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  1. Evaluation of protective effect of Aegle marmelos Corr. in an animal model of chronic fatigue syndrome

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    Lalremruta, Vanphawng; Prasanna, Gurunath S.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate ethanolic extract of leaves of Aegle marmelos in an experimental animal model of chronic fatigue syndrome for potential therapeutic benefit. Materials and Methods: Age/weight-matched female Wistar albino rats were grouped into five groups. (Group I- V) (n = 8). Group I served as naïve control and II served as stress control. Except for group I animals, other group animals were subjected to forced swimming every day for 15 minutes to induce a state of chronic fatigue and simultaneously treated with ethanolic extract of Aegle marmelos (EEAM) 150 and 250 mg/kg b.w. and Imipramine (20 mg.kg b.w.), respectively. Duration of immobility, anxiety level and locomotor activity were assessed on day 1, 7, 14 and 21 followed by biochemical estimation of oxidative biomarkers at the end of the study. Results: Treatment with EEAM (150 and 250 mg/kg b.w.) resulted in a statistically significant and dose dependent reduction (P <0.001) in the duration of immobility, reduction in anxiety and increase in locomotor activity. Dose dependent and significant reduction in LPO level and increase in CAT and SOD was observed in extract treated animals. Conclusion: The results are suggestive of potential protective effect of A. marmelos against experimentally induced CFS. PMID:22701245

  2. Therapeutic Potential of the Medicinal Plant Aegle Marmelos (Linn.) Correa: Insight.

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    Sharma, Chandra Kant; Sharma, Monika; Sharma, Vinay

    2016-01-01

    Various plant species are used globally for therapeutic purposes and have been authenticated by the World Health Organization. Aegle marmelos (L.) Corr., one of only three species in the genus Aegle, is a subtropical, fruit-bearing, deciduous tree that grows throughout the hills and plains of sub-Himalayan countries. Plants with medicinal importance have been used in almost every culture since ancient times. Various studies are underway to understand more about the qualities and components of medicinal plants, including drug preparation, phytochemical analysis, cultivation, toxicology, and pharmacology. According to the Indian conventional system of medicine, A. marmelos can successfully treat many diseases and conditions; for example, its extracts have been found to reduce the intensities of hepatic lipid peroxidation and augment the levels of hepatic antioxidants such as catalase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione. The essential oils present in the foliage (leaves), fruits, and bark of A. marmelos provide strong antifungal action. A. marmelos is thus cytoprotective, works against ulcers and diarhea, promotes skin and bone healing, and acts as a hypoglycemic, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, analgesic, antiinflammatory, antipyretic, and anticancer agent. Such qualities have been well documented with scientific evidence. PMID:27279580

  3. Therapeutic potential of Aegle marmelos (L.)-An overview

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    Rahman, Shahedur; Parvin, Rashida

    2014-01-01

    Medicinal plants are used in herbalism. They form the easily available source for healthcare purposes in rural and tribal areas. In the present review, an attempt has been made to congregate the phytochemical and pharmacological studies done on an important medicinal plant Aegle marmelos. Extensive experimental and clinical studies prove that Aegle marmelos possesses antidiarrhoeal, antimicrobial, antiviral, radioprotective, anticancer, chemopreventive, antipyretic, ulcer healing, antigenotoxic, diuretic, antifertility and anti-inflammatory properties, which help it to play role in prevention and treatment of many disease. Therefore, it is worthwhile to review its therapeutic properties to give an overview of its status to scientist both modern and ancient. This review also encompasses on the potential application of the above plant in the pharmaceutical field due to its wide pharmacological activities.

  4. Antioxidant properties and stability of aegle marmelos leaves extracts.

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    Reddy, Vanitha P; Urooj, Asna

    2013-02-01

    Aegle marmelos (AM) leaves were extracted with methanol (ME), ethanol (EE), water (WE) and analyzed for antioxidant activities by DPPH radical scavenging method, reducing power and in vitro inhibition by Fenton's reagent-induced oxidation of lipid system. Stability of extracts to pH (4, 7 and 9) and temperature (100 °C, 15 min.) was studied. The three extracts showed varying degree of efficacy in each assay in a dose dependent manner. The inhibition of MDA formation in Linseed oil by EE (47%) was significantly (P < 0.05) higher than WE (28%) and ME (23%) but less than α- Tocopherol (80%). WE showed maximum stability to high temperature. The antioxidant activity of EE at pH 4 was significantly higher (P < 0.05) compared with WE and ME. At pH 7, the antioxidant activity of all the three extracts remained unchanged. Data indicates that potential exists for the utilization of Aegle marmelos as a natural antioxidant. PMID:24425898

  5. Simultaneous determination of aegeline and six coumarins from different parts of the plant Aegle marmelos using UHPLC-PDA-MS and chiral separation of aegeline using HPLC-ToF-MS

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    A fast UHPLC-PDA method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of one alkaloid, aegeline, and six coumarins namely: umbelliferone; scopoletin; marmesinin; 8-hydroxypsoralen angelicin and marmelosin from leaf, fruit, root and bark of Aegle marmelos (L.) Corrêa (Rutaceae). The method was validate...

  6. Inhibition of CYP3A4 and CYP1A2 b Aegle marmelos and its constituents

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    Aegle marmelos (bael) is a popular tree in India and other Southeast Asian countries. The fruit is usually consumed as dried, fresh or juice and is reported to have a high nutritional value and many perceived health benefits. Despite of the edible nature and therapeutic properties of A. marmelos, no...

  7. Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles from aqueous Aegle marmelos leaf extract

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    Jagajjanani Rao, K.; Paria, Santanu

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Silver nanoparticles capped with polyphenols present in Aegle marmelos leaf extract. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Silver nanoparticles are synthesized using Aegle marmelos leaf extract in aqueous media. ► Reduction reaction is fast and occurs at room temperature. ► The presence of polyphenols acts as in situ capping agent. -- Abstract: Synthesis of nanoparticles by green route is an emerging technique drawing more attention recently because of several advantages over the convention chemical routes. The present study reports one-pot synthesis and in situ stabilization of silver nanoparticles using Aegle marmelos leaf extract. Nanoparticles of almost uniform spherical size (∼60 nm) were synthesized within ∼25 min reaction time at room temperature. The size of particles depends on the ratio of AgNO{sub 3} and leaf extract. The crystallinity, size, and shape of the nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering, and scanning electron microscopy respectively. The size stability was attained by the capping effect of polyphenolic tannin compound, procatacheuate in the extract. The capped polyphenols can be removed from the particle surface by simple NaOH/methanol wash. The involvement of phenolic compounds in metal ion reduction and capping were supported by UV–visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, and zeta potential measurements.

  8. Microwave assisted synthesis and optimization of Aegle marmelos-g-poly(acrylamide): release kinetics studies.

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    Setia, A; Kumar, R

    2014-04-01

    Microwave assisted grafting of poly(acrylamide) on to Aegle marmelos gum was carried out employing 3-factor 3-level full factorial design. Microwave power, microwave exposure time and concentration of gum were selected as independent variable and grafting efficiency was taken as dependent variable. A. marmelos-g-poly(acrylamide) was characterized by FTIR, DSC, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Microwave power, microwave exposure time had synergistic effect on grafting efficiency where as concentration of the gum did not contributed much to grafting efficiency. Batch having microwave power - 80%, microwave exposure time -120 s and concentration of A. marmelos gum - 2% was selected as the optimized formulation. Comparative release behaviour of diclofenac sodium from the matrix tablets of A. marmelos gum and A. marmelos-g-polyacrylamide was evaluated. The results of kinetic studies revealed that the graft copolymer matrix, marketed tablets and polymer matrix tablets of A. marmelos gum released the drug by zero order kinetics and with n value greater than 1, indicating that the mechanism for release as super case II transport i.e. dominated by the erosion and swelling of the polymer.

  9. Microwave assisted synthesis and optimization of Aegle marmelos-g-poly(acrylamide): release kinetics studies.

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    Setia, A; Kumar, R

    2014-04-01

    Microwave assisted grafting of poly(acrylamide) on to Aegle marmelos gum was carried out employing 3-factor 3-level full factorial design. Microwave power, microwave exposure time and concentration of gum were selected as independent variable and grafting efficiency was taken as dependent variable. A. marmelos-g-poly(acrylamide) was characterized by FTIR, DSC, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Microwave power, microwave exposure time had synergistic effect on grafting efficiency where as concentration of the gum did not contributed much to grafting efficiency. Batch having microwave power - 80%, microwave exposure time -120 s and concentration of A. marmelos gum - 2% was selected as the optimized formulation. Comparative release behaviour of diclofenac sodium from the matrix tablets of A. marmelos gum and A. marmelos-g-polyacrylamide was evaluated. The results of kinetic studies revealed that the graft copolymer matrix, marketed tablets and polymer matrix tablets of A. marmelos gum released the drug by zero order kinetics and with n value greater than 1, indicating that the mechanism for release as super case II transport i.e. dominated by the erosion and swelling of the polymer. PMID:24530335

  10. Phytochemical Evaluation, Antimicrobial Activity, and Determination of Bioactive Components from Leaves of Aegle marmelos

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    Mujeeb, Farina; Bajpai, Preeti; Pathak, Neelam

    2014-01-01

    The therapeutic value of Aegle marmelos Correa (Rutaceae), commonly known as ‘‘Bael,” has been recognized as a component of traditional medication for the treatment of various human ailments. The plant, though, being highly explored, still lacks sufficient evidences for the best variety possessing the highest degree of medicinal values. The present study is focused on phytochemical screening of aqueous and methanolic leaf extracts of 18 varieties/accessions of A. marmelos. The crude extracts of A. marmelos revealed the presence of several biologically active phytochemicals with the highest quantity of alkaloids, flavonoids, and phenols in Pant Aparna variety. The antibacterial efficacy was investigated against pathogenic bacterial strains and the highest inhibitory activity of aqueous extract was obtained against S. epidermidis, whereas methanolic extract was found to be most potent against S. aureus at 40 mg/mL concentration. However, in aqueous : ethanol, the best results were observed against E. aerogenes followed by K. pneumonia and S. epidermidis. The MIC of aqueous and methanol extract of Aegle marmelos ranged from 10 mg/mL to 40 mg/mL whereas in aqueous : ethanol it ranged between 40 mg/mL and 160 mg/mL. The GC-MS analysis revealed the presence of many bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, alcohols, aldehydes, aromatic compounds, fatty acid methyl esters, terpenoids, phenolics, and steroids that can be postulated for antibacterial activity. PMID:24900969

  11. Detoxifying effect of Nelumbo nucifera and Aegle marmelos on hematological parameters of Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio L.).

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    Vinodhini, Rajamanickam

    2010-12-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of Nelumbo nucifera and Aegle marmelos on common carp exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of combined heavy metals (5 ppm) under laboratory conditions. The fish were treated with Nelumbo nucifera (500 mg/kg bwt) and Aegle marmelos (500 mg/kgbwt) for 30 days as a dietary supplement. The blood biochemical parameters of the fish were evaluated by analyzing the level of red blood cells (RBC), packed cell volume (PCV), hemoglobin concentration, glucose, cholesterol, iron and copper. The findings of the present investigation showed significant increase in hemoglobin (p<0.001), RBC (p<0.01) and PCV (p<0.01) of herbal drug-treated groups compared with metal-exposed fish. Conversely, glucose and cholesterol level in blood of common carp showed significant reduction compared with heavy-metal-exposed groups. All the values measured in Nelumbo nucifera and Aegle marmelos treated fish were restored comparably to control fish. Our results confirmed that Nelumbo nucifera and Aegle marmelos provide a detoxification mechanism for heavy metals in common carp. PMID:21331178

  12. Rapid simultaneous determination of marmelosin, umbelliferone and scopoletin from Aegle marmelos fruit by RP-HPLC.

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    Shinde, P B; Katekhaye, S D; Mulik, M B; Laddha, K S

    2014-09-01

    The surge of interest in naturally occurring phytochemicals with high therapeutic potential has led to the discovery of many molecules, out of which naturally occuring coumarins such as marmelosin, umbelliferone and scopoletin present in Aegle marmelos (Bael) fruit shows good therapeutic potential. The aim of the present work is to develop and validate Reverse Phase-High Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-HPLC) method for simultaneous determination of marmelosin, umbelliferone and scopoletin in A. marmelos fruit extracts. The chromatographic separation was performed with isocratic elution of 55:45 (%, v/v) methanol-water containing 0.1 % acetic acid as mobile phase. The method used to analyse the extract of A. marmelos showed good resolution with retention time within 12 min. The relative concentrations of above phytoconstituent were determined in A. marmelos fruits. The method was found to give compact peaks for scopoletin, umbelliferone and marmelosin (Rt of 4.6, 6.5 and 11.3 min respectively) and were linear over the range 5-30 μg ml(-1) (R(2) = 0.9655), 2-10 μg ml(-1) (R(2) = 0.9964) and 2-10 μg ml(-1) (R(2) = 0.9862) respectively. The mean recoveries for marmelosin, umbelliferone and scopoletin at three concentrations were in the range of 98.8-102.9, 98.8-101.1 and 94.2-98.3 % respectively. The relative standard deviation of accuracy, precision and repeatability were within 2 %, indicating the method produced highly reproducible results. Therefore this simple, precise and accurate method enables simultaneous separation of this phytoconstituent and hence can be successfully applied in analysis and routine quality control of herbal material and formulation containing A. marmelos.

  13. Healing effects of Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa fruit extract on experimental colitis.

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    Gautam, M K; Ghatule, R R; Singh, A; Purohit, V; Gangwar, M; Kumar, Mohan; Goel, R K

    2013-02-01

    Graded doses of 50% ethanolic extract of dried fruit pulp of Aegle marmelos (AME) (100, 200 and 400 mg/kg) daily for 14 days in acetic acid (AA)-induced colitis in rats showed 200 mg/kg of AME as an optimal effective dose against AA-induced colonic damage score and weight. This dose (200 mg/kg; po) was further studied in AA-induced colitis for its effects on various physical (mucous/blood in stool, food and water intake and body weight changes), histology, antibacterial activity and biochemical parameters like free radicals (nitric oxide and lipid peroxidation), antioxidants (superoxide dismutase, catalase and reduced glutathione) and myeloperoxidase (acute-inflammatory marker) activities in rat colonic tissue. AME decreased colonic mucosal damage and inflammation (macroscopic and microscopic), mucous/bloody diarrhea, fecal frequency and increased body weight affected in AA-induced colitis. AME showed significant antibacterial activity and enhanced the antioxidants but decreased free radicals and myeloperoxidase activities thereby decreasing tissue damage and inflammation and thus, affording ulcer healing. The above effects of A. marmelos authenticated its use in indigenous system of Medicine. PMID:23923609

  14. Aegle marmelos fruit pectin for food and pharmaceuticals: Physico-chemical, rheological and functional performance.

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    Jindal, Manish; Kumar, Vineet; Rana, Vikas; Tiwary, A K

    2013-04-01

    Pectin is used in a number of foods as a gelling agent, thickener, texturizer, emulsifier and stabilizer. Bael fruit, obtained from Aegle marmelos, is a rich source of pectin. Bael fruit pectin (BFP) was extracted from ripe Bael fruits. The process yielded 15% (w/w) pure BFP. The swelling index decreased in the following order: water>pH 7.4>pH 6.8>pH 1.2>HCl (0.1N). Galacturonic acid content of 87.8%, degree of esterification of 47.2%, 17.3% methoxy groups, 0.29% acetyl groups and equivalent weight of 1209.5, indicate it to be a good gelling agent and easily amenable to derivatization. BFP exhibited a significant concentration-dependent prolongation of prothrombin time. The absence of hemagglutinating activity and antinutritional factors coupled with the activity to confer better emulsion capacity, stability and antimicrobial activity gives BFP a clear edge over commercial citrus pectin (CP) for exploitation as an additive in food and pharmaceuticals.

  15. Bioprospecting Endophytic Fungi and Their Metabolites from Medicinal Tree Aegle marmelos in Western Ghats, India.

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    Mani, Vellingiri Manon; Soundari, Arockiamjeyasundar Parimala Gnana; Karthiyaini, Damodharan; Preeth, Kathirvel

    2015-09-01

    The increasing emergence of lead drugs for the resistance produced by the pathogenic strains and arrival of new diseases have initiated the need for searching novel metabolites with best anticancer and antimicrobial properties than the existing one. With this view, the investigation was conducted for the isolation, identification, and biological evaluation of potential endophytic fungi of Aegle marmelos, a medicinal tree used for more than three decades, for curing various disorders. A total of 169 endophytic fungal strains obtained from sampling and among those 67 were pigmented strains. Upon antagonistic screening, five endophytic fungal strains exhibited antagonistic potentiality by inhibiting the pathogens. These five potent strains were characterized at molecular level by sequencing the amplified internal transcribed spacer (ITS) 1 and ITS 4 regions of rDNA and they were grouped under order Pleosporales, Eurotiales, and Capnodiales. The metabolites from the respective strains were produced in fungal culturing media and extracted using polar solvents. Further, the extracts of five endophytes manifested antimicrobial activity against tested clinical pathogens and Alternaria alternata (FC39BY), Al. citrimacularis (FC8ABr), and Curvularia australiensis (FC2AP) exhibited significant antimicrobial profile against 9 of 12 tested pathogens, showing broad spectrum activity. The antioxidant levels of all the five endophytes revealed the highest activity at least concentrations, and major activity was unveiled by the members of order Pleosporales FC2AP and FC8ABr. This research explains the value of endophytic fungal extracts and its significance of antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

  16. Aegle marmelos fruit pectin for food and pharmaceuticals: Physico-chemical, rheological and functional performance.

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    Jindal, Manish; Kumar, Vineet; Rana, Vikas; Tiwary, A K

    2013-04-01

    Pectin is used in a number of foods as a gelling agent, thickener, texturizer, emulsifier and stabilizer. Bael fruit, obtained from Aegle marmelos, is a rich source of pectin. Bael fruit pectin (BFP) was extracted from ripe Bael fruits. The process yielded 15% (w/w) pure BFP. The swelling index decreased in the following order: water>pH 7.4>pH 6.8>pH 1.2>HCl (0.1N). Galacturonic acid content of 87.8%, degree of esterification of 47.2%, 17.3% methoxy groups, 0.29% acetyl groups and equivalent weight of 1209.5, indicate it to be a good gelling agent and easily amenable to derivatization. BFP exhibited a significant concentration-dependent prolongation of prothrombin time. The absence of hemagglutinating activity and antinutritional factors coupled with the activity to confer better emulsion capacity, stability and antimicrobial activity gives BFP a clear edge over commercial citrus pectin (CP) for exploitation as an additive in food and pharmaceuticals. PMID:23499073

  17. In-vitro anti-inflammatory and mosquito larvicidal efficacy of nickel nanoparticles phytofabricated from aqueous leaf extracts of Aegle marmelos Correa.

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    Angajala, Gangadhara; Ramya, R; Subashini, R

    2014-07-01

    In recent years there is a tremendous growth in the interdisciplinary world of nanotechnology across the globe and emergence of its potential applications remains as a big revolution to the industry. Fusion of green nanotechnology and medicine represents one of the major breakthroughs of modern science with the aim of developing nanomaterials for diagnosis, treatment, prevention of various diseases and overall improving health for the beneficial of mankind. In the present study phytofabrication of nickel nanoparticles (nickel NPs) was carried out by using indigenous Aegle marmelos Correa aqueous leaf extracts as a reducing, stabilizing and capping agents. Nickel NPs were characterized by UV-spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, SEM, AFM and TGA studies. Phytosynthesis of nickel NPs was monitored both at room temperature (25°C) and at 60°C for 5h. The green synthesis of triangular shape nickel NPs phytofabricated from A. marmelos Correa aqueous leaf extracts having face centered cubic structure showing an average particle size of 80-100nm which is in consistent with the particle size calculated by XRD Scherer equation. We further explored and compared nickel NPs of A. marmelos Correa with crude leaf extracts of A. marmelos Correa for its in-vitro anti-inflammatory and mosquito larvicidal efficacy against three blood feeding parasites. The results obtained clearly gives an idea that nickel NPs of A. marmelos Correa (NiNPs of AmC) possess an enhanced anti-inflammatory and larvicidal activity when compared to crude leaf extracts of A. marmelos Correa.

  18. Aegle marmelos Mediated Green Synthesis of Different Nanostructured Metal Hexacyanoferrates: Activity against Photodegradation of Harmful Organic Dyes.

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    Jassal, Vidhisha; Shanker, Uma; Kaith, B S

    2016-01-01

    Prussian blue analogue potassium metal hexacyanoferrate (KMHCF) nanoparticles Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3 (FeHCF), K2Cu3[Fe(CN)6]2 (KCuHCF), K2Ni[Fe(CN)6]·3H2O (KNiHCF), and K2Co[Fe(CN)6] (KCoHCF) have been synthesized using plant based biosurfactant Aegle marmelos (Bael) and water as a green solvent. It must be emphasized here that no harmful reagent or solvent was used throughout the study. Plant extracts are easily biodegradable and therefore do not cause any harm to the environment. Hence, the proposed method of synthesis of various KMHCF nanoparticles followed a green path. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). MHCF nanoparticles were used for the photocatalytic degradation of toxic dyes like Malachite Green (MG), Eriochrome Black T (EBT), Methyl Orange (MO), and Methylene Blue (MB). Under optimized reaction conditions, maximum photocatalytic degradation was achieved in case of KCuHCF nanoparticles mediated degradation process (MG: 96.06%, EBT: 83.03%, MB: 94.72%, and MO: 63.71%) followed by KNiHCF (MG: 95%, EBT: 80.32%, MB: 91.35%, and MO: 59.42%), KCoHCF (MG: 91.45%, EBT: 78.84%, MB: 89.28%, and MO: 58.20%). PMID:27034896

  19. Aegle marmelos Mediated Green Synthesis of Different Nanostructured Metal Hexacyanoferrates: Activity against Photodegradation of Harmful Organic Dyes

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    Jassal, Vidhisha; Kaith, B. S.

    2016-01-01

    Prussian blue analogue potassium metal hexacyanoferrate (KMHCF) nanoparticles Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3 (FeHCF), K2Cu3[Fe(CN)6]2 (KCuHCF), K2Ni[Fe(CN)6]·3H2O (KNiHCF), and K2Co[Fe(CN)6] (KCoHCF) have been synthesized using plant based biosurfactant Aegle marmelos (Bael) and water as a green solvent. It must be emphasized here that no harmful reagent or solvent was used throughout the study. Plant extracts are easily biodegradable and therefore do not cause any harm to the environment. Hence, the proposed method of synthesis of various KMHCF nanoparticles followed a green path. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). MHCF nanoparticles were used for the photocatalytic degradation of toxic dyes like Malachite Green (MG), Eriochrome Black T (EBT), Methyl Orange (MO), and Methylene Blue (MB). Under optimized reaction conditions, maximum photocatalytic degradation was achieved in case of KCuHCF nanoparticles mediated degradation process (MG: 96.06%, EBT: 83.03%, MB: 94.72%, and MO: 63.71%) followed by KNiHCF (MG: 95%, EBT: 80.32%, MB: 91.35%, and MO: 59.42%), KCoHCF (MG: 91.45%, EBT: 78.84%, MB: 89.28%, and MO: 58.20%). PMID:27034896

  20. Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Aegle marmelos (Bael) Fruit Extract and Its Application to Prevent Adhesion of Bacteria: A Strategy to Control Microfouling

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    Nithya Deva Krupa, A.

    2014-01-01

    Marine biofilms formed due to adhesion of bacteria and other microorganisms on submerged surfaces are generally considered to be a major form of microfouling. Subsequent attachment of larvae of higher organisms like barnacles, mussels, and so forth, on marine biofilms, causes macrofouling. Several approaches have been used to prevent micro- and macrofouling. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are known to exhibit strong inhibitory and antimicrobial activity. Biological synthesis of AgNPs is rapidly gaining importance due to its growing success. Hence, the present study is focused on the biosynthesis of AgNPs using fruit extract of Aegle marmelos and its characterization through UV-Vis spectrophotometer, X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Further isolation and identification of marine biofilm forming bacteria were carried out through 16S rDNA analysis. The antimicrofouling effect of the biosynthesized AgNPs was tested against marine biofilm forming bacteria and the results suggested that it could effectively inhibit biofilm formation. This preliminary study has proved that AgNPs may be used as antimicrofouling agent for the prevention of biofouling in the early stages. PMID:25258620

  1. Aegeline from Aegle marmelos stimulates glucose transport via Akt and Rac1 signaling, and contributes to a cytoskeletal rearrangement through PI3K/Rac1.

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    Gautam, Sudeep; Ishrat, Nayab; Singh, Rohit; Narender, Tadigoppula; Srivastava, Arvind K

    2015-09-01

    Aegeline is an alkaloidal-amide, isolated from the leaves of Aegle marmelos and have shown antihyperglycemic as well as antidyslipidemic activities in the validated animal models of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Here we delineate, aegeline enhanced GLUT4 translocation mediated 2-deoxy-glucose uptake in both time and concentration-dependent manner. 2-deoxy-glucose uptake was completely stymied by the transport inhibitors (wortmannin and genistein) in C2C12 myotubes. Pharmacological inhibition of Akt (also known as protein kinase B) and Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1 (Rac1) suggest that both Akt and Rac1 operate aegeline-stimulated glucose transport via distinct parallel pathways. Moreover, aegeline activates p21 protein-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) and cofilin (an actin polymerization regulator). Rac1 inhibitor (Rac1 inhib II) and PAK1 inhibitor (IPA-3) completely blocked aegeline-induced phosphorylation of cofilin and p21 protein-activated kinase 1 (PAK1). In summary, these findings suggest that aegeline stimulates the glucose transport through Akt and Rac1 dependent distinct parallel pathways and have cytoskeletal roles via stimulation of the PI3-kinase-Rac1-PAK1-cofilin pathway in the skeletal muscle cells. Therefore, multiple targets of aegeline in the improvement of insulin sensitivity of the skeletal muscle cells may be suggested. PMID:26102565

  2. Aegeline from Aegle marmelos stimulates glucose transport via Akt and Rac1 signaling, and contributes to a cytoskeletal rearrangement through PI3K/Rac1.

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    Gautam, Sudeep; Ishrat, Nayab; Singh, Rohit; Narender, Tadigoppula; Srivastava, Arvind K

    2015-09-01

    Aegeline is an alkaloidal-amide, isolated from the leaves of Aegle marmelos and have shown antihyperglycemic as well as antidyslipidemic activities in the validated animal models of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Here we delineate, aegeline enhanced GLUT4 translocation mediated 2-deoxy-glucose uptake in both time and concentration-dependent manner. 2-deoxy-glucose uptake was completely stymied by the transport inhibitors (wortmannin and genistein) in C2C12 myotubes. Pharmacological inhibition of Akt (also known as protein kinase B) and Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1 (Rac1) suggest that both Akt and Rac1 operate aegeline-stimulated glucose transport via distinct parallel pathways. Moreover, aegeline activates p21 protein-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) and cofilin (an actin polymerization regulator). Rac1 inhibitor (Rac1 inhib II) and PAK1 inhibitor (IPA-3) completely blocked aegeline-induced phosphorylation of cofilin and p21 protein-activated kinase 1 (PAK1). In summary, these findings suggest that aegeline stimulates the glucose transport through Akt and Rac1 dependent distinct parallel pathways and have cytoskeletal roles via stimulation of the PI3-kinase-Rac1-PAK1-cofilin pathway in the skeletal muscle cells. Therefore, multiple targets of aegeline in the improvement of insulin sensitivity of the skeletal muscle cells may be suggested.

  3. Dry and ripe fruit of Aegle marmelos. L: A potent source of antioxidant, lipoxygenase inhibitors and free radical scavenger.

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    Rahman, Atiqur; Imran, Hina; Iqbal, Lubna; STaqvi, Syed Intasar Hussain; Fatima, Nudrat; Yaqeen, Zahra

    2016-07-01

    The antioxidant, lipoxygenase inhibitory activities and free radical scavenging capacity of the crude extract, aqueous and some organic fractions of dry and ripe fruit of Aeglemarmelos. L were studied to understand the protective and therapeutic role for the use of the fruit as a remedy in different ailments. All the tested fractions and extracts showed to possess significant antioxidant, free radical scavenging capacity and lipoxygenase inhibitory potential. However, chloroform and aqueous fractions showed significant ability to quench radicals, to reduce ferric chloride and to inhibit soyabean lipoxygenase. Their antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibition was estimated by IC50 values, for antioxidant ranging from 88-65% activity at concentration of 5-0.15μ/mL and similarly for lipoxygenase inhibition ranging from 89-69% at various concentrations of 5-0.15μ/mL, in chloroform and aqueous fractions respectively. The scavenger molecules in the dry and ripe fruit of A. marmelos may attribute to therapeutic and protective effect during different progressive stages of ailments. PMID:27393425

  4. Development and Application of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for Chemical Warfare Nerve and Sulfur Mustard Agents.

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    Watson, Annetta Paule; Opresko, Dennis M; Young, Robert A; Hauschild, Veronique

    2006-01-01

    Acute exposure guideline levels (AEGLs) have been developed for the chemical warfare agents GB, GA, GD, GF, VX, and sulfur mustard. These AEGLs were approved by the National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances after Federal Register publication and comment, and judged as scientifically valid by the National Research Council Committee on Toxicology Subcommittee on AEGLs. AEGLs represent general public exposure limits for durations ranging from 10 min to 8 h, and for three levels of severity (AEGL-1, AEGL-2, AEGL-3). Mild effects are possible at concentrations greater than AEGL-1, while life-threatening effects are expected at concentrations greater than AEGL-3. AEGLs can be applied to various civilian and national defense purposes, including evacuation and shelter-in-place protocols, reentry levels, protective clothing specifications, and analytical monitoring requirements. This report documents development and derivation of AEGL values for six key chemical warfare agents, and makes recommendations for their application to various potential exposure scenarios.

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  6. Characterization of a human glycoprotein with a potential role in sperm-egg fusion: cDNA cloning, immunohistochemical localization, and chromosomal assignment of the gene (AEGL1)

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    Hayashi, Masaru; Fujimoto, Seiichiro; Takano, Hiroko

    1996-03-05

    Acidic epididymal glycoprotein (AEG), thus far identified only in rodents, is one of the sperm surface proteins involved in the fusion of the sperm and egg plasma membranes. In the present study, we describe the isolation and characterization of cDNA encoding a human glycoprotein related to AEG. Although this protein, designated ARP (AEG-related protein), is not the ortholog of rodent AEG, it resembles AEG in that it is an epididymal secretory glycoprotein that binds to the postacrosomal region of the sperm head. The fact that no AEG mRNA can be detected in the human epididymis suggests that ARP might be the functional counterpart of rodent AEG. The gene encoding ARP (AEGL1) was mapped by fluorescence in situ hybridization to 6p21.1-p21.2. This result indicates that AEGL1 and the mouse gene for AEG are located in the chromosomal segments with conserved syntenies. 43 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Opération multimode transverse des OPOs: des structures classiques aux corrélations quantiques

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    Martinelli, M.; Ducci, S.; Gigan, S.; Treps, N.; Maître, A.; Fabre, C.

    2002-06-01

    Nous démontrons la formation de structures transverses sur les faisceaux émis par un oscillateur paramétrique optique (OPO) de type II en configuration confocale. D'un point de vue classique nous mettons en évidence le caractère multimode transverse de telles structures. A travers l'étude des corrélations spatiales des faisceaux générés nous montrons que ces structures sont également multimodes d'un point de vue quantique.

  8. Determination of Free Radical Scavenging, Antioxidative DNA Damage Activities and Phytochemical Components of Active Fractions from Lansium domesticum Corr. Fruit

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    Klungsupya, Prapaipat; Suthepakul, Nava; Muangman, Thanchanok; Rerk-Am, Ubon; Thongdon-A, Jeerayu

    2015-01-01

    Lansium domesticum Corr. or “long-kong” is one of the most popular fruits in Thailand. Its peel (skin, SK) and seeds (SD) become waste unless recycled or applied for use. This study was undertaken to determine the bioactivity and phytochemical components of L. domesticum (LD) skin and seed extracts. Following various extraction and fractionation procedures, 12 fractions were obtained. All fractions were tested for antioxidant capacity against O2−• and OH•. It was found that the peel of L. domesticum fruits exhibited higher O2−• and OH• scavenging activity than seeds. High potential antioxidant activity was found in two fractions of 50% ethanol extract of peel followed by ethyl acetate (EA) fractionation (LDSK50-EA) and its aqueous phase (LDSK50-H2O). Therefore, these two active fractions were selected for further studies on their antioxidative activity against DNA damage by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in human TK6 cells using comet assay. The comet results revealed DNA-protective activity of both LDSK50-EA and LDSK50-H2O fractions when TK6 human lymphoblast cells were pre-treated at 25, 50, 100, and 200 μg/mL for 24 h prior to H2O2 exposure. The phytochemical analysis illustrated the presence of phenolic substances, mainly scopoletin, rutin, and chlorogenic acid, in these two active fractions. This study generates new information on the biological activity of L. domesticum. It will promote and strengthen the utilization of L. domesticum by-products. PMID:26287238

  9. Image cross-correlation using COSI-Corr: A versatile technique to monitor and quantity surface deformation in space and time

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    Leprince, S.; Ayoub, F.; Avouac, J.

    2011-12-01

    We have developed a suite of algorithms for precise Co-registration of Optically Sensed Images and Correlation (COSI-Corr) which were implemented in a software package first released to the academic community in 2007. Its capability for accurate surface deformation measurement has proved useful for a wide variety of applications. We present the fundamental principles of COSI-Corr, which are the key ingredients to achieve sub-pixel registration and sub-pixel measurement accuracy, and we show how they can be applied to various types of images to extract 2D, 3D, or even 4D deformation fields of a given surface. Examples are drawn from recent collaborative studies and include: (1) The study of the Icelandic Krafla rifting crisis that occurred from 1975 to 1984 where we used a combination of archived airborne photographs, declassified spy satellite imagery, and modern satellite acquisitions to propose a detailed 2D displacement field of the ground; (2) The estimation of glacial velocities from fast New Zealand glaciers using successive ASTER acquisitions; (3) The derivation of sand dunes migration rates; (4) The estimation of ocean swell velocity taking advantage of the short time delay between the acquisition of different spectral bands on the SPOT 5 satellite; (5) The derivation of the full 3D ground displacement field induced by the 2010 Mw 7.2 El Mayor-Cucapah Earthquake, as recorded from pre- and post-event lidar acquisitions; (6) And, the estimation of 2D in plane deformation of mechanical samples under stress in the lab. Finally, we conclude by highlighting the potential future and implication of applying such correlation techniques on a large scale to provide global monitoring of our environment.

  10. Screening of Herbal-Based Bioactive Extract Against Carbapenem-Resistant Strain of Acinetobacter baumannii.

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    Tiwari, Monalisa; Roy, Ranita; Tiwari, Vishvanath

    2016-07-01

    Acinetobacter baumannii is grouped in the ESKAPE pathogens by Infectious Disease Society of America, which is linked to high degree of morbidity, mortality, and increased costs. The high level of acquired and intrinsic resistance mechanisms of these bacteria makes it an urgent requirement to find a suitable alternative to carbapenem, a commonly prescribed drug for Acinetobacter infection. In this study, methanolic extracts of six medicinal plants were subjected to phytochemical screening and their antimicrobial activity was tested against two strains of A. baumannii (ATCC 19606, carbapenem-sensitive strain, and RS 307, carbapenem-resistant strain). Synergistic effect of the plant extracts and antibiotics was also tested. Bael or Aegle marmelos contains tannin, phenol, terpenoids, glycoside, alkaloids, coumarine, steroid, and quinones. Flowers of madar or Calotropis procera possess tannin, phenol, terpenoids, glycoside, quinone, anthraquinone, anthocyanin, coumarin, and steroid. An inhibitory growth curve was seen for both the bacterial strains when treated with A. marmelos, Curcuma longa, and leaves and flowers of C. procera. Antibiotics alone showed a small zone of inhibition, but when used with herbal extracts they exhibited larger zone of inhibition. Synergistic effect of A. marmelos and imipenem was the best against both the strains of A. baumannii. From this study, it can be concluded that extracts from A. marmelos and leaves and flowers of C. procera exhibited the most effective antibacterial activity. These herbal extracts may be used to screen the bioactive compound against the carbapenem-resistant strain of A. baumannii. PMID:26910023

  11. Surface rupture and slip variation induced by the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake, Baja California, quantified using COSI-Corr analysis on pre- and post-earthquake LiDAR acquisitions

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    Leprince, S.; Hudnut, K. W.; Akciz, S. O.; Hinojosa-Corona, A.; Fletcher, J. M.

    2011-12-01

    One-hundred and three years after the publication of the Lawson report on the Great 1906 earthquake, accurate documentation of surface deformation along the entire length of an earthquake is still challenging. Analysis of pre- and post-earthquake topographic data provides an opportunity to deliver the full 3D displacement field of the ground's surface. However, direct differencing of a pre- and post-earthquake digital topography model (DEM) generally leads to biased estimation of the vertical component of the deformation. Indeed, if the earthquake also produced significant horizontal motion, or if the pre- and post-earthquake DEM acquisitions exhibit non-negligible horizontal mis-registration, then the vertical offset measured by direct differencing will be biased by the local topography gradient. To overcome this limitation, we use the COSI-Corr sub-pixel correlation algorithm to estimate the relative horizontal offset between the pre- and post- 2010 El Mayor - Cucapah earthquake high resolution LiDAR acquisitions. Compensating for the horizontal offset between the two LiDAR acquisitions allows us to estimate unbiased measurements of the vertical component of the surface fault rupture induced by the El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake. We will also show the limitations of the available data set, such as aircraft jitter artifacts, which impaired accurate measurements of the horizontal component of the surface deformation. This analysis shows an unprecedented view of the complete vertical slip component of the rupture induced by the Mw 7.2 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake, sampled at every 5 m, over a length of about 100 km, and with a vertical accuracy of a few centimeters. Using sampling bins as narrow as 150 m and 1.5 km long, variations in the vertical component of an oblique slip earthquake are presented, with breaks along multiple fault-strands showing opposite dip directions and diffuse boundaries. With the availability of high precision pre- and post-earthquake data

  12. Les tumeurs des glandes salivaires, étude épidémio-clinique et corrélation anatomoradiologique: étude rétrospective à propos de 148 cas

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    Fassih, Malika; Abada, Redallah; Rouadi, Sami; Mahtar, Mohamed; Roubal, Mohamed; Essaadi, Mustapha; El Kadiri, Mohamed Fatmi

    2014-01-01

    Les tumeurs des glandes salivaires sont rares, elles représentent moins de 3% de l'ensemble des tumeurs. Les tumeurs bénignes sont les plus fréquentes dominées par l'adénome pléomorphe, la glande parotide reste la localisation la plus commune. L'objectif de ce travail est d’évaluer la contribution des 3 méthodes d'imagerie: échographie, TDM et IRM dans la différentiation entre tumeur maligne et lésion bénigne. C'est une étude rétrospective à propos de 148 cas de tumeurs des glandes salivaires collectés sur 5 ans. Les paramètres étudiés étaient l’âge, le sexe du patient, le motif de consultation, les données de l'examen clinique, les données de l'imagerie. Chacun des critères radiologiques utilisés pour déterminer la nature de la tumeur a été analysée et corrélé avec les données de l'histologie. L'analyse s'est basée sur le test du X2 et le calcul du p. Nous avons calculé la sensibilité, la spécificité et l'efficacité diagnostique pour chaque modalité. La localisation parotidienne était prédominante (80%), les tumeurs bénignes ont représenté 76%, dominés par l'adénome pléomorphe. L’échographie a révélé que seulement la présence de quelques critères prédisent le caractère malin de la masse: les limites floues, irrégulières, et la présence d'adénopathies (p < 0,05). A la TDM, seules les limites floues de la masse et l'extension aux tissus adjacents étaient des indicateurs de malignité. A l'IRM, l'irrégularité des contours, l'hyposignal et le signal intermédiaire en séquences T1 et T2, et l'extension aux tissus avoisinants étaient en faveur de la malignité. La corrélation entre résultats de l'imagerie et diagnostic histologique a révélé la supériorité de l'IRM par rapport au scanner et à l’échographie, en termes de sensibilité, spécificité et efficacité diagnostique. L’évaluation préopératoire des tumeurs des glandes salivaires est devenue un challenge pour les ORL et les

  13. Radioprotective Potential of Plants and Herbs against the Effects of Ionizing Radiation.

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    C Jagetia, Ganesh

    2007-03-01

    Ionizing radiations produce deleterious effects in the living organisms and the rapid technological advancement has increased human exposure to ionizing radiations enormously. There is a need to protect humans against such effects of ionizing radiation. Attempts to protect against the deleterious effects of ionizing radiations by pharmacological intervention were made as early as 1949 and efforts are continued to search radioprotectors, which may be of great help for human application. This review mainly dwells on the radioprotective potential of plant and herbal extracts. The results obtained from in vitro and in vivo studies indicate that several botanicals such as Gingko biloba, Centella asiatica, Hippophae rhamnoides, Ocimum sanctum, Panax ginseng, Podophyllum hexandrum, Amaranthus paniculatus, Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus amarus, Piper longum, Tinospora cordifoila, Mentha arvensis, Mentha piperita, Syzygium cumini, Zingiber officinale, Ageratum conyzoides, Aegle marmelos and Aphanamixis polystachya protect against radiation-induced lethality, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. The fractionation-guided evaluation may help to develop new radioprotectors of desired activities. PMID:18188408

  14. Radioprotective Potential of Plants and Herbs against the Effects of Ionizing Radiation

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    C. Jagetia, Ganesh

    2007-01-01

    Ionizing radiations produce deleterious effects in the living organisms and the rapid technological advancement has increased human exposure to ionizing radiations enormously. There is a need to protect humans against such effects of ionizing radiation. Attempts to protect against the deleterious effects of ionizing radiations by pharmacological intervention were made as early as 1949 and efforts are continued to search radioprotectors, which may be of great help for human application. This review mainly dwells on the radioprotective potential of plant and herbal extracts. The results obtained from in vitro and in vivo studies indicate that several botanicals such as Gingko biloba, Centella asiatica, Hippophae rhamnoides, Ocimum sanctum, Panax ginseng, Podophyllum hexandrum, Amaranthus paniculatus, Emblica officinalis, Phyllanthus amarus, Piper longum, Tinospora cordifoila, Mentha arvensis, Mentha piperita, Syzygium cumini, Zingiber officinale, Ageratum conyzoides, Aegle marmelos and Aphanamixis polystachya protect against radiation-induced lethality, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage. The fractionation-guided evaluation may help to develop new radioprotectors of desired activities. PMID:18188408

  15. Bactericidal Effect of Selected Antidiarrhoeal Medicinal Plants on Intracellular Heat-Stable Enterotoxin-Producing Escherichia coli.

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    Birdi, Tannaz J; Brijesh, S; Daswani, Poonam G

    2014-05-01

    Diarrhoeal diseases due to enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli continue to be a cause of global concern. Medicinal plants have been gaining popularity as promising antidiarrhoeal agents. In the present study, four antidiarrhoeal plants, viz. Aegle marmelos, Cyperus rotundus, Psidium guajava and Zingiber officinale were screened against a heat-stable toxin-producing enterotoxigenic E. coli strain. Decoctions of these plants were studied for their effect on intracellular killing of the bacterial strain using murine monocytic cell line, J774. [(3)H] thymidine release assay was used to evaluate the apoptotic/necrotic effect. All plants at concentrations <1% enhanced intracellular killing of the bacteria by J774 cells. However, at higher concentrations, the decoctions induced apoptosis in J774 cells. The study demonstrates that these plants could control diarrhoea caused by heat-stable toxin-producing enterotoxigenic E. coli through their immunomodulatory effect. PMID:25035535

  16. Application of the Kombucha 'tea fungus' for the enhancement of antioxidant and starch hydrolase inhibitory properties of ten herbal teas.

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    Watawana, Mindani I; Jayawardena, Nilakshi; Choo, Candy; Waisundara, Viduranga Y

    2016-03-01

    Ten herbal teas (Acacia arabica, Aegle marmelos flower, A. marmelos root bark, Aerva lanata, Asteracantha longifolia, Cassia auriculata, Hemidesmus indicus, Hordeum vulgare, Phyllanthus emblica, Tinospora cordifolia) were fermented with the Kombucha 'tea fungus'. The pH values of the fermented beverages ranged from 4.0 to 6.0 by day 7, while the titratable acidity ranged from 2.5 to 5.0g/mL (P<0.05). Gallic acid had statistically significantly increased (P<0.05) in almost all the samples by day 7. The Oxygen radical absorbance capacity assay indicated 5 of the Kombucha beverages to have statistically significant increases (P<0.05) by day 7. The α-amylase inhibitory activities ranged from 52.5 to 67.2μg/mL in terms of IC50 values following fermentation, while the α-glucosidase inhibitory activities ranged from 95.2 to 196.1μg/mL. In conclusion, an enhancement of the antioxidant and starch hydrolase inhibitory potential of the herbal teas was observed by adding the tea fungus.

  17. Application of the Kombucha 'tea fungus' for the enhancement of antioxidant and starch hydrolase inhibitory properties of ten herbal teas.

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    Watawana, Mindani I; Jayawardena, Nilakshi; Choo, Candy; Waisundara, Viduranga Y

    2016-03-01

    Ten herbal teas (Acacia arabica, Aegle marmelos flower, A. marmelos root bark, Aerva lanata, Asteracantha longifolia, Cassia auriculata, Hemidesmus indicus, Hordeum vulgare, Phyllanthus emblica, Tinospora cordifolia) were fermented with the Kombucha 'tea fungus'. The pH values of the fermented beverages ranged from 4.0 to 6.0 by day 7, while the titratable acidity ranged from 2.5 to 5.0g/mL (P<0.05). Gallic acid had statistically significantly increased (P<0.05) in almost all the samples by day 7. The Oxygen radical absorbance capacity assay indicated 5 of the Kombucha beverages to have statistically significant increases (P<0.05) by day 7. The α-amylase inhibitory activities ranged from 52.5 to 67.2μg/mL in terms of IC50 values following fermentation, while the α-glucosidase inhibitory activities ranged from 95.2 to 196.1μg/mL. In conclusion, an enhancement of the antioxidant and starch hydrolase inhibitory potential of the herbal teas was observed by adding the tea fungus. PMID:26471559

  18. Lipolytic and antiadipogenic effects of (3,3-dimethylallyl) halfordinol on 3T3-L1 adipocytes and high fat and fructose diet induced obese C57/BL6J mice.

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    Saravanan, Munisankar; Pandikumar, Perumal; Saravanan, Subramaniam; Toppo, Erenius; Pazhanivel, Natesan; Ignacimuthu, Savarimuthu

    2014-10-01

    Aegle marmelos Correa., (Rutaceae) is a medium sized tree distributed in South East Asia and used traditionally for the management of obestiy and diabetes. In this study the lipolytic and antiadipogenic effects of (3,3-dimethylallyl) halfordinol (Hfn) isolated from leaves of A. marmelos have been investigated. Intracellular lipid accumulation was measured by oil red O staining and glycerol secretion. The expression of genes related to adipocyte differentiation was analyzed by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Hfn decreased intracellular triglyceride accumulation and increased glycerol release in a dose dependent manner (5-20 μg/ml) in differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes. In high fat diet fed C57/BL 6J mice, treatment with Hfn for four weeks reduced plasma glucose, insulin and triglyceride levels and showed a significant reduction in total adipose tissue mass by 37.85% and visceral adipose tissue mass by 62.99% at 50mg/kg b.w. concentration. RT-PCR analyses indicated that Hfn decreased the expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) and CCAAT enhancer binding protein α (CEBPα) and increased the expression of sterol regulatory enzyme binding protein (SREBP-1c), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα), Adiponectin and Glucose transporter protein 4 (GLUT4) compared to the high fat diet group. These results suggested that Hfn decreased adipocyte differentiation and stimulated lipolysis of adipocytes. This study justifies the folklore medicinal uses and claims about the therapeutic values of this plant for the management of insulin resistance and obesity.

  19. Chemical composition and insecticidal activities of essential oils against diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae).

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    Reddy, S G Eswara; Kirti Dolma, Shudh; Koundal, Rajkesh; Singh, Bikram

    2016-08-01

    Five Himalayan plants namely, Acorus calamus, Cedrus deodara, Aegle marmelos, Tagetes minuta and Murraya koenigii were used for the extraction of essential oils through hydrodistillation and the major volatile constituents as identified by GC and GC-MS techniques were β-asarone (91.1%), β-himachalene (45.8%), limonene (59.5%), Z-ocimene (37.9%) and α-pinene (54.2%), respectively. Essential oils were tested for their insecticidal properties against larvae of diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae). Results showed that A. calamus was most toxic (LC50 = 0.29 mg mL(-1)) to P. xylostella followed by C. deodara (LC50 = 1.08 mg mL(-1)) and M. koenigii (LC50 = 1.93 mg mL(-1)) via residual toxicity bioassay. Per cent feeding deterrence index and growth inhibition was significantly higher in A. calamus (42.20 and 68.55, respectively) followed by C. deodara (35.41 and 52.47). In repellent activity studies, C. deodara showed high repellence (64.76%) followed by A. calamus (55.05%). PMID:26264423

  20. Potential xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity of endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae.

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    Kapoor, Neha; Saxena, Sanjai

    2014-07-01

    Xanthine oxidase is considered as a potential target for treatment of hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is predisposing factor for gout, chronic heart failure, atherosclerosis, tissue injury, and ischemia. To date, only two inhibitors of xanthine oxidase viz. allopurinol and febuxostat have been clinically approved for used as drugs. In the process of searching for new xanthine oxidase inhibitors, we screened culture filtrates of 42 endophytic fungi using in vitro qualitative and quantitative XO inhibitory assays. The qualitative assay exhibited potential XO inhibition by culture filtrates of four isolates viz. #1048 AMSTITYEL, #2CCSTITD, #6AMLWLS, and #96 CMSTITNEY. The XO inhibitory activity was present only in the chloroform extract of the culture filtrates. Chloroform extract of culture filtrate #1048 AMSTITYEL exhibited the highest inhibition of XO with an IC50 value of 0.61 μg ml(-1) which was better than allopurinol exhibiting an IC50 of 0.937 μg ml(-1) while febuxostat exhibited a much lower IC50 of 0.076 μg ml(-1). Further, molecular phylogenetic tools and morphological studies were used to identify #1048 AMSTITYEL as Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae. This is the first report of an endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae from Aegle marmelos exhibiting potential XO Inhibitory activity.

  1. Evaluation of Aromatic Plants and Compounds Used to Fight Multidrug Resistant Infections

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    Perumal Samy, Ramar; Manikandan, Jayapal; Al Qahtani, Mohammed

    2013-01-01

    Traditional medicine plays a vital role for primary health care in India, where it is widely practiced to treat various ailments. Among those obtained from the healers, 78 medicinal plants were scientifically evaluated for antibacterial activity. Methanol extract of plants (100 μg of residue) was tested against the multidrug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Forty-seven plants showed strong activity against Burkholderia pseudomallei (strain TES and KHW) and Staphylococcus aureus, of which Tragia involucrata L., Citrus acida Roxb. Hook.f., and Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa ex Roxb. showed powerful inhibition of bacteria. Eighteen plants displayed only a moderate effect, while six plants failed to provide any evidence of inhibition against the tested bacteria. Purified compounds showed higher antimicrobial activity than crude extracts. The compounds showed less toxic effect to the human skin fibroblasts (HEPK) cells than their corresponding aromatic fractions. Phytochemical screening indicates that the presence of various secondary metabolites may be responsible for this activity. Most of the plant extracts contained high levels of phenolic or polyphenolic compounds and exhibited activity against MDR pathogens. In conclusion, plants are promising agents that deserve further exploration. Lead molecules available from such extracts may serve as potential antimicrobial agents for future drug development to combat diseases caused by the MDR bacterial strains as reported in this study. PMID:24223059

  2. Anti-HIV activity of Indian medicinal plants.

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    Sabde, Sudeep; Bodiwala, Hardik S; Karmase, Aniket; Deshpande, Preeti J; Kaur, Amandeep; Ahmed, Nafees; Chauthe, Siddheshwar K; Brahmbhatt, Keyur G; Phadke, Rasika U; Mitra, Debashis; Bhutani, Kamlesh Kumar; Singh, Inder Pal

    2011-07-01

    Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients face great socio-economic difficulties in obtaining treatment. There is an urgent need for new, safe, and cheap anti-HIV agents. Traditional medicinal plants are a valuable source of novel anti-HIV agents and may offer alternatives to expensive medicines in future. Various medicinal plants or plant-derived natural products have shown strong anti-HIV activity and are under various stages of clinical development in different parts of the world. The present study was directed towards assessment of anti-HIV activity of various extracts prepared from Indian medicinal plants. The plants were chosen on the basis of similarity of chemical constituents with reported anti-HIV compounds or on the basis of their traditional usage as immunomodulators. Different extracts were prepared by Soxhlet extraction and liquid-liquid partitioning. Ninety-two extracts were prepared from 23 plants. Anti-HIV activity was measured in a human CD4+ T-cell line, CEM-GFP cells infected with HIV-1NL4.3. Nine extracts of 8 different plants significantly reduced viral production in CEM-GFP cells infected with HIV-1NL4.3. Aegle marmelos, Argemone mexicana, Asparagus racemosus, Coleus forskohlii, and Rubia cordifolia demonstrated promising anti-HIV potential and were investigated for their active principles. PMID:21365365

  3. Botanicals to control soft rot bacteria of potato.

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    Rahman, M M; Khan, A A; Ali, M E; Mian, I H; Akanda, A M; Abd Hamid, S B

    2012-01-01

    Extracts from eleven different plant species such as jute (Corchorus capsularis L.), cheerota (Swertia chiraita Ham.), chatim (Alstonia scholaris L.), mander (Erythrina variegata), bael (Aegle marmelos L.), marigold (Tagetes erecta), onion (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum L.), neem (Azadiracta indica), lime (Citrus aurantifolia), and turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) were tested for antibacterial activity against potato soft rot bacteria, E. carotovora subsp. carotovora (Ecc) P-138, under in vitro and storage conditions. Previously, Ecc P-138 was identified as the most aggressive soft rot bacterium in Bangladeshi potatoes. Of the 11 different plant extracts, only extracts from dried jute leaves and cheerota significantly inhibited growth of Ecc P-138 in vitro. Finally, both plant extracts were tested to control the soft rot disease of potato tuber under storage conditions. In a 22-week storage condition, the treated potatoes were significantly more protected against the soft rot infection than those of untreated samples in terms of infection rate and weight loss. The jute leaf extracts showed more pronounced inhibitory effects on Ecc-138 growth both in in vitro and storage experiments. PMID:22701096

  4. Food and feeding behaviour of Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus Linn.) in Kuldiha Wild Life Sanctuary, Odisha, India.

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    Mohapatra, Kalpana K; Patra, A K; Paramanik, D S

    2013-01-01

    The feeding behaviour of Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus) with food reference was studied in Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha during 2007 to 2009. Though the study area houses a good number of plant species only 71 species were identified as elephant fodder plants. The food trail of elephant was observed as twig breaking, bark peeling, branch breaking, stem twisting uprooting and flower plucking in different regions of study area during different seasons. Alteration of predominantly browsing strategy with that of grazing around the year was related to seasonal variation of food plants. Consumption of tree species (56%) was highest as compared to shrubs (20%), herbs (14%) and climbers (10%). A high degree of variation in dicot- monocot ratio (61:10)) was marked during identification of elephant fodder plant by direct observation. Microscopic analysis of dung showing a high degree of variation in average dicot- monocot ratio suggested that the food plant selection of elephant was highly opportunistic and seasonal. The elephants extensively fed on the plant species like Careya arborea, Kydia calycina, Helicteres isora, Mallotus philippinensis, Aegle marmelos, Zizyphus mauritiona, Bauhinia racemosa, Bauhinia vahlii, Mimosa pudica, Asparagus racemosus, Smilax zeylanica and Diosporea species. They were fond of Madhuca indica (Mahula) flowers in winter and fruits of Mangifera indica (Mango) in summer. They were never found feeding on Tectona grandis and Eucalyptus maculate inside the study area. PMID:24006812

  5. Fetal Hemoglobin Inducers from the Natural World: A Novel Approach for Identification of Drugs for the Treatment of β-Thalassemia and Sickle-Cell Anemia

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    Bianchi, Nicoletta; Zuccato, Cristina; Lampronti, Ilaria; Borgatti, Monica; Gambari, Roberto

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this review is to present examples of lead compounds identified from biological material (fungi, plant extracts and agro-industry material) and of possible interest in the field of a pharmacological approach to the therapy of β-thalassemia using molecules able to stimulate production of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in adults. Concerning the employment of HbF inducers as potential drugs for pharmacological treatment of β-thalassemia, the following conclusions can be reached: (i) this therapeutic approach is reasonable, on the basis of the clinical parameters exhibited by hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin patients, (ii) clinical trials (even if still limited) employing HbF inducers were effective in ameliorating the symptoms of β-thalassemia patients, (iii) good correlation of in vivo and in vitro results of HbF synthesis and γ-globin mRNA accumulation indicates that in vitro testing might be predictive of in vivo responses and (iv) combined use of different inducers might be useful to maximize HbF, both in vitro and in vivo. In this review, we present three examples of HbF inducers from the natural world: (i) angelicin and linear psoralens, contained in plant extracts from Angelica arcangelica and Aegle marmelos, (ii) resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grapes and several plant extracts and (iii) rapamycin, isolated from Streptomyces hygroscopicus. PMID:18955291

  6. Seasonal variations of airborne pollen in Allahabad, India.

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    Sahney, Manju; Chaurasia, Swati

    2008-01-01

    Using a Burkard 7-day volumetric sampler a survey of airborne pollen grains in Allahabad was carried out from December 2004--November 2005 to assess the qualitative and quantitative occurrence of pollen grains during different months of the year, and to characterize the pollen seasons of dominant pollen types in the atmosphere of Allahabad. 80 pollen types were identified out of the total pollen catch of 3,416.34 pollen grains/m(3). Bulk of the pollen originated from anemophilous trees and grasses. Thirteen pollen types recorded more than 1 % of the annual total pollen catch. Holoptelea integrifolia formed the major component of the pollen spectrum constituting 46.21 % of the total pollen catch followed by Poaceae, Azadirachta indica, Ailanthus excelsa, Putranjiva roxburghii, Parthenium hysterophorus, Ricinus communis, Brassica compestris, Amaranthaceae/Chenopodiaceae, Madhuca longifolia, Syzygium cumini, other Asteraceae and Aegle marmelos. Highest pollen counts were obtained in the month of March and lowest in July. The pollen types recorded marked the seasonal pattern of occurrence in the atmosphere. February-May was the principal pollen season with maximum number of pollen counts and pollen types. Chief sources of pollen during this period were arboreal taxa. September-October was the second pollen season with grasses being the main source of pollen. Airborne pollen spectrum reflected the vegetation of Allahabad, except for Alnus sp., which grows in the Himalayan region. A significant negative correlation was found of daily pollen counts with minimum temperature, relative humidity and rainfall.

  7. Screening of traditional antidiabetic medicinal plants of Mauritius for possible alpha-amylase inhibitory effects in vitro.

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    Kotowaroo, M I; Mahomoodally, M F; Gurib-Fakim, A; Subratty, A H

    2006-03-01

    In this study, seven exotic/indigenous medicinal plants of Mauritius, namely Coix lacryma-jobi (Poaceae), Aegle marmelos (Rutaceae), Artocarpus heterophyllus (Moraceae), Vangueria madagascariensis (Rubiaceae), Azadirachta indica (Meliaceae), Eriobotrya japonica (Rosaceae) and Syzigium cumini (Myrtaceae) were studied for possible effects on starch breakdown by alpha-amylase in vitro. The results showed that only Artocarpus heterophyllus significantly (p < 0.05) inhibited alpha-amylase activity in vitro. To confirm the observed effects, a further biochemical assay was undertaken to investigate the effects of Artocarpus heterophyllus on alpha-amylase activity using rat plasma in vitro. It was found that the aqueous leaf extract significantly (p < 0.05) inhibited alpha-amylase activity in rat plasma. The highest inhibitory activity (27.20 +/- 5.00%) was observed at a concentration of 1000 microg/mL. However, in both cases dose dependency was not observed. Enzyme kinetic studies using the Michaelis-Menten and Lineweaver-Burk equations were performed to establish the type of inhibition involved. In the presence of the plant extract the maximal velocity (Vmax) remained constant (1/150 g / L/s) whereas the Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) increased by 5.79 g / L, indicating that the aqueous leaf extract of Artocarpus heterophyllus behaved as a competitive inhibitor. Results from the present study tend to indicate that Artocarpus heterophyllus could act as a 'starch blocker' thereby reducing post-prandial glucose peaks.

  8. Ovicidal and Oviposition Deterrent Activities of Medicinal Plant Extracts Against Aedes aegypti L. and Culex quinquefasciatus Say Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae)

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    Reegan, Appadurai Daniel; Gandhi, Munusamy Rajiv; Paulraj, Micheal Gabriel; Ignacimuthu, Savarimuthu

    2014-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the ovicidal and oviposition deterrent activities of five medicinal plant extracts namely Aegle marmelos (Linn.), Limonia acidissima (Linn.), Sphaeranthus indicus (Linn.), Sphaeranthus amaranthoides (burm.f), and Chromolaena odorata (Linn.) against Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Three solvents, namely hexane, ethyl acetate, and methanol, were used for the preparation of extracts from each plant. Methods Four different concentrations—62.5 parts per million (ppm), 125 ppm, 250 ppm, and 500 ppm—were prepared using acetone and tested for ovicidal and oviposition deterrent activities. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the significance of the treatments and means were separated by Tukey's test of comparison. Results Among the different extracts of the five plants screened, the hexane extract of L. acidissima recorded the highest ovicidal activity of 79.2% and 60% at 500 ppm concentration against the eggs of Cx. quinquefasciatus and Ae. aegypti, respectively. Similarly, the same hexane extract of L. acidissima showed 100% oviposition deterrent activity at all the tested concentrations against Cx. quinquefasciatus and Ae. aegypti adult females. Conclusion It is concluded that the hexane extract of L. acidissima could be used in an integrated mosquito management program. PMID:25737834

  9. Potential xanthine oxidase inhibitory activity of endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae.

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    Kapoor, Neha; Saxena, Sanjai

    2014-07-01

    Xanthine oxidase is considered as a potential target for treatment of hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is predisposing factor for gout, chronic heart failure, atherosclerosis, tissue injury, and ischemia. To date, only two inhibitors of xanthine oxidase viz. allopurinol and febuxostat have been clinically approved for used as drugs. In the process of searching for new xanthine oxidase inhibitors, we screened culture filtrates of 42 endophytic fungi using in vitro qualitative and quantitative XO inhibitory assays. The qualitative assay exhibited potential XO inhibition by culture filtrates of four isolates viz. #1048 AMSTITYEL, #2CCSTITD, #6AMLWLS, and #96 CMSTITNEY. The XO inhibitory activity was present only in the chloroform extract of the culture filtrates. Chloroform extract of culture filtrate #1048 AMSTITYEL exhibited the highest inhibition of XO with an IC50 value of 0.61 μg ml(-1) which was better than allopurinol exhibiting an IC50 of 0.937 μg ml(-1) while febuxostat exhibited a much lower IC50 of 0.076 μg ml(-1). Further, molecular phylogenetic tools and morphological studies were used to identify #1048 AMSTITYEL as Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae. This is the first report of an endophytic Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae from Aegle marmelos exhibiting potential XO Inhibitory activity. PMID:24801403

  10. Muscodor kashayum sp. nov. – a new volatile anti-microbial producing endophytic fungus

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    Meshram, Vineet; Kapoor, Neha; Saxena, Sanjai

    2014-01-01

    Muscodor kashayum (MycoBank no.: MB 803800; GenBank no.: KC481680) is a newly described endophytic fungus of a medicinal plant Aegle marmelos (Bael tree), growing in the tropical conserved rainforest in the Western Ghats of India. Muscodor kashayum possesses distinct morphological, molecular and physiological features from the earlier reported Muscodor species. The fungus forms characteristic rings of the ropy mycelium on potato dextrose agar medium. This sterile fungus is characterised by the presence of a pungent smell which is attributable to a blend of more than 23 volatile organic constituents, predominantly 3-cyclohexen-1-ol,1-(1,5-dimethyl-4-hexenyl)-4-methyl; 1,6-dioxacyclododecane-7,12-dione; 2,6-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-(1-oxopropyl) phenol; 2,4-di-tert-butylthiophenol and 4-octadecylmorpholine. In the in vitro anti-microbial assay using M. kashayum, growth of 75% of test fungi/yeasts and 72% of the test bacteria were completely inhibited. Therefore, M. Kashayum holds potential for future application to be used as a myco-fumigation agent. PMID:24587960

  11. CORRE: A Framework for Evaluating and Transforming Teaching Materials into Open Educational Resources

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    Nikoi, Samuel K.; Rowlett, Tania; Armellini, Alejandro; Witthaus, Gabi

    2011-01-01

    Open education resources (OER) are taking centre-stage in many higher educational institutions globally, driven by the need to raise institutional profiles, improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning and achieve universal access to education. Many academics attracted to the idea of turning teaching materials into OER have, however, found…

  12. corr3p_tr: A particle approach for the general three-body problem

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    Edvardsson, S.; Karlsson, K.; Olin, H.

    2016-03-01

    This work presents a convenient way to solve the non-relativistic Schrödinger equation numerically for a general three-particle system including full correlation and mass polarization. Both Coulombic and non-Coulombic interactions can be studied. The eigensolver is based on a second order dynamical system treatment (particle method). The Hamiltonian matrix never needs to be realized. The wavefunction evolves towards the steady state solution for which the Schrödinger equation is fulfilled. Subsequent Richardson extrapolations for several meshes are then made symbolically in matlab to obtain the continuum solution. The computer C code is tested under Linux 64 bit and both double and extended precision versions are provided. Test runs are exemplified and, when possible, compared with corresponding values in the literature. The computer code is small and self contained making it unusually simple to compile and run on any system. Both serial and parallel computer runs are straight forward.

  13. Useful ethnophytomedicinal recipes of angiosperms used against diabetes in South East Asian Countries (India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka).

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    Marwat, Sarfaraz Khan; Rehman, Fazalur; Khan, Ejaz Ahmad; Khakwani, Abdul Aziz; Ullah, Imdad; Khan, Kaleem Ullah; Khan, Inam Ullah

    2014-09-01

    This paper is based on data recorded from various literatures pertaining to ethnophytomedicinal recipes used against diabetes in South East Asia (India, Pakistan and Srilanka). Traditional plant treatments have been used throughout the world for the therapy of diabetes mellitus. In total 419 useful phytorecipes of 270 plant species belonging to 74 Angiospermic families were collected. From the review it was revealed that plants showing hypoglycemic potential mainly belong to the families, Cucurbitaceae (16 spp.), Euphorbiaceae (15 spp.), Caesalpiniaceae and Papilionaceae (13 spp. each), Moraceae (11 spp.), Acanthaceae (10 spp.), Mimosaceae (09 spp.), Asteraceae, Malvaceae and Poaceae (08 spp. each), Hippocrateaceae, Rutaceae and Zingiberaceae (07 spp. each), Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Verbenaceae (06 spp. each), Apiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Lamiaceae, Myrtaceae, Solanaceae (05 spp.each). The most active plants are Syzigium cumini (14 recipes), Phyllanthus emblica (09 recipes), Centella asiatica and Momordica charantia (08 recipes each), Azadirachta indica (07 recipes), Aegle marmelos, Catharanthus roseus, Ficus benghalensis, Ficus racemosa, Gymnema sylvestre (06 recipes each), Allium cepa, A. sativum, Andrographis paniculata, Curcuma longa (05 recipes each), Citrullus colocynthis, Justicia adhatoda, Nelumbo nucifera, Tinospora cordifolia, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Ziziphus mauritiana and Wattakaka volubilis (4 recipes each). These traditional recipes include extracts, leaves, powders, flour, seeds, vegetables, fruits and herbal mixtures. Data inventory consists of botanical name, recipe, vernacular name, English name. Some of the plants of the above data with experimentally confirmed antidiabetic properties have also been recorded. More investigations must be carried out to evaluate the mechanism of action of diabetic medicinal plants. Toxicity of these plants should also be explained. Scientific validation of these recipes may help in discovering new drugs from

  14. Evaluation of polyherbal formulation (SJT-HT-03) for antihypertensive activity in albino rats

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    Ghelani, Hardik S.; Patel, Bipin M.; Gokani, Rina H.; Rachchh, Manish A.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Hypertension is an incurable pathological condition and lifelong therapy is required. Long term use of conventional synthetic anti-hypertensive drugs is associated with a spectrum of toxic effects. However, therapeutic interventions using herbal drugs for hypertension have gained considerable attention worldwide. Aim: To evaluate the anti-hypertensive activity of polyherbal formulation (SJT-HT-03). Materials and Methods: The polyherbal formulation (SJT-HT-03) comprises of leaves of Aegle marmelos L., fruits of Benincasa hispida Thunb., Garcinia indica Thouars, and flowers of Musa paradiasica L., Rosa indica L., Hibiscus rosa sinensis L. Selected plants as mentioned above were collected, dried and extracted with different solvents. Formulation SJT-HT-03 (250 mg/kg, p.o.), was evaluated using two kidney one clip (2K1C) model and deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt-induced hypertension model using the enalapril (10 mg/kg, p.o.) and hydrochlorothiazide (5 mg/kg, p.o.) as a reference standard drug in respective models. Results: SJT-HT-03 significantly reduced (P < 0.001, one-way analysis of variance followed by Turkey's multiple comparison tests) systolic as well as diastolic blood pressure (BP) in 2K1C and DOCA-salt model. Further, SJT-HT-03 has shown a significant reduction (P < 0.01) in angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity in serum, clipped kidney as well as in lungs in 2K1C model, whereas significant reduction (P < 0.05) in serum Na+ and increase in serum K+ level in DOCA model. Conclusion: Polyherbal formulation SJT-HT-03 possess significant anti-hypertensive activity by producing direct depressant effect on heart, inhibition of ACE, aldosterone antagonistic as well as diuretic effect and thereby act on multiple targets to achieve optimal effect. PMID:26195912

  15. Green leafy porridges: how good are they in controlling glycaemic response?

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    Anuruddhika Subhashinie Senadheera, Senadheera Pathirannehelage; Ekanayake, Sagarika

    2013-03-01

    Green leafy porridges made with leaf water extracts, rice and coconut milk are common Sri Lankan dietary remedies for diabetes. Though water and ethanolic extracts of most leaves elicit hypoglycaemic effects, data are not available on the efficacy when leaf extracts are incorporated into porridges. Thus, an effort was made to evaluate the proximate compositions and glycaemic index (GI) of some commonly consumed green leafy porridges. The GI of rice porridge and coconut milk porridge were measured to evaluate the effect of other ingredients other than the leaf extracts. Rice was the main contributor to carbohydrate (56-68% on dry weight) and water was the main component in porridges (89-93%). Fat and total dietary fibre contents ranged between 2.5-27% and 5-10%, respectively. The GI of all porridges was low (GI ≤ 55), except Cassia auriculata which had a high GI of 77 ± 12. The GIs of coconut milk, Aerva lanata, Hemidesmus indicus, Scoparia dulcis, Asparagus racemosus, Cephalandra indica, Cardiospermum halicacabum, Murraya koenigii and Aegle marmelos were 31 ± 5, 32 ± 5, 40 ± 8, 39 ± 8, 37 ± 4, 49 ± 8, 46 ± 8, 44 ± 8 and 50 ± 8, respectively. All porridges had a low or medium glycaemic loads ( ≤ 19). However, peak blood glucose reductions of ≥ 25% were observed in all leafy and coconut milk porridges, except in C. auriculata and Atlantia zeylanica, when compared with the glucose control. Therefore, green leafy porridges, except Cassia, can be recommended as breakfast meals for diabetics due to their low GI, peak blood glucose reduction and presence of other nutrients in green leaves. PMID:22849311

  16. Green leafy porridges: how good are they in controlling glycaemic response?

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    Anuruddhika Subhashinie Senadheera, Senadheera Pathirannehelage; Ekanayake, Sagarika

    2013-03-01

    Green leafy porridges made with leaf water extracts, rice and coconut milk are common Sri Lankan dietary remedies for diabetes. Though water and ethanolic extracts of most leaves elicit hypoglycaemic effects, data are not available on the efficacy when leaf extracts are incorporated into porridges. Thus, an effort was made to evaluate the proximate compositions and glycaemic index (GI) of some commonly consumed green leafy porridges. The GI of rice porridge and coconut milk porridge were measured to evaluate the effect of other ingredients other than the leaf extracts. Rice was the main contributor to carbohydrate (56-68% on dry weight) and water was the main component in porridges (89-93%). Fat and total dietary fibre contents ranged between 2.5-27% and 5-10%, respectively. The GI of all porridges was low (GI ≤ 55), except Cassia auriculata which had a high GI of 77 ± 12. The GIs of coconut milk, Aerva lanata, Hemidesmus indicus, Scoparia dulcis, Asparagus racemosus, Cephalandra indica, Cardiospermum halicacabum, Murraya koenigii and Aegle marmelos were 31 ± 5, 32 ± 5, 40 ± 8, 39 ± 8, 37 ± 4, 49 ± 8, 46 ± 8, 44 ± 8 and 50 ± 8, respectively. All porridges had a low or medium glycaemic loads ( ≤ 19). However, peak blood glucose reductions of ≥ 25% were observed in all leafy and coconut milk porridges, except in C. auriculata and Atlantia zeylanica, when compared with the glucose control. Therefore, green leafy porridges, except Cassia, can be recommended as breakfast meals for diabetics due to their low GI, peak blood glucose reduction and presence of other nutrients in green leaves.

  17. Critical Roles of Notch and Wnt/β-Catenin Pathways in the Regulation of Hyperplasia and/or Colitis in Response to Bacterial Infection

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    Ahmed, Ishfaq; Chandrakesan, Parthasarathy; Tawfik, Ossama; Xia, Lijun; Anant, Shrikant

    2012-01-01

    Notch and Wnt/β-catenin signals play essential roles in intestinal development and homeostasis. Citrobacter rodentium induces transmissible murine colonic hyperplasia (TMCH) and various degrees of inflammation, depending upon the genetic background. We aimed at delineating the role of the Notch and Wnt/β-catenin pathways in the regulation of colonic crypt hyperplasia and/or colitis following C. rodentium infection. During TMCH, relative levels of the Notch intracellular domain (NICD) increased significantly, along with increases in Jagged-1 and Hes-1 coinciding with the progression and regression phases of hyperplasia. Blocking of Notch signaling with dibenzazepine (DBZ) for 5 days before the onset of hyperplasia also blocked Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Targeting the Notch pathway for 5 days after the onset of hyperplasia failed to inhibit Wnt/β-catenin-regulated crypt hyperplasia. Chronic DBZ administration for 10 days blocked both Notch and Wnt signaling, disrupted the intestinal barrier, and induced colitis. Core-3−/− mice, which are defective in mucin secretion and are susceptible to experimental triggers of colitis, also exhibited significant colitis in response to C. rodentium plus DBZ. Chronic DBZ administration in these mice did not result in depletion of the putative stem cell marker doublecortin-like kinase-1 (DCLK1) in the crypts. Dietary bael (Aegle marmelos) extract (4%) and curcumin (4%) restored signaling via the Notch and Wnt/β-catenin pathways, thereby promoting crypt regeneration, and also replenished the mucus layer, leading to amelioration of C. rodentium- and DBZ-induced colitis in NIH:Swiss mice. Thus, the balancing act between cell proliferation and mucus production to restore barrier integrity seems to depend upon the interplay between the Wnt/β-catenin and Notch pathways in the TMCH model. PMID:22710872

  18. Useful ethnophytomedicinal recipes of angiosperms used against diabetes in South East Asian Countries (India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka).

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    Marwat, Sarfaraz Khan; Rehman, Fazalur; Khan, Ejaz Ahmad; Khakwani, Abdul Aziz; Ullah, Imdad; Khan, Kaleem Ullah; Khan, Inam Ullah

    2014-09-01

    This paper is based on data recorded from various literatures pertaining to ethnophytomedicinal recipes used against diabetes in South East Asia (India, Pakistan and Srilanka). Traditional plant treatments have been used throughout the world for the therapy of diabetes mellitus. In total 419 useful phytorecipes of 270 plant species belonging to 74 Angiospermic families were collected. From the review it was revealed that plants showing hypoglycemic potential mainly belong to the families, Cucurbitaceae (16 spp.), Euphorbiaceae (15 spp.), Caesalpiniaceae and Papilionaceae (13 spp. each), Moraceae (11 spp.), Acanthaceae (10 spp.), Mimosaceae (09 spp.), Asteraceae, Malvaceae and Poaceae (08 spp. each), Hippocrateaceae, Rutaceae and Zingiberaceae (07 spp. each), Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Verbenaceae (06 spp. each), Apiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Lamiaceae, Myrtaceae, Solanaceae (05 spp.each). The most active plants are Syzigium cumini (14 recipes), Phyllanthus emblica (09 recipes), Centella asiatica and Momordica charantia (08 recipes each), Azadirachta indica (07 recipes), Aegle marmelos, Catharanthus roseus, Ficus benghalensis, Ficus racemosa, Gymnema sylvestre (06 recipes each), Allium cepa, A. sativum, Andrographis paniculata, Curcuma longa (05 recipes each), Citrullus colocynthis, Justicia adhatoda, Nelumbo nucifera, Tinospora cordifolia, Trigonella foenum-graecum, Ziziphus mauritiana and Wattakaka volubilis (4 recipes each). These traditional recipes include extracts, leaves, powders, flour, seeds, vegetables, fruits and herbal mixtures. Data inventory consists of botanical name, recipe, vernacular name, English name. Some of the plants of the above data with experimentally confirmed antidiabetic properties have also been recorded. More investigations must be carried out to evaluate the mechanism of action of diabetic medicinal plants. Toxicity of these plants should also be explained. Scientific validation of these recipes may help in discovering new drugs from

  19. Dietary medicinal plant extracts improve growth, immune activity and survival of tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus.

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    Immanuel, G; Uma, R P; Iyapparaj, P; Citarasu, T; Peter, S M Punitha; Babu, M Michael; Palavesam, A

    2009-05-01

    The effects of supplementing diets with acetone extract (1% w/w) from four medicinal plants (Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon, H(1), beal Aegle marmelos, H(2), winter cherry Withania somnifera, H(3) and ginger Zingiber officinale, H(4)) on growth, the non-specific immune response and ability to resist pathogen infection in tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus were assessed. In addition, the antimicrobial properties of the extract were assessed against Vibrio alginolyticus, Vibrioparahaemolyticus, Vibrio mimicus, Vibrio campbelli, Vibrio vulnificus, Vibrio harveyi and Photobacterium damselae. Oreochromis mossambicus were fed 5% of their body mass per day for 45 days, and those fed the experimental diets showed a greater increase in mass (111-139%) over the 45 days compared to those that received the control diet (98%). The specific growth rate of O. mossambicus fed the four diets was also significantly greater (1.66-1.93%) than control (1.52%) diet-fed fish. The blood plasma chemistry analysis revealed that protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, glucose and triglyceride levels of experimental fish were significantly higher than that of control fish. Packed cell volume of the blood samples of experimental diet-fed fish was also significantly higher (34.16-37.95%) than control fish (33.0%). Leucocrit value, phagocytic index and lysozyme activity were enhanced in fish fed the plant extract-supplemented diets. The acetone extract of the plants inhibited growth of Vibrio spp. and P. damselae with extracts from W. somnifera showing maximum growth inhibition. A challenge test with V. vulnificus showed 100% mortality in O. mossambicus fed the control diet by day 15, whereas the fish fed the experimental diets registered only 63-80% mortality at the end of challenge experiment (30 days). The cumulative mortality index for the control group was 12,000, which was equated to 1.0% mortality, and accordingly, the lowest mortality of 0.35% was registered in H(4)-diet-fed group. PMID

  20. Bioactivity studies of the individual ingredients of the Dashamularishta.

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    Jabbar, Shaila; Khan, Mahmud Tareq Hassan; Choudhuri, M Shahabuddin K; Sil, Bijon K

    2004-01-01

    The bioactivity studies of the individual ingredients of Dashamularishta--a classical Ayurvedic preparation were done with the aqueous extracts of the individual ingredients. The Aegle marmelos Correa. exhibited severe toxicity to the brine shrimp (BST) nauplii, wheat rootlet growth (WRG) inhibition bioassay and lettuce seed germination (LSG) bioassay. It exhibited no inhibition to the growth of PPR and Reo virus in vero cell line. The Oroxylum indicum exhibited moderate toxicity to the BST and WRG, but it is not toxic to the LSG. It exhibited no inhibition to the growth of PPR and Reo virus. The Stereospermum suaveolens exhibited severe toxicity to the BST and LSG, but it is not toxic to the WRG. It exhibited total inhibition to the growth of Reo virus, but it has not effect on the PPR virus. The Premna integrifolia showed severe toxicity to the BST, but it was not toxic to the WRG and LSG. It exhibited no inhibition to the growth of PPR and Reo virus. The Gmelina arborea exhibited severe toxicity to the BST and WRG, but it is not toxic to the LSG. It exhibited no inhibition to the growth of PPR and Reo virus. The Solanum xanthocarpum showed mild toxicity to the BST, WRG and LSG. It exhibited 75% inhibition to the growth of Reo virus. The Solanum indicum showed no toxicity to the BST, WRG and LSG. It exhibited 75% inhibition to the growth of PPR virus. The Desmodium gangeticum showed no toxicity to the BST, but moderate toxicity to the WRG and LSG. It exhibited total inhibition to the growth of PPR virus. The Uraria lagopoides showed no toxicity to the BST, WRG and LSG. It exhibited total inhibition to the growth of Reo virus. The Tribulus terrestris showed no toxicity to the BST, but showed moderate toxicity to the WRG and LSG. It exhibited 75% inhibition to the growth of both PPR and Reo virus. PMID:16414581

  1. Isolation and identification of mosquito larvicidal compound from Abutilon indicum (Linn.) Sweet.

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    Abdul Rahuman, A; Gopalakrishnan, Geetha; Venkatesan, P; Geetha, Kannappan

    2008-04-01

    Larvicidal activity of crude hexane, ethyl acetate, petroleum ether, acetone and methanol extracts of five medicinal plants, Abutilon indicum, Aegle marmelos, Euphorbia thymifolia, Jatropha gossypifolia and Solanum torvum were assayed for their toxicity against the early fourth-instar larvae of Culex quinquefasciatus. The larval mortality was observed after 24 h exposure. All extracts showed moderate larvicidal effects; however, the highest larval mortality was found in petroleum ether extract of A. indicum. In the present study, bioassay-guided fractionation of A. indicum led to the separation and identification of a beta-sitosterol as a potential new mosquito larvicidal compound with LC50 value of 11.49, 3.58 and 26.67 ppm against Aedes aegypti L, Anopheles stephensi Liston and C. quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae), respectively. 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectral data confirmed the identification of the active compound. beta-sitosterol has been recognized as the active ingredient of many medicinal plant extracts. All the crude extracts when screened for their larvicidal activities indicated toxicity against the larvae of C. quinquefasciatus. This article reports the isolation and identification of the beta-sitosterol as well as bioassay data for the crude extracts. There are no reports of beta-sitosterol in the genus A. indicum, and their larvicidal activities are being evaluated for the first time. Results of this study show that the petroleum ether extract of A. indicum may be considered as a potent source and beta-sitosterol as a new natural mosquito larvicidal agent. PMID:18176816

  2. Uptake of 210Pb and 210Po by Brazilian Bunodosoma caissarum Corrêa, 1964 (cnidaria, actinidae).

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    Gouvea, R C; Santos, P L; Dutra, I R; Gouvea, V A

    1989-07-01

    Bunodosoma caissarum, a carnivorous marine species exclusive to the Brazilian southern coast, recognized as a sensitive bioindicator of artificial radioactive pollution, also shows a great capacity for concentrating natural alpha-emitters. The authors have measured the alpha-emitters 210Po and its precursor 210Pb in this animal. The average concentrations found are greater (by a factor of 4.6) for 210Po measured in samples gathered on Ponta Negra Beach (protected outer coast) than the values obtained in specimens collected on Boa Viagem Beach (closed bay) along the Rio de Janeiro coast, Brazil. The same was also found for 210Pb (a factor of 2.5).

  3. Cytogenetic analysis of Triatoma pseudomaculata Corrêa and Espínola, 1964 (Hemiptera, Triatominae) from different Brazilian states.

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    Imperador, C H L; Alevi, K C C; Oliveira, J; Rosa, J A; Azeredo-Oliveira, M T V

    2016-03-31

    Triatoma maculata and T. pseudomaculata are allopatric; however, it is believed that T. maculata was introduced into the Brazilian northeast by passive transportation of the nymphs between the feathers of migratory birds, followed by the speciation of T. pseudomaculata. T. pseudomaculata is the second most epidemiologically important species in the northeast of Brazil after T. brasiliensis. Therefore, given the broad range of T. pseudomaculata, the objective of the present study was to cytogenetically analyze different populations of T. pseudomaculata from different Brazilian states in order to investigate possible intraspecific chromosomal variation between them. Three adult T. pseudomaculata males from each population (Pernambuco, Ceará, Paraíba, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, and Piauí) were analyzed by lacto-acetic orcein and C-banding. All of the specimens analyzed exhibited the same cytogenetic characteristics, i.e., 22 chromosomes (20 autosomes and XY), a chromocenter formed by the X and Y sex chromosomes and one pair of autosomes, and heterochromatin blocks in three or four pairs of autosomes. These data confirm that all of the populations analyzed were T. pseudomaculata, and although they may be subject to different selection pressures they have maintained the genetic integrity that characterizes the species.

  4. Holocene vegetation and climatic variations in Central India: A study based on multiproxy evidences

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    Chauhan, M. S.; Sharma, Anupam; Phartiyal, Binita; Kumar, Kamlesh

    2013-11-01

    Palynology, texture, mineralogy, geochemistry, and magnetic susceptibility analysis of a 2 m deep sediment core from Padauna Swamp, southeastern Madhya Pradesh infers that between 8600 and 7500 cal yr BP a warm and relatively less-humid climate prevailed with open tree-savannahs dominated by grasses followed by sedges, Artemisia and members of Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae with scanty trees viz., Schrebera, Aegle marmelos and Sterculia urens. This is well supported by lower organic to carbonate carbon ratio, coarser texture having relatively low CIA and magnetic susceptibility values and presence of some primary minerals. Between 7500 and 6250 cal yr BP the tree-savannahs were succeeded by open mixed deciduous forests with the invasion of a few more trees viz., Madhuca indica, Holoptelea, Emblica officinalis, Mitragyna parvifolia and members of Anacardiaceae in response to onset of a warm and humid climate. A considerable rise in organic carbon generated from the degradation of plentiful biomass along with increase in clay content with signs of kaolinite and increase in immobile over mobile elements with slightly higher CIA and magnetic susceptibility values also suggest climatic amelioration. The presence of ruderal plants such as Artemisia, Cannabis sativa and Cheno/Am further infers initiation of human activities in the region. Between 6250 and 2800 cal yr BP, the mixed deciduous forests became more diverse and dense, subduing grasses and other herbaceous elements. Sporadic incursion of Shorea robusta (Sal) in forest floristic was recorded around 5000 cal yr BP. The overall change in the vegetation mosaic reflects that a warm and more-humid climate prevailed in the region, probably on account of invigoration of southwest monsoon. This observation is further corroborated by other proxy data showing a spurt in organic/inorganic carbon ratio, increase in clay content with matured mineralogy, significantly higher CIA and magnetic susceptibility values. Since 2800 cal

  5. A novel ether-linked phytol-containing digalactosylglycerolipid in the marine green alga, Ulva pertusa

    SciTech Connect

    Ishibashi, Yohei; Nagamatsu, Yusuke; Miyamoto, Tomofumi; Matsunaga, Naoyuki; Okino, Nozomu; Yamaguchi, Kuniko; Ito, Makoto

    2014-10-03

    Highlights: • Alkaline-resistant galactolipid, AEGL, was found in marine algae. • The sugar moiety of AEGL is identical to that of digalactosyldiacylglycerol. • AEGL is the first identified glycolipid that possesses an ether-linked phytol. • AEGL is ubiquitously distributed in green, red and brown marine algae. - Abstract: Galactosylglycerolipids (GGLs) and chlorophyll are characteristic components of chloroplast in photosynthetic organisms. Although chlorophyll is anchored to the thylakoid membrane by phytol (tetramethylhexadecenol), this isoprenoid alcohol has never been found as a constituent of GGLs. We here described a novel GGL, in which phytol was linked to the glycerol backbone via an ether linkage. This unique GGL was identified as an Alkaline-resistant and Endogalactosylceramidase (EGALC)-sensitive GlycoLipid (AEGL) in the marine green alga, Ulva pertusa. EGALC is an enzyme that is specific to the R-Galα/β1-6Galβ1-structure of galactolipids. The structure of U. pertusa AEGL was determined following its purification to 1-O-phytyl-3-O-Galα1-6Galβ1-sn-glycerol by mass spectrometric and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses. AEGLs were ubiquitously distributed in not only green, but also red and brown marine algae; however, they were rarely detected in terrestrial plants, eukaryotic phytoplankton, or cyanobacteria.

  6. Antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities of some fruits.

    PubMed

    Prakash, Dhan; Upadhyay, Garima; Pushpangadan, P; Gupta, Charu

    2011-01-01

    Phenols, a major group of antioxidant phytochemicals, have profound importance due to their biological and free radical scavenging activities. To identify their potential sources extracts of some fruits and their different parts were studied for total phenolic contents (TPC), antioxidant (AOA) and free radical scavenging activities (FRSA). The amount of TPC varied from 10.5 (Carissa carandus, fruit peel) to 343.2 mg/g (Caesalpinia Mexicana, fruits) and AOA from 20.3% (Musa paradisiacal, fruits) to 96.7% (Caesalpinia Mexicana, fruits). Fruits of Caesalpinia Mexicana, Acacia auriculiformis, fruit pericarp green fibres of Cocus nucifera, and fruits of Emblica officinalis were found to have high TPC (73.1-343.2 mg/g) and high AOA (68.5-96.7%). Promising fruits were studied for their FRSA and reducing power (RP) measured by DPPH assay where the fruits of Caesalpinia mexicana, fruit pericarp fibres of Cocus nucifera, fruits of Emblica officinalis showed very low IC50 ranging from 0.009 to 0.016 mg/ml, EC50 from 0.39 to 0.70 mg/mg DPPH and reasonably high values (142.1-256.3) of anti radical power (ARP), indicating their strong FRSA and reducing power (RP) as evident by their low ASE/ml values (0.42-1.08). They also showed better inhibition of lipid peroxidation measured by using ferric thiocyanate assay and by using egg yolk compared to the reference standard quercetin. The ferrous and ferric ion chelating capacity of the promising fruits and their underutilized parts in terms of IC50 varied from 0.12 (Emblica officinalis, fruits) to 2.44 mg/ml (Mangifera indica, Seed kernel) and 0.22 (Caesalpinia Mexicana, fruits) to 2.59 mg/ml (Litchi chinensis, fruit peel) respectively. Fruit pulp, peel and seeds of Litchi chinensis with reasonable amount of phenols (48.3, 43.9, 50.1 mg/ml) showed low ARP (23.5, 38.3, 33.8) and ASE/ml (3.13, 2.18, 2.62) respectively in contrast to Aegle marmelos with comparatively lower phenols (35.1 mg/g) exhibited good ARP (57.4) and RP (1.67 ASE

  7. 75 FR 44249 - Proposed Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances; Notice of Availability

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    2010-07-28

    ... October 31, 1995 (60 FR 55376) (FRL-4987-3) of the establishment of the NAC/AEGL Committee with the stated... Perchloryl fluoride 7616-94-6 Perfluoroisobutylene 382-21-8 Phosgene 75-44-5 Phosgene oxime...

  8. 32 CFR 108.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/300005p.pdf. 2 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/220502p.pdf. 3 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/231008p.pdf....

  9. 32 CFR 108.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/300005p.pdf. 2 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/220502p.pdf. 3 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/231008p.pdf....

  10. 32 CFR 117.55 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...))” (available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/514301p.pdf) and DoD Instruction 5220.22, “National Industrial Security Program” (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/522022p.pdf): (1...://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/522022p.pdf). (1) Make FOCI determinations on a...

  11. 75 FR 14153 - National Advisory Committee for Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances; Notice...

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    2010-03-24

    ...; chloroacetone; dichlorvos; hexane; hydrogen bromide; hydrogen iodide; ketene; methyl isothiocyanate; methylene chloride; monoethanolamine; nerve agent VX; nitric oxide; oleum; propargyl alcohol; propionaldehyde; red... chloride. DATES: A meeting of the NAC/AEGL Committee will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13,...

  12. 75 FR 62534 - Request for Nominations to the National Advisory Committee for the Development of Acute Exposure...

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    2010-10-12

    ... list of 85 chemicals for AEGL development was published in the Federal Register on May 21, 1997 (62 FR... with objectivity and integrity; excellent interpersonal as well as oral and written communication skills; and an ability and willingness to participate in a deliberative and collaborative process....

  13. Risk Analysis for Environmental Health Triage

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    Bogen, K T

    2005-11-18

    The Homeland Security Act mandates development of a national, risk-based system to support planning for, response to and recovery from emergency situations involving large-scale toxic exposures. To prepare for and manage consequences effectively, planners and responders need not only to identify zones of potentially elevated individual risk, but also to predict expected casualties. Emergency response support systems now define ''consequences'' by mapping areas in which toxic chemical concentrations do or may exceed Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) or similar guidelines. However, because AEGLs do not estimate expected risks, current unqualified claims that such maps support consequence management are misleading. Intentionally protective, AEGLs incorporate various safety/uncertainty factors depending on scope and quality of chemical-specific toxicity data. Some of these factors are irrelevant, and others need to be modified, whenever resource constraints or exposure-scenario complexities require responders to make critical trade-off (triage) decisions in order to minimize expected casualties. AEGL-exceedance zones cannot consistently be aggregated, compared, or used to calculate expected casualties, and so may seriously misguide emergency response triage decisions. Methods and tools well established and readily available to support environmental health protection are not yet developed for chemically related environmental health triage. Effective triage decisions involving chemical risks require a new assessment approach that focuses on best estimates of likely casualties, rather than on upper plausible bounds of individual risk. If risk-based consequence management is to become a reality, federal agencies tasked with supporting emergency response must actively coordinate to foster new methods that can support effective environmental health triage.

  14. 32 CFR 108.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/300005p.pdf. 2 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/220502p.pdf. 3 Copies available on the Internet...

  15. 32 CFR 108.2 - Applicability.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/300005p.pdf. 2 Copies available on the Internet at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/220502p.pdf. 3 Copies available on the Internet...

  16. Developmental Associations between Short-Term Variability and Long-Term Changes: Intraindividual Correlation of Positive and Negative Affect in Daily Life and Cognitive Aging

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    Hülür, Gizem; Hoppmann, Christiane A.; Ram, Nilam; Gerstorf, Denis

    2015-01-01

    Conceptual notions and empirical evidence suggest that the intraindividual correlation (iCorr) of positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) is a meaningful characteristic of affective functioning. PA and NA are typically negatively correlated within-person. Previous research has found that the iCorr of PA and NA is relatively stable over time…

  17. 32 CFR 158.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... guidance in DoD Directive 3020.49 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/302049p.pdf) and the authority in DOD Directive 5134.01 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/513401p.pdf)....

  18. 32 CFR 158.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... guidance in DoD Directive 3020.49 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/302049p.pdf) and the authority in DOD Directive 5134.01 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/513401p.pdf)....

  19. 32 CFR 158.1 - Purpose.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... guidance in DoD Directive 3020.49 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/302049p.pdf) and the authority in DOD Directive 5134.01 (see http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/513401p.pdf)....

  20. 47 CFR 1.1107 - Schedule of charges for applications and other filings for the international services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ....00 CKN 2. Section 214 Applications: a. Overseas Cable Construction Corres & 159 $16,905.00 BIT b... $18,800.00 BJT c. All other International 214 Applications Corres & 159 $1,130.00 CUT d. Special.... Commercial Television Stations 308 & 159 $105.00 MBT b. Commercial AM or FM Radio Stations 308 & 159...

  1. Derivation of temporary emergency exposure limits (TEELs).

    PubMed

    Craig, D K; Davis, J S; Hansen, D J; Petrocchi, A J; Powell, T J; Tuccinardi, T E

    2000-01-01

    Short-term chemical concentration limits are used in a variety of applications, including emergency planning and response, hazard assessment and safety analysis. Development of emergency response planning guidelines (ERPGs) and acute exposure guidance levels (AEGLs) are predicated on this need. Unfortunately, the development of peer-reviewed community exposure limits for emergency planning cannot be done rapidly (relatively few ERPGs or AEGLs are published each year). To be protective of Department of Energy (DOE) workers, on-site personnel and the adjacent general public, the DOE Subcommittee on Consequence Assessment and Protective Actions (SCAPA) has developed a methodology for deriving temporary emergency exposure limits (TEELs) to serve as temporary guidance until ERPGs or AEGLs can be developed. These TEELs are approximations to ERPGs to be used until peer-reviewed toxicology-based ERPGs, AEGL or equivalents can be developed. Originally, the TEEL method used only hierarchies of published concentration limits (e.g. PEL- or TLV-TWAs, -STELs or -Cs, and IDLHs) to provide estimated values approximating ERPGs. Published toxicity data (e.g. lc(50), lc(LO), ld(50) and ld(LO) for TEEL-3, and tc(LO) and td(LO) for TEEL-2) are included in the expanded method for deriving TEELs presented in this paper. The addition here of published toxicity data (in addition to the exposure limit hierarchy) enables TEELs to be developed for a much wider range of chemicals than before. Hierarchy-based values take precedence over toxicity-based values, and human toxicity data are used in preference to animal toxicity data. Subsequently, default assumptions based on statistical correlations of ERPGs at different levels (e.g. ratios of ERPG-3s to ERPG-2s) are used to calculate TEELs where there are gaps in the data. Most required input data are available in the literature and on CD ROMs, so the required TEELs for a new chemical can be developed quickly. The new TEEL hierarchy

  2. 32 CFR 260.5 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107) and the implementing regulations (34 CFR part 395). 1 Available from http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/html/416570.htm. (5) The On-Site Official shall...

  3. SYSTEMS CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF PETROLEUM POLLUTANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The application of an established mathematical treatment useful for the characterization and identification of petroleum pollutants is described. Using discriminant analysis of relevant infrared spectrophotometric data, 99% of numerous known and unknown oil samples have been corr...

  4. 32 CFR 260.5 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107) and the implementing regulations (34 CFR part 395). 1 Available from http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/html/416570.htm. (5) The On-Site Official shall...

  5. 32 CFR 260.5 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107) and the implementing regulations (34 CFR part 395). 1 Available from http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/html/416570.htm. (5) The On-Site Official shall...

  6. 32 CFR 159.6 - Procedures.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... hostile acts or demonstrated hostile intent. 11 Available athttp://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf... discharged; or (F) Active, non-lethal counter-measures (other than the discharge of a weapon) are employed...

  7. Cascade de photons dans les boîtes quantiques uniques

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    Robert, I.; Moreau, E.; Gérard, J. M.; Abram, I.

    2002-06-01

    Nous présentons l'observation expérimentale de l'émission squentielle de photons par une boîte quantique unique sous pompage optique continu ou pulsé. Cette cascade radiative produit des paires de photons corrélés qui sont émis suivant un ordre bien défini. En effet, la fonction de corrélation croisée entre les deux photons formant la paire présente une allure asymétrique, de type groupement ou dégroupement de photons, suivant l'ordre temporel de détection des deux photons. Prédit théoriquement en physique atomique, ce comportement asymétrique de la fonction de corrélation de second ordre est la signature de l'émission successive de photons.

  8. Investigation of the Corrosion Inhibition of CTAB and SDS on Carbon Steel Using an Experimental Design Strategy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Arjmand, Farzin; Wang, Jiamei; Zhang, Lefu

    2016-03-01

    The corrosion inhibition performance of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) on carbon steel was investigated in sodium chloride solutions. Using an experimental design strategy pH, chloride concentration, SDS/CTAB concentrations, and temperature were optimized by conducting only 30 experiments. The optimum value of each factor was obtained from the designed matrix of the experiments based on the lowest log I corr value calculated for each experimental condition. The 3D surface plots of the electrochemical response (log I corr) against each factor were constructed. The optimum conditions in which the lowest log I corr can be achieved were found as follows: pH 12, [Cl-] ≈ 1 M, [SDS] ≈ 200 ppm, [CTAB] ≈ 20 ppm, and T ≈ 10 °C.

  9. The variation of corrosion potential with time for coated metal surfaces

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    Danford, M. D.; Knockemus, W. W.

    1986-01-01

    The variation of corrosion potential (EsubCORR) with time has been measured for 4130 steel coated with a preservative compound and for primer coated 2219-T87 aluminum. The data for coated steel samples show a great deal of scatter, and a smoothing procedure has been developed to enable proper interpretation of the data. The EsubCORR-time curves for coated steel exhibit a maximum, in agreement with the results of previous studies, where the data were the average of those for a large number of samples, while the present data were obtained from a single sample. In contrast, the EsubCORR-time curves for primer coated 2219-T87 aluminum samples show no significant variations, although considerable activity is indicated by the resistance-time and corrosion rate-time curves.

  10. In situ colonization of marine biofilms on UNS S32760 duplex stainless steel coupons in areas with different water qualities: Implications for corrosion potential behavior

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    Messano, Luciana V. R. de; Ignacio, Barbara L.; Neves, Maria H. C. B.; Coutinho, Ricardo

    2014-09-01

    In the presence of biofilms, stainless steels (SS) exhibits an increase in corrosion potential, called ennoblement. In the present study, the corrosion potential ( E corr) behavior of the duplex SS UNS S32760 was recorded simultaneously with the in situ marine biofilm formation in two areas at Arraial do Cabo, Southeastern Brazil. The biofilm at Forno Harbor (an anthropogenically disturbed area) was characterized by higher relative abundances of Bacteria at day 2, followed by diatoms (especially Navicula sp.) on day 10 and dinoflagellates on day 18, whereas no clear trend was recorded at Cabo Frio Island (an undisturbed area). The ennoblement of E corr values was site-dependent. In a complementary laboratory assay, biofilms were removed and the E corr values registered in sterile conditions for the subsequent 10 days and corroborated in situ results. Understanding biofilms and SS interactions has important implications for materials science and engineering decisions as well as helping to fill in important gaps in this knowledge.

  11. Developmental associations between short-term variability and long-term changes: Intraindividual correlation of positive and negative affect in daily life and cognitive aging.

    PubMed

    Hülür, Gizem; Hoppmann, Christiane A; Ram, Nilam; Gerstorf, Denis

    2015-07-01

    Conceptual notions and empirical evidence suggest that the intraindividual correlation (iCorr) of positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) is a meaningful characteristic of affective functioning. PA and NA are typically negatively correlated within-person. Previous research has found that the iCorr of PA and NA is relatively stable over time within individuals, that it differs across individuals, and that a less negative iCorr is associated with better resilience and less vulnerability. However, little is known about how the iCorr of PA and NA relates to cognitive aging. This project examined how the association between PA and NA in everyday life is associated with long-term cognitive aging trajectories. To do so, we linked microlongitudinal data on PA and NA obtained on up to 33 occasions over 6 consecutive days with macrolongitudinal data on fluid and crystallized cognitive abilities obtained over 15 years from a subsample of Berlin Aging Study participants (N = 81, mean age at the microlongitudinal study = 81 years, range 73-98; 41% women). Over and above age, gender, education, overall levels of PA and NA, and number of health conditions, a less negative iCorr of PA and NA was associated with lower levels of cognitive ability and steeper cognitive declines, particularly for fluency and knowledge abilities. We discuss possible mechanisms for this finding and argue that a less negative iCorr of PA and NA may be indicative of deficits in emotional integration that are tied to changes in crystallized aspects of cognitive abilities.

  12. In vitro antibacterial, antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of some essential oils.

    PubMed

    Srivastava, Upma; Ojha, Swati; Tripathi, N N; Singh, Pooja

    2015-11-01

    In vitro antibacterial activity of 16 essential oils was investigated by disc diffusion method against two Gram positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus and two Gram negative bacteria, Shigella flexneri and Escherichia coli. Oils of Cymbopogon citratus and Ocimum basilicum showed highest antibacterial activity. Gram positive bacteria were found to be more sensitive than Gram negative. Antioxidant activities were tested by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay and ABTS radical cation decolourization assay while Folin-Ciocalteu method was used to determine the total phenolic content. In DPPH assay, highest antioxidant activity was observed in 0. basilicum oil followed by Azeratum conyzoides, A. marmelos and C. citratus, with percent inhibition and IC50 value ranging from 66.11-71.93% and 14.10-17.92 µl ml(-1) respectively. In ABTS assay, similar results were obtained but with higher percent inhibition which ranged from 67.48-76.23% and lower IC50 value (12.12-17.21 µ ml(-1)). Moreover, radical scavenging activity of essential oils was lower than that observed for the synthetic antioxidant BHA and BHT. The total phenolic content of the essential oils as GAE in mg 100 µl(-1) of EO was found to be highest in O. basilicum (0.406) oil followed byA. conyzoides (0.322), A. marmelos (0.238) and C. citratus (0.231). The results provide evidence that the oils of C. citratus and O. basilicum can be further commended for treatment of infections caused by these bacterial pathogens and are potential source of natural antioxidants having appreciable amount of total phenolic content. PMID:26688969

  13. In vitro antibacterial, antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of some essential oils.

    PubMed

    Srivastava, Upma; Ojha, Swati; Tripathi, N N; Singh, Pooja

    2015-11-01

    In vitro antibacterial activity of 16 essential oils was investigated by disc diffusion method against two Gram positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus and two Gram negative bacteria, Shigella flexneri and Escherichia coli. Oils of Cymbopogon citratus and Ocimum basilicum showed highest antibacterial activity. Gram positive bacteria were found to be more sensitive than Gram negative. Antioxidant activities were tested by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging assay and ABTS radical cation decolourization assay while Folin-Ciocalteu method was used to determine the total phenolic content. In DPPH assay, highest antioxidant activity was observed in 0. basilicum oil followed by Azeratum conyzoides, A. marmelos and C. citratus, with percent inhibition and IC50 value ranging from 66.11-71.93% and 14.10-17.92 µl ml(-1) respectively. In ABTS assay, similar results were obtained but with higher percent inhibition which ranged from 67.48-76.23% and lower IC50 value (12.12-17.21 µ ml(-1)). Moreover, radical scavenging activity of essential oils was lower than that observed for the synthetic antioxidant BHA and BHT. The total phenolic content of the essential oils as GAE in mg 100 µl(-1) of EO was found to be highest in O. basilicum (0.406) oil followed byA. conyzoides (0.322), A. marmelos (0.238) and C. citratus (0.231). The results provide evidence that the oils of C. citratus and O. basilicum can be further commended for treatment of infections caused by these bacterial pathogens and are potential source of natural antioxidants having appreciable amount of total phenolic content.

  14. Effect of medicinal plants on the crystallization of cholesterol

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    Saraswathi, N. T.; Gnanam, F. D.

    1997-08-01

    One of the least desirable calcifications in the human body is the mineral deposition in atherosclerosis plaques. These plaques principally consist of lipids such as cholesterol, cholesteryl esters, phospholipids and triglycerides. Chemical analysis of advanced plaques have shown the presence of considerable amounts of free cholesterol identified as cholesterol monohydrate crystals. Cholesterol has been crystallized in vitro. The extracts of some of the Indian medicinal plants detailed below were used as additives to study their effect on the crystallization behaviour of cholesterol. It has been found that many of the herbs have inhibitory effect on the crystallization such as nucleation, crystal size and habit modification. The inhibitory effect of the plants are graded as Commiphora mughul > Aegle marmeleos > Cynoden dactylon > Musa paradisiaca > Polygala javana > Alphinia officinarum > Solanum trilobatum > Enicostemma lyssopifolium.

  15. The Electrochemical Behavior of Alloy 22 in Extreme Chloride and Nitrate Environments

    SciTech Connect

    Etien, R A; Gordon, S R; Ilevbare, G O

    2004-12-01

    Alloy 22 specimens were tested in high temperature, high concentration chloride and nitrate environments. Results of this study indicate that increasing nitrate to chloride ratio in these electrolytes increases resistance to localized breakdown and mitigates repassivation. Open circuit (E{sub corr}), breakdown and repassivation potentials all increase, and localized corrosion morphology changes as nitrate to chloride ratio increases. Results also indicate that increasing the temperature increases E{sub corr} values, while breakdown potentials and repassivation potentials peak at 130 C for the highest nitrate to chloride ratio electrolytes.

  16. Long-Term Corrosion Potential Behavior of Alloy 22 in Hot 5 m CaCl2 + 5 m Ca(NO3)2 Brines

    SciTech Connect

    Rodriguez, M A; Carranza, R M; Stuart, M L; Rebak, R B

    2007-02-20

    Alloy 22 is a nickel base alloy highly resistant to all forms of corrosion. In very aggressive conditions (e.g. hot concentrated chloride containing brines) Alloy 22 could suffer localized attack, namely pitting and crevice corrosion. The occurrence of localized corrosion in a given environment is governed by the values of the critical potential (E{sub crit}) for crevice corrosion and the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) that the alloy may establish in the studied environment. If E{sub corr} is equal or higher than E{sub crit}, localized corrosion may be expected. This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} of Alloy 22 specimens in 5 m CaCl{sub 2} + 5 m Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} brines at 100 C and 120 C. Two types of specimens were used, polished as-welded (ASW) creviced and noncreviced specimens and as-welded plus solution heat-treated (ASW+SHT) creviced specimens. The latter contained the black annealing oxide film on the surface. Results show that, for all types of Alloy 22 specimens the E{sub corr} was higher at 120 C than at 100 C, probably because a more protective film formed at the higher temperature. Specimens with the black oxide film on the surface showed more oscillations in the potential. None of the tested specimens suffered crevice corrosion probably because of the relatively high concentration of nitrate in the electrolyte, R = [NO3]/[Cl] = 1.

  17. Polyfunctional cytokine production by central memory T cells from cattle in response to Mycobacterium bovis infection and BCG vaccination

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Polyfunctional T cells simultaneously produce IFN-gamma, IL-2 and TNF-alpha and play relevant roles in several chronic infections, including TB. Mycobacterium bovis infection of cattle elicits ex vivo polyfunctional T cell responses. Vaccine-elicited IFN-gamma Tcm (CD4+ CD45RO+ CCR7+) responses corr...

  18. FECAL CALPROTECTIN AND GASTROINTESTINAL (GI) PERMEABILITY CORRELATE WITH DISEASE ACTIVITY INDEX, AND HISTOLOGIC, ENDOSCOPIC, AND RADIOLOGIC FINDINGS IN CHILDREN WITH CROHN DISEASE (CD)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Fecal calprotectin and permeability are noninvasive measures of GI inflammation and damage, respectively. However, there are scant data as to the possible association between the tests and CD disease activity in children. We hypothesized that levels of fecal calprotectin and permeability would corre...

  19. 32 CFR 105.1 - Purpose

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...DD 5124.02 1 and 32 CFR part 103: 1 Available: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/512402p.pdf. (a) Establishes policy and implements 32 CFR part 103, assigns responsibilities, and provides guidance and procedures for the SAPR Program (see 32 CFR 103.3), can be found at...

  20. 32 CFR 185.5 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs (ASD(HD&ASA)), under the authority, direction, and control... and Americas' Security Affairs. When carrying out this authority, the ASD(HD&ASA) shall: 19 Available.../corres/pdf/132218p.pdf. (f) The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)), under...

  1. 32 CFR 185.5 - Responsibilities.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs (ASD(HD&ASA)), under the authority, direction, and control... and Americas' Security Affairs. When carrying out this authority, the ASD(HD&ASA) shall: 19 Available.../corres/pdf/132218p.pdf. (f) The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)), under...

  2. 32 CFR 105.1 - Purpose

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... Department of Defense OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PERSONNEL, MILITARY AND CIVILIAN SEXUAL ASSAULT...DD 5124.02 1 and 32 CFR part 103: 1 Available: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/512402p.pdf. (a) Establishes policy and implements 32 CFR part 103, assigns responsibilities, and...

  3. [Home automation for elderly people in the process of losing their autonomy].

    PubMed

    Muller, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    The safety of elderly people, particularly dependent at night, is a major factor in preventingthem from remaining in their own home. An experiment in Corrèze using domotics and advanced remote assistance services and involving around one hundred elderly people living at home, took place from summer 2009 to autumn 2010.

  4. 78 FR 32637 - Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory Personnel Management Demonstration Project...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2013-05-31

    ... notice, published on December 29, 2009 (74 FR 68936-68966). SUMMARY: Section 342(b) of the National... demonstration project was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2009 (74 FR 68936- 68966). The ECBC....37 (available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/140037p.pdf ); 73 FR...

  5. 32 CFR 161.4 - Policy.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... Instruction 1000.1, “Identity Cards Required by the Geneva Convention” (available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs...” (available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/100025p.pdf). (d) The CAC, a form of DoD ID...

  6. THE WATER BALANCE OF THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN AND ITS RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE. (R824995)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Abstract

    Historical precipitation, temperature and streamflow data for the Susquehanna River Basin (SRB) are analyzed with the objective of developing simple statistical and water balance models of streamflow at the watershed's outlet. Annual streamflow is highly corre...

  7. Activity patterns and parasitism rates of fire ant decapitating flies (Diptera:Phoridae:Pseudacteon spp.) in their native Argentina

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Technical Abstract: This work describes the annual and daily activity patterns of two parasitoid fly communities of the fire ant S. invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in their native Argentina. Pseudacteon (Diptera: Phoridae) flies were censused monthly for one year at two sites in northwestern Corr...

  8. 47 CFR 1.1107 - Schedule of charges for applications and other filings for the international services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    .... Space Stations (Geostationary): a. Application for Authority to Launch & Operate (per satellite) (i... satellite) 312 Main & Corres & 159 860.00 CRY 9. Space Stations (NGSO): a. Application for Authority to... Paymenttype code 1. International Fixed Public Radio (Public & Control Stations): a. Initial...

  9. 47 CFR 1.1107 - Schedule of charges for applications and other filings for the international services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    .... Space Stations (Geostationary): a. Application for Authority to Launch & Operate (per satellite) 312... satellite) 312 Main & Corres & 159 830.00 CRY 9. Space Stations (NGSO): a. Application for Authority to.... International Fixed Public Radio (Public & Control Stations) a. Initial Construction Permit (per station)...

  10. 47 CFR 1.1107 - Schedule of charges for applications and other filings for the international services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    .... Space Stations (Geostationary): a. Application for Authority to Launch & Operate (per satellite) (i... satellite) 312 Main & Corres & 159 860.00 CRY 9. Space Stations (NGSO): a. Application for Authority to... Paymenttype code 1. International Fixed Public Radio (Public & Control Stations): a. Initial...

  11. 47 CFR 1.1107 - Schedule of charges for applications and other filings for the international services.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    .... Space Stations (Geostationary): a. Application for Authority to Launch & Operate (per satellite) (i... satellite) 312 Main & Corres & 159 860.00 CRY 9. Space Stations (NGSO): a. Application for Authority to.... International Fixed Public Radio (Public & Control Stations): a. Initial Construction Permit (per station)...

  12. Traditional Knowledge of Rainwater Harvesting Compared to Five Modern Case Studies (proceedings)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The water-energy-food nexus is receiving increased attention worldwide due to climate change and rising population. According to a projection of the United Nations, the global population is expected to increase by a factor of 1.3 by 2050—from 7.2 billion to 9.6 billion—with corre...

  13. 32 CFR 234.3 - Admission to property.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...) MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT ON THE PENTAGON RESERVATION § 234.3 Admission to property. (a) Access to the Pentagon... Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155. 1 Copies may be obtained at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins2.html. (b) All persons entering or upon the Pentagon Reservation shall, when required...

  14. 32 CFR 234.3 - Admission to property.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...) MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT ON THE PENTAGON RESERVATION § 234.3 Admission to property. (a) Access to the Pentagon... Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155. 1 Copies may be obtained at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins2.html. (b) All persons entering or upon the Pentagon Reservation shall, when required...

  15. 32 CFR 234.3 - Admission to property.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...) MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT ON THE PENTAGON RESERVATION § 234.3 Admission to property. (a) Access to the Pentagon... Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155. 1 Copies may be obtained at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins2.html. (b) All persons entering or upon the Pentagon Reservation shall, when required...

  16. 32 CFR 234.3 - Admission to property.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...) MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT ON THE PENTAGON RESERVATION § 234.3 Admission to property. (a) Access to the Pentagon... Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155. 1 Copies may be obtained at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins2.html. (b) All persons entering or upon the Pentagon Reservation shall, when required...

  17. 32 CFR 234.3 - Admission to property.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...) MISCELLANEOUS CONDUCT ON THE PENTAGON RESERVATION § 234.3 Admission to property. (a) Access to the Pentagon... Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1155. 1 Copies may be obtained at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/ins2.html. (b) All persons entering or upon the Pentagon Reservation shall, when required...

  18. A parameter selection for Raman spectroscopy-based detection of chemical contaminants in food powders

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Raman spectroscopy technique has proven to be a reliable method for detection of chemical contaminants in food ingredients and products. To detect each contaminant particle in a food sample, it is important to determine the effective depth of penetration of laser through the food sample and the corr...

  19. GAMA/H-ATLAS: common star formation rate indicators and their dependence on galaxy physical parameters

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, L.; Norberg, P.; Gunawardhana, M. L. P.; Heinis, S.; Baldry, I. K.; Bland-Hawthorn, J.; Bourne, N.; Brough, S.; Brown, M. J. I.; Cluver, M. E.; Cooray, A.; da Cunha, E.; Driver, S. P.; Dunne, L.; Dye, S.; Eales, S.; Grootes, M. W.; Holwerda, B. W.; Hopkins, A. M.; Ibar, E.; Ivison, R.; Lacey, C.; Lara-Lopez, M. A.; Loveday, J.; Maddox, S. J.; Michałowski, M. J.; Oteo, I.; Owers, M. S.; Popescu, C. C.; Smith, D. J. B.; Taylor, E. N.; Tuffs, R. J.; van der Werf, P.

    2016-09-01

    We compare common star formation rate (SFR) indicators in the local Universe in the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) equatorial fields (˜160 deg2), using ultraviolet (UV) photometry from GALEX, far-infrared and sub-millimetre (sub-mm) photometry from Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large Area Survey, and Hα spectroscopy from the GAMA survey. With a high-quality sample of 745 galaxies (median redshift = 0.08), we consider three SFR tracers: UV luminosity corrected for dust attenuation using the UV spectral slope β (SFRUV, corr), Hα line luminosity corrected for dust using the Balmer decrement (BD) (SFRH α, corr), and the combination of UV and infrared (IR) emission (SFRUV + IR). We demonstrate that SFRUV, corr can be reconciled with the other two tracers after applying attenuation corrections by calibrating Infrared excess (IRX; i.e. the IR to UV luminosity ratio) and attenuation in the Hα (derived from BD) against β. However, β, on its own, is very unlikely to be a reliable attenuation indicator. We find that attenuation correction factors depend on parameters such as stellar mass (M*), z and dust temperature (Tdust), but not on Hα equivalent width or Sérsic index. Due to the large scatter in the IRX versus β correlation, when compared to SFRUV + IR, the β-corrected SFRUV, corr exhibits systematic deviations as a function of IRX, BD and Tdust.

  20. A correlation-based method for extracting subject-specific components and artifacts from group-fMRI data.

    PubMed

    Pamilo, Siina; Malinen, Sanna; Hotta, Jaakko; Seppä, Mika

    2015-11-01

    We present a simple but effective correlation-based method (maxCorr) for extracting subject-specific components from group-fMRI data. The method finds signal components that correlate maximally with the data set of one subject and minimally with the data sets of the other subjects. We show that such subject-specific components are often related to movement and physiological noise (e.g. cardiac cycle, respiration). We further demonstrate that removing the most subject-specific components for each subject reduces the overall data variance and improves the statistical identification of true fMRI activations. We compare the performance of maxCorr with CompCor, a commonly used artifact-finding method in fMRI analysis. We show that maxCorr is less likely than CompCor to remove actual stimulus-related activity, especially when no information about the stimulus is available. MaxCorr operates without stimulus information and is therefore well suitable for analyses of fMRI experiments employing naturalistic stimuli, such as movies, where stimulus regressors are difficult to construct, and for brain decoding techniques benefiting from reduced subject-specific variance in each subject's data.

  1. Long Term Corrosion Potential and Corrosion Rate of Creviced Alloy 22 in Chloride Plus Nitrate Brines

    SciTech Connect

    Evans, K J; Stuart, M L; Etien, R A; Hust, G A; Estill, J C; Rebak, R B

    2005-11-05

    Alloy 22 is a nickel base alloy highly resistant to all forms of corrosion. In conditions where tight crevices exist in hot chloride containing solutions and at anodic potentials, Alloy 22 may suffer crevice corrosion, a form of localized attack. The occurrence (or not) of crevice corrosion in a given environment (e.g. salt concentration and temperature), is governed by the values of the critical potential (E{sub crit}) for crevice corrosion and the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) that the alloy may establish in the studied environment. If E{sub corr} is equal or higher than E{sub crit}, crevice corrosion may be expected. In addition, it is generally accepted that as Alloy 22 becomes passive in a certain environment, its E{sub corr} increases and its corrosion rate (CR) decreases. This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} and corrosion rate (CR) of creviced Alloy 22 specimens in six different mixtures of sodium chloride (NaCl) and potassium nitrate (KNO{sub 3}) at 100 C. The effect of immersion time on the value of E{sub crit} was also determined. Two types of specimens were used, polished as-welded (ASW) and as-welded plus solution heat-treated (ASW+SHT). The latter contained the black annealing oxide film on the surface. Results show that, as the immersion time increases, E{sub corr} increased and the CR decreased. Even for highly concentrated brine solutions at 100 C the CR was < 30 nm/year after more than 250 days immersion. Some of the exposed specimens (mainly the SHT specimens) suffered crevice corrosion at the open circuit potential in the naturally aerated brines. Immersion times of over 250 days did not reduce the resistance of Alloy 22 to localized corrosion.

  2. Cryptographie quantique à variables continues

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bencheikh, K.; Jankovic, A.; Symul, T.; Levenson, J. A.

    2002-06-01

    Nous avons élaboré un protocole de cryptographie quantique qui permet de générer et de distribuer une clé secrète aléatoire. Le protocole repose sur l'utilisation de paires de champs électromagnétiques dont les quadratures présentent des corrélations quantiques de type Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen. Les fluctuations quantiques instantanése constituent les bits aléatoires de la clé secrète, et la dégradation irréversible des corrélations quantiques des quadratures causée par une tierce personne permet de la détecter et de garantir la sécurité d'échange.

  3. Electrochemical studies of corrosion inhibiting effect of polyaniline coatings

    SciTech Connect

    Wei, Yen; Wang, Jianguo; Jia, Xinru

    1995-12-01

    A series of electrochemical measurements, including corrosion potential (E{sub corr}), corrosion current (i{sub corr}), Tafel`s constants and polarization resistance (R{sub p}), have been made on polyaniline-coated cold rolled steel specimen under various conditions. Both the base and acid-doped forms of polyaniline were studied. The base form of polyaniline was found to offer good corrosion protection. This phenomenon may not originate merely from the barrier effect of the coatings, because the nonconjugated polymers such as polystyrene and epoxy did not show the same electrochemical behavior. The polyaniline base with zinc nitrate plus epoxy topcoat appeared to give better overall protection relative to other coating systems in this study.

  4. Climate history of the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies belt during the last glacial-interglacial transition revealed from lake water oxygen isotope reconstruction of Laguna Potrok Aike (52° S, Argentina)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhu, J.; Lücke, A.; Wissel, H.; Mayr, C.; Enters, D.; Kim, K. Ja; Ohlendorf, C.; Schäbitz, F.; Zolitschka, B.

    2014-12-01

    The Southern Hemisphere Westerlies (SHW) play a crucial role in large-scale ocean circulation and global carbon cycling. Accordingly, the reconstruction of how the latitudinal position and intensity of the SHW belt changed during the last glacial termination is essential for understanding global climatic fluctuations. The southernmost part of the South American continent is the only continental mass intersecting a large part of the SHW belt. However, due to the scarcity of suitable palaeoclimate archives continuous proxy records back to the last glacial are rare in southern Patagonia. Here, we show an oxygen isotope record from cellulose and purified bulk organic matter of submerged aquatic moss shoots from Laguna Potrok Aike (52° S, 70° W), a deep maar lake located in semi-arid, extra-Andean Patagonia, covering the last glacial-interglacial transition (26 000 to 8500 cal BP). Based on the highly significant correlation between oxygen isotope values of modern aquatic mosses and their host waters and abundant well-preserved moss remains in the sediment record a high-resolution reconstruction of the lake water oxygen isotope (δ18Olw-corr) composition is presented. The reconstructed δ18Olw-corr values for the last glacial are ca. 3‰ lower than modern values, which can best be explained by generally cooler air temperatures and changes in the moisture source area, together with the occurrence of permafrost leading to a prolonged lake water residence time. Thus, the overall glacial δ18Olw-corr level until 21 000 cal BP is consistent with a scenario of weakened or absent SHW at 52° S compared to the present. During the last deglaciation, reconstructed δ18Olw-corr values reveal a significant two-step rise describing the detailed response of the lake's hydrological balance to this fundamental climatic shift. Rapid warming is seen as the cause of the first rise of ca. 2&permil, in δ18Olw-corr during the first two millennia of deglaciation (17 600 to 15 600 cal BP

  5. Effects of pH on the electrochemical behaviour of titanium alloys for implant applications.

    PubMed

    Souza, Maria E P; Lima, Lonetá; Lima, Carmo R P; Zavaglia, Cecília A C; Freire, Célia M A

    2009-02-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of two commercial titanium alloys Ti-6Al-4 V (ASTM F136) and Ti-13Nb-13Zr (ASTM F1713) was investigated in Ringer physiological solution at two pH values (5.5 and 7.0). The corrosion properties were examined by using electrochemical techniques: Potentiodynamic anodic polarization, cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The electrochemical corrosion properties of both alloys at different conditions were measured in terms of corrosion potential (E (corr)), corrosion current density (i (corr)) and passivation current density (i (pass)). Equivalent electrical circuits were used to modulate EIS data, in order to characterize alloys surface and better understanding the pH effect on the interface alloy/solution.

  6. The Electrochemical Behavior of Alloy in Extreme Chloride and Bitrate Environments

    SciTech Connect

    R.A. Etien; S.R. Gordon; G.O. Ilevbare

    2006-07-27

    Alloy 22 specimens were tested in high temperature (100 to 160 C), high concentration chloride and nitrate environments. Results of this study indicate that increasing nitrate to chloride ratio to 0.5 in these electrolytes increases resistance to localized breakdown and enhances repassivation. In these extreme environments, localized corrosion occurred by pitting even though specimens were tested using artificial crevice formers. Open circuit (E{sub corr}), breakdown and repassivation potentials all increase, and pitting morphology changes as nitrate to chloride ratio increases from 0.05 and 0.15 to 0.5. Results also indicate that increasing the temperature from 100 to 160 C increases E{sub corr} values, while breakdown potentials and repassivation potentials peak at 130 C for the 0.5 nitrate to chloride ratio electrolytes.

  7. Corrosion behaviour of heat treated boron free and boron containing Ti-13Zr-13Nb (wt%) alloy in simulated body fluid.

    PubMed

    Majumdar, P; Singh, S B; Chatterjee, U K; Chakraborty, M

    2011-04-01

    The corrosion behaviour of heat treated Ti-13Zr-13Nb (TZN) and Ti-13Zr-13Nb-0.5B (TZNB) alloys in Hank's solution has been investigated. The microstructure of the heat treated TZN alloy consisted of α, β or martensite. Addition of boron to TZN alloy led to the formation of dispersed TiB particles and modification of microstructure. In general, the furnace cooled TZN sample showed lower corrosion potential (E(corr)) than the air cooled sample. Aging of water quenched samples decreased the E(corr) value. The passive current density of TZN samples varied within a narrow range. Presence of boron in TZN alloy decreased the corrosion potential and substantially increased the passive current density. Results showed that boron deteriorated the corrosion resistance of TZN alloy.

  8. Mechanistic Approaches to Improve Correction of the Most Common Disease-Causing Mutation in Cystic Fibrosis.

    PubMed

    Bali, Vedrana; Lazrak, Ahmed; Guroji, Purushotham; Matalon, Sadis; Bebok, Zsuzsanna

    2016-01-01

    The most common mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene leads to deletion of the phenylalanine at position 508 (ΔF508) in the CFTR protein and causes multiple folding and functional defects. Contrary to large-scale efforts by industry and academia, no significant therapeutic benefit has been achieved with a single "corrector". Therefore, investigations concentrate on drug combinations. Orkambi (Vertex Pharmaceuticals), the first FDA-approved drug for treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by this mutation, is a combination of a corrector (VX-809) that facilitates ΔF508 CFTR biogenesis and a potentiator (VX-770), which improves its function. Yet, clinical trials utilizing this combination showed only modest therapeutic benefit. The low efficacy Orkambi has been attributed to VX-770-mediated destabilization of VX-809-rescued ΔF508 CFTR. Here we report that the negative effects of VX-770 can be reversed by increasing the half-life of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) form (band B) of ΔF508 CFTR with another corrector (Corr-4a.) Although Corr-4a alone has only minimal effects on ΔF508 CFTR rescue, it increases the half-life of ΔF508 CFTR band B when it is present during half-life measurements. Our data shows that stabilization of band B ΔF508 CFTR with Corr-4a and simultaneous rescue with VX-809, leads to a >2-fold increase in cAMP-activated, CFTRinh-172-inhibited currents compared to VX-809 alone, or VX-809+VX-770. The negative effects of VX-770 and the Corr-4a protection are specific to the native I507-ATT ΔF508 CFTR without affecting the inherently more stable, synonymous variant I507-ATC ΔF508 CFTR. Our studies emphasize that stabilization of ΔF508 CFTR band B in the ER might improve its functional rescue by Orkambi. PMID:27214033

  9. Mechanistic Approaches to Improve Correction of the Most Common Disease-Causing Mutation in Cystic Fibrosis

    PubMed Central

    Bali, Vedrana; Lazrak, Ahmed; Guroji, Purushotham; Matalon, Sadis; Bebok, Zsuzsanna

    2016-01-01

    The most common mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene leads to deletion of the phenylalanine at position 508 (ΔF508) in the CFTR protein and causes multiple folding and functional defects. Contrary to large-scale efforts by industry and academia, no significant therapeutic benefit has been achieved with a single “corrector”. Therefore, investigations concentrate on drug combinations. Orkambi (Vertex Pharmaceuticals), the first FDA-approved drug for treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by this mutation, is a combination of a corrector (VX-809) that facilitates ΔF508 CFTR biogenesis and a potentiator (VX-770), which improves its function. Yet, clinical trials utilizing this combination showed only modest therapeutic benefit. The low efficacy Orkambi has been attributed to VX-770-mediated destabilization of VX-809-rescued ΔF508 CFTR. Here we report that the negative effects of VX-770 can be reversed by increasing the half-life of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) form (band B) of ΔF508 CFTR with another corrector (Corr-4a.) Although Corr-4a alone has only minimal effects on ΔF508 CFTR rescue, it increases the half-life of ΔF508 CFTR band B when it is present during half-life measurements. Our data shows that stabilization of band B ΔF508 CFTR with Corr-4a and simultaneous rescue with VX-809, leads to a >2-fold increase in cAMP-activated, CFTRinh-172-inhibited currents compared to VX-809 alone, or VX-809+VX-770. The negative effects of VX-770 and the Corr-4a protection are specific to the native I507-ATT ΔF508 CFTR without affecting the inherently more stable, synonymous variant I507-ATC ΔF508 CFTR. Our studies emphasize that stabilization of ΔF508 CFTR band B in the ER might improve its functional rescue by Orkambi. PMID:27214033

  10. Forward-backward multiplicity correlations in pp collisions at = 0.9, 2.76 and 7 TeV

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Adam, J.; Adamová, D.; Aggarwal, M. M.; Aglieri Rinella, G.; Agnello, M.; Agrawal, N.; Ahammed, Z.; Ahmed, I.; Ahn, S. U.; Aimo, I.; Aiola, S.; Ajaz, M.; Akindinov, A.; Alam, S. N.; Aleksandrov, D.; Alessandro, B.; Alexandre, D.; Alfaro Molina, R.; Alici, A.; Alkin, A.; Alme, J.; Alt, T.; Altinpinar, S.; Altsybeev, I.; Alves Garcia Prado, C.; Andrei, C.; Andronic, A.; Anguelov, V.; Anielski, J.; Antičić, T.; Antinori, F.; Antonioli, P.; Aphecetche, L.; Appelshäuser, H.; Arcelli, S.; Armesto, N.; Arnaldi, R.; Aronsson, T.; Arsene, I. C.; Arslandok, M.; Augustinus, A.; Averbeck, R.; Azmi, M. D.; Bach, M.; Badalà, A.; Baek, Y. W.; Bagnasco, S.; Bailhache, R.; Bala, R.; Baldisseri, A.; Ball, M.; Baltasar Dos Santos Pedrosa, F.; Baral, R. C.; Barbano, A. M.; Barbera, R.; Barile, F.; Barnaföldi, G. G.; Barnby, L. S.; Barret, V.; Bartalini, P.; Bartke, J.; Bartsch, E.; Basile, M.; Bastid, N.; Basu, S.; Bathen, B.; Batigne, G.; Batista Camejo, A.; Batyunya, B.; Batzing, P. C.; Bearden, I. G.; Beck, H.; Bedda, C.; Behera, N. K.; Belikov, I.; Bellini, F.; Bello Martinez, H.; Bellwied, R.; Belmont, R.; Belmont-Moreno, E.; Belyaev, V.; Bencedi, G.; Beole, S.; Berceanu, I.; Bercuci, A.; Berdnikov, Y.; Berenyi, D.; Bertens, R. A.; Berzano, D.; Betev, L.; Bhasin, A.; Bhat, I. R.; Bhati, A. K.; Bhattacharjee, B.; Bhom, J.; Bianchi, L.; Bianchi, N.; Bianchin, C.; Bielčík, J.; Bielčíková, J.; Bilandzic, A.; Biswas, S.; Bjelogrlic, S.; Blanco, F.; Blau, D.; Blume, C.; Bock, F.; Bogdanov, A.; Bøggild, H.; Boldizsár, L.; Bombara, M.; Book, J.; Borel, H.; Borissov, A.; Borri, M.; Bossú, F.; Botje, M.; Botta, E.; Böttger, S.; Braun-Munzinger, P.; Bregant, M.; Breitner, T.; Broker, T. A.; Browning, T. A.; Broz, M.; Brucken, E. J.; Bruna, E.; Bruno, G. E.; Budnikov, D.; Buesching, H.; Bufalino, S.; Buncic, P.; Busch, O.; Buthelezi, Z.; Buxton, J. 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    2015-05-01

    The strength of forward-backward (FB) multiplicity correlations is measured by the ALICE detector in proton-proton (pp) collisions at = 0 .9, 2 .76 and 7 TeV. The measurement is performed in the central pseudorapidity region (| η| < 0 .8) for the transverse momentum p T > 0 .3 GeV /c. Two separate pseudorapidity windows of width ( δη) ranging from 0.2 to 0.8 are chosen symmetrically around η = 0. The multiplicity correlation strength ( b corr) is studied as a function of the pseudorapidity gap ( η gap) between the two windows as well as the width of these windows. The correlation strength is found to decrease with increasing η gap and shows a non-linear increase with δη. A sizable increase of the correlation strength with the collision energy, which cannot be explained exclusively by the increase of the mean multiplicity inside the windows, is observed. The correlation coefficient is also measured for multiplicities in different configurations of two azimuthal sectors selected within the symmetric FB η-windows. Two different contributions, the short-range (SR) and the long-range (LR), are observed. The energy dependence of b corr is found to be weak for the SR component while it is strong for the LR component. Moreover, the correlation coefficient is studied for particles belonging to various transverse momentum intervals chosen to have the same mean multiplicity. Both SR and LR contributions to b corr are found to increase with p T in this case. Results are compared to PYTHIA and PHOJET event generators and to a string-based phenomenological model. The observed dependencies of b corr add new constraints on phenomenological models. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Functional brain networks formed using cross-sample entropy are scale free.

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    Pritchard, Walter S; Laurienti, Paul J; Burdette, Jonathan H; Hayasaka, Satoru

    2014-08-01

    Over the previous decade, there has been an explosion of interest in network science, in general, and its application to the human brain, in particular. Most brain network investigations to date have used linear correlations (LinCorr) between brain areas to construct and then interpret brain networks. In this study, we applied an entropy-based method to establish functional connectivity between brain areas. This method is sensitive to both nonlinear and linear associations. The LinCorr-based and entropy-based techniques were applied to resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 10 subjects, and the resulting networks were compared. The networks derived from the entropy-based method exhibited power-law degree distributions. Moreover, the entropy-based networks had a higher clustering coefficient and a shorter path length compared with that of the LinCorr-based networks. While the LinCorr-based networks were assortative, with nodes with similar degrees preferentially connected, the entropy-based networks were disassortative, with high-degree hubs directly connected to low-degree nodes. It is likely that the differences in clustering and assortativity are due to "mega-hubs" in the entropy-based networks. These mega-hubs connect to a large majority of the nodes in the network. This is the first work clearly demonstrating differences between functional brain networks using linear and nonlinear techniques. The key finding is that the nonlinear technique produced networks with scale-free degree distributions. There remains debate among the neuroscience community as to whether human brains are scale free. These data support the argument that at least some aspects of the human brain are perhaps scale free.

  12. How many orthopedic surgeons does it take to write a research article? 50 years of authorship proliferation in and internationalization of the orthopedic surgery literature.

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    Rahman, Luthfur; Muirhead-Allwood, Sarah K

    2010-07-13

    Publications are considered to indicate academic achievement and can lead to various rewards, including job opportunities and research funding. Recent years have seen a rising trend in the number of articles published, multiple authorship, and internationalization of the biomedical literature. The goal of this study was to analyze the trends in authorship over the past 50 years to determine whether the orthopedic literature parallels trends seen in other areas of the biomedical literature. We performed an observational study with analysis of the number of authors and geographic origin of articles published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery British Volume (JBJS) and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR). We analyzed 2776 articles (CORR, n=1809; JBJS, n=967) published between 1958 and 2008 at 10-year intervals. There has been a significant increase in the mean number of authors per article from 1.638 to 4.08 (P<.0001) and 1.633 to 4.540 (P<.0001) for CORR and JBJS, respectively between 1958 and 2008. There has been a significant increase in the international contribution to both journals (P<.0001). The number of countries contributing to articles increased from 5 to 39 and from 17 to 33 for CORR and JBJS, respectively. These findings are similar to other areas of the biomedical literature. The reasons for this proliferation are multifactorial, including multicenter trials and inappropriate authorship. Guidelines for authorship and preparation of manuscripts from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors or from individual journals are widely available, and every effort should be made to adhere to them to prevent inappropriate authorship proliferation in the future.

  13. The classic: Radiography of the trapeziometacarpal joint. Degenerative changes of this joint. 1936.

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    Robert, M

    2014-04-01

    This classic article is a translation and reprint (Appendix 1. Supplemental material is available with the online version of CORR.) from the French of the original article by M. Robert, entitled La radiographie de l'articulation trapézo-métacarpienne. Les arthroses de cette jointure. The original article was published in Société de Radiologie Méd de France, Bulletins.1936;24:687-689. (Reproduced with kind permission of the SFR.).

  14. Functional Brain Networks Formed Using Cross-Sample Entropy Are Scale Free

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    Pritchard, Walter S.; Burdette, Jonathan H.; Hayasaka, Satoru

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Over the previous decade, there has been an explosion of interest in network science, in general, and its application to the human brain, in particular. Most brain network investigations to date have used linear correlations (LinCorr) between brain areas to construct and then interpret brain networks. In this study, we applied an entropy-based method to establish functional connectivity between brain areas. This method is sensitive to both nonlinear and linear associations. The LinCorr-based and entropy-based techniques were applied to resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 10 subjects, and the resulting networks were compared. The networks derived from the entropy-based method exhibited power-law degree distributions. Moreover, the entropy-based networks had a higher clustering coefficient and a shorter path length compared with that of the LinCorr-based networks. While the LinCorr-based networks were assortative, with nodes with similar degrees preferentially connected, the entropy-based networks were disassortative, with high-degree hubs directly connected to low-degree nodes. It is likely that the differences in clustering and assortativity are due to “mega-hubs” in the entropy-based networks. These mega-hubs connect to a large majority of the nodes in the network. This is the first work clearly demonstrating differences between functional brain networks using linear and nonlinear techniques. The key finding is that the nonlinear technique produced networks with scale-free degree distributions. There remains debate among the neuroscience community as to whether human brains are scale free. These data support the argument that at least some aspects of the human brain are perhaps scale free. PMID:24946057

  15. A One-Step Delamination Procedure to Form Single Sheet Iron(III)-(oxy)Hydroxides

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    The dispersion of a layered iron(III)-(oxy)hydroxide intercalated with dodecanoate (oxGRC12, Fe3IIIO2.18(OH)3.13(C12H23O2)0.56(SO4)0.47; derived from the corr...

  16. Corrosion Rate of Alloy 22 as a Function of Immersion Time

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    Estill, J C; Hust, G A; King, K J; Rebak, R B

    2005-03-21

    Alloy 22 (N06022) is a nickel (Ni) based alloy containing nominally 22% Chromium (Cr), 13% Molybdenum (Mo) and 3% tungsten (W). Alloy 22 is highly resistant to general and localized corrosion such as pitting corrosion and stress corrosion cracking. Due to the formation of a stable passive film, when Alloy 22 is immersed in certain electrolytes, its corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) increases and its corrosion rate (CR) decreases as a function of the immersion time. This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} and corrosion rate (CR) of creviced Alloy 22 specimens in six different mixtures of sodium chloride (NaCl) and potassium nitrate (KNO{sub 3}) at 100 C. Two types of specimens were used, polished as-welded (ASW) and as-welded solution plus heat-treated (ASW+SHT). The latter contained the black annealing oxide film on the surface. Results show that, for the two type of materials, as the immersion time increases, E{sub corr} increased and the CR decreased. Even for concentrated brine solutions at 100 C the CR was < 50 nm/year after more than 100 days immersion.

  17. Evaluation and correction of the IRI2016 topside ionospheric electron density model

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    Wang, Sicheng; Huang, Sixun; Fang, Hanxian; Wang, Yu

    2016-10-01

    The international reference ionosphere (IRI) is the internationally recommended empirical model. The IRI2016 is now the latest version, and it includes three options for the prediction of topside electron density profiles: IRI2001, a correction of IRI2001 (IRI2001corr), and NeQuick model. In the paper, we use the Arecibo, Jicamarca, and Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar observed topside electron density data ranging from year 2001 to 2014 to assess the prediction capabilities of these three model options. The results show that the NeQuick model outputs perform best at these areas from the point view of relative difference distribution, followed by the IRI2001corr model, and the IRI2001 option is worst. To further improve the performance of NeQuick and IRI2001corr options, the correction factors are introduced in their model formulation and are determined by the least squares estimation technique. Compared with the original models, the corrected models perform in average better, especially at low and medium solar activities.

  18. A method for the flow diagnosis and interpretation of a well test through the use of the pressure derivative function

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    Fernando Ascencio Cendejas; Fernando Samaniego Verduzco; Jesus Rivera Rodriquez

    1994-01-20

    This paper presents an alternative technique for transient pressure analysis. The new method is based on the pressure derivative function and the impulse theory. This method uses a mathematical and graphical evaluation of an equation of the type [t{sub corr,f}] t{sup nf}{Delta}p'{sub 1} = m{sup 1}{sub f}, where n{sub f} is related to the specific flow pattern toward the well and the constant m{sup 1}{sub f} with the formation conductivity. This procedure simultaneously allows the diagnosis of the flow pattern through the presence of a horizontal line of a graph of [t{sub corr,f}]t{sup nf}{Delta}p'{sub 1} versus t, and an estimation of the formation conductivity through the value of the constant m{sup 1}{sub f}, given by the intersection of this line with the ordinate axis. In the ordinate graphing group, t{sub corr,f} is a correction factor for variable rate producing conditions, approximately equal to unity for long producing times. For constant rate drawdown tests this factor is equal to one. f in this graphing group stands for the type of flow prevailing during a specific period of the test, i.e., spherical, linear, or radial. Variable well flow rates are also considered in the theory of analysis presented in this study. This new method is successfully applied to three field cases published in the literature.

  19. Corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with Cu.

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    Koike, Marie; Cai, Zhuo; Oda, Yutaka; Hattori, Masayuki; Fujii, Hiroyuki; Okabe, Toru

    2005-05-01

    It has recently been found that alloying with copper improved the inherently poor grindability and wear resistance of titanium. This study characterized the corrosion behavior of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloyed with copper. Alloys (0.9 or 3.5 mass % Cu) were cast with the use of a magnesia-based investment in a centrifugal casting machine. Three specimen surfaces were tested: ground, sandblasted, and as cast. Commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V served as controls. Open-circuit potential measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air + 10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium deaerated by N(2) + 10% CO(2). Polarization resistance (R(p)), Tafel slopes, and corrosion current density (I(corr)) were determined. A passive region occurred for the alloy specimens with ground and sandblasted surfaces, as for CP Ti. However, no passivation was observed on the as-cast alloys or on CP Ti. There were significant differences among all metals tested for R(p) and I(corr) and significantly higher R(p) and lower I(corr) values for CP Ti compared to Ti-6Al-4V or the alloys with Cu. Alloying up to 3.5 mass % Cu to Ti-6Al-4V did not change the corrosion behavior. Specimens with ground or sandblasted surfaces were superior to specimens with as-cast surfaces. PMID:15744719

  20. Methods of Calculation of Resistance to Polarization (Corrosion Rate) Using ASTM G 59

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    Wong, L L; King, K J; Martin, S I; Rebak, R B

    2006-02-05

    The corrosion rate of a metal (alloy) can be measured using: (1) Immersion tests or weight loss such as in ASTM G 1 and G 31 or (2) Electrochemical techniques such as in ASTM G 59. In the polarization resistance (PR) or linear polarization method (G 59), the resistance to polarization (Rp) of a metal is measured in the electrolyte of interest in the vicinity of the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}). This polarization resistance can be mathematically converted into corrosion rates (CR). A plot of E vs. I in the vicinity of E{sub corr} is generated by increasing the potential at a fixed rate of 0.1667 mV/s and measuring the output current. The polarization resistance (Rp) is defined as the slope of a potential (E) (Y axis) vs. Current (I) (X axis) plot in the vicinity of the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}). When the potential is ramped and the current is measured, E is the independent variable and I is the dependent variable. In a proper mathematical plot, E should be represented in the X axis and I in the Y axis. However, in the conventions of the corrosion community, E is always plotted in the Y axis and I in the X axis. Therefore, how this plot of Delta E/Delta I is analyzed is a matter of current debate.

  1. Novel Indium Arsenide double gate and gate all around nanowire MOSFETs for diminishing the exchange correlation effect: A quantum study

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    Orouji, Ali A.; Nejaty, Mohammad; Mohtasham, Alireza

    2014-09-01

    In this paper we present novel double gate (DG) metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) and gate all around (GAA) nanowire metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (NWT) with a diminished exchange-correlation (Ex-Corr) effect. The key idea in this work is to use Indium Arsenide (InAs) semiconductor instead of Si. We have evaluated and compared different parameters of DG-MOSFET and GAA-NWTs such as threshold voltage, sub-threshold slope, drain induced barrier lowering and ON and OFF state currents from quantum view. Quantum mechanical transport approach based on non-equilibrium green's function (NEGF) has been performed in the frame work of effective mass theory in consideration with Ex-Corr effect. This simulation method consists of three dimensional Poisson's equation in which a Schrodinger equation is first solved in each slice of the device to find Eigen energies and Eigen functions. Then, a transport equation of electrons moving in the sub-bands is solved. This fully quantum method treats such effects as source-to-drain tunneling, ballistic transport, and quantum confinement on equal footing. The results show that only a few lowest Eigen sub-bands are occupied and the upper sub-bands can be safely neglected. Also, the interaction between electrons and Ex-Corr effect is diminished in the proposed structure.

  2. Copper corrosion in potable water systems: Impacts of natural organic matter and water treatment processes

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    Rehring, J.P.; Edwards, M.

    1996-04-01

    Copper corrosion was examined in the presence of natural organic matter (NOM) and in situations where NOM was altered by drinking water treatment. Corrosion rates (i{sub corr}) increased with higher NOM concentration at pH 6, whereas insignificant effects were observed at pH 7.5 and 9.0. Corrosion byproduct release was affected adversely by 4 mg/L NOM at pH 6.0, 7.5 and 9.0, with soluble copper increasing by 0.6 mg/L to 0.7 mg/L when compared to solutions without NOM. Alum-coagulated waters had higher i{sub corr} than untreated waters, but ferric chloride (FeCl{sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O)-coagulated waters exhibited reduced i{sub corr}. This difference was attributed to the relative effects of added sulfate via alum coagulation vs added chloride via FeCl{sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O coagulation. The effect of combined treatment (alum coagulation, ozonation, and granular activated carbon) was similar to that using alum coagulation alone.

  3. Inhibition effects of I[sup [minus

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    Huang, Y.L.; Cao, C.N.; Lu, M.; Lin, H.C. . Corrosion Science Lab.)

    1993-08-01

    Stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of AISI 321 (UNS S321100) stainless steel (SS) in 0.5 mol/l sodium chloride (NaCl) + 0.5 mol/l hydrochloric acid (HCl) solution and the inhibition effects of some iodides and iodine were studied using the slow strain rate technique. Iodides studied were tetramethyl ammonium iodide (TMAI), tetrabutyl ammonium iodide (TBAI) and potassium iodide (KI). The additives effectively inhibited SCC of AISI 321 in the solution. Inhibition effects resulted mainly from the role of iodide ion. Electrochemical measurements showed the corrosion current density (I[sub corr]) of the steel increased rapidly and then fluctuated as strain increased. The increase in I[sub corr] was markedly slower in solutions containing I[minus] ions or I[sub 2]. Inhibition effects of I[minus] ions and I[sub 2] on SCC were attributed to the anodic reaction of the corrosion process and reduction of the accelerating effect of strain on I[sub corr].

  4. Soft-tissue detectability in cone-beam CT: Evaluation by 2AFC tests in relation to physical performance metrics

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    Tward, D. J.; Siewerdsen, J. H.; Daly, M. J.; Richard, S.; Moseley, D. J.; Jaffray, D. A.; Paul, N. S.

    2007-11-15

    Soft-tissue detectability in cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) was evaluated via two-alternative forced-choice (2AFC) tests. Investigations included the dependence of detectability on radiation dose, the influence of the asymmetric three-dimensional (3D) noise-power spectrum (NPS) in axial and sagittal or coronal planes, and the effect of prior knowledge on detectability. Custom-built phantoms ({approx}15 cm diameter cylinders) containing soft-tissue-simulating spheres of variable contrast and diameter were imaged on an experimental CBCT bench. The proportion of correct responses (P{sub corr}) in 2AFC tests was analyzed as a figure of merit, ideally equal to the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve. P{sub corr} was evaluated as a function of the sphere diameter (1.6-12.7 mm), contrast (20-165 HU), dose (1-7 mGy), plane of visualization (axial/sagittal), apodization filter (Hanning and Ram-Lak), and prior knowledge provided to the observer [ranging from stimulus known exactly (SKE) to stimulus unknown (SUK)]. Detectability limits were characterized in terms of the dose required to achieve a given level of P{sub corr} (e.g., 70%). For example, a 20 HU stimulus of diameter down to {approx}6 mm was detected with P{sub corr} 70% at dose {>=}2 mGy. Detectability tended to be greater in axial than in sagittal planes, an effect amplified by sharper apodization filters in a manner consistent with 3D NPS asymmetry. Prior knowledge had a marked influence on detectability - e.g., P{sub corr} for a {approx}6 mm(20 HU) sphere was {approx}55%-65% under SUK conditions, compared to {approx}70%-85% for SKE conditions. Human observer tests suggest practical implications for implementation of CBCT: (i) Detectability limits help to define minimum-dose imaging techniques for specific imaging tasks; (ii) detectability of a given structure can vary between axial and sagittal/coronal planes, owing to the spatial-frequency content of the 3D NPS in relation to the

  5. Association entre les hormones sexuelles, les marqueurs de remodelage osseux et la densité minérale osseuse chez des femmes ménopausées d'origine marocaine (étude transversale)

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    El Maataoui, Aissam; Biaz, Asmae; El Boukhrissi, Fatima; El Machtani, Si; Dami, Abdellah; Bouhsain, Sanae; Bamou, Youssef; El Maghraoui, Abdellah; Ouzzif, Zhor

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Le présent travail se propose d’étudier la relation entre les hormones sexuelles, notamment l’œstradiol et l'indice de l’œstradiol libre, le sulfate de déhydroépiandrosterone et la sex hormone binding globulin, les marqueurs de remodelage osseux et la densité minérale osseuse chez une population de femmes marocaine ménopausées. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude transversale, menée sur une période de 6 mois d'octobre 2012 à fin avril 2013 et ayant fait participer deux cent deux (202). Résultats L’œstradiol et l'indice d’œstradiol libre (IEL) ont montré une corrélation négative respectivement à l'ostéocalcine (OC), à la crosslaps (β-CTX) et l'OC (p<0.001). La sulfate de déhydroepiandrosterone S-DHEA a été corrélée positivement à l'OC (p<0.001), alors que e taux sérique de la sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) l'a été corrélé à la β-CTX et l'OC (p<0.001). Par ailleurs, une corrélation positive a été établie entre la densité minérale osseuse (DMO) au col de fémur et le poids, l'indice de masse corporelle (IMC), l'IEL et la S-DHEA. Une corrélation négative a été retrouvée entre la DMO au col de fémur d'une part et l’âge, la DDR, la SHBG, la β-CTX et l'OC d'une autre part. Conclusion Le présent travail montre que l'augmentation de l’âge et la diminution de l’œstradiol libre expliquent la diminution de la DMO au niveau du col du fémur, alors que l'augmentation du taux sérique de la SHBG et la diminution du poids expliquent la diminution de la DMO au rachis lombaire. PMID:26848353

  6. Long Term Electrochemical Behavior of Creviced and Non-Creviced Alloy 22 in CaCl2 + Ca(NO3)2 Brines at 155?C

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    Rodr?guez, M A; Stuart, M L; Rebak, R B

    2006-11-08

    Alloy 22 is a nickel base alloy highly resistant to all forms of corrosion. In very aggressive conditions (e.g. hot concentrated chloride containing brines) Alloy 22 could suffer localized attack, namely pitting and crevice corrosion. Chloride ion is known to be the most detrimental aggressive agent for Alloy 22 and is able to promote crevice corrosion when tight crevices exist in hot chloride containing solutions of different concentrations. Nitrate ion is an effective inhibitor of chloride induced crevice corrosion when present in a high enough [NO{sub 3}{sup -}]/[Cl{sup -}] ratio. The occurrence of localized corrosion in a given environment is governed by the values of the critical potential (E{sub crit}) for crevice corrosion and the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) that the alloy may establish in the studied environment. If E{sub corr} is equal or higher than E{sub crit}, localized corrosion may be expected. This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} and corrosion rate (CR) of Alloy 22 specimens in 18 m CaCl{sub 2} + 9 m Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} and 18 m CaCl{sub 2} + 0.9 m Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} brines at 155 C. Two types of specimens were used, polished as-welded (ASW) creviced and non-creviced specimens and as-welded plus solution heat-treated (ASW+SHT) creviced specimens. The latter contained the black annealing oxide film on the surface. Results show that, in a few immersion days E{sub corr} reached a stable value higher than the open circuit potential of a platinum electrode in 18 m CaCl{sub 2} + 9 m Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} for all specimens tested. Specimens tested in this solution did not suffer any type of localized attack. On the other hand, E{sub corr} showed oscillations of up to 600 mV in 18 m CaCl{sub 2} + 0.9 m Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} during the entire immersion period. These oscillations were due to pitting corrosion development. Crevice corrosion was not observed in any testing case. Corrosion rates for specimens in the latter solution ([NO{sub 3

  7. A density functional for core-valence correlation energy.

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    Ranasinghe, Duminda S; Frisch, Michael J; Petersson, George A

    2015-12-01

    A density functional, εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv), describing the core-valence correlation energy has been constructed as a linear combination of εLY P (corr)(ρc), εV WN5 (corr)(ρc, ρv), εPBE (corr)(ρc, ρv), εSlater (ex)(ρc, ρv), εHCTH (ex)(ρc, ρv), εHF (ex)(ρc, ρv), and FCV-DFTNi,Zi, a function of the nuclear charges. This functional, with 6 adjustable parameters, reproduces (±0.27 kcal/mol rms error) a benchmark set of 194 chemical energy changes including 9 electron affinities, 18 ionization potentials, and 167 total atomization energies covering the first- and second-rows of the periodic table. This is almost twice the rms error (±0.16 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD(T)/MTsmall calculations, but less than half the rms error (±0.65 kcal/mol) obtained with MP2/GTlargeXP calculations, and somewhat smaller than the rms error (±0.39 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD/MTsmall calculations. The largest positive and negative errors from εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) were 0.88 and -0.75 kcal/mol with the set of 194 core-valence energy changes ranging from +3.76 kcal/mol for the total atomization energy of propyne to -9.05 kcal/mol for the double ionization of Mg. Evaluation of the εCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) functional requires less time than a single SCF iteration, and the accuracy is adequate for any model chemistry based on the CCSD(T) level of theory. PMID:26646873

  8. Brucellosis among smallholder cattle farmers in Zambia: public health significance.

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    Muma, John Bwalya; Pandey, Girja Shankar; Munyeme, Musso; Mumba, Chisoni; Mkandawire, Ethel; Chimana, Henry Mwelwa

    2012-04-01

    A cross-sectional study was performed in Southern and Lusaka provinces of Zambia between March and September 2008 to estimate Brucella seroprevalence in cattle kept by smallholder dairy farmers (n = 185). Rose Bengal test (RBT) was used as a screening test followed by confirmation with competitive ELISA (c-ELISA). We investigated 1,323 cattle, of which 383 had a history of receiving vaccination against brucellosis and 36 had a history of abortion. Overall seroprevalence was 6.0% with areas where vaccination was practiced having low seroprevalence. Age was associated with Brucella seropositivity (P = 0.03) unlike cattle breed (P = 0.21) and sex (P = 0.32). At area level, there was a negative correlation (Corr. coeff = -0.74) between percentage of animals with brucellosis vaccination history (vaccination coverage) and level of brucellosis; percentage of animals with history of abortion (Corr. coeff. = -0.82) and brucellosis vaccination coverage. However, a positive correlation existed between brucellosis infection levels with percentage of animals having a history of abortion (Corr. coeff. = 0.72). History of vaccination against brucellosis was positively associated with a positive Brucella result on RBT (P = 0.004) whereby animals with history of vaccination against brucellosis were more likely to give a positive RBT test results (OR = 1.52). However, the results of c-ELISA were independent of history of Brucella vaccination (P = 0.149) but was positively associated with history of abortion (OR = 4.12). Our results indicate a relatively low Brucella seroprevalence in cattle from smallholder dairy farmers and that vaccination was effective in reducing cases of Brucella infections and Brucella-related abortions. Human exposure to Brucella through milk from smallholder farmers could result through milk traded on the informal market since that milk is not processed and there no quality and safety controls. PMID:21947888

  9. Trends in Atomic Parameters for Crystals and Free Ions across the Lanthanide Series: The Case of LaCl3:Ln(3+).

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    Yeung, Y Y; Tanner, P A

    2015-06-18

    Analyses of the crystal field energy levels of the series LaCl3:Ln(3+) using a semiempirical Hamiltonian shows that only five ions (Pr, Nd, Pm, Dy, Ho) meet the criteria to avoid overfitting of the atomic part. A new parameter (SNES) has been introduced to represent the strength of the normalized electrostatic repulsion for these ions. This parameter varies linearly (R(2)adj = 0.9994, N = 5) with the reciprocal of the radius of the tripositive lanthanide ion, as expected from the form of repulsive Coulomb interaction. The Slater parameters from the crystal field analyses, F(k)(corr) (i.e., corrected for the effects of the two-particle component of the three-body operator associated with the T(2) parameter), exhibit an exponential variation with the number of electrons, n, in 4f(n). This is explained by reference to the radial part of a hydrogen-like wave function. The ratio of F(k)(corr) with the ab initio free ion Slater parameter F(k)(ab initio) varies linearly with n. Fitted parameters F(k)(corr: free ion) from the free ion data for Pr(3+) and Nd(3+) show that the corresponding ab initio values are between 14 and 27% too high. The spin-orbit coupling constant from crystal field analyses (ζ4f) exhibits a quartic variation with atomic number, and the ratio ζ4f/ζ4f(ab initio) follows an exponential growth model with n. The results serve to confirm the hypothesis that smooth trends can be observed across the Ln(3+) series for the fitted parameters despite the fact that the majority of experimental data is lacking. PMID:25985076

  10. Correlation of free-response and receiver-operating-characteristic area-under-the-curve estimates: Results from independently conducted FROC/ROC studies in mammography

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    Zanca, Federica; Hillis, Stephen L.; Claus, Filip; Van Ongeval, Chantal; Celis, Valerie; Provoost, Veerle; Yoon, Hong-Jun; Bosmans, Hilde

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: From independently conducted free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) experiments, to study fixed-reader associations between three estimators: the area under the alternative FROC (AFROC) curve computed from FROC data, the area under the ROC curve computed from FROC highest rating data, and the area under the ROC curve computed from confidence-of-disease ratings. Methods: Two hundred mammograms, 100 of which were abnormal, were processed by two image-processing algorithms and interpreted by four radiologists under the FROC paradigm. From the FROC data, inferred-ROC data were derived, using the highest rating assumption. Eighteen months afterwards, the images were interpreted by the same radiologists under the conventional ROC paradigm; conventional-ROC data (in contrast to inferred-ROC data) were obtained. FROC and ROC (inferred, conventional) data were analyzed using the nonparametric area-under-the-curve (AUC), (AFROC and ROC curve, respectively). Pearson correlation was used to quantify the degree of association between the modality-specific AUC indices and standard errors were computed using the bootstrap-after-bootstrap method. The magnitude of the correlations was assessed by comparison with computed Obuchowski-Rockette fixed reader correlations. Results: Average Pearson correlations (with 95% confidence intervals in square brackets) were: Corr(FROC, inferred ROC) = 0.76[0.64, 0.84] > Corr(inferred ROC, conventional ROC) = 0.40[0.18, 0.58] > Corr (FROC, conventional ROC) = 0.32[0.16, 0.46]. Conclusions: Correlation between FROC and inferred-ROC data AUC estimates was high. Correlation between inferred- and conventional-ROC AUC was similar to the correlation between two modalities for a single reader using one estimation method, suggesting that the highest rating assumption might be questionable. PMID:23039631

  11. Correlation of free-response and receiver-operating-characteristic area-under-the-curve estimates: Results from independently conducted FROC/ROC studies in mammography

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    Zanca, Federica; Hillis, Stephen L.; Claus, Filip; Van Ongeval, Chantal; Celis, Valerie; Provoost, Veerle; Yoon, Hong-Jun; Bosmans, Hilde

    2012-10-15

    Purpose: From independently conducted free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) experiments, to study fixed-reader associations between three estimators: the area under the alternative FROC (AFROC) curve computed from FROC data, the area under the ROC curve computed from FROC highest rating data, and the area under the ROC curve computed from confidence-of-disease ratings. Methods: Two hundred mammograms, 100 of which were abnormal, were processed by two image-processing algorithms and interpreted by four radiologists under the FROC paradigm. From the FROC data, inferred-ROC data were derived, using the highest rating assumption. Eighteen months afterwards, the images were interpreted by the same radiologists under the conventional ROC paradigm; conventional-ROC data (in contrast to inferred-ROC data) were obtained. FROC and ROC (inferred, conventional) data were analyzed using the nonparametric area-under-the-curve (AUC), (AFROC and ROC curve, respectively). Pearson correlation was used to quantify the degree of association between the modality-specific AUC indices and standard errors were computed using the bootstrap-after-bootstrap method. The magnitude of the correlations was assessed by comparison with computed Obuchowski-Rockette fixed reader correlations. Results: Average Pearson correlations (with 95% confidence intervals in square brackets) were: Corr(FROC, inferred ROC) = 0.76[0.64, 0.84] > Corr(inferred ROC, conventional ROC) = 0.40[0.18, 0.58] > Corr (FROC, conventional ROC) = 0.32[0.16, 0.46]. Conclusions: Correlation between FROC and inferred-ROC data AUC estimates was high. Correlation between inferred- and conventional-ROC AUC was similar to the correlation between two modalities for a single reader using one estimation method, suggesting that the highest rating assumption might be questionable.

  12. Local source identification of trace metals in urban/industrial mixed land-use areas with daily PM10 limit value exceedances

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    Fernández-Olmo, Ignacio; Andecochea, Carlos; Ruiz, Sara; Fernández-Ferreras, José Antonio; Irabien, Angel

    2016-05-01

    This study presents the analysis of the concentration levels, inter-site variation and source identification of trace metals at three urban/industrial mixed land-use sites of the Cantabria region (northern Spain), where local air quality plans were recently approved because the number of exceedances of the daily PM10 limit value according to the Directive 2008/50/EC had been relatively high in the last decade (more than 35 instances per year). PM10 samples were collected for over three years at the Torrelavega (TORR) and Los Corrales (CORR) sites and for over two years at the Camargo (GUAR) site and analysed for the presence of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), antimony (Sb) and zinc (Zn). Analysis of enrichment factors revealed an anthropogenic origin of most of the studied elements; Zn, Cd, Mo, Pb and Cu were the most enriched elements at the three sites, with Fe and V as the least enriched elements. Positive Matrix Factorisation (PMF) and pollutant roses (Cu at TORR, Zn at CORR and Mn at GUAR) were used to identify the local sources of the studied metals. Analysis of PMF results revealed the main sources of trace metals at each site as road traffic at the TORR site, iron foundry and casting industry at the CORR site and a ferro-manganese alloy industry at the GUAR site. Other sources were also identified at these sites, but with much lower contributions, such as minor industrial sources, combustion and traffic mixed with the previous sources.

  13. Decomposing cerebral blood flow MRI into functional and structural components: A non-local approach based on prediction

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    Kandel, Benjamin M.; Wang, Danny JJ; Detre, John A.; Gee, James C.; Avants, Brian B.

    2014-01-01

    We present RIPMMARC (Rotation Invariant Patch-based Multi-Modality Analysis aRChitecture), a flexible and widely applicable method for extracting information unique to a given modality from a multi-modal data set. We use RIPMMARC to improve interpretation of arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion images by removing the component of perfusion that is predicted by the underlying anatomy. Using patch-based, rotation invariant descriptors derived from the anatomical image, we learn a predictive relationship between local neuroanatomical structure and the corresponding perfusion image. This relation allows us to produce an image of perfusion that would be predicted given only the underlying anatomy and a residual image that represents perfusion information that cannot be predicted by anatomical features. Our learned structural features are significantly better at predicting brain perfusion than tissue probability maps, which are the input to standard partial volume correction techniques. Studies in test-retest data show that both the anatomically predicted and residual perfusion signal are highly replicable for a given subject. In a pediatric population, both the raw perfusion and structurally predicted images are tightly linked to age throughout adolescence throughout the brain. Interestingly, the residual perfusion also shows a strong correlation with age in select regions including the hippocampi (corr= 0.38, p-value < 10−6), precuneus (corr= −0.44, p < 10−5), and combined default mode network regions (corr= −0.45, p < 10−8) that is independent of global anatomy-perfusion trends. This finding suggests that there is a regionally heterogeneous pattern of functional specialization that is distinct from that of cortical structural development. PMID:25449745

  14. Excrétion rénale des ions divalents après homotransplantation rénale

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    Cartier, F.; Popovtzer, M. M.; Robinette, J.; Pinggera, W. F.; Halgrimson, C. G.; Starzl, T. E.

    2010-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ L’élimination rénale des ions divalents, celle du Na et du K, ont été étudiées de façon comparative dans les suites immédiates de l’homotransplantation rénale chez 6 patients. Durant la période initiale polyurique (> 3ml/mn), le taux d’excrétion du Ca filtré (Cca/Ccr), du Mg, du P, du Na et du K, est élevé et il existe une corrélation étroite et quasi constante entre l’élimination du Ca, du Mg et du Na ; la corrélation n’est pas constante entre l’élimination du Na et du K, du Mg et du K. Pendant les deux jours suivants, le taux d’excrétion diminue, sauf pour le P ; il existe encore une corrélation entre l’excrétion du Ca, du Mg et du Na, non entre celle du Na et du K, du Mg et du K. L’excrétion du Ca l’emporte sur celle du Na au cours de la première période, non au cours de la seconde. A la lumière de ces données, on envisage l’intervention possible de divers facteurs, tels l’inflation hydrosique et l’hyperazotémie préalables, l’ischémie rénale contemporaine de la transplantation, les effets de la dénervation rénale, du traitement cortisonique, de l’hyperparathyroïdie et ceux des modifications circulatoires rénales. PMID:4574592

  15. Trends in Atomic Parameters for Crystals and Free Ions across the Lanthanide Series: The Case of LaCl3:Ln(3+).

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    Yeung, Y Y; Tanner, P A

    2015-06-18

    Analyses of the crystal field energy levels of the series LaCl3:Ln(3+) using a semiempirical Hamiltonian shows that only five ions (Pr, Nd, Pm, Dy, Ho) meet the criteria to avoid overfitting of the atomic part. A new parameter (SNES) has been introduced to represent the strength of the normalized electrostatic repulsion for these ions. This parameter varies linearly (R(2)adj = 0.9994, N = 5) with the reciprocal of the radius of the tripositive lanthanide ion, as expected from the form of repulsive Coulomb interaction. The Slater parameters from the crystal field analyses, F(k)(corr) (i.e., corrected for the effects of the two-particle component of the three-body operator associated with the T(2) parameter), exhibit an exponential variation with the number of electrons, n, in 4f(n). This is explained by reference to the radial part of a hydrogen-like wave function. The ratio of F(k)(corr) with the ab initio free ion Slater parameter F(k)(ab initio) varies linearly with n. Fitted parameters F(k)(corr: free ion) from the free ion data for Pr(3+) and Nd(3+) show that the corresponding ab initio values are between 14 and 27% too high. The spin-orbit coupling constant from crystal field analyses (ζ4f) exhibits a quartic variation with atomic number, and the ratio ζ4f/ζ4f(ab initio) follows an exponential growth model with n. The results serve to confirm the hypothesis that smooth trends can be observed across the Ln(3+) series for the fitted parameters despite the fact that the majority of experimental data is lacking.

  16. Effects of Sample Size and Dimensionality on the Performance of Four Algorithms for Inference of Association Networks in Metabonomics.

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    Suarez-Diez, Maria; Saccenti, Edoardo

    2015-12-01

    We investigated the effect of sample size and dimensionality on the performance of four algorithms (ARACNE, CLR, CORR, and PCLRC) when they are used for the inference of metabolite association networks. We report that as many as 100-400 samples may be necessary to obtain stable network estimations, depending on the algorithm and the number of measured metabolites. The CLR and PCLRC methods produce similar results, whereas network inference based on correlations provides sparse networks; we found ARACNE to be unsuitable for this application, being unable to recover the underlying metabolite association network. We recommend the PCLRC algorithm for the inference on metabolite association networks.

  17. Narrowband Imaging of Escaping Lyman-continuum Emission in the SSA22 Field

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    Nestor, Daniel B.; Shapley, Alice E.; Steidel, Charles C.; Siana, Brian

    2011-07-01

    We present the results of an ultradeep, narrowband imaging survey for Lyman-continuum (LyC) emission at z ~ 3 in the SSA22a field. We employ a custom narrowband filter centered at λ = 3640 Å (NB3640), which probes the LyC region for galaxies at z >= 3.06. We also analyze new and archival NB4980 imaging tuned to the wavelength of the Lyα emission line at z = 3.09, and archival broadband B, V, and R images of the non-ionizing UV continuum. Our NB3640 images contain 26 z >= 3.06 Lyman break galaxies (LBGs) as well as a set of 130 Lyα emitters (LAEs), identified by their excess NB4980 flux relative to the BV continuum. Six LBGs and 28 LAEs are detected in the NB3640 image. LBGs appear to span a range of NB3640-R colors, while LAEs appear bimodal in their NB3640-R properties. We estimate average UV-to-LyC flux density ratios, corrected for foreground contamination and intergalactic medium absorption, finding langF UV/F LyCrangLBG corr = 11.3+10.3 - 5.4, which implies an LBG LyC escape fraction f LyC esc ~ 0.1, and langF UV/F LyCrangLAE corr = 2.2+0.9 - 0.6. The strikingly blue LAE flux density ratios defy interpretation in terms of standard stellar population models. Assuming langF UV/F LyCrangLBG corr applies down to L = 0.1L*, we estimate a galaxy contribution to the intergalactic hydrogen ionization rate that is consistent with independent estimates based on the Lyα forest opacity at z ~= 3. If we assume that langF UV/F LyCrangLAE corr holds at the faintest luminosities, the galaxy contribution significantly exceeds that inferred from the Lyα forest. We interpret our results in terms of a model where LyC photons escape over only ~10%-20% of solid angle. When advantageously oriented, a galaxy will exhibit a low UV-to-LyC ratio, an effect enhanced for more compact galaxies. This model, however, does not adequately explain the extremely blue NB3640-R colors measured for some LAEs in our sample. Further follow-up study of these faint LAEs is crucial, given the

  18. [The Lafarge affair: a judgment in which toxicology didn't win fame!].

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    Anger, J P; Goullé, J P

    2006-01-01

    The famous Lafarge affair which took place in Tulle (Corrèze, France) in 1840, has never ceased to interest the general public because some doubts have remained even after the pronunciation of the judgment. Another hypothesis than arsenicum poisoning has been formulated in 1980 by Professor P. Lepine who believes in a paratyphoid fever occuring after food poisoning. This assumption and the discovery of exceptional family documents in 2004 by Edouard de Lamaze, a distant cousin of Emma Pontier, the confidante of Marie Lafarge, sheds a new light on this mysterious affair.

  19. Analysis of the Shallow Slip Deficit Using Sub-Pixel Image Correlation:examples from various large continental strike-slip earthquakes

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    Milliner, C. W.; Hollingsworth, J.; Dolan, J. F.; Leprince, S.; Ayoub, F.; Avouac, J.

    2012-12-01

    We use the optical image correlation technique to analyze the near-field displacement field for a variety of large (Mw 7+) continental strike-slip earthquakes, to better determine the contribution of distributed deformation to coseismic surface ruptures. Various satellite datasets are correlated using the COSI-Corr software package, including WorldView, Quickbird, SPOT and Landsat7 imagery, along with de-classified KH-9 spy satellite imagery and aerial photos, allowing us to investigate earthquakes as far back as 1976. The variety of datasets used highlights the versatility of COSI-Corr for measuring displacements at the Earth's surface. The following earthquakes are investigated: 1976 Guatemala (Mw 7.5), 1990 Luzon (Mw 7.4), 1992 Landers (Mw 7.3), 1995 Sakhalin (Mw 7.0), 1997 Zirkuh (Mw 7.2), 1999 Izmit (Mw 7.6), 1999 Hector Mine (Mw 7.1), 1999 Duzce (Mw 7.1), 2001 Kokoxilli (Mw 7.1) and 2002 Denali (Mw 7.8). For each event we examine the surface displacement field produced by COSI-Corr, and compare them with published field measurements to assess the component of distributed deformation that may be routinely missed by geologists when collecting data in the field. These results also complement surface displacements determined using InSAR, which commonly de-correlates at distances of 1-2 km from the fault rupture. Fault displacements are extracted from the displacement maps using a new tool written for MATLAB, which extracts the maximum and minimum values on either side of the fault, as well as the distance between these points, thus giving a potential measure of the total width of the deforming zone. Where possible, we determine the total geological displacements for each fault through analysis of satellite data, geological maps and published results, thus allowing an assessment of the structural maturity for each fault. The difference between field measurements and COSI-Corr-derived measurements of the coseismic displacement field are compared with geological

  20. Pulmonary Function After Treatment for Embryonal Brain Tumors on SJMB03 That Included Craniospinal Irradiation

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    Green, Daniel M.; Merchant, Thomas E.; Billups, Catherine A.; Stokes, Dennis C.; Broniscer, Alberto; Bartels, Ute; Chintagumpala, Murali; Hassall, Timothy E.; Gururangan, Sridharan; McCowage, Geoffrey B.; Heath, John A.; Cohn, Richard J.; Fisher, Michael J.; Srinivasan, Ashok; Robinson, Giles W.; Gajjar, Amar

    2015-09-01

    Purpose: The treatment of children with embryonal brain tumors (EBT) includes craniospinal irradiation (CSI). There are limited data regarding the effect of CSI on pulmonary function. Methods: Protocol SJMB03 enrolled patients 3 to 21 years of age with EBT. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV{sub 1}] and forced vital capacity [FVC] by spirometry, total lung capacity [TLC] by nitrogen washout or plethysmography, and diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide corrected for hemoglobin [DLCO{sub corr}]) were obtained. Differences between PFTs obtained immediately after the completion of CSI and 24 or 60 months after the completion of treatment (ACT) were compared using exact Wilcoxon signed-rank tests and repeated-measures models. Results: Between June 24, 2003, and March 1, 2010, 303 eligible patients (spine dose: ≤2345 cGy, 201; >2345 cGy, 102; proton beam, 20) were enrolled, 260 of whom had at least 1 PFT. The median age at diagnosis was 8.9 years (range, 3.1-20.4 years). The median thoracic spinal radiation dose was 23.4 Gy (interquartile range [IQR], 23.4-36.0 Gy). The median cyclophosphamide dose was 16.0 g/m{sup 2} (IQR, 15.7-16.0 g/m{sup 2}). At 24 and 60 months ACT, DLCO{sub corr} was <75% predicted in 23% (27/118) and 25% (21/84) of patients, FEV{sub 1} was <80% predicted in 20% (34/170) and 29% (32/109) of patients, FVC was <80% predicted in 27% (46/172) and 28% (30/108) of patients, and TLC was <75% predicted in 9% (13/138) and 11% (10/92) of patients. DLCO{sub corr} was significantly decreased 24 months ACT (median difference [MD] in % predicted, 3.00%; P=.028) and 60 months ACT (MD in % predicted, 6.00%; P=.033) compared with the end of radiation therapy. These significant decreases in DLCO{sub corr} were also observed in repeated-measures models (P=.011 and P=.032 at 24 and 60 months ACT, respectively). Conclusions: A significant minority of EBT survivors experience PFT deficits after CSI

  1. Shamanism or science?

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    Gottlieb, Otto R; Borin, Maria Renata de M B

    2002-03-01

    The interconnection of the three organismic levels, metabolism, morphology, and biogeography, can now be amplified into a multipart architecture, introducing plant bioactivity through ethnobotany-oriented descriptions. Only via such an integrative model, the diverse organismic levels can be connected within a more holistic, realistic scheme. Construction of qualitative and quantitative models via evolutionarily conceived implantation into dahlgrenograms and Sporne indices, allows ethnobotany to acquire predictive validity. The coherence of such systems was demonstrated by comparison of the vast ethnobotanical Brazilian database by Pio Corrêa with relatively very minute databases referring to three Amazonian Indian societies.

  2. Unaspis lansivora sp. n. (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), a new pest of Lansium domesticum (Meliaceae), and a key to Unaspis species.

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    Watson, Gillian W

    2015-01-13

    Since 2004, an undescribed species of Unaspis (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) has become a damaging pest on Lansium domesticum Corrêa in the Philippines. Its attack on the leaves causes premature senescence and defoliation, resulting in the production of few, underdeveloped, sour fruit and sometimes killing the trees. The scale was misidentified initially as Lepidosaphes ulmi (Linnaeus) and then as Unaspis citri (Comstock), but further study indicated that it was an undescribed species of potential plant quarantine significance. The pest is described as U. lansivora sp. n. and an identification key to all 19 species of Unaspis is provided. Its distribution, host range and prospects for its biological control are discussed.

  3. Assessing the impact of the duration and intensity of inhalation exposure on the magnitude of the variability of internal dose metrics in children and adults.

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    Valcke, Mathieu; Krishnan, Kannan

    2011-12-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the impact of the exposure duration and intensity on the human kinetic adjustment factor (HKAF). A physiologically based pharmacokinetic model was used to compute target dose metrics (i.e. maximum blood concentration (C(max)) and amount metabolized/L liver/24  h (Amet)) in adults, neonates (0-30 days), toddlers (1-3 years), and pregnant women following inhalation exposure to benzene, styrene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane and 1,4-dioxane. Exposure scenarios simulated involved various concentrations based on the chemical's reference concentration (low) and six of U.S. EPA's Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) (high), for durations of 10  min, 60  min, 8  h, and 24  h, as well as at steady-state. Distributions for body weight (BW), height (H), and hepatic CYP2E1 content were obtained from the literature or from P3M software, whereas blood flows and tissue volumes were calculated from BW and H. The HKAF was computed based on distributions of dose metrics obtained by Monte Carlo simulations [95th percentile in each subpopulation/median in adults]. At low levels of exposure, ranges of C(max)-based HKAF were 1-6.8 depending on the chemical, with 1,4-dioxane exhibiting the greatest values. At high levels of exposure, this range was 1.1-5.2, with styrene exhibiting the greatest value. Neonates were always the most sensitive subpopulation based on C(max), and pregnant women were most sensitive based on Amet in the majority of the cases (1.3-2.1). These results have shown that the chemical-specific HKAF varies as a function of exposure duration and intensity of inhalation exposures, and sometimes exceeds the default value used in risk assessments. PMID:22084919

  4. Assessing human variability in kinetics for exposures to multiple environmental chemicals: a physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling case study with dichloromethane, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and m-xylene.

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    Valcke, Mathieu; Haddad, Sami

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the magnitude of interindividual variability in internal dose for inhalation exposure to single versus multiple chemicals. Physiologically based pharmacokinetic models for adults (AD), neonates (NEO), toddlers (TODD), and pregnant women (PW) were used to simulate inhalation exposure to "low" (RfC-like) or "high" (AEGL-like) air concentrations of benzene (Bz) or dichloromethane (DCM), along with various levels of toluene alone or toluene with ethylbenzene and xylene. Monte Carlo simulations were performed and distributions of relevant internal dose metrics of either Bz or DCM were computed. Area under the blood concentration of parent compound versus time curve (AUC)-based variability in AD, TODD, and PW rose for Bz when concomitant "low" exposure to mixtures of increasing complexities occurred (coefficient of variation (CV) = 16-24%, vs. 12-15% for Bz alone), but remained unchanged considering DCM. Conversely, AUC-based CV in NEO fell (15 to 5% for Bz; 12 to 6% for DCM). Comparable trends were observed considering production of metabolites (AMET), except for NEO's CYP2E1-mediated metabolites of Bz, where an increased CV was observed (20 to 71%). For "high" exposure scenarios, Cmax-based variability of Bz and DCM remained unchanged in AD and PW, but decreased in NEO (CV= 11-16% to 2-6%) and TODD (CV= 12-13% to 7-9%). Conversely, AMET-based variability for both substrates rose in every subpopulation. This study analyzed for the first time the impact of multiple exposures on interindividual variability in toxicokinetics. Evidence indicates that this impact depends upon chemical concentrations and biochemical properties, as well as the subpopulation and internal dose metrics considered.

  5. Molecular phylogenetics of the neotropical butterfly subtribe Oleriina (Nymphalidae: Danainae: Ithomiini).

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    de-Silva, Donna Lisa; Day, Julia J; Elias, Marianne; Willmott, Keith; Whinnett, Alaine; Mallet, James

    2010-06-01

    The Oleriina is one of the most speciose subtribes of the neotropical nymphalid butterfly tribe Ithomiini. They are widely distributed across the Andes and Amazonian lowlands and like other ithomiines they are involved in complex mimicry rings. This subtribe is of particular interest because it contains the most diverse ithomiine genus, Oleria, as well as two genera, Megoleria and Hyposcada, that feed on hostplants not utilized elsewhere in the tribe. Here we present the first comprehensive species-level phylogeny for the Oleriina, representing 83% of recognised species in the group, and based on 6698bp from eight mitochondrial (mt) and nuclear (nc) genes. Topologies are largely congruent for ncDNA and the concatenated dataset and the genera Oleria, Hyposcada and Megoleria are recovered and well-supported, although strongly discordant genealogy between mtDNA and ncDNA suggest possible introgression among Hyposcada and Megoleria. A fourth clade containing the type species of Ollantaya is consistently recovered, and this recently synonymized name is resurrected. Clear subdivisions within Oleria separate the genus into four species groups, onega, amalda, makrena and aegle, which also correspond to differing biogeographic and elevation range characteristics. Unlike other ithomiine genera, the Oleriina show homogeneity in mimetic wing pattern, in sharp contrast to the emerging paradigm that mimetic shifts have enhanced diversification in the tribe. Our results show a potentially more important role for geographic isolation in the diversification of the Oleriina compared to other Ithomiini studied to date and provide a framework for more detailed biogeographical studies, in addition to a rare opportunity for comparative analyses with other neotropical groups.

  6. Génération de faisceaux EPR à l'aide d'un oscillateur paramétrique optique à auto-verrouillage de phase

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    Laurat, J.; Longchambon, L.; Coudreau, T.; Fabre, C.

    2004-11-01

    Les faisceaux continus orthogonalement polarisés émis par les Oscillateurs Paramétriques Optiques (OPO) de type II pompés au-dessus du seuil présentent au niveau quantique de fortes corrélations d'intensité et anti-corrélations de phase. Ils sont donc de très bons candidats pour générer des faisceaux intriqués en quadrature. Cependant, un phénomène de diffusion de phase rend difficile la mesure des propriétés sur la phase. Nous avons étudié théoriquement le régime stationnaire et les propriétés quantiques d'un OPO contenant une lame biréfringente. Le couplage linéaire qui en résulte entraîne un verrouillage en phase ainsi qu'un fonctionnement à dégénérescence en fréquence à l'intérieur d'une zone d'accrochage. L'expérience en cours au laboratoire a permis d'observer ce phénomène de verrouillage.

  7. Long-Term Corrosion Behavior of Alloy 22 in 5M CaCl2 at 120 C

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    J.C. Estill; G.A. Hust; K.J. Evans; M.L. Stuart; R.B. Rebak

    2006-05-08

    In conditions where tight crevices exist in hot chloride containing solutions Alloy 22 may suffer crevice corrosion. The occurrence (or not) of crevice corrosion in a given environment (e.g, salt concentration and temperature), is governed by the values of the critical potential (E{sub crit}) for crevice corrosion and the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}). This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} and corrosion rate (CR) of creviced Alloy 22 specimens in 5 M calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}) at 120 C. Tested specimens included non-creviced rods and multiple creviced assemblies (MCA) both non-welded (wrought) and welded. Results show that Alloy 22 suffers crevice corrosion under the open circuit conditions in the aerated hot CaCl{sub 2} brine. However, after more than a year of immersion the propagation of crevice corrosion was not significant. The general corrosion rate decreased or remained unchanged as the immersion time increased. For rods and MCA specimens, the corrosion rate was lower than 100 nm/year after more than a year immersion time.

  8. Long-Term Corrosion Behavior of Alloy 22 in 5 M CaCl2 at 120?C

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    Estill, J C; Hust, G A; Evans, K J; Stuart, M L; Rebak, R B

    2006-02-05

    In conditions where tight crevices exist in hot chloride containing solutions Alloy 22 may suffer crevice corrosion. The occurrence (or not) of crevice corrosion in a given environment (e.g. salt concentration and temperature), is governed by the values of the critical potential (E{sub crit}) for crevice corrosion and the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}). This paper discusses the evolution of E{sub corr} and corrosion rate (CR) of creviced Alloy 22 specimens in 5 M calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}) at 120 C. Tested specimens included non-creviced rods and multiple creviced assemblies (MCA) both non-welded (wrought) and welded. Results show that Alloy 22 suffers crevice corrosion under the open circuit conditions in the aerated hot CaCl{sub 2} brine. However, after more than a year immersion the propagation of crevice corrosion was not significant. The general corrosion rate decreased or remained unchanged as the immersion time increased. For rods and MCA specimens, the corrosion rate was lower than 100 nm/year after more than a year immersion time.

  9. Why chloroplasts and mitochondria retain their own genomes and genetic systems: Colocation for redox regulation of gene expression

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    Allen, John F.

    2015-01-01

    Chloroplasts and mitochondria are subcellular bioenergetic organelles with their own genomes and genetic systems. DNA replication and transmission to daughter organelles produces cytoplasmic inheritance of characters associated with primary events in photosynthesis and respiration. The prokaryotic ancestors of chloroplasts and mitochondria were endosymbionts whose genes became copied to the genomes of their cellular hosts. These copies gave rise to nuclear chromosomal genes that encode cytosolic proteins and precursor proteins that are synthesized in the cytosol for import into the organelle into which the endosymbiont evolved. What accounts for the retention of genes for the complete synthesis within chloroplasts and mitochondria of a tiny minority of their protein subunits? One hypothesis is that expression of genes for protein subunits of energy-transducing enzymes must respond to physical environmental change by means of a direct and unconditional regulatory control—control exerted by change in the redox state of the corresponding gene product. This hypothesis proposes that, to preserve function, an entire redox regulatory system has to be retained within its original membrane-bound compartment. Colocation of gene and gene product for redox regulation of gene expression (CoRR) is a hypothesis in agreement with the results of a variety of experiments designed to test it and which seem to have no other satisfactory explanation. Here, I review evidence relating to CoRR and discuss its development, conclusions, and implications. This overview also identifies predictions concerning the results of experiments that may yet prove the hypothesis to be incorrect. PMID:26286985

  10. Nonlinear Susceptibility Experiments in a Supercooled Liquid: Evidence of Growing Spatial Correlations Close to T g

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    Brun, C.; L'Hôte, D.; Ladieu, F.; Crauste-Thibierge, C.; Biroli, G.; Bouchaud, J.-. P.; Tarzia, M.

    We give an overview of our recent works in which the a.c. nonlinear dielectric response of an archetypical glassformer (glycerol) was measured close to its glass transition temperature T g . The purpose was to investigate the prediction that the nonlinear susceptibility is directly related to the number of dynamically correlated molecules N { corr} (T). We explain that two nonlinear susceptibilities are available, namely χ3 (3) and χ3 (1), which correspond respectively to the nonlinear cubic response at the third harmonics and at the first harmonics. We describe how to measure these nonlinear responses, even if they yield signals much smaller than that of the linear response. We show that both \\vert {χ }3^{(3)}(ω,T)\\vert and \\vert {χ }3^{(1)}(ω,T)\\vert are peaked as a function of the angular frequency ω and mainly obeys critical scaling as a function of ωτα(T), where τα(T) is the relaxation time of the liquid. Both χ3 (3) and χ3 (1) decay with the same power-law of ω beyond the peak. The height of the peak increases as the temperature approaches T g : This yields an accurate determination of the temperature dependence of N { corr} (T), once the contribution of saturation of dipoles is disentangled from that of dynamical glassy correlations.

  11. New generation super alloy candidates for medical applications: corrosion behavior, cation release and biological evaluation.

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    Reclaru, L; Ziegenhagen, R; Unger, R E; Eschler, P Y; Constantin, F

    2014-12-01

    Three super alloy candidates (X1 CrNiMoMnW 24-22-6-3-2 N, NiCr21 MoNbFe 8-3-5 AlTi, CoNiCr 35-20 Mo 10 BTi) for a prolonged contact with skin are evaluated in comparison with two reference austenitic stainless steels 316L and 904L. Several electrochemical parameters were measured and determined (E(oc), E(corr), i(corr), b(a), b(c), E(b), R(p), E(crev) and coulometric analysis) in order to compare the corrosion behavior. The cation release evaluation and in vitro biological characterization also were performed. In terms of corrosion, the results reveal that the 904L steels presented the best behavior followed by the super austenitic steel X1 CrNiMoMnW 24-22-6-3-2 N. For the other two super alloys (NiCr and CoNiCr types alloys) tested in different conditions (annealed, work hardened and work hardened+age hardened) it was found that their behavior to corrosion was weak and close to the other reference stainless steel, 316L. Regarding the extraction a mixture of cations in relatively high concentrations was noted and therefore a cocktail effect was not excluded. The results obtained in the biological assays WST-1 and TNF-alpha were in correlation with the corrosion and extraction evaluation.

  12. Resimulation of noise: a precision estimator for least square error curve-fitting tested for axial strain time constant imaging.

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    Nair, S P; Righetti, R

    2015-05-01

    Recent elastography techniques focus on imaging information on properties of materials which can be modeled as viscoelastic or poroelastic. These techniques often require the fitting of temporal strain data, acquired from either a creep or stress-relaxation experiment to a mathematical model using least square error (LSE) parameter estimation. It is known that the strain versus time relationships for tissues undergoing creep compression have a non-linear relationship. In non-linear cases, devising a measure of estimate reliability can be challenging. In this article, we have developed and tested a method to provide non linear LSE parameter estimate reliability: which we called Resimulation of Noise (RoN). RoN provides a measure of reliability by estimating the spread of parameter estimates from a single experiment realization. We have tested RoN specifically for the case of axial strain time constant parameter estimation in poroelastic media. Our tests show that the RoN estimated precision has a linear relationship to the actual precision of the LSE estimator. We have also compared results from the RoN derived measure of reliability against a commonly used reliability measure: the correlation coefficient (CorrCoeff). Our results show that CorrCoeff is a poor measure of estimate reliability for non-linear LSE parameter estimation. While the RoN is specifically tested only for axial strain time constant imaging, a general algorithm is provided for use in all LSE parameter estimation.

  13. Estimating accuracy of land-cover composition from two-stage cluster sampling

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    Stehman, S.V.; Wickham, J.D.; Fattorini, L.; Wade, T.D.; Baffetta, F.; Smith, J.H.

    2009-01-01

    Land-cover maps are often used to compute land-cover composition (i.e., the proportion or percent of area covered by each class), for each unit in a spatial partition of the region mapped. We derive design-based estimators of mean deviation (MD), mean absolute deviation (MAD), root mean square error (RMSE), and correlation (CORR) to quantify accuracy of land-cover composition for a general two-stage cluster sampling design, and for the special case of simple random sampling without replacement (SRSWOR) at each stage. The bias of the estimators for the two-stage SRSWOR design is evaluated via a simulation study. The estimators of RMSE and CORR have small bias except when sample size is small and the land-cover class is rare. The estimator of MAD is biased for both rare and common land-cover classes except when sample size is large. A general recommendation is that rare land-cover classes require large sample sizes to ensure that the accuracy estimators have small bias. ?? 2009 Elsevier Inc.

  14. Why chloroplasts and mitochondria retain their own genomes and genetic systems: Colocation for redox regulation of gene expression.

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    Allen, John F

    2015-08-18

    Chloroplasts and mitochondria are subcellular bioenergetic organelles with their own genomes and genetic systems. DNA replication and transmission to daughter organelles produces cytoplasmic inheritance of characters associated with primary events in photosynthesis and respiration. The prokaryotic ancestors of chloroplasts and mitochondria were endosymbionts whose genes became copied to the genomes of their cellular hosts. These copies gave rise to nuclear chromosomal genes that encode cytosolic proteins and precursor proteins that are synthesized in the cytosol for import into the organelle into which the endosymbiont evolved. What accounts for the retention of genes for the complete synthesis within chloroplasts and mitochondria of a tiny minority of their protein subunits? One hypothesis is that expression of genes for protein subunits of energy-transducing enzymes must respond to physical environmental change by means of a direct and unconditional regulatory control--control exerted by change in the redox state of the corresponding gene product. This hypothesis proposes that, to preserve function, an entire redox regulatory system has to be retained within its original membrane-bound compartment. Colocation of gene and gene product for redox regulation of gene expression (CoRR) is a hypothesis in agreement with the results of a variety of experiments designed to test it and which seem to have no other satisfactory explanation. Here, I review evidence relating to CoRR and discuss its development, conclusions, and implications. This overview also identifies predictions concerning the results of experiments that may yet prove the hypothesis to be incorrect.

  15. Non-fluent progressive aphasia: cerebral metabolic patterns and brain reserve.

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    Perneczky, Robert; Diehl-Schmid, Janine; Pohl, Corina; Drzezga, Alexander; Kurz, Alexander

    2007-02-16

    Functional imaging studies suggest that brain reserve allows patients with Alzheimer's disease with more years of schooling to cope better with brain damage. No studies exist on patients with non-fluent progressive aphasia (NFPA). We aimed to explore metabolic patterns of patients with NFPA and to provide evidence for brain reserve in NFPA. 11 right-handed patients with NFPA and 16 age-matched controls underwent (18)F-FDG PET imaging. Scans of patients and controls were compared in SPM2. A linear regression analysis with glucose metabolism as dependent variable and years of schooling as the independent variable, adjusted for age, gender, and a total score of the CERAD neuropsychological battery was conducted. The NFPA group showed a hypometabolism of the left hemisphere including the middle frontal, and inferior temporal and angular gyri, and the bilateral caudate nuclei and thalami (p(corr)<0.05). The regression analysis revealed a significant inverse association between education and glucose metabolism in the left inferior temporal, parahippocampal, and supramarginal gyri (p(corr)<0.05). We conclude that brain reserve is also present in NFPA. PMID:17184752

  16. New deep ocean Iravadiidae of the genus Ceratia (Caenogastropoda: Truncatelloidea) from an underwater canyon and adjacent regions of
    the southwestern Atlantic (northeastern Brazil).

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    Lima, Silvio Felipe B; Júnior, Ivan Cardoso L; Guimarães, Carmen Regina P; Dominguez, José Maria L

    2016-01-14

    Previous studies on the mollusks from Brazilian underwater canyons have addressed the record and description of new species of aplacophorans, bivalves, scaphopods and/or gastropods (Leal & Simone 2000; Absalão 2010; Corrêa et al. 2014). Leal & Simone (2000) described a new bathyal gastropod of the family Pseudococculinidae collected from the continental slope and Doce River Canyon (960 m) off the state of Espírito Santo (southeastern Brazil). Absalão (2010) reported a number of species of gastropods, bivalves and scaphopods from Campos Basin off the state of Rio de Janeiro (southeastern Brazil). It is likely that some of these species reported by Absalão (2010) were collected from underwater canyons in the northern portion of the Campos Basin. Corrêa et al. (2014) recorded two species of aplacophorans of the genus Falcidens Salvini-Plawen, 1968 obtained from the continental slope and underwater canyons of Campos Basin. Certainly more species of mollusks were studied from Brazilian underwater canyons, but not duly mentioned in publications (i.e., the region of canyons may have been referred to as the continental slope or deep sea).

  17. Stable operation during pilot-scale anaerobic digestion of nutrient-supplemented maize/sugar beet silage.

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    Nges, Ivo Achu; Björn, Annika; Björnsson, Lovisa

    2012-08-01

    Biogas production from maize/sugar beet silage was studied under mesophilic conditions in a continuous stirred tank reactor pilot-scale process. While energy crop mono-digestion is often performed with very long hydraulic retention times (HRTs), the present study demonstrated an efficient process operating with a 50-day HRT and a corrected total solids (TS(corr)) based organic loading rate of 3.4 kg/m(3)d. The good performance was attributed to supplementation with both macro- and micronutrients and was evidenced by good methane yields (318 m(3)/ton TS(corr)), which were comparable to laboratory maximum expected yields, plus low total volatile fatty acid concentrations (<0.8 g/L). A viscoplastic and thixotropic digester fluid behaviour was observed, and the viscosity problems common in crop mono-digestion were not seen in this study. The effluent also complied with Swedish certification standards for bio-fertilizer for farmland application. Nutrient addition thus rendered a stable biogas process, while the effluent was a good quality bio-fertilizer.

  18. Application of motion analysis system in pre-impact fall detection.

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    Nyan, M N; Tay, Francis E H; Mah, Matthew Z E

    2008-07-19

    The purpose of this study is to investigate unique features of body segments in fall and activities of daily living (ADL) to make automatic detection of fall in its descending phase before the impact. Thus, fall-related injuries can be prevented or reduced by deploying feedback systems before the impact. In this study, the authors propose the following hypothesis: (1) thigh segment normally does not go beyond certain threshold angle to forward and sideways directions in ADL and (2) even if it does, the angular characteristics measured at torso and thigh differ from one another in ADL whereas in the case of fall, they become congruent. These two factors can be used to distinguish fall from ADL in its inception. Vicon 3-D motion analysis system was used in this study. High level of correlation between thigh and torso segments (corr > 0.99) was found for fall activities and low correlation coefficients (mean corr for lateral movements is 0.2338 and for sagittal movements is -0.665) were observed in ADL. By applying the hypothesis, all simulated falls could be detected with no false alarms and around 700ms lead-time before the impact was achieved in pre-impact fall detection. It is the longest lead-time obtained so far in pre-impact fall detection.

  19. Preparation of the Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes/Nickel Composite Coating with Superior Wear and Corrosion Resistance

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    Li, Xuewu; Gu, Yang; Shi, Tian; Peng, Dai; Tang, Mingkai; Zhang, Qiaoxin; Huang, Xingjiu

    2015-12-01

    The multi-walled carbon nanotubes/nickel (MWCNTs/Ni) nanocomposite coatings were prepared on Cu substrate by electro-deposition method in the electrolyte with well-dispersed MWCNTs. Surface morphologies of the composite coatings with protrusion structures were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometer were used to characterize the phase structures, functional groups, and elements distribution of the coatings as well as the incorporated MWCNTs. In addition, the effect of MWCNTs percentage on thickness, hardness, wear, and corrosion resistance of the coatings was also investigated. Results indicated that the incorporation of MWCNTs positively affected the hardness of coatings for their strengthening skeletons effect. Meanwhile, the coating with the MWCNTs concentration of 0.2 g/L could achieve the lowest friction coefficient, wear rate as well as the mass loss in the tribological test by a ball-on-disk tribometer. And also, the optimal corrosion resistance with the highest corrosion potential ( E corr) and the lowest corrosion current density ( I corr) of the composite coating was finally proved after the potentiodynamic polarization evaluation, which could promote the potential applications in preparing the functional nanocomposite materials.

  20. The function of genomes in bioenergetic organelles.

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    Allen, John F

    2003-01-01

    Mitochondria and chloroplasts are energy-transducing organelles of the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells. They originated as bacterial symbionts whose host cells acquired respiration from the precursor of the mitochondrion, and oxygenic photosynthesis from the precursor of the chloroplast. The host cells also acquired genetic information from their symbionts, eventually incorporating much of it into their own genomes. Genes of the eukaryotic cell nucleus now encode most mitochondrial and chloroplast proteins. Genes are copied and moved between cellular compartments with relative ease, and there is no obvious obstacle to successful import of any protein precursor from the cytosol. So why are any genes at all retained in cytoplasmic organelles? One proposal is that these small but functional genomes provide a location for genes that is close to, and in the same compartment as, their gene products. This co-location facilitates rapid and direct regulatory coupling. Redox control of synthesis de novo is put forward as the common property of those proteins that must be encoded and synthesized within mitochondria and chloroplasts. This testable hypothesis is termed CORR, for co-location for redox regulation. Principles, predictions and consequences of CORR are examined in the context of competing hypotheses and current evidence. PMID:12594916

  1. Corrosion study of iron-cobalt alloys for MRI-based propulsion embedded in untethered microdevices operating in the vascular network.

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    Pouponneau, Pierre; Savadogo, Oumarou; Napporn, Teko; Yahia, L'hocine; Martel, Sylvain

    2010-04-01

    Our group have shown in an experiment performed in the carotid artery of a living swine that magnetic gradients generated by a clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system could propel and navigate untethered medical microdevices and micro-nanorobots in the human vasculature. The main problem with these devices is that the metal necessary for magnetic propulsion may corrode and induce cytotoxic effects. The challenge, then, is to find an alloy with low corrosion yet providing an adequate magnetization level for propulsion in often stringent physiological conditions. Because of their high magnetization, we studied the corrosion behavior of two iron-cobalt alloys, Permendur (49% Fe, 49% Co, 2% V) and Vacoflux 17 (81% Fe, 17% Co, 2% Cr), in physiological solution by potentiodynamic polarization assay, surface analysis, and corrosion electrolyte analysis. Both alloys exhibited low corrosion parameters such as a corrosion potential (E(corr)) of -0.57 V/SCE and E(corr) of -0.42 V/SCE for Vacoflux 17. The surface of Permendur samples was homogenously degraded. Vacoflux 17 surface was impaired by cracks and crevices. Both alloys had a stoichiometric dissolution in the electrolyte, and they released enough cobalt to induce cytotoxic effects. This study concluded that Fe-Co alloys could be used preferably in medical microdevices if they were coated so as not to come in contact with physiological solutions.

  2. New deep ocean Iravadiidae of the genus Ceratia (Caenogastropoda: Truncatelloidea) from an underwater canyon and adjacent regions of
    the southwestern Atlantic (northeastern Brazil).

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    Lima, Silvio Felipe B; Júnior, Ivan Cardoso L; Guimarães, Carmen Regina P; Dominguez, José Maria L

    2016-01-01

    Previous studies on the mollusks from Brazilian underwater canyons have addressed the record and description of new species of aplacophorans, bivalves, scaphopods and/or gastropods (Leal & Simone 2000; Absalão 2010; Corrêa et al. 2014). Leal & Simone (2000) described a new bathyal gastropod of the family Pseudococculinidae collected from the continental slope and Doce River Canyon (960 m) off the state of Espírito Santo (southeastern Brazil). Absalão (2010) reported a number of species of gastropods, bivalves and scaphopods from Campos Basin off the state of Rio de Janeiro (southeastern Brazil). It is likely that some of these species reported by Absalão (2010) were collected from underwater canyons in the northern portion of the Campos Basin. Corrêa et al. (2014) recorded two species of aplacophorans of the genus Falcidens Salvini-Plawen, 1968 obtained from the continental slope and underwater canyons of Campos Basin. Certainly more species of mollusks were studied from Brazilian underwater canyons, but not duly mentioned in publications (i.e., the region of canyons may have been referred to as the continental slope or deep sea). PMID:27395545

  3. Teaching a college course on children and death for 22 years: a supplemental report.

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    Corr, Charles A

    2002-09-01

    This article supplements an earlier account of experiences involved in teaching what is believed to be the first full-term, credit-bearing, college-level course on Children and Death (C. A. Corr, 1992). C. A. Corr's article covered a period of some 13 years and reported on three phases in the development and early history of the course. The present article describes a fourth phase during which the Children and Death course was offered in a format of 6 all-day Saturday sessions. A plan for the course as it was offered in this last format is presented, outlining session titles, goals, topics, methods, and sample resources from relevant literature. In addition, this article suggests some lessons concerning administration, structure, and content that have emerged from this educational experience. Comments from two other faculty members who have taught a Children and Death course help to point out why this course is of interest and value to instructors and other participants alike.

  4. Corrosion of copper in aerated acidic pickling solutions and its inhibition by 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol.

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    Sherif, El-Sayed M; Erasmus, R M; Comins, J D

    2007-02-01

    Corrosion of copper in aerated acidic chloride pickling (0.5 M HCl) solutions and its inhibition by 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol (ATT) have been investigated using electrochemical techniques and weight-loss measurements, along with Raman spectroscopy. Electrochemical measurements for copper after varied immersion periods of 0, 24, and 48 h showed that the presence of ATT and the increase of its concentration significantly decrease cathodic, anodic, corrosion (j(Corr)) currents and corrosion rates (K(Corr)), as well as the dissolution currents at 300 mV vs Ag/AgCl, while increasing polarization resistance (Rp), degree of surface coverage (theta) and inhibition efficiency (IE%) to a great extent. Weight-loss measurements after different immersion periods of 6 to 48 h revealed that the dissolution of copper decreased to a minimum and the corresponding IE% increased with increasing ATT concentration. The detection of ATT molecules on the copper surface by Raman spectroscopy indicated that inhibition of copper corrosion is achieved by strong adsorption of ATT molecules onto the copper surface. PMID:17084854

  5. Détermination assistée par ordinateur de la structure des molécules organiques

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    Nuzillard, J.-M.

    1998-02-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy offers the unique possibility of accessing proximity relationships between atoms by means of chemical shift correlation experiments. Structure determination of small molecules has become thus much simpler. Computer programs can use directly correlation information for structure analysis. The use and operation mechanism of such a program, LSD (Logic for Structure Determination) are presented. The example compound is gibberellic acid, a natural product. La spectroscopie de Résonance Magnétique Nucléaire offre un moyen unique de déterminer des relations de proximité entre atomes par le biais des expériences de corrélation. L'analyse structurale de petites molécules organiques s'en trouve extrêmement facilitée. Des programmes informatiques peuvent utiliser directement les informations de corrélation pour déduire des structures. Le fonctionnement et l'usage d'un tel programme, LSD (Logic for Structure Determination), sont détaillés sur un exemple, l'acide gibberellique.

  6. Mercaptans emissions in diesel and biodiesel exhaust

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    Corrêa, Sérgio Machado; Arbilla, Graciela

    Biodiesel and ethanol are fuels in clear growth and evidence, basically due to its relation with the greenhouse effect reduction. There are several works regarding regulated pollutants emissions, but there is a lack of reports in non-regulated emissions. In a previous paper (Corrêa and Arbilla, 2006) the emissions of aromatic hydrocarbons were reported and in 2007 another paper was published in 2008 focusing carbonyls emissions (Corrêa and Arbilla, 2008). In this work four mercaptans (methyl, ethyl, n-propyl and n-butyl mercaptans) were evaluated for a heavy-duty diesel engine, fueled with pure diesel (D) and biodiesel blends (v/v) of 2% (B2), 5% (B5), 10% (B10), and 20% (B20). The tests were carried using a six cylinder heavy-duty engine, typical of the Brazilian fleet of urban buses, during a real use across the city. The exhaust gases were diluted near 20 times and the mercaptans were sampled with glass fiber filters impregnated with mercuric acetate. The chemical analyses were performed by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry detection. The results indicated that the mercaptans emissions exhibit a reduction with the increase of biodiesel content, but this reduction is lower as the mercaptan molar mass increases. For B20 results the emission reduction was 18.4% for methyl mercaptan, 18.1% for ethyl mercaptan, 16.3% for n-propyl mercaptan, and 9.6% for n-butyl mercaptan.

  7. BRIEF COMMUNICATION. Analyse Structurale par Spectroscopie Raman et Infrarouge de Quelques Phosphates de Cuivre de Type Nasicon

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    Le Polles, Ghislaine; Videau, Jean-Jacques; Olazcuaga, Roger; Couzi, Michel

    1996-12-01

    Les spectres Raman et Infrarouge des phosphates de cuivre de type Nasicon Cu IM 2(PO 4) 3, Cu II0,5M 2(PO 4) 3et H 0,5Cu I0,5M 2(PO 4) 3( M= Ti,Zr) ont été étudiés. Une analyse de groupe facteur a permis de préciser les modes internes de l'anion PO 3-4. Des diagrammes de corrélation pour différentes symétries du site de PO 4dans le type structural Nasicon ont été proposés. L'évolution des spectres est corrélée avec celle de la structure Nasicon. The Raman and infrared absorption spectra of Nasicon-type copper phosphates with formulas Cu IM 2(PO 4) 3, Cu II0.5M 2(PO 4) 3, and H 0.5Cu I0.5M 2(PO 4) 3( M= Ti,Zr) have been investigated. A factor group analysis leads to determination of internal modes of the PO 3-4anion. Correlation diagrams for various site symmetries of PO 4in the Nasicon-type structure have been proposed. The evolution of the spectra is discussed in relation with the structure.

  8. BRIEF COMMUNICATION. Analyse Structurale par Spectroscopie Raman et Infrarouge de Quelques Phosphates de Cuivre de Type Nasicon

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    Polles, Ghislaine Le; Videau, Jean-Jacques; Olazcuaga, Roger; Couzi, Michel

    1996-12-01

    Les spectres Raman et Infrarouge des phosphates de cuivre de type Nasicon CuIM2(PO4)3, CuII0,5M2(PO4)3et H0,5CuI0,5M2(PO4)3(M= Ti,Zr) ont été étudiés. Une analyse de groupe facteur a permis de préciser les modes internes de l'anion PO3-4. Des diagrammes de corrélation pour différentes symétries du site de PO4dans le type structural Nasicon ont été proposés. L'évolution des spectres est corrélée avec celle de la structure Nasicon. The Raman and infrared absorption spectra of Nasicon-type copper phosphates with formulas CuIM2(PO4)3, CuII0.5M2(PO4)3, and H0.5CuI0.5M2(PO4)3(M= Ti,Zr) have been investigated. A factor group analysis leads to determination of internal modes of the PO3-4anion. Correlation diagrams for various site symmetries of PO4in the Nasicon-type structure have been proposed. The evolution of the spectra is discussed in relation with the structure.

  9. Formation of a nano-pattering NiTi surface with Ni-depleted superficial layer to promote corrosion resistance and endothelial cell-material interaction.

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    Zhao, Tingting; Li, Yan; Xia, Yun; Venkatraman, Subbu S; Xiang, Yan; Zhao, Xinqing

    2013-01-01

    Zirconium ion implantation was performed on NiTi alloy to suppress Ni ion release as well as to improve corrosion resistance and cell-material interaction. A thicker Ni-depleted nano-scale composite layer formed after Zr implantation and the corrosion resistance was evidently increased in aspects of increased E(br) - E(corr) (difference between corrosion potential and breakdown potential) and decreased corrosion current density. 2.5/2 NiTi sample possessed the highest E(br) - E(corr), more than 500 mV higher than that of untreated NiTi, suggesting a significant improvement on pitting corrosion resistance. Ni ion release rate of Zr-NiTi was decreased due to the depletion of Ni in the superficial surface layer and the diffusion resistance effect of the ZrO(2)/TiO(2) nano-film. Increased surface wettability induced by increased surface roughness was obtained after Zr implantation. Zr-NiTi samples were found to be favorable to endothelial cells (ECs) proliferation, especially after 5 and 7 days culture.

  10. Comparison of GPS-TEC variation during quiet and disturbed period using the Holt-Winter method and IRI-2012 model over Malaysia

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    Ahmed Ismail, Nouf Abd Emunim; Abdullah, Mardina; Hasbi, Alina Marie

    2016-07-01

    Total Electron Content (TEC) is the main parameter in the ionosphere that has significant effects on radio wave; it changes the speed and direction of the signal propagation, causing the delay of the Global Positioning System (GPS) signals. Therefore, it is crucial to validate the performance of the ionospheric model to reveal the variety of ionospheric behaviour during quiet and disturbed period. This research presents the performance evaluation of the statistical Holt-Winter method and IRI-2012 model using three topside electron density options: IRI-2001, IRI01-corr and NeQuick with the observed GPS-TEC during quiet and disturbed period. The GPS-TEC data were derived from the dual frequency GPS receiver at JUPEM (Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia), from the UUMK station (north Peninsular Malaysia) at geographic coordinates of 6.46°N-100.50°E and geomagnetic coordinates of 3.32°S-172.99°E and TGPG station (south Peninsular Malaysia) at geographic coordinates of 1.36°N-104.10°E and geomagnetic coordinates of 8.43°S -176.53°E, during March of 2013. The maximum value of the GPS-TEC was at the post noon time at 17:00 LT and the minimum was in the early morning from 6:00-7:00 LT. During the quiet period, the maximum GPS-TEC at the UUMK station was 52 TECU while at the TGPG station, it was 60 TECU. During the disturbed period, when intense geomagnetic storm occurred on 17 March 2013, the maximum GPS-TEC recorded was 58 TECU and 65 TECU in UUMK and TGPG station, respectively. The diurnal hourly variation during the quiet period indicated that IRI-2001, IRI01-corr, and NeQuick had overestimation agreement during the day hours except for the time between 11:00-19:00 LT when IRI01-corr and NeQuick showed underestimation, while during 13:00-20:00 LT, IRI-2001 showed slight underestimation whereas the Holt-Winter method showed good agreement with GPS-TEC. During the disturbed period, IRI-2001 showed overestimation agreement for all hours, while the IRI01-corr

  11. High-Performance Corrosion-Resistant Iron-Based Amorphous Metals: The Effects of Composition, Structure and Environment on Corrosion Resistance

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    Farmer, J; Choi, J S; Haslam, J; Lian, T; Day, S; Yang, N; Blue, C; Peters, W; Bayles, R; Lewandowski, J; Perepezko, J; Hildal, K; Lavernia, E; Ajdelsztajn, A; Grave, O; Aprigliano, L; Kaufman, L; Boudreau, J; Branagan, D J; Beardsley, B

    2006-04-11

    quantified through measurement of the open-circuit corrosion potential (E{sub corr}), the breakdown potential (E{sub crit}) and the repassivation potential (E{sub rp}). The greater the difference between the open-circuit corrosion potential and the repassivation potential ({Delta}E), the more resistant a material is to modes of localized corrosion such as pitting and crevice corrosion. Cyclic polarization (CP) was used as a means of measuring the critical potential (E{sub crit}) relative to the open-circuit corrosion potential (E{sub corr}). Linear polarization (LP) has been used to determine the corrosion current (i{sub corr}) and the corresponding corrosion rate. Other aspects of the materials will also be discussed, as well as potential applications.

  12. Electrochemical characterization of cast titanium alloys.

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    Cai, Zhuo; Shafer, Ty; Watanabe, Ikuya; Nunn, Martha E; Okabe, Toru

    2003-01-01

    A reaction layer forms on cast titanium alloy surfaces due to the reaction of the molten metal with the investment. This surface layer may affect the corrosion of the alloy in the oral environment. The objective of this study was to characterize the in vitro corrosion behavior of cast titanium alloys. ASTM Grade 2 CP titanium, Ti-6Al-4V, Ti-6Al-7Nb and Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys were cast into a MgO-based investment. Experiments were performed on castings (N=4) with three surface conditions: (A) as-cast surface after sandblasting, (B) polished surface after removal of the reaction layer, and (C) sandblasted surface after removal of the reaction layer. Open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air+10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was subsequently conducted in the same medium deaerated with N(2)+10% CO(2) gas 2 h before and during the experiment. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and corrosion rate (I(CORR)) were calculated. Numerical results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis at alpha=0.05. The OCP stabilized for all the specimens after 6 x 10(4)s. Apparent differences in anodic polarization were observed among the different surfaces for all the metals. A passivation region followed by breakdown and repassivation were seen on specimens with surfaces A and C. An extensive passive region was observed on all the metals with surface B. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed no significant differences in OCP, R(p), I(CORR) or break down potential for each of the three surfaces among all the metals. The Mann-Whitney test showed significantly lower R(P) and higher I(CORR) values for surface C compared to the other surfaces. Results indicate that the surface condition has more effect on corrosion of these alloys than the surface reaction layer. Within the oxidation potential range of the oral cavity, all the metal

  13. Alloy 22 Localized Corrosion Susceptibility In Aqueous Solutions Of Chloride And Nitrate Salts Of Sodium And Potassium At 110 - 150?C

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    Felker, S; Hailey, P D; Lian, T; Staggs, K J; Gdowski, G E

    2006-01-17

    , again limited to the crevice region. However, the 24 hr E{sub corr} value was higher for the Ca based solution; this is probably due to the higher acidity of this solution (Ca{sup 2+} is slightly hydrolyzing). Intermediate-term corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) measurements indicate that moderately acidic conditions are required to achieve elevated E{sub corr} values.

  14. Evaluation and calibration of functional network modeling methods based on known anatomical connections.

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    Dawson, Debra Ann; Cha, Kuwook; Lewis, Lindsay B; Mendola, Janine D; Shmuel, Amir

    2013-02-15

    Recent studies have identified large scale brain networks based on the spatio-temporal structure of spontaneous fluctuations in resting-state fMRI data. It is expected that functional connectivity based on resting-state data is reflective of - but not identical to - the underlying anatomical connectivity. However, which functional connectivity analysis methods reliably predict the network structure remains unclear. Here we tested and compared network connectivity analysis methods by applying them to fMRI resting-state time-series obtained from the human visual cortex. The methods evaluated here are those previously tested against simulated data in Smith et al. (Neuroimage, 2011). To this end, we defined regions within retinotopic visual areas V1, V2, and V3 according to their eccentricity in the visual field, delineating central, intermediate, and peripheral eccentricity regions of interest (ROIs). These ROIs served as nodes in the models we study. We based our evaluation on the "ground-truth", thoroughly studied retinotopically-organized anatomical connectivity in the monkey visual cortex. For each evaluated method, we computed the fractional rate of detecting connections known to exist ("c-sensitivity"), while using a threshold of the 95th percentile of the distribution of interaction magnitudes of those connections not expected to exist. Under optimal conditions - including session duration of 68min, a relatively small network consisting of 9 nodes and artifact-free regression of the global effect - each of the top methods predicted the expected connections with 67-85% c-sensitivity. Correlation methods, including Correlation (Corr; 85%), Regularized Inverse Covariance (ICOV; 84%) and Partial Correlation (PCorr; 81%) performed best, followed by Patel's Kappa (80%), Bayesian Network method PC (BayesNet; 77%), General Synchronization measures (67-77%), and Coherence (CohB; 74%). With decreased session duration, these top methods saw decreases in c

  15. Maternal mortality and its correlates: practical implications of data analysis across multiple countries.

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    Sagynbekov, Ken Imanak

    2013-07-01

    Objectif : Les études portant sur la mortalité maternelle qui utilisent des données issues de multiples pays en viennent souvent à repérer des corrélats significatifs sur le plan statistique et à les interpréter comme étant des facteurs pertinents en matière de politique. Cette étude a été conçue pour traiter de la fragilité d’une association statistique entre le taux de mortalité maternelle et ses principaux corrélats, ainsi que pour évaluer la pertinence de l’analyse de données issues de multiples pays à des fins d’élaboration de politiques. Méthodes : Les tendances de la variation du taux de mortalité maternelle associées au taux de fertilité, au revenu par habitant, à l’inscription aux écoles primaires et secondaires, à la qualité institutionnelle, à la participation des femmes à la politique et aux indicateurs des systèmes de santé dans 111 pays en 2000 et dans 128 pays en 2005 ont été explorées au moyen d’une approche de modélisation linéaire à niveaux multiples. Résultats : Le taux de fertilité et le revenu par habitant ont été les seuls facteurs prédictifs robustes du taux de mortalité maternelle. À la suite de la neutralisation des effets du taux de fertilité, du revenu par habitant et des facteurs contextuels propres à chacune des régions, nous avons constaté que les indicateurs des systèmes de santé et l’inscription scolaire étaient des facteurs prédictifs directs instables du taux de mortalité maternelle. Conclusion : Bien que les études comparatives multipays puissent identifier des corrélats clés en ce qui concerne le taux de mortalité maternelle, les recommandations en matière de politique visant la réduction de ce taux devraient être fondées sur des modèles causaux qui tiennent compte des facteurs contextuels.

  16. Fear and Avoidance of Movement in People with Chronic Pain: Psychometric Properties of the 11-Item Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK-11).

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    Hapidou, Eleni G; O'Brien, Mary Ann; Pierrynowski, Michael Raymond; de Las Heras, Eugenio; Patel, Madri; Patla, Tasneem

    2012-01-01

    Objectif: Déterminer les propriétés psychométriques des 11 jalons de l'échelle de Tampa de kinésiophobie (TSK-11) chez les patients avec douleur chronique hétérogène. Méthode: L'étude actuelle a évalué la fiabilité test-retest (coefficient de corrélation intraclasse), la validité du construit et la validité convergente croisée (corrélation de Pearson produit–moment entre le score de la TSK-11 et celui de l'échelle des pensées catastrophiques (PCS) à l'admission et la sensibilité au changement de la TSK-11 (section située sous la courbe ROC (caractéristique de fonctionnement du récepteur) chez les patients (n=74) avec douleur chronique hétérogène. Nous avons utilisé deux ensembles de données récoltées de façon rétrospective (n=56) et prospective (n=18). Tous les patients ont suivi le programme interdisciplinaire de quatre semaines pour la gestion de la douleur chronique de l'hôpital Chedoke du Hamilton Health Sciences. Résultats: La fiabilité test-retest de la TSK-11 était de 0,81 (IC de 95 %, 0,58–0,93), l'erreur de mesure normale était de 2,41 (IC de 90 %, 1,47–2,49) et le changement de score minimal détectable était de 5,6. La corrélation entre la TSK-11 et la PCS à l'admission était de 0,60 (IC de 95 %, 0,43–0,73). La section situé sous la courbe ROC était de 0,73 (IC de 95 %, 0.57–0.88). Conclusions: Les résultats de l'étude font la preuve de la fiabilité test-retest, de la validité du construit et de la validité convergente croisée et de la sensibilité au changement dans la TSK-11 chez une population aux prises avec de la douleur chronique hétérogène.

  17. Electrochemical characterization of cast titanium alloys.

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    Cai, Zhuo; Shafer, Ty; Watanabe, Ikuya; Nunn, Martha E; Okabe, Toru

    2003-01-01

    A reaction layer forms on cast titanium alloy surfaces due to the reaction of the molten metal with the investment. This surface layer may affect the corrosion of the alloy in the oral environment. The objective of this study was to characterize the in vitro corrosion behavior of cast titanium alloys. ASTM Grade 2 CP titanium, Ti-6Al-4V, Ti-6Al-7Nb and Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys were cast into a MgO-based investment. Experiments were performed on castings (N=4) with three surface conditions: (A) as-cast surface after sandblasting, (B) polished surface after removal of the reaction layer, and (C) sandblasted surface after removal of the reaction layer. Open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air+10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was subsequently conducted in the same medium deaerated with N(2)+10% CO(2) gas 2 h before and during the experiment. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and corrosion rate (I(CORR)) were calculated. Numerical results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis at alpha=0.05. The OCP stabilized for all the specimens after 6 x 10(4)s. Apparent differences in anodic polarization were observed among the different surfaces for all the metals. A passivation region followed by breakdown and repassivation were seen on specimens with surfaces A and C. An extensive passive region was observed on all the metals with surface B. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed no significant differences in OCP, R(p), I(CORR) or break down potential for each of the three surfaces among all the metals. The Mann-Whitney test showed significantly lower R(P) and higher I(CORR) values for surface C compared to the other surfaces. Results indicate that the surface condition has more effect on corrosion of these alloys than the surface reaction layer. Within the oxidation potential range of the oral cavity, all the metal

  18. Factorial design analysis of the effects of wave function modifications on calculated HC and CC stretching frequencies in H 2C dbnd CHX and HC tbnd CX

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    Ramos, Mozart N.; Lopes, Kelson C.; Rusu, Victor H.; Araújo, Regiane C. M. U.

    2009-04-01

    Two-level factorial designs (FD) have been used to determine the effects of wave function modifications on calculated CH and CC harmonic stretching frequencies of the H 2C dbnd CHX and HC tbnd CX molecules with X = H, CH 3, F, Cl and CN. These modifications were treated at two levels, which consists in: (I) using either a double- or a triple-zeta valence basis set; (II) including or not diffuse functions in basis set, (III) including or not polarization functions in basis set, and (IV) performing a calculation with or without electron correlation beyond the Hartree-Fock level, i.e., MP2 or B3LYP. Our results have shown that valence (Val), diffuse (Dif), polarization (Pol) and electron correlation (Corr) main effects as well as the Pol/Corr second-order interaction effect are significant to build factorial models for these vibrational modes. When valence and diffuse functions are introduced in the basis set, the calculated HC and CC stretching frequencies are decreased in both the HC tbnd CX and H 2C dbnd CHX molecules. As expected, by far the correlation principal effect is the most important on the frequency values. This effect provokes a decrease of -281.4 cm -1 and -153.3 cm -1 in the C tbnd C and C dbnd C vibrational frequencies, respectively, using the MP2 calculations, whereas this decrease for the H sbnd C oscillator is -156.1 cm -1 and -116.1 cm -1 in HC tbnd CX and H 2C dbnd CHX, respectively. This same effect produces an important Pol/Corr interaction effect on HC and CC stretching frequencies, increasing their values by +45.3 cm -1 and +18.4 cm -1 in HC tbnd CX, respectively, whereas their corresponding values in H 2C dbnd CHX are +43.9 cm -1 and +11.0 cm -1, respectively. Finally, algebraic models were then established to explain how calculated HC and CC stretching frequencies in HC tbnd CX and H 2C dbnd CHX depend on the characteristics of the molecular orbital wave functions.

  19. History of the Development of Liquid-Applied Coatings for Protection of Reinforced Concrete

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    Curran, Joseph J.; Hansen, marlin H.

    2005-01-01

    Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete is an insidious problem for structures at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). KSC is located on the coast of Florida in a highly corrosive atmosphere. Launch pads, highway bridge infrastructure, and buildings are strongly affected. To mitigate these problems, NASA initiated a development program for a Galvanic Liquid-Applied Coating System (GLACS). A breakthrough in this area would have great commercial value in transportation, marine and construction industry infrastructures. The patented NASA GLACS system has undergone considerable testing to meet the needs of commercialization. A moisture-cure coating gives excellent adhesion with ease of application compared to existing galvanic products on the market. The latest development, GalvaCori; can be sprayed or hand applied to almost any structure shape. A self-adhesive conductive tape system has been devised to simplify current collection within the coating areas. In testing programs, millivolt potential and milliamp output per square foot of anode have been closely studied at actual test sites. These two parameters are probably the most challenging items of a resin-based, room-temperature-applied, galvanic coating. Extensive re-formulation has resulted in a system that provides the needed polarization for catholic protection of reinforcing steel in concrete in a variety of structure environments. The rate of corrosion of rebar in concrete is greatly affected by the environment of the structure. In addition to this, for any given concrete structure; moisture level, carbonization, and chloride contamination influences the rate of rebar corrosion. Similarly, the cathodic protection level of galvanic systems is also dependent on the moisture level of the concrete. GalvaCorr is formulated to maintain galvanic activity as the moisture level of the structure declines. GalvaCorr is available as a three-part kit. The mixing step requires about ten minutes. The viscosity can be easily

  20. Evidence for lattice strain and non-ideal behaviour in the (La1-xEux)PO4 solid solution from X-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy

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    Geisler, Thorsten; Popa, Karin; Konings, Rudy

    2016-06-01

    The monazite-type solid solution of LaPO_4 and EuPO_4 has been studied by X-ray diffraction, infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. A substantial excess molar volume has been derived from the X-ray data, and the Raman and IR spectra show band broadening typical for mixing of cations of different size on the cation sublattice. The IR spectra were interpreted by the autocorrelation method and the excess autocorrelation parameter Δ{corr}^{ex} shows clear deviation from ideal solution behaviour, similar to the observed broadening of the Raman bands. The results can be interpreted in terms of local lattice strains resulting from the ion size effects of substitution of La^{3+} by Eu^{3+}, and correlate very well with calorimetric measurements of the excess enthalpy that was previously measured.

  1. Characterization of the Resistance of Alloy 22 to Stress Corrosion Cracking

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    King, K J; Estill, J C; Rebak, R B

    2002-05-30

    In its current design, the high-level nuclear waste containers include an external layer of Alloy 22 (Ni-22Cr-13Mo-3W-3Fe). Since over their lifetime, the containers may be exposed to multi-ionic aqueous environments, a potential degradation mode of the outer layer could be environmentally assisted cracking (EAC). The objective of the current research was to characterize the effect of applied potential and temperature on the susceptibility of Alloy 22 to EAC in simulated concentrated water (SCW) using the slow strain rate test (SSRT). Results show that Alloy 22 may suffer EAC at applied potentials approximately 400 mV more anodic than the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}).

  2. Calling for an ecological approach to studying climate change and infectious diseases

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    Lafferty, Kevin D.

    2009-01-01

    My Concepts and Synthesis paper (Lafferty 2009),which inspired this Forum, echoed the premise that earlyreviews about climate change exaggerated claims thatinfectious diseases will increase in the future (Randolph2009). The paper sparked five well-reasoned commen-taries from ecologists with considerable expertise ininfectious diseases (Dobson 2009, Harvell et al. 2009,Ostfeld 2009, Pascual and Bouma 2009, Randolph2009). These reviews illustrate several examples andcase studies which corr elate i ncreases in infectiousdisease with existing climate variation, though alterna-tive explanations exist for many of these patterns(Dobson 2009, Harvell et al. 2009, Ostfeld 2009, Pascualand Bouma 2009, Randolph 2009). A common messageis that an ecological approach is increasingly relevant tothe challenging topic of infectious disease.

  3. Bruit thermique et effets quantiques dans une cavité optique de grande finesse

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    Caniard, T.; Briant, T.; Heidmann, A.; Pinard, M.

    2006-10-01

    Nous nous intéressons aux bruits dans les mesures optiques de très grande sensibilité et aux limites associées. Une des limitations fondamentales des mesures interférométriques, telles que les détections d'ondes gravitationnelles, est liée aux fluctuations de la pression de radiation exercée par la lumière sur les miroirs. Celle-ci induit des corrélations quantiques entre la position des miroirs et les fluctuations de la lumière. L'observation de ces effets quantiques ouvrirait de nombreuses perspectives: étude de la limite quantique standard, production d'états comprimés, réalisation d'une mesure quantique non destructive ldots

  4. Manipulation quantique de la lumière par un amplificateur non linéaire

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    Symul, T.; Bencheikh, K.; Levenson, J. A.

    2002-06-01

    Nous proposons un dispositif original, appelé Amplificateur Non Linéaire (ANL), permettant la génération et la manipulation d'états quantiques de la lumière. Ce dispositif permet une compression du bruit quantique de la lumière en dessous de la limite quantique standard plus efficace que celle obtenue par interactions non linéaires du second ordre ou du troisième ordre. Il permet également d'inverser les fluctuations quantiques en intensité de la lumière, et de produire des photons jumeaux ayant des corrélations quantiques plus élevées et plus robustes que ceux produits par un amplificateur paramétrique seul.

  5. Spectroscopie résolue en temps par continuum femtoseconde Applications en neurobiologie

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    Ramstein, S.; Mottin, S.

    2003-06-01

    La spectroscopie résolue en temps utilisant un laser blanc femtoseconde est appliquée à la mesure in vivo des principaux absorbeurs du cerveau. Après génération adéquate du continuum de lumière blanche femtoseconde (50mW/[580-756nm] à 1Hz), cette source se propage dans la calvaria, les méninges et le cortex chez le rat anesthésié. La transmission est étudiée sur 7mm de distance entre l'impact laser et la fibre optique de collection. Le signal transmis est analysé dans la fenêtre 580-760nm, par un spectromètre couplé à une caméra à balayage de fente permettant la décorrélation de l'absorption et de la diffusion.

  6. Effects of Cryogenic Forging and Anodization on the Mechanical Properties of AA 7075-T73 Aluminum Alloys

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    Shih, Teng-Shih; Liao, Tien-Wei; Hsu, Wen-Nong

    2016-03-01

    In this study, high-strength AA7075 alloy samples were cryogenically forged after annealing and then subjected to solution and aging treatments. The cryogenically forged 7075-T73 alloy samples displayed equiaxed fine grains associated with abundant fine precipitates in their matrix. Compared with conventional 7075-T73 alloy samples, the cryogenically forged samples exhibited an 8-12% reduction in tensile strength and an increased fatigue strength and higher corrosion resistance. The fatigue strength measured at 107 cycles was 225 MPa in the bare samples; the strength was increased to 250 MPa in the cryogenically forged samples. The effect of anodization on the corrosion resistance of the bare samples was improved from (E corr) -0.80 to -0.61 V.

  7. Significance of coplanar macrocells to corrosion in concrete-embedded steel

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    Rodriguez, P.; Ramirez, E.; Feliu, S.; Gonzalez, J.A.; Lopez, W.

    1999-03-01

    The influence of microcells and galvanic macrocells on the corrosion kinetics of concrete-embedded steel was investigated experimentally. Nine stainless steel/carbon steel coplanar macrocouples in cathodic-to-anodic ratios of 0.02 to 50 were cast in concrete slabs made from cement, sand, and water in a 1:3:0:5 proportion plus 2% calcium chloride (CaCl{sub 2}) per cement weight. Corrosion potential (E{sub corr}), galvanic current (i{sub g}), polarization resistance (R{sub p}), and impedance measurements from 100 kHz to 0.01 Hz were made for the two metals, coupled and uncoupled. i{sub g} data provided by a zero resistance ammeter led to potentially underestimated corrosion rates for anodic areas, whereas R{sub p} measurements provided fairly reliable corrosion rates. Macrocells polarized anodic areas very slightly at points where an anodic and a cathodic process took place simultaneously.

  8. Bringing Breast Cancer Technologies to Market | Poster

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    CCR research is recognized in novel competition to encourage the commercialization of breast cancer inventions. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in CCR Connections (Volume 8, No. 1). The Breast Cancer Startup Challenge was named one of six finalists in the HHS Innovates Award Competition, and was one of three finalists recognized by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Deputy Secretary Bill Corr. For more information on the Challenge, see previous article on the Poster website. Start-up companies are instrumental in bringing the fruits of scientific research to market. Recognizing an opportunity to bring entrepreneurial minds to bear on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the Avon Foundation for Women partnered with NCI and the Center for Advancing Innovation to launch the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge.

  9. The monitoring of glacial migration in Greenland by multi sensor data fusion

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    Park, H.; Kim, J.; yun, H.; Choi, Y.

    2013-12-01

    The retreatment of ice sheet in Greenland by global warming is now firmly confirmed by variety of observations. However, the arguments about the melting speed of ice sheet is still undergoing owing to the absence of the quantitative measurement method to continuously trace the direction and the speed of icecap change. Thus, we tested a scheme to spatially and temporally monitor the migration of ice sheet with high accuracy employing multi sensor information and their data fusion. The target areas were established in Jakoshavm and Mittivakkat glaciers where the shrinking of glaciers has been obvious for the last one century. At first, in both well-known Greenland glaciers, Differential Interferometric SAR (DInSAR) campaigns which are highly useful to monitor the glacial retreat have been undertaking employing 30 European remote sensing satellite (ERS) and 15 Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) InSAR pairs. Since base DEM quality for DInSAR analysis is poor and InSAR pixels are frequently de-correlated over ice body, two pass DInSAR doesn't produce reliable outputs. Thus the time series analyses of Permanent Scatterer and Small Baseline Subset are expected to effectively trace the translation of the glaciers and employed as the main methodology of DInSAR. Although DInSAR time series analysis effectively reconstructed temporal change of glaciers, the extracted glacial movements are projected values into line of sight direction of the sensor. Therefore it might be better to interpret them together with the other remote sensed data set for the fulfilment of useful directional measurements. In terms of such data fusion aspect, we also employ Co-registration of Optically Sensed Images and Correlation (CoSi-CORR, Leprince et al., 2007) technique, which is known as a tool for 2D change tracing, with ALOS Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) to compensate for any line

  10. Evidence for lattice strain and non-ideal behaviour in the (La1‑xEux)PO4 solid solution from X-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy

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    Geisler, Thorsten; Popa, Karin; Konings, Rudy

    2016-06-01

    The monazite-type solid solution of LaPO_4 and EuPO_4 has been studied by X-ray diffraction, infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. A substantial excess molar volume has been derived from the X-ray data, and the Raman and IR spectra show band broadening typical for mixing of cations of different size on the cation sublattice. The IR spectra were interpreted by the autocorrelation method and the excess autocorrelation parameter Δ{corr}^{ex} shows clear deviation from ideal solution behaviour, similar to the observed broadening of the Raman bands. The results can be interpreted in terms of local lattice strains resulting from the ion size effects of substitution of La^{3+} by Eu^{3+}, and correlate very well with calorimetric measurements of the excess enthalpy that was previously measured.

  11. Validation of the knowledge, attitude and perceived practice of asthma instrument among community pharmacists using Rasch analysis.

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    Akram, Waqas; Hussein, Maryam S E; Ahmad, Sohail; Mamat, Mohd N; Ismail, Nahlah E

    2015-10-01

    There is no instrument which collectively assesses the knowledge, attitude and perceived practice of asthma among community pharmacists. Therefore, this study aimed to validate the instrument which measured the knowledge, attitude and perceived practice of asthma among community pharmacists by producing empirical evidence of validity and reliability of the items using Rasch model (Bond & Fox software®) for dichotomous and polytomous data. This baseline study recruited 33 community pharmacists from Penang, Malaysia. The results showed that all PTMEA Corr were in positive values, where an item was able to distinguish between the ability of respondents. Based on the MNSQ infit and outfit range (0.60-1.40), out of 55 items, 2 items from the instrument were suggested to be removed. The findings indicated that the instrument fitted with Rasch measurement model and showed the acceptable reliability values of 0.88 and 0.83 and 0.79 for knowledge, attitude and perceived practice respectively.

  12. A positive relationship between groundwater velocity and submersed macrophyte biomass in Sparkling Lake, Wisconsin

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    Lodge, David M.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Striegl, Rob

    1989-01-01

    We measured groundwater velocity and submersed macrophyte biomass at 52 shal- low (0.4-6.6 m) sites in mesotrophic Sparkling Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin, during May-Au- gust 1985. Seventeen percent of variation in macrophyte biomass was explained by a signifi- cant (P < 0.005) relation with depth [log(biomass + 1) = 0.49 depth - 0.08 (depth)2 + 0.121. Some of the remaining variation in macrophyte bio- mass was explained by a significant rank corre- lation of biomass-on-depth residuals with groundwater velocity (rs = 0.46, P < 0.0 1). These results suggest that water movement through the sediment-water interface may be a determinant of macrophyte abundance and distribution. 

  13. Flood Forecasting in River System Using ANFIS

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    Ullah, Nazrin; Choudhury, P.

    2010-10-26

    The aim of the present study is to investigate applicability of artificial intelligence techniques such as ANFIS (Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System) in forecasting flood flow in a river system. The proposed technique combines the learning ability of neural network with the transparent linguistic representation of fuzzy system. The technique is applied to forecast discharge at a downstream station using flow information at various upstream stations. A total of three years data has been selected for the implementation of this model. ANFIS models with various input structures and membership functions are constructed, trained and tested to evaluate efficiency of the models. Statistical indices such as Root Mean Square Error (RMSE), Correlation Coefficient (CORR) and Coefficient of Efficiency (CE) are used to evaluate performance of the ANFIS models in forecasting river flood. The values of the indices show that ANFIS model can accurately and reliably be used to forecast flood in a river system.

  14. Automated Spectral System for Terrain Classification, Mineralogy of Vesta from the Dawn Framing Cameras

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    Reddy, V.; Le Corre, L.; Nathues, A.; Hall, I.; Gutierrez-Marques, P.; Hoffmann, M.

    2011-10-01

    The Dawn mission will rendezvous with asteroid (4) Vesta in July 2011. We have developed a set of equations for extracting mean pyroxene chemistry (Ferrosilite and Wollastonite) for classifying terrains on Vesta by using the Dawn Framing Camera (FC) multi-color bands. The Automated Spectral System (ASS) utilizes pseudo-Band I minima to estimate the mean pyroxene chemistry of diogenites, and basaltic eucrites. The mean pyroxene chemistries of cumulate eucrites, and howardites overlap each other on the pyroxene quadrilateral and hence are harder to distinguish. We expect our ASS to carry a bulk of the terrain classification and mineralogy workload utilizing these equations and complement the work of DawnKey (Le Corre et al., 2011, DPS/EPSC 2011). The system will also provide surface mineral chemistry layers that can be used for mapping Vesta's surface.

  15. Efficient Simulation Budget Allocation for Selecting an Optimal Subset

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    Chen, Chun-Hung; He, Donghai; Fu, Michael; Lee, Loo Hay

    2008-01-01

    We consider a class of the subset selection problem in ranking and selection. The objective is to identify the top m out of k designs based on simulated output. Traditional procedures are conservative and inefficient. Using the optimal computing budget allocation framework, we formulate the problem as that of maximizing the probability of correc tly selecting all of the top-m designs subject to a constraint on the total number of samples available. For an approximation of this corre ct selection probability, we derive an asymptotically optimal allocat ion and propose an easy-to-implement heuristic sequential allocation procedure. Numerical experiments indicate that the resulting allocatio ns are superior to other methods in the literature that we tested, and the relative efficiency increases for larger problems. In addition, preliminary numerical results indicate that the proposed new procedur e has the potential to enhance computational efficiency for simulation optimization.

  16. Microstructural Features in Corroded Celtic Iron Age Sword Blades

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    Ghiara, G.; Piccardo, P.; Campodonico, S.; Carnasciali, M. M.

    2014-05-01

    Archaeological artefacts made from iron and steel are often of critical importance for archaeometallurgical studies, which aim to understand the process of manufacturing, as the nearly complete alloy mineralization does not allow for any type of metallographic interpretation. In this study, three Iron Age sword blades dated from the second century BC (LaTène B2/D1) found in the archaeological site of Tintignac (Commune de Naves, Corrèze, France), were investigated. A multianalytical approach was employed to acquire a complete range of data from the partially or totally corroded objects. Analyses were carried out with the use of light optical microscopy, micro Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). Remnants of metallographic features—ghost microstructure—in the corrosion layers of the blades were observed, allowing for a partial reconstruction of the manufacturing process.

  17. Improved Correction of IR Loss in Diffuse Shortwave Measurements: An ARM Value-Added Product

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    Younkin, K; Long, CN

    2003-11-01

    Simple single black detector pyranometers, such as the Eppley Precision Spectral Pyranometer (PSP) used by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program, are known to lose energy via infrared (IR) emission to the sky. This is especially a problem when making clear-sky diffuse shortwave (SW) measurements, which are inherently of low magnitude and suffer the greatest IR loss. Dutton et al. (2001) proposed a technique using information from collocated pyrgeometers to help compensate for this IR loss. The technique uses an empirically derived relationship between the pyrgeometer detector data (and alternatively the detector data plus the difference between the pyrgeometer case and dome temperatures) and the nighttime pyranometer IR loss data. This relationship is then used to apply a correction to the diffuse SW data during daylight hours. We developed an ARM value-added product (VAP) called the SW DIFF CORR 1DUTT VAP to apply the Dutton et al. correction technique to ARM PSP diffuse SW measurements.

  18. 2008 HIMSS analytics report: security of patient data.

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    2008-01-01

    This report, released in April 2008, summarizes findings from a survey of senior executives from healthcare organizations across the United States on how their organizations are dealing with an environment in which the need to secure patient data is ever becoming an increasingly greater priority. The survey was conducted by HIMSS Analytics, Chicago, IL (http://www.himssanalytics.org/), a company which collects and analyzes healthcare organization data relating to IT processes and environments. The report was funded by Kroll Fraud Solutions, Nashville, TN (www. krollfraudsolutions.com), a provider of data protection and identity theft response services. Excerpts from the report are reprinted with permission. To download the entire report, go to: http//www.krollfraudsolutions.corr/about-kroll/HIMSS-Patient-Data-Security-Study.aspx

  19. Traditionally-used antimalarials from the Meliaceae.

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    Omar, S; Zhang, J; MacKinnon, S; Leaman, D; Durst, T; Philogene, B J R; Arnason, J T; Sanchez-Vindas, P E; Poveda, L; Tamez, P A; Pezzuto, J M

    2003-01-01

    A quantitative ethnobotanical approach to antimalarial drug discovery led to the identification of Lansium domesticum Corr. Ser. (Meliaceae) as an important antimalarial used by Kenyah Dyak healers in Indonesian Borneo. Triterpenoid lansiolides with antimalarial activity were isolated from the bark and shown to have activity in both in vitro bioassays with Plasmodium falciparum, and in mice infected with P. berghei. A survey of African and tropical American Meliaceae led to further development of the limonoid gedunin from the traditionally used medicinal plants, tropical cedar, Cedrela odorata L., and neem, Azadirachta indica A. Juss. Gedunin has significant in vitro activity but initially showed poor in vivo activity. In vivo activity was improved by (1) incorporation into an easy to absorb suspension, (2) preparation of a more stable compound, 7-methoxygedunin; and (3) synergism with dillapiol, a cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitor. The results show the potential for both antimalarial drug and phytomedicine development from traditionally used plants. PMID:12570769

  20. Paraplégie compliquant une plaie abdominale antérieure par arme blanche

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    Elahmadi, Brahim; Awab, Almahdi; El Moussaoui, Rachid; El Hijri, Ahmed; Azzouzi, Abderrahim; Alilou, Mustapha

    2015-01-01

    Les traumatismes médullaires sont des complications rares des plaies abdominales antérieures par arme blanche. Son diagnostic est difficile parfois retardé. L'imagerie par résonance magnétique reste l'examen de choix. Le traitement dépend du tableau clinique et de la gravité de la souffrance médullaire. Le pronostic est corrélé à l’étendue et à la nature de la lésion médullaire. Nous rapportons un cas exceptionnel d'un traumatisme médullaire chez une patiente victime d'une plaie abdominale antérieure par arme blanche. PMID:25995808

  1. Stochastic acceleration of solar flare protons

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    Barbosa, D. D.

    1978-01-01

    The acceleration of solar flare protons is considered by cyclotron damping of intense Alfven wave turbulence in a magnetic trap. The energy diffusion coefficient is computed for a near-isotropic distribution of super-Alfvenic protons and a steady-state solution for the particle spectrum is found for both transit-time and diffusive losses out of the ends of the trap. The acceleration time to a characteristic energy approximately 20 Mev/nucl can be as short as 10 sec. On the basis of phenomenological arguments an omega/2 frequency dependence for the Alfven wave spectrum is inferred. The correlation time of the turbulence lies in the range .0005 less than tau/corr less than .05s.

  2. The behavior of pre-rusted steel in concrete

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    Gonzalez, J.A.; Bautista, A.; Feliu, S.; Ramirez, E.

    1996-03-01

    This paper explores the possibility of an effective protection for precorroded steel by effect of the high alkalinity of the encasing mortar (by itself or in combination with the action of sodium nitrite). Application of a waterproof coating on the mortar surface was evaluated for this purpose. The behavior of clean steel electrodes and in three different pre-corrosion grades was characterized from periodic measurements of the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) and polarization resistance (R{sub p}). Neither mortar alkalinity alone nor in combination with the effect of nitride ions was found to passivate the reinforcements in the two higher corrosion grades over 2 years of exposure in an atmosphere of a high relative humidity. Also, immersion of the specimens in a 5% NaNO{sub 2} solution was found not to passivate steel undergoing active corrosion. The effectiveness of the waterproofing treatment for diminishing reinforcement corrosion was found to rely heavily on timely application.

  3. An uncertainty relation in terms of generalized metric adjusted skew information and correlation measure

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    Fan, Ya-Jing; Cao, Huai-Xin; Meng, Hui-Xian; Chen, Liang

    2016-09-01

    The uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics is a fundamental relation with different forms, including Heisenberg's uncertainty relation and Schrödinger's uncertainty relation. In this paper, we prove a Schrödinger-type uncertainty relation in terms of generalized metric adjusted skew information and correlation measure by using operator monotone functions, which reads, U_ρ ^{(g,f)}(A)U_ρ ^{(g,f)}(B)≥ f(0)^2l/k| {Corr}_ρ ^{s(g,f)}(A,B)| ^2 for some operator monotone functions f and g, all n-dimensional observables A, B and a non-singular density matrix ρ . As applications, we derive some new uncertainty relations for Wigner-Yanase skew information and Wigner-Yanase-Dyson skew information.

  4. Characterization of SiO2-TiO2 Hybrid Corrosion Protective Coatings on Mild Steel

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    Kirtay, Sebahattin

    2014-12-01

    Organic-inorganic SiO2-TiO2 sol-gel coatings were prepared and applied on a mild steel substrate using dip coating technique and subsequently heat treated at 200 and 300 °C to improve the corrosion resistance. The coating sols were synthesized using Glycidoxytrimethoxysilane and titanium tetraisopropoxide as precursor materials. The corrosion resistances of the both coated and uncoated samples were evaluated by the Tafel polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in NaCl solution. The microstructure of coated specimens was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Fourier transformed infrared and energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses were used to identify the presence of various functional groups in the coating solutions. A comparison of the corrosion resistance of the coated and uncoated mild steel was presented. i corr values of coated specimens heat treated at 200 °C were between 6.9 and 9.2 times smaller than those of uncoated specimen. In the case of coated specimens heat treated at 300 °C, i corr values were 4.4 and 5 times smaller than those of uncoated specimen. The coating film was noted to be smooth and between 7.2- and 7.5-µm thick. The measured electrochemical parameters indicated that the corrosion resistance was improved by the coating film. The elasticity of the coating can be improved by the presence of organic groups in the coating which reduces stress and crack formations during sintering. Ultimately, crack-free and elastic coating was obtained by heat treating of organic-inorganic coating at as low as 200 °C.

  5. Étude des modifications structurales de l'eau confinée dans le gel de silice

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    Fouzri, A.; Dorbez-Sridi, R.; Oumezzine, M.

    2004-11-01

    Les modifications structurales de l'eau confinée dans le gel de silice en poudre en fonction du taux d'hydratation sont étudiées par calorimétrie différentielle à balayage et par diffusion des rayons X. L'analyse thermique par DSC a permis de montrer que pour les faibles taux d'hydratation (≤ 50%) l'eau est complètement confinée dans les pores alors que pour les forts taux d'hydratation (>50%) l'eau se trouve aussi bien dans les pores qu'autour des grains de la silice. L'apparition de la glace cubique lors du refroidissement de l'eau confinée dans le gel de silice prouve que l'interaction eau-silice ne peut être négligée lors de la détermination du signal de l'eau. L'extraction du signal, diffusé uniquement par l'eau confinée, à partir des intensités diffusées par le gel de silice à deux taux d'hydratation distincts, révèle dans les fonctions de corrélation de paire un pic à 3.7Å qui ne peut être attribué qu'à une corrélation oxygène-oxygène inexistante dans l'eau massique et résultant de la déformation du réseau tétraédrique des molécules d'eau sous l'effet du confinement et de la proximité d'une surface.

  6. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of porous coatings on titanium alloy by vacuum-brazed method.

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    Lee, T M; Chang, E; Yen, C H

    2006-05-01

    The microstructural evolution and electrochemical characteristics of brazed porous-coated Ti-6Al-4V alloy were analyzed and compared with respect to the conventionally 1300 degrees C sintering method. The titanium filler metal of low-melting-point (934 degrees C) Ti-15Cu-15Ni was used to braze commercially pure (CP) titanium beads onto the substrate of Ti-6Al-4V alloy at 970 degrees C for 2 and 8 h. Optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) were used to characterize the microstructure and phase of the brazed metal; also, the potentiostat was used for corrosion study. Experimental results indicate that the bead/substrate contact interface of the 970 degrees C brazed specimens show larger contact area and higher radius curvature in comparison with 1300 degrees C sintering method. The microstructure of brazed specimens shows the Widmanstätten structure in the brazed zone and equiaxed alpha plus intergranular beta in the Ti-6Al-4V substrate. The intermetallic Ti2Ni phase existing in the prior filler metal diminishes, while the Ti2Cu phase can be identified for the substrate at 970 for 2 h, but the latter phase decrease with time. In Hank's solution at 37 degrees C, the corrosion rates of the 1300 degrees C sintering and the 970 degrees C brazed samples are similar at corrosion potential (E(corr)) in potentiodynamic test, and the value of E(corr) for the brazed sample is noble to the sintering samples. The current densities of the brazed specimens do not exceed 100 microA/cm2 at 3.5 V (SCE). These results suggest that the vacuum-brazed method exhibits the potentiality to manufacture the porous-coated specimens for biomedical application.

  7. Landslide displacement measurements from Optical Satellite Images: A Case Study on the North Anatolian Fault Zone

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    Turk, Tarik; Gorum, Tolga; Birdal, Anil Can; Tatar, Orhan

    2015-04-01

    Several geodetic and remote sensing methods are used to monitor the movements due to the tectonic and geomorphic processes and the assessment of associated hazards. Recent advances in image-correlation techniques and high resolution satellite imaging at meter resolution offer the possibility to measure surface displacements with sub-metric accuracy. Moreover, this methods enables an accurate mapping of the surface displacements, and vector visualization of the horizontal movements over a period through establishing correlation among the different dated satellite images belonging to the same area. This study analyzes the displacement pattern of the earth flows using sub-pixel image correlation techniques along the tectonic Kelkit Valley, Central Anatolia, Turkey. In this study, we used Co-Registration of Optically Sensed Images and Correlation (Cosi-Corr) to measure the horizontal surface displacement of landslides from SPOT-5 images. The significance of the horizontal displacement results was verified through fieldwork studies. The landslide displacement vectors obtained from SPOT 5 (2.5 meter resolution) optical satellite images on 11 August 2006 and 21 September 2011 indicate that many of the old landslides reactivated in the study area. It was determined that such reactivation occurred due to the secondary slides developed inside the main body of the old landslides, especially in their accumulation sections. The horizontal displacement values in the accumulation sections of the old landslides vary between 4.9 and -7.7 meters in the North-South direction and between 8.2 and -5 meters in the East-West direction. The maximum displacement values were observed in the eastern hill-slopes. The results show that the Cosi-Corr technique provides important contributions in the determination of the landslide movements especially with very slow, slow to moderate slip velocities and their deformation quantities and patterns. Acknowledgements This research was financially

  8. WISE TF: A MID-INFRARED, 3.4 {mu}m EXTENSION OF THE TULLY-FISHER RELATION USING WISE PHOTOMETRY

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    Lagattuta, David J.; Mould, Jeremy R.; Staveley-Smith, Lister; Hong Tao; Springob, Christopher M.; Masters, Karen L.; Koribalski, Baerbel S.; Jones, D. Heath

    2013-07-10

    We present a mid-infrared Tully-Fisher (TF) relation using photometry from the 3.4 {mu}m W1 band of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite. The WISE TF relation is formed from 568 galaxies taken from the all-sky 2MASS Tully-Fisher (2MTF) galaxy catalog, spanning a range of environments including field, group, and cluster galaxies. This constitutes the largest mid-infrared TF relation constructed to date. After applying a number of corrections to galaxy magnitudes and line widths, we measure a master TF relation given by M{sub corr} = -22.24 - 10.05[log (W{sub corr}) - 2.5], with an average dispersion of {sigma}{sub WISE} = 0.686 mag. There is some tension between WISE TF and a preliminary 3.6 {mu}m relation, which has a shallower slope and almost no intrinsic dispersion. However, our results agree well with a more recent relation constructed from a large sample of cluster galaxies. We additionally compare WISE TF to the near-infrared 2MTF template relations, finding a good agreement between the TF parameters and total dispersions of WISE TF and the 2MTF K-band template. This fact, coupled with typical galaxy colors of (K - W1) {approx} 0, suggests that these two bands are tracing similar stellar populations, including the older, centrally-located stars in the galactic bulge which can (for galaxies with a prominent bulge) dominate the light profile.

  9. Spatiotemporal variations in the surface velocities of Antarctic Peninsula glaciers

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    Chen, J.; Ke, C. Q.; Shao, Z. D.

    2014-11-01

    Velocity is an important parameter for the estimation of glacier mass balance, which directly signals the response of glaciers to climate change. Antarctic ice sheet movement and the associated spatiotemporal velocity variations are of great significance to global sea level rise. In this study, we estimate Antarctic Peninsula glacier velocities using the co-registration of optically sensed images and correlation (hereafter referred to as COSI-Corr) based on moderate-resolution imaging spectroradiometer Level 1B data (hereafter referred to as MODIS L1B). The results show that the glaciers of Graham Land and the Larsen Ice Shelf have substantially different velocity features. The Graham Land glaciers primarily flow from the peninsula ridge towards the Weddell Sea and Bellingshausen Sea on the east and west sides, respectively. There are very large velocity variations among the different ice streams, with a minimum of < 20 m a-1 and a maximum of 1500 m a-1 (with an average of 100-150 m a-1). Over the period 2000-2012, the glaciers of Graham Land accelerated in the south but slowed down in the north. In contrast, the Larsen Ice Shelf flows in a relatively uniform direction, mainly towards the northeast into the Weddell Sea. Its average velocity is 750-800 m a-1 and the maximum is > 1500 m a-1. During the period 2000-2012, the Larsen Ice Shelf experienced significant acceleration. The use of COSI-Corr based on MODIS L1B data is suitable for glacier velocity monitoring on the Antarctic Peninsula over long time series and large spatial scales. This method is clearly advantageous for analysing macro-scale spatiotemporal variations in glacier movement.

  10. Semi-Supervised Multimodal Relevance Vector Regression Improves Cognitive Performance Estimation from Imaging and Biological Biomarkers

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    Cheng, Bo; Chen, Songcan; Kaufer, Daniel I.

    2013-01-01

    Accurate estimation of cognitive scores for patients can help track the progress of neurological diseases. In this paper, we present a novel semi-supervised multimodal relevance vector regression (SM-RVR) method for predicting clinical scores of neurological diseases from multimodal imaging and biological biomarker, to help evaluate pathological stage and predict progression of diseases, e.g., Alzheimer’s diseases (AD). Unlike most existing methods, we predict clinical scores from multimodal (imaging and biological) biomarkers, including MRI, FDG-PET, and CSF. Considering that the clinical scores of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects are often less stable compared to those of AD and normal control (NC) subjects due to the heterogeneity of MCI, we use only the multimodal data of MCI subjects, but no corresponding clinical scores, to train a semi-supervised model for enhancing the estimation of clinical scores for AD and NC subjects. We also develop a new strategy for selecting the most informative MCI subjects. We evaluate the performance of our approach on 202 subjects with all three modalities of data (MRI, FDG-PET and CSF) from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) database. The experimental results show that our SM-RVR method achieves a root-mean-square error (RMSE) of 1.91 and a correlation coefficient (CORR) of 0.80 for estimating the MMSE scores, and also a RMSE of 4.45 and a CORR of 0.78 for estimating the ADAS-Cog scores, demonstrating very promising performances in AD studies. PMID:23504659

  11. Preparation and Performance of Plasma/Polymer Composite Coatings on Magnesium Alloy

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Bagheriyan, S.; Daroonparvar, M.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Shah, A. M.; Medraj, M.

    2016-07-01

    A triplex plasma (NiCoCrAlHfYSi/Al2O3·13%TiO2)/polycaprolactone composite coating was successfully deposited on a Mg-1.2Ca alloy by a combination of atmospheric plasma spraying and dip-coating techniques. The NiCoCrAlHfYSi (MCrAlHYS) coating, as the first layer, contained a large number of voids, globular porosities, and micro-cracks with a thickness of 40-50 μm, while the Al2O3·13%TiO2 coating, as the second layer, presented a unique bimodal microstructure with a thickness of 70-80 μm. The top layer was a hydrophobic polymer, which effectively sealed the porosities of plasma layers. The results of micro-hardness and bonding strength tests showed that the plasma coating presented excellent hardness (870 HV) and good bonding strength (14.8 MPa). However, the plasma/polymer coatings interface exhibited low bonding strength (8.6 MPa). The polymer coating formed thick layer (100-110 μm) that homogeneously covered the surface of the plasma layers. Contact angle measurement showed that polymer coating over plasma layers significantly decreased surface wettability. The corrosion current density (i corr) of an uncoated sample (262.7 µA/cm2) decreased to 76.9 µA/cm2 after plasma coatings were applied. However, it was found that the i corr decreased significantly to 0.002 µA/cm2 after polymer sealing of the porous plasma layers.

  12. Risk assessment of ventricular arrhythmia using new parameters based on high resolution body surface potential mapping

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    Fereniec, Malgorzata; Stix, Gunter; Kania, Michal; Mroczka, Tomasz; Janusek, Dariusz; Maniewski, Roman

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background The effective screening of myocardial infarction (MI) patients threatened by ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an important issue in clinical practice, especially in the process of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy recommendation. This study proposes new parameters describing depolarization and repolarization inhomogeneity in high resolution body surface potential maps (HR BSPM) to identify MI patients threatened by VT. Material/Methods High resolution ECGs were recorded from 64 surface leads. Time-averaged HR BSPMs were used. Several parameters for arrhythmia risk assessment were calculated in 2 groups of MI patients: those with and without documented VT. Additionally, a control group of healthy subjects was studied. To assess the risk of VT, the following parameters were proposed: correlation coefficient between STT and QRST integral maps (STT_QRST_CORR), departure index of absolute value of STT integral map (STT_DI), and departure index of absolute value of T-wave shape index (TSI_DI). These new parameters were compared to known parameters: QRS width, QT interval, QT dispersion, Tpeak-Tend interval, total cosines between QRS complex and T wave, and non-dipolar content of QRST integral maps. Results STT_DI, TSI_DI, STT_QRST_CORR, QRS width, and QT interval parameters were statistically significant (p≤0.05) in arrhythmia risk assessment. The highest sensitivity was found for the STT_DI parameter (0.77) and the highest specificity for TSI_DI (0.79). Conclusions Arrhythmia risk is demonstrated by both abnormal spatial distribution of the repolarization phase and changed relationship between depolarization and repolarization phases, as well as their prolongation. The proposed new parameters might be applied for risk stratification of cardiac arrhythmia. PMID:21358612

  13. Comparison of Ionospheric TEC Derived from GPS and IRI 2012 Model during Geomagnetic Storms at Indonesia

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    Marlia, Dessi; Wu, Falin

    2016-07-01

    This paper investigates the variations of vertical Total Electron Content (VTEC) at Manado, Indonesia (geographic coordinates : lat 1.34 ° S and long 124.82 ° E) for period 2013. The GPS measured TEC is compared with the TEC derived from the IRI (International Reference Ionosphere) 2012 model. Vertical TEC measurements obtained from dual frequency GPS receiver that is GISTM (GPS Ionospheric Scintillations and TEC monitor). Variation of TEC validate to IRI 2012 model at Manado station has been compared with the model for three different topside of electron density namely NeQuick, IRI-01-Corr and IRI2001.There is a need to investigation on diurnal, seasonal variations, solar activity dependence of TEC and including effects of space weather related events to TEC and modeling of TEC. In this paper, diurnal and seasonal variations of VTEC and the effect of VTEC due to space weather events like Geomagnetic storms are analyzed. The result show that the TEC prediction using IRI-2001 model overestimated the GPS TEC measurements, while IRI-NeQuick and IRI-01-corr show a tendency to underestimates the observed TEC during the day time particularly in low latitude region in the maximum solar activity period (2013). The variations of VTEC during 17th March, 2013, 29th June, 2013 storms are analyzed. During 17th March,2013 storm enhancement in VTEC with Kp value 6 and Disturbance storm index (DST) -132 nT. During 29th June, 2013 storm VTEC depletion with value 7 and DST -98 nT. Significant deviations in VTEC during the main phase of the storms are observed. It is found that the response of ionospheric TEC consist of effects of both enhancement and depletions in ionospheric structures (positive and negative storm). Keywords: TEC ionosphere, GPS, GISTM, IRI 2012 model, solar activity, geomagnetic storm

  14. Electrochemical characterization of cast Ti-Hf binary alloys.

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    Cai, Z; Koike, M; Sato, H; Brezner, M; Guo, Q; Komatsu, M; Okuno, O; Okabe, T

    2005-05-01

    This study characterized the electrochemical behavior of Ti-Hf binary alloys in a simulated oral environment. Ti-Hf alloys (10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mass% Hf) were prepared by arc-melting titanium sponge and hafnium sponge. Specimens of each alloy (n = 4) were prepared using a dental titanium casting system with a MgO-based investment. Specimens were inspected with X-ray radiography to ensure minimal internal porosity. Castings (n = 4) made from pure titanium and commercially pure titanium were used as controls. The ground flat surface (10 mm x 10 mm) on each specimen where approximately 30 microm was removed was used for the characterization. Sixteen-hour open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed sequentially in aerated (air + 10% CO2) MTZ synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium but deaerated (N2 + 10% CO2) 2 h before and during testing. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and Tafel slopes were determined, as were corrosion current density (I(CORR)) and passive current density (I(PASS)). Results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis (alpha = 0.05). The OCP stabilized (mean values -229 mV to -470 mV vs. SCE) for all specimens after the 16-h immersion. Similar passivation was observed for all the metals on their anodic polarization diagrams. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed significant differences in OCP among the test groups (p = 0.006). No significant differences were found in R(P), I(CORR) or I(PASS) among all the metals (p>0.3). Results indicate that the electrochemical behavior of the Ti-Hf alloys examined resembles that of pure titanium. PMID:16701813

  15. Dépression et niveau de fardeau chez les aidants familiaux des sujets déments en Tunisie

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    Ben Thabet, Jihène; Jaoua, Feriel; Charfi, Nada; Zouari, Lobna; Zouari, Nasreddine; Maalej, Mohamed

    2011-01-01

    Introduction La démence peut retentir lourdement sur les aidants familiaux du patient. Les objectifs de notre étude étaient de déterminer le niveau de fardeau et de la dépression chez les aidants familiaux de sujets déments, et d'identifier les facteurs associés à un niveau de fardeau élevé. Méthodes Il s'agissait d'une enquête auprès de 65 aidants tunisiens. Les niveaux de fardeau et de la dépression ont été évalués par, respectivement, l'inventaire de Zarit et l’échelle de Beck. Résultats Le taux des aidants qui avaient un niveau de fardeau élevé était de 52,3 %. Une dépression modérée ou sévère a été relevée chez 46,2 %. Un niveau de fardeau élevé était corrélé, du côté de l'aidant, avec le niveau socio-économique moyen à élevé, la cohabitation avec le patient, le fait d’être son conjoint, la réduction des activités quotidiennes et la sévérité de la dépression, et, du côté du dément, avec l'agressivité. Conclusion Les facteurs corrélés à un niveau de fardeau élevé orientent vers les cibles d'intervention et sont susceptibles d’être améliorés par la prise en charge, ce qui contribuerait à alléger la détresse des aidants. PMID:22384291

  16. Exhaust emissions from ships at berth

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    Cooper, D. A.

    Emission measurements have been carried out on board six ships at berth during normal real-world operation (hotelling, unloading and loading activities). The study included three passenger ferries, one transoceanic container/ro-ro, one transoceanic car/truck carrier, and one chemical tanker. Emissions were measured from 22 auxiliary engines (AEs, medium and high-speed marine diesels) covering seven engine models and ranging in size from 720 to 2675 kW maximum output. The fuels varied from low sulphur gasoils ( 2.91 cst viscosity) through to residual oils ( 411 cst viscosity). Both specific emission factors ( g kWh -1) at a given engine load and total emissions (kg) of nitrogen oxides (NO x), sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, particulate matter (PM) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons during actual harbour stops were determined. In addition, some preliminary measurements to investigate PM size distributions were undertaken. The specific emissions showed significant variations between the different engine models and also within the same engine model on board the same ship. For example NO x emissions varied between 9.6 and 20.2 g kWh corr-1 between all engines and 14.2- 18.6 g kWh corr-1 between engines of the same model and fuel. Other emissions from boiler use and possible main engine warm-up prior to departure were in general expected to be considerably less than those from the AEs. The results obtained for the three passenger ferries demonstrate that empirically derived, emission formulae using dead weight tonnage can prove to be a cost-effective and accurate tool for harbour emission inventories.

  17. Surface slip and off-fault deformation patterns in the 2013 MW 7.7 Balochistan, Pakistan earthquake: Implications for controls on the distribution of near-surface coseismic slip

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    Zinke, Robert; Hollingsworth, James; Dolan, James F.

    2014-12-01

    of 398 fault offsets measured by visual analysis of WorldView high-resolution satellite imagery with deformation maps produced by COSI-Corr subpixel image correlation of Landsat-8 and SPOT5 imagery reveals significant complexity and distributed deformation along the 2013 Mw 7.7 Balochistan, Pakistan earthquake. Average slip along the main trace of the fault was 4.2 m, with local maximum offsets up to 11.4 m. Comparison of slip measured from offset geomorphic features, which record localized slip along the main strand of the fault, to the total displacement across the entire width of the surface deformation zone from COSI-Corr reveals ˜45% off-fault deformation. While previous studies have shown that the structural maturity of the fault exerts a primary control on the total percentage of off-fault surface deformation, large along-strike variations in the percentage of strain localization observed in the 2013 rupture imply the influence of important secondary controls. One such possible secondary control is the type of near-surface material through which the rupture propagated. We therefore compared the percentage off-fault deformation to the type of material (bedrock, old alluvium, and young alluvium) at the surface and the distance of the fault to the nearest bedrock outcrop (a proxy for sediment thickness along this hybrid strike slip/reverse slip fault). We find significantly more off-fault deformation in younger and/or thicker sediments. Accounting for and predicting such off-fault deformation patterns has important implications for the interpretation of geologic slip rates, especially for their use in probabilistic seismic hazard assessments, the behavior of near-surface materials during coseismic deformation, and the future development of microzonation protocols for the built environment.

  18. Hydrodynamique dans les milieux gaz/liquide non-newtoniens, agités mécaniquement, étude de l'hélice à profil mince [HPM] et de la turbine à disque de Rushton

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    Loukili, A.; Desplanches, H.; Gaston Bonhomme, Y.; Chevalier, J. L.; Bruxelmane, M.; Ouazzani Chahdi, T.; El Ghadraoui, H.

    1999-03-01

    The power consumption is measured for non-newtonian gas-liquid systems. The useful zone situated beyond the flooding point was defined by using the power caracteristics plot and hydrodynamic observations. Correlations were established in dimensional or adimensional form, to estimate the stirrer speed at the flooding point, and the power consumption in the working zone. Those correlations established in a large scale of rheological behaviour, for two kind of impellers in different geometrical ratios and for two tanks for scaling up, are used to compare an axial impeller (the thinny profile propeller) to a radial one (the Rushton's disc turbine). La puissance d'agitation est mesurée pour des systèmes gaz-liquides non-newtoniens rhéofluidifiants. Le domaine utile de fonctionnement du réacteur gaz-liquide, situé au-delà du point de désengorgement complet, est défini à partir de la courbe caractéristique de puissance et d'observations hydrodynamiques. Des corrélations sont établies sous forme dimensionnelle ou adimensionnelle pour prédire la vitesse d'agitation au point de charge, et la puissance consommée dans la zone utile. Ces corrélations définies pour une gamme étendue de comportements rhéofluidifiants, pour différentes géomètries de mobiles et sur deux tailles de cuves en extrapolation, permettent en outre de comparer deux mobiles, l'un axial et l'autre radial.

  19. Preparation and Performance of Plasma/Polymer Composite Coatings on Magnesium Alloy

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    Bakhsheshi-Rad, H. R.; Hamzah, E.; Bagheriyan, S.; Daroonparvar, M.; Kasiri-Asgarani, M.; Shah, A. M.; Medraj, M.

    2016-09-01

    A triplex plasma (NiCoCrAlHfYSi/Al2O3·13%TiO2)/polycaprolactone composite coating was successfully deposited on a Mg-1.2Ca alloy by a combination of atmospheric plasma spraying and dip-coating techniques. The NiCoCrAlHfYSi (MCrAlHYS) coating, as the first layer, contained a large number of voids, globular porosities, and micro-cracks with a thickness of 40-50 μm, while the Al2O3·13%TiO2 coating, as the second layer, presented a unique bimodal microstructure with a thickness of 70-80 μm. The top layer was a hydrophobic polymer, which effectively sealed the porosities of plasma layers. The results of micro-hardness and bonding strength tests showed that the plasma coating presented excellent hardness (870 HV) and good bonding strength (14.8 MPa). However, the plasma/polymer coatings interface exhibited low bonding strength (8.6 MPa). The polymer coating formed thick layer (100-110 μm) that homogeneously covered the surface of the plasma layers. Contact angle measurement showed that polymer coating over plasma layers significantly decreased surface wettability. The corrosion current density ( i corr) of an uncoated sample (262.7 µA/cm2) decreased to 76.9 µA/cm2 after plasma coatings were applied. However, it was found that the i corr decreased significantly to 0.002 µA/cm2 after polymer sealing of the porous plasma layers.

  20. Electron correlations in copper oxides

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    Jefferson, J. H.

    A model which explicitly takes into account the hybridization of copper and oxygen orbitals and Coulomb correlations in copper-oxide chains and layers is considered. Degenerate perturbation theory is used to derive various effective Hamiltonians and shown to give rise to effective interactions which would be absent from a model that did not account for the oxygen states explicitly. In particular, there are hole-hole repulsion terms which mitigate against pairing. Exact solutions of the single hole problem and numerical solutions of the two-hole case for CuO chains confirm that the holes repel in the large correlation limit. Nous considérons un modèle dans lequel l'hybridation des orbitales de cuivre et d'oxygène et les corrélations de Coulomb en chaînes et en couches sont données explicitement. Les Hamiltoniens effectifs sont dérivés en utilisant la théorie de la perturbation dégénérée. On trouve les interactions effectives qui sont absentes d'un modèle dans lequel les états de l'oxygène ne sont pas considérés explicitement. Notamment, les forces répulsives entre les trous produisent une diminution de la probabilité d'association. Les solutions précises du problème pour un trou simple, et les solutions numériques du cas de deux trous dans les chaînes de CuO, confirment que dans la limite pour les corrélations fortes, les trous subissent une force répulsive.

  1. HepML, an XML-based format for describing simulated data in high energy physics

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    Belov, S.; Dudko, L.; Kekelidze, D.; Sherstnev, A.

    2010-10-01

    In this paper we describe a HepML format and a corresponding C++ library developed for keeping complete description of parton level events in a unified and flexible form. HepML tags contain enough information to understand what kind of physics the simulated events describe and how the events have been prepared. A HepML block can be included into event files in the LHEF format. The structure of the HepML block is described by means of several XML Schemas. The Schemas define necessary information for the HepML block and how this information should be located within the block. The library libhepml is a C++ library intended for parsing and serialization of HepML tags, and representing the HepML block in computer memory. The library is an API for external software. For example, Matrix Element Monte Carlo event generators can use the library for preparing and writing a header of an LHEF file in the form of HepML tags. In turn, Showering and Hadronization event generators can parse the HepML header and get the information in the form of C++ classes. libhepml can be used in C++, C, and Fortran programs. All necessary parts of HepML have been prepared and we present the project to the HEP community. Program summaryProgram title: libhepml Catalogue identifier: AEGL_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEGL_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU GPLv3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 138 866 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 613 122 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++, C Computer: PCs and workstations Operating system: Scientific Linux CERN 4/5, Ubuntu 9.10 RAM: 1 073 741 824 bytes (1 Gb) Classification: 6.2, 11.1, 11.2 External routines: Xerces XML library ( http://xerces.apache.org/xerces-c/), Expat XML Parser ( http://expat.sourceforge.net/) Nature of problem: Monte Carlo simulation in high

  2. Intrication de deux atomes en utilisant le blocage de Rydberg

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    Gaëtan, A.

    2010-12-01

    Considérons un système quantique constitué de deux sous-systèmes : on dit qu'il est dans un état intriqué s'il existe des corrélations quantiques entre les états de ces derniers. La compréhension et la mise en œuvre d'états intriqués ont de nombreuses applications (métrologie quantique, étude des systèmes fortement corrélés, traitement quantique de l'information, etc.) et constituent le contexte général de ce travail de thèse. Plus en détail, nous démontrons la réalisation d'un état intriqué de deux atomes neutres piégés indépendamment. Pour cela, nous exploitons le phénomène de blocage de Rydberg : lorsqu'on essaie d'exciter simultanément deux atomes séparés de quelques micromètres vers un état de Rydberg donné, la forte interaction entre atomes de Rydberg peut empêcher cette excitation simultanée. Dans ce cas, seul un des deux atomes est excité et l'on génère ainsi des corrélations quantiques entre les états des deux atomes, c'est-à-dire de l'intrication. Dans notre expérience, deux atomes de 87Rb dans l'état fondamental 5S1/2 sont piégés chacun dans une pince optique microscopique, à une distance relative de 4 micromètres. En réalisant des transitions entre l'état 5S1/2 et l'état de Rydberg 58D3/2 par des transitions à deux photons, nous obtenons un état intriqué des deux atomes dans les sous-niveaux |5S1/2, f = 1, mf = 1> et |5S1/2, f = 2, mf = 2>. Afin de quantifier l'intrication, nous mesurons la fidélité par rapport à l'état-cible en réalisant des transitions Raman entre ces deux sous-niveaux. La fidélité des paires d'atomes présentes à la fin de l'expérience est supérieure à la valeur seuil de 0,5, ce qui prouve la création d'un état intriqué.

  3. Anomalies de l’électro-encéphalogramme en neurologie pédiatrique: à propos de 500 enregistrements à l’Hôpital Gynéco-Obstétrique et Pédiatrique de Yaoundé (Cameroun)

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    Nguefack, Séraphin; Enyama, Dominique; Chiabi, Andreas; Sini, Victor; Mah, Evelyn; Bogne, Jean Baptiste; Mbonda, Paul Cédric; Mbonda, Elie

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Cette étude dont le but était d’évaluer la contribution de l’électroencéphalogramme (EEG) en neurologie pédiatrique et de déterminer les indications pertinentes chez l’enfant de 0 à 15ans. Méthodes Il s’agit d’une étude rétrospective et descriptive réalisée au laboratoire d’électroencéphalographie de l’Hôpital Gynéco-Obstétrique et Pédiatrique de Yaoundé du 1er novembre 2011 au 15 mars 2012. Résultats L’âge moyen des patients était de 70.2 mois avec des extrêmes de 0 et 180 mois. Le sexe ratio était de 1.04. Cent quatre vingt treize des 500 tracés de veille étaient anormaux 41 des 114 tracés de sommeil étaient anormaux et 78 des 500 tracés réalisés présentaient un rythme de fond ralenti pour l’âge. Cent cinquante tracés présentaient des anomalies épileptiques dont 81 focales, 35 multifocales et 34 des anomalies généralisées. Sur les 137 patients dont l’EEG était compatible avec une épilepsie, le lobe temporal était le plus souvent le siège d’anomalies épileptiques avec des épilepsies temporales et des épilepsies à pointes centro-temporales, venaient ensuite le lobe frontal, les épilepsies généralisées, les épilepsies du lobe occipital et l’hypsarythmie. Chez 13 des 150 patients avec des anomalies épileptiques à l’EEG, les anomalies retrouvées ne rentraient pas dans le cadre d’un syndrome épileptique particulier. Lorsque l’épilepsie était connue, la probabilité d’avoir un tracé EEG anormal était 1,44 fois plus élevée (OR=1.44 (0.83-2.52) même si la corrélation n’était pas statistiquement significative (p=0.1). En revanche lorsque l’épilepsie était suspectée, il y avait 3.43 fois plus de risques d’avoir un tracé anormal (OR=3.43 (2.27-5.18) avec une corrélation statistiquement significative (p< ;0.05). Les convulsions fébriles, les mouvements anormaux, le retard psychomoteur, les troubles déficitaires de l’attention avec hyperinésie, la

  4. [Surgical treatment of spinal tuberculosis: an orthopedic service experience].

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    Soares do Brito, Joaquim; Batista, Nuno; Tirado, António; Fernandes, Pedro

    2013-01-01

    Introdução: A espondilodiscite de etiologia tuberculosa é responsável por mais de 40% do universo destas infeções. Enquanto a quimioterapia tuberculostática se mantém como gold-standard da terapêutica desta patologia, o tratamento cirúrgico tem lugar em situações muito específicas. Neste trabalho apresentam-se os resultados de 33 doentes com espondilodiscite tuberculosa operados no nosso serviço durante os últimos 15 anos.Objetivo: Avaliar retrospetivamente doentes com diagnóstico de espondilodiscite tuberculosa operados num período de 15 anos(1996 a 2011); avaliar opções cirúrgicas tomadas e respetivos resultados relativamente à resolução da infeção, controlo da deformidade e evolução da lesão neurológica.Material e Métodos: Análise retrospetiva dos processos clínicos e avaliações imagiológicas de doentes com diagnóstico de espondilodiscite tuberculosa operados entre 1996 e 2011. Foram identificados 33 doentes com idade média de 46,7 anos; 17 doentes apresentavam infeção torácica, 11 lombar e cinco toraco-lombar. O abcesso paravertebral foi identificado em 26 dos casos estudados, existindo extensão intracanalar em 16 doentes. Nove dos doentes avaliados apresentavam lesão neurológica. A abordagem cirúrgica por via anterior foi utilizada em sete casos, a via posterior em 11 e a abordagem combinada foi a preferida em 15 ocasiões. A quimioterapia antibacilar foi mantida em média por 14 meses, com seguimento médio de 24 meses.Resultados: Verificámos cura da infeção em todos os doentes, sendo documentados critérios de fusão óssea, em média, 10,6 meses pós-cirurgia. A abordagem anterior isolada não permitiu obter correção da deformidade inicial, enquanto a via posterior permitiu uma correção média de 12,7º e a via combinada uma correção média de 8,7º. Cinco dos doentes com lesão neurológica melhoraram 2 a 3 níveis na escala ASIA durante o seguimento pós-operatório. Como complicações referem-se 2

  5. Telescópio de patrulhamento solar em 12 GHz

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    Utsumi, F.; Costa, J. E. R.

    2003-08-01

    O telescópio de patrulhamento solar é um instrumento dedicado à observação de explosões solares com início de suas operações em janeiro de 2002, trabalhando próximo ao pico de emissão do espectro girossincrotrônico (12 GHz). Trata-se de um arranjo de três antenas concebido para a detecção de explosões e determinação em tempo real da localização da região emissora. Porém, desde sua implementação em uma montagem equatorial movimentada por um sistema de rotação constante (15 graus/hora) o rastreio apresentou pequenas variações de velocidade e folgas nas caixas de engrenagens. Assim, tornou-se necessária a construção de um sistema de correção automática do apontamento que era de fundamental importância para os objetivos do projeto. No segundo semestre de 2002 empreendemos uma série de tarefas com o objetivo de automatizar completamente o rastreio, a calibração, a aquisição de dados, controle de ganhos, offsets e transferência dos dados pela internet através de um projeto custeado pela FAPESP. O rastreio automático é realizado através de um inversor que controla a freqüência da rede de alimentação do motor de rastreio podendo fazer micro-correções na direção leste-oeste conforme os radiômetros desta direção detectem uma variação relativa do sinal. Foi adicionado também um motor na direção da declinação para correção automática da variação da direção norte-sul. Após a implementação deste sistema a precisão do rastreio melhorou para um desvio máximo de 30 segundos de arco, o que está muito bom para este projeto. O Telescópio se encontra em funcionamento automático desde março de 2003 e já conta com várias explosões observadas após a conclusão desta fase de automação. Estamos apresentando as explosões mais intensas do período e com as suas respectivas posições no disco solar.

  6. A 45-year time series of Saharan dune mobility from remote sensing

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    Vermeesch, P.

    2012-04-01

    Decadal trends in the aeolian dust record of the Sahara affect the global climate system and the nutrient budget of the Atlantic Ocean. One proposed cause of these trends are changes in the frequency and intensity of dust storms, which have hitherto been hard to quantify. Because sand flux scales with the cube of wind speed, dune migration rates can be used as a proxy for storminess. Relative changes in the storminess of the Sahara can thus be monitored by tracking the migration rates of individual sand dunes over time. The Bodélé Depression of northern Chad was selected as a target area for this method, because it is the most important point-source of aeolian dust on the planet and features the largest and fastest dunes on Earth. A collection of co-registered Landsat, SPOT, and ASTER scenes, combined with declassified American spy satellite images was used to construct a 45 year record of dune migration in the Bodélé Depression. One unexpected outcome of the study was the observation of binary dune interactions in the imagery sequence, which reveals that when two barchan dunes collide, a transfer of mass occurs so that one dune appears to travel through the other unscathed, like a solitary wave. This confirms a controversial numerical model prediction and settles a decade-old debate in aeolian geomorphology. The COSI-Corr change detection method was used to measure the dune migration rates from 1984 until 1987, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. An algorithm was developed to automatically warp the resulting displacement fields back to a common point in time. Thus, individual image pixels of a dune field were tracked over time, allowing the extraction of a time series from the co-registered satellite images without further human intervention. The automated analysis was extended further back into the past by comparison of the 1984 image with declassified American spy satellite (Corona) images from 1965 and 1970. Due to the presence of

  7. Measurement and Calculation of Electrochemical Potentials in Hydrogenated High Temperature Water, including an Evaluation of the Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia/Iron-Iron Oxide (Fe/Fe3O4) Probe as Reference Electrode

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    Steven A. Attanasio; David S. Morton; Mark A. Ando

    2001-10-22

    The importance of knowing the electrochemical corrosion potential (ECP, also referred to as E{sub con}) of nickel-base alloys in hydrogenated water is related to the need to understand the effects of dissolved (i.e., aqueous) hydrogen concentration ([H{sub 2}]) on primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC). Also, the use of a reference electrode (RE) can improve test quality by heightening the ability to detect instances of out-of-specification or unexpected chemistry. Three methods are used to measure and calculate the ECP of nickel-based alloys in hydrogenated water containing {approx} 1 to 150 scc/kg H{sub 2} (0.1 to 13.6 ppm H{sub 2}) at 260 to 360 C. The three methods are referred to as the specimen/component method, the platinum (Pt) method, and the yttria-stabilized zirconia/iron-iron oxide (YSZ/Fe-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) RE method. The specimen/component method relies upon the assumption that the specimen or component behaves as a hydrogen electrode, and its E{sub corr} is calculated using the Nernst equation. The present work shows that this method is valid for aqueous H{sub 2} levels {ge} {approx} 5 to 10 scc/kg H{sub 2}. The Pt method uses a voltage measurement between the specimen or component and a Pt electrode, with the Pt assumed to behave as a hydrogen electrode; this method is valid as long as the aqueous H{sub 2}level is known. The YSZ/Fe-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, which represents a relatively new approach for measuring E{sub corr} in this environment, can be used even if the aqueous H{sub 2} level is unknown. The electrochemical performance of the YSZ/Fe-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} probe supports its viability as a RE for use in high temperature hydrogenated water. Recent design modifications incorporating a teflon sealant have improved the durability of this RE (however, some of the REs do still fail prematurely due to water in-leakage). The Pt method is judged to represent the best overall approach, though there are cases where the other methods are superior

  8. The Danger from the Outer Space. (Breton Title: O Perigo que Vem do Espaço.) El Peligro que Viene del Espacio

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    Bedaque, Paulo

    2005-12-01

    Among the several risks to which the terrestrial life is subject, there is a remote possibility of collision with minor astronomical bodies such as comets and asteroids, which can potentially cause consequences ranging from minor damages to large cataclysms with reflections for the whole Earth. The frequency of the collisions is smaller whenever the external bodies are bigger and more massive. It is possible to conduct simulations taking into account these factors and the velocities and angles of the collisions to estimate their probabilities, the consequences for our planet and the frequency of such events. The results of the simulations are presented graphically to facilitate the final analysis. Finally, we point out that there are several research centers in the world working in the surveillance of the sky to identify possible "aggressive" bodies and evaluate the actual risks for the planet.

    Entre os muitos riscos que corre o ambiente terrestre, existe a possibilidade, ainda que remota, de choques com pequenos corpos celestes como cometas, asteróides e meteoróides que podem provocar desde pequenas colisões sem grandes conseqüências até cataclismos de enormes dimensões, com reflexos para toda a vida existente na Terra. A taxa das colisões, como era de se esperar, é tanto maior quanto menores forem as dimensões e a massa do corpo externo. É possível fazer simulações levando-se em conta o diâmetro médio do objeto celeste, sua densidade, a velocidade e o ângulo de colisão para estimar as conseqüências que trariam tais colisões. É possível também estimar ampère probabilidades dos choques e avaliar os reais riscos que nosso planeta corre e com que periodicidade podemos esperá-los. Os resultados dessas simulações aparecem em gráficos de modo a facilitar a analise final. Por fim, lembramos que existem centros de pesquisa em várias partes do mundo trabalhando no patrulhamento do céu na busca de

  9. Dispersion modeling of accidental releases of toxic gases - Comparison of the models and their utility for the fire brigades.

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    Stenzel, S.; Baumann-Stanzer, K.

    2009-04-01

    Dispersion modeling of accidental releases of toxic gases - Comparison of the models and their utility for the fire brigades. Sirma Stenzel, Kathrin Baumann-Stanzer In the case of accidental release of hazardous gases in the atmosphere, the emergency responders need a reliable and fast tool to assess the possible consequences and apply the optimal countermeasures. For hazard prediction and simulation of the hazard zones a number of air dispersion models are available. The most model packages (commercial or free of charge) include a chemical database, an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and automated graphical output for display the results, they are easy to use and can operate fast and effective during stress situations. The models are designed especially for analyzing different accidental toxic release scenarios ("worst-case scenarios"), preparing emergency response plans and optimal countermeasures as well as for real-time risk assessment and management. There are also possibilities for model direct coupling to automatic meteorological stations, in order to avoid uncertainties in the model output due to insufficient or incorrect meteorological data. Another key problem in coping with accidental toxic release is the relative width spectrum of regulations and values, like IDLH, ERPG, AEGL, MAK etc. and the different criteria for their application. Since the particulate emergency responders and organizations require for their purposes unequal regulations and values, it is quite difficult to predict the individual hazard areas. There are a quite number of research studies and investigations coping with the problem, anyway the end decision is up to the authorities. The research project RETOMOD (reference scenarios calculations for toxic gas releases - model systems and their utility for the fire brigade) was conducted by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) in cooperation with the Vienna fire brigade, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH and

  10. The AETL methodology as a potential solution to current challenges associated with the development and use of acute exposure levels in Seveso II applications.

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    Wood, Maureen; Pichard, Annick; Gundert-Remy, Ursula; de Rooij, Christianus; Tissot, Sylvie M

    2006-05-20

    This paper analyses current trends in the development and use of acute exposure levels in Europe for the implementation of the Seveso II Directive [Council Directive 96/82/EC of December 9, 1996 on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances. Official Journal of the European Communities, vol. L 10, January 14, 1997, Luxembourg, pp. 13-33]. It also describes a new initiative to develop a European methodology for deriving acute exposure threshold levels that responds to emerging needs in this area. The need for acute exposure values to predict human health effects of potential accidents on exposed populations has burgeoned in recent years. As the driving legislation for managing industrial hazards in Europe, the Seveso II Directive has particularly influenced this trend. Yet at this time it is questionable whether the availability and range of acute exposure values for toxic substances has kept apace with the growing need. Results of a survey of Seveso II competent authorities in the EU-15 revealed that a variety of different types of acute exposure values (AEGLs, EPRGs, etc.) are used for Seveso II applications. Moreover, a comparison of these values indicates gaps in coverage of substances as well as inconsistencies in terms of how health effects and exposure periods are defined for each type. These findings highlight an opportunity for greater collaboration on scientific inputs to application of the Directive in Europe. The ACUTEX project is an EU-funded research project aimed at furthering scientific exchange and collaboration in support of the development of acute exposure levels for toxic substances in Europe. Its goal is to develop a European methodology for deriving acute exposure threshold levels (AETLs). In particular, it provides the possibility for a common European platform for developing additional acute exposure values to meet emerging needs and cover more chemical substances. To maximise success, the work plan is designed to

  11. Transport et bruit quantique dans les fils mésoscopiques

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    Torrès, J.

    2002-01-01

    Un conducteur quantique est bien caractérisé par sa conductance donnée par la formule de Landauer. Mais le bruit contient davantage d'informations que la conductance : il mesure les fluctuations temporelles du courant autour de sa valeur moyenne. De plus, le signe des corrélations de bruit est lié à la statistique des porteurs de charge. Dans une jonction entre un métal normal et un supraconducteur, le bruit présente une singularité à la fréquence Josephson, signature de la charge 2e des paires de Cooper impliquées dans le transport. Lorsque la tension appliquée est supérieure au gap du supraconducteur, la courbe du bruit exhibe des singularités à plusieurs fréquences auxquelles on peut associer un processus de réflexion ou de transmission. L'analogue fermionique de l'expérience d'Hanbury-Brown et Twiss avec un supraconducteur permet d'observer à la fois des corrélations positives et négatives dans un même système. Maintenir une différence de potentiel entre les deux extrémités d'un fil crée une situation relevant de la thermodynamique hors de l'équilibre. Formellement, on peut se ramener à un calcul à l'équilibre et écrire une théorie des perturbations grâce à la méthode de Keldysh. La théorie des liquides de Luttinger décrit les systèmes unidimensionnels d'électrons en interaction. Le hamiltonien peut se mettre sous forme quadratique grâce à la bosonisation. D'autre part, un liquide de Luttinger chiral constitue un bon modèle des états de bord de l'effet Hall quantique fractionnaire. Grâce au formalisme de Keldysh, on peut retrouver une formule de type Schottky et identifier la charge des quasiparticules de Laughlin.

  12. Narrowband Lyman-continuum Imaging of Galaxies at z ~ 2.85

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    Mostardi, R. E.; Shapley, A. E.; Nestor, D. B.; Steidel, C. C.; Reddy, N. A.; Trainor, R. F.

    2013-12-01

    We present results from a survey for z ~ 2.85 Lyman-continuum (LyC) emission in the HS1549+1933 field and place constraints on the amount of ionizing radiation escaping from star-forming galaxies. Using a custom narrowband filter (NB3420) tuned to wavelengths just below the Lyman limit at z >= 2.82, we probe the LyC spectral region of 49 Lyman break galaxies (LBGs) and 91 Lyα emitters (LAEs) spectroscopically confirmed at z >= 2.82. Four LBGs and seven LAEs are detected in NB3420. Using V-band data probing the rest-frame nonionizing UV, we observe that many NB3420-detected galaxies exhibit spatial offsets between their LyC and nonionizing UV emission and are characterized by extremely blue NB3420-V colors, corresponding to low ratios of nonionizing to ionizing radiation (F UV/F LyC) that are in tension with current stellar population synthesis models. We measure average values of (F UV/F LyC) for our LBG and LAE samples, correcting for foreground galaxy contamination and H I absorption in the intergalactic medium. We find (F_{UV}/F_{LyC})_{corr}^{LBG}=82+/- 45 and (F_{UV}/F_{LyC})_{corr}^{LAE}=7.4+/- 3.6. These flux density ratios correspond, respectively, to relative LyC escape fractions of f_{esc,\\,rel}^{LBG}=5%{--}8% and f_{esc,\\,rel}^{LAE}=18%{--}49%, absolute LyC escape fractions of f_{esc}^{LBG}=1%{--}2% and f_{esc}^{LAE}=5%{--}15%, and a comoving LyC emissivity from star-forming galaxies of 8.8-15.0 × 1024 erg s-1 Hz-1 Mpc-3. In order to study the differential properties of galaxies with and without LyC detections, we analyze narrowband Lyα imaging and rest-frame near-infrared imaging, finding that while LAEs with LyC detections have lower Lyα equivalent widths on average, there is no substantial difference in the rest-frame near-infrared colors of LBGs or LAEs with and without LyC detections. These preliminary results are consistent with an orientation-dependent model where LyC emission escapes through cleared paths in a patchy interstellar medium.

  13. Ribosomal Proteins RPS11 and RPS20, Two Stress-Response Markers of Glioblastoma Stem Cells, Are Novel Predictors of Poor Prognosis in Glioblastoma Patients

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    Yang, Shuai; Tso, Jonathan L.; Menjivar, Jimmy C.; Wei, Bowen; Lucey, Gregory M.; Mareninov, Sergey; Chen, Zugen; Liau, Linda M.; Lai, Albert; Nelson, Stanley F.; Cloughesy, Timothy F.; Tso, Cho-Lea

    2015-01-01

    Glioblastoma stem cells (GSC) co-exhibiting a tumor-initiating capacity and a radio-chemoresistant phenotype, are a compelling cell model for explaining tumor recurrence. We have previously characterized patient-derived, treatment-resistant GSC clones (TRGC) that survived radiochemotherapy. Compared to glucose-dependent, treatment-sensitive GSC clones (TSGC), TRGC exhibited reduced glucose dependence that favor the fatty acid oxidation pathway as their energy source. Using comparative genome-wide transcriptome analysis, a series of defense signatures associated with TRGC survival were identified and verified by siRNA-based gene knockdown experiments that led to loss of cell integrity. In this study, we investigate the prognostic value of defense signatures in glioblastoma (GBM) patients using gene expression analysis with Probeset Analyzer (131 GBM) and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data, and protein expression with a tissue microarray (50 GBM), yielding the first TRGC-derived prognostic biomarkers for GBM patients. Ribosomal protein S11 (RPS11), RPS20, individually and together, consistently predicted poor survival of newly diagnosed primary GBM tumors when overexpressed at the RNA or protein level [RPS11: Hazard Ratio (HR) = 11.5, p<0.001; RPS20: HR = 4.5, p = 0.03; RPS11+RPS20: HR = 17.99, p = 0.001]. The prognostic significance of RPS11 and RPS20 was further supported by whole tissue section RPS11 immunostaining (27 GBM; HR = 4.05, p = 0.01) and TCGA gene expression data (578 primary GBM; RPS11: HR = 1.19, p = 0.06; RPS20: HR = 1.25, p = 0.02; RPS11+RPS20: HR = 1.43, p = 0.01). Moreover, tumors that exhibited unmethylated O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) or wild-type isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) were associated with higher RPS11 expression levels [corr (IDH1, RPS11) = 0.64, p = 0.03); [corr (MGMT, RPS11) = 0.52, p = 0.04]. These data indicate that increased expression of RPS11 and RPS20 predicts shorter patient survival. The study also

  14. Automated optical image correlation to constrain dynamics of slow-moving landslides

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    Mackey, B. H.; Roering, J. J.; Lamb, M. P.

    2011-12-01

    Large, slow-moving landslides can dominate sediment flux from mountainous terrain, yet their long-term spatio-temporal behavior at the landscape scale is not well understood. Movement can be inconspicuous, episodic, persist for decades, and is challenging and time consuming to quantify using traditional methods such as stereo photogrammetry or field surveying. In the absence of large datasets documenting the movement of slow-moving landslides, we are challenged to isolate the key variables that control their movement and evolution. This knowledge gap hampers our understanding of landslide processes, landslide hazard, sediment budgets, and landscape evolution. Here we document the movement of numerous slow-moving landslides along the Eel River, northern California. These glacier-like landslides (earthflows) move seasonally (typically 1-2 m/yr), with minimal surface deformation, such that scattered shrubs can grow on the landslide surface for decades. Previous work focused on manually tracking the position of individual features (trees, rocks) on photos and LiDAR-derived digital topography to identify the extent of landslide activity. Here, we employ sub-pixel change detection software (COSI-Corr) to generate automated maps of landslide displacement by correlating successive orthorectified photos. Through creation of a detailed multi-temporal deformation field across the entire landslide surface, COSI-Corr is able to delineate zones of movement, quantify displacement, and identify domains of flow convergence and divergence. The vegetation and fine-scale landslide morphology provide excellent texture for automated comparison between successive orthorectified images, although decorrelation can occur in areas where translation between images is greater than the specified search window, or where intense ground deformation or vegetation change occurs. We automatically detected movement on dozens of active landslides (with landslide extent and displacement confirmed by

  15. Effects of methylphenidate on acute math performance in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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    Grizenko, Natalie; Cai, Emmy; Jolicoeur, Claude; Ter-Stepanian, Mariam; Joober, Ridha

    2013-11-01

    Objectif : Examiner les effets à court terme (aigus) du méthylphénidate (MPH) sur la performance en mathématique chez des enfants souffrant du trouble de déficit de l’attention avec hyperactivité (TDAH), et quels facteurs prédisent une amélioration de la performance en math. Méthode : Cent quatre-vingt-dix-huit enfants souffrant du TDAH ont participé à un essai de MPH croisé, randomisé, à double insu et contrôlé avec placebo. La réponse du MPH en math a été déterminée par l’administration de problèmes de math ajustés à leur niveau scolaire durant la Restricted Academic Situation Scale (RASS). Les tests t de Student ont été menés afin d’évaluer le changement de la performance en math avec les psychostimulants. La corrélation entre le changement à la RASS et le changement de la performance en math a aussi été examinée. Une régression linéaire a été exécutée pour déterminer les variables prédictives. Résultats : Les enfants souffrant du TDAH se sont améliorés significativement en math avec le MPH (P < 0,001). Le degré d’amélioration à la RASS (qui évalue l’activité motrice et l’orientation dans les tâches) et dans la performance en math avec MPH était hautement corrélé. L’âge de l’enfant au départ et les scores normaux au départ au Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT) – des opérations numériques représentaient 15 % des variances d’amélioration aiguë en math. Conclusions : Le MPH améliore la performance aiguë en mathématique chez les enfants souffrant du TDAH. Les enfants plus jeunes qui ont de moins bons scores en math (évalué par le WIAT) ont surtout amélioré leurs scores en math lorsqu’ils ont reçu des psychostimulants. Numéro d’enregistrement d’essai clinique : NCT00483106.

  16. Characterisation of GPS-TEC in the African equatorial and low latitude region and the regional evaluation of the IRI model

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    Adebiyi, S. J.; Adimula, I. A.; Oladipo, O. A.

    2016-06-01

    With the increasing application of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) products and services, knowledge of the Total Electron Content (TEC) variation is vital, particularly in historically under-sampled regions. The ionospheric induced-error, which is the largest and most variable error source of GNSS applications, is proportional to TEC along the satellite-receiver path. Simultaneous Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements from six African equatorial and low latitude stations in the southern hemisphere are used to investigate the latitudinal variation of TEC over the region during the year 2013, a year of moderate solar activity. The analysis reveals some detailed features of seasonal, month-to-month and solar activity dependence of TEC. The seasonal variation of TEC revealed that the daytime and the pre-midnight values of TEC for stations located close to the geographic equator is considerably higher in equinoxes and June solstice compared to stations farther from the equator, however, the difference is insignificant during the December solstice. The month-to-month variation of TEC shows semi-annual symmetry/asymmetry in TEC values for stations closer/farther from the equator. TEC sensitivity to solar activity shows significant seasonal and latitudinal characteristics. Generally, a relatively good correlation exists between TEC and F10.7 for stations around the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA) region compared to those found at stations close to the equator. Beyond the EIA region, the correlation coefficients drop in all seasons. TEC predicted by the three topside options of the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) 2012 model [i.e. the NeQuick (NeQ), IRI-2001 Corrected (IRI-01 Corr) and the IRI-2001 (IRI-01) options] exhibits latitudinal and seasonal characteristics. The NeQ option performed better than the other two options at stations located within the equatorial region in most of the months and seasons. Outside the EIA region, the IRI-01 Corr

  17. Laboratory Earthquake Measurements with the High-speed Digital Image Correlation Method and Applications to Super-shear Transition

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    Rubino, V.; Lapusta, N.; Rosakis, A.

    2012-12-01

    Mapping full-field displacements and strains on the Earth's surface during an earthquake is of paramount importance to enhance our understanding of earthquake mechanics. In this study, the feasibility of such measurements using image correlation methods is investigated in a laboratory earthquake setup. Earthquakes are mimicked in the laboratory by dynamic rupture propagating along an inclined frictional interface formed by two Homalite plates under compression, using the configuration developed by Rosakis and coworkers (e.g., Rosakis et al., 2007). In our study, the interface is partially glued, in order to confine the rupture before it reaches the ends of the specimen. The specimens are painted with a speckle pattern to provide the surface with characteristic features for image matching. Images of the specimens are taken before and after dynamic rupture with a 4 Megapixels resolution CCD camera. The digital images are analyzed with two software packages: VIC-2D (Correlated Solutions Inc.) and COSI-Corr (Leprince et. al, 2007). Both VIC-2D and COSI-Corr are able to characterize the full-field static displacement of a dynamic crack. For example, in a case with secondary mode I cracks, the correlation analysis performed with either software clearly shows (i) the relative displacement (slip) along the frictional interface, (ii) the rupture arrest on the glued boundaries, and (iii) the presence of two wing cracks. The obtained displacement measurements are converted to strains, using de-noising techniques. The digital image correlation method is then used in combination with high-speed photography. We will report our progress on the study of a spontaneously expanding sub-Rayleigh shear crack advancing along an interface containing a patch of favorable heterogeneity, such as a preexisting subcritical crack or a patch with higher prestress. According to the predictions of Liu and Lapusta (2008), intersonic transition and propagation can be achieved in the presence of a

  18. Suivi prospectif sur 5 ans des tentatives de suicide en population clinique dans la région de Fès, Maroc

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    Aarab, Chadya; Elghazouani, Fatima; Aalouane, Rachid; Rammouz, Ismail

    2014-01-01

    Au Maroc, les tentatives de suicide (TS) demeurent un sujet mal évalué à cause de considérations socioculturelles et l'absence d'approche longitudinale. L'objectif principal était d’évaluer le devenir des suicidants après 5ans au centre universitaire psychiatrique de Fès, les objectifs secondaires étaient l'estimation de la prévalence des TS, préciser les étiologies les plus fréquentes, et établir une corrélation entre les paramètres sociodémographiques, cliniques et évolutifs. Etude prospective à visée transversale et longitudinale, incluant les suicidants vus à l'hôpital psychiatrique de Fès, avec un suivi longitudinal sur 5ans. L’évaluation a été faite par un hétéro-questionnaire et le Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) cherchant le trouble psychiatrique sous jacent. On a recruté 105 patients suicidants, 62% des femmes, l’âge moyen est de 29,23ans. La prévalence des tentatives de suicide est de 3% sur l'ensemble des consultants à l’établissement. Les troubles de l'humeur, psychotiques et de personnalité ont occupé respectivement 37,6%, 27,7%, et 25,7% des cas. La récidive suicidaire a été notée chez 54% des patients, était significativement corrélée à la vie solitaire (P: 0,039) et à la présence d'antécédents familiaux de TS (P: 0,046). L'utilisation de moyens violents était significativement fréquente chez les patients psychotiques. Après 5ans, 32 patients ont répondu à notre appel. Le taux de récidive était de 15%. On a noté trois cas de décès dont deux suicides confirmés. Les résultats confirment les données de la littérature scientifique avec certaines particularités cliniques et évolutives. PMID:25478042

  19. Une validation de la forme abrégée de l’Échelle de provisions sociales : l’ÉPS-10 items

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    Caron, Jean

    2016-01-01

    L’Échelle de provisions sociales-10 items (ÉPS-10) est une version abrégée de l’Échelle de provisions sociales (Social Provisions Scale) (Cutrona et Russell, 1987) validée en langue française sur une population québécoise (Caron, 1996) et qui permet de mesurer la disponibilité du soutien social. L’ÉPS-10 conserve cinq des six sous-échelles de l’ÉPS (l’attachement ; l’intégration sociale ; la confirmation de sa valeur ; l’aide matérielle et l’orientation), le besoin de se sentir utile et nécessaire ayant été exclu, et ne garde que les items formulés positivement, soit deux items par dimension du soutien. L’article présente la validation de l’EPS-10 sur un échantillon représentatif de 2433 personnes provenant de la population générale du sud-ouest de Montréal. Elle a une forte validité concomitante avec l’Échelle originelle de 24 items (ÉPS). Tous ces items sont fortement corrélés au score total et sa consistance interne est excellente. Des analyses de corrélation entre les sous-échelles et le score global et une analyse factorielle indiquent que l’ÉPS-10 conserve sa validité de construit. L’ÉPS-10 explique 14,1 % de la variance de la détresse psychologique et 25,4 % de la variance de la qualité de vie et conserve un pouvoir prédictif équivalent à l’ÉPS à 24 items. L’ensemble des analyses suggère que l’ÉPS-10 est un instrument fiable et valide pour mesurer la disponibilité du soutien social avec un temps d’administration réduit de moitié. Il s’avère un excellent choix pour les enquêtes épidémiologiques. PMID:24337002

  20. Revisiting Past Earthquakes and Seismo-Volcanic Crises Using Declassified Optical Satellite Imagery (Invited)

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    Hollingsworth, J.; Leprince, S.; Ayoub, F.; Avouac, J.

    2009-12-01

    In this study we demonstrate that the recently declassified Corona KH-9 images can be used to measure ground deformation due to seismotectonic and volcanic events from optical sub-pixel correlation. We use high resolution (6-9 m) satellite images, available from the USGS for a relatively small cost ($30 per image, swath measuring 250 x 125 km). The images are processed with the user-friendly software package COSI-Corr, which allows for automatic and precise ortho-rectification, co-registration, and sub-pixel correlation of pushbroom satellite and aerial images. Knowledge of the camera calibration information is required to determine the interior and exterior orientation parameters of the camera, which are in turn needed to successfully orthorectify and co-register the images using COSI-Corr. Because the camera information still remains classified, we follow the approach of Surazakov, et al., (2009), who conclude the Hexagon KH9 camera system is similar to the NASA Large Format Camera (LFC) system. We successfully tested the approach on the 1999 Hector Mine, USA (Ms 7.4) and 1992 Landers, USA (Ms 7.5) earthquakes and then moved on to analyze a number of other large events. We have in particular been able to measure the surface deformation induced by the 1975-1984 Krafla rifting crisis in NE Iceland, by correlating a Hexagon image from 15th September 1977 with a SPOT5 image from 2002. During the period 1977-2002 we find an average E-W extension of 3±0.5 m across the rift, which extends NNE from Lake Myvatn in the south to Ásbyrgi canyon near the coast to the north (a distance of over 40 km) and were able to determine which faults were activated. We have also co-registered a number of Hexagon images to both SPOT and ASTER images (orthorectified using either SRTMv2 or ASTER GDEM topographic data) to determine the co-seismic rupture location and amount of displacement in various significant intraplate earthquakes for which InSAR or GPS data is unavailable: 1976

  1. The seasonal predictability of blocking frequency in two seasonal prediction systems (CMCC, Met-Office) and the associated representation of low-frequency variability.

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    Athanasiadis, Panos; Gualdi, Silvio; Scaife, Adam A.; Bellucci, Alessio; Hermanson, Leon; MacLachlan, Craig; Arribas, Alberto; Materia, Stefano; Borelli, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    Low-frequency variability is a fundamental component of the atmospheric circulation. Extratropical teleconnections, the occurrence of blocking and the slow modulation of the jet streams and storm tracks are all different aspects of low-frequency variability. Part of the latter is attributed to the chaotic nature of the atmosphere and is inherently unpredictable. On the other hand, primarily as a response to boundary forcings, tropospheric low-frequency variability includes components that are potentially predictable. Seasonal forecasting faces the difficult task of predicting these components. Particularly referring to the extratropics, the current generation of seasonal forecasting systems seem to be approaching this target by realistically initializing most components of the climate system, using higher resolution and utilizing large ensemble sizes. Two seasonal prediction systems (Met-Office GloSea and CMCC-SPS-v1.5) are analyzed in terms of their representation of different aspects of extratropical low-frequency variability. The current operational Met-Office system achieves unprecedented high scores in predicting the winter-mean phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO, corr. 0.74 at 500 hPa) and the Pacific-N. American pattern (PNA, corr. 0.82). The CMCC system, considering its small ensemble size and course resolution, also achieves good scores (0.42 for NAO, 0.51 for PNA). Despite these positive features, both models suffer from biases in low-frequency variance, particularly in the N. Atlantic. Consequently, it is found that their intrinsic variability patterns (sectoral EOFs) differ significantly from the observed, and the known teleconnections are underrepresented. Regarding the representation of N. hemisphere blocking, after bias correction both systems exhibit a realistic climatology of blocking frequency. In this assessment, instantaneous blocking and large-scale persistent blocking events are identified using daily geopotential height fields at

  2. Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing Studies

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    Trost, Thomas F.; Mitra, Atindra K.

    1996-01-01

    This report discusses the results on analytical models and measurement and simulation of statistical properties from a study of microwave reverberation (mode-stirred) chambers performed at Texas Tech University. Two analytical models of power transfer vs. frequency in a chamber, one for antenna-to-antenna transfer and the other for antenna to D-dot sensor, were experimentally validated in our chamber. Two examples are presented of the measurement and calculation of chamber Q, one for each of the models. Measurements of EM power density validate a theoretical probability distribution on and away from the chamber walls and also yield a distribution with larger standard deviation at frequencies below the range of validity of the theory. Measurements of EM power density at pairs of points which validate a theoretical spatial correlation function on the chamber walls and also yield a correlation function with larger correlation length, R(sub corr), at frequencies below the range of validity of the theory. A numerical simulation, employing a rectangular cavity with a moving wall shows agreement with the measurements. The determination that the lowest frequency at which the theoretical spatial correlation function is valid in our chamber is considerably higher than the lowest frequency recommended by current guidelines for utilizing reverberation chambers in EMC testing. Two suggestions have been made for future studies related to EMC testing.

  3. Crystallization and Preliminary Diffraction Analysis of the CAL PDZ Domain in Complex with a Selective Peptide Inhibitor

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    J Amacher; P Cushing; J Weiner; D Madden

    2011-12-31

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with loss-of-function mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), which regulates epithelial fluid and ion homeostasis. The CFTR cytoplasmic C-terminus interacts with a number of PDZ (PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1) proteins that modulate its intracellular trafficking and chloride-channel activity. Among these, the CFTR-associated ligand (CAL) has a negative effect on apical-membrane expression levels of the most common disease-associated mutant {Delta}F508-CFTR, making CAL a candidate target for the treatment of CF. A selective peptide inhibitor of the CAL PDZ domain (iCAL36) has recently been developed and shown to stabilize apical expression of {Delta}F508-CFTR, enhancing net chloride-channel activity, both alone and in combination with the folding corrector corr-4a. As a basis for structural studies of the CAL-iCAL36 interaction, a purification protocol has been developed that increases the oligomeric homogeneity of the protein. Here, the cocrystallization of the complex in space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 35.9, b = 47.7, c = 97.3 {angstrom}, is reported. The crystals diffracted to 1.4 {angstrom} resolution. Based on the calculated Matthews coefficient (1.96 {angstrom}{sup 3} Da{sup -1}), it appears that the asymmetric unit contains two complexes.

  4. SU-E-I-85: Exploring the 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose PET Characteristics in Staging of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Ma, C; Yin, Y

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore the characteristics derived from 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) PET image and assess its capacity in staging of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Methods: 26 patients with newly diagnosed ESCC who underwent 18F-FDG PET scan were included in this study. Different image-derived indices including the standardized uptake value (SUV), gross tumor length, texture features and shape feature were considered. Taken the histopathologic examination as the gold standard, the extracted capacities of indices in staging of ESCC were assessed by Kruskal-Wallis test and Mann-Whitney test. Specificity and sensitivity for each of the studied parameters were derived using receiver-operating characteristic curves. Results: 18F-FDG SUVmax and SUVmean showed statistically significant capability in AJCC and TNM stages. Texture features such as ENT and CORR were significant factors for N stages(p=0.040, p=0.029). Both FDG PET Longitudinal length and shape feature Eccentricity (EC) (p≤0.010) provided powerful stratification in the primary ESCC AJCC and TNM stages than SUV and texture features. Receiver-operating-characteristic curve analysis showed that tumor textural analysis can capability M stages with higher sensitivity than SUV measurement but lower in T and N stages. Conclusion: The 18F-FDG image-derived characteristics of SUV, textural features and shape feature allow for good stratification AJCC and TNM stage in ESCC patients.

  5. Attenuated total reflectance-mid infrared spectroscopy (ATR-MIR) coupled with independent components analysis (ICA): A fast method to determine plasticizers in polylactide (PLA).

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    Kassouf, Amine; Ruellan, Alexandre; Jouan-Rimbaud Bouveresse, Delphine; Rutledge, Douglas N; Domenek, Sandra; Maalouly, Jacqueline; Chebib, Hanna; Ducruet, Violette

    2016-01-15

    Compliance of plastic food contact materials (FCMs) with regulatory specifications in force, requires a better knowledge of their interaction phenomena with food or food simulants in contact. However these migration tests could be very complex, expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, alternative procedures were introduced based on the determination of potential migrants in the initial material, allowing the use of mathematical modeling, worst case scenarios and other alternative approaches, for simple and fast compliance testing. In this work, polylactide (PLA), plasticized with four different plasticizers, was considered as a model plastic formulation. An innovative analytical approach was developed, based on the extraction of qualitative and quantitative information from attenuated total reflectance (ATR) mid-infrared (MIR) spectral fingerprints, using independent components analysis (ICA). Two novel chemometric methods, Random_ICA and ICA_corr_y, were used to determine the optimal number of independent components (ICs). Both qualitative and quantitative information, related to the identity and the quantity of plasticizers in PLA, were retrieved through a direct and fast analytical method, without any prior sample preparations. Through a single qualitative model with 11 ICs, a clear and clean classification of PLA samples was obtained, according to the identity of plasticizers incorporated in their formulations. Moreover, a quantitative model was established for each formulation, correlating proportions estimated by ICA and known concentrations of plasticizers in PLA. High coefficients of determination (higher than 0.96) and recoveries (higher than 95%) proved the good predictability of the proposed models. PMID:26592648

  6. Production de faisceaux EPR à l'aide d'un oscillateur paramétrique optique à auto-verrouillage de phase

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    Longchambon, L.; Laurat, J.; Treps, N.; Ducci, S.; Maître, A.; Coudreau, T.; Fabre, C.

    2002-06-01

    Nous étudions théoriquement les propriétés quantiques des faisceaux lumineux continus orthogonalement polarisés émis par un Oscillateur Paramétrique Optique (OPO) de type II contenant une lame biréfringente. Quand les axes optiques de la lame sont tournés par rapport à ceux du cristal paramétrique, un couplage apparaît entre les faisceaux signal et complémentaire qui entraîne un verrouillage de phase entre les deux modes et un fonctionnement à dégénérescence de fréquence à l'intérieur d'une zone d'accrochage. Les corrélations quantiques entre les deux faisceaux permettent de définir les zones dans l'espace des paramètres expérimentaux où les différents critères associés à l'intrication EPR utilisés en information quantique sont vérifiés.

  7. Préparation conditionnelle d'un état en régime de variables continues : génération expérimentale d'un état non-classique à partir de faisceaux jumeaux

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    Laurat, J.; Coudreau, T.; Treps, N.; Maître, A.; Fabre, C.

    2004-11-01

    Ce travail constitue la première démonstration expérimentale de préparation conditionnelle d'un état non-classique dans le domaine des variables continues. A partir d'un OPO de type II qui génère au dessus du seuil des faisceaux signal et complémentaire fortement corrélés en intensité, les valeurs de l'intensité du signal sont conservées uniquement lorsque le complémentaire prend une valeur comprise dans une bande plus petite que son écart-type. Par cette technique très simple, nous avons généré un état sub-Poissonien 4.4 dB (64%) sous le bruit quantique standard à partir de faisceaux jumeaux présentant une réduction du bruit sur leur différence d'intensité de 7.5 dB (82%).

  8. Exploring the role of quantum chemical descriptors in modeling acute toxicity of diverse chemicals to Daphnia magna.

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    Reenu; Vikas

    2015-09-01

    Various quantum-mechanically computed molecular and thermodynamic descriptors along with physico-chemical, electrostatic and topological descriptors are compared while developing quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) for the acute toxicity of 252 diverse organic chemicals towards Daphnia magna. QSAR models based on the quantum-chemical descriptors, computed with routinely employed advanced semi-empirical and ab-initio methods, along with the electron-correlation contribution (CORR) of the descriptors, are analyzed for the external predictivity of the acute toxicity. The models with reliable internal stability and external predictivity are found to be based on the HOMO energy along with the physico-chemical, electrostatic and topological descriptors. Besides this, the total energy and electron-correlation energy are also observed as highly reliable descriptors, suggesting that the intra-molecular interactions between the electrons play an important role in the origin of the acute toxicity, which is in fact an unexplored phenomenon. The models based on quantum-chemical descriptors such as chemical hardness, absolute electronegativity, standard Gibbs free energy and enthalpy are also observed to be reliable. A comparison of the robust models based on the quantum-chemical descriptors computed with various quantum-mechanical methods suggests that the advanced semi-empirical methods such as PM7 can be more reliable than the ab-initio methods which are computationally more expensive.

  9. Ni ion release, osteoblast-material interactions, and hemocompatibility of hafnium-implanted NiTi alloy.

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    Zhao, Tingting; Li, Yan; Zhao, Xinqing; Chen, Hong; Zhang, Tao

    2012-04-01

    Hafnium ion implantation was applied to NiTi alloy to suppress Ni ion release and enhance osteoblast-material interactions and hemocompatibility. The auger electron spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscope results showed that a composite TiO(2)/HfO(2) nanofilm with increased surface roughness was formed on the surface of NiTi, and Ni concentration was reduced in the superficial surface layer. Potentiodynamic polarization tests displayed that 4 mA NiTi sample possessed the highest E(br) - E(corr), 470 mV higher than that of untreated NiTi, suggesting a significant improvement on pitting corrosion resistance. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry tests during 60 days immersion demonstrated that Ni ion release rate was remarkably decreased, for example, a reduction of 67% in the first day. The water contact angle increased and surface energy decreased after Hf implantation. Cell culture and methyl-thiazol-tetrazolium indicated that Hf-implanted NiTi expressed enhanced osteoblasts adhesion and proliferation, especially after 7 days culture. Hf implantation decreased fibrinogen adsorption, but had almost no effect on albumin adsorption. Platelets adhesion and activation were suppressed significantly (97% for 4 mA NiTi) and hemolysis rate was decreased by at least 57% after Hf implantation. Modified surface composition and morphology and decreased surface energy should be responsible for the improvement of cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility.

  10. Quality of life in fibromyalgia patients with craniomandibular disorders.

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    Di Venere, D; Corsalini, M; Stefanachi, G; Tafuri, S; De Tommaso, M; Cervinara, F; Re, A; Pettini, F

    2015-01-01

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a rheumatic disease which affects fibrous tissues and muscles; it is characterized by chronic pain and it is often associated with craniomandibular disorders (CMD). 31 patients were assessed from March 2012 to October 2012 through the administration of specific questionnaires and following neurologic and gnatologic assessment. A relevant corre-lation between FM and CMD emerges from the present study, as 80.6% of our patients report CMD symptoms with high prevalence of myofascial pain (84%). Multivariate regression analysis revealed that the patients in the present study did not differ in score of quality of life questionnaires from patients with fibromyalgia. The neuropathic pain diagnostic question-naire (DN4) scores were positively affected by belonging to group II of Research Diagnostic Criteria of Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/ TDM) classification, suggesting the possibility of a neuropathic component in chronic pain in this CMD group, as already speculated in our study on the correlation between burning mouth syndrome and CMD and by other au-thors in studies on chronic low back pain. However, further clinic and instrumental studies are needed in order to test this as-sumption. PMID:25674166

  11. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON EFFECTS OF CATHODIC PROTECTION TO PREVENT MACRO-CELL CORROSION OF STEEL IN CONCRETE

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    Yamamoto, Satoru; Ueno, Moe; Ishii, Kouji; Seki, Hiroshi

    Reinforcing bars embedded in concrete tend to corrode due to salt attack under marine environments. Corrosion of bars might be often caused with phenomenon of macro-cell. Cathodic protection has been, so far, applied to control the corrosion of reinforcing bars in RC members. In order to make clear the mechanisms of macro-cell corr osion and the effect of cathodic protecti on, laboratory tests were carried out. Testing concrete specimens contained two reinforcing bars which were buried at upper area of specimens and at lower area of ones, respectively. Lower zone of the concrete specimens were immersed in water. Testing results indicated as follows: (1) reinforci ng bars under wetting condition were anode and reinforcing bars under drying one cathode, (2) current density of macro-cell between two bars increased according as the potential difference increased and electric resistance of the concrete between two bars decreased, and (3) cathodic protection was effective to prevented macro-cell corrosion of reinforcing bars in concrete. Furthermore, it was presumed that corroded iron might be reduced to metal iron due to the protection current.

  12. Pharmacokinetics of niacinamide in blood and skin of hairless guinea pigs

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    Bongiovannieier, R.; Koplovitz, I.; Shulz, S.; Lieb, J.; Railer, R.

    1993-05-13

    Niacinamide (NA) has been reported to be effective in reducing the development of microblisters caused by sulfur mustard (HD) vapor exposure in the Hairless guinea pig when given as a single bolus pretreatment 30 min prior to HD vapor exposure (Yourick et al.). The purpose of these experiments was to establish the pharmacokinetics of NA in the hairless guinea pig to optimize the evaluation of NA against HD cutaneous injury. A high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed for the quantitation of NA in blood and skin. The method was linear (corr coeff r = 0.998) and sensitive with a working range from 50 microns/ml to 2000 microns/ml. The NA Tl/2 was measured after a bolus injection of 750 and 375 mg/kg via IP and IV routes, respectively. The Tl/2 was 2.8 + or - 0.3 hr for both routes. Drug concentrations in blood, during multiple dosing (5 IP) of a fixed dose (375 mg/kg, i.p.) given every 2.8 hr, were within 15% of the theoretical values calculated using a computer model (Principle of Superposition). NA serum levels ranged from 325 microns/mL to 1404 microns/mL (n = 12). The corresponding skin levels were within 93% of the blood levels. The elimination of NA from the skin paralleled its elimination from the blood. The results of these studies will aid in the future evaluation of NA as a pretreatment/treatment for HD injury.

  13. Towards a more accurate extraction of the SPICE netlist from MAGIC based layouts

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    Geronimo, G.D.

    1998-08-01

    The extraction of the SPICE netlist form MAGIC based layouts is investigated. It is assumed that the layout is fully coherent with the corresponding mask representation. The process of the extraction can be made in three steps: (1) extraction of .EXT file from layout, through MAGIC command extract; (2) extraction of the netlist from .EXT file through ext2spice extractor; and (3) correction of the netlist through ext2spice.corr program. Each of these steps introduces some approximations, most of which can be optimized, and some errors, most of which can be corrected. Aim of this work is the description of each step, of the approximations and errors on each step, and of the corresponding optimizations and corrections to be made in order to improve the accuracy of the extraction. The HP AMOS14TB 0.5 {micro}m process with linear capacitor and silicide block options and the corresponding SCN3MLC{_}SUBM.30.tech27 technology file will be used in the following examples.

  14. Effects of pH and elevated glucose levels on the electrochemical behavior of dental implants.

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    Tamam, Evsen; Turkyilmaz, Ilser

    2014-04-01

    Implant failure is more likely to occur in persons with medically compromising systemic conditions, such as diabetes related to high blood glucose levels and inflammatory diseases related to pH levels lower than those in healthy people. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of lower pH level and simulated- hyperglycemia on implant corrosion as these effects are critical to biocompatibility and osseointegration. The electrochemical corrosion properties of titanium implants were studied in four different solutions: Ringer's physiological solution at pH = 7.0 and pH = 5.5 and Ringer's physiological solution containing 15 mM dextrose at pH = 7 and pH = 5.5. Corrosion behaviors of dental implants were determined by cyclic polarization test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Surface alterations were studied using a scanning electron microscope. All test electrolytes led to apparent differences in corrosion behavior of the implants. The implants under conditions of test exhibited statistically significant increases in I(corr) from 0.2372 to 1.007 μAcm(-2), corrosion rates from 1.904 to 8.085 mpy, and a decrease in polarization resistances from 304 to 74 Ω. Implants in dextrose-containing solutions were more prone to corrosion than those in Ringer's solutions alone. Increasing the acidity also yielded greater corrosion rates for the dextrose-containing solutions and the solutions without dextrose.

  15. Dengue: recent past and future threats.

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    Rogers, David J

    2015-04-01

    This article explores four key questions about statistical models developed to describe the recent past and future of vector-borne diseases, with special emphasis on dengue: (1) How many variables should be used to make predictions about the future of vector-borne diseases? (2) Is the spatial resolution of a climate dataset an important determinant of model accuracy? (3) Does inclusion of the future distributions of vectors affect predictions of the futures of the diseases they transmit? (4) Which are the key predictor variables involved in determining the distributions of vector-borne diseases in the present and future? Examples are given of dengue models using one, five or 10 meteorological variables and at spatial resolutions of from one-sixth to two degrees. Model accuracy is improved with a greater number of descriptor variables, but is surprisingly unaffected by the spatial resolution of the data. Dengue models with a reduced set of climate variables derived from the HadCM3 global circulation model predictions for the 1980s are improved when risk maps for dengue's two main vectors (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are also included as predictor variables; disease and vector models are projected into the future using the global circulation model predictions for the 2020s, 2040s and 2080s. The Garthwaite-Koch corr-max transformation is presented as a novel way of showing the relative contribution of each of the input predictor variables to the map predictions.

  16. Visible and Infrared Optical Design for the ITER Upper Ports

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    Lasnier, C; Seppala, L; Morris, K; Groth, M; Fenstermacher, M; Allen, S; Synakowski, E; Ortiz, J

    2007-03-01

    This document contains the results of an optical design scoping study of visible-light and infrared optics for the ITER upper ports, performed by LLNL under contract for the US ITER Project Office. ITER is an international collaboration to build a large fusion energy tokamak with a goal of demonstrating net fusion power for pulses much longer than the energy confinement time. At the time of this report, six of the ITER upper ports are planned to each to contain a camera system for recording visible and infrared light, as well as other diagnostics. the performance specifications for the temporal and spatial resolution of this system are shown in the Section II, Functional Specifications. They acknowledge a debt to Y. Corre and co-authors of the CEA Cadarache report ''ITER wide-angle viewing and thermographic and visible system''. Several of the concepts used in this design are derived from that CEA report. The infrared spatial resolution for optics of this design is diffraction-limited by the size of the entrance aperture, at lower resolution than listed in the ITER diagnostic specifications. The size of the entrance aperture is a trade-off between spatial resolution, optics size in the port, and the location of relay optics. The signal-to-noise ratio allows operation at the specified time resolutions.

  17. Chilean Astronomers and the Birth of Cerro Tololo

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    Moreno, H.

    1990-11-01

    P# JMEN. Hace treinta afios que se tnict6 en Chile la de n luga adecuado pata establecer observatoro astron6ini- Co, que a en wi ieflector de 1 in de diam'etrr . importante destacar el papel que le corres-pondi6 al Obseiwatorio Nacional de Ia Universidad de `Chile -- re'.-. tarde Departamento de de la inisma Univer- sidad .- en 1 de este proycoto. Los resultados han ido mucho mct5 impoftaftes lo esperado . de tal nodo q. el prc -ama destinado a instalar ui telescopio de tama- f ha I levado al establ ecimiento de iri centro de acti- cientfica de relieve inten-acional. ALb(TRA . Thifty years ago the search for a site adequate for the est 1ishment of an astronomical was fn (Thile. Initially it was planned that the main telescope would be a 1 in i-cf lector. It is importaft to the role played by th O Astm-'n6mioo Nacional de la Unfversidad de Cbf Ic - later 0: Depaftamento de of the same University - in the development of this project. The results have been much more important than was e:-:pected initially: in thiS way the prr gram for a telescope of moderate size was transfo -med in a major project wh i ch 1 cad to the estab 1 ). shinent of an i nt i ona 1 center of scieftific research. AQ/ W : OBSERVATORIES

  18. Association study between reward dependence temperament and a polymorphism in the phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase gene in a Japanese female population.

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    Yamano, Emi; Isowa, Tokiko; Nakano, Yoshiro; Matsuda, Fumihiko; Hashimoto-Tamaoki, Tomoko; Ohira, Hideki; Kosugi, Shinji

    2008-01-01

    Cloninger's theory is that specific dimensions of temperament are associated with single neurotransmitter systems, and it is based on neurophysiologic and genetic approaches to the human traits. It suggests that overexpression of temperament could cause psychiatric illness. Based on this theory, we examined the correlation between reward dependence (RD) trait, measured with the Temperament and Character Inventory, and 5 polymorphisms in genes of norepinephrine pathways, ADRB1, COMT, PNMT, SLC18A1, and SLC6A2, in 85 Japanese female nursing students. We found that rs3764351 in PNMT was significantly associated with RD on Fisher's exact test (P = .029, P(corr) = .236). When haplotype analysis was performed for rs3764351 and rs876493 polymorphisms in the 5' flanking region of PNMT, 3 haplotypes were identified. Rs3764351 itself appeared to be correlated with RD in the present study of a specific population, although we could not demonstrate an association between RD and any of the haplotypes. Our findings have implications for the understanding of temperament using neurophysiologic approaches.

  19. The new reinforcement sensitivity theory: implications for personality measurement.

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    Smillie, Luke D; Pickering, Alan D; Jackson, Chris J

    2006-01-01

    In this article, we review recent modifications to Jeffrey Gray's (1973, 1991) reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST), and attempt to draw implications for psychometric measurement of personality traits. First, we consider Gray and McNaughton's (2000) functional revisions to the biobehavioral systems of RST. Second, we evaluate recent clarifications relating to interdependent effects that these systems may have on behavior, in addition to or in place of separable effects (e.g., Corr, 2001; Pickering, 1997). Finally, we consider ambiguities regarding the exact trait dimension to which Gray's "reward system" corresponds. From this review, we suggest that future work is needed to distinguish psychometric measures of (a) fear from anxiety and (b) reward-reactivity from trait impulsivity. We also suggest, on the basis of interdependent system views of RST and associated exploration using formal models, that traits that are based upon RST are likely to have substantial intercorrelations. Finally, we advise that more substantive work is required to define relevant constructs and behaviors in RST before we can be confident in our psychometric measures of them.

  20. The revised EMA guideline for the investigation of bioequivalence for immediate release oral formulations with systemic action.

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    Verbeeck, Roger K; Musuamba, Flora T

    2012-01-01

    On August 1, 2010, a revised guidance regarding bioequivalence (BE) assessment for the approval of innovator (bridging studies, variations, line extensions) and generic medicinal products in the EU came into effect (EMA Guideline on the Investigation of Bioequivalence, CPMP/EWP/QWP/1401/98 Rev. 1/Corr**, London, 20 January 2010). This guideline specifies the requirements for BE assessment for immediate release oral dosage forms with systemic action. Compared to the previous BE guideline of the EMA, clearer guidance is now given on several topics including BE assessment of highly variable drugs/drug products (HVDs/HVDPs), the use of metabolite data, acceptance criteria for narrow therapeutic index drugs (NTIDs), BCS-based biowaivers, and dose strength to be used in case of application for marketing authorization of several strengths. However, the health authorities of the various EU member states do not necessarily apply the same rules as far as substitution and switchability between medicinal products are concerned. Moreover, differences still exist between the BE guidelines of the major health authorities (FDA, EMA, NIHC, ...) on topics such as HVDs/HVDPs, NTIDs and BCS-based biowaivers. Global harmonization should be the next logical step to guarantee accessibility to safe and efficacious drug products for patients in all parts of the world. PMID:23148877

  1. Dengue: recent past and future threats.

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    Rogers, David J

    2015-04-01

    This article explores four key questions about statistical models developed to describe the recent past and future of vector-borne diseases, with special emphasis on dengue: (1) How many variables should be used to make predictions about the future of vector-borne diseases? (2) Is the spatial resolution of a climate dataset an important determinant of model accuracy? (3) Does inclusion of the future distributions of vectors affect predictions of the futures of the diseases they transmit? (4) Which are the key predictor variables involved in determining the distributions of vector-borne diseases in the present and future? Examples are given of dengue models using one, five or 10 meteorological variables and at spatial resolutions of from one-sixth to two degrees. Model accuracy is improved with a greater number of descriptor variables, but is surprisingly unaffected by the spatial resolution of the data. Dengue models with a reduced set of climate variables derived from the HadCM3 global circulation model predictions for the 1980s are improved when risk maps for dengue's two main vectors (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are also included as predictor variables; disease and vector models are projected into the future using the global circulation model predictions for the 2020s, 2040s and 2080s. The Garthwaite-Koch corr-max transformation is presented as a novel way of showing the relative contribution of each of the input predictor variables to the map predictions. PMID:25688021

  2. Characterization of Corrosion Product Layers from CO2 Corrosion of 13Cr Stainless Steel in Simulated Oilfield Solution

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    Yin, Z. F.; Wang, X. Z.; Liu, L.; Wu, J. Q.; Zhang, Y. Q.

    2011-10-01

    The influence of temperature and flow rate on the characterization and mechanisms of corrosion product layers from CO2 corrosion of 13Cr stainless steel was carried out in simulated oilfield solution. Cyclic potentiodynamic polarization method as well as weight loss tests in autoclave were utilized to investigate pitting corrosion behavior at various temperatures. Weight loss tests were performed at 100 and 160 °C under dynamic and static flow conditions. At the same time, the significant pitting parameters such as E corr, E pit, E pp, ∆ E, and I pass in cyclic polarization curves at various temperatures were analyzed and compared for revealing the pitting behavior of 13Cr stainless steel. The surface measurement techniques such as SEM, XRD, and XPS were used to detect the corrosion product layers. The results showed that both temperature and flow rate had significant effects on characterization of corrosion product layers or passive films formed on 13Cr stainless steel in CO2 corrosion system. At high temperature, lots of pits were formed at the localized corrosion areas of metal surfaces. Corrosion rates under the condition of 5 m/s were higher than those under the static condition regardless of the test temperatures.

  3. Wear and Corrosion Behaviors of FeCrBSiNbW Amorphous/Nanocrystalline Coating Prepared by Arc Spraying Process

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    Cheng, J. B.; Wang, Z. H.; Xu, B. S.

    2012-09-01

    FeCrBSiNbW coatings were synthesized using robotically manipulating twin wires arc spraying system. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the coating were characterized. The coating has a laminated structure, and its porosity is 2.8%. The microstructure of the coating consists of amorphous and α-(Fe,Cr) nanocrystalline. The nanocrystalline grains with a scale of 20-75 nm are homogenously dispersed in amorphous matrix. The results show that FeCrBSiNbW coating has excellent wear and corrosion resistance. The wear resistance of the coating is about 4.6 times higher than that of 3Cr13 coating under the same testing condition. In 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution, the amorphous/nanocrystalline coating presents lower I corr values in polarization curves and higher fitted R t values in EIS plots than that of the 0Cr18Ni9 coating (chemical composition by EDAX analysis: C1.07-O12.38-Si0.49-Cr15.18-Mn0.89-Ni7.09-Fe62.24 at.%).

  4. Ordered mesoporous silica and alumina thin films studied by X-ray scattering

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    Klotz, M.; Idrissi-Kandri, N.; Ayral, A.; van der Lee, A.; Guizard, C.

    2002-07-01

    The use of X-ray techniques for the characterisation of ordered mesoporous films is demonstrated. Both silica and alumina thin layers with an ordered mesoporosity are studied using low-angle diffraction and grazing incidence reflectometry. It is shown how the internal structure evolves upon drying and how texture can be easily detected using a two-circle diffractometer. The reflectometry data are correlated with results from nitrogen adsorption/desorption experiments. Nous montrons comment les techniques de rayons-X peuvent être utilisées pour la caractérisation des couches à mésoporosité ordonnée. Des couches minces de silice et d'alumine à mésoporosité ordonnée ont été étudiées par diffraction aux petits angles et réflectométrie en incidence rasante. Il est montré comment la structure interne évolue au cours du séchage et comment la texture peut être analysée en utilisant un diffractomètre deux-cercles. Les données de réflectométrie sont corrélées avec les résultats obtenus par des mesures d'adsorption-désorption d'azote.

  5. CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS IN OLDER HAN WOMEN.

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    Jun, Tao; Yuan, Zhong

    2016-01-01

    Abstract. Malnutrition is one of the most prevalent problems in older people, but there is little information about the nutritional status of the older women in China. Therefore, this study was conducted to investigate the nutritional status and clinically correlated factors for malnutrition in older Han women in China. In total, 2,556 hospital- and community-based Han women aged 60 years or older were recruited between May 2007 and December 2014. All women completed comprehensive geriatric assessment, and the Mini Nutritional Assessment Short Form (MNA-SF) was used to assess the nutritional status. The clinically corre- lated factors for malnutrition were also analyzed, including social factors, health status, and dietary behavior. The average age of these women was 75.9 ± 9.4 years, and 63.8% women lived in urban areas. Of the total respondents, 344 and 716 women were classified as malnutrition and at risk of malnutrition, respectively. Five factors were independently and positively correlated with poor nutrition, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gastrointestinal disease, depression, cognitive impairment, and comorbidity (≥ 2). Three factors were independently and negatively correlated with poor nutrition, including economic status, meat intake, and fish intake. The older Han women with these five health problems should be given more attention with regards to their nutritional status. Improving economic status, eating more meat and fish were recommended for preventing poor nutrition in older women.

  6. Using water Raman intensities to determine the effective excitation and emission path lengths of fluorophotometers for correcting fluorescence inner filter effect.

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    Nettles, Charles B; Hu, Juan; Zhang, Dongmao

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence and Raman inner filter effects (IFE) cause spectral distortion and nonlinearity between spectral signal intensity with increasing analyte concentration. Convenient and effective correction of fluorescence IFE has been an active research goal for decades. Presented herein is the finding that fluorescence and Raman IFE can be reliably corrected using the equation I(corr)/I(obsd) = 10(dxAx + dmAm) when the effective excitation and emission path lengths, dx and dm, of a fluorophotometer are determined by simple linear curve-fitting of Raman intensities of a series of water Raman reference samples that have known degrees of Raman IFEs. The path lengths derived with one set of Raman measurements at one specific excitation wavelength are effective for correcting fluorescence and Raman IFEs induced by any chromophore or fluorophore, regardless of the excitation and emission wavelengths. The IFE-corrected fluorescence intensities are linearly correlated to fluorophore concentration over 5 orders of magnitude (from 5.9 nM to 0.59 mM) for 2-aminopurine in a 1 cm × 0.17 cm fluorescence cuvette. This water Raman-based method is easy to implement. It does not involve complicated instrument geometry determination or difficult data manipulation. This work should be of broad significance to physical and biological sciences given the popularity of fluorescence techniques in analytical applications.

  7. Exploring the role of quantum chemical descriptors in modeling acute toxicity of diverse chemicals to Daphnia magna.

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    Reenu; Vikas

    2015-09-01

    Various quantum-mechanically computed molecular and thermodynamic descriptors along with physico-chemical, electrostatic and topological descriptors are compared while developing quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSARs) for the acute toxicity of 252 diverse organic chemicals towards Daphnia magna. QSAR models based on the quantum-chemical descriptors, computed with routinely employed advanced semi-empirical and ab-initio methods, along with the electron-correlation contribution (CORR) of the descriptors, are analyzed for the external predictivity of the acute toxicity. The models with reliable internal stability and external predictivity are found to be based on the HOMO energy along with the physico-chemical, electrostatic and topological descriptors. Besides this, the total energy and electron-correlation energy are also observed as highly reliable descriptors, suggesting that the intra-molecular interactions between the electrons play an important role in the origin of the acute toxicity, which is in fact an unexplored phenomenon. The models based on quantum-chemical descriptors such as chemical hardness, absolute electronegativity, standard Gibbs free energy and enthalpy are also observed to be reliable. A comparison of the robust models based on the quantum-chemical descriptors computed with various quantum-mechanical methods suggests that the advanced semi-empirical methods such as PM7 can be more reliable than the ab-initio methods which are computationally more expensive. PMID:26188798

  8. Aqueous Alteration of Enstatite Chondrites

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    Zolensky, M. E.; Ziegler, K.; Weisberg, M. K.; Gounelle, M.; Berger, E. L.; Le, L.; Ivanov, A.

    2014-01-01

    The Kaidun meteorite is different from all other meteorites [1], consisting largely of a mixture of “incompatible” types of meteoritic material – carbonaceous and enstatite chondrites, i.e. corre-sponding to the most oxidized and the most reduced samples of meteorite materials, including CI1, CM1-2, CV3, EH3-5, and EL3. In addition to these, minor amounts of ordinary and R chondrites are present. In addition, approximately half of the Kaidun lithologies are new materials not known as separate meteorites. Among these are aqueously altered enstatite chondrites [1], which are of considerable interest because they testify that not all reduced asteroids escaped late-stage oxidation, and hydrolysis, and also because hydrated poorly crystalline Si-Fe phase, which in turn is re-placed by serpentine (Figs 3-5). In the end the only indication of the original presence of metal is the re-sidual carbides. In other enstatite chondrite lithogies (of uncertain type) original silicates and metal have been thoroughly replaced by an assemblage of authi-genic plagioclase laths, calcite boxwork, and occasion-al residual grains of silica, Cr-rich troilite, ilmenite, and rare sulfides including heideite (Fig. 6). Fe and S have been largely leached from the rock (Fig. 4). Again the accessory phases are the first clue to the original character of the rock, which can be verified by O isotopes. It is fortunate that Kaidun displays every step of the alteration process.

  9. Comparison of GPS-TEC observations over Addis Ababa with IRI-2012 model predictions during 2010-2013

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    Akala, A. O.; Somoye, E. O.; Adewale, A. O.; Ojutalayo, E. W.; Karia, S. P.; Idolor, R. O.; Okoh, D.; Doherty, P. H.

    2015-10-01

    This study presents Global Positioning System-Total Electron Content (GPS-TEC) observations over Addis Ababa (Lat: 9.03°N Lon: 38.77°E Mag. lat: 0.18°N) and an evaluation of the accuracy of International Reference Ionosphere-2012 (IRI-2012) model predictions during 2010-2013. Generally, on a diurnal scale, TEC recorded minimum values at 0400-0600 LT and maximum at 1400-1600 LT. Seasonally, TEC recorded maximum values during December solstice and September equinox, and minimum during June solstice. On a year-by-year basis, 2013 recorded the highest values of TEC for both the observed and the model measurements, while 2010 recorded the lowest, implying the solar activity dependence of TEC. Furthermore, we observed discrepancies in the comparison of the GPS-TEC measurements with those derived from IRI-2012 model, after the exclusion of the contributions of plasmaspheric electron content (PEC) from the GPS-observed TEC. All the three options of IRI-2012 model overestimated TEC during early morning and post-sunset hours. Comparatively, of the three options of IRI-2012 model, NeQuick appears to be the most accurate for TEC estimation over Addis Ababa, although at a very close performance capability with the IRI01 CORR option, while IRI2001 is the least accurate.

  10. A correlação índice espectral vs. luminosidade em QSOs e suas implicações

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    Garcia-Rissmann, A.

    2003-08-01

    Estudos de variabilidade de núcleos ativos já demonstraram ser comum o fato de seu contínuo óptico/UV tornar-se mais "duro" à medida que a luminosidade aumenta. Essa tendência ocorre tanto de forma individual quanto global, e pode ter implicações importantes (1) para estudos fotométricos de variabilidade conduzidos numa banda fixa no referencial do observador, comparando objetos a diferentes redshifts, e (2) no cálculo da correção K, com consequente impacto na determinação de massas de buracos negros e bojos de galáxias hospedeiras (através da relação de Magorrian). Confirmo aqui as correlações positivas entre o índice espectral e a luminosidade óptica, utilizando dados espectroscópicos de 11 QSOs monitorados no Brasil e no Chile, durante ~2 anos. O estudo é complementado com parâmetros extraídos de espectros e de dados fotométricos públicos de quasares. Destaco ainda as diferenças observadas em tais correlações para objetos do tipo radio-loud e radio-quiet. Este projeto é financiado pelo I. Milênio/CNPq.

  11. Ablation laser femtoseconde pour le dépôt de DLC

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    Loir, A.-S.; Garrelie, F.; Donnet, C.; Goutaland, F.; Belin, M.; Subtil, J.-L.; Le Harzic, R.; Rogemond, F.; Ouerdane, Y.; Laporte, P.

    2003-06-01

    Des films de Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) ont été déposés, sous vide poussé, par ablation d'une cible de graphite avec un laser Ti : saphir (durée d'impulsion 150 fs, fréquence de répétition 1 kHz, énergie par impulsion 1,5 mJ, longueur d'onde 800 nm) sur substrat standard. Les propriétés de ces couches (structure, adhérence, propriétés nanomécaniques) ont été caractérisées, en fonction des conditions d'élaboration. La caractérisation par spectroscopie Raman de la structure des dépôts obtenus a révélé la présence de diamant nanocristallin au sein d'une matrice amorphe. Le taux d'hybridation sp^3 des couches, déterminé à partir des spectres obtenus par XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Speciroscopy), est voisin de 70 %. Ces différents résultats sont corrélés avec la caractérisation par imagerie résolue en temps du panache plasma créé par ablation laser femtoseconde.

  12. Investigation of Synthesized Sulfonated Melamine Formaldehyde as a Novel Corrosion Inhibitor for Mild Steel in Saline Environment

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    Sharifi, Zahra; Pakshir, Mahmoud; Mohamadi, Somayeh

    2015-02-01

    A water soluble compound named sulfonated melamine formaldehyde (SMF) was synthesized and its corrosion inhibition behavior was studied for carbon steel in 3.5% NaCl solution by polarization measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). SMF was characterized with hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and then its physical properties and corrosion prevention efficiencies were investigated. The corrosion behavior of SMF was found to be dependent strongly on the electric nature of functional groups which are present in its structure. The decrease in ( i corr) and the increase in inhibition efficiency (% IE) with increasing the SMF concentrations proves that it protects C-steel in 3.5% NaCl solution from being corroded and Nyquist diagrams indicate that increasing charge transfer resistance is associated with a decrease in the capacitance and increase in the percentage inhibition efficiency. The decrease in capacitance values could be attributed to the adsorption of the inhibitor molecules at the metal surface by increasing the concentration of inhibitor in the solution the inhibition efficiency increased and the best inhibition was obtained at 1000 ppm inhibitor concentration. The scanning electron microscope was used to investigate the surface morphology of specimens in the absence and presence of inhibitor compound.

  13. Attenuated total reflectance-mid infrared spectroscopy (ATR-MIR) coupled with independent components analysis (ICA): A fast method to determine plasticizers in polylactide (PLA).

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    Kassouf, Amine; Ruellan, Alexandre; Jouan-Rimbaud Bouveresse, Delphine; Rutledge, Douglas N; Domenek, Sandra; Maalouly, Jacqueline; Chebib, Hanna; Ducruet, Violette

    2016-01-15

    Compliance of plastic food contact materials (FCMs) with regulatory specifications in force, requires a better knowledge of their interaction phenomena with food or food simulants in contact. However these migration tests could be very complex, expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, alternative procedures were introduced based on the determination of potential migrants in the initial material, allowing the use of mathematical modeling, worst case scenarios and other alternative approaches, for simple and fast compliance testing. In this work, polylactide (PLA), plasticized with four different plasticizers, was considered as a model plastic formulation. An innovative analytical approach was developed, based on the extraction of qualitative and quantitative information from attenuated total reflectance (ATR) mid-infrared (MIR) spectral fingerprints, using independent components analysis (ICA). Two novel chemometric methods, Random_ICA and ICA_corr_y, were used to determine the optimal number of independent components (ICs). Both qualitative and quantitative information, related to the identity and the quantity of plasticizers in PLA, were retrieved through a direct and fast analytical method, without any prior sample preparations. Through a single qualitative model with 11 ICs, a clear and clean classification of PLA samples was obtained, according to the identity of plasticizers incorporated in their formulations. Moreover, a quantitative model was established for each formulation, correlating proportions estimated by ICA and known concentrations of plasticizers in PLA. High coefficients of determination (higher than 0.96) and recoveries (higher than 95%) proved the good predictability of the proposed models.

  14. Determinants of fatigue and stress

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    2011-01-01

    Background Fatigue can be triggered by previous perceived stress which may lead to impairment of performance and function. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between fatigue and perceived stress. Method Health determinants including sociodemographic factors for associations between fatigue and perceived stress in the general population (N = 2,483) are outlined. Fatigue and stress were assessed with the Chalder Fatigue Scale (CFS) and the Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ). Results Within the general population, 25.9% of male and 34.5% of female respondents reported moderate fatigue during the last six months; 9.7% of subjects reported substantial fatigue lasting six months or longer. An adjusted regression analysis (R2corr = .28, p < .001) showed that fatigue is highest associated with perceived stress and self-perceived health status. The following factors were correlated with increased rates of fatigue and perceived stress: female gender, divorce/separation, low social class and poor health status. Conclusion We conclude that the two conditions overlap most in terms of socio-economic status and self-perceived health status. PMID:21774803

  15. Hydroxyapatite coating on biodegradable AZ31 and Mg-Ca alloys prepared by RF-magnetron sputtering

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    Mukhametkaliyev, T. Surmeneva, M. Surmenev, R.; Mathan, B. K.

    2015-11-17

    A thin film of hydroxyapatite (HA) was deposited on AZ31 and Mg-Ca alloys by using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The thickness of the HA coating was determined to be 750 nm. The phase composition, microstructure, and surface morphology of the HA coatings were investigated using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. In vitro degradation behaviour of the HA coated alloys was evaluated in simulated body fluid (SBF) and 3.5wt.% NaCl solution using electrochemical method. The coatings homogeneously covered the entire surface of the substrates. The coating structure corresponded to a nanostructured HA. The ultrathin coating significantly improved the degradation resistance of the alloy. Nanocrystalline HA coating significantly improved the corrosion resistance of the Mg-Ca and AZ31 magnesium alloys. The polarization resistance (Rp) of the coated Mg-Ca alloy was more than two-order of magnitude higher and the corrosion current density I{sub corr} reduced by ∼ 98% as compared to the base alloy.

  16. Quality of Life in Fibromyalgia Patients with Craniomandibular Disorders

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    Di Venere, D; Corsalini, M; Stefanachi, G; Tafuri, S; De Tommaso, M; Cervinara, F; Re, A; Pettini, F

    2015-01-01

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a rheumatic disease which affects fibrous tissues and muscles; it is characterized by chronic pain and it is often associated with craniomandibular disorders (CMD). 31 patients were assessed from March 2012 to October 2012 through the administration of specific questionnaires and following neurologic and gnatologic assessment. A relevant corre-lation between FM and CMD emerges from the present study, as 80.6% of our patients report CMD symptoms with high prevalence of myofascial pain (84%). Multivariate regression analysis revealed that the patients in the present study did not differ in score of quality of life questionnaires from patients with fibromyalgia. The neuropathic pain diagnostic question-naire (DN4) scores were positively affected by belonging to group II of Research Diagnostic Criteria of Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/ TDM) classification, suggesting the possibility of a neuropathic component in chronic pain in this CMD group, as already speculated in our study on the correlation between burning mouth syndrome and CMD and by other au-thors in studies on chronic low back pain. However, further clinic and instrumental studies are needed in order to test this as-sumption. PMID:25674166

  17. Linking anisotropy with Fe3C distribution in AISI 1045 steel

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    Shen, Ke-chang; Li, Gui-hua; Sun, Yi-min; Wang, Yong-gang; Li, Ying-jie; Cao, Guang-hui; Wang, Wei-min

    2015-12-01

    The anisotropy of the microstructure, thermal expansion behavior, corrosion resistance and magnetic properties of AISI 1045 steel was investigated. The distribution of Fe3C lamellae in the investigation plane parallel to the radial directions of molds was observed to differ from that in the investigation plane perpendicular to the radial directions by transmission electron microscopy. The lattice constants a 0 of α-Fe deduced from the XRD patterns of samples prepared using a sand (S)-mold and cut parallel to the radial direction of the mold (S//) and using a metal (M)-mold and cut parallel to the radial direction (M//), the corrosion resistance measured using an electrochemical workstation, and the magnetic permeability obtained by vibrating sample magnetometry also indicated the existence of anisotropy in the tested samples. The anisotropic change of corrosion potential ( E corr), pitting potential ( E pit) and magnetic permeability ( µ) of the samples was observed to depend on the orientation factor F 200 of α-Fe in the measured samples, which is controlled by the distribution of Fe3C lamellae in the eutectoid structure.

  18. Estimation of age based on tooth cementum annulations: A comparative study using light, polarized, and phase contrast microscopy

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    Kaur, Prabhpreet; Astekar, Madhusudan; Singh, Jappreet; Arora, Karandeep Singh; Bhalla, Gagandeep

    2015-01-01

    Context: The identification of living or deceased persons using unique traits and characteristics of the teeth and jaws is a cornerstone of forensic science. Teeth have been used to estimate age both in the young and old, as well as in the living and dead. Gradual structural changes in teeth throughout life are the basis for age estimation. Tooth cementum annulation (TCA) is a microscopic method for the determination of an individual's age based on the analysis of incremental lines of cementum. Aim: To compare ages estimated using incremental lines of cementum as visualized by bright field microscopy, polarized microscopy, and phase contrast microscopy with the actual age of subject and to determine accuracy and feasibility of the method used. Materials and Methods: Cementum annulations of 60 permanent teeth were analyzed after longitudinal ground sections were made in the mesiodistal plane. The incremental lines were counted manually using a light, polarized and phase contrast microscopy. Ages were estimated and then compared with the actual age of individual. Statistical Analysis: Analysis of variance (ANOVA), Student's t-test, the Pearson product-moment corre (PPMCC) and regression analysis were performed. Results: PPMCC value r = 0.347, 0.542 and 0.989 were obtained using light, polarized and phase contrast microscopy methods respectively. Conclusion: It was concluded that incremental lines of cementum were most clearly visible under a phase contrast microscope, followed by a polarized microscope, and then a light microscope when used for age estimation. PMID:26816462

  19. Measuring sand flux on Mars using HiRISE Images

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    Ayoub, F.; Bridges, N. T.; Avouac, J.; Leprince, S.; Lucas, A.; Mattson, S.

    2011-12-01

    As wind is the major agent of sediment transport on Mars, a quantitative estimate of aeolian processes is therefore essential to assess recent geological evolution and current climate. We adapted the Co-registration of Optically Sensed Image and Correlation (COSI-Corr) toolbox to the MRO HiRISE imager specifications to produce a dense map of the ripples migration on the surface of the Martian dunes on the Nili Patera area. The ripple migration rate, along with an estimate of the ripple height, were used to derive the sand flux, a key quantity that controls the style and rate of landscape evolution. Using the dunes shape, size, and height, which were extracted from a DEM of the dune field, we show that the dunes are near steady state, and we observe that dune migration rate varies inversely with size and position within the dune field. The time scale associated with the formation and evolution of the Nili Patera dune field, estimated from comparing the sand volume with the sand flux and the dunes migration rates with the length scale of the dune field, is on the order of 10s to 100s of thousands Earth years. However, sand fluxes at the dune crests are 0.7 - 4.8 m3 m-1 per Earth year, which is comparable to that of dunes in Victoria Valley, Antarctica. This implies that rates of landscape modification from aeolian abrasion on Mars may be comparable to that on Earth.

  20. Wenchuan Event Detection And Localization Using Waveform Correlation Coupled With Double Difference

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    Slinkard, M.; Heck, S.; Schaff, D. P.; Young, C. J.; Richards, P. G.

    2014-12-01

    The well-studied Wenchuan aftershock sequence triggered by the May 12, 2008, Ms 8.0, mainshock offers an ideal test case for evaluating the effectiveness of using waveform correlation coupled with double difference relocation to detect and locate events in a large aftershock sequence. We use Sandia's SeisCorr detector to process 3 months of data recorded by permanent IRIS and temporary ASCENT stations using templates from events listed in a global catalog to find similar events in the raw data stream. Then we take the detections and relocate them using the double difference method. We explore both the performance that can be expected with using just a small number of stations, and, the benefits of reprocessing a well-studied sequence such as this one using waveform correlation to find even more events. We benchmark our results against previously published results describing relocations of regional catalog data. Before starting this project, we had examples where with just a few stations at far-regional distances, waveform correlation combined with double difference did and impressive job of detection and location events with precision at the few hundred and even tens of meters level.

  1. The new reinforcement sensitivity theory: implications for personality measurement.

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    Smillie, Luke D; Pickering, Alan D; Jackson, Chris J

    2006-01-01

    In this article, we review recent modifications to Jeffrey Gray's (1973, 1991) reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST), and attempt to draw implications for psychometric measurement of personality traits. First, we consider Gray and McNaughton's (2000) functional revisions to the biobehavioral systems of RST. Second, we evaluate recent clarifications relating to interdependent effects that these systems may have on behavior, in addition to or in place of separable effects (e.g., Corr, 2001; Pickering, 1997). Finally, we consider ambiguities regarding the exact trait dimension to which Gray's "reward system" corresponds. From this review, we suggest that future work is needed to distinguish psychometric measures of (a) fear from anxiety and (b) reward-reactivity from trait impulsivity. We also suggest, on the basis of interdependent system views of RST and associated exploration using formal models, that traits that are based upon RST are likely to have substantial intercorrelations. Finally, we advise that more substantive work is required to define relevant constructs and behaviors in RST before we can be confident in our psychometric measures of them. PMID:17201591

  2. Corrosion and Wear Response of Oxide-Reinforced Nickel Composite Coatings

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    Tirlapur, Pradeep; Muniprakash, M.; Srivastava, Meenu

    2016-07-01

    Various grades of fuels are used in automobiles, as a result the engine components are continuously subjected to simultaneous action of corrosion and wear. Ni-SiC composite coating is the most widely investigated and commercialized wear-resistant coating in the automotive industry. However, this coating cannot be used at temperatures above 450 °C due to the tendency of SiC to react with Ni and form brittle silicides. An alternate approach is to use oxide-reinforced coatings. In the present study, zirconia, ZrO2 and, yttria-stabilized zirconia, YSZ-reinforced Ni composite coatings have been developed by electrodeposition method. It was observed from the microhardness studies that there is no significant difference in the values for Ni-SiC and Ni-ZrO2 coatings. The corrosion behavior was evaluated using polarization and electrochemical impedance studies. The studies showed that oxide particle-reinforced Ni coatings possessed better corrosion resistance due to their lower corrosion current density, I corr. Tribo-corrosion studies were carried out to understand the synergistic effect of wear and corrosion on the performance of Ni-based composite coatings in 0.5 M Na2SO4. Among various composite coatings, Ni-YSZ exhibited less material loss thereby showing better tribo-corrosion behavior.

  3. Electrochemical evaluation of superheater materials in coal ash corrosion atmosphere

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    Nakagawa, K.; Ando, S.; Kawamoto, T.; Kihara, S.; Ohtomo, A.

    1983-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of AISI TYPE 347, TYPE 310, 17-14THCuMo steel and IN671 (50Cr-50Ni) in molten ternary eutectic of Li/sub 2/SO/sub 4//K/sub 2/SO/sub 4//Na/sub 2/SO/sub 4/, at 650/sup 0/C in air and under synthetic flue gas atmosphere: 14%CO/sub 2/, 4%O/sub 2/, two levels of SO/sub 2/ (0.25% and 1%), N/sub 2/ balance has been evaluated by potentiodynamic and free corrosion potential measurement. In air and 0.25%SO/sub 2/ containing synthetic flue gas atmosphere breakthrough potentials were observed in their potential curves. For the alloys examined the values of breakthrough potentials increased in the following order: IN671 > 310 > 347 > 17-14THCuMo. On the other hand in 1%SO/sub 2/ containing synthetic flue gas atmosphere breakthrough potentials were not observed but Tafel Type polarization response were observed. The i/SUB corr/ obtained from their polarization curves were increased in the following order: 310 < 347 < 17-14THCuMo.

  4. Surface modification and performance of inexpensive Fe-based bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Bai, Ching-Yuan; Wen, Tse-Min; Huang, Mao-Suan; Hou, Kung-Hsu; Ger, Ming-Der; Lee, Shuo-Jen

    A reforming pack chromization with rolling pretreatment process is utilized to develop inexpensive and high-performance Fe-based metal bipolar plates (SS 420, SS 430, and SS 316 stainless steels) for PEMFC systems. Rolling process is previously performed to reduce the chromizing temperature and generate a coating possessing excellent conductivity and corrosion resistance on the steels during chromization. The power efficiencies of rolled-chromized and simple chromized bipolar plates are compared with graphite bipolar plates employed in PEMFCs. The results show that the rolled-chromized bipolar plates have a corrosion current (I corr) of 7.87 × 10 -8 A cm -2 and an interfacial contact resistance of 9.7 mΩ cm 2. Moreover, the power density of the single cell assembled with rolled-chromized bipolar plates is 0.46 W cm -2, which is very close to that of graphite (0.50 W cm -2), in the tested conditions of this study.

  5. Acides gras oméga-3 et dyslexie

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    Zelcer, Michal; Goldman, Ran D.

    2015-01-01

    Résumé Question À la lumière de la hausse du nombre d’enfants d’âge scolaire ayant reçu un diagnostic de dyslexie, quel est le rôle des suppléments d’acides gras oméga-3 dans la prise en charge de cette affection? Réponse La dyslexie est le trouble d’apprentissage le plus répandu et elle est connue pour ses causes multifactorielles. De récentes données probantes pointent vers une corrélation entre le métabolisme défectueux des acides gras polyinsaturés et les troubles de neurodéveloppement, tels que la dyslexie. Bien que l’administration de suppléments d’acides gras oméga-3 aux enfants dyslexiques ait fait l’objet d’études, les données probantes sont limitées. Les critères diagnostiques homogènes de dyslexie, les mesures objectives de carence en acides gras et la surveillance étroite de l’apport alimentaire ne sont que quelques-uns des facteurs pouvant améliorer la qualité de la recherche dans ce domaine.

  6. Enclosure design and space utilization by Indian leopards (Panthera pardus) in four zoos in Southern India.

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    Mallapur, Avanti; Qureshi, Qamar; Chellam, Ravi

    2002-01-01

    Enclosure design and the use of enclosure space influence the activity budget of cap-tive leopards. The study laid out in grids all enclosures on the base map and segregated these grids into 4 zones. Every 5 min, the study recorded the proportion of time spent in these zones with the leopards' behavior. Captive leopards most frequently used the "edge" zone. Almost all leopards used the edge zone for stereotypic pacing, the "back" zone for resting, and the "other" zone for activity. The study positively corre-lated the proportion of time spent in the "enriched" zone with activity levels exhibited by leopards housed in some enclosures and with resting in others. Thus, the study seg-regated structural objects in the enriched zone into activity-related features (e.g., logs) and rest-related features (e.g., trees and sleeping platforms). Compared with individu-als housed in barren enclosures, leopards housed in structurally enriched on-exhibit enclosures exhibited higher levels of activity. Enclosure design was found to be an important factor influencing the welfare of leopards in captivity.

  7. Test-retest resting-state fMRI in healthy elderly persons with a family history of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Orban, Pierre; Madjar, Cécile; Savard, Mélissa; Dansereau, Christian; Tam, Angela; Das, Samir; Evans, Alan C; Rosa-Neto, Pedro; Breitner, John C S; Bellec, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    We present a test-retest dataset of resting-state fMRI data obtained in 80 cognitively normal elderly volunteers enrolled in the "Pre-symptomatic Evaluation of Novel or Experimental Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease" (PREVENT-AD) Cohort. Subjects with a family history of Alzheimer's disease in first-degree relatives were recruited as part of an on-going double blind randomized clinical trial of Naproxen or placebo. Two pairs of scans were acquired ~3 months apart, allowing the assessment of both intra- and inter-session reliability, with the possible caveat of treatment effects as a source of inter-session variation. Using the NeuroImaging Analysis Kit (NIAK), we report on the standard quality of co-registration and motion parameters of the data, and assess their validity based on the spatial distribution of seed-based connectivity maps as well as intra- and inter-session reliability metrics in the default-mode network. This resource, released publicly as sample UM1 of the Consortium for Reliability and Reproducibility (CoRR), will benefit future studies focusing on the preclinical period preceding the appearance of dementia in Alzheimer's disease.

  8. Cyanoquinolines with Independent Corrector and Potentiator Activities Restore ΔPhe508-Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator Chloride Channel Function in Cystic Fibrosis

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    Phuan, Puay-Wah; Yang, Baoxue; Knapp, John M.; Wood, Alex B.; Lukacs, Gergely L.; Kurth, Mark J.

    2011-01-01

    The ΔPhe508 mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein impairs its folding, stability, and chloride channel gating. Although small molecules that separately correct defective ΔPhe508-CFTR folding/cellular processing (“correctors”) or chloride channel gating (“potentiators”) have been discovered and are in clinical trials, single compounds with bona fide dual corrector and potentiator activities have not been identified. Here, screening of ∼110,000 small molecules not tested previously revealed a cyanoquinoline class of compounds with independent corrector and potentiator activities (termed CoPo). Analysis of 180 CoPo analogs revealed 6 compounds with dual corrector and potentiator activities and 13 compounds with only potentiator activity. N-(2-((3-Cyano-5,7-dimethylquinolin-2-yl)amino)ethyl)-3-methoxybenzamide (CoPo-22), which was synthesized in six steps in 52% overall yield, had low micromolar EC50 for ΔPhe508-CFTR corrector and potentiator activities by short-circuit current assay. Maximal corrector and potentiator activities were comparable with those conferred by the bithiazole Corr-4a and the flavone genistein, respectively. CoPo-22 also activated wild-type and G551D CFTR chloride conductance within minutes in a forskolin-dependent manner. Compounds with dual corrector and potentiator activities may be useful for single-drug treatment of cystic fibrosis caused by ΔPhe508 mutation. PMID:21730204

  9. Le chondrosarcome naso-sinusien: à propos de deux cas et revue de la literature

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    Touati, Mohamed Mliha; Chihani, Mehdi; Darouassi, Youssef; Lakouichmi, Mohammed; Tourabi, Khalid; Bouaity, Brahim; Ammar, Haddou

    2014-01-01

    Le chondrosarcome est une tumeur maligne très destructrice d'origine cartilagineuse, osseuse et mesnchymateuse. La localisation au niveau de la tête et cou est rare et le siège naso sinusien est encore plus rare. Nous rapportons deux observations de chondrosarcome du sinus maxillaire droit et sphéno ethmoïdale. Le but de notre travail est de montrer à travers ces deux cas cliniques, l'intérêt de la tomodensitométrie et de la résonance magnétique dans la présemption diagnostique en corrélation avec la clinique et l'endoscopie,de discuter le choix de la voix et la technique d'abord chirurgical et la surveillance post opératoire. A travers ces deux observations nous soulignerons les difficultés que pose cette tumeur à l'anatomopathologiste pour différencier entre chondrome et chondrosarcome. PMID:25810801

  10. Le carcinome neuro-endocrine cutané primitif: à propos d'un nouveau cas et revue de la littérature

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    Boukind, Samira; Elatiqi, Oumkeltoum; Dlimi, Meriem; Elamrani, Driss; Benchamkha, Yassine; Ettalbi, Saloua

    2015-01-01

    Le carcinome neuro- endocrine cutané primitif (CNEC) est une tumeur cutanée rare et agressive du sujet âgé, favorisée par le soleil et l'immunodépression. Elle est caractérisée par une évolution agressive avec un fort taux de récidive, une évolution ganglionnaire régionale et un risque de métastases à distance. Nous rapportons un cas de cette tumeur chez un patient âgé de 67 ans sous forme d'un placard nodulaire hémorragique mesurant 16 /14 cm. Le patient a bénéficié d'une exérèse chirurgicale large avec couverture de la perte de substance par un lambeau musculo-cutané du muscle grand dorsal, un curage ganglionnaire axillaire et une radiothérapie adjuvante. Après un recul de 2 ans et 2 mois, le patient est toujours vivant sans métastase ni récidive. La littérature étant pauvre, la prise en charge diagnostique et thérapeutique est controversée et donc hétérogène. Globalement le pronostic est mauvais, et certains paramètres corrélés au pronostic sont précisés. PMID:26185585

  11. Methodology for assessing the probability of corrosion in concrete structures on the basis of half-cell potential and concrete resistivity measurements.

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    Sadowski, Lukasz

    2013-01-01

    In recent years, the corrosion of steel reinforcement has become a major problem in the construction industry. Therefore, much attention has been given to developing methods of predicting the service life of reinforced concrete structures. The progress of corrosion cannot be visually assessed until a crack or a delamination appears. The corrosion process can be tracked using several electrochemical techniques. Most commonly the half-cell potential measurement technique is used for this purpose. However, it is generally accepted that it should be supplemented with other techniques. Hence, a methodology for assessing the probability of corrosion in concrete slabs by means of a combination of two methods, that is, the half-cell potential method and the concrete resistivity method, is proposed. An assessment of the probability of corrosion in reinforced concrete structures carried out using the proposed methodology is presented. 200 mm thick 750 mm  ×  750 mm reinforced concrete slab specimens were investigated. Potential E corr and concrete resistivity ρ in each point of the applied grid were measured. The experimental results indicate that the proposed methodology can be successfully used to assess the probability of corrosion in concrete structures.

  12. Modeling the Effect of Temperature and Potential on the In Vitro Corrosion Performance of Biomedical Hydroxyapatite Coatings

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    Coşkun, M. İbrahim; Karahan, İsmail H.; Yücel, Yasin; Golden, Teresa D.

    2016-08-01

    CoCrMo biomedical alloys were coated with a hydroxyapatite layer to improve biocompatibility and in vitro corrosion performance. A fast electrodeposition process was completed in 5 minutes for the hydroxyapatite coating. Effect of the solution temperature and applied potential on the in vitro corrosion performance of the hydroxyapatite coatings was modeled by response surface methodology (RSM) coupled with central composite design (CCD). A 5-level-2-factor experimental plan designed by CCD was used; the experimental plan contained 13 coating experiments with a temperature range from 283 K to 347 K (10 °C to 74 °C) and potential range from -1.2 to -1.9 V. Corrosion potential (E corr) of the coatings in a simulated body fluid solution was chosen as response for the model. Predicted and experimental values fitted well with an R 2 value of 0.9481. Response surface plots of the impedance and polarization resistance (R P) were investigated. Optimized parameters for electrodeposition of hydroxyapatite were determined by RSM as solution temperature of 305.48 K (32.33 °C) and potential of -1.55 V. Hydroxyapatite coatings fabricated at optimized parameters showed excellent crystal formation and high in vitro corrosion resistance.

  13. Measurement Of Neutron Radius In Lead By Parity Violating Scattering Flash ADC DAQ

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    Ahmed, Zafar

    2012-06-01

    This dissertation reports the experiment PREx, a parity violation experiment which is designed to measure the neutron radius in 208Pb. PREx is performed in hall A of Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility from March 19th to June 21st. Longitudionally polarized electrons at energy 1 GeV scattered at and angle of θlab = 5.8 ° from the Lead target. Beam corrected pairty violaing counting rate asymmetry is (Acorr= 594 ± 50(stat) ± 9(syst))ppb at Q2 = 0.009068GeV 2. This dissertation also presents the details of Flash ADC Data Acquisition(FADC DAQ) system for Moller polarimetry in Hall A of Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. The Moller polarimeter measures the beam polarization to high precision to meet the specification of the PREx(Lead radius experiment). The FADC DAQ is part of the upgrade of Moller polarimetery to reduce the systematic error for PREx. The hardware setup and the results of the FADC DAQ analysis are presented

  14. Fault Geometry based on Coseismic Ground Displacements from Satellite Images for the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, Sichuan, China

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    Kuo, Y.; Chen, Y.; Huang, M.; Suppe, J.; Avouac, J.; Leprince, S.; Ayoub, F.; Kuo, Y.

    2009-12-01

    On 12th May 2008, a Mw 7.9 earthquake occurred on the Longmenshan fault in the mountains to the west of Sichuan province, which shook many Asian cities and killed at least 69,000 people. The surface ruptures strike NE and extend up to 270 km along the boundary between the eastern Tibetan Plateau and the Sichuan basin. It was difficult to complete the detailed mapping of surface ruptures and to measure fault slip in the field because well-defined features to correlate across the fault were rare in mountainous area. Near surface deformation is in fact composed of contributions from internal faulting and folding. Using the COSI-Corr software, we obtain coseismic ground displacements deduced from sub-pixel correlation of SPOT5 and ENVISAT and also from D-InSAR on ENVISAT. The results can provide continuous surface displacements. In the south, the results show significant shortening, generally <10 meters, and two parallel ruptures, while in the north, they show strike slip dominant and only a single rupture. Based on our results, we simulate the fault geometry in different locations. To realize the long-term fault kinematics a comparison is further needed between coseismic deformation and long-term geomorphic deformation recorded in the landforms.

  15. Dependence of fast-ion transport on the nature of the turbulence in the Large Plasma Device

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    Zhou Shu; Heidbrink, W. W.; Boehmer, H.; McWilliams, R.; Carter, T. A.; Vincena, S.; Tripathi, S. K. P.

    2011-08-15

    Strong turbulent waves ({delta}n/n {approx}0.5, f {approx}5-40 kHz) are observed in the upgraded Large Plasma Device [W. Gekelman, H. Pfister, Z. Lucky, J. Bamber, D. Leneman, and J. Maggs, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 62, 2875 (1991)] on density gradients produced by an annular obstacle. Energetic lithium ions (E{sub fast}/T{sub i}{>=}300, {rho}{sub fast}/{rho}{sub s}{approx}10) orbit through the turbulent region. Scans with a collimated analyzer and with probes give detailed profiles of the fast ion spatial distribution and of the fluctuating wave fields. The characteristics of the fluctuations are modified by changing the plasma species from helium to neon and by modifying the bias on the obstacle. Different spatial structure sizes (L{sub s}) and correlation lengths (L{sub corr}) of the wave potential fields alter the fast ion transport. The effects of electrostatic fluctuations are reduced due to gyro-averaging, which explains the difference in the fast-ion transport. A transition from super-diffusive to sub-diffusive transport is observed when the fast ion interacts with the waves for most of a wave period, which agrees with theoretical predictions.

  16. [Observational study of atmospheric HONO in summer of Beijing].

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    Zhu, Yan-Wu; Liu, Wen-Qing; Xie, Pin-Hua; Dou, Ke; Liu, Shi-Sheng; Si, Fu-Qi; Li, Su-Wen; Qin, Min

    2009-06-15

    The concentration of HONO, NO2, O3 and other atmospheric pollutants were observed continuously by using differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) from 2007-08-14 to 2007-08-24 in Beijing, China. Diurnal variation characteristics of HONO and NO2 were analyzed. The HONO levels originated from the nocturnal direct emission were discussed. And the correlation between the heterogeneous formation of HONO and its related factors (BC, RH, and so on) was studied. The results showed that HONO had two peaks at about 01:00 and 06:00, respectively, while two peaks of NO2 concentrations appeared at about 01:00 and 07:00. The highest HONO(em)/HONO ratio of 31.3% was observed at about 20:00 between 19:00 to 07:00, and the average ratio was 15%. Good correlation of HONO(corr)/NO2 ratio with BC and RH at night was obtained. The correlation suggested that heterogeneous NO2 to HONO conversion processes may occur on BC surfaces by reaction with absorption water, and the average nighttime conversion frequency from NO2 into HONO (HONO/NO2) was calculated about 0.8% x h(-1). At the same time, the results showed that heterogeneous formation of HONO was increased with RH and inhibited at RH > 80%, and the hypothesis was further supported by detailed analysis of selected case. PMID:19662832

  17. The Suppression of Star Formation by Powerful Active Galactic Nuclei

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    Dwek, E.

    2012-01-01

    The old, red stars that constitute the bulges of galaxies, and the massive black holes at their centres, are the relics of a period in cosmic history when galaxies formed stars at remarkable rates and active galactic nuclei (AGN) shone brightly as a result of accretion onto black holes. It is widely suspected, but unproved, that the tight corre1ation between the mass of the black hole and the mas. of the stellar bulge results from the AGN quenching the surrounding star formation as it approaches its peak luminosity. X-rays trace emission from AGN unambiguously, whereas powerful star-forming ga1axies are usually dust-obscured and are brightest at infrared and submillimeter wavelengths. Here we report submillimetre and X-ray observations that show that rapid star formation was common in the host galaxies of AGN when the Universe was 2-6 billion years old, but that the most vigorous star formation is not observed around black holes above an X-ray luminosity of 10(exp 44) ergs per second. This suppression of star formation in the host galaxy of a powerful AGN is a key prediction of models in which the AGN drives an outflow, expe11ing the interstellar medium of its host and transforming the galaxy's properties in a brief period of cosmic time.

  18. Relationship between Conformation Traits and Lifetime Production Efficiency of Cows

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    Sawa, A.; Bogucki, M.; Krężel-Czopek, S.; Neja, W.

    2013-01-01

    Analysis was made of the relationship between conformation traits and lifetime production efficiency of the cows that first calved in 2000 and represented the active population in the Pomorze and Kujawy regions of Poland. The CORR Pearson procedures of SAS package were used in the statistical calculations. It was found that there is a statistically significant relationship, weak or low on the Guilford scale, between conformation traits and lifetime production efficiency of the cows, which is slightly higher for milk yield than for longevity. The type and conformation traits appear to be more suitable than the detailed traits for predicting the lifetime production efficiency of cows. Lifetime performance was most strongly related to the overall score and udder score (r = 0.22), followed by the scores for type and conformation and legs and feet (r = 0.13), and detailed traits such as udder width and dairy character (r = 0.14). The highest positive effect on longevity was exerted by udder score and legs and feet (r = 0.11) and among detailed traits by udder placement (r = 0.14) and fore udder attachment (r = 0.10). PMID:23878743

  19. Modeling the Effect of Temperature and Potential on the In Vitro Corrosion Performance of Biomedical Hydroxyapatite Coatings

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    Coşkun, M. İbrahim; Karahan, İsmail H.; Yücel, Yasin; Golden, Teresa D.

    2016-10-01

    CoCrMo biomedical alloys were coated with a hydroxyapatite layer to improve biocompatibility and in vitro corrosion performance. A fast electrodeposition process was completed in 5 minutes for the hydroxyapatite coating. Effect of the solution temperature and applied potential on the in vitro corrosion performance of the hydroxyapatite coatings was modeled by response surface methodology (RSM) coupled with central composite design (CCD). A 5-level-2-factor experimental plan designed by CCD was used; the experimental plan contained 13 coating experiments with a temperature range from 283 K to 347 K (10 °C to 74 °C) and potential range from -1.2 to -1.9 V. Corrosion potential ( E corr) of the coatings in a simulated body fluid solution was chosen as response for the model. Predicted and experimental values fitted well with an R 2 value of 0.9481. Response surface plots of the impedance and polarization resistance ( R P) were investigated. Optimized parameters for electrodeposition of hydroxyapatite were determined by RSM as solution temperature of 305.48 K (32.33 °C) and potential of -1.55 V. Hydroxyapatite coatings fabricated at optimized parameters showed excellent crystal formation and high in vitro corrosion resistance.

  20. Quality of life in fibromyalgia patients with craniomandibular disorders.

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    Di Venere, D; Corsalini, M; Stefanachi, G; Tafuri, S; De Tommaso, M; Cervinara, F; Re, A; Pettini, F

    2015-01-01

    Fibromyalgia (FM) is a rheumatic disease which affects fibrous tissues and muscles; it is characterized by chronic pain and it is often associated with craniomandibular disorders (CMD). 31 patients were assessed from March 2012 to October 2012 through the administration of specific questionnaires and following neurologic and gnatologic assessment. A relevant corre-lation between FM and CMD emerges from the present study, as 80.6% of our patients report CMD symptoms with high prevalence of myofascial pain (84%). Multivariate regression analysis revealed that the patients in the present study did not differ in score of quality of life questionnaires from patients with fibromyalgia. The neuropathic pain diagnostic question-naire (DN4) scores were positively affected by belonging to group II of Research Diagnostic Criteria of Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/ TDM) classification, suggesting the possibility of a neuropathic component in chronic pain in this CMD group, as already speculated in our study on the correlation between burning mouth syndrome and CMD and by other au-thors in studies on chronic low back pain. However, further clinic and instrumental studies are needed in order to test this as-sumption.

  1. A new technique for the detection of large scale landslides in glacio-lacustrine deposits using image correlation based upon aerial imagery: A case study from the French Alps

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    Fernandez, Paz; Whitworth, Malcolm

    2016-10-01

    Landslide monitoring has benefited from recent advances in the use of image correlation of high resolution optical imagery. However, this approach has typically involved satellite imagery that may not be available for all landslides depending on their time of movement and location. This study has investigated the application of image correlation techniques applied to a sequence of aerial imagery to an active landslide in the French Alps. We apply an indirect landslide monitoring technique (COSI-Corr) based upon the cross-correlation between aerial photographs, to obtain horizontal displacement rates. Results for the 2001-2003 time interval are presented, providing a spatial model of landslide activity and motion across the landslide, which is consistent with previous studies. The study has identified areas of new landslide activity in addition to known areas and through image decorrelation has identified and mapped two new lateral landslides within the main landslide complex. This new approach for landslide monitoring is likely to be of wide applicability to other areas characterised by complex ground displacements.

  2. Optimizing hemodialysis practices in Canada could improve patient survival.

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    Yeates, Karen E; Mendelssohn, David C; Ethier, Jean; Trpeski, Lilyanna; Na, Jingbo; Bragg-Gresham, Jennifer L; Eichleay, Margaret A; Pisoni, Ronald L; Port, Fritz K

    2007-01-01

    Data from the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry (CORR) and the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) were used to determine whether practice patterns have changed in Canada since the introduction of the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) Guidelines in 1999. DOPPS data were then used to calculate the impact of not meeting the proposed guideline targets and to estimate the potential life years gained if all Canadian hemodialysis patients achieved guideline targets. For dialysis dose and hemoglobin targets, Canadian facility performance has significantly improved over time. The vascular access use patterns show trends toward a worse pattern with increased catheter use. A calculation of the percentage of attributable risk suggests that 49% of deaths could possibly be averted if all patients currently outside the guidelines achieved them over the next five years. This corresponds to a decrease in the annual death rate from 18 to 10.1 per hundred patient years. These data support the need for improved adherence to guidelines. If Canadian caregivers were to optimize practice patterns, patient outcomes could be improved. PMID:17691708

  3. Test-retest resting-state fMRI in healthy elderly persons with a family history of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Orban, Pierre; Madjar, Cécile; Savard, Mélissa; Dansereau, Christian; Tam, Angela; Das, Samir; Evans, Alan C; Rosa-Neto, Pedro; Breitner, John C S; Bellec, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    We present a test-retest dataset of resting-state fMRI data obtained in 80 cognitively normal elderly volunteers enrolled in the "Pre-symptomatic Evaluation of Novel or Experimental Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease" (PREVENT-AD) Cohort. Subjects with a family history of Alzheimer's disease in first-degree relatives were recruited as part of an on-going double blind randomized clinical trial of Naproxen or placebo. Two pairs of scans were acquired ~3 months apart, allowing the assessment of both intra- and inter-session reliability, with the possible caveat of treatment effects as a source of inter-session variation. Using the NeuroImaging Analysis Kit (NIAK), we report on the standard quality of co-registration and motion parameters of the data, and assess their validity based on the spatial distribution of seed-based connectivity maps as well as intra- and inter-session reliability metrics in the default-mode network. This resource, released publicly as sample UM1 of the Consortium for Reliability and Reproducibility (CoRR), will benefit future studies focusing on the preclinical period preceding the appearance of dementia in Alzheimer's disease. PMID:26504522

  4. Fracture of concrete caused by the reinforcement corrosion products

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    Nguyen, Q. T.; Millard, A.; Caré, S.; L'Hostis, V.; Berthaud, Y.

    2006-11-01

    One of the most current degradations in reinforced concrete structures is related to the corrosion of the reinforcements. The corrosion products during active corrosion induce a mechanical pressure on the surrounding concrete that leads to cover cracking along the rebar. The objective of this work is to study the cracking of concrete due to the corrosion of the reinforcements. The phenomenon of corrosion/cracking is studied in experiments through tests of accelerated corrosion on plate and cylindrical specimens. A CCD camera is used to take images every hour and the pictures are analyzed by using the intercorrelation image technique (Correli^LMT) to derive the displacement and strain field. Thus the date of appearance of the first through crack is detected and the cinematic crack initiations are observed during the test. A finite element model that allows prediction of the mechanical consequences of the corrosion of steel in reinforced concrete structures is proposed. From the comparison between the test results and numerical simulations, it may be concluded that the model is validated in term of strains up to the moment when the crack becomes visible, and in terms of crack pattern.

  5. Simulating Collisions for Hydrokinetic Turbines

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    Richmond, Marshall C.; Romero Gomez, Pedro DJ; Rakowski, Cynthia L.

    2013-10-01

    Evaluations of blade-strike on an axial-flow Marine Hydrokinetic turbine were conducted using a conventional methodology as well as an alternative modeling approach proposed in the present document. The proposed methodology integrates the following components into a Computa- tional Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model: (i) advanced eddy-resolving flow simulations, (ii) ambient turbulence based on field data, (iii) moving turbine blades in highly transient flows, and (iv) Lagrangian particles to mimic the potential fish pathways. The sensitivity of blade-strike prob- ability to the following conditions was also evaluated: (i) to the turbulent environment, (ii) to fish size and (iii) to mean stream flow velocity. The proposed methodology provided fraction of collisions and offered the capability of analyzing the causal relationships between the flow envi- ronment and resulting strikes on rotating blades. Overall, the conventional methodology largely overestimates the probability of strike, and lacks the ability to produce potential fish and aquatic biota trajectories as they interact with the rotating turbine. By using a set of experimental corre- lations of exposure-response of living fish colliding on moving blades, the occurrence, frequency and intensity of the particle collisions was next used to calculate the survival rate of fish crossing the MHK turbine. This step indicated survival rates always greater than 98%. Although the proposed CFD framework is computationally more expensive, it provides the advantage of evaluating multiple mechanisms of stress and injury of hydrokinetic turbine devices on fish.

  6. Branched Chain Amino Acid Metabolism in the Biosynthesis of Lycopersicon pennellii Glucose Esters 1

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    Walters, Donald S.; Steffens, John C.

    1990-01-01

    Lycopersicon pennellii Corr. (D'Arcy) an insect-resistant, wild tomato possesses high densities of glandular trichomes which exude a mixture of 2,3,4-tri-O-acylated glucose esters that function as a physical impediment and feeding deterrent to small arthropod pests. The acyl moieties are branched C4 and C5 acids, and branched and straight chain C10, C11, and C12 acids. The structure of the branched acyl constituents suggests that the branched chain amino acid biosynthetic pathway participates in their biosynthesis. [14C]Valine and deuterated branched chain amino acids (and their oxo-acid derivatives) were incorporated into branched C4 and C5 acid groups of glucose esters by a process of transamination, oxidative decarboxylation and subsequent acylation. C4 and C5 branched acids were elongated by two carbon units to produce the branched C10-C12 groups. Norvaline, norleucine, allylglycine, and methionine also were processed into acyl moieties and secreted from the trichomes as glucose esters. Changes in the acyl composition of the glucose esters following sulfonylurea herbicide administration support the participation of acetohydroxyacid synthetase and the other enzymes of branched amino acid biosynthesis in the production of glucose esters. PMID:16667654

  7. Genetic variations in KIFC1 and the risk of aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease in a Korean population: an association analysis.

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    Pasaje, Charisse Flerida A; Bae, Joon Seol; Park, Byung-Lae; Kim, Jeong-Hyun; Cheong, Hyun Sub; Uh, Soo-Taek; Park, Choon-Sik; Shin, Hyoung Doo

    2012-05-01

    Modest effects of genes in various pathways are significant in the etiology of complex human diseases, including aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). By functioning as a relevant component of respiratory processes, the human kinesin family member C1 (KIFC1) is hypothesized to play a role in AERD pathogenesis. A case-control analysis was carried out by comparing the genotype distribution of six KIFC1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms between 93 AERD cases and 96 aspirin-tolerant asthma controls in a Korean population. After controlling for confounds, logistic and regression models via various modes of genetic inheritance facilitated the association analysis. Initial results revealed significant association at 0.05 level of significance between several KIFC1 variations and AERD (P = 0.01-0.05, OR = 1.81-1.90) as well as fall rate of forced expiratory volume in the 1st second, an important diagnostic marker of airways constriction (P = 0.04-0.05). However, the signals were not deemed significant after multiple testing corrections (P (corr) > 0.05). Although the results do not support a major role of KIFC1 in AERD pathogenesis in a Korean asthma cohort, further replication and validation studies are required to clarify the current findings. PMID:22201025

  8. Test-retest resting-state fMRI in healthy elderly persons with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease

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    Orban, Pierre; Madjar, Cécile; Savard, Mélissa; Dansereau, Christian; Tam, Angela; Das, Samir; Evans, Alan C.; Rosa-Neto, Pedro; Breitner, John C.S.; Bellec, Pierre; Aisen, Paul; Pascoal, Tharick Ali; Anthal, Elena; Appleby, Melissa; Barkun, Alan; Beaudry, Thomas; Bellec, Pierre; Benbouhoud, Fatiha; Bohbot, Veronique; Brandt, Jason; Breitner, John C. S.; Brunelle, Céline; Carmo, Leopoldina; Cheewakriengkrai, Laksanaun; Collins, Louis; Courcot, Blandine; Couture, Doris; Craft, Suzanne; Cuello, A. Claudio; Dadar, Mahsa; Dansereau, Christian; Das, Samir; Dauar-Tedeschi, Marina; Dea, Dorothy; Debacker, Clément; Desautels, René; Desrochers, Nicole; Dubuc, Sylvie; Duclair, Guerda; Dufour, Marianne; Eisenberg, Mark; El-Khoury, Rana; Etienne, Pierre; Evans, Alan C.; Faubert, Anne Marie; Ferdinand, Fabiola; Fonov, Vladimir S.; Fontaine, David; Francoeur, Renaud; Frappier, Josée; Frenette, Joanne; Gauthier, Serge; Gervais, Valérie; Giles, Renuka; Gordon, Renee; Hoge, Rick; Hyman, Bradley T.; Iturria-Medina, Yasser; Jack, Clifford R.; Kat, Justin; Khachaturian, Zaven S.; Kliegman, Stephanie; Knopman, David S.; Kostopoulos, Penelope; Labonté, Anne; Lafaille-Magnan, Marie-Elyse; Lee, Tanya; Lepage, Claude; Leppert, Ilana; Leoutsakos, Jeannie-Marie; Madjar, Cécile; Mahar, Laura; Maltais, Jean-Robert; Mathieu, Axel; Mathotaarachchi, Sulantha; Maultaup, Gerhard; Mayrand, Ginette; Michaud, Diane; Miron, Justin; Montine, Thomas J.; Morris, John C.; Münter, Lisa-Marie; Nair, Vasavan; Near, Jamie; Newbold-Fox, Holly; Orban, Pierre; Pagé, Véronique; Petkova, Mirela; Picard, Cynthia; Pogossova, Galina; Poirier, Isabelle; Poirier, Judes; Pruessner, Jens; Rajah, Natasha; Rioux, Pierre; Rosa-Neto, Pedro; Sager, Mark A.; Savard, Mélissa; Sperling, Reisa A.; Tam, Angela; Tariot, Pierre N.; Teigner, Eduard; Théroux, Louise; Thomas, Ronald G.; Toussaint, Paule-Joanne; Tremblay-Mercier, Jennifer; Tuwaig, Miranda; Vallée, Isabelle; Venogopalan, Vinod; Wan, Karen; Wang, Seqian

    2015-01-01

    We present a test-retest dataset of resting-state fMRI data obtained in 80 cognitively normal elderly volunteers enrolled in the “Pre-symptomatic Evaluation of Novel or Experimental Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease” (PREVENT-AD) Cohort. Subjects with a family history of Alzheimer's disease in first-degree relatives were recruited as part of an on-going double blind randomized clinical trial of Naproxen or placebo. Two pairs of scans were acquired ~3 months apart, allowing the assessment of both intra- and inter-session reliability, with the possible caveat of treatment effects as a source of inter-session variation. Using the NeuroImaging Analysis Kit (NIAK), we report on the standard quality of co-registration and motion parameters of the data, and assess their validity based on the spatial distribution of seed-based connectivity maps as well as intra- and inter-session reliability metrics in the default-mode network. This resource, released publicly as sample UM1 of the Consortium for Reliability and Reproducibility (CoRR), will benefit future studies focusing on the preclinical period preceding the appearance of dementia in Alzheimer's disease. PMID:26504522

  9. Effect of Nanosilver Particles on Procaspase-3 Expression in Newborn Rat Brain

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    Ganjuri, Mostafa; Moshtaghian, Jamal; Ghaedi, Kamran

    2015-01-01

    Objective Nanotechnology focuses on materials having at least one dimension of less than 100 nanometers. Nanomaterials such as Nanosilver (NS) have unique physical and chemical properties such as size, shape, surface charge. NS particles are thought to in- duce neuronal degeneration and necrosis in the brain. It has been reported that NS parti- cles generate free radicals and oxidative stress which alters gene expression and induces apoptosis. This study was designed to evaluate whether the detrimental effect of NS parti- cles is through the activation of Procaspase-3 during fetal neural development. Materials and Methods In this experimental study, thirty Wistar female rats at day one of pregnancy were semi-randomly distributed into three groups of ten. Group 1, the control group, had no treatment. From day 1 to the end of pregnancy, groups 2 and 3 received 1 and 10 ppm NS respectively via drinking water. Newborn rats were sacrificed immediately after birth and their brains were dissected and kept frozen. Total RNA, extracted from brain homogenates, was reverse transcribed to cDNA. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis was undertaken to estimate the expression level of Procaspase-3. Results Developmental exposure to NS induced neurotoxicity and apoptosis. This corre- lated with a significant increase in Procaspase-3 expression level especially at 10 ppm NS. Conclusion The pro-apoptotic activity of NS in cells is likely to due to the dysregula- tion of Procaspase-3. PMID:26464820

  10. Diffraction des neutrons : principe, dispositifs expérimentaux et applications

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    Muller, C.

    2003-02-01

    La diffraction de neutrons, sur monocristal ou sur échantillon polycristallin (ou poudre), est une technique très largement utilisée, en science des matériaux comme en biologie, lorsque l'on souhaite déterminer la structure cristalline d'un composé ou d'une molécule. Toutefois, le degré de précision de la détermination structurale est très corrélé au choix de l'instrument utilisé. Il s'en suit que la question “comment choisir l'instrument le mieux adapté au composé et à la problématique ?" apparaît comme fondamentale. L'objectif de ce cours est de tenter de répondre à cette question en décrivant brièvement les caractéristiques instrumentales de différents diffractomètres, en exposant les avantages spécifiques des expériences de diffraction de neutrons et en donnant quelques exemples d'application.

  11. Effects of pH and elevated glucose levels on the electrochemical behavior of dental implants.

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    Tamam, Evsen; Turkyilmaz, Ilser

    2014-04-01

    Implant failure is more likely to occur in persons with medically compromising systemic conditions, such as diabetes related to high blood glucose levels and inflammatory diseases related to pH levels lower than those in healthy people. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of lower pH level and simulated- hyperglycemia on implant corrosion as these effects are critical to biocompatibility and osseointegration. The electrochemical corrosion properties of titanium implants were studied in four different solutions: Ringer's physiological solution at pH = 7.0 and pH = 5.5 and Ringer's physiological solution containing 15 mM dextrose at pH = 7 and pH = 5.5. Corrosion behaviors of dental implants were determined by cyclic polarization test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Surface alterations were studied using a scanning electron microscope. All test electrolytes led to apparent differences in corrosion behavior of the implants. The implants under conditions of test exhibited statistically significant increases in I(corr) from 0.2372 to 1.007 μAcm(-2), corrosion rates from 1.904 to 8.085 mpy, and a decrease in polarization resistances from 304 to 74 Ω. Implants in dextrose-containing solutions were more prone to corrosion than those in Ringer's solutions alone. Increasing the acidity also yielded greater corrosion rates for the dextrose-containing solutions and the solutions without dextrose. PMID:24779948

  12. Remotely-Sensed Glacial Velocities: Mt. Shasta Advance vs. Sierra Nevada Retreat

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    Thompson, J. A.; Bookhagen, B.; Burbank, D. W.

    2008-12-01

    Monitoring changes in alpine glaciers is crucial to understanding the impacts of global climate change because alpine glacier systems respond quickly to changes in the earth´s climate. The glaciers of the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascades are of particular interest because they provide a major water reservoir to the state of California. Oddly, while most glaciers worldwide (including in the Sierra Nevada) are retreating, glaciers in northern California are advancing, and examining differences between these two locations will help resolve this paradox. Whereas previous studies have mapped the spatial extents of glaciers from aerial and satellite imagery, this study utilizes glacial velocities as a monitoring tool to examine the differences of the glaciers in the Sierra Nevada and on Mount Shasta. Using the program COSI-Corr in ENVI, horizontal surface ice flow velocities are calculated at the subpixel level from a time-series of co-registered, orthorectified, and correlated, late-summer satellite imagery. Through a combination of 15-meter Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission Radiometer (ASTER) and 5-meter SPOT imagery, orthorectified using a 15-meter resampled Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) digital elevation model (DEM), glacial velocities are derived on major glaciers on Mount Shasta and in the Palisades of the Sierra Nevada for 2000-2008. This study demonstrates the utility of combining various types of remote sensing imagery to create a complete time record, and from this record derive glacial velocities for use in monitoring climate change effectively.

  13. Fréquence, implication clinique et valeur pronostique de la lymphopénie au cours du lupus érythémateux systémique: étude cas témoin

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    Ha-ou-nou, Fatima Zahra; Essaadouni, Lamiaa

    2015-01-01

    Le lupus érythémateux systémique (LES) est une maladie auto-immune dotée d'un grand polymorphisme clinique et caractérisée par la production d'une grande variété d'autoanticorps. Sa définition repose sur les critères de l'ACR dont fait partie la lymphopénie. Afin de déterminer s'il existe une corrélation entre la présence de la lymphopénie d'une part et les manifestations cliniques, immunologiques et l'activité du lupus érythémateux systémique d'autre part, nous avons réalisé une étude rétrospective, comparative portant sur 148 cas de LES colligés dans un service de médecine interne entre 2006 et 2012. Ces patients ont été subdivisés en 2 groupes: Groupe 1 avec lymphopénie (taux de lymphocytes < 1500/mm3) et groupe 2 sans lymphopénie (taux de lymphocytes ≥ 1500/mm3). Les 2 groupes ont été comparés en fonction de la présentation clinique et immunologique et l'activité de la maladie mesurée par le SLEDAI (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index). L’âge moyen des patients (134 femmes et 14 hommes) était de 35,64 ans. L'atteinte hématologique était présente dans 81,1% des cas avec une lymphopénie dans 69,2% des cas. Une association statistiquement significative était notée entre la lymphopénie et l'atteinte rénale (p = 0,025), l'atteinte cardiaque (p = 0,004), l'anémie hémolytique (p = 0,020), la présence d'anticorps anti DNA (p = 0,046), le traitement par cyclophosphamide (p = 0.035) et l'activité de la maladie (p < 0,01). En revanche il n'y avait pas de corrélation entre la présence de lymphopénie et les atteintes cutanées, articulaires et neuropsychiatriques. La lymphopénie est une manifestation fréquente du lupus systémique. Notre étude a démontré que sa présence est associée à plusieurs manifestations cliniques graves dont les atteintes cardiaque et rénale. Ceci pourrait faire d'elle un outil utile dans l’évaluation du pronostic de la maladie. PMID:26401197

  14. Determination of the Dissolution Slowness Surface by Study of Etched Shapes: II. Comparison of 2D Experimental and Theoretical Etching Shapes

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    Leblois, T.; Tellier, C. R.; Messaoudi, T.

    1997-03-01

    particulier plusieurs exemples montrent que la forme finale est corrélée à la présence d'extrema de la lenteur de dissolution. Cependant, la corrélation entre résultats expérimentaux et théoriques n'est pas toujours simple et mérite une analyse soignée. Pour conclure, le modèle 3D est appliqué pour prévoir la forme usinée d'un trou initialement circulaire dans une coupe tournée autour de l'axe Y. Le résultat théorique est comparé avec la forme usinée expérimentale et montre un parfait accord.

  15. Relationship and responsiveness of three upper-limb tests in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Janaudis-Ferreira, Tania; Hill, Kylie; Goldstein, Roger S; Wadell, Karin; Brooks, Dina

    2013-01-01

    Objectif : Cette étude visait à déterminer (1) la relation entre trois tests courants des membres supérieurs et la maladie pulmonaire obstructive chronique (MPOC) : test UULEX (test d'élévation d'un membre supérieur), test de l'anneau (6PBRT) et évaluation de la force musculaire à l'aide d'un dynamomètre manuel; et (2) le degré de réactivité au changement de ces trois tests après une réadaptation pulmonaire comprenant un programme d'entraînement en résistance des bras. Méthode : Cette étude était une analyse secondaire d'un essai clinique randomisé (ECR). Le test UULEX et le 6PBRT ont été utilisés pour mesurer la capacité maximale d'exercice et la fonction maximale du bras, respectivement. Un dynamomètre manuel a été utilisé pour mesurer la force de flexion du coude et de l'épaule. Nous avons analysé les données de base de tous les patients qui ont participé à l'ECR de même que les données de base et les données après réadaptation pulmonaire des patients qui ont participé à 6 semaines de tests de suivi. Résultats : 36 patients avec MPOC (moyenne de volume expiratoire maximal [SD] par seconde [VEMS1]=35 % [15 %] prévus; 66 ans [9]) y ont participé et de ce nombre, 13 ont participé au programme d'entraînement des bras. Les corrélations entre les résultats des tests se chiffraient de 0,41 à 0,81 (p<0.0001). Les moyennes de réponse normalisées ont été de 1,0 pour la force musculaire de flexion du coude, de 1,2 pour la flexion de l'épaule et de 1,8 pour les tests 6PBRT et UULEX. Conclusions : Bien que ces trois tests (UULEX, 6PBRT et test de force musculaire à l'aide du dynamomètre manuel) visent à mesurer des dimensions différentes, ces mesures étaient modérément ou extrêmement corrélées les unes par rapport aux autres. Le test 6PBRT, le test UULEX et le test de force musculaire ont manifestement été influencés par le programme d'entraînement en résistance des bras.

  16. The Relationship between Radial Bone Properties and Disease Activity and Physical Function in Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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    Macintyre, Norma J; Muller, Monique E; Webber, Colin E; Adachi, Jonathan D

    2012-01-01

    Objectif : Les personnes qui sont atteintes de polyarthrite rhumatoïde (PR) courent un plus grand risque de souffrir aussi d'ostéoporose. Cette étude se penche sur la relation entre les propriétés des compartiments osseux (cortical et trabéculaire) du radius inférieur, qui est un site fréquent de fracture attribuable à l'ostéoporose, à la douleur associée à la PR, à l'activité de la maladie sur les membres supérieurs et à la fonction des mains chez les adultes diagnostiqués au cours des derniers huit ans. Méthode : Les propriétés des os corticaux et trabéculaires (masse, densité et structure trabéculaire apparente) ont été évaluées à l'emplacement situé à 4% du radius chez 21 adultes avec PR, à l'aide d'une tomographie quantitative par ordinateur (pQCT). Les mesures cliniques recueillies sont le décompte de l'activité de l'articulation du membre actif, la douleur déclarée par le sujet (échelle AIMS-2 de douleur provoquée par l'arthrite), la fonction physique (échelle AIMS-2 de fonction des mains et des doigts); et la force de préhension (avec sphygmomanomètre modifié). Des associations ont été caractérisées à l'aide de corrélations (coefficient de corrélation de Pearson ou de Spearman). Résultats : La masse osseuse corticale et trabéculaire et la densité de l'os trabéculaire ont été associées négativement au nombre d'articulations actives (r=−0,47, −0,54 et −0,47, respectivement). La densité et la masse de l'os cortical ont été associées à la force de préhension de la main et des doigts (r=0,61 et 0,51, respectivement). Les densités osseuses corticale et trabéculaire ont été associées négativement au pointage obtenu sur l'échelle de fonction des mains et des doigts (r=−0,49, −0.45 et −0,56, respectivement). Conclusions : Bien que les modèles différaient légèrement pour l'os cortical et l'os trabéculaire, une meilleure santé osseuse des deux compartiments a pu être associ

  17. Standardizing foot-type classification using arch index values.

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    Wong, Christopher Kevin; Weil, Rich; de Boer, Emily

    2012-01-01

    Objectif : L'absence d'un système fiable pour le classement des types de pieds fait en sorte qu'il est très difficile de parvenir à des conclusions à partir des recherches existantes et de prendre des décisions cliniques, puisque des pieds formés différemment peuvent bouger différemment et réagir de manière différente aux traitements. L'objectif de cette étude était d'en arriver à un consensus entre évaluateurs pour le classement des types de pieds en fonction de valeurs d'indice établies à partir de photos de la cambrure du pied réalisées à l'aide d'une boîte à miroir. Méthode : Pour cette étude corrélationnelle à deux évaluateurs, un échantillon de 11 bénévoles en bonne santé avec indice de poids corporel variant de normal à obèse a été recruté au sein d'un groupe participant à un programme de perte de poids et parmi des personnes recevant des traitements en physiothérapie. L'indice de la cambrure de leur pied a été calculé à l'aide du logiciel AutoCAD et à partir d'empreintes obtenues à l'aide d'une boîte à miroir pour la prise de photos. Un classement des cambrures selon divers types – cambrure élevée, normale ou faible – a été effectué à partir des valeurs d'indices pour la cambrure du pied. La fiabilité de ces indices a été déterminée à l'aide de corrélations intraclasses; le consensus quant au classement des types de pieds a été obtenu à l'aide d'un indice quadratique kappa pondéré. Résultats : L'indice moyen des cambrures était de 0,215 pour un évaluateur et de 0,219 pour le deuxième évaluateur, avec une étendue globale de 0,017 à 0,370. Les deux évaluateurs ont classé 6 des pieds de l'étude comme étant peu cambrés; 9 des cambrures ont été jugées normales et 7 pieds présentaient des cambrures prononcées. La fiabilité entre les évaluateurs pour l'indice des cambrures des pieds était CCI=0,90; le consensus entre évaluateurs pour le classement des types de pieds

  18. Exogenic olivine on Vesta from Dawn Framing Camera color data

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    Nathues, Andreas; Hoffmann, Martin; Schäfer, Michael; Thangjam, Guneshwar; Le Corre, Lucille; Reddy, Vishnu; Christensen, Ulrich; Mengel, Kurt; Sierks, Holger; Vincent, Jean-Baptist; Cloutis, Edward A.; Russell, Christopher T.; Schäfer, Tanja; Gutierrez-Marques, Pablo; Hall, Ian; Ripken, Joachim; Büttner, Irene

    2015-09-01

    In this paper we present the results of a global survey of olivine-rich lithologies on (4) Vesta. We investigated Dawn Framing Camera (FC) High Altitude Mapping Orbit (HAMO) color cubes (∼60 m/pixel resolution) by using a method described in Thangjam et al. (Thangjam, G., Nathues, A., Mengel, K., Hoffmann, M., Schäfer, M., Reddy, V., Cloutis, E.A., Christensen, U., Sierks, H., Le Corre, L., Vincent, J.-B, Russell, C.T. [2014b]. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. arXiv:1408.4687 [astro-ph.EP]). In total we identified 15 impact craters exhibiting olivine-rich (>40 wt.% ol) outcrops on their inner walls, some showing olivine-rich material also in their ejecta and floors. Olivine-rich sites are concentrated in the Bellicia, Arruntia and Pomponia region on Vesta's northern hemisphere. From our multi-color and stratigraphic analysis, we conclude that most, if not all, of the olivine-rich material identified is of exogenic origin, i.e. remnants of A- or/and S-type projectiles. The olivine-rich lithologies in the north are possibly ejecta of the ∼90 km diameter Albana crater. We cannot draw a final conclusion on their relative stratigraphic succession, but it seems that the dark material (Nathues, A., Hoffmann, M., Cloutis, E.A., Schäfer, M., Reddy, V., Christensen, U., Sierks, H., Thangjam, G.S., Le Corre, L., Mengel, K., Vincent, J.-B., Russell, C.T., Prettyman, T., Schmedemann, N., Kneissl, T., Raymond, C., Gutierrez-Marques, P., Hall, I. Büttner, I. [2014b]. Icarus (239, 222--237)) and the olivine-rich lithologies are of a similar age. The origin of some potential olivine-rich sites in the Rheasilvia basin and at crater Portia are ambiguous, i.e. these are either of endogenic or exogenic origin. However, the small number and size of these sites led us to conclude that olivine-rich mantle material, containing more than 40 wt.% of olivine, is basically absent on the present surface of Vesta. In combination with recent impact models of Veneneia and Rheasilvia (Clenet, H

  19. Temperature-dependent structural studies of mullite-type Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}

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    Murshed, M. Mangir; Nenert, Gwilherm; Burianek, Manfred; Robben, Lars; Muehlberg, Manfred; Schneider, Hartmut; Fischer, Reinhard X.; Gesing, Thorsten M.

    2013-01-15

    We report on the temperature-dependent structural studies on the mullite-type Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} compound. The crystal structures were determined using both powder X-ray diffraction and single crystal neutron diffraction. The thermal expansion of the cell parameters from smallest to largest occurred in the order acorr was determined by autocorrelation analysis between 740 cm{sup -1} and 900 cm{sup -1} for each temperature-dependent spectrum. The break of the slope of {Delta}corr at about 773 K was interpreted as the change of some vibrational modes of the FeO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The intrinsic effects observed around 773 K are responsible for

  20. Satellite cloud and precipitation property retrievals for climate monitoring and hydrological applications

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    Wolters, E. L. A.

    2012-03-01

    This thesis presents the retrieval, evaluation, and application of cloud physical property datasets (cloud phase, cloud particle effective radius, and precipitation occurrence and intensity) obtained from Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) reflectance measurements using the Cloud Physical Properties (CPP) retrieval algorithm. In Chapter 3 it is shown that the CPP cloud-phase retrieval algorithm has sufficient accuracy (< 5%) and precision (< 10%) for climate monitoring purposes through comparisons with ground-based radar and lidar cloud-phase observations. In addition, the increase in ice cloud occurrence frequency throughout the day resulting from convection can be followed well. In Chapter 4, the effect of different horizontal sampling resolutions on the cloud particle effective radius (re) and cloud-phase retrievals in case of broken and inhomogeneous overcast clouds is quantified using both simulations and retrievals. At low cloud fractions, the retrieved low-resolution re is overestimated by up to 5 μm compared to at high resolution, due to the contribution of the underlying surface to the observed reflectances. In about 4% of the cases this overestimation leads to cloud-phase misclassifications, which is reduced to 2% when applying an additional cloud-top temperature check in the cloud-phase retrieval algorithm. The accuracy of CPP precipitation retrievals is evaluated with TRMM-PR and CMORPH observations in Chapter 5. Rain occurrence frequency from CPP-PP agrees well with TRMM-PR-observed values (corr=0.86), while rain rates agree to a lesser extent (corr=0.50). Investigation of the precipitation intensity frequency distributions from CPP reveal good agreement with TRMM-PR and rain gauge observations, although at moderate rain rates CPP overestimates relative to the rain gauges. Further, it is demonstrated that CPP is suitable to monitor both the seasonal and diurnal cycle of rainfall during daytime. CPP detects a larger dynamical range

  1. Cognitive requirements of competing neuro-behavioral decision systems: some implications of temporal horizon for managerial behavior in organizations.

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    Foxall, Gordon R

    2014-01-01

    Interpretation of managerial activity in terms of neuroscience is typically concerned with extreme behaviors such as corporate fraud or reckless investment (Peterson, 2007; Wargo et al., 2010a). This paper is concerned to map out the neurophysiological and cognitive mechanisms at work across the spectrum of managerial behaviors encountered in more day-to-day contexts. It proposes that the competing neuro-behavioral decisions systems (CNBDS) hypothesis (Bickel et al., 2012b) captures well the range of managerial behaviors that can be characterized as hyper- or hypo-activity in either the limbically-based impulsive system or the frontal-cortically based executive system with the corresponding level of activity encountered in the alternative brain region. This pattern of neurophysiological responding also features in the Somatic Marker Hypothesis (Damasio, 1994) and in Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST; Gray and McNaughton, 2000; McNaughton and Corr, 2004), which usefully extend the thesis, for example in the direction of personality. In discussing these theories, the paper has three purposes: to clarify the role of cognitive explanation in neuro-behavioral decision theory, to propose picoeconomics (Ainslie, 1992) as the cognitive component of competing neuro-behavioral decision systems theory and to suggest solutions to the problems of imbalanced neurophysiological activity in managerial behavior. The first is accomplished through discussion of the role of picoeconomics in neuro-behavioral decision theory; the second, by consideration of adaptive-innovative cognitive styles (Kirton, 2003) in the construction of managerial teams, a theme that can now be investigated by a dedicated research program that incorporates psychometric analysis of personality types and cognitive styles involved in managerial decision-making and the underlying neurophysiological bases of such decision-making.

  2. Soil moisture retrieval from satellite images and its application to heavy rainfall simulation in eastern China

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    Zhao, D. M.; Su, B. K.; Zhao, M.

    2006-03-01

    The soil water index (SWI) from satellite remote sensing and the observational soil moisture from agricultural meteorological stations in eastern China are used to retrieve soil moisture. The analysis of correlation coefficient (CORR), root-mean-squaxe-error (RMSE) and bias (BIAS) shows that the retrieved soil moisture is convincible and close to the observation. The method can overcome the difficulties in soil moisture observation on a large scale and the retrieved soil moisture may reflect the distribution of the real soil moisture objectively. The retrieved soil moisture is used as an initial scheme to replace initial conditions of soil moisture (NCEP) in the model MM5V3 to simulate the heavy rainfall in 1998. Three heavy rainfall processes during 13-14 June, 18-22 June, and 21-26 July 1998 in the Yangtze River valley are analyzed. The first two processes show that the intensity and location of simulated precipitation from SWI are better than those from NCEP and closer to the observed values. The simulated heavy rainfall for 21-26 July shows that the update of soil moisture initial conditions can improve the model's performance. The relationship between soil moisture and rainfall may explain that the stronger rainfall intensity for SWI in the Yangtze River valley is the result of the greater simulated soil moisture from SWI prior to the heavy rainfall date than that from NCEP, and leads to the decline of temperature in the corresponding area in the heavy rainfall days. Detailed analysis of the heavy rainfall on 13-14 June shows that both land-atmosphere interactions and atmospheric circulation were responsible for the heavy rainfall, and it shows how the SWI simulation improves the simulation. The development of mesoscale systems plays an important role in the simulation regarding the change of initial soil moisture for SWI.

  3. Oxidative stress disassembles the p38/NPM/PP2A complex, which leads to modulation of nucleophosmin-mediated signaling to DNA damage response.

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    Guillonneau, Maëva; Paris, François; Dutoit, Soizic; Estephan, Hala; Bénéteau, Elise; Huot, Jacques; Corre, Isabelle

    2016-08-01

    Oxidative stress is a leading cause of endothelial dysfunction. The p38 MAPK pathway plays a determinant role in allowing cells to cope with oxidative stress and is tightly regulated by a balanced interaction between p38 protein and its interacting partners. By using a proteomic approach, we identified nucleophosmin (NPM) as a new partner of p38 in HUVECs. Coimmunoprecipitation and microscopic analyses confirmed the existence of a cytosolic nucleophosmin (NPM)/p38 interaction in basal condition. Oxidative stress, which was generated by exposure to 500 µM H2O2, induces a rapid dephosphorylation of NPM at T199 that depends on phosphatase PP2A, another partner of the NPM/p38 complex. Blocking PP2A activity leads to accumulation of NPM-pT199 and to an increased association of NPM with p38. Concomitantly to its dephosphorylation, oxidative stress promotes translocation of NPM to the nucleus to affect the DNA damage response. Dephosphorylated NPM impairs the signaling of oxidative stress-induced DNA damage via inhibition of the phosphorylation of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated and DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit. Overall, these results suggest that the p38/NPM/PP2A complex acts as a dynamic sensor, allowing endothelial cells to react rapidly to acute oxidative stress.-Guillonneau, M., Paris, F., Dutoit, S., Estephan, H., Bénéteau, E., Huot, J., Corre, I. Oxidative stress disassembles the p38/NPM/PP2A complex, which leads to modulation of nucleophosmin-mediated signaling to DNA damage response.

  4. NMR analyses of deuterated phospholipids isolated from Pichia angusta

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    Massou, S.; Augé, S.; Tropis, M.; Lindley, N. D.; Milon, A.

    1998-02-01

    The phospholipid composition of methylotrophic yeasts grown on deuterated and hydrogenated media has been determined by proton and phosphorus NMR. By using a line narrowing solvent, we could obtain linewidth lower than 2 Hz, and all the resonances could be resolved. Phospholipids were identified on the basis of their chemical shift and by 31P - H correlations (HMQC - HOHAHA gradient enhanced experiments). We have thus analysed qualitatively and quantitatively lipids mixtures directly after chloroform-methanol extraction. The lipid composition is deeply modified after growth in deuterated medium were phosphatidyl Inositol (PI) becomes the major lipid, instead of a PC, PS, PI mixture in hydrogenated conditions. La composition en phospholipides de levures méthylotrophes ayant poussé sur des milieux de cultures hydrogénés et deutériés a été déterminée par RMN du proton et du phosphore31. L'utilisation d'un solvant d'affinement a permis d'obtenir des largeurs de raies inférieures à 2Hz et de résoudre toutes les classes de phospholipides. Ils sont ensuite identifiés par leur déplacement chimique et par des corrélations phosphore - proton spécifiques (expériences HMQC-HOHAHA gradients). Cette approche a permis une analyse qualitative et quantitative de mélanges de phospholipides directement après extraction au chloroforme-méthanol. La composition en phospholipides est profondément modifiée lors de la croissance en milieu perdeutérié où l'on observe un lipide majoritaire, le phosphatidyl Inositol (PI), au lieu d'un mélange PC, PS PI en milieu hydrogéné.

  5. Dengue: recent past and future threats

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    Rogers, David J.

    2015-01-01

    This article explores four key questions about statistical models developed to describe the recent past and future of vector-borne diseases, with special emphasis on dengue: (1) How many variables should be used to make predictions about the future of vector-borne diseases?(2) Is the spatial resolution of a climate dataset an important determinant of model accuracy?(3) Does inclusion of the future distributions of vectors affect predictions of the futures of the diseases they transmit?(4) Which are the key predictor variables involved in determining the distributions of vector-borne diseases in the present and future?Examples are given of dengue models using one, five or 10 meteorological variables and at spatial resolutions of from one-sixth to two degrees. Model accuracy is improved with a greater number of descriptor variables, but is surprisingly unaffected by the spatial resolution of the data. Dengue models with a reduced set of climate variables derived from the HadCM3 global circulation model predictions for the 1980s are improved when risk maps for dengue's two main vectors (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) are also included as predictor variables; disease and vector models are projected into the future using the global circulation model predictions for the 2020s, 2040s and 2080s. The Garthwaite–Koch corr-max transformation is presented as a novel way of showing the relative contribution of each of the input predictor variables to the map predictions. PMID:25688021

  6. Co-seismic displacements from differencing and sub-pixel correlation of multi-temporal LiDAR and cadastral surveys: application to the Greendale Fault, Canterbury, New Zealand

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    Duffy, B. G.; Van Dissen, R.; Quigley, M.; Litchfield, N. J.; McInnes, C.; Leprince, S.; Barrell, D.; Stahl, T. A.; Bilderback, E. L.

    2011-12-01

    Surface rupture on the dextral strike-slip Greendale fault during the 2010 Mw 7.1 Darfield (Canterbury), earthquake in New Zealand terminated in a releasing bend at the western end of the fault. Our first-ever co-seismic application of multi-temporal aerial LiDAR, coupled with cadastral surveying, real time kinematic GPS scarp profiling and offset mapping provides unprecedented documentation of surface displacements at the western end of the Greendale fault, particularly at the transition into the releasing bend. Cadastral trilateration data from the northern end of the releasing bend area demonstrate that the hanging wall (NE) side of the fault moved 1.5 m to the southeast while the footwall (SW) side of the fault moved 0.6 m to the southwest. This resulted in an oblique transtensional net slip of 2.5 m. At the southern end of the releasing bend, the north-side-down transtensional structure transitions into a north-side down transpressional structure. High-resolution absolute vertical motions associated with this transition, as well as relationships of drainage morphology to fault geometry, are captured by differencing of pre- and post-fault LiDAR. Vertical differencing reveals the distribution of vertical offsets, with some scarps defined that have vertical displacement gradients of only 1:1000. The geomorphology of these subtle vertical displacements reveals that the transition into the releasing bend is accommodated by a restraining stepover. Sub-pixel correlation of the pre-and post-earthquake LiDAR rasters using COSI-Corr (http://www.tectonics.caltech.edu/slip_history/spot_coseis/index.html) additionally reveal E-W shortening of approximately 0.8 m across a discontinuity that represents one side of the restraining stepover. This is consistent with the cadastral survey results. Our results demonstrate the utility of multi-temporal LiDAR for documenting both the vertical and horizontal components of co-seismic deformation.

  7. Chemical correlation of some late Cenozoic tuffs of Northern and Central California by neutron activation analysis of glass and comparison with X-ray fluorescence analysis

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    Sarna-Wojcicki, Andrei M.; Bowman, Harry W.; Russell, Paul C.

    1979-01-01

    Glasses separated from several dacitic and rhyolitic late Cenozoic tuffs of northern and central California were analyzed by neutron activation for more than 43 elemental abundances. Eighteen elements--scandiurn, manganese, iron, zinc, rubidium, cesium, barium, lanthanum, cerium, samarium, europium, terbiurn, dysprosiurn, ytterbiurn, hafniurn, tantalurn, thorium and uranium--were selected as most suitable for purposes of chemical correlation on the basis of their natural variability in silicic tuffs and the precision obtainable in analysis. Stratigraphic relations between tuffs and replicate chemical analyses on individual tuffs make it possib1e to calibrate a quantitative parameter, the similarity coefficient, which indicates the degree of correlation for the tuffs studied. The highest similarity coefficient (0.99) was obtained for analyses of two tuffs (potassium-argon dated at about' 6.0 m.y.) exposed in the Merced(?) and Petaluma Formations of Sonoma County, which represent different paleoenvironments, shallow-water marine and fresh water or brackish marine, respectively. Corre1ation of these formations on the basis of criteria other than tephrochronoloqy would be difficult. Results of neutron activation analysis in general confirm earlier correlations made on the basis of analysis by X-ray fluorescence but also make it possible to resolve small compositional differences between chemically simi1ar tuffs in stratigraphic proximity. The Lawlor Tuff (potassium-argon dated at about 4.0 m.y.) is identified at two new localities: in a core sample obtained from a bore hole east of Suisun Bay, and from the Kettleman Hills of western San Joaquin Valley. This identification permits correlation of the uppermost part of the marine Etchegoin Formation in the San Joaquin Valley with the continental Livermore Gravels of Clark, the Tassajara Formation, and the upper part of the Sonoma Volcanics in the cel1tral Coast Ranges of California. A younger tuff near the top of the

  8. SimPACE: generating simulated motion corrupted BOLD data with synthetic-navigated acquisition for the development and evaluation of SLOMOCO: a new, highly effective slicewise motion correction.

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    Beall, Erik B; Lowe, Mark J

    2014-11-01

    Head motion in functional MRI and resting-state MRI is a major problem. Existing methods do not robustly reflect the true level of motion artifact for in vivo fMRI data. The primary issue is that current methods assume that motion is synchronized to the volume acquisition and thus ignore intra-volume motion. This manuscript covers three sections in the use of gold-standard motion-corrupted data to pursue an intra-volume motion correction. First, we present a way to get motion corrupted data with accurately known motion at the slice acquisition level. This technique simulates important data acquisition-related motion artifacts while acquiring real BOLD MRI data. It is based on a novel motion-injection pulse sequence that introduces known motion independently for every slice: Simulated Prospective Acquisition CorrEction (SimPACE). Secondly, with data acquired using SimPACE, we evaluate several motion correction and characterization techniques, including several commonly used BOLD signal- and motion parameter-based metrics. Finally, we introduce and evaluate a novel, slice-based motion correction technique. Our novel method, SLice-Oriented MOtion COrrection (SLOMOCO) performs better than the volumetric methods and, moreover, accurately detects the motion of independent slices, in this case equivalent to the known injected motion. We demonstrate that SLOMOCO can model and correct for nearly all effects of motion in BOLD data. Also, none of the commonly used motion metrics was observed to robustly identify motion corrupted events, especially in the most realistic scenario of sudden head movement. For some popular metrics, performance was poor even when using the ideal known slice motion instead of volumetric parameters. This has negative implications for methods relying on these metrics, such as recently proposed motion correction methods such as data censoring and global signal regression.

  9. Evaluation of the Microsoft Kinect as a clinical assessment tool of body sway.

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    Yeung, L F; Cheng, Kenneth C; Fong, C H; Lee, Winson C C; Tong, Kai-Yu

    2014-09-01

    Total body center of mass (TBCM) is a useful kinematic measurement of body sway. However, expensive equipment and high technical requirement limit the use of motion capture systems in large-scale clinical settings. Center of pressure (CP) measurement obtained from force plates cannot accurately represent TBCM during large body sway movement. Microsoft Kinect is a rapidly developing, inexpensive, and portable posturographic device, which provides objective and quantitative measurement of TBCM sway. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Kinect as a clinical assessment tool for TBCM sway measurement. The performance of the Kinect system was compared with a Vicon motion capture system and a force plate. Ten healthy male subjects performed four upright quiet standing tasks: (1) eyes open (EOn), (2) eyes closed (ECn), (3) eyes open standing on foam (EOf), and (4) eyes closed standing on foam (ECf). Our results revealed that the Kinect system produced highly correlated measurement of TBCM sway (mean RMSE=4.38 mm; mean CORR=0.94 in Kinect-Vicon comparison), as well as comparable intra-session reliability to Vicon. However, the Kinect device consistently overestimated the 95% CL of sway by about 3mm. This offset could be due to the limited accuracy, resolution, and sensitivity of the Kinect sensors. The Kinect device was more accurate in the medial-lateral than in the anterior-posterior direction, and performed better than the force plate in more challenging balance tasks, such as (ECf) with larger TBCM sway. Overall, Kinect is a cost-effective alternative to a motion capture and force plate system for clinical assessment of TBCM sway.

  10. Assessment of IRI and IRI-Plas models over the African equatorial and low-latitude region

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    Adebiyi, S. J.; Adimula, I. A.; Oladipo, O. A.; Joshua, B. W.

    2016-07-01

    A reliable ionospheric specification by empirical models is important to mitigate the effects of the ionosphere on the operations of satellite-based positioning and navigation systems. This study evaluates the capability of the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI) and IRI extended to the plasmasphere (IRI-Plas) models in predicting the total electron content (TEC) over stations located in the southern hemisphere of the African equatorial and low-latitude region. TEC derived from Global Positioning System (GPS) measurements were compared with TEC predicted by both the IRI-Plas 2015 model and the three topside options of the IRI 2012 model (i.e., NeQuick (NeQ), IRI 2001 corrected factor (IRI-01 Corr), and the IRI 2001(IRI-01)). Generally, the diurnal and the seasonal structures of modeled TEC follow quite well with the observed TEC in all the stations, although with some upward and downward offsets observed during the daytime and nighttime. The prediction errors of both models exhibit latitudinal variation and these showed seasonal trends. The values generally decrease with increase in latitude. The TEC data-model divergence of both models is most significant at stations in the equatorial region during the daytime and nighttime. Conversely, both models demonstrate most pronounced convergence during the nighttime at stations outside the equatorial region. The IRI-Plas model, in general, performed better in months and seasons when the three options of the IRI model underestimate TEC. Factors such as the height limitation of the IRI model, the inaccurate predictions of the bottomside and topside electron density profiles were used to explain the data-model discrepancies.

  11. Permeability and reflection coefficients of urea and small amides in the human red cell.

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    Toon, M R; Solomon, A K

    1996-09-01

    Measurement of the transport parameters that govern the passage of urea and amides across the red cell membrane leads to important questions about transport of water. It had initially been thought that small protein channels, permeable to water and small solutes, traversed the membrane (see Solomon, 1987). Recently, however, very strong evidence has been presented that the 28 kDa protein, CHIP28, found in the red cell membrane, is the locus of the water channel (see Agre et al., 1993). CHIP28 transports water very rapidly but does not transport small nonelectrolytes such as urea. The irreversible thermodynamic parameter, sigma i, the reflection coefficient, is a measure of the relationship between the permeability of the solute and that of water. If a solute permeates by dissolution in the membrane, sigma i = 1.0; if it permeates by passage through an aqueous channel, sigma i < 1.0. For urea, Goldstein and Solomon (1960) found that sigma urea = 0.62 +/- 0.03 which meant that urea crosses the red cell membrane in a water-filled channel. This result and many subsequent observations that showed that sigma urea < 1.0 are at variance with the observation that CHIP28 is impermeable to urea. In view of this problem, we have made a new series of measurements of sigma i for urea and other small solutes by a different method, which obviates many of the criticisms Macey and Karan (1993) have made of our earlier method. The new method (Chen et al., 1988), which relies upon fluorescence of the intracellular dye, fluorescein sulfonate, leads to the corrected value, sigma urea,corr = 0.64 +/- 0.03 for ghosts, in good agreement with earlier data for red cells. Thus, the conclusion on irreversible thermodynamic and other grounds that urea and water share a common channel is in disagreement with the view that CHIP28 provides the sole channel for water entrance into the cell. PMID:8703203

  12. Geomorphic response to historic drought in northern California

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    Bennett, Georgina; Roering, Joshua; Mackey, Ben; Handwerger, Alexander; Guillod, Benoit; Schmidt, David

    2016-04-01

    California declared a state of drought emergency in early 2014 with a recent study showing that 2012 - 2015 constitutes a drought unprecedented in the state's historical record. Much has been reported on the drought's devastating impacts on water supply, agriculture and wildfire occurrence as well as its possible origins, including the role of anthropogenic climate change. However, its geomorphic impact has been given little attention. We address this gap by assessing the response of earthflows to drought in the Eel River in northern California. Despite their slow-moving nature, earthflows contribute ~50% of erosion in the region and are a constant threat to transport routes, making their behavior important to understand. We used pixel tracking in the program COSI CORR to measure velocities of 98 earthflows for the periods 2009 - 2012 and 2012 - 2015 from 0.5 m resolution Worldview satellite imagery. Putting these measurements in the context of velocities manually measured from aerial photographs dating back to the 1950s indicates that whilst earthflows have decelerated significantly in the ensuing drought this is part of a slowing trend commencing around 2000. We show that decadal earthflow velocities are closely correlated with the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI), which in turn is correlated with North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS)-modeled soil moisture. Slowing of earthflows since 2000 is coincident with a reduction of soil moisture, starting with the 2000 - 2001 drought from which earthflows have not yet returned to their pre-drought values and which set the stage for the slowest mean velocities observed in recent decades during the current drought. It will be important to continue to monitor these earthflows as rains return, particularly given the hypothesis that extreme drying may increase pathways for future runoff into earthflows.

  13. Gastrites chroniques à hélicobacter pylori: évaluation des systèmes OLGA et OLGIM

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    Slama, Sana Ben; Ghachem, Dorra Ben; Dhaoui, Amen; Jomni, Mohamed Taieb; Dougui, Mohamed Hédi; Bellil, Khadija

    2016-01-01

    La gastrite chronique à Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) présente un risque de cancérisation en rapport avec l'atrophie et la métaplasie intestinale. Deux nouvelles classifications, OLGA (Operative Link on Gastritis Assessment) et OLGIM (Operative Link on Gastritic Intestinal Metaplasia assessment) ont été proposées pour individualiser les formes à haut risque évolutif (stades III et IV). Le but de ce travail est d’évaluer les classifications de OLGA et de OLGIM au cours des gastrites chroniques à H pylori. Nous avons réalisé une étude descriptive transversale portant sur 100 cas de gastrite chronique à H pylori. La réévaluation des paramètres du Sydney System de l'atrophie et de la métaplasie intestinale, de l'antre et du corps gastrique, a permis de définir respectivement les stades OLGA et OLGIM. Le risque évolutif de nos gastrites à H pylori était de 6% selon OLGA et de 7% selon OLGIM. Une liaison significative a été révélée entre l’âge et OLGA. Les gastrites à haut risque selon OLGIM, étaient significativement associées à une atrophie modérée à sévère. Les formes à haut risque selon OLGA s'associaient dans plus de 80% des cas à une métaplasie intestinale. OLGA et OLGIM présentaient une corrélation positive et hautement significative entre elles avec une discordance évaluée à 5%. Les classifications de OLGA et OLGIM, en complément au Sydney System, permettent de sélectionner les formes de gastrites à haut risque nécessitant une surveillance étroite. PMID:27200133

  14. Tumeur de vessie chez le sujet jeune: à propos de 36 cas

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    Statoua, Mouad; El Ghanmi, Jihad; Karmouni, Tarik; El Khader, Khalid; Koutani, Abdellatif; Attya, Ahmed Iben

    2014-01-01

    Les tumeurs de vessie sont rares avant 40 ans et ne représentent que 1 à 4% de l'ensemble de ces tumeurs. Notre étude s'est intéressée au profil épidémiologique, caractère histologique ainsi que le profil évolutif. Nous avons réalisé une étude retrospective sur une durée de 10 ans entre mars 2004 et mars 2014, nous avons traité 850 patients pour tumeur de vessie dont 36 était âgé de moins de 40 ans. Le diagnostic était posé devant des arguments cliniques, radiologiques et endoscopiques, la cystoscopie avec résection tumorale a précisé la nature histologique et son grading ainsi que le degré d'infiltration. 23 patients avaient une tumeur de vessie non infiltrant le muscle et 13 avaient une tumeur infiltrant le muscle. Le taux de récidive global est de l'ordre de 36,4%, 22% pour la tranche d’âge 20-30 ans et 46% pour la tranche d’âge 31-40 ans. Le risque de progression et de décès est respectivement de 8% et de 6,1%. Il ressort que les tumeurs superficielles ont une meilleure évolution chez les sujets de moins de 30 ans. Les tumeurs infiltrantes sont plus fréquentes et souvent évoluées suggérant un potentiel évolutif particulier. Leur pronostic est fonction du stade tumoral, sans corrélation avec l’âge. PMID:26113886

  15. Quantitative analysis of real-time tissue elastography for evaluation of liver fibrosis

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    Shi, Ying; Wang, Xing-Hua; Zhang, Huan-Hu; Zhang, Hai-Qing; Tu, Ji-Zheng; Wei, Kun; Li, Juan; Liu, Xiao-Li

    2014-01-01

    The present study aimed to investigate the feasibility of quantitative analysis of liver fibrosis using real-time tissue elastography (RTE) and its pathological and molecule biological basis. Methods: Fifty-four New Zealand rabbits were subcutaneously injected with thioacetamide (TAA) to induce liver fibrosis as the model group, and another eight New Zealand rabbits served as the normal control group. Four rabbits were randomly taken every two weeks for real-time tissue elastography (RTE) and quantitative analysis of tissue diffusion. The obtained twelve characteristic quantities included relative mean value (MEAN), standard deviation (SD), blue area % (% AREA), complexity (COMP), kurtosis (KURT), skewness (SKEW), contrast (CONT), entropy (ENT), inverse different moment (IDM), angular secon moment (ASM), correlation (CORR) and liver fibrosis index (LF Index). Rabbits were executed and liver tissues were taken for pathological staging of liver fibrosis (grouped by pathological stage into S0 group, S1 group, S2 group, S3 group and S4 group). In addition, the collagen I (Col I) and collagen III (Col III) expression levels in liver tissue were detected by Western blot. Results: Except for KURT, there were significant differences among the other eleven characteristic quantities (P < 0.05). LF Index, Col I and Col III expression levels showed a rising trend with increased pathological staging of liver fibrosis, presenting a positive correlation with the pathological staging of liver fibrosis (r = 0.718, r = 0.693, r = 0.611, P < 0.05). Conclusion: RTE quantitative analysis is expected for noninvasive evaluation of the pathological staging of liver fibrosis. PMID:24955175

  16. microRNA expression profiling on individual breast cancer patients identifies novel panel of circulating microRNA for early detection.

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    Hamam, Rimi; Ali, Arwa M; Alsaleh, Khalid A; Kassem, Moustapha; Alfayez, Musaed; Aldahmash, Abdullah; Alajez, Nehad M

    2016-01-01

    Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer type and the second cause of cancer-related death among women. Therefore, better understanding of breast cancer tumor biology and the identification of novel biomarkers is essential for the early diagnosis and for better disease stratification and management choices. Herein we developed a novel approach which relies on the isolation of circulating microRNAs through an enrichment step using speed-vacuum concentration which resulted in 5-fold increase in microRNA abundance. Global miRNA microarray expression profiling performed on individual samples from 23 BC and 9 normals identified 18 up-regulated miRNAs in BC patients (p(corr) < 0.05). Nine miRNAs (hsa-miR-4270, hsa-miR-1225-5p, hsa-miR-188-5p, hsa-miR-1202, hsa-miR-4281, hsa-miR-1207-5p, hsa-miR-642b-3p, hsa-miR-1290, and hsa-miR-3141) were subsequently validated using qRT-PCR in a cohort of 46 BC and 14 controls. The expression of those microRNAs was overall higher in patients with stage I, II, and III, compared to stage IV, with potential utilization for early detection. The expression of this microRNA panel was slightly higher in the HER2 and TN compared to patients with luminal subtype. Therefore, we developed a novel approach which led to the identification of a novel microRNA panel which was upregulated in BC patients with potential utilization in disease diagnosis and stratification. PMID:27180809

  17. Microstructure and electrochemical hydrogenation/dehydrogenation performance of melt-spun La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys

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    Hou, Xiaojiang; Hu, Rui; Zhang, Tiebang Kou, Hongchao; Song, Wenjie; Li, Jinshan

    2015-08-15

    This work focuses on microstructure and electrochemical hydrogen storage properties of La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni alloys. The alloys with nominal compositions of Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 1−x}La{sub x} (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5) were prepared via metallurgical smelting and melt-spun on a rotating copper wheel. The scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and transition electron microscope, galvanostatic charging/discharging and other electrochemical measurements were employed to investigate. The results show that the increasing of La content and melt-spinning speed favors the formation of Mg–Ni–La amorphous/nanocrystalline alloys. It is found that the melt-spun ribbons display increased discharge capacities and superior cycle stabilities compared to the as-cast alloys with and without La. The potentiodynamic polarization results indicate that melt-spun La-doped Mg{sub 2}Ni ribbons possess more positive corrosion potential E{sub corr} and exhibit relatively high corrosion resistance against the alkaline solution. The mechanism for electrochemical hydrogenation/dehydrogenation has been proposed based on the effect of microstructures on the mass/charge transfer process for electrode electrochemical reaction. - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline/amorphous Mg–Ni–La alloys are obtained by melt-spinning. • Microstructures of as-cast and rapid quenched Mg{sub 2}Ni{sub 1−x}La{sub x} alloys are investigated. • Electrochemical hydrogenation properties of experimental alloys are characterized. • Electrochemical hydrogen absorption/desorption mechanism is proposed.

  18. Surface effects of heat treatments in active atmosphere on structural, morphological and electrical characteristics of CuInS{_2} thin films

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    Kanzari, M.; Abaab, M.; Rezig, B.; Brunel, M.

    1999-05-01

    Thin amorphous CuInS2 films were deposited on the glass substrates by single source thermal evaporation technique. The effect of heat treatments in sulfur atmosphere, in air and under vacuum on the surface layers is discussed in terms of the surface structure of the films. The films were examined by grazing X-ray diffraction and reflectometry (GXRD and GXRR). From a comparison with the GXRD results, the densities of the surface layers are explained by the presence of secondary phases. We established a correlation between stoichiometry and conductivity depending on the annealing conditions. Des couches minces de CuInS2 amorphe sont déposées sur des substrats de verre par la technique d'évaporation thermique monosource. L'effet des traitements thermiques sous atmosphère de soufre, air et sous vide sur les surfaces des couches a été discuté en relation avec les propriétés structurales des surfaces des couches. Les couches sont analysées par la réflectométrie et la diffraction de rayons X rasants. Par comparaison avec les résultats de la diffraction de rayons X rasants, les densités des surfaces des couches sont expliquées par la présence des phases secondaires. Nous avons établi une corrélation entre la stœchiométrie des couches et leurs conductivités en fonction des conditions de recuit.

  19. Polymorphisms of Vitamin D Signaling Pathway Genes and Calcium-Sensing Receptor Gene in respect to Survival of Hemodialysis Patients: A Prospective Observational Study.

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    Grzegorzewska, Alicja E; Świderska, Monika K; Mostowska, Adrianna; Warchoł, Wojciech; Jagodziński, Paweł P

    2016-01-01

    We evaluated in the 7-year prospective study whether variants in vitamin D pathway genes and calcium-sensing receptor gene (CASR) are determinants of mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients (n = 532). HRM analysis was used for GC rs2298849, GC rs1155563, RXRA rs10776909, RXRA rs10881578, and CASR rs7652589 genotyping. GC rs7041, RXRA rs749759, VDR rs2228570, and VDR rs1544410 were genotyped using PCR-RFLP analysis. The minor allele in GC rs2298849 was associated with all-cause mortality in univariate analysis (HR 1.330, 95% CI 1.046-1.692, P = 0.020). Bearers of the minor allele in GC rs2298849 demonstrated higher infection/neoplasm mortality than major allele homozygotes also in multivariate analysis (HR 2.116, 95% CI 1.096-4.087, P = 0.026). Cardiovascular mortality was associated with major homozygosity (CC) in VDR rs2228570 (HR 1.896, 95% CI 1.163-3.091, P = 0.010). CC genotype patients were more often dyslipidemic than TT genotype subjects (46.1% versus 31.9%, P = 0.047). Dyslipidemics showed higher frequency of rs1544410_rs2228570 haplotype AC than nondyslipidemics (26 versus 18%, P corr = 0.005), whereas TT genotype patients were at lower risk of dyslipidemia compared with CC/CT genotype patients (HR 0.59, 95% CI 0.37-0.96, P = 0.04). In conclusion, GC rs2298849 and VDR rs2228570 SNPs are associated with survival on HD. VDR-related cardiovascular mortality may occur due to connections of rs2228570 with dyslipidemia. PMID:27642296

  20. Evaluation of the Microsoft Kinect as a clinical assessment tool of body sway.

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    Yeung, L F; Cheng, Kenneth C; Fong, C H; Lee, Winson C C; Tong, Kai-Yu

    2014-09-01

    Total body center of mass (TBCM) is a useful kinematic measurement of body sway. However, expensive equipment and high technical requirement limit the use of motion capture systems in large-scale clinical settings. Center of pressure (CP) measurement obtained from force plates cannot accurately represent TBCM during large body sway movement. Microsoft Kinect is a rapidly developing, inexpensive, and portable posturographic device, which provides objective and quantitative measurement of TBCM sway. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Kinect as a clinical assessment tool for TBCM sway measurement. The performance of the Kinect system was compared with a Vicon motion capture system and a force plate. Ten healthy male subjects performed four upright quiet standing tasks: (1) eyes open (EOn), (2) eyes closed (ECn), (3) eyes open standing on foam (EOf), and (4) eyes closed standing on foam (ECf). Our results revealed that the Kinect system produced highly correlated measurement of TBCM sway (mean RMSE=4.38 mm; mean CORR=0.94 in Kinect-Vicon comparison), as well as comparable intra-session reliability to Vicon. However, the Kinect device consistently overestimated the 95% CL of sway by about 3mm. This offset could be due to the limited accuracy, resolution, and sensitivity of the Kinect sensors. The Kinect device was more accurate in the medial-lateral than in the anterior-posterior direction, and performed better than the force plate in more challenging balance tasks, such as (ECf) with larger TBCM sway. Overall, Kinect is a cost-effective alternative to a motion capture and force plate system for clinical assessment of TBCM sway. PMID:25047828

  1. Estimates of monthly streamflow characteristics and dominant-discharge hydrographs for selected sites in the lower Missouri and Little Missouri River basins in Montana

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    Parrett, Charles; Johnson, D.R.

    1994-01-01

    Various streamflow characteristics were estimated for water-reservation purposes for 17 sites in the lower Missouri River Basin and four sites in the Little Missouri River Basin in Montana. The characteristics were mean monthly and annual streamflow and monthly mean streamflow that is exceeded 90, 80, 50, and 20 percent of the time. In addition, dominant-discharge hydrographs were estimated for 10 of the 17 sites in the lower Missouri River Basin and for four sites in the Little Missouri River Basin. Dominant discharge was considered to be equal to the peak discharge having a recurrence interval of two years. Monthly streamflow characteristics generally were based on a common 1937-86 base period. A mixed-station record-extension program was used to estimate missing flow data for streamflow-gaging stations. Two methods were used to estimate characteristics at ungaged sites. One method was based on corre- lating discharge measurements at the estimating site with concurrent discharges at a nearby gaged site. The second method was based on using a drainage-area ratio to transfer characteristics at a gaged site to the estimating site. Dominant discharges for gaged sites were obtained from a previous flood-frequency report or by fitting a log-Pearson Type 3 probability distribution to recorded peak-flow data. A drainage-area-ratio adjustment was used to transfer dominant dis- charges from gaged sites to ungaged sites. Dominant-discharge hydrographs were determined from visual examination of recorded hydrographs having maximum daily discharges that were relatively close to the estimated dominant discharges.

  2. The possible combinatory effects of acute consumption of caffeine, creatine, and amino acids on the improvement of anaerobic running performance in humans.

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    Fukuda, David H; Smith, Abbie E; Kendall, Kristina L; Stout, Jeffrey R

    2010-09-01

    Preexercise nutritional investigations have recently become a popular avenue of examining the interaction of multiple ingredients on exercise and training methods. The critical velocity (CV) test is used to quantify the relationship between total running distance and time to exhaustion (TTE), yielding aerobic (CV) and anaerobic parameters (anaerobic running capacity [ARC]). The purpose of this study was to examine the hypothesis that a preexercise supplement containing caffeine, creatine, and amino acids (Game Time; Corr-Jen Laboratories Inc, Aurora, CO) would positively impact CV and ARC in college-aged men and women. In a single-blind crossover design, 10 participants consumed the preexercise supplement (ACT) or placebo (PL) before each testing session. Each participant completed runs to exhaustion on a treadmill at 110%, 90% (day 1), and 105% and 100% (day 2) of the peak velocity (PV) determined from a graded exercise test. The ACT elicited a 10.8% higher ARC (P = .02) compared with the PL, whereas no difference was found in CV (0.6%, P = .38). The TTE was greater for the ACT than the PL at 110% (ACT = 125.7 ± 9.6 seconds, PL = 117.3 ± 12.6 seconds), 105% (ACT = 156.9 ± 11.0 seconds, PL = 143.8 ± 12.9 seconds), and 100% PV (ACT = 185.7 ± 10.7 seconds, PL = 169.7 ± 12.8 seconds) (P = .01-.04); but there was no difference for the TTE at 90% PV (ACT = 353.5 ± 52.7 seconds, PL = 332.7 ± 54.0 seconds) (P = .08). These findings suggest that the acute ingestion of this preexercise supplement may be an effective strategy for improving anaerobic performance, but appears to have no effect on aerobic power.

  3. Networks of genetic loci and the scientific literature

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    Semeiks, J. R.; Grate, L. R.; Mian, I. S.

    This work considers biological information graphs, networks in which nodes corre-spond to genetic loci (or "genes") and an (undirected) edge signifies that two genes are discussed in the same article(s) in the scientific literature ("documents"). Operations that utilize the topology of these graphs can assist researchers in the scientific discovery process. For example, a shortest path between two nodes defines an ordered series of genes and documents that can be used to explore the relationship(s) between genes of interest. This work (i) describes how topologies in which edges are likely to reflect genuine relationship(s) can be constructed from human-curated corpora of genes an-notated with documents (or vice versa), and (ii) illustrates the potential of biological information graphs in synthesizing knowledge in order to formulate new hypotheses and generate novel predictions for subsequent experimental study. In particular, the well-known LocusLink corpus is used to construct a biological information graph consisting of 10,297 nodes and 21,910 edges. The large-scale statistical properties of this gene-document network suggest that it is a new example of a power-law network. The segregation of genes on the basis of species and encoded protein molecular function indicate the presence of assortativity, the preference for nodes with similar attributes to be neighbors in a network. The practical utility of a gene-document network is illustrated by using measures such as shortest paths and centrality to analyze a subset of nodes corresponding to genes implicated in aging. Each release of a curated biomedical corpus defines a particular static graph. The topology of a gene-document network changes over time as curators add and/or remove nodes and/or edges. Such a dynamic, evolving corpus provides both the foundation for analyzing the growth and behavior of large complex networks and a substrate for examining trends in biological research.

  4. Determination of the Optimal Training Principle and Input Variables in Artificial Neural Network Model for the Biweekly Chlorophyll-a Prediction: A Case Study of the Yuqiao Reservoir, China

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    Liu, Yu; Xi, Du-Gang; Li, Zhao-Liang

    2015-01-01

    Predicting the levels of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) is a vital component of water quality management, which ensures that urban drinking water is safe from harmful algal blooms. This study developed a model to predict Chl-a levels in the Yuqiao Reservoir (Tianjin, China) biweekly using water quality and meteorological data from 1999-2012. First, six artificial neural networks (ANNs) and two non-ANN methods (principal component analysis and the support vector regression model) were compared to determine the appropriate training principle. Subsequently, three predictors with different input variables were developed to examine the feasibility of incorporating meteorological factors into Chl-a prediction, which usually only uses water quality data. Finally, a sensitivity analysis was performed to examine how the Chl-a predictor reacts to changes in input variables. The results were as follows: first, ANN is a powerful predictive alternative to the traditional modeling techniques used for Chl-a prediction. The back program (BP) model yields slightly better results than all other ANNs, with the normalized mean square error (NMSE), the correlation coefficient (Corr), and the Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient of efficiency (NSE) at 0.003 mg/l, 0.880 and 0.754, respectively, in the testing period. Second, the incorporation of meteorological data greatly improved Chl-a prediction compared to models solely using water quality factors or meteorological data; the correlation coefficient increased from 0.574-0.686 to 0.880 when meteorological data were included. Finally, the Chl-a predictor is more sensitive to air pressure and pH compared to other water quality and meteorological variables. PMID:25768650

  5. Association analysis of formyl peptide receptor 2 (FPR2) polymorphisms and aspirin exacerbated respiratory diseases.

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    Kim, Hee-Jeong; Cho, Sung-Hwan; Park, Jong-Sook; Lee, Tae-Hyeong; Lee, Eun-Ju; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Uh, Soo-Taek; Chung, Il Yup; Kim, Mi-Kyeong; Choi, Inseon S; Park, Byung-Lae; Shin, Hyoung-Doo; Park, Choon-Sik

    2012-04-01

    Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory diseases (AERD) are associated with the metabolism of arachidonic acid. FPR2 (formyl peptide receptor2) is a high-affinity ligand receptor for potent anti-inflammatory lipid metabolites: lipoxins. Thus, functional alterations of the FPR2 may contribute to AERD. We investigated the relationship between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the FPR2 and AERD. Asthmatics were categorized into AERD <15% decreases in forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV(1)), and/or naso-ocular reactions after oral aspirin challenge (n=170) and aspirin-tolerant asthma (ATA, n=268). In all, 11 SNPs were genotyped. FPR2 protein expressions on CD14-positive monocytes in peripheral blood were measured using flow cytometric analysis. We performed RT-PCR of the FPR2 mRNA expressed by peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Logistic regression analysis showed that the minor allele frequency of FPR2 -4209T>G (rs1769490) in intron 2 was significantly lower in the AERD group (n=170) than in the ATA group (n=268) (P=0.006, P(corr)=0.04, recessive model). The decline of FEV(1) after aspirin challenge was significantly lower in the subjects with GG homozygotes of FPR2 -4209T>G than those with the other genotypes (P=0.0002). Asthmatic homozygotes for FPR2 -4209T>G minor allele exhibited significantly higher FPR2 protein expression in CD14-positive monocytes than did those with the common allele of FPR2 -4209T>G allele (P=0.01). There was no difference in the expression of the wild form and the exon 2 deleted variant form of FPR2 gene according to the genotypes of FPR2 -4209T>G. The minor allele at FPR2 -4209T>G may have a protective role against the development of AERD, via increase of FPR2 protein expression in inflammatory cells. PMID:22377711

  6. Efeitos do binarismo não resolvido na determinação da função de massa de aglomerados

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    Kerber, L. O.; Santiago, B. X.

    2003-08-01

    Através de simulações numéricas buscamos quantificar os efeitos que o binarismo não resolvido causa na determinação da função de massa (MF) de aglomerados estelares. Geramos diagramas cor-magnitude (CMDs) artificiais simulando uma população única, caracterizada por estrelas de mesma idade e composição quí mica, com uma fração de binárias não resolvidas e distribuição em massa das estrelas dada por uma MF do tipo lei de potência. A presença de pares de estrelas não resolvidos faz com que a MF obtida da função de luminosidade (LF) tenha a têndencia de ser mais plana do que a MF que gerou o CMD artificial. Propomos um tratamento de correção para tal efeito. Outro efeito relacionado diz respeito ao alargamento do CMD, que apresenta-se como um indicador do número total de estrelas no domí nio de baixas massas (m < 0.6M¤). Todos os resultados acima possuem uma forte dependência com os erros fotométricos e estão baseados na hipótese de que ambas estrelas do par não resolvido são sorteadas de uma mesma MF de forma independente. O objetivo final é aplicarmos o tratamento aqui desenvolvido para implementarmos a análise da nossa amostra de aglomerados ricos da Grande Nuvem de Magalhães.

  7. The aeromagnetic method as a tool to identify Cenozoic magmatism in the West Antarctic Rift System beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — A review; Thiel subglacial volcano as possible source of the ash layer in the WAISCORE

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    Behrendt, John C.

    2013-02-01

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) flows through the volcanically active West Antarctic Rift System (WARS). The aeromagnetic method has been the most useful geophysical tool for identification of subglacial volcanic rocks, since 1959-64 surveys, particularly combined with 1978 radar ice-sounding. The unique 1991-97 Central West Antarctica (CWA) aerogeophysical survey covering 354,000 km2 over the WAIS, (5-km line-spaced, orthogonal lines of aeromagnetic, radar ice-sounding, and aerogravity measurements), still provides invaluable information on subglacial volcanic rocks, particularly combined with the older aeromagnetic profiles. These data indicate numerous 100->1000 nT, 5-50-km width, shallow-source, magnetic anomalies over an area greater than 1.2 × 106 km2, mostly from subglacial volcanic sources. I interpreted the CWA anomalies as defining about 1000 "volcanic centers" requiring high remanent normal magnetizations in the present field direction. About 400 anomaly sources correlate with bed topography. At least 80% of these sources have less than 200 m relief at the WAIS bed. They appear modified by moving ice, requiring a younger age than the WAIS (about 25 Ma). Exposed volcanoes in the WARS are < 34 Ma, but at least four are active. If a few buried volcanic centers are active, subglacial volcanism may well affect the WAIS regime. Aerogeophysical data (Blankenship et al., 1993, Mt. Casertz; Corr and Vaughan, 2008, near Hudson Mts.) indicated active subglacial volcanism. Magnetic data indicate a caldera and a surrounding "low" in the WAISCORE vicinity possibly the result of a shallow Curie isotherm. High heat flow reported from temperature logging in the WAISCORE (Conway et al., 2011; Clow, personal commun.) and a volcanic ash layer (Dunbar, 2012) are consistent with this interpretation. A subaerially erupted subglacial volcano, (Mt Thiel), about 100 km distant, may be the ash source. The present rapid changes resulting from global warming, could be

  8. Etude échographique du diamètre de l'enveloppe du nerf optique chez l'enfant noir africain sain

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    de Tové, Kofi-Mensa Savi; Biaou, Olivier; Adedemy, Julien Didier; Fatigba, Olatoundji Holden; Yèkpè, Patricia; Boco, Vicentia; Agossou-Voyeme, Augustin Karl

    2014-01-01

    Introduction L'objectif de cette étude était de déterminer le diamètre échographique de l'enveloppe du nerf optique (DENO) dans une population d'enfants sains noirs Africains au Bénin. Méthodes Une étude transversale descriptive a été menée sur une période de 6mois. Le DENO a été mesuré chez 304 enfants sains. Deux mesures échographiques du DENO (coupe transversale et sagittale) ont été réalisées 3mm en arrière de la papille sur chaque œil. Le DENO d'un patient est égal à la moyenne des quatre mesures. Résultats L’âge moyen était de 35, 72 ± 35,38 mois et la sex-ratio H/F de 0,96. La mesure moyenne du DENO était de 3, 31±0,54mm avec des extrêmes de 2,02 et de 4,44mm. Le DENO croît avec l’âge avec une moyenne corrélation significative (r = 0,58 et p < 0,0001). Cette croissance est plus marquée pendant les 48 premiers mois de vie. Il n'y avait pas de différence entre les garçons et les filles (p = 0, 45). Conclusion Les valeurs retrouvées dans cette étude ne diffèrent pas de ce qui est classiquement décrit dans les autres populations. Un DENO supérieur à 4,40 (IC 95%) doit être considéré comme anormal. PMID:25870740

  9. Comparison of Ozone Retrievals from the Pandora Spectrometer System and Dobson Spectrophotometer in Boulder, Colorado

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    Herman, J.; Evans, R.; Cede, A.; Abuhassan, N.; Petropavlovskikh, I.; McConville, G.

    2015-01-01

    A comparison of retrieved total column ozone (TCO) amounts between the Pandora #34 spectrometer system and the Dobson #061 spectrophotometer from direct-sun observations was performed on the roof of the Boulder, Colorado, NOAA building. This paper, part of an ongoing study, covers a 1-year period starting on 17 December 2013. Both the standard Dobson and Pandora TCO retrievals required a correction, TCO(sub corr) = TCO (1 + C(T)), using a monthly varying effective ozone temperature, T(sub E), derived from a temperature and ozone profile climatology. The correction is used to remove a seasonal difference caused by using a fixed temperature in each retrieval algorithm. The respective corrections C(T(sub E)) are C(sub Pandora) = 0.00333(T(sub E) - 225) and C(sub Dobson) = -0.0013(T(sub E) - 226.7) per degree K. After the applied corrections removed most of the seasonal retrieval dependence on ozone temperature, TCO agreement between the instruments was within 1% for clear-sky conditions. For clear-sky observations, both co-located instruments tracked the day-to-day variation in total column ozone amounts with a correlation of r(exp 2) = 0.97 and an average offset of 1.1 +/- 5.8 DU. In addition, the Pandora TCO data showed 0.3% annual average agreement with satellite overpass data from AURA/OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) and 1% annual average offset with Suomi-NPP/OMPS (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, the nadir viewing portion of the Ozone Mapper Profiler Suite).

  10. Deformation during the 1975-1984 Krafla rifting crisis, NE Iceland, measured from historical optical imagery

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    Hollingsworth, James; Leprince, SéBastien; Ayoub, FrançOis; Avouac, Jean-Philippe

    2012-11-01

    We measure the displacement field resulting from the 1975-1984 Krafla rifting crisis, NE Iceland, using optical image correlation. Images are processed using the COSI-Corr software package. Surface extension is accommodated on normal faults and fissures which bound the rift zone, in response to dike injection at depth. Correlation of declassified KH-9 spy and SPOT5 satellite images reveals extension between 1977-2002 (2.5 m average opening over 80 km), while correlation of aerial photos between 1957-1990 provide measurements of the total extension (average 4.3 m opening over 80 km). Our results show ˜8 m of opening immediately north of Krafla caldera, decreasing to 3-4 m at the northern end of the rift. Correlation of aerial photos from 1957-1976 reveal a bi-modal pattern of opening along the rift during the early crisis, which may indicate either two different magma sources located at either end of the rift zone (a similar pattern of opening was observed in the 2005 Afar rift crisis in East Africa), or variations in rock strength along the rift. Our results provide new information on how past dike injection events accommodate long-term plate spreading, as well as providing more details on the Krafla rift crisis. This study also highlights the potential of optical image correlation using inexpensive declassified spy satellite and aerial photos to measure deformation of the Earth's surface going back many decades, thus providing a new tool for measuring Earth surface dynamics, e.g. glaciers, landsliding, coastal erosion, volcano monitoring and earthquake studies, when InSAR and GPS data are not available.

  11. Lupus systémique et atteinte rénale: apport des anticorps anti-SSA

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    Baline, Kenza; Zaher, Karim; Fellah, Hassan; Benchikhi, Hakima

    2015-01-01

    Le but de notre travail est de déterminer le profil des auto-anticorps chez 30 patients ayant un lupus systémique avec ou sans atteinte rénale afin d’établir une corrélation clinico-immunologique entre la néphropathie lupique et ces auto-anticorps. Il s'agit d'une étude transversale de 30 patients atteints de lupus érythémateux systémique diagnostiqués au service de dermatologie durant la période de Décembre 2010 à Décembre 2012 et réalisée conjointement avec le laboratoire d'immunologie. Les anticorps anti-ADN étaient retrouvés chez 17 patients (56.7%) suivis des anti-SSA dans 12 cas (40%). Cinq patients (62.5%) ayant une atteinte rénale avaient des anticorps anti DNA négatifs. Parmi ces patients avec atteinte rénale, 37.5% avaient des anticorps anti SSA sans anticorps anti DNA. La moitié des patients ayant une atteinte rénale (50%) avaient des anticorps anti SSA positifs. Notre série montre l'importance des anticorps anti-SSA surtout chez des patients avec des anticorps anti-DNA négatifs non seulement pour le diagnostic du lupus systémique mais aussi pour déceler certaines manifestations systémiques comme l'atteinte rénale. PMID:26029328

  12. Quantum tricks with femtosecond light pulses teach magnetic devices to think ultrafast

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    Perakis, I. E.; Lingos, P. C.; Wang, J.

    2014-03-01

    The technological demand to push the gigahertz switching speed limit of today's magnetic memory/logic devices into the terahertz (1THz=1ps-1) regime underlies the entire field of spin-electronics and integrated multi- functional devices. This challenge is met by all-optical magnetic switching based on coherent spin manipulation By analogy to femto-chemistry and photosynthetic dynamics where photo-products of chemical/biochemical re- actions can be influenced by creating suitable superpositions of molecular states, femtosecond (fs) laser-excited coherence between spin/orbital/charge states can switch magnetic orders, by "suddenly" breaking the delicate balance between competing phases of correlated materials, e.g., the colossal magneto-resistive (CMR) manganites suitable for applications. Here we discuss femtosecond (fs) all-optical switching from antiferro- to ferromagnetic ordering via establishment of a magnetization increase within ˜100 fs, while the laser field still interacts with the system. Such non-equilibrium ferromagnetic correlations arise from quantum spin-flip fluctuations corre- lated with coherent superpositions of electronic states. The development of ferromagnetic correlations during the fs laser pulse reveals an initial quantum coherent regime of magnetism, clearly distinguished from the pi- cosecond lattice-heating regime characterized by phase separation. We summarize a microscopic theory based on density matrix equations of motion for composite fermion Hubbard operators, instead of bare electrons, that take into account the strong spin and charge local correlations. Our work merges two fields, femto-magnetism in metals/band insulators and non-equilibrium phase transitions of strongly correlated electrons, where local interactions exceeding the kinetic energy produce a complex balance of competing orders.

  13. Zingiberene and curcumene in wild tomato.

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    Antonious, George F; Kochhar, Tejinder S

    2003-07-01

    Composition of ginger oil prepared from fresh ginger rhizomes, Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae) was determined by gas chromatography (GC) and GC-mass spectrometric techniques. The main sesquiterpene hydrocarbons identified were alpha-zingiberene (27-30%), alpha-curcumene (8-9%), beta-sesquiphellandrene (4.8%). and bisabolene (3.2%). The function of zingiberene and curcumene as insecticides, repellents, and insect feeding deterrents has been previously reported. Other plant species having similar constituents might be found. Leaves of six wild tomato accessions of Lycopersicon hirsutum f. glabratum (Mull); three accessions of L. hirsutum f. typicum (Humb & Bonpl.); two accessions of L. pennellii Corr. (D'Arcy); one accession of L. pimpinellifolium; and one commercial tomato L. esculentumm cv. Fabulous were analyzed. Analysis of L. hirsutum f. typicum (Solanaceae) accessions indicated the presence of zingiberene, curcumene, and other lipophilic secondary metabolites in the leaves of two accessions (PI-127826 and PI-127827). An average three month old wild tomato plant of accessions PI-127826 and PI-127827 provided 1.93 and 1.30 kg fresh leaves (averaging about 38,307 and 28,130 cm2 exposed leaf surface area, respectively) and produced 19.3 and 10.1 g of zingiberene and curcumene (PI-127826) and 17.2 and 1.8 g of zingiberene and curcumene (PI-127827), respectively. Leaf extracts of the wild tomato L. hirsutum f. typicum (accessions PI-127826 and PI-127827) can be used as a biorational source of zingiberene and curcumene. PMID:12856930

  14. Multi-fault Tolerance for Cartesian Data Distributions

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    Ali, Nawab; Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; Halappanavar, Mahantesh; Daily, Jeffrey A.

    2013-06-01

    Faults are expected to play an increasingly important role in how algorithms and applications are designed to run on future extreme-scale sys- tems. Algorithm-based fault tolerance (ABFT) is a promising approach that involves modications to the algorithm to recover from faults with lower over- heads than replicated storage and a signicant reduction in lost work compared to checkpoint-restart techniques. Fault-tolerant linear algebra (FTLA) algo- rithms employ additional processors that store parities along the dimensions of a matrix to tolerate multiple, simultaneous faults. Existing approaches as- sume regular data distributions (blocked or block-cyclic) with the failures of each data block being independent. To match the characteristics of failures on parallel computers, we extend these approaches to mapping parity blocks in several important ways. First, we handle parity computation for generalized Cartesian data distributions with each processor holding arbitrary subsets of blocks in a Cartesian-distributed array. Second, techniques to handle corre- lated failures, i.e., multiple processors that can be expected to fail together, are presented. Third, we handle the colocation of parity blocks with the data blocks and do not require them to be on additional processors. Several al- ternative approaches, based on graph matching, are presented that attempt to balance the memory overhead on processors while guaranteeing the same fault tolerance properties as existing approaches that assume independent fail- ures on regular blocked data distributions. The evaluation of these algorithms demonstrates that the additional desirable properties are provided by the pro- posed approach with minimal overhead.

  15. Carbon dioxide-based supercritical fluids as IC manufacturing solvents

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    Rubin, J.B.; Davenhall, L.B.; Taylor, C.M.V.; Sivils, L.D.; Pierce, T.; Tiefert, K.

    1999-05-11

    The production of integrated circuits (IC's) involves a number of discrete steps which utilize hazardous or regulated solvents and generate large waste streams. ES&H considerations associated with these chemicals have prompted a search for alternative, more environmentally benign solvent systems. An emerging technology for conventional solvent replacement is the use of supercritical fluids based on carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}). Research work, conducted at Los Alamos in conjunction with the Hewlett-Packard Company, has lead to the development of a CO{sub 2}-based supercritical fluid treatment system for the stripping of hard-baked photoresists. This treatment system, known as Supercritical CO{sub 2} Resist Remover, or CORR, uses a two-component solvent composed of a nonhazardous, non-regulated compound, dissolved in supercritical CO{sub 2}. The solvent/treatment system has been successfully tested on metallized Si wafers coated with negative and positive photoresist, the latter both before and after ion-implantation. A description of the experimental data will be presented. Based on the initial laboratory results, the project has progressed to the design and construction of prototype, single-wafer photoresist-stripping equipment. The integrated system involves a closed-loop, recirculating cycle which continuously cleans and regenerates the CO{sub 2}, recycles the dissolved solvent, and separates and concentrates the spent resist. The status of the current design and implementation strategy of a treatment system to existing IC fabrication facilities will be discussed. Additional remarks will be made on the use of a SCORR-type system for the cleaning of wafers prior to processing.

  16. The effect of solution pH on the electrochemical performance of nanocrystalline metal ferrites MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films

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    Elsayed, E. M.; Rashad, M. M.; Khalil, H. F. Y.; Ibrahim, I. A.; Hussein, M. R.; El-Sabbah, M. M. B.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline metal ferrite MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films have been synthesized via electrodeposition-anodization process. Electrodeposited (M)Fe2 alloys were obtained from aqueous sulfate bath. The formed alloys were electrochemically oxidized (anodized) in aqueous (1 M KOH) solution, at room temperature, to the corresponding hydroxides. The parameters controlling the current efficiency of the electrodeposition of (M)Fe2 alloys such as the bath composition and the current density were studied and optimized. The anodized (M)Fe2 alloy films were annealed in air at 400 °C for 2 h. The results revealed the formation of three ferrite thin films were formed. The crystallite sizes of the produced films were in the range between 45 and 60 nm. The microstructure of the formed film was ferrite type dependent. The corrosion behavior of ferrite thin films in different pH solutions was investigated using open circuit potential (OCP) and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The open circuit potential indicates that the initial potential E im of ZnFe2O4 thin films remained constant for a short time, then sharply increased in the less negative direction in acidic and alkaline medium compared with Ni and Cu ferrite films. The values of the corrosion current density I corr were higher for the ZnFe2O4 films at pH values of 1 and 12 compared with that of NiFe2O4 and CuFe2O4 which were higher only at pH value 1. The corrosion rate was very low for the three ferrite films when immersion in the neutral medium. The surface morphology recommended that Ni and Cu ferrite films were safely used in neutral and alkaline medium, whereas Zn ferrite film was only used in neutral atmospheres.

  17. Facteurs associes au port de charge céphalique chez des enfants au Bénin: étude transversale

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    Akplogan, Barnabé; Hounmenou, Alain Mahoutin; Aze, Oscar; Alegbeh, Sakibou Essofa; Azondekon, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Le port de charge céphalique par les enfants est une méthode de manutention courante au Bénin. Peu d’étude sont investigué sur le port de charge céphalique chez les enfants. Méthodes Cette étude transversale vise à faire l’état des lieux et à identifier les facteurs associés au port de charge céphalique chez des enfants au Bénin. Au total,300 enfants âgés de 13,7 ± 2,6 ans ont participé à l’étude dans les 12 départements du Bénin. La méthode non probabiliste et la technique accidentelle ont été utilisées pour déterminer la taille de l’échantillon. La masse portée par les enfants constitue la variable dépendante. L’âge, la taille, les sites corporels des douleurs, l'ancienneté dans le port de charge etla fréquence hebdomadaire du port céphalique de charge constituent les variables indépendantes. Résultats Le rapport de la masse portée sur le poids corporel est évalué en moyenne à 66%. Pendant et après le port de charge, les douleurs ressenties sont localisées essentiellement au cou, au dos et au bas du dos. Le test de corrélation entre charge portée et la taille indique r = 0,58 (p < 0,001). Conclusion Cette étude indique que les enfants surchargent leur rachis lors du port de charge céphalique. PMID:27279962

  18. A density functional for core-valence correlation energy

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    Ranasinghe, Duminda S.; Frisch, Michael J.; Petersson, George A.

    2015-12-01

    A density functional, ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv), describing the core-valence correlation energy has been constructed as a linear combination of ɛLY Pcorr(ρc), ɛV WN5corr(ρc, ρv), ɛPBEcorr(ρc, ρv), ɛSlaterex(ρc, ρv), ɛHCTHex(ρc, ρv), ɛHFex(ρc, ρv), and F CV -DFT (" separators=" N i , Z i ) , a function of the nuclear charges. This functional, with 6 adjustable parameters, reproduces (±0.27 kcal/mol rms error) a benchmark set of 194 chemical energy changes including 9 electron affinities, 18 ionization potentials, and 167 total atomization energies covering the first- and second-rows of the periodic table. This is almost twice the rms error (±0.16 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD(T)/MTsmall calculations, but less than half the rms error (±0.65 kcal/mol) obtained with MP2/GTlargeXP calculations, and somewhat smaller than the rms error (±0.39 kcal/mol) obtained with CCSD/MTsmall calculations. The largest positive and negative errors from ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) were 0.88 and -0.75 kcal/mol with the set of 194 core-valence energy changes ranging from +3.76 kcal/mol for the total atomization energy of propyne to -9.05 kcal/mol for the double ionization of Mg. Evaluation of the ɛCV-DFT(ρc, ρv) functional requires less time than a single SCF iteration, and the accuracy is adequate for any model chemistry based on the CCSD(T) level of theory.

  19. Comets, Minor Planets and other developments: Bode's ``Astronomisches Jahrbuch'' as an international archive journal

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    Kokott, W.

    Following the example of the Connaissance des tem(p)s, the Astronomisches Jahrbuch founded by the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin was to include ``a collection of the most recent observations, news, remarks and contributions''. Established by J. H. Lambert and for four decades edited by J. E. Bode, this publication from the start became a ranking international publication, with Bode's modest Berlin Observatory serving as a clearinghouse of informations When, in 1792, the backlog of manuscripts became a critical factor, a series of ``Supplement'' volumes was established. F. X. von Zach at Gotha, who vigorously supported this effort, founded (in 1798) the monthly Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden, which he (with continuing emphasis on astronomy and astronomical geography) two years later replaced by the Monatliche Correspondenz. These journals and its successors (ZfA and Corr. astr.) took the supplementary load off Bode's yearbook and served as speedier means of communication. However, the yearbook retained its original role as a central place of documentation. Only with the publication of Schumacher's Astronomische Nachrichten the center of astronomical communication did shift Practically all European astronomers of his time and age are represented in the pages of Bode's yearbook. Beside the continuous effort of precise mapping the realm of fixed stars, a very important field were the newly discovered planets Uranus, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta; observations and orbits of these objects and the growing number of comets were an important part of the ``news and remarks'' recorded in the BAJ. The names of Schröter, Olbers, Piazzi, and Bessel may be regarded as representative for many

  20. NMR-based metabolic profiling in healthy individuals overfed different types of fat: links to changes in liver fat accumulation and lean tissue mass

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    Elmsjö, A; Rosqvist, F; Engskog, M K R; Haglöf, J; Kullberg, J; Iggman, D; Johansson, L; Ahlström, H; Arvidsson, T; Risérus, U; Pettersson, C

    2015-01-01

    Background: Overeating different dietary fatty acids influence the amount of liver fat stored during weight gain, however, the mechanisms responsible are unclear. We aimed to identify non-lipid metabolites that may differentiate between saturated (SFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) overfeeding using a non-targeted metabolomic approach. We also investigated the possible relationships between plasma metabolites and body fat accumulation. Methods: In a randomized study (LIPOGAIN study), n=39 healthy individuals were overfed with muffins containing SFA or PUFA. Plasma samples were precipitated with cold acetonitrile and analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Pattern recognition techniques were used to overview the data, identify variables contributing to group classification and to correlate metabolites with fat accumulation. Results: We previously reported that SFA causes a greater accumulation of liver fat, visceral fat and total body fat, whereas lean tissue levels increases less compared with PUFA, despite comparable weight gain. In this study, lactate and acetate were identified as important contributors to group classification between SFA and PUFA (P<0.05). Furthermore, the fat depots (total body fat, visceral adipose tissue and liver fat) and lean tissue correlated (P(corr)>0.5) all with two or more metabolites (for example, branched amino acids, alanine, acetate and lactate). The metabolite composition differed in a manner that may indicate higher insulin sensitivity after a diet with PUFA compared with SFA, but this needs to be confirmed in future studies. Conclusion: A non-lipid metabolic profiling approach only identified a few metabolites that differentiated between SFA and PUFA overfeeding. Whether these metabolite changes are involved in depot-specific fat storage and increased lean tissue mass during overeating needs further investigation. PMID:26479316

  1. A robust method for suppressing motion-induced coil sensitivity variations during prospective correction of head motion in fMRI.

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    Faraji-Dana, Zahra; Tam, Fred; Chen, J Jean; Graham, Simon J

    2016-10-01

    Prospective motion correction is a promising candidate solution to suppress the effects of head motion during fMRI, ideally allowing the imaging plane to remain fixed with respect to the moving head. Residual signal artifacts may remain, however, because head motion in relation to a fixed multi-channel receiver coil (with non-uniform sensitivity maps) can potentially introduce unwanted signal variations comparable to the weak fMRI BOLD signal (~1%-4% at 1.5-3.0T). The present work aimed to investigate the magnitude of these residual artifacts, and characterize the regime over which prospective motion correction benefits from adjusting sensitivity maps to reflect relative positional change between the head and the coil. Numerical simulations were used to inform human fMRI experiments. The simulations indicated that for axial imaging within a commonly used 12-channel head coil, 5° of head rotation in-plane produced artifact signal changes of ~3%. Subsequently, six young adults were imaged with and without overt head motions of approximately this extent, with and without prospective motion correction using the Prospective Acquisition CorrEction (PACE) method, and with and without sensitivity map adjustments. Sensitivity map adjustments combined with PACE strongly protected against the artifacts of interest, as indicated by comparing three metrics of data quality (number of activated voxels, Dice coefficient of activation overlap, temporal standard deviation of baseline fMRI timeseries data) across the different experimental conditions. It is concluded that head motion in relation to a fixed multi-channel coil can adversely affect fMRI with prospective motion correction, and that sensitivity map adjustment can mitigate this effect at 3.0T. PMID:27451407

  2. Note on: 'EMLCLLER-A program for computing the EM response of a large loop source over a layered earth model' by N.P. Singh and T. Mogi, Computers & Geosciences 29 (2003) 1301-1307

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    Jamie, Majid

    2016-11-01

    Singh and Mogi (2003) presented a forward modeling (FWD) program, coded in FORTRAN 77 called "EMLCLLER", which is capable of computing the frequency-domain electromagnetic (EM) response of a large circular loop, in terms of vertical magnetic component (Hz), over 1D layer earth models; computations at this program could be performed by assuming variable transmitter-receiver configurations and incorporating both conduction and displacement currents into computations. Integral equations at this program are computed through digital linear filters based on the Hankel transforms together with analytic solutions based on hyper-geometric functions. Despite capabilities of EMLCLLER, there are some mistakes at this program that make its FWD results unreliable. The mistakes in EMLCLLER arise in using wrong algorithm for computing reflection coefficient of the EM wave in TE-mode (rTE), and using flawed algorithms for computing phase and normalized phase values relating to Hz; in this paper corrected form of these mistakes are presented. Moreover, in order to illustrate how these mistakes can affect FWD results, EMLCLLER and corrected version of this program presented in this paper titled "EMLCLLER_Corr" are conducted on different two- and three-layered earth models; afterwards their FWD results in terms of real and imaginary parts of Hz, its normalized amplitude, and the corresponding normalized phase curves are plotted versus frequency and compared to each other. In addition, in Singh and Mogi (2003) extra derivations for computing radial component of the magnetic field (Hr) and angular component of the electric field (Eϕ) are also presented where the numerical solution presented for Hr is incorrect; in this paper the correct numerical solution for this derivation is also presented.

  3. Phénomènes d'électrisation des matériaux isolants pour transformateurs de puissance

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    Peyraque, L.; Béroual, A.; Boisdon, C.; Buret, F.

    1994-07-01

    In power transformers, the oil flowed through the cooling ducts in coil assembly induces a static charge separation. The study of this static electrification phenomena is presented through a device allowing to investigate the charge separation generated by the rotating motion of a transformer pressboard in oil. This permits to show the influence of various parameters such as velocity, temperature, moisture and processing of oils and pressboards as well as their nature on this electrical charge. We also present another device allowing to classify oils according to their level of charge production. It appears from our results that a correlation exists between the density of these charges and the characteristics of oil such as conductivity, electric strength and water content. Dans les transformateurs de puissance, la circulation d'huile à travers les canaux de refroidissement en fibre cellulosique (carton isolant) est à l'origine d'une séparation de charges. L'étude de ce phénomène d'électrisation statique est présentée, tout d'abord à travers un dispositif permettant d'étudier la séparation de charges créées par le mouvement du carton dans l'huile. Celui-ci a permis de mettre en évidence l'influence de plusieurs paramètres comme la vitesse, la température, l'humidité et le traitement des huiles et cartons ainsi que la nature du carton sur cette charge. Le second dispositif présenté permet de classer les huiles selon leur niveau de création de charges. Une corrélation semble s'établir entre la densité de ces charges et les grandeurs caractéristiques de l'huile telles que la conductivité, la rigidité diélectrique et la teneur en eau.

  4. A modulated closed form solution for quantitative susceptibility mapping--a thorough evaluation and comparison to iterative methods based on edge prior knowledge.

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    Khabipova, Diana; Wiaux, Yves; Gruetter, Rolf; Marques, José P

    2015-02-15

    The aim of this study is to perform a thorough comparison of quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) techniques and their dependence on the assumptions made. The compared methodologies were: two iterative single orientation methodologies minimizing the l2, l1TV norm of the prior knowledge of the edges of the object, one over-determined multiple orientation method (COSMOS) and a newly proposed modulated closed-form solution (MCF). The performance of these methods was compared using a numerical phantom and in-vivo high resolution (0.65 mm isotropic) brain data acquired at 7 T using a new coil combination method. For all QSM methods, the relevant regularization and prior-knowledge parameters were systematically changed in order to evaluate the optimal reconstruction in the presence and absence of a ground truth. Additionally, the QSM contrast was compared to conventional gradient recalled echo (GRE) magnitude and R2* maps obtained from the same dataset. The QSM reconstruction results of the single orientation methods show comparable performance. The MCF method has the highest correlation (corr MCF=0.95, r(2)MCF=0.97) with the state of the art method (COSMOS) with additional advantage of extreme fast computation time. The L-curve method gave the visually most satisfactory balance between reduction of streaking artifacts and over-regularization with the latter being overemphasized when the using the COSMOS susceptibility maps as ground-truth. R2* and susceptibility maps, when calculated from the same datasets, although based on distinct features of the data, have a comparable ability to distinguish deep gray matter structures.

  5. Susceptibility to thyroid autoimmune disease: molecular analysis of HLA-D region genes identifies new markers for goitrous Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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    Badenhoop, K; Schwarz, G; Walfish, P G; Drummond, V; Usadel, K H; Bottazzo, G F

    1990-11-01

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis has been shown to be associated with the HLA-specificities DR4 and DR5. Since former association studies yielded variable results, we used novel molecular typing methods to assess predisposing immunogenetic factors. Gene analysis of the HLA-DR-DQ and tumor necrosis factor region was performed in a group of Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients and randomly chosen controls using standards and nomenclature of the 10th International Histocompatibility Workshop. Genomic DNA of patients and controls was analyzed using a cDNA probe of the DQB1 gene. The resulting restriction fragment patterns allowed the determination of newly defined DQw-types 1-9. We find the strongest relative risk conferred by DQw7 (RR = 4.7), that is observed in 36 of 64 patients (56%) and only 21 of 98 controls (21%) (P corr less than 0.002). Comparison of DNA sequence variation in the DQB1 gene, that is found predominantly in Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients, indicates that codons 45 and 57 are critical features in DQw7 which distinguish it from other DQw specificities. The adjacent DQA1 genes also display a significant association with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (DQA1*0201/*0301 heterozygotes were found in 37% of patients and 15% controls, P less than 0.03). No significant association could be found with polymorphisms of the tumor necrosis factor gene. These results provide a new basis for the concept of genetic susceptibility in Hashimoto's thyroiditis and will help to elucidate the underlying autoimmune mechanisms that lead to disease at the functional level. PMID:1977755

  6. Cognitive requirements of competing neuro-behavioral decision systems: some implications of temporal horizon for managerial behavior in organizations

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    Foxall, Gordon R.

    2014-01-01

    Interpretation of managerial activity in terms of neuroscience is typically concerned with extreme behaviors such as corporate fraud or reckless investment (Peterson, 2007; Wargo et al., 2010a). This paper is concerned to map out the neurophysiological and cognitive mechanisms at work across the spectrum of managerial behaviors encountered in more day-to-day contexts. It proposes that the competing neuro-behavioral decisions systems (CNBDS) hypothesis (Bickel et al., 2012b) captures well the range of managerial behaviors that can be characterized as hyper- or hypo-activity in either the limbically-based impulsive system or the frontal-cortically based executive system with the corresponding level of activity encountered in the alternative brain region. This pattern of neurophysiological responding also features in the Somatic Marker Hypothesis (Damasio, 1994) and in Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST; Gray and McNaughton, 2000; McNaughton and Corr, 2004), which usefully extend the thesis, for example in the direction of personality. In discussing these theories, the paper has three purposes: to clarify the role of cognitive explanation in neuro-behavioral decision theory, to propose picoeconomics (Ainslie, 1992) as the cognitive component of competing neuro-behavioral decision systems theory and to suggest solutions to the problems of imbalanced neurophysiological activity in managerial behavior. The first is accomplished through discussion of the role of picoeconomics in neuro-behavioral decision theory; the second, by consideration of adaptive-innovative cognitive styles (Kirton, 2003) in the construction of managerial teams, a theme that can now be investigated by a dedicated research program that incorporates psychometric analysis of personality types and cognitive styles involved in managerial decision-making and the underlying neurophysiological bases of such decision-making. PMID:24744719

  7. Determination of anti-Müllerian hormone at estrus during a synchronized and a natural bovine estrous cycle.

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    Pfeiffer, K E; Jury, L J; Larson, J E

    2014-01-01

    Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) has been correlated with phenotypic indicators of fertility. However, the effects of exogenous hormones used during estrus synchronization on AMH have not been evaluated. Therefore, the objective of this experiment was to determine whether concentrations of AMH at estrus are similar between a synchronized compared with a natural estrous cycle. Nulliparous dairy and beef heifers (n = 68) were synchronized with the Select Synch + controlled internal drug release (CIDR) protocol (GnRH + CIDR-7 d-CIDR removal + PG). Heifers were observed for expression of estrus every 6 h until 84 h after the injection of PG. Visual detection of the subsequent estrus, considered natural estrus, occurred every 6 h from day 16 to 24 after synchronized estrus. At the time of standing estrus, ovarian structures in heifers were evaluated by transrectal ultrasonography. Blood samples were collected at estrus for analysis of concentrations of AMH during the synchronized and natural estrous cycles. The GLM and CORR procedures of SAS were used to analyze data. Concentrations of AMH between natural and synchronized estrus were positively correlated (r = 0.67; P < 0.001). Mean concentration of AMH did not differ (P > 0.05) between the natural (0.0543 ± 0.0076 ng/mL) or synchronized (0.0428 ± 0.0076 ng/mL) estrous cycles. In conclusion, concentrations of AMH were similar between natural and synchronized estrous cycles. Concentrations of AMH in natural and synchronized estrous cycles were highly correlated within individual heifers and varied among heifers with beef heifers having increased (P < 0.05) concentrations of AMH compared with dairy heifers (0.0638 ± 0.01 and 0.0402 ± 0.01 ng/mL, respectively).

  8. Overexpression of inhA, but not kasA, confers resistance to isoniazid and ethionamide in Mycobacterium smegmatis, M. bovis BCG and M. tuberculosis.

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    Larsen, Michelle H; Vilchèze, Catherine; Kremer, Laurent; Besra, Gurdyal S; Parsons, Linda; Salfinger, Max; Heifets, Leonid; Hazbon, Manzour H; Alland, David; Sacchettini, James C; Jacobs, William R

    2002-10-01

    The inhA and kasA genes of Mycobacterium tuberculosis have each been proposed to encode the primary target of the antibiotic isoniazid (INH). Previous studies investigating whether overexpressed inhA or kasA could confer resistance to INH yielded disparate results. In this work, multicopy plasmids expressing either inhA or kasA genes were transformed into M. smegmatis, M. bovis BCG and three different M. tuberculosis strains. The resulting transformants, as well as previously published M. tuberculosis strains with multicopy inhA or kasAB plasmids, were tested for their resistance to INH, ethionamide (ETH) or thiolactomycin (TLM). Mycobacteria containing inhA plasmids uniformly exhibited 20-fold or greater increased resistance to INH and 10-fold or greater increased resistance to ETH. In contrast, the kasA plasmid conferred no increased resistance to INH or ETH in any of the five strains, but it did confer resistance to thiolactomycin, a known KasA inhibitor. INH is known to increase the expression of kasA in INH-susceptible M. tuberculosis strains. Using molecular beacons, quantified inhA and kasA mRNA levels showed that increased inhA mRNA levels corre--lated with INH resistance, whereas kasA mRNA levels did not. In summary, analysis of strains harbouring inhA or kasA plasmids yielded the same conclusion: overexpressed inhA, but not kasA, confers INH and ETH resistance to M. smegmatis, M. bovis BCG and M. tuberculosis. Therefore, InhA is the primary target of action of INH and ETH in all three species. PMID:12406221

  9. Oxygen hole pairing in CuO2 planes : a quasi-one dimensional case

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    Feinberg, D.; Avignon, M.; Boiron, M.; Chakraverty, B. K.

    A possible mechanism of pairing of oxygen holes produced on doping is investigated. These holes are formed due to strong correlation energy on copper sites. In a simplified CuO2-sheet band structure, they are showed to take place in a narrow p-oxygen band originating from the broadening of a non-bonding p-oxygen level by direct O-O transfer. Such a band shows a quasi-one-dimensional density of states N (E) ˜ E- 1/2, which strongly enhances BCS-type pairing. Tc is evaluated for both s and d pairing and varies as tλ 2 where λ is the coupling constant and t the O-O transfer integral. On examine la possibilité d'appariement de trous sur les oxygènes, produits lors du dopage. Ces trous sont formés du fait des fortes corrélations sur les sites de cuivre. Dans une structure de bande simplifiée, pour les plans CuO2, on montre qu'ils se forment dans une étroite bande p d'oxygène issue de l'élargissement d'un niveau p non-liant par transfert direct O-O. Une telle bande possède une densité d'états quasi-unidimensionnelle N (E) ˜ E-1/2, ce qui favorise fortement l'appariement de type BCS. Tc est évaluée dans le cas d'un appariement s et d et varie comme tλ2 où λ est la constante de couplage et t l'intégrale de transfert O-O.

  10. Dysfonctionnements radio-induits du transport colique chez le rat

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    François, A.; Lebrun, F.; Ksas, B.; Aigueperse, J.; Gourmelon, P.; MacNaughton, W. K.; Griffiths, N. M.

    1998-04-01

    The symptom commonly associated with whole body irradiation is diarrhoea, a still quite obscure phenomenon, which leads to decreased chance of cure of irradiated people. The aim of this study was to provide evidence for dysfunction of intestinal water and electrolyte transport regulation by the enteric nervous system after exposure to ionising radiation. This study shows decreased capacity of enteric nervous system to influence colonic transport 3days after irradiation, correlated to a diminished response to a neurotransmitter: serotonin. Radio-induced diarrhea may result from epithelial structural injury but also from impaired regulatory processes of intestinal transport. L'un des symptômes majeurs d'une irradiation corporelle totale ou abdominale est l'apparition de diarrhées, dont les causes sont encore mal connues, et qui mettent en jeu le pronostique vital de l'individu irradié. Cette étude vise à mettre en évidence l'atteinte de la régulation du transport intestinal d'eau et d'électrolytes par les rayonnements ionisants. On observe une diminution de la capacité du système nerveux entérique à influencer le transport colique 3jours après irradiation, corrélée à une diminution de la réponse épithéliale à un neurotransmetteur : la sérotonine. Les diarrhées radio-induites résulteraient d'une atteinte structurelle de l'épithélium mais également des processus de régulation du transport intestinal.

  11. The use of laboratory experiments for the study of conservative solute transport in heterogeneous porous media

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    Silliman, S. E.; Zheng, L.; Conwell, P.

    Laboratory experiments on heterogeneous porous media (otherwise known as intermediate scale experiments, or ISEs) have been increasingly relied upon by hydrogeologists for the study of saturated and unsaturated groundwater systems. Among the many ongoing applications of ISEs is the study of fluid flow and the transport of conservative solutes in correlated permeability fields. Recent advances in ISE design have provided the capability of creating correlated permeability fields in the laboratory. This capability is important in the application of ISEs for the assessment of recent stochastic theories. In addition, pressure-transducer technology and visualization methods have provided the potential for ISEs to be used in characterizing the spatial distributions of both hydraulic head and local water velocity within correlated permeability fields. Finally, various methods are available for characterizing temporal variations in the spatial distribution (and, thereby, the spatial moments) of solute concentrations within ISEs. It is concluded, therefore, that recent developments in experimental techniques have provided an opportunity to use ISEs as important tools in the continuing study of fluid flow and the transport of conservative solutes in heterogeneous, saturated porous media. Résumé Les hydrogéologues se sont progressivement appuyés sur des expériences de laboratoire sur des milieux poreux hétérogènes (connus aussi par l'expression "Expériences àéchelle intermédiaire", ISE) pour étudier les zones saturées et non saturées des aquifères. Parmi les nombreuses applications en cours des ISE, il faut noter l'étude de l'écoulement de fluide et le transport de solutés conservatifs dans des champs aux perméabilités corrélées. Les récents progrès du protocole des ISE ont donné la possibilité de créer des champs de perméabilités corrélées au laboratoire. Cette possibilité est importante dans l'application des ISE pour l'évaluation des th

  12. Geologically based model of heterogeneous hydraulic conductivity in an alluvial setting

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    Fogg, Graham E.; Noyes, Charles D.; Carle, Steven F.

    variations spatiales de la conductivité hydraulique (K). L'analyse de l'hétérogénéité des alluvions complexes de la vallée de Livermore (Californie, États-Unis), sur la base de descriptions de carottes relativement nombreuses et de données d'essais de pompage, montre que l'hétérogénéité souterraine peut être caractérisée par une approche des faciès de dépôt. Des classifications conventionnelles de la texture de la carotte montrent une corrélation médiocre avec K; toutefois, une amélioration ultérieure des classifications de texture en faciès de dépôt de chenal, de levée d'inondation, de coulée boueuse et de plaine d'inondation a fourni un cadre systématique pour une modélisation spatiale de K. Ce cadre géologique montre que le système est composé pour l'essentiel par des matériaux d'inondation à très faible perméabilité ceci laisse envisager qu'on ne peut pas supposer que K suit une distribution log-normal, sauf peut-être à l'intérieur de chaque faciès. Une modélisation par chaîne de Markov de la probabilité de passage, représentant la corrélation spatiale dans les faciès et entre eux, prend en compte les faits géologiques intéressants tout en fournissant une approche nouvelle pour une caractérisation statistique de la variabilité spatiale des faciès. La présence de séquences à faciès tronqués vers le haut, d'une corrélation croisée entre faciès, ainsi que d'autres caractères géologiques pris en compte par les chaînes de Markov conduisent à se poser des questions sur l'adéquation des approches géostatistiques conventionnelles utilisant les variogrammes ou les covariances pour modéliser l'hétérogénéité géologique. Resumen La información respecto a la textura de los sedimentos y la continuidad espacial es inherente a las descripciones de las facies deposicionales sedimentarias. De este modo, estas descripciones se convierten en excelentes predictores potenciales de las variaciones espaciales de la

  13. The Reflectance Spectrum of Troilite and the T-Type Asteroids

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    Britt, D. T.; Bell, J. F.; Haack, H.; Scott, E. R. D.

    1992-07-01

    meteorite has an unusually high sulfur content (8 wt%) and total troilite content is estimated at 25-35 vol%. Average troilite composition in weight % is as follows: 63% Fe, 0.5% Cr, 0.3% Zn, and 36.2% S [4]. The sample was crushed in a clean ceramic mortar and pestle to a bulk powder and dry sieved to a particle size of <250 micrometers. Six additional particle size separates were dry sieved from this bulk sample. Shown in Figure 1 are the spectra of the bulk sample and the particle size separates of Mundrabilla troilite. The spectrum of the bulk material is dark, always less than 10% reflective, and strongly red sloped. The rapid increase in reflectance at the green and red wavelengths (0.4-0.5 microns) is probably responsible for the overall bronze color of hand sample troilite. Since Mundrabilla is a find, the depth of the UV-visible absorption may have been increased by small amounts of Fe3+ from terrestrial rust. Additional samples of troilite from fresh fall need to be measured to confirm this result. The bulk sample has a reflectance between the smallest and largest particle size separates suggesting that its reflectance is dominated by small particles coating larger grains. Previous work with spectral mixture modelling shows that small particle size troilite and metal can dominate the spectra of ordinary chondrite meteorites, producing a dark, subdued and reddened spectrum similar to some dark asteroids [5]. Implications for Asteroids: The strong red slopes and low reflectances of the troilite spectra are similar to the spectral characteristics of the T and possibly some M-class asteroids. Shown in Figure 2 are the spectra of bulk troilite (solid lines) and four T-class asteroids (boxes and error bars). The IR spectra of 96 Aegle, 114 Kassandra, and 233 Asterope are strongly similar to the spectrum of bulk troilite. The deeper W absorption in troilite may be due to terrestrial rust. The spectrum of 308 Polyxo is substantially different, but Polyxo is also the only

  14. Geologically based model of heterogeneous hydraulic conductivity in an alluvial setting

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    Fogg, Graham E.; Noyes, Charles D.; Carle, Steven F.

    variations spatiales de la conductivité hydraulique (K). L'analyse de l'hétérogénéité des alluvions complexes de la vallée de Livermore (Californie, États-Unis), sur la base de descriptions de carottes relativement nombreuses et de données d'essais de pompage, montre que l'hétérogénéité souterraine peut être caractérisée par une approche des faciès de dépôt. Des classifications conventionnelles de la texture de la carotte montrent une corrélation médiocre avec K; toutefois, une amélioration ultérieure des classifications de texture en faciès de dépôt de chenal, de levée d'inondation, de coulée boueuse et de plaine d'inondation a fourni un cadre systématique pour une modélisation spatiale de K. Ce cadre géologique montre que le système est composé pour l'essentiel par des matériaux d'inondation à très faible perméabilité ceci laisse envisager qu'on ne peut pas supposer que K suit une distribution log-normal, sauf peut-être à l'intérieur de chaque faciès. Une modélisation par chaîne de Markov de la probabilité de passage, représentant la corrélation spatiale dans les faciès et entre eux, prend en compte les faits géologiques intéressants tout en fournissant une approche nouvelle pour une caractérisation statistique de la variabilité spatiale des faciès. La présence de séquences à faciès tronqués vers le haut, d'une corrélation croisée entre faciès, ainsi que d'autres caractères géologiques pris en compte par les chaînes de Markov conduisent à se poser des questions sur l'adéquation des approches géostatistiques conventionnelles utilisant les variogrammes ou les covariances pour modéliser l'hétérogénéité géologique. Resumen La información respecto a la textura de los sedimentos y la continuidad espacial es inherente a las descripciones de las facies deposicionales sedimentarias. De este modo, estas descripciones se convierten en excelentes predictores potenciales de las variaciones espaciales de la

  15. Scrotal infrared digital thermography as a predictor of seasonal effects on sperm traits in Braford bulls

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    Menegassi, Silvio Renato Oliveira; Barcellos, Júlio Otavio Jardim; Dias, Eduardo Antunes; Koetz, Celso; Pereira, Gabriel Ribas; Peripolli, Vanessa; McManus, Concepta; Canozzi, Maria Eugênia Andrighetto; Lopes, Flávio Guiselli

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the seasonal effects of the environment on semen quality in bulls, using infrared thermography. Sperm motility (M), mass motion (MM), and vigor (VIG) were evaluated in sperm samples from 17 Bradford bulls aged approximately 24 months at the beginning of the study. Infrared thermography images and data were collected using an infrared FLIR T 300 camera and Quick Report 1.2 SP2 software to determine the temperature of the proximal and distal poles of the testis and to assess the testicular temperature gradient. The seasonal effects on physiological, seminal, and climatic variables were analyzed by the GLM ANOVA and CORR procedures using SAS®. The microclimatic factors were recorded in hourly intervals, and the daily mean temperature and mean relative humidity were calculated to determine the daily temperature-humidity index (THI) every day for 1 year. The temperature gradient (TG) variations of the testes were significantly higher in the autumn (4.5 °C), winter (4.0 °C), and spring (2.9 °C) compared to summer (0.9 °C) ( P < 0.05). Ocular globe temperatures were lower in the winter (27.6 °C) and autumn (26.8 °C) compared to summer (33.9 °C) and spring (31.1 °C) ( P < 0.05). The average MM (2.58), M (52.64), and VIG (2.70) of the semen decreased in the summer compared to other seasons ( P < 0.01). The TG was negatively correlated with THI (-0.44; P < 0.05). For the seminal variables, MaD (-0.45; P < 0.05) and TD (-0.50; P < 0.01) presented a negative correlation with TG. The TG had a positive correlation between M and VIG, which had values of 0.36 and 0.35, respectively ( P < 0.05). We have concluded that infrared thermography can be used to assess the testicular temperature gradient and its consequences on physical and quantitative aspects of sperm.

  16. Unique Aeromagnetic-radar Ice-sounding Survey over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Allows Three Dimensional Definition of Sources of Magnetic Anomalies Caused by Subglacial Volcanic Sources at the Bed of the Ice

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    Behrendt, J. C.; Casertz; Soar Teams

    2011-12-01

    today. Most "volcanic centers" are buried beneath the WAIS; if a few are active today, subglacial volcanism may well have a significant effect on the WAIS regime. Aerogeophysical data (Blankenship et al., 1993, Mt. Casertz; Corr and Vaughan, 2008, near Hudson Mts.) indicated active subglacial volcanism, and suggested volcanic effects on WAIS dynamics. Future effects on the stability of the WAIS should not be ignored, as the present rapid changes resulting from global warming, could be accelerated by subglacial volcanism.

  17. Using Tracer Experiments To Study Phosphorus Transfer From Soil To Overland Flow

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    Vollmer, T.; Stamm, C.; Schaerer, M.; Sinaj, S.; Frossard, E.; Fluehler, H.

    Diffuse phosphorus (P) losses from agricultural land contribute to the eutrophication of surface water bodies in Switzerland. Grassland soils in areas of high animal stock densities are often prone to high P losses due to over-fertilization and a strong accumu- lation of P in the topsoil. In order to understand the effects of management practices and remediation measures on P transfer into runoff water at a small scale it is impor- tant to localize the sources of this phosphorus within the soil profile and to describe the water flows within the topsoil­overland flow system. We are studying the effects of remediation measures on P availability in the soil and on P concentrations in overland flow in a field experiment. We are using tracer exper- iments to examine the mixing behavior of water applied with a sprinkling device onto the soil surface with pre-event soil water and to trace the contribution of those two water sources to overland flow. Two plots were pre-irrigated with a solution of KBr in order to label the soil solu- tion. After a few days of equilibration, two fluorescent dyes were applied to different areas of the plots at a constant rate of 40 mm h-1. Surface runoff was analyzed for tracer concentrations. Small soil monoliths (0.35 * 0.25 *0.20 m3) were excavated and the tracer distribution within the blocks was mapped using a digital camera, optical filters, and tracer specific excitation light source. This tracing technique allowed for independent mapping of the distribution of two simultaneously applied tracers. The experiments demonstrated heterogenous infiltration of the dyes, negligible lat- eral translocation of the dyes within the soil, minimal transfer of the pre-applied Br- into overland flow, early breakthrough of the dye tracers in overland flow which was independent of the tracers sorption properties and a recovery of the dyes that corre- sponded to the runoff ratio. In all, the experiments indicate a very restricted interac- tion between

  18. Effet de l'interaction coulombienne sur la localisation d'Anderson dans le gaz bidimensionnel d'électrons

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    Fleury, G.

    2010-09-01

    Nous étudions l’effet des interactions coulombiennes sur la localisation d’Anderson dans le gaz bidimensionnel d’électrons désordonné. L’objectif est de statuer sur la question de l’existence de métaux à deux dimensions. En l’absence d’interaction, la théorie d’échelle de la localisation prédit qu’un désordre infinitésimal suffit à localiser la fonction d’onde électronique et donc à rendre le système isolant à température nulle (Abrahams et al., 1979). Dans certaines limites extrêmes, les interactions peuvent être prises en compte et l’on aboutit également à un état isolant. Cependant, aucune théorie analytique ne permet de traiter le régime quantique non-perturbatif où désordre et interaction sont intermédiaires. Expérimentalement, il est possible de l’explorer dans des échantillons de haute mobilité et basse densité. Depuis 1994, des comportements métalliques inexpliqués y ont été observés (Kravchenko et al., 1994). Nous avons mis au point une méthode numérique permettant d’étudier le problème couplé de la localisation d’Anderson en présence d’interaction. Cette méthode mêle Monte Carlo quantique à température nulle et théorie d’échelle pour la conductance de Thouless. Nous trouvons que la théorie d’échelle de la localisation est préservée en présence d’interaction et donc que le gaz bidimensionnel, même corrélé, est isolant à température nulle. Nos résultats montrent de plus que les interactions délocalisent le gaz bidimensionnel et que cet effet de délocalisation est accru en présence de dégénérescence de vallées. Ils nous permettent de proposer un mécanisme simple rendant compte des principales caractéristiques des comportements métalliques observés expérimentalement.

  19. Appréciation de la sévérité de l'affection des patients admis en réanimation par la mesure de la CRP

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    Djuma, Jackson; Kalenga, Prosper; Kazadi, Costa; Orbegozo, Diego; Vincent, Jean Louis

    2015-01-01

    Introduction La CRP est produite en grande quantité dans les processus inflammatoires aigus et chroniques. L'hypothèse de ce travail est que la CRP permet, à faible coût, d'apprécier la sévérité des patients admis en réanimation. Méthodes La valeur journalière du taux sérique de CRP a été corrélée aux scores APACHE II à l'admission et SOFA pris quotidiennement durant le séjour en réanimation. La population étudiée était constituée de 100 patients admis en réanimation aux cliniques universitaires de Bruxelles. Résultats Les patients septiques avaient un taux de CRP plus élevé comparé aux non septiques. Les patients ayant une CRP élevée avaient les scores APACHE (26 ± 6 vs 20 ± 9, p < 0,05), SOFA à l'admission (8 ± 4 vs 4 ± 3, p < 0.05), SOFA maximum plus élevés (9 ± 4 vs 7 ± 3 et 9 ± 4 vs 7 ± 3, p < 0.05) et un séjour en réanimation plus long. Les patients ayant un plus grand nombre d'organes défaillants ont la CRP la plus élevée (365 mg/L vs 80 mg/L, 205 mg/L vs 60 mg/L, 110 mg/L vs 60 mg/L, 150 mg/L vs 60 mg/L). Conclusion Chez les patients présentant un taux sérique de CRP élevé, les scores de gravité (APACHE et SOFA), le pourcentage de patients présentant une infection et la durée du séjour en réanimation sont plus élevés. PMID:26301005

  20. Morbidité et mortalité hospitalière des maladies cardiovasculaires en milieu tropical: exemple d'un centre hospitalier à Lomé (Togo)

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    Damorou, Findibe; Baragou, Soodougoua; Pio, Machihuede; Afassinou, Yaovi M; N'da, N'kenon W; Pessinaba, Soulemane; Tchérou, Tchaa; Attiogbé, Halé; Ehlan, Koffi; Goeh-Akue, Edem; Yayehd, Komlavi

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Les maladies cardiovasculaires (MCV) occupent une place importante dans la mortalité en Afrique, situation inquiétante traduisant une transition épidémiologique rapide. La connaissance des groupes nosologiques les plus mortelles devrait aider à l’élaboration de politiques en matière de traitement et de prévention. Méthodes Il's agit d une étude rétrospective du 1er janvier 2006 au 31 décembre 2010, ayant inclus les patients hospitalisés pour une MCV selon la classification Internationale des maladies (CIM-10). Résultats La fréquentation hospitalière pour maladie MCV a augmenté au fil du temps; les maladies hypertensives étaient le premier motif d hospitalisation (66.8%). Les autres pathologies fréquentes étaient la maladie thromboembolique (9.1%), les syndromes coronaires aigus (SCA) (7.3%), l'insuffisance cardiaque (5.5%), les cardiomyopathies (5.3%). La majorité des sujets étaient jeunes (âge moyen: 55.1 ans) et il n'y avait pas de corrélation entre la durée d'hospitalisation et l’âge: r = + 0.024, p = 0.09. La mortalité globale était élevée (11%) et les taux de létalité élevés dans le SCA (27.9%), l'embolie pulmonaire (25%) et la péricardite (25%). Conclusion Les MCV sont responsables d'une hospitalisation croissante dans nos hôpitaux. L'absence d unité de soins intensifs cardiologiques et des méthodes de revascularisation coronaire, le manque de personnels qualifiés associés l'inexistence de sécurité sociale expliquent une mortalité élevée dans nos pays en voie de développement qui sans avoir achevé leur transition démographique entre en pleine transition épidémiologique. PMID:25018812

  1. Comparative studies on the thermal stability and corrosion resistance of CrN, CrSiN, and CrSiN/AlN coatings

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    Kim, Gwang Seok; Kim, Sung Min; Lee, Sang Yul; Lee, Bo Young

    2009-07-15

    In this work, three kinds of Cr-based nitride coatings such as monolithic CrN, CrSiN coatings, and multilayered CrSiN/AlN coating with bilayer period of 3.0 nm were deposited on both Si (100) wafer and AISI H13 steel substrates by unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Thermal stability of these coatings was evaluated by annealing the coatings at temperatures between 600 and 1000 degree sign C for 30 min in air. In addition, the corrosion behaviors of these coatings were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization tests in a deaerated 3.5 wt. % NaCl solution at 40 degree sign C. Results from annealing test show the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings were completely oxidized after annealed at 800 and 900 degree sign C, and their cross sectional images and atomic force microscopy showed a loose and very porous morphology due to the oxidation. Also, the hardness values of the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings were decreased significantly from 22 and 27 GPa to 8 and 14 GPa, respectively. However, the multilayered CrSiN/AlN coating still exhibited a dense microstructure without visible change after annealed at 1000 degree sign C, and moreover, the relatively high hardness of 25 GPa was maintained. The superior thermal stability of the CrSiN/AlN multilayer coating could be attributed to the formation of the dense and stable oxidation barrier consisted of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and amorphous SiO{sub 2} phases near the surface region, which retard the diffusion of oxygen into the coating. In the potentiodynamic polarization test results, it was found that the significantly improved corrosion resistance of the multilayered CrSiN/AlN coating was observed in comparison with those from the monolithic CrN and CrSiN coatings, and its corrosion current density (i{sub corr}) and protective efficiency were measured to be approximately 4.21 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} and 95%, respectively.

  2. Microbial diversity in hydrothermal surface to subsurface environments of Suiyo Seamount, Izu-Bonin Arc, using a catheter-type in situ growth chamber.

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    Higashi, Yowsuke; Sunamura, Michinari; Kitamura, Keiko; Nakamura, Ko-ichi; Kurusu, Yasurou; Ishibashi, Jun-ichiro; Urabe, Tetsuro; Maruyama, Akihiko

    2004-03-01

    After excavation using a portable submarine driller near deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Suiyo Seamount, Izu-Bonin Arc, microbial diversity was examined in samples collected from inside the boreholes using an in situ growth chamber called a vent catheter. This instrument, which we devised for this study, consists of a heat-tolerant pipe tipped with a titanium mesh entrapment capsule that is packed with sterilized inorganic porous grains, which serve as an adhesion substrate. After this instrument was deployed inside each of the boreholes, as well as a natural vent, for 3-10 days in the vicinity of hot vent fluids (maxima: 156-305 degrees C), DNA was extracted from the adhesion grains, 16S rDNA was amplified, and randomly selected clones were sequenced. In phylogenetic analysis of more than 120 clones, several novel phylotypes were detected within the epsilon-Proteobacteria, photosynthetic bacteria (PSB)-related alpha-Proteobacteria, and Euryarchaeota clusters. Members of epsilon-Proteobacteria were frequently encountered. Half of these were classified between two known groups, Corre's B and D. The other half of the clones were assigned to new groups, SSSV-BE1 and SSSV-BE2 (Suiyo Seamount sub-vent origin, Bacteria domain, epsilon-Proteobacteria, groups 1 and 2). From this hydrothermal vent field, we detected a novel lineage within the PSB cluster, SSNV-BA1 (Suiyo Seamount natural vent origin, Bacteria domain, alpha-Proteobacteria, group 1), which is closely related to Rhodopila globiformis isolated from a hot spring. A number of archaeal clones were also detected from the borehole samples. These clones formed a novel monophyletic clade, SSSV-AE1 (Suiyo Seamount sub-vent origin, Archaea domain, Euryarchaeota, group 1), approximately between methanogenic hyperthermophilic members of Methanococcales and environmental clone members of DHVE Group II. Thus, this hydrothermal vent environment appears to be a noteworthy microbial and genetic resource. It is also

  3. Apport de l'endoscopie digestive dans l'hypertension portale de l'enfant: à propos de 68 cas

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    Idrissi, Mounia Lakhdar; Babakhoya, Abdeladim; Hida, Moustapha

    2012-01-01

    Introduction L'hypertension portale n'est pas exceptionnelle chez l'enfant. L'hémorragie digestive en est une complication redoutable pouvant mettre en jeu le pronostic vital. Cette hémorragie, pouvant être isolée, confie à l'examen endoscopique un intérêt diagnostique majeur. L'endoscopie digestive haute a également un intérêt pronostique et thérapeutique incontournable. L'objectif de ce travail était d'analyser les aspects endoscopiques de l'hypertension portale, faire une corrélation entre ces aspects et le risque hémorragique éventuel et mettre en évidence le rôle de l'endoscopie dans le traitement et la surveillance. Méthodes Notre étude est une analyse rétrospective de 135 endoscopies digestives hautes effectuées chez 68 enfants atteints d'hypertension portale sur une période de 8 ans. Résultats L'endoscopie a permis de mettre en évidence les varices œsogastriques dans 55 cas (80.9%). Elle était le premier moyen diagnostique de l'hypertension portale chez 5 patients ayant présenté une hémorragie digestive isolée. Elle a permet aussi d'apprécier le risque hémorragique qui est étroitement lié au stade des varices œsophagiennes et à la présence des varices tubérositaires. Neuf enfants ont bénéficié de la ligature élastique des varices œsophagiennes avec un taux de succès de 89%. Conclusion L'oesogastroscopie recherchant et traitant les varices œsogastriques est indispensable dans les hypertensions portales de l'enfant. Inversement, nous soulignons son intérêt majeur en matière diagnostique de l'hémorragie digestive isolée de l'enfant ou la découverte de varices pose à posteriori le diagnostic de l'hypertension portale. PMID:22937191

  4. Abundâncias espectroscópicas de simbióticas amarelas

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    Calbo, S. R.; Costa, R. D. D.

    2003-08-01

    Este trabalho consiste no estudo de uma amostra de estrelas simbióticas amarelas cujas componentes frias apresentam tipos espectrais G ou K. Uma amostra de 20 estrelas foi usada, o que corresponde ao conjunto completo de estrelas simbióticas amarelas visíveis no hemisfério sul presentes no catálogo de Belczynski et al (2000 A&A Suppl. 146, 407). Os espectros estelares foram obtidos por observações usando os telescópios de 1,6 m do LNA e 1,52 m do ESO e os dados fornecidos pelo satélite IUE (International Ultraviolet Explorer) e posteriormente reduzidos no IAG. Os fluxos das linhas medidas de cada espectro foram calibrados em fluxo (com as correções de avermelhamento baseados no trabalho de Pacheco e Costa 1992, A&A 257, 619), e os parâmetros físicos (temperatura e densidade eletrônica) das nebulosas que envolvem os sistemas simbióticos determinados, usando-se fluxos medidos de OIII e NII da parte visível do espectro. Para a determinação das razões de abundâncias de C/N e O/N aplicou-se o método de Nussbaumer et al. (1988, A&A 198, 179). As razões de abundâncias foram derivadas das linhas de emissão (NIV, CIV, OIII, NIII e CIII) dos espectros IUE. Numa última fase plotou-se o diagrama C/N-O/N onde comparou-se a abundância química das simbióticas amarelas obtidas neste trabalho com as de gigantes normais. Os resultados mostram abundâncias compatíveis com aquelas derivadas para nebulosas planetárias do bojo, indicando que o material nebular é originado das gigantes vermelhas de cada sistema, e não da fonte quente. (FAPESP, CNPq)

  5. Étude descriptive du processus d’évaluation et de documentation de la douleur postopératoire dans un hôpital universitaire

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    Bergeron, Dave A; Leduc, Geneviève; Marchand, Serge; Bourgault, Patricia

    2011-01-01

    Plusieurs études démontrent que les patients reçoivent souvent un traitement insatisfaisant de la douleur en contexte postopératoire. Le but de la présente étude descriptive était d’examiner et d’analyser diverses données ayant trait au soulagement de 40 patients après une intervention chirurgicale non urgente. Les patients ont rempli un journal de douleur afin d’évaluer le niveau d’intensité et de désagrément engendré par la douleur durant les trois premières journées postopératoires. Une analyse du dossier a permis de vérifier la documentation de l’évaluation de la douleur par le personnel infirmier. Les résultats indiquent que la douleur en contexte postopératoire est peu et inadéquatement évaluée et peu documentée par le personnel infirmier. Lorsque la douleur est évaluée selon une échelle numérique, les infirmières ont tendance à la sous-évaluer en comparaison avec l’évaluation notée par les patients. Pour la première journée postopératoire, l’intensité moyenne de la douleur documentée par les infirmières est de 1,57 (±0,23) sur une échelle numérique de 0 à 10, alors que l’intensité moyenne documentée par les patients est de 3,82 (±0,41). Cette étude fait ainsi ressortir qu’il n’y a pas de corrélation significative entre l’intensité de la douleur documentée par l’infirmière et celle notée par le patient, ce qui peut expliquer en partie un soulagement non optimal. PMID:21499582

  6. Adaptive immune response, survival, and somatic cell score between postpartum Holstein and Norwegian Red × Holstein first-calf heifers.

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    Cartwright, S L; Schaeffer, L R; Burnside, E B; Mallard, B A

    2012-09-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate antibody (AMIR) and cell-mediated immune responses (CMIR), survival, and somatic cell score (SCS) between purebred Holstein (HO) and crossbred Norwegian Red × Holstein (NRHO) first-calf heifers postpartum. Additionally, immune response traits observed as calves in a previous study were correlated with their immune response traits as first-calf heifers. Heifers, previously immunized as calves, were bled and reimmunized 6 to 9 d postcalving with known type 1 and type 2 antigens and human serum albumin (HSA). Seven days later, heifers were rebled, and background skinfold measurements of the tail fold were taken. Intradermal injections of PBS and type 1 antigen were administered on either side of the tail fold. On d 9 final skinfold measurements were taken and used to assess delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) as an indicator of CMIR. Blood samples were also collected for a final time on d 14 from heifers that received the antigen HSA. Serum was obtained from blood collected on d 0, 7, and 14 and analyzed by ELISA to assess AMIR. Data on survival and somatic cell count, which was converted to SCS, were obtained from CanWest Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI). All SCS, survival, and immune response data were analyzed using general linear models to determine significance between HO and NRHO first-calf heifers. To determine residual correlations between immune response traits observed in calves to their responses as first-calf heifers, residuals were obtained from models, and correlations between traits were determined using PROC CORR in SAS. Results showed NRHO had a greater primary IgG antibody response to HSA and greater tertiary IgG antibody response to the type 2 antigen compared with HO. Crossbreds (NRHO)also had significantly greater DTH response (P < 0.05) and, in general, greater survival from calving to 100 d in milk (dim), 100 to 305 dim, calving to 305 dim, and age at immune response testing as calf to 305 dim. No

  7. Determining the causes of fault slip rate variability for Northern Apennine thrusts on intermediate timescales

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    Gunderson, K. L.; Anastasio, D. J.; Pazzaglia, F. J.

    2012-12-01

    Documenting fault slip rate variability on intermediate (10^4-10^5 yr) timescales is crucial for understanding the process-linkages of short-term (10^1-10^3 yr) and long-term (10^6 yr) patterns of deformation; however, the lack of long records of fault slip with 10^4-10^5 yr resolution presents a major barrier to understanding the underlying process responsible for slip rate variability at those timescales. Taking advantage of spectacular, continuous exposure of growth strata, we document 10^4-10^5 yr resolution records of unsteady fault slip for the past 3.0 myr for three unconnected, shallow blind thrust anticlines growing along the Northern Apennine mountain front, Italy. Fault slip rates for these thrusts were determined from progressive restorations of marine and continental growth strata deposited on the anticlinal limbs. These restorations were supported by subsurface corre-lations of the measured growth sections in order to constrain the fold geometries and kin-ematics. Magnetostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) burial dating, and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) burial dating provided the high-resolution age models for the growth sections. Slip histories determined from our pro-gressive restorations indicate that all three of the thrust faults exhibited high-frequency slip rate variability. This variability is typically manifest by longer periods of decelerated fault slip punctuated by shorter periods of accelerated fault slip, typically lasting between 80-200 kyr. During times when slip rates were slow, growth strata geometries show ac-celerated slip was accommodated by more foreland structures, suggesting slip partitioning at 10^4-10^5 yr timescales. This high frequency variability is superimposed on a low frequency slip rate variability manifest by an overall deceleration in slip on the shallow thrusts since 3.0 myr. Major decelerations in slip rates were coincident with the activation of thick-skinned thrusting in the

  8. Doppler transcranien au cours de la drépanocytose chez l'enfant Malagasy

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    Herinirina, Nicolas Fanantenana; Rajaonarison, Lova Hasina Ny Ony Narindra; Herijoelison, Andry Roussel; Rakoto, Olivat Aimée Alson; Ahmad, Ahmad

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Le doppler transcrânien est un outil efficace permettant de dépister les enfants drépanocytaires à risque d'AVC. Méthodes Nous avons réalisé une étude descriptive transversale sur des enfants Malagasy âgés entre 24 mois et 15 ans (groupe 1: 57 drépanocytaires, groupe 2: 43 témoins) afin d’évaluer le profil vélocimétrique des artères cérébrales chez les drépanocytaires. Un examen Doppler transcrânien a été réalisé avec étude des flux sanguins cérébraux chez les enfants des deux groupes. Résultats Pour les sujets drépanocytaires, la vitesse moyenne (VM) de l'artère cérébrale moyenne était de 100,9 ± 26,8 cm/s, l'indice de pulsatilité (IP) de 0,73 ± 0,20, la différence entre les artères cérébrales moyennes droite et gauche (ACMr) de 19,8 ± 21,5 cm/s, le rapport des vitesses de l'artère cérébrale antérieure/artère cérébrale moyenne (ACA/ACM) de 0,7 ± 0,2. Pour les enfants non drépanocytaires, VM: 80,6 ± 19,3 cm/s, IP: 0,79 ± 0,14, ACMr: 17 ± 20,1 cm/s, ACA/ACM: 0,8 ± 0,2. La vélocité des enfants drépanocytaires était supérieure au groupe contrôle. Les vitesses ont été corrélées avec le taux d'hémoglobine et l’âge et non pas avec le sexe et le volume globulaire moyen. Conclusion Les vitesses circulatoires cérébrales sont élevées chez les drépanocytaires que les enfants non drépanocytaires et sont influencées par le taux d'hémoglobine et l’âge. PMID:27516829

  9. Fiabilité test retest et validité de construit de la version française de L'Échelle fonctionnelle des membres inférieurs (ÉFMI), partie II

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    René, Frédéric; Casimiro, Lynn; Tremblay, Manon; Chea, Phanny; Létourneau, Liliane; Silva, Megan; Stockwell, Victoria; Bergeron, Louis-Philippe

    2011-01-01

    RÉSUMÉ Introduction : Le Lower Extremity Functional Scale a été traduit en français en 2006. La version canadienne-française se nomme l'Échelle fonctionnelle des membres inférieurs (ÉFMI). La validité de construit et la fiabilité test-retest de l'ÉFMI n'ont pas encore été examinées. But : Examiner la fiabilité test-retest, la consistance interne et la validité de construit de l'ÉFMI. Méthodologie : Trente-quatre participants ayant subi une chirurgie ou une blessure à un membre inférieur ont rempli un questionnaire démographique et complété l'ÉFMI lors d'une évaluation initiale alors qu'ils étaient hospitalisés. Ils ont à nouveau complété l'ÉFMI dans un intervalle de 72 heures après la première évaluation. Le coefficient de corrélation intra-classe (CCI) et le coefficient kappa ont été utilisés afin d'examiner la fiabilité de type test-retest de l'ÉFMI. Le coefficient alpha Cronbach a été calculé pour évaluer la consistance interne. L'analyse factorielle a été utilisée pour examiner la validité de construit afin de déterminer le nombre de dimensions et leur signification respective. Résultats : Le CCI s'élève à une valeur de 0,92 [0,88–0,96] (IC: 95%). Le résultat du test α-Cronbach est de 0,95 (0,91–0,99) IC à 95%. L'analyse factorielle révèle que tous les éléments de l'ÉFMI se logent sur une dimension principale. Conclusion : Les résultats montrent que la version canadienne-française de l'ÉFMI est un outil unidimensionnel qui offre une fiabilité test-retest et une consistance interne excellentes. PMID:22379266

  10. Modifications de l'expression des gènes GST-μ et p53 dans des lignées tumorales cellulaires humaines O.R.L. après irradiation gamma : induction, études cellulaires et moléculaires

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    Dubessy, C.; Merlin, J. L.; Marchal, C.

    1998-04-01

    Cell sub-populations surviving to high radiation doses were selected. The KBm survival part was obtained by exposure to a mutagenic agent and irradiation, FaDum results of a progressive irradiation of FaDu. A semi-quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed a significant overexpression of GST-μ and p53 genes for KBm and FaDum cell lines that remained stable for 18 months. The SF2, α, β, and MID parameters, determined by clonogenic assays, show no modifications of radiosensitivity. The variations of expression observed are not correlated to a radiosensitivity variation. The overexpression of GST-μ and p53 does not seem to be a radiosensitivity marker. Nous avons isolé des sous-populations de 2 lignées cellulaires humaines (KB et FaDu) de carcinomes des voies aéro-digestives supérieures survivant à de fortes doses d'irradiation. La fraction survivante KBm a été obtenu après exposition à un agent mutagène et à une irradiation, FaDum résulte de l'irradiation progressive de FaDu. Une analyse par RT-PCR semi-quantitative nous a permis de mettre en évidence une surexpression significative des gènes GST-μ et p53 pour les souches KBm et FaDum analysées après 18 mois de culture. Les paramètres, α, β, SF2, MID, déterminés par essais clonogéniques, n'indiquent pas de modification de la radiosensibilité. Les variations d'expression observées ne sont donc pas corrélées à une variation de radiosensibilité. La surexpression des gènes GST-μ et p53 ne semble pas constituer un marqueur de radiosensibilité.

  11. Gestion de la douleur chronique par les infirmières des Groupes de médecine de famille

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    Bergeron, Dave A; Bourgault, Patricia; Gallagher, Frances

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION : Des milliers de personnes souffrent actuellement de douleur chronique (DC) pour laquelle la prise en charge s’avère souvent inadéquate. Au Québec, les infirmières qui oeuvrent dans les Groupes de médecine de famille (GMF) jouent un rôle clé dans le suivi des personnes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé chroniques dont la DC. OBJECTIFS : Cette étude a pour objectifs de décrire les activités réalisées par les infirmières œuvrant en GMF en lien avec la gestion de la douleur chez la clientèle souffrant de DC, ainsi que les barrières à ces activités. MÉTHODE : Un dispositif descriptif corrélationnel transversal de type enquête postale a été utilisé. La population accessible à l’étude comprend les infirmières qui figurent sur la liste des membres de l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec travaillant en GMF. L’ensemble des infirmières figurant sur cette liste ayant consenti à être contactées à leur domicile pour des fins de recherche ont été contactées. Un questionnaire postal auto-administré (Pain Management Activities Questionnaire) a été complété par 53 infirmières travaillant en GMF. RÉSULTATS : Les trois activités le plus souvent réalisées par les infirmières sont d’établir une relation thérapeutique avec le client; de discuter avec le médecin de l’efficacité des mesures thérapeutiques et de faire un enseignement personnalisé au client. Les infirmières ont la perception qu’elles rencontrent en moyenne 2,68 personnes par semaine qui souffrent de DC. La méconnaissance des interventions possibles en douleur (71,7%) et la non-disponibilité de l’information sur la gestion de la douleur (52,8%) constituent les principales barrières selon les infirmières sondées. CONCLUSION : Les infirmières au sein des GMF font actuellement peu d’activités en gestion de la DC probablement en raison du manque de reconnaissance de la DC. PMID:25848847

  12. Surface Velocities of Himalayan Glaciers: Implications for Glacial Erosion Potential During Climatic Change

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    Scherler, D.; Bookhagen, B.; Strecker, M. R.

    2007-12-01

    Mountain glaciers in the high elevations (> 3.5 km) of the Himalaya are very efficient erosion agents. Glacier size and thus the area affected by glacial erosion are controlled by climatic conditions. Understanding the impact of climate change and variability on glacial budgets and erosion requires knowledge of the erosive potential of glaciers, which is inferred to scale with ice flux. Here, we use ASTER satellite imagery in combination with the orthorectification and correlation tool COSI-Corr to derive horizontal surface velocities of glaciers from several regions across the Himalayan-Karakoram domain. Our results show that glaciers in the Eastern and Central Himalaya, where precipitation is mainly supplied by the Indian Summer Monsoon, are relatively slow, with velocities usually below 50-60 m/a. In contrast, glaciers in the Western Himalaya and Karakoram, receive a significant amount of precipitation during the winter months and are considerably faster with velocities often exceeding 80-100 m/a. This discrepancy is visible among glaciers of different size and orientation although local slope and catchment area effects may cause velocity excursions. A relatively sharp gradient appears to exist in the catchment area of the Sutlej River in the NW Himalaya of India at approximately 79°E. To the east, glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya - among them Gangotri glacier, the largest in the Indian Himalaya - have mean velocities of around 20-40 m/a, whereas glaciers in the much drier Lahul region to the west attain mean velocities of around 30-60 m/a. Importantly, the Sutlej River valley marks a climatic transition zone from an annual summer-rainfall maximum (more than 75% of annual rainfall during the summer) to the east to a winter-rainfall maximum (more than 60% of annual rainfall during the winter) to the west. These observations corroborate the notion of a significant climatic boundary in this part of the Himalaya, which may have shifted west- and northward during

  13. A validation of technologies monitoring dairy cow feeding, ruminating, and lying behaviors.

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    Borchers, M R; Chang, Y M; Tsai, I C; Wadsworth, B A; Bewley, J M

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate commercially available precision dairy technologies against direct visual observations of feeding, rumination, and lying behaviors. Primiparous (n=24) and multiparous (n=24) lactating Holstein dairy cattle (mean ± standard deviation; 223.4±117.8 d in milk, producing 29.2±8.2kg of milk/d) were fitted with 6 different triaxial accelerometer technologies evaluating cow behaviors at or before freshening. The AfiAct Pedometer Plus (Afimilk, Kibbutz Afikim, Israel) was used to monitor lying time. The CowManager SensOor (Agis, Harmelen, Netherlands) monitored rumination and feeding time. The HOBO Data Logger (HOBO Pendant G Acceleration Data Logger, Onset Computer Corp., Pocasset, MA) monitored lying time. The CowAlert IceQube (IceRobotics Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland) monitored lying time. The Smartbow (Smartbow GmbH, Jutogasse, Austria) monitored rumination time. The Track A Cow (ENGS, Rosh Pina, Israel) monitored lying time and time spent around feeding areas for the calculation of feeding time. Over 8 d, 6 cows per day were visually observed for feeding, rumination, and lying behaviors for 2 h after morning and evening milking. The time of day was recorded when each behavior began and ended. These times were used to generate the length of time behaviors were visually observed. Pearson correlations (r; calculated using the CORR procedure of SAS Version 9.3, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC), and concordance correlations (CCC; calculated using the epiR package of R version 3.1.0, R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria) evaluated association between visual observations and technology-recorded behaviors. Visually recorded feeding behaviors were moderately correlated with the CowManager SensOor (r=0.88, CCC=0.82) and Track A Cow (r=0.93, CCC=0.79) monitors. Visually recorded rumination behaviors were strongly correlated with the Smartbow (r=0.97, CCC=0.96), and weakly correlated with the CowManager SensOor (r=0

  14. Vestibular system paresis due to emergency endovascular catheterization.

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    Simoceli, Lucinda; Sguillar, Danilo Anunciatto; Santos, Henrique Mendes Paiva; Caputti, Camilla

    2012-04-01

    Objetivo: O objetivo deste relato de caso é descrever uma causa incomum de vestibulopatia periférica associada à perda auditiva unilateral em paciente idoso pós- cateterismo de urgência.Relato de caso: Paciente do gênero masculino, 82 anos, submetido à correção de aneurisma roto de aorta abdominal, no intra-operatório sofreu infarto agudo do miocárdio necessitando de angioplastia primária. Após alta hospitalar refere queixa de hipoacusia acentuada à direita e vertigem incapacitante, sem sinais neurológicos focais. Ao exame clínico otorrinolaringológico apresentava: Teste de Weber lateralizado para a esquerda, nistagmo espontâneo para a esquerda , marcha oscilante, leve disbasia e ataxia, índex-nariz e diadococinesia normais, Teste de Romberg com oscilação sem queda e Fukuda com desvio lateral para a direita. O exame audiométrico evidenciava anacusia à direita e perda neurossensorial à esquerda em agudos, arreflexia vestibular à direita na prova calórica e, na tomografia computadorizada dos ossos temporais e tronco-encefálico, presença de haste metálica atravessando o osso temporal direito, a partir da veia jugular interna e bulbo jugular, atravessando os canais semicirculares posterior, superior e vestíbulo, projetando-se em lobo temporal. O diagnóstico radiológico foi lesão traumática por guia endovascular metálico durante cateterismo de urgência e a conduta, considerando que o paciente não havia compensado o equilíbrio, foi reabilitação vestibular.Conclusão: Queixas de tontura no paciente idoso devem ser criteriosamente avaliadas diante do seu histórico clínico patológico pois os antecedentes de doenças e tratamentos prévios, em geral, direcionam as hipóteses diagnósticas porém podem trazer alterações inesperadas.

  15. Pilot-Scale In Situ Bioremediation of Uranium in a Highly Contaminated Aquifer. 2. Reduction of U(VI and Geochemical Control of U(VI) Bioavailability

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    Wu, Weimin; Carley, Jack M; Gentry, Terry J; Ginder-Vogel, Matthew; Fienen, Michael; Mehlhorn, Tonia L; Yan, Hui; Carroll, Sue L; Pace, Molly; Nyman, Jennifer L; Luo, Jian; Fields, Matthew Wayne; Hickey, Robert; Gu, Baohua; Watson, David B; Cirpka, Olaf; Zhou, Jizhong; Fendorf, Scott; Kitanidis, Peter K; Jardine, Philip M; Criddle, Craig

    2006-07-01

    In situ microbial reduction of soluble U(VI) to sparingly soluble U(IV) was evaluated at the site of the former S-3 Ponds in Area 3 of the U.S. Department of Energy Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research Field Research Center, Oak Ridge, TN. After establishing conditions favorable for bioremediation (Wu, et al. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 3988-3995), intermittent additions of ethanol were initiated within the conditioned inner loop of a nested well recirculation system. These additions initially stimulated denitrification of matrix-entrapped nitrate, but after 2 months, aqueous U levels fell from 5 to {approx}1 {micro}M and sulfate reduction ensued. Continued additions sustained U(VI) reduction over 13 months. X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy (XANES) confirmed U(VI) reduction to U(IV) within the inner loop wells, with up to 51%, 35%, and 28% solid-phase U(IV) in sediment samples from the injection well, a monitoring well, and the extraction well, respectively. Microbial analyses confirmed the presence of denitrifying, sulfate-reducing, and iron-reducing bacteria in groundwater and sediments. System pH was generally maintained at less than 6.2 with low bicarbonate level (0.75-1.5 mM) and residual sulfate to suppress methanogenesis and minimize uranium mobilization. The bioavailability of sorbed U(VI) was manipulated by addition of low-level carbonate (<5 mM) followed by ethanol (1-1.5 mM). Addition of low levels of carbonate increased the concentration of aqueous U, indicating an increased rate of U desorption due to formation of uranyl carbonate complexes. Upon ethanol addition, aqueous U(VI) levels fell, indicating that the rate of microbial reduction exceeded the rate of desorption. Sulfate levels simultaneously decreased, with a corre sponding increase in sulfide. When ethanol addition ended but carbonate addition continued, soluble U levels increased, indicating faster desorption than reduction. When bicarbonate addition stopped, aqueous U

  16. Mhd Stability of The Pristine Magnetopause

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    Gratton, F. T.; Gnavi, G.; Farrugia, C. J.; Contin, J.

    In a recent theory we predicted that during periods of northward interplanetary mag- netic field (IMF) the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KH) at the dayside magnetopause is confined in two bands, one in each hemisphere, emanating from the cusp and broad- ening towards the equator. The size, position, and activity of these regions are regu- lated, among other factors, by the clock angle of the IMF. According to theoretical expectations, the power spectral density (PSD) of geomagnetic pulsations in the Pc 5 range, which echoes the presence of KH waves on the magnetopause via magneto- spheric couplings, shifts to lower frequencies as decreases, which we have recently tested experimentally with a positive outcome. However, to some extent this effect is diluted by the presence of a low latitude boundary layer (LLBL). In this case a KH instability may develop also in the LLBL, avoiding the magnetic shear stabilization effect at the magnetopause boundary, thus reducing the difference in the PSD corre- sponding to different IMF orientations. We conclude, therefore, that the dependence of the dayside KH instability on should be most clearly observed in pristine magne- topauses, i.e., those without an adjoining boundary layer. Pristine magnetopauses have very sharp density gradients, often with a thickness of density transition, , smaller than the thickness of the current layer, , with a ratio 1:5 or smaller, as indicated by magnetopause crossing statistics. Motivated by these facts, we present here re- sults of new MHD stability calculations that take into account the presence of the two scale lengths, and , and can be applied to pristine magnetopauses. We include in the model also the effect of temporary accelerations of the magnetopause, i.e., the Rayleigh-Taylor effect. Theory results with / <<1 differ substantially from those for / =1 at small wavelengths, . Stability calculations for / = 1/5 show a maximum growth rate for / 2 - 3, while a model with / =1 gives a negligi

  17. Tracking patient outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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    Cupido, Colleen; Peterson, Devin; Sutherland, Melanie Stevens; Ayeni, Olufemi; Stratford, Paul W

    2014-01-01

    Objet: Modéliser comment l'amplitude du mouvement (ADM) du genou des patients, la douleur et l'état fonctionnel autodéclaré des membres inférieurs (MI) changent au cours des 26 premières semaines suivant la reconstruction du ligament croisé antérieur (LCA) et estimer la fiabilité de test-retest de ces mesures. Méthodes: On a évalué les patients une fois par semaine pendant les 26 semaines qui ont suivi une reconstruction du LCA. L'ADM du genou, l'état fonctionnel des MI mesuré en fonction de l'échelle fonctionnelle des membres inférieurs (EFMI) et la douleur mesurée par le questionnaire sur l'intensité de la douleur à quatre questions (P4) ont constitué les résultats. Nous avons appliqué un modèle non linéaire pour décrire le changement de chaque résultat. Nous avons aussi appliqué des coefficients de corrélation intra-classe et les erreurs de mesure types pour estimer la fiabilité de test-retest et le changement détectable minimal. Résultats: Un modèle non linéaire a produit les valeurs suivantes d'adaptation du modèle (R(2)): P4=0,71, ADM extension=0,51, ADM flexion=0,99, EFMI=0,97. Dans le cas de la douleur et de l'ADM, les valeurs maximales ont été atteintes vers la 12(e) semaine suivant la reconstruction et les valeurs EFMI ont continué d'augmenter jusqu'à 26 semaines. Les coefficients de fiabilité de test-retest ont varié de 0,85 à 0,95. Conclusions: L'amélioration la plus importante s'est produite au cours des huit semaines suivant l'intervention chirurgicale. Le rétablissement était presque complet à 12 semaines en ce qui a trait à la douleur et à l'ADM, même si l'état fonctionnel des membres inférieurs a continué de s'améliorer durant toute la période d'étude. Les résultats de toutes les mesures ont démontré de la fiabilité, ce qui appuie leur utilisation avec des patients particuliers.

  18. Les tuberculomes intracraniens: à propos de 125 cas

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    Moufid, Faycal; Oulali, Noureddine; El Fatemi, Nizare; Gana, Rachid; Maaqili, Rachid; Bellakhdar, Fouad

    2012-01-01

    Les tuberculomes intracrâniens représentent l'une des localisations les plus graves de la tuberculose, leur incidence varie en fonction du contexte représentant 0,2% des processus intracrâniens dans les pays occidentaux et 5 à 10% des masses intracrâniennes dans les pays en voie de développement. Nous rapportons une étude rétrospective de 125 cas. L'hypertension intracrânienne (45%) et le déficit neurologique (36%) sont les signes cliniques les plus fréquents. La lésion était localisée dans 60% des cas en sus-tentoriel et dans 40% des cas en sous-tentoriel. L'approche thérapeutique a consisté en un abord direct du tuberculome dans 67 cas (53%), une biopsie stéréotaxique dans 32 cas (25%), le traitement médical en première intention sans confirmation histologique dans 26 cas (20%). Avant 1993 notre service ne disposait pas de cadre de stéréotaxie, notre attitude thérapeutique consistait soit en un abord direct de la lésion dans 70% des cas, soit un traitement antituberculeux en première intention sans confirmation histologique (30%). Cette attitude était corrélée à une mortalité et morbidité non négligeables respectivement 3% et 10%. Après 1993; le taux d'abords direct a chuté a 38%, avec 47% de biopsies stéréotaxiques et seulement 13% des patients traités par antibacillaires sans preuve histologique. Ceci s'est accompagné d'une réduction significative de mortalité a 1,4% (p = 0,0003) et de morbidité a 2% (p = 0,0027). PMID:22937196

  19. Active Tectonics In The Rukwa Rift (sw Tanzania): A Study of The Potential For Large Earthquakes In A Continental Rift.

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    Kervyn, F.

    The Rukwa rift is a deep sedimentary basin that is considered as a tectonic trans- fer zone between the Tanganyika and the Malawi troughs. The tectonic evolution of the depression is controlled by the reactivation of proterozoic structures and started with the deposition of the permo-triasic Karoo sediments. In the southeast, the rift is divided into two facing half graben separated by a Precambrian horst, whereas its northwestern part has a more symmetrical graben structure. Although most of the vertical displacement is accommodated by the Lupa eastern boundary fault, onshore shallow seismic profiles have confirmed the co-occurrence of intrabasin synthetic- and strike-slip faults within the sub surface sediments. Both normal and dextral strike-slip movement are indeed observed in the basin in response to the E-W to WNW-SSE ex- tension. The region has a moderate seismic activity and the earthquakes magnitude is generally below M 6.5. However, a M 7.4 earthquake occurred in the Rukwa region in 1910 but its exact location remains uncertain. The current research aimed at the identi- fication of active faults within the recent deposits of the basin by the combination in a GIS of radar interferometric data with topographical and geological maps, geophysical data, and field observations. Radar interferometry (InSAR) was found to be especially suitable for DEM computation in low relief areas where available topographic data are limited in accuracy. Numerous topographic lineaments were observed on InSAR DEM, and follow two main directions, both oblique to the main NW-SE trend of the rift. On the one hand, the GIS analysis confirms that the observed lineaments corre- spond to real natural alignment such like the drainage for example, and are therefore not related to atmospheric artefacts. On the other hand, the field observations revealed that in most cases, the topographic lineaments are very subtle and difficult to identify. However, direct correlations with tectonic

  20. Anomalies échocardiographiques chez l'hémodialysé chronique: prévalence et facteurs de risqué

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    Ezziani, Mariam; Najdi, Adil; Mikou, Souad; Elhassani, Anis; Akrichi, Mohammed Amine; Hanin, Hakim; Arrayhani, Mohammed; Houssaini, Tarik Sqalli

    2014-01-01

    Introduction Les complications cardio-vasculaires sont la principale cause de mortalité et de morbidité chez les patients hémodialysés chroniques. Le but de cette étude est de décrire les différentes atteintes cardiaques à l’échocardiographie transthoracique et de dégager les facteurs associés aux principales atteintes. Méthodes Etude transversale monocentrique incluant des patients adultes hémodialysés depuis plus d'un an et ayant bénéficié d'une échocardiographie transthoracique durant l'année 2012. Notre étude descriptive puis analytique a porté sur l'analyse des données démographiques, cliniques, biologiques et échocardiographiques. Résultats 50 patients ont été colligés, 32 femmes et 18 hommes. Leur âge moyen est de 55 ± 14 ans avec une ancienneté moyenne en hémodialyse de 93 ± 55 mois. Les anomalies échocardiographiques retrouvées sont dominées par l'hypertrophie ventriculaire gauche chez 56% des patients et les valvulopathies chez 80%. Les calcifications valvulaires ont été notées dans 14% des cas, une dilatation du ventricule gauche dans 12%, une hypertension artérielle pulmonaire dans 10% et une péricardite dans 6% des cas. Une seule dysfonction du ventricule gauche a été notée et la fraction d’éjection systolique moyenne est de 68,9 ± 9,5%. L'analyse statistique de variance des différentes anomalies montre que l'hypertrophie ventriculaire gauche est positivement corrélée à l'hypertension artérielle (p = 0,046) et que les pressions artérielles moyennes systoliques (p = 0,005) et diastoliques (p = 0,035) sont significativement plus élevées chez les patients avec une hypertrophie du ventricule gauche. Conclusion Les anomalies échocardiographiques sont fréquentes chez les hémodialysés chroniques notamment l'hypertrophie ventriculaire gauche qui est fortement liée à la présence d'une hypertension artérielle. PMID:25419342

  1. A method for constructing time series of dune mobility by optical cross correlation, with application to the Bodélé Depression of northern Chad (Invited)

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    Vermeesch, P.

    2010-12-01

    Saharan dust fertilizes the Atlantic Ocean and increases the albedo of the Earth. A better understanding of changes in dust production is therefore important for climate models. The Bodélé Depression of northern Chad is the single most important point source of dust on the planet. This is due to a unique combination of strong winds and the presence of easily transported diatomite, which was deposited by Palaeolake Megachad during the early Holocene. Field studies have indicated that this diatomite is ejected into the atmosphere by eddies and turbulences associated with the horns of large barchan dunes. Most dust production takes place during storms, and this is also when the dunes move the most. Because of this common mechanism, changes in dust production should be correlated with changes in historical dune migration rates. To test this hypothesis, a method was developed to reconstruct a time series of dune mobility by sequential analysis of archival Landsat, SPOT, ASTER, and declassified US spy imagery. The method uses the COSI-Corr change detection algorithm [1,2] and three filters to select the best dune pixels. First, the correlations with the highest signal-to-noise ratios are selected. Second, a 'consistency' filter is used to select those displacements of which the forward and backward correlations cancel each other out. Third, a directional filter is applied to select only those pixels moving in a constant direction, in order to separate the dunes from the interdunes. Plotting the forward looking displacements (e.g., from 1987 to 1990) against the backward looking displacements (e.g., from 1987 to 1984) enables a direct comparison of the relative displacements for exactly the same pixel locations. Finally, all these correlations are tied together to form a single time series. [1] Leprince, S., Berthier, E., Ayoub, F., Delacourt, C. and Avouac, J. P., 2008. Monitoring Earth Surface Dynamics with Optical Imagery, EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical

  2. Electrodeposition of hydroxyapatite coating on Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr alloy and in vitro evaluation of degradation, hemolysis, and cytotoxicity.

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    Guan, Ren-Guo; Johnson, Ian; Cui, Tong; Zhao, Tong; Zhao, Zhan-Yong; Li, Xue; Liu, Huinan

    2012-04-01

    A novel biodegradable Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy was successfully produced using a series of metallurgical processes; including melting, casting, rolling, and heat treatment. The hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the alloy sheets increased to 71.2HV and 320 MPa after rolling and then aging for 12 h at 175°C. These mechanical properties were sufficient for load-bearing orthopedic implants. A hydroxyapatite (HA) coating was deposited on the Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy using a novel coating process combining alkali heat pretreatment, electrodeposition, and alkali heat posttreatment. The microstructure, composition, and phases of the Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy and HA coating were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The degradation, hemolysis, and cytocompatibility of the HA-coated and uncoated Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy were studied in vitro. The corrosion potential (E(corr)) of Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr alloy (-1.72 V) was higher than Mg (-1.95 V), Mg-0.6Ca alloy (-1.91 V) and Mg-1.0Ca alloy (-1.97 V), indicating the Mg-Zn-Ca-Zr alloy would be more corrosion resistant. The initial corrosion potential of the HA-coated Mg alloy sample (-1.51 V) was higher than the uncoated sample (-1.72 V). The hemolysis rates of the HA-coated and uncoated Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy samples were both <5%, which met the requirements for implant materials. The HA-coated and uncoated Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy samples demonstrated the same cytotoxicity score as the negative control. The HA-coated samples showed a slightly greater relative growth rate (RGR%) of fibroblasts than the uncoated samples. Both the HA-coated and uncoated Mg-4.0Zn-1.0Ca-0.6Zr (wt %) alloy provided evidence of acceptable cytocompatibility for medical applications.

  3. Evaluation of the implementation of the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay in Fiji.

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    Gounder, A; Gounder, S; Reid, S A

    2014-09-21

    Contexte : Tous les tests Xpert® MTB/RIF réalisés dans les trois centres de traitement anti-tuberculeux aux Fidji entre juin 2012 et février 2013.Objectifs : Déterminer 1) le nombre de tests Xpert réalisés dans chaque centre, 2) l'association entre la qualité des crachats et le résultat du test Xpert, 3) l'accord entre Xpert et la microscopie des crachats acido alcoolo résistant (AFB) et la culture, et 4) le taux d'erreurs.Schéma : Revue rétrosp ective de dossiers.Résultats : Un total de 415 tests Xpert a été réalisé pendant la période d'étude. Mycobacterium tuberculosis a été détecté dans 69 (16.6%) échantillons. Aucune résistance à la rifampicine n'a été décelée. M. tuberculosis a été identifié dans 60 (18,7%) échantillons de crachats de bonne qualité. Un total de 43 (10,4%) erreurs sont survenues pendant la période d'étude. M. tuberculosis a été identifié dans 10 (2,9%) spécimens à frottis négatif. Il y a eu une concordance substantielle et presque parfaite entre les résultats du Xpert et ceux de la microscopie AFB (κ = 0,793) et de la culture (κ = 0,818), respectivement.Conclusion : En dépit de la bonne corrélation entre Xpert et les deux autres tests mise en évidence dans l'étude, Xpert ne peut toujours pas remplacer les tests de diagnostic de routine utilisés en première intention aux Fidji, en raison de contraintes logistiques et de problèmes de pérennité. Il est nécessaire de réaliser une évaluation ultérieure de la performance de ce test sur une période plus longue afin de mesurer sa valeur diagnostique dans la détection de cas à frottis négatif, Xpert positif aux Fidji.

  4. Intersystem crossing rates of S1 state keto-amino cytosine at low excess energy

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    Lobsiger, Simon; Etinski, Mihajlo; Blaser, Susan; Frey, Hans-Martin; Marian, Christel; Leutwyler, Samuel

    2015-12-01

    The amino-keto tautomer of supersonic jet-cooled cytosine undergoes intersystem crossing (ISC) from the v = 0 and low-lying vibronic levels of its S1(1ππ∗) state. We investigate these ISC rates experimentally and theoretically as a function of S1 state vibrational excess energy Eexc. The S1 vibronic levels are pumped with a ˜5 ns UV laser, the S1 and triplet state ion signals are separated by prompt or delayed ionization with a second UV laser pulse. After correcting the raw ISC yields for the relative S1 and T1 ionization cross sections, we obtain energy dependent ISC quantum yields QISC corr = 1 % -5%. These are combined with previously measured vibronic state-specific decay rates, giving ISC rates kISC = 0.4-1.5 ṡ 109 s-1, the corresponding S1⇝S0 internal conversion (IC) rates are 30-100 times larger. Theoretical ISC rates are computed using SCS-CC2 methods, which predict rapid ISC from the S1; v = 0 state with kISC = 3 ṡ 109 s-1 to the T1(3ππ∗) triplet state. The surprisingly high rate of this El Sayed-forbidden transition is caused by a substantial admixture of 1nOπ∗ character into the S1(1ππ∗) wave function at its non-planar minimum geometry. The combination of experiment and theory implies that (1) below Eexc = 550 cm-1 in the S1 state, S1⇝S0 internal conversion dominates the nonradiative decay with kIC ≥ 2 ṡ 1010 s-1, (2) the calculated S1⇝T1 (1ππ∗⇝3ππ∗) ISC rate is in good agreement with experiment, (3) being El-Sayed forbidden, the S1⇝T1 ISC is moderately fast (kISC = 3 ṡ 109 s-1), and not ultrafast, as claimed by other calculations, and (4) at Eexc ˜ 550 cm-1 the IC rate increases by ˜50 times, probably by accessing the lowest conical intersection (the C5-twist CI) and thereby effectively switching off the ISC decay channels.

  5. SAR-based Estimation of Glacial Extent and Velocity Fields on Isanotski Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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    Sousa, D.; Lee, A.; Parker, O. P.; Pressler, Y.; Guo, S.; Osmanoglu, B.; Schmidt, C.

    2012-12-01

    Global studies show that Earth's glaciers are losing mass at increasing rates, creating a challenge for communities that rely on them as natural resources. Field observation of glacial environments is limited by cost and inaccessibility. Optical remote sensing is often precluded by cloud cover and seasonal darkness. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) overcomes these obstacles by using microwave-frequency electromagnetic radiation to provide high resolution information on large spatial scales and in remote, atmospherically obscured environments. SAR is capable of penetrating clouds, operating in darkness, and discriminating between targets with ambiguous spectral signatures. This study evaluated the efficacy of two SAR Earth observation methods on small (< 7 km2) glaciers in rugged topography. The glaciers chosen for this study lie on Isanotski Volcano in Unimak Island, Aleutian Archipelago, USA. The local community on the island, the City of False Pass, relies on glacial melt for drinking water and hydropower. Two methods were used: (1) velocity field estimation based on Repeat Image Feature Tracking (RIFT) and (2) glacial boundary delineation based on interferometric coherence mapping. NASA Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle SAR (UAVSAR) single-polarized power images and JAXA Advanced Land Observing Satellite Phased Array type L-band SAR (ALOS PALSAR) single-look complex images were analyzed over the period 2008-2011. UAVSAR image pairs were coregistered to sub-pixel accuracy and processed with the Coregistration of Optically Sensed Images and Correlation (COSI-Corr) feature tracking module to derive glacial velocity field estimates. Maximum glacier velocities ranged from 28.9 meters/year to 58.3 meters/year. Glacial boundaries were determined from interferometric coherence of ALOS PALSAR data and subsequently refined with masking operations based on terrain slope and segment size. Accuracy was assessed against hand-digitized outlines from high resolution UAVSAR power images

  6. Dimensions rénales en Service de Néphrologie Clinique, Befelatanana, Antananarivo

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    Ramilitiana, Benja; Dodo, Mihary; Rakotoarimanga, Henintsoa Nirina; Randriamboavonjy, Rado Lalao; Randriamarotia, Willy Franck

    2016-01-01

    La connaissance des dimensions rénales pour tout individu et pour toute ethnie, aide à une décision médicale d'ordre diagnostique et thérapeutique. Pour un pays à faible revenu comme Madagascar, l’échographie constitue un outil idéal à cette fin. Ce travail a comme objectifs de recueillir les dimensions rénales, puis de chercher la corrélation entre ces dernières et les paramètres démographiques ou anthropométriques des Malgaches. Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective, s’étalant sur une période de 3 ans, effectuée dans le service de Néphrologie du centre hospitalier de Befelatanana, Antananarivo, recrutant 200 patients non diabétiques, sans maladie rénale chronique. L’âge moyen de nos patients était de 45 ans ±16, avec un sex ratio de 0,9. En moyenne, les dimensions (longueur × largeur × épaisseur) étaient de 98 mm × 42 mm × 30 mm pour le rein droit et 99 mm × 45 mm × 31 mm pour le rein gauche. Nous avons retrouvé une différence significative entre le rein droit et gauche sur la longueur (p<0,00001) et la largeur (p = 0,03). Une relation significative était aussi retrouvée entre la longueur rénale et l’âge (p = 0,0016 et p = 0,04 respectivement pour le rein droit et le rein gauche). Aucune relation significative n'a été établie entre les dimensions rénales et la taille ni le poids de nos patients. Malgré ses limites, notre étude apporterait une aide sur le plan pratique clinique ainsi que pour une étude ultérieure. PMID:27642455

  7. Etiologies et pronostic des occlusions intestinales aigues mécaniques à l’Hôpital National de Zinder: étude transversale sur 171 patients

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    Adamou, Harissou; Magagi, Ibrahim Amadou; Habou, Oumarou; Magagi, Amadou; Maazou, Halidou; Adamou, Mansour; Harouna, Yacouba

    2016-01-01

    L’occlusion intestinale aigue (OIA) mécanique, représente l’une des pathologies les plus fréquentes en chirurgie digestive d’urgence. L’objectif de cette étude était de décrire les aspects étiologiques et pronostiques des occlusions intestinales aigues mécaniques à l’Hôpital National de Zinder (HNZ), Niger. Il s’agissait d’une étude transversale sur 24 mois (Janvier 2013 à Décembre 2014) ayant inclus tous les patients opérés pour OIA. Les occlusions intestinales mécaniques représentaient 24,50% (n=171) des urgences chirurgicales digestives (n=622). L’âge médian était à 25 ans (extrêmes: 1 jour et 95 ans). Le sexe ratio était à 3,5 en faveur des hommes. Les enfants représentaient 38,60% (n=66). Le siège de l’obstacle était sur le grêle dans 60,82% (n=104), colique dans 21,63%(n=37) et mixte dans 17,54% (n=30). Le mécanisme par strangulation constituait 88,89% (n=152) dont les hernies étranglées avec 49,70% (n=85) et les invaginations intestinales aigues avec 19,88% (n=34) des patients. Les malformations ano-rectales et les tumeurs constituaient les principales étiologies par obstruction avec respectivement 7,02% (n=12) et 3,51% (n=6). Une résection intestinale était faite dans 52 cas (30,41%). Les complications septiques prédominaient (n=39/53), dont la suppuration pariétale (n=23). Le séjour moyen était de 7,82 jours. La mortalité globale était 11,70% (n=20). Celle-ci était corrélée statistiquement à la nécrose intestinale (p=0,01) et au retard d’admission (p=0,04). Les étiologies des OIA sont multiples et dominées par les hernies étranglées. La morbi-mortalité élevée qu’elles entrainent pourrait être évitée par la prise en charge précoce avant l’installation d’une nécrose intestinale.

  8. Le traitement conservateur du cancer du sein: expérience d'une équipe tunisienne

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    Dimassi, Kaouther; Gharsa, Anissa; Chanoufi, Mohammed Badis; Sfar, Ezzeddine; Chelli, Dalenda

    2014-01-01

    En Tunisie, le cancer du sein touche des femmes jeunes avec une taille moyenne au moment du diagnostic à 5 cm. Ces particularités font que la chirurgie radicale reste prédominante. Nous présentons dans ce travail l'expérience de notre équipe en matière de chirurgie conservatrice du cancer du sein. Le but de ce travail est d’évaluer les résultats de ce traitement. Etude rétrospective longitudinale, sur une période de 75 mois. Nous avons inclus toutes les patientes ayant bénéficié d'un traitement conservateur pour une tumeur maligne du sein. Ont été analysés: les caractéristiques épidémiologiques, les aspects radiologiques et histologiques. Le suivi des malades s'est basé sur la détection des récidives. Nous avons évalué le résultat esthétique à la fin de la radiothérapie. Le traitement conservateur a été réalisé dans 23.8% des cas. Le taux de récidives locales était de 6.8% avec une corrélation significative pour une taille tumorale > 30 mm (p= 0.009), l'association d'une composante intracanalaire (p= 0.035), le statut triple négatif (p= 0.003) et des marges d'exérèse < 5mm sans recoupes per-opératoires (p = 0.045). Les facteurs suivants étaient significativement liés au risque de survenue de métastases à distance: le statut triple négatif (p= 0.003), taille tumorale > 30mm (p = 0.006) et l'atteinte ganglionnaire (p = 0.001). Le résultat esthétique était satisfaisant dans 90% des cas. L'augmentation du nombre de patientes pouvant bénéficier d'une chirurgie conservatrice, doit passer impérativement par le développement et la promotion du diagnostic précoce et du dépistage par la mammographie. PMID:25810795

  9. Caractérisation des effets de l'implantation ionique dans les alliages super-élastiques nickel titane par diffraction des rayons X

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    Pelletier, H.; Muller, D.; Grob, J. J.; Mille, P.; Cornet, A.

    2002-07-01

    the specific properties (shape memory effect and super-elasticity) of NiTi alloys have provided the enabling technology for many groundbreaking applications in the medical and dentistry industries. These applications include everything from the surgical tools to permanent implants. Super-elastic NiTi alloys take advantage of a stress induced martensitic transformation to achieve incredible amounts of flexibility. This last property represents the most interesting aspect of such alloys for restoration procedures. However, recent instrumentation tests have shown brittle rupture of endodontic instruments inside the tooth during preparation of dental root channels.To improve the mechanical properties of NiTi endodontic instruments, argon, nitrogen and boron implantations at different energies and at fixed dose (1.10^{17} at.cm^{-2}) have been used. In this paper, we have investigated the effects on NiTi microstructure, especially the crystalline to amorphous transition induced by ion bombardment, using Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD). Nano-indentation tests have also been performed to determine hardness H and elastic modulus E of implanted surfaces as a function of ion species and energy. Le but de cette d'étude est de caractériser les effets de l'implantation ionique sur la microstructure d'un alliage Nickel Titane à l'aide de la diffraction des rayons X en incidence rasante. Nous avons réalisé différents types d'implantation en faisant varier l'espèce implantée (bore, azote, argon) ainsi que l'énergie d'implantation, pour des doses d'implantation de l'ordre de 1.10^{17} at.cm^{-2}. Les résultats des mesures de diffraction sous différents angles d'incidence (0{,}5^circ leq α_ileq 6^circ) ont été corrélés avec les différents profils d'implantation simulés. Des tests de nanoindentation ainsi que des mesures de RBS ont été également réalisés. Après implantation, on observe la formation d'une couche amorphe, conduisant à une

  10. Le stress perçu: validation de la traduction d'une échelle de mesure de stress en dialecte marocain

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    Loubir, Dalal Ben; Serhier, Zeineb; Otmani, Nada; Housbane, Samy; Mouddene, Naima Ait; Agoub, Mohamed; Othmani, Mohammed Bennani

    2015-01-01

    Introduction L'article a pour objectif de valider la traduction en dialecte arabe Marocain, de l’échelle du stress perçu « Perceived Stress Scale » chez un large échantillon de la population marocaine. Méthodes Une méthode de traduction et contre traduction en dialecte Marocain a été réalisée pour l’échelle « Perceived Stress Scale » à 10 items. Une étude de type transversale, a été menée par la suite en suivant un échantillonnage par quotas qui a ciblé les individus âgés de plus de 18 ans et appartenant à différentes catégories sociales. Les participants ont répondus aux versions marocaines de l’échelle « Perceived Stress Scale » et d'une version réduite de l’échelle « The Survey of Recent Life Experience ». La validation des qualités métrologiques a été établie en examinant: la fiabilité interne, la fiabilité test-retest, la validité convergente et la structure factorielle. Résultats Cinq cent trente-cinq participants ont répondu aux questionnaires. La version marocaine de l’échelle « Perceived Stress Scale » a présenté une bonne fiabilité interne (α = 0,80) et fiabilité test-retest (CCI= 0,87). D'autant plus, l'analyse en composante principale de l’échelle « Perceived Stress Scale » a permis d'extraire deux facteurs qui ont permis d'expliquer 53,4% de la variance totale. Les deux échelles utilisées étaient assez bien corrélées (r = 0,467, p < 0,01). Conclusion La présente étude a permis d'obtenir une version marocaine de l’échelle « Perceived Stress Scale » avec des propriétés psychométriques satisfaisantes, dont l'utilisation sera d'une grande aide dans la pratique médicale, aussi bien que dans la réalisation des études de recherche qui s'intéressent au stress psychologique. PMID:26587130

  11. Using Gravity Inversion to Estimate Antarctic Geothermal Heat Flux

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    Vaughan, Alan P. M.; Kusznir, Nick J.; Ferraccioli, Fausto; Leat, Phil T.; Jordan, Tom A. R. M.; Purucker, Michael E.; (Sasha) Golynsky, A. V.; Rogozhina, Irina

    2014-05-01

    New modelling studies for Greenland have recently underlined the importance of GHF for long-term ice sheet behaviour (Petrunin et al. 2013). Revised determinations of top basement heat-flow for Antarctica and adjacent rifted continental margins using gravity inversion mapping of crustal thickness and continental lithosphere thinning (Chappell & Kusznir 2008), using BedMap2 data have provided improved estimates of geothermal heat flux (GHF) in Antarctica where it is very poorly known. Continental lithosphere thinning and post-breakup residual thicknesses of continental crust determined from gravity inversion have been used to predict the preservation of continental crustal radiogenic heat productivity and the transient lithosphere heat-flow contribution within thermally equilibrating rifted continental and oceanic lithosphere. The sensitivity of present-day Antarctic top basement heat-flow to initial continental radiogenic heat productivity, continental rift and margin breakup age has been examined. Recognition of the East Antarctic Rift System (EARS), a major Permian to Cretaceous age rift system that appears to extend from the continental margin at the Lambert Rift to the South Pole region, a distance of 2500 km (Ferraccioli et al. 2011) and is comparable in scale to the well-studied East African rift system, highlights that crustal variability in interior Antarctica is much greater than previously assumed. GHF is also important to understand proposed ice accretion at the base of the EAIS in the GSM and its links to sub-ice hydrology (Bell et al. 2011). References Bell, R.E., Ferraccioli, F., Creyts, T.T., Braaten, D., Corr, H., Das, I., Damaske, D., Frearson, N., Jordan, T., Rose, K., Studinger, M. & Wolovick, M. 2011. Widespread persistent thickening of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by freezing from the base. Science, 331 (6024), 1592-1595. Chappell, A.R. & Kusznir, N.J. 2008. Three-dimensional gravity inversion for Moho depth at rifted continental margins

  12. Evaluation du niveau d'activité physique dans un service Marocain d'hémodialyse chronique

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    Karimi, Ilham; Benabdellah, Nawal; Bentata, Yassamine; Yacoubi, Hicham; Haddiya, Intissar

    2013-01-01

    Introduction L'activité physique est souvent réduite chez le patient hémodialysé chronique. Plusieurs études ont montré l'intérêt du maintien ou de la reprise d'une activité physique sur l’état de santé des patients. Le but de notre travail est d'analyser le niveau d'activité physique chez nos patients hémodialysé chronique. Méthodes Nous avons réalisé une étude transversale au centre d'hémodialyse de l'hôpital Al Farabi d'Oujda. Nous avons évalué l'activité physique de nos patients à l'aide du Questionnaire de Baecke traduit en dialectal Marocain et adapté au contexte socioculturel Marocain. Nous avons relevé les paramètres démographiques et clinico-biologiques ainsi que le niveau d'activité physique. L'analyse statistique est réalisée par le logiciel SPSS 11.5. Résultats Notre étude a inclus 83 patients. L’âge moyen était de 47,3±13,2 ans, avec une prédominance masculine. 15,6% déclarent n'avoir aucune activité physique. 68% des patients rapportent des difficultés à effectuer des efforts physiques importants (courir, soulever un objet lourd). 16,4% des patients déclarent avoir une activité physique et sportive régulière (marche, foot-ball etc..). La diminution de l'activité physique est corrélée de façon significative à l’âge avancée, l'indice de masse corporelle bas, l'ancienneté en hémodialyse et les affections cardio-vasculaires. Conclusion Un programme d'activité physique adapté à notre population d'hémodialysés et élaboré en concertation pluridisciplinaire (cardiologues, orthopédistes, rhumatologues, kinésithérapeutes) paraît intéressant dans le cadre d'une prise en charge globale du patient hémodialysé chronique. PMID:24198881

  13. A Cluster of Deep Crustal Seismicity in the Northern Alpine Foreland of Austria

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    Gerner, Andreas; Grasemann, Bernhard; Lenhardt, Wolfgang

    2015-04-01

    Within ten days of August 2008 a cluster of nine earthquakes was detected by the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie & Geodynamik (ZAMG) and other institutions in adjacent countries in the northwestern region of Austria, which until then was unremarkable in terms of its naturally occurring seismicity. At that time, the events with estimated magnitudes between ≈2.0 and 3.8, were located at depths of about 10-20 km in the general vicinity of Braunau (≈13.5° E) between the Bohemian Massif and the Eastern Alps, in an area of elevated geothermal heatflow (80-90 mW/m^2) with active geothermal energy production. A relocation of these events with NonLinLoc (Probabilistic Non-Linear Location algorithm) and HypoDD (Double-Difference location scheme) using a 3D-velocity model (Δx,y,z=1 km) of Austria revealed a very dense clustering of these events, and resulted in anomalously deep foci within 10 km of the Moho. Coherent focal mechanisms with T-axes striking NE-SW were determined for the strongest of the events through both, waveform-inversion (gCAP) and P-wave onset polarities (HASH). Further, the waveforms of all events exhibit high similarity (corr. of > 80%), as is typically observed in conjunction with densely clustered seismicity. Using a crosscorrelation technique (Subspace Detection Algorithm) we found previously undetected, weaker events during that time span associated with the same cluster. Similarly deep, lower crustal seismicity in the northern Alpine foreland has previously been observed and investigated in the Swiss part of the Central Alps west of 10° E, where the deepest events have been found to closely follow the Moho of the subducting European lithosphere. With the cluster of events reported on in this study apparently being singular in time and space, and in the absence of additional events observed at comparable depths in the wider region, we at this point do not infer any conclusive information as to the reasons of the observed seismicity. In light

  14. Quantitative Evaluation of Landsat 7 ETM+ SLC-off Images for Surface Velocity Estimation of Mountain Glaciers

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    Jiang, L.; Sun, Y.; Liu, L.; Wang, S.; Wang, H.

    2014-12-01

    In many cases the Landsat mission series (Landsat 1-5, 7 and 8) provide our only detailed and consistent data source for mapping the global glacier changes over the last 40 years. However, the scan-line corrector (SLC) of the ETM+ sensor on board Landsat 7 permanently failed, resulting in wedge-shaped data gaps in SLC-off images that caused roughly 22% of the pixels to be missed. The SLC failure has left a serious problem for the glacial applications of ETM+ data, particularly for monitoring long-term glacier dynamics in High Asian Mountain where has few available data due to the frequently cloudy covers. This study aims to evaluate the potential of the Landsat 7 SLC-off images in deriving surface velocities of mountain glaciers. A pair of SLC-off images over the Siachen glacier acquired in Aug 2009 and 2010 was used for this purpose. Firstly, two typical filling-gap methods, the localized linear histogram match (LLHM) and the weighted liner regression (WLR), were utilized to recover the mentioned SLC-off images. Subsequently these recovered pairs were applied for deriving glacier-surface velocities with the COSI-Corr feature tracking procedure. Finally, the glacier velocity results were quantitatively compared with that of a pair of Landsat-5 TM images acquired nearly at the same time with the SLC-off pair. Our results show that (1) the WLR method achieves a better performance of gap recovering than the LLHM method, (2) the surface velocities estimated with the recovered SLC-off images are highly agreement with those of the TM images, and (3) the annual mean velocity of the Siachen glacier is approximately 70 m/yr between 2009 and 2010 with a maximum of 280 m/yr close to the glacial equilibrium line that are similar with the results in previous studies. Therefore, if a suitable filling-gap method is adopted, e.g. the WLR method, it is highly feasible that the ETM+ SLC-off data can be utilized to estimate the surface velocities of mountain glaciers.

  15. Seasonal patterns of ammonium regeneration from size-fractionated microheterotrophs

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    Maguer, Jean-François; L'Helguen, Stéphane; Madec, Christian; Le Corre, Pierre

    1999-11-01

    Ammonium regeneration by size-fractionated plankton was measured for 1 year at a coastal station in the shallow well-mixed waters of the western English Channel. Rates of ammonium regeneration in the <200 μm fraction varied from 0.6 to 27 nmol N l -1 h -1. On the seasonal scale, these rates were relatively low (<7 nmol N l -1 h -1) in autumn and winter, increased steadily from March to attain a maximum (27 nmol N l -1 h -1) at the end of May and thereafter decreased steadily to the seasonal minimum in December. This pattern is distinctly different from that observed in deep well-mixed waters where the peak ammonium regeneration occurs in summer (Le Corre et al., 1996, Journal of Plankton Research, 18, 355-370). Total ammonium regenerated in a year by the microheterotrophs was 15 g N m -2, equivalent to about 60% of the total nitrogen uptake. Microplankton (200-15 μm) accounted for about 50% of the regeneration measured between early spring and late summer. Percent contribution of nanoplankton to total ammonium regeneration varied considerably between the seasons, from very high (83-88%) levels in winter to very low (2-13%) levels in summer. Contribution by picoplankton (<1 μm) was high (20-45%) in summer but was less than 20% in other seasons. Ammonium regeneration in micro- and nanoplankton fractions was mainly associated with ciliates and in the picoplankton fraction with bacteria. Macrozooplankton dynamics appears to regulate ammonium regeneration by ciliates and bacteria. Low macrozooplankton biomass in spring may favour a high growth of ciliates and an associated high in ammonium regeneration. In summer, the increase in macrozooplankton may exert a grazing pressure on ciliates. This, coupled with the fact that most of the flagellates are autotrophs, would, in turn, lower the grazing pressure on the bacteria, thus favouring their development and increasing the importance of their role in ammonium regeneration. This situation, where the macrozooplankton

  16. A search for the higgs boson and a search for dark-matter particle with jets and missing transverse energy at collider detector at Fermilab

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    Liu, Qiuguang

    2013-05-01

    Finding the standard model Higgs boson and discovering beyond-standard model physics phenomena have been the most important goals for the high-energy physics in the last decades. In this thesis, we present two such searches. First is the search for the low mass standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson; second is the rst search for a dark-matter candidate (D) produced in association with a top quark (t) in particle colliders. We search in events with energetic jets and large missing transverse energy { a signature characterized by complicated backgrounds { in data collected by the CDF detector with proton-antiproton collisions at p s = 1:96 TeV. We discuss the techniques that have been developed for background modeling, for discriminating signal from background, and for reducing background resulting from detector e ects. In the Higgs search, we report the 95% con dence level upper limits on the pro- duction cross section across masses of 90 to 150 GeV/c2. The expected limits are improved by an average of 14% relative to the previous analysis. The Large Hadron Collider experiments reported a Higgs-like particle with mass of 125 GeV/c2 by study- ing the data collected in year 2011/12. At a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV/c2, our observed (expected) limit is 3.06 (3.33) times the standard model prediction, corre- sponding to one of the most sensitive searches to date in this nal state. In the dark matter search, we nd the data are consistent with the standard model prediction, thus set 95% con dence level upper limits on the cross section of the process p p ! t + D as a function of the mass of the dark-matter candidate. The xviii upper limits are approximately 0.5 pb for a dark-matter particle with masses in the range of 0 􀀀 150 GeV/c2.

  17. Impact socio professionnel de la libération chirurgicale du syndrome du canal carpien

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    Kraiem, Aouatef Mahfoudh; Hnia, Hajer; Bouzgarrou, Lamia; Henchi, Mohamed Adnène; Khalfallah, Taoufik

    2016-01-01

    L’objectif de notre travail était d’étudier les conséquences socioprofessionnelles d’une libération chirurgicale du SCC. Il s’agit d’une étude transversale portant sur les sujets opérés pour un SCC d’origine professionnelle ; recensés dans le Service de Médecine de Travail et de Pathologies Professionnelles au CHU Tahar Sfar de Mahdia en Tunisie sur une période de 8 ans allant du 1 Janvier 2006 au mois Décembre 2013. Le recueil des données s’est basé sur une fiche d’enquête, portant sur la description des caractéristiques socioprofessionnelles, médicales, et sur le devenir professionnel des participants. Pour étudier les contraintes psychosociales au travail, nous avons adopté le questionnaire de Karasek. La durée d’arrêt de travail après libération chirurgicale du SCC était significativement liée à l’existence d’autres troubles musculo-squelettiques autre que le SCC, la déclaration du SCC en maladie professionnelle et à l’ancienneté professionnelle des salariés. Quant au devenir professionnel des salariés opérés, 50,7% ont gardé le même poste, 15,3% ont bénéficié d’un aménagement de poste et 33,8% ont bénéficié d’un changement de poste dans la même entreprise. Le devenir professionnel de ces salariés était corrélé à leurs qualifications professionnelles et au type de l’atteinte sensitive et/ou motrice du nerf médian à l’EMG. Un certain nombre de facteurs non lésionnels déterminaient la durée de l’arrêt de travail, alors que le devenir professionnel des opérés pour SCC dépendait essentiellement de leurs qualifications professionnelles et des données de l’électromyogramme. Il est certain que des travaux beaucoup plus larges permettraient d’affiner encore ces résultats. PMID:27800089

  18. Quantitative Population Analysis of Some Groups of Epsilon-Proteobacteria, Using in situ Growth Chamber Samples From Hydrothermal Vents in the South Mariana

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    Miyako, C.; Higashi, Y.; Maruyama, A.

    2004-12-01

    To reveal deep-sea hydrothermal microbial ecosystems, we have developed and applied several new sampling systems, e.g., in situ filter samplers and in situ growth chambers. The later enables to incubate and accumulate microbes inside a hydrothermal vent with complex physico-chemical gradients naturally created in a vent flow. Using this system, we have found several novel phylotypes of microbes in the Suiyo Seamount. Among them, two novel groups of epsilon-Proteobacteria (SSSV-BE1 and SSSV-BE2; Higashi et al. FEMS-ME 2004) were assumed to originate from sub-vent fields, mainly at the borehole SH-APSK05. Some of the known epsilon groups, i.e., CorreOs Groups D (the hydrothermal vent type) and Group B (the microbial mat type), were also detected in the same samples. Afterwards, we have further improved in situ growth chambers larger to gain enough amounts of microbial RNA samples for quantitative population analyses. A new chamber system named column-II type was then applied to a natural vent at Fryer site in the Mariana Trough, with temperatures of venting fluids beyond 109 C. Through the 16S rRNA gene clone library analysis, members of the above epsilon-Proteobacteria groups were frequently found in this column-II chamber sample, as well as the Suiyo Seamout samples. So, we tried to estimate population sizes of these epsilons by a quantitative fluorescent dot-blot hybridization (FDBH) technique. First, we newly designed two novel oligonucleotide probes specific to members of the groups D (26 mer) and SSSV-BE1 (23 mer), in which the stringency was checked using soft wares from Ribosomal Database Project II and DDBJ. Total RNA samples, after extracted and purified from the chamber samples, were applied to a nylon membrane filter and hybridized with these two specific probes, as well as Eubacteria, Universal, and some sub-domain/group-specific probes. After the hybridization, resulting fluorescence intensities were quantified, averaged, and compared each other, and

  19. Classification moléculaire du cancer du sein au Maroc

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    Fouad, Abbass; Yousra, Akasbi; Kaoutar, Znati; Omar, El Mesbahi; Afaf, Amarti; Sanae, Bennis

    2012-01-01

    Introduction La classification moléculaire des cancers du sein basée sur l'expression génique puis sur le profil protéique a permis de distinguer cinq groupes moléculaires: luminal A, luminal B, Her2/neu, basal-like et non-classées. L'objectif de cette étude réalisée au CHU Hassan II de Fès est de classer 335 cancers du sein infiltrant en groupes moléculaires, puis de les corréler avec les caractéristiques clinicopathologiques. Méthodes Etude rétrospective étalée sur 45 mois, comportant 335 patientes colligées au CHU pour le diagnostic et le suivi. Les tumeurs sont analysées histologiquement et classées après une étude immunohistochimique en groupes: luminal A, luminal B, Her2+, basal-like et non-classées. Résultats 54.3% des tumeurs sont du groupe luminal A, 16% luminal B, 11.3% Her2+, 11.3% basal-like et 7% non-classées. Le groupe luminal A renferme le plus faible taux de grade III, d'emboles vasculaires ainsi que de métastases; alors que le groupe des non-classées et basal-like représentent un taux élevé de grade III, une faible proportion d'emboles vasculaires et d'envahissement ganglionnaire. Ces facteurs sont significativement élevés dans les groupes luminal B et Her2+ avec un taux de survie globale de 78% et 76% respectivement. Dans le groupe luminal A, la survie globale des patientes est élevée (87%) alors qu'elle n'est que de 49% dans le groupe des triples négatifs (basal-like et non-classés). Conclusion Le groupe luminal B est différent du luminal A et il est de pronostic péjoratif vis à vis du groupe Her2+. Les caractéristiques clinicopathologiques concordent avec le profil moléculaire donc devraient être pris en considération comme facteurs pronostiques. PMID:23396646

  20. Étude expérimentale et modélisation du comportement en compression des structures nid d'abeille

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    Aminanda, Y.; Castanié, B.; Barrau, J. J.; Thévenet, P.; Guedra-Degeorges, D.

    2002-12-01

    Dans le domaine aéronautique les impacts, même de faible énergie, sur des structures sandwichs à âme nid d'abeille posent des problèmes majeurs en terme de résistance résiduelle. La modélisation de l'endom magement dû à l'impact nécessite la connaissance préliminaire du comportement du nid d'abeille en compression. Des essais réalisés en compression quasi-statique uniforme sur des pains de nids d'abeille en différents matériaux (Nomex, Aluminium et Canson) permettent de décomposer la séquence de formation du pli et les facteurs influents. Ces essais tendent à montrer que la force de compression transite essentiellement par les arêtes verticales du nida. Des essais complémentaires sur un motif d'arête confirme cette analyse. La modélisation issue de cette analyse propose, pour connaître la réponse d'une structure nid d'abeille en compression ou indentation, de déterminer la réponse individuelle d'une arête verticale par un essai de compression uniforme. A partir de la loi expérimentale obtenue, la réponse à l'indentation de la structure sandwich est la superposition de la réponse des arêtes pour la forme d'indenteur et la profondeur d'indentation considérée. Une bonne corrélation essais/calcul est obtenue lors d'essais de validation sur nida Nomex avec diverses formes d'indenteurs. La méthode proposée est générale et peut être étendue à divers matériaux cellulaires.

  1. Influence de la microstructure sur la stabilité électrique des thermistances C.T.N.

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    Rousset, A.; Lagrange, A.; Brieu, M.; Couderc, J. J.; Legros, R.

    1993-04-01

    Thermistors with negative temperature coefficient (N.T.C.) made of spinel structure transition metal manganites usually display ageing phenomena under thermal constraint. The resistance drift depends on the composition, structure (cubic or tetragonal) and thermal treatments. Relationships between thermal treatments and ageing of the ceramics have been studied by electron microscopy. Usually the grains of slowly cooled ceramics are free from lattice defects such as dislocation or planar defects. Otherwise quenched ceramics are always multiphase with a high density of dislocations and planar defects. These two dimensional defects result in lamellar (microtwins or exsolutions) or very thin “tweed” structures. Since ageing is believed to be correlated to atomic diffusion in the spinel lattice, these intergranular defects could act as barriers against ion mobility thus explaining the better thermal stability of quenched ceramics. Les thermistances CTN constituées de manganites de métaux de transition présentent généralement des phénomènes de vieillissement sous contrainte thermique. Les dérives observées dépendent de la composition, de la structure (cubique ou quadratique), des traitements thermiques subis par la céramique. Afin de tenter d'expliquer les corrélations entre l'influence des traitements thermiques et les phénomènes de vieillissement, nous avons procédé à une étude en microscopie électronique. D'une façon générale, les céramiques refroidies très lentement présentent des grains exempts de dislocations ou de défauts-plans. Au contraire, les céramiques trempées sont toujours polyphasées et présentent des densités importantes de dislocations et de défauts-plans. Ces défauts bidimensionnels se manifestent sous forme de lamelles soit d'épaisseur comprise entre 30 et 600 nm (micromacles ou exsolutions), soit d'épaisseur beaucoup plus faible (structure “ tweed ”). Les phénomènes de vieillissement semblant liés à des

  2. Short communication: Field fertility in Holstein bulls: Can type of breeding strategy (artificial insemination following estrus versus timed artificial insemination) alter service sire fertility?

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    Batista, E O S; Vieira, L M; Sá Filho, M F; Carvalho, P D; Rivera, H; Cabrera, V; Wiltbank, M C; Baruselli, P S; Souza, A H

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this study was to compare pregnancy per artificial insemination (P/AI) from service sires used on artificial insemination after estrus detection (EAI) or timed artificial insemination (TAI) breedings. Confirmed artificial insemination outcome records from 3 national data centers were merged and used as a data source. Criteria edits were herd's overall P/AI within 20 and 60%, a minimum of 30 breedings reported per herd-year, service sires that were used in at least 10 different herds with no more than 40% of the breedings performed in a single herd, breeding records from lactating Holstein cows receiving their first to fifth postpartum breedings occurring within 45 to 375 d in milk, and cows with 1 to 5 lactations producing a minimum of 6,804 kg. Initially 1,142,859 breeding records were available for analysis. After editing, a subset of the data (n=857,539) was used to classify breeding codes into either EAI or TAI based on weekly insemination profile in each individual herd. The procedure HPMIXED of SAS was used and took into account effects of state, farm, cow identification, breeding month, year, parity, days in milk at breeding, and service sire. This model was used independently for the 2 types osires f breeding codes (EAI vs. TAI), and service sire P/AI rankings within each breeding code were performed for sires with >700 breedings (94 sires) and for with >1,000 breedings (n=56 sires) following both EAI and TAI. Correlation for service sire fertility rankings following EAI and TAI was performed with the PROC CORR of SAS. Service sire P/AI rankings produced with EAI and TAI were 0.81 (for sires with >700 breedings) and 0.84 (for sires with >1,000 breedings). In addition, important changes occurred in service sire P/AI ranking to EAI and TAI for sires with less than 10,000 recorded artificial inseminations. In conclusion, the type of breeding strategy (EAI or TAI) was associated with some changes in service sire P/AI ranking, but ranking changes

  3. Quels agents incriminés dans les mycoses du pied ? Enquête auprès des diabétiques consultant au CHU Mohammed VI de Marrakech

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    Chegour, Hakima; El Ansari, Nawal; El Mghari, Ghizlane; Tali, Abdelali; Zoughaghi, Laila; Sebbani, Majda; Amine, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Les infections mycosiques du pied constituent un motif fréquent de consultation chez les diabétiques, le diabète constituant à la fois un facteur favorisant et aggravant les lésions cutanéomuqueuses. L'objectif de ce travail était d'identifier la flore mycologique locale responsable des lésions du pied chez le diabétique et déterminer les facteurs favorisant la survenue de mycoses. Il s'agissait d'une étude transversale intéressant des diabétiques suivis en consultation; un prélèvement mycologique, avec examen direct et culture, a été réalisé devant toute suspicion clinique de lésion mycosique. Quatre-vingt-deux patients ont été inclus. L'hémoglobine glycosylée moyenne a été de9,2% ± 2,23. Un intertrigo inter orteil a été noté dans 90,2% des cas; l'examen mycologique était positif dans 64,8% des cas, avec 18 cas de Trichophyton rubrum et 11 cas de Candida albicans. Une atteinte unguéale a été suspectée chez 65,9% patients; la culture a mis en évidence un Trichosporon pathogène chez sept patients, un Candida albicansdans six cas, un Trichophyton rubrum dans quatre cas, avec trois cas de Trichophyton mentagrophytes et deux cas de Scytalidium dimidiatum. L’étude analytique, après confirmation mycologique, en fonction des principales caractéristiques des patients a montré que l'atteinte mycosique du pied est significativement corrélée au déséquilibre glycémique. Ce travail a montré la prédominance du Trichophyton rubrum dans les lésions d'intertrigo inter orteil et du Trichosporon dans les onychomycoses, avec une prédominance globale plus globale plus élevée du TR. PMID:25170372

  4. Carbonyl emissions in diesel and biodiesel exhaust

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    Machado Corrêa, Sérgio; Arbilla, Graciela

    With the use of biodiesel in clear growth, it is important to quantify any potential emission benefits or liabilities of this fuel. Several researches are available concerning the regulated emissions of biodiesel/diesel blends, but there is a lack of information about non-regulated emissions. In a previous paper [Corrêa, S.M., Arbilla, G., 2006. Emissões de formaldeído e acetaldeído de misturas biodiesel/diesel. Periódico Tchê Química, 3, 54-68], the emissions of aromatic hydrocarbons were reported. In this work, seven carbonyl emissions (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein, acetone, propionaldehyde, butyraldehyde, and benzaldehyde) were evaluated by a heavy-duty diesel engine fueled with pure diesel (D) and biodiesel blends (v/v) of 2% (B2), 5% (B5), 10% (B10), and 20% (B20). The tests were conducted using a six cylinder heavy-duty engine, typical of the Brazilian fleet of urban buses, in a steady-state condition under 1000, 1500, and 2000 rpm. The exhaust gases were diluted nearly 20 times and the carbonyls were sampled with SiO 2-C18 cartridges, impregnated with acid solution of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine. The chemical analyses were performed by high performance liquid chromatography using UV detection. Using average values for the three modes of operation (1000, 1500, and 2000 rpm) benzaldehyde showed a reduction on the emission (-3.4% for B2, -5.3% for B5, -5.7% for B10, and -6.9% for B20) and all other carbonyls showed a significative increase: 2.6, 7.3, 17.6, and 35.5% for formaldehyde; 1.4, 2.5, 5.4, and 15.8% for acetaldehyde; 2.1, 5.4, 11.1, and 22.0% for acrolein+acetone; 0.8, 2.7, 4.6, and 10.0% for propionaldehyde; 3.3, 7.8, 16.0, and 26.0% for butyraldehyde.

  5. Atteinte cardiaque au cours de la dystrophie myotonique de Steinert: expérience marocaine, à propos de 18 cas

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    Saghi, Ghita; Bouhouch, Rachida; Salaheddine, Loubna; Birouk, Nezha; Nadifi, Salama; Fellat, Ibtissam; Cherti, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    La maladie de Steinert ou dystrophie myotonique de type 1 (DM1) est une maladie génétique à transmission autosomique dominante caractérisée par une myotonie et une atteinte de plusieurs organes dont le cœur. L'atteinte cardiaque est la plus grave des atteintes systémiques puisqu'elle conditionne le pronostic vital. Ce travail a pour but de déterminer les anomalies cardiaques rencontrées au cours de la DM1 et de mettre en exergue l'intérêt d'un examen cardiaque rigoureux et régulier, indépendamment de la sévérité de l'atteinte neuromusculaire, ainsi que l'apport des examens cardiaques complémentaires et notamment l'exploration électrophysiologique. 18 patients atteints de DM1 ont bénéficiés d'une exploration cardiaque systématique. Il s'agit de 9 hommes et de 9 femmes, d’âge moyen de 41,8 +/- 16,2 ans. 66 p.100 des patients sont symptomatiques sur le plan cardiovasculaire. Les anomalies électrocardiographiques sont dominées par un trouble de la conduction intra-ventriculaire dans 16 p.100 des cas et un BAV de 1er degré dans 16 p.100 des cas. L'Holter ECG objective une hyperexcitabilité à l’étage atrial et/ou ventriculaire dans 50p.100 des cas. L'ETT est normale chez 95 p.100 des patients. L'exploration électrophysiologique, réalisée chez 4 patients symptomatiques, a objectivé un bloc tronculaire dans un cas ayant conduit à l'implantation d'un PM double chambre. Un seul patient est décédé suite à une détresse respiratoire. Enfin, on n'a pas noté de corrélation entre l'atteinte cardiaque et neuromusculaire. Une exploration cardiaque est indispensable chez tout patient atteint de DM1, en dépit de l'absence de symptômes, et un bilan annuel minimal s'impose pour guetter un éventuel trouble rythmique et/ou conductif, fatal en l'absence de traitement adéquat. PMID:26097635

  6. Laser X-UV en schéma collisionnel OFI à 41,8 nm créé dans des tubes capillaires

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    Vieux, G.; Cros, B.; Maynard, G.; Mocek, T.; Bettaibi, I.; Farinet, M.; Dubau, J.

    2006-12-01

    Nous présentons les résultats expérimentaux et théoriques obtenus sur le laser X-UV à 41,8 nm créé en schéma collisisonnel à ionisation par champ optique dans des tubes capillaires. Une étude détaillée a été menée dans le but de comprendre les effets liés au guidage. Le plasma amplificateur est créé dans un tube capillaire de quelques cm de long. L'émission X-UV maximum est obtenue en fonctionnant en régime de guidage multimode dans un tube capillaire de 25 mm de long. Le signal X-UV mesuré est 3 fois plus élevé que celui observé dans une cellule de gaz et la divergence du faisceau est réduite d'un facteur3. Un code numérique, baptisé COFIXE, est en développement pour calculer le signal X-UV émis par le plasma amplificateur. Il inclut le calcul de la propagation du faisceau pompe, de l'état du plasma juste après l'interaction avec le faisceau pompe, le calcul de l'évolution des propriétés locales du plasma pendant les quelques ps suivantes ainsi que le calcul de l'amplification et du transport de l'émission X-UV. Un très bon accord a été obtenu entre les résultats expérimentaux et les résultats théoriques pour plusieurs caractéristiques telles la divergence du faisceau, la corrélation entre la transmission du faisceau pompe guidé et l'énergie du signal X-UV, ainsi que l'amélioration apportée par le guidage.

  7. Electronic structure of YBa2Cu3O7-δ as a function of δ : determination of the valency of copper atoms by X-ray absorption and photoemission experiments

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    Maurer, M.; Ravet, M. F.; Gourieux, T.; Krill, G.; Fontaine, A.; Tolentino, H.; Dartyge, E.; Tourillon, G.

    The electronic structure of YBa2Cu3O7- δ compounds has been studied in the range 0 < 8 < 1, by performing X-ray Absorption (XAS) on the Cu K edge and X-ray Photoemission experiments (XPS) on the Cu2p and O1s core levels. The absorption experiments have been performed by following continuously the Copper K edge during isothermal cycles of oxy-deoxygenation. Such experiments bring the absolute modifications of the electronic structure, thus minimizing the use of reference compounds in the discussion. An highly correlated mixed-valent ground state in these high Tc materials is suggested. A comparison with the XPS results is made and it confirms this assumption. Les structures électroniques de composés YBa2Cu3O 7-δ ont été étudiées dans la gamme de concentration 0 < δ < 1, à partir d'expériences d'absorption X au seuil K du cuivre et de photoémission X sur les niveaux internes Cu2p et O1 s. Les expériences d'absorption X ont été effectuées en suivant continûment le seuil K du cuivre lors de cycles isothermes d'oxy-désoxygénation des échantillons. Ces expériences nous permettent de discuter les modifications des structures électroniques, en minimisant l'utilisation de composés de référence. L'hypothèse de l'existence d'un état fondamental fortement corrélé, de type valence intermédiaire, est suggérée. Nous discutons également des résultats obtenus par spectroscopie XPS et montrons que ces expériences confortent notre précédente hypothèse.

  8. The Reflectance Spectrum of Troilite and the T-Type Asteroids

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    Britt, D. T.; Bell, J. F.; Haack, H.; Scott, E. R. D.

    1992-07-01

    meteorite has an unusually high sulfur content (8 wt%) and total troilite content is estimated at 25-35 vol%. Average troilite composition in weight % is as follows: 63% Fe, 0.5% Cr, 0.3% Zn, and 36.2% S [4]. The sample was crushed in a clean ceramic mortar and pestle to a bulk powder and dry sieved to a particle size of <250 micrometers. Six additional particle size separates were dry sieved from this bulk sample. Shown in Figure 1 are the spectra of the bulk sample and the particle size separates of Mundrabilla troilite. The spectrum of the bulk material is dark, always less than 10% reflective, and strongly red sloped. The rapid increase in reflectance at the green and red wavelengths (0.4-0.5 microns) is probably responsible for the overall bronze color of hand sample troilite. Since Mundrabilla is a find, the depth of the UV-visible absorption may have been increased by small amounts of Fe3+ from terrestrial rust. Additional samples of troilite from fresh fall need to be measured to confirm this result. The bulk sample has a reflectance between the smallest and largest particle size separates suggesting that its reflectance is dominated by small particles coating larger grains. Previous work with spectral mixture modelling shows that small particle size troilite and metal can dominate the spectra of ordinary chondrite meteorites, producing a dark, subdued and reddened spectrum similar to some dark asteroids [5]. Implications for Asteroids: The strong red slopes and low reflectances of the troilite spectra are similar to the spectral characteristics of the T and possibly some M-class asteroids. Shown in Figure 2 are the spectra of bulk troilite (solid lines) and four T-class asteroids (boxes and error bars). The IR spectra of 96 Aegle, 114 Kassandra, and 233 Asterope are strongly similar to the spectrum of bulk troilite. The deeper W absorption in troilite may be due to terrestrial rust. The spectrum of 308 Polyxo is substantially different, but Polyxo is also the only

  9. The urinary protein-to-creatinine ratio in Canadian women at risk of preeclampsia: does the time of day of testing matter?

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    Lamontagne, Annie; Côté, Anne-Marie; Rey, Evelyne

    2014-04-01

    Objectifs : Déterminer le rendement d’un seuil de rapport protéines/créatinine de 30 mg/mmol chez les femmes enceintes qui font l’objet d’une exploration visant l’hypertension, en fonction du moment de la journée où l’échantillon a été prélevé. Méthodes : Cette étude prospective comptait des femmes enceintes ambulatoires qui faisaient l’objet d’une exploration visant des troubles hypertensifs. Un échantillon mictionnel aléatoire unique d’urine a été prélevé aux fins de la détermination du rapport protéines/créatinine, le tout ayant été immédiatement suivi d’un recueil des urines de 24 heures. Parmi les analyses statistiques utilisées, on trouvait la corrélation de Spearman, la sensibilité, la spécificité, les coefficients de prévision, les rapports de vraisemblance et les courbes d’efficacité du récepteur en fonction d’intervalles de confiance à 95 %. Une valeur P < 0,05 a été considérée comme étant significative sur le plan statistique. Résultats : Parmi les 91 échantillons analysés, 47,3 % ont présenté une protéinurie significative dans le cadre du recueil des urines de 24 heures et 33 % étaient issus de la première miction matinale. Le rapport protéines/créatinine et l’excrétion urinaire de protéines sur 24 heures présentaient une forte corrélation (r = 0,92, P < 0,001). La précision diagnostique du seuil de rapport protéines/créatinine de 30 mg/mmol était moins élevée dans le cas des échantillons issus de la première miction matinale que dans celui des échantillons obtenus à d’autres moments de la journée (sensibilité de 58 % et de 90 %, spécificité de 93 % et de 100 %, coefficient de prévision d’un test positif de 88 % et de 100 %, coefficient de prévision d’un test négatif de 72 % et de 92 %, rapport de vraisemblance positif de 8 et incalculable, et rapport de vraisemblance négatif de 0,45 et de 0,1, respectivement). La surface sous la

  10. Étude par détection de photons des processus électroniques au sein d'une jonction tunnel dans un milieu moléculaire

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    Perronet, K.

    2005-03-01

    'émission à l'interface liquide-solide a été démontrée et le rôle de la fonction diélectrique du solvant mis en évidence. Nous avons ensuite étudié les corrélations temporelles entre les photons émis. Selon le liquide environnant la jonction, les photons peuvent être émis par paquets. Nous relions ce phénomène à la modification structurelle de la jonction induite par la présence d'une molécule et à la différence d'énergie entre ses orbitales frontières. Si elle est assez faible, des chemins tunnel résonants existent et les électrons traversent la barrière par paquets. L'influence d'une couche auto-assemblée sur le substrat est étudiée. Des dérivés de triphénylènes interagissent trop faiblement avec Au(111), mais avec des alcanethiols chimisorbés, la résolution moléculaire est atteinte simultanément sur l'image STM et la carte de photons. Nous montrons que le contraste sur cette dernière provient de la modulation de l'extension spatiale à l'intérieur de la barrière des densités d'état locales due à la liaison S Au. L'élaboration de multicouches organiques est alors envisagée pour observer l'électroluminescence d'une molécule unique, isolée du substrat par les thiols et étudier des corrélations d'origine électronique. Nous avons déjà caractérisé optiquement une telle couche de C{60}.

  11. The Black-Scholes option pricing problem in mathematical finance: generalization and extensions for a large class of stochastic processes

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    Bouchaud, Jean-Philippe; Sornette, Didier

    1994-06-01

    -Brownien. Nous présentons un formalisme simple et puissant qui permet de généraliser l'analyse à une grande classe de processus stochastiques, tels que les processus ARCH, de Lévy et ceux à sauts. Nous étudions également le cas des processus Gaussiens corrélés, dont nous montrons qu'ils donnent une bonne description de trois indices boursiers (MATIF, CAC40, FTSE100). Notre résultat principal consiste en l'introduction du concept de stratégie optimale dans le sens d'une minimisation (fonctionnelle) du risque en fonction du portefeuille d'actions. Si le risque peut être annulé pour les processus `quasi-Gaussien' non-corrélés, dont le modèle de Black et Scholes est un exemple, cela n'est plus vrai dans le cas général, le risque résiduel permettant de proposer des coûts d'options "corrigés". En présence de très grandes fluctuations du marché telles que décrites par les processus de Lévy, de nouveaux critères pour fixer rationnellement le prix des options sont nécessaires et sont discutés. Nous appliquons notre méthode à d'autres types d'options, telles que `asiatiques', `américaines', et à de nouvelles options que nous introduisons comme les `options à deux étages'... L'inclusion des frais de transaction dans le formalisme conduit à l'introduction naturelle d'un temps caractéristique de transaction.

  12. Altered hemodynamics and hyperuricemia accompany an elevated sFlt-1/PlGF ratio before the onset of early severe preeclampsia.

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    Doherty, Anne; Carvalho, Jose C A; Drewlo, Sascha; El-Khuffash, Afif; Downey, Kristi; Dodds, Madelaine; Kingdom, John

    2014-08-01

    Objectifs : L’identification précoce des femmes exposées à des risques d’en venir à présenter une prééclampsie grave d’apparition précoce (PEg) constitue un objectif clé en obstétrique. La constatation d’un rapport sFlt-1 (tyrosine kinase 1 de type fms soluble) - PlGF (facteur de croissance placentaire) (rapport sFlt-1/PlGF) élevé précède celle d’une hypertension patente. La relation longitudinale entre ce marqueur biologique, l’hémodynamique maternelle et le taux sérique maternel d’acide urique au cours de la phase préclinique est inconnue. Devis de l’étude : Nous avons suivi, de 20 semaines jusqu’à l’accouchement ou 34 semaines de gestation, 20 femmes normotendues exposées à un risque élevé d’en venir à présenter une PEg. Un monitorage hémodynamique non effractif (faisant appel à la technologie de la bioréactance) à été mené à 20-22, à 24-26, à 28-30 et à 32-34 semaines de gestation. Les taux sériques d’acide urique, de sFlt-1 et de PlGF ont été mesurés simultanément. Résultats : Six des 20 femmes (30 %) ont accouché avant 33 semaines et présentaient une PEg; elles présentaient une résistance vasculaire périphérique totale (RVPT) moyenne considérablement plus élevée, un taux sérique d’acide urique accru et des rapports sFlt-1/PlGF plus élevés à 24 semaines de gestation que les femmes non affectées. La surface sous la courbe, les valeurs seuils et la sensibilité / spécificité pour ce qui est de la prévision de la PEg à 24 semaines étaient les suivantes : RVPT = 0,84, 1 250 dyne.s.cm-5, 80 %, 93 %; rapport sFlt-1/PlGF = 0,94, 55, 100 %, 93 %; et taux sérique d’acide urique = 0,99, 255 μmol/l, 100 %, 93 %. La RVPT et la sFlt-1 présentaient une corrélation positive au sein du groupe PEg avant la mise en œuvre d’un traitement antihypertenseur (r = 0,65, P = 0,01). Le taux sérique d’acide urique présentait une corrélation tant avec la sFlt-1 (r

  13. Stratigraphic and geochemical controls on naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater, eastern Wisconsin, USA

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    Schreiber, M. E.; Simo, J. A.; Freiberg, P. G.

    pyrite et dans les sulfates dissous et la corrélation entre les concentrations en sulfates, en fer et en arsenic dissous laissent penser que l'oxydation des sulfures est le processus dominant contrôlant la libération de l'arsenic dans les eaux souterraines. Cependant, les oxy-hydroxydes contenant de l'arsenic sont susceptibles d'être une autre source d'arsenic si des conditions réductrices apparaissent ou s'ils sont transportés dans l'aquifère sous forme de colloïdes. L'analyse des données provenant de puits montre que l'intersection entre le SCH et les niveaux statiques des puits domestiques est fortement corrélée à de fortes concentrations en arsenic dans les eaux souterraines. Des données de terrain et de laboratoire conduisent à penser que la contamination en arsenic la plus forte est causée par l'interaction localisée aux forages entre l'air, l'eau et les sulfures. Bien que la contamination en arsenic soit causée par l'oxydation de sulfures présents naturellement, elle est influencée par les fluctuations du niveau piézométrique causées par les pompages du captage municipal ou par les variations climatiques, ce qui peut conduire au déplacement des zones géographiques où se produisent les contaminations. Resumen Se han medido concentraciones de arsénico muy altas (de hasta 12000μg/L) en las aguas subterráneas de un acuífero confinado, en areniscas, localizado en la parte oriental de Wisconsin (EEUU). La fuente principal de arsénico es un horizonte de cementación secundaria (SCH) con un alto contenido en sulfuros, y con una gran variabilidad en espesor, morfología y concentraciones de As. El arsénico aparece en piritas y marcasitas, además de en oxihidróxidos de hierro, pero no como una fase independiente de arsenopiritas. El hecho que la marca isotópica de piritas y sulfatos disueltos sea muy similar, y que exista una gran correlación entre las concentraciones de sulfato disuelto, hierro y arsénico sugiere que la oxidación de

  14. Correlation of phantom-based and log file patient-specific QA with complexity scores for VMAT.

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    Agnew, Christina E; Irvine, Denise M; McGarry, Conor K

    2014-11-08

    significant correlation with MCS (R > 0.57, p < 0.001), but not with MU/arc. Average MLC position and gantry angle errors were 0.001 ± 0.002 mm and 0.025° ± 0.008° over all treatment sites and were not found to affect delivery accuracy. However, vari- ability in MLC speed was found to be directly related to MLC position accuracy. The accuracy of VMAT plan delivery assessed using pretreatment trajectory log file fluence delivery and ionization chamber array measurements were strongly correlated with on-treatment trajectory log file fluence delivery. The strong corre- lation between trajectory log file and phantom-based gamma results demonstrates potential to reduce our current patient-specific QA. Additionally, insight into MLC and gantry position accuracy through trajectory log file analysis and the strong cor- relation between gamma analysis results and the MCS could also provide further methodologies to both optimize the VMAT planning and QA process. 

  15. Possible Effects on the Stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and Associated Sea-level Rise From Active-Recent Subglacial Volcanism Interpreted from Aeromagnetic and Radar Ice-sounding Observations

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    Behrendt, J. C.

    2009-12-01

    Aeromagnetic profiles (>10,000 km) acquired in the early 1960s over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) combined with coincident aeromagnetic and radar ice sounding in 1978-79 indicated numerous high-amplitude, shallow-source, magnetic anomalies over a very extensive area of the volcanically active West Antarctic rift system interpreted as caused by subglacial volcanic rocks. These early aerogeophysical surveys defined this area as >500,000 km2. Five-kilometer spaced coincident aeromagnetic and radar ice sounding surveys since 1990 provide three dimensional characterization of the magnetic field and bed topography beneath the ice sheet. These 5-50-km width, semicircular magnetic anomalies range from 100->1000 nT as observed ~1 km over the 2-3 km thick ice. Behrendt et al, (2005, 2008) interpreted these anomalies as indicating >1000 "volcanic centers". requiring high remanent normal (and at least 10% reversed) magnetizations in the present field direction. These data have shown that >80% of the anomaly sources at the bed of the WAIS, have been modified by the moving ice into which they were injected, requiring a younger age than the WAIS (about 25 Ma). Behrendt et al., (1994; 2007) conservatively estimated >1 x 106 km3 volume of volcanic sources to account for the area of the "volcanic center" anomalies. Although exposed volcanoes surrounding the WAIS extend in age to ~34 m.y., Mt Erebus, (<1 Ma) Mt. Melbourne, (<0.26 Ma), and Mt. Takahae (<0.1 Ma) are examples of exposed active volcanoes in the WAIS area. However, the great volume of volcanic centers is buried beneath the WAIS. If only a very small percentage of these >1000 volcanic, magnetic-anomaly sources are active today, or in the recent past, in the drainage area of the WAIS, subglacial volcanism may still have a significant effect on the dynamics of the WAIS. Interpreted active subglacial volcanism is revealed by aerogeophysical data reported by Blankenship et al., (1993, Mt. Casertz), and Corr and Vaughan

  16. Stunning pigs with nitrogen and carbon dioxide mixtures: effects on animal welfare and meat quality.

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    Llonch, P; Rodríguez, P; Gispert, M; Dalmau, A; Manteca, X; Velarde, A

    2012-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effect of exposure to the gas mixtures of 70% nitrogen (N2) and 30% carbon dioxide (CO2; 70N30C), 80% N2 and 20% CO2 (80N20C) and 85% N2 and 15% CO2 (85N15C) on aversion, stunning effectiveness and carcass, as well as meat quality in pigs, and to compare them with the commercial stunning of 90% CO2 (90C). A total of 68 female pigs were divided into four groups and stunned with one of the gas mixtures. During the exposure to the gas, behavioural variables (retreat attempts, escape attempts, gasping, loss of balance, muscular excitation and vocalizations) were recorded, and at the end of the stunning, corneal reflex and rhythmic breathing were assessed. After slaughter, meat quality parameters such as pH at 45 min post mortem (pH45) and at 24 h post mortem (pHu), electrical conductivity, drip loss and colour, in the Longissimus thoracis (LT) and Semimembranosus (SM) muscles were measured, and the presence of ecchymosis on the hams was noted. The PROC MIXED and the PROC GENMOD of SAS® were used to analyse the parametric and binomial variables, respectively. The 'gas mixture' was always considered a fixed effect and the 'live weight' as a covariate. To assess the correlation between meat quality and behaviour measures, PROC CORR was used. Pigs exposed to 90C showed a higher percentage of escape attempts and gasping, a lower percentage of vocalization and shorter muscular excitation phase than pigs exposed to the other N2 and CO2 mixtures (P < 0.05). After stunning, no pig exposed to 90C showed corneal reflex or rhythmic breathing, whereas 85% and 92% of the animals exposed to N2 and CO2 mixtures showed corneal reflex and rhythmic breathing, respectively. Animals stunned with 80N20C and 85N15C had a lower pH45 (P < 0.01) than animals exposed to 90C. Electrical conductivity in the SM muscle was lower (P < 0.001) in 90C and 70N30C pigs than in 80N20C and 85N15C pigs, whereas in LT, it was lower (P < 0.05) in 90C pigs than in 85N15C

  17. Possible link between the power spectrum of interstellar filaments and the origin of the prestellar core mass function

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    Roy, A.; André, Ph.; Arzoumanian, D.; Peretto, N.; Palmeirim, P.; Könyves, V.; Schneider, N.; Benedettini, M.; Di Francesco, J.; Elia, D.; Hill, T.; Ladjelate, B.; Louvet, F.; Motte, F.; Pezzuto, S.; Schisano, E.; Shimajiri, Y.; Spinoglio, L.; Ward-Thompson, D.; White, G.

    2015-12-01

    A complete understanding of the origin of the prestellar core mass function (CMF) is crucial. Two major features of the prestellar CMF are 1) a broad peak below 1 M⊙, presumably corresponding to a mean gravitational fragmentation scale, and 2) a characteristic power-law slope, very similar to the Salpeter slope of the stellar initial mass function (IMF) at the high-mass end. While recent Herschel observations have shown that the peak of the prestellar CMF is close to the thermal Jeans mass in marginally supercritical filaments, the origin of the power-law tail of the CMF/IMF at the high-mass end is less clear. In 2001, Inutsuka proposed a theoretical scenario in which the origin of the power-law tail can be understood as resulting from the growth of an initial spectrum of density perturbations seeded along the long axis of star-forming filaments by interstellar turbulence. Here, we report the statistical properties of the line-mass fluctuations of filaments in the Pipe, Taurus, and IC 5146 molecular clouds observed with Herschel for a sample of subcritical or marginally supercritical filaments using a 1D power spectrum analysis. The observed filament power spectra were fitted by a power-law function (Ptrue(s) ∝ sα) after removing the effect of beam convolution at small scales. A Gaussian-like distribution of power-spectrum slopes was found, centered at α̅corr = -1.6 ± 0.3. The characteristic index of the observed power spectra is close to that of the 1D velocity power spectrum generated by subsonic Kolomogorov turbulence (-1.67). Given the errors, the measured power-spectrum slope is also marginally consistent with the power spectrum index of -2 expected for supersonic compressible turbulence. With such a power spectrum of initial line-mass fluctuations, Inutsuka's model would yield a mass function of collapsed objects along filaments approaching dN/dM ∝ M- 2.3 ± 0.1 at the high-mass end (very close to the Salpeter power law) after a few free-fall times

  18. Streamflow Forecasting Using Nuero-Fuzzy Inference System

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    Nanduri, U. V.; Swain, P. C.

    2005-12-01

    Neuro-Fuzzy model is developed to forecast ten-daily flows into the Hirakud reservoir on River Mahanadi in the state of Orissa in India. Correlation analysis is carried out to find out the most influential variables on the ten daily flow at Hirakud. Based on this analysis, four variables, namely, flow during the previous time period, ql1, rainfall during the previous two time periods, rl1 and rl2, and flow during the same period in previous year, qpy, are identified as the most influential variables to forecast the ten daily flow. Performance measures such as Root Mean Square Error (RMSE), Correlation Coefficient (CORR) and coefficient of efficiency R2 are computed for training and testing phases of the model to evaluate its performance. The results indicate that the ten-daily forecasting model is efficient in predicting the high and medium flows with reasonable accuracy. The forecast of low flows is associated with less efficiency. REFERENCES Jang, J.S.R. (1993). "ANFIS: Adaptive - network- based fuzzy inference system." IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 23 (3), 665-685. Shamseldin, A.Y. (1997). "Application of a neural network technique to rainfall-runoff modeling." Journal of Hydrology, 199, 272-294. World Meteorological Organization (1975). Intercomparison of conceptual models used in operational hydrological forecasting. World Meteorological Organization, Technical Report No.429, Geneva, Switzerland.

  19. [Transobturator slings for female stress urinary incontinence].

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    Sousa, Ana; Jesus, André; Carvalho, Maria; Carvalho, Giselda; Marques, João; Falcão, Francisco; Torgal, Isabel

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A incontinência urinária de esforço afeta 20 a 40% das mulheres. Os slings colocados sob a uretra média, aplicados por via transobturadora, são a terapêutica consensualmente aceite na atualidade. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a eficácia e possíveis complicações associadas à aplicação dos slings colocados por via transobturadora no tratamento da incontinência urinária de esforço. Material e Métodos: Avaliaram-se retrospetivamente 363 doentes submetidas a cirurgia de incontinência urinária de esforço por via transobturadora, nos Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra do Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, no período de 1 Janeiro de 2008 a 1 Julho de 2010. Resultados: A média das idades das doentes foi de 56 anos [28-86]. Além da correção da incontinência urinária de esforço, em 13,5% das mulheres foi associada outra cirurgia vaginal. A maioria (95,3%) das mulheres apresentou hipermobilidade da uretra. Ocorreram complicações per-operatórias em 0,8%, complicações pós-operatórias imediatas em 5,2% e complicações pós-operatórias tardias em 15,7%. A taxa de sucesso global foi de 93,7%. A taxa de sucesso nas doentes com uretra fixa foi 77,8%, verificando-se melhores resultados (94,5%) naquelas com hipermobilidade da uretra (p = 0,02). A taxa de sucesso foi comparável nas doentes com e sem cirurgias vaginais associadas. Discussão: As técnicas transobturadoras têm taxas de sucesso elevadas, tendo-se tornado o tratamento de primeira linha para as doentes com IUE, independentemente se tratadas pela técnica outside-in (TOT®) ou pela inside-out (TVT-O®). Ambas as técnicas foram concebidas com o intuito de evitar a passagem no espaço retropúbico, reduzindo assim o número de complicações. Conclusão: As taxas de cura para as abordagens transobturadoras oscilam entre 80 e 95%. A taxa de cura aumenta quando o mecanismo responsável pela incontinência urinária de esforço é a hipermobilidade da uretra

  20. Documentation and treatment outcomes of smear-negative and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in Ethiopia.

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    Tesgaye, F; Defar, A; Beyene, T; Shafi, O; Klinkenberg, E; Howe, R

    2014-12-21

    Cadre : La tuberculose (TB) extra-pulmonaire et la TB à frottis négatif constituent deux tiers des cas déclarés en Ethiopie, mais les rapports de routine ne précisent pas les résultats du traitement ni les facteurs sous-jacents associés.Objectif : Evaluer les résultats du traitement et les facteurs de risque associés à la TB extra-pulmonaire et à frottis négatif par comparaison avec les cas à frottis positif.Schéma : Revue des dossiers de tous les cas enregistrés dans 14 structures de santé publiques et privées sélectionnées au hasard à Addis Abeba pendant une période d'une année.Résultats : Les proportions de TB à frottis négatif et extra-pulmonaire étaient indépendantes du statut à l'égard du virus de l'immunodéficience humaine (VIH) et n'étaient pas distribuées de façon égale dans les différentes structures. La TB extra-pulmonaire était surreprésentée dans le secteur privé et la TB à frottis négatif se trouvait plutôt dans les centres de santé que dans les hôpitaux. Les résultats rapportés par les centres de santé étaient plus favorables que ceux des hôpitaux ; aucune différence n'a été observée entre les structures publiques et privées. Seulement 54% des dossiers de TB étaient complets ; il y avait une corrélation entre le manque d'informations et des résultats défavorables. Un âge plus jeune était associé à un résultat favorable, mais le sexe et le statut VIH ne l'étaient pas.Conclusion : La distribution inégale de la TB à frottis négatif et extra-pulmonaire dans les différentes institutions justifie une nouvelle étude et pourrait révéler d'importantes perspectives en matière de diagnostic et de soins de ces patients. Le caractère incomplet des dossiers des patients tuberculeux pourrait être un facteur sous-estimé contribuant aux résultats défavorables.

  1. Rationale for one stage exchange of infected hip replacement using uncemented implants and antibiotic impregnated bone graft

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    Winkler, Heinz

    2009-01-01

    Infection of a total hip replacement (THR) is considered a devastating complication, necessitating its complete removal and thorough debridement of the site. It is undoubted that one stage exchange, if successful, would provide the best benefit both for the patient and the society. Still the fear of re-infection dominates the surgeons´ decisions and in the majority of cases directs them to multiple stage protocols. However, there is no scientifically based argument for that practice. Successful eradication of infection with two stage procedures is reported to average 80% to 98%. On the other hand a literature review of Jackson and Schmalzried (CORR 2000) summarizing the results of 1,299 infected hip replacements treated with direct exchange (almost exclusively using antibiotic loaded cement), reports of 1,077 (83%) having been successful. The comparable results suggest, that the major factor for a successful outcome with traditional approaches may be found in the quality of surgical debridement and dead space management. Failures in all protocols seem to be caused by small fragments of bacterial colonies remaining after debridement, whereas neither systemic antibiotics nor antibiotic loaded bone cement (PMMA) have been able to improve the situation significantly. Reasons for failure may be found in the limited sensitivity of traditional bacterial culturing and reduced antibiotic susceptibility of involved pathogens, especially considering biofilm formation. Whenever a new prosthesis is implanted into a previously infected site the surgeon must be aware of increased risk of failure, both in single or two stage revisions. Eventual removal therefore should be easy with low risk of additional damage to the bony substance. On the other hand it should also have potential of a good long term result in case of success. Cemented revisions generally show inferior long term results compared to uncemented techniques; the addition of antibiotics to cement reduces its

  2. Performance Prediction For Multi-Sensor Tracking Systems: Kinematic Accuracy And Data Association Performance

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    Broida, Ted J.

    1990-03-01

    This paper addresses some of the performance issues encountered in the use of multiple sensors for surveillance and tracking in aerospace and defense applications. These problems generally involve detecting the presence of an unknown number of objects of interest (often referred to as "targets"), and estimating their position and motion from periodic measurements (tracking). Measurements zk = z(tk) are received from one or more sensors at times tk and are classified (labelled) as arising either from one of the objects currently being tracked, from a new or previously undetected object, or as a false alarm or clutter. Typically, measurement models involve nonlinear functions of true object kinematics in additive zero-mean white noise, z(tk) = h[x(tk)] n(tk). Estimates of object kinematics (e.g. position, velocity, acceleration) x are formed from each labelled measurement sequence {zk}, with the objective of keeping an accurate and complete awareness of the external environment. In addition to additive measurement noise, a number of uncertainties are present: (1) objects can maneuver between measurements ("random" acceleration), (2) some measurements (threshold crossings) are due to noise alone (false alarms), or due to non-zero-mean interference, with unknown spatial and temporal covariance ("clutter"), and can be misclassified as being from an object of interest, (3) some measurements actually from an object of interest can be misclassified as being from a different object, or as being noise or clutter, (4) object detection is not guaranteed, so that a sensor can "observe" a region containing an object but fail to detect it (PD < 1), whether or not it is being tracked, and (5) there are errors in knowledge of the relative position and attitude of different sensors, particularly if sensors are moving independently (different platforms). The functions of data association (labelling measurements from different sensors, at different times, that corre-spond to the same

  3. Detection de l'initiation de la delamination des materiaux composites par suivi de l'emission acoustique

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    Silversides, Ian

    Cette étude, basée sur la surveillance des ondes d'émission acoustique (E.A.), présente le développement d'une approche de prédiction de l'initiation de la délamination de pièces composites soumises à des chargements statiques et en fatigue. La surveillance des ondes d'E.A. fait parti d'un nombre restreint de méthodes pouvant détecter, en continu, l'apparition et la croissance de dommages dans les matériaux composites. L'approche est comparée à des méthodes conventionnelles ainsi qu'à une modélisation numérique pour des composites à fibre de carbone unidirectionnels et tissés, sur une gamme de rapports de mode mixte. Le présent mémoire met en lumière les différentes étapes abordées durant l'étude. L'utilisation des matériaux composites est mise en contexte au premier chapitre. La complexité des matériaux composites ainsi que la nécessité de modèles de prédiction fiables sont soulignées. Le deuxième chapitre contient une revue de la littérature et présente les outils disponibles pour analyser le délaminage et bâtir un modèle prédictif de sa propagation. Les sujets traités sont la délamination dans un contexte de mécanique de la rupture, la modélisation numérique d'une propagation de fissure, l'approche du monitorage par émission acoustique puis l'analyse fractographiques des surfaces de rupture. Les résultats des essais mécaniques et de la modélisation sont présentés sous forme d'article dans le troisième chapitre. Des essais statiques et en fatigue ont permis de calculer le taux de restitution d'énergie de déformation à l'initiation de la délamination selon des méthodes classiques pour ensuite les comparer à une méthode développée, basée sur le suivi des ondes d'émission acoustique. Une série d'essais de propagation de la délamination en fatigue ont permis d'observer des corrélations entre les émissions acoustiques, la longueur de la délamination, la vitesse de croissance des fissures et la s

  4. Mounting evidence for intense ocean interaction with the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf

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    Bindschadler, R.; Holland, D.; Vaughan, D.; Vornberger, P.

    2008-12-01

    Research Letters, Vol. 31, No. 23: Art. No. L23401 DEC 9 2004 Payne, A.J., P.R. Holland, A.P. Shepherd, I.C. Rutt, A. Jenkins and I. Joughin, 2007. Numerical modeling of ocean-ice interactions under Pine Island Bay's ice shelf, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 112, C10019, doi:10.1029/2006JC003733. Shepherd, A., D.J. Wingham and E. Rignot, 2004. Warm ocean is eroding West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 31, Art. No. L23402 DEC 9 2004. Vaughan, D.G., H.F.J. Corr, F. Ferraccioli, N. Frearson, A. O'Hare, D. Mach, J.W. Holt, D.D. Blankenship, D. Morse, and D.A. Young, 2006. New boundary conditions for the West Antarctic ice sheet: Subglacial topography beneath Pine Island Glacier. Geophys. Res. Let., Vol. 33, No. 9, Art. No. L09501, May 3, 2006.

  5. Evaluation des résultats de l'implantation cochléaire

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    Hssaine, Khaoula; Belhoucha, Btissam; Benhommad, Othman; Rochdi, Youssef; Nouri, Hassan; Aderdour, Lahcen; Raji, Abdelaziz

    2015-01-01

    Les implants cochléaires sont des prothèses électro-acoustiques qui ont pour rôle de pallier une déficience bilatérale de l'oreille interne, qu'elle soit profonde ou sévère, acquise ou congénitale. Nous rapportons l'expérience du service d'Oto-rhino-laryngologie et de chirurgie cervico-faciale de l'hôpital universitaire Mohammed VI de Marrakech, dont l'objectif est d'évaluer l'implantation cochléaire et de préciser les facteurs influençant les résultats dans notre pratique. Le profil APCEI a été utilisé pour évaluer les résultats orthophoniques. Il s'agit d'une étude rétrospective étalée sur une période de 7 ans (Décembre 2007 à Décembre 2014). Durant cette période; 54 patients ont été implantés et suivient dans notre formation. Il s'agit de 30 filles et 24 garçons atteints d'une surdité sévères à profonde bilatérale, dont 48 enfants avaient une surdité pré-linguale. L'âge moyen d'implantation cochléaire pédiatrique était de 5,15 ans. L'implantation était unilatérale chez tous les patients. L'intervention était suivie par des réglages et une rééducation orthophonique régulière. L'évaluation était réalisée par la même équipe chaque mois durant les premiers 6 mois, puis tous les 6 mois. La durée moyenne de suivi était de 30,86 mois. Tous les patients ont tiré un bénéfice de leurs implants avec une variabilité interindividuelle. Les bons résultats étaient corrélés à l'implantation précoce, à un investissement parental important et au un bon suivi de la rééducation orthophonique. L'implantation cochléaire a révolutionnée la prise en charge de la surdité profonde et sévère. C'est une technique sûre, efficace lorsqu'elle s'adresse à des populations correctement sélectionnées. PMID:26848357

  6. Self-Employment among Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Couples in Canada.

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    Waite, Sean; Denier, Nicole

    2016-05-01

    This study presents novel evidence on the relationship between sexual orientation and self-employment. Using data from the 2001 and 2006 Census of Canada and the 2011 Canadian National Household Survey, we explore the propensity for self-employment among same- and opposite-sex couples. We examine the demographic, human capital, and family characteristics of coupled gay men and lesbians relative to their coupled heterosexual counterparts to offer potential mechanisms generating differences in rates of self-employment. Our analysis further considers occupational variability in the likelihood of self-employment. We find that gay men are less likely and lesbians more likely than heterosexuals to be self-employed; however, there is significant variation across occupations. Gay men are more likely to be self-employed in arts and culture, sales and service, and natural and applied sciences, but less likely in business, finance, and health-related occupations. Lesbians are much more likely to be self-employed in health-related occupations, natural and applied sciences, and arts and culture. Marriage and having children are significant predictors of self-employment for coupled heterosexual women but not lesbians. Cette étude présente des évidences empiriques concernant la relation entre l'orientation sexuelle et le travail indépendant. Utilisant des données provenant du Recensement du Canada de 2001 et de 2006, ainsi que l'Enquête nationale auprès des ménages (ENM) de 2011, nous explorons la tendance du travail indépendant parmi les couples de même sexe et ceux de sexe opposé. Ainsi, nous examinons les caractéristiques démographiques, du capital humain et familiales des couples gais et lesbiens par rapport à leurs homologues hétérosexuels, afin de démontrer une corrélation entre l'orientation sexuelle et la probabilité d'être travailleur indépendant - une causation qui nous semble évident et que nous analysons plus en profondeur. Nous concluons d

  7. Glacier Velocities and Elevation Change of the Juneau Icefield, Alaska

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    Melkonian, A. K.; Willis, M. J.; Pritchard, M. E.; Bernstein, S.

    2009-12-01

    that use different algorithms is compared for consistency. Initial results indicate Ampcor, an open source package that forms part of the ROI-PAC software suite, generates similar results to CosiCorr, an open source module for the ENVI image processing software suite. Each package produces an average velocity of up to 1.25 m/day in the middle of Taku Glacier, with differences of up to +/- 10 cm/day over coherent areas. Relative DEMs from cloud-free ASTER pairs are used to determine average rates of surface elevation change over the outlet glaciers of the icefield. An automated DEM differencing tool removes bias in differences between DEMs due to satellite position and filters out clouds and outliers. Changing surface elevation change may be linked to changes in ice dynamics and mass. Deriving glacier velocities and elevation changes from remote-sensing data will provide a comprehensive overview of the "health" of the Juneau Icefield. Understanding the causes of variability in the observations will provide better constraints on how the icefield will react to future climate change.

  8. The phase diagrams of iron-based superconductors: Theory and experiments

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    Martinelli, Alberto; Bernardini, Fabio; Massidda, Sandro

    2016-01-01

    , magnétique et électronique fournit un outil extrêmement puissant pour les scientifiques du domaine des matériaux. Pour cette raison, une définition exacte des champs de phases thermodynamiques caractérisant les différentes propriétés structurelles et physiques impliquées est nécessaire, bien qu'elle ne soit pas aisée à obtenir dans de nombreux cas. De plus, les propriétés physiques peuvent souvent dépendre fortement de la survenue de caractéristiques micro-structurelles ou autres à l'échelle locale (micro-contraintes dans le réseau, fluctuations chimiques, parois de domaines, joints de grains, défauts), qui, d'ordinaire, ne sont pas décrites dans un diagramme de phases structurelles. Dans cette revue, nous résumons de manière critique les résultats obtenus pour les systèmes composites le plus étudiés de types 11, 122 et 1111, qui établissent une corrélation entre les preuves expérimentales et la théorie.

  9. The effects of a pre-workout supplement containing caffeine, creatine, and amino acids during three weeks of high-intensity exercise on aerobic and anaerobic performance

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    2010-01-01

    Background A randomized, single-blinded, placebo-controlled, parallel design study was used to examine the effects of a pre-workout supplement combined with three weeks of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on aerobic and anaerobic running performance, training volume, and body composition. Methods Twenty-four moderately-trained recreational athletes (mean ± SD age = 21.1 ± 1.9 yrs; stature = 172.2 ± 8.7 cm; body mass = 66.2 ± 11.8 kg, VO2max = 3.21 ± 0.85 l·min-1, percent body fat = 19.0 ± 7.1%) were assigned to either the active supplement (GT, n = 13) or placebo (PL, n = 11) group. The active supplement (Game Time®, Corr-Jensen Laboratories Inc., Aurora, CO) was 18 g of powder, 40 kcals, and consisted of a proprietary blend including whey protein, cordyceps sinensis, creatine, citrulline, ginseng, and caffeine. The PL was also 18 g of powder, 40 kcals, and consisted of only maltodextrin, natural and artificial flavors and colors. Thirty minutes prior to all testing and training sessions, participants consumed their respective supplements mixed with 8-10 oz of water. Both groups participated in a three-week HIIT program three days per week, and testing was conducted before and after the training. Cardiovascular fitness (VO2max) was assessed using open circuit spirometry (Parvo-Medics TrueOne® 2400 Metabolic Measurement System, Sandy, UT) during graded exercise tests on a treadmill (Woodway, Pro Series, Waukesha, WI). Also, four high-speed runs to exhaustion were conducted at 110, 105, 100, and 90% of the treadmill velocity recorded during VO2max, and the distances achieved were plotted over the times-to-exhaustion. Linear regression was used to determine the slopes (critical velocity, CV) and y-intercepts (anaerobic running capacity, ARC) of these relationships to assess aerobic and anaerobic performances, respectively. Training volumes were tracked by summing the distances achieved during each training session for each subject. Percent body fat

  10. Mesoscopics of ultrasound and seismic waves: application to passive imaging

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    Larose, É.

    2006-05-01

    ondes, qui démontre l'aspect mésoscopique de leur propagation, est une limitation majeure pour les techniques d'imagerie conventionelles (imagerie médicale, sismique réflexion ou réfraction, tomographie...). La deuxième partie du document (Chaps. 3 5) est consacrée à une application de cette physique mésoscopique : le principe de l'imagerie passive. En effectuant la corrélation temporelle d'enregistrement de bruit ambiant ou d'ondes diffuses, il est possible de reconstruire la réponse impulsionnelle du milieu entre deux capteurs passifs comme si l'on avait placé une source en lieu et place d'un des capteurs. Cela offre la possibilité de faire de l'acoustique ou de la sismologie sans source. Plusieurs aspects sont présentés dans ce manuscrit : des aspects théoriques et numériques (Chaps. 3, 4), ensuite des aspects expérimentaux avec des applications (Chap. 5) à l'échelle des ultrasons (tomographie passive d'un milieu stratifié), et des applications à l'échelle de la sismologie (imagerie du sous-sol de la Californie, et même de la Lune).

  11. Moteurs piézo-électriques à onde progressive : III. Limites de validité des modèles 2-D et perspectives actuelles

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    Ferreira, A.; Cusin, P.; Minotti, P.; Le Moal, P.

    1996-10-01

    The main objective of this third paper, devoted to the mechanical modeling of traveling wave type ultrasonic motors, aims at the validation of both softwares: C.U.B.I.C. (Contact Unilatéral entre structures Bicouches et Indenteurs Continus) and C.A.S.I.M.M.I.R.E. (Conception Assistée par la SImulation Mécanique des MIcromoteurs REsonnants) previously developed in order to optimize future piezomotors with a high efficiency. The comparisons between the theoretical loading characteristics communicated to the driving shaft and the experimental data, which have been measured on a specific test bench, show the accuracy and the relevance of the algorithms based on a mechanical description of the stator/rotor interface. Moreover it appears that our approach may lead to the theoretical calculation of the optimal axial preload applied to the driving shaft. Nevertheless, some validity limits of mechanical models aiming at the optimization of the axial preload are pointed out, especially when the pressure exerted at the stator/rotor interface is increased in order to obtain high torques. The last part of the paper emphasizes the role played by the radial component of the motor, and shows that the 3-D mechanical modeling of the interface should be an efficient way for the optimal design of very high torque piezomotors. Ce troisième article, consacré à la modélisation mécanique des moteurs piézo-électriques à onde progressive, a pour objectif principal la validation des deux logiciels précédemment développés au laboratoire dans le but d'optimiser le rendement des futurs piézomoteurs : C.U.B.I.C. (Contact Unilatéral entre structures Bicouches et Indenteurs Continus) et C.A.S.I.M.M.I.R.E. (Conception Assistée par la SImulation Mécanique des MIcromoteurs REsonnants). La corrélation entre les caractéristiques mécaniques théoriques et expérimentales coomuniquées à l'arbre moteur met en évidence la précision et la pertinence des algorithmes basés sur l

  12. Short communication: Comparison of estrus characteristics in Holstein heifers by 2 activity monitoring systems.

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    Silper, B F; Madureira, A M L; Kaur, M; Burnett, T A; Cerri, R L A

    2015-05-01

    Two activity monitoring systems-Heatime (SCR Engineers Ltd., Netanya, Israel) and IceTag (IceRobotics Ltd., Edinburgh, UK)-were compared on their ability to detect and quantify estrus expression. Holstein heifers (n=57) were fitted with Heatime (HT) and IceTag (IT) sensors from 12 mo of age until confirmation of pregnancy. Upon detection of high activity by HT, ovaries were scanned by ultrasound, a blood sample was collected for analysis of plasma estradiol, and signs of estrus (clear vaginal mucus, uterine muscle tone, visual mounting activity, standing to be mounted, or rump showing signs of repeated acceptance of mounts) were recorded. Because only estrus episodes detected by HT (n=111) were further evaluated, only the positive predictive value was measured. Heifers were housed in groups of 24 in a freestall pen. Data were analyzed using Proc CORR and GLM of SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC). The positive predictive value was 84.7% (94/111) for HT and 98.7% (74/75) for IT. Estrus duration was recorded by HT as 14.3±4.1h [mean ± standard deviation (SD)] and by IT as 15.0±4.0h; duration measurements were correlated (r=0.60). The mean duration difference was 0.74±3.52h. Recordings of onset and end of estrus by IT were 3.5±4.3h and 2.9±4.9h earlier than those by HT. The overlap in duration was 9h. Measurements of estrus intensity were correlated (r=0.63). Peak activity was 77.3±19.5 index value (approximately 7.7 SD from basal activity) on HT. The relative increase in activity measured by IT was 360±170% baseline value. Measurements of intensity and duration from HT were correlated (r=0.64) but those from IT were not (r=0.13). Plasma estradiol concentration (11.2±4.6pg/mL) was not correlated with preovulatory follicle diameter or with duration or intensity of estrus. Diameter of preovulatory follicle (15.7±2.6mm) had no correlation with duration of estrus and was only weakly correlated with intensity measured by either system. Baseline steps/hour was

  13. Who receives rehabilitation in canadian long-term care facilities? A cross-sectional study.

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    McArthur, Caitlin; Hirdes, John; Berg, Katherine; Giangregorio, Lora

    2015-01-01

    Objet: Décrire la proportion de résidents qui reçoivent des soins d'ergothérapie (ET) et de physiothérapie (PT) ainsi que les facteurs associés à la réception de soins de PT dans des établissements de soins de longue de cinq provinces et d'un territoire au Canada. Méthodes: À l'aide d'une analyse rétrospective de donnés transversales fondée sur la population, la proportion de résidents des établissements de soins de longue durée dans chaque province ou territoire qui recevaient trois combinaisons différentes (temps et fréquence) de soins de PT ou d'ET avant le 1(er) juillet 2013 a été calculée en fonction des groupes d'utilisation des ressources—classifications de réadaptation III. Un total de 23 variables de la méthode d'évaluation RAI 2.0, comme l'âge et la cognition, ont été examinées en tant que corrélats; les variables significatives au seuil de p<0.01 ont été incluses dans une régression logistique à variables multiples. Résultats: De 63,7% à 88,6% des résidents n'ont pas reçu de soins de PT ou d'ET; de 0,8% à 12,6% des résidents ont reçu les deux types de soins; de 5,8% à 29,5% des résidents ont reçu une quantité non précisée de soins de PT; de 1,9% à 7,0% des résidents ont reçu ≥45 minutes de soins de PT à raison de ≥3 jours par semaine et <1% des résidents ont reçu ≥150 minutes de soins de PT à raison de ≥5 jours par semaine. La province, l'âge, l'état cognitif, la dépression, l'état de santé, la présence de fracture, la sclérose en plaques (SP) et l'auto-évaluation du potentiel d'amélioration ont été associés aux soins de PT indépendamment du temps et de l'intensité. Conclusions: La proportion de résidents des établissements de soins de longue durée qui reçoivent des services de réadaptation varie d'un endroit à l'autre au Canada et semble être associée à la déficience physique et au potentiel d'amélioration, mais elle est moins probable parmi les résidents

  14. Field technique of permeability tests in highly fissured limestone strata

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    Al-Salihi, Adnan; Asaad, Abdulah

    2002-05-01

    Résumé.L'étude de dispositifs de dénoyage est nécessaire pour l'amélioration de sites avant la construction de certaines structures. L'étude de dispositifs de dénoyage efficaces exige d'estimer la valeur du coefficient de perméabilité in situ. Les relations disponibles pour estimer le coefficient de perméabilité ont été développées sur la base de mesures et de conditions de terrain limitées, et les prédictions varient de plusieurs ordres de grandeur. C'est pourquoi il est nécessaire de réaliser des mesures de perméabilité sur le terrain et de déterminer la relation qui permet le meilleur ajustement de ces mesures avant l'étude du dispositif de dénoyage pour des conditions locales et géologiques spécifiques. Ce papier présente des mesures de perméabilité sur le terrain dans des niveaux calcaires complexes chaotiques et diagénétisés. Il propose également une analyse comparative de plusieurs relations disponibles dans la littérature destinées à prédire le coefficient de perméabilité in situ. L'analyse est faite en conditions permanentes et non permanentes. Les résultats montrent que la valeur du coefficient de perméabilité dépend du niveau de la nappe, qui est affecté par le régime de marées. On montre que l'équation de l'US Navy donne la meilleure corrélation avec les mesures de terrain. Resumen.El diseño de sistemas de desecado es necesario para mejorar las condiciones de un emplazamiento antes de la construcción de determinadas estructuras. El diseño de un sistema eficiente de desecado requiere de la estimación del valor de la permeabilidad in-situ. Las relaciones disponibles para tal fin han sido desarrolladas bajo condiciones y medidas de campo limitadas; sus predicciones varían en algunos órdenes de magnitud. Por tanto, es necesario tomar medidas de permeabilidad en campo y determinar la relación que reproduce mejor dichas medidas como paso previo al diseño de un sistema de desecado en condiciones geol

  15. Stunning pigs with nitrogen and carbon dioxide mixtures: effects on animal welfare and meat quality.

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    Llonch, P; Rodríguez, P; Gispert, M; Dalmau, A; Manteca, X; Velarde, A

    2012-04-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effect of exposure to the gas mixtures of 70% nitrogen (N2) and 30% carbon dioxide (CO2; 70N30C), 80% N2 and 20% CO2 (80N20C) and 85% N2 and 15% CO2 (85N15C) on aversion, stunning effectiveness and carcass, as well as meat quality in pigs, and to compare them with the commercial stunning of 90% CO2 (90C). A total of 68 female pigs were divided into four groups and stunned with one of the gas mixtures. During the exposure to the gas, behavioural variables (retreat attempts, escape attempts, gasping, loss of balance, muscular excitation and vocalizations) were recorded, and at the end of the stunning, corneal reflex and rhythmic breathing were assessed. After slaughter, meat quality parameters such as pH at 45 min post mortem (pH45) and at 24 h post mortem (pHu), electrical conductivity, drip loss and colour, in the Longissimus thoracis (LT) and Semimembranosus (SM) muscles were measured, and the presence of ecchymosis on the hams was noted. The PROC MIXED and the PROC GENMOD of SAS® were used to analyse the parametric and binomial variables, respectively. The 'gas mixture' was always considered a fixed effect and the 'live weight' as a covariate. To assess the correlation between meat quality and behaviour measures, PROC CORR was used. Pigs exposed to 90C showed a higher percentage of escape attempts and gasping, a lower percentage of vocalization and shorter muscular excitation phase than pigs exposed to the other N2 and CO2 mixtures (P < 0.05). After stunning, no pig exposed to 90C showed corneal reflex or rhythmic breathing, whereas 85% and 92% of the animals exposed to N2 and CO2 mixtures showed corneal reflex and rhythmic breathing, respectively. Animals stunned with 80N20C and 85N15C had a lower pH45 (P < 0.01) than animals exposed to 90C. Electrical conductivity in the SM muscle was lower (P < 0.001) in 90C and 70N30C pigs than in 80N20C and 85N15C pigs, whereas in LT, it was lower (P < 0.05) in 90C pigs than in 85N15C

  16. MECHANISTIC UNDERSTANDING OF CAUSTIC CRACKING OF CARBON STEELS

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    Garcia-Diaz, B.; Roy, A.

    2009-10-19

    Liquid waste generated by the PUREX process for separation of nuclear materials is concentrated and stored in Type IV single-shell carbon steel tanks at the Savannah River Site (SRS). The Type IV tanks for this waste do not have cooling coils and have not undergone heat treatment to stress-relieve the tanks. After the waste is concentrated by evaporation, it becomes very alkaline and can cause stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and pitting corrosion of the tank materials. SRS has experienced leakage from non-stress-relieved waste tanks constructed of A285 carbon steel and pitting of A212 carbon steel tanks in the vapor space. An investigation of tank materials has been undertaken at SRS to develop a basic understanding of caustic SCC of A285 and A212 grade carbon steels exposed to aqueous solutions, primarily containing sodium hydroxide (NaOH), sodium nitrate (NaNO{sub 3}), and sodium nitrite (NaNO{sub 2}) at temperatures relevant to the operating conditions of both the F and H area plants. This report presents the results of this corrosion testing program. Electrochemical tests were designed using unstressed coupons in a simulated tank environment. The purpose of this testing was to determine the corrosion susceptibility of the tank materials as a function of chemical concentration, pH, and temperature. A285 and A516 (simulates A212 carbon steel) coupons were used to investigate differences in the corrosion of these carbon steels. Electrochemical testing included measurement of the corrosion potential and polarization resistance as well as cyclic potentiodynamic polarization (CPP) testing of coupons. From the CPP experiments, corrosion characteristics were determined including: corrosion potential (E{sub corr}), pitting or breakdown potential (E{sub pit}), and repassivation potential (E{sub prot}). CPP results showed no indications of localized corrosion, such as pitting, and all samples showed the formation of a stable passive layer as evidenced by the positive

  17. A more than one-hundred-fold higher per capita rate of authorship of five democratic nations versus their relatively undemocratic neighboring nations among 6,437 articles in 14 medical journals: does democracy and civil liberties promote intellectual creativity and medical research?

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    Cappell, Mitchell S

    2009-08-01

    (OR = 0.005, 95%-ORCI = 0.00-0.06, P < 0.0001); South Korea (OR = 3.48, 95%-ORCI = 2.29-5.31, P < 0.0001) vs. North Korea (OR < 0.36, 95%-ORCI = 0.00-0.35, P < 0.0001); Taiwan (OR = 5.12, 95%-ORCI = 2.85-9.19, P < 0.0001) or Hong Kong (OR = 9.21, 95%-ORCI = 3.51-24.2, P < 0.0001) vs. Mainland China (OR = 0.028, 95%-ORCI = 0.019-0.041, P < 0.0001). The OR of national authorship was closely correlated with two indices of democracy: correlation coefficient with Freedom House Index = 0.83, and correlation coefficient with the Economist's Democracy Index = 0.76. The OR of national authorship was also (mildly less) correlated with per capita income (corr. coeff. = 0.75). In conclusion, five democracies exhibit a remarkably higher relative frequency of medical publications than their relatively undemocratic neighbors. The relative frequency of authorship was, furthermore, extremely strongly correlated with democracy and political freedom. The freedom hypothesis may help explain this phenomenon: political freedom and liberty in democracies may promote intellectual creativity and medical research. This hypothesis should be tested by a multivariate analysis of univariate risk factors of medical authorship for all nations.

  18. Etude du faible poids de naissance associé à l’âge maternel et la parité dans une population couple mère-enfant suivi à Lubumbashi

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    Luhete, Prosper Kakudji; Mukuku, Olivier; Kayamba, Prosper Kalenga Muenze

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Evaluer l'influence de l’âge maternel et de la parité sur la naissance d'un faible poids de naissance (FPN) à Lubumbashi. Méthodes Il s'agit d'une étude basée sur une analyse documentaire des dossiers médicaux des accouchées enregistrées dans les maternités des 10 hôpitaux généraux de référence (HGR) de la ville de Lubumbashi en République Démocratique du Congo entre le 1er décembre 2013 et le 31 mars 2014. Ces accouchées ont été réparties en deux groupes, en fonction du poids de naissance de leurs enfants: groupe I (femmes ayant accouché de nouveau-nés vivants dont le poids était inférieur à 2500 grammes) et groupe II (femmes ayant accouché de nouveau-nés vivants dont le poids était supérieur ou égal à 2500 grammes). Il s'agissait dans tous les cas de grossesses monofoetales âgées de 28 semaines ou plus. L’âge maternel et la parité ont été étudiés et comparés dans les deux groupes. Les données ont été analysées à l'aide des logiciels Épi info version 7.0 et SPSS version 19. Les différences étaient jugées significatives pour un seuil p < 0,05. Résultats La prévalence du FPN chez les nouveau-nés issus de ces accouchées était ainsi de 6,4% (71/1112). En analyse univariée, les femmes d’âge < 20 ans présentent un risque multiplié par 2,47 fois d'avoir un nouveau-né de FPN comparativement à celles de ≥20 ans (OR = 2,47; IC95%: 1,26-4,78) et celui pour les primipares d'avoir un enfant de FPN est 2,3 fois supérieur à celui de multipares (OR = 2,32; IC95%: 1,34-3,99). En faisant la régression logistique, nous avons observé que seule la parité est significativement corrélée au poids de naissance (OR ajusté = 2,61; IC95%: 1,43-4,74). Conclusion L’étude que nous avons menée montre que le taux de FPN diminue considérablement avec l’âge de la mère à partir de 20 ans et la multiparité. PMID:26161169

  19. Short communication: Comparison of estrus characteristics in Holstein heifers by 2 activity monitoring systems.

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    Silper, B F; Madureira, A M L; Kaur, M; Burnett, T A; Cerri, R L A

    2015-05-01

    Two activity monitoring systems-Heatime (SCR Engineers Ltd., Netanya, Israel) and IceTag (IceRobotics Ltd., Edinburgh, UK)-were compared on their ability to detect and quantify estrus expression. Holstein heifers (n=57) were fitted with Heatime (HT) and IceTag (IT) sensors from 12 mo of age until confirmation of pregnancy. Upon detection of high activity by HT, ovaries were scanned by ultrasound, a blood sample was collected for analysis of plasma estradiol, and signs of estrus (clear vaginal mucus, uterine muscle tone, visual mounting activity, standing to be mounted, or rump showing signs of repeated acceptance of mounts) were recorded. Because only estrus episodes detected by HT (n=111) were further evaluated, only the positive predictive value was measured. Heifers were housed in groups of 24 in a freestall pen. Data were analyzed using Proc CORR and GLM of SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC). The positive predictive value was 84.7% (94/111) for HT and 98.7% (74/75) for IT. Estrus duration was recorded by HT as 14.3±4.1h [mean ± standard deviation (SD)] and by IT as 15.0±4.0h; duration measurements were correlated (r=0.60). The mean duration difference was 0.74±3.52h. Recordings of onset and end of estrus by IT were 3.5±4.3h and 2.9±4.9h earlier than those by HT. The overlap in duration was 9h. Measurements of estrus intensity were correlated (r=0.63). Peak activity was 77.3±19.5 index value (approximately 7.7 SD from basal activity) on HT. The relative increase in activity measured by IT was 360±170% baseline value. Measurements of intensity and duration from HT were correlated (r=0.64) but those from IT were not (r=0.13). Plasma estradiol concentration (11.2±4.6pg/mL) was not correlated with preovulatory follicle diameter or with duration or intensity of estrus. Diameter of preovulatory follicle (15.7±2.6mm) had no correlation with duration of estrus and was only weakly correlated with intensity measured by either system. Baseline steps/hour was

  20. Antenatal depression in a multi-ethnic, community sample of Canadian immigrants: psychosocial correlates and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function.

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    Peer, Miki; Soares, Claudio N; Levitan, Robert D; Streiner, David L; Steiner, Meir

    2013-10-01

    Objectifs : Les femmes immigrantes habitant le Canada présentent des taux plus élevés de symptomatologie dépressive prénatale que les femmes canadiennes de naissance; cependant, les corrélats psychosociaux associés demeurent sous-étudiés. La dépression prénatale et le stress influent négativement sur la santé maternelle et le développement du bébé, en partie à cause de changements d’activité de l’axe hypothalamo-hypophyso-surrénalien (HHS) maternel. Nous cherchions à examiner les facteurs associés aux symptômes dépressifs prénataux, notamment la fonction altérée de l’axe HHS, dans un échantillon communautaire ethniquement diversifié de femmes immigrantes canadiennes. Méthodes : Soixante-dix-huit immigrantes enceintes ont été recrutées dans la communauté à 19 semaines de gestation et ont reçu de l’information sur la santé, l’humeur, les événements stressants de la vie (ESV), et le soutien social. Cinquante-sept d’entre elles ont aussi fourni des échantillons de salive afin de mesurer la réponse du cortisol à l’éveil et les niveaux de cortisol le soir. Résultats : Dix-sept pour cent de l’échantillon avait un taux élevé de symptômes dépressifs prénataux, et ces femmes déclaraient avoir plus de stress perçu, plus de symptômes somatiques, un soutien social plus faible, et elles travaillaient ou allaient à l’école moins souvent durant la grossesse. Après contrôle pour la durée de l’éveil, pour la parité, et la région d’origine, les niveaux élevés de symptômes dépressifs prénataux étaient associés aux taux élevés de cortisol le soir, alors que les ESV n’étaient associés à aucune mesure de l’activité de l’axe HHS. Conclusions : Les niveaux élevés de symptômes dépressifs prénataux sont communs chez les femmes immigrantes habitant le Canada, et ils sont associés à des facteurs identifiables. Les données probantes préliminaires suggèrent un modèle semblable d

  1. Geophysical evidence of a Large Igneous Province (LIP) in the West Antarctic Rift System (WARS), and its potential influence on the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS)

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    Behrendt, J. C.

    2010-12-01

    volcanic, magnetic-anomaly sources are active today, subglacial volcanism may still have a significant effect on the dynamics of the WAIS. Active subglacial volcanism was interpreted from aerogeophysical data reported by Blankenship et al., (1993, Mt. Casertz), and Corr and Vaughan, (2008, near Hudson Mts.), who raised the question of possible volcanic effects on the regime of the WAIS. Wingham et al. (2009) reported a mean volume loss from 2.6 to 10.1 km3/yr from 1995 to 2006 for the Pine Island Glacier in the vicinity of the active subglacial volcano near the Hudson Mts. Probably wet-based areas of the WAIS would be the most likely to be impacted. I discuss these geophysical data and conclude, future effects on the stability of the WAIS should not be ignored, as the rapid changes observed in the past 20 years resulting from global warming, could be accelerated by subglacial volcanism. Behrendt et al., (1994; 2007) conservatively estimated >1 x 106km volume of volcanic sources to account for the area of the "volcanic center" anomalies and suggested the presence of a LIP if this volume was intruded between 1 and 10 m.y. Behrendt et. al (1992) suggested a mantle plume,which hypothesis still merits consideration.

  2. Tuberculose chez le personnel de santé du secteur public au Burundi: fréquence et facteurs de risque

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    Mukuku, Olivier; Ruhindiza, Bienvenu Mukuku; Mupepe, Alexis Kumba; Sawadogo, Michel

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Le but de cette étude était de déterminer la fréquence de la tuberculose (TB) chez le personnel de santé du secteur public en charge des patients tuberculeux et d’évaluer les facteurs de risque de contracter la tuberculose chez ce personnel au Burundi. Méthodes Il s’agit d’une étude transversale à visée analytique réalisée auprès de 300 travailleurs prestant dans 30 centres de dépistage et de traitement de la TB (CDT) au Burundi du 16 octobre au 15 novembre 2012. Les paramètres sociodémographiques et professionnels ainsi que l’antécédent de vaccination BCG de travailleurs ayant été touché par la TB ont été analysé et comparé à ceux de travailleurs qui ne l’ont pas été. Le seuil de signification a été fixé à p < 0,05. Résultats La fréquence de la TB chez le personnel de santé est de 15%. Le risque de souffrir de la TB est de près de 4 fois chez les travailleurs âgés d’au moins 50 ans (OR=3,73; 1,53-9,08), chez ceux qui n’ont jamais reçu de vaccin de BCG (OR=3,73; 1,24-11,03), chez ceux qui n’ont pas de cicatrice vaccinale de BCG (OR=3,80; 1,67-8,62) et chez ceux qui travaillent depuis au moins 6 ans dans un CDT (OR=3,79; 1,44-9,96); ce risque est de 9 fois chez ceux qui sont mariés (OR=9,42; 1,26-70,23), de 8 fois chez ceux qui n’aèrent pas leurs salles de travail (OR=8,20; 1,48-48,23) et de 6 fois chez ceux qui ont comme profession nettoyeur ou aide-soignant (OR=6,12; 2,92-12,82). Par contre, aucune corrélation statistiquement significative n’a été observée entre le fait de souffrir de la TB et le sexe mais aussi le nombre d’heures de contact d’un travailleur avec un patient tuberculeux (p>0,05). Conclusion L’âge, l’antécédent de vaccination de BCG ainsi que la majorité de paramètres professionnels sont en association avec la maladie TB des travailleurs de CDT. D’où, la maîtrise de certains facteurs de risque s’avère important pour faire face au fardeau de la TB parmi

  3. Low post-glacial rebound rates in the Weddell Sea due to Late Holocene ice-sheet readvance

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    Bradley, Sarah L.; Hindmarsh, Richard C. A.; Whitehouse, Pippa; Bentley, Michael J.; King, Matt

    2014-05-01

    , Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 118(6), 3126-3141. Peltier, W. R. (2004), Global glacial isostasy and the surface of the ice-age earth: The ice-5G (VM2) model and grace, Annu Rev Earth Pl Sc, 32, 111-149. Schoof, C. (2007), Ice sheet grounding line dynamics: Steady states, stability, and hysteresis, Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, 112(F3). Siegert, M., N. Ross, H. Corr, J. Kingslake, and R. Hindmarsh (2013), Late Holocene ice-flow reconfiguration in the Weddell Sea sector of West Antarctica, Quaternary Sci Rev, 78(0), 98-107. Whitehouse, P. L., M. J. Bentley, G. A. Milne, M. A. King, and I. D. Thomas (2012), A new glacial isostatic adjustment model for Antarctica: calibrated and tested using observations of relative sea-level change and present-day uplift rates, Geophys J Int, 190(3), 1464-1482.

  4. Estimating Antarctic Geothermal Heat Flux using Gravity Inversion

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    Vaughan, Alan P. M.; Kusznir, Nick J.; Ferraccioli, Fausto; Leat, Phil T.; Jordan, Tom A. R. M.; Purucker, Michael E.; Golynsky, A. V.; Sasha Rogozhina, Irina

    2013-04-01

    Geothermal heat flux (GHF) in Antarctica is very poorly known. We have determined (Vaughan et al. 2012) top basement heat-flow for Antarctica and adjacent rifted continental margins using gravity inversion mapping of crustal thickness and continental lithosphere thinning (Chappell & Kusznir 2008). Continental lithosphere thinning and post-breakup residual thicknesses of continental crust determined from gravity inversion have been used to predict the preservation of continental crustal radiogenic heat productivity and the transient lithosphere heat-flow contribution within thermally equilibrating rifted continental and oceanic lithosphere. The sensitivity of present-day Antarctic top basement heat-flow to initial continental radiogenic heat productivity, continental rift and margin breakup age has been examined. Knowing GHF distribution for East Antarctica and the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains (GSM) region in particular is critical because: 1) The GSM likely acted as key nucleation point for the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS); 2) the region may contain the oldest ice of the EAIS - a prime target for future ice core drilling; 3) GHF is important to understand proposed ice accretion at the base of the EAIS in the GSM and its links to sub-ice hydrology (Bell et al. 2011). An integrated multi-dataset-based GHF model for East Antarctica is planned that will resolve the wide range of estimates previously published using single datasets. The new map and existing GHF distribution estimates available for Antarctica will be evaluated using direct ice temperature measurements obtained from deep ice cores, estimates of GHF derived from subglacial lakes, and a thermodynamic ice-sheet model of the Antarctic Ice Sheet driven by past climate reconstructions and each of analysed heat flow maps, as has recently been done for the Greenland region (Rogozhina et al. 2012). References Bell, R.E., Ferraccioli, F., Creyts, T.T., Braaten, D., Corr, H., Das, I., Damaske, D., Frearson, N

  5. Effects of highway deicing chemicals on shallow unconsolidated aquifers in Ohio, interim report, 1988-93

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    Jones, A.L.; Sroka, B.N.

    1997-01-01

    Effects of the application of highway deicing chemicals during winter months on ground- water quality are being studied by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Eight sites throughout the State were selected along major undivided highways where drainage is by open ditches and ground-water flow is approximately perpendicular to the highway. At these sites, records of deicer application rates are being kept and apparent movement of deicing chemicals through shallow, unconsolidated aquifers is being monitored by means of periodic measurements of specific con ductance and concentrations of dissolved sodium, calcium, and chloride. The counties and corre sponding sections of state routes being monitored are the following: State Route (SR) 3 in Ashland County, SR 84 in Ashtabula County, SR 29 in Champaign County, SR 4 in Clark County, SR 2 in Lucas County, SR 104 in Pickaway County, SR 14 in Portage County, and SR 97 in Richland County. The study began in January 1988 with background data collection, extensive literature review, and site selection. This process, including drilling of wells at the eight selected sites, lasted 3 years. Routine ground-water sampling at 4- to 6-week intervals began in January 1991. A relatively new type of multilevel, passive flow ground-water sampling device was constructed and used. Other conditions monitored on a regular basis included ground-water level (monitored con tinuously), specific conductance, air and soil temperature, precipitation, chloride concentration in soil samples, ground conductivity, and deicing chemical application times and rates. For the interim reporting period, water samples were collected from