs DBR, and benzocyclobutene (BCB) bonding for the bonding between the active layer and the polarization-independent HCG mirror. The reflectivity of the HCG embedded with BCB was measured, resulting in a 200-nm-high reflectivity band with reflectivity higher than 99% and a small polarization dependence of ± 1%. We achieved lasing of the fabricated HCG-VCSEL at 1527 nm under an optical short pulse excitation with an average power of 50 mW (~0.2 mJ/cm2) at 240 K.

  9. Urinary β-HCG in Benign and Malignant Urinary Tract Diseases

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    A.-B. Halim

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Detectable leve ls of HCG have been reported in conditions other th an normal pregnancy, including threatened abortion, ectopic pregnancy, trophoblastic tumors, carcinomas of the stomach, liver, pancreas and breast as well as multiple myeloma and melanoma. The present study was conducted to estimate urinary β-HCG in bladder cancer and benign urinary tract disorders. 163 individuals were included, 68 with bladder cancer (60 males and 8 females, 64 with benign urinary tract diseases (55 males and 9 females and 31 normal healthy controls (26 males and 5 females. Urinary β-HCG was estimated by the ELISA technique using the reagents supplied by DRG International Inc., Germany. Results of th e study revealed an overexpression of β-HCG in mali gnant and benign urinary tract diseases. 60.3% of the cancer patients and 29.7% of patients with benign diseases showed urinary β-HCG values above the upper limit of the control group (2mIU/ml .

  10. Use of Fe(III) oxalate for oxidativewastewater treatment; Einsatz von Fe(III)-Oxalat zur chemisch-oxidativen Abwasserbehandlung

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    Kim, S.M.; Vogelpohl, A. [Clausthal Univ., Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany). Inst. fuer Thermische Verfahrenstechnik

    1998-08-01

    Iron(III)-oxalate was used as an iron catalyst for the Photo Fenton reaction. Iron(III) oxalations ([Fe(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sup 3-}) are reduced to Fe(II) by irradiation using near UV-light ({lambda} = 300 - 400 nm) or visible light ({lambda} > 400 nm). At the same time, CO{sub 2}{sup -} or C{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup -}-radicals originate, which cause the secondary reduction of Fe(III) to Fe(II). By means of the photolytically regenerated Fe(II) ions, hydroxyl radicals are increasingly formed, so that the degradation of organic substances is accelerated. The work aimed to assess the catalytic effect of Fe(III) oxalate for photochemical oxidation processes and to establish the parameters influencing further treatment of leachate from a municipal waste sanitary landfill by means of technical-scale experiments. (orig.) [Deutsch] In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde Eisen(III)-Oxalat als Eisenkatalysator fuer die Photo-Fenton-Reaktion eingesetzt. Eisen(III)-Oxalationen ([Fe(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]{sup 3-}) werden durch Strahlung mit nahem UV-Licht ({lambda}=300 bis 400 nm) oder mit sichtbarem Licht ({lambda}>400 nm) zu Fe(II) reduziert. Gleichzeitig entstehen CO{sub 2}{sup .-} oder C{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup .-}-Radikale, die eine sekundaere Reduktion von Fe(III) zu Fe(II) bewirken. Mit Hilfe der photolytiisch regenerierten Fe(II)-Ionen werden vermehrt Hydroxylradikale gebildet und damit die Abbaugeschwindigkeit der organischen Substanzen beschleunigt. Ziel der hier vorgestellten Arbeit war es, die katalytische Wirkung von Fe(III)-Oxalat fuer photochemische Oxidationsverfahren abzuschaetzen und die Einflussparameter zur weitergehenden Behandlung eines Deponiesickerwassers aus Hausmuelldeponie anhand von Technikumsversuchen zu ermitteln. (orig.)

  11. Serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trend within the first few days after medical abortion: a prospective study.

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    Pocius, Katherine D; Bartz, Deborah; Maurer, Rie; Stenquist, Asha; Fortin, Jennifer; Goldberg, Alisa B

    2017-03-01

    To prospectively describe the decline in serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the first 5 days after complete medical abortion and evaluate the influence of initial hCG and gestational duration. We conducted a prospective, physiologic study of women ≤63 days gestation who underwent medical abortion with 200 mg mifepristone and 800 mcg buccal misoprostol. We stratified enrollment into two gestational cohorts, hCG values on Day 1 (day of mifepristone), Day 3, Day 5 and a routine follow up hCG on Days 7-14. We calculated the percent hCG decline from Day 1 to each repeat measure and evaluated trends based on initial serum hCG level and gestation. We enrolled 66 women; 59 were protocol-adherent and included in our analysis. Mean gestation on Day 1 was 49 days and mean baseline hCG was 72,332 IU. Fifty-seven subjects (97%) had a complete medical abortion without further intervention. The mean serum hCG decline among subjects with complete medical abortion was 70.0±10.6% [range 36.9-98.6%] on Day 3 and 91.4±4.4% [range 68.4-97.7%] on Day 5. The mean serum hCG decline from Day 1 to routine follow-up on Days 7-9 was 97.1±1.7% [range 92.4-99.2%], from Day 1 to Day 10-11 was 98.5±1.4% [range 94.7-99.6%] and from Day 1 to Day 12-14 was 98.7±2.8% [range 86.7-99.9%]. There was no difference in percent hCG decline stratified by initial hCG or gestation. There is a rapid and predictable decline in serum hCG as early as Day 5 after complete medical abortion through 63 days gestation. Rate of hCG decline is not affected by initial hCG or gestational duration. For women who require confirmation of complete abortion sooner than 1 week after mifepristone, due to patient preference, logistical constraints or in the setting of pregnancy of unconfirmed location, a single repeat hCG on Day 5 may be clinically useful. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Nutzerorientiertes Management von materiellen und immateriellen Informationsobjekten

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    Hübsch, Chris

    2001-01-01

    Schaffung einer stabilen, erweiterbaren und skalierbaren Infrastruktur für die Bereitstellung von Diensten im Umfeld von Bibliotheken und ähnlichen wissensanbietenden Einrichtungen unter Verwendung von XML-RPC und Python.

  13. Ultrasensitive immunoradiometric assay for chorionic gonadotropin which does not cross-react with luteinizing hormone nor free β chain of hCG and which detects hCG in blood of non-pregnant humans

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    Griffin, J.; Odell, W.D.

    1987-01-01

    A sensitive, non-competitive, two-monoclonal antibody, sandwich-type or immunoradiometric assay has been developed for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which shows no cross-reaction with the free β chain of hCG nor with human luteinizing hormone (LH). In the assay procedure, two, highly selected monoclonal antibodies reacted in solution with hCG to be quantified. One antibody was covalently conjugated to biotin. This antibody was specific for the β subunit of hCG, and showed no reaction with LH nor the α subunit. The second antibody was labelled with 125 I and was specific for intact hCG and LH, showing no cross-reaction with βhCG nor the α subunit. The separation system was a polystyrene ball conjugated with biotin. This ball bound via an avidin bridge the monoclonal 'sandwich' containing hCG. Counts per minute bound to the ball were directly proportional to the amount of hCG present. The assay was specific for whole hCG and showed no reaction with βhCG, βLH, intact LH nor the free α subunit. Sensitivity was adequate to detect 'hCG-like' material in all post menopausal women and, when single samples were obtained, in over 2/3 of normal men. When multiple samples were obtained, 'hCG-like' material was detectable in all eugonadal adults studied. 27 refs.; 4 figs.; 1 table

  14. Combined use of serum HCG and sonography in the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy

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    Kadar, N.; Taylor, K.J.W.; Rosenfield, A.T.; Romero, R.

    1983-01-01

    During an 18 month period, 320 patients were referred with clinical suspicion of an ectopic pregnancy. This study is based on 19 patients with ectopic pregnancy who had both a sonographic examination of the pelvis and determination of serum beta human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) before surgery. Emphasis is focused on the spectrum of sonographic appearances that may occur in ectopic gestation. These are illustrated, and the sonographic criteria that have been used both for a positive diagnosis and for the exclusion of ectopic pregnancy in the past are analyzed. It is suggested that the accuracy of sonography can be increased by determining the serum HCG level on the day of the scan and by interpreting the findings with reference to the discriminatory HCG zone

  15. Fabrication of SiC membrane HCG blue reflector using nanoimprint lithography

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    Lai, Ying-Yu; Matsutani, Akihiro; Lu, Tien-Chang; Wang, Shing-Chung; Koyama, Fumio

    2015-02-01

    We designed and fabricated a suspended SiC-based membrane high contrast grating (HCG) reflectors. The rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) was employed to verify the structural parameters including grating periods, grating height, filling factors and air-gap height. From the optimized simulation results, the designed SiC-based membrane HCG has a wide reflection stopband (reflectivity (R) HCG reflectors were fabricated by nanoimprint lithography and two-step etching technique. The corresponding reflectivity was measured by using a micro-reflectivity spectrometer. The experimental results show a high reflectivity (R<90%), which is in good agreement with simulation results. This achievement should have an impact on numerous III-N based photonic devices operating in the blue wavelength or even ultraviolet region.

  16. Thyroid Function and Premature Delivery in TPO Antibody-Negative Women: The Added Value of hCG

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    T.I.M. Korevaar (Tim); E.A.P. Steegers (Eric); L. Chaker (Layal); M. Medici (Marco); V.W.V. Jaddoe (Vincent); T.J. Visser (Theo); Y.B. de Rijke (Yolanda); R.P. Peeters (Robin)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractConclusion: In TPOAb-negative women with high-normal TSH concentrations, only women with high hCG concentrations had a higher risk of premature delivery or pPROM. These results suggest a lower thyroidal response to hCG stimulation is also associated with premature delivery in

  17. Use of accelerated radioimmunoassay methods for LH, HCG, HPL and α-FP determination in gynecology and obstetrics

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    Grzes, A.

    1976-01-01

    Accelerated methods of determining LH, HCG, HPL and α-FP in clinical practice are discussed. The kinetic determination of LH permits defining ovulation time, the determination of HCG permits early pregnancy ascertainment. The determination of HPL serves the diagnosis of placental functions while α-FP determination in the amniotic fluid may show disorders in the fetal development. (L.O.)

  18. The value of HCG serum concentrations after trigger in predicting pregnancy and live birth rates in IVF-ICSI.

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    Zhou, Jianjun; Wang, Shanshan; Wang, Bin; Wang, Junxia; Chen, Hua; Zhang, Ningyuan; Hu, Yali; Sun, Haixiang

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this study was to determine if an association existed between serum human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) level at 12 h after trigger and IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm (ICSI) treatment outcomes. Women undergoing initial IVF-ICSI and embryo transfer treatment using the long luteal phase gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist protocol between April 2012 and March 2013 for tubal factor were included (n = 699). In the clinical pregnancy group, HCG after trigger was significantly elevated (276.0 ± 5.1 versus 198.5 ± 6.1 mIU/mL; P HCG was 201.2 mIU/ml. Compared with the lower HCG group, the clinical pregnancy rate in the higher HCG group was increased in obese and non-obese patients (77.8% versus 57.3%, P HCG was associated with a better IVF-ICSI treatment outcome (OR 4.39, 95% CI 2.99 to 6.45). Clinical pregnancy rate was significantly higher across increasing quartiles of HCG. An elevated level of serum HCG at 12 h after trigger was associated with a better IVF-ICSI outcome. Copyright © 2015 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Dual trigger of triptorelin and HCG optimizes clinical outcome for high ovarian responder in GnRH-antagonist protocols.

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    Li, Saijiao; Zhou, Danni; Yin, Tailang; Xu, Wangming; Xie, Qingzhen; Cheng, Dan; Yang, Jing

    2018-01-12

    In this paper, a retrospective cohort study was conducted to the high ovarian responders in GnRH-antagonist protocols of IVF/ICSI cycles. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether dual triggering of final oocyte maturation with a combination of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) can improve the clinical outcome compared with traditional dose (10000IU) HCG trigger and low-dose (8000IU) HCG trigger for high ovarian responders in GnRH-antagonist in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF-ICSI) cycles. Our study included 226 couples with high ovarian responders in GnRH-antagonist protocols of IVF/ICSI cycles. Standard dosage of HCG trigger (10000 IU of recombinant HCG) versus dual trigger (0.2 mg of triptorelin and 2000 IU of recombinant HCG) and low-dose HCG trigger (8000IU of recombinant HCG) were used for final oocyte maturation. Our main outcome measures were high quality embryo rate, the number of usable embryos, the risk of OHSS, duration of hospitalization and incidence rate of complications. Our evidence demonstrated that dual trigger is capable of preventing severe OHSS while still maintaining excellent high quality embryo rate in in high ovarian responders of GnRH-antagonist protocols.

  20. LH, progesterone and oestrogens in blood of cows after GnRH- or HCG-application

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    Oberpichler, D.

    1991-03-01

    The synthetic GnRH analog Buserelin (20 μg) was given i.m. to pregnant cows 10, 6, 2 and 1 week before term (group A - D; n=8/group). Two days later HCG (2.400 IU) was injected in all animals. Additionally 8 cows which were pregnant between 28 - 32 weeks served as controls. In other 4 cows oesterone (10 mg i.m. daily) was given for a period of 6 days. Blood samples were calculated at -60, -30, 30, 60, 90, 120, 240 and 360 minutes after GnRH- or HCG-injections from the jugular vein. The concentrations of LH, progesterone, unconjugated and conjugated oestrogens were measured by radioimmunoassay. In the control group maximal LH-values occured 120 to 240 min after GnRH-injection (20.3 ± 4.7 ng/ml). Progesterone values increased to 8.4 ± 1.2 ng/ml at the same time. At later stages of pregnancy the LH-maxima decreased (group A - D: 11.1 ± 5.6; 9.0 ± 7.7; 4.6 ± 1.9 and 2.8 ± 0.6 ng/ml). Progesterone maxima showed a decrease from 8.2 ± 1.2 (controls) to 4.4 ± 1.8 ng/ml (group B). Progesterone values were not different between groups A and B whereas significant differences were found in LH and progesterone values compared to the control group. HCG-injections had similar effects as GnRH on progesterone concentrations, whereas LH-values were not altered. Oestrogen concentrations increased with ongoing pregnancy and showed no alterations by GnRH/HCG-application. The GnRH/HCG-injections did not prolong pregnancy. The injection of oestrone did not decrease the progesterone concentration after GnRH or HCG application, respectively. (author)

  1. Franzo Kafkos kūrybos recepcija Lietuvoje (1939–1989. Zur Rezeption des Schaffens von Franz Kafka in Litauen (1939–1989

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    Jadvyga Bajarūnienė

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    Full Text Available In diesem Beitrag werden die Eigentümlichkeiten der Rezeption des Schaffens von Franz Kafka in Li­tauen von 1939 bis 1989, d.h. von dem letzten Jahr der Unabhängigeit an bis zum Vorabend der Wieder­herstellung des unabhängigen Litauen überblickt. Das erste Werk von Kafka (die Erzählung „Die Ab­weisung“ erschien auf Litauisch 1939, danach wur­de aber die Veröffentlichung von Kafkas Schriften für eine lange Zeit unterbrochen, da Kafka, wie auch andere westeuropäische Modernisten, als dekadent, das heißt, dem sozialistischen Selbstbewusstsein als schädlich, betrachtet wurde. Den Beginn der Kafka-Rezeption im Sowjetlitauen markiert die Veröffentli­chung der Erzählung („Ein Hungerkünstler“, 1965. Dieses Jahrzehnt war wegen der einsetzenden Libe­ralisierungsprozesse für die Wirkung von Kafka in Litauen relativ günstig (1968 erschien auf Litauisch das Oklahoma-Fragment aus dem Roman „Der Ver­schollene“ sowie ein Kommentar zu Kafkas Briefen an Milena. Jedoch war der Prozess der Verbreitung von Kafkas Schaffen in Litauen, besonders in den 70er Jahren, unsystematisch, auch wurde der Prager Dichter unterschiedlich, widersprüchlich und tenden­ziell bewertet – mal wurde er als ein pessimistischer und somit der „sozialistischen“ Welt fremde Autor gesehen, mal als ein Kritiker der kapitalistischen Ge­sellschaft akzeptiert. Eines der Hauptwerke von Kaf­ka, der Roman „Der Prozess“ wurde ins Litauische erst 1981 übersetzt. Ebenso mit Verspätung konnten die litauischen Leser Kafkas bekannte Erzählungen „Das Urteil“ (lit. 1977, „In der Strafkolonie“ (lit. 1981 sowie „Die Verwandlung“ (lit. 1988 lesen.Erst mit der Wiedererlangung der Unabhängig­keit konnte sich der Prozess der Kafka-Aneignung ohne Hindernisse gestalten. Die bekanntesten Er­zählungen und Romane wurden mehrmals verlegt, es erschienen neue Übersetzungen z.B., „Der Ver­schollene“ (lit. 1997, „Tagebücher 1910–1923“ (lit. 2011

  2. GnRHa trigger for final oocyte maturation: is HCG trigger history?

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    Humaidan, Peter; Alsbjerg, Birgit

    2014-01-01

    gonadotrophin (HCG) trigger. Early trials showed a severe luteal phase insufficiency after GnRHa trigger despite the application of standard luteal phase support protocols. Subsequent research has led to modifications of the luteal phase support, resulting in reproductive outcome comparable to that seen after...... HCG trigger in normal- and high-responders. GnRHa trigger facilitates a tailored approach to subsequent luteal phase support, taking into account the ovarian response to stimulation. In the future, GnRHa is likely to be used for trigger in all women co-treated with GnRH antagonists....

  3. Agonist trigger: what is the best approach? Agonist trigger and low dose hCG

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    Humaidan, Peter; Al Humaidan, Peter Samir Heskjær

    2012-01-01

    Low-dose hCG supplementation after GnRH agonist trigger may normalize reproductive outcome while minimizing the occurrence of OHSS in high risk IVF patients. (Fertil Steril (R) 2012;97:529-30. (C) 2012 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.)......Low-dose hCG supplementation after GnRH agonist trigger may normalize reproductive outcome while minimizing the occurrence of OHSS in high risk IVF patients. (Fertil Steril (R) 2012;97:529-30. (C) 2012 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.)...

  4. Ultraproducts of von Neumann algebras

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    Ando, Hiroshi; Haagerup, Uffe

    2014-01-01

    We study several notions of ultraproducts of von Neumann algebras from a unified viewpoint. In particular, we show that for a sigma-finite von Neumann algebra M  , the ultraproduct MωMω introduced by Ocneanu is a corner of the ultraproduct ∏ωM∏ωM introduced by Groh and Raynaud. Using...

  5. Enhancing fuel cell system life by removing ammonia. Final report; Erhoehung der Lebensdauer von Brennstoffzellensystemen durch Ammoniak-Entfernung. Schlussbericht

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    The problem of ammonia production and effects in the gas processor of fuel cell heating systems during steam reforming of hydrogen-containing natural gas was investigated, providing fundamental knowledge on NH{sub 3} formation. The processes of ammonia formation in reformer systems during reformation of nitrogen-containing natural gas were simulated and compared with experimental findings. Laboratory experiments defined the boundary conditions of ammonia synthesis in reformer systems as a function of N{sub 2} concentration in natural gas, temperature, catalysts and load dependence. The effects of ammonia on the catalysts of a steam reformer were investigated as well. It was the intention to develop a simple purification module that will remove ammonia traces from the product gas of reforming processes and can be integrated in fuel cell heating systems. In view of the strongly hydrophylic nature of ammonia, methods for solution and separation of ammonia in liquid water were investigated. Various technical concepts were implemented and investigated in laboratory experiments. The limitations of liquid water based processes were assessed, and options for complete removal of ammonia were investigated. An optimized laboratory version of a purification module was developed which ensures complete purification as well as product gas conditioning (temperature, moisture) for applications in fuel cells. Finally, the purification module was tested in a modified test stand with appropriate peripheral components. (orig./AKB) [German] Im Rahmen des Vorhabens wurde die Ammoniakproblematik hinsichtlich Entstehung und Wirkung im Gasprozessor von Brennstoffzellenheizgeraeten (BZH) bei der Dampfreformierung stickstoffhaltiger Erdgase untersucht und dabei grundlegende Erkenntnisse zur NH{sub 3}-Bildung gewonnen. Es wurden prozesstechnische Simulationen zur Ammoniakbildung im Reformersystem bei der Reformierung stickstoffhaltiger Erdgase durchgefuehrt und mit experimentell gewonnenen

  6. Bio-equivalent doses of recombinant HCG and recombinant LH during ovarian stimulation result in similar oestradiol output

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    Alsbjerg, Birgit; Elbaek, Helle Olesen; Laursen, Rita Jakubcionyte

    2017-01-01

    In nature, HCG is secreted by the implanting embryo from peri-implantation and onwards. In contrast, LH is mandatory for steroidogenesis and follicular development during the follicular phase, working in synergy with FSH. Moreover, LH is mandatory for the function of the corpus luteum. Although LH...... and HCG bind to the same receptor, significant molecular, structural and functional differences exist, inducing differences in bioactivity. This randomized controlled study compared the effect of recombinant FSH stimulation combined with daily either micro-dose recombinant HCG or recombinant LH...... oestradiol level in the HCG supplemented group was 8662 pmol/l versus 9203 pmol/l in the recombinant LH supplemented group; therefore, no significant difference was found. Moreover, no differences were observed in the number of oocytes retrieved or in the live birth rate. We conclude that recombinant HCG...

  7. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) concentrations during the late first trimester are associated with fetal growth in a fetal sex-specific manner

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    Barjaktarovic, M. (Mirjana); T.I.M. Korevaar (Tim); V.W.V. Jaddoe (Vincent); Y.B. de Rijke (Yolanda); T.J. Visser (Theo); R.P. Peeters (Robin); E.A.P. Steegers (Eric)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractHuman chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a pregnancy-specific hormone that regulates placental development. hCG concentrations vary widely throughout gestation and differ based on fetal sex. Abnormal hCG concentrations are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes including fetal growth

  8. Role of day 4 HCG as an early predictor of success after methotrexate therapy for ectopic pregnancies.

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    Girija, S; Manjunath, A P; Salahudin, A; Jeyaseelan, L; Gowri, V; Abu-Heija, A; Al Kharusi, L

    2017-08-01

    To validate whether change in serum HCG levels between days 0 and 4 confer any prognostic value during methotrexate therapy and to quantify its change. This is a retrospective study of 48 tubal ectopic pregnancies treated with single dose methotrexate protocol at University Hospital, Muscat, Oman from January 2012 to December 2013. The clinical outcome was analyzed based on the complete resolution of HCG levels or need for additional doses of methotrexate or recourse to surgery. The percentage change in HCG levels between days 0 and 4 (HCG index) of methotrexate were calculated and receiver operator characteristics curve was plotted to identify the best cutoff levels. In order to get a robust 95% confidence interval, bootstrap method using R software was done using 1000 re-sampling. ROC curve and the predictive values were estimated using MEDCALC software. The mean HCG level on day 4 is significantly higher in treatment failure group (4254±4095 IU/L vs. 2109±3646 IU/L, P=0.008). The HCG levels between day 0 and 4 decreased in 42.7% (21/48) of cases and 80.9% of these cases had treatment success. The HCG levels increased in 57.4% (27/48) of cases and 33.3% of these cases had treatment success. (P=0.001). A 10 percent decline in day 4 HCG levels predict the treatment success with sensitivity of 77% and Specificity 81%. The area under the ROC curve was 0.82 (95% CI: 0.67-0.92), (PHCG values on day 4, decrease in HCG level from day 0 to 4 and 10% or more fall in day 4 HCG levels. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparison of dual trigger with combination GnRH agonist and hCG versus hCG alone trigger of oocyte maturation for normal ovarian responders.

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    Zhou, Xingyu; Guo, Pingping; Chen, Xin; Ye, Desheng; Liu, Yudong; Chen, Shiling

    2018-02-01

    To investigate whether dual triggering of oocyte maturation with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist and standard dose of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) can improve clinical outcomes for normal ovarian responders in GnRH antagonist cycles. The present retrospective cohort study included women aged up to 40 years with normal ovarian response who underwent in vitro fertilization and/or intracytoplasmic sperm injection under the GnRH antagonist protocol at Nanfang Hospital, China, between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Patients were grouped by whether oocyte maturation was triggered with GnRH agonist plus 5000-10 000 IU of hCG (dual trigger) or hCG alone. The primary outcome was live delivery rate. There were 325 women included; 224 in the dual trigger group and 101 in the hCG alone group. The live delivery rate did not differ significantly between the groups (P=0.083). The mean number of retrieved oocytes was similar in the two groups (P=0.719), but the mean number of two-pronuclear embryos (P=0.004), the mean number of embryos available (P=0.001), and the mean number of high-quality embryos (P=0.011) was higher in the dual trigger group. Dual trigger of oocyte maturation was not associated with any change in the live delivery rate but was associated with improvements in the quantity and quality of embryos; it could optimize pregnancy outcomes for normal ovarian responders. © 2018 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

  10. Impacts of elevated level of hCG in serum on clinical course and radiotherapy results in the histology-confirmed intracranial germinomas

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    Shin, K.H.; Kim, I.H.; Choe, G. [Seoul National Univ. College of Medicine (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Therapeutic Radiology

    2001-05-01

    The prognosis of intracranial germinoma producing the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is controversial due to limited information. We undertook a retrospective analysis to determine whether this type of tumor has similar clinical course and prognosis to hCG non-secreting germinoma. Thirty-one histologically confirmed intracranial germinoma patients who had pretreatment hCG examination in serum/CSF were treated with radiotherapy between 1980 and 1996. hCG level was measured by immunoradioassay of beta subunit of hCG. Six patients had elevated serum hCG levels and were defined as having hCG secreting germinoma. All except three patients received craniospinal axis irradiation. The follow-up ranged from 19-175 months with a median of 63 months. hCG secreting germinoma accounted for 19% of intracranial germinoma cases. Elevated hCG levels ranged from 39-260 IU/l in serum. No difference was found between hCG non-secreting germinoma and hCG secreting germinoma in terms of patient or treatment characteristics. There was no recurrence among the six hCG secreting germinoma patients. The 5-year overall and disease-free survival rates were 96% for patients with hCG non-secreting germinomas and 100% for the patients with hCG secreting germinomas. The survival difference was not significant (p = 0. 59). Our results suggest that elevated level of hCG did not result in any differences in the clinical characteristics or survival after radical radiotherapy in histologically confirmed intracranial germinoma.

  11. Pre-evacuation hCG glycoforms in uneventful complete hydatidiform mole and persistent trophoblastic disease.

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    Thomas, C.M.G.; Kerkmeijer, L.G.W.; Ariaens, H.J.; Steen, R. van der; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Sweep, F.C.

    2010-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the glycoform distribution patterns of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) obtained by chromatofocusing in pre-evacuation serum are different for patients who will eventually develop into persistent trophoblastic disease in case of complete hydatidiform mole

  12. Natural cycle IVF with and without terminal HCG: learning from failed cycles.

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    Lenton, Elizabeth A

    2007-08-01

    Natural cycle IVF, without the use of LH down-regulation, is difficult because women start spontaneous LH surges at any time of the day and on any day of the week. This is not readily compatible with delivery of a routine IVF service and so historically the natural cycle has been modified by the use of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) to make the natural cycle fit convenient clinical practice. This report re-evaluates data collected some years ago and seeks to determine whether the use of HCG is ultimately beneficial. Two large series of natural cycle IVF where only LH monitoring was performed (534 cycles) or where this was combined with HCG as necessary (241 cycles) were analysed. In essence, the use of HCG introduced as many problems as it overcame: there was no net benefit with respect to the number of eggs collected or clinical pregnancies generated. In fact there was an overall deterioration in all indices. The principle difficulties with natural cycle IVF are those associated with the prediction of follicle maturity and hence timing egg collection, and the conflict between costly and intrusively frequent monitoring with simpler but far less effective approaches.

  13. Maternal urinary beta-core hCG in chromosomally abnormal pregnancies in the first trimester

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    Kornman, LH; Morssink, LP; Wortelboer, MJM; Beekhuis, [No Value; DeWolf, BTHM; Pratt, JJ; Mantingh, A

    We evaluated urinary beta-core human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-core hCG) in the detection of fetal Down's syndrome (DS) in the first trimester of pregnancy. Urine was collected prior to performing chorionic villous sampling (CVS) between 10 and 12 completed weeks from the last menstrual period.

  14. hCG and Its Disruption by Environmental Contaminants during Human Pregnancy

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    Paulesu, Luana; Rao, Ch.V.; Ietta, Francesca; Pietropolli, Adalgisa; Ticconi, Carlo

    2018-01-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone of considerable importance in the establishment, promotion and maintenance of human pregnancy. It has been clearly demonstrated that hCG exerts multiple endocrine, paracrine and autocrine actions on a variety of gestational and non-gestational cells and tissues. These actions are directed to promote trophoblast invasiveness and differentiation, placental growth, angiogenesis in uterine vasculature, hormone production, modulation of the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, inhibition of myometrial contractility as well as fetal growth and differentiation. In recent years, considerable interest has been raised towards the biological effects of environmental contaminants, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Emerging evidence suggests that prenatal exposure to selected EDCs can have a deleterious impact on the fetus and long-lasting consequences also in adult life. The results of the in vitro effects of commonly found EDCs, particularly Bisphenol A (BPA) and para-Nonylphenol (p-NP), indicate that these substances can alter hCG production and through this action could exert their fetal damage, suggesting that hCG could represent and become a potentially useful clinical biomarker of an inappropriate prenatal exposure to these substances. PMID:29558393

  15. Effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) on in vitro oocyte ...

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    In vitro exposure of Barilius vagra ovarian follicles to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) influenced the position of germinal vesicle and resulted in a maturation of oocyte, although the response was time dependent. There was slight but significant (P<0.05) increased in germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD, 12.42 vs.

  16. "Follicular HCG endometrium priming for IVF patients experiencing resisting thin endometrium. A proof of concept study"

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    Papanikolaou, E G; Kyrou, D; Zervakakou, G

    2013-01-01

    A thin endometrium is one of the most difficult problems encountered in assisted reproduction every day practice. Whether a daily dose of 150 IU HCG for 7 days concomitant with estrogen administration in estrogen replacement cycles can increase the endometrial thickness and improve pregnancy...

  17. Comparison of ELISA and three rapid HCG dipsticks in diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes.

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    Kariman, N; Hedayati, M; Taheri, Z; Fallahian, M; Salehpoor, S; Alavi Majd, S H

    2011-06-01

    The importance of accurate diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is quite apparent while trying to diminish false negative or positive results as much as possible. This study compares Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and three rapid human chorionic gonadothropin (HCG) dipsticks in diagnosis of premature rupture of membranes. During 2008-2009, 181 pregnant women with single pregnancy from 14 to 41 weeks of gestation who referred to Ayatollah Taleghani Hospital in Tehran, Iran were divided into two groups, 91 patients with PROM and 90 controls with matched gestational weeks. All patients underwent speculum examination for cervicovaginal washing fluid, HCG three rapid tests and ELISA. The HCG concentration of vaginal fluid was significantly different between the two groups. Using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and determining the threshold as 19 mIU/mL for HCG by ELISA method, the sensitivity was 94.5%; specificity, 91%; positive predictive value, 91.5%; negative predicted value, 94.2% and accuracy was 92.2%. In rapid diagnostic test, the most sensitivity was for ACON and the most specificity for DIMA. Comparing the four methods, DIMA strip showed the highest accuracy and the highest value in early diagnosis of ROM. The reliability of three rapid diagnostic tests in diagnosis of ROM in cervicovaginal discharge was acceptable.

  18. Rapid radioimmunological test for HCG in normal and disturbed early pregnancy

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    Dericks-Tan, J.S.E.; Taubert, H.D.

    1979-01-01

    The clinical evaluation of a rapid radioimmunological test for HCG in serum showed that this method is as suitable as conventional radioimmunoassay or receptor methods in the diagnosis of normal and disturbed early pregnancy. Using a direct immunosorbent method total time requirements for the estimation could be reduced to half a working day. Sera of 314 women with normal pregnancies showed an exponential increase of HCG concentrations in serum during the first 8 weeks and thereafter steady levels for several weeks. As the anti-HCG serum used has only a slight cross reactivity with LH, false-positive results need hardly be expected in states if high LH levels in serum (menopause, polycystic ovaries, preovulatory LH peak). HCG concentrations in serum were clearly diminished in all pregnancies ending in abortion and in nearly all extrauterine pregnancies. Repeated estimations in early pregnancy enable a diagnosis of ectopic or disturbed intrauterine pregnancy to be made before symptoms of rupture, haemorrhage and similar complications occur. (orig.) [de

  19. Vaginal Fluid hCG Levels for Detecting Premature Rupture of Membranes

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    T. Artimani

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine whether there is any different in hCG levels of vaginal fluids from normal pregnant women, women with confirmed PROM and with suspected PROM. After irrigating the posterior vaginal fornix with 3 ml of sterile saline and procuring vaginal washing , we measured hCG levels. Samples were analyzed from 38 normal pregnant women , 31 women with confirmed PROM , 28 women with suspected PROM. The mean of vaginal fluid hCG levels of normal pregnant women were 11.2 (0.00-98.6 mIu/ml. That of women with PROM was 140.2 (0.5 , 390.1 and that of women with suspected PROM was 21.5 (0.0 , 143.9. Sensivity was 80%, specility 83% , positive predictive value 73.7% , negative predictive value 88.1% , using a cut-value 20. It was concluded that the hCG level in vaginal fluid is a marker of PROM during third trimester.

  20. hCG and Its Disruption by Environmental Contaminants during Human Pregnancy

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    Luana Paulesu

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG is a hormone of considerable importance in the establishment, promotion and maintenance of human pregnancy. It has been clearly demonstrated that hCG exerts multiple endocrine, paracrine and autocrine actions on a variety of gestational and non-gestational cells and tissues. These actions are directed to promote trophoblast invasiveness and differentiation, placental growth, angiogenesis in uterine vasculature, hormone production, modulation of the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, inhibition of myometrial contractility as well as fetal growth and differentiation. In recent years, considerable interest has been raised towards the biological effects of environmental contaminants, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs. Emerging evidence suggests that prenatal exposure to selected EDCs can have a deleterious impact on the fetus and long-lasting consequences also in adult life. The results of the in vitro effects of commonly found EDCs, particularly Bisphenol A (BPA and para-Nonylphenol (p-NP, indicate that these substances can alter hCG production and through this action could exert their fetal damage, suggesting that hCG could represent and become a potentially useful clinical biomarker of an inappropriate prenatal exposure to these substances.

  1. Alejandro Von Humboldt

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    Gerardo Paz Otero

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    Full Text Available Diverso fue y sigue siéndolo, el destino de los dos hermanos Humboldt, Guillermo y Alejandro. Sino que se inicia con el nacimiento: Guillermo, el mayor, nace el 22 de junio de 1767 en Potsdam, residencia de los emperadores prusianos, la ciudad de los palacios imperiales, el imperio del militarismo germano; su cuna se meció cerca al palacete de Sans-Soussi, donde Federico el Grande forja ba el poderío de Prusia, cultivaba las ciencias y las artes, anfitrionaba a los intelectuales de Europa, y era "vasallo espiritual de Volta ire", según la aguda frase de Goethe. Alejandro viene al mundo dos años después (14 de septiembre de 1769 en Berlín, en la casa burguesa de la Jagerstrasse (calle del cazador que su madre Elizabeth von Humboldt heredara de su primer esposo.

  2. Von der Vielfalt einer Institution

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    Kabaum, Marcel; Buck, Marc Fabian

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    Von der Vielfalt von Universitäten bzw. higher education institutions (HEIs) zu sprechen heißt, sich dem Dickicht an Komplexität zu stellen, das sich zwischen ihren Ideen und Realitäten ausbreitet. Der Text führt in den Sammelband "Ideen und Realitäten von Universitäten" ein und hebt die verschiedenen disziplinären Sichtweisen sowie die internationale Breite - Deutschland, Südamerika, USA, Afghanistan und China - der Beiträge hervor. (DIPF/Orig.)

  3. Von Neumann-Morgenstern Solutions

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    1975-01-01

    REFERENCES von Neumann, John, and Morgenstern , Oskar , Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, 191+4 2nd ed., 1947 3rd ed., 1953. Dresher, M., Kuhn, H...I n I^I.B.IIHI, IJI ■ , m^ »mi ■■! mi m i ■ mm AD/A-005 417 VON NEJMANN- MORGENSTERN SOLUTIONS William F. Lucas Cornell...COMMERCE m^ ^^^mmm II . REPORT OOCUM[ •H AT:O I PAG[ ~ . CiOVT IICCt:~ Technical Report No. 246 VON NEUMANN- MORGENSTERN SOLUTIONS Cornell University

  4. Lowered reference limits for hCG improve follow-up of patients with hCG-producing tumors.

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    Nome, Ragnhild V; Bjøro, Trine; Paus, Elisabeth; Bjerner, Johan; Fosså, Sophie D; Steen, Rita; Nustad, Kjell; Bolstad, Nils

    2018-02-01

    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is produced by germ cell tumors, but can also be elevated in benign conditions such as primary hypogonadism, where hCG is produced by the pituitary gland. In our experience, the reference limits for hCG (Elecsys hCG+β-assay, Roche Diagnostics), were unnecessarily high and did not reflect levels encountered in clinical practice. We wanted to establish new reference limits to increase the clinical utility of the hCG-assay. We analysed hCG in serum samples from a healthy adult population and in a cohort of testicular cancer survivors. The gonadotropins LH and FSH were measured in the cohort and in a selection of the reference population to assess gonadal function. We found low hCG levels for all men and women hCG levels exceeding the reference limit could be fully explained by reduced gonadal function indicated by elevated LH and FSH levels. The Elecsys hCG+β-assay should have lower reference limits than recommended by the manufacturer, with important implications for tumor follow-up. Elevated hCG is rare with intact gonadal function, both in a normal population and among survivors of testicular cancer, and should lead to further investigations when encountered in clinical practice. Copyright © 2017 Oslo University Hospital. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Predictive value of serum HCG concentrations in pregnancies achieved after single fresh or vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfer.

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    Oron, Galia; Shavit, Tal; Esh-Broder, Efrat; Weon-Young, Son; Tulandi, Togas; Holzer, Hananel

    2017-09-01

    Possible differences between serum HCG levels in pregnancies achieved after transfer of a single fresh or a vitrified-warmed blastocyst were evaluated. Out of 1130 single blastocyst transfers resulting in positive HCG results, 789 were single fresh blastocyst transfers and 341 single vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfers. The initial serum HCG levels of 869 clinical intrauterine pregnancies were evaluated, 638 after the transfer of a single fresh blastocysts and 231 after the transfer of a single vitrified-warmed blastocysts. The HCG levels from cycles resulting in a clinical intrauterine pregnancy were significantly higher after the transfer of a single vitrified-warmed blastocyst (383 ± 230 IU/l) versus a fresh transfer (334 ± 192 IU/l; P = 0.01). Threshold values for predicting a clinical pregnancy for a fresh blastocyst were 111 IU/l and for a vitrified-warmed blastocyst 137 IU/l. Our study shows that the overall beta-HCG levels are comparable after the transfer of a fresh or vitrified-warmed blastocyst, suggesting that vitrification most probably does not affect the ability of the embryos to produce beta-HCG. This study further shows that when clinicians counsel patients, they should take into account that higher HCG levels are needed after a vitrified-warmed blastocyst transfer to predict a clinical intrauterine pregnancy. Copyright © 2017 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Serial hCG and progesterone levels to predict early pregnancy outcomes in pregnancies of uncertain viability: A prospective study.

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    Puget, Claire; Joueidi, Yolaine; Bauville, Estelle; Laviolle, Bruno; Bendavid, Claude; Lavoué, Vincent; Le Lous, Maela

    2018-01-01

    To assess the value of serial hCG and progesterone serum level in the diagnosis of early pregnancy viability. It was a prospective cohort study. Women with a pregnancy of uncertain viability (PUV), defined as the presence of an intra-uterine embryo with a crown-rump length hCG levels on the first day and 48h after as well as the initial progesterone level were evaluated to diagnose pregnancy viability. Pregnancy viability was assessed by TVS 7 to 14days after inclusion. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value (NPV) of an hCG H48/H0 ratio increase hCG H48/H0 ratio increase >75% to diagnose a viable pregnancy were 100%, 31%, 45.9% and 100%, respectively. hCG H48/H0 ratio increase hCG H48/H0 ratio increase >75% was associated with 100% of viable pregnancies in 100% of the cases. Serial hCG levels alone permitted an early viability diagnosis within 48h for 41.1% of patients with PUV instead of 7 to 14days with TVS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. The Risk of Preeclampsia According to High Thyroid Function in Pregnancy Differs by hCG Concentration.

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    Korevaar, Tim I M; Steegers, Eric A P; Chaker, Layal; Medici, Marco; Jaddoe, Vincent W V; Visser, Theo J; de Rijke, Yolanda B; Peeters, Robin P

    2016-12-01

    During pregnancy, there is an increased demand for thyroid hormone. The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is an important physiological stimulator of thyroid function. Already high-normal maternal free T 4 concentrations are associated with a higher risk of preeclampsia. The objective of the investigation was to study our hypothesis that hCG concentrations can distinguish a physiological form of high thyroid function from a more pathological form of high thyroid function and that the risk of preeclampsia would differ accordingly. TSH, free T 4 , hCG, or thyroperoxidase antibody concentrations were determined in pregnant women participating in a population-based prospective cohort study. The study was conducted in the general community. A nonselected sample of 5146 pregnant women participated in the study. There were no interventions. Preeclampsia was measured. Women with high hCG-associated high thyroid function did not have a higher risk of preeclampsia than women with normal thyroid function. In contrast, women with low hCG and high thyroid function had a 3.4- to 11.1-fold higher risk of preeclampsia. These risk estimates were amplified in women with a high body mass index. Women with a low hCG and suppressed TSH (hCG was not associated with preeclampsia, and results remained similar after exclusion of thyroperoxidase antibody-positive women. This study suggests that, in contrast to women with a high hCG associated high thyroid function, women with low hCG and high thyroid function during pregnancy are at a higher risk of developing preeclampsia. The additional measurement of hCG may therefore help to distinguish a more pathological form of high thyroid function and women at a high risk of preeclampsia.

  8. Kleben von Kunststoff mit Metall

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    Brockmann, W; Käufer, H

    1989-01-01

    Das Buch behandelt das Kleben von Kunststoffen mit Metallen in einer fur den Praktiker verstandlichen und umsetzbaren Form. Es leitet zu Klebeverfahren an, die optimale Ergebnisse hinsichtlich Qualitat, Dauerhaftigkeit und Wirtschaftlichkeit liefern.

  9. Ueber einige Coelenterata von Australien

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    Stiasny, G.

    1931-01-01

    I. Hydromedusen. *Olindias singularis Browne. II. Scyphomedusen. *Atolla wyvillei Haeckel. *Linuche unguiculata O. Swartz. Pelagia noctiluca Péron u. Lesueur. Cyanea capillata var. annaskala von Lendenfeld. Netrostoma coerulescens Maas. *Versura anadyomene (Maas) Mayer. Catostylus mosaicus L.

  10. LH and hCG Action on the Same Receptor Results in Quantitatively and Qualitatively Different Intracellular Signalling

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    Casarini, Livio; Lispi, Monica; Longobardi, Salvatore; Milosa, Fabiola; La Marca, Antonio; Tagliasacchi, Daniela; Pignatti, Elisa; Simoni, Manuela

    2012-01-01

    Human luteinizing hormone (hLH) and chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) act on the same receptor (LHCGR) but it is not known whether they elicit the same cellular and molecular response. This study compares for the first time the activation of cell-signalling pathways and gene expression in response to hLH and hCG. Using recombinant hLH and recombinant hCG we evaluated the kinetics of cAMP production in COS-7 and hGL5 cells permanently expressing LHCGR (COS-7/LHCGR, hGL5/LHCGR), as well as cAMP, ERK1/2, AKT activation and progesterone production in primary human granulosa cells (hGLC). The expression of selected target genes was measured in the presence or absence of ERK- or AKT-pathways inhibitors. In COS-7/LHCGR cells, hCG is 5-fold more potent than hLH (cAMP ED50: 107.1±14.3 pM and 530.0±51.2 pM, respectively). hLH maximal effect was significantly faster (10 minutes by hLH; 1 hour by hCG). In hGLC continuous exposure to equipotent doses of gonadotropins up to 36 hours revealed that intracellular cAMP production is oscillating and significantly higher by hCG versus hLH. Conversely, phospho-ERK1/2 and -AKT activation was more potent and sustained by hLH versus hCG. ERK1/2 and AKT inhibition removed the inhibitory effect on NRG1 (neuregulin) expression by hLH but not by hCG; ERK1/2 inhibition significantly increased hLH- but not hCG-stimulated CYP19A1 (aromatase) expression. We conclude that: i) hCG is more potent on cAMP production, while hLH is more potent on ERK and AKT activation; ii) hGLC respond to equipotent, constant hLH or hCG stimulation with a fluctuating cAMP production and progressive progesterone secretion; and iii) the expression of hLH and hCG target genes partly involves the activation of different pathways depending on the ligand. Therefore, the LHCGR is able to differentiate the activity of hLH and hCG. PMID:23071612

  11. "hCG priming" effect in controlled ovarian stimulation through a long protocol

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recently, it has been demonstrated that, in patients down-regulated by GnRH analogues (GnRHa, a short-term pre-treatment with recombinant LH (rLH, prior to recombinant FSH (rFSH administration, increases the number of small antral follicle prior to FSH stimulation and the yield of normally fertilized embryos. However, no data exist in the literature regarding the potential beneficial effect of "hCG priming" in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH through a long GnRH-a protocol, which binds the same receptor (LH/hCGR, though it is a much more potent compared to LH. The primary aims of this study were to assess the effect of short-term pre-rFSH administration of hCG in women entering an ICSI treatment cycle on follicular development, quality of oocytes and early embryo development. The secondary endpoints were to record the effects on endometrial quality and pregnancy rate. Methods Patients with a history of at least one previous unsuccessful ICSI cycle were randomly assigned into two groups to receive treatment with either a long protocol with rFSH (control group or a long protocol with rFSH and pre-treatment with hCG (hCG group. In particular, in the latter group, a fixed 7 days course of 200 IU/day hCG was administered as soon as pituitary desensitization was confirmed. Results The mean number of oocytes retrieved was not significantly different between the two treatment groups, although the percentage of mature oocytes tended to be higher but not significantly different in hCG-treated patients. The percentage of patients with more than one grade 3 embryos was higher in the pre-treatment group, which also showed a higher pregnancy rate. Conclusion All the above clinical observations, in conjunction with previous data, suggest a point towards a beneficial "hCG priming" effect in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation through a long GnRH-a down-regulation protocol, particularly in patients with previous ART failures.

  12. Intrafollicular Endocrine Milieu After Addition of hCG to Recombinant FSH During Controlled Ovarian Stimulation for In Vitro Fertilization

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    Thuesen, L L; Andersen, A Nyboe; Loft, A

    2014-01-01

    CONTEXT: The role of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) supplementation on the intrafollicular steroid milieu has been studied. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to assess the impact on steroid levels in follicular fluids (FFs) after different doses of hCG supplementation to recombinant FSH...... protocol with recombinant FSH 150 IU/d and randomized from stimulation day 1 to supplementation with hCG: D0, 0 IU/d; D50, 50 IU/d; D100, 100 IU/d; and D150, 150 IU/d. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Intrafollicular hormone concentrations in relation to treatment groups, follicular sizes, and embryo quality were...... measured. RESULTS: In large follicles, hCG supplementation induced a nearly 3-fold increase of estradiol (nanomoles per liter) [D0: 1496; D50: 3138; D100: 4338; D150: 4009 (P

  13. Integration of GaAs-based VCSEL array on SiN platform with HCG reflectors for WDM applications

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    Kumari, Sulakshna; Gustavsson, Johan S.; Wang, Ruijun; Haglund, Emanuel P.; Westbergh, Petter; Sanchez, Dorian; Haglund, Erik; Haglund, Åsa; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Le Thomas, Nicolas; Roelkens, Gunther; Larsson, Anders; Baets, Roel

    2015-02-01

    We present a GaAs-based VCSEL structure, BCB bonded to a Si3N4 waveguide circuit, where one DBR is substituted by a free-standing Si3N4 high-contrast-grating (HCG) reflector realized in the Si3N4 waveguide layer. This design enables solutions for on-chip spectroscopic sensing, and the dense integration of 850-nm WDM data communication transmitters where individual channel wavelengths are set by varying the HCG parameters. RCWA shows that a 300nm-thick Si3N4 HCG with 800nm period and 40% duty cycle reflects strongly (HCG's influence on the VCSEL wavelength, allowing for a 15-nm-wide wavelength setting range with low threshold gain (<1000 cm-1).

  14. Homebox Genes Mediates the Biological Functions of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in Human Breast Epithelial Cells

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    Russo, Jose

    2000-01-01

    ... (hCG) has been found to be an efficacious physiological protector in rats against the initiation and progression of mammary tumors induced by carcinogen, accompanied by the induction of cellular differentiation and expression of the a and.

  15. Dual triggering with GnRH agonist plus hCG versus triggering with hCG alone for IVF/ICSI outcome in GnRH antagonist cycles: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Chen, Chi-Huang; Tzeng, Chii-Ruey; Wang, Peng-Hui; Liu, Wei-Min; Chang, Heng-Yu; Chen, Huang-Hui; Chen, Ching-Hui

    2018-03-29

    To summarize available evidence from randomized-controlled trials which have evaluated triggering of final oocyte maturation with concomitant GnRH agonists and hCG in patients undergoing IVF, and to analyze whether dual triggering is as efficacious as hCG triggering in terms of oocyte and pregnancy outcomes. A comprehensive literature search was performed to identify randomized-controlled trials comparing IVF outcomes between women receiving combined administration of hCG with GnRH agonists and those receiving hCG alone for triggering of final oocyte maturation. Four studies including 527 patients eligible for inclusion in meta-analysis were identified. No significant difference in the number of mature oocytes or fertilized oocytes retrieved was found between groups. Clinical pregnancy rate with dual triggering was significantly higher as compared with hCG-alone triggering (pooled OR = 0.48, 95% CI 0.31-0.77, P = 0.002), but there was no significant difference in the ongoing pregnancy rate between groups. Results of meta-analysis indicate comparable or significantly improved outcomes with the use of GnRH agonists plus hCG as compared with hCG alone for triggering of final oocyte maturation.

  16. Persistent low levels of serum hCG due to heterophilic mouse antibodies: an unrecognized pitfall in the diagnosis of trophoblastic disease.

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    González Aguilera, B; Syrios, P; Gadisseur, R; Luyckx, F; Cavalier, E; Beckers, A; Valdes-Socin, H

    2016-06-01

    Phantom hCG refers to persistent mild elevations of hCG, leading physicians to unnecessary treatments whereas neither a true hCG nor a trophoblastic disease is present. We report the case of a 23-year-old woman with persistent low levels of serum hCG detected one month after miscarriage. As choriocarcinoma was suspected, a chemotherapy trial of methotrexate was prescribed, without any hCG reduction. Subsequently, laparoscopy ruled out a trophoblastic residue and the patient was referred to the Endocrine Unit for further investigations. While low levels of hCG were still detected in serum, no hCG was detected in the urine. In addition, when serum was processed in a HBT tube for revealing heterophilic antibodies, hCG was no longer detected. Such finding indicated the presence of phantom hCG due to heterophilic mouse antibodies interaction. This case raises the need of clinico-biological discussion to avoid inappropriate therapeutic decisions. Based on this case experience and after review of the literature, we suggest that current gynecological protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of trophoblastic disease should consider the inclusion of urinary hCG and/or a test for serum heterophilic antibodies when appropriate.

  17. Abnormal human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) trends after transfer of multiple embryos resulting in viable singleton pregnancies.

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    Brady, Paula C; Farland, Leslie V; Missmer, Stacey A; Racowsky, Catherine; Fox, Janis H

    2017-12-19

    The purpose of this study is to investigate whether abnormal hCG trends occur at a higher incidence among women conceiving singleton pregnancies following transfer of multiple (two or more) embryos (MET), as compared to those having a single embryo transfer (SET). Retrospective cohort study was performed of women who conceived singleton pregnancies following fresh or frozen autologous IVF/ICSI cycles with day 3 or day 5 embryo transfers between 2007 and 2014 at a single academic medical center. Cycles resulting in one gestational sac on ultrasound followed by singleton live birth beyond 24 weeks of gestation were included. Logistic regression models adjusted a priori for patient age at oocyte retrieval and day of embryo transfer were used to estimate the Odds Ratio of having an abnormal hCG rise (defined as a rise or hCG rises between the first and second measurements, compared to 2.7% (n = 17) of patients undergoing SET (OR 2.16, 95% CI 1.26-3.71). Among patients with initially abnormal hCG rises who had a third level checked (89%), three-quarters had normal hCG rises between the second and third measurements. Patients who deliver singletons following MET were more likely to have suboptimal initial hCG rises, potentially due to transient implantation of other non-viable embryo(s). While useful for counseling, these findings should not change standard management of abnormal hCG rises following IVF. The third hCG measurements may clarify pregnancy prognosis.

  18. Reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows after inducing ovulation using hCG in a five-day progesterone-based fixed-time AI protocol.

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    Garcia-Ispierto, I; De Rensis, F; Casas, X; Caballero, F; Mur-Novales, R; López-Gatius, F

    2018-02-01

    This study compares the effects of inducing ovulation using human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) at the end of a 5-day progesterone(P4)-based protocol for fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) in lactating dairy cows on ovarian dynamics and fertility. A P4 intravaginal device (PRID) was fitted for five days and GnRH administered upon PRID insertion and a double dose (24 h apart) of prostaglandin F 2α upon PRID removal. Cows received either GnRH (GnRH group; n = 98), 1000 IU hCG (hCG-1 group; n = 97), or 3000 IU hCG (hCG-2 group; n = 104) 36 h after PRID removal and were inseminated 50-56 h after PRID removal. Based on Tukey-Kramer tests, cows in hCG-1 and hCG-2 showed a larger follicle diameter at AI than cows in GnRH (P HCG-2 treatment increased corpus luteum (CL) size on Day 7 post-AI compared with the GnRH and hCG-1 treatments (P hCG-1 or hCG-2 that did not become pregnant were more likely to return to estrus than cows in GnRH (P hCG-2 treatment showed a 1.9-fold cumulative pregnancy rate after two rounds of AI compared to cows receiving GnRH. Our results indicate that hCG treatment hCG treatment used to induce ovulation at the end of a short protocol for FTAI improves follicular/luteal dynamics compared to GnRH treatment. Of the two hCG treatments tested, better results were obtained with the 3000 IU dose. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Cannonball lung metastases as a presenting feature of ectopic hCG expression

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    Rong-Hsin Yang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Cannonball metastases refer to well-defined spherical nodules scattered over both lungs, being a classical presentation of hematogenous tumor spreading. Striking progression of lung metastases without established primary malignancy can raise a diagnostic challenge. We herein report three cases with cannonball metastases at initial presentation. Two patients ended up having a choriocarcinoma but no awareness of the presence of primary tumors, and the third had abrupt lung metastases of endometrial cancer while she was being asymptomatic. Relentless progression was illustrated by clinical and radiographic changes. Ectopic expression of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG would seemingly go some way responsible for fulminant cancer spreading associated with poor prognosis in our patients. The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness of ectopic hCG expression in patients presenting with similar astonishing scenarios.

  20. Kinetic Studies on the Total Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) IRMA Assay

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    Moustafa, K.A.; Aly, M.A.M.; Al-Kolaly, M.T.; Abou El-Nour, F.

    2002-01-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a two chains glycoprotein hormone normally found in blood and urine, only during pregnancy. It is secreted by placental tissue, beginning with the primitive trophoblast, almost from the time of implantation. The kinetics of the interaction between the hCG antigen and two matched antibodies, one labelled with radioactive isotope 125 I (tracer) and the other is unlabelled and attached to a solid support (tube) , are studied using, two-sites (sandwich) Immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) technique. A new method for determining the rate constants, using an advanced computer program (RKY) based on the Nelder-Mead optimisation principle is introduced. The rate constants, at three variable temperatures and three different antigen concentrations as well as the half time of exchange (t) were calculated

  1. Abnormal hCG levels in a patient with treated stage I seminoma: a diagnostic dilemma.

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    Aherne, Noel J

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We report the case of a patient with treated Stage Ia seminoma who was found to have an elevated beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) on routine follow - up. This instigated restaging and could have lead to commencement of chemotherapy. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient was a bodybuilder, and following a negative metastatic work - up, admitted to injecting exogenous beta hCG. This was done to reduce withdrawal symptoms from androgen abuse. The patient remains well eight years post diagnosis. CONCLUSION: This case highlights the need for surgical oncologists to conduct vigilant screening of young male patients with a history of testicular germ cell tumours and who may indulge in steroid abuse.

  2. Positive pregnancy tests in a nongravid, premenopausal woman due to hCG beta-chain production by multiple myeloma.

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    Slone, Stephen P; Ahmed, Zakaria; Cole, Laurence A; Elin, Ronald J; Martin, Alvin W; Herzig, Roger H; Herzig, Geoffrey P; Miller, James J

    2005-07-01

    Positive pregnancy test results occurred in a nongravid, premenopausal woman while she was receiving chemotherapy for multiple myeloma. We tested 2 hypotheses to account for this finding: (1) Heterophil antibodies caused positive interference in the immunoassays. (2) Genuine human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) originated from a nonsyncytiotrophoblastic source. Paraprotein was eliminated as a source of positive interference because 3 different instruments with unique capture and signal antibodies gave similar results (83, 90, and 97 mIU/mL [83, 90, and 97 IU/L]). Human antimouse antibodies (HAMAs) were unlikely to cause positive interference because immunoreactivity was maintained after serum was treated to neutralize heterophil antibodies. Immunoassays performed after gel filtration of serum indicated that immunoreactivity was due to genuine hCG. The high-molecular-weight fraction (heterophil antibody) had 6 mIU/mL (6 IU/L) of hCG. The low-molecular-weight fraction (hCG) had 86 mIU/mL (86 IU/L) of hCG. Immunohistochemical stains revealed that myeloma cells expressed immunoreactive hCG. Hence, multiple myeloma caused positive pregnancy test results in a nongravid woman.

  3. Does fetal gender affect cytotrophoblast cell activity in the human term placenta? Correlation with maternal hCG levels.

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    Gol, Mert; Tuna, Burçin; Dogan, Erbil; Gulekli, Bülent; Bagci, Mustafa; Altunyurt, Sabahattin; Saygili, Ugur

    2004-08-01

    Pregnant women with female fetuses have higher maternal serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels than pregnant women with male fetuses. Ki-67, a cell proliferation and activity marker, is confined mostly in the nuclei of villous cytotrophoblasts of the human placenta. In this study, we examined the effect of fetal gender on the cytotrophoblast cell activity in human term placenta, with special regard to maternal serum and cord blood hCG levels. Thirty-four uncomplicated, singleton, term pregnancies (17 male and 17 female fetuses) were recruited in the study. hCG was measured in maternal peripheral serum and umbilical cord blood. Placental samples were collected in each patient during the cesarean section. Cytotrophoblast cell activity was measured by using immunohistochemistry for Ki-67 antigen. Ki-67 staining index values of the cytotrophoblasts were compared between the female and male placentas. Maternal serum and cord blood hCG levels were higher in pregnant women with female fetuses than in those carrying male fetuses. There was no sex difference in Ki-67 immunostaining rates of the cytotrophoblast cells. There was no correlation between maternal serum and cord blood hCG levels and Ki-67 staining index values of the cytotrophoblast cells. The difference in maternal serum and cord blood hCG levels in correlation with the fetal gender is not associated with cytotrophoblast cell activity in the human term placenta. The gender of the fetus does not seem to affect the regulation of cytotrophoblast cell proliferation.

  4. Challenges in harmonizing integrated healthcare network laboratories: multi-center evaluation of the hCG5 assay.

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    Greene, Dina N; Baird, Geoffrey S; Kwong, Shiu-Land; Lorey, Thomas S; Holmes, Daniel T

    2016-01-01

    Beckman Coulter recently introduced a new hCG assay manufactured for the Access 2 and DxI platforms. This assay is the first to use the 5th International Standard (5th IS) as its primary calibration material. Clinical laboratories are required to validate the method performance before testing and reporting patient results. Beckman Coulter Access 2 instruments (n=41) across Kaiser Permanente Northern California were evaluated for their performance characteristics using the hCG5 reagent. Precision, linearity, dilution verification, and patient sample comparisons were performed on each instrument. The assay was linear up to 1350IU/L. Intra-day and inter-day precision ranged from 1.0%-3.3% and 1.8-7.3%, respectively, for the low QC material (mean concentration 4.6IU/L). Percent bias between the previous assay (hCG2) and the hCG5 assay was 3.2 to 22.7% for hCG concentrations 1000IU/L. On board and manual dilutions agreed within 15% following proper adjustment of the instrument dilution factor. Achieving Access 2 inter-instrument agreement on specimens needing dilutions (hCG>1350IU/L) requires validation of the on board dilution factor. Laboratories should use QC material above the linear range to monitor instrument dilution accuracy and precision. Copyright © 2015 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Ectopic pregnancy: using the hCG ratio to select women for expectant or medical management.

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    Kirk, Emma; Van Calster, Ben; Condous, George; Papageorghiou, Aris T; Gevaert, Olivier; Van Huffel, Sabine; De Moor, Bart; Timmerman, Dirk; Bourne, Tom

    2011-03-01

    To identify variables that can be used to select women with an ectopic pregnancy for expectant or medical management with systemic methotrexate. Cohort study. Early Pregnancy Unit of a London teaching hospital. Women with a tubal ectopic pregnancy managed non-surgically. The diagnosis of tubal ectopic pregnancy was made using transvaginal sonography. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) levels had to be taken at 0 hour and 48 hours pre-treatment. Other recorded variables include presenting complaints, gestational age, progesterone levels, size of the ectopic mass and appearance of the ectopic on transvaginal sonography. Women were followed up until the outcome (success or failure) of management was known. Univariable analysis was performed to identify the variables associated with successful management using area under curves and relative risks. Thirty-nine women underwent expectant management (overall success rate 71.8%) and 42 had medical management (overall success rate 76.2%). The pre-treatment hCG ratio (hCG 48 hours/hCG 0 hour) was related to the failure of both expectant (area under curve 0.86, 95% CI 0.67-0.94) and medical (area under curve 0.79, 95% CI 0.58-0.90) management. History of ectopic pregnancy was related to failure of expectant management only (relative risk 0.46, 95% CI 0.16-0.92). The most important variable for predicting the likelihood of successful non-surgical management was the pre-treatment hCG ratio. New studies are required to validate the use of this variable and of history of ectopic pregnancy to predict the likelihood of successful non-surgical management in clinical practice. © 2011 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2011 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  6. VizieR Online Data Catalog: CO in HCG galaxies with enhanced warm H2 (Lisenfeld+,

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    Lisenfeld, U.; Appleton, P. N.; Cluver, M. E.; Guillard, P.; Alatalo, K.; Ogle, P.

    2014-07-01

    The files name hcgxxco10offx_offy.fits are the fits files spectra in Fig. A1 (CO(1-0) spectra). The files name hcgxxco21offx_offy.fits are the fits files of the spectra in Fig. A2 (CO(2-1) spectra). Here, xx stands for the HCG number of the galaxy and offx, offy are the offsets with respect to the central pointing. (3 data files).

  7. Bibliographie der Werke von Herbert Spencer

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    1991-01-01

    Bibliographie der Werke von Herbert Spencer / bearb., hrsg., mit e. Einl. u. e. Kurzbiogr. vers. von Michael Schmid u. Margit Weihrich. - München : Inst. für Soziologie u. Gesellschaftspolitik, Univ. d. Bundeswehr, 1991. - 159 S.

  8. John von Neumann selected letters

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    2005-01-01

    John von Neuman was perhaps the most influential mathematician of the twentieth century, especially if his broad influence outside mathematics is included. Not only did he contribute to almost all branches of mathematics and created new fields, but he also changed post-World War II history with his work on the design of computers and with being a sought-after technical advisor to many figures in the U.S. military-political establishment in the 1940s and 1950s. The present volume is the first substantial collection of (previously mainly unpublished) letters written by von Neumann to colleagues, friends, government officials, and others. The letters give us a glimpse of the thinking of John von Neumann about mathematics, physics, computer science, science management, education, consulting, politics, and war. Readers of quite diverse backgrounds will find much of interest in this fascinating first-hand look at one of the towering figures of twentieth century science.

  9. Entwicklung eines biologischen Pflanzenschutzmittels aus Süßholz mit sicherer Wirkung im Freiland unter Nutzung effizienter Anwendungstechnik; Arbeitsschwerpunkt 1: Industrielle Forschung und Grundlagen

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    Bahlo, Julia; Cergel, Sylvia; Faust, Stefanie; Jacobs, Sophie; Kleeberg, Hubertus; Orlik, Marc; Schmitt, Annegret; Treutwein, Jonas; Wehr, Christine

    2014-01-01

    Zusammenfassung Teilprojekt1: Formulierung, Standardisierung und Extraktionsoptimierung In dem Verbundvorhaben sollte ein praxistaugliches Süßholzpräparat entwickelt und damit Anwendungsstrategien gegen Falschen Mehltau und P. infestans im Freiland an Gurke, Tomate bzw. Kartoffel entworfen werden. Diese sollten eine wirksame Regulierung dieser Schlüssel Pathogene ermöglichen und somit die praxisübliche Anwendung von kupferhaltigen Pflanzenschutzmitteln reduzieren oder sogar ersetzen. In...

  10. Antitumoral action of interferons and interleukins in combination with radiotherapy. Pt. II. Radiobiological and immunologic strategies; Antitumorale Wirkung von Interferonen und Interleukinen in Kombination mit Strahlentherapie. Teil II. Strahlenbiologische und immunologische Strategien

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    Herskind, C. [Dept. of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus Univ. Hospital, Aarhus (Denmark); Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Sektion Strahlentherapie, Mannheim (Germany); Fleckenstein, K.; Wenz, F.; Lohr, F. [Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Sektion Strahlentherapie, Mannheim (Germany); Lohr, J. [Dept. of Pathology, Univ. of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA (United States); Li Chuan-Yuan [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Duke Univ. Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2004-06-01

    Methods: based on published clinical studies, the results of treatment with interferons in combination with radiotherapy are reviewed. New strategies for antitumoral application of cytokines, illustrated by interleukin-(IL-)2 and IL-12 in preclinical and clinical studies, are presented. Results: the initially high expectations regarding the antitumoral action of IFN-{alpha}, IFN-{beta} and IFN-{gamma} in combination with radiotherapy have, with few exceptions, not been fulfilled. In particular, toxicity has been a problem after systemic application. Recent advances in immunology, however, have emphasized the importance of local interactions between antigen-presenting cells and effector cells such as natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T-lymphocytes in the immune reaction against tumors. Preclinical studies with IL-2 und IL-12 have shown efficacy mainly against early metastases, but immune reactions against primary tumors have also been observed. Furthermore, the method and timing of the application have proven to be critical. (orig.)

  11. In vitro investigations on the comparison of the effect of high-dose and low-dose irradiation by means of endothelium cells; In-vitro-Untersuchungen zum Vergleich der Wirkung hoch und niedrig dosierter Bestrahlung anhand von Endothelzellen

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    Reichert, Steffen

    2014-11-25

    The thesis was aimed to investigate the effect of low-dose irradiation of endothelium cells (H5V) using different in-vitro methods In order to characterize radiation induced modulation of inflammatory reactions. The results were compared with high.-dose irradiation experiments. For the simulation of inflammatory behavior the cells were stimulated by pro-inflammatory Zytokin TNF-alpha. The irradiation was performed with an X-ray device (200 kV) that is usually used for pain relieving therapy (single exposure and fractionated irradiation) in case of benign lesions was used and a linear accelerator (16 MeV). Further studies were performed covering the effect of serum in the medium on the growth, the clonogenic survival and the metabolic activity of the H5V cells.

  12. Reducing available amounts of heavy metals in contaminated soils by adding iron oxides. Final report; Verringerung der Bioverfuegbarkeit von Schwermetallen in kontaminierten Boeden durch Zugabe von Eisenoxiden. Abschlussbericht

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    Pluquet, E.; Mueller, I.

    1998-02-01

    -Industrie, Wasserwerksschlamm aus der Trinkwasseraufbereitung, Raseneisenstein als natuerliches Fe-Oxid, Eisenkugelschrot, ein Produkt zur Oberflaechenbehandlung und Strahlmittelabfall aus der Entzunderung von Stahlblechen) in einer Aufwandmenge von 1% rein Fe pro kg Boden eingebracht. Die Schwermetallgehalte in den Bodenextrakten (DTPA, NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3}) und in den Pflanzen gingen im Gefaessversuch durch die Bodenzusaetze deutlich zurueck und wurden durch die wirksamsten Varianten, insbesondere Wasserwerksschlamm um 40-50% (NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3}) 30-40% (DTPA) bzw. 30-40% in den Pflanzen vermindert. Die ueber den Versuchszeitraum andauernde Festlegung der Schwermetalle erfolgte in der Reihenfolge Cd>Pb>Zn>Cu. In den Feldversuchen war die immobilisierende Wirkung der Bodenzusaetze zwar vorhanden, aber wesentlich schwaecher ausgepraegt als in den Gefaessversuchen. Fuer bessere Ergebnisse sollte hier eine tiefere und homogenere Einarbeitung der Bodenzusaetze bei eventuell erhoehten Aufwandmengen erfolgen. (orig.)

  13. A randomized controlled dose-response pilot study of addition of hCG to recombinant FSH during controlled ovarian stimulation for in vitro fertilization

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    Loft, A; Egeberg, Anne Noes; Smitz, J

    2012-01-01

    Is it possible to define an optimal dose of hCG in combination with rFSH from the first day of stimulation in the GnRH agonist protocol applied to IVF? SUMMARY ANSWER: Supplementation with hCG from the first day of stimulation may increase the number of top-quality embryos per patient. Daily doses...... of hCG up to 150 IU are compatible with good live birth rates. A ceiling level of estradiol (E(2)) was reached with hCG doses above 100 IU/day. A positive dose-response was seen for pre-ovulatory progesterone, but concentrations remained below values for which an impairment of endometrial receptivity...... low doses of hCG were associated with FSH. We analysed the clinical, embryological and endocrine aspects of adding increasing doses of hCG to rFSH from the first day of stimulation for IVF....

  14. An Invitation from Lars von Trier

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    Skadhauge, Troels; Tønder, Lars

    2015-01-01

    Translation of Martin Krasnik interview with Lars von Trier broadcast on DR2, January 12, 2015. The following is an interview of Lars von Trier (LvT) by the Danish journalist Martin Krasnik (MK). The interview took place in Lars von Trier’s home in Brede, a small town just outside Copenhagen. The...

  15. Homopteren von Java, gesammelt von Herrn Edw. Jacobson

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    Melichar, L.

    1914-01-01

    Herr Edw. Jacobson hat auf Java in den Jahren 1908— 1910 Homopteren gesammelt und mir die Bearbeitung des gesammelten Materiales übertragen. Die Jacobson’sche Ausbeute ist insoferne bemerkenswert, als dieselbe viele Mikrohomopteren enthält, welche von nichtfachkundigen Sammlern gewöhnlich nicht

  16. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) concentrations during the late first trimester are associated with fetal growth in a fetal sex-specific manner.

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    Barjaktarovic, Mirjana; Korevaar, Tim I M; Jaddoe, Vincent W V; de Rijke, Yolanda B; Visser, Theo J; Peeters, Robin P; Steegers, Eric A P

    2017-02-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a pregnancy-specific hormone that regulates placental development. hCG concentrations vary widely throughout gestation and differ based on fetal sex. Abnormal hCG concentrations are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes including fetal growth restriction. We studied the association of hCG concentrations with fetal growth and birth weight. In addition, we investigated effect modification by gestational age of hCG measurement and fetal sex. Total serum hCG (median 14.4 weeks, 95 % range 10.1-26.2), estimated fetal weight (measured by ultrasound during 18-25th weeks and >25th weeks) and birth weight were measured in 7987 mother-child pairs from the Generation R cohort and used to establish fetal growth. Small for gestational age (SGA) was defined as a standardized birth weight lower than the 10th percentile of the study population. There was a non-linear association of hCG with birth weight (P = 0.009). However, only low hCG concentrations measured during the late first trimester (11th and 12th week) were associated with birth weight and SGA. Low hCG concentrations measured in the late first trimester were also associated with decreased fetal growth (P = 0.0002). This was the case for both male and female fetuses. In contrast, high hCG concentrations during the late first trimester were associated with increased fetal growth amongst female, but not male fetuses. Low hCG in the late first trimester is associated with lower birth weight due to a decrease in fetal growth. Fetal sex differences exist in the association of hCG concentrations with fetal growth.

  17. An HCG-rich microenvironment contributes to ovarian cancer cell differentiation into endothelioid cells in a three-dimensional culture system.

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    Su, Min; Fan, Chao; Gao, Sainan; Shen, Aiguo; Wang, Xiaoying; Zhang, Yuquan

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the expression of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and its effects on vasculogenic mimicry (VM) formation in ovarian cancer cells under normoxic and hypoxic conditions in three-dimensional matrices preconditioned by an endothelial-trophoblast cell co-culture system. The co-culture model was established using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and HTR-8 trophoblast cells in a three-dimensional culture system. The co-cultured cells were removed with NH4OH, and ovarian cancer cells were implanted into the preconditioned matrix. VM was identified morphologically and by detecting vascular markers expressed by cancer cells. The specificity of the effects of exogenous HCG in the microenvironment was assessed by inhibition with a neutralizing anti-HCG antibody. HCG siRNA was used to knock down endogenous HCG expression in OVCAR-3 ovarian cancer cells. HTR-8 cells 'fingerprinted' HUVECs to form capillary-like tube structures in co-cultures. In the preconditioned HCG-rich microenvironment, the number of vessel-like network structures formed by HCG receptor-positive OVCAR-3 cells and the expression levels of CD31, VEGF and factor VIII were significantly increased. The preconditioned HCG-rich microenvironment significantly increased the expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF‑1α) and VM formation in OVCAR-3 cells under hypoxic conditions. Treatment with a neutralizing anti-HCG antibody but not HCG siRNA significantly inhibited the formation of vessel-like network structures. HCG in the microenvironment contributes to OVCAR-3 differentiation into endothelioid cells in three-dimensional matrices preconditioned with an endothelial-trophoblast cell co-culture system. HCG may synergistically enhance hypoxia-induced vascular markers and HIF-1α expression. These findings would provide perspectives on new therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer.

  18. Serum Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (β- hCG) Clearance Curves in Women with Successfully Expectantly Managed Tubal Ectopic Pregnancies: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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    Helmy, Samir; Mavrelos, Dimitrios; Sawyer, Elinor; Ben-Nagi, Jara; Koch, Marianne; Day, Andrea; Jurkovic, Davor

    2015-01-01

    Objective To establish clearance curves for serum β -hCG in women with successfully expectantly managed tubal ectopic pregnancies. Design Retrospective cohort study. Non- viable tubal ectopic pregnancy was diagnosed on transvaginal ultrasound. If initial serum β hCG was less than 5000 IU/L and patients were asymptomatic, expectant management was offered. Patients underwent serial β hCG measurements until serum β hCG was less than 20 IU/l, or the urine pregnancy test was negative. Setting Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit, Kings College Hospital, London (December 1998 to July 2006). Patients We included 161 women with diagnosed non-viable tubal ectopic pregnancy who underwent successful expectant management. Main outcome measure Serum β hCG level. Results Mean initial serum β- hCG was 488 IU/L (41 - 4883) and median serum β hCG clearance time was 19 days (5 - 82). The average half-life of β hCG clearance was 82.5 hours (±SD 50.2) in patients with steadily declining serum β- hCG levels compared to 106.7 hours (±SD 72.0) in patients with primarily plateauing β-hCG levels in the declining phase. However, these differences were not significant (p>0.05). Conclusion We identified a median follow-up of 19 days until serum β hCG clearance in women with tubal ectopic pregnancy and successful expectant management. Although non- significant, women with initially plateauing serum β hCG showed a longer follow-up time until clearance compared to women with steadily declining β hCG levels. This information may serve as a guideline enabling clinicians to predict the length of follow-up for women with tubal ectopic pregnancy and expectant management. PMID:26135923

  19. Analysis of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG): application of routine immunological methods for initial testing and confirmation analysis in doping control.

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    Kuuranne, Tiia; Ahola, Liisa; Pussinen, Christel; Leinonen, Antti

    2013-08-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is dimeric glycoprotein produced by placenta in pregnancy and also in low levels by pituitary gland. The main clinical use for exogenous hCG-administration is typically linked to infertility. The desired effect of hCG misuse in sport is due to the enhancement of testicular production of testosterone. Therefore, hCG is listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a prohibited substance in male athletes and according to the recently published WADA guideline urinary concentrations of hCG > 5 IU/L may be an indicator of doping. In this study two independent immunoassays were used to implement the new WADA guideline. The assay for initial testing (Siemens Immulite 2000 XPi hCG assay) recognizes various hCG variants (e.g. hCG and β-core fragment of hCG) whereas the confirmatory assay (PerkinElmer DELFIA Xpress hCG) is sensitive to intact and nicked hCG only. Both assays showed adequate sensitivity and were proven fit-for-purpose in routine doping control. Population-based distribution of the assays was in good agreement with results of earlier studies and supported well the current threshold of 5 IU/L. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  20. Von Krahl ON! / Terje Metsavas

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    2008-01-01

    Madli Pesti ja Terje Metsavas kohtusid Von Krahli teatri tehnilise meeskonnaga teatri black-box-saalis. Teatri tehniline meeskond on tehnikadirektor Enar Tarmo, video- ja multimeediaga tegelev Lauri Sepp, tehnikud Janno "John" Jaanus, Oliver Kulpsoo ja Allan Räim. Selles, kuidas sünnivad "tehnikaimed" ja kuidas lahendatakse lavastuslikke projekte

  1. von Hippel-Lindau disease

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Gimsing, Steen; Kosteljanetz, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Endolymphatic sac tumours (ELSTs) of the inner ear occur in 16% of patients with the hereditary tumor syndrome von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL). ELSTs of all sizes can cause irreversible hearing loss which can, however, be prevented through early diagnosis and treatment. We aim to emphasize...

  2. Properties of von Neumann entropy

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    disentangled) as seen by moving observers, is used to investigate the properties of von Neumann entropy, as a measure of spin–momentum entanglement. To do so, we partition the total Hilbert space into momentum and spin subspaces so that the ...

  3. High oestradiol concentration after ovarian stimulation is associated with lower maternal serum beta-HCG concentration and neonatal birth weight.

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    Liu, Suying; Kuang, Yanping; Wu, Yu; Feng, Yun; Lyu, Qifeng; Wang, Li; Sun, Yijuan; Sun, Xiaoxi

    2017-08-01

    In this retrospective study, the relationship between maternal serum oestradiol and progesterone levels after fresh embryo transfer or frozen embryo transfer (FET), and serum beta-HCG levels in early pregnancy and neonatal birth weight was examined. Included for analysis were 5643 conceived singletons: 2610 after FET and 3033 after fresh embryo transfer. Outcome measures included maternal serum oestradiol, progesterone, beta-HCG levels during the peri-implantation period, birth weight and small-for-gestational-age (SGA). Results at 4, 5 and 6 weeks' gestation were as follows: serum oestradiol and progesterone levels were significantly higher in women who underwent fresh embryo transfer compared with FET (all P HCG levels were significantly lower than in women who underwent FET (P HCG levels were negatively correlated with serum oestradiol; and birth weight was negatively correlated with serum oestradiol. Incidence of SGA in fresh embryo transfer was increased significantly compared with FET (P HCG in early pregnancy, lower birth weight and higher incidence of SGA. Copyright © 2017 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Induction of ovulation in quarter horse mares through the use of deslorelin acetate and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG

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    Tatiana Figueiredo

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim this study was to compare two protocols of induction for ovulation by desloreline acetate and hCG in Quarter Horse mares. The choice of the animals was based on the observations by the estrus, by rectal palpation of the ovaries and by ultrassonography of the follicular dynamics. After estrus detection and follicle control, the measurement of the follicles and the classification of uterus were carried out. The animals that had dominant follicle (diameter more than 35 mm and swollen uterus were used. In these conditions, the mares received hCG or desloreline acetate. Once ovulation occurred, the artificial insemination was carried. Two groups were performed: G1 (20 animals received 1.5 mg desloreline acetate and G2 (20 animals received 1700 IU of hCG. Following 6h intervals, the control follicular was performed by ultrasonography. The follicular average diameter was 42.6 cm for the groups and set up a score of 0 to 3 of uterine edema displayed by the device as well as the time of ovulation. In conclusion, the desloreline acetate showed better performance than hCG, because the ovulation was induced in less time (nine hours than hCG (p<0.05.The pregnancy rate was 80 and 75 %, respectively in G1 and G2.

  5. [Friedrich Ludwig von Maydelli pildid Baltimaade ajaloost = Friedrich Ludwig von Maydells Baltische Geschichte in Bildern = Friedrich Ludwig von Maydell ́s Baltic history in images] / Ulrike Plath

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    2014-01-01

    Arvustus: Friedrich Ludwig von Maydelli pildid Baltimaade ajaloost = Friedrich Ludwig von Maydells Baltische Geschichte in Bildern = Friedrich Ludwig von Maydell ́s Baltic history in images. Eesti kunstimuuseum, Kadrioru kunstimuuseum. Tallinn 2013

  6. Deep Imaging of the HCG 95 Field. I. Ultra-diffuse Galaxies

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    Shi, Dong Dong; Zheng, Xian Zhong; Zhao, Hai Bin; Pan, Zhi Zheng; Li, Bin; Zou, Hu; Zhou, Xu; Guo, KeXin; An, Fang Xia; Li, Yu Bin

    2017-09-01

    We present a detection of 89 candidates of ultra-diffuse galaxies (UDGs) in a 4.9 degree2 field centered on the Hickson Compact Group 95 (HCG 95) using deep g- and r-band images taken with the Chinese Near Object Survey Telescope. This field contains one rich galaxy cluster (Abell 2588 at z = 0.199) and two poor clusters (Pegasus I at z = 0.013 and Pegasus II at z = 0.040). The 89 candidates are likely associated with the two poor clusters, giving about 50-60 true UDGs with a half-light radius {r}{{e}}> 1.5 {kpc} and a central surface brightness μ (g,0)> 24.0 mag arcsec-2. Deep z\\prime -band images are available for 84 of the 89 galaxies from the Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey (DECaLS), confirming that these galaxies have an extremely low central surface brightness. Moreover, our UDG candidates are spread over a wide range in g - r color, and ˜26% are as blue as normal star-forming galaxies, which is suggestive of young UDGs that are still in formation. Interestingly, we find that one UDG linked with HCG 95 is a gas-rich galaxy with H I mass 1.1× {10}9 M ⊙ detected by the Very Large Array, and has a stellar mass of {M}\\star ˜ 1.8× {10}8 M ⊙. This indicates that UDGs at least partially overlap with the population of nearly dark galaxies found in deep H I surveys. Our results show that the high abundance of blue UDGs in the HCG 95 field is favored by the environment of poor galaxy clusters residing in H I-rich large-scale structures.

  7. Von den Veranschaulichungsmethoden in den Rundfunkpredigten von der Heiligkreuz- Kirche

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    Witold Ostafiński

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available In der gegenwärtigen Verkündigung des Wortes Gottes spielt die Veranschaulichung der Überlieferung eine nicht zu überschätzende Rolle. Vor diesem Hintergrund wird es sehr wichtig, dass man den Predigern nicht nur auf die Funktion des Bildes in der Verkündigung, sondern auch auf die Art und Weise seines Entstehens auf der narrativen Ebene aufmerksam macht. Während die Kenner der Homiletik die Notwendigkeit des Auftretens der Bildeigenschaften in den Predigten betonen, erinnern sie gleichzeitig daran, dass der moderne, von der „Bild-Zivilisation“ gestaltete Mensch, „immer mehr sehen als hören“ möchte. Der vorliegende, die Rundfunkpredigten von der Heiligkreuz-Kirche analysierende Aufsatz, nimmt auf und bringt zugleich nahe die Problematik der Notwendigkeit des Bildes in der Wort-Gottes-Verkündigung. Der Artikel stellt die Erzählungsform als eine wichtige Möglichkeit der Glaubensüberlieferung dar, behandelt das Problem der Aktualisierung evangelischen Werte, bringt das von den Predigten gestaltete synästhetische Weltbild nahe und analysiert die Rolle des Zitats und Beispiels (exemplum bei der Gestaltung der Bildhaftigkeit einer Predigt. Darüber hinaus überprüft der Aufsatz in seinem letzten Teil die in den gegenwärtigen Rundfunkpredigten meist verwendeten Redefiguren

  8. Intrauterine administration of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for subfertile women undergoing assisted reproduction.

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    Craciunas, Laurentiu; Tsampras, Nikolaos; Coomarasamy, Arri; Raine-Fenning, Nick

    2016-05-20

    Subfertility affects 15% of couples and represents the inability to conceive naturally following 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Assisted reproduction refers to procedures involving the in vitro handling of both human gametes and represents a key option for many subfertile couples. Most women undergoing assisted reproduction treatment will reach the stage of embryo transfer (ET) but the proportion of embryos that successfully implant following ET has remained small since the mid-1990s. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone synthesised and released by the syncytiotrophoblast and has a fundamental role in embryo implantation and the early stages of pregnancy. Intrauterine administration of synthetic or natural hCG via an ET catheter during a mock procedure around the time of ET is a novel approach that has recently been suggested to improve the outcomes of assisted reproduction. To investigate whether the intrauterine administration of hCG around the time of ET improves the clinical outcomes in subfertile women undergoing assisted reproduction. We performed a comprehensive literature search of the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group Specialised Register, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, registers of ongoing trials andreference lists of all included studies and relevant reviews (from inception to 10 November 2015), in consultation with the Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group Trials Search Co-ordinator. We included all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating intrauterine administration of hCG around the time of ET in this review irrespective of language and country of origin. Two authors independently selected studies, assessed risk of bias, extracted data from studies and attempted to contact the authors where data were missing. We performed statistical analysis using Review Manager 5 in accordance with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of

  9. VizieR Online Data Catalog: HCG and RSCG compact group galaxies with WISE (Zucker+, 2016)

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    Zucker, C.; Walker, L. M.; Johnson, K.; Gallagher, S.; Alatalo, K.; Tzanavaris, P.

    2016-07-01

    For this study, we draw our sample from groups in the HCG catalog (Hickson 1982, VII/213) and the Redshift Survey Compact Group catalog (RSCG; Barton et al. 1996AJ....112..871B). We utilize new ALLWISE coadds from Lang (unWISE; 2014AJ....147..108L), which preserve the native resolution of the raw frames (~6.1", 6.4", 6.5" and 12.0" for bands W1, W2, W3, and W4). (1 data file).

  10. Empty follicle syndrome after GnRHa triggering versus hCG triggering in COS

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    Castillo, Juan C; Garcia-Velasco, Juan; Humaidan, Peter

    2012-01-01

    This study aimed to explore the incidence of empty follicle syndrome (EFS) in oocyte donors who had final oocyte maturation triggered with GnRHa and to compare the incidence of EFS in this group of patients with IVF patients who had final oocyte maturation with hCG.......This study aimed to explore the incidence of empty follicle syndrome (EFS) in oocyte donors who had final oocyte maturation triggered with GnRHa and to compare the incidence of EFS in this group of patients with IVF patients who had final oocyte maturation with hCG....

  11. A Live Birth Subsequent to IVF following Egg Retrieval Only 12 Hours after hCG Priming

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    Limor Man

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. To report a live birth following egg retrieval after only 12 hours from hCG priming. Patients. A childless couple with five-years-lasting secondary infertility. Methods. IVF was performed according to the long protocol. Two immature oocytes were retrieved following only 12 hours after hCG priming due to the patient misunderstanding. The eggs were cultured in vitro and ICSI was performed following polar body extruded after 24 hours in culture. After additional 24 hours a 4-cell embryo was developed and ET was performed. Results. A viable pregnancy was achieved and a healthy baby girl was delivered at 38 weeks of gestation. Conclusion. In a rare and unexpected situation when immature oocytes are retrieved following a short hCG priming, the eggs should be cultured in vitro, late ICSI should be performed, and a pregnancy may be expected.

  12. Experience with needle-shaped conductivity sensors for determining parameters in two-phase flows; Erfahrungen mit nadelfoermigen Leitfaehigkeitssonden zur Bestimmung von Parametern in Zweiphasenstroemungen

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    Fleischer, S.; Hampel, R. [Hochschule fuer Technik, Wirtschaft und Sozialwesen Zittau/Goerlitz, Zittau (Germany). Inst. fuer Prozesstechnik, Prozessautomatisierung und Messtechnik e.V. (IPM)

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    Two variants were developed. A wire grid sensor has two planes with 16 wires of 0.12 mm diameter each. The wires are arranged evenly over the diameter. The spacing between the two planes is 1.5 mm. The pipelines are covered in the corners of some measuring points. A second type was developed especially for the described pressure surge experiments. The `heavy` grid sensor with rod-shaped electrodes is made of stainless steel. The small rods have a lens-shaped crossection, in order to keep the hydraulic resistance and the effect on flow small. Sensors with 8 x 8 measuring points for NW50 and a sensor with 16 x 16 measuring points for NW100 were produced. They are designed for 7 MPa and a maximum of 150oC. The cavitation behind a fast-closing valve was visualised with the sensors, which is situated at the start of an approx. 200 m long pipeline. [Deutsch] Das Messverfahren mit nadelfoermigen Leitfaehigkeitssonden eignet sich zur lokalen Messung des Gasgehaltes, der Gasphasengeschwindigkeit, der Gasblasengroesse und deren statischen Verteilung. Die hohe zeitliche Aufloesung erlaubt die Messung von transienten Vorgaengen in Zweiphasenstroemungen. Mit dem Einsatz von mehreren Leitfaehigkeitssonden ist eine raeumliche Aufloesung moeglich. Als qualitative Groesse ist mit dem Messverfahren die Stroemungsform detektierbar. Auf Grund des invasiven Charakters des Messverfahren sind Einflussgroessen zu beachten bzw. zu beruecksichtigen. In den durchgefuehrten experimentellen Arbeiten wurde die Wirkung der Einflussgroessen auf das Messergebnis naeher untersucht und Verfahren zur Kalibrierung entwickelt. Die Arbeiten sind in den nachstehenden Literaturangaben dokumentiert. (orig.)

  13. Shock, diaschisis and von Monakow

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    Eliasz Engelhardt

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The concept of shock apparently emerged in the middle of the 18th century (Whyett as an occurrence observed experimentally after spinal cord transection, and identified as "shock" phenomenon one century later (Hall. The concept was extended (Brown-Séquard and it was suggested that brain lesions caused functional rupture in regions distant from the injured one ("action à distance". The term "diaschisis" (von Monakow, proposed as a new modality of shock, had its concept broadened, underpinned by observations of patients, aiming at distinguishing between symptoms of focal brain lesions and transitory effects they produced, attributable to depression of distant parts of the brain connected to the injured area. Presently, diaschisis is related mainly to cerebrovascular lesions and classified according to the connection fibers involved, as proposed by von Monakow. Depression of metabolism and blood flow in regions anatomically separated, but related by connections with the lesion, allows observing diaschisis with neuroimaging.

  14. The association between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and abnormal second-trimester maternal serum levels of hCG and alpha-fetoprotein

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    Morssink, LP; Heringa, MP; Beekhuis, [No Value; DeWolf, BTHM; Mantingh, A

    Objective: To examine the association between hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and second-trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) and hCG levels. Methods: The proportions of abnormal second-trimester MSAFP and hCG levels in the serum samples from 65 women with true pregnancy-induced

  15. Leydig cell number and function in the adult cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis) is increased by daily hCG treatment but not by daily FSH treatment

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    Teerds, K. J.; Rommerts, F. F.; van de Kant, H. J.; de rooij, D. G.

    1989-01-01

    Daily treatment of adult cynomolgus monkeys with 450 i.u. hCG for 16 days resulted in a significant 163% increase in the number of Leydig cells, and a 9-fold rise in plasma testosterone concentrations. The number of proliferating Leydig cells was very low, even after 16 days of treatment with hCG.

  16. Concomitant use of FSH and low-dose recombinant hCG during the late follicular phase versus conventional controlled ovarian stimulation for intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles.

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    Iaconelli, Carla Andrade Rebello; Setti, Amanda Souza; Braga, Daniela Paes Almeida Ferreira; Maldonado, Luiz Guilherme Louzada; Iaconelli, Assumpto; Borges, Edson; Aoki, Tsutomu

    2017-12-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of low-dose hCG supplementation on ICSI outcomes and controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) cost. Three hundred and thirty patients undergoing ICSI were split into groups according to the COS protocol: (i) control group (n = 178), including patients undergoing conventional COS treatment; and (ii) low-dose hCG group (n = 152), including patients undergoing COS with low-dose hCG supplementation. Lower mean total doses of FSH administered and higher mean oestradiol level and mature oocyte rates were observed in the low-dose hCG group. A significantly higher fertilization rate, high-quality embryo rate and blastocyst formation rate were observed in the low-dose hCG group as compared to the control group. The miscarriage rate was significantly higher in the control group compared to the low-dose hCG group. A significantly lower incidence of OHSS was observed in the low-dose hCG group. There was also a significantly lower gonadotropin cost in the low-dose hCG group as compared to the control group ($1235.0 ± 239.0×$1763.0 ± 405.3, p hCG and FSH results in a lower abortion rate and increased number of mature oocytes retrieved, as well as improved oocyte quality, embryo quality and blastocyst formation and reduced FSH requirements.

  17. A Celiac Diasease Associated lncRNA Named HCG14 Regulates NOD1 Expression in Intestinal Cells.

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    Santin, Izortze; Jauregi-Miguel, Amaia; Velayos, Teresa; Castellanos-Rubio, Ainara; Garcia-Etxebarria, Koldo; Romero-Garmendia, Irati; Fernandez-Jimenez, Nora; Irastorza, Iñaki; Castaño, Luis; Bilbao, Jose Ramón

    2018-03-29

    To identify additional celiac disease associated loci in the Major Histocompatibility Complex independent from classical HLA risk alleles (HLA-DR3-DQ2) and to characterize their potential functional impact in celiac disease pathogenesis at the intestinal level. We performed a high resolution SNP genotyping of the MHC region, comparing HLA-DR3 homozygous celiac patients and non-celiac controls carrying a single copy of the B8-DR3-DQ2 conserved extended haplotype. Expression level of potential novel risk genes was determined by RT-PCR in intestinal biopsies and in intestinal and immune cells isolated from control and celiac individuals. Small interfering RNA-driven silencing of selected genes was performed in the intestinal cell line T84. MHC genotyping revealed two associated SNPs, one located in TRIM27 gene and another in the non-coding gene HCG14. After stratification analysis, only HCG14 showed significant association independent from HLA-DR-DQ loci Expression of HCG14 was slightly downregulated in epithelial cells isolated from duodenal biopsies of celiac patients, and eQTL analysis revealed that polymorphisms in HCG14 region were associated with decreased NOD1 expression in duodenal intestinal cells. We have sucessfully employed a conserved extended haplotype-matching strategy and identified a novel additional celiac disease risk variant in the lncRNA HGC14. This lncRNA seems to regulate the expression of NOD1 in an allele-specific manner. Further functional studies are needed to clarify the role of HCG14 in the regulation of gene expression and to determine the molecular mechanisms by which the risk variant in HCG14 contributes to celiac disease pathogenesis.

  18. The Role of Serum Beta hCG in Early Diagnosis and Management Strategy of Ectopic Pregnancy.

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    Surampudi, Kameswari; Gundabattula, Sirisha Rao

    2016-07-01

    The presentation of Ectopic Pregnancy (EP) can be highly variable and serum Beta hCG estimation plays an important role in early diagnosis. Aim of the study was to determine the trends of hCG levels in EP and to explore the role of hCG in decisions related to management and follow-up of EPs. A retrospective study of women who had EPs from January 2006 to December 2012 at an advanced tertiary care centre in southern India was carried out. These women had undergone treatment based on the hospital protocol. The study identified 337 women with EP. Thirty one surgically confirmed cases were diagnosed below the discriminatory zone of 1500 mIU/ml. Among women who had Beta hCG estimations 48 hours apart, plateauing was observed in 22.5% while decrease >15% was noted in 26.8%. Almost half (47.9%) of the cases had an increase >15% and a few (2.8%) demonstrated an initial fall followed by a rise in titres. In 23.9% of these women, there was a rise >53% similar to intrauterine pregnancy. The average pre-treatment Beta hCG was 429.8, 3866.2 and 12961.5 mIU/ml for those who received expectant, medical and direct surgical treatment respectively. 43 women with relative contraindications received medical management and 39 were lost to follow-up after medical and expectant management. Excluding them, the success rate of these two modalities was 76.6% and 85.0% respectively. No single level of Beta hCG is diagnostic of EP and serial levels can demonstrate atypical trends in some cases. Hence, interpretation of these results should be done in conjunction with clinical and sonographic findings to arrive at a correct diagnosis.

  19. Effect of kisspeptin-10, LH and hCG on serum testosterone concentrations in stallions, donkeys and mules.

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    Akhtar, Rana Waseem; Shah, Syed Aftab Hussain; Qureshi, Irfan Zia

    2017-10-15

    This study was conducted to determine the response of serum testosterone (T) in male equines (stallions, donkeys and mules) after administering intravenous doses of kisspeptin-10 (KP-10), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and luteinizing hormone (LH) and saline as a control. The animals were divided into four groups of three each: Group I, 3 ml of 0.95% saline; Group II, 50 μg KP-10; Group III, 2500 IU hCG and group IV, 400 μg LH. The administration of KP-10 and hCG to stallions resulted in a significant increase in serum T concentration at 240 min; whereas it was significantly higher at 30, 60, 120, and 240 min with LH treatment as compared to pre-dose concentrations. Both KP-10 and hCG significantly elevated the T concentrations in donkeys at 120 and 240 min, respectively; whereas it was significantly higher at 60, 120, and 240 min with LH treatment as compared to pre-dose concentration. Both KP-10 and LH elevated T in donkeys at 240 min as compared to the control and hCG concentrations. After 120 and 240 min, T concentrations in mules were higher (p hCG and LH as compared to the control. In conclusion, the administration of KP-10, hCG and LH elevate the serum T concentration in normal male equines. It is suggested that KP-10 may be useful in situations where an increase in T is desired. Further work is required to determine the effect of KP-10 on T in male equids with reproductive abnormalities before it can be used in clinical situations. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Evaluierungsbericht Systems Engineer von LBMS

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    Herzwurm, Georg

    1994-01-01

    Hersteller von Systems Engineer ist die 1977 gegründete Firma Learmonth and Burchen Management Systems Pie. (LBMS) mit Sitz in London. Systems Engineer ist eine Client-Server-Lösung unter DOS/Windows, die standardmäßig aus den Komponenten Systems Engineer (Analyse und Design, Projektadministration), SE/Repository (Konfigurations management, Entwicklungsdatenmanagement) und SE/Workplace (Dokumentation) besteht. Als jeweils separat zu erwerbende Komponenten werden darüber hinaus Process Enginee...

  1. The Alternative Epac/cAMP Pathway and the MAPK Pathway Mediate hCG Induction of Leptin in Placental Cells

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    Maymó, Julieta Lorena; Pérez Pérez, Antonio; Maskin, Bernardo; Dueñas, José Luis; Calvo, Juan Carlos; Sánchez Margalet, Víctor; Varone, Cecilia Laura

    2012-01-01

    Pleiotropic effects of leptin have been identified in reproduction and pregnancy, particularly in the placenta, where it works as an autocrine hormone. In this work, we demonstrated that human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) added to JEG-3 cell line or to placental explants induces endogenous leptin expression. We also found that hCG increased cAMP intracellular levels in BeWo cells in a dose-dependent manner, stimulated cAMP response element (CRE) activity and the cotransfection with an expression plasmid of a dominant negative mutant of CREB caused a significant inhibition of hCG stimulation of leptin promoter activity. These results demonstrate that hCG indeed activates cAMP/PKA pathway, and that this pathway is involved in leptin expression. Nevertheless, we found leptin induction by hCG is dependent on cAMP levels. Treatment with (Bu)2cAMP in combination with low and non stimulatory hCG concentrations led to an increase in leptin expression, whereas stimulatory concentrations showed the opposite effect. We found that specific PKA inhibition by H89 caused a significant increase of hCG leptin induction, suggesting that probably high cAMP levels might inhibit hCG effect. It was found that hCG enhancement of leptin mRNA expression involved the MAPK pathway. In this work, we demonstrated that hCG leptin induction through the MAPK signaling pathway is inhibited by PKA. We observed that ERK1/2 phosphorylation increased when hCG treatment was combined with H89. In view of these results, the involvement of the alternative cAMP/Epac signaling pathway was studied. We observed that a cAMP analogue that specifically activates Epac (CPT-OMe) stimulated leptin expression by hCG. In addition, the overexpression of Epac and Rap1 proteins increased leptin promoter activity and enhanced hCG. In conclusion, we provide evidence suggesting that hCG induction of leptin gene expression in placenta is mediated not only by activation of the MAPK signaling pathway but also by the

  2. 'Luteal coasting' after GnRH agonist trigger - individualized, HCG-based, progesterone-free luteal support in 'high responders'

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    Kol, Shahar; Breyzman, Tatiana; Segal, Linoy

    2015-01-01

    This study reports 21 IVF cases with excessive ovarian response, who received gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) triggering for final oocyte maturation, followed by a human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG)-based, progesterone-free, luteal support, individually timed ('luteal coasting...... post GnRHa trigger, the same principle that holds for follicular coasting, used in the context of OHSS prevention, may be valid. Monitoring luteal progesterone concentrations from the day of oocyte retrieval, and administering a bolus of HCG (1500 IU) when the concentration drops significantly, seems...

  3. The radioimmunoimaging of tumor-beared mouse by 125I-labelled monoclonal anti-HCG-β antibodies

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    Huang Yaozhang; Wang Yongxin; Wang Xiaochun; Wang Fuqi; Huang Jialin; Wu Xiaolan; Shanghai Inst. of Cell Biology)

    1987-01-01

    The localization of 125 I-McAb of HCG-β was investigated in mice grafted with U 14 , S 180 and lung tumor. It was found that the relative concentration of radioactivity in the area corresponding to the U 14 tumor in comparison with the normal tissuse such as spleen, kidney and muscle was increased after i. v. injection of 125 I-McAb of HCG-β and the concentration of tumor area in U 14 mice was higher than in S 180 and lung tumor mice

  4. Didaktische Konzeption von Serious Games: Zur Verknüpfung von Spiel- und Lernangeboten

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    Michael Kerres

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Serious Games versuchen Spielen mit Lernen zu verbinden. Der Beitrag problematisiert die Machbarkeit einer solchen Verknüpfung in digitalen Welten und diskutiert verschiedene didaktische Konzepte einer Nutzbarmachung digitaler Spiele für das Lernen und Lehren. Ausgehend von einer Analyse des Erlernens von Spielen werden drei didaktische Konzepte von Serious Games im Hinblick auf ihre didaktischen Potenziale untersucht: (1 der unmittelbare Transfer von Wissen, das im Spiel erworben wird (keine zusätzliche Didaktisierung, (2 Didaktisierung durch Einbettung des Spiels in einer Lernsituation oder (3 Didaktisierung durch Einbettung von Lernaufgaben in ein Spiel. Ergebnisse zur Nutzung von Spielen, bei denen Lernaufgaben in eine Spielwelt eingebettet sind, zeigen, dass Personen die Aufnahme von Wissen in einem expliziten Lernmodus eher zu reduzieren versuchen, um möglichst zügig wieder in den Spielmodus zu wechseln. Diskutiert werden die Konsequenzen dieser Problematik für die didaktische Konzeption von Serious Games.

  5. Material recycling; Recycling von Werkstoffen

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    Eyerer, P. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Chemische Technologie (ICT), Pfinztal-Berghausen (Germany)]|[Stuttgart Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Kunststoffpruefung und Kunststoffkunde (IKP)

    1996-12-01

    , menschliches Leben auf der Erde zu sichern. Die Wiederverwertung (Recycling) von Werkstoffen ist dann ein Beitrag zu nachhaltigem Wirtschaften, wenn fuer Rezyklate weniger Ressourcen und Energien benoetigt werden als fuer Primaerwerkstoffe. Sortenrein gesammelte Werkstoffe nach der Demontage von Produkten ergeben Sekundaer- oder Tertiaer-Produkte mit nahezu gleichen Eigenschaften wie das Primaerprodukt. Unspezifische Werkstoffkreislaeufe in Verbindung mit Grossverfahren wie Shredder, Hydrierung oder Mischmuell-Recycling ergeben Rezyklate von niederer Qualitaet und Kosten, die ueber denen von Primaerwerkstoffen liegen. Insbesondere Kunststoffe aus Produkten (Fernseher, Surfbrett, Auto-Waschmaschine usw.) erfordern und erlauben im Gegensatz zu Metallen, Papier und Glaesern differenzierte Wiederverwertungswege. Die Auswahl der im Sinne des nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens optimalen Wiederverwertung von Werkstoffen erfolgt ueber ganzheitliche Bilanzierungen und Bewertungen. (orig.)

  6. Auswirkungen von Online Vermittlungsportalen auf traditionelle Vermittler der Parahotellerie im Wallis am Beispiel von Airbnb

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    Tscherrig, Jessica; Schegg, Roland

    2018-01-01

    Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist, herauszufinden, inwiefern sich das Unternehmen Airbnb von traditionellen Anbietern von Ferienwohnungen unterscheidet. Dafür wurden die Geschäftsmodelle, die Motivation der Teilnehmer sowie der Buchungsprozess untersucht. Anhand von wissenschaftlichen Quellen konnten Hintergrundinformationen zu diesen drei Zielen beschafft werden. Fünf Experteninterviews, ausgewertet nach der Methode von Mayring (2002), dienten dazu, tiefere Einblicke in das jeweilige Un...

  7. Entwicklung und Anwendung von Methoden zur Bestimmung von Selen-Spezies in human-biologischem Material

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    Jäger, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Selen ist essentieller Bestandteil von mehr als 25 physiologisch wichtigen menschlichen Enzymen. Der tägliche Bedarf wird überwiegend in Form von organischen Selenverbindungen wie Selenmethionin oder Selenocystein aus der Nahrung aufgenommen. Weitere Expositionswege sind die Einnahme von Nahrungsergänzungsmitteln zur Selensupplementation sowie die inhalative oder dermale Aufnahme von in erster Linie anorganischen Selenverbindungen oder elementarem Selen an Arbeitsplätzen der Selen-verarbeiten...

  8. Dr. von Braun Briefing Walt Disney

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    1965-01-01

    Dr. von Braun began his association with Walt Disney in the 1950s when the rocket scientist appeared in three Disney television productions related to the exploration of space. Years later, Dr. von Braun invited Disney and his associates to tour the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. This photograph is dated April 13, 1965. From left are R.J. Schwinghamer from the MSFC, Disney, B.J. Bernight, and Dr. von Braun.

  9. The molecular relationship between antigenic domains and epitopes on hCG.

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    Berger, Peter; Lapthorn, Adrian J

    2016-08-01

    Antigenic domains are defined to contain a limited number of neighboring epitopes recognized by antibodies (Abs) but their molecular relationship remains rather elusive. We thoroughly analyzed the antigenic surface of the important pregnancy and tumor marker human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a cystine knot (ck) growth factor, and set antigenic domains and epitopes in molecular relationships to each other. Antigenic domains on hCG, its free hCGα and hCGβ subunits are dependent on appropriate inherent molecular features such as molecular accessibility and protrusion indices that determine bulging structures accessible to Abs. The banana-shaped intact hCG comprises ∼7500Å(2) of antigenic surface with minimally five antigenic domains that encompass a continuum of overlapping non-linear composite epitopes, not taking into account the C-terminal peptide extension of hCGβ (hCGβCTP). Epitopes within an antigenic domain are defined by specific Abs, that bury nearly 1000Å(2) of surface accessible area on the antigen and recognize a few up to 15 amino acid (aa) residues, whereby between 2 and 5 of these provide the essential binding energy. Variability in Ab binding modes to the contact aa residues are responsible for the variation in affinity and intra- and inter-species specificity, e.g. cross-reactions with luteinizing hormone (LH). Each genetically distinct fragment antigen binding (Fab) defines its own epitope. Consequently, recognition of the same epitope by different Abs is only possible in cases of genetically identical sequences of its binding sites. Due to combinatorial V(D)J gene segment variability of heavy and light chains, Abs defining numerous epitopes within an antigenic domain can be generated by different individuals and species. Far more than hundred Abs against the immuno-dominant antigenic domains of either subunit at both ends of the hCG-molecule, the tips of peptide loops one and three (Ł1+3) protruding from the central ck, encompassing h

  10. Versuche zur Gewinnung von katalytischen Antikörpern zur Hydrolyse von Arylcarbamaten und Arylharnstoffen. (English Title: Attempts to produce catalytic antibodies for hydrolysis of arylcarbamates and arylureas)

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    Werner, Deljana

    2002-05-01

    Umsatzgeschwindigkeit eine lineare Abhängigkeit festgestellt. Die thermodynamische Gleichtgewichtsdissoziationskonstante KD des Abzyms von 2,6 nM zeugt von einer sehr guten Affinität zum ÜZA. Hydrolytisch aktiv waren nur Antikörper, die gegen das Übergangszustandsanalogon Hei3 hergestellt worden waren. Es wird vermutet, dass die Hydrolyse der Benzylphenylcarbamate über einen Additions-Eliminierungsmechanismus unter Ausbildung eines tetraedrischen Übergangszustandes verläuft, dessen analoge Verbindung Hei3 ist. Im Rahmen der Generierung von Nachweisantikörpern zur Detektion der Substratabnahme bei der Hydrolyse wurden Anti-Diuron-Antikörper hergestellt. Einer der Antikörper (B91-CG5) ist spezifisch für das Herbizid Diuron und hat einen IC50-Wert von 0,19 µg/l und eine untere Nachweisgrenze von 0,04 µg/l. Ein anderer Antikörper (B91-KF5) reagiert kreuz mit einer Palette ähnlicher Herbizide. Mit diesen Antikörpern wurde ein empfindlicher Labortest, der ein Monitoring von Diuron auf Grundlage des durch die Trinkwasserverordnung festgeschriebenen Wertes für Pflanzenschutzmittel von 0,1 µg/l erlaubt, aufgebaut. Der Effekt der Anti-Diuron-Antikörper auf die Diuron-inhibierte Photosynthese wurde in vitro und in vivo untersucht. Es wurde nachgewiesen, dass sowohl in isolierten Thylakoiden, als auch in intakten Algen eine Vorinkubation der Anti-Diuron-Antikörper mit Diuron zur Inaktivierung seiner Photosynthese-hemmenden Wirkung führt. Wurde der Elektronentransport in den isolierten Thylakoiden oder in Algen durch Diuron unterbrochen, so führte die Zugabe der Anti-Diuron-Antikörper zur Reaktivierung der Elektronenübertragung. Attempts to produce catalytic antibodies for hydrolysis of arylcarbamates and arylureas: The aim of the investigations was to produce antibodies which are able to cleave herbicides resistant to naturally occuring enzymes. Structurally similar carbamate and urea derivatives were chosen for the experiments. Phosphonate derivatives were synthesized

  11. Modellierung von Anwenderverhalten im Social Semantic Web

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    Ulbrich, Armin; Höfler, Patrick; Lindstaedt, Stefanie

    Ziel dieses Kapitels ist es, gemeinsame Verwendungsszenarien des Semantic Web und des Social Web zu identifizieren und zu benennen. Dabei wird ein Teilaspekt des Themengebiets im Detail betrachtet: die Nutzung von Services, die Beobachtungen des Verhaltens von Anwendern analysieren, um daraus maschinell interpretierbare Informationen zu erhalten und diese als Modelle zu organisieren. Es werden zunächst einige Eigenschaften und Unterscheidungsmerkmale von Anwenderverhalten und organisierten Modellen dargestellt. Anschließend wird der mögliche wechselseitige Nutzen von Anwenderverhalten und Modellen diskutiert. Den Abschluss bildet eine Betrachtung einiger exemplarischer Software-Services, die heute schon verwendet werden, um Anwenderverhalten in Modelle überzuführen.

  12. The Association Between LH Serum Levels at the time of hCG Injection and Clinical Pregnancy during IVF

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    Budi Wiweko

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Some studies showed that recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (r-FSH administration without LH supplementation has a good success rate on in vitro fertilization (IVF. However, LH role in IVF has been controversial. This study was conducted to evaluate the association between serum LH levels at the time of hCG injection and clinical pregnancy during IVF. This retrospective study included 136 patients underwent long protocol IVF from January 2005 to December 2009 in Yasmin Clinic, Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta. The controlled ovarian hyper-stimulation protocol used in this study was gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH agonist and r-FSH.  Serum LH level was measured on the day of hCG administration and the outcome evaluated was the clinical pregnancy following IVF cycles. There were 32 IVF cycles resulted in pregnancy out of 136 cycles (23.5%. There was significant difference between serum LH levels on the day of hCG administration and clinical pregnancy outcome (p=0.036. LH serum level cut-off value of ≥1.050 IU/l was the best value to predict pregnancy outcome with 62.5% sensitivity, 59.4% specificity, 83.3% positive predictive value, and 32.76% negative predictive value. It was concluded that there was an association between serum LH levels at the time of hCG injection and clinical pregnancy during IVF. Keywords: IVF cycles, LH levels serum, hCG administration   Hubungan Kadar LH saat Penyuntikan hCG dengan Kejadian Kehamilan pada Fertilisasi In vitro Abstrak Pemberian follicles stimulating hormone rekombinan (r-FSH tanpa suplementasi LH memiliki tingkat keberhasilan fertilisasi in vitro (FIV yang baik namun, peran LH pada FIV masih kontroversial. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah untuk mengevaluasi hubungan antara kadar serum LH pada hari penyuntikan hCG dengan kehamilan klinis selama FIV. Penelitian retrospektif ini melibatkan 136 perempuan yang menjalani FIV siklus pertama dengan protokol panjang mulai bulan Januari 2005 sampai

  13. Wahrnehmung und Bewältigung von Konflikten und die Stabilität von Partnerschaften

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    Arránz Becker, Oliver; Rüssmann, Kirsten; Hill, Paul B.

    2005-01-01

    "Der vorliegende Beitrag untersucht die Auswirkungen von Konflikten auf die wahrgenommene Stabilität von Partnerschaften. Besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf die vermittelnde Rolle von Paarinteraktion und Partnerschaftszufriedenheit gelegt. Weiterhin werden Wechselwirkungen zwischen Konflikten und Paarinteraktionen und deren Folgen für den Partnerschaftserfolg betrachtet. Die Kernthese lautet dabei, dass Konflikte Partnerschaften weniger stark beeinträchtigen, wenn ausreichend 'positive' bzw....

  14. Diagnosis of hydatidiform mole and persistent trophoblastic disease: diagnostic accuracy of total human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), free hCG {alpha}- and {beta}-subunits, and their ratios.

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    Trommel, N.E. van; Sweep, C.G.J.; Schijf, C.P.T.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Thomas, C.M.G.

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is widely used in the management of hydatidiform mole and persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD). Predicting PTD after molar pregnancy might be beneficial since prophylactic chemotherapy reduces the incidence of PTD. DESIGN: A retrospective study based

  15. Über die Zetafunktion von Formen von Fermatgleichungen

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    Brünjes, Lars

    2002-01-01

    Wir untersuchen 'Formen der Fermatgleichung' über einem zunächst beliebigen Körper K, d.h. homogene Gleichungen vom Grad d in n Variablen, die nach einer linearen Variablensubstitution über dem algebraischen Abschluß von K in die Fermatgleichung X_1^d + ... + X_n^d übergehen. Wir klassifizieren diese Gleichungen mit Hilfe der Methode des Galois-Descent und erhalten, da jede kubische Gleichung in zwei Variablen eine Form der Fermatgleichung ist, insbesondere eine vollständige und explizite Kla...

  16. Early hCG addition to rFSH for ovarian stimulation in IVF provides better results and the cDNA copies of the hCG receptor may be an indicator of successful stimulation

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    Paraskevis Dimitris

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A simple, safe and cost-effective treatment protocol in ovarian stimulation is of great importance in IVF practice, especially in the case of previous unsuccessful attempts. hCG has been used as a substitute of LH because of the degree of homology between the two hormones. The main aim of this prospective randomized study was to determine, for the first time, whether low dose hCG added to rFSH for ovarian stimulation could produce better results compared to the addition of rLH in women entering IVF-ET, especially in those women that had previous IVF failures. An additional aim was to find an indicator that would allow us to follow-up ovarian stimulation and, possibly, modify it in order to achieve a better IVF outcome; and that indicator may be the cDNA copies of the LH/hCG receptor. Group A patients (n = 58 were administered hCG and Group B rLH (n = 56 in addition to rFSH in the first days of ovarian stimulation. The number of follicles and oocytes and, most importantly, implantation and pregnancy rates were shown to be statistically significantly higher in the hCG group. This study has also determined, for the first time to our best knowledge, m-RNA for LH/hCG receptors in the lymphocytes of peripheral blood 40 h before ovum pick-up. cDNA levels of the hCG receptor after ovarian stimulation were significantly higher among women receiving hCG compared to those receiving LH. In addition, higher levels were encountered among women with pregnancy compared to those without, although this was not statistically significant due to the small number of pregnancies. It seems that hCG permits a highly effective and more stable occupancy of rLH/hCG receptors and gives more follicles and more oocytes. The determination of cDNA copies could be, in the future, a marker during ovulation induction protocols and of course a predictor for the outcome of ART in the special subgroup of patients with previous failures.

  17. Effect of Repeated Administration of hCG on Ovarian Response in PMSG-superovulated Ouled Djellal Ewes (Algeria

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    Lamraoui, R.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of repeated administration of hCG on ovarian response in PMSG-superovulated ewes. Intravaginal pessaries containing 40 mg fluorogestone acetate (FGA were inserted in all ewes (n=9 and remained in situ for 14 days. Two days prior to pessary removal, all ewes were treated with 1000 IU of PMSG. On the day of sponge removal (day 0, the females were randomly assigned to 2 treatments. The first group (n=3 did not receive any hCG, while the second group (n=6 treated inter-muscular with hCG (500 IU during days 0-2. On day 8, laparotomy was performed to assess numbers of corpora lutea (CL and anovulatory follicles (AF. Blood samples were collected for analysis of serum progesterone (P4 using radioimmunoassay (RIA method. The results obtained for first and second group was in number of CL (6.33±1.15 and 10.50±5.54, number of AF (2 ±3.46 and 4.16±5.70, then the levels of P4 (5.75± 4.45 and 13.22±6.80 ng/ml, respectively. These results indicate that the repeated administration of hCG post-sponge removal increases number of CL and improves luteal function in ewes after PMSG-superovulatory treatment.

  18. Combination of serum hCG beta and p53 tissue expression defines distinct subgroups of serous ovarian carcinoma.

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    Vartiainen, Juhani; Lassus, Heini; Lehtovirta, Pentti; Finne, Patrik; Alfthan, Henrik; Butzow, Ralf; Stenman, Ulf-Håkan

    2008-05-01

    Serous ovarian carcinoma comprises a clinically heterogenous group of tumors, and molecular markers stratifying patients into clinically meaningful subgroups are needed. Numerous markers have been evaluated, but none of them has yet been routinely incorporated into clinical practice. Previously we have found that elevated serum levels of the free beta subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG beta) and aberrant p53 expression confer poor prognosis in ovarian carcinoma. The aim of our study was to evaluate their combined effect in predicting the outcome of patients with serous ovarian carcinoma. The study material consisted of 173 consecutive patients treated for primary serous ovarian carcinoma in 1 institution between 1990 and 2000. The preoperative serum level of hCG beta was analyzed by a ultrasensitive and specific immunofluorometric assay, and p53 tumor tissue expression by immunohistochemistry using a novel classification. Elevated serum hCG beta (>or=2.0 pmol/L) was detected in 57 (33%) of 173 patients, and aberrant p53 expression in 103 (62%) of 167 interpretable cancers. Elevated hCG beta and aberrant p53 expression were strongly associated with poor prognosis (p p53 expression are feasible markers that divide serous ovarian carcinomas into clinically relevant subgroups. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Rising serum values of beta-subunit human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in patients with progressive vulvar carcinomas

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    deBruijn, HWA; tenHoor, KA; Krans, M; vanderZee, AGJ

    Elevated serum levels of the beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) were measured in 50% of patients with locoregional recurrences or progressive Vulvar carcinoma (n = 14). At diagnosis of vulvar cancer, however, the incidence of elevated serum levels was low (5%) in 104 patients. The

  20. The regulation of the proliferation and differentiation of rat Leydig cell precursor cells after EDS administration or daily HCG treatment

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    Teerds, K. J.; de rooij, D. G.; Rommerts, F. F.; Wensing, C. J.

    1988-01-01

    The proliferation and differentiation of possible Leydig cell precursors in adult rats were studied after destruction of the existing Leydig cells with EDS or after daily treatment with hCG. After 2 days with either treatment, a 12- to 16-fold increase in the number of [3H]thymidine-incorporating

  1. Clinical utility of hyperglycosylated hCG in serum taken before hydatidiform mole evacuation to predict persistent trophoblastic disease.

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    Duc, H.N.; Trommel, N.E. van; Sweep, C.G.J.; Massuger, L.F.A.G.; Thomas, C.M.G.

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is widely used in the management of hydatidiform mole and persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD). Studies on hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotropin (invasive trophoblast antigen, ITA) in PTD are limited. In serum samples taken before evacuation

  2. Hormonal characteristics of follicular fluid from women receiving either GnRH agonist or hCG for ovulation induction

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    Andersen, C Yding; Al Humaidan, Peter Samir Heskjær; Ejdrup, H Bredkjaer

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: A recent prospective randomized study from our group compared GnRH agonist (0.5 mg buserelin) and hCG (10,000 IU) for triggering of ovulation following a flexible antagonist protocol. The agonist group showed a poor reproductive outcome despite luteal phase support with progesterone......-ovulatory follicular maturation resulting in oocytes with a compromised developmental competence. METHODS: Hormone concentrations were measured in two individual follicular fluid samples from each of 32 women receiving buserelin and 37 receiving hCG, thus representing a subset of the follicles retrieved. RESULTS......: Follicular fluid levels of LH in the agonist group as compared with the hCG group was 11.1 +/- 0.5 versus 3.6 +/- 0.3 IU/l (mean +/- SEM; P hCG, not determined versus 139+/-8 IU/l; E(2), 1.9 +/- 0.2 versus 1.8 +/- 0.2 micromol/l (P > 0...

  3. GnRHa trigger and individualized luteal phase hCG support according to ovarian response to stimulation

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    Humaidan, Peter; Polyzos, N P; Alsbjerg, B

    2013-01-01

    of OHSS the administration of two boluses of 1.500 IU hCG after GnRHa trigger should be avoided as it may induce OHSS. STUDY FUNDING/POTENTIAL COMPETING INTERESTS: The study was supported by a research grant by MSD, Denmark. No conflict of interest was declared. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: Project number...

  4. Suspected ectopic pregnancy: expectant management in patients with negative sonographic findings and low serum hCG concentrations

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    Hajenius, P. J.; Mol, B. W.; Ankum, W. M.; van der Veen, F.; Bossuyt, P. M.; Lammes, F. B.

    1995-01-01

    Between July 1989 and December 1994, we performed a prospective study in 265 patients with suspected ectopic pregnancy to assess the value of expectant management in patients with negative transvaginal sonographic findings and low serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) concentrations. All patients

  5. On the issue of higher human sensitivity to carcinogenic substances in early childhood; Zur Frage einer hoeheren Empfindlichkeit von Kindern gegenueber krebserzeugenden Stoffen

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    Schneider, K. [comp.

    1998-09-01

    . Woche: 0%, - Exposition ueber 52 Wochen ab 13. Woche: 22%. Inzidenz Hepatome: - Exposition ueber 4 Wochen ab Tag 1: 47,6%, - Exposition ueber 4 Wochen ab 13. Woche: 0%, - Exposition ueber 52 Wochen ab 13. Woche: 1,7%. (B) Diethylnitrosamin, Dyroff et al., 1986: (DEN + Phenobarbital), Hepatokarzinomen nach Exposition von Ratten ueber 6 Wochen: - beginnend im Alter von 4 Wochen: 100% Inzidenz, - beginnend im Alter von 8 Wochen: 0% Inzidenz. (C) Benz(a)pyren, Vesselinovitch et al., 1975: Lebertumoren nach einmaliger parenteraler Applikation an Ratten: - im Alter von 1 Tag: maennl.: 81% weibl.: 18%, - im Alter von 42 Tagen: maennl.: 9%, weibl.: 0%. Wie die Untersuchung von Maltoni et al. (1981) zu Vinylchlorid zeigt, kann bei gleicher Expositionskonzentration eine Exposition junger Tiere ueber einen kurzen Zeitraum zu einer hoeheren Tumorinzidenz fuehren als das Langzeitexperiment mit erwachsenen Tieren. Fuer alle Stoffe mit Ausnahme von Saccharin wurde eine gentoxische Wirkung nachgewiesen. Dies laesst vermuten, dass der Mechanismus der Kanzerogenese wesentlichen Einfluss auf die Altersabhaengigkeit hat. Dies steht in Einklang mit den mechanistischen Ueberlegungen. (orig.)

  6. Diffusion von Leerstelleninseln auf Cu(111)

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    Verheij, Laurens K.; Schlößer, Dietmar; Rosenfeld, Georg

    1998-01-01

    Die zufällige Bewegung von Leerstelleninseln wurde bisher vorwiegend in einem Bild beschrieben, das von der Diffusion einzelner Atome ausgeht. In diesem Bild kann man Inseldiffusion durch die Einstein-Beziehung für Brownsche Bewegung ((Δ r)2 = 4 D Δ t) beschreiben. Für die Diffusionskonstante D wird

  7. Sociologisk filmanalyse og Lars von Trier

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    Lauridsen, Palle Schantz

    2016-01-01

    En præsentation af filmsociologisk metode med en analyse af, hvilke publikumsgrupper der ser - og ikke ser - Lars von Triers film......En præsentation af filmsociologisk metode med en analyse af, hvilke publikumsgrupper der ser - og ikke ser - Lars von Triers film...

  8. Kultuuriakadeemias saab kaeda Von Krahli ime tabamist

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    2006-01-01

    Marianne Kõrver, Jaak Kilmi, Andres Maimik, Marko Raat, Rainer Sarnet ja Arbo Tammiksaar tegid Eduard Vilde näidendist "Tabamata ime" kuus lühimängufilmi Von Krahli teatris ettekandmiseks. 25. mail tuleb Von Krahli Teater Viljandisse ja näitab teatrifilmi Kultuuriakadeemias

  9. The benefit of individualized low-dose hCG support for high responders in GnRHa-triggered IVF/ICSI cycles.

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    Huang, Chen-Yu; Shieh, Miawh-Lirng; Li, Hsin-Yang

    2016-07-01

    To assess the pregnancy outcome and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) incidence in high responders receiving gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) trigger plus individualized support of low-dose human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Such support includes 500-1000 IU hCG given at trigger and, if serum estradiol (E2) dropped to below 800 pg/mL before the 6(th) day after oocyte retrieval, an additional rescue dose of 300 IU hCG. This was a retrospective study of potential high responders aged from 28 years to 40 years at a tertiary fertility center in Taiwan. By means of chart review, we assessed the pregnancy outcome and OHSS incidence in high responders receiving GnRHa trigger plus individualized low-dose hCG support. The main outcomes were measured by ongoing pregnancy rate and OHSS incidence (SPSS), in which statistical significance was determined by Chi-square test. Moderate to severe OHSS did not develop in any patient receiving GnRHa trigger plus individualized low-dose hCG support. In fact, a satisfactory ongoing pregnancy rate (46.9%) was noted in patients receiving GnRHa trigger plus individualized low-dose hCG support. Our study suggested that GnRHa trigger combined with individualized low-dose hCG support appears to be a safe approach with a satisfactory pregnancy outcome. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC.

  10. Different maternal serum hCG levels in pregnant women with female and male fetuses: does fetal hypophyseal--adrenal--gonadal axis play a role?

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    Gol, Mert; Altunyurt, Sabahattin; Cimrin, Dilek; Guclu, Serkan; Bagci, Mustafa; Demir, Namik

    2004-01-01

    Fetal gender has a significant effect on maternal and cord blood hCG levels, particularly during the last trimester of the pregnancy. However, the reason for this difference is obscure. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether term fetal hypophyseal - adrenal - gonadal axis differs between female and male fetuses thereby causing different hCG levels. The study consisted of 60 women with singleton pregnancies in the third trimester. Thirty-one pregnant women were carrying female fetuses, whereas 29 were carrying male. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, dehydro-epiandrosteron-sulfate (DHEAS), prolactin and growth hormone levels were measured in maternal serum and umbilical cord blood. In female bearing pregnancies maternal and cord blood hCG levels were significantly higher than in male bearing pregnancies (P<0.001). Maternal and cord blood estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEAS, prolactin and growth hormone levels were not significantly different in either fetal gender. When all patients were considered as a group there were no correlations between fetal hCG levels and any of the measured hormones. Term fetal DHEAS, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth hormone and prolactin levels do not contribute to different hCG levels between female and male fetuses. It is possible that fetal hypophyseal-adrenal gonadal axis does not play a central role as the cause of different hCG levels.

  11. A low-threshold high-index-contrast grating (HCG)-based organic VCSEL

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    Shayesteh, Mohammad Reza; Darvish, Ghafar; Ahmadi, Vahid

    2015-12-01

    We propose a low-threshold high-index-contrast grating (HCG)-based organic vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (OVCSEL). The device has the feasibility to apply both electrical and optical excitation. The microcavity of the laser is a hybrid photonic crystal (HPC) in which the top distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) is replaced by a sub-wavelength high-contrast-grating layer, and provides a high-quality factor. The simulated quality factor of the microcavity is shown to be as high as 282,000. We also investigate the threshold behavior and the dynamics of the OVCSEL optically pumped with sub-picosecond pulses. Results from numerical simulation show that lasing threshold is 75 nJ/cm2.

  12. Hyvolution : Entwicklung eines zweistufigen Bioprozesses zur Produktion von Wasserstoff aus Biomasse

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    Modigell, M.; Schumacher, M.; Claassen, P.A.M.

    2007-01-01

    Wasserstoff wird aufgrund seines emissionsarmen Oxidationsprozesses als einer der möglichen Energieträger der Zukunft angesehen. Um eine nachhaltige Wirkung auf den Treibhauseffekt zu erzielen, muss aber auch der Energiebedarf des Produktionsprozesses möglichst gering gehalten werden. Das

  13. Lars von Triers billeder rammer os lige i maven

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    Thomsen, Bodil Marie Stavning

    2016-01-01

    Interview om min forskning i Lars von Triers filmværker i anledning af min bogudgivelse på dansk: Lars von Triers fornyelse af filmen 1984-2014.......Interview om min forskning i Lars von Triers filmværker i anledning af min bogudgivelse på dansk: Lars von Triers fornyelse af filmen 1984-2014....

  14. The Digital Von Fahrenheid Pyramid

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    Bura, M.; Janowski, J.; Wężyk, P.; Zięba, K.

    2017-08-01

    3D Scanners Lab from Digital Humanities Laboratory at the University of Warsaw initiated the scientific project, the purpose of which was to call attention to systematically penetrated and devastated pyramid-shaped tomb from the XVIII/XIX century, of family von Fahrenheid in Rapa in Banie Mazurskie commune (NE Poland). By conducting a series of non-invasive studies, such as 3D inventory using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), thermal imaging, georadar measurements (around and inside the tomb) and anthropological research of mummified remains as well - the complete dataset was collected. Through the integration of terrestrial (TLS) and airborne laser scanning (ALS) authors managed to analyse the surroundings of Fahrenheid pyriamid and influence of some objects (like trees) on the condition and visibility of the Pyramids in the landscape.

  15. Alexander von Humboldt: Biblioteca digital

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    Sandra Rebok

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Article in Spanish, Abstracts in English, Spanish and German.This article presents a project for the digitization of the works of Alexander von Humboldt, which is being undertaken in collaboration with the Ignacio Larramendi Foundation. Like other projects of this type, its aim is to utilize modern technology to make a significant part of Humboldt’s legacy available to researchers and other readers, thereby facilitating the study and reading of these works. This project will focus on the Spanish translations that have been undertaken over the years. Humboldt’s works in their original French and German versions will subsequently be included alongside their respective Spanish translations. Finally, this edition will be accompanied by a comprehensive introduction devoted to the history of these Spanish translations and the impact they have had in Spain, as well as to the people who have dedicated themselves to the translation and dissemination of these works in this country.

  16. Renaturierung und Management von Heiden

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    Härdtle, Werner; Assmann, Thorsten; van Diggelen, Rudy; von Oheimb, Goddert

    Heiden zählen zu den ältesten und besonders reizvollen Kulturlandschaften Nordwesteuropas. Sie sind bezeichnend für nährstoffarme Böden in wintermilden Gebieten mit hohen Sommerniederschlägen. Während Heiden vor wenigen Jahrhunderten noch weit verbreitet und für manche Landschaften sogar prägend waren, hat sich ihr Areal heute auf wenige, meist in Naturschutzgebieten gelegene Restbestände verkleinert. Zu diesem Rückgang haben maßgeblich Änderungen der Landnutzung, aber auch Nährstoffeinträge aus umgebenden Agrarflächen und atmogene Depositionen beigetragen. In den meisten Ländern der Europäischen Union sind Heiden heute gesetzlich geschützte Ökosysteme, da diese, neben ihrem Erholungswert für den Menschen, Pflanzen- und Tierarten beherbergen, die außerhalb von Heiden nicht oder kaum überlebensfähig sind.

  17. Khazanah: Friedrich Karl von Savigny

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    Atip Latipulhayat

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Friedrich Karl von Savigny (1779-1861 adalah ahli hukum Jerman yang juga dianggap sebagai salah satu Bapak hukum Jerman. Savigny adalah tokoh mazhab sejarah (historical school jurisprudence yang dikembangkannya pada paruh pertama abad ke 19. Dia juga dianggap sebagai pelopor kajian mengenai relasi antara perkembangan hukum dan sosial. Sebagai seorang pemikir hukum yang senantiasa kreatif dalam membuat terobosan-terobosan (trail-blazing legal scientist, Savigny memberikan kontribusi penting dalam perkembangan ilmu hukum dan bahkan terhadap ilmu sosial. Dari sekian banyak kontribusinya antara lain teorinya mengenai kontinuitas antara institusi hukum saat ini dengan institusi hukum masa lalu, meletakkan fondasi bagi kajian sosiologi hukum, dan menegaskan mengenai urgensi metode historis dalam kajian hukum.

  18. Jacob Stael von Holstein ja palladionism eesti arhitektuuris / Ants Hein

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    Hein, Ants, 1952-

    2005-01-01

    Sõjaväeinsenerist ja arhitektist Jacob Stael von Holsteinist (1628, Pärnu-1679), tema kavandatud hoonetest ja rollist 17. sajandi II poole arhitektuuris. Fabian von Ferseni Toompeal Lossiplatsil asunud elamust (lammutati 1894) ja Maardu mõisahoonest, Hans von Ferseni Mäo mõisahoonest Järvamaal, Otto Wilhelm von Ferseni majast Toompeal, Axel von Roseni majast Tallinnas Pikk t. 28 (1670-74), Otto Reinhold von Taube majast Tartus (hävinud), J. S. von Holsteini enda hoonetest: majast Tallinnas Toompea 1, Anija mõisahoonest, elamust Riias jm. Bibliograafia lk. 452

  19. Untersuchungen von UAV Technologien im DLR

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    Schütte, Andreas; Hanke, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Untersuchungen von UCAV Technologien im DLR Die Eckpunkte für die Entwicklung von UCAV-Konfigurationen definiert ein möglicher Bedarf der Luftwaffen an UCAV‘s (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) ab 2020. Diese Eckpunkte sind folgende: • voraussichtliche Entwicklungszeit: 8-10 Jahre • Einsatzzweck: Bekämpfung von mobilen Zielen zu Lande und in der Luft • Maximale Überlebensfähigkeit durch hohe Manövrierfähigkeit und Faserverbundleichtbau • passive Gegenmaßnahmen (minimale Signatur...

  20. Indikatorenbasierte Bewertung von Entwurfsentscheidungen auf Systemebene

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    Freier, M.; Wenzler, A.; Mayer, T.; Gerlach, J.; Rosenstiel, W.

    2013-07-01

    Bei dem Entwurf von anwendungsspezifischen integrierten Schaltungen muss ein Entwickler zusätzliche Funktionen integrieren und die zunehmende Komplexität bewältigen. Für die Reduzierung der Kosten bleibt weiterhin die Verkürzung der benötigten Entwicklungszeit ein Ziel. Ein entscheidender Faktor dabei ist die zuverlässige Absicherung von Entwurfsentscheidungen in einer frühen Entwurfsphase. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird eine Methode vorgestellt, die eine Bewertung von Entwurfsentscheidungen bei Systemmodellen mittels automatisch ermittelter Indikatoren ermöglichen soll. Die Systemmodelle können mit der Entwurfsumgebung MATLAB/Simulink oder in SystemC beschrieben sein.

  1. Neues über das Tertiär von Java und die mesozoischen Schichten von West-Borneo

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    Martin, K.

    1888-01-01

    Die Monographie, welche unter dem Titel Die Fossilien von Java herausgegeben wird ¹), ist so weit fortgeschritten, dass sich aus den in ihr beschriebenen Gastropoden bereits eine Anzahl von Schlussfolgerungen ableiten lässt, welche für die in Bearbeitung begriffene, geologische Karte von Java von

  2. Eine Analyse des Zusammenhangs zwischen dem Konsum von Alkopops und dem Problemverhalten von Jugendlichen

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    Metzner, Cornelia Beate Isabel

    2007-01-01

    Zielsetzung: In dieser Arbeit wird untersucht, ob bei Jugendlichen ein Zusammenhang zwischen dem Konsum von Alkopops einerseits und dem sonstigen Alkoholtrinkverhalten, dem Konsum von Zigaretten und illegalen Drogen sowie weiteren Risikoverhaltensweisen andererseits besteht, ferner ob sich Unterschiede im Verhalten von Jungen und Mädchen ergeben. Theoretischer und empirischer Hintergrund: �Alkopops�, d. h. Mischgetränke diverser Hersteller aus Likör bzw. Schnaps und Limonade sowie wein- ...

  3. Maternal hCG concentrations in early IVF pregnancies: associations with number of cells in the Day 2 embryo and oocytes retrieved.

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    Tanbo, T G; Eskild, A

    2015-12-01

    Do number of cells in the transferred cleavage stage embryo and number of oocytes retrieved for IVF influence maternal hCG concentrations in early pregnancies? Compared with transfer of a 2-cell embryo, transfer of a 4-cell embryo results in higher hCG concentrations on Day 12 after transfer, and more than 20 oocytes retrieved were associated with low hCG concentrations. Maternal hCG concentration in very early pregnancy varies considerably among women, but is likely to be an indicator of time since implantation of the embryo into the endometrium, in addition to number and function of trophoblast cells. We followed 1047 pregnancies after IVF/ICSI from oocyte retrieval until Day 12 after embryo transfer. Women were recruited in Norway during the years 2005-2013. Successful pregnancies after transfer of one single embryo that had been cultured for 2 days were included. Maternal hCG was quantified on Day 12 after embryo transfer by chemiluminescence immunoassay, which measures intact hCG and the free β-hCG chain. Information on a successful pregnancy, defined as birth after >16 weeks, was obtained by linkage to the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Transfer of a 4-cell embryo resulted in higher maternal hCG concentrations compared with transfer of a 2-cell embryo (134.8 versus 87.8 IU/l, P 20) was associated with low hCG concentrations (P hCG concentrations in early pregnancy. Although embryo transfer was performed at the same time after fertilization, we do not know the exact time of implantation. A further limitation to our study is that the number of pregnancies after transfer of a 2-cell embryo was small (27 cases). Number of cells in the transferred embryo and number of oocytes retrieved may influence the conditions and timing for embryo implantation in different ways and thereby influence maternal hCG concentrations. Such knowledge may be important for interpretation of hCG concentrations in early pregnancy. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University

  4. Using a decline in serum hCG between days 0–4 to predict ectopic pregnancy treatment success after single-dose methotrexate: a retrospective cohort study

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    Skubisz Monika

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The current measure of treatment efficacy of single-dose methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy, is a fall in serum hCG of ≥15% between days 4–7 of treatment, which has a positive predictive value of 93% for treatment success. Two small studies have proposed a fall in serum hCG between days 0–4 after treatment confers similar, earlier prognostic information, with positive predictive values of 100% and 88% for treatment success. We sought to validate this in a large, independent cohort because of the potentially significant clinical implications. Methods We conducted a retrospective study of women (n=206 treated with single-dose methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy (pre-treatment serum hCG levels ≤3000 IU/L at Scottish hospitals between 2006–2011. Women were divided into two cohorts based on whether their serum hCG levels rose or fell between days 0–4 after methotrexate. Treatment outcomes of women in each cohort were compared, and the test performance characteristics calculated. This methodology was repeated for the current measure (≥15% fall in serum hCG between days 4–7 of treatment and an alternate early measure ( Results In our cohort, the positive predictive value of the current clinical measure was 89% (95% CI 84-94% (121/136. A falling serum hCG between days 0–4 predicted treatment success in 85% (95% CI 79-92% of cases (94/110 and a Conclusions We have verified that a decline in serum hCG between days 0–4 after methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancies, with pre-treatment serum hCG levels ≤3000 IU/L, provides an early indication of likelihood of treatment success, and performs just as well as the existing measure, which only provides prognostic information on day 7.

  5. Endocrine effects of hCG supplementation to recombinant FSH throughout controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF: a dose–response study

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    Thuesen, Leif; Smitz, J; Loft, A

    2013-01-01

    To analyse the endocrine response in relation to the Δ-4 and Δ-5 pathways of ovarian steroidogenesis after different doses of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) supplementation to recombinant FSH from Day 1 of controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF.......To analyse the endocrine response in relation to the Δ-4 and Δ-5 pathways of ovarian steroidogenesis after different doses of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) supplementation to recombinant FSH from Day 1 of controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF....

  6. Values of tumor markers (AFP, β-HCG and CEA) and gamma-camera scintigraphy in patients with testicular tumors

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    Milkov, V.; Sultanov, S.; Tsvetkov, D.

    1989-01-01

    Complex gamma-camera and radioimmunologic study of the tumor markers AFP, β-HCG and CEA was performed in 7 patients with testicular tumors. In all tested patients gamma-camera scintigraphy of the testes clearly delineated the zone of the pathological process. Gamma-camera examination very well differentiates malignant from nonmalignant processes in the testes. The serum levels of the tumor markers AFP and β-HCG proved elevated in 3 of the tested patients during the preoperative period. The histological types of the tumors in these patients were: teratocarcinoma in one and embryonal carcinoma in the other two. It is believed that investigation of the three tumor markers may gain acceptance as additonal method in the complex diagnosis of these diseases

  7. Carl Von Clausewitz: Two Letters on Strategy

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    Paret, Peter; Moran, Daniel

    1984-01-01

    This edition of Carl von Clausewitz's Two Letters on Strategy was made possible by the Army War College Foundation and by the Art of War Colloquium of the Army War College, which sponsors the volume...

  8. Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 19; Issue 6. Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer: A Pioneer of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Gopalpur Nagendrappa. General Article Volume 19 Issue 6 June 2014 pp 489-522 ...

  9. Von Onlineplattformen und mittelalterlichen Märkten

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    Claudius Gräbner

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Mit der zunehmenden Digitalisierung und Vernetzung ökonomischer Systeme haben plattformbasierte Interaktionsbeziehungen stark an Bedeutung gewonnen. Hier werden zwei oder mehr Nutzungsgruppen durch eine dritte Seite, die Plattform, zusammengebracht. Die Interaktion wird in solchen zweiseitigen Märkten von den Plattformbetreibern kontrolliert. Kreditkartensysteme, Softwaremärkte oder werbefinanzierte Online-Communities stellen typische Beispiele dar. Da die Analyse von zweiseitigen Märkten mit Gleichgewichtsmodellen aufgrund der algebraischen Struktur des Problems in der Regel nicht praktikabel ist, präsentieren wir im vorliegenden Beitrag ein agentenbasiertes Modell, welches in einem kürzlich erschienenen Artikel ausführlicher diskutiert wird. Anhand von illustrativen Beispielen verdeutlichen wir die Implikationen eines agentenbasierten Ansatzes für die Innovationsökonomik im Allgemeinen und das Studium von Technologieentwicklung im Besonderen.

  10. Estrogen-2/4-hydroxylase activity is stimulated during germinal vesicle breakdown induced by hCG, IGF-1, GH and insulin in the catfish Heteropneustes fossilis.

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    Chourasia, T K; Joy, K P

    2008-01-15

    Estrogen-2/4-hydroxylase (EH) activity was measured radiometrically in ovaries of catfish injected with hCG intraperitoneally and in postvitellogenic follicles incubated with different concentrations of hCG, catfish (Clarias batrachus) growth hormone (GH), bovine insulin or recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-I (rhIGF-I). The change in enzyme activity was correlated with germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD), an index of oocyte maturation. A single intraperitoneal injection of hCG (100 IU/fish) stimulated EH activity both at 8 and 16 h prior to stripping of eggs. The activity decreased significantly at 24 h, following ovulation. The follicles incubated with hCG, rhIGF-I, insulin or GH elicited biphasic effects on EH activity. rhIGF-I, insulin and GH increased enzyme activity at the lower or median concentrations. hCG and rhIGF-I stimulated EH activity higher than GH or insulin. All the hormones elicited a dose-dependent increase in GVBD, the effect was greater with rhIGF-I (100 nM) and hCG (5.0 IU/ml). The significance of changes in EH activity (E2 hydroxylation) and GVBD were discussed.

  11. The classification problem for von Neumann factors

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    Sasyk, R.; Törnquist, Asger Dag

    2009-01-01

    We prove that it is not possible to classify separable von Neumann factors of types II, II or III, 0 ≤ λ ≤ 1, up to isomorphism by a Borel measurable assignment of "countable structures" as invariants. In particular the isomorphism relation of type II factors is not smooth. We also prove...... that the isomorphism relation for von Neumann II factors is analytic, but is not Borel....

  12. Hullud päevad von Krahlis

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    Von Krahli Teatris mängitakse neil päevi neli korda Peeter Jalaka lavastuses Tõnu Kõrvitsa kammeroopereid "Tuliaed" ja "Mu luiged, mu mõtted", mille aluseks on luuletaja Marie Heibergi saatus. Libreto autor on Maarja Kangro. Kammerooperid tulevad lavale Von Krahli Teatri ja Nargen Opera koostöös. Esitavad Kädy Plaas, Helen Lokuta, Nargen Opera koor ja Tallinna Kammerorkester, dirigent Tõnu Kaljuste

  13. 50th birthday of Christian von Ferber

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    Full Text Available On May 15, 2011 Christian von Ferber - member of the Editorial Board of "Condensed Matter Physics" and renowned expert in the fields of soft matter physics and complex systems - celebrated his 50th birthday. The Editorial board of CMP, colleagues and friends warmy congratulate Christian von Ferber and wish him and his family continuing good health and to enjoy many adventures and discoveries in his future scientific travels!

  14. Die induzierbare antivirale Immunantwort von Drosophila melanogaster

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    2010-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurde Drosophila melanogaster als Modell ge- nutzt, um die angeborene Immunantwort gegen virale Infektionen zu studie- ren. Wir untersuchten mit Hilfe von genomweiten microarrays das Transkriptom von Fliegen, welche entweder mit dem Drosophila C Virus (DCV), dem Flock- house Virus (FHV) oder dem Sindbis Virus (SINV) infiziert waren. Infektion mit diesen drei positiv orientierten Einzelstrang RNS Viren führte zu einer starken transkriptionellen Antwort, welche deutlic...

  15. The Use of rLH, HMG and hCG in Controlled Ovarian Stimulation for Assisted Reproductive Technologies

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    if the addition of rLH increases pregnancy outcomes in ART 5. Human chorionic gonadotropin : hCG and LH have a significant degree of structural...The expression of human chorionic - gonadotropin luteinizing-hormone receptors in human endometrial and myometrial blood-vessels. Journal of Clinical...Retzloff MG. Low-dose human chorionic gonadotropin may improve in vitro fertilization cycle outcomes in patients with low luteinizing hormone levels

  16. Visualisierung von typisierten Links in Linked Data

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    Full Text Available Das Themengebiet der Arbeit behandelt Visualisierungen von typisierten Links in Linked Data. Die wissenschaftlichen Gebiete, die im Allgemeinen den Inhalt des Beitrags abgrenzen, sind das Semantic Web, das Web of Data und Informationsvisualisierung. Das Semantic Web, das von Tim Berners Lee 2001 erfunden wurde, stellt eine Erweiterung zum World Wide Web (Web 2.0 dar. Aktuelle Forschungen beziehen sich auf die Verknüpfbarkeit von Informationen im World Wide Web. Um es zu ermöglichen, solche Verbindungen wahrnehmen und verarbeiten zu können sind Visualisierungen die wichtigsten Anforderungen als Hauptteil der Datenverarbeitung. Im Zusammenhang mit dem Sematic Web werden Repräsentationen von zuhammenhängenden Informationen anhand von Graphen gehandhabt. Der Grund des Entstehens dieser Arbeit ist in erster Linie die Beschreibung der Gestaltung von Linked Data-Visualisierungskonzepten, deren Prinzipien im Rahmen einer theoretischen Annäherung eingeführt werden. Anhand des Kontexts führt eine schrittweise Erweiterung der Informationen mit dem Ziel, praktische Richtlinien anzubieten, zur Vernetzung dieser ausgearbeiteten Gestaltungsrichtlinien. Indem die Entwürfe zweier alternativer Visualisierungen einer standardisierten Webapplikation beschrieben werden, die Linked Data als Netzwerk visualisiert, konnte ein Test durchgeführt werden, der deren Kompatibilität zum Inhalt hatte. Der praktische Teil behandelt daher die Designphase, die Resultate, und zukünftige Anforderungen des Projektes, die durch die Testung ausgearbeitet wurden.

  17. Endometrial Receptivity Profile in Patients with Premature Progesterone Elevation on the Day of hCG Administration

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    Gala, Anna; Assou, Said; Perrochia, Hélène; Dechaud, Hervé; Hugues, Jean-Noel; Hamamah, Samir

    2014-01-01

    The impact of a premature elevation of serum progesterone level, the day of hCG administration in patients under controlled ovarian stimulation during IVF procedure, on human endometrial receptivity is still debated. In the present study, we investigated the endometrial gene expression profile shifts during the prereceptive and receptive secretory stage in patients with normal and elevated serum progesterone level on the day of hCG administration in fifteen patients under stimulated cycles. Then, specific biomarkers of endometrial receptivity in these two groups of patients were tested. Endometrial biopsies were performed on oocyte retrieval day and on day 3 of embryo transfer, respectively, for each patient. Samples were analysed using DNA microarrays and qRT-PCR. The endometrial gene expression shift from the prereceptive to the receptive stage was altered in patients with high serum progesterone level (>1.5 ng/mL) on hCG day, suggesting accelerated endometrial maturation during the periovulation period. This was confirmed by the functional annotation of the differentially expressed genes as it showed downregulation of cell cycle-related genes. Conversely, the profile of endometrial receptivity was comparable in both groups. Premature progesterone rise alters the endometrial gene expression shift between the prereceptive and the receptive stage but does not affect endometrial receptivity. PMID:24877150

  18. CAN INITIAL βHCG VALUES PREDICT THE NEED FOR SECOND DOSE OF METHOTREXATE IN MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF ECTOPIC PREGNANCY?

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION Prediction of requirement of second dose of methotrexate in patients treated with single dose would help in guiding treatment and counseling. The aim of this study is to determine whether pretreatment beta HCG values can predict the need for second dose of methotrexate in medically managed ectopic pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS 46 women with ectopic pregnancies who were managed medically were included. The median of beta HCG titres on day 1, day 4 and day 7 was assessed in patients who responded to single dose methotrexate and those who required a second dose. RESULTS Out of the 46 patients studied, 41 responded to medical treatment (success 91%. 14 out of 41 required second dose of methotrexate (34%. Two patients required third dose of methotrexate. Five patients required surgery. DISCUSSION The median of day 1 and day 4 beta HCG values were not statistically different between those who responded to single dose methotrexate and those who required a second dose. Only day 7 values were found to be different. CONCLUSION The beta-hCG titre on day 1 and day 4 is not a predictor of requirement of second dose of methotrexate.

  19. Modulation of rat testes lipid composition by hormones: Effect of PRL [prolactin] and hCG [human chorionic gonadotropin

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    Sebokova, E.; Wierzbicki, A.; Clandinin, M.T.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of prolactin (PRL) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration for 7 days on the composition and function of rat testicular plasma membrane was investigated. Refractory state in Leydig cells desensitized by hCG decreased the binding capacity for 125 I-labeled hCG and also luteinizing hormone (LH)-induced adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) and testosterone production. In testicular membranes of hCG-treated animals, a depletion of cholesterol and an increase in total phospholipid content was observed after gonadotropin injection, thereby decreasing the cholesterol-to-phospholipid ratio. Injection of high doses of PRL had no effect on the binding capacity or affinity of the LH-hCG receptor but decreased the response of Leydig cells to LH in terms of cAMP and testosterone synthesis. PRL also increased total and esterified cholesterol and decreased free cholesterol and membrane phospholipid content. The fatty acid composition of testicular lipids was significantly and selectively influenced by both hormonal treatments. These observations suggest that metabolism of cholesterol and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in testicular tissue is affected by chorionic gonadotropin and PRL and may provide the mechanism for regulating steroidogenic functions

  20. The hCG ratio can predict the ultimate viability of the intrauterine pregnancies of uncertain viability in the pregnancy of unknown location population.

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    Bignardi, Tommaso; Condous, George; Alhamdan, Dalya; Kirk, Emma; Van Calster, Ben; Van Huffel, Sabine; Timmerman, Dirk; Bourne, Tom

    2008-09-01

    To determine whether hCG ratio at 48 h can predict ultimate viability of intrauterine pregnancies of uncertain viability (IPUVs) in the pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) population. Prospective observational study from June 2001 to October 2004. All women classified with PUL had serum hCG levels measured at 0 and 48 h to calculate hCG ratio (hCG 48/hCG 0 h). All women were followed up until final diagnosis: failing PUL, viable and non-viable intrauterine pregnancy (IUP), ectopic pregnancy. Those PULs found to have an IPUV at follow-up transvaginal ultrasound scan (TVS) were included in final analysis. During the study period, 12,572 consecutive first trimester women were scanned. One thousand and three (8%) women were classified PULs. Three hundred and seventy-nine (37.8%) PULs were confirmed IPUVs at follow-up scan. Complete data from 334 IPUVs were analyzed: 82.6% (276/334) viable IUPs and 17.4% (58/334) non-viable IUPs. Median hCG ratio was greater in viable IUPs [2.32, inter-quartile range (IQR) 1.16-4.77] compared with non-viable IUPs 1.83 (IQR 0.97-4.60). Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value, positive and negative likelihood ratios of an hCG ratio >2.00 for the prediction of a viable IUP are 77.2%, 95.8%, 86.6%, 90.9%, 15.5, 0.24, respectively. In our population, an hCG ratio >2.00 increases the odds for a viable IUP from 0.42 to 6.46 post-test. The hCG ratio is significantly higher in those IPUVs which become viable IUPs compared with non-viable IUPs. New cut-offs for the hCG ratio need to be evaluated for the prediction of viability in the IPUV group of PULs.

  1. WITNESSING GAS MIXING IN THE METAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE HICKSON COMPACT GROUP HCG 31

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    Torres-Flores, S.; Alfaro-Cuello, M. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de La Serena, Av. Cisternas 1200, La Serena (Chile); De Oliveira, C. Mendes [Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas da Universidade de São Paulo, Cidade Universitária, CEP:05508-900, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Amram, P. [Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, LAM (Laboratoire d' Astrophysique de Marseille) UMR 7326, F-13388, Marseille (France); Carrasco, E. R. [Gemini Observatory/AURA, Southern Operations Center, Casilla 603, La Serena (Chile); De Mello, D. F., E-mail: storres@dfuls.cl [Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    We present for the first time direct evidence that in a merger of disk galaxies, the pre-existing central metallicities will mix as a result of gas being transported in the merger interface region along the line that joins the two coalescing nuclei. This is shown using detailed two-dimensional kinematics as well as metallicity measurements for the nearby ongoing merger in the center of the compact group HCG 31. We focus on the emission line gas, which is extensive in the system. The two coalescing cores display similar oxygen abundances. While in between the two nuclei, the metallicity changes smoothly from one nucleus to the other indicating a mix of metals in this region, which is confirmed by the high-resolution Hα kinematics (R = 45,900). This nearby system is especially important because it involves the merging of two fairly low-mass and clumpy galaxies (LMC-like galaxies), making it an important system for comparison with high-redshift galaxies.

  2. Thrombosis and von Willebrand Factor.

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    Shahidi, Minoo

    2017-01-01

    One of the key players in both hemostasis and thrombosis is von Willebrand factor (vWF), which demonstrates a duality between these two processes. Thrombus is structured by numerous elements, including endothelial cells, platelets, plasma proteins and shear stress alteration. In circulation, once a vessel wall is injured, collagen is exposed and platelets attach to the site of injury. Accordingly, vWF mediates adherence of platelets to the damaged vessel wall by binding both to the collagen and platelet receptor. A growing body of data also indicates a role for neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in human thrombosis as scaffolds for vWF, promoting thrombosis. VWF also mediates the protection of factor VIII, a main cofactor of the intrinsic clotting pathway. Since vWF plays a critical role in both thrombotic and bleeding events, a decreased plasma level of this factor may point to a bleeding disorder, while an elevated plasma level may predict occurrence of thrombosis. Since thrombotic events are the foremost cause of death, inhibiting the vWF activity would be a novel prophylaxis to reduce these events. Though, accumulated data have made vWF a promising focus for research on cardiovascular diseases (CVD). This chapter, however, aims to clarify the role of vWF in thrombus formation and pathogenesis of thrombosis.

  3. Effects of long-term exposure to raod traffic imissions on the pathogenesis of diseases of the skin and respiratory tract in children; Auswirkungen langfristiger Expositionen gegenueber Strassenverkehrsimissionen auf die Entwicklung von Haut- und Atemwegserkrankungen bei Kindern

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    Ising, H. [Umweltbundesamt, Berlin (Germany); Lange-Asschenfeldt, H. [Bundesministerium fuer Gesundheit, Berlin (Germany); Lieber, G.F.; Weinhold, H.; Eilts, M.

    2002-10-01

    einer Kombinationsbelastung aus verkehrsbedingten Luftverschmutzungen und Laerm auf das Risiko fuer allergische Haut- und Atemwegserkrankungen bei Kindern untersucht. Die aerztlichen Diagnosen von 400 Kindern im Alter von 5-12 Jahren, die innerhalb eines Monats einen der beiden teilnehmenden Kinderaerzte aufsuchten, wurden zusammen mit Angaben der Eltern ueber die Verkehrsbelastung ihrer Wohnungen und ueber andere moegliche Einflussfaktoren ausgewertet. Multiple Regressionsanalysen ergaben fuer Asthma, chronische Bronchitis und Neurodermitis relative Risiken, die mit der Belastung signifikant anstiegen. Ein Vergleich mit der Literatur ueber entsprechende Wirkungen von Luftverschmutzung ergab, dass naechtlicher Verkehrslaerm wahrscheinlich eine verstaerkende (adjuvante) Wirkung bei der Entstehung der genannten Krankheiten hat. (orig.)

  4. Effects of increased atmospheric CO{sub 2} concentrations on transpiration of a wheat field in consideration of water and nitrogen limitation; Die Wirkung von erhoehten atmosphaerischen CO{sub 2}-Konzentrationen auf die Transpiration eines Weizenbestandes unter Beruecksichtigung von Wasser- und Stickstofflimitierung

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    Grossman-Clarke, S.

    2000-09-01

    Primary responses of C{sub 3}-plants to elevated atmospheric CO{sub 2} concentrations are an increase in the net assimilation rate, leading to greater biomass, and an associated decrease in the transpiration rate per unit leaf area due to CO{sub 2}-induced stomatal closure. The question has therefore arisen: does canopy transpiration increase because of the greater biomass, or decrease because of the stomatal closure? The direct impact of an elevated atmospheric CO{sub 2} concentration of 550 {mu}mol mol{sup -1} on the seasonal course of canopy transpiration of a spring wheat crop was investigated by means of the simulation model DEMETER for production under unlimited water and nutrient supply, production under limited water but unlimited nutrient supply and the production under unlimited water but limited nitrogen supply. Independent data of the free-air carbon dioxide enrichment wheat experiments in Arizona, USA (1993-96) were used to test if the model is able to make reasonable predictions of water use and productivity of the spring wheat crop using only parameters derived from the literature. A model integrating leaf photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and energy fluxes between the plant and the atmosphere was scaled to a canopy level in order to be used in the wheat crop growth model. Temporal changes of the model parameters were considered by describing them as dependent on the changing leaf nitrogen content. Comparison of the simulation and experimental results showed that the applicability of the model approach was limited after anthesis by asynchronous changes in mesophyll and stomatal conductance. Therefore a new model approach was developed describing the interaction between assimilation rate and stomatal conductance during grain filling. The simulation results revealed only small differences in the cumulative sum of canopy transpiration and soil evaporation between elevated CO{sub 2} and control conditions. For potential growth conditions the model simulated a slightly lower water use under elevated CO{sub 2}, while water limitation lead to a slightly higher water use due to the relative increase in root biomass and hence water availability. Under nitrogen limitation elevated CO{sub 2} lead to a stronger decrease of water use than under adequate nitrogen supply. The simulation results confirm the experimental findings that water limitation increases and nitrogen limitation decreases the CO{sub 2}-effect. The qualitative as well as the quantitative behavior of the wheat crop under elevated CO{sub 2} was successfully described by the model for the three production conditions, which makes it possible to use the model with higher confidence for predictions about the future behavior of the crop. (orig.)

  5. Effectiveness of new techniques for the extraction of fine particles from the flue gas of wood-fired boilers; Wirksamkeit neuer Abscheidetechniken in Holzfeuerungsabgasen bezueglich Feinpartikeln. Praxiserhebung zur Wirkung von Sekundaermassnahmen auf die Staubemissionen von Holzfeuerungen unter spezieller Beruecksichtigung des Feinpartikelausstosses

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    Gaegauf, Ch.; Schmid, M. [Oekozentrum Langenbruck, Langenbruck (Switzerland); Jenni, A. [Ardens GmbH, Liestal(Switzerland)

    2003-07-01

    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests, and Landscape (SAEFL) presents the results of a project carried out by the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Social Ecology, Langenbruck, Switzerland. The project investigated the efficiency of various ways of filtering nano-sized particulate matter (PM) out of the flue gases of wood-fired boilers. The two analytical methods used to monitor PM emissions are described, as are the seven different wood-combustion systems tested along with three different methods of exhaust gas treatment. The results of the investigations, which showed that electrostatic and fabric filter systems displayed a very high particle removal efficiency, are presented. The mechanisms that probably led to the particularly high removal efficiency noted for nano-particles are discussed.

  6. Prediction of first-trimester preeclampsia: Relevance of the oxidative stress marker MDA in a combination model with PP-13, PAPP-A and beta-HCG.

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    Asiltas, Burak; Surmen-Gur, Esma; Uncu, Gurkan

    2018-02-27

    Early diagnosis of preeclampsia (PE) is very important and various parameters, individually or in combined models, are reported useful for prediction of PE. The objective of this study is to investigate the predictive value of pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A), placental protein-13 (PP-13), human Chorionic Gonadotropin (B-HCG), and oxidative stress marker malondialdehyde (MDA), individually and in combination. Maternal sera of 38 cases with PE and 122 controls were collected for first trimester screening and tested for PAPP-A and B-HCG by chemiluminescence, for PP-13 by using ELISA, and for MDA by high-performance liquid chromatography. Combined models of parameters were constituted as "MDA + PP-13", "PP-13 + PAPP-A + B-HCG" and "MDA + PP-13 + PAPP-A + B-HCG". The diagnostic performances of serum markers of preeclampsia were examined by nonparametric receiver-operator characteristics (ROC) analysis. PP-13 levels were significantly lower (p HCG (p HCG" exhibited the best predictive outcome with an AUC of 0.91 [95% CI 0.86-0.95], 97% [95% CI 86.2-99.9] sensitivity and 75% [95% CI 66.5-82.6] specificity, and was significantly different from that of "PAPP-A + PP-13 + B-HCG" model, but similar to that of "MDA + PP-13" model. Combined models consisting of various parameters of different origin, may provide better predictive outcomes, and oxidative markers should be considered in combination with other placental biomarkers in prediction of PE. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Sliding scale HCG trigger yields equivalent pregnancy outcomes and reduces ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome: Analysis of 10,427 IVF-ICSI cycles.

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    Gunnala, Vinay; Melnick, Alexis; Irani, Mohamad; Reichman, David; Schattman, Glenn; Davis, Owen; Rosenwaks, Zev

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate pregnancy outcomes and the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) using a sliding scale hCG protocol to trigger oocyte maturity and establish a threshold level of serum b-hCG associated with optimal oocyte maturity. Retrospective cohort. Academic medical center. Fresh IVF cycles from 9/2004-12/2011. 10,427 fresh IVF-ICSI cycles met inclusion criteria. hCG was administered according to E2 level at trigger: 10,000IU vs. 5,000IU vs. 4,000IU vs. 3,300IU vs. dual trigger (2mg leuprolide acetate + 1,500IU hCG). Serum absorption of hCG was assessed according to dose and BMI. Oocyte maturity was analyzed according to post-trigger serum b-hCG. Fertilization, clinical pregnancy, live birth and OHSS rates were examined by hCG trigger dose. Post-trigger serum b-hCG 20-30, 30-40, and 40-50 mIU/mL was associated with reduced oocyte maturity as compared b-hCG >50 (67.8% vs. 71.4% vs. 73.3% vs. 78.9%, respectively, PhCG 20-50 mIU/mL was associated with a 40.1% reduction in live birth (OR 0.59, 95% CI 0.41-0.87). No differences in IVF outcomes per retrieval were seen for varying doses of hCG or dual trigger when controlling for patient age. The incidence of moderate to severe OHSS was 0.13% (n = 14) and severe OHSS was 0.03% (n = 4) of cycles. Moderate stimulation with sliding scale hCG at trigger and fresh transfer is associated with low rates of OHSS and favorable pregnancy rates. Doses as low as 3,300IU alone or dual trigger with 1,500IU are sufficient to facilitate oocyte maturity.

  8. Androgen-responsive non-coding small RNAs extend the potential of HCG stimulation to act as a bioassay of androgen sufficiency.

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    Rodie, M E; Mudaliar, M A V; Herzyk, P; McMillan, M; Boroujerdi, M; Chudleigh, S; Tobias, E S; Ahmed, S F

    2017-10-01

    It is unclear whether a short-term change in circulating androgens is associated with changes in the transcriptome of the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). To explore the effect of hCG stimulation on the PBMC transcriptome, 12 boys with a median age (range) of 0.7 years (0.3, 11.2) who received intramuscular hCG 1500u on 3 consecutive days as part of their investigations underwent transcriptomic array analysis on RNA extracted from peripheral blood mononuclear cells before and after hCG stimulation. Median pre- and post-hCG testosterone for the overall group was 0.7 nmol/L (hCG stimulation with a pre and post median serum testosterone of hCG effects, all 9 of the hCG responders consistently demonstrated a 20% or greater increase in the expression of piR-37153 and piR-39248 , non-coding PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs). In addition, of the 9 responders, 8, 6 and 4 demonstrated a 30, 40 and 50% rise, respectively, in a total of 2 further piRNAs. In addition, 3 of the responders showed a 50% or greater rise in the expression of another small RNA, SNORD5 . On comparing fold-change in serum testosterone with fold-change in the above transcripts, a positive correlation was detected for SNORD5 ( P  = 0.01). The identification of a dynamic and androgen-responsive PBMC transcriptome extends the potential value of the hCG test for the assessment of androgen sufficiency. © 2017 The authors.

  9. Privatiserung von Geschichte. Probleme einer differenzierten Aufarbeitung

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    Birthe Kundrus

    2000-11-01

    Full Text Available Ausgangspunkt der Untersuchung von Vera Neumann ist die These, daß im Krieg Erlebtes und Erlittenes in den Wiederaufbau- und Wirtschaftswunderjahren Westdeutschlands einem Thematisierungstabu unterlegen sei. Anhand von 50 Interviews, die in den 80er Jahren im Rahmen des von Lutz Niethammer geleiteten Projekts „Lebensgeschichte und Sozialgeschichte im Ruhrgebiet 1930–1960“ (LUSIR entstanden sind und die sie jetzt anhand der Tonbandprotokolle und Abschriften ein zweites Mal auswertet, möchte die Historikerin diese Verschüttungen aufspüren. Im Anschluß an Niethammers These der „Privatisierung von Geschichte“ will sie zeigen, daß seelische und körperliche Kriegsfolgen wie Deprivations- und Überlastungsgefühle, der Verlust von Angehörigen und Kriegsbeschädigungen „privatisiert“, d.h. an die Familien übertragen wurden. Dort seien dann in erster Linie die weiblichen Familienmitglieder mit der Versorgungs- und Pflegearbeit konfrontiert worden. An vier Fallbeispiele schließt sich eine detaillierte Auswertung des gesamten Interviewmaterials an. Diesen Teilen folgt ein Abschnitt zur staatlichen Kriegsopferversorgung in der frühen Bundesrepublik.

  10. Sulfation of von Willebrand factor

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    Carew, J.A.; Browning, P.J.; Lynch, D.C.

    1990-01-01

    von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a multimeric adhesive glycoprotein essential for normal hemostasis. We have discovered that cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells incorporate inorganic sulfate into vWF. Following immunoisolation and analysis by polyacrylamide or agarose gel electrophoresis, metabolically labeled vWF was found to have incorporated [35S]-sulfate into all secreted multimer species. The time course of incorporation shows that sulfation occurs late in the biosynthesis of vWF, near the point at which multimerization occurs. Quantitative analysis suggests the presence, on average, of one molecule of sulfate per mature vWF subunit. Virtually all the detectable sulfate is released from the mature vWF subunit by treatment with endoglycosidases that remove asparagine-linked carbohydrates. Sulfated carbohydrate was localized first to the N-terminal half of the mature subunit (amino acids 1 through 1,365) by partial proteolytic digestion with protease V8; and subsequently to a smaller fragment within this region (amino acids 273 through 511) by sequential digestions with protease V8 and trypsin. Thus, the carbohydrate at asparagine 384 and/or 468 appears to be the site of sulfate modification. Sodium chlorate, an inhibitor of adenosine triphosphate-sulfurylase, blocks sulfation of vWF without affecting either the ability of vWF to assemble into high molecular weight multimers or the ability of vWF multimers to enter Weible-Palade bodies. The stability of vWF multimers in the presence of an endothelial cell monolayer also was unaffected by the sulfation state. Additionally, we have found that the cleaved propeptide of vWF is sulfated on asparagine-linked carbohydrate

  11. Doença de von Willebrand e anestesia Enfermedad de von Willebrand y anestesia Von Willebrand's disease and anesthesia

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    Fabiano Timbó Barbosa

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A doença de von Willebrand ocorre devido à mutação no cromossomo 12 e é caracterizada por deficiência qualitativa ou quantitativa do fator de von Willebrand. A diversidade de mutações leva ao aparecimento das mais variadas manifestações clínicas possibilitando a divisão dos pacientes em vários tipos e subtipos clínicos. A coagulopatia se manifesta basicamente através da disfunção plaquetária associada à diminuição dos níveis séricos do fator VIII coagulante. O objetivo dessa revisão foi mostrar os cuidados relacionados aos pacientes portadores da doença de von Willebrand durante o período perioperatório. CONTEÚDO: Foram definidas as características da doença de von Willebrand quanto à fisiopatologia, à classificação, ao diagnóstico laboratorial, ao tratamento atual e aos cuidados com o manuseio do paciente no período perioperatório. CONCLUSÕES: A doença de von Willebrand é o distúrbio hemorrágico hereditário mais comum, porém ela é subdiagnosticada pela complexidade da própria doença. A correta classificação do paciente, o uso apropriado da desmopressina e a transfusão do fator de von Willebrand são medidas fundamentais para a realização do procedimento anestésico bem-sucedido.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La enfermedad de von Willebrand ocurre debido a la mutación en el cromosoma 12 y se caracteriza por la deficiencia cualitativa o cuantitativa del factor de von Willebrand. La diversidad de mutaciones conlleva al aparecimiento de las más variadas manifestaciones clínicas posibilitando la división de los pacientes en varios tipos y subtipos clínicos. La coagulopatía se manifiesta básicamente a través de la disfunción plaquetaria asociada con la disminución de los niveles séricos del factor VIII coagulante. El objetivo de esa revisión fue mostrar los cuidados relacionados con las pacientes portadoras de la enfermedad de von Willebrand durante el per

  12. Desempenho reprodutivo de cabras alpinas tratadas com hCG cinco dias após o acasalamento Reproductive performance of alpine goats treated with hCG five days after breeding

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    Jeferson Ferreira da Fonseca

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este estudo avaliar o efeito da administração de hCG sobre o desempenho reprodutivo de cabras Alpinas durante a estação de acasalamento natural. Trinta e duas fêmeas nulíparas e 124 lactantes, após a identificação de estro e acasalamento, foram aleatoriamente divididas, de acordo com a categoria, em dois tratamentos. Em T1 (n=75 e T2 (n=81, os animais receberam 1 mL de solução salina ou 250 UI de hCG, respectivamente, por via intramuscular cinco dias após o acasalamento. A gestação foi verificada por ultra-sonografia transabdominal (probe de 3,5 MHz nos dias 35 e 70 após o acasalamento, para detecção e confirmação da gestação, respectivamente. As taxas de gestação não diferiram entre T1 (86,7% e T2 (70,6% para nulíparas e T1 (78,3 % e T2 (84,4 % para lactantes. Não houve diferença entre a taxa de parição (75,0 e 75,7%, o período de gestação (150,47 e 150,80 dias e a prolificidade (1,75 e 1,80 fetos entre os animais do T1 e T2, respectivamente. A prolificidade foi superior em cabras lactantes (1,90 que em nulíparas (1,41. A administração de hCG cinco dias após o acasalamento não elevou o desempenho reprodutivo em cabras da raça Alpina.The effect of hCG administration on reproductive performance of Alpine goats during the natural breeding season was evaluated. Thirty-two nulliparous and 124 lactating goats, after estrus identification and breeding, were randomly assigned according to the categories to two treatments. In T1 (n=75 and T2 (n=81 the animals received 1 mL of saline solution or 250 IU of hCG intramuscularly, respectively, five days after breeding. Pregnancy was detected and confirmed on days 35 and 70 after breeding by transabdominal ultrasonography (3.5 MHz probe, respectively. Pregnancy rate did not differ between T1 (86.7 % and T2 (70.6% for nulliparous and T1 (78.3% and T2 (84.4% for lactating does. There were no differences for kidding rate (75.0 and 75.7%, gestation period

  13. Gemeinsam hilfreich oder einsam lästig? Beurteilung von praktikumsbegleitenden Weblogs von angehenden Lehrpersonen

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    Full Text Available Weblogs werden an Hochschulen vermehrt zur Unterstützung von Lern- und Reflexionsprozessen eingesetzt, in der Lehrer/innenbildung auch zunehmend während der berufspraktischen Ausbildung. Die Studierenden beurteilen den Einsatz von Weblogs jedoch unterschiedlich. Dabei ist wenig bekannt, welchen Einfluss die Vergabe und das Erhalten von Peerfeedback auf den Beurteilungsprozess von praktikumsbegleitenden Weblogs sowie auf den Umfang von Blogpostings haben. Im folgenden Beitrag wird dieser Frage mittels einer Befragung von 74 angehenden Lehrpersonen nachgegangen, die praktikumsbegleitende Weblogs mit oder ohne Peerfeedback nutzten, um über herausfordernde Ereignisse im Praktikum zu reflektieren. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass Studierende, die Peerfeedback erhielten und andere Blogbeiträge kommentierten, den Weblogeinsatz nützlicher einschätzen sowie eine höhere Motivation und positivere Einstellung gegenüber den Einsatz von Weblogs aufweisen als Studierende, die ohne Peerfeedback bloggen. Keinen Einfluss hat Peerfeedback auf den Umfang der Blogbeiträge und auf die dafür aufgewendete Zeit.

  14. Borel reductibility and classification of von neumann algebras

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    Sasyk, R.; Törnquist, Asger Dag

    2009-01-01

    We announce some new results regarding the classification problem for separable von Neumann algebras. Our results are obtained by applying the notion of Borel reducibility and Hjorth's theory of turbulence to the isomorphism relation for separable von Neumann algebras....

  15. Kerttu Wagner. Die historischen romane von Jaan Kross / Wolfgang Drechsler

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    2001-01-01

    Arvustus: Wagner, Kerttu. Die historischen Romane von Jaan Kross : am Beispiel einer Untersuchung der deutschen und englischen Übersetzungen von "Professor Martensi ärasõit" (1984). Frankfurt am Main [etc.] : P. Lang, 2001.

  16. Gasification of liquid manure; Vergasung von Guelle

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    Gudenau, H.W.; Hoberg, H.; Hirsch, U. [Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany). Inst. fuer Eisenhuettenkunde

    1996-12-31

    The potential of thermal use of liquid manure is investigated. It is recommended to separate the liquid and solid fraction. While the liquid fraction can be used as fertilizer, the solid fraction can be used for generating a fuel gas for combined heat and power generation. (orig) [Deutsch] Die Untersuchungen haben ergeben, dass in der thermischen Verwertung von Guelle ein bisher nur wenig genutztes Potential vorliegt. Die zum Anbau von Getreide notwendige Duengung kann durch Separation von Guelle in Fest- und Duennfraktion effektiver und kostenguenstiger durchgefuehrt werden. Der Naehrstoffgehalt des Guellefeststoffs sollte durch thermische Aufbereitung aufkonzentriert werden, so dass eine Vermarktung auch mit laengeren Transpoertwegen darstellbar ist. Die bei der thermischen Behandlung gewonnene Waerme kann prozessintern genutzt und ueberschuessige Waerme an Abnehmer in der naeheren Umgebung geliefert werden. Genauso besteht die Moeglichkeit, ein Brenngas zu erzeugen und die Energie mit Kraft-Waerme-Kopplung zu nutzen. (orig)

  17. [Clinical medicine of P. F. von Siebold].

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    Nakamura, A

    1995-03-01

    The author elucidates some aspects of the clinical medicine of P.F. von Siebold (1796-1866) by studying a manuscript titled "Rampō-kuden, namely, dictative teaching of Dutch medicine by P.F. von Siebold", which has not been studied enough yet. From this manuscript the author considers the descriptions about cancers, gynecological diseases, syphilitic diseases, urinary diseases, ophthalmic diseases, skin diseases, pulmonary diseases, gastrointestinal diseases and osteo-articular diseases, and thereby shows the concepts and therapeutic techniques of P.F. von Siebold regarding these diseases. To make his therapeutics more clearly understood, the author comments on blood-letting, opiates, emetics, purgatives, peruvian bark, digitalis, physiotherapy, abdominal paracentesis and surgical operations written in this manuscript.

  18. Deep Chandra Observations of HCG 16. I. Active Nuclei, Star Formation, and Galactic Winds

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    O'Sullivan, E.; Zezas, A.; Vrtilek, J. M.; Giacintucci, S.; Trevisan, M.; David, L. P.; Ponman, T. J.; Mamon, G. A.; Raychaudhury, S.

    2014-10-01

    We present new, deep Chandra X-ray and Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope 610 MHz observations of the spiral-galaxy-rich compact group HCG 16, which we use to examine nuclear activity, star formation, and high-luminosity X-ray binary populations in the major galaxies. We confirm the presence of obscured active nuclei in NGC 833 and NGC 835, and identify a previously unrecognized nuclear source in NGC 838. All three nuclei are variable on timescales of months to years, and for NGC 833 and NGC 835 this is most likely caused by changes in accretion rate. The deep Chandra observations allow us to detect for the first time an Fe Kα emission line in the spectrum of the Seyfert 2 nucleus of NGC 835. We find that NGC 838 and NGC 839 are both starburst-dominated systems, with only weak nuclear activity, in agreement with previous optical studies. We estimate the star formation rates in the two galaxies from their X-ray and radio emission, and compare these results with estimates from the infrared and ultraviolet bands to confirm that star formation in both galaxies is probably declining after galaxy-wide starbursts were triggered ~400-500 Myr ago. We examine the physical properties of their galactic superwinds, and find that both have temperatures of ~0.8 keV. We also examine the X-ray and radio properties of NGC 848, the fifth largest galaxy in the group, and show that it is dominated by emission from its starburst.

  19. Deep Chandra observations of HCG 16. I. Active nuclei, star formation, and galactic winds

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    O' Sullivan, E.; Zezas, A.; Vrtilek, J. M.; David, L. P. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Giacintucci, S. [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2421 (United States); Trevisan, M. [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Av. dos Astronautas 1758, 12227-010, São José dos Campos (Brazil); Ponman, T. J.; Raychaudhury, S. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Mamon, G. A., E-mail: eosullivan@cfa.harvard.edu [Institut d' Astrophysique de Paris (UMR 7095 CNRS and UMPC), 98 bis Bd Arago, F-75014 Paris (France)

    2014-10-01

    We present new, deep Chandra X-ray and Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope 610 MHz observations of the spiral-galaxy-rich compact group HCG 16, which we use to examine nuclear activity, star formation, and high-luminosity X-ray binary populations in the major galaxies. We confirm the presence of obscured active nuclei in NGC 833 and NGC 835, and identify a previously unrecognized nuclear source in NGC 838. All three nuclei are variable on timescales of months to years, and for NGC 833 and NGC 835 this is most likely caused by changes in accretion rate. The deep Chandra observations allow us to detect for the first time an Fe Kα emission line in the spectrum of the Seyfert 2 nucleus of NGC 835. We find that NGC 838 and NGC 839 are both starburst-dominated systems, with only weak nuclear activity, in agreement with previous optical studies. We estimate the star formation rates in the two galaxies from their X-ray and radio emission, and compare these results with estimates from the infrared and ultraviolet bands to confirm that star formation in both galaxies is probably declining after galaxy-wide starbursts were triggered ∼400-500 Myr ago. We examine the physical properties of their galactic superwinds, and find that both have temperatures of ∼0.8 keV. We also examine the X-ray and radio properties of NGC 848, the fifth largest galaxy in the group, and show that it is dominated by emission from its starburst.

  20. Air-suspended TiO2-based HCG reflectors for visible spectral range

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    Hashemi, Ehsan; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Gustavsson, Johan; Carlsson, Stefan; Rossbach, Georg; Haglund, Åsa

    2015-02-01

    For GaN-based microcavity light emitters, such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and resonant cavity light emitting diodes (RCLEDs) in the blue-green wavelength regime, achieving a high reflectivity wide bandwidth feedback mirror is truly challenging. The material properties of the III-nitride alloys are hardly compatible with the conventional distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and the newly proposed high-contrast gratings (HCGs). Alternatively, at least for the top outcoupling mirror, dielectric materials offer more suitable material combinations not only for the DBRs but also for the HCGs. HCGs may offer advantages such as transverse mode and polarization control, a broader reflectivity spectrum than epitaxially grown DBRs, and the possibility to set the resonance wavelength after epitaxial growth by the grating parameters. In this work we have realized an air-suspended TiO2 grating with the help of a SiO2 sacrificial layer. The deposition processes for the dielectric layers were fine-tuned to minimize the residual stress. To achieve an accurate control of the grating duty cycle, a newly developed lift-off process, using hydrogen silesquioxan (HSQ) and sacrificial polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) resists, was applied to deposit the hard mask, providing sub-10 nm resolution. The finally obtained TiO2/air HCGs were characterized in a micro-reflectance measurement setup. A peak power reflectivity in excess of 95% was achieved for TM polarization at the center wavelength of 435 nm, with a reflectivity stopband width of about 80 nm (FWHM). The measured HCG reflectance spectra were compared to corresponding simulations obtained from rigorous coupled-wave analysis and very good agreement was found.

  1. Witnessing Gas Mixing in the Metal Distribution of the Hickson Compact Group HCG 31

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    Torres-Flores, S.; Mendes de Oliveira, C.; Amram, P.; Alfaro-Cuello, M.; Carrasco, E. R.; de Mello, D. F.

    2015-01-01

    We present for the first time direct evidence that in a merger of disk galaxies, the pre-existing central metallicities will mix as a result of gas being transported in the merger interface region along the line that joins the two coalescing nuclei. This is shown using detailed two-dimensional kinematics as well as metallicity measurements for the nearby ongoing merger in the center of the compact group HCG 31. We focus on the emission line gas, which is extensive in the system. The two coalescing cores display similar oxygen abundances. While in between the two nuclei, the metallicity changes smoothly from one nucleus to the other indicating a mix of metals in this region, which is confirmed by the high-resolution Hα kinematics (R = 45,900). This nearby system is especially important because it involves the merging of two fairly low-mass and clumpy galaxies (LMC-like galaxies), making it an important system for comparison with high-redshift galaxies. Based on observations obtained at the Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the NSF on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), the Australian Research Council (Australia), Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia (Brazil) and Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina) - Observing run: GS-2012B-Q-60.

  2. Analytical characterization of recombinant hCG and comparative studies with reference product.

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    Thennati, Rajamannar; Singh, Sanjay Kumar; Nage, Nitin; Patel, Yena; Bose, Sandip Kumar; Burade, Vinod; Ranbhor, Ranjit Sudhakar

    2018-01-01

    Regulatory agencies recommend a stepwise approach for demonstrating biosimilarity between a proposed biosimilar and reference biological product emphasizing for functional and structural characterization to trace if there is any difference which may impact safety and efficacy. We studied the comparative structural and biological attributes of recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin (rhCG), SB005, with reference product, Ovidrel ® and Ovitrelle ® . Recombiant hCG was approved in 2000 by the US Food and Drug Administration for the induction of final follicular maturation, early luteinization in infertile women as part of assisted reproductive technology program. It is also indicated for the induction of ovulation and pregnancy in ovulatory infertile patients whose cause of infertility is not due to ovarian failure. Primary structure was studied by intact mass analysis, peptide fingerprinting, peptide mass fingerprinting and sequence coverage analysis. Higher order structure was studied by circular dichroism, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and disulfide bridge analysis. Different isoforms of reference product and SB005 were identified using capillary isoelectric focusing and capillary zone electrophoresis. Glycosylation was studied by N-glycan mapping using LC-ESI-MS, point of glycosylation, released glycan analysis using ultra performance liquid chromatography and sialic acid analysis. Product related impurities such as oligomer content analysis and oxidized impurities were studied using size exclusion chromatography and reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography, respectively. Biological activity in term of potency of reference product and SB005 was studied by in vivo analysis. In this study we have compared analytical similarity of recombinant rhCG (SB005) produced at Sun Pharmaceuticals with the reference product with respect to its primary, higher order structure, isoforms, charge variants, glycosylation, sialyation

  3. Bio-equivalent doses of recombinant HCG and recombinant LH during ovarian stimulation result in similar oestradiol output: a randomized controlled study.

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    Alsbjerg, Birgit; Elbaek, Helle Olesen; Laursen, Rita Jakubcionyte; Povlsen, Betina Boel; Haahr, Thor; Yding Andersen, Claus; Humaidan, Peter

    2017-08-01

    In nature, HCG is secreted by the implanting embryo from peri-implantation and onwards. In contrast, LH is mandatory for steroidogenesis and follicular development during the follicular phase, working in synergy with FSH. Moreover, LH is mandatory for the function of the corpus luteum. Although LH and HCG bind to the same receptor, significant molecular, structural and functional differences exist, inducing differences in bioactivity. This randomized controlled study compared the effect of recombinant FSH stimulation combined with daily either micro-dose recombinant HCG or recombinant LH supplementation in a 1:1 bioactivity ratio from day 1 of stimulation in a long gonadotrophin releasing hormone agonist down regulation protocol. A total of 100 patients from a public clinic completed the study. The primary end-point was the oestradiol level on the day of ovulation trigger and the median oestradiol level in the HCG supplemented group was 8662 pmol/l versus 9203 pmol/l in the recombinant LH supplemented group; therefore, no significant difference was found. Moreover, no differences were observed in the number of oocytes retrieved or in the live birth rate. We conclude that recombinant HCG and recombinant LH are equally effective in boosting oestradiol synthesis during ovarian stimulation when used in a 1:1 bioactivity ratio. Copyright © 2017 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Production of specific antisera for radioimmunoassay of human luteinizing hormone (LH) in the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)

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    Thorell, J.I.; Jeppsson, S.; Holmstrom, B.

    1976-01-01

    A specific radioimmunoassay for LH, which measures plasma LH in the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is described. Rabbits were immunized with highly purified native LH. One of the antisera with a difference in its reactivity against LH and hCG was further purified by affinity chromatography on a column with hCG coupled to Sepharose 4B. The adsorbed antiserum and 125 I-LH was used in a double antibody assay. The LH standard (MRC/68/40) efficiently inhibited the binding of 125 I-LH, and the standard curve showed a sensitivity of 0.5 ng/ml in the sample. hCG up to 10,000 ng/ml did not inhibit the binding of 125 I-LH. The plasma level of LH in pregnant women in the first trimester was low (1.3 +- 0.1 ng/ml). When LH was measured in fertile or menopausal women with or without stimulation with LH/FSH releasing hormone (LH-RH)/sup x/ the results agreed to those found with our conventional LH-assay based on antiserum against hCG

  5. The effect of post-mating hCG or progesterone administration on reproductive performance of Afshari × Booroola-Merino crossbred ewes.

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    Rostami, Behnam; Hajizadeh, Rahman; Shahir, Mohammad-Hossein; Aliyari, Davood

    2017-02-01

    To investigate the efficiency of hCG/CIDR after breeding to increase the reproductive performance, 35 synchronized ewes were mated with fertile rams and were assigned to three treatment groups. Ewes in hCG group (n = 12) received 400 IU hCG on day 11 post-mating, and ewes in CIDR group (n = 11) received CIDR from day 7 until day 19 post-mating. Ewes in the control group (n = 12) did not receive any treatment. Blood samples were collected on days 7, 12, 17, and 22 post-mating. Plasma P 4 concentrations were higher on days 12 and 17 post-mating in hCG- and CIDR-treated groups (P hCG and control groups were higher than that in CIDR group (P hCG group produced more quadruplets (P hCG group (3.6%) was less than that in control (11.8%; P  0.05) groups. Post-mating administration of hCG or CIDR did not affect the lamb birth weight in single and quadruplet births (P > 0.05), but the birth weight of twin lambs was higher in the hCG and CIDR groups (P hCG and CIDR groups (P hCG/CIDR administration post-mating increased the maternal P 4 concentrations and enhanced reproductive performance.

  6. Effect of GnRH and hCG on progesterone concentration and ovarian and luteal blood flow in diestrous mares.

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    Brito, L F C; Baldrighi, J M; Wolf, C A; Ginther, O J

    2017-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of reproductive hormones (GnRH, hCG, LH and progesterone) on the regulation of corpus luteum (CL) and ovarian blood flow. Diestrous mares received a single treatment of saline, 100μg gonadorelin (GnRH), or 1500IU hCG 10days after ovulation. Plasma LH and progesterone concentrations, resistance index (RI) for ovarian artery blood-flow, and percentage of corpus luteum (CL) with color-Doppler signals of blood flow were determined immediately before treatment (hour 0) and at hours 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. In the GnRH group, LH increased (PhCG groups. Progesterone concentration was not different among groups. In the GnRH group, RI tended (PhCG group, two transient RI decreases (PhCG group. The similarity among groups in progesterone concentration indicated that changes in progesterone were not involved in the GnRH and hCG stimulation of ovarian vascular perfusion. Effects of treatment might have been mediated through LH; however, since hCG biological activity is primarily LH-like, the differences in timing and degree of ovarian and luteal blood flow changes after GnRH or hCG administration in the present study suggest that GnRH might have a direct effect on ovarian blood vessels and vascular control. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. Clinical usefulness of dynamic determination of serum progesterone and HCG levels in patients with threatened abortion, inevitable abortion and ectopic pregnancy

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    Tu Fengjuan; Ding Jiefeng; Liu Qi

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To study the clinical differential diagnostic usefulness of dynamic determinations of serum progesterone and HCG levels in patients with abortion and ectopic pregnancy. Methods: Serum progesterone (with CLIA) and HCG (with RIA) levels were determined twice (48h apart) in 98 patients with threatened abortion, 75 patients with inevitable abortion, 52 patients with ectopic pregnancy, and 83 controls. Results: Among the three groups of patients, the serum progesterone levels were highest in the patients with threatened abortion, being significantly higher than those in the other two groups (P<0.05, P<0.01). The progesterone levels were lowest in the patients with ectopic pregnancy, being significantly less than those in other two groups (P<0.05, P<0.01). The serum HCG levels were also significantly higher in the patients with threatened abortion than those in the other two groups (P < 0.05 ), but there were no significant differences between the levels in patients with inevitable abortion and patients with ectopic pregnancy. The differences between the first and second determination HCG levels, either increased or decreased, in patients with ectopic pregnancy were significantly less than those in patients with inevitable abortion (P<0.05). Conclusion: Dynamic determination of serum progesterone and HCG levels might be of differential diagnostic help in patients with threatened abortion, inevitable abortion and ectopic pregnancy. (authors)

  8. Bau eines besseren Krankenhauses. Wertschöpfendes Management & Planung von Immobilien

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    Johan van der Zwart

    2015-06-01

    zu definieren, um die Ziele der Interessenvertreter festzustellen, um sie Nachhinein (nachträglich in der Gestaltung zu überprüfen. Diese Untersuchung der Mehrwerte von Krankenhausimmobilien zeigt, dass das Konzept der Wertschöpfung durch Immobilien zu der Praxis von Krankenhäusern passt, die jüngst ein neues Krankenhausgebäude geplant und konstruiert haben. Die Anwendung der Mehrwerte von Immobilien aus der CREM-Literatur auf die Konstruktion neuer Krankenhäuser in den Niederlanden resultierte in einer sektorspezifischen Definition der Mehrwerte der Krankenhausimmobilie und einer Kategorisierung in drei Gruppen. Die erste Gruppe besteht aus Nutzerwerten, wie zum Beispiel die Förderung der Organisationskultur und Patienten- und Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit. Diese Gruppe wird gefolgt durch die eher strategisch orientierten Produktionswerte, wie beispielsweise die Verbesserung der Produktivität, Reduzierung von Einrichtungskosten und die Flexibilität, die physikalische Umgebung an neue Gesundheitsvorsorgeprozesse anzupassen. Die dritte Gruppe umfasst Zukunftswerte, z.B. das Erscheinungsbild des Gebäudes, Nachhaltigkeit, immobilienbezogene Risiken und Möglichkeiten für die Nutzung des finanziellen Werts der Immobilie für die Finanzierung von Hauptprozessen. Zusätzlich zur Definition der Mehrwerte der Krankenhausimmobilie wurde die Wert-Wirkung-Matrix (Tabelle 3 entwickelt, die neun Arten von Mehrwerten (Tabelle 2 mit den Interessen und Bedürfnissen der Interessenvertreter mit Hilfe von vier Perspektiven auf die Immobilie verknüpft: strategisch, finanziell, funktional und physikalisch. Die Wert-Wirkung-Matrix wurde entwickelt, um die Anpassung zwischen den Hauptthemen der Organisation für den Erfolg, den Mehrwerten der Immobilie und den unterschiedlichen Perspektiven der Interessenvertreter auf die Immobilie zu unterstützen. Dieses Instrument ermöglicht es, die Immobilienmehrwerte aus verschiedenen Perspektiven auf die Immobilie (strategisch, finanziell

  9. [Anja Wilhelmi. Lebensweltlen von Frauen der deutschen Oberschicht im Baltikum (1800-1939). Eine Untersuchung anhand von Autobiographien] / Alexander Ewig

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    Ewig, Alexander, 1980-

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    Arvustus: Wilhelmi, Anja. Lebenswelten von Frauen der deutschen Oberschicht im Baltikum (1800-1939). Eine Untersuchung anhand von Autobiographien. (Veröffentlichungen des Nordost-Instituts, 10.) (Wiesbaden : HArrassowitz 2008)

  10. Optimisation of pollutant separation and tenside recovery from water/tenside/pollutant mixtures; Optimierung der Schadstoffabtrennung sowie der Rueckgewinnung von Tensiden aus Wasser-Tensid-Schadstoff Mischungen

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    Memminger, B.

    2001-01-01

    Hydraulic in-situ remediation technologies have recently become more and more important for removing underground contamination especially in urban districts. To enhance the traditional pump-and-treat, substances such as surfactants can be used which not only dissolve but also mobilize the contaminants. For this method to be cost effective, an optimized waste water treatment is essential. On the one hand the contaminants are to be removed from the extracted ground water and on the other hand the surfactants are to be recycled for re-use in the remediation procedure. So far adsorption of contaminants on activated carbon has been applied to reach this goals. In the frame of this diploma thesis however, more efficient and more economical alternatives to the adsorption method were to be investigated. For this, three different separating techniques to treat water-surfactant-contaminant mixtures containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) as model substances were examined: a membrane technique by using an entrainer on the permeate side, the so called pertraction, the solvent extraction with petroleum ether as a solvent and the adsorption with other adsorbents. (orig.) [German] Hydraulische in-situ Sanierungsverfahren erfahren derzeit im Rahmen der Altlastenbearbeitung eine zunehmende Bedeutung zur Beseitigung von Untergrundkontaminationen, vor allem in innerstaedtischen Bereichen. Um die traditionelle 'pump and treat'-Methode zu optimieren, koennen Hilfsstoffe wie Loesungsvermittler, z.B. Tenside, eingesetzt werden, die eine sowohl solubilisierende als auch mobilisierende Wirkung auf die Schadstoffe haben. Um dieses Verfahren kosteneffektiv zu gestalten, ist eine optimierte Abwasseraufbereitung gefordert. Dabei sind zum einen die Schadstoffe aus dem extrahierten Grundwasser abzutrennen und zum anderen die Tenside fuer das Verfahren zurueckzugewinnen. Zum bisher dafuer angewandten Adsorptionsverfahren unter Einsatz von Aktivkohle sollten im Rahmen dieser

  11. Experimental investigations on inlet flow of ducted turbines. A contribution to turbine intake optimization; Experimentelle Untersuchungen zur Anstroemung von Rohrturbinen. Ein Beitrag zur Optimierung des Turbineneinlaufes

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    Godde, D. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Obernach (Germany). Versuchsanstalt fuer Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft (Oskar-von-Miller-Institut)

    1994-12-31

    In the borderline region between hydraulic engineering and turbine technology, a wide range of conjectures on cause-effect relationships in connection with turbine inflow have existed for quite some time. It is remarkable that these conjectures, which are partly based on observations and `a feeling for hydraulics`, have not as yeet been subject to scientific scrutiny. This is more the remarkable when one considers the requirements specified by turbine manufacturers concerning the quality of the intake flow based upon such uncertain conjectures. However, extensive contructional measures are sometimes necessary to satisfy these requirements, which are also formulated in general terms in numerous publications. Within the scope of this treatise the new investigations in this field - at a model and a turbine test rig - concentrate on the separating pier, the trash rack and the adjoining convergence channel in the intake region of bulb turbines. The experimental results serve to clarify a number of relationships, partly negate or confirm previous assumptions and relativize some of the requirements. Although the results must be assessed in the light of model-specific restrictions and the characteristics of the turbines tested, they are nevertheless generally applicable to a certain degree owing to the wide scope of the investigations. (AKF) [Deutsch] Im Grenzbereich zwischen Wasserbau und Turbinentechnologie besteht seit geraumer Zeit zu Fragen der Turbinenanstroemung eine Reihe von Vermutungen ueber Ursache-Wirkung-Zusammenhaenge. Es ist bemerkenswert, dass diese zum Teil auf Beobachtungen und `hydraulischem Gefuehl` basierenden Deutungen bisher keiner wissenschaftlichen Ueberpruefung unterzogen wurden. Das ist um so bemerkenswerter, als auf der Grundlage solcher unsicheren Vermutungen seitens der Turbinenhersteller nun Anforderungen an die Stroemungsqualitaet im Einlaufbereich erhoben werden. Es erfordert aber mitunter grossen baulichen Aufwand, diese Forderungen zu

  12. Spectral theory and quotients in Von Neumann algebras | West ...

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    In this note we consider to what extent the functional calculus and the spectral theory in von Neumann algebras are preserved by the taking of quotients relative to two-sided ideals of the von Neumann algebra. Keywords:von Neumann algebra, functional calculus, spectral theory, quotient algebras. Quaestiones ...

  13. Catalytically supported reduction of emissions from small-scale biomass furnace systems; Katalytisch unterstuetzte Minderung von Emissionen aus Biomasse-Kleinfeuerungsanlagen

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    Einhaltung der Grenzwerte geeignet. Dagegen werden im Praxisbetrieb die Schadgasemissionen ohne sekundaere Massnahmen im Normalfall ueberschritten. Die durchgefuehrten experimentellen Untersuchungen zeigen, dass eine Minderung sowohl von CO als auch von organischen Verbindungen durch katalytische Nachverbrennung moeglich ist. Neben der Entwicklung speziell adaptierter Katalysatoren ist es aber notwendig, durch kombinierte Verfahren eine zusaetzliche Staubabscheidung zu erzielen, da herkoemmliche Katalysatoren nicht zur Abscheidung und Zurueckhaltung von Feinstaeuben geeignet sind bzw. ihre Aktivitaet durch Staubablagerungen auf der aktiven Oberflaeche verlieren wuerden, wenn sie gleichzeitig als Filter fungieren muessten. Um ausreichend hohe Reaktionstemperaturen und damit eine Totaloxidation der Schadstoffe zu ermoeglichen, ist im Regelfall eine externe Beheizung, vorzugsweise ueber elektrische Verfahren, notwendig. Damit lassen sich die Schadgasemissionen vor allem in den kritischen An-und Ausbrandphasen weiter senken. Die Untersuchungen zeigen jedoch auch, dass weiterhin ein erheblicher Forschungsbedarf vorhanden ist, um ausreichend aktive und langzeitstabile Katalysatoren verfuegbar zu machen. Die aufgebaute Versuchsanlage erlaubt die Untersuchung der Wirkung und der Alterungserscheinungen von zu charakterisierenden Katalysatoren unter praxisnahen Bedingungen. Die elektrostatische Vorabscheidung der Staeube kann die Staubbelastung des Katalysators deutlich reduzieren. Damit laesst sich eine Verblockung des freien Stroemungsquerschnittes verhindern, wodurch die Standzeit erhoeht und die Reinigungsintervalle verlaengert werden koennen. Ein Einfluss der katalytischen Abgasnachbehandlung auf die Staubzusammensetzung konnte anhand der vorliegenden Untersuchungen nicht eindeutig nachgewiesen werden, ein drastischer Einfluss kann aber auf Grund der Untersuchungen ausgeschlossen werden. Zur detaillierteren Untersuchung ist es jedoch notwendig, die Staubprobenahme auf Basis von

  14. Entwicklung von Methoden zur selektiven Trennung von Scandium, Zirkonium und Zinn für radiopharmazeutische Anwendungen

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    Die vorliegende Arbeit befasst sich mit der Entwicklung von schnellen und hoch selektiven Methoden für die Trennung und Aufreinigung von Scandium, Zirkonium und Zinn. Diese Radionuklide können aus potentiellen Targetmaterialien gewonnen werden und können Anwendung in der Nuklearmedizin finden. Es wurden verschiedene Resins (von TrisKem International) auf ihre Extraktionsfähigkeit im Hinblick auf eine breite Anzahl von Kat...

  15. Entwicklung und Validierung eines Fragebogens zum Erleben von Computerspielen : Untersuchung von Transfereffekten zwischen virtueller und realer Welt

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    Luthman, Stefanie

    2008-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird die Entwicklung und Validierung eines Fragebogens vorgestellt, der auf den Überlegungen von Fritz (1997) zu einem Wirkungsmodell virtueller Welten basiert. Dieses Selbstbeurteilungsinstrument erfasst mit 40 Items Transferprozesse im Zusammenhang mit dem Spielen von Computer- und Videospielen. Die fünf Skalen des Fragebogens zum Erleben von Computerspielen (FEC) wurden durch faktorenanalytische Untersuchungen an einer repräsentativen Stichprobe von insgesamt 597...

  16. Intrauterine administration of hCG immediately after oocyte retrieval and the outcome of ICSI: a randomized controlled trial.

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    Navali, N; Gassemzadeh, A; Farzadi, L; Abdollahi, S; Nouri, M; Hamdi, K; Mallah, F; Jalilvand, F

    2016-11-01

    Does the intrauterine administration of hCG immediately after oocyte retrieval in antagonist cycles with ICSI and fresh embryo transfer (ET) influence the implantation rate or chemical and clinical pregnancy rates? The intrauterine administration of hCG after oocyte retrieval increases the implantation rate and chemical and clinical pregnancy rates. Over half of IVF/ICSI cycles fail due to implantation failure. Intrauterine administration of hCG, a few minutes before ET, increased the implantation and pregnancy rates in most but not in all studies. The effect of intrauterine administration of hCG, after oocyte retrieval, has not yet been studied. The study was a parallel, triple-blind randomized clinical trial (RCT) performed from September 2015 to February 2016, in a university hospital. We recruited women undergoing antagonist ovarian stimulation, ICSI and ET. For an effect size of 0.2, power of 80% at a significance level of 0.05, we needed 150 participants. Accounting for a 7% dropout rate, a total of 160 women was considered appropriate. A computer-generated randomization list with a block size of 4, with 1:1 allocation was used. The treatment allocation was placed in a sealed, opaque, envelope and picked up consecutively. Immediately after oocyte retrieval, patients in the intervention and control groups were treated with intrauterine injection of hCG and saline, respectively. Participants underwent ET on Day 3. A beta-hCG test was done at 2 weeks. If positive, three transvaginal-ultrasonographies (TVSs) were done at 3, 4 and 10 weeks after ET. The participants were called up thereafter and questioned about the continuity of their pregnancy. Of 1990 women attending the infertility clinic of our university hospital, 508 were IVF/ICSI candidates during the study period, and 245 of the patients on an antagonist cycle met the criteria to be invited into our trial. Inclusion criteria were normal ovarian reserve, age ≤41, undergoing ICSI, and fresh ET and normal

  17. hCG activates Epac-Erk1/2 signaling regulating Progesterone Receptor expression and function in human endometrial stromal cells.

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    Tapia-Pizarro, Alejandro; Archiles, Sebastián; Argandoña, Felipe; Valencia, Cecilia; Zavaleta, Keyla; Cecilia Johnson, M; González-Ramos, Reinaldo; Devoto, Luigi

    2017-06-01

    How does hCG signal in human endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) and what is its role in regulating ESC function? hCG signaling in ESCs activates the extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 (Erk1/2) pathway through exchange protein activated by cyclic AMP (cAMP) (Epac) and transiently increases progesterone receptor (PR) transcript and protein expression and its transcriptional function. hCG is one of the earliest embryo-derived secreted signals in the endometrium, which abundantly expresses LH/hCG receptors. hCG signals through cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA) in gonadal cells, but in endometrial epithelial cells, hCG induces Erk1/2 activation independent of the cAMP/PKA pathway. Few data exist concerning the signal transduction pathways triggered by hCG in ESCs and their role in regulation of ESC function. This is an in vitro study comprising patients undergoing benign gynecological surgery (n = 46). Endometrial samples were collected from normal cycling women during the mid-secretory phase for ESCs isolation. The study conducted in an academic research laboratory within a tertiary-care hospital. The activation of the Erk1/2 signal transduction pathway elicited by hCG was evaluated in ESC. Signaling pathway inhibitors were used to examine the roles of PKA, PI3K, PKC, adenylyl cyclase and Epac on the hCG-stimulated up-regulation of phospho-Erk1/2 (pErk1/2). Erk1/2 phosphorylation was determined by immunoblot. siRNA targeting Epac was used to investigate the molecular mechanisms. To assess the role of Erk1/2 signaling induced by hCG on ESC function, gene expression regulation was examined by immunofluorescence and real-time quantitative PCR. The role of PR on the regulation of transcript levels was studied using progesterone and the PR antagonist RU486. All experiments were conducted using at least three different cell culture preparations in triplicate. Addition of hCG to ESCs in vitro induced the phosphorylation of Erk1/2 through cAMP accumulation. Such

  18. Purificación de la hormona Gonadotropina Coriónica humana (HCG por cromatografía de inmunoafinidad.

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    Dayami Dorta Hernández

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se repota la purificación de la hormona Gonadotropina Coriónica Humana (HCG a escala experimental, a partir de concentrados de orina de mujeres gestales, utilizando el método de inmunopurificación por cromatografía de afinidad. Para ello se acoplaron convalentemente anticuerpos monoclonales específicos por la subunidad ß de la HCG a polímeros de Sefarosa CL 4B activada con Bromuro de Cianógeno (PHARMACIA, Suecia. Se logró aislar la glicoproteína HCG con más de un 95 % de pureza, utilizando KSCN 3M como tampón de elución. La proteína obtenida mantuvo su actividad natural, determinada por Dipstick Cromatográfico y análisis por Western-blot.

  19. Die Verteilung und Eigenschaften von Bodenformen in der Deutschen Bucht, eine Rekonstruktion der Karten von Ulrich (1973)

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    Winter, Christian; Lefebvre, Alice; Benninghoff, Markus

    2015-01-01

    Entstehung, Gestalt und Dynamik von Bodenformen in vergleichsweise kleinen Untersuchungsgebieten ist die Arbeit von ULRICH (1973) über die Verteilung von Bodenformen in der Deutschen Bucht bis heute die einzige verfügbare zusammenhängende Darstellung für die deutsche Nordseeküste. Die analogen Karten und die...

  20. Erwachsenenbildung im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis: Heide von Felden, Christiane Hof und Sabine Schmidt-Lauff (Hrsg.). [Rezension

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    2016-01-01

    Rezension von: Felden, Heide von/Hof, Christiane/Schmidt-Lauff, Sabine (Hrsg.) (2013): Erwachsenenbildung im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis. Dokumentation der Jahrestagung der Sektion Erwachsenenbildung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaften vom 27. bis 29. September 2012. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren.

  1. Einfluss von dynamischen Komponentenkennwerten auf die Zuverlässigkeitsanalyse von elektrischen Netzen

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    2017-01-01

    von Michael Schrammel Arbeit an der Bibliothek noch nicht eingelangt - Daten nicht geprueft - Abweichender Titel nach Übersetzung der Verfasserin/des Verfassers Technische Universität Wien, Diplomarbeit, 2017

  2. Von der Medienwirkungsbehauptung zur erziehungswissenschaftlichen Medienrezeptionsforschung. Vorschlag zur Analyse von Filmkommunikaten

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    Barbara Drinck

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available Im Hinblick auf die Erforschung spezifischer Zusammenhänge von Medienkonsum und der Herausbildung von Einstellungen und Handlungen wird eine konstruktivistische Theorieorientierung plausibilisiert, indem zunächst auf den Stand der Medienwirkungsforschung eingegangen und vor dem Hintergrund einer begründeten Kritik des Wirkungsverständnisses auf die Notwendigkeit einer medienrezeptionswissenschaftlichen Forschungsalternative hingewiesen wird. Weiterhin wird der Stand der (erziehungswissenschaftlichen Medienrezeptionsforschung erörtert. Sodann werden Elemente einer konstruktivistischen Methodologie von Medienrezeptionsforschung beschrieben, die am Beispiel der Rezeption von Filmen konkretisiert werden. Dabei wird das Konzept des Kommunikates (S.J. Schmidt als Ausgangspunkt genommen, ein Vorschlag für eine Beschreibungssprache für (Film- Kommunikate entwickelt und eine Adaption des Ansatzes filmischer Narration zur Sprache gebracht.

  3. Optimierung von Pseudomonas putida für die Produktion niedermolekularer Verbindungen

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    Graf, Nadja

    2013-01-01

    Das Gram-negative Bakterium Pseudomonas putida ist aufgrund seines ausgeprägten Stoffwechsels für aliphatische und aromatische Kohlenwasserstoffe in den letzten Jahren zu einem der wichtigsten Wirtsorganismen in der Biotechnologie geworden. Für die gezielte Manipulation seines Genoms stehen gentechnische Methoden zur Verfügung, die jedoch ineffektiv und nur schwer zu handhaben sind. Basierend auf der Toxizität des Antimetaboliten 5-Fluoruracil und der Wirkung der Uracilphosphoribosyl-Transfer...

  4. Anticuerpos monoclonales contra la gonadotropina coriónica humana (hCG para su uso en la detección de embarazo Monoclonal antibodies against human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG for their use in pregnancy detection

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    Bertha V. Rodríguez Pendás

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Se reporta la generación de 2 anticuerpos monoclonales (AcM de ratón dirigidos contra la hormona gonadotropina coriónica humana (hCG, a partir de la inmunización de ratones BALB/c con hCG humana, purificada en el Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología (INEN. Los AcM obtenidos son de la clase IgG y fueron purificados a partir de líquido ascítico, mediante cromatografía de afinidad en proteína G Sepharosa. El estudio de afinidad y especificidad demostró que estos anticuerpos podían ser útiles en ensayos inmunoenzimáticos, con el uso de uno de ellos en el sistema microELISA, de nuestra institución, para la detección cualitativa de embarazo en orina.The generation of 2 mouse monoclonal antibodies directed against the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (CGh, starting from the immunization of BALB/c mice with human CGh purified at the National Institute of Endocrinology (NIEN is reported. IgG monoclonal antibodies were obtained. They were purified starting from the ascitic fluid by affinity chromatography in protein G Sepharose. The affinity and specificity study showed that these antibodies could be useful in immunoenzimatic assays, using one of them in the microELISA system of our institution for the qualitative detection of pregnancy in urine.

  5. Ueberreste vorweltlicher Proboscidier von Java und Banka

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    Martin, K.

    1884-01-01

    Junghuhn führte in seinem Werke über Java nur einen einzigen Wirbelthierrest, Carcharias megalodon, an (7, IV, pag. 97); es war ihm nicht gelungen bei seinem ersten Aufenthalte auf der Insel Reste von Säugethieren zu finden, so eifrig er auch darnach in den Höhlen des Tertiaergebirges suchte (7, IV,

  6. Alexander von Humboldt and Coenraad Jacob Temminck

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    Raat, A.J.P.

    1976-01-01

    INTRODUCTION In the archives of the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie in Leiden there is a map with three letters written by Alexander von Humboldt (17691859) to the first director of the Museum, Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778-1858). The map, the hard cover of John Gould's "Synopsis of the birds

  7. Alexander von Humboldt: a revolutionary explorer.

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    Fara, Patricia

    2008-03-01

    After he returned from his five-year expedition to the New World, Alexander von Humboldt promoted himself as a Romantic explorer. Although this image pervades British perceptions, political movements have fashioned different heroic versions of Humboldt in Germany and South America.

  8. Soolopartiid Von Krahli katuse all / Kristi Eberhart

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    2007-01-01

    Von Krahli Teatri kolmest lavastusest: "Erki ja Tiina" (lavastaja Mart Kangro, tantsivad Erki Laur ja Tiina Tauraite), "Faust" (J. W. Goethe ainetel tekst ja lavastus Taavi Eelmaa, muusika ja laulud Chalice, osades Jarek Kasar ja Rein Pakk), "Hamletid" (William Shakespeare'i ainetel kontseptsiooni, lavastuse, koreograafia, kujunduse, valguse autor Sasha Pepeljajev, video- ja helikunstnik Taavet Jansen. Esitaja Juhan Ulfsak)

  9. 489 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer

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    Resonance journal of science education. June 2014 Volume 19 Number 6. GENERALARTICLES. 489 Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf von Baeyer. A Pioneer of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Gopalpur Nagendrappa. 523 Causality in Classical Physics. Asrarul Haque. 538 Physiology of High-Altitude Acclimatization.

  10. Measurements and von Neumann projection/collapse

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    unwanted superpositions of (system + apparatus)-states can be shown to be suppressed, leading eventually to the projection/collapse rule postulated in von Neumann's treatment of measurements [3]. In the next section, the measurement problem in quantum mechanics (QM) is recalled. In §3, some proposed improvements ...

  11. Laue, Prof. Max Theodor Felix von

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    Home; Fellowship. Fellow Profile. Elected: 1954 Honorary. Laue, Prof. Max Theodor Felix von. Nobel Laureate (Physics) - 1914. Date of birth: 9 October 1897. Date of death: 24 April 1960. YouTube; Twitter; Facebook; Blog. Academy News. IAS Logo. 29th Mid-year meeting. Posted on 19 January 2018. The 29th Mid-year ...

  12. Euler-Chelpin, Prof. Hans von

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    Home; Fellowship. Fellow Profile. Elected: 1952 Honorary. Euler-Chelpin, Prof. Hans von. Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) - 1929. Date of birth: 15 February 1873. Date of death: 6 November 1964. YouTube; Twitter; Facebook; Blog. Academy News. IAS Logo. 29th Mid-year meeting. Posted on 19 January 2018. The 29th ...

  13. Hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm in von Willebrand's disease

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    Garaci, Francesco Giuseppe; Gandini, Roberto; Romagnoli, Andrea; Fasoli, Fabrizio; Varrucciu, Viviana; Simonetti, Giovanni

    2003-01-01

    We report a case of hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm which occurred in a patient with von Willebrand's disease. The patient presented with upper abdominal pain and diagnosis was made by US and CT examinations. This case emphasizes the possible association between an established coagulation disorder and pseudoaneurysm. The patient was successfully treated by coil embolization. (orig.)

  14. Active Von Willebrand Factor, thrombocytopenia and thrombosis

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    Hulstein, J.J.J.

    2006-01-01

    Platelets and von Willebrand factor (VWF) are unable to interact in circulation. To induce an interaction, a conversion of VWF to a platelet-binding conformation is required. At higher shear stresses, the first step in thrombus formation is binding of VWF to the subendothelium. This results in

  15. Euler-Chelpin, Prof. Hans von

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    Home; Fellowship. Fellow Profile. Elected: 1952 Honorary. Euler-Chelpin, Prof. Hans von. Nobel Laureate (Chemistry) - 1929. Date of birth: 15 February 1873. Date of death: 6 November 1964. YouTube; Twitter; Facebook; Blog. Academy News. IAS Logo. Theory Of Evolution. Posted on 23 January 2018. Joint Statement by ...

  16. Laue, Prof. Max Theodor Felix von

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    Home; Fellowship. Fellow Profile. Elected: 1954 Honorary. Laue, Prof. Max Theodor Felix von. Nobel Laureate (Physics) - 1914. Date of birth: 9 October 1897. Date of death: 24 April 1960. YouTube; Twitter; Facebook; Blog. Academy News. IAS Logo. Theory Of Evolution. Posted on 23 January 2018. Joint Statement by the ...

  17. Ueber eine Anomalie von Acromitus flagellatus (Stiasny)

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    1934-01-01

    Bei erneuter Durchsicht des reichhaltigen Materiales von Acromitus flagellatus (Stiasny) in der Scyphomedusen-Sammlung des Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie in Leiden (vergl. meine Mitteilungen daruber, 1920, Uebersichtstabelle III und 1921, p. 131/136) fand ich ein Exemplar, das eine

  18. Von Kalifornien nach Taxham / Katri Soe

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    2005-01-01

    Neljas osa magistritööst "Von Kalifornien nach Taxham: Formen und Strukturen der Kommunikation in Peter Handkes Romanen "Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied" und "In einer dunklen Nacht ging ich aus meinem stillen Haus"" (Tartu, 2000. Juhendaja: Claus Sommerhage)

  19. Measurements and von Neumann projection/collapse

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    based treatment of quantum measurements, an unambiguous treatment of the apparatus as a quantum system approximated well by a ... leading eventually to the projection/collapse rule postulated in von Neumann's treatment of measurements [3]. ... of Hilbert's sixth problem measurement leaves it in the same state.' In this ...

  20. Von der lernenden Region zur "Smart Region“

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    2004-01-01

    Von der lernenden Region zur "Smart Region“ / M. Hilpert, W. Poschwatta. - In: Nabizadeh-Araghi, Nima : Auf dem Weg zur "Smart Region" : regionale Entwicklung am Beispiel der Pistazienproduktion im Iran. - Augsburg : Müllerdruck, 2004. - S. 5-9. - (Terra facta ; 2)

  1. Roles of hCG in Advancing Follicular Growth to Ovulation after Concurrent Injections of PGF and GnRH in Postpubertal Holstein Heifers Bearing a CL

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    Ricky Johnson

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A study was conducted to test the hypothesis that injecting Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH concurrently with Prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 followed by an injection of human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG, would advance follicular growth to ovulation in Holstein heifers bearing a corpus luteum (CL. After manual examination of the CL, group 1 (PGF; =12 received an injection of PGF2 (25 mg, im. Group 2 (PGF + GnRH; =13 received an injection of GnRH (100 μg, im immediately after an injection of PGF2. Group 3 (PGF + GnRH + hCG; =12 received concurrent injections of PGF2 and GnRH followed with hCG (1500 IU, im two days later. Follicular size and day of ovulation were monitored by daily ultrasonographic examination from days 1 to 10. Blood was collected on days-7, 0 (PGF2 administration, 2, and 7. Progesterone was not different (>.05 on days-7, 0, and 2 between the experimental groups. However, it was higher (<.005 in the PGF + GnRH + hCG group on day 7 compared to PGF + GnRH heifers, but not significantly higher than the PGF. Additionally, heifers in the PGF + GnRH + hCG group ovulated earlier (<.05 than heifers in the PGF + GnRH and the PGF group. This data indicates that hCG advances follicular growth to ovulation in spite of high levels of progesterone when injected 48 h after concurrent treatments of GnRH and PGF2 on heifers bearing a CL.

  2. Using a decline in serum hCG between days 0-4 to predict ectopic pregnancy treatment success after single-dose methotrexate: a retrospective cohort study.

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    Skubisz, Monika; Dutton, Philip; Duncan, William Colin; Horne, Andrew W; Tong, Stephen

    2013-02-01

    The current measure of treatment efficacy of single-dose methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy, is a fall in serum hCG of ≥15% between days 4-7 of treatment, which has a positive predictive value of 93% for treatment success. Two small studies have proposed a fall in serum hCG between days 0-4 after treatment confers similar, earlier prognostic information, with positive predictive values of 100% and 88% for treatment success. We sought to validate this in a large, independent cohort because of the potentially significant clinical implications. We conducted a retrospective study of women (n=206) treated with single-dose methotrexate for ectopic pregnancy (pre-treatment serum hCG levels ≤3000 IU/L) at Scottish hospitals between 2006-2011. Women were divided into two cohorts based on whether their serum hCG levels rose or fell between days 0-4 after methotrexate. Treatment outcomes of women in each cohort were compared, and the test performance characteristics calculated. This methodology was repeated for the current measure (≥15% fall in serum hCG between days 4-7 of treatment) and an alternate early measure (treatment), and all three measures were compared for their ability to predict medical treatment success. In our cohort, the positive predictive value of the current clinical measure was 89% (95% CI 84-94%) (121/136). A falling serum hCG between days 0-4 predicted treatment success in 85% (95% CI 79-92%) of cases (94/110) and a treatment success in 94% (95% CI 88-100%) of cases (59/63). There was no significant difference in the ability of these tests to predict medical treatment success. We have verified that a decline in serum hCG between days 0-4 after methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancies, with pre-treatment serum hCG levels ≤3000 IU/L, provides an early indication of likelihood of treatment success, and performs just as well as the existing measure, which only provides prognostic information on day 7.

  3. HCG administration after endogenous LH rise negatively influences pregnancy rate in modified natural cycle for frozen-thawed euploid blastocyst transfer: a pilot study.

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    Litwicka, Katarzyna; Mencacci, Cecilia; Arrivi, Cristiana; Varricchio, Maria Teresa; Caragia, Alina; Minasi, Maria Giulia; Greco, Ermanno

    2017-11-17

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether in a modified natural cycle (modified-NC) for a frozen-thawed single euploid blastocyst transfer, a critical LH value, above which human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration should be avoided, may be defined. One hundred and sixty-seven patients underwent modified natural cycle in order to transfer a single frozen-thawed euploid blastocyst. All embryos were obtained by intracytoplasmic sperm injection and were biopsied at the blastocyst stage and analyzed by means of array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Ovulation was induced using 10.000 IU hCG when the mean follicle diameter was at least of 17 mm, independently from LH values. The primary end points were the hCG-positive test and clinical pregnancy. The interim analysis showed that LH value ≥ 13 mIU/ml on the day of hCG injection may negatively influence the clinical results, suggesting that in this condition, it should be advisable waiting for spontaneous ovulation. Among patients who received hCG for ovulation induction, the hCG-positive test and clinical pregnancy rates in modified-NC were significantly lower in cycles with LH ≥ 13 mIU/ml in respect to those with LH hCG administration led to significantly lower rates of hCG-positive test (45.4 vs 74.5% in hCG administration and spontaneous ovulation groups, respectively) and clinical pregnancy (36.4 vs 64.7% in hCG administration and spontaneous ovulation groups, respectively). The baseline patient characteristics were comparable in all groups. The findings of this study highlight that LH elevation ≥ 13 mIU/ml prior to hCG administration may negatively affect clinical pregnancy rates in modified-NC for single euploid blastocyst transfer. The LH determination should be routinely performed during follicular monitoring. In the presence of LH level ≥ 13 mIU/ml, hCG administration should be avoided, and the embryo transfer should be planned only after spontaneous

  4. Androgen priming using aromatase inhibitor and hCG during early-follicular-phase GnRH antagonist down-regulation in modified antagonist protocols

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    Løssl, Kristine; Andersen, A N; Loft, A

    2006-01-01

    Temporary exposure of follicles to increased levels of androgens may enhance their sensitivity to FSH. The aim of this study was to increase the intraovarian androgen level using aromatase inhibitors and hCG before controlled ovarian stimulation (COH) and to test this concept clinically.......Temporary exposure of follicles to increased levels of androgens may enhance their sensitivity to FSH. The aim of this study was to increase the intraovarian androgen level using aromatase inhibitors and hCG before controlled ovarian stimulation (COH) and to test this concept clinically....

  5. Clinical diagnostic value of combined determination of four serum markers (β-HCG, progesterone, VEGF, creatinekinase) for ectopic pregnancy before rupture

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    Li Xianfeng; Wu Jin; Zhang Xiaoe; Duan Sujing

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the clinical diagnostic value of combined determination of 4 serum markers for unruptured ectopic pregnancy. Methods: Serum β-HCG, progesterone (P) (with RIA) vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) (with CLIA) and creatinekinase (CK) (with biochemical method) contents were determined twice (one day apart) in 50 subjects with suspected early ectopic pregnancy (before rupture) and 50 normal pregnant women. Results: Serum contents of β- HCG and P in the subjects with suspected ectopic pregnancy were significantly lower than those in the normal pregnant women (P 0.05). Conclusion: Combined determination of those four markers were helpful for the early diagnosis of unruptured ectopic pregnancy. (authors)

  6. Analytical characterization of recombinant hCG and comparative studies with reference product

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    Full Text Available Rajamannar Thennati,1 Sanjay Kumar Singh,1 Nitin Nage,1 Yena Patel,1 Sandip Kumar Bose,1 Vinod Burade,2 Ranjit Sudhakar Ranbhor1 1Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, 2Sun Pharmaceutical Advanced Research Center, Vadodara, Gujarat, India Introduction: Regulatory agencies recommend a stepwise approach for demonstrating biosimilarity between a proposed biosimilar and reference biological product emphasizing for functional and structural characterization to trace if there is any difference which may impact safety and efficacy. We studied the comparative structural and biological attributes of recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin (rhCG, SB005, with reference product, Ovidrel® and Ovitrelle®. Recombiant hCG was approved in 2000 by the US Food and Drug Administration for the induction of final follicular maturation, early luteinization in infertile women as part of assisted reproductive technology program. It is also indicated for the induction of ovulation and pregnancy in ovulatory infertile patients whose cause of infertility is not due to ovarian failure. Materials and methods: Primary structure was studied by intact mass analysis, peptide fingerprinting, peptide mass fingerprinting and sequence coverage analysis. Higher order structure was studied by circular dichroism, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, and disulfide bridge analysis. Different isoforms of reference product and SB005 were identified using capillary isoelectric focusing and capillary zone electrophoresis. Glycosylation was studied by N-glycan mapping using LC-ESI-MS, point of glycosylation, released glycan analysis using ultra performance liquid chromatography and sialic acid analysis. Product related impurities such as oligomer content analysis and oxidized impurities were studied using size exclusion chromatography and reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography, respectively. Biological activity in term of potency of reference product

  7. PENGARUH Implantasi HCG PADA PERKEMBANGAN TELUR, Pematangan Akhir Gonad, dan Pemijahan Ikan Tor soro

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    Jojo Subagja

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Penelitian tentang implantasi hormon Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG dengan tujuan untuk mengetahui pengaruhnya terhadap perkembangan pematangan akhir gonad dan pemijahan ikan Tor soro telah dilakukan di Instalasi Riset Plasma Nutfah Perikanan Budidaya Air Tawar, Cijeruk-Bogor. Perlakuan dosis hormon yang diimplantasikan adalah: 300; 400; 500 IU.Kg-1 bobot tubuh dan kontrol (tanpa hormon. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan ada perbedaan nyata antara perlakuan pada pengamatan ke 25 dan 50 hari setelah implantasi, yaitu pemberian pelet hormon dengan kadar 500 IU.kg-1 bobot tubuh, menghasilkan perkembangan diameter oosit paling besar dengan rataan diameter oosit 3,07 ± 0,31 mm dibandingkan dengan perlakuan lainnya, diikuti perlakuan  kontrol, 300 IU.kg-1 bobot tubuh dan 400 IU.kg-1 bobot tubuh, dengan nilai rataan berturut-turut 2,11 ± 0,53 mm; 1,97 ± 0,55 mm; dan 0,87 ± 0,50 mm. Keberhasilan pemijahan pada dosis implan 500 IU. kg-1 bobot tubuh mencapai 100% dengan kisaran waktu laten antara 25 dan 27 jam dengan suhu inkubasi 22°C—24°C, serta larva normal berkembang mencapai 90,19%. Study aimed to identify the effect of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone implantation on gonadal development, final maturation, and spawning of Tor soro was conducted at Research Instalation of Germ Plasm Cijeruk-Bogor. Experimental dosage of hormone treated were 300, 400, 500 IU kg-1 body weight and control (without hormonal treatment. The result showed a significant difference between each treatment observed at the 25th and 50 th day after implantation. Hormon pellet at dosage 500 IU kg-1 body weight produced the biggest oocytes with average diameter 3.07 ± 0.31 mm, and followed by control, 300 IU treatment and 400 IU treatment with average diameter were 2.11 ± 0.53 mm, 1.97 ± 0.55 mm and 0.87 ± 0.50 mm, respectively. Succesful spawning rate of Tor soro treated hormone pellet of 500 IU kg-1 body weight reached of 100% at latentcy time of 25—27 hour

  8. [Von Willebrand disease. Molecular biology and diagnosis].

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    Hernández-Zamora, Edgar; Zavala-Hernández, Cesar; Quintana-González, Sandra; Reyes-Maldonado, Elba

    2015-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited disorder of the coagulation proteins in humans. There are three types: 1, 2A, 2B, 2N, 2M and 3. It is associated with mutations on chromosome 12 in the region p13.2, encoding the von Willebrand factor (VWF), which is synthesized in endothelial cells and megakaryocytes. The VWF gene has been characterised using molecular biology techniques, which have acquired an important role in diagnosis von Willebrand disease, as well as in the investigation of alterations in other genes, which may be involved in regulating the synthesis, processing, and secretion of VWF. However, there are still no strategies to integrate the molecular biology diagnostic tests available. Analysis of VWF multimers is a methodology that meets the characteristics for diagnosis, but it is not easy to standardise. Considering that even in tertiary centres in our country, von Willebrand patients do not have a definitive diagnosis, it is necessary to implement these methodologies to study and improve diagnosis. Von Willebrand disease is highly heterogeneous due to the molecular mechanisms that produce the various clinical and laboratory phenotypes. In Mexico there are few studies related to this disease; therefore it is essential to conduct a comprehensive study including clinical, basic, and special testing laboratory tests, in order to establish a correct diagnosis, develop new therapeutic approaches, and offer the appropriate medical care and genetic counselling. Copyright © 2015 Academia Mexicana de Cirugía A.C. Published by Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  9. Anticuerpos monoclonales contra la Gonadotropina Corionica Humana (HCG y su empleo en el diagnóstico precoz del embarazo.

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Se describe la obtención y caracterización de anticuerpos monoclonales contra la hormona gonadotropina cariónica humana (HCG, seleccionados de la inmunización subcutánea en ratones BALB/c. Se reporta también el desarrollo del sistema rápido HeberFast Line® Embarazo, para la detección de la hormona en muestras de orina, basado en los anticuerpos obtenidos y la tecnología del flujo lateral desarrollada en membranas de nitrocelulosa como soporte sólido. El nivel de sensibilidad alcanzado con este sistema diagnóstico es de 20 UI/L de HCG en muestra de orina, y no se observó reactividad cruzada en analitos similares conteniendo concentraciones de las glicohormonas relacionadas; 1000 IU de LH, 5000 IU de FSH, y 1000 µIU de TSH respectivamente. Los estudios de estabilidad arrojaron, que el diagnosticador mantine las características de funcionalidad por un tiempo de 15 meses a temperaturas entre 2 y 30 ºC, conformando este el tiempo de vigencia del sistema. De poseer en Farmacias, Consultorios Médicos de la Familia y Hospital Gineco-Obstétricos, un sistema rápido y sencillo como el establecido en este trabajo, se pueden evitar todos los riesgos e inconvenientes que acarrean los procesos de interrupción del embarazo en la mujer.

  10. Hormonal therapy (hCG and rhFSH) for infertile men with adult-onset idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

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    Kobori, Yoshitomo; Suzuki, Keisuke; Iwahata, Toshiyuki; Shin, Takeshi; Sato, Ryo; Nishio, Kojiro; Yagi, Hiroshi; Arai, Gaku; Soh, Shigehiro; Okada, Hiroshi

    2015-04-01

    Adult-onset idiopathic male hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IMHH) is a very rare but treatable disease. This study was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of a combination of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone (rhFSH) for inducing spermatogenesis in men with adult-onset IMHH. Seven men (34-45 years of age) with azoospermia and/or sexual dysfunction, with a low serum testosterone concentration, and apulsatile secretion of luteinizing hormone, were referred to our hospital for infertility. All had normal secondary sexual characteristics. Thorough endocrinologic examination and magnetic resonance imaging revealed no identifiable cause of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Adult-onset IMHH was diagnosed in all cases and treatment was started with 150 IU rhFSH and 5,000 IU hCG, both administered two times per week. Spermatogenesis was restored in five of the seven patients. During treatment one patient achieved spontaneous pregnancy with his wife, and spermatozoa recovered from the other four patients were frozen for future use in intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

  11. Induction of puberty with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) followed by reversal of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in Kallmann syndrome.

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    Pierzchlewska, Malgorzata M; Robaczyk, Maciej G; Vogel, Ida

    2017-01-01

    Kallmann syndrome (KS) is a rare, congenital disorder combining hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) due to GnRH-deficiency with anosmia. Traditionally thought to require lifelong therapy it turns out to be a reversible condition in some patients. We present a case of a 22-year old man with absent puberty due to KS, in whom genetic testing revealed heterozygosity for a mutation in the PROK2 gene. Pubertal development and virilisation was achieved by using human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injections followed by testosterone replacement. During the follow-up we observed reversal of hypogonadism allowing discontinuation of testosterone treatment. Normalisation of testicular volume as well as gonadotropin and inhibin B levels through a 2-year postreversal period was seen. Treatment with hCG is effective in inducing pubertal development and may have advantage over testosterone replacement due to a potential of gonadal maturation. A regular assessment of testicular volume and biochemical surveillance including measuring of serum inhibin B and gonadotropins are necessary for a timely detection of reversal of GnRH deficiency.

  12. Lung dose depending on exact patient positioning during total body irradiation (TBI) - isoeffective considerations to assess the risk of interstitial pneumonitis after TBI; Lungendosis in Abhaengigkeit von der Lagerungsgenauigkeit bei Ganzkoerperbestrahlungen (TBI). Isoeffektivitaetsueberlegungen zur Einschaetzung des Risikos einer interstitiellen Pneumonitis nach Ganzkoerperbestrahlung

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    Piroth, M.D.; Zierhut, D.; Sroka-Perez, G.; Wannenmacher, M. [Radiologische Klinik der Univ. Heidelberg (Germany). Abt. fuer Klinische Radiologie; Kampen, M. van [Krankenhaus Nord-West, Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Radioonkologische Klinik

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    Purpose: In this case report, we studied the effect of patient's movements on total lung dose during total body irradiation (TBI). The dose-effect relationship regarding the development of interstitial pneumonitis and the problem of defining a threshold value are discussed. Based on considerations about the isoeffects we calculated the pneumonitis risk in dependence of increasing lung dose. Patient and Method: We calculated dose-volume histograms of the lung for defined lateral deviations (0-3 cm) from the isocenter. Total dose was 12 Gy, given in six fractions over 3 days. Lung shields were used after a total dose of 9 Gy. Lung shields were transferred into the Helax-TMS trademark planning system to quantify the influence of lateral deviation to lung dose. Results: The child's lateral deviation amounted up to 3 cm. Median dose of the whole lung amounted up to 11.64 Gy depending on lateral deviation. Discussion: In TBI, the lung limits the total dose. To estimate the risk of radiation pneumonitis, we calculated the isoeffective lung dose of our TBI regime for a fractionation scheme of 2 Gy daily using a formalism of van Dyk. The increase of median lung dose from 9.76 to 11.64 Gy would isoeffectively correspond to the increase from 19 Gy (no deviation) to 20.9 Gy (3 cm lateral deviation) with conventional fractionation. According to Burman, a pneumonitis risk of approximately 20% could be expected. Conclusion: With an estimated pneumonitis risk of approximately 20%, an indication for irradiation in general anesthesia seems to be reasonable. This is practicable in cooperation with radiation oncologists, anesthesists and pediatricians and should be included into therapeutic concepts. (orig.) [German] Hintergrund: An einem Fallbeispiel werden die Auswirkungen von Lagerungsungenauigkeiten auf die Gesamtlungendosis bei Ganzkoerperbestrahlung eines Kindes erlaeutert. Die Dosis-Wirkungs-Beziehung bezueglich der Entstehung einer interstitiellen Pneumonitis nach

  13. Doença de von Willebrand e anestesia Enfermedad de von Willebrand y anestesia Von Willebrand's disease and anesthesia

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    Fabiano Timbó Barbosa; Rafael Martins da Cunha; Luciano Timbó Barbosa

    2007-01-01

    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A doença de von Willebrand ocorre devido à mutação no cromossomo 12 e é caracterizada por deficiência qualitativa ou quantitativa do fator de von Willebrand. A diversidade de mutações leva ao aparecimento das mais variadas manifestações clínicas possibilitando a divisão dos pacientes em vários tipos e subtipos clínicos. A coagulopatia se manifesta basicamente através da disfunção plaquetária associada à diminuição dos níveis séricos do fator VIII coagulante. O objet...

  14. Physically founded modelling of transient heat transfer in diesel engine combustion chambers with application of 3D-CFD calculations. Final report; Physikalisch fundierte Modellierung des instationaeren Wandwaermeueberganges im Brennraum von Dieselmotoren mit Applikation an 3D-CFD-Rechnungen. Abschlussbericht

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    Merker, G.P.; Lettmann, H.

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    A phenomenological wall heat transfer model was developed for diesel engines, enhanced for application of the 3D-CFC code KIVA-3V, and implemented in the code. Further, the heat flow was measurement near the cylinder head, bushel and piston of a DI one-cylinder experimental diesel engine. The influence of soot radiation and convective heat transfer on the wall are modelled separately. The insulating effect of soot deposits on the walls during engine operation is taken into acount as well. The multizone model and the 3D model are in good agreement with the models by Han and Reitz (1997) and with experimental findings. The spatial resolution of heat flow at the wall further shows that both the radiative and convective heat flow are strongly locally dependent. The model presents a physically correct description of the heat flow at the wall of a diesel engine combustion chamber. [German] Im Rahmen des gesamten Forschungsvorhabens wurden ein phaenomenologisches Wandwaermeuebergangsmodell fuer Dieselmotoren entwickelt, dieses wurde fuer die Anwendung in den 3D-CFD-Code KIVA-3V erweitert und in den Code implementiert. Zusaetzlich sind Waermestrommessungen im Brennraum an Zylinderkopf, Laufbuchse und Kolben durchgefuehrt worden. Dafuer stand ein direkteinspritzender Einzylinder-Versuchsdieselmotor zur Verfuegung. Das im Rahmen dieses Vorhabens entwickelte Waermeuebergangsmodell bildet den Einfluss der Russstrahlung und des konvektiven Wandwaermeueberganges separat ab. Die isolierende Wirkung von Russwandablagerungen waehrend des gefeuerten Motorbetriebes wird dabei ebenfalls beruecksichtigt. Das Mehrzonenmodell sowie das 3D-Modell zeigen sehr gute Uebereinstimmungen des raeumlich gemittelten Wandwaermestroms mit den Modellen von Han und Reitz (1997) und den experimentellen Ergebnissen. Die raeumliche Aufloesung der Wandwaermestroeme zeigt weiter, dass auf der Brennraumoberflaeche die Strahlungswaermestroeme und die konvektiven Waermestroeme stark ortsabhaengig sind. Damit

  15. Solar reactors for freshwater treatment in developing countries with high radiation intensity, with particular regard to part-project No. 1: Microbiology, process conception. Final report; Solarreaktoren fuer die Trinkwasseraufbereitung in Entwicklungslaendern mit hoher Sonnenstrahlungsintensitaet unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung von Teilprojekt 1: Mikrobiologie, Verfahrenskonzeption. Schlussbericht

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    Watzke, E.; Roth, M.; Hoffmeier, C.

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    Simple and low-cost systems for freshwater disinfestation for developing countries with high solar radiation intensity were investigated for the purpose of providing freshwater of better microbiological quality to a wider population in order to prevent infectious diseases, especially diarrhoea diseases. The bactericidic effects of short-wave and long-wave solar radiation of the UV and NIR range in combination with heat were investigated. Special glasses with high UV-permeability were developed and tested for their applicability as tube materials in freshwater disinfestation systems. the systems were designed and constructed with a view to utilising the synergistic effects of UV and thermal radiation. For higher efficacy, the water is kept in an insulated tank at elevated temperature for several hours. Further, special-purpose glass vessels with high UV permeability were developed for disinfestation. In a follow-up project, long-term tests will be carried out in practical conditions in developing countries. [German] Das Ziel der Verbundforschung bestand in der Entwicklung einfacher, kostenguenstiger Anlagen und Vorrichtungen zur Trinkwasserentkeimung in Entwicklungslaendern mit hoher Sonnenstrahlungsintensitaet. Es soll damit ein Beitrag zur Bereitstellung von Trinkwasser mit wesentlich verbesserter mikrobiologischer Qualitaet fuer breite Bevoelkerungsschichten geleistet werden, um Infektionskrankheiten, insbesondere Diarrhoeerkrankungen zurueckzudraengen. Die bakterizide Wirkung der kurz- und langwelligen Sonnenstrahlung im UV- bzw. NIR-Bereich in Kombination mit Waermeeinwirkungen wurde untersucht. Spezielle hoch UV-durchlaessige Glaeser wurden entwickelt und ihre Eignung fuer einen Einsatz in Trinkwasserentkeimungsanlagen (TWEA) getestet. Mit hoch UV-druchlaessigen Rohren aus Spezialglaesern ausgeruestete TWEA wurden konstruiert und gebaut, mit denen der synergistische Effekt von UV- und Waermestrahlung der Sonne zur Trinkwasserdesinfektion genutzt wird. Zur

  16. Theodor von Grotthuss’ Contribution to Electrochemistry

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    Pauliukaite, Rasa; Juodkazytė, Jurga; Ramanauskas, Rimantas

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    Freiherr Christian Johann Dietrich Theodor von Grotthuss (1785-1822) lived and worked in Lithuania. Inspired by Volta's pile he proposed the first theory of water electrolysis, which was published in 1805 in Rome. Michael Faraday acknowledged T. Grotthuss for this theory in his further investigations of electrolysis processes. Having studied in Germany and France Grotthuss brought science to province by establishing his laboratory in Gedučiai village in his mother's real estate. Lithuanian scientists are proud that life of Theodor von Grotthuss was related to this country. Many events to remember this prominent scientist are organised in Vilnius and other places. His works and example provided a good basis for further development of electrochemical science in Lithuania. Grotthuss insights into the mechanism of proton transport still are of great relevance to such areas of modern science as membrane biochemistry, energy conversion and storage.

  17. Evolution equations of von Karman type

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    Cherrier, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    In these notes we consider two kinds of nonlinear evolution problems of von Karman type on Euclidean spaces of arbitrary even dimension. Each of these problems consists of a system that results from the coupling of two highly nonlinear partial differential equations, one hyperbolic or parabolic and the other elliptic. These systems take their name from a formal analogy with the von Karman equations in the theory of elasticity in two dimensional space. We establish local (respectively global) results for strong (resp., weak) solutions of these problems and corresponding well-posedness results in the Hadamard sense. Results are found by obtaining regularity estimates on solutions which are limits of a suitable Galerkin approximation scheme. The book is intended as a pedagogical introduction to a number of meaningful application of classical methods in nonlinear Partial Differential Equations of Evolution. The material is self-contained and most proofs are given in full detail. The interested reader will gain a ...

  18. Wir zeigen andere Bilder von Frauen ...

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    Full Text Available Der vorliegende Beitrag beleuchtet die Bedeutung der Geschlechterordnung im Prozess der sportmedialen Kommunikation. Im Kern geht es um die Frage, inwiefern im Prozess der medialen Vermittlung von Sport traditionelle Geschlechterstereotype aufrechterhalten werden oder Möglichkeiten der Irritation solcher Stereotype bestehen. Dazu werden verschiedene Ebenen des massenmedialen Kommunikationsprozesses in den Blick genommen: die Medienprodukte, die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Selbst-Präsentation der Sportler/innen, die Medienrezeption und die Herstellungsprozesse von Medien in den Sportredaktionen. This article illustrates the relevance of gender in processes of sports media communication. The question in focus is in what way traditional gender stereotypes are perpetuated in the process of media communication in sport and how such stereotypes can be irritated. Therefore different levels of mass media communication are considered: the media products, the public relations of athletes and the presentation of themselves as athletes, the media-reception and the production processes in sport departments of media institutions.

  19. Management of the von Roos operator

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    Molinar-Tabares, Martin; Castro-Arce, Lamberto; Figueroa-Navarro, Carlos; Campos-Garcia, Julio

    When an electron is inside a semiconductor medium its effective mass rises from the shielding of the crystalline structure. When we have a semiconductor with a constant concentration the effective mass has a fixed value, and in this case, it can be easy to solve the Schrodinger equation of the particle, but if the concentration varies spatially, the effective mass will no longer constant and the solution can be difficult to find. The general form of the kinetic energy operator for a particle with variable mass is proposed for von Roos, this operator is characterized by some parameters whose values are subjected to a restriction. From a numerical solution of the Schrodinger equation we analyze the energies of an electron with position-dependent effective mass working with some values of the parameter of the von Roos operator. We acknowledge the support of SNI CONACYT.

  20. Methotrexate or expectant management in women with an ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy of unknown location and low serum hCG concentrations? A randomized comparison

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    van Mello, N. M.; Mol, F.; Verhoeve, H. R.; van Wely, M.; Adriaanse, A. H.; Boss, E. A.; Dijkman, A. B.; Bayram, N.; Emanuel, M. H.; Friederich, J.; van der Leeuw-Harmsen, L.; Lips, J. P.; van Kessel, M. A.; Ankum, W. M.; van der Veen, F.; Mol, B. W.; Hajenius, P. J.

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    What is the treatment success rate of systemic methotrexate (MTX) compared with expectant management in women with an ectopic pregnancy or a pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) with low and plateauing serum hCG concentrations? SUMMARY ANSWER: In women with an ectopic pregnancy or a PUL and low and

  1. Day two post retrieval 1500 IUI hCG bolus, progesterone-free luteal support post GnRH agonist trigger - a proof of concept study.

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    Vanetik, Sharon; Segal, Linoy; Breizman, Tatiana; Kol, Shahar

    2018-02-01

    Small dose of hCG (1500 IU) on the day of oocyte retrieval, followed by daily progesterone administration, is currently the preferred way to secure adequate luteal support following GnRH agonist trigger. In the current proof-of-concept study, we explored the possibility that a bolus of 1500 IU hCG, given two days after oocyte retrieval, may be sufficient to sustain adequate luteal support without additional progesterone treatment. From February 2015 to August 2016, we obtained 44 pregnancies following GnRHa trigger followed by day 2 hCG (1500 IU) support only (study group). Data from these 44 cycles were compared with the latest 44 pregnancies obtained following hCG (6500 IU) trigger followed by conventional progesterone luteal documented (control group). Mean progesterone levels (14 days postoocyte retrieval) in the study and control groups were 197 nmol/l and 173 nmol/l, respectively (NS). Mean E 2 levels (14 days post oocyte retrieval) in the study group was 6937 pmol/l, significantly higher (p hCG, administered 2 days after retrieval, can provide excellent support, without the need to further supplement with progesterone.

  2. Short-term androgen priming by use of aromatase inhibitor and hCG before controlled ovarian stimulation for IVF. A randomized controlled trial

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    Lossl, K; Andersen, C Yding; Loft, A

    2008-01-01

    Temporary exposure of follicles to increased levels of androgens may augment follicular responsiveness. The present study tested whether short-term androgen priming by aromatase inhibitor and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) before controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) increases the number of top......-quality embryos after IVF/ICSI....

  3. Identification of patients with persistent trophoblastic disease after complete hydatidiform mole by using a normal 24-hour urine hCG regression curve

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    Cromvoirt, S.M. van; Thomas, C.M.G.; Quinn, M.A.; McNally, O.M.; Bekkers, R.L.M.

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    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to establish a reference 24-hour urine human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) regression curve in patients with complete hydatidiform mole (CHM) as diagnostic tool in the prediction of persistent trophoblastic disease (PTD). METHODS: From 2004 to 2011, 312 cases

  4. Androgen priming using aromatase inhibitor and hCG during early-follicular-phase GnRH antagonist down-regulation in modified antagonist protocols

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    Løssl, Kristine; Andersen, A N; Loft, A

    2006-01-01

    Temporary exposure of follicles to increased levels of androgens may enhance their sensitivity to FSH. The aim of this study was to increase the intraovarian androgen level using aromatase inhibitors and hCG before controlled ovarian stimulation (COH) and to test this concept clinically....

  5. Funktionsanalyse von Hitzestressproteinen aus Lycopersicon esculentum

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    Tripp, Joanna

    2005-01-01

    Die Hitzestressantwort stellt einen universellen Schutzmechanismus aller lebenden Organismen dar. Infolge einer Temperaturerhöhung werden Hitzestresstranskriptionsfaktoren (Hsf) aktiviert und bewirken eine gesteigerte Expression von Hitzestressproteinen (Hsp). Als molekulare Chaperone schützen diese die Zelle vor durch Hitze verursachten Schäden. In höheren Pflanzen ist dieses Phänomen sowohl auf der Ebene der Hsf als auch der Hsp besonders komplex. Das Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit war die Un...

  6. Von Herzen receives 1998 Maurice Ewing medal

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    Uyeda, Seiya; Von Herzen, Richard P.

    Richard P Von Herzen was awarded the 1998 Maurice Ewing Medal at the AGU Fall Meeting Honors Ceremony, which was held on December 8, 1998, in San Francisco, California. The medal recognizes significant original contributions to understanding physical, geophysical, and geological processes in the ocean; significant original contributions to scientific ocean engineering, technology and instrumentation; and/or outstanding service to marine sciences. This medal is presented jointly by the U.S. Navy and AGU.

  7. La Medea de Lars von Trier

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    Iratxe Fresneda Delgado

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo analiza el modo en el que Lars von Trier recrea para el cine el estereotipo de Medea. Mediante el análisis fílmico de la película y apoyándose en los estudios culturales, el texto se interroga acerca de la importancia y el poder potencial del cine a la hora recuperar el antiguo mito y demostrar su vigencia. El análisis amplía horizontes para la compresión de los mecanismos que articulan el entramado de significados de la película, donde Von Trier aporta una nueva visión del arquetipo de Medea uniéndola, a la tradición pictórica del Romanticismo. Una influencia que habita en las posteriores obras del director danés, donde el paisaje, la naturaleza, se erige en elemento catalizador de las pulsiones humanas, en su cómplice y testigo.This paper explores the way that Lars von Trier’s film recreates the stereotype of Medea. Using film analysis and based on cultural studies the article asks about the importance and potential power of cinema to recover the ancient myth and show their effects. The analysis expands horizons for the understanding of the mechanisms that link the network of meanings of the film, where the author offers a new vision of Medea's archetype attaching it to the pictorial tradition tied to the Romanticism. An influence that can be seen in the later works of Lars von Trier, where the landscape, the nature, stands as a catalyst of human drives, as his accomplice and witness.

  8. Herstellung von Chitosan und einige Anwendungen

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    Struszczyk, Marcin Henryk

    2001-05-01

    1. Die Deacetylierung von crabshell - Chitosan führte gleichzeitig zu einem drastischen Abfall der mittleren viscosimetrischen Molmasse ( Mv), insbesondere wenn die Temperatur und die Konzentration an NaOH erhöht werden. Diese Parameter beeinflussten jedoch nicht den Grad der Deacetylierung (DD). Wichtig ist jedoch die Quelle des Ausgangsmaterials: Chitin aus Pandalus borealis ist ein guter Rohstoff für die Herstellung von Chitosan mit niedrigem DD und gleichzeitig hoher mittlerer Mv, während Krill-Chitin (Euphausia superba) ein gutes Ausgangsmaterial zur Herstellung von Chitosan mit hohem DD und niedrigem Mv ist. Chitosan, das aus Insekten (Calliphora erythrocephala), unter milden Bedingungen (Temperatur: 100°C, NaOH-Konzentration: 40 %, Zeit: 1-2h ) hergestellt wurde, hatte die gleichen Eigenschaften hinsichtlich DD und Mv wie das aus Krill hergestellte Chitosan. Der Bedarf an Zeit, Energie und NaOH ist für die Herstellung von Insekten-Chitosan geringer als für crabshell-Chitosan vergleichbare Resultaten für DD und Mv. 2. Chitosan wurde durch den Schimmelpilz Aspergillus fumigatus zu Chitooligomeren fermentiert. Die Ausbeute beträgt 25%. Die Chitooligomere wurden mit Hilfe von HPLC und MALDI-TOF-Massenspektrmetrie identifiziert. Die Fermentationsmischung fördert die Immunität von Pflanzen gegen Bakterien und Virusinfektion. Die Zunahme der Immunität schwankt jedoch je nach System Pflanze-Pathogen. Die Fermentation von Chitosan durch Aspergillus fumigatus könnte eine schnelle und billige Methode zur Herstellung von Chitooligomeren mit guter Reinheit und Ausbeute sein. Eine partiell aufgereinigte Fermentationsmischung dieser Art könnte in der Landwirtschaft als Pathogeninhibitor genutzt werden. Durch kontrollierte Fermentation, die Chitooligomere in definierter Zusammensetzung (d.h. definierter Verteilung des Depolymerisationsgrades) liefert, könnte man zu Mischungen kommen, die für die jeweilige Anwendung eine optimale Bioaktivität besitzen. 3

  9. Zur Kenntnis von Gnetum neglectum Bl

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    Markgraf, F.

    1960-01-01

    Gnetum neglectum war nicht nur, wie der Name andeutet, bis zu Blumes Zeit übersehen worden, sondern es wurde von Späteren wiederum verkannt, wie ich in Bull. J. B. Buitenzorg 3. Ser. 10 (1930) 474 näher ausgeführt habe. Die echte Art taucht verhältnismässig selten in den Herbarien auf. Sie ist eine

  10. Von Medien, Übertragungen und Automaten

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Im Zuge der Debatten zum Medialen Habitus wurde vielfach betont, dass die >Theorie der Praxispraxeologischen Medientheorie< des Medialen Habitus avant la lettre gesprochen werden kann. Dieser Artikel untersucht – ausgehend von den Debatten zur "Medienkompetenz" – wie Bourdieu Sprache, Sprechen und Diskurs, sowie Akteure, Felder und Habitus als Medien begreift und betont dabei die Nützlichkeit der Bourdieuschen Bildungssoziologie im Rahmen einer sozialwissenschaftlichen Grundlegung der Medienpädagogik.

  11. Progesterone concentration, pregnancy and calving rate in Simmental dairy cows after oestrus synchronisation and hCG treatment during the early luteal phase.

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    Šuluburić, Adam; Milanović, Svetlana; Vranješ-Đurić, Sanja; Jovanović, Ivan B; Barna, Tomislav; Stojić, Milica; Fratrić, Natalija; Szenci, Ottó; Gvozdić, Dragan

    2017-09-01

    Early embryonic development may be negatively affected by insufficient progesterone (P4) production. Therefore, the aim of our study was to increase P4 by gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and/or human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) treatments after inducing oestrus by prostaglandin (PG) treatment. Lactating Simmental dairy cows (n = 110), between 1 to 5 lactations, with an average milk production of 6,500 1/305 days, at 40-80 days postpartum were used and grouped as follows: (1) PG + GnRH treatment at AI (GnRH group), (2) PG + hCG treatment at day 7 after AI (hCG group), (3) PG + GnRH at AI + hCG treatment at day 7 after AI (GnRH/hCG group), and (4) spontaneous oestrus (C: control group). All animals were double inseminated (at the time of oestrus detection and 12 ± 2 h thereafter). Blood serum and milk samples were collected at the day of observed oestrus (day 0), and 14, 21 and 28 days after AI. Serum P4 was determined using a commercial radioimmunoassay (RIA) test (INEP, Zemun), and milk P4 was determined using enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) test (NIV Novi Sad). Pregnancy status was confirmed by ultrasonography between days 28 and 35 after AI. Differences of serum or milk P4 medians, pregnancy (and calving) rate were determined using Dunn's Multiple Comparison Tests and Z test, respectively. Serum P4 medians were significantly higher at days 14, 21 and 28 after AI in the hCG-treated animals, indicating increased luteal activity, with a similar tendency in whole milk P4 values. Treatment with hCG during the early luteal phase significantly contributed to the maintenance of gestation at days 28-35 after AI, and also increased the calving rate in Simmental dairy cows.

  12. The steroid response to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation in men with Klinefelter syndrome does not change using immunoassay or mass spectrometry.

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    Roli, L; Santi, D; Belli, S; Tagliavini, S; Cavalieri, S; De Santis, M C; Baraldi, E; Fanelli, F; Mezzullo, M; Granata, A R; Pagotto, U; Pasquali, R; Rochira, V; Carani, C; Simoni, M; Trenti, T

    2017-08-01

    Liquid-chromatography tandem mass-spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed in parallel to Immunoassays (IAs) and today is proposed as the "gold standard" for steroid assays. Leydig cells of men with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) are able to respond to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) stimulation, even if testosterone (T) production was impaired. The aim was to evaluate how results obtained by IAs and LC-MS/MS can differently impact on the outcome of a clinical research on gonadal steroidogenesis after hCG stimulation. A longitudinal, prospective, case-control clinical trial. (clinicaltrial.gov NCT02788136) was carried out, enrolling KS men and healthy age-matched controls, stimulated by hCG administration. Serum steroids were evaluated at baseline and for 5 days after intramuscular injection of 5000 IU hCG using both IAs and LC-MS/MS. 13 KS patients (36 ± 9 years) not receiving T replacement therapy and 14 controls (32 ± 8 years) were enrolled. T, progesterone, cortisol, 17-hydroxy-progesterone (17OHP) and androstenedione, were significantly higher using IAs than LC-MS/MS. IAs and LC-MS/MS showed direct correlation for all five steroids, although the constant overestimation detected by IAs. Either methodology found the same 17OHP and T increasing profile after hCG stimulation, with equal areas under the curves (AUCs). Although a linearity between IA and LC-MS/MS is demonstrated, LC-MS/MS is more sensitive and accurate, whereas IA shows a constant overestimation of sex steroid levels. This result suggests the need of reference intervals built on the specific assay. This fundamental difference between these two methodologies opens a deep reconsideration of what is needed to improve the accuracy of steroid hormone assays.

  13. Human LH and hCG stimulate differently the early signalling pathways but result in equal testosterone synthesis in mouse Leydig cells in vitro.

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    Riccetti, Laura; De Pascali, Francesco; Gilioli, Lisa; Potì, Francesco; Giva, Lavinia Beatrice; Marino, Marco; Tagliavini, Simonetta; Trenti, Tommaso; Fanelli, Flaminia; Mezzullo, Marco; Pagotto, Uberto; Simoni, Manuela; Casarini, Livio

    2017-01-05

    Human luteinizing hormone (LH) and chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are glycoprotein hormones regulating development and reproductive functions by acting on the same receptor (LHCGR). We compared the LH and hCG activity in gonadal cells from male mouse in vitro, i.e. primary Leydig cells, which is a common tool used for gonadotropin bioassay. Murine Leydig cells are naturally expressing the murine LH receptor (mLhr), which binds human LH/hCG. Cultured Leydig cells were treated by increasing doses of recombinant LH and hCG, and cell signaling, gene expression and steroid synthesis were evaluated. We found that hCG is about 10-fold more potent than LH in cAMP recruitment, and slightly but significantly more potent on cAMP-dependent Erk1/2 phosphorylation. However, no significant differences occur between LH and hCG treatments, measured as activation of downstream signals, such as Creb phosphorylation, Stard1 gene expression and testosterone synthesis. These data demonstrate that the responses to human LH/hCG are only quantitatively and not qualitatively different in murine cells, at least in terms of cAMP and Erk1/2 activation, and equal in activating downstream steroidogenic events. This is at odds with what we previously described in human primary granulosa cells, where LHCGR mediates a different pattern of signaling cascades, depending on the natural ligand. This finding is relevant for gonadotropin quantification used in the official pharmacopoeia, which are based on murine, in vivo bioassay and rely on the evaluation of long-term, testosterone-dependent effects mediated by rodent receptor.

  14. Cross-talk between cAMP and MAPK pathways in HSD11B2 induction by hCG in placental trophoblasts.

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    Full Text Available Overexposure of the fetus to glucocorticoids in gestation is detrimental to fetal development. The passage of maternal glucocorticoids into the fetal circulation is governed by 11beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Type 2 (HSD11B2 in the placental syncytiotrophoblasts. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG plays an important role in maintaining placental HSD11B2 expression via activation of the cAMP pathway. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the activation of the cAMP pathway by hCG and subsequent phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2 or p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK pathways in the regulation of placental HSD11B2 expression in human placental syncytiotrophoblasts. We found that treatment of the placental syncytiotrophoblasts with either hCG or dibutyl cAMP (dbcAMP could promote the phosphorylation of p38 and ERK1/2. Inhibition of p38 MAPK with SB203580 not only reduced the basal HSD11B2 mRNA and protein levels but also attenuated HSD11B2 levels induced by either hCG or dbcAMP. By contrast, inhibition of ERK1/2 with PD98059 increased the basal mRNA and protein levels of HSD11B2 and had no effect on HSD11B2 mRNA and protein levels induced by either hCG or dbcAMP. These data suggest that p38 MAPK is involved in both basal and hCG/cAMP-induced expression of HSD11B2, and ERK1/2 may play a role opposite to p38 MAPK at least in the basal expression of HSD11B2 in human placental syncytiotrophoblasts and that there is complicated cross-talk between hCG/cAMP and MAPK cascades in the regulation of placental HSD11B2 expression.

  15. Retrospektive Analyse von56 Weichteildefekten nach einzeitiger Rekonstruktion unter Verwendung von Dermisersatzpräparaten.

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    Gümbel, Denis; Ackerl, Martin; Napp, Matthias; Daeschlein, Georg; Spranger, Nikolai; Stope, Matthias B; Ekkernkamp, Axel; Matthes, Gerrit

    2016-06-01

    Der Verschluss von Wunden mit ausgeprägtem Weichteilschaden stellt eine chirurgische Herausforderung dar und erfordert häufig umfangreiche plastische Operationen sowie freie Lappenplastiken. Die Kombination von Dermisersatzpräparaten und Spalthauttransplantationen ist eine innovative Methode die zur Versorgung von komplexen Verletzungen der Extremitäten angewandt werden kann. Wir haben diese Technik in das Standard-Handwerkszeug bei komplexen Verletzungen der Extremitäten aufgenommen. Die klinischen Ergebnisse von 56 behandelten Patienten werden vorgestellt. In 44 Fällen (78,6 %) wurde die beschriebene Methode an Defekten der unteren Extremitäten verwendet, einschließlich sieben Personen (12,5 %), die sich einer Stumpfdeckung nach Amputation unterzogen. Zwölf Defekte (21,4 %) befanden sich an den oberen Extremitäten. In zwei Fällen (3,6 %) wurde die Matriderm(®) -Matrix verwendet, um Nerven von unmittelbar angrenzenden chirurgischen Implantaten zu schützen. Bei 41 Patienten (73,2 %) kam es zur Einheilung des Transplantats ohne Komplikationen. Fünfzehn Patienten (26,8 %) zeigten eine gestörte Wundheilung nach Defektverschluss, die unter konservativer Therapie zur Ausheilung gebracht werden konnte. Ein Patient (1,8 %) zeigte ein Transplantatversagen, was eine Revisionsoperation erforderlich machte. Umfangreiche plastische Rekonstruktionen mussten bei keinem Patienten angewandt werden. Bei Fällen, in denen ausgedehnte plastische Operationen nicht möglich oder nicht erwünscht sind, ist die Verwendung von Dermisersatzpräparaten in Kombination mit Spalthauttransplantationen eine vielversprechende Alternative zum Wundverschluss bei ausgedehnten Weichteilschäden. © 2016 Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Saage tuttavaks : Elisabeth ja Karl von Hoerschelmann / Mai Levin

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    Levin, Mai, 1942-

    2004-01-01

    Kuraator M. Levin kuni 10. X 2004 Adamson-Ericu muuseumis avatud näitusest "Tuntud ja tundmatud Elisabeth von Rosendorff-Hoerschelmann ja Karl von Hoerschelmann". Enamik töid on kunstnike laste Konstantin Hoerschelmanni ja Anna Röder-Hoerschelmanni omand. Elisabeth Rosendorff (1898-1984) sündis Virumaal Maidlas eesti perekonnas, Karl von Hoerschelmann (1899-1951) Sevastoopolis saksa perekonnas

  17. Gestalt und Funktion von Animal Design : Versuch einer semiotischen Analyse

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    Schlüter, Wolfgang

    2009-01-01

    Dissertation zur Gestalt und Funktion von Animal Design (tieranaloges Design). Untersucht wird eine Auswahl an Produkten, die in ihrem Äußeren an Tiere erinnern. Hierbei stehen Aspekte wie die Emotionalisierung von Produkten, demonstrativer Konsum und die soziale Funktion im Fokus der Analyse. Anhand von Abbildungen und Zeichnungen wird u.a. dargestellt, welche Bedeutung die Tiergestalt für das jeweilige Produktdesign hat. Die Objekte werden jeweils unter phänomenologischen, hermeneutischen u...

  18. Untersuchungen zum Emissionsgeschehen von Ammoniak und Methan in der Mastschweinehaltung

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    Gronow-Schubert, Stephanie

    2017-01-01

    Der Anbau von Futtermitteln, die Haltung von Nutztieren, die Verarbeitung der tierischen Produkte und die dadurch ausgeprägte Flächennutzung durch die gesamte landwirtschaftliche Tierhaltung führen weltweit zu Treibhausgasemissionen. In direktem Zusammenhang mit der Haltung von Nutztieren und somit auch in der Mastschweinehaltung stehen die Ammoniak- und Methanemissionen. Das Hauptziel der vorliegenden Arbeit waren Untersuchungen zum Emissionsgeschehen und zu ausgewählten Ansätzen zur Emissio...

  19. Gespiegelte Planeten – Die Anordnung der Pyramiden von Gizeh

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    Jelitto, Hans

    2000-01-01

    Antike Bauwerke wurden wiederholt auf astronomische Zusammenhänge hin untersucht, so z. B. ihre Ausrichtung in Bezug auf die Bewegung von Sonne oder Sternen. Vor diesem Hintergrund wurden für die Pyramiden von Gizeh drei ungewöhnliche Gleichungen entdeckt, die die Pyramidengrößen mit einer Genauigkeit von ca. 0,1 % festlegen. Gleichzeitig legen diese drei Gleichungen nahe, die drei Pyramiden in der Reihenfolge Mykerinos-, Chefren- und Cheopspyramide den inneren drei Planeten unseres Sonnensys...

  20. Studien zur Kinetik der Fehlfaltung un Aggregation von Proteinen

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    Modler, Andreas Johannes

    2003-01-01

    Diese Arbeit befasst sich mit der Kinetik der Fehlfaltung und Aggregation von Proteinen. Anhand dreier Beispiele, der Phosphoglyceratkinase (PGK) aus Hefe, einer Variante von Barstar und des Prion-Proteins des Syrischen Hamsters (SHaPrP(90-232)) wurde insbesondere die Kinetik der Bildung von Amyloidfibrillen und deren kinetischer Vorläuferstrukturen mittels dynamischer und statischer Lichtstreuung, Circulardichroismus, Infrarotspektroskopie, Elektronenmikroskopie und teilweise analytischer Ch...

  1. Portrait of Dr. Von Braun with Walt Disney, 1954.

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    1954-01-01

    Marshall Center Director Dr. Wernher Von Braun is pictured with Walt Disney during a visit to the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1954. In the 1950s, Dr. Von Braun while working in California on the Saturn project, also worked with Disney studios as a technical director in making three films about Space Exploration for television. Disney's tour of Marshall in 1965 was Von Braun's hope for a renewed public interest in the future of the Space Program at NASA.

  2. Arbeitszeiten von Professorinnen und Professoren in Deutschland 2016

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    Weihs, Claus; Hernández Rodríguez, Tanja; Doeckel, Maximilian; Marty, Christoph; Wormer, Holger

    2018-01-01

    In dieser Studie werden belastbare Prognoseintervalle der wöchentlichen Gesamtarbeitszeit von Universitätsprofessorinnen und -professoren aus Daten einer Umfrage aus dem Jahre 2016 und a-priori Informationen aus früheren Studien bestimmt. Neben der Gesamtarbeitszeit werden auch Teilarbeitszeiten zum Beispiel für Lehre und Forschung ermittelt. Die Ergebnisse von frequentistischer und Bayesianischer Analyse werden verglichen. Aus den gültigen Fragebögen von aktiven Vollzeit arbeitenden Universi...

  3. Significance of pregnancy test false negative results due to elevated levels of β-core fragment hCG.

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    Johnson, Sarah; Eapen, Saji; Smith, Peter; Warren, Graham; Zinaman, Michael

    2017-01-01

    Very high levels of β-core fragment human chorionic gonadotrophin (βcf-hCG) are reported to potentially cause false negative results in point-of-care (POC)/over-the-counter (OTC) pregnancy tests. To investigate this further, women's daily early morning urine samples, collected prior to conception and during pregnancy, were analysed for intact, free β-, and βcf-hCG. The proportion of βcf-hCG was found to be related to that of hCG produced and in circulation. Therefore, best practice for accuracy testing of POC/OTC pregnancy tests would be to test devices against clinical samples containing high levels of βcf-hCG as well as standards spiked with biologically relevant ratios.

  4. Intrafollicular Endocrine Milieu After Addition of hCG to Recombinant FSH During Controlled Ovarian Stimulation for In Vitro Fertilization

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    Thuesen, L L; Andersen, A Nyboe; Loft, A

    2014-01-01

    : 72; D150: 56 (P ratio decreased significantly, with the lowest ratio in D100 and the highest in D0. Large follicles giving rise to good-quality embryos had significantly higher estradiol and progesterone levels and estradiol to T, estradiol to androstenedione...... for controlled ovarian stimulation. SETTING: This was a prospective randomized dose-response study conducted at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark. PATIENTS: From 62 in vitro fertilization patients, 334 FFs were selected for analyses. INTERVENTIONS: Patients were treated using a GnRH agonist......, and progesterone to estradiol ratios, compared with small follicles, leading to poor-quality embryos. CONCLUSIONS: Increasing doses of hCG supplementation markedly stimulated the intrafollicular concentration of both estradiol and androgens, with a shift toward a more androgenic milieu. In large follicles...

  5. Verbesserung der seismischen Kapazität von Mauerwerkswänden durch Verwendung von Elastomerlagern

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    Aldoghaim, Eyad

    2011-01-01

    Ein großer Teil der Schäden wie auch der Verluste an Gesundheit und Leben im Erdbebenfall hat mit dem frühzeitigen Versagen von Mauerwerksbauten zu tun. Unbewehrtes Mauerwerk, wie es in vielen Ländern üblich ist, weist naturgemäß einen begrenzten Erdbebenwiderstand auf, da Zugspannungen und Zugkräfte nicht wie bei Stahlbeton- oder Stahlbauten aufgenommen werden können. Aus diesem Grund wurde bereits mit verschiedenen Methoden versucht, die Tragfähigkeit von Mauerwerk im Erdbebenfall zu ve...

  6. Validación de un juego de reactivos (CUALINEN-HCG para la detección cualitativa de gonadotropina coriónica humana en el embarazo Validation of a kit of reagents (CUALINEN-HCG for the qualitative detection of human chorionic gonadotropin in pregnancy

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    Gema E. García Dafonte

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presentaron los resultados de la estandarización de un juego de reactivos (CUALINEN-HCG para la detección de la gonadotropina coriónica humana (HCG en muestras de orina de mujeres embarazadas y de su validación diagnóstica en el nivel primario. CUALINEN-HCG es un microELISA de doble captura, que cuenta con un anticuerpo monoclonal específico para la subunidad b de la hCG (AcM-b hCG-IG1 y de conjugados enzimáticos con el sustrato colorimétrico correspondiente, obtenido y purificado en el Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología. Los resultados de la validación analítica del CUALINEN-HCG mostraron que era capaz de distinguir entre muestras de orinas positivas y negativas con una relación positivo/negativo de 10 veces; se obtuvieron coeficientes de variación del 6 % en estudios de precisión (interensayos e intraensayos realizados para el control positivo. Se procesaron 91 muestras de orina matutina de mujeres con amenorrea de entre 4 y 16 sem a partir de la última fecha de menstruación. En las que el embarazo fue diagnosticado posteriormente. Se logró la validación en el nivel primario del CUALINEN-HCG con una sensibilidad y especificidad diagnóstica de 85 y 95 %, respectivamente y una exactitud diagnóstica del 90 %. Se recomendó su uso como herramienta auxiliar para el diagnóstico del embarazo en nivel primario a partir de la primera semana de ausencia de la menstruación (5 sem de amenorrea.The results of the standardization of a Kit of reagents (CUALINEN-HCG, for the detection of the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG in urine and their diagnostic validation at primary level are presented. CUALINEN-HCG is a double capture micro ELISA that involves the participation of a specific monoclonal antibody for the b subunit of the hCG (AcM-bhCG-IG1 and the enzymatic conjugated with the corresponding colorimetric substrate, obtained and purified in the National Institute of Endocrinology. The results of the analytic validation of the

  7. Untersuchungen zur Farbreaktion von Amilorid, Chlorhexidin und Proguanil mit Hypobromit

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    Huth, Silke

    2004-01-01

    Bei der Reaktion von Amiloridhydrochlorid (1· HCl) mit Brom in alkalischer Lösung wird ein gelbbraunes Dehydrierungsprodukt erhalten, daß als 3-(3-Amino-1,2,4-oxadiazol-5-yl)-5-chlor-2,6-pyrazindiamin (6) identifiziert werden konnte. Durch Vergleich von Massen- und NMR-Spektren der Verbindung 6 mit Spektren von 1· HCl und Referenzsubstanzen I-III konnte auf die verbindung 6 geschlossen werden. Die Struktur wurde durch eine Röntgenstrukturanalyse abgesichert. Erhitzen von Amiloridhydrochlorid ...

  8. Evidence for azimuthal variations of the oxygen-abundance gradient tracing the spiral structure of the galaxy HCG 91c

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    Vogt, F. P. A.; Pérez, E.; Dopita, M. A.; Verdes-Montenegro, L.; Borthakur, S.

    2017-05-01

    Context. The distribution of elements in galaxies forms an important diagnostic tool to characterize these systems' formation and evolution. This tool is, however, complex to use in practice, as galaxies are subject to a range of simultaneous physical processes active from pc to kpc scales. This renders observations of the full optical extent of galaxies down to sub-kpc scales essential. Aims: Using the WiFeS integral field spectrograph, we previously detected abrupt and localized variations in the gas-phase oxygen abundance of the spiral galaxy HCG 91c. Here, we follow-up on these observations to map HCG 91c's disk out to 2 Re at a resolution of 600 pc, and characterize the non-radial variations of the gas-phase oxygen abundance in the system. Methods: We obtained deep MUSE observations of the target under 0.6 arcsec seeing conditions. We perform both a spaxel-based and aperture-based analysis of the data to map the spatial variations of 12 +log (O/H) across the disk of the galaxy. Results: We confirm the presence of rapid variations of the oxygen abundance across the entire extent of the galaxy previously detected with WiFeS, for all azimuths and radii. The variations can be separated in two categories: a) localized and associated with individual H II regions; and b) extended over kpc scales, and occurring at the boundaries of the spiral structures in the galaxy. Conclusions: Our MUSE observations suggest that the enrichment of the interstellar medium in HGC 91c has proceeded preferentially along spiral structures, and less efficiently across them. Our dataset highlights the importance of distinguishing individual star-forming regions down to scales of a few 100 pc when using integral field spectrographs to spatially resolve the distribution of oxygen abundances in a given system, and accurately characterize azimuthal variations and intrinsic scatter. The movie associated to Fig. 8 is available at http://www.aanda.org

  9. Aino Lepik von Wiren / Aino Lepik von Wiren ; interv. Kadi Alatalu

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    Lepik von Wirén, Aino, 1961-

    2007-01-01

    Heinrich Marga eksiilvalitsuse (20.06.1990-7.10.1992) kohtuminister Aino Lepik von Wiren pagulaslapse elust Rootsis, haridusest ja elukutse valikust, tööst eksiilvalitsuses, tööleasumisest Eestisse 1992. aastal, seadusandlikust tegevusest ning aluse panekust välismaalaste- ja kodakondsuspoliitikale, naiste võimalustest poliitilisse tippu tõusmiseks, kodu- ja väliseestlaste vastandamisest

  10. Von den Liven von Oesel / August Ludwig Schlözer

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    Schlözer, August Ludwig

    2008-01-01

    Avaldatud Eberhard Winkleri initsiatiivil A. L. Schlözeri teose põhjal: Gesammelte Nachrichten von den Ueberresten der Liven, in Livland und Kurland. (1770), mis moodustab osa teosest: Schlözer, August Ludwig. M. Johann Joseph Haigold's Beylagen zum Neuveränderten Russland. Zweiter Theil. Riga und Leipzig, 1770

  11. Ööklubi Club von Überlingen = Club von Überlingen

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    2008-01-01

    Ööklubi Club von Überlingen (Madara 22A, Tallinn) sisekujundusest. Sisearhitekt: Taavi Aunre (Boom.ee OÜ). Taavi Aunrest, tema tähtsamad tööd. I-II korruse plaan, 11 värv. vaadet, foto T. Aunrest

  12. Wirtschaftlichkeit von Facility Management - Entwicklungen und Trends

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    Redlein, Alexander

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Das vorliegende Paper baut auf den jährlichen Umfragen bzw. Studien des Immobilien und Facility Management (IFM der Technischen Universität Wien (TU Wien und der Dissertation von Susanne Hauk aus dem Jahr 2007 auf. Neben der Darstellung allgemeiner Daten konzentriert sich die Arbeit im Wesentlichen auf folgende Forschungsfragen:  In welchen Bereichen können Einsparungen generiert werden?  In welchen Bereichen können Produktivitätssteigerungen lukriert werden?  Mit welchen Problemen/Kostentreibern sind Facility Manager bzw. FM-Abteilungen konfrontiert?  Welche (statistisch signifikanten Zusammenhänge bestehen zwischen verschiedenen Merkmalen/Variablen? Seit dem Jahr 2005 wurden jährlich FM-Verantwortliche von den 500 größten Unternehmen Österreichs befragt. Im Rahmen der Umfrage sollen wissenschaftlich fundiert die obigen Forschungsfragen geklärt werden. Als Werkzeuge für die Datenerhebung wurden das Telefon und/oder elektronische Wege gewählt. Die Umfrage wurde anhand eines standardisierten Fragebogens mit 36 Fragen zu den verschiedensten FM-Bereichen durchgeführt. Im Rahmen der vorliegenden Arbeit sollen die Ergebnisse der aktuellen Umfrage dargestellt und mit den Ergebnissen der Studien der letzten Jahre verglichen werden. Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich vor allem mit jenem Teil der Umfrage, der die oben genannten Forschungsfragen behandelt. Ziel ist dabei, die wichtigsten Parameter und Einflussfaktoren in den Bereichen Einsparungen, Produktivitätssteigerungen und Kostentreiber zu identifizieren und die Entwicklungen und Trends näher darzustellen. Dabei zeigt sich, dass effizientes FM große Potentiale in den Bereichen Einsparungen und Produktivitätssteigerungen lukrieren kann. Auch wenn die Einführung von FM zu Beginn mit Kosten/Problemen verbunden ist, so kann dies durch spätere Einsparungen und Produktivitätssteigerungen kompensiert werden.

  13. Daily low-dose hCG stimulation during the luteal phase combined with GnRHa triggered IVF cycles without exogenous progesterone: a proof of concept trial.

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    Andersen, Claus Yding; Elbaek, Helle Olesen; Alsbjerg, Birgit; Laursen, Rita Jakubcionyte; Povlsen, Betina Boel; Thomsen, Lise; Humaidan, Peter

    2015-10-01

    Can the luteal phase support be improved in terms of efficacy, hormonal profiles and convenience as compared with today's standard care? Daily low-dose rhCG supplementation in GnRHa triggered IVF cycles can replace the traditional used luteal phase support with exogenous progesterone. A bolus of hCG for final maturation of follicles in connection with COS may induce the risk of OHSS and the luteal phase progesterone levels rise very abruptly in the early luteal phase. This is a proof-of-concept study conducted as a three arm RCT with a total of 93 patients. First patient enrolled in January 2012 and the study finished in January 2014. Normal responder women undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment in a university hospital. One arm served as control, where women followed a standard antagonist protocol. Two study arms were included both having 125 IU hCG daily for luteal phase support without exogenous progesterone after using a GnRHa trigger for ovulation induction. In both study arms exogenous FSH was stopped on stimulation day 6 and replaced by exogenous hCG that was initiated on either stimulation day 2 or day 6. Blood samples were obtained on the day of ovulation induction, on the day of oocyte pickup (OPU) and day OPU + 7. The mean serum levels of hCG did not exceeded the normal physiological range of LH activity in any samples. Mid-luteal progesterone levels were significantly higher in the two study groups receiving daily low-dose hCG for luteal phase support as compared with the control group (control group: 177 ± 27 nmol/l; study group 1: 334 ± 42 nmol/l; study group 2: 277 ± 27 nmol/l; (mean ± SEM). No differences in reproductive outcome were seen between groups. The number of patients included is limited and conclusions need to be verified in a larger RCT. Endogenous production of progesterone may become more attractive as the luteal phase support with levels of LH-like activity only in the physiological range and may, from the patients' point of view, replace

  14. A randomized double-blinded controlled trial of hCG as luteal phase support in natural cycle frozen embryo transfer.

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    Lee, Vivian Chi Yan; Li, Raymond Hang Wun; Yeung, William Shu Biu; Pak Chung, H O; Ng, Ernest Hung Yu

    2017-05-01

    Does the use of hCG as luteal phase support in natural cycle frozen embryo transfer (FET) increase the ongoing pregnancy rate? The use of hCG in natural cycle FET did not improve the ongoing pregnancy rate. The use of luteal phase support in stimulated cycles has been associated with higher live-birth rates and the results are similar when using hCG or progesterone. This is a randomized double-blinded controlled trial of 450 women recruited between August 2013 and October 2015. Women with regular cycles undergoing natural cycle FET were recruited. Serial serum hormonal concentrations were used to time natural ovulation and at least Day 2 cleavage embryos were replaced. Patients were randomized into either: (i) the treatment group, receiving 1500 IU hCG on the day of FET and 6 days after FET, or (ii) the control group, receiving normal saline on these 2 days. The ongoing pregnancy rate [60/225 (26.7%) in the treatment group vs 70/225 (31.3%) in the control group, odds ratio 1.242 (95% CI 0.825-1.869)], implantation rate and miscarriage rate were comparable between the two groups. In the treatment group, there were significantly more cycles with top quality embryos transferred and a significantly higher serum oestradiol level, but a comparable serum progesterone level, 6 days after FET. However, no significant differences were observed in serum oestradiol and progesterone levels 6 days after FET between the pregnant and non-pregnant women. In the multivariate logistic regression, the number of embryos transferred was the only significant factor predictive of the ongoing pregnancy rate after natural cycle FET. This study only included FET with cleavage stage embryos and only hCG, not vaginal progesterone, was used as luteal phase support. The findings in this study do not support the use of hCG for luteal phase support in natural cycle FET. No external funding was used and there were no competing interests. clinicaltrial.gov identifier: NCT01931384. 23/8/2013. 30

  15. Managing pregnancy of unknown location based on initial serum progesterone and serial serum hCG levels: development and validation of a two-step triage protocol.

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    Van Calster, B; Bobdiwala, S; Guha, S; Van Hoorde, K; Al-Memar, M; Harvey, R; Farren, J; Kirk, E; Condous, G; Sur, S; Stalder, C; Timmerman, D; Bourne, T

    2016-11-01

    A uniform rationalized management protocol for pregnancies of unknown location (PUL) is lacking. We developed a two-step triage protocol to select PUL at high risk of ectopic pregnancy (EP), based on serum progesterone level at presentation (step 1) and the serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) ratio, defined as the ratio of hCG at 48 h to hCG at presentation (step 2). This was a cohort study of 2753 PUL (301 EP), involving a secondary analysis of prospectively and consecutively collected PUL data from two London-based university teaching hospitals. Using a chronological split we used 1449 PUL for development and 1304 for validation. We aimed to assign PUL as low risk with high confidence (high negative predictive value (NPV)) while classifying most EP as high risk (high sensitivity). The first triage step assigned PUL as low risk using a threshold of serum progesterone at presentation. The remaining PUL were triaged using a novel logistic regression risk model based on hCG ratio and initial serum progesterone (second step), defining low risk as an estimated EP risk of step 1) classified 16.1% PUL as low risk. Second-step classification with the risk model selected an additional 46.0% of all PUL as low risk. Overall, the two-step protocol classified 62.1% of PUL as low risk, with an NPV of 98.6% and a sensitivity of 92.0%. When the risk model was used in isolation (i.e. without the first step), 60.5% of PUL were classified as low risk with 99.1% NPV and 94.9% sensitivity. PUL can be classified efficiently into being either high or low risk for complications using a two-step protocol involving initial progesterone and hCG levels and the hCG ratio. Copyright © 2016 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Copyright © 2016 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  16. Assessment of Serum Progesterone Level on the Day of hCG Injection in Infertile Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Patients Referred to Women’s Hospital, Tehran, 2009

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS is one of the most common causes of endocrine disorders and main reasons for infertility due to unovulation and recurrent abortions. There is no consensus on effect of serum progesterone level on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG injection. This study aims to evaluate the effect of plasma levels of progesterone on the day of hCG injection on the rate of pregnancy in in vitro fertilization (IVF cycles of PCOS cases.Materials and Methods: A stratified cohort study was conducted over a period of one year (2009 on 38 infertile women with PCOS who were suitable candidates for the IVF program. Patients were evaluated for other causes of infertility with hysterosalpingography (HSG, laparoscopy and normal sperm analysis. Patients were placed on the long protocol, followed by oocyte pick up, and finally IVF-embryo transfer (ET. Study patients were grouped according to progesterone levels of greater or less than 1.2 ng/ml on the day of hCG injection. Pregnancy rates were defined in each group. Levels on day of hCG day clinical pregnancy outcome were assessed. Experimental data were then compared against Fisher’s exact test in SPSS version 18.Results: The overall pregnancy rate in this study was 26.3%. In the group with progesterone levels more than 1.2 ng/ml on the day of hCG injection, the clinical pregnancy rate was 4 (21.1% and chemical pregnancy rate was 3(15.8%. In the group with progesterone levels less than 1.2 ng/ml, the clinical pregnancy rate was 1(5.3% and chemical pregnancy rate was 2(10. 5%.Conclusion: This study showed that PCOS patients with progesterone levels more than 1.2 ng/ml on the day of hCG injection resulted in higher chemical and clinical pregnancy rates. However, no significant statistical differences were found between the two groups. For further verification, we recommend additional studies with larger numbers of subjects.

  17. Maternal plasma levels of cell-free β-HCG mRNA as a prenatal diagnostic indicator of placenta accrete.

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    Zhou, J; Li, J; Yan, P; Ye, Y H; Peng, W; Wang, S; Wang, X Tong

    2014-09-01

    Several biomarkers, including maternal serum creatinine kinase and α-fetoprotein, have been described as potential tools for the diagnosis of placental abnormalities. This study aimed to determine whether maternal plasma mRNA levels of the β subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG) could predict placenta accreta prenatally. Sixty-eight singleton pregnant women with prior cesarean deliveries (CDs) were classified into three groups: normal placentation (35 women, control group); placenta previa alone (21 women, placenta previa group); and both placenta previa and placenta accreta (12 women, placenta previa/accreta group). Maternal plasma concentrations of cell-free β-HCG mRNA were measured by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and were expressed as multiples of the median (MoM). Cell-free β-HCG mRNA concentrations (MoM, range) were significantly higher in women with placenta accreta (3.65, 2.78-7.19) than in women with placenta previa (0.94, 0.00-2.97) or normal placentation (1.00, 0.00-2.69) (Steel-Dwass test, P placenta previa/accreta group, the concentration of cell-free β-HCG mRNA was significantly higher among women who underwent CDs with hysterectomy (4.41, 3.49-7.19) than among women whose CDs did not result in hysterectomy (3.20, 2.78-3.70) (Mann-Whitney U test, P = 0.012). An increased level of cell-free β-HCG mRNA in the maternal plasma of women with placenta accreta may arise from direct uteroplacental transfer of cell-free placental mRNA molecules. The concentration of cell-free β-HCG mRNA in maternal plasma may be applicable to the prenatal diagnosis of placenta accreta, especially to identify women with placenta accreta likely to require hysterectomy. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. An open-label clinical trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of corifollitropin alfa combined with hCG in adult men with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.

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    Nieschlag, Eberhard; Bouloux, Pierre-Marc G; Stegmann, Barbara J; Shankar, R Ravi; Guan, Yanfen; Tzontcheva, Anjela; McCrary Sisk, Christine; Behre, Hermann M

    2017-03-07

    Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) in men results in insufficient testicular function and deficiencies in testosterone and spermatogenesis. Combinations of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (recFSH) have been successful in the treatment of HH. Corifollitropin alfa is a long-acting FSH-analog with demonstrated action in women seeking infertility care. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of corifollitropin alfa combined with hCG to increase testicular volume and induce spermatogenesis in men with HH. This was a Phase III, multi-center, open-label, single-arm trial of corifollitropin alfa in azoospermic men aged 18 to 50 years with HH. After 16 weeks of pretreatment of 23 subjects with hCG alone, 18 subjects with normalized testosterone (T) levels who remained azoospermic entered the 52-week combined treatment phase with hCG twice-weekly and 150 μg corifollitropin alfa every other week. The increase in testicular volume (primary efficacy endpoint) and induction of spermatogenesis resulting in a sperm count ≥1 × 10 6 /mL (key secondary efficacy endpoint) during 52 weeks of combined treatment were assessed. Safety was evaluated by the presence of anti-corifollitropin alfa antibodies and the occurrence of adverse events (AEs). Mean (±SD) testicular volume increased from 8.6 (±6.09) mL to 17.8 (±8.93) mL (geometric mean fold increase, 2.30 [95% CI: 2.03, 2.62]); 14 (77.8%) subjects reached a sperm count ≥1 × 10 6 /mL. No subject developed confirmed anti-corifollitropin alfa antibodies during the trial. Treatment was generally well tolerated. Corifollitropin alfa 150 μg administrated every other week combined with twice-weekly hCG for 52 weeks increased testicular volume significantly, and induced spermatogenesis in >75% of men with HH who had remained azoospermic after hCG treatment alone. ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01709331 .

  19. Effekte von Hyperoxie und Stickstoffmonoxid beim Neugeborenen

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    2002-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit sind Untersuchungen vorgestellt, die sich mit Wirkungen und Interaktionen von zwei ubiquitär im menschlichen Körper vorkommenden Gasen befassen, i.e. Sauerstoff und Stickstoffmonoxid. Im Falle beider Substanzen ermöglicht die geringe Größe der Moleküle eine freie Diffusion über Membranen hinweg, eine Eigenschaft, die für die Funktion der Signaltransduktion geradezu prädestiniert. Aus den vorgelegten Untersuchungen lassen sich die folgenden Folgerungen ableiten: * S...

  20. A Metabiography of Alexander von Humboldt

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    Nicolaas A. Rupke

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Article in English.The author's recently published monograph on Alexander von Humboldt describes the multiple images of this great cultural icon. The book is a metabiographical study that shows how from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day Humboldt has served as a nucleus of crystallisation for a variety of successive socio-political ideologies, each producing its own distinctive representation of him. The historiographical implications of this biographical diversity are profound and support current attempts to understand historical scholarship in terms of memory cultures.

  1. Unlawfulness of environmental zones; Rechtswidrigkeit von Umweltzonen

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    Balbach, Jan

    2016-07-01

    The author examines the new findings on the effectiveness of the environmental zones and, in this context, questions their legitimacy. In addition, the efforts of the European and German legislators are analyzed in order to reduce the particulate matter pollution. In addition, legal protection against the exceeding of limits for particulate matter is critically appreciated. [German] Der Autor beleuchtet die neuen Erkenntnisse zur Wirksamkeit der Umweltzonen und hinterfragt vor diesem Hintergrund deren Rechtmaessigkeit. Darueber hinaus werden die Bemuehungen des europaeischen und deutschen Gesetzgebers analysiert, um die Feinstaubbelastung zu senken. Zudem wird der Rechtsschutz gegen die Ueberschreitung von Feinstaubgrenzwerten kritisch gewuerdigt.

  2. Renaturierung von Waldökosystemen

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    Zerbe, Stefan

    Wälder sind neben der Landwirtschaft und den urban-industriellen Siedlungsflächen flächenmäßig die Hauptnutzungstypen in Mitteleuropa und stellen heute multifunktionale ökosysteme dar. Zusätzlich zur Holzproduktion kommt ihnen eine Regulations-(z.B.Wasserhaushalt), Schutz (z.B. von Biodiversität und gegen Erosion, Lawinen, Immissionen und Lärm) und Erholungsfunktion zu. Zudem haben Wälder als Kohlenstoffsenken auch eine besondere Bedeutung für den Klimaschutz.

  3. Key contributors: Ernst von Glasersfeld's radical constructivism

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    Tobin, Kenneth

    2007-07-01

    This article reviews the significance of the contributions of Ernst von Glasersfeld to research in science education, especially through his theoretical contributions on radical constructivism. As a field shaper, Glasersfeld's subversive ideas catalyzed debate in the science education community and fuelled transformation of many facets including research methods, ways of thinking about teaching and learning, curriculum, and science teacher education. Perturbations emanating from the debates on constructivism forged new pathways that led to the development and use of many of the sociocultural frameworks employed by authors in Cultural Studies of Science Education.

  4. Von Neumann algebras as complemented subspaces of B(H)

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    Christensen, Erik; Wang, Liguang

    2014-01-01

    Let M be a von Neumann algebra of type II1 which is also a complemented subspace of B( H). We establish an algebraic criterion, which ensures that M is an injective von Neumann algebra. As a corollary we show that if M is a complemented factor of type II1 on a Hilbert space H, then M is injective...

  5. An accurate von Neumann's law for three-dimensional foams

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    Hilgenfeldt, Sascha; Kraynik, Andrew M.; Koehler, Stephan A.; Stone, Howard A.

    2001-01-01

    The diffusive coarsening of 2D soap froths is governed by von Neumann's law. A statistical version of this law for dry 3D foams has long been conjectured. A new derivation, based on a theorem by Minkowski, yields an explicit analytical von Neumann's law in 3D which is in very good agreement with

  6. Erfahrungen an der Schnittstelle von Medienarbeit und Praxisforschung

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Der Beitrag reflektiert die Verbindung von praktischer Medienarbeit und Forschung am Beispiel eines internationalen EU-Forschungsprojekts zum Thema Medien und Migration. Neben didaktischen Prinzipien und Konzepten für die aktive Medienarbeit im Forschungskontext geht es um die Kooperation von medienpädagogischer Begleitung (MB und wissenschaftlicher Begleitung (WB sowie um deren spezifische Kompetenzen.

  7. Die baltischen Kapitulationen von 1710 : Kontext, Wirkungen, Interpretationen / Marten Seppel

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    Seppel, Marten, 1979-

    2015-01-01

    Arvustus: Die baltischen Kapitulationen von 1710 : Kontext, Wirkungen, Interpretationen, hrsg. von Karsten Brüggemann, Mati Laur und Pärtel Piirimäe, Queleln und Studien zur baltischen Geschichte, Bd 23 (Köln u.a: Böhlau Verlag, 2014)

  8. Star order and topologies on von Neumann algebras

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    The goal of the paper is to study a topology generated by the star order on von Neumann algebras. In particular, it is proved that the order topology under investigation is finer than $\\sigma$-strong* topology. On the other hand, we show that it is comparable with the norm topology if and only if the von Neumann algebra is finite-dimensional.

  9. Huldrich Zwingli se Von dem Touff, vom Widertouff und vom ...

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    Huldrich Zwingli's 'Von dem Touff, vom Widertouff und vom Kindertouff': Some aspects of Zwringli's theological thought. The aim of this article is to let Zwingli speak for himself as he expresses himself in his treatise on baptism; Von dem Touff, vom Widertouff und vom Kindertouff. The use of secondary literature is avoided in ...

  10. Von Krahli teater mängib Kõrvitsa kammeroopereid

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    20. apr. esietenduvad Von Krahli Teatris Peeter Jalaka lavastuses Tõnu Kõrvitsa uued kammerooperid "Tuleaed" ja "Mu luiged, mu mõtted", mille aluseks on luuletaja Marie Heibergi saatus. Libretode autor on Maarja Kangro. Kammerooperid tulevad lavale Von Krahli Teatri ja Nargen Opera koostöös. Esitavad Kädy Plaas, Helen Lokuta, Nargen Opera koor ja Tallinna Kammerorkester, dirigent Tõnu Kaljuste

  11. Von Krahli teatris etenduvad Tõnu Kõrvitsa kammerooperid / Esme Kassak

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    2006-01-01

    20. apr. esietenduvad Von Krahli Teatris Peeter Jalaka lavastuses Tõnu Kõrvitsa uued kammerooperid "Tuleaed" ja "Mu luiged, mu mõtted", mille aluseks on luuletaja Marie Heibergi saatus. Libretode autor on Maarja Kangro. Kammerooperid tulevad lavale Von Krahli Teatri ja Nargen Opera koostöös. Esitavad Kädy Plaas, Helen Lokuta, Nargen Opera koor ja Tallinna Kammerorkester, dirigent Tõnu Kaljuste

  12. Compliance with periodic surveillance for Von-Hippel-Lindau disease

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    Lammens, Chantal R. M.; Aaronson, Neil K.; Hes, Frederik J.; Links, Thera P.; Zonnenberg, Bernard A.; Lenders, Jacques W. M.; Majoor-Krakauer, Danielle; Van Os, Theo A. M.; Gomez-Garcia, Encarna B.; de Herder, Wouter; van der Luijt, Rob B.; van den Ouweland, Ans M. W.; Van Hest, Liselot P.; Verhoef, Senno; Bleiker, Eveline M. A.

    Purpose: To assess compliance with a periodic surveillance regimen for Von Hippel-Lindau disease. Methods: In this nationwide study, Von Hippel-Lindau disease mutation carriers and those at 50% risk were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing (compliance with) advice given for periodic

  13. Compliance with periodic surveillance for Von Hippel-Lindau disease

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    Lammens, C.R.M.; Aaronson, N.K.; Hes, F.J.; Links, T.P.; Zonnenberg, B.A.; Lenders, J.W.M.; Majoor-Krakauer, D.; van Os, T.A.M.; Gomez-Garcia, E.B.; de Herder, W.; van der Luijt, R.B.; van den Ouweland, A.M.W.; van Hest, L.P.; Verhoef, S.; Bleiker, E.M.A.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To assess compliance with a periodic surveillance regimen for Von Hippel-Lindau disease. Methods: In this nationwide study, Von Hippel-Lindau disease mutation carriers and those at 50% risk were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing (compliance with) advice given for periodic

  14. Compliance with periodic surveillance for Von-Hippel-Lindau disease

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    Lammens, C.R.; Aaronson, N.K.; Hes, F.J.; Links, T.P.; Zonnenberg, B.A.; Lenders, J.W.M.; Majoor-Krakauer, D.; Os, T.A. van; Gomez-Garcia, E.B.; Herder, W.W. de; Luijt, R.B. van der; Ouweland, A.M. van den; Hest, L.P. van; Verhoef, S.; Bleiker, E.M.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To assess compliance with a periodic surveillance regimen for Von Hippel-Lindau disease. METHODS: In this nationwide study, Von Hippel-Lindau disease mutation carriers and those at 50% risk were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing (compliance with) advice given for periodic

  15. Compliance with periodic surveillance for Von-Hippel-Lindau disease

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    Lammens, Chantal R. M.; Aaronson, Neil K.; Hes, Frederik J.; Links, Thera P.; Zonnenberg, Bernard A.; Lenders, Jacques W. M.; Majoor-Krakauer, Danielle; van Os, Theo A. M.; Gomez-Garcia, Encarna B.; de Herder, Wouter; van der Luijt, Rob B.; van den Ouweland, Ans M. W.; van Hest, Liselot P.; Verhoef, Senno; Bleiker, Eveline M. A.

    2011-01-01

    To assess compliance with a periodic surveillance regimen for Von Hippel-Lindau disease. In this nationwide study, Von Hippel-Lindau disease mutation carriers and those at 50% risk were invited to complete a questionnaire assessing (compliance with) advice given for periodic surveillance. Medical

  16. Polychaeten aus den Zoologischen Museen von Leiden und Amsterdam I

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    Augener, H.

    1933-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Arbeit ist die Untersuchung eines sehr umfangreichen Polychaeten-Materials niedergelegt, das mir von Herrn Prof. Dr. E. D. van Oort in Leiden und Herrn Prof. Dr. L. F. de Beaufort in Amsterdam zur Bearbeitung übergeben wurde. Von diesem Material ist der dem Museum in Leiden

  17. Victor or Villain? Wernher von Braun and the Space Race

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    O'Brien, Jason L.; Sears, Christine E.

    2011-01-01

    Set during the Cold War and space race, this historical role-play focuses on Wernher von Braun's involvement in and culpability for the use of slave laborers to produce V-2 rockets for Nazi Germany. Students will grapple with two central questions. Should von Braun have been allowed to emigrate to the United States given his affiliation with the…

  18. Rescue of corpus luteum function with peri-ovulatory HCG supplementation in IVF/ICSI GnRH antagonist cycles in which ovulation was triggered with a GnRH agonist

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    Al Humaidan, Peter Samir Heskjær; Bungum, L; Bungum, M

    2006-01-01

    Previous studies found a poor clinical outcome when a GnRH agonist (GnRHa) was used to trigger ovulation in GnRH antagonist IVF/ICSI cycles. This study aimed to determine the clinical and endocrine effects as well the optimal timing of HCG supplementation. Forty-five normogonadotrophic IVF....../ICSI patients following a flexible antagonist protocol were prospectively randomized (sealed envelopes) to triggering of ovulation with a single bolus of either 10,000 IU of HCG (group 1, n = 15) or 0.5 mg buserelin s.c. In addition, the GnRHa triggered group was randomized into two groups: group 2 (n = 17......) was supplemented with HCG 1500 IU, 12 h after ovulation induction and group 3 (n = 13) was supplemented with HCG 1500 IU 35 h after ovulation induction. Group 1 and group 3 had significantly higher luteal phase concentrations of progesterone (P

  19. Auf den Schultern von Riesen und Zwergen Einsteins unvollendete Revolution

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    2006-01-01

    Dies ist die Geschichte von Einsteins unvollendeter Revolution, einer tiefgreifenden Veränderung unserer Begriffe von Raum, Zeit, Materie und Strahlung. Diese Revolution begann in Einsteins Wunderjahr 1905, wurde durch seine allgemeine Relativitätstheorie aus dem Jahre 1915 fortgesetzt und wirkt in den heutigen Versuchen der Wissenschaft, die Entstehung und das Schicksal des Universums zu verstehen, weiter. Vor dem Hintergrund einer historischen Theorie des wissenschaftlichen Fortschritts wird Einsteins bis heute nicht abgeschlossene Revolution als das Ergebnis einer langfristigen Entwicklung des Wissens verständlich. Anhand der spannenden Geschichte von Einsteins Entdeckungen wird nachvollziehbar, warum große Denker wie Einstein weiter gesehen haben als ihre Vorgänger. Sie standen nicht nur auf den Schultern von Riesen, also den wissenschaftlichen Leistungen einzelner großer Vorgänger wie Newton, sondern auch auf den Schultern von "Zwergen", dem wissenschaftlichen Wissen, dem technischen Wissen, und d...

  20. Four Thrombotic Events Over 5 Years, Two Pulmonary Emboli and Two Deep Venous Thrombosis, When Testosterone-HCG Therapy Was Continued Despite Concurrent Anticoagulation in a 55-Year-Old Man With Lupus Anticoagulant.

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    Glueck, Charles J; Lee, Kevin; Prince, Marloe; Jetty, Vybhav; Shah, Parth; Wang, Ping

    2016-01-01

    When exogenous testosterone or treatments to elevate testosterone (human chorionic gonadotropin [HCG] or Clomid) are prescribed for men who have antecedent thrombophilia, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism often occur and may recur despite adequate anticoagulation if testosterone therapy is continued. A 55-year-old white male was referred to us because of 4 thrombotic events, 3 despite adequate anticoagulation over a 5-year period. We assessed interactions between thrombophilia, exogenous testosterone therapy, and recurrent thrombosis. In 2009, despite low-normal serum testosterone 334 ng/dL (lower normal limit [LNL] 300 ng/dL), he was given testosterone (TT) cypionate (50 mg/week) and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG; 500 units/week) for presumed hypogonadism. Ten months later, with supranormal serum T (1385 ng/dL, upper normal limit [UNL] 827 ng/dL) and estradiol (E2) 45 pg/mL (UNL 41 pg/mL), he had a pulmonary embolus (PE) and was then anticoagulated for 2 years (enoxaparin, then warfarin). Four years later, on TT-HCG, he had his first deep venous thrombosis (DVT). TT was stopped and HCG continued; he was anticoagulated (enoxaparin, then warfarin, then apixaban, then fondaparinux). One year after his first DVT, on HCG, still on fondaparinux, he had a second DVT (5/315), was anticoagulated (enoxaparin + warfarin), with a Greenfield filter placed, but 8 days later had a second PE. Thrombophilia testing revealed the lupus anticoagulant. After stopping HCG, and maintained on warfarin, he has been free of further DVT-PE for 9 months. When DVT-PE occur on TT or HCG, in the presence of thrombophilia, TT-HCG should be stopped, lest DVT-PE reoccur despite concurrent anticoagulation.

  1. Die Krakauer Kirche von Karmeliten und Karmelitaninnen

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    Full Text Available 1. Die Klosterkirche der unbeschuhten Karmelitinnen Zum Heiligen Josef. Ein glücklicher Auftakt und somit die charakteristische Einführung in das 20. Jh. für den Kirchenbau von Krakau war die Errichtung der Karmeliterinnen St. Josephs-Kirche an der Lobzowska-Straße 40, in der die Architekten (Tadeusz Stryjeński (1849-1943 - Projektant der Kirche und Franciszek Mączyński (1874-1947 - Ausführer des Bauprojektes mit eigenen Verbesserungen die historisch- eklektizistischen Formen d.h. die mittelalterlichen Formen vor allem des sog. Übergangsstils vereinfachten. Die Kirche, die in den Jahren 1903-1905 errichtet wurde, steht inmitten vom Baukomplex des Klosters, dessen Grundriss das Quadrat ist49. Der Kirchenbau ist ein dem Gesamtbau des Klosters eingefügter Längsraum. Hinter dem Chor liegt das Oratorium des Konvents. Das Material Backstein (mit Verwendung von Stein erinnert an die Baukunst eines der besten Architekten jener Zeit, nämlich Teodor Talowskis (1857-1910, der viele Kirchen in Südpolen, aber auch viele Bürgerhäuser nicht nur in Krakau im ausgehenden 19. Jh. baute. Die Architektur der Karmeliterinnen St. Josephs-Kirche ist immer noch im Malerischen begriffen. Aber die Vereinfachung der historischen Formen führt zu ihrer „Beruhigung” und dadurch zur Wuchtigkeit des Ausdrucks. Bemerkenswert ist die in dieser Zeit (in der Anlage noch seltene ausgewogene Proportionierung des Baukörpers. Das methodische Prinzip jener Zeit ist der Kontrast. Im Kontrast zu den gedrungenen und wuchtigen Formen des Baukörpers stehen z.B. die sich verjüngenden obeliskenförmigen und pylonenartigen Türmchen, die nicht nur die Eingangsfassade der Kirche flankieren, sondern auch an den Ecken des Querhauses der Kirche stehen. Die ingravierten weißen Steine an der Fassade in der Zahl von Zehn erinnern an das Gebot des Karmelterinnenordens: Bete täglich den Rosenkranz und sind zugleich ein Vanitativmotiv. 2. Die Klosterkirche der unbeschuhten

  2. Guy von Dardel 1919-2009

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    Guy von Dardel, a well-known figure at CERN and in the international particle physics community, passed away on 28 August. Guy von Dardel came to CERN when it was founded in 1954 and was a full-time staff member until 1964, performing several experiments and working on technical developments. These included the first measurement of the neutral pion’s life-time. Called to Lund University in 1964, he became professor there in 1965 and director of the 1.2 GeV electron accelerator. In the late 1960s, he performed an experiment at CERN’s PS that measured the decays of the Λ. Then, in the early 1970s, he involved the Lund group in a series of experiments at the Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR), where he measured the production of various types of particles. In particular, he participated in a series of experiments that observed the production of a high abundance of particles with large transverse momenta. This required an explanation...

  3. Translational Medicine Advances in von Willebrand Disease

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    Lillicrap, David

    2014-01-01

    Following the recognition of von Willebrand disease (VWD) in 1926 and the cloning of the gene for von Willebrand factor (VWF) in 1985, significant advances have been made in our fundamental knowledge of both the disease and the protein. Some of this new knowledge has also begun to impact the clinical management of VWD. First, the progressive increase in our understanding of the molecular genetic basis of VWD has resulted in rational applications of molecular testing to complement the current range of phenotypic tests for VWD. These molecular genetic strategies are most effectively directed at the prenatal diagnosis of type 3 VWD and confirmatory testing for types 2B and 2N disease. In contrast, the use of molecular testing to clarify the diagnosis of type 1 VWD is of marginal benefit, at best. In terms of VWD therapies, a new recombinant VWF concentrate has recently completed successful clinical trials and is now awaiting more widespread application. There have even been some pre-clinical successes with VWF gene transfer although the clinical rationale for this therapeutic strategy needs careful consideration. Much more remains to be learnt about the biology of VWF and further translational advances for the enhancement of VWD care will inevitably be realized. PMID:23809112

  4. Suitability of tracers; Eignung von Tracern

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    Klotz, D. [GSF - Forschungszentrum fuer Umwelt und Gesundheit GmbH, Neuherberg (Germany). Inst. fuer Hydrologie

    1999-02-01

    Hydrological tracer techniques are a means of making statements on the direction and speed of underground water. One of the simpler tasks is to find out whether there is hydrological communication between two given points. This requires a determination of the direction of flow, which places less exacting demands on the properties of the tracer than does the task of determining the flow velocity of underground water. Tracer methods can serve to infer from flow velocity the distance (flow) velocity, which is defined as the ratio between the distance between two points located in flow direction and the actual time it takes water to flow from one to the other. [Deutsch] Mit Hilfe der hydrologischen Markierungstechniken koennen Aussagen ueber die Richtung und die Geschwindigkeit von Bewegungen des unterirdischen Wassers gemacht werden. Der einfachere Fall liegt vor, wenn festgestellt werden soll, ob zwischen zwei Punkten eine hydrologische Verbindung besteht. Bei dieser Fliessrichtungsbestimmung sind die Forderungen an die Eigenschaften der einzusetzenden Tracer geringer als bei der Bestimmung der Geschwindigkeit des unterirdischen Wassers. Von den Geschwindigkeiten des unterirdischen Wassers ist die Abstands-(Fliess)geschwindigkeit, die definiert ist durch das Verhaeltnis aus dem Abstand und der wahren Fliesszeit zwischen zwei in Bewegungsrichtung gelegenen Punkten, durch Tracermethoden zu bestimmen. (orig.)

  5. Approximate von Neumann entropy for directed graphs.

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    Ye, Cheng; Wilson, Richard C; Comin, César H; Costa, Luciano da F; Hancock, Edwin R

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, we develop an entropy measure for assessing the structural complexity of directed graphs. Although there are many existing alternative measures for quantifying the structural properties of undirected graphs, there are relatively few corresponding measures for directed graphs. To fill this gap in the literature, we explore an alternative technique that is applicable to directed graphs. We commence by using Chung's generalization of the Laplacian of a directed graph to extend the computation of von Neumann entropy from undirected to directed graphs. We provide a simplified form of the entropy which can be expressed in terms of simple node in-degree and out-degree statistics. Moreover, we find approximate forms of the von Neumann entropy that apply to both weakly and strongly directed graphs, and that can be used to characterize network structure. We illustrate the usefulness of these simplified entropy forms defined in this paper on both artificial and real-world data sets, including structures from protein databases and high energy physics theory citation networks.

  6. Coarse Graining Shannon and von Neumann Entropies

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    Full Text Available The nature of coarse graining is intuitively “obvious”, but it is rather difficult to find explicit and calculable models of the coarse graining process (and the resulting entropy flow discussed in the literature. What we would like to have at hand is some explicit and calculable process that takes an arbitrary system, with specified initial entropy S, and that monotonically and controllably drives the entropy to its maximum value. This does not have to be a physical process, in fact for some purposes it is better to deal with a gedanken-process, since then it is more obvious how the “hidden information” is hiding in the fine-grain correlations that one is simply agreeing not to look at. We shall present several simple mathematically well-defined and easy to work with conceptual models for coarse graining. We shall consider both the classical Shannon and quantum von Neumann entropies, including models based on quantum decoherence, and analyse the entropy flow in some detail. When coarse graining the quantum von Neumann entropy, we find it extremely useful to introduce an adaptation of Hawking’s super-scattering matrix. These explicit models that we shall construct allow us to quantify and keep clear track of the entropy that appears when coarse graining the system and the information that can be hidden in unobserved correlations (while not the focus of the current article, in the long run, these considerations are of interest when addressing the black hole information puzzle.

  7. [Heinz von zur Mühlen. Das Bürgertum Fordert Blut. Ein Bolschewistiches Flugblatt von 1918] / Paul Kaegbein

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    Arvustus: Heinz von zur Mühlen. Das Bürgertum Fordert Blut. Ein Bolschewistiches Flugblatt von 1918. In : Ostseeprovinzen, baltische Staaten und das Nationale. Münster : LIT, 2005, lk. 403-414. 1918. aastast pärit lendlehest, mille käekirja järgi otsustades on kirjutanud Viktor Kingissepp

  8. Methotrexate or expectant management in women with an ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy of unknown location and low serum hCG concentrations? A randomized comparison.

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    van Mello, N M; Mol, F; Verhoeve, H R; van Wely, M; Adriaanse, A H; Boss, E A; Dijkman, A B; Bayram, N; Emanuel, M H; Friederich, J; van der Leeuw-Harmsen, L; Lips, J P; Van Kessel, M A; Ankum, W M; van der Veen, F; Mol, B W; Hajenius, P J

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    What is the treatment success rate of systemic methotrexate (MTX) compared with expectant management in women with an ectopic pregnancy or a pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) with low and plateauing serum hCG concentrations? In women with an ectopic pregnancy or a PUL and low and plateauing serum hCG concentrations, expectant management is an alternative to medical treatment with single-dose systemic MTX. MTX is often used in asymptomatic women with an ectopic pregnancy or a PUL with low and plateauing serum hCG concentrations. These pregnancies may be self-limiting and watchful waiting is suggested as an alternative, but evidence from RCTs is lacking. The results of this RCT show that expectant management is an alternative to treatment with systemic MTX in a single-dose regimen in these women. A multicentre RCT women were assigned to systemic MTX (single dose) treatment or expectant management, using a web-based randomization program, block randomization with stratification for hospital and serum hCG concentration (treatment, side effects and serum hCG clearance time. From April 2007 to January 2012, we performed a multicentre study in The Netherlands. All haemodynamically stable women >18 years old with both an ectopic pregnancy visible on transvaginal sonography and a plateauing serum hCG concentration treatment success rate of single-dose MTX versus expectant management, 31/41 (76%) and 19/32 (59%), respectively [relative risk (RR) 1.3 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.9-1.8]. In nine women (22%), additional MTX injections were needed, compared with nine women (28%) in whom systemic MTX was administered after initial expectant management (RR 0.8; 95% CI 0.4-1.7). One woman (2%) from the MTX group underwent surgery compared with four women (13%) in the expectant management group (RR 0.2; 95% CI 0.02-1.7), all after experiencing abdominal pain within the first week of follow-up. In the MTX group, nine women reported side effects versus none in the expectant

  9. Influence of cholesterol and its esters on [125I] hCG binding to rat testicular membranes and their ordering effect on membranes and liposomes

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    Horkovics-Kovats, S.; Kolena, J.

    1986-01-01

    The influence of cholesterol, cholesterol acetate and cholesterol hemisuccinate on specific binding of [ 125 I] hCG to rat testicular membranes was studied. The increase of specific binding of [ 125 I] hCG only in the presence of cholesterol hemisuccinate in the membranes was observed. The influence of sterols on the ordering of membranes and liposomes prepared from egg phosphatidylcholine was further studied at three depths of the membranes by means of ESR spectroscopy in the temperature range 5-30 0 C. A different effect of cholesterol was observed when compared with its two above-mentioned esters in biological and artificial membranes in the hydrophilic part of the membrane as detected by the CAT 16 spin probe. (author)

  10. Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) levels reflect endogenous LH production and response to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) challenge in the older female macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

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    Moran, Francisco M.; Chen, Jiangang; Gee, Nancy A.; Lohstroh, Pete; Lasley, Bill L.

    2012-01-01

    Hypothesis We propose that the adrenal gland of an older higher primate female animal model will respond to a human chorionic gonadotropic (hCG) hormone challenge by secreting additional dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS). Such a response in surgically and chemically-castrated animals will provide proof-of-concept and a validated animal model for future studies to explore the rise of DHEAS during the menopausal transition of women. Methods Twenty four 18–26 y/o female cynomolgus monkeys were screened for ovarian function then either ovariectomized (n=4) or treated with a gonadotropic releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) (n=20) to block ovarian steroid production. Following a recovery period from surgery or down-regulation, a single dose challenge (1,000 IU; IM) of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) was then administered in order to determine if LH/CG could accelerate circulating DHEAS production. Serum DHEAS, bioactive LH and urinary metabolites of ovarian sex steroids were monitored before, during and following these treatments. Results Circulating LH bioactivity and immunoreactive DHEAS concentrations were suppressed in all animals 14 days post administration of GnRHa. Urinary metabolites of estradiol and progesterone remained low following surgery or the flare reaction to GnRHa. Circulating DHEAS levels were increased following hCG administration and the increase in individual animals was proportional to the pre-treatment DHEAS baseline. Circulating DHEAS concentrations were positively correlated to endogenous LH bioactive concentrations prior to, and were increased by hCG challenge while no concomitant change was observed in ovarian steroid hormone excretion. Conclusion These data demonstrate a positive adrenal androgen response to LH/CG in older female higher primates and suggests a mechanism for the rise in adrenal androgen production during the menopausal transition in women. These results also illustrate that the nonhuman primate animal model can be

  11. Estrogen Modulates Specific Life and Death Signals Induced by LH and hCG in Human Primary Granulosa Cells In Vitro.

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    Casarini, Livio; Riccetti, Laura; De Pascali, Francesco; Gilioli, Lisa; Marino, Marco; Vecchi, Eugenia; Morini, Daria; Nicoli, Alessia; La Sala, Giovanni Battista; Simoni, Manuela

    2017-04-28

    Luteinizing hormone (LH) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) are glycoprotein hormones used for assisted reproduction acting on the same receptor (LHCGR) and mediating different intracellular signaling. We evaluated the pro- and anti-apoptotic effect of 100 pM LH or hCG, in the presence or in the absence of 200 pg/mL 17β-estradiol, in long-term, serum-starved human primary granulosa cells (hGLC) and a transfected granulosa cell line overexpressing LHCGR (hGL5/LHCGR). To this purpose, phospho-extracellular-regulated kinase 1/2 (pERK1/2), protein kinase B (pAKT), cAMP-responsive element binding protein (pCREB) activation and procaspase 3 cleavage were evaluated over three days by Western blotting, along with the expression of target genes by real-time PCR and cell viability by colorimetric assay. We found that LH induced predominant pERK1/2 and pAKT activation STARD1 , CCND2 and anti-apoptotic XIAP gene expression, while hCG mediated more potent CREB phosphorylation, expression of CYP19A1 and procaspase 3 cleavage than LH. Cell treatment by LH is accompanied by increased (serum-starved) cell viability, while hCG decreased the number of viable cells. The hCG-specific, pro-apoptotic effect was blocked by a physiological dose of 17β-estradiol, resulting in pAKT activation, lack of procaspase 3 cleavage and increased cell viability. These results confirm that relatively high levels of steroidogenic pathway activation are linked to pro-apoptotic signals in vitro, which may be counteracted by other factors, i.e., estrogens.

  12. The value of delaying hCG administration to enable maturation of medium-sized follicles in patients undergoing superovulation for IVF/ICSI.

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    Awonuga, Awoniyi O; Wheeler, Karen; Thakur, Mili; Jeelani, Roohi; Diamond, Michael P; Puscheck, Elizabeth E

    2018-02-01

    The purpose of the study is to determine whether continued stimulation of mature follicles to allow "catch up" growth of medium-sized follicles in assisted reproductive technology compromises the clinical pregnancy (CPR) and live birth (LBR) rates in IVF/ICSI cycles. This retrospective cohort study reviewed 200 first IVF ± ICSI cycles out of a total of 340 cycles with complete data. Women underwent stimulation protocols with gonadotropins (Gn) and GnRH antagonist. Treatment cycles were divided into two groups (Gp): hCG administration delayed despite the presence of two mature follicles, defined as ≥ 18 mm [Gp1, n = 79] and hCG administration given when there were two mature follicles [Gp2, n = 121]. The patients in Gp1 were significantly younger than those in Gp2 [32.9 (4.5) vs. 34.3 (4.8), p = 0.04] and needed a median of one more day of superovulation before ovulation was triggered with hCG. The extra days was associated with the use of 450 [75-2025] more Gn, such that at the time the hCG was administered, patient's in group 1 had developed significantly greater number of follicles ≥ 18 mm [mean (SD), 4.9 (1.8) vs. 3.4 (1.7), p hCG administration to allow further growth of the medium-sized follicles added further days of superovulation and cost without improvement in CPR and LBR.

  13. A Positive Feedback Loop between Glial Cells Missing 1 and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Regulates Placental hCGβ Expression and Cell Differentiation

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    Cheong, Mei-Leng; Wang, Liang-Jie; Chuang, Pei-Yun; Chang, Ching-Wen; Lee, Yun-Shien; Lo, Hsiao-Fan; Tsai, Ming-Song

    2015-01-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is composed of a common α subunit and a placenta-specific β subunit. Importantly, hCG is highly expressed in the differentiated and multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast, which is formed via trophoblast cell fusion and stimulated by cyclic AMP (cAMP). Although the ubiquitous activating protein 2 (AP2) transcription factors TFAP2A and TFAP2C may regulate hCGβ expression, it remains unclear how cAMP stimulates placenta-specific hCGβ gene expression and trophoblastic differentiation. Here we demonstrated that the placental transcription factor glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) binds to a highly conserved promoter region in all six hCGβ paralogues by chromatin immunoprecipitation-on-chip (ChIP-chip) analyses. We further showed that cAMP stimulates GCM1 and the CBP coactivator to activate the hCGβ promoter through a GCM1-binding site (GBS1), which also constitutes a previously identified AP2 site. Given that TFAP2C may compete with GCM1 for GBS1, cAMP enhances the association between the hCGβ promoter and GCM1 but not TFAP2C. Indeed, the hCG-cAMP-protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway also stimulates Ser269 and Ser275 phosphorylation of GCM1, which recruits CBP to mediate GCM1 acetylation and stabilization. Consequently, hCG stimulates the expression of GCM1 target genes, including the fusogenic protein syncytin-1, to promote placental cell fusion. Our study reveals a positive feedback loop between GCM1 and hCG regulating placental hCGβ expression and cell differentiation. PMID:26503785

  14. A Positive Feedback Loop between Glial Cells Missing 1 and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Regulates Placental hCGβ Expression and Cell Differentiation.

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    Cheong, Mei-Leng; Wang, Liang-Jie; Chuang, Pei-Yun; Chang, Ching-Wen; Lee, Yun-Shien; Lo, Hsiao-Fan; Tsai, Ming-Song; Chen, Hungwen

    2016-01-01

    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is composed of a common α subunit and a placenta-specific β subunit. Importantly, hCG is highly expressed in the differentiated and multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast, which is formed via trophoblast cell fusion and stimulated by cyclic AMP (cAMP). Although the ubiquitous activating protein 2 (AP2) transcription factors TFAP2A and TFAP2C may regulate hCGβ expression, it remains unclear how cAMP stimulates placenta-specific hCGβ gene expression and trophoblastic differentiation. Here we demonstrated that the placental transcription factor glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) binds to a highly conserved promoter region in all six hCGβ paralogues by chromatin immunoprecipitation-on-chip (ChIP-chip) analyses. We further showed that cAMP stimulates GCM1 and the CBP coactivator to activate the hCGβ promoter through a GCM1-binding site (GBS1), which also constitutes a previously identified AP2 site. Given that TFAP2C may compete with GCM1 for GBS1, cAMP enhances the association between the hCGβ promoter and GCM1 but not TFAP2C. Indeed, the hCG-cAMP-protein kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway also stimulates Ser269 and Ser275 phosphorylation of GCM1, which recruits CBP to mediate GCM1 acetylation and stabilization. Consequently, hCG stimulates the expression of GCM1 target genes, including the fusogenic protein syncytin-1, to promote placental cell fusion. Our study reveals a positive feedback loop between GCM1 and hCG regulating placental hCGβ expression and cell differentiation. Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  15. An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis due to small doses of irradiation

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    Tano, Yoshihiko; Adachi, Michifumi; Kimura, Makoto; Matsushima, Toshiharu; Torii, Takashi

    1990-01-01

    An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis is reported. A 68 year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Lung cancer was diagnosed and treated with radiotherapy. The radiotherapy (1,200 cGy) was discontinued, however because his general condition deteriorated. Chest x-rays then showed a pneumonia-like shadow in the projected field of irradiation. The same shadow was observed in the contralateral lung field one month later. Gynecomastia and an elevated level of serum HCG were noticed during hospitalization. The patient died and an autopsy was performed. Histopathological examination upon autopsy confirmed a large cell carcinoma of the lung which stained positively for HCG with an immunoenzyme labelling technique using the PAP method. Marked fibrosis and thickening of the alveolar septae were histologically demonstrated in the projected field of irradiation and the contralateral field where chest x-rays showed the pneumonia-like shadow. (author)

  16. In vitro fertilization outcome in frozen versus fresh embryo transfer in women with elevated progesterone level on the day of HCG injection: An RCT

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    Marzieh Aghahosseini

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    Full Text Available Background: The effect of elevated progesterone level on human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG day in in vitro fertilization cycles is controversial. Some suppose that rise in progesterone level seems to have a negative impact on implantation and pregnancy by desynchronizing the endometrium, while others disagree. Objective: To evaluate the superiority of the frozen cycle over fresh cycle on live birth in patients with elevated progesterone level on HCG day. Materials and Methods: In this double-blind, randomized clinical trial, 72 women undergoing assisted reproductive technology with elevated progesterone level (≥1.8 ng/dl on HCG day were included. The participants were grouped by fresh versus frozen embryo transfer, randomly. Finally, the clinical pregnancy and live birth rate were compared. Results: The implantation rate was 21.51%. The clinical pregnancy rate was 47.22% in fresh embryo transfer group (17/36 and 41.66% in frozen group (15/36 (p=0. 40. The live birth rate was not significantly difference between two groups (p=0.56. Conclusion: None of the fresh and frozen cycles are superior to the other and we recommend individualizing the decision for each patient. The frozen cycle may impose more emotional stress on patients

  17. Ovulation and conception rates according intravaginal progesterone device and hCG or GnRH to induce ovulation in buffalo during the off breeding season

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    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of intravaginal progesterone device (P4; first or second use of different ovulatory inductors on ovulation and conception rates in buffaloes during the off breeding season. Two hundred and forty two buffaloes were allocated in four groups and received P4 device of first or second use plus estradiol benzoate on Day 0 (D0. The P4 device was removed and a dose of PGF2α and eCG was administered on D9. On D11, buffaloes received hCG or GnRH and 16hs after the animals were inseminated. The ultrasound examination was performed on D0 to verify the ovarian status, from D9 to D14 to establish the moment of ovulation and on D40 for pregnancy diagnosis. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and Chi-square test. There was no effect of interaction. The ovulation and conception rate were similar for P4 device of first and second use, for hCG and GnRH. Results indicate that the use of P4 device for two times and the use of GnRH instead of hCG provide satisfactory ovulation and conception rate in buffalo during the off breeding season and might reduce the cost of the protocol for artificial insemination.

  18. An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis due to small doses of irradiation

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    Tano, Yoshihiko; Adachi, Michifumi; Kimura, Makoto; Matsushima, Toshiharu; Torii, Takashi (Kawasaki Medical School, Kawasaki Hospital, Okayama (Japan))

    1990-07-01

    An autopsied case of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-producing lung cancer accompanied by bilateral radiation pneumonitis is reported. A 68 year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of an abnormal shadow in his chest x-ray. Lung cancer was diagnosed and treated with radiotherapy. The radiotherapy (1,200 cGy) was discontinued, however because his general condition deteriorated. Chest x-rays then showed a pneumonia-like shadow in the projected field of irradiation. The same shadow was observed in the contralateral lung field one month later. Gynecomastia and an elevated level of serum HCG were noticed during hospitalization. The patient died and an autopsy was performed. Histopathological examination upon autopsy confirmed a large cell carcinoma of the lung which stained positively for HCG with an immunoenzyme labelling technique using the PAP method. Marked fibrosis and thickening of the alveolar septae were histologically demonstrated in the projected field of irradiation and the contralateral field where chest x-rays showed the pneumonia-like shadow. (author).

  19. Phenotypic evidence that the function of the [Fe]-hydrogenase Hmd in Methanococcus maripaludis requires seven hcg (hmd co-occurring genes) but not hmdII.

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    Lie, Thomas J; Costa, Kyle C; Pak, Daniel; Sakesan, Varun; Leigh, John A

    2013-06-01

    The H2 -dependent methylene-tetrahydromethanopterin dehydrogenase (Hmd), also known as the [Fe]-hydrogenase, is found only in methanogens without cytochromes. In contrast to the binuclear metal centers of the [NiFe]- and [FeFe]-hydrogenases, the [Fe]-hydrogenase contains only a single Fe atom, which is coordinated by a novel guanylylpyridinol cofactor in the active site. The biosynthesis of the cofactor is not well understood and the responsible genes are unknown. However, seven genes (hmd co-occurring genes, hcg) encoding proteins of unknown function are always associated with the hmd gene. In the model methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis, we used a genetic background in which a deletion of hmd had a distinct growth phenotype, and made null-mutations in each hcg gene as well as in a gene encoding the Hmd paralog HmdII, which is hypothesized to function as a scaffold for cofactor synthesis. Deletions in all seven hcg genes resulted in the same growth phenotype as a deletion in hmd, suggesting they are required for Hmd function. In all cases, genetic complementation of the mutation restored the wild-type phenotype. A deletion in hmdII had no effect. © 2013 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Impact of buserelin acetate or hCG administration on day 5 post-ovulation on subsequent luteal profile and conception rate in Murrah buffalo (Bubalus bubalis).

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    Pandey, A K; Dhaliwal, G S; Ghuman, S P S; Agarwal, S K

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    The present study aimed to establish the impact of buserelin acetate or hCG administration on day 5 post-ovulation on subsequent luteal profile and conception rate in buffalo. The buffalo (n=45) were subjected to an estrous synchronization protocol (synthetic analog of PGF2α administered, through intramuscular route, 11 days apart), followed by artificial insemination (AI) during mid to late estrus. On day 5 post-ovulation, buffalo were administered (i.m.) normal saline (Control, n=14), buserelin acetate (20μg, d5-BA, n=14) or human chorionic gonadotropin (3000IU, d5-hCG, n=17). Ovarian ultrasonography was conducted on the day of induced estrus and on days 0, 5, 12, 16 and 21 post-ovulation to assess preovulatory follicle or corpus luteum (CL) diameter. Also, on these days, jugular vein blood sampling was conducted for the estimation of plasma progesterone. First service conception rate was greater (χ(2)=5.18, P>0.05) in d5-BA and d5-hCG groups (71.4% and 47.1%, respectively) as compared to control (28.6%). Both treatment groups had a greater (Pconception rate. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Drei Dimensionen von filmischem Archivmaterial. Die Untersuchung von Archivfilmen aus der Zeit des Holocaust

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    Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Filmisches Archivmaterial aus der Zeit des Holocaust ist eine ambivalente Quelle. Daher sind spezifische Ansätze notwendig, um dieses Material zu ‘lesen’. Es geht darum, den besonderen Inhalt der Bilder zu analysieren, den Kontext ihrer Entstehung zu bestimmen, aber auch, ihre spätere Verwendung und Zirkulation in der visuellen Kultur und damit auch ihren wechselnden Status mit einzubeziehen. Am Beispiel ausgewählter Filmfragmente aus dem Warschauer Ghetto und dem Ghetto Theresienstadt skizziert der Artikel einen Ansatz, wie man diese drei Dimensionen von filmischem Archivmaterial analysieren kann und schlägt damit eine entsprechende Historiographie von Archivfilmen aus der Zeit des Holocaust vor.

  2. [Determination of von Willebrand factor multimers in Mexican population].

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    Hernández-Zamora, Edgar; Zavala-Hernández, Cesar; Viveros-Sandoval, Martha Eva; Ochoa-Rico, Angeles; Martínez-Murillo, Carlos; Reyes-Maldonado, Elba

    2014-01-01

    Von Willebrand disease is an inherited disease in which the structure, function, and concentration of von Willebrand factor are altered, as well as the platelet von Willebrand factor endothelium interaction. In Mexico there are no epidemiological records of the disease. Only a few isolated studies have been reported from the clinical and hematological standpoint. We studied 155 Mexican Mestizos: 75 with presumptive diagnosis of von Willebrand disease, 15 with suspected diagnosis ofhemophilia A and 65 healthy donors (controls). Basic coagulation tests, special tests and classification test (analysis of multimeric composition) were carried out. There were 15 patients with clinical diagnosis of hemophilia A, 75 patients with suspected von Willebrand disease of which 50 were diagnosed as the following types and subtypes: Type 1 (62%), Type 2 (22%) [subtypes: 2A (14%), 2B (2%), and 2N (6%)] and Type 3 (16%). It has been reported that analysis of von Willebrand factor is a method that meets the characteristics for the diagnosis of von Willebrand disease. It is necessary to implement this methodology to study and improve the specific diagnoses.

  3. Die Rolle von RANK-Ligand und Osteoprotegerin bei Osteoporose

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    Hofbauer LC

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Receptor activator of nuclear factor (NF- κB ligand (RANKL, sein zellulärer Rezeptor RANK und der Decoy-Rezeptor Osteoprotegerin (OPG stellen ein essentielles Zytokinsystem für die Zellbiologie von Osteoklasten dar. Verschiedene Untersuchungen belegen die Bedeutung von Störungen des OPG/RANKL/RANK-Systems bei der Pathogenese metabolischer Knochenerkrankungen. In dieser Arbeit werden die wichtigsten Störungen des OPG/RANKL/RANK-Systems bei verschiedenen Osteoporoseformen dargestellt. Östrogenrezeptor- (ER- Agonisten wie 17 β-Östradiol, Raloxifen und Genistein stimulieren die osteoblastäre Produktion von OPG durch Aktivierung von ER- α in vitro, während Lymphozyten von Patientinnen mit Östrogenmangel RANKL überexprimieren. Die parenterale Gabe von OPG vermag den mit Östrogenmangel assoziierten Knochenverlust im Tiermodell und in einer kleineren klinischen Studie zu verhindern. Glukokortikoide und Immunsuppressiva steigern gleichzeitig die RANKL-Expression und hemmen die OPG-Produktion in osteoblastären Zellen in vitro. Glukokortikoide sind auch in vivo imstande, die OPG-Serumspiegel deutlich zu reduzieren. Dagegen hemmen biomechanische Reize in vitro die RANKL-Produktion und steigern die OPG-Produktion. Ein Fehlen dieser biomechanischen Reize bei längerer Immobilisierung kann daher den RANKL/OPG-Quotienten steigern, während die tierexperimentelle Immobilisierungs-Osteoporose durch die parenterale Gabe von OPG gemildert werden kann.

  4. Strukturbasierte Entwicklung von Assaysystemen und Charakterisierung von orthosterischen und allosterischen Kinaseinhibitoren

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    Klüter, Sabine

    2010-01-01

    Die Proteinkinasen stellen eine wichtige Enzymklasse für die Regulation der Signaltransduktion dar. Sie steuern diese diffizil regulierten, intrazellulären Signalkaskaden durch Übertragung der ?-Phosphatgruppe von ATP auf andere Proteine. Fehlregulationen dieser komplexen Stoffwechselwege können Krankheiten wie Krebs, Diabetes oder Autoimunkrankheiten verursachen. Somit gehören die Kinasen in den letzten Jahren zu den wichtigsten Zielproteinen der Pharmaindustrie. Die klassi...

  5. Der Effekt von Akupunktur in der Prävention von Prüfungsangst

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    Krüger, Peter

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    Prüfungsangst ist ein weit verbreitetes gesellschaftliches Phänomen, das bisher in nur wenigen wissenschaftlichen Ansätzen untersucht wurde. Die Zahl der Studenten, die Gehirn - Doping zur Leistungssteigerung und zur Minimierung von Prüfungsangst nutzen, steigt stetig an. In bisherigen Studien wurde Akupunktur an Herz 7 als vielversprechende Behandlungsalternative dargestellt. Basierend auf diesen Ergebnissen, wurde in dieser Arbeit untersucht, ob eine Einzelpunktakupunktur an Herz 7 die ...

  6. Modernisation of ventilation systems; Modernisierung von Lueftungsanlagen

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    Richter, W. [Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany). Inst. fuer Thermodynamik und Technische Gebaeudeausruestung

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    When redeveloping buildings it is common to use window constructions with air-tight rabbets which obviate the inflow of fresh air almost entirely. This leads to the well-known structural-physics and hygienic consequences. As an added effect, the distinctly enhanced thermal insulation results in changes in dynamic heat loss. The paper focuses on the issues of how to safeguard the inflow of fresh air, and the heating capacity of radiators. (MSK) [Deutsch] Da die bei Gebaeudesanierungen eingesetzten fugendichten Fensterkonstruktionen die Nachstroemmoeglichkeiten fuer die Zuluft fast ganz unterbinden, fuehrt das zu den bekannten bauphysikalischen und hygienischen Konsequenzen. Dazu kommen veraenderte dynamische Waermverlustverhaeltnisse aufgrund der deutlich verbesserten Waermedaemmung. Im Folgenden wird schwerpunktmaessig auf die Probleme Zuluftsicherung und Waermeleistung von Heizkoerpern eingegangen.

  7. Heterogeneous hCG and hMG commercial preparations result in different intracellular signalling but induce a similar long-term progesterone response in vitro.

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    Riccetti, Laura; Klett, Danièle; Ayoub, Mohammed Akli; Boulo, Thomas; Pignatti, Elisa; Tagliavini, Simonetta; Varani, Manuela; Trenti, Tommaso; Nicoli, Alessia; Capodanno, Francesco; La Sala, Giovanni Battista; Reiter, Eric; Simoni, Manuela; Casarini, Livio

    2017-10-01

    Are four urinary hCG/menotropin (hMG) and one recombinant preparation characterized by different molecular features and do they mediate specific intracellular signaling and steroidogenesis? hCG and hMG preparations have heterogeneous compositions and mediate preparation-specific cell signaling and early steroidogenesis, although similar progesterone plateau levels are achieved in 24 h-treated human primary granulosa cells in vitro. hCG is the pregnancy hormone marketed as a drug for ARTs to induce final oocyte maturation and ovulation, and to support FSH action. Several hCG formulations are commercially available, differing in source, purification methods and biochemical composition. Commercial hCG preparations for ART or research purposes were compared in vitro. The different preparations were quantified by immunoassay with calibration against the hCG standard (Fifth IS; NIBSC 07/364). Immunoreactivity patterns, isoelectric points and oligosaccharide contents of hCGs were evaluated using reducing and non-reducing Western blotting, capillary isoelectric-focusing immunoassay and lectin-ELISA, respectively. Functional studies were performed in order to evaluate intracellular and total cAMP, progesterone production and β-arrestin 2 recruitment by ELISA and BRET, in both human primary granulosa lutein cells (hGLC) and luteinizing hormone (LH)/hCG receptor (LHCGR)-transfected HEK293 cells, stimulated by increasing hormone concentrations. Statistical analysis was performed using two-way ANOVA and Bonferroni post-test or Mann-Whitney's U-test as appropriate. Heterogeneous profiles were found among preparations, revealing specific molecular weight patterns (20-75 KDa range), isoelectric points (4.0-9.0 pI range) and lectin binding (P hCG/hMG preparations is provided in International Units (IU) by in-vivo bioassay and calibration against an International Standard, although it is an unsuitable unit of measure for in-vitro studies. The re-calibration against recombinant h

  8. Alexander von Humboldt and the concept of animal electricity.

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    Kettenmann, H

    1997-06-01

    More than two hundred years ago, Alexander von Humboldt helped to establish Galvani's view that muscle and nerve tissue are electrically excitable. His 1797 publication was a landmark for establishing the concept of animal electricity. Almost half a century later, von Humboldt became the mentor of the young du Bois-Reymond. With the help of von Humboldt's promotion, du Bois-Reymond demonstrated convincingly that animal tissue has the intrinsic capacity to generate electrical activity, and thus laid the ground for modern electrophysiology.

  9. Power-Sharing in the Local Arena: Man – a Rebel-Held Town in Western Côte d’Ivoire Machtteilung auf lokaler Ebene: Man – eine von Rebellen kontrollierte Stadt im Westen der Côte d’Ivoire

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    Kathrin Heitz

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In general, peace agreements with power-sharing provisions are analysed at a national level. This article offers insights into the practices of power-sharing in the local arena of western Côte d’Ivoire, in the town of Man. It investigates what brought about a change towards peace in the region of Man and then presents local forms of power-sharing between the community leaders and the rebels who have established a rather complex system of domination and taxation in the territory they occupy. Moreover, the implementation of a territorial power-sharing device, which is part of the peace agreement negotiated among the warring parties at the national level, is analysed: the redeployment of state administration to the rebel-held zones of the country. The ethnographic data on which the article is based reveals that the actors at the local level have their own strategies to address urgent needs and that they play a more active role in peacemaking than is usually acknowledged. Im Allgemeinen werden Friedensabkommen, die Machtteilungsklauseln vorsehen, im nationalen Rahmen analysiert. Der vorliegende Beitrag vermittelt Einsicht in die praktische Wirkung solcher Klauseln in lokalem Rahmen, und zwar in der Stadt Man im Westen der Côte d’Ivoire. Untersucht wird, wodurch in der umliegenden Region ein Wandel hin zum Frieden erreicht werden konnte. Es werden lokale Formen der Machtteilung zwischen den führenden Persönlichkeiten lokaler Gemeinschaften und den Rebellen ermittelt, die ein komplexes Herrschafts- und Steuersystem in den von ihnen besetzten Gebieten eingerichtet haben. Zudem wird die Durchführung einer territorialen Machtteilungsregelung untersucht, die auf nationaler Ebene als Bestandteil des Friedensabkommens zwischen den Kriegsgegnern ausgehandelt worden war: die Wiedereinsetzung der staatlichen Verwaltung in den von den Rebellen gehaltenen Gebieten des Landes. Das ethnographische Material, auf dem der Artikel basiert, belegt, dass

  10. Microbial reactions in coal and coal relevant structures. Part project: fungal and enzymatic depolarisation of brown coal for the production of low-molecular compounds. Interim report; Mikrobielle Umsetzung an Kohle und kohlenrelevanten Strukturen. Teilvorhaben: Pilzliche und enzymatische Depolymerisation von Braunkohle zur Gewinnung niedermolekularer Verbindungen. Zwischenbericht (Berichtszeitraum 01.01.1998 - 31.12.1998)

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    Ziegenhagen, D.; Bublitz, F.; Sorge, S.; Ullrich, R.; Hofrichter, M.; Fritsche, W.

    1999-04-29

    The present research project involved a study of the depolymerisation of brown coal constituents. The purpose of the depolymerisation experiments, which were carried out with fungi as well as their (acellular) enzymes, was to obtain products with a potential market value. Research focussed on one of the key enzymes of lignocellulose degradation, namely manganese (II) peroxidase (MnP). The effects of this enzyme on the depolymerisation of brown coal was studied in detail in acellular systems. The insights gained in this way then served as a basis for optimising the fungal and enzymatic depolymerisation processes for maximum yields of low-molecular products. The experiments carried out during the period under review were oriented to finding new types of lignolytically active organisms, isolating lignolytic enzymes and immobilising them on natural support materials, and further examining the action spectrum of MnP. Different model substrates were used in order to gain information on what bond types are MnP-cleavable and on possible reaction products. Substrates were either fixed to silica gel as support material or used without support material. The idea of using substrates fixed to support materials was motivated by the need to distinguish between intracellular and extracellular reactions involving the fungal mycelium. [Deutsch] Im Rahmen des Forschungsvorhabens wird die Depolymerisation von Braunkohle-Bestandteilen untersucht. Ziel der sowohl mit Pilzorganismen als auch mit deren Enzymen (zellfrei) durchgefuehrten Depolymerisationsversuche ist die Gewinnung von Produkten mit potentiellem Werkstoffcharakter. Im Mittelpunkt der Forschung steht eines der Schluesselenzyme des Ligninozellulose-Abbaus: Die Mangan(II)-Peroxidase (MnP). Die Wirkung dieses Enzyms bei der Depolymerisation von Braunkohle (Bk) in zellfreien Systemen wird weitergehend untersucht. Auf Grundlage der gewonnenen Erkenntnisse werden die pilzlichen und enzymatischen Depolymerisationsprozesse so

  11. Messen und Bewerten von Webapplikationen mit der Goal/Question/Metric Methode. Handbuch

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    Assmann, D.; Kalmar, R.; Punter, T.

    2002-01-01

    Inhalt: Einleitung: App2Web, Motivation für das ,,Messen und Bewerten von WebApplikationen", Was ist messen? Worauf es beim Messen ankommt, Zweck dieses Handbuchs, Struktur dieses Handbuchs GQM als Methode zum Messen und Bewerten: Einleitung, Der Rahmen eines Messprogramms Messplanung: Definition von Geschäfts- und Verbesserungszielen, Definition von Messzielen, Definition von Fragen, Definition von Metriken Ein Beispiel für eine Frage Messinstrumentierung: Entwicklung des Messplans, Vorberei...

  12. Priority ranking of substances hazardous to the aquatic system according to their exposure and effects for 1993/94; Reihung gewaesserrelevanter, gefaehrlicher Stoffe aufgrund ihrer Exposition und Wirkung fuer 1993/94

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    Herrchen, M.; Mueller, M.; Storm, U.; Storm, A.

    1997-10-01

    For the identification of substances occuring in surface waters and being hazardous to the aquatic ecosystem a tiered selection scheme has been developed and applied in a previous project (Application of a selection scheme for the identification of substances hazardous to the acquatic system, No.: 102 04 109). On the first tier, substances occuring in surface waters were identified by comparison with substances in international lists (such as lists I and II of the Directive 76 464 EEC and annex 1A and 1D of the 3. International North Sea Conference). For substances which are detected in monitoring programs but are not listed in the international lists as well as for substances which are detected in monitoring programs but are not listed in the above lists, the second tier was applied. That comprised a substance ranking according to their hazard for aquatic organisms using a scoring system. For the exposure assessment monitored concentrations are used in order to avoid false positive or negative results. For the effect assessment the respective part of the IPS-system (developed within the EU for the ranking of Existing Chemicals) was used. Direct and indirect effects (bioaccumulation) are considered. On the third tier a source identification was performed identifying point and diffuse sources. Within the framework of the actual project an actualisation of the above feasibility study was performed: monitoring data were taken from 1993 and 1994; additionally, data from the North Sea as well as sediment data were considered. The software was improved in order to enable an easy calculation and assessment of the different results (e.g. use of mean or median values as input for the second tier, differentiation according to various streams; consideration of the statement `not detectable`). The software programme also enables a further implementation of actual data in the near future. (orig.) [Deutsch] Zur Identifizierung von gewaesserrelevanten, gefaehrlichen Stoffen wurde

  13. lndividuelle Zielvereinbarungen im Offentlichen Dienst in Deutschland Empirische Analysen zur Wirkung von Zielvereinbarungen auf die Arbeitsleistung kommunaler Beschaftigter (Individual Target Agreements in the Public Service in Germany-Empirical Analyzes of the Effect of Target Agreements on the Work Performance of Municipal Employees)

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    erforscht. V gl. hierzu beispielhaft Fishbein/ Ajzen ( 1975), S. 21 ff. 120 , The term performance goal, as we use it, refers to the score one attains on...Public Administration, 41. Jg., H. 1, S. 23-47. Fishbein, M./ Ajzen , I. (1975): Belief, Attitude, Intention and Behavior: An Intro- duction to Theory

  14. Tierärztliche Betreuung von Greifvögeln: Entwicklungen im Zeitraum von 1985 bis 2015

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    Hatt, Jean-Michel; Clauss, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    Im Rahmen einer retrospektiven Studie wurden die Patientenakten der an die Klinik für Zoo-, Heim- und Wildtiere der Universität Zürich im Zeitraum von 2009 bis 2015 eingelieferten Greifvögel analysiert und mit den Daten aus einer Studie über den Zeitraum von 1985 bis 1994 verglichen. Im gesamten Zeitraum haben sich die durchschnittlichen Fallzahlen von 55 auf 109 Patienten pro Jahr erhöht. Am meisten Vögel werden in den Monaten Februar sowie Juni/Juli vorgestellt. Chirurgische Probleme war...

  15. Funktionelle Analyse von bakteriellen W-xxx-E Rho GTPasen GEF Mimetika mittels Typ 3 Sekretionssystems von Yersinia enterocolitica

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    Wölke, Stefan

    2011-01-01

    Die zellulären Rho GTPasen kontrollieren und regulieren zentrale elementare Zellvorgänge wie Phagozytose, Migration und epitheliale Integrität. Aufgrund ihrer zentralen Stellung, interagiert eine Vielzahl von bakteriellen Cytotoxinen und Modulinen mit den Rho GTPasen und wirken so als Pathogenitätsfaktoren. Die zur W-xxx-E Familie gehörenden Effektoren IpgB1 und IpgB2 von Shigella und Map von E. coli (Pathotypen EHEC und EPEC) werden über ein Typ 3 Sekretionssystem (T3SS) in Wirtszellen injiz...

  16. Alexander von Humboldt and the Origins of Landscape Archaeology.

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    Mathewson, Kent

    1986-01-01

    Reviews the life, theories, and influence of Alexander von Humboldt, the early nineteenth century founder of modern geography. Maintains that Humboldt's novel approaches to the study of landscape antiquities have value for contemporary students in cultural and historical geography. (JDH)

  17. Von Krahli Teatri lavastus pääses tippfestivalile

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    1999-01-01

    Von Krahli Teatri uuendatud lavastus "Eesti mängud. Pulm" esietendub festivalil Theater Der Welt Berliinis. Peeter Jalaka multimeediaetendus Eesti ajaloost ja traditsioonidest osaleb ka suveteatrite festivalil Hamburgis, seejärel antakse kuus etendust Amsterdamis

  18. Pure Jauch-Piron states on von Neumann algebras

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    Hamhalter, J.

    1993-01-01

    We study Jauch-Piron states and two-valued measures on von Neumann algebra. We prove as the main result that, under some set-theoretical assumption, a pure state of a von Neumann algebra A not containing a central abelian portion is Jauch-Piron if and only if it is σ-additive. Moreover, we show that this result holds for type I factor indenpendently on the set-theoretical axiomatics. As a consequence we obtain a lucid characterization of pure Jauch-Piron states on von Neumann algebras acting on a Hilbert space with real-nonmeasurable dimension (this can be viewed as a generalization of the paper). We also characterize the von Neumann algebras whose logic of projections is Jauch-Piron. Finally, we prove that every two-valued measure on the projection logic of A, where A contains no type I 2 central portion, has to be concentrated at an abelian direct summand of A. (orig.)

  19. Von Krahli Teater viis Helsingisse kaks menulavastust / Andres Laasik

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    Laasik, Andres, 1960-2016

    2003-01-01

    Von Krahli Teater esineb 29. nov. Helsingis "Baltic Circle" festivalil lavastustega "Luikede järv" ja "Taksojuhid". Tutvustatakse lühidalt ka paari olulisemat soome lavastust ("Puksiirabi" ja "Hamlet"), mis tulevad festivalil esitamisele

  20. Lexikon lesbischer Frauen im Film von Daniela Sobek

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    Karin Windt

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available Das Lexikon stellt ein neues Basiswerk über lesbische Figuren im Film dar. Neben zahlreichen Artikeln von Anbeginn der Filmgeschichte bis heute gibt es Features über bekannte Schauspielerinnen und lesbische role models.

  1. Magnus Georg von Paucker (1787-1855) / Eckhard Spring

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    Spring, Eckhard

    2013-01-01

    Eestis sündinud ja Tartu Ülikoolis õppinud silmapaistvast baltisaksa teadlasest ja tema lapselapsest Alexandrine Pauckerist. 23. novembril 2012 Jelgavas/Mitaus toimunud Magnus Georg von Pauckerile pühendatud teaduskonverentsist

  2. Bereitstellung von schneller Regelleistung und Momentanreserve durch Batteriespeicher

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    Alács, Christian

    2017-01-01

    von Christian Alács Arbeit an der Bibliothek noch nicht eingelangt - Daten nicht geprueft Abweichender Titel nach Übersetzung der Verfasserin/des Verfassers Technische Universität Wien, Univ., Diplomarbeit, 2017

  3. Von Trier ootab maailma lõppu / Kaarel Kressa

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    Kressa, Kaarel, 1983-

    2011-01-01

    Taani režissööri Lars von Trieri filmist "Melanhoolia" ("Melancholia", Taani - Rootsi - Prantsusmaa - Saksamaa, 2011), 8.-13. augustini Tartus toimuva 6. armastusfilmide festivali tARTuFF avafilmist. Festivali kavast

  4. Reappraisal of the brachiopod Acrotreta socialis von Seebach, 1865

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    Topper, Timothy Paul; Harper, David A. T.; Ahlberg, Per

    2013-01-01

    The acrotretide Acrotreta socialis von Seebach, 1865 has suffered a long and tumultuous history since its original description from the middle Cambrian (Guzhangian Stage) Andrarum Limestone of Bornholm, Denmark. Uncertainties regarding key morphological characters have resulted in numerous revisi...

  5. Warum das Controlling den systematischen Einsatz von Simulationen vorantreiben sollte

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    Spitzner, Jan; Schneider, Melanie L.

    2017-01-01

    Simulationen werden in der Unternehmenssteuerung heutzutage noch nicht systematisch eingesetzt. Dass sich jedoch die existierenden Hemmnisse durchaus überwinden lassen, legen die Antworten von Studienteilnehmern nahe, die Simulationen häufig einsetzen. Dabei kann Controlling eine Vorreiterrolle e...

  6. Frobenius theory for positive maps of von Neumann algebras

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    Albeverio, S.; Hoegh-Krohn, R.

    1978-01-01

    Frobenius theory about the cyclic structure of eigenvalues of irreducible non negative matrices is extended to the case of positive linear maps of von Neumann algebras. Semigroups of such maps and ergodic properties are also considered. (orig.) [de

  7. Modulares Leistungsberechnungsverfahren zur automatisierten modellbasierten Leistungsanalyse von Gasturbinen

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    Bauer, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Die Entwicklung moderner Gasturbinen wird durch ein umfangreiches Versuchsprogramm mit Prototypen begleitet. Zur Bewertung des Leistungs- und Betriebsverhaltens werden diese mit einer Vielzahl von Messwertaufnehmern bestückt, mit denen Drücke, Temperaturen, Drehzahlen usw. gemessen werden. Die Auswertung der Meßdaten erfolgt mit Hilfe von Analyseverfahren, die nicht gemessene Größen, wie z. B. Wirkungsgrade der Gasturbinenkomponenten und Turbinentemperaturen, unter Verwendung bekannter Zusamm...

  8. Nash y von Neumann: mundos posibles y juegos de lenguaje

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    Salazar , Boris

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Este ensayo emplea las nociones de juego de lenguaje y de equivalencia entre juegos para examinar la decisión de John Nash de no jugar el juego coalicional que propuso John von Neumann. El argumento central es que Nash concibió una clase de mundos posibles incompatible con la de von Neumann, y que en el origen de esa divergencia estarían sus distintas nociones de racionalidad.

  9. Kommunale Versorgung, Verortung und Steuerung von Risiken psychischer Gesundheit

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    Warner, Joanne

    2006-01-01

    Das Risikokonzept ist heute zentral für alle Bereiche von gesundheitlicher und sozialer Wohlfahrt in Großbritannien. Im Bereich psychischer Gesundheit und insbesondere seit den Maßnahmen zur kommunalen Versorgung in den 1990er Jahren kommt dem Konzept jedoch besondere Aufmerksamkeit zu. Dabei kamen bisher vor allem die Risiken in den Blick, die von Personen mit psychischen Erkrankungen oder in psychischer Not ausgehen, aber nicht die Risiken, mit denen diese selbst konfrontiert sind. Der vorl...

  10. Bioverfügbarkeit und Metabolismus von Flavonoiden

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    Wittig, Jörg

    2002-01-01

    Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit war die Entwicklung, Optimierung und Validierung von phyto- und bioanalytischen Analysemethoden. Dabei wurden exemplarische Fragestellungen aus dem Themenkreis Phytotherapie bzw. Bioverfügbarkeit und Metabolismus von einfachen und Polyphenolen bearbeitet. Quercetin und seine Derivate: Zur qualitativen Analyse der Flavonoide und -derivate in einem Trockenextraktgemisch aus Birkenblättern, Goldrutenkraut und Orthosiphonblättern wurde eine HPLC- UV/VIS Methode entwic...

  11. Räumliche Aspekte von Transformationsproblemen aus systemtheoretischer Perspektive

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    Klüter, Helmut

    2000-01-01

    Der mit dem Topos "Transformation von Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftssystemen" axiomatisch angenommene Unvereinbarkeit sozialistischer und marktwirtschaftlicher Strukturen ist aus raumwissenschaftlicher Sicht nicht nachvollziehbar. Zum einen gibt es in Wirtschaftsgeographie und Infrastrukturtheorie eine ganze Reihe von Gemeinsamkeiten und Berührungspunkten, die man für den konstruktiven Systemumbau nutzen kann. Zum andern benötigt der Umbau selbst eine räumliche Infrastruktur. Und zum dritten ...

  12. Identifikation von uniparentaler Disomie bei mikrosatellitenstabilen und mikrosatelliteninstabilen kolorektalen Karzinomen

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    Zopf, Waltraud

    2012-01-01

    Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wurden Gewebe von jeweils 15 kolorektalen MSI- und CSIPrimärtumoren, sowie 3 MSI- und 2 CSI-Tumorzelllinien mittels SNP-Arrayanalyse molekulargenetisch auf uniparentale Disomie (UPD) untersucht. Es konnte bestätigt werden, dass die uniparentale Disomie ein wichtiger Mechanismus zur Inaktivierung von Tumorsuppressorgenen zu sein scheint. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass nicht nur in MSI-Tumoren, sondern auch in CSI-Tumoren UPD nachgewiesen werden konnte, wobei der UPD-Anteil...

  13. Von Neumann's impossibility proof: Mathematics in the service of rhetorics

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    Dieks, Dennis

    2017-11-01

    According to what has become a standard history of quantum mechanics, in 1932 von Neumann persuaded the physics community that hidden variables are impossible as a matter of principle, after which leading proponents of the Copenhagen interpretation put the situation to good use by arguing that the completeness of quantum mechanics was undeniable. This state of affairs lasted, so the story continues, until Bell in 1966 exposed von Neumann's proof as obviously wrong. The realization that von Neumann's proof was fallacious then rehabilitated hidden variables and made serious foundational research possible again. It is often added in recent accounts that von Neumann's error had been spotted almost immediately by Grete Hermann, but that her discovery was of no effect due to the dominant Copenhagen Zeitgeist. We shall attempt to tell a story that is more historically accurate and less ideologically charged. Most importantly, von Neumann never claimed to have shown the impossibility of hidden variables tout court, but argued that hidden-variable theories must possess a structure that deviates fundamentally from that of quantum mechanics. Both Hermann and Bell appear to have missed this point; moreover, both raised unjustified technical objections to the proof. Von Neumann's argument was basically that hidden-variables schemes must violate the ;quantum principle; that physical quantities are to be represented by operators in a Hilbert space. As a consequence, hidden-variables schemes, though possible in principle, necessarily exhibit a certain kind of contextuality. As we shall illustrate, early reactions to Bohm's theory are in agreement with this account. Leading physicists pointed out that Bohm's theory has the strange feature that pre-existing particle properties do not generally reveal themselves in measurements, in accordance with von Neumann's result. They did not conclude that the ;impossible was done; and that von Neumann had been shown wrong.

  14. Politische Bildung im Kontext von Regierung, Unterricht und Zucht

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776-1841 gilt als der Begründer der wissenschaftlichen Pädagogik. In diesem Beitrag wird zu zeigen versucht, dass Herbart die Unterstützung politischer Bildung als eine Aufgabe von Regierung, Unterricht und Zucht bestimmt und in seinem Werk wichtige „Bausteine“ für eine Theorie der politischen Bildung unter den Bedingungen von Erziehung vorlegt hat. Nach Herbart ist das politische Selbst- und Weltverhältnis auf Sachverhalte bezogen, die nicht nur die Lebensführung einzelner Menschen, sondern die Lebensführung einer Mehrzahl von Menschen betreffen. Nicht das Zusammenleben von Menschen generell ist jedoch Orientierungsgesichtspunkt des politischen Selbst- und Weltverhältnisses, sondern nur das problematisch gewordene Zusammenleben. Politik ergibt sich nach Herbart aus einem Konflikt hinsichtlich der Frage, wie das Zusammenleben von Menschen geregelt sein sollte. Während die Regierung lediglich mittelbar einen Beitrag zur politischen Bildung leistet, indem sie die Voraussetzungen für Unterricht und Zucht bereitstellt, fungieren die beiden zuletzt genannten Formen von Erziehung als die eigentlichen Medien, in denen die politische Bildung im Sinne Herbarts ihren Ort hat.

  15. FSH replaced by low-dose hCG in the late follicular phase versus continued FSH for assisted reproductive techniques.

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    Martins, Wellington P; Vieira, Andrea D D; Figueiredo, Jaqueline B P; Nastri, Carolina O

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    During controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is frequently used for several days to achieve follicular development. FSH is a relatively expensive drug, substantially contributing to the total expenses of assisted reproductive techniques (ART). When follicles achieve a diameter greater than 10 mm they start expressing luteinising hormone (LH) receptors. At this point, FSH might be replaced by low-dose human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is less expensive. In addition to cost reduction, replacing FSH by low-dose hCG has a theoretical potential to reduce the incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of using low-dose hCG to replace FSH during the late follicular phase in women undergoing COH for assisted reproduction, compared to the use of a conventional COH protocol. We searched for randomised controlled trials (RCT) in electronic databases (Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group Specialized Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, LILACS), trials registers (ClinicalTrials.gov, Current Controlled Trials, World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform), conference abstracts (ISI Web of knowledge), and grey literature (OpenGrey); additionally we handsearched the reference list of included studies and similar reviews. The last electronic search was performed in February 2013.. Only true RCTs comparing the replacement of FSH by low-dose hCG during late follicular phase of COH were considered eligible; quasi or pseudo-randomised trials were not included. Cross-over trials would be included only if data regarding the first treatment of each participant were available; trials that included the same participant more than once would be included only if each participant was always allocated to the same intervention and follow-up periods were the same in both/all arms, or if data regarding the first treatment of each participant were

  16. Electronic Resource Management System. Vernetzung von Lizenzinformationen

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In den letzten zehn Jahren spielen elektronische Ressourcen im Bereich der Erwerbung eine zunehmend wichtige Rolle: Eindeutig lässt sich hier ein Wandel in den Bibliotheken (fort vom reinen Printbestand zu immer größeren E-Only-Beständen feststellen. Die stetig wachsende Menge an E-Ressourcen und deren Heterogenität stellt Bibliotheken vor die Herausforderung, die E-Ressourcen effizient zu verwalten. Nicht nur Bibliotheken, sondern auch verhandlungsführende Institutionen von Konsortial- und Allianzlizenzen benötigen ein geeignetes Instrument zur Verwaltung von Lizenzinformationen, welches den komplexen Anforderungen moderner E-Ressourcen gerecht wird. Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG unterstützt ein Projekt des Hochschulbibliothekszentrums des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz, der Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg, der Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbundes (GBV und der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt, in dem ein bundesweit verfügbares Electronic Ressource Managementsystem (ERMS aufgebaut werden soll. Ein solches ERMS soll auf Basis einer zentralen Knowledge Base eine einheitliche Nutzung von Daten zur Lizenzverwaltung elektronischer Ressourcen auf lokaler, regionaler und nationaler Ebene ermöglichen. Statistische Auswertungen, Rechteverwaltung für alle angeschlossenen Bibliotheken, kooperative Datenpflege sowie ein über standardisierte Schnittstellen geführter Datenaustausch stehen bei der Erarbeitung der Anforderungen ebenso im Fokus wie die Entwicklung eines Daten- und Funktionsmodells. In the last few years the importance of electronic resources in library acquisitions has increased significantly. There has been a shift from mere print holdings to both e- and print combinations and even e-only subscriptions. This shift poses a double challenge for libraries: On the one hand they have to provide their e-resource collections to library users in an appealing way, on the other hand they have to manage these

  17. Prophylaxis escalation in severe von Willebrand disease: A prospective study from the von Willebrand Disease Prophylaxis Network

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    T.C. Abshire (Thomas Calvin); J. Cox-Gill; C.L. Kempton; F.W.G. Leebeek (Frank); M. Carcao (M.); P. Kouides (P.); S. Donfield (S.); E. Berntorp

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    textabstractBackground: Treatment of mucosal bleeding (epistaxis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and menorrhagia) and joint bleeding remains problematic in clinically severe von Willebrand disease (VWD). Patients are often unresponsive to treatment (e.g. desmopressin or antifibrinolytic therapy) and may

  18. Results of a pilot study in the U.S. and Vietnam to assess the utility and acceptability of a multi-level pregnancy test (MLPT) for home monitoring of hCG trends after assisted reproduction.

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    Shochet, Tara; Comstock, Ioanna A; Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Nhu; Westphal, Lynn M; Sheldon, Wendy R; Loc, Ly Thai; Blum, Jennifer; Winikoff, Beverly; Blumenthal, Paul D

    2017-08-22

    To evaluate the utility and acceptability of using multi-level pregnancy tests (MLPTs) at home to monitor hCG trends following assisted reproductive technology (ART). One hundred and four women presenting for ART at either Stanford Medicine Fertility and Reproductive Health Clinic (Stanford, CA) or Hung Vuong Hospital (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) participated in this pilot study. Women were asked to perform the MLPT at home, primarily on days when they were also scheduled to receive standard clinic-based serum hCG testing. These tests were administered up to 6 times over the 6-week period following embryo transfer or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Concordance of serial hCG readings for each time point was assessed by comparing trends in urine MLPT results with trends in serum hCG. Stable or increasing hCG level was interpreted as an indication of a progressing pregnancy, while a declining hCG was interpreted as a lack of established or progressing pregnancy. At study end, all participants were asked about the acceptability and convenience of using the MLPT at home for monitoring hCG trends following ART. Data from both urine and serum testing are available for 156 of 179 clinic visits (87.2%). There was high concordance of serial trend results between the two types of tests: among the 156 sets of serum and urine hCG data points, 150 (96.2%) showed a matching trend in hCG pattern and 6 (3.8%) resulted in a discordant trend. Seventy-three percent of women reported being satisfied or very satisfied with using the MLPTs at home. Almost all (96.6%) said that the MLPT was easy or very easy to use. The MLPT offers women and health care providers a client-friendly diagnostic tool to detect very early pregnancy and monitor its progress. This study was registered on clinicaltrials.gov as NCT01846403 (May 1, 2013), and NCT01919502 (August 5, 2013).

  19. Assessment and association of two useful tumour markers: alpha feto protein and human chornionic gonodotropin (beta hCG) hormone

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    Subhan, F.; Tahir, F.; Sultan, S.; Subhan, K.

    2008-01-01

    This study was designed to determine serum Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and beta-h Chornionic Gonodotropin hormone (beta-hCG) levels among adult Pakistani population, and to observe their correlation. Serum AFP and beta-hCG levels were evaluated, using Micro-particle Enzyme Immuno Assay (MEIA) technology of M/s Abbott Laboratories. Data were compared using students t-test and correlation was computed. In the patients advised serum AFP assessment, 52% had normal AFP levels. comprising 37% male and 63% female subjects. For patients having a non-pathological picture, AFP levels varied non-significantly (p>0.05) between the Genders however, age varied highly significantly (p 0.05) and highly significant (p 0.05). Comparison of the population in the same age groups of both genders revealed significant (p 0.05), due to a large standard error. Although the differences in beta-hCG levels were highly significant (p 0.05). Among the studied cases, 67% patients had normal and 33% patients had raised beta-hCG levels. Beta-hCG levels show a decreasing trend with increasing age and beta-hCG levels were statistically significant (p<0.05) when patients under 50 years of age were compared with patients above 50 years. The coefficient of correlation between serum AFP and beta- hCG levels was 0.996454, which indicated a very strong. Significant positive correlation between the two tumour markers. The study showed that both serum AFP and beta-hCG are useful tumour markers and had a very strong positive correlation. (author)

  20. Von Roll RCP method - first experiences; Von Roll RCP - Verfahren. Erste Erfahrungen

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    Capitaine, P.; Engweiler, J. [Roll Umwelttechnik AG, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    1998-09-01

    The RCP method was designed as a residue-optimised alternative to the thermally optimised grate firing of residual wastes. Its technical realisation and development to market maturity took no more than 5 years. In the first process stage the waste is converted to high-carbon pyrolysis charcoal and high-rank gas in the absence of oxygen. In the second stage these substances are oxidised by addition of oxygen. The resulting temperature causes the non-combustible constituents of the slag to melt. In a third, optional, stage this molten slag can be liberated of (heavy) metals to such an extent that it can subsequently be used directly as additive for grinding. Further exhaust gas treatment is facilitated by the use of a circulatory fluidised-bed secondary combustion chamber. Despite the reduced flue gas volume and resultant higher pollutant concentrations in the crude gas, overall emissions are lower than in conventional plants. [Deutsch] Das reststoffoptimierte RCP Verfahren ist als Alternative zur thermisch optimierten Rostverbrennung von Restabfaellen konzipiert. In nur fuenf Jahren wurde das Verfahren technisch umgesetzt und zur Marktreife entwickelt. In einer ersten Stufe des Verfahrens wird der Abfall unter Luftabschluss in einen kohlenstoffreichen Pyrolysekoks und eine heizwertreiches Gas umgesetzt. Im zweiten Schritt werden diese Stoffe unter Zugabe von Sauerstoff oxidiert. Dabei treten Temperaturen auf, bei denen die nichtbrennbaren Bestandteile der Schlacke schmelzen. Optional wird diese Schmelzschlacke in einem dritten Schritt derart von (Schwer-) Metallen befreit, dass sie anschliessend direkt als Zement-Zumahlstoff eingesetzt werden kann. Die Nutzung der zirkulierenden Wirbelschicht - Nachbrennkammer zur Abgasbehandlung vereinfacht die weitergehende Abgasbehandlung. Trotz verringertem Rauchgasvolumen und damit hoeheren Schadstoffkonzentrationen im Rohgas werden die Gesamtemissionen gegenueber konventionellen Anlagen verringert. (orig./SR)

  1. GFRP life in wind rotor blades; Lebensdauer von GFK im Holmgurt und im Schubsteg von Rotorblaettern

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    Kensche, C.W. [Deutsche Forschungsanstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Stuttgart (Germany). Inst. fuer Bauweisen- und Konstruktionsforschung

    1999-07-01

    Lives of GFRP rotor blade components were calculated on the basis of Woehler curves and the wind power specific standard WISPERX using the linear Palmgren-Miner rule. The Calculations were based on experiments with belts made of the L20/SL epoxy resin system at pressure ratios R=0.1, and -1 and with torsionally stressed GFRP tubes of linen tissue with the epoxy resing GE162/C260 at R=0.1 and -1. The results were incorporated into Haigh diagrams, from which the damage from the collective load was calculated by linear interpolation of the averaged stresses and amplitudes resp. the lines of constant life. The life curves calculated for different maximum stress horizons are in good agreement with experimental collective loads. A comparison of life curves showed that the linen tissue material was more fatigue-sensitive than the belt material. [German] Fuer GFK-Gurte und Schubstege von Rotorblaettern wurden Lebensdauerberechnungen auf der Basis von Woehlerkurven und dem windenergiespezifischen Standard WISPERX unter Anwendung der linearen Palmgren-Miner Regel durchgefuehrt. Bei der Betrachtung der Gurte wurde auf Versuche an UD-Proben mit dem Epoxidharzsystem L20/SL zurueckgegriffen, die bei Spannungsverhaeltnissen von R=0.1, -1 und 10 durchgefuehrt worden waren. Grundlage fuer die Lebensdauerbestimmung der Schubstege waren Ermuedungsversuche an torsionsbelasteten GFK-Rohren aus Leinengewebe mit dem Epoxidharz GE162/C260 bei R=0.1 und -1. In den daraus konstruierten Haighdiagrammen wurden die Schaedigungen durch das Lastkollektiv mittels linearer Interpolation der Mittelspannungen und Amplituden bzw. der Linien konstanter Lebensdauer ermittelt. Die Lebensdauerkurven, die fuer verschiedene Maximalspannungshorizonte ermittelt wurden, stimmen gut mit experimentellen Lastkollektivergebnissen ueberein. Beim Vergleich der Lebensdauerkurven zeigt sich, dass ein Leinengewebesteg erheblich ermuedungsgefaehrdeter ist als ein Gurt. (orig.)

  2. Entwicklung von Extraktions- und Absorptionssystemen auf Basis ionischer Flüssigkeiten für die Entschwefelung von Kohlenwasserstoffen

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    Kuhlmann, Esther

    2008-01-01

    Da die Anforderungen an den Schwefelgehalt der fossilen Brennstoffe - nicht zuletzt durch gesetzliche Richtlinien bezüglich der Schadstoffemissionen - im Laufe der Zeit ständig gestiegen sind, sind effektive Entschwefelungsverfahren für fossile Brennstoffe von hohem Interesse. Die derzeitige Entschwefelungstechnologie basiert auf dem HDS-Verfahren, alternative Verfahren sind aber wünschenswert, insbesondere wenn Anwendungen einen Schwefelgehalt von weit unter 10 ppm erforderlich machen. Daher...

  3. "Die Toten reiten schnelle." Literarische Zitate in Briefen von und an Alexander von Humboldt

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    Ingo Schwarz

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Article in GermanAbstract in English and GermanAlexander von Humboldt and his correspondents liked to enrich or embellish their letters with quotations from classic works of ancient literature as well as from recent poems, plays, or novels. This paper tries to show that references to literature were very often used in order to express thoughts and feelings more clearly not so much for impressing the recipients of letters with high education. In educated circles a good knowledge of ancient and modern works of literature was a standard requirement, which often allowed the letter writers to use quotations in a playful manner.

  4. Estimating the net effect of progesterone elevation on the day of hCG on live birth rates after IVF: a cohort analysis of 3296 IVF cycles.

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    Venetis, Christos A; Kolibianakis, Efstratios M; Bosdou, Julia K; Lainas, George T; Sfontouris, Ioannis A; Tarlatzis, Basil C; Lainas, Tryfon G

    2015-03-01

    What is the proper way of assessing the effect of progesterone elevation (PE) on the day of hCG on live birth in women undergoing fresh embryo transfer after in vitro fertilization (IVF) using GnRH analogues and gonadotrophins? This study indicates that a multivariable approach, where the effect of the most important confounders is controlled for, can lead to markedly different results regarding the association between PE on the day of hCG and live birth rates after IVF when compared with the bivariate analysis that has been typically used in the relevant literature up to date. PE on the day of hCG is associated with decreased pregnancy rates in fresh IVF cycles. Evidence for this comes from observational studies that mostly failed to control for potential confounders. This is a retrospective analysis of a cohort of fresh IVF/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles (n = 3296) performed in a single IVF centre during the period 2001-2013. Patients in whom ovarian stimulation was performed with gonadotrophins and GnRH analogues. Natural cycles and cycles where stimulation involved the administration of clomiphene were excluded. In order to reflect routine clinical practice, no other exclusion criteria were imposed on this dataset. The primary outcome measure for this study was live birth defined as the delivery of a live infant after 24 weeks of gestation. We compared the association between PE on the day of hCG (defined as P > 1.5 ng/ml) and live birth rates calculated by simple bivariate analyses with that derived from multivariable logistic regression. The multivariable analysis controlled for female age, number of oocytes retrieved, number of embryos transferred, developmental stage of embryos at transfer (cleavage versus blastocyst), whether at least one good-quality embryo was transferred, the woman's body mass index, the total dose of FSH administered during ovarian stimulation and the type of GnRH analogues used (agonists versus antagonists) during ovarian

  5. Hypercontractivity in group Von Neumann algebras

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    Junge, Marius; Parcet, Javier

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the authors provide a combinatorial/numerical method to establish new hypercontractivity estimates in group von Neumann algebras. They illustrate their method with free groups, triangular groups and finite cyclic groups, for which they obtain optimal time hypercontractive L_2 \\to L_q inequalities with respect to the Markov process given by the word length and with q an even integer. Interpolation and differentiation also yield general L_p \\to L_q hypercontrativity for 1 < p \\le q < \\infty via logarithmic Sobolev inequalities. The authors' method admits further applications to other discrete groups without small loops as far as the numerical part-which varies from one group to another-is implemented and tested on a computer. The authors also develop another combinatorial method which does not rely on computational estimates and provides (non-optimal) L_p \\to L_q hypercontractive inequalities for a larger class of groups/lengths, including any finitely generated group equipped with a condit...

  6. Richard von Volkmann: surgeon and Renaissance man.

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    Willy, Christian; Schneider, Peter; Engelhardt, Michael; Hargens, Alan R; Mubarak, Scott J

    2008-02-01

    Richard von Volkmann (1830-1889), one of the most important surgeons of the 19(th) century, is regarded as one of the fathers of orthopaedic surgery. He was a contemporary of Langenbeck, Esmarch, Lister, Billroth, Kocher, and Trendelenburg. He was head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Halle, Germany (1867-1889). His popularity attracted doctors and patients from all over the world. He was the lead physician for the German military during two wars. From this experience, he compared the mortality of civilian and war injuries and investigated the general poor hygienic conditions in civilian hospitals. This led him to introduce the "antiseptic technique" to Germany that was developed by Lister. His powers of observation and creativity led him to findings and achievements that to this day bear his name: Volkmann's contracture and the Hueter-Volkmann law. Additionally, he was a gifted writer; he published not only scientific literature but also books of children's fairy tales and poems under the pen name of Richard Leander, assuring him a permanent place in the world of literature as well as orthopaedics.

  7. Geschichte der Natur bei Alexander von Humboldt

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    Christian Helmreich

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Article in German, Abstracts in English, German and French.This article analyses the importance of an historical view of nature in the works of Alexander von Humboldt. In several of his first writings, Humboldt seems to outline the importance of what one may call history of nature. But even before his famous American travel, his position changed and he became reluctant to accept the seriousness of historical enquiry in the area of natural sciences: if we want to reconstruct the past state of nature, we cannot rely on empirical proofs; and history of nature is therefore necessarily based on uncertain hypotheses. Humboldt kept his sceptical attitude in the first decades of the 19th century, despite the positive results of the palaeontological researches of his scientific colleagues. However, he gradually convinced himself of the scientific interest of historical investigations in the natural sciences. The Cosmos paradoxally displays two apparently conflicting points of view: in his methodological remarks, Humboldt maintains that precise accounts of the past state of nature are out of reach of human knowledge, yet elsewhere in the same Cosmos he gives broad and rather vivid descriptions of the eventful history of nature.

  8. Hypercontractivity in group von neumann algebras

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    Junge, Marius; Parcet, Javier

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the authors provide a combinatorial/numerical method to establish new hypercontractivity estimates in group von Neumann algebras. They illustrate their method with free groups, triangular groups and finite cyclic groups, for which they obtain optimal time hypercontractive L_2 \\to L_q inequalities with respect to the Markov process given by the word length and with q an even integer. Interpolation and differentiation also yield general L_p \\to L_q hypercontrativity for 1 < p \\le q < \\infty via logarithmic Sobolev inequalities. The authors' method admits further applications to other discrete groups without small loops as far as the numerical part-which varies from one group to another-is implemented and tested on a computer. The authors also develop another combinatorial method which does not rely on computational estimates and provides (non-optimal) L_p \\to L_q hypercontractive inequalities for a larger class of groups/lengths, including any finitely generated group equipped with a condit...

  9. Transparenz von Subskriptionskosten in der Schweiz

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    Christian Gutknecht

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Dieser Beitrag handelt von dem Versuch, die Subskriptionszahlungen aller Schweizer Hochschulbibliotheken an Elsevier, Springer und Wiley in Erfahrung zu bringen. Zeitschriftenlizenzen beanspruchen bei den meisten wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken den grössten Teil des Erwerbungsbudget. Trotzdem gibt es wenig öffentliche Daten zu den detaillierten Ausgaben. Bibliotheken vereinbaren mit den Verlagen für gewöhnlich Vertraulichkeit über den Preis und die Vertragsbedinungen. Diese Vertraulichkeit ist unnötig und verhindert eine datenbasierte Diskussion über Open Access. Zudem verträgt sie sich nicht mit dem in der Schweiz auf Bundesebene und in vielen Kantonen gesetzlich verankerten Öffentlichkeitsprinzip. This article is about the attempt to disclose the subscription costs to Elsevier, Springer and Wiley from all Swiss academic libraries. The costs for journal subscriptions usually make the largest share of the acquisition budget of an academic library. Yet there is little public data about the specific costs. Usually libraries sign non disclosure agreements about the price and content of the contract with the publishers. This confidentiality is actually not necessary and does hinder the discussion about Open Access based on data. Additionally it is not compatible with Swiss law, where on federal level and in most cantons public access to documents is guaranteed to citizens.

  10. Zur Struktur und Funktion von Synonymen

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    Marina Zorman

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Der Artikel behandelt die Synonyme im Licht der funktionell-strukturellen Sprachtheorie Coserius. 1 Die Wahl der theoretischen Grundsätze wurde durch die Festellung diktiert, daß die bisherigen Erkenntnisse über die Synonymie widersprüchlich sind und daß auch schon über alle Feststellungen berechtigte Einsprüche erhoben wurden. Deshalb wird in dieser Arbeit auf der genannten theoretischen Grundlage, die verschiedene Gesichtspunkte des Problems verbindet, anstatt sie zu trennen (s. Punkt 2, ein Modell für die Analyse von Synonymen vorgestellt (3, das die klassischen Schwächen der Semantikforschung (zu geringe Menge tatsächlicher Daten, Subjektivität und Introspektion durch eine empirische Untersuchung in einem Textkorpus zu ersetzen versucht. In die Analyse sind drei Inhaltsebenen einbezogen (Bezeichnung, Bedeutung und Sinn und ihnen sind jeweils entsprechende Untersuchungsmethoden zugeordnet. Im Sinne des Modells wurden in der Arbeit Zorman 1997 zwei slowenische Synonympaare (kuverta - ovojnica und borba - boj analysiert, die als Beispiele reiner (und totaler Synonymie gelten können. Die Analyse wird aus Platzgründen an dieser Stelle nicht detailliert dargestellt,2 veranschaulicht werden nur ihre Tragweite und die Ergebnisse (4. Im letzten Teil (5 werden die Leistungen der vorgeschlagenen Methode bewertet und einige Annahmen dargestellt, die der weiteren Erforschung der Synonyme dienen könnten. Die objektive Behandlung der Synonymie unter unterschiedlichen Gesichtspunkten scheint einige Dogmen über Synonyme in Frage zu  stellen.

  11. Modelling and mapping of spatial differentiated impacts of nitrogen input to ecosystems within the framework of the UNECE-Convention of Air Pollution Prevention. Part III. Modelling the effects of N-deposition on the biodiversity of plant communities in temperate forests; Modellierung und Kartierung raeumlich differenzierter Wirkungen von Stickstoffeintraegen in Oekosysteme im Rahmen der UNECE-Luftreinhaltekonvention. Teilbericht III. Modellierung der Wirkung der Stickstoff-Deposition auf die biologische Vielfalt der Pflanzengesellschaften von Waeldern der gemaessigten Breiten

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    Jenssen, Martin [Waldkunde-Institut Eberswalde GmbH - W.I.E., Bad Freienwalde (Oder) (Germany)

    2010-03-15

    Semi-natural ecosystems are exposed to high atmospheric deposition for decades. In contrary to sulphur deposition which could be significantly reduced due to international conventions on air pollution prevention during the last decades, deposition of both, reduced and oxidized nitrogen is still on a very high level in average 40 kg N ha{sup -1} yr{sup -1} in forest ecosystems in Germany. The FuE-Project ''Modelling and mapping of spatial differentiated impacts of nitrogen input to ecosystems within the framework of the UNECE - Convention of Air Pollution Prevention'' was jointly conducted by 4 partner institutions and studied impacts of atmospheric nitrogen deposition and climate change on physico-chemical properties of forest soils, nutrient storage and nutrient export (Karlsruhe Research Centre, IMK-IFU) as well as biodiversity of vegetation (OeKO-DATA and Institute for Forest Science Eberswalde) and soil organisms (Giessen University). Work carried out at the Institute for Forest Science Eberswalde concentrated on modeling the effect of N-deposition on plant biodiversity in forests of the Northeast German lowlands. The model approach is based on 722 probability density functions modeling the distribution of about 400 plant species over chemical top-soil parameters C/N-ratio and pH-value. On this base an indicator value model was developed and applied to the analysis of forest vegetation dynamics due to N-deposition-induced top soil dynamics since the middle of the last century. Threshold values for deposition-induced changes of top soil were derived for most important forest ecosystems types on sites not influenced by ground water. These threshold values correspond to four different classes of endangering of plant biodiversity. Coupling with the biogeochemical process model of IMK-IFU yielded projections of endangering of plant biodiversity for selected forest sites up to the year 2050. (orig.)

  12. Ultrasensitive colorimetric immunoassay for hCG detection based on dual catalysis of Au@Pt core-shell nanoparticle functionalized by horseradish peroxidase

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    Wang, Weiguo; Zou, Yake; Yan, Jinwu; Liu, Jing; Chen, Huixiong; Li, Shan; Zhang, Lei

    2018-03-01

    In this paper, an ultrasensitive colorimetric biosensor for human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) detection was designed from bottom-up method based on the dual catalysis of the horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and Au@Pt nanoparticles (NPs) relative to H2O2-TEM system. HRP and monoclonal mouse anti-hCG antibody (β-submit, mAb1) were co-immobilized onto the Au@Pt NP surface to improve catalytic efficiency and specificity, which formed a dual functionalized Au@Pt-HRP probe with the mean size of 42.8 nm (D50). The colorimetric immunoassay was developed for the hCG detection, and the Au@Pt-HRP probe featured a higher sensitivity in the concentration range of 0.4-12.8 IU L- 1 with a low limit of detection (LOD) of 0.1 IU L- 1 compared with the LODs of 0.8 IU L- 1 for BA-ELISA and of 2.0 IU L- 1 for Au@Pt, which indicated that the Au@Pt-HRP probe possessed higher catalytic efficiency with 2.8-fold increase over Au@Pt and 33.8-fold increase over HRP. Also, the Au@Pt-HRP probe exhibited good precision and reproducibility, high specificity and acceptable accuracy with CV being less than 15%. The dual functionalized Au@Pt-HRP probe as a type of signal amplified method was firstly applied in the colorimetric immunoassay for the hCG detection.

  13. Reproductive performance of dairy cows with ovarian cysts after synchronizing ovulation using GnRH or hCG during the warm or cool period of the year.

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    De Rensis, F; Bottarelli, E; Battioni, F; Capelli, T; Techakumphu, M; García-Ispierto, I; López-Gatius, F

    2008-03-01

    This study was designed to compare the reproductive response to timed AI of lactating dairy cows with cystic ovarian follicles treated with GnRH or hCG to synchronize ovulation. The effectiveness of treatment during the warm or cool period of the year was also compared. Cows were given 12 microg GnRH-agonist i.m. on day 0 of the protocol, 15 mg PGF(2alpha) i.m. on day 7, and either GnRH-agonist (GPG treatment) or 3000 IU hCG i.m. (GPH treatment) on day 9, followed by timed AI. The cows were randomly chronologically assigned to GPG (n=130) or GPH (n=136) group. All cows were inseminated at fixed time 16-22 h after the end of treatment. During the warm period the pregnancy rate to first AI was 12% (7/60) and 21% (14/68) for the GPG and GPH groups, respectively, there being no significant differences between groups; the cumulative pregnancy rate was 22% (13/60) and 21% (14/68) for the GPG and GPH groups, respectively, again with no significant intergroup differences. During the cool period pregnancy rate to first AI was not different between groups: 29% (20/70) for GPG and 32% (22/68) for GPH, respectively; whereas the cumulative pregnancy rate was significantly higher (Pwarm period, the pregnancy rates of the cystic cows were similar whether they received GPG or GPH treatment, during the cool period, there is a beneficial effect to use hCG at day 9 of the ovsynch protocol compared GnRH on cumulative pregnancy rate.

  14. Basal follicle stimulating hormone and leptin on the day of hCG administration predict successful fertilization in in vitro fertilization

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    Andon Hestiantoro

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Successful pregnancy in in vitro fertilization (IVF program depends on multiple factors. This study aimed to determine whether age, body mass index (BMI, basal follicle stimulating hormone (FSH, estradiol, and leptin on the day of trigger ovulation with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG might be used as predictor for successful oocyte fertilization in in vitro fertilization (IVF program.Methods: This is a cross sectional study conducted in Yasmin Fertility Clinic, Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia. Forty participating patients underwent IVF program, excluding smokers, patients with diabetic, morbid obesity, and severe oligospermia or azoospermia. Age, BMI, basal FSH, estradiol, leptin on the day of hCG administration, oocyte count on oocyte retrieval, the number of mature oocyte, and fertility rate were analyzed using bivariate and multivariate analysis to determine which eligible factors play role in predicting the successful of fertilization.Results: Significant correlation was found between basal FSH level and serum leptin/oocyte ratio on the day of hCG administration with successful fertilization. We found probability formula as follows: 1/(1+exp –(6.2 - 0.4(leptin serum/oocyte ratio - 0.8(basal FSH, with 77.8% sensitivity, 77.8% specificity, and AUC levels of 85.6% indicating strong predictability. Probability of successful fertilization related to basal FSH level of 5.90 mIU/mL and leptin serum/oocyte ratio of 3.98.Conclusion: The formula consisting of basal FSH and leptin serum/oocyte ratio on the day of trigger ovulation was capable in predicting the probability of successful fertilization in IVF procedure.

  15. Comparison of the effects of GnRH-I and GnRH-II on HCG synthesis and secretion by first trimester trophoblast

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    Islami, D.; Chardonnens, D.; Campana, A.; Bischof, P.

    2017-01-01

    Gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is an important factor in the regulation of the synthesis and secretion of gonadotrophins from the pituitary gland. An isoform of this decapeptide, GnRH-II, with an amino acid sequence 70% homologous to GnRH-I, has been recently described. Since the physiological effects of GnRH-II are not yet known, we undertook the present study to see whether GnRH-II could be involved in the secretion and synthesis of HCG in first trimester trophoblast. We incubated c...

  16. Differences in Signal Activation by LH and hCG are Mediated by the LH/CG Receptor's Extracellular Hinge Region.

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    Grzesik, Paul; Kreuchwig, Annika; Rutz, Claudia; Furkert, Jens; Wiesner, Burkhard; Schuelein, Ralf; Kleinau, Gunnar; Gromoll, Joerg; Krause, Gerd

    2015-01-01

    The human lutropin (hLH)/choriogonadotropin (hCG) receptor (LHCGR) can be activated by binding two slightly different gonadotropic glycoprotein hormones, choriogonadotropin (CG) - secreted by the placenta, and lutropin (LH) - produced by the pituitary. They induce different signaling profiles at the LHCGR. This cannot be explained by binding to the receptor's leucine-rich-repeat domain (LRRD), as this binding is similar for the two hormones. We therefore speculate that there are previously unknown differences in the hormone/receptor interaction at the extracellular hinge region, which might help to understand functional differences between the two hormones. We have therefore performed a detailed study of the binding and action of LH and CG at the LHCGR hinge region. We focused on a primate-specific additional exon in the hinge region, which is located between LRRD and the serpentine domain. The segment of the hinge region encoded by exon10 was previously reported to be only relevant to hLH signaling, as the exon10-deletion receptor exhibits decreased hLH signaling, but unchanged hCG signaling. We designed an advanced homology model of the hormone/LHCGR complex, followed by experimental characterization of relevant fragments in the hinge region. In addition, we examined predictions of a helical exon10-encoded conformation by block-wise polyalanine (helix supporting) mutations. These helix preserving modifications showed no effect on hormone-induced signaling. However, introduction of a structure-disturbing double-proline mutant LHCGR-Q303P/E305P within the exon10-helix has, in contrast to exon10-deletion, no impact on hLH, but only on hCG signaling. This opposite effect on signaling by hLH and hCG can be explained by distinct sites of hormone interaction in the hinge region. In conclusion, our analysis provides details of the differences between hLH- and hCG-induced signaling that are mainly determined in the L2-beta loop of the hormones and in the hinge

  17. Differences in Signal Activation by LH and hCG are Mediated by the LH/CG Receptor’s Extracellular Hinge Region

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    Grzesik, Paul; Kreuchwig, Annika; Rutz, Claudia; Furkert, Jens; Wiesner, Burkhard; Schuelein, Ralf; Kleinau, Gunnar; Gromoll, Joerg; Krause, Gerd

    2015-01-01

    The human lutropin (hLH)/choriogonadotropin (hCG) receptor (LHCGR) can be activated by binding two slightly different gonadotropic glycoprotein hormones, choriogonadotropin (CG) – secreted by the placenta, and lutropin (LH) – produced by the pituitary. They induce different signaling profiles at the LHCGR. This cannot be explained by binding to the receptor’s leucine-rich-repeat domain (LRRD), as this binding is similar for the two hormones. We therefore speculate that there are previously unknown differences in the hormone/receptor interaction at the extracellular hinge region, which might help to understand functional differences between the two hormones. We have therefore performed a detailed study of the binding and action of LH and CG at the LHCGR hinge region. We focused on a primate-specific additional exon in the hinge region, which is located between LRRD and the serpentine domain. The segment of the hinge region encoded by exon10 was previously reported to be only relevant to hLH signaling, as the exon10-deletion receptor exhibits decreased hLH signaling, but unchanged hCG signaling. We designed an advanced homology model of the hormone/LHCGR complex, followed by experimental characterization of relevant fragments in the hinge region. In addition, we examined predictions of a helical exon10-encoded conformation by block-wise polyalanine (helix supporting) mutations. These helix preserving modifications showed no effect on hormone-induced signaling. However, introduction of a structure-disturbing double-proline mutant LHCGR-Q303P/E305P within the exon10-helix has, in contrast to exon10-deletion, no impact on hLH, but only on hCG signaling. This opposite effect on signaling by hLH and hCG can be explained by distinct sites of hormone interaction in the hinge region. In conclusion, our analysis provides details of the differences between hLH- and hCG-induced signaling that are mainly determined in the L2-beta loop of the hormones and in the

  18. The effects of GnRH analogue (buserelin) or hCG (Chorulon) on Day 12 of pregnancy on ovarian function, plasma hormone concentrations, conceptus growth and placentation in ewes and ewe lambs.

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    Khan, T H; Beck, N F G; Khalid, M

    2007-12-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of GnRH analogue (buserelin) or human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG, Chorulon) treatment on Day 12 of pregnancy on ovarian function, plasma hormone concentrations, conceptus growth and placentation in ewes and ewe lambs. After oestrus synchronization with progestagen sponges and eCG, all the animals were mated with fertile rams. Both ewes and ewe lambs (20 per treatment group) were given either normal saline or 4 microg GnRH or 200 IU hCG on Day 12 post-mating. Pre- and post-treatment plasma hormone concentrations were determined in seven pregnant animals per treatment group in samples collected 1h before and 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 24, 48 and 72 h after treatment. Overall mean progesterone concentrations were higher (Pewes as compared with ewe lambs in saline-treated controls. GnRH or hCG treatment increased (Pewes than in ewe lambs. Oestradiol concentrations were similar in the two control groups. In ewes, but not in ewe lambs, both GnRH and hCG treatments significantly (Pewes than in ewe lambs, whereas FSH release in ewes was less (Pewe lambs. The effects of GnRH or hCG on conceptus growth and placentation was determined at slaughter on Day 25. In ewes, GnRH treatment increased (Pewe lambs. In ewes, hCG treatment also enhanced (Pewe lambs, there was no difference (Pewes. However, these treatments were less effective in ewe lambs.

  19. Effect of recombinant-LH and hCG in the absence of FSH on in vitro maturation (IVM) fertilization and early embryonic development of mouse germinal vesicle (GV)-stage oocytes.

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    Dinopoulou, Vasiliki; Drakakis, Peter; Kefala, Stella; Kiapekou, Erasmia; Bletsa, Ritsa; Anagnostou, Elli; Kallianidis, Konstantinos; Loutradis, Dimitrios

    2016-06-01

    During in vitro maturation (IVM), intrinsic and extrinsic factors must co-operate properly in order to ensure cytoplasmic and nuclear maturation. We examined the possible effect of LH/hCG in the process of oocyte maturation in mice with the addition of recombinant LH (r-LH) and hCG in our IVM cultures of mouse germinal vesicle (GV)-stage oocytes. Moreover, the effects of these hormones on fertilization, early embryonic development and the expression of LH/hCG receptor were examined. Nuclear maturation of GV-stage oocytes was evaluated after culture in the presence of r-LH or hCG. Fertilization rates and embryonic development were assessed after 24h. Total RNA was isolated from oocytes of different stages of maturation and from zygotes and embryos of different stages of development in order to examine the expression of LH/hCG receptor, using RT-PCR. The in vitro nuclear maturation rate of GV-stage oocytes that received hCG was significantly higher compared to the control group. Early embryonic development was increased in the hCG and LH cultures of GV oocytes when LH was further added. The LH/hCG receptor was expressed in all stages of in vitro matured mouse oocytes and in every stage of early embryonic development. Addition of hCG in IVM cultures of mouse GV oocytes increased maturation rates significantly. LH, however, was more beneficial to early embryonic development than hCG. This suggests a promising new technique in basic science research or in clinical reproductive medicine. Copyright © 2016 Society for Biology of Reproduction & the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  20. Dual trigger of final oocyte maturation with a combination of GnRH agonist and hCG versus a hCG alone trigger in GnRH antagonist cycle for in vitro fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

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    Ding, Nan; Liu, Xingchen; Jian, Qiliang; Liang, Zhongzhen; Wang, Fang

    2017-11-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that a dual trigger (a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist [GnRH-a] with a human chorionic gonadotrophin [hCG] trigger) is the best choice for final oocyte maturation in the GnRH antagonist (GnRH-ant) cycle. However, this conclusion remains controversial. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to systematically evaluate the efficacy of a GnRH-a combined with a standard hCG trigger in comparison with hCG alone for final oocyte maturation in the GnRH-ant cycle for in vitro fertilization. Complete electronic databases, including PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and Web of Science, were searched for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCT). The search was not restricted by language or publication time. Two reviewers selected trials and assessed trial quality independently by using the Cochrane Handbook 5.1.0. Four eligible RCT studies involving 527 women were included. The results of this meta-analysis indicated that the dual trigger group had a significantly higher pregnancy rate (relative risk [RR], 1.55; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.17-2.06) than the hCG-only trigger group. No significant differences were found in the number of oocytes retrieved (weighted mean difference [WMD], 0.47; 95% CI, -0.42 to 1.37), number of mature oocytes retrieved (WMD, 0.41; 95% CI, -0.48 to 1.30), number of fertilized oocytes (WMD, 0.47; 95% CI, -0.32 to 1.26), number of good-quality embryos (WMD, 0.17; 95% CI, -0.29 to 0.64), or implantation rate (RR, 1.17; 95% CI, 0.69-2.00) between the two groups. GnRH-a and hCG as dual trigger was equivalent to hCG in triggering oocyte maturation and may be beneficial in improving reproductive outcomes. Further intensive randomized-controlled studies should be conducted to investigate the efficacy of the dual trigger. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.